Gov. Haslam meets with top leaders on Israel trade mission (AP) Gov. Bill Haslam says conversations he s having with some of Israel s top leaders are helpful in understanding international economic development opportunities and challenges.
The Republican governor is in Israel this week on a trade mission. On Tuesday, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and with former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday. State officials have said the trip is aimed at fostering relationships between entrepreneurs and researchers in Tennessee and Israel. A major focus is on the biomedical and high tech fields. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/state/gov-haslam-meets-with-top-leaders-on-israel-trade-mission1
VIDEO Northeast State hosts Keeping Our Promise event Friday, Sept.
4 (Times-News) Northeast State Community College will host the Keeping Our Promise kick-off event 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept.
4, at the Blountville campus. The event will give Tennessee Promise students the opportunity to meet and fellowship with the mentors who will be guiding them through their first year of college life. A recent video from Gov. Bill Haslam talking to some Tennessee Promise participants is below: http://www.timesnews.net/article/9091641/northeast-state-hosts-keeping-our-promise-event-friday-sept-4#ixzz3kfoes5eG2
Assessing the Nation s Most Ambitious Education Reforms in Memphis, Tennessee (Governing) One day this past May, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam slipped away early from a luncheon in Memphis honoring academic high achievers to visit students at a school that had long been associated with academic failure: Frayser High School. It was a low-key visit no local press, no student assembly.
Instead, Haslam was greeted at the school s entrance by Bobby White, founder and CEO of Frayser Community Schools, the charter management organization that operates the school. White ushered Haslam down a hallway to a first-floor classroom that had been converted to a small conference room. http://www.governing.com/topics/education/gov-memphis-education-reform-part-four.html3
TN touts low-cost labor force to lure foreign business (AP) While Republican Gov. Bill Haslam often states his goal of bringing high-quality jobs to Tennessee, a document produced by his administration suggests he may be less interested in making them high-paying positions. The Commercial Appeal newspaper reports that the Haslam administration is touting the state internationally as a place with a low-cost labor force and very low unionization rates. That description is part of a request for information posted on the state s website on Monday for people and firms in Europe, Asia and South America interested in representing Tennessee s economic development goals with foreign companies. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2015/09/02/tn-touts-low-cost-labor-force-lure-foreign-business/71617998/4
State officials promote low-cost labor force to lure foreign industries to Tennessee (News-Sentinel) During the Great Depression and after World War II, Tennessee and other Southern states lured Northern industries with promises of cheap, nonunion labor. Decades later, Gov. Bill Haslam s administration is looking to market Tennessee internationally as a place with a low-cost labor force and very low unionization rates. The state Department of Economic and Community Development posted on the state s website Monday a request for information from individuals and firms in Europe, Asia and South America interested in representing Tennessee s efforts in their regions to increase foreign investments and jobs in the state. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/politiknox/state-officials-promote-lowcost-labor-force-to-lure-foreign-industries-to-tennessee_836744325
Tennessee officials promote low-cost labor force to lure foreign industries to state (Commercial Appeal) During the Great Depression and after World War II, Tennessee and other Southern states lured Northern industries with promises of cheap, non-union labor. Decades later, Gov.
Bill Haslam s administration is looking to market Tennessee internationally as a place with a low-cost labor force and very low unionization rates. The state Department of Economic and Community Development posted on the state s website Monday a request for information from individuals and firms in Europe, Asia and South America interested in representing Tennessee s efforts in their regions, to increase foreign investments and jobs in the state. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/state/state-officials-promote-lowcost-labor-force-to-lure-foreign-industries-to-tennessee_561585616
Haslam privatization plans prompt protest, calls for review (News-Sentinel) Gov. Bill Haslam s plans to privatize the management, operation and maintenance of virtually all state buildings including college and university facilities, state parks, hospitals, armories and prisons prompted a request Wednesday by the state employees association for a third-party review and a planned protest Thursday by University of Tennessee workers. The Tennessee State Employees Association called for a halt to the governor s sweeping privatization efforts until an outside party can review existing facilities-management outsourcing contracts to see whether such arrangements have saved taxpayers money. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/politiknox/haslam-privatization-plans-prompt-protest-calls-for-review_23245564 Commercial Appeal: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/state/haslams-sweeping-plans-to-privatize-most-state-facilities-drawing-protests_7575535078
TSEA seeks review of privatization contracts (News-Sentinel) News release from Tennessee State Employees Association: The Tennessee State Employees Association today is calling for a halt to privatization efforts in Tennessee until a third party reviews all contracts to verify cost savings. Last month, the Haslam administration issued a Request for Information which involves outsourcing the facilities management for every state building not already contracted through Jones Lang LaSalle. This would include National Guard facilities, prisons, hospitals, higher education buildings, and any other building run by the state. http://knoxblogs.com/humphreyhill/2015/09/02/tsea-seeks-review-of-privatization-contracts/9
State privatization idea draws fire from UT campus workers (WBIR) The possibility the state might privatize thousands of state jobs including some on public college campuses is drawing opposition from University of Tennessee Knoxville service workers. Last month, Gov. Bill Haslam s administration put out a request for information from private companies about how they would operate facilities such as state universities, prisons, hospitals and parks. The governor argues privatization offers a more efficient, cost-effective means of running departments.
The proposal is in the exploratory phase right now. http://www.wbir.com/story/news/2015/09/02/state-privatization-idea-draws-fire-from-ut-campus-workers/71608746/10
UT employees fear losing jobs to outsourcing (WATE) Some University of Tennessee employees are worried they re about to lose their jobs to outsourcing after a meeting at the university on Wednesday. We ve been kind of warned and led up to this, you know, of a concern that our jobs are at stake here at the university, said Ed McDaniel, an employee representative and facilities worker. He and Tom Anderson, another employee rep and campus union member, said they were in a small meeting with UT s Director of Facilities Wednesday morning to talk about the governor s outsourcing plans and came away from the meeting with the feeling that they should be worried about losing their jobs. http://wate.com/2015/09/02/ut-employees-fear-losing-jobs-to-outsourcing/11
Campus workers, students to protest Haslam privatization proposal (UT Daily Beacon) UT is taking a stand against what the leaders in United Campus Workers have called national buying power. This afternoon, a protest organized by members of United Campus Workers, the Progressive Student Alliance, Facilities Services workers and others will take a stand against Gov. Bill Haslam s proposal to privatize management at the university and across the state. Organizers and participants are planning to assemble at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and James Agee near the UT College of Law and the Pilot station on the edge of The Strip. http://www.utdailybeacon.com/news/article_e95715bc-51f0-11e5-915c-8bbfeaea90c1.html12
Would Tennessee s privatization proposal actually save the state any money? (Times-Free Press) State employees want independent party to verify any savings from proposed privatization A state workers group is calling for Gov. Bill Haslam to put a hold on any privatization efforts until a third party can review any contracts to verify actual cost savings. Haslam recently took many by surprise when his administration issued a Request for Information proposal from companies on outsourcing facilities management on all state buildings not already covered by a controversial contract with the international real estate management firm Jones Lang LaSalle. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/politics/state/story/2015/sep/02/are-tennessees-privatization-efforts-actually-saving-state-any-money/323126/13
Mentors Won t Help Tennessee Promise Students With Financial Aid Forms Anymore (WPLN) In the state s second year of offering free community college to graduating high school seniors, it s changing the way it s helping students apply for financial aid. Volunteer community members, known as mentors, will no longer be helping Tennessee Promise students navigate the complex form known as FAFSA even though that had been one of the mentors main tasks. http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/mentors-wont-help-tennessee-promise-students-financial-aid-forms-anymore#stream/014
TDEC to fund Swan Lake spillway, dam repairs (Leaf-Chronicle) The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has announced funding for repairs to the Dunbar Cave State Park spillway and dam, and the project has already received approval from the State Building Commission.
For some time, we ve been working with the State to determine who could best address the issues at Swan Lake. Since it is located on State Park grounds, TDEC has taken the lead and has now received the funding necessary to make the repairs, said Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan in a press release Wednesday afternoon. http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/local/2015/09/02/tdec-fund-swan-lake-spillway-dam-repairs/71599092/15
The quarry that has Old Hickory residents in an uproar is, in fact, a quarry (Nashville Scene) Cross the Old Hickory Bridge and drive through two neighborhoods on either side of the old Dupont munitions plant on the northeast border of Davidson County, and you ll find a campaign sign that far outnumbers those for mayoral candidates or Metro Council hopefuls. The message offers the combination of earnestness and subtle wit that any neighborhood protest movement requires: Stop the Dam Quarry. http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/the-quarry-that-has-old-hickory-residents-in-an-uproar-is-in-fact-a-quarry/Content?oid=574401516
Hamilton County quest to seek class-action certification on school funding suit to be decided this week (Times-Free Press) A Davidson County judge says she expects to rule later this week on whether to grant class-action certification on a lawsuit filed by Hamilton County and six other area school boards who say Tennessee s education funding shortchanges them and students. Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman made the announcement Wednesday afternoon following a nearly hourlong hearing during which Hamilton County Board of Education attorney Scott Bennett argued for the certification while Michael Markham, a senior counsel with the Tennessee Attorney General s office, argued against it. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/sep/03/hamiltcounty-quest-seek-class-acticertificati/323212/17
Judge declines divorce case, citing gay marriage ruling (Times-Free Press) A local judge contends the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has derailed Tennessee s ability to determine what constitutes divorce leaving one Signal Mountain couple married against their will. Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton denied the divorce petition last week after hearing from seven witnesses and going through 77 exhibits. Among several reasons he cited in rejecting the couple s divorce, one was the Supreme Court s June ruling. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/sep/03/judge-declines-divorce-case-citing-gay-marria/323201/18
Fans rally for the return of ETSU football (WJHL) A bonfire lit up the night sky Wednesday night as the marching band, cheerleaders, students, and of course the football players, gathered to rally each other ahead of Thursday night s game. East Tennessee State University Offensive Tackle Matt Brewer said, I am just excited for how long and how hard we ve waited for this. After years of work and waiting, the night before East Tennessee State University s football returns after a 12-year hiatus.
I am so glad the football program is back, said ETSU football fan John Taylor. It has been missed and it be welcomed back greatly. http://wjhl.com/2015/09/02/fans-rally-for-the-return-of-etsu-football/19
Lt. Gov. Ramsey threatens action after UT post on gender-neutral pronouns (WJHL) It s something Tennessee s Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey calls political correctness run amok. A post on University of Tennessee s website encourages people to ask each other what pronouns they would like to be called, and if they don t identify with he or she to use pronouns like ze and zirs. The post from UT s Office for Diversity and Inclusion said in part: In the first weeks of classes, instead of calling roll, ask everyone to provide their name and pronouns. This ensures you are not singling out transgender or non-binary students. It also gives a list of gender neutral pronouns like ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr. http://wate.com/2015/09/02/lt-gov-ramsey-threatens-action-after-ut-post-on-gender-neutral-pronouns/20
Van Huss opposes proposed legislation banning guns at sports, music events (Times-News) Two Tennessee Democrats plan to introduce legislation that would ban all firearms at major sports and music venues. Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and state Rep.
John Ray Clemmons of Nashville say their bill would create an exemption to the new state law that bans local governments from prohibiting people with handgun carry permits to be armed in parks. http://www.timesnews.net/article/9091663/van-huss-opposes-proposed-legislation-banning-guns-at-sports-music-events#ixzz3kfg3QTsM21
Lamar Alexander urges limit on runaway NLRB (AP) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he is working with the GOP leadership in the Senate to stop decisions by what he called a runaway National Labor Relations Board that he says threatens Tennessee employees and employers. Alexander said he introduced legislation to overturn the recent joint employer decision by the NLRB, which will cause many companies that use the franchise or contracting model to be responsible for the labor decisions of franchisees and subcontractors. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2015/sep/03/alexander-urges-limit-runway-nlrb/323206/22
Analysis: Health law s upcoming Cadillac tax may pinch middle class (AP) The last major piece of President Barack Obama s health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018. The so-called Cadillac tax was meant to discourage extravagant coverage. Critics say it s a tax on essentials, not luxuries. It s getting attention now because employers plan ahead for major costs like health care. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/nation-and-world/analysis-health-laws-upcoming-cadillac-tax-may-pinch-middle-class_9555369323
Why HCA s growth strategy doesn t look like everyone else s (Nashville Business Journal) For the past several years, acquisitions have been the watch word in the health care industry, with hospital companies growing by leaps and bounds through the addition of individual hospitals and large-scale competitors.Not so for Nashville-based giant HCA Holdings (NYSE: HCA). While the company has made some acquisitions on the health IT side, it s far quieter on the hospital acquisition front. Speaking at the Nashville Business Breakfast Wednesday, CEO Milton Johnson gave audience members a glimpse into why that is and how we can expect to see one of the cornerstone of Nashville s $40 billion health care industry grow. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2015/09/why-hcas-growth-strategy-doesnt-look-like-everyone.html24
UT introduces Big Orange emojis (WBIR) There s a new way to show your Big Orange spirit!
The University of Tennessee has introduced several Tennessee emoji s that you can download and use in text messages and on social media. They include Smokey, Neyland Stadium, the Torch, the Rock and many more symbols that and UT grad or fan will recognize. http://tntoday.utk.edu/emojis/25
Kentucky Unveils Plan to Implement Broadband Statewide (Government Technology) The three-year plan will bring affordable statewide broadband service and give the state a competitive edge in education, health care and industry. On Monday, Aug.
31, Kentucky leaders kicked off their plans to roll out broadband Internet service throughout the state as part of a three-year public-private partnership. Implementing the KentuckyWired I-Way broadband project is slated to cost the state and its private-sector partners an estimated $324 million in coming years, but officials are willing to pay the price to bring the state up to connectivity snuff and increase its competitive edge. http://www.govtech.com/network/Kentucky-Unveils-Plan-to-Implement-Broadband-Statewide.html26
Gov. Haslam: A big day to carry out our Promise (Lebanon Democrat) Aug.
24 marked a big day for thousands of Tennesseans and a big day for the future of our state as the first class of Tennessee Promise students began their college careers. I visited three of our community colleges Cleveland State, Nashville State and Southwest Tennessee Community College last week to meet some of these students. As I told them, it was a little like Christmas morning for me. They are the culmination of what started as a dream, and then a vision, and then a plan to provide a whole new opportunity for Tennesseans. http://www.lebanondemocrat.com/opinion/column/70652127
Editorial: Budget should include state library, archives (News-Sentinel) The effort to build a new state museum has snagged headlines and funding, but another important cultural and educational institution has a stronger case for a new home. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has outgrown its 63-year-old facility. In fact, state Librarian and Archivist Charles A. Sherrill says there is no room to store the records of next year s session of the General Assembly or the 1,000 or so boxes of material expected to be generated by Gov. Bill Haslam. http://www.knoxnews.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-budget-should-include-state-library-archives_8374609328
Guest Columnist: Tennessee cannot build its way out of traffic congestion (Tennessean) The best measure of how much people want something is how much they are willing to pay for it. As there are no tolls on Nashville roads, one major cost we pay for driving is time stuck in traffic.
By that measure, Middle Tennesseans want to drive very much as we tolerate long commute times and heavy traffic congestion. http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/09/02/tennessee-cannot-build-its-way-out-traffic-congestion/71545486/29
Guest Columnist: Nashville chamber can lead on mass transit, if it wishes (Tennessean) The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced plans for working toward a regional transit solution through the Moving Forward initiative. Transit was one of the paramount issues that ultimately drove my decision to run for mayor. I will continue to follow and help with this issue, even though I will not be sitting behind the mayor s desk. http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/09/01/nashville-chamber-can-lead-mass-transit-if-wishes/71480800/30
Sam Stockard: Is State s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit? (Memphis Daily News) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers. We re going to fight it as strongly as we can, says Michael Principe, United Campus Workers vice president at Middle Tennessee State University and a philosophy professor. At the governor s direction, the state Department of General Services recently took requests for information from vendors to manage all state property not already under contract, including the University of Tennessee system and Tennessee Board of Regents. https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2015/sep/3/is-states-role-to-provide-a-service-or-turn-a-profit/31
Guest Columnist: Gay marriage decision opens legal issues in Tennessee (Tennessean) The Supreme Court s recent landmark ruling on same-sex marriage changed a foundational component of Tennessee law. It also opened the door to a number of questions. The court s ruling granted same-sex couples the Constitutional right to marry along with the benefits of marriage.
But same-sex couples will not necessarily receive all of the benefits because Tennessee s laws assume that marriage is between a man and a woman. http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/09/01/gay-marriage-decision-opens-legal-issues-tennessee/71516258/32
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