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New State Forester Named

News release from state Department of Agriculture:
NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam and Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson today announced the appointment of veteran Division of Forestry employee Jere Jeter as State Forester and Assistant Commissioner.
Jeter succeeds Steven Scott, who retired earlier this year after serving 10 years in the position.
“Jere has extensive natural resources management experience in both the private and public sectors that will serve our state well as we deal with important forest resource and protection issues, and I’m pleased to join Commissioner Johnson in making this announcement,” Haslam said.
As State Forester and Assistant Commissioner, Jeter is responsible for the administration of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry, which manages more than 166,000 acres of state-owned forests and has responsibility for wildfire prevention and suppression, reforestation, landowner assistance, forest health, urban forestry and forest inventory.
A native of Weakley County, Tenn., Jeter has been with the state Division of Forestry for more than 31 years. He first joined the agency in 1975 as an area forester serving McNairy and Hardeman counties. He also served as a staff forester working with wood-using industries. He has served as assistant state forester for the past 16 years, overseeing operations including equipment, property, budget and personnel management.
Jeter also has experience in the private sector managing operations of a hardwood lumber concentration and drying operation in Camden, Tenn. He has a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville after studying pre-forestry at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
“I am humbled by and appreciative of the confidence Governor Haslam and Commissioner Johnson have shown in me to lead this important forest resources agency,” said Jeter. “Tennesseans are blessed by a great abundance and variety of forest resources we have and it is an honor to lead the effort to protect and wisely manage this resource.”
He and his wife, Maureen, have two children and six grandchildren and reside in Williamson County, Tenn.

Some ‘State of the State’ Notes and Quotes

By the Associated Press
Reactions and impressions about Gov. Bill Haslam’s second annual State of the State address on Monday evening:
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“It was an excellent speech, it was upbeat, it was forward thinking and he’s remaining true to the things he ran for this office for.” — House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville.
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“It is a bold plan to change the way Tennessee government operates, to improve the economy here by creating a climate for economic prosperity, so we’re excited about his plan.” — state Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
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“Two things stood out. He wants to run an effective, efficient government. And the other thing is it’s the taxpayers’ money, it’s not really government’s. I think those were important distinctions to make.” — Republican Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge.
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“The governor … knows right now with the economy like it is, we need to cut the size of government as much as possible, save those tax dollars and be able to put them somewhere else.” — Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet.
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“‘Believe in Better’ seems to me to be nothing more than a campaign slogan and wishful thinking. The single issue facing Tennesseans and our country is job creation, and there was a paucity of discussion about job creation tonight.” — State Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester.
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“He’s talking about doing what you do in corporate America. You do a regional search to see what the salaries are, if they’re competitive or not. And he’s going to allocate money toward that. That’s a good idea. That way we can retain top talent.” — Rep. Joe Towns, D-Memphis.
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“Instead of lawmakers worried about saving their own jobs, they should be more concerned with creating new jobs for Tennesseans. And that’s what we would like to work with our governor on … going forward.” — House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley.
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“Our teachers just went through a year with a different kind of ABCs. They were attacked. They were belittled. And they were criticized. This year, there seems to be new math. Fewer teachers, with bigger classrooms, is supposed to equal better results. But that really does not add up.” — Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Lowe Finney of Jackson.