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Shelbyville Tennessee Soldier missing for nearly 70 years Will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on October 22nd, 2014

 

Private First Class Cecil Garris’ remains recovered in France

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Private First Class Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville, TN.

Harris was serving with the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division on January 2nd, 1945 when his platoon was holding a defensive position in Dambach, France near the German border during World War II.

Private First Class Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville, Tennessee to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Private First Class Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville, Tennessee to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

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ACT Recognizes Tennessee for “Unusual and Impressive” Test Gains

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee’s composite ACT score showed its largest gain in more than a decade, and increased more than it has since the state began testing all students in 2010, according to scores released today by ACT. Officials with ACT called the 0.3 gain “noteworthy.”

“Tennessee’s average ACT composite score growth of 0.3 is statistically significant and indicative of real academic progress,” said Jon Erickson, ACT president of education and career solutions. “A gain of this size is unusual and impressive – particularly for a state that administers the test to all students.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says Drug Overdose Deaths continue to rise in Tennessee

 

New State Law on ‘Overdose Antidote’ Naloxone Use Now in Place

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Statistics office today released data on 2013 drug overdose deaths in the state. The 1,166 fatalities last year involved prescribed and illegal drugs, unintentional and intentional overdoses, and compares with 1,094 overdose deaths in 2012.

In each of the last two years, more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee than in either motor vehicle accidents or homicides or suicides*.

Year OD MVA Homicide Suicide
2012 1,094 958 456 956
2013 1,116 1,008 405 1,017
Total 2,260 1,966 861 1,973

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Tennessee Department of Health reminds parents now is the time to get back-to-school immunizations

 

Keeping your child’s vaccinations up to date helps keep schools Safe

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Frequent news reports about whooping cough and measles, diseases long thought vanquished by vaccines in the US, serve as a reminder of the importance of getting back-to-school immunizations for your child now.

In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into seventh grade must provide schools with a state immunization certificate before classes start as proof they have had all the immunizations necessary to protect them and their classmates from serious vaccine-preventable diseases. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces new state Veterans cemetery

 

Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the future site of the fifth state veterans cemetery will be in Parkers Crossroads.

The 132-acre Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads will be located at 693 Wildersville Road and will serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families within 17 counties in west Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Improves in National KIDS COUNT Ranking on Child Well-Being

 

Tennessee Commission on Children and YouthNashville, TN – Tennessee is 36th this year in the annual KIDS COUNT National Data Book ranking on child well-being, better than its 39th ranking in 2013. The state is among the five states with the biggest improvements in overall rankings from 2013 to 2014.

The Data Book rates states on four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Each domain is comprised of four measures. When the most recently available data were compared to those from 2005, Tennessee improved on 10 of the 16 measures; worsened on five and remained the same on one, paralleling national changes.

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Tennessee Recognized for high performance in SNAP Program

 

DHS excels in program integrity and customer service measures

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN - The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) has been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for high performance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

According to the USDA, for the first time in DHS history, it has been recognized as No. 1 in the nation for most improvement in Case and Procedural Error Rate (CAPER), a measurement directly related to improvement in efficiency and customer service.Tennessee’s CAPER rate decreased from 46.28 percent in FY 2012 to 23.51 percent in FY 2013. This rate also falls below the national average of 25.25 percent. «Read the rest of this article»

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Volkswagen to produce New midsize SUV in Chattanooga Tennessee

 

Approximately 2,000 additional jobs to be created

VolkswagenWolfsburg, Germany – Within the framework of its Strategy 2018 plan, the Volkswagen Group is expanding its industrial footprint in the US. The Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group of America has decided to award the production of the new midsize SUV to the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee.

The Group will be investing a total of approximately US$900 million (€643 million) in the production of a newly developed, seven-passenger SUV, and creating 2,000 additional jobs in the US. About US$600 million (€432 million) will be invested in Tennessee.

New midsize SUV from Volkswagen to be produced in Chattanooga [Concept car shown]. (©Volkswagen of America, Inc.)

New midsize SUV from Volkswagen to be produced in Chattanooga [Concept car shown]. (©Volkswagen of America, Inc.)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Volkswagen Group of America to expand Chattanooga Manufacturing Operations

 

Expansion to Produce New Midsize SUV Line
Automotive Manufacturer to Invest $600 Million, Create 2,000 New Jobs

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Volkswagen Group of America officials announced today the company will expand its sole U.S. manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Volkswagen will add an additional manufacturing line and create the National Research & Development and Planning Center of Volkswagen Group of America. Volkswagen’s total global investment for the expansion will be $900 million, with $600 million invested in Tennessee and 2,000 new jobs being created in Hamilton County.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Volkswagen Group of America expansion.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Volkswagen Group of America expansion.

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2014 TCAP Tests shows Tennessee Students making gains

 

Since 2011, more than 100,000 additional students are on grade level in math

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman today announced Tennessee students made gains in the majority of the state’s 31 grade and subject-level tests.

The biggest increases seen in the 2013-2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) results were in high school, where students made gains on five of seven high school tests. The 2014 results mark the second year of strong growth in a row at the high school level.

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