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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Reflects on First Term, Lays Out Work Ahead

 

Improving educational opportunities and outcomes for Tennesseans critical

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today was sworn in for his second four-year term as the 49th governor of Tennessee, addressing thousands of Inaugural attendees from across the state on War Memorial Plaza with the State Capitol serving as the backdrop.

“One thing I can guarantee you that we are not going to do in the next four years is coast to the finish line,” Haslam said.  “The decisions that we make in the building behind me are too important; too important to the 6.5 million Tennesseans who are alive today and even more important for the generations that will follow us.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces members of council for Judicial Appointments

 

Group will recommend candidates to fill vacancies on trial and appellate courts

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the 11 members of the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments that will recommend candidates to the governor to fill vacancies for Tennessee trial and appellate courts.

The council was established by executive order following the November 4th passage of a constitutional amendment creating a method for selecting judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court in Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issues Proclamation for Special Session to consider “Insure Tennessee”

 

Waiver amendment to be made available for a 30-day public comment period

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today issued a proclamation convening an “extraordinary session” of the 109th General Assembly to consider “Insure Tennessee,” a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.

The program is designed to reward healthy behaviors, promote personal responsibility and incentivize preventative care and healthy choices.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam names Candice McQueen Education Commissioner

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced that Dr. Candice McQueen, a teacher and dean at Lipscomb University in Nashville, will join his cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Education.

McQueen, 40, currently serves on Lipscomb University’s executive leadership team as senior vice president, and as dean she oversees the College of Education as well as the 1,300 pre-k through 12th grade students in three schools at Lipscomb Academy. She has led training, support and professional development efforts for thousands of current and future classroom teachers, instructional coaches and school leaders. Before joining Lipscomb in 2001, McQueen was a teacher in elementary and middle schools.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Insure Tennessee Plan

 

Provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans while addressing health outcomes and cost

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options.

The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms.

The governor announced that he plans to call a special session to focus on the proposal after the 109th Tennessee General Assembly convenes in January.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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North Tennessee Workforce Board gets $992,037 Grant For Education

 

State of TennesseeClarksville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced on Thursday that the North Tennessee Workforce Board will receive $992,037 as part of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition.

LEAP is a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennessee residents to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities. It is also part of the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiative to equip 55 percent of Tennesseans with a college degree or certificate by 2025.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Outlines Initiatives To Support Teachers

 

Proposals address testing, evaluations, local control and teacher input

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam 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.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee reduces Long Term General Obligation Debt by Millions

 

Tennessee Comptroller of the TreasuryNashville, TN – The State of Tennessee continues a positive trend. Tennessee’s long-term general obligation debt has decreased by more than $175 million since June 30th, 2012.

The Comptroller’s Office has just released the State of Tennessee Indebtedness Report, documenting the state’s solid credit ratings and debt management record.

The report shows Tennessee’s total long-term outstanding general obligation debt is $1,817,950,000. «Read the rest of this article»

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Head of Tennessee Promise Mike Krause to speak at APSU’s 2014 Fall Commencement

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Mike Krause is the type of person who likes a challenge. In the fall of 2006, he completed his bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay State University while still serving as a soldier in the 101st Airborne Division.

Eight years later, as executive director of the Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 Initiative in the Office of Governor Bill Haslam, he is in charge of one of the most ambitious programs in the state’s history.

Austin Peay State University's 2014 Fall Commencement keynote speaker Mike Krause.

Austin Peay State University’s 2014 Fall Commencement keynote speaker Mike Krause.

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“Tennessee Season to Remember” honors Victims of Homicide

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Thursday evening hosted the 12th annual “Tennessee Season to Remember” ceremony at First Baptist Church in Nashville to honor victims of homicide. Haslam was joined by several state and local public safety officials. During the ceremony, families from across Tennessee placed ornaments on memorial wreaths in honor of their loved ones.

“We want these families who have suffered unimaginable loss to know that Tennesseans support them, and we hope the simple act of hanging an ornament in the name of a loved one can provide some comfort this holiday season,” Haslam said. «Read the rest of this article»

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