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Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office Emphasizes the Role Fire Safety Plays in Schools

July 31, 2017

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As the start of the fall school semester approaches, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds residents that the fire-safe behavior and habits children learn in school help keep them from harm while inside a school’s walls and sets the stage for a lifetime of fire safety awareness.

“We want school staff, students and parents to understand the importance of school fire safety planning and inspections for code compliance,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “SFMO inspectors work diligently to uphold established school fire codes. Those codes are designed to prevent fire deaths and injuries and, in many cases, are a direct response to a tragedy that occurred in our nation’s past.”

Fire Safety [Read more]

AAA says Tennessee Gas Prices are 18 Cents More Than Last Year

July 31, 2017

Clarksville-Montgomery County has the Least Expensive Gas Prices in Tennessee

AAANashville, TN – Gas prices saw another round of increases last week. Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.08 on Sunday. The state average is 3 cents more than last week, and 18 cents more than this time last year. 

People using the free AAA mobile app are finding gas prices between $1.90 and $2.35. The price for regular unleaded is below $2.00 per gallon at fewer than 25 percent of gas stations in Tennessee; the price is less than $2.25 at 93 percent of gas stations in the state.

Gas Prices Rise on Strong Demand and Crude Draws.

Gas Prices Rise on Strong Demand and Crude Draws.

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Tennessee High School Students Scores Improve Across All Subjects In Second Year Of New Assessment

July 28, 2017

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has announced that Tennessee high school students improved across all subject areas – English, math, science, and U.S. history – on the 2016-17 TNReady end-of-course exams.

Thousands of additional students are meeting course expectations compared to last year, and the state reduced the percentage of students scoring at the lowest achievement level across all subject areas.

In 2015- 16, high school students set a new baseline in the first year of TNReady.

In 2015- 16, high school students set a new baseline in the first year of TNReady.

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Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Prohibits Fireball Device From Operating In Tennessee

July 28, 2017

Decision Comes After Fatal Accident at the Ohio State Fair

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips has issued an order prohibiting all Fireball amusement devices, manufactured by KMG, from operating within the state. This is the device involved in a fatal accident Wednesday evening at the Ohio State Fair.

“After much consideration and thought, and with the safety of Tennesseans and visitors to our great state in mind, I have decided the Fireball amusement device should not operate here,” Commissioner Phillips explained.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips

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Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend July 28th-30th, 2017

July 27, 2017

Tennessee Department of RevenueNashville, TN – Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01am on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59pm the following Sunday night.

During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free.

Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday

This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01am on Friday, July 28th, 2017 and ends Sunday, July 30th, 2017 at 11:59pm.

During this time, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as students prepare for the back-to-school season.

Who can buy tax-exempt clothing?

Anyone (not just students) can buy clothing that qualify.

What’s tax-exempt?

  • General apparel that costs $100 or less per item (shirts, pants, jackets, socks, shoes, dresses, etc.)
  • Items that are normally sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 threshold.
  • More items are listed at www.tntaxholiday.com

What’s still taxable?

  • Apparel that costs more than $100.00.
  • Items such as jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment.
  • Items purchased for business or trade use.

Who can buy tax-exempt school supplies?

Anyone (not just students) can buy school supplies that qualify.

What’s tax-exempt?

  • School and art supplies with a purchase price of $100.00 or less per item, such as binders, books, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers, and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads, and artist paintbrushes.
  • Items that are normally sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100.00 threshold.
  • More items are listed at www.tntaxholiday.com

What’s still taxable?

  • School and art supplies individually priced at more than $100.00.
  • Who can buy tax-exempt computers?
  • Anyone (not just students) can buy computers that qualify.

Who can buy tax-exempt computers?

Anyone (not just students) can buy computers that qualify.

What’s tax-exempt?

  • Computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less.
  • This includes laptops as well as tablets (iPads, etc.).
  • Computers for personal (not business) use.
  • More items are listed at www.tntaxholiday.com

What’s still taxable?

  • Computer parts, like keyboards and monitors, when not sold with a CPU.
  • Storage media, like flash drives and compact discs.
  • Individually purchased software.
  • Video game consoles.
  • Computer printers and supplies.
  • Electronic readers (Kindles, Nooks, etc.) and personal digital assistants.
  • Cell phones, including smart phones.
  • Items purchased for business or trade use.

Additional Information

If you have questions about the sales tax holiday, please look at our frequently asked questions

For more information about the sales tax holiday, please visit www.tntaxholiday.com

About the Tennessee Department of Revenue

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2015 fiscal year, it collected $12.6 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.4 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.

TDCI Shares Scam Prevention Tips for Summer Travelers

July 25, 2017

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – With Tennesseans squeezing in one last vacation before the school year starts, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs urges consumers to be on the lookout for scammers and identity thieves who target summer travelers. 

Scams [Read more]

AAA reports Summer to end with Higher Gas Prices

July 24, 2017

Clarksville-Montgomery County has the cheapest Gas Prices in Tennessee

AAATampa, FL – Gas prices have been on a rollercoaster ride this summer. After rising in the spring, then taking a nosedive last month, pump prices are climbing once again, only to setup for another plunge in the fall.

The average price for gasoline in Tennessee rose 3 cents during the past week. The state average on Sunday was $2.05. Motorists using the AAA Mobile App are finding prices between $1.90 and $2.30.

Gas Prices are starting to climb.

Gas Prices are starting to climb.

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Lost Policy Service Helps Tennesseans Recover $1.6M in Life Insurance Benefits

July 21, 2017

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) reminds Tennesseans of an online tool that has so far returned over $1,679,721 in life insurance benefits to Tennesseans since last year.

Available since 2016, the Life Insurance Policy Locator Service helps consumers locate benefits from life insurance policies and annuity contracts.

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance gives tips to protect you savings.

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance gives tips to protect you savings.

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Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network responds to Blue Whale Challenge

July 21, 2017

Tennessee Suicide Prevention NetworkNashville, TN – The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) has fielded several inquiries from the public regarding the Blue Whale challenge, a cellphone app that reportedly encourages users to engage in acts of self-harm and ultimately suicide.

Reports about the game and deaths connected to it, both in Russia where it apparently originated and in the United States, have prompted widespread media coverage as well as warnings from school districts and law enforcement agencies.

Network Addresses School, Community Concerns Regarding Blue Whale Challenge Online Game.

Network Addresses School, Community Concerns Regarding Blue Whale Challenge Online Game.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Announces Lowest Unemployment Rate in State History

July 20, 2017

Tennessee has unemployment rate of 3.6 percent for June 2017

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June 2017 was 3.6 percent, the lowest in Tennessee recorded history.

The June 2017 preliminary seasonally adjusted rate surpasses the previous low of 3.7 percent from March 2000.

Tennessee Unemployment Rate - June 2017 [Read more]

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