April 20, 2017

Yager amendment would raise reimbursement rates for direct support professional caring for Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens

NASHVILLE – A proposal raising the rate of reimbursement for professionals providing care to Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens was presented by State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) today during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee.  Yager presented the $21 million amendment to increase the current reimbursement rate of $8.73 per hour by $1.00 for direct support professionals who …

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March 25, 2017

TSEA Visits Senator Yager

Morgan County TSEA, in no particular order, Tanya Beene, Steve Potter, Vicky Landrum, Martin Landrum, Phyllis Pennington, Sam Harvey, John Bowsher TSEA Group Photo, in no particular order: Don Howard, Dan Grange, Melissa Berboa (Andersson Co.), Harold Jones (Scott/Campbell Co.), Tom Herdow, Many Runyan, Rosie Taylor Tealeaf (Rhea Co.0, Deana Daugherty (Cumberland Co.), Joy-Lene Harris (White co.), Terrele Gregorey (TSEA Putnam)

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March 24, 2017

Senator Yager Advances Legislation to Aid Ambulances and Middle College Students

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) advanced legislation in the State Senate on Wednesday to aid local ambulance services in Tennessee by implementing a quarterly coverage assessment, similar to the assessment that has prevented catastrophic cuts in hospitals in Tennessee.   Senate Bill 704 would place the assessment in a fund, allowing the state to receive additional federal dollars from Medicaid …

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March 18, 2017

Senate Honors Prescott South Elementary Student, Lillian Upchurch

NASHVILLE– The State Senate paused on Thursday morning to recognize Prescott South Elementary student, Lillian Upchurch, for creating a program at her school to make sure every student, regardless of financial difficulties experienced by their family, has a happy birthday.  Upchurch received a framed copy of Senate Joint Resolution 210, sponsored by Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta), which was signed by …

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March 16, 2017

Legislation to Spur Deployment of High-Speed Broadband to Rural and Unserved Areas of Tennessee Headed to Final Vote in State Senate

Senator Yager, a co-sponsor of the bill, praises committee’s action advancing the bill For Immediate Release NASHVILLE — Legislation designed to spur deployment of high-speed broadband Internet services to rural and unserved areas of Tennessee is headed to the floor of the Senate for final consideration after being approved by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Tuesday.  The Tennessee …

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March 10, 2017

Senator Yager Named Legislator of the Year by the Tennessee Development District Association

Senator Yager Named Legislator of the Year by the Tennessee Development District Association NASHVILLE, Tenn., (March 7, 2017) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has received the “Legislator of the Year” Award for from the Tennessee Development District Association’s (TDDA) Southeast Development District for a second time. Yager received the award at the TDDA Reception in Nashville on Tuesday. The …

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March 8, 2017

Office Visitors for March 8th

Officials from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Jeff Smith Assistant Director (left), and John Powell who leads the Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H), Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (right) Rockwood Business & Professional Women Members Becky Layne (left) and Ann Hiegel (right) Dayton County Fire Fighters (Left to right) Assistant Chief Adam McRorie, Heather Roberts, Representative Ron Travis, Senator Yager, Jerry Anne Howard, and Zach Beene

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March 3, 2017

Local Pickett County High School Student Serves as Senate Page

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2017  (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) William “Billy” Turpin served as a page for the Tennessee Senate on Thursday.  He was sponsored by State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston).   Turpin is a senior at Pickett County High School.  Page duties consist of making copies, running errands, and distributing materials to members as directed by the Chief Clerk.   ### See …

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March 1, 2017

Senator Yager Adds Amendment to TDEC Budget to Fund Great War Centennial at Alvin C. York State Historic Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   (NASHVILLE), March 1, 2017 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) successfully amended the budget of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) on Monday to add $33,000 for the Great War Centennial at Alvin C. York State Historic Park.  The action came as TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau came before the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources …

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February 24, 2017

Local Bowers Elementary School Student Serves as Senate Page

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2017   (NASHVILLE, Tenn.)- Bryson Ellis, a 5th grade student from Bowers Elementary School, served as a page in the Tennessee Senate on Thursday, February 23.  Bryson was sponsored by State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston). Bryson was accompanied by his parents, Randy and Hannah Ellis.  Page duties consist of making copies, running errands, and distributing …

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February 22, 2017

Senator Yager Meets with Oneida and Scott County School Boards

See Attached photo  State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) met with members of the Oneida School Board and the Scott County School Board Tuesday in Nashville.  Sen. Yager said the group had a very good conversation about education issues.  From left to right are Llew Stanley, Floyd Brom Shoemaker, Dr. Jeanny Hatfield, John Thompson, Linda Sharp, Diane Smith, Kim Kidd, Dr. …

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February 9, 2017

Senator Ken Yager Elected Chairman of the Joint Fiscal Review Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 9, 2017 NASHVILLE – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has been elected by his colleagues to lead the General Assembly’s Fiscal Review Committee which serves as the watchdog for all state government spending.  The action was taken on Thursday as the committee met to organize their business for the 110th General Assembly. Yager has served on …

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October 6, 2016

Yager announces grant for Pickett County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that Pickett County will receive a $315,000 Community Development Block (CDBG) grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).  The grant will be used for emergency services. “I appreciate the excellent work done by our local officials in putting together a successful grant application,” said Senator Yager.  …

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October 6, 2016

State employees endorse Yager

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Employees Action Movement endorses Ken Yager, R-Kingston, for Senate District 12. “Working to elect candidates who support state employees is an important goal for TEAM-PAC, which is why we are happy to endorse Ken Yager for Senate District 12,” TEAM Administrative Committee Chair Patricia Bowman said. “Ken understands that it is our state employees who make government work …

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