Fourth of July


As we celebrate our nation’s freedom, we honor the courageous men and women dedicated to preserving it.

May we celebrate that precious freedom for which our forebearers fought so bravely.

I hope your Independence Day is filled with friends, family and a time to remember and celebrate what makes our country so great.

Quotes to Enjoy

You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. John Quincy Adams

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirt of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our thanks to you for all you do
Defending our flag the red, white and blue
As Americans, we know what freedom means
The joy the peace and the right to dream
Freedom we love but it is not free
The sacrifice is great and you give willingly
Our thoughts and prayers are with you today
As you fight for freedom so far away
May God keep you safe in all that you do
And bring you back home to those who love you

I Am An American

I am an American.
That’s the way most of us put it, just matter of factly.
They are plain words, those four.
You could write them on your thumbnail,
or you could sweep them clear across this bright autumn sky.
But remember too that they are more than words.
They are a way of life.
So whenever you speak them, speak them firmly;
speak them proudly; speak them gratefully.
I am an American.

Tennessee State Senate-110th General Assembly
Laws Effective July 1, 2018

July 1st marks the beginning of a new 2018-19 fiscal year in Tennessee as the state’s budget passed by the General Assembly in April becomes effective. Many other new laws are also set for enactment, including major legislation addressing Tennessee’s opioid epidemic. I have featured the legislation in a three part series recently in my newsletter.

If you would like to view a full list of the laws that took place on July 1st, you can click here: Laws Effective 7/1/2018


New Tennessee Driver’s License

I was joined by members of the Knox County Delegation, Commissioner David Purky of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security and representatives of the hospitality industry to roll out Tennessee’s new vertical driver’s licenses for individuals under 21. Representative Bill Dunn and I sponsored the legislation. As of July 1st, everyone under 21 in Tennessee that gets a new driver’s license, will receive a vertical license.

The concept behind the vertical design is to more easily and effectively identify those under 21 in order to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. This will ultimately save lives.