• Haslam Unveils Comprehensive Tax Cut, Transportation Proposal

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 11:30am

    NASHVILLE – Joined by mayors from across the state and leaders in the manufacturing and trucking industries, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing while updating how the state provides Tennesseans the safe and reliable transportation network needed to support future job growth. The IMPROVE Act, “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy,” is the first piece of Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative plan, policy proposals aimed at building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.

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  • Governor to roll out first piece of his legislative agenda

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 10:13am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will announce tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18 the first piece of his legislative agenda. The governor’s legislative agenda will focus on building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.

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  • Haslam Issues Statement on Settlement Between Department of Justice and Volkswagen

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 1:30pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today issued the following statement regarding the settlement reached between the Department of Justice and Volkswagen: “Volkswagen is incredibly important to Chattanooga and the state’s economy. I have spoken with Volkswagen officials several times over the last couple of days, and they have assured me that this settlement won’t restrict in any way their capital expansion plans in Chattanooga. In fact, they have committed to bringing even more jobs to Chattanooga. So the future is bright for our workforce, and VW can continue doing what it does best, which is building great cars in Tennessee.”

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  • Haslam Proclaims January 12 TN FAFSA Frenzy Day

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 11:27am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Thursday, January 12, as the first “TN FAFSA Frenzy Day,” encouraging high school seniors and current college students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 17 to maintain eligibility for key scholarship programs including Tennessee Promise. Tennessee Promise is the state’s groundbreaking scholarship and mentoring program that provides high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees. “Across Tennessee, 60,000 high school seniors submitted a Tennessee Promise application this fall and made a commitment to higher education. Submitting the FAFSA is the next step,” Haslam said. “This Thursday, January 12, is our first TN FAFSA Frenzy Day, and you’ll see colleges, nonprofits and state government agencies partnering with high schools statewide to ensure that as many students as possible get their FAFSA submitted. For the past two years our state has led the nation in FAFSA filings, one of the best indicators of a growing college-going culture in Tennessee. We want to continue that momentum this year and encourage students to apply by January 17.”

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  • Haslam Announces Randy Boyd To Return to Private Sector

    Monday, January 09, 2017 | 3:15pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) Commissioner Randy Boyd will return to the private sector February 1, serving as chairman of Radio Systems Corp., the business he started in 1991. During Boyd’s two-year tenure as commissioner, the state has been recognized as first in the nation for advanced industry job growth, first in foreign direct investment, and second in the growth of household median incomes. ECD has also set several records and generated nearly 50,000 new job commitments and nearly $11 billion in capital investment in the state.

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  • State of Tennessee Releases Action Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

    Thursday, January 05, 2017 | 12:09pm

    NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), in partnership with both the U.S. and Tennessee Interagency Councils on Homelessness, today released an action plan to end chronic homelessness in the Volunteer State. The collaborative plan brings together multiple federal, state, county, and local government agencies, and community partners providing a systematic approach to help eliminate homelessness over the next 10 years.

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  • Haslam Announces Dr. Raquel Hatter To Return to Private Sector

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 11:15am

    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.

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  • Sevier County Will Receive Federal Disaster Assistance for Wildfire Recovery

    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.”

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  • Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Wacker Chemie AG to Build New Pyrogenic Silica Plant at Existing Charleston Site

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 6:55am

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Wacker Chemie AG officials announced today the company will build a new production plant for its HDKâ brand of pyrogenic silica at its Charleston site in Southeast Tennessee. Wacker will invest $150 million in the new production facility and create 50 new jobs in Bradley County.

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  • Haslam Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Five Counties

    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.

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