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TNStars™ is the #1 College Savings Plan in the Country for 2014 Investment Performance

TNStars™ is the #1 College Savings Plan in the Country for 2014 Investment Performance

TNStars College Savings 529 plan has just been recognized as the top direct-sold plan in the nation. TNStars™ is a program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury. The number one ranking comes from SavingForCollege.org, who analyzes the investment performance figures for thousands of 529 portfolios and ranks the 529 savings plans from best to worst. [...]

114 School District Leaders Ask General Assembly to Oppose Standards Legislation

114 School District Leaders Ask General Assembly to Oppose Standards Legislation

The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) today released a letter to all members of the General Assembly signed by 114 Tennessee superintendents and school district directors who are asking lawmakers not to change the state’s academic standards during this legislative session. The leaders who signed the letter represent school districts that are educating more [...]

State Treasurer David Lillard Reelected to Fourth Term

State Treasurer David Lillard Reelected to Fourth Term

Members of the 109th General Assembly reelected, by acclamation, David H. Lillard to a fourth term as Tennessee State Treasurer. The State Treasurer is a Constitutional Officer elected by the General Assembly for a two-year term. In his official capacity, Treasurer Lillard oversees the Tennessee Treasury Department and its more than 250 employees. The Treasury Department [...]

Justin P. Wilson Re-elected as Tennessee Comptroller

Justin P. Wilson Re-elected as Tennessee Comptroller

The members of the Tennessee Senate and House have re-elected Justin P. Wilson to serve as the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. The vote by acclamation was taken during Wednesday’s joint convention of the 109th General Assembly. Wilson is Tennessee’s 34th Comptroller of the Treasury and was re-elected to his fourth two-year term. He leads a staff [...]

Tennessee Named Economic Development ‘State of the Year’ for Second Consecutive Year

Tennessee Named Economic Development ‘State of the Year’ for Second Consecutive Year

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Business Facilities, a leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development, has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year. Tennessee becomes the first state in the award’s history to win back-to-back honors for economic development efforts and the first state to [...]

TNStars is Nationally Recognized as a Top Performing College Savings 529 Plan

TNStars is Nationally Recognized as a Top Performing College Savings 529 Plan

TNStars College Savings 529 plan has been recognized as one of the top direct-sold plans in the nation. TNStars is a program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury. TNStars is ranked as the no. 2 plan in the country according to SavingForCollege.org, who recently released the top ten direct-sold 529 plans in the nation based on [...]

Statewide Survey Shows Tennesseans Support Higher Academic Standards

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) released today the results from a statewide public opinion poll focused on voter perceptions of Tennessee’s work to raise academic expectations through the Common Core State Standards.  The survey, commissioned by SCORE and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, was conducted on May 6-7 [...]

Corker Comments on Volkswagen Chattanooga Economic Impact Study

Corker Comments on Volkswagen Chattanooga Economic Impact Study

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., commented last week on a University of Tennessee at Knoxville research study on the impact Volkswagen Chattanooga has had on the economy in Tennessee. According to the study, Volkswagen Chattanooga activities have created 12,400 full-time jobs, are responsible for $643.1 million in annual income, and have increased state and local tax [...]

A One-Size-Fits-All Approach Won’t Achieve Health Care Reform

A One-Size-Fits-All Approach Won’t Achieve Health Care Reform

Last week, Governor Haslam announced that the state of Tennessee would not expand Medicaid as envisioned by President Obama under the Affordable Care Act. The federal government’s insistence on a one-size-fits-all approach under Medicaid is a poor solution for solving our health insurance access problems, especially given the access problems so many of our citizens [...]

Learn about College Savings and Enter to Win Tickets

TNStars™ program offers Tennesseans a chance to win Today the TNStars College Savings 529 Program is announcing the “What’s Your Game Plan?” promotion to give away tickets to the semifinal games and final game of the 2013 Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. The tournament is being played at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Anyone who visits www.tnstars.com/sec-tickets [...]

Suicide Prevention Program named to Best Practice Registry

Suicide Prevention Program named to Best Practice Registry

The Shield of Care –– a juvenile-justice suicide-prevention gatekeeper program that was developed and copyrighted by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) –– was recently accepted to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC’s) Best Practice Registry (BPR), which is a collaborative effort with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and [...]

SCORE RELEASES 2012-13 STATE OF EDUCATION IN TENNESSEE REPORT

Today, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) released the 2012-13 State of Education in Tennessee report. The report provides a comprehensive update of the state’s progress in improving student achievement, analyzes the work that has occurred over the last year that has contributed to achievement gains, and provides recommendations to ensure that Tennessee continues [...]

Comptroller Releases Report on Methamphetamine Production in Tennessee

Methamphetamine production continues in small laboratories in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country in spite of new laws regulating and tracking the sale of pharmacy products used to manufacture the illegal drug. That is one of the findings of a report released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability about attempts to [...]

22nd SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL SET FOR JANUARY 19-20

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be among organizations set to host the 2013 Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival to be held on Jan. 19-20 at the Hiwassee Refuge and in the community of Birchwood. This will be the 22nd anniversary for the event which will run from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day. The [...]

Alexander, Corker Comment on Senate Confirmation of Four TVA Board Nominees

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statements regarding Senate confirmation of Joe H. Ritch, of Alabama; Michael McWherter, of Tennessee; Vera Lynn Evans, of Tennessee; and C. Peter Mahurin, of Kentucky, to be members of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors. The nominees passed the Senate by unanimous [...]

State of Tennessee Observes “Radon Action Month” This Month

January is “Radon Action Month” and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has joined forces with the Department of Health to help educate Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure, encouraging actions to identify and to address radon problems in the home. The American Lung Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and various local [...]

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