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.

Fireworks Safety Decreases Risks of Serious Injury

Friday, June 18, 2010 | 09:06 am

Enjoy Fourth of July Festivities from Safe Distances

NASHVILLE -- For many adults and children, fireworks are a tradition of summer activities. However, fireworks cause thousands of injuries and emergency room visits each year, and more of these injuries occur during Fourth of July festivities than any other holiday. As this year’s Independence Day approaches, the Tennessee Department of Health urges residents to practice safe and responsible use of fireworks to avoid related injuries.

FEMA And TEMA Remind Tennesseans To Use Community Facebook Page For Disaster Recovery Information

Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 11:18 am
Online Community at Created to Share Information
NASHVILLE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) want to remind everyone that there is an online hub through Facebook for collaborative information-sharing about the response and recovery from severe weather and flooding in Tennessee.

I-24 Reduced to Two Lanes in Davidson County This Weekend for Bridge Repair

Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 09:22 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close lanes on Interstate 24 East and West in southeast Davidson County this weekend in order to begin repairs to several bridges. I-24 between mile markers 57 and 59 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction beginning Friday, June 18, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. The lanes will reopen no later than Monday, June 21 at 6:00 a.m.

Tennessee's Private Sector Plays A Critical Role In Disaster Recovery

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 04:20 pm
NASHVILLE - When storms and record-setting flooding struck this spring, residents readily reached out to help one another, emphasizing once again why Tennessee is known as the “Volunteer State.” Along with thousands of volunteers from across the state, members of the private sector community jumped in to lend a helping hand.
With the assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a major outreach initiative to the private sector was organized. Hundreds of businesses, chambers of commerce and nonprofit organizations offered their communications resources to educate and encourage Tennesseans affected by the disaster to register for assistance.

TDOS Reminds Motorists: Never Leave Children Unattended in a Vehicle

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 03:59 pm

NASHVILLE --- With above average temperatures this June, the ‘dog days of summer’ are certainly looming on the state of Tennessee. As the heat becomes a factor, the Tennessee Department of Safety would like to remind motorists to never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle, which can be a dangerous and sometimes deadly offense.

“A child or a pet should never be left in an unattended vehicle under any circumstances – especially in the heat,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “Motorists should routinely make sure all occupants exit the vehicle whenever they leave a car. An illness or even worse, a death, due to such a senseless tragedy is absolutely preventable.”

FEMA: Three Disaster Recovery Centers Transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 09:28 am
NASHVILLE – The Disaster Recovery Centers in Cheatham, Hickman, and Montgomery counties will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers Friday, June 18. All three Disaster Recovery Centers will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday, June 17, and reopen as Disaster Loan Outreach Centers Friday morning, June 18.