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  • Gov. Bill Lee Announces Appointments to Key Boards and Commissions

    Monday, September 30, 2019 | 02:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced more than 100 appointees to a series of state boards and commissions. “I am pleased to appoint these individuals and appreciate their willingness to serve our state,” said Lee. “The success of our state depends on engaged citizens and we look forward to working together.”

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  • Gov. Bill Lee Names Hodgen Mainda Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance

    Thursday, September 05, 2019 | 10:00am

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Hodgen Mainda will serve in his cabinet as commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance. “Hodgen joins my cabinet after an outstanding career as a community leader in Chattanooga,” said Lee. “He is respected for his ability to build partnerships across multiple sectors and we welcome his leadership to such a multifaceted department like Commerce & Insurance.”

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  • Gov. Lee Appoints Jennifer King 24th Judicial District Chancellor

    Wednesday, September 04, 2019 | 04:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee appointed Jennifer King of Carroll County to serve as the Chancellor of the 24th Judicial District to fill the Honorable Carma McGee’s vacancy. “Jennifer is an engaged member of the community and highly qualified attorney,” said Lee. “We are proud to appoint her to the 24th Judicial District and value the expertise she brings to the role.”

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  • Statement from Gov. Bill Lee on Stephen West

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 04:15pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee released the following statement regarding death row inmate Stephen West: “After thorough consideration of Stephen West’s request for clemency and a review of the case, the State of Tennessee’s sentence will stand, and I will not be intervening.”

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  • Gov. Lee Convenes Cabinet for Distressed County Summit

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 10:00am

    LINDEN, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee convened his cabinet for a meeting with local officials from Tennessee’s 15 distressed counties during the Governor’s Rural Opportunity Summit in Perry County. The meeting caps a state government-wide audit mandated under Executive Order 1 which examines how departments are serving rural areas, specifically distressed counties. Executive Order 1 also required departments to provide suggestions for improvements moving forward.

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  • Gov. Lee Appoints James Haltom to the Claims Commission

    Friday, August 09, 2019 | 03:30pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee appointed James Haltom to the Tennessee Claims Commission for the Middle Division. “I am proud to appoint James to the Claims Commission and value both his legal expertise and service to our country,” said Lee. “He will do an outstanding job in this role and we welcome him to the commission.”

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  • Gov. Bill Lee Offers Reward for Information Regarding Curtis Watson

    Thursday, August 08, 2019 | 02:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the State of Tennessee is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of Curtis Watson, who is a suspect in the murder of Tennessee Department of Correction Administrator Debra Johnson.

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  • Gov. Bill Lee Announces Additional Appointments to Boards and Commissions

    Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 04:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced appointments for several state university boards as well his selections to the Agriculture Task Force. “We are proud to announce the appointment of these individuals to a series of significant roles in higher education and agriculture,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. “I look forward to working with them as they share their expertise and serve our state.”

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  • Gov. Lee Appoints Wesley Bray 13th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge

    Monday, July 08, 2019 | 02:30pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee appointed Wesley Bray of Putnam County as the criminal court judge to the 13th Judicial District to fill the Honorable David. A Patterson’s vacancy. “Wesley brings extensive experience to this role and will serve the 13th district with integrity,” said Lee. “We welcome him to this role and appreciate his willingness to serve.”

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  • Gov. Bill Lee Announces Appointees to Key Boards and Commissions

    Friday, June 28, 2019 | 11:30am

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced nearly 200 appointees to a series of key boards and commissions ahead of fiscal year 2020 which begins on Monday, July 1. “I am proud to announce these appointees who will help our state continue to flourish and be a leader in the nation,” said Lee. “I would like to thank these leaders for being willing to serve our state and help us solve many of the big issues important to Tennesseans.”

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  • Statement from Gov. Bill Lee on Special Session

    Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 09:53am

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee released the following statement regarding his signing of a Proclamation calling the Tennessee General Assembly into a special session on August 23: “It is in the best interest of our State to select a new Speaker of the House, and so I am calling a special session of the General Assembly for August 23 to accomplish that purpose. I have also asked the General Assembly to take up approval of the recent amendments to the Supreme Court rules, in addition to settling these leadership matters. Any other procedural business would be at the discretion of the General Assembly.”

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  • Gov. Bill Lee Appoints Criminal Justice Investment Task Force Leadership

    Wednesday, June 05, 2019 | 03:06pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the leadership of the Tennessee Criminal Justice Investment Task Force as established by Executive Order 6. “We are committed to addressing all aspects of the criminal justice system to improve public safety and reentry in our state,” said Gov. Lee. “Our task force represents multiple perspectives including law enforcement, state agencies, crime victims and families, community leaders and formerly incarcerated individuals.”

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  • Gov. Lee Appoints Rachele Gibson as 28th District Public Defender

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 02:21pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee appointed Rachele Gibson of Gibson County as the 28th judicial district public defender to succeed Tom W. Crider. “Rachele has passionately served the 28th district for years and is exceptionally qualified for this role,” said Gov. Lee. “We congratulate her on this promotion and look forward to working together.” Gibson has served as the assistant public defender from 2004-2008 and again from 2013-2019. Previously, she served as the assistant district attorney from 2008-2013. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Nashville School of Law. Gibson resides in Bradford, Tenn. with her husband and two children.

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