State of Tennessee Newsroom http://tn.gov/news en First Lady Doll of Crissy Haslam Presented to Tennessee State Museum http://tn.gov/news/53857 53857 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE — First Lady Crissy Haslam will attend a presentation by members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Tennessee (GFWCT) at the Tennessee State Museum on Friday, October 20, at 10 a.m. A doll wearing a recreation of the First Lady’s 2011 inaugural gown and a doll-sized replica of the 2015 inaugural gown will be donated to the museum’s collection. More than 35 years ago, the GFWCT embarked on a project to create dolls of Tennessee’s First Ladies dressed in their inaugural gowns. Upon completion, each doll and gown became part of the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. This is the 23rd outfitted doll in the series. The first 18 dressed dolls were made by Wilma Johnson of Manchester, TN, from 1982 to 1989. The project continued through the 1990s with multiple makers and into the next decade under the guidance of Lucy Hollis of Tullahoma, TN. Under the presidency of Linda Hershey of Chattanooga, TN, the project continues with the assistance of her committee of volunteers from across the state. While the original dolls were handmade, the current doll is a Madame Alexander doll. The committee that created and styled the doll and inaugural gowns worn by Mrs. Haslam included Mattie Mullins and Charlene Cleveland (GFWC Monday Club of Johnson City); Anne Wonder (GFWC Centennial Woman’s Club of Tullahoma); and Darby Standefer (GFWC Valamont Woman’s Club, Chattanooga). About the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Tennessee The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With 90,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.  GFWC of Tennessee was established in 1896 as the Tennessee Federation of Women’s Clubs.  As of today, GFWC of TN has over 42 clubs across the state with 1400+ members.  During the calendar year of 2016, the members have contributed 152,679 volunteer hours, contributed $1,042,630, and participated in 2,128 projects. More information can be found at GFWC.org and gfwctennessee.com. About the Tennessee State Museum: The Tennessee State Museum was established by law in 1937 “to bring together the various collections of articles, specimens, and relics now owned by the State under one divisional head,” and “to provide for a transfer of exhibits wherever they may be.”  Today, the Tennessee State Museum is housed in the James K. Polk building in downtown Nashville, where it has been for nearly 35 years. Gov. Bill Haslam proposed and the Tennessee General Assembly approved $120 million in the FY-2015-16 budget to build a new home for the Tennessee State Museum on the Bicentennial Mall to maximize the state’s rich history by creating a state-of-the-art educational asset and tourist attraction for the state. The governor also announced that $40 million would be raised in private funds for the project. A 140,000 square foot facility is being built on the northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street to tell Tennessee’s story by showcasing one-of-a-kind artifacts, art and historical documents in an interactive and engaging way. More information on the museum can be found at tnmuseum.org   Contact: Mary Skinner Community & Media Relations Officer Direct: 615-253-0103 Mary.Skinner@tn.gov First Lady Haslam State Museum Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:01:00 +0000 Clarksville Business Owner Arrested on Tax Evasion and Theft Charges http://tn.gov/news/53856 53856 at http://tn.gov/news CLARKSVILLE -  Department of Revenue special agents arrested the owner of a Clarksville convenience store Monday on multiple tax charges. The Department’s Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of Amer Salemeh Ibrahim, 45, at his store, ASR Tobacco and Beer.  On October 2, the Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted Ibrahim on 14 Class E felony counts of filing false sales tax returns, and one Class E felony count of tax evasion. The indictments allege Ibrahim evaded taxes due by filing false sales tax returns. “Most businesses in Tennessee remit the tax dollars they collect from customers,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said.  “This indictment should serve as a warning to those that believe they can get away with tax fraud.  Our Department remains committed to prosecuting tax evaders to ensure a level playing for all businesses.” If convicted, Ibrahim could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000 for each count of falsification of sales tax returns. If convicted of tax evasion, Ibrahim could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000. The Department pursued these criminal cases in cooperation with District Attorney General John Carney and his staff. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389). The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2017 fiscal year, it collected $13.9 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.7 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.  To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue. Revenue Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:34:00 +0000 Haslam Makes Appointments to State Boards and Commissions http://tn.gov/news/53855 53855 at http://tn.gov/news Appointments ensure Tennesseans have responsive, effective, efficient government                                                                                           NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 217 Tennesseans to 93 boards and commissions. “By serving on our state boards and commissions, these Tennesseans are helping us provide responsive, effective and efficient service to their fellow citizens,” Haslam said. “I am grateful for their service and know they will well represent the people of Tennessee.” Appointment terms are varied due to differing statutory requirements or term limits determined by specific qualifications. The appointments are listed below: Advisory Committee for Purchase From the Blind and Other Severely Disabled Louis Galbreath, Morristown Conya Mull, Knoxville Robert Rosenbaum, Knoxville Advisory Council for Alternative Education Major Shelton, Manchester Advisory Council for the Education of Students with Disabilities Travis Commons, Nashville Amy Allen, Milan Paula Brownyard, Jackson David Craig, Columbia Joey Ellis, Nashville Jennifer Escue, Nashville Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation Joy Baker, Johnson City Sandra Fletchall, Millington Keith Graves, Nashville John Harris, Knoxville Greg Ramos, Nashville Air Pollution Control Board John Benitez, Arrington Ken Moore, Franklin Archaeological Advisory Council Kevin Smith, Murfreesboro Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities Lisa Piercey, Trenton Board for Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists Shelly Steel, Nashville Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Ella Bentley, Dyersburg Board of Appeals Jennifer Lankford, Nashville Board of Boiler Rules David Baughman, Milton Harold Bowers, Centerville Board of Boiler Rules Terry Fox, Lyles Board of Chiropractic Examiners Jason Hulme, Hendersonville Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences Jean Brandon, Knoxville Carrie Crittendon, Union City Deborah Starr, Memphis Board of Dentistry David Travis, Paris Thomas Williams, Brentwood Board of Dietitian and Nutritionist Examiners Jamie Bailey, Memphis Linda Hankins, Knoxville Patrick Parham, Franklin Board of Dispensing Opticians Janet Perry-Martinez, Erin Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators Nyda Bays, Johnson City Juanita Honeycutt, New Tazewell Buffy Key, Baxter Board of Ground Water Management Tim Hawn, Pikeville Board of Medical Examiners Debbie Christiansen, Knoxville Archie Ellis, Knoxville Board of Occupational Therapy Amanda Newbern, Smyrna Anita Tisdale, Knoxville Board of Optometry Christopher Cooper, Memphis Linda Tharp, Collierville Board of Osteopathic Examination Shant Garabedian, Jackson Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners Kay Oglesby, Blountville Sheila Schuler, Nashville Board of Social Worker Licensure Kim Mallory, Nashville BJ Nesler, Brentwood Jennifer Williams, Nashville Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas Kevin Davis, Savannah Frank McGinley, Savannah Carroll County Watershed Authority Natalie Porter, Atwood Committee for Clinical Perfusionists Wendy Menowsky, Kingsport Committee on Physician Assistants Donna Lynch, Franklin Bret Reeves, Clarksville Council for Judicial Appointments Sarah Campbell, Nashville Council for Licensing Hearing Instrument Specialists Jackie Miller, Hixson Council for Licensing Hearing Instrument Specialists Bruce Fetterman, Memphis Elevator and Amusement Device Safety Board James Pope, Greenfield Governor's Council for Armed Forces, Veterans and Their Families Larry McKnight, Nashville Donald Morris, Summertown Great Smoky Mountains Park Commission Dan Lawson, Maryville Health Services and Development Agency Kenneth Patric, Chattanooga Humanities Tennessee Board of Directors Sammie  Arnold, Nashville Jim Dodson, Oak Ridge Carol Harris, Dyersburg Emily Mitchell, Nashville Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council Janet Callahan, Bristol Post-Conviction Defender Oversight Commission Tyler Dewitt, Arlington Niesha Wolfe, Clarksville Private Probation Services Council Stancil Ford, Talbott Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners Matthew Fakes, Centerville Kae Flemming, Columbia Kathy Hunt, Cordova Karen Munyon, Nashville Pamela Ward, Gallatin Real Estate Appraiser Commission Jason Bennett, Arrington Randall Thomas, Kingsport State Board of Accountancy Jack Bonner, Piney Flats Gay Moon, Nashville Trey Watkins, Memphis State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners Rebecca Russell, Clinton Frank Gambuzza, Knoxville Mona Sappenfield, Memphis Amy Tanksley, Brentwood State Board of Education Haden Bawcum, Bath Springs Darrell Cobbins, Memphis Lang Wiseman, Cordova State Board of Equalization Betty Burchett, Adams State Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors Jackie Dillehay, Nashville State Board of Examiners in  Pyschology Todd Moore, Knoxville Neelam Jain, Germantown Jennifer Winfree, Lancaster State Board of Pharmacy Adam Rogers, Brentwood State Capitol Commission Howard Gentry, Nashville State Soil Conservation Committee Don Holbert, Dandridge State Workforce Development Board Martha Axford, Knoxville Christine Hopkins, Tullahoma Warren Logan, Chattanooga Greg Persinger, Murfreesboro TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee Shana Bush, Mt Juliet James Johns, Nashville Ernest Jones, Lebanon Karen Rhea, Franklin Tennessee Advisory Committee for Acupuncture Karman Gossett, Murfreesboro Jian Yan, Cordova Tennessee Aeronautics Commission George Huddleston, Murfreesboro Tennessee Agricultural Hall of Fame Board of Directors Brent Carter, Fayetteville Rose Ann Donnell, Jackson Robert Helvey, Johnson City Tennessee Arts Commission Michael Dumont, Linden Jan McNally, Oak Ridge Johnnie Wheeler, Cookeville Tennessee Auctioneer Commission Ronnie Colyer, Ten Mile Jeff Morris, Memphis Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners Richard Bursi, Memphis Alton Hethcoat, Brentwood Rick Thompson, Chattanooga Tennessee Board of Court Reporting Briton Collins, Knoxville Tennessee Board of Regents Larry Autry, Newber Jeremy Mitchell, Pulaski Bill Summons, Memphis Emily Reynolds, Nashville Tennessee Collection Services Board Charles Hellman, Goodlettsville Josh Holden, Knoxville Bart Howard, Dickson Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth Hailey Brooks, Nashville Kelly Drummond, Knoxville Rob Mortenson, Nashville Annemarie Rainwater, Shelbyville Wendy Shea, Memphis Christy Sigler, LaVergne Altha Stewart, Memphis Tennessee Commission on Holocaust Education Felicia Anchor, Nashville Jack Belz, Memphis Annette Eskind, Nashville Allen Exelbierd, Memphis Aileen Katcher, Nashville Gus Kuhn, Nashville Alison Lebovitz, Chattanooga Larry Leibowitz, Knoxville Josh Lipman, Memphis Leonid Saharovici, Memphis Mark Schiftan, Nashville Tennessee Community Services Agency Board of Directors Gwendolyn Wright, Memphis Tennessee Council for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Eric Fleet, Fairview James Smith, Knoxville Lori Wyke, Chattanooga Tennessee Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder Emelyne Bingham, Nashville Mary Ellen Chase, Memphis Roddey Coe, Chattanooga Michael Collins, Knoxville Will Edwards, Knoxville Quentin Humberd, Cunningham Beth Malow, Nashville Jenness Roth, Memphis Iseashia Thomas, Memphis Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Roddey Coe, Ooltewah Ryan Durham, Lawrenceburg Serina Gilbert, Charlotte Lisa Johnson, Greeneville Sarah Kassas, Nashville Tecia Puckett Pryor, Smithville Gina Summer, Jackson Martez Williams, Nashville Tennessee Duck River Development Agency Lane Curlee, Tullahoma Charles McDonald, Shelbyville Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation Board of Directors Pearl Shaw, Memphis Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission Will Lowery, Nashville Ken Paulson, Murfreesboro Rich Peluso, Leiper's Fork Steve Schnur, Nashville Zak Weisfeld, Knoxville Tennessee Forestry Commission Johnny Heard, Collinwood John Charles Wilson, Arlington Tennessee Higher Education Commission DaKasha Winton, Red Bank Jimmy Johnston, Hendersonville A C Wharton, Memphis Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board Bryon Fortner, Sevierville Tennessee Historical Commission Beth Campbell, Nashville Don Roe, Jackson Derita Williams, Memphis Tennessee Housing Development Agency John Snodderly, LaFollette MaryMac Wilson, Knoxville Tennessee Human Rights Commission Gary Behler, Georgetown Tennessee Massage Licensure Board Marvis Burke, Harrison Bill Mullins, Antioch Virginia Yarbrough, Chattanooga Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission John Barker, Nashville Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Dana Dodson, Cordova Tennessee Private Investigation and Polygraph Commission Stuart Bayne, Oliver Springs Robin Brewer Johnson, Memphis Doug Shanks, Gatlinburg Tennessee Real Estate Commission John Griess, Knoxville Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) Mike Boner, Nashville Ashley Elizabeth Graham, Nashville Tennessee Residence Commission Jane Martin, Knoxville Tennessee State Veterans' Home Board Tommy Ambrose, Memphis Tiffany Sawyer, Cleveland Wanda Graham, Brentwood Rick Grant,  Memphis Susan Hall, Murfreesboro Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation Charles Layne, Nashville Tennessee Suicide Prevention Advisory Council Sherri Feathers, Kingsport Eve Nite, Chattanooga Sandra Perley, Columbia Becky Stoll, Pegram TVA Regional Resource Council Susan Williams, Knoxville Underground Storage Tanks and Solid Waste Disposal Control Board Jared Lynn, Hermitage DeAnne Reman, Greenbrier Underground Utility Damage Enforcement Board Bill Hollin, Dayton Uniform Law Commission Alberto Gonzales, Nashville Volunteer Tennessee Commission Andrea Hill, Memphis Tony Olden, Memphis Water and Wastewater Operators Certification Board Darryl Green, Jackson Governor Haslam Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:47:00 +0000 September Revenues http://tn.gov/news/53854 53854 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s revenues exceeded budgeted estimates for the second month of the state’s fiscal year.  Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin today reported that overall September revenues were $1.4 billion, which is $48.3 million more than September of last year and $58.8 million more than the budgeted estimate. The growth rate for September was 3.68%. “Sales tax revenues reflecting August consumer activity recorded positive gains compared to the same time period one year ago while corporate tax revenues posted negative growth,” Martin said. ”All other revenues together recorded healthy growth compared to last year and were driven primarily by increased road user taxes resulting from passage of the IMPROVE Act in April of this year during the previous legislative session. “Overall September revenue numbers reflect what we consider to be normal growth range for today’s economy. We do, however, continue have concerns about global economic uncertainty and any possible negative effects resulting from recent national catastrophic weather related events. We will continue to closely monitor state spending and our revenue trends.” On an accrual basis, September is the second month in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. For September, general fund revenues exceeded the budgeted estimates in the amount of $49.3 million and the four other funds that share in state tax revenues by $9.5 million. Sales tax revenues were $10.9 million more than the estimate for September. The September growth rate was positive 4.79%. Year-to-date revenues are 3.97% more than this time last year. Franchise and excise taxes combined were $39.7 million more than the September budgeted estimate of $362.9 million.  The September growth rate was negative 0.55%, and on a year-to-date basis negative 2.99%. Gasoline and motor fuel revenues for September increased by 25.32% and were $7.0 million more than the budgeted estimate of $93.5 million.  Motor Vehicle Registration revenues were $2.2 million more than the September estimate, and on a year-to-date basis exceed estimates by $2.7 million. Tobacco tax revenues for the month were $0.4 million less than the budgeted estimate of $21.6 million. The growth rate for September was negative 3.45%. Privilege tax revenues were $1.0 million more than the budgeted estimate of $25.5 million. Business Tax receipts were $0.1 million more than the budgeted estimate for September. Inheritance and estate tax revenues were $0.1 million less than the budgeted estimate. Hall income tax revenues for September were $0.7 million less than the budgeted estimate. For two months revenues are $0.6 million less than the budgeted estimate. All other taxes were below estimates by a net of $0.9 million. Year-to date revenues for two months were $44.0 million more than the budgeted estimates. The general fund exceeded estimates by $30.1 million and the four other funds that share in state tax revenues $13.9 million. The budgeted revenue estimates for 2017-2018 are based on the State Funding Board’s consensus recommendation of November 29, 2016 and adopted by the first session of the 110th General Assembly in May 2017. Also incorporated in the estimates are any changes in revenue enacted during the 2017 session of the General Assembly. These estimates are available on the state’s website at http://www.tn.gov/finance/article/fa-budget-rev. VIEW REVENUE TABLES                                                                                                                                                                    ### Finance & Administration Revenues Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:28:00 +0000 Jarden Zinc Products to Expand in Greeneville http://tn.gov/news/53849 53849 at http://tn.gov/news Zinc products manufacturer to create 30 jobs NASHVILLE— Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Jarden Zinc Products officials announced today the company will expand its operations in Greene County. The zinc products manufacturer plans to create 30 new jobs in Greeneville over the next five years. “I want to congratulate Jarden Zinc on expanding in Greene County,” Rolfe said. “With this expansion, our manufacturing sector will continue to grow and excel in our state. I want to thank Jarden Zinc for bringing new manufacturing jobs to Greeneville and look forward to continuing our partnership.”  Jarden Zinc, part of Newell Brands, is a manufacturer of solid zinc strip and zinc based products. The company was established in Greene County in 1970. Jarden Zinc produces coin blanks for currency in the U.S. and several foreign governments. Additionally, the company manufactures products for the automotive fuse market.  “We appreciate the support of our state and local government that allows us to grow our business and create jobs here in Greene County,” Thomas Wennogle, President of Jarden Zinc, said.  With this expansion, Jarden Zinc will convert 10,000 square feet of its existing facility in Greene County to make room for new production equipment. “The opportunity for existing business to expand within our community is tremendous for Greene County. We always enjoy ribbon cuttings for new facilities. However, it is a special time when we can stand alongside our neighbors and celebrate expanding businesses,” Greene County Mayor David Crum said. “The expansion of an existing business with a history of being a good corporate citizen is especially rewarding.” "We are delighted that Jarden Zinc is expanding their footprint here in our community. We look forward to continuing to work with them in the future," Greenville Mayor W.T. Daniels said.  Greeneville and Greene County are represented by Sen. Steve Southerland (R – Morristown), Rep. David Hawk (R – Greeneville) and Rep. Jeremy Faison (R – Cosby). Contact Teresa Carter, Sr. Director HR Jarden Zinc Products/Jarden Process Solutions Newell Brands tcarter@jardenzinc.com (423) 787-6312 About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.   ### Economic & Community Development Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000 For Agritourism Farms, It's Not Over in October http://tn.gov/news/53848 53848 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE-- Tennessee’s agritourism season is in full swing. Thousands of people will visit pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and apple orchards looking for décor, wagon rides, festivals, and all sorts of fun right up through Halloween. However, it’s not over after October. Instead of plowing under pumpkin vines and harvesting tattered corn mazes, some farms now let customers join them to officially end the harvest season with a smashing good time. Hybrid pumpkins developed for carving are typically bland and not used as food. So instead, farms are capitalizing on a craze that involves outrageous ways to demolish pumpkins with implements of destruction ranging from complicated catapults and cannons to simple sledge hammers. “We're celebrating with a Pumpkin Destruction Day on Saturday, Nov. 4,” Casey Scarlett with Autumn Acres in Crossville said. “This is a BYOP -- Bring Your Own Pumpkin-- event!”  Visitors will get to use a huge wooden mallet to destroy former Jack O’ Lanterns. Autumn Acres will also hold a 5K mud run with a farm obstacle course.         Noble Springs Dairy, near Franklin, doesn’t need to shut its doors when pumpkin season is over. The Nobles host fall festivals through October, but their dairy and creamery tours are available through November. “We might extend the festivals into November if the weather holds up,” Justin Noble said.  For Mac and Jana Rogers, the busy season is just beginning. “For us sweet potato folks, it’s definitely not over in October,” Jana Rogers of McAlister and Rogers Farm near Taft said. The family grows a wide range of produce, but their sweet potato crop is their major agricultural endeavor. Not only does their harvest continue into November, but the farm offers sweet potato fundraisers through November and December to a number of organizations, including school and church groups. Find farms and farmers markets with fall produce and extended autumn activities with the Pick Tennessee mobile app and here. Agriculture Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:34:00 +0000 TN National Guard Soldiers return home from year-long deployment http://tn.gov/news/53847 53847 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 120 Soldiers assigned to the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 230th Signal Company returned home to Smyrna, Tenn., Oct. 14, after a year-long deployment overseas. “I’m so excited to be home,” said Army Sgt. James Collier, a signal support systems specialist with the 230th Signal Company. “My daughters have grown up so much since I’ve been gone and I can’t wait to get back into a new routine with them and my wife.” The Soldiers provided information technology support, fiber-optic connections, and network support for U.S. troops throughout the Middle East including Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. “I learned so much during this deployment,” said Army Spc. Maceo Ali, a human research specialist with the 230th Signal Company. “It was a great experience for me to improve my professional skills and to work outside of an environment that I am not normally used to.” The Soldiers were greeted by Army Brig. Gen. Tommy Baker, the Tennessee Army National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General and Army Col. Steve Barney, the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 230th Sustainment Brigade commander.  “I can’t think of time better spent than welcoming home Soldiers back to the great state of Tennessee,” said Barney. “I wish them the best reunion with their loved ones and to know how proud we are of their service.” This is the second time the company has deployed to Kuwait with a similar mission, the first being from July 2011 to August 2012.   A Soldier with the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company embraces his kids after returning home from a year-long deployment overseas Oct. 14. (Photo by Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).   Spc. Teneya Gladney, 230th Signal Company, hugs her daughter, Aniyah, when the unit returned from year-long deployment Oct. 14. The unit provided information technology support, fiber-optic connections, and network support for U.S. troops throughout the Middle East including Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).   Spc. Steven Schaffner, 230th Signal Company, holds his son, Niko, upon returning home from a year-long deployment overseas Oct 14. He saw his son one other time when he went on leave prior to returning home. The unit provided information technology support, fiber-optic connections, and network support for U.S. troops throughout the Middle East including Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).   Families and friends eagerly wave to the Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., who just returned home from a year long deployment overseas Oct. 14. (Photo by Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters). Military Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:50:00 +0000 Soldiers scheduled to return home from year-long deployment http://tn.gov/news/53834 53834 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Approximately 120 Soldiers with the Tennessee Army National Guard 230th Signal Company, out of Nashville, Tenn., are scheduled to return home Saturday morning from a year-long deployment overseas. The Soldiers were tasked with providing IT support to U.S. Troops in seven different countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. WHO:                     230th Signal Company, Tennessee Army National Guard WHAT:                   Returning from year-long deployment WHEN:                   10am WHERE:                  Hanger at Volunteer Training Site – Smyrna, Tenn.   If you are interested in attending the homecoming ceremony, please contact the Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office at 615-313-0633. Military Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:44:00 +0000 Remains of Davidson County Soldier Killed in Black Hawk Crash Return to Tennessee http://tn.gov/news/53830 53830 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Michael Nelson of Antioch.  Nelson was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii.  Two 25th Aviation Regiment UH-60 Black Hawks were involved in a night time training exercise on August 15 when the flight crews lost contact with each other.  Recovery efforts off the coast of Oahu revealed evidence of a crash with no survivors.  Nelson was 30 years old. ”Staff Sergeant Nelson was prepared to serve and support others and lost his life while training to do so,” Haslam said.  “We extend our condolences and prayers to Michael’s wife, child and siblings.” Nelson served 11 years in the U.S. Army and enlisted while a resident of Antioch. “Staff Sergeant Nelson bravely volunteered to serve his country and courageously joined the ranks of Black Hawk crews known for their commitment to support troops on the ground,” Grinder said.  “This is a solemn reminder of the dangers our service members face in training as well as combat.” Nelson is survived by his wife, Brittany Nelson of Kentucky, daughter Gabrielle and his brothers and sisters Delta DeDeaux, Caleb Nelson, Tyre Nelson, Terri Nelson, Tamarra Nelson, Noah Nelson and Taniicka Dobey-McBrien. The remains of SSG Nelson will arrive at the Nashville International Airport on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:50 a.m. (CDT).  Media should be staged at 937-939 Airport Service Road at the Nashville International Airport Air Freight parking lot and should be in place by 10:00 a.m.  Media are permitted to videotape the dignified transfer of remains, but no family interviews will be granted.  Visitation will be on Thursday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT) at Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery at 5110 Gallatin Pike S., in Nashville. Media are not permitted inside the chapel and interviews with family members will not be offered. Graveside services will be held at the Nashville National Cemetery at 1420 Gallatin Pike S., in Madison on Thursday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m. (CDT) directly after the visitation.  Media is permitted at the site, but no interviews with family will be offered. During his time in service, Nelson received two Air Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 3 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3, NATO Medal, Basic Aviation Badge and Meritorious Unit Citation. Governor Haslam Veterans Services Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:16:00 +0000 TDCI Offers Free Scam Prevention Presentation in Knoxville Oct. 16 http://tn.gov/news/53824 53824 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs will host a free scam awareness educational event for Knoxville-area residents on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Humana community location in Knoxville. Consumer Affairs staff will discuss how to spot and avoid both current and common scams, and will address what to do if you become a scam victim.  Presenters will also answer consumers’ questions and distribute free educational materials aimed at helping Tennesseans dodge scams and protect their finances and personal information. No registration is required to attend the free event. WHO:                    The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs and Humana Knoxville WHAT:                 Scam Awareness Event. TDCI staff will teach attendees how to spot and avoid scams, and will address what to do if you become a victim. Free educational materials and giveaway items will be available.                         WHEN:                 Monday, October 16, 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (ET) WHERE:               Humana Knoxville, 4438 Western Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921 For more information about the event, visit the Humana community website or call 865-329-8892. To learn more about the TDCI Division of Consumer Affairs, visit www.tn.gov/consumer. ### Consumer Affairs Commerce & Insurance Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:11:00 +0000