To address the continuing threat of terrorism and to work with the federal Department of Homeland Security (created in 2002 following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001), homeland security in Tennessee in 2003 operated under executive order; the deputy to the governor was designated as the state homeland security advisor.
The commissioner of education oversees the public schools as well as special, higher, and vocational-technical education. Highways, aeronautics, mass transit, and waterways are the responsibility of the Department of Transportation. The Department of Safety, including the State Highway Patrol, is charged with enforcing the safety laws on all state roads and interstate highways. Railroad regulation and the setting of railroad rates are the duties of the Public Service Commission. Public protection services are provided by the Military Department, which includes the Army and Air National Guard. The Department of Correction maintains prisons for adult offenders, a work-release program, and correctional and rehabilitation centers for juveniles. The Department of
Tennessee Presidential Vote by Political Parties, 1948–2000
|YEAR||ELECTORAL VOTE||TENNESSEE WINNER||DEMOCRAT||REPUBLICAN||STATES' RIGHTS DEMOCRAT||SOCIALIST||PROGRESSIVE||PROHIBITION|
|*Won US presidential election.|
|NATL. STATES' RIGHTS|
|IND. (Nader)||IND. (Buchanan)|
|2000||11||*Bush, G. W. (R)||981,720||1,061,949||19,781||4,250||4,284|
Environment and Conservation concerns itself with the environment.
The Department of Health licenses medical facilities, provides medical care for the indigent, operates tuberculosis treatment centers, and administers pollution control programs. The Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation supervises mental hospitals, mental health clinics, and homes for retarded children. The Department of Human Services administers aid to the blind, aged, disabled, and families with dependent children, and determines eligibility for families receiving food stamps. The Department of Employment Security administers unemployment insurance and provides job training and placement services. State laws governing workers' compensation, occupational and mine safety, child labor, and wage standards are enforced by the Department of Labor.