Bredesen Announces Aeronautics Grants for Six Tennessee Airports

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 11:46 am
$1.3 Million Provided for Infrastructure and Other Improvements

NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $1.3 million have been approved for six Tennessee airports.
“Our local airports are vital to the economy and travel system of Tennessee,” said Bredesen. “Investing in our airports helps keep them competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of businesses and travelers.”

Recovery Act Puts More People to Work in Lauderdale County

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 09:11 am
24 New TDOT employees in Lauderdale County are heading to work thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
24 New TDOT employees in Lauderdale County are heading to work thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
TDOT Hires 24 Additional People through Recovery Act Funded Initiative to Reduce Unemployment
NASHVILLE – Twenty-four Lauderdale County citizens put on their hard hats and safety vests and hit the roads today as new employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The new TDOT hires are part of Governor Phil Bredesen’s initiative to reduce unemployment in Lauderdale County by using Recovery Act funds to create job opportunities. The plan calls for the creation of 175 jobs, including 50 new Highway Maintenance workers at TDOT.

NASP State Championships to Be Held in Murfreesboro

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 | 07:59 am
NASHVILLE --- The Fourth Annual Tennessee National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championships will be held Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum.
The NASP State Championships has a new setting this year after being held at Tennessee Tech each of the past two years. The tournament has seen an increase of almost 500 students in two years with more than 800 students registered for this year’s event.

Tennessee Rail Projects Awarded $55.3 Million in Recovery Act TIGER Grants

Thursday, February 18, 2010 | 12:00 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee will receive $55.3 million in federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grants for two rail projects in the state. The US DOT announced $1.5 billion in federal TIGER grant funds for more than 50 projects across the U.S. on Wednesday, the one year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which funds the competitive TIGER grants.

Bredesen Announces SBA Disaster Loans Now Available to Businesses Impacted by U.S. 64 Rock Slide

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 04:59 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the Small Business Administration is making Economic Injury Disaster Loans available in Polk County and three adjacent Tennessee counties – Bradley, McMinn and Monroe – as well as for two counties in Georgia (Fannin and Murray) and one in North Carolina (Cherokee). The assistance comes in response to Bredesen’s request for federal aid following a rock slide that closed U.S. Highway 64 on November 10, 2009.

TDOT Obligates 100% of Recovery Act Highway Funds

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 12:58 pm
A flagger directs traffic on a paving project along State Route 52 in Morgan County, Tennessee.
A flagger directs traffic on a paving project along State Route 52 in Morgan County, Tennessee.
TDOT Credits Great Partnership with Metropolitan Planning Organizations Statewide
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has obligated 100% of the $572 million in Highway Infrastructure Investment funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act two weeks ahead of the March 1 deadline required under the Act. TDOT received approval of its last project Tuesday on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Recovery Act. Tennessee is one of the first states to obligate 100% of Recovery Act funds for highway infrastructure. 
“I appreciate the work of the Department of Transportation and its local and regional partners in reaching this important milestone for the Recovery Act in Tennessee,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “This accomplishment ensures that all of our Recovery Act dollars for highway infrastructure will stay in Tennessee for needed improvements that will continue to boost local economies.”

Scott County Receives $150,000 for Jobs Training

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 12:52 pm
Technology Centers Use Recovery Act Funds to Provide Classes in Demand Occupations
NASHVILLE – Scott County residents may soon be eligible to enroll in retraining classes at the Tennessee Technology Center at Oneida/Huntsville if they have recently been terminated from employment as a result of a permanent closure or substantial layoff.
Assistance amounting to $150,000 will bring new classes in Machine Tool Technology, Welding, Electronics, and Truck Driving to the Technology Center so dislocated workers in Scott County can go back to work in fields where jobs are available. The funding is provided through Workforce Investment Act and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resources and the Tennessee Technology Centers.

2010 County Health Rankings Released

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 05:30 am
County-by-County Snapshot Shows Influence of Multiple Factors on Health Outcomes
NASHVILLE – The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the County Health Rankings, the first report to rank the overall health of the counties in all 50 states – more than 3,000 total – by using a standard formula to measure how healthy people are and how long they live, it was announced today.

Bredesen Appoints Members to Governor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | 04:38 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced 13 appointments to the Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The Council was created by Executive Order 63 to collaborate with and coordinate the services of state and local government agencies and non-governmental entities in the criminal justice system to increase public safety.