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DIDD Statewide Employment Rate Released

DIDD Statewide Employment Rate Released

The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) announced today that the employment rate of persons supported in competitive, integrated employment is 16.6 percent.  The number comes from the first round of results from a new data collection tool and reflects persons supported who are of working age and no longer in school. Competitive, integrated [...]

Tennessee Educator Survey Offers Actionable Feedback for Improving State and District Policies

Tennessee Educator Survey Offers Actionable Feedback for Improving State and District Policies

According to the 2017 Tennessee Educator Survey report and data tool released today, the overwhelming majority of Tennessee educators believe the evaluation process improves their teaching and professional learning enhances their ability to meet student needs. However, teachers also reported relatively few opportunities for personalized professional learning and difficulties identifying and accessing high-quality instructional materials—two areas where the department [...]

TNECD Now Accepting Site Development Grant Applications

TNECD Now Accepting Site Development Grant Applications

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the opening of the next round of site development grant applications to help communities transform industrial sites to shovel-ready status. As part the Select Tennessee Site Certification program, the site development grants are intended to help communities overcome barriers to site certification and prepare for [...]

Haslam Announces Reen Baskin as Director of Communications

Haslam Announces Reen Baskin as Director of Communications

ennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Reen Baskin will become the new communications director for his administration, a Cabinet-level position on his senior staff. “As a trusted and valuable member of this administration since my first year in office, Reen is incredibly talented and hard-working, and I’m excited to have her take on this new [...]

Haslam Announces Reward in Memphis Murder Case

Haslam Announces Reward in Memphis Murder Case

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the June murder of a toddler in Memphis. “We want whoever is responsible for this tragic crime to be brought to justice,” Haslam said. “No tips are too small and [...]

Haslam Announces Third Class of Governor’s Management Fellowship Program for Recent Graduates

Haslam Announces Third Class of Governor’s Management Fellowship Program for Recent Graduates

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the application period is now open for recent college graduates to apply for the third class of the Tennessee Governor’s Management Fellowship program. The competitive program provides an opportunity for exceptional applicants who wish to serve and learn under Tennessee state government’s top leaders. Applications will be accepted online [...]

Haslam Announces Lowest Unemployment Rate in State History

Haslam Announces Lowest Unemployment Rate in State History

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June 2017 was 3.6 percent, the lowest in Tennessee recorded history. The June 2017 preliminary seasonally adjusted rate surpasses the previous low of 3.7 percent from March 2000. The state has not experienced an unemployment [...]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Announces Funding Approval For Mountain View Upgrades

State Representative Andrew Farmer Announces Funding Approval For Mountain View Upgrades

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) announced today that the State Building Commission has officially approved funding for facility wide upgrades to the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Dandridge. These updates include the replacement of kitchen and food services equipment; overhauling the freezer and cooler; replacing window heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units and rooftop [...]

House Leaders Advance Legislation Establishing Long-Term Care For Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder

House Leaders Advance Legislation Establishing Long-Term Care For Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder

In April, Governor Haslam signed into law legislation spearheaded by House leaders to create a long-term system of care for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. House Bill 384 establishes the Tennessee Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder. This 16-person advisory council would make recommendations and provide leadership in program development regarding matters [...]

House Approves Legislation Protecting Identities Of Minors In Crime Situations

House Approves Legislation Protecting Identities Of Minors In Crime Situations

Earlier this year, House lawmakers unanimously approved legislation designed to protect the identities of Tennessee minors who fall victim to crimes, especially those that are sexual in nature. House Bill 344 protects the identities of minors in a crime situation, unless a court waives confidentiality at the request of the victim’s parent or legal guardian. [...]

Bill Aimed At Safeguarding Personal Information Of Tennessee Tourists Moves Forward

Bill Aimed At Safeguarding Personal Information Of Tennessee Tourists Moves Forward

Earlier in the year, lawmakers unanimously approved legislation that safeguards the personal information of Tennessee tourists who visit state parks by restricting access to the personal information of park guests. Under current law, Tennessee state parks must disclose personal information of its guests when it receives a public records request, because there is no exemption [...]

House Republicans Pass Legislation Strengthening Tennessee Campaign Finance Laws

House Republicans Pass Legislation Strengthening Tennessee Campaign Finance Laws

The full House passed legislation this year to strengthen Tennessee campaign finance laws, with House Republicans leading the charge to require funds donated to a campaign be deposited and maintained in a traditional bank or credit union account insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Current statute allows campaign funds to be invested in [...]

Resolution To Honor Blind Citizens, American History Receives Committee Approval

Resolution To Honor Blind Citizens, American History Receives Committee Approval

In March, the House approved legislation to honor Tennessee’s blind citizens as well as American history by passing House Joint Resolution 88. As approved, the legislation calls for a braille American flag to be displayed in the new Cordell Hull legislative office building, which the General Assembly is set to move into later this year. [...]

Lawmakers, Farmers Celebrate Annual ‘Ag Day On The Hill’ Event

Lawmakers, Farmers Celebrate Annual ‘Ag Day On The Hill’ Event

House lawmakers joined with farmers and agriculture groups from across the state in April to celebrate Tennessee’s annual ‘Ag Day on the Hill’ event at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. Governor Bill Haslam has also proclaimed the date ‘Agriculture Day’ as part of the annual national observance to recognize the important contributions of farmers and [...]

New Law Will Allow School Personnel To Assist Students During Adrenal Crisis

New Law Will Allow School Personnel To Assist Students During Adrenal Crisis

Earlier this year, lawmakers passed legislation to give school personnel the ability to administer lifesaving medical treatment to Tennessee students suffering from adrenal insufficiency caused by conditions like Addison’s disease. House Bill 121 permits any properly trained school employee to administer a lifesaving injection as a form of medical treatment to students who are suffering [...]

House Republicans Honor Fallen TBI Special Agent With Passage Of House Bill 482

House Republicans Honor Fallen TBI Special Agent With Passage Of House Bill 482

A bill sponsored by House Republicans honoring fallen Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Special Agent De’Greaun Reshun Frazier unanimously passed in the House Chamber this year. House Bill 482 designates the future home of the TBI Crime Lab & Consolidated Headquarters in Madison County to be named the ‘Special Agent De’Greaun ReShun Frazier TBI Crime [...]