Tennessee to Develop Strategy to Improve Transportation and Land Use Planning

Thursday, March 18, 2010 | 02:14 pm
NGA Center Selects Tennessee to Participate in 10-Month Initiative
NASHVILLE – Tennessee has been selected by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) to participate in the Policy Academy on Shaping a New Approach to Transportation and Land Use Planning. The state will develop a Corridor Management Agreement in one of the state’s urban areas that will later be applied to other transportation corridors across the state. The goal is to create a system that helps local planning agencies learn how to make land use decisions that better coordinate with transportation decisions made at the local and state level. Colorado, Maryland, Washington and West Virginia have also been selected to participate in the program.

TDOS Cooperative Driver Testing Program Adds School Districts

Thursday, March 18, 2010 | 09:07 am
Working Together to Make our Highways Safer
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety Cooperative Driver Testing Program (CDTP) recently added more schools and school districts to the driver education testing program that allows Tennessee high school students to complete their knowledge and skills test in high school instead of Tennessee Driver Service Centers.

Consumer Affairs Advises Tennesseans to Beware of Census Scam Artists

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 01:11 pm
NASHVILLE - With the U.S. Census under way, the Division of Consumer Affairs wants to remind Tennesseans that scam artists often use the guise of government-related programs to steal from the unwitting. “Government-benefits fraud is more prevalent than credit card fraud,” says Consumer Affairs Director Mary Clement. “We don’t want Tennesseans to fall prey to identity theft or worse.”

Burn Permits Required Through May 15

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 | 01:05 pm

Nashville – Visible signs of spring are beginning to emerge as warm temperatures and sunny skies push back the doldrums from what has been one of the coldest winters on record. As Tennesseans begin to take advantage of this weather to do some yard work around the home or farm, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry wants to remind folks that if they are considering conducting an open burn, a burn permit is required in advance of such activity.

Model Good Food Choices and Kids Will Follow

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 | 11:08 am

Parents Reminded to Set the Standard During National Nutrition Month®

NASHVILLE – Children learn their habits, attitudes and beliefs from their parents and other caregivers, including their willingness to try new, healthy foods. During National Nutrition Month® this March, the Tennessee WIC Program encourages adults to be good role models to teach children how to appreciate nutrition and enjoy healthful eating.

Children in 52 Tennessee Counties Receive Free Books

Monday, March 15, 2010 | 01:05 pm

Donation by Appalachian Regional Commission allows books for more than 185,000 children in Appalachian Tennessee

NASHVILLE-More than 185,000 children in Middle and East Tennessee counties will have the chance to develop their vocabulary, improve school readiness and grow a love for reading after a generous donation by the Appalachian Regional Commission, with assistance from the East Tennessee Development District. The $100,000 donation will be matched by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) to ensure that free, high-quality, age appropriate books are sent each month to registered children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.

New Western Mental Health Institute Opens

Monday, March 15, 2010 | 08:51 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner (TDMHDD) Virginia Trotter Betts hosted the grand opening of the new Western Mental Health Institute today.
The new facility includes a state-of-the-art “treatment mall” where patients will spend the majority of the day in a classroom atmosphere receiving services including counseling, medication management, case management, and other psychiatric inpatient services. The facility will also house a telemedicine pilot program in collaboration with Carey Counseling Center in Union City, Tenn., in an effort to reduce unnecessary transportation to the institute for mental health assessments.

Recovery Act Funds to Provide More Intercity Bus Service Options to Tennesseans

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 | 01:43 pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will use federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to provide rural residents with better access to daily public transit. Vice President Joe Biden announced federal approval of TDOT’s plan to use $3.1 million in Recovery Act funds to expand direct intercity bus routes on Friday, March 5. The funds will be used by existing intercity bus carriers to purchase 23 buses, security equipment, support vehicles, computers, intelligent transportation system software, for ADA enhancements to vehicles and preventive maintenance. TDOT announced the first intercity bus routes in the state in March 2009. The program provides fixed route public transportation services between rural areas and the state’s urban centers.

Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Tips to Protect Children's Privacy

Thursday, March 04, 2010 | 02:20 pm
NASHVILLE - As National Consumer Protection Week gets under way March 7-13, the Consumer Affairs Division would like to highlight the importance of protecting children's privacy.
National Consumer Protection Week reinforces the importance of consumer education on issues such as identity theft, online fraud and other deceptive and fraudulent practices. This is also a time to stress the need in protecting children’s privacy. Whether they are studying, socializing, playing games or learning, kids are spending a lot of time online. Parents must ensure kids make smart and safe choices when they are online. Your child’s personal information and privacy are valuable – to you, to them and to marketers.

President Extends Unemployment Insurance Deadline

Thursday, March 04, 2010 | 01:41 pm
Claimants Get More Time to Transition into Existing Benefit Extensions
NASHVILLE – An emergency act signed into law Tuesday night by President Obama will allow many of Tennessee's unemployed more time to receive unemployment benefits. The measure extends the eligibility period from February 28 to March 30 to transition into existing extended benefit programs. The new law; however, does not add additional weeks of benefits to any of the existing federal extensions of unemployment insurance.