• Haslam Requests Disaster Declaration for Agriculture In 34 Counties

    Friday, February 04, 2011 | 7:00am

    Request Result of Drought and Excessive Heat during 2010’s Growing Season
    NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam today requested a secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture for 34 counties as a result of drought and excessive heat during last year’s growing season.

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  • Haslam Asks President to Expedite Healthcare Law Appeals

    Thursday, February 03, 2011 | 12:30pm

    Haslam: We Can’t Afford to Wait
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today joined other governors in sending a letter to President Barack Obama that asks him to expedite the legal process for the cases regarding the federal healthcare bill.

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  • West Tennessee Solar Farm Receives Environmental Approval

    Wednesday, February 02, 2011 | 8:17am
    U.S. Dept. of Energy Issues Finding of No Significant Impact, Project Moves Forward
    NASHVILLE, TN – Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Bill Hagerty of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed its environmental review for the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), which means the project complies with all applicable federal regulation for environmental protection. The review was conducted under guidelines specified in the National Environmental Policy Act and was part of the requirement for utilizing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for the project. The finding allows site preparation and installation to begin on the five-megawatt solar array.
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  • Haslam Issues Statement on Federal Court's Health Care Ruling

    Monday, January 31, 2011 | 11:08am

    NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam issued the following statement today after U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled the entirety of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional:
    "Today's ruling was a crucial step in our fight against President Obama's unaffordable healthcare mandate. I declared this law an 'intolerable expansion of federal power' when the bill was passed by Congress last March, and Judge Vinson's ruling is yet another confirmation that the federal government significantly overstepped its authority.

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  • Haslam Announces First in Statewide Series of Jobs Roundtables

    Monday, January 24, 2011 | 8:23am

    First Regional Meeting to Take Place in Memphis Thursday

    NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam announced a series of regional jobs roundtables to take place across the state beginning this Thursday in Memphis.

    The roundtables – as part of Haslam's jobs agenda – are locally driven and will include local officials and state leaders from the areas of education and economic and workforce development.

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  • Haslam Announces Freeze of New Rules And Regulations

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 7:45am

    Freeze Part of Administration’s Top-to-Bottom Review of State Government
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced a 45-day freeze on any new regulations and rules as part of the top to bottom review of state government.

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  • Haslam Announces Formation of Blind Trust

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 10:35am

    Trust Formed Before Taking Office

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the formation of a blind trust to hold the vast majority of his private investments in a step consistent with his stance during the campaign and his recent Executive Orders.

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  • Governor Bill Haslam Sets Standards for Transparency, Openness in Executive Branch

    Sunday, January 16, 2011 | 9:15am

    Haslam Issues Three Executive Orders Non-Discrimination, Transparency and Openness

    NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam today signed three executive orders setting out his commitment to transparency and openness in state government. He also established a comprehensive ethics policy for the Executive Branch and detailed his position on diversity in state employment practices.

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  • Haslam Pledges to Make State a Better Place to Live, Work and Raise a Family

    Saturday, January 15, 2011 | 7:04am

    Governor-elect Sworn in Today as Tennessee's 49th Governor
    NASHVILLE – Standing before throngs of Inauguration attendees on Legislative Plaza, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam told Tennesseans across the state he was ready to go to work making Tennessee a better place to live, work and raise a family.

    "There are opportunities before us.  We cannot do or be everything. We have to exercise good judgment as we set our priorities. The path we will travel will not be smooth and there will be a few bumps along the way," Haslam said after taking the Oath of Office from Tennessee State Supreme Court Chief Justice Cornelia "Connie" Clark, the first woman to administer the oath in state history.

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  • Full Text: Governor Bill Haslam's Inaugural Address

    Saturday, January 15, 2011 | 7:01am

    Inaugural Address
    Governor Bill Haslam
    January 15, 2011
    Governor Ramsey… Speaker Harwell…
    Members of the General Assembly…
    Constitutional Officers…
    Justices of the Supreme Court…
    Distinguished Members of Tennessee’s Congressional Delegation…
    Honored Guests…
    and fellow Tennesseans…
    Let me begin by thanking you for placing your confidence in me to serve as your Governor.
    With humility, I accept your trust to be a responsible steward of our state’s resources.

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