The first of two public meetings this week between the Rutherford County Commission and the Rutherford County state delegation took place Monday night in the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse. The second public meeting is set for this coming Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00PM in the Smyrna Town Center at 100 Sam Ridley Parkway.
State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) recognized Frank Caperton of Murfreesboro with a House Proclamation for his outstanding work as president of the Rutherford County Historical Society and his leadership in the local community.
"A few years ago, I decided to go back to Middle Tennessee State University and take the remaining few hours to complete my college degree. After attending a few semesters part-time, I needed one additional class, and I decided to complete a Maymester course." by State Rep. Mike Sparks
State lawmakers continue to look into changes in the statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes.
State lawmakers continue to look into changes in the statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes...
Monday, State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) hosted Tennessee Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn for a campaign event in District 49.
State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) received an endorsement from the Tennessee Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) in the 49th District State House Race.
State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) today received an endorsement from the Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA) in his re-election bid for the 49th House District.
State Representative Sparks will host his 8th annual Chili Cook-Off this Thursday, October 11th at 5:30 pm.
Incumbent State Representative Mike Sparks held off a challenge from Smyrna Town Councilman Tim Morrell in the Republican primary in State House District 49, winning by just 95 votes.
The NFIB Tennessee Political Action Committee has endorsed State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) in the 49th House District race. The PAC is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.
Legislative leader honored for advocacy of affordable housing and area builders. State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) received the Housing Hero Award from the Rutherford County Home Builders Association (RCHBA) last week.
The law to end auto emission testing in Tennessee is not a done deal yet, but that does not mean that lawmakers aren't excited about it. State Representative Mike Sparks of Smyrna, TN commented...
House members have unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) that recognizes Tennessee's fatherless epidemic.
Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) applauded the efforts of faith based recovery programs and the Mental Health Recovery Court, that has realized some remarkable success since it started in 2016.
A bill moved forward by State Representative Mike Sparks and Senator Bill Ketron could eventually abolish the statute of limitations in Tennessee against those who sexually abuse children.
The deadline has come and gone for those wishing to run in the August 2nd elections. See whose running for local and state offices.
The Town of Smyrna and Motlow State Community College received a bit of good news from Governor Bill Haslam. State Representative Mike Sparks commented...
State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) has been appointed Vice-Chair of the House Calendar & Rules Committee by Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).
Members of the Rutherford County Legislative Delegation announced that they will memorialize fallen Blue Angels Captain Jeff Kuss with a proclamation and bridge dedication on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
First they came is a poem written by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller. The poem was written in regards to the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.
More and more talk is circulating about the idea of tearing down or moving confederate statues in Murfreesboro and throughout the state.
Today, the synthetic drugs that are often called "Fake Weed" are much more dangerous and potent than they originally were.
Throughout the first half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, the House Insurance and Banking Committee was particularly active in the legislative process.
Nathan Bedford Forrest recently made the news again, but it is never for a good reason. Rep. Mike Sparks of Smyrna introduced a House Resolution (HR 97) to honor me, and shortly thereafter Forrest made the news.
Despite a no vote from all four State House lawmakers from Rutherford County, Governor Haslam's bill to raise the gas tax passes the lower chamber.
"The legislation seeks to raise the gas tax 6-cent-per-gallon gas tax and 10-cent-per-gallon diesel tax, raise registration fees on vehicles, increases the tax on rental car usage, and places a $100 fee on electric and hybrid vehicles, respectively..."
A bill from State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) honoring historical African-Americans Sampson Keeble and Nathan Bedford Forrest fails in the House State Government Committee.
By State Rep. Mike Sparks: Tennessee has expelled more black students than any other Southern state and it ranks 9th worst in the nation for "disconnected youth" - youths who are between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not attending school or employed.
Reforming juveniles instead of simply holding them behind bars was the topic of discussion at a recent meeting on the Legislative Plaza.
NewsRadio WGNS was the first media outlet to get a tour of the new, state-of-the-art, Smyrna Tennessee College of Applied Technology campus, better known as T-CAT.
Republican Mike Sparks won a fourth term to the state House of Representatives.
State Representative Mike Sparks (49th District, R) recently conducted a survey to get opinions on pertinent issues.
The American Conservative Union (ACU), the nation's oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization, this week announced that State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) is among those legislators recently honored with the Conservative Union's prestigious "most conservative" award.
State Representative Mike Sparks easily won the Republican nomination in the state House District 49 race. This despite what he calls negative print media coverage.
This Saturday will be TOMMY SANFORD DAY. The public is encouraged to be at the Almaville Volunteer Fire Department, One Mile Lane, at 10:00AM for naming the road "Tommy Sanford Memorial Mile", honoring his 52-years of service to our community.
State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) this month was appointed to be a member of a bi-partisan committee handpicked by House Speaker, Beth Harwell, to research and analyze key issues surrounding the juvenile justice system.
State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) along with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will host a job fair this Thursday. It will be held from 10am until 2pm at Grace Church in La Vergne (108 Stones River Road).
A new bill signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam on Thursday will allow for a judge to place someone convicted for taking illegal and unwanted sexually explicit photos of a victim to be placed on the Sex Offender Registry.
Veterans and citizens gathered to pay tribute on Memorial Day to the work of those who served at Sewart Air Force Base in Smyrna.
Former State Representative Kent Coleman passed away quietly at his home Thursday (4/28/2016) morning, surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be 3:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Murfreesboro's First Presbyterian Church.
For one member of the Tennessee General Assembly, going back to college has been an education in more ways than one.
State Representative Mike Sparks of Smyrna said, "This center represents the largest single Investment to the Town of Smyrna since the inception of the Nissan Assembly Plant.
North Rutherford County businessman Tim Tomlin has passed away after battling cancer.
The following is a statement from Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) following the passage of House Joint Resolution 78, which he sponsored. The resolution details opposition to unfunded state mandates in Tennessee:
Governor Haslam has issued a proclamation convening an "extraordinary session" of the 109th General Assembly to consider "Insure Tennessee," a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.
The Word of Life Family Worship Center in La Vergne is finally able to occupy their facility. Pastor Wellington Johnson, Sr., tells NewsRadio WGNS they'll hold a ribbon cutting and worship service this Sunday.
Dr. Bryan Terry will be the new State Representative in District 48, succeeding Joe Carr who ran for U.S. Senate. 49th District State Represenative Mike Sparks will remain in office, defeating Democratic challenger Mike Williams by 3,247 votes.
The Rutherford County Property Assessors Office is one of the first in the state to go with a hybrid Ford product to assess properties. Property Assessor Rob Mitchell stated...
Earlier this week, The National Rifle Association (NRA) posted their candidate ratings for the Tennessee House of Representatives.
Have you ever heard of a politician holding two offices in Rutherford County at the same time?
On Friday, WGNS held a political forum that involved State Representative (49th district) Mike Sparks and candidates Robert Stevens...
Sparks told WGNS, "Issues from I-24 congestion to Nashville, education, immigration, human trafficking, Tennessee's drug epidemic, taxes and anything else on your minds can be discussed."
State Representative Mike Sparks (R–Smyrna) joined with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation recently to participate in the Bureau's Citizens’ Academy.
Major changes are on the way to tackle the prescription drug abuse problem in Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam recently unveiled a seven-step plan to fight prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.
Representative Mike Sparks invites you to the 2nd annual event detailing the life of Confederate Soldier Dewitt Smith Jobe and the Coleman Scouts this Saturday at 9 am.
Today, the Joe Carr for Senate Campaign announced the endorsements of Middle Tennessee Representatives Sheila Butt (R-Columbia), Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma), Mark Pody (R-Lebanon), Courtney Rogers (R-Goodlettsville), Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna), Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg), and Rick Womick (R-Rockvale).
Rutherford County Commissioner Robert Stevens, candidate in the Republican primary for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 49th district, announced his total fundraising for the first quarter, collecting $11,800 between the time he entered the race in late February through March 31.
The son of State Representative Mike Sparks has decided to run for County Commission. Preston Sparks will enter the race for District 11, the same seat his father held for a 8 years.
UPDATE: New York-based Rape Kit Action Project says that there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s in places like Memphis, Tenn. We talked to State Representative Mike Sparks who lives in Smyrna about this issue and he suggested that even though the rape kit “testing backlog” does not exist in Rutherford County...
State Representative Mike Sparks, who lives in Smyrna and once worked at Nissan, told us that he believes if the workers at the Nissan plant in Rutherford County were to ever unionize, they would shut down...
The American Conservative Union (ACU), the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization, this week announced State Representative Mike Sparks (R–Smyrna) and State Senator Jim Tracy (R–Shelbyville) have been awarded the A-C-U ‘Defender of Liberty’ award.
Certain areas of the Blackman community have been the topic of recent conversations regarding annexation into Murfreesboro City Limits.
Senator Bill Ketron and Representative Mike Sparks, both graduates of Middle Tennessee, were on hand in Murphy Center Monday to present a resolution to Middle Tennessee men's basketball head coach Kermit Davis and the Blue Raiders in recognition of the team's success during the 2012-13 campaign.
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