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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September 15, 2016

4th annual grants conference upcoming!

NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has set the date for his fourth annual free Grant Conference.  The purpose of the conference is to improve opportunities for local citizens, organizations and governments to find and tap into a wide variety of grant funds available to them. The conference will be held on Wednesday, September 21st at Roane State Community College, …

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August 5, 2016

Sen. Yager’s statement regarding Aug. 4 primary nomination

KINGSTON — The voters in the 12th Senatorial District honored me with the privilege to run unopposed and Thursday night honored me with a record complimentary vote. I very grateful for this expression of support and credit my staff in Nashville and Kingston. They work hard to provide constituent support. My wife deserves credit too for allowing me to be …

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August 5, 2016

Sen. Yager announces energy grant for Rockwood

NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that Morgan County will receive a $52,100 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grant.  The grant application had the strong support of local State Representatives Kent Calfee and Ron Travis. The grant program provides financial assistance to state and local government agencies, utility districts, and quasi-government entities in Tennessee to purchase, install and construct …

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August 5, 2016

Yager, Keisling announce major grant for Byrdstown

NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) announced today that the City of Byrdstown will receive a major $250,000 Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant from the Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  The funds will be used for the construction of Byrdstown Community Park. “Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” said Senator Yager.  …

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July 14, 2016

Yager announces reelection bid

KINGSTON, Tenn. – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today his bid for reelection to the Tennessee State Senate. Yager, unopposed in his reelection bid, is seeking his third term to the state Senate. “It is an honor to serve,” Yager said. “I take my responsibility to serve very seriously and am guided by one – and only one – principal: constituents come …

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July 7, 2016

Sen. Yager announces $50k grant for Wartburg

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that the city of Wartburg in Morgan County will receive a $50,000 grant from Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).   The Community Transportation Planning Grant will fund a biking and pedestrian plan that will determine needs and objectives, coordinate with interested agencies, engage public involvement, and develop design concepts for a transportation system …

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June 1, 2016

Sen. Yager opposed Obama administration’s Suboxone rules change

NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has filed comments with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) over the U.S. Health and Human Service’s proposed rule to increase the highest patient limit for physicians to treat opioid use under the Controlled Substance Act from 100 to 200.  Yager said the action by the Obama Administration would aggravate …

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April 17, 2016

Supplemental budget includes funding for Campbell Co.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – The supplemental amendment to the state budget presented by Governor Bill Haslam on Monday includes another $500,000 to fully fund laboratories and classrooms at the Campbell County Higher Education Center in Lafollette according to Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro).  The amendment follows the original budget proposal in February which included $600,000, or almost half …

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April 17, 2016

Yager statement on Ramsey retirement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) released the following statement regarding the announcement by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey that he will not be seeking re-election: “Ron Ramsey has the ability to make tough decisions and the character to do the right thing. We saw that in the Senate today. At the pinnacle of power …

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April 15, 2016

Online process will improve voter registration

By Sen. Ken Yager Legislation I am sponsoring providing for the establishment of an online voter registration system for Tennesseans is headed to the Senate floor on Monday.  Under the legislation, voters with an unexpired driver’s license or personal identification card issued by the Department of Safety will be able to go to an official state website where they will …

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