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111th General Assembly Honors Martin Luther King, Pledges To Fight Racism

111th General Assembly Honors Martin Luther King, Pledges To Fight Racism

House Republicans formally honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life with a resolution noting all he did to bring us together. The measure also pledges to fight racism of all types in Tennessee. Members of the House leadership team introduced the measure during Wednesday morning’s session in the House chamber. It was later passed unanimously […]

Sen. Niceley Appointed to Leadership of Two Key Senate Committees

Sen. Niceley Appointed to Leadership of Two Key Senate Committees

State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) has been appointed to the leadership of two key committees in the Tennessee Senate.  Niceley will serve as 1st Vice-Chairman of the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Transportation and Safety Committee.  The appointments were made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally during the General Assembly’s 2019 […]

Speaker Casada Names Representative Farmer Chairman of House Criminal Justice Subcommittee

Speaker Casada Names Representative Farmer Chairman of House Criminal Justice Subcommittee

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Thompson’s Station) has named State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville)Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. The 7-member subcommittee will be responsible for all matters and legislation related to criminal law. “Chairman Farmer has a remarkable record of legislative excellence during his time serving his community as a member of our General Assembly,” […]

Number of Federal Unemployment Claims Doubles in Ten Days

Number of Federal Unemployment Claims Doubles in Ten Days

 The number of federal employees applying for Tennessee unemployment insurance benefits has more than doubled during the last 10 days as the partial shutdown of the United States government moves into its fourth week. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (TDLWD) Unemployment Security Division processed 400 claims for federal employees from the day […]

Over 50 Percent of Tennessee Public High School Seniors Raise Score on ACT Senior Retake

Over 50 Percent of Tennessee Public High School Seniors Raise Score on ACT Senior Retake

Interim Commissioner Dr. Lyle Ailshie announced today that 76.1 percent of the state’s public high school class of 2019—53,478 students—participated in the department’s third ACT Senior Retake opportunity in October 2018, the state’s highest participation rate on record. Of those seniors who retook the ACT in 2018, more than 50 percent increased their composite score […]

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady During December

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady During December

New data released Thursday by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips showed Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate held steady during the final month of 2018. The seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for December 2018 was 3.6 percent, which mirrored the rate from the previous month. “Tennessee’s unemployment […]

AG Slatery Joins $1.5M Settlement with Neiman Marcus Over 2013 Data Breach

AG Slatery Joins $1.5M Settlement with Neiman Marcus Over 2013 Data Breach

The Neiman Marcus Group LLC has agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement policies to resolve an investigation with 43 states and the District of Columbia into the 2013 breach of customer payment card data at 77 Neiman Marcus stores in the United States. In January 2014, Neiman Marcus disclosed that payment card data collected […]

SFMO Offers Do’s and Don’ts for Using Wood-Burning Heating Alternatives

SFMO Offers Do’s and Don’ts for Using Wood-Burning Heating Alternatives

Colder temperatures are in the forecast for many Tennesseans as we approach the weekend, and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding Volunteer State residents to keep safety in mind when choosing to use alternative heating options as a way to stay warm. Wood-burning heat sources, like wood stoves and fireplaces, are common […]

Federal Employees May Be Eligible for Unemployment

Federal Employees May Be Eligible for Unemployment

The partial shutdown of the United States government currently impacts more than 25,000 Tennesseans. Many furloughed federal workers are not on the job, while others continue to work without pay. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) manages the federally funded unemployment insurance program. The state received its appropriation for the program before […]

Emma is Back as Tennessee’s Top Baby Girl Name in 2018; William Still Biggest for Boys

Emma is Back as Tennessee’s Top Baby Girl Name in 2018; William Still Biggest for Boys

Emma has unseated Ava as the number one name for baby girls born in Tennessee, rising to the top of the list of the most popular names for babies born in 2018. William maintains the number one spot as the most popular name chosen for baby boys in Tennessee for the 12th straight year. The […]

New Audit Examines TNReady Testing Failures

New Audit Examines TNReady Testing Failures

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a performance audit of the Tennessee Department of Education detailing many of the problems that led up to the difficulties in executing the spring 2018 TNReady tests. The online student assessment tests were plagued with numerous issues including login delays, slow servers, and software bugs. The first signs of […]

Tennessee Receives Funding to Collect Data to Help Prevent Violent Deaths

Tennessee Receives Funding to Collect Data to Help Prevent Violent Deaths

The Tennessee Department of Health Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner has received $1.4 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather critical data on homicide, suicide and other violent deaths. Tennessee is one of ten states to receive new funding to use the National Violent Death Reporting System, […]

General Slatery Announces $6 Million Settlement with Encore Capital, Midland Credit Management, and Midland Funding to Reform Debt Buying and Collection Practices

General Slatery Announces $6 Million Settlement with Encore Capital, Midland Credit Management, and Midland Funding to Reform Debt Buying and Collection Practices

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced today that Tennessee joined 42 states and the District of Columbia in reaching a $6 million settlement with Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries Midland Credit Management, Inc. and Midland Funding, LLC, one of the nation’s largest debt buyers. Debt buying involves buying and selling overdue debts […]

Unemployment Rates Drop In Every Tennessee County

Unemployment Rates Drop In Every Tennessee County

NASHVILLE – Each of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment in November 2018 according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Ninety-one counties had an unemployment rate of 5 percent or lower during the month and only four counties had a rate higher than 5 percent. Williamson County had […]

Tennessee Announces What’s New In Tourism For 2019

Tennessee Announces What’s New In Tourism For 2019

Tourism in Tennessee continues to expand with new attractions, impressive state-of-the-art developments, expansions and milestone anniversary celebrations of iconic attractions that help shape “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” 2019 marks several milestones in Tennessee, including Memphis’ Bicentennial, Bijou Theatre’s 110th anniversary in Knoxville, and the 25th anniversary of the RC MoonPie Festival in Bell Buckle. […]

SFMO Warns of Fire Dangers Associated with Heating During Winter

SFMO Warns of Fire Dangers Associated with Heating During Winter

With less than two weeks remaining in 2018, fire fatalities in Tennessee have already exceeded their totals from 2017.  Ahead of the first day of winter (Dec. 21), the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is advising Volunteer State residents that the cold weather season is the deadliest time of the year, and fire-safe behaviors could […]