Department of Commerce and Insurance Cautions Consumers to Beware of Health Care Scams

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | 12:19 pm
NASHVILLE - Scam artists may be attempting to defraud consumers about recently enacted federal health insurance reforms. Reports from across the nation indicate fake agents and sales representatives are going door-to-door claiming to be with the federal government to peddle phony health insurance policies. Elderly consumers are prime targets for these scams. 

Next Generation 911 Project Moves Forward

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | 08:47 am
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee General Assembly’s Fiscal Review Committee today approved an amendment to a state contract that will allow a planned digital upgrade of 911 service to move forward. The approval comes on the heels of the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board’s (TECB) adoption of a plan to distribute $25 million to local governments to purchase equipment for the upgrade, known as NG 911.

New 2010 State Maps Now Available

Monday, April 12, 2010 | 02:24 pm
The new 2010 state map front shows West Tennessee along with important travel and tourism information.
The new 2010 state map front shows West Tennessee along with important travel and tourism information.
The new 2010 state map back shows East Tennessee and some of the popular annual events in the state.
The new 2010 state map back shows East Tennessee and some of the popular annual events in the state.
NASHVILLE– The official 2010 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available to assist travelers in their planning efforts. The map is formatted in with large, easy to read information and includes a listing of Tennessee’s Biofuel Green Island Corridors, information about emergency reference markers, Tennessee 511 and attractions throughout the state.
 

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.