Media Advisories

Governor Haslam Announces Safe Routes to School Grants for 17 Communities

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 12:38 pm

Funds to Encourage Elementary and Middle School Students to Walk and Bike

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Safe Routes to School funding totaling $1.8 million for 17 municipalities in Tennessee.  The grants will be used by multiple schools to improve sidewalks, crosswalks, signs, and fund safe walking and biking educational activities.  The Safe Routes to School Program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students.

You're Not Alone: A Message on Suicide Prevention

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 11:00 am

Commissioner E. Douglas Varney shares hope following the death of Robin Williams


Through the untimely death of entertainer Robin Williams, a bright light is shining once again on the often-avoided conversation about suicide.

In my work over the years as a mental health professional, helping people through crisis of spirit, marriage and family, I have seen firsthand how people feel hopeless in their struggle. I have also seen the tragic consequences of someone committing suicide and the family members left behind.

Today, as the Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, my mission is to help people out of that dark lonely place and to know there is hope.


TDOT and Wilson County Prepare for Fair Traffic

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 12:18 pm

Hundreds of Thousands Expected to Attend

LEBANON, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is gearing up for heavy traffic expected on Tennessee roadways as a result of the Wilson County Fair, which begins Friday, August 15, and runs through Saturday, August 23, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

Tennessee Forestry Commission to Meet Aug. 19

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 07:16 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Forestry Commission will meet Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m. CDT in the Bruer Building conference room at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 406 Hogan Road in Nashville. 

The agenda includes approval of previous meeting minutes, introduction of new members, election of officers, an overview of the Department of Agriculture and an update on the Division of Forestry’s budget and current activities such as the forest products branding program, forest health, urban forestry and timber sales.

TDVA Veteran Outreach and Job Fair in Washington County Offers Connection to Valuable Resources

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 06:05 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is partnering with nearly 40 federal, state, local public and private partners to ensure Veterans, dependents and surviving family members in Carter, Greene, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington 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 East Tennessee State University, King College and Northeast State College, will participate in the Veterans Outreach Event and Job Fair on Friday, August 15 from 10am to 2pm at Armed Forces Center at 253 Don May Road, in Johnson City.  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, Tennessee Department of Human Resources and Tennessee Department of Military will also recruit Veterans.  

Changes In TDOC Communications Team

Thursday, August 07, 2014 | 03:07 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Correction’s Director of Communication Dorinda Carter has announced her resignation.  After serving the State of Tennessee for more than 8 years, Ms. Carter is continuing her public service by taking a position with the Office of the Davidson County District Attorney-Elect Glenn Funk. According to Commissioner Derrick Schofield, “Dorinda Carter was instrumental in the expansion of our communications team to include our Central Communications Center in addition to media relations, inmate correspondence and web/social media management. Her leadership and tireless dedication will be missed.”  Dorinda’s last day will be August 22.

TDOT and Williamson County Prepare for Fair Traffic

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | 12:46 pm

Motorists Urged to Use Caution in Nearby Work Zone

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is gearing up for heavy traffic expected on Tennessee roadways as a result of the Williamson County Fair, which begins Friday, August 1, and runs through Saturday, August 9, at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Park.