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State Recognizes 24 Emergency Workers for First Responder Efforts

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety; Sept. 10, 2012: 

NASHVILLE— Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Chief of Staff Mark Cate and Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons were among several state officials to honor 24 individuals from across the state for their service as emergency first responders.

The First Responder Awards Ceremony, held at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) headquarters, celebrated those who have dedicated their lives for the safety and security of all Tennesseans. The special ceremony has been held each year since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The event is also held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month.

“It has been more than a decade since the 9/11 attacks on the United States. However, we will always remember the public servants like you, who were willing to risk their lives and rescue as many people as possible. The lessons learned on that day have changed the way you all train for emergencies or disasters, for the better,” Cate said.

The 24 individuals recognized at Monday’s ceremony were nominated by their peers and represent each of the 11 Homeland Security districts in Tennessee, as well as the TBI, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Citizen Corps., and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. (The names and biographies of the honorees are attached separately.)

“This ceremony is an important reminder that we should recognize all of the men and women who put themselves in harm’s way for our safety. Tennessee’s law enforcement officers and first responders have selflessly put the lives of strangers before their own. The daily sacrifices they make to keep us safe are worthy of recognition,” Gibbons said.

The ceremony is one of the Office of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Month activities. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort encouraging Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies. Critical to the preparedness process are the men and women who serve our state and citizens as first responders.

State of Tennessee 2012 First Responder Award Receivers.

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Assistant Comptroller Wins Award for Accountability

State of Tennessee Press Release; May 19, 2010:

Richard V. Norment, Assistant to Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, is one of this year’s winners of the David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award.

Every two years, the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum seeks nominations for people who work in government accountability offices at the local, state and federal levels. The NIAF then selects one winner for each level of government.

Mr. Norment was selected as this year’s recipient from state government based on his demonstrated leadership in improving government performance and accountability and his contributions to the NIAF.

He received the award at the NIAF’s biennial meeting in San Antonio May 19.

“I am pleased with the great work Richard has done for us,” Comptroller Wilson said. “His peers think very highly of him – and with good reason.”

As Assistant to the Comptroller, Mr. Norment serves in a key management position for the Comptroller. The Comptroller’s duties include auditing state and local governments throughout Tennessee and participating in the general financial and administrative management of state government. Mr. Norment’s division is responsible for auditing all 95 of Tennessee’s counties. Mr. Norment was also appointed in December of 2005 to serve as the strategic planning coordinator for the Comptroller’s office.

Mr. Norment has spent his entire professional career with the Comptroller’s office, joining the Division of County Audit as a financial and compliance auditor soon after graduating from college. He held various supervisory positions within the division before being promoted to his current position.

Earlier this year, the Association of Government Accountants presented Mr. Norment with its Excellence in Government Leadership Award.

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Schools, District Awarded for Improving Student Behavior

Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Education, Feb. 9, 2010:

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the 2009 Character Education Best Practices Merit Winners announced last night during the 2010 Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute.

The following schools and school district have been recognized as models for improving attitudes and behavior within their schools:

Stanford Elementary Montessori Design School – Metro Nashville Public Schools

Ruby Major Elementary School – Metro Nashville Public Schools

Sumner County Schools – awarded for district-wide activities

Receiving special commendation for outstanding work:

Richard Hardy Memorial School – Richard City Schools

Granbery Elementary School – Metro Nashville Public Schools

“We congratulate these schools for putting an emphasis on the whole child and positive school environment,” Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. “The habits students develop while in school carry over into their homes and communities. School staff and students should be proud of the work they’ve accomplished.”

Representatives shared information regarding their efforts to incorporate character education across curriculum, participating in service projects and efforts in increasing parent and community involvement. Schools and school districts compete annually by submitting their strategy and evidence of its effectiveness.

“Creating a safe and welcoming learning environment is one of the most important things we can do for a child,” said Laura Nichols, Director of Character Education. “These schools have developed methods that prove successful and they should be commended.”