FEMA Administrator Fugate Surveys Tennessee Recovery Efforts

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 06:30 pm
Fugate Makes His Third Visit to the State Since Recent Flooding
NASHVILLE - Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate returned  to Tennessee this week to survey the ongoing recovery efforts from severe flooding the state experienced in May and hear directly from state and local officials, volunteer organizations and residents trying to rebuild. The trip marked Fugate's third visit to Tennessee since the flooding occurred.

Free Safety Check Available for Boaters

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 02:00 pm
NASHVILLE --- Boating season is underway and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is among the agencies reminding boaters they could be safer with a free boat safety check. The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAUX) provide free boat/vessel safety checks (VSC) at launch ramps and marinas on Tennessee lakes and rivers.
The Vessel Safety Check is a free check of a vessel’s equipment for compliance with Tennessee and federal safety equipment requirements. The vessel examiners performing this service have been trained to look for some of the more common problems, which might occur in your boat or its associated safety equipment. Vessels meeting all of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) requirements are awarded a VSC decal.

FEMA Registration Deadline Just Two Weeks Away

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 08:49 am
NASHVILLE – If you were flooded during the recent storms in Tennessee, don't wait any longer to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance. July 6 is the deadline for those affected by the severe storms and flooding that struck Tennessee from April 30 to May 18.
If you have received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), you must fill it out and return it by July 6 to be eligible for some forms of federal assistance.
You do not need to wait for an insurance settlement to apply for help.
"Time is running out. We want everyone who had damages from the recent storms and flooding to register," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia B. Szczech. "You can't get assistance unless you take that initial step."

First Lady Conte Hosts Panel on the Impact of Partisan Politics

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 05:58 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte hosted a panel discussion today focused on the hard-hitting world of partisan politics and its impact on society and governing. The event entitled “Left? Right? Where’s the Middle?” was held at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence.
“I think most people recognize politics is a tough business,” said Conte. “But I believe it’s also important to recognize the steady erosion of civil discourse we’ve seen in politics over the past two decades and consider the effect that has on respect for the governing process and, more importantly, personal respect for those willing to offer themselves for public service.”

Bredesen Appoints Tennessee First to the Top Advisory Council

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 03:25 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced 14 appointments to the Tennessee First to the Top Advisory Council, a broad-based group of Tennesseans and national experts who will provide strategic guidance, direction, and thought leadership to state policymakers overseeing Tennessee’s Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
“Tennessee’s education agenda has accelerated in recent years because of the shared commitment to improving education that has been developed among stakeholders including teachers, administrators, business leaders, philanthropy, and advocacy groups,” said Bredesen. “They play a vital role in helping Tennessee carry out the vision of a world-class public education system that prepares students for college, career, and life in the 21st century. The ongoing involvement of the groups represented by the First to the Top Advisory Council will help ensure we fulfill our Race to the Top goals.”

Tennessee Department of Labor Conducts Green Jobs Survey

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 03:22 pm
Green Industry Data Will Identify Green Job Opportunities
NASHVILLE– Tennessee is one of the first states in the nation to conduct a comprehensive business survey to identify green jobs. This month the Tennessee Department of Labor will mail more than 6,000 surveys to Tennessee employers. The surveys focus on economic activity in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries as well as identify occupations and skill requirements within those industries. 

TWRA Lauded by Legislature for Efforts During May Flood

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 03:05 pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been honored with a resolution by the Tennessee Legislature for its efforts in assisting with rescue and relief efforts during the May 2010 flood.

Rep. Mike Turner of Nashville, who is also a Metro Firefighter/EMT, introduced the resolution along with Senators Roy Herron, Joe Haynes, Andy Berke, Thelma Harper, Beverly Marrero, and Ophelia Ford to commend TWRA personnel for their meritorious service to the State of Tennessee.

Three Middle Tennessee Disaster Recovery Centers Transition To Disaster Loan Outreach Centers

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 01:42 pm
NASHVILLE - Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Rutherford, Sumner, and Williamson counties will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) Thursday, June 24. All three DRCs will operate from from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 23. They will reopen as Disaster Loan Outreach Centers on Thursday, June 24, at the same locations:

Simple Steps Prevent Heat Related Illness

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 11:16 am

NASHVILLE – Hot, humid weather is a hallmark of summertime in Tennessee. While activities of daily life often mean exposing ourselves to extreme heat, the Department of Health offers simple tips that can help reduce your risk of seasonal illness during the hot summer months.

10 Million Free Books Delivered to Tennessee Children Through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 09:59 am
Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Celebrate Milestone
NASHVILLE The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are celebrating a significant milestone: more than 10 million free books have been delivered to Tennessee children in all 95 counties since the program began in 2004, developing their vocabulary, school readiness and a love of learning.
The milestone comes on the heels of the announcement that Tennessee is one of just two states awarded funding in the first round of President Obama’s Race to the Top competition, recognizing our state’s forward thinking in education reform and changing the way the nation views Tennessee’s commitment to education. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a part of that commitment, giving all Tennessee children access to free books and encouraging a lifetime of learning.