Tennessee Awards $162.7M In Broadband, Digital Grants

Tennessee Announced Another $162.7 Million In Broadband And Digital Grants Recently. That Makes $715 Million That The Tennessee Department Of Economic And Community Development Has Awarded In Recent Years.

Read more

Tennessee Awards Nearly $18M In Site Development Grants

Tennessee Has Committed To Hand Out $17.9 Million In Grants For The Development Of 12 Sites In Order To Prepare Those Sites For Potential Businesses.

Read more

Tennessee Parents Left With Limited TCAP Data Now That Letter Grades Are Out Until Sometime This Year

The Tennessee Department Of Education Says That TCAP Scores For Each School Will Be Available Through Their Website When They Release The 2023 Scores Sometime “In Early 2024.” For Now, This Leaves The Public With A Limited Amount Of Information Pertaining To Each School’s TCAP Scores Through The New Letter Grades System.

Read more

Pork Report: In-N-Out Subsidies, TPAC Move Are Wasteful Government Spending

Nearly $5 Million In Taxpayer Subsidies For In-N-Out Burger, $200 Million To Move The Tennessee Performing Arts Center And Large Property Tax Increases Were All Included In Beacon Center’s Annual Pork Report On Wasteful Taxpayer Spending In The State.

Read more

20 Tennessee Small Businesses, Rural Companies Receive USDA Grants

Twenty Tennessee Companies Will Be Receiving Loans Or Grants Worth Anywhere From $4,000 To $240,000 As Part Of The United States Department Of Agriculture’s Support Of Agriculture Producers And Rural Small Businesses.

Read more

Low-Performing Tennessee School Districts Speak Out Against New Accountability Model

With Many Tennessee Public School Districts Having A Very Low Percentage Of Their Students Testing At Grade Level Proficiency, It Is Highly Unlikely The Districts Would Want The Public To Gain An Even Clearer Picture Of The Subpar Education That Is Being Provided.

Read more

Former Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Dept. Treasurer Indicted For Theft

An Investigation By The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, Working In Conjunction With An Investigator From The District Attorney General’s Office Of The 3rd Judicial District, Has Resulted In The Indictment Of Misty Taylor, The Former Treasurer Of The Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department In Greene County.

Read more

A Rural TN County’s Choice: Use Opioid Funds To Pay Off Debt, Or Pay Them Forward To Curb Crisis

Over The Past Two Years, Rural Greene County In Northeastern Tennessee Has Collected More Than $2.7 Million From Regional And National Settlements With Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors. But Instead Of Helping People Harmed By Addiction, County Officials Are Finding Other Ways To Spend It.

Read more

Tennessee Counties, Cities Receive $38M In Federal Funds For Water Infrastructure Improvements

Six Tennessee Counties Are Receiving Federal Grants That Add Up To Nearly $38 Million For Water Infrastructure.

Read more

Report Questions Tennessee Public School’s Spending Of $3.5B In COVID-19 Relief Funds

A New Report From Beacon Center Of Tennessee Shows That School Districts Throughout Tennessee Received A Total Of Nearly $3.5 Billion Sent Directly To Districts In Covid-19 Recovery Funding. That Funding, However, Was Then Used By Districts For Items Such As Mattress Pads, Instant Pots, Toaster Ovens, Apple Pens, Security Cameras, Sound Systems, And Sending Teachers To A Conference In Baltimore.

Read more