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Mentors Needed for Tennessee Promise
Thursday September 21, 2017

tnAchieves, partnering organization for Governor Bill Haslam's TN Promise, is currently seeking volunteers to serve as mentors for the program's fourth class of students. TN Promise offers every high school senior the opportunity to attend one of the state's 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology tuition free with a last dollar scholarship. The program also pairs each applicant with a volunteer mentor to ease the transition from high school to college. In just 10 hours annually you can make a lasting impact on a student's life.
The program needs 9,000 volunteers across the state to ensure each of the 60,000 plus students that apply are paired with a mentor. In Warren County, tnAchieves needs 77 mentors. Only 22 have been recruited thus far.
In the first three years of the program almost 180,000 students have applied. In the first year, 16,291 students began college TN Promise eligible. Enrollment at the state's community and technical colleges increased more than 20 percent and enrollment at all of the state's public higher education institutions increased 10 percent.
To learn more and apply you can visit


Beware of Storm Damaged Cars for Sale
WRCB Thursday September 21, 2017

If you plan to buy a new car soon, beware.
The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission says eventually we'll see flood damaged vehicles from states hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Tennessee. They say scammers are disguising severely water damaged vehicles as being in good condition.
The recent disasters in Texas and Florida are expected to leave over a million flood-damaged vehicles in their wake, according to the Commission.
The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission says scammers typically attempt to sell flooded vehicles quickly after a disaster, hoping to stay ahead of computer system updates so that title check systems don't have time to detect the car's history. By the time a consumer discovers the vehicle's history, the seller will be long gone.
It's why officials recommend inspecting the car yourself, and follow up with having trusted mechanic inspect the car.
Anyone attempting to purchase a vehicle in the near future should be on the lookout for indicators of a flood vehicle, such as a musty smell, damp carpets, or mud/silt under the seats, and should attempt to find the vehicle history prior to purchasing.
Because the vehicle could appear to be in very good shape, even if it has significant electrical and corrosion issues, it's important to always have a trusted mechanic inspect a vehicle before purchasing it.


58,000 Impacted by Proposed TANF Increase
WKRN Wednesday September 20, 2017

Fifty-eight thousand Tennesseans, most of them children, would be affected by proposed changes to a major state welfare program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
It was part of the governor's announcement Monday, making changes to another of the state's major welfare programs-the state's food stamp program called SNAP.
Forty-five thousand children and 13,000 adults make up those in Tennessee receiving monthly benefits from TANF.
The governor proposes the monthly benefits will increase for the first time in more than 20 years.
For a family-of-three, the amount would go from $185 monthly to $277, but there would also extension of a 60-month cap to receive benefits.
The additional funds for the increases would come from the federal government.


Child Passenger Seat Awareness
Jay Walker Wednesday September 20, 2017

This week the McMinnville Police Department is taking part in national Child Passenger Seat Awareness events. Police are encouraging care givers who have children under age 13 to have their car seats checked at the McMinnville Police Department, the McMinnville Fire Department or the Warren County Sheriff's Department.
Smarty Pants Day Care at 369 Garfield Street will be hosting a Child Passenger Seat inspection on Thursday, Sept. 28th from 3-6pm.


Tennessee Subpoenas Opioid Makers
AP Wednesday September 20, 2017

Tennessee's attorney general is spearheading a coalition of 41 states that is demanding documents from several prescription painkiller manufacturers and distributors as it investigates the companies' practices regarding opioids.
The states served subpoenas Tuesday on several global pharmaceutical giants as part of an investigation into whether the companies engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale and distribution of opioids.
Overdose deaths continue to rise in Tennessee, fueled in large part by both prescription and illicit opioids.


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