Bruce Opie Named Deputy Commissioner of Education

Monday, July 19, 2010 | 12:32 pm

NASHVILLE – Education Commissioner Timothy Webb today announced the appointment of Bruce Opie to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Education. Mr. Opie joined the Department in 1985 and most recently served as the Department’s Assistant Commissioner for Legislation and Policy. As Deputy Commissioner he will oversee implementation of state education funding of local school systems.

BOPP Honors Work of Probation & Parole Officers

Monday, July 19, 2010 | 12:19 pm

NASHVILLE - National Probation, Parole and Community Corrections Officers’ Week is being celebrated across the nation July 18th through the 24th. The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) is joining with other agencies here and across the country to honor the probation and parole officers who supervise offenders.

TennCare Awards Dental Benefits Contract

Friday, July 16, 2010 | 02:07 pm

Contract Saves State in Administrative Costs

NASHVILLE — State officials announced today that Delta Dental was awarded the contract to serve as TennCare’s dental benefits manager (DBM).   The new contract will save the state an estimated $3.5 million in administrative costs over the three-year contract period.

New Improves Access to Government Services

Thursday, July 15, 2010 | 10:06 am
NASHVILLE – The state of Tennessee recently completed the successful launch of a new design for that makes it easier to find government information and services. The interactive website delivers custom content based on a user’s interest, click behavior and geographic location, and the engaging new design decreases the amount of time visitors spend locating information about programs and services.
The home page features quick and easy access to the most popular features and topics as determined by data gathered from past users. The site also features an enhanced search function that offers suggestions and potential matches as a visitor types into the search box. Clicking on topics provides visitors with suggestions on related topics to make finding information easier and more intuitive.

Bredesen Commutes Death Sentence Commutation to Life in Prison for Gaile Owens

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | 10:02 am
Bredesen Commutes Death Sentence
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today commuted the death sentence of Gaile Owens to life imprisonment. The Governor announced the commutation at the Capitol today, citing the extraordinary sentence compared to similar Tennessee cases, that Ms. Owens consistently admitted her guilt and that she had accepted a conditional plea agreement for life imprisonment prior to her original trial as the reasons for granting the commutation.

Bredesen Names Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 12:41 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed 135 men and women to serve on 60 state boards and commissions. These Tennesseans represent areas from all across the state.
“I commend all those appointed for their willingness to serve the state through its boards and commissions,” Bredesen said. “Tennesseans have always been recognized for dedicating their time and talents to serve their fellow citizens, and I appreciate these men and women for upholding this tradition. I am confident they will represent their respective boards with integrity and honor.” 

July First Lady Series Event to Spotlight Agriculture

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 07:19 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte will host an event Thursday, July 22, from 4-6 p.m. CDT at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence. The event, entitled, “Conservation Hall Supports Agriculture,” will focus on cultivation and gardening, featuring diverse participants that include local produce providers and organic gardeners. Participants can even learn how to assemble aesthetically-pleasing floral arrangements.
The informative and engaging affair is open to the public, free of cost; however, reservations are required.

FEMA: Flood Recovery is the Business of Tennessee’s Private Sector

Monday, July 12, 2010 | 11:00 pm
NASHVILLE - Tennessee's business community has risen to the occasion to help the state recover from the historic spring floods and has teamed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its partners to promote disaster assistance to nearly half a million Tennesseans.
"Tennessee's business and entertainment community have found creative ways to help the citizens of this state," said James Bassham, Director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). "They demonstrate how well TEMA, federal, and private sector partnership operates with the same focus – connecting disaster survivors with disaster assistance."