Gov. Bill Haslam: Tennessee unemployment rate hits record low

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials exulted Thursday as Tennessee’s unemployment rate sank to its lowest point in recorded state history last month.

The preliminary seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 3.6 percent in June burst through Tennessee’s previous low of 3.7 percent, reported in March 2000.

Tennessee has not experienced an unemployment rate below 4.0 percent since it stood at 3.9 percent more than 16 years ago…read more


NASHVILLE, TN – Nonprofit higher education advocacy organization Complete Tennessee today released a report on regional barriers to postsecondary attainment and completion.
The report, which compiles findings from a statewide series of roundtables hosted by the organization earlier this year, identifies four central challenges facing current and prospective postsecondary students:

Access barriers, ranging from inadequate transportation to lack of education options;
Insufficient early postsecondary education and training opportunities;
Limited or inadequate student support services; and
Misalignment between education and workforce.
To read the report, entitled “Room to Grow: Regional Perspectives on Higher Education Improvement,” click here.

“This report shows that the hurdles facing students vary widely by region. However, central themes emerged in our conversations that will guide our work to help communities develop meaningful completion strategies that can support the state’s Drive to 55 goal,” said Complete Tennessee Executive Director Kenyatta Lovett.

“In every region, students were struggling with some kind of access barrier – be it transportation or physical access to postsecondary institutions. For minority, low-income, and first-generation students, more support services are needed to promote access and persistence in postsecondary programs,” Dr. Lovett stated. “Additionally, there is a significant gap between the education and business communities. Not only does this affect high school students’ ability to gain early familiarity with career and postsecondary pathways, it also makes it harder for students of all ages to efficiently earn the credentials necessary to compete for in-demand, local jobs.”

Dr. Lovett continued, “We hope this report will spark additional discussion and collaboration on strategies to address Tennessee’s completion problem – strategies that can be developed alongside and driven by regional stakeholders. Complete Tennessee looks forward to engaging further with community, business and education leaders across Tennessee as we work together to strengthen the state’s higher education system and improve postsecondary access and outcomes for all students.”

To learn more about Complete Tennessee, click here.


Bonnaroo to be Featured on TN Tourism Snapchat

Tennessee Tourism will be featuring Bonnaroo on our Snapchat story this weekend. You can catch all the action by following “Tennessee” on Snapchat.

The story will take place on Saturday, June 10 as a way to showcase the culture of the festival. Instead of featuring bands on site, we will showcase all non-music activities that happen on ground, such as the longest conga line and the sketchbook as well as fun foods found around the festival.

Snapchat has proven to be a tremendous addition to the tool box in expanding ways to showcase all Tennessee has to offer.

Tennessee Tourism launched its Snapchat channel in October 2016 with a series of videos featuring music superstar Garth Brooks as he revisited places in Tennessee that helped shape his music and become the first recording artist in history to earn 7 Diamond Certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Tennessee Snapchat followers were able to watch the stories and download ticket codes to a free sold-out concert, which took place at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheatre on October 18. The Garth Brooks Snap stories received more than 8 million views.

Tennessee Tourism has used this new audience on Snapchat to showcase attractions across the state including Jack Daniel Distillery, Dollywood, Beale Street and Elvis Week, along with behind-the-scenes profiles on up-and-coming music artists such as Drew Holcomb, Seth Ennis, The Young Fables and Whissell resulting in an additional 2.5 million views. In May, the Memphis World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest was the subject of a Snapchat series and contest profiling the Memphis-based barbecue team, Brown Chicken Brown Cow.

Please help spread the word about this exciting Snapchat story showcasing Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee.

Manchester is one of Tennessee’s Safest Cities

LendEDU recently released a report that highlighted the safest cities in Tennessee and Manchester was ranked as one of the safest. Congrats on the recognition!
Using licensed data, each city’s crime index was rated against the state and national average crime index. And, Manchester has a crime index that makes it the #26 safest city in Tennessee!
The full report and a more detailed methodology can be found here:
Everyone wants to know that they live in a safe place! It provides a sense of comfort and security. Manchester is one of the safest towns in the entire state of Tennessee.