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Oak Ridge Fire Department rescues injured mountain hiker with boat
WVLT Tuesday October 18, 2016

The Oak Ridge Fire Department was dispatched to Haw Ridge Park after a 58-year-old mountain biker broke his ankle on Sunday.

With the help of 911 dispatchers, officials tracked the caller's cell phone and found that the biker was near water on the southeast side of the trail.

Oak Ridge paramedics hiked to the biker while a rescue boat responded from Solway Park boat ramp.

The mountain biker was riding alone when he wrecked on a steep hill and broke his ankle. Two other bikers helped the injured biker until emergency workers got to the scene.

A representative with the City of Oak Ridge told Local 8 News the Oak Ridge Fire Department will receive a new smaller rescue boat for shallow water rescues on October 28.


Teen Involved Crash Fatalities Increase
AAA Tuesday October 18, 2016

Teen involved crash fatalities increased 10 percent in 2015, according to a new report from the Governor's Highway Safety Association.
Distracted driving is the number one cause of teen driver crashes and teen passengers are the number one distraction for teen drivers.

AAA suggests teen passengers avoid unnecessary conversations, don't pull the driver's attention from the road, silence phone notifications and navigate and stay alert to help the driver avoid danger.

AAA also recommends that parents get involved as their teens learn to drive by helping them practice in varying conditions, enrolling them in a drivers education program, and setting a good example behind the wheel.


Gas Prices
AAA Tuesday October 18, 2016

Pump prices in Tennessee continue their descent. Tennessee's state average of $2.12 is two cents less than a week ago.

AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins gas prices are a mixed bag across the southeast. Motorists in Georgia and Tennessee continue to benefit from abundant gasoline supplies at a time when demand is low. The same would be true in Florida had it not been for Hurricane Matthew.

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.24, which is down one cent from last week.


TDCI Reminds Consumers to Guard Their Medicare Number Tuesday October 18, 2016

With Medicare Open Enrollment starting October 15, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) reminds consumers that an unprotected Medicare card can expose them to identify theft and fraud.

“Efforts to fraudulently obtain and use a person’s Medicare number are all too common,” said TDCI Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “To protect against such fraud, we urge Tennesseans to treat their Medicare numbers as they would their credit card numbers.”

TDCI encourages consumers to follow these important fraud protection steps provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will NEVER contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information.
Tell your friends and neighbors to guard their Medicare number.
Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.
Review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are only being charged for actual services.
Be wary of salespeople who knock on your door or call you uninvited and try to sell you a product or service.
Don’t accept items received through the mail that you didn’t order. You should refuse the delivery and/or return it to the sender. Keep a record of the sender’s name and the date you returned the items.

And if you’re looking to enroll in a Medicare plan:

Be suspicious of anyone who contacts you about Medicare plans unless you gave them permission.
There are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers.”
Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.”
Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds “too good to be true” – especially if you need to hand over your Medicare number in order to receive these items or deals. Decline politely but firmly.
By law, any promotional items you’re offered to enroll in a plan must be worth no more than $15, and these items can’t be given on the condition that you enroll in a plan.

To report suspected Medicare fraud in Tennessee, call 1-866-836-7677. Tennesseans who need help understanding Medicare plans and options, or who have questions about protecting themselves from health care fraud, can visit or call the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance (TN SHIP) hotline number at 1-877-801-0044 to speak to a trained counselor.

For assistance with all types of insurance, contact the TDCI Consumer Insurance Service Division at 1-800-342-4029 or (615) 741-2218.


Businesses Warned to Read Solicitations Closely
Submitted: Tre Hargett, Secretary of State/Peg Broadcasting News Monday October 17, 2016

Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, is warning of a familiar problem that is popping up again across the Volunteer State. Many businesses are reporting receiving a solicitation letter from an entity calling itself the Tennessee Council for Corporations, a private, out of state company that offers—for a fee—to file business documents on an entity's behalf with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Division of Business Services.

This solicitation, which was titled “2016 – Annual Records Solicitation Form” and mailed out to businesses in late September, offers to file annual reports for companies in exchange for a $150 fee. However, the standard fee for filing a corporation's annual report directly with the Division of Business Services is only $20, with an additional $20 fee charged if the Registered Agent or Registered Agent address is changed.

Tennessee Council for Corporations is not registered to do business in the state of Tennessee and is not affiliated or associated with the Division of Business Services. Their solicitation looks official and can easily be confused as being from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office.

"It's important that our customers pay very close attention to anything they receive by mail and contact the Division of Business Services if they question anything," said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. "These companies count on the fact that everyone doesn’t read the fine print."

Secretary Hargett has been warning consumers about government impostor schemes for years and says it’s important for businesses to pay very close attention to anything they receive by mail and contact the Tennessee Division of Business Services if they question anything.

Other companies that have generated government impostor complaints in Tennessee, but are not affiliated with the government include State Compliance Center, Tennessee State Compliance, Corporate Records Services, Division of Corporate Services and Annual Business Services. These companies have also mailed official-looking solicitation forms to businesses, claiming that they must pay filing rates far higher than what the state actually charges.

Any company or person caught trying to run this type of scam faces a fine of $100 for each letter sent and received by an individual and reimbursement of the state’s investigation and prosecution costs. Any fines collected by the Attorney General's office will be used in other consumer protection programs.


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