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Tennessee Department of Health Issues Alert for E-Cigarettes

Tennessee Department of Health Issues Alert for E-Cigarettes

The Tennessee Department of Health has updated its January 2017 public health advisory to reflect recently published research of importance to the health of Tennesseans. Since the first TDH advisory on ENDS was issued in February, 2013 accumulating evidence has increased the level of concern regarding the risks posed by these products to the health [...]

Civil Asset Forfeiture Multi-Billion Dollar Industry – Part 2

Civil Asset Forfeiture Multi-Billion Dollar Industry – Part 2

Civil Asset Forfeiture is a multi-billion-dollar industry in the United States. It is a process by which local, state, and federal government seizes private property and cash, theoretically to impede criminal activity. Asset forfeiture is big business in Tennessee with law enforcement agencies seizing about $14 million of cash per year, mainly from West-bound motorist [...]

Emma is Back as Tennessee’s Top Baby Girl Name in 2018; William Still Biggest for Boys

Emma is Back as Tennessee’s Top Baby Girl Name in 2018; William Still Biggest for Boys

Emma has unseated Ava as the number one name for baby girls born in Tennessee, rising to the top of the list of the most popular names for babies born in 2018. William maintains the number one spot as the most popular name chosen for baby boys in Tennessee for the 12th straight year. The [...]

New Audit Examines TNReady Testing Failures

New Audit Examines TNReady Testing Failures

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released a performance audit of the Tennessee Department of Education detailing many of the problems that led up to the difficulties in executing the spring 2018 TNReady tests. The online student assessment tests were plagued with numerous issues including login delays, slow servers, and software bugs. The first signs of [...]

Garden Spotlight!

Garden Spotlight!

Rain! Rain! Go away and come again another day! Find yourself saying this? Trust me, I don’t blame you. The rain has been plentiful through fall and early winter, but we will likely find ourselves begging for it at some point throughout this growing season. Until the rain does slow, there is plenty to do [...]

CDC Reminds People to Wash Hands Often to Stay Healthy

CDC Reminds People to Wash Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and others stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs: Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut or wound After blowing [...]

One in 10 Adults in US Has Food Allergy, but Nearly 1 in 5 Think They Do

One in 10 Adults in US Has Food Allergy, but Nearly 1 in 5 Think They Do

Over 10 percent of adults in the U.S. – over 26 million – are estimated to have food allergy, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open that was led by Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University. However, researchers found that 19 percent of adults [...]

New Study Finds Higher than Expected Number of Suicide Deaths among U.S. Veterinarians

New Study Finds Higher than Expected Number of Suicide Deaths among U.S. Veterinarians

Veterinarians in the U.S. are at an increased risk of suicide, a trend that has spanned more than three decades, according to a new CDC study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA)External. The study is the first to show increased suicide mortality among female veterinarians. Female veterinarians were 3.5 times [...]

Tennessee Receives Funding to Collect Data to Help Prevent Violent Deaths

Tennessee Receives Funding to Collect Data to Help Prevent Violent Deaths

The Tennessee Department of Health Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner has received $1.4 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather critical data on homicide, suicide and other violent deaths. Tennessee is one of ten states to receive new funding to use the National Violent Death Reporting System, [...]

Robert Allen Arrested Following Shooting Incident

Robert Allen Arrested Following Shooting Incident

Robert “Skeeter” Allen, 50, has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Felon in Possession of a Handgun following a day-long search by members of the Morristown Police Department Criminal Apprehension Unit, investigators, patrol, and Special Response Team Members. The charges stem from a shooting which occurred just after midnight in which 24-year-old Jarell [...]

General Slatery Announces $6 Million Settlement with Encore Capital, Midland Credit Management, and Midland Funding to Reform Debt Buying and Collection Practices

General Slatery Announces $6 Million Settlement with Encore Capital, Midland Credit Management, and Midland Funding to Reform Debt Buying and Collection Practices

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced today that Tennessee joined 42 states and the District of Columbia in reaching a $6 million settlement with Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries Midland Credit Management, Inc. and Midland Funding, LLC, one of the nation’s largest debt buyers. Debt buying involves buying and selling overdue debts [...]

Unemployment Rates Drop In Every Tennessee County

Unemployment Rates Drop In Every Tennessee County

NASHVILLE – Each of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment in November 2018 according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Ninety-one counties had an unemployment rate of 5 percent or lower during the month and only four counties had a rate higher than 5 percent. Williamson County had [...]

Tennessee Announces What’s New In Tourism For 2019

Tennessee Announces What’s New In Tourism For 2019

Tourism in Tennessee continues to expand with new attractions, impressive state-of-the-art developments, expansions and milestone anniversary celebrations of iconic attractions that help shape “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” 2019 marks several milestones in Tennessee, including Memphis’ Bicentennial, Bijou Theatre’s 110th anniversary in Knoxville, and the 25th anniversary of the RC MoonPie Festival in Bell Buckle. [...]

Park Remains Accessible During Partial Government Shutdown

Park Remains Accessible During Partial Government Shutdown

During the partial shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Roads and trails that are seasonally open will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. The park [...]

SFMO Warns of Fire Dangers Associated with Heating During Winter

SFMO Warns of Fire Dangers Associated with Heating During Winter

With less than two weeks remaining in 2018, fire fatalities in Tennessee have already exceeded their totals from 2017.  Ahead of the first day of winter (Dec. 21), the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is advising Volunteer State residents that the cold weather season is the deadliest time of the year, and fire-safe behaviors could [...]

Tennessee’s Annual Financial Report Complete

Tennessee’s Annual Financial Report Complete

The state of Tennessee has completed its annual financial report for fiscal year 2017-18. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is the state’s primary means of reporting its financial activities. It is prepared by the Department of Finance and Administration’s Division of Accounts, and has been nationally recognized for excellence in financial reporting. “Tennessee is committed to maintaining [...]