TDOC Launches Automated System

Friday, July 05, 2013 | 11:02 am

NASHVILLE – The Department of Correction has launched an automated fee collection system to streamline services and enhance accountability.  Offenders on probation or parole are now able to pay their supervision and other fees online, through wire transfer, by sending money orders to JPay, or by phone.  Family and friends of inmates can also make deposits into trust fund accounts through the automated system.

State Veterinarian Revises Wild Hog Transport Order

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 | 10:06 am

New Order to Help Strengthen Enforcement of Illegal Transport Law

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture today announced a revised Order by the State Veterinarian specifying conditions under which wild-appearing hogs are to be transported in the state.   

The revised order, which went into effect June 10, is in support of legislation passed last year by the Tennessee General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam making it illegal to transport and release wild-appearing hogs without documentation from the department.

“Wild hogs have the propensity to reproduce in great numbers, carry diseases, destroy crops and cause serious ecological damage,” state veterinarian Charles Hatcher, DVM, said. “The new order strengthens efforts to prevent the illegal transportation and releasing of wild hogs by requiring individual animal identification and documentation for all wild-appearing hogs being moved.”

Family Fun Every Weekend in July

Monday, July 01, 2013 | 04:22 pm

NASHVILLE – “Summer Saturdays”, hours of fun-filled family programs that highlight farm activities, begins the first weekend in July at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.

From buggy rides and horse shows to milking goats and sampling foods from the forest, there will be different things for families to see and do each weekend in July.

WHAT:  “Summer Saturdays”

WHERE:  Tennessee Agricultural Museum, located at the Ellington Agricultural Center

WHEN:  Every Saturday in July from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Haslam Appoints New Chairman of Parole Board

Monday, July 01, 2013 | 11:03 am

Former legislator Richard Montgomery replaces Charles Traughber
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Richard Montgomery as chairman of the Board of Parole.  Montgomery replaces Charles Traughber who retired last week after serving nearly 40 years on the board, much of that time as chairman.  
“I am grateful for Chairman Traughber’s many years of service and dedication to our state,” Haslam said.  “His experience and counsel was extremely helpful as we restructured the board to transition probation services to the Department of Correction to provide a more seamless and accountable process.

Haslam Appoints Wright Criminal Court Judge in 30th District

Friday, June 28, 2013 | 11:41 am

Fills Shelby County vacancy created by death of Judge W. Otis Higgs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Glenn I. Wright as Criminal Court Judge in the 30th Judicial District, which serves Shelby County.  Wright is filling the vacancy created by the death of Judge W. Otis Higgs in February.

“Glenn has a distinguished career with 30 years of experience in Shelby County, and I know he will make an outstanding judge,” Haslam said.  “I am grateful for his willingness to serve the people of the 30th Judicial District.”

Haslam Announces Hudgens to Head New Workers’ Comp Division

Friday, June 28, 2013 | 10:09 am

New position result of governor’s workers’ compensation reform efforts in Legislature
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Abbie Hudgens will oversee the new Workers’ Compensation Division starting July 1.
Hudgens will serve a six-year term leading the revamped Workers’ Compensation Division in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Oddello Industries, LLC to Expand Morristown Facility

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 09:08 am

Furniture Components Manufacturer to Create 228 New Positions in Hamblen County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Oddello Industries, LLC officials announced today the company will expand operations at its Morristown, Tenn. facility, representing an investment of $4 million and the creation of 228 new positions in Hamblen County.

Haslam Appoints Faulk Third District Circuit Court Judge

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 07:44 am

Replaces Retiring Judge Lawson
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Mike Faulk as circuit court judge for the Third Judicial District, replacing Judge Kindall T. Lawson, who retired effective June 1.
“Mike will bring vast experience to the bench,” Haslam said. “He has served his state well in the past, and I know he will serve the citizens of the Third Judicial District well in this new role.”

Haslam Signs Gang-Enhanced Sentencing Bill in Memphis

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 03:30 pm

Legislation changes the definition of “criminal gang offense”
MEMPHIS – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today held a ceremonial bill signing in Memphis for legislation that rewrites and simplifies the criminal gang offense enhanced punishment law.

Gang-related crimes are of increasing concern across Tennessee, in the state’s rural and urban communities, and the bill, HB 196/SB 202, changes the definition of “criminal gang offense” from a vague and broad definition to a specific list of offenses that will make it easier for prosecutors to seek a greater sentence.

Governor Haslam to Dedicate New Interpretive Center at Sycamore Shoals State Park on Friday, June 28

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 11:42 am
The Crossing by painter Richard Luce is a mural that is featured prominently at Sycamore Shoals' new interpretive center
The Crossing by painter Richard Luce is a mural that is featured prominently at Sycamore Shoals' new interpretive center

Special Grant Presentation to Mayor Curt Alexander Also Planned, Benefiting Elizabethton

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn.  – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will join Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau on Friday, June 28, for the dedication of Tennessee State Parks’ newest interpretive exhibit at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.  The event will be held at 10 a.m. at the state park’s visitor center, located at 1651 West Elk Avenue in Elizabethton, Tenn.