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State of Tennessee

  • Tennesseans can guitar their car and help music education

    No U.S. state even comes close to Tennessee’s musical significance and global influence.

    From the Mississippi River through Music City, U.S.A. to the Appalachian Trail, the sounds of Tennessee’s blues, rock, country, soul, rockabilly, Bluegrass, rhythm and blues, gospel and other musical influences have changed the cultural complexion of an entire planet.

    The only options for Tennessee music lovers to tag their cars, however, were for Elvis Presley fans and a purple cat playing a saxophone.

    Until now.

  • Teachers asked to TELL

    Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Education encourages educators to participate in the TELL Tennessee Survey.

    The TELL — or Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning — survey is the first statewide opportunity for teachers and licensed staff in Tennessee to provide input on their learning environment.

    The survey continues through March 11.

    School-based licensed educators may anonymously and voluntarily share their perceptions of the teaching and learning environment in their school.

  • State seeks environmental achievers

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation welcomes the public to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2011 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.

    “Tennesseans continue to make great strides in protecting our environment, taking care of our air, land and water through innovation and hard work,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

  • General Assembly streaming available on secondary PBS channel

    Televised proceedings of the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives is now being broadcast statewide on public TV’s Tennessee Channel.

    The gavel-to-gavel broadcast will feature comprehensive live and taped-delayed proceedings, including committee meetings, floor sessions, and other joint conventions for the first time in state history.

  • Hurley plans Feb. 5 open house

    New state Rep. Julia C. Hurley, right, has been listening to constituents such as Lynn Farnham since she was elected to the post in November.

    Hurley welcomes the public to her first open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 in her new legislative district office in Harriman’s Temperance Building. Light refreshments will be served.

    The public is welcome to stop by and express any concerns and ask questions before the Tennessee General Assembly convenes on Feb. 7.

  • Tour Tennessee with Official Vacation Guide

    Want to see all there is to see in Tennessee? Check out the new Tennessee Official Vacation Guide.

    This year’s glossy magazine-style guide features special editorial spotlights on Tennessee’s 150th commemoration of the American Civil War, Bright Lights & Big Cities, Main Streets & Small Towns and African-American Influences.

    The Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways initiative is covered in a special five-page spread with additional editorial highlights including Dining and Culinary and Tennessee Spirits.

  • Hurley appointed to Transportation, Government Operations committees

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, has been named to the powerful House Transportation and the Government Operations Committee for the 107th General Assembly.

    Both committees will play a key role in the upcoming session.

    “Ensuring Tennessee’s infrastructure is safe and state of the art will assist our state in drawing new business here and creating jobs,” Hurley said.

    “I am honored to have been named to this committee and I look forward to our work.”

  • Yager chairing Senate’s State, Local Government Committee

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has been appointed chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, a key legislative appointment.

    Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey made the appointment late last week as the State Senate wound up a week of organizational tasks.

    “Sen. Yager has vast experience in state and local government matters,” said Ramsey of the senator, who served for 24 years as Roane County executive and mayor from 1982-2006.

  • Visit state attractions free, cheaper Saturday

    Many Tennessee museums and attractions will open their doors to Tennesseans for free or reduced admission on Jan. 15 in a cooperative agreement celebrating the inauguration of Gov.-elect Bill Haslam.

    Haslam and his wife, Crissy Haslam, are following a tradition started by Gov. Phil Bredesen to raise interest in and celebrate Tennessee’s cultural attractions as a feature of the inauguration.

    Free admission is being offered on Jan. 15 to the following area attractions:

  • Apply by Oct. 8 for recycling grant

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid Waste Management is accepting applications for recycling equipment grants.
    Grant applications are due by Oct. 8.
    Recycling equipment grants are available to local governments and nonprofit organizations working with local governments.
    Grant funds may be used to purchase key pieces of equipment to establish new recycling programs, to improve existing operations or to prepare recyclable materials for transport or sale.