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State Representative Debra Moody Honors Artist Jean Wheeler For Winning 2017 Tipton County Art Contest

March 29, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Debra Moody (R-Covington) today received Tipton County resident and local artist Jean Wheeler’s artwork “Hedgerow” for display in her Nashville legislative office.

Wheeler was selected as the winner of the Second Annual Tipton County Art Contest last year from a group of artists who submitted renderings which they believe best represented Tipton County.

The painting will now hang in Representative Moody’s office for a period of one year before it goes to the State Museum art collection here in Nashville for a year.  In 2016, Moody proposed the idea of an art contest to constituent Barb McBride who has since organized the annual contest hosted by Representative Moody.

“I want to congratulate Jean for winning last year’s contest and also thank her for providing us with an opportunity to share her beautiful painting with those who stop by our office,” said Representative Moody. “I know her immense talents will better promote our community among the visitors to the Tennessee State Museum next year.”

The 2018 Tipton County Arts Contest, titled “Expression of Joy” reception is April 16th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC).  Entries will be on display from April 19th through August 10th.  Sponsors for the contest are Representative Debra Moody, DSCC, The Tipton County Museum and The Tipton County Art Council.

Debra Moody serves as Vice Chair of the House Civil Justice Committee. She is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning Committee, as well as the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. Moody lives in Covington and represents House District 81, which includes Tipton County. She can be reached by email at Rep.Debra.Moody@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3774.

State Representative Debra Moody Strengthens Identity Protections For Tennessee’s Human Trafficking Victims

February 21, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Debra Moody (R-Covington) has introduced an initiative that enhances identity protections for Tennessee’s human trafficking victims.

House Bill 1849 protects the records of trafficking victims who seek treatment from additional service providers during their recovery process.

While records are currently confidential for patients who are treated in hospitals, this initiative protects those who are treated at domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, as well as human trafficking service providers.

In Tennessee, approximately 94 teenagers fall victim to human trafficking each month. However, the state has some of the toughest laws against this type of crime in the entire country.

According to Shared Hope International, our state ranks first among all 50 states for legislation that combats human trafficking. Much of that success can be traced to the steady work of local lawmakers — including Representative Moody — who have given a voice to human trafficking victims in the Tennessee General Assembly.

In fact, Moody’s formidable efforts in recent years have earned her appointments to the Human Trafficking Advisory Council by Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell.

“Victims of this appalling crime not only endure an extraordinary amount of physical abuse, but they also suffer considerable emotional trauma and psychological pain,” said Representative Moody. “It is important for us to protect them from further harm and support their recovery efforts so that they can restore some sense of normalcy in their daily lives.”

House Bill 1849 is expected to be heard by members of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Debra Moody serves as Vice Chair of the House Civil Justice Committee. She is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning Committee, as well as the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. Moody lives in Covington and represents House District 81, which includes Tipton County. She can be reached by email at: Rep.Debra.Moody@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3774.

House Republicans Pass Legislation Aimed At Protecting Personal Information Of Tennessee Tourists

April 3, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — This week, Republican lawmakers unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Representative Debra Moody (R-Covington) that protects the personal information of Tennessee tourists who visit state parks.

House Bill 312 restricts a business’s accessibility to the personal information of park visitors, including their social security numbers, driver’s licenses or other forms of identification. The bill is part of Governor Haslam’s legislative package for the year, which is traditionally handled by the House Majority Leader. Because of Representative Moody’s leadership abilities, however, she was handpicked to carry the bill through the legislative process.

“Representative Moody has demonstrated her commitment to the citizens of Tennessee during her time serving as a member of the General Assembly,” said House Majority Leader Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station). “We are thankful for her assistance in getting this critical legislation passed.”

“People visit our state parks to relax and enjoy their outdoor experiences,” said Representative Moody. “This bill eliminates any concern that their personal privacy and security will be compromised, creating a more enjoyable experience for them.”

The full text of House Bill 312 can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0312.pdf

Debra Moody serves as Vice Chair of the House Civil Justice Committee. She is also a member of the House Education Administration & Planning Committee, as well as the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. Moody lives in Covington and represents House District 81, which includes Tipton County. She can be reached by email at: Rep.Debra.Moody@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3774.

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