• Governor Haslam, TNECD Announce Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. To Expand Corporate Headquarters in Memphis

    Monday, February 20, 2017 | 2:05pm

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, the Department of Economic and Community Development and Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. officials announced today that the technology-enabled risk and benefits solutions management company will expand its corporate headquarters in Shelby County. Sedgwick will invest $34 million and create 150 new high-quality jobs in Memphis.

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  • Haslam Announces Bob Rolfe as ECD Commissioner

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 12:27pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Nashville business executive Bob Rolfe as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). An innovative business leader, Rolfe, 56, has more than three decades of experience in business and investment banking in Tennessee. “Bob Rolfe has spent his career growing companies and creating jobs, and he will bring incredible experience and energy to our work of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs and ensuring that success is felt throughout the state,” Haslam said. “Bringing someone of Bob’s caliber to this position says a lot about the momentum we have right now in Tennessee, and I know that will continue to flourish under his leadership.”

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  • Haslam Praises Swift Confirmation of Local University Governing Boards

    Monday, February 13, 2017 | 6:03pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today thanked the General Assembly for its swift confirmation of six local university governing boards, giving the higher education institutions increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. The General Assembly approved all 48 of Haslam’s appointments to the governing boards of Austin Peay State University, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University and the University of Memphis. The boards are the result of the governor’s FOCUS Act, enacted last year.

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  • Haslam Files NextTennessee Legislative Agenda

    Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | 1:03pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today filed his NextTennessee legislative agenda for the 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly. “With the NextTennessee agenda, we’re focused on policy proposals to build and sustain economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans,” Haslam said. “Because of the fiscal responsibility we have shown, the Tennessee we can be is a state with a safe and reliable transportation network that supports long-term growth, one of the best K-12 systems in the country and free access to a post-secondary degree or certificate for all Tennesseans. And we can still be the state with the lowest taxes and the lowest debt.”

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  • Haslam Announces Jayme Place Simmons To Join Senior Team, Stephen Smith To Become Senior Advisor

    Monday, February 06, 2017 | 1:56pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Jayme Place Simmons will join his senior team as special assistant to the governor for strategy and policy director as Stephen Smith becomes senior advisor to Haslam, serving as a top advisor and strategist for the administration and assisting the governor with day-to-day activities. Simmons, who currently serves as chief of staff for the Tennessee Department of Education, is returning to the governor’s office where she previously served during his first term as an education policy analyst. Simmons starts her new position on February 13.

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  • Governor Haslam, TNECD Announce La-Z-Boy Incorporated to Expand in Dayton

    Thursday, February 02, 2017 | 3:15pm

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, the Department of Economic and Community Development and La-Z-Boy Incorporated officials announced today that the upholstery furniture manufacturer and marketer will expand in Rhea County. La-Z-Boy, Rhea County’s largest employer, will invest approximately $26 million over three years and create 115 new jobs in Dayton.

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  • Governor Haslam Appoints Gardner Public Defender for 24th Judicial District

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 2:01pm

    NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Robert Taswell “Tas” Gardner of Paris as the Public Defender for the 24th Judicial District, which covers Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry counties.  Gardner, 47, replaces Guy Wilkinson, who retired at the end of last year. “Tas Gardner brings 24 years of experience working in the district Public Defender’s office,” Haslam said. “His record and experience will serve citizens of the district well.”  

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  • Haslam: Community College Tuition-Free for All Tennesseans

    Monday, January 30, 2017 | 6:23pm

    NASHVILLE – In his seventh State of the State address to the General Assembly, Gov. Bill Haslam introduced his proposal to make Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all Tennessee adults without a degree access to community college tuition-free – and at no cost to taxpayers. If the Tennessee Reconnect Act is approved, Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to offer all citizens – both high school students and adults – the chance to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees.

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  • Governor Announces Departure of Senior Advisor Leslie Hafner

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 1:29pm

    NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Leslie Hafner is leaving the administration to serve as senior policy advisor to House Speaker Beth Harwell. Joining the governor’s Cabinet in 2011, Hafner served as Director of Legislation before becoming the governor’s senior advisor in July 2015, serving as a top advisor and strategist for the administration and assisting the governor in day-to-day activities.

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  • Haslam Announces Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 9:44am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens. Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 34 percent of rural Tennessee residents lacking access at recognized minimum standards. “From the farmer and the accountant in West Tennessee whose businesses are stifled, to the East Tennessee student who can’t complete her schoolwork at home, a lack of reliable internet access is preventing too many rural Tennesseans, rural communities and our state from reaching its full potential,” Haslam said. “While there is no one solution that can guarantee broadband accessibility to every single Tennessean, this legislation provides a reasonable, responsible path to improve access in a meaningful way through investment, deregulation and education.”

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  • Governor, First Lady Haslam Honor 23 State Employees With Excellence in Service Award

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 12:12pm

    NASHVILLE – In a luncheon at the Tennessee Residence today, Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam honored 23 state employees for their exceptional service to the state and their fellow Tennesseans. This is the second group of state employees receiving the Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards, a program Gov. Haslam launched in 2016 to honor outstanding state employees. Great service in state government is like great service anywhere – the key ingredient is great employees,” Gov. Haslam said. “The 23 state employees receiving this honor are on the front lines of what we do, leading the effort to help us make Tennessee the best managed state in the nation. I appreciate all the work they and other state employees do to help make Tennessee the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

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