Governor Haslam

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.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Target Corporation to Locate New Online Fulfillment Center in Memphis

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 10:05 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Target Corporation announced today the company’s plans to locate a new 900,000 square foot online fulfillment center at 5461 Davidson Road in Memphis. Target will invest upwards of $50 million in the facility and create more than 400 new jobs in Shelby County.

“We want to welcome Target to Tennessee and thank the company for investing in our state and adding more than 400 jobs to our Memphis workforce,” Haslam said. “It goes without saying that a company like Target can choose to do business anywhere in the country, so it means a great deal that they chose Memphis. We are always grateful for announcements like these as they help us toward our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee’s favorable central location and strength in transportation and logistics is second to none, and with convenient access to the Memphis International Airport, the No. 1 busiest cargo airport in the Western Hemisphere, Memphis is an extraordinary choice for Target’s newest online fulfillment center,” Hagerty said. “Target will be a great addition to the corporate landscape of Shelby County, and I applaud the company for its investment and confidence in our state and our exceptional workforce.”

Haslam Outlines Initiatives To Support Teachers

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 | 04:20 pm

 Proposals address testing, evaluations, local control and teacher input
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced several key initiatives to support Tennessee teachers in response to direct feedback from educators across the state.  The proposals reflect input that the governor received during statewide meetings with more than 150 educators and that came out of an education summit he co-hosted with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell in September.  

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce 3M Company to Locate New Manufacturing Facility in Clinton

Friday, December 05, 2014 | 01:54 pm

Global Innovation Company to Invest $135 Million, Create 100 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with 3M Company officials announced today the company will purchase a 772,000 square foot building located on 160 acres in the Eagle Bend Industrial Park in Clinton. The announcement is the latest step in 3M’s efforts to grow its North American manufacturing operations, and represents an investment of $135 million and the creation of 100 new jobs in Anderson County.

M-TEK To Locate New North American Headquarters in Murfreesboro

Friday, December 05, 2014 | 12:54 pm

Automotive Supplier to Employ 250 with 100 New Jobs


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and M-TEK officials today announced the company will build a new headquarters facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Consolidating all headquarters functions into the Murfreesboro facility, the automotive supplier will create approximately 100 new jobs in Rutherford County. An additional 100 jobs will be transferred from M-TEK’s Manchester, Tennessee manufacturing location and the remaining jobs will be transferred from the company’s Farmington Hills, Michigan and Dublin, Ohio locations.  The new facility represents an estimated investment of $13.4 million.

Haslam Names Dwight Tarwater As General Counsel

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 02:16 pm

Knoxville attorney to join governor’s senior staff and Cabinet


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Dwight E. Tarwater will join his senior team as general counsel.  Tarwater replaces Herbert Slatery who left the administration in October to become the state’s attorney general.


Tarwater, 59, currently practices law in Knoxville in the law firm he helped begin in 1987, Paine, Tarwater and Bickers, LLP.  He has vast courtroom experience, having tried cases locally, across the state of Tennessee, and in several other states.  On appeal, he has represented clients before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court and in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 6th, 10th, and 11th Circuits.

Haslam Appoints Parkes Circuit Court Judge

Monday, November 17, 2014 | 03:40 pm

 Replaces Judge Robert Lee Holloway in 22nd Judicial District


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed J. Russell Parkes of Columbia as Circuit Court Judge for the 22nd Judicial District.


Parkes replaces Judge Robert Lee Holloway, who recently was named to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. The 22nd Judicial District includes Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties.

Haslam Announces Education Commissioner To Depart

Friday, November 14, 2014 | 10:35 am


Tennessee made historic academic progress during governor’s first term in office
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Kevin Huffman, commissioner of the Department of Education, will be departing the administration to move into the private sector.
 
“Improving education in Tennessee has been a top priority for our administration, and having someone of Kevin’s caliber to lead the charge during this time of significant progress has made a difference,” Haslam said. “I am very grateful for his commitment to our students, educators and parents, and I wish him well as he continues his commitment to education.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce OTICS USA, Inc. to Expand Tennessee Operations

Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 01:20 pm

Automotive Parts Manufacturer to Invest $69.5 Million, Create 117 New Jobs 
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with OTICS USA, Inc. officials announced today the company will construct a new automotive parts manufacturing facility in Sevierville to support company growth and increased product demand. With operations currently in Morristown, OTICS USA will invest $69.5 million in the company’s second Tennessee facility and create 117 new jobs in Sevier County.