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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Names David Purkey Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security

 

Purkey Has Served as Homeland Security Advisor for Past Five Years

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the appointment of David Purkey as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security beginning September 1st, 2016.

Purkey, 57, has served as the department’s assistant commissioner and homeland security advisor since 2011. Under his leadership, the Office of Homeland Security has transformed into a proactive agency, overseeing school security plans, training citizens and law enforcement agencies in active shooter response, and leading the state’s efforts to combat cybercrime.

David Purkey

David Purkey

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Use Care in Selecting Off-Campus Housing

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As the summer season winds down, college students begin preparations for the fall semester. While some will be first-time students moving into residence halls, many will be moving off-campus and living on their own for the first time.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges students and their parents to choose fire-safe off-campus housing and discuss fire safety practices in order to prevent potentially life-threatening situations.

From January 2000 to May 2015, there were 85 fatal fires in U.S. dormitories, fraternities, sororities and off-campus housing, resulting in 118 fatalities.

Check for Fire Protection Features Before Signing a Lease, Moving In

Check for Fire Protection Features Before Signing a Lease, Moving In

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TBR raises tuition and fees; APSU sees a 2.8 percent increase

 

TBR Adopts Policy on Firearms, approves MTSU request for building name change

Tennessee Board of Regents - APSUNashville, TN – The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved the lowest increases in undergraduate tuition since 1983.

Tuition rates at the six TBR universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology will increase an average of 2.6 percent for the 2016-17 academic year.

The action, taken during the TBR quarterly meeting at Northeast State Community College, represents the lowest average increases in more than 30 years. The increases are within the range recommended by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Tennessee Board of Regents increases tuition and fees for State Colleges and Universities.

Tennessee Board of Regents increases tuition and fees for State Colleges and Universities.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Signs “FOCUS Act” Centered on Student and College Success

 

FOCUS Act Aligns Structure of Tennessee Higher Education to Meet Drive to 55 Goal

Tennessee State GovernmentCookeville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today signed the Focus On College and University Success (FOCUS) Act at a ceremony on the campus of Tennessee Technological University.

The legislation organizes and empowers Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to increase student success and the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Beverly Fisher’s “Grace Among The Leavings” makes it’s way to the Roxy Regional Theatre’s theotherspace, June 20th – 28th

 

Clarskville's Roxy Regional TheatreClarksville, TN – The journey from the page to the stage does not always follow an established route: sometimes a new path must be forged.

Following months of adapting, rewriting and workshopping, Beverly Fisher’s Civil War novella “Grace Among The Leavings” completes its journey to the stage of the Roxy Regional Theatre’s theotherspace with four staged readings, June 20th – June 28th.

Originally adapted to the stage by Dennis Darling and Kari Catton and produced by Theatre in the Park in Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Illinois, “Grace Among The Leavings” underwent further adaptation this past year by Roxy Regional Theatre co-founder and artistic director John McDonald.

"Grace Among The Leavings" stars Ava DoVanne as Grace.

“Grace Among The Leavings” stars Ava DoVanne as Grace.

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2016 Legislative Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly report

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.

State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.

Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Austin Peay State University Track ready for Memphis Invitational

 

Austin Peay Sports Information

APSU Women's Track and Field - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In the final weekend of competition before the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, several Austin Peay State University student-athletes will enjoy a homecoming of sorts at the Memphis Invitational, hosted by the University of Memphis at the Murphy Sports Complex.

Austin Peay's Breigh Jones. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay’s Breigh Jones. (APSU Sports Information)

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FOCUS Act Puts Tennessee on Best Path for Reaching Drive to 55

 

FOCUS Act Passes Tennessee General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam praised passage of the Focus On College and University Success (FOCUS) Act, legislation that organizes and empowers Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to increase student success and the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential.

Monday night, the Senate passed the FOCUS Act 31-1, and with the bill having passed the House in March, the legislation is now on its way to the governor’s desk.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s Focus Act passes House

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – After much debate, the House passed out the Focus Act, one of the Tennessee Governor’s initiatives in his Drive to 55 program.

The FOCUS Act, which is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative priorities, includes: A sharpened focus by Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) on the state’s 13 community and 27 technical colleges;

Creation of local boards for Austin Peay State University, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University and the University of Memphis;

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Focus Legislation to be heard in Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee this week

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – House Bill 2578 passed out of the House Government Operations Committee this week (March 1st) and is scheduled to be heard in the Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee this next Wednesday.

Last fall, Tennessee saw a 10 percent increase in overall first-time freshman enrollment in our public higher education institutions and a nearly 25 percent increase in first-time freshman enrollment at community colleges.  The purpose of the legislation is to better align our postsecondary colleges and universities to meet the goal of graduating more Tennesseans with post-secondary certifications.

Tennessee State Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol

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