USDA-NRCS Assists Tennessee with Storm Debris Cleanup

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 11:59 am
From the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tennessee Office
 
NASHVILLE - A tremendous cleanup effort is underway throughout much of Tennessee in the wake of this month’s severe storms and flooding. Kevin Brown, State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Tennessee, says Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funding is possible for the dozens of Tennessee counties declared federal disaster areas.

Go Local, “Native” For Smart, Successful Planting

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 09:13 am
Restoration ecologist Andy Sudbrock, who owns Nashville Natives nursery in Fairview, stands among some of the indigenous plants he cultivates.
Restoration ecologist Andy Sudbrock, who owns Nashville Natives nursery in Fairview, stands among some of the indigenous plants he cultivates.
NASHVILLE - “The next time you wonder what plants to use in your landscaping, take a hike,” says Andy Sudbrock, owner of Nashville Natives in Fairview, a plant nursery specializing in plants native to Tennessee, including wildflowers, ferns, grasses, aquatic plants, trees and shrubs.
 
“The flowering vines, bushes, trees and other attractive plants you’ll find along wooded trails, in open glades and beside rivers and ponds are there because they’ve spent thousands of years thriving in Tennessee’s climate,” says Sudbrock. “If they do well all on their own, imagine how great they’ll look as pampered plants around your home.”

FEMA Announces Additional 15 Counties Eligible for DUA

Monday, May 10, 2010 | 03:14 pm
42 Counties Now Authorized for Disaster Unemployment Benefits
 
NASHVILLE - Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available to workers in Chester, Clay, DeKalb, Hardin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Robertson, Smith, Stewart, Trousdale, Wayne and Wilson counties as a direct result of severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that began April 30, 2010, and are continuing, Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development James Neeley reported today. This amends the declaration for the State of Tennessee (FEMA-1909-DR). 

Tennessee Pre-K Earns National Recognition

Monday, May 10, 2010 | 12:25 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program received high marks in the National Institute of Early Education Research’s (NIEER) annual report. The state ranked among the top sates for percentage of children enrolled and funding per child.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available

Friday, May 07, 2010 | 03:24 pm
27 Counties Eligible for Additional Benefits
 
NASHVILLE - Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available to workers in Benton, Carroll, Cheatham, Crockett, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Obion, Perry, Rutherford, Shelby, Sumner, Tipton and Williamson counties who are out of work as a direct result of severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that began April 30, 2010, and are continuing, Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development James Neeley reported today. The declaration number is FEMA-1909-DR. 

TDOT Awards Emergency Contracts For Flood Repair

Thursday, May 06, 2010 | 02:48 pm

NASHVILLE - Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded ten emergency contracts late Wednesday to repair damage to bridges and highways as a result of the recent floods in west and middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Transportation had already begun the arduous process of assessing the damage to bridges and roads across the state.

New TDOT Employees in Scott County Anxious to Get to Work

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | 03:19 pm

New TDOT employees in Scott County
New TDOT employees in Scott County
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In February 2010, Scott County’s unemployment rate continues to linger at 18.3 percent which is well above the state average of 10.8 percent. On April 8, Governor Phil Bredesen announced his plan to use funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to put 150 Scott County residents back to work. One third of those new positions will be filled within the Tennessee Department of Transportation.