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State Advises Be Cautious in Giving
Thursday December 1, 2016

In the wake of the devastating wildfires in East Tennessee, Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging people to use caution when trying to help fire victims.

Hargett says we should be diligent in giving to only reputable organizations so that they can best assist the people of Gatlinburg and Sevier County. He says you should not be pressured into giving cash donations to people you don't know. Unfortunately, during disasters there are scam artists who prey on our generosity.

If a nonprofit asks you for a contribution, check to see if it is registered with the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming. Ask questions about how and who will benefit from your donation. Do your research and don't assume a social media or blog recommendation has been approved by the nonprofit. avoid giving cash. Always ask for a receipt and if your contribution is tax deductible. And pay close attention to the name of the nonprofit organization, as there are many with similar names.


Gas Prices Rising
Thursday December 1, 2016

Motorists are already seeing higher prices at the gas pump this week, and prices will move even higher now, based on an agreement reached Wednesday by OPEC.

OPEC announced plans to cut crude oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day, effective in January. The shift is aimed at draining a global glut that led to lower fuel prices in the last two years.

Analysts believe the OPEC agreement could boost crude prices by $5 or more, which would directly lead to increases of at least 13 cents at the pump. Retail prices were already rising this week based on the expectation that a deal would be reached. So far this week, prices are up 2 cents in Tennessee.


Home Instead Senior Care in Crossville Taking Donations for Gatlinburg Fire Victims
Submitted: Cheyenne Jones Wednesday November 30, 2016

Home Instead Senior Care in Crossville is now taking donations to help those affected by the Gatlinburg fires. If you wish to make a donation, items that are needed include jackets, newer used clothing, blankets, canned food, bottled water, shampoo, conditioner, chap stick, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, hair brushes, diapers, wipes, kids toy, old cell phone chargers or anything beneficial for these families who have lost their homes. Donations can be dropped off at Home Instead Senior Care, 19 Stanley Street, in Crossville, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For questions, call Home Instead at 931-707-5595.


TBI Establishes Hotline to Coordinate Missing Persons Reports in Wildfire Response
TBI Wednesday November 30, 2016

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has established a hotline to coordinate reports of missing persons in the areas affected by the recent wildfires in East Tennessee.

Those wishing to report missing individuals believed to be in the affected areas of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Wears Valley may contact 1-800-TBI-FIND. Callers should be prepared to relay as much identifying information as possible, including names, phone numbers, vehicle identification, and last known whereabouts. Recognizing the importance of accounting for individuals who may be missing, the TBI urges the public to refrain from calling to inquire about the status of personal properties in the affected areas.

The information gathered by the TBI will be immediately available to law enforcement authorities in the response area for further follow-up.


Death Toll Climbs to 7 in Gatlinburg Fires
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday November 30, 2016

The death toll is now at 7 from Gatlinburgs devastating fires that have damaged or destroed more than 700 structures and raged over 15,000 acres. At least 53 people have been injured. A curfew was enforced in Gatlinburg from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and those remaining in the city were asked to conserve water. Residents have also been instructed to strain and boil water before drinking. The Dollywood theme park was spared from the blazes and plans to reopen on Friday afternoon.


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