NASHVILLE – In the wake of the harsh winter weather earlier this week that resulted in power outages in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee, some consumers have expressed concerns about surges in kerosene prices at retail outlets.
Friday, January 30, 2009 | 10:15am“Tennessee law is quite clear about this,” says Tennessee Consumer Affairs Director Mary Clement. “Retail outlets that unreasonably or excessively raise the price of commodities during an emergency or crisis in order to take advantage of consumers are price gouging, which is illegal.”
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | 3:52am
NASHVILLE-Lose weight, stop smoking, be physically fit! If these are your resolutions for the new year, read on!
The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs warns consumers to beware of ads that promise either rapid weight loss without dietary changes or exercise, or so-called miracle cures. Consumers, especially those with existing health problems, should always check with a healthcare professional to ensure products have been validated and wouldn’t jeopardize their health.
Monday, January 12, 2009 | 3:17am
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Fire Safety Inspector’s Association and Fire Team USA are sponsoring today’s The Great Debate 2008 in Franklin. The daylong, fire-prevention event will include a discussion about which type of smoke detector is most effective.The Tennessee State Fire Marshal, Leslie A. Newman, is reminding Tennesseans that a working smoke alarm can at least double the chances of surviving a residence fire. Newman urges all Tennesseans to have working smoke alarms in their homes.
Monday, January 05, 2009 | 10:30am
NASHVILLE-The standby new year’s resolutions are well-worn and familiar: quit smoking, lose weight, travel, meet that special someone. The State Fire Marshal’s office wants Tennesseans to add practicing fire safety to that list – and wants them to stick with it.
Thursday, December 18, 2008 | 10:02am
NASHVILLE-The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans with natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees in their homes to take care to keep them in water, in light of the fire risk posed when they are allowed to dry out.
Friday, December 12, 2008 | 10:39am
NASHVILLE-Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Leslie A. Newman has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR), a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
Friday, December 12, 2008 | 10:38am
NASHVILLE-The holiday season increases the chance for mishaps, as more people attend gatherings and travel. Accidents might be humorous in movies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story.” But they are not funny in real life. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance suggests you take time to review how your insurance covers mishaps in the home and when traveling.
Friday, December 12, 2008 | 10:36am
NASHVILLE- What typically is the year’s busiest shopping season is upon us. And, even with a national economic downturn sapping consumer confidence, gift cards are a sure bet to remain hot sellers. You can find department stores’ gift cards not only in the chains’ retail locations but also being sold in grocery stores and drugstores. Many consumers see gift cards as reliable standbys for friends and relatives who seem to already have everything. For them, a gift card from a favorite store can be ideal.But, despite all the conveniences of gift cards, savvy consumers should take steps to ensure stores’ fine-print policies don’t translate into buyer’s remorse during the holiday season:
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 | 10:01am
NASHVILLE - As state securities regulators continue their efforts to provide relief to investors who have seen their funds frozen in the auction rate securities (ARS) market, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance is reminding ARS investors of their redemption opportunities, which were reached through settlements between securities regulators and multiple Wall Street firms.
Thursday, November 20, 2008 | 3:41am
NASHVILLE-Tennessee Fire Marshal Leslie A. Newman wants to remind Tennesseans to keep safe and warm as winter sets in across the state. But she urges residents to be cautious in the use of alternative heat sources.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 | 9:34am
NASHVILLE – The U.S. Congress has mandated that all full-power television stations convert their broadcast signals from analog to digital by the end of February 17, 2009. Television channels in Tennessee have been carrying public service announcements alerting the public to the switch to digital broadcasts that will occur. But it is understandable that questions might remain about how Tennesseans can navigate the conversion.
Friday, November 14, 2008 | 8:23am
NASHVILLE - Technology tends to make life more convenient. Through the Internet, you can make travel arrangements, modify investment portfolios and secure loans. Products and services from around the globe are only a click away. Unfortunately, the same can be said for hackers and identity thieves.
Friday, November 14, 2008 | 8:17am
NASHVILLE - With the holidays quickly approaching, millions of shoppers will go online for hassle-free shopping. If you plan to shop online, you should be aware that you may get more than you bargain for with internet scams and identity thieves targeting holiday shoppers. Taking precautions before you make those purchases can help ensure your online experience is a safe one.
Friday, October 31, 2008 | 4:32am
NASHVILLE – It’s the time of year when many employers hold open enrollment periods for their group health insurance plans. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance provides the following tips to help you make the best decisions for you and your family.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 | 7:00pm
Reminder to change your smoke alarm batteries this weekend
NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Fire Marshal Leslie A. Newman is reminding Tennesseans to change their smoke alarms’ batteries this weekend when they set back their clocks late Saturday night for daylight saving time.