DOE Approves TN’s Appliance Rebate Program

State of Tennessee News Release, Dec 02, 2009: Eligible Appliances Include Heating and Cooling Units; Program Slated to Launch on Earth Day 2010 NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced approval by U.S. Department of Energy for Tennessee’s State Energy and Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP). Tennessee will receive $5.9 […]

Kelsey Wins Senate Seat

Running on a campaign of creating jobs and opposing “wasteful government spending,” Republican Brian Kelsey beat Democrat Adrienne Pakis-Gillon decisively in a Tuesday special election for Senate District 31. Republicans will control the Senate with a 5-seat advantage this coming legislative session.

Lawmakers Focusing on Possible New Traffic-Camera Rules

House lawmakers examining the use of high-tech traffic enforcement tools plan on introducing bills next year that could create guidelines on where cameras could be used, and lengthening the duration of a yellow light before it turns red. Also under discussion is prohibiting speed-limit enforcement and stoplight cameras altogether.

TDEC Releases Advisory Board Report on TVA Kingston Failure

State of Tennessee Press Release: Dec 01, 2009 Report Outlines Areas in Need of Improvement; Provides Recommendations NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke and Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan announced today the receipt of a report by the Advisory Board put in place by Environment and Conservation following the TVA Kingston […]

County Officials to Decide Who Fills Turner’s House Seat

For the second time in two years, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners will have to select someone to fill an early vacancy in the Tennessee General Assembly. Memphis Democrat Larry Turner passed away just under a year before the 2010 election, which means county politicians, not voters, will choose who represents House District 85 this coming legislative session.

World’s First Medical Trade Center Planned for Nashville

State of Tennessee Press Release, Mon, Nov 30, 2009: Texas-Based Market Center Management Company to Develop Health Care Marketplace on Site of Nashville Convention Center NASHVILLE — Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen today joined Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and senior executives of Market Center Management Company (MCMC) of […]

October 2009 County Unemployment Rates for Tennessee

State of Tennessee News Release on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 Rates Increase in 39 Counties, Decrease in 42, Remain the Same in 15 NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October was 10.5 percent, unchanged from the September rate of 10.5 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of October was 10.2 percent. County […]

Christmas Tree Web Site Finds Farms for Short Holiday Season

This is a Tennessee State Government news release, Nov. 19, 2009 NASHVILLE — The official Christmas season is short this year—only four weeks from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day. There’s no time to waste to catch the holiday spirit: go straight to www.picktnproducts.org for all sorts of Christmas tree history, educational fun and games– and […]

Stimulus Grant for TN Green Job Employment Search

(State of Tennessee News Release: Fri, Nov 20, 2009) Automotive Workers Will More Easily Connect with Green Industries NASHVILLE – Workers in the automotive industry will find it easier to direct their job search activities to occupations in green industries as a result of a research grant awarded the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce […]

NRA: Restaurant Gun-Carry Ruling A Setback for Tennessee

This press release was issued by the National Rifle Association on Nov. 23, 2009: Fairfax, Va. – Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman of the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee ruled last week that Tennessee’s restaurant carry law is unconstitutionally vague because of a perceived ambiguity over the state’s definition of restaurants. This law gave right-to-carry permit […]