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 ]

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President Extends Unemployment Insurance Deadline

March 4, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-04) An emergency act signed into law Tuesday night by President Obama will allow many of Tennessee’s unemployed more time to receive unemployment benefits. The measure extends the eligibility period from February 28 to March 30 to transition into existing extended benefit programs. The new law; however, does not add additional weeks of benefits to any of the existing federal extensions of unemployment insurance. [ Read More ]

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