ThinkTN in the News: How a new 2019 dashboard from ThinkTennessee can help drive the state forward

The Tennessean (Feb. 7, 2019) — New opportunities for innovative ideas – that’s what we see as our state welcomes one of the largest classes of new elected officials in its history. These new leaders were elected by voters like you and me, who turned out in record numbers in November, hopeful that we could create a Tennessee where our tomorrows are even brighter than our yesterdays. As a nonpartisan public policy think tank focused on building …

ThinkTN unveils State of Our State Dashboard for 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2019) – Tennessee’s overall economy is strong, but our rural areas and working families face financial challenges, according to the 2019 State of Our State dashboard ThinkTennessee released today. The dashboard shows how Tennessee ranks nationally across 100 different indicators and highlights opportunities to improve and strengthen Tennesseans’ quality of life. “With newly elected leaders at all levels of government, 2019 offers an incredible opportunity to bring fresh, innovative ideas to …

ThinkTN in the News: How a 1-year-old baby could be the key to expanding health care for all Tennesseans

The Tennessean (Dec. 7, 2018) — Sometimes it takes telling the stories of the most vulnerable among us, such as 1-year-old Adelaide Kauffman, to move the needle on critical issues. Adelaide was born with debilitating spinal muscular atrophy, and her condition has caused great hardship for her family, who lives in Cheatham County. As USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee columnist Jessica Bliss recently wrote, the infant needs care all the time and her middle-class family makes too much …

ThinkTN in the News: Past the Gig City, a Digital Divide Separates Some Tennesseans

WUTC Chattanooga (Oct. 16, 2018) — The nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization ThinkTennessee is evaluating the state’s digital divide: ThinkTennessee says thousands of residents are missing out on the economic, health and educational benefits of having broadband Internet service. In some areas, it’s simply unavailable; in others, it’s unaffordable for low-income families. Read (and listen!) to the full story here.

Knoxville locals discuss Tennessee voting

Tennessee Journal (Sept. 29, 0218) — “It is critically important in these uncertain and dangerous times that Tennesseans understand it is imperative to be involved in local, state and federal elections,” Dr. Daryl Carter, associate professor of history at East Tennessee State University, said. The Emporium Center of Knoxville, Tennessee hosted “Tennessee: Why Aren’t You Voting? An Interactive Conversation” on Sept. 27. The event aimed to raise voter awareness and to help create more informed …