After Tennessee was listed as the country's third most-dangerous state — in a list that included Washington, D.C. — by a business-oriented social media company, questions surrounding the state's safety and the survey's veracity were thrust into public view.
Earlier this month, Tennessee ranked 49th out of 51 in a list of the safest U.S. states in a survey conducted by Wallet Hub — an electronic offshoot of the financial services firm Evolution Finance.
The survey and accompanying article by John S. Kiernan were drafted to create a visible correlation between a state's safety and its economic viability. According to Tennessee Department of Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons, that correlation exists, and it's something the state has already begun to address.
"Gov. (Bill) Haslam really sees public safety as one of several areas key to positioning Tennessee to be in the forefront among states in good-paying jobs," Gibbons said. "Most existing and potential businesses often look at the issue of public safety in deciding whether they want to expand or locate in Tennessee. If we're going to make progress, economically, public safety is one of those issues we're going to have to address effectively."
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