State of Tennessee Newsroom http://www.tennessee.gov/news en Wilson Co. Woman Must Repay TennCare http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53883 53883 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Wilson County woman must repay the state for healthcare benefits, after court hearings involving charges of TennCare fraud. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced a plea agreement involving Angela Douglas, 45, of Mt. Juliet. She was charged in June of 2014 in Trousdale County with TennCare fraud and theft of services. Authorities say she obtained TennCare benefits for her grandfather by failing to disclose to the state specific resource information and a recent property transfer, all in order to have the grandfather enrolled in TennCare. Douglas received a four year judicial diversion, and was ordered to repay TennCare restitution in the amount of $25,000. “TennCare serves people who are eligible for the program – mostly those who are poor, disabled or very ill – and we intend to pursue anyone who misrepresents themselves in order to access benefits through TennCare,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson prosecuted this case. The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,912 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.   Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.” TennCare Fraud TennCare Fraud Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:17:00 +0000 Haslam Announces Lowest Unemployment Rate in History http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53881 53881 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news September Statewide Unemployment Rate Falls for Fourth Consecutive Month to 3.0 Percent NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced the state unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in September, marking the lowest it has been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the information in January of 1976. Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent, which was bested by the July rate of 3.4 percent, and then fell even lower in August to 3.3 percent. “Since June, the state’s unemployment rate has been on a steady, record-breaking decline. Behind these history making figures are real working Tennesseans – people who get up and go to work each day to provide for their families,” Haslam said. “As a state, we have invested in our workforce through education programs like Tennessee Reconnect and Tennessee Promise, creating a workforce prepared to fill jobs and increasing the number of high-skilled Tennesseans.” While Tennessee’s latest unemployment rate dropped by 0.3 percentage points, the rate for the United States dropped by 0.2 percentage points to 4.2 percent. The national rate is down 0.7 percentage points from September 2016 while Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted rate for September 2017 is down 1.9 percentage points from the previous year. “The fact the unemployment rate is down nearly 2 percentage points from a year ago is great news,” Phillips said. “But if you look back to January of 2010, when the rate was above 10 percent, you can clearly see the progress Tennessee has made since then.” Total nonfarm employment increased by 800 from August to September, with the largest increases in the trade/transportation/utilities sectors. Between September 2016 and September 2017, nonfarm employment increased by more than 44,000 jobs. More information on the unemployment rate, labor force and resources to help Tennesseans find jobs is available on Jobs4TN.gov. The county unemployment rates for September 2017 will be published on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. CT Governor Haslam Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:20:00 +0000 Mississippi Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53882 53882 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Mississippi woman is charged with TennCare fraud and theft of property after authorities say she received healthcare insurance through the state even though she was not eligible. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the U.S. Marshall’s Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Amanda Carroll, 39, of Horn Lake, Mississippi. She is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud and one count of theft of property over $10,000. A Shelby County Grand Jury charges she intentionally misrepresented that her family lived in Tennessee when their residence was actually in Mississippi. “Every state Medicaid program is different and is financed in part by the residents of each state, with the intention of providing for citizens of the state who truly are in need and eligible,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “But lying about your residency to gain access to free healthcare benefits in another state is a crime we are here to pursue.” District Attorney General Amy Weirich is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is now a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison per charge. Theft of property over $10,000 is a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison. The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,912 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.   Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.” TennCare Fraud TennCare Fraud Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:44:00 +0000 Talk with Your Health Care Provider about Breast Cancer Screening, Risk Factors http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53878 53878 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month NASHVILLE – Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women in the United States. With nearly 4,700 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Tennessee every year, the Tennessee Department of Health encourages residents to talk with a health care provider on when to schedule their annual mammograms. Mammography screening should begin no later than age 50.  One in eight women with average risk factors will develop breast cancer. The risk of cancer increases with age. With early detection through screening mammography at recommended intervals, treatment is more effective and the chances of survival are greatest. “Early detection and regular screenings are critical to fighting breast cancer, the most common cancer diagnosis in women,” said TDH Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness Morgan McDonald, MD. “It’s important for women to discuss their wishes, risk factors and expectations with their individual health care providers, especially if a family member has had a breast cancer diagnosis, to decide the screening timing and interval that’s right for them.” Breast cancer can have no symptoms or symptoms may include: A change in the size or shape of the breast Pain in any area of the breast Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood) New lump in the breast or underarm According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed every year and 40,000 die from breast cancer. While much less common, men account for less than one percent of cases. Risk factors include: Family history of breast cancer Being overweight, especially after menopause 50 years of age or older Previous personal history of cancer (especially breast or ovarian) Using hormone replacement therapy for an extended period of time In addition to recommended screenings, women can also take action to reduce their risk of breast cancer in the following ways: Make a habit of regular exercise Maintain a healthy diet rich in vegetables Don’t smoke Don’t consume excessive alcohol Breastfeed The Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program provides screening and diagnostic testing to qualified uninsured and underinsured Tennesseans. TBCSP provides services including mammograms for nearly 8,000 women across the state every year. For more information, go to www.tn.gov/health/topic/MCH-cancer. The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.  Health Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:51:00 +0000 Tennessee Releases Complete 2017 District and School TNReady Results http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53877 53877 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news NASHVILLE — Education Commissioner Candice McQueen released all of the 2017 district- and school-level TNReady results today (link), highlighting that high school students showed across-the-board growth in all subject areas. All TNReady results have been finalized for the 0.1% of assessments where the performance level changed due to scoring issues. These scores are the first complete set of results for TNReady, which is a more rigorous assessment that is aligned to Tennessee's academic standards, and follow the release of state-level results earlier this year for both grades 3-8 and high school. Because it was the first year of TNReady for elementary and middle school students, their results set a new baseline for future growth, and achievement scores cannot be compared to past TCAP assessments. This was the second year high school students completed TNReady. Overall, these results provide families and educators with better information about what students know and are able to do, so they can support students' readiness for their next step in their education journey – which is the goal of state assessments. "We continue to be incredibly proud of the work our educators and students are doing each day, and TNReady provides us with one key feedback loop that we all can use to provide every student in Tennessee with a high-quality education," McQueen said. "These results show us both where we can learn from schools that are excelling and where we have specific schools or student groups that need better support to help them achieve success – so they graduate from high school with the ability to choose their path in life. We are also particularly proud given what today's results represent: providing families and educators with better information about students' performance so they can help them improve." Today's results are a key milestone in Tennessee education. In 2007, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave Tennessee an "F" for Truth in Advertising about students' true reading and math abilities. At the time, there was a large disparity between what TCAP results showed – which was that about 90% of students were proficient – and what more rigorous benchmarks like the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) said, which was that only about 20-30% of Tennessee students were proficient. Nationally, Tennessee generally ranked among the bottom third of states in education achievement. In response, Tennessee leaders and schools began improving academic standards, aligning state assessments to accurately reflect student achievement and growth, and strengthening accountability. Now, for the first time, our state test shows similar performance as exams like ACT and NAEP. Tennessee has improved its ranking on the Nation's Report Card, including moving into the top 25 states in three areas. Additionally, Tennessee has improved from a 72.6% graduation rate in 2007 to 89.1% in 2017, among the top 10 states for graduation rate in the country. Additional Context on TNReady TNReady was developed in an effort to improve and better align state tests to Tennessee's academic standards, which outline what students are expected to know and be able to do in each grade or course. TNReady replaces the old TCAP test and has a particular focus on students' problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills. With TNReady, families receive redesigned score reports that can help them understand their child's strengths and areas of improvement from a big-picture perspective, and educators receive reports that break down how well their students grasped each standard so they can improve their practice. TNReady has four performance levels. For end-of-course exams, scores fall into the categories of mastered, on track, approaching, and below. For grades 3-8, the performance levels are mastered grade level, on grade level, approaching grade level, and below grade level. In each case, students who score in the top two categories are considered to be meeting or exceeding expectations. Students take TNReady in four subjects: math, English language arts, science, and social studies. For grades 3-8, the 2017 social studies exam was a field test and therefore did not generate reportable results. Complete state-, district-, and school-level results, including the new district- and school-level results released today, are available on TNReady.gov. State-level results from EOCs and grades 3-8 are also detailed in press releases from earlier this year. Additionally, today Commissioner McQueen will share the story of Tennessee's education journey over the past decade with the State Board of Education at their quarterly meeting in Knoxville. You can view a livestream of that presentation here at 1:45 p.m. ET/12:45 p.m. CT. For media inquiries, contact Sara Gast, director of communications, at Sara.Gast@tn.gov or (615) 532-6260. Education Media Advisories Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:46:00 +0000 Section of I-24 in Downtown Nashville Closed This Weekend http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53876 53876 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will temporarily close a portion of I-24 on the downtown interstate loop for a bridge replacement and rehabilitation project this weekend. The closure is scheduled as follows:   Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. through Monday, October 23 at 6 a.m.   The work will require a complete closure of I-24 from the I-40 split east of downtown Nashville to the I-65 split north of downtown Nashville. Traffic will be diverted onto I-65 and I-40. During the closures, drivers should expect congestion on the interstates around downtown Nashville, as well as local routes in the East Nashville area.   TDOT will use its overhead Dynamic Message Signs to direct motorists around the closure. Drivers are advised to be alert and follow the posted directions. Law enforcement officers will be on site in the work zone to provide traffic control as the work is being completed.   This is the second of at least four weekends that crews will need to shut down this portion of I-24. This weekend, crews will demo and replace the westbound half of the I-24 Spring Street Bridge, continue with paving and repair work on the Silliman Evans Bridge over the Cumberland River, and perform maintenance and paving work around the Shelby Street exit.    Work was cancelled for the weekend of October 6-9 due to anticipated rain from Hurricane Nate. The makeup weekend has been tentatively scheduled for November 17-20.   The work is part of a $28.5 million project to replace the I-24 Oldham Street and Spring Street bridges, as well as make other maintenance improvements along the corridor. Bell and Associates Construction is the prime contractor for the project.   The bridges will be replaced using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) methods, which speed up construction and repair of highways and bridges by allowing short-term, total road or bridge closures to allow crews the space to do their jobs and the ability to work around the clock. This dramatically reduces the time to complete a project and the long-term inconvenience to motorists.   Project information, including detour maps, are available online at www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/interstate-24-bridge-rehabilitation. Watch the project information video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfra1jM8sRg   In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost three workers in the line of duty. All three were struck by passing motorists. Those tragedies bring the total number of TDOT lives lost to 112. We don’t want to lose another member of our TDOT family. We’re asking you to WORK WITH US. Click on the WORK WITH US logo to learn more. Road Closures Transportation Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:44:00 +0000 Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closures, October 19-24, 2017 http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53875 53875 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on I-24 from SR 6 to the I-40 Westbound Ramps and Bridge Rehab on I-24 Over Spring Street and Oldham Street (M.M. 47 – 48) Nightly, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-24 and Spring Street for construction activities. Friday, October 20, 8PM-Monday, October 23, 6AM, There will be a road closure of I-24 from the I-24/I-40 split to the I-65/I-24 split  including the closure of Spring Street from 1st Street North to Ellington Parkway  and Oldham Street from North 1st St to east of the bridge, for the demolition and replacement of the I-24 Spring Street bridge. Detour signage will be in place.     DAVIDSON COUNTY, The Grading, Drainage, & Paving On I-40 Eastbound At The Interchange Of I-440 Thursday, October 19, 8PM-6AM, There will be a left lane closure on I-40 westbound and a double left lane closure on  I-40/I-440 eastbound for median barrier overhead sign structure footing. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 155 (Briley Pkwy) From The Bridge Over Two Rivers Pkwy (L.M. 10.08) To West Of The McGavock Pike Ramp (L.M. 12.18) Nightly, 8PM-5AM (excluding weekends), There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 155 (Briley Parkway) between McGavock and Two Rivers Parkway in both directions for milling and paving.  One lane will remain open.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 6 (U.S. 31E) from Gallatin Pike (L.M. 16.49) to SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd.) (L.M. 18.57) Nightly, 8PM-5:30AM (excluding weekends), There will be alternating lane closures in both directions on SR 6 (Gallatin Pike)  beginning at Briley Parkway and extending to SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard) for pavement markings, permanent sign installation, and guardrail. One lane will remain open. Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures in both directions on SR 6 (Gallatin Pike)  beginning at Briley Parkway and extending to SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard) for final pavement markings. One lane will remain open.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 65 (Whites Creek Pike) from W Trinity Lane to Green Lane to Lloyd Road Daily (excluding weekends) 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 65 (Whites Creek Pike) in both directions for pavement marking operations and signage operations. At least one lane will remain open at all times.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 65 over the Earthman Fork Creek near Old Hickory Boulevard/Fontanel Mansion (L.M. 6.02 – 6.08) From now through November 2017, There will be a lane closure on SR 65 for bridge work. The bridge traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.   DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 11 (Dickerson Pike) From South Of SR 155 (Briley Pkwy) To SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) (L.M. 17.40-19.40) Nightly, 8PM-5AM (excluding weekends), There will be alternating lane closures on SR 11 in both directions for milling operations. At least one lane will remain open at all times.   DAVIDSON/WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Resurfacing from The Williamson County Line to South of Armory Drive Nightly, 8PM-5AM (excluding weekends), There will be alternating lane closures on I-65 in both directions (including exit and entrance ramps) from the Williamson Co. line (M.M. 74) to South of Harding Place (M.M. 78) for pavement marking operations. At least one lane will remain open in each direction. The exit & entrance ramps will be temporarily closed for approximately 2 hours at a time on the Harding Place ramps & Old Hickory Boulevard ramps. Signage will be in place.   DICKSON/WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Construction On I-40 Eastbound Near (M.M. 180) For A Truck Climbing Lane Nightly, starting Monday, October 23, 8PM-6AM, There will be a temporary lane closures on I-40 eastbound from MM 179-183 in order to perform paving and striping operations.   MAURY COUNTY, The Grading, Drainage, Construction Of A Concrete Box Bridge & Paving On SR 6 At The Intersection Of North Point Road In Columbia (L.M. 25.63) Daily (excluding weekends), 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 6 in both directions for grading purposes.   MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 112 (Madison St.) From SR 374 (Richview Rd.) To University Avenue (L.M. 9.44-L.M. 13.66) Nightly, 6PM-6AM, There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 112 to perform milling and paving operations.   ROBERTSON COUNTY, Resurfacing/Asphalt Repair of I-65 from the Sumner County Line to South of The Bridge over Honey Run Creek Nightly (excluding weekends), 8PM-5AM, There will be a temporary lane closure on I-65 northbound and southbound to perform milling, paving, & full-depth repair operations from MM 103-120.   ROBERTSON COUNTY, Construction Of New Interchange On I-65 At SR 109 Sunday, October 22 through Thursday, October 26, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-65 northbound for removal of deck concrete & steel beams on Lake Springs Road Bridge. One lane will remain open in each direction. There will also be a rolling roadblocks utilized as material is being lifted over traffic.   ROBERTSON COUNTY, The Widening of SR 11 (Memorial Blvd) at SR 65 (L.M. 9.28-9.49) From now through October, There will be lane closures on SR 11 at the intersection of SR 65 (Tom Austin Hwy) for paving operations.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, The Resurfacing On I-840 From West Fork Stones River Bridge (L.M. 10.46) To East Fork Stones River Bridge (L.M. 15.60) Monday, October 23 through Wednesday, October 25, 8PM-5AM, There will be a left lane closure on I-840 eastbound from MM 55-61 to repair a damaged section of roadway.    RUTHERFORD COUNTY, The Resurfacing on SR 1 from Ken Pilkerton Drive (L.M. 6.42) to West of Florence Rd. (L.M. 9.82) Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13, 8PM-5AM,There will be alternating lane closures on SR 1 eastbound & westbound from Ken Pilkerton Drive to West of Florence Rd. for pavement marking operations. One lane will remain open in each direction.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Construction of Turning Lanes on SR 96 at the I-24 Westbound Exit Ramp (Exit 78-B) (L.M. 9.52 – L.M. 9.68) Daily, 9AM-3:30PM, There will be a lane and shoulder closure on SR 96 eastbound between I-24 and N. Thompson Lane as well as on the I-24 westbound exit ramp (78B) for grading operations in the median.   SMITH COUNTY, Rockfall Mitigation on SR 25 (L.M. 8.5) From now until further notice, There will be a road closure on SR 25 for rockfall mitigation. Detour routes are in place. Get more information here:  http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/52762   SUMNER COUNTY, Construction of Retaining Walls on ST 109 from Odom’s Bend to the SR 109 Bypass of South of Gallatin (L.M. 0.5 – 1.65) Daily, 9AM - 3PM, There will be temporary lane closures on SR 109 for blasting operations at Lorraine Drive. One lane will remain open.   SUMNER COUNTY, Resurfacing SR 41 (US 31W ) Beginning At SR 25 & Extending To South Of TGT Road (L.M. 14.41-22.18) Daily, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 41 for milling operations. One lane will remain open.   SUMNER COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 174 Beginning At SR 386 (L.M. 13.54) To East Of Walnut Crest Drive (L.M. 14.71) Daily, 9AM-3PM, There will be temporary lane closures on SR 174 for pavement marking operations. One lane will remain open.             SUMNER COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 109 Beginning At SR 6 & Extending To Old Douglas Lane (L.M. 3.72-7.30) Daily, 9AM - 3PM, There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 6 (US 31E) for pavement marking. One lane will remain open.   SUMNER COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 386 From The On-Ramp To Green Lea Blvd. (L.M. 12.07) To SR 174 (L.M. 12.66) Daily, 9AM - 3PM, There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 386 for pavement marking operations. One lane will remain open.   SUMNER COUNTY, Resurfacing SR 6 (US 31E) Beginning At JoAnn Street & Extending To Alexander Lane (L.M. 15.08-22.40) Daily, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 6 (U.S. 31E) for rumble strips & guardrail operations. One lane will remain open.   SUMNER COUNTY, Resurfacing SR 76 (Portland White House Rd.) Beginning At SR 25 & Extending To SR 109 (L.M. 3.91-10.34) Daily, 9AM - 3PM, There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 386 for milling and paving operations. One lane will remain open.   TROUSDALE COUNTY, Resurfacing SR 10 (US 231) Beginning At Wilson County Line & Extending To SR 25 (L.M. 0.00-6.24) Daily, 6AM-5PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 10 (US 231) for milling operations. One lane will remain open.   WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 106 (Lewisburg Pike) From SR 397 (Mack C Hatcher Memorial Parkway) (L.M. 12.48) To SR 96 (L.M. 14.86) Thursday, October 19 through Wednesday, October 25 (excluding weekend), 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure in both directions on SR 106 (Lewisburg Pike) for degrassing and milling. At least one lane will remain open. Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 106 for degrassing and milling. At least one lane will remain open.   WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Grading, Drainage, & Paving Work On SR 6 (Franklin Road) From South Of Moores Lane (L.M. 15.93) To Concord Road (L.M. 18.53) Daily, 9AM-3PM (Excluding Saturday) and Saturday, 6AM-10PM, There will be alternating temporary lane closures and/or intermittent stoppages (one direction at a time) on SR 6 in both directions for the installation of changeable message boards, staking/flagging of limits, asbestos abatement, & start of clearing/grubbing. At least one lane will remain open at all times.   WILSON COUNTY, Resurfacing On SR 171 Beginning At I-40 (L.M. 4.84) & Extending To Division Street (L.M. 6.92) Nightly, 8PM-5AM, There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 171 for pavement marking operations. One lane will remain open.   Maintenance & Utilities   DAVIDSON COUNTY Nightly (excluding weekends), 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 westbound for milling & paving work at MM 200. At least one lane will remain open at all times.   Daily (excluding weekends), 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder and lane closure on  SR 1 (Murfreesboro Pike) in both directions at Expressway Park, Smith Springs Road, Franklin Limestone Road, Nashboro Blvd, and Ransom Place for utility work. There will be a shoulder and lane closure in both directions on SR 1 (Lafayette St.) at Charles E. Davis Blvd. for utility work work.        Nightly, 8PM-5AM (excluding weekends), There will be a left lane closure on I-65 from MM 84-97 in both directions for drain cleaning work. At least one lane will remain open.   Nightly (excluding weekends), 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-440 in both directions to take concrete samples and survey underground storm drainage pipes. There will be one lane open at all times.   Daily, (excluding weekends), 9AM-3PM, There will be a right lane closure on SR 155 (Briley Pkwy) westbound at MM 16 for slope mowing work. All lanes will remain open.   RUTHERFORD COUNTY   Tuesday, October 24, 9AM-3PM, There will be a rolling/moving traffic control closure on SR 99 in both directions for materials sampling.   SUMNER COUNTY   Daily, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 174 at the intersection with Big Station Camp Road/Carrellton Drive for installation of signals. At least one lane will remain open in each direction.   WILSON COUNTY   Thursday, October 19, 8PM-3AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 westbound for milling & paving work  at MM 229. At least one lane will remain open at all times.     Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.  Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors.  Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather.    From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.    As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. Road Closures Transportation Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:32:00 +0000 Haslam Appoints Gass Special Judge for Circuit Court in 4th Judicial District http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53874 53874 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news Appointment fills temporary vacancy for Judge Richard R. Vance NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed James L. Gass of Dandridge as special judge for Circuit Court in the 4th Judicial District. Gass's appointment fills the temporary vacancy due to the recent illness of Circuit Court Judge Richard R. Vance. The 4th Judicial District serves Jefferson, Grainger, Cocke and Sevier counties. “I appreciate Jim Gass’s willingness to serve in this capacity, and this will help serve the citizens of the 4th Judicial District,” Haslam said. Gass, 58, is a 34-year career trial attorney with extensive experience in civil trials and serving in both prosecution and defense roles in criminal cases. He has been a partner at Ogle, Gass & Richardson in Sevierville since 1998 and has represented the City of Pigeon Forge in legal matters during that time. As city attorney for Pigeon Forge his work has included civil trial representation, contracts, employment law issues, and legal counsel to the city manager and board of city commissioners. He has also served as town attorney for Dandridge since 2007, attorney for the Town of Pittman Center from 1998-2016, assistant district attorney for the 4th Judicial District from 1988-1998, a private practice attorney in Dandridge from 1986-1988 and associate attorney in the Law Office of Ricky Wood in Parsons from 1983-1986. “I’m extremely honored and humbled by this opportunity given to me by the governor to serve the people of the Fourth Judicial District,” Gass said. “I have great admiration for Judge Vance and the many years of service he has given to this position and will do everything I can to honor his legacy.”  Gass received a law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1983. He also received a bachelor’s degree from Samford in 1980. Gass is a member and past president of the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club. He and his wife, Lauren, are members of the First United Methodist Church in Dandridge. They have two adult sons, Anderson and Link. Governor Haslam Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:41:00 +0000 Tenn. National Guard Soldiers to receive Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53873 53873 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Four Soldiers assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment, 117 Military Police Battalion based in Athens, Tenn., are scheduled to receive the Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor Saturday, October 21st at the National Guard Armory there. Spc. Charles Woods, of Chickamauga, Ga.; Spc. Nakita Huffman, of Lenoir City, Tenn.; Spc. Matthew Long, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Sgt. Chris Galyon, of Kingston, Tenn., will be presented the award by Maj. General Max Haston, the Adjutant General for the Tennessee National Guard. On November 4, 2016, while traveling to the Volunteer Training Site in Tullahoma, Tenn., the group of Soldiers witnessed a vehicle crash along I-24 and were the first to respond to the incident. The Soldiers directed other vehicles away from the crash site. They kept the injured occupants calm while waiting for emergency responders to arrive. They also assisted the emergency responders with removing the victims from the vehicle, placing them on stretchers and into the ambulance. WHO:                     4 Soldiers with HHD, 117th Military Police Battalion WHAT:                   Receiving the Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor WHEN:                   Saturday, October 21st at 3:30 PM EST WHERE:                  National Guard Armory at 413 Co Road 554, Athens, TN 37303   Above: The Tennessee National Guard Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor is awarded by the Adjutant General to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces associated with the Tennessee National Guard who distinguished themselves in an act of saving or attempting to save another person’s life. The award can be earned regardless if the individual was on duty with the Guard or not, or whether or not the individual was in personal danger. Performance should be clearly an unselfish reaction to an emergency.   If you are interested in attending the presentation, please contact the Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office at 615-313-0838. Military Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:38:00 +0000 TDCI Shares Consumer Tips for Cyber Security Awareness Month http://www.tennessee.gov/news/53869 53869 at http://www.tennessee.gov/news NASHVILLE – In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds Tennesseans to always keep security and safety in mind when enjoying the benefits of the internet. National Cyber Security Awareness Month, observed every October, was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. While cutting-edge technology can make our daily home, work, and leisure activities easier, TDCI urges Tennesseans to take security precautions and think about how your information is shared in order to connect to the internet with more peace of mind. The TDCI Division of Consumer Affairs shares the following consumer tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance: Lock down your login. Use strong authentication — more than a username and password to access accounts — to protect your most valuable accounts including email, social media and financial. For more information, including links to sites that offer multi-factor or stronger authentication, visit https://www.lockdownyourlogin.org/ Make better passwords. If passwords are the only option, change and make them better. Length and ability to remember passwords are the two most important factors. A phrase of multiple words you can remember makes a good password. Important accounts should have unique passwords not used to access any other accounts. Avoid phishing attempts. Attempts by cybercriminals to lure you into giving away personal information to gain access to accounts or to infect your machine are called “phishing.” Phishing attempts can often get through spam filters and security software that you may already have in place, so stay vigilant and trust your instincts. Keep an eye out for things like unexpected urgency or a wrong salutation. Think twice about clicking a link or opening a document that seems suspicious. Double-check that every URL where you enter your password looks legitimate. And if anything raises doubt, delete or report the communication.                                                                                     Keep all machines clean. Immediately update all software on every internet-connected device. All critical software – including PCs and mobile operating systems, security software and other frequently used software and apps – should be running the most current versions. Delete all unused apps. Monitor activity on your financial and credit cards accounts. If appropriate, implement a fraud alert or credit freeze with one of the three credit bureaus (this is free and may be included if credit monitoring is provided post breach). For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission website: identitytheft.gov. When in doubt, throw it out. Scammers and others have been known to use data breaches and other incidents to send out emails and posts related to the incident to lure people into providing their information. Delete any suspicious emails or posts and get information only from legitimate sources. Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others. For more consumer resources, contact the TDCI Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-342-8385 or visit www.tn.gov/consumer.   ### Consumer Affairs Commerce & Insurance Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:01:00 +0000