Media Advisories

Traffic Shift Planned for Old Hickory Boulevard over Cumberland River

Monday, December 08, 2014 | 10:32 am

Lanes Reduced from Four to Two

OLD HICKORY, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will shift traffic on State Route 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard) over the Cumberland River in Davidson County for bridge repair. The repair project involves two adjacent truss-style bridges which connect Old Hickory to Madison. Once the shift is in place, traffic will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes until November 2015.

Truck Restrictions on “The Dragon” in Blount County; Limits for commercial vehicles longer than 30 feet on US 129 (SR 115)

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 | 10:45 am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Following the completion of an operational and safety review, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has determined that vehicles over 30 feet in length will no longer be allowed to utilize a mountainous section of US 129 (SR 115) in Blount County, known as “The Dragon.”

Western Mental Health Institute Named Top Performer for Outstanding Quality and Service

Monday, December 01, 2014 | 02:11 pm

NASHVILLE – Western Mental Health Institute in Bolivar, Tennessee has been named a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting body for health care organizations in the United States. The recognition is based on the staff’s ability to achieve excellence in clinical practices that improve the quality of behavioral health services offered to patients.


“It’s with great pride that I extend congratulations and thanks to our dedicated professionals at Western Mental Health Institute for their commitment to excellence,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). “It’s reassuring to know that our patients and their loved ones can count on us to provide the very best in personalized behavioral health diagnosis and treatment.”

Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute Named Top Performer for Outstanding Quality and Service

Monday, December 01, 2014 | 02:05 pm

NASHVILLE – Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute in Nashville has been named a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting body for health care organizations in the United States. The recognition is based on the staff’s ability to achieve excellence in clinical practices that improve the quality of behavioral health services offered to patients.


“It’s no surprise that the professionals at Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute would be recognized for their commitment to excellence,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). “We are working very hard to ensure the best care at our state mental health institutes, and the latest findings by The Joint Commission demonstrate that fact."

TDOT 100-Year Mobile Exhibit Coming to a Town Near You

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 10:02 am
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Scheduled Events along Memphis to Bristol Highway, the State’s First Road

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is continuing its year-long Centennial Celebration with a mobile transportation museum exhibit that will travel from one end of the state to the other along the Memphis to Bristol Highway (SR 1), Tennessee’s first road.

No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways During the Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 24, 2014 | 11:52 am

TDOT Halts All Lane Closure Activity for Busy Holiday Travel Period

NASHVILLE – Thanksgiving travelers will not be slowed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.  All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 26 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, December 1.

Help for Tennessee Youth Abusing Prescription Drugs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 03:37 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is teaming up with community anti-drug coalitions across a 10-county region of East Tennessee in an effort to reduce the number of young people who are abusing prescription drugs.


To help achieve this goal, TDMHSAS has secured nearly $7 million dollars in federal grant funds to engage with young people through public awareness campaigns and community-based prevention and enforcement efforts over a five-year period.


“Our objective is to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs by the 12 to 25 year old age group by more than four percent,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner, TDMHSAS. “If we’re successful, that will add up to thousands of young lives saved from disastrous consequences. We owe it to them, their families, and communities to do all we can.”