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Increased Supply Drives Gas Prices Down
Alan Spector Monday July 11, 2016

Increased gasoline supply and low oil prices are combining to drive down prices at the pump. According to AAA, the price of gas in Tennessee has dropped for 32 days in a row. The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.03, down four cents from last week. In Crossville, the average is $1.97 a gallon, also down four cents.

 


Consumer Alert: Phishing Email Scam Targets Tennessee Attorneys
tn.gov Monday July 11, 2016

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs is sharing an alert from the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility that state bars across the nation are receiving reports of an email scam targeting attorneys using false notifications of actions purportedly from attorney regulatory agencies.

In these phishing emails, the lawyer is instructed to click on a link or attachment to view a complaint or pay fees, which then loads a malicious software called ransomware or cryptoware that blocks computer access until a sum of money is paid. Although the Board of Professional Responsibility has not received any reports of Tennessee attorneys receiving these emails, attorneys should be aware of this scam.

“Scam artists are using technology in increasingly insidious ways to harm innocent consumers and taxpayers,” said TDCI Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini. “Consumers should always be on guard and remember to never click on links in an email that connect to a website unless you are absolutely certain they are authentic.”

The Board does communicate with attorneys by email; however, if you receive an email from the Board of Professional Responsibility with a link, you can identify whether it is legitimate by hovering over the link to see if it displays the Board’s domain, “tbpr.org” near the beginning of the link, or if it displays a different website. If a different website is displayed, delete the email immediately.

If you have questions about the legitimacy of an email, contact the Board at 1-800-486-5714.

 


Consumer Alert: Media, Public Urged to Help Find Unrepaired High-Risk Vehicles
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting Newz Monday July 11, 2016

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in urgently calling on the news media and the public to assist in finding and repairing certain high-risk vehicles with unrepaired air bag inflators before they cause further injuries or fatalities.

The NHTSA has recently announced that new test data on a particular subset of defective Takata air bag inflators in certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment.

The higher-risk inflators are in certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles:

2001-2002 Honda Civic
2001-2002 Honda Accord
2002-2003 Acura TL
2002 Honda CR-V
2002 Honda Odyssey
2003 Acura CL
2003 Honda Pilot


The air bag inflators in these particular vehicles contain a manufacturing defect which greatly increases the potential for dangerous rupture when a crash causes the air bag to deploy. Ruptures are far more likely in inflators in vehicles that have spent significant periods of time in areas of high absolute humidity—particularly Florida, Texas, other parts of the Gulf Coast, and Southern California.

Testing of the inflators from these vehicles show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in a laboratory setting.

Drivers of these vehicles should immediately visit SaferCar.gov to check whether their vehicle has any outstanding safety recalls. Those that do should contact their nearest dealer to schedule a no-cost immediate repair. Replacement parts for these vehicles are available immediately.

 


TN Promise Students Need to Finish Their Hours
Monday July 11, 2016

Tennessee Promise students needing to complete their community service day time: there will be an organized event at the Cumberland Mountain State Park on Monday July 11th. Arrive anytime from 8am to 11am. Please email as below or call the park at 931 484-6138 to let us know you will be attending and plan for the number of people.
Date/Time: July 11, 2016 from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM CDT
Location: Cumberland Mountain State Park; 24 Office Drive, Crossville, TN 38555
Description: Clear overgrowth from a shelter at peninsula area and build an outdoor stairway
Registration: Email Monica Johnson at monica.johnson@tn.gov. Please indicate that you are a TN Promise scholar and provide your first and last name.

 


Three Storm Related Fatalities in Tennessee Friday Night
TEMA Sunday July 10, 2016

Severe storms Friday night in Tennessee resulted in three (3) fatalities. In Carter County, a 60-year-old male and 40-year old female were killed when a tree fell on them while camping. In Knox County, a tree fell on a female of undetermined age during a severe storm. There are no other reports of fatalities in the State.


Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency, declared at 7:15 a.m., CDT, on July 7, 2016, due to continuing severe weather threats from wave-after-wave of heavy rain and high winds impacting the Middle and East Regions of the State.

It’s been a fair weather day today in Cumberland County but rain is on the way. On Monday there’s an 80 % of scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 82F. Monday Night there is a 50% chance of rain, variably cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Low near 65F.

 

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