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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 28, 2014 07:08 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a gal named "Lucy" versus a guy named "Hercules" at your local multiplex this weekend. But brains beat brawn. Lucy opens at number-one -- with $44 million. Scarlett Johansson stars as a drug mule -- who gets an accidental overdose of a brain enhancing drug. She's able to harness 100 percent of her mental power in the R-rated thriller. Dwayne Johnson's Hercules only flexes enough box office muscle for a second-place opening with 29 mil. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was third. The Rob Reiner directed comedy "And So It Goes" manages just an eighth-place opening weekend. Overall, it's been a chilly summer for Hollywood, with the box office take down by about 20 percent compared to last year. But things could heat up a bit this coming weekend with the opening of the Marvel superheroes movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy."
It was brains versus brawn at the movies this weekend. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office results.
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Sound of Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Lucy."
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Sound of actors Amr Waked and Scarlett Johannson in a scene from "Lucy."
DANIEL RADCLIFFE GOES TO COMIC-CON AS SPIDEY
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Was it Spidey or Harry Potter at Comic-Con? Daniel Radcliffe went undercover so he could take in Comic-Con in San Diego. He wore a Spider-Man costume and mask as he wandered through the halls of the pop culture convention. Radcliffe's disguise went beyond his appearance. He says he was doing an American accent so people wouldn't recognize his voice. Radcliffe adds people even took snapshots with him, not knowing who he was under the Spidey suit. Radcliffe, as himself, also made a Comic-Con appearance to promote his new movie, "Horns."
Daniel Radcliffe says his disguise extended to his voice.
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Daniel Radcliffe says some fans may have taken snapshots with him and not know it.
JENNY McCARTHY SAYS THERE'S NO HEAVY BEEF WITH COUSIN MELISSA
UNDATED (AP) -- Jenny McCarthy says she never got on Melissa McCarthy's case for her weight. The McCarthys are cousins. Jenny tells People there's a "crazy story" going around that she once told Melissa she would have to lose weight to get into show business. Jenny says "nothing could be further from the truth." Jenny McCarthy will soon marry Donnie Wahlberg. She also denies rumors that cousin Melissa is banned from the wedding. Jenny tells People it's going to be a very intimate ceremony with just a "very small group" of their closest friends.
FIRST FOOTAGE FROM NEXT "AVENGERS" MOVIE SCREEN AT COMIC-CON
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Fans have gotten their first look at footage from the new "Avengers" movie. Several members of "The Avengers" cast made an appearance at Comic-Con over the weekend, including Robert Downey Junior, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. One of the scenes screened shows Tony Stark trying to lift Thor's hammer. He asks, "If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?" "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is set for release May 1, 2015.
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