Corridor K Transportation Planning Report Completed

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 09:33 am
Approved TPR Available for Review on Project Website
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – An approved Transportation Planning Report (TPR) for the Corridor K project in southeastern Tennessee is now complete and is available for public review on the Tennessee Department of Transportation website at Corridor K TPR. The TPR is intended to establish the immediate and long-term needs for the proposed Corridor K from west of the Ocoee River to SR-68
near Ducktown in Polk County and is part of TDOT’s overall planning process. The report assesses how the considered options fulfill the purpose and need of the project and also documents the planning process that has been implemented for the proposed Corridor K.

FEMA: Most Tennesseans Can Now Purchase Flood Insurance

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 07:09 am
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorized Through September 30th
NASHVILLE - Flooding is America's most common natural disaster, yet most homeowner insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance allows people to have the cost of flood damages covered.
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers federally-backed insurance to property owners and renters in communities that participate in the NFIP. Those communities agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding.

Changes In Immunization Requirements Go Into Effect

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | 02:49 pm

Beat the Back-to-School Rush, Get Children Current on Vaccinations

NASHVILLE – Parents of children enrolling in child care, pre-school, Kindergarten and 7th grade should make plans now to be sure their children are up to date with their immunizations, if they haven’t already. Pediatric practices and county health department clinics expect to be busy all summer providing the vaccines and certificates necessary to meet the new immunization requirements that went into effect on July 1.

TWRA Reports One Fatality, 28 BUI Arrests Over July Fourth Holiday

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | 12:37 pm
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports that a 24-year old Chattanooga man was a drowning victim over the July Fourth holiday weekend. The accident occurred on Sunday, July 4 on Chickamauga Lake near the Paradise Cove section.
A total of 17 boating accidents were reported across the state, resulting in 16 injuries for the July Fourth holiday period which ran from 6 p.m., July 2 through midnight, July 5. Chickamauga, Dale Hollow Lake, and the Ocoee River had three accidents each.

Shop Tax Free in Tennessee August 6-8

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | 09:30 am
August Sales Tax Holiday Provides Big Savings for All Tennesseans 
NASHVILLE – The fifth annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, August 6 and continuing through Sunday, August 8.The Department of Revenue is reminding Tennessee shoppers that during these three days of savings, you can save almost 10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases.

TennCare Receives Federal Approval for Hospital Assessment Fee

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 03:31 pm

NASHVILLE - TennCare announced today that federal officials have approved Tennessee’s proposal to draw federal matching dollars in association with a new hospital assessment fee. As a result, TennCare will avoid benefit changes for enrollees and reductions in provider reimbursement rates that would have otherwise been required this year.  The assessment fee was approved by the General Assembly in May.

New Federal High Risk Pool Open to Uninsurable Tennesseans

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 02:11 pm
State-sponsored AccessTN is also an Option for the Uninsurable
NASHVILLE – The United States Department of Health and Human Services today announced the formation of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which will serve as the new, nationwide high risk pool. The addition of PCIP provides an additional option for uninsurable Tennesseans, who already have an option for coverage through AccessTN, the state’s existing high risk pool.
While some details about benefits and premiums for PCIP are yet to be finalized, there are some clear differences between the new plan and AccessTN.

Tennesseans At Risk from Extreme Heat Can Get Utility Bill Relief

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 01:40 pm
NASHVILLE – More Tennesseans are now eligible to get help paying their utility bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Legislative changes made during the 106th General Assembly expanded eligibility from 125 percent to 200 percent of poverty. That means a family of four can earn up to $44,100 a year and be eligible for LIHEAP benefits.  A network of 19 nonprofit and government agencies administer the LIHEAP program in all 95 counties. 

Tax Relief Available to Individuals Affected by Flooding

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 12:45 pm
Individuals May Qualify for Refund of Sales Tax Paid to Replace Damaged or Destroyed Items
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Revenue is reminding Tennesseans affected by flooding and other effects of the severe storms in early May of recent legislation enacted by the General Assembly providing Tennessee sales tax relief for qualified individuals who must replace damaged or destroyed items or restore residences. Eligible items include major appliances and residential furniture used in the individual’s primary residence with a purchase price of $3,200 or less per item, and building supplies used for restoration of the individual’s primary residence with a purchase price of $500 or less per item.

Bredesen Reappoints Mark Gwyn TBI Chief

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 09:10 am
NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen today reappointed Mark Gwyn as the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Bredesen appointed Gwyn to his first six-year term as the agency’s director in 2004.
“Mark has done an outstanding job leading the TBI during the past six years,” Bredesen said. “He led the effort to achieve national accreditation and has the support of law enforcement officials across the state. He is committed to improving the operation and performance of the Bureau and is dedicated to fighting crime in Tennessee. These skills, and the high level of integrity he brings to this position, make him the right person to lead the agency for another term.”