TDOT’s New Marshall County Employees on the Job

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 01:00 pm
Pictured are 30 new Tennessee Department of Transportation employees from Marshall County.
Pictured are 30 new Tennessee Department of Transportation employees from Marshall County.
New Hires Funded Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Initiative
 
NASHVILLE – Thirty Marshall County citizens hit the roads Monday, April 26 as new employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  On April 7, Governor Phil Bredesen outlined a plan to use federal Recovery Act funds to reduce unemployment in Marshall County by putting a total of 175 people back to work. These 30 newly-hired TDOT workers are among the first to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Governor’s plan.
 

Distracted Driving Campaign Draws Attention to Cell Phone Use

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 10:15 am
April 30 is National “No Phone Zone Day”
 
Nashville, TN – The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is joining the national Governors Highway Safety Association, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Oprah Winfrey for a national day of awareness to end distracted driving. Friday, April 30 will be designated the first national “No Phone Zone Day.”
 
“Many people use cell phones from a place they were never intended to be used: the driver’s seat,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “When Tennesseans' hands are off the wheel, their focus is off the task of driving, and the consequences can be deadly.”
 

Bredesen Unveils Partnership with Microsoft to Offer Technology Training in Tennessee

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 10:44 am
Tennessee Workers to Receive Free Technology Training Through Microsoft's Elevate America Program
 
NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today announced that Tennessee will join forces with Microsoft in an innovative public-private partnership to provide free technology training to people across the state. Through Elevate America, Microsoft will work with the Tennessee Department of Labor to distribute 25,875 vouchers for free, online technology training and certification.

Credit Rating Agencies Return Tennessee's Bond Rating to Highest Level

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | 04:51 pm
Upgrades Confirm Confidence in State's Financial Management and Outlook
 
NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen today announced that two national ratings services have recently returned Tennessee’s bond rating to the highest available level. Moody’s Investors Services has raised Tennessee’s rating from Aa1 to Aaa. The action comes on the heels of a recent step by Fitch Ratings to adjust the state’s rating from AA+ to AAA.  
 
Tennessee is not alone in ratings upgrades by Moody’s and Fitch. The agencies have been recalibrating state and municipal debt ratings across the nation to bring them in line with ratings in other sectors.  
 

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.