State of Tennessee Newsroom http://tn.gov/news en Summer Deer Mortality Attributed to Common Virus http://tn.gov/news/52657 52657 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) offices are receiving reports of dead deer in scattered areas of the state. The timing and details of the reports are all indicative of hemorrhagic disease (HD). HD occurs at varying levels of severity each year in Tennessee’s deer herd. The catch-all term for this disease is hemorrhagic disease (HD), and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and bluetongue are the closely related viruses that fall under the umbrella of HD. So far this year, reports are predominantly coming from East Tennessee, and based on the volume of reports it appears to be above average in severity. According to officials in Athens, Ga., at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS), the outbreak being experienced appears to be a part of a larger multi-state outbreak involving several nearby states. Reports to TWRA offices indicate mortality of deer in at least 20 counties with more expected as the season progresses. The last major outbreak of HD in Tennessee was in 2007 and involved virtually all of the state. “So far the intensity of the outbreak seems to be localized,” said Roger Applegate, Wildlife Health Program Leader for TWRA. “We don’t anticipate this outbreak to rival that of 2007, but it is still early and we’re actively monitoring the situation.”HD is caused by a virus that is transmitted to deer from biting midges or “no-seeums.” It is not transmitted from deer to deer by contact. The virus causes fever, respiratory distress, and swelling of the neck or tongue. Not all deer exposed to the virus will die, but those that do usually do so within 5 to 10 days of exposure in or near water as they seek to cool their bodies from the fever. Incidence of HD usually peaks around mid-September and is usually done by mid-October with the onset of cold weather. “Although some of the clinical symptoms are similar, it is important to not confuse HD with CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease),” said James Kelly, TWRA Deer Management Program Leader. “Unlike CWD, HD is a virus and deer can survive infection. It comes and goes at varying levels of severity much like the flu does for humans. CWD, on the other hand, is actually a much greater concern because the causative agents known as prions persist in the environment and in deer populations indefinitely.” Fortunately, CWD has not been detected in Tennessee, and intensive surveillance will continue this fall by TWRA biologists and agency partners for this neurological and always fatal disease. For more information on CWD please visit cwd-info.org. ---TWRA--- Wildlife Resources Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:02:00 +0000 TDCI Shares 10 Basic Securities Fraud Prevention Tips http://tn.gov/news/52656 52656 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Securities Division wants to promote a healthier and safer investment climate in Tennessee by educating citizens of all ages on how to recognize and avoid tactics aimed at separating you from your savings. “Unfortunately, investment fraud cases that drain the savings of hardworking investors are not uncommon,” said TDCI Assistant Commissioner for Securities Frank Borger-Gilligan. “Becoming an informed and skeptical investor is the best tool to prevent this type of fraud. We urge Tennesseans to utilize the basic steps outlined below to help safeguard their investments from con artists.” The TDCI Securities Division offers the following 10 securities fraud prevention tips to help Tennessee’s protect their investments: Check the licensing/registration of the seller and product offered by contacting the Tennessee Securities Division. Check to see if any enforcement action has been taken against the person offering the investment opportunity. Check with someone you know and trust before investing any money. Get written information (but be aware that professional looking information could be produced by a con artist). Ask lots of questions. Know how much risk you are willing to take with your investment; understand how much risk you should be taking given your age, family circumstances and other factors. Take your time; don’t allow anyone to rush your decision-making process. Never accept a verbal contract. Never sign anything before reading it carefully and understanding it. If you are suspicious about an investment offer, contact the Tennessee Securities Division. Additional investor education information is also available through the TDCI Securities Division website: https://www.tn.gov/commerce/section/securities. If you suspect that you might be a victim of securities or insurance fraud, or if you would like to file a complaint or speak with an investigator, please contact the Tennessee Securities Division – Financial Services Investigations Unit at (615) 741-5900. To file a complaint online, visit /commerce/article/securities-file-a-complaint.                                                                                                                             ### Commerce & Insurance Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:51:00 +0000 TDCI Joins First Tennessee Park’s Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party http://tn.gov/news/52645 52645 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs will host a consumer protection education booth at First Tennessee Park’s Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, August 21, 2017 in downtown Nashville. TDCI staff will be on hand to provide event attendees with giveaways and educational materials that highlight how to avoid falling victim to scammers and identity thieves. The Nashville Sounds, in conjunction with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Government, the Metro Sports Authority, and the Adventure Science Center, coordinated the event which will include music by members of the Nashville Symphony, science demonstrations with fun, hands-on activities, total solar eclipse viewing, and a separate Sounds baseball game to follow at 4:05 p.m. Who:                     TDCI Division of Consumer Affairs What:                   Consumer protection outreach booth at First Tennessee Park’s Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. Giveaways and educational materials highlighting ways to avoid current scams and identity theft will be available to event attendees (tickets required).                               When:                  Monday, August 21, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT                                Gates to First Tennessee Park open at 10:30 a.m. Mayor Barry will welcome the crowd at 11:00, with astronomy demonstrations and audience participation. Where:                First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville, TN 37219 Parking:              The City of Nashville, in conjunction with the Nashville Downtown Partnership, will provide free parking and shuttles from Nissan Stadium to and from First Tennessee Park for the eclipse event. Public parking will be available in Lots R, T, P, & N at Nissan Stadium. The free shuttle will depart from and return to Parking Lot R. For more consumer protection information, visit the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs at www.tn.gov/consumer.                                                                                                                                 ### Consumer Affairs Commerce & Insurance Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:28:00 +0000 Contractor to Implement Traffic Modification on U.S. 27 Project in Chatt. http://tn.gov/news/52644 52644 at http://tn.gov/news FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, August 18, 2017 Traffic Advisory Contractor to Implement Traffic Modification on U.S. 27 Project in Chattanooga CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – As part of the U.S. 27 widening project from the I-24/U.S. 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, the contractor will implement a traffic modification tonight on U.S. 27 North and South, weather permitting. Recently, as part of Phase 2 of the project, traffic on U.S. 27 was shifted to the outside in both directions to allow the contractor access to the middle portion of U.S. 27 for the next construction phase.  As a result of traffic shifting to the outside, the ramps at MLK Blvd. in both directions and the 4th St. ramp on U.S. 27 South were shortened, requiring traffic to yield when entering U.S. 27.  Since this traffic pattern has been in place, the number of traffic incidents in the work zone has increased.  Therefore, on Friday evening, August 18, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT, the contractor will be changing the Yield signs at these locations to Stop signs.  The locations are as follows:  4th St. ramp onto U.S. 27 South Westbound MLK Blvd. ramp onto U.S. 27 South Eastbound MLK Blvd. ramp onto U.S. 27 South Eastbound MLK Blvd. ramp onto U.S. 27 North One ramp at a time will be closed as this work takes place.  As soon as the Stop signs and the pavement markings are installed, all traffic will be required to stop at these locations.  Drivers are encouraged to obey the signage and pay close attention to changing conditions in the work zone.  After this change is implemented, there will be increased law enforcement presence within the project limits.  Please note that the speed limit on U.S. 27 in the construction zone is 45 MPH. Drivers who wish to avoid this area altogether can access a map with suggested alternate routes on the project website at www.tn.gov/tdot/section/projects and on the City of Chattanooga’s website at http://www.chattanooga.gov/ 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 Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511 or any of TDOT’s other Twitter pages. 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.  To learn more go to the website at http://www.tn.gov/tdot/section/work-with-us. # # # For more information contact: Jennifer A. Flynn TDOT Region Two Community Relations Officer Jennifer.Flynn@tn.gov Office 423-510-1164   Road Closures Transportation Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:19:00 +0000 Memphis Bonding Company Owner Sentenced on Theft Charges http://tn.gov/news/52639 52639 at http://tn.gov/news MEMPHIS - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to Tuesday’s sentencing of George Austin Hitt. Hitt, 38, is the president of Memphis Bonding Company, located at 279 Exchange Avenue in Memphis.  On April 12, 2016, the Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Hitt on 22 Class E felony counts of falsification of bail bond tax returns, one Class E felony count of bail bond tax evasion, and one Class A felony count of theft of property over $250,000.  The indictments charged that from January 2010 through June 2015, Hitt failed to remit bail bond tax from bonds written at Memphis Bonding Company and Tennessee Bonding Company.  On June 22, 2017, Hitt pleaded no contest to felony theft of property and paid restitution of $311,817 to the state. Tuesday, Judge James Beasley sentenced Hitt to eight years in the state penitentiary and placed him on state supervised probation in lieu of confinement. “Our state’s tax structure depends on voluntary taxpayer compliance to remit money collected from customers,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. “Taxpayers who fail to remit collected taxes violate the public trust and the criminal laws of Tennessee. This guilty plea highlights our rigorous and impartial administration of the state’s tax laws.” The Department pursued this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney General Amy Weirich and her staff. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389). The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws.  The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2016 fiscal year, it collected $13.5 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.6 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.  To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue. Board of Parole Revenue Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:52:00 +0000 Weekly East Tennessee Construction Report for August 17-23, 2017 http://tn.gov/news/52637 52637 at http://tn.gov/news BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 between Cumberland Street and East Street: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this utility replacement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 at Old Knoxville Pike: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129 at Louisville Road: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures, lane shifts and narrowed lanes through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 334 between Hunt Road and Topside Road: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area. BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 336 between Reagan Mill Road and Montvale Road: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this area as crews complete final items of this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area. CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Mile Markers 135 and 140: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this project. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrowed lanes, closed shoulders and use caution as crews construct truck climbing lanes through this area.  Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.   CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North and South near Mile Marker 141: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures nightly, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this bridge repair project. CAMPBELL COUNTY, SR 9 and 63 between Main Street and Hunter’s Branch: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform work on traffic signals.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. CAMPBELL COUNTY, SR 90 between SR 9 and Claiborne County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flaggers directing traffic during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. CAMPBELL COUNTY, SR 297 near East Paul Lane: SR 297 is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge repair project.  This reduction will remain in place around the clock.  Motorists should be alert for this new condition, be prepared to stop, and use extreme in this area. COCKE COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 Wilton Springs Road Bridge over the Pigeon River: The Wilton Springs Road Bridge over the Pigeon River between Hartford Road and SR 32 is reduced to one lane (11 foot width) around the clock and controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for this new traffic pattern, expect potential delays and adjust travel times accordingly. Motorists may encounter short stoppages of traffic at various times while crews offload construction materials.  Traffic in excess of 11 feet in width should use alternate routes.  This project is estimated to be complete on or before October 31, 2017. COCKE COUNTY, US 25/SR 9 between SR 107 and the North Carolina Line: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours as crews perform roadway resurfacing.  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic and use extreme caution through this area. COCKE COUNTY, SR 160 between Buckner Road and the Hamblen County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours as crews perform roadway resurfacing.  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic and use extreme caution through this area. GRAINGER COUNTY, SR 131 between US 25 and the Hancock County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures controlled by flaggers between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and use extreme caution as crews perform sign and guardrail work through this area.  GREENE COUNTY, I-81 South near Mile Marker 21.7: On Thursday, August 17, 2017, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repair.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays through this area. GREENE COUNTY, I-81 North and South between Mile Markers 26 and 36:  Motorist should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. GREENE COUNTY, SR 93 between SR 34 and SR 351: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours as crews perform roadway resurfacing.  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic and use extreme caution through this area. GREENE COUNTY, SR 172 between Spear Dykes Road and N. Wesley Chapel Road: SR 172 in this area is reduced to one lane around the clock and controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for this new traffic pattern, expect potential delays and adjust travel times accordingly. GREENE COUNTY, SR 351 between SR 107 and SR 34: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours as crews perform roadway resurfacing.  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic and use extreme caution through this area. GREENE COUNTY, SR 353 between SR 107 and SR 81: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours as crews perform roadway resurfacing.  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic and use extreme caution through this area. HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 34 between Terrace Lane and Arnold Lane: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 160 at Merchants Greene: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts near this intersection. Motorists should expect possible rolling roadblocks and short duration traffic stops as crews perform bridge construction. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area. HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 160 South near Sugar Hollow Road: SR 160 South is reduced to one lane in this area as crews construct ramps.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, changing conditions and use extreme caution through this construction project.  HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 343 between East Main Street and West Main Street: Motorists should be alert for temporary nightly road closures with detours in this area between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work to overhead walkway.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area. HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 474 between SR 160 and Veteran’s Parkway: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and lane shifts through this construction project.  Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns; workers present and use extreme caution through this area. HANCOCK COUNTY, SR 63 between SR 33 and Mulberry Gap Road: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. HANCOCK COUNTY, SR 66 between the Hawkins County Line and the Clinch River: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Marker 421.4: On Thursday, August 17, 2017, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repair.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays through this area. JEFFERSON COUNTY, SR 9 between the Sevier/Jefferson County line and SR 92: Motorist should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. JEFFERSON COUNTY, SR 66 near South White Pine Road: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and use extreme caution as crews perform work in this area.  JEFFERSON COUNTY, SR 92 Bridge across French Broad River in Dandridge: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flag persons directing traffic in this area at various times through this bridge construction project. Motorists may encounter short stoppages of traffic in both directions at various times while crews offload and set bridge beams. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-92-bridge-replacement JEFFERSON COUNTY, SR 341 between I-81 and SR 66:  Motorists should be alert for workers present, new traffic patterns and use extreme caution in this area. JOHNSON COUNTY, US 421/SR34 between the Sullivan County Line and SR 91: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this resurfacing and bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Mile Markers 379 and 395: Motorists should be alert for a mobile left lane closure to occur on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform drain cleaning. Motorists should be alert for slow moving or stopped equipment and use extreme caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Mile Markers 395 and 405: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-140 East and West between Mile Markers 0 and 8: Motorists should be alert for a mobile left lane closure to occur on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform drain cleaning. Motorists should be alert for slow moving or stopped equipment and use extreme caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-640 West between Mile Markers 7.5 and 5: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, closed shoulders, reduced speeds and use extreme caution through this construction project. KNOX COUNTY, US 129/SR 115 Alcoa Highway between Maloney Road and Woodson Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks at various times through this construction project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, reduce speed and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-115-alcoa-highway-maloney-to-woodson KNOX COUNTY, SR 1 Kingston Pike between Morrell Road and Newcom Avenue: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 (Oak Ridge Hwy. /Western Ave.) between Schaad Road and I-640: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures throughout this widening project.  Motorists traveling in this area should be alert for workers and equipment present and be alert for changing traffic conditions and use caution through this area. For updated project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-62-western-ave-schaad-rd-to-copper-kettle KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 Western Avenue between Texas Avenue and Major Avenue: Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns through this construction project. Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flag persons directing traffic in this area at various times through this construction project. Motorists may encounter short stoppages of traffic in both directions at various times as crews move equipment. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-62-western-ave-texas-to-major KNOX COUNTY, SR 33 Broadway at I-640: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures on Broadway underneath I-640 to occur between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform bridge work. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts in this area. Motorists should use caution and be alert for workers and equipment present through this interchange improvement project.  For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/i-640-interchange-at-north-broadway KNOX COUNTY, SR 33 North Broadway between Depot Avenue and Fifth Avenue: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and lane shifts through this area between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. as KUB contractors perform utility work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, SR 33 Maynardville Highway between Temple Acres Drive and the Union County Line:  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times as work continues through this widening project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, new traffic patterns and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, SR 71 Chapman Highway between Hendron’s Chapel Road and Simpson Road: Motorists should be alert for daily lane closures between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as crews perform geotechnical borings in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Emory Road Bridge over Kerns Branch near Beeler Road in Harbison Crossroads: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flag persons directing traffic in this area at various times through this construction project..  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, SR 169 Middlebrook Pike at Weisgarber: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work in this area. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrowed lanes and use extreme caution through this intersection improvement project. KNOX COUNTY, SR 332 Northshore Drive between Northshore Hills Blvd. and Southern Railroad Bridge: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. LOUDON COUNTY, SR 1 near Wheeler Drive and Dixie Lee Junction: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times as work is performed through this construction project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, traffic shifts and use extreme caution in this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/state-route-1-dixie-lee-junction LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and lane shifts at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, workers present, construction equipment and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to https://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/sr-73-fort-loudoun-dam MONROE COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Mile Markers 59 and 67: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. MORGAN COUNTY, SR 29 between Old Highway 27 and Cumberland Mountain Circle Road: SR 29 is reduced to one lane around the clock and controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for this new traffic pattern, expect potential delays and adjust travel times accordingly.  This project is estimated to be complete on or before October 31, 2017 MORGAN/ROANE COUNTY, US27/SR29 between Whetstone Road and SR 61:  Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns, closed shoulders and possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times throughout this construction project. Motorists should be alert for reduced speeds and use extreme caution in this area. SCOTT COUNTY, SR 63 between Water Plant Road and Park Road in Huntsville: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily during daylight hours through this bridge widening project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area. SEVIER COUNTY, SR 9 between the Knox/Sevier Co Line and the Knox/Jefferson County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. SEVIER COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 Wears Valley Road between Blount County Line and Waldens Creek Road: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 West near Mile Marker 8.6: On Monday, August 14, 2017, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repair.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and expect potential delays through this area. SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-81 North between Mile Markers 59 and 63: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures nightly between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work through this truck climbing lane construction project.  Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, reduced speed limits, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-81 North and South between Virginia State Line and Exit 74: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 1 between Indian Trail Drive and Pendleton Road: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 357 over SR 75: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures on SR 357 and SR 75 during daylight and nighttime hours through this bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East between Mile Markers 20 and 24: On Wednesday, August 23, 2017 and Thursday, August 24, 2017, motorists should be alert for a series of brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform roadside tree removal.  Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped traffic, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution approaching this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East at SR 67 (Exit 24): Motorists should be alert for construction activity, possible lane closures and changing conditions around the exit and entrance ramps and use extreme caution through this construction project. WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 34 between Jonesborough City Limits and Claude Simmons Road: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures as crews complete final items through this construction project.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions, workers present and use extreme caution through this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 67 between South Roan Street and Milligan Highway: On Tuesday, August 22, 2017 through Friday, August 25, 2017, motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. as crews perform ramp work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. WASHINGTON COUNTY, US 321/SR 34 Bridge over Limestone Creek neat Log Mile 1.75: US 321/SR 34 is reduced to one lane in each direction through this bridge replacement project.  The southbound traffic has been shifted onto the northbound side.  These lane closures and lane shifts will remain in place around the clock during construction.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions, lane shifts, reduced speeds and use extreme caution through this area.   For information on statewide interstate construction motorists can access the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay website at https://smartway.tn.gov/traffic TDOT is now on Twitter.  For up to the minute traffic information in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/knoxville511. For statewide travel information follow www.twitter.com/TN511 Road Closures Transportation Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:14:00 +0000 Tennessee's State Unemployment Rate Again Reaches Record All-Time Low at 3.4 Percent http://tn.gov/news/52634 52634 at http://tn.gov/news July Unemployment Rate Beats Record June Rate, Lowest in State History  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announces the state has made history for the second consecutive month with a record-setting preliminary unemployment rate of 3.4 percent for July 2017. This exceeds the previous month’s revised rate of 3.6 percent by two- tenths of a percentage point. “A continuing decline in the state unemployment rate is great news for all Tennesseans,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. “Governor Haslam made job creation a top priority in the state and the hard work of numerous state departments is moving Tennessee toward that goal.” Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate fell a notable one and four-tenths of a percentage point from 4.8 to 3.4 percent. The national rate declined from 4.9 percent to 4.3 percent, a six-tenths of a percentage point change during the same 12-month span. "However, it doesn’t matter how low the unemployment rate is if you are out of work.” Commissioner Phillips commented. “That’s why we are not letting up on the push to create new jobs across the state and help improve the quality of life for Tennessee families.” Between June and July, total nonfarm employment has increased 4,700 jobs. The largest industry increases occurred in accommodation/food services, administrative/support/waste services, and wholesale trade. Nonfarm employment has increased 49,100 jobs over the year. Industry increases were greatest in leisure/hospitality, professional/business services, and government. During highly seasonal months, state and county unemployment rates may move in opposite directions. This discrepancy is because the state unemployment rate is adjusted to remove seasonal influences such as the opening and closing of schools, holidays, and weather. County rates are not seasonally adjusted and thus reflect these seasonal fluctuations. The Economic Analysis and Labor Force Estimates are prepared by the Employment Security division’s labor market information specialists. The division reports metrics and contextual information as it relates to employment, income, and population in Tennessee. Labor force topics are narrated in monthly newsletters and additional resources are available on Jobs4TN.gov. The county unemployment release for July 2017 will be published on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. CT. -###-   Download News Release Labor & Workforce Development Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:30:00 +0000 More Than $22 Million in Water and Wastewater Construction Loans Awarded http://tn.gov/news/52635 52635 at http://tn.gov/news Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced that two communities, one utility district and one water authority have been approved to receive more than $22 million in low-interest loans for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. “The State Revolving Fund Loan Program helps citizens enjoy a better quality of life by assisting communities with current and future infrastructure needs for improved environmental health,” said Haslam. Tennessee’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program has awarded more than $1.8 billion in low-interest loans since its inception in 1987. Tennessee’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program has awarded more than $300.5 million in low-interest loans since its inception in 1996. “Clean water is the lifeblood of our communities,” Martineau said. “Investments in our drinking water are essential to maintaining environmental and public health.” Through the SRF Program, communities, utility districts, and water and wastewater authorities can obtain loans with lower interest rates than most can obtain through private financing. Interest rates for loans can vary from zero percent to market rate based on each community’s economic index. Loans utilizing EPA grant funds can include a principal forgiveness component. TDEC administers the SRF Program in conjunction with the Tennessee Local Development Authority. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides grants to fund the program, and the state provides a 20 percent match. Loan repayments are returned to the program and are used to fund future SRF loans. The funding order of projects is determined by the SRF Program’s Priority Ranking Lists that rank potential projects according to the severity of their pollution and/or compliance problems or for the protection of public health. Three Wastewater Loans were announced today for the following recipients: Hallsdale-Powell Utility District (Knox County) - Hallsdale-Powell Utility District will receive $1 million for the Beaver Creek Interceptor Improvement Project. The project includes the replacement of approximately 11,500 linear feet (LF) of 36-inch diameter interceptor sewer with a new 48-inch diameter interceptor sewer and new manholes; rehabilitation/replacement of approximately 16,700 LF of 6-inch through 24-inch diameter existing collector sewers and associated manholes; and the installation of approximately 425 LF of new collector sewer and associated manholes. The project will be funded with a 20-year, $900,000 loan with an interest rate of 1.93% and $100,000 in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid. Town of Troy (Obion County) - Town of Troy will receive $625,725 for an Infiltration & Inflow Corrections and Collection System Rehabilitation project. The project will be funded with a 20-year, $531,866 loan with an interest rate of 0.81% and $93,859 in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid Water Authority of Dickson County (Dickson County) - Water Authority of Dickson County will receive $1,340,185 for a Water Meter Replacements project. The proposed new water meters will be automatic reading meters, which will result in substantial energy costs savings. The project will be funded with a 20-year, $268,037 loan with an interest rate of 1.03% and $1,072,148 in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid. Two Traditional Wastewater Loans were announced today for the following recipients: Hallsdale-Powell Utility District (Knox County) - Hallsdale-Powell Utility District will also receive $12,100,000 for the Beaver Creek Interceptor Improvement project.  The project includes the replacement of approximately 11,500 linear feet (LF) of 36-inch diameter interceptor sewer with a new 48-inch diameter interceptor sewer and new manholes, rehabilitation/replacement of approximately 16,700 LF of 6-inch through 24-inch diameter existing collector sewers and associated manholes, and the installation of approximately 425 LF of new collector sewer and associated manholes.  The project will be funded with a 20-year, $12,100,000 loan with an interest rate of 1.93%. Water Authority of Dickson County (Dickson County) - Water Authority of Dickson County will also receive $4,059,815 for the Water Meter Replacements project described above. The project will be funded with a 20-year, $4,059,815 loan with an interest rate of 1.03%. Two Drinking Water Loans were announced today for the following recipients: The City of Paris (Henry County) - The City of Paris will receive $1,000,000 for a Water Treatment Plant Improvements project (Phase I).  The project will be funded with a 20-year, $800,000 loan with an interest rate of 1.18% and $200,000 in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid. Town of Troy (Obion County) - Town of Troy will receive $699,950 for Water System Improvements.  The project will be funded with a 20-year, $524,962 loan with an interest rate of 0.39% and $174,988 in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid Two Traditional Drinking Water Loans were announced today for the following recipients: The City of Paris (Henry County) – The City of Paris will also receive $750,000 for Water Treatment Plant Improvements and Volunteer Drive Water Tank Rehabilitation.  The project will be funded with a 20-year, $750,000 loan with an interest rate of 1.18%. The City of Paris (Henry County) – The City of Paris will also receive $500,000 for Water Treatment Plant Improvements (Phase II).  The project will be funded with a 20-year, $500,000 loan with an interest rate of 1.18%. Any local government interested in the SRF Loans, should contact the State Revolving Fund Loan Program, Tennessee Tower, 12th Floor, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN 37243, or call (615) 532-0445. Additional information about the SRF Loan Program may be found online at www.tn.gov/environment/srf.  Environment & Conservation Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:26:00 +0000 Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closures, August 17-23, 2017 http://tn.gov/news/52633 52633 at http://tn.gov/news DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on I-24 from SR 6 to the I-40 Westbound Ramps and Bridge Rehab on I-24 Over Spring Street and Oldham Street (M.M. 47 – 48) Thursday, August 17, 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure in each direction on Ellington Parkway to install barrier rail and temporary cross-over.      Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23, There will be alternating lane closures on Spring Street for construction of the bents. One lane will remain open at all times. There will also be alternating lane closures on I-24 in both directions to perform layout & drilling at the abutment. One lane will remain open at all times. Only one direction will be closed at a time.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Retracing of Pavement Markings Thursday, August 17, Tuesday August 22, and Wednesday August 23, 8PM-5AM, There will be restriping activities at various locations in Davidson County including I-40, I-440, I-65, and SR -155 (Briley Parkway).   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 6 (U.S. 31E) from Gallatin Pike (L.M. 16.49) to SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd.) (L.M. 18.57) Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23, 6:30pm – 5:30am, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 6 (Gallatin Pike) in both directions beginning at Briley Parkway & extending to SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard) for milling. One lane will remain open.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 65 (Whites Creek Pike) from W Trinity Lane to Green Lane to Lloyd Road Thursday, August 17, and Wednesday, August 23, 9AM-3PM, and Tuesday, August 22, 12PM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 65 (Whites Creek Pike) in both directions for milling operations. At least one lane will remain open at all times.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 65 over the Earthman Fork Creek near Old Hickory Boulevard/Fontanel Mansion (L.M. 6.02 – 6.08) From now through September 2017, There will be a lane closure on SR 65 for bridge work. The bridge traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.   DAVIDSON/WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Resurfacing from The Williamson County Line to South of Armory Drive Thursday, August 17, Tuesday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 23, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-65 in both directions (including exit and entrance ramps) from the Williamson Co. line (MM 74) to South of Harding Place (MM 79) for paving operations. At least one lane will remain open in each direction. The exit and entrance ramps will be temporarily closed for approximately 2 hours at a time on the Harding Place ramps and Old Hickory Boulevard ramps. Signage will be in place.   HICKMAN COUNTY, Resurfacing of I-40 from Humphreys County Line to the Bridge Over Sugar Creek (M.M. 148 – 152) Thursday, August 17, Tuesday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 23, 8PM-5AM There will be a temporary lane closure on I-40 in both directions to perform milling and paving operations.     HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Exit Ramp Reconstruction at I-40 Interchange & SR 13 Westbound Exit Ramp Thursday, August 17, Tuesday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 23, 8PM-5AM There will be a temporary lane closure on I-40 westbound at MM 142 in order to perform pavement marking operations.   MACON COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 52 at Brattontown Circle and Extending to West of Red Boiling Springs Road (L.M. 9.89 – 14.65) Thursday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 23, 9AM-3PM, Tuesday, August 22, 12PM-3PM, There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 52 for paving operations. One lane will remain open.   MAURY COUNTY, The Construction Of A Concrete Box Bridge & Paving on SR 6 At The Intersection Of North Point Road In Columbia (L.M. 25.63) Thursday, August 17, 9AM-3:30PM and Friday, August 18, 9AM-12PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 6 in both directions to place barrier rail.   MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 112 From SR 374 To University Avenue (L.M. 9.44-L.M. 13.66) Thursday, August 17, 9AM-3PM, There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 112  to perform catch basin & value adjustments.   ROBERTSON COUNTY, Resurfacing/Asphalt Repair of I-65 from the Sumner County Line to South of the Bridge over Honey Run Creek (M.M. 103.5 – 120) Thursday, August 17, Tuesday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 23, 8PM-5AM There will be a temporary lane closure on I-65 in both directions to perform milling and paving operations as well as full depth asphalt repair operations.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, The Resurfacing of I-24 from East of the CSX Railroad Bridge ( M.M. 82) to East of Epps Mill Road (M.M. 90) Thursday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 22, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-24 in both directions from east of bridge over CSX Railroad to East of Epps Mill Road for pavement marking operations. One lane will remain open in each direction.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, The Resurfacing of I-840 Eastbound from West Fork Stones River Bridge (M.M. 55) to East Fork Stones River Bridge (M.M. 61) Thursday, August 17, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-840 in both directions from West Fork Stones River Bridge to East Fork Stones River Bridge for paving of an approach to smooth out the transition.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 1 over Harts Branch (ABC) Thursday, August 17, Tuesday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 23, 8PM-5AM There will be alternating lane closures on SR 1 at the bridge over Harts Branch, in each direction for the construction of the overhang, parapet wall, and sidewalk. One lane will remain open in each direction.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, The Resurfacing on SR 1 from Ken Pilkerton Drive (L.M. 6.42) to West of Florence Rd. (L.M. 9.82) Thursday, August 17, Tuesday, August 22, Wednesday, August 23, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 1 eastbound & westbound from Ken Pilkerton Drive to West of Florence Rd. for fog sealing and shoulder stone operations. One lane will remain open in each direction.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Construction of Turning Lanes on SR 96 at the I-24 Westbound Exit Ramp (Exit 78-B) (L.M. 9.52 – L.M. 9.68) Thursday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 23, 9AM-3:30PM, and Tuesday, August 22, 12PM-3:30PM, There will be a lane/shoulder closure on SR 96 eastbound between I-24 and N. Thompson Lane as well as on the I-24 westbound exit ramp (78B) for grading operations in the median.   SMITH COUNTY, Rockfall Mitigation on SR 25 (L.M. 8.5) From now through September 4, 2017, There will be a road closure on SR 25 for rockfall mitigation. Detour routes are in place. Get more information here:  https://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/52075   SUMNER COUNTY, Construction of Retaining Walls on ST 109 from Odom’s Bend to the SR 109 Bypass of South of Gallatin (L.M. 0.5 – 1.65) Daily, 9AM through 3PM (excluding eclipse lane closure restrictions), There will be temporary lane closures on SR 109 for blasting operations at Lorraine Drive. One lane will remain open.   SUMNER COUNTY, Miscellaneous Safety Improvements on Various Roads in Davidson, Williamson, Sumner, Lawrence, and Maury Counties (L.M. 6.5) Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23, 8PM-6AM, There will be a left lane closure on SR 386 in both directions at Johnny Cash Parkway for high friction surface treatment. One lane will remain open at all times.     SUMNER COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 6 (US 31E) Beginning at JoAnn Street and Extending to Alexander Lane (L.M. 15.08 – 22.40) Daily, 9AM through 3PM (excluding eclipse lane closure restrictions), There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 6 (US 31E) for milling operations. One lane will remain open.   SUMNER COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 109 Beginning At SR 6 & Extending To Old Douglas Lane (L.M. 3.72-7.30) Daily, 9AM through 3PM (excluding eclipse lane closure restrictions), There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 6 (US 31E) for milling operations. One lane will remain open.   WILSON COUNTY, Resurfacing of SR 109 Beginning at I-840 and Extending to I-40 (L.M. 0.00 – 3.99) Nightly, 7PM through 6AM (excluding eclipse lane closure restrictions), There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 109 for paving operations. One lane will remain open.   Maintenance & Utilities   DAVIDSON COUNTY Nightly (excluding eclipse lane closure restrictions), 8PM-5AM, There will be a left lane closure on I-24 in both directions at MM 54-59 for drain cleaning.   Nightly (excluding eclipse lane closure restrictions), 8PM-5AM, , There will be a lane closure on I-40 westbound for milling and paving work from MM 200 to 204 (White Bridge to Charlotte Pike). At least one lane will remain open at all times.   Thursday, August 17, 8PM-5AM, There will be various lane closures on I-440 in both directions for taking concrete samples of three bridges: Leland Ave. Overhead (M.M. 4.17), Craig Ave. Overpass (M.M. 4.36), & Bransford Ave. Overpass (M.M. 5.44). There will be one lane open at all times.   Nightly, 8PM-5AM (excluding eclipse lane closure restrictions), There will be lane closures on I-24 westbound at I-65 northbound for paving over the Cumberland River. There will also be various lane closures on I-65 northbound coming from I-24 eastbound (near Fern Ave.). The right lane will remain open at all times.   HUMPRHEYS COUNTY Thursday, August 17, 7PM-3AM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-40 westbound for bridge joint repairs at MM 139.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY Wednesday, August 23, 9AM-3PM, There will be a left lane closure on SR 10 southbound for miscellaneous operations at LM 1.6.   WILLIAMSON COUNTY Daily, 9AM through 3PM (excluding eclipse lane closure restrictions), There will be various lane closures on SR 11 in both directions for slope mowing along the shoulder. One lane will remain open at all times.   Daily, 9AM through 3PM (excluding eclipse lane closure restrictions), There will various lane closures on SR 96 in both directions for slope mowing along the shoulder. One lane will remain open at all times.   Thursday, August 17, 8PM-5AM, There will be lane closures on SR 96 in both directions for milling & paving work at LM 12-13. 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, 17 Aug 2017 17:41:00 +0000 West Tennessee Construction August 16-23, 2017 http://tn.gov/news/52616 52616 at http://tn.gov/news BENTON COUNTY, I-40 Truck Climbing Lane Wednesday, August 16 through Wednesday, August 23: There are no scheduled closures. Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting the roadway in a construction zone. *Speed limit is reduced to 60 MPH.   BENTON COUNTY, SR-1 (US-70): Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the Huntingdon City limits to the Benton County line.   CARROLL COUNTY, SR-1 (US-70): Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the Carroll County line to SR 391.   CROCKETT COUNTY, SR-20 (US-412): Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the Madison County Line to west of the SR 76 overpass.   DECATUR COUNTY, SR-114: Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the end of the Tennessee River bridge (LM 0.12) to SR-69 (LM 2.15).   DYER COUNTY, SR-3: Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from SR 3/SR 211, overhead, to SR 77 ramp. Speed limit has been reduced to 60 MPH.   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.   FAYETTE COUNTY, I-40: Longitudinal Joint Repair Tuesday, August 22 through Thursday, August 24, 8:00 p. m.-5:00 a. m.: There will be INTERMITTENT lane closures on I-40 east and westbound from Shelby County Line to Haywood County line for joint repair. Speed limit is reduced to 60 MPH. THP will assist with traffic control. Weather Permitting.   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.   FAYETTE COUNTY, SR-222: Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from SR 59 to Hebron Drive. 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-15 (US-64): Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the Crump City Limits to the beginning of the Tennessee River Bridge.   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-114: Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from SR 128 (LM 0.81) to the Tennessee River bridge (LM 3.65). Motorists should watch for flagmen.   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.   Monday, August 14 through Wednesday, August 23, (excluding Friday, August 18 through Monday, August 21), 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): Tuesday, August 22 through Thursday, August 24, 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 milling and paving. Speed limit is reduced to 60 MPH. THP will assist with traffic control. 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–SR-114: Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from SR 201 (LM 6.52) to US 412 (SR 20) (LM 10.55).   LAKE COUNTY, SR-78: Construction of a concrete Bulb-Tee bridge on SR 78 over drainage ditch including grading, drainage, and paving will cause possible lane closures throughout the project. Restrictions: Beginning Tuesday, August 1 through November 30, 2018, a traffic signal system is being utilized.  Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction with a 9’ lane restriction.   LAUDERDALE COUNTY, SR-3 (US-51) Thursday, August 17, 9:00 a. m.-3:00 p. m.: SR 3 (US 51) southbound will be CLOSED starting at MM 24.60 (Dyersburg County Line) to MM 22.20 (close to Poplar Grove Road) to allow for the repair of (2) two cross drains. *Wednesday, August 23, 9:00 a. m.-3:00 p. m. will serve as a backup date. Weather Permitting.   LAUDERDALE COUNTY, SR-88: LM 14.6 Saturday, August 26, 7:00 a. m.-4:30 p. m.: There will be a temporary road closure between Cook Road and Edith-Nankipoo Road for culvert replacement. Motorist should watch for flagman. *Backup day of August 27.   MADISON COUNTY, SR-5: Wednesday, August 16, 9:00 a. m-5:00 p. m.: The inside lane will be closed in both directions at log mile 0.9, near Pinson for paint work.   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.   MCNAIRY COUNTY, SR-5: Resurfacing work will cause possible lane closures, in both directions daily, from SR 15 to near New Salem Road.   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, August 16 through Wednesday, August 23: 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.   Tuesday, August 22 through Friday, August 25, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be INTERMITTENT alternating nightly lane closures on I-40 west and eastbound for striping.   SHELBY COUNTY I-40-Overhead Sign Structure on westbound I-40 near Exit 1A for Riverside Drive (L.M. 1.00 L&R)   Tuesday, August 22, 8:00 p. m.-5:00 a. m.: On I-40 westbound the outside lane will be CLOSED between Exit 1A and Exit 1 to allow for placement of concrete barrier rail on the shoulder. Weather Permitting.   Wednesday, August 23 through Saturday, September 30, 7:00 a. m.-7:00 p. m.: On I-40 westbound the shoulder will be CLOSED between Exit 1A and Exit 1 to allow for construction of the sign support on the outside wall. Weather Permitting.   LOOK AHEAD: Monday, August 28 through Saturday, September 30, 8:00 p. m.-5:00 a. m: The inside lane on I-40 east and westbound lanes will be CLOSED at LM 1.00 to allow for construction of the sign support in the median wall. THP will assist with traffic control. Weather Permitting.   SHELBY COUNTY, I-40 right before flyover (I-40/I-240 interchange) Wednesday, August 16, 7:30 p. m.-1:00 a. m.: On I-40 westbound there will be a temporary lane closure between mm 12.0 and 11.0 to allow for removal of signs. Weather Permitting.   SHELBY COUNTY, I-55 from near Horn Lake Road (LM 8.00 L&R) to McLemore Road (LM 11.00 L&R) Sunday, August 13, through Thursday, August 17, 8:00 a. m.-5:00 p. 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.    LOOK AHEAD: Tuesday, August 22, through Thursday, August 24, 8:00 a. m.-5:00 p. 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 – The grading, drainage, and paving on I-240 beginning north of SR 385 and extending to north of Walnut Grove Road, including construction of fifteen(15) retaining walls and two (2) noise barrier walls.   LOOK AHEAD: Thursday, August 24 through Saturday, August 26, 8:00 a. m.-5:00 p. m.: Two ramps on I-240, the “On” Ramp 15-A (Poplar Ave. eastbound to I-240 westbound) and “On” Ramp 15-D (Poplar Ave. westbound to I-240 westbound) will be CLOSED to allow for inspection of high mast poles. One ramp will be CLOSED at a time for approximately 4-6 hours, open it up, then go on to the next high mast.   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, SR-385 over I-240: Bridge Repair project will cause possible lane closures throughout the project.   LOOK AHEAD: Saturday, August 26, 6:00 a. m.-6:00 p. m.: There will be INTERMITTENT lane closures on SR-385 westbound ramp to I-240 westbound to allow for the removal of barrier rail, restriping, and removal of traffic control beginning approximately at Ridgeway Rd. and extending to the end of the project. The right lane will be CLOSED first to remove the barrier rail and restripe, followed by a closure of the left lane to allow for restriping and removal of traffic control.   SHELBY COUNTY, US 64 (US 70, SR-1): Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from Wolf River to SR 15 (Stage Road). Motorist should watch for flagmen.   at MM 10.00 (South Parkway) to MM 9.8 (Mallory Ave), for washout repair. *Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24, 9:00 a. m.-3:00 p. m. will serve as backup dates. Weather Permitting.   TDOT REGION 4: Relensing of Snowplowable Markers: Wednesday, August 16 through Wednesday, August 23: There are no scheduled closures.           TDOT REGION 4: On-Call Pavement Markings: Thursday, August 17, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be lane closures at the following locations on I-40 for the retracing of spray thermoplastic pavement markings. There will be “a rolling lane closure” in effect for this work. Work will consist of the Re-stripping of skip lines and edge lines on I-40 in both east and westbound lanes and intersection ramps. Weather permitting.   Tuesday, August 22 through Thursday, August 24, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be lane closures at the following locations on I-40 for the retracing of spray thermoplastic pavement markings. There will be “a rolling lane closure” in effect for this work. Work will consist of the Re-stripping of skip lines and edge lines on I-40 in both east and westbound lanes and intersection ramps. Weather permitting.   I-40, Madison County (MM 67.19-MM 95.14), one lane will remain open. I-40, Henderson County (MM 101.00-MM 119.78), one lane will remain open.   TDOT District 47 & 48 On-Call Guardrail/Concrete Barrier Wednesday, August 16 through Wednesday, August 23: There are no scheduled closures.   TDOT District 49 On-Call Guardrail/Concrete Barrier Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17 THEN Tuesday, August 22, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: There will be night time lane closures at the following various locations for repairs to damaged guardrail. If weather prohibits, the repairs will be performed on the next available night. THP will assist with traffic control. Weather Permitting.      Wednesday, August 16, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: I-240 eastbound, MM 12.3; One lane will be CLOSED, two lanes will remain open. I-240 westbound, MM 12.0 to MM 19.8; Various one lane closures, two lanes will remain open. I-240 eastbound, MM 19.8 to MM 19.2, One lane will be CLOSED, to lanes will remain open. Thursday, August 17, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: I-55 southbound, MM 5.0 to MM 5.4; One lane CLOSED, two lanes will remain open. I-240 northbound, MM 13.1 to MM 13.3; One lane will be CLOSED, two lanes will remain open. I-40 westbound, EXIT 12A to Summer Ave.; One lane will be CLOSED, one lane will remain open. Tuesday, August 22, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: I-240 northbound, MM 26.7; One lane will be CLOSED, two lanes will remain open. I-240 eastbound, MM 23.17; One lane will be CLOSED, two lanes will remain open. I-240 eastbound, MM 21.95; One lane will be CLOSED, two lanes will remain open. I-240 eastbound, EXIT 21 “OFF” ramp to SR 4 (Lamar Ave.); One ramp lane will be CLOSED, one ramp lane will remain open. LOOK AHEAD: Monday, August 28, 8:00 p. m.-6:00 a. m.: I-55 northbound, EXIT 6A will be CLOSED; the I-240 eastbound ramp lane to continue I-240 eastbound at the merger of I-55 ramp 6A/I-240 eastbound ramp lane to continue on I-240 eastbound (I55/I-240 junction) will remain open. TDOT MAINTENANCE: Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17, 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, August 18, 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. Tuesday, August 22, 12:00 p. 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. Wednesday, August 23, 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. Thursday, August 17, 9:00 a. m.-3:00 p. m: I-55 southbound outside lane will be CLOSED starting   TIPTON COUNTY–Cross Drain Repair/Replacement LOOK AHEAD: Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29, 9:00 a. m.-3:00 p. m.: There will be INTERMITTENT lane closures on SR 59 westbound starting at MM 12.00 (Garland Rd.) to MM 17.5 (Walton Loop) to allow for the replacement of (2) two cross drains. *Wednesday, August 30, 9:00 a. m.-3:00 p. m. will serve as a backup date. Weather Permitting.   TIPTON COUNTY, SR-179: Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures, in both directions daily, from SR 54 to SR 14.   WEAKLEY COUNTY, SR-43 (US 45E): Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures, in both directions daily, from the Gibson County line to Old US 45E.       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. Road Closures Transportation Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:06:00 +0000