Anne Ferrell Quillen is the President of the recently formed and awesome TNDP rural caucus. Although rural areas are represented by elected officials, they don’t seem to have us in mind when they vote with the GOP supermajority. Expanding Medicaid for rural hospitals, funding for public schools and infrastructure, and developing economic opportunities for our businesses, communities and way of life are all essential issues for rural Tennessee. We do make up 93% of the state. Let’s elect some homegrown candidates to make some change.
President of TNDP's Rural Caucus, Anne Quillen, joins to talk about how we should elevate the needs of rural TN instead of maligning the people who live there.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) September 11, 2020
Carol Abney, candidate for TN House District 38, knows about distressed counties and closed rural hospitals. Fentress and 3 other TN counties were removed from the bottom 10% of economic performers across the country but 2 more in this district remain on the list. A licensed CPA, Carol discusses the tax burdens, limited resources, inaccessible medical care, and lack of job opportunities that keep rural residents distressed. The TN Rural Initiative provides” window dressing” when real financial support from the state government is needed.
LISTEN 🎙 "What About Us?" a podcast about how policies affect rural TN, has a new episode!@sandrafrice55 talks to @ElectCarolAbney, candidate for HD38, about the immorality of TNLeg not properly funding rural hospitals and schools.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 20, 2020
State Senator Raumesh Akbari chats with Wade Munday about the Democratic National Convention happening this week. Senator Akbari will be speaking at the Convention as a Rising Star of the party, you won’t want to miss it! Watch the Convention here.
CLIP 📺 "The power seat for our state is in Memphis – what's important to Memphis right now?" – @WadeLMunday asks on #ACaseOfTheMundays.@SenAkbari: "Criminal justice reform and COVID19, but also getting Trump out of the White House."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 19, 2020
Also on deck for this episode is Lola Jack and Buddy for this week’s Dem Dogs segment. These two hounds were both rescued and are loving their new lives! Consider donating to the local animal shelter. They’re really struggling during the pandemic and need your help.
Tonight on Scrappy Time Jay spends some time with Kylie Sliger, an 18-year-old first-time voter who has been volunteering on political campaigns for several years, and Ali Lawson, a 22-year-old senior business analytics major with a blue-collar background. These young people break down what motivates them to participate in politics and what issues they think will drive more young people to the polls to vote.
We also have some fun playing a game with Blount County elementary students Ella Russell, Kija Burr, Sunny Burr and their mother Stephanie. The game is called “Where’s the Moon?” and it’s a hoot!
This week on Scrappy Time, Jay Clark asks Blount County Teacher Rebecca Dickenson how we can help support teachers this school year when COVID-19 made an already difficult job dangerous to their lives.
INTRODUCING “Scrappy Time” as part of The Tennessee Holler Podcast Network! On Scrappy Time this week, Jay Clark talks about the importance of accountability and interviews Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor. Remember to send Jay your DemDogs video footage!
Justin Kanew talks with State Senator Jeff Yarbro about the Tennessee State Legislature’s new draconian anti-protest laws that specifically target the protesters who have been occupying the plaza outside of the State Capital, and the far-reaching implications these laws will have on the citizens of Tennessee.
CLIP: "When a government is scared to listen, you've got problems."@yarbro talking with @Kanew about the draconian anti-protest laws that #TNLeg just passed and how the protesters @plaza_tn have exposed @GovBillLee's heartlessness.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 14, 2020