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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2013-14 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife Magazine’s popular annual calendar issue. All interested photographers are invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to Tennessee, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee. Interested photographers must submit their [...]

Comptroller Announces New Online Tool for Reporting Fraud, Waste and Abuse

It will soon be possible to report suspected cases of fraud, waste and abuse of public funds in Tennessee over the Internet. Beginning today, you may electronically alert the state Comptroller’s office about suspected government misuse of public funds by visiting: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/shared/safwa.asp The Comptroller’s office has provided a toll-free telephone hotline for reporting fraud, waste [...]

TDOT to Run Fatality Messages on Weekly Basis

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will continue to display fatality messages on its overhead Dynamic Message Signs, but will do so on a weekly basis rather than daily. TDOT began displaying the fatality numbers on the signs in April 2012 after seeing a sharp increase in fatalities in the first quarter of the year. [...]

Weekly Livestock Comments January 4, 2013

FED CATTLE: Fed cattle trade was not well established as of this writing. Cattle in the North were $3 higher compared to last week on limited trade. Limited live prices were $125 while dressed prices were $205 with asking prices around $207. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $126. 13 live down $0.75 [...]

Hope Scholarships, Timing Critical

Some Tennessee college students that are the recipients of the Hope scholarship may find themselves in a financial bind. Students that were awarded the Hope Scholarship in the Fall of 2009 or after have an expiration date on the funds. Prior to 2009, the Hope Scholarship was available to Tennessee students who met the criteria [...]

Vick vs. Jefferson County Board of Education Court Date Set

Former principal of Jefferson Elementary School Dr. Robert C. Vick and Jefferson County Board of Education have a court date set for March 19, 2013 to hear arguments over his demotion from his position as principal at Jefferson Elementary School. The lawsuit, filed by Dr. Vick, contents that his demotion on June 18, 2009 violated [...]

Annual Tennessee Horticultural Expo and Agritourism Conference to bring farmers together

Agritourism operators, fruit and vegetable growers, on-farm winemakers, flower growers and farmers market vendors and managers will all gather in Nashville for the 2013 Tennessee Horticultural Expo and Agritourism Conference on Jan. 24-26. According to Megan Bruch, marketing specialist with the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture and co-chair of the agritourism session, “The [...]

Dandridge Farmers Market 2013 Planning Meeting

Dandridge Farmers Market 2013 Planning Meeting

Dandridge Farmers Market 2013 Planning Meeting will be held January 15, 2013, UT Extension Office in Dandridge at 6 PM A 2013 planning meeting for the Dandridge Farmers Market will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 6 PM at the UT Extension Office on Lake Drive in downtown Dandridge. The Dandridge Farmers Market [...]

North Korean Missile Launch May

North Korean Missile Launch May

Evidence has arisen regarding the December 12 North Korean missile test launch that is causing concern with United States and South Korean officials. The launch came as a surprise to both the U. S. and Asian allied nations, in spite of extensive intelligence-gathering operations centered around North Korea. U. S. officials are now investigating the [...]

TDOT Launches New SmartWay Application

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has launched a new tool for motorists. The new TDOT SmartWay Mobile App will help drivers navigate Tennessee highways, providing up-to-the-minute customized traffic information. The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. “We are excited to be [...]

Corker to Obama

In a letter December 30, 2012, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., asked President Barack Obama to lay out specifics regarding the “over $1 trillion in additional spending cuts” he alluded to in his interview with David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press which aired this morning. “In your interview with David Gregory that was broadcast [...]

Tennessee State Parks Kick Off 2013 with First Hikes of the New Year

Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day in commemoration of the park system’s 75th Anniversary. Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year. “We are very excited to continue the celebration of Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary in 2013, beginning [...]

Resolve to Give Blood

Resolve to Give Blood

Medic Regional Blood Center hopes that blood donation is on top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions. “If all donors gave just one more donation per year, our area would rarely experience a blood shortage,” explains Christi Fightmaster, Director of Public Relations. Medic is the sole provider of blood for 21 counties and 27 [...]

Libraries to Get Cheaper, Faster and More Extensive Loan Service in 2013

Libraries to Get Cheaper, Faster and More Extensive Loan Service in 2013

Tennessee’s public libraries will soon have more books available – cheaper and faster than before – thanks to a new interlibrary loan service set to debut next year. The new Firefly Courier service, developed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will link rural, suburban and urban public libraries throughout the state, as well as [...]

Looking Ahead

This holiday season, as we enjoy time with our families and loved ones, let’s all take a moment to say a prayer for those in Newtown, Connecticut. In difficult times like these, it’s human nature to search for causation and look for someone or something to blame, but we may never be able to explain [...]

Building Maintenance to Impact TDOT Web Services

Emergency maintenance will be performed this weekend on the James K. Polk Building in downtown Nashville, which houses the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) headquarters offices. This maintenance will cause outages to many TDOT web-based services. Beginning at midnight tonight, December 28, 2012, the TDOT website, Tennessee 511, and the new TDOT SmartWay mobile application [...]