Press Releases

First Lady Haslam Supports ‘Read for the Record’ Campaign

Press Release from Crissy Haslam, First Lady of Tennessee, Oct. 5, 2011:

Mrs. Haslam participates in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign in Nashville

NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam sat down with 70 Pre-K students at Napier Enhanced Option Elementary in Nashville today to read Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. Haslam is a proponent for early childhood literacy and was invited to preview Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign. The event sponsored by Jumpstart and Pearson Foundation aims to set a new world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. The official day to “Read for the Record” is Thursday, October 6.

“Programs like Read for the Record are an inventive way to raise awareness about the importance of reading to children at an early age,” Haslam said. “Tomorrow more than two million readers will pick up the same book I read today and share it with children all over the world.”

An estimated two million readers will participate in this year’s event. The millions of record-breakers who take part each year come from all walks of life: students and parents, teachers and superintendents, mayors and legislators, and many others who are interested in celebrating reading and getting young people off to a good start toward a lifetime of learning. In recent years, celebrity participants have included Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Bill Cosby, Patti LaBelle, Justin Bieber, and LL Cool J.

In conjunction with the annual Read for the Record event, the Pearson Foundation’s “We Give Books” campaign donated more than 200,000 copies of Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney and also made the book available digitally for the day of the event.

“This is a great opportunity to encourage children and families to read together, while also sharing books with those who might not have access to them,” said Mrs. Haslam.

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Haslam Asks For $5 Million For State Takeover of Lambuth

The state is moving closer to taking over Lambuth University, a troubled private college in Jackson whose finances have been in turmoil and recently announced it would close in June.

The Jackson Sun reports that Gov. Bill Haslam has asked the legislature to set aside $5 million to enable the University of Memphis to take over the Methodist school, which even the star power of Bill Cosby was unable to save.

Haslam’s request, presented to the Senate Finance Committee, is contingent on Jackson and Madison County officials and other community leaders raising $15 million to $19 million. The locally raised money would be used to pay off Lambuth’s debt — which is about $10 million — and to pay for campus repairs and maintenance needs.

Inside Higher Ed has one of the best Cliffs Notes versions of the school’s meltdown, from its failure to meet payroll, the loss of its accreditation, and various proposals which didn’t pan out to partner with for-profit groups.

The Jackson Sun has posted a timeline tracking the school’s history.

Press Releases

TFA Demands GOP Allow Guns at Workplace Parking Lots

Press Release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; April 18, 2011:

Tennessee Firearms Association, Inc. Legislative Action Committee

Tennesseans have pushed for a change in the existing laws for many years so that individuals who have handgun carry permits can commute to and from work without fear of losing their job simply because the want to be capable of providing for their own defense in the event of an emergency while commuting.

For years, big business has opposed this change in the law and have used its money and resources to defeat this change in the law.

For years, Republicans have asserted to Tennessee’s conservatives and particularly its firearms owners “give us control in the General Assembly and we will fix these problems.” Well, the Republicans now have control – complete control. Tennessee’s conservatives, the people, have put the Republicans in office. Now it is time to demand that the Republicans honor their promises to the citizens and remove infringements on our rights to keep, bear and wear arms under Article 1, Section 26 of the Tennessee Constitution. To date, there is no clear sign that these promises are being kept – much less remembered.

What is evident is that those who are in power are once again dancing to the carrot stick of big business as evidenced by the amendment to House Bill 2021. It is time, therefore, that we remind them that it was citizen voters – not big business – that elected them to office! To borrow a phrase from Bill Cosby, “”You know, I brought you in this world, and I can take you out….” If Tennessee voters do not fully understand and agree that conservatives are now in power, then those who are in power but failing in their promises can be removed and others can take their place.

Go to the TFA’s action alert system and send them a message that they are being held accountable for their “campaign promises.” Call to Action Email Alert – Send your own Message

Forward this message and this call to action to every firearms owner, to every conservative, to every Tea Party member you know.