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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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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK-AUTHOR
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- She isn't doing spoilers. But the woman whose best-selling prison memoir has become the TV show "Orange is the New Black" is dropping some small hints about the upcoming season. Piper Kerman says season 3 of the Netflix series "holds some really amazing stories and twists and turns." And she says some of those plot twists involve characters in the show whom audiences "care passionately about." Kerman says the new season will also provide some back-stories for some of the characters -- while drawing out the lives of new characters. Kerman attended a book signing yesterday in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Piper Kerman says she doesn't want people to think because a hit TV show came out of her time behind bars that she lacks remorse.
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Piper Kerman says she has regrets about what she did to earn a prison stint.
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Piper Kerman suggests producers of "Orange Is The New Black" have plot twists up their sleeves for the new season.
MICHAEL PHELPS-CHARGING DOCUMENTS
BALTIMORE (AP) -- He darts around a swimming pool at a pretty quick clip. And it also appears Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was moving along rapidly on a Baltimore highway when he was stopped the other morning. Charging documents say Phelps was going 84 miles per hour in a 45-mile per hour zone. He was charged with DUI -- and authorities say he blew a .14 percent on his blood-alcohol test -- nearly double the Maryland limit of .08. Police say his eyes were red and bloodshot and that his speech was so slurred it sounded -- as the report says -- "mush mouth." When asked to do a one-leg stand, the statement says Phelps responded: "that's not happening." Phelps faces a number of charges in the incident. Trial is set for Nov. 19.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports charging documents suggest it was clear to police that Michael Phelps was impaired when pulled over Tuesday.
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Oscar Wells Gabriel
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports it's unlikely Michael Phelps will do jail time for his latest DUI arrest.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is back in the news -- sort of. Police in Beverly Hills, California, were called out to his home -- after his wife reported a burglary. Police didn't find a crime -- but did find Sterling hosting V. Stiviano. Yes, THAT V. Stiviano, the woman whose recordings of Sterling making racist remarks led to his being ousted as Clippers owner and banned for life from the NBA. A police spokesman says Stiviano was an invited guest -- so they left the premises.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gloria Steinem says people still have trouble understanding domestic violence. But she says the recent incidents involving ex-football star Ray Rice and other athletes have at least caused people to talk about the issue. The feminist pioneer says back in the day, no one even used the term domestic violence -- it was "just called life." Steinem says people still think the mistreatment of women is something that happens in other countries -- not the U.S. But she says there have been more women killed by their husbands or boyfriends -- than all the Americans killed in 9/11 or in Afghanistan and Iraq.
FELICITY HUFFMAN-NEW ROLE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Felicity Huffman says other than playing a mom, there's no difference between the roles she has in "Desperate Housewives" and in "American Crime." Huffman says after playing Lynette Scavo for eight years, she has been looking for something that will make TV audiences think "There's Felicity Huffman" and not "Oh, there's Lynette." Huffman is on a more important crusade than just avoiding typecasting. She is promoting her work with Warriors in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She says she'd love it if mothers and daughters got to the point where they ask each other about getting breast exams.
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