TDH Encourages Smokers to "Talk With Your Doctor" for Help Quitting for Good

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 11:52 am

New Initiative Part of CDC’s “Tips From Former Smokers” Campaign

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is encouraging smokers to talk with their doctors, nurses and other health care providers about quitting smoking as part of the national “Talk With Your Doctor” initiative. The effort is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tobacco education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers, in which real people tell how their smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke changed their lives forever, in the hopes of motivating other smokers to quit.

Haslam Announces Larry Martin as Interim F&A Commissioner

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 11:45 am

Martin to take interim position after Emkes’ retirement May 31
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Larry Martin will become the interim commissioner of the state Department of Finance and Administration (F&A) when Commissioner Mark Emkes retires at the end of the month.
Martin becomes interim commissioner at F&A June 1 after Emkes’ retires effective May 31.
A year ago, he joined the governor’s staff as a special assistant to the governor, working alongside Human Resources Commissioner Rebecca Hunter to oversee the implementation of Haslam’s civil service reform, the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act; and reviewing state employee compensation.

Tennessee State Parks to Host National Trails Day Events

Friday, May 24, 2013 | 02:50 pm

All 54 State Parks Will Host Hikes Saturday, June 1

NASHVILLE – In conjunction with National Trails Day, Tennessee State Parks will host free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 1, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in several planned activities across the state.  Each state park will host its own special hike, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including historical hikes, educational programming, re-enactments and wildlife watching.

NHK Seating of America Announces Continued Expansion of Murfreesboro Facility

Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 10:00 am

Automotive Supplier to Invest $6.8 Million, Create 94 Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with NHK Seating of America, Inc. officials announced plans to expand their facility on Joe B. Jackson Parkway in Murfreesboro, Tenn. NHK’s continued expansion represents a $6.8 million investment and will create approximately 94 new jobs in Rutherford County.

“Tennessee continues to prove our business-friendly environment is the ideal climate for advanced manufacturing companies to succeed,” Hagerty said. “NHK Seating of America is not only growing but thriving thanks to a highly skilled and available workforce and one of the lowest tax burdens in the country.”

Tennessee Earns Emergency Management Re-Accreditation

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 01:42 pm

TEMA meets all 64 national standards for disaster preparedness and response


Nashville – The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), a national nonprofit that evaluates disaster response agencies, has fully re-accredited Tennessee’s emergency management program and commended the state for its ability to bring together personnel, resources, and communications in preparing for and responding to disasters of any type.  


“Re-accreditation is a significant milestone for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency,” said TEMA Director Jim Bassham. “This reaffirms Tennessee’s position as one of the leading emergency management programs in the country.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Van-Rob to Expand Coffee County Facility

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 10:06 am

Automotive Supplier to Invest $16.8 Million, Create 104 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with Van-Rob Manchester officials announced today the company will add 104 jobs to its manufacturing facility on Volunteer Parkway in Manchester. Van-Rob, a Tier 1 supplier to the major automobile manufacturers, will create 104 new jobs and invest $16.8 million at its Coffee County facility.

“I want to thank Van-Rob for its continued investment in Tennessee and the new jobs created in Coffee County,” Haslam said. “Our Jobs4TN strategy identifies Tennessee’s unique competitive advantage in the automotive industry, and with more than 105,000 Tennesseans employed in auto manufacturing, these expansions help us toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Governor Haslam to Memorialize Three Tennessee Service Members Killed in Action

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 09:10 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Major General Terry “Max” Haston will memorialize three Tennessee service members killed in action.

For the first time in the state’s history, the Governor will also formally present the first Gold Star Families proclamation to Wayne Gearheart with the newly created Gold Star Dads of America organization in Tennessee.

Labor Department Successfully Recovers More Than $15 Million in Fraudulent Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 08:28 am


NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has collected $15.3 million of fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits as a result of the Treasury Offset Program (TOP). This program allows garnishment of IRS refunds and other federal payments from those who have collected unemployment benefits fraudulently.

Haslam Signs “Lynn’s Law” in Caryville

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 01:58 pm

Bill makes it illegal to abandon mentally disabled adults
CARYVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today held a ceremonial bill signing of “Lynn’s Law,” or HB 531/SB 675, legislation allowing district attorneys to prosecute an individual who knowingly abandons a person with an intellectual disability.  
This bill makes it illegal for a person who has assumed responsibility for and is knowledgeable of another’s inability to care for him or herself to abandon that person.

Haslam Announces Commissioners at DIDD, DCS

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 10:40 am

Payne to lead DIDD, Henry to stay on at DCS

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Debra Payne as the new commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) as Jim Henry becomes the permanent commissioner at the Department of Children’s Services (DCS).

Payne currently serves as deputy commissioner of DIDD and Henry as the interim commissioner of DCS.

“These two departments handle some of the state’s most difficult work concerning our most vulnerable citizens,” Haslam said. “I want to thank Debbie for taking on this new role in such a young department. Her experience and hard work will continue to serve the state of Tennessee very well.”