NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today announced the Tennessee Children’s Cabinet is accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations. These awards were created to recognize collaborative and innovative projects that are helping Tennessee students enter the classroom prepared to learn. “In Tennessee, we believe an education is the pathway to a better future, and that begins with our youngest citizens,” Governor Haslam said. “These awards give us the opportunity to honor the many community agencies and partners across the state who help Tennessee children succeed and start school prepared to learn.”
Monday, November 13, 2017 | 1:20pm
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 8:44am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will hold budget hearings for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 on Monday, November 6 through Thursday, November 9. The hearings will be held in the Executive Conference Room on the ground floor of the State Capitol. Haslam, Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin, Chief Operating Officer Greg Adams and David Thurman, state budget director, will preside over the hearings.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 12:32pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich today announced that after more than 16 years of system-wide reform and a massive turnaround, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) is now free of federal court oversight. U.S. District Court Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw has approved the historic agreement between the state and Children’s Rights, the New York-based advocacy group that in 2000 filed litigation known as the Brian A. lawsuit that charged that Tennessee youth in foster care suffered in an overburdened system, describing children in crowded congregate care shelters and social workers with overwhelming caseloads.
Friday, July 07, 2017 | 11:15am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today officially opened the Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy, an alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard that offers youth between ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting. The academy is housed at the site of the former Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville where Haslam was joined Friday by Deputy Gov. Jim Henry and Major General Max Haston for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The first class of approximately 100 cadets is set to begin July 9.
Monday, June 19, 2017 | 12:18pm
Scammers who target Tennessee consumers with caller identification ‘spoofing’ or use deceptive advertising to sell motor vehicle warranties now face additional punishments thanks to new legislation passed by the General Assembly.
Monday, February 06, 2017 | 8:08am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Leaders of the Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy will conduct an informational session at 6:00-7:00p.m., CST, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the 117th Regional Training Institute, Tennessee Army National Guard, 618 Fitzhugh Blvd., in Smyrna.
Thursday, February 02, 2017 | 2:47pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Early last year Governor Bill Haslam, Deputy Governor Jim Henry, Commissioner of Children's Services Bonnie Hommrich and Major General Max Haston announced that Tennessee is the latest state to be approved by the Department of Defense for a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.
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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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.
Monday, December 05, 2016 | 10:16am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam on Monday launched TNFosters, an awareness campaign that will work with a variety of non-governmental organizations to encourage more Tennesseans to become foster parents. TNFosters will also showcase innovative methods citizens have created to support foster parents and the children they serve, from a church that has built a safe room to a non-profit organization that helps celebrate foster children’s birthdays.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 3:28pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced with Major General Max Haston of the Department of Military and Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich that Tennessee has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense for a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 1:10pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced with Major General Max Haston of the Department of Military and Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich that Tennessee has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense for a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program. The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe is an alternative residential program that offers youth between ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school and have no criminal record the opportunity to learn self-discipline, leadership and responsibility while working to obtain a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting. Its implementation is one of the steps in the governor’s Public Safety Action Plan.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 | 10:24am
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced today that, with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD), the Read to be Ready Summer Grant program will be expanded to reach an additional eight distressed counties.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 8:59am
NASHVILLE – From the moment they come into this world, our children present us with infinite possibilities. Whether as a parent, sibling, friend, or neighbor, as their guardians and support system, it is our collective duty to ensure their safety and wellbeing and help them realize their strengths and gifts, as well as their limitations and weaknesses.
Monday, April 25, 2016 | 8:27am
NASHVILLE – In the summer of 2014, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, with support and leadership from Governor Bill Haslam, multiple state agencies, local governments, and citizens across the Volunteer State embarked on a first of its kind prevention campaign, created and conceived with the goal to take action and address Tennessee’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.