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Tennessee Governor Haslam announces 2018 Legislative Agenda

February 1, 2018

Legislation includes Complete College Tennessee Act of 2018, Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, UT FOCUS Act, and TN Together

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced his legislative agenda for the 2018 session, continuing his focus on leading the nation in jobs, education, and efficient and effective government.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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It’s Quittin’ Time in Tennessee

February 1, 2018

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health joins partners from across the state in celebrating the third annual Tennessee Quit Week February 5th-9th, 2018 renewing the call to each and every Tennessean to be part of our state’s celebration of Tennesseans who have quit using tobacco products and inspire more people to join them.

“The impacts of tobacco and nicotine addiction in Tennessee go beyond the damage done to the health, quality of life and incomes of people using these products, most of whom got addicted as youth,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Tennessee Quit Week is February 5th–9th, 2018

Tennessee Quit Week is February 5th–9th, 2018

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Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Shares Tips for Tennesseans Shopping for Gym Memberships

January 30, 2018

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – If getting into shape is on your to-do list, make sure your gym membership passes the consumer fitness test before you sign any paperwork.

To help consumers with this healthful resolution, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs shares some basic guidelines to consider before committing funds to a gym or health club.

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance encourages consumers who are researching a gym membership to make sure it passes the fitness test before signing up.

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance encourages consumers who are researching a gym membership to make sure it passes the fitness test before signing up.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Commissioner Bob Rolfe Announce 66 Community Development Block Grants

January 30, 2018

Grants and investments to assist communities with local infrastructure and safety

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Govember Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe recently approved nearly $25.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which assist communities with infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives and façade improvements in downtown commercial districts.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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AAA reports Tennessee Gas Prices Rise 4 Cents

January 30, 2018

Clarksville-Montgomery County Gas Prices Cheapest in Tennessee

AAANashville, TN Tennessee gas prices rose 4 cents last week. Sunday’s state average of $2.40 is 15 cents more than a month ago, and 32 cents more than this time last year. Tennessee has the 10th-lowest state average in the nation. 

Last week, stock market gasoline prices reached levels not seen since Hurricane Harvey passed over the Gulf Coast, causing refinery outages and higher gas prices. Based on current wholesale levels, pump prices could soon return to the $2.60s in Florida, $2.50s in Georgia, and the high $2.40s in Tennessee; unless market prices retreat this week. 

Gas Prices Inching Higher. (AAA)

Gas Prices Inching Higher. (AAA)

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AT&T Expands High-Speed Internet in Communities across Tennessee

January 30, 2018

AT&TNashville, TNAT&T* has expanded internet access in communities throughout Tennessee to better serve those in rural and urban areas alike.

As part of our FCC Connect America Fund commitment, AT&T has deployed high-speed internet service to rural and underserved locations in parts of 51 counties serving more than 37,000 Tennessee locations.

For much of this rural deployment, AT&T is using its Fixed Wireless Internet service.  Launched in Tennessee in June of 2017, this innovative service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps to homes and small businesses.

Recent Fixed Wireless Deployments Bring Internet Service to more than 37,000 Rural Locations in Parts of 51 Counties. 100% Fiber-Optic Internet Powered by AT&T Fiber Available at more than 330,000 Tennessee Locations.

Recent Fixed Wireless Deployments Bring Internet Service to more than 37,000 Rural Locations in Parts of 51 Counties. 100% Fiber-Optic Internet Powered by AT&T Fiber Available at more than 330,000 Tennessee Locations.

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Dan Gibbs, Joshua Roberson receive 2017 Wildlife Award

January 29, 2018

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Dan Gibbs and Joshua Roberson have been honored by being named the 2017 TWRA Wildlife Biologist of the Year and Wildlife Technician of the Year, respectively.

The annual awards are presented by the TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division. Division Chief Mark Gudlin announced the winners at the January meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Dan Gibbs (second from left) holds his award for being named Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Biologist of the Year for 2017. Pictured (from left) are Ed Carter (TWRA Executive Director), Gibbs, Mark Gudlin (TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division Chief), John Mike (Region IV Wildlife Manager) Jeff Cook (Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Vice Chairman).

Dan Gibbs (second from left) holds his award for being named Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Biologist of the Year for 2017. Pictured (from left) are Ed Carter (TWRA Executive Director), Gibbs, Mark Gudlin (TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division Chief), John Mike (Region IV Wildlife Manager) Jeff Cook (Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Vice Chairman).

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Paris-Henry County Unemployment dropped to 4.0% in December 2017

January 26, 2018

Tennessee Counties End 2017 With Continued Low Unemployment

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee County unemployment rates released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) show unemployment remained below 5 percent in an overwhelming majority of the state’s 95 counties during December 2017.

Unemployment in Paris-Henry County dropped from 4.2 percent in November to 4.0 percent in December and is down 2.3 percent from December 2016’s unemployment rate of 6.3 percent.

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TDOE Receives $1.2 Million in Funding to Increase Quality of Early Learning Programs Across the State

January 23, 2018

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Monday that Tennessee was awarded an additional $1.2 million to further support high-quality early learning programs for classrooms across the state.

This funding is in addition to the nearly $70 million in Preschool Development Grants (PDG) the state received in 2014 to support pre-K expansion and enhancement in Nashville and the Shelby County in disbursements over four years.

Additional funding allows state to build on, assess early learning practices throughout Tennessee.

Additional funding allows state to build on, assess early learning practices throughout Tennessee.

In recent years, Tennessee has worked to ensure early learning programs, such as voluntary pre-K (VPK), provide children with a high-quality opportunity to develop school readiness skills and a strong foundation for learning. These newly awarded funds will allow the state to build on this work through a variety of projects, including a quality assessment of every pre-K classroom in the state.

“We want all of our students ready to succeed in school from day one,” Commissioner McQueen said. “This is why it is important that we work to prepare young children for lifelong learning and support high-quality programs throughout the state. It is especially important that we support strong early learning opportunities for our students with the greatest need, and this additional funding will allow us to better support our youngest learners.”

The new funding will be used to establish or develop the following activities:

  • VPK Director Summit to be held over the summer as an opportunity to support quality improvement work and share best practices
  • Quality assessment of every PDG and VPK classroom in the state to be conducted in the fall, which will give the department a quality measurement using a nationally recognized standardized tool
  • A robust data management system that allows the state to integrate information across multiple platforms
  • Regional communities of practice to support the department’s work with districts
  • Provide additional PDG support in Shelby County and the Achievement School District

As the department continues to make quality improvements to early learning programs, it will continue to partner with districts across the state to measure program quality and to provide strategic professional development and support. Tennessee is currently in year three of the four year disbursement of the initial Preschool Development Grant, which has allowed the state to expand pre-K classrooms in high need communities and to enhance both the quality of instruction in these classrooms and to provide comprehensive services for students and families.

To find out more about early learning programs in Tennessee, visit the department’s website or contact Elizabeth Alves, assistant commissioner of early learning and literacy, at Elizabeth.Alves@tn.gov. For media inquiries, contact Sara Gast, director of communications, at 615.532.6260 or Sara.Gast@tn.gov.

Tennessee Democrats say Opioid Proposal Does Not Go Far Enough

January 22, 2018

Tennessee House DemocratsNashville, TN – Leaders of Tennessee’s legislative delegation today praised the plan presented by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to combat the state’s opioid crisis. The proposal features a three-pronged approach that focuses on prevention, treatment and law enforcement.

Democratic leaders today said the plan is a step in the right direction, but add the most effective thing Tennessee lawmakers can do to combat the crisis is to pass Medicaid expansion in the state.

Tennessee State Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol

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