• Haslam Makes Appointments to State Boards and Commissions

    Monday, October 16, 2017 | 2:47pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 217 Tennesseans to 93 boards and commissions. “By serving on our state boards and commissions, these Tennesseans are helping us provide responsive, effective and efficient service to their fellow citizens,” Haslam said. “I am grateful for their service and know they will well represent the people of Tennessee.”

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  • Remains of Davidson County Soldier Killed in Black Hawk Crash Return to Tennessee

    Friday, October 13, 2017 | 1:16pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Michael Nelson of Antioch.  Nelson was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii.  Two 25th Aviation Regiment UH-60 Black Hawks were involved in a night time training exercise on August 15 when the flight crews lost contact with each other.  Recovery efforts off the coast of Oahu revealed evidence of a crash with no survivors.  Nelson was 30 years old.

    ”Staff Sergeant Nelson was prepared to serve and support others and lost his life while training to do so,” Haslam said.  “We extend our condolences and prayers to Michael’s wife, child and siblings.”

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  • Governor, First Lady Partner with Manning To Raise over $600,000 for the Pat Summitt Foundation

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 1:57pm

    NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam yesterday partnered with five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning to raise awareness and funds for The Pat Summitt Foundation, financing research, treatment and support for those facing Alzheimer’s disease. Two private, ticketed events held Tuesday together raised over $600,000 to benefit the fund established by the late head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team, Pat Summitt. “Pat made a tremendous impact on and off the court, and she continues to do so through the work of her foundation,” Manning said. “I am incredibly proud to honor her legacy by supporting the work of The Pat Summitt Foundation and the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”

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  • Governor Haslam Proclaims Student Veterans Week

    Friday, September 22, 2017 | 5:40pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 24-30 as Student Veterans Week for their contributions to enrich campuses statewide.

    In 1944, just weeks after the D-Day invasion, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, commonly known as the GI Bill which provides veterans with access to education, employment and housing opportunities. 

    In 1988, a study conducted by the Congressional Sub-Committee on Education found the GI Bill had a return on investment in the United States economy of seven dollars for every dollar invested and 40 percent of those veterans took advantage of this benefit that would not otherwise be able to attend college. 

    In 2015, Tennessee veterans used $265,299,000 in educational benefits at campuses across the state.

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  • Haslam Announces Decreased Unemployment Rates in All 95 Counties

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 1:53pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced that unemployment rates decreased last month in all 95 counties and significantly dropped in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state. The county figures were released one week after the state posted an August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent – the lowest in recorded history. “To see a decrease in each and every county across Tennessee is quite an accomplishment and a sign of our state’s financial strength,” Haslam said. “Our historic low unemployment rate is a reflection of Tennessee’s policies – we’re a low tax state that encourages business investment and we don’t have a lot of debt, which allows businesses to thrive and create jobs.”

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  • Haslam, Barnes Announce Plans To Reform Welfare Programs To Encourage Self-Sufficiency

    Monday, September 18, 2017 | 1:53pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes today announced plans to reinstate the federal work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that was waived in 2008 during the economic recession. With the state’s record low unemployment rates and significant job growth, the waiver is no longer needed across most of the state – but will remain in place in 16 counties designated as economically distressed.  Haslam also announced he will propose legislation to the 2018 General Assembly that will incentivize work, reduce fraud and strengthen program integrity in the state’s welfare programs.

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  • Tennessee High School Graduation Rate Reaches Highest Rate on Record

    Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 10:14am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that the 2016-17 graduation rate of 89.1 percent is the highest on record for Tennessee. The statewide graduation rate is up more than half a percentage point since last year, and overall it has increased 3.6 percent since the 2010-11 school year. This year, graduation rates increased in nearly 56 percent of districts with high schools. “Teachers and educators in Tennessee have worked tirelessly to support students and these record graduation rates show their hard work is making a difference,” Haslam said. “As more students graduate from high school, we are committed to helping them go to college, succeed and become skilled members of Tennessee’s workforce. The graduation rate is reflective of the many gains we are making in education in our state.”

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  • Haslam, Payne Announce End of Court Oversight, Improved Services for Tennesseans with Intellectual Disabilities

    Friday, September 08, 2017 | 10:13am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) Commissioner Debra K. Payne today announced the dismissal of the longstanding Clover Bottom lawsuit, effectively ending a quarter century of litigation and court oversight of intellectual disabilities services in the state of Tennessee.

    U.S. District Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. dismissed the case and entered an order in which he found the state had complied with all conditions of a court approved plan to improve services and the quality of life for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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