Tennessee State Parks Provide Strong Support for Local Economies

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 | 10:16 am
New Report Indicates State Parks Pump Millions of Dollars and
Support Thousands of Jobs in Communities Across Tennessee
 

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced today the results of a University of Tennessee study that quantifies the significant positive impact Tennessee State Parks have on the state’s economy. The study indicates Tennessee State Parks pump millions of dollars into local economies and create thousands of jobs.

Tennessee Joins National Alliance to Increase Degree Completion

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 | 10:11 am
17 States Join "Complete College America" to Make College Completion a Top Priority
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced that Tennessee will join efforts with Complete College America, a national nonprofit organization working to dramatically increase the number of young adults with a college degree or credential. Tennessee will join 16 other states to form the Complete College Alliance, a group of leading states committed to significantly increasing the number of students successfully completing college and closing attainment gaps for traditionally underserved populations. Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia have also joined the Alliance.

Bredesen Celebrates Read Across America Day

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 | 09:37 am
Governor Phil Bredesen joins pre-K students at Bellshire Elementary School in Nashville to celebrate Read Across America Day.
Governor Phil Bredesen joins pre-K students at Bellshire Elementary School in Nashville to celebrate Read Across America Day.
Tennessee Education Association Partners with Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today joined the Tennessee Education Association, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning to celebrate the 14th annual Read Across America Day, a project of the National Education Association.
 
Read Across America Day is the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Bredesen commemorated the occasion by reading Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could to a pre-K class at Bellshire Elementary Design Center School in Nashville.
 
“Reading to children from the start is one of the best things we can do to prepare them for success in the classroom,” said Bredesen. “I’m pleased to see the work of these partner organizations in focusing Tennesseans on the importance of early childhood education and motivating children to read.”

Improve Your Nutrition from the Ground Up

Monday, March 01, 2010 | 12:48 pm
March is National Nutrition Month®
 
NASHVILLE – It’s common knowledge that a healthful diet is an important part of a healthful lifestyle, but many people have trouble figuring out what to do when planning an overhaul of their diet. The Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans during National Nutrition Month® this March that an easy way to focus on eating better is to start with the basics.
 

Flu Information Line Concludes Operations

Monday, March 01, 2010 | 12:36 pm

H1N1 Flu Vaccinations On-going

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Department of Health's Flu Information Line has concluded operations. Members of the public who have flu-related questions are now encouraged to contact their county health department or health care provider. A complete listing of the county health departments is available on the department Web site at http://health.state.tn.us/localdepartments.htm.

Bredesen Participates in Release of Achieve Report: Closing the Expectations Gap 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010 | 12:23 pm

Report Measures State Progress of the College and Career Ready Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Governor Phil Bredesen today participated in the release of Achieve’s fifth annual “Closing the Expectations Gap” report in the nation’s capital. The report shows that in the five years since the National Governors Association and Achieve co-sponsored the National Education Summit on high schools, the goal of aligning high school graduation requirements with the demands of college and the workplace has gone from a radical concept to the new norm throughout the country.

First Lady Conte Hosts Civil Rights Discussion at Conservation Hall

Friday, February 26, 2010 | 06:24 am
Panelists discuss the future of the civil rights movement at Conservation Hall.
Panelists discuss the future of the civil rights movement at Conservation Hall.
NASHVILLE - Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte tonight hosted the first in a series of events at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence. The event, entitled "Equality for All - In Search of Tomorrow's Civil Rights Movement," featured a panel discussion focused on the future of the civil rights movement.
 
"I felt this discussion would bring out an interesting range of perspectives from the panelists on an issue that's important to us all," said Conte. "Tonight's event was particularly appropriate as we commemorate Black History Month and I look forward to holding additional events at Conservation Hall in the months ahead."

Bredesen Honored by Tennessee Cattlemen

Thursday, February 25, 2010 | 04:29 pm
Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Ken Givens pictured with Tennessee Cattlemen's Association members.
Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Ken Givens pictured with Tennessee Cattlemen's Association members.
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today met with members of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association to recognize the organization’s 25th anniversary and the importance of cattle production to the state’s rural economy.
 
At the meeting, TCA president Steve Scott of Giles County presented Bredesen with a custom made cowboy hat in recognition of his support for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program. 

Future Teachers and Administrators to Gain Valuable Data Analysis Skills

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 12:31 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education and SAS Institute Inc. are partnering to provide valuable teaching resources for Tennessee’s Colleges of Education. Future educators and administrators will learn how to improve teaching effectiveness and student performance by working with simulated reports and results from the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS).