Haslam Announces Randy Boyd as ECD Commissioner

Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 09:04 am


Boyd played key role in launching the governor’s ‘Drive to 55’ higher education initiative
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Randy Boyd as the new commissioner of Economic and Community Development.
 
A successful entrepreneur, Boyd, 55, served as a full-time, unpaid special advisor to the governor for higher education in 2013, focusing on the “Drive to 55” initiative to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certificates from 32 percent up to 55 percent by the year 2025. Boyd’s work resulted in the Tennessee Promise, the program to provide two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating Tennessee high school seniors.

Haslam Names Candice McQueen Education Commissioner

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 01:32 pm

Teacher, Dean of Lipscomb University’s College of Education to Lead Department  
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Dr. Candice McQueen, a teacher and dean at Lipscomb University in Nashville, will join his cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Education.
 
McQueen, 40, currently serves on Lipscomb University’s executive leadership team as senior vice president, and as dean she oversees the College of Education as well as the 1,300 pre-k through 12th grade students in three schools at Lipscomb Academy.  She has led training, support and professional development efforts for thousands of current and future classroom teachers, instructional coaches and school leaders. Before joining Lipscomb in 2001, McQueen was a teacher in elementary and middle schools.

Haslam Announces Insure Tennessee Plan

Monday, December 15, 2014 | 10:00 am

Provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans while addressing health outcomes and cost



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options.  The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms.   


The governor announced that he plans to call a special session to focus on the proposal after the 109th General Assembly convenes in January.



“We made the decision in Tennessee nearly two years ago not to expand traditional Medicaid,” Haslam said.  “This is an alternative approach that forges a different path and is a unique Tennessee solution.  This plan leverages federal dollars to provide health care coverage to more Tennesseans, to give people a choice in their coverage, and to address the cost of health care, better health outcomes and personal responsibility.

Haslam Announces Workforce Development Grant Recipients

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 02:11 pm

LEAP program seeks to better link higher education, industry to enhance Drive to 55 effort
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.

Haslam Announces Tourist Development Commissioner To Depart

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 11:00 am

Tourism industry collaborating better than ever before to attract visitors to state
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development, will be departing the administration after dedicating 12 years of leading the department to return to the private sector. 
 
“Susan has done a great job of promoting the unique assets that Tennessee has to offer to visitors from across the country and around the world,” Haslam said. “I am grateful for her leadership and service as we’ve worked to leverage all of the good work happening across the state to attract more people to Tennessee.”

Haslam Outlines Initiatives To Support Teachers

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 | 04:20 pm

 Proposals address testing, evaluations, local control and teacher input
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced several key initiatives to support Tennessee teachers in response to direct feedback from educators across the state.  The proposals reflect input that the governor received during statewide meetings with more than 150 educators and that came out of an education summit he co-hosted with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell in September.  

Haslam Names Dwight Tarwater As General Counsel

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 02:16 pm

Knoxville attorney to join governor’s senior staff and Cabinet


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Dwight E. Tarwater will join his senior team as general counsel.  Tarwater replaces Herbert Slatery who left the administration in October to become the state’s attorney general.


Tarwater, 59, currently practices law in Knoxville in the law firm he helped begin in 1987, Paine, Tarwater and Bickers, LLP.  He has vast courtroom experience, having tried cases locally, across the state of Tennessee, and in several other states.  On appeal, he has represented clients before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court and in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 6th, 10th, and 11th Circuits.

Haslam Appoints Parkes Circuit Court Judge

Monday, November 17, 2014 | 03:40 pm

 Replaces Judge Robert Lee Holloway in 22nd Judicial District


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed J. Russell Parkes of Columbia as Circuit Court Judge for the 22nd Judicial District.


Parkes replaces Judge Robert Lee Holloway, who recently was named to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. The 22nd Judicial District includes Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties.

Haslam Announces Education Commissioner To Depart

Friday, November 14, 2014 | 10:35 am


Tennessee made historic academic progress during governor’s first term in office
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Kevin Huffman, commissioner of the Department of Education, will be departing the administration to move into the private sector.
 
“Improving education in Tennessee has been a top priority for our administration, and having someone of Kevin’s caliber to lead the charge during this time of significant progress has made a difference,” Haslam said. “I am very grateful for his commitment to our students, educators and parents, and I wish him well as he continues his commitment to education.”

Haslam Announces Departure of ECD Commissioner

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 10:44 am

Hagerty to co-chair inauguration committee prior to return to the private sector


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Bill Hagerty, commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), will be leaving the administration to return to the private sector.


“Bill has done an incredible job leading our state’s business recruitment efforts for the past four years,” Haslam said.  “Our goal has been to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, and Bill has been key to the successes we’ve had in attracting new investment into the state as well as continued growth of our existing businesses.  I am grateful for his willingness to serve in the Cabinet and wish him and Chrissy the best upon his return to the private sector.”