Stay Safe in the Summer Sun

Monday, June 17, 2013 | 12:11 pm
Courtesy:  CDC
Courtesy: CDC

Easy Steps Help Prevent Skin Cancer

NASHVILLE – When you're having fun outdoors, it's easy to forget how important it is to protect yourself from the sun. Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's ultraviolet rays in as little as 15 minutes, yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans of easy steps to follow to protect your skin this summer and all through the year.

West Tennessee Veterans Home Committee to Discuss Ongoing Fundraising Efforts

Monday, June 17, 2013 | 11:49 am


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Commissioner Mark Breece will continue to assist the West Tennessee Veterans Home Committee as they continue to raise the local portion needed to construct the proposed State Veterans Home for West Tennessee. 

A combination of federal, state and local funding will be needed to construct the proposed Veterans Home.  Federal funding will not pay for land acquisition which will have to be provided through state and local funding.  The proposed West Tennessee State Veterans Home will serve veterans in Fayette, Shelby and Tipton Counties

State to Present High School Diploma to Korean War Era Veteran After More Than 60 Years

Monday, June 17, 2013 | 11:33 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and Sen. Douglas Henry (D-Nashville) will present Korean War era veteran William Milton Duncan with a high school diploma. Duncan is a Tullahoma native, but current Nashville resident. 

Duncan was drafted in 1951 and began serving in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Haslam Announces Phillips as Commissioner Of Labor And Workforce Development

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | 11:11 am

Phillips becomes the permanent commissioner at the department

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Burns Phillips as the new commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Phillips had been serving as acting commissioner of the department, after coming over from the Department of Finance and Administration (F&A) where he was managing director of customer-focused government initiatives administration-wide.

Farmers Markets Popular Even in Rural Areas

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | 11:09 am

NASHVILLE – Farmers markets: they’re not just for cities, anymore.

Tennessee’s farmers markets are popping up everywhere—even in the heart of Tennessee farm lands. You’d think that in areas where many in the community still farm and grow gardens, the farmers market concept wouldn’t get much traction, but in fact, it’s in small towns and rural communities that most new farmers markets are showing up.

There was a time not so long ago that farmers markets were touted mostly as a way to get fresh, local produce into areas where produce wasn’t grown. Farmers trucked the literal fruits of their labors into more densely populated areas to give town dwellers a chance to meet the growers and know as much as possible about where their food was grown. Those who didn’t have ideal options for buying fresh foods within their neighborhoods could get to the farmers market and take home premium produce for the week.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce U.S. Solutions Group, Inc. to Expand Sullivan County Operations

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | 10:02 am

Teleperformance Company to Invest $117,000, Create 128 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today that U.S. Solutions Group, Inc., a Teleperformance company, will expand its operations at 2536 West State Street in Bristol, Tenn. The expansion includes a $117,000 investment and the creation of 128 new jobs.

Haslam Appoints Durard as 17th District Circuit Court Judge

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | 04:51 pm

Durard to replace retired Judge Robert Crigler

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Forest A. Durard Jr. as circuit court judge for the 17th Judicial District, replacing Judge Robert Crigler, who retired effective May 30.

“Forest brings valuable experience to the bench from a career that includes both the public and private sectors,” Haslam said. “I know he will serve the citizens of the 17th district well in this role.”

Haslam Announces Reward in Robertson County Murder

Friday, June 07, 2013 | 02:03 pm

Rashaud Singletary was killed May 6, 2012 in Springfield

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $10,000 reward from the state for information on the death of Rashaud Singletary in May 2012 in Springfield.

“I encourage anyone with information in this case to contact the local authorities immediately so those responsible for this crime can be brought to justice,” Haslam said.

Department of Safety & Homeland Security, Tennessee Highway Patrol Announce Promotions

Thursday, June 06, 2013 | 10:07 am

NASHVILLE--- Officials from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Highway Patrol formally recognized 25 individuals for recent promotions in a special ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the agency’s Training Center in Nashville. Commissioner Bill Gibbons, Deputy Commissioner Larry Godwin and THP Colonel Tracy Trott were on-hand to congratulate the recipients.