Governor Bill Haslam http://wkms.org en TN Budget Hearings Continue Today http://wkms.org/post/tn-budget-hearings-continue-today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tennessee </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Bill </span>Haslam<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is scheduled to continue his annual budget hearings today.</span></p><p>The hearings with agency leaders began last week at the Capitol. They are scheduled to start with the Department of Children's Services.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:26:14 +0000 The Associated Press 36660 at http://wkms.org TN Budget Hearings Continue Today TN Audit Critical Of Company Hired To Manage Assets http://wkms.org/post/tn-audit-critical-company-hired-manage-assets <p></p><p>Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state has benefited from a company hired to manage its assets, despite a comptroller's report that suggests the company may have benefited from its own advice, creating a conflict of interest.</p><p>A report released this week by the state Department of General Services says amendments made to the contract with Jones Lang LaSalle allowed the company to "reap the benefits of its own recommendations," creating a conflict of interest. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:06:50 +0000 The Associated Press 36563 at http://wkms.org TN Audit Critical Of Company Hired To Manage Assets Govs. Beshear And Haslam To Lead NGA Committees http://wkms.org/post/govs-beshear-and-haslam-lead-nga-committees <p></p><p></p><p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will both serve as chairmen of committees with the National Governors Association.</p><p>Beshear will head the committee on education and the workforce. His committee deals with educational issues at all levels, plus issues relating to training workers for the labor force. He will serve a one-year term and says the issues his committee deals with are constant priorities for all governors. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:45:23 +0000 The Associated Press 35992 at http://wkms.org Govs. Beshear And Haslam To Lead NGA Committees 9to5 Seating Company Announces Manufacturing Facility in Union City http://wkms.org/post/9to5-seating-company-announces-manufacturing-facility-union-city <p>Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced Monday that the 9to5 Seating Company will relocate manufacturing operations to Union City and create upwards of 500 jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>The announcement is welcome news for the community that has been spending the last few years trying to rebuild a manufacturing economy after Goodyear Tire shutdown a 1,800 employee plant in 2011.</p><p>The move represents an investment of $39.5 million for the ergonomic seating company. Governor Haslam thanked the company for its investment and said the decision reinforces his goal of making Tennessee a location for high quality jobs. &nbsp;</p><p>Obion County Economic Development Director Lindsey Frilling&nbsp;said 9to5 will move manufacturing from its facility in China to Union City's Northwest Regional Industrial Center. Frilling said the boost to employment will be significant.&nbsp;</p><p>"Anticipated jobs at the end of 2014 is about 73 jobs," said Frilling. "And then from then on, up until five years, you're looking to get it up to 510 jobs." &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:52:54 +0000 Rob Canning 35902 at http://wkms.org 9to5 Seating Company Announces Manufacturing Facility in Union City Panel Opens Applications for Tennessee Judicial Vacancies http://wkms.org/post/panel-opens-applications-tennessee-judicial-vacancies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The application process for upcoming judicial vacancies in Tennessee is open after </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Bill </span>Haslam<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> created a new panel to vet applications.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder and Appeals Judge David Farmer are not seeking another term in 2014.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:23:22 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 35891 at http://wkms.org Panel Opens Applications for Tennessee Judicial Vacancies Tennessee Governor Sets Up Judicial Nominating Panel http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-governor-sets-judicial-nominating-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tennessee </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Bill </span>Haslam<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> issued an executive order creating a judicial nominating panel to fill vacancies left after fellow Republican legislators let the Judicial Nominating Commission expire in June.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:28:52 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 35835 at http://wkms.org Tennessee Governor Sets Up Judicial Nominating Panel Haslam Defends TN Bond Rating http://wkms.org/post/haslam-defends-tn-bond-rating <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tennessee Governor Bill </span>Haslam<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is making his annual case for Tennessee to keep its strong bond rating.</span></p><p>The Republican governor traveled to New York yesterday to meet with the three main bond rating agencies, Standard and Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Inc.</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:34:38 +0000 The Associated Press 35797 at http://wkms.org Haslam Defends TN Bond Rating 2nd Lawsuit Filed Over TN Health Adviser Rules http://wkms.org/post/2nd-lawsuit-filed-over-tn-health-adviser-rules <p></p><p>A library assistant and a home health aide have filed a federal lawsuit over Tennessee&#39;s rules for people who advise others about the new health insurance exchange.</p><p>The women and their union, Service Employees International Union Local 205, ask for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the rules from being enforced. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:41:23 +0000 The Associated Press 35507 at http://wkms.org 2nd Lawsuit Filed Over TN Health Adviser Rules Haslam Pledges To Increase TN Teacher Salaries http://wkms.org/post/haslam-pledges-increase-tn-teacher-salaries <p></p><p>Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has pledged to improve teacher salaries over the next several years. Haslam said at a news conference yesterday that by the time he leaves office he wants teacher salaries to have grown more than in any other state.</p><p>The Republican governor is up for re-election for a second four-year term next year. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman joined Haslam and said the administration will review national state-by-state salary data to see that Tennessee&#39;s are just as competitive. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:21:12 +0000 The Associated Press 35445 at http://wkms.org Haslam Pledges To Increase TN Teacher Salaries Tennessee Governor Creates New Cabinet Position http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-governor-creates-new-cabinet-position <p></p><p>Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has hired a former IBM executive as the state's chief operating officer, a new Cabinet-level position in his administration.</p><p>Haslam announced today that Greg Adams’ role as COO will be to promote efficiency and effectiveness in state department operations. He starts his new job <span data-term="goog_2046944712" tabindex="0">July 8</span> with an annual salary of $165,000. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:17:25 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 32476 at http://wkms.org Tennessee Governor Creates New Cabinet Position