Governor Haslam

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.

Haslam Announces Departure of ECD Commissioner

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 10:44 am

Hagerty to co-chair inauguration committee prior to return to the private sector

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Bill Hagerty, commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), will be leaving the administration to return to the private sector.

“Bill has done an incredible job leading our state’s business recruitment efforts for the past four years,” Haslam said.  “Our goal has been to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, and Bill has been key to the successes we’ve had in attracting new investment into the state as well as continued growth of our existing businesses.  I am grateful for his willingness to serve in the Cabinet and wish him and Chrissy the best upon his return to the private sector.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty, Mayor Dean Announce Bridgestone Americas Headquarters to Relocate in Downtown Nashville

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 02:01 pm

Project with Tire and Rubber Leader Valued at $232.6 Million, Creates 607 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean along with Bridgestone Americas, Inc. officials announced today the company’s plans to relocate its headquarters to downtown Nashville in a newly constructed facility slated for completion in mid-to-late 2017. The headquarters will house employees currently based in Nashville, as well as those from three out-of-state business units that are being relocated to the city.

Bridgestone Americas’ investment in the planned 514,000 square foot, 30-story headquarters is valued at $232.6 million and will create 607 new jobs in Davidson County.

Haslam Unveils Veterans Education Task Force Report

Monday, November 10, 2014 | 01:36 pm

Report outlines initiatives to encourage veteran success in Tennessee higher education
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a report by the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force outlining ways to improve higher education opportunities for returning veterans.
Recommendations made by the task force are: support standardized, statewide training for campus leaders on veteran education practices; provide opportunities for colleges and universities to compete for funding veteran-focused initiatives; and establish a comprehensive veteran education web-portal.

Haslam Establishes Council For Judicial Appointments

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 03:35 pm

Executive Order establishes council to fill vacancies in Tennessee trial and appellate courts

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he has issued Executive Order No. 41 establishing the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, a group of 11 members that will recommend candidates to fill vacancies for Tennessee trial and appellate courts.

This action follows approval by Tennessee voters on November 4 of a constitutional amendment establishing a method for selecting judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court in Tennessee.

Haslam Introduces Academic Standards Review Website

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 10:14 am

Encourages public input on state standards

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a website,, where Tennesseans can review and comment on the state’s current K-12 academic standards.

Academic standards set grade-specific goals that define what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. There are more than 1,100 for English language arts (ELA) and more than 900 for mathematics in Tennessee.

Haslam Appoints Johnson Circuit Court Judge For 21st Judicial District

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | 03:46 pm

Replaces Judge Timothy Easter
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Deanna Bell Johnson of Franklin as circuit court judge for the 21st Judicial District, filling the vacancy created when Judge Timothy Lee Easter was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
The 21st Judicial District includes Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties. Johnson’s appointment is effective immediately.