Senator Janice Bowling And Rep. Ron Travis Receive Legislator Of The Year Awards

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
From left, David Jackson, mayor of Marion County; Michael Brady, mayor of Grundy County; Hoyt Firestone, Polk County executive; Dwain Land, mayor of city of Dunlap; Senator Janice Bowling; Rep. Ron Travis; Philip Cagle, mayor of city of Pikeville; John Gentry, mayor of McMinn County; and Beth Jones, executive director, Southeast Tennessee Development District
From left, David Jackson, mayor of Marion County; Michael Brady, mayor of Grundy County; Hoyt Firestone, Polk County executive; Dwain Land, mayor of city of Dunlap; Senator Janice Bowling; Rep. Ron Travis; Philip Cagle, mayor of city of Pikeville; John Gentry, mayor of McMinn County; and Beth Jones, executive director, Southeast Tennessee Development District

Senator Janice Bowling and Rep. Ron Travis have received "Legislator of the Year" Awards from the Tennessee Development District Association. The awards were made during TDDA’s Legislative Awards Breakfast in Nashville.  

The TDDA is an association of Tennessee's nine development districts, which are regional planning and economic development organizations. These policy boards within each district are made up of the state's 95 counties and 340 municipalities. Development districts assist with regional issues including planning and economic development coordination, transportation, solid waste, loans and grants for critical infrastructure such as water and sewer systems, housing, tourism, economic development loans, environmental quality and natural resources planning, workforce development and services to the elderly. 

"The awards are given on the basis of nominations from each of the nine development districts to those legislators who have shown leadership and put forth considerable effort on behalf of their cities and counties," said Beth Jones, executive director of Southeast Tennessee Development District. "Both Senator Bowling and Rep. Travis understand the needs of our region and continue to advocate, sponsor and support needed changes in economic development to bring success to the people and businesses of the southeast Tennessee region.”   

"We appreciate the support Senator Bowling and Rep. Travis have given our local governments in the legislature," said Larry Waters, TDDA president and Sevier County mayor. 

 



Nominations Open For 2018 International Business Awards

The International Business Council (IBC) of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce announces the second annual IBC International Business Awards. These awards showcase the positive contributions international businesses make to the greater Chattanooga region. Any Chattanooga area businesses engaged in international trade (either products or services, importing or exporting) are ... (click for more)

March State Revenues Less Than Expected, Year-To-Date Revenues Remain More Than Budgeted

Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin Friday announced that Tennessee tax revenue fell short of budgeted estimates in March. Overall March revenues totaled $1.1 billion, which is $84.1 million more than the state collected in March of 2017, but $2 million less than the budgeted estimate for the month.  "Sales tax revenues for March recorded exceptionally ... (click for more)

Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House Is In Custody

Travis Reinking, 29, the suspect in the shooting at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday, has been taken into custody, according to police. Reinking, who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning was on the loose Monday morning and had been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. ... (click for more)

Pet Raccoon That Was Destroyed Did Not Have Rabies

A pet raccoon that was destroyed in order to test for rabies after biting a neighbor child did not have rabies, Chattanooga attorney Chris Jones. The family has been advised it can pick up the remains of Boomer at the Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department. Attorney Jones, who specializes in wildlife cases, earlier argued there was no valid reason for health ... (click for more)

Set Up A Council On Love, Not A Council On Hate - And Response

In Mayor Berke's April 19 version of the Berke Bulletin, he announced plans to establish a Council on Hate and indicated a focus on tolerance. I beg of him to reconsider that plan. One problem in Chattanooga and in other places in America is that there are some people who have already established an informal version of a Council on Hate. I suggest that a more productive plan ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Always Know The Facts

I adore the fact so many of America’s high school and college students are very active in our battle against violence in our schools but bemoan the fact that when you combine youth and ‘lack of experience’ they often are misguided and ill-informed. The best example came on Saturday when a reporter for Campus Reform walked around the Cal State-Santa Barbara campus asking the students ... (click for more)