Haslam Requests Disaster Declaration for March Storm

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | 01:23 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 | 06:18 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 | 10:46 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 | 10:14 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 | 02:43 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.

Haslam Appoints Kirby To Tennessee Supreme Court

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | 05:10 pm

Replacement for Retiring Justice Janice M. Holder 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Holly M. Kirby of Memphis to the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Kirby will succeed Janice M. Holder, who announced her retirement from the bench on June 28, upon expiration of her term.

Kirby, a lifelong Tennessean, has served as a member of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section, since 1995.  She was the first woman to serve on that court and has authored more than 1,000 opinions on appeals from trial courts across the state.

Haslam Announces Grants For Pellissippi State, TCAT-Knoxville

Friday, December 13, 2013 | 08:47 am

Workforce Development Grants Totaling $1,837,475 Address Training Needs

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced grants totaling $1,837,475 to fund equipment needed at Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville.

Pellissippi State will receive $1,386,975, and TCAT-Knoxville will receive $450,000, with the grants funding two programs at each school.

Haslam Announces Veterans Education Task Force

Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 02:41 pm

Group Charged with Improving College Success for Returning Troops

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the formation of a task force to evaluate how to best serve Tennessee’s veterans seeking a certificate or degree beyond high school. 

The task force is charged with the following:

• To identify common educational hurdles for transitioning veterans;
• To research best practices to serve student veterans;
• And to make recommendations on improving opportunities for veterans to earn a certificate or degree beyond high school.

Tennessee Students The Fastest Improving In The Nation

Thursday, November 07, 2013 | 10:26 am

Haslam announces 2013 results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress

MOUNT JULIET – Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Tennessee had the largest academic growth on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) of any state, making Tennessee the fastest improving state in the nation. 

The NAEP results also show that Tennessee had the largest growth of any state in a single testing cycle since NAEP started nationwide assessments a decade ago.

Haslam Announces Grant For Walters State Community College

Monday, November 04, 2013 | 04:20 pm

Workforce Development Equipment Grant Addresses Training Needs

MORRISTOWN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a grant of $337,297 for Walters State Community College to fund needed equipment for an industrial skills and training program and an advanced welding program.

The governor proposed and the General Assembly approved $16.5 million in this year’s budget for equipment and technology related to workforce development programs at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges, part of Gov. Haslam’s “Drive to 55” effort to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials.