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TDOT launches plan to repair potholes caused by winter weather

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is warning motorists heading out on state highways and interstates that last week’s winter storm has created an abundance of potholes in west and middle Tennessee. TDOT said Wednesday it is “launching a massive effort using all available manpower to repair the damaged areas as quickly as possible.” According to…

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Lee denounces Biden executive order, says transgender athletes ‘will destroy women’s sports’

Vivian Jones The Center Square Responding to a bill in the Tennessee Legislature that would ban transgender individuals from participating in girls’ middle school and high school athletics, Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday that trans participation would “destroy women’s sports.” Speaking to reporters at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Lee stopped short of voicing support…

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TDEC seeks public input on 10-year Parks and Recreation plan

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is seeking public input on a state plan that will outline recreation, parks, and conservation priorities for the next 10 years. “Planning is an integral part of what we do, and we want to hear from Tennesseans about their thoughts for parks and conservation long term,” TDEC Commissioner…

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Proposed legislation would provide financial benefit for Tennessee health care workers

Vivian Jones The Center Square Tennessee lawmakers are considering ways to provide financial incentives for nurses and health care staff to stay in the profession after medical staffing shortages highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Katrina Robinson, D-Memphis, has filed a bill that would provide one-time payments of $1,500 to nurses, paramedics and EMTs who…

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Sign up to be notified when Tennessee rent assistance program opens

Tennesseans will have an opportunity to apply for rent relief. State housing officials say Tennessee is being allocated some $458 million in federal COVID-19 funds to help qualifying tenants pay bills. Tasked with administering a majority of those funds, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency reports it is creating a web portal and call center for…

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Updates to Tennessee’s interactive COVID-19 map, plus county-specific pages simplify use

The Tennessee Department of Health has added new features to the COVID19.tn.gov website to make it easier for users to find county-specific information and request an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID19.tn.gov website provides a tool for residents to find their phase in Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Updates to this tool make it easier for…

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HMC receives limited vaccine supply for some older people, teachers

Hardin Medical Center CEO Nick Lewis confirmed a rumor that HMC did receive a limited number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine around noon Wednesday. Lewis said the Hardin County Health Department and HMC are working together to provide vaccine within the current phases of vaccination in the Tennessee Department of Health Vaccination Plan. He stressed,…

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