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Beware of Storm Damaged Cars for Sale
WRCB Thursday September 21, 2017

If you plan to buy a new car soon, beware.
The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission says eventually we'll see flood damaged vehicles from states hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Tennessee. They say scammers are disguising severely water damaged vehicles as being in good condition.
The recent disasters in Texas and Florida are expected to leave over a million flood-damaged vehicles in their wake, according to the Commission.
The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission says scammers typically attempt to sell flooded vehicles quickly after a disaster, hoping to stay ahead of computer system updates so that title check systems don't have time to detect the car's history. By the time a consumer discovers the vehicle's history, the seller will be long gone.
It's why officials recommend inspecting the car yourself, and follow up with having trusted mechanic inspect the car.
Anyone attempting to purchase a vehicle in the near future should be on the lookout for indicators of a flood vehicle, such as a musty smell, damp carpets, or mud/silt under the seats, and should attempt to find the vehicle history prior to purchasing.
Because the vehicle could appear to be in very good shape, even if it has significant electrical and corrosion issues, it's important to always have a trusted mechanic inspect a vehicle before purchasing it.


58,000 Impacted by Proposed TANF Increase
WKRN Wednesday September 20, 2017

Fifty-eight thousand Tennesseans, most of them children, would be affected by proposed changes to a major state welfare program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
It was part of the governor's announcement Monday, making changes to another of the state's major welfare programs-the state's food stamp program called SNAP.
Forty-five thousand children and 13,000 adults make up those in Tennessee receiving monthly benefits from TANF.
The governor proposes the monthly benefits will increase for the first time in more than 20 years.
For a family-of-three, the amount would go from $185 monthly to $277, but there would also extension of a 60-month cap to receive benefits.
The additional funds for the increases would come from the federal government.


Child Passenger Seat Awareness
Jay Walker Wednesday September 20, 2017

This week the McMinnville Police Department is taking part in national Child Passenger Seat Awareness events. Police are encouraging care givers who have children under age 13 to have their car seats checked at the McMinnville Police Department, the McMinnville Fire Department or the Warren County Sheriff's Department.
Smarty Pants Day Care at 369 Garfield Street will be hosting a Child Passenger Seat inspection on Thursday, Sept. 28th from 3-6pm.


Tennessee Subpoenas Opioid Makers
AP Wednesday September 20, 2017

Tennessee's attorney general is spearheading a coalition of 41 states that is demanding documents from several prescription painkiller manufacturers and distributors as it investigates the companies' practices regarding opioids.
The states served subpoenas Tuesday on several global pharmaceutical giants as part of an investigation into whether the companies engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale and distribution of opioids.
Overdose deaths continue to rise in Tennessee, fueled in large part by both prescription and illicit opioids.


Candidate to be Deposed
AP Wednesday September 20, 2017

- Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black is being deposed in a lawsuit related to a television ad that ran in her first campaign for Congress.
Black narrowly won the GOP nomination for the 6th Congressional District seat in 2010 over tea party-styled Lou Ann Zelenik and state Sen. Jim Tracy. In that race, Zelenik ran TV ads criticizing Black for state Senate votes that provided $1 million in state contracts to Aegis Sciences, the drug testing company run by her husband.
Aegis sued Zelenik for defamation, but a judge dismissed the case and a state appeals court later upheld the ruling. Now Zelenik is suing for malice and willful intent.
Black was scheduled to be deposed Tuesday. Her husband stepped down as head of Aegis last year.


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