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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville on Friday to announce “America’s College Promise,” a plan to provide free community college across the nation. “This is a hallmark of America, this investment in our education,” President Obama said on Friday. The plan, which is modeled after Tennessee Governor …

President Barack Obama is in Knoxville to speak at Pellissippi State Community College where he will unveil his new initiative to provide two years of community college tuition for free. The president landed in Air Force One at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base at noon today, along with Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Jimmy …

Gov. Bill Haslam says he plans to name new commissioners for economic development and education by the first of the year. The Republican governor, who was recently re-elected to a second term, spoke at a Nashville Rotary Club luncheon on Monday. Haslam announced last month that Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Education …

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been elected as the next chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The second term governor will take the reins from New Jersey’s Chris Christie, who has been on a victory lap at the group’s annual meeting in Florida this week after Republicans did especially well in the midterm elections. New …

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, …