Stuart McWhorter Stuart McWhorter Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced his first Cabinet appointments as well as several key appointments to his staff. "We have received a tremendous amount of interest from Tennesseans across the state who are interested in serving our administration," Lee said in an announcement Tuesday. "I am proud to announce these first members of my cabinet and staff. They are highly qualified to lead in their respective areas and will be an important part in helping our state continue to grow." Stuart McWhorter, who is chairman of Lee's inauguration planning efforts, will serve as commissioner of the Department of Finance and Administration. He serves as chairman and president of Clayton Associates, an investment management company primarily focused on healthcare and technology industries. Danielle Barnes Danielle Barnes Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Danielle Barnes, who … [Read more...] about Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee announces Cabinet picks
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A Republican state legislator has filed a complaint against TVA Director Virginia Lodge, claiming she violated the federal Hatch Act by serving as the campaign treasurer for Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and for appearing in a commercial on behalf of Bredesen. But Lodge and TVA lawyers said Wednesday that federal laws do not bar TVA directors as part-time federal employees appointed by the president from engaging in political activities outside of their work at TVA. Tennessee State Rep. Rick Tillis, R-Lewisburg, filed the complaint against Lodge Monday with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. Tillis called for an investigation into the appearance of Lodge in a recent Bredesen commercial that featured several former female employees in the Bredesen administration affirming his "zero-tolerance" policy on sexual harassment. Virginia Lodge Virginia Lodge Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. While Bredesen was Tennessee governor, Lodge served as commissioner … [Read more...] about TVA board member accused of violating federal political activity rules
TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa woman who was captured on Tuesday after police said she stabbed her 11-year-old daughter and left home with her 8-year-old daughter, said she committed the acts after becoming angry about the children’s behavior while reading and looking at her, police said.Taheerah Ayesha Ahmad, 39, and her 8-year-old daughter Hafsa Hayle — who also goes by Hafsa Hussein — were found in a parking lot near Cameron and Main streets about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday. The girl was found safe.Police located Ahmad and her daughter after two women — Anastasia Brazendeh and Emily Wilson — spotted Ahmad’s 2002 black Lexus sport utility vehicle and called authorities. They learned of the case after police issued an Amber Alert late Monday.The 11-year-old child who was stabbed is in critical condition, police said. She was described as in “very serious” condition as of Tuesday evening, adding that she was unconscious and underwent … [Read more...] about Police say a woman stabbed her 11-year-old daughter dozens of times. Women’s vigilance helped police find her.
Only about one-third of Tennessee's third-grade students are reading on grade level. Students are able to understand what they hear, and are performing well when it comes to vocabulary and language, but they still struggle with reading comprehension, fluency and writing, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Tennessee Department of Education. But that isn't news. Tennessee students' dismal performance when it comes to reading and language skills was the very reason the First Steps report was conducted. The report looks at the work done in the two years since the department set the ambitious goal of at least 75 percent of third-graders in the state reading on grade level by 2025. Progress is being made across the state, the report finds, but several recommendations outline the next steps the state needs to take to ensure it meets that goal. Though students are doing better in reading than those in 2016, they still fall short of national averages. Hamilton County Schools … [Read more...] about State sharpens focus on improving literacy skills of Tennessee students
NASHVILLE — State representatives on Monday gave final approval to legislation increasing Tennessee's welfare cash payments for the first time in 22 years, while also toughening the program's anti-fraud provisions. The vote in favor of the bill, which ran into trouble last week on the floor, was 88-7. The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, whose administration recommended it. "This is a good bill," said Rep. Dan Howell, R-Georgetown, the bill's sponsor. "It's time we gave a cost-of-living allowance to these 40,000 children in Tennessee." The GOP-controlled chamber earlier tabled a proposed amendment from Rep. Tilman Goins, R-Morristown, which last Thursday had snarled proceedings when it survived Howell's efforts to table it. The Goins' amendment would have stripped away the increase, which boosts the percentage of Tennessee's Standard of Need for households in the Families First program, the state's federally funded Temporary Assistance for … [Read more...] about Tennessee House OK’s bill increasing welfare cash benefits for first time since 1996