Bredesen Announces DCS Accreditation

Tuesday, February 02, 2010 | 09:11 am
Children's Services Becomes the Seventh Accredited State-Administered Public Agency
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen in his State of the State Address Monday announced the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has received accreditation from the Council on Accreditation, an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral health care accrediting organization.
Tennessee’s Department of Children Services is the seventh state-administered agency to receive COA accreditation. State-administered agencies in Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri and West Virginia are currently accredited by the organization.
“This is a real achievement for the Department of Children’s Services and speaks to the tremendous progress that’s been made under the leadership of Viola Miller,” said Bredesen. “The people of Tennessee can take both pride and comfort in knowing the people responsible for managing the cases of abused and neglected children have met these high standards.”

Bredesen Delivers 2010 State of the State Address

Monday, February 01, 2010 | 07:42 pm
Gov. Bredesen delivers his 2010 State of the State Address.
Gov. Bredesen delivers his 2010 State of the State Address.
Eighth Balanced, Common-Sense Budget Uses Some Rainy Day Funds to Preserve Jobs
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today delivered his eighth State of the State Address to the members of the 106th General Assembly, speaking to achievements in areas like education, job creation and child welfare and the challenges of maintaining services in the midst of declining revenues and the national economic recession.
In addressing the proposed FY 2010-2011 budget, Bredesen said he is building on the four-year budget designed last year to guide Tennessee through the economic recession and influx of one-time stimulus funds. The Governor said he adhered to the principle of the “family budget” in crafting his proposal.
“It’s nothing more than the common-sense principle that we’re going to adjust our expenses to match our income, and we’re going to be very careful about using money from our savings account so we can keep it healthy,” Bredesen said. “It’s the way sensible families are managing through these tough times, and while the numbers for state government are much larger, the principle is exactly the same.”

December 2009 County Unemployment Rates

Thursday, January 28, 2010 | 02:25 pm
Rates Increase in 91 Counties, Decrease in 1, Remain the Same in Three
NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for December was 10.9 percent, up 0.7 percentage point from the revised November rate of 10.2 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of December was unchanged at 10.0 percent.

Quit Tobacco for Better Health in the New Year

Thursday, January 28, 2010 | 01:05 pm
Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine Offers Support to Any Resident Who Wants to Quit
NASHVILLE – The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to decide to quit tobacco use, one of the most important things you can do for your health. It’s never too late to quit no matter how long you’ve been smoking. While quitting can be a challenge, it can be done, especially with the help of professional support. Tennesseans have a greater chance of quitting for good and keeping their New Year’s resolution with help from the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine, a free coaching service available to all adult Tennesseans who wish to stop using tobacco.

TDOT’s New Lauderdale County Employees Head to Work

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 11:10 am
29 newly hired Lauderdale County citizens are now Tennessee Department of Transportation District 45 maintenance workers.
29 newly hired Lauderdale County citizens are now Tennessee Department of Transportation District 45 maintenance workers.
New Hires are on the Job after Two Days of Safety and New Employee Training
NASHVILLE – Twenty-nine Lauderdale County citizens hit the roads today as new employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. On December 16, 2009, Governor Phil Bredesen outlined a plan to use federal Recovery Act funds to reduce unemployment and put 175 people back to work in Lauderdale County. The 29 newly-hired TDOT workers are among the first to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Governor’s plan.
“TDOT has worked quickly to hire, train and place these Lauderdale County citizens on the job as highway maintenance workers,” said Bredesen. “These new jobs, along with others outlined in the plan to reduce unemployment in Lauderdale County, should begin to ease some of the strain caused by the economic downturn.”

Bredesen Signs Landmark Education Bills Into Law

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 02:59 pm
Bredesen Signs the Tennessee First to the Top Act and the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010.
Bredesen Signs the Tennessee First to the Top Act and the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010.
NASHVILLE — Calling it a “landmark opportunity” for public education in Tennessee, Governor Phil Bredesen today signed into law two bills passed during this month’s special session of the 106th General Assembly that was focused on improving K-12 and higher education.
Joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers — including Lieutenant Governor and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Kent Williams — Bredesen put his signature on the “Tennessee First to the Top Act of 2010” and the “Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010.” The new laws enact a range of measures designed to spur improvement in Tennessee’s education pipeline — specifically, improving student performance and graduation rates at both the high school and college levels.

Outstanding Fairs Honored at Annual Convention

Monday, January 25, 2010 | 03:59 pm
County Fair in Tennessee
County Fair in Tennessee
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens recently presented awards to 57 of the state’s top county agricultural fairs. They were recognized with the Merit Award for outstanding achievement during the 2009 fair season. More than 900 people attended the Fairs Merit Awards recognition dinner at the 88th Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs convention held January 14th -16, in Nashville. 

Tennessee Tourism Releases 2010 Vacation Guide

Friday, January 22, 2010 | 01:00 am
State’s Official Travel Planner
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has released the 2010 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide. The state’s premiere resource for vacationers is packed with hundreds of colorful photos, feature articles, and descriptions of the state’s attractions, lodging, historic locales, entertainment venues, state parks, outdoor adventures and more.