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USDA Farm Service Agency Offers Text Alerts to Cumberland and Bledsoe County Producers
Denesa G. Jolley,Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Tuesday September 19, 2017

Cumberland/Bledsoe County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Denesa Jolley announced that farmers and ranchers in Tennessee now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their cell phone.

Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, this service enables FSA customers and stakeholders to receive notifications while on the go. Producers will receive text messages regarding important program deadlines, reporting requirements, outreach events and updates.

Producers can text TNBledsoe or TNCumberland to FSANOW (372-669) to subscribe to text message alerts from Bledsoe and Cumberland County. Standard text messaging rates apply. Contact your wireless carrier for details associated with your particular data plan. Participants may unsubscribe at any time.

Please contact your local FSA office at 931-484-6520 or toll free 855-216-2802 if you have questions regarding FSA's email news service or the new text message option.

 


Food stamp work requirement to return for most of Tennessee
AP/WVLT Tuesday September 19, 2017

Governor Bill Haslam is reinstating food stamp work requirements for most Tennessee counties starting February 1.

Haslam said Monday that Tennessee will re-establish federal work requirements in 70 counties for able-bodied adults without dependents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

That requirement was waived in 2008 amid recession. It won't be reinstated for 16 economically distressed counties. Currently, the work requirement is in place in nine counties, including seven in the Nashville area.

Haslam said it's now difficult to justify the waiver amid record-low unemployment rates and substantial job growth. The governor's office says other states have similarly restored work requirements.

The change affects 58,000 of about 1 million Tennesseans on food stamps.

The administration said Haslam also will propose legislative changes to reduce welfare fraud, waste and abuse.

 


Tennessee sends 9-1-1 Help to Florida
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday September 19, 2017

A team of 9-1-1 dispatchers deployed Monday from Chattanooga, Tenn. for a week-long operation in Naples, Fla. to help local first responders with answering emergency calls and dispatching resources as Florida continues to recover from Hurricane Irma.

The six-member team represents the Hamilton County 9-1-1 Unified Emergency Communications District and is the first 9-1-1 team ever deployed out of Tennessee through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).

The 9-1-1 team's deployment follows Friday's send-off of workers from Metro Nashville Water Services to help repair water lines along the Florida Keys Aqueduct. A nurse strike team remains deployed in Naples, Fla., supporting shelter operations, and the Tennessee Army National Guard and Tennessee Air National Guard are supporting disaster recovery operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida.

 


Increasing Number of Tennesseans Dying from Drug Overdoses
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday September 19, 2017

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016, the highest annual number of such deaths recorded in state history. This is an increase from the 1,451 overdose deaths recorded among Tennessee residents in 2015.

Overall, rates of death from drug overdose among Tennesseans have increased 12 percent from 2015 to 2016. Overdose deaths related to fentanyl have dramatically increased 74 percent from 169 to 294 in that time period. The biggest increase in fentanyl deaths is in those aged 25 - 34, where deaths increased from 42 in 2015 to 114 in 2016.

TDH data show heroin was associated with the deaths of 260 Tennesseans in 2016, a 26 percent increase over the previous year.

Tennessee drug overdose deaths due to stimulants like methamphetamine also increased substantially, especially in people aged 25 - 44, where they increased from 57 deaths in 2015 to 101 in 2016. Most people who die from drug overdose are found to have more than one drug in their systems that contributed to their deaths. TDH data show an increase in deaths where both opioids and stimulants were used, from 65 deaths in 2015 to 111 in 2016.

Substance abuse is a treatable and preventable disease. Call the Tennessee REDLINE at 1-800-889-9789 for immediate help for anyone suffering from a substance abuse disorder.

 
CCHS Boys win District Golf Title


CCHS Boys win District Golf Title
Peg News Tuesday September 19, 2017

Cumberland County High School Boys Golf Team won the Large Division District 6 Golf Championship. CCHS shot a combined team score of 308 to win by 12 strokes over second place Cookeville. 10 teams competed in the event held at The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain Golf Course. CCHS Senior Zach Young shot a 72 to finish in First Place and Junior Hogan Herring shot a 73 for second place. Also CCHS Junior Kelsee Neely shot an 80 to win the Girls Individual District 6 Golf Title. The CCHS Boys Golf Team and Miss Neely advance to Regions next week. Pictured are coach Randy Herring, Hogan Herring, Nick Horvath, Zach Young, Justin Reed and Tucker Christopher. Picture courtesy of Kim Herring.

 

 

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