Governor Haslam

Haslam Lays Out Next Steps From Education Summit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 02:07 pm

Public review of academic standards will include input from across the state 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the process for a public review of the state’s K-12 academic standards in English language arts and math.  The process is in partnership with the State Board of Education and will include input from educators and citizens from across the state.   
Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years.  With these standards now in their fourth year, and with the discussion happening in Tennessee and across the country about Common Core state standards, Haslam believes this is the appropriate time to take a fresh look.

Haslam Appoints Carr Chancellor for 30th Judicial District

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 03:16 pm

 Replacement for Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Oscar C. Carr III of Memphis as chancellor for the 30th Judicial District, which serves Shelby County. He replaces Kenny Armstrong, who was recently named to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
Carr, 63, has been a member of the law firm Glankler Brown with a practice in litigation and an emphasis on business, construction, environmental and other civil litigation.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Under Armour, Inc. to Create 1,500 New Jobs in Mount Juliet

Thursday, October 02, 2014 | 02:04 pm

New Distribution Center Brings More Than $100 Million Investment in Wilson County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Under Armour, Inc. officials announced today the company will build a new one million square foot distribution and warehousing facility in Beckwith Farms in Mount Juliet. Under Armour, a global leader of performance apparel, footwear and accessories, will invest more than $100 million and create 1,500 new jobs in Wilson County over the next five years.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce 80 Community Development Block Grants

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 | 02:57 pm

Grants to Assist Communities with Infrastructure, Safety Needs and Downtown Improvements

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty recently approved more than $28 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to assist Tennessee communities with infrastructure, health and safety projects, and downtown improvements.

“Community Development Block Grants play an important role in helping communities across Tennessee prepare for future economic development opportunities and continued growth,” Haslam said. “Working with our communities in making these improvements helps bring us one step closer toward our goal to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Community development sets the stage for burgeoning economic development and when a community invests in itself, the private sector is more likely to invest in it as well,” Hagerty said. “I am pleased to see so many communities across the state eagerly taking steps not only to attract new business and encourage future growth, but also to create better living conditions for the families that reside there.”

Haslam Travels To Afghanistan, Germany

Monday, September 29, 2014 | 11:26 am

Governor member of Council of Governors delegation

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam traveled to Germany and Afghanistan over the weekend, where he met with military leaders and troops.  Haslam took the trip as a newly appointed member of the nation’s Council of Governors.  The organization’s purpose is to strengthen links between the states and federal defense officials.

“Visiting our troops and being able to thank them for their service in person is always an honor, especially when they are half way around the world,” Haslam said. “These men and women serve under very difficult conditions, and their ongoing commitment and determination to defending our freedom is humbling.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Airtech International to Begin New Manufacturing Operations in Robertson County

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 10:00 am

Aerospace Manufacturer to Invest $10.1 Million, Create 100 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Airtech International officials today announced the aerospace manufacturer will begin new manufacturing operations in Springfield, Tennessee. Airtech International plans to invest $10.1 million and create 100 new jobs in Robertson County over the next three years.

“We are grateful to Airtech International for this investment in Middle Tennessee that is resulting in new, high-quality jobs,” Haslam said. “We want companies to succeed here, and we know to make that happen it is important to offer a business-friendly environment that encourages them to grow and expand in Tennessee.”

“The aerospace industry in Tennessee continues to expand, anchored by the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) and dozens of other major employers, like Bell Helicopter, Triumph Aerostructures and Kilgore Flares Company. I am pleased to welcome Airtech International to this roster, as they make Tennessee their home, and further enhance our reputation as a state that promotes and supports the importance of research and development,” Hagerty said. “I appreciate Airtech International’s investment in Tennessee and the high quality jobs they are creating in our state. I look forward to their growth and success in Tennessee.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Comprehensive Logistics Co., Inc. to Locate New Automotive Manufacturing Support Facility in Spring Hill

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 02:04 pm

Third-Party Logistics Company to Invest $30 Million, Create More Than 200 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Comprehensive Logistics Co., Inc. officials announced today the company will locate a new automotive manufacturing support facility in Spring Hill that will house the manufacturing and light assembly of automotive components for the General Motors plant in Spring Hill.

The Ohio-based third-party logistics provider will invest $30 million and plans to create more than 200 new jobs.

“We want to welcome Comprehensive Logistics to Tennessee and congratulate the company on its latest expansion,” Haslam said. “Comprehensive Logistics’ decision to locate a new facility in Spring Hill is another example of the excellent logistics infrastructure and business-friendly environment our state offers to companies around the world. Today’s announcement brings us another step closer to our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee consistently leads the national rankings for its distribution and logistics access making our state a standout choice for Comprehensive Logistics’ newest operation,” Hagerty said. “As a state, we strive to leverage Tennessee’s inherent advantages with the success of our thriving key sectors to create an environment that is appealing to new businesses seeking to relocate or expand operations. I appreciate Comprehensive Logistics for investing in Tennessee and for recognizing the strength of our superior workforce.”

Haslam Receives Employment First Task Force Report

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 01:16 pm

Report outlines progress made and future goals to increase disability employment

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the completion of the Employment First Task Force report that outlines the steps the task force will take to expand integrated, competitive employment for people with disabilities as well as progress the group has already made.

Formed last year when the governor signed Executive Order No. 28, the task force is comprised of state agencies, families, consumer advocates and service providers, and it seeks to eliminate obstacles to employment for persons with disabilities and better leverage funds to increase opportunities.

Haslam Appoints 13 New Members to Higher Education Boards

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 09:24 am

Members represent fields of business, healthcare and education, include students and professors
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of thirteen new members and two re-appointments to Tennessee’s higher education boards.
Bill Lee, Pam Martin and Alex Martin will serve as new members of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).  Shannon Brown, Bill Evans, Julia Wells, Rhedona Rose, R.J. Duncan and David Golden will serve as new members of the University of Tennessee (UT) Board of Trustees.  Barbara Prescott, Leigh Shockey, Rebecca Reeves and Dottye Webb will serve as new members of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).  

Haslam Announces Reward in Franklin Murder Case

Friday, September 05, 2014 | 11:12 am

$5,000 for information in 1991 case of restaurant worker Peggy Cox 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $5,000 reward from the state for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who have committed, attempted to commit or conspired to commit the murder of Peggy Cox on February 1, 1991.
“We encourage anyone with information in this case to contact local authorities so the person responsible for this crime can be brought to justice,” Haslam said.