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TDEC Launches Tennessee State Parks Recreation 'Finder' Portal
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced today the launch of its new Geographic Information System (GIS)-based site that provides up-to-date interactive maps and information about recreational opportunities at Tennessee State Parks and natural areas. Plans also are under way to incorporate GIS information about state historical and archaeological sites in the future.
The new application offers an easily navigable portal to access a map of TDEC-managed lands. This GIS-based internet mapping system has been integrated into TDEC’s existing infrastructure to provide a wealth of geospatial information, including core GIS tools, templates and applications. These new interactive maps and layers also are designed to help TDEC improve operations and communicate more effectively with the public, while saving both time and money.
“Created internally by TDEC employees, today’s launch is the result of a collaborative effort across many levels of the department,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Over the past several years, staff has transitioned existing data into an Oracle database – moving away from traditional data storage. Last year, we moved forward with plans to serve a public-facing GIS application within the department, giving staff the ability to manage the data and the actual site both effectively and cost-efficiently with no additional costs to the department.”
Links to the new interactive portal can be found on Tennessee State Parks’ website at www.tnstateparks.com/findapark or via the Tennessee Natural Areas’ website at www.tn.gov/environment/na/. Features of the new GIS application include:
• Customized Icons – Information about state parks and natural areas are just a click away, using individual icons. Basic information about a particular area includes an address, with more in-depth details such as hiking trails, accommodations and local amenities offered. The customized icons also provide a link to an individual park or natural area website.
• Search Function – The search function allows the public to easily access recreational areas across the state within 20 miles of a particular address and to receive directions to those particular sites. The search function also allows the user to search by the name of a particular park, natural area or site or by a specific activity – from fishing to kayaking to camping.
“With a successful collection of data, staff collaboration and very little infrastructure investment, we have been able to quickly move forward,” added Martineau. “In addition to adding state historical or archaeological sites, we are beginning to look at an expansion of the application for TDEC’s Bureau of Environment, to include permitted site data for various facilities across the state and other environmental interests, which will offer the public at large access to important information quicker and easier.”
With more than 2,900 employees working across the state, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is a diverse and dynamic department, serving the state by (1) safeguarding the health and safety of Tennessee citizens from environmental hazards; (2) protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee's land, air and water; and (3) managing Tennessee’s 54 state parks, 82 natural areas and a variety of historical or archaeological sites. For more information about the department, please visit www.tn.gov/environment.
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Last Update on September 17, 2014 07:17 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Breakups are rarely easy. And the split between CBS and Rihanna has the marks of a messy one. The network has cut "Run This Town" from its Thursday night NFL telecasts. But it's unclear whose decision it was. CBS says the decision was in part because of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and Rihanna's own beating by Chris Brown in 2009. Rihanna's bosses at Jay-Z's Roc Nation Company says it decided to yank the song. And Rihanna is unhappy. She feels CBS abandoned her-- and punished her for being the victim of domestic abuse at a time her past would have come up in the context of the Rice case. In her tweet, she used a profanity toward the network -- and after the tweet, the league spiked the song.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports CBS cut a song featuring Rihanna from its Thursday night NFL broadcasts.
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Here's a bit of Rihanna performing "Run This Town" along with Jay-Z. CBS has pulled the song from the opening of its Thursday night NFL telecasts.
OCTAVIA SPENCER-"RED BAND SOCIETY"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Octavia Spencer says after getting an Oscar, she was offered plenty of roles for TV shows. But she says she wanted to be in an ensemble -- but not a sitcom. That's what she has in her new show "Red Band Society," which makes its debut tonight. Spencer plays the head nurse in the show -- which is a dramedy following the progress of a group of long-term patients in a children's hospital. Spencer says after winning an Oscar, she doesn't feel the need to be the focal point of a series. As she put it: "I have the prize in the Cracker Jack box. I don't need to be the prize."
Octavia Spencer says the action in "Red Band Society" centers on the young actors in the cast.
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Octavia Spencer says she passed up offers to do leading roles on TV because she favors ensemble casts.
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Octavia Spencer says after winning an Oscar for "The Help," she doesn't feel the need to have to carry a project.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Talk about what might have been. Jerry Seinfeld says Joan Rivers had agreed to do an episode of his digital series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." But before she could do the piece, the comedian pulled out -- because she was going to have a medical procedure. It never happened. Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a throat procedure on August 28 -- and died a week later. In a post on his show's Facebook page, Seinfeld says he hoped the appearance would give Rivers a chance to show the public another side of her -- and to tell her how much he appreciated her work.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Jerry Seinfeld says he had good reasons for wanting Joan Rivers on his Internet show.
"DANCING WITH THE STARS"-LOLO FIRST TO GO
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dancing is a no-go for Lolo. Olympian and track star Lolo Jones is the first to be voted off Season 19 of "Dancing With the Stars." She had the lowest combined scores from the judges and viewers following her cha-cha Monday night. Jones says she was distracted by a text message just before performing. But she has no hard feelings. Jones says fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who was also in the bottom two, deserves to come back next week. The 72-year-old Johnson was tripped up by a feather boa during her performance.
Lolo Jones, contestant voted off
Lolo Jones says she has no hard feelings about second lowest vote-getter Betsey Johnson getting to come back next week. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Excerpt of "Dancing With the Stars" theme
Here's the "Dancing With the Stars" theme. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))
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