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Tennessee’s Historic Low Unemployment Holds Steady In March

Tennessee’s Historic Low Unemployment Holds Steady In March

Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for March 2019 remains at the historic low of 3.2 percent according to the latest statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). March is the second consecutive month the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate sits at the all-time low. When compared to March 2018, unemployment in […]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Successfully Guides Governor’s Fentanyl Bill Through House

State Representative Andrew Farmer Successfully Guides Governor’s Fentanyl Bill Through House

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) has successfully guided House Bill 942 through the Tennessee House of Representatives. The measure — which is part of the Governor’s legislative package this year — builds upon Tennessee’s efforts to address the opioid crisis by increasing penalties against fentanyl dealers and those who traffic any derivative or analogue of this deadly, synthetic […]

Tennessee State Museum Quilt Exhibition Features More Than 40 quilts from Across the State, Including Two from Jefferson County

Tennessee State Museum Quilt Exhibition Features More Than 40 quilts  from Across the State, Including Two from Jefferson County

The Tennessee State Museum’s current exhibition, Between the Layers: Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts – its first new show since its grand opening last fall – features close to 40 quilts selected from the Museum’s vast collection that highlight Tennessee’s quilt artistry across more than two centuries and all three grand divisions of the […]

Comptroller Releases Report on Tennessee’s Educator Preparation Providers

Comptroller Releases Report on Tennessee’s Educator Preparation Providers

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a new report that examines Tennessee’s Educator Preparation Providers. Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) are institutions of higher education or other organizations that recruit, train, and produce licensed teachers. The report was requested by House Speaker Pro Tempore Bill Dunn and Senator Dolores Gresham. The report describes the steps EPPs […]

Interstate Construction Halted for Easter Holiday

Interstate Construction Halted for Easter Holiday

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel. TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 22 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to […]

SFMO Offers Fire Safety Tips for Manufactured Homebuyers

SFMO Offers Fire Safety Tips for Manufactured Homebuyers

Tennessee’s reputation as a destination for families is driving the demand for new homes across the Volunteer State and manufactured homes are an affordable option for many. As part of ensuring fire safety in new and used manufactured homes, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) works with manufacturers, retailers, installers, and consumers to ensure […]

Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Tax Filing Tips Ahead of April 15 Deadline

Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Tax Filing Tips Ahead of April 15 Deadline

With Tax Day (April 15, 2019) less than two weeks away, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs and the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy is offering Tennesseans the following tips to help navigate the income tax filing process, make the most of their income tax refund and avoid fraudulent […]

Tennessee Facing Challenges in Keeping Children in Foster Care in Families

Tennessee Facing Challenges in Keeping Children in Foster Care in Families

Although Tennessee’s efforts to prevent children from entering into its custody and to achieve permanency through adoption for those who cannot return to their families have been successful, it has work to do to assure children are placed in foster care and kinship families, according to “Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care […]

TDCI Warns Consumers of Nationwide Social Security, Homeland Security Scams

TDCI Warns Consumers of Nationwide Social Security, Homeland Security Scams

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is advising Tennessee consumers to be wary of callers purporting to represent the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in light of recent warnings from both agencies about nationwide telephone impersonation scams. Both agencies separately said they are currently investigating reports of individuals fraudulently claiming […]

Unemployment Rates Drop In Every County Across Tennessee

Unemployment Rates Drop In Every County Across Tennessee

The unemployment rate for each of Tennessee’s counties improved in February according to new information released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Eighty of Tennessee’s 95 counties have an unemployment rate less than 5 percent, a marked improvement from January’s jobless numbers.  “It is encouraging when unemployment rates drop in […]

AG Slatery Announces Settlement with Auto Parts Maker

AG Slatery Announces Settlement with Auto Parts Maker

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced that Bosch will pay the State of Tennessee $2,291,760 in consumer and environmental civil penalties. The agreement also includes precedent-setting injunctive terms and requires Bosch to maintain robust processes to monitor compliance and to refuse to accommodate requests for software development and programming that could result in the […]

New Report Examines Impact of Ineffective Teachers on Students

New Report Examines Impact of Ineffective Teachers on Students

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a new report that explores how students in Tennessee’s public schools are impacted when they are taught by an ineffective teacher for two consecutive years. The report was prepared at the request of Senator Dolores Gresham. More than 8,000 Tennessee students (1.6 percent of students included in the study) […]

TDEC Shares Update on Fish Sampling in Nolichucky, Pigeon Rivers

TDEC Shares Update on Fish Sampling in Nolichucky, Pigeon Rivers

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) in August 2018 issued precautionary fish consumption advisories for smallmouth bass and channel catfish in the downstream portion of the Nolichucky River in Cocke and Hamblen counties and in the downstream portion of the Pigeon River in Cocke County. The advisories were issued due to levels of […]

Gov. Bill Lee Announces $14.8 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

Gov. Bill Lee Announces $14.8 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced $14.8 million in broadband accessibility grants that will expand broadband service to more than 8,300 households and businesses in 17 counties across Tennessee. “I am pleased to announce that we are getting our rural areas up to speed and expanding broadband in the areas that need it most,” said Lee. […]

Consumers Must Be Wary of Flood-Damaged Vehicles After Disaster

Consumers Must Be Wary of Flood-Damaged Vehicles After Disaster

As Tennessee property owners recover from February’s heavy flooding and severe weather, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, which is part of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Regulatory Boards, reminds consumers to be on the lookout for flood-damaged vehicles that will likely be popping up for sale. After a flood or natural disaster, […]

Lawmakers Celebrate Annual ‘Ag Day On The Hill’ Event

Lawmakers Celebrate Annual ‘Ag Day On The Hill’ Event

House lawmakers joined with farmers and agriculture groups from across the state this week to celebrate Tennessee’s annual ‘Ag Day on the Hill’eventat the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville. The event coincides with National Agriculture Week and recognizes the important contributions of farmers and forestland owners provide to the state and nation. This year’s ‘Ag […]

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