Bill To Allow First Responders To Live Where They Choose Passes First Hurdle In Tennessee Senate

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Members of the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday voted to advance Senate Bill 29 which would allow first responders to live where they choose.

The measure, sponsored by State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), would ban residency requirements statewide for police officers and firefighters.

 

Senator Kelsey said the bill "is a matter of public safety and will allow police and fire departments to recruit top tier first responder candidates, regardless of where they live. In particular, it will help Tennessee address a deficit of police officers occurring throughout the country.

 

"This bill will support our police, fire officers, and emergency medical service workers who keep us safe by allowing them to live where they choose. It will increase public safety by enabling us to hire more police officers, which will help us fight our rising crime rates.”

 

Rep. Jerome Moon (R-Maryville), who is sponsoring the bill in the House of Representatives, said, “This bill addresses the needs of our local law enforcement and emergency services agencies, ensuring they have one of the most valuable resources - sufficient personnel - to protect our citizens and keep our communities safe. Removing residency requirements will greatly expand the pool of highly-qualified applicants.”

 

Senator Kelsey said, "In Memphis, major violent crime rates are up nine percent, and the city suffered from a record of over 300 homicides in 2020. In addition, a recent analysis by Drs. Richard Janikowski and Phyllis Betts of Strategic City Solutions revealed that the Memphis Police Department is understaffed by several hundred officers and that as the number of officers in the police force increases, the levels of violent crime in Memphis decrease. In December, the City Council adopted a resolution acknowledging that the city is over 400 officers short of its hiring goal.

 

"The new bill would seek to remedy the lack of law enforcement officers by applying the practices adopted by many local police departments statewide. The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTA), which provides assistance and training to municipal officials and employees as part of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service, says that most cities in Tennessee have moved away from residency requirements due to difficulties in recruiting." 


Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Walker County Development Authority May Issue $19 Million In Bonds For Multi-Family Housing On Happy Valley Road, Rossville

2 Shot On North Orchard Knob Avenue Saturday Evening


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ABELL, TERRY NATHAN 1633 CREEK HAVEN LOOP OWENSBORO, 42303 Age at Arrest: 65 years old Arresting Agency: Tenn Highway Patrol DRIVING ... (click for more)

The Walker County Development Authority is set to issue $19 million in bonds for a multi-family housing project on Happy Valley Road, Rossville. The Walker County Board of Commissioners is ... (click for more)

Two male teenagers were shot Saturday evening on North Orchard Knob Avenue. At approximately 6:45 p.m., Chattanooga Police were dispatched to the 600 block of North Orchard Knob Avenue ... (click for more)



Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ABELL, TERRY NATHAN 1633 CREEK HAVEN LOOP OWENSBORO, 42303 Age at Arrest: 65 years old Arresting Agency: Tenn Highway Patrol DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW - DRIVERS --- ADKIRSON, JAMES DEAN 3811 BONNY OAKS DR CHATTANOOGA, 37406 Age at Arrest: 21 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County ... (click for more)

Walker County Development Authority May Issue $19 Million In Bonds For Multi-Family Housing On Happy Valley Road, Rossville

The Walker County Development Authority is set to issue $19 million in bonds for a multi-family housing project on Happy Valley Road, Rossville. The Walker County Board of Commissioners is set to vote on the proposal on Thursday. The location is near Ridgeland High School. Gateway at Rossville, LP is proposing to build 156 housing units. Also, it was announced earlier ... (click for more)

Opinion

So Long To 3 Local TV Icons - And Response

COVID or no COVID, I cannot comprehend the decision by the owners of News Channel 9 to let go Erin Thomas. I watch that show every morning and (when I can) at 6 p.m. She is outstanding at her job and very versatile doing weather, traffic, news or whatever. Totally at ease, smiling, smart, friendly and professional. What do they want? I think the entire crew is great, including ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Winner Gets A Mess

No matter whether Tim Kelly or Kim White wins the April 13 th runoff to become the next Mayor of Chattanooga, the victory comes with a guarantee: neither one has ever seen such a mess. Of the top 150 largest cities in the United States, Chattanooga ranks 147 on the list of the Best- and Worse-Run Cities in America. Further, the Scenic City is currently No. 25 on the Most Dangerous ... (click for more)

Sports

Vols Beat Florida, 65-54, On Senior Day; Secure #4 Seed For SEC Tournament

A balanced offensive effort and a momentum-shifting, second-half run propelled the Tennessee basketball team past Florida, 65-54, on Senior Day inside Thompson-Boling Arena. The win secured the No. 4 seed and first-round bye for the Volunteers at next week's SEC Tournament. The Vols (17-7, 10-7 SEC) punished the Gators (13-8, 9-7 SEC) on the boards, out-rebounding Florida ... (click for more)

#17 Tennessee Baseball Completes Sweep Of Georgia State

No. 17 Tennessee completed its series sweep of Georgia State in dominant fashion with a 7-0 shutout win in Sunday's series finale at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Five pitchers combined for the Vols' first shutout of the year with junior right hander Elijah Pleasants earning his second victory this week after tossing 2.1 scoreless innings in relief. Junior third baseman Jake ... (click for more)