Media Advisories

New 2015 State Maps Now Available

Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 11:21 am

NASHVILLE – The official 2015 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available for travelers. This year’s map contains new information to assist motorists, and features a special cover to commemorate the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s centennial.  The 2015 map contains historical photographs that look back at the development of Tennessee’s highway system over the last 100 years. It also highlights State Route 1, the first cross-state highway built by the state of Tennessee.

TDOT Ready to Tackle Winter Weather

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 | 01:51 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow this season. Over the last several weeks, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks for the winter season.

Got Something Clever to Say About Highway Safety?

Friday, January 02, 2015 | 12:13 pm

TDOT Offers Motorists the Chance to Create Messages for Overhead Signs

NASHVILLE – “Eyes on the Road & Head out of Your Apps”, “Buckle Up Y’all, It’s the Law”, and “Ho Ho Hold Your Calls”. Those are just a few of the overhead sign messages that have caught the attention of Tennessee motorists recently. Think you can come up with one better?

For the first time, TDOT will offer drivers the chance to craft their own highway safety messages. Beginning Monday January 5, TDOT will begin taking entries for the Dynamic Message Sign Contest. Entries will be considered for five highway safety categories: seatbelt usage, impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.

TDOT Breaks Ground on US 64 Widening in Hardin County

Monday, December 22, 2014 | 03:22 pm
U.S. 64 Widening GB 12-22-14 web.jpg
U.S. 64 Widening GB 12-22-14 web.jpg

Construction begins on the last piece of the 266 mile route from Memphis to Chattanooga

JACKSON, Tenn.Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials today in Hardin County to mark a major milestone in efforts to complete the US 64 corridor, breaking ground on the last widening project.

TDOT Halts Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period

Friday, December 19, 2014 | 12:59 pm

No Lane Closures on Interstates and State Routes from December 23 to January 5

NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. 

Governor Haslam to Memorialize Three Tennessee Service Members

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 02:06 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Major General Terry “Max” Haston will memorialize three Tennessee service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces.

Private First Class Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville was killed on January 2, 1945 while serving in World War II.  His remains were not recovered until September 2013.  PFC Harris was laid to rest on October 22, 2014. 

Private First Class Lotchie Jones of Jasper went missing on or about November 2, 1950 while serving in the Korean War.  He is believed to have died on February 28, 1951.  PFC Jones was not identified until 2014 and he was laid to rest on March 6, 2015. 

The Governor will also present the Gold Star Family Day Proclamation to Gold Star Family Members, Christie, Haley and Allison Greene as well as Karen and Rob Nourse. Specialist Frederick Z. Greene of Mountain City was killed during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009.

West Tennessee Farm to Host Strawberry School

Monday, April 27, 2015 | 10:35 am
Tennessee strawberries are nearly ripe and ready.
Tennessee strawberries are nearly ripe and ready.

Pick Tennessee Products will host a “Strawberry School” media day at Falcon Ridge Farm on Tuesday, April 28.  

Tammy Algood, Pick Tennessee Products spokesperson and acclaimed food expert, will conduct Strawberry School, demonstrating proper strawberry picking, care, storage and preservation techniques. Participating media can tour the farm, interview farmers and gather information about this year’s strawberry crop, which continues to be affected by persistent rains and cool temperatures.

Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton and TDA director of Market Development Debbie Ball will attend, as will other area officials.

Mental Health Starts from the Very Beginning

Monday, April 27, 2015 | 07:58 am

A Special Message from Commissioner E. Douglas Varney
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
In Celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month


The mental health of our children, like their physical health, starts from the beginning. The first five years of life are most important, but always know it’s never too late to seek help.

What’s most important is that we offer our children connected, loving, and supportive relationships. Consider this the foundation for their social-emotional development, creating the opportunity for a lifetime of success.

In my lifetime as a behavioral health professional and in serving as Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, I have seen the progress that’s been made in better understanding what our children need most in the first five years and beyond.

Here are some ways you can help: