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Howell Sworn in to Replace Retiring Watson in House District 22

Press release from the Office of the Speaker of the Tennessee House; September 8, 2014:

(NASHVILLE) — Dan Howell, the former Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Bradley County, was officially sworn in today as the new State Representative for House District 22. Last month, the Bradley County Commission voted for Howell to take office on September 1, filling the remainder of Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson’s term as State Representative. Howell won the Republican Primary on August 7 and faces no challenge in the November General Election for a full term.

“I am thankful to the voters for casting their ballots for me on August 7, and I am honored the Commission has seen fit to place their confidence in me to take office early in order to assure a smooth transition. Sheriff Watson was a great legislator and I believe he will also be a great sheriff. He set a high standard and I look forward to continuing his tradition of good representation for the people of District 22,” Howell said.

For the past five years, Howell has served Bradley County as Executive Assistant to the County Mayor. He has also served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Cleveland/Bradley Greenway Board, and the county Storm Water Advisory Board, as well as directed the county’s Three Star Program.

“I am sincerely looking forward to working with Dan on the issues that matter most to the people of Bradley, Polk, and Meigs Counties and Tennessee,” said Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville). “With this smooth transition, he can get right to work crafting policies for consideration that will bring jobs and prosperity to this state.”

“Tennesseans have some very clear priorities, especially when it comes to private sector job growth, lower taxes, and better education,” continued House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga). “I am honored to call Dan Howell a colleague and look forward to working with him to see these priorities made into reality.”

“Tennesseans chose to send Representative Howell to Nashville to support policies that will strengthen our economy, ensure our budget remains balanced, and fight government waste,” said House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada (R–Thompson Station). “In his new role as State Representative, I am confident he will accomplish exactly that.”

“Dan Howell is a fellow conservative who will do a great job representing the people of Bradley, Polk, and Meigs Counties. He will be an asset in Nashville and I look forward to working with Representative Howell as Bradley County Sheriff,” said Sheriff Eric Watson.

District 22 covers parts of Bradley County, and all of Polk and Meigs Counties. Representative Dan Howell can be contacted at 615-741-7799, rep.dan.howell@capitol.tn.gov or the address below.

Representative Dan Howell
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 112 War Memorial Building
Nashville, TN 37243

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Haslam Releases Storm Journal Video

Days before the Mississippi River is expected to crest in Memphis, Gov. Bill Haslam’s office is releasing a “video journal” of him on the ground tromping through the rubble left from last week’s storms.

“This is flooding of historic proportions. Everyone keeps talking about the flood of 1937 and being back to that level,” Haslam said during a stop in Dyersburg May 3. “We are prepared to respond as quickly as possible both in response and in relief after the flood waters recede.”

The YouTube video featured Haslam looking over destruction in Bradley, Hamilton, Greene counties with stops in Memphis and Dyersburg.

The five-minute production included highlights of remarks from federal lawmakers and officials including Sen. Bob Corker, Congressmen Scott DesJarlais and Phil Roe and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

Local area lawmakers also offered remarks, including Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis, Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield.

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County Commissioner Turns Self In

Bradley County Commissioner Howard Thompson has turned himself into authorities, following his indictment on charges of filing a false report and attempted theft over $1,000, the Chattanooga Times Free Press is reporting.

Earlier this month, Thompson said he would continue serving on the county commission despite an investigation into allegations he had sold stolen goods at his flea market, according to TheChattanoogan.com.

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Amazon.com Considers Opening Tennessee Shipping Centers

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Nov. 29, 2010:

Negotiations Underway for Fulfillment Centers in Chattanooga and Bradley Co., TN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber today confirmed the state of Tennessee is in discussions with Seattle, Washington-based Amazon.com, Inc about locating two fulfillment centers in Tennessee, one at the Enterprise South Industrial Park in Chattanooga and the other along State Route 308 in Bradley County, Tennessee. If negotiations are successful, the two projects would represent a combined investment of more than $164 million dollars to create more than two million square feet of distribution space and up to 1,400 new jobs over a period of years.

We are working diligently with Amazon.com officials to work through outstanding issues on this project, said Governor Bredesen. It is my hope that we can bring these discussions to a successful resolution and create a large number of jobs for the people of Tennessee.

There has been lots of speculation in the media in recent weeks about who we might be working with on this project, said Commissioner Kisber. Because of the need to move forward at the local level on PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of tax) agreements in multiple communities, we felt it was important at this time for policy makers at the state and local level to know who were in discussions with.

Commissioner Kisber has been leading a team which includes Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, Gary Farlow, president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Cleveland and Bradley County and Trevor Hamilton, vice president, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce in discussions with Amazon.com, Inc. All parties have pointed out a number of procedural steps must be completed involving the state, the county commissions and the local city councils before the project is a go.

This is not a done deal, Mayor Littlefield said. In addition to the PILOT agreements, there are a number of other issues to work through at the state and local level, but we have high hopes of firming up Amazons investment in the next few weeks.

Amazon would make a great addition to our local economy, said Mayor Ramsey. This is a complex project. We couldn’t have gotten this far without Hamilton County, Bradley County, the city of Chattanooga and the respective chambers from both communities working together to make this much progress in a short period of time. Well keep working together to make sure the opportunity becomes a reality for our citizens.

Even though this is not yet a done deal, Bradley County is taking the necessary steps to finalize its local commitment to the company, said Gary Davis, mayor, Bradley County. I am very pleased the county commission decided in workshop session to place the proposed PILOT agreement, industrial access authorization and the FastTrack grant authorization on the consent agenda for next Mondays meeting. To my knowledge, this is the first PILOT agreement ever placed on the consent portion of the agenda and it clearly reflects the level of cooperation, understanding, and trust we have all worked hard to establish between the Administration, the Bradley County Commission, and the Industrial Development Board.

Amazons presence will mean important opportunities for good jobs, said Ross Tarver, chairman, Bradley/Cleveland Industrial Board. A project this far-reaching has many components and takes time to finalize. We could not have gotten to this point without a dedicated and focused regional team working together and our city, county, chamber and state are to be commended.

The Amazon project has come together very rapidly over the past couple of months, said Trevor Hamilton, vice president, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. The company has a very ambitious construction timeline, so reaching resolution on the remaining issues is very important if were to be successful in winning this project.