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TBI Used Reserve Funding to Avoid Layoffs
Thursday January 18, 2018

A report says the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation used reserves over the last four years to avoid layoffs and operational gaps due to budget cuts required by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.
The state comptroller's office review says TBI has underestimated its costs and annually expected to operate at a budget shortfall with reserve accounts filling the gaps.
The report says TBI's reserve accounts have been greatly diminished. Additionally, the Tennessee commissioner of finance and administration swept more than $6.1 million from TBI's handgun permit fund in 2014 to put in Tennessee's general fund.
The report says TBI didn't request budget increases partly because its officials said they didn't expect approval through the governor's budget process.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn promised better communication and consideration of possibly charging for some services.

 


Power Supply Alert
Wednesday January 17, 2018

A power supply alert is in effect for the TVA service territory. McMinnville Electric System, Caney Fork Electric and TVA are asking all electric power consumers to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity as much as possible until Wednesday morning or further notice. Reducing your consumption of electricity will help you save on your electric bill and will help TVA avoid purchasing higher priced power from other parts of the country.
They suggest that you postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment, reduce the use of heating by adjusting thermostats to 66 degrees, and turn off all nonessential lights and appliances.

 


Flu Still on the Rise
WRCB Wednesday January 17, 2018

During the week of January 7th, 44 percent more patients were treated at Erlanger hospitals for flu-like symptoms than during the first week of the year a hospital spokesperson explained.
Erlanger has treated 546 patients for flu-like symptoms since the beginning of flu season. By this time last year, they had only treated 84.
An Erlanger spokesperson said, "medical specialists continue to urge area residents who have not been vaccinated to do so, noting according to the CDC flu activity often peaks between December and February and can last into May."

 


USPS Asks Residents To Clear Areas Around Mailboxes
Wednesday January 17, 2018

The U.S. Postal Service needs residents to help keep walkways and areas around mailboxes clear of snow and ice.
The USPS said, "the Postal Service Tennessee District officials are making a concerted effort to raise public awareness of the importance of keeping walkways, sidewalks, and approaches to mailboxes clear from snow and ice in the interest of neighborhood safety."
Here are some tips to help keep your USPS letter carrier safe:
Clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and to drive away from the box without danger of the need for backing.
Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.
Steps should also be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair so as not to cause injury to the letter carriers or others who visit the customer's home.
Overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.
The USPS also asks that residents keep trash cans, vehicles and any other obstacles away from their mailboxes.

 


Gas Prices
Wednesday January 17, 2018

Gas prices increased across most of the country during the past week, yet states in the southeast still have some of the cheapest prices in the nation.
Tennessee gas prices increased 6 cents during the past week. The state average of $2.34 is 10 cents more than a month ago and 20 cents more than this time last year.
The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.52, which is 8 cents more than a month ago and 18 cents more than a year ago.

 

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