Governor Bill Haslam

Government
7:26 am
Mon November 18, 2013

TN Budget Hearings Continue Today

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to continue his annual budget hearings today.

The hearings with agency leaders began last week at the Capitol. They are scheduled to start with the Department of Children's Services.

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Government
7:06 am
Thu November 14, 2013

TN Audit Critical Of Company Hired To Manage Assets

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.

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.

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Government
6:45 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Govs. Beshear And Haslam To Lead NGA Committees

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will both serve as chairmen of committees with the National Governors Association.

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.

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Business
12:52 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

9to5 Seating Company Announces Manufacturing Facility in Union City

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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. 

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.

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.  

Obion County Economic Development Director Lindsey Frilling 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. 

"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."  

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Government
7:23 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Panel Opens Applications for Tennessee Judicial Vacancies

The application process for upcoming judicial vacancies in Tennessee is open after Gov. Bill Haslam created a new panel to vet applications. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder and Appeals Judge David Farmer are not seeking another term in 2014.

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Government
7:28 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tennessee Governor Sets Up Judicial Nominating Panel

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam 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.

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Government
6:34 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Haslam Defends TN Bond Rating

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is making his annual case for Tennessee to keep its strong bond rating.

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.

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ACA
6:41 am
Mon October 7, 2013

2nd Lawsuit Filed Over TN Health Adviser Rules

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A library assistant and a home health aide have filed a federal lawsuit over Tennessee's rules for people who advise others about the new health insurance exchange.

The women and their union, Service Employees International Union Local 205, ask for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the rules from being enforced.

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Education
6:21 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Haslam Pledges To Increase TN Teacher Salaries

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.

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's are just as competitive.

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Government
2:17 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Tennessee Governor Creates New Cabinet Position

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.

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 July 8 with an annual salary of $165,000.

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