Governor Haslam

Haslam Announces David Purkey As TEMA Director

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 10:34 am

 
Purkey to continue serving as governor’s Homeland Security advisor
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of David W. Purkey as a deputy commissioner of the Military Department where he will direct the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). 
 
Purkey has served as interim director of TEMA since the April retirement of Jim Bassham. He will also continue to serve as the governor’s Homeland Security advisor and assistant commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. 

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce General Motors to Invest $185 Million in Engine Plant, Build New Cadillac SRX in Spring Hill

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 11:02 am

New Line of Eco-Tech Engines to be Used by Five GM Brands in 27 Models

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with General Motors officials announced today the company will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex.  GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Federal-Mogul to Expand Current Operations in Rutherford County

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 09:02 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Federal-Mogul officials announced today the company will invest $6.2 million to expand its current distribution facility in Smyrna, Tennessee and create 135 new jobs in Rutherford County.

“We are thankful for Federal-Mogul and their continued investment in our state and the new jobs they are creating in Middle Tennessee,” Haslam said. “When companies like Federal-Mogul choose to reinvest here, it speaks volumes about our workforce and the quality of Tennessee-made products, and today’s announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee continues to set itself apart as a global leader in the automotive industry,” Hagerty said. “Major automotive manufacturers like Nissan, Volkswagen and General Motors support a robust pipeline of more than 900 automotive manufacturers and suppliers located throughout our state. I am pleased Federal-Mogul will continue to be a part of why Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength an unprecedented four years in a row, and I appreciate the new jobs they are creating in our communities.”

Haslam Makes Appointments To State Boards and Commissions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | 09:09 am

Governor appoints 118 Tennesseans to 52 boards and commissions


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 118 Tennesseans to 52 boards and commissions.


“I am honored to make these appointments, and I appreciate these men and women who are so willing to serve in this capacity,” Haslam said. “Tennessee will be well-represented on these boards and commissions.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce TTI Floor Care North America to Expand Cookeville Operations

Monday, August 25, 2014 | 02:46 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with TTI Floor Care North America officials today announced the company will invest in its Cookeville facility by adding additional manufacturing capacity to introduce new product lines and support existing product transfers. TTI Floor Care North America will create 211 new jobs in Putnam County, nearly doubling its workforce over the next five years.

“I want to thank TTI Floor Care for expanding its Cookeville operations and providing more than 200 jobs to Tennesseans,” Haslam said. “When a company chooses to increase its presence in Tennessee, it speaks volumes to others about our business-friendly environment, and this announcement supports our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

As TTI Floor Care’s operations expand and product lines are moved to Cookeville, the company plans to return portions of their production capacity from China and Mexico.

“The percentage of Tennesseans working in the manufacturing sector is 1.3 times the national average, and this figure underscores our state’s unbeatable manufacturing momentum and workforce capability,” Hagerty said. “TTI Floor Care is one of the many successful global companies located in Tennessee, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the company’s efforts to bring high quality manufacturing jobs back to Tennessee and for further investing in our state.”

Haslam Appoints Holloway To Court Of Criminal Appeals

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 04:36 pm


Replacement for new Supreme Court Justice Bivins 


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Robert Lee Holloway Jr. of Columbia to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Section.


Holloway, 62, replaces Judge Jeff Bivins, who was recently appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Holloway has been a Circuit Court judge for the 22nd Judicial District, which includes Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties.  He was appointed to that position in 1998 by Gov. Don Sundquist. He was elected in August 1998 and again in 2006.

Haslam Unveils Report From Task Force On Aging

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 01:14 pm

Early steps envisioned as state observes National Senior Citizens Day  
                                                                                                                                
NASHVILLE – In recognition of National Senior Citizens Day, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a report by the Governor’s Task Force on Aging aimed at serving the state’s senior citizens more efficiently and effectively.


Among the initial steps the task force has recommended are to conduct a review of aging services in state government and to promote healthy living in partnership with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, as well as encourage local leaders to assess their communities for their livability for the aging.

Haslam Appoints Easter To Court of Criminal Appeals

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 03:13 pm

Replaces Retiring Judge Jerry L. Smith  
                                                                                                                                
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Judge Timothy Lee Easter of Brentwood to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Section, replacing Judge Jerry L. Smith, who is retiring.


Easter’s appointment becomes effective September 1.

Haslam Announces Federal Assistance For 18 Counties

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 11:48 am

Counties receive disaster recovery funds for June flooding
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced President Obama has declared 18 counties as federal disaster areas as a result of severe weather on June 5-10. State and local governments and electrical utilities spent nearly $10 million in response to and recovery from the wind damage and flash-flooding impacts.


“This federal aid will help our communities in rebuilding and recovery,” Haslam said.  “State and local teams worked quickly to survey damage in more than 35 counties to determine the impact of these storms, and we are grateful for this assistance.”

Haslam Appoints Task Force On Sentencing and Recidivism

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 10:27 am

Group to develop legislative and policy recommendations  
                                                                                                                                
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the formation of the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety.
 
In June, the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet announced a partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice to review sentencing and correction policies and practices.  The creation of a task force is the next step in that collaboration.