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The Passing of the Neighborhood Protection Act is a Game-changer for Tennessee Neighborhoods

Fast facts:

  • Neighborhood Protection Act passes the general assembly
  • Allows neighborhood agencies to seek restraining orders against repeat criminals that target their neighborhood
  • Will keep criminals from entering targeted neighborhood for at least one year if granted.

MEMPHIS, TN, April 24, 2015 – The passing of the Neighborhood Protection Act gives neighborhood agencies the ability to keep criminals out of their neighborhoods. The NPA is an idea that was born out of a constituent complaint regarding criminals burglarizing homes in the representative’s district. The criminals would be apprehended and in a short time later they would be out in the same neighborhood waiting on homeowners to go to work---only to break into their homes again or to steal air conditioning units out of their yards.

In most cases the homeowners pack up and move their families to other places to escape the criminal element. However, the question has to be asked, “Why is the criminal not asked to leave?” With that thought in mind, the idea of the Neighborhood Protection Act was born.

“No one has to live like this....in fear of going to work only to have their items stolen or destroyed,” says State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, NPA author. “If we cannot keep the criminals in jail, we can at least keep them away from the people they’ve victimized.”

The NPA works in this way:

  • Neighborhoods must have a formally recognized agency representing their interests, i.e., Neighborhood Association, Watch group, HOA, etc.
  • Agency must have a charter with neighborhood boundaries described in the document.
  • Criminal must have been convicted of the crimes listed in the NPA law three times AFTER THE PASSING OF THE LAW. (Prior convictions do not apply)
  • Crimes include: burglary, rape, gang activity, illegal drugs, theft, prostitution and vandalism. Other crimes are expected to be added next year.

If these conditions are met, the neighborhood agency can then petition a judge for relief.

“This is a game changer. This law is the first of its kind in the country.” “I am happy to see Tennessee taking the lead through this approach and giving the citizens the tools needed to maintain property values and stability in the neighborhoods.” The Neighborhood Protection Act is awaiting the signature of Governor Bill Haslam.

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State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, North Memphis and parts of Bartlett and Berclair communities.




State Rep. Antonio Parkinson on the Defeat of Insure Tennessee


Fast facts: 
• More than $1 Billion left on the table
• Citizens and loved ones will suffer unnecessarily
• Hospitals and economy will continue to suffer


MEMPHIS, TN, February 5, 2015 – I am deeply saddened and disappointed in the Tennessee legislature’s inability to not only pass Insure Tennessee but, also its inability to let the members’ voices be heard in full debate on the floor regarding such an important issue. The fact that so few were able to determine the life and health outcomes for so many Tennesseans is disturbing to say the least and will have lasting repercussions for years to come. This was a bad decision on the parts of a few elected to represent our citizens.


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State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, North Memphis and parts of Bartlett and Berclair communities.



State Rep. Antonio Parkinson to Create Crime Task Force for Raleigh and North Memphis


Fast facts: 
• Creation of crime task force to come up with solutions
• Task force made up of cross section of community
• Town hall meeting will be held to discuss with community


MEMPHIS, TN, January 29, 2015 – The past weeks have been challenging for the Raleigh and North Memphis communities. The death of two of our children, the death of the store clerk at Covington Pike and Yale, arson and other crimes in our area are serious causes for concern. While we understand that crime can happen anywhere in Shelby County such as the recent rash of robberies that took place in Germantown, we are particularly interested in solutions that will work for our communities and neighborhoods. 


State Representative Antonio Parkinson has begun the process of assembling a crime task force made of law enforcement, business leaders, clergy and citizens from the Raleigh and North Memphis communities. This group will be charged with coming up with solutions that we, as citizens can use to help in reduction of crime in our community.  


The purpose of the group is three fold. 
• Research and find solutions that the citizens can implement to make their neighborhoods safer,
• Research and find solutions that citizens can use to assist law enforcement in their efforts,
• Research and find solutions and suggestions that can be forwarded to both the city and county administrations for consideration and implementation.


“The crime in our community is unacceptable,” says State Representative Antonio Parkinson. “The citizens of this community deserve and want better.”


While we understand that we will not be able to stop all criminal acts, we will do what is in our power to improve our communities.


A town hall meeting will be held to discuss and begin implementation of the findings. The town hall meeting location and time will be announced at a later date. Our success will be incumbent upon administration cooperation, buy in and support. 


Important note from Rep. Parkinson:
Media friends, here is something to think about. What’s the difference between the PTSD that a war veteran has to deal with verses that of what our children have to deal with after seeing and hearing about the death of their peers on a daily basis in Memphis? We have a serious mental health issue that we need to deal with. When it becomes “the norm” for acceptance of murder, incarceration, poor education…what “sane” person would deem that as normal and acceptable?
Pause and think about that. 


State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, North Memphis and parts of Bartlett and Berclair communities.



Raleigh Egypt High School Will Not Join ASD


Fast facts: 
• Raleigh Egypt High School to Remain Under Shelby County Schools
• Green Dot Public Schools will not take over Raleigh Egypt High School
• Performance will be monitored to evaluate if Raleigh Egypt High School will go into I Zone 




Memphis, TN – Community leaders including area clergy, elected officials and others from the Raleigh, Frayser and North Memphis communities are excited to announce that Raleigh Egypt High School will remain under Shelby County Schools. Discussions between Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, Achievement School District Superintendent Chris Barbic, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and State Representative Antonio Parkinson have yielded the decision to not only allow REHS to remain in Shelby County Schools but also to monitor the performance to see if REHS moves off the priority list or should be granted Innovation Zone status.
“This is a great day to be a Pharaoh!” “We are pleased in the decision that was made.” This shows that the process can work with community involvement,” State Representative Antonio Parkinson.
The community plans to keep pushing forward until all Raleigh Egypt schools have achieved optional school status.


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Community Joins Fight Against ASD Takeover


Fast facts: 
• Raleigh community says ASD not a fit
• Calling for Superintendents Hopson and Barbic to grant REHS and other schools I Zone status
• Community supports direction of SCS intervention and Egypt schools’ leadership 




Memphis, TN – Community leaders including area clergy, elected officials and others from the Raleigh, Frayser and North Memphis communities have united in their opposition against efforts from the Achievement School District to take over schools in their communities. 
The Raleigh community is:
• requesting that both Superintendents grant I Zone status to Raleigh Egypt High School and other schools that are close to coming off the priority list.
• requesting that performance measures are put in place by SCS/ASD to measure effectiveness
• requesting that ASD postpone takeover to give new leadership an opportunity to continue growth
Concerns:
• Leaders are voicing opposition in both the process and tactics deployed in takeover attempts. In regards to the process, there is concern as to why certain schools were chosen for takeover or a match when schools that are higher on the priority list are not. ASD leaders have stated that once the priority list was out additional filters were added to create a short list of schools slated for take over. Leaders in the community contend that this tactic was used to justify a decision that was previously made for school matching. Also questioned was that matter of why so much attention on Shelby County schools from ASD and not the same vigor in East Tennessee.
• Community leaders are also deeply concerned with the fact that some schools that have smaller student population and are higher on the priority list were not taken over; which gives the notion that education is not the chief motive, but an easy success and the financial factor due to BEP (approx. $11,000/student) is.  
“While the law says that ASD can take a school, it does not say that our children have to attend the school that was taken over.” “We will continue to fight for the right to decide how our children are educated just as the outer lying municipalities did for their children,” says State Representative Antonio Parkinson.
In a side by side comparison of the Green Dot Public Schools (which is slated to take over Raleigh Egypt High School) and Raleigh Egypt High School, Raleigh Egypt out performed Green Dot in many areas. In other cases such as ASD/Aspire Schools takeover of Hanley Elementary in Orange Mound, ASD/Aspire’s performance was not as good as Hanley Elementary under SCS care. In a side by side comparison of SCS I Zone schools and ASD, I Zone schools outperformed ASD schools. 
For the first time in many years, there is synergistic support among the leaders of Raleigh Egypt, the area corporate community, parents and elected officials. Community leaders will continue to gather and discuss options for parents and students of the Raleigh, Frayser and North Memphis communities.


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State Rep. Antonio Parkinson to Host Town Hall Meeting on Unemployment Benefits


Fast facts: 
• When: September 29, 2014
• Location: Breath of Life Christian Center – 3795 Frayser Raleigh Rd.
• Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


MEMPHIS, TN, September 16, 2014 – Breath of Life Christian Center will be the host site of a town hall meeting featuring Commissioner Burns Phillips, Tennessee labor commissioner. The event, hosted by State Representative Antonio Parkinson is set to discuss and educate citizens on unemployment benefits, how to access them and how to navigate the state’s new system. 


“One of my most frequent constituent complaints has been accessing unemployment benefits and navigating the new system,” says State Rep. Antonio Parkinson. “I discussed the challenge with Commissioner Phillips and he was more than accommodating to come to Raleigh to help.”


The town hall meeting is open and free to the public.


What: Town Hall Meeting on Unemployment Benefits
When: September 29, 2014
Times: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Where: Breath of Life Christian Center 3795 Frayser Raleigh Road in Bell Manor
For more information call 901-209-5010.


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State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, North Memphis and parts of Bartlett and Berclair communities.



Raleigh Super Job Fair To Host Over Thirty Employers


Fast facts: 
• When: September 30, 2014
• Location: 3295 Coleman Rd. @ Austin Peay Hwy
• Time: 9 am – 1 pm


MEMPHIS, TENN, September 16, 2014 – Raleigh United Methodist Church in Raleigh is poised to host over 1000 job seekers Tuesday, September 30th. The bi-annual job fair has more than thirty perspective employers ready to take applications, interview applicants and possibly hire on site.


“We are delighted to continue this ministry of providing employment opportunities for the people of our city,” says State Representative Antonio Parkinson, event partner. “I applaud Raleigh United Methodist and its undying efforts for pulling this tremendous event together to better the quality of life for the citizens of this community.” “Now it is up to the applicants to bring their “A” game and show these employers that they can be of benefit to their company’s bottom line,” he continued.


Organizers advise that applicants should go online ahead of the fair and apply to the companies at the job fair. Once at the job fair, the applicant can let them know that they have recently applied to their company online.


What: Raleigh Super Job Fair!
When: April 8, 2014
Times: 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Raleigh United Methodist Church 3295 Powers Road in the area of Coleman Road and Austin Peay across from Kmart and First Tennessee
Parking: Kmart on the Coleman Rd. side of the parking lot


THE LINE FORMS EARLY SO PLAN TO BE HERE LONG BEFORE THE DOORS OPEN.
Companies and associations may be found at www.raleighumc.org.
For more information call 901-387-1825.


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State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, North Memphis and parts of Bartlett and Berclair communities.


These Companies are tentatively scheduled to be present at the September 30, 2014   Raleigh Super Job Fair:
 
Aflac
American Income
AutoZone
Barnhart Crane
Blues City Brewery
City of Memphis
CVS Pharmacy
Durham School Service
Future Electronics
G4S Security
Gibson Guitar
Goodwill Industries
Home Depot
Ingram Micro
Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Training Program
Kelly Services
Kroger
Lowes
Luxottica
MATA
Memphis Fire Dept.
Methodist Hospitals
Morrison's
RGIS
Regional One Health
Regions  Bank Call Center
Shelby County Sheriff's Dept.
State of Tennessee
TransAmerica
UPS 
United Insurance Company
Wesley Housing
W.G.U.



State Representative Antonio Parkinson Decides Not to Seek Senate Seat


Fast facts: 
• Senate Seat Vacated By Long Serving Senator Jim Kyle
• Shelby County Democratic Party Executive Committee Members to Choose Candidate 
• State Attorney General’s Opinion Clarified Rules for Appointment


MEMPHIS, TENN., September 4, 2014 – State Representative Antonio Parkinson has chosen not to seek the Senate District 30 seat to replace long serving Senator Jim Kyle. “After seeking and receiving the state attorney general’s opinion and discussing the matter with family and advisors, I’ve decided to forgo seeking the nomination from the Shelby County Democratic Party executive committee,” says Parkinson. “Several things went into this decision, one of which and probably the most important was the possible fracturing of the democratic party and secondly, the risk of having to remove myself from the ballot prior to vying for the nomination which could possibly leave the District 98 constituency at the whim of a write in candidate,” he continued.
State Representative Parkinson says he has no intention of getting involved in the appointment process but will gladly support the winner of the nomination process. 
State Representative Antonio Parkinson has been in office for less than four years. He was named legislator of the year in his freshman year. Some of the notable laws that were passed and spearheaded by State Representative Antonio Parkinson:
• Kimberlee’s Law – Forced aggravated rapists to serve 100% of their sentences
• The Healthy Workplace Act – Rids Tennessee public employers of workplace bullying
• New Cosmetology Laws – Creates apprenticeships for cosmetology students, free standing schools for natural hair, aesthiticians and nail techs
• Resolution apologizing for slavery – This initiative was spearheaded by State Representative Antonio Parkinson and passed this year at the general assembly
• Tattooing Law – Will reduce tattooing of minors by making it illegal for unlicensed individuals to possess tattooing equipment
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Governor Haslam Signs Healthy Workplace Act
Tennessee’s new anti-bullying law for the workplace leads National efforts


Fast facts: 
• TN Passes Healthy Workplace Act
• Applies to State and Local Employers and Employees
• HWA Prevents Workplace Bullying


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam joined State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) for a ceremonial bill signing of HB1981, the “Healthy Workplace Act”. The new law will require the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) to create a model policy that businesses can follow that will reduce instances of workplace bullying - which will both protect employees from harassment and protect employers from future litigation.


“In Tennessee, we have passed legislation that can serve as a model for states around the country,” said Rep. Parkinson. “Many countries outside of the United States, including our neighbor Canada, have instituted similar workplace protections to address bullying, now Tennessee can be a leader for our country to join the rest of the world.”


According to the Healthy Workplace Campaign, 26 states since 2003 have introduced a healthy workplace bill, but now with Governor Haslam’s signature, Tennessee will be the first to see one passed. 


“Tennessee is a right-to-work state, but that right should extend to having a healthy work environment as well,” said Rep. Parkinson. “I believe the Healthy Workplace Act is a solution that both protects workers from bullying and hostile workplaces, while also increasing productivity and protecting companies from lawsuits in the future. A win-win for workers and business owners alike.”
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State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, North Memphis and parts of Bartlett and Berclair communities.



New Law to Rid Workplace of Bullies


Fast facts: 
• TN Passes Healthy Workplace Act
• Applies to State and Local Employers and Employees
• HWA Prevents Workplace Bullying


MEMPHIS, TENN, April 21, 2014 – On the last day of session, the Healthy Workplace Act passed both the Tennessee House and Senate.  
Tennessee is the first state to pass such legislation that protects both the employer and its employees from workplace bullies. This law will establish proactive policies to address workplace bullying beyond that of present harassment laws that cover protected classes. Over the summer, TACIR (Tennessee Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations) will create a policy that can be adapted by the State and Local governments. The policies must be implemented in July of 2015. The adaption of the TACIR policy or an employer created policy along the guidelines of TACIR’s policy creates certain immunities for government agencies by removing the “negligent act” argument from the abuser, thus isolating the individual and their acts by showing intent to harm.
This law will address mistreatment of an employee, which is abusive conduct that is threatening, intimidating, humiliating, work sabotage, or verbal abuse.  
“According to a February 2014 survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute, 27% of Americans have suffered this type of abusive conduct at work and another 21% have witnessed it,” says State Rep. Antonio Parkinson. “Sometimes it’s a supervisor…even another employee or one sent by a supervisor…needless to say, this law will isolate them and bring them into accountability,” he continued. 
Presently the employer does not have the tools to protect the victim or the entity, without a policy in place. Employers need the policy to have a remedy to address these issues, particularly for the workers that do not fall under a federal protected class. While a policy can deter bad conduct, it will also give managers the tools to act and discipline an abuser accordingly. 
The Healthy Workplace Act applies to State and Local employers and employees only.


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State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, North Memphis and parts of Bartlett and Berclair communities.



Bill That Allows Neighborhoods Groups to Seek Restraining Orders on Criminals Advances in State House 

Fast facts: 
• HB 1982 creates an avenue for relief for neighborhoods from habitual criminals
• Official neighborhood organizations will be able to request restraining order from criminals through judge
• Criminals will not be able to come into the neighborhood for at least 1 year


MEMPHIS, TENN., April 1, 2014 – House bill 1982, by Tennessee State Representative Antonio Parkinson, (District 98) advanced out of the house criminal committee today and is headed to the house finance, ways and means committee. 
The bill allows for officially sanctioned neighborhood associations, home owner’s associations and other neighborhood groups to petition a judge for an injunction or restraining order against habitual criminals that prey on their communities. The criminals will have to have been convicted three times of certain crimes against homes inside the boundaries of the organization three times before the order can be sought.
“Once passed, this law will serve as an important tool for communities to use to take back their neighborhoods from criminals,” says State Rep. Parkinson. “These individuals contribute to the decline of our neighborhoods…they wait for people to go to work and then they strike while no one’s home,” he continued.
The restraining orders can last a year. The bill will be heard in finance next week. If it passes in the finance committee it will go to calendar and rules and then to the house floor.
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Bill to Pay Student Athletes to be Heard in State Committee


Fast facts: 
• House Bill 2147 creates Student Athlete Graduation Grant Trust Fund
• Bill will reward student athletes upon graduation


Nashville, TN, March 20, 2014 – House Bill 2147 by Tennessee State Representative Antonio Parkinson, (District 98) is scheduled for the House Education sub-committee on Wednesday of next week. The bill calls for division 1 public universities to contribute one percent of receipts from their athletic program to fund the trust. The one percent investment will be returned to the universities. The one percent investment is to be invested by the state treasurer. The revenue generated from the investment will fund the actual grants. 
“Student athletes generate billions of dollars in revenue in college sports, but yet they can’t even have access to the use of their names,” says State Representative Antonio Parkinson. 
Students can receive up to $75,000 upon graduation through the SATF. The sports programs will be divided into two tiers:
Tier 1 – football, basketball, baseball, track and field (student can receive up to $50k)
Tier 2 – all other sports (student can receive up to $25k)
“Having experience as former player and now spectator, I am elated for future student athletes to see this bill being presented,” says Tony Harris, former UT basketball standout, McDonalds All American, SEC Freshman of the Year, and three time Wooden Award candidate. “I feel as if my talents were exploited because I helped generate millions of dollars for the program and the state of Tennessee, but yet I was discarded when my usefulness to the program had expired.”
Hose bill 2147 is scheduled to be heard on March 26, 2014.


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State Rep. to Deliver Christmas to Seniors Today


Fast facts: 
• Rep. Parkinson to deliver Christmas gifts to seniors
• Where: Luther Terrace and Casa Grace Senior Living in Raleigh


MEMPHIS, TENN., December 23, 2013 – Tennessee State Representative Antonio Parkinson, (District 98) will deliver Christmas gifts to seniors living in Luther Terrace Apartments located at 3907 James Road in Raleigh at 10:30 am and then to Casa Grace located at 3815 Austin Peay, also in Raleigh at 2:00 pm.
“We want to remember our seniors,” says State Representative Parkinson. “I thank God for them because he has preserved them to assist us in avoiding costly mistakes…that is…if we listen to them,” he continued. 
The residents will receive beautiful “Christmas themed” gifts during the visit. There are approximately ninety five seniors that will receive gifts and refreshments today.


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State Representative Antonio Parkinson is Revamping Cosmetology in Tennessee




Fast Facts:
• House Bill 0039 will allow for the creation of free standing natural hair care schools, schools of manicuring, and schools of aesthetics.
• The bill allows for students to opt for apprenticeships prior to licensing
• This bill will create needed Tennessee businesses and jobs






Nashville, TN, April 25th, 2013 - Rep. Antonio Parkinson is changing the cosmetology training industry in Tennessee by passing House Bill 0039. The bill is currently on the governor's desk awaiting his signature. House Bill 0039 instructs the TN cosmetology board to create rules for the creation of stand- alone natural hair care, manicuring, and aesthetics schools. Currently, students can become licensed in these disciplines, but they would have to go through a cosmetology school for completion. With the signing of this law, students may choose a particular area of cosmetology that they would like to practice and focus on.


In addition, the new law allows cosmetology students the option to complete their required hours of classroom time through an apprenticeship program under a licensed cosmetologist with at least ten years of licensure. This would require students to go to school for half of the program in the classroom and the other half in the salon while working under a licensed cosmetologist. 


"With the passage of this legislation, more businesses will be created, more people will enter the workforce faster and with the necessary experience to succeed,” says State Representative Antonio Parkinson, the bill author. “Tennessee will move closer to competing with states that are leaders in the cosmetology industry,” he continued. 


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State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, Bartlett, Berclair and North Memphis communities.





Preventing Gun Violence: Rep. Parkinson Targets Illegal Gun Suppliers, Users

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Rep. Parkinson

NASHVILLE — State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) is pushing crime reforms to reduce gun violence in Tennessee. The Shelby County legislator unveiled several proposals on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

“It has become imperative that we as leaders of our communities find a way to stem or control violent crime,” Parkinson said. “I am writing to request your support for proposed legislation that will assist us in reducing gun crime in Memphis and Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee.”

In collaboration with others, Parkinson is submitting three bills; two that would affect minors being supplied with guns and one that would affect anyone who uses a gun in the commission of a crime. As written, law-abiding gun owners, permit holders and responsible gun dealers will not be affected by the reforms.

“We anticipate that the proposed legislation will not only take the bad guys off the streets of our communities, but will also serve as a psychological deterrent to those that are considering supplying weapons illegally and using a gun in the commission of a crime in Tennessee,” Parkinson said.

The main goals of the gun violence reduction package are to:

  • We can make our communities safer,
  • Prevent criminal acts from being committed,
  • Recruit more businesses to our communities, thus providing more opportunities for employment for our citizens,
  • Send a message to criminals that we are serious about gun crime in Tennessee, and
  • Send the message to the victims of gun violence and their families that they are not forgotten.

A brief summary of the legislation is included below:

Proposed legislation for “Guns being supplied to minors”

1. Increased Penalty for the Unlawful sale, loan or gift of a firearm:
This legislation increases the penalty from a Class A (not greater than eleven (11) months twenty-nine (29) days in jail or a fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or both, unless otherwise provided by statute) misdemeanor to a Class D (not less than two (2) years nor more than twelve (12) years in prison. In addition, the jury may assess a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000), unless otherwise provided by statute) felony for any person who unlawfully sales, loans or gifts a firearm or switchblade to a minor.

2. Accomplice:
Anyone who unlawfully sells, loans of gifts a firearm or switchblade to a minor, an intoxicated person, or person prohibited from possessing a firearm (i.e. – anyone convicted of the offense of stalking, drug addicted, confined to a mental institution or ineligible to receive firearms under federal law) is criminally responsible as an accomplice (criminally responsible as a party to an offense, if the offense is committed by the person’s own conduct, by the conduct of another for which the person is criminally responsible, or by both), for any crime that occurs as a result of the unlawful sale, gift or loan. Upon conviction, the defendant must serve the entire sentence of the crime.

Proposed legislation for “Guns being used in the commission of a crime”

1. Times 2 Law (X’s2 Law):
Any person convicted of a crime of violence (defined as: any degree of murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated rape, rape, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery, burglary, aggravated assault or aggravated kidnapping) with a deadly weapon (a firearm of anything designed/made/adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury) is subject to the punishment as set out by law and in addition to that punishment, the judge can impose a double sentence on the person. Parole or early release is not an option.

For more information, please call the offices of State Representative Antonio Parkinson @ 901-209-5010 in Memphis or 615-741-4575 in Nashville.

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Super Job Fair in Raleigh

Media Release

For Immediate Release

For Info Contact:

State Representative

 Antonio Parkinson

901-570-5810 - cell

901-209-5010 - Memphis

615-741-4575 - Nashville

media@TNRepParkinson.com

www.TNRepParkinson.com

Fast facts:

  • When: April 9th
  • Location: 3295 Coleman Rd. @ Austin Peay Hwy
  • Time: 9 am – 1 pm

 

MEMPHIS, TENN, April 5, 2013 – Raleigh United Methodist Church in Raleigh is poised to host over 1000 job seekers this Tuesday, April 9th. The bi-annual job fair has thirty perspective employers ready to take applications, interview applicants and possibly hire on site.

“It is vitally important that applicants arrive early, with resume’ in hand and are dressed to interview for employers that morning,” says State Representative Antonio Parkinson, event partner. “Bring your “A” game and a winning attitude,” he continues.

The job fair takes place Tuesday, April 9th from 9 am – 1 pm. Parking will be at Kmart located at Austin Peay and Coleman.

For more information call 901-387-1825.

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State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, North Memphis and parts of Bartlett and Berclair communities.

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Seniors to Receive Christmas Gifts in Raleigh

From the desk of

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

For Info Contact:

 Antonio Parkinson

901-570-5810

media@TNRepParkinson.com

Fast facts:

  • Rep. Parkinson to deliver Christmas gifts to seniors
  • Where: Luther Terrace and Casa Grace in Raleigh

 

MEMPHIS, TENN., December 21, 2012 – TN Representative Antonio Parkinson, (District 98) will deliver Christmas gifts to seniors living in Luther Terrace Apartments located at 3907 James Road in Raleigh at noon and then to Casa Grace located at 3815 Austin Peay, also in Raleigh at 2:00 pm.

“We want to remember our seniors,” says State Representative Parkinson. “I thank God for them because he has preserved them to assist us in avoiding costly mistakes…that is…if we listen to them,” he continued. The female residents will receive a manicure set, while the male residents will receive a pair of socks. There are approximately eighty seniors that will receive gifts and refreshments today.

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State Representative Antonio Parkinson to Hold Community Meeting for Douglass Residents Regarding PennAKem Plant Explosion

Media Release

For Immediate Release

For Info Contact:

State Representative

 Antonio Parkinson

901-570-5810 - cell

901-209-5010 - Memphis

615-741-4575 - Nashville

media@TNRepParkinson.com

www.TNRepParkinson.com

Fast facts:

  • Community meeting to be held for Douglass residents
  • Oct. 9, 2012 @ 5:30 pm
  • PennAKem reps invited

 

 

MEMPHIS, TENN., Oct. 5, 2012 – On Tuesday October 9th at 5:30 pm, State Representative Antonio Parkinson (D) Memphis District 98 will host a community meeting at Douglass Community Center to discuss and gather information regarding the PennAKem plant explosion. The PennAKem explosion took the life of one of its employees and left another in critical condition. "Multiple calls have come into my office regarding this tragic situation," says State Representative Antonio Parkinson. "Our goal with this meeting is simply to gather facts and get the citizens of Douglass to the resources that can answer their questions or give them the assistance that they need to get through this," he continued.

Invited guests include a representative from PennAKem, Memphis Fire Department, Shelby County Health Department, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, representatives from the Sierra Club and others.

Douglass community center is located at 1616 Ash Street in the Douglass Community. For more information call 901-209-5010.

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State Representative Antonio Parkinson represents Tennessee's 98th Legislative District which covers the Raleigh, North Memphis and parts of Bartlett and Berclair communities.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANTONIO PARKINSON AWARDED LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR


April 5, 2012 - Nashville, TN – TN Development District Association held its annual legislative and member breakfast this morning at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Nashville. During the breakfast, several legislators were recognized and awarded Legislator of the Year awards. Recognized from Shelby County were State Representative Antonio Parkinson and Senator Mark Norris. Both received “Legislators of the Year” from Memphis Area Association of Governments. 
“I am truly both humbled and honored to receive such a designation by Memphis Area Association of Governments,” says Parkinson. 
Representative Parkinson’s legislative and community agenda includes economic and workforce development, crime reduction and quality health and education for the citizens of Tennessee. 


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