Will Help Tennessee Flood Victims Find Housing

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | 02:59 pm

Landlords Urged to List Available Units Immediately

NASHVILLE – Many Tennesseans have been displaced from their homes after heavy rains swelled the Cumberland River and other Tennessee waterways. To help these displaced residents find housing quickly, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency is urging all property providers to list available rental housing on the free, statewide housing locater service as soon as possible. The process of listing takes about 10 minutes and is completely free.

Tennessee Guardsmen Airlift Food and Water to Flood Victims in Cheatham Co.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | 07:24 am
Sgt. Caleb Bucy and Ashland City Assistant Fire Chief Brian Biggs offload crates of water in a residential area of Ashland City that has been cut off due to severe flooding.
Sgt. Caleb Bucy and Ashland City Assistant Fire Chief Brian Biggs offload crates of water in a residential area of Ashland City that has been cut off due to severe flooding.
NASHVILLE - Flood victims in Cheatham County received some relief as National Guard soldiers from D Troop, 1-230 Air Cavalry Squadron, airlifted food and water to citizens stranded in their homes due to the record flooding and rains. 
The Smyrna-based unit was alerted and a UH-60 Blackhawk dispatched with MREs (“Meals Ready To Eat”) to the Ashland City Fire Department. The aircrew, along with volunteers and Ashland City Assistant Fire Chief Brian Biggs, loaded two truckloads of water onto the aircraft and then flew it to people in need throughout Cheatham County.

Department of Commerce & Insurance Resources for Flood-hit Tennesseans

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 | 04:51 pm
Links to Divisions, Contractors, U.S. Flood Insurance Information
NASHVILLE The Department of Commerce and Insurance, whose buildings have been shut down as a result of the historic flooding that has devastated Middle Tennessee, has set up an operations center to respond to the numerous calls and e-mails from the public. 
A number of Tennesseans have questions about flood insurance. Flood insurance is overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has information on flood insurance at

Tennessee Guardsmen Aiding in Flood Rescues

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 | 10:15 am
Tennessee Army National Guard soldiers offload victims rescued from their homes during severe flooding in Gallatin on May 2.
Tennessee Army National Guard soldiers offload victims rescued from their homes during severe flooding in Gallatin on May 2.
NASHVILLE - As flood waters were rising and rain still pounding throughout Tennessee on May 1 and 2, National Guard soldiers from the 1176th Transportation Company were deploying in Middle Tennessee to assist local emergency management agencies in rescue operations.
The Smyrna-based unit was alerted and soldiers dispatched throughout Williamson and Sumner Counties to help rescue citizens stranded in their homes following record flooding and rains.

Bredesen Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration

Monday, May 03, 2010 | 06:43 pm
Declaration Request Made for 52 Tennessee Counties
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has asked President Obama to declare 52 Tennessee Counties as federal disaster areas following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state beginning Friday, April 30.
Should this initial request for assistance be granted, the following Tennessee counties would have access to varying levels of federal assistance programs: Anderson, Bedford, Benton, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Clay, Crockett, Davidson, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Giles, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lake, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Morgan, Obion, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Tipton, Trousdale, Van Buren, Wayne, Weakley, White, Williamson and Wilson.

Food Safety A Priority In Flood Aftermath

Monday, May 03, 2010 | 02:47 pm

“When in Doubt, Throw it Out,” says Public Health Official

NASHVILLE – Due to the recent flooding and power outages experienced across middle and west Tennessee, food safety must be a top priority for affected residents. To ensure safety and wellness, Tennessee public health officials urge individuals to throw away all food that may have come in contact with flood water as well as those perishables exposed to temperatures about 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more.

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.