November 12, 2016
Nashville, TN – Because the drought in Tennessee has heightened concerns about accidental fires, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has asked sportsmen to follow burn bans issued in specified counties across the state.
“We want to work with local officials who are worried about dry conditions caused by Tennessee’s drought,” noted Ed Carter, the executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “We are requesting that our sportsmen refrain from building campfires on all WMAs, but it is required in counties with burn bans.”
November 9, 2016
Department Offers Tips to Help Military Families Identify and Avoid Cons
Nashville, TN – As the state and nation prepare to honor those who have served in the armed forces this Veterans Day, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) reminds Tennesseans about financial scams targeting veterans and how they can be avoided.
November 8, 2016
Nashville, TN – With unseasonably warm weather persisting well into the fall, mosquito-borne illnesses remain a serious health threat for horses in Tennessee.
A horse in Dyer County and a horse in Gibson County both recently tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).
A horse in Chester County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
Sick horses cannot directly infect people with WNV or EEE.
November 7, 2016
Nashville, TN – With dry conditions, low water levels, and little to no precipitation forecast throughout most of Tennessee for the foreseeable future, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to make fire prevention and fire safety a top priority this fall.
“Drought conditions are increasing the threat of wildfires in Tennessee counties, specifically those in the eastern portion of the state,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “We urge Tennesseans to heed any burn bans currently activated in their community. By employing just a few basic fire safety precautions, the public can help prevent the devastating loss of life and property.”
November 6, 2016
Nashville, TN – The dry conditions across Tennessee has created a tinderbox where fires can be accidentally set, which has led the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to urge sportsmen be especially cautious as the popular muzzle-loading season opens statewide.
“There are a lot of fires being fought right now and we have even had some on our wildlife management areas, especially in East Tennessee, so we are urging sportsmen to be careful as they get outside and enjoy their hunt” noted Mark Gudlin, the chief of wildlife and forestry for the TWRA.
November 5, 2016
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to take the time to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when turning clocks back one hour this Sunday, November 6th, 2016.
“As Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, we encourage citizens to use the extra hour gained to change the batteries in their smoke alarms,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “In addition, we remind Tennesseans that any smoke alarm 10 years old or older should be replaced entirely.”
November 4, 2016
Nashville, TN – Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6th, 2016 and the American Red Cross reminds everyone to ‘turn’ their clocks back an hour and ‘test’ the batteries in their smoke alarms.
The Red Cross recommends that all Tennessee residents have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, including inside and outside bedrooms.
Tennessee Highway Patrol and Tennessee Highway Safety Office Announce Halloween Enforcement and Safety Tips
October 29, 2016
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) and Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) are partnering together for a safe Halloween. The THP will plan for increased visibility and enforcement efforts on Halloween to ensure a safe and happy holiday for all Tennesseans.
There were four people killed on Halloween night per the Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN) during the 2013-2015 time periods. Two of the four fatal crashes involved drunk drivers.
“There is typically a dramatic increase in pedestrian traffic on Halloween. It is important for us to remind motorists to slow down and watch for children on all roadways. This is a time of good family fun. However, children, parents and motorists must remember that safety comes first,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey said.
October 29, 2016
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced that Tennessee students are the fastest improving in the nation in science, according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation’s Report Card.
The last time fourth and eighth grade students both took NAEP science was 2009, and the 2015 NAEP results show Tennessee is the only state to grow faster than the nation in both grades with Tennessee students doubling the average national growth.
October 29, 2016
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) reminds consumers that Open Enrollment for insurance coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) begins November 1st, 2016.
During Open Enrollment, Tennesseans can apply for cost assistance, change plans, and enroll in a plan.
Tennesseans will have access to marketplace coverage for 2017 no matter where they live.