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Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee celebrates 35 years

 

Habitat International CEO Jonathan Reckford to speak at Governor’s Reception

Habitat for HumanityNashville, TN – Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 35th anniversary in the State of Tennessee with a reception at the Governor’s Residence Thursday, October 24th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm where Jonathan T.M. Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, will be presenting special recognition to significant supporters whose partnership has contributed so greatly in helping the Habitat for Humanity reach this milestone.

Tennessee ranks fourth in the number of new Habitat for Humanity homes built nationwide.

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Emerald Ash Borer findings continue to spread

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been found in Jackson and Scott counties. The identification was made recently and has been confirmed by USDA.

Both counties will now be placed under quarantine. Earlier this summer, Hamilton County was also placed under quarantine when EAB was found in trees near a rail hub in Chattanooga, TN.

Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division reports Emerald Ash Borer found in Hamilton County

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been found in Hamilton County. The identification was made recently and has been confirmed by USDA.

The find in Hamilton County is of particular concern because it is not adjacent to the already quarantined areas in East Tennessee. At least a dozen trees adjacent to the rail lines in Chattanooga and an EAB trap located in a park near the rail hub tested positive for the insect.

Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Trapping Underway for Tree Pest across Tennessee

 

Purple Beetle Traps Going Up in Ash Trees

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Purple three-sided insect traps that resemble a box kite can be seen in ash trees across Tennessee in the next few months as part of a surveillance program by state and federal agencies.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) are partnering to survey for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a non-native, wood-boring beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States and Canada.

Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signs Food Tax Reduction Bill at Monroe County Grocery

 

Legislation last step in two-year effort to cut state portion of sales tax on groceries to 5 percent

The Seal of the State of TennesseeVonore, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today traveled to Monroe County to sign legislation to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on groceries from 5.25 percent to 5 percent.

Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing at Sloan’s Grocery in Vonore, Tennessee.

In 2012, the General Assembly passed and the governor signed the first step in reducing the state portion of the sales tax on groceries, lowering the rate from 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System receives $785,000 Tennessee Grant to Develop School Leaders

 

Tennessee Invests $4 Million in Race to the Top Funds

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education has pledged nearly $4 million in Race to the Top funds to pay for eight leadership development programs, which will impact future school leaders in more than 20 districts across the state.

The TN LEAD grants were awarded to organizations in partnership with one or more school systems, to either develop or replicate programs aimed at increasing leader effectiveness and improving student outcomes. The programs will target current and pre-service educators, in order to deepen the pipeline of effective leaders in Tennessee schools. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Highway Patrol prepares Motorists for heavy presence this Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Tennessee State Troopers Will Strictly Enforce No Refusal Law

The Tennessee Highway PatrolNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Colonel Tracy Trott are reminding citizens to expect a “No Refusal” and high-visibility, safe driving enforcement campaign during the 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday period. The “No Refusal” enforcement will begin at 6:00pm, Wednesday, November 21st and end at midnight, Sunday, November 25th.

The “No Refusal” law allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. The goal is to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.  The Thanksgiving Holiday marks the third “No Refusal” enforcement effort, following campaigns over the Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday periods.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Emerald Ash Borer found in Middle Tennessee for the First Time

 

TDA Foresters stress importance of Not Moving Firewood to help Slow Spread

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has recently been found in Smith and Jefferson counties. Smith is the first county in Middle Tennessee where EAB has been found. Both cases have been confirmed by USDA.

While Jefferson County is adjacent to previously quarantined areas where EAB has been confirmed, the find in Smith County was of particular concern because of the distance the insect was found from the already quarantined areas in East Tennessee. The location in Smith County where four EAB were caught is at Cordell Hull Lake in the Elmwood/Granville area.

Emerald Ash Borer.

Emerald Ash Borer.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Partially Africanized Bees Found in East Tennessee

 

Citizens should be vigilant but not alarmed

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureVonore, TN – Tennessee’s first case of partially Africanized bees was confirmed through genetic testing last week in a colony belonging to a beekeeper in Monroe County. The colony has been depopulated and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is working with beekeepers in the area to determine if other bees could have been affected.

State Apiarist, Mike Studer, says it is no surprise that partially Africanized bees have made their way to Tennessee considering they have already been found in other states such as Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida.

An Africanized honey bee (left) and a European honey bee on honeycomb. Despite color differences between these two bees, mostly they can’t be identified by eye. (Photo by Scott Bauer)

An Africanized honey bee (left) and a European honey bee on honeycomb. Despite color differences between these two bees, mostly they can’t be identified by eye. (Photo by Scott Bauer)

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Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security encourages Voters to obtain Photo IDs before March 6th Presidential Primary

 

Special Saturday Service will cease after March 3rd, County Clerk Partners to stop issuing Voter Photo ID on March 12th

Tennessee Department of SafetyNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is encouraging voters this week to obtain photo IDs for voting purposes at no cost before the Tennessee Presidential Primary elections on March 6th.

The department will open certain driver service centers across the state this Saturday for voter photo identification issuance only. March 3rd will be the last opportunity for registered voters to take advantage of this special Saturday service.

Additionally, March 12th will be the final day the Department of Safety & Homeland Security’s county clerk partners will issue voter photo IDs at no cost. «Read the rest of this article»

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