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Gov. Lee, TN Legislative Leadership Announce Additional Step to Support TBI and Accelerate Testing

Gov. Lee, TN Legislative Leadership Announce Additional Step to Support TBI and Accelerate Testing

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally and Speaker Cameron Sexton announced a decisive step to accelerate the hiring process for 25 additional forensic lab positions at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).Taking this action ahead of the regular budget process will expedite the TBI’s efforts to expand testing capacity and reduce the turnaround […]

Tennessee, Montana Lead State Coalition Against Banks, Credit Card Companies Tracking and Monitoring Firearm Purchases

Tennessee, Montana Lead State Coalition Against Banks, Credit Card Companies Tracking and Monitoring Firearm Purchases

Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti along with Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a coalition of 24 states alerting the Chief Executive Officers of three major credit card companies that the recent creation of a Merchant Category Code for the processing of firearms purchases from gun stores is potentially a violation of consumer protection and […]

Gov. Lee Authorizes Tennessee National Guard to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts in Florida

Gov. Lee Authorizes Tennessee National Guard to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts in Florida

Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, announced today that Tennessee Governor Bill Lee authorized the deployment of roughly 1,200 Soldiers and Airmen from the Tennessee National Guard to support response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Ian, which is expected to make landfall in Florida on Thursday. “As Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Ian, […]

AG Skrmetti Leads State AG Response to U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed Regulations; Redefinition of “Sex”

AG Skrmetti Leads State AG Response to U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed Regulations; Redefinition of “Sex”

Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti today objected to the U.S. Department of Education’s (the Department) proposed Title IX regulations in a formal comment letter joined by nineteen other state attorneys general. Title IX of the Education Amendment protects people from discrimination based on sex and applies to schools, local and state educational agencies, and other institutions […]

Tennessee’s Unemployment Rate Inches Up Slightly in August

Tennessee’s Unemployment Rate Inches Up Slightly in August

After three consecutive months of steady, near record low unemployment across the state, Tennessee’s jobless rate inched up slightly in August, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month is 3.4%, up just 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s rate of 3.3%. The all-time low […]

Applications Available for 2022-2023 Agricultural Enhancement Program

Applications Available for 2022-2023 Agricultural Enhancement Program

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) announces the application dates for this year’s Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) cost share program are Oct. 1-7, 2022. Producers fulfill requirements to defray the costs of strategic investments in their operations. The goal is to increase profitability and efficiency while promoting long-term investments in Tennessee’s agriculture. “Agriculture plays […]

State and Federal Fire Assistance Grant Opportunities Now Available

State and Federal Fire Assistance Grant Opportunities Now Available

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry provides communities, groups, and organizations with technical and financial assistance. This year, the division is offering two direct grant programs through the state and is promoting a new federal program. State programs include the Volunteer Fire Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants. The United States Department of […]

Unemployment Drops in Nearly Every County Across Tennessee

Unemployment Drops in Nearly Every County Across Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Nearly every county in Tennessee experienced lower unemployment in July, according to new data provided by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Eighty-nine out of the state’s 95 counties saw their jobless numbers decrease during the month. Unemployment increased slightly in five counties and remained the same in Robertson County. Across the […]

Four Proposed Amendments to the Tennessee Constitution Will be on the Nov. 8 Ballot

Four Proposed Amendments to the Tennessee Constitution Will be on the Nov. 8 Ballot

Four proposed amendments will appear on the November 8, 2022 ballot directly after the candidates for governor. For information on amendments being considered for the 2026 ballot, click here. Proposed Constitutional amendments are presented as yes or no questions. A yes vote is a vote to amend the Constitution and adopt the proposed language in the […]

Updated Mapping Tennessee Education Site Provides New Insights

Updated Mapping Tennessee Education Site Provides New Insights

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released new interactive online dashboards on K-12 education. The dashboards provide updated education data on schools and school districts for the 2020-21 school year. There are two dashboards: one for public schools and one for non-public schools. The dashboards include data on teacher salaries, student enrollment, school building quality, and state and local […]

AG Slatery Sues Walgreens for Unlawful Distribution and Sale of Opioids

AG Slatery Sues Walgreens for Unlawful Distribution and Sale of Opioids

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has filed a lawsuit against Walgreens in Knox County Circuit Court for violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, violating Tennessee’s public nuisance statute, and creating a common law public nuisance through its unlawful sale and distribution of opioids.  Its failure to maintain effective controls against abuse and diversion […]

Seasonal Unemployment Boosts County Jobless Rates for June

Seasonal Unemployment Boosts County Jobless Rates for June

School employees on their yearly summer break were one of the factors that impacted the June 2022 county unemployment rates, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). The latest statistics showed, as they typically do in June, jobless numbers increased in each of the state’s 95 counties. Statewide, unemployment remained unchanged between […]

Absentee By-Mail Request Deadline is July 28

Absentee By-Mail Request Deadline is July 28

The deadline for Tennessee voters to request a ballot to vote absentee by-mail for the Aug. 4 State and Federal Primary & State and County General Election is Thursday, July 28. “County election commissions are accepting absentee by-mail requests now for the Aug. 4 election,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “If you meet one […]

State Rep. Andrew Farmer and Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison announce Tennessee Arts Commission grants for local organizations

State Rep. Andrew Farmer and Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison announce Tennessee Arts Commission grants for local organizations

State Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, and House Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, announce $65,310 in grant funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission to support arts and cultural activities in Greene and Jefferson counties. “We are excited to see these significant investments being made to support local arts programs and facilities in our community,” Farmer […]

Tennessee Takes Action to Make Child Care More Affordable When Families Need It Most

Tennessee Takes Action to Make Child Care More Affordable When Families Need It Most

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is announcing new actions to support child care providers and parents. On July 1, 2022, TDHS increased child care payment assistance reimbursement rates by 20% across all categories of care in the Child Care Certificate Program. Beginning August 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, TDHS also will waive […]

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 […]