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Remember to Lock Your Vehicle When You Pump Gas
CCPD/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday December 24, 2014
A Crossville woman is the victim of a theft that has become all too common not only in Cumberland County but across the nation. The victim told City Police that after she paid for gas at Kroger in Highland Square she returned to her vehicle to discover her purse and wallet were missing. Loss was estimated at just over $100. To help prevent this type of theft, remember to lock your vehicle as you pump gas.
Widespread Flu Outbreak in States Surrounding Tennessee
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday December 24, 2014
Widespread flu outbreaks have been reported in every state that borders Tennessee. Currently, the Volunteer State’s flu level is listed as “Regional”, but with people traveling out of state for the holidays, many are likely to bring influenza back home. Numerous pharmacies in Tennessee are running low on Tamiflu, a medication that can shorten the duration of flu symptoms. Health officials say that while the current flu shot may not be as effective against this year’s flu strain, it is still your best defense to help prevent coming down with a serious or possible deadly case of influenza.
New law allows for tax free savings accounts for disabled children
WVLT Wednesday December 24, 2014
There is a new law that helps parents of children with disabilities set up tax free savings accounts to help their kids have a better financial future. The new federal law is named ABLE, which stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience. The bill allows parents and guardians to put up to $100,000 into a savings account or a disabled child. The money can be used for education, housing, transportation, employment training and health care expenses. According to Local 8 Now, if you have a child diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26, they are eligible for an ABLE account. The total annual contribution limit is $14,000. The legislation also contains medicaid fraud protection against abuse and a medicaid pay-back provision when the beneficiary passes away.
Tenn. General Assembly launches website redesign
WVLT Wednesday December 24, 2014
A redesigned website for the Tennessee General Assembly features upgrades to bill tracking and video streaming functions. According to Local 8 Now, the redesign is meant to make state government "more open, more transparent and customer-friendly."
It is also designed to display and stream video to all major mobile devices. The new site offers users the ability to track as many bills as they want, up from the three-bill limit in the previous version. And the site will also highlight the latest action taken on a piece of legislation to try to clarify an often confusing process.
FBI Warns Of ISIS Threat To Mississippi River Bridge
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday December 23, 2014
The FBI has warned authorities in Tennessee and Arkansas to be on the alert after Islamic State militants threatened to blow up the I-55 Memphis & Arkansas Bridge spanning the Mississippi River. According to the Bureau the Islamic State had instructed a person in Memphis "to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas bridge on an unknown date, activating ISIS terror cells in the United States." The FBI said it passed the information on to local authorities out of “an abundance of caution” and at this time the threat remains unsubstantiated. About 56,000 vehicles travel the bridge daily.