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State Budget Includes $7 Million Grant Program For Rescue Squads And VFDs

Volunteer Fire Departments and Rescue Squads of the Upper Cumberland have a chance for more state funding next fiscal year. State Senator Paul Bailey said the General Assembly significantly boosted an established grant program. Bailey said the body allocated an extra $4.5 million for volunteer fire departments and $2 million for rescue squads. “A lot of these fire departments, small ... Read More »

Bailey Sponsoring Bill That Limits Encampments On Public Property

State Senator Paul Bailey wants to expand an existing law that prohibits camping on state property. Bailey said the proposed bill would give local governments the authority to remove any person camping on public property. Bailey said his camping legislation originated from the homeless situation in Cookeville. “I know Cookeville has seen an increase in the number of these encampments ... Read More »

Bailey Sponsoring Bill To Help EMS Staff Shortages

State Senator Paul Bailey pushing forward a bill that would allow retired EMS workers to return to work without impacting retirement benefits. The state’s retirement system currently does not allow these workers to return to work without suspending benefits. “This actually came from Tommy Copeland within the Putnam County EMS Department,” Bailey said. “He contacted me several months ago. Basically, ... Read More »

Sen. Bailey: TWRA Timber Plan Postponed, Not Fully Stopped

State Senator Paul Bailey said TWRA’s decision to stop the habitat project in White County serves as a postponement- and may not be the final answer. Bailey said the agency wants to take a step back and make sure the clear cutting plan is what’s best for the wilderness area. “They are going to postpone the clear cutting for a ... Read More »

Sexton, Bailey To Serve On Yes On 1 Committee

House Speaker Cameron Sexton will serve as an East Tennessee Chairman for the Yes on 1 Committee. The committee advocates the addition of the right-to-work to the Tennessee Constitution. The law will be on the November 2022 ballot and says Tennesseans can not be forced to join a union to keep a job. State Senator Paul Bailey will represent Cumberland, ... Read More »

State Senator Bailey Requests Special Session With Concerns Of Federal COVID Overreach

State Senator Paul Bailey sent a letter to Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally Friday requesting a special session for the Tennessee General Assembly. In the letter, Bailey said that the federal government is overreaching in its push for vaccinations and mask-wearing and that it should be an individual’s personal choice. “While the General Assembly did act, during the 2021 legislative session, ... Read More »

Local Business Owners Voice Hiring Concerns At White Co. Forum

Local business owners voiced concerns of labor participation to their political leaders at a business forum at the White County Courthouse Friday. Congressman John Rose as well as State Senator Paul Bailey and Workforce Development Commissioner Jeff McCord hosted the event. Rose said the discussion made it clear that businesses are struggling to hire. “From the employers largely a crowd ... Read More »

Virgin Falls State Park Funding Fails But Goal Remains The Same

Virgin Falls did not receive the funding needed to become a state park during the most recent legislation session. The White County Commission passed a resolution requesting the distinction in January. State Senator Paul Bailey said the estimated $14 million needed to fully develop the area was not approved. “There’s a lot of maintenance that has not been done to ... Read More »

Rural Infrastructure Funding In Governor’s Budget Proposal

Governor Bill Lee is proposing $21 million to prepare rural counties for businesses relocating to Tennessee. State Senator Paul Bailey said he anticipates local agencies being able to tap into the funding to create the needed infrastructure. “To get site-ready, pad-ready sites to do some recruiting of industry to come in,” Bailey said. “So, the Upper Cumberland is poised to ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Addressed In State’s Proposed Budget

The Upper Cumberland is getting some attention from the state in this year’s proposed budget. State Senator Paul Bailey said that there is private investment from Charter Communications into rural broadband expansion. Bailey said that goes along with Governor Lee’s proposed $200 million. “There’s going to be $5 million invested in the Upper Cumberland area,” Bailey said. “Specifically to the ... Read More »