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Representatives Hill & Van Huss Secure $50,000 For Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial

May 7, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) and State Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City) today announced they have secured $50,000 for the Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial.

The monies are a part of the 2018-2019 budget and will be used to support the memorial.

Recently, the Tennessee Veterans Memorial Foundation announced plans to add approximately 1,200 new spaces for the names of additional Johnson City and Washington County veterans to the existing shrine memorializing our local military heroes.

Located in Kiwanis Park near the Mountain Home National Cemetery, the memorial honors the brave men and women who have served our nation during World War I to the present and future years. It is a lasting tribute to our past, present, and future service members who make tremendous sacrifices in order to keep us free.

Throughout their time serving in our General Assembly, Representatives Hill and Van Huss have fought for Northeast Tennessee’s veterans, active duty service members, and military families. Securing this important funding is a small way to thank these important groups for their dedication to our state and to our nation.

“Our veterans have made exceptional sacrifices to defend our freedom, and this memorial serves as an appropriate tribute to them,” said Representative Hill. “I am pleased that we were able to secure funding for this important project which will enable us to honor more of our future veterans, and I will continue to fight for our military members and their families.”

“This memorial is a small way we can recognize and thank our veterans for their selfless and courageous service to our nation,” said Representative Van Huss. “As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, it is an honor to support this memorial by securing the vital funding it needs. This will ensure that future generations of our citizens are able to visit it and learn more about those the memorial honors.”

For more information about the Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial, please click here.

Matthew Hill serves as a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means and House Health Committees. Hill is also a member of the House Health and House Rules Subcommittees. He lives in Jonesborough and represents District 7, which includes a portion of Washington County. Hill can be reached by email at Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2251.

Micah Van Huss serves as the Majority Floor Leader and on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Committee, and Insurance and Banking Committee.  He lives in Gray and represents House District 6, which covers half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-1717 or emailing Rep.Micah.VanHuss@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Matthew Hill Honored As Outstanding Legislator Of The Year

April 27, 2018

Tennessee PTA recognizes legislative leader for student advocacy.

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) has been named Outstanding Legislator of the Year by the Tennessee Parent Teacher Association (TNPTA).

The annual award which was presented to Hill during a recent ceremony at Science Hill High School recognizes an outstanding legislator who works to make a positive difference in the education, health, and well-being of Tennessee’s children and youth.

Hill was nominated for the honor by the Johnson City Council of Parent Teacher Associations (JCCPTA). He received it for his strong advocacy on behalf of the students of his district and those across Tennessee.

In recent years, Representative Hill has fought to address the continuous issues plaguing the state’s TNReady testing system. This year, he sponsored passage of a permissive measure that would have made the ACT the only standard for high school teacher and student evaluations. The goal was to provide a more consistent and accurate option for local education agencies to implement in their efforts to effectively track overall academic progress.

“I am honored to be recognized by the TNPTA, the JCCPTA, as well as the parents, educators, and students of our community,” said Representative Hill. “I have always believed that we must support the goals and dreams of our next generation of leaders. That is why I have fought for additional resources for them; when our students and teachers have the tools they need in order to succeed, all of Tennessee benefits.”

“Representative Hill is very deserving of this honor,” said JCCPTA President Paula Treece. “He has sponsored a tremendous amount of legislation that supports the educational endeavors of our children. We are proud of his most recent work as it relates to addressing ongoing TNReady testing issues, and we are lucky to have him serving both our community and our state.”

Matthew Hill serves as a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means and House Health Committees. Hill is also a member of the House Health and House Rules Subcommittees. He lives in Jonesborough and represents District 7, which includes a portion of Washington County. Hill can be reached by email at Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2251.

State Representative Matthew Hill Honored With National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award

April 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) has received the distinguished National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award from Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

The NASS Medallion Award allows individual Secretaries of State to recognize outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of the association within each state. It was created to honor individuals, groups, or organizations with an established record of promoting the NASS’ goals in one or more of the following areas:

  • Elections, with a special focus on voter education and participation.
  • Civic education, including the teaching, promotion, and study of this subject.
  • Service to state government, specifically as it relates to the duties of the office of the Secretary of State.
  • A commitment to giving – a business or individual whose philanthropic contributions have significantly enhanced the quality of life in a local or regional area within a state, or within an entire state.

“I’m honored to present Rep. Matthew Hill with the NASS Medallion Award. He was an early and influential supporter of the new Tennessee State Library and Archives which broke ground last fall. The citizens of Washington County should be proud knowing they have such a dedicated public servant representing them in the Tennessee General Assembly,” Secretary Hargett said.

“It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award and to support the work of my friend, Secretary Tre Hargett,” said Representative Hill. “As an elected official, I pledge to continue partnering with our constitutional officers and my legislative colleagues so that together, we can better address the needs of our citizens and maintain Tennessee’s economic growth and prosperity.”

Additional information about the NASS can be found on their website at NASS.ORG

Matthew Hill serves as a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means and House Health Committees. Hill is also a member of the House Health and House Rules Subcommittees. He lives in Jonesborough and represents District 7, which includes a portion of Washington County. Hill can be reached by email at Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2251.

State Representative Matthew Hill Announces $500,000 For Jackson Theatre

March 19, 2018

(NASHVILLE) – State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) today announced that he has secured $500,000 in funding for the renovation and restoration of the Jackson Theatre. The monies are a part of Governor Haslam’s 2018-2019 fiscal year budget.

From its humble beginnings as a furniture store in the 1800s, the theatre served as a center for entertainment throughout the early 20th century in the Town of Jonesborough before it was turned into office space in the 1950s. Last year, it was announced that the 3-story building was being restored to its 1940s decor. The new facility will consolidate the Charles Allen Building, the old Jackson Theatre, and the Jonesborough Reparatory Theatre and is expected to serve as a music venue, theatre, and independent film house capable of accommodating more than 320 people.

Representative Hill recognizes the building’s place in the ongoing revitalization efforts of Tennessee’s oldest town and is pleased to see this project receive much-needed funding.

“I have fought to ensure that the Jackson Theatre receives the support it needs, and I am satisfied that this project has been included as part of the governor’s budget,” said Representative Hill. “The Jackson Theatre is an integral part of downtown, and this money will go a long way towards renovating and preserving a fixture of our local history. I am grateful to Governor Haslam for supporting this project.”

Matthew Hill serves as a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means and House Health Committees. Hill is also a member of the House Health and House Rules Subcommittees. He lives in Jonesborough and represents District 7, which includes a portion of Washington County. Hill can be reached by email at Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2251.

State Representative Matthew Hill Announces Used Oil Grant For Washington County

February 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) today announced a $36,350 Used Oil Grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) for Washington County.

The monies are supported by the Used Oil Collection Fund, which receives its revenues from a fee collected against every quart of oil sold. Funded projects fall into the following categories: Recycling Hub and Spoke, Recycling Equipment, Recycling Rebate, as well as Used Oil and Convention Centers.

Allocated funds for this specific project will be used for oil storage tanks, as well as antifreeze collection tanks. These grants are part of a broader initiative by TDEC,  in partnership with the Tennessee General Assembly, to encourage and promote community recycling projects in an effort for Tennessee to further reduce landfill waste.

“This grant award is great news for our community,” said Representative Hill. “The monies will help us reduce certain environmental risks associated with storage of potentially dangerous materials; this will improve the safety and quality of life for our residents. I will continue to fight for additional funding that will not only benefit the well-being of our current citizens, but also our future generations.”

For more information about the program, please click here.

Matthew Hill is a member of the House Finance Ways and Means Committee as well as the House Health Subcommittee, Health Committee, and Rules Subcommittee.  He lives in Jonesborough and represents House District 7, which covers half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-2251 or by emailing Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov.

State Representative Matthew Hill Receives Capitol Caregivers Award From AARP

February 20, 2018

Jonesborough Republican lone House member to receive honor

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) today received the prestigious Capitol Caregivers Award from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

The bipartisan award recognizes elected leaders who have fought to increase support for family caregivers and their loved ones.

During the 2017 legislative session, Representative Hill shepherded passage of House Bill 968; it allows disabled adults to have aides in order to assist them with health maintenance tasks.

According to the AARP website, 40 million Americans help parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home each day.

Caregiving is a labor of love, but it can also be a challenge. Responsibilities range from providing transportation, cooking meals, managing finances, performing complex medical tasks, helping with bathing and dressing, and much more.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this distinguished award from the AARP for supporting Tennessee’s caregivers,” said Representative Hill. “As an elected official, I pledge to continue to support initiatives that increase resources for our caregivers, as well as those that improve the quality of life for those who receive care.”

Matthew Hill is a member of the House Finance Ways and Means Committee as well as the House Health Subcommittee, Health Committee, and Rules Subcommittee.  He lives in Jonesborough and represents House District 7, which covers half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-2251 or by emailing Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov.

State Representatives Matthew Hill, Micah Van Huss Announce Grant Award For Town Of Jonesborough

February 8, 2018

(NASHVILLE) – State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) and State Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City) today announced a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been awarded to the Town of Jonesborough.

The monies were allocated to the town by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) for commercial façade improvements. They can be used for downtown improvements including new awnings, signage, paint, building repairs, and other upgrades.

Founded in 1779, Jonesborough is Tennessee’s oldest town; it was established 17 years before Tennessee was even granted statehood and was frequented by former President Andrew Jackson in the late 1700s. It is also known as the Storytelling Capital of the World.

“This announcement is great news for our community, and I want to congratulate our local officials and our citizens,” said Representative Hill.  “It is very exciting to know that our community will receive this important funding to help preserve our history and restore our buildings.”

“I am extremely grateful for this investment by TNECD in our treasured community,” said Representative Van Huss. “These grant dollars will help us update our landmark structures and create a new energy among our residents.”

For more information about the CDBG program, please click here.

Micah Van Huss serves as the Majority Floor Leader and on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Committee, and Insurance and Banking Committee.  He lives in Gray and represents House District 6, which covers half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-1717 or emailing Rep.Micah.VanHuss@capitol.tn.gov.

Matthew Hill is a member of the House Finance Ways and Means Committee as well as the House Health Subcommittee, Health Committee, and Rules Subcommittee.  He lives in Jonesborough and represents House District 7, which covers the other half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-2251 or by emailing Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov. 

 

Representatives Matthew Hill, Micah Van Huss & Senator Rusty Crowe Update Boones Creek Construction

February 6, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough), State Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City), and State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) today announced that construction plans on the Boones Creek Exit in northern Washington County are moving forward.

Listed on the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) three-year plan, the Boones Creek project covers a two-mile portion of Knob Creek Road from Boones Creek Road to Mizpah Drive; it is expected to be completed over the course of the next 18 months.

Once completed, it will ensure adequate and efficient transportation for Tennessee’s agricultural industry and other small town businesses while also improving access to Interstate 26 as part of TDOT’s Rural Access program.

“I am pleased that the Boones Creek project is moving forward and is on target for completion as scheduled,” said Representative Hill. “It is an honor to work with my fellow legislators, local leaders, as well as TDOT in order to improve transportation accessibility and safety for our residents.”

“It has been an honor to work for the people of District 6 on this project,” said Representative Van Huss. “We have worked hard to ensure that this project moves forward.”

“The Boones Creek community has grown tremendously in the past few years,” said Senator Crowe. “With new industries making plans for the Boones Creek area and a new school being built, it is very important that we plan for this growth from a transportation perspective. I appreciate the help of the Department of Transportation and our Governor as we move forward toward completion of this project hopefully sometime in the next year or so. This new interchange is greatly needed and I am pleased that the project is moving forward.”

“Project Development staff is currently finalizing engineering plans to begin the utility coordination process,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Project Manager Eric Wilson. “With no right-of-way acquisition needed for the proposed improvements, this process is anticipated to take up to 9 months.  Once completed, the project can be let to construction, pending available funding.  At this time, we anticipate construction activities to begin in early 2019.”

For more information about the project, please click here.

Matthew Hill is a member of the House Finance Ways and Means Committee as well as the House Health Subcommittee, Health Committee, and Rules Subcommittee.  He lives in Jonesborough and represents House District 7, which covers the other half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-2251 or by emailing Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov

Micah Van Huss serves as the Majority Floor Leader and on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Committee, and Insurance and Banking Committee.  He lives in Gray and represents House District 6, which covers half of Washington County.  He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-1717 or emailing Rep.Micah.VanHuss@capitol.tn.gov

Rusty Crowe serves as Chairman of the Senate, Health, and Welfare Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Education & Senate Government Operations Committees, as well as the Joint Government Operations Commerce, Labor, Transportation & Agriculture and Joint Government Operations Education, Health & General Welfare Subcommittees. Crowe lives in Johnson City and represents Senate District 3, which includes Washington, Unicoi and Carter Counties. He can be reached by calling: (615) 741-2468 or emailing Sen.Rusty.Crowe@capitol.tn.gov.

 

Representative Matthew Hill, House Health Committee Members Improve Healthcare For Tennesseans In 2017

November 16, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — During the 2017 legislative session, the House Health Committee — including State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) — effectively worked to improve healthcare and the quality of life for citizens across Tennessee. Committee members advanced a total of 62 legislative initiatives in 2017; fifty were signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

These initiatives combat prescription drug abuse, address Tennessee’s opioid crisis, improve relationships between providers and medical professionals, streamline the application process for members of Tennessee’s medical industry, and protect the state’s unborn children. They include:

  • House Bill 137: Combats prescription drug abuse by allowing the Tennessee Department of Health to establish and maintain a voluntary prescription drug donation repository program.
  • House Bill 315: Streamlines the continuum of practice for provider entry, reentry, and gradual exit while safeguarding patients through enhanced accountability measures.
  • House Bill 405: Protects the rights of licensed pharmacists from discrimination by managed health insurance providers.
  • House Bill 628:  Incorporates pharmacist-provided medication therapy management into all TennCare delivery systems.
  • House Bill 644:  Enacts the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact which streamlines the application process for credentialed medical professionals moving to Tennessee for work.
  • House Bill 952:  Creates the Visiting Sports Team Act which allows traveling team physicians at the collegiate, amateur, or professional level to use existing licenses to practice medicine.
  • House Bill 1189:  Enacts the Tennessee Infants Protection Act which prohibits abortions — except in medical emergency — after 24 weeks and requires testing to determine the viability of an unborn child if a woman is at least 20 weeks pregnant.
  • House Bill 1207:  Combats Tennessee’s ongoing opioid epidemic by identifying high-risk prescribers.

“As a member of the House Health Committee, one of my main priorities is addressing the health concerns of the citizens who live in Washington County so that we can improve their well-being and overall quality of life,” said Representative Hill. “While we have made considerable progress, we have more work ahead of us. Our state is facing an opioid epidemic that has led to so many tragic outcomes for families across our community and throughout Tennessee. Together, I know we will continue to make progress in order to address all aspects of this public health crisis, and I look forward to furthering our efforts in 2018.”

“The men and women who serve on the House Health Committee have done a remarkable job improving the overall health and quality of life for Tennesseans in 2017,” said House Health Committee Chairman Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville). “As I reflect on our work, I know we created new solutions to important health and wellness issues that impact residents in communities across our state. As we prepare for 2018, I look forward to partnering with my colleagues again so that we can make Tennessee a model for health and well-being that other states will continue to follow.”

Additionally, the efforts of the committee did not go unnoticed by House leadership, especially Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).

“I want to personally thank the hardworking members of the House Health Committee for taking steps to ensure that our residents have access to high quality healthcare and that our medical professionals have the tools they need to effectively treat the citizens of this state,” said Speaker Harwell. “The efforts of this important panel during the 2017 legislative session will have a tremendous impact on health outcomes now and in future years.”

Representative Matthew Hill is a member of the House Finance Ways and Means Committee as well as the House Health Subcommittee, Health Committee, and Rules Subcommittee.  He lives in Jonesborough and represents House District 7, which covers the other half of Washington County. He can be reached by calling (615) 741-2251 or by email at: Rep.Matthew.Hill@capitol.tn.gov

Speaker Harwell, Northeast Tennessee House Members Advocate for Aerospace Park Project

July 14, 2017

NASHVILLE – Speaker of the Tennessee House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today sent a letter to the members of the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission urging them to seriously consider the Tri-Cities Airport’s Aerospace Park project for a major grant from the state. Speaker Harwell toured the site recently and believes the project will give the region a significant economic boost.

“The Aerospace Park project at the Tri-Cities Airport is an innovative and worthwhile project for these grant funds,” said Speaker Harwell. “I hope the commission will give serious consideration to this project because I believe it will be beneficial for the entire Northeast Tennessee region.”

The Northeast Tennessee delegation in the House of Representatives joined Speaker Harwell in advocating for the project.

“The Aerospace Park is one of the most important ventures to come to Northeast Tennessee in recent years because it will create new economic momentum for our entire region,” said Rep. John Crawford (R- Kingsport). I appreciate Speaker Harwell’s support and look forward to working with her and my Northeast Tennessee colleagues to ensure the success of this critical project.”

“The Aerospace Park project will provide a considerable boost to our local economy here in the Northeast Tennessee region,” said Rep. Bud Hulsey (R-Kingsport). “I am grateful to Speaker Harwell for supporting this critical initiative that will create high paying, high tech jobs that are a perfect fit for many of our residents.”

“My colleagues and I in the House worked diligently during the 2017 legislative session in order to ensure that this pivotal project receives the necessary funding in order to move forward,” said Rep. Timothy Hill (R-Blountville). “I know Speaker Harwell understands and appreciates the important economic impact it will have on our community, and I am thankful for her support.”

“Funding the Aerospace Park project will enable Northeast Tennessee’s economy to experience the type of growth that other parts of our state have seen in recent years,” said Rep. John Holsclaw (R-Elizabethton). “I am honored that Speaker Harwell has pledged her full support and is committed to seeing this project come to fruition.”

“Our region is fortunate to have many residents trained in this industry who are ready to fill the jobs that will be created by this important project,” said Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville). “I applaud Speaker Harwell’s efforts to help us make aeronautics expansion in Northeast Tennessee a reality.”

“Funding the Tri-Cities Aerospace Park will help our region be more attractive to companies looking to move to or expand their operations in the great State of Tennessee,” said Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Gray). “I appreciate Representative Timothy Hill’s leadership and Speaker Harwell’s support in helping us move this important project forward, and I am hopeful that the Aeronautics Commission will make this important investment in our community.”

“I am proud of this excellent team of legislators, including Speaker Harwell, for their dedication to seeing this regional project advance,” said Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough). “The Aerospace Park development is a critical piece to the future of Northeast Tennessee. It will stimulate our local economy and create jobs that will benefit future generations of our residents.”

The Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC) assists with the formulation of relevant policy planning and all proposed changes in the state airport system plan. More information can be found at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/aeronautics-commission. More information about the Aerospace Park project at Tri-Cities Airport can be found at http://www.triaerospacepark.com/.

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 You can read Speaker Harwell’s full letter by clicking here.