TDOT Officially Opens State’s First Recovery Act Project

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 09:10 am
Recovery Act Funds Used to Replace Three Aging Timber Bridges
JACKSON, Tenn. –Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined state and local leaders in Gibson County to officially reopen McMurry Road after the reconstruction of three bridges along the roadway. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was the first Recovery Act project to get underway. Today, it is also the site of the first ribbon cutting for a Recovery Act funded project in Tennessee.

Fall Creek Falls State Park Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | 09:17 am
PIKEVILLE, Tenn. – Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced today that Fall Creek Falls Golf Course has been designated as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International. The course is the 10th in Tennessee and the third within the Tennessee State Parks system to receive this honor. Only 761 golf courses worldwide have been designated as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

Bredesen Holds Ceremonial Bill Signing

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 03:46 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today signed six pieces of legislation at a ceremonial bill signing ceremony at the Capitol. Two of the bills provide tax relief to those affected by storms and historic flooding in May.
The first bill (SB3687/HB3606) provides property tax relief in the form of a prorated assessment for certain properties damaged from a disaster certified by FEMA. The other (SB0231/HB0228) allows qualified flood victims to apply for a refund of up to $2,500 on sales tax paid on major appliances, residential furniture or building supplies purchased to replace damaged or destroyed items.  
“These measures will provide some additional relief to Tennesseans receiving FEMA assistance for flood damage,” said Bredesen. “These are examples of the types of things the state of Tennessee can do to further help people working to rebuild from these historic and catastrophic floods.”

Precautions Urged to Protect Against Illness Spread by Mosquito Bites

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 02:12 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health warns that record floods in some parts of the state in early May followed by hotter than average temperatures could contribute to larger mosquito populations in the state and an increase in West Nile virus cases. TDOH urges Tennesseans to follow commonsense precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the diseases they may carry.

State Fire Marshal's Office Adopts State Residential Codes

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 01:38 pm
NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act provisions regarding adoption and enforcement of a residential building code to one- and two-family residences across the state have taken effect. The State Fire Marshal Office’s code enforcement program will begin in October. In the interim, the State will contract with code inspectors, establish a network of issuing agents where the construction permits can be obtained and finalize the process for payments.

FEMA: Federal Assistance Tops $244 Million in Tennessee Recovery

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 09:56 am
NASHVILLE – More than $244 million has been approved for federal assistance since President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Tennessee on May 4, 2010. More than 63,980 people have registered for help with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the 46 counties designed for Individual Assistance.
The deadline for homeowners, renters and businesses to register for help from FEMA, as well as the deadline for completing and returning U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications, has been extended from July 6 to Aug. 5, 2010.

Federal Preservation Grant Applications Now Available from Tennessee Historical Commission

Monday, June 28, 2010 | 11:30 am
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. These grants, which are federally funded, will be available after October 1, 2010.
The precise amount of funds available in Tennessee will not be known until Congress has passed the FY 2010-2011 budget. However, it is expected to be approximately $400,000. After review, applications will be rated and ranked. Funding decisions will be made when the exact amount of the federal allocation is known. This normally occurs by December but could be as late as spring 2011.

TDOT Selects “No Build” Option on Knoxville Parkway Project

Friday, June 25, 2010 | 11:55 am
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely announces no build decision to Knoxville TPO and Community Resource Team
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely announces no build decision to Knoxville TPO and Community Resource Team
Orange Route Project Terminated Due to Changes in Traffic Needs and Cost
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today announced that TDOT will not build the Knoxville Parkway Project, also known as State Route 475 and the Orange Route. The Commissioner cited recent traffic studies and cost as reasons behind the decision to select the “no build” option. The “no build” option is included in all environmental studies conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act. This is the first time in recent history the department has selected the “no build” option.

Bredesen Announces Extension of Registration Deadlines for FEMA Assistance Programs

Friday, June 25, 2010 | 07:47 am

 Deadline to Apply for Federal Assistance Programs Extended to August 5

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced Tennessee has requested and received a 30-day extension of deadlines for FEMA assistance programs that will assist individuals in the 46 counties eligible for Individual Assistance as a result of the extreme weather and flooding that struck the state April 30 – May 2.

“I’m extremely pleased people will have more time to register to get the help they need as Tennessee recovers from these historic and devastating floods,” said Bredesen. “I appreciate the support Congressman Jim Cooper, members of the Tennessee delegation and FEMA have provided as we’ve worked in partnership to assist affected Tennesseans.”

Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards Recognize Positive Impacts Across Tennessee; Three Additional Honors Announced

Thursday, June 24, 2010 | 01:21 pm

Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Land Trust for Tennessee's Jeanie Nelson All Receive Honors

NASHVILLE – Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke and Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan presented the 2010 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards at the Ellington Agriculture Center campus in Nashville today, recognizing 16 honorees whose efforts have made a positive impact on the state’s natural resources.