Media Advisories

World War II Navy Veteran to Receive Medals After 70 Years

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 12:47 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will present medals earned by First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton for his service on the USS Denver during World War II in 1943 and 1944.  Horton will receive the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (1silver service star and 3 bronze service stars), America Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Combat Action Ribbon on Saturday, April 19 at Morningside of Gallatin at 1085 Hartsville Pike in Gallatin at 2:00 p.m. (CDT). 

Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) will perform the “Star Spangled Banner”, the American Legion Post 17 Color Guard will post Colors and the Horton family will perform to conclude the ceremony. 

Horton was 23-years old when he was stationed onboard the USS Denver during World War II.  He is the only surviving Tennessean from the ship’s crew and one of only six living shipmates out of 300. 

Jobs, Education and Other Valuable Resources at Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair in Perry County

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 11:25 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with State Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) and Representative Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads) as well as more than 30 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Lewis, Perry and Wayne Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources and claims assistance. 

United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as well as Bethel University, Lipscomb University and Cumberland University will participate in the Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair on Friday, April 25 from 10am to 2pm at the Tennessee Career Center at 113 Factory Street in Linden, TN.  Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will participate to offer Commercial Driving Certification for qualified Veterans as well as to recruit Veterans for open positions. Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and Tennessee Department of Military will also recruit Veterans.  A full vendor list is attached to this advisory and will be posted on the TDVA Events page.

To access the outreach flyers and vendor lists for TDVA Outreach Events visit the TDVA Events page

Impending Cold Snap, Freeze Risk May Threaten State’s Strawberry Crop, Fruit Trees

Monday, April 14, 2014 | 02:02 pm

NASHVILLE - Tennessee’s highly anticipated strawberry crop has survived a roller coaster weather ride until now, but low temperatures, wind chill and moisture has area strawberry growers working overtime to protect the valuable berries. Generally, this year’s crop has been on schedule to be ready for first picking around the first of May.

Other fruit-bearing trees may also be affected by a hard freeze. A little frost can actually be a good thing, naturally weeding out enough blooms that the remaining blossoms can produce bigger, better fruits, but depending on how much the warm, sunny days of the past week have prompted tender shoots and buds to expose themselves to the elements, it could also spell disaster.

Contact Dr. David Lockwood, UT Institute of Agriculture, (865) 414-2412, for details about how particular crops, from strawberries to grapes and fruit trees, may be affected by approaching weather conditions. Additional contacts are available through Patricia McDaniels, UT Institute of Agriculture Marketing and Communications, (615) 835-4570.