The state agency that oversees emergency communications is upgrading to what’s known as Next Generation 911, reports WPLN, and a bi-product is a sophisticated map that is going to be shared with other parts of state government.
Just as a map, this is more detailed than anything available online and will be updated constantly.
“You know, Google may get out to Perry County every couple of years and we have people who are there on the ground every day.”
(So says) Andy Spears (who) handles public affairs for the Emergency Communications Board. He says the 911 map compiles a mountain of information from property ownership to criminal records. It also has the ability to link cell phone numbers with people and places.
So Spears says the map is going to be used to improve voter registration, enforce drug-free zones and even collect taxes.
“I mean this is a way to make sure people are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. So if they are evading taxes, we want to make sure they pay taxes, absolutely.”
The Tennessee Department on Transportation has issued its annual state highway map with some innovations.
This year’s map contains a “quick response code,” or QR code, that will allow users to scan and link to TDOT’s mobile web application, TDOT SmartWay Mobile.
“The state map is an important tool for travelers, and this new feature will provide an added convenience by allowing motorists to quickly access real-time traffic information using their smartphones,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “The map is free and is also available at welcome centers and rest areas across the state.”
The 2012 TDOT Tennessee transportation map can be downloaded from the TDOT website at www.tn.gov/tdot/maps.htm. Pre-printed versions of the map can also be ordered from TDOT online at www.tn.gov/tdot/MapOrder/maporder.htm or by mailing a request to the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Map Sales Department, 505 Deadrick St., James K. Polk Building, Suite 300, Nashville, Tenn., 37243.
Individuals may request up to five free maps, and organizations and schools may order up to 100.
The official 2012 map is a joint effort between TDOT and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
News release from League of Women Voters:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville-area high school students dominated the TN Redistricting: Map It Out! contest, sweeping three of the four winning categories.
John Overton High School won in the category for Best High School Map. Michael Earhart, a senior at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, took top honors in the Best State House Map and Best State Senate Map categories. Nashville resident Dave Rosenberg won the Best Congressional Map category.
The winners in each category received $1,000 from the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, which sponsored the nonpartisan, statewide contest, designed to educate residents about the redistricting process.
The League recognized the winners at an awards ceremony held at the First Amendment Center.
Participating educators were awarded a cash stipend for leading their students in the redistricting contest.
“The League of Women Voters of Tennessee congratulates all of the winners of TN Redistricting: Map It Out!,” said Margie Parsley, president of the League. “I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. I am especially proud of the 150 students from across the state who took the time to draw maps, either in groups or as individuals. Although the contest has ended, the League will continue to educate the public about the redistricting process.”
The Tennessee General Assembly must propose new electoral districts every 10 years to reflect shifts in the state’s population and to comply with the nation’s “one man, one vote” law. In a recent telephone poll of registered voters conducted by Vanderbilt University, 72 percent of those surveyed said that it was important to place communities and cities in the same district as much as possible when redistricting.
The contest received a total of 20 entries from all corners of the state. Each map was judged on the following criteria:
o Compactness. Are all parts of the district within a close geographic area?
o Community Preservation. Are counties kept intact as much as possible?
o Population. Is the variance from the ideal population as small as practicable?
o Competitiveness. Are there districts that could be won by either party?
Contest judges included:
· The Honorable Mischelle Alexander-Best, a former judge of Division XI of General Sessions Court in Shelby County who currently serves as a public defender. She is a teacher at Lemoyne-Owen College and Strayer University and has more than 15 years of teaching experience. Alexander-Best holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Juris Doctorate from Memphis State University (University of Memphis).
· Dr. Bruce Ralston. Ralston is a professor emeritus of geography at the University of Tennessee and specializes in transportation and geographic information science. During his career, Ralston has developed software for and served as a consultant to the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the Southern Africa Development Conference and the World Food Program. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
· Dr. Carrie Elizabeth Russell holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She currently serves as a Public Law course teacher and a political science lecturer at Vanderbilt University. Before earning her Ph.D., Russell worked as a judicial clerk for Tennessee’s 20th Judicial District.
To request an electronic version of the winning maps, please send an email to email@example.com. A complete list of contest rules and judging criteria can be found at www.tnmapitout.org.
From the League of Women Voters:
TN Redistricting: Map It Out! is well under way. The contest already received the first map submissions. Do not forget to submit your maps before the deadline on October 24 at midnight.
If you have not already signed up, click here: www.tnmapitout.org to do so.
Again, the League strongly encourages contest participation by students and their teachers, and is providing a $250 stipend to the first 20 professors or teachers whose students submit a plan that meets contest criteria.
REMEMBER: Cash prizes totaling $4,000 will be divided among winners in the following categories:
Best Overall State House Map
Best Overall State Senate Map
Best Overall Congressional Map
Best Map by Tennessee Middle School
Best Map by Tennessee High School
Best Map by Tennessee College or University
And, all the instructions for submitting your map can be found at www.tnmapitout.org under the “Rules” tab on the website. So, do not miss your chance to be a part of this contest and earn a cash prize.
Thank you –
President, Tennessee League of Women Voters
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new web application shows where hundreds of Civil War activities occurred in Tennessee.
A news release from the Tennessee Department of State says the Tennessee Civil War Geographic System Survey is the first of its kind in the country.
The web site allows modern aerial photography, street maps and land use maps to be overlaid onto sites where Civil War actions occurred. It also links narrative information about these events from the Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook.
Accounts of all state units that served in the war are searchable by county along with 1860 United States census data.
The application is at http://tnmap.tn.gov/civilwar/ .