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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 9:30a.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



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  It is always good to see those young folks visit my office and page on the House Floor. Two special ladies are Becca and Elyssa Chapman, daughters of  Christine Gilbreath.




Congratulations to The Nashville Homeschool Basketball Team, Nashville Central Chistian Warriors that won the 2016 National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship Title. Congratulations to Head Coach McMorel and assistants Andy Hooper and Jase Dean.  



Luke 1:37  For with God all things are possible.




So happy to have Robert Springer, Commissioner of Finance and Revenue, City of Lebanon with me on the House Floor recently.





Did you ever wonder what happens next?

The 109th Tennessee General Assembly will be in the books this week.  Many bills have passed through the Assembly.  After passing through the House and Senate, the Governor has three options.

•  Sign – and it becomes law within 10 days.

•  Not sign – and it will become law within 10 days.

•  Veto – and the bill will die unless the bill can be overridden by legislators.




What a blessing to have Bro. Herb Alsup and his daughter, Niki Alsup McAlister and his grandchildren from Woodbury.  

Bro Herb served as Minister of the Day.




Congratulations to Dr. Bill McKee!

Dr McKee is Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Education and Public Service at Cumberland UniversityHe was inducted into the Educators Hall of Honor last month.  Pictured with President Paul Stumb of Cumberland University.



State Board Seeks Public Feedback on New Science Standards


The Tennessee State Board of Education launched the science standards review website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/, to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K-12 science standards. This is the first time the revised science standards, recently improved by Tennessee educators, will be available for public review.

The K-12 science standards set grade-specific goals that exemplify what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course.


This is the second opportunity for every Tennessean to log in online, review each specific science standard by grade level, and provide comments and make suggestions for changes.


“We are eager to gather more public feedback after a very successful first round,” said Dr. Sara Heyburn, Executive Director of the State Board of Education. “This extensive and transparent review is a critical part of our collective efforts to ensure Tennessee students are postsecondary and workforce ready.”


The initial science standards review website was made available for public comment last fall. The website drew over 29,000 public reviews from more than 1,300 reviewers. The data was shared with an educator advisory team during the winter for review and revision work.

Once feedback has been collected again from the public, the Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC), appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives will review it and make additional changes. The SRC will then propose new science standards to the State Board of Education on first reading in July 2016.

The revised science standards will be implemented in the 2018-19 school year.


In October 2014, Gov. Haslam introduced a similar review process online, in partnership with the State Board, for the state’s English language arts and math standards. This process was codified by the General Assembly in HB 1035. For more information, please visit http://tn.gov/sbe/topic/standards-review.



Great evening in Dekalb County at the Reagan Day Dinner with my friends and colleagues, Senator Mae Beavers and Representative Terri Lynn Weaver.