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SCORE Releases 2013-14 State of Education in Tennessee Report

SCORE Releases 2013-14 State of Education in Tennessee Report

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) Monday released 2013-14 State of Education in Tennessee, a comprehensive annual report that assesses Tennessee’s recent work to improve K-12 student academic performance and identifies five priorities for public education this year. The 52-page report was released by SCORE’s founder and chairman, Senator Bill Frist, M.D., at an event [...]

Common Core Back Under Fire In Nashville

Common Core Back Under Fire In Nashville

Proposed Legislation to terminate or pause Tennessee’s participation in Common Core, the recently instigated educational standards, was filed last week in both the House and Senate. Some House and Senate Republicans have been vocal regarding their position on, what some view as, a step toward more federal intervention in local education. Tennessee is one of [...]

Tennessee Student to Participate in International Academic Program Studying World War II’s Normandy Invasion

Tennessee Student to Participate in International Academic Program Studying World War II’s Normandy Invasion

Until recently, Caley Williamson didn’t know much about World War II or the Normandy Invasion (also known as D-Day) that was one of the turning points in the war. That changed after Caley, who attends Cosby High School in Cocke County, had a talk with her family. “I learned I had numerous relatives who had participated [...]

Tennessee Named ‘2013 State Of The Year’ For Economic Development

Tennessee Named ‘2013 State Of The Year’ For Economic Development

Last week, Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication, officially named Tennessee as its ‘2013 State Of The Year’ for economic development, based on the state’s huge success over the last twelve months in recruiting new business and promoting economic development across Tennessee. Cited in the magazine’s report were the state’s top five economic [...]

House Of Representatives Undergoes Annual Ethics Training

House Of Representatives Undergoes Annual Ethics Training

The House of Representatives participated in their annual ethics training this week, with the Executive Director of the Tennessee Ethics Commission, Drew Rawlins, leading the training session. All 71 House Republicans were present, completing their required two hours of training per General Assembly. The Tennessee Ethics Commission was created in a special session called by [...]

Comptroller Releases Updated Report on Methamphetamine Production in Tennessee

Comptroller Releases Updated Report on Methamphetamine Production in Tennessee

The illicit production of methamphetamine remains a serious public health, safety and fiscal issue in Tennessee, yet two of the most popular methods aimed at curbing meth production have shown inconclusive results. These are among the key findings of an updated study of meth production released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education [...]

2013-2014 Tennessee Blue Book to Honor Pat Summitt

2013-2014 Tennessee Blue Book to Honor Pat Summitt

In her 38 years coaching the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, Pat Summitt received hundreds of honors. Her teams won more than 1,000 games, 32 Southeastern Conference championships and eight national championships. Her players who completed their playing eligibility at UT had a 100 percent graduation rate. And since being diagnosed with early [...]

State Representative Jeremy Faison Files Pro-Hemp, Pro-Jobs Legislation

State Representative Jeremy Faison Files Pro-Hemp, Pro-Jobs Legislation

 State Representative Jeremy Faison (R–Cosby) announced this week he has filed legislation to legalize the growth of hemp in Tennessee. Currently, because of federal guidelines, the cultivation of hemp in our state is illegal, despite numerous studies that have shown hemp production would be a multi-million dollar per year industry and would create thousands of [...]

TDOT Launches Yellow DOT Program – Stickers to Help First Responders Make Most of “Golden Hour”

TDOT Launches Yellow DOT Program – Stickers to Help First Responders Make Most of “Golden Hour”

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) today launched the Yellow DOT Program, which is designed to assist first responders in identifying vital medical information for senior drivers. The program features yellow stickers that are placed in the bottom left side of the rear window of vehicles and yellow envelopes containing a photo, medical history and [...]

Documentary Highlights State Capitol’s History

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has long been a place where important historical records are stored. Now, however, the State Library and Archives is expanding its role by actually creating resources of historical value. One of the best examples of this is a video documentary that the State Library and Archives’ staff produced on [...]

Federal Extensions of Unemployment Benefits Set to Expire at Close of 2013

Federal Extensions of Unemployment Benefits Set to Expire at Close of 2013

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is alerting more than 18,000 Tennesseans currently receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that those payments will soon end. The federal legislation that extended Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) expires at the end of 2013 in the absence of congressional action. “We don’t want people who are presently receiving [...]

Give a Holiday Gift That Will Last a Lifetime

Give a Holiday Gift That Will Last a Lifetime

The holidays can be a stressful time. Many of us dread fighting the crowds at stores and struggle with gift ideas for friends and loved ones. However, thanks to the TN Stars College Savings 529 Program, you can give a gift that will have a lasting impact on a young person’s life – without leaving [...]

Haslam Announces Grant For Walters State Community College

Haslam Announces Grant For Walters State Community College

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a grant of $337,297 for Walters State Community College to fund needed equipment for an industrial skills and training program and an advanced welding program. The governor proposed and the General Assembly approved $16.5 million in this year’s budget for equipment and technology related to workforce development programs at [...]

Fraud Awareness Week Casts Spotlight on White Collar Crime

Fraud Awareness Week Casts Spotlight on White Collar Crime

Organizations lose an estimated 5 percent of their annual revenues to fraud, according to a 2012 study by the ACFE. To help shine a spotlight on this global problem, the Tennessee Treasury Department is participating in International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 3-9, 2013, as an official supporter to promote anti-fraud awareness and prevention. During Fraud [...]

Audit Catches TWRA Misuse of Funds

Audit Catches TWRA Misuse of Funds

The Tennessee Comptroller of Treasury recently conducted a performance audit of activities and selected programs of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The Comptroller of Treasury had several alarming findings. Among the findings, they found the agency did not maintain proper controls over state credit cards. In addition, TWRA did not report lost or stolen equipment [...]

TDOT Urged to Expand Hwy 411 Project

TDOT Urged to Expand Hwy 411 Project

  State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) invited a host of local officials and business industry leaders to meet with the Department of Transportation this week. The group urged TDOT to include a 1.5 mile stretch in the initial phase of the Highway 411 project leading into Chestnut Hill. The project phase was currently slated to [...]