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A federal grant will help the Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court expand services over the next three years so that it can serve more people in Shelby, Montgomery and Davidson counties. The court allows service members and veterans who end up in the criminal justice system to choose treatment and recovery programs instead of ending up …

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam selected Knoxville attorney Dwight E. Tarwater on Wednesday to be his new general counsel. The 59-year-old replaces Herbert Slatery who left the administration last month to become the state’s attorney general. Tarwater currently practices law in Knoxville in the law firm he helped begin in 1987. He has vast courtroom experience, …

A new University of Tennessee report says the number of uninsured people in Tennessee has hit a 10-year low. Media cited the study in reporting that the number of people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which was implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act. …

Education Department Commissioner Kevin Huffman said last Thursday that the scrutiny he received during his nearly four turbulent years at the helm of the state’s schools didn’t influence his decision to leave for the private sector. Huffman, whose departure was announced by Gov. Bill Haslam, has been a lightning rod whose policies and strong advocacy …

A plan to offer free tuition to all Tennessee high school graduates has some higher-education institutions looking to hire more faculty. Gov. Bill Haslam announced the initiative as a way to help boost the number of Tennesseans with two- or four-year degrees to 55 percent, up from 33 percent now. The Daily News Journal reports …

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam unveiled a report Monday morning on the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force, which outlines ways to improve higher education opportunities for Tennessee veterans. Haslam formed the group in November 2013 and gave it the responsibility of identifying obstacles for transitioning veterans, researching best practices to serve student veterans and making recommendations on improving opportunities for …