Weekly Wrap 8-24-17

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK PODY
STANDING STRONG ON PRINCIPLES – SERVING CANNON, DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES
Click the links below to visit these helpful websites
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Town Meetings
  I always look forward to meeting with each of you. This would be a great time for more lengthy input from you the constituents.
1st Friday 
Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce from 8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.

3rd Friday 
Depot Junction Cafe in Watertown from 8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.
Hardees in Smithville from 10:00a.m. until 11:00a.m.
Woodbury Senior Center from  1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m
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Did you know that if you are searching for a job you can visit Jobs4TN and click on featured jobs.
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 Pamela Furr 
Pamela will be speaking this Saturday, August 26th to the Wilson County Conservative Republicans starting at 9:15a.m. at Logans Roadhouse in Providence Mall, Mt. Juliet.
Furr’s 30+ career in radio started in North Carolina (where she’s from) and has taken her to Springfield, IL Raleigh, NC, Huntsville, AL and Atlanta, GA.  She’s worked for Glenn Beck as a news anchor for his Blaze Radio Network and has freelanced from CNN Radio, Westwood One Radio, ABC News Radio and Fox News Radio.  Pamela is also a Dove Nominated Christian songwriter and can be heard singing background vocals on several country albums.  
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Help Wanted at the Mill in Lebanon:
The Mill is looking for an Event – Set Up Person.  Maximum of 20 hours per week – flexible hours. Will require evening and weekends.  Must lift 25 pounds and have strong back. For more information please contact [email protected]
Absolutely loved the opportunity to help in the celebration of the LSSD Neon Mobile Program, as they served 328 elementary students in the BackPack Program and they also served 7,350 lunches this summer! What an accomplishment!
BIG NEWS!!!
With the announcement of the special election for the17th State Senate District, my campaign has kicked into high gear.  You will be seeing more news and opportunities for how to get involved on our Public Facebook Page, Instagram and our Website shortly.  Be sure to stay connected with us for the latest news.
Wilson Count Fair – See what has been going on!
Come visit me at the Wilson County Fair now through Saturday at the James E. Ward Ag. Center in Lebanon.  Meeting some great folks.
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Thanks to all the volunteers that have help in the Republican booth at the Wilson County Fair.
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Congratulations to Opal Parker for 20 years as a CNA at the NHC in Smithville.  Pictured with Opal and Greg Bidwell, NHC Senior VP.

Americans for Prosperity

It is an awesome honor to receive an award from Americans for Prosperity. They are a wonderful watchdog organization that holds all legislators accountable for their votes at the Capitol. This award shows taxpayers that I am watching not only their money, but their freedoms as well. Thank you again, Americans for Prosperity! 20645461_1660373107338469_3725571678072684026_o

Weekly Wrap – July 14, 2017

Click the links below to visit these helpful websites
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Town Meetings
  I always look forward to meeting with each of you. This would be a great time for more lengthy input from you the constituents.
1st Friday 
Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce from8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.

3rd Friday 
Depot Junction Cafe in Watertown from 8:30a.m. until 9:30a.m.
Hardees in Smithville from10:00a.m. until 10:30a.m.
Dekalb County Board of Education 10:30 until 11:00a.m.
Woodbury Senior Center from  1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m
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Did you know that if you are searching for a job you can visit Jobs4TN and click on featured jobs.
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Its is with great pleasure to present Joyce Tomlinson (Charles Tomlinson) and family,  and Teresa Harrison (Robert Harrison), with resolutions in honor and memory of their husbands who dedicated their lives to the Wilson County County Sheriff Department as well as the Lebanon Police Department. Thanks to Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, as well as  Chief Mike Justice and Captain Brent Willett from the Lebanon Police Department for joining us during this presentation.
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Dekalb County Fair opens – July 17-22 – Grandpa Fair of the South – Alexandria 
Gate Prices:
$4 each night
Four years old and under Free
Ride Arm Band Prices:
Monday———$15
Tuesday——–$16
Wednesday— -$14
Thursday——-$18
Friday———–$18
Saturday——-$18
Monday – Friday:
Fair Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
Midway opens at 4:30 p.m.
Exhibit Building open 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday:
Fair Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
Midway opens at 4:00 p.m.
Exhibit Building open 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
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Lebanon, TN – Phillip Warren, Wilson County Administrator of Elections, was elected President of the Tennessee Association of County Election Officials at their annual conference and State Law Seminar.
Warren was elected by the TACEO membership to serve a two year term as President of the association. He had served two terms as regional Vice-President. Also elected for two year terms were the association’s Treasurer, Secretary and two Vice-Presidents from each of the three grand divisions. 
Tennessee Succeeds – Department of Education

  • The state has the highest graduation rate in Tennessee history.
  • The state has the highest average ACT composite in Tennessee history.
  • More students than ever before are earning postsecondary credits while in high school.
  • The state has continued to invest more in education, including a $100 million increase for teachers’ salaries and $22 million for English learners.
  • The department’s Read to be Ready coaching network, which is helping educators to improve how they teach elementary-aged students reading and literacy skills, has expanded to include 200 coaches that serve 83 school districts, ultimately reaching more than 2,500 teachers who teach 44,000 students.
  • This summer, over 9,000 elementary students who are not on track in reading are being served in statewide Read to be Ready camps across 107 school districts.
  • The department, along with thousands of education community members across the state, developed a robust plan to transition to the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and aligned that plan to Tennessee Succeeds. It refines and deepens our work in areas like school improvement, how we support historically underserved student groups like English learners, and well-rounded school accountability.
  • Through a new Ready Graduate indicator, we have a renewed focus on ensuring all students are truly ready for their next step when they graduate high school, whether that’s through taking early college courses, earning industry credentials, or meeting scoring benchmarks on the ACT or military entrance exam.
  • Commissioner McQueen has now met with more than 13,000 teachers and visited 770 classrooms in 118 school districts through her Classroom Chronicles tour
  • And with the release of new scores from the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) science tests, Tennessee now ranks in the top half of all states on three key national assessments – a tremendous improvement from just a decade ago, when the state began to think differently about how it approaches education after receiving two “Fs” from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for how students were being prepared.
Chelsea Sanders was named the 2017 Tennessee FFA National Officer Candidate in a three-way run-off held in May. Chelsea was State President for FFA in 2015-2016 and is a member of the Wilson Central FFA Chapter. She is a student at Tennessee Tech University where she is a resident assistant and student orientation leader. Chelsea has already spent much time preparing for her candidacy and interviews, which will take place in October during the National FFA Convention.
Great evening in Cannon County at the Reagan Day Dinner. Special thanks to Paul and Gayle Morgan for the beautiful venue, Rustic Elegance and the Cannon County Republican Party for a beautiful evening.
What a great time was had by all at the Smithville Jamboree. Pam (left) came from Ohio and received the Tennessee Flag and Oren (right) came from Israel and received the US Flag.
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HASLAM OPENS TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE ACADEMY
Alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard
 NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam officially opens the Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy, an alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard that offers youth between ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting. 
 The academy is housed at the site of the former Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville where Haslam was joined recently by Deputy Gov. Jim Henry and Major General Max Haston for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The first class of approximately 100 cadets is set to begin July 9.
 “This is an innovative approach to help teens who may be headed down the wrong path change the trajectory of their lives. It sets them up for success by helping them earn high school diplomas and making them eligible for Tennessee Promise, which is right in line with our Drive to 55 goals,” Haslam said. “It’s a great example of the departments of Military and Children’s Services collaborating in an inventive way to serve young Tennesseans.”  
 The program is voluntary and open to youth with no criminal record. It consists of a 22-week residential phase during which cadets focus on core components in a quasi-military environment while setting goals and creating a life plan. Graduates return to their communities for a 12-month post-residential phase under supervision of caring adult mentors who serve as role models.
 “For the past 15 years, the Military Department has attempted to establish a Youth ChalleNGe program,” said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s adjutant general. “Through our collaboration with the Department of Children’s Services we have done so.  Our goal is to provide cadets with the opportunity to complete high school, or the high school equivalency test, and get a job while learning life, leadership, and social skills they can use for the rest of their lives as productive citizens. I can’t say ‘Thank you’ enough to Gov. Haslam, Deputy Gov. Henry, and Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich for making this a reality.”
 The Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy was approved by the U.S. Department of Defense and is the 40th in the country. Its implementation is one of the steps in the governor’s Public Safety Action Plan.

Weekly Wrap – 6-22-17

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK PODY
STANDING STRONG ON PRINCIPLES – SERVING CANNON, DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES
Click the links below to visit these helpful websites
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Town Meetings
  I always look forward to meeting with each of you. This would be a great time for more lengthy input from you the constituents.
1st Friday 
Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce from8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.

3rd Friday 
Depot Junction Cafe in Watertown from 8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.
Hardees in Smithville from10:00a.m. until 10:30a.m.
Board of Education in Smithville10:30a.m. until 11:00a.m.
Woodbury Senior Center from  1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m
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Did you know that if you are searching for a job you can visit Jobs4TN and click on featured jobs.
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Enjoyed the invitation to speak at the Americans for Properity event recently in Mt. Juliet.  Left to Right, State Rep. Judd Matheny, myself, Laura Baigert, Shawn Hatmaker and Senator Mae Beavers.
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Presentation to Scott Benson, Director of Lebanon Special Schools District with a new State Seal from Tricor on their recent move to the new location at 397 N. Castle Heights Avenue in Lebanon.   Pictured left to right with Troy Shanks, Tricor; Scott Benson, Director; and Steve Jones Board Chairman of LSSD.  Scott announced that there will be an open house late July for all to visit them in the new location.
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Smithville Jamboree will be  June 30 and July 1 in the downtown square of Smithville. Bring you chair and enjoy the music and fun.
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Youth Police Academy –        June 26-30 at the Jimmy Floyd Center in Lebanon.  For more information, visit [email protected]
One Year Anniversary for ABLE TN
 June is the month we are celebrating the first anniversary of ABLE TN!  Tennessee was one of the nation’s first to launch Achieving A Better Life Experience program.    ABLE TN has povided a valuable resource to help more that 1,000 individuals with disabilities save more that $5 million since June, 2016.  Now families in our state and across the country have chosen our program to help them save for their future.  For more information visit http://abletn.gov/
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Empower Me Center in Wilson County creates opportunities for individuals with Disabilities.  I was so fortunate to work with Director Michelle Hill during the Empower Me Day Camp.  For more information on this Center, please visit
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Wilson County Vals & Sals

Cannon County Vals & Sals

Dekalb County Vals & Sals

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Congratulations to the City of Lebanon for receiving the Governor 2017 Environmental Award for Waste to Energy.
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Everyone have a safe 4th of July

First Half of 110th Session in the Books

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK PODY
STANDING STRONG ON PRINCIPLES – SERVING CANNON, DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES
Click the links below to visit these helpful websites
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Town Meetings
  I always look forward to meeting with each of you. This would be a great time for more lengthy input from you the constituents.
1st Friday 
Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce from8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.

3rd Friday 
Depot Junction Cafe in Watertown from 8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.
Hardees in Smithville from10:00a.m. until 11:00a.m.
Woodbury Senior Center from  1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m
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Did you know that if you are searching for a job you can visit Jobs4TN and click on featured jobs.
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In Rememberance of Hale Moss, President of the Board of Directors for Wilson County Promotions, Wilson County Water and Wastewater Authority Board, member of the Agriculture Center Management Committee and recently inducted in the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Hale passed away on Monday April 20, 2017.
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Ozment Museum of Human Rights & Social Juctice Tour (benefiting the Papers of Martin Van Buren) sponsored by Elliott Ozment & Cumberland University. 
May 23, 2017 from 5:30-8:00p.m.at the Ozment Law Office located at 1214 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN.  For more information, please contact 615-547-1269.
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Congratulations to 2017 Seniors
Graduation Dates

  • Lebanon High School – 5/27
  • Wilson Central High School – 5/27
  • Friendship Christian Academy – 5/21
  • Watertown High School – 5/25
  • Wilson County V.O.S. – 5/23
  • Cannon County High School – 5/26
  • DeKalb County High School – 5/26
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Good Ole Days in Woodbury
 Friday, 5-19 and 5-20.
For more information:
Cannon County Senior Center
609 West Lehman St. Woodbury, TN. 37190
Phone Number 615-563-5304
First Half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly is in the Books
This session was a mixed basket of some good news as well as some bad.
On the UP side,  
K-12 Education was a winner in funding again this year including:

  • $200 million to fund the Basic Education Program (BEP), including $100.4 million for teacher salaries; and
  • 15 million for career and technology education equipment
Roads and Bridges are funded for the next few years, with $132 million bringing the Rainy Day fund to an all time high of $800 million.
No new debt – the second year in a row  We are one of the lowest taxed States with the lowest debt owed to the government per person.  So we could say, there is a huge surplus at the State.
Taxes have been lowered on food by 20% with a decrease in sales tax.
On the Down side 
Taxes will increase 6 cents on Gasoline and 10 cents on Diesel.  
More fees were passed for car registration.
Simply there was a lot of pork in this budget.  This budget was the largest in the history of our State.  Our State government is growing faster than our population and faster than our average income in Tennessee.
Even with all the good in this budget, I believe this out of control increase and spending HAS TO STOP!   I felt it was so bad, I did not vote for the budget.
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Thanks to Governor Haslam for visiting Byars Dowdy Elementary.
A special thanks to Scott Benson, Director of LSSD; Becky Sevier, Principal Byars Dowdy; and Anita Gray, 2nd Grade Teacher for welcoming us to the school. Pictured left to right, Becky Sevier, Rep. Susan Lynn, Anita Gray, Governor Haslam, Melanie Minter, Scott Benson and myself.
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Excited to have my granddaughters 8th Grade History class from Winfree Bryant Middle School visit us at the Capitol last week. The group toured the Capitol, enjoyed a mock session and visited the Tennessee State Musuem.  If you would like to visit the Capitol, please call my Legislative Office at 615-741-7086.
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A great evening at the Dekalb County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. Thanks to Suzanne Williams, Director of the Dekalb County Chamber for organizating such a great event.
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I was happy to join Dr. Ming Wang and others to discuss bringing business to District 46.  I will continue to work hard to see that more jobs are available for my constituents.