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Small Business Endorses State Rep. Dennis Powers in District 36 House Race

September 7, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sept.4, 2020 — The NFIB Tennessee Political Action Committee has endorsed State Rep.  Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, in the 36th State House District race. The PAC is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

“NFIB is proud to endorse candidates who have demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting small businesses in Tennessee,” said Jim Brown, Tennessee state director, noting 29 of the 93 endorsed candidates are NFIB members. “These individuals either have a proven track record of standing up for small businesses or have shown they will promote a positive business environment for Tennessee’s job creators.”

“I am truly honored to receive this endorsement from the NFIB as I seek to continue serving the citizens of District 36,” Powers said.  “Now, more than ever, our small businesses need our support as we work to recover from this pandemic. I am committed to fighting for them and advancing good policy that support small business owners and helps creates jobs. “

The NFIB Tennessee PAC’s endorsement is critical to Powers’ campaign. Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to visit the polls. The PAC’s support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.  

Early voting in the primaries begins Wednesday, Oct. 14, and ends Thursday, Oct. 29. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.  

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

State Rep. Dennis Powers announces grant to expand broadband in Campbell County

August 25, 2020

State Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, today announced a $221,516 emergency broadband grant would be awarded to Campbell County through the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund allotment from the federal government.

The grant is 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.

The grant will be awarded to Comcast of the South to provide broadband access to rural Campbell County.

“Access to high-speed internet and broadband services are desperately needed in our region and that necessity has only been amplified by this pandemic,” Powers said.  “Broadband is an essential service greatly benefits businesses and families, but also increases economic investment and growth. This grant will make a difference in the lives of many of our neighbors and I am committed to working to bring even greater access to our community.”

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.

Powers represents District 36 in the Tennessee House of Representatives which is made up of Campbell, and part of Union and Anderson counties.    He serves as the Chairman of the Banking and Investments Subcommittee. He is a member of the Commerce and Insurance Committees and the Property and Casualty Subcommittee.  Powers can be reached at 615-741-3335 or by email at rep.dennis.powers@capitol.tn.gov

 

 

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State Rep. Dennis Powers Receives Top Honor from American Conservative Union

March 6, 2020

American Conservative Union (ACU) President Matt Schlap, left and Dan Schneider, the executive director for ACU, present State Rep. Dennis Powers with the Award for Conservative Excellence in a ceremony in Washinton D.C. on Feb. 29.

State Rep. Dennis Powers Receives Top Honor from American Conservative Union

Campbell County lawmaker presented Award for Conservative Excellence in Washington D.C.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, is the recipient of the Award for Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union (ACU).

This achievement honors Powers for his unwavering support of initiatives throughout the 2019 legislative session that have made crucial conservative reforms and that have enhanced Tennessee’s economic prosperity. Powers was presented the award on Saturday, Feb. 29 in Washington D.C. Powers received a 96 percent rating for his conservative record from the ACU.

“I am humbled to receive this honor from the ACU for my conservative voting record,” Powers said.

“I will keep up the fight the people of my district and for all Tennesseans who realize that conservative solutions are what have made our state a model for good governance and the envy of the entire nation.”

According to its website, the ACU believes that the Constitution of the United States is the best political charter yet created by men for governing themselves. It is the organization’s belief that the constitution is designed to guarantee the free exercise of the inherent rights of the individual through strictly limiting the power of government.

Powers represents District 36 in the Tennessee House of Representatives which is made up of Campbell, and part of Union and Anderson counties.    He serves as the Chairman of the Banking and Investments Subcommittee. He is a member of the Commerce and Insurance Committees and the Property and Casualty Subcommittee.  Powers can be reached at 615-741-3335 or by email at rep.dennis.powers@capitol.tn.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Rifle Association Endorses State Representative Dennis Powers In District 36 House Race

October 9, 2018
(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) today received an endorsement from the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Political Victory Fund (PVF) in the Tennessee District 36 House Race.
 
Powers was also recognized by the NRA-PVF with an “A” rating for his support of Second Amendment issues and for being a solid pro-gun/pro-hunting candidate who has fought to uphold the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
 
This endorsement is important to the Powers campaign because NRA members have historically supported conservative candidates at the polls who have fought to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.  
 
“It is an incredible honor to receive this prestigious endorsement from the NRA as I seek re-election in November,” said Representative Powers. “Throughout my time serving in our General Assembly, I have fought to ensure the Second Amendment rights of our law-abiding citizens are never infringed upon. I pledge to continue those efforts in the years ahead, and I appreciate the NRA’s partnership because together, I know we will find new ways to support our legal gun owners, sportsmen, and small business owners.”
 
During the 2018 legislative session, Powers sponsored an initiative creating a sales tax weekend for firearms and ammunition over a three-day period in early September. The overall goal of the legislation was to support Tennesseans as they exercise their constitutional rights, make gun ownership more accessible and affordable, and help small business owners across Tennessee.
Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee and Subcommittee. Powers lives in Jacksboro and represents House District 36, which includes Campbell and parts of Union and Anderson Counties. He can be reached by email at:Rep.Dennis.Powers@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3335.

Small Business Endorses State Representative Dennis Powers in District 36 Race

September 25, 2018

NASHVILLE, September 25, 2018—The NFIB Tennessee Political Action Committee has endorsed State Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) in the 36th District House race. The PAC is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

“Representative Powers has clearly demonstrated he is a strong supporter of free enterprise and will stand with small business in the 111th General Assembly,” NFIB State Director Jim Brown said. “He is committed to promoting a positive business environment in Tennessee and truly understands the critical role small business plays in a strong economy.”

“I am honored to receive this endorsement from Tennessee’s leading small business association,” said Representative Powers. “Our small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, and the fact that Tennessee was recently named one of the national leaders in small business friendliness drives home their importance. I will continue to support initiatives that allow these organizations to thrive because this will lead to additional job creation, and enable more of our families to achieve their version of the American Dream.”

The NFIB Tennessee PAC’s endorsement is important to the Powers campaign. Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. The PAC’s support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.

Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee and Subcommittee. Powers lives in Jacksboro and represents House District 36, which includes Campbell and parts of Union and Anderson Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Dennis.Powers@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3335.

State Representative Dennis Powers Announces Recreational Grants For Maynardville & Norris

August 21, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) today announced that both the City of Maynardville and the City of Norris have been awarded recreational grants by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC).

Specifically, Maynardville will receive a $193,287 Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant for the development of the first city park. Project construction will include a splash pad, restroom facilities, parking upgrades, as well as improved accessibility and an additional structure. The city will match the remaining portion of the grant to complete the estimated $386,575 project.

Additionally, the City of Norris will receive an $89,600 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant for the acquisition of trail maintenance equipment. This machinery will be used to preserve existing trail infrastructure. Approximately $22,400 in funding to complete the purchase will come through a grant match.

“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 Powers. “I am grateful to Director Parish, his staff, and Deputy Governor Jim Henry for supporting our local community, and I congratulate our local leaders on their efforts securing these funds.”

For more information about the LPRF and RTP grant programs through the Department of Environment & Conservation, please click here.

Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee and Subcommittee. Powers lives in Jacksboro and represents House District 36, which includes Campbell and parts of Union and Anderson Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Dennis.Powers@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3335.

Representative Dennis Powers & Representative Jerry Sexton Announce $315,000 Community Development Block Grant For Union Count

July 13, 2018

(NASHVILLE) – State Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) and State Representative Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) today announced a $315,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been awarded to Union County from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TNECD).

The funding will be used for ambulance service improvements and was allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly based upon priorities set at local levels where community needs are best known.

“I am grateful to TNECD for their investment in our community in support of our first responders,” said Representative Powers. “I believe we must support these brave men and women by providing them with critical resources that will better assist them in their daily duties while also improving their safety. It was an honor to assist our local officials in securing this critical funding that will improve the safety and well-being of our citizens.”

“These funds will help tremendously in advancing emergency protections for our residents,” said Representative Sexton.  “The application process was extremely competitive, and I want to congratulate our local leaders on their efforts to obtain this important funding. I know it will enable our emergency personnel to better meet the needs of our growing community. ”

For more information about the CDBG program, please visit: https://www.tn.gov/ecd

Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee and Subcommittee. Powers lives in Jacksboro and represents House District 36, which includes Campbell and parts of Union and Anderson Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Dennis.Powers@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3335.

Jerry Sexton serves as a member of the House Local Government Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation Committee and Subcommittee. Sexton resides in Bean Station and represents House District 35, which includes Claiborne, Grainger, and part of Union Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Jerry.Sexton@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2534.

Governor Haslam Signs Primacy & Reclamation Act Sponsored By State Representative Dennis Powers and Senator Ken Yager

May 3, 2018

Primacy and Reclamation Act designed to create new jobs in surface mining industry.

(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed an initiative sponsored by State Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) and State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) allowing Tennessee to reclaim control over its surface mining industry.

House Bill 571/Senate Bill 686, also known as the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee, restores sovereignty over mining and reclamation operations in the state.

It is the culmination of several years of hard work and advocacy by Representative Powers and Senator Yager in an effort to ensure that Tennessee has direct oversight — including the issuing of permits, as well as regulations enforcement by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Currently, Tennessee is the only state in the entire nation that allows the federal office of surface mining to regulate all surface mining and reclamation operations. This has been the case ever since our state relinquished control to the federal government in 1984.

This initiative is expected to create more than 1,200 new mining jobs in Tennessee.

“The federal government has controlled all aspects of this important industry for far too long, and it is time that we had a say in its future here in Tennessee,” said Representative Powers. “House Bill 571/Senate Bill 686 allows us to do just that, and I know it will promote new job growth; I am pleased that Governor Haslam has chosen to support this measure by signing it into law, and I will continue to fight for additional resources that bring more high-quality jobs to our region and to our state.”

“The Primacy and Reclamation Act will restore Tennessee’s competitive advantage and trigger significant economic development in Campbell and surrounding counties,” said Senator Yager.  “I am very pleased the governor has signed the bill.”

Additional information about House Bill 571/Senate Bill 686 is available by clicking here.

Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee and Subcommittee. Powers lives in Jacksboro and represents House District 36, which includes Campbell and parts of Union and Anderson Counties. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Dennis.Powers@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3335.

Senator Yager serves as Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, Chairman of the Joint House and Senate Fiscal Review Committee and as a member of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.  He represents Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Pickett and Scott Counties in Senate District 12.  He can be reached by email at:  Sen.Ken.Yager@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1449.

Initiative Sponsored By Representative Powers Leading To Job Creation In Mining Industry Passes

April 10, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, Republican lawmakers passed an initiative sponsored by State Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) designed to create jobs in the mining industry.

House Bill 571, also known as the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee, restores sovereignty over mining and reclamation operations to our state.

Currently, Tennessee is the only state in the entire nation that allows the federal office of surface mining to regulate all surface mining and reclamation operations. This has been the case ever since our state relinquished control to the federal government in 1984.

This initiative is expected to create more than 1,200 new mining jobs.

“For too long, we have allowed the federal government to dictate the direction of this important industry in our state, ” said Representative Powers. “I am pleased that this measure will restore Tennessee’s authority over it, and I know it will lead to the creation of quality jobs that will allow Tennessee to continue its recent economic momentum.”

House Bill 571 now awaits Governor Haslam’s signature. Additional information is available by clicking here.

Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee and Subcommittee. Powers lives in Jacksboro and represents House District 36, which includes Campbell and parts of Union and Anderson Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Dennis.Powers@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3335.

Initiative Sponsored By Representative Dennis Powers Leading To Job Creation In Mining Industry Advances

April 4, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — An initiative sponsored by State Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) designed to create jobs in the mining industry is moving through the Tennessee General Assembly’s committee process.

This week, members of the House Finance, Ways, & Means Committee voted to advance House Bill 571, also known as the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee. The measure restores sovereignty over mining and reclamation operations to the state.

Currently, Tennessee is the only state in the entire nation that allows the federal office of surface mining to regulate all surface mining and reclamation operations. This has been the case ever since Tennessee relinquished control to the federal government in 1984.

If passed, House Bill 571 is expected to create more than 1,200 new mining jobs.

“This measure enables Tennessee to set precedence as it relates to regulations that restrict job growth within our mining industry,” said Representative Powers. “I am pleased that this measure will help create new jobs and enable Tennessee to continue its economic momentum. I look forward to seeing it signed into law in the weeks ahead.”

House Bill 571 will now be heard by members of the House Calendar & Rules Committee. Additional information about the initiative is available by clicking here.

Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee and Subcommittee. Powers lives in Jacksboro and represents House District 36, which includes Campbell and parts of Union and Anderson Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Dennis.Powers@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3335.