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State of Tennessee

  • 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.

  • Lane closures on hold for the Fourth

    Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the Fourth of July holiday.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation has suspended all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes through 6 a.m. July 5 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

    “Over 831,000 motorists are expected to travel Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said.

  • Kids’ Lunch and Learn each Friday at Obed, Frozen Head

    Obed Wild and Scenic River is partnering with Morgan County School Food Services and Frozen Head State Park to offer a “Lunch and Learn” program series at 10:30 a.m. each Friday from June 8-July 20.

    All participants younger than 18 will receive a free snack, lunch and drink after the one-hour program.

    The free ranger-led nature-based interpretive programs will be at:

    June 8, June 15 and July 13 — Frozen Head State Park, Visitor Center

    June 22 and 29 – Obed Wild and Scenic River, Lilly Bluff Overlook Parking Area

  • Original copies of Tenn. Constitution to be on display for Statehood Day

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives will put all three of the state’s original constitutions on display to the public in commemoration of Statehood Day.

    The constitutions are typically protected in a vault, but all three versions will be in the Library and Archives’ lobby for public viewing June 1-2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT.

    The Library and Archives is at 403 Seventh Ave. N., directly west of the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

    Free parking is available around the Library and Archives building.

  • Haslam signs changes to TANF into law

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is applauding the recent passage of key changes to the state’s Families First program.

    These changes help ensure families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits administered through Families First have the assistance they need to meet today’s economic realities.

    The legislation approved by the Tennessee General Assembly this year and signed by Gov. Bill Haslam makes several key changes to Families First, including:

  • TBI reports crime growth in 2017

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2017 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, revealing a slight overall increase in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year.

    The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

    The TBI’s sophisticated crime reporting system, in place for more than 15 years, provides an updated and comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges facing communities across Tennessee.

  • Campaign raising money to provide needed legal assistance

    The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands recently launched its 2018 Campaign for Equal Justice with a kick-off luncheon on March 7 at the Nashville City Club.

    This year’s campaign has a fundraising goal of $826,000.

    The Campaign for Equal Justice has been held annually since 1987 to support the Legal Aid Society — Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm — in its mission of providing free legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.

  • Take a wildflower walk along the Cumberland Trail

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will conduct a ranger-led wildflower walk at 10 a.m. April 13.

    Ranger Rick Ryan will lead a moderate out-and-back hike of 5 miles total along the Cumberland Trail section to Alley Ford.

    Along the way, accompanied by the park’s botanist, hikers will discuss the wildflowers in bloom, plant communities, and forest ecology during this spectacular time of year to witness nature’s grand showing of flora.

  • AAA: Gas prices drop over the weekend

    Tennessee gas prices increased 2 cents last week, before declining a penny during the weekend, AAA reported.

    The state average of $2.32 is 11 cents less than a month ago, yet motorists are paying 25 cents per gallon more than this time last year.