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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Wine Club Memberships are Golden This Year

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Gold is always a good idea for the holidays. It was one of the original Christmas gifts, after all. This year the gift of a wine club membership from a Tennessee winery is particularly golden—as in gold medal award winning.

Knoxville recently hosted the southeast regional Wines of the South competition. In a blind competition among 274 wines from 42 wineries, Tennessee wines won 3 out of  8 “Best of” awards:  Best Rose’, Best Red, and Best Muscadine.

Visit a Tennessee Winery today.

Visit a Tennessee Winery today.

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Tennessee Introduces New Mobile App for Farms, Farmers Markets

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – A “Pick Tennessee” mobile app is now available which can find and then map the way to locally grown farm products, farms and farmers markets. The free app, downloadable from both iTunes for Apple products and from Google Play for Android devices, is the latest advancement of Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Pick Tennessee Products promotion.

“I’m proud to introduce this new face of an old friend,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “Pick Tennessee Products has thrived for 28 years not only by providing real and valuable services, but also by having the flexibility to adapt to change—changing cultures, consumer demands, and technology. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Living Local, Giving Local for the Holidays is a Piece of Cake—or Bacon, or Cheese

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – First there was “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, when the holiday shopping season officially begins and retail store ledgers typically go from red ink to black. More recently, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Small Business Saturday” to remind shoppers to include local businesses in their search for perfect presents.

This year, Small Business Saturday is November 30th. For those who like to live local, this is a great time to remember that it’s also possible to give local by choosing farm direct and locally made gifts.

Small Business Saturday is November 30th.

Small Business Saturday is November 30th.

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Tennessee Wines Win Awards Coast to Coast; Clarksville’s Beachaven Winery Wins Gold

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee wineries have been racking up awards on both sides of the U.S. all summer, but now is prime time to visit them on their home turf, when the wine making process is underway at local wineries.

Depending on the grape variety, weather and vineyard location, the season’s harvest begins about August and wraps up in October. That’s when wineries start making the year’s wines, and when visitors to local wineries can get a close up look at the process. Most local wineries offer educational tours of their facilities. «Read the rest of this article»

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New Tennessee laws are in effect

 

Despite tight revenues, state finishes fiscal year on schedule, lawmakers save jobs, education programs. (See complete text below of newly published Public Chapters of the Tennessee Code Annotated.)

tn-legislatureNASHVILLE – While several other states struggle to close out the fiscal year ending Wednesday, Tennessee has already published new laws passed during its recently completed legislative session.

“We didn’t have a $24 billion shortfall in revenue like the legislators in California are struggling with, but it was still a tight budget year in Tennessee,” Senator Lowe Finney of Jackson, incoming chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, said.

Still, we were able to protect our better schools program – pre-K in particular – and we can move ahead with projects that will put Tennesseans back to work.

That’s good for our families, our hometown economies and our state revenue. As more jobs begin to open up – thanks to projects like the West Tennessee industrial megasite – we can build a stable tomorrow for Tennesseans.

Among the laws now in effect:

  • Increased energy efficiency is now required in state buildings and vehicles.
  • Sex offenders are prohibited from being within 1,000 feet of certain places where children are likely to gather.
  • Tennessee driver’s licenses now print birthdates larger to make them easier for retailers to read.
  • Vending machines installed on state property after July 1 must use energy efficient lighting, and the new lighting must be installed on any that are repaired.

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