State of Tennessee Newsroom http://tn.gov/news en TWRA Requests Public Input on Proposed 2017-18 Hunting Regulations http://tn.gov/news/50076 50076 at http://tn.gov/news TWRA Requests Public Input on Proposed 2017-18 Hunting Regulations NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now soliciting comments on the proposed 2017-18 hunting seasons’ regulations that were made at the April meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about the proposed hunting regulations with TWRA staff. At the April meeting, Agency staff presented the TFWC Wildlife Management Committee with its 2017-18 proposals. There were no recommended changes for any of the seasons, although it was proposed to implement standardized opening dates for the various bear seasons and hunt zones. TWRA has standardized opening dates for many other game species’ seasons. After hearing the proposals, the TFWC discussed the definition of an antlered deer. At last year’s season setting, the definition of what qualified as an antlered deer was changed to having any antler protruding above the hairline, rather than antlers three inches or more in length. The commission will continue the discussion at its May meeting when the 2017-18 seasons are set. The commission also plans to continue discussion on turkey bag limits at the next meeting. Various changes were recommended on wildlife management areas, public hunting areas, and national wildlife refuges.   A public comment period on the proposals will be open until May 15, and a link to the proposed changes will be available for viewing soon on the TWRA website. All the proposed regulations changes can be found by clicking here that are located on the TWRA website.  Public comments will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes.  Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2017-18 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to twra.huntingcomments@tn.gov.  Please include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.  The public comment period concerning the 2017-18 proposed hunting seasons regulations will be open until May 15, 2017. ---TWRA--- Wildlife Resources Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:16:00 +0000 Tennessee’s 278th Celebrates 40th Anniversary http://tn.gov/news/50082 50082 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For 40 years, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., has been an essential part of the Tennessee National Guard and vital to the defense and security of the nation.  This year, the 278th celebrates its 40th anniversary as a key component of Tennessee’s Guard forces. As the state’s largest major command, it is responsible for the command, control, and training of over 3,000 Soldiers drilling in armories across the entire state. The unit makes up nearly one third of the 10,000+ Soldiers currently serving in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Constituted on April 29 and officially organized in Knoxville on May 1, 1977, it was built from various units in East Tennessee, primarily coming from the former 278th Infantry Brigade which was part of the recently dissolved 30th Armored Division. Mostly an infantry based organization located in East Tennessee, it started its conversion to a regiment in early 1976 and received its first tanks, the M-48A5 Patton main battle tank, in December of 1976. By 1977, much of the organization was ready to begin training as a cavalry regiment. The first regimental commander, Col. Russell Newman, helped organize the unit before officially taking command on May 4, 1977. He was thrilled to have a cavalry unit in the state because he felt that it harked back to the state’s cavalry traditions during the U.S. Civil War.  For the next 40 years, the Soldiers from the 278th have embraced their status as one of the few remaining armored cavalry regiments in the U.S. Army and have prided themselves on their signature black Stetson headgear. The unit was officially nicknamed the “Three Rivers Regiment” in 1982, because the unit’s headquarters is located in Knoxville at the junction of the Holston and French Broad Rivers that form the Tennessee River; it embraces East Tennessee’s militia heritage with its motto:   “I Volunteer Sir!” The 278th has been critical to the mission of the Tennessee Army National Guard since their inception and have been involved in nearly every emergency when the governor or president needed Tennessee forces. In 2005, the unit was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom, which was the largest mobilization of state forces since World War II. It deployed to Iraq again in 2009. The 278th Soldiers have also supported many state and national emergencies to include Operation Jumpstart, the Nashville floods in 2010, and the recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  The unit continues to be prepared for any mission required of them. They are currently training to make their third visit to the National Training Center, the U.S. Army’s premier warfare training center located in Fort Irwin, Calif.   - Maj. Darrin Haas / Historian, Tennessee Military Department Military Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:16:00 +0000 Weekly East Tennessee Construction Report for April 27-May 3, 2017 http://tn.gov/news/50066 50066 at http://tn.gov/news BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 at Old Knoxville Pike: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 35 between US 129 and Ellis Avenue: Motorists should be alert for lane closures 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, US 129 near Chilhowee Dam: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures at various times with flag persons directing traffic as crews perform roadside maintenance associated with the Chilhowee Dam in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slow moving construction equipment, reduce speed and use extreme caution approaching and through this area. This work zone will be active through May 2017. CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Mile Markers 129 and 135: On Thursday, April 27, 2017 and Sunday, April 30, 2017 through Thursday, May 4, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures 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 potential delays and use extreme caution through 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, I-75 North and South between Mile Markers 145 and 148: 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, 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. 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.  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. 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. KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Papermill (MM 383) and I-640 (MM 385): On Thursday, April 27, 2017 through Saturday, April 29, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible left lane closure through this area between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform roadway maintenance in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East between Cedar Bluff (MM 378) and Walker Springs (MM 379): On Sunday, April 30, 2017, motorists should be alert for right lane closures through this area between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead sign removal in this area.  The entrance ramp from northbound Cedar Bluff Road to I-40 East will be closed during this time.  Motorists on Cedar Bluff Road should use Kingston Pike to Bridgewater Road to access I-40 East during this time. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Mile Marker 396: Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017 through 6 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closures and lane shifts in both directions, weather permitting, as crews perform bridge repairs to the Oglesby Road overpass.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-140 East and West between I-40 (MM 0) and Bridge over Fox Road (MM 2): On Monday, May 1, 2017 through Thursday, May 4, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible left lane closure through this area between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform roadway maintenance in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. KNOX COUNTY, I-640 West between Mile Markers 7.5 and 5:. On Sunday, April 30, 2017 through Thursday, May 4, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform bridge work near Exit 6.  Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, closed shoulders, reduced speeds and use extreme caution through this construction project. KNOX COUNTY, I-640 East near Mile Markers 8.5: On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, motorists should be alert for a temporary left lane closure between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform median maintenance work.  Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this area. KNOX COUNTY, US 129/SR 115 Alcoa Highway North and South between I-40 and Neyland Drive: On Thursday, April 27, 2017, motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning for resurfacing.  Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017 through 6 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures as crews perform resurfacing in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. 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. 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 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. 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. 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 33 Maynardville Highway between Afton Drive and Emory Road:  Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and temporary lane closures at various times as work continues through this construction project.  Motorists should use extreme caution through 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: On Sunday, April 30, 2017 through Tuesday, May 2, 2017, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews shift traffic and install portable barrier rails through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrowed lanes and use extreme caution in 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. 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 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. ROANE COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 362 and 360: On Monday, May 1, 2017 through Wednesday, May 3, 2017, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. as crews perform roadside maintenance.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. ROANE COUNTY, SR 1 between the Cumberland County Line and SR 29: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this area. ROANE COUNTY, SR 29 between the Rhea County Line and SR 1: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this area. SEVIER COUNTY, SR 71 between Chapman View Drive and the Knox County Line: Motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews mill and resurface the roadway in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through 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. SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 193 between SR 126 and Orebank Road: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures as crews install cable barrier through this area. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area. SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 126 between SR 93 and SR 36: Motorists should be alert for lane closures during daytime and nighttime hours and use caution through this bridge deck repair and resurfacing project. WASHINGTON COUNTY, US 321/SR 34 between Jonesborough City Limits and Claude Simmons Road: Beginning Monday, May 1, 2017, motorists should be alert for lane closures and lane shifts through this construction project.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions, workers present and use extreme caution through 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. WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 381 between Indian Ridge Road and Skyline Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. as crews perform work in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution in 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 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:26:00 +0000 TDCI’s Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners Awards Grants to 13 Tennessee Universities http://tn.gov/news/50060 50060 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) announces today that the Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners has awarded grants totaling $331,700 to 13 Tennessee universities. Grant funds may be used for computers to be utilized by students, laboratory or instructional equipment, library resources, or to pay intern development program fees or examination fees for students in accredited architectural, engineering, landscape architectural, and interior design programs. “The Board appreciates the opportunity to assist in the education of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and interior design students,” said John Cothron, Executive Director of the Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners. “Education lays the foundation for developing the knowledge and skills needed to practice the design professions and to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.” Receiving grant funds this year are: Christian Brothers University—$13,835 to the School of Engineering.  Funds will be utilized to purchase a differential scanning calorimeter repair/upgrade, hydrographic surveying equipment, a ground based robotics systems, and an unmanned aerial system. East Tennessee State University—$3,000 for the interior design program.  Funds will be utilized to pay Interior Design Fundamentals Examination (IDFX) fees for students and to purchase a color laser printer and construction tools.  The IDFX exam is typically the first step in the process leading to registration as a Registered Interior Designer (RID), and may be taken by students in the senior year of an interior design curriculum.  Lipscomb University—$12,777 to the College of Engineering.  Funds will be utilized to pay Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination fees for students and to purchase a complete water quality lab and total coliform lab.  The FE exam is typically the first step in the process leading to licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE), and may be taken by students in the senior year of an engineering curriculum. Middle Tennessee State University—$3,000 to the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences for the interior design program; $13,605 to the Mechatronics Engineering program.  Funds will be utilized to pay FE examination fees for students and to purchase a CNC router and 3D printer for the mechatronics engineering program, and resource library equipment and computer-related items for the interior design program. O’More College of Design—$3,000 to the School of Interior Design.  Funds will be utilized to purchase a desktop laser cutter. Tennessee State University—$18,649 to the College of Engineering.  Funds will be utilized to purchase equipment to renovate the Civil Engineering laboratory, including a concrete compression machine with controller. Tennessee Technological University—$33,725 to the College of Engineering.  Funds will be utilized to purchase furniture, computer equipment, networks for Internet access, and work benches for a student design center. Union University—$10,962 to the Department of Engineering.  Funds will be utilized to purchase a heat treat oven, a printed circuit board (PCB) computer numerical control (CNC) router, components for a wind tunnel, and vertical mill accessories. University of Memphis—$22,614 to the College of Engineering; $25,439 to the College of Communication and Fine Arts for the architecture and interior design programs.  Funds will be utilized to purchase interdisciplinary design lab equipment (3D printers, laser cutter, color printer, flatbed scanner, oscilloscopes) for the College of Engineering, and security alarm equipment, a projection system, blackout shades, cachet chairs, design+build studio equipment, and a laser printer for the architecture and interior design programs. University of Tennessee-Chattanooga—$25,716 to the College of Engineering and Computer Science; $3,000 to the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies for the interior design program; $20,000 for a special project grant.  Funds will be utilized to purchase a signals and systems experimentation station and control design applied experimentation stations for the Electrical Engineering department, and to pay IDFX exam fees for students and purchase lighting equipment and design studio supplies for the interior design program.  The $20,000 special project grant will be used to develop an interdisciplinary low-income community design studio in Chattanooga in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. University of Tennessee-Knoxville—$44,461 to the College of Architecture and Design; $42,825 to the College of Engineering.  Funds will be utilized pay FE examination fees for students and to purchase transportation simulation laboratory upgrades, portable materials science laboratory equipment, and 3D laser scanning equipment for the College of Engineering, and plotters, workstations and laptop computers for the College of Architecture and Design. University of Tennessee-Martin—$12,800 to the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.  Funds will be utilized to purchase a servo rotary table. Vanderbilt University—$22,292 to the School of Engineering.  Funds will be utilized to pay FE examination fees for students and to purchase a professional graphics workstation and 3D printer. Grant funding is provided from the Board’s revenues or reserve funds.  The Tennessee General Assembly and Governor Bill Haslam authorized funding for the grants (2016 Public Acts, Chapter 758, Section 7, Item 31).  The Board has awarded over $3.5 million in grant funds since the inception of the program in 2002. For more information on the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners, visit http://www.tn.gov/commerce/section/architects-engineers or call 615-741-3221 or 800-256-5758 (toll-free). ### Commerce & Insurance Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:16:00 +0000 Tennessee Residence to Host Celebration of Level II Arboretum http://tn.gov/news/50059 50059 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE– First Lady Crissy Haslam, the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry (TDF) along with state leaders and citizens will celebrate the certification of the Tennessee Residence Level II Arboretum on National Arbor Day, Friday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. CDT at the Executive Residence. TUFC's certification program maintains standards for public education by state arboreta. A certified arboretum must be open to the public with trees that are labeled, properly protected, and well maintained. The number of individual tree species an arboretum contains determines its designated level. Level II must have 60 different species and a map showing tree locations for self-guided tours. The Tennessee Residence is now one of 93 TUFC certified arboreta throughout the state, and it is one of 16 with Level II designation. In conjunction with the establishment of the Level II arboretum, the Tennessee Residence also continues to partner with TDF on a conservation education program, which involves teaching elementary school children about the importance of trees and forests in our communities. An initial tree inventory yielded 52 different tree species on the 10-acre property, which met qualifications for Level I status. To reach Level II certification, eleven species suggested by the state forester were added as a result of generous contributions by several local garden clubs and businesses. There are now a total of 177 individual trees representing 27 families and 63 species. The top 3 most frequent species are Southern magnolia (20), flowering dogwood (18) and American elm (12). The newest addition is a potentially blight resistant American chestnut tree seedling donated by the American Chestnut Foundation. WHO:  First Lady Crissy Haslam, Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry. WHAT:  Certification of The Tennessee Residence Level II Arboretum WHEN:  Friday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. CDT WHERE:  Tennessee Residence, 882 Curtiswood Ln S, Nashville, TN All media are invited to attend this celebration and ribbon-cutting event. Due to security procedures at the Tennessee Residence, we ask that media RSVP to Tim Phelps at Tim.R.Phelps@tn.gov or 615-428-5913. Agriculture First Lady Haslam Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:01:00 +0000 Tennessee Urban Forestry Council Certifies Arboreta http://tn.gov/news/50058 50058 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) has certified 12 new arboreta throughout the state, recertified 14 existing arboreta and certified 4 tree sanctuaries in the initial stage of its new homeowner tree sanctuary program. With the 12 additions to its arboreta program, the TUFC has a total of 93 throughout Tennessee. To become certified, each arboretum must meet strict guidelines, one of which is to have a specific number of tree species based upon the level of arboretum designation. "TUFC’s arboretum program is an excellent way to recognize the educational and research efforts of the arboreta,” said Urban Forester Brian Rucker with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry. “The program also highlights environmental contributions to communities by providing unique opportunities for children and adults to observe the distinctive qualities of trees.” TUFC has certified arboreta in Tennessee for the past 16 years. New certified Level 1 arboreta include:  Drummonds Park (Drummonds), East Park (Tullahoma), Mulch Company (Murfreesboro), Columbia State Community College (Columbia), LaGrange Boardwalk (LaGrange), Oaklands Park (Murfreesboro), Paul Jermanus Memorial (Nashville), Union University (Jackson), Cleveland-Bradley County Greenway (Cleveland), Pink Palace (Memphis) and Mabry-Hazen House (Knoxville). The Tennessee Residence in Nashville is the only new Level 2 arboretum. Arboreta recertified include:  Level 1-Riverdale Elementary School (Germantown), Sea Isle Park and School (Memphis), Townsend Riverwalk (Townsend) and Northeast State Community College (Blountville). Level 2- Glenview (Memphis), University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Burchfield Grove (Sevierville), Lichterman Nature Center (Memphis), Ardinna Woods (Jonesborough), Dyersburg Middle School (Dyersburg) and Cleveland State Community College (Cleveland) Level 3- Louise Pearson Memorial Park (Bells) and University of Tennessee Gardens-Jackson Level 4- Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center (Chattanooga) In addition to a specific number of tree species for each level of arboretum, universal standards for arboreta require that trees must be properly labeled for public educational purposes and the site must be properly maintained throughout the certification period. Other standards may include providing a map for self-guided tours or staff for public education programs.  TUFC’s new Tree Sanctuary program launched in 2016 and is closely connected to the arboreta program. The program was created for homeowners who otherwise could not support a full-fledged arboretum due to various limitations. It was designed as an education program for the homeowner to learn about the benefits of trees on their property, to encourage establishment of diverse species for sustainability and to beautify their community. TUFC’s arboretum certification program is sponsored by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry.  For more information on arboretum certification, contact the program coordinator Jill Smith at 615-638-8027, or email JillSmith.tufc@gmail.com. Visit the TUFC website at www.tufc.com/arboreta for information on creating or visiting an arboretum. Agriculture Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:54:00 +0000 Tennessee Highway Patrol Accepting Applications for August 2017 Trooper Cadet Class http://tn.gov/news/50052 50052 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE –- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is accepting applications for an August 2017 trooper cadet class. If you are looking for a career that affords you opportunities to achieve your goals, then the THP is where you belong. We are a multi-faceted, full-service, statewide law enforcement agency that has numerous divisions that are guaranteed to interest you. This is an extremely positive and exciting time to be a member of an elite law enforcement agency. Our agency continues to grow in size, and prides itself on professionalism and respect within the law enforcement community. In 2016, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) named the THP as the First Place winner in the Highway Patrol/State Police Agency category consisting of 501-1500 troopers in the nation. Additionally, THP received two awards for traffic incident management and technology. THP is internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Our training division will challenge and prepare you for the real life scenarios that you will experience as a trooper. Our training is Peace Officer Standards Training Commission (POST). Additionally, the training that you receive from our training curriculum is transferable as college credit hours. We also provide you the opportunity to attend numerous law enforcement training classes to obtain specialty skills such as crash reconstruction, drug recognition expert (DRE), instructor development and more. Daily services performed by a Tennessee state trooper: Assisting the public, enforcement of criminal and traffic laws, saving lives, traffic enforcement, motorcycle traffic patrol, crash investigation, crash reconstruction, criminal interdiction, criminal investigations, identity crimes investigations, special operations and tactical duties, K-9 handling, diving, aviation, executive protective services, bomb squad, and much more. Men and women interested in a career as a Tennessee state trooper must apply online today, Thursday, April 27, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 9. Individuals interested in applying for the position of state trooper must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. Citizen and have a high school diploma or equivalent. No applicants with felony convictions will be considered. You may apply online at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tennessee/default.cfm. Once approved by the Department of Human Resources, applicants will be notified of their qualification status via email. THP anticipates the agility test and interview appointments to begin May 22 through 26, at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Training Center. “I am more excited today about the opportunities our troopers have to succeed compared to those when I joined the THP,” said Colonel Tracy Trott. “It is not a secret that law enforcement has been faced with difficult challenges. However, we train and prepare our troopers to do their job professionally and ethically. As I have stated before, our troopers make Tennessee a safe state to work, live and play by putting highly trained personnel on Tennessee roadways.” Legislation implemented in October 2012, called the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management Act (TEAM Act) revised the hiring method to incorporate an interview process that tests an applicant’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies. As a result, selected applicants will be required to successfully pass the physical agility test prior to being selected for an interview. There is no longer an examination portion to qualify for the state trooper position. If hired, individuals must obtain a valid Tennessee driver license prior to the class start date of Sunday August 27, 2017. Candidates are required to successfully complete a level II background investigation which includes a credit check and polygraph test. Recruits must pass a psychological and medical examination including a drug screening. There are currently 921 authorized commissioned trooper positions within the THP. Upon graduation, trooper cadets will be assigned to vacant positions across the state. The starting salary for a trooper is $38,208 annually with an annual 4.5% statutory step raise for the first 10 years. With regular pay increases, a state trooper can earn $56,784 per year after 10 years of service under the current pay structure. Pay may also increase if you are promoted within the THP. The position also includes a pension plan, health insurance, overtime pay and paid holidays. Troopers are also provided with winter and summer uniforms, equipment, weapons (2 Glock pistols, 1 AR-15 and 1 shotgun,) as well as a patrol vehicle. For additional information on becoming a state trooper, visit our website at http://www.tn.gov/safety/article/trpqualifications. For more information about applications, interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Tennessee Department of Human Resources Applicant Services Division at (615) 741-4841. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee. ### Safety & Homeland Security Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:55:00 +0000 Weekly Roadway Activity Report for TDOT Region 2 for Apr. 27 - May 3, 2017 http://tn.gov/news/50050 50050 at http://tn.gov/news Construction Projects Maintenance / Regionwide / On-Call / Multi-County Contracts Bradley County, U.S. 74 (SR-311, APD-40) construction of a new interchange between I-75 (Exit 20) and U.S. 11/64 (SR-2) at Stone Lake Extension in Cleveland:  Work on this project continues.  All ramps on the project are open.  During this report period, there may be intermittent lane closures as the stripers work on the pavement markings on SR-311/APD40.  This work is weather permitting.  Estimated project completion date is May 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Curtis/CNN307] COFFEE COUNTY, US 41A (SR-16) resurfacing from east of S.R. 269 (L.M. 2.04) to (S.R. 130/S.R.55 (L.M. 4.36):  Work on this project continues. The contractor will conduct milling operations in preparation for resurfacing. Construction signs and traffic control measures are in place. Motorists should use caution in the work zone area while night time lane closures are in effect. Night time work will be Sundays through Thursdays from 8PM to 6AM.  Estimated project completion date is May 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./ Parnham/CNQ187] Coffee, Grundy and Marion counties, I-24 expansion of rural TDOT SmartWay Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) from MM 109 to MM 157:  Work on this project is complete and the project is in the burn-in period.  There will be no lane or shoulder closures during this report period.  [Stansell Electric Company, Inc./Parnham/CNN205] Cumberland County, I-40 West near MM 326, construction of a truck climbing lane, including grading, drainage, construction of retaining walls and paving:  Work on this project continues.  Construction signs have been installed on I-40 westbound.  The right shoulder will be closed for the duration of the project.  During this report period, the contractor may require daytime rolling road blocks to allow for road and drainage activities.  The contractor continues construction on Wall #2 of the two retaining walls.  Temporary closures will only be allowed from 7PM to 6AM Sundays through Thursdays.  A minimum of one lane must be maintained at all times.  No lane closures will be allowed during special events, holidays or holiday weekends in accordance with the plans and specifications.  Estimated project completion date is June 2018.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Bradley/CNQ329] Cumberland County, I-40 Resurfacing from east of US 70 (SR 1 – LM 24.6) to the bridges over Ozone Road (LM 29.19):  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will be installing construction signs.  Temporary lane closures will only be allowed from 8PM to 6AM Sundays through Thursdays.  A minimum of one lane must be maintained at all times.  No lane closures will be allowed during special events, holidays or holiday weekends in accordance with the plans and specifications.  Estimated project completion date is August 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Bradley/CNQ349] Cumberland County, SR-101 (Peavine Road) grading, drainage, and paving from Firetower Road to Westchester/Catoosa Boulevard:  Work on this project continues.  Construction signs have been installed.  The contractor will be installing and maintaining erosion control measures.  Clearing and grubbing, utility relocation, and grade work activities are in progress.  Temporary lane closures may be needed, and motorists should be alert for construction personnel and equipment along SR-101 Peavine Road.  Estimated project completion date is November 2020.  [Rogers Group. Inc./Bradley/CNQ921] Cumberland County, SR-101 (Peavine Road) utility relocation from Firetower Road to east of Westchester Drive/Catoosa Boulevard:  Work on this project continues.  Contractor activities include installing new poles and attachments for the 161KV power lines and hanging new wire.  These activities will have only minor impact to traffic on SR-101 (Peavine Road).  Estimated project completion date is June 2017.  [Davis H. Elliot Construction Company, Inc./Bradley/CNQ922] DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES, miscellaneous safety improvements on U.S. 70 (S.R. 26) from west of the Dekalb County Line (L.M. 20.16) in Wilson County to near S.R. 96 (L.M. 6.10) in Dekalb County:   Work on this project continues. The contractor is currently installing the permanent signs throughout the project limits. There will be intermittent lane closures as signs are being installed. The contractor will provide advanced notice and conduct flagging operations while this work is being performed. Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone. Estimated project completion date is June 2017. [Superior Traffic Control, Inc./Sorrelle/CNR026] Franklin County, SR-50 grading, drainage, and paving from SR-50 to U.S. 64 (SR-15) in Winchester:  Work on this project continues.  The new SR-50 is now opened up to traffic.  Traffic wishing to bypass the square will now be using the roundabout.  Drivers are encouraged to pay attention to the signs and pavement markings as everyone gets used to this new traffic pattern.  Estimated project completion date is May 2017.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC./Parnham/CNP097] Franklin county, SR-476 bridge repair over the Elk River (L.M. 3.39) and Hurricane Creek (L.M. 7.40):  Work on this project continues. The bridge is reduced to one 9’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.  Estimated project completion date is October 2018.  [Mid-State Construction Co., Inc./Parnham/CNQ930] Franklin county, SR-127 the construction of either a concrete Bulb-Tee beam or welded steel plate girder bridge over the Elk River (L.M. 6.21), including grading, drainage and paving:  Work on this project has begun.  The bridge will be reduced to one 10.5’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.  Estimated project completion date is October 2018.  [Simpson Construction Co., Inc./Parnham/CNR044] HAMILTON COUNTY, U.S. 27 (I-124) widening from I-24/U.S. 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, including widening the Olgiati Bridge:  Work on this project continues.  The speed limit on U.S. 27 in the construction zone is 45 MPH.  The contractor may have temporary lane or shoulder closures on U.S. 27 between 7PM-6AM.  On weekdays during this report period between the hours of 9AM and 3PM, the contractor will have a temporary right lane closure on eastbound MLK Blvd. between the U.S. 27 North exit ramp and Carter St. and on westbound MLK Blvd. between Chestnut St. and the U.S. 27 North entrance ramp to work on new signals.  Ramp traffic will not be affected.  This work is weather permitting.  As the project progresses, there may be short term temporary lane closures for the safety of the traveling public on city streets within the project area.  Flaggers will assist with these closures and they will be properly signed in accordance with the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. During Phase 1 of the U.S. 27 project, the contractor will be working on the northbound side of U.S. 27 on the bridges.  Work will consist of demolishing and reconstructing the outside sections of the bridges along U.S. 27 North.  Also on U.S. 27 South, they will be constructing a large retaining wall between the Olgiati Bridge and 6th Street.  At least one lane will remain open in each direction on U.S. 27.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is July 2019.  For more info, visit the project website http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/US27-reconstruction-chattanooga.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC/JM/CNP230] Hamilton County, SR 317 (Apison Pike) the grading, drainage and paving on from Old Lee Highway (LM 5.58) to SR-321 (Ooltewah-Ringgold Road) (LM 7.84):  Work on this project continues.  During this report period the contractor may have intermittent lane closures throughout the project from 9AM to 4PM.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is May 2017. [Wright Brothers Const. Co. /Pruett/CNN279] Hamilton County, SR-320 (East Brainerd Road) grading, drainage, installation of signals, construction of seven retaining walls and paving from east of Graysville Road to east of Bel-Air Road:  Work on this project continues.  During this report period, the contractor will have intermittent lane closures between 9AM-2PM.  This work may affect either direction of East Brainerd Road or side streets from Graysville Road to Hamlett Drive as the contractor installs road crossings and borings.  Traffic has been switched onto the newly-constructed section from the west end of the project to the Hurricane Creek Rd./East Brainerd Rd. intersection, allowing the contractor to work on the other side of the roadway.  The contractor may have short-term lane closures to perform various operations on an as-needed basis.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Original completion date is June 2017. Estimated project completion date is December 2017. [Jones Brothers Contractors, LLC /Pruett/CNN383] Hamilton County, SR-153/SR-319 (Hixson Pike) bridge repair on Hixson Pike over SR-153:  Work on this project continues. The outside lanes in both directions on the bridge on Hixson Pike over SR-153 are now closed.  This lane closure will be in place until late November 2017.  During this report period the contractor may have intermittent lane closures on SR-153 from 9PM to 6AM to do work under the bridge.  If there are any temporary closures needed on SR-153 as part of this project, they will take place at nighttime on Sundays through Thursdays between 9PM and 6AM and on weekdays on SR-153 South between 9AM and 3PM and on SR-153 North between 7:30AM and 3PM.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary during these temporary closures.  Estimated project completion date is May 2018. [Mid-State Construction Co. /Micka/CNQ941] Hamilton County,  U.S. 27 (SR-29) resurfacing from north of Signal Mountain Road (LM. 3.02) to north of SR-29 (MM. 6.0/LM 6.07):  Work on this project has begun.  The contractor will have temporary intermittent lane closures on Sundays through Thursdays between the hours of 8PM each evening to 6AM the following morning to mill and pave the roadway.  THP and flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary during these temporary closures.  Estimated project completion date is June 2017. [Wright Brothers Construction Co, Inc./Micka/CNQ189] Hamilton County, the tunnel cleaning of the McCallie Tunnel on U.S. 11 (US 64, SR-2), the Stringers Ridge Tunnel on U.S. 127 (SR-8), and the Bachman Tubes on U.S. 41 (U.S. 76, SR-8):  The nighttime cleaning operation of McCallie Tunnels, Stringers Ridge Tunnel, and Bachman Tubes occurs normally on Wednesday and Thursday nights during the week with the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Work hours are between 8PM-6AM.  Tunnels will be closed during cleaning, and detours will be marked accordingly as each tunnel is cleaned.  Contract completion date is June 2017.  [Diamond Specialized, Inc./Micka/CNQ174] McMinn County, SR-305 resurfacing from SR-30 (LM 0.00) to U.S. 11/SR-2 (LM 2.85):  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will have intermittent temporary lane closures on SR-305 during this report period to mill and pave the roadway.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control.  One lane of traffic must be maintained at all times and shall not exceed one day’s paving operation.  Paving operations shall be scheduled to prevent interruption of school traffic during morning start and afternoon dismissal.  No lane closures will be allowed during special events, holidays or holiday weekends in accordance with the plans and specifications.    Estimated project completion is May 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Curtis/CNQ244] McMinn County, SR-30 grading, drainage and paving at the intersection of Denso Drive and Milton Road in Athens, including adding turn lanes and upgrading the traffic signals (LM 6.30 – LM 6.50):  Work on this project continues.  The contractor may have intermittent temporary lane closures on SR-30 during this report period to mill and pave the roadway.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control.  Estimated project completion is October 2017.  [Greenstar, LLC/Curtis/CNR037] Meigs County, SR-58 bridge repair over Big Sewee Creek (LM 22.84):  Work on this project continues.  The bridge is reduced to one lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.  Estimated project completion is May 2017.  [Wilson Construction Group, LLC/Micka/CNQ126] Overton County, SR-52 grading, drainage, signals and paving from near Oakley-Allons Road (LM 6.58) to DR-111 (LM 10.23):  Work on this project continues.  Tower Hill Road at the Allons Baptist Church on SR-52 has been closed until further notice.  The closure will allow the contractor to bring the road up to grade.  The detour for this closure is Elmer Langford Road.  The contractor may have short term lane closures on the project to perform various operations on as-needed basis.  Estimated project completion date is July 2018.  [J&M Grading Division, LLC/Hoskins/CNP114] Overton County, SR-84 bridge repair over branch (LM 10.16):  Work on this project continues.  The bridge is reduced to one 10’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.  Estimated project completion date is November 2017.  [Jamison Construction, LLC/Hoskins/CNQ940] Polk County, U.S. 64 (SR-40) construction of a concrete bulb-tee beam bridge over Branch and TOHA Old Line railroad (LM 24.85), including grading, drainage and paving:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will be clearing and there will be occasional temporary lane closures.  The traveling public is advised to be cautious around flaggers and construction workers in the construction zone.  Estimated project completion date is October 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Curtis/CNQ900] Polk County, U.S. 64 (SR-40) rockfall mitigation near LM 8.30:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will be clearing and there will be occasional temporary lane closures.  The traveling public is advised to be cautious around flaggers and construction workers in the construction zone.  Estimated project completion date is October 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Curtis/CNQ900] Putnam County, I-40 grading, drainage, construction of two concrete Bulb-Tee beam bridges, signals and paving at Mine Lick Creek Road (MM 283/LM 15.56) and construction of a State Industrial Access Road (Mine Lick Creek Road) serving Project Victor, including grading, drainage and paving:  Work on this project continues.  Bennett Road south of the bridge will remain closed to continue work on Phase 2 of the box bridge. The contractor has provided and maintains a temporary access to Old Stewart Cemetery Road from Bennett Road, signs are posted. Traffic is transitioned to the new Lee Seminary Road accessing Academy Road as work progresses on Bennett Road. The contractor will continue with grading operations on Bennett Road and all (4) Ramp locations at this time.  The contractor is placing steel reinforcement in the abutments for Bridge 1 & 2 and will be pouring the abutments during this period. Beginning Monday, May 1, 2017, the contractor will temporarily close Hawkins Crawford Road and Mine Lick Creek Road to complete the tie ins to the new north alignment.  This work is expected to take one week to complete.  Both roads will be permanently closed during this time.  The contractor will initiate a rolling roadblock to be performed from May 1 through May 4 between the hours of 10PM and 5AM to remove the overhang jacks over the travel lanes. THP and the City of Cookeville will assist during this time.  Barrier rail delineation is installed on I‑40 in the west direction to begin work on the tie in for Ramp B.  All motorists are advised to observe the posted speeds when entering the work zone and be alert to construction personnel, equipment and vehicles.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is October 2017.  [Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc./Sorrelle/CNP247] Putnam County, grading, drainage and paving on a State Industrial Access road serving Institutional Wholesale in Algood:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor continues work on the relocation of the water utilities and completing service tie ins from Burton Branch Road to Dry Valley Road. Gas utilities are currently being relocated with service tie ins at this time. Motorists are advised to observe the posted speeds when entering the work zone and be alert to construction personnel, equipment and vehicles.  Estimated project completion date is November 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Sorrelle/CNQ136] PUTNAM COUNTY, I-40 bridge repair of bridges over SR-24 (LM 33.46 & LM 34.12 R&L):  The contractor is currently working on SR-24 to perform work on the substructure of the bridge. The contractor will utilize daily lane closures in each direction on SR-24 as this work is being performed. No work is expected to begin on I‑40 at this time. Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone. Estimated project completion date is August 2017. [Mid-State Construction Company, Inc./Sorrelle/CNR065] PUTNAM COUNTY, Old Baxter Road bridge repair over I-40 (L.M. 2.89):  Work on this project has begun. The contractor will close the bridge on Thursday, April 27, 2017 to begin repairs of the existing bridge. The bridge will be permanently closed to the motoring public as this work progresses. All temporary construction signs and detour signs are installed to notify the motoring public. The ramps in both directions of I-40 will be open at all times during construction. No lane closures will be allowed during special events, holidays or holiday weekends in accordance with the plans and specifications. Estimated project completion date is May 2018.  [Bell & Associates Construction, L.P./Sorrelle/CNR066] Region 2, preventative and unscheduled maintenance of Chattanooga SmartWay Intelligent Transportation System:  The contractor may have short term shoulder and/or lane closures in order to perform preventative and unscheduled maintenance to the Chattanooga SmartWay intelligent transportation system.  Work hours are 9AM-3:30PM.  At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Contract completion date is October 2019.  [NABCO Electric Company, Inc./Pruett/CNQ287] Region 2-on-call cable guardrail repair:  The contractor may have short term shoulder and/or lane closures in order to perform cable barrier system repair.  At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times during any work that is performed.  Contract completion date is December 2017.  [Nationwide Construction Group/Parnham/CNQ282] Region 2-on-call sweeping and drain cleaning on various interstates and state routes:  The contractor will have short term shoulder and/or lane closures at various locations in Region 2 at nighttime or during non-peak daytime hours in order to sweep and clean drains.  Contract completion date is February 2018.  [Blevins Enterprises, Inc./Micka/CNQ328] Region 2-on-call concrete repair on various interstates and state routes:  The contractor will have short term shoulder and/or lane closures at various locations in Region 2 as necessary to perform concrete repair work.  Hamilton County:  On Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26 between 8PM and 6AM, the contractor will be restriping the concrete pavement on the SR-153 South exit to I-75 North.  Both lanes will be closed in the work zone to grind, seal, and re-paint the pavement.  Both lanes will be closed and traffic will be detoured onto the Hamilton place exit where they can exit to Hamilton Place or detour back on to I-75 NB after the work zone.  Additionally, the contractor will be closing the left 2 lanes on I-75 North at mile marker 9.1 and the left lane on I-75 South at mile marker 8.9 to restripe previously replaced concrete slabs. Contract completion date is March 2017.  [Palmertree Construction Co., Inc./Voiles/CNP327] REGION 2 random on-call pavement marking on various interstate and state routes:  The contractor has completed the placement of thermoplastic at this time.  No additional call-outs have been issued at this time.  Contract completion date is June 2017.  [Reynolds Sealing & Striping, Inc./Sorrelle/CNQ063] REGION 2 random on-call attenuator repair on various interstate and state routes:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will have short term shoulder and/or lane closures at various locations in Region 2 at nighttime or during non-peak daytime hours in order to repair attenuators.  Contract completion date is June 2017.  [Lu, Inc./Micka/CNQ138] REGION 2 random on-call signing on various interstate and state routes:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will have short term shoulder and/or lane closures at various locations in Region 2 at nighttime or during non-peak daytime hours in order to repair or replace signs.  Contract completion date is June 2017.  [Law Signs/Voiles/CNQ207] Rhea County, SR-302 bridge repair over Clear Creek (LM 2.57):  Work on this project continues.  Construction signs and traffic control measures are in place.  The bridge is currently reduced to one 10’ wide travel lane to allow the contractor to safely repair the bridge.  While the bridge is down to one lane, traffic will be maintained and controlled by a temporary signal for the safety of the traveling public.  Motorists should expect periodic delays and use caution in the work zone.  Estimated project completion date is September 2017.  [Jamison Construction, LLC/Micka/CNQ104] Rhea County, U.S. 27 (SR-29) grading, drainage and paving at the intersection of SR-378 in Dayton (LM 6.53 – LM 6.80):  Work on this project continues.  The project will realign and signalize the intersection of U.S. 27 with SR-378.  The portion of SR-378 crossing Little Richland Creek is now closed to traffic until the project is complete.  Detour signing is posted at the intersections of SR-30 and SR-378.  The closure of the portion of SR-378 crossing Little Richland Creek should continue for the duration of the project (until new signals are operational).  With SR-378 closed, the intersection at U.S. 27 will be relocated and realigned.  Additionally it will be signalized and have turning lanes added from U.S. 27.  The intersection just north (U.S. 27 and 11th Ave.) will also be widened and signalized as part of this project.  Estimated project completion date is November 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Micka/CNR060] Van Buren County, SR-111 grading, drainage, and paving from south of Manus Road to south of SR-285 near Double Bridge Road:  Work on this project continues.  Motorists should expect periodic delays.  Flaggers will be present during progression of work.  Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone.  The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH and is being enforced.  Estimated project completion date is June 2017.  [Jones Bros., Inc./Parnham & Price/CNM266] Van Buren and White Counties, miscellaneous safety improvements on various local roads in Van Buren County; miscellaneous safety improvements including high friction surface course on various local roads in White County:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will continue with the installation of guardrail items on Eastland Road from S.R. 1 (US70) to the Cumberland County Line. The contractor will begin installation of pavement markings for Van Buren and White County once guardrail is complete. Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone. Estimated project completion date is July 2017.  [Superior Traffic Control, Inc./Sorrelle/CNQ265] Warren County, SR-288 construction of a concrete Bulb-Tee beam bridge over Collins River (LM 4.97), including grading, drainage and paving:  Work on this project continues.  Construction signs and traffic control measures are in place.  Excavation and pile driving for the footer on Pier #3 is underway.  The bridge is currently reduced to one 12-ft. lane to allow the contractor to construct the new bridge.  While the bridge is down to one lane, traffic will be maintained and controlled by a temporary signal for the safety of the traveling public.  Motorists should expect periodic delays and use caution in the work zone. Estimated project completion date is October 2018.  [Palmertree Construction Co., LLC/Parnham/CNQ270] TDOT Operations/Maintenance Work and TDOT Bridge Inspections (TDOT Forces) Region 2-Mowing and Brush Removal:  There will be possible short-term lane and shoulder closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to perform contract mowing and brush removal on an as-needed basis.  In addition to performing the work, regional Operations crews will also provide traffic control. Region 2-Drainage Work:  There will be possible short-term lane and shoulder closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to clean rock and debris from ditches on an as-needed basis.  One lane will be maintained at all times.  Region 2-Pothole Repair and Pavement Patching:  There will be possible short-term emergency lane closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to repair potholes and patch pavement on an as-needed basis.  Depending on location and severity these repairs may be done during the day or at night.  In addition to performing the work, regional Operations crews will also provide traffic control. Non-TDOT Work None to report. ### For more information contact: Jennifer A. Flynn TDOT Region Two Community Relations Officer Jennifer.Flynn@tn.gov Office 423-510-1164     Road Closures Transportation Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:48:00 +0000 TDCI Partners to Provide Shred-It/ Drug Take-Back in Southeast TN on April 29 http://tn.gov/news/50048 50048 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – On Saturday, April 29, 2017, residents of Hamilton and Bradley counties can safely dispose of outdated medications or shred their personal documents and records during a consumer protection effort that coincides with National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Saturday’s event in southeast Tennessee is the result of a coalition of numerous partners – including the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs, Tennessee American Water, among others – working together to provide important consumer outreach. The event brings together law enforcement, businesses, and both state and local organizations to offer a convenient and safe way for residents to dispose of medications and sensitive documents. “We look forward to participating alongside our partners in this consumer protection outreach event,” said TDCI Consumer Protection Director Cynthia Wiel. “Local residents are encouraged to bring their outdated medications and personal documents to one of the convenient drop-off locations for secure disposal.” From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EST), residents can drive up and drop off their old medications (prescription or over-the-counter) for proper disposal at 14 locations across Hamilton and Bradley counties. Document shredders provided by TDCI’s Division of Consumer Affairs will be available at the Hamilton County locations listed in bold face. Locations in Hamilton County: Walgreens in Hixson - 5478 TN Highway 153 Walgreens in East Brainerd - 2289 Gunbarrel Road Walgreens in Northshore – 110 North Market Street Walgreens in Harrison/Highway 58 – 4542 TN Highway 58 Food City in Red Bank - 3901 Dayton Boulevard Signal Mountain Police Department -1111 Ridgeway Avenue Walgreens in Brainerd - 3605 Brainerd Road                                            Walgreens in East Ridge - 5301 Ringgold Road Walgreens in Ooltewah - 9307 County Highway Walgreens in Soddy Daisy – 121 Harrison Lane Walgreens in St. Elmo – 3550 Broad Street Locations in Bradley County: Walgreens in Cleveland – 25 25th Street, NW Bradley County Sheriff’s Office – 2290 Blythe Avenue, SE Cleveland Family YMCA – Healthy Kids Days – 220 Urbane Road For more consumer resources, visit the TDCI Division of Consumer Affairs at WeHelpConsumers.tn.gov. ### Consumer Affairs Commerce & Insurance Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:22:00 +0000 Jobs: Protection From Harm - Investigator (East TN) http://tn.gov/news/50047 50047 at http://tn.gov/news DIDD is seeking to fill an Investigator position. This position will be stationed in East TN and will be located in Knoxville. Job responsibilities include conducting administrative investigations involving allegations of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation with regard to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, participation in a regular on-call schedule, comprehensive report writing, interaction with other investigative agencies, and travel within the specified region. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree, a valid driver license, professional experience working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and significant investigative and/or law enforcement experience. This position will be filled with a person who has the ability to manage multiple projects in a timely manner, possess excellent verbal and written skills, organize and prioritize assignments, work independently and have flexibility in their work schedule.  Anyone interested in applying for this position should send their resume to norah.glickstein@tn.gov or fax it to 615-532-9940. Resumes should be submitted by the deadline of close of business on May 10, 2017. The State of Tennessee is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens, and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination or illegal harassment in the workplace.  It is the state's policy to provide an environment free of discrimination or harassment of an individual because of that person's race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws. Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:13:00 +0000