TLC Provides Translation for Parthenon Visitors

The Parthenon in Centennial Park in Nashville is visited by more than 300,000 people a year from across Tennessee and the United States. Parthenon officials wanted to make its audio tour accessible to all visitors, so they reached out to the Tennessee Language Center (TLC) to translate the audio into other languages.

TLC is translating the audio tour script into Spanish and Arabic. The next step will be to have TLC Training Specialist Richard Ponce de Leon and Medical Interpreting Trainer Nadia Crank record the script.

Naifeh Center Hosts Women in Criminal Justice Symposium

More than 54 criminal justice professionals attended the 2022 Women in Criminal Justice Symposium hosted virtually by the UT Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.

After a networking exercise, the first session on government employees and political activity was led by Elisha Hodge of the UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service. Jennifer Boyd, with the Tennessee Department of Correction, and Kristi Anderson, with 4th Purpose Foundation, presented on enhancing the competencies and public image of correctional employees. Bridget Braggs-Edwards with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation gave a discourse on the Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act.

Knoxville Police Department Chief Eve Thomas rounded out the day-long symposium by facilitating a session on overcoming career challenges. Thomas gave career advice to the participants and discussed her post-retirement plans.

IPS Agencies Working With Communities Surrounding Blue Oval City Project

The UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) and County Technical Assistance Service are working with officials of cities and counties in West Tennessee to help them prepare for development of Blue Oval City, the proposed Ford Motors mega site.

MTAS Municipal Management Consultant Chuck Downham led a presentation on growth preparedness for the city of McKenzie and surrounding communities. The presentation focused on preparing for growth and development with the arrival of Ford. The presentation also highlighted updating land-development regulations to reflect current best practices, the importance of properly assessing utility capacity and preparing plans for expanding utility capacity to support future growth and development. Growth preparedness is essential to guiding and managing potential development in the provision of municipal services.