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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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OSCAR WINNERS LUPITA NYONG'O AND JARED LETO AN ITEM?
PARIS (AP) -- So, do Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto share something other than just winning Oscars this past Sunday. Could be. They both showed up in Paris -- together -- for a fashion show by Italian designer Prada. The two have been coy about the nature of their relationship. They haven't confirmed they are an item -- but haven't denied it, either. This past Saturday, Leto thanked "my future ex-wife Lupita" during a speech at the Independent Spirit Awards. Lupita has laughed off questions about her personal life -- but no denials.
MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN PREMIERES IN LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Allison Janney says she remembers watching Mr. Peabody and Sherman on TV as a kid. And she says the thing that struck her at the time was that a dog was the one who adopted the kid -- instead of the other way around. She says as a dog lover herself, that intrigues her to this day. She's one of the voices in the animated film, which had its premiere in Los Angeles last night. Janney was joined by fellow cast members Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter.
Ty Burrell says his "Modern Family" bounce landed him the gig in "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."
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Allison Janney says she recalls -- sort of -- watching Mr. Peabody, Sherman and their cartoon buds as a kid.
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Allison Janney says the premise of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" has always intrigued her.
"AMERICAN IDOL" JUDGES GIVE MIXED REVIEWS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a mixed bag of singing during "American Idol" last night. The judges were so torn on Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) doing Dido's "White Flag" that they were still debating it coming back from commercial. Harry Connick Junior wanted Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene to bust out more with "Suddenly I See," and Keith Urban told Alex Preston he kept thinking the word "instability" during his performance. Jennifer Lopez thought Emily Piriz was brave for tackling a JLo song, although Connick thought it was too big a production for her. Lopez liked Malaya Watson's gospel song "Take Me To The King," saying it gave her "goosies" from head to toe and tears in her eyes.
Jennifer Lopez gives her reaction to Emily Piriz covering her song, "Let's Get Loud." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Malaya Watson performing "Take Me To The King" during broadcast. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Keith Urban tells Malaya Watson he thoroughly enjoyed her rendition of "Take Me To The King." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Caleb Johnson performing "Working Man" during broadcast. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Harry Connick Junior
Harry Connick Junior tells Caleb Johnson he walks a fine line between consistent and predictable. Courtesy: COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
KRISTIN CHENOWETH'S ASTHMA
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you heard her sing on Broadway, you'd probably never guess that Kristin Chenoweth suffers from asthma. But the actress is trying to let people know about her condition -- now that she's a spokeswoman for a product designed to treat the disease. She says she used to get sick all the time and had trouble catching her breath -- but it was years before doctors were able to pin down the diagnosis as asthma. She needs to carry an inhaler all the time. And she's the spokeswoman for a brand of inhaler that keeps count on how many doses she has left.
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IDINA MENZEL VEXED ABOUT FAME
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fame can be a funny thing -- just ask Tony-winning Idina Menzel. She is getting all kinds of attention these days because of the success of her hit "Let It Go" from the animated film "Frozen." But she finds it strange that the song is getting love on the pop charts -- when she is best known for belting out show tunes as a Broadway actress. She says she's been trying to convince people she has the chops to be a rock or pop singer -- but the one time she ends up getting a big hit, it's from a Disney movie song. Menzel puts it another way: "I'm singing at the Oscars -- I've never sang at the Grammys." She didn't just sing at the Oscars; "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for best original song for a movie.
GAME SHOW HOST GEOFF EDWARDS DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For the second straight week, we have lost a TV game show host who was popular during the 1970s. The latest to pass away is Geoff Edwards -- who used to preside over the shows, "Jackpot!" and "Treasure Hunt." Edwards was cut from a slightly different bolt of cloth than the usual game show host of that time. He often ditched the suit and tie, often wore jeans -- and had longer hair than more straight-laced hosts back in the day like Bill Cullen, Wink Martindale, Jim Lange and Bob Eubanks. His agent says Edwards died of complications of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California. He was 83. Funeral plans are pending.
Sound of Geoff Edwards hosting the TV game show "Treasure Hunt."
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Here's the opening of the game show "Jackpot," hosted by Geoff Edwards, who has died.
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