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New Adult Day Care Licensing Requirement Effective July 1 Broadcasting News Thursday June 29, 2017

Adult day care agencies providing care to 5 or more people are required to obtain a license by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and adhere to licensing requirements beginning July 1, 2017. The new requirement is a result of legislation passed in 2017 which lowered the previous required licensing threshold from 10 to 5 adult day care participants. Licensed adult day care agencies must meet established standards and receive regular monitoring visits. In addition to current licensed agencies providing care for 10 or more adults, the licensing requirement will now include agencies that care for between 5 and 10 adults.

Adult Day Care is available across the state for adults who do not need the services of institutional care such as nursing homes, but still need services that help them function to their fullest potential. Adult day care agencies currently providing care for 5 to 9 adults without a license should contact the local TDHS child and adult care licensing office to initiate the licensing process. The DHS Licensing Office can be contacted at (615) 253-4797.

Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Adult Day Care at


Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Fitzgerald Collision & Repair to Expand in the Upper Cumberland Broadcasting News Thursday June 29, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Fitzgerald Collision & Repair officials announced today that the company will undergo a major expansion in the Upper Cumberland and create 220 new jobs in the region.

Fitzgerald Collision & Repair will invest $9 million to expand its existing facility in Rickman and establish new operations in Sparta.

Fitzgerald Collision & Repair recently announced a new vocational program and partnership with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Livingston, which offers students training in commercial fleet truck maintenance and repair. With the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee is the first state in the nation to offer all citizens both high school graduates and adults the chance to earn a post secondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees.

Established in 2014, Fitzgerald Collision & Repair provides collision repair for commercial truck fleets across the U.S. Fitzgerald Collision & Repair will add 100,000 square feet to its existing state-of-the-art repair facility in Rickman.

The company will also establish a new facility in White County which will create 75 new jobs and Fitzgerald Collision & Repairs will add 145 new jobs at its expanded operations in Overton County.

Interested applicants can visit for more information.


Man Killed By Train in Monterey, Tennessee
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday June 29, 2017

A Putnam County man was killed Wednesday afternoon when he was struck by a train in Monterey, TN. The accident happened between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. as 37-year- old Jesse Harold Cooper was walking along the train tracks by Woodcliff Road near the Intersection of Grant Lane. Cooper died at the scene. The incident is still being investigated.


State Gives Rhea County 60 Days To Correct Jail Overcrowding
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday June 29, 2017

State officials have sent a letter to Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal giving him only 60 days to correct overcrowding at the jail before the matter is taken to court. There are currently 217 inmates at the Rhea County Jail and only 87 beds. That means 130 prisoners are sleeping on the floor. The state has mandated that in 30 days Sheriff Neal must reduce the population in half and in 30 more days the jail must contain no more than 87 inmates. If he is unable to do that, it could cost Rhea County as much as $1 Million per year to pay for housing the inmates in other counties. Sheriff Neal says the county commission has known for years that Rhea County needs a new justice center but has failed to budget for a new, larger facility. In response, commissioners say they are looking for property to build a new jail but admit they lack the funds to build it.


Judge Rules Records Must Be Released On Fall Creek Falls State Park
AP Thursday June 29, 2017

A judge has ruled in favor of a media group that sued the state of Tennessee to release records about its attempt to outsource services at Fall Creek Falls State Park. The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government says Davidson County Chancellor Bill Young on Tuesday said the state must produce records to City Press Communications, LLC, parent company of the Nashville Scene and the Nashville Post, and reporter Cari Wade Gervin.


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