“Lead Tennessee Radio” features Speaker Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile

Gallatin lawmaker discusses importance of broadband access

The latest episode of “Lead Tennessee Radio” features an interview with state Sen. Ferrell Haile.

On the TNBA podcast, Haile, R-Gallatin, discusses his upbringing and how it shaped his life and prepared him for politics. He also discusses challenges facing rural Tennessee and the importance of having access to high-speed internet.

Haile represents Sumner, Trousdale and part of Davidson counties in the Tennessee Senate. He serves on a number of committees, including Finance, Ways & Means; Education; and Senate Rules. As speaker pro tempore, Haile presides over the Senate if the speaker is absent.

Haile is a retired pharmacist and operates Haile Farms in Gallatin. He and his wife have four children and eight grandchildren.

Levoy Knowles sitting at a table with state Senator Ferrell Haile recording a podcast episode

“Lead Tennessee Radio” is a podcast produced by the Tennessee Broadband Association. The podcast is an opportunity to discuss issues facing the Volunteer State with state leaders and lawmakers. Each episode includes a conversation between state leaders and TNBA Executive Director Levoy Knowles.

“This podcast is an opportunity for us to engage those making decisions in Nashville about issues facing rural Tennessee,” Knowles says. “It is important for us to remain part of the discussion about issues important to small-business owners and residents in rural Tennessee.”

Previous episodes feature Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville; Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge; House Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby; House Majority Leader William Lamberth, R-Portland; Assistant House Majority Leader Ron Gant, R-Rossville; and the TNBA’s government affairs team.

Recent topics discussed on the podcast include broadband internet’s impact on rural development and how it can be used to improve health care in underserved areas through telemedicine.

“Lead Tennessee Radio” can be found on apps such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play. Upcoming topics will include issues that lawmakers will face in the 2020 legislative session.

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