SBA: Less Than Three Weeks Left to Apply for Disaster Assistance

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 03:42 pm
SBA Urges Victims to Visit Disaster Loan Outreach Centers
NASHVILLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations located in Tennessee that there is less than three weeks left to apply for physical damage assistance caused by severe storms, flooding, high-winds and tornadoes that occurred on April 30 through May 18, 2010. The deadline to file an application for physical damage is Aug. 5, 2010.

Bredesen, Webb, Frist Kick Off Education Coalition

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 10:11 am
Group's First Project: Campaign to Raise Standards Awareness
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen, Education Commissioner Tim Webb and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist this week are launching the First to the Top Coalition, a statewide alliance of more than 30 business, community and education groups joining together to support public education reform in Tennessee.
The coalition’s first project is “Expect More, Achieve More: Raising the Bar in Tennessee Schools,” a campaign designed to raise parent and public awareness of higher academic standards in the classroom. The campaign is working to get ahead of the release of new Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) scores in late-September.

Recovery Act Funds Help to Open New Carter County Bridge

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 08:04 am
Traffic Flowing on Two Lane Bridge Two Months Ahead of Schedule
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined House Speaker Kent Williams and other state and local leaders today to officially open the new bridge over the Watauga River in the Siam community of Carter County. Traffic is already flowing on a new 2 lane concrete bridge that replaced a one lane steel structure originally built in 1941. The $1.55 million project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was one of the first ARRA construction projects in the state.

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.