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First Case of Zika Virus Disease Reported in Tennessee
tn.gov Wednesday February 10, 2016

The Tennessee Department of Health has reported the first person in the state to test positive for Zika virus disease. The individual had recently traveled to South America before returning to east Tennessee. There is no vaccine to prevent infection and no specific antiviral treatment for Zika virus infection. Its most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Pregnant women can be infected with Zika virus in any trimester and there have been increased cases of microcephaly possibly associated with Zika virus infections. Microcephaly is a condition where the head is smaller than normal. TDH advises women who are pregnant or of childbearing age to especially understand the risk of contracting Zika virus disease. The Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes but it can also be sexually transmitted. Health officials in Brazil said they have found active traces of Zika in saliva and urine samples. The Tennessee Department of Health urges TDH urges people who suspect they are infected with a mosquito-borne illness to seek medical help.

 


State Fire Marshal Renews Warning About Hoverboard Toys After Fires
tn.gov Wednesday February 10, 2016

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is renewing its alert to consumers about the potential fire hazards of so-called “hoverboard” toys after two fires were caused by these devices in the past three months in Nashville. One of the fires destroyed a $1 million home, which is first confirmed house fire caused by a hoverboard in Tennessee.

Hoverboard safety tips:

- If you do own a hoverboard, always use the manufacturer-supplied charge.
- Do not leave it unattended while charging or plugged into an outlet overnight.
- Do not overcharge the device and follow the manufacturer’s recommended charging times. (For more safety tips, go here.)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently investigating dozens of such fires across the United States thought to be caused by hoverboards. The Nashville fire is now among those being investigated.

 


Sobriety Checkpoint Nets Substances Believed to be Pot, Hashish and Psychedelic Mushrooms
Peg Broadcasting News/CPD Wednesday February 10, 2016

A sobriety checkpoint in Crossville on Saturday netted thousands of dollars of what police identified as illegal substances. Authorities were set up in front of Homestead Place on Highway 127 South when they noticed the odor of marijuana coming from a white Ford panel van. The driver, Beau Brady Duggan, 30, of Crossville, reportedly told police he was coming back from St. Augustine, Florida. Police say a search of the vehicle revealed what they believe to be 1.76 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $1,000; 10 grams of psychedelic mushrooms valued at $1,000; 2 ounces of Hashish worth $400; and Cannabis Oil valued at $100. Duggan was charged with Manufacture, Sell and Delivery of Schedule 1 and Schedule 6 drugs. The substances have been sent to the TBI lab for further testing.

 


RESIDENTS RECEIVE TEXT MESSAGE SPAM
Cumb. Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook Tuesday February 9, 2016

Cumberland County residents are receiving more text messages from a local bank requesting that you click a link for security reasons.

First National Bank of Tennessee was contacted and confirmed that any text message received from them with a link to click is a scam. The link provided takes you to a page “Goodwill.org” that has a bank logo on it with a login to enter your username and password. By entering your username and password you have provided all the information needed for criminals to access your accounts.

The matter is under investigation at this time. If you receive a text message with a link provided, do not click on the link – call your local bank.

Text Message Spam often uses the promise of free gifts, like computers or gift cards, or product offers, like cheap mortgages, credit cards, or debt relief services to get you to reveal personal information. If you want to claim your gift or pursue an offer, you may need to share personal information, like how much money you make, how much you owe, or your bank account information, credit card number, or Social Security number. Clicking on a link in the message can install malware that collects information from your phone. Once the spammer has your information, it is sold to marketers or, worse, identity thieves.

It can lead to unwanted charges on your cell phone bill. Your wireless carrier may charge you simply for receiving a text message, regardless of whether you requested it.

It can slow cell phone performance by taking up space on your phone’s memory.

It’s illegal to send unsolicited commercial email messages to wireless devices, including cell phones and pagers, unless the sender gets your permission first. It’s also illegal to send unsolicited text messages from an auto-dialer — equipment that stores and dials phone numbers using a random or sequential number generator.

Exceptions to the law:
Transactional or relationship types of messages. If a company has a relationship with you, it can send you things like statements or warranty information.

Non-commercial messages. This includes political surveys or fundraising messages.

Here are a few steps to take if you receive text message spam:
Delete text messages that ask you to confirm or provide personal information: Legitimate companies don’t ask for information like your account numbers or passwords by email or text.

Don’t reply, and don’t click on links provided in the message: Links can install malware on your computer and take you to spoof sites that look real but whose purpose is to steal your information.

Treat your personal information like cash: Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers can be used to steal your money or open new accounts in your name. Don’t give them out in response to a text.

Place your cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry at https://www.donotcall.gov/.

If you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell subscriber, you can report spam texts to your carrier by copying the original message and forwarding it to the number 7726 (SPAM), free of charge.

Review your cell phone bill for unauthorized charges, and report them to your carrier.

If you receive unwanted commercial text messages, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

Be smart say no to text message spam.

 


Widespread Walmart Cash Card Con
Peg Broadcasting News/CPD Tuesday February 9, 2016

The Crossville Walmart store has fallen victim to what seems to be a widespread cash card con. Police were called to the store Monday after a woman scammed the business out of over $2,300 worth of merchandise. Reportedly, the female suspect’s cash card was initially rejected and she even told the cashier which buttons to press to make the transaction to go through. Surveillance footage captured the woman and a male suspect leaving in a 2008 or 2009 gold Ford Escape with Indiana tag XFP471. There was a Rebel Flag bumper sticker on the lower left corner of the hatch. There was also a firefighter sticker on the lower right window of the vehicle. According to police, two Walmart stores in Knoxville and one in Cookeville reported similar scams last week. The suspects in the Crossville case were last seen heading North on Main Street to Interstate 40.

 

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