After failing on the first attempt at launching a redesigned Tennessee state government website, the new version — prominently featuring a new state logo — was put into place over the weekend without apparent glitches.
The website (www.tn.gov) devotes a page to the new design that declares it will “make it easier for you to find the information you are looking for.” Prominently displayed are links to pages promoting various initiatives of Gov. Bill Haslam – “Drive to 55,” “Healthy Tennessee” and such.
Less prominent are new features, including such things as whether the state flag should be flown at full-staff or half-staff at any given time. The governor occasionally orders state flags lowered to half-staff, typically to honor a prominent person’s death or in accordance with presidential orders on flying the U.S. flag at half-staff.
The controversial new state logo, developed at the request of Haslam’s administration at a cost of $46,000 and featuring the abbreviation TN in white against a red background, is in the top left corner of every page. But the old “Tri-Star” state symbol, featuring the three white stars of the state flag against a blue background, is on the bottom of most pages.