Weekly Wrap


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 10:00a.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 10:30a.m. until 11:30a.m.
Woodbury Senior Center from 1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m
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ELECTION DAY IN TENNESSEE (Presidential Preference Primary and County Primary) March 1, 2016


What a pleasure to meet Clyde Nokes and present him with flags, and a special HJR for his generosity to his fellow man.
Thanks to Shirley Borren for assisting in arranging the trip to Nashville for all those from Short Mountain.
2015-2016 Blue Books are still available, please call my office if you would like to receive one at 615-741-7086
If you would like to visit or have a student to page on the House Floor, please contact my office as well.

The Governor’s “State of the State”
Governor Haslam presented his annual “State of the State” address to the joint session and unveiled the 2016-2017 budget. I wanted to share some of the highlights from his address.
Since the Republicans became the majority party in 2011, the state’s education system has experienced dramatic improvements.
Student test scores now lead the nation in growth.
Tennessee has the fastest growing graduation rate of any state.
Students have experienced consistent gains on TCAP every year
ACT statewide average has increased to 19.4.
This year, House Republicans are continuing their record of working to improve education in Tennessee, with several key pieces of legislation filed to reward teachers for their hard work in the classroom.
The Governor’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget proposes 261 million in new dollars for Tennessee public education, including $104.6 million for teacher salaries.
$130 million from the General Fund to repay the Highway Fund and $100 Million paid into the Rainy Day Fund.
For the full State of the State Address, please click HERE

Empower Me Day Camp was founded and is staffed with pediatric therapists to serve children with disabilities in the Middle Tennessee area. They operate three programs within the corporation. The Summer Day Camp is an eight week day camp for children ages 5-21 with physical or developmental disabilities.
The focus of this program provides a positive learning and social environment while enhancing independence, self-esteem and physical and mental abilities. The Empowering Through Education Program promotes increased awareness of the needs of these children through various presentations and seminars at universities and local organization. The Empowering Opportunities Program provides year-round activities for these children.
I am very proud that the new facility shown above is being built without the help of government funds. For more details of thise great organization, please contact, [email protected]

I was honored to speak at the Cannon County Imagination Library Books from Birth last week. I appreciate Cynthia Crane, Outreach Coordinator, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for the invitation to speak. Thank you Cannon County for being generous to kick this program off.

Chiropractic Day on the Hill
Dr. Trea Wessel and her staff visited my office to talk about current legislation. Dr. Wessel’s office is located at 824 McMinnville Highway in Woodbury.
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…it is the perfect place to work, live, and play! From charming hometown events that bring bluegrass music to the courthouse square…to spending a leisurely afternoon on Center Hill Lake…or maybe a weekend tour of local artists studios…whether you are looking to raise a family or retire, we would love for you to join us in calling DeKalb County your home. Now that you know why we love DeKalb County, come and find out for yourself.
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