June 1 Professional Privilege Tax Deadline Approaching

Monday, May 24, 2010 | 09:23 am
Utilize Revenue’s Online Resources to File with Ease
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Revenue is reminding members of the 22 professional groups required to file and pay the annual professional privilege tax of the June 1 deadline. The department’s convenient online tax filing and payment options at  allow filers to complete their tax return, make a payment and receive confirmation in just minutes. New online filing options are available for companies that pay on behalf of their employees and remit single bulk payments to complete their returns.

I-24 East in Grundy County Reopens to Traffic

Saturday, May 22, 2010 | 11:07 am

Sinkhole Repairs Complete at Mile Marker 127 near Coffee County Line

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – I-24 East at mile marker 127 in Grundy County near the Coffee County Line is now open to traffic.  The roadway reopened at approximately 6:00 a.m. CT Saturday, May 22.  I-24 had been closed for several days as a result of a massive sinkhole that developed suddenly on the morning of Tuesday, May 18.

FEMA: Downloadable Flyers Available

Friday, May 21, 2010 | 02:41 pm
Print Flyers on SBA Assistance and Getting Rid of Mold
NASHVILLE - FEMA and TEMA have made available one-page flyers that can be printed and used as handouts in the ongoing Tennessee flood recovery efforts. 
Download and print flyers on: 

FEMA: Registrations Near 50,000 In Tennessee

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 03:55 pm
NASHVILLE – The recent storms and record-setting flooding in Tennessee have been met by a robust response from the state of Tennessee and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
So far, almost 900 federal employees from across the country are now working to meet the needs of disaster survivors. Nearly $113 million in disaster grants and low-interest loans have been approved since the major disaster declaration May 4, 2010, enabling Tennesseans to repair and rebuild.

FEMA: Clean Up Damaged Homes, Record Damages

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 03:51 pm
NASHVILLE – Residents in flood-damaged homes should begin cleanup as soon as it’s safe to enter their houses. There is no need to wait for a visit from FEMA damage inspectors to clean your home, but it’s important to record damages and keep receipts. Property owners can use video or photographs to record the damages. Documentation will be crucial when filing for government assistance and submitting insurance claims.

Tennessee Recognized for Efforts to Become a More Bicycle Friendly State

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 10:25 am
A bicyclist and jogger cross a bike/ped bridge in Chattanooga.
A bicyclist and jogger cross a bike/ped bridge in Chattanooga.
Tennessee Moves Up 19 Positions in Most Bicycle Friendly States Ranking
NASHVILLE – As Tennesseans celebrate National Bike to Work Week a new ranking shows they now have more bike friendly paths and roadways to travel. The League of American Cyclists recently announced their third annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings. Tennessee jumped an astounding 19 spots in one year. The state moved to 24th place this year from a ranking of 43rd in the 2009 report. 
“I’m pleased to see this marked improvement in Tennessee’s bicycle friendly ranking, but there is much work left to do,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Clearly one area where improvement is needed is educating the public about safe bicycling and driving practices.”

Commitment of Bredesen and Tennessee General Assembly to Pre-K Lauded in New Pew Report

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 10:03 am
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and the state of Tennessee earned national commendation in a report released today for the state’s consistent and firm commitment to high-quality pre-kindergarten. The state-by-state analysis entitled Leadership Matters: Governors’ Pre-K Budget Proposals Fiscal Year 2011 was released by Pre-K Now, a project of the Pew Center on the States.
“Our dedication to Pre-K in this state has been unwavering and it shows,” Bredesen said. “Pre-K classrooms are one of the best investments we can make in the lives of our young people and even in difficult budget years, with the continued support of the Tennessee General Assembly, we’ve made this valuable educational opportunity available for parents and families who want their children to attend.”