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Legislature Moves Forward With Confirmation Of University Governing Boards

Legislature Moves Forward With Confirmation Of University Governing Boards

Earlier this year, the legislature moved forward with the confirmation of 48 appointments to Tennessee’s new university governing boards, giving the higher education institutions involved increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative: the goal of getting 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate [...]

Tennessee Treasury Returns Record Amount Of Unclaimed Property To Tennesseans In 2016

Tennessee Treasury Returns Record Amount Of Unclaimed Property To Tennesseans In 2016

The Tennessee Treasury Department returned a record amount of unclaimed property in 2016 to Tennesseans across the state, marking a 28% increase over the prior year. In total, 41,827 claims were processed in 2016, totaling more than $34 million with an average claim amount of $817. Unclaimed property is money that has been turned over [...]

Tennessee Names First Female State Architect

Tennessee Names First Female State Architect

Earlier this year, the State Building Commission voted unanimously to appoint Ann McGauran as Tennessee State Architect. With the appointment, McGauran becomes the first woman to serve the state in this capacity since the position was first created in 1955. McGauran is a senior architect with more than 25 years of architectural and project management [...]

Budget Passes As Recommended With No Property Tax Increase

Budget Passes As Recommended With No Property Tax Increase

Fiscal year 2016/17 will close on July 1st and the new fiscal year will begin, thanks to the passage of the 2017/18 budget that came as a recommendation from the Jefferson County Budget Committee to the full Commission body at Thursday evening’s County Commission voting meeting. Despite a budget season that contained what began as [...]

Tennessee Film Industry Stakes Claim As National Leader

Tennessee Film Industry Stakes Claim As National Leader

Over the last several years, movie and television production from within the state has cast Tennessee onto the national and international stage, exposing audiences from around the world to the many benefits Tennessee has to offer. In the process, the film and production industry has played a major role in boosting the state economy, employing [...]

House Speaker Beth Harwell Creates Legislative Task Force On Opioid Abuse

House Speaker Beth Harwell Creates Legislative Task Force On Opioid Abuse

Earlier this year, House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) created a task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse. The task force’s immediate goal was to work on legislation for the year, but its efforts will be ongoing to determine the best strategies for tackling the opioid epidemic. Tennessee is consistently ranked at the top of the [...]

Workshops on FSA Committee Elections and Programs

Workshops on FSA Committee Elections and Programs

The Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke County Farm Service Agency will conduct a workshop at the Jefferson County Extension Office conference room on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:00 am.  The Extension Office is located at 1111 Lake Drive, Dandridge. How to submit a nomination and voters eligibility will be reviewed at the workshop.  Current FSA Farm Programs will be [...]

FDA Tackles Drug Competition to Improve Patient Access

FDA Tackles Drug Competition to Improve Patient Access

Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking two new, important steps to increase competition in the market for prescription drugs and facilitate entry of lower-cost alternatives. The agency published a list of off-patent, off-exclusivity branded drugs without approved generics, and also implemented, for the first time, a new policy to expedite the review of generic [...]

40th Annual Report on the Health of the Nation

40th Annual Report on the Health of the Nation

CDC today released Health, United States, 2016, the 40th annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the President and Congress. This year’s report features a Chartbook on Long-Term Trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years. From declines in cigarette smoking [...]

School Board Moves Forward with Appeal and Funding for JCHS Baseball Stadium

School Board Moves Forward with Appeal and Funding for JCHS Baseball Stadium

Despite an unfavorable ruling regarding an ongoing lawsuit concerning the collapse of the roof at Jefferson County High School’s Building 8 and the associated costs to upgrade construction standards to meet current guidelines, the Jefferson County School Board unanimously decided to appeal the court’s decision. While a “ordinance of law of coverage” assertion has been [...]

Tennessee Department Of Transportation Releases Updated Three-Year Bridge Funding List

Tennessee Department Of Transportation Releases Updated Three-Year Bridge Funding List

Today in Nashville, State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) joined with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in announcing TDOT’s updated three-year bridge project list. The list was officially updated following passage in late April of Governor Haslam’s “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads, and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy” (IMPROVE) Act, a comprehensive infrastructure funding plan passed by the General Assembly [...]

Attorney General Slatery Praises EPA Decision to Repeal WOTUS Rule

Attorney General Slatery Praises EPA Decision to Repeal WOTUS Rule

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today joined West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, and 19 other state attorneys general in applauding the repeal of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS). EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a notice to withdraw the Obama-era rule. “We fully [...]

Tennessee Sees Significant Decreases in County Jobless Rates

Tennessee Sees Significant Decreases in County Jobless Rates

Following the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly 20 years, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for May 2017 have decreased in 94 counties and remained the same in 1, according to data released today by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Davidson County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 2.1 percent, [...]

County Commission Works Toward End of Fiscal Year

County Commission Works Toward End of Fiscal Year

Jefferson County Commissioners will meet later this week to deal with end of year housekeeping and address the fiscal year 2017/18 budget proposal. Last week they met in a work session that followed three public hearings. Of the three hearings, only one had any public input, which was a rezoning request from A-1 to C-2 [...]

Census: Tennessee’s Median Age Continues to Grow

Census: Tennessee’s Median Age Continues to Grow

Since the 2010 census, Tennessee’s population has continued to age and 2016 was no exception, according to the data released today by the US Census Bureau and disseminated by the Tennessee State Data Center. The center is housed within the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in UT’s Haslam College of Business. Tennessee’s 2016 median age was [...]

Governor Haslam’s Weekly Wrap-up

Governor Haslam’s Weekly Wrap-up

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe to Make Economic Development Trip to Europe Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe will travel to Europe from June 26 to June 30 for an economic development trip designed to strengthen ties with European businesses and increase foreign direct investment (FDI) in Tennessee. [...]