The newspaper business didn’t get off to a good start in America. “Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick”, the first real newspaper in America, was supposed to be a weekly, but it lasted exactly one issue. It was shut down by the colonial government, in part because it published spe…

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Editor’s note: The following was written by State Rep. Robin Smith of Hamilton County, in conjunction with the Official Committee on the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial. The essay is the first in a series celebrating the Tennessee Press Association’s 150th Anniversary in 2020, taking a l…

Tennessee’s economy is on the move. Amazon, Ernst & Young, Volkswagen, Nissan and FedEx are just a few of the companies that have created thousands of new jobs in the past 10 years by moving to our state or expanding existing operations. These high-skill, high-paying jobs mean that the q…

It is said that sunshine is the best medicine and the best sunshine is found during the summer. The concept of an Endless Summer was based on a 1964 Bruce Brown movie built on the idea that if someone had enough time and money would it be possible to chase summer across the world in both the…

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State Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) is updating citizens about the new REAL ID which all persons will be required to have by Oct. 1, 2020 for access to all federal buildings, entrance to nuclear facilities and travel onboard domestic U.S. flights.

Tennessee’s auto industry has transformed our state’s economy over the past several decades – it has brought good-paying jobs and a better quality of life.

The U.S. House of Representatives health committee unveiled a discussion draft of a new bill designed to cap a Medicare patient’s out-of-pocket spending in the “Part D” prescription drug benefit.

Public policy must enable parents and community leaders to serve their schools, districts and community more efficiently and effectively. Parents are the most important teachers of values to their children. Children benefit when they see their parents engaged in their education.

Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year, whether we process it that way or not, because they’re so deeply engrained in our image of America. We see ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists: seizing the bull by …

Last week, I wrote about legislation I introduced that will lower the cost of health care for Tennesseans. And this week, that legislation was approved by a vote of 20-3 by the Senate health committee I chair.

Americans marvel at the beauty of our country. We seem blessed to have it all, from arctic mountains to tropical waters. Tennessee contains incredible diversity too, including those iconic amber waves of grain and purple mountains.

There’s one question I hear almost every day from Tennesseans, and it is, “What are you doing to lower the cost I pay for health care?”

There are a lot of records that would be great to break. This isn’t one of them: June 16 marks the longest period in history without an increase since the federal minimum wage was established in 1938.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) is joining other state and national regulators to warn consumers about reports of people claiming to represent genetic testing firms who are visiting senior living communities, assisted living facilities and senior centers to swab s…

The Tennessee Education Savings Account Act passed the Tennessee General Assembly and will be sent to Governor Bill Lee for his signature. Lee, a first-term governor, championed a more robust proposal on the campaign trail. Tennessee will become the only state to operate two ESA programs in …

Recently, there has been much discussion related to House Bill 939, a proposal creating an Education Savings Account (ESA) pilot program in Tennessee. Because this initiative has generated concerns from our teachers, superintendents, school board members and parents, we knew we needed to hav…

Every 98 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. One out of every six American women have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime; of those, 14.8 percent are completed and 2.8 percent are attempted.

Legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro), raising the amount of supplemental pay received by professional fire fighters and police officers, advanced in the Tennessee Senate last week. Senate Bill 793 raises the annual supplement for the successful completion of at …

As a state, we find ourselves in a very strong position, with a very nice view. We can choose to sit here and enjoy it, or we can choose to step across the ledge and move to higher, better ground. But, if we decide to go higher and farther, we must resolve to not look back, and not look down…

For nearly 200 years, Tennessee’s General Assembly has recognized the need for quality public schools. Over 5,500 students from pre-K through 12th grades are enrolled in our two local public school systems, and we recognize that providing a quality education and ensuring each child is ready …

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. ~ George Washington

In 1835, a new Tennessee constitution established a “common school fund,” a perpetual fund intended to ensure quality public education statewide. Today, after nearly 200 years of revision and reform, Tennessee’s public schools continue to serve as the foundation of economic development in ou…

I am incredibly honored to serve young people and their families throughout our community as a member of the Fayetteville City School Board! In addition to my service locally, for the past six years, I’ve had the honor of serving on the board of directors for the Tennessee School Boards Asso…

A year ago, funding nearly ran out for the over 190 community health center sites in Tennessee. So this week, I held a hearing in the Senate health committee on legislation I’ve introduced to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

I have been fascinated by a piece of legislation being suggested by Tennessee Representative Antonio Parkinson on a parental dress code. We should welcome the discussion. The legislation is probably not necessary. It offers nothing that law enforcement could not already do.

When the first Congress met in New York City in 1789, it required that all bills, orders, resolutions and votes be published in newspapers so citizens could know what was happening in their new republic.

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Tennessee, this message is primarily for you.

As a summer intern at the U.S. Department of Justice in 1963, I stood at the back of a huge crowd on the Washington Mall and listened as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream that one day, his children would be judged “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Rocky Fork State Park is in one of the most beautiful parts, not just of our state, but of our country. It is Upper East Tennessee’s gateway to the Appalachian Trail, and I consider the area a national treasure.

A new year is a time for reflection and more importantly a time for hope. We will see a momentous change in state and federal government. If anything is certain, it is that leadership matters, now more than ever. When we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives.

With a new calendar year ahead and TVA CEO Bill Johnson’s recent retirement announcement concluding his six-year term of leadership, now is an appropriate time to reflect on his leadership and TVA’s next steps. Bill Johnson’s tenure is marked by a number of achievements, some of which bear m…