Overbey honored for co-sponsoring bill to fund T.E.L.

Move gives Tennesseans online access to 10,000 magazines

State Rep. Doug Overbey addresses the well-wishers gathered at Blount County Public Library.

State Rep. Doug Overbey addresses the well-wishers gathered at Blount County Public Library.

State Rep. Doug Overbey was honored Nov. 12 for bringing 10,000 magazines and periodicals to the Blount County Public Library.

Overbey didn’t rent a 40-foot moving truck, he simply co-sponsored legislation granting recurring funding to the Tennessee Electronic Library at $1 million annually. This state money is in addition to federal funds that underwrite the cost of the system. T.E.L. is the most comprehensive and free library Web site in the state and received a funding boost from the legislation that allows its capabilities to be doubly useful and available to citizens around the state, library officials said.

According to a press release written by Joan VanSickle Sloan, community outreach coordinator with the Blount County Public Library, T.E.L. is available to Tennesseans at home, school, in the workplace or at the local library – anywhere with internet connectivity. T.E.L. contains millions of complete, full-text articles from more than 10,000 magazines and periodicals used for education, home or hobby, business, marketing research and information or entertainment, academic tests such as the ACT, SAT or GED and other tests and other resources.

“I really wanted to help with this because information is so important to people to be able to make decisions,” Overbey said. “Access to good information is vitally important. This is a tool that can impact so many people. It’s a portal of access to information and it’s one that’s available to all Tennesseans.”

According to the press release, the other members of the Blount County state legislative delegation, State Sen. Raymond Finney and State Rep. Joe McCord, also were instrumental in helping obtain the $1 million in recurring funds for T.E.L. Finney gave a very effective speech in support of the state funding for T.E.L., the press release said.

For further information about the library or the T.E.L. system, call 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.

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