Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available

Friday, May 07, 2010 | 03:24 pm
27 Counties Eligible for Additional Benefits
NASHVILLE - Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available to workers in Benton, Carroll, Cheatham, Crockett, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Obion, Perry, Rutherford, Shelby, Sumner, Tipton and Williamson counties who are out of work 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. The declaration number is FEMA-1909-DR. 

TDOT Awards Emergency Contracts For Flood Repair

Thursday, May 06, 2010 | 02:48 pm

NASHVILLE - Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded ten emergency contracts late Wednesday to repair damage to bridges and highways as a result of the recent floods in west and middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Transportation had already begun the arduous process of assessing the damage to bridges and roads across the state.

New TDOT Employees in Scott County Anxious to Get to Work

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | 03:19 pm

New TDOT employees in Scott County
New TDOT employees in Scott County
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In February 2010, Scott County’s unemployment rate continues to linger at 18.3 percent which is well above the state average of 10.8 percent. On April 8, Governor Phil Bredesen announced his plan to use funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to put 150 Scott County residents back to work. One third of those new positions will be filled within the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

TNHousingSearch.org 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 www.TNHousingSearch.org 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 http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/info.shtm.

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.