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Travelers urged to protect themselves from Mosquitoes

March 31, 2015

Chikungunya Virus Disease Spread by Bites

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding vacation and business travelers about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue.

The first confirmed case of chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014; since then 42 additional cases have been documented, all involving travel outside the state.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Medical Reserve Corps volunteers serve in many ways

March 29, 2015

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – When flooding, deadly tornadoes or other disasters strike in Tennessee, there’s a dedicated group of volunteers ready to provide assistance. They’re members of the Medical Reserve Corps, a network of community-based volunteers who can support critical work to restore health and safety during and following emergencies.

“The Medical Reserve Corps provides an opportunity for persons with medical or healthcare training and those with no previous training but a desire to help others to come together as part of an emergency response team if needed,” said Tennessee Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Director Paul Petersen, PharmD. “The Medical Reserve Corps provides nearly all Tennesseans opportunities to contribute their skills and talents if a crisis occurs.” [Read more]

Tennessee Driver License reform Bill moves forward in committee

March 28, 2015

Written by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Speaker Pro Tempore

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Legislation designed to save money and cut down on the time spent renewing driver licenses moved forward this week in the House of Representatives.

As many Tennesseans note, despite technologies that allow licenses to be renewed online or in mobile kiosks, driver license centers across the state are often overcrowded.

House Bill 198 seeks to help solve this problem by moving the driver license renewal period from five to eight years. As the law stands now, Tennessee has among the shortest periods of time that a license is valid when compared to other states. Most states already have either a seven or an eight year license.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Urges Consumers to Protect Themselves from Identity Theft

March 28, 2015

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN - Two cyber attacks this year at Anthem and Premera Blue Cross health benefits companies have potentially exposed millions of Americans – including thousands of Tennessee residents – to identity theft and fraud by cyber criminals.

Identity theft is a serious crime that can ruin your finances, your credit history and your reputation. Once identity thieves steal your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on credit cards, open new utility accounts or get medical treatment on your health insurance. [Read more]

Tennessee Driver License reform Bill moves forward in committee

March 27, 2015

Written by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Speaker Pro Tempore

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Legislation designed to save money and cut down on the time spent renewing driver licenses moved forward this week in the House of Representatives.

As many Tennesseans note, despite technologies that allow licenses to be renewed online or in mobile kiosks, driver license centers across the state are often overcrowded.

House Bill 198 seeks to help solve this problem by moving the driver license renewal period from five to eight years. As the law stands now, Tennessee has among the shortest periods of time that a license is valid when compared to other states. Most states already have either a seven or an eight year license.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal reminds residents to create fire escape plan

March 27, 2015

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households estimated that it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often much less.

“Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize,” said State Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out is essential for ensuring your family’s safety in the event of a fire.” [Read more]

Tennessee Department of Health says Tuberculosis is a Preventable, Treatable and Curable Disease

March 25, 2015

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health reminds Tennesseans tuberculosis is a major public health concern. The number of TB cases increased in Tennessee in 2014 to 151 compared to 143 cases reported in 2013.

“We know we can’t let our guard down,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “The Tennessee Department of Health works daily to identify TB infection, prevent TB disease and treat infectious TB disease to help save lives. [Read more]

American Heart Association says pedometer step count better than physical activity self-reports for predicting weight loss

March 15, 2015

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Using a pedometer to count steps is an easy and accessible way to accurately measure physical activity and may be a better predictor of weight loss than self-reported physical activity, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting.

Researchers compared the associations between self-reported physical activity, pedometer step count measurements and weight loss to determine if pedometers might offer a better way to measure some aspects of physical activity.

Pedometer. (American Heart Association)

Pedometer. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance says be wary of Tax Scams ahead of April 15th filing deadline

March 13, 2015

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN - Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak warns Tennessee residents to avoid falling prey to scammers and phony tax preparers ahead of the April 15th Tax Day deadline.

“Scammers and fraudulent tax preparers use the rush of tax season to prey on people by using fraudulent practices designed to steal money and personal information,” McPeak said. “Tennesseans should be vigilant in protecting their personal information during this time of the year by educating themselves before hiring someone to prepare their taxes.” [Read more]

TDOT Launches Plan for Statewide Pothole Repair

March 11, 2015

Repair Locations Will Be Posted Online Daily

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, TN – A series of brutal winter storms followed by heavy rainfall amounts have created an abundance of potholes along Tennessee’s interstates and state highways.

With warmer temperatures in the forecast over the coming days, TDOT is launching a massive effort using all available manpower to repair the damaged areas as quickly as possible.

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