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20 fire fatalities make January TN’s third-deadliest month since 2010

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NASHVILLE — The latest tally of January fire fatalities has the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urgently renewing its call that residents turn their focus to fire prevention during the high-risk winter months. Current SFMO data indicates that 15 fatal fires caused 20 fatalities in Tennessee during January 2018, making it the third-deadliest month for […]

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TN is 8th from last among states in immigrants’ impact

Source: WalletHub With immigration reform remaining one of the biggest policy issues in 2018, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2018’s Economic Impact of Immigration by State. In order to determine which states benefit most from immigration, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics, ranging […]

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Corker releases statement on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump proclaimed January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. “With the establishment of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery and matching $25 million contributions from the U.S. and United Kingdom, […]

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From Senator Alexander’s desk

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This year was a productive one in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the committee I chair: 13 substantial bills in the committee’s jurisdiction were signed into law; our committee approved 32 of President Trump’s nominees; and we held 32 hearings to tackle issues important to Tennessee families. In 2017, the committee took […]

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ACUF’s 2017 Tenn. State Ratings: On track to be year’s top scorer

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The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings for the 2017 meeting of the Tennessee General Assembly. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by the ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and are helpful in illustrating how both chambers of […]

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TDCI: Tennesseans were repaid $9.4M in 2017

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Insurance Services Section announces that $9.4 million was returned to Tennessee consumers through the Department’s restitution efforts and the recovery of life insurance benefits in 2017. Over $6.5 million was returned to Tennessee consumers in 2017 as a result of restitution — a process in which […]

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Fired testing company seeks $25.3M despite TNReady’s bumpy rollout

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Tennessee officials won’t talk about the state’s ongoing dispute with the testing company it fired last year, but the company’s president is. Henry Scherich says Tennessee owes Measurement Inc. $25.3 million for services associated with TNReady, the state’s new standardized test for its public schools. That’s nearly a quarter of the company’s five-year, $108 million […]

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GOP tax plan hurts Tennessee’s working families, communities

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Today (Nov. 17) every Tennessee Republican member of Congress voted to cut Medicare, raise taxes on working families and continue their failed economic policies that are leaving millions of us behind. These are not Tennessee values. Tennessee families are struggling. They need leaders who will put them first, not big corporations. “Every Tennessean, no matter […]

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Forestry division requires permits for open burning

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Tennessee currently requires a burn permit to conduct any outdoor open burning of debris. From Oct. 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Tennessee Division of Forestry. Permits are not required for burning in containers […]

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BlueCross offers public Medicare Advantage meetings

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During the Medicare Advantage open enrollment period, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will be in multiple Mid-South communities to educate seniors about the health care options available to them and the benefits of a BlueAdvantage plan.   Medicare advocates from BlueCross will be holding educational meetings all across the state that are free and open to […]

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Why do 3 state agencies ban taking photos of public records?

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Three state agencies were instructed to re-examine their public records policies that prohibit citizens from taking photos of public records during a meeting of the Joint Government Operations Committee meeting on Sept. 20. State Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, the Senate chairman of the committee, asked the Comptroller’s Office, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the […]

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Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

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Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. […]

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