• Water and Wastewater Construction Loans Awarded

    Wednesday, October 18, 2006 | 7:00pm
    FIVE COMMUNITIES RECEIVE LOW-INTEREST LOANS TO MAKE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

    Nashville, Tenn. – Governor Phil Bredesen has announced seven low-interest loans totaling more than $8.7 million have been awarded through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program to fund much-needed water and wastewater construction projects in five Tennessee communities. The Department of Environment and Conservation administers the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRF Loan Programs for the State of Tennessee.

    Environment & Conservation

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  • TDOT Releases Results of First Customer Satisfaction Survey

    Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today the results of its first comprehensive customer satisfaction survey. The purpose of the survey was to assess TDOT’s overall performance and to help identify short-term and long-term transportation priorities for the department. The survey, completed in July 2006, was mailed to 6,000 Tennesseans. Over 2,000 residents and public officials responded, and the findings were overwhelmingly positive.

    Transportation

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  • Gambling Addiction Resources Expand Hours of Service

    Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | 7:00pm

                          Redline Referral Services Now Available 24 Hours, Seven Days

    Nashville, October 18, 2006

    The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and Other Addiction Services (TAADAS) are expanding the Tennessee REDLINE’s gambling hotline to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Referrals and resources to combat problem gambling can be reached through the REDLINE at 1-800-889-9789.

    Health

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  • Tennessee's State Employee Recycling Program Wins EPA Award

    Thursday, October 12, 2006 | 7:00pm
    STATE GOVERNMENT PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD RECOGNIZES SUCCESS IN WASTE REDUCTION

    Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the State Employee Recycling Program will receive a State Government Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) later this month.The State Employee Recycling Program, coordinated by TDEC’s Office of Environmental Assistance, has received a WasteWise Partner of the Year Award from EPA the past four years and continues to expand its waste prevention and recycling efforts. With nearly 50,000 state employees participating, eight new locations were added in 2006 to the more than 50 buildings already taking part in the program.“I appreciate EPA’s recognition of the commitment our state employees have made to being good stewards of the environment,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “I hope employees in both the public and private sectors across Tennessee will continue to focus on waste reduction efforts and make a commitment to reduce, recycle and reuse to protect our natural resources for future generations.”

    Environment & Conservation

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  • Cleveland Businessman Pleads Guilty To Sales Tax Fraud

    Thursday, October 12, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today Jason Wade Lane, owner of Mattress Direct, located at 4633 North Lee Highway in Cleveland, pled guilty to 11 counts of sales tax fraud, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(g). The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea by Lane, age 26.

    Revenue

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  • Former Memphis Business Owner Convicted On Sales Tax Evasion Charges

    Thursday, October 12, 2006 | 7:00pm

    ANTHONY RAY VAUGHN PLEADS GUILTY TO SALES TAX EVASION CHARGES

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Anthony Ray Vaughn, former owner of Hickory Hill Wine & Spirits located at 6326 Winchester Rd. in Memphis, Tenn., pled guilty to one Class E Felony count of sales tax evasion, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(d), and one Class C Felony count of theft of property over $10,000, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-14-103. The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation covering the 54-month period from Aug. 1, 1999, through Jan. 1, 2004, that led to yesterday’s conviction of Vaughn, age 49.

    “This conviction underscores that sales tax is a ‘trust tax’ to which retailers have no legal entitlement,” said Commissioner Loren L. Chumley. “Consumers pay the tax with the belief the money will be used by the state and local governments for the common good.”

    Revenue

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  • Keep Landscaping Investments Healthy—Plant in Fall

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  “Most people understand that adding plants to a home landscape adds ‘curb appeal’ and is a smart investment in the property,” says Rob Beets, horticultural marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, “but perennial plants—anything that lives through the winter to continue growing in the spring—are investments in themselves.”

    Agriculture

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