• First Lady Haslam, Memphis Police Department Bring Books

    Friday, June 26, 2015 | 10:00am

    First Lady Crissy Haslam, Memphis Police Department are distributing books to children through the Read20 Book Patrol

    MEMPHIS – First Lady Crissy Haslam in partnership with the Memphis Police Department delivered books to Memphis children today as part of the Read20 Book Patrol, a project the First Lady launched last summer with Tennessee law enforcement to put more books in the hands of children.

    Mrs. Haslam and members of the Memphis Police Department (MPD) visited children at summer camps in the Memphis community, including MPD’s G.R.E.A.T. camp and the Ed Rice Community Center summer camp, to pass out books and talk about the importance of reading.

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  • Garden wins international Search for Excellence award for best demonstration garden

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | 10:32am

    NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today announced the Tennessee Residence Kitchen and Cutting Garden is first place in this year’s International Master Gardener Association Search for Excellence recognition program in the category of Best Demonstration Garden. The award recognizes the garden as the highest quality teaching garden within Master Gardener programs across the United States and Canada.Mrs. Haslam made the award announcement today with nearly 50 children from Natchez Trace State Park Outdoor Classroom program participating in a student field trip to the garden. Since construction was completed in September 2013, the Kitchen and Cutting Garden has grown approximately 2,700 pounds of produce to serve in the home and more than 3,000 students and visitors have toured the garden to learn about gardening and healthy eating.

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  • TDEC Promotes Sustainable Holiday Decorating

    Friday, December 12, 2014 | 9:10am

    NASHVILLE – The holiday season can be a time for increased waste and consumption of natural materials, and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is promoting sustainable decorating tips to help reduce the season’s environmental impact.

    The department is encouraging Tennesseans to purchase live trees and garland from local Tennessee Christmas Tree Growers, decorate with recycled or natural materials, such as popcorn and cranberries strung into garland, and string LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights, which use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent lights and can last up to 100,000 hours. Holiday lights should also be turned on for a small period of time each night to conserve energy. Lights on self-timers can be pre-programmed so that they are not mistakenly left on for the entire night.

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