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Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park Reopens for 5 Days

 

Tennessee Department of TourismNashville, TN – Tennessee travelers, we’re happy to announce the gates of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopen Wednesday, October 16th to visitors. All attractions, campgrounds, visitor centers and facilities will be open.

Fall is a peak season for the Smokies along with our gateway towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Townsend. Let us help you plan your trip today. Visit our  Fall Foliage Report to see how the splendor of fall color is changing from Memphis to Bristol.

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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 Highway Patrol announces Fourth of July “No Refusal” results

 

Six Traffic Fatalities in No Refusal Counties; 16 Fatalities overall during Fourth of July Period

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 61 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving in the 16-county “No Refusal” enforcement effort during the Fourth of July holiday period.

During the 102-hour period, six people were killed in traffic crashes in the counties participating in “No Refusal” and a total of 16 people died in vehicular crashes statewide.

The holiday period ran from 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 3rd through 11:59pm on Sunday, July 7th. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee Highway Patrol announce Fourth of July Safety Campaign

 

“No Refusal” Enforcement in 16 Counties

Tennessee Highway PatrolNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol announced plans for an impaired driving enforcement campaign for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend. This traffic safety effort will feature an aggressive “No Refusal” enforcement, beginning at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 3rd and ending at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 7th.

Twenty-one people died in 17 crashes on Tennessee roadways during the 2012 Fourth of July holiday period. That’s a fatality rate of one death every six hours.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol doing a checkpoint in Montgomery County. (Photo by CPD-Jim Knoll)

The Tennessee Highway Patrol doing a checkpoint in Montgomery County. (Photo by CPD-Jim Knoll)

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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 and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2013-2016

 

Program Supports Economic Development Opportunities & Long Term Transportation Needs

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer released the three-year transportation program, featuring approximately $1.5 billion in infrastructure investments for 80 individual project phases in 47 counties, as well as 15 statewide programs.

Tennessee is one of only five states that do not borrow money to fund transportation projects, and the program continues TDOT’s “pay as you go” philosophy, carrying no debt for any transportation initiatives. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee can use $356 million rainy day fund to weather federal budget sequester cuts

 

Tennessee Democratic PartyNashville, TN – With looming sequester cuts threatening everything from Head Start programs to our military personnel, leaders in Tennessee urged Governor Bill Haslam to use the proposed increase to the state’s rainy day fund to weather the storm.

Tennessee has $356 million in its rainy day fund, with another $100 million to be added in this year’s budget. Using that $100 million to fund vital services instead would save Tennesseans from the pain of Washington’s inaction. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Highway Patrol prepares for New Year’s Eve “No Refusal” Enforcement

 

Tennessee State Troopers will strictly enforce “No Refusal” Law in 16 Counties

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, TN – Five people lost their lives in vehicular crashes on Tennessee roadways during last year’s New Year’s Eve holiday period. Sixty percent of those fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes.

That’s why the Tennessee Highway Patrol will join with local law enforcement agencies to conduct another “No Refusal” DUI enforcement campaign during the 2012-13 New Year’s Eve holiday, beginning at 6:00pm, Friday, December 28th and concluding at midnight on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. «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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