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New 2013 State Maps Now Available

New 2013 State Maps Now Available

The official 2013 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available for travelers. This year’s map contains new information to assist motorists, including the recently completed State Route 840 in southern Middle Tennessee. This is the first state map in 26 years to show the completed route that bypasses Nashville and provides access to Interstate 40 east [...]

State Library and Archives Commemorates Black History Month with Updated Online Exhibit

In celebration of Black History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is introducing a greatly expanded version of one of its most popular online exhibits: “This Honorable Body: African American Legislators in 19th Century Tennessee.” Available at http://tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/blackhistory/index.htm, the revised exhibit offers many intriguing new features. The original site was created in 2006 at [...]

Department of Economic & Community Development Gives Positive State Outlook

Department of Economic & Community Development Gives Positive State Outlook

During House budget hearings this week, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty presented lawmakers with a positive overview of  the success Tennessee has had over the last several months in creating an environment statewide where businesses have the opportunity to grow and thrive. Since the election of Governor Haslam, Hagerty announced, nearly 80,000 [...]

MADD Partners with Lawmakers to Advocate for Ignition Interlock Legislation

MADD Partners with Lawmakers to Advocate for Ignition Interlock Legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) joined with legislators this week to call for the advancement of House Bill 353, a piece of legislation which would update state law to require the installation of ignition interlock devices for all future convicted drunk drivers in Tennessee. Interlock devices are small pieces of equipment attached to the steering [...]

Governor Haslam Requests Disaster Recovery Assistance

Governor Haslam Requests Disaster Recovery Assistance

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam formally requested assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help individuals and businesses in Henderson, Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Hardin and Madison Counties recover from wind, tornado and flooding damages that occurred on January 29, 2013. The assistance, if approved by the SBA, will come in the form of low-interest disaster [...]

Crime Prevention Bills Score First Legislative Victory

Crime Prevention Bills Score First Legislative Victory

Republican lawmakers on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee this week passed a series of bills which continue the push for crime prevention in Tennessee. Building on the success Republicans had during the 2011-2012 legislative session to cut down on crime across the state, this new crime prevention package addresses issues related to crimes against children, [...]

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce New Tennessee Export Strategy and Foreign Offices

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce New Tennessee Export Strategy and Foreign Offices

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced an international strategy focused on increasing the exports of Tennessee goods to key markets around the globe. Efforts will be led by ECD’s International Division with new Export Development Offices in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany serving the entire European Union, [...]

Representative Jeremy Faison Spearheads Effort To Help Businesses

Representative Jeremy Faison Spearheads Effort To Help Businesses

State Representative Jeremy Faison (R–Cosby) announced last week he has filed HB 311, a pro-small-business bill which helps companies across the state better conduct business. The Business Freedom Act would require that state departments give “no less than 20 days” for businesses to remedy non-compliance of a law before the department is allowed to assess a monetary [...]

State Library and Archives Exhibits Go on the Road

State Library and Archives Exhibits Go on the Road

Visitors to Collierville’s public library can learn about some of the state’s most horrific natural and human-caused disasters from an exhibit on loan from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The “Disasters in Tennessee” exhibit will be on display at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library, 501 Poplar View Parkway in Collierville, [...]

Comptroller Issues Latest Quarterly Report on the State’s Fiscal Affairs

Comptroller Issues Latest Quarterly Report on the State’s Fiscal Affairs

Comptroller Justin P. Wilson has issued his latest quarterly report on the fiscal affairs of the state. This report takes a global look at state finances. The report can be viewed online at: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/repository/NR/20130205Feb2013ReportforWeb.pdf Comptroller Wilson presented the report to the General Assembly’s House and Senate finance committees Feb. 5.

State Insurance Division encourages Tennesseans to review coverage

State Insurance Division encourages Tennesseans to review coverage

Without looking, what is the value of the contents of your home covered by insurance? Is a flood covered? If someone is hurt while visiting you, will your insurance pay medical expenses? Whether you’re a renter or an owner, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Insurance Division suggests you review all your insurance [...]

Report Examines Changes to Civics Education in Tennessee

Report Examines Changes to Civics Education in Tennessee

Tennessee students will soon have to apply the lessons they learn about civics in the classroom to “real world” situations – a major departure from years past. Last year, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law requiring school districts to assess students’ civic knowledge at least once in grades 4 through 8 and at least [...]

State gets Federal Grant to help Expand Juvenile Court Screening Project

State gets Federal Grant to help Expand Juvenile Court Screening Project

The state was recently awarded a federal Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) grant of $221,000 that will be used by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to expand the juvenile court screening project, which will be led by Dr. Jeff Feix, Director of the Office of Forensic and Juvenile Court Services [...]

Tennessee Business Spotlight Promotes Businesses in Counties Named for U.S. Presidents

In February, we celebrate President’s Day. So this month’s Tennessee Business Spotlight highlights businesses in each of the seven Tennessee counties named after United States presidents. Tennessee Business Spotlight is a feature on the Secretary of State’s web site that showcases some of the state’s businesses that create jobs, produce quality products and give back [...]

Department of Education, Local Districts Host School Safety Summit

Department of Education, Local Districts Host School Safety Summit

State leaders joined representatives from more than 120 Tennessee school systems today at The Factory in Franklin for a summit to discuss school districts’ safety practices. Gov. Bill Haslam, officials from state agencies, including education, homeland security, mental health and emergency management attended this one-day event designed to engage stakeholders in a conversation around the [...]

Education Investment, Fiscal Restraint Setting Tennessee Apart

Haslam highlights state’s successes, lays out strategies to address challenges in 2013 address NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam tonight delivered his 2013 State of the State address before a joint session of the General Assembly, contrasting Tennessee with Washington, D.C. and other states across the country that have struggled to keep their fiscal houses [...]