State of Tennessee Newsroom http://tn.gov/news en State Fire Marshal: Think Fire Safety when Conducting Spring Cleaning http://tn.gov/news/49469 49469 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – With temperatures on the rise and flowers in bloom, many Tennessee households will begin gearing up for a thorough round of spring cleaning.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents of the importance of incorporating fire safety into routine household cleaning plans. “We encourage Tennesseans to include fire safety in their home cleaning checklists not just in the spring time, but year-round,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Common household items such as clothes dryers and electric cords can pose a fire hazard if not properly maintained. Routine cleaning can help reduce those hazards and make your home and family safer.” The State Fire Marshal’s Office shares the following safety tips to consider when cleaning your home: Inside the Home Dust smoke and carbon monoxide alarms with a light cloth and gently vacuum to clear away any remaining debris or cobwebs. Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and flashlights. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Replace any smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older and any carbon monoxide alarms that are six years old or older. Store 9-volt batteries safely. Keep batteries in original packaging until you are ready to use them. If loose, keep the posts covered with masking, duct, or electrical tape to prevent them from coming in contact with metal objects. Clean your dryer’s lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum. At least once a year, clean lint out of the vent pipe. Clear excessive clutter. Clutter that blocks windows or doors can prevent you from escaping a fire and can hinder firefighters from reaching you in an emergency.                                   Check the cords on your appliances. If they are cracked or frayed, repair or replace them. Practice your fire escape plan with everyone in the home. Know two ways out of every room and designate an outside meeting place for all to go in the event of an emergency. Make sure all doors and windows open easily for fast escapes. Check the pressure gauge or indicator on your home fire extinguisher to make sure that it is in the operable range (the needle should be in the green portion of the gauge). Remove grease build-up from your stove/oven. Keep stovetop clean and clutter-free. Outside the Home Make sure your address number is visible from the street. Clean roofs and gutters, and inspect chimneys.  Rake and remove leaves, dead limbs, twigs and rubbish from around and under structures and clear all flammable vegetation. Ensure vents for your gas appliances (fireplace, furnace, etc.) are clear of debris. Have your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damages. Place your grill well away from siding, deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches. If you store gasoline or other hazardous household materials, keep them in a cool, dry place outside your home out of the reach of children and pets. Keep only small quantities in tightly sealed containers. For more information on making your home fire-safe, download and print the State Fire Marshal’s home fire safety checklist.                                                                                                                   ### Commerce & Insurance Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:03:00 +0000 TDCI Offers Tips to Help Consumers Avoid Shoddy Spring Home Repairs http://tn.gov/news/49433 49433 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – The arrival of spring has many Tennesseans turning their attention to home renovation and improvement projects. To help homeowners make the most of their hard-earned money, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) shares tips on how to avoid common construction-related issues such as shoddy repair companies and problem contractors. “The Department is dedicated to helping Tennesseans make smart, informed decisions,” said TDCI Deputy Commissioner Brian McCormack. “Before signing a contract to authorize any construction or repairs, we urge consumers to always conduct research and verify a professional’s credentials.” TDCI’s Division of Consumer Affairs and the Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors, a section of TDCI’s Regulatory Boards, offer the following consumer tools for selecting a contractor: Start With Research Be aware that different types of work or work with a higher cost may require different licensure. A Home Improvement license is required for residential remodeling projects from $3,000 to less than $25,000 (total cost or contract, including materials and labor), for the following counties: Bradley, Davidson, Hamilton, Haywood, Knox, Marion, Robertson, Rutherford and Shelby. View a complete classification outline of contractors licenses on the TDCI website. Visit verify.tn.gov to ensure that a contractor is properly licensed to work in Tennessee. Check the complaint and disciplinary history of a contractor by contacting the Contractor’s Board by phone at (615) 741-8307 or by email at contractors.home-improvement@tn.gov. Closed complaints with disciplinary action can be found on our website: www.tn.gov/commerce. Check Your List Only hire licensed contractors. Use TDCI’s online Verify tool to easily check licensure. Ask the contractor who will be performing the work: contractor, his/her employee(s) or a subcontractor. Get several bids. It’s best to get at least three bids and check references.                                                                  Get a written contract that includes the company’s name, address, and telephone number. The contract should also include an anticipated start and completion date. Never pay more than one-third down and do not let the payments get ahead of the work. Do not pay with cash.                                                                    Never sign over your insurance check. Make sure the contractor is insured to cover workers’ compensation, damage and general liability insurance. Check with your local government for codes, permits, inspections and business licenses. Make sure the contractor obtains a permit for code inspections. Check the contractor’s record with the Better Business Bureau in your area by visiting www.bbb.org. Avoid common red flags, such as: A person going door-to-door selling their services. A person who offers services for a short time only, which makes consumers feel rushed and unable to research the contractor. Unmarked trucks or vans, or a refusal or reluctance to set out complete and specific contract terms in writing. Being pressured to pay for more than half of the cost upfront. Remember If you file a repair request through your home warranty plan, ask for the name of the business that will provide the repair service. Check out the business by contacting your local Better Business Bureau. Ask if previous complaints have been filed against the business. Read customer reviews and ratings about the business designated by the home warranty to provide repairs. Red flags include customer complaints citing incomplete service, improper or unsuccessful repairs, delays in response from the business, trouble contacting the business and bad customer service. To file a complaint about a contractor or home improvement company with the Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors, visit us online or call (615) 741-8307. To file a complaint against a repair company, visit www.tn.gov/consumer. ### Commerce & Insurance Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:41:00 +0000 TFWC to Hold March Meeting in Nashville http://tn.gov/news/49423 49423 at http://tn.gov/news TFWC to Hold March Meeting in Nashville NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a one day meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Ray Bell Region II Building. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. Jamie Woodson will lead her first meeting as TFWC chair. A resident of Lebanon, she was elected chair at the TFWC’s February meeting after serving as vice chair for the past year. David Watson of Lookout Mountain was elected vice chair after serving as the past year’s secretary and Kurt Holbert of Decaturville was elected secretary. In addition to the new officers, five new commission appointees will be participating in their first TFWC meeting. They will be introduced during the meeting. An update on Asian carp will be presented by TWRA Fisheries Division Chief Frank Fiss. The invasive species has become more common in Tennessee waters. The presentation will include distribution of the fish, control strategies, and upcoming research projects. A new interactive wildlife management area (WMA) map has been developed by the TWRA’s Geographic Information System (GIS) for the hunting public. The interactive map was published last fall. The GIS staff is currently working to create a similar map for anglers. There will be a discussion in regard to White Oak Wildlife Management Area and past flooding occurrences. The presentation will be given by the TWRA and the West Tennessee Basin Authority. ---TWRA--- Photo captions: Above: Chair Jamie Woodson with TWRA Executive Ed Carter. Right: Outgoing chair Harold Cannon was honored for his service with a plaque of appreciation at the TFWC's February meeting. He is pictured with the officers elected for 2017-18. From left are Kurt Holbert (secretary), David Watson (vice chair), and Jamie Woodson (chair) Wildlife Resources Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:23:00 +0000 Decline Lands February Unemployment Rate at 5.3 Percent http://tn.gov/news/49406 49406 at http://tn.gov/news NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 5.3 percent for February. This is an improvement from the revised January rate of 5.4 percent. February’s U.S. preliminary rate is 4.7 percent, matching Tennessee with a tenth of a percentage point decline from the previous month. Over the past year, Tennessee’s rate has increased by six-tenths of a percentage point while the national rate has declined by two-tenths. “When you see the unemployment tick up over a period of time, that always catches your attention,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. “But when you look at the statistics, they tell an interesting story about Tennessee.” Total nonfarm employment increased with 8,300 additional jobs from January to February. Education/health services, mining/logging/construction, and manufacturing experienced the largest employment increases. “As the number of people looking for jobs across the state grows faster than the hiring process, we have really focused on preparing those job seekers for employment with key resources like Jobs4TN.gov and our American Job Centers," explained Commissioner Phillips. According to the commissioner, “While these latest numbers may seem marginal, all the resources the state offers will really pay off in the long run, helping Tennesseans find work and lowering our unemployment rate." Added to nonfarm employment were 66,100 jobs over the year. The largest increases occurred in leisure/hospitality, trade/transportation/utilities, and professional/business services. 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 February 2017 will be published on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. CT. -###-   Download News Release Labor & Workforce Development Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:30:00 +0000 Take One Reception To Share Mission Of Hope http://tn.gov/news/49419 49419 at http://tn.gov/news JACKSON - The Tennessee Department of Correction will host a reception for the Take One program on Friday, March 24, 2017.  Take One pairs offenders nearing release from prison with faith-based and nonprofit organizations and encourages each organization to mentor one offender for a year after his or her release.  This partnership provides offenders with an additional layer of support to help them overcome barriers to successful reentry and become productive citizens. State Representative Johnny Shaw (D-Bolivar) and Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker will speak at the event, which is aimed at encouraging more faith-based and non-profit organizations to get involved and become volunteer mentors.  Since its launch in 2013, Take One has matched 314 offenders with mentors and the program continues to grow. “Take One is a great opportunity for community members to take a leading role in making positive change not just for offenders, but for all of our neighbors,” says Commissioner Parker.  “When we work together to ensure an offender’s success, it helps to create safer, healthier communities for all Tennessee families.”    More than 90% of incarcerated offenders will eventually be released back into our communities. Reducing recidivism through programs like Take One is a central element of the Tennessee Department of Correction’s non-negotiable mission to ensure and enhance public safety. WHAT:     Take One Brunch & Reception WHEN:      Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. WHERE:   St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 278 Preston Street,  Jackson, TN 38301 Correction Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:16:00 +0000 Weekly Roadway Activity Report for TDOT Region 2 for Mar. 23 - Mar. 29, 2017 http://tn.gov/news/49417 49417 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.  During this report period, APD-40 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between 9AM and 3:30PM to allow the contractor to mill and pave on the project.  This work is weather permitting.  Three of the four ramps onto the new interchange and the new Stone Lake Road have been opened to traffic.  Estimated project completion date is May 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Curtis/CNN307] Bradley County, U.S. 11 Bypass (SR-2) resurfacing from 25th Street (LM 10.75) to Paul Huff Parkway (LM 12.82):  The striping sub-contractor will be working this week on the pavement markings on this project.  There will be temporary lane closures as the sub-contractor works from 9PM till 6AM.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is March 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Curtis/CNQ173] Bradley County, U.S. 11 Bypass (SR-2) resurfacing from South Lee Hwy. (U.S. 11/U.S. 64/SR-2) and Grove Avenue (LM 8.89) to the intersection of 25th Street (LM 10.75):  The striping sub-contractor will be working this week on the pavement markings on this project.  There will be temporary lane closures as the sub-contractor works from 9PM till 6AM.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is March 2017.  [Talley Construction Co., Inc./Curtis/CNQ173] 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.  Sewer line installation is complete.  Road and drainage activities are in progress.  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, 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 activities, along with utility relocation, will be 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] Franklin county, U.S. 41A (SR-16) bridge repair over Boiling Fork Creek at log mile 12.73 (near downtown square, Winchester):  Work on this project continues.  All four lanes of the bridge are now open to traffic.  However, periodic daytime single lane closures maybe required to allow the contractor to safely finish the project.  Traffic will be affected on U.S. 41A (SR-16) between Porter Street and Sharp Springs Road.  Estimated project completion date is March 2017.  [Mid-State Construction Co., Inc./Parnham/CNP311] 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 April 2017.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC./Parnham/CNP097] 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.  Also, on weekdays between 9AM and 3PM, there will be a temporary ramp closure on the 12th Street tie-in ramp to U.S. 27 South for removing the existing street lighting and working on the new street lighting.  During this work, traffic will be detoured to Carter St./MLK Blvd.  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, 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 has begun.  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] 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/Ray/CNP114] 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.  The contractor began work on the communication lines north end of the project to include Hawkins Crawford Road and Mine Lick Creek Road.  The installation of the 30” water line on the State Industrial Access and Lee Seminary Road will continue during this period.  The contractor continues with grading operations on Bennett Road, Lee Seminary Road and Ramp C at this time.  The contractor will utilize rolling roadblocks to continue removal of the existing bridge over I-40 at the Mine Lick Creek Interchange during this report period.  All rolling roadblocks will be performed during the hours of 9:00PM to 5:30AM.  THP and Cookeville Police Department will assist with the rolling roadblocks.  No rolling roadblocks will be performed on Friday or Saturday evenings.  All motorists are strongly advised to slow down and use caution during the performance of rolling roadblocks.  Lee Seminary Road will remain closed to traffic at the intersection of Bennett Road.  All motorists are advised to use the detour from Lee Seminary Road to Highland Park Boulevard.  Barrier rail delineation has been 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 has installed construction signs and soon will mobilize equipment and begin grading operations.  Utility relocation will also get underway.  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 November 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Sorrelle/CNQ136] 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 Sunday March 26 at 8PM through Monday March 27 at 6AM, Palmertree Construction will be grinding and milling the concrete pavement for 0.2 miles in two lanes on I-24 East past Exit 178 (U.S. 27 North) on the bridge going over U.S. 27.  Both lanes on the bridge will be closed, and traffic will be detoured onto Exit 178 and back to I-24 East or onto U.S. 27 North.  Additionally, on U.S. 27 South, the Lookout Mtn./Broad St. exit and lane number 2 will be closed and traffic shifted into lane number 1 to avoid any conflicts with traffic following the detour from I-24 East.  On Monday, March 27 at 8PM through Tuesday, March 28 at 6AM, Palmertree Construction will be grinding and milling the concrete pavement on SR-153 South to I-75 North.  Both lanes will be closed in the work zone to grind, seal and re-stripe the pavement.  Traffic will be detoured onto the Hamilton Place exit where they can exit to Hamilton Place or detour back onto I-75 North.  THP will assist with traffic control during both of these events.  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] 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] 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 has recently completed the installation of the permanent signs associated with this contract.  Additional work associated with the contract is being scheduled at this time including guardrail installation and pavement marking.  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.  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, 23 Mar 2017 17:36:00 +0000 Tennessee State Museum Wins Multiple Awards http://tn.gov/news/49416 49416 at http://tn.gov/news Nashville, TN — March 23, 2017 — The Tennessee State Museum was recognized with eight different awards at the Tennessee Association of Museums Awards Ceremony last week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Awards of Excellence were presented for the following projects: Temporary Exhibit: “I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage.” Exhibit Component: Burgner Musical Desk AV Presentation  Educational Programming: Lunch & Learn Series  Publication: 2016 Education Programs Poster Awards of Commendation were presented for the following projects:  Special Event: New State Museum Groundbreaking and Statewide Community Meetings  Website: New State Museum Website  Special Recognition: Mercy Street Blog Joshua Cox was recognized for Superlative Achievement as an Emerging Museum Professional And, one TAMMY award! Ella Marie Sullivan was awarded the first ever TAMMY award for her very creative selfie which she posted on #MuseumSelfie Day in January. The purpose of the TAM Awards of Excellence program is to recognize, encourage, and promote excellence within the activities of the Tennessee museum community and organizations in related fields of interest. These awards focus public attention on the outstanding programs, projects, and services offered by Tennessee museums.  The State Museum was proud to be recognized in so many categories by its peers. State Museum Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:16:00 +0000 Turkey Hunters Reminded of Harvest Check-in Procedures http://tn.gov/news/49408 49408 at http://tn.gov/news Turkey Hunters Reminded of Harvest Check-in Procedures NASHVILLE --- With spring turkey hunting season quickly approaching, sportsmen are reminded of the various methods to check in their birds. All harvested turkeys must be checked in by the end of the calendar day. Turkeys can be checked in on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website by clicking here or on the “TWRA On the Go” smartphone app or at a check station.   For sportsmen who do not have web/smartphone access, the TWRA suggests using a friend’s phone or computer to check in your harvest. If this is not possible, sportsmen can check in their harvest at a check station. Please note that due to a vendor change, there is about a 20 percent decrease in the number of check stations across the state. An updated check station list is available on the TWRA website by clicking here or by calling the TWRA regional office. Once the turkey is checked in, the hunter will obtain a confirmation number. Hunters should record the confirmation number by saving a digital copy such as a PDF or a screen shot, printing a copy, or writing the number down on any piece of paper. The confirmation number must be available for inspection by TWRA personnel until the time of final processing. ---TWRA--- TWRA Regional Offices-Telephone Numbers Region I, Jackson 1-800-372-3928 or 731-423-5725   Region II, Nashville 1-800-624-7406 or 615-781-6622   Region III, Crossville 1-800-262-6704 or 931-484-9571   Region IV, Morristown 1-800-332-0900 or 423-587-7037 Wildlife Resources Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:59:00 +0000 Weekend Closure of I-55 in Shelby County http://tn.gov/news/49403 49403 at http://tn.gov/news MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close a portion of I-55 next weekend in order to safely remove an abandoned Union Pacific Railroad bridge crossing over I-55. The closure and detour information are below: Friday, March 31 at 7:00 pm through Monday, April 3 at 6:00 am I-55 northbound will be detoured at the I-55/I-240 junction. I-55 southbound will be detoured at the I-40/I-55 junction. I-55 Southbound local traffic will have access to Exit 11 (West McLemore Avenue/Presidents Island) I-55 Northbound local traffic will have access to Exit 10 (South Parkway West) Detour signs will be posted throughout the construction area. This work is weather dependent. 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. ### Media Advisories Road Closures Transportation Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:19:00 +0000 TDOT Weekly Construction Report for Middle Tennessee, March 23-29, 2017 http://tn.gov/news/49401 49401 at http://tn.gov/news DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on I-65 over Cumberland River at Cowan Street Nightly (excluding Friday and Saturday), 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-65 at MM 86 in both directions for bridge repairs. Two lanes will remain open at all times.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, The Replacement of An Overhead Sign Structure on I-40 Eastbound Monday, March 27 through Wednesday March 29, 9PM-5AM, There will lane closures on I-40 eastbound at MM 209 (Demonbreun St area) and a ramp closure on the Demonbreun St on-ramp to remove and replace signage.      MACON COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on SR 151 over Salt Lick Creek ( L.M. 2.46) From now through June 2017, There will be a lane closure on SR 151 for bridge repair work. The bridge traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.   MAURY COUNTY, The Repair of Bridges on SR 246 over Craters Creek & Mayhorn Branch (L.M. 1.07-2.34) From now through April 2018, There will be a lane closure to repair the bridge on SR 246 over Craters Creek and Mayhorn Branch. Traffic will be controlled by traffic signals.   MAURY COUNTY, Repair of Bridge over Sugar Creek (L.M. 3.10) From now through June 2017, There will be a continuous lane closure on SR 166 over Sugar Creek. One lane will remain open. Traffic will be controlled by traffic signals.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Resurfacing of I-24 from east of the CSX Railroad Bridge (MM 82) to east of Epps Mill Road (MM 90) Friday, March 24, 8PM through Monday, March 27, 5AM, There will be a traffic shift on the ramps from I-24 westbound to Epps Mill Rd. (Exit 89) to saw deteriorated concrete. There will be a traffic shift on the ramps from I-24 eastbound (Exit 89) for saw cutting of the concrete pavement. Ramp will remain open to traffic. Only one ramp will be impacted at a time.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, The resurfacing of I-840 eastbound from West Fork Stones River Bridge (M.M. 55) to East Fork Stones River Bridge (MM 61) Nightly, 8PM-5AM, There will be a traffic shift on I-840 eastbound (Exit 57) on the on-ramp for sawing of concrete.  The ramp will remain open to traffic.   SMITH COUNTY, Bridge Deck Repair on I-40 eastbound (Bridge Over Caney Fork River) Thursday, March 23, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 eastbound at MM 263 for paving operations associated with upcoming bridge work. One lane will remain open. Starting Monday, March 27 through Friday, May 26, There will be a lane closure on I-40 eastbound from MM 263-263.8 for bridge repair work. One lane will remain open. Drivers should expect delays during peak daytime travel hours.   SUMNER COUNTY, The Construction of Retaining Walls on SR 109 from Odom's Bend to the SR 109 Bypass of South of Gallatin Daily, 9AM-3PM, There will be temporary lane closures on SR 109 for blasting operations at Lorraine Drive. One lane will remain open.   WILLIAMSON COUNTY, The Grading, Drainage, Construction of a Concrete Box Bridge, Signals & Paving on a S.I.A. Route Serving Mars Petcare in Thompson's Station (L.M. 4.17-5.0) Friday, March 24, 8AM-5PM, There will be a road closure on Critz Lane at SR 6 to install tile.   Maintenance & Utilities   DAVIDSON COUNTY Thursday, March 22 through Wednesday, March 29, 9PM-5AM, There will be lane closures on I-24 in both directions between Old Hickory Blvd (MM 40) and the Cheatham County line for paving. One lane will remain open.   DAVIDSON COUNTY Nightly, 9PM-5AM, There will be lane closures on I-40 eastbound between Demonbreun and 2nd Avenue for paving. One lane will remain open.   DAVIDSON COUNTY Monday, March 27 through Thursday, March 30, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure in both directions of SR 45 (OHB) at the Cumberland River bridge in Rayon City for bridge inspection.  One lane will remain open.   DAVIDSON COUNTY Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 12 (Clarksville Highway) northbound over the Cumberland River bridge for bridge inspection.  One lane will remain open.   DICKSON COUNTY Thursday, March 23, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating inside lane closures as well as shoulder closures on I-40 in both directions on the bridge over Williamson County Line Rd. (MM 181) for surveying.    HICKMAN COUNTY Thursday, March 23, 7-7:30AM, There will be a rolling roadblock on I-40 at MM 160 westbound to cut and remove a tree.   WILLIAMSON COUNTY Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday March 29, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on I-840 westbound at MM 23 for milling and paving. One lane will remain open.   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 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:17:00 +0000