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NEWPORT—The tenth annual Legislative Breakfast, hosted by the Cocke County Partnership, will be held Friday, March 1, 2019, at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center at 8:00 a.m.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won’t seek re-election in 2020, a decision that gives the state its second open Senate contest in two years.

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NEWPORT—Current Cocke County Register of Deeds Mark McGaha has announced he will seek election in the upcoming Cocke County Republican Primary on May 1.

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NEWPORT—A veteran of the Cocke County Highway Department is entering the race for Cocke County Road Superintendent in the upcoming May 1 Republican Primary.

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NEWPORT—A lifelong resident of Cocke County has announced her intentions to seek the office of Cocke County Circuit Court Clerk.

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NASHVILLE—The 110th General Assembly has reconvened with an agenda focused on a balanced budget, opiate abuse, education, jobs, juvenile justice and welfare reform. Following are brief descriptions of a few of the key issues that will come before the General Assembly this year:

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NASHVILLE—Combining his passion for long-distance running with his desire to meet and learn from as many Tennesseans as possible, while promoting a healthier Tennessee, Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Governor, announced Thursday that he will become the first candidate in Tennessee hist…

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NEWPORT—The Cocke County Election Commission will meet on Monday afternoon in its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting.

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NASHVILLE—Republican lawmakers scored a victory in Nashville on Thursday, as they helped pass legislation to reconnect Tennessee adults to post-secondary education opportunities.

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NEWPORT—With election season approaching in 2018, the Cocke County Election Commission held its official reorganizational meeting on Monday afternoon.

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NASHVILLE—The State Senate tackled a wide variety of issues this week as committees prepare to close for the 2017 legislative session. Many important issues still remain on the General Assembly’s agenda before adjournment, including the state’s budget, which will move front and center in the…

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State senators made news this week as President Donald Trump came to Nashville to visit the Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s home and final resting place, on the 250th anniversary of the seventh president’s birth. President Trump and the Hermitage’s Andrew Jackson Foundation graciously …

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State senators made news this week as President Donald Trump came to Nashville to visit the Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s home and final resting place, on the 250th anniversary of the seventh president’s birth. President Trump and the Hermitage’s Andrew Jackson Foundation graciously …

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MORRISTOWN—The Hamblen County Republican Party will host its annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Saturday, April 22 at the Country Club in Morristown. This year’s event will feature Scott Golden, Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

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Several bills aiding veterans were approved by State Senators this week, including two major bills to expand access to education. The Senate Education Committee approved the STRONG (Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen) Act that would create a pilot program to p…

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NASHVILLE—Jobs and the economy headlined action on Capitol Hill this week with an encouraging report from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development about Tennessee’s efforts to be first in the Southeast for creation of high quality jobs. Their report shows Tennessee lead…

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NASHVILLE—Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown), Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), Representative Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) and Representative Dale Ca…

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In 2015, an alarming report from the Government Accountability Office found that 29 percent of Americans aged 55 and older have no retirement savings and no traditional pension. Just this week, Census researchers announced that nearly two-thirds of Americans aren’t contributing anything to t…

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The 110th General Assembly has begun as state lawmakers gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to take the oath of office, elect officers and organize the business of the 2017-2018 legislative sessions. The first order of business after the 16 newly-elected senators were sworn in was the electi…

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NASHVILLE—The State Senate today elected Sen. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) as Tennessee’s 87th Speaker of the Senate. The Senate’s 33 senators met at noon on the first organizational day of the 110th General Assembly to elect their speaker. By statute, Speaker of the Senate of Tennessee holds…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tuesday, the House unanimously approved the Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) to require clinicians practicing at the VA to report directly to state licensing boards whenever they witness unacceptable behavior from ot…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last week, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) was elected by the Republican Steering Committee to serve as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for the 115th Congress, succeeding Jeff Miller (R-FL), who is retiring at the end of the 114th Congress.