State of Tennessee Newsroom https://www.tn.gov/news en GCP Applied Technologies to Expand in Mount Pleasant https://www.tn.gov/news/50654 50654 at https://www.tn.gov/news Construction materials manufacturer expects to invest $11 million, create 29 jobs MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn. — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe along with leaders from GCP Applied Technologies announced today that the company will expand its manufacturing operations in Maury County. The global construction materials manufacturer expects to invest $11 million and create 29 new jobs in Mount Pleasant. With this expansion, GCP will be adding a new product line within its existing facility.  “I want to thank GCP for its decision to expand its operations in Mount Pleasant and for creating 29 new jobs in Maury County,” Rolfe said. “In Tennessee, there have been over 45,000 net new manufacturing jobs since 2010, and it means a great deal that GCP will be adding more jobs to this growing sector and our strong workforce.”  "GCP is pleased to partner with TNECD and Maury County in the expansion of our manufacturing facility,” GCP President and Chief Executive Officer Gregory E. Poling said. “Mount Pleasant has been an outstanding location, and we look forward to continued success in the community for years to come.”  GCP Applied Technologies is a leading global provider of specialty construction products and technologies. The company’s products and technologies are being used on some of the world’s most iconic construction projects, including the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the London Underground, Hong Kong's Bank of China Tower and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.  “GCP has been a great partner to Mount Pleasant, and we are grateful for its decision to expand and grow here,” Mount Pleasant Mayor Jim Bailey said. “To have an existing industry leader such as GCP choose to further its investment in Maury County and our community speaks volumes to what the area has to offer in terms of location, workforce and infrastructure,” Wil Evans, president of Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance, said. “We are thankful to our local and regional economic development partners that played a large role in this project.” “TVA congratulates GCP on its decision to expand in Mount Pleasant and create additional job opportunities,” John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development, said. “We are privileged to work with partners—Mount Pleasant Power System, the State of Tennessee and the Maury Alliance—to facilitate the growth of existing companies.” Mount Pleasant and Maury County are represented by Sen. Joey Hensley (R – Hohenwald), Rep. Sheila Butt (R – Columbia) and Rep. Michael Curcio (R – Dickson) in the Tennessee General Assembly. Contact Julie Gonzalez, Corporate Communications Manager GCP Applied Technologies +1 617-498-4533 julie.gonzalez@gcpat.com About GCP Applied Technologies Inc. GCP Applied Technologies (NYSE:GCP) is a leading global provider of products and technology solutions for customers in the specialty construction chemicals, specialty building materials, and packaging sealants and coatings industries. Our products help improve the performance of our customers’ products, increase productivity in their application or manufacturing processes, and meet the increasing regulatory requirements impacting their industry. GCP has approximately 3,000 employees on six continents, and serves customers in more than 110 countries. More information is available at www.gcpat.com. About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.   ### Economic & Community Development Mon, 22 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000 Hamilton Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Drug Fraud https://www.tn.gov/news/50657 50657 at https://www.tn.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Hamilton County woman is charged with doctor shopping for prescription drugs, using TennCare as payment for the pills. Doctor shopping involves going to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescription drugs, often controlled substances. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the assistance of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of Shana D. Clay, 30, of Chattanooga. She is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud by doctor shopping for the painkillers Hydrocodone and Tramadol, using TennCare as payment. “Tennessee is fortunate to have the laws and the authority to pursue people who are doctor shopping for drugs, whether it’s for personal abuse or with the intent of distribution,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. District Attorney General Neal Pinkston is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is now a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison. The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,842 people have been charged with TennCare fraud. Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.” TennCare Fraud TennCare Fraud Mon, 22 May 2017 18:31:00 +0000 Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Service in Stewart County on June 3 https://www.tn.gov/news/50650 50650 at https://www.tn.gov/news The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Stewart County on Saturday, June 3. Since the program’s inception in 1993, more than 338,000 households have properly disposed of more than 22 million pounds of material. Click here to see a video of a typical HHW event. “Unwanted hazardous waste is at risk of polluting our waterways and our air, as well as our own health,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “This collection service provides a free, convenient way for residents to dispose of hazardous waste every fall and spring.” On June 3, any Tennessee resident may bring their household hazardous waste to the following locations. You do not need to live in the county listed to participate in the event. (Note that hours listed indicate the local time for events.) Stewart County – Courthouse, 225 Donelson Parkway in Dover from 8 a.m. – noon. The local contact for this HHW collection event is Mary Anderson at (931) 648-5751. HHW material is considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed with regular garbage. Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals,  paint thinner and used needles in sturdy containers.  Items not accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint, electronics and any empty containers that should be disposed in normal trash.  While household waste may be disposed for free, there is a cost for disposal of Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Waste (i.e. wastes from non-household sources such as businesses, schools, farms, churches, etc.). An appointment is also necessary. Call (615) 643-3170 to request a price quote and schedule an appointment. Many counties and municipalities meet the needs of local residents by providing collection of batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronic scrap – or BOPAE, as it is sometimes called. When handled correctly, these BOPAE materials are minimally hazardous, but inappropriate for collection at household hazardous waste events. Contact your local city or county solid waste department to find BOPAE collection sites in your area. When transporting materials to the site, place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross-contamination in the trunk of a car or back of a truck. Be sure to keep materials away from children and pets. Materials should be kept in the original containers whenever possible. If not, place each waste in a separate plastic container with a secure lid and label its contents.   For more information on the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, including a schedule of all spring events, please call 1-800-287-9013 or visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/topic/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-program. Tennesseans can also sign up for TDEC’s HHW enewsletter to receive updates on when a collection event will be nearby at https://app.e2ma.net/app2/audience/signup/1835961/1721366/. Click here to see a video of a typical HHW event. Environment & Conservation Mon, 22 May 2017 16:36:00 +0000 Tennessee Deems COPA Application Complete https://www.tn.gov/news/50644 50644 at https://www.tn.gov/news Additional information submitted by hospital systems, process moves forward NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, in consultation with Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced the Certificate of Public Advantage application from Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System has been deemed complete and the COPA process will move forward. "As we move into this next phase of the COPA process, TDH will work with the Attorney General’s Office to determine whether granting a COPA would provide an undisputable public benefit to the people of Northeast Tennessee,” Dreyzehner said. Based on the state law that outlines the COPA process, the department has 120 days to determine whether granting a COPA would meet the legal requirement for clear and convincing evidence that a merger between the two systems will provide a public benefit to the people impacted in the region. Part of that process will be to create a meaningful and reasonable regulatory structure under which a COPA would operate. This is not the first time the application has been deemed complete. Back in January, the systems requested to make additional submissions to the application and requested that the department withdraw its decision in September 2016 that first deemed the application complete. “Because this process is unprecedented, it was appropriate to accept and consider additional information at the applicants’ request,” Dreyzehner said. “We have received this additional information and look forward to evaluating it in the next phase of the process.” As charged by the Tennessee General Assembly through statute, TDH will determine whether the likely benefits of a merger would outweigh by clear and convincing evidence any disadvantages caused by a potential reduction in competition in the region. Those benefits include improvements in geographic service area population health, regional health outcomes, health care costs, health care quality and health care access. TDH is currently working on what a detailed draft index would look like to require a preventive approach to care and ensure measured improvements in population health, healthier outcomes and better or consistent access to care. Recommendations developed last spring by the COPA Index Advisory Group after holding a series of regional listening sessions will be used to develop the index. A public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m. EDT in the Northeast State Community College Auditorium located at 2425 Highway 75 in Blountville. As outlined in state statute, the deadline for a decision on the COPA application is September 19, 2017. For more information on the COPA, please visit http://tn.gov/health/article/certificate-of-public-advantage. The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.  Health Mon, 22 May 2017 15:39:00 +0000 Weekly Roadway Activity Report for TDOT Region 2 for May 18 - May 24, 2017 https://www.tn.gov/news/50630 50630 at https://www.tn.gov/news Construction Projects Maintenance / Regionwide / On-Call / Multi-County Contracts COFFEE COUNTY, US 41A (SR-16) resurfacing from east of S.R. 269 (L.M. 2.04) to (S.R. 130/S.R.55 (L.M. 4.36):  Work on this project continues. The contractor will conduct milling operations in preparation for resurfacing. Construction signs and traffic control measures are in place. Motorists should use caution in the work zone area while night time lane closures are in effect. Night time work will be Sundays through Thursdays from 8PM to 6AM.  Estimated project completion date is May 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./ Parnham/CNQ187] Coffee, Grundy and Marion counties, I-24 expansion of rural TDOT SmartWay Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) from MM 109 to MM 157:  Work on this project is complete and the project is in the burn-in period.  There will be no lane or shoulder closures during this report period.  [Stansell Electric Company, Inc./Parnham/CNN205] Cumberland County, I-40 West near MM 326, construction of a truck climbing lane, including grading, drainage, construction of retaining walls and paving:  Work on this project continues.  Construction signs have been installed on I-40 westbound.  The right shoulder will be closed for the duration of the project.  During this report period, the contractor may require daytime rolling road blocks to allow for road and drainage activities.  The contractor continues construction on the two retaining walls.  Temporary closures will only be allowed from 7PM to 6AM Sundays through Thursdays.  A minimum of one lane must be maintained at all times.  No lane closures will be allowed during special events, holidays or holiday weekends in accordance with the plans and specifications.  Estimated project completion date is June 2018.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Bradley/CNQ329] Cumberland County, I-40 Resurfacing from east of US 70 (SR 1 – LM 24.6) to the bridges over Ozone Road (LM 29.19):  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will be cold planing, paving and installing pavement markings, which will require temporary lane closures.  Temporary lane closures will only be allowed from 8PM to 6AM Sundays through Thursdays.  A minimum of one lane must be maintained at all times.  No lane closures will be allowed during special events, holidays or holiday weekends in accordance with the plans and specifications.  Estimated project completion date is August 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Bradley/CNQ349] Cumberland County, SR-101 (Peavine Road) grading, drainage, and paving from Firetower Road to Westchester/Catoosa Boulevard:  Work on this project continues.  Construction signs have been installed.  The contractor will be installing and maintaining erosion control measures.  Clearing and grubbing, utility relocation, and grade work activities are in progress.  Temporary lane closures may be needed, and motorists should be alert for construction personnel and equipment along SR-101 Peavine Road.  Estimated project completion date is November 2020.  [Rogers Group. Inc./Bradley/CNQ921] Cumberland County, SR-101 (Peavine Road) utility relocation from Firetower Road to east of Westchester Drive/Catoosa Boulevard:  Work on this project continues.  Contractor activities include installing new poles and attachments for the 161KV power lines and hanging new wire.  These activities will have only minor impact to traffic on SR-101 (Peavine Road).  Estimated project completion date is June 2017.  [Davis H. Elliot Construction Company, Inc./Bradley/CNQ922] DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES, miscellaneous safety improvements on U.S. 70 (S.R. 26) from west of the Dekalb County Line (L.M. 20.16) in Wilson County to near S.R. 96 (L.M. 6.10) in Dekalb County:   Work on this project continues. The contractor will begin scoring the edge lines beginning on May 18, 2017. The contractor will provide advanced notice and conduct flagging operations while this work is being performed.  One lane will be closed in either direction at various times to complete operations.  Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone.  Estimated project completion date is June 2017.  [Superior Traffic Control, Inc./Sorrelle/CNR026] Franklin County, SR-50 grading, drainage, and paving from SR-50 to U.S. 64 (SR-15) in Winchester:  Work on this project continues.  The new SR-50 is now opened up to traffic.  Traffic wishing to bypass the square will now be using the roundabout.  Drivers are encouraged to pay attention to the signs and pavement markings as everyone gets used to this new traffic pattern.  Estimated project completion date is May 2017.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC./Parnham/CNP097] Franklin county, SR-476 bridge repair over the Elk River (L.M. 3.39) and Hurricane Creek (L.M. 7.40):  Work on this project continues. The bridge is reduced to one 9’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.  Estimated project completion date is October 2018.  [Mid-State Construction Co., Inc./Parnham/CNQ930] Franklin county, SR-127 the construction of either a concrete Bulb-Tee beam or welded steel plate girder bridge over the Elk River (L.M. 6.21), including grading, drainage and paving:  Work on this project has begun.  The bridge will be reduced to one 10.5’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.  Estimated project completion date is October 2018.  [Simpson Construction Co., Inc./Parnham/CNR044] HAMILTON COUNTY, U.S. 27 (I-124) widening from I-24/U.S. 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, including widening the Olgiati Bridge:  Work on this project continues.  The speed limit on U.S. 27 in the construction zone is 45 MPH.  The contractor may have temporary lane or shoulder closures on U.S. 27 between 7PM-6AM.  On weekdays during this report period between the hours of 9AM and 3PM, the contractor will have a temporary right lane closure on eastbound MLK Blvd. between the U.S. 27 North exit ramp and Carter St. and on westbound MLK Blvd. between Chestnut St. and the U.S. 27 North entrance ramp to work on new signals.  Ramp traffic will not be affected.  This work is weather permitting.  As the project progresses, there may be short term temporary lane closures for the safety of the traveling public on city streets within the project area.  Flaggers will assist with these closures and they will be properly signed in accordance with the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. During Phase 1 of the U.S. 27 project, the contractor will be working on the northbound side of U.S. 27 on the bridges.  Work will consist of demolishing and reconstructing the outside sections of the bridges along U.S. 27 North.  Also on U.S. 27 South, they will be constructing a large retaining wall between the Olgiati Bridge and 6th Street.  At least one lane will remain open in each direction on U.S. 27.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is July 2019.  For more info, visit the project website http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/US27-reconstruction-chattanooga.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC/JM/CNP230] Hamilton County, SR 317 (Apison Pike) the grading, drainage and paving on from Old Lee Highway (LM 5.58) to SR-321 (Ooltewah-Ringgold Road) (LM 7.84):  Work on this project continues.  During this report period the contractor may have intermittent lane closures throughout the project from 9AM to 4PM.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is May 2017. [Wright Brothers Const. Co. /Pruett/CNN279] Hamilton County, SR-320 (East Brainerd Road) grading, drainage, installation of signals, construction of seven retaining walls and paving from east of Graysville Road to east of Bel-Air Road:  Work on this project continues.  During this report period, the contractor will have intermittent lane closures between 9AM-2PM.  This work may affect either direction of East Brainerd Road or side streets from Graysville Road to Hamlett Drive as the contractor installs road crossings and borings.  Traffic has been switched onto the newly-constructed section from the west end of the project to the Hurricane Creek Rd./East Brainerd Rd. intersection, allowing the contractor to work on the other side of the roadway.  The contractor may have short-term lane closures to perform various operations on an as-needed basis.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Original completion date is June 2017. Estimated project completion date is December 2017. [Jones Brothers Contractors, LLC /Pruett/CNN383] Hamilton County, SR-153/SR-319 (Hixson Pike) bridge repair on Hixson Pike over SR-153:  Work on this project continues. The outside lanes in both directions on the bridge on Hixson Pike over SR-153 are now closed.  This lane closure will be in place until late November 2017.  During this report period the contractor may have intermittent lane closures on SR-153 from 9PM to 6AM to do work under the bridge.  If there are any temporary closures needed on SR-153 as part of this project, they will take place at nighttime on Sundays through Thursdays between 9PM and 6AM and on weekdays on SR-153 South between 9AM and 3PM and on SR-153 North between 7:30AM and 3PM.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary during these temporary closures.  Estimated project completion date is May 2018. [Mid-State Construction Co. /Micka/CNQ941] Hamilton County,  U.S. 27 (SR-29) resurfacing from north of Signal Mountain Road (LM. 3.02) to north of SR-29 (MM. 6.0/LM 6.07):  Work on this project has begun.  The contractor will have temporary intermittent lane closures on Sundays through Thursdays between the hours of 8PM each evening to 6AM the following morning to mill and pave the roadway.  THP and flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary during these temporary closures.  Estimated project completion date is June 2017. [Wright Brothers Construction Co, Inc./Micka/CNQ189] Hamilton County, the tunnel cleaning of the McCallie Tunnel on U.S. 11 (US 64, SR-2), the Stringers Ridge Tunnel on U.S. 127 (SR-8), and the Bachman Tubes on U.S. 41 (U.S. 76, SR-8):  The nighttime cleaning operation of McCallie Tunnels, Stringers Ridge Tunnel, and Bachman Tubes occurs normally on Wednesday and Thursday nights during the week with the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Work hours are between 8PM-6AM.  Tunnels will be closed during cleaning, and detours will be marked accordingly as each tunnel is cleaned.  Contract completion date is June 2017.  [Diamond Specialized, Inc./Micka/CNQ174] McMinn County, SR-305 resurfacing from SR-30 (LM 0.00) to U.S. 11/SR-2 (LM 2.85):  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will have intermittent temporary lane closures on SR-305 during this report period to perform striping operations.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control.  Estimated project completion is May 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Curtis/CNQ244] McMinn County, SR-30 grading, drainage and paving at the intersection of Denso Drive and Milton Road in Athens, including adding turn lanes and upgrading the traffic signals (LM 6.30 – LM 6.50):  Work on this project continues.  The contractor may have intermittent temporary lane closures on SR-30 during this report period to mill and pave the roadway.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control.  Estimated project completion is October 2017.  [Greenstar, LLC/Curtis/CNR037] Meigs County, SR-58 bridge repair over Big Sewee Creek (LM 22.84):  Work on this project continues.  The bridge is reduced to one lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.  Estimated project completion is May 2017.  [Wilson Construction Group, LLC/Micka/CNQ126] Overton County, SR-52 grading, drainage, signals and paving from near Oakley-Allons Road (LM 6.58) to DR-111 (LM 10.23):  Work on this project continues.  Tower Hill Road at the Allons Baptist Church on SR-52 has been closed until further notice.  The closure will allow the contractor to bring the road up to grade.  The detour for this closure is Elmer Langford Road.  The contractor may have short term lane closures on the project to perform various operations on as-needed basis.  Estimated project completion date is July 2018.  [J&M Grading Division, LLC/Hoskins/CNP114] Overton County, SR-84 bridge repair over branch (LM 10.16):  Work on this project continues.  The bridge is reduced to one 10’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.  Estimated project completion date is November 2017.  [Jamison Construction, LLC/Hoskins/CNQ940] Polk County, U.S. 64 (SR-40) construction of a concrete bulb-tee beam bridge over Branch and TOHA Old Line railroad (LM 24.85), including grading, drainage and paving:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will be clearing and there will be occasional temporary lane closures.  The traveling public is advised to be cautious around flaggers and construction workers in the construction zone.  Estimated project completion date is October 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Curtis/CNQ900] Polk County, U.S. 64 (SR-40) rockfall mitigation near LM 8.30:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will be clearing and there will be occasional temporary lane closures.  The traveling public is advised to be cautious around flaggers and construction workers in the construction zone.  Estimated project completion date is October 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Curtis/CNQ900] POLK COUNTY, SR30, THE MISCELLANEOUS SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON SR30 FROM SR33(lm 2.65) TO EAST OF MOUNTAIN VIEW ROAD(LM3.96) The contractor will have 1 lane closed in the Northbound lanes of US411 before SR30 as they work on constructing the Right turn lane on US411 going into SR30. [Rogers Group,INC/Curtis/CNR900] Putnam County, I-40 grading, drainage, construction of two concrete Bulb-Tee beam bridges, signals and paving at Mine Lick Creek Road (MM 283/LM 15.56) and construction of a State Industrial Access Road (Mine Lick Creek Road) serving Project Victor, including grading, drainage and paving:  Work on this project continues.  Bennett Road south of the bridge will remain closed to continue work on Phase 2 of the box bridge. The contractor has provided and maintains a temporary access to Old Stewart Cemetery Road from Bennett Road, signs are posted. Traffic is transitioned to the new Lee Seminary Road accessing Academy Road as work progresses on Bennett Road. The contractor will continue with grading operations on Bennett Road and all (4) Ramp locations at this time.  The contractor will be completing the pour of Bridge 2, abutment 2 this week. The new traffic alignment for Hawkins Crawford Road and Mine Lick Creek Road is expected to be complete and open to traffic Monday, May 22nd. The contractor will initiate a rolling roadblock to be performed from May 30th thru June 7th from 10:00PM to 5:00AM to begin placement of the bridge beams. The rolling roadblock will begin in the eastbound direction from May 30th thru June 1st, and in the westbound direction from June 5th thru June 7th. THP and the City of Cookeville will assist during this time. Barrier rail delineation is installed on I‑40 in the west direction to begin work on the tie in for Ramp B.  All motorists are advised to observe the posted speeds when entering the work zone and be alert to construction personnel, equipment and vehicles.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is October 2017.  [Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc./Sorrelle/CNP247] Putnam County, grading, drainage and paving on a State Industrial Access road serving Institutional Wholesale in Algood:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor has completed installation of the water lines associated with the contract and will continue installation for the sewer line and pump station from Burton Branch Road to Dry Valley Road. Gas utilities are relocated and service tie-ins will be completed this week.  The contractor will begin grading operations during this period.  Motorists are advised to observe the posted speeds when entering the work zone and be alert to construction personnel, equipment and vehicles.  Estimated project completion date is November 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Sorrelle/CNQ136] PUTNAM COUNTY, I-40 bridge repair of bridges over SR-24 (LM 33.46 & LM 34.12 R&L):  The contractor is currently working on SR-24 to perform work on the substructure of the bridges. The contractor will utilize daily lane closures in each direction on SR-24 as this work is being performed. No work is expected to begin on I‑40 at this time. Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone. Estimated project completion date is August 2017. [Mid-State Construction Company, Inc./Sorrelle/CNR065] PUTNAM COUNTY, Old Baxter Road bridge repair over I-40 (L.M. 2.89):  Work on this project continues. The contractor will temporarily close I-40 and detour all traffic to the ramps in the westbound direction from May 22nd thru May 23rd.  The contractor will temporarily close I-40 eastbound from May 24th thru May 25th. This work will be performed during nighttime operations from 10:00PM to 5:00AM.  The contractor will be removing the parapet rails over I-40 for Phase 1 demolition. THP will assist during this time. The bridge will remain closed to the motoring public until the project is complete.  All temporary construction signs and detour signs are installed to notify the motoring public. No lane closures will be allowed during special events, holidays or holiday weekends in accordance with the plans and specifications. Estimated project completion date is May 2018.  [Bell & Associates Construction, L.P./Sorrelle/CNR066] Region 2, preventative and unscheduled maintenance of Chattanooga SmartWay Intelligent Transportation System:  The contractor may have short term shoulder and/or lane closures in order to perform preventative and unscheduled maintenance to the Chattanooga SmartWay intelligent transportation system.  Work hours are 9AM-3:30PM.  At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Contract completion date is October 2019.  [NABCO Electric Company, Inc./Pruett/CNQ287] Region 2-on-call cable guardrail repair:  The contractor may have short term shoulder and/or lane closures in order to perform cable barrier system repair.  At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times during any work that is performed.  Contract completion date is December 2017.  [Nationwide Construction Group/Parnham/CNQ282] Region 2-on-call sweeping and drain cleaning on various interstates and state routes:  The contractor will have short term shoulder and/or lane closures at various locations in Region 2 at nighttime or during non-peak daytime hours in order to sweep and clean drains.  Contract completion date is February 2018.  [Blevins Enterprises, Inc./Micka/CNQ328] Region 2-on-call concrete repair on various interstates and state routes:  The contractor will have short term shoulder and/or lane closures at various locations in Region 2 as necessary to perform concrete repair work.  Hamilton County:  On Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26 between 8PM and 6AM, the contractor will be restriping the concrete pavement on the SR-153 South exit to I-75 North.  Both lanes will be closed in the work zone to grind, seal, and re-paint the pavement.  Both lanes will be closed and traffic will be detoured onto the Hamilton place exit where they can exit to Hamilton Place or detour back on to I-75 NB after the work zone.  Additionally, the contractor will be closing the left 2 lanes on I-75 North at mile marker 9.1 and the left lane on I-75 South at mile marker 8.9 to restripe previously replaced concrete slabs. Contract completion date is March 2017.  [Palmertree Construction Co., Inc./Voiles/CNP327] REGION 2 random on-call pavement marking on various interstate and state routes:  The contractor has received Call-Out 4 for Hamilton County and began work on May 15th. This work is expected to be complete by the end of the month.  Contract completion date is June 2017.  [Reynolds Sealing & Striping, Inc./Sorrelle/CNQ063] REGION 2 random on-call attenuator repair on various interstate and state routes:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will have short term shoulder and/or lane closures at various locations in Region 2 at nighttime or during non-peak daytime hours in order to repair attenuators.  Contract completion date is June 2017.  [Lu, Inc./Micka/CNQ138] REGION 2 random on-call signing on various interstate and state routes:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will have short term shoulder and/or lane closures at various locations in Region 2 at nighttime or during non-peak daytime hours in order to repair or replace signs.  Contract completion date is June 2017.  [Law Signs/Voiles/CNQ207] Rhea County, SR-302 bridge repair over Clear Creek (LM 2.57):  Work on this project continues.  Construction signs and traffic control measures are in place.  The bridge is currently reduced to one 10’ wide travel lane to allow the contractor to safely repair the bridge.  While the bridge is down to one lane, traffic will be maintained and controlled by a temporary signal for the safety of the traveling public.  Motorists should expect periodic delays and use caution in the work zone.  Estimated project completion date is September 2017.  [Jamison Construction, LLC/Micka/CNQ104] Rhea County, U.S. 27 (SR-29) grading, drainage and paving at the intersection of SR-378 in Dayton (LM 6.53 – LM 6.80):  Work on this project continues.  The project will realign and signalize the intersection of U.S. 27 with SR-378.  The portion of SR-378 crossing Little Richland Creek is now closed to traffic until the project is complete.  Detour signing is posted at the intersections of SR-30 and SR-378.  The closure of the portion of SR-378 crossing Little Richland Creek should continue for the duration of the project (until new signals are operational).  With SR-378 closed, the intersection at U.S. 27 will be relocated and realigned.  Additionally it will be signalized and have turning lanes added from U.S. 27.  The intersection just north (U.S. 27 and 11th Ave.) will also be widened and signalized as part of this project.  Estimated project completion date is November 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Micka/CNR060] Van Buren County, SR-111 grading, drainage, and paving from south of Manus Road to south of SR-285 near Double Bridge Road:  Work on this project continues.  Motorists should expect periodic delays.  Flaggers will be present during progression of work.  Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone.  The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH and is being enforced.  Estimated project completion date is June 2017.  [Jones Bros., Inc./Parnham & Price/CNM266] Van Buren and White Counties, miscellaneous safety improvements on various local roads in Van Buren County; miscellaneous safety improvements including high friction surface course on various local roads in White County:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will continue with the installation of guardrail items on Eastland Road from S.R. 1 (US70) to the Cumberland County Line. The contractor will begin installation of pavement markings for Van Buren and White County once guardrail is complete. Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone. Estimated project completion date is July 2017.  [Superior Traffic Control, Inc./Sorrelle/CNQ265] Warren County, SR-288 construction of a concrete Bulb-Tee beam bridge over Collins River (LM 4.97), including grading, drainage and paving:  Work on this project continues.  Construction signs and traffic control measures are in place.  Excavation and pile driving for the footer on Pier #3 is underway.  The bridge is currently reduced to one 12-ft. lane to allow the contractor to construct the new bridge.  While the bridge is down to one lane, traffic will be maintained and controlled by a temporary signal for the safety of the traveling public.  Motorists should expect periodic delays and use caution in the work zone. Estimated project completion date is October 2018.  [Palmertree Construction Co., LLC/Parnham/CNQ270] TDOT Operations/Maintenance Work and TDOT Bridge Inspections (TDOT Forces) Region 2-Mowing and Brush Removal:  There will be possible short-term lane and shoulder closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to perform contract mowing and brush removal on an as-needed basis.  In addition to performing the work, regional Operations crews will also provide traffic control. Region 2-Drainage Work:  There will be possible short-term lane and shoulder closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to clean rock and debris from ditches on an as-needed basis.  One lane will be maintained at all times.  Region 2-Pothole Repair and Pavement Patching:  There will be possible short-term emergency lane closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to repair potholes and patch pavement on an as-needed basis.  Depending on location and severity these repairs may be done during the day or at night.  In addition to performing the work, regional Operations crews will also provide traffic control. Non-TDOT Work None to report. ### For more information contact: Jennifer A. Flynn TDOT Region Two Community Relations Officer Jennifer.Flynn@tn.gov Office 423-510-1164   Road Closures Transportation Fri, 19 May 2017 19:33:00 +0000 TFWC to Set Hunting Seasons at May Meeting to Be Held on Campus of Bryan College https://www.tn.gov/news/50629 50629 at https://www.tn.gov/news TFWC to Set Hunting Seasons at May Meeting to Be Held on Campus of Bryan College NASHVILLE --- The state’s 2017-18 hunting seasons will be set when the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission holds its next meeting, May 23-24 on the campus of Bryan College in Dayton. The meeting will begin on Tuesday, May 23 at 1 p.m. (EDT) with the committee sessions. The formal meeting starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24. The location is in the Rhea County room.  At the TFWC’s April meeting, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency staff presented recommendations for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, offering few changes to its regulations.  TWRA staff will review this year’s proposals and address specific questions raised during last month’s meeting. The full commission vote on the proclamation is Thursday. After hearing the agency’s proposals in April, the TFWC discussed turkey harvest and bag limits, possibilities of minor changes in bear hunting days and establishing a consistent opening day, and the definition of what constitutes an antlered buck. The commission is expected to continue the discussion during the May meeting. Various changes were recommended on wildlife management areas, public hunting areas, and national wildlife refuges. A public comment period on the proposals was held through May 15. Former commissioner David Watson will be recognized at the meeting. The Lookout Mountain resident was elected as the TFWC vice chairman in February, but stepped away from the commission due to health reasons. Members of the Birchwood Area Society Improvement Council will be recognized. The TWRA and the council have worked together the past 26 years to host the annual Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival. Brandt Information Services representatives will present details for a digital marketing proposal. Brandt became the agency’s new license vendor last Oct. 31. Jennifer Wisniewski, the Georgia Department of marketing and communication director, will share her Email marketing experience in her state. ---TWRA--- Wildlife Resources Fri, 19 May 2017 19:11:00 +0000 Former Knoxville Insurance Producer Faces $400,000 Penalty, License Revocation https://www.tn.gov/news/50616 50616 at https://www.tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) announces disciplinary action against Carey R. Carroll, Jr., a Knoxville-based former Tennessee insurance producer who violated multiple provisions of Tennessee law, resulting in a $400,000 penalty and the revocation of his insurance producer license. After a hearing on November 14, 2016, an Administrative Law Judge issued an initial order which found that on multiple occasions between late 2010 and early 2013 Carroll improperly withheld and misappropriated over $500,000 in monthly premiums, annual renewal payments, and down payments on new policies he received in the course of performing his insurance business.  The Judge further found that Carroll misrepresented to his client the status of the client’s policy and claims and continuously engaged in fraudulent and dishonest conduct by overbilling.  As a result, the issued order revoked Carroll’s license and imposed a $400,000 penalty.  The order, which provides further details about the case, became final on May 4, 2017. “The sheer size of this judgement shows that the Administrative Law Judge fully understood that the actions of Mr. Carroll are fundamentally in conflict with the duties and responsibilities of an insurance producer in this state,” TDCI Assistant Commissioner for Insurance Michael Humphreys said. “Mr. Carroll’s actions have no place in the business of insurance here or anywhere. We are proud of the tireless work of the Department’s Fraud and Legal teams to protect the citizens of Knoxville and all Tennesseans. The Department encourages prospective insurance consumers to check the Department’s website to verify producer licenses as well as to confirm any disciplinary actions when considering insurance transactions.  Tennesseans may also use the website to report potential insurance fraud or to file a complaint and seek assistance in mediating disagreements with insurance agents or companies. ### Commerce & Insurance Fri, 19 May 2017 14:34:00 +0000 Sullivan Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud https://www.tn.gov/news/50615 50615 at https://www.tn.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Sullivan County woman is charged with TennCare fraud in connection with the sale of prescription drugs paid for by the state’s healthcare insurance program. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of Kingsport Police officers, today announced the arrest of Joanne Louise Bamman, 57, of Kingsport. She’s accused of obtaining the painkiller Oxycodone and subsequently selling a portion to an undercover informant on two separate occasions. The prescription was obtained through Medicare Part B, which is paid for in part by TennCare. Bamman is charged with two counts each of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance and two counts of TennCare fraud. “We are working with local police and it’s paying off with these kinds of arrests,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “Tennessee consistently ranks high among states for prescription drug use, especially pain relievers, and we’re committed to eliminating drug fraud within TennCare.” District Attorney General Barry P. Staubus is prosecuting.  TennCare fraud is now a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison. The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,840 people have been charged with TennCare fraud. Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.” TennCare Fraud TennCare Fraud Fri, 19 May 2017 14:27:00 +0000 Aircraft Owner Charged with Tax Evasion https://www.tn.gov/news/50609 50609 at https://www.tn.gov/news NASHVILLE  - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to Wednesday’s indictment and arrest of Robert Johnston for tax evasion. Johnston, 72, surrendered to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and was arraigned before Judge Forest Durard. Johnston was released after posting a $5,000 bond. The Marshall County Grand Jury indicted Johnston on one felony count of use tax evasion when he registered his RV-9A airplane with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. “The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity," Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. "This indictment underscores the Department's ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee's tax laws." If convicted, Johnston could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000. The Department is pursuing this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Robert Carter’s office.  Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389). The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws, as well as the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws.  The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue.  During the 2016 fiscal year, it collected $13.5 billion in state taxes and fees, and more than $2.6 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.  To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue. ### Revenue Thu, 18 May 2017 20:03:00 +0000 State Fire Marshal’s Office, Rives Fire Department to Install Smoke Alarms May 20 https://www.tn.gov/news/50599 50599 at https://www.tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) will join forces with the Rives Volunteer Fire Department (Obion County) to install free smoke alarms in homes throughout the entire city of Rives on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Working in conjunction with local volunteers, organizers plan to reach all 120 homes within the Rives city limits during the unprecedented one-day canvass. The door-to-door event is part of the SFMO’s “Get Alarmed, Tennessee!” program which aims to prevent fire deaths in Tennessee through the provision of smoke alarms and fire prevention education.  “While the State Fire Marshal’s Office has conducted many smoke alarm canvasses statewide, we have never attempted to canvass an entire town in one day with free smoke alarm installations, “ said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.  “We are excited to partner with the Rives Volunteer Fire Department on this important safety event.” Since the “Get Alarmed” program’s inception in 2012, the SFMO has distributed over 146,000 smoke alarms statewide to over 500 partnering organizations and recently celebrated the 180th documented save from an installed "Get Alarmed!" smoke alarm. Who: The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Rives Volunteer Fire Department.   What: “Get Alarmed, Tennessee” smoke alarm installation event. “Get Alarmed Volunteer” orange emergency vests will be used for identification purposes.   When: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CDT) Saturday, May 20, 2017.   Where: Volunteers will meet at the Rives Volunteer Fire Department located at 3456 East Cross Street, Rives, Tennessee 38253.   Contact: If you live in Rives and need a smoke alarm, please utilize the SFMO’s online alarm request form. For more information about this outreach event, contact SFMO Community Risk Reduction Coordinator Alex Daugherty at 615-574-0240. ### Commerce & Insurance Thu, 18 May 2017 18:42:00 +0000