State of Tennessee Newsroom https://www.tn.gov/news en First Young Sportsman Deer Hunt Oct. 28-29 https://www.tn.gov/news/53906 53906 at https://www.tn.gov/news First Young Sportsman Deer Hunt Oct. 28-29 NASHVILLE --- The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2017-18 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 28-29. Youth ages 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment. Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Archery season began in the state on Sept. 23 and the first segment ends Oct. 27, the day prior to the opening of the young sportsman hunt. The second segment of archery only season begins Monday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 3. The TWRA makes the recommendation that all hunters obtain a 2017-18 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists license requirements, the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units. The guides are available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold and on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org. In 2016, youth hunters harvested a total of 5,854 deer during the first hunt. All 95 Tennessee counties reported harvests in 2016.   ---TWRA--- Wildlife Resources Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:56:00 +0000 Tennessee Highway Patrol Seeks Public Assistance in Washington County Fatal Crash https://www.tn.gov/news/53905 53905 at https://www.tn.gov/news FALL BRANCH --- October 15, 2017 The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) was dispatched to State Route 81 in Washington County, TN to a motor vehicle crash with injuries and possible fatality.  Officers arrived on the scene and found an unresponsive male subject lying outside of the vehicle and a deceased female subject restrained seated on the passenger side of the vehicle. The male subject was identified as Matthew C. Robinson.  Robinson was charged with Vehicular Homicide as a result of intoxication and reckless death of his passenger Emily Lipson. Robinson was transported to a local hospital for injuries he sustained during the crash.  Robinson left the hospital prior to being discharged.  Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect. If anyone has information about this event they are requested to please contact the THP Fall Branch District Office @ 865-544-3380 and request Trooper Joe Lunceford. Suspect photo attached. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/Safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee. ### Safety & Homeland Security Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:25:00 +0000 Tennessee Celebrates 2017 Reward Schools https://www.tn.gov/news/53898 53898 at https://www.tn.gov/news NASHVILLE — Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Tennessee's 2017 Reward schools today, which include the top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for student growth. These 169 schools span 60 districts across Tennessee. "These schools represent what is possible for students in Tennessee as they exemplify excellence in performance or progress and in some cases, both," Commissioner McQueen said. "We want to replicate this success across the state and continue to celebrate the hard work of our educators and students happening in classrooms every day." Of the 2017 Reward schools, 59 are being recognized for performance, 85 are recognized for progress, and 25 schools are Reward schools both for performance and progress. The complete list of Reward schools is below and is also posted on the department's website. In addition to recognizing Reward schools, Commissioner McQueen also named schools that have improved and earned their way off of the Priority or Focus school lists. The Priority school list captures the schools that are in the bottom 5 percent in academic achievement, and the Focus school list includes the 10 percent of schools in the state with the largest achievement gaps between groups of students. While new Priority and Focus schools will be published in 2018, schools have the opportunity to come off the lists every year if they make significant improvements. Four schools earned their way off the Priority list this year. Three are located in Shelby County – Mitchell High School, Treadwell Elementary, and Northwest Prep Academy – and the fourth is in the Achievement School District: Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary School. Seven additional schools were named Priority Improving schools due to the gains they made this past year. Fifteen schools exited the Focus school list, and another 20 made significant improvements. Those schools are listed below. Complete state-, district-, and school-level TNReady results from 2016-17 were released yesterday and are available on TNReady.gov. More information about the school and district accountability designations announced today is available on the department's website. For media inquiries, contact Sara Gast, director of communications, at Sara.Gast@tn.gov or (615) 532-6260. Reward Performance and Progress District Name School Name Maryville City Maryville High School Maryville City Coulter Grove Intermediate School Davidson County Meigs Middle Davidson County Hume - Fogg High Davidson County Martin Luther King Jr School Davidson County East End Preparatory School Hamilton County Thrasher Elementary Jackson-Madison County Madison Academic Magnet High School Montgomery County East Montgomery Elementary Rutherford County Central Magnet School Rutherford County Rockvale Elementary Shelby County Middle College High Arlington City Arlington High Bristol City Avoca Elementary Sumner County Station Camp Elementary Sumner County Dr. William Burrus Elementary at Drakes Creek Washington County University School Williamson County Clovercroft Elementary School Williamson County Hunters Bend Elementary Williamson County Nolensville High School Williamson County Ravenwood High School Williamson County Scales Elementary Williamson County Sunset Middle School Wilson County Gladeville Elementary Wilson County Stoner Creek Elementary Reward Performance District Name School Name Maryville City John Sevier Elementary Maryville City Sam Houston Elementary Maryville City Foothills Elementary Elizabethton City West Side Elementary Cheatham County Kingston Springs Elementary Chester County Jacks Creek Elementary Cocke County Grassy Fork Elementary Davidson County Glendale Elementary Davidson County Lockeland Elementary Davidson County Percy Priest Elementary Davidson County Purpose Prep Dickson County The Discovery School Dyer County Fifth Consolidated School Franklin County Broadview Elementary Franklin County Sewanee Elementary Hamilton County Lookout Mountain Elementary Hamilton County Nolan Elementary Hamilton County STEM School Chattanooga Hawkins County Mt Carmel Elementary Knox County Blue Grass Elementary Knox County Gap Creek Elementary Knox County Sequoyah Elementary Knox County L N STEM Academy Loudon County Highland Park Elementary Montgomery County Hazelwood Elementary Montgomery County Middle College @ Austin Peay State University Rutherford County Lascassas Elementary Rutherford County Homer Pittard Campus School Rutherford County McFadden School Of Excellence Murfreesboro City Discovery School Murfreesboro City Scales Elementary School Shelby County Maxine Smith STEAM Academy Bartlett City Altruria Elementary Collierville City Bailey Station Elementary School Smith County Gordonsville Elementary School Sullivan County Innovation Academy Bristol City Haynesfield Elementary Bristol City Holston View Elementary Bristol City Tennessee Online Public School Sumner County Beech Elementary Sumner County Indian Lake Elementary Sumner County Merrol Hyde Magnet School Sumner County Oakmont Elementary Sumner County Harold B. Williams Elementary School Johnson City Fairmont Elementary Johnson City Towne Acres Elementary Williamson County Allendale Elementary School Williamson County Brentwood High School Williamson County College Grove Elementary Williamson County Edmondson Elementary Williamson County Fairview Elementary Williamson County Fred J Page High School Williamson County Grassland Elementary Williamson County Heritage Elementary Williamson County Kenrose Elementary Williamson County Renaissance High School Williamson County Pearre Creek Elementary School Williamson County Trinity Elementary Williamson County Walnut Grove Elementary Reward Progress District Name School Name Clinton City North Clinton Elementary Bledsoe County Pikeville Elementary Blount County Carpenters Middle School Blount County Fairview Elementary Blount County Friendsville Elementary Blount County Lanier Elementary Blount County Montvale Elementary Carter County Cloudland Elementary School Carter County Hampton Elementary Cheatham County Cheatham Middle School Chester County Chester County High School Clay County Clay County High School Coffee County Hillsboro Elementary Cumberland County Frank P. Brown Elementary Cumberland County Pine View Elementary Cumberland County South Cumberland Elementary Davidson County Rose Park Middle Davidson County New Vision Academy Davidson County Cameron College Preparatory Davidson County K I P P Nashville Collegiate High School Davidson County LEAD Prep Southeast Davidson County KIPP Nashville College Prep Dickson County Centennial Elementary Dyer County Trimble Elementary Fentress County Allardt Elementary Fentress County Pine Haven Elementary Grainger County Bean Station Elementary Greene County Mosheim Elementary Greene County Ottway Elementary Greene County South Greene High School Grundy County Pelham Elementary Hamblen County Lincoln Heights Middle School Hamilton County East Ridge Middle School Humphreys County Lakeview Elementary Jefferson County Dandridge Elementary Knox County East Knox Elementary Knox County Pleasant Ridge Elementary Knox County Whittle Springs Middle School Lincoln County Lincoln County High School McMinn County Englewood Elementary Etowah City Etowah Elementary Marion County Monteagle Elementary Marshall County Forrest School Marshall County Westhills Elementary Monroe County Tellico Plains High School Montgomery County Barksdale Elementary Montgomery County Byrns Darden Elementary Montgomery County Glenellen Elementary Montgomery County Liberty Elementary Montgomery County New Providence Middle Montgomery County Northwest High Moore County Moore County High School Obion County Hillcrest Elementary Polk County Copper Basin High School Putnam County Upperman Middle School Rhea County Rhea County High School Roane County Kingston Elementary Rutherford County Blackman High School Rutherford County John Colemon Elementary Rutherford County Oakland High School Rutherford County Riverdale High School Scott County Robbins Elementary Sequatchie County Sequatchie Co High School Sevier County New Center Elementary Sevier County Seymour Middle School Shelby County Germantown High Shelby County Egypt Elementary Shelby County Hamilton Elementary Shelby County Newberry Elementary Shelby County Oakhaven Middle Shelby County Whitehaven High Shelby County Westhaven Elementary Shelby County Memphis Academy Of Science  Engineering Middle/High Shelby County Freedom Preparatory Academy Shelby County Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School Shelby County Memphis Rise Academy Smith County Smith County Middle School Sullivan County Central Heights Elementary Sullivan County Colonial Heights Middle Sumner County Gallatin Senior High School Sumner County Lakeside Park Elementary Sumner County North Sumner Elementary Warren County Morrison Elementary Washington County West View School White County Doyle Elementary Priority Exit District Name School Name Shelby County Mitchell High Shelby County Treadwell Elementary Shelby County Northwest Prep Academy Achievement School District Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary School Priority Improving District Name School Name Davidson County Inglewood Elementary Davidson County John B. Whitsitt Elementary Shelby County Lucie E. Campbell Elementary Shelby County Sherwood Middle Shelby County A. Maceo Walker Middle Shelby County Westwood High Achievement School District Lester Prep Focus Exit District Name School Name Blount County Union Grove Middle School Alcoa City Alcoa Middle School Decatur County Parsons Elementary Grainger County Rutledge Elementary School Hamilton County Hixson Middle School Hardeman County Middleton High School Fayetteville City Fayetteville Middle School Etowah City Etowah Elementary Putnam County Algood Middle School Putnam County Prescott South Middle School Shelby County Colonial Middle Smith County Smith County Middle School Washington County Gray Elementary School Washington County Jonesborough Middle School Williamson County Fairview Middle School Focus Improving District Name School Name Benton County Big Sandy School Benton County Holladay Elementary Cleveland City E.L. Ross Elementary Huntingdon Special School District Huntingdon Primary Elizabethton City T A Dugger Junior High School Davidson County May Werthan Shayne Elementary School Decatur County Decatur County Middle School Dickson County Oakmont Elementary Franklin County Franklin Co High School Hamilton County Red Bank High School Haywood County Haywood High School Knox County Fountain City Elementary Knox County West Hills Elementary Athens City North City Elementary Morgan County Petros Joyner Elementary Obion County Ridgemont Elementary Putnam County Jere Whitson Elementary Putnam County Northeast Elementary Putnam County Avery Trace Middle School Roane County Rockwood Middle School Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:31:00 +0000 Weekly East Tennessee Construction Report for October 19-25, 2017 https://www.tn.gov/news/53897 53897 at https://www.tn.gov/news ANDERSON COUNTY, I-75 North near Mile Marker 123.4: On Sunday, October 22, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic and use extreme caution through this area. BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 between Cumberland and East Street:: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this utility replacement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129 at Louisville Road: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures, lane shifts and narrowed lanes through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North and South near Mile Marker 135: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures, narrowed lanes and closed shoulders through this bridge repair project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Mile Markers 135 and 140: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this project. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrowed lanes, closed shoulders and use caution as crews construct truck climbing lanes through this area.  Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.   CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North and South near Mile Marker 141: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures nightly, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this bridge repair project. CAMPBELL COUNTY, SR 9/US 25 between West Davis Street and the Kentucky State Line: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. CAMPBELL COUNTY, SR 297 near East Paul Lane: SR 297 is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge repair project.  This reduction will remain in place around the clock.  Motorists should be alert for this new condition, be prepared to stop, and use extreme in this area. COCKE COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Marker 431: Through Friday, October 20, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. as crews perform roadway repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. COCKE COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Mile Markers 429 and 435: On Sunday, October 22, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible rolling roadblocks between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. as utility crews perform overhead line work.  Motorists should be alert for slow moving or stopped conditions and use extreme caution approaching this area. COCKE COUNTY, SR 32 between Trail Hollow Road and SR 73: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area. COCKE COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 Wilton Springs Road Bridge over the Pigeon River: The Wilton Springs Road Bridge over the Pigeon River between Hartford Road and SR 32 is reduced to one lane (11 foot width) around the clock and controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for this new traffic pattern, expect potential delays and adjust travel times accordingly. Motorists may encounter short stoppages of traffic at various times while crews offload construction materials.  Traffic in excess of 11 feet in width should use alternate routes.  This project is estimated to be complete on or before October 31, 2017. COCKE COUNTY, SR 339 between SR 32 and the Sevier County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area. GRAINGER COUNTY, SR 131 between US 25 and the Hancock County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures controlled by flaggers between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and use extreme caution as crews perform sign and guardrail work through this area.  GREENE COUNTY, SR 93 between SR 34 and SR 351: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours as crews complete this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic and use extreme caution through this area. GREENE COUNTY, SR 351 between SR 107 and SR 34: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours as crews complete this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic and use extreme caution through this area. HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 34 between Walters Drive and SR 32: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 160 at Merchants Greene: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts near this intersection. Motorists should expect possible rolling roadblocks and short duration traffic stops as crews perform bridge construction. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area. HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 160 South near Sugar Hollow Road: SR 160 South is reduced to one lane in this area as crews construct ramps.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, changing conditions and use extreme caution through this construction project.  HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 474 between SR 160 and Veteran’s Parkway: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and lane shifts through this construction project.  Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns; workers present and use extreme caution through this area. JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 West at the I-81 North Interchange (Exit 421): Motorists should be alert for new lane designations in this area.  During this repair project, the right lane approaching the interchange will be designated for I-81 northbound traffic only.  The left lane will be for I-40 West traffic.  Motorists continuing on I-40 West must use the left lane.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect possible delays and use extreme caution through this area. JEFFERSON COUNTY, SR 92 Bridge across French Broad River in Dandridge: Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns as traffic has been shifted onto the new bridge. Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flag persons directing traffic in this area at various times through this bridge construction project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-92-bridge-replacement JEFFERSON COUNTY, SR 341 between I-81 and SR 66:  Motorists should be alert for workers present, changing traffic patterns and use extreme caution in this area. JOHNSON COUNTY, US 421/SR34 between the Sullivan County Line and SR 91: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this resurfacing and bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-75 North near Mile Marker 114: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and/or brief rolling roadblocks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and/or nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.  Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, slowed or stopped traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-640 East Ramp to Western Avenue (Exit 1): Lane closures will be present around the clock on this ramp beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017 through 6 a.m. Monday, October 23, 2017 as concrete repairs continue.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, temporary stop conditions and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-640 West between Mile Markers 7.5 and 5: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, closed shoulders, reduced speeds and use extreme caution through this construction project. KNOX COUNTY, US 129/SR 115 Alcoa Highway between Maloney Road and Woodson Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks at various times through this construction project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, reduce speed and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-115-alcoa-highway-maloney-to-woodson KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 (Western Ave.) Ramp to I-640 East: Lane closures will be present around the clock on this ramp beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017 through 6 a.m. Monday, October 23, 2017 as concrete repairs continue.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, temporary stop conditions and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 (Oak Ridge Hwy. /Western Ave.) between Schaad Road and I-640: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures throughout this widening project.  Motorists traveling in this area should be alert for workers and equipment present and be alert for changing traffic conditions and use caution through this area. For updated project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-62-western-ave-schaad-rd-to-copper-kettle KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 Western Avenue between Texas Avenue and Major Avenue: Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns through this construction project. Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flag persons directing traffic in this area at various times through this construction project. Motorists may encounter short stoppages of traffic in both directions at various times as crews move equipment. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-62-western-ave-texas-to-major KNOX COUNTY, SR 33 Broadway at I-640: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures on Broadway underneath I-640 to occur between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform bridge work. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts in this area. Motorists should use caution and be alert for workers and equipment present through this interchange improvement project.  For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/i-640-interchange-at-north-broadway KNOX COUNTY, SR 33 Maynardville Highway between Temple Acres Drive and the Union County Line:  Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns as all lanes have been opened through this project. Possible temporary lane closures may still occur at various times as work continues as final items are completed through this widening project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, new traffic patterns and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Emory Road Bridge over Kerns Branch near Beeler Road in Harbison Crossroads: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flag persons directing traffic in this area at various times through this construction project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, lane shifts and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, SR 169 Middlebrook Pike at Weisgarber: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work in this area. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrowed lanes and use extreme caution through this intersection improvement project. LOUDON COUNTY, SR 1 near Wheeler Drive and Dixie Lee Junction: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times as work is performed through this construction project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, traffic shifts and use extreme caution in this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/state-route-1-dixie-lee-junction LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and lane shifts at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, workers present, construction equipment and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-73-fort-loudoun-dam MONROE COUNTY, SR 68 between I-75 and Bridge over Southern Railroad: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. MORGAN COUNTY, SR 29 between Old Highway 27 and Cumberland Mountain Circle Road: SR 29 is reduced to one lane around the clock and controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for this new traffic pattern, expect potential delays and adjust travel times accordingly.  This project is estimated to be complete on or before October 31, 2017 MORGAN/ROANE COUNTY, US27/SR29 between Whetstone Road and SR 61:  Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns, closed shoulders and possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times throughout this construction project. Motorists should be alert for reduced speeds and use extreme caution in this area. ROANE COUNTY, I-40 East between Mile Markers 347 and 349: On Monday, October 23, 2017 through Friday, October 27, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. as crews perform roadside maintenance.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic and use extreme caution through this area. ROANE COUNTY, I-40 East near Mile Marker 350.7: On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic and use extreme caution through this area. SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-81 South near Mile Marker 75.2: On Thursday, October 19, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic and use extreme caution through this area. SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-81 North between Mile Markers 59 and 63: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures nightly between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work through this truck climbing lane construction project.  Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, reduced speed limits, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 357 over SR 75: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures on SR 357 and SR 75 during daylight and nighttime hours through this bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. UNICOI/WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 81 between Roy Lane Road and Canah Hollow Road: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this safety improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East near Mile Marker 21.2: On Thursday, October 19, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic and use extreme caution through this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East at SR 67 (Exit 24): Motorists should be alert for construction activity, lane shifts, possible lane closures and changing conditions around the exit and entrance ramps and use extreme caution through this construction project. WASHINGTON/UNICOI COUNTY, SR 36 between Willis Cove Road and Landis Lane: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this safety improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 67 between South Roan Street and Milligan Highway: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures in this area as crews perform ramp work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 353 between SR 107 and SR 81: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours as crews perform roadway resurfacing.  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic and use extreme caution through this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 381 between Indian Ridge Road and Sunset Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours as crews perform roadwork in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, US 321/SR 34 Bridge over Limestone Creek neat Log Mile 1.75: US 321/SR 34 is reduced to one lane in each direction through this bridge replacement project.  The southbound traffic has been shifted onto the northbound side.  These lane closures and lane shifts will remain in place around the clock during construction.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions, lane shifts, reduced speeds and use extreme caution through this area.   For information on statewide interstate construction motorists can access the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay website at https://smartway.tn.gov/traffic TDOT is now on Twitter.  For up to the minute traffic information in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/knoxville511. For statewide travel information follow www.twitter.com/TN511 Road Closures Transportation Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:05:00 +0000 Admissions to Nashville Community Care & Rehabilitation at Bordeaux Suspended https://www.tn.gov/news/53895 53895 at https://www.tn.gov/news Davidson County Nursing Home Cited for Violations NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation at Bordeaux effective October 19, 2017. In addition, Dreyzehner has imposed two state civil monetary penalties of $5,000 and $2,500 for a total assessment of $7,500. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations. Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation at Bordeaux, a 419-bed nursing home located at 1414 County Hospital Road in Nashville, was ordered not to admit any new residents based on conditions found during a complaint survey conducted September 25 – 28, 2017. The investigation was completed October 19. During the inspection, surveyors found violations of the following standards:  administration and resident rights. The Commissioner of Health may suspend admissions to a nursing home when conditions are determined to be, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents. The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public entrance where it can be plainly seen. The nursing home has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge. 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 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:36:00 +0000 SFMO: Properly Installed & Maintained Fire Sprinklers Help Save Lives https://www.tn.gov/news/53888 53888 at https://www.tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – The arrival of heating season historically equates to a drastic uptick in the number of home fire incidents. As this high-risk period approaches, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that fire sprinklers are the best way to successfully protect homes, property and lives from fire. Home fire sprinklers are designed to respond quickly and effectively to fire. A sprinkler system’s fast reaction reduces the heat, flames, and smoke produced in a fire, allowing people more time to escape. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 2,500 people die in home fires each year. If you have a fire in your home, the risk of dying is cut by about one-third when smoke alarms are present (or about half if the smoke alarms are working), while automatic fire sprinkler systems cut the risk of dying by about 80 percent. “Fire sprinklers have been around for more than a century, protecting commercial properties and public buildings,” said Gary West, Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance.  “We want people to realize that the same life-saving technology is also available for homes. We encourage Tennesseans to equip their homes with a complete fire protection package that includes fire sprinklers and smoke alarms.” To dispel the myths that may surround fire sprinklers, the SFMO shares the following facts from NFPA about this life-saving equipment: Cigarette or cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler. Only the high temperature of a fire will activate the sprinkler. Home fire sprinklers activate on an individual basis. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire and not the rest of the home. Home fire sprinklers can control and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene. Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire.                                           Accidental sprinkler discharges are rare. Leaks of home fire sprinklers are no more likely than leaks from a home’s plumbing system. In a home with sprinklers, the average property loss per fire is cut by about 70% (compared to fires where sprinklers are not present.) The cost of installing home fire sprinklers averages $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, an amount often less than what is spent for carpet upgrades, paving stone driveway or a whirlpool bath. A home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium. Home fire sprinklers are effective in cold and warm climates. Guidelines have been created for the proper installation of systems to avoid pipes freezing. A home fire sprinkler system should be winterized the same as you winterize a domestic water supply. A home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out such as paint and be sure the main control valve is never turned off. Home fire sprinklers can be installed in new or existing homes. If you are building, buying, or remodeling a home, install a home fire sprinkler system. If you are looking to rent an apartment or condo, look for one that is fully sprinklered. New home fire sprinkler models are very unobtrusive, can be mounted flush with walls or ceilings, and can be concealed behind decorative covers. Fire sprinklers also help protect your pets from fire. If a fire were to break out in your home when you were away, any pets in your home would be in danger. Fire sprinklers would help protect your pets as well as your home. For more information about home fire sprinklers, visit http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org/. ### Commerce & Insurance Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:38:00 +0000 Shaw Industries Group, Inc. to Make Significant Investment in Meigs County Operations https://www.tn.gov/news/53887 53887 at https://www.tn.gov/news Company to create 75 new jobs, invest $42 million  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. officials announced today that the floor products manufacturer will invest $42 million to upgrade its yarn facility in Decatur.  Shaw plans create 75 new jobs in Meigs County as part of the investment. “I’d like to thank Shaw for its continued investment in Tennessee and this commitment to Meigs County,” Rolfe said. “As the largest employer in Meigs County, Shaw plays a pivotal role in the economic well-being of the area and its residents. It’s encouraging news that Shaw will create 75 new jobs in the region and a testament to the skills of Meigs County’s workforce and Tennessee’s overall business climate.”  Shaw will modernize its facility, expanding capabilities that will allow the company to use both nylon and polyester fiber at the Meigs County facility. Shaw’s Decatur facility supplies yarn for the company’s carpet manufacturing locations. The plant employs approximately 370 in Meigs County. Shaw operates five facilities in Tennessee, employing more than 650 Tennesseans statewide. “By continuing to invest in our people, processes and products, Shaw is able to provide a diverse product mix, innovative design and the greatest quality and service to our customers,” Shaw’s Chairman and CEO Vance Bell said. “The upgrades to this facility are indicative of our commitment to advanced manufacturing and enhancing our operations as we rapidly respond to shifts in the market and customer preferences.”  Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Shaw offers a diverse portfolio of carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile, stone and laminate flooring products, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. Its brands include Anderson, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, Tuftex, USFloors and more. Shaw employs more than 20,000 associates worldwide. Local officials applauded Shaw for its plans to invest in its Decatur facility. “Shaw is the largest employer in Meigs County and we’re proud of its continued investment in our community,” Meigs County Mayor Bill James said. “Shaw’s commitment to our county has been, and continues to be, a much valued partnership,” Meigs-Decatur Economic Development Corporation President J. Gid Redmond said. “We are very honored to have played a role in facilitating and extending this relationship. Growth of existing companies in our community is a primary focus for the board. This is a big success for Meigs County people, as most of our growth comes from companies expanding existing operations here.” Interested applicants can visit shawinc.com/careers. Shaw will also host a job fair on November 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Family YMCA in Cleveland, Tenn.  Decatur and Meigs County are represented by Sen. Mike Bell (R – Riceville) and Rep. Dan Howell (R – Georgetown) in the Tennessee General Assembly. About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that 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. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.   ### Economic & Community Development Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000 Wilson Co. Woman Must Repay TennCare https://www.tn.gov/news/53883 53883 at https://www.tn.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Wilson County woman must repay the state for healthcare benefits, after court hearings involving charges of TennCare fraud. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced a plea agreement involving Angela Douglas, 45, of Mt. Juliet. She was charged in June of 2014 in Trousdale County with TennCare fraud and theft of services. Authorities say she obtained TennCare benefits for her grandfather by failing to disclose to the state specific resource information and a recent property transfer, all in order to have the grandfather enrolled in TennCare. Douglas received a four year judicial diversion, and was ordered to repay TennCare restitution in the amount of $25,000. “TennCare serves people who are eligible for the program – mostly those who are poor, disabled or very ill – and we intend to pursue anyone who misrepresents themselves in order to access benefits through TennCare,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson prosecuted this case. 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, 2,912 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 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 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:17:00 +0000 Haslam Announces Lowest Unemployment Rate in History https://www.tn.gov/news/53881 53881 at https://www.tn.gov/news September Statewide Unemployment Rate Falls for Fourth Consecutive Month to 3.0 Percent NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced the state unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in September, marking the lowest it has been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the information in January of 1976. Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent, which was bested by the July rate of 3.4 percent, and then fell even lower in August to 3.3 percent. “Since June, the state’s unemployment rate has been on a steady, record-breaking decline. Behind these history making figures are real working Tennesseans – people who get up and go to work each day to provide for their families,” Haslam said. “As a state, we have invested in our workforce through education programs like Tennessee Reconnect and Tennessee Promise, creating a workforce prepared to fill jobs and increasing the number of high-skilled Tennesseans.” While Tennessee’s latest unemployment rate dropped by 0.3 percentage points, the rate for the United States dropped by 0.2 percentage points to 4.2 percent. The national rate is down 0.7 percentage points from September 2016 while Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted rate for September 2017 is down 1.9 percentage points from the previous year. “The fact the unemployment rate is down nearly 2 percentage points from a year ago is great news,” Phillips said. “But if you look back to January of 2010, when the rate was above 10 percent, you can clearly see the progress Tennessee has made since then.” Total nonfarm employment increased by 800 from August to September, with the largest increases in the trade/transportation/utilities sectors. Between September 2016 and September 2017, nonfarm employment increased by more than 44,000 jobs. More information on the unemployment rate, labor force and resources to help Tennesseans find jobs is available on Jobs4TN.gov. The county unemployment rates for September 2017 will be published on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. CT Governor Haslam Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:20:00 +0000 Mississippi Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud https://www.tn.gov/news/53882 53882 at https://www.tn.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Mississippi woman is charged with TennCare fraud and theft of property after authorities say she received healthcare insurance through the state even though she was not eligible. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the U.S. Marshall’s Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Amanda Carroll, 39, of Horn Lake, Mississippi. She is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud and one count of theft of property over $10,000. A Shelby County Grand Jury charges she intentionally misrepresented that her family lived in Tennessee when their residence was actually in Mississippi. “Every state Medicaid program is different and is financed in part by the residents of each state, with the intention of providing for citizens of the state who truly are in need and eligible,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “But lying about your residency to gain access to free healthcare benefits in another state is a crime we are here to pursue.” District Attorney General Amy Weirich is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is now a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison per charge. Theft of property over $10,000 is a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of six 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, 2,912 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 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 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:44:00 +0000