Tennessee and North Carolina Cooperative Efforts Will Open “The Dragon”

Thursday, April 08, 2010 | 01:19 pm
Workers rappel down the mountain to identify and remove loose rock.
Workers rappel down the mountain to identify and remove loose rock.
Crews constructed this rock berm to protech the nearby waters of the Chilhowee Lake.
Crews constructed this rock berm to protech the nearby waters of the Chilhowee Lake.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will reopen an 11-mile stretch of U.S. 129/SR115 in Blount County known as “The Dragon” on Monday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. The stretch of U.S. 129 from the Tabcat Bridge to the North Carolina state line will be open to traffic each day between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The section of U.S. 129 from just past the Foothills Parkway to the Tabcat Bridge will remain closed as crews work to remove a rockslide that closed the roadway in March. 
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will provide traffic enforcement and Graham County, North Carolina will provide emergency response along the open section of U.S. 129 during daylight hours. Motorists are advised that emergency response will be limited in the area.  Law enforcement will have zero tolerance for traffic law violations and will diligently enforce the area. U.S. 129 will be closed to traffic at the North Carolina state line at 8:00 p.m. each night until 8:00 a.m. the next day.  The roadway will remain closed to commercial traffic and large RVs. 

Thank a Farmer, Help a Neighbor

Thursday, April 08, 2010 | 10:47 am
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, state House Agriculture Committee Chairman Stratton Bone and other agriculture industry groups are partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for Ag Day on the Hill. Visitors, exhibitors and legislative employees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for donation on April 13.

2010-11 Tennessee Wildlife Calendar Photo Contest Winners Announced

Thursday, April 08, 2010 | 09:17 am
NASHVILLE --- The winners for the 2010-11 Tennessee Wildlife magazine photo contest have been selected by the staff of Tennessee Wildlife. The selections will appear in the annual calendar issue of the magazine which will be available in the early summer.
Hundreds of entries were submitted, but the staff had the challenging task to narrow the entries to 13 photos that will appear in the calendar issue. The 2010-11 calendar issue will begin with the month of August.

Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program Applications Now Available

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 | 08:53 am
Hay Barn
Hay Barn
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released the 2010 application for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program. Applications can be submitted June 1-7 and should not be postmarked prior to June 1. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, so producers are encouraged to apply early. Producer Diversification remains a competitive program and applications with proposals will be accepted June 1-7.

Bredesen Announces Job Creation Plan for Marshall County

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 | 08:40 am
Effort to Combat Unemployment Targets County with High Unemployment Rate
NASHVILLEGovernor Phil Bredesen today announced a plan to reduce unemployment in Marshall County by putting up to 175 people back to work using federal dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Marshall County has had the state’s highest unemployment rate – 19.1 percent in February – for the past three months and includes 2,330 currently unemployed residents.
“This jobs package will put people back to work and provide some much needed assistance to these residents who are feeling the effects of this economic downturn,” said Bredesen. “One of the primary goals of the Recovery Act is to put people back to work, and I’m glad the state can bring this assistance to Marshall County residents during these tough times.”

April Is Minority Health Month

Monday, April 05, 2010 | 01:49 pm

Calendar of Tennessee Events Included on Web

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has proclaimed April Minority Health Month in Tennessee. The state Department of Health and its Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination join minority health advocates and providers nationwide in the annual observance, which is designed to raise awareness about health issues that affect minority populations. Activities planned during the month encourage faith-based and community based organizations, businesses, health care professionals and others to get involved to improve the health status of minority populations and to eliminate health disparities.

TDOT Now Accepting “Green Island” Biofuels Corridor Grant Applications

Thursday, April 01, 2010 | 02:43 pm
Green Island Grants support retail E85 and B20 pumps like these at a station along I-65 in Goodlettesville, just north of Nashville.
Green Island Grants support retail E85 and B20 pumps like these at a station along I-65 in Goodlettesville, just north of Nashville.
Grants Provide Funds to Help Retail Fuel Stations Install Biofuel Infrastructure
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for the next round of Green Island Biofuel Corridor Network grants. The deadline to apply for the grants is April 30, 2010. The Green Island grant program is a competitive funding opportunity available to retail fuel station owners and farmer co-ops interested in promoting and selling two biofuel blends, E85 (ethanol) and B20 (biodiesel).  The goal of the Green Island grant program is to establish a statewide network of publicly accessible B20 and E85 refueling stations, particularly along interstates and major highways and in major population centers.
“Green Island grants encourage and help expand the commercial availability of biofuels in Tennessee, giving motorists more options at the pump and reducing harmful vehicle emissions,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “This program is a vital piece of the state’s efforts to make biofuels a real option for Tennesseans.”

February 2010 County Unemployment Rates

Thursday, April 01, 2010 | 01:29 pm
Rates Decrease in 78 Counties, Increase in 10, Remain the Same in Seven
NASHVILLE – Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2010 was 10.7 percent, unchanged from the January rate of 10.7 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of February was 9.7 percent.

"Get Yourself Tested" to Reduce Burden of Sexual Disease in Tennessee

Thursday, April 01, 2010 | 10:36 am

April is STD Awareness Month

NASHVILLE – Tennessee ranks 11th in the nation for reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases. The Department of Health is working to educate Tennesseans on ways to reduce the burden of these preventable infections during STD Awareness Month this April. The goal of this annual health observance is to raise awareness about the impact of STDs and the importance of preventing, testing for and treating these diseases.