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Clarksville Mother Christine Watson Raises Carbon Monoxide Awareness with New Testimonial

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – To commemorate Tennessee’s annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day (September 18th) the mother of a carbon monoxide victim is speaking out in a powerful testimonial video from the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) highlighting the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.   

Clarksville resident Christine Watson is raising awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning which claimed the lives of her daughter and son-in-law (Jon and Kathryn Watson Over) as well as their three friends (Jim Wall, Tim Stone and Allison Bagwell-Wyatt).

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Safe Generator Use During Winter Weather

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As cold weather sweeps across Tennessee, home and business owners may rely on portable generators during occasional power outages to operate their electrical equipment such as heating units, computers, water pumps and lighting.

While portable generators can provide a quick fix, they can also pose unseen hazards that can have long-lasting effects. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that following some basic tips can ensure safe generator use every time.

Portable Generators Pose a Serious Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Portable Generators Pose a Serious Carbon Monoxide Hazard

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Tennessee Department of Health says Winter Weather brings Increased Risk for Carbon Monoxide Issues

 

Simple Safety Precautions May Save Lives

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Many of us do it:  when winter weather arrives, we try to make our homes as airtight as possible or try alternative heating methods to save money on heating costs.

While energy conservation is certainly important, so too is protecting your personal and family health. The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urge residents to know about potential home health and safety hazards during the winter months.

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New Austin Peay State University Scholarship honors Victim of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – At Kenwood High School on Tuesday, 18-year-old Skylar Hughes presented Austin Peay State University President Alisa White with a $25,000 check.

The money, which Skylar helped raise, will fund the Kathryn Watson Over Endowment—a new scholarship, named for Skylar’s former teacher, that will be awarded each year to a Kenwood graduate majoring in education at APSU.

The Kathryn Watson Over Endowment, created by Skylar Hughes, 18, to honor the memory of her former teacher Kathryn Watson Over who died along with four other people on Sept. 18, 2011 from carbon monoxide poisoning, is announced during a ceremony at Kenwood High School on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (Beth Liggett, APSU)

The Kathryn Watson Over Endowment, created by Skylar Hughes, 18, to honor the memory of her former teacher Kathryn Watson Over who died along with four other people on Sept. 18, 2011 from carbon monoxide poisoning, is announced during a ceremony at Kenwood High School on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (Beth Liggett, APSU)

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day Bill passes Tennessee House of Representatives, Headed to Governor Bill Haslam

 

Services to Military Families with Exceptional Family members proposal also advances

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Legislation to declare September 18th each year as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day passed by the House of Representatives on Monday, March 30th, and is now headed to the Governor for his signature. Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) was the Senate sponsor.

“Declaring September 18th as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day, in perpetuity, was the brainchild of Skylar Hughes, a former student of Katy Over, one of the Bikers Who Care who tragically lost their lives on that fateful day,” Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts said.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee Promise Legislation for Students in National Guard or Reserves clears House Committee

 

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts chosen by peers to serve as Secretary of the Tennessee Legislative Veterans Caucus

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 800 (Rep Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville)/Senate Bill 56 (Sen Mark Green, R-Clarksville) would authorize students who are members of the National Guard or a Reserve unit of a branch of the United States military and who are eligible for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, but cannot enroll in college in the fall term immediately following completion of high school due to certain military commitments, to enroll in the first term beginning after completion of such commitments without losing eligibility for the scholarship.

The bill passed the Education Administration and Planning Full Committee on Tuesday, March 10th and is currently in Finance, Ways and Means.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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Veterans Hiring Preference Bill Fails in Tennessee House Subcommittee

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day legislation advances

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – A bill designed to help veterans and their spouses find employment was defeated in the Consumer and Human Resources subcommittee of the Tennessee House of Representatives this week.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), would have enabled private employers to create written policies giving preference in hiring honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, widows and widowers.

The bill failed by a quick voice vote with no questions or discussion by the committee.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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