Media Advisories

Got Something Clever to Say About Highway Safety?

Friday, January 02, 2015 | 12:13 pm

TDOT Offers Motorists the Chance to Create Messages for Overhead Signs

NASHVILLE – “Eyes on the Road & Head out of Your Apps”, “Buckle Up Y’all, It’s the Law”, and “Ho Ho Hold Your Calls”. Those are just a few of the overhead sign messages that have caught the attention of Tennessee motorists recently. Think you can come up with one better?

For the first time, TDOT will offer drivers the chance to craft their own highway safety messages. Beginning Monday January 5, TDOT will begin taking entries for the Dynamic Message Sign Contest. Entries will be considered for five highway safety categories: seatbelt usage, impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.

TDOT Breaks Ground on US 64 Widening in Hardin County

Monday, December 22, 2014 | 03:22 pm
U.S. 64 Widening GB 12-22-14 web.jpg
U.S. 64 Widening GB 12-22-14 web.jpg

Construction begins on the last piece of the 266 mile route from Memphis to Chattanooga

JACKSON, Tenn.Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials today in Hardin County to mark a major milestone in efforts to complete the US 64 corridor, breaking ground on the last widening project.

TDOT Halts Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period

Friday, December 19, 2014 | 12:59 pm

No Lane Closures on Interstates and State Routes from December 23 to January 5

NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. 

Nolensville Market Filled with Food and Fun

Friday, June 12, 2015 | 07:52 am
Local farmers markets off to a strong start in Tennessee.
Local farmers markets off to a strong start in Tennessee.

Pick Tennessee Products will be at the Nolensville Farmers Market for a special media day Saturday, June 13.

Media will have access to the market’s vendors and farmers for interviews, and the market area will provide colorful images and video. Tennessee State University’s Dr. George R. Smith will also be on hand for interviews and to conduct public question and answer sessions about the positive and negative impacts of urban development on agriculture.

The Nolensville Farmers Market was organized by members of the community and is open every Saturday through October 31. Approximately 30 vendors sell produce, honey, baked goods, meats, dairy products and artisan crafts at the popular market.

TDOT and THP Prepare for 2015 Bonnaroo Festival

Monday, June 08, 2015 | 10:02 am

NASHVILLE – Since 2002, the small Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  Held on a 700‑acre farm, the festival is a four-day, multi-stage event that showcases a diverse assortment of musical styles and performers.  Thousands of people from all over the country make the yearly trip to attend the festival, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days in June.  As in years past, over 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 11, and winds down Sunday night, June 14.

With 80,000 festivalgoers converging on the festival site, the area in and around Manchester always sees increased traffic throughout the festival.  As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area.  TDOT and the THP are working closely with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination. Click here for detour map.

Tennessee Forestry Commission to Meet June 19

Friday, June 05, 2015 | 10:34 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Forestry Commission will meet June 19 at 10 a.m. CDT in the Bruer Building conference room at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 406 Hogan Rd. in Nashville. 

The agenda includes a report on Tennessee’s forest products industry by the Tennessee Forestry Association, a report on forest health issues, a review of legislative issues, a State Forest timber sales update, and state Division of Forestry personnel recognition and staffing updates.  The meeting is open to the public.

Governor Haslam to Memorialize Three Tennessee Service Members

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 02:06 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Major General Terry “Max” Haston will memorialize three Tennessee service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces.

Private First Class Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville was killed on January 2, 1945 while serving in World War II.  His remains were not recovered until September 2013.  PFC Harris was laid to rest on October 22, 2014. 

Private First Class Lotchie Jones of Jasper went missing on or about November 2, 1950 while serving in the Korean War.  He is believed to have died on February 28, 1951.  PFC Jones was not identified until 2014 and he was laid to rest on March 6, 2015. 

The Governor will also present the Gold Star Family Day Proclamation to Gold Star Family Members, Christie, Haley and Allison Greene as well as Karen and Rob Nourse. Specialist Frederick Z. Greene of Mountain City was killed during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009.

West Tennessee Farm to Host Strawberry School

Monday, April 27, 2015 | 10:35 am
Tennessee strawberries are nearly ripe and ready.
Tennessee strawberries are nearly ripe and ready.

Pick Tennessee Products will host a “Strawberry School” media day at Falcon Ridge Farm on Tuesday, April 28.  

Tammy Algood, Pick Tennessee Products spokesperson and acclaimed food expert, will conduct Strawberry School, demonstrating proper strawberry picking, care, storage and preservation techniques. Participating media can tour the farm, interview farmers and gather information about this year’s strawberry crop, which continues to be affected by persistent rains and cool temperatures.

Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton and TDA director of Market Development Debbie Ball will attend, as will other area officials.