Tennessee Town & City

110th TN General Assembly Sine Die

 In one of its final actions prior to adjournment, the Tennessee General Assembly approved legislation that allows municipalities to spend revenue from natural gas utilities on funding for chambers of commerce and other economic and community organizations. 

SB1894 by Sen. Delores Gresham, and HB1914 by Rep. Ron Gant, was a TML-sponsored  bill that sought to grant natural gas utilities the authority to contribute to community marketing and economic development efforts. 

CDBG program helps cities finance facelifts for aging housing, downtowns

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Downtown redevelopment and providing affordable housing for residents are two of the biggest challenges facing many communities across Tennessee.

After decade-long journey, Mt. Pleasant on track for new city wastewater facility

BY KATE COIL

After more than a decade, officials with the city of Mt. Pleasant are hoping to put wastewater woes behind them.

Civil asset forfeiture reform bill approved by Tennessee Legislature

BY Rex Barton
MTAS Police Management
Consultant

With no dissenting votes, both chambers of the legislature approved a significant change to the civil asset forfeiture laws. The bill, SB1987/HB2021, is currently awaiting the governor’s signature.

Changing civil asset forfeiture laws has been a controversial issue in the legislature for the past several years. Some legislators have tried to completely eliminate civil asset forfeiture, while law enforcement officials see the process as a way to recover the ill-gotten gains of criminals.

Cities benefit from use of CDBG funds for needed community projects

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Improving local infrastructure for the benefit of rural and low-to-moderate income communities has long been a goal of the Community Development Block Grant program.

Historically, about one-third of each round of CDBG funding goes to public facilities and infrastructure projects across the nation. CDBG has improved public facilities that benefited more than 33.7 million people between fiscal years 2005 and 2013 alone.

Citywide pollination project creates a ‘buzz’ in Johnson City

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Concerned with the disappearance of bees and other pollinators from their community, one Tennessee city and its local university have stepped up to make pollinators feel more at home.

CDBG funds aid rural municipalities in providing quality emergency services

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

In the past 20 years, tornados have increasingly become a fact of life for residents of the city of Loretto.

Memphis honors sanitation strikers

BY KATE COIL

When civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in the city of Memphis 50 years ago to support African-American employees with the city sanitation department, no one in the city knew that the next few days would not only catapult Memphis to the national spotlight but also contribute to one of the most turbulent years in American history.

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