• New Toll-Free Litter Hotline Now Available

    Monday, January 22, 2007 | 6:00pm

    New Toll-Free Litter Hotline Now Available
    1-877-8-LITTER PROVIDES MOTORISTS A WAY TO REPORT LITTER BUGS

    Nashville, Tenn. – Tennesseans who are tired of trash along state roadways now have a new tool to report litter bugs. The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced today a new toll-free litter hotline, 1-877-8-LITTER (877-854-8837). The litter hotline is part of the new statewide anti-litter campaign, StopLitter™. The hotline provides a way for Tennesseans to report people they witness littering along the state’s roadways, such as a person throwing a paper cup or cigarette butt out of a window, or an item falling from an unsecured load.

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  • Arbor Day Poster Contest Targets State Fifth-graders

    Monday, January 22, 2007 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “Trees are Terrific…and forests are too!” is the theme for the 2007 Arbor Day poster contest announced the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Division of Forestry and the National Arbor Day Foundation. Co-sponsored by Toyota Motor Corporation, the annual contest is open to all Tennessee fifth-graders.

    Agriculture

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  • December Unemployment Rate 4.7 Percent

    Monday, January 22, 2007 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE - Tennessee’s unemployment rate for the month of December is 4.7 percent, down from the seasonally adjusted November rate of 5.0 percent, Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced today. In 2005, Tennessee’s unemployment rate for the month of December was 5.4 percent. The national unemployment rate for December is 4.5 percent, the same as the November rate.
    “December’s unemployment rate of 4.7 percent brings us to the close of 2006 with a .7 percent decrease from a year ago,” said Commissioner Neeley. “This shows us that through the year Tennessee has been experiencing steady job growth. December is one of three months at the end of 2006 showing an unemployment rate below five percent. This is significant because we haven’t seen the rates below five percent since September of 2001.”
    The November-to-December business survey shows employment increases in trade, transportation and utilities, up 7,800 jobs. Employment in local government also increased by 2,000 and professional, scientific, and technical services employment increased 1,400 jobs. Seasonal month-to-month employment decreases took place in manufacturing with 2,000 jobs lost. Leisure and hospitality employment lost 1,200 jobs and state government educational services decreased by 1,000 jobs.

    Labor & Workforce Development

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  • State Expands University Partnerships for Math, Science Education

    Sunday, January 21, 2007 | 6:00pm
    Partnerships to serve a third of Tennessee school systems

    Nashville , TN – Governor Phil Bredesen and Education Commissioner Lana Seivers announced today 44 Tennessee school systems will receive up-to-date, research-based training in math and science content and teaching strategies through partnerships with area universities. The Department of Education recently awarded Mathematics and Science Partnership Grants to East Tennessee State University , Lee University , Middle Tennessee State University , Putnam County and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville to work with high-needs districts over the next three years. Districts selected for the partnership each serve 10,000-plus students or have at least 20 percent economically disadvantaged students.

    Education

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  • Parks and Recreation Grants Available to Local Governments

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | 6:00pm

    APRIL 2 DEADLINE SET FOR TENNSSEE RECREATION INITIATIVE PROGRAM (TRIP) APPLICATIONS

    Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation wants to remind local governments that do not currently have parks or recreation departments that they can take advantage of the Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program (TRIP) grant program to help create parks and recreation opportunities in local communities. Applications for TRIP grants are due in April.

    Environment & Conservation

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  • Beef Agribition Gives Producers Up-Close Look at Potential Cattle, Cost Share Purchases

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  “Tennessee Beef Agribition is more than the state’s largest combined show and sale,” according to Margie Hunter, livestock marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  “It’s also the best place all year for cattle producers to find out the latest in information and technology for their industry.

    Agriculture

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