Bredesen Names Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Friday, April 23, 2010 | 02:42 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed 30 men and women to serve on 21 state boards and commissions.
 
“We depend upon the leadership and commitment of citizens like these Tennesseans to serve our state through its boards and commissions,” said Bredesen. “I appreciate their readiness to serve, and I am confident they bring the experience and knowledge necessary to be valuable members of their respective boards and commissions.” 

Rabies Vaccinations for Pets Protect People Too

Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 03:22 pm

NASHVILLE — Spring is the time when many pet owners update the rabies vaccinations for their dogs and cats, and many clinics offer low-cost vaccinations. Not only are these vaccinations required by Tennessee law, but they are important for protecting both pets and human family members from rabies. The Tennessee Department of Health reminds Tennesseans that preventing exposure of people and their pets to the rabies virus is a priority.

THP Announces Trooper of the Year 2009

Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 01:17 pm
Trooper Dewaine Jennings
Trooper Dewaine Jennings
Trooper of the Year Award - Left to Right: Major Wayne Springer, Lt. Colonel Danny L. Wilson, Trooper Dewaine Jennings, Captain David Allred, Lt. Colonel Tracy Trott
Trooper of the Year Award - Left to Right: Major Wayne Springer, Lt. Colonel Danny L. Wilson, Trooper Dewaine Jennings, Captain David Allred, Lt. Colonel Tracy Trott
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) today named Trooper Donald “Dewaine” Jennings as the 2009 Trooper of the Year. The announcement was made during a special ceremony Thursday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m., at the THP Training Center located at 283 Stewarts Ferry Pike in Nashville.

THP Announces Dispatcher of the Year 2009

Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 01:02 pm
Dispatcher Jeremy Luna
Dispatcher Jeremy Luna
Dispatcher of the Year Award - Left to Right: Major Wayne Springer,  Lt. Colonel Danny L. Wilson, Jeremy Luna, Captain Vic Donoho, Lt. Colonel Tracy Trott
Dispatcher of the Year Award - Left to Right: Major Wayne Springer, Lt. Colonel Danny L. Wilson, Jeremy Luna, Captain Vic Donoho, Lt. Colonel Tracy Trott
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) today named Communications Dispatcher Jeremy Luna as the 2009 Dispatcher of the Year. Dispatcher Luna is among more than 80 dispatchers working for the Department of Safety across the State of Tennessee. Eight of those dispatchers were recognized this morning as Dispatcher of the Year for their district. The awards were announced at 10:00 a.m., during a ceremony held at the Department of Safety Training Center located at 283 Stewarts Ferry Pike in Nashville.

First Lady Conte Participates in Crime Victims' Rights Week Event

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | 05:37 pm
Event Remembers Those in Davidson County Touched by Violent Crime
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte today participated in a Crime Victims’ Rights Week event to remember individuals in Davidson County that have been touched by violent crime. National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, co-sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Victims of Crime, is April 18-24, 2010. The theme of this year’s observance is Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.

Immunize to Protect Your Infant from Preventable Illness

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | 10:36 am

National Infant Immunization Week is April 24-May 1

NASHVILLE – Every year, many thousands of young children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by routine childhood immunizations. These children miss time from day care and school, thousands are hospitalized and some even die. The Tennessee Department of Health is observing National Infant Immunization Week this April by educating parents about the benefits of timely vaccination and sharing information on a new and more effective vaccine now available for young children.

BOPP Plants Trees to Honor Crime Victims

Monday, April 19, 2010 | 02:24 pm
First Lady Andrea Conte, BOPP Board Members Chuck Taylor and Patsy Bruce and Voice for Victim honorees Valerie Craig of You Have the Power and Teresa Shearon of the Davidson County DA's Office plant BOPP's tree.
First Lady Andrea Conte, BOPP Board Members Chuck Taylor and Patsy Bruce and Voice for Victim honorees Valerie Craig of You Have the Power and Teresa Shearon of the Davidson County DA's Office plant BOPP's tree.
Victims and Advocates Recognized During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
 
NASHVILLE –The Board of Probation and Parole (BOPP) is observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by planting trees in each of its eight districts. Events are scheduled in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Jackson, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, Dyersburg, Clarksville and Union City.     
 
First Lady Andrea Conte, a former victim of crime and leading victims’ rights advocate, spoke at the kickoff event today in Nashville. She said, “Crime victims have a right to fairness, dignity and respect. Raising awareness of victims’ issues helps ensure justice for everyone.”

Bledsoe Prison Groundbreaking

Friday, April 16, 2010 | 04:00 pm

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Correction held a groundbreaking ceremony today for the new state-of-the-art Bledsoe County Correctional Complex.  The prison expansion in Pikeville, Tennessee was first announced in 2004 based on population projections which indicated the need for additional beds.

TDOT Reminds Motorists: Work Zones Deserve Your Undivided Attention

Friday, April 16, 2010 | 09:51 am
Maintenance crews patch potholes just inches from traffic in Nashville.
Maintenance crews patch potholes just inches from traffic in Nashville.
TDOT will light their Regional and Headquarters Offices and a number of other buildings in the state in orange during Work Zone Awareness Week.
TDOT will light their Regional and Headquarters Offices and a number of other buildings in the state in orange during Work Zone Awareness Week.
National Work Zone Awareness Week April 19-23
 
NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen today proclaimed April 19 – 23, 2010 Work Zone Awareness Week in Tennessee, joining states across the nation to remind motorists that Work Zones Deserve Your Undivided Attention. The U.S. Department of Transportation, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and departments of transportation across the U.S. are highlighting the dangers of distracted driving in work zones.
 
“Distracted driving is a serious issue, especially in highway work zones where drivers may encounter sudden lane shifts or slower traffic,” said Bredesen. “There is no text, call or other distraction that is worth taking a life. The message is simple: turn it off, put it down and pay undivided attention to your driving, especially in highway work zones. It could save a life.”
 

Bredesen Addresses Knox County Academic Achievers

Friday, April 16, 2010 | 09:08 am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Phil Bredesen addressed more than 300 Knox County high school seniors along with parents and school leaders Thursday night at the annual News Sentinel Academic Achievers banquet. Bredesen spoke of his own high school experience and the importance of that experience in shaping his success in college and professional life.
 
“I can now look back at my time in university, in business, as Mayor of Nashville, and now as Governor, and I know: there was something about my school in Shortsville that helped me get to, and succeed in, each of these ventures,” Bredesen said. “School didn’t only shape me as a student; it also helped shape me as a human being. Schools matter. They mattered to me, they mattered to you, and they will matter to Tennessee’s future generations.”