National Farm Safety and Health Week Promotes Awareness of Safety Solutions Year Round

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 11:47 am

NASHVILLE – Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries while on the job. In fact, Tennessee is among the top six states for deaths due to tractor accidents in agricultural work, according to data from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. During National Farm Safety and Health Week this September, the Department of Health joins the Department of Agriculture in raising awareness of the risks of farming accidents and ways to save lives through prevention.

“Farm injuries are especially prevalent during harvest season as farmers are working long hours and dealing with the additional stress of unpredictable weather and equipment problems,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “We appreciate the opportunity to join with the Tennessee Department of Health in promoting safe and healthy practices on our farms and the rural roadways of Tennessee.”

The occupational fatality rate for farmers is 700 percent higher than other U.S. industries, including mining. During 2009-2012, an average of 17 fatalities from agricultural tractor accidents was reported in Tennessee every year. Engineering advancements made to tractors and other farm equipment have helped reduce injuries and deaths – but only when they are used properly.

Governor Haslam, Health Commissioner Urge Everyone Get Their Flu Shot

Friday, September 19, 2014 | 02:56 pm
TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner; Gov. Bill Haslam; Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock receive their annual seasonal flu vaccinations in Memphis.
TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner; Gov. Bill Haslam; Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock receive their annual seasonal flu vaccinations in Memphis.

MEMPHIS – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, rolled up their sleeves today in Memphis for their annual vaccinations against influenza and encouraged fellow Tennesseans to do the same to help protect and promote good health in the state. Receiving an annual flu shot can make a big difference by helping you and others avoid becoming sick.

“We encourage all Tennesseans to get a flu shot because it’s the right thing to do,” Haslam said. “It not only protects the individual’s health but also the health of friends, family and coworkers.”

Tené H. Franklin Named Director of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 01:27 pm
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NASHVILLE – Tené Hamilton Franklin, MS has been named director of the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination. In this position, Franklin will facilitate and advocate for the development of policies, programs and services that appropriately respond to population health disparity issues across the state, especially those of racial and ethnic minority populations.

Help Stop Carbon Monoxide: A silent Killer

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 01:38 pm

Carbon monoxide awareness Day in Tennessee is September 16

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fall is almost here, a time when many people attempt to reduce their home heating costs by using alternative heat sources and making their homes as air-tight as possible. Tennessee Department of Health officials say both tactics can increase the risk of deadly Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

State promotes September as emergency preparedness month

Monday, September 08, 2014 | 10:00 am


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are dangers in everyday living that can become life-threatening without warning. How you prepare to handle those emergencies can mean the difference between being a survivor, or a victim. September is National Preparedness Month and state government is doing what it can to prepare itself and Tennesseans.


With September designated as national emergency preparedness month, the Tennessee Departments of Health, Military and Safety and Homeland Security are urging residents to plan now for what they would need to do in the event of an emergency, and to have a kit of materials to take care of themselves and their families.


“Preparedness is a state of mind; an attitude really,” David Purkey, Deputy Commissioner of TEMA and Homeland Security Advisor, said. “Our efforts are greatly amplified when the public does their part to be prepared by having a plan for emergencies.”

Tennessee promotes National Preparedness Month with Media Kick-Off

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 05:04 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Departments of the Military, Safety & Homeland Security and Health will host a press conference at 10:30 a.m., CST, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at the Military Department’s Headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.

High Rise Safety Important for More Tennesseans Every Year

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 09:00 am

NASHVILLE – A steadily increasing number of Tennesseans live or work in multi-story or high-rise buildings, structures for human occupancy more than 75 feet above the lowest level. To protect personal health and safety in these buildings, residents need to be aware of unique challenges associated with height and the ability of first responders to provide services in an emergency.

Haslam Appoints Task Force On Sentencing and Recidivism

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 09:27 am

Group to develop legislative and policy recommendations  
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the formation of the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety.
In June, the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet announced a partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice to review sentencing and correction policies and practices.  The creation of a task force is the next step in that collaboration.

Graceland Nursing Center Admissions Suspension Lifted

Friday, August 08, 2014 | 03:51 pm

NASHVILLE  – The Tennessee Department of Health announces that the suspension of admissions at Graceland Nursing Center has been lifted effective August 6. The facility is a 240-bed licensed nursing home located at 1250 Farrow Road in Memphis.