• Tennessee Law Enforcement Agencies Earn Statewide, National Honors

    Thursday, July 27, 2006 | 7:00pm

    More than 50 awards earned by agencies from across the stateNashville, TN – Governor Phil Bredesen and Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today released the winners of state and national honors presented by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO). Law enforcement agencies from across Tennessee were presented awards during the second annual Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Ceremony held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.

    Transportation

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  • Tennessee Department of Health Assesses Health Status of Populations of Color

    Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Report Details Minority Health Indicators, Disparities
    Nashville, TN

    The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), Office of Minority Health, today released Populations of Color in Tennessee: Health Status Report. The report details the demographics of the state, and the mortality rates, causes of death, birth-related indicators, financial indicators, and the risk and disease disparities evident within those demographics. Also provided in the report is input from communities across the state, including respondents’ recommendations regarding the reduction of health disparities among people of color in the state.

    Health

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  • June 2006 Unemployment Figures - County

    Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | 7:00pm

    JUNE COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RELEASED
    95 COUNTIES INCREASE

    NASHVILLE – County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for June 2006, released today, show that all 95 counties increased. The increase in Tennessee’s county rates is largely due to the seasonal closing of schools, increasing the amount of unemployed students and workers into the labor market. Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2006, which was released last week, was 5.6 percent, 0.2 percentage point higher than the May rate of 5.4 percent.

    Labor & Workforce Development

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  • Interstate 77 Tunnel Travel

    Monday, July 24, 2006 | 7:00pm

    VDOT suggests alternatives to avoid congestion during restoration projectBLAND COUNTY, Va. – In May, a $16.5 million tunnel restoration project began at the Interstate 77 mountain tunnels in Bland County, Va. The contract, which is scheduled for completion in summer 2008, includes replacement of the tile on the sides of the tunnel walls; foundation and structural refurbishment; and ventilation, drainage and sidewalk repairs.

    Transportation

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  • World Breastfeeding Week Celebrates Healthy Benefits of Practice

    Sunday, July 23, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Breastfed Babies Have Lower Infant Mortality Rates Than Non-Breastfed Infants

     Nashville, July 24, 2006

    World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, celebrates 25 years of raising awareness about the importance of breastfeeding. Research indicates that breastfeeding is not only nutritious and healthy for infants, but provides health advantages to mothers as well.  

    Health

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  • Tennessee To Launch First Annual Sales Tax Holiday In August

    Sunday, July 23, 2006 | 7:00pm

    TENNESSEE TO LAUNCH FIRST ANNUAL SALES TAX HOLIDAY IN AUGUST
    AUG. 4-6 TAX HOLIDAY ALLOWS FAMILIES TO SAVE ON BACK-TO-SCHOOL CLOTHING AND SUPPLIES

    Sales Tax Holiday NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee ’s first annual sales tax holiday is only two weeks away, and Governor Phil Bredesen is reminding Tennesseans about this long weekend of savings for families doing back-to-school shopping for supplies and clothing. The state’s first annual sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6.

    All the details about the state’s new sales tax holiday are available at a dedicated Web site, www.tntaxholiday.com. A logo created for the holiday to post on Web sites and materials is attached. Also, an audio news release and script are available on this link: http://66.162.17.146/tnsalestaxholiday/.

    Revenue

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  • Tennessee Reports First Case of La Crosse Encephalitis in 2006

    Thursday, July 20, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, July 21, 2006 A Middle Tennessee child has been reported as having a severe neurological illness caused by La Crosse Encephalitis virus. La Crosse Encephalitis (LAC) is a mosquito-borne illness that usually infects children 16 years and under. Since 1997, the Tennessee Department of Health has been actively involved in LAC surveillance and reports an average of 15 cases per year. There were 13 cases reported in 2004. Most cases occur in the eastern half of the state.

    Health

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  • I-65 South Ramp to I-440 West Closed This Weekend

    Wednesday, July 12, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Various concrete repairs to I-440 will continue through OctoberNashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that it will be making badly needed concrete repairs to the surface of I-440 from now until the end of the year. These repairs will take place during weekend hours in order to avoid interfering with high volume work-day traffic. However, this work will involve lane closures that will cause significant delays on I-440 and possibly on surrounding roadways. TDOT will make weekly announcements about the lane closures prior to each impacted weekend as part of the department’s regular weekly lane closure report that is sent to the media and to community partners.

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  • Access to Recovery Program Surpasses Goal More Than a Year Early

    Monday, July 10, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Program Serves More in Two Years Than Initial Three-Year Goal

    Nashville, July 11, 2006

    The Tennessee Department of Health’s Access to Recovery (ATR) program, originally designed and funded to treat 8,250 patients in three years, has already treated more than 9,300 Tennesseans struggling with addiction, including nearly 1,000 persons receiving methamphetamine treatment as of May 2006. 

    Health

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