Tennessee Town & City

Municipal Bond Fund reaches $4.65 Billion

The Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund (TMBF) reached a pair of milestones recently.

Since inception, TMBF has loaned more than $4.65 billion and has now closed more than 1,495 loans. 

“These milestones show TMBF’s ongoing commitment to providing your community with the loans you need at the lowest cost so that you can create opportunities for your communities to grow,” said Charles G. “Bones” Seivers, president and CEO of the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund.

Data analysis brings new approaches to emergency management, planning

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

A new project conducted by Metro Nashville and Vanderbilt University is using technology to improve emergency response, giving the city insight into the best places to put fire department personnel and even where to locate new fire stations to best serve the community.

Ban on handheld phones while driving to take effect

A new law banning Tennessee drivers from handheld cell phone use goes into effect on July 1.


Drivers caught holding a phone can face up to a $50 fine for a mere violation with a fine of $100 if the violation contributes to an accident and up to $200 if it happens in a construction or school zone.

TN Supreme Court holds cities not required to share liquor tax proceeds with counties

In five separate lawsuits, the Tennessee Supreme Court has held that cities with their own school systems are not required to share with counties the tax proceeds the cities receive from the sale of liquor for on-premises consumption, called “liquor-by-the-drink.”

Federal court “chalking” ruling impacts Tennessee municipalities

By ELISHA HODGE
MTAS Legal Consultant

On April 22, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion that impacts municipalities in Tennessee.


In the opinion, Taylor v. City of Saginaw, et al., No. 17-2126, 2019 WL 1757953 (6th Cir. April 22, 2019) the court opined that the practice of marking tires with chalk, in order to monitor how long a vehicle is parked in a parking space for the purpose of enforcing parking restrictions, is an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Memphis announces new autonomous vehicle program, smart routing for transit

BY KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

Known as a transportation hub and the home of shipping giant FedEx, the city of Memphis is exploring new ways to use technology to seamlessly and efficiently deliver city services, people, and traffic throughout its sprawling 324 square miles.

Memphis has partnered with San Jose, Calif.-based technology company Extreme Networks, Inc., to roll out autonomous trucks and an intelligent routing system transporting both citizens and goods to enhance transit and the city’s network infrastructure. 

Chairman Susan Lynn draws on financial background in new role

BY KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist 

When State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, was selected as the chair of the House Finance, Ways, and Means committee earlier this year, she was both stepping into big shoes and breaking new ground.

Recap of what state leaders shared at the 2019 TML Legislative Conference

Gov. Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, and House Speaker Glen Casada were part of the all-star lineup of state leaders who city officials heard from and met with during the TML Legislative Conference recently held in Nashville.
Lawmakers touched on subjects like criminal justice reform, the state budget, education, and workforce development issues.
Gov. Bill Lee stressed the important role local governments play and said his goal is to create an environment where local governments can thrive.

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