The Tennessee Department of Human Resources recently announced a new grant opportunity for the 2Gen Community Innovation grants through TANF funds.  I have attached their fliers on the grant opening.  The application period is very short and all applications are due by March 10th.

If you would like more in-depth information on qualifying and applying for the grant, you can find their guidelines and application materials here:

If you would like more in-depth information on qualifying and applying for the grant, you can find their guidelines and application materials here:—partnering-for-success.html

(NASHVILLE)–Ninth grade student at Sunbright High School, Nathan Layne Ward, served as a page in the Tennessee State Senate on Thursday, January 30th. Ward lives in Sunbright and was sponsored by State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston).

“Nathan is a freshman at Sunbright High School in Morgan County where he has made the varsity basketball team and is a first place 4-H speech contest winner,” said Sen. Ken Yager to his colleagues in the Senate. “He is a very active student there, so it’s not surprising that he has received numerous recognitions for his academic record and good character.”

Page duties consist of anything from making copies, running errands, to distributing legislative information to members of the General Assembly.  They report to the Chief Clerk of House and Senate. 


NASHVILLE –  The Morgan County Industrial Board has received the first payment from the State of Tennessee under a tax incentive law passed by Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) for the purpose of providing infrastructure for the former Brushy Mountain Penitentiary tourist attraction.  Sen. Yager told members of the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce on Friday that the first payment totaling $157,798.24 has been received.

“We are very pleased that these funds have been received as a result of this legislation and that Morgan County is benefitting from this jobs project,” said Senator Yager.  “The legislation was critical to get the Brushy Mountain project off the ground, bringing significant private investment and tourism dollars into the county.  The project also helped ensure that the penitentiary did not fall into ruin, which would be detrimental for everyone, including the county’s ability to benefit from any future tax revenues.”

The law directed a portion of the state and local sales tax proceeds from items sold in the Brushy Mountain Tourist Development Zone (TDZ) be returned to the Morgan County Industrial Board for 20 years.  The TDZ funds, excluding the portion of the sales tax used for education, will help retire any bonds that the county uses to pay for the property and infrastructure to the site.

“This project was a true partnership between state and local government agencies and our development group and is a prime example of how we can best work together for the people of this county,” Yager added.  “We are just pleased that we are now seeing the fruits of these labors through this payment from the state.”

Yager’s sentiments were echoed by Pete Waddington, who is Group President of the Brushy Mountain Group.  Waddington said, “We knew when we started this project that this would need to be a true partnership between state and local government agencies and our development group.  There is no way this project could get funded without the sales tax incentive bill.”


(NASHVILLE, TN), January 21, 2020 — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) today invited local students in grades 6 – 12 in the 12th senatorial district to experience the legislature in action as a page in the State Senate.  Pages, who perform a wide variety of duties, report to the Chief Clerk of the Senate when the General Assembly is in session from January until mid-to-late April.

“Service as Page is a great lesson in civics,” said Sen. Yager.  “The young men and women who serve are on the Senate floor learn the legislative process from a front row view.  The duties are varied:  making copies, providing support to the Senators and working with the Clerk’s office.  We do our best to provide a meaningful experience.”

Students wishing to be considered as a Senate Page can contact Senator Yager online at<> or can call his office toll free at 1-800 449-TENN ext. 44395.  Parents or teachers are invited to attend with their child or student.  An adult sponsor must attend with students under age 18.

“We will certainly take care of as many requests for pages as we can before the General Assembly adjourns in April,” added Yager.  “I look forward to sponsoring many local students this year.”

Senator Yager represents Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Pickett, Rhea, Roane, and Scott Counties in Senate District 12.


(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) will be visiting the water line project in Petros on Friday, January 17th, at 3:30 p.m.  This project is one of four projects that were funded by a recent State grant through the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Who: State Senator Ken Yager

What: Visiting Petros water line improvements

When: Friday, January 17th, 2019, 3:30 p.m. EST

Where: Project Sign, at Cemetery Road and State Route 116, Petros, 37845