Press Release from Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, Aug. 8, 2011:
Harwell Names Rutherford Republican to Newly-Created Committee
(August 08, 2011, NASHVILLE) – Representative Mike Sparks (R—Smyrna) was recently appointed by Speaker Beth Harwell (R—Nashville) to be the newest Representative to serve on the Transportation Coordination Committee that works with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).
“It is an honor to accept this appointment by Speaker Harwell,” stated Rep. Sparks. “This opportunity allows me to assist TDOT in development of our State’s transportation policy and guidelines. As a representative of Rutherford County, the crossroads of Tennessee, I will do everything I can to ensure our State maintains and enhances its role as a vital player in commerce.”
Speaker Harwell stated, “Representative Sparks is a strong advocate for common sense transportation policies. As a representative in one of the fastest growing counties in the state, he understands very well the impact roads have on a community. I am confident that he will be an asset to the Transportation Coordination Committee and I look forward to seeing the recommendations of this group.”
The Transportation Coordination Committee is a special committee created to study the improvement of the methods of delivery and coordination of transportation services by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, as well as other State departments and agencies. The group will make recommendations about the effectiveness of existing services; improvements in the effective use of existing funding; reduction of barriers to the effective funding of transportation services; identification of new sources of transportation funding; and improvement of universal mobility for Tennessee citizens and visitors.