TDEC To Offer Brownfields Grant Workshops Across The State

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will host a series of statewide Brownfields grant-writing workshops in September and October.  The workshops are designed to assist local governments and communities in understanding the grant application process for a variety of Brownfields funding opportunities offered by EPA.  

Brownfields sites are real property and can include the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of areas where a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant may be present due to previous industry or commercial use. 

Free and open to the public, the workshops’ secondary goal is to encourage community stakeholders to work together in a timely manner to assess, safely clean up and reuse Brownfields sites in a sustainable manner. 

TDEC’s Division of Remediation will host four workshops in the coming months at the following locations (please note that local times apply): 

Jackson: Sept. 24 – 1 to 4 p.m.

Southwest Tennessee Development District Office

102 East College Street

Jackson, TN 38301

Memphis:  Sept. 25 – 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Memphis BioWorks Foundation

20 North Dudley Street

Memphis, TN 38103

Knoxville: Oct. 1 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Knoxville Chamber of Commerce

Markethouse Room

17 Market Square

Knoxville, TN 37902

Nashville: Oct. 2 - 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Nashville Public Main Library, Conference Room 2

615 Church Street

Nashville, TN 37219

EPA's Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup and Revolving Loan Fund program provides the financial and technical assistance for Brownfields revitalization, including grants for environmental assessments, cleanups and job training.  Ranging from $200,000 to $1 million, these re-development grants will help assess and cleanup properties throughout the country. 

For more information about the upcoming application workshops or to register, contact Paula Larson by Sept. 20 at Paula.Larson@tn.gov  or 615 532-0926.  Please provide your name, contact information and the workshop location you’d like to attend.  General information about Brownfields programs can be found at www.tn.gov/environment/dor/toolbox. More information about EPA’s Brownfields grant opportunities can be found at www.epa.gov/brownfields.


Workdays Scheduled For Dalton State's Trail System

There will be a workday on the fourth leg of Dalton State’s trail system on April 11 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Volunteers should meet in the parking lot of the Brown Center. Tools will be provided, but volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring water. They are open to the public daily. Also, there is another workday scheduled for March 20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, ... (click for more)

Largest City In Northern California To Adopt Bird-Friendly Building Guidelines

San José, the capital of Silicon Valley, has become the fourth and largest California city to enact bird-friendly building guidelines. Previously, ordinances were adopted by San Francisco in 2011 and Oakland in 2013, while guidelines were adopted by Sunnyvale in 2014. The implementation of Bird-Safe Building Design Standards in San  José  concludes several months of ... (click for more)

Joe H. Dempsey, 64, Dies On Friday In Crash Attributed To Icy Roads

A 64-year-old man died in a Hixson Pike traffic crash on Friday morning in a wreck that was attributed to icy roads. The collision involving two vehicles was reported this morning at approximately  7:22 a.m.  in the 9100 block of Hixson Pike.   Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office traffic investigator Todd Cook said a Mazda driven by Joe H. Dempsey was traveling ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says Ex-Boyfriend Threatened Her With Sexual Photos, Videos

Magistrate Sharetta Smith told police that a former boyfriend had sent her a threatening text message with a sexual picture from the time they were dating attached. She said Darian Paris told her in the text that he had more pictures and videos. Paris, 38, of Ooltewah, was arrested on a charge of harassment. Ms. Smith also filed for an order of protection against him in ... (click for more)

School Vouchers Are Unfair

A school voucher is a publicly funded credit or certificate whereby a student may be enrolled in a private school and apply the credit to tuition.   So, why should Tennessee taxpayers care? 1.      Vouchers use your money to help pay for a student to go to a private school that answers to private administrators and not you the taxpayer. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: America’s Newest Darling

Minutes after I read a letter on Rebekah Gregory’s Facebook page yesterday, I was mere seconds from summoning the marching band, our prancing elephants, and the flag-bearers so we could rightfully induct this dazzling survivor of the Boston Marathon blast into my personal Hall of Fame. I do that, you know, when I see everyday people display courage, kindness, guts, brilliance, ... (click for more)