Ann Ellington-Wagner Receives Museum Volunteer Award

Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 02:36 pm
Ann Ellington-Wagner
Ann Ellington-Wagner

NASHVILLE - Ann Ellington-Wagner, daughter of Gov. and Mrs. Buford Ellington, was recognized as Museum Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Museums. She received the Volunteer Award of Excellence at the annual conference which was held in Nashville on March 29-31. Ellington-Wagner coordinated the Preemie Evergreen project with the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.

“The Preemie Evergreen project was a tremendous success benefiting both the Nashville community and our museum,” said Anne Dale, museum director. “Ann is asset to the museum and the community. She is really making a difference.”

Tennessee's Volunteer Spirit Put to Work for Public Health

Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 12:17 pm

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is working to ensure Tennesseans are prepared in the event of public health or other medical emergencies. In recognition of this year’s National Volunteer Week and theme, Celebrating People in Action, TDOH is recruiting and registering volunteers with medical backgrounds and other skills sets across the Volunteer state. National Volunteer Week is being observed April 18-24 this year, and TDOH is highlighting volunteer service in support of emergency preparedness plans.

State Route 92 Bridge in Dandridge Opens a Month Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 11:21 am
Contractor to Receive Full Incentive
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews re-opened the State Route 92 Bridge over the French Broad River in Dandridge today more than a month ahead of schedule. The $1.4 million project was schedule to be complete by May 15, 2010, however, after a final bridge inspection, the bridge reopened to traffic shortly after 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 14.  TDOT provided an incentive of $100,000 to reopen the bridge by April 17.
 

U.S.-64 in Polk County Reopens to Traffic

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 10:19 am
Rockslide Stabilization Projects Complete
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Traffic is once again flowing on U.S. 64 in Polk County after five months of work to clear and stabilize two rockslides along the route. Workers completed the work to stabilize and clear the two rockslides along U.S. 64 in the Ocoee Gorge at 11:15 a.m. ET today and traffic was allowed on U.S. 64 for the first time since November 10, 2009 when the road was completely closed by a massive rockslide at mm 17.6 near TVA Ocoee 2 Dam. Work to stabilize the first rockslide began on November 16 with the awarding of a $2.1 million emergency contract to Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. from Sevierville, TN. 
 
“I am very pleased to announce the reopening of this vital roadway through Polk County,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “I want to thank the people of Polk County for being patient with us as we worked on this difficult and dangerous project.”
 

Chestnut Street Bridge Reopens Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 09:14 am
The Chestnut Street Bridge opens more than two months ahead of schedule. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
The Chestnut Street Bridge opens more than two months ahead of schedule. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
Construction of New Bridge Completed More than Two Months Early
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the early completion of a bridge replacement project on Chestnut Street in Nashville. A portion of Chestnut Street, which has been closed since the project began in August 2009, is now open to traffic.
 
The $2 million project, which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, replaced the bridge that crosses over the CSX Railroad. The 80 year old bridge was classified in “Poor” condition and was on the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. The bridge’s sufficiency rating was 37.6 out of 100.

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.