Media Advisories

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.”

Supporting Survivors of Suicide in Tennessee

Monday, November 17, 2014 | 04:17 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) joins with survivors of suicide throughout the State of Tennessee and worldwide in recognition of the 2014 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.


“We have lost so many to suicide, too many,” said E. Douglas Varney, TDMHSAS Commissioner. “Most notably this year was the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, which has resulted in a tremendous amount of attention and awareness.”


Events in Tennessee to Focus on Grief and Recovery

Tennessee Offering More Resources to Pregnant Women

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 02:02 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s prescription drug abuse epidemic is harming a generation of unborn and newborn infants across the state. In 2012, more than 42 percent of pregnant women served by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) listed prescription pain medicine as their primary substance of abuse. That is more than double the national average of approximately 18 percent.

“We want pregnant women struggling with addiction to know that they have access to dedicated community agencies that offer treatment for expectant mothers,” said E. Douglas Varney, TDMHSAS Commissioner.

Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission to Meet Nov. 17

Friday, November 07, 2014 | 01:52 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission will meet concurrently with the Metro Board of Fair Commissioners and Tennessee State Fair Association Board of Directors Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. CST. The meeting will be held at the Metro Police Department’s South Precinct, located at 5101 Harding Place in Nashville.    

The purpose of the meeting will be to hear a report from the Tennessee State Fair Association and for general discussion on the future goals and objectives of the fair. There will be no official action taken by the commission as the meeting is for informational sharing and discussion purposes only. The meeting may be conducted permitting electronic means of communication by some members of the commission. The meeting is open to the public.

Traffic Shift Planned for I-65 in Williamson County

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 04:28 pm

Weekend Lane Closures Scheduled

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews plan to shift traffic on Interstate 65 between State Route 840 and State Route 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) in Franklin. The work is scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, November 7, 8:00 p.m. through Monday, November 10, 5:00 a.m., there will be a lane closure on I-65 northbound at MM 59. One lane will remain open.
  • Friday, November 14, 8:00 p.m. through Monday, November 17, 5:00 a.m., there will be a lane closure on I-65 southbound at MM 61. One lane will remain open.

TDOT to Hold Ribbon Cutting on U.S. Hwy. 41 Bridge over Tennessee River at Nickajack Lake in Marion County

Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 10:53 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will join with state and local officials to celebrate the official opening of a new bridge on U.S. Hwy. 41 over the Tennessee River at Nickajack Lake in Marion County, Tenn. on Friday, November 7, 2014.

Who:
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer
State Senator Janice Bowling
State Representative David Alexander
State Representative Billy Spivey
Marion County Mayor David Jackson

What:
Official Opening of U.S. Hwy. 41 Bridge over Tennessee River at Nickajack Lake in Marion County, Tenn.

When:
Friday, November 7, 2014
10:00 a.m. CST – Ribbon Cutting

Where:
On U.S. Hwy. 41 at the end of the new bridge that is nearer to Chattanooga.