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State Rep. Lynn to hold town hall meeting

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State Rep. Susan Lynn

Will discuss pertinent issues

The planned parenthood, same-sex marriage issues and local roads will be just a few of the issues State Rep. Susan Lynn will discuss at a Town Hall meeting in Mt. Juliet Tuesday.

The meeting will take place at Mt. Juliet City Hall at 6 p.m.

"People often ask me from where do legislative ideas come forth? They come from events like this. Listening to people and receiving their input is invaluable for legislators when it comes to making decisions on state policy," Lynn said.

Lynn said she will discuss the top "five or six" issues affecting people these days.

"The best ideas come from my constituents," she said.

She noted a couple issues that stemmed from a simple phone call from those in her district.

One of those was a call from a grandmother of a granddaughter molested at 5 years old. Lynn helped change one word in the law that made the molester accountable.

Another issue that arose from Lynn's outreach to constituents was that of a teacher who had a child late in life. Originally, teachers' children got a discount when they attend university. However, there were age limits. Lynn was able to help change the law to include "earned discounts" for teachers' children who came later in life.

Lynn said it was important to hold a community meeting before the January, 2016, legislative session so she will have time to work up any proposed ideas.

Another effort of Lynn's is the Oct. 5, Golf Tourney for Type 1 diabetes research. Her grandson, Ben, has Type 1 diabetes. She said Watertown's Rick Martin's son was diagnosed at age 17. He is the co-sponsor of the event. Lynn said the funds raised will go to the Vanderbilt Children's Diabetes Clinic.

"Type 1 is a life long condition," Lynn said. "They are on life support every single day. It's a devastating diagnosis and the expense is enormous. We want to teach long term survival."

Last year's tournament resulted in the JDRF's (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) largest contribution at $25,000.

To learn more, visit kidsbattlediabetes.org

Writer Laurie Everett may be contacted at laurieeverett1@gmail.com.

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