Media Advisories

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.

Construction Won't Slow July 4th Travelers in Tennessee

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 | 02:28 pm

No Construction-Related Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways July 3 - 7

NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4th holiday.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Chattanooga on Thursday, July 10

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 | 12:44 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 Chattanooga on Thursday, July 10. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

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.