Health Commissioner Announces New Resources for Tennessee Youth and Teachers

Monday, July 12, 2010 | 08:36 am

NASHVILLE - Commissioner of Health Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, announced today the addition of new sections for young people and their teachers on the Get Fit Tennessee website www.getfittn.com/kids to help the next generation of Tennesseans get fit. The new site presents fitness and nutrition information for middle school students with bold graphics and engaging activities. Interactive games and trivia encourage kids to learn more about nutrition, proper portion sizes and new ways to move more throughout the day.

New Semiweekly Produce Auction Brings Bulk Buying to the Public

Friday, July 09, 2010 | 01:52 pm
Fresh Produce
Fresh Produce
NASHVILLEThe Nashville Farmers Market is now home to a semiweekly produce auction, giving consumers the opportunity to buy sizable quantities of fresh picked produce. Farm Fresh Auctions are currently held on Tuesdays and Thursdays with bidding starting at 10 a.m.
The official grand opening for the new market option will be held July 22 at 10 a.m. Produce growers from at least eight counties will be on hand to offer their produce for auction and to meet and talk with customers.
Buying by the box, bushel or peck can be less expensive than buying by the pound, and with practice, a savvy customer can come away with a bargain. For a public increasingly interested in local foods—and in preparing those foods themselves by canning, freezing, pickling or drying —bulk buying is the practical choice.

TDOT Teams with AASHTO, DOT Neighbors to Release National Freight Report

Thursday, July 08, 2010 | 11:52 am
L-R: Arnold Perl, Fred Mudge, Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Director Dan Flowers, Pamela Marshall, Dexter Muller, Paul Summers, Randy Richardson
L-R: Arnold Perl, Fred Mudge, Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Director Dan Flowers, Pamela Marshall, Dexter Muller, Paul Summers, Randy Richardson
 
Report Identifies Projects to Improve Freight Delivery & Dependability
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and transportation leaders from Arkansas and Mississippi in Memphis for the release of a new report on the nation’s freight system. The “Unlocking Freight” report identifies key projects in 30 states, including Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, which would improve freight delivery and dependability. 

Bredesen Announces Federal Farm Assistance for 11 More Counties

Thursday, July 08, 2010 | 09:37 am
24 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 11 additional counties in west and middle Tennessee due to losses caused by heavy and historic rainfall and subsequent flooding that began on April 30. Twenty-four adjoining counties are also eligible for assistance.
 
Bredesen made the requests to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in separate letters on June 4 and June 15. The 11 counties designated as primary natural disaster areas include Cheatham, Dyer, Giles, Hardin, Haywood, Lake, Madison, Montgomery, Obion, Tipton and Williamson.

Teach Tennessee Commissioner’s Fellows Commence Inaugural Class

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 12:25 pm

NASHVILLE – An engineer, a chemist and a math tutor are among the group of 27 individuals making a commitment this summer to become a teacher through the Tennessee Department of Education’s Teach Tennessee “Commissioner’s Fellows”program. Teach Tennessee is a statewide transitional licensure program created by Governor Phil Bredesen that addresses the need for classroom teachers by challenging mid-career professionals, retirees and others to teach.

Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi Transportation Departments to Release New National Report on Growing Freight Transportation Needs

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 12:25 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Home to the world’s busiest cargo airport, fourth largest inland port, five Class I railroads and several major interstates and highways, the movement of freight into and out of Memphis is a multi-billion dollar industry. On Thursday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. CT, Tennessee will be one of three states to host the national release of a critical new national report on the state of America’s freight transportation system. Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely will join Arkansas State Highways and Transportation Department Director Dan Flowers and numerous local and state officials and industry representatives to release the new report Unlocking Freight
 

Corridor K Transportation Planning Report Completed

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 09:33 am
Approved TPR Available for Review on Project Website
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – An approved Transportation Planning Report (TPR) for the Corridor K project in southeastern Tennessee is now complete and is available for public review on the Tennessee Department of Transportation website at Corridor K TPR. The TPR is intended to establish the immediate and long-term needs for the proposed Corridor K from west of the Ocoee River to SR-68
near Ducktown in Polk County and is part of TDOT’s overall planning process. The report assesses how the considered options fulfill the purpose and need of the project and also documents the planning process that has been implemented for the proposed Corridor K.

FEMA: Most Tennesseans Can Now Purchase Flood Insurance

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 07:09 am
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorized Through September 30th
 
NASHVILLE - Flooding is America's most common natural disaster, yet most homeowner insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance allows people to have the cost of flood damages covered.
 
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers federally-backed insurance to property owners and renters in communities that participate in the NFIP. Those communities agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding.

Changes In Immunization Requirements Go Into Effect

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | 02:49 pm

Beat the Back-to-School Rush, Get Children Current on Vaccinations

NASHVILLE – Parents of children enrolling in child care, pre-school, Kindergarten and 7th grade should make plans now to be sure their children are up to date with their immunizations, if they haven’t already. Pediatric practices and county health department clinics expect to be busy all summer providing the vaccines and certificates necessary to meet the new immunization requirements that went into effect on July 1.

TWRA Reports One Fatality, 28 BUI Arrests Over July Fourth Holiday

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | 12:37 pm
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports that a 24-year old Chattanooga man was a drowning victim over the July Fourth holiday weekend. The accident occurred on Sunday, July 4 on Chickamauga Lake near the Paradise Cove section.
 
A total of 17 boating accidents were reported across the state, resulting in 16 injuries for the July Fourth holiday period which ran from 6 p.m., July 2 through midnight, July 5. Chickamauga, Dale Hollow Lake, and the Ocoee River had three accidents each.