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, 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

USDA-NRCS Assists Tennessee with Storm Debris Cleanup

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 11:59 am
From the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tennessee Office
NASHVILLE - A tremendous cleanup effort is underway throughout much of Tennessee in the wake of this month’s severe storms and flooding. Kevin Brown, State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Tennessee, says Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funding is possible for the dozens of Tennessee counties declared federal disaster areas.

Go Local, “Native” For Smart, Successful Planting

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 09:13 am
Restoration ecologist Andy Sudbrock, who owns Nashville Natives nursery in Fairview, stands among some of the indigenous plants he cultivates.
Restoration ecologist Andy Sudbrock, who owns Nashville Natives nursery in Fairview, stands among some of the indigenous plants he cultivates.
NASHVILLE - “The next time you wonder what plants to use in your landscaping, take a hike,” says Andy Sudbrock, owner of Nashville Natives in Fairview, a plant nursery specializing in plants native to Tennessee, including wildflowers, ferns, grasses, aquatic plants, trees and shrubs.
“The flowering vines, bushes, trees and other attractive plants you’ll find along wooded trails, in open glades and beside rivers and ponds are there because they’ve spent thousands of years thriving in Tennessee’s climate,” says Sudbrock. “If they do well all on their own, imagine how great they’ll look as pampered plants around your home.”

FEMA Announces Additional 15 Counties Eligible for DUA

Monday, May 10, 2010 | 03:14 pm
42 Counties Now Authorized for Disaster Unemployment Benefits
NASHVILLE - Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available to workers in Chester, Clay, DeKalb, Hardin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Robertson, Smith, Stewart, Trousdale, Wayne and Wilson counties as a direct result of severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that began April 30, 2010, and are continuing, Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development James Neeley reported today. This amends the declaration for the State of Tennessee (FEMA-1909-DR).