Effort to Combat Unemployment Targets County with High Unemployment Rate
NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today announced a plan to reduce unemployment in Hancock County by putting up to 100 people back to work using federal dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Hancock County has had one of the state’s highest unemployment rates – 17.8 percent in November – for the past three months and includes 430 currently unemployed residents.
NGA Center Selects State to Participate in Two-Year Initiative
NASHVILLE – Six Tennessee schools will be considered for the 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools award, a national honor recognizing academic excellence. Schools nominated this year have at least 40 percent of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and either performed in the top 10 percent in the state, or made exceptional progress in academic achievement on state assessments.
These schools are invited by the U.S. Secretary of Education to complete the award application and will be reviewed by a federal assessment panel to determine national winners.
“These schools serve as a model for other schools across our state and the nation,” Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. “Their performance is to be commended.”
NASHVILLE –Tennessee will receive $1.8 million in federal funding for broadband mapping and planning in an effort to increase the availability and use of high-speed Internet service in the state. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) matching grant is awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).