TN Department of Education Announces School Counselor Institute

Friday, February 05, 2010 | 11:34 am
Educating the Whole Child
Educating the Whole Child

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the fifth annual Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute beginning next week in Murfreesboro. This year’s theme, “The 360 Approach: Educating the Whole Child,” addresses the critical need of ensuring that our students are both college- and career-ready.

I-40 in Tennessee Ranked Best Road in Nation for Fourth Year in a Row

Thursday, February 04, 2010 | 01:35 pm
June 12, 2009 - Motorists travel the newly rebuilt section of Interstate 40 near downtown Knoxville
June 12, 2009 - Motorists travel the newly rebuilt section of Interstate 40 near downtown Knoxville
Truckers Rank TN Statewide Roadway System Third Best for 11th Consecutive Year
NASHVILLE – At 455 miles in length, Tennessee is home to the longest stretch of Interstate 40 in the nation and, for the fourth straight year, the nation’s truckers have rated it the best stretch of roadway in America. In addition, truck drivers rated Tennessee’s overall roadway system third best in the country for the eleventh year in a row according to a recent survey of truck owners and operators by Overdrive Magazine.
"Tennessee’s roadways are a major economic asset in our work to attract opportunities for growth and development in our communities,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “I’m pleased to see this consistently high ranking of the state’s transportation system from some of the people who use it the most – our nation’s truckers.”

TN Proclaims February National Career and Technical Education Month

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 | 01:35 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce students and faculty in 3,400 career and technical education programs of study in the state will celebrate February as National Career and Technical Education month. The theme of this month’s celebration, “CTE: Invest in Your Future,” highlights the importance of career and technical education in providing the essential skills necessary for future success.

DHS Announces 2010 Summer Food Program

Tuesday, February 02, 2010 | 04:51 pm
Local Agencies to Offer Feeding Sites
NASHVILLE ‑ The Tennessee Department of Human Services is looking for non-profit and local government agencies to help feed low-income children this summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to provide healthy, nutritious meals to needy children during summer vacation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides funding for the program, which is specifically designed for children who depend upon school lunch and breakfast programs and whose nutritional needs may be greater when schools are closed.  

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.