New Improves Access to Government Services

Thursday, July 15, 2010 | 10:06 am
NASHVILLE – The state of Tennessee recently completed the successful launch of a new design for that makes it easier to find government information and services. The interactive website delivers custom content based on a user’s interest, click behavior and geographic location, and the engaging new design decreases the amount of time visitors spend locating information about programs and services.
The home page features quick and easy access to the most popular features and topics as determined by data gathered from past users. The site also features an enhanced search function that offers suggestions and potential matches as a visitor types into the search box. Clicking on topics provides visitors with suggestions on related topics to make finding information easier and more intuitive.

Bredesen Commutes Death Sentence Commutation to Life in Prison for Gaile Owens

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | 10:02 am
Bredesen Commutes Death Sentence
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today commuted the death sentence of Gaile Owens to life imprisonment. The Governor announced the commutation at the Capitol today, citing the extraordinary sentence compared to similar Tennessee cases, that Ms. Owens consistently admitted her guilt and that she had accepted a conditional plea agreement for life imprisonment prior to her original trial as the reasons for granting the commutation.

Bredesen Names Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 12:41 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed 135 men and women to serve on 60 state boards and commissions. These Tennesseans represent areas from all across the state.
“I commend all those appointed for their willingness to serve the state through its boards and commissions,” Bredesen said. “Tennesseans have always been recognized for dedicating their time and talents to serve their fellow citizens, and I appreciate these men and women for upholding this tradition. I am confident they will represent their respective boards with integrity and honor.” 

July First Lady Series Event to Spotlight Agriculture

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 07:19 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte will host an event Thursday, July 22, from 4-6 p.m. CDT at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence. The event, entitled, “Conservation Hall Supports Agriculture,” will focus on cultivation and gardening, featuring diverse participants that include local produce providers and organic gardeners. Participants can even learn how to assemble aesthetically-pleasing floral arrangements.
The informative and engaging affair is open to the public, free of cost; however, reservations are required.

FEMA: Flood Recovery is the Business of Tennessee’s Private Sector

Monday, July 12, 2010 | 11:00 pm
NASHVILLE - Tennessee's business community has risen to the occasion to help the state recover from the historic spring floods and has teamed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its partners to promote disaster assistance to nearly half a million Tennesseans.
"Tennessee's business and entertainment community have found creative ways to help the citizens of this state," said James Bassham, Director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). "They demonstrate how well TEMA, federal, and private sector partnership operates with the same focus – connecting disaster survivors with disaster assistance."

Health Commissioner Announces New Resources for Tennessee Youth and Teachers

Monday, July 12, 2010 | 08:36 am

NASHVILLE - Commissioner of Health Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, announced today the addition of new sections for young people and their teachers on the Get Fit Tennessee website to help the next generation of Tennesseans get fit. The new site presents fitness and nutrition information for middle school students with bold graphics and engaging activities. Interactive games and trivia encourage kids to learn more about nutrition, proper portion sizes and new ways to move more throughout the day.

New Semiweekly Produce Auction Brings Bulk Buying to the Public

Friday, July 09, 2010 | 01:52 pm
Fresh Produce
Fresh Produce
NASHVILLEThe Nashville Farmers Market is now home to a semiweekly produce auction, giving consumers the opportunity to buy sizable quantities of fresh picked produce. Farm Fresh Auctions are currently held on Tuesdays and Thursdays with bidding starting at 10 a.m.
The official grand opening for the new market option will be held July 22 at 10 a.m. Produce growers from at least eight counties will be on hand to offer their produce for auction and to meet and talk with customers.
Buying by the box, bushel or peck can be less expensive than buying by the pound, and with practice, a savvy customer can come away with a bargain. For a public increasingly interested in local foods—and in preparing those foods themselves by canning, freezing, pickling or drying —bulk buying is the practical choice.

TDOT Teams with AASHTO, DOT Neighbors to Release National Freight Report

Thursday, July 08, 2010 | 11:52 am
L-R: Arnold Perl, Fred Mudge, Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Director Dan Flowers, Pamela Marshall, Dexter Muller, Paul Summers, Randy Richardson
L-R: Arnold Perl, Fred Mudge, Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Director Dan Flowers, Pamela Marshall, Dexter Muller, Paul Summers, Randy Richardson
Report Identifies Projects to Improve Freight Delivery & Dependability
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and transportation leaders from Arkansas and Mississippi in Memphis for the release of a new report on the nation’s freight system. The “Unlocking Freight” report identifies key projects in 30 states, including Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, which would improve freight delivery and dependability. 

Bredesen Announces Federal Farm Assistance for 11 More Counties

Thursday, July 08, 2010 | 09:37 am
24 Adjoining Counties Also Eligible for Assistance
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved his request for federal farm assistance for 11 additional counties in west and middle Tennessee due to losses caused by heavy and historic rainfall and subsequent flooding that began on April 30. Twenty-four adjoining counties are also eligible for assistance.
Bredesen made the requests to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in separate letters on June 4 and June 15. The 11 counties designated as primary natural disaster areas include Cheatham, Dyer, Giles, Hardin, Haywood, Lake, Madison, Montgomery, Obion, Tipton and Williamson.