• Haslam Issues Statements on Rep. Beth Harwell's Nomination for Another Term as House Speaker and the Election of Republican Caucus Leadership Positions

    Friday, 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.”

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  • Haslam Issues Statement on Nomination of Sen. Randy McNally for Lieutenant Governor

    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.”

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  • Haslam Announces Drive to 55 Capacity Fund Grants

    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.”

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  • Haslam Announces 2017 Governor's Academy for School Leadership Participants

    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.

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  • Haslam Issues Regional Ban on Burning

    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.

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  • Haslam Announces Departure of Richard Roberts

    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 | 10:41am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the departure of Department of Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts who will leave the administration December 2. Roberts has served as commissioner since 2011. Under his leadership, the department adopted several systems and procedures that have improved services to citizens and businesses, including an updated tax registration and reporting system and a motor vehicle and title registration system. The department also reduced a prior backlog of tax-letter rulings, started a program to identify tax underreporting and underpayment of taxes, and promoted and encouraged electronic tax filing to increase efficiency and promote cost savings.

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  • Governor Haslam's 2017-2018 Budget Hearings

    Monday, November 07, 2016 | 1:59pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam held budget hearings for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 on November 7, 8, 21 and 22.

    Haslam, Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin, Chief Operating Officer Greg Adams and State Budget Director David Thurman presided over the hearings, which were streamed live and are now archived online at tn.gov to give Tennesseans the ability to watch the budget discussions of each state agency.

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  • Haslam Announces Record Number of Tennessee Promise Applicants, Calls for Mentors

    Wednesday, November 02, 2016 | 1:27pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a record number of high school seniors from the class of 2017 applied for the Tennessee Promise and called on Tennessee adults to serve as mentors for the program. November 1 marked the deadline for the state’s groundbreaking program which provides high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees, and 60,780 high school seniors applied. That’s up from 58,286 applicants in 2014 and 59,621 applicants in 2015.

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  • Tennessee Students the Fastest Improving in the Nation in Science

    Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 8:22am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Tennessee students are the fastest improving in the nation in science, according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation’s Report Card. The last time fourth and eighth grade students both took NAEP science was 2009, and the 2015 NAEP results show Tennessee is the only state to grow faster than the nation in both grades with Tennessee students doubling the average national growth.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for Middle Tennessee State University

    Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 12:14pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. Middle Tennessee State University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for Tennessee Technological University

    Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 8:35am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created Tennessee Technological University (TTU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. The Tennessee Technological University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for the University of Memphis

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 11:53am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created University of Memphis local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. The University of Memphis’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for Tennessee State University

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 9:15am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created Tennessee State University (TSU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. Tennessee State University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for Austin Peay State University

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 11:38am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created Austin Peay State University (APSU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. Austin Peay State University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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