This is a compilation of Tennessee news and political stories assembled daily by staffers in Gov. Bill Haslam’s office.
A national economic development publication has named Tennessee the No. 1 state for automotive manufacturing strength for a second consecutive year. The state earned the distinction from Business Facilities magazine largely because of investments made by Volkswagen and Nissan in Tennessee. Last month, Volkswagen announced the hiring of its 2,000th employee at its newly opened Chattanooga plant.
It’s back to school for many East Tennessee systems Monday morning. Parents and students came out in droves to shop for supplies on this tax free holiday weekend.
Teresa Sloan shares a typical tale about how hard it is to get a driver’s license. A long drive across Nashville. A 20-minute wait to speak with an attendant.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will unilaterally override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind school accountability law, that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014. Mr. Duncan told reporters that he was acting because Congress had failed to rewrite the Bush-era law, which he called a “slow-motion train wreck.”
Tennessee’s Division of Consumer Affairs is warning job seekers to be wary of employment service firms that charge a fee to help clients find a job. A news release from the division advises job seekers to reject firms that guarantee to get you a job.
Students, staff will be able to access desktops from any PC Middle Tennessee State University students, faculty and staff will soon have free, anytime access to virtual desktops, programs, personal files and network resources. The technology will be installed by Citrix Systems.
A state commission has narrowed the search for the recently opened Walker County State Court judge seat to two final candidates. The Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended LaFayette attorney Bill Slack and Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Bruce Roberts to Gov. Nathan Deal, who will make the final decision.
The state’s deal with Amazon.com sparked a donnybrook at the state Capitol, pitting Republicans against Republicans with high-powered lobbyists slugging it out and threats of lawsuits and political reprisals flying. But after months of escalation, is peace finally at hand?
It’s a little quieter now on Capitol Hill, after President Barack Obama last week signed into law a debt ceiling increase. It put an end — albeit temporarily — to months of political bickering, played out in daily floor speeches and multiple interruptions of primetime network television.
As federal disaster registration wraps up in areas hit by the April storms, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama have some of the lowest numbers of grant applications approved compared with other states in the region affected by the storms. However, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said comparing numbers among different states and different types of disasters is not an accurate comparison and each community differs in how many people receive assistance.
Residents who suffered damage or loss in the spring’s severe storms, tornadoes and flooding must register for federal disaster assistance by Tuesday. To register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster aid, call (800) 621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
New York lawmakers ushered in a new era of austerity this spring, curtailing their state Medicaid program and slashing funds for schools. The state’s leaders said they had little choice: New York lacked the money to meet its old commitments.
Facilities Across U.S. Go Largely Unused as Air Traffic Veers Toward Big Players Every major economic development project is a potential white elephant, but for smaller cities, airports have been a particularly tough bet. Though air traffic continues to grow nationally, more of it than ever is served though the largest airports, and this is putting a squeeze on smaller players.
On July 15, a fellow journalist in Canada called to ask whether NashvillePost.com had heard that IQT, Nashville’s newest potential corporate darling, was laying off hundreds of workers at its various call centers in Canada. The story soon exploded, with local, state and international news outlets posting story after story about the debacle.
Hotel may anchor revived Tollgate Village development If you’re driving through south Williamson County looking for a hotel, you’re out of luck. But that could change.
The school year always looks daunting, but for teachers this year has a nail-biting quality unlike any other thanks to the scrutiny of new state-ordered job reviews. If their students, who begin classes today, don’t perform, many will be out of a job by spring.
An Associated Press analysis of student testing data shows Tennessee school systems without teachers’ collective bargaining rights performed slightly better than those with negotiated contracts, but posted weaker gains. Thirty-eight of the state’s 135 local school districts did not engage in collective bargaining with their teachers before a new law eliminated those rights this year, according to the Tennessee Education Association.
Bureaucracy seems as central to public schools as textbooks, chalkboards and desks. Students look to teachers for guidance; instructors and faculty fall under the domain of principals; and those school administrators operate below a higher superintendent.
Thousands of students will show up for the first day of classes at Shelby County Schools Monday. Shelby County Schools are expecting crowded classrooms, so they are taking extra steps to make sure every student can prove residency.
Two in custody, three more sought Authorities have arrested two people and are seeking three others after three meth labs were discovered within five hours on Saturday in Madison County. At approximately 5 p.m. Saturday, Madison County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call at a home on Tenn. 138 near Mercer, where they found precursors, reagents and equipment previously used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The Morristown Police Department discovered a methamphetamine lab Friday after a morning 911 call reporting a prowler. Officers responded to the call at an abandoned house on Ridgecrest Street and discovered the active lab.
After a summer of scandal, Michele Alford will welcome her new third-grade class on Monday the way she always has: with a test. After her students realize that the school year has begun and their grumbling subsides, she will ask the children, “Where did I go to college?” and “What are my interests?”
Tennessee might be the first state to seek a waiver from the performance standards of the No Child Left Behind Act, but it likely won’t be the only state to do so. Gov. Bill Haslam said late last month that the NCLB law, enacted with bipartisan support during the first term of President George W. Bush, has outlived its usefulness as written.
Last week presented a truly rare moment for this state, one that brought together a partnership of businesses, government, the conservation community and dedicated individuals in Middle Tennessee to celebrate a flower. On Aug. 4, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was in Lebanon to do something it seldom gets to do: remove a species from the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List because it has returned to a sustainable level.
When Hamilton County students officially begin the 2011-12 school year this week they will do so in a system that has new leadership at the top, significant changes in administration and a raft of problems both old and new. Newly minted Superintendent Rick Smith promises to address the issues in a timely and practical manner.
Outlook remains bleak: Congress has shown that it is inept at finding real solutions to a serious national problem. There are two good things that can be said about July’s unemployment rate of 9.1 percent: It’s lower than June’s 9.2 percent, and it allayed, perhaps only temporarily, market fears of a double-dip recession.
Suppose you had an operation in a hospital, and that just before you were released, you were furnished with a prescription and told that you should have a checkup with your doctor in a couple of weeks. Now, whose responsibility is it to see that you take the prescribed medicine and that you go to the doctor for your checkup?