Dr. Mary Headrick will be the keynote speaker today at the Roane County Democratic Party's Labor Day picnic, according to a news release. Also speaking will be Terry Adams, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
The picnic is taking place at Roane County Park in Kingston, Tenn., from noon to 3 p.m. with food, music and door prizes.
Tickets are $10 per person and children under age 12 are free.
Mayor Andy Berke will be the guest speaker at the quarterly meeting of the Executive Committee of the Hamilton County Democratic Party Thursday at 6 p.m. at HCDP headquarters, 4300 N. Access Road.
NASHVILLE -- The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee's leading small-business association, has endorsed Dan Howell for State House District 22.
The endorsement was made by NFIB/Tennessee SAFE (Save America's Free Enterprise) Trust, composed exclusively of NFIB members.
"Dan Howell understands the challenges facing our state's independent family businesses and is the clear choice in House District 22," said Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee.
"We believe Dan will take a fiscally responsible approach to managing state government and support legislation that helps our small businesses grow and create jobs and keeps Tennessee on the pathway to success."
District 22 covers parts of Bradley County and all of Polk and Meigs counties.
Howell served for the past five years as executive assistant to the Bradley County mayor. He has served on various government and civic boards, and since 2010, he has been the District 22 representative on the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee.
ATLANTA -- The group representing more than 42,000 Georgia educators has endorsed Sen. Jason Carter for governor. The Georgia Association of Educators cited "chronic underfunding and dismantling" of public education in the state, according to a news release.
Carter said the issue is personal, as his family includes two boys in public school.
"I know their future depends on having good teachers who are supported with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom," he said.
Carter, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal in the Nov. 4 election.
State business groups support Amendment 2
Top business organizations from across the state are urging their members and supporters to "Vote YES on 2" in November.
The groups say the ?proposed constitutional amendment will bring "greater clarity and accountability to the way we select the state's appellate court judges so we get the fair and impartial judges that Tennesseans want and need," according to a news release.
"Tennesseans want fair and impartial judges held accountable to the people," said Gary Shorb, president of the Tennessee Business Roundtable and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis. "We think Amendment 2 strikes the right balance in meeting that test. We encourage all Tennessee businesses to work in support of it."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has launched a "Let People Vote" voter education campaign, according to a news release. The campaign includes statewide distribution of voting rights educational materials, an online voting rights resource center, and participation in public education events.
"With a number of races decided by a small number of votes in the most recent election, the importance and power of every vote is very clear," said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director. "ACLU-TN designed this campaign to empower Tennesseans with the tools they need to cast their ballots in November and determine the future of this state and this country."
An online voting rights resource center, www.aclu-tn.org/voting-rights-resource-center.html, includes tips on dealing with problems at the polls, the new photo-ID-to-vote law, voter registration tools, resources and news on upcoming events.
Anyone concerned about her or his ability to vote in the 2014 election because of difficulty obtaining a photo ID is urged to contact ACLU-TN at 615-320-7142 or email@example.com.