FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012Haslam requests assistance for Hancock, Hawkins farmers (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced he has requested a secretarial designation of natural disaster forHancock and Hawkins counties due to April's freeze. Haslam made the request in a letter to U.S. Secretary ofAgriculture Tom Vilsack. A secretarial designation would make farmers eligible to apply for lost income recovery,low-interest loans and other disaster assistance through the USDA Farm Service Agency. "I understand thatweather is always an unpredictable factor in farming, and the unusually warm winter and spring coupled with anApril freeze has no doubt impacted some farmers," Haslam said. Farmers in Hancock and Hawkins countiesreported significant yield and quality losses for mixed forages and heavy damage to fruit crops as a result of thefreeze. The area experienced a dramatic drop in temperatures and heavy frost April 7 - 24.http://www.wbir.com/news/article/221458/2/Haslam-requests-assistance-for-Hancock-Hawkins-farmers
Doe Mountain acquired in $8.8M acquisition, boost in NE Tenn. tourism eyed (AP)
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Nature Conservancy say they expect an $8.8 million purchase ofundeveloped property in Johnson County to be a boost to tourism and create jobs. The state and theconservation organization announced Thursday that they have acquired the 8,600-acre Doe Mountain, justsouthwest of Mountain City. Doe Mountain, which contains miles of existing roads and trails, is one of the largestremaining blocks of forest in private ownership in the Southern Blue Ridge region. It will be open to the public."Doe Mountain offers a great opportunity for outdoor recreation and the benefits that come with opening upspace for people to enjoy, such as healthier communities and new jobs from tourism," Haslam said in a newsrelease. "I'm pleased we as a state could contribute to this lasting legacy for all Tennesseans."http://www.timesnews.net/article/9047354/doe-mountain-acquired-in-88m-acquisition-boost-in-ne-tenn-tourism-eyed
DAG Paul Phillips retiring; Phillips-Jones appointed to take over (WBIR-TV Knox.)
Governor Bill Haslam has named a new top prosecutor for the 8th Judicial District. District Attorney General PaulPhillips has announced he will retire on September 1, 2012. The Eighth Judicial District is composed ofCampbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties. Phillips has held the job since 1982. Gov. Haslam hasappointed Lori Phillips-Jones to take over after Phillips' retirement. "Lori has served the citizens of the EighthJudicial District well for more than 11 years as assistant district attorney general, and her extensive experiencemakes her the best fit for this role," Haslam said. "I'm pleased to appoint her, and I appreciate her willingness toserve in this capacity." Phillips-Jones graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1999 and hasbeen with the Office of the Attorney General, Eighth Judicial District since 1997. She has served as a criminalinvestigator and a violent crimes prosecutor as the assistant district attorney general.http://www.wbir.com/news/article/221477/2/DAG-Paul-Phillips-retiring-Phillips-Jones-appointed-to-take-over
Second round of INCITE recipients announced (Nashville Post/Duncan)
Tennessee’s INCITE Co-investment Fund has announced its second round of investments. Three morecompanies are receiving more than $3.8 million in funds from participating private investors. This allows thecompanies to, combined, leverage approximately $1.4 million in co-investment funding from the state. Thecurrent round of companies includes J2 Software Solutions, a Tullahoma-based company providing variouspublic safety organizations with software and technology solutions to aid their operations; Consensus Point, aNashville company with a collective intelligence solution that can generate prospective business insights; andKnoxville-based Aldis Inc., whose product is aimed at the traffic management sector. Today’s announcementcomes a little more than a week after the first round of companies receiving funds was made public.