Media Advisories

Tennessee's Plan to Reduce Chronic Homelessness

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 03:24 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is embarking on a three-year strategy to reduce homelessness among veterans and other chronically homeless people living with mental illness and/or struggling with substance abuse.


“This initiative is the first of its kind in Tennessee and brings together resources to help individuals who are chronically homeless,” said E. Douglas Varney, TDMHSAS Commissioner. “Many of our veterans and individuals who have been homeless for a long time are coping with addiction and mental illness. They are the people who will benefit from this coordination of state and county resources.”

Bridge Repair Work Scheduled for I-65 in Williamson County

Thursday, October 09, 2014 | 10:40 am

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close lanes on Interstate 65 in Franklin this weekend for bridge repairs at State Route 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass). The work is scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, October 11, 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – I-65 northbound will be closed. I-65 southbound will have brief rolling roadblocks.
  • Sunday, October 12, 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – I-65 southbound will be closed.

Resources Available in Tennessee to Treat Depression

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 | 01:10 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) encourages individuals who are struggling with depression, or thoughts of suicide, to seek help for themselves or a loved one.


“Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that can be diagnosed and is treatable, not a sign of weakness,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). “While it may sometimes seem like a passing phase, it’s an illness and it tends to run in families.”

Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission to Meet Oct. 13

Monday, October 06, 2014 | 01:19 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission will meet Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. CDT at the Ed Jones Auditorium, located at Ellington Agricultural Center, 416 Hogan Road in Nashville. 

The commission will review and consider approval of the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a market study on the potential for growth and development of the Tennessee State Fair. The meeting may be conducted permitting electronic means of communication by some members of the commission. The meeting is open to the public.

TDH to Provide Update, Preparedness Information to Media about Ebola

Monday, October 06, 2014 | 01:17 pm

NASHVILLE – While NO cases of Ebola Virus Disease have been reported in Tennessee, some people in the state may have questions and concerns about the illness. Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH and other TDH and local experts will host an information session for media on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the TDH State Health Operations Center in Nashville.

Tennessee Showcasing Resources for Caregivers

Friday, October 03, 2014 | 11:13 am

NASHVILLE – The stress of caring for a loved one with special physical or emotion conditions can lead to an increased incidence of serious health issues for the caregiver, family breakups, and in some cases out-of-home placement of the individual with the disability.


The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is urging individuals who care for a child or adult at home to take advantage of respite care services.


“Respite care is vitally important to caregivers who just need a break from the stress of caring for a loved one,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner of TDMHSAS. “Under constant stress, caregivers often experience loneliness, depression, and health issues which in some cases can result in the death of the caregiver.”


The State of Tennessee is considered a leader in respite care services for families of children with a serious emotional disturbance.

Market Street Bridge in Chattanooga to Undergo Quarterly Testing this Sunday, October 5, 2014

Thursday, October 02, 2014 | 01:38 pm

Traffic Advisory

Market Street Bridge in Chattanooga to Undergo Quarterly Testing this Sunday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will conduct quarterly testing on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, October 5, 2014, during which time the bridge will be closed to through traffic.  From 8:00 a.m. EDT to no later than 2:00 p.m. EDT, the bridge will be closed to traffic as the testing is performed.

Tennessee Dairy Promotion Committee to Meet Oct. 14

Thursday, October 02, 2014 | 01:29 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Dairy Promotion Committee will meet Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.  CST at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 1228 Bunker Hill Road in Cookeville, Tenn.

The agenda includes a review of the TDPC financials, including the year-to-date financial statement and carryover dollars, and an update on promotional activities, election of officers and a review of contracts. The meeting is open to the public.