TDOS Releases Annual Safety Belt Enforcement Report

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 02:15 pm
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety today released a 90-page report on Safety Belt Enforcement in Tennessee. The annual report, provided to the Tennessee General Assembly, indicates that statewide safety belt convictions increased 138.5 percent from FY 04-05 to FY 08-09.  The study also provides data and analysis on safety belt citations issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, statewide convictions involving child restraint device (CRD) violations and child restraint device citations issued by THP.  

State and Local Leaders to Announce Expansion of Memphis Farmers Market

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 09:22 am

MEMPHIS – Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens will join other state and local leaders to announce a state grant for the expansion of the Memphis Farmers Market. The Memphis Farmers Market is a weekly non-profit outdoor market featuring local farmers and artisans. The market showcases locally sourced produce and food items and locally produced arts and crafts from the Mid-South region and also serves to educate the community about eating local, nutrition and food choices.

SBA: Less Than Three Weeks Left to Apply for Disaster Assistance

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 03:42 pm
SBA Urges Victims to Visit Disaster Loan Outreach Centers
NASHVILLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations located in Tennessee that there is less than three weeks left to apply for physical damage assistance caused by severe storms, flooding, high-winds and tornadoes that occurred on April 30 through May 18, 2010. The deadline to file an application for physical damage is Aug. 5, 2010.

Bredesen, Webb, Frist Kick Off Education Coalition

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 10:11 am
Group's First Project: Campaign to Raise Standards Awareness
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen, Education Commissioner Tim Webb and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist this week are launching the First to the Top Coalition, a statewide alliance of more than 30 business, community and education groups joining together to support public education reform in Tennessee.
The coalition’s first project is “Expect More, Achieve More: Raising the Bar in Tennessee Schools,” a campaign designed to raise parent and public awareness of higher academic standards in the classroom. The campaign is working to get ahead of the release of new Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) scores in late-September.

Recovery Act Funds Help to Open New Carter County Bridge

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 08:04 am
Traffic Flowing on Two Lane Bridge Two Months Ahead of Schedule
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined House Speaker Kent Williams and other state and local leaders today to officially open the new bridge over the Watauga River in the Siam community of Carter County. Traffic is already flowing on a new 2 lane concrete bridge that replaced a one lane steel structure originally built in 1941. The $1.55 million project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was one of the first ARRA construction projects in the state.

Bruce Opie Named Deputy Commissioner of Education

Monday, July 19, 2010 | 12:32 pm

NASHVILLE – Education Commissioner Timothy Webb today announced the appointment of Bruce Opie to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Education. Mr. Opie joined the Department in 1985 and most recently served as the Department’s Assistant Commissioner for Legislation and Policy. As Deputy Commissioner he will oversee implementation of state education funding of local school systems.

BOPP Honors Work of Probation & Parole Officers

Monday, July 19, 2010 | 12:19 pm

NASHVILLE - National Probation, Parole and Community Corrections Officers’ Week is being celebrated across the nation July 18th through the 24th. The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) is joining with other agencies here and across the country to honor the probation and parole officers who supervise offenders.