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.”

TDOT Officially Opens State’s First Recovery Act Project

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 09:10 am
Recovery Act Funds Used to Replace Three Aging Timber Bridges
JACKSON, Tenn. –Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined state and local leaders in Gibson County to officially reopen McMurry Road after the reconstruction of three bridges along the roadway. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was the first Recovery Act project to get underway. Today, it is also the site of the first ribbon cutting for a Recovery Act funded project in Tennessee.

Fall Creek Falls State Park Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | 09:17 am
PIKEVILLE, Tenn. – Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced today that Fall Creek Falls Golf Course has been designated as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International. The course is the 10th in Tennessee and the third within the Tennessee State Parks system to receive this honor. Only 761 golf courses worldwide have been designated as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

Bredesen Holds Ceremonial Bill Signing

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 03:46 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today signed six pieces of legislation at a ceremonial bill signing ceremony at the Capitol. Two of the bills provide tax relief to those affected by storms and historic flooding in May.
The first bill (SB3687/HB3606) provides property tax relief in the form of a prorated assessment for certain properties damaged from a disaster certified by FEMA. The other (SB0231/HB0228) allows qualified flood victims to apply for a refund of up to $2,500 on sales tax paid on major appliances, residential furniture or building supplies purchased to replace damaged or destroyed items.  
“These measures will provide some additional relief to Tennesseans receiving FEMA assistance for flood damage,” said Bredesen. “These are examples of the types of things the state of Tennessee can do to further help people working to rebuild from these historic and catastrophic floods.”

Precautions Urged to Protect Against Illness Spread by Mosquito Bites

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 02:12 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health warns that record floods in some parts of the state in early May followed by hotter than average temperatures could contribute to larger mosquito populations in the state and an increase in West Nile virus cases. TDOH urges Tennesseans to follow commonsense precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the diseases they may carry.