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

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK PODY
STANDING STRONG ON PRINCIPLES – SERVING CANNON, DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES
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.
__________________________________
WILSON COUNTY
PRECINCT MEETINGS
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

COUNTY CONVENTION
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.

Weekly wrap for Representative Mark Pody

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK PODY
STANDING STRONG ON PRINCIPLES – SERVING CANNON, DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES
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 9:00a.m.

3rd Friday – Depot Junction Cafe in Watertown from 8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.
Smithville at Hardees from 10:00a.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.
____________________________
As we begin the 110th, we will start working on legislation. Please check out the survey we have prepared to assist in bill preparation.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.  If you have ideas, we will be glad to receive those as well.
__________________________
Local Cannon County Teen Sergeant Bryson Bell, Son of Tim and Diane Bell, has been named the 2016 Rutherford County Unit Young Marine of the Year
__________________________
If you are looking for a job, Tenneco in Smithville takes application on Mondays from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. at the Dekalb County Community Complex.
__________________________
If you still have a Pody Sign and we need to pick it up, please give us a call at615-444-4423.
If your students would like to page in the 110th or your class would enjoy a tour of the Capitol, please call Debbie and schedule at 615-741-7086.
Christmas is a magical time. It tends to bring back happy memories of family gatherings and charming traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Christmas carols, gift exchanges and family feasts are just some of the enduring traditions that make the season one of the world’s favorite holidays. Christmas means something different to every person and family, but as you get ready for this special time, do not forget the real reason for this season. JESUS gave all that we could have life and life everlasting.  HE is the reason for this season.  From my family to yours, I thank you for all your support.   As I represent each of you in the 46th district, I look forward to being your voice the next two years as your State Representative in 110th Tennessee General Assembly.  God Bless You and MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
          Mark & Barbara Pody
___________________________________________________________
Great turnout at the Watertown Christmas Parade
______________________________________________________
Thanks to Mayor Tim Stribling and the Dekalb County Chamber for the Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast.  Guest Speaker was Dr. Paul Stumb, President of Cumberland University.  Pictured with Suzanne Williams, Chamber President.
___________________________________________________
A special thanks to the great work at the Woodbury Child Advocacy Center. Pictured with Alissa Kalish, Jessica Wauchek, Keylon Holloway, Amanda Pruitt, Rebecca Stamps, Kristen Troglen and Shirley Borren.

Journeys Group to Expand Operations in Lebanon, TN

JOURNEYS GROUP TO EXPAND OPERATIONS IN LEBANON

Footwear and accessories retailer to create 72 jobs

 

NASHVILLE— Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Journeys Group, a division of Nashville-based Genesco Inc., announced today the company will expand its distribution operations in Lebanon. The footwear and accessories retailer will invest $35 million and create 72 new jobs in Wilson County.

 

“I want to thank Journeys Group for choosing to expand in Wilson County and for its continued investment in Tennessee,” Boyd said. “There are over 263,400 Tennesseans employed in the transportation, distribution and logistics sector and it is welcomed news when a company like Journeys, with its long history in our state, chooses to bring even more jobs to this growing sector and Team Tennessee.”

 

Journeys, which operates more than 1,300 specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, U.K., Republic of Ireland and Germany, will add 207,000 square feet to its current 320,000 square foot distribution facility in Lebanon. With this expansion, the company plans to add new equipment to better serve its retail and online customers.  The construction of the additional square footage is set to begin by the end of the year.

 

“The great workforce at our Lebanon distribution center has been a key contributor to Journeys’ success over the past 15 years,” said James C. Estepa, president and chief executive officer of Journeys Group, a division of Genesco Inc. “We are excited about the Lebanon distribution center expansion to support continuing growth at Journeys. We are proud to be part of the Wilson County community, and appreciate the tremendous support of state and local officials in making this expansion a reality.”

 

Local leaders and partners expressed appreciation to Journeys Group for choosing to expand its operations in Wilson County.

 

“On behalf of the citizens of Lebanon, it’s my privilege to congratulate Journeys Group and Genesco on the decision to expand its operations in our city,” Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said. “We realize that a company of this magnitude has multiple opportunities and alternatives to grow both its market share and service facilities. We believe that today’s announcement further confirms that businesses of this stature cannot only locate in this community but also find a supportive and business friendly environment that allows for the company’s growth.”

 

“It is always satisfying to learn of the expansion of one of the county’s premier businesses,” Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said. “I want to thank Journeys Group and Genesco not only for the vote of confidence in Wilson County that this investment represents, but also for the many opportunities and contributions they have made and continue to make to our county.”

 

“TVA and Middle Tennessee EMC congratulate Journeys on its decision to expand and create additional job opportunities in Lebanon, Tennessee,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “We are proud to serve with our partners at the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, Wilson County and city of Lebanon, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help support existing business and industry growth.”

 

Lebanon and Wilson County are represented by Sen. Mae Beavers (R – Mt. Juliet), Rep. Mark Pody (R – Lebanon) and Rep. Susan Lynn (R – Mt. Juliet) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

 

About Journeys Group

Journeys Group is the leading specialty retailer featuring branded fashion footwear and accessories with more than 1,300 stores in seven countries serving everyone from toddler to adult. Journeys Group operates seven banners in North America and Europe including Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Shi by Journeys, Underground by Journeys, Schuh, Schuh Kids and Little Burgundy. Journeys Group is a division of Genesco Inc.

 

About Genesco Inc.

Genesco Inc., a Nashville-based specialty retailer, sells footwear, headwear, sports apparel and accessories in more than 2,800 retail stores and leased departments throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Germany, principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Shi by Journeys, Schuh, Schuh Kids, Little Burgundy, Lids, Locker Room by Lids, Lids Clubhouse, Johnston & Murphy, and on internet websites www.journeys.com, www.journeyskidz.com, www.shibyjourneys.com, www.schuh.co.uk, www.littleburgundyshoes.com, www.johnstonmurphy.com, www.lids.com, www.lids.ca, www.lidslockerroom.com, www.lidsclubhouse.com, http://shop.neweracap.com/ , www.trask.com, www.suregripfootwear.com  and www.dockersshoes.com.  The Company’s Lids Sports Group division operates the Lids headwear stores, the Locker Room by Lids and other team sports fan shops and single team clubhouse stores.   In addition, Genesco sells wholesale footwear under its Johnston & Murphy brand, the Trask brand, the licensed Dockers brand, G.H. Bass & Co., SureGrip, and other brands. For more information on Genesco and its operating divisions, please visit www.genesco.com.

 

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

 

 

Weekly Wrap

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK PODY
STANDING STRONG ON PRINCIPLES – SERVING CANNON, DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES
Click the links below to visit these helpful websites

The Governor
Tennessee State Government
Tennessee General Assembly
Representative Mark Pody
My 2015 Legislation
TN GOP Website
Tennessee Promise
Tennessee Education Standards
_____________________________
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 from 8:00a.m. until 9:00a.m.
Smithville at the Dekalb County Board of Education from 10:00a.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.
Visit this site

Election Day is November 8th
Polls will be open tomorrow from 7am until 7pm. Please check with your local election commission for details.
____________________________________________________
Wilson County Election Commission………………………………………615-444-0216
Dekalb County Election Commission……………………………………….615-597-4146
Cannon County Election Commission………………………………………615-563-5653
Join me as the election returns come in tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 8th at the James E. Ward Center East/West Building in Lebanon.  We will start at 7:00p.m.  Please invite someone to come.  Refreshments will be served.

Congratulations to the folks in Dekalb County on receiving the Governor’s ThreeStar Award. The ThreeStar program is geared toward assisting community development efforts and ensuring those communities stay competitive through enhancing and improving community assets.
The ThreeStar program is geared to assist your community development efforts and ensure you compete at a higher level through enhancing and improving community assets.
– See more at: http://www.tn.gov/ecd/section/threestar#sthash.fyx3ryGY.dpuf
The ThreeStar program is geared to assist your community development efforts and ensure you compete at a higher level through enhancing and improving community assets.
– See more at: http://www.tn.gov/ecd/section/threestar#sthash.fyx3ryGY.dpuf
The ThreeStar program is geared to assist your community development efforts and ensure you compete at a higher level through enhancing and improving community assets.
– See more at: http://www.tn.gov/ecd/section/threestar#sthash.fyx3ryGY.dpuf
The ThreeStar program is geared to assist your community development efforts and ensure you compete at a higher level through enhancing and improving community assets.
– See more at: http://www.tn.gov/ecd/section/threestar#sthash.fyx3ryGY.dpuf
The ThreeStar program is geared to assist your community development efforts and ensure you compete at a higher level through enhancing and improving community assets.
– See more at: http://www.tn.gov/ecd/section/threestar#sthash.fyx3ryGY.dpuf

Thanks to John Greer Jr. and Tony Shelton for working with me to honor these veterans. Pictured with Albert Cason – Army Veteran received Commendation Medal; James Stephens – Army Sargeant E-5 received 2 Purple Hearts Vietnam; Joe Hodges -Air Force Staff Sargeant Vietnam; Bob Curtis – Army, POW, Medic Specialist and Kenneth Pannell who served in the Army – Vietnam Parachute Infantry. God bless our veterans.
HOME OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE
PAID FOR BY CAMPAIGN FOR MARK PODY, KRISTINA HIBDON – TREASURER

 

Haslam Announces Record Number of Tennessee Promise Applicants, Calls for Mentors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CONTACT: Jennifer Donnals

OFFICE: (615) 741-3763

HASLAM ANNOUNCES RECORD NUMBER OF TENNESSEE PROMISE APPLICANTS, CALLS FOR MENTORS 60,780 High School Seniors Apply, 9,000 Adult Mentors Needed

 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a record number of high school seniors from the class of 2017 applied for the Tennessee Promise and called on Tennessee adults to serve as mentors for the program.

 

November 1 marked the deadline for the state’s groundbreaking program which provides high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees, and 60,780 high school seniors applied. That’s up from 58,286 applicants in 2014 and 59,621 applicants in 2015.

 

Mentorship is a key aspect of the Tennessee Promise. The state’s goal is to secure 9,000 mentors before the deadline on November 20. Currently, 4,500 mentors have committed, and only two counties, Hawkins and Grundy, have met their goals.

 

“With this record number of applicants and a number of other indicators, it’s clear that Tennessee Promise is changing the conversation around going to college in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “But we don’t just want students to apply to college; we want them to succeed in college and graduate. Mentors play a huge role in the program’s success. We’re half way to our goal of 9,000 mentors with only a few weeks until the deadline, so I want to encourage Tennesseans to consider mentoring. The time commitment is small, but the impact can be life changing for students across our state and in your community.”

 

Launched in 2014, Tennessee Promise made Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees. As a result, first-time freshmen enrollment increased 25 percent at community colleges and 20 percent at technical colleges in 2015, and the college-going rate increased to a historic high of 62.5 percent.

 

Tennessee Promise mentors are required to be at least 21 years old and attend a one-hour training session and two, one-hour meetings with their students over the course of a year. On average, mentors spend about an hour a month working with three to seven students as they transition from high school to college, reminding them of important deadlines, encouraging them and serving as a trusted resource.

 

The mentor application is available through November 20 at http://tnpromise.gov/volunteers.shtml.

 

A video message from Gov. Haslam calling on Tennesseans to become mentors is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZF6q-OjzPg.

 

About the Drive to 55

In 2013, Governor Haslam launched the Drive to 55 to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025. As a result, the Drive to 55 has established the Tennessee Promise program, the nation’s first scholarship and mentorship program that provides high school graduates last-dollar scholarships to attend two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees; reduced the number of college freshmen requiring remediation through the SAILS (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) program; provided free technical college for adults through TCAT Reconnect Grants; created Tennessee Reconnect + Complete to help more adults return to college to complete unfinished degrees; developed a more comprehensive state approach to serving student veterans; and leveraged technology to enhance classroom instruction and college advising.

 

###

 

 

 

Weekly Wrap

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK PODY
STANDING STRONG ON PRINCIPLES – SERVING CANNON, DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES
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 the Dekalb County Board of Education from 10:00a.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.
___________________________
_______________________
Wilson County Fair is right around the corner
 If you would like to work the Pody booth at the Wilson County Fair, please contact Kristina Hibdon at 615-444-4423.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early voting for the August 4th state primary and county general election is now underway. Voting will continue Mondays through Saturdays and endSaturday, July 30.  If you need a ride to the polls, please call my office at 615-444-4423 and let me know.  We also have yard signs available as well.
__________________________________________________________
2016 SALES TAX HOLIDAY
The State of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free. This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. onFriday, July 29 and ends Sunday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m  
Sales Tax Holiday information here
_________________________________________________
Students Back to Class
Cannon County – August 9, 2016
Dekalb County – August 8, 2016
Wilson County – August 1, 2016
_________________________________________________________
INCREASED SCHOOL FUNDING
This year, Governor Haslam proposed and the General Assembly approved a budget and corresponding legislation to enhance the BEP by more than $220 million – the largest improvement without a tax increase in the history of the BEP and one that exceeds funding gained through full implementation of BEP 2.0.
 Specifically, the Governor’s BEP enhancement plan includes:
  • More than $100 million for teacher salaries – the largest  investment without a tax increase ever;      
  • Nearly $30 million to fund the 12th month of insurance for teachers;
  • $15 million for recurring technology funds for our schools – an amount that doubles our current investment and addresses concerns related to devices, infrastructure and instruction;
  • Nearly $20 million to better serve high need student populations; 
  • Almost $50 million to address enrollment growth and inflationary costs
__________________________________________________
 Groundbreaking for Legends Drive in Lebanon, Tennessee
Legends Drive is located off of S. Cumberland Street in Lebanon and runs alongside Demos’ Restaurant and The Roxy Theater. With the mile and a half extension, Legends Drive will stretch to Briskin Lane, off of Sparta Pike. The road will run parallel to Interstate 40.
Plans have been drawn to have the Legends Drive extension to go all the way to Sparta Pike, connecting to Briskin Lane just south of the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
The extension will also connect to Cumberland Center Drive when constructed.
___________________________________________________________
State Road Aid Appropriations by County
 1)  Cannon County’s regular State Appropriation is $156,431….the $30M distribution from the Legislature added $222,600 in State Appropriation to the county for a total State Appropriation of $379,031
2)  Dekalb County’s regular State Appropriation is $165,377….the $30M distribution from the Legislature added $235,300 in State Appropriation to the county for a total State Appropriation of $400,677
3)  Wilson County’s regular State Appropriation is $278,637….the $30M distribution from the Legislature added $396,500 in State Appropriation to the county for a total State Appropriation of $675,137
PAID FOR BY CAMPAIGN FOR MARK PODY, KRISTINA HIBDON – TREASURER