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Chamber hosts Legislative Coffee with state and local elected officials

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Secretary of State Tre Hargett was one of many state officials on hand for the Legislative Coffee Friday morning hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State Sen. Lowe Finney and State Rep. Bill Sanderson were among the elected officials in attendance for a Friday morning conversation with Dyer County residents. The Legislative Coffee event was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and presented residents with a unique opportunity to discuss issues of concern with their state and local representatives.

Hargett opened the morning by discussing the State of the State address given by Gov. Bill Haslam this past Monday and his continued dedication for the people in West Tennessee.

The event was the first opportunity for many to meet Finney who will be Dyer County's new senator as a result of redistricting. Finney who grew up in Dresden was elected to the state Senate in 2006. Unlike federal government whose battle lines are drawn along party lines, Finney said that most of the division that he finds is between rural and urban.

As a result of redistricting, Sen. Lowe Finney is the new senator for Dyer County. Finney, a Democrat, told the audience that he looks forward to representing the people of Dyer County.
"The governor's budget reflects the reality that there are needs in rural areas like West Tennessee," said Finney.

Sanderson agreed with Finney that there are needs in rural areas like Dyer County and pointed to recent successes such as the Safe Routes to School grant, the funding for the Port of Cates Landing and funding that was presented to the McIver's Grant Public Library on Friday morning. Sanderson also discussed the governor's desire to run the state more like a business and to do away with legislation that discourages businesses from coming to Tennessee.

Finney and Sanderson participated in a question-and-answer session with members of the audience who asked a variety of questions, but it was Judy Long's question about methamphetamine that created the most discussion. Sanderson acknowledged that there were issues but coming up with the best solution is not always as cut and dry as it may seem.

State Sen. Lowe Finney and State Rep. Bill Sanderson field questions from the audience on a wide range of issues including education, methamphetamine regulations and criminal sentencing.
"What sounds like a great idea, when you hear all sides and how it will affect everyone you realize that it may not be as great an idea," said Sanderson.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Horner was present and he expressed to Sanderson and Finney that the issue has nothing to do with law enforcement.

"We have a mess here in Dyer County and it has nothing to do with law enforcement. We have the best law enforcement money could buy," said Horner. "These individuals need to start going to a doctor and get a prescription for Sudafed (which contains pseudoephedrine commonly used to make methamphetamine) and stop selling it over the counter."

Dr. Karen Rutledge, counselor and the ADA coordinator at Dyersburg State Community College encouraged elected officials to look at educating the public on the effects of pseudoephedrine. According to Rutledge she had recently seen a serious ad campaign out of the state of Montana, which was successfully able to reduce its methamphetamine use by 40 percent just by educating individuals on its effects.

Judy Long (standing) asks Rep. Bill Sanderson and Sen. Lowe Finney a question about methamphetamine during the question-and-answer portion.
The morning was concluded by Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill and City Mayor John Holden who both offered words of encouragement.

"We have a lot to be proud of here," said Hill. "Your government is working hard for you."

"We have had some hard times but our focus is to provide more jobs," said Holden. "I agree with Senator Finney our better days are ahead."

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when mayor holden says he agrees with senator finney that "better days are ahead" hopefully, actions will speak louder than words. Judy Long's question to sen. sanderson when speaking of the issue concerning pseudoephedrine "when you hear all sides and how it will affect everyone you realize that it may not be as great an idea" was senator sandersons answer to her question and that was just tip-toeing around the issue. jim horner has by far the best answer to that issue when he says "these individuals need to start going to a doctor and get a prescription".

jobs are what are need in dyer county in the long run. let's get i-69 completed stat; get cates landing completed stat, let's get an industry in the speck building stat. we have enough sea food, chicken and steak houses & hamburger joints. the work the chamber of commerce and our present elected officials just are not working to acquire work for our people. a new, brave, bold approach should begin now. stop crossing our fingers and do something differently.

-- Posted by closerlook on Sun, Feb 5, 2012, at 8:12 AM

how much did this B.S cost ? use the money any you want,,hell it is not your money, have a big time

-- Posted by real nice on Sun, Feb 5, 2012, at 6:00 PM

Forcing law-abiding citizens to take time to visit a physician, pay for the visit, and pay for higher costs of pseudephedrine at a pharmacy is ridiculous. Meth Heads will still get it, as they do now with the two box limit. Like with gun prohibition, only outlaws will have guns.

Law abiding citizens will suffer the brunt of this proposed legislation.

Representative Sanderson was RIGHT to RESIST this new form of TYRANNY.

Every new law removes another freedom.

How much more tyranny can we take??

-- Posted by wonk on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 7:54 AM

Must agree with wonk.. we should (after all the years of trying) realize that we cannot force people to be healthy, moral, clean, educated, etc etc.. by passing laws.. It is now economically required to let "them" fish or cut bait.. It was always time to let people run their own lives for the good or the bad of it. We did our best to throw money and punishment at people... lets move on . Nature will take it's course to its natural conclusion in methheads lives.

-- Posted by randaway on Wed, Feb 8, 2012, at 8:19 AM

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