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
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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 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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.  
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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.
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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.
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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”. 
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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.
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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.
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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.