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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 July 29, 2014 07:06 GMT
"THE BACHELORETTE" FINALE-ANDI CHOOSES JOSH
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Yes, Andi is engaged. And no, she's not pregnant. Josh was the last man standing on "The Bachelorette" last night, as the season concluded. Andi shot down Nick before the final Rose Ceremony. As Josh and Andi hugged and kissed, he got down on one knee and popped the question. Andi said, "Yes." Later, during the live "After the Final Rose" reunion show, Andi denied rumors that she's pregnant. But Josh got a big laugh when he said he was trying. They say they're thinking about a spring wedding.
<<CUT ..001 (07/29/14)>> 00:12 "is not right"
Andi Dorfman breaks it off with Nick before the final Rose Ceremony. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..002 (07/29/14)>> 00:16 "out of me"
Andi tells Josh he's the one. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..003 (07/29/14)>> 00:15 "marry me? yes (music fades)"
Josh Murray gets down on one knee and pops the question. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"THE BACHELORETTE" FINALE-ANDI SHOOTS DOWN NICK
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There were plenty of tears as "The Bachelorette" concluded last night. And it was Nick who was doing most of the sobbing. He was shot down by Andi before the final Rose Ceremony. Nick seemed stunned after professing his love for Andi. But she told him the "feeling was not right." Later, during the live "After the Final Rose" reunion show, Nick wanted to know why Andi made love to him if she wasn't in love. Andi said it "below the belt" for him to reveal their intimate moments. But Andi says the things she said and did with Nick were real.
<<CUT ..004 (07/29/14)>> 00:12 "springtime is perfect"
Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray
Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray say now that the series is over, they can take their relationship public. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..005 (07/29/14)>> 00:06 "right, I'm trying (laughs)"
Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray
Andi Dorfman denies rumors that she's pregnant. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..006 (07/29/14)>> 00:11 "love to me"
Nick Viall, finalist
Nick Viall says he's still hurt after being shot down by Andi Dorfman. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..007 (07/29/14)>> 00:15 "things were real"
Andi Dorfman tells Nick he shouldn't be talking about their intimate moments. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sharks rain down on New York this time, while Los Angeles is spared in "Sharknado 2: The Second One." Ian Ziering (EYE'-uhn ZEER'-ing) jokes that it's because "Los Angeles didn't rebuild in time." He can't believe how much the first Sharknado became part of popular culture. He claims public officials have even been asked if their town is safe against a Sharknado. Ziering says the word has also become synonomous with an instant hit. He says that's now called "a Sharknado moment." Sharknado 2 airs tomorrow night on SyFy.
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Just when you thought it was safe to turn on SyFy, it's raining sharks again. This time in New York. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld has a preview of "Sharknado 2: The Second One."
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Ian Ziering (EYE'-uhn ZEER'-ing)
Ian Ziering says it wasn't the sharks he was afraid of, it was the cold.
<<CUT ..010 (07/29/14)>> 00:15 "a Sharknado moment (2nd reference)"
Ian Ziering (EYE'-uhn ZEER'-ing)
Ian Ziering says he can't believe how much "Sharknado" has become part of our culture. ((longer version of cut in wrap))
<<CUT ..011 (07/29/14)>> 00:17 "Sharknado to strike"
Ian Ziering (EYE'-uhn ZEER'-ing)
Ian Ziering jokes about why the sharks are attacking New York this time instead of Los Angeles. ((note length of cut))
THE SITUATION HAS TO LEARN TO CURB HIS TEMPER
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) -- The Situation has to learn to curb his temper. Or else. Michael Sorrentino has agreed to take anger management classes as part of a deal to resolve an assault charge. He was charged with assault after a fight with his brother at their family tanning salon. If Sorrentino finishes the counseling program, the charge against him could be downgraded.
THE "HERCULES" WORK OUT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dwayne Johnson says he worked out harder to play Hercules than any other role he's had. He says he worked out for a "grueling" six months before shooting and then another six months during filming. That put Rufus Sewell at a disadvantage. He says he thought he looked pretty good after "eating nothing but salmon, chicken and broccoli." Then he stood next to Johnson and he felt puny.
<<CUT ..012 (07/29/14)>> 00:14 "physically and mentally"
Dwayne Johnson says he worked out harder than ever to prepare for "Hercules."
<<CUT ..013 (07/29/14)>> 00:14 "which changes everything"
Rufus Sewell says no matter what he did to prepare, he'd never look as good as Dwayne Johnson.
<<CUT ..014 (07/29/14)>> 00:10 "a little tissue"
Ian McShane was asked if he worked out as hard as the other guys in the cast. ((note language: cut contains word "hell"))
<<CUT ..015 (07/29/14)>> 00:13 "of the camera"
Irina Shayk says she wasn't nervous doing a nude scene in her first acting role.
"CRAZY EYES" GETS PROPOSALS FROM FANS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Playing "Crazy Eyes" in "Orange Is the New Black" has done wonders for Uzo Aduba's ego. She's flooded with marriage proposals these days. She says people ask if they can be her "prison wife." She says she tells them "Name the day and the time." Aduba is up for an Emmy for her role. She says that's either "bananas" or "crazy."
NEW CAST MEMBERS FOR SEASON 5 OF "GAME OF THRONES"
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Think you're having trouble keeping everyone straight on "Game of Thrones" now? Wait till next season. HBO says about 10 new characters will be introduced. Many of them appeared in a video that was shown at Comic-Con.
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