Bredesen Announces Federal Farm Assistance for 13 Counties

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 04:33 pm

19 Adjoining Counties Also Eligible for Assistance

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved his request for federal farm assistance for 13 counties in west and middle Tennessee due to losses caused by heavy and historic rainfall and subsequent flooding that began on April 30, 2010. Nineteen adjoining counties are also eligible for assistance.

Bredesen made the request to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on May 24. The 13 counties designated as primary natural disaster areas include Benton, Chester, Dickson, Fayette, Hardeman, Hickman, Humphreys, Lauderdale, Lewis, Maury, McNairy, Perry and Stewart.

New Hours of Operation for SBA Business Recovery Center in Nashville; Return of Disaster Loan Applications Urged

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 08:12 am
NASHVILLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today new operating hours for the
Business Recovery Center at Tennessee State University, Downtown Metro Avon Williams
Campus, 330 10th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203.
The Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CST) until further notice. Businesses owners affected by the severe storms, flooding, high winds and tornadoes that occurred on April 30 through May 18, 2010 are encouraged to visit the Center for one–on–one assistance.

Bredesen Remarks on End of the 106th General Assembly

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 08:07 am
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen expressed appreciation to the members of the 106th Tennessee General Assembly as they concluded their business and adjourned sine die.
Reflecting on the achievements of the legislative session, Bredesen thanked lawmakers for their work during January’s special session to pass the Tennessee First to the Top Act of 2010 and the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010.
“The members of the General Assembly did an extraordinary job in the special session on education, passing landmark legislation that will leave a legacy of educational improvement for our state,” said Bredesen. “These reforms, enacted with overwhelming bipartisan support, will change the way both K-12 and higher education work in Tennessee, and that is going to make a significant difference in the years ahead.”

FEMA: Renters May be Eligible for Flood Assistance

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 | 05:02 pm
NASHVILLE — Renters in Tennessee who lost their homes or personal property as a result of Tennessee’s severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding between April 30 and May 18, 2010, may be eligible for FEMA assistance but must register by Tuesday, July 6.
Regardless of whether someone rented an apartment, mobile home or house before the storm, renters whose homes were made uninhabitable due to severe storm damage may qualify for assistance from FEMA’s Individual and Households Program (IHP). This program offers two kinds of housing assistance that target eligible renters:
  • Funds to rent alternative housing for a limited period of time while repairs are made to their dwelling.
  • Free assistance in finding new rental property.
Renters may also be eligible for Other Needs Assistance (ONA), designed to help survivors with uninsured, but necessary, expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster.

Bredesen Swears In Rhynette Hurd as Judge

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 | 04:00 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Governor Phil Bredesen Wednesday participated in the Investiture Ceremony for Rhynette Hurd to the Tennessee Circuit Court for the 30th Judicial District, Division VIII. Bredesen appointed Hurd in March to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge D’Army Bailey. The ceremony was held at the Shelby County Commission Chamber in Memphis.
“With this appointment, we fulfill one of the fundamental responsibilities of our Constitution – making sure that Tennessee’s judicial system remains independent and strong,” Bredesen said. “I’ve tried to appoint highly qualified individuals - people like Rhynette Hurd who can be entrusted with that power and have the type of temperament that will enable them to exercise that power fairly and respectfully. Rhynette has already brought strength and integrity to her new position and I know that she will continue to do so.”

2011 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 | 10:27 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the finalists for the 2011 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Award. The nine finalists are comprised of elementary, middle and high school educators from each grand division of the state. Grand Division winners and Teacher of the Year will be chosen from this group this fall.

“I am very proud to have such outstanding teachers in this state,” Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. “These teachers were instrumental in implementing the Tennessee Diploma Project this year and are examples of the kind of support we will need to successfully implement our Race to the Top efforts statewide. Teacher of the Year is about just one teacher, but I want to thank all of our teachers for the tremendous work in ensuring the success of every single Tennessee student.” 

SBA Approves More Than $50 Million In Tennessee Disaster Loans

Tuesday, June 08, 2010 | 01:37 pm
NASHVILLE - More than $50 million in U.S. Small Business Administration disaster assistance loans has been approved for those affected by the severe storms and flooding that struck Tennessee between April 30 and May 18.
"We are pleased to continue approving these loans so the residents and businesses of Tennessee can rebuild and resume their normal lives," said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. "Currently, 1,179 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $53.8 million."

Consumer Affairs Reminds Tennesseans to Guard Against Identity Theft

Tuesday, June 08, 2010 | 10:34 am
NASHVILLE - Each year, as many as nine million Americans become victims of identity theft, the unauthorized acquisition and use of a person’s identifying information – such as a name, Social Security number or credit card number – to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity thieves might use data to rent apartments, obtain credit or establish telephone accounts. Victims often discover the crimes when reviewing credit reports or statements.

FEMA: One Month Later, Disaster Assistance Efforts in Tennessee Continue

Monday, June 07, 2010 | 05:07 pm
NASHVILLE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced updated information on the continued efforts of federal and state support in the Volunteer State following the severe storms and flooding between April 30 and May 18.
As of June 4, 30 days after President Obama made a federal disaster declaration for Tennessee, 1,039 federal and state employees from across the country are working to meet the needs of more than 60,000 disaster survivors who have registered for assistance.