This is a compilation of Tennessee news and political stories assembled daily by staffers in Gov. Bill Haslam’s office.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean along with company officials announced today that ServiceSource® (NASDAQ: SREV), the global leader in service revenue management, is expanding its Nashville Sales Center and regional headquarters The expansion at ServiceSource’s current downtown location will create hundreds of additional new jobs and represents a multi-million dollar investment over the next three years.
Officials say hundreds of new jobs are on their way to downtown Nashville over the next few years. Today state and metro officials announced an expansion of ServiceSource, which helps tech companies manage renewing contracts. ServiceSource currently employs almost 500 people in Nashville.
ServiceSource officials announced Thursday that the company will expand its downtown Nashville sales center and regional headquarters with hundreds of new jobs and increased office space. The expansion of the San Francisco-based company’s Nashville office, which opened in January 2008, represents a multi-million dollar investment over the next three years, officials said.
ServiceSource is embarking on an expansion that will create “hundreds” of additional jobs at its regional headquarters downtown, company and government officials said today. San Francisco-based ServiceSource (Nasdaq: SREV) — which helps companies maximize “service revenue” such as subscription renewals, service contracts and maintenance renewal — currently employs 500 people in Nashville, up from 15 when it first opened an office here in 2008.
Gov. Bill Haslam has announced he has selected state Rep. Jimmy Eldridge, R—Jackson, to serve as a member of the Tennessee Workforce Development Board. The appointment is evidence that Eldridge, who chairs the House Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee, is seen as a reliable voice for small businesses and job creators on Capitol Hill, according to a news release.
Gov. Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 22-28 School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. To be eligible to run for a school board, members must have a high school diploma or GED, be a registered voter and live in the school district where they’re running.
Investors interested in the Haslam administration’s INCITE co-investment fund can now find final program guidelines. The fund, a signature of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s overhaul of economic development, draws on $30 million in federal funds to coax private investment.
Tennessee’s secretary of state says his office’s Division of Elections, county election officials and others have conducted “unprecedented” efforts to educate voters about a new law requiring a photo ID to vote. “Our focus, up to this year’s elections and beyond, is educating voters about what this law will mean to them,” Republican Secretary of State Tré Hargett said in a news release Thursday.
Approximately a month after releasing a preliminary draft for public comment, the Tennessee Technology Development Corp. has released the final draft of its guidelines to participate in the INCITE Co-investment Fund. The program, funded with federal dollars, was initially announced back in May and is designed to help foster local innovation.
Tennessee traffic fatalities declined sharply this year, reaching their lowest figure since 1962. So far in 2011, 926 people have died in state wrecks. There were 1,030 in 2010.
Game to have bigger jackpots Powerball ticket prices are going up in January, and the Tennessee Lottery promises it means larger jackpots starting at $40 million instead of $20 million. A Powerball ticket will cost $2 and launches on Jan. 15.
Starting Sunday, Tennessee pharmacies will be tracking sales of pseudoephedrine electronically, in real time. It’s the key ingredient in cold medicines like Sudafed and Dimetapp, but it’s also used to make methamphetamine.
How’s this for a conundrum? Members of Occupy Murfreesboro are continuing to be cited for camping on the Civic Plaza in an apparent violation of city code, but at the same time are being warned that failing to occupy their tents could result in the tents being removed. Occupy Murfreesboro’s tents were still standing on the Civic Plaza Thursday afternoon, as protesters were on hand hours before the city of Murfreesboro’s threatened noon cleanup of the camp.
City backs off threat to remove group’s tents Members of Occupy Murfreesboro are continuing to be cited for camping on the Civic Plaza in an apparent violation of city code, but at the same time are being warned that failing to occupy their tents could result in the tents being removed. Occupy Murfreesboro’s tents were still standing on the Civic Plaza Thursday afternoon, as protesters were on hand hours before the city of Murfreesboro’s threatened noon cleanup of the camp.
2011 was a busy political year. Here are five of the most important stories — and how they impact what comes next. 1) ELECTIONS: In Memphis and Shelby County three years out of every four involve regularly scheduled elections, and in 2011 the cycle required a round of city elections.
Last year Tennessee police set a record, raiding more than two thousand methamphetamine labs across the state. They had expected to find even more this year, but will end up tallying hundreds fewer.
Four of the nine Republican candidates in Tennessee’s presidential primary ballot will have no committed delegates on the ballot with them on the March 6 ballot, while Mitt Romney has a surplus wanting to represent him at the Republican National Convention. Candidates Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Perry also had a substantial slate of committed delegates on the ballot to qualify before the deadline earlier this month.
Final judgment set on states’ rights Federal judges have blocked strict new immigration laws adopted by conservative legislatures in half a dozen states, including a ruling last week that said South Carolina may not set up a “street-level dragnet” to stop and arrest illegal immigrants. But immigrant rights advocates who have cheered those rulings may soon find their luck has run out as those rulings head for the Supreme Court. Legal experts believe the high court’s conservative majority will take a sharply different approach.
Twenty-three states will share $296.5 million in U.S. payments for encouraging low-income families to enroll their children in public health programs. Bonuses announced today reward states that streamline eligibility for Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Sears will close its full-service department store in Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch and its Kmart on East Main Street in Hendersonville, according to a list of stores closures the company has released. The Bellevue Sears is not slated for closure despite that store’s location in the otherwise empty Bellevue Center.
The full-service Sears anchor store at Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch is among the more than 100 Sears and Kmart stores that Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD) will soon close. The company released a list today of 79 of the 100 to 120 stores that will be closed, following the company’s announcement Tuesday that poor holiday sales would result in closures.
Sears is closing its Hickory Hollow Mall location amid poor sales as well as a Kmart location in Hendersonville as part of a national move to trim under-performing locations. The Hickory Hollow store at 5244 Hickory Hollow Parkway has been seen as a likely target as Sears reacts to a holiday season in which the company’s sales have been worse than many other retailers.
Sears in Oak Ridge is among the 100 to 120 stores parent company Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close as a result of poor holiday sales. The retailer issued on Thursday a partial list of Sears and Kmart store closings, which also include three other Tennessee locations — Sears in Antioch and in Cleveland as well as a Kmart in Hendersonville.
Sears Holding Corp. has released the locations of 79 Sears and Kmart stores which will be closed, according to the Wall Street Journal. It appears the Mid-South has survived this first round, although there will be additional announcements.
No Memphis stores are in the first round of closings Sears Holdings Corp. has announced. Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings announced Tuesday, Dec. 27, it planned to close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores.
Some of public education’s most sacred cows vanished this year as the Tennessee General Assembly took on one of its most aggressive education reform sessions ever. At home in Chattanooga, a changing of the guard also took place as school board members ousted Hamilton County’s five-year superintendent in favor of a longtime schools administrator.
Every year, each of Tennessee’s district attorneys faces different challenges in his or her district. However, as a group, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference continuously works to identify serious areas of concern that must be addressed at the state level.
Public officials are stepping up with proposals to tackle the crisis in prescription drug abuse in Tennessee. State Sen. Ken Yager has put forward a bill to require doctors and pharmacists to check a state database before writing or filling prescriptions for addictive medications. He also is drafting legislation that would require people to show photo IDs when picking up pills.
Barring a last-minute change of mind by Tennessee Department of Mental Health Commissioner Doug Varney, tomorrow will be the final day for admissions at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. Varney, with Gov. Bill Haslam’s blessing, believes that the mental health facility, which along with the Knox County Public Library and the Knoxville News Sentinel is celebrating its 125th birthday this year, should be closed.
It is hard to think of a time when redistricting — the redrawing of political lines after the census every 10 years — is not contentious. Under even the best of circumstances, when everyone is trying to be fair, there is still something naturally unsettling about deciding which people will be in which district of a particular city or state.
A passel of prognostications for 2012: In January, capitol police summon Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell to Gov. Bill Haslam’s office to intervene in an altercation between the guv and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. What started as a discussion about teacher evaluations morphed into a debate about voter ID laws before devolving into a duel over drug testing of Tennesseans on the public dole. State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, looked on, fingering a box of matches in his pocket.
Nearly 35 Rutherford County store owners ran into the harsh reality of synthetic drugs last week when they were required to appear in General Sessions Court to be arraigned on charges of possession of cannabinoid-containing products. Most of them were ordered to complete six months of unsupervised probation and pay a fine.
The economic downturn is driving more and more families into the ranks of the poor and the “near poor” who barely make it from paycheck to paycheck. This pattern is chillingly clear from the rising numbers of formerly middle-class children now qualifying for free or low-cost meals under the federally financed school lunch program.