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THDA offers help to Irma victims seeking housing in Tennessee
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday September 14, 2017

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is waiving all family income and one- year lease restrictions on vacant apartment units in its LIHTC program for victims of Hurricane Irma who temporarily relocate to Tennessee, WVLT reports.

Typically, rental properties built or renovated with the help of federal housing tax credits under the LIHTC program must restrict the lease of some or all units to households of low income.

However, THDA and the IRS have announced they will waive these income restrictions if the prospective tenant has been displaced by Hurricane Irma from one of the 16 counties in Florida that have been declared federal disaster areas.

Displaced households from Hurricane Irma looking for short-term or long-term housing in Tennessee can find vacancies at LIHTC properties and other rental options by visiting, a free resource managed by THDA to help families find affordable housing.


Football Fans Should Check Road Conditions Before Heading to Florida
WVLT Thursday September 14, 2017

The University of Tennessee Athletics Department advised football fans planning on traveling to Saturday's Tennessee-Florida game in Gainesville to stay up-to-date on Florida road conditions and plan accordingly. Those traffic updates will be posted on


Scheme to launder money from Dollywood's My People Fund unravels
WVLT Thursday September 14, 2017

An indictment unsealed this week alleges five people conspired to commit theft and launder money from the Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund between December of last year and June, reports WVLT.

Dolly Parton created the fund in order to help victims who lost their homes and jobs after November's wildfires in Sevier County.

The indictment alleges Chad Alan Chambers, 35, of Sevierville, engaged in an illegal scheme to obtain grant money from the Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund between December 2016 and June 2017, even though he was ineligible to receive the money.

According to WVLT, Chambers reportedly gave the address of an actual property and other information to the Dollywood Foundation to get the money, and the indictment alleges Chambers picked up and filled out an application with this false information with the intent to commit theft and money laundering. Once he received the funds, the indictment says Chambers used the money for his personal benefit.

Chambers listed a Fox Run property and received three checks for $1,000 from the My People Fund - one on Dec. 15, 2016, and two on February 27, 2017 for said property. The indictment states he was not given permission to list this property by the owners and that he therefore made the claim with the intent to deprive the property owner.

Four others have been charged for their involvement in the scam.


Engine problems caused crash that killed Troy Gentry
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday September 14, 2017

The NTSB released a preliminary report on the helicopter crash that claimed the life of Troy Gentry on September 8th. According to the report, the aircraft had a mechanical issue that caused the rotor blades to slow shortly after takeoff. The pilot attempted a common maneuver called autorotation in order to land, but the craft fell from the sky abruptly, crashing into a field near the runway of the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, New Jersey. Gentry, 50, was taken to a local hospital where he died. The pilot, James Robinson, 30, died at the scene.


Feds to remove Russian antivirus software
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday September 14, 2017

Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software will be removed from all federal government systems. The FBI is reportedly investigating possible back doors that would allow the Russian intelligence access to computers. The private company, based in Russia, is considered a leader in the fight for cyber security and has denied any ties to the Russian government.


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