• Tennessee DOT Launches New 511 Travel Information Service

    Sunday, August 13, 2006 | 7:00pm

    511 Designed to Make Travel Safer for Everyone in TennesseeNashville,Tenn. – Governor Phil Bredesen and Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today announced the launch of the new Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) statewide 511 traveler information system. Tennessee 511 serves residents and travelers as a convenient gateway to valuable information about travel conditions anytime via the phone or internet.

    Transportation

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  • Locally Grown Makes Tennessee’s Farmers Markets Attractive

    Sunday, August 13, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Have you ever made a salad with locally grown vegetables from your community’s farmers market?  If you haven’t, you should.  “As Americans become more health conscientious, farmers markets are helping to fill the demand for healthier, fresher products,” says Laura Fortune, market specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  “There is also a growing national trend to support locally grown foods, and farmers markets are a perfect fit.”

    Agriculture

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  • Fifth Avenue Ramp To Interstate 40 East Closing For Safety Concerns

    Thursday, August 10, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Knoxville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that the Fifth Avenue ramp to Interstate 40 East will close on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 9 a.m. due to safety concerns. Ongoing bridge work will require the exclusive lane for the Fifth Avenue ramp to be closed over Sixth Avenue and Mitchell Street eliminating that 3rd lane for the ramp. The ramp will remain closed until the new Hall of Fame Drive exit ramp to I-40 is complete in November 2006.

    Transportation

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  • Admissions to Tennessee State Veterans´ Home in Humboldt Suspended

    Tuesday, August 08, 2006 | 8:00pm

    State-run Humboldt Nursing Home Cited for Violations

    Nashville, August 9, 2006

    Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., has suspended new admissions of patients to Tennessee State Veterans’ Home and imposed a state civil monetary penalty of $3,000. The state also has recommended that a federal civil penalty be imposed at $3,150 per day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor will be appointed to review the center’s operations.

    Health

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  • State Discusses Results of Cypress Creek Public Health Consultation

    Monday, August 07, 2006 | 8:00pm

    Memphis, August 8, 2006

    Today, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Memphis and Shelby County Health Department (MSCHD) partnered for a public meeting to brief citizens on the public health consultation that examined potential hazards from pesticides to Cypress Creek residents and to give up-to-date information about the level of pesticides found along Sub-Area III. Sub-Area III is the predominantly residential area adjacent to or near the concrete Cypress Creek channel from 200 feet west of Jackson Avenue to Evergreen Street.

    Health

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  • Governor Bredesen Announces Grant for Franklin

    Monday, August 07, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, Tenn. — Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that the state will provide the city of Franklin in Williamson County with an enhancement grant in the amount of $500,000 to assist with the development of the Franklin Gateway Corridor Economic Development Project (U.S. Route 431/State Route 106/Hillsboro Road).

    Transportation

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  • Bredesen Awards $11.3 Million In Parks And Recreation Grants

    Sunday, August 06, 2006 | 7:00pm

    87 Local Parks and Recreation Grants, Recreation Trails Program Grants and Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants announced today

    Nashville, Tenn. – Governor Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke today announced more than $11.3 million in parks and recreation grants will be awarded to recipients across Tennessee. The announcement includes approximately $8.7 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grants, more than $2 million in Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grants, and $480,000 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants.

    Environment & Conservation

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  • TDOC Announces Special Hiring Event

    Sunday, August 06, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No one said it was an easy job, but it is one of the most important services our state provides. The Tennessee Department of Correction will hold a special hiring event this week for people interested in becoming correctional officers.

    Correction

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  • Tennessee Law Enforcement Agencies Earn Statewide, National Honors

    Thursday, July 27, 2006 | 7:00pm

    More than 50 awards earned by agencies from across the stateNashville, TN – Governor Phil Bredesen and Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today released the winners of state and national honors presented by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO). Law enforcement agencies from across Tennessee were presented awards during the second annual Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Ceremony held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.

    Transportation

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  • Tennessee Department of Health Assesses Health Status of Populations of Color

    Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Report Details Minority Health Indicators, Disparities
    Nashville, TN

    The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), Office of Minority Health, today released Populations of Color in Tennessee: Health Status Report. The report details the demographics of the state, and the mortality rates, causes of death, birth-related indicators, financial indicators, and the risk and disease disparities evident within those demographics. Also provided in the report is input from communities across the state, including respondents’ recommendations regarding the reduction of health disparities among people of color in the state.

    Health

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  • June 2006 Unemployment Figures - County

    Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | 7:00pm

    JUNE COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RELEASED
    95 COUNTIES INCREASE

    NASHVILLE – County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for June 2006, released today, show that all 95 counties increased. The increase in Tennessee’s county rates is largely due to the seasonal closing of schools, increasing the amount of unemployed students and workers into the labor market. Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2006, which was released last week, was 5.6 percent, 0.2 percentage point higher than the May rate of 5.4 percent.

    Labor & Workforce Development

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  • Interstate 77 Tunnel Travel

    Monday, July 24, 2006 | 7:00pm

    VDOT suggests alternatives to avoid congestion during restoration projectBLAND COUNTY, Va. – In May, a $16.5 million tunnel restoration project began at the Interstate 77 mountain tunnels in Bland County, Va. The contract, which is scheduled for completion in summer 2008, includes replacement of the tile on the sides of the tunnel walls; foundation and structural refurbishment; and ventilation, drainage and sidewalk repairs.

    Transportation

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