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

Thursday, June 20, 2013 | 12:42 pm

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.

Gov. Haslam Awards Clean Tennessee Energy Grant to Oak Ridge

Monday, June 17, 2013 | 04:04 pm

Project Promotes Energy Efficiency Lighting, Benefiting the Environment and Bottom Line

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the city of Oak Ridge is receiving $200,000 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grant funding to replace and retrofit existing fluorescent lighting fixtures to LED lighting in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building and the Oak Ridge Civic Center Complex. 

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.