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TNECD Releases Labor and Education Alignment Report

TNECD Releases Labor and Education Alignment Report

A report released by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) highlights jobs in high demand across Tennessee, including occupations in IT, healthcare, engineering and production, among others. TNECD’s annual Labor and Education Alignment Program (LEAP) report, a regional study of occupations in high demand among employers throughout Tennessee, identifies more than 250 occupations with high [...]

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce M&M Industries to Expand in Chattanooga

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce M&M Industries to Expand in Chattanooga

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and M&M Industries officials announced that the solutions packaging manufacturer will undergo a major expansion in Chattanooga. M&M Industries plans to invest more than $42 million and create 110 jobs in Hamilton County. “We’ve worked hard to make Tennessee a state where [...]

Haslam Names Stephen Smith Chief of Staff

Haslam Names Stephen Smith Chief of Staff

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Stephen Smith will serve as his chief of staff to oversee day-to-day operations of the governor’s office and serve as top advisor and strategist. Smith joined the governor’s office in August 2016 and most recently served as senior advisor to the governor. He has served in the Haslam administration [...]

Governor Haslam Reconizes Six Military Veteran Employees for Exemplary Service

Governor Haslam Reconizes Six Military Veteran Employees for Exemplary Service

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize six veteran state employees and more than 474,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras. The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in [...]

Beware Financial Scams Aimed at Tennessee Veterans

Beware Financial Scams Aimed at Tennessee Veterans

Ahead of Veterans Day (observed Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017), the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) and the Tennessee Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division Office urge Tennessee’s veterans and their families to beware of financial scams that often make them the target of unscrupulous scammers. “All too often military families are the focus of [...]

Haslam Makes Appointments to State Boards and Commissions

Haslam Makes Appointments to State Boards and Commissions

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 217 Tennesseans to 93 boards and commissions. “By serving on our state boards and commissions, these Tennesseans are helping us provide responsive, effective and efficient service to their fellow citizens,” Haslam said. “I am grateful for their service and know they will well represent the people [...]

Haslam Announces Lowest Unemployment Rate in History

Haslam Announces Lowest Unemployment Rate in History

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced the state unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in September, marking the lowest it has been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the information in January of 1976. Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June [...]

Haslam Appoints Gass Special Judge for Circuit Court in 4th Judicial District

Haslam Appoints Gass Special Judge for Circuit Court in 4th Judicial District

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed James L. Gass of Dandridge as special judge for Circuit Court in the 4th Judicial District. Gass’s appointment fills the temporary vacancy due to the recent illness of Circuit Court Judge Richard R. Vance. The 4th Judicial District serves Jefferson, Grainger, Cocke and Sevier counties. “I appreciate Jim Gass’s [...]

TDCI Shares Consumer Tips for Cyber Security Awareness Month

TDCI Shares Consumer Tips for Cyber Security Awareness Month

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds Tennesseans to always keep security and safety in mind when enjoying the benefits of the internet. National Cyber Security Awareness Month, observed every October, was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to [...]

TDCI Announces Approval of Rates for 2018 Individual Marketplace

TDCI Announces Approval of Rates for 2018 Individual Marketplace

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) announces today the approval of insurance rates requested by the three carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) ahead of Open Enrollment for 2018. The rates sought by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Cigna, and Oscar Health for coverage on the FFM in 2018 are as [...]

Tennessee Grants Certificate of Public Advantage for Wellmont, Mountain States

Tennessee Grants Certificate of Public Advantage for Wellmont, Mountain States

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, today announced the request for a Certificate of Public Advantage from Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance has been granted. The approval allows the two entities to combine under the corporate umbrella of Ballad Health. “This has been an unprecedented and complex process, and [...]

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission: Beware Flood-Related Vehicle Scams

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission: Beware Flood-Related Vehicle Scams

Consumers who are shopping for a new vehicle should be aware that flood-damaged cars and trucks from states ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will eventually surface in Tennessee. In an effort to raise awareness, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, which is part of the Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Regulatory Boards division, is warning [...]

State Releases August Revenues

State Releases August Revenues

 Tennessee revenues were less than the budgeted estimates for the first month of the state’s fiscal year.  Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin today reported that overall August revenues were $980.7 million, which is $32.5 million more than August 2016, and $14.9 million less than the budgeted estimates. The growth rate for all taxes in [...]

Haslam Proclaims Earth Science Week in Tennessee

Haslam Proclaims Earth Science Week in Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Oct. 8-14 Earth Science Week in Tennessee, which will help promote awareness of the importance of geoscience. As part of Earth Science Week, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Tennessee Geological Survey, in partnership with the American Geosciences Institute, has a limited number of Earth Science Week toolkits [...]

Haslam, Barnes Announce Plans To Reform Welfare Programs To Encourage Self-Sufficiency

Haslam, Barnes Announce Plans To Reform Welfare Programs To Encourage Self-Sufficiency

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes today announced plans to reinstate the federal work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that was waived in 2008 during the economic recession. With the state’s record low unemployment rates and significant job growth, [...]

Increasing Number of Tennesseans Dying from Drug Overdoses

Increasing Number of Tennesseans Dying from Drug Overdoses

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016, the highest annual number of such deaths recorded in state history. This is an increase from the 1,451 overdose deaths recorded among Tennessee residents in 2015. “Each of these numbers represents a person, with family and friends who are now facing [...]

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