Media Advisories

Tennessee Showcasing Resources for Caregivers

Friday, October 03, 2014 | 10:13 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 | 12:38 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 | 12:29 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.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Davidson County

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 12:18 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 | 01:04 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 | 11:30 am

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 | 03:24 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.”