Weekly Wrap

Click the links below to visit these helpful websites
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
Did you know that if you are searching for a job you can visit Jobs4TN and click on featured jobs.
Dr. Ming Wang shared  a presentation of his homeland of China at the Capitol recently.  In attendance were Deputy Governor Jim Henry, Sammie Arnold from ECD and others.
Jane Hamlet and myself presented a proclamation to Mrs. Faye Drury who celebrated her 90th birthday. Mrs. Drury is still a very active citizen in the community.
February 2017 is a Rare Month This will not occur again in our lifetime – 4 Sundays, 4 Mondays, 4 Tuesdays, 4 Wednesdays, 4 Thursdays, 4 Fridays, and 4 Saturdays.  Just a little Trivia
Read To Be Ready
Since the launch of “Read to be Ready”, more than 200 teacher-coaches and two-thirds of Tennessee school districts have participated in a coaching network that is designed to provide intensive support and professional learning opportunities for educators focused on early grades reading, and the coaching network is expected to expand in the next year. These reading coaches work directly with more than 3,000 teachers to improve reading programs and practices in schools across the state.
A second initiative, the Read to be Ready summer grant program, started last year with 20 summer camps that targeted rising first, second and third graders who were not on grade level in reading. The state departments of Education and Human Services are partnering to expand the Read to Be Ready summer grant program through an investment of $30 million over the next three years. As many as 10,000 kids in up to 350 programs are expected to be served this summer alone.
For more information, visit the links  – Building the Framework on Elementary Grades Reading.  This provides recommendations to ensure Tennessee continues to move toward achieving its Read to be Ready goal for 75 percent of third graders to be reading on grade level by 2025. The most recent statewide assessment indicates that only 43 percent of students are proficient in reading when they leave third grade. The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) shows that only 33 percent of Tennessee’s fourth graders are proficient in reading. This year’s TNReady test results for grades 3–8 are predicted to also show a proficiency drop as the state sets a new baseline from which to grow.
Celebrating FFA
Such a great group of FFA members from Wilson Central and Lebanon High School visiting my office for FFA Day on the Hill.  Pictured are Matthew Farris, Advisor; Michaela Hicks, Maranda Hicks, Sadie Pittman, Sarah England, Sabrina Roberts, Rachael Boudreau and Preston George from Wilson Central.  
From Lebanon High, Carolanne Fox, Caroline Taylor, Christina Greer, Rebekah Branolt, Hayden Hittle, Chris Rittenberry, Derek Parsley and Aniston Stewart.  Advisors were Summer Major, Elizabeth Turner and Autmn Butler.
Ran into Bobby Ferrell, good friend and constituent from Woodbury.  Bobby was following a veteran’s bill that passed in my committee  – Consumer & Human Resources Sub.  Always good to see Bobby.
On “the second Monday in January” 1870, the third Constitutional Convention of the State of Tennessee convened in Nashville.  On February 23, 1870, the Convention ordained and established the new Constitution of the State. …… MORE

Weekly Wrap

Click the links below to visit these helpful websites
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 9:30a.m.

3rd Friday – Depot Junction Cafe in Watertown from8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.
Smithville at Hardees from10:00a.m. until 11:00a.m.
Woodbury Senior Center from  1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m
Did you know that if you are searching for a job you can visit Jobs4TN and click on featured jobs.
Congratulations to Pam Wiggins, Incoming President of the Watertown East Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber will host an Open House at their new location at 100 East Main Street in Watertown, Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 5:00p.m. until 7:00p.m.  Everyone is welcome.  Please stop by and visit the new location and meet the new officers.
Check-in begins at 8:00am
(Photo ID Required)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
East West Building at the Ag Center in Lebanon
Purpose:  To elect Precinct Officers and Delegates to the County Republican Party Convention

Precincts that are meeting elsewhere are:
Precinct 3 – Courtney’s Restaurant, 4066 N. Mt. Juliet Rd. In Mt. Juliet
Precinct 23 – Powell Grove Church of Christ, 46 Powell Grove Road and Hwy. 70, Lebanon

Check-in begins at 8 a.m.(Photo ID required)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 a.m.
East West Building of the Ag Center in Lebanon
Purpose:  To elect County Republican Party Executive Committee

Contest and Credentials Committee will meet on February 11, 2017 at 9:00 am to certify delegates, alternates, and precinct results (Deadline for delivery of protests by email is January 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.)
Meeting Location:  113 S.Cumberland, Lebanon, TN 37087

All meetings are open to the public.
For information call 615-444-5847 or email [email protected]com
Congratulations to the Watertown Middle School Girls Basketball team finishing with a 24 and 4 record and  lost in OT to Lipscomb Middle School in the State Tournament in Murfreesboro.
The DeKalb County Republican Party will be hosting a County Convention on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 9AM for the purpose of selecting the Officers of the Dekalb County GOP. Positions include Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Treasurer. The Convention will be held in the County Commission Room at the DeKalb County Courthouse. All Republicans are invited to attend this Convention to select the officers that will represent the county party for the next 2 years. Interested candidates can contact current Republican Party Chair Mingy Bryant at 615-597-2600 or current Vice Chair Clint Hall at 931-201-6962. For more information, go to our Facebook Page at Dekalb County Republican Party.
2017 has arrived and the 110th Tennessee General Assembly opened with three organizational days begining on January 10th with the swearing in of the Speaker, House Leaders, House Members and the Constitutional Officers.
 I am honored to serve this session as Vice-Chairman of Consumer & Human Resources, Member of Consumer & Human Resources Sub Committee, and Member of Insurance and Banking.  I am working on several bills; one I would like to hi-light is the right for patients and doctors to have more control over treatments instead of insurance companies.
 I feel the insurance companies and government should not overrule  the patient’s health. It is the patient and doctor’s right to declare which treatment would benefit the patient the most.  I look forward to serving my constituents of the 46th District.  
It was such anhonor to have my Parents, Jim and Anita Pody, along with my wife, Barbara, on the House Floor as I was sworn in.  Pictured with my mom, Anita.  My parents have been a blessing to me throughout my entire life.
Congratulations to Mayor Mike Gannon and the County of Woodbury for receiving the Governor’s Three Star Award for Performance, Accountability, and Efficiency.  Pictured with Diane Hickman, Accounts & Budgeting, and Mayor Mike Gannon.
The Tennessee Prayer Caucus invited Lea Carawan,of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation in Washington DC; Musician, Ricky Skaggs; Marlene Tidwell, Director of Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance to launch the Tennessee Prayer Caucus.  We were joined by Lt. Governor Randy McNally, Speaker Beth Harwell, Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, Representative John DeBerry, Representative Sheila Butt, and Senator Janice Bowling who took part in the program.  
The Old Supreme Court Chambers consisted of standing room only as there was a solemn signing of the Call to Prayer Proclamation, a moving charge by Rep. John DeBerry and a powerful rendition of our National Anthem by Rep. Weaver punctuated by the stirring words, “Praise the Power that had made and preserved our nation!  Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto: In God We Trust”. 
Barbara and I were honored to visit Rustic Elegance in Woodbury during the Christmas Holidays.  Paul and Gayle Morgan are the owners of this unique event center located at 1751 Doolittle Road in Woodbury.  
Please check them out on Facebook at Rustic Elegance Event Center.  Venue is a 3100 sq. ft building that is heated and cooled with a 1200 sq. ft. covered porch. Picturesque settings with Doolittle waterfall and creek.
It is important to me to meet with my constituents frequently at town meetings.  Pictured with Walter Burton at Hardees in Smithville.  I meet every third Friday of the month in Watertown, Smithville, and Woodbury and every first Friday of the month at the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.  Please see the Town Meetings section for times.
Congratulations to Kaleigh Chitwood, Cumberland graduate who is now interning at the Legislature.  Her goal is to attend law school.  She was involved in the Republican Chapter at Cumberland University.  New officers at Cumberland University include, President – Kayla Sanders, Vice President – Lane Howell, Treasurer – Rebecca Blom and Social Media – Natalie Hershey.  I look forward to working with each of them.