Media Advisories

Billy Ray Irick Execution Advisory

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 11:26 am

NASHVILLE – In accordance with state law, the Department of Correction is now accepting applications from recognized news organizations to serve as statutorily required witnesses for the scheduled execution of death row inmate Billy Ray Irick.  The execution is currently scheduled for 7pm on October 7, 2014.

Tennesseans Urged to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 | 01:48 pm

NASHVILLE –More than 1,000 people in Tennessee die each year from drug overdoses, according to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if unused prescriptions were disposed of properly.


People across Tennessee are encouraged to join the fight against prescription drug abuse, by removing unused pills from their homes and safely disposing of unused prescriptions during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 27.


This month’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is the second in 2014, and gives people the opportunity to remove medicines that have expired, are no longer being taken and pose a threat to others if taken by accident or fall into the wrong hands.


On Your Mark, Get Set — and Slow Down for Fall

Monday, September 08, 2014 | 02:08 pm

CHATTANOOGA -- It’s September, and Christmas décor is lining store shelves. You’d think that the seasons are determined by which week school starts, and we’d all be wise to air out our winter coats now.

Amy Tavalin suggests that instead, we should stop the hands of time long enough to visit Chattanooga’s Main Street Farmers Market on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. when Pick Tennessee Products will host a fall produce media day.

Tavalin, farmers markets specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, says, “Don’t skip the very best time of year to visit farmers markets. From now until the first hard freeze is easily the most abundant season of the year in Tennessee. We have a long growing season, so not only are all of summer’s favorites enjoying a last hurrah, but everything from fresh apples to Indian corn will be elbowing into farmers market aisles across the state.”

Tennessee promotes National Preparedness Month with Media Kick-Off

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 05:04 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Departments of the Military, Safety & Homeland Security and Health will host a press conference at 10:30 a.m., CST, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at the Military Department’s Headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.

TDOT Halts Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways for Labor Day Weekend

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 03:58 pm

Holiday Travelers Won’t Be Slowed by Road Construction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, August 29, through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.

Prescription Drug Abuse Tops Alcohol Abuse in Tennessee

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 02:55 pm

NASHVILLE – Abuse of prescription opioids, ie: pain medications, is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving publicly funded assistance for treatment services. Over the past decade, substance abuse admissions for prescription drugs like: hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and methadone have increased 500%.

The situation has dramatically driven admissions to treatment facilities way up, from 764 in 2001 to 3,828 admissions in 2011.  


 “As of July 1, 2012, the number of admissions in our state for prescription drug abuse exceeded admissions for alcohol abuse for the first time in history,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS).

TDOT Commisisoner Schroer Announces Air Quality Grants

Friday, August 22, 2014 | 11:23 am

CMAQ Grants Will Fund Diverse Group of Projects that Reduce Congestion and Improve Air Quality

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of over $27 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grants in 11 communities across the state. The 31 grants will fund a wide range of transportation projects designed to reduce congestion and improve air quality.