• Division of Consumer Affairs Warns of Price Gouging

    Friday, January 30, 2009 | 10:15am

    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.

    “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.”

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  • Division of Consumer Affairs Warns of Ads with Fraudulent Claims

    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.

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  • Fire Marshal Wants Working Smoke Alarms in Every TN Home

    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.

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  • State Urges Residents to Review Insurance Coverage

    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.

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  • Snag These Tips for Purchasing Gift Cards for the Holiday Season

    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:

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  • State Reminds Auction Rate Securities Investors of Buyback Offers

    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. 

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  • Consumer Tips for Digital TV Transition

    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.

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  • Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Online Holiday Shopping Tips

    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. 

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  • Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

    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.

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