• Bredesen Announces Job Creation Plan for Hancock County

    Tuesday, January 05, 2010 | 7:42am

    Effort to Combat Unemployment Targets County with High Unemployment Rate

    NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today announced a plan to reduce unemployment in Hancock County by putting up to 100 people back to work using federal dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Hancock County has had one of the state’s highest unemployment rates – 17.8 percent in November – for the past three months and includes 430 currently unemployed residents.

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  • TRC Graduates Overcome Physical and Emotional Barriers to Achieve Success

    Friday, December 18, 2009 | 9:44am
    Students from Across the State Take Steps Toward Independence
     
    SMYRNA , Tenn. – One of the largest groups of young men and women graduated today from the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna today.   Eighty-nine young men and women with significant disabilities walked or rolled their wheelchairs across the stage this morning during a graduation ceremony at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center. The students, whose disabilities include quadriplegia, mental retardation, and traumatic brain injury, overcame tremendous barriers to get here today.

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  • Bredesen Proclaims October 30 Weatherization Day in Tennessee

    Friday, October 30, 2009 | 4:56am

    Recovery Act Helps Boost Participation In Program

     

    NASHVILLE— Governor Phil Bredesen has proclaimed October 30th Weatherization Day in Tennessee to promote the economic and environmental benefits of this home energy efficiency program.

     

    “The Recovery Act has increased funding and expanded eligibility for this program that previously benefited only a few thousand Tennesseans each year,” said Governor Bredesen. "I'm extremely pleased more families now qualify and encourage all those that do to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce their energy consumption and utility costs.”

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  • Thousands of Children Enrolled in Child Care Recovery Scholarship Program: Slots Still Available

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | 5:14am
    Working Families Benefit from ARRA Funds
     
    NASHVILLE – More than 4,000 children are now enrolled in the Child Care Recovery Scholarship program. This time-limited, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program is helping thousands of families across the state make ends meet by reducing their weekly child care bills.
     
    “This Recovery Act program is already helping provide safe, quality child care to thousands of Tennessee children,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “Our goal has been to reach as many children as possible and encourage families to utilize all the benefits available to them under this program. We encourage any working family that may benefit to talk with their licensed child care provider or area Boys & Girls club for information.”

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  • Tennessee's Food Assistance Program Touted One of Best in the Nation

    Tuesday, October 06, 2009 | 9:33am

    State Earns Performance Bonus for Getting Benefits to Needy Citizens

    NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Human Services this week was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for having one of the nation’s top Food Stamp programs. Food Stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP), help low-income families put food on the table each month. Tennessee was cited as giving its eligible citizens the best access to the program and earned the top performance award of $3.3 million.

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  • October Proclaimed Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Thursday, October 01, 2009 | 4:13am

    Events Highlight Abilities of People with Disabilities Scheduled Across State

    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen is designating October as Disability Employment Awareness Month to generate awareness about the talents and abilities of Tennessee’s citizens with disabilities.

     

    “Expectation + Opportunities = Full Participation” is the theme of the 2009 National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Disability Employment Awareness Month will recognize the vital role that expectations play in our successes as individuals and as a society.

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  • Bredesen Launches FindHelpTN to Provide Centralized Information for State Programs

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | 8:29am

    Web Site Smoothes Eligibility and Application Process for Assistance Programs

    NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen today unveiled FindHelpTN, a Web-based eligibility screening tool designed to connect Tennesseans with social service programs and resources.
     
    “Anyone who has tried to help someone find or apply for social service programs knows how challenging the process can be,” Governor Bredesen said. “FindHelpTN provides case workers, advocates, clergy or family members and individuals themselves with access to a single source of information to identify programs for which someone may qualify.”

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  • Millions in Recovery Dollars to Help Needy Families

    Monday, September 14, 2009 | 10:00am

    Thousands of Tennessee Families Will Qualify For Weatherization Aid

    NASHVILLE – The federal government today released the second installment of Weatherization Recovery funds for Tennessee.  More than $99 million is allocated to the Volunteer State under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Today’s award of $39.6 million will  be spent to improve the energy efficiency of thousands of homes across the state through measures that include insulation, weather stripping and window replacement to qualified Tennesseans.  The U.S. Department of Energy is releasing the funds incrementally, based on a state’s performance.  

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  • Tennessee Rehabilitation Center Holds August Graduation

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | 10:20am

    Smyrna, Tenn. -- More than 70 young men and women with significant disabilities will don cap and gown and walk or roll their wheelchairs across the stage during graduation exercises at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center (TRC) in Smyrna this week. While at the TRC, students were trained in various fields to help them enter or return to the workforce and attain a better quality of life. Business Education, Food Service and Groundskeeping are just a few of the programs offered at TRC.  The 74 graduates represent communities from all over Tennessee—from Cornersville to Clarksville, and Mosheim to Memphis.

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  • $19.5 Million in Recovery Funds Approved for Tennessee

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 | 8:42am

    Needy Seniors and Families to Receive Help Through Community Services Block Grant

    NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the approval of $19.5 million in federal stimulus funding for Tennessee to help low income citizens weather these tough economic times. The funds are made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. The funds will flow through the Tennessee Department of Human Services and on to the 20 community action and human resource agencies across the state and are targeted at low-income seniors, individuals with disabilities and families with very small children. 

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  • Local Child Care Provider Earns Perfect Score On Assessment

    Monday, July 27, 2009 | 9:51am

    SPRING CITY, Tenn.  The Strawberry Patch Group Child Care Home at 158 East Rhea Avenue in Spring City has done what no other child care agency in the state has ever been able to do—score a perfect “7” on its annual assessment.   Along with the perfect score, Strawberry Patch has also earned a “3-Star” rating in the Tennessee Star-Quality Child Care Program.   Strawberry Patch has consistently earned 3-stars since opening its doors in 2001.

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  • Tennessee Sees Record Child Support Collections

    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | 5:11am

    NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Human Services collected more than $557 million for children though its child support program over the last state fiscal year, surpassing the previous year’s record of $530 million.   

    “Children depend not only on the emotional support from their parents, but their financial support as well,” said DHS Commissioner Gina Lodge.  “DHS and our child support partners across Tennessee are committed to improving the lives of children and ensuring that they receive their court-ordered support.”

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  • Training To Begin For Recovery Act Weatherization Program

    Wednesday, July 01, 2009 | 6:12am

    NASHVILLE – The Department of Human Services announced today that training will begin next week to prepare energy auditors and contractors to weatherize thousands of homes across Tennessee, including homes of some families not previously eligible for the program. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide up to $99 million for weatherization projects in Tennessee.

    Weatherization is the federal energy efficiency program for low- to moderate-income families. The types of weatherization projects allowed under the program may include installation of storm windows and insulation, air and duct sealing, caulking, and other related activities to reduce home energy costs and increase home energy efficiency.

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  • State Worker Indicted on Numerous Fraud and Theft Counts

    Monday, June 29, 2009 | 8:19am

    MEMPHIS – A 44-year old Cordova man was indicted last week and arrested on Saturday, June 27 in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud the federal and state government out of more than $150,000 in public assistance benefits.   Internal reviews at the Department of Human Services revealed that Kemoh Sulimani, an eligibility counselor in Shelby County, may have created dozens of fictitious cases that enabled him to embezzle from two government assistance programs—Food Stamps and Families First, the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.

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