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Thursday
Oct232014

Shelby County Offering Free Preparedness Training to Residents

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Shelby County is offering preparedness classes free of charge to area residents in an effort to teach individuals how to respond to earthquakes, accidents, major fires, and other emergencies.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training allows students to learn how to act before, during, and after a disaster via lectures, videos, and hands-on exercises. Participants engage in modules including terrorism, medical triage, and light search and rescue.

Those who graduate from the program will be able to assist family, neighbors, and co-workers until professional rescuers arrive on scene, officials said in a statement Wednesday.

The next training session will be held on Nov. 1.

For more information, email Sandra Mathias at mathiassl@bellsouth.net.


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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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Thursday
Oct232014

Man Wanted for Kidnapping, Other Charges in Shelby County

Shelby County Sheriff's Office(SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn.) -- Authorities in Shelby County are searching for a man wanted on multiple charges.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said Ricky Fuller is being sought for kidnapping, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle, among other charges.

Anyone with information on Fuller's whereabouts is asked to contact authorities at 901-568-5645 or Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

City Employee Accused of Embezzling City Funds

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A Memphis City Court clerk has been indicted for allegedly embezzling approximately $24,000 from the city.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Tammy Brooks Carpenter, 41, has been indicted for allegedly embezzling monetary payments from persons coming to the City Court Clerk's office to make payments after being issued motor vehicle citations, the Commercial Appeal reported.

Authorities allege that Carpenter would accept payments from customers, enter the transaction electronically, then void the transaction, and enter a smaller amount than what was actually paid. The remaining funds would then allegedly be pocketed by Carpenter for personal use, officials said.


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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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