So you want to know when the City of Memphis will pave your street? The Memphis Public Works and Memphis Information Services divisions worked in tandem to provide the above street paving map. It tells paving that is upcoming this year and also in the future. Major Tennessee highways and state routes are also included.
The Environmental Protection Agency has put out a report detailing the effects of climate change on the nation. “Climate Change Indicators in the United States” “partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change”, from the site. Previous editions of the report can be found here.
The report includes greenhouse gases, ocean temperature changes, weather anomalies, snow and ice melt, health effects, and ecosystem effects. Number of cases of lyme’s disease and west nile virus in the U.S. are also included. There is no index in the back of the book, but the table of contents is very inclusive.
For a nominal fee, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is allowing Tennesseans to get their personal driving history or motor vehicle record (MVR). The driving history will show a person’s driving record for the last three years. It is an official copy from the state of Tennessee. The record can be gotten online at the website above, at a Driver Service Center, or it can be requested through mail. Allow two weeks from the mailing date to receive the driver record.
This report from CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Vital Signs provides statistics on teenage drivers aged 16 and above. The years 1991-2011 are reviewed. Statistics include the percentage of teens who drink and drive, by race, age, and state. The full report lists both state and national statistics. A breakdown between male and females who drink and drive is also listed in the full report.
Gasbuddy.com provides the cheapest gas prices in an area within the past 48 hours. Local gas prices for regular, midgrade, premium, and diesel fuel can be searched by state, city, or zip code. The address of the gas station, along with a map is shown. Other locations in the area are shown for comparison shopping. A trip cost calculator can be used to get the cheapest prices for gas along a trip route. A gas price chart shows the historical price of gas nationally over an eleven year period. Mobile apps are also provided for most cellular phones.
The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System is provided by the Department of Justice and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to protect consumers trying to purchase a vehicle. The site shows important information about a vehicle’s history, including title data, the brand history, the odomotor reading, the total loss history, and salvage history. Used car buying tips, along with a glossary and FAQ’s are also included.
Freesound is a database of 120,000 sounds, not songs. The sounds can include anything from a pipe banging against the wall to water dripping. Many of the sounds have been used in movies and in ccMixter remixes. Keywords and “sounds-like” type of browsing are available for searching. From the site, “Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.”