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Don’t Forget to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries When You ‘Fall Back’ This Weekend

Don’t Forget to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries When You ‘Fall Back’ This Weekend

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting their clocks back one hour Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at 2 a.m. (CDT) when daylight saving time ends. “Smoke alarms have proven to save lives in the event of a home fire—but only if they […]

Unemployment Across Tennessee Holds Steady in September

Unemployment Across Tennessee Holds Steady in September

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released new labor statistics that showed unemployment across Tennessee continued at near-historic low levels in September. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in September mirrored the August 2018 rate and is just 0.3 of a percentage […]

Attorney General Slatery Urges CFPB to Protect Military Servicemembers from Financial Exploitation

Attorney General Slatery Urges CFPB to Protect Military Servicemembers from Financial Exploitation

Attorney General Herbert Slatery III today joined a coalition of 33 attorneys general calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Acting Director Mick Mulvaney to continue protecting military servicemembers against predatory lenders under the Military Lending Act (MLA). The attorneys general urge the CFPB to reconsider its reported decision to stop examining lenders […]

TDCI Offers Tips for Individuals Using Person-to-Person Payment Systems

TDCI Offers Tips for Individuals Using Person-to-Person Payment Systems

 Sending and receiving money is easier than ever before thanks to electronic fund transfers, often called person-to-person (or P2P) payment systems. Person-to-person payment systems, like PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle, allow consumers to link bank accounts, debit cards, and/or credit cards in order to send and receive money to another party via mobile and desktop applications. […]

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Recommendations for Teen Drivers

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Recommendations for Teen Drivers

Teen driving fatalities appear to be on the rise after years of decline, prompting the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to update recommendations for physicians and parents to address risks that include inexperience, speed and distracted driving. Despite a nearly 50-percent reduction in crash-related teen deaths over the last decade, teen drivers are more likely […]

October is Let’s Talk Month!

October is Let’s Talk Month!

 The Tennessee Department of Health invites parents and caregivers to take part in Let’s Talk Month this October. This annual campaign empowers parents to take advantage of teachable moments every day to talk with their families about healthy relationships.“Let’s Talk Month equips parents with facts, advice and tips to help them grow more comfortable in […]

98th Anniversary Of The Ratification Of 19th Amendment

98th Anniversary Of The Ratification Of 19th Amendment

In honor of the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) have authorized the release of an educational video, “The History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Tennessee and The Ratification of the 19th Amendment.” The video features a […]

Tennessee Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increase in 2017

Tennessee Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increase in 2017

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,776 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2017, the highest annual number of such deaths since reporting began. Prescription opioids are still the most common drugs associated with overdose deaths in Tennessee. “More Tennesseans died last year from drug overdoses than from automobile crashes. Few of us have escaped […]

SFMO: Keep Lighters, Matches out of Children’s Reach and Sight

SFMO: Keep Lighters, Matches out of Children’s Reach and Sight

While matches and lighters are useful resources to adults, curious children may use them to unintentionally start fires. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is urging parents to talk to their kids about the safe uses of matches and lighters, while ensuring these tools are stored in a secure location out of children’s reach […]

TDEC Issues Precautionary Fish Consumption Advisories for Portions of Pigeon, Nolichucky Rivers

TDEC Issues Precautionary Fish Consumption Advisories for Portions of Pigeon, Nolichucky Rivers

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced the issuance of precautionary fish consumption advisories for smallmouth bass and channel catfish in the downstream portions of the Pigeon River and the Nolichucky River. On the Nolichucky, the advisory extends from Douglas Reservoir upstream to the mouth of Bent Creek at river mile 14.9. […]

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