Rep. Kevin Brooks Officially Sworn In As Member Of 108th General Assembly

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The House of Representatives Tuesday officially gaveled into session, marking the beginning of the 108th General Assembly in Tennessee. Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) took the oath of office this week in Nashville and was officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Legislators are looking to build upon the success of the previous session that saw wasteful government spending cut from the budget, taxes cut for all Tennesseans, measures passed to encourage job growth, and numerous government reforms, officials said. 

“I am so honored to be serving the people of Cleveland and Bradley County in the Tennessee General Assembly,” stated Rep. Brooks. “I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues to find solutions for the pressing concerns of Tennesseans.”

Lawmakers have already signaled clear goals of balancing the budget, lowering the grocery tax, and ensuring every Tennessee student has access to a high quality education. 

Rep. Brooks continued, “This will be a very productive year and I believe Tennesseans are going to be proud of their representatives. Unlike the U.S. House in Washington, we get the job done, we balance our budget and we return home to our jobs and families.”

Speaker Beth Harwell added, “It is a pleasure guiding the Tennessee House of Representatives and working alongside talented individuals like Kevin Brooks gives me confidence we’re going to accomplish a great deal this session.”

Rep. Kevin Brooks serves the 24th Legislative District in Cleveland and Bradley County.  Kevin and his wife, Kim are actively involved in their community and local schools with their two children, Zach who is attending Lee University, and Elizabeth, who attends Cleveland High.



Commissioners Have Lot Of Questions On Vote Involving Transfer Of East Ridge High Athletic Facilities

County Commission members had a number of questions about a vote next Wednesday regarding the transfer by the County School Board of athletic facilities at East Ridge High School to the city of East Ridge. Commissioner Tim Boyd asked why the county vote was even necessary since the property is titled in the name of the schools only. County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said school ... (click for more)

Tim Boyd Apologizes For Text Message To Joe Smith

County Commissioner Tim Boyd on Wednesday apologized for a text message to County School Board member Joe Smith in which he demanded that he set a new school for CSLA as his top priority. Instead, Mr. Smith and a majority of the board put a new $35 million Harrison Elementary ahead of the $64 million plan to make CSLA a K-12 school with completely new facilities. Commissioner ... (click for more)

Getting The Message

Our school age youth have inspired me with their responses during “Q and A” sessions after my readings as a volunteer during African American History Celebrations and Read across America Celebration, too.  Before this school year, I read to classes at Orchard Knob Elementary School and at Rivermont Elementary School, here in Hamilton County.   Their answers to factual ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Marshall’s 3% Folly

The National Health Interview Survey is believed to be the best gauge of health and behaviors in the United States. It is under the umbrella of the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so first let me share that the figures I am going to present are directly attributed to what is the best source believed to be out there. I didn’t make these numbers up and I had nothing ... (click for more)

Red Bank Girls, Tyner Boys Prevail In 6-AA Title Games

The capacity crowd at Hixson High School got their money’s worth and more Tuesday night in the championship finals of the District 6-AA basketball tournament. The Red Bank-Tyner girls have had four extremely tight games this season and the same can be said for the Tyner-Brainerd boys, so you had to know that the two games on tap for the tournament titles would be top-notch and ... (click for more)

Cleveland Manhandles East Hamilton For District 5-3A Tourney Title

Almost every time Diontae Davis got the basketball in his hands he heard a little voice. “Give me the ball! Give me the ball!” It was Davis’ teammate KK Curry. Davis fed Curry a steady diet of passes from every imaginable angle on the court and so did other teammates. The big, lanky junior responded with a game-high 29 points and led Cleveland to a surprising ... (click for more)