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Hunter's for the Hungry Auction Raises Over $2600

Thanks to the many WJJM listeners who tuned in and purchased items on the Hunter's for the Hungry Auction Saturday. We were able to raise over $2600.00 to feed the hungry families in Marshall County this winter. If you purchased items and didn't pick them up Saturday, please come by the station between 9 am and 5 pm with a check written to Marshall County Hunter's for the Hungry or correct cash for your purchase. If you would like more information on how to donate cash or a deer meat, contact Doug Lowery, or B&B Deer Processing.

 
Ad Enhancement Program Approvals Delayed

Attention Livestock Producers who are waiting on Notification about approvals for the 2014-15 tennessee Ag Enhancement Program. TAEP Coordinator has informed the Marshall County Extension Office thet official notification will be sent to producers hopefully by mid-September. They apologize for the delay.

 
Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls
IR-2014-84, Aug. 28, 2014
 
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.
 
These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.
 
“These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”
 
The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
 
1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
 
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
 
  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
 
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
 
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
 
Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.
 
Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube http://youtu.be/UHlxTX4rTRU?list=PL2A3E7A9BD8A8D41D. and Tumblr http://internalrevenueservice.tumblr.com where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.
 
POSTER COMPANIES EXPLOIT EMPLOYERS’ FEAR OF NONCOMPLIANCE WITH LABOR LAWS

                                    TENNESSEE LABOR LAW POSTERS AVAILABLE FROM THE STATE AT NO CHARGE

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Secretary of State Tre Hargett want employers to know that required workplace posters are available at no charge from the State of Tennessee at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd.

Employers may have received misleading notices in the mail advising them to update employment posters that are required by law to post. These notices frequently have “labor law compliance alert” or “final notice for compliance” or a similar heading, and then offer to sell the required set of posters. We have recently become aware of an entity called “US Compliance Service” that has circulated a potentially misleading solicitation related to employment posters.

Secretary Hargett agreed, stating that “the overwhelming majority of people who run   businesses in our state want to do the right thing and follow the law. But they need to be aware that there are people out there who might try to take advantage of them.”

Several years ago, the Tennessee Attorney General’s office reached an agreement with a company that was deceptively selling labor law posters in Tennessee. Mandatory Poster Agency, Inc., was headquartered in Michigan, but did business in Tennessee as the Tennessee Labor Law Poster Service and the Tennessee Mandatory Poster Agency. The Attorney General’s office alleged that solicitations by the company were deceptive because they appeared to be from a governmental agency and appeared to be from a business located in Tennessee with “an official looking” seal. Businesses that purchased posters from this company were eligible for restitution if they filed a complaint.

All required posters are available free from the following Internet address: http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd. Directly below the state poster listings is a link to the required federal (U.S. Department of Labor) posters, which can also be downloaded free.

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development has also developed an all-in-one poster containing all of the state requirements. That poster is also free and can be received by sending a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you hear that a company is pressuring employers to buy posters, please obtain as much identifying information as possible and e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (615) 253-6674.

 
Maury Regional Reports The Dangers of Sepsis During Sepsis Awareness Month

Know the Facts. Save a Life.  

COLUMBIA, TN — Sepsis, better known to most as blood poisoning or septicemia, is a toxic response to an infection. Even the most minor infection may lead to the body developing sepsis and this life-threatening condition can affect anyone at any age. 

More than 750,000 Americans are affected by sepsis, with more than 258,000 dying annually. Sepsis takes more lives in the United States than breast, lung and prostate cancer combined. 

In addition to its death toll, sepsis can also result in life-changing consequences to its survivors. Amputated limbs, failing organs and psychological issues are among the outcomes. Particularly at risk for sepsis are infants, seniors and those with diseases that compromise the immune system, such as cancer. There is no single sign or symptom of sepsis; however, warning signs may include one or more of the following: 

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Sleepiness 

Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment. Timely antibiotics and fluids have been shown to significantly decrease the risk of death from sepsis. Tell your physician or nurse about any cuts or infections, and ask about your risk for sepsis. 

Physicians work to diagnose sepsis based on an exam that includes temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and lab tests for signs of infection. People with sepsis must receive antibiotics and intravenous fluids as quickly as possible. Antibiotics fight the infection while the fluids help to make sure enough blood and oxygen get to your cells and tissues. 

While the exact cause of sepsis is unknown, limiting your exposure to infections can also limit your risk of developing sepsis. Health care providers suggest washing your hands thoroughly and frequently, keeping wounds clean to avoid infection and obtaining immunizations against illnesses, including influenza and pneumonia.

 

 
CONTINUED TBI CASEWORK YIELDS NEW CHARGES FOR CONVICTED RAPIST

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained additional indictments for a Giles County man already convicted of rape. 

At the request of 22nd District Attorney General Mike Bottoms, TBI Special Agents began investigating Maurice Dale McAllister on April 30, 2012. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information which, in December 2013, contributed to a jury convicting McAllister of one count of Rape. A judge subsequently sentenced him to serve 12 years in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction. 

As part of the case, investigators executed a search warrant at McAllister’s residence on Big Dry Creek Road in Pulaski. During the search, Agents, along with members of the Giles County Sheriff’s Department, discovered several pieces of digital evidence which revealed five digital images later classified as child pornography. 

On Wednesday, May 14th, the Giles County Grand Jury returned indictments for the 83-year-old, charging him with five counts of Especially Aggravated Exploitation of a Minor. Today, he was served with the charges and remains in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction. McAllister is currently awaiting trial on 17 additional charges in connection to the case, including several of Aggravated Rape and Sexual Battery.

 

 
Fall Army Worms Spotted In Marshall County

Fall army worms have been found feeding on Bermuda grass fields in Marshall County. Producers need to scout hay fields, pastures, and soy beans and take appropriate action soon. Army worms can destroy crops almost over night. This message is from Rick Skillington Marshall County Extension Office, 359-1929 if you have any questions.

 
New Councilman Appointed For Ward 3

The new Council Representative for Ward 3 is “Bam” Haislip (Roy Anthony Haislip).  He will be sworn in on Wednesday, September 3rd at 5:45 p.m. prior to the Council work session.

 
Rutherford County Man Indicated On Child Pornography Charges

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a Rutherford County man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

TBI Agents, with the assistance of officers with the Murfreesboro Police Department and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, began an investigation in 2013 to identify subjects in Tennessee using peer-to-peer networks to traffic in child pornography.

On August 6th, Andrew Brian Hotte was indicted by a Rutherford County Grand Jury on charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Today, the 27-year-old Murfreesboro man was arrested by deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. Hotte being held on a $100,000 bond at the Rutherford County jail.

 
Bedford County Man Charged With Doctor Shopping For Drugs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Bedford County resident is charged with doctor shopping for drugs, using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits as payment.  

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Brian Keith Tucker, 39, of Shelbyville.  

Brian Keith Tucker, of Shelbyville, is charged in Bedford County with three counts of doctor shopping.  The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest.   

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge.  District Attorney General Robert Carter will be prosecuting the Bedford County case.   

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for TennCare, according to latest figures.  To date, 2,171 people have been charged with TennCare fraud. 

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions.  Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

 

 
Marshall County Unemployment Increases Slightly For July 2014

NASHVILLE – County unemployment rates for July 2014, released Friday, August 22nd, show the rate increased in 86 counties, decreased in five, and remained the same in four counties. 

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in July at 6.3 percent, up from 6.0 in June. Shelby County was 9.0 percent in July, up from 8.8 in June. Tennessee’s unemployment rate for July was 7.1 percent, five tenths of one percentage point higher than the 6.6 June revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for July was 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent in June.

In Marshall County, the July unemployment rate was 9.3 percent, up slightly over June but down 1.1 percent from June of 2013.

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series. 

Specific county information for July is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/CountyRates_Jul14.pdf .

 

 
Rutherford County Man is Recent Addition to State's Most Wanted List

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Edward William Tarras, Jr. of La Vergne, TN.

Tarras is wanted by the Smyrna Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after failing to appear in court last Friday, where he faced almost two dozen sex-related charges. Tarras, 39, has been indicted by a Rutherford County Grand jury on 19 counts of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, one count of Rape and two counts of Sexual Battery. When he failed to show up for court, a capias was issued for his arrest. 

Tarras is described as a Caucasian male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tarras is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

 
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