Tennessee Town & City

Metropolitan Statistical Areas classification to remain at 50,000

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced July 14 it is abandoning a proposed plan to change the criteria a city must reach to be considered a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). OMB announced it will maintain the MSA designation at 50,000 in population rather than raise the threshold to 100,000 in population.

State Treasurer Lillard provides options for depositing ARP funds

As local government entities begin to receive federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan, I want to point out the options available to you through the Tennessee Department of Treasury for depositing public funds. This educational information may help you evaluate your investment options.

Atoka PD host community forum focusing on cyber security, fraud

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Cybercriminals stole an estimated $1.8 billion from senior citizens in the U.S. in 2020, part of an overall $4.2 billion scammed from Americans.


The FBI reported a 69% jump in cybercrime nationally last year with residents over the age of 50 losing the most money, between $9,000 and $10,000 on average.

TML Annual Conference registration to begin July 6

Conference planning for the TML Annual Conference in Chattanooga, slated for Sept. 18-21, is well underway. Registration will begin July 6.
The four-day conference will feature top-notch speakers and workshop sessions, several special events, and ample time to network with your peers.

Bipartisan legislation introduced to protect Metropolitan Statistical Areas

BY CAROLE GRAVES
TML Communications Director

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress that would protect more than 140 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), including three in Tennessee, from losing its MSA classifications. Losing this classification could, among other things, harm communities’ access to certain federal funding opportunities and their ability to grow and attract businesses.

Adamsville site provides glimpse into Tennessee’s ancient history, dinosaurs

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

A unique area of West Tennessee offers visitors and researchers alike a chance to dig for dinosaurs and explore the state’s ancient past.


Located on 240 acres in Adamsville, UT Martin’s Coon Creek Science Center offers a rare glimpse into what Tennessee was like millions of years in the past. Dr. Michael Gibson, director of the UT Martin Coon Creek Science Center, said the history of the area begins during a time when West Tennessee was under an ancient ocean.

Gallatin cuts ribbon on state’s largest park aimed at children of all abilities

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

The city of Gallatin recently cut the ribbon on the largest recreational complex for citizens of all abilities in Tennessee.
Gallatin’s new Miracle Park offers nearly six acres of fun including a Miracle ballfield, a pedal park, and the largest inclusive playground in the state. The park is already drawing visitors from around the region and is a source of pride for local officials.

Tim Kelly tackles big agenda as new Chattanooga mayor

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Since his swearing in as the 74th mayor of Chattanooga in April, Mayor Tim Kelly has hit the ground running on numerous programs and initiatives to help the Scenic City move forward and recover from the pandemic.

Maryville Housing Authority chosen to participate in expanded HUD program

By KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

The Maryville Housing Authority is one of a select number of public housing agencies – and the only one in Tennessee – chosen to be part of a new Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pilot initiative.

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