Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for Springfield

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 01:34 pm

$883,000 grant funds Pedestrian/Greenway Project downtown

SPRINGFIELD – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today an $882,943 transportation alternative grant to the city of Springfield to build a major component of the city’s Greenway Master Plan.

Phase III of the Pedestrian/Bicycle Greenway Project includes pedestrian and bicycle facilities along portions of South Main Street, Central Avenue West, John L. Patterson Street, and Bransford Drive. Phase III will also connect the southern portion of Springfield with the Central Business District and includes 4,000 linear feet of concrete path. New landscaping, benches, bike racks, and decorative lighting will be added.

Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for Ashland City

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 09:55 am

$398,000 grant funds connect three parks along Marks Creek

ASHLAND CITY – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $398,447 transportation alternative grant that will connect three parks along Marks Creek in Ashland City.

The Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail Project is located along the bank of Marks Creek near three city parks and SR 49. The project will provide trail connections to all three parks, which are currently only accessible by automobile. It includes more than 2,000 linear feet of 10-foot wide asphalt trail, a bridge, boardwalk, retaining walls, fencing, and a trailhead with amenities. New signs, benches, and landscaping will also enhance the scenic character of the town’s greenway system.

Haslam Appoints Special Tennessee Supreme Court

Monday, June 23, 2014 | 02:57 pm

Diverse panel highly qualified  
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed a special Tennessee Supreme Court to hear a case from which four Supreme Court justices have recused themselves.

The highly qualified and diverse appointees represent the three grand divisions of Tennessee.

Haslam Appoints Armstrong to Court of Appeals Western Section

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 12:55 pm

Replacement for Judge Holly Kirby 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong of Memphis to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section. The appointment will be effective September 1, 2014.
Armstrong, 66, replaces Judge Holly Kirby, who has been appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 12:30 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 | 12:00 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 | 02:13 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 | 11:29 am

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 | 04:01 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.