Media Advisories

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Davidson County

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 01:18 pm

NASHVILLE – A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees has been expanded to include Davidson County. The insect was found in a USDA-APHIS trap in a residential area of Old Hickory. This brings the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 39.

“EAB continues to spread across the state,” Gray Haun, TDA’s Plant Certification administrator said. “Finding it initially in a residential area instead of along a waterway or in a campsite is a bit unusual and inspectors are continuing to search Davidson County for more signs of EAB.”

The EAB detection program deployed by TDA and USDA-APHIS uses purple box traps placed in trees to determine if EAB is in the area. The traps are coated with an adhesive that captures insects when they land. The color is attractive to EAB, and is relatively easy for people to spot among the foliage.

Donnell Farm “Flying High” This Fall to Keep Education Farm Fresh

Monday, September 29, 2014 | 02:04 pm

NASHVILLE – Donnell Century Farm near Jackson is hosting a special Pick Tennessee Products media day on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to showcase their new features and activities for the fall. 

“This Tuesday, all the media attending will experience a real bird’s eye view of our corn maze through drone cameras,” farm operator Rose Ann Donnell said. “Pig races will have everyone squealing, and you can be photographed decorated with fun props from our farm scene for a funny keepsake. Everyone will be a taste tester at the kettle corn popping demonstration.” 

Media opportunities include interviews, photographs, and videotaping with the Donnell family, field trip teachers, students and families.

Tennessee Pest Control Licensing and Advisory Board to Meet

Friday, September 26, 2014 | 12:30 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Pest Control Licensing and Advisory Board will meet Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. CDT in the conference room at the Porter Building at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 436 Hogan Rd. in Nashville, Tenn.

The agenda includes a review and approval of previous meeting minutes, consideration of individuals seeking licensure in special categories, and scheduling of 2016 dates for board meetings and licensing examinations. The meeting will also include a demonstration on the use of dogs in pest detection and control. The meeting is open to the public.

Oakes Farm Makes New Fall Attractions to Ensure New Memories

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 04:24 pm

NASHVILLE – Oakes Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Corryton is hosting a special Pick Tennessee Products media day on Thursday, Sept. 25, to showcase their new features and activities for the fall. Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson and other officials will be on hand to help celebrate.

At each Pick Tennessee Products Media Day, participating media can interview farmers and area officials in attendance, get footage and photographs of visitors and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms.

“We have 25 amazingly fun attractions for the entire family,” says David Black, Oakes farmer. “We have three haunted attractions on the farm. The Trail of Doom is a haunted maze that is farm themed. Chaotic Clown is a carnival based haunt. New this year is Elemental Dark Journey, where you are blindfolded and experience wind, water, fire, and earth.”

It’s a Fall Fest—But East Nashville Farmers Market Shows Off Summer’s Best

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 04:04 pm

NASHVILLE - “Don’t skip the very best time of year to visit farmers markets,” says Amy Tavalin, farmers markets specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

“From now until the first hard freeze is easily the most abundant season of the year in Tennessee,” Tavalin said. “We have a long growing season, so not only are all of summer’s favorites enjoying a last hurrah, but everything from fresh apples to Indian corn is elbowing into farmers market aisles across the state. Fresh, local “summer” produce will be here right along with everybody’s fall favorites until sometime in October.”

This Wednesday, Sept. 24, Pick Tennessee Products will host a fall produce media day at the East Nashville Farmers Market’s new location in Shelby Park from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Participating media can interview farmers and area officials in attendance, get footage and photographs of visitors and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms.

Teenage Binge Drinking in Tennessee Drops

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 11:13 am

NASHVILLE – Fewer teens and pre-teens in Tennessee are abusing alcohol, according to the findings of a five-year prevention effort. The emphasis was on changing community attitudes and behaviors and the risks of having five or more drinks on one occasion.


Lead by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), the state’s efforts achieved reductions in binge drinking well beyond the national average. During a period from 2009 – 2013, the statewide rate of binge drinking teens, between the ages of 14 and 17, dropped nearly 16%. In the 18 to 25 age range, the decrease was more than 5%.


“Recognizing that there is a problem is the first step,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). “The reduction in binge drinking speaks to a concerted effort by anti-drug community coalitions in the state, treatment providers, families, and young people themselves.”

Slow Down for Fall - and Wine - at Knoxville’s Market Square Farmers Market

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 10:28 am

KNOXVILLE - “Don’t skip the very best time of year to visit farmers markets,” says Amy Tavalin, farmers markets specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

“From now until the first hard freeze is easily the most abundant season of the year in Tennessee,” says Tavalin. “We have a long growing season, so not only are all of summer’s favorites enjoying a last hurrah, but everything from fresh apples to Indian corn is elbowing into farmers market aisles across the state. Fresh, local produce will be here until sometime in October.”

This Saturday, September 20, Pick Tennessee Products will host a fall produce media day at the Market Square Farmers Market in Knoxville. Participating media can interview farmers and area officials in attendance, get footage and photographs of visitors and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms.