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Rep. Ron Travis announces $2 million for broadband expansion in Bledsoe, Rhea counties

August 25, 2020

State Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, today announced more than $2 million has been awarded in emergency broadband grants for Bledsoe and Rhea counties. The funds were made available through the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund allotment from the federal government.

The counties will receive four grants as part of $61 million in emergency broadband package for 62 projects announced by Gov. Bill Lee last week and distributed by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) to improve access to broadband internet across the state.

Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative will receive the $1.974,000 to expand service to 685 homes and 20 non-residential sites. Spring City Cable received three grants totaling $139,375 to provide broadband access to 124 homes and three non-residential sites throughout Rhea County.

“These grants will make an enormous difference in the lives of our residents who are completely underserved and desperately need broadband access to work, do classwork online or access telehealth services during this pandemic,” Travis said.  “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities these grants will provide for our neighbors, but also for the economic growth it will help create in our region.”

The ECD received 84 applications for $89.1 million in funding, according to Lee’s office.   Following review and a public comment period, 62 projects representing $61 million will be funded. The remaining $28 million in projects were denied due to a number of factors including project feasibility, applicant experience, and public comments received from existing broadband providers. Unfunded applicants will be invited to reapply for the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Grant Program, funded at $15 million this year.

Pursuant to federal guidelines, these projects are limited to those that would enhance access to individuals and families affected during the COVID-19 pandemic by the lack of broadband access in their area. Eligible entities included those authorized to provide broadband services in Tennessee, and eligible areas were limited to those unserved or underserved locations lacking all equipment necessary to provide a broadband connection capable of supporting telemedicine, distance learning, and telecommuting.

Information about the Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund can be found here.

 

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Representative Travis Recognizes Bledsoe & Sequatchie County Schools For Improved High School Graduation Rates

October 2, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today congratulated both Bledsoe and Sequatchie County Schools for their considerable improvements related to high school graduation rates for the 2017-2018 school year.

The districts were among nine across Tennessee that demonstrated some of the most notable gains and overall achievements, improving graduation rates by five percentage points or more.

In fact, Bledsoe County’s graduation rate increased by 6.5 percent during the 2017-2018 school year and was 92 percent. Sequatchie County saw an increase of 7.6 percent from the previous academic year. Approximately 94 percent of high school students in the county earned their high school diploma in 2017-2018.

“I am very pleased to hear that more of our students are experiencing academic success at the high school level by earning their diplomas,” said Representative Travis. “This will better prepare them for college, technical or trade school, or as they look to join our workforce. I want to thank our local educators, staff members, engaged parents, and family members for the important roles they have played in this tremendous accomplishment, and I will continue to support our high school graduates because they are the future leaders of our community and our state.”

Statewide graduation rates remained at the highest level ever recorded in 2017-2018 — 89.1 percent. Additionally, more than 56 percent of school districts with high schools saw rates improved when compared with 2016-2017 numbers.

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Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

Representative Travis Announces $610,000 In School Safety Funding For District 31 Now Available

October 1, 2018

(NASHVILLE) —State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today announced more than $610,000 in funding for safety upgrades at academic institutions within District 31 is now available to area schools.

The monies are a portion of approximately $35 million in budget funding — $25 million in one-time funding and $10 million in recurring grants — approved as part of Republican-led efforts during the 2018 legislative session to enhance protections for the future leaders of our state.

Dollar amounts were awarded based upon each district’s relative share of the Basic Education Program (BEP) — the formula through which state education dollars are generated and distributed to our schools.

Each school system submitted funding requests for specific safety needs identified in a recent security review of school facilities conducted by school officials and local law enforcement.

Specifically, Bledsoe County will receive a total of $85,890 ($24,540 in recurring funds, $61,350 in non-recurring monies) for safety enhancements related to perimeter and access control.

The Dayton School District will receive $37,099 ($12,789 in recurring funds, $24,310 in non-recurring dollars) for improvements to access control, emergency planning and training.

Additionally, $173,589 ($53,259 in recurring funding, $120,330 in non-recurring dollars) has been allocated to the Rhea County School District for upgrades to perimeter and access control, as well as refinements to communications.

Finally, Roane County has been awarded $221,800 ($63,370 in recurring monies, $158,430 in non-recurring funds) for new signage, as well as better access control and surveillance. Sequatchie County is set to receive $92,160 ($26,330 in recurring dollars, $65,830 in non-recurring funds) for improvements to access control, communications, and emergency planning.

“The future leaders of our communities and our state should not have to worry about threats to their personal safety as they work to pursue their academic goals,” said Representative Travis. “I am grateful that my colleagues and I were able to help secure this important funding that will better protect our students, educators, and school staff members, and I will continue to fight for additional resources to further address the needs of these important groups in the years ahead.”

All 147 school districts in Tennessee received a portion of school safety funding. For more information, please clicking here.

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

State Representative Ron Travis Recognizes Area Institutions For Earning Reward School Status

September 24, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today recognized three academic institutions in District 31 for earning Reward School status from the Tennessee Department of Education.

The status is the top distinction a school can achieve in Tennessee. Recipients include approximately 318 schools in 85 districts — 20 percent of the state’s schools — who have demonstrated improvement in overall student academic achievement as well as student growth for all students and student groups. These institutions are identified and recognized annually by the Department of Education.

Institutions honored in Bledsoe and Rhea Counties include:

  • Cecil B. Rigsby Elementary School
  • Pikeville Elementary School
  • Spring City Middle School

“I am excited that three of our institutions have received this incredible honor from our Department of Education,” said Representative Travis. “This achievement is the result of the hard work and dedication of our fine educators, staff, engaged parents, and family members who have prioritized their roles supporting the academic development of our future leaders. I want to congratulate them, as well as our students for achieving Reward School status, and I will continue to prioritize resources for these important groups in the years ahead.”

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Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

State Representative Ron Travis Congratulates Area Principals For Selection To Rural Principal Network

September 18, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today congratulated the leaders of two area schools — Scott Calahan of Harriman High School and Griffith Elementary School’s William Childers — on their selections to serve as part of the inaugural class of the Tennessee Rural Principals Network.

This professional network that includes 52 rural principals from across Tennessee is part of the governor’s Transforming School Leadership Initiative — designed to improve preparation, retention, and development of the state’s principals.

The Tennessee Rural Principals Network recognizes the importance of providing a sustained opportunity for our rural school leaders by affording them the ability to participate in:

  • Ongoing professional learning from state and national experts on evidence-based strategies that improve educator effectiveness and student outcomes in a rural setting;
  • Opportunities to exchange ideas, strategies, resources, and common challenges with peers in a safe and supportive setting;
  • Opportunities to work with a smaller group of peers in a community of practice focused on a common challenge to identify best practices currently in use and to reduce isolation.

Calahan, Griffith, and additional members of the Tennessee Rural Principals Network will receive funding to help them attend a series of five state-led conferences, training opportunities, and other events during the current school year which will help them better address some of the unique challenges they face as leaders of rural school communities.

“I am pleased that Scott and William will benefit from the unique training and professional development opportunities provided to them through the Tennessee Rural Principals Network,” said Representative Travis. “These valuable resources might not otherwise be available to our   participants because of the high costs associated with them. I am hopeful this network will benefit more of our rural school communities and their leaders in the years ahead.”

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Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

State Representative Ron Travis Announces Grants For Fall Creek Falls & Spring City

August 21, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today announced that both Fall Creek Falls State Park and Spring City have been awarded grants by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC).

Specifically, Fall Creek Falls will receive a $100,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant to be used for the resurfacing of the lake trail along the lakefront at the park, upgrades to parking, as well as improved accessibility. The park will match the remaining portion of the grant to complete the $125,000 project.

Additionally, Spring City will receive a $29,644 RTP grant for phase one construction of the Veteran’s Lakeside Greenway project. This includes the conversion of an old highway bed into a multi-use trail, as well as enhanced accessibility. The city will provide a $7,412 funding match to complete this project.

“I appreciate TDEC’s investment in our communities, and I know this important funding will have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of our citizens,” said Representative Travis. “I am grateful to Director Parish, his staff, and Deputy Governor Jim Henry for supporting our region, and I congratulate our local officials for their efforts securing this funding.”

The RTP grant program is federally-funded and was established to distribute monies for a wide range of recreational trail projects. Additional information is available by clicking here.

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

State Representative Ron Travis Congratulates Local School Districts For 2018 TNReady Testing Result

August 17, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today congratulated both the Roane County School District and Sequatchie County Schools for achieving Level 5 distinction in all tested subjects as part of 2018 TNReady testing.

The majority of Tennessee’s 147 districts met or exceeded growth expectations while 11 earned Level 5 distinction — the highest level of growth — across all tested subject-areas including literacy, numeracy, science, and social studies.

Student growth has been calculated in Tennessee for almost three decades. These scores — known as Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) scores — measure year-to-year student growth. They are calculated by comparing a student’s performance relative to the performance of his or her peers who have achieved similar results on past assessments.

Growth scores are important because they look at how much students are growing, regardless of proficiency. When they are captured together with TNReady results — which examine overall achievement — they provide a more accurate depiction of a student’s academic performance.

“These remarkable accomplishments during our latest round of TNReady testing are the result of the tireless effort and energy invested by our students, educators, and staff members at our fine institutions over the last several years,” said Representative Travis.  “I want to congratulate them and the parents of our school children for making these great strides academically, and I know that the real reward is the educational success that awaits our students in future years.”

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Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

State Representative Ron Travis Announces ThreeStar Grant Awards For District 31

July 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today announced three grant awards from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) totaling $25,000 for House District 31.

The monies are a part of TNECD’s ThreeStar Competitive Grant program. The funding will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

To be eligible, each community had to demonstrate that it met program requirements in all five key areas. Amounts and recipients in District 31 include:

  • $15,000 for Rhea County
  • $5,000 for Roane County
  • $5,000 for Sequatchie County

“The investments made by TNECD in District 31 are critical to the health and well-being of our residents, as well as our future economic development,” said Representative Travis. “Like many communities across the state, we continue to experience remarkable growth. With this increase in population, some of our resources have been overextended. These monies will allow our local leaders to continue to keep up with the growing needs of our citizens.”

Approximately $955,000 has been awarded to Tennessee communities by the TNECD through this round of grants.

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

State Representative Ron Travis Announces Retail Academy Grants For Dunlap & Spring City

June 28, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today announced that the City of Dunlap and the Town of Spring City are the recipients of Retail Academy Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TNECD).

The grants assist communities with funding that enables them to participate in the Retail Academy 101 or Retail Academy 201 opportunities. The overall goal of each is to provide cities and towns with important resources, training, and education to help enhance retail opportunities locally. This will help generate more revenue and lead to the creation of additional jobs in these communities.

“This investment in our community by TNECD is great news, and I am thankful for their partnership in supporting our local economies,” said Representative Travis. “I am hopeful that these unique opportunities for the citizens of Dunlap and Spring City will assist in paving the way for future economic growth and prosperity in these communities, as well as across our region.”

Since it began in 2016, the Retail Academy program has led to new retail establishments opening in 41 percent of communities that have participated, and has produced an estimated annual economic impact of $1.7 million in new local tax revenues.

For more information about the Retail Academy Grant program, please click here.

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

State Representative Ron Travis Announces Coil Design Corporation To Establish Facility In Rhea County

May 16, 2018

Manufacturer to invest $3.4 million in Dayton, creating approximately 70 jobs. 

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) recently joined with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) and local officials to announce that Coil Design Corporation — a leader in the HVAC and refrigeration industries — is investing $3.4 million in its corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant in Dayton.

The former Goodman Manufacturing plant in the city will serve as the new home for Coil Design Corporation. The manufacturer plans to invest in new equipment and upgrades to the current facility. It is expected to be up and running by early summer and will employ citizens as machine operators, flame blazing technicians, assembly workers, drafters, engineers, as well as sales personnel.

This announcement is expected to create approximately 70 new jobs over the course of the next two years.

“Coin Design Corporation’s announcement is great news for our community,” said Representative Travis. “Their investment will bring high paying jobs to Dayton, Rhea County, and our region. I look forward to their partnership with our local officials, and I will continue to push for additional resources that promote job growth so that more of our citizens will have an opportunity to obtain the high quality jobs they desire.”

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.