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General Assembly Passes Property Tax Relief Bill For East Tennessee Fire Victims

General Assembly Passes Property Tax Relief Bill For East Tennessee Fire Victims

This week in Nashville, House members passed legislation to provide additional support to East Tennessee families that had property damaged by wildfires that swept through Sevier County and surrounding areas last November. The bill calls for prorating the 2016 tax assessment for a homeowner’s real property or a business owner’s personal property, if it sustained [...]

Haslam Issues Statement on Guidance Released by U.S. Departments of Justice, Education

Haslam Issues Statement on Guidance Released by U.S. Departments of Justice, Education

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today issued the following statement on the guidance to schools released by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education: “The White House itself has said what they issued last week is not an enforcement action and does not make any additional requirements under the law. Congress has the authority to write [...]

Haslam Statement on Senate Bill 1556

Haslam Statement on Senate Bill 1556

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam made the following statement after signing Senate Bill 1556: “Although Senate Bill 1556 has received attention for its perceived focus, my job is to look at the actual substance of the legislation. After considerable thought and discussion with counselors both for and against the bill, I have decided to sign Senate [...]

Injury from Falls a Leading Cause of Death for Tennessee Seniors

Injury from Falls a Leading Cause of Death for Tennessee Seniors

A simple fall may be just a nuisance for many people, but for a senior adult it can be a matter of life or death. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared September 23, 2014 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day to promote simple ways to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. “Falls and the resulting injuries can [...]

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 [...]

Governor Haslam Signs Landmark Local Government Pension Reform Bill into Law

Governor Haslam Signs Landmark Local Government Pension Reform Bill into Law

Governor Bill Haslam has signed into law a bill that is designed to assure Tennessee local government entities fully pay the annual payment to their public employee pension plans in order to protect the financial stability of local governments and to protect workers’ pensions. This groundbreaking legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, [...]

State Representatives Timothy Hill and Jeremy Faison’s Legislation to Return Millions of Bridge Construction Dollars to Counties across the State Passes House Of Representatives with Unanimous Support

State Representatives Timothy Hill and Jeremy Faison’s Legislation to Return Millions of Bridge Construction Dollars to Counties across the State Passes House Of Representatives with Unanimous Support

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Timothy Hill (R–Blountville) and State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) to return millions of dollars back to Tennessee taxpayers in the form of bridge infrastructure repair projects passed the full House of Representatives this week with unanimous support from state lawmakers. The bill, which changes the way the state currently manages [...]

27 Tennessee Main Street Communities to Benefit from “IDEA Initiative”

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission to launch the “IDEA Initiative” that will assist Tennessee Main Street designated programs in setting achievable, effective and sustainable development objectives. There are currently 27 Main Street communities across Tennessee. “We are pleased [...]

Tennessee Joins National ‘Geek the Library’ Campaign to Support Library Funding

Tennessee Joins National ‘Geek the Library’ Campaign to Support Library Funding

Residents of Tennessee may soon add a new verb to their vocabulary – ‘geek.’ Public libraries across the state – more than 170 so far – are participating in Geek the Library, a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of properly funding libraries. The campaign highlights what people are passionate about and how [...]

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 [...]

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 Exposes Problems at the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Audit Exposes Problems at the Department  of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) must remedy serious problems in its service recipient safety practices, service delivery system, and information system implementation efforts, according to a report released today by the Comptroller’s office. The department provides services directly to recipients or indirectly through contracts with community providers in a variety of settings, [...]

Audit of Tennessee Community Services Agency Finds Nearly $30,000 in Fraud in Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

Audit of Tennessee Community Services Agency Finds Nearly $30,000 in Fraud in Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

A report released today by the Comptroller’s office details how the Tennessee Community Services Agency (TNCSA) management failed to detect and prevent clients from falsifying work activity documentation to receive their cash benefits. The Comptroller’s Division of State Audit found that clients fraudulently received $29,543 in benefits based on falsified documentation. The Temporary Assistance for [...]

State Treasurer Lillard Earns National Recognition From His Peers

State Treasurer Lillard Earns National Recognition From His Peers

Tennessee State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. received the prestigious Jesse M. Unruh Award this week at the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) Annual Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. The award is given each year to a state treasurer who has demonstrated outstanding service to the association, the profession and his or her state. [...]

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 [...]

State Investigating Mandated Fire Department Funding

State Investigating Mandated Fire Department Funding

The State of Tennessee is investigating mandated public funding for all Fire Departments across the State. Locally, Jefferson County contributes $55,000 to County Departments and municipalities also contribute funding to those departments located inside the City limits. The current level of funding may not be enough to meet the State mandate, should the legislature decide [...]

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