NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert O'Connell, the executive director of the 13,000 member Tennessee State Employees Association, has announced he plans to retire in May.
O'Connell led the TSEA during four turbulent years. During his tenure, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and a GOP super-majority in the legislature made extensive changes to state civil service rules. The changes make it easier for executive branch employees to be hired and fired, and allow pay to be raised or lowered based on performance.
O’Connell says he was deeply worried by the implications.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Almost 100 National Guard soldiers based in Murfreesboro are deploying to Afghanistan.
The Daily News Journal reports that the soldiers said goodbye to their loved ones yesterday at the city's National Guard Armory as they prepare to go to Fort Bliss for a month of training before heading overseas.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — This week’s unusually cold temperatures are putting a strain on Tennessee’s power grid causing scattered outages.
The strain is bad enough in the Chattanooga and Cleveland areas that the Tennessee Valley Authority this morning asked local power companies there to lower their power usage.
The mid-state’s power grid is also showing the strain. Middle Tennessee Electric and Nashville Electric are reporting just under 600 scattered outages. Josh Clendenen is a spokesman for Middle Tennessee Electric.