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.”

Ann Ellington-Wagner Receives Museum Volunteer Award

Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 02:36 pm
Ann Ellington-Wagner
Ann Ellington-Wagner

NASHVILLE - Ann Ellington-Wagner, daughter of Gov. and Mrs. Buford Ellington, was recognized as Museum Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Museums. She received the Volunteer Award of Excellence at the annual conference which was held in Nashville on March 29-31. Ellington-Wagner coordinated the Preemie Evergreen project with the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.

“The Preemie Evergreen project was a tremendous success benefiting both the Nashville community and our museum,” said Anne Dale, museum director. “Ann is asset to the museum and the community. She is really making a difference.”

Tennessee's Volunteer Spirit Put to Work for Public Health

Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 12:17 pm

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is working to ensure Tennesseans are prepared in the event of public health or other medical emergencies. In recognition of this year’s National Volunteer Week and theme, Celebrating People in Action, TDOH is recruiting and registering volunteers with medical backgrounds and other skills sets across the Volunteer state. National Volunteer Week is being observed April 18-24 this year, and TDOH is highlighting volunteer service in support of emergency preparedness plans.

State Route 92 Bridge in Dandridge Opens a Month Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 11:21 am
Contractor to Receive Full Incentive
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews re-opened the State Route 92 Bridge over the French Broad River in Dandridge today more than a month ahead of schedule. The $1.4 million project was schedule to be complete by May 15, 2010, however, after a final bridge inspection, the bridge reopened to traffic shortly after 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 14.  TDOT provided an incentive of $100,000 to reopen the bridge by April 17.
 

U.S.-64 in Polk County Reopens to Traffic

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 10:19 am
Rockslide Stabilization Projects Complete
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Traffic is once again flowing on U.S. 64 in Polk County after five months of work to clear and stabilize two rockslides along the route. Workers completed the work to stabilize and clear the two rockslides along U.S. 64 in the Ocoee Gorge at 11:15 a.m. ET today and traffic was allowed on U.S. 64 for the first time since November 10, 2009 when the road was completely closed by a massive rockslide at mm 17.6 near TVA Ocoee 2 Dam. Work to stabilize the first rockslide began on November 16 with the awarding of a $2.1 million emergency contract to Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. from Sevierville, TN. 
 
“I am very pleased to announce the reopening of this vital roadway through Polk County,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “I want to thank the people of Polk County for being patient with us as we worked on this difficult and dangerous project.”
 

Chestnut Street Bridge Reopens Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 09:14 am
The Chestnut Street Bridge opens more than two months ahead of schedule. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
The Chestnut Street Bridge opens more than two months ahead of schedule. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
Construction of New Bridge Completed More than Two Months Early
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the early completion of a bridge replacement project on Chestnut Street in Nashville. A portion of Chestnut Street, which has been closed since the project began in August 2009, is now open to traffic.
 
The $2 million project, which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, replaced the bridge that crosses over the CSX Railroad. The 80 year old bridge was classified in “Poor” condition and was on the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. The bridge’s sufficiency rating was 37.6 out of 100.