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Gov. Lee undecided on special session over school mask mandates, ‘nothing’s off the table’

August 9, 2021

August 9, 2021 – WKRN by: Gerald Harris – Governor Bill Lee is stopping short of supporting a special session to ban mask mandates in schools which House Speaker Cameron Sexton is calling for. But Lee is not yet ruling out changing state law. As more Tennessee kids are becoming infected with COVID-19, Governor Lee is not…

Nashville lawmaker hopes mask mandate helps maintain in-person learning for Metro schools

August 9, 2021

August 9, 2021 – WKRN by: Nickelle Smith & Gerald Harris – Some Nashville leaders are praising the decision by the Metro school board to require masks in schools and on school buses. State Representative John Ray Clemmons said he was there when the board made the decision, and he believed masks will allow students to…

U.S. Reps. Green, DesJarlais question Pentagon chief’s authority to mandate COVID-19 shots for active-duty troops

August 7, 2021

Aug. 7, 2021 – Chattanooga Times-Free Press by: Andy Sher – Two Tennessee congressmen are among 16 U.S. House Republicans warning U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that it’s “illegal” for him to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for active-duty troops absent the medicine’s full approval by the Food and Drug Administration. “The law of the United States…

Davidson delegation mask request puts Metro on crash course with House speaker

August 3, 2021

August 3, 2021 – Tennessee Lookout by: Sam Stockard – Hours before House Speaker Cameron Sexton threatened to seek a special session targeting school districts over COVID-19 policies, the Davidson County delegation made a push for Metro Nashville Public Schools to mandate masks for students this year. The delegation sent a letter written by Rep.…


August 2, 2021

August 2, 2021 – PRESS RELEASE – Today, state Representative John Ray Clemmons, along with Senator Heidi Campbell, Senator Brenda Gilmore, Representative Bill Beck, Representative Bob Freeman, Representative Darren Jernigan, Representative Bo Mitchell, Representative Jason Powell, and Representative Mike Stewart, delivered a letter to Dr. Adrienne Battle, MNPS Director of Schools, requesting that she issue…

Griffey stance conflicts with Senate leadership

July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021 – Tennessee Lookout by: Sam Stockard – Rep. Bruce Griffey says he’s not “anti-vax,” yet he is one of a growing number of legislators leery of masks and vaccination campaigns and gaining a bigger voice in the General Assembly. In fact, the Paris Republican believes only a small group of people should…

Lawmaker Asks For An Explanation Of Why State’s Top Vaccine Expert Was Fired

July 13, 2021

July 13, 2012 – WPLN by: Nina Cardona – After the firing of Tennessee’s top vaccine expert, Nashville Democratic Representative John Ray Clemmons is calling for an explanation from the governor and the health commissioner. He says the firing is a “slap in the face” to government employees, and worries it will make it difficult…

CLEMMONS CALLS ON LEE AND PIERCEY TO EXPLAIN DR. FISCUS’ TERMINATION: Tennesseans Deserve Answers About Vital Health Professional’s Firing

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021 – Following today’s shocking announcement that Governor Bill Lee terminated Dr. Michelle D. Fiscus, the Medical Director of Tennessee’s Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization program, state Rep. John Ray Clemmons (District 55) issued the following statement:  I want Governor Lee and Commissioner Piercey to explain to those I represent why they fired Dr. Fiscus. Every person in Tennessee relies…

After National Guard trip, governor says nation needs new Southern border strategy

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021 – Tennessee Lookout by: Sam Stockard – Shrugging off the notion that the Southern border “crisis” is a political attack, Gov. Bill Lee says the nation should develop a new strategy to stop a surge in illegal crossings and activity from Mexico. After a two-day trip to review 300 Tennessee National Guard…

Lawmakers renew call for immediate audit of Gov. Lee’s federal COVID-19 spending

July 10, 2021

July 10, 2021 – WKRN by: Gerald Harris – Tennessee Democrats are calling for an audit of all COVID-19 relief spending from Governor Bill Lee and his administration. This comes days after Governor Bill Lee started a campaign to pay for tourists’ flights to four major Tennessee cities. According to the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group lead…

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