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Tennessee Housing Development Agency Offers Rent And Utility Relief

The THDA has money available for those who are behind on rent and/or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Follow this link to apply (if link does not work copy and paste into your internet browser):

https://thda.org/help-for-renters-section-8/covidrentrelief

State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Returns For Its Tenth Year – Forty causes will each win a $25,000 grant

Neighbors across the country will soon have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist®. The program awards $25,000 grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood improvement projects.

According to a recent State Farm research study, one-quarter of respondents say that they are “extremely” or “very” involved in trying to improve their neighborhood and six-in-ten are trying to improve their neighborhood in some capacity.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist can be a catalyst for that change.

Here’s how the program works:

Submission Phase: Starts June 2 and ends when 2,000 submissions are reached
Individuals can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com starting June 2. You can prepare now by going to the website and downloading the submission guide. We will accept the first 2,000 submissions. The State Farm Review Committee will then narrow the field to the Top 200 finalists using a scoring rubric.

Voting Phase: August 18-27
Ultimately, voters will decide which community improvement projects win big. The public will have a chance to vote 10 times a day, every day for 10 days, from August 18-27, for their favorite causes from the list of finalists.

Voting will take place at www.neighborhoodassist.com.
Winners Announced: September 29

The 40 causes that receive the most votes will each win a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at www.neighborhoodassist.com.
“State Farm is pleased to bring back Neighborhood Assist for its tenth year,” said Rasheed Merritt, Assistant Vice President at State Farm. “This program is all about building stronger neighborhoods together.”
Last year, 145,000 people cast 3.9 million votes in support of their favorite causes, selecting winners from small towns and big cities.
Since the program began, more than 340 causes have received a total of $9 million to enact change in their communities.

Davis Withdraws Guilty Plea In Federal Narcotics Case, Taken Into Federal Custody

Nearly a year ago Billy Davis entered a guilty plea in federal court in a narcotics case. In the plea he admitted to possessing 500 grams of cocaine and that he was selling the drugs. Last week he withdrew that guilty plea in court last week. He is now in federal custody.

This stems from a lengthy investigation that started in late 2018. Davis was first taken into custody in March 2019. Davis was pulled over and a search of his vehicle yielded a small amount of marijuana and a large amount of cash. In that cash was $960 of marked funds that were used in controlled buys of drugs by the drug task force. The task force later searched the home of Davis where they found cocaine, a digital scale, ledgers, and firearms.

Davis was one of eleven people charged over the course of this investigation. Davis was charged with a single count of conspiring to distribute and process with the intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance (Cocaine) in the amount of .5 kilograms or more.

Gov. Lee Appoints Two Additional Members To Financial Stimulus Accountability Group

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the addition of Senator Ferrell Haile and Representative Patsy Hazlewood to the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG). The bipartisan group will continue its work to support Tennessee’s economy and ensure proper fiscal management of federal relief funds, meeting publicly and reporting regularly to bring transparency to the process.

“As Tennessee’s strong economic recovery continues, we must ensure federal dollars coming to our state are used wisely and effectively,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “I thank Sen. Haile, Rep. Hazlewood and all members of this group for their valuable input as we steward these resources and serve Tennesseans.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve on this panel which is charged with ensuring this money is used properly to best benefit our citizens,” said Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile. “We have a huge responsibility to see that these funds are managed in the most effective manner and Governor Lee is taking every step possible to ensure the most efficient use. I look forward to working with him and the other members of the group to make good decisions about how these funds are spent.”

“One of the biggest challenges facing our state currently is using federal stimulus dollars in a fiscally responsible manner to ensure all Tennessean’s benefit,” said Rep. Patsy Hazlewood. “I appreciate Governor Lee appointing me to Financial Stimulus Accountability Group, and together our work will make sure we can continue to effectively address the immediate and emerging needs of our state.”

Since its founding in April 2020, the FSAG has overseen nearly 90% of all federal dollars distributed to Tennessee through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, authorized in the CARES Act. In 2020, the group proactively invested these dollars into the state’s unemployment trust fund, which successfully protected jobs and prevented tax hikes. The FSAG also supported the allocation of over $300 million in grants to small businesses across Tennessee.

The FSAG is currently preparing for implementation of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, an additional tranche of relief authorized by Congress in March 2021.

Effective April 2021, members of the group include:

Governor Bill Lee
Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally
House Speaker Cameron Sexton
Senator Bo Watson
Senator Raumesh Akbari
Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile
Representative Patsy Hazlewood
Representative Pat Marsh
Representative Harold Love Jr.
Jason Mumpower, Comptroller of the Treasury
Commissioner Butch Eley, Finance & Administration

Powell Clinch Utility District Celebrates Safe Digging Month

This April is National Safe Digging Month, reminding STATE residents to always call 811 at least 3 business days before any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and earned support from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, who has signed a Proclamation declaring April 2020 Safe Digging Month in Tennessee.  

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to Tennessee 811, the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811.

“As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Darren Hatter, Training and Compliance Manager of PCUD.

“By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”
The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.
PCUD encourages area residents to visit www.pcud.org or www.tennessee811.com for more information about digging safely.