Media Advisories

State Soil Conservation Committee to Meet March 31

Friday, March 13, 2015 | 06:37 am

NASHVILLE - The State Soil Conservation Committee will meet March 31 at 10 a.m. CDT in the Holeman Building at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 424 Hogan Rd. in Nashville.

The agenda includes approval of previous meeting minutes, reports from partner agencies, organizations and ex-officio members, a review of Conflict of Interest Policies, Soil Conservation District appointments and general discussion. The meeting is open to the public.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 11:50 am
Edward Harris
Edward Harris

WARTBURG – The Department of Correction is investigating an apparent homicide at the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg following an altercation between two inmates.  As a result of the altercation, 58-year-old inmate Edward Harris was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.   Harris was serving a life sentence for a 1986 homicide in Sevier County. 

As with all in-custody deaths, other than natural causes, the Department will ask the TBI to assist in the investigation.

Tennessee Artwork Puts Spotlight on Mental Health

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 02:29 pm

NASHVILLEThe Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), in partnership with the Healing Arts Project, Inc. is celebrating Tennesseans in recovery. These individuals, who have experienced a mental illness or who have overcome substance abuse addictions, are expressing themselves through their artistic talents.

Inaugural Veteran Education Academy to be Hosted at Austin Peay State University

Friday, March 06, 2015 | 02:44 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Drive to 55, the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force and Austin Peay State University will host the inaugural Veteran Education Academy.  

Senior campus leaders, student affairs personnel and student veteran organization representatives from more than 50 higher education institutions will attend the event with the objective of learning to support student veterans success in Tennessee.  The one day event will include presentations from Student Veterans of America, the American Council on Education and discussions to create or improve action plans to recruit, retain and support student veterans through to graduation.

Tennessee Dairy Promotion Committee to Meet March 20

Friday, March 06, 2015 | 09:44 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Dairy Promotion Committee will meet March 20 at 9 a.m. CDT in the Moss Administration Building conference room at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 440 Hogan Road in Nashville. 

The agenda includes approval of the previous meeting minutes, a report by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association on recent promotional activities, and a review of the committee’s financials and promotion program plans for 2015. The meeting is open to the public.

Improving Mental Health for Tennessee's Children

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 03:44 pm

NASHVILLE – More Middle Tennessee children, from birth to the age of five, are receiving early diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions based on federal grant funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Since 2009, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) has invested $1 million annually from a federal grant award to help infants and young children overcome social-emotional challenges by recognizing and treating their mental health conditions through early intervention.

“It brings so much relief to everyone, especially the child,” said E. Douglas Varney, TDMHSAS Commissioner.  “The sooner mental health specialists can intervene the better.”