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.  

GHSO Launches Click It AND Ticket Teen Safety Belt Campaign

Friday, May 14, 2010 | 07:00 am
Pilot Teen Safety Belt Program to Educate Teens on Importance of Buckling Up
NASHVILLE – Each year, dozens of Tennessee teens die in traffic crashes in Tennessee and many of those are not wearing safety belts. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office wants to help save teen lives by encouraging more teens to wear their safety belts. The GHSO is partnering with State Farm Insurance, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Across Tennessee (CADCAT) and three Tennessee high schools to launch a pilot program called Click It AND Ticket. During the program, volunteers will conduct seat belt observations at the schools and students or parents wearing their safety belts will be given a ticket to enter into a drawing to win a prize. The penalty for not wearing a safety belt in Tennessee is $10, so volunteers will draw ten tickets and award $10 gift cards to ten students.  In addition, one student from each school will win a $100 gift card.

Tennessee Guardsmen Assist in Debris Removal

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | 02:53 pm
Tennessee Guardsmen remove flood debris in Cheatham County
Tennessee Guardsmen remove flood debris in Cheatham County
NASHVILLE - Working as debris-removal teams, Tennessee National Guard soldiers from Paris and Union City have been assisting Cheatham County in cleaning up massive amounts of damaged property and trash left in the wake of the severe flooding the county experienced.
Armed with dump trucks and front-end loaders, soldiers from the 913th and 212th Engineer Companies have been hard at work clearing away the debris left in the wake of what some officials are now calling the thousand-year flood.  
"We are here to do whatevers needed to help get the community back in shape," said 2nd Lt. James Clark, a platoon leader from Union City. "They suffered a lot of damage."

Tennessee Bankers Gather for Updates on State Banking Industry

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | 11:00 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee bankers gathered today to discuss the latest trends and issues important to the banking industry. 
More than 120 bankers from across the state traveled to participate in “A Day with the Commissioner” hosted by Department of Financial Institutions Commissioner Greg Gonzales along with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The event featured expert financial speakers and a panel discussion. 

FEMA and TEMA Establish Facebook Community Page For Disaster Recovery

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 04:01 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) today announced an online hub for collaborative information-sharing through Facebook for the response and recovery to severe weather and flooding in Tennessee.
The webpage, www.facebook.com/TNDisasterInfo hosts an online community where those affected by the disaster and those active in the response can share information. FEMA and TEMA, as well as their federal, state, and local and voluntary agency partners are posting recovery tips and updates, including shelter locations and details on how to access disaster assistance. FEMA and TEMA will also upload videos and photos from the affected area.

Motor Vehicle Commission Urges Caution When Buying Used Cars

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 02:26 pm
NASHVILLE- In light of the historic flooding throughout the state, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission is encouraging consumers to be cautious when buying used cars. Scam artists may use this time to attempt to sell cars with flood damage to unsuspecting consumers.
Flooding can cause damage to the vehicle’s computer and electrical systems, as well as potentially causing brakes and airbag systems to malfunction. The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission advises consumers to only buy from dealers that hold a Motor Vehicle Dealers License issued by the Commission. To search for a license, visit http://verify.tn.gov.