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.

December Unemployment Rate Climbs to 10.9 Percent

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 02:25 pm
Seasonally Adjusted Rate Up 0.7 Percentage Point from November
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced today Tennessee’s unemployment rate for December was 10.9 percent, up 0.7 percentage point from the November rate of 10.2 percent.

Governor Bredesen, Commissioner Kisber Announce Location of $200 Million Solar Manufacturing Facility

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 01:58 pm
Bredesen announces location of $200 million solar manufacturing facility.
Bredesen announces location of $200 million solar manufacturing facility.

Confluence Solar Will Develop $200 Million Facility and Create 250 New Jobs in Clinton, TN

NASHVILLE– Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber today joined senior leaders of Missouri-based Confluence Solar to announce that the company has selected Clinton, Tennessee as the home of their new manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facility.

Teach Tennessee Expands in 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 11:27 am
Teach Tennessee
Teach Tennessee

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the expansion of Teach Tennessee in 2010 to recruit more teachers in the high-need subject areas of math, science and foreign language. A new program, the Teach Tennessee Commissioner’s Fellows program, will augment the existing Teach Tennessee Governor’s Fellows program.

Tennessee Submits Race to the Top Plan - Reform Proposal Seeks $502 Million for Volunteer State

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 10:38 am
Race to the Top
Race to the Top

NASHVILLE–The State of Tennessee has submitted its proposal in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition, seeking a total of $501.8 million in federal resources to spur education innovation across the Volunteer State.

Tennessee’s final request exceeded recent estimates by about $17 million, mainly due to additional resources that are being sought for turnaround schools. Tennessee’s complete Race to the Top proposal, totaling 1,111 pages with supporting documents, can be found on the state Department of Education Web site at

Black History Month in Tennessee

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 | 01:00 am
Music, Exhibits and Parades Celebrate Black History Month in Tennessee
NASHVILLE- During Black History Month, stories of courage and triumph will be told throughout Tennessee with music, exhibits and parades. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Nashville Sit-In Movement and this time of year proves exciting as the state remembers life before and after the civil rights movement.

Don't Forget Second Dose of H1N1 Vaccine

Friday, January 15, 2010 | 05:35 pm
Parents Reminded Children Under Age 10 Need Two Doses
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding parents that children under the age of 10 require two doses of H1N1 flu vaccine in order to be fully immunized against the virus. H1N1 flu vaccine is plentiful in Tennessee and widely available through county health departments and other providers across the state. Tennessee’s county health departments are providing this vaccine at no charge to patients.