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Fired testing company seeks $25.3M despite TNReady’s bumpy rollout

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Tennessee officials won’t talk about the state’s ongoing dispute with the testing company it fired last year, but the company’s president is. Henry Scherich says Tennessee owes Measurement Inc. $25.3 million for services associated with TNReady, the state’s new standardized test for its public schools. That’s nearly a quarter of the company’s five-year, $108 million […]

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GOP tax plan hurts Tennessee’s working families, communities

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Today (Nov. 17) every Tennessee Republican member of Congress voted to cut Medicare, raise taxes on working families and continue their failed economic policies that are leaving millions of us behind. These are not Tennessee values. Tennessee families are struggling. They need leaders who will put them first, not big corporations. “Every Tennessean, no matter […]

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Forestry division requires permits for open burning

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Tennessee currently requires a burn permit to conduct any outdoor open burning of debris. From Oct. 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Tennessee Division of Forestry. Permits are not required for burning in containers […]

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BlueCross offers public Medicare Advantage meetings

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During the Medicare Advantage open enrollment period, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will be in multiple Mid-South communities to educate seniors about the health care options available to them and the benefits of a BlueAdvantage plan.   Medicare advocates from BlueCross will be holding educational meetings all across the state that are free and open to […]

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Why do 3 state agencies ban taking photos of public records?

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Three state agencies were instructed to re-examine their public records policies that prohibit citizens from taking photos of public records during a meeting of the Joint Government Operations Committee meeting on Sept. 20. State Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, the Senate chairman of the committee, asked the Comptroller’s Office, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the […]

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Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

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Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. […]

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Students can apply for UTM leadership program

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MARTIN, Tenn. — Oct. 13 is the application deadline to participate in the University of Tennessee at Martin WestStar Leadership Program for the class of 2018. The program consists of eight specially designed seminar programs programs addressing contemporary major issues important to West Tennessee’s development. Each seminar takes place over one-and-a-half days. The program begins Dec. […]

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TN voters now can register, update addresses online

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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced earlier this week the official launch the state’s new online voter registration system. The system offers a convenient way for voters to easily register or change their address if they have moved. Counties across Tennessee can now securely receive voter registration information faster than using traditional paper registrations. […]

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OPINION: TN Democratic Party and coalition condemn hateful racist ideologies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On Aug. 17, the Tennessee Democratic Party, the NAACP, the Service Employees International Union Local 205 and the Tennessee College Democrats held a press conference to denounce the hateful ideologies that led to tragedy in Charlottesville. They also called on the leaders of the Republican Party in Tennessee to condemn President Trump for […]

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TN labor department lists hottest jobs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) today released the 2017 list of hot jobs across the state.  The list is a projection of what occupations will be most in-demand through the year 2024. Topping this year’s recently revised hot jobs list is the occupation of team assemblers in the manufacturing […]

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TN’s unemployment rate hits record low of 3.4%

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announces the state has made history for the second consecutive month with a record-setting preliminary unemployment rate of 3.4 percent for July 2017. This exceeds the previous month’s revised rate of 3.6 percent by two-tenths of a percentage point. “A continuing decline […]

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Adult students can reconnect with college via TN program

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People who have always dreamed about finishing what they started can “Reconnect Today with Southwest!” Tennessee Reconnect is the State of Tennessee’s initiative to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential. Thousands of people started college, […]

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