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State gets Federal Grant to help Expand Juvenile Court Screening Project

State gets Federal Grant to help Expand Juvenile Court Screening Project

The state was recently awarded a federal Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) grant of $221,000 that will be used by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to expand the juvenile court screening project, which will be led by Dr. Jeff Feix, Director of the Office of Forensic and Juvenile Court Services [...]

Tennessee Business Spotlight Promotes Businesses in Counties Named for U.S. Presidents

In February, we celebrate President’s Day. So this month’s Tennessee Business Spotlight highlights businesses in each of the seven Tennessee counties named after United States presidents. Tennessee Business Spotlight is a feature on the Secretary of State’s web site that showcases some of the state’s businesses that create jobs, produce quality products and give back [...]

Department of Education, Local Districts Host School Safety Summit

Department of Education, Local Districts Host School Safety Summit

State leaders joined representatives from more than 120 Tennessee school systems today at The Factory in Franklin for a summit to discuss school districts’ safety practices. Gov. Bill Haslam, officials from state agencies, including education, homeland security, mental health and emergency management attended this one-day event designed to engage stakeholders in a conversation around the [...]

Education Investment, Fiscal Restraint Setting Tennessee Apart

Haslam highlights state’s successes, lays out strategies to address challenges in 2013 address NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam tonight delivered his 2013 State of the State address before a joint session of the General Assembly, contrasting Tennessee with Washington, D.C. and other states across the country that have struggled to keep their fiscal houses [...]

35,000 Users Download TDOT’s New SmartWay Application

More than 35,000 users have downloaded the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) SmartWay Mobile App since its launch in late December. The App is designed to help drivers navigate Tennessee highways, providing up-to-the-minute customized traffic information. The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for [...]

Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Concern

Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Concern

Antibiotics, those wonderful drugs that fight bacteria, are losing their healing powers for growing numbers of people. The Tennessee Department of Health is working to educate Tennesseans that some antibiotics are no longer effective for some people due to antibiotic resistance, a condition that can be created when antibiotics are overprescribed or misused. “When we [...]

Early Tennessee Legislative Records

Early Tennessee Legislative Records

Tennesseans who want to get a glimpse at the foundations of our state’s political and social history can do so with the help of a new resource from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The Early Tennessee Legislative Records database is now online, providing an index to records from as early as 1793 through the [...]

Tennessee School Districts Part of Wave of New Teacher Pay Plans

Tennessee School Districts Part of Wave of New Teacher Pay Plans

Four Tennessee school districts have joined a small but growing group of districts nationwide that are experimenting with alternative ways to pay teachers, a new report released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) highlights. Alternative salary plans base teacher pay increases on positive performance ratings rather than on years of [...]

State Unemployment Rate

State Unemployment Rate

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis announced Thursday Tennessee’s unemployment rate for December was 7.6 percent and remained constant from the November revised rate of 7.6 percent. The national unemployment rate for December 2012 was 7.8 percent, also unchanged from the previous month.Economic Summary: Tennessee’s December unemployment rate remained constant at 7.6 percent [...]

Tennessee Electronic Library Usage Increases Significantly in 2012

Tennessee Electronic Library Usage Increases Significantly in 2012

The Tennessee Electronic Library’s (TEL) web page saw an increase of nearly 15 percent last year compared to the year before, indicating more Tennesseans are finding the free resources available to them through TEL’s many databases. “TEL is an important resource for Tennesseans,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Whether it is helping students study [...]

TDEC Launches Tennessee State Parks Recreation “Finder” Portal

TDEC Launches Tennessee State Parks Recreation “Finder” Portal

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced today the launch of its new Geographic Information System (GIS)-based site that provides up-to-date interactive maps and information about recreational opportunities at Tennessee State Parks and natural areas. Plans also are under way to incorporate GIS information about state historical and archaeological sites in the future. The [...]

Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Had Conflict of Interests

Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Had Conflict of Interests

A former Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) benefits representative was doing paid consulting work for a Memphis area assisted living facility and performing many of the same tasks she was being paid to perform as a TDVA employee, a review by the Comptroller’s Division of Investigations has found. The investigation revealed that the former [...]

Senator Niceley named Vice-Chairman of Senate Transportation Committee

Senator Niceley named Vice-Chairman of Senate Transportation Committee

State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) has been appointed 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. The appointment was made by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the 108th General Assembly concluded their organizational session in Nashville this week. “Good roads are a vital link to Tennessee’s economic future,” said Senator [...]

State Library and Archives Hosts Two Civil War Events

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) will host two special events on Saturday, January 26. The first, “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee,” is an initiative to create an online archive of Civil War photographs, documents and artifacts to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The second is a free workshop [...]

Comptroller Announces New Online Tool for Reporting Fraud, Waste and Abuse

It will soon be possible to report suspected cases of fraud, waste and abuse of public funds in Tennessee over the Internet. Beginning today, you may electronically alert the state Comptroller’s office about suspected government misuse of public funds by visiting: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/shared/safwa.asp The Comptroller’s office has provided a toll-free telephone hotline for reporting fraud, waste [...]

Libraries to Get Cheaper, Faster and More Extensive Loan Service in 2013

Libraries to Get Cheaper, Faster and More Extensive Loan Service in 2013

Tennessee’s public libraries will soon have more books available – cheaper and faster than before – thanks to a new interlibrary loan service set to debut next year. The new Firefly Courier service, developed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will link rural, suburban and urban public libraries throughout the state, as well as [...]