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State of Tennessee

  • Haslam signs changes to TANF into law

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is applauding the recent passage of key changes to the state’s Families First program.

    These changes help ensure families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits administered through Families First have the assistance they need to meet today’s economic realities.

    The legislation approved by the Tennessee General Assembly this year and signed by Gov. Bill Haslam makes several key changes to Families First, including:

  • TBI reports crime growth in 2017

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2017 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, revealing a slight overall increase in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year.

    The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

    The TBI’s sophisticated crime reporting system, in place for more than 15 years, provides an updated and comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges facing communities across Tennessee.

  • Campaign raising money to provide needed legal assistance

    The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands recently launched its 2018 Campaign for Equal Justice with a kick-off luncheon on March 7 at the Nashville City Club.

    This year’s campaign has a fundraising goal of $826,000.

    The Campaign for Equal Justice has been held annually since 1987 to support the Legal Aid Society — Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm — in its mission of providing free legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.

  • Take a wildflower walk along the Cumberland Trail

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will conduct a ranger-led wildflower walk at 10 a.m. April 13.

    Ranger Rick Ryan will lead a moderate out-and-back hike of 5 miles total along the Cumberland Trail section to Alley Ford.

    Along the way, accompanied by the park’s botanist, hikers will discuss the wildflowers in bloom, plant communities, and forest ecology during this spectacular time of year to witness nature’s grand showing of flora.

  • AAA: Gas prices drop over the weekend

    Tennessee gas prices increased 2 cents last week, before declining a penny during the weekend, AAA reported.

    The state average of $2.32 is 11 cents less than a month ago, yet motorists are paying 25 cents per gallon more than this time last year.

  • Free showing of ‘Sgt. York’ Sunday

    A free showing of the movie classic “Sgt. York,” starring Gary Cooper as the World War I Medal of Honor recipient from Tennessee, will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 in East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

    Michael Birdwell, professor of history at Tennessee Tech University, will provide commen-tary.

  • Honor those who preserve ET history

    The East Tennessee Historical Society invites nominations from across East Tennessee for Awards of Excellence in the field of history.

    The Society annually recognizes individuals and organizations for significant contributions to preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the region’s history. The awards have been presented each year since 1982.

    The Award of Distinction recognizes a special project, such as publications, building preservation or program, such as a conference, heritage event or lecture series.

  • Photogs encouraged to enter Obed contest

    The National Park Service welcomes photographers to submit entries for a photo contest and exhibit at Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    The park is looking for striking digital images highlighting the spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the Obed.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, historic areas, weather or people interacting with nature within the boundaries of Obed Wild and Scenic River.

  • New Tennessee Blue Book dedicated to Gov. Haslam

    The 2017-18 edition of the Tennessee Blue Book is dedicated to Gov. Bill Haslam.

    Haslam, a native Knoxvillian, was elected as Tennessee’s 49th governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 with the largest victory in modern Tennessee history.

    Major accomplishments from his two terms include tremendous strides in higher education and economic development as well as a historically low unemployment rate.

  • Help plant 250,000 trees in Tennessee

    Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on Feb. 24 during which 250,000 trees will be planted by 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.

    Tennessee’s growing population equates to more consumption and deforestation.

    The Council’s Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant 1 million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees.