Tennessee - State services



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
Tennessee Presidential Vote by Political Parties, 1948–2000

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.
 
1948 11 *Truman (D) 270,402 202,914 73,815 1,288 1,864
          CONSTITUTION    
1952 11 *Eisenhower (R) 443,710 446,147 379 887 1,432
1956 11 *Eisenhower (R) 456,507 462,288 19,820   789
          NATL. STATES' RIGHTS      
1960 11 Nixon (R) 481,453 556,577 11,298 2,450
1964 11 *Johnson (D) 635,047 508,965
          AMERICAN IND.      
1968 11 *Nixon (R) 351,233 472,592 424,792
              AMERICAN  
1972 10 *Nixon (R) 357,293 813,147   30,373
                LIBERTARIAN
1976 10 *Carter (D) 825,897 633,969 2,303 5,769 1,375
          NATL. STATESMAN   CITIZENS  
1980 10 *Reagan (R) 783,051 787,761 5,0211 1,112 7,116
1984 11 *Reagan (R) 711,714 990,212 978 3,072
1988 11 *Bush (R) 679,794 947,233 1,334 2,041
          IND. (Perot)      
1992 11 *Clinton (D) 933,521 841,300 199,968 1,356 727 1,847
1996 11 *Clinton (D) 909,146 863,530 105,918 5,020
          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.



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