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Haslam Talks Up TN in Twitter Biz-Cred Contest

Gov. Bill Haslam has spent the last few months trying to convince voters to re-elect Republicans to the Legislature, but now he’s urging people to cast another vote — that Tennessee is the best for business.

The election is part of CNBC’s Top States Twitter Battle which asks people to weigh in on which states have got it going on for business.

“Buying American-made products often means buying something made in Tennessee,” said Haslam, who bragged that the Volunteer State “never gave up on manufacturing and our skilled workforce.”

“So now, the world comes to Tennessee to do business,” he said.

Tennesseans make an array of globally renown consumable and durable goods, from candy to cars, “and a little Jack Daniel’s whiskey, too,” Haslam said. “We also make a little music around here.”

“If you can buy it, we can ship it,” added the governor, referencing Amazon and FedEx.

The news channel will release its own study evaluating which states are the best for business Tuesday, followed Friday with the winner of the Twitter Battle. Tweeps have until Friday, July 12 to tweet with the hashtag #TopStateTN to cast their vote.

As of Monday, Tennessee was trailing behind four states in the Twitter battle, Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia.

Trade Mission to China, S. Korea Focus on Increased Exports by TN Business

Press Release from Department of Economic and Community Development; Jan. 18, 2012:

Trade Mission Focusing on Medical Device Manufacturers, Applications Due Feb. 1

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that Commissioner Bill Hagerty will lead ECD’s trade mission to China and South Korea April 15-21, 2012 that will focus on Tennessee’s medical device manufacturers and other health care companies. Applications are available at tn.gov/ecd/tntrade/trademission, along with a video explaining the trade mission. The deadline for companies to apply is Feb. 1. The trade mission is part of the recently announced TNTrade, a new initiative designed to help boost exports by Tennessee’s small- and medium-sized businesses.

“Last year, Tennessee exported roughly $30 billion dollars in goods; however, fewer than two percent of all Tennessee companies are exporters,” Hagerty said. “This trade mission will allow participants to be introduced to potential distributors and customers in the rapidly growing Asian market and explore new sources of revenue.”

Hagerty will lead a group of approximately 10 medical device manufacturers and other health care companies on visits to Beijing and Shenzhen in China and Seoul, South Korea. Participants will attend meetings arranged by the U.S. Commercial Service as well as attend the China International Medical Equipment Fair, the largest exhibition of medical equipment and related products and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Participants will be provided with lodging, ground and air transportation, interpreters and meetings during the trade mission. Companies selected to go on the trade mission must arrange and purchase their own airfare to and from Asia.

TNTrade is a statewide initiative intended to support Governor Haslam’s goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The program is funded through a U.S. Small Business Administration State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant.

For more information or to download an application, visit tn.gov/ecd/tntrade/trademission.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.

Harwell Forecasts Cuts to Budget, Business Regulations in 2012

With four months to go before she gavels the House of Representatives back into session, Speaker Beth Harwell says she expects the Legislature to spend next year reining in the state budget and easing regulations on small businesses.

Earlier this week, the Haslam administration finished drafting a contingency plan of $4.5 billion in budget cuts the state could make if federal funds to Tennessee were reduced by as much as 30 percent.

“They’re never pleasant. I don’t want to see them come, but everybody’s got to step up to the plate,” said Harwell, R-Nashville. “They do give us that opportunity to take a critical look at what we’re doing with our money, with the taxpayers’ money.”

Gov. Bill Haslam will use the contingency plan to make the case to the three major credit bureaus that the state can weather federal budget reductions and should keep a high bond rating.

The plan outlines scenarios for 15 percent and 30 percent reductions in federal funding. A Congressional “super committee” is brainstorming ways to save $1.2 trillion over 10 years, with a deadline of Nov. 23.

The state’s contingency plan “will give us some idea of what we could rein back in,” Harwell said, although she added she does not have any specific cuts above and beyond the anticipated federal reductions in mind.

Hal Rounds, an active member of the Tea Party movement, says reductions are a great idea, but the state should be careful to ween itself off of current spending.

“Whenever you cut spending, somebody was getting that money, and that’s going to hurt some people,” said Rounds, who lives in Fayette County. “You can’t just assassinate what things are being spent on.”

The Legislature is also expected to focus on rolling back unnecessary or duplicative government regulations that hamper operations or the possibility of job-creation at small businesses — a recurring theme at the governor’s roundtable chats with business leaders. State officials are also expecting Congressional hearings on federal regulations to be held in Tennessee later this year.

The Haslam administration hopes to finalize a list of business regulations to target later this fall. Last week Haslam said it was too early to say what would make the list, but that he’s heard a lot of complaints about the state’s regulations on worker’s compensation.

Harwell, who leaned on the governor’s goal of making the state the best in the Southeast for high-quality jobs, said reducing regulations needs to be part of that effort.

“I think this Legislature is dedicated to reviewing what regulations we currently have in place on our small businesses to make sure that all of them are absolutely necessary,” Harwell said.

VIDEO: Haslam Stands Firm On Discrimination Bill

Gov. Bill Haslam reiterated for reporters Wednesday why he is sticking by his decision to sign into law a bill that ultimately reverses an anti-discrimination ordinance in Nashville. The legislation, HB600, prevents any local government from enacting rules on “discriminatory practices” that are more stringent than at the state level.

Ramsey Celebrates ‘Republican Session’

Statement from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; May 25, 2011:

The Tennessee General Assembly has adjourned for the year.

What a relief to write that sentence.  While I can’t wait to spend this time with my new grandson and tend to the small business Sindy and I run, I’m also excited for Tennessee taxpayers.

The best part about the legislature adjourning is that it saves you money. The General Assembly has not adjourned earlier than this since 1998 – five weeks earlier than last year. Those five weeks would have cost the taxpayers an extra $450,000. Considering the transition of a new gubernatorial administration and new House Speaker, I am proud of how quickly and efficiently we attended to the peoples’ business.

I want to also thank the grassroots activists and stalwart Republicans who gave me the honor of finally serving in a General Assembly where a Republican governor was flanked by two Republican Speakers.  It was truly a historic legislative session.

Working closely with Bill Haslam and Beth Harwell, two people with whom I share not only party affiliation but a common view of how government should work, has been an honor and a privilege.

I’ll be honest with you – it was fun. It was a welcome relief to finally work with people who “get it.” The governor and Speaker Harwell understand our values and principles.  I believe together we have served the Great State of Tennessee well. I’m proud of what we have accomplished.

Smaller Government

Across the country, people are struggling. Governments, as well as families, are having trouble making ends meet.

Tennessee has seen its share of economic pain but we are doing far better than the rest of the nation. We are truly an island of sanity in a nation gone mad. I aim to keep it that way.

The federal government clearly doesn’t have its house in order. Tennessee does and will continue to as long as I have anything to do with it.

For the first time in three years, the budget is balanced on a recurring to non-recurring basis. The budget we passed over the weekend is not only balanced but reduced substantially over last year. Our budget, already lean and mean, is now 3.7% smaller.

In a nation where the federal government describes the lack of a budget increase as a cut, our accomplishment this year is huge.  This budget represents tangible, significant change.

That’s what this new Republican majority is about: making government smaller, more efficient and more responsive to citizens.

And unlike your average politicians, we started cutting with ourselves. Private businesses all across the State of Tennessee are being forced to maximize efficiency in the face of limited resources. It is only appropriate that we in government do the same.

I sponsored a bill this session which cut several redundant and unnecessary committees in the legislature. No services were cut, no oversight will be lost. The people of Tennessee will lose nothing with these cuts.  Nearly $850,000 dollars will be saved by this simple streamlining measure.

It’s the ability to do things like this, affect real change in the way government does business, which sustains me. It’s why I entered the political arena in the first place.

With Republicans now in power, I no longer have to focus on trying to mitigate the damage of backward Democrat policies, I can lead the charge for positive change. It is a tremendous feeling and I owe you a debt of gratitude for giving me the opportunity.

Cutting Taxes

Another outstanding accomplishment this session was the tax cut we were able to give our seniors.

Cutting taxes is a core conservative principle.  In a tough budget year, we found an effective way to roll back the tax burden on those who save for retirement.

I sponsored legislation with Sen. Ken Yager so more retirees will have more of their money exempt from the Hall Tax, Tennessee’s tax on investment income.

Working men and women of modest means who have saved wisely should not have to see their hard-earned dollars taxed.  This exemption will aid middle class people who live modestly get a break on their hard earned savings.

After last November’s elections, conservatives were expected to walk the walk and talk the talk on taxes – and we did.

Education Reform

A highly-paid, successful workforce is an educated workforce. Reform of Tennessee’s education system has been stifled for years by Democrat Party leaders. One union stood in the way of our children’s progress for decades in the General Assembly. Name a reform and the unions opposed it: school choice, merit pay, charter schools, tenure reform.

Our new Republican majority in the legislature not only supported and passed the Governor’s tenure reform and charter school agenda, we took the initiative in several areas of education reform.

Sen. Jack Johnson led the charge to eliminate the union monopoly in Tennessee’s education system. Teachers will now have a voice and teachers who exceed expectations and inspire students will be rewarded, as they should be. Mediocrity will no longer be encouraged in education in Tennessee.

The General Assembly also ended the scurrilous practice of social promotion. No longer will kids be passed along uneducated in Tennessee. If a child cannot read and write completely by 3rd grade, that child will be held back until they can.

We can no longer afford to be timid on education reform. The stakes are too high. The future of Tennessee is at risk. That is why we not only sought union and tenure reform we also made it easier for parents to choose alternatives to traditional education such as virtual schools and homeschooling. One size does not fit all. Parents need to be given as much choice as possible to ensure their children are educated.

Jobs

Something Democrats will never understand is that the government can not “create” economic growth. They say we have no jobs agenda. Nothing could be further from the truth. We simply have a different philosophy. Our entire agenda, everything we do, is about jobs. Our agenda is about removing barriers and creating an environment where business owners and entrepreneurs flourish.

For example, we passed comprehensive tort reform this year.  This protects businesses from frivolous lawsuits and manages their risk. This is the kind of thing that encourages business and makes job creation a reality.

It would be great if we could just wave a magic wand and make jobs appear. But we can’t. Even the recruitment of large corporations in the Bredesen years didn’t match the job growth that came from homegrown Tennessee companies.

The full recovery of our economy requires expansion and entrepreneurship within the state – not just relocation from without. This is why the new Republican majority and Gov. Haslam are focused on trying to make Tennessee the most business-friendly environment possible.

The government can’t create a good economy — but we in the legislature can get out of the way of business and create the environment that allows Tennessee’s entrepreneurial spirit to shine through.

Illegal Immigration

Everybody knows we have an illegal immigration problem in this country and President Obama has done nothing to help the states on this issue. That should not stop us from trying to fix the problem – and it hasn’t.

We were able to send legislation to the governor that requires Tennessee voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot. The integrity of our election system cannot afford to be compromised. Tennesseans need to know that their leaders are chosen by their friends and neighbors, not aliens who have broken the law by entering this country illegally.

I’m proud to note that we were finally able to pass E-Verify legislation which ensures that new jobs created by Tennesseans actually go to those here legally. E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration, allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. It is free and over 97.4 percent accurate.

My primary goal in the legislature is to fight the regulatory burden on small business, but we simply cannot allow businesses to hire illegal aliens in Tennessee. This legislation will go a long way to stop it.

Looking to the future

That’s really just a sampling of the strides we made this year. Rest assured, there is more to come.  With their first legislative session behind them, Speaker Harwell and Gov. Haslam have become very effective partners in governance. Together, we will accomplish much in the future.

Tennessee Republicans have talked a lot about what we would do when we took power. Now we are showing what we can do. This year was just an appetizer. Next year, and in the years to come, you will see the main course.

I truly cherish your support. We have done remarkable things together. And I’m not stopping anytime soon. I hope you aren’t either.

State: Restaurants Beware of Fake Health Inspectors

State of Tennessee Press Release; Feb. 25, 2011:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health is warning restaurant owners of individuals posing as health inspectors who call to arrange restaurant inspections and demand payment. TDOH has received a number of reports in recent days from Asian cuisine restaurants in several counties that have been contacted by someone asking to schedule an inspection and stating that the restaurant must pay a fee. TDOH environmentalists do not demand nor collect payment for inspections of restaurants, and regular inspections are unannounced.

“We want all Tennessee restaurant owners to be aware of this apparent scam and take steps to ensure they are not victimized,” said General Environmental Health Director Hugh Atkins. “Our inspectors carry Department of Health identification. Any restaurant owner called or approached by someone to schedule an inspection or demand payment should ask for identification, and call police if the individual cannot provide it.”

Department of Health environmentalists inspect all Tennessee food service establishments at least twice each year to ensure safe and sanitary food handling practices. Regular inspections are unannounced, meaning no call is made to the restaurant to schedule the inspections. Restaurants do not pay a fee for their inspections.

“Our inspectors have established good working relationships with the many restaurant owners and managers with which we work,” said Atkins. “We are contacting restaurants throughout the state to alert them about this scam and give instructions on what they should do if they are targeted.”

While this latest scam effort appears to target only Asian cuisine restaurants, owners of other food establishments are also asked to be wary of anyone posing as a Department of Health environmentalist and asking for money. Restaurant owners are asked to contact their local county health department with any questions about proper inspection procedures.

Report: Tennessee Business Tax Friendliness Ranking Drops

Tennessee politicians often boast that the state has one of the friendliest businesses climates in the country, but a recent report indicates the state sits squarely in the middle of the pack compared to other states.

In fact, Tennessee’s ranking fell five slots to 27 out of 50 states in this year’s State Business Tax Climate Index released this month by the Tax Foundation, a research group based in Washington, D.C.

Last year, Tennessee was slotted at 22 among states measured for its tax friendliness. From 2006 to 2009, the state’s rank had hovered around the high teens and low twenties.

In this year’s report, the Volunteer State scored well for lacking an income tax but poorly when compared on its high sales tax and unemployment insurance rate.

Among the most business tax friendly states were South Dakota, Alaska, Wyoming, Nevada, Florida, Montana, New Hampshire, Delaware, Utah and Indiana, according to the report.

The worst included North Carolina, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Maryland, Iowa, Ohio, Connecticut, New Jersey, California and New York.

The report indicates that tax incentives and subsidies offered by state governments are usually indications that officials are trying to make up for a “woeful business tax climate.” They do better to consider long-term business tax reform, according to the report.

Image courtesy of The Tax Foundation 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index.

Geeking Out: Entrepreneurs Give Haslam Some Advice

Bill Haslam swung by the Entrepreneur Center in Nashville this week to pick the brains of innovators in the city’s business community, asking what they want out of state government. Here’s what the center’s president and CEO, Michael Burcham, said entrepreneurs get out of a more business-friendly atmosphere in Tennessee.

Mag Ranks Tennessee High for Business Environment

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Aug. 20, 2010:

State Among Best in Nation for Economic Development, Cities Statewide Also Honored

NASHVILLE – Business Facilities, a national economic development publication, has issued its annual 2010 Rankings Report and Tennessee, along with many cities throughout the state, has earned top honors. The Volunteer State was ranked number one in the nation for Automotive Manufacturing Strength, number two for Economic Growth Potential and number five for Best Business Climate.

“We’ve worked hard to distinguish Tennessee as one of the most business-friendly states in the nation, and I’m pleased the editors of Business Facilities and other corporate decision-makers are taking notice,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “We remain committed to growing our state’s economy and providing the best possible education and training for our workforce.”

The key metric used in Business Facilities’ 2010 rankings was growth, giving special emphasis to the growth potential of each location’s economic development strategy. Calling its Rankings Report a “barometer of the economic outlook,” Business Facilities identified those states and cities that are poised for success in the new, emerging economy as the nation eases out of recession.

“We’ve gotten the attention of corporate decision makers by adopting a job creation strategy focusing on the unique goals of each project and that approach is certainly paying off as the Business Facilities Rankings Report clearly indicates,” said Matt Kisber, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. “Under the leadership of Governor Bredesen, we’ve completely remade the process of economic development by fostering a culture of collaboration on both the state and local levels and by addressing the real needs of growing businesses through our flexible incentives.”

With the top ranking for Automotive Manufacturing Strength, Business Facilities made mention of Tennessee’s success in attracting first-tier auto suppliers to support the new Volkswagen plant under construction in Chattanooga. Rounding out the top five in the automotive category was Kentucky, South Carolina, Michigan and Ohio.

Tennessee’s top two finish in the new Economic Growth Potential category honors those states with the most effective overall strategies and the successful executions of those strategies. In 2009 alone, the state welcomed more than 21,000 new jobs and $6 billion in new capital investment.

Describing Tennessee as a “one of the players to watch in the alternative energy sector,” the state came in at number five on the list of Solar Energy Manufacturing Leaders and number six on the Alternative Energy Industry Leaders lists.

Other mentions Tennessee received in the 2010 Rankings Report include: fifth for Quality of Life, seventh for Cost of Labor and ninth Best Transportation Infrastructure. In January 2010, the editors of Business Facilities also named Tennessee the 2009 State of the Year for the number of new jobs created and amount of capital investments made during the calendar year.

The accolades don’t stop at the state level, however, with Tennessee cities topping several economic development related lists.

Chattanooga was number one in the Top 10 Metro Economic Growth Potential rankings. When the Volkswagen assembly plant begins production there early next year, a University of Tennessee study estimated $511 million will be created annually in new personal incomes for the region and more than $55 million will be generated annually in new tax revenues for state and local governments.

In West Tennessee, Memphis notched a number one finish in the Top Logistics/Distribution Hubs rankings. The Bluff City was lauded for its superior rail, water and road access, and the fact that the Memphis International Airport is the world’s busiest freight airport with an estimated $22 billion annual impact on the area economy.

Tennessee cities dominated the Top 10 Metro Best Cost of Living rankings with four making the cut, more than any other state. Memphis was ranked number two, Nashville was number five and Chattanooga finished ninth, followed by Knoxville at number ten. Clarksville was tenth in the Top 10 Metro Best Cost of Living rankings for cities with less than a 350,000 population.

Other notable rankings for Tennessee cities included: Knoxville at number five in the Top 10 Metro Economic Growth Potential list for cities under 200,000 in population; Clarksville at number four and Knoxville at number seven for Alternative Energy Industry Leaders; Nashville was number two in the Top 10 Metro Quality of Life list; and Clarksville finished eighth in the Low Cost Manufacturing Centers with less than 500,000 in population rankings.

To view the complete 2010 Business Facilities Rankings Report, visit http://www.businessfacilities.com/Rankings/BFJulAug10_STATE_RANKINGS.PDF.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to create higher skilled, better paying jobs for all Tennesseans. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd or www.InvestTennessee.org.

Haslam Announces ‘Business Leaders For Haslam’ Coalition

Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor, March 18, 2010:

Business leaders from across the state come together to back Knoxville Mayor’s gubernatorial run

KNOXVILLE – More than 200 business leaders from across Tennessee joined together today to endorse Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam because they believe he has the proven executive experience and conservative fiscal leadership needed at this critical time.

“Bill Haslam is the only candidate in this race who has helped create thousands of jobs. First he grew and expanded the family business as President of Pilot Travel Centers, and then he recruited new jobs to Knoxville as Mayor. He understands how jobs are created,” said Allen Morgan of Memphis. “While other candidates are more concerned about gimmicks and concerts, Bill is focused on a three-week jobs tour. Tennesseans concerned about maintaining and recruiting jobs should enthusiastically support Mayor Haslam. I do.”

The announcement of “Business Leaders for Haslam” came during the second week of Haslam’s three-week Jobs Tour, and the coalition is a clear indication business leaders statewide know the two-term Mayor of Knoxville, who was reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote, is the only candidate with proven experience at promoting business and growing and retaining jobs.

Republican candidates for governor say the first issue they hear about on the campaign trail is jobs, but Mayor Haslam is the only candidate making the focused effort to listen to small business owners and economic development leaders across the state and to share ideas about how to retain and grow good, well-paying jobs here in Tennessee.

Many Tennesseans also are concerned about the budget shortfalls that await the next governor and believe Bill Haslam is best suited to deal with those issues. “I have been impressed with Mayor Haslam’s stewardship of Knoxville. And he’s the only candidate in this race who has had to create and implement a budget, the same way he’ll have to do as governor,” said Newt Raff of Johnson City. “He’s the only candidate with that critical experience.”

Others are focused on the leadership qualities necessary to be governor. “Bill Haslam has the executive temperament to lead our state. We need a governor with a calm confidence and business experience, who understands the big issues facing Tennessee, and who knows when to listen and when to lead – that’s Bill Haslam,” commented Joe Decosimo of Chattanooga.

Still others focused on the importance of education to attracting and maintaining good jobs. “Improving our public education system is critically important to our long-term economic security,” said Tom Cigarran of Nashville. “Bill Haslam understands that education is key to attracting and maintaining good jobs.”

“Bill Haslam provides Tennesseans incredibly successful business and civic credentials wrapped around a genuine care for every single citizen in our state. That’s an absolute fact,” added Kitty Moon Emery of Nashville. “I feel strongly we’re at the right time with a perfect leader to successfully tackle the challenges ahead.”

“Crissy and I are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received over the last 14 months,” Haslam said. “It’s support like this – for our plans such as creating jobs base camps and leveraging unique regional assets to create specific development strategies – that affirms we’re doing this for the right reasons: to strengthen our state and get Tennesseans working again.”

“Tennessee’s strength is in its communities, and we have a lot to sell here: no income tax, right to work, incredible natural beauty and a strong work ethic,” Haslam continued. “With the backing of these business leaders who contribute jobs and stability to our local economies, we can work to ensure that Tennessee becomes the No. 1 location in the Southeast for stable, well-paying jobs.”

A hardworking, conservative public servant, Haslam led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in more than 50 years. An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees. His combination of executive and public service experience makes him uniquely qualified to be Tennessee’s next Governor.

Bill and Crissy Haslam have two daughters, Annie and Leigh, and a son, Will, who resides in Knoxville with his wife, Hannah.

For more information on Bill Haslam’s Jobs Tour, please visit www.Jobs4TN.com, and for information on Bill and his campaign, please visit www.BillHaslam.com.

Business Leaders for Haslam Coalition

· Matt Alexander, Blount County

· Chris Allison, Madison County

· David Amonette, Sumner County

· Charlie Anderson, Jr., Knox County

· Leo Arnold, Dyer County

· Max Arnold, Carroll County

· Sammie Arnold, Madison County

· Tonya Arnold, Dyer County

· Billy Atkins, Montgomery County

· Adrian Bailey, Knox County

· Sharon Bailey, Knox County

· Marvin Baker, Smith County

· Lee Barfield, Davidson County

· Pete Barile, Hamblen County

· Jim Barrier, Maury County

· Steve Bates, Lewis County

· Sandy Beall, Knox County

· Keith Bell, Sumner County

· Gary Binkley, Cheatham County

· Jim Blalock, Sevier County

· Sid Blalock, Knox County

· Everett Bolin, Jr., Cumberland County

· Randal Boston, Cumberland County

· Keith Bowers, Sr., Carter County

· Chip Boyd, Washington County

· Randy Boyd, Knox County

· David Bradshaw, Anderson County

· Starr Bragg, Blount County

· Jim Bush, Knox County

· Harry Call, Knox County

· Donnie Cameron, Williamson County

· Mike Campbell, Knox County

· Steven Cannon, Williamson County

· Bob Card, Bradley County

· Herman Carrick, Sullivan County

· Bill Carroll, Sevier County

· Billy Carroll, Sevier County

· Rob Carter, Shelby County

· Steve Cates, Williamson County

· Matt Chambers, Knox County

· Charlie Chandler, Dyer County

· Brandon Cherry, Smith County

· Tom Cigarran, Davidson County

· Pete Claussen, Knox County

· Kevin Clayton, Blount County

· Robert Clear, Campbell County

· Noble Cody, Putnam County

· Scott Collins, Hancock County

· Evan Cope, Rutherford County

· Howard Cotter, Marion County

· Dan Crockett, Davidson County

· Ricky Crook, Hamilton County

· Milton Curtis, Sumner County

· Joe Davenport, Hamilton County

· Ron DeBerry, Sumner County

· Fred Decosimo, Hamilton County

· Joe Decosimo, Hamilton County

· William DeLay, Davidson County

· Michael Dumond, Perry County

· Harvey Durham, McNairy County

· Jonathan Edwards, Lawrence County

· Paul Ellis, Montgomery County

· Danny England, Claiborne County

· David England, Dickson County

· Tom Flynn, Cumberland County

· Darrell Freeman, Davidson County

· Bud Fultz, Rutherford County

· Sam Furrow, Knox County

· Buddy Gambill, Rutherford County

· Bill Giannini, Shelby County

· Mike Gibbs, Cheatham County

· Randy Gibson, Knox County

· Trow Gillespie, Shelby County

· Leigh Gillig, Williamson County

· Ann Gillis, Smith County

· Bill Greene, Carter County

· Gay Gregson, Madison County

· Hoy Grimm, Blount County

· Bill Hagerty, Davidson County

· John Haines, Cheatham County

· Danny Hale, Sumner County

· Jim Hamilton, Dyer County

· Mike Harris, Dyer County

· Melinda Headrick, Blount County

· Tom Hendricks, McNairy County

· Dean Higby, Rutherford County

· Randy Hodges, Knox County

· Randy Hoffman, Sumner County

· Tony Hollin, Knox County

· Tom Hooper, Haywood County

· Tom Hughes, McMinn County

· Glen Hutchinson, Rutherford County

· Orrin Ingram, Davidson County

· Jack Jarvis, Sullivan County

· Lance Jenkins, Bedford County

· Alex Johnson, Sevier County

· Greg Jones, Bedford County

· Bryan Jordan, Shelby County

· Raja Jubran, Knox County

· Bland Justis, Greene County

· Doug Kennedy, Knox County

· Bob Kenworthy, Henry County

· Chris Kinney, Knox County

· Angie Kirby, Blount County

· Maribel Koella, Knox County

· Wayne Kreis, Morgan County

· Eric Lambert, Sevier County

· Steve Land, Knox County

· Greer Lashlee, Gibson County

· T.O. Lashlee, Gibson County

· Rodney Lawler, Knox County

· Fred Lawson, Blount County

· Gigi Lazenby, Davidson County

· Ted Lazenby, Davidson County

· Bill Lee, Williamson County

· Terry Leonard, Greene County

· Buddy Liner, McMinn County

· Mike Magill, Anderson County

· Boyce Magli, Williamson County

· Brad Martin, Shelby County

· Larry Masters, Jefferson County

· Fiona McAnally, Knox County

· Rob McCabe, Davidson County

· Dale McCulloch, Wilson County

· Mike McGuffin, Davidson County

· Stuart McWhorter, Davidson County

· Tommy Mitchell, Houston County

· Jeff Monson, Sevier County

· Kitty Moon Emery, Davidson County

· Danny Moore, Crockett County

· Lewis Moorer, Jr., Davidson County

· Mike Mortimer, Lewis County

· Cynthia Moxley, Knox County

· Doug Muech, Henry County

· Lyle Mullins, Hancock County

· Bill Newsom, Dyer County

· Scott Niswonger, Greene County

· Jerry O’Connor, Unicoi County

· Linda Ogle, Sevier County

· Joe Orgill, Shelby County

· Kevin Painter, Blount County

· Greg Petty, Dyer County

· Teddy Phillips, Jr., Knox County

· Victor Pike, Dyer County

· Johnny Pitts, Shelby County

· John Pontius, Shelby County

· Aubrey Preston, Williamson County

· Ben Probasco, Hamilton County

· Scotty Probasco, Hamilton County

· Sharon Pryse, Knox County

· Newt Raff, Washington County

· Brian Ragan, Dickson County

· Carroll Richardson, Sullivan County

· Don Ridley, Hawkins County

· Matt Riggsbee, Crockett County

· Jerry Riley, Sr., Crockett County

· Jerry Riley, Jr., Crockett County

· Joe Riley, McMinn County

· John Roberts, Coffee County

· Kenneth Roberts, Robertson County

· Richard Roberts, Greene County

· Don Rogers, Hamblen County

· Paul Rose, Tipton County

· John Ross, Gibson County

· Bill Sansom, Knox County

· Ricky Sanders, Crockett County

· John Santi, Shelby County

· Nate Schott, Rutherford County

· Brenda Sellers, Blount County

· Jerry Sharber, Williamson County

· Richard Sheperd, Blount County

· Susan Simons, Davidson County

· Bill Sinks, Sumner County

· Jerry Smith, McMinn County

· Reese Smith, Williamson County

· Steve Smith, Williamson County

· Tom Smith, Davidson County

· Pete Sommer, Lewis County

· Jerry Stanley, Lauderdale County

· Roger Staton, Madison County

· Doug Stephenson, Madison County

· Nick Stewart, Montgomery County

· Clayton Stout, Washington County

· Wes Stowers, Jr., Knox County

· Michael Strickland, Knox County

· Leroy Thompson, Knox County

· David Verble, Sevier County

· Jim Vines, Jefferson County

· Howard Wall, Rutherford County

· Harry Wampler, Loudon County

· Ron Watkins, Knox County

· John Weathers, Hamilton County

· Ted Welch, Davidson County

· Charles West, Blount County

· Andy White, Blount County

· Kahren White, Blount County

· Ken White, Monroe County

· Tommy Whittaker, Sumner County

· Ted Williams, Dickson County

· Chad Wood, Henderson County

· Shirley Woodcock, McMinn County

· Eleanor Yoakum, Claiborne County

· Kenny Young, Williamson County