Bill Seeks To Curb Illegal Drug Activity From Out-Of-State “Pill Mills”

March 11, 2010

Nashville, TN (2020-03-11) The Senate and House Judiciary Committees approved legislation this week to attack a major source of illegal drug activity in Tennessee.  The bill, Senate Bill 3027 by Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) and Representative David Hawk (R-Greeneville), would stiffen penalties against those who get prescriptions in another state and return to distribute the drugs illegally in Tennessee.  [ Read More ]

Scott Jobless Rate Up 0.4 Percent In January

March 11, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-11) The jobless rate increased in Scott County in January, as the unemployment rate climbed another 0.4 percentage point over the month.  While the jobs picture remains bleak locally, jobless rates in other counties also climbed sharply, resulting in Scott County falling to 8th overall in the state ranking.  Pending layoffs in April will likely change the county’s position. [ Read More ]

New Study Suggests Pre-K Has Real But Limited Benefits

March 9, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-09) A new report released by the state Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) suggests that some students who attend state-funded pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs perform better during their first two years of school. However, as previous studies have indicated, the benefits of pre-K seem for the most part to be limited to economically-disadvantaged students during kindergarten and first grade. [ Read More ]

Federal Farm Assistance Announced

March 8, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-08) Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved his request for federal farm assistance for seven additional Tennessee counties due to excessive rain and flooding that occurred in September and October. Bredesen made the request to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last month. The seven counties designated as primary natural disaster areas include Fentress, Giles, Madison, Morgan, Putnam, Van Buren and White. [ Read More ]

School Breakfast Week March 8 – 12

March 8, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-08) Governor Phil Bredesen has proclaimed March 8 – 12 School Breakfast Week in Tennessee in recognition of the important role the School Breakfast Program plays in the lives of Tennessee students. The School Breakfast Program is a national, federally funded program that provides more than 30 million nutritionally balanced breakfasts to Tennessee students each year.   [ Read More ]

Tennessee Named Finalist In Race To The Top Competition

March 4, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-04) Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Tennessee is one of 16 finalists in the first round of the federal government’s Race to the Top competition, which will award $4.35 billion in competitive grants designed to encourage and reward states that are pursuing education innovation. [ Read More ]

January Unemployment Rate 10.7 Percent

March 4, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-04) Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced today Tennessee’s unemployment rate for January was 10.7 percent, unchanged from the revised December rate of 10.7 percent. The January rate a year ago was 9.1 percent. The national unemployment rate for January 2010 was 9.7 percent, down from the December rate of 10 percent. [ Read More ]

First Lady Andrea Conte To Lead Walks For Child Advocacy Centers

March 2, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-02) Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte has announced the dates for 13 Andrea Walks events in the months of March, April and May. Conte, a longtime advocate for victims’ rights issues, launched the Andrea Walks initiative in 2004 to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month and provide support for Tennessee’s Child Advocacy Centers. [ Read More ]

Congressman Lincoln Davis Honored with Award from Development District Association of Appalachia

March 2, 2010

Washington, D.C. (2010-03-02) The Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) has honored U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis (D-Pall Mall) with its 2010 Congressional Award.  Davis was presented with the award for his “ongoing commitment and strong support of the Appalachian Regional Commission and its programs” and for his “dedicated service to the people of the 13-state Appalachian Region.” [ Read More ]

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