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The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Consumer Protection Tips When Considering Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Consumer Protection Tips When Considering Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The Food and Drug Administration rules now allow the sale of over-the-counter (“OTC”) hearing aids. Consumers over the age of 18 may buy hearing aids directly from store shelves and online at lower prices. Finding the right OTC hearing aid may require consumers to try more than one device before finding the perfect fit, and […]

Participants in State’s Families First/TANF Program to Receive a One-Time Additional Payment of $500

Participants in State’s Families First/TANF Program to Receive a One-Time Additional Payment of $500

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is providing extra support to thousands of families who receive monthly cash assistance through the state’s Families First program. Households with a case in the Families First Program as of December 1, 2022, will receive a one-time additional payment of $500 on their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. This […]

State Veterinarian Urges Biosecurity to Prevent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

State Veterinarian Urges Biosecurity to Prevent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

The Tennessee State Veterinarian is issuing an alert for domesticated bird owners who also engage in bird hunting. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is prevalent in wild birds and is endangering backyard and commercial flocks in Tennessee. “HPAI detections among domesticated birds and wild birds have been on the rise.” Tennessee State Veterinarian Dr. Samantha […]

House GOP reelects Jeremy Faison as caucus chairman

House GOP reelects Jeremy Faison as caucus chairman

Members of the Tennessee House Republican Caucus unanimously reelected State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, as caucus chairman for the 113th General Assembly during a biennial organizational meeting held in Buchanan, Tenn. on Nov.22. Faison, who will serve his third term as caucus chair, was instrumental in successfully guiding Republican members to victory in several competitive races on Nov. […]

THEC Announces Record-Breaking Year of Tennessee Promise Students

THEC Announces Record-Breaking Year of Tennessee Promise Students

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) recently launched a state-level vision and initiative to create a momentum-building year with key goals to increase the college-going rate and better align education to meet the state’s growing workforce needs. As an early indicator for the momentum year, a record-breaking number of students applied for Tennessee Promise program in the most […]

TN Attorney General’s Office Files Petition to Withdraw Federal Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

TN Attorney General’s Office Files Petition to Withdraw Federal Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti joined a coalition of 21 states in filing a Petition for Rulemaking, requesting that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) repeal the unlawful federal vaccine mandate for healthcare workers and withdraw related guidance. “Evidence continues to mount that the ongoing […]

Tennessee Continues Low Unemployment Rate in October

Tennessee Continues Low Unemployment Rate in October

Tennessee continues to experience low unemployment, despite a slight uptick in October’s monthly rate, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The seasonally adjusted number for the month increased by just 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.5%. The state has had unemployment rates at or below 3.5% since January 2022. In a […]

40 Attorneys General Announce Historic Google Settlement over Location Tracking

40 Attorneys General Announce Historic Google Settlement over Location Tracking

Attorney General Skrmetti today announced that Tennessee, along with 39 other attorneys general, has reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings. This is the largest multistate Attorney General privacy settlement in the history of the United States. Tennessee will receive $14,560,086.13 from the settlement. […]

Antibiotic Awareness Week

Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Tennessee Department of Health is recognizing the critical importance of antibiotics to public health during Antibiotic Awareness Week, Nov. 18 to Nov. 24, 2022, and encouraging Tennesseans to avoid overuse of the infection-fighting drugs. “Antibiotics fight bacteria to stop serious infections and save lives,” said TDH Commissioner Dr. Morgan McDonald, MD, FACP, FAAP. “If you […]

Comptroller’s Office Releases First Review of Literacy Success Act

Comptroller’s Office Releases First Review of Literacy Success Act

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has completed its first annual review of the implementation of the Tennessee Literacy Success Act (LSA). Passed during the General Assembly’s 2021 Special Session on Education, the LSA seeks to ensure that students in early grades are on track to become proficient readers by the […]

Gov. Lee Launches School Safety Toolkit for Tennessee Families

Gov. Lee Launches School Safety Toolkit for Tennessee Families

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee launched the new School Safety Toolkit for Tennessee Families, a practical resource to help parents prepare and engage in their child’s school safety plan. This follows Executive Order 97, which directed state agencies to equip and engage parents, increase transparency and collaborate with local law enforcement and school districts. “As we continue our […]

Unemployment Drops Below 5% in Every Tennessee County

Unemployment Drops Below 5% in Every Tennessee County

September Marks the Second Consecutive Month Jobless Rates Decrease in all 95 Counties NASHVILLE – Every county in Tennessee recorded unemployment rates below 5% in September, according to the latest data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). September also marked the second consecutive month that rates decreased in each of the state’s 95 […]

Gov. Lee Launches $100 Million Violent Crime Intervention Fund for Local Law Enforcement

Gov. Lee Launches $100 Million Violent Crime Intervention Fund for Local Law Enforcement

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee launched the $100 million Violent Crime Intervention Fund and invited local law enforcement agencies to apply for grants that will be used to strengthen public safety in communities across Tennessee. “As Americans face rising crime nationwide, Tennessee is equipping law enforcement with the tools needed to keep every community safe,” said […]

AG Skrmetti Leads Thirteen State Coalition Demanding U.S. Department of Justice Respect Free Speech Rights of Critics of Irreversible Pediatric Transgender Procedures

AG Skrmetti Leads Thirteen State Coalition Demanding U.S. Department of Justice Respect Free Speech Rights of Critics of Irreversible Pediatric Transgender Procedures

Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti is leading a coalition of state attorneys general demanding U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland respect the First Amendment rights of people who criticize irreversible transgender treatments for minors. The thirteen attorneys general write in response to a letter to Garland from several medical organizations which called for investigations and prosecution of those who criticize […]

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Outlines New Goals and Launches a Momentum-Building Year for College Enrollment

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Outlines New Goals and Launches a Momentum-Building Year for College Enrollment

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) today announced the launch of a momentum-building year to renew and articulate the value of education in Tennessee and to increase enrollment in education and training beyond high school. In May, THEC released the inaugural state college-going status report, College Going and the Class of 2021. The report showed that […]

Tennessee Begins Summer P-EBT Distribution

Tennessee Begins Summer P-EBT Distribution

The Tennessee Department of Human Services announces the distribution of Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Program (P-EBT) beginning this week. Summer P-EBT The distribution of P-EBT benefits covering summer 2022 has begun. Eligibility for P-EBT is based on National School Lunch Program qualification consistent with the 2021-2022 school year. P-EBT benefits will be available to children […]

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