Tennesseans Warned of Fake Unemployment Benefit Check Scam

Thursday, April 01, 2010 | 07:13 am
Fake Tennessee Unemployment Benefit Checks Being Used in Secret Shopper Con
NASHVILLECommissioner James Neeley of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Mary Clement, Director of the Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division, are cautioning Tennesseans about cashing checks that come in the mail for services as a secret shopper.

Tennessee Unveils New State Recreation Plan

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | 12:30 pm
Governor Phil Bredesen unveils Tennessee 2020, the state's new recreation plan
Governor Phil Bredesen unveils Tennessee 2020, the state's new recreation plan
Tennessee 2020 Focuses on Future of Tennessee Parks, People and Landscapes

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke joined local conservation and parks professionals today in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the State Capitol to unveil Tennessee 2020, the state’s new recreation plan. The comprehensive planning document was created with significant public input, and focuses on the future of Tennessee’s parks, people and landscapes. The plan documents the most critical needs facing land conservation and recreational infrastructure over the next 10 years.

TDOT Debuts Enhanced TN511 Motorist Information System

Monday, March 29, 2010 | 01:03 pm
New 511 System Offers New Options for Motorists
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation today unveiled a new enhanced 511 travel information system. Motorists who dial 5-1-1 can now access information about rest areas, public transportation, airports, and tourism as well as the standard features such as incidents, construction projects and weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.  TN511 debuted in August 2006 and has provided information to more than 2.5 million callers. 

Tennessee Wins Race to the Top Grant

Monday, March 29, 2010 | 12:04 pm
Tennessee and Delaware Successful in Competition's First Round
NASHVILLE Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Tennessee is one of just two states selected to receive millions of dollars for education in the federal government’s Race to the Top competition. The U.S. Department of Education announced Tennessee and Delaware as the competition’s first round winners earlier today.
Tennessee will receive approximately $500 million to implement its comprehensive school reform plans over the next four years.
“This is a landmark opportunity for Tennessee,” said Bredesen. “Our success in Race to the Top speaks to the commitment we’ve made to meaningful and significant improvement in public education, and the funds provided by the grant will carry us forward in a dramatic and positive direction.”

Tennessee Approves New Childhood Immunization Requirements

Monday, March 29, 2010 | 10:26 am

Most Changes Go Into Effect July 1, 2010

NASHVILLE – For the first time in a decade, Tennessee has adopted new childhood immunization requirements to better protect children from serious diseases, especially those that can spread easily in a school or pre-school setting. The new 2010 requirements apply to those who attend child care, pre-school and school, and changes coming in 2011 affect new Tennessee college students. The state has also introduced a new official Tennessee Certificate of Immunization required for children starting pre-school, Kindergarten and seventh grade this fall.

Recovery Act Helps Expand Tennessee’s Online Learning Program

Friday, March 26, 2010 | 01:03 pm

NASHVILLE – Education Commissioner Timothy Webb today announced Title II-D Education Technology funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand the Tennessee Department of Education’s e4TN online learning initiative.

Building on the success of e4TN, the Department of Education will expand opportunities for students to enroll and succeed in online courses through the e4000TN program. The program provides support and resources in hopes of enrolling 4000 students in e-Learning courses in 60 school districts across the state.

Tennessee to Receive More Than $255 Million in Additional Recovery Funds

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 02:58 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Education has announced that an additional $255,794,562 is now available to Tennessee under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) program. Tennessee received $635 million in phase one stabilization funds in May 2009. The funds announced today are additional funds available made available to the state upon approval of its phase two SFSF application.
Read the full U.S. Department of Education press release here.

TDA Now Accepting Proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grants

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 10:25 am
Tennessee Grown Organic Produce
Tennessee Grown Organic Produce

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These funds will help enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, which are fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts and nursery crops including floriculture. Administered by TDA, the grants are authorized through the federal Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.

First Lady Conte Hosts Women's History Month Event

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | 05:30 pm
Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte
Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte
NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte tonight hosted a presentation in observance of Women’s History Month. The event featured Belmont University History Department Chair Dr. Brenda Jackson-Abernathy, Ph.D., who gave a presentation entitled “Courage in a Corset: Civil War Nashville through Women’s Eyes.”
“This is the second in a series of events we’ve designed to both entertain and enlighten participants,” said Conte. “We rarely hear an account of this chapter in our history from a woman’s perspective, and Dr. Jackson-Abernathy’s discussion of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of women living right here in Nashville was particularly interesting and moving.”