Entries by Mark Todd Engler

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Tennessee Among States Petitioning for Greater Control Over Water Resource Management

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, April 16, 2019: Link: https://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/news/2019/4/16/pr19-12.html Slatery Joins 17 State Coalition Supporting EPA Plan to Ease Burden on Farmers, Landowners Nashville- Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III joined a 17-state coalition this week to support farmers and landowners by urging the Trump administration to adopt its proposed replacement of […]

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‘BurgerFit’ Flips Fat-Fighting Script

Cookeville mom-on-the-go publishing (healthy) hamburger cookbook Alane Boyd isn’t a woman with a lot of extra time on her hands. The Putnam County software engineer-entrepreneur may have “retired” for the first time at just 35 after selling a successful company she and her husband co-founded, but her daily life remains a whirl of activity and […]


Trump Executive Order on Campus Free Speech

Executive Order from President Donald J. Trump: Link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-improving-free-inquiry-transparency-accountability-colleges-universities/ Executive Order on Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities Issued on: March 21, 2019 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. […]


Governor: School Choice Gaining Momentum in TN

Press Release from the Office of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, March 21, 2019: Praise for education savings accounts, charter schools NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s charter school bill passed in both the Tennessee General Assembly House and Senate education committees just one day after Gov. Lee’s education savings account proposal advanced from […]

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Cookville-Putnam Tourism Promoters Playing Up UC at SE Regional Conference

Press Release from the Cookeville-Putnam Visitors’ Bureau, March 21, 2019: Link: https://visitcookevilletn.com/ DAYTONA BEACH – “One Meeting, Twelve States, Infinite Ideas,” is the sentiment of the 2019 Southeast Tourism Society’s CONNECTIONS Conference, taking place this week in Daytona Beach, Fl. Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau team members Zach Ledbetter and Molly Brown attended, along with nearly […]

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TN Fishermen Top Finishers at Bassmaster Classic

Press Release from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, March 18, 2019: Link: https://www.tn.gov/twra/news/2019/3/18/tennessee-anglers-shine-in-bassmaster-classic-with-top-two-places–two-additional-in-top-seven.html Tennessee Anglers Shine in Bassmaster Classic with Top Two Places; Two Additional in Top Seven Tennessee anglers captured the top two places and posted two additional spots among the top seven in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic. The impressive performances capped off the […]

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Program to Award Grants for Specialty-Crop Growers

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, March 18, 2019: Link: https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/news/2019/3/18/grant-program-announced-for-specialty-crops-.html NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). “The SCBGP supports specialty crop producers through funding for research, education, marketing, and innovative projects,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, […]

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ProEdTN: Testing Flexibility Needed in Tennessee

Press Release from Professional Educators of Tennessee, March 19, 2019: Op-Ed by JC Bowman Executive Director Professional Educators of Tennessee jc.bowman@proedtn.org In Tennessee, we appreciate straight talk and candor. So, to the point: statewide testing has taken a wrong turn in public education, not to mention Tennessee has failed in our statewide testing administration since […]

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TN Comptroller Report: ‘Ineffective Teachers Have Negative Impacts on Students’

Press Release from the Office of Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, March 19, 2019: Link: https://comptroller.tn.gov/news/2019/3/19/new-report-examines-impact-of-ineffective-teachers-on-students.html The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a new report that explores how students in Tennessee’s public schools are impacted when they are taught by an ineffective teacher for two consecutive years. The report was prepared at the request of […]

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Twenty-Seven Acres Added to Fall Creek Falls SP

Press Release from TennGreen, March 15, 2019: Link: https://www.tenngreen.org/single-post/2019/03/18/Fall-Creek-Falls-Expansion The Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) are thrilled to announce the protection of two significant inholdings in Fall Creek Falls State Park, located in Van Buren County. These two properties, which total around 27 acres on […]