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The 2015-16 North Carolina State Transportation Map has been unveiled as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Centennial Celebration and is now available free of charge.

The State Transportation Map is funded and produced by NCDOT. It is distributed by VisitNC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. It can be ordered online at visitnc.com/statemap or by calling 1-800-847-4862 (VISIT NC). Maps will also be available at welcome centers, rest areas and NCDOT offices across the state.

First published in 1916, the state map is NCDOT’s most popular publication, with two million copies in this year’s initial printing. North Carolina has one of the largest highway systems in the nation, and the new map details the more than 106,000 miles of public roadway that span the state. That includes 79,585 miles of state-maintained roads.

The cover of the new map features a montage of North Carolina scenery, including the Blue Ridge Mountains from the peak of Mt. Jefferson, a trail wandering through Clemmons Educational State Park in Clayton, the statue that stands outside the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head.

The map also includes information on Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, North Carolina’s State Parks and Forest Service—both of which also turn 100 this year—and Governor McCrory’s Art That Moves You initiative, which uses texture, landscaping, original artwork and lighting to improve infrastructure, bridges and gateways to promote tourism and economic development.

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will debut a new emissions exemption pertaining to the North Carolina Inspection and Maintenance program on Wednesday, April 1.

In accordance with House Bill 585, the new state implementation will allow vehicles that are produced within three years of the current year and have less than 70,000 miles on the odometer, an exemption from obtaining an emissions inspection.

“Our most recent research showed that North Carolina could exempt newer vehicles from emissions tests without making our air unhealthy to breathe,” NCDENR Division of Air Quality Director Sheila Holman said.

A vehicles age is determined by its model year, which is prominently displayed on the owner’s valid registration and the automobile emissions control label located in the engine compartment. All vehicles are still subject to the annual safety inspection.

North Carolina middle and high school students can help fight prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths by entering a video contest sponsored by Attorney General Roy Cooper and the NC Department of Justice.

“For most teens, finding prescription drugs to abuse is as simple as opening up the medicine cabinet,” Cooper said. “When used incorrectly or mixed with alcohol or other drugs, just one pill can kill, and it’s critical that young people help us get this message out to their friends and classmates.”

Cooper visited Davis Drive Middle School in Cary to kick off the Stop Rx Abuse contest, which is open to all North Carolina students in grades 6 through 12. This is the fourth year Cooper has sponsored the contest and the first year it has been open to middle school students.


Remember when fun-filled hours of play had absolutely nothing to do with technology? When your grandpa could fashion a toy with his whittling knife in an afternoon?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park seasonal ranger Mike Meldrum not only remembers these simpler times, he's taking steps to guarantee at least a few of these traditions continue to thrive in the Smokies.

“We here in the park knew Mike’s toys were special,” said Steve Kemp, Great Smoky Mountains Association's interpretive products and services director. “Now, having earned a national first-place award, everyone knows.”


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