Media Advisories

TDOT is Turning 100!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 | 02:50 pm

Year-Long Centennial Celebration Begins



NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation today kicked off "100 Years of Moving Tennessee Forward,” a year-long celebration of its centennial as a state agency. The state statute      creating the first state highway agency, the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works, became law on July 1, 1915. The department was tasked with creating a network of state highways and to perform and oversee construction and maintenance on state roadways.

Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission to Meet July 8

Monday, June 30, 2014 | 04:00 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission will meet July 8 at 2 p.m. CDT at the Ed Jones Auditorium, located at Ellington Agricultural Center, 416 Hogan Road in Nashville. 

The commission will discuss plans to conduct a market study on the potential for future growth and development of the Tennessee State Fair. The commission will also hear a report on plans for the 2014 Tennessee State Fair. The meeting may be conducted permitting electronic means of communication by some members of the commission. The meeting is open to the public.

TDOT's HELP Program Celebrates 15 Years of Service

Monday, June 30, 2014 | 03:12 pm

June 30, 2014

More than 1.8 Million Served during First Decade of Service

NASHVILLE – From flat tires and empty fuel gauges to major interstate incidents, TDOT’s HELP program is celebrating 15 years of service in Tennessee’s urban areas.  HELP trucks began rolling in Nashville and Knoxville in the summer of 1999.  Service began in Memphis and Chattanooga in the summer of 2000.  Since the program launched, TDOT’s HELP drivers have responded to more than 1.8 million calls for various types of assistance. The number of HELP operators has also tripled since the program began, with 71 operators statewide working in three shifts seven days a week.

Grand Opening of “One of a Kind” Dresden Farmers Market on Saturday

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12:40 pm

NASHVILLE –   Dresden’s new farmers market will feature lots of the common things you’d expect: “We’ll have all sorts of produce, eggs, homemade breads, baked goods, beef and chicken, etcetera,” says Lauren Bean, market manager.” According to Bean, however, the new facility will benefit from some attributes Dresden has in uncommon amounts: careful long term planning, plus extraordinary community cooperation, creativity, effort and pride.

The Dresden Farmers Market Grand Opening is scheduled for June 28, from 8 a.m. until noon, and Bean says the event will give visitors and customers an up close look at what she calls “a one of a kind structure. You won't see anything like it elsewhere and it provides certain luxuries to our vendors and customers that many other markets in the region don't have.”

The covered market includes tangible amenities like public restrooms, a bike rack, water fountains, and a prime location, with the less obvious but just as important appointment of a market committee, an official manager, and implementation of what Bean calls “an aggressive marketing program.” The market is located at 421 Linden Street.

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Clarksville on Wednesday, June 25

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 10:26 am

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, and other state and community leaders will discuss a plan to tackle the widespread epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee during a visit to Clarksville on Wednesday, June 25. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

I-65 South Reduced to One Lane North of Nashville for Weekend Work

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 09:18 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close two lanes of travel on I-65 South on the north side of Nashville this weekend for bridge repair work. The work zone will extend from mile markers 95 to 98, northbound and southbound. The work is scheduled as follows:


• Friday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. through Monday, June 23 at 6:00 a.m., there will be lane closures on I-65 southbound in order to begin bridge repairs at the Mansker Creek, East Cedar Street, Long Hollow Pike, Rivergate Parkway, and CSX railroad bridges. One lane will remain open from Mansker Creek to Rivergate Parkway.  Two lanes will remain open from Rivergate Parkway to CSX railroad.


TDEC and Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association Announce Technical Assistance Opportunity with National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 09:07 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau and Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) Executive Vice President and General Manager David Callis announce that Tennessee has been selected as one of six states to participate in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ State Policy Retreats on Innovations in Energy Efficiency that aim to reduce energy consumption, stimulate economic demand for local energy-related jobs and services, and lower emissions associated with the generation of electricity in Tennessee.

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Cookeville on Thursday, June 19

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 10:35 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and other state and community leaders will discuss a plan to tackle the widespread epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee during a visit to Cookeville on Thursday, June 19. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.