TCAT talks census on Constitution Day

Dr. Michael Davis, partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, visited TCAT-Morristown Tuesday to talk about the importance of the census. From left to right, Randy Dunn, Morgan Monroe, Chanson Brewer, Christian McGanhan, Michael Davis, Dakota Starnes, Dr. Davis, Lucas Mason, Jay Mills, David Aiken, Kaleb Martin and Nicholas Smith.

As part of Constitution Day, Dr. Michael Davis, a partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, visited the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown to speak about the importance of the census.

“The message was every person in each county counts,” Davis said.

Communities across Tennessee and the nation celebrated Constitution Day Tuesday and the U.S. Census Bureau also made a push to educate the public about the need to get an accurate and complete count as the 2020 Census starts next year.

Davis had a booth set up in the atrium of TCAT-Morristown and instructors came by with students to let them hear him talk about the count.

He said one aspect about the census he covered is how the census count affects federal funding and how much certain areas may get. For example, funding for school lunches at schools can be directly linked to the U.S. Census.

“That kind of surprised folks,” Davis said.

Davis said the Census Bureau visits schools and businesses throughout the year to try and help educate the public.

Davis represents Hamblen County, along with five other counties in the region.

Michelle Archer, assistant regional census manager, said the count is very important for communities.

“Organizations and local governments throughout Tennessee are investing their time and effort in getting a complete count next spring in the 2020 Census,” she said. “The effort will pay off because an accurate census is essential for political representation, effective community planning and appropriate federal funding for public services like roads and schools.”