November 2, 2020
Please see the following update from Governor Lee’s press conference last Wednesday:
Governor Lee signed Executive Order 65 which extends Tennessee’s State of Emergency and allows governing bodies to conduct meetings virtually through December 27th, 2020. Additionally, Governor Lee signed Executive Order 66 which extends the permittance of remote notarization and witnessing of documents through December 29th, 2020.
We’re proud to celebrate the high school division winner of our 2020 Tristar Reads summer reading competition. Congratulations to Amelia Cole! Amelia is a 9th grader with Christian Academy of Knoxville Homeschool and was joined by her mom and dad, Becky and Ed Cole, at the Bearden Branch Library in Knoxville, TN, to receive her $1,000 scholarship.
With only one in three 3rd graders reading on grade level, and disruption caused by the global pandemic exacerbating the issue, it is critical our state does everything possible to get students back up to speed when it comes to literacy skills and filling in learning gaps.
The Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation in partnership with Scholastic and the Tennessee Department of Education have launched a new book delivery program for Tennessee students. As a newly added level to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides free books to children from birth to 5-years-old, the new K-3 Book Delivery program will give more than 50 school districts, mostly in rural areas of the state, access to participate in this program. For a list of participating school districts and more information, visit: governorsfoundation.org.
Tomorrow is an important day in our nation, Election Day. If you haven’t voted early or by absentee, make sure you get to the polls tomorrow to vote. Voting isn’t just about voting for our next president, which is important in and of itself, you also will be voting for your state and local policymakers and officials. Utilize TSS’ Civic Action Center to find out who is running in your area.
Additionally, the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office has provided every answer to your question easily accessible on their website here. Get everything you need from polling locations to what is required when voting. The polls will be open from 7am – 7pm CT.
Another great resource to check out when voting for local legislators is our TNSuccessCard. The SuccessCard offers clear and concise information on how members of the General Assembly voted to support the policies that have led to Tennessee twice becoming the fastest improving state in the nation in education.