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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 April 24, 2014 07:10 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Keith Urban says you never forget your first time. The first time you get booed. The crowd didn't like it when Urban was critical of Alex Preston's version of "Animal" on "American Idol" last night. J-Lo noted they were hearing the first boos for Urban on the show. But the judges were blown away by Caleb Johnson. He didn't lose his cool when his mic stand got away from him. J-Lo says he even stayed on beat. The top six did two songs each, one rock and one country. CJ Harris could be in the most trouble. Neither of his songs wowed the judges. One of the top six gets the ax tonight.
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Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene, performing "Barracuda"
Jena Irene performing "Barracuda." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Keith Urban says Jena Irene is good but could be even better. OURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Alex Preston, performing "Animal"
Alex Preston performing "Animal." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez
The crowd doesn't like it when Keith Urban is critical of Alex Preston. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut))
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Caleb Johnson, performing "Sting Me"
Caleb Johnson performing "Sting Me." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Jennifer Lopez says she can't believe Caleb Johnson's cool when he lost the mic. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. says Caleb Johnson couldn't have been better. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
UNDATED (AP) -- Tony the cop is getting awfully paranoid on "Survivor." He's been spying on his alliance members and was sure he was headed for a fall in the Tribal Council. But it was Woo who took a fall -- of the very real variety. Woo tumbled out of a tree on last night's episode but was only shaken up a bit. Later, a frantic Tony managed to find a super Hidden Immunity Idol. But he didn't use it. Spencer did use his Hidden Immunity Idol in the Tribal Council, but it turns out he didn't need it. The vote came down to Woo and Jeremiah and it's Jeremiah who comes up short. Jeremiah says he did his best and thought he had a shot at the million bucks.
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Jeff Probst and Tony Vlachos
Spencer plays a Hidden Immunity Idol, drawing scorn from Tony. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut))
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"Survivor" host Jeff Probst announces the results of the Tribal Council vote. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Jeremiah Wood, contestant voted off
Jeremiah says he did his best. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme
Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
JODIE FOSTER GETS MARRIED
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jodie Foster has gotten married. Foster tied the knot with Alexandra Hedison, who's a photographer and actress who was in "The L Word." They'd been dating since last summer. Hedison is Ellen DeGeneres' ex. DeGeneres dated her in between Anne Heche and her current wife, Portia de Rossi. Hedison's father is David Hedison, who starred in "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" in the 60s.
GQ'S FUNNIEST PEOPLE ALIVE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Louis (LOO'-ee) C.K. tops GQ's list of the Funniest People Alive. Amy Schumer comes in second, followed by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the stars of "Key and Peele." The cast of Mike Judge's new series "Silicon Valley" take up spots five-through-ten. In eleventh place is SNL's Kate McKinnon. Then comes John Oliver, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
PEOPLE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON
NEW YORK (AP) -- When she was 16, Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh) never would have believed she'd be named People magazine's Most Beautiful person. She didn't like her looks and wished she had lighter skin. That changed over time and now she's considered one of the most glamorous women on the red carpet. She says she hopes other girls will learn from her experience and love the way they look. Keri Russell ranks second on the list. And there are three women linked to men who were named People's Sexiest Man Alive over the years. Jenna Dewan is married to Channing Tatum, Amber Heard is engaged to Johnny Depp and Stacy Kiebler used to date George Clooney, who was named Sexiest Man Alive twice. Others on the list include Kerry Washington, Pink and Mindy Kaling.
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The Oscar-winning star of "12 Years A Slave" has been named People magazine's Most Beautiful person of 2014. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld has more about the choice of Lupita Nyong'o. ((Lupita Nyong'o is pronounced loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh))
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AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that the list shows beauty attracts beauty.
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AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us who follows Lupita Nyong'o on the list of the Most Beautiful women. ((Lupita Nyong'o is prounounced loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh))
WINNER OF "THE VOICE," MEGAN HILTY AND JACKIE EVANCHO TO PERFORM AT DC MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last year's winner of "The Voice," Danielle Bradbery will perform at the 25th anniversary National Memorial Day Concert in Washington next month. Megan Hilty and Jackie Evancho will sing. Johnny Carson's old bandleader, Doc Severinsen will perform. Dianne Wiest (weest) will be part of the show, too. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host for the ninth year. The show airs on PBS May 25.
"HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH" - NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
NEW YORK (AP) -- The creator of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch' wanted Neil Patrick Harris to star in the show on Broadway so much, he agreed to wait until Harris was through with "How I Met Your Mother." John Cameron Mitchell says Harris is "the perfect Hedwig." Mitchell should know. He originated the role. He says Harris can expertly handle the dancing and singing and the comedy and emotional scenes. Hedwig opened this week.
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Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris says he's lucky that they waited for him to finish "How I Met Your Mother" before casting "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
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Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris says he's able to react in character if someone in the audience shouts something to him.
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Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris says it's fun to improv if someone in the audience shouts something to him.
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John Cameron Mitchell
John Cameron Mitchell says Neil Patrick Harris was worth waiting for.
"BRICK MANSIONS" - RZA
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One of Paul Walker's final films is out today. Walker plays an undercover cop trying to stop a gangster from launching a nuclear missile into the center of Detroit. The gangster is played by RZA (RIH'-zuh), who's acting more than rapping these days. RZA made his directing debut with "The Man With the Iron Fist" in 2012. He says he knew he'd done a good job when Russell Crowe told him he was "one of his favorite directors" and Quentin Tarantino told him "the student has now become the master." Brick Mansions opens tomorrow.
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RZA says his acting career was pre-destined.
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RZA says he knew he was a good director when he got compliments from Russell Crowe and Quentin Tarantino while directing "The Man With the Iron Fists."
"IT'S A SMALL WORLD" MOVIE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If "It's a Small World" gets stuck in your head after a ride that lasts only a few minutes, what will happen if you sit through an entire movie about the song? You might find out some day. Variety says a script is being written for a movie based on the ride and the song. Jon Turteltaub, who directed "The Lego Movie" will direct.
MATT BOMER REVEALS HE'S BEEN MARRIED FOR THREE YEARS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Bomer knows how to keep a secret. Turns out he's been married for three years. Bomer tells Details magazine that he and his partner Simon Halls got married in 2011, a year before he came out publicly. They have three children, Kit, Walker and Henry. Bomer stars in the movie version of the play "The Normal Heart," about the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York. It premieres May 25 on HBO.
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