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Speaker Casada Names Representative Curtis Halford Chairman Of House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee

January 15, 2019

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) has named State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) Chairman of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.

The 11-person committee will be responsible for all laws pertaining to energy, forestry, natural resources, conservation, game and fish, as well as mines and minerals. Additionally, members will oversee all environmental-related matters, parks and recreation, public lands, public and geological surveys, watershed districts, soil conservation issues, flood and drainage projects, military parks, battlefields, and tourism.

“Representative Halford’s knowledge and experience on all matters related to agriculture and natural resources make him the ideal person to lead this distinguished committee,” said Speaker Casada. “I appreciate his willingness to serve in this important leadership role and as a member of our General Assembly, and I know Chairman Halford and his colleagues will be successful.”

“It is an incredible honor to be named Chairman of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee by Speaker Casada,” said Chairman Halford.  “My colleagues and I are committed to addressing the complex issues related to these important industries, and we will work to preserve our natural resources and tackle environmental issues for the benefit of our current and future Tennesseans.”

Chairman Halford was officially sworn in to office on Jan. 8, 2019.

He will also serve as a member of the House Calendar & Rules, Government Operations and State Committees, as well as the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Departments & Agencies Subcommittees. Halford lives in Dyer and represents Tennessee House District 79, which includes Gibson and part of Carroll Counties.

Representative Halford, Department Of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Announce Funding For Anti-Drug Coalition

December 17, 2018

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) today joined with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to announce funding for a new community anti-drug coalition in Carroll County.

The monies are provided through the Tennessee Together plan, which is designed to battle the state’s opioid crisis through the three major components of prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.

The new Carroll County coalition is one of five community additions to the statewide network that will now include 46 Tennessee prevention groups. They provide information, coordinate resources, and conduct educational events in efforts to further prevent addiction in the communities they serve.

All coalitions work toward the goals of decreasing non-medical use of pain relievers such as opioid medications and to prevent underage drinking and tobacco use. Many also hold local events in support of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day — coordinated nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“I am pleased that Carroll County is receiving this important funding to help us better address opioid addiction and substance abuse in our community,” said Representative Halford. “This issue is one of the most important we face as a state and will undoubtedly determine our future outcomes. We have made considerable progress in recent years, and I know we will create new solutions in the years ahead that will enable us to finally end Tennessee’s cycle of addiction.”

Each day in Tennessee, at least three people die from opioid-related overdoses — more than the daily number of traffic fatalities. While new data suggests deaths involving pain relievers and the overall number of opioid prescriptions available in our communities both decreased last year, the Department of Health reports deaths caused by synthetic opioids like fentanyl have steadily risen over the past two years.

For more about these community anti-drug coalitions, please click here.

State Representative Curtis Halford Announces Two Local Parks & Recreation Grants For Gibson & Carroll Counties

August 22, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) today announced two Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grants have been awarded to Carroll and Gibson Counties by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC).

Specifically, Carroll County will receive $250,000 in grant funding for continued development of the recently built RV/Park and Dam side of the Carroll County Recreational Lake. The project includes a new walking trail, pavilion, parking, additional amenities, as well as enhanced accessibility. The Carroll County Watershed Authority will match the grant funding to complete the $500,000 project.

Additionally, Gibson County will receive $498,375 dollars for numerous improvements at Bailey, Downtown, Spangler, 6th Street, and Viking Parks in Humboldt. This funding will cover the costs of resurfacing, renovation, and repair work at all five parks, as well as new playground equipment for Bailey Park and a new pavilion at Downtown Park. The City of Humboldt will match the grant to complete the estimated $997,000 projects.

“I appreciate TDEC’s investment in our communities, and I know this important funding will have a tremendous impact on the well-being of our citizens,” said Representative Halford. “I am grateful to our Department of Environment and Conservation for supporting our region, and I congratulate our local officials for their successful efforts securing this funding.”

The LPRF grant program was established by the General Assembly in 1991 to provide local governments with funds to purchase land for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities. The funds also may be used for development of trails and projects in parks, natural areas, and greenways. All LPRF grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient.

For more information, please click here.

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.

Representative Halford Announces Department Of Transportation Grants For Medina, Trenton, Humboldt

August 9, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) joined with the Tennessee Department of Transportation today to announce grant awards for Medina, Trenton, and Humboldt.

The funding is part of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and will be used for downtown enhancements in each city. In Medina, the $680,730 in grant funding will be used for the construction of sidewalks along the west side of Main Street. Trenton will use its $844,744 to construct sidewalks, upgrade signage, and install pedestrian lighting and pavement markings around the entire downtown corridor. The $439,200 in grant funding awarded to Humboldt will include the construction of sidewalks along Viking Drive, Spangler Drive, and Spangler Park.

“These grant dollars will play a critical role in improving safety and the overall health of our citizens,” said Representative Halford. “I believe they will also have a significant impact on the economic future of our community, and I want to congratulate our local leaders on their successful application. It was an honor to support their efforts, and I appreciate TDOT’s investment in our area.”

The TAP program began providing funds to local governments in 1991. More than $317 million in grants has been distributed by the department since to improve access and provide a better quality of life for the people of Tennessee. The money has gone to 267 communities across the Volunteer State to build sidewalks, bike, and pedestrian trails and to renovate historic train depots and other transportation-related structures.

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 Congratulates Local School Systems For 2018 TNReady Testing Results

July 24, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) today congratulated eight area school systems in House District 79 that have been identified as Top 10 districts in achievement and/or improvement during the latest round of TNReady testing.

The announcements come after 2018 TNReady scores were released late last week.  The State Department of Education has shared state- and district-level results for TNReady subject areas including math, English language arts, science, as well as U.S. history.

This year’s Top 10 districts in Gibson and Carroll Counties include:

  • Bradford Special School District (6-8th grade English language arts improvement, math achievement; high school math achievement)
  • Gibson County Special School District (5-8th grade science and math achievement; high school math achievement)
  • Humboldt City Schools (3-5th grade science improvement)
  • Huntingdon Special School District (high school science improvement)
  • Milan (high school math improvement)
  • South Carroll (3-5th math improvement)
  • Trenton (3-5th grade English language arts improvement; 6-8th grade science improvement)
  • West Carroll (7-8th grade English language arts improvement; high school science achievement)

“These remarkable accomplishments are the result of the tireless effort and energy invested by our students, educators, and staff members at these fine institutions over the last several years,” said Representative Halford.  “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.”

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 Encourages Residents To Utilize Annual Sales Tax Holiday

July 20, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — With the beginning of a new school year right around the corner, State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) is encouraging the families who live in House District 79 to utilize the state’s annual sales tax holiday to save on items such as clothing, school and art supplies, and computer purchases.

Tennessee’s annual Tax Free Weekend is set for July 27-July 29. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 27 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. This holiday was established by the General Assembly in 2006 and has been held every year since; tax-free purchases include clothing valued at $100 or less, school or art supplies costing $100 or less, and computers priced at $1,500 or less.

“Our annual sales tax holiday is another way we are helping the citizens of our community meet the growing needs of their families while also enabling them to save more of their hard-earned money,” said Representative Halford. “This event is also important as it relates to supporting our local businesses, and it sparks the economies right here in Carroll and Gibson Counties.”

Since 2011, House Republicans have cut more than $800 million in taxes in an effort to put more money back into the pockets of Tennesseans. These include completely phasing out the inheritance tax, eliminating the gift tax, raising the exemption level on the Hall tax and scheduling its complete phase out over the next 2.5 years, reducing the sales tax on groceries by almost 30 percent, slashing taxes on Tennessee’s manufacturers in order to recruit new industry, and lowering the amount of property tax owed by veterans, the disabled, and the elderly.

“The cost of school supplies can truly restrict a family’s budget,” Halford continued. “It is my hope that this opportunity will give our households a little more financial flexibility moving forward.”

For more information about the state’s annual Tax Free Weekend, please visit: https://www.tn.gov/revenue/taxes/sales-and-use-tax/sales-tax-holiday.html

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 Arts Commission Grants For Carroll & Gibson Counties

June 22, 2018

(NASHVILLE)  State Representative Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) today announced that the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) has awarded four grants totaling $36,560 to organizations within Carroll and Gibson Counties for the 2019 fiscal year.

The monies are allocated based upon recommendations made by citizen advisory panels comprised of Tennesseans with expertise in the appropriate arts disciplines, as well as a review conducted by the full 15-member Arts Commission.

They are the first in a series of awards that will be made by the TAC. Amounts and recipients in House District 79 include:

  • $18,500 for the Dixie Carter PAC/Town of Huntingdon.
  • $6,000 for Milan Downtown Association.
  • $6,120 for Nite Lite Theatre.
  • $5,940 for West Tennessee Regional Art Center.

“These investments made by the Tennessee Arts Commission in support of our local arts programs and facilities are great news for our communities,” said Chairman Halford. “The funds will enhance the quality of life for the residents who live in our region; they will also create new and exciting opportunities that will benefit our future leaders and help them grow to value the arts.”

“Tennessee is fortunate to have elected leaders who understand the positive impact the arts and culture has on Tennesseans and their communities,” said Anne B. Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. “The arts are a vital tool for the attraction and retention of businesses and help build stronger communities by enhancing the distinctive character of Tennessee places.”

Approximately 1,000 grants totaling more than $5.5 million will be awarded during the 2019 fiscal year. For more information about the Tennessee Arts Commission, please visit: tnartscommission.org

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.

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.”

For more information, please click here.

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.”

For more information about the CDBG program, please click here.

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.”

For more information, please click here.

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.