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Educators Submit Report to Gov. Haslam Providing Feedback, Recommendations, Immediate Action Steps To Improve TNReady Delivery

Educators Submit Report to Gov. Haslam Providing Feedback, Recommendations, Immediate Action Steps To Improve TNReady Delivery

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today received a report from educators with feedback, recommendations and immediate action steps on how to improve the delivery of the state’s elementary and secondary assessments known as TNReady. The report was generated from a recent statewide roundtable listening tour with teachers, testing coordinators and school administrators, and from educators who submitted comments [...]

Tennessee State Library Gives Free Access to 190 Years of The Tennessean

Tennessee State Library Gives Free Access to 190 Years of The Tennessean

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to announce that starting today, Tennesseans will have free online access to the full run of The Tennessean (1812 to today) through the Tennessean Electronic Library (TEL). Previously, Tennesseans were only able to access full-text articles from The Tennessean back to 2002. With the addition of the historical Tennessean, Tennessee residents will [...]

Tennessee Awards $35 Million Across All School Districts To Improve Safety and Security

Tennessee Awards $35 Million Across All School Districts To Improve Safety and Security

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen today announced that all 147 school districts in Tennessee have completed the first-ever statewide assessment of school facilities and safety procedures. Additionally, all districts have submitted applications to receive their allocations of the $35 million school security funding and may now use these funds to [...]

Tennessee State Parks Receives National Accreditation

Tennessee State Parks Receives National Accreditation

Tennessee State Parks has been named one of only two state park systems in the country to receive accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The announcement was made official at the National Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference in Indianapolis this week. “Achieving this independent accreditation means Tennessee State [...]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Seeks Re-Election To Tennessee House of Representatives

State Representative Andrew Farmer Seeks Re-Election To Tennessee House of Representatives

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today announced that he will seek re-election to represent District 17 in the Tennessee General Assembly. “My family and I are very grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support and encouragement during this process,” said Chairman Farmer. “We are humbled by the overwhelmingly positive comments sent our way.”   Farmer was [...]

Unemployment Remains Near Historic Low Levels in Tennessee

Unemployment Remains Near Historic Low Levels in Tennessee

Tennessee’s unemployment rate remained near historic low levels in August, despite a slight increase, according to the latest statistics released today by Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips. The preliminary, seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 3.6 percent, just 0.1 of a percentage point higher [...]

TDOE Names 52 School Leaders for Rural Principal Network

TDOE Names 52 School Leaders for Rural Principal Network

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today the 52 principals who will serve in the inaugural class of the Tennessee Rural Principals Network, one part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Transforming School Leadership Initiative, which is a comprehensive approach to improve the preparation, retention, and development of Tennessee’s principals. The department is also providing funding for scholarships [...]

TDCI Shares Safety, Preparedness Tips Ahead of Hurricane Florence

TDCI Shares Safety, Preparedness Tips Ahead of Hurricane Florence

As residents of the Carolinas and Virginia evacuate ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is sharing safety reminders to ensure Tennesseans are prepared for the residual rainfall, potential flash flooding, power outages and high winds that Florence will likely bring to the areas in its path. [...]

Campbell County Homicide Victim Identified After More Than Three Decades as a Result of TBI Investigation

Campbell County Homicide Victim Identified After More Than Three Decades as a Result of TBI Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help in providing information about a homicide that took place more than 30 years ago. On January 1, 1985, TBI Special Agents were requested to work with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the homicide of a female whose body was found along Interstate [...]

Comptroller’s Office Creates New Maps that Highlight Land Use

Comptroller’s Office Creates New Maps that Highlight Land Use

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has launched a much-anticipated online tool that makes it easy to see how land is being used across the state of Tennessee. The Comptroller’s Land Use Model (LUM) will be a valuable resource for people working in economic and community development, urban planning, transportation development, and more. The online maps allow [...]

Tennessee Occupational Employment and Wages – May 2017

Tennessee Occupational Employment and Wages – May 2017

Tennesseans took home a little more money in their paycheck last year according to the latest data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). The median wage earned for all Tennessee occupations increased by 3.16 percent between May 2016 and May 2017 to $33,870. “It’s always a positive to see wages [...]

Gov. Haslam, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Announce Record-Setting High for Economic Impact

Gov. Haslam, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Announce Record-Setting High for Economic Impact

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett announced today Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached a new all-time record high of $20.7 billion in 2017, up 6.3 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. The announcement was made at the Musicians Hall [...]

Haslam, TDEC Announce More than $15 Million for Local Parks and Recreation

Haslam, TDEC Announce More than $15 Million for Local Parks and Recreation

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian today announced a series of grants totaling more than $15 million to help fund parks and recreation projects in Tennessee communities. “Easy access to parks, trails, walking paths and other recreational facilities can make a good community a great [...]

July 2018 State Revenues

July 2018 State Revenues

 Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin today announced that Tennessee tax revenues were lower than budgeted estimates for the month of July. Overall, July revenues totaled $1.1 billion, which is $50.8 million more than the state collected in July of 2017, but $8.6 million less than the budgeted estimate for the month. “Sales [...]

Older Adults Must Consider Environmental, Physical Challenges When Escaping a House Fire

Older Adults Must Consider Environmental, Physical Challenges When Escaping a House Fire

Being prepared for a home fire is particularly crucial for adults aged 65 and over. Statistics suggest this segment of the population faces increased risks for fire-related deaths and injuries. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges older adults and their caregivers to take necessary steps to stay safe from fire dangers. “We often [...]

98th Anniversary Of The Ratification Of 19th Amendment

98th Anniversary Of The Ratification Of 19th Amendment

In honor of the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) have authorized the release of an educational video, “The History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Tennessee and The Ratification of the 19th Amendment.” The video features a [...]