Local lawmakers worked to bridge communities together through a breakfast Friday morning at Maryville College.
Before the 108th session of the Tennessee General Assembly starts, local and state elected officials, along with business leaders, discussed how they can make our region a better place to live and work.
During breakfast, leaders explored joint efforts including education reforms, completing Pellissippi Parkway and bringing new businesses into the area.
"We want to make sure our region is business-friendly, so we're able to track good companies to come in here and put our people to work," said Dave Bennett, CEO of Cherokee Millwright & Mechanical.
Each individual in legislature can only submit 10 bills starting this year. In the past, some lawmakers submitted up to 20 bills a session.
Three members of the East Tennessee delegation will be talking about issues expected to come up in 2013 on Inside Tennessee this Sunday.