Haslam Appoints Johnson Circuit Court Judge For 21st Judicial District

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | 03:46 pm

Replaces Judge Timothy Easter
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Deanna Bell Johnson of Franklin as circuit court judge for the 21st Judicial District, filling the vacancy created when Judge Timothy Lee Easter was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
The 21st Judicial District includes Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties. Johnson’s appointment is effective immediately.

Haslam Announces Richard Rhoda To Retire

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | 02:11 pm

Executive director of THEC and TSAC will serve through the end of the year
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Richard G. Rhoda, the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), will retire at the end of the year.
THEC oversees development of the state’s master plan for higher education, makes recommendations for capital appropriations in the governor’s budget, recommends tuition levels, approves new academic programs, and evaluates the state’s education lottery scholarship program.  THEC coordinates functions of the Tennessee’s public higher education systems, which consists of nine universities, 13 community colleges and 26 technology centers.

Haslam Lays Out Next Steps From Education Summit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 01:07 pm

Public review of academic standards will include input from across the state 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the process for a public review of the state’s K-12 academic standards in English language arts and math.  The process is in partnership with the State Board of Education and will include input from educators and citizens from across the state.   
Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years.  With these standards now in their fourth year, and with the discussion happening in Tennessee and across the country about Common Core state standards, Haslam believes this is the appropriate time to take a fresh look.

Haslam Appoints Carr Chancellor for 30th Judicial District

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 02:16 pm

 Replacement for Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Oscar C. Carr III of Memphis as chancellor for the 30th Judicial District, which serves Shelby County. He replaces Kenny Armstrong, who was recently named to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
Carr, 63, has been a member of the law firm Glankler Brown with a practice in litigation and an emphasis on business, construction, environmental and other civil litigation.

Haslam Travels To Afghanistan, Germany

Monday, September 29, 2014 | 10:26 am

Governor member of Council of Governors delegation

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam traveled to Germany and Afghanistan over the weekend, where he met with military leaders and troops.  Haslam took the trip as a newly appointed member of the nation’s Council of Governors.  The organization’s purpose is to strengthen links between the states and federal defense officials.

“Visiting our troops and being able to thank them for their service in person is always an honor, especially when they are half way around the world,” Haslam said. “These men and women serve under very difficult conditions, and their ongoing commitment and determination to defending our freedom is humbling.”

Haslam Receives Employment First Task Force Report

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 12:16 pm

Report outlines progress made and future goals to increase disability employment

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the completion of the Employment First Task Force report that outlines the steps the task force will take to expand integrated, competitive employment for people with disabilities as well as progress the group has already made.

Formed last year when the governor signed Executive Order No. 28, the task force is comprised of state agencies, families, consumer advocates and service providers, and it seeks to eliminate obstacles to employment for persons with disabilities and better leverage funds to increase opportunities.

Haslam Launches $10 Million Workforce Development Grant Competition for Local Communities

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 02:13 pm

LEAP program seeks to better link higher education, industry to enhance Drive to 55 effort
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the start of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.

The LEAP program, administered by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), is accepting applications from local collaboratives that seek to create new programs and/or acquire essential equipment aligned with the gaps in the local workforce.

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.