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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Chattanooga.

Thursday
Oct232014

Tennessee Attorney General Talks Financial Security at Fort Campbell

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery joined his counterpart from Kentucky, Attorney General Jack Conway, and Holly Petreaus, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at Fort Campbell on Tuesday to discuss consumer issues with soldiers.

The group attended a town hall meeting at the post's Family Resource Center to hear complaints about the unscrupulous business practices that soldier and their families have witnessed.

"Servicemembers and their families deserve all the protections against businesses practices that we can provide them," Attorney General Hertbret Slatery said in a statement. "Hopefully educational sessions like the one today will help our servicemembers know what resources are available in order to prevent them from being taken advantage of."

During the discussion, the attorneys general were able to speak with soliders and their families about making sound financial decisons and consumer purchases.

They joined Petraeus, the wife of David Petraeus, the commanding general at Fort Campbell from 2002 to 2004.

"I am please to join both Attorney General Conway and Attorney General Slatery to hear firsthand from servicemembers, veterans, and community leaders about their consumer financial issues," Petraeus said in a statement.

The officials also encouraged servicemembers who feel like they have have been taken advantage of to file complaints with the appropriate authorities.

Servicemembers and their families looking for more on information on use customer protection toolkits can visit the Tennessee Attorney General's website.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

State Health Officials Announce Ebola Resources for Tennesseans 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Health announced three new Ebola virus resources for state residents Wednesday, offering a toll-free number and online information to Tennesseans.

Residents with questions about the disease can call 1-877-857-2945 Monday through Friday, and additional information will be available on the TDH website, including summaries of weekly activities.

In the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in the state, the health department will make a public announcement and post information to the TDH online site, according to officials.

“We are glad there is increased awareness about this disease and we especially appreciate the efforts of our health care partners in prevention, detection and response planning,” TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner said. “We all need to have an understanding of where the current risk exists and to make sure our concerns are based on facts and not on rumors.”


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Tuesday
Oct212014

TBI Launches Program to Protect Agents from Painkiller Risks 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched a program Monday to help protect agents from painkiller risks.

Law enforcement agencies have reported an increase in exposure to fentanyl, a "powerful and potentially deadly painkiller" used in heroin recoveries.

TBI crime labs have received several samples of heroin laced with fentanyl and pure fentanyl packaged as heroin, according to officials. The drug can be absorbed through the skin and accidentally inhaled, with effects of overdose ranging from breathing problems to death.

Through the initiative, agents will receive naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdose.

“Every day, our Agents and Forensic Scientists work tirelessly to pursue justice for the people of Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “This new program better protects them from the risks they might encounter while doing that important work. It also gives them a resource to potentially save the lives of citizens who might unintentionally overdose on opioids.”


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Monday
Oct202014

TN Highway Patrol Urges Motorists to Watch Out for Deer 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking motorists to exercise caution on state roads as deer-mating and hunting season begins.

“The fall season is the most active time of year for deer-related crashes. We want to remind drivers to watch out for deer on or around the roadways, especially at dawn or after sunset,” Col. Tracy Trott said in a statement Monday.

State officials recommend motorists be attentive and drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside at daybreak and dusk. Experts say as one deer crosses the road, more are expected to follow. Drivers are also discouraged from swerving to avoid contact with the animals as the car could flip or crash into oncoming traffic.

Drivers are encouraged to dial *847 (*THP) for assistance in the event of deer incident.

In 2013, two people were killed in traffic collisions involving deer. Officials also reported 6,135 deer-related crashes last year, a 3.2 percent increase from 2012.


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Friday
Oct172014

Man in Custody Minutes After Bank Robbery 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A man was taken into custody less than 15 minutes after he reportedly robbed a bank in Nashville.

The Nashville Police Department reports that Raymond Penn Jr. allegedly gave a demand note to a teller at a bank Thursday afternoon. The teller complied and Penn fled.

A few minutes later, a police officer spotted a man who matched the description of the bank robber. The man, identified as Penn, was taken into custody.

Penn will face a federal bank robbery charge.


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