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TDOT Unveils New Hotline to Address Potholes and other Roadway Maintenance Issues

TDOT Unveils New Hotline to Address Potholes and other Roadway Maintenance Issues

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is launching a new hotline for drivers to report potholes and other maintenance issues that may be considered roadway safety hazards. “We all know it’s been a terrible year for potholes and here at TDOT we are always looking for ways to improve our customer service,” said Commissioner Butch […]

Gov. Bill Lee Statement on Dobbs Ruling

Gov. Bill Lee Statement on Dobbs Ruling

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee released the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and shared critical information about current Tennessee law. “Today’s landmark Supreme Court decision marks the beginning of a hopeful, new chapter for our country,” said Gov. Lee. “After years of heartfelt prayer and thoughtful […]

AG Slatery Disputes Federal Directive to Withhold Nutrition Assistance for Schools, Programs that Don’t Adhere to New ‘Gender Identity’, ‘Sexual Orientation’ Policy

AG Slatery Disputes Federal Directive to Withhold Nutrition Assistance for Schools, Programs that Don’t Adhere to New ‘Gender Identity’, ‘Sexual Orientation’ Policy

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III is leading a coalition of 26 state attorneys general calling on President Joe Biden to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new guidance on sex discrimination for schools and programs that receive federal nutritional assistance. The attorneys general say recent guidance from the USDA imposes new—and unlawful—regulatory measures […]

Tennessee Unemployment Inches Up Slightly from Historic Low

Tennessee Unemployment Inches Up Slightly from Historic Low

NASHVILLE – Preliminary data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) indicated Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May 2022 increased slightly from April’s record-breaking number. The seasonally adjusted statewide rate for the month was 3.3%, 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the previous month’s revised figure. The state’s civilian workforce also grew in May […]

State Fee Waived on Vehicle Registrations Starting July 1

State Fee Waived on Vehicle Registrations Starting July 1

Under a new state law, the Tennessee General Assembly has waived state registration fees for Class A and Class B motor vehicles, for renewals after July 1, 2022 and before June 30, 2023. Class A includes motorcycles and autocycles and Class B includes passenger motor vehicles and motor homes. The state portion of the fee […]

Gov. Lee Issues Executive Order to Enhance School Safety

Gov. Lee Issues Executive Order to Enhance School Safety

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will sign an executive order directing accountability measures for school safety and an evaluation of training for Tennessee law enforcement. The order also establishes additional resources to support parents, teachers and law enforcement in improving school security practices. “Parents need to have full confidence that their children are safe at […]

Tennessee Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Education Savings Account Program (ESA)

Tennessee Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Education Savings Account Program (ESA)

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III issued the following statement following the Tennessee Supreme Court’s ruling on the Education Savings Account Pilot Program: “The Education Savings Account program (ESA) has always been about helping Tennessee students-giving eligible families a choice in education, an opportunity they currently do not have. It challenged the status quo- a […]

No Road Construction Delays for Memorial Day Travelers

No Road Construction Delays for Memorial Day Travelers

Road Construction will not delay motorists as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon on Friday, May 27 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel […]

Mental Health Month 2022: Overcoming Isolation and Finding Connection

Mental Health Month 2022: Overcoming Isolation and Finding Connection

“We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”  As I recently read those words about one of the best singer-songwriters in my lifetime, I was struck by how many people are struggling with untreated mental illness across our great state and how many families have experienced a similar tragic loss of life.  […]

Growing Number of Tennessee Seniors Will Increase Demand for State Services

Growing Number of Tennessee Seniors Will Increase Demand for State Services

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released an updated version of its report on Senior Long-Term Care in Tennessee. The report indicates the number of Tennessee seniors age 60 and over is expected to increase by 30% from 1.6 million in 2020 to 2.1 million in 2040. The number of those age 80 and over in […]

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III Statement on Leak of Draft Opinion in Mississippi Abortion Case (Dobbs)

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III Statement on Leak of Draft Opinion in Mississippi Abortion Case (Dobbs)

Nashville- Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today issued the following statement following the leak of a draft opinion in Dobbs: “While we have a vested interest in the outcome of Dobbs in Tennessee, we will let the Supreme Court speak for itself. This leak is more than regrettable, it is an affront to the integrity of […]

Gov. Lee Passes Full ‘America At Its Best’ Agenda

Gov. Lee Passes Full ‘America At Its Best’ Agenda

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee marked the close of the 2022 legislative session, which includes the passage of his $52.8 billion budget and full agenda as outlined during his State of the State address in February. “Tennessee is America at Its Best, and we’ve made strategic investments to cut taxes, strengthen infrastructure and invest in education at […]

AG Slatery Joins Lawsuit Challenging Biden Immigration Policy

AG Slatery Joins Lawsuit Challenging Biden Immigration Policy

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with a coalition of 20 state attorneys general, is joining a federal lawsuit against the Biden Administration for ending Title 42, a public health policy that allows border officials to turn away migrants because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition joins Missouri, Arizona, and Louisiana on the amended […]

TDOT Reminds Motorists to Work with Us – Move Over, Slow Down in Work Zones

TDOT Reminds Motorists to Work with Us – Move Over, Slow Down in Work Zones

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is joining states across the nation to ask motorists to Work with Us – move over and slow down for highway workers. TDOT will spread that message statewide during National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11-15) to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones. “It’s been six […]

Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2023-2025

Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2023-2025

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Transportation Interim Commissioner Joe Galbato today released TDOT’s annual three-year transportation program, featuring just over $3.6 billion in infrastructure investments for 58 individual project phases in 34 counties across the state. The program supports Governor Lee’s first Executive Order by funding work on 22 highway and bridge […]

State Rep. Jeremy Faison’s Capitol Report

State Rep. Jeremy Faison’s Capitol Report

State budget becomes central focus in final weeks of 112th General Assembly House Finance, Ways and Means Committee considers budget amendments On the Hill this week, Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley briefed members of the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee about Gov. Bill Lee’s updated budget plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year that […]

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