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Three State Agencies Recommended for Termination

 A legislative panel has recommended termination of three state government entities as requested by
Gov. Bill Haslam‘s administration through the state Department of Health.

In all three cases, officials told a joint House-Senate Government
Operations Subcommittee that most of the duties and responsibilities of
the bodies are covered elsewhere in state government. Assuming the full
Legislature goes along next year, which is traditional, these groups
will “sunset” and cease to exist:

n The Advisory Council on Child Nutrition and Wellness, created in 2006 when
Gov. Phil Bredesen
was in office with no appointments made to fill vacancies since 2010.
Laurie Stanton, who is with the Health Department’s Office of Child
Nutrition and Wellness, said her staff now handles the data collection
and fitness promotion functions of the office.

n The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health, created by an executive order from then-
Gov. Ned McWherter
in 1989 and put into law by the Legislature in 1991 with the goal of
“promoting healthy lifestyles.” Stanton said the council once sponsored
a “Tennessee Sports Fest,” but that hasn’t occurred for several years.

Otherwise, she said the only direct impact will be to end an annual
“Shining Stars Awards” banquet, which the department’s website says
recognized with trophy presentations “the promotion of healthy
lifestyles by groups of Tennesseans” in the categories employers,
communities, “educational settings” and media.

n The Tennessee Alliance for Fitness and Health, set up as the fund-raising arm of the Governor’s Council.

“Unfortunately, they haven’t raised funds,” said Stanton. “They’ve run out of money.”

She said “Project Diabetes,” which received an extra $3 million in
funding through Haslam’s budget proposal for the coming years, is
largely devoted to promoting healthy lifestyles, as is an anti-obesity
initiative operated by the Health Department.  

TDOT Gets Pavement Preservation Award

News release from Tennessee Department of Transportation:
Nashville, TN -The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has been chosen to receive the 2011 James B. Sorenson Excellence in Pavement Preservation Award. This national award focuses on pavement preservation programs and is given annually by the Foundation for Pavement Preservation, Inc., a non-profit trade association that works in close cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and others promoting the importance of protecting and preserving investments in pavement infrastructure.
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer will accept the award Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 12:45 p.m. at the National Pavement Preservation Conference held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville.
TDOT is being recognized because of its outstanding support and for the implementation of a Pavement Preservation program. The program enables the department to develop cost-effective strategies for maintaining each state owned roadway while maximizing the state’s investment in Tennessee’s entire transportation system. With future budget challenges and increasing materials costs, this approach has become critical in stretching available resources.
“Through this program, TDOT has consistently kept our roadways in the top five in the nation while saving taxpayer dollars,” said Commissioner John Schroer. “It is my goal that we constantly work to improve this program and seek additional ways to maximize our effectiveness and efficiency.”
Pavement preservation include techniques such as sealing cracks that develop in pavement before further asphalt damage occurs and changing hot mix asphalt specifications. TDOT will continue to work closely with the FHWA and the Tennessee General Assembly to gain additional funding dedicated to pavement preservation.
Media is invited to see an array of pavement preservation demonstrations showcasing various techniques used across the country. This is a unique opportunity to see many different paving techniques used to save money and stretch tax dollars on Tennessee roads.

Naifeh to Receive TN Democratic Party Legacy Award

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party:
NASHVILLE – For 38 years, Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh has served the 81st House District with honor and distinction, 18 of those years were as one of the most effective and revered Speakers in Tennessee history. Last week after a lifetime of serving the district and state, Speaker Naifeh announced he would be stepping aside to make way for the next generation of leaders who will seek to follow in his footsteps.
On March 31st the Tennessee Democratic Party will honor Speaker Naifeh’s service with the Governor Ned Ray McWherter TNDP Legacy Award at our annual Jackson Day Dinner. In 2011 we were proud to honor Speaker Pro-Tem Emeritus Lois DeBerry with this award, and now we are proud to honor the man she calls her mentor and close friend.
“Throughout his many years of service, Speaker Naifeh has worked hard to mentor a generation of lawmakers in the art of representing their districts and the people of Tennessee,” said Chairman Chip Forrester. “While they may not have known it at the time, all Tennesseans have benefitted from his exceptional leadership in state government during his time as Speaker and as a Representative of the 81st House District.”
The McWherter Legacy Award will carry a special meaning for Speaker Naifeh. In his farewell address on the floor last week, Speaker Naifeh remembered Gov. McWherter fondly as his mentor in both life and politics. Speaker Naifeh inherited the gavel he held for 18 years at the start of Gov. McWherter’s second term, he then worked to implement the policies of the McWherter administration that improved our education, roads, and health care system in this state for a generation.

State Gets Award for Financial Reporting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state has been honored for its budget and financial reporting.
The Government Finance Officers Association recognized the state for both its annual budget document and the financial report that closes each fiscal year. Both are produced in the Department of Finance and Administration, which manages the state’s budget and also is responsible for accounting practices in all state agencies.
The association awarded the state its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The state has received these awards multiple times previously.

Jane Eskind Gets ACLU Lifetime Achievement Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jane Eskind of Nashville, the first woman to win a statewide election in Tennessee, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Civil Liberties Union on Dec. 8.
The ACLU said Eskind will be recognized for her nearly five decades of leadership in advancing the role of women in politics and changing the political landscape in Tennessee.
Eskind was elected to the Public Service Commission in 1980 in her landmark victory. In 1978, she was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, losing to Howard Baker Jr. in the general election. In 1986, she ran for governor, losing in the Democratic primary to Ned McWherter.