May 8, 2020

Editorial from Sen. Ken Yager / You can serve your community by ensuring you are counted in the 2020 census

Earlier this year, I wrote an editorial encouraging constituents in the 12th senatorial district to complete the 2020 census form which has been mailed. At the halfway mark in time set aside to complete and return the forms (or go online), COVID-19 happened. The population count influences funding for local programs and services that are critical to the well-being of …

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May 5, 2020

Senator Yager and Representative Powers announce $1.48 million TDOT grant for LaFollette

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) announced today that the city of LaFollette in Campbell County will receive a $1.48 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for Phase 4 of construction of sidewalks along both sides of W. Beech Street and South Tennessee Avenue. The project includes Americans with Disabilities …

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May 4, 2020

Tennessee Wars Commission, Military Heritage Grants

The Tennessee Wars Commission announces the awarding of over $109,000 in grants to fund six projects in six counties across the state. Since 1994, the Tennessee Wars Commission, a division of the Tennessee Historical Commission, has supported over one hundred different projects that preserve, protect, and interpret the military heritage of Tennessee from the period of the French and Indian …

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May 4, 2020

TVA Establishes $2 Million COVID-19 Community Care Fund

KNOXVILLE ― The Tennessee Valley Authority announced Thursday it will partner with local power companies by providing $2 million in matching funds to support local initiatives that address hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative is part of a comprehensive portfolio of assistance programs that TVA is providing to support communities and customers across the Valley.  The COVID-19 Community …

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April 28, 2020

Local lawmakers announce Rural Hospital Readiness Grant for Rhea Medical Center

(NASHVILLE), April 28, 2020–  State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today announced Rhea Medical Center is set to receive $374,615 in a Rural Hospital Readiness Grant.  The local lawmakers made the announcement after being notified by officials in Governor Bill Lee’s administration. “This is tremendous news,” said Sen. Yager.  “I have spoken with Rhea Medical Center …

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April 25, 2020

Sen. Yager announces over $102,000 in combined grants for volunteer fire departments in Senate District 12

(NASHVILLE), April 25, 2020–  State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said today that nine volunteer fire departments in Senate District 12, which he represents, will receive over $102,000 in combined grants through the Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program.   The program was set up under legislation<https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/111/pub/pc0497.pdf> co-sponsored by Yager in the Tennessee General Assembly last year.  The program helps Tennessee’s …

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April 22, 2020

Rhea County chosen to participate in state program aiming to improve local industrial sites

(NASHVILLE), April 22, 2020–  State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said today he was very pleased that Rhea County has been selected to participate in a state program aiming to improve local industrial sites.    Rhea County was chosen to participate in the Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP), an aggressive economic development program operated by the Tennessee Department of Economic and …

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April 22, 2020

Campbell County chosen to participate in state program aiming to improve local industrial sites

(NASHVILLE), April 22, 2020–  State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) said today they were very pleased that Campbell County has been selected to participate in a state program aiming to improve local industrial sites.    Campbell County was chosen to participate in the Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP), an aggressive economic development program operated by the …

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April 8, 2020

Sen. Yager pleased community health centers in Morgan, Scott and Campbell Counties will receive a combined total of $2.6 million in response to COVID-19 pandemic

(NASHVILLE) — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said today he was very pleased that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded funds to four Tennessee health centers in Senate District 12 which he represents.  The funds were awarded by  as part of the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds for Senate District 12 are a …

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March 31, 2020

Senator Yager to host tele-town hall on Monday to answer local residents questions regarding COVID-19 and provide information about state resources

(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) will hold a telephone town hall on Monday, April 6thto provide an update and answer questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yager will have Laura Conner, Director of the Roane and Morgan County Health Departments,?on the line to answer caller questions about what can be done to stay safe during the pandemic. Yager will …

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March 30, 2020

Federal Stimulus Package Summary

It’s a brief summary put together by the National Conference of State Legislatures on what the stimulus package passed by the federal government will mean for individual states.  Also, attached to this email is an updated summary of the State resources that Governor Lee has made available through executive order. https://www.ncsl.org/ncsl-in-dc/publications-and-resources/coronavirus-stimulus-bill-states.aspx

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March 17, 2020

Senator Yager Cancels Campbell County Listening Meeting in Jacksboro

NASHVILLE – Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has canceled his Campbell County Listening Meeting. The meeting had previously been scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. EST at the Campbell County Courthouse at 570 Main Street in Jacksboro. Yager announced he would reschedule the meeting at a later date. ###

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March 13, 2020

Yager and Windle announce Building Commission approval of Pre-Arrest Diversion Infrastructure Project in Morgan County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) announced today that the Tennessee Building Commission has approved the Morgan County Pre-Arrest Diversion Infrastructure Grant project.  The action taken by the commission on Thursday allows Morgan County Government to proceed with the acquisition of property located at 203 North Maiden Lane in Wartburg for use …

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March 12, 2020

Amerigroup Foundation Grant Period

Follow the link below for more information on a grant opportunity for nonprofits in Tennessee. This two week grant application period opened yesterday and is directed toward nonprofits working to address the State’s top health challenges.  https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amerigroup-foundation-opens-special-request-210500342.html

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March 11, 2020

Senator Yager Schedules Campbell County Listening Meeting in Jacksboro

NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has scheduled a Campbell County Listening Meeting in order to meet with local citizens and discuss legislation being considered by the General Assembly during the 2020 legislative session.  Yager said he will also be available to offer assistance to individuals who need help with state services. The meeting will be held on Thursday, …

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March 11, 2020

TDMHSAS Announcement of Funding: FY 2020 Creating Affordable Housing

We are pleased to announce the release of the FY 2020 Creating Affordable Housing Announcement of Funding. The Announcement of Funding document is posted on our website at https://www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/department-funding-opportunities.html.   The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is seeking proposals from organizations throughout the State of Tennessee to develop new safe, quality, and affordable permanent housing options for people experiencing mental illness or co-occurring …

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March 5, 2020

Be Counted! The Census has a huge impact on our local communities

By Senator Ken Yager The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years.  The first census was conducted in 1790 and it has been taken every ten years since our Founding Fathers realized the importance of an accurate count.   First, the count will determine how the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will …

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February 20, 2020

2020 TANF Community Innovation Short-Term Grant Opportunity

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 …

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February 3, 2020

Local Student Nathan Ward is State Senate Page

(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 …

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