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Is it Really “Just an Eclipse”?

Is it Really “Just an Eclipse”?

One sentiment that’s made the social media and water cooler rounds lately has been, “it’s just an eclipse…” While millions anxiously awaited today’s celestial event, it seemed a sizable number of people were unimpressed by the prospect of a total solar eclipse. In 2017, we have more intricate knowledge of space than ever before. We [...]

Team Continues Search for Missing Team

Team Continues Search for Missing Team

On Sunday, August 20, searchers continued looking for missing teen, Austin Bohanan, in a remote section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The searchers are working in three teams comprised of 24 trained individuals from the National Park Service, Backcountry Unit Search and Rescue (BUSAR), Blount County Sheriff’s Office, and Blount Special Operations Response Team [...]

No Guts, No Glory: Harvesting the Microbiome of Athletes

No Guts, No Glory: Harvesting the Microbiome of Athletes

Elite athletes work hard to excel in sports, but they may also get a natural edge from the bacteria that inhabit their digestive tracts. Scientists have now tapped into the microbiome of exceptional runners and rowers, and have identified particular bacteria that may aid athletic performance. The goal is to develop probiotic supplements that may [...]

Despite Benefits, Half of Parents Against Later School Start Times

Despite Benefits, Half of Parents Against Later School Start Times

Leading pediatrics and sleep associations agree: Teens shouldn’t start school so early. Yet University of Michigan research finds parents are split almost down the middle on whether they support delays in school start times that might permit their 13- to 17-year-olds to sleep later on school days. The results come from a nationally representative survey [...]

Teen Drivers, Parents Encouraged to Get Smart About Auto Insurance

Teen Drivers, Parents Encouraged to Get Smart About Auto Insurance

With the back-to-school season underway, many teen drivers are taking the wheel and driving themselves to class for the first time.  Before handing over the keys, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) encourages parents to do their homework on auto insurance and talk to their teens about the importance of responsible driving. “It’s [...]

Summer Deer Mortality Attributed to Common Virus

Summer Deer Mortality Attributed to Common Virus

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) offices are receiving reports of dead deer in scattered areas of the state. The timing and details of the reports are all indicative of hemorrhagic disease (HD). HD occurs at varying levels of severity each year in Tennessee’s deer herd. The catch-all term for this disease is hemorrhagic disease (HD), [...]

Haslam Issues Statement on Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust

Haslam Issues Statement on Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued this statement today regarding the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the State Capitol: “My position on this issue has not changed – I do not believe Nathan Bedford Forrest should be one of the individuals we honor at the Capitol. The General Assembly has established a process for addressing [...]

TDH and TDOS Encourage Safe Viewing During the Solar Eclipse

TDH and TDOS Encourage Safe Viewing During the Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse, when the moon completely covers the sun, will be visible August 21. Tennessee is one of 14 states that will be in the path of totality, a 70 mile-wide path where the sun is completely blocked by the moon. The Tennessee Department of Health encourages everyone to enjoy this once in [...]

Jefferson Health Care Foundation Fund Announces Grant Opportunities To Benefit Health And Well-being Of Jefferson County Residents

Applications for grants from the Jefferson Health Care Foundation Fund (the Fund) of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) will be available August 10, 2017. Applicant organizations located within or outside Jefferson County whose programs directly benefit the health and well-being of Jefferson County residents are encouraged to apply. Grant information is available online at www.easttennesseefoundation.org. Eligible [...]

TDCI: Don’t Fall Victim to Scholarship & Student Loan Scams

TDCI: Don’t Fall Victim to Scholarship & Student Loan Scams

Scholarships and student loans are the most common way to ease the financial burden of tuition costs for many students. Unfortunately, financial predators prey on consumers’ fears of greater monetary responsibility with scams that promise more than they deliver and leave consumers facing greater headaches and debt. The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) [...]

DIDD Statewide Employment Rate Released

DIDD Statewide Employment Rate Released

The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) announced today that the employment rate of persons supported in competitive, integrated employment is 16.6 percent.  The number comes from the first round of results from a new data collection tool and reflects persons supported who are of working age and no longer in school. Competitive, integrated [...]

Tennessee Educator Survey Offers Actionable Feedback for Improving State and District Policies

Tennessee Educator Survey Offers Actionable Feedback for Improving State and District Policies

According to the 2017 Tennessee Educator Survey report and data tool released today, the overwhelming majority of Tennessee educators believe the evaluation process improves their teaching and professional learning enhances their ability to meet student needs. However, teachers also reported relatively few opportunities for personalized professional learning and difficulties identifying and accessing high-quality instructional materials—two areas where the department [...]

TNECD Now Accepting Site Development Grant Applications

TNECD Now Accepting Site Development Grant Applications

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the opening of the next round of site development grant applications to help communities transform industrial sites to shovel-ready status. As part the Select Tennessee Site Certification program, the site development grants are intended to help communities overcome barriers to site certification and prepare for [...]

Haslam Announces Reen Baskin as Director of Communications

Haslam Announces Reen Baskin as Director of Communications

ennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Reen Baskin will become the new communications director for his administration, a Cabinet-level position on his senior staff. “As a trusted and valuable member of this administration since my first year in office, Reen is incredibly talented and hard-working, and I’m excited to have her take on this new [...]

Haslam Announces Reward in Memphis Murder Case

Haslam Announces Reward in Memphis Murder Case

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the June murder of a toddler in Memphis. “We want whoever is responsible for this tragic crime to be brought to justice,” Haslam said. “No tips are too small and [...]

Haslam Announces Third Class of Governor’s Management Fellowship Program for Recent Graduates

Haslam Announces Third Class of Governor’s Management Fellowship Program for Recent Graduates

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the application period is now open for recent college graduates to apply for the third class of the Tennessee Governor’s Management Fellowship program. The competitive program provides an opportunity for exceptional applicants who wish to serve and learn under Tennessee state government’s top leaders. Applications will be accepted online [...]