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Representative Reedy Pens Letter To Congressman Roe Urging Immediate Support For Our Student Veterans

November 15, 2018

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) and Republican leaders in the Tennessee House and Senate today wrote a letter to U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (R-Johnson City) and members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs urging them to take immediate action to eliminate funding allocation issues related to the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Assistance Act of 2017.

The issues are a direct result of information technology and programming problems within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and have resulted in funding allocation delays ranging anywhere from 6-8 weeks. The allocation issues are negatively impacting more than 9,000 Tennessee veterans, as well as the state’s colleges and universities.

In fact, many schools are utilizing zero percent interest loans and tuition deferment in efforts to ensure our student veterans receive the financial support they need to pursue their education. As a result, institutional funds at several area colleges and universities have been heavily drawn down, creating budget concerns at these academic institutions.

Representative Reedy and his General Assembly colleagues are hopeful that Chairman Roe and Committee members can immediately resolve these issues and disburse aid to our brave heroes who have so proudly earned it through their service to our state and nation.

“Our brave servicemen and women have made incredible sacrifices so we can enjoy our remarkable quality of life, and we must support them as they pursue their academic goals and dreams at our local colleges and universities,” said Representative Reedy. “We must ensure they have the resources they need to cover the cost of their education while safeguarding our colleges and universities from unnecessary financial burdens created by the backlog at the federal level. As a veteran, I will continue to fight for our military members and their families, and I am grateful that my colleagues have joined me in prioritizing the needs of these important groups by signing onto this letter.”

To view Representative Reedy’s letter to Chairman Roe and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, please click here.

Jay Reedy serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He lives in Erin and represents House District 74, which includes all of Houston, Humphreys, and part of Montgomery Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jay.Reedy@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7098.

State Representative Jay Reedy Announces Archives Development Grant For Houston County

October 9, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  State Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) said today that he has been  informed by Secretary of State Tre Hargett that the Houston County Archives will receive an archives development grant.  The $3,100 grant will be used for shelving and dehumidifiers for the preservation, arrangement, and description of historic records.

“The preservation of Houston County’s proud history is an important cause, and I am pleased to have supported efforts to secure these grant dollars,” said Representative Reedy. “I want to thank Secretary Hargett for investing in our community, and I know this funding will provide important resources that will greatly benefit our county archives.”

Jay Reedy serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He lives in Erin and represents House District 74, which includes all of Houston, Humphreys, and part of Montgomery Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jay.Reedy@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7098.

Representative Jay Reedy Announces More Than $1.5 Million In School Safety Funding For District 74

September 28, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) today announced more than $1.5 million in funding for schools in District 74 to be used for the implementation of additional solutions to address school safety concerns.

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.

Specifically, Houston County will receive a total of $62,290 ($17,800 in recurring funds, $44,490 in non-recurring monies) for safety enhancements related to vehicle control, visitor management, communications, and school resource officers — areas identified during a recently conducted school security review and assessment of facilities in the county.

Additionally, $102,770 ($29,360 in recurring funding, $73,410 in non-recurring dollars) has been allocated to Humphreys County for improvements in signage, access control, and surveillance at their local academic institutions.

Finally, Montgomery County will receive $1,412,956 ($491,926 in recurring monies, $921,030 in non-recurring funds) for upgrades to perimeter and access control, as well as communications enhancements.

“I am grateful that our schools will receive this important funding to better protect our future leaders,” said Representative Reedy. “I appreciate the partnership between our local school officials, the state, and members of our local law enforcement communities during their thoughtful review, assessment, and application for these resources. Our children are our future; they should not have to worry about their personal safety while working to achieve their academic goals and dreams. I was honored to fight for them by supporting recommendations made by members of the working group on school safety, which resulted in these funding allocations. We will continue to identify solutions to further enhance their well-being in the years ahead.”

As part of the application process, school leaders partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Department of Education, and local law enforcement to complete assessments of current safety measures in place at area academic institutions.

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

Jay Reedy serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He lives in Erin and represents House District 74, which includes all of Houston, Humphreys, and part of Montgomery Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jay.Reedy@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7098.

State Representative Jay Reedy Recognizes Area Institutions For Earning Reward School Statu

September 24, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) today recognized three academic institutions in District 74 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 Humphreys and Montgomery Counties include:

  • McEwen Elementary School
  • Woodlawn Elementary School
  • West Creek Elementary School

“To hear that three of our schools have been designated as Reward Schools by the Department of Education is incredible news,” said Representative Reedy. “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 development of our future leaders. I want to congratulate these important groups, as well as our students on this remarkable accomplishment, and I will continue to prioritize resources that support their needs and help them realize their future academic goals and dreams.”

For more information, please click here.

Jay Reedy serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He lives in Erin and represents House District 74, which includes all of Houston, Humphreys, and part of Montgomery Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jay.Reedy@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7098.

Lawmakers Call On Hunters And Fisherman To Take Active Role In Preserving Time-Honored Tradition As Nation Celebrates National Hunting And Fishing Day

September 18, 2018

NASHVILLEState Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) and State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) will join millions of hunters and anglers across the nation on Saturday, September 22 in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.  The lawmakers are co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Sportsmen’s Caucus which works to protect Tennessee’s long-held tradition of hunting and fishing.

“Hunting and fishing are foundational to Tennessee’s outdoor lifestyle,” said Senator Bell.  “Anglers and hunters were some of the earliest conservation leaders, and they remain a key factor in safeguarding the important recreational opportunities provided by Tennessee’s unparalleled natural spaces.  Sportsmen and women have willingly supported fish and wildlife like no other group.  They have contributed billions of dollars to support fish and wildlife management through their purchase of hunting and fishing licenses as well as through excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, ammunition, and archery equipment.  I am very pleased that this day has been set aside to recognize its importance and encourage outdoor enthusiasts to join our efforts to preserve it for future generations to enjoy.”

Last year alone, hunters and anglers contributed nearly $63 million to fund state conservation efforts through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). All Tennesseans benefit from these funds through improved access to public lands, public shooting ranges, improved soil and water quality, habitat restoration, fish and wildlife research, private and public habitat management, hunter education, boat access area construction and many other TWRA projects funded through Tennessee’s licensing and fee system.

“Tennessee hunters and anglers are the primary source of conservation funding for the Volunteer State,” added Representative Reedy.  “Their strong support over the past several decades has ensured the fish and wildlife successes we have experienced, so it is fitting that we pause in celebration of their role in preserving our state’s strong outdoor heritage.  It’s a healthy part of our economy as well.  Tennessee sportsmen and women spend nearly $2 billion per year on their outdoor pursuits, supporting over 26,000 jobs in the state and contributing over $167 million in state and local taxes.”

Bell and Reedy are also supporting efforts to increase hunter participation in Tennessee called recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3).  This movement works to engage new or lapsed hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationists through a variety of outdoor activities and programs.  There are over 450 individual R3 programs nationwide.

“We hope many hunters and fishermen will join our efforts to educate and involve outdoor enthusiasts in preserving the important cultural heritage surrounding hunting and fishing.  This will help us preserve our state’s remarkable outdoor spaces for generations to come,” the lawmakers continued.

More information on National Hunting and Fishing Day is available at www.NHFDay.org or on the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation website at www.congressionalsportsmen.org/policies/state/national-hunting-and-fishing-day.

State Representative Jay Reedy Honors Gold Star Families During Highway Designation Ceremony

September 13, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) today joined with local leaders at a ceremony in Montgomery County to honor the families of fallen military heroes with the designation of “The Gold Star Families Memorial Highway.”

A section of State Route 149 in Montgomery County from its intersection with State Route 48/13 to the Stewart County line will now bear this extraordinary distinction.

A U.S. Army veteran, Representative Reedy sponsored an amendment to House Bill 1522 during the 2018 legislative session to support this designation as a way to recognize the families of the courageous men and women from his community who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.

“The creation of the Gold Star Families Memorial Highway is a small way that we can honor our brave heroes and their families for the remarkable sacrifices they have made so we can enjoy our many freedoms,” said Representative Reedy. “As a U.S. Army veteran, I was honored to support them and their families with the naming of this highway.”

In recent years, Representative Reedy has energetically fought for our brave military servicemen, women, and their loved ones. In 2017, Reedy led the charge to reduce the amount of property tax owed by veterans, eligible low-income elderly and disabled homeowners.

Additionally, he supported passage of the Tennessee STRONG (Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen) Act. It establishes a four-year pilot program for eligible members of the Tennessee National Guard to receive a last-dollar tuition reimbursement toward a first-time bachelor’s degree.

These efforts earned Reedy an appointment from Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell to the Governor’s Council for Armed Forces, Veterans, and Their Families in 2017. The council is charged with facilitating collaboration and coordination of federal, state, and local organizations and members of the Tennessee General Assembly in order to strengthen the system of care for service members, veterans, and their families.

Jay Reedy serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He lives in Erin and represents House District 74, which includes all of Houston, Humphreys, and part of Montgomery Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jay.Reedy@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7098.

State Representative Jay Reedy Partners With Wildlife Officials To Address Asian Carp Invasion

August 22, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) recently announced that he is partnering with officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to address the infiltration of Asian carp into Tennessee’s waterways.

According to the TWRA, this disruptive and invasive species of fish have already inundated both Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, migrating from regional waters like the Mississippi and the Ohio Rivers. Over the first six months of 2018, commercial fishermen have caught an estimated one million pounds of Asian carp in both of these Kentucky waterways.

The carp are also turning up in the Cumberland River and other Tennessee bodies of water — including Old Hickory Lake. They can cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem by eliminating the food supply of native species and also endanger the safety of recreational water sport enthusiasts.

A member of the Tennessee Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus and an avid outdoorsman, Representative Reedy continues to work with wildlife officials to examine all potential solutions to combat this issue, including the implementation of electronic monitoring services, improved barriers at area lock and dam systems, as well as more federal dollars that can be used to incentivize commercial anglers to fish for the carp.

“This type of fish is a very dangerous and real threat to our local environment, our fishing industry, and our citizens,” said Representative Reedy. “We must do all we can to better protect our local waterways and limit any potential damage Asian carp may cause. I applaud our Wildlife Resources Agency for their work identifying our vulnerabilities. Together, I know we will address this important environmental issue so that our area lakes, rivers, and streams will be preserved for our future generations.”

For more information, please contact TWRA Invasive Species Coordinator David Roddy at: (615) 781-6570.

Jay Reedy serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He lives in Erin and represents House District 74, which includes all of Houston, Humphreys, and part of Montgomery Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jay.Reedy@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7098.

State Representative Jay Reedy’s Measure Securing Tennessee’s Borders To Become Law

May 21, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — A measure sponsored by State Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) that secures Tennessee’s borders and outlaws sanctuary cities in our state will become law.

House Bill 2315 adds teeth to Tennessee’s existing immigration laws by holding any Tennessee city or local municipality that provides safe harbor to illegal immigrants accountable for their actions.

Those who are found in noncompliance with the measure would be ineligible to receive economic development grants from the state until they abandon policies that encourage illegal immigration.

Additionally, House Bill 2315 encourages cooperation between local and federal law enforcement as they enforce federal immigration laws, jointly protecting Tennessee from those that violate them.

“While we have seen other states across our nation support illegal immigration, this measure ensures that our communities and our state are never jeopardized by policies that protect bad actors and promote open borders,” said Representative Reedy. “I am pleased that Governor Haslam will allow this measure to become law because this legislation puts Tennessee and its citizens first.”

For more information about how House Republicans are advancing Tennessee’s conservative values, please click here.

Jay Reedy serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He lives in Erin and represents House District 74, which includes all of Houston, Humphreys, and part of Montgomery Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jay.Reedy@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7098.

State Representative Jay Reedy Updates Construction Progress On McClure Bridge

April 30, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) and officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) today announced that construction continues to steadily progress on the McClure Bridge project in Montgomery County.

Currently, various locations throughout the project are being cleared of impediments, and officials have begun the relocation of some streams. All necessary erosion control measures are in place, and the bridge contractor has also created the haul road so that crews and machinery will be able to begin bridge construction on the east side of the roadway.

Additionally, geotechnical engineers are collecting data and examining pier locations prior to drilled shaft installation, scheduled for mid-June. Contractors are also working with local utility districts for approval with the expectation that utility equipment will begin being relocated in early June.

Representative Reedy continues to partner with TDOT in efforts to further advance this important project. Once completed, it will improve overall safety and limit traffic congestion throughout District 74.

“Together, we have made considerable progress on the McClure Bridge over the course of the past year, and I am pleased that the project continues to move forward,” said Representative Reedy. “We know that this bridge is vital to traffic flow in our community, and we want to ensure minimal disruption for our citizens without jeopardizing their safety.”

In 2016, inspections on the McClure Bridge — which spans the Cumberland River and connects Montgomery and Houston Counties — revealed problems with one of the support beams. This discovery led to TDOT implementing a weight restriction of 21 tons in Montgomery County, which meant the bridge was off limits to loaded 18-wheelers.

Last August, the bridge underwent extensive repair work over the course of three weekends — including joint replacement, asphalt milling and replacement on the surface of the bridge.

The current structure will eventually be replaced by a new bridge; it is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021.

Jay Reedy serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He lives in Erin and represents House District 74, which includes all of Houston, Humphreys, and part of Montgomery Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jay.Reedy@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7098.

Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson and State Representative Jay Reedy, Department of Education Announce Critical Growth Funds

February 22, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — House Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville), State Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin), and the Tennessee Department of Education today announced that Montgomery County Schools have received district growth funding to support education initiatives in the county.

Specifically, Montgomery County received $3,566,500.

This funding is a direct result of a Republican-led effort by Tennessee General Assembly members to not only fully fund education in Tennessee but also provide $18 million to cover school district growth as part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

These significant investments will allow many of our state’s school districts with soaring populations to maintain proper student to teacher ratios so that they can continue offering quality education for our next generation of leaders.

“Montgomery County has been expanding at a rapid rate and it is critical that our educators have the tools they need to keep up with this growth. I’m always proud to stand with teachers as we work together to provide quality education in Tennessee,” said Speaker Johnson.

“My wife is a public school teacher and I have the pleasure of serving on the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. Therefore, I know how impactful these growth funds should be for the teachers and students of Montgomery County,” said Representative Reedy.

This funding has been so well received by parents, education officials, and teachers that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam added another $18 million in growth funds to his proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Curtis Johnson serves as the House Speaker Pro Tempore and is a member of the House Calendar & Rules Committee, the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, the House Government Operations Committee, the House Business & Utilities Committee, the House Rules Committee, and the Joint Government Operations Committee. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Subcommittee, as well as the Joint Government Operations Commerce, Labor, Transportation & Agriculture Subcommittees. Johnson lives in Clarksville and represents House District 68, which includes part of Montgomery County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Curtis.Johnson@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4341.

Jay Reedy serves as a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Education Instruction & Programs Committee. He lives in Erin and represents House District 74, which includes Houston, Humphreys, and part of Montgomery Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Jay.Reedy@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7098.