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What you need to know about tax-free weekend in Tennessee
WVLT Friday July 22, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Shoppers can enjoy a sales tax holiday in Tennessee one weekend earlier than in years past. The sales tax holiday will be the last weekend in July instead of the first weekend in August. That means, this year, it will happen from July 29 to 31.

This is because of a 2016 law change. The change only affected when this sales tax holiday would happen. It starts at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ends 11:59 p.m. that following Sunday.

"The sales tax holiday for back-to-school items is earlier this year. We encourage Tennesseans to mark their calendars so they don't miss this opportunity to save on important items," Gov. Bill Haslam said.

Shoppers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less during this sales tax holiday. Tennessee had its first sales tax holiday in 2007.

For more information about the sales tax holiday, please visit You can also search for answers to questions or submit questions to the Department of Revenue through the Revenue Help application at

Application Period Deadline Is July 27 for 2016 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts

Application Period Deadline Is July 27 for 2016 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts Friday July 22, 2016

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is announcing that the application deadline is nearing for the 2016 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and WMA youth hunts.

Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) on Wednesday, July 27.

The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at the TWRA website, Mailed applications will not be processed into the drawing system.

There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 Annual Senior Citizen Sportsman License. For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable $12 permit fee for each drawing entered. There is a $1 agent fee for applications made at a license agent. When applying at a license agent, hunters must remain at the location while the application is processed to verify the information is correct on the receipt.

For applications made on the internet, there is a $2 internet usage fee. An internet application is not complete until the applicant gets a Temporary Authorization Number, which is found on the Purchase Confirmation page. If entering multiple quota hunts, a person must pay the permit and agent fee(s) for each quota hunt application submitted.

The WMA (elk hunts excluded) priority point system gives a priority point for each year a hunter participates (this year a maximum of 11 points) without being successfully drawn for a hunt. Applicants drawn for a hunt last year will start over with a priority of zero.

After all the drawings are conducted, leftover permits will be sold on-line, on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Aug. 24 at 8 a.m. (CDT).

The states eighth elk hunt will be held Oct. 17-21, 2016. As in the previous hunts, five individuals will be selected to participate. Four of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. The fifth participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which this year is the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. That permit will be awarded to the successful bidder in an eBay auction to be held July 28-Aug. 7.

Additionally, five new archery only permits were added. Archery hunt dates are Oct. 3-7, 2016.

For the fifth year, a Young Sportsman Elk Hunt will be held Oct. 22-23. Those applying must be ages 13-16 years old at the time of the hunt. Youth who submit an application for the regular elk quota hunt are not permitted to apply for the youth elk hunt.

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TDCI: Unclaimed Funds Letters Mailed From State Are Legitimate Friday July 22, 2016

NASHVILLE The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurances Division of Consumer Affairs wants consumers to be on the lookout for letters from the State of Tennessee indicating that they might have unclaimed funds. The State of Tennessees Treasury Department, Division of Unclaimed Property, has recently sent a mass mailing of letters to consumers for which they have a record of unclaimed property.

There is more than $720 million in unclaimed property in Tennessee.

What are unclaimed funds? Unclaimed funds are intangible assets held by financial institutions or companies that have had no activity or account holder contact for a year or more. This may include savings or checking accounts, refunds, customer overpayments, contents of safe deposit boxes, stock certificates, unclaimed wages, gift certificates, etc.

To determine if you have unclaimed property on file with the State of Tennessee, you can visit the Unclaimed Property Divisions website at www.Treasury.TN.Gov/unclaim or call 615-741-6499. You can search for your name, and if property is found, you can quickly submit a claim for it. There is no fee to claim your property from the State of Tennessee.

To prevent accumulating unclaimed property:

- Deposit or cash all checks for dividends, wages, insurance settlements, etc. without delay.
- Respond to legitimate requests for confirmation of account balances and stock holder proxies.
- If you have a safe deposit box, record its number, bank name and address, and give the extra key to a trusted person.
- Prepare and file a will detailing the disposition of your assets.


Backyard Chickens Blamed For Salmonella Outbreaks in Tennessee, Nation
CDC/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday July 21, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say background chickens have caused Salmonella outbreaks in Tennessee, Kentucky and several other states. Over 600 people have become ill and one person has died. Kentucky reports 35 cases of Salmonella; Tennessee has 8 so far. The CDC says Salmonella does not affect chickens, so even if your flock looks healthy it can still pass the bacteria to you. People who raise chickens should wear gloves when tending their flocks and wash their hands and change clothing right after. Children should not be allowed to pet or play with chicks or chickens. And never let chickens roam inside your home, especially around food preparation areas.


July 23 - TN Promise Volunteer Day at Tenessee State Parks Thursday July 21, 2016

Tennessee State Parks is hosting Tennessee Promise Saturday on July 23. While these statewide events are geared towards TN Promise scholars, they are open to anyone who would like to participate.

Cumberland Mountain State Park:

Volunteers will be cutting lots of brush and hauling it away from the peninsula to reclaim picnic areas that have become overgrown.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Boat Dock Parking lot
Event Contact: Ranger Monica Johnson, (931) 484-6138,
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
To sign up:

Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park:

Join us at Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park as we work on our reproduction WWI trench system. Volunteers will help park staff by filling sandbags and reinforcing the defensive positions in the trench. Volunteers should bring work gloves, sunscreen and water. This project will require the use of hand tools and will be moderate in difficulty.
9 a.m.-noon
Meeting Location: Visitor Center, 2609 North York Hwy, Pall Mall, TN 38577
Event Contact: Park Manager Travis Stover, (931) 879-6456,
Maximum Number of Participants: 10
To sign up:

tnAchieves/Tennessee Promise students are required to give back at least 8 hours of community service prior to each term. The deadline for completing those hours for the Fall Semester/Trimester is August 1, 2016. Students who do not complete their community service hours by the deadline face losing their scholarships.


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