TDOS And Donate Life Tennessee Announce "Show Us Your Heart!" Month

Friday, February 08, 2013

The Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) will join with Donate Life Tennessee to designate the month of February Show Us Your Heart! month. Over the course of the month, select driver license service centers will be giving out chocolate hearts to customers who check “Yes” to join the state’s organ and tissue donor registry.

“We are pleased to join Donate Life Tennessee in the Show Us Your Heart! campaign,” Michael Hogan, Director of Driver Services and Homeland Security said. “As thousands of Tennesseans wait for a lifesaving transplant, we hope people will take notice and take action to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.”

Currently only 35% of Tennessee’s licensed drivers have said “yes” to organ and tissue donation, and documented their decision on the Tennessee Donor Registry. Donate Life America and each state is striving for a national average of 50% of licensed drivers to be listed on state organ and tissue registries.

“Our ongoing partnership with TDOS is a key in saving more lives through transplantation,” Lisa Clark, TDOS liaison with Donate Life Tennessee said.  “The driver license process is the easiest and best opportunity for residents to legally document their decision to be a donor on the Tennessee Donor Registry.”  

Over 117,000 people are currently on the national waiting list for a lifesaving transplant.  Out of that number, more than 2,500 live in Tennessee.  In an effort to educate the public and call attention to the great need for donors, Donate Life Tennessee representatives and volunteers will be located in various driver license service centers throughout the state during February providing information to customers.  

Tennesseans can register to be an organ donor by checking "yes" when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or state ID.  A red heart is placed on the driver license and ID, signifying them as an organ donor.  

For more information on organ and tissue donation visit www.DonateLifeTn.org or call toll free 877 552-5050.

Donate Life Tennessee is a non-profit, state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry, administered by the state’s two organ procurement organizations (OPO), responsible for facilitating the donation process in Tennessee:  Tennessee Donor Services and Mid-South Transplant Foundation.  The Donate Life Registry assures that all personal information is kept confidential and stored in a secure database, accessible only to authorized OPO personnel.


Street Closings Announced For The Weekend

Reggie White Boulevard from the entrance to the Skate Park to Riverfront Parkway, West 19th Street from Chestnut Street to Reggie White Boulevard, West Main Street between Broad Street and Carter Street, the inside lanes of Riverfront Parkway from Chestnut Street to Molly Lane, and the right lane of southbound Broad Street from Main Street to West 26th Street will be closed from ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Tea Party Endorses Joe Manuel For Chancellor

Joe Manuel won the straw poll of the Chattanooga Tea Party. More than a dozen candidates went to last week's forum to share their views and answer questions of those in attendance. Mr. Manuel, who is an active Republican, has served as president of the Pachyderm Club and has received the backing of seven former Hamilton County GOP chairs in his bid for Chancellor Part1 of Hamilton ... (click for more)

City Set To Move Ahead On Study For Light Rail System; But Some Council Members Skeptical

City officials are set to move ahead in applying for a grant to study setting up a light rail system in Chattanooga, though some City Council members are skeptical. Blythe Bailey, city transportation director, said it might cost $20 million to set up a system that would use the Missionary Ridge Tunnel to go from downtown to the Chattanooga Airport as well as the Enterprise South ... (click for more)

Funeral Arrangements Set For Renee Card Monroe, Killed Monday In ATV Accident

Funeral arrangements have been set for Renee Card Monroe, 60, who was killed, along with her two grandchildren, Reagan and Jaxson Cohen, in an ATV accident on Monday when their ATV toppled into a pond. A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Ms. Monroe was an active member of Eastwood Baptist Church where she helped lead a small Bible study group. Ms. Monroe was an entrepreneur ... (click for more)

UAW Is Dropping Appeal Because Of Opposition

Let's tell the truth here: the UAW attempted infiltration of the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tenn. a couple of years back and lost. They appealed to the NLRB three times and each time the vote went against the UAW more and more.   When you consider the local political opposition, citizenry and worker opposition, sentiment toward the UAW is even more staggering in Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Clemson Prayer And Much More

Clemson’s football program, which has won 11 games in each of the past two years and was ranked 8 th in the nation after whipping Ohio State in this year’s Orange Bowl, has just been “blind-sided.” The Freedom from Religion Foundation claims Coach Dabo Sweeney and his staff are doing far too much “to promote Christianity to their student athletes.” Clemson promptly roared back ... (click for more)