Media Advisories

Got Something Clever to Say About Highway Safety?

Friday, January 02, 2015 | 12:13 pm

TDOT Offers Motorists the Chance to Create Messages for Overhead Signs

NASHVILLE – “Eyes on the Road & Head out of Your Apps”, “Buckle Up Y’all, It’s the Law”, and “Ho Ho Hold Your Calls”. Those are just a few of the overhead sign messages that have caught the attention of Tennessee motorists recently. Think you can come up with one better?

For the first time, TDOT will offer drivers the chance to craft their own highway safety messages. Beginning Monday January 5, TDOT will begin taking entries for the Dynamic Message Sign Contest. Entries will be considered for five highway safety categories: seatbelt usage, impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.

TDOT Breaks Ground on US 64 Widening in Hardin County

Monday, December 22, 2014 | 03:22 pm
U.S. 64 Widening GB 12-22-14 web.jpg
U.S. 64 Widening GB 12-22-14 web.jpg

Construction begins on the last piece of the 266 mile route from Memphis to Chattanooga

JACKSON, Tenn.Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials today in Hardin County to mark a major milestone in efforts to complete the US 64 corridor, breaking ground on the last widening project.

TDOT Halts Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period

Friday, December 19, 2014 | 12:59 pm

No Lane Closures on Interstates and State Routes from December 23 to January 5

NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. 

Learn to Pick Perfectly at Strawberry School

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 10:29 am

NASHVILLE—Pick Tennessee Products will host a “Strawberry School” media day at the Wagner Berry Farm near Spring Hill on Friday, April 24.

Tammy Algood, Pick Tennessee Products spokesperson and acclaimed food expert, will conduct “Strawberry School,” demonstrating proper strawberry picking, care, storage and preservation techniques. Participating media can tour the farm, interview farmers and gather information about this year’s strawberry crop.

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson and Assistant Commissioner Ed Harlan will attend, as will Maury County Mayor Charles Norman and other area officials.

Tennessee Forestry Commission to Meet April 23-24

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 08:15 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Forestry Commission will tour Standing Stone State Forest on April 23 and will meet on April 24 beginning at 8:30 a.m. CDT at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Cumberland District Forestry Office, located at 929 West Jackson Street, Suite C in Cookeville, Tenn.

The agenda includes an overview of the district office and introductions of staff, a review of winter storm emergency responses, a report from the Cookeville Tree Board, and updates on the Shortleaf Pine Initiative, legislation, and tree seedling production and pricing.

State Officials Join Citizens for Rural Opportunities Roundtable

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 12:41 pm

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee departments of Agriculture, Economic and Community Development and Financial Institutions are hosting a Rural Opportunities Roundtable for farmers, landowners, extension agents, local economic development officials, county leaders and citizens in East Tennessee.

The meeting will take place April 15 at 10 a.m. EST at the Bush Brothers Plant in Dandridge. The purpose of the roundtable is to explore opportunities for developing the state’s rural economy and hear citizen and stakeholder concerns about agriculture and forestry issues.

Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, Financial Institutions Commissioner Greg Gonzales, Harriet Cannon with USDA Rural Development and other agency representatives will all be on hand to discuss programs and services to support rural economic development. There will also be time for open discussion.