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State of Tennessee

  • Tennessee unveils its vacation guide for 2019

    The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development unveiled its official 2019 Tennessee Vacation Guide Tuesday.

    Designed to inspire travel, the magazine-style guide features 194 pages of Tennessee’s music, scenic beauty, creative spirit, culinary excellence and history and is distributed to nearly 500,000 visitors annually.

    The hand-illustrated cover depicts a quilt with the seven genres of music that call Tennessee home: blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, rockabilly, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.

  • TDEC magazine on 100-percent recycled paper

    The Tennessee Conservationist, a bi-monthly magazine published by The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), will now be published on 100-percent post-consumer recycled paper beginning with its first issue of 2019.

    “We are committed to walking the walk in conservation, and this is an obvious step toward that,” said Heather Lose, editor-in-chief of the publication.

  • Tennessee receives funds to help prevent violent deaths

    The Tennessee Department of Health Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner has received $1.4 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather critical data on homicide, suicide and other violent deaths.

    Tennessee is one of 10 states to receive new funding to use the National Violent Death Reporting System, which will provide NVDRS with state-level data on violent deaths from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

  • TVA manages waterways in anticipation of rainfall

    Yearly rainfall totals for the TVA region climbed to record levels in 2018.

    By Friday of last week rainfall totals above 65 inches made 2018 the wettest year since 1973 and the wettest since records were kept 129 years ago.

    “For the week before Christmas, rainfall averaged 2 inches in the eastern Valley and 1.4 inches in the western Valley,” said James Everett, senior manager for TVA’s River Forecast Center.

  • Wildlife photo contest now taking entries

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2019-20 photo contest for publication in Tennessee Wildlife’s annual calendar issue.

    All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos on fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife species native to Tennessee.

    The photos will be reviewed for publication in the annual calendar edition of Tennessee Wildlife, which is the summer issue.

    If a photo is selected for the calendar edition, the photographer will receive a cash stipend of $60.

  • TVA ready for earthquakes

    When a magnitude 4.4 earthquake rumbled across east Tennessee on Dec. 12, 2018, near Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and Watts Bar Dam, TVA safety and inspection teams leapt into action, only to find no impacts to any TVA generating facilities or dams.

    The seismic event prompted inspections at several TVA generating facilities and dams.

    Most of the inspections were completed within 24 hours, and no impacts to TVA generating facilities or dams were identified. Through it all, the TVA generating system continued to operate safely and on its normal schedule.

  • Topwater time for Tennessee bass fishing

    Chilly autumn mornings and vibrant foliage mark a magical season for sports enthusiasts across the Valley.

    And for a Tennessee River angler, a school of shallow-running shad can be as exhilarating as a throwing a Hail Mary pass into an end zone. In each case, there’s a potential for a big score.

    Yes, it’s topwater time on the Tennessee — the wonderful fish-slamming window where amateur and professional anglers can dance topwater lures across the surface to take advantage of bass feeding frenzies.

  • Medicaid expansion would help Tennesseans access insurance

    Residents of Tennessee’s small towns and rural areas have the most at stake in the debate over whether to expand Medicaid, according to a new report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and University of North Carolina’s NC Rural Health Project.

    States that expanded Medicaid saw more than three times as large a decline in the uninsured rates for low-income adults living in rural areas and small towns than non-expansion states experienced for the period between 2008-2009 and 2015-2016.

  • Refineries unaffected by tropical storm

    Concerns of a gas price hike from Tropical Storm Gordon have been abated, AAA reported Wednesday.

    Oil Price Information Service confirmed that Gulf Coast refinery operations were not impacted by the storm.

    “Refineries dodged a bullet, but are not out of the woods just yet,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.

    “This year’s hurricane season is far from over,” he said. “If a major storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico, refineries will go back on alert and pump prices will face renewed upward pressure.”

  • Tennessee State Parks Healthy program applauded

    Tennessee State Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy Person program has been designated as a 2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection by The Center for Jackson Hole in Jackson, Wyo.

    Through the use of the Healthy Parks Healthy Person app, participants can use their mobile device to create a profile and begin earning points and rewards for getting outside and active in any park in Tennes-see.