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TN Ranked 36th in ‘Overall Well-Being’ of Children

When it comes to the “Overall Well-Being” of its children, Tennessee can say it’s moved up among the states, reports the News Sentinel.
Last year, Tennessee ranked No. 39 in the Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT National Data Book. This year, it’s No. 36 — higher than most other Southern states.
Did life improve for Tennessee children? Yes, in some ways.
But the nonprofit foundation also changed the way it ranks states. This year’s rankings center around four main categories: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health and Family and Community. In each category, the state looked at four “key indicators.”
It was in the Health category that Tennessee scored highest, ranking No. 16 among all states and driving up its overall ranking. Tennessee showed improvement in each of the four indicators, including a modest (3 percent) drop in low-birthweight babies but notable improvements in the number of teens reportedly abusing alcohol and drugs (5 percent, compared to 8 percent in 2005-2006) and the number of child and teen deaths (18 percent fewer, though still higher than the national average).
In addition, the number of children without health insurance decreased by 29 percent, to a number lower than the national average.

Note: the Kids Count Data Book is available HERE.

Haslam Officiates at Daughter’s Wedding Ceremony

As noted by President Obama, Gov. Bill Haslam planned to perform the marriage ceremony Saturday evening at the wedding of his daughter, Annie, to David Colquitt at the governor’s residence in Nashville.
After Haslam introduced Obama at a Washington news conference Friday, the president noted:
“I also want to thank Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee for taking the time to be here today, and the great work that he’s doing in Tennessee. I’m especially appreciative because I found that his daughter is getting married, and he is doing the ceremony tomorrow, so we’ve got to get him back on time.  ”
The wedding rehearsal dinner for the couple, who met as students at Princeton University in 2005, was Friday night at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville. The governor made it back in time for the event.
Tennessee law allows governors to perform wedding ceremonies and several have done so. Haslam’s predecessor, former Gov. Phil Bredesen, presided over the marriage of his son, Benjamin, three years ago.