Haslam Announces New Commissioner of General Services

Thursday, August 08, 2013 | 10:50 am

State Architect Bob Oglesby to lead the department

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Robert E. Oglesby as the new commissioner of the Department of General Services.  Oglesby replaces Steve Cates who is departing the administration on August 20 to return to his Nashville development business.  Oglesby currently serves as Tennessee’s state architect.

“Bob has done a great job as our state architect, and his experience will be uniquely valuable as we continue the important work of effectively managing our assets and leveraging the state’s buying power to save taxpayer dollars,” Haslam said.

Haslam Announces Reward in Robertson County Murder

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 | 02:12 pm

Christopher Nash was killed August 20, 2011 in Springfield

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today a $10,000 reward from the state for information on the death of Christopher Nash in August 2011 in Springfield.

“I encourage anyone with information regarding the death of Christopher Nash to contact the local authorities immediately so that justice can be brought to anyone responsible in this crime,” Haslam said.

Haslam Launches Statewide "Healthier Tennessee" Initiative

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 | 12:14 pm

Newly created foundation to work with local communities to promote health and wellness

JACKSON – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the launch of “Healthier Tennessee,” an initiative to encourage Tennesseans to be more physically active, to eat nutritious foods in healthy portions, and not to use tobacco products. 

“Tennessee is one of the best places there is to live, work and raise a family, but we also are one of the least healthy states in the nation,” Haslam said.  “Our citizens have high rates of behavior-related diseases such as hypertension and stroke, Type II diabetes, heart disease, and several types of cancer.”

Haslam Appoints John C. Rambo chancellor in 1st Judicial District

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 | 11:55 am

Replaces G. Richard Johnson who resigned effective June 30

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed John C. Rambo as chancellor in the 1st Judicial District, replacing Chancellor G. Richard Johnson, who resigned effective June 30.  The 1st Judicial District serves Washington, Unicoi, Carter and Johnson counties.

“John’s depth of experience and diverse background will help him do an excellent job on the bench,” Haslam said.  “I am pleased to make this appointment, and the people in the district will benefit from his service.”

Haslam Announces SBA Disaster Declaration From July Flooding

Friday, August 02, 2013 | 05:29 pm

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

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his disaster declaration request for Sullivan County and its contiguous counties for the severe storms and flash flooding that occurred on July 20-21, 2013.
The declaration includes Carter, Hawkins, Johnson and Washington counties, and an SBA disaster declaration makes homeowners and businesses affected by the disaster eligible for low-interest loans.

Haslam Requests SBA Assistance for Disaster Recovery

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 02:14 pm

Low-Interest Loans Could Aid Residents in Sullivan and Surrounding Counties

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has requested assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help individuals and businesses in Sullivan County and its contiguous counties recover from the severe storms and flash flooding that occurred on July 20-21, 2013.

The additional Tennessee counties that would be eligible for SBA loans are Carter, Hawkins, Johnson and Washington as damage to homes and businesses occurred in multiple locations.

Children’s Cabinet Awards Computers across the State

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 10:52 am

137 early literacy computer stations go to public libraries, family childcare programs

NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet co-chaired by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam has awarded 137 children’s computers to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee.

The AWE Early Literacy Stations feature more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas all focused on supporting early learning in children.  These educational programs use engaging graphics to draw young children to learning.

Tennessee Ranks No. 1 in Automotive Manufacturing Strength for an Unprecedented Four Consecutive Years

Friday, July 26, 2013 | 09:43 am

NASHVILLE—Business Facilities, a national economic development publication, has released its annual state Automotive Manufacturing Strength ranking. For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation for Automotive Manufacturing Strength.

“This impressive distinction further solidifies Tennessee’s position as a global leader in automotive manufacturing strength,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “When internationally renowned companies like General Motors, Magneti Marelli, Nissan and Volkswagen choose to relocate and expand in our state, it extends Tennessee’s place at the top beyond the U.S. and into today’s globally competitive environment. I could not be more pleased to hear this great news.”

Haslam Announces TDEC, TDOT Grants For Dresden and Martin

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 03:34 pm

Nearly $800,000 from three grants to fund greenways and pedestrian trails
DRESDEN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced three grants totaling nearly $800,000 for Dresden and Martin to lengthen and develop recreational trails connecting the communities with the downtowns.
“These greenways and trails not only enhance the pedestrian experience of our communities, but they also provide new recreational and healthy ways for Tennesseans to enjoy their neighborhoods,” Haslam said. “Downtowns are the heart of our cities and towns, and the projects announced today will make important connections between various destinations and the Dresden and Martin downtowns.”