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State Fire Marshal: Misuse of Electric Cords Can Lead to Fires
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday November 14, 2017

As people begin putting up their holiday decorations, the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans that the dangers of electrical hazards are always present and warns of common hazards such as overloaded electrical outlets, arcing, and extension cords. Between 2012 and 2016 in Tennessee, electrical distribution equipment such as wiring, outlets, cords and plugs accounted for 9.51 percent of all structure fires and 14.38 percent of all structure fire deaths, according to SFMO data. The State Fire Marshal's Office says you should check all electrical cords often. Replace cracked, damaged, and loose electrical or extension cords. Do not try to repair them. Major and small appliances should be plugged directly into a wall outlet, never an extension cord. Unplug small appliances when not in use. Extension cords are for temporary use only. Have a qualified electrician determine if additional circuits or wall outlets are needed. For more information on how to protect your family from an electrical fire, visit www.tn.gov/fire.

 


Operation Christmas Child Collection Week
Tuesday November 14, 2017

This week, two locations in the Cumberland County area will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world. During the project's National Collection Week, Nov. 13 - 20, Cumberland County residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. This year, Cumberland County-area residents hope to contribute more 5,000 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children. "We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas," said Cumberland County volunteer Anita Smith, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for 17 years. "Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them." The Cumberland County area Collection Sites: Crab Orchard Christian Church and Cumberland Fellowship.

 


TVA: Rupture in pipe causes evacuation
WVLT Monday November 13, 2017

Parts of the Tennessee Valley Authority towers in downtown Knoxville have been evacuated after an explosion, according to the Knoxville Fire Department. The Knoxville Fire Department was sent to the scene of the TVA towers near 400 W. Summit Hill Drive at 10:38 a.m. ET for reports of a fire in the computer room. The fire is no longer active, according to KFD. Emergency responders said evacuations were ordered for people in the building near the general area of the computer room. A representative with the Knoxville Fire Department said there were no reported injuries at this time. The Tennessee Valley Authority posted on social media about the evacuation. "No fire or explosion at TVA towers in downtown Knoxville. Rupture in Halon fire suppression pipe caused employees to be evacuated. No injuries and all employees accounted for," @TVAnews tweeted. Local 8 News is working to confirm more information about the incident.

 


Woman Busted For Injecting Meth At Peavine Store
Peg Broadcasting News Monday November 13, 2017

A Mississippi woman was arrested after she allegedly injected herself with methamphetamine while in the restroom of a Peavine Road store. Crossville Police were called after 23-year-old Haley Gabrielle Shell was seen with a needle sticking out of her arm. Shell reportedly admitted to shooting up and was transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center where she was served with a warrant for Public Intoxication.

 


Tennessee Joins 24 Other States to Dissolve Deceptive Veterans Charity
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Monday November 13, 2017

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery, III and law enforcement partners in 24 states announced a settlement with VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization's termination. In March 2017, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors through misleading telemarketing solicitation scripts. In its most recent financial statement, VietNow reported raising nearly $2 million nationwide; only 5 percent of funds raised went to charitable programs. Attorneys general in multiple states, including Tennessee, soon began their own investigations of VietNow, which will now end its operation. Upon dissolution, VietNow's remaining funds will be paid to two well-respected veterans charities, Fisher House Foundation and Operation Homefront. If you are aware of false, misleading or deceptive activity, please notify the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming at 1-800-861-7393 or (615) 741-2555. For more information on charitable organizations, donations and solicitations visit sos.tn.gov/charitable.

 

 
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