Recovery Act

TDOT Opens State Route 218 Bypass in Henry County

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 01:07 pm
TDOT officials joined State, City and County officials to open State Route 218 in Henry County
TDOT officials joined State, City and County officials to open State Route 218 in Henry County
Recovery Act Funds Used to Build New Section of Paris Bypass
 
Jackson, Tenn. –Tennessee Department of Transportation officials joined state and local leaders in Henry County today to celebrate the on time completion of the new section of State Route 218 and officially open it to traffic. State Route 218 from State Route 54 to State Route 69 is the first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project in West Tennessee constructed in an entirely new location to open to traffic.
 

New Flyover Ramp at I-40 & Briley Parkway Opens

Friday, September 17, 2010 | 09:33 am
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely & Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez open the new flyover at I-40 East and White Bridge Road.
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely & Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez open the new flyover at I-40 East and White Bridge Road.
The first vehicles travel the new flyover ramp to Briley Parkway North.
The first vehicles travel the new flyover ramp to Briley Parkway North.
Opening Marks Major Milestone in State’s 2nd Largest Recovery Act Funded Project
 
NASHVILLE – TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, Mayor Karl Dean, State Senator Douglas Henry, and other state and local officials in Nashville today to celebrate the opening of the new flyover ramp from Interstate 40 East to Briley Parkway in west Nashville. The $32 million interchange modification project is being totally funded through money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
 

US Dept. of Education: Tennessee to Receive $67.8 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 03:57 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today Tennessee will receive $67.8 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. These funds are part of the $3.5 billion that will be made available to states this spring from money set aside in the 2009 budget and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
 
Read the U.S. Department of Education news release below or online.
 

Race to the Top Assessment Program Grant to Benefit Tennessee

Thursday, September 02, 2010 | 09:50 am
NASHVILLETennessee will share in a $170 million Race to the Top Assessment Program grant announced today by the U.S. Department of Education. Twenty-six states joined together to create the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC). Florida submitted an application in June on behalf of the 26-state consortium. The funds will be used to develop common assessments aligned to common standards for what students should learn at each grade level.
 
“The funds awarded to this partnership will allow us to create a common assessment and performance standards anchored in college and career readiness," said Governor Phil Bredesen. “This will help us reach our fundamental goal of increasing the rate at which students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace.”

Tennessee Launches First to the Top Website

Monday, August 23, 2010 | 08:28 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee has launched a new First to the Top website to help keep Tennesseans informed about the state’s Race to the Top program implementation.
 
Located online at http://www.tn.gov/firsttothetop/, the site includes Tennessee’s application and related documents, resources for educators, school systems and vendors, and details about First to the Top programs and projects. Visitors to the site can also subscribe to receive periodic updates about First to the Top implementation.

Connected Tennessee Awarded Recovery Act Funding to Advance Sustainable Broadband Adoption in Tennessee

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 04:00 am
Grant Will Encourage Broadband Subscribership and Provide Computers
and Training to More than 60,000 At-Risk Youth
 
NASHVILLE - Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids program will receive $2.3 million in federal funding in an effort to increase sustainable broadband adoption and provide computers and training to over 60,000 disadvantaged youth across the state.
 
Computers 4 Kids joined 93 other Recovery Act investments in broadband projects announced today by Vice President Biden that will create jobs and expand economic opportunities within 37 states. These investments in high-speed Internet infrastructure will help bridge the technological divide in communities that are being left in the 20th century economy and support improvements in education, healthcare, and public safety. Today's announcement, an investment totaling $1.8 billion, is part of a nearly $7 billion Recovery Act initiative.

U.S. Department of Education Approves Tennessee Race to the Top Budget

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 12:22 pm
NASHVILLE Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Tennessee’s nearly $501 million Race to the Top budget has been approved by the U. S. Department of Education, allowing the state and all 136 school districts to move forward in implementing comprehensive school reform plans over the next four years.
 
Tennessee was just one of two states selected to receive funding in the federal government’s Race to the Top competition in March.

TDOT Officially Opens State’s First Recovery Act Project

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 10:10 am
Recovery Act Funds Used to Replace Three Aging Timber Bridges
 
JACKSON, Tenn. –Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined state and local leaders in Gibson County to officially reopen McMurry Road after the reconstruction of three bridges along the roadway. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was the first Recovery Act project to get underway. Today, it is also the site of the first ribbon cutting for a Recovery Act funded project in Tennessee.
 

Contractors Needed to Complete State's Aggressive Weatherization Schedule

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | 10:58 am
NASHVILLE - More than 6,400 homes have been weatherized across Tennessee since a massive infusion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds arrived last year. Through March, Tennessee was second in the nation (behind only Ohio) in getting Weatherization Recovery dollars into the local economy and helping low-income citizens save money on their utility bills by making homes more energy efficient. 

Bredesen Appoints Tennessee First to the Top Advisory Council

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 03:25 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced 14 appointments to the Tennessee First to the Top Advisory Council, a broad-based group of Tennesseans and national experts who will provide strategic guidance, direction, and thought leadership to state policymakers overseeing Tennessee’s Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
“Tennessee’s education agenda has accelerated in recent years because of the shared commitment to improving education that has been developed among stakeholders including teachers, administrators, business leaders, philanthropy, and advocacy groups,” said Bredesen. “They play a vital role in helping Tennessee carry out the vision of a world-class public education system that prepares students for college, career, and life in the 21st century. The ongoing involvement of the groups represented by the First to the Top Advisory Council will help ensure we fulfill our Race to the Top goals.”