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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Tennessee Newsletter for Sunday March 01, 2020 ( 19 items )  

American Library Association Opposes Proposed Tennessee Law That Threatens State's Freedom to Read
CHICAGO, Illinois, Feb. 25 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: The American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement regarding Tennessee HB 2721, which would require a parental oversight board to replace policies and library experts in the development of library collections and services. Libraries that fail to comply with the proposed law may lose local funding, incur fines, and librarians and library workers may face jail time. The ALA stat  more

American Library Association Opposes Proposed Tennessee Law That Threatens State's Freedom to Read
CHICAGO, Illinois, Feb. 26 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: The American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement regarding Tennessee HB 2721, which would require a parental oversight board to replace policies and library experts in the development of library collections and services. Libraries that fail to comply with the proposed law may lose local funding, incur fines, and librarians and library workers may face jail time. The ALA sta  more

Ben Earle of U.K. Country Duo the Shires Receives 2020 Country Music Association International Country Broadcaster Award
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 26 -- The Country Music Association issued the following news: CMA awarded Ben Earle of U.K. Country duo The Shires with the 2020 CMA International Country Broadcaster Award on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the CMA office in Nashville. This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster or syndicated radio reporter outside the United States who has made important contributions for the development of Country Music in their country. Earle has developed his broad  more

Broadway Theatres to Dim Lights In Memory of Zoe Caldwell on Friday, February 28, 2020
NEW YORK, Feb. 25 -- The Broadway League issued the following news release: The Broadway community mourns the loss of beloved actress, director, and multiple Tony Award(R) winner Zoe Caldwell, who passed away on February 16, 2020 at age 86. To commemorate her life and work, the lights of all Broadway theatres in New York will dim for one minute on Friday, February 28th at exactly 7:45pm. "Zoe Caldwell was indisputably Broadway royalty with four Tony Awards and four decades of thrilling perfor  more

Conservation Fund: Over 6,000 Acres Added to Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Feb. 25 -- The Conservation Fund issued the following news release on Feb. 24: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with The Conservation Fund, TennGreen, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced the addition of 6,229 acres to the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park. The land - known as the Lone Star property - will support wildlife habitat, native ecology and  more

Country Music Association Celebrates Top Songwriters During 11th Annual CMA Triple Play Awards
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 27 -- The Country Music Association issued the following news: CMA recognized 16 of Country Music's most successful songwriters during the 11th Annual CMA Triple Play Awards Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. During the luncheon, honorees received trophies for having written three No. 1 songs within a 12-month period based on the Country Aircheck, Billboard Country Airplay and Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah T  more

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Speak at National Religious Broadcasters 2020 Convention in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 25 -- National Religious Broadcasters issued the following news release: The Honorable Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, is confirmed to speak Wednesday, February 26, during the NRB 2020 Christian Media Convention taking place February 25-28 in Nashville, Tennessee. "Secretary DeVos is a stalwart defender of real freedom in education," said Janet Parshall, NRB's Chairman of the Board. "Whether it is freedom of speech on college campuses or the freedom fo  more

Farm State of Mind Campaign to Expand Impact in Rural Mental Health
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 28 -- The American Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: Bayer and the American Farm Bureau Federation announce the transition of Bayer's Farm State of Mind campaign, an initiative to raise mental health awareness among the farming community, to Farm Bureau. The campaign aims to reduce stigma surrounding the topic of mental health in rural communities and to provide relevant information to farm families on this important topic. Farm Bureau plans to  more

Moms Demand Action Responds to Gov. Lee's Permitless Carry Bill Introduction
MANHATTAN, New York, Feb. 28 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after Governor Bill Lee held a press conference to introduce a permitless carry bill that would allow people to carry a loaded handgun in public without a permit. "It's common sense th  more

National Cotton Council: High Cotton Winners Recognized
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Feb. 29 -- The National Cotton Council issued the following news release: Recipients of the 2020 Farm Press-Cotton Foundation High Cotton Awards and regions they represent are: Larry Ford, Greenwood, Fla., Southeast; Matt/Kelly Griggs, Humboldt, Tenn., Mid-South; Dan Smith, Lockney, Texas, Southwest; and Greg Wuertz, Coolidge, Ariz., West. These cotton producers and their families were honored on February 28 at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis. The High Cotton Award  more

National Religious Broadcasters Board Resolutions Speak on Internet, Local Radio Freedom, Religious Liberty
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 29 -- National Religious Broadcasters issued the following news release: The Resolutions Committee of the NRB Board of Directors considered six resolutions this week highlighting important issues for Christian media professionals and reaffirming its commitment to excellence. The NRB Board is a body of approximately one hundred key leaders among Christian communicators. The following are the Resolutions presented by the Resolutions Committee to the NRB Board of Directo  more

PEN America: Tennessee's Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act Would Censor Books, Jail Librarians
NEW YORK, Feb. 25 -- PEN America issued the following news release: The Tennessee state legislature should reject a new legislative proposal, the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act, as an unwarranted, un-American, and unconstitutional intrusion into children's right to read, PEN America said. Tennessee state legislators have recently proposed The Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act, which would create local discretionary boards around the state which would have the power to remo  more

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: Large Savings Potential for Memphians Needs More Stakeholder Involvement
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 28 -- The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued the following news release on Feb. 27: Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) convened the Power Supply Advisory Team (PSAT) in Memphis to review and provide input on more analysis from an independent consultant about whether or not MLGW should break free from its current power supplier, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), to seek a lower-cost energy supplier. Although today's PSAT meeting should have served as a cri  more

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: MLGW Will Take a Key Step Forward in Its Process of Whether to Stay With TVA
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Feb. 26 -- The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued the following news release: This Thursday, the Power Supply Advisory Team (PSAT), of which the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is member of, will meet to hear from independent consultant, Siemens, on an updated analysis of Memphis Light, Gas, and Water's (MLGW) future energy supply options. The findings of the report will inform MLGW's and local political leaders' billion-dollar decision on whether or not the  more

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Mapping Genetic Variants Driving Toxicity to Leukemia Therapy
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Feb. 25 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, alongside collaborators around the world, have created a comprehensive reference of functional variants in an important drug-metabolizing enzyme called NUDT15. This thorough understanding of NUDT15 variants provides an invaluable resource for predicting which patients being treated with thiopurine drugs for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL  more

U.S. Attorney General William Barr Lauds Christian Media at National Religious Broadcasters 2020 Convention
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 28 -- National Religious Broadcasters issued the following news release: U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at the NRB 2020 Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 26, and commended members of the Christian media for their role in countering the effort to drive religion - "long an essential pillar of our society" - from the public square. "Thank God we have the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) to counter that effort," he said. "Sinc  more

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Addresses Christian Communicators at National Religious Broadcasters 2020
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb. 28 -- National Religious Broadcasters issued the following news release: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addressed Christian media and ministry professionals on February 26 during the NRB 2020 Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. "The theme of freedom was woven throughout Secretary DeVos' remarks at our national convention," commented Janet Parshall, Chairman of the Board for NRB, the association that annually hosts the NRB Convention. "She re  more

United Automobile Workers Merges Additional States Into Region 8 and Region 4
DETROIT, Michigan, Feb. 29 -- The United Automobile Workers issued the following news: The UAW International Executive Board (IEB) voted on December 5 to merge the states represented by UAW Region 5 between UAW Regions 4 and 8. This merger became effective, February 28, 2020. States have been apportioned between Region 4 and 8 in the following way: UAW REGION 4 * Current Region 4: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana * Added Into Re  more

University of Tennessee -MartinAwarded $5,125USPOULTRY Foundation Student Recruiting Grant
TUCKER, Georgia, Feb. 25 -- The U.S. Poultry Foundation issued the following news release: The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $5,125student recruiting grant to the University of Tennessee-Martin. The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Pilgrim'sand was presented by Barbara Jenkins, executive director of the USPOULTRY Foundation, to Dr. Wesley Totten, chair, Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resourcesat theUniversity of Tennessee -Martin. A porti  more