Include Immunizations in Your Summer Schedule

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | 02:08 pm
Courtesy:  James Gathany, CDC
Courtesy: James Gathany, CDC

Parents Urged to Make Appointments Now for Vaccinations to Avoid Last-Minute Rush

NASHVILLE – School’s out for summer, and right now Tennessee youngsters and their parents may have camp sessions, vacation and play dates on their minds. But the next school year is just around the corner, and some students will need immunizations before school starts. Tennessee students are required to have a number of immunizations for school attendance, and parents are urged to make appointments now for needed vaccinations to avoid the last-minute rush to get them when the new school year starts.

Haslam Launches Western Governors University Tennessee

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 | 02:41 pm

Memorandum of Understanding establishes online, competency-based university

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today launched WGU Tennessee, an online, competency-based university aimed at expanding access to higher education for Tennesseans.

He was joined by Western Governors University President Robert W. Mendenhall to sign the memorandum of understanding that officially establishes the university in Tennessee. 

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.”