THP Gears Up for Back to School Enforcement

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 | 03:40 pm
NASHVILLE---The Tennessee Highway Patrol is gearing up for the school year with a heightened enforcement campaign to keep children safe in and around school zones. Cracking down on motorists who disregard laws designed to protect children and monitoring school zones and bus stops are just a few components of the enforcement effort. 

Tennessee Invests in Community Agricultural Projects

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 | 10:49 am
Community Agricultural Projects Funded
Community Agricultural Projects Funded

Cost Share Funds Support Farmers Markets, Agricultural Fairs and Educational Projects

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens today announced cost share awards totaling nearly $1.9 million to help support 36 projects to improve agricultural fairs, farmers markets and educational facilities in rural and urban communities across Tennessee.

Cost share awards for community agricultural projects are part of the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program established in 2005 by Governor Bredesen and funded by the Tennessee General Assembly to spur agricultural development in the state.

“More than ever, it is important we support agricultural development projects in our rural and urban communities,” said Governor Bredesen. “Agriculture is an important economic engine and these investments support educational and market development activities that will strengthen our rural economy.”

Division of Consumer Affairs Asks Consumer to Be Aware of Phishing Scams

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 | 02:34 pm
NASHVILLE - “We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your identity.”
Have you received e-mail with a similar message? It’s a scam called “phishing” – and it involves Internet fraudsters who send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal information (credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security numbers, passwords or other sensitive data) from unsuspecting victims.
“It’s impossible to keep up with the variations of these types of scams because they are forever changing,” said Mary Clement, director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs. “The best way to avoid being victimized is to practice safe computing and report fraudulent e-mails.”

Bredesen Announces Pre-K Now Available in All 95 Counties

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 | 09:44 am
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Education Commissioner Tim Webb today announced that Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program now extends to every school district in all 95 counties of the state. This marks the first Voluntary Pre-K classrooms for Sumner County and Washington County Schools.
For the 2010-11 academic year, the state’s program includes 934 Pre-K classrooms with total funding of approximately $84.7 million.
“I’m extremely pleased our high quality Pre-K classrooms are now available in every county of the state,” said Bredesen. “Pre-K is one of the best investments we can make in the lives of our young people, and now that opportunity is available to more parents and families who want it for their children across the state of Tennessee.”

Summer Heat a Concern as School Year Begins

Monday, August 02, 2010 | 02:54 pm

NASHVILLE – With the predicted heat index at or above 100 degrees for the remainder of the week, Tennesseans need to make wise decisions to protect themselves and their children from heat-related illnesses, especially as the 2010-2011 school year begins in some counties across the state.

TEMA: Registration Deadline Looms; Assistance Tops $296 Million

Monday, August 02, 2010 | 02:47 pm
NASHVILLE - Time is running out for survivors of the historic spring floods and storms in Tennessee as the deadline to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance is Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. Applications for low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans are also due Thursday.
Register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to
10 p.m. by Thursday, Aug. 5. You can register online at, or via mobile phone at
Applicants must register by 10 p.m., Aug. 5, 2010, to be eligible for federal grants and low-interest loans.

$1 Million for Arts Education Awarded to Tennessee

Monday, August 02, 2010 | 01:21 pm
 NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Arts Commission was recently awarded over $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education through an Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination grant.  Funds will be used for Arts360°, a whole-school instructional model that makes arts-based and arts integrated learning a focal point of the curriculum.Arts360° is based on the innovative Artist to Artist model pioneered by the Perpich Center for Arts Education, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Itincludes year-round professional development for classroom teachers, arts specialists, and teaching artists.

TennCare Launches CHOICES in Long-Term Care Program Statewide

Monday, August 02, 2010 | 09:02 am

Program Allows More Tenneseeans to Receive Long-Term Care Services in the Home

NASHVILLE — TennCare officials announced today the launch of the TennCare CHOICES in Long-Term Care program in East and West Tennessee, completing the statewide restructuring of long-term care service delivery within TennCare. The CHOICES program offers more home-based options for meeting the long-term care needs of the state’s elderly and adults with physical disabilities, reducing reliance on more costly nursing facility care. It also offers a simpler process for accessing these more economical services.

Registration Now Open for the Tennessee Alternative Fuels and BioEnergy Conference

Friday, July 30, 2010 | 01:21 pm
NASHVILLE – Registration is now open for the Tennessee Alternative Fuels and BioEnergy Conference. The conference will take place Aug. 15-17 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tenn. The conference, hosted by a coalition of private industry groups and government known as the 25 by ’25 State Alliance, will give current and potential energy industry leaders the opportunity to learn about Tennessee’s alternative fuels and bioenergy sectors.
“This conference will bring groups and industry leaders together to foster discussions on a common goal; reducing our reliance on oil while helping the environment,” said Joe Gaines, Assistant Commissioner of TDA’s Market Development Division.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Approves 2010-2015 Master Plan

Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 04:00 pm
Sets Path Forward to Meet Goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission approved the 2010-15 “Master Plan” today, signaling a major shift in the public agenda for higher education in Tennessee. The plan reflects the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, proposed by Governor Phil Bredesen and adopted by the General Assembly during January’s special session. The new law establishes increased educational attainment as the state’s primary need.
“It is essential for our economic future that we increase the number of Tennesseans who obtain higher education degrees and receive postsecondary training,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “I’m pleased the commission has adopted an agenda that focuses on increasing degree and certificate productivity and is linked to improving the state’s workforce and economy.”