Nashville, TN – The wave of harsh winter weather rolling through the Volunteer State is leaving a trail of destruction in its wake that includes home fires, frozen pipes, and power outages. The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans how crucial it is to keep fire safety in mind during the winter months.
“The brutally cold conditions we have experienced this week can drastically increase fire risks during what is already a peak season for residential fires,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “It is crucial to make fire safety a priority in and around our homes to avoid the damage that can accompany frigid temperatures.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Richard S. Steece, PhD, D(ABMM) has been named director of the Tennessee Department of Health’s Division of Laboratory Services. In this position, Steece will direct all TDH microbiology and environmental lab programs and services.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Steece to our team,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “His practical experiences at the regional, national and international levels will serve Tennesseans well.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Tennessee was named one of only three states selected to receive a grant valued at $1 million to increase on-time college completion rates.
The grant supports the state’s higher education reform efforts that help students finish a degree in two years from a community college and in four years from a university, saving time and money, and ensuring a higher rate of success.
The award enhances Governor Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative to encourage more Tennesseans to earn a college degree or workforce certificate. «Read the rest of this article»
More Than 130 Jobs Currently Available
Nashville, TN – AT&T* has announced that the company is seeking applicants to fill more than 130 jobs in the Tennessee, including nearly 50 new jobs. The positions will be primarily focused on customer service, retail and technician positions and are a result of AT&T’s continued investment in Tennessee.
So far this year, AT&T has invested more than $175 million in its wired and wireless networks in Tennessee and hired about 800 Tennesseans to meet continued growth of wireless and broadband services in the state. «Read the rest of this article»
Replacement for Retiring Justice Janice M. Holder
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has appointed Holly M. Kirby of Memphis to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Kirby will succeed Janice M. Holder, who announced her retirement from the bench on June 28th, upon expiration of her term.
Kirby, a lifelong Tennessean, has served as a member of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section, since 1995. She was the first woman to serve on that court and has authored more than 1,000 opinions on appeals from trial courts across the state. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee State Fire Marshal offers tips for a Safely Decorated Home
Nashville, TN – The winter holiday season should be a joyous time of year. However, certain types of fires and injuries associated with decorating are all too common and can put a damper on holiday celebrations.
“Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “To decrease your risk for a home fire, keep fire safety in mind as you deck the halls this season.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine Offers FREE Support to Those Who Want to Quit
Nashville, TN – Quitting smoking is a popular New Year’s resolution each year, but how many people actually quit?
Six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking, according to the American Lung Association, but planning ahead can greatly improve a person’s likelihood of quitting for good.
Historical Observation Continues on December 7th, 2013
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced December 7th, 2013 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
On December 7th, 1941, 2,390 American military personnel were killed and another 1,178 were wounded in an unprovoked attack by the Air and Naval forces serving Japan.
Encourages Local Residents to Prepare for Potential Power Outages
Clarksville, TN – As many Tennesseans brace for what may be a troublesome and dangerous ice storm this weekend, the Red Cross is continuing to prepare, plan and work to coordinate with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents who may be impacted by the storms across Middle and West Tennessee.
American Heart Association reports U.S. stroke deaths declining due to improved prevention, treatment
Dallas, TX – Stroke deaths in the United States have declined dramatically in recent decades due to improved treatment and prevention, according to a scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
The American Stroke Association commissioned this paper to discuss the reasons that stroke dropped from the third to fourth leading cause of death. «Read the rest of this article»
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