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State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) Named 2019 Senate Legislator of the Year

State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) Named 2019 Senate Legislator of the Year

State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) was recently named the “2019 Senate Legislator of the Year” by the County Officials Association of Tennessee (COAT). COAT is a is a non-profit association of county clerks, state court clerks, registers of deeds, and trustees which advocate for elected officials and their constituents from all Tennessee counties. “Senator […]

168th Military Police Battalion to Deploy and Honor Local Hero

168th Military Police Battalion to Deploy and Honor Local Hero

The Tennessee National Guard announced today that the Dyersburg based 168th Military Police Battalion will deploy to Cuba this winter. More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the unit have been training for over one year in preparation for their year-long deployment to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. “The 168th is one of the most distinguished and […]

Tennessee Department of Human Services Announces Next Steps for Investing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant Surplus

Tennessee Department of Human Services Announces Next Steps for Investing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant Surplus

The Tennessee Department of Human Services announced next steps for investing surplus funds from the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, as well as plans for responsibly maintaining the fund’s reserves. “Unprecedented growth in our state’s economy has created a sharp decline in our TANF qualified population and also generated a generous […]

Tennessee National Guard Unveils New Solar Power Initiative

Tennessee National Guard Unveils New Solar Power Initiative

It shouldn’t be any guess as to which primary color is the U.S. Army’s favorite… GREEN! The various shades of earth tones in a soldier’s uniform reflects the terrain in which they operate. Just as nature conceals soldiers from the enemy, they are devoted to protecting the U.S. homeland from harm. Over the last few […]

Tennessee Higher Education Launches Veteran Education Initiative: New Portal Will Convert Military Training to Civilian Credit

Tennessee Higher Education Launches Veteran Education Initiative: New Portal Will Convert Military Training to Civilian Credit

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) today announced the Tennessee Service member Opportunity Portal (TN-SOP), an interactive database which translates prior military experience to academic credit at Tennessee public colleges. “United States military training is rigorous and provides world class instruction, and it is only appropriate that our colleges recognize this training and provide a […]

Education Commissioner Unveils ‘Best for All’ Strategic Plan

Education Commissioner Unveils ‘Best for All’ Strategic Plan

Education Commissioner Unveils ‘Best For All’ Strategic PlanAcademics, Whole Child, and Educators are top priorities for Tennessee NASHVILLE— Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn today presented the department’s strategic plan to more than 1,000 statewide educators at the 2019 LEAD conference held in Nashville. The plan, called “Best for All,” sets priorities for the department in serving […]

Tennessee ACT Participation at All Time High

Tennessee ACT Participation at All Time High

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced today that a total of 63,829 students from Tennessee’s 2019 graduating class took the ACT, earning an average composite score of 20. This represents a 98 percent participation rate, which is an all-time high in the state. Of those students, 41.7 percent earned a score of 21 or higher, making […]

Department of Safety and Homeland Security To Implement Driver Services Enhancements

Department of Safety and Homeland Security To Implement Driver Services Enhancements

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security will implement the following enhancements in the highest volume centers in an effort to better serve the citizens of Tennessee: Hire additional Driver License Examiners, Road Skill Testers and Greeters, whose primary objective is to vet each person that comes to the center ensuring they have the required […]

New Child Well-Being Report Focuses on Challenges Rural Counties Face

New Child Well-Being Report Focuses on Challenges Rural Counties Face

The differing challenges faced by Tennessee’s urban and rural counties, as well as those that are shared, are explored in KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee, released today. This report, produced by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the Annie E. Casey Foundation Tennessee KIDS COUNT® partner, is released in conjunction with […]

Tennessee Students Show Modest Gains on Nation’s Report Card

Tennessee Students Show Modest Gains on Nation’s Report Card

The Nation’s 2019 Report Card was released this morning. According to the results, Tennessee students made noteworthy gains in 4th grade math, but saw virtually no statistical gains in the other subject areas that were tested, compared to 2017. Every two years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered to students ingrades 4 […]

Tennessee Takes Another Step to Support Quality and Increase Access to Child Care

Tennessee Takes Another Step to Support Quality and Increase Access to Child Care

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is announcing new investments in child care that improve options for parents, incentivize employment in early childhood education, and ensure a continued bright future for individuals to open a licensed child care agency. Beginning this month educators at TDHS licensed child care agencies will be eligible to apply […]

Unemployment Drops in Nearly Every Tennessee County

Unemployment Drops in Nearly Every Tennessee County

Unemployment rates in nearly every Tennessee county, including distressed counties, declined during September, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Ninety counties experienced lower unemployment in September, while the rate remained the same in one county, and increased in four counties. The latest statistics show unemployment rates […]

Tennessee Higher Education Increases Enrollment for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Tennessee Higher Education Increases Enrollment for the Fourth Consecutive Year

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) today released the latest student enrollment data for the fall 2019 semester, indicating an increase of 1,541 students, which is a 0.7% increase compared with 2018. “This is our fourth year of continued enrollment growth in Tennessee. It is encouraging to see our state’s continued momentum at a time […]

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 66 Communities to Receive Community Development Block Grants

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 66 Communities to Receive Community Development Block Grants

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe recently approved over $26.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which assist communities with infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitations and health and safety initiatives. “The CDBG funds are designed to help rural communities in Tennessee succeed, which aligns directly with our […]

TN Attorney General Sues Opioid Distributor AmerisourceBergen

TN Attorney General Sues Opioid Distributor AmerisourceBergen

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced today that he sued AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation for its unlawful distribution of pharmaceutical narcotics and its role in generating and prolonging the ongoing opioid epidemic in Tennessee. The State of Tennessee has already filed enforcement actions against two drug manufacturers, but Amerisource is the first distributor to be […]

TDMHSAS Receives New Funding for Suicide Prevention Lifeline

TDMHSAS Receives New Funding for Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is receiving more than $200,000 in new funding to improve the response for Tennesseans seeking help through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. TDMHSAS is one of 12 states to receive the two-year capacity building grant funded by Vibrant Emotional Health.  In Tennessee, the funding […]

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