Bredesen Announces Job Creation Plan for Hancock County

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 | 02:42 pm

Effort to Combat Unemployment Targets County with High Unemployment Rate

NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today announced a plan to reduce unemployment in Hancock County by putting up to 100 people back to work using federal dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Hancock County has had one of the state’s highest unemployment rates – 17.8 percent in November – for the past three months and includes 430 currently unemployed residents.

Tennessee to Receive Federal Matching Funds for Electronic Health Record Incentives Program

Monday, January 04, 2010 | 05:16 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced that Tennessee will receive federal matching funds for state planning activities necessary to implement the electronic health record incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Tennessee will receive approximately $2.7 million in federal matching funds.
Read the full CMS press release.

Decline in Traffic Fatalities over Holiday Weekends

Monday, January 04, 2010 | 03:30 pm
NASHVILLE --- Preliminary reports indicate ten people were killed in Tennessee traffic crashes during the 2009-2010 New Year’s holiday weekend, compared to 12 fatalities during the 2008-2009 New Year’s holiday weekend. Statistics for the 2009-10 New Year’s holiday reflect the 102-hour time period from 6:00 p.m., Thursday, December 31, 2009 to midnight Sunday, January 3, 2010.

Tennessee to Develop Policies to Increase Graduation Rates

Monday, January 04, 2010 | 02:25 pm

NGA Center Selects State to Participate in Two-Year Initiative

NASHVILLE – Tennessee has been selected by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) to participate in the Policy Academy on State Strategies to Achieve Graduation for All. The state will receive $50,000 to develop a dropout prevention and recovery work plan that supports the development of state policies and practices designed to increase graduation rates. Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire and West Virginia have also been selected to participate in the program.

Tennessee Names 2010 Nominees for National Blue Ribbon Award

Monday, January 04, 2010 | 01:04 pm
Blue Ribbon Nominees
Blue Ribbon Nominees

NASHVILLE – Six Tennessee schools will be considered for the 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools award, a national honor recognizing academic excellence. Schools nominated this year have at least 40 percent of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and either performed in the top 10 percent in the state, or made exceptional progress in academic achievement on state assessments.

These schools are invited by the U.S. Secretary of Education to complete the award application and will be reviewed by a federal assessment panel to determine national winners.

“These schools serve as a model for other schools across our state and the nation,” Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. “Their performance is to be commended.”

Sorghum Syrup Runs “Rings” Around Molasses in These Cinnamon Treats

Monday, January 04, 2010 | 11:56 am
Sorghum Cinnamon Rings
Sorghum Cinnamon Rings
NASHVILLE - Sorghum cinnamon rings, the latest recipe featured on the “Pick Tennessee Products” website, offers a way to sneak a treat into the grateful hands of those who’ve sworn off sweets for the New Year.
How? Sorghum syrup is the primary product made when the extracted juice from the sorghum plant is boiled down. It retains all of its natural sugars-- plus many other nutrients including calcium, protein, fiber, iron, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. In short, sorghum is a valuable food, worthy of a spot on the “good” list of even the most health conscious eaters. 

Bredesen Statement on the Passing of John Wilder

Friday, January 01, 2010 | 02:21 pm
NASHVILLE - “Andrea and I were both saddened to hear of John Wilder's death, and want to express our sympathy and condolences to his family. I hope they take comfort in reflecting on what a long and productive life he led.

Tennessee Awarded $1.8 Million in ARRA Funding for Broadband

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 | 02:14 pm

NASHVILLE –Tennessee will receive $1.8 million in federal funding for broadband mapping and planning in an effort to increase the availability and use of high-speed Internet service in the state.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) matching grant is awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

State Health Department Completes Health Assessment Of Kingston Coal Ash Spill Site

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | 02:59 pm

Public Comments Accepted Through February 9, 2010

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health’s (TDH) Environmental Epidemiology Program, under a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), has completed a draft health assessment for Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Kingston coal ash spill site and is accepting public comments now through February 9, 2010, it was recently announced. Both the 200-page assessment and a four-page fact sheet summary are available on the department’s Web site at