Teach Tennessee Fellows Begin Summer Training

Monday, June 07, 2010 | 10:06 am

NASHVILLE – A chemist, research scientist and physical therapist are among the group of over 25 individuals making a career change this summer to become a teacher through the Tennessee Department of Education’s Teach Tennessee 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.

FEMA: Free Advice on Rebuilding Available from Hazard Mitigation Specialists

Monday, June 07, 2010 | 07:59 am
Get Free Advice Through June 14 at Locations in Franklin, Gallatin, Hermitage, 
Jackson, Memphis and Spring Hill
NASHVILLE – Homeowners and others rebuilding after the flood can receive valuable information for projects around the house. Beginning Monday, June 7, hazard mitigation specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be at six locations in Tennessee until June 14.

State Fire Marshal Reminds Tennesseans to Follow Grilling Safety Guidelines

Friday, June 04, 2010 | 03:31 pm
NASHVILLE - Nice weather, cookouts and gatherings are the perfect recipe for summer good times. The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans that cooking safety is important, whether indoors or outdoors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), gas and charcoal grills cause an average of 900 home structure fires and 3,500 home outdoor fires each year. "By all means, enjoy the weather and the cookouts,” says State Fire Marshal Leslie A. Newman, “but keep fire safety on your mind as you grill.”

Bredesen Requests Federal Farm Assistance for Eight More Counties

Friday, June 04, 2010 | 03:31 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today requested a Secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture for eight additional counties in middle and west Tennessee as a result of the historic rainfall and devastating floods that began April 30. The eight counties include: Cheatham, Dyer, Hardin, Haywood, Madison, Montgomery, Tipton and Williamson.
“Some federal farm aid is already available through the Farm Service Agency, but a Secretarial disaster designation will help make more assistance available to farmers who suffered significant losses as a result of the storms and flooding,” said Bredesen. “We want to do everything we can to help our farmers and rural communities recover from this devastating event.”

FEMA: One Month Later: Disaster Assistance Efforts In Tennessee Continue

Thursday, June 03, 2010 | 03:45 pm
NASHVILLE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today 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 today, 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.
"FEMA is only one part of the team in Tennessee," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. "The coordinated efforts between federal, state, local, non-profit, faith-based and private sector organizations have provided a broad network to get the needed information and assistance to individuals and families quickly."

FEMA: Registration Deadline Approaching

Thursday, June 03, 2010 | 03:38 pm
NASHVILLE - The deadline to register for federal assistance, as a result of Tennessee’s severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding between April 30, and May 18, 2010, is Tuesday, July 6, 2010.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency reminds Tennesseans in the counties designated for assistance that they may apply online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities. The helpline operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and assistance is available in all languages.