Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Employee Reportedly Removed for Misconduct

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation reportedly removed a deputy commissioner this week after investigating alleged workplace misconduct, according to the Nashville-based WSMV. That now former deputy commissioner, Brock Hill, was a political appointee under former Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. Hill oversaw Tennessee’s 56 state parks and…

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Governor-Elect Bill Lee Appoints Commissioners of Transportation, Environment, Human Resources

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Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee on Tuesday announced three appointments to his Cabinet: for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Department of Human Resources. The new commissioners are: • Clay Bright – Department of Transportation • David Salyers – Department of Environment and Conservation • Juan Williams–…

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Audit: TDEC Officials Not Following Tennessee General Assembly’s Wishes on Permitting Process

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation did not prepare and submit permit efficiency reports for landowners the way they were supposed to, per a legislative directive. This, according to a Tennessee Comptroller’s Audit released this week. According to TDEC’s website, in 2012, members of the Tennessee General…

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Federal Taxpayers Sent Two Tennessee Officials to China

Federal taxpayers paid to send two Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials to China recently. The two employees who made the trip were TDEC’s Deputy of Engineering Services George Garden and Assistant Commissioner Dr. Kendra Abkowitz, said TDEC spokesman Eric Ward. Ward did not say when, exactly, they went.…

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