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.



Sean Hale Apprehended At Fort Payne, Ala.; Confesses To Shooting Cleveland Man Whose Body Was Found In Polk County

Police said a man sought for the murder of 34-year-old Thomas Creek Jr. of Cleveland was apprehended on Wednesday and confessed to shooting the victim. Fort Payne Police notified Cleveland detectives that they had contact with Sean Hale and his brother, Brian Hale, walking along the shoulder of I-59. They said Sean Hale gave false information to police, but ... (click for more)

Chad Cook Found Safe After Going Missing On Walden's Ridge

Rescuers on Wednesday found a Signal Mountain man who had been missing since early Monday morning after going four-wheeling on Walden's Ridge. He was reported in good condition. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services has been assisting the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office searching for the missing person from Hamilton County since 10:30 a.m. Monday. Chad Cook, 38, was last ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Two Catchers & ‘Shaq’

Kids whose parents are active members in the military were special guests of the New York Yankees when they played the Tampa Bay Rays in an exhibition game last Sunday in Tampa. The Yankees had even arranged for taped videos so some of the kids could watch with the rest of the crowd as their parents told how much they missed them on the Jumbotron. Both the kids and the fans ate ... (click for more)

Lindsey Leads Unbeaten Baylor Past Marion County

There are quite a few new names and faces in the lineup for Baylor’s softball team this spring, but the Lady Red Raiders are the two-time Division II state champs, so it’s more a case of reloading than rebuilding. It’s still early in the season and there’s a lot of key games coming up, but the Lady Raiders are clicking on all cylinders at this point and are now 8-0 following ... (click for more)

UTC Athletics Begins Search For New Men's Basketball Coach

The Chattanooga Mocs begin their search for the 20th head coach in the program’s proud history. The previous 19 combined for 1,281 wins, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances (11 as a DI program), one NCAA DI Sweet 16, 11 Southern Conference Regular Season titles, 11 SoCon Tourney crowns and the 1977 NCAA DII Championship.   Coach Matt McCall departs for UMass after two strong ... (click for more)