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Tennessee Electoral Votes Cast for Mitt Romney

Tennessee Electoral Votes Cast for Mitt Romney

Eleven Electoral College representatives from across Tennessee met in Nashville Monday to cast the state’s presidential votes for Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate, Paul Ryan. Like most states, Tennessee’s votes in the Electoral College are allocated based on a “winner take all” system – which means the electors pledged to award [...]

Haslam Announces $1.7 Million in Recycling Equipment and Hub Grants

Haslam Announces $1.7 Million in Recycling Equipment and Hub Grants

Haslam Announces $1.7 Million in Recycling Equipment and Hub Grants 18 Grants Will Help Communities Meet Waste Reduction Goals Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau on December 13 awarded approximately $1.7 million in Recycling Equipment and Hub / Spoke Grants for FY 2013 projects to help reduce landfill [...]

TDOT Ready to Tackle Winter Weather

TDOT Ready to Tackle Winter Weather Despite the mild start to winter, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow this season. Over the last several weeks, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks for [...]

Teacher Planning Time

Teacher Planning Time

Teacher Planning Time Varies Greatly in Tennessee Schools The amount of time teachers have to work on lesson plans, grade papers, attend training sessions and meet with parents differs considerably in school districts across the state, a new report released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) shows. The report, Teacher [...]

Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Health-Care Exchange

Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Health-Care Exchange

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue: “Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.  “I’m not a fan of the law. The more I [...]

Haslam and TDEC Announce Next Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Cycle

Haslam and TDEC Announce Next Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Cycle

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced a second offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants, totaling $2.25 million to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts, and other similar entities across Tennessee. Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean [...]

Comptroller’s Report Examines Professional Development for State Teachers

Comptroller’s Report Examines Professional Development for State Teachers

There is a lack of research data about teacher professional development in Tennessee, according to a new report released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA). The report, titled Teacher Professional Development in Tennessee – Part 2, is part of a series on professional development. Teacher professional development is training that [...]

Comptroller Releases ‘Roadmap to Tax Increment Financing’

Comptroller Releases ‘Roadmap to Tax Increment Financing’

Comptroller Justin P. Wilson is trying to take some of the mystery out of tax increment financing (TIF) by sending brochures about the economic development tool to local government and economic development officials throughout the state. The brochure outlines, in plain language, the changes to tax increment financing law that were approved by the Tennessee [...]

Haslam Announces $322,400 in Used Motor Oil Collection Grants

Haslam Announces $322,400 in Used Motor Oil Collection Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced $322,400 in collection grants to establish, upgrade and expand used motor oil collection centers in 21 counties across Tennessee. “It’s important to educate citizens on the proper disposal of used motor oil, and the use of these convenient community collection [...]

Audit Finds Serious and Pervasive Problems with the Department of Economic and Community Development’s TNInvestco Program

Tennessee’s TNInvestco Program, which is administered by the state Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), has serious and pervasive problems, according to report released today by the Comptroller’s Division of State Audit. TNInvestco was launched in 2009 as a program that provides tax credits to businesses which invest in certain types of start-up companies. [...]

$780,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants Awarded

$780,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants Awarded

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today awarded $780,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to fund energy efficiency projects at four Tennessee educational institutions across the state. These projects are designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings. The Clean Tennessee Energy Grant program [...]

Online Exhibit Featuring Veteran’s Personal Papers Now Available

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is collecting materials about the Vietnam War. Recently, veteran Christopher Ammons of Clarksville donated his personal papers to TSLA, including photographs, letters and memorabilia. An online exhibit featuring the Ammons collection is now available for viewing. Ammons entered military service a month after graduating from Clarksville High School. [...]

State and Local Agencies Observe America Recycles Day Nov. 15

America Recycles Day is Thursday, Nov. 15, and the Department of Environment and Conservation is joining other state, county and city agencies across Tennessee, providing several opportunities for citizens to reduce waste and make a difference. In addition, TDEC, TDOT and Tourist Development are pleased to announce the implementation of the Welcome Center Recycling Program [...]

Tennessee Business Spotlight Promotes Veteran-Owned Businesses

November 11 is Veterans Day, a holiday on which our nation pays tribute to those who have served in our armed forces. Tennessee is home to more than 500,000 veterans, and Secretary of State Tre Hargett recognizes the contribution they have made and are making to our communities. In honor of Tennessee veterans, the Tennessee [...]

Tennessee Successful Early Voting Period Concludes with Biggest Day

Tennessee’s early voting period concluded on Thursday with the highest single-day turnout of the year. Over 134,000 voters cast their ballots across the state yesterday, the fourteenth and final day of in-person early voting for the November 6 election. The overall total of 1,456,824 voters represents the second-highest early voting turnout in Tennessee history, having [...]

Homelessness: An Issue for Tennessee Schools, Students and Families

The number of homeless students attending public schools in Tennessee has increased substantially since a national economic downturn that began in late 2007, according to a report recently released by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability. Nationwide, the number of homeless students grew from 679,724 to 939,903 from the 2006-2007 academic year to [...]