Nashville, 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.”
Dial *THP from Cell Phone in case of Roadside Emergency
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is urging citizens to prepare for weather-related problems on the roads across the state this winter. Motorists are encouraged to dial *THP (*847) from a mobile phone for state trooper assistance in case of a roadside emergency.
“We want to make sure all Tennesseans are prepared in case they become stranded on the roads this winter. State troopers are standing by to assist motorists in the event of a roadside emergency during these extreme cold temperatures,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. «Read the rest of this article»
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
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, TN – The State of Tennessee has completed its annual financial report for fiscal year 2013-14. The Department of Finance and Administration’s Division of Accounts produces the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), for which the state has repeatedly received national recognition for financial reporting.
“Tennessee strives for excellence in maintaining a system of general accounts embracing all the financial transactions of state government and providing a complete and responsible report on state finances,” Commissioner Larry Martin said. “Citizens can be proud of our effort to provide detailed analysis and disclosure in financial reporting, not only to meet national standards, but to deliver a high level of service to Tennesseans.”
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans to increase their vigilance to prevent flu and flu-related health threats by getting immunized and talking with their healthcare providers about flu-like symptoms.
Since 2007 there have been 29 pediatric flu-related deaths recorded in Tennessee, including three in December of this year.
Nashville, TN – The holidays are almost here, a time to be with family and friends, but it’s also cold and flu season.
Influenza-like illnesses are slowly increasing across the Volunteer State and the Tennessee Department of Health encourages all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now.
Tampa, FL – When 41.3 million Americans load-up the family vehicle for a Thanksgiving road trip, they are likely to find the cheapest gasoline in five years.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.82 Sunday, 46 cents cheaper than the price on Thanksgiving Day 2013.
“Travelers are thankful to have more money in their pockets due to falling gas prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The good news is gas should continue falling through the rest of the year. Cheaper gasoline has helped boost disposable income and consumer spending, which encourages more people to travel.”
Nashville, TN - Did you know that residential electrical fires kill as many as 280 Americans each year and injure 1,000 more? The Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West is informing Tennesseans on the dangers of fires that can be caused by incorrectly installing wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords.
“Many avoidable electrical fires can be traced to the misuse of electric cords, whether through overloaded circuits, poor maintenance, or cords being placed under rugs or in high traffic areas,” said State Fire Marshal Gary West. “Simple safety precautions can reduce these occurrences and help safeguard your home from fires.” «Read the rest of this article»
Report outlines initiatives to encourage veteran success in Tennessee higher education
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor 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.
Encourages public input on state standards
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today unveiled a website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/ , 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.
“There has been considerable concern about Common Core State Standards, currently in place state-wide,” said Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville). “The standards do offer some advantages for students and our public education system, but the quick roll-out did not, among other issues, allow time for educators, students and parents to understand how they work.” «Read the rest of this article»
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