Haslam Appoints 13 New Members to Higher Education Boards

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 08:24 am

Members represent fields of business, healthcare and education, include students and professors
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of thirteen new members and two re-appointments to Tennessee’s higher education boards.
 
Bill Lee, Pam Martin and Alex Martin will serve as new members of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).  Shannon Brown, Bill Evans, Julia Wells, Rhedona Rose, R.J. Duncan and David Golden will serve as new members of the University of Tennessee (UT) Board of Trustees.  Barbara Prescott, Leigh Shockey, Rebecca Reeves and Dottye Webb will serve as new members of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).  

Haslam Announces Reward in Franklin Murder Case

Friday, September 05, 2014 | 10:12 am

 
$5,000 for information in 1991 case of restaurant worker Peggy Cox 
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $5,000 reward from the state for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who have committed, attempted to commit or conspired to commit the murder of Peggy Cox on February 1, 1991.
 
“We encourage anyone with information in this case to contact local authorities so the person responsible for this crime can be brought to justice,” Haslam said.

Haslam Announces Five Counties Added to June Flooding Disaster

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 12:28 pm

Twenty-three counties now eligible for recovery funds from federal disaster declaration 
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that five counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration after severe weather on June 5-10, 2014.  A total of 23 counties are now included in the disaster.
 
State and local governments and electrical utilities spent nearly $10 million in response to, and recovery from, the wind damage and flash-flooding impacts.

Haslam, Ramsey and Harwell To Convene Education Summit

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | 02:38 pm

Review of Tennessee’s progress, update on current status and discussion on future success
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell today to announce that key stakeholders of K-12 education from across the state will come together in Nashville on Thursday, September 18 for Tennessee’s Education Summit: Progress of the Past, Present and Future.
 
“There is nothing more important to the future of our state than getting education right,” Haslam said. “We are making historic progress in Tennessee, and as part of that progress there has been a lot of change and discussion. This is a chance to review where we’ve been, take a look at where we are today, and make sure we’re planning for where we want to go.”

Haslam Announces David Purkey As TEMA Director

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 09:34 am

 
Purkey to continue serving as governor’s Homeland Security advisor
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of David W. Purkey as a deputy commissioner of the Military Department where he will direct the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). 
 
Purkey has served as interim director of TEMA since the April retirement of Jim Bassham. He will also continue to serve as the governor’s Homeland Security advisor and assistant commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. 

Haslam Appoints Holloway To Court Of Criminal Appeals

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 03:36 pm


Replacement for new Supreme Court Justice Bivins 


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Robert Lee Holloway Jr. of Columbia to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Section.


Holloway, 62, replaces Judge Jeff Bivins, who was recently appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Holloway has been a Circuit Court judge for the 22nd Judicial District, which includes Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties.  He was appointed to that position in 1998 by Gov. Don Sundquist. He was elected in August 1998 and again in 2006.

Haslam Unveils Report From Task Force On Aging

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 12:14 pm

Early steps envisioned as state observes National Senior Citizens Day  
                                                                                                                                
NASHVILLE – In recognition of National Senior Citizens Day, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a report by the Governor’s Task Force on Aging aimed at serving the state’s senior citizens more efficiently and effectively.


Among the initial steps the task force has recommended are to conduct a review of aging services in state government and to promote healthy living in partnership with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, as well as encourage local leaders to assess their communities for their livability for the aging.

Haslam Appoints Easter To Court of Criminal Appeals

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 02:13 pm

Replaces Retiring Judge Jerry L. Smith  
                                                                                                                                
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Judge Timothy Lee Easter of Brentwood to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Section, replacing Judge Jerry L. Smith, who is retiring.


Easter’s appointment becomes effective September 1.

Haslam Announces Federal Assistance For 18 Counties

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 10:48 am

Counties receive disaster recovery funds for June flooding
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced President Obama has declared 18 counties as federal disaster areas as a result of severe weather on June 5-10. State and local governments and electrical utilities spent nearly $10 million in response to and recovery from the wind damage and flash-flooding impacts.


“This federal aid will help our communities in rebuilding and recovery,” Haslam said.  “State and local teams worked quickly to survey damage in more than 35 counties to determine the impact of these storms, and we are grateful for this assistance.”

Haslam Appoints Task Force On Sentencing and Recidivism

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 09:27 am

Group to develop legislative and policy recommendations  
                                                                                                                                
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the formation of the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety.
 
In June, the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet announced a partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice to review sentencing and correction policies and practices.  The creation of a task force is the next step in that collaboration.