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Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1 on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1 on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) reminds consumers that Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) begins Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Tennesseans have until December 15, 2018, to apply for or re-enroll in coverage for the 2019 calendar year. For 2019, Bright Health is entering the Tennessee market [...]

Happy Halloween from the Jefferson County Post

Happy Halloween from the Jefferson County Post

Halloween is the time of the year where we take the night off to be kids again. Enjoying all the candy, tricks and all around fun that the spooky season seems to offer. For parents helping their little ones pick the right costume and watching their eyes light up when they first put it on [...]

More Vulnerable Adults Becoming Victims of Financial Crimes

More Vulnerable Adults Becoming Victims of Financial Crimes

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is issuing a warning about the growing problem of financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. The department’s Adult Protective Services (APS) division received more than 4,000 complaints of financial exploitation in fiscal year 2017-2018. That’s more than the year prior and an increase of 33% from state fiscal year [...]

Celebrations of Ghosts and Goblins Throughout the World

Celebrations of Ghosts and Goblins Throughout the World

Everyone around the world is fascinated with celebrating ghosts and goblins and the possible return of the dead this October. Here in America we have our own traditions and customs to celebrate the holiday and make the most of Halloween night even before Halloween is here. Pumpkin patches, trunk or treats and other community events [...]

UT Study: Tennessee’s Uninsured Rate Up Slightly Amid Affordability Concerns

UT Study: Tennessee’s Uninsured Rate Up Slightly Amid Affordability Concerns

Tennessee’s overall uninsured rate is now at 6.7 percent, an increase from 6.1 percent in 2017 but still well below levels before the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014, according to a new report released by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. The [...]

Tips for Keeping the Ghouls Safe this Halloween

Tips for Keeping the Ghouls Safe this Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching and you and your little ghouls and goblins are probably picking out the best costumes and trick or treat bags that will make this celebration the best yet. In the coming weeks it’s not just the tricks and treats parents should find themselves concerned about. Parents also need to take into [...]

Record Number of Tennessee Students Take AP Exams, Eligible for College Credit

Record Number of Tennessee Students Take AP Exams, Eligible for College Credit

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that more than 32,000 Tennessee public school students took Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 2018 – breaking the previous year’s record high of 29,285 for Tennessee. In addition, the number of these students who scored a 3, 4, or 5, which makes students eligible for college credit at many [...]

State Representative Jeremy Faison Meets With Republican Leadership For School Resource Officer Discussion

State Representative Jeremy Faison Meets With Republican Leadership For School Resource Officer Discussion

Recently, State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) met with members of Republican leadership – including House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) – to begin working on a proposal for the 2019 legislative session to place a school resource officer (SRO) in every Tennessee school. The meeting included legal staff, conservative leaders, as well as additional [...]

Rep. Andrew Farmer Receives Endorsement From TEA

Rep. Andrew Farmer Receives Endorsement From TEA

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) today received an endorsement from the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) in the 17th District State House Race. According to its website, the TEA is the state’s largest professional organization, representing tens of thousands of elementary and secondary teachers, school administrators, education support professionals, higher education faculty, and students preparing to become teachers. [...]

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 [...]

CDC Releases Preventative Measures Against the Flu

CDC Releases Preventative Measures Against the Flu

Take time to get a flu vaccine. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications. While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the 3 or 4 viruses that research suggests will be most common. Three-component vaccines contain an [...]

Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Raw Chicken Products

Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Raw Chicken Products

A CDC investigation notice regarding a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw chicken products is now available: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/infantis-10-18/index.html Key Points: CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections linked to raw chicken products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak. [...]

Haslam Announces Changes to TNReady Assessment Delivery

Haslam Announces Changes to TNReady Assessment Delivery

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen today announced changes in the delivery of the TNReady assessment for the current school year and additional changes that will take effect beginning in the 2019-20 school year. The changes are a direct response to a report from educators generated by the recent statewide listening tour [...]

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 [...]

Jefferson County Teacher Haley Ottinger Named To Tennessee Department of Education Inaugural Tennessee Teacher Ambassador Network

Jefferson County Teacher Haley Ottinger Named To Tennessee Department of Education Inaugural Tennessee Teacher Ambassador Network

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that nine educators have been selected to participate in the inaugural Tennessee Teacher Ambassador Network (TTAN) during the 2018-19 school year. The TTAN is a unique opportunity for teachers to advise and be embedded in the work of the Department of Education without asking them to leave the classroom. [...]

Jeff Depew Seeks Re-Election To Dandridge Board Of Mayor And Aldermen

Jeff Depew Seeks Re-Election To Dandridge Board Of Mayor And Aldermen

Jeff Depew, of 787 Cherokee Drive, Dandridge, announces his candidacy for the seat of Alderman for the Town of Dandridge. Jeff is currently a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, filling out the term for the late David Jones. In his two years as Alderman for the Town of Dandridge, Depew has supported [...]