First Lady Conte to Host Panel on the Impact of War

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 10:42 am
Event is Free and Open to the Public, But Seating is Limited and Reservations are Required
NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. CDT at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence. The event, entitled “The Other Side of War,” will feature a panel discussion focused on the challenges facing families left behind when a loved one is deployed to war. The event is open to the public at no charge; however, seating is limited and reservations are required.

Federal Disaster Assistance Approved for Four Tennessee Counties

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 08:55 am
Cannon, Giles and Marshall Approved for Individual and Public Assistance,
Pickett Approved for Public Assistance
NASHVILLE – Four Tennessee counties have been approved for federal assistance as a result of extreme weather and flooding that struck the state April 30-May 2.
Cannon, Giles and Marshall counties have been approved in both the individual and public assistance categories. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in Cannon, Giles and Marshall counties can begin applying for assistance immediately by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

FEMA Disaster Assistance Tops $100 Million in First Two Weeks

Monday, May 17, 2010 | 07:13 pm

NASHVILLE – More than $100 million in federal assistance has been approved for the survivors of Tennessee’s record-setting storms and flooding, just two weeks after President Obama declared a federal disaster.

The amount includes $90.7 million in housing aid, such for rental assistance and home repairs, and $9.5 million for other needs such as personal property.

FEMA: Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Middle and West Tennessee

Monday, May 17, 2010 | 07:36 am
Mobile Centers to Visit Fayette, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lewis, Macon and Robertson Counties
NASHVILLE – Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRC) will visit six counties designated for federal assistance in Middle and West Tennessee beginning Monday, May 17, for a two-and-half day stay, to provide assistance to people affected by the severe storms and flooding that started on April 30.
MDRC hours of operation are Monday, May 17, from noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time at the following locations:

FEMA: Disaster Loan Packages Slow To Return

Sunday, May 16, 2010 | 01:32 pm
NASHVILLE – The number of disaster recovery loan packages returned by flood survivors is alarmingly low, according to recovery officials. More than 23,500 loan applications from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have been sent to Tennessee households who have applied for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) registration line. Of those, only 664 loan applications have been returned.
What individuals may not know is that the SBA disaster loan application is absolutely essential to their recovery. Low interest loans from the SBA are the primary funding source to assist eligible homeowners to return their property to its pre-disaster condition.

US 70 in Davidson County Reopens

Friday, May 14, 2010 | 03:06 pm
Contract crews remove debris from US Highway 70 in Nashville. Recent flooding triggered a slide that closed the roadway for several days.
Contract crews remove debris from US Highway 70 in Nashville. Recent flooding triggered a slide that closed the roadway for several days.
NASHVILLE – A portion of US Highway 70 in Davidson County damaged by the recent flood is now open to traffic. Clean-up and repair operations were completed this afternoon, allowing contract crews to reopen the section of US Highway 70 between Newsom Station Road and McCrory Lane in the Bellevue area of Nashville.
The flooding that occurred two weeks ago triggered a large slide that covered the roadway with large amounts of rock and debris. TDOT initiated an emergency contract, which was awarded to Civil Constructors on Friday, May 7, 2010. Since then, approximately 2,000 cubic yards of material has been removed from the area. New pavement and striping have also been applied to the roadway.