Tennessee Town & City

House elects new leadership in Special Session

It’s official. Cameron Sexton was elected by the members of the Tennessee House of Representatives to be the Speaker of the House, during a special called legislative session in August. Sexton was elected 94-0, with two democrats abstaining.
Sexton, 48, is currently serving his fifth term in the state House.
Last year, he was elected to the position of GOP Caucus Chair for the House Republicans. Rep. Jeremy Faison was elected by the GOP Caucus to fill that leadership position.

Memphis brings together public, private partners to tackle blight through the courts

BY KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

To deal with the ongoing issues of blight in the community, the city of Memphis has partnered with Shelby County, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and several nonprofits and community-based organizations for a multi-faceted approach to blight removal through the court system.

Mayors unite across state to promote civic engagement

Tennesseans once led the way on civic engagement, but today Volunteer State citizens vote far less regularly than most Americans.


Voter turnout in Tennessee consistently ranks near the bottom of the nation. The state was ranked 50 out of 50 for voter turnout in 2014 and 49 out of 50 in 2016.
When it comes to many local elections, turnout is particularly low.

Franklin holds “Kitty Hall” to encourage shelter adoption

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Franklin’s City Hall was transformed into a “Kitty Hall” to help connect cats from the Williamson County Animal Shelter with potential adopters.


Sponsored by Mars Petcare, the Downtown Franklin Association, Ruby Sunshine, Landmark Booksellers, and Heart and Hands, the event transformed the city’s conference room into a “cat café,” hosting a meet-and-greet between available cats and families, a kitty election, and fundraising events.

What municipalities need to know for web accessibility

BY SANDY REESER
VC3 Chief Executive Officer

With rising number of lawsuits and residents expecting online services, municipalities need accessible websites.

Erwin’s Doris Hensley named Mayor of the Year by Tennessee Municipal League

Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley was named the 2019 Mayor of the Year by the Tennessee Municipal League at their 80th Annual Conference in Memphis.
Each year since 1954, the Tennessee Municipal League has honored a city mayor that typifies the attributes of intelligence, effectiveness, hard work, dedication, and sacrifice.
To honor her service to her community as a leader not afraid to take innovative approaches to better her community, TML is proud to announce Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley has been selected as the 2019 Mayor of the Year.

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