Media Advisories

Market Street Bridge in Chattanooga to Undergo Quarterly Testing this Sunday, July 13, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014 | 08:31 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will conduct quarterly testing on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, July 13, 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. 

This work is weather dependent.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances delay the inspection, it will be rescheduled to take place at a later date.  Drivers are advised to use the Olgiati Bridge or the Veterans Bridge as alternate routes while the Market Street Bridge is closed.

Cooper Young Farmers Market Promotes Living Local, High Ideals at Media Day

Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 10:29 am

NASHVILLE – The Cooper Young Farmers Market offers its neighborhood more than booths offering fresh, local foods in a convenient location. A sense of community and practical applications of social ideals are also on display at the market, which will host a Pick Tennessee Products media day with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on Saturday, July 12, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

“Our market distinguishes itself in two ways,” market manager Caitlin Dupuigrenet said. “We are committed to food justice. We work very closely with the Food Justice Ministry out of First Congo, and donate most market leftovers to the food pantry. We also facilitate the implementation of the ‘double greens program,’ which matches up to $10 of EBT money to buy fresh produce, and we actively try to involve surrounding communities in need in our programs.”

The market, located at 1000 South Cooper Street in Memphis is also structured to be “very ‘vendor friendly’ in the sense that vendor input is highly valued, and vendors make up more than 25 percent of our board. We do our best to provide advice and resources if needed, and are available any day of the week to discuss issues or visit production sites,” Dupuigrenet said.

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Tri-Cities on Friday, July 18

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 | 01:08 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner will join other state and community leaders to discuss a plan to tackle the widespread epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee during a visit to the Tri-Cities area on Friday, July 18. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Knoxville on Thursday, July 17

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 | 01:03 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney will join other state and community leaders to discuss a plan to tackle the widespread epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee during a visit to Knoxville on Thursday, July 17. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

NWCX Death Investigation

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | 10:50 am

TIPTONVILLE - The Department of Correction is investigating an apparent homicide at the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville following an altercation between two inmates.  A 58-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.  His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

As with all in-custody deaths, other than natural causes, the Department has asked the TBI to assist with the investigation.

Tennessee Pest Control Licensing and Advisory Board to Meet

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | 10:09 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Pest Control Licensing and Advisory Board will meet July 14 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 and consideration of individuals seeking licensure in special categories. The board will also recognize a new board member and will receive an update on the use of dogs in pest detection and control. The meeting is open to the public.

State Soil Conservation Committee to Meet July 23

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | 09:16 am

NASHVILLE - The State Soil Conservation Committee will meet July 23 at 4 p.m. CDT in the Calhoun Salon at the DoubleTree Hotel, located at 1770 U.S. 45 Bypass in Jackson, Tenn. 

The agenda includes approval of previous meeting minutes, reports from ex-officio members, reports from partner agencies and organizations, review of old business and new business and general discussion. The meeting is open to the public.