State Fire Marshal's Office Adopts State Residential Codes

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 02:38 pm
NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act provisions regarding adoption and enforcement of a residential building code to one- and two-family residences across the state have taken effect. The State Fire Marshal Office’s code enforcement program will begin in October. In the interim, the State will contract with code inspectors, establish a network of issuing agents where the construction permits can be obtained and finalize the process for payments.

FEMA: Federal Assistance Tops $244 Million in Tennessee Recovery

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 10:56 am
NASHVILLE – More than $244 million has been approved for federal assistance since President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Tennessee on May 4, 2010. More than 63,980 people have registered for help with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the 46 counties designed for Individual Assistance.
 
The deadline for homeowners, renters and businesses to register for help from FEMA, as well as the deadline for completing and returning U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications, has been extended from July 6 to Aug. 5, 2010.

Federal Preservation Grant Applications Now Available from Tennessee Historical Commission

Monday, June 28, 2010 | 12:30 pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. These grants, which are federally funded, will be available after October 1, 2010.
 
The precise amount of funds available in Tennessee will not be known until Congress has passed the FY 2010-2011 budget. However, it is expected to be approximately $400,000. After review, applications will be rated and ranked. Funding decisions will be made when the exact amount of the federal allocation is known. This normally occurs by December but could be as late as spring 2011.

TDOT Selects “No Build” Option on Knoxville Parkway Project

Friday, June 25, 2010 | 12:55 pm
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely announces no build decision to Knoxville TPO and Community Resource Team
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely announces no build decision to Knoxville TPO and Community Resource Team
Orange Route Project Terminated Due to Changes in Traffic Needs and Cost
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today announced that TDOT will not build the Knoxville Parkway Project, also known as State Route 475 and the Orange Route. The Commissioner cited recent traffic studies and cost as reasons behind the decision to select the “no build” option. The “no build” option is included in all environmental studies conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act. This is the first time in recent history the department has selected the “no build” option.
 

Bredesen Announces Extension of Registration Deadlines for FEMA Assistance Programs

Friday, June 25, 2010 | 08:47 am

 Deadline to Apply for Federal Assistance Programs Extended to August 5

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced Tennessee has requested and received a 30-day extension of deadlines for FEMA assistance programs that will assist individuals in the 46 counties eligible for Individual Assistance as a result of the extreme weather and flooding that struck the state April 30 – May 2.

“I’m extremely pleased people will have more time to register to get the help they need as Tennessee recovers from these historic and devastating floods,” said Bredesen. “I appreciate the support Congressman Jim Cooper, members of the Tennessee delegation and FEMA have provided as we’ve worked in partnership to assist affected Tennesseans.”

Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards Recognize Positive Impacts Across Tennessee; Three Additional Honors Announced

Thursday, June 24, 2010 | 02:21 pm

Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Land Trust for Tennessee's Jeanie Nelson All Receive Honors

NASHVILLE – Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke and Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan presented the 2010 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards at the Ellington Agriculture Center campus in Nashville today, recognizing 16 honorees whose efforts have made a positive impact on the state’s natural resources. 

 

FEMA Administrator Fugate Surveys Tennessee Recovery Efforts

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 06:30 pm
Fugate Makes His Third Visit to the State Since Recent Flooding
 
NASHVILLE - Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate returned  to Tennessee this week to survey the ongoing recovery efforts from severe flooding the state experienced in May and hear directly from state and local officials, volunteer organizations and residents trying to rebuild. The trip marked Fugate's third visit to Tennessee since the flooding occurred.

Free Safety Check Available for Boaters

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 02:00 pm
NASHVILLE --- Boating season is underway and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is among the agencies reminding boaters they could be safer with a free boat safety check. The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAUX) provide free boat/vessel safety checks (VSC) at launch ramps and marinas on Tennessee lakes and rivers.
 
The Vessel Safety Check is a free check of a vessel’s equipment for compliance with Tennessee and federal safety equipment requirements. The vessel examiners performing this service have been trained to look for some of the more common problems, which might occur in your boat or its associated safety equipment. Vessels meeting all of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) requirements are awarded a VSC decal.

FEMA Registration Deadline Just Two Weeks Away

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 08:49 am
NASHVILLE – If you were flooded during the recent storms in Tennessee, don't wait any longer to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance. July 6 is the deadline for those affected by the severe storms and flooding that struck Tennessee from April 30 to May 18.
 
If you have received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), you must fill it out and return it by July 6 to be eligible for some forms of federal assistance.
 
You do not need to wait for an insurance settlement to apply for help.
 
"Time is running out. We want everyone who had damages from the recent storms and flooding to register," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia B. Szczech. "You can't get assistance unless you take that initial step."

First Lady Conte Hosts Panel on the Impact of Partisan Politics

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 05:58 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte hosted a panel discussion today focused on the hard-hitting world of partisan politics and its impact on society and governing. The event entitled “Left? Right? Where’s the Middle?” was held at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence.
 
“I think most people recognize politics is a tough business,” said Conte. “But I believe it’s also important to recognize the steady erosion of civil discourse we’ve seen in politics over the past two decades and consider the effect that has on respect for the governing process and, more importantly, personal respect for those willing to offer themselves for public service.”