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August 27, 2014

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Federal-Mogul officials announced today the company will invest $6.2 million to expand its current distribution facility in Smyrna, Tennessee and create 135 new jobs in Rutherford County. “We are thankful for Federal-Mogul and their continued investment in our state and the new jobs they are creating in Middle Tennessee,” Haslam said. “When companies like Federal-Mogul choose to reinvest here, it speaks volumes about our workforce and the quality of Tennessee-made products, and today’s announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.” “Tennessee continues to set itself apart as a global leader in the automotive industry,” Hagerty said. “Major automotive manufacturers like Nissan, Volkswagen and General Motors support a robust pipeline of more than 900 automotive manufacturers and suppliers located throughout our state. I am pleased Federal-Mogul will continue to be a part of why Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength an unprecedented four years in a row, and I appreciate the new jobs they are creating in our communities.” “Federal-Mogul is pleased to continue investing in Smyrna,” Paula Silver, Federal-Mogul’s vice president of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, said. “We have a dedicated and hard-working team here that takes pride in distributing high quality products for our customers. We are excited to grow our Smyrna operations and create more job opportunities.” Federal-Mogul is expanding its existing Worldwide Aftermarket Distribution Center in Smyrna, due to the recent purchase of part of Affinia’s product line. Affinia is a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of automotive replacement products. As part of this expansion, Federal-Mogul will increase its Smyrna footprint from 600,000 square feet to 800,000 square feet. This larger warehouse and distribution capacity will allow the facility to become more productive. “Today’s announcement of 135 new jobs by Federal-Mogul is great news for the Town of Smyrna and Rutherford County,” Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed said. “The Town of Smyrna continues to experience positive job growth and we thank Federal-Mogul for their confidence in our community for this additional investment.” Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation is a leading global supplier of products and services to the world's manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company's products and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced vehicle safety. “TVA and Middle Tennessee Electric congratulate Federal-Mogul on its announcement to expand in Smyrna, Tennessee,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “We are pleased to partner with the state of Tennessee, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, and city and county officials to assist Federal-Mogul’s additional investment to create new jobs.” In addition to its Smyrna location, Federal-Mogul has operations in Smithville and Sparta, Tennessee. In total, approximately 1,000 people are employed at Federal-Mogul’s three Tennessee locations. People interested in applying for these new jobs in Smyrna should contact Missy Rogers, human resources manager, at Missy.Rogers@federalmogul.com. About Federal-Mogul Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) is a leading global supplier of products and services to the world's manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company's products and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced vehicle safety. Federal-Mogul operates two independent business divisions, each with a chief executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul's Board of Directors. Federal-Mogul Powertrain designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications. Federal-Mogul Motorparts sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than 20 of the world's most recognized brands in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with products including braking, chassis, wipers and other vehicle components. The company's aftermarket brands include ANCO® wiper blades; Champion® spark plugs, wipers and filters; AE®, Fel-Pro®, FP Diesel®, Goetze®, Glyco®, Nüral®, Payen® and Sealed Power® engine products; MOOG® steering and suspension parts; and Ferodo®, Jurid® and Wagner® brake products. Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899 and maintains its worldwide headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. The company employs more than 45,000 people in 34 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.federalmogul.com. About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Tennessee was named “2013 State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. 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. Find us on the web: tn.gov/ecd. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd. ###

Senator Ketron honored in special award for legislative achievements by Tennessee Development Districts

Monday, April 14, 2014

(NASHVILLE, TN)  April 11, 2014-- State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) has been recognized by the Development Districts Association in Tennessee (TDDA)  for legislative achievements benefitting the people of the 13th Senatorial District, which he represents.  Ketron received the award on Thursday, April 10 as the group gathered for a statewide meeting in Nashville.

The Tennessee Development District Association is an association of the nine state-wide districts, which were established by the General Assembly under the Tennessee Development District Act of 1965.  The Tennessee Development District Association was established to serve as a statewide forum for the diverse problems the districts must solve in their mission to serve 95 counties and some 350 municipalities
"The Development Districts do tremendous work and I am very honored to be recognized by them,” said Senator Ketron. “I look forward to continuing to work them to expand economic opportunities in our communities, as well as to provide assistance to citizens with disabilities and those with other essential needs.”


Legislative Leaders, Governor Haslam and Heart Association to Kick Off Walking Challenge in Conjunction With National Walking Day

Monday, March 31, 2014

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron and Assistant Republican Leader Kevin Brooks will join the American Heart Association to recognize National Walking Day, the American Heart Association's annual icon day encouraging Americans to become more physically active by walking to improve health. The Challenge will encourage Tennesseans to go for a 30-minute walk on this day. The press conference will conclude with a legislators group walk from the Capitol to the Plaza.

WHAT: Tennessee Legislative Walking Challenge Kickoff

WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:00 noon

WHERE: Steps of the south side of the Capitol, the side that faces the Plaza. In the event of inclement weather: Senate Chamber.

SPEAKING: Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, Sen. Bill Ketron, Rep. Kevin Brooks, and officials of the American Heart Association

• Nearly 29% of Tennesseans report doing no physical activity outside of work during the past month. Tennessee ranks 44th in the nation for worst cardiovascular mortality rate.
• Research shows that brisk walking for at least 30 minutes a day is one of the best activities individuals can do to improve heart health and overall health.
• It is estimated that if 10 percent of Americans began a regular walking program, $5.6 billion in heart disease costs could be saved.
• Walking can help lower blood pressure, increase HDL “good” cholesterol in the blood, control weight and control blood sugar, improve metabolism and energy and lower stress levels.
• The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous intensity physical activity each day and adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity (or combination of both) each week.
• Approximately 50 percent of American adults and 62 percent of children do not get daily vigorous physical activity.
• The direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases, including lost productivity, were an estimated $315.4 billion in 2010.
• Obesity is a significant factor driving health care spending, accounting for an estimated 12 percent of growth in recent years.
• One in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.

Judiciary Committee approves legislation sponsored by Senator Ketron to strengthen penalties against spectators at animal fights

Thursday, March 27, 2014

(NASHVILLE, TN) March 26, 2013 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation, sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), which strengthens penalties against spectators attending animal fights. Senate Bill 2366 makes it a Class A misdemeanor offense to be a spectator at any animal fight with a minimum fine of $500.
Ketron said the intent of the bill is to provide punishment stiff enough to deter attendance and put a dent in the pocketbook of criminals who organize these events.

“Animal fighting exists primarily because of the spectators,” said Ketron. “They seek out the illegal activity, promote the event by word of mouth, pay admission fees to organizers and then gamble on the fights. They are entertained by and profit from the socially and morally reprehensible crime of watching animals which have no choice but to fight to the death.”

It is illegal to own, possess or train an animal for the purpose of fighting them in Tennessee. Current law also prescribes a Class B misdemeanor to be a spectator at a dog fight with a maximum fine of $500 and a Class C misdemeanor to attend a cockfight with a maximum fine of $50.

“Children are routinely in attendance at these events where they are exposed to a host of criminal activities and animal cruelty,” said Senator Ketron. “Cockfighting attracts such criminal elements as the Mexican drug cartel who ran multi-ton quantities of meth and heroin through cockfighting pits in our state. Federal investigations have revealed intricate gambling operations with millions of dollars changing hands illegally,” he concluded.

Ketron wins Senate Transportation Committee approval of Murfreesboro to Nashville Monorail Study

Thursday, March 13, 2014

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) won approval today of key legislation calling for a study to determine the feasibility of a monorail public transportation system along the I-24 Nashville Southeast Corridor that connects downtown Murfreesboro to Nashville. Senate Bill 2515, which was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee, directs the Department of Transportation to conduct the study, which would include the costs of construction, operation and financing of the monorail system.

“This 32-mile strip of interstate is the most congested corridor in the state,” said Senator Ketron. “The current population of Rutherford County is about 290,000. By 2025 it is estimated to be at 600,000 and by 2035 it is estimated that there will be another million residents in the greater middle Tennessee area. This presents a great problem in terms of traffic issues. We have to be forward thinking regarding what we are going to do when we add this many new vehicles to an already congested roadway.”

Ketron said he has conducted numerous meetings with the department and other transportation officials about the project since last summer. He said that a monorail could handle up to 55,000 passengers per day, which would greatly reduce future congestion.

“We are left with no other means to handle congestion that will alleviate this kind of population growth,” said Senator Ketron. “A great number of my constituents travel this corridor every day and find that their commute is getting longer. This study is a critical step in giving us a roadmap on how this project could be accomplished,” added Ketron.

The bill requires the study to identify all public and private funding sources, including amounts that can reasonably be anticipated and estimated costs and revenues. It requires TDOT to report its findings and recommendations to the Senate and House Transportation Committees by February 1, 2015.

U.S. Humane Society in Tennessee Names Senator Ketron “Legislator of the Year”

Friday, February 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, The U.S. Humane Society recognized Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) this week with Humane Legislator of the Year awards for their dedication to protecting animals from cruelty. Leighann Lassiter, the group’s state director said the award reflected work done by the lawmakers over the past seven years to increase penalties for dogfighting and cockfighting.
The lawmakers received the award at the Humane Society’s annual meeting in Nashville.

“Our state lawmakers are a critical part of the effort to build a more humane society, and we are thrilled to recognize two of Tennessee’s leaders in this movement,” said Lassiter. “Representative Lundberg and Senator Ketron exemplify the compassion and tenacity needed to truly make a positive impact for animals in the Volunteer State. We thank them for their tireless efforts to keep animal fighting, puppy mills and other forms of animal cruelty out of our state.”

In addition to increasing penalties for animal fighting, Lassiter praised Ketron and Lundberg for their support of legislation regulating commercial dog breeding operations known as puppy mills and for their outspoken opposition to the 2013 “ag-gag” bill.


Legislation provides greater accountability and transparency in the TNInvestco Program

Monday, February 24, 2014

(NASHVILLE), The Senate has approved legislation, sponsored by Senators Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Doug Overbey (R-Maryville), that provides greater accountability and transparency in the state’s TNInvestco Program. TNInvestco is a program administered by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (EDC) that provides benefits to small, medium-sized, and start-up businesses to encourage job growth in the state.

“This legislation will provide greater oversight and ensure that companies receiving tax credits are completing their statutorily required investment strategy scorecards,” said Senator Ketron. “It also helps to ensure investment strategy benchmarks are being met and that investments are free from fraud, waste, and abuse.”

“The overwhelming majority of jobs in this state are created by small businesses,” said Senator Overbey. “This bill helps to ensure that entrepreneurs have access to capital in order to grow jobs, but that it is done in an accountable and transparent manner.”

Some of the key provisions included in Senate Bill 766 are:

• requires the department to obtain sufficient documentation to support the state’s profit share percentage;
• changes the date through which the TNInvestcos submit their information in the annual report to provide better accuracy of investment activity for the calendar year;
• changes the number of days that a TNInvestco has to submit their annual audited financial statements from 180 days to 120 days so that information is received in a more timely fashion;
• changes the number of days that the TNInvestco has to cure any areas of non-compliance from 60 days to 45 days to ensure that policies and procedures are being met without substantive delays;
• allows ECD to promulgate rules and regulations to ensure compliance with requirements of the program; and
• gives ECD greater enforcement capability by allowing them to assess a penalty for persistent non-compliance by a TNInvestco.

The bill also allows a TNInvestco to re-invest their returns and the state’s returns in equal portions up to the 7th anniversary of the fund. Finally, it adds new language to the law that requires ECD to liquidate all remaining ownership interests by the state beginning December 31, 2021.

Senator Ketron Urges Local Citizens to join Telephone Townhall Meeting on Wednesday

Friday, February 14, 2014

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), February 14, 2014 -- State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) today announced that he has scheduled a Telephone Townhall Meeting to talk to citizens regarding issues before the Tennessee General Assembly and to listen to their concerns.

The call will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m CST. Citizens who would like to participate can dial 877-228-2184 and must enter the event identification number 112439.

"The legislature is facing decisions that affect all citizens on many important issues such as education, our state budget, job growth, and public safety." said Senator Ketron. “I want to be open and available to hear from area citizens about this and other important issues facing Tennessee this year.”

Senator Ketron serves as Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus and the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the State and Local Government Committee. He represents State Senate District 13 in Rutherford County.

“I invite local citizens to join me and very much look forward to the opportunity to speak to as many people as possible through this forum,” he concluded.


Tennessee Economic Accolades

Friday, January 10, 2014

Presented here is a list of many of the reasons why Tennessee is a great place to do business:

Lowest debt per capita among all 50 states (Tax Foundation)

Third lowest state and local taxes among states (Tax Foundation)

#1 in Southeast for GDP in 2012 (Bureau of Economic Analysis)

#1 in Southeast for personal income growth in 2012 (Bureau Economic Analysis)

#1 in the Southeast for Manufacturing Jobs Growth in 2012 (U.S. Dept of Commerce)

# 1 for Infrastructure and Global Access (Area Development Magazine)

#1 Busiest Cargo Airport in the U.S. (Memphis)

#1 in Auto Manufacturing Strength for past 4 years (Business Facilities Magazine)

#3 Best Run State (Barron’s Magazine)

#4 in the U.S for Manufacturing Jobs Growth in 2012 (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)

#4 in the U.S. in net new jobs since 2011 - 138,000 new jobs (U.S. Dept. of Labor)

#4 Best Governor in U.S. for Job Growth (On Numbers Media)

#4 Best State for Business (Chief Executive Magazine)

#4 Best in Charitable Giving in the Nation (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Top State in Retirement – based on cost of living, tax burden, climate, activities and availability of health care. (Bankrate.com)
One of the Best Transportation Systems in the Nation - 4th year in a row that Tennessee has made the top of the list and the only high ranking state that has no transportation debt. Also second best in the nation in the "Transportation and Infrastructure" category, improving from last year's fourth place. Cost of living and workforce were two other categories where Tennessee also ranked well. (CNBC's 2013 study “America's Top States for Business”)
Tn.gov website was ranked best in the Nation. (“Best of the Web” competition sponsored by the Center for Digital Government)

New Report on Bullying in Tennessee schools confirms 5,478 cases last year

Thursday, October 31, 2013

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) A new report on the number of bullying cases in Tennessee’s public schools was released by the state’s Department of Education today showing there were 7,555 cases reported during the 2012-13 school year. According to the data submitted to the state’s Department of Education by school officials statewide 5,478, or 72.51 percent, of bullying reports submitted were confirmed after investigation.

The report was required under anti-bullying legislation which passed the General Assembly in 2012 sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Charles Curtiss (D-Sparta). Of those bullying cases reported, 321 were based on race, color or national origin, 695 concerned sex or gender-based discrimination and 168 involved a student’s disability.

“The numbers in this report are very alarming,” said Senator Ketron. “Besides the obvious emotional harm bullying does to a student personally, it also hampers the kind of classroom atmosphere that promotes learning. This is a systemic problem that we need to address not only in our schools, but in our homes, churches, community organizations, on the ball field and elsewhere.”

“This is so sad,” added Representative Curtiss. “I am very pleased that this information is now coming forward so we can do something about it.”

According to the report 564, or 7.47 percent, of the bullying cases reported to the Department of Education were lodged via electronic technology. The legislation sponsored by Ketron and Curtiss also strengthened Tennessee’s law against bullying and cyberbullying through the use of electronic devices. In addition, it required each Local Education Agency (LEA), at the beginning of the school year, to provide teachers and school counselors with a copy of the school’s bullying policy and its implementation process, information on prevention and strategies to address bullying and harassment when it happens, as well as relevant training on the issue.

“Based on the information available to the Tennessee Department of Education, each local education agency (LEA) in Tennessee satisfied the requirements of the state bullying and harassment laws and submitted bullying compliance information,” the report said.

“We are pleased that the report shows our local boards are now providing the information and training to help prevent bullying,” added Rep. Curtiss. “We hope that we will see improvement that will be reflected by statistics in the next report as a result of these efforts.”

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.



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