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TN private non-profit orgs eligible for disaster loans

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced on June 27 that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNPs) in Tennessee that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following President Donald Trump’s disaster declaration for public assistance resulting from damages caused by […]

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Trump approves major disaster declaration for TN

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding May 27-28. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private […]

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TDCI extends license due date to June 30

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) reminds its licensees that the Tennessee Department of Revenue has extended the deadline to file and pay professional privilege tax to June 30. The professional privilege tax, usually due on June 1, is an annual occupation tax imposed on people with an active Tennessee license or […]

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Schools can compete for environmental dollars

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Schools can promote environmental stewardship, win cash and vie for the honor of becoming an Eastman Good Sports Always Recycle Environmental Steward School. Eastman and the University of Tennessee (UT) are kicking off the 24th annual Good Sports Always Recycle (GSAR) school challenge. Schools are invited to showcase their environmental programs for a chance to […]

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TN joins $18.5M settlement with Target over 2013 data breach

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Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III recently announced that Tennessee has joined 46 other states and the District of Columbia in an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corporation to resolve the states’ investigation into the retail company’s 2013 data breach. The settlement represents the largest ever multistate data breach settlement. The states’ investigation, led by […]

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Lawmakers adjourn after passing budget, key bills

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The 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly has adjourned to become a part of Tennessee history with some of the most important bills of the year being approved during the final week of legislative action. This includes the passage of the $37 billion state budget. It proposes state government spending for the next fiscal […]

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ECS student earns spot in National Geographic Bee

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Simeon Betapudi, a 7th-grader at Evangelical Christian School, recently won the Tennessee National Geographic State Bee. This accomplishment qualified him to represent Tennessee in the national bee that took place May 14-17 at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Although Betapudi didn’t make it to the finals in this week’s national competition, his first-place achievement among Tennessee students earned him $5,000 […]

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$14M in funding to help combat opioid abuse in Tennessee

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On Wednesday, April 19, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price announced Tennessee will soon receive nearly $14 million in funding to combat opioid abuse — the first of two rounds of funding to be delivered as part of the 21st Century Cures Act that I sponsored and the president signed into law last year. […]

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Senate committees focus on state budget

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As the 2017 session of the Tennessee General Assembly gets closer to adjournment, Senate committee action last week primarily centered on the state budget. The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee received Governor Bill Haslam’s amended budget proposal on April 25, and it makes several improvements and adjustments to the original plan submitted to lawmakers […]

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Senate HELP Committee works on health, online taxes, nominations

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We had a busy week in Washington last week (April 23-29), especially in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that I chair. The committee passed four bipartisan public health bills. We also voted to recommend Dr. Scott Gottlieb favorably to be the new commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible […]

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See a rare pygmy rattlesnake? Snap a pic

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is asking anyone who spots a pygmy rattlesnake in the wild to snap a pic. The TWRA is assisting wildlife biologists at Tennessee State University in research to determine how the threatened species is distributed across the state. The research will help conservation efforts. Pygmy rattlesnakes are predators that […]

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TWRA addresses invasive carp and whitetail deer strategy

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NASHVILLE — The March meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission included an Asian cap update by Frank Fiss, Chief of Fisheries, on how these fish that have invaded Tennessee’s waterways. Wild populations of black, grass, bighead, and silver carp have established populations in the Mississippi River, and grass, silver and bighead carp have […]

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