This is a compilation of Tennessee news and political stories assembled daily by staffers in Gov. Bill Haslam’s office.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty joined representatives from Spears Coastline Plastic LLC today to announce the company’s purchase of the New Tech Color Additives building in the Pulaski/Giles County Industrial Park. Spears Coastline Plastic is a leading manufacturer of Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) pipe for fire protection, plumbing and industrial market applications and will be transferring its Ardmore, Ala.-based manufacturing facility to the Pulaski facility over the next few months, bringing 25 jobs to the region, with the intent to add 25 more within a five year period.
A plastic pipe manufacturer has purchased a building in Giles County and plans to transfer a 25-employee operation in Ardmore, Ala., to the site, officials said. Spears Coastline Plastics announced the purchase of the former New Tech Color and Additives building in the Pulaski/Giles County Industrial Park on Monday.
A PVC pipe manufacturer is moving a plant from Alabama across the state line to Pulaski, Tennessee. Spears Coastline Plastic has announced the purchase of an existing facility in the Giles County Industrial Park.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says a tour of U.S. bases in Iraq and Kuwait has furthered his appreciation for soldiers posted there and performing under “difficult and dangerous” conditions. The Republican governor said in a conference call with Tennessee reporters on Tuesday that he was asked to join the tour with Govs. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Steve Beshear of Kentucky and Gary Herbert of Utah because of the large number of Tennesseans in the National Guard and regular Army.
Governor Bill Haslam called home today from Kuwait, where he and three other governors are touring military facilities. The trip to the Middle East was unannounced, and Haslam said he couldn’t say exactly which bases he’s visiting.
Surprise trip gives firsthand look at soldiers’ challenges Gov. Bill Haslam is making a surprise visit to troops in Iraq and Kuwait, a trip that he says has raised his awareness of the difficult conditions faced by Tennessee Guardsmen and soldiers. Haslam revealed Tuesday that he was making a previously undisclosed journey to see troops at the invitation and expense of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Gov. Bill Haslam joined three other governors on a trip to Iraq and Kuwait this week to visit U.S. soldiers, calling it “a really eye-opening experience.” “I’m actually really impressed with how folks are hanging in there,” Haslam told reporters in a telephone call Tuesday.
Gov. Bill Haslam says his first experience visiting deployed service members from Tennessee in Iraq and Kuwait is proving to be an “incredible eye-opening experience.” “My main impression is a huge appreciation of the work that the men and women are doing over here,” Haslam said, speaking to Tennessee reporters Tuesday on a conference call about his unannounced trip.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been in Iraq and Kuwait since Monday, Aug. 1. Haslam, who is traveling on a Department of Defense trip with the governors of Kentucky, Nevada and Utah, talked with reporters Tuesday afternoon on a conference call. He has been visiting military bases where Tennessee National Guard troops and Tennesseans serving in the military are stationed.
Tennessee governor Bill Haslam is clearly making an effort to step up his accessibility to the state media. For one thing, Haslam of late has taken to holding teleconferences with state reporters.
Calling from a satellite phone in Kuwait, Governor Bill Haslam shared about experiencing the desert heat, flying in military helicopters and meeting with Tennessee troops. Haslam spoke with reporters about traveling to the Middle East on an invitation from the Department of Defense Tuesday morning.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is among a small contingent of U.S. governors visiting troops in the Middle East this week. Haslam, in a conference call from Kuwait, said he left Washington, D.C., on Monday to visit troops in Iraq at the invitation of the Pentagon.
Gov. Bill Haslam is focused on recruiting new businesses, helping what’s here grow, and fostering an environment for more jobs, he said during an open event within a block of the Maury County Courthouse. “We’re really out now making Tennessee a great location for jobs,” Haslam said while traveling with state Sen. Bill Ketron, who represents Marshall County.
Anderson County has been declared eligible for public federal disaster assistance, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today. The county joins more than 65 other Tennessee counties in becoming eligible for reimbursements to local governments or for assistance to individuals.
The announcement last week by ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, Inc., that it will be reopening the company’s foundry in Etowah in the first quarter of 2012 drew congratulations from Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty.
The Athens City Council is attempting to draw Gov. Bill Haslam’s attention to a small business incubator in the works here. The City Council approved a resolution at its July meeting urging the governor to support the city, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and McMinn County’s effort to open a business incubator or accelerator, called the Enterprise Development Center, in the area.
More than 700 state employees were denied pay increases July 1 after Gov. Bill Haslam changed existing policy and blocked raises for those receiving poor evaluations or disciplined in the past year. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the figure after receiving requested information from the state Human Resources Department.
The state wants to make sure parents are aware of Tennessee’s low-cost, comprehensive health insurance plan for children. Information about CoverKids will be going home with kids throughout the state in their back-to-school packets.
A highway contractor who paid a former Tennessee Department of Transportation employee $30,000 in exchange for a recommendation to more than quadruple a contract is suing the state for banning him from future projects. In the lawsuit, Novice “Joey” Cole, the owner and president of Kingston Springs-based guardrail company Lu Inc., argues that TDOT’s decision to suspend him and his companies violates the terms of a 2006 settlement agreement he reached with the state on an unrelated matter.
A committee has been named to manage a decline in scholarship revenue from the Tennessee Lottery. Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey appointed members to the Senate Lottery Stabilization Task Force. They include leaders of the state Senate, the state’s top finance officials and university system presidents, including the head of the association representing private colleges.
A City Council hearing on salary reductions and layoffs was postponed Tuesday until the legal battle over the issues is over. “It was agreed because these issues are in court they should not be discussed publicly by the council,” said chairman Myron Lowery following a closed-door meeting with the council and council attorney Allan Wade.
The Rutherford County Democratic Party has accused the County Commission’s Steering, Legislative & Governmental Committee of “bowing to political pressure by recommending a highly partisan and politically slanted redistricting committee.” “This is likely to result in unfair and partisan districts in the county, which could result in additional expensive lawsuits against the Election Commission and Rutherford County,” local Democratic Party Chairman Justin St. Clair said in a news release Tuesday.
Last week, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner issued a strong warning to freshman Republicans opposed to raising the nation’s debt ceiling: Vote your way and watch as our government slides into “job-killing default.” It was a visceral threat to U.S. Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais, the Tennessee Republicans who based their first political campaigns on job creation.
Two of the three congressmen and both U.S. senators who represent Memphis and Shelby County voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011. All said the act, which raises the debt ceiling, is far from perfect.
9th District congressman Steve Cohen went Greek in his disdain for the debt-limits bill passed by the House of Representatives Monday. The Memphis Democrat likened the bill to a “Trojan horse,” containing a no-win “Scylla and Charybdis” choice.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais held firm Monday in his stance that efforts to scale back spending in Washington are not going far enough, voting against a compromise measure that raised the nation’s borrowing limit and averted a possible default on the debt. DesJarlais, whose district includes Maury County, joined 65 other Republicans in opposing the bill.
Linking increases in the nation’s debt ceiling to budget cuts, dollar for dollar, is a good start in solving the deficit problem. But without bigger cuts and more revenue — which was left out of the deal — nothing really was solved by the bill passed by Congress on Tuesday, many in Middle Tennessee seemed to agree.
The future of passenger flights at the Jackson Airport hinges on a Congressional battle. The facility is one of 13 community airports that stand to lose funding under a GOP bill that passed the House but is stuck in the Senate.
Ongoing road projects in Tennessee are a fraction of the size of years past because of uncertainty in federal funding. Separate from debt ceiling negotiations, Congress has been unable to come to terms on what’s often called a highway bill.
The clock is ticking down for those needing to apply for storm recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline is just a week away — Tuesday.
Port of Memphis officials say the McKellar Lake harbor could be in jeopardy because of the Mississippi River’s efforts to cut across Presidents Island. Port and city officials are urging congressional approval of a funding measure that would allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with repairs of levees, banks and flood-control structures damaged by epic flooding this spring.
Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest online retailer, hasn’t charged sales tax in most states since its founding in 1994. And it has taken some extreme measures to keep it that way.
TVA on Tuesday unveiled sweeping plans to convert a disaster zone still in cleanup mode into public areas featuring a new park, recreational area and walking trails near wetlands fed by natural springs. More than 100 people during an open house heard the conceptual proposals for land TVA has acquired in Roane County’s Swan Pond community.
Memphis’ City Council has approved a school budget plan that guarantees classes will begin on time Monday. The council voted 10-0 Tuesday to approve a budget plan that provides a $12 million payment from the city to the school board by Friday.
Memphis City Schools Supt. Kriner Cash says school should start on time Monday thanks to a deal forged Tuesday with the Memphis City Council. The council approved the school district’s $884 million budget and a payment schedule for the city’s contribution, ending contentious talks that included a threat by school officials to delay the start of the academic year.
The scene at Memphis Business Academy early Tuesday was the schoolhouse equivalent of a new car without the new-car smell. Tables and chairs were neatly set up in the freshly painted lunchroom.
He and dozens of others file state’s letter of intent Former mayor Willie Herenton hopes to be running a consortium of nine charter schools across city and county school boundaries by this time next year. “I want the most difficult and those students that are the most underserved.
Cleveland High School opened the doors to its $8 million science wing Tuesday for the community to see. The Max R. Carroll Science Wing brings 21st century science education to the school, several speakers told the crowd.
When 16-year-old Brianna Anderson stepped into her media concepts class on the first day of school Monday, she found her teacher clad in a graduation gown. Her teacher’s dress was part of a broader initiative by Maury County Public Schools to stress academic achievement from the ringing of the year’s first bell for class.
Mother and son charged in Henry Co. traffic stop A mother and son have been arrested on several drug charges after a traffic stop Monday in Henry County. Joshua Martin, 24, and his mother Mitzi Shepard, 48, appeared in a Henry County court Tuesday.
The burden imposed by federal budget cuts should not be placed on the backs of local governments. Passage of the landmark budget agreement Tuesday produced a sigh of relief in Washington but left state and local governments holding their breath.
Tennessee has a model program when it comes to battling the problem of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drivers can lose their license on a first offense, have to spend time in jail, and some first-time offenders even have to install alcohol-detecting ignition devices that prevent their cars from starting if they’ve been drinking.
Hardly a week passes without a tragic story about an innocent life being taken by yet another drunken driver. These are tragic examples of the results of drunken-driving crashes that kill nearly 11,000 people annually and injure 350,000.
The stories of DUI offenders who won’t stop offending are plentiful. Recent tragedies include the loss of a 4-year-old child and his grandfather in Lebanon.
It’s a time of transitions in Oak Ridge. A new contractor this week took over responsibility for running the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge cleanup program, and that’s significant because the previous contractor — Bechtel Jacobs Co. — had held the job for the past 13 years. The new contractor is URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, which won a competition for the $2.2 billion contract.