State of Tennessee Newsroom http://tn.gov/news en TDCI, NAIC Share Money-Saving Car Insurance Options http://tn.gov/news/51309 51309 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – With the rise of public transportation and ridesharing services steering many consumers away from the driver’s seat, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) encourages Tennesseans to rethink their auto insurance options to determine if new products such as usage-based insurance (UBI) may be a good fit for their driving behaviors. With UBI, the auto insurer monitors your driving behavior and uses that information to determine your rates. The new DriveCheck assessment from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is designed to help consumers determine if UBI may be a suitable choice based on their driving habits. The DriveCheck tool takes consumers through a few questions while providing more information about how UBI works. At the end, users receive an assessment of the likelihood they will benefit from UBI. “As mobility preferences change, we encourage consumers to re-evaluate their auto insurance needs and choices,” said TDCI Commissioner and NAIC President Elect Julie Mix McPeak. “Resources like NAIC’s DriveCheck are a helpful way for Tennesseans to evaluate new insurance products that may be available for consumers whose driving habits have shifted.” If UBI isn’t for you, TDCI and NAIC encourage you talk to your insurer to determine if there are other cost-saving opportunities. Discounts may be available in Tennessee for multiple vehicles, driver education courses, good student, safety devices, anti-theft devices, low mileage, good driver/renewal, auto/home package and dividends.   If you’ve given up driving altogether, there are still risks to consider before accepting a shared ride from a company like Uber or Lyft. Most ridesharing companies have liability policies to cover any passenger injuries. If you are injured while riding, report a claim with the driver’s insurer and the ridesharing company’s insurer. If you’re considering contracting as an Uber or Lyft driver, make sure you understand the insurance implications. Review these ridesharing tips from NAIC’s Insure U before you get behind the wheel. TDCI also reminds Tennesseans that ridesharing companies and/or their drivers operating in Tennessee must follow these regulations: Drivers must maintain primary auto coverage that recognizes the driver as a Transportation Network Company (TNC) driver. When logged on to the app but not engaged in a prearranged ride (has not been connected with a rider), the driver must have primary auto liability insurance of at least 50/100/25 (dollar limits in thousands for bodily injury per individual/bodily injury per accident/ property).                                                             When the driver is engaged in a prearranged ride, driver must have primary auto liability insurance at a minimum of $1,000,000 for death, bodily injury, and property. If an accident occurs and the driver does not have coverage, the company is required to provide coverage and has a duty to defend the claim. Permits an insurer offering personal auto to expressly exclude coverage during times an insured is acting as a TNC driver under the terms of the policy, and the exclusion alleviates the insurance company from a duty to defend or pay any claim. Drivers must carry proof of coverage at all times and are prohibited from transacting their business in cash. The TNC must provide a picture of the driver and license plate number. Maintain two years of trip records.  For additional information about usage-based insurance and the DriveCheck assessment tool, visit NAIC at insureuonline.org. For help with all things insurance in Tennessee, contact the TDCI Consumer Insurance Service Division at 1-800-342-4029 or (615) 741-2218, or visit us online.                                                                                                                          ### Commerce & Insurance Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:29:00 +0000 Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Fitzgerald Collision & Repair to Expand in the Upper Cumberland http://tn.gov/news/51296 51296 at http://tn.gov/news Tennessee-based company to invest $9 million, create 220 new jobs  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Fitzgerald Collision & Repair officials announced today that the company will undergo a major expansion in the Upper Cumberland and create 220 new jobs in the region. Fitzgerald Collision & Repair will invest $9 million to expand its existing facility in Rickman and establish new operations in Sparta.  “We want to thank Fitzgerald Collision & Repair for its investment in the Upper Cumberland region. We’re proud that Tennessee is a place where entrepreneurs like Robert Fitzgerald can turn ideas into businesses that positively benefit our local communities,” Haslam said. “Fitzgerald Collision & Repair’s significant expansion will create new job opportunities for residents in the Upper Cumberland and bring us one step closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.” Fitzgerald Collision & Repair recently announced a new vocational program and partnership with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Livingston, which offers students training in commercial fleet truck maintenance and repair. With the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee is the first state in the nation to offer all citizens – both high school graduates and adults – the chance to earn a postsecondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees.  “There’s no question that the logistics and transportation industry is a crucial part of Tennessee’s economy,” Rolfe said. “Fitzgerald Collision & Repair is a homegrown success story that plays an important role in Tennessee’s growing transportation sector. We look forward to the impact this 220-job expansion will have on residents in White and Overton counties.” Established in 2014, Fitzgerald Collision & Repair provides collision repair for commercial truck fleets across the U.S. Fitzgerald Collision & Repair will add 100,000 square feet to its existing state-of-the-art repair facility in Rickman. The company will also establish a new facility in White County. “The Fitzgerald family has decades of experience in the commercial trucking industry and this most recent venture to provide best-in-class collision and repair service has been a tremendous success,” Fitzgerald Collision & Repair Founder and CEO Robert Fitzgerald said. “With growing demand for our services, we can think of no better place to invest and create more than 200 new jobs than the Upper Cumberland. I’d like to thank the State of Tennessee as well as our local partners in White and Overton counties that have offered support for Fitzgerald Collision & Repair’s expansion.” Fitzgerald Collision & Repair plans to create 145 new jobs at its expanded operations in Overton County. It will create 75 jobs at the new facility in White County. Local officials applauded Fitzgerald Collision & Repair for its expansion plans in the Upper Cumberland. “Overton County is proud Fitzgerald Collision & Repair calls us home,” Overton County Executive Ben Danner said. “Fitzgerald Collision & Repair is working with the TCAT to put students right to work out of school in the Rickman facility, which makes them a very good fit for Overton County and the entire Upper Cumberland.”  “I’d like to thank Robert Fitzgerald and his team for this new investment in Sparta,” White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said. “New job creation in our community is always a welcome development and White County is fortunate that a first-class company like Fitzgerald Collision & Repair has decided to create 75 new jobs here in our local community.”  Interested applicants can visit applyfitzgerald.com for more information. Sen. Paul Bailey (R – Sparta) represents White and Overton counties in the Tennessee Senate. In the Tennessee House of Representatives, White County is represented by Rep. Paul Sherrell (R – Sparta) and Overton County is represented by Rep. John Mark Windle (D – Livingston).  About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd. ### Economic & Community Development Governor Haslam Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000 Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closures, June 29-July 5, 2017 http://tn.gov/news/51305 51305 at http://tn.gov/news DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on I-24 from SRV 6 to the I-40 Westbound ramps and Bridge Rehab on I-24 Over Spring Street and Oldham Street (M.M. 47-48) Thursday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 5, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on Spring Street for construction of bents and surveying work. One lane will remain open at all times.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Construction of a Concrete Box Bridge on US 431 (SR 65) From now through September 30, 2017, There will be a lane closure on US 431 (Whites Creek Pike) at Earthman Fork (south of Old Hickory Blvd) for bridge replacement. A temporary traffic signal is in place. Drivers should expect delays.                              DAVIDSON/WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Resurfacing from The Williamson County Line to South of Armory Drive Thursday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 5, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-65 in both directions for milling operations. At least one lane will remain open in each direction.     DICKSON/HICKMAN COUNTY, Resurfacing of I-840 from I-40 to The Williamson County Line (M.M. 6-13) Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29, 8:30AM-3:30PM, There will be a temporary lane closure on I-840 in both directions to perform striping operations. Friday, June 30, 8:30AM-12PM, There will be a temporary lane closure on I-840 in both directions to perform striping operations.   MACON COUNTY, Bridge replacement on SR 151 over Salt Lick Creek (L.M. 2.46) From now through Friday, June 30, There will be a lane closure on SR 151 for bridge repair work. The bridge traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.   MAURY COUNTY, The Construction of a New Interchange on SR 6 (US 43) at SR 166 in Mount Pleasant (L.M. 8.0-9.0) Thursday, June 29, 12PM-3PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on SR 6 in both directions for rock blasting.       MONTGOMERY COUNTY, The Widening/Extension of SR 13/Oakland Dr. Near Cracker Barrel Dr. to International Blvd. & Solar Way for Hankook Tire (L.M. 26.82-28.16) From now through Monday, August 7, There will be a road closure on Oakland Rd. A detour will be in place at Solar Way & adjacent streets. Get more information here: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/50965   ROBERTSON COUNTY, Resurfacing/Asphalt Repair of I-65 from the Sumner County Line to South of the Bridge Over Honey Run Creek Thursday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 5, 8PM-5AM, There will be a temporary lane closure on I-65 in both directions from MM 103 to MM 120 to perform milling and paving operations as well as full depth asphalt repair operations.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, The Resurfacing on SR 1 from Ken Pilkerton Drive (L.M. 6.42) to West of Florence Road (L.M. 9.82) Thursday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 5, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 1 in both directions from Ken Pilkerton Drive to West of Florence Road for paving operations. One lane will remain open in each direction.     SMITH COUNTY, Rockfall Mitigation on SR 25 (L.M. 8.5) Now through August 1, There will be a road closure on SR 25 for rockfall mitigation. Detour routes are in place.  More information - http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/50794   SUMNER COUNTY, The Construction of Retaining Walls on SR 109 from Odom’s Bend to the SR 109 Bypass of South of Gallatin (L.M. 0.5-1.65) Thursday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 5, 9AM-3PM, There will be temporary lane closures on SR 109 for blasting operations at Lorraine Drive. One lane will remain open.   Maintenance   DAVIDSON COUNTY Thursday, June 29, 8PM-1AM, There will be various lane closures on I-40 in both directions for taking bridge deck core samples and chain dragging on three bridges: McCrory Lane Overhead, CSX Railroad, and Harpeth River Bridge. At least one lane will remain open at all times (M.M. 192-195).   MONTGOMERY COUNTY Monday, July 3, 3PM-10PM, There will be officers directing traffic on SR 48/13 (LM 15-17) for 4th of July activities.   WILLIAMSON COUNTY Thursday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 5, 9AM-3PM, There will be various lane closures on SR 11 in both directions for slope mowing along the shoulder. All lanes will remain open at all times.   WILLIAMSON COUNTY Thursday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 5, 9AM-3PM, There will be various lane closures on SR 96 in both directions for slope mowing along the shoulder. One lane will remain open at all times.     Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.  Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors.  Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather. From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. Road Closures Transportation Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:37:00 +0000 Chilhowee Reservoir Reopening July 1 http://tn.gov/news/51290 51290 at http://tn.gov/news Chilhowee Reservoir Reopening July 1 BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. --- Following a nearly two-year closure, Chilhowee Lake is reopening to the public on July 1 at noon. Brookfield Renewable, which owns and operates Chilhowee Dam, began draining the reservoir in September 2015 for dam inspection and repairs.  Brookfield reports that the work is complete, the reservoir has been reflooded and will open for public use Saturday, July 1 beginning at noon.. In anticipation of a higher than normal volume of boating traffic because of the holiday weekend and extended lake closure, TWRA officers will patrol the lake for boating safety enforcement.  TWRA also wants to make boaters aware that there may be large amounts of floating debris in the reservoir as a result of the refilling process.  Andy Davis, Brookfield Renewable Director of Stakeholder Relations in North America, released a statement: “We are extremely appreciative of the patience and understanding that was exhibited by the public as we undertook this large project to proactively fix issues at the Chilhowee Dam. While this project is complete, and water levels are back to the point where we feel comfortable allowing access for recreation, we do urge extreme caution to boaters and those utilizing the reservoir for recreation to watch out for floating debris that may be present, as the water was drawn down for quite some time, as well as changing water levels that are ever present in and around dams. “We strongly encourage those in and around the reservoir to please be cognizant of your surroundings, to use PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices), and to always be overly cautious, as waterways can be inherently dangerous by their very nature.” TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter will also reopen fishing to coincide with boating usage on July 1.  TWRA Regional Fisheries Program Coordinator Bart Carter says that TWRA will also begin restocking several fish species into the reservoir this fall including crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and redear sunfish.  This winter, trout stockings will resume in Chilhowee as their allotment was diverted to Calderwood and Tellico lakes in order to provide angling opportunities in the same general area. Next spring, TWRA plans to stock walleye and smallmouth bass. ---TWRA--- From TWRA Region IV Wildlife Resources Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:35:00 +0000 New Adult Day Care Licensing Requirement Effective July 1 http://tn.gov/news/51243 51243 at http://tn.gov/news Adult day care agencies with 5 or more clients are required to be licensed by TDHS NASHVILLE – Adult day care agencies providing care to 5 or more people are required to obtain a license by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and adhere to licensing requirements beginning July 1, 2017. The new requirement is a result of legislation passed in 2017 which lowered the previous required licensing threshold from 10 to 5 adult day care participants. Licensed adult day care agencies must meet established standards and receive regular monitoring visits. In addition to current licensed agencies providing care for 10 or more adults, the licensing requirement will now include agencies that care for between 5 and 10 adults. Adult Day Care is available across the state for adults who do not need the services of institutional care such as nursing homes, but still need services that help them function to their fullest potential. Adult day care agencies currently providing care for 5 to 9 adults without a license should contact the local TDHS child and adult care licensing office to initiate the licensing process. The DHS Licensing Office can be contacted at (615) 253-4797. Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Adult Day Care at www.tn.gov/humanservices.    ###   CONTACT:  Devin Stone OFFICE: 615-313-5786 Human Services Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:22:00 +0000 Statement from TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan on the Sevier County Juvenile Court’s ruling concerning open records. http://tn.gov/news/51227 51227 at http://tn.gov/news “TEMA, working through legal counsel and with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, requested the ruling from the Sevier County Juvenile Court to clarify what records we could share without violating or being in contempt of the Court’s original order to withhold records. We did this to ensure we would not endanger any ongoing investigations and prosecutions, nor interfere with the right of the accused to receive a fair trial under law.  As soon as the Court ruling was issued, TEMA in conjunction with our legal office, began gathering records for the purpose of reviewing for confidentiality, responsiveness, and  potential cost estimates to respond to the multiple requests we have received.  These requests cover a large period of time and comprise thousands of records, many of which are not centrally located, that TEMA must collect from across the State and review.  TEMA continues to work as quickly as possible to respond to all current and future requests for records.”  Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:40:00 +0000 West Tennessee Weekly Construction June 28-July 5, 2017 http://tn.gov/news/51225 51225 at http://tn.gov/news BENTON COUNTY, I-40 Truck Climbing Lane Wednesday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 5: There are no scheduled closures. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway in a construction zone. *Speed limit is reduced to 45 MPH. CARROLL COUNTY, SR-1 (US-70): Bridge repair project on SR 1 over overflow LM 31.17.​ Tuesday, April 25 through Tuesday, October 31, 2017, a signal system is being utilized. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway. Watch for flagmen. Restrictions: On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, a signal system was put into place. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction with an 11’ lane restriction. CARROLL COUNTY, SR-424: Construction of a concrete bulb-tee beam bridge on SR 424 over Roan Creek will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway from the construction zones and also crossing the roadways. CROCKETT COUNTY, SR-20 (US-412): There will be lane closures on SR-20 (US-412) east and westbound from the Madison County Line to west of the SR-76 overpass for milling and paving. FAYETTE COUNTY, I-40: The grading, drainage, construction of a concrete bulb-tee bridge and paving on I-40 at the SR 196 (Hickory Withe Road) interchange. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway. Wednesday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 5: There are no scheduled closures. LOOK AHEAD: Sunday, July 9, 6:00 a. m.-10:00 a. m.: I-40 will have “rolling road blocks” throughout the morning to cross the interstate with utilities FAYETTE COUNTY, SR-196: Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from Poplar Acres Road to SR 193. Motorist should watch for flagmen. HARDEMAN COUNTY, SR-57: Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the Fayette County line to Saulsbury Road. Motorist should watch for flagmen. HARDIN COUNTY, SR-15 (US-64): A widening project on SR 15 from Firetower Road to west of Bigbee Branch. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway from the construction zones and also crossing the roadways. HARDIN COUNTY, SR-114: A bridge repair project on the Clifton bridge over the Tennessee River will result in lane shifts and narrowed lanes throughout the project. HARDIN COUNTY, SR-128: A widening project on SR 128 from South of Opel Loop to US-64 (SR 15) in Savannah will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway from the construction zones and also crossing the roadways. HARDIN COUNTY, SR-128:  Stantec will be performing exploratory drilling and instrumentation installation along the upstream and downstream slopes of the Pickwick Landing Dam. LOOK AHEAD Monday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 26, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be night time lane closures to perform exploratory drilling at the Pickwick Landing Dam. Traffic will be controlled by flagmen. Monday, July 31 through Wednesday, August 9, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be night time lane closures to perform exploratory drilling at the Pickwick Landing Dam.  Traffic will be controlled by flagmen. HAYWOOD COUNTY-I-40 from Mile Marker 46 (LM 2.86) to near Koko Road (LM 8.36): Wednesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 6, 7:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be lane closures on I-40 east and westbound from MM 46 to Koko Rd for paving. Speed limit is reduced to 60 MPH. Weather Permitting. HAYWOOD COUNTY-SR-19 (Brownsville Bypass): A widening project on SR 19 from west of Windrow Road to SR 76 south of Brownsville will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway from the construction zones and also crossing the roadways. HAYWOOD COUNTY–SR-76: Construction of a concrete bulb tee beam bridge over the Hatchie River–Wednesday, May 3, 2017 SR 76 will CLOSE at log mile 8.98 (approx. 1 mile south of the I-40/Exit 56 interchange) for removal of the truss bridge. *Local traffic will have access up to the bridge. An interstate detour will be posted at Exit 56 and Exit 52 (Stanton/KoKo Road). HENDERSON COUNTY–I-40: Wednesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 6, 7:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be lane closures on I-40 east and westbound from Madison County Line to East of SR 104 for paving. Speed limit is reduced to 60 MPH. Weather Permitting LAKE COUNTY, SR-21: The construction of a concrete I-Beam bridge on SR 21 over Branch Creek, including grading, drainage, and paving.  Beginning Monday, September 12, 2016, SR 21 was closed to thru traffic until approximately September 30, 2017. Detour route posted. LAKE COUNTY, SR-78: The construction of a concrete Bulb-Tee bridge on SR 78 over drainage ditch LM 16.51 including grading, drainage, and paving will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. LAUDERDALE, SR-3: Resurfacing work will cause possible lane closures from SR 19 (Lake Drive) to near New Wilson Road. MADISON COUNTY, SR-138: Construction of 2 concrete box bridges on SR 138 over Muddy Creek will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. Restrictions: Beginning Tuesday, May 30 through Tuesday, October 31 a signal system will be utilized. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction with an 11’ lane restriction. Sanderson Road will be closed to through traffic. OBION COUNTY, Future I-69: Grading, drainage, construction of eight bridges on future I-69 from south of US 51 (SR 3) to south of US 45W (SR 5) will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. *Speed limit is reduced to 45 MPH through the US 51 (SR 3) portion of the project. The inside southbound lane on SR 3 is closed to all traffic for installation of barrier rail. Restrictions: Beginning Tuesday, June 13, SR 3 will have a lane shift in the north and southbound directions. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction with a 11’ 6” lane restriction. SHELBY COUNTY, I-40 at Canada Road Wednesday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 5: I-40 speed limit has been reduced to 55 MPH. There are lane shifts on I-40 east and westbound. Beginning December 5, 2014, there are transitions south and northbound on Canada Road. Wednesday, June 28 through mid-summer: The I-40 westbound exit ramp to Canada Rd. (MM 20.0) will be CLOSED for permanent ramp reconstruction. Detour route to be posted. Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be INTERMITTENT lane closures on Canada Rd. at Davies Plantation Road for MLGW waterline installation. SHELBY COUNTY–Soil Test Borings at the intersection of I-240 and Airways Blvd.  Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be night time lane closures on I-240 east and westbound between (MM 22.6 and MM 24.2), for soil test borings. SHELBY COUNTY, I-55 from near Horn Lake Road (LM 8.00 L&R) to McLemore Road (LM 11.00 L&R)  Sunday, June 25 through Thursday, June 29, 8:00 p. m.-5:00 a. m.: There will be INTERMITTENT closures with one lane to remain open on I-55 north and southbound (MM 8.00 to MM 11.00) to allow for resurfacing. Speed limit is reduced to 45 MPH. THP will assist with traffic control. Weather Permitting. LOOK AHEAD: Wednesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 6, 8:00 p. m.-5:00 a. m.: There will be INTERMITTENT closures with one lane to remain open on I-55 north and southbound (MM 8.00 to MM 11.00) to allow for resurfacing. Speed limit will be reduced to 45 MPH. THP will assist with traffic control. Weather Permitting.  SHELBY COUNTY, I-55: LOOK AHEAD: Sunday, July 9, 7:00 a. m.-11:00 a. m.: CLOSE all north and southbound travel lanes on I-55 at LM-3.7 using a rolling roadblock to allow necessary maintenance on existing overhead wireline crossing at this location. Four (4) electric conductors will be replaced and will cross I-55 at this location. There will be up to four (4) separate closures to accommodate pulling in new conductors. Lane closures will be limited to less than 30 minutes and then allow traffic to flow through. After the traffic clears, all lanes will be CLOSED again. SHELBY COUNTY, SR-1: Construction of a welded steel plate girder bridge on SR 1 over the Loosahatchie River will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. SHELBY COUNTY, SR-14 (Austin Peay Hwy): Construction on SR 14 for a widening project from SR 204 (Singleton Parkway) to east of Old Covington Pike. Shoulders are closed north and southbound. There will be possible temporary lane closures throughout the project.​ On April 21, 2017, Old Covington Pike East access to/from SR 14 was permanently CLOSED. *Speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH. SHELBY COUNTY, Asphalt Repair on SR 385  Thursday, June 29, 9:00 a. m.-3:00 p. m.:  There will be lane closures on SR-385 at LM-0.5 eastbound at the Ridgeway Exit for asphalt repair. Two lanes will be CLOSED at a time and one lane will remain open at all times.  Weather Permitting. SHELBY COUNTY, SR-385 over I-240: Bridge Repair project will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. LOOK AHEAD: Friday, July 7, 10:00 p. m. through Sunday, July 9, 8:00 a. m.: There will be INTERMITTENT lane closures on I-240 west and eastbound at the SR-385 Exit to allow for the installation of noise panels in the area above traffic. One lane will remain open during this period. Also, the ramp from I-240 westbound to Mt. Moriah will be CLOSED. * Friday, July 14, 10:00 p. m.-8:00 a. m. will serve as a backup date. TDOT MAINTENANCE: Thursday, June 29, 9:00 a. m.-3:00 p. m.: There will be possible lane closures at various locations in Region IV in order to repair pavement on an as needed basis. Friday, June 30, 9:00 a. m.-12:00 p. m: There will be possible lane closures at various locations in Region IV in order to repair pavement on an as needed basis. Wednesday, July 5, 9:00 a. m.-3:00 p. m: There will be possible lane closures at various locations in Region IV in order to repair pavement on an as needed basis. TDOT Region 4: Random On-Call Concrete Pavement Repair LOOK AHEAD Monday, July 17 through Thursday, July 31: The ramp from northbound I-155 to SR 77 (Newbern Exit) will be closed for concrete repair. The posted detour, from Dyersburg, will be from I-155 on to US 412 eastbound then left on to SR 211 northbound for 6.2 miles to Newbern. TDOT REGION 4: On-Call pavement markings  Sunday, July 9 through Thursday, July 14, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be lane closures at the following locations in Shelby Co. for the placement of plastic pavement markers. There will be “a rolling lane closure” in effect. THP will assist with traffic control. Weather Permitting. I-40, westbound, I-40/I-240 Sam Cooper (LM-14.43 to LM-14.94), one lane will remain open. Ramp Exit 10A & B right of I-40 westbound I-240 Sam Cooper (LM-14.32 to LM-14.43), one lane will remain open. I-40, eastbound I-40/240 Sam Cooper (LM-12.23 to LM-12.68 to LM-13.18), one lane will remain open. I-240, eastbound I-40/240 Sam Cooper (LM-17.95 to 18.47 to LM-18.71), Exit 12B & 12C, one lane will remain open. I-40, westbound I-40/240 Sam Cooper (LM-14.43 to LM 14.94 to LM-15.19), one lane will remain open. I-40, westbound I-40/240 Sam Cooper (LM-14.43 to LM 14.94 to LM-15.19), one lane will remain open. I-55, southbound Crump-Riverside Dr. (LM-11.91 to LM-11.76), one lane will remain open. TDOT REGION 4: On-Call Guardrail Repair/Concrete Barrier Rail Repair (Nighttime): Wednesday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 5: There are no scheduled closures. TDOT REGION 4: On-Call Guardrail Repair/Concrete Barrier Rail Repair (Daytime): Wednesday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 5: There are no scheduled closures. TDOT Region 4: Random On-Call Signing Wednesday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 5: There are no scheduled closures. TDOT REGION 4: Relensing of Snowplowable Markers: Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be night time rolling lane closures at the following various locations for relensing of snowplowable pavement markers. Weather Permitting. SR-3, Lauderdale County, (MM 0.00 to MM 25.00), one lane will remain open. SR-87, Lauderdale County, (MM 9.00 to MM 19.50), one lane will remain open. SR-209, County, (MM 6.90 to M.M. 16.60), one lane will remain open. SR-3, Tipton County, (MM 0.00 to MM 16.70), one lane will remain open. SR-14, Tipton County, (MM 0.00 to MM 16.70), one lane will remain open. SR-59, Tipton County, (MM 0.00 to MM 19.00), one lane will remain open. SR-178, Tipton County, (MM 2.20 to MM 11.50), one lane will remain open. SR-384, Tipton County, (MM 0.00 to MM 6.10), one lane will remain open. TIPTON, SR-179: Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures, in both directions daily, from SR 54 to SR 14.   From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel or for West Tennessee follow https://twitter.com/NicLawrenceTDOT. As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.  In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost three workers in the line of duty. All three were struck by passing motorists. Those tragedies bring the total number of TDOT lives lost to 112. We don’t want to lose another member of our TDOT family. We’re asking you to WORK WITH US. Click on the WORK WITH US logo to learn more. Media Advisories Road Closures Transportation Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:57:00 +0000 Valeo North America, Inc. to Expand in Smyrna http://tn.gov/news/51186 51186 at http://tn.gov/news Automotive supplier to create 80 new jobs  NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe along with Valeo North America, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand its operations in Smyrna. The automotive supplier will invest $25 million and create 80 new jobs in Rutherford County. “It is always great news when a company chooses to expand in Tennessee, and I want to thank Valeo for its continued investment in Rutherford County,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee is home to more than 900 automotive suppliers and we are grateful that Valeo will grow this sector by creating 80 jobs in Smyrna. I look forward to seeing the company’s growth in our state.”  Valeo is an automotive supplier and partner to automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving. Valeo has 166 plants, 20 research centers, 38 development centers and 15 distribution platforms, and employs 100,900 people in 32 countries. Valeo is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.  Valeo will be expanding its current facility in Smyrna, adding 130,000 square feet to provide space for new equipment. The company will increase volume of existing product offerings and also add new product lines. Manufacturing at this location will include front-end modules, active grill shutters, and in the future, HVAC products. “We are thrilled that Valeo continues to add commerce and opportunity to the town of Smyrna,” Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed said. “We congratulate Valeo on its expansion and wish this great corporate partner many more years of continued success.” “It’s especially rewarding when an existing company announces an expansion,” Destination Rutherford Chairman Bill Jones said. “We thank Valeo for its investment in Rutherford County and congratulate the company on its future plans.”  “TVA and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation congratulate Valeo on its plans to invest and expand operations in Smyrna, Tennessee,” John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of economic development said. “We are pleased to partner with the State of Tennessee, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Smyrna and Rutherford County officials to help existing companies like Valeo thrive and add jobs in the community.”  Smyrna and Rutherford County are represented by Sen. Bill Ketron (R – Murfreesboro), Sen. Jim Tracy (R – Shelbyville), Rep. Tim Rudd (R – Murfreesboro), Rep. Mike Sparks (R – Smyrna), Rep. Bryan Terry (R – Murfreesboro) and Rep. Dawn White (R – Murfreesboro) in the Tennessee General Assembly. About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.   ### Economic & Community Development Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:45:00 +0000 Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce HYLA Inc. to Locate New Operations in Rutherford County http://tn.gov/news/51185 51185 at http://tn.gov/news Mobile device reverse logistics technology company to create 225 new jobs  NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and HYLA, Inc. officials today announced that the company will open a new facility in La Vergne. The specialized mobile device reverse logistics technology and services provider will invest more than $1 million and create approximately 225 new jobs in Rutherford County. “I want to thank HYLA for choosing to locate its new operations in Rutherford County and for creating over 200 new jobs in La Vergne,” Haslam said. “With our strong workforce and central location, Tennessee is the prime location for companies like HYLA to call home. I appreciate HYLA for its commitment to Tennessee and for bringing us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.” “When a company chooses to locate new operations in Tennessee, it sends a strong message that our state’s business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce are assets that will help companies succeed,” Rolfe said. “We thank HYLA for investing and creating new jobs in Tennessee and look forward to building a lasting partnership in the years ahead.” HYLA works closely with Fortune 100 companies, including the largest mobile service providers, mobile device manufacturers and technology retailers. HYLA provides technology and expertise that powers the collection, processing, renewal and distribution of previously owned mobile devices. HYLA’s customized software solutions and pricing expertise drive the collection of mobile devices at thousands of customer locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.   Upon receipt of mobile devices, HYLA’s La Vergne facility will assess the condition of each device, remove all customer data, conduct repairs as needed and resell the devices into secondary markets throughout the U.S. and around the world. HYLA also offers software solutions including Analytics and Omni-Channel Device Collections for its customers. To date, HYLA has collected and repurposed over 43 million devices, diverted over 9,500 tons of e-waste away from landfills, and avoided 51.5 billion gallons of ground water pollution. “We are excited about our new mobile device reverse logistics technology facility. We selected the State of Tennessee, Rutherford County and La Vergne due to its central location, business friendly environment, and high-quality talent pool. We look forward to becoming an active member of the community and working together with local organizations to bring additional employment and prosperity to this region,” Biju Nair, president and CEO of HYLA, Inc., said. HYLA will locate its new operations in a 100,000-square-foot facility in Rutherford County. With the new facility, HYLA will be better equipped to serve its global customers. Local officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority thanked HYLA for its investment in Rutherford County.  “Rutherford County continues to attract new companies with its pro-business environment and strong workforce,” Destination Rutherford Chairman Bill Jones said. “We welcome HYLA to our community and wish them much success.” “We are very excited to have HYLA in La Vergne and are grateful for the jobs it will bring,” La Vergne Mayor Dennis Waldron said. "TVA and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation congratulate HYLA on its decision to locate in La Vergne, Tennessee," said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of economic development. "We are privileged to partner with the State of Tennessee, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, the City of La Vergne and Rutherford County officials to help companies create new jobs and prosperity in the community."  La Vergne and Rutherford County are represented by Sen. Bill Ketron (R – Murfreesboro), Sen. Jim Tracy (R – Shelbyville), Rep. Mike Sparks (R – Smyrna), Rep. Bryan Terry (R – Murfreesboro), Rep. Dawn White (R – Murfreesboro) and Rep. Rick Womick (R – Rockvale) in the Tennessee General Assembly. About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.   ### Economic & Community Development Governor Haslam Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:45:00 +0000 Ninth Annual Operation Dry Water Weekend Set for June 30-July 2 http://tn.gov/news/51173 51173 at http://tn.gov/news Ninth Annual Operation Dry Water Weekend Set for June 30-July 2 NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, June 30-July 2. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday to give BUI enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season. The TWRA is teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Operation Dry Water was started by the NASBLA in 2009. TWRA boating officers will saturate high traffic areas on reservoirs across the state. Along with the use of life jackets and other safety practices, officers want boaters to be aware of the effects and ramifications of alcohol use. The TWRA will be intensifying efforts to detect and apprehend boat operators who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2016 during Operation Dry Water, there were 10 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests across the state. TWRA boating officers checked more than 4,000 vessels, issued 175 citations, 113 warnings, and assisted 94 boaters. There were four injury accidents and three property damage accidents reported. Operating a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher is illegal in Tennessee, the same as operating a motor vehicle. Penalties may include fines, jail, boat impoundment and the loss of boat driving privileges. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications. For more information on Operation Dry Water, click here. ---TWRA--- Wildlife Resources Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:57:00 +0000