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Huffman Expects More Schools In State’s Achievement District

The state expects to add 10 or 12 schools next year to its specialized district aimed at helping schools that have fallen behind academically, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said during his department’s state budget hearing this week.

That would bring up to 18 schools operating under the umbrella of the Achievement School District, a state entity that has the power to take over failing schools. Like the schools already in the district, many of those additional schools will be in Memphis. Ten Memphis City schools, all in the bottom 5 percent of Tennessee schools in terms of achievement, were notified this week that they will be taken over by the district, the Commercial Appeal reported Wednesday.

Huffman said schools in the Achievement district are operating with longer days, teaching until 4:30 p.m., and using data more aggressively to drive instruction. Huffman discussed the progress so far.

“I think they feel positive about the direction that they’re going, but it’s hard work,” Huffman said. “And I think everybody who works for the (achievement district) understands the very long path they have to go, because their goal is not to have these schools simply be less bad. They want these schools to be good schools where people want to send their children.”

The district was approved by the Legislature in 2010 as part of the state’s successful efforts to win Race to the Top funding for education reform.

The state won $501 million in that contest sponsored by the Obama administration, and Haslam asked Huffman if education officials are planning for what happens after that money is spent. The deadline is in about 18 months, Huffman said.

“We know that we will have to figure out, there will be some ongoing costs that we’ll need to absorb and make room for those costs because it’s the right thing to do,” Huffman said of planning at the state level. Local districts will have to decide whether to continue funding positions like math coaches created under the Race to the Top initiatives.

“When the money runs out they either need to figure out that this is an ongoing priority that’s worth the investment and therefore they need to spend the money on it and not spend someplace else, or they need to transition out of it,” Huffman said.

Huffman has proposed a 2 percent increase in the state share of his department’s funding, from $4.1 billion in the current year to $4.2 billion in 2013-14, the Tennessean reported.

One of the factors driving that increase is a projected $45 million bump to spending for local schools, Huffman said, based on the state law that proscribes state funding for local schools based on inflation and enrollment.

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Gas-Tax Talks Not on Administration’s Immediate To-Do List

State transportation officials say the state needs to start thinking about how to charge drivers for using state roads, but the governor says there’s no consensus to tackle that issue this year.

While the state transportation department says the issue is squarely on the administration’s radar, Gov. Bill Haslam says the topic won’t be among those he’s interested in come 2013.

“We definitely won’t be addressing that this year,” Haslam told reporters Thursday following an economic development announcement in Nashville, adding that both he and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer believe it’s “inevitable” that the state will have to address that issue down the road.

“The way we’re paying for roads and bridges now won’t work long-term. And I think John’s acknowledging that. That being said, there’s not much consensus about how you do fix that problem,” he said.

Schroer is in the middle of a fall tour to various transportation projects across the state. The department has $9.5 billion worth of projects under development, but only has about $900 million to work with this year.

The issue is nothing new to Tennessee. Schroer told the governor and other high-ranking officials during budget hearings last year that the state will need to reconsider how it collects money for roads as people shift to vehicles that guzzle less gas.

Tennessee charges 21.4 cents a gallon for gasoline, ranking in the bottom third of state gas tax rates in the country, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The state tax on diesel is 18.4 cents a gallon. That’s on top of a federal tax of 18.4 cents a gallon on gasoline and 24.4 cents a gallon on diesel.

The Beacon Center suggests the state consider other options besides simply raising the tax on fuel. The free-market think tank released a report this week analyzing the state’s various options, like charging taxes based on miles traveled, emissions or installing toll roads.

Not all the money from the gas tax is spent on highways. Across the country, the gas tax has been diverted for other projects, including schools, parks and beautification.

Haslam last year said it’s possible he’ll put off serious talk about rejiggering gas taxes until a possible second term.

Liberty and Justice Transparency and Elections

Diverse Views Among Lawmakers on Judicial Selection

After Tennessee’s top three elected officials put the issue front-and-center last week, opinions about the state’s judicial selection process are still shaking out on Capitol Hill.

And while the issue has divided state legislators, it has not necessarily done so along partisan lines. Opposition to a constitutional amendment has cropped up, in one form or another, from Democrats and Republicans alike, casting some doubt on the likelihood that such a resolution could get the two-thirds vote it would need to make it on the ballot in 2014.

In a joint press conference last Wednesday, Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell announced they will be pushing for a resolution that would give voters the chance to weigh in on a constitutional amendment that would enshrine the state’s current process.

A selection commission provides the governor with a list of candidates from which to appoint judges. Once appointed, those judges, who serve eight-year terms, face a yes-or-no “retention” election after their first term.

Ramsey has flatly said he believes the current method works well but that it is not constitutional. While Haslam and Harwell have stopped short of labelling the current process “unconstitutional,” their proposal aims to clear up any public uncertainty.

The issue has forced some Republican supporters of direct judicial elections between a rock and a political hard place. Several Republicans told TNReport last week that they won’t oppose the governor’s efforts to put an amendment to the people. But they also expressed doubts that the current method is the right one or that a majority of Tennesseans will vote to validate it constitutionally.

Last session, Rep. Bill Dunn co-sponsored a bill – HB0958 – that would have required popular elections for judges. That bill’s lead sponsor, Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell, R-Riceville, has said he has doubts that a majority of Tennesseans would vote yes on the governor’s amendment, but that he won’t stand in Haslam’s way.

Dunn, R-Knoxville, said he thinks the Constitution clearly calls for direct elections and that it’s “wrong for us to ignore the Constitution.” If voters were to agree with him, he said, then supporters of the amendment should be open to changing the process.

“The big question is, if the voters reject what they ask to do, then they’re really saying, ‘No, we want to keep the Constitution the way it is,’” he said. “I think to a certain degree we need to go into this whole process saying that if it is rejected then we will start following the Constitution. I think we should start following it right now, but those who have been dragging their feet need to put that on the table.”

Dunn also pushed back against the idea that elections would politicize the judiciary in a way the current system does not, asserting that it would be far easier to corrupt two or three people on a committee than to influence a judge accountable to more than 6 million people in a statewide election. Because of those concerns, and his feeling that the governor’s proposal is the most likely to separate itself from the crowd, he said he’ll be focusing his time and energy on the language of the possible amendment as opposed to alternative legislation.

Other Republicans, though, are fully on board with Haslam, Harwell and Ramsey.

“I am very glad to see the gov and the speakers take the position that they have to amend the constitution, really to conform the current process to the Constitution,” said Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman. “I’m going to support that, and I think that’s a good solution to the problem.”

On the other side of the aisle, opinions are no more aligned. Memphis Sen. Ophelia Ford has filed a bill that would require state Supreme Court justices to be popularly elected by voters in various supreme court districts across the state. The bill, SB3714, would require the same of appellate court judges. The accompanying districts for both would be created by the General Assembly.

Ford told TNReport that breaking the state up into supreme court districts for popular elections would allow voters to elect judges they’re better acquainted with and keep candidates from being forced to campaign across the state. She also said she would be pushing for a constitutional amendment, which would mirror the bill.

Leading Democrats said they’re fine with the current process – which has been held up in court – but aren’t so fond of their counterparts’ amendment streak.

“It’s a change of position from some in the majority party to all of a sudden get on this constitutional amendment track,” House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh told TNReport. “So I don’t really understand why all of a sudden we decide to change the Constitution when it’s been something that worked OK. So, I’m sort of scratching my head on that. But we certainly are for the Tennessee Plan as it is now to continue.”

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner said costly statewide elections would be the “worst thing we could do” and that the current process is the best one. As a result, he said Democrats could support the proposed amendment, but that he believes the larger trend is a problem.

“It appears to me that it could be something we could support,” he said. “I just have a problem with having all these constitutional amendments on the ballot. I think it’s confusing to the people.”

Press Releases

Medical Device Developer Announces Expansion Plans in Shelby County

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, January 11, 2012:

Medical Device Manufacturer to Invest $4.8 Million, Create 40 New Jobs Over Five Years

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with officials from Shelby County to announce the decision by Launch Medical to expand in Bartlett, Tenn. The company will invest $4.8 million to fit out an existing building on Wolf Lake Road in Bartlett, creating 40 jobs during a five-year period to manufacture medical device prototypes.

“I’m pleased these technically-focused, good paying jobs are being created right here in our state,” Haslam said. “Launch Medical is helping us on our way to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“We have an exceptional business climate in Tennessee, and existing industries continue to be one of our most valuable assets and effective champions for our state,” Hagerty said. “I appreciate Launch Medical’s continued and growing investment and the additional jobs that will be created for Tennesseans.”

Launch Medical is a medical device product development firm focused on assisting surgeon inventors to develop their ideas into marketable products. Founded in 2007, the company began as a medical device incubator, offering unique opportunities for surgeon inventors to develop new ideas for medical devices. In 2010, Launch Medical shifted from product development to the manufacturing market and partnered with Elite Medical to move forward as a strategic alliance to manufacture and distribute medical implants and instrumentation.

“Bartlett has been the perfect fit for our company,” Gary Stavrum, president, Launch Medical, said. “We thank state and local officials for making this expansion a reality and look forward to continual success in Shelby County.”

“This expansion is a testament to the growth this community is experiencing in the medical device industry,” Clay Banks, director of Economic Development, Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce, said. “Over the past decade, Northeast Shelby County has emerged as Tennessee’s ‘Life Science Corridor’ and one of North America’s leading centers for innovation in medical device technology.”

“Launch Medical’s expansion is great to see in this economy,” said Tracy Speake, managing partner, Paradigm Realty Advisors, LLC, whose company represented Launch Medical. “It’s a testament to the economic development professionals in Bartlett, Shelby County and the state of Tennessee.”

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go



Press Releases

Haslam Outlines Legislative Agenda

Press Release from Gov. Bill Haslam; Jan. 10, 2012:

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. While Crissy and I are excited to be back in Nashville and working towards moving Tennessee forward, we really enjoyed spending some time with our kids, family and friends.

As you may know, today marks the start of this year’s legislative session. And just a few minutes ago in the Old Supreme Court Chambers, I announced my 2012 legislative package aimed at moving Tennessee forward. This year, my focus remains: working to make Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs. We hope to get closer to this goal through economic development efforts, meaningful education reform, a more efficient and effective state government and improved public safety. Our 2012 legislative package is aimed at impacting key issues that are absolutely crucial to tackle now. Here’s a sampling of these issues:

  • Strengthening the Department of Economic and Community Development’s FastTrack program by budgeting more for the grant program and giving the department more flexibility in utilizing those grants to attract and grow Tennessee jobs
  • Lowering the state portion of the sales tax on food from 5.5 percent to 5.0 percent over three years.
  • Providing innovation opportunities to local school districts by eliminating the outdated requirement of state and local salary schedules based strictly on seniority and training.
  • Taking a first step in reaching my goal of raising the state’s inheritance tax exemption from $1 million to $5 million by increasing it to $1.25 million to lower the burden on family farmers and family business owners as these businesses span generations.
  • Restructuring a number of state boards and commissions to eliminate duplicative functions and provide more accountability and oversight of these agencies
  • Addressing a number of public safety issues including prescription drug abuse, tougher sentencing for certain types of gang-related crimes, tougher sentencing for gun possession by those with prior violent felony convictions and mandatory jail time for repeat domestic violence offenders
  • Updating and reforming the state’s antiquated employment system through the TEAM Act (Tennessee Excellence Accountability and Management) by simplifying the hiring process, providing flexibility to retain and reward outstanding employees and streamlining the appeals process for employees. Watch a video detailing some of the employment issues facing the state »

These examples just scratch the surface of what we’re working on in 2012. I hope you’ll visit to learn more and watch a video about some of the issues with our state’s employment system. Thanks so much for your support and please feel free to share your feedback.



Press Releases

Governor Outlines New Public Safety Plan

Press Release from Gov. Bill Haslam, Jan. 5, 2012:

 Multi-year action plan resulting from collaboration of 11 state agencies

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a comprehensive, multi-year action plan designed to improve public safety statewide.

The Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet Working Group, which includes commissioners and representatives from 11 state agencies, submitted the plan after months of meetings with more than 300 public safety professionals and stakeholders across the state.

The three goals of the public safety action plan are to significantly reduce drug abuse and drug trafficking; curb violent crime; and lower the rate of repeat offenders. There are 11 objectives and 40 action steps outlined in the plan, all specifically linked to those goals.

“Keeping our citizens safe is one of state government’s primary responsibilities,” Haslam said. “This action plan is a detailed road map that addresses some of our toughest safety challenges head on. I am proud of this group – whose members bring a number of different perspectives to the table – for working together to recommend meaningful solutions. They are coordinating their efforts and moving in the same direction to implement this plan.”

While it is a multi-year strategy, the subcabinet working group expects to launch approximately 20 of the steps in 2012. Several of these steps include:

Making improvements to the current prescription drug data base to make it easier to identify abusers;

Developing regional alliances with other states to tackle prescription drug abuse; Placing non-violent drug addicts into drug court treatment programs; Imposing tougher sentences for certain types of gang-related crimes; Enacting tougher sentences for gun possession by those with prior violent felony convictions; Realigning under the Department of Correction the supervision of adult felony offenders to include probation, parole and community corrections; and Mandating incarceration time for repeat domestic violence offenders.

Eight of the identified action steps are already underway. Some of those steps include:

Development of a real-time database to track the purchases of pseudoephedrine products (commonly used to make meth); A statewide meth lab clean-up system; Development of a new anti-meth communications campaign; In-depth training of all state road troopers on drug interdiction; and A pilot effort in Shelby County to create a one-stop shop for assistance and services to inmates returning to the community.

“While we have seen an improvement, Tennessee continues to have a violent crime rate far above the national average and the highest among southeastern states,” Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons, who chairs the working group, said. “This plan addresses many of the underlying factors that lead to crime in our state and takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the problem.”

The Public Safety Subcabinet Working Group includes commissioners of the departments of Safety and Homeland Security, Mental Health, Children’s Services, Correction, Health and Military along with the chairman of the Board of Probation and Parole, the directors of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (Department of Transportation), Office of Criminal Justice Programs (Department of Finance and Administration), Law Enforcement Training Academy (Department of Commerce and Insurance) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The subcabinet working group has received additional support from the Tennessee Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and the Center for Non-Profit Management.

Press Releases

Anchor Bolt Manufacturer Moving to McKenzie Industrial Park

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Jan. 3, 2012:

Company Expects to Create 15 New Jobs Over Three Years

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with Henry County officials in announcing the decision by Tower Support Services, LLC to locate a manufacturing facility in McKenzie, Tenn. The newly-formed company invested approximately $650,000 in a leased facility and expects to create 15 jobs over a three-year period. The McKenzie facility is located at 25045 Hwy 22 in the McKenzie Industrial Park and began operations in mid-December.

“Business startups are an important generator of new jobs in our state,” Haslam said. “I appreciate Tower Support Services, LLC decision to invest and grow in Tennessee and in Henry County.”

“Our research tells us that a significant number of jobs in Tennessee come from people starting new companies,” Hagerty said. “Despite the economic challenges our state and country continue to face, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Tennessee and Tower Support Services, LLC is proof of this. Congratulations on your new venture.”

Tower Support Services, LLC is a manufacturer of large anchor bolts and anchor bolt assemblies. The company services the producers of large steel structures in the electrical transmission and substation market. These assemblies are used to secure these structures to concrete foundations. The McKenzie facility is the company’s first facility and will serve as the company’s headquarters.

“Upon deciding to form Tower Support Services, Henry County became the obvious choice for our first location and headquarters,” Craig Schaal, president, Tower Support Services, LLC, said. “We are excited to grow in Tennessee and look forward to becoming a part of the McKenzie community.”

“Tower Support Services, LLC’s decision to locate in McKenzie is a perfect example of what can be accomplished by the partnership among McKenzie Industrial Development Board, Paris-Henry County Economic Corporation and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development,” Jill Holland, McKenzie mayor, said. “We are excited that Tower Support Services has the potential to become a magnet for good jobs in our area.”

“We are pleased with Tower Support Services’ decision to locate in the McKenzie Industrial Park,” Brent Greer, Henry County mayor, said. “The new jobs created will be a great economic boost for our region.”

“We are thrilled Tower Support Services, LLC has chosen McKenzie for its newest location,” Billy Barksdale, McKenzie Industrial Development Board, said. “We appreciate the hard work of state and local officials to make this happen and look forward to Tower Support Services, LLC growing in our community.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with Tower Support Services and the McKenzie Industrial Development Board as this industrial recruitment and location comes to a successful conclusion,” Larry Crawford, executive director, Henry County Alliance, said.

Press Releases

ServiceSource Expansion Announced

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Dec. 29, 2011:

New Jobs Created in Nashville Sales Center

NASHVILLE – 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.

“ServiceSource’s announcement today is further confirmation that existing industries are crucial to economic development in our state and essential to helping reach our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs,” Haslam said. “I appreciate ServiceSource’s growing commitment to Tennessee resulting in more jobs and additional investment in Nashville.”

“We’ve found that existing industries are a significant source of job creation for our state, and ServiceSource’s expansion is proving this to be true once again,” Hagerty said. “In my discussions with ServiceSource leadership, it is clear that the company recognizes the attractive business climate Tennessee offers, and ServiceSource’s additional investment is a vote of confidence in our state and its citizens.”

“Nashville continues to be a great business partner, with a large pool of potential employees with the education and skills that ServiceSource requires,” Mike Smerklo, chief executive officer, ServiceSource, said. “We are excited to move forward with our plans for expansion in Tennessee.”

ServiceSource’s Nashville Sales Center opened in January 2008 and has grown substantially in just four years. The company currently employs almost 500 people in Nashville and occupies nearly 85,000 square feet of office space. The expansion will add additional square footage to the building located on 4th Ave. and Church St. in the heart of downtown Nashville. The newly created positions will include those in accounting, finance, information technology and sales. Expansion plans and hiring are slated to begin in the first quarter of 2012.

“ServiceSource has been growing in Nashville since the company arrived here and has become an integral part of the downtown business landscape,” Dean said. “ServiceSource’s expansion will add hundreds of high-quality jobs and help build our educated workforce – two essential ingredients to the vibrancy and continued growth of our city.

“We’re pleased that Middle Tennessee continues to attract high-quality, technically focused jobs,” Ralph Schulz, president and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, said. “It is a testament to the vibrancy of our region’s economy that an industry leader such as ServiceSource has continued to expand their operations here.”

As the pioneer and leader of the service revenue management industry, ServiceSource works to increase recurring revenue for leading hardware, software, healthcare and life sciences companies.

ServiceSource is headquartered in San Francisco and serves clients in more than 100 countries and 35 languages through its two sales centers in Denver and Nashville in the U.S. and its three sales centers abroad in Dublin, Ireland; Liverpool, United Kingdom; and Singapore.

About ServiceSource

ServiceSource is the global leader in service revenue management, partnering with technology-based companies to optimize maintenance, support and subscription revenue streams, while also improving customer relationships and loyalty. ServiceSource helps customers increase service revenue contract renewal rates, on average, by over 15 percentage points and, in some cases, up to 44 percentage points. ServiceSource delivers these results via a cloud-based solution, combining its Service Revenue Performance Suite™ of applications with dedicated service sales teams, leveraging a proprietary Service Revenue Intelligence Platform™ of transaction data, benchmarks and best practices. ServiceSource offers its service revenue management solution on a unique pay-for-performance business model that enables a success-driven, shared-risk partnership. The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, and manages service revenue performance for customers across the globe in more than 35 languages.

For more information on ServiceSource, visit To connect with ServiceSource, visit us at our Power of Renewal blog or on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to


Press Releases

ECD’s 9 Regional Strategic Plans Unveiled

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Dec. 16, 2011:

Economic Development Strategy Outlined for Each of the Nine Jobs Base Camps, Announcement of Statewide Director and Northeast Tennessee Regional Director

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced the release of nine regional strategic plans outlining how ECD’s field staff will lead new economic development efforts in their regions, support existing networks of local organizations and serve as an effective conduit between the department and regional stakeholders. The plans can be viewed at

Gov. Haslam’s Jobs4TN economic development plan, announced earlier this year, decentralized ECD and established nine jobs base camps throughout the state. Jobs base camp regional directors and their staffs created the strategic plans through a variety of outreach efforts, stakeholder meetings and consensus building activities.

“Jobs4TN was designed to take a more regional approach to job creation so we can better understand and serve the needs of each region,” Haslam said. “The strategic plans will be a guide for economic development growth as we continue working to become the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“With assets varying greatly throughout Tennessee, it is important that we address each region’s strengths and challenges individually, and the strategic plans help us do just that,” Hagerty said. “Working with our local partners, we were able to develop plans specifically tailored to the needs of our nine regions.”

Each strategic plan is unique to its region yet common themes emerged, including enhancing communication amongst economic development partners, sharing best practices, reaching out to existing businesses and partnering with area stakeholders. The plans will continue to be reviewed and revisited with local partners on a regular basis.

Also announced today was the selection of a statewide director and a new Northeast Tennessee regional director effective immediately. Allen Borden, previously the Northeast Tennessee regional director, has been promoted to statewide director and will oversee the jobs base camps. Borden will be located in Nashville and will be the point-of-contact for all nine regional directors and ECD’s sister agencies throughout state government.

Iliff McMahan, Jr. will join ECD as the new Northeast Tennessee regional director from his most recent post as assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Prior to his work in state government, McMahan served two terms as county mayor for Cocke County, Tenn.

“Allen has done a terrific job as the regional director for Northeast Tennessee, and we are excited for him to step into his new role as statewide director here in Nashville,” Hagerty said. “I’m also pleased to welcome Iliff to the ECD team. He has the experience and skill set to serve Northeast Tennessee businesses as a single-point-of-contact for state services and to align communities in the region behind a unified job creation strategy.”

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to

Press Releases

Haslam Appoints Circuit Court Judge to Court of Criminal Appeals

State of Tennessee News Release; Dec. 21, 2011:

Haslam Appoints Page to Court of Criminal Appeals Western Section

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced his appointment of Judge Roger Page to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Section.

Page currently serves Chester, Henderson and Madison counties as a circuit court judge for Division III of the 26th Judicial District, a position he has held since his first election in 1998, and he replaces the late Judge J.C. McLin on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Section.

“Roger has been practicing law in West Tennessee for nearly his entire legal career, and he brings extensive experience and knowledge to the bench,” Haslam said. “I appreciate his willingness to continue serving the people of West Tennessee.”

Page, 56, was an assistant attorney general for Tennessee from 1991-1998, when he was elected as the 26th Judicial District circuit court judge.

He received his J.D. with high honors from the University of Memphis Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law in 1984. He is also a former licensed pharmacist, graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1978 and practicing full time until he entered law school in 1981.

“I’m excited by this new opportunity to serve West Tennesseans, and I appreciate Gov. Haslam for selecting me for this duty,” Page said. “I’m honored to follow Judge McLin, who was a friend and very good judge and who did an excellent job in this position. We all miss him very much.”

Page was a member of the Judicial Evaluation Commission from 2004-2008 and currently serves on the Tennessee Judicial Conference Bench-Bar Committee. He attended the National Judicial College with an emphasis on general jurisdiction and search and seizure issues.

The Henderson native is married to Judge Carol McCoy and has two children, Ethan and Justin, who is married to Hannah, and a grandson, Will.