Bredesen Signs Executive Order Establishing STEM Innovation Network

Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 02:00 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today signed Executive Order No. 68 establishing the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. The Network is charged with promoting and expanding the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in K-12 public schools across Tennessee.
“Tennessee is home to many STEM assets, including world-class public and private colleges and universities and internationally known companies operating in fields as diverse as energy, health care and technology,” Bredesen said. “Our state is positioned to be a national leader in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math and this Network will help drive the development of the tools and resources that will help us realize those opportunities.”

Major Closures for I-40 Bridge Over Mississippi River Begin August 3

Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 08:08 am
Exit 1 Ramp to Close for 3 Weeks
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews are preparing to conduct the first of several months of major lane closures as work to seismically retrofit the Interstate 40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River continues.  
  • August 3, 2010 through mid-September - The I-40 Eastbound exit one off-ramp to Front Street, Riverside Drive and the Tennessee Welcome Center will be closedAll traffic will be detoured to Exit 1B at Danny Thomas Blvd. to Poplar Avenue, Front Street, and Jefferson Avenue. A detour map is attached.

Department of Health Regional Lab Director Wins National Award

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 01:00 pm
Robyn Atkinson, PhD, with TN Public Health Laboratory Director David Smalley, PhD, MSS, BCLD
Robyn Atkinson, PhD, with TN Public Health Laboratory Director David Smalley, PhD, MSS, BCLD

NASHVILLE — Robyn Atkinson, PhD, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Leader Award by the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Atkinson is director of the Tennessee Department of Health’s Knoxville Regional Laboratory.

U.S. Department of Education Approves Tennessee Race to the Top Budget

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 11:22 am
NASHVILLE Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Tennessee’s nearly $501 million Race to the Top budget has been approved by the U. S. Department of Education, allowing the state and all 136 school districts to move forward in implementing comprehensive school reform plans over the next four years.
Tennessee was just one of two states selected to receive funding in the federal government’s Race to the Top competition in March.

More Options Make Buying Produce, Eating Well Easier Than Ever

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 10:01 am
NASHVILLE –“Options for getting fresh, local produce are sprouting up faster than—well, sprouts. Many places and groups who previously had a hard time getting access to healthy foods now have a fresh source,” says Pamela Bartholomew, agritourism coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
“Farmers markets. Pick-your-own farms. Urban farmers. Community supported agriculture. Neighborhood farm-direct drop-off and pick-up sites— the list keeps growing. Just this week I read about a man who converted an old school bus to create a farmers market on wheels,” says Bartholomew. “Farmers who bring their harvests straight to eager and grateful customers are starting to support oases of ideal, farm direct foods in ‘food deserts’.”

TDA Awards Spay/Neuter Grants to Tennessee Organizations

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | 11:26 am
Representatives from Chattanooga area humane organizations pictured with Commissioner Ken Givens and State Senator Andy Berke.
Representatives from Chattanooga area humane organizations pictured with Commissioner Ken Givens and State Senator Andy Berke.

CHATTANOOGA – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture today announced the recipients of the animal spay/neuter grants at the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga. The grants supports low cost spay/neuter programs in Tennessee and are funded through Animal Friendly license plate sales.

“This is a great program that not only helps control the number of unwanted animals but it also provides important animal and public health benefits,” said Ken Givens, Commissioner. “Every dollar the agency receives goes directly to spay and neuter services. Citizens can be assured that their money is going directly to the mission of the license plate.”

Tennessee Inaugural Civil War Sesquicentennial Event Announced

Monday, July 26, 2010 | 11:00 pm

Governor Phil Bredesen to Open Ceremony

NASHVILLE – In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Tennessee’s Sesquicentennial Commission announces the state’s Inaugural Sesquicentennial Signature Event. Taking place November 12 and 13, the theme of this historic milestone is "The Coming of the Civil War." Governor Phil Bredesen will kick off the event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall beginning at 10 a.m. CST on November 12.