Teens Encouraged to Make Smart Choices about Sexual Behavior

Friday, April 30, 2010 | 01:19 pm

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is May 5

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health joins the nation on May 5 in observing the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. This annual health observance, part of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, was established in 2002 to remind teenagers about the importance of avoiding pregnancy, parenthood and other serious consequences of sex.

Governor Releases Multi-modal Transportation Improvement Plan for 2010-2013

Friday, April 30, 2010 | 10:25 am
NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today released the final three-year transportation program of his administration which includes completion of several major strategic corridor projects and continues funding for transit, rail, water and aviation programs. The three-year Multi-modal Work Program for 2010-2013 includes 238 transportation projects & programs, including 175 individual highway project phases, 31 transit, water, rail & aviation initiatives, and 32 transportation programs serving Tennesseans across the state.

TDOS, THP Launch National Youth Traffic Safety Month in Tennessee

Friday, April 30, 2010 | 07:21 am
Prom, Graduation and Summer Are Times for Both Fun & Responsible Driving
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety joins the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, National Organizations for Youth Safety, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Governors Highway Safety Association, and Students Against Destructive Decisions to promote National Youth Traffic Safety Month. To kick off the month, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) encourages students to pledge not to drink and drive or text and drive.

TDOT’s New Marshall County Employees on the Job

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 12:00 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 | 09:15 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 | 09:44 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 | 03:51 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 | 01:42 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.”