Governor Haslam

Haslam Reflects On First Term, Lays Out Work Ahead

Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 12:35 pm

Improving educational opportunities and outcomes for Tennesseans critical



NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam today was sworn in for his second four-year term as the 49th governor of Tennessee, addressing thousands of Inaugural attendees from across the state on War Memorial Plaza with the State Capitol serving as the backdrop.


“One thing I can guarantee you that we are not going to do in the next four years is coast to the finish line,” Haslam said.  “The decisions that we make in the building behind me are too important; too important to the 6.5 million Tennesseans who are alive today and even more important for the generations that will follow us.”

Haslam Announces Members Of Council For Judicial Appointments

Monday, January 12, 2015 | 03:17 pm


Group will recommend candidates to fill vacancies on trial and appellate courts
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the 11 members of the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments that will recommend candidates to the governor to fill vacancies for Tennessee trial and appellate courts.
 
The council was established by executive order following the November 4 passage of a constitutional amendment creating a method for selecting judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court in Tennessee. Members of the council include three each from the western, middle and eastern divisions of the state. Two members are at-large.

Haslam Issues Proclamation For Special Session To Consider 'Insure Tennessee'

Thursday, January 08, 2015 | 01:46 pm

Waiver amendment to be made available for a 30-day public comment period 
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today issued a proclamation convening an “extraordinary session” of the 109th General Assembly to consider “Insure Tennessee,” a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.  The program is designed to reward healthy behaviors, promote personal responsibility and incentivize preventative care and healthy choices. 


The proclamation calls for the special session to begin Monday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. CST for the legislature to consider a joint resolution authorizing the governor to implement Insure Tennessee.  The governor is scheduled to address the General Assembly at 6 p.m. CST that evening.

Tennessee Named Economic Development 'State of the Year' for Second Consecutive Year

Monday, January 05, 2015 | 09:16 am

Tennessee first state to win award in back-to-back years
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Business Facilities, a leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development, has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year. 
 
Tennessee becomes the first state in the award’s history to win back-to-back honors for economic development efforts and the first state to win the designation three times, winning in 2014, 2013 and 2009.

Haslam Announces Randy Boyd as ECD Commissioner

Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 09:04 am


Boyd played key role in launching the governor’s ‘Drive to 55’ higher education initiative
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Randy Boyd as the new commissioner of Economic and Community Development.
 
A successful entrepreneur, Boyd, 55, served as a full-time, unpaid special advisor to the governor for higher education in 2013, focusing on the “Drive to 55” initiative to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certificates from 32 percent up to 55 percent by the year 2025. Boyd’s work resulted in the Tennessee Promise, the program to provide two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating Tennessee high school seniors.

Haslam Names Candice McQueen Education Commissioner

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 01:32 pm

Teacher, Dean of Lipscomb University’s College of Education to Lead Department  
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Dr. Candice McQueen, a teacher and dean at Lipscomb University in Nashville, will join his cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Education.
 
McQueen, 40, currently serves on Lipscomb University’s executive leadership team as senior vice president, and as dean she oversees the College of Education as well as the 1,300 pre-k through 12th grade students in three schools at Lipscomb Academy.  She has led training, support and professional development efforts for thousands of current and future classroom teachers, instructional coaches and school leaders. Before joining Lipscomb in 2001, McQueen was a teacher in elementary and middle schools.

Haslam Announces Insure Tennessee Plan

Monday, December 15, 2014 | 10:00 am

Provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans while addressing health outcomes and cost

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options.  The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms.   

The governor announced that he plans to call a special session to focus on the proposal after the 109th General Assembly convenes in January.

“We made the decision in Tennessee nearly two years ago not to expand traditional Medicaid,” Haslam said.  “This is an alternative approach that forges a different path and is a unique Tennessee solution.  This plan leverages federal dollars to provide health care coverage to more Tennesseans, to give people a choice in their coverage, and to address the cost of health care, better health outcomes and personal responsibility.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing USA, Inc. to Expand Vonore Operations

Monday, December 15, 2014 | 09:01 am

No. 1 Selling Jet Boat Manufacturer to Invest $17.7 Million, Create 150 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing USA, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand operations by purchasing an additional building located adjacent to its current production facility in Vonore. Yamaha, the largest manufacturer of 19-foot to 24-foot sport boats in the United States, will invest $17.7 million and create 150 new jobs in Monroe County.

Haslam Announces Workforce Development Grant Recipients

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 02:11 pm

LEAP program seeks to better link higher education, industry to enhance Drive to 55 effort
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.

Haslam Announces Tourist Development Commissioner To Depart

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 11:00 am

Tourism industry collaborating better than ever before to attract visitors to state
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development, will be departing the administration after dedicating 12 years of leading the department to return to the private sector. 
 
“Susan has done a great job of promoting the unique assets that Tennessee has to offer to visitors from across the country and around the world,” Haslam said. “I am grateful for her leadership and service as we’ve worked to leverage all of the good work happening across the state to attract more people to Tennessee.”