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TEENAGE BINGE DRINKING RATE IN TENNESSEE DROPS

NASHVILLE – Fewer teens and pre-teens in Tennessee are abusing alcohol, according to the findings of a five-year prevention effort. The emphasis was on changing community attitudes and behaviors and the risks of having five or more drinks on one occasion.

Lead by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), the state’s efforts achieved reductions in binge drinking well beyond the national average.

During a period from 2009 – 2013, the statewide rate of binge drinking teens, between the ages of 14 and 17, dropped nearly 16%. In the 18 to 25 age range, the decrease was more than 5%.

“Recognizing that there is a problem is the first step,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). “The reduction in binge drinking speaks to a concerted effort by anti-drug community coalitions in the state, treatment providers, families, and young people themselves.” 

Drop in binge drinking reduces aLCOHOL-related incidents


Along with getting more young people in Tennessee to stop binge drinking, a second goal was achieved in reducing the often tragic consequences when teens and pre-teens drink to intoxication. Rates of young people driving drunk, getting arrested, being involved in fatal car accidents and other alcohol related offenses went down.

Alcohol Related Arrests                                     i 25%
Juvenile DUI Arrests                                         i 24%
Alcohol Related Traffic Fatalities                       i 14%
Driving while Intoxicated                                   i 14%
Riding with a Driver who was Drinking               i 11%


“Consuming significant amounts of alcohol can put anyone in danger of harm to themselves and others,” said Commissioner Varney. “Young people are especially at risk. I’m so glad to see how prevention efforts are working to encourage young people to avoid binge drinking and keeping them out of danger and from possible death.”

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is to plan for and promote the availability of a comprehensive array of quality prevention, early intervention, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation services and supports based on the needs and choices of individuals and families served. For more information, visit www.tn.gov/mental.

 

 
New App Puts Power To Help Save Lives In Hands Of Blood Donors

New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood 

The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. 

The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores. 

As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting edge technology to blood and platelet donors. In addition to scheduling and managing blood donation appointments, other features of the app include:

  • A blood drive or blood donation locator;
  • The ability to sync a blood donation appointment with the user’s calendar;
  • Personalized “selfies” donors can use as they share their donation experience through social media;
  • Special badges donors can unlock as they interact with the app, make donations and spread the word;
  • A chance for donors to come together to form teams, tracking their cumulative impact and viewing standings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
  • Exclusive offers and discounts from some of America’s best brands, including Shari’s Berries, ProFlowers and 1A Auto, with new rewards added regularly; and
  • Uplifting donor and blood recipient stories that show the power of rolling up a sleeve to help save lives. 

The Red Cross has become a leader in putting vital safety information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies, with its award-winning disaster and preparedness apps downloaded more than 5 million times over the past two years. The new Blood Donor App takes it one step further by helping people save lives through blood donations.

 The Blood Donor App, along with the others, can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply. 

Eligible blood donors do not need a smartphone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

 
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.
 

 


 

AM/FM radio delivers the largest reach during the time periods immediately prior to peak shopping hours, according to a study commissioned by Arbitron and presented at the Radio Show in Dallas. The study showed that radio continues to dominate the audio entertainment landscape, and out delivers web, social networking or mobile usage during the average day among Adults ages 25-54. To take advantage of this great opportunity on WJJM AM or FM call Missie Haislip at 931-359-4511 to discuss your advertising campaign.

 


 
WJJM IS A TITAN'S RADIO AFFILIATE

WJJM 94.3 FM is excited to announce that we have just signed the agreement with the Titan's Radio Network to become an affiliate station for the 2014-2015 football season. We have some great advertising opportunities to offer, so if you would like to be a part of Titan's Football on WJJM 94.3 FM call the station ASAP. There will be limited spaces for advertisers. The number to call is 931-359-4511. GO TITAN"S!!!!

 
New Marshall Happenings Policy 2013

Beginning January 1, 2013 all Marshall Happenings events must be submitted no less than 10 days prior to the date. WJJM allows all non for profit organizations to post community events on this program at no charge. We ask for your cooperation with the new policy effective January 1, 2013. This policy will also apply to all Church benefits and special services mentioned on the Church Bulletin program.

 
WJJM Trading Post Policy

Trading post will no longer post odd jobs, if you want to do work, mow lawns etc, you can pre-pay $1.00 per day to be posted on the WJJM Classified page on the web site. Trading post is for non- commercial use only and will only post items for sale, items to give away, and lost and found items. If you have a Garage or Yard Sale those sales are announced on Bargain Finders that airs on Wednesday through Friday at 9:15 am and 2:15 pm for $3.00 per day. If you would like your odd job posted on Bargain Finders, you may pre-pay $3.00 per day.  

Trading Post airs Monday through Friday 7:30 am, 12:30 pm, 5:30 pm and is sponsored by the Lewisburg Farm Center “The Best Little Feed Store in Marshall County”. The 12:30 and 5:30 shows are special live call in shows on the request line,  359-6359 or 866-796-9556.

 
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