MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011

Haslam plans proactive 2nd session (Associated Press/Schelzig)
Gov. Bill Haslam plans to take a more proactive approach when the General Assembly meets next year after
struggling to catch up with the flood of legislative initiatives in his first session. The Republican governor said during
a recent breakfast interview with The Associated Press at a popular Nashville deli that assembling a Cabinet and
crafting his first annual state spending proposal dominated his agenda after he took office in mid-January. "For us,
we're trying to get people hired, we're trying to get government rolling, and we're trying to get a budget put
together," he said. "So that was obviously a major occupier of our time." By the time he turned his attention to the
Legislature, it was already plowing ahead at full steam and advancing bills his office wasn't ready to handle. "If this
was a football game, we were just walking into our locker room and the rest of the team was out on the field
already, lining up for the kickoff," Haslam said. "They were ready to go."

State looking to honor companies for export growth (Associated Press)
The state is looking to recognize Tennessee companies that have shown strong export growth. Gov. Bill Haslam
says such companies help produce high-quality jobs in the state. To honor them, the state is accepting applications
for the 2011 Governor's Award for Trade Excellence. The awards will be presented in Nashville Sept. 22-23.
Information is at Nicole.gagliano(at) The deadline for applications is Aug. 26.

Tennessee releases 2010-2011 TCAP Results (Clarksville Online)
The Tennessee Department of Education today released district-level 2010-2011 Tennessee Comprehensive
Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test results. Now available online, the statewide and district-by-district
breakdown shows how each school district performed in advancing student growth in all subject areas and grade
levels three through eight. “Tennessee educators deserve immense credit for their hard work this year in helping
our students achieve marked improvements and success,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. “We want to make
Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, and the cornerstone of that effort is a great
education system. I’m very encouraged by these latest results, and we’re all committed to continuing to work
together to improve the classroom experience for every student across the state.”

Governor Bill Haslam on pilots' deaths (WVLT-TV Knoxville)
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued the following statement regarding the deaths of two Army National Guard Pilots
killed during a training accident on Saturday. “We as a state mourn with the families of 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph
Williams, Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole and our thoughts and prayers are with them. This is a somber
reminder of how our troops face life threatening situations in training as well as in combat.” The two men died in a
helicopter crash in Campbell County Saturday night. New information is expected to be released from the
Tennessee National Guard at a 2:00pm Sunday news conference at the base at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Friend talks about fallen Guardsman killed in helicopter crash (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Driving to Knoxville from Alabama, retired National Guardsman Randy Rivers remembers his friend Chief Warrant
Officer Daniel Cole. "He's very professional, took his job very seriously, even at the same time, he would chill and
be laid back and he could be that way too," Rivers said. WO4 Cole and 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams, Jr. were
on a routine military exercise Saturday over Claiborne County when it crashed into power lines. Both guardsmen
died, military officials said…. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued the following statement regarding the deaths:
"We as a state mourn with the families of 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams, Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel
Cole and our thoughts and prayers are with them. This is a somber reminder of how our troops face life threatening
situations in training as well as in combat."

Guard helicopter crash is under investigation (Associated Press)
An investigation has begun into a helicopter crash that killed two Tennessee Army National Guard pilots.
Tennessee National Guard Maj. Gen. Max Haston said in a statement Sunday that 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams
Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole, both of Knoxville, died Saturday when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
helicopter crashed in Campbell County while they were conducting a routine training flight. Tennessee Military
Department spokesman Randy Harris told The Knoxville News Sentinel that the crash is being investigated by an
Army aviation safety team from Fort Rucker, Ala. Both pilots were with Troop C of the 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron
based at McGhee Tyson, Harris said. He said Cole was an instructor pilot, and both men had several years of
service. Haston called the loss of the two pilots “incalculable.” “Words cannot express the sorrow I personally feel
for these soldiers, their families and their fellow soldiers who knew and served with them in peacetime and
combat,” Haston said. “It is a terrible tragedy whenever we lose a soldier, but we can rest assured that these two
outstanding pilots lost their lives doing something that they loved and believed in, preparing to defend the freedoms
we all enjoy.”

Army investigating National Guard helicopter crash that killed 2 Knox. pilots (NS)
Army investigators are probing the cause of a National Guard helicopter crash that killed two Knoxville pilots in
Campbell County over the weekend. Tennessee Army National Guard 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams Jr., 26, and
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole, 41, were killed when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior went down near Exit 141 on
Interstate 75 about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, said Tennessee Military Department spokesman Randy Harris. The two
pilots - both members of the 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron, Troop C, based at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard
Base - were conducting a routine training flight at the time, he said. The cause of the crash is unknown. An Army
aviation safety team from Fort Rucker, Ala., is investigating, Harris said. A LaFollette Utilities Board spokesperson
said the aircraft struck power lines at some point in the course of the crash, causing brief outages in the
surrounding area. Cole was an instructor pilot with more than 20 years of service, including deployments to Iraq in
2009-10 and Kosovo in 2004-05, Harris said.

Bill Haslam: 'Gay rights is a broad topic' (City Paper/Woods)
With his first legislative session behind him, Gov. Bill Haslam has been sitting down with the state’s political
reporters over lunch to talk about whatever’s on their minds. The City Paper took the time to discuss two Nashville
issues — the legislature’s overturning of the city’s anti-gay bias ordinance and the defunding of Planned
Parenthood. On neither issue was Haslam the driving force. Conservative Christians were. But the governor
acquiesced and eventually played a key role in both matters. Haslam signed the state law invalidating Nashville’s
ordinance, which would have required companies doing business with the city to adopt nondiscrimination policies.
The governor acted even though the state’s major corporations and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and
Industry came out against the state law. And Haslam pressured health departments in Nashville and Memphis to
deny more than $1 million in federal money to Planned Parenthood after the legislature failed to do so in a
confusing set of circumstances. (One state budget amendment defunded the nonprofit while another negated the
first measure.)

Probation policy may put public at risk (Tennessean/Haas)
The family of Saret Vit knew little about the man she was last seen with before her charred body was found in a
vacant field. But the moment she went missing, they suspected him. To the Tennessee Board of Probation and
Parole, however, Adrian Henry, 27, was well known. The agency was charged with supervising his parole after he
sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl and nearly murdered a man. Five months before he was arrested in Vit’s
death, it decided that multiple parole violations, including a failed drug test, weren’t enough to put him back in
prison. It’s exactly the kind of situation that Vit, 22, would have decried, relatives say. “Saret was someone who
always advocated for what was right, for justice,” said her sister Sarong Vit-Kory, 29. “It’s definitely irresponsible
and a lack of commitment to punish people.” A Tennessean investigation previously showed that the Board of
Probation and Parole had been unable to properly supervise offenders for a decade, partly because of crushing 2
caseloads and high turnover. But the Henry case illustrates policy decisions that could be putting the public at risk
by overlooking “minor” parole violations that could otherwise send dangerous offenders such as Henry back to
prison before they commit new crimes. It’s a policy the agency has called “Progressive Intervention.”

Athens to receive $2 million for clean water (Chattanooga Times Free-Press/Leach)
Athens will receive $2 million in federal and state funds to upgrade its drinking water system through Tennessee’s
Department of Environment and Conservation. The city is one of eight municipalities recently selected to receive
funding through the State Revolving Loan Program, which is administered by TDEC, for drinking water and
wastewater construction projects. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants fund the program, and the state
adds a 20 percent match. The debt terms only require the repayment of $1.6 million over 20 years at a 3.18 percent
interest rate, while $400,000 of the loan principal does not have to be repaid. “Community investments in our
drinking water and wastewater systems are vital to maintaining environmental and public health,” TDEC
Commissioner Bob Martineau said in a news release. “The principal forgiveness provision helps local communities
accomplish this work in difficult economic times.” The much-needed upgrades to the city’s drinking water system
are global in nature, according to Wayne Scarbrough, assistant general manager for the Athens Utility Board.

Arrest reveals how undocumented students are punished (City Paper/Nix)
Last Thursday, students and supporters of Mercedes Gonzalez showed up at the door to the Davidson County
Sheriff’s Office in a show of support for their fellow grad. Their message: Don’t deport our future. Their problem:
Davidson County’s 287(g) program, an agreement with the federal government under which the sheriff’s office
processes foreign-born arrestees, marking those here illegally for possible deportation. On May 15, police stopped
Gonzalez in her car near the intersection of Harding Place and Nolensville Pike for speeding 8 miles per hour faster
than the 40-mph speed limit. When asked for her license, Gonzalez told the officer she didn’t have one. And when
he was unable to identify her using her name, date of birth or fingerprints, the officer cuffed Gonzalez and took her
to jail for driving without a license. “That made me feel like a criminal,” Gonzalez said, “which I’m not.” Once in jail,
an employee there “told me I would never go back to my family,” Gonzalez recalled. She feared she’d miss
graduation from Overton High School six days later.

Plan could shift Memphis City Council candidates (Commercial Appeal/Callahan)
Proposal to balance districts after 2010 Census reveals migrating population A City Council redistricting proposal
will change some boundaries, likely causing consternation for candidates who had planned to run for one seat but
now find themselves in another district. The plan, crafted by council attorney Allen Wade, goes before the council
for approval July 19, two days before the filing deadline for candidates. All 13 council seats are up for re-election,
including District 7, vacant after the resignation of Barbara Swearengen Ware. Downtown's South Main and South
Bluffs areas, previously in District 7, will be shifted to District 6 under the proposal. Other districts with several
precinct shifts are Districts 1 and 2. "There is that issue, where there are some people who have already started
campaigning, that could be districted out of the seat that they're running for," said Steve Ross, a local blogger who
follows election issues. "We don't know what's going to happen with them." That's likely the biggest controversy
facing the plan, which will shift about 30,000 people from Districts 1 and 2 into the remaining five regular districts.

Business moves to center of school policy debate (Stateline)
For more than a decade before he entered politics, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ran restaurants in
downtown Denver. And he’s always looked for ways to apply lessons from the restaurants to the job of governing.
One of them, he says, is that “some of the worst financial years were the years that we came up with new ideas to
create whole new lines of business.” Hickenlooper hopes that can be done now with K-12 education.
 School districts in Colorado are reeling from state budget cuts of $400 per student, their biggest hit in recent
memory. That’s part of the story. The other part is that the state is moving ahead with an aggressive agenda of
educational policy change. "If we can find ways to reward great teachers,” says Hickenlooper, “and take great
teachers and let them take not-so-great teachers and lift them up, that dwarfs—dwarfs—the loss of $400 per
student." One reason for the state’s aggressiveness amid educational defunding is that the Colorado business
community is buying into the Democratic governor’s agenda. Actually, corporations in Colorado have been into 3
school improvement for quite a while now. When Hickenlooper was mayor of Denver, he and school superintendent
Michael Bennet (now a U.S. senator) brought business leaders into discussions that went a step beyond the usual
role they had played in supporting education.

TVA offers ways to save energy costs (Associated Press)
The Tennessee Valley Authority and local power companies say residents can save money during the summer
heat through TVA's EnergyRight Solutions program. An in-home energy evaluation program is designed to
encourage the installation of energy efficiency improvements in single-family homes that are at least a year old.
Additionally, the TVA online and paper Home e-Valuation is a do-it-yourself program allowing residential customers
to play an active role in saving energy in their homes. Details are at

Williamson's growth is glue that holds region together (Tennessean/Cook)
In 1995, Cool Springs Boulevard ended on the east side of its overpass across I-65. There was a large, metal
ranch gate. People still went dove hunting amid the rolling hills. But the stubbed-out street itself was a clue: Across
the I-65 bridge and all the way to the gate, Cool Springs Boulevard already was built two lanes each side plus a
turning lane in the middle. The die already was cast for what is there today: Nissan, Healthways, Community Health
Systems, Ford Motor Credit, a Marriott and an Embassy Suites both with convention facilities, and many more
major employers. Maryland Farms in Brentwood already had established itself as a white-collar employment center,
with music industry businesses such as EMI Christian, logistics support firms such as Comdata and retail
headquarters such as Tractor Supply Company. Before all this, Williamson had evolved from rural county to
bedroom community, with 44 percent of the workforce in 1990 commuting to jobs in Nashville or Murfreesboro.
That out-commute rate has steadily dropped. That doesn’t mean Williamson’s ties with the rest of Middle
Tennessee got any looser. In that same time, Williamson became the No. 1 destination for outbound commuters
from Davidson County, though Davidson still remains the leading employer county for Middle Tennessee.

Cleveland poised for growth (Chattanooga Times Free-Press/Higgins)
It was a year ago that Steve and Arlene Brooks moved into their new loft condominium at the Spring Creek
development, part of a thus-far $16 million project and Cleveland’s only planned mixed-use community. The
Brookses have watched The Retreat at Spring Creek, a 199-apartment complex, materialize on the opposite side of
25th Street and fill up with neighbors. The second phase of that development, an additional 130 or so apartments,
recently began. Meanwhile, in the Spring Creek development, the Brookses have watched single residential homes
being built and land being cleared for cottages. Their growing number of neighbors includes employees coming
here to work at Volkswagen, Wacker Chemical and other industries, along with locals like themselves. During the
summer, there will be more commercial announcements for Spring Creek, said marketing director Sandra Rowland,
including a restaurant and a bank. Some businesses and homeowners have been watching the economy for two
years and now are taking action, she said.

More hospitals look to nocturnists to enhance patient care at night (TN/Wilemon)
Dr. David Sellers ends his shifts when most physicians have their morning coffee. A nocturnist at Middle
Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, he’s on the hospital floor all night, ready to handle patient problems
that go beyond the expertise of a nurse. Nights and weekends can be dangerous times for patients, according to
multiple studies. The most recent — one that tracked the outcomes of 30 million patients over a five-year period —
showed that patients admitted to hospitals on weekends have a 10 percent higher death rate. Sellers works every
night of the week, including weekends. “This has been the most exciting thing I’ve done in medicine just because
I’m able to focus on very sick patients, and I feel like I get them better and get them on their way out of the hospital,
which is fulfilling,” he said. Hospitals are increasingly counting on nocturnists to help them improve patient safety
and response times. Dr. John Nelson, a partner with Nelson Flores Hospital Medicine Consultants, coined the term
nocturnist. By his estimate, there are probably 1,000 to 1,500 nocturnists working now compared with more than
100 a decade ago.
Pickler: Memphis City, Shelby Co. schools merger may be years off (CA/McMillin)
Says SCS reserves right to appeal ruling Although outside lawyers hired by Shelby County Schools have declared
that consolidation of all county schools is now inevitable, SCS board chairman David Pickler is saying it may be
"many years" before it happens, if at all. "Any time you deal with something that gets into the legal sector, you just
don't know," Pickler said last week. "Certainly, the path we are on is one that could lead to consolidation." Final
briefs were filed June 30 in a federal lawsuit brought by the currently all-suburban SCS seeking protection from an
immediate merger and asking for clarification on legal matters that would set forth the path required to take toward
a merger. In an interview about a deposition of SCS Supt. John Aitken, Pickler used the qualifying words "could"
and "if" to refer to the merger of city and suburban schools. He said SCS reserves the right to appeal any decision
by U.S. Dist. Court Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays, who will make a ruling on key legal issues without a trial. "This
could be held up in courts with appeals for many years to come," Pickler said. "There's no guarantee once Judge
Mays rules in July or August or whenever he does, that it's not going to be appealed and that some higher court
issues some kind of stay to stop any action."



Times Editorial: Tennessee’s weighty problem (Chattanooga Times Free-Press)
It’s not hard to confirm the validity of a new report that Tennessee now ranks fourth in the nation in the percentage
of obese adults. A glimpse at the crowd in the stands at a football game, at shoppers in a mall or at any other place
here and across the state where people congregate should quickly validate the finding. The resultant picture is not
pretty, but it should serve as a call to action for those concerned about the physical and economic health of the
state and its residents. Tennessee, sadly, is not the worst example of excess poundage, though 31.9 percent of its
adults classified as obese. Mississippi leads all states in the percentage of obese adults with 34.4 percent. It is
followed by Alabama (32.2 percent) and West Virginia (32.2). The numbers are stark, particularly since the report’s
authors carefully defined the terms “overweight” and “obese.” The difference in terms is more than semantic; it can
be life-altering.

Editorial: Anti-smoking program a big boost for TennCare (Knoxville News-Sentinel)
A new policy that allows TennCare to pay for its patients to quit smoking might have been adopted for sound
economic reasons. In approving the policy, however, the Tennessee Legislature took another positive step in the
state's drive to curb smoking. As of July 1, the state's health care program for the poor and uninsured began
covering over-the-counter products such as nicotine gum and patches to help patients quit smoking. The
treatments will be covered for up to 24 weeks a year - longer for pregnant women. Previously, smoking-cessation
therapies were available only for pregnant women and TennCare enrollees under age 21. And, while over-the-
counter generic treatments are preferred, TennCare recipients can receive coverage for brand-name products and
prescription drugs upon special request from a doctor. The Legislature budgeted $3.5 million for the program this
year. That figure jumps to $10.5 million with TennCare's matching federal fund. The new policy is intended to save
the state money, but improving Tennesseans' health is not merely a side effect. It is a huge part of the program.

Guest columnist: Hospital disaster preparedness is critical (Tennessean)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it has awarded $352 million in
grants to help hospitals and health-care systems prepare for disasters. This is a significant step toward ensuring
that our nation’s hospitals are ready for the unexpected. When a tornado cut a mile-wide swath through Joplin, Mo.,
this spring, one of the biggest casualties was the institution that usually helps lead local emergency response: St.
John’s Regional Medical Center. The hospital was leveled by the tornado, which claimed more than 150 lives, but
was quickly able to resume service to the community with a 60-bed mobile medical unit. St. John’s response
demonstrates what hospitals can accomplish in a disaster if they are prepared and assisted by good equipment
and technology. And a dual effort by the government and the private sector is bringing that technology to more and
more hospitals. The mobile unit at St. John’s, for example, was purchased with the help of the Hospital
Preparedness Program (HPP), administered by Health and Human Services. Grants such as these help hospitals
get ready for unplanned events and the surge of medical activity that often occurs when an emergency strikes.

Guest columnist: Boeing-union fight could spill over into Tennessee (Tennessean)
The clash between labor unions and businesses is a deep-rooted skirmish, creating fault lines that have helped to
shape America’s political landscape. The latest quarrel is that between the National Labor Relations Board and
Boeing Corp., and though it is taking place outside of Tennessee, the implications run deep beneath its bedrock. At
stake in the battle is a $1 billion factory in South Carolina that Boeing hopes will be housing a production line of
their new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet. The NLRB claims that Boeing is building the facility in South Carolina to
punish the unions in Washington state for past strikes and high wages. The advantage that South Carolina has in
luring companies like Boeing is their right-to-work status. Under right-to-work laws, you cannot be forced to become
a member of, or pay dues to, a union. This incentivizes, as has been seen over the past 40 years, businesses to
move or expand some production lines to states with these policies.

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