Governor Haslam

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Surface Igniter, LLC to Relocate Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility to Maryville

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | 07:30 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with Surface Igniter, LLC officials today announced the company will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing facility to Maryville, Tenn. Surface Igniter, LLC will invest $3.8 million and create 108 new jobs over the next three years in Blount County.

“I want to thank Surface Igniter, LLC for relocating their business to Tennessee and adding these valuable jobs in Blount County,” Haslam said. “Recruiting and investing in our state’s key clusters, where we have a clear competitive advantage, is an important part of our Jobs4TN plan, and today’s announcement helps us toward our goal of becoming the No 1. location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Surface Igniter, LLC’s decision to relocate their operations from off-dshore to Tennessee highlights our position as the state with the best balance sheet in the nation,” Hagerty said. “By choosing Tennessee, Surface Igniter, LLC will be centrally located, have access to world-class infrastructure and be able to operate in the nation’s most business-friendly environment. I want to thank Surface Igniter, LLC for their vote of confidence and congratulate them on their move.”

Tennessee Announces Top Schools for Achievement, Growth in 2012-2013

Monday, August 19, 2013 | 03:26 pm

Reward Schools in 52 districts across the state


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced 169 schools as the 2012-13 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth and the top 5 percent for academic achievement.


The Reward Schools span 52 districts across the state and include 70 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations.

Haslam Makes Appointments to Higher Education Boards

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 | 02:11 pm

Members represent fields of business and law, includes students and professors


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of eight new members and five re-appointments to Tennessee’s higher education boards as well as the selection of the chair of Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and vice chair of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). 


Robert Fisher, Pam Koban and Keith Wilson will serve on THEC.  Brad Lampley, Bonnie Lynch, Sharon Pryse and Thaddeus Wilson will serve as new members of the University of Tennessee (UT) Board of Trustees. Deanna Wallace will join TBR as a new member. Cato Johnson was elected chair of THEC, and Emily Reynolds was elected vice-chair of TBR. 

Haslam Announces New Commissioner of General Services

Thursday, August 08, 2013 | 10:50 am

State Architect Bob Oglesby to lead the department


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Robert E. Oglesby as the new commissioner of the Department of General Services.  Oglesby replaces Steve Cates who is departing the administration on August 20 to return to his Nashville development business.  Oglesby currently serves as Tennessee’s state architect.


“Bob has done a great job as our state architect, and his experience will be uniquely valuable as we continue the important work of effectively managing our assets and leveraging the state’s buying power to save taxpayer dollars,” Haslam said.


Haslam Announces Reward in Robertson County Murder

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 | 02:12 pm


Christopher Nash was killed August 20, 2011 in Springfield


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today a $10,000 reward from the state for information on the death of Christopher Nash in August 2011 in Springfield.

“I encourage anyone with information regarding the death of Christopher Nash to contact the local authorities immediately so that justice can be brought to anyone responsible in this crime,” Haslam said.

Haslam Launches Statewide "Healthier Tennessee" Initiative

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 | 12:14 pm

Newly created foundation to work with local communities to promote health and wellness


JACKSON – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the launch of “Healthier Tennessee,” an initiative to encourage Tennesseans to be more physically active, to eat nutritious foods in healthy portions, and not to use tobacco products. 


“Tennessee is one of the best places there is to live, work and raise a family, but we also are one of the least healthy states in the nation,” Haslam said.  “Our citizens have high rates of behavior-related diseases such as hypertension and stroke, Type II diabetes, heart disease, and several types of cancer.”

Haslam Appoints John C. Rambo chancellor in 1st Judicial District

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 | 11:55 am

Replaces G. Richard Johnson who resigned effective June 30


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed John C. Rambo as chancellor in the 1st Judicial District, replacing Chancellor G. Richard Johnson, who resigned effective June 30.  The 1st Judicial District serves Washington, Unicoi, Carter and Johnson counties.


“John’s depth of experience and diverse background will help him do an excellent job on the bench,” Haslam said.  “I am pleased to make this appointment, and the people in the district will benefit from his service.”