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Representative Curtis Halford Announces Solid Waste Recycling Grants For Carroll & Gibson Counties

February 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) today announced two Solid Waste Recycling Grants totaling more than $61,000 from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) for Carroll and Gibson Counties.

Specifically, Carroll County will receive $32,351 for a recycling truck. Additionally, Gibson County was awarded $29,500 for a used oil transport trailer, used oil collection tank, used oil storage tank, and a used oil heater.

The grant for Carroll County is supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which is administered by TDEC in partnership with the Tennessee General Assembly. Funding for the Gibson County project originates from the Used Oil Collection Fund, which receives its revenues from a fee collected against every quart of oil sold. Both grants are part of a broader initiative to encourage and promote community recycling projects in an effort for Tennessee to further reduce landfill waste.

“I am grateful to Commissioner Martineau and TDEC for their investment in our communities,” said Chairman Halford. “These funds will help us enhance environmental safety and protect the quality of life for our residents. We must continue to support programs and invest in initiatives that enrich the well-being of our local citizens, as well as those across our state.”

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Curtis Halford serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. He lives in Dyer and represents House District 79, which includes all of Gibson and the majority of Carroll Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Curtis.Halford@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7478.

State Representative Curtis Halford Announces $80,677 Grant Award For Town of McLemoresville

February 9, 2018

(NASHVILLE) – State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) today announced that the Town of McLemoresville will receive an $80,677 grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TNECD).

The monies are part of TNECD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and will be used to help fund protective fire equipment for the town’s volunteer fire department. Grant dollars were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.  ECD administers the CDBG program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known.

“Today’s announcement is great news for our growing community,” said Chairman Halford. “I am extremely grateful for TNECD’s investment because it will enhance the safety of those who risk their lives in order to protect and serve our residents.”

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Curtis Halford serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. He lives in Dyer and represents House District 79, which includes all of Gibson and the majority of Carroll Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Curtis.Halford@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7478.

State Representative Curtis Halford Announces TOP Grants For Carroll & Gibson Counties

January 31, 2018

Funding made possible through passage of Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

(NASHVILLE) —State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) today announced two Training Opportunities for the Public (TOP) grants totaling more than $6,000 for Carroll and Gibson Counties from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).

The Carroll County Library is set to receive $2,077 in grant dollars. Additionally, $3,992 has been allocated to the Gibson County Memorial Library. These grants will provide funding for trainers, hardware, and software for free technology training classes in the community. They were created with the passage of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act in 2017.

The Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act addresses broadband access and adoption through business investment and deregulation. Coupled with the state budget, the legislation makes targeted investments through grants and tax credits that focus on the state’s unserved areas. The legislation also permits the state’s private, nonprofit electric cooperatives to provide retail broadband service — something they have been completely unable to do in the past.

“These grants provide a tremendous opportunity for the residents of our communities to enhance their job skills,” said Chairman Halford. “I am grateful that more of them will have access to innovative technology and training that will benefit them in today’s job market.”

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Curtis Halford serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. He lives in Dyer and represents House District 79, which includes all of Gibson and the majority of Carroll Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Curtis.Halford@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7478.

 

 

 

Chairman Halford, House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee Fights For Rural Tennessee in 2017

October 3, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — During the 2017 legislative session, members of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee — led by Chairman Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) — fought to support rural economic development and growth in cities and towns throughout the state. The panel advanced 27 legislative initiatives that were signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

These initiatives save Southeast Tennessee’s tourism industry, support small food businesses, increase agricultural production, and remove government red tape and regulations. Some of the legislation includes:

  • House Bill 74:   Saves the treasured Ocoee River.
  • House Bill 299: Supports Tennessee’s small food businesses.
  • House Bill 312: Protects personal information of Tennessee tourists.
  • House Bill 438: Establishes Tennessee’s Energy Policy Council.
  • House Bill 702: Generates licensing exemptions for members of the agricultural industry.
  • House Bill 1164: Authorizes production of registered domestic varieties of industrial hemp.

“I am grateful to my colleagues for their service on the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and for supporting the economic growth and development of our rural Tennessee communities in 2017,” said Chairman Halford. “We have made tremendous progress building strong economic foundations in these cities and towns that will continue our state’s overall economic momentum. When rural Tennessee thrives, our entire state benefits.”

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

“I want to personally thank the hardworking members of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee for ensuring that our rural Tennessee communities continue to play an important role in the economic success of our state,” said Speaker Harwell. “Their efforts during the 2017 legislative session will have a tremendous impact on Tennessee now and in future years.”

Curtis Halford serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. He lives in Dyer and represents House District 79, which includes all of Gibson and the majority of Carroll Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Curtis.Halford@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7478.

 

House Speaker Beth Harwell Works to Eliminate Opioid Abuse

January 27, 2017

Speaker Harwell Announces Task Force on Opioid Abuse

 

NASHVILLE – Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) this week created a task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse. The task force’s immediate goal will be to work on legislation, but its efforts will be ongoing to determine the best strategies for tackling the opioid epidemic. Tennessee is consistently ranked at the top of the charts nationally with regards to prescription drug abuse.

“This task force presents an opportunity to have a very serious conversation about opioid and prescription drug abuse in our state,” said Speaker Harwell. “The statistics are devastating: there are more opioid prescriptions than there are people in Tennessee. In 2015, 1,451 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses, the highest annual number in our state’s history. And the number of babies born who have been chronically exposed to opioids is high, particularly in East Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health reports that from 2000 to 2012, the rate of babies born with exposure increased 15 fold. We can, and should, do more to ensure this is not happening.”

She continued, “The Tennessee General Assembly has passed some legislation in the past targeting the problem, but I believe we also need to look toward solutions that include treatment and prevention measures. I believe this task force can be an asset as we work to address this issue in this session and in the future.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that prescription opioid abuse has a total economic burden of $78.5 billion per year in the United States. There is an estimated $7.7 billion criminal justice cost across the country.

 

Speaker Harwell appointed the following members to the task force:

Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson, R-Clarksville – Chair

Representative JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga

Representative Curtis Halford, R-Dyer

Representative Darren Jernigan, D-Old Hickory

Representative William Lamberth, R-Portland

Representative Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro

Representative Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville

 

“I have asked the members of the task force to work toward legislation that can be filed this year, as well as working collaboratively with other members who have legislation on the topic. Working together, I am hoping we can create some comprehensive solutions to this epidemic,” concluded Speaker Harwell.

Future meeting times for the task force will be announced as they are scheduled.

 

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