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Shop Tax-Free in Tennessee August 1-3, 2014

Shop Tax-Free in Tennessee August 1-3, 2014

The Department of Revenue reminds Tennesseans they can buy certain items without paying sales tax August 1 through August 3. During these three days, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers. “This holiday offers Tennesseans great savings on important back-to-school items, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of […]

Now is the Time to Get School Immunizations

Now is the Time to Get School Immunizations

Frequent news reports about whooping cough and measles, diseases long thought vanquished by vaccines in the US, serve as a reminder of the importance of getting back-to-school immunizations for your child now. In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into seventh grade must provide schools with a state […]

Tennessee Comptroller Helps Make Small Business Even Better

Tennessee Comptroller Helps Make Small Business Even Better

A recent article by The Economist cites a new report giving Tennessee an “A” rating for its overall friendliness to small business. This comes as no surprise. During the last four years, the General Assembly has made significant changes to state law making the process of owning and operating a small business in Tennessee less […]

Comptroller Appoints Dunn as New Public Information Officer

Comptroller Appoints Dunn as New Public Information Officer

Comptroller Justin P. Wilson has appointed John Dunn to serve as the Office’s Public Information Officer. In his new role, John will manage external communications efforts for the Comptroller’s Office.  He will serve as spokesperson for the agency working closely with media and other outside audiences in supporting the Comptroller’s communications needs.  “I am very […]

Volunteer State Pays Tribute to its Military Heritage Through Honor Vote Program

Volunteer State Pays Tribute to its Military Heritage Through Honor Vote Program

For more than 200 years, Tennessee has been known as “the Volunteer State.” That nickname dates back to the War of 1812, when the state contributed thousands of volunteers toward the war effort. The tradition was reinforced a few decades later in the Mexican War when the state produced  more than10 times the number of […]

Litigation Financiers Now Required to Register with Secretary of State’s Office

Litigation Financiers Now Required to Register with Secretary of State’s Office

Starting July 1, litigation financiers operating in this state are required to register with the Secretary of State’s office. A litigation financier is a person, entity or partnership engaged in the business of litigation financing. The new law defines litigation financing as making non-recourse transactions in which financing is provided to a consumer in return […]

GOP Divided As Some Extreme Right Take Run At TN Supreme Court – The Post Interviews Chief Justice Wade

GOP Divided As Some Extreme Right Take Run At TN Supreme Court – The Post Interviews Chief Justice Wade

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade will be in Dandridge this weekend for an open house event designed to spotlight the question of judicial retention on the upcoming August ballot. The question of judicial retention makes its way onto the ballot in eight year cycles, and the August 2014 ballot will see 23 questions […]

New TSLA Exhibit Addresses “Emancipation and Reconstruction”

New TSLA Exhibit Addresses “Emancipation and Reconstruction”

In November 1872, Tennessee voters elected their first African-American representative to the General Assembly. In all, 14 African Americans, most of them former slaves, were elected to the General Assembly between 1872 and 1896. These African-American legislators represent a significant part of Tennessee state history. They laid the groundwork for the later achievements of the […]

State Senator Green Issues Call for Photos of Vietnam War Dead

State Senator Green Issues Call for Photos of Vietnam War Dead

Standing before a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, State Senator Mark Green, MD today called for Tennesseans to search their photo albums for photographs of those who were killed in Vietnam. In addition, Green implored his fellow state legislators from across the nation to joinTennessee in the search for the remaining 22,000-plus photos […]

Treasury Department Hosts Workshops on College Savings

Treasury Department Hosts Workshops on College Savings

With the high costs of college tuition and the many different types of investment options, it’s understandable that many parents feel overwhelmed about how they will pay for their children’s higher education expenses. However, a program offered by the Tennessee Treasury Department can help parents develop strategies for saving the money they will need. This […]

Proposed Constitutional Amendments Now Online at Secretary of State’s Website

Proposed Constitutional Amendments Now Online at Secretary of State’s Website

As a convenience to Tennessee voters, the Secretary of State’s office has posted the four proposed constitutional amendments that will be on the November 4 ballot. The amendments appear on the website in the same order they will appear on the ballot. Article XI Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution outlines the process for approving […]

Three Senior Republican Senators Introduce Legislation to Allow Songwriters to Recieve Fair Pay

Three Senior Republican Senators Introduce Legislation to Allow Songwriters to Recieve Fair Pay

Three senior Republican U.S. senators announced today at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville that they were introducing legislation that would allow songwriters to receive compensation based on the fair market value of their songs. The Songwriter Equity Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Orrin […]

Faison To Seek Re-Election As State Representative In 11th District

Faison To Seek Re-Election As State Representative In 11th District

Thank you so much for the responsibility of being your State Representative over the last three and half years.  Functioning as your ear at home and your voice in Nashville has truly been one of the greatest honors of my life. Besides making TN the greatest state to locate a business, lowering taxes, protecting life, […]

State budget passes after attempts to preserve cost-of-living increases

State budget passes after attempts to preserve cost-of-living increases

Governor Bill Haslam announced several days ago that he would be eliminating teacher and state employee pay increases from his proposed budget that had been promised in his State of the State address in February. As a result, several members of the Tennessee General Assembly began pouring over the new budget. “Several representatives in the […]

State Library and Archives Receives Papers Detailing Civil War Love Story

State Library and Archives Receives Papers Detailing Civil War Love Story

He lovingly called her “Toad.” She affectionately referred to him as “Oll.” And although they shared political views that were out of step with many of their East Tennessee neighbors, Oliver Caswell King and his sweetheart Catherine Rebecca Rutledge managed to keep their romance alive through the hardships imposed by the Civil War. Thanks to […]

Multiple Education-Related Bills Pass in General Assembly

Multiple Education-Related Bills Pass in General Assembly

April 7th was a busy day for bills relating to public education in Tennessee. Legislators voted overwhelmingly in favor of educators on licensure and salary bills before the body. HB1375 passed in the House by a margin of 88-0 to prohibit licensure decisions from being based on student growth data compiled from the Tennessee Value-Added […]