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TWRA arrests 8 for BUI
TWRA Sunday June 16, 2013
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency arrested eight people for boating under the influence over the July 4th holiday weekend this year. TWRA officials say they checked more than 3,400 vessels over the 4-day holiday period. Agents made three additional arrests and issued 144 citations during that period
Kentucky Farm Accused of Using Pesticides on Organic Products
WBIR Sunday June 16, 2013
An organic farm in Tennessee says it is no longer buying produce from farmers in southern Kentucky who use pesticides on their produce. The owners of Delvin Farms, which is the largest federally certified organic farm in Middle Tennessee, told The Tennessean that they used to purchase a small amount of non-organic produce from a group of Mennonite farmers in Scottsville, Ky. They said the produce was clearly labeled as non-organic when it was sold to customers. Another Middle Tennessee produce vendor filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the practice. The newspaper reports the case highlights the rising demand for produce that is organic and locally grown.
Beware of AC Scams
WBIR Saturday June 15, 2013
The director of Tennessee's Division of Consumer Affairs is asking residents to beware of air condition repair-scam artists this summer. WBIR reports that Gary Cordell says such individuals use the hot temperatures to take advantage of people by charging for unnecessary repair work. He says to always check the unit's warranty before making any repairs. He says to also research the company/contractor before agreeing to have work done, and to make sure that the company or contractor lists a physical address.
Burns Phillips Named Commissioner of the Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
TN.gov Saturday June 15, 2013
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Burns Phillips as the new commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Phillips had been serving as acting commissioner of the department, after coming over from the Department of Finance and Administration (F&A) where he was managing director of customer-focused government initiatives administration-wide.
Hiker Stranded in the Smokies
WVLT Friday June 14, 2013
A 53 year-old hiker was stranded for nearly a full day in the Smokies after storms rolled through East Tennessee Thursday afternoon. WVLT authorities said the man was trapped when a tree fell on him. Rescue teams have reached him and are trying to decide on the best route out of the mountains, whether its heading back toward Cosby or pushing through to North Carolina. The storm that ripped through the area spurred tornado warnings in Cocke Co. and into North Carolina. The National Weather Service is still trying to determine if a tornado did touch down near Cosby.