Bredesen Appoints Tennessee First to the Top Advisory Council

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 03:25 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced 14 appointments to the Tennessee First to the Top Advisory Council, a broad-based group of Tennesseans and national experts who will provide strategic guidance, direction, and thought leadership to state policymakers overseeing Tennessee’s Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
“Tennessee’s education agenda has accelerated in recent years because of the shared commitment to improving education that has been developed among stakeholders including teachers, administrators, business leaders, philanthropy, and advocacy groups,” said Bredesen. “They play a vital role in helping Tennessee carry out the vision of a world-class public education system that prepares students for college, career, and life in the 21st century. The ongoing involvement of the groups represented by the First to the Top Advisory Council will help ensure we fulfill our Race to the Top goals.”

Tennessee Department of Labor Conducts Green Jobs Survey

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 03:22 pm
Green Industry Data Will Identify Green Job Opportunities
NASHVILLE– Tennessee is one of the first states in the nation to conduct a comprehensive business survey to identify green jobs. This month the Tennessee Department of Labor will mail more than 6,000 surveys to Tennessee employers. The surveys focus on economic activity in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries as well as identify occupations and skill requirements within those industries. 

TWRA Lauded by Legislature for Efforts During May Flood

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 03:05 pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been honored with a resolution by the Tennessee Legislature for its efforts in assisting with rescue and relief efforts during the May 2010 flood.

Rep. Mike Turner of Nashville, who is also a Metro Firefighter/EMT, introduced the resolution along with Senators Roy Herron, Joe Haynes, Andy Berke, Thelma Harper, Beverly Marrero, and Ophelia Ford to commend TWRA personnel for their meritorious service to the State of Tennessee.

Three Middle Tennessee Disaster Recovery Centers Transition To Disaster Loan Outreach Centers

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 01:42 pm
NASHVILLE - Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Rutherford, Sumner, and Williamson counties will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) Thursday, June 24. All three DRCs will operate from from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 23. They will reopen as Disaster Loan Outreach Centers on Thursday, June 24, at the same locations:

Simple Steps Prevent Heat Related Illness

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 11:16 am

NASHVILLE – Hot, humid weather is a hallmark of summertime in Tennessee. While activities of daily life often mean exposing ourselves to extreme heat, the Department of Health offers simple tips that can help reduce your risk of seasonal illness during the hot summer months.

10 Million Free Books Delivered to Tennessee Children Through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 09:59 am
Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Celebrate Milestone
NASHVILLE The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are celebrating a significant milestone: more than 10 million free books have been delivered to Tennessee children in all 95 counties since the program began in 2004, developing their vocabulary, school readiness and a love of learning.
The milestone comes on the heels of the announcement that Tennessee is one of just two states awarded funding in the first round of President Obama’s Race to the Top competition, recognizing our state’s forward thinking in education reform and changing the way the nation views Tennessee’s commitment to education. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a part of that commitment, giving all Tennessee children access to free books and encouraging a lifetime of learning.

Fireworks Safety Decreases Risks of Serious Injury

Friday, June 18, 2010 | 09:06 am

Enjoy Fourth of July Festivities from Safe Distances

NASHVILLE -- For many adults and children, fireworks are a tradition of summer activities. However, fireworks cause thousands of injuries and emergency room visits each year, and more of these injuries occur during Fourth of July festivities than any other holiday. As this year’s Independence Day approaches, the Tennessee Department of Health urges residents to practice safe and responsible use of fireworks to avoid related injuries.

FEMA And TEMA Remind Tennesseans To Use Community Facebook Page For Disaster Recovery Information

Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 11:18 am
Online Community at Created to Share Information
NASHVILLE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) want to remind everyone that there is an online hub through Facebook for collaborative information-sharing about the response and recovery from severe weather and flooding in Tennessee.

I-24 Reduced to Two Lanes in Davidson County This Weekend for Bridge Repair

Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 09:22 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close lanes on Interstate 24 East and West in southeast Davidson County this weekend in order to begin repairs to several bridges. I-24 between mile markers 57 and 59 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction beginning Friday, June 18, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. The lanes will reopen no later than Monday, June 21 at 6:00 a.m.

Tennessee's Private Sector Plays A Critical Role In Disaster Recovery

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 04:20 pm
NASHVILLE - When storms and record-setting flooding struck this spring, residents readily reached out to help one another, emphasizing once again why Tennessee is known as the “Volunteer State.” Along with thousands of volunteers from across the state, members of the private sector community jumped in to lend a helping hand.
With the assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a major outreach initiative to the private sector was organized. Hundreds of businesses, chambers of commerce and nonprofit organizations offered their communications resources to educate and encourage Tennesseans affected by the disaster to register for assistance.