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TDCI: Tennesseans Repaid Over $5.1M in 2016 Broadcasting News Wednesday January 18, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurances (TDCI) Consumer Insurance Services Section announces that more than $5.1 million was returned to Tennessee consumers in 2016 as a result of restitutiona process in which TDCI insurance investigators mediate between insurance companies and policyholders to get denied claims overturned and paid for policyholders.
From January through December of 2016, TDCI-assisted consumers received $5,121,759.84 in restitution, including $848,728.89 received in the month of December alone. By comparison, TDCI repaid consumers over $2.8 million in restitution during 2015.
The Department welcomes contact from Tennessee consumers with questions about agent activity or recommendations or the license status of a potential agent. Often times, regulatory actions stem as a direct result from a consumer feeling uncertain about a situation and contacting the Department. Questions about insurance? We can help. Visit the TDCI website or contact us at 1-800-342-4029 or (615) 741-2218.


Recent Mumps Outbreaks Cause Concern Broadcasting News Wednesday January 18, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Health is concerned about increases in mumps cases, including an ongoing outbreak in neighboring Arkansas which so far involves more than 2,400 suspected or confirmed cases of the illness.

TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH said, Mumps is a viral illness acquired through close contact with an infected person. It is usually a mild condition in children but can have more serious complications for adults.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all adults born in 1957 or more recently who have not had mumps receive at least one dose of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR vaccine in their lifetimes. Two doses are recommended for adults in high-risk settings: those attending college, working in a healthcare facility or traveling internationally. People born before 1957 are presumed to be immune through natural illness in childhood. Some may not recall having mumps because one-third of mumps cases are extremely mild or without symptoms.

MMR vaccine is available at all county health departments to any individual for whom protection from these diseases is desired. Certain insurance companies may be billed. Sliding scale fees based on income are available to people without insurance. Call your local health department for an appointment and for answers to questions you may have.


Team Will Investigate Sevier Co. Wildfire
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday January 18, 2017

A fire review team will investigate the deadly Sevier County wildfire that spread through Gatlinburg and killed 14 people at the end of November. Since it happened, fingers have been pointed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials. Many question what more the Park could have done to stop a 1.5 acre fire that began on November 23 in a remote area of the park from spreading to 20,000 acres by November 28. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said the team will be made up of representatives from the Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a fire chief from a nearby community. He expects the team to arrive "in the next week or two." During a hearing on Tuesday, Senator Lamar Alexander asked the nominee for Secretary of the Interior Montana Representative Ryan Zinke if he would watch the investigation closely and follow the review team's progress during the investigation.

State officials say insurance claims have topped $842 million in the deadly eastern Tennessee wildfires that burned thousands of buildings. FEMA has approved $2.5 million in wildfire-related grants as of Tuesday.


Library in Crossville Awarded $7,100 Technology Grant
Tre Hargett Secretary of State/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday January 18, 2017

The Art Circle Public Library has been awarded a $7,146 technology grant from the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The Library & Archives awarded more than $300,000 in technology grants to 114 public libraries across the state. The grants, which are distributed annually, are funded by Tennessee state government and a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In order to qualify, recipients must have dollar-for-dollar matching funds from their local governments. The grants are used for the purchase of desktop and laptop computers, as well as other electronic equipment that library users and staff members may need. Other area libraries receiving technology grants include the Putnam County Library in Cookeville- $5,471.00, the White County Public Library in Sparta -$2,761.00, and the Rockwood Public Library -$1,640.00.

Steve Hill Terminated; Lee Lawson Appointed Interim Crossville City Manager

Steve Hill Terminated; Lee Lawson Appointed Interim Crossville City Manager
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday January 18, 2017

Steve Hill was terminated as Interim City Manager at Tuesdays Special-Called Meeting of the Crossville City Council. The vote was 3-1 in favor of removing Hill, with Danny Wyatt voting no. Councilmember Pamala Harris was absent from the meeting. IT Administrator Lee Lawson was appointed Interim City Manager.
(Pictured: Interim City Manager Lee Lawson)


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