Safety & Homeland Security

TDOT and THP Prepare for 2015 Bonnaroo Festival

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 07:47 am

NASHVILLE – Since 2002, the small Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  Held on a 700‑acre farm, the festival is a four-day, multi-stage event that showcases a diverse assortment of musical styles and performers.  Thousands of people from all over the country make the yearly trip to attend the festival, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days in June.  As in years past, over 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 11, and winds down Sunday night, June 14.

With 80,000 festivalgoers converging on the festival site, the area in and around Manchester always sees increased traffic throughout the festival.  As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area.  TDOT and the THP are working closely with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination. Click here for detour map.

Say "Thumbs Down" to Texting & Driving during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 | 09:44 am

Tennessee – April is designated as national Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and representatives from Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated joined today to share a unified message: Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving.

Gov. Haslam, Commissioners Gibbons & Grinder Announce "Highways for Heroes" Program

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 01:20 pm

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the launch of the “Highways for Heroes” program that will help veterans and active military personnel who drove commercial grade vehicles during military service more easily find jobs as commercial truck drivers.

Tennessee Highway Patrol to Begin Accepting Applications for New Trooper Cadet Class

Friday, June 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

NASHVILLE –- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) announced it will soon begin accepting applications for the next Trooper Cadet Academy. Men and women interested in a career as a state trooper can begin the application process online only beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. The new Trooper Cadet class is scheduled to begin February 1, 2016.

TDOT and THP Prepare for 2015 Bonnaroo Festival

Monday, June 08, 2015 | 10:02 am

NASHVILLE – Since 2002, the small Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  Held on a 700‑acre farm, the festival is a four-day, multi-stage event that showcases a diverse assortment of musical styles and performers.  Thousands of people from all over the country make the yearly trip to attend the festival, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days in June.  As in years past, over 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 11, and winds down Sunday night, June 14.

With 80,000 festivalgoers converging on the festival site, the area in and around Manchester always sees increased traffic throughout the festival.  As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area.  TDOT and the THP are working closely with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination. Click here for detour map.

Department of Safety & Homeland Security Announces New Summer Initiative to Help Serve New Drivers

Monday, June 01, 2015 | 09:41 am

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced today it will offer additional opportunities for citizens in middle Tennessee to take the written non-commercial driver license knowledge test during the summer months to help reduce wait times at driver services centers. Testing will be offered every Tuesday and the second Saturday of each month, beginning Tuesday, June 2 through Tuesday, August 25. This new “Summer Knowledge Testing Program” will be held at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology located at 100 White Bridge Road in Nashville.