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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 [...]

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady For Third Consecutive Month

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady For Third Consecutive Month

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released the statewide unemployment rate for July 2018, and for the third consecutive month the statistic has held steady at 3.5 percent. Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not only remained unchanged since May, it mirrors the 3.5 percent [...]

Haslam Announces Completion of Statewide School Safety Assessment and Release of $35 Million To Improve School Security

Haslam Announces Completion of Statewide School Safety Assessment and Release of $35 Million To Improve School Security

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the first-ever statewide assessment of school facilities and safety procedures will be fully completed by the end of August, with unprecedented school security funding now available to school districts to implement identified school security and safety needs. In March, the governor’s School Safety Working Group recommended the statewide review [...]

THEC Awards Veterans Reconnect Grants to Tennessee Colleges

THEC Awards Veterans Reconnect Grants to Tennessee Colleges

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced Tuesday that 14 colleges and universities in Tennessee will receive funding and program support through the Veteran Reconnect Grant to assist veterans and service members in their pursuit of college degrees. THEC is awarding $889,277 in funding to support programs and services for student veterans at campuses across [...]

Tennessee Educator Survey Highlights Teacher Empowerment, Understanding of Standards

Tennessee Educator Survey Highlights Teacher Empowerment, Understanding of Standards

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen today released the results from the 2018 Tennessee Educator Survey, which was completed by nearly 40,000 Tennessee educators, representing 58 percent of the state’s teachers – an all-time high response rate. Survey results point to progress made and maintained in a number of areas, alongside several areas where [...]

Tennessee Joins FTC, Other States to Combat Fraudulent Veterans Charities

Tennessee Joins FTC, Other States to Combat Fraudulent Veterans Charities

The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, along with the Tennessee Attorney General’s office, is joining the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials and charity regulators from every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico in announcing “Operation Donate with Honor,” a sweeping new donor education campaign to help donors spot [...]

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Award ThreeStar Grants to Sixty Tennessee Counties

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Award ThreeStar Grants to Sixty Tennessee Counties

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today the 60 counties that will receive ThreeStar Grants. The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, education and workforce development, public safety, health and efficient government. “Providing more opportunities for Tennesseans is one [...]

2018 TNReady Scores Show Mixed Results, Encouraging Areas of Progress

2018 TNReady Scores Show Mixed Results, Encouraging Areas of Progress

Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen announced the 2018 TNReady student assessment results today, sharing that while results vary statewide, there are encouraging trends – including strong growth in English language arts for elementary grades and improvement in high school math. Students in historically disadvantaged student groups also showed notable progress. Gaps between student groups [...]

Tennessee Marks One Year of Historic Low Unemployment

Tennessee Marks One Year of Historic Low Unemployment

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released the statewide unemployment rate for June 2018 and it marked an entire year the jobless figure in Tennessee has been 3.5 percent or lower. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June is 3.5 percent, which is unchanged from [...]

TDCI Warns Parents of the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for Teen Drivers

TDCI Warns Parents of the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for Teen Drivers

Summertime traditionally brings family vacations, relaxation, and plans for a new school year. But AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety reports  a more perilous side to summer as over 1,050 people were killed in auto crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That’s an average [...]

June 2018 Revenues Experience Moderate Growth

June 2018 Revenues Experience Moderate Growth

Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin today announced that Tennessee tax revenue exceeded budgeted estimates for the month of June. Overall, June revenues totaled $1.4 billion, which is $31.4 million more than the state collected in June of 2017, and $31.3 million more than the budgeted estimate for the month. “June reported revenues [...]

TDCI: New Consumer Protection Laws Protect, Empower Tennesseans

TDCI: New Consumer Protection Laws Protect, Empower Tennesseans

 Tennesseans now have greater protection from military impersonators, improved assistance when recovering from identity theft and cannot be charged by credit reporting companies when enacting security freezes, among other new protections. Those improvements are courtesy of several consumer-oriented laws passed earlier this year by the Tennessee General Assembly. “I am grateful for the Legislature’s passage [...]

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 70 Community Development Block Grants

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 70 Community Development Block Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe recently approved nearly $28 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which assist communities with infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives and façade improvements in downtown commercial districts. “Congratulations to the 70 Community Development Block Grant recipients,” Haslam said. “It’s always great to [...]