News and Updates

Rev. Paul Middlebrook speaks to a room of people attending the Tennessee Government Professionals Institute.

TPGI Graduates Sharpen Their Leadership Skills

55 state employees recently graduated from the Tennessee Government Professionals Institute, an initiative for emerging leaders by the Naifeh Center.

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Participants in the fifth cohort of the Executive Leadership Institute gather for their first meeting.

ELI Kicks off with Orientation Session

The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership held an orientation session for the fifth cohort of the Executive Leadership Institute.

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LEIC instructor Dereck Stewart speaks to UT Knoxville Police Department Deputy Chief of Operations Mike Richardson.

LEIC to Extend Cultural Competency Training

A program that started on UT’s undergraduate campuses will go nationwide, thanks to a grant the Law Enforcement Innovation Center…

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CIS Training Consultant Keith Groves, far right, led some of the manufacturing skills training in the Dyer County jail.

CIS Takes Manufacturing Skills Training to Jails

The TDLWD Office of Reentry partnered with the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board, the Southwest Tennessee Workforce Agency and CIS to…

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Attendees take notes during a classroom lecture at the Memphis Police Department Leadership Academy.

LEIC Takes Leadership Training to Memphis PD

Earlier this year, University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center partnered with the Memphis Police Department (MPD) to establish the…

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Employees from the Tennessee Department of Correction participated in the first course for public information officers held in November 2022.

LEIC Develops Public Information Officer Certification

Employees from the Tennessee Department of Correction participated in the first course for public information officers held in November 2022.

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CTAS Hosts Orientation for Newly Elected County Officials

Close to 800 newly elected county officials gathered in Franklin in August to ready themselves to take office.

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SMART Hosts Summit

Since moving to IPS, the Substance Misuse and Addiction Resource for Tennessee (SMART) Initiative has broadened in scope to engage…

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TGPI participants take part in a teambuilding exercise during a session at UT Martin.

Institute Strengthens Leadership Skills of State Employees

The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership with the Tennessee Department of Human Resources create their newest program, the Tennessee Government…

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The Parthenon in Nashville

TLC Provides Translation for Parthenon Visitors

Parthenon officials strive to make its audio tour accessible to all visitors.

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A group of professionals stand under balloons in front of the IPS agency logos

IPS Celebrates 50 Years

The Institute for Public Service celebrated 50 years of history in August at its annual conference.

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IPS Opens New Training Space in Nashville

IPS now has a new state-of-the-art training suite in Middle Tennessee.

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Police officers complete a training exercise

Law Enforcement Innovation Center Rolls Out Cultural Competency Training

LEIC began training UT police officers in its Cultural Competency program, developed in partnership with the Museum of Tolerance in…

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IPS Receives USDA Grants

IPS will offer two new training and technical assistance programs in 2021 with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Tennessee Government Managers on Zoom

Naifeh Center Program Moves Online for First Time

For the first time in the the Tennessee Government Management Institute's 20-year history, the program was all virtual this year.

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IPS leaders gather with graduates of the Tennessee Certified Public Manager program.

Government Employees Earn Certified Public Manager Designation

In just its second year, the Tennessee CPM program had 25 participants.

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UT IPS building at 193 Polk Ave

IPS Expands in Middle Tennessee

IPS added training space in Nashville to meet a growing demand.

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technicians in tactical gear photograph a shed behind yellow crime scene tape

Center Hosts Forensic Invitational

On a crisp spring morning, 17 U.S. Army forensic science technicians closely studied seven crime scenes deep in the forest…

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Naifeh, Baker Centers Host Newly Elected Legislators

Newly elected legislators participated in two and a half days of sessions with UT experts and toured Neyland Stadium in…

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high school students touring an automobile manufacturing facility

Celebrate Manufacturing Day

UT Center for Industrial Services partnered with some of its manufacturing partners in Tennessee to host tours for local high…

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Tennessee Foreign Language

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Joins UT

Under this new arrangement, the center will tailor its mission to providing language services to state and local government entities…

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Large group of professionals attending a training

Naifeh Center Trains THEC Leaders

A two-year leadership academy encourages lifelong learning for and provides opportunities for professional growth.

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LEIC leads a training session to help college investigators of sexual assault.

LEIC Trains Campus Investigators

In 2016, Tennessee legislators approached the LEIC to expand their training on investigating domestic violence and sexual assault to help…

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