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The director of Tennessee's Division of Consumer Affairs is asking residents to beware of air condition repair-scam artists this summer. WBIR reports that Gary Cordell says such individuals use the hot temperatures to take advantage of people by charging for unnecessary repair work. He says to always check the unit's warranty before making any repairs. He says to also research the company/contractor before agreeing to have work done, and to make sure that the company or contractor lists a physical address.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Burns Phillips as the new commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Phillips had been serving as acting commissioner of the department, after coming over from the Department of Finance and Administration (F&A) where he was managing director of customer-focused government initiatives administration-wide.
A 53 year-old hiker was stranded for nearly a full day in the Smokies after storms rolled through East Tennessee Thursday afternoon. WVLT authorities said the man was trapped when a tree fell on him. Rescue teams have reached him and are trying to decide on the best route out of the mountains, whether its heading back toward Cosby or pushing through to North Carolina. The storm that ripped through the area spurred tornado warnings in Cocke Co. and into North Carolina. The National Weather Service is still trying to determine if a tornado did touch down near Cosby.
A warning for all senior citizens, and family members. It involves what so many depend on, a medical life alert system. WVLT reports that authorities are saying you need to watch out for a phone call that may sound too good to be true, and targeted to the senior community here in East Tennessee. It sounds like a sweet deal that offer a free medical life alert system. Although the voice on the other end can sound a little less than credible, there's enough going out to worry several people. Despite peddling a free system potential scammers are asking the elderly to cough up their credit card information. It's also suggested that if you do have one of these medical alert systems that you know that you are talking to someone from your company. We first heard about this from a coworker who's not even 50 year-old. Just goes to show, although the warning goes out to the senior community scammers target anyone with a phone.
Newly appointed Director of Schools, Mr. Donald Andrews has offered and Mr. Robert Scarbrough has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Andrews stated, "we are extremely pleased to have Mr. Scarbrough on the Cumberland County Schools Central Services team." Mr. Scarbrough will begin his official duties on July 1, 2013. Congratulations to Mr. Scarbrough on his appointment.