Alexander Supports 2-Year Senate Budget That Prioritizes Fighting Opioid Crisis, Rebuilding Military, Improving Roads And Bridges

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Senator Lamar Alexander on Thursday said he would support the bipartisan two-year Senate budget agreement that sets priorities including fighting the opioid crisis and rebuilding the military, while it funds government programs until March 23.

He said, “This 2-year budget agreement sets important priorities for our nation: fighting the opioid crisis, ending the sequestration funding restrictions on our military, and improving our nation’s roads, bridges, locks and dams.

It also extends funding for the community health centers that nearly 400,000 Tennesseans rely on for their health care, and extends funding for CoverKids, which provides health insurance to nearly 74,000 Tennessee children and pregnant women.”




Legislation Addressing Retail Theft And Its Link To Tennessee’s Opioid Crisis Advances In State Senate

A  bill which aims to cut off the flow of funds used in the purchase of illegal drugs was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week as legislation addressing Tennessee’s opioid crisis moves front and center in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Senate Bill 1717, sponsored by Senator Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville), addresses the use of gift cards obtained through ... (click for more)

Students Leaders Hold Meeting In Response To School Shootings

Student leaders are planning a meeting is response to school shootings.  The meeting will be held Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the 901 Lindsay venue at 901 Lindsay St.  This event is for student leaders passionate about taking action in response to the epidemic of mass shootings in schools and in the community. The purpose of the meeting is for students in the greater ... (click for more)

Reflections On Billy Graham

Sandra and I are saddened this morning after learning of the death of Billy Graham. We rejoice today, because Mr. Graham once said "It will be reported that Billy Graham has died, but that won't be the truth. He said the truth is that he had only moved to a new location".  I remember when we named 15th Street as Billy Graham Avenue, his daughter Gigi came for the dedication ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We’re The Angriest State

WalletHub, a financial-health website that has found it can draw a lot of attention by ranking the states on which is “fattest,” smartest, and so forth, has just announced its “sinful” rating and Tennessee churches should be ashamed of the job they are doing in making the Volunteer State a haven for puritans. Then again, our tourism may soon explode … remember Sodom & Gomorrah. ... (click for more)

Covenant Softball Wins Two In Home Opener

The Covenant softball team finally played its home opener and outlasted both the weather and visiting Judson to earn a doubleheader sweep on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Scots won 4-2 in game one, which was delayed over an hour due to heavy rain, and then recorded a 9-1 victory in the finale. Covenant (6-8) had played its first 12 games on the road or in neutral site locations. ... (click for more)