NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Raquel Hatter will return to the private sector in February to work at the national level on poverty, social mobility and social justice with children, families and communities across the country. Under her team-oriented leadership, DHS adopted the Two Gen strategy focused on addressing poverty and creating cycles of success, and the department received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service for administration of the SNAP program. She also established the Fatherhood Initiative Office to ensure an intentional focus on whole family services when partnering with families and collaborated with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to develop an adult protective services investigation academy.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 11:15am
Friday, December 16, 2016 | 8:51am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced this evening Sevier County will receive federal aid assistance through a Presidential Disaster Declaration as the county begins its recovery from the devastating wildfires of Nov. 28, 2016. “This deadly wildfire required a coordinated response from many individuals and organizations,” Haslam said. “The outpouring of care, relief, and support from around the world for Sevier County and its people has been extraordinary. This assistance from the federal government will help relieve some of the financial burden of this disaster on Tennesseans and Sevier County.”
Friday, December 09, 2016 | 4:50pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today sent a request to President Barack Obama to expedite a major disaster declaration for five Tennessee counties in order to get needed federal assistance to aid in recovery from wildfires and severe storms. The counties included in Haslam’s declaration request are Coffee, McMinn, Polk, Sequatchie and Sevier.
Monday, December 05, 2016 | 10:16am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam on Monday launched TNFosters, an awareness campaign that will work with a variety of non-governmental organizations to encourage more Tennesseans to become foster parents. TNFosters will also showcase innovative methods citizens have created to support foster parents and the children they serve, from a church that has built a safe room to a non-profit organization that helps celebrate foster children’s birthdays.
Thursday, December 01, 2016 | 4:55pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today issued Executive Order No. 61 suspending certain state laws in order to ensure wildfire and severe weather disaster survivors have access to important health care services, consumer rights protections, and availability of state services as they recover. “The citizens affected by the wildfires and severe storms have already been through so much, we want to make it easier for them to receive the care and services they need as they begin to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives,” Haslam said. “The state is doing and will continue to do everything we can to support the victims and survivors of these devastating disasters.”
Thursday, December 01, 2016 | 11:55am
Information for Sevier County Residents and Businesses and Those Who Want to Help
The Sevier County Economic Development Council, in conjunction with Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, have launched www.mountaintough.org, a one-stop shop online for information related to the wildfires in Sevier County.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 2:12pm
Governor will meet with fire and public safety officials in Sevier County
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will travel to Gatlinburg on Tuesday afternoon for a briefing by state and local fire and public safety officials on the devastating wildfires in Sevier County.
“The destruction caused by the wildfires in east Tennessee is tragic. Our hearts go out to all those affected in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of our state’s most treasured natural resources,” Haslam said. “We will do all we can in the coming days and weeks to help these communities recover. The state has worked with local officials to provide a coordinated, multi-agency response to help evacuate residents and visitors and contain the fires, and we are grateful to the emergency personnel who have worked tirelessly to help in these efforts.”
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 5:02pm
NASHVILLE – With much of Tennessee and the Southeast coping with extreme drought, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order to ease restrictions on trucks hauling hay. “Agriculture is critical to our state’s economy, and rain is a critical ingredient that farmers need to keep their businesses running,” Haslam said. “This order will allow haulers to move hay across and through Tennessee efficiently, so farmers can feed their livestock during these drought conditions.”
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 2:37pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced David Gerregano as commissioner of the Department of Revenue effective Dec. 3. A 19-year veteran of the department, Gerregano, 46, is currently deputy commissioner, and he will replace Commissioner Richard Roberts, whose departure was announced earlier this month.
Monday, November 21, 2016 | 9:03pm
Gov. Bill Haslam this evening issued the following statement on the Chattanooga bus crash: “Our thoughts and prayers are with victims of today’s tragic school bus crash in Chattanooga. It’s always a very sad situation when you have a school bus crash with children involved and we will do everything we can to assist the local authorities and the victims’ families.”
Haslam Issues Statements on Rep. Beth Harwell's Nomination for Another Term as House Speaker and the Election of Republican Caucus Leadership PositionsFriday, November 18, 2016 | 3:26pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued the following statement on the nomination of Rep. Beth Harwell to another term as speaker of the House of Representatives: “Speaker Harwell has been central to the conservative leadership of Tennessee, cutting taxes, shrinking government, and providing great service to our citizens, and I look forward to continuing that work together. I also congratulate Rep. Curtis Johnson for being nominated to serve again as speaker pro tem and thank him for his continued leadership in the General Assembly.”
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 5:10pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today issued the following statement on the nomination of Sen. Randy McNally for lieutenant governor: “I want to congratulate Sen. Randy McNally on his unanimous nomination for lieutenant governor and speaker of the Senate. He has been a great partner in his role as finance chair, and I look forward to continuing to work with him as our new lieutenant governor. “I also thank Sen. Mark Norris and Sen. Bill Ketron for continuing to serve as Senate majority leader and caucus chairman, respectively. Together, under continued conservative leadership, we have made a lot of progress, and we'll continue advancing our state even further.”
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 3:03pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the recipients of the Drive to 55 Capacity Fund, an initiative designed to support colleges and universities as enrollment increases since the launch of Tennessee Promise. “Tennessee has seen unprecedented numbers of students enrolling in college for the first time. As Tennessee Promise has made college a reality for so many of our students, we are committed to providing our institutions with the resources to support them,” Haslam said. “The Drive to 55 Capacity Fund assists our campuses in getting these students to and through college so we can continue to close the skills gap in Tennessee’s workforce.”
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 3:04pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the participants selected for the 2017 Governor’s Academy for School Leadership (GASL), a one-year fellowship program for assistant principals to cultivate and develop future school leaders. This second annual academy continues the partnership between the state of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and local school districts to build a pipeline of highly-trained school principals and ultimately improve school effectiveness and performance and unlock educational opportunities for all students. The inaugural class started last February.
Monday, November 14, 2016 | 5:30pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today issued a proclamation declaring a regional ban on burning in 51 counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout Middle and East Tennessee. Effective immediately, residents in counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning. The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until December 15. The counties under the ban are listed below.