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State of Tennessee

  • 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.

  • Old newspapers headed to the Web

    Thousands of issues of old newspapers from across Tennessee will soon be available to the public online, courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
    Using grant funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, the State Library and Archives will make available dozens of urban and rural newspapers from across the state.
    The two-year process of converting those microfilmed documents into digital records will be managed by the University of Tennessee.

  • Governments asked to share methods used to manage debt

    To promote sound debt management practices, Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson is encouraging the state’s cities and counties to share what works best for them.
    Wilson is asking for comment on a draft statement on debt management.  
    The draft is based on four guiding principles for Tennessee governmental debt issuers to consider while developing their own policies.  
    These principles are understanding transactions, explaining to citizens what is being considered, avoiding conflicts of interest and disclosing costs and risks.