Haslam reflects on record: 'Eight years trying to get to the right answer instead of just our answer or the political answer'

Staff Photo by Doug Strickland/Chattanooga Times Free Press - February 02, 2012. Sanjay Shah, the general manager of Amazon's new Chattanooga fulfillment center, left, talks with Governor Bill Haslam during a tour of the facility. Thursday marked the grand opening ceremony of the center, which is located in Enterprise South Industrial Park.

NASHVILLE - As he prepares to leave office next month, Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam can look back on a record that includes a groundbreaking program offering tuition-free community college scholarships as well as improved student test scores, record job creation, a new road-funding program and more.

But ask him what he thinks his administration's legacy will be after eight years in office and the 60-year-old former Knoxville mayor says that verdict is pretty much out of his hands.

"Other people will decide that," said Haslam, who won national acclaim for his 2014 program called Tennessee Promise, which offers last-dollar aid to recent high school graduates to attend community and technical colleges.