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Gov. Bill Lee In Spencer Tuesday For Rural Opportunity Summit

Governor Bill Lee set to visit Spencer this week as part of this year’s Governor’s Rural Opportunity Summit. The Summit focuses on at-risk and distressed counties by engaging city and county mayors, education and economic leaders, and cabinet members. Lee will speak for about 15 minutes at the Fall Creek Falls Lodge about the continued commitment to rural Tennessee.   Read More »

York Institute Students Raise Thanksgiving Turkey For Gov. Lee

Governor Bill Lee will enjoy a turkey raised and harvested by York Institute students for his Thanksgiving dinner. York Institute School Director John Bush said the turkey was one of 66 birds students raised to maturity. He said the opportunity came about after Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn told the governor about the turkey farming efforts. “Just a great ... Read More »

Additional CTE Funding Coming Down To UC Schools

New funds in Governor Bill Lee’s budget will be coming to Upper Cumberland CTE programs starting next school year. Over the course of the next four years, innovative grants up to $1 million for high schools and $500,000 for middle schools will be available statewide. White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the district has preliminary plans prepared for ... Read More »

UCHRA Awarded $25 Million For “Empower Upper Cumberland” Initiative

A new process to alleviate poverty in the Upper Cumberland began Thursday. The State Department of Human Services officially announced UCHRA as a $25 million grant recipient to implement a three-year pilot called “Empower Upper Cumberland.” Governor Bill Lee called the collaborative partnership a new and innovative way to bridge the gap for families. “The government can not solve the ... Read More »

Gov Lee On Investment Into Tennnessee Tech In Proposed Budget

Governor Bill Lee’s proposed budget has over $100 million allocated for Tennessee Tech capital projects. Lee said those projects include a new construction manufacturing engineer building and renovations to Johnson Hall. “The future of our state lies in our children, and our young people including those making their way through our universities,” Lee said. “Tennessee Tech is a significant educator ... Read More »

Williams: 30-Day Grocery Tax Suspension Needed But Could Be Longer

State Representative Ryan Williams said he believes that the state is fiscally strong enough to offer more than a 30-day grocery tax suspension. Governor Bill Lee proposed a budget amendment that would allow a 30-day suspension of state and local grocery sales tax as a relief for citizens. “I am in support of it,” Williams said. “I feel like the ... Read More »

Dronebarger: Exciting Time To See Lee’s School Funding Formula

White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said finally getting specifics from state officials on the new education formula answered some of his concerns. “The framework helps now knowing to see how it’s broken down,” Dronebarger said. “At the point I think we spoke about this last, it was just there was just this grand formula coming and you’re going ... Read More »

TTU Faculty Rep Sees Lee’s Budget As Exciting For Faculty

Tennessee Tech Faculty Senate President Jeannette Luna said Governor Bill Lee’s proposed budget is exciting for university faculty. Included in the proposal a four percent salary pool increase for higher education employees. Luna said if passed, retention and recruitment of employees could be more successful. “The Governor’s budget this year is very healthy for higher education here in the state ... Read More »

New Lodge At Fall Creek Falls State Park Officially Opens

The new Lodge at Fall Creek Falls State Park officially opened Tuesday. Governor Bill Lee calls the $40.4 million building an investment in the state to further grow the state park system. “Thirty-five million people visit our state parks,” Lee said. “$1.8 billion in economic input into our state as a result of people coming to visit these state parks.” ... Read More »