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State Experiences Positive Gains in November Revenue Report

State Experiences Positive Gains in November Revenue Report

Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin announced today that overall November state revenues were $1.0 billion, which is 8.98 percent more than November 2017 and $45.9 million more than the budgeted estimate.  “The positive gains in November are primarily due to strong sales tax growth,” Martin said. “Sales tax revenues, reflecting consumer [...]

AG Slatery Joins Bipartisan Group Asking Social Security Administration to Implement New Database to Prevent Identity Theft

AG Slatery Joins Bipartisan Group Asking Social Security Administration to Implement New Database to Prevent Identity Theft

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today joined a bipartisan group of 43 states and the District of Columbia urging the Social Security Administration (SSA) to promptly comply with a new provision of federal law that aims to address “synthetic identity fraud.” The provision, Section 215 of S.2155, directs the SSA to develop a [...]

Tennessee Military Department Celebrates National Guard’s 382nd Birthday

Tennessee Military Department Celebrates National Guard’s 382nd Birthday

Soldiers and Airmen gathered in the Hall of Flags at the Tennessee National Guard Headquarters on December 13 to celebrate and honor the 382nd Birthday of the National Guard. Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, held the birthday celebration and cake cutting to remember the long and storied history of the Guard; the oldest [...]

TDEC Provides Energy Education Camps For K-12 Educators

TDEC Provides Energy Education Camps For K-12 Educators

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs today announced summer camps designed to give K-12 educators resources to teach energy conservation in the classroom. “TDEC is happy to offer this professional development opportunity to local educators,” said Molly Cripps, assistant commissioner of TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs. “These programs promote the importance of [...]

Tennessee Workers’ Comp Rates Fall For Sixth Consecutive Year

Tennessee Workers’ Comp Rates Fall For Sixth Consecutive Year

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak today announced that Tennessee workers’ compensation insurance premiums will decrease for the sixth consecutive year to a record low, continuing the trend of substantial savings created for Tennessee employers and workers. “I am pleased to see these continued decreases [...]

Families Receive Service Dogs Trained By Offenders

Families Receive Service Dogs Trained By Offenders

Friday, nine service dogs graduated from the Retrieving Independence Program at the Turney Center Industrial Complex.  This is an innovative program in which specially screened offenders train puppies to be service animals. The graduation marks the end of a nearly 18-month program where the dogs underwent an intensive training process,  teaching them everything from seizure detection [...]

Don’t Forget to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries When You ‘Fall Back’ This Weekend

Don’t Forget to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries When You ‘Fall Back’ This Weekend

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting their clocks back one hour Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at 2 a.m. (CDT) when daylight saving time ends. “Smoke alarms have proven to save lives in the event of a home fire—but only if they [...]

Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1 on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1 on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) reminds consumers that Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) begins Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Tennesseans have until December 15, 2018, to apply for or re-enroll in coverage for the 2019 calendar year. For 2019, Bright Health is entering the Tennessee market [...]

More Vulnerable Adults Becoming Victims of Financial Crimes

More Vulnerable Adults Becoming Victims of Financial Crimes

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is issuing a warning about the growing problem of financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. The department’s Adult Protective Services (APS) division received more than 4,000 complaints of financial exploitation in fiscal year 2017-2018. That’s more than the year prior and an increase of 33% from state fiscal year [...]

UT Study: Tennessee’s Uninsured Rate Up Slightly Amid Affordability Concerns

UT Study: Tennessee’s Uninsured Rate Up Slightly Amid Affordability Concerns

Tennessee’s overall uninsured rate is now at 6.7 percent, an increase from 6.1 percent in 2017 but still well below levels before the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014, according to a new report released by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. The [...]

Record Number of Tennessee Students Take AP Exams, Eligible for College Credit

Record Number of Tennessee Students Take AP Exams, Eligible for College Credit

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that more than 32,000 Tennessee public school students took Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 2018 – breaking the previous year’s record high of 29,285 for Tennessee. In addition, the number of these students who scored a 3, 4, or 5, which makes students eligible for college credit at many [...]

State Representative Jeremy Faison Meets With Republican Leadership For School Resource Officer Discussion

State Representative Jeremy Faison Meets With Republican Leadership For School Resource Officer Discussion

Recently, State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) met with members of Republican leadership – including House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) – to begin working on a proposal for the 2019 legislative session to place a school resource officer (SRO) in every Tennessee school. The meeting included legal staff, conservative leaders, as well as additional [...]

Rep. Andrew Farmer Receives Endorsement From TEA

Rep. Andrew Farmer Receives Endorsement From TEA

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today received an endorsement from the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) in the 17th District State House Race. According to its website, the TEA is the state’s largest professional organization, representing tens of thousands of elementary and secondary teachers, school administrators, education support professionals, higher education faculty, and students preparing to become teachers. [...]

Attorney General Slatery Urges CFPB to Protect Military Servicemembers from Financial Exploitation

Attorney General Slatery Urges CFPB to Protect Military Servicemembers from Financial Exploitation

Attorney General Herbert Slatery III today joined a coalition of 33 attorneys general calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Acting Director Mick Mulvaney to continue protecting military servicemembers against predatory lenders under the Military Lending Act (MLA). The attorneys general urge the CFPB to reconsider its reported decision to stop examining lenders [...]

Haslam Announces Changes to TNReady Assessment Delivery

Haslam Announces Changes to TNReady Assessment Delivery

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen today announced changes in the delivery of the TNReady assessment for the current school year and additional changes that will take effect beginning in the 2019-20 school year. The changes are a direct response to a report from educators generated by the recent statewide listening tour [...]

Unemployment Across Tennessee Holds Steady in September

Unemployment Across Tennessee Holds Steady in September

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released new labor statistics that showed unemployment across Tennessee continued at near-historic low levels in September. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in September mirrored the August 2018 rate and is just 0.3 of a percentage [...]

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