Governor, Commissioners Announce Strategic Plan To Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 01:30 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and others today to announce “Prescription for Success,” the state’s plan to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.


Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive, multi-dimensional issue impacting Tennessee individuals, families, and communities. Of the 4,850,000 adults in Tennessee, it is estimated that nearly 5 percent (about 221,000) have used pain relievers, also known as prescription opioids, in the past year for non-medical purposes. Of those, it is estimated that 69,100 are addicted to prescription opioids and require treatment for prescription opioid abuse.

Haslam Taps Mike Krause To Lead Drive to 55, Tennessee Promise

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 01:00 pm


Krause to Oversee Launch and Implementation of Tennessee Promise
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Mike Krause will join the Governor’s Office as executive director of the Drive to 55 and Tennessee Promise initiatives.
 
Krause will lead and manage the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and oversee all Drive to 55 efforts, including the statewide Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) early math remediation program, online innovation initiatives, Degree Compass expansion, adult student analytics and research, veteran education efforts, and the development of post-secondary scorecards.

Haslam Announces SBA Disaster Declaration for Middle Tennessee

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 03:13 pm

Low-Interest Loans Available to Residents in Lincoln and Surrounding Counties


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted a disaster declaration for Lincoln County and its contiguous counties for the storm flooding and tornado damage that occurred on April 27-29, 2014.
 
The declaration includes Bedford, Franklin, Giles, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties in Tennessee. An SBA disaster declaration makes homeowners and businesses affected by the disaster eligible for low-interest loans.

Haslam Signs 'Tennessee Promise' Into Law

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | 12:29 pm

Offers free community and technology college education to high school graduates


COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today held a ceremonial bill signing at Tutco, Inc. in Cookeville for HB 2491/SB2471, the “Tennessee Promise.” 


The historic proposal, which was approved overwhelmingly by the General Assembly, commits to providing two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating high school seniors on a continuing basis. 

Eight Tennessee Counties To Receive Federal Disaster Assistance

Friday, April 11, 2014 | 05:01 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby, Tipton counties   


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the federal government will provide public assistance to eight counties due to the severe winter weather that brought snow, ice and sleet accumulations to the state from March 2 to March 4, 2014.


The presidential disaster declaration will allow government entities and certain private non-profits in Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby and Tipton counties to apply for reimbursement of specific expenses related to disaster response and recovery. 

Haslam Requests Disaster Declaration for March Storm

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | 02:23 pm

Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Fayette, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby and Tipton counties
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today requested a presidential disaster declaration for nine counties as a result of extreme winter weather on March 2-4, 2014.
 
The federal assistance programs would provide access to a 75 percent reimbursement of the eligible costs to Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Fayette, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby, and Tipton counties. This request also includes the hazard mitigation program on a statewide basis.

Haslam Unveils Visionary 'Tennessee Promise'

Monday, February 03, 2014 | 07:18 pm

Proposes free community and technology college education to every graduating senior



NASHVILLE – During his fourth annual State of the State address before the General Assembly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam tonight introduced the “Tennessee Promise.” 


The historic proposal commits to providing on a continuing basis two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating high school seniors. 

Haslam Introduces Anti-Meth Production Legislation

Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 11:46 am

Proposal aims to reduce production without inconveniencing majority of consumers



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced legislation to reduce the growing problem of methamphetamine production in Tennessee.  The goal of the Tennessee Anti-Meth Production (TAMP) Act is to limit access to pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products to those who are using it illegally while not overburdening law-abiding Tennesseans who need temporary cold and sinus relief.  


Haslam joined legislators, members of the Public Safety Subcabinet and key stakeholders to announce his proposal, which aligns commonly purchased amounts of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine with 30-day limits.

Tennessee Named "2013 State Of The Year" For Economic Development

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 11:14 am

Business Facilities magazine cites diverse top projects in award


NASHVILLE – Tennessee is the “2013 State of the Year,” according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.


Tennessee’s top five economic development projects created a total of 6,900 jobs, $3.2 billion in capital investment and included seven expansions and three new recruitments. The magazine picked the state after evaluating the top five projects for the number of jobs created and amount of capital invested from October 1, 2012 through October 31, 2013.

Haslam Appoints Gibson To Court of Appeals, Western Section

Thursday, December 26, 2013 | 03:43 pm

Appointee will replace Judge David R. Farmer
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Brandon O. Gibson of Crockett County to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section.  She will replace Judge David R. Farmer upon the expiration of his term on August 31, 2014.
 
Gibson, 38, has been in private practice at the Pentecost & Glenn law firm in Jackson since 2003.  Her practice there has focused on governmental entity defense, employment defense, commercial litigation, civil rights litigation, and transactional services. Her work for the firm has included its satellite office in Crockett County.