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Haslam, Barnes Announce Plans To Reform Welfare Programs To Encourage Self-Sufficiency

Haslam, Barnes Announce Plans To Reform Welfare Programs To Encourage Self-Sufficiency

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes today announced plans to reinstate the federal work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that was waived in 2008 during the economic recession. With the state’s record low unemployment rates and significant job growth, [...]

Increasing Number of Tennesseans Dying from Drug Overdoses

Increasing Number of Tennesseans Dying from Drug Overdoses

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016, the highest annual number of such deaths recorded in state history. This is an increase from the 1,451 overdose deaths recorded among Tennessee residents in 2015. “Each of these numbers represents a person, with family and friends who are now facing [...]

Haslam Announces Decreased Unemployment Rates in All 95 Counties

Haslam Announces Decreased Unemployment Rates in All 95 Counties

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced that unemployment rates decreased last month in all 95 counties and significantly dropped in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state. The county figures were released one week after the state posted an [...]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Announces Community Development Block Grant For Jefferson County

State Representative Andrew Farmer Announces Community Development Block Grant For Jefferson County

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today announced that a $424,961 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been approved for Jefferson County in order to assist with water system improvements and upgrades. Funding was allocated to Jefferson County under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly based on priorities set at local levels where community [...]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Works To Protect The Personal Information Of Tennessee Residents

State Representative Andrew Farmer Works To Protect The Personal Information Of Tennessee Residents

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today addressed the recent Equifax data breach that jeopardized the personal information of more than 143 million U.S. consumers nationwide — including 3 million Tennessee residents — between May-July of 2017. Representative Farmer wants the hardworking families of District 17 to know that he is working to ensure that their [...]

Tennessee Helicopters Headed to Virgin Islands

Tennessee Helicopters Headed to Virgin Islands

Four UH-60L Blackhawk helicopters and 34 Soldiers assigned to the 1/230th Aviation Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard, are headed to the US Virgin Islands to assist in recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma. The helicopters were loaded onto C17 Globemaster III and C130 Hercules aircraft from New York and Rhode Island at Joint Base Berry Field [...]

Hurricane Irma Evacuees in Tennessee May Be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Hurricane Irma Evacuees in Tennessee May Be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Hundreds of residents from states impacted by Hurricane Irma escaped the impact of the storm by seeking refuge in cities across Tennessee.  Many are staying with family or at local hotels and campgrounds and are not able to work. Out-of-state residents, who plan to stay in Tennessee for an extended period of time because their [...]

Haslam Issues Statement on Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust

Haslam Issues Statement on Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued this statement today regarding the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the State Capitol: “My position on this issue has not changed – I do not believe Nathan Bedford Forrest should be one of the individuals we honor at the Capitol. The General Assembly has established a process for addressing [...]

TDCI: Don’t Fall Victim to Scholarship & Student Loan Scams

TDCI: Don’t Fall Victim to Scholarship & Student Loan Scams

Scholarships and student loans are the most common way to ease the financial burden of tuition costs for many students. Unfortunately, financial predators prey on consumers’ fears of greater monetary responsibility with scams that promise more than they deliver and leave consumers facing greater headaches and debt. The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) [...]

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 [...]