TDOS Reminds Motorists: Never Leave Children Unattended in a Vehicle

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 03:59 pm

NASHVILLE --- With above average temperatures this June, the ‘dog days of summer’ are certainly looming on the state of Tennessee. As the heat becomes a factor, the Tennessee Department of Safety would like to remind motorists to never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle, which can be a dangerous and sometimes deadly offense.

“A child or a pet should never be left in an unattended vehicle under any circumstances – especially in the heat,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “Motorists should routinely make sure all occupants exit the vehicle whenever they leave a car. An illness or even worse, a death, due to such a senseless tragedy is absolutely preventable.”

FEMA: Three Disaster Recovery Centers Transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 09:28 am
NASHVILLE – The Disaster Recovery Centers in Cheatham, Hickman, and Montgomery counties will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers Friday, June 18. All three Disaster Recovery Centers will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday, June 17, and reopen as Disaster Loan Outreach Centers Friday morning, June 18.

Bredesen Requests Federal Farm Assistance for Three More Counties

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 03:20 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has requested a Secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture for three additional counties – Giles, Lake and Obion – as a result of heavy rainfall and flooding last month.   
“I’m pleased that USDA acted promptly on my initial request for farm assistance, and I expect federal officials will move on subsequent requests just as quickly,” said Bredesen. “A Secretarial disaster designation will help make more assistance available to farmers who suffered significant losses as a result of the storms and flooding.”

TDOC Releases Study On Recidivism

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 11:37 am

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction has discovered some encouraging news in its latest study on recidivism.  The just released report shows that felons released from TDOC prisons are now less likely to return to custody.

Governor Bredesen Announces $2.6 million in Safe Routes to School Grants

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 10:55 am
15 Municipalities Receive Funds to Encourage Elementary and Middle School Students to Walk and Bike
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced Safe Routes to School funding totaling $2,650,402 for fifteen municipalities in Tennessee. The funds will be used by multiple schools to improve sidewalks, crosswalks, signs and safe walking and biking educational activities. The Safe Routes to School program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

FEMA: Federal Assistance Tops $200 Million in Tennessee Recovery

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 08:16 am
NASHVILLE - More than $200 million in federal disaster grants and low-interest loans has been approved for those affected by the Tennessee storms and flooding as the July 6 deadline to register for help approaches.
Since President Obama declared a major disaster declaration May 4, nearly 62,000 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for federal assistance.
More than $135 million in Individual Assistance has been approved ($117.8 million in housing assistance, such as rental and home repair assistance, and $17.7 million in other needs assistance, such as personal property lost due to the storm).
More than $65.1 million in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans have been approved following the severe storms and flooding between April 30 and May 18.

Environment and Conservation Issues $11.5 Million Penalty to TVA for Kingston Coal Ash Spill

Monday, June 14, 2010 | 02:18 pm

Penalty Addresses Noncompliance with Tennessee's Water and Solid Waste Laws

NASHVILLE –Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke and Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan today announced the issuance of a Commissioner’s Order against the Tennessee Valley Authority assessing $11.5 million in penalties in response to the catastrophic coal ash release on December 22, 2008.  The penalties address violations of the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act and the Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Act.