(NASHVILLE) – Seventh grade student at Rockwood Middle School, Alexis Barton, served as a page in the Tennessee State Senate on Thursday. Barton lives in Rockwood and was sponsored by State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston).

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.  

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See accompanying photo of Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), right, with Rockwood Middle School student Alexis Barton (12), center, and Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston), left, at the Speaker’s podium on the Senate floor Thursday.

(NASHVILLE), March 8, 2019 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) met with Roane County Commissioners, who were in Nashville for the County Government Day on the Hill, on Monday.  The meeting occurred in Sen. Yager’s Capitol Hill office.  See photo attached – L. to R.: back row:  Allen Hickman, Jerry White, Junior Hendrickson, Davy Brashears, and Chairman Randy Ellis; front row: Mike Hooks, Senator Ken Yager, Jamie Kinard (Grant Coordinator), Ben Wilson, and Ben Gann. 

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From left to right: Jacob Billingsley with Plateau Electric, and
two juniors from Oneida Special School District : Jaelyn Phillips, Alex Jones

NASHVILLE), March 4, 2019 — Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) today praised initiatives put forth by Governor Bill Lee in his State of the State / Budget Address Monday evening.  Yager said $35 million in funding for new rural initiatives will be a tremendous help to many counties across the state which are struggling.

“This will give struggling counties in Tennessee a boost in several different areas where help is badly needed,” said Chairman Yager.  “This includes the Rural Opportunity Fund, the Rural Agricultural Development Grants, and the Office of Rural Initiatives.  Included in his Rural Initiatives package is $20 million to expand broadband, which is a huge asset as we look to recruit high quality jobs to these communities.  In addition, he proposed to continue funding for the Rural Hospital Transformation Act, which Republicans added to the budget last year to help struggling rural hospitals develop business plans to ensure their viability and to continue to provided needed healthcare services.”

“On education I was very pleased that the budget includes full funding of the BEP and a raise for our teachers,” he added

“I was also glad to see the budget proposes expansion of Recovery Courts which have been very successful as a tool to address opioid abuse.”

“Overall, it is a strong proposal with a very modest increase and is in keeping with the strong fiscal stewardship which has earned our state a triple-A bond rating and ranking as one of the best financially managed states in the nation.”

Yager said the budget will be studied by the Senate’s nine standing committees over the next five weeks where it is fully vetted before final action is taken.

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(NASHVILLE) – Sixth grade student at LaFollette Middle School, Victoria Meredith served as a page in the Tennessee State Senate this week. Meredith lives in Campbell County and was sponsored by State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston).

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. 

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See accompanying photo of (left to right) LaFollette Middle School student Victoria Meredith,

Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) at the Speaker’s podium on the Senate floor, Thursday, February 28, 2019.