Media Advisories

Help for Tennessee Youth Abusing Prescription Drugs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 03:37 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is teaming up with community anti-drug coalitions across a 10-county region of East Tennessee in an effort to reduce the number of young people who are abusing prescription drugs.


To help achieve this goal, TDMHSAS has secured nearly $7 million dollars in federal grant funds to engage with young people through public awareness campaigns and community-based prevention and enforcement efforts over a five-year period.


“Our objective is to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs by the 12 to 25 year old age group by more than four percent,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner, TDMHSAS. “If we’re successful, that will add up to thousands of young lives saved from disastrous consequences. We owe it to them, their families, and communities to do all we can.”

Supporting Survivors of Suicide in Tennessee

Monday, November 17, 2014 | 04:17 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) joins with survivors of suicide throughout the State of Tennessee and worldwide in recognition of the 2014 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.


“We have lost so many to suicide, too many,” said E. Douglas Varney, TDMHSAS Commissioner. “Most notably this year was the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, which has resulted in a tremendous amount of attention and awareness.”


Events in Tennessee to Focus on Grief and Recovery

Tennessee Offering More Resources to Pregnant Women

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 02:02 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s prescription drug abuse epidemic is harming a generation of unborn and newborn infants across the state. In 2012, more than 42 percent of pregnant women served by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) listed prescription pain medicine as their primary substance of abuse. That is more than double the national average of approximately 18 percent.

“We want pregnant women struggling with addiction to know that they have access to dedicated community agencies that offer treatment for expectant mothers,” said E. Douglas Varney, TDMHSAS Commissioner.

Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission to Meet Nov. 17

Friday, November 07, 2014 | 01:52 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission will meet concurrently with the Metro Board of Fair Commissioners and Tennessee State Fair Association Board of Directors Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. CST. The meeting will be held at the Metro Police Department’s South Precinct, located at 5101 Harding Place in Nashville.    

The purpose of the meeting will be to hear a report from the Tennessee State Fair Association and for general discussion on the future goals and objectives of the fair. There will be no official action taken by the commission as the meeting is for informational sharing and discussion purposes only. The meeting may be conducted permitting electronic means of communication by some members of the commission. The meeting is open to the public.

Traffic Shift Planned for I-65 in Williamson County

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 04:28 pm

Weekend Lane Closures Scheduled

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews plan to shift traffic on Interstate 65 between State Route 840 and State Route 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) in Franklin. The work is scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, November 7, 8:00 p.m. through Monday, November 10, 5:00 a.m., there will be a lane closure on I-65 northbound at MM 59. One lane will remain open.
  • Friday, November 14, 8:00 p.m. through Monday, November 17, 5:00 a.m., there will be a lane closure on I-65 southbound at MM 61. One lane will remain open.

TDOT to Hold Ribbon Cutting on U.S. Hwy. 41 Bridge over Tennessee River at Nickajack Lake in Marion County

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 10:53 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will join with state and local officials to celebrate the official opening of a new bridge on U.S. Hwy. 41 over the Tennessee River at Nickajack Lake in Marion County, Tenn. on Friday, November 7, 2014.

Who:
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer
State Senator Janice Bowling
State Representative David Alexander
State Representative Billy Spivey
Marion County Mayor David Jackson

What:
Official Opening of U.S. Hwy. 41 Bridge over Tennessee River at Nickajack Lake in Marion County, Tenn.

When:
Friday, November 7, 2014
10:00 a.m. CST – Ribbon Cutting

Where:
On U.S. Hwy. 41 at the end of the new bridge that is nearer to Chattanooga.

Tennessee Receives Nearly $5 Million to Prevent Suicides

Monday, November 03, 2014 | 04:16 pm

NASHVILLE  Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has been awarded two federal grants totaling nearly $5 million dollars, to reduce the rate of suicides in the state. The funds, from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will be focused on preventing suicides statewide.


"The rate of suicides in Tennessee has been steadily increasing since the late 1980s," said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). "Suicide is a serious public health problem and a subject people are still very hesitant to talk about. These grant awards will allow us to address this threat and save lives."


TDVA Joins with the University of Tennessee and Numerous State Partners to Connect Veterans with Valuable Resources in Knox County

Monday, November 03, 2014 | 11:33 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with more than 50 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, and Roane Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources, and claims assistance. 

Employers such as Arby’s, Lowe’s, Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Tennessee Department of Human Resources will participate in the event to recruit Veterans for open positions. Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will participate to offer Commercial Driving Certification for qualified Veterans as well as recruit Veterans for open positions.