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TBI warns of phone scheme using Tennessee human trafficking hotline number

By Editor | June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is alerting the public to a reported phone scheme involving a man presenting himself as a representative of a human trafficking task force. The scheme, the TBI said Tuesday, reportedly uses the phone number of the Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline, as well as a number associated with the Metropolitan Nashville…

To-go alcohol in Tennessee remains, but with added tax

By Editor | June 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jon Styf The Center Square Of the many alcohol-related bills that passed the Tennessee Legislature this year and were signed by Gov. Bill Lee, one maintains a popular pandemic rule but taxes consumers for it. Lee signed an executive order last year while COVID-19 restrictions were in place that allowed restaurants to sell to-go alcohol…

UT Institute of Agriculture hosting free online Summer Lawn and Garden Show

By Editor | June 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show is scheduled for July 8 and will be virtual this year. This event is free and open to the public. “We know that this year’s Summer Celebration looks a little different than field days past, but we are committed to providing the…

BBB scam alert – Phony Amazon callers phishing for your info

By Editor | June 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Better Business Bureau is warning Mid-Southerners to be on the lookout for suspicious calls in which the callers are posing as Amazon. The BBB said it appears that scammers are blanketing the Mid-South with these robocalls. Mid-Southerners have reported about 50 such calls to BBB of the Mid-South’s Scam Tracker. According to the BBB,…

Memorial Day holiday traffic expected to surge 60% over 2020; TDOT halts lane closures to ease traffic

By Editor | May 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is suspending all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon on Friday, May 28 through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend. “We want to do our part to…

AAA: Memorial Day weekend gas prices highest since 2014, but down two cents since last week

By Editor | May 25, 2021 | 1 Comment

Tennessee gas prices are down by nearly two cents on the week as over 687,000 Tennesseans prepare to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend. according to AAA. The Tennessee gas price average is now $2.88 which is 18 cents more than one month ago and $1.18 more than one year ago. “Tennesseans planning to…

Tennessee’s participation in federal unemployment programs will end in July

By Editor | May 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jon Styf The Center Square Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday the state will stop participating in added federal unemployment benefits in an effort to encourage Tennesseans on unemployment to start working again. The move, which goes into effect July 3, follows similar orders in Alabama, South Carolina and Montana. Lee’s announcement means Tennesseans will…

Shutdown of pipeline creating minimal impact in Tennessee

By Editor | May 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jon Styf The Center Square While gasoline prices haven’t seen a large increase in Tennessee, the effect of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown has been felt as more consumers have headed to gas stations throughout the Southeast. “We have seen overnight, throughout the Southeast, an increase in gasoline demand,” said Megan Cooper, public relations and government…

Tennessee General Assembly approves slashing unemployment eligibility weeks, bump in benefit amount

By Editor | May 6, 2021 | 1 Comment

Jon Styf The Center Square The Tennessee General Assembly on the last day of the legislative session passed a bill that will cut the number of weeks Tennesseans are eligible for unemployment from 26 weeks to 12 weeks. The measure, House Bill 1039, also increases the weekly benefit amount. Unemployed Tennesseans who made $26,000 or…

Proposed Tennessee constitutional amendment on slavery wording to go before voters

By Editor | May 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jon Styf The Center Square The Tennessee House has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the state constitution’s wording as it pertains to slavery. The proposed amendment passed, 81-2, on Tuesday and will be on the statewide ballot in November 2022. Rep. Joe Towns, D-Memphis, said the bill language came directly from the…