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.

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Washington County Commission Votes Not to Hear Constitutional Resolution

The Washington County Commission Voted To Not Hear A Resolution That Aimed To Offer Support For The “Restoring State Sovereignty Through Nullification Act.”

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New Constitutional-Conservative Coalition In East Tennessee

Constitutional Conservative Groups Across East Tennessee Have Come Together To Create The Tennessee Constitutional Grassroots Coalition. This Newly Formed Coalition Currently Represents 12 Counties In East Tennessee Embodying More Than 9,500 Tennessee Residents.

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Washington County Enters Into Poor Settlement In Bitcoin Lawsuit, Is Johnson City The Next Location?

Washington County Has Entered Into A Poor Settlement Agreement. This Agreement Does Not Serve The County Nor Its Citizens Well. The County Has Been Far Too Lenient By Allowing Additional Years For The Facility To Continue Operation And The Waiving Of Significant Penalties In Doing So. The County Is Also ‘Passing The Buck’ By Potentially Allowing The Facility To Relocate To Jonesborough Or Johnson City.

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Tennessee Opioid Dispense Rates Exceed National Averages

In Most Of Tennessee, The Dispensing Rate Of Opioids Was Significantly Higher Than The National Average. Tennessee’s Average Dispense Rate Was 68.5 Per 100 People, Compared To 43.3 Nationally.

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Tennessee Has 37th Highest Property Tax Rates In U.S.

Tennessee Has The 37th Highest Property Tax Rate On Owner-Occupied Property In The Country, According To A New Report From The Tax Foundation.

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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.

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Tennessee Commits Final $30.6M Of ARPA Funds

Tennessee Committed Its Final $30.6 Million In Federal Pandemic Relief Funding To A Housing Program And A Rural Health Program.

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Washington County And The State Of Tennessee Misappropriate $2M In Federal ARPA Funds (Op-Ed)

Washington County Tennessee Voted In January 2023 To Provide $2.0 Million Of American Rescue Plan Act Funds To A Meat Packing Plant To Be Built In Washington County Named Appalachian Producers Cooperative. In Reviewing The ARPA Guidelines, Washington County’s Usage Of The $2 Million In ARPA Funds Is Not Allowed. Washington County Decided To Utilize The ‘Revenue Loss’ Section Of ARPA Regulations As Justification For Providing The Funds. ARPA Regulations Detail That ‘Revenue Loss’ Funding Must Be Used For Government Services. Providing Meat Packing Services Is Not A Normal Government Service.

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