Haslam Announces Veterans Education Task Force

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam on Thursday announced the formation of a task force to evaluate how to best serve Tennessee’s veterans seeking a certificate or degree beyond high school. 

The task force is charged with the following:

  •  To identify common educational hurdles for transitioning veterans;
  •  To research best practices to serve student veterans;
  •  And to make recommendations on improving opportunities for veterans to earn a certificate or degree beyond high school.

“When the men and women who have served our country come home, we want them to be able to get a high quality, good paying job,” Governor Haslam said.  “Earning a certificate or degree beyond high school is an important part of that process. 

“Over the last several years, enrollment of veterans in Tennessee colleges and universities has more than doubled,” Governor Haslam continued. “While cost is often a barrier for many students to post-secondary education, that isn’t usually the case for veterans due to federal grants and other scholarship support.  We need to be better understand what unique obstacles veterans face in completing their education, and work with them to overcome those obstacles and graduate.”

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will chair the task force, and other members include:

  • Dr. Mary Lou Apple, president, Motlow State Community College
  • Randy Boyd, special advisor to the governor for Higher Education
  • Brian Gard, director of emergency management, University of Tennessee
  • Sen. Dolores Gresham, chairman, Senate Education Committee
  • Sean Martin, student representative, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Rep. Gerald McCormick, majority leader, Tennessee House of Representatives
  • Linda Mullins, VA education counselor, Belmont University
  • Dr. Rich Rhoda, THEC Executive Director
  • Dr. M. David Rudd, provost, University of Memphis

The task force is part of the governor’s “Drive to 55” initiative to raise the number of Tennesseans with a certificate or degree beyond high school from where it stands today at 32 percent to 55 percent by the year 2025.

The committee will engage a variety of stakeholders including higher education leaders, veterans, advocacy groups, and will present recommendations to the governor in June 2014.


TN Promise Saturday Open House This Weekend At Chattanooga State

Scholarship Saturday Open House will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the amphitheater on the main campus of Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Hwy. Prospective students will be able to complete their admissions application, TN Promise application and FAFSA. Faculty and staff will be available to discuss areas of study and campus programs. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State's Economic and Community Development Division Offers Non-Credit Classes

The Economic and Community Development Division at Chattanooga State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes on a continual basis. Classes scheduled during the academic year are geared toward both working and non-working adults.  Offered on Tuesdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 8, from 7-7:55 p.m., six sessions of Social Dancing will be offered for $69. No experience ... (click for more)

Commissioner Smedley Comes Up With Another $25,000 To Do Away With Porta Potties At East Hamilton

County Commissioner Sabrena Smedley has come up with another $25,000 to try to do away with porta potties at East Hamilton Middle/High School. She earlier pulled $100,000 from county funds for the project. Commissioner Smedley said the initial projected cost was $100,000, but the price tag has gone up. The money would be used to build a restroom facility and concession ... (click for more)

Investor Sues Dyer, Brennan For $37,500, Plus $1 Million Punitive Damages

A man who said he invested $37,500 with Douglas Dyer and James Brennan is suing them for that amount, plus attorney fees and $1 million punitive damages. The complaint in behalf of David T. Hardegree was filed in Circuit Court. Also sued were Alison Dyer and Carole Brennan as well as Broad Street Ventures. Mr. Hardegree said he turned over the money to the men for the purchase ... (click for more)

Jimmy Templeton Will Be Missed At The City Yards

If only we had known about the Chattanooga City Council's planned retirement send off for Jimmy Templeton of Public Works, the room would have been filled to overflowing with his friends and admirers - including me.   I have had the honor of knowing and working with Jimmy since the 1970's (and also knew his father "Big Jim").  Jimmy was a strong right hand for whoever ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vin Scully’s Last Time

It is said that the opening paragraph of my favorite ode to baseball should be the centerpiece for the canon of sports literature. It was written by former commissioner Bart Giamatti in "The Green Fields of the Mind,” a most marvelous essay to the last day of the regular season in the major leagues. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in ... (click for more)