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August 2016:
•  State requires only 1 independent inspection per year for amusement rides
•  States face a $1 trillion pension shortfall
•  Tennessee approves costly health exchange price hikes for state’s biggest insurers
•  Counseling service bilked TennCare for $300K
•  Haslam defends private prison operations
•  State Employees Question Private Prisons’ Role
•  State lags in moving disabled out of closing institution
•  Tennessee Board of Regents search committee for new chancellor to meet Sept. 2
•  TSEA: No more private prisons in Tennessee
•  July Revenues
•  MTSU President: State funding falls short
•  U.S. to end private prison contracts; impact on Hamilton County facility unknown
•  Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons
•  Whose job is it to pick up dangerous road debris in Tennessee?
•  Steven Hale: “The incestuous relationship between government and the private prison industry is gross”
•  Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards
•  Tennessee leaves ride safety approval to private inspectors
•  Tennessee college leader talks about changes under Haslam plan

July 2016:
•  Is Outsourcing Really Saving Taxpayer Money?
•  Gov. Haslam names new head of Safety and Homeland Security
•  Hunting down the salaries of the highest-paid public officials
•  TDOT worker hit by car, killed in West Tennessee
•  Tenn. Inmates sue over lack of Hepatitis C treatment
•  Tennessee jobless rate stays at 15-year low
•  Meeting highlights challenges of Haslam’s college plan
•  Haslam Names Will Cromer As TennCare Chief Of Staff
•  Governor Bill Haslam Appoints Mike Krause To Lead Tennessee Higher Education Commission
•  June state revenue $112.8M above budget prediction
•  All state inmates to be removed from Blount County Jail
•  23 total employees at Northeast State, ETSU can carry concealed handguns on campus
•  Study: MTSU faculty pay well below average
•  Gov. Haslam reappoints TBI director

June 2016:
•  Tennessee Treasurer: other cities lining up to duplicate Alcoa’s retirement plan contract
•  Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury makes an impact
•  Crime victims meet with offenders in new TDOC program
•  Bill Haslam appoints new Tennessee prisons chief
•  May Revenues Announced
• Tennessee Prison Officials Say They’re Sticking With Controversial Guard Schedules, After All
•  NBCNews -Controversial Prison Boss: I Wouldn’t Change a Thing
•  Gov. Bill Haslam signs transformative college overhaul
•  Labor Department names chief of staff
•  Department of Corrections Commissioner Derrick Schofield to resign
•  TDOC head Derrick Schofield leaves the state’s prison system in disarray

May 2016:
•  State achieves “triple triple-A” bond rating
•  Rep. demands more protection for TDOC workers against Hepatitis C
•  Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute names CEO
•  Tennessee Higher Education Commission Releases Snapshot of Higher Education Data for 2015-16 Academic Year
•  Chancellor Will Recommend New WSCC President To Board Of Regents
•  Nashville State looking to open new satellite locations
•  Officer assaulted at new CCA Tennessee prison
•  New Tennessee CCA prison stops taking inmates amid ‘serious issues’
•  Large percentage of Tennesseans oppose governor’s outsourcing plan: Vanderbilt poll
•  View From the Hill: Outsourcing Savings Estimates Strain ‘Credulity’
•  Greene Valley Staff Benefiting From State-Paid CNA Classes
•  State agency blamed for more than 100 parolees avoiding mandated domestic violence classes
•  Haslam names Ohio official as new Tennessee Emergency Management Agency chief
•  ETSU Foundation task force to review possible ramifications of FOCUS act

•  April Revenues
•  Questions outnumber answers for Haslam college plan
•  Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons to leave Haslam cabinet
•  Gibbons to lead new Public Safety Institute at University of Memphis
•  Focus Act soon to be implemented
•  Tennessee Board of Regents eyes low tuition hikes
•  High rates of inmates with Hepatitis C in TN
•  The TN Highway Patrol will use vinyl to wrap patrols cars in the future
•  Haslam approval rating 63 percent; almost unchanged from 2015
•  May 1-7, 2016 is Correctional Professionals Week
•  Food Program Leader Steals $162,165 of Money Intended to Feed Children
•  Funeral held Monday for TDOT worker killed on job
•  Interim superintendent of Mountain View already making changes
•  Carrying on campus to start in July
•  Tennessee, Georgia campus carry bills have big differences
•  Haslam allows controversial guns on campus bill to become law

April 2016:
•  From the Governor’s Desk
•  Tennessee lawmakers adjourn 109th General Assembly
•  March state revenues exceeded budgeted estimates by $133.0 million
•  Tennessee legislature passes online voter registration bill
•  Plan To Let Employees Carry Guns On Tennessee Campuses Headed To The Governor
•  ETSU president expresses concerns about the possibility of more guns on campus
•  16 leaders to guide TSU’s transition to new board
•  Oldham and Haslam host forum for campus body about FOCUS act
•  UT president, chancellor disappointed with bill defunding diversity office
•  ETSU creates center for prescription drug abuse prevention & treatment
•  Roaden leaves legacy of quality, accountability in Tennessee higher education
•  Womack Named Deputy Commissioner for the TN Department of Agriculture
•  Tennessee lawmakers pass $35B annual spending plan
•  Haslam announces 2016-17 budget amendment
•  DCS meets improvement goals after 15 years of federal oversight
•  Tennessee moves to review possible outsourcing partners
•  MTSU prepares for FOCUS Act
•  Construction beginning on new group homes
•  Haslam shakeup of open universities gains final approval
•  FOCUS act passes through state Senate
•  The state capitol’s week in review
•  FOCUS Act Puts Tennessee on Best Path for Reaching Drive to 55
•  DHS defends child nutrition program from comptroller critique
•  Haslam names new TennCare Director
•  Western Mental Health Institute Psychiatrist Named Employee of the Year
•  Groundbreaking ceremony held for new TN State Museum

March 2016:
•  Haslam introduces fiscal year 2016-2017 budget amendment
•  TDEC puts effort to privatize golf courses on hold, for now
•  Lawmakers set special hearing on Human Services food programs
•  Non-voting students on new board a concern
•  Tennessee Comptroller: $11.4M in questionable DHS costs
•  Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Jai Templeton as the state’s commissioner of agriculture
•  Haslam’s TennCare director to step down, opening up key cabinet spot
•  Ketron questions Haslam’s secret $30M development deal
•  Critics question Haslam’s outsourcing plan
•  Lawmakers hear from state, UT employees on outsourcing plan
•  House OKs new governing boards for 6 state universities, including Memphis
•  Haslam’s college plan passes in House
•  Audits find misdeeds in two child nutrition operations
•  In Tenn., Politics or Good Policy?
•  Noland muses on life as ETSU president
•  Tennessee State president: I do not oppose FOCUS Act
•  New Senate bill proposes minor changes affecting tuition waivers for state employees
•  April groundbreaking set for Tennessee State Museum
•  House To Set Budget Before Considering Hawk’s Bill
•  Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will not seek re-election
•  State snubs students and staff on U of M governing board
•  Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan
•  Editorial: Figures for plan on outsourcing unconvincing
•  Tennessee February Revenues released
•  Skepticism greets Haslam’s plan for additional outsourcing
•  Editorial: Questions dog Haslam’s plan for outsourcing
•  TSU President Speaks Against Part Of FOCUS Act
•  Tennessee prison assaults soar under new definitions
•  Haslam claims outsourcing plan will save Tennessee $35.8 million a year
•  Lawmakers consider bringing back corrections oversight
•  TSU students protest Haslam’s college plan

February 2016
•  Opinion: Outsourcing bad for taxpayers, workers
•  Committee ignores Morgan, approves Regents restructuring
•  Plan to create new TBR boards moves ahead, despite strong criticism
•  Bill to alter controversial 28-day prison schedule fails
•  Tennessee House panel OKs Haslam’s plan to split Board of Regents system
•  Tennessee transportation chief says road funding is essential for prosperity
•  CCA Board of Directors Appoints Mark Emkes as Chairman
•  State, UT agree to outsourcing review after disagreement
•  ETSU to have more autonomy after passage of Haslam’s FOCUS Act
•  KnoxNews Editorial: Funding request sound first step for state’s parks
•  UT Pres.: UT will review outsourcing plans, committed to advancing diversity
•  Haslam, colleges agree to outside review of outsourcing plan
•  Haslam college overhaul given early approval
•  ETSU President Noland still monitoring outsourcing plans at the state level
•  Haslam team about to launch campaign for massive outsourcing initiative
•  Higher education reshuffle will pass, legislators predict
•  Fall Creek Falls supporters applaud $22 million in proposed upgrades
•  Governor’s budget includes Cummins Falls visitor center
•  UT president calls outsourcing criticism ‘regrettable’
•  UT official says Haslam outsourcing plan ‘would be a disaster’

January 2016
• Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address to the TN General Assembly on February 1, 2016
• Gov. Haslam Proposes $130 Million For Road Projects
• Gov. Haslam to give State of the State Monday
• State Outsourcing Efforts Persist
• Haslam announces 2016 legislative session agenda
• CEO of embattled prison program blasts lawmakers, retires
• City leaders heading to Nashville to voice opposition of new home for people with disabilities
• Board of Regents picks David Gregory as interim leader


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