Lancaster lawmaker discusses importance of broadband access for education
While speaking with Tennessee Broadband Association Executive Director Levoy Knowles for “Lead Tennessee Radio,” State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver said broadband access is vital for schools in rural Tennessee.
Weaver, R-Lancaster, is a member of the Education Committee, K-12 subcommittee, Transportation Committee, and the Safety and Funding subcommittee.
A singer/songwriter who was named female vocalist of the year with three No. 1 gospel songs, Weaver represents Smith, Trousdale, and parts of Dekalb and Sumner counties.
On the TNBA podcast, Weaver discusses the challenges facing rural Tennessee and the importance of having access to high-speed internet and how it can improve access to quality education.
Weaver is very active in her community. She is the past chairman of the Smith County Republican Party and chairman of the Smith County Independence Day Parade. She is a member of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and the National Rifle Association.
“Lead Tennessee Radio” is a podcast produced by the Tennessee Broadband Association. The podcast is an opportunity for the people of Tennessee to hear state leaders discuss issues facing the Volunteer State. Past episodes feature state leaders such as Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville; Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge; House Majority Leader William Lamberth, R-Portland; and many more.
“Our association members are close to their communities, and they understand that decisions made in Nashville impact those they serve,” Knowles says. “This podcast is a great opportunity to have conversations with those making decisions that will impact the lives of all Tennesseans.”
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.