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  • Media Witness Drawing Cancelled

    Thursday, February 02, 2006 | 6:00pm

    MEDIA WITNESS DRAWING CANCELLED

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Correction received a clarification order from the United States District Court (Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga) Friday morning stating that “Gregory Thompson’s stay of execution shall remain in effect until such time as the court lifts the stay. The court does not anticipate receiving the final submissions from the petitioner prior to February 6, 2006.”

    Correction

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  • Booze It And Lose It This Super Bowl Sunday

    Thursday, February 02, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Law enforcement working overtime this weekend to crack down on drunk driversNashville, TN –The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Department of Safety are joining a nation-wide sober driving enforcement and public education campaign for Super Bowl Sunday. The two agencies held their own sober driving Super Bowl “party” at Titan’s Stadium in Nashville today. They announced that Tennessee Highway Patrol Officers, along with local police and sheriff’s departments across the state, will be out in full force on Super Bowl Sunday as part of the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Football League (NFL), Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM), and Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving (RADD) campaign to remind everyone that real “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk”.

    Transportation

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  • I-40 Bridge Implosion Closes Interstate

    Wednesday, February 01, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Memphis, Tenn.—The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will be closing a small section of Interstate 40 in Haywood County to implode the State Route 76 Bridge. I-40 will be shutdown in both directions beginning at mile marker 55 through mile marker 57 at 10 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2006. During that closure, the bridge over westbound I-40 will be demolished. Crews will work over night clearing debris in order to reopen the I-40 westbound lanes. Around 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2006, I-40 will be closed for the implosion of the SR 76 Bridge over the eastbound lanes. Those lanes will be reopened as soon as is possible, but the clean up is anticipated to take several hours.

    Transportation

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  • Gregory Thompson Execution Advisory

    Tuesday, January 31, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In accordance with state law, the Department of Correction is now accepting applications from recognized news organizations to serve as statutorily required witnesses for the scheduled execution of death row inmate Gregory Thompson.

    Correction

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  • Commissioner Announces Nominees for Blue Ribbon Schools Program

    Monday, January 30, 2006 | 6:00pm
    Nashville, TN- Education Commissioner Lana Seivers announced today that six schools have been nominated for the 2006 Blue Ribbon School Award, a program established under the federal No Child Left Behind legislation to reward high-performing schools. This year’s nominees are Franklin Elementary School, Halls High School, Hampton High School, Monterey High School, Brentwood Middle School, and Holloway High School. Each of these schools scored in the top 10 percent on state tests for reading and math for the past three years.“All of these nominees employ outstanding educational practices for students in Tennessee,” said Commissioner Seivers. “The Blue Ribbon School process demands rigorous documentation of the progress each school has made in closing the achievement gap for all students.”

    Education

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  • Districts Receive Grants to Engage and Educate Immigrant Students

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN- Education Commissioner Lana Seivers announced today grants to Athens City Schools, Bradley County Schools, and Warren County Schools to provide educational services to immigrant students. Funds awarded under the federal Emergency Immigrant Education Program (EIEP) will be used to provide enhanced instructional opportunities. These grants target children enrolled in school who were not born in the United States and who have not attended more than three years of education in the U.S.“Immigrant students and their families encounter unique challenges in their schools,” said Commissioner Lana Seivers. “These grants will provide educational outreach and services that build on progress for disadvantaged students.”

    Education

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  • Commissioner Betts and Three Colleagues Honored by American Journal of Nursing for Leadership In Mental Health

    Monday, January 23, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE—The January 2006 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, recognizes the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD) Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts along with three members of her professional nurse staff, as leaders in the mental health field.

    Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

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  • Commissioner Betts and Three Colleagues Honored by American Journal of Nursing for Leadership In Mental Health

    Monday, January 23, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE—The January 2006 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, recognizes the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD) Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts along with three members of her professional nurse staff, as leaders in the mental health field.

    Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

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  • State Department of Health Launches Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 | 6:00pm

     

    Program Addresses Epidemic of Childhood Obesity

    Memphis, January 19, 2006

    On Saturday January 21, the Tennessee Department of Health announces the kick-off a pilot program to combat childhood obesity in the state. Through a partnership with the Tennessee Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc., the Department is sponsoring “Commit To Be Fit”, a nutrition and healthy lifestyle program in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Middle Tennessee (Metropolitan Nashville) and Tennessee Valley (Metropolitan Knoxville) with plans to perfect the model and make it available statewide. “Commit to be Fit” will teach youths how to make nutritious food choices and live a healthy lifestyle by participating in individual, team or non-traditional sports and other fitness activities.

    Health

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  • Riverdale Students Develop Wetland Habitat for Study

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN- Education Commissioner Lana Seivers and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced today that Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro has been awarded a $5,000 grant to establish a wetland habitat on school property.  Project CENTS and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Water Resource Association are sponsoring this opportunity to develop a water habitat that will be used for instructional purposes by the school.“Outdoor classrooms provide an educational framework for students to create long term bonds between nature and scholarship,” said Commissioner Seivers. “The Project CENTS program has catalyzed efforts between the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Department of Education to build educational opportunities for students in Tennessee.”

    Education

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  • State Department of Health Launches Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 | 6:00pm

    Program Addresses Epidemic of Childhood Obesity

    Memphis, January 19, 2006

    On Saturday January 21, the Tennessee Department of Health announces the kick-off a pilot program to combat childhood obesity in the state. Through a partnership with the Tennessee Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc., the Department is sponsoring “Commit To Be Fit”, a nutrition and healthy lifestyle program in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Middle Tennessee (Metropolitan Nashville) and Tennessee Valley (Metropolitan Knoxville) with plans to perfect the model and make it available statewide. “Commit to be Fit” will teach youths how to make nutritious food choices and live a healthy lifestyle by participating in individual, team or non-traditional sports and other fitness activities.

    Health

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