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Conference features CPE hours, special events, plus more!

David Pogue
Emmy-winning "CBS Sunday Morning" Correspondent, NOVA Host and former New York Times Columnist David Pogue will keynote the TML Annual Conference in Gatlinburg from Aug. 13-16.

The Fair Labor Standards Act, Fraud Prevention, the 2020 Census and How to Challenge Undercounts, Smart City Technology, Effective Governance and Affordable Housing are some of the handful of workshop sessions scheduled as part of the Certified Municipal Finance Officers training program and Utility Board training planned for the TML Annual Conference. 

Slated for Aug. 13- 16 in  Gatlinburg,  workshop attendees can obtain up to eight CPE credits for Certified Municipal Finance Officers and nine CPE credits for the Utility Board Training. Sessions begin on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 13, and continue through the end of the day on Monday, Aug. 15. 

CMFO / Utility Training workshops are also open to all conference attendees. 

The four-day conference will feature top-notch speakers and workshop sessions, several special events, and ample time to network with your peers. 

On Sunday, the conference is hosting four events particularly aimed at golfers, women in government, officials in small municipalities, and younger municipal officials. 

The Gatlinburg Golf Course will host the TML Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $100 per player, $350 per four-person team, and mulligans can be purchased at $20 at two per golfer. Sponsorship opportunities for the tournament are also available. For more information on how to register and sponsorship opportunities, contact Debbie Kluth at or visit 

From 9-10 a.m., two networking mixer events will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center aimed at small cities and municipal officials under 40. The Small Cities Mixer will be hosted for municipalities with populations under 10,000 to get to know and network with similar officials while the Municipal Officials Under 40 Mixer intends to bring younger municipal officials together to meet and make connections. 

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) will host a program and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring speaker Joyce E. Brooks. An entrepreneur, mother, two-time cancer survivor, and widow, Brooks will discuss how to live a more balanced, stress-free, and fulfilling life. 

The luncheon will also feature a meet and greet with other female elected officials, a book signing with Brooks, and a recognition for outstanding women who have served in Tennessee municipal government. For more information on this event, visit

Other conference highlights include the opening general session on Sunday, Aug. 14, which will feature Emmy-Winning CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent, NOVA Host and Former New York Times Columnist David Pogue.

On Monday, during the second general session, we will hear from TN Comptroller Jason Mumpower and UT Economist Dr. Bill Fox. 

The conference will wrap up on Tuesday morning with the Annual Awards Breakfast. 

For more information about the TML Annual Conference and to register, go to