Media Advisories

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

Monday, June 09, 2014 | 06:10 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with U.S. Congressman Diane Black, State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston), Senator Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey), Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville), Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton), Representative John Mark Windle (D-Livingston),  Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) and Representative Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) as well as more than 40 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Morgan, Overton, Putnam, Rhea and White Counties get access to employment opportunities, educational resources, mental health and substance abuse services, business resources and claims assistance. 

Representatives from the 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, Tennessee Technological University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Volunteer State Community College will participate in the Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair on Tuesday, June 10 from 10am to 2pm at the Community County Community Complex in Crossville.  Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will participate to offer Commercial Driving Certification for qualified Veterans as well as recruit Veterans for open positions. Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and Tennessee Department of Military will also recruit Veterans.  

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Memphis on Wednesday, June 11

Thursday, June 05, 2014 | 04:33 pm

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 Memphis on Wednesday, June 11. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Jackson on Tuesday, June 10

Thursday, June 05, 2014 | 04:30 pm

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 Jackson on Tuesday, June 10. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

Governor, Commissioners Announce Strategic Plan To Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 01:30 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and others today to announce “Prescription for Success,” the state’s plan to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.


Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive, multi-dimensional issue impacting Tennessee individuals, families, and communities. Of the 4,850,000 adults in Tennessee, it is estimated that nearly 5 percent (about 221,000) have used pain relievers, also known as prescription opioids, in the past year for non-medical purposes. Of those, it is estimated that 69,100 are addicted to prescription opioids and require treatment for prescription opioid abuse.