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State of Tennessee

  • Help plant 250,000 trees in Tennessee

    Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on Feb. 24 during which 250,000 trees will be planted by 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.

    Tennessee’s growing population equates to more consumption and deforestation.

    The Council’s Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant 1 million native trees across the state to help repopulate trees.

  • THP grant to boost BELTS

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has received $100,000 in traffic safety grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The THP will use the money to provide increased enforcement and public awareness campaigns in an effort to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes on state roadways in 2018.

    The THP continues to target seat belt usage across the state. The BELTS program will provide funding to allow state troopers to enhance the current seat belt usage rate of 88.5 percent.

  • State helping Irma victims seeking housing in Tenn.

    The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is waiving all family income and one- year lease restrictions on vacant apartment units in its Low Income Housing Tax Credit program for victims of Hurricane Irma who temporarily relocate to Tennessee.

  • Louckes honoree at annual Gala

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will have its 15th Gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse on May 5.

    Gala Committee Chairwoman Mary Pippin said the social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building in the center of Kingston, followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Courtroom.

    A silent auction will offer such items as stays at regional hotels, tickets to area attractions, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, collectibles and art works.

    This year’s honored Gala guest is Barbara Louckes.

  • Calfee, Yager invited to monthly Breakfast With the Legislators

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee have been invited to participate in the next Breakfast With the Legislators hosted by the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

    The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in the Social Room of the Oak Ridge Civic Center at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    A free continental breakfast will be served.

  • THDA helps generate more mortgage loans in East Tenn.

    Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s proactive efforts resulted in a 42 percent increase in mortgage loan production in East Tennessee for $82 million between 2013 and 2016, the agency said.

    “Early in my tenure, Sen. Ken Yager encouraged THDA to put a special emphasis on the state’s rural communities and small towns, and more in East Tennessee in general,” said Ralph M. Perrey, THDA’s executive director.

    At the time of the conversation, East Tennessee represented only 22 percent of THDA’s business.

  • Go Behind the Scenes at Kern’s

    Knox Heritage members will be treated to an April 7 “behind the scenes” tour of renovations to the Kern’s Bakery building at 2110 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville.

    The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available on site.

    The Art Deco building, dating back to 1931 has enjoyed a long history of prominence in South Knoxville.

  • Obed proposes campground fee hike

    Obed Wild and Scenic River is proposing to increase the nightly rate at Rock Creek Campground on Oct. 1.

    Rock Creek Campground is 6 miles from Wartburg, next to the Emory River. Renovated last year, it has 11 non-hookup sites.

    Each site has a picnic table, food storage locker, fire ring with grill, lantern hook and paved parking. A vault toilet is also centrally located in the campground. The rate per night for camping is $7, and there has been no increase in price since 1995.

  • Order Supreme Court records online

    The Tennessee State Library & Archives recently launched a new online ordering system for Supreme Court cases.

    The new system will allow researchers to request cases dating back to the early 1800s in hard copy or digital scans.

    Archivists have recorded the contents for more than 50,000 cases. They will continue this project indefinitely, with more than 10,000 boxes of material in storage.

  • State Bar seeking bill to affect divorce notification

    The Tennessee Bar Association plans to pursue legislation requiring respondents to be served notice of the filing of a petition for divorce or separation before the court action is made public.

    “Our Family Law Section has been in discussions about how to address what they see is a growing problem,” said Tennessee Bar Association President Jonathan Steen.

    “Respondents find out that their spouse has filed for divorce before safety plans can be put in place or before restraining orders can be served,” he added.