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.

Integrity Tool & Mold to Expand, Build New Facility

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 10:09 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Integrity Tool & Mold, Inc. officials announced an expansion of the company’s operations in Pulaski, Tenn. Integrity will build a new 42,850 square foot engineering and manufacturing facility at 301 Integrity Lane, which will replace their current location at 1770 Braly Lane. The expansion represents a $6.3 million investment and will create 45 new jobs.

“When established companies choose to reinvest with our state, they are paying Tennessee the highest compliment while further strengthening the surrounding communities' economies,” Hagerty said. “Integrity is a prime example of how Tennessee’s business-friendly climate and exceptional infrastructure allow companies to grow and expand, serving customers all over the world. Integrity is a valued corporate citizen and I am grateful for the new jobs they will bring to Giles County.”

United Stainless, Inc. Announces Expansion of Selmer Facility

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | 11:03 am

Tubing Manufacturer Invests $3.4 Million, Creates 25 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with United Stainless, Inc. President Greg Sturicz announced today the company will expand its facility in Selmer, Tenn. The stainless steel tubing manufacturer is expanding one of its existing product lines to offer custom cutting and fabricating, resulting in a $3.4 million investment and the addition of 25 new manufacturing positions over the next two years.

Haslam Announces IBM Executive as Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | 10:40 am

Greg Adams to join governor’s staff July 8

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Greg Adams will join the governor’s senior team as chief operating officer.  In the governor’s ongoing effort to make Tennessee the best managed state in the nation, Adams’ role will be to work with state departments to ensure they’re operating in the most efficient and effective way possible.

“Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to state government,” Haslam said.  “It says a lot for our state that we’re able to attract this caliber of talent.  Greg will bring a fresh perspective to the work we’re doing every day to serve Tennessee taxpayers in the most efficient and effective way.  I am grateful that he is willing to serve in this capacity.”

SO.F.TER. GROUP to Establish Headquarters for the Americas in Wilson County

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | 10:07 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with SO.F.TER. GROUP officials today announced the company will build its first U.S. operation in Wilson County. The new building will be located on 21 acres off of Highway 109 in Lebanon and will serve as SO.F.TER.’s headquarters for the Americas. The construction of this new business represents an $11.5 million investment and the creation of 50 new jobs, with ultimate site employment expected to exceed 150.

“I have enjoyed getting to know SO.F.TER. management and appreciate their decision to locate in Tennessee,” Hagerty said. “SO.F.TER.’s investment underscores the momentum our state is enjoying in such a globally competitive market as companies seek the best location for long-term capital investment. We congratulate SO.F.TER. on this move and welcome them to Tennessee as a valued corporate citizen for many years to come.”

Season Two of “Nashville” to Begin Shooting in July

Monday, June 24, 2013 | 04:55 pm
Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes and Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes
Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes and Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes

ECD Approves Grant to Support Local Production, Metro Nashville to File Incentive Legislation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “Nashville,” the ABC television show filming its second season in Music City, is slated to begin principal photography in mid-July on 24 new episodes.  Pre-production has already begun.  As a result, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) announced today it has approved a grant of up to $12.5 million to support the local production.  The Mayor’s Office for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County has also agreed to provide financial incentives for season two of the television show.

TDH Partners with Walgreens, Greater Than AIDS to Provide Free HIV Testing

Thursday, June 20, 2013 | 12:42 pm
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National HIV Testing Day is June 27

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health will join a coalition of health providers and partners across the nation in observing National HIV Testing Day on Thursday, June 27. As part of this effort to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV, TDH is teaming up with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to provide free HIV testing at Walgreens stores across Tennessee June 27-29. TDH encourages all sexually active Tennesseans, regardless of age, to get tested for HIV.

Haslam Announces Claude Ramsey to Retire

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | 10:00 am

Deputy to the Governor has played significant role in administration achievements to date
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Deputy to the Governor Claude Ramsey will retire at the end of August to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren in Chattanooga.
 
Ramsey has been integral to Haslam on several key initiatives, including civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.