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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 […]

Another Record Year for the Number of Students Taking the AP Exam

Another Record Year for the Number of Students Taking the AP Exam

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced today that more than 33,800 Tennessee public school students took the Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the 2018-19 school year – breaking the previous year’s record high of 32,000 for Tennessee.  Across Tennessee, 17,607 students earned a score of 3, 4, or 5, which translates into a 3.1 percent increase […]

Dr. Richard Breeden Named By Governor Lee To State Pharmacy Board

Dr. Richard Breeden Named By Governor Lee To State Pharmacy Board

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced more than 100 appointees to a series of state boards and commissions. “I am pleased to appoint these individuals and appreciate their willingness to serve our state,” said Lee. “The success of our state depends on engaged citizens and we look forward to working together.” Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation […]

Tennessee’s ‘High Quality’ Bonds Generate $40 Million Premium

Tennessee’s ‘High Quality’ Bonds Generate $40 Million Premium

Tennessee’s colleges and universities will benefit from a competitive low interest rate due in part to a $40 million premium generated by the Tennessee State School Bond Authority’s (TSSBA) successful sale of $207 million of higher education facilities bonds. The bond proceeds will be used to support capital projects at 6 of the state’s colleges […]

TN Attorney General Challenges Unlawful, Unprecedented Order

TN Attorney General Challenges Unlawful, Unprecedented Order

The State of Tennessee, through the Attorney General’s Office, is appealing a final order from the Davidson County Criminal Court that circumvented established legal procedures. The order exchanged the death sentence of Tennessee inmate Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman for life in prison, thus essentially granting clemency through a court and a district attorney that both lack the […]

Employment Rises In Tennessee’s Six Largest Counties

Employment Rises In Tennessee’s Six Largest Counties

Employment rose in each of Tennessee’s six largest counties from March 2018 to March 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS) reported Wednesday. The USBLS qualifies large counties as those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2018.  USBLS Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment gains ranged from 4.0 […]

TN Division of Forestry Monitoring Wildfire Risk

TN Division of Forestry Monitoring Wildfire Risk

Wildland fire officials with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry are keeping a close eye on weather conditions as the state and region experience a prolonged hot and dry pattern. While the division has not seen an increase in the number of wildfires, nor do indices suggest a high fire danger, the agency […]

Tennessee Graduation Rate Continues to Rise

Tennessee Graduation Rate Continues to Rise

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced that the graduation rate for the 2018-19 school calendar year was 89.7 percent.  Not only is that more than half a percentage point higher than the previous year, but it’s the highest graduation rate on record for Tennessee.  That translates into an increase of 183 graduates statewide. Education Commissioner Penny […]

Local Lawmakers Announce Technology Grants for Public Libraries in Jefferson County

Local Lawmakers Announce Technology Grants for Public Libraries in Jefferson County

State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) and Representatives Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) and Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) announced today that Jefferson County is receiving $7,738 in Technology Grants from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.  The lawmakers made the announcement after being notified by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.  “Access to technology is something many of […]

Attorney General Slatery Joins Google Bipartisan Multistate Antitrust Investigation

Attorney General Slatery Joins Google Bipartisan Multistate Antitrust Investigation

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today joined 50 attorneys general in a multistate, bipartisan investigation of tech giant Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws. The bipartisan coalition announced plans to investigate Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may have led to anticompetitive behavior […]

Sen. Niceley Gives Keynote Speech at TSU Small Farm Expo Luncheon to “Celebrate the Success of Our Small Farms”

Sen. Niceley Gives Keynote Speech at TSU Small Farm Expo Luncheon to “Celebrate the Success of Our Small Farms”

On Wednesday, State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) gave a keynote speech at Tennessee State University’s (TSU) Fifteenth Annual Small Farm Expo and Small Farmer of the Year Awards Program luncheon. Small farmers from across Tennessee, county agents, state dignitaries and other officials attended this year’s program themed, “Celebrating the Success of Our Small Farms.” Niceley spoke […]

Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Mark Ezell Set Sights on Tourism Future

Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Mark Ezell Set Sights on Tourism Future

Governor Bill Lee today addressed tourism professionals during the 2019 Governor’s Conference on Hospitality & Tourism at the Music City Center, noting the state’s 2nd largest industry and thanking them for their hard work. He shared his priorities over the next four years and shined a light on how tourism can help achieve successful community-focused […]

TDOT Announces No Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

TDOT Announces No Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, August 30 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during […]

TDCI Approves Carriers’ 2020 Rates on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

TDCI Approves Carriers’ 2020 Rates on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) announces the approval of insurance rates requested by the five carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) in 2020. “The approved rate filing requests for 2020 benefit Tennessee’s working families by offering them an increased number of coverage choices and a tighter range of prices,” […]

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