DOL Creates Online Application for Unemployment Benefits Extension

State of Tennessee News Release, Dec 07, 2009: Approximately 25,000 Tennesseans Eligible for Additional Benefits NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is on schedule to complete the online applications for the latest federal extension of unemployment benefits. The application will be available on the Tennessee Department of Labor’s Internet site on […]

Rural Tennessee Unemployment Continues to Soar

Joblessness continues to afflict much of Tennessee, especially in more rural areas. In some counties unemployment is pushing 19 percent, according to state estimates. With the exception of Shelby, Montgomery and Dickson Counties, unemployment in every county west of Nashville is meeting or surpassing the statewide rate of 10.5 percent. This time last year Tennessee-wide unemployment was 6.9 percent.

Bredesen Names Gayle Ray to Lead Department of Correction

State of Tennessee Press Release, Dec. 04, 2009: NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen today appointed Gayle Ray to be the next Commissioner of the Department of Correction. Ray will assume her new role on January 1, 2010, following the departure of current Correction Commissioner George Little, who earlier this week announced he will leave Bredesen’s […]

Brig. Gen. Haston Appointed TN Adjutant General

State of Tennessee Press Release, Dec. 4, 2009: Gov. Phil Bredesen today appointed Brigadier General Terry M. “Max” Haston as Tennessee’s 75th Adjutant General. Haston will replace Major General Gus L. Hargett, Jr., who announced his retirement earlier this year. Haston is currently the Assistant Adjutant General, Army, Tennessee National Guard. “I’m pleased to announce […]

Senator Set to Reload in Guns-and-Booze Battle

Lawmaker who sponsored 2009 firearms-in-restaurants legislation is about to unveil “a general improvement on the law” for 2010. Sen. Doug Jackson says bill in draft will eliminate ambiguities a Davidson County judge called unconstitutional in a November ruling, and clarify how business-owners can prohibit guns with backing from police.

WLAC Radio & Gill Show to Host Dec. 8 Nashville Convention Center Forum

Press Release from “The Steve Gill Show,” Dec. 4, 2009: Nashville based, nationally syndicated talk show host Steve Gill will moderate a Townhall Forum focused on the proposed Music City Convention Center on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 from 6-8 pm at the Union Station Hotel in downtown Nashville. Representatives from Nashville’s Priorities, a group formed […]

TCPR: Medicaid Expansion Would Wreak Havoc on State

Press Release from the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, Dec. 3. 2009: NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today sent a brief to state lawmakers outlining the potential costs the proposed healthcare reform bills in Congress will have on the state. Both the House and Senate bills expand Medicaid eligibility, potentially devastating Tennessee’s […]

State Budget Shortfalls Could Close Three Vet Centers

Cutting staff travel and supply costs, eliminating field offices in Memphis, Dickson and Cookeville, and eliminating eight staff positions would save the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs $407,300. But VA officials argue that with ongoing United States wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this isn’t the time to slash services for vets.

AccessTN Expands Eligibility to Include Children

State of Tennessee Press Release: Dec 03, 2009 NASHVILLE – The AccessTN board of directors today approved a new policy to allow uninsurable children with chronic and acute medical conditions to enroll in the state-administered health insurance plan. The change will take effect immediately. As Tennessee’s high risk health insurance plan, AccessTN has provided comprehensive […]

Seeking Consensus on Traffic Cameras

Some lawmakers still have qualms with the traffic-enforcement pic-snapping gadgets; say they endanger motorists’ civil liberties, compromise safety and give too much power and profit to camera-operator companies. House Transportation Committee head wants reports on camera-caused or -prevented vehicle crashes, vendor contracts and how citation revenues are spent.