Tennessee Town & City

Flood Ready TN coalition unites local officials in flood prevention efforts

TML Communications Specialist

Following deadly floods earlier this year, a new coalition of local leaders has formed to help address flooding issues and protect communities across the state of Tennessee.

Middle Fork Bottoms to highlight West Tennessee’s natural resources

TML Communications Specialist

A new recreation area the size of Central Park is coming to the Middle Fork of the Forked Deer River between Jackson and Three Way in a project that will combine opportunities for outdoor recreation, flood prevention, and environmental education.

5 things you can do today to improve cybersecurity without an IT professional

By Joe Howland


VC3 writes many blog posts and articles about cybersecurity best practices and tips that often fall to an IT resource to implement. Even basic tools such as antivirus, antispam, or software patching should really be overseen by IT professionals. But let’s strip all that away for now. What are literally some tips that you can do today? Here are a few that will make a huge impact, even if they don’t seem like a big deal on the surface.

TML District Meetings Set for December

The TML Staff is busy preparing for the upcoming District Meetings, scheduled over a four-day period in December.

Tennessee Town & City to go digital Jan 2022

By Anthony Haynes

TML Executive Director

December marks my first full year with the Tennessee Municipal League – and what an exciting year it has been! I have enjoyed meeting so many of you and learning about your cities and the people you serve. I look forward to building on those relationships.

Five Tennessee cities hold fall elections

Five municipalities across Tennessee held elections in October and November of this year.


The town of Centerville held a municipal election on Oct. 2, 2021.

Incumbent mayor Gary Jacobs kept his seat in a race against Alderman Tim Luckett and challenger Derek Newsom. Jacobs led the vote total with 260 votes to Newsom’s 74 and Luckett’s 59. 

In Ward 1, incumbent David Dansby ran unopposed and was elected with 321 votes. 

Tennessee legislature rolls back COVID-19 regulations

The third special session of the 112th General Assembly convened on Wednesday afternoon and adjourned early Saturday morning.  The special session saw the introduction of 86 bills in the Senate and 82 in the House and nearly 60 resolutions.  Many of these bills were deferred, withdrawn, incorporated into other pieces of legislation or defeated.  Following two full days of committee meetings and floor sessions, the General Assembly adopted 7 bills and one joint resolution. The seven bills adopted were included in a nine-bill package introduced by Lieutenant Governor

Chattanooga explores new ways of developing workforce at all ages


TML Communications Specialist

By bringing local governments, schools, and businesses together, officials in and around the city of Chattanooga are exploring new ways to implement workforce development from pre-K to adults looking for continuing education.

State officials discuss strategies for water, broadband ARP projects


TML Communications Specialist

With municipalities across Tennessee determining the best way to invest ARP funds, state officials highlighted some things they will be looking for when funding water, wastewater, and broadband infrastructure projects.

State officials shared information on how these projects will be funded and the best approach cities can take to ensure their projects get noticed at the Tennessee Municipal League Annual Conference in Chattanooga.

Franklin becomes first Tennessee Smart Yards Community

TML Communications Specialist

The city of Franklin has become the first Tennessee Smart Yards Community as part of a pilot project to expand the University of Tennessee Extension Smart Yard’s program beyond individual backyards.

The Tennessee Smart Yards program involves homeowners and residents across the state to incorporate lawn and property management guidelines that yield healthier, more sustainable landscapes through tactics like planting native species, using organic mulches, and composting.

EPA, Corps to change WOTUS definition

By Denise Paige
TML Government RelationsML Government Relations

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced their intent to undertake a rulemaking to once again revise the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS). This proposal comes as a result of a determination by the agencies that the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) significantly reduced clean water protections. Additionally, an Arizona District Court recently ruled that the NWPR should be overturned nationwide.

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