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UCHRA Transportation Raises Money for Home Delivered Meals Program

December 24, 2012
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By RANDALL KILLMAN, Field Operations Program Specialist
UCHRA Transportation Raises Money for Home Delivered Meals Program

Recently, the Transportation Department at Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency did a fundraiser to assist the Home Delivered Meals Program that the agency administers in the 14 county regions, better known as “Meals on Wheels”.

The employees decided to raise the money by selling Boston Butts. The Butts were purchased at a discounted rate from Jerry’s IGA in Livingston, TN, and then prepared by agency employee Steve Lancaster who is known over the region for his BBQ skills. Many of the employees sold the Boston Butts, assisted Lancaster in the preparing, and then delivered the Butts to the generous people who purchased them.

Rebecca Harris, Transportation Director, stated “I am so proud to work with such a caring group of people and I am thrilled we were able to help such a great program.”

The effort resulted in raising $2056.01 for this program that delivered hot meals to seniors homes across the Upper Cumberland. It takes $1820.00 per year to feed one person for a year through the Home Delivered Meals Program.

Linda Tramel, Field Services / Nutrition Director at UCHRA stated that, “we are so appreciative of the efforts of all that helped with this fundraiser and as a result of their generosity we will now be able to remove one senior off of the waiting list this year”.

This program is designed for the elderly and adults with disabilities to remain in their own homes, avoiding premature institutionalization by providing a nutritionally balanced noontime meal up to seven days per week.
The Home Delivered Meals Program has served 184,626 meals to people in the Upper Cumberland this 2011-12 fiscal year alone.

Luke Collins, Executive Director of UCHRA said, “It is my goal to remove as many seniors as possible from the Meals on Wheels waiting list, and our team is helping do just that”.

To learn more about the Home Delivered Meals Program or any of the other 62 programs UCHRA offers call 931-528-1127 or visit www.uchra.com.

CUTLINE: The UCHRA Central Office Transportation staff present the Nutrition Program with a check for monies raised through Transportation’s Boston Butt fundraiser.

Pictured L to R: Randall Killman, Field Operations Program Specialist; Lloyd Williams, Mobility Manager; Riley Sparks, Fleet Operations Manager; Gail Stephenson, Transportation Personnel Coordinator; Dusty Ledbetter, MIS Software Developer; Pam Redmon, Nutrition Project Director; Linda Tramel, Field Services/Nutrition Director; Becky Harris, Transportation/Services Director; Steve Lancaster, Mobility Manager; Danny Hill, Commodities/Van Pool Coordinator; Kelly Dishman, Field Operations Program Specialist; Judy Draughn, Transportation Contracts/Accounts; Teresa Johnson, Assistant Transportation Contracts/Accounts; and Jeff Walling, Commodities. Those who assisted in the fundraiser who are not pictured are: Cindy Stanley, Assistant Director of Transportation; Tony Smith, Director of General Services; and Terry Alley, Project Coordinator Transportation Services.

"Love Lights a Tree" for the American Cancer Society

December 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
"Love Lights a Tree" for the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society invites you to make a special donation in honor or in memory of a loved one during the holiday season through "Love Lights a Tree". A special memory board has been erected on the south side of the courthouse that lists the names of your loved ones.

The names of the honorees are as follows:

Lisa Anderson, Tracie Webb Baker, Dortha Barnes, Shelly Cross, Earl D. France, Radley Hendrixson, Eddie Hobson, Lois Horn, Jo Doris Johnson, Walter Johnson, Betty Malone, Amy Lynn Miller, Josh Miller, Linda Milligan-Ferguson, Karen Milligan-Hylton, Katrena Moore, Ann Pack, Larry Scurlock, Margie Smith, Willie Turner, Polly Turner, Sandra Wall, and Susan Young.

The names of those remembered are as follows:

Cecil Adkins, Mai Akin, John D. Akin, Angela Allen

Rebecca Beason, Martha Bluhm, Jesse Bluhm, Alan Bradford, Jo Puckett Bradford, Larry Bratten,

Jeremy Caldwell, Joshua Caldwell, Johnny Cantrell, Frances Cantrell, Clifton Cantrell, Jodie Cantrell, Tracy Cassity, Will Allen Cathcart, Martha Cathcart, Ersie Cherry, Jennifer Clark, Mary Collins, Barbara Colvert, Bob Cook, James (Buddy) Cook, Pam (Baker) Cook, Arlo Cook, William Smith (Bill) Craig, Jr., Eva Crook, Grady Crook, W.C. Crook, Walter Cubbins, Wilma Cubbins,

Vera Bell Davenport, Vanice King Davenport, Frank Davis, Ravanelle Driver, Earl Driver, Lynn Duke, H.C. Duke, Onie Durham, Woodrow Durham, Tony Durso,

Donnie L. Edge, Ruth Elder,

Geraldine Fish, Kathy Foster, Willie Foutch, Billy J. France, James Alvie France, Jamie Frazier, John Larry Frazier, Billie Ann Frazier, Jo Ronald Frazier, Woodrow Frazier, Leonard M. Freeman, Margaret Freeman, Leonard M "Buddy" Freeman, Violet Fuson, Edsel Fuston, Jean Fuston, Hoyt Fuston, Sybil Fuston,

Walter Gassaway, Dessie Brown Gassaway, Royce T. Givens, Jr., James Goodwin, John Paul Grubb,

Brownie Haley, Lucille (Cook) Harris, Esker Harrison, Eva Harrison, Bertie Hayes, Rex Hayes, Mallow Herndon, Russell Herndon, Vada Pauline Herndon, Edward Hobson, Kenneth Howard, Elby Howard, Joe Huffman, Marvin Hutson, Sarah L. Hutson,

Charles L. Johnson, Linnie Johnson, Robert Joines, Johnnie Joines, McKinley Jones, Jim B. Judkins, Len Judkins, Marie Judkins, Earl Judkins,

Jennifer Renea Kincaid,

Nadine Luna, Brackett Luna, Angel Mahler, Billy Malone, Ida Malone, Carolyn Maynard, Helen Jones Mayo, T.C. McMillen, Gail Milligan,

June Nixon,

J.W. Pack, Bertha Parker, Hudson Parker, Pauline Parsley, Nina V. Phillips, Edna Pauline Phillips, C.T. Phillips, Sr., Dr. Jerry Puckett, Clyde L. Randolph, Mary Randolph, Vada I. Reeder, Bertie Reeder, George R. Reeder, Jack G. Rhody, Horace Rosson,

Kevin Sanders, Donald Smith, Virgil Smith, Nan Smith, Glen D. Smith, Ruby Smithson, Bruce Smithson, Christopher Stanley, Jordon Steinbach,

Burnace E. Terrell,

Arzie Usrey

Austin Vaughn, Edna Vaughn,

James F. Waggoner, Green Wall, Maud Wall, Eveleen Walls, Jvan Walls, Ruth Webb, Dennis Webb, W.A. (Bill) Young, and Juanita Young.

The names are in "honor of" and in "memory of" for a donation of five-dollars per name. The tree display board is located on the south side of the courthouse lawn. The Love Lights A Tree forms are available at First Bank, Liberty State Bank, DeKalb Community Bank and Regions Bank. For more information contact Committee Co-Chairs: Ivadell Randolph at 615-464-8129, Renee Cantrell at 615-597-4551, Barbara Ashford at 615-417-5653, Melanie Judkins at 615-597-1132 or Lynda Luna 615-597-5837.

Love Lights A Tree will continue thru December 31.

Saturday Fire Leaves Family Homeless for Christmas

December 22, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Saturday Fire Leaves Family Homeless for Christmas
Home of Randy and Glenda Eaton Destroyed by Fire
Fire Destroys Eaton Home
Saturday Fire at Eaton Home near Alexandria

A fire three days before Christmas has left a DeKalb County family homeless.

County Fire Chief Donny Green told WJLE that the residence of Randy and Glenda Eaton at 389 Old Liberty Road near Alexandria was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. The Eaton's were renting the home from the owner, Tommy Malone.

Central dispatch received the call at 10:08 a.m.

According to Chief Green, the Eaton's daughter, Leah Burchfield was in her bedroom when she discovered the fire across the hall in another bedroom. She then ran to the bathroom to alert her mother, who was taking a shower. 911 was notified and firefighters were dispatched to the scene.

Members of the Liberty, Main Station, and Short Mountain Highway stations of the county volunteer fire department responded along with the tanker truck, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and DeKalb EMS. Chief Green said mutual aid assistance was requested of the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department and they arrived on the scene to help. "They (Alexandria firefighters) did a good job and we really appreciated their help", said Chief Green.

The home was lost in the fire but the family was able to salvage some of their belongings. "Upon arrival, we found heavy fire coming from the back bedroom windows and roof. We worked hard to try to extinguish and contain the fire, but it had already spread into the attic area of the house causing significant fire, heat, smoke, and water damage throughout the entire structure," said Chief Green.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is now helping the family with their immediate needs. "The family lost most of their personal items and furnishings. DeKalb County Red Cross personnel were summoned to the scene to help the family with immediate food, clothing, and shelter needs," said Chief Green.

Although the cause of the fire cannot be determined at this time, Chief Green said statements made by the Eaton's indicate the home could have had an ongoing electrical issue that will be considered when making a determination of the cause.

Ironically, firefighters were called to the same home on Friday afternoon at around 1:38 p.m. after the family's artificial Christmas tree caught on fire in the living room, sparked by an extension cord powering a strand of lights. Chief Green said the family was at home at the time and Mr. Eaton used a blanket to smother the flames. The damage in that incident was confined to a small area of carpet under the tree. There was no significant structural damage

According to Chief Green, the fire on Friday was in no way related to the fire on Saturday and no foul play is suspected in either fire.

Smithville Police Department Throws Christmas Party for Needy Families

December 22, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

Many underprivileged children and their families were treated to a Christmas party Friday night at city hall hosted by the Smithville Police Department.

The party was complete with food, gifts, Christmas carols, the true message of the Christmas story presented by local ministers, and an appearance from Santa, his elves, and Mrs. Claus.

The police department obtained names of the families in cooperation with Second Harvest and letters were sent inviting them to the party

"We want to make sure we (police department) have a good public relationship with them. We want to help these children and the families," said Beth Adcock, police department records clerk who was largely responsible for organizing the party.

Car Plows Into Building due to Stuck Accelerator, No Serious Injuries

December 21, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Car Plows Into Building
Pack Car Hits this Parked Mini-Van Before Running into Building

No one was seriously injured in a bizarre accident Friday morning in which a car traveling through a parking lot, struck another vehicle and then plowed into a building on East Bryant Street.

Central dispatch was notified at 11:10 a.m.

Corporal Travis Bryant of the Smithville Police Department told WJLE that 85 year old Ernest Pack, driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus, was driving through the parking lot around back of Doc's Detail when his accelerator apparently stuck. The car went out of control and hit the rear of a parked Town and Country mini-van belonging to Billy Cripps. Pack's car then came around the parking lot and ran into a building belonging to Charles Atnip, which is used for storage. The force of the impact into the building and a central heat and air unit caused an adjacent small tree to fall onto another parked car, a 2010 Kia Optima, belonging to Alvina Levan.

Pack was treated at the scene by DeKalb EMS but he refused to be transported to the hospital by ambulance. Pack's wife, who was also in the car with him, was not injured.

Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department and Extrication and Rescue Team were also on the scene to provide assistance.

Funeral Home Gives Community a Chance to Show Concern for Victims of Connecticut Shooting

December 21, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

A local funeral home is giving area residents a chance to remember those killed during the school shooting in NewTown Connecticut last Friday.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel invites people from DeKalb and surrounding areas to stop by today through January 2 to sign a register book to express condolences to the families of the victims. Michael Hale, owner of the funeral home, said that "it's a way to let those people affected by the tragedy to know they are in our thoughts and prayers".

He said the register book will be sent to a funeral home in NewTown Connecticut to be shared with families of the school and community.

DeKalb County Helps Farm Bureau Insurance Fight Breast Cancer

December 20, 2012
DeKalb County Helps Farm Bureau Insurance Fight Breast Cancer

Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee raised more than $350,000 to fight breast cancer this fall, and the company's DeKalb County office played an important role in reaching that total.

The centerpiece of Farm Bureau Insurance's effort was the sale of special edition pink Farmer Charlie hats. More than 52,000 were sold statewide and 250 were sold by the DeKalb County office.

"We were very happy to see the number of people who responded to our pink hat campaign," said Agency Manager Bart Lay. "The people of DeKalb County showed the true heart of our community. Nearly everyone has a breast cancer story to tell, and we were proud to step forward and do our part," he said.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society's signature event to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. The event unites the entire community to honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk or find the disease early and raise funds to end breast cancer.

Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee participated as a statewide sponsor this year. "The American Cancer Society was thrilled to have Farm Bureau Insurance involved and is humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support received across the state from all Farm Bureau offices and agents, " said Mary Ann Upchurch, state vice president for the American Cancer Society in Tennessee. "All the Farm Bureau agents in Tennessee were involved in some form, whether it was selling pink hats, helping to promote their local walks or holding their own local fundraisers. They all rallied together to help end this disease. Even Farmer Charlie got involved to help. The American Cancer Society could not be more appreciative and thankful for what they have done for in Tennessee and for women everywhere who are battling this disease.

The funds raised by Farm Bureau Insurance will be used to provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who will turn to the American Cancer Society for help and support. Dollars raised will also fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer, as well as help the Society ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

"It has been gratifying to see the people of Farm Bureau Insurance rally their neighbors and friends to a worthy charitable cause such as Making Strides Against Breast Cancer," said Farm Bureau Insurance CEO Sonny Scoggins. "This terrible disease is so widespread and affects so many people. It was an easy decision to place our corporate emphasis on this project," said Scoggins.

Dowelltown City Lights Contest Winners Announced

December 19, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

Winners of the Dowelltown City Lights Contest have been awarded.

Best Overall
First Place: Chris Walker/Terri Dodd of Corley Street
2nd place: Mike and Elizabeth Redmon of Main Street
3rd place: J.C. Byford of Church Street

Best Window
First Place:Joseph and Beth Chandler of Corley Street
2nd place: Carmine Bain of Circle Drive

Best Door/Porch
First place: Bernice Hendrixson of Church Street
Second Place: Mitchell and Victoria Jamison of North Mill Street

Connecticut Tragedy Hits Close to Home for Smithville Man

December 19, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Hugh Kennen

The massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town, Connecticut last Friday hit close to home for a Smithville man, whose mother serves as a kindergarten teacher's aide there and was on her way to work when the shooting occurred.

"She's tough but it hurts," said Hugh Kennen, an employee of Smithport Cabinetry, formerly Kitchencraft." That's something that even sitting here I'll never forget so I can only imagine how hard it is for her to deal with," he said.
(PLAY VIDEO OF HUGH KENNEN BELOW)

Kennen, who is originally from Connecticut but has lived here since 1993, told WJLE Tuesday that he became worried about his mother, Jean Passero and other members of his family after hearing news of the shooting from a co-worker last Friday. "The first thing that happened was I got word from a co-worker who has alerts sent to his phone about major news events and he asked me if I had family in Connecticut. I said yeah. He showed me on his phone the first broadcasts that were coming out about it. I saw New Town Connecticut. That's where most of my family lives now. I came in and checked my computer and saw that the school was on lock down. They didn't know much at that point but they knew there had been a shooter. I picked up the phone and called my mother but her line was busy so I called my sister who also lives in New Town and got through to her so luckily there wasn't a long period of time where there was a lot of doubt that at least my close family was safe," he said.

"My mother was leaving the grocery store to go into school and got the call that the school was locked down so she turned around and went home to turn on the news like most people were," said Kennen. " I got word from my sister that her kids, although they were in school at another elementary school in town, were safe. So my immediate fears were quelled," he said.

Kennen said his mother knew many of the children and staff at the school who were killed and their loss has not been easy for her to accept. "She is a teacher's aide at that school for the kindergarten kids so a good portion of the kids that were in those first grade classrooms were her students from the previous year. New Town, even though it's not a tiny town is very close and she is good friends with a lot of the families. A lot of the staff are close friends of hers so it wasn't easy for her to get the phone calls from the other parents." he said.

The tragedy has also left an impression on Kennen, who knows that area of Connecticut so well. "From where I'm sitting, to see the places that I've been to and people that I know in just complete panic and turmoil and tragedy, it hits home and I haven't lived there in a long time so I can imagine it's just devastating for people that are actually involved. It was crazy. I'm not sure what breaks inside somebody's head that can make them walk into an elementary school and do this. I don't understand it," said Kennen.

Local Business Named in TDCI November 2012 Disciplinary Actions Report

December 19, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released its latest Disciplinary Actions Report for November 2012.

The disciplinary actions report is issued each month by Commerce and Insurance's Division of Regulatory Boards. Each board and commission is empowered by statute to take disciplinary action, including the revocation of licenses and assignment of civil penalties, against license holders found to have violated laws governing their professions.

One local business, DeKalb Funeral Chapel, is named in the report.

REGULATORY BOARDS Disciplinary Action Report:

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Respondent: DeKalb Funeral Chapel, LLC, Smithville, TN

Violation: Knowingly permitted an unlicensed person to engage in the profession of funeral directing, aided and abetted an unlicensed person to practice within the funeral profession on multiple occasions, violation of a statute pertaining to the prearrangement or pre-financing of a funeral, engaged in unfair and deceptive acts or practices including overcharging customers for products and services and failed to properly clean and sanitize a mortuary cot and the preparation room and failed to maintain the preparation room in an orderly manner free from clutter

Action: $3,500 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Vicky Sandlin, Smithville, TN

Violation: Met with the family of a deceased individual and planned funeral arrangements without being licensed to practice funeral directing

Action: $1,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: DeKalb Funeral Chapel, LLC, Smithville, TN

Violation: Failed to submit the prearrangement insurance application forms to the insurance company within the specified time and failed to file annual reports within the specified time

Action: $1,500 Civil Penalty

Respondent: DeKalb Funeral Chapel, LLC, Smithville, TN

Violation: An agent sold preneed funeral contracts without being registered as a preneed sales agent

Action: $400 Civil Penalty

In response, Michael Hale, owner of DeKalb Funeral Chapel, said these allegations are minor and arose from a state inspection almost two years ago when he was out of town. He said the penalty has been paid and the case is closed.

In a written explanation to WJLE addressing the allegations, "Hale said that "The issue with aiding and abetting an unlicensed practice as a funeral director there was a licensed funeral director/embalmer present the entire time the family was here. This was a family that went to church with us and so my mom was talking to them and said "if you need anything let me know", which was interpreted as acting as a funeral director," wrote Hale

"The cot in question is a cot we use to put a second remains on when we have two in our embalming room. This man that passed away died on a Monday afternoon and we didn't receive (the body) until the following morning because he was an organ donor. The cot is not even used in transporting remains. Being an organ donor, the remains was just embalmed prior to the family coming in to make arrangements," wrote Hale

"The incorrect charges were incorrectly priced on the price list. This issue of overcharging was also not an actual overcharge. It was a family that selected two nights visitation and on the statement of goods, we put $4,220, instead of $3,795 for one night. There are fines assessed for each violation," wrote Hale.

"Also on the pre-arranged funeral, the contract was dated and signed. However, the daughter had to wait and mail a check when she got back home from out of state. The funeral home has a pre-need license. Our insurance agent has a license, but was not aware that he was to have a pre-need funeral sales agent license, which he got immediately. Our state auditor never said a word about him needing a pre-need sales agent license," said Hale

"Every funeral home is fined for violations and the fines vary, determined by the number of violations" said Hale.

THE REST OF THE STATE REPORT IS AS FOLLOWS:

November 2012

Alarm Systems

Contractors Board

Respondent: CEN COM, Inc. d/b/a American Digital Monitoring Kirkland, WA

Violation: Between 2001 and 2010, Respondent provided alarm monitoring services to approximately 150-200 Tennessee customers without being certified by the Board as required, and falsely held itself out on its website as having a Tennessee license number between March 2011 and October 2012, in violation of TCA 62-32-304(a) & (j).

Action:$135,800 Civil Penalty plus $1,825 in Investigatory and Hearing Costs

Respondent: Executive Electrical, Inc., C-1296, Nolensville, TN

Violation: During the entirety of 2008, Respondent operated without employing a Qualifying Agent as required, and permitted during this period two affiliated Virginia security companies to act as alarm systems contractors in Tennessee without being certified by the Board, in violation of TCA 62-32-304(b), (c), (h), & (i) & TCA 62-32-312(c).

Action:$24,600 Civil Penalty plus $2,125 in Investigatory and Hearing Costs

Respondent: Stop Alarms, Inc., C-289, Memphis, TN

Violation:
TCA 62-32-307(d), TCA 62-32-312(a), (c), & (d)
TCA 62-32-319(d) & Admin Rule 0090-01-.05
Failure to register alarm employee within thirty (30) days

Action:$1,250 Civil Penalty

Respondent:Robinson, William, QA-84, Memphis, TN

Violation:
TCA 62-32-304(i), (k), TCA 62-32-307(d) & TCA 62-32-312(a)
Failure to register alarm employee within thirty (30) days

Action:$1,250 Civil Penalty

Barber Examiners

Respondent: Miracles Barber Shop, Memphis, TN

Violation: Barber made a false license

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Respondent:The Barber Shop, Memphis, TN

Violation: License not posted and sanitation of the shop

Action:$750 Civil Penalty

Board of Accountancy

Respondent: Robert E. Bell, Springfield, TN

Violation: Respondent knowingly participated in arrangement along with former financial advisor to separate clients from their money between 2002 and 2006, resulting in his misappropriation of approximately $750,00 of depositors’ money to his personal benefit, which were discreditable acts and conduct in derogation of his duties as trustee for these depositors.

Action: License Revoked, $110,000 Civil Penalty and $4,743 in Investigatory and Hearing Costs

Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

Respondent: Wynn Warner, Unlicensed

Violation: Unlicensed practice of architecture

Action:$2,400 Civil Penalty

Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors

Respondent: Luther D. Hayes, Ten Mile, TN

Violation: Violation of Standards of Practice and Survey Types and Requirements

Action:$1,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Thomas Steven Mitchell, Athens, AL

Violation:Unlicensed conduct

Action: $1,000 Civil Penalty

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Respondent: Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home, Gainesboro, TN

Violation: Failed to provide the reason for embalming on multiple contracts, failed to maintain a copy of the crematory’s current license and latest regularly scheduled inspection results that the funeral home uses, and unlicensed individuals wore name tags lacking titles which gave or tended to give the impression that the persons were licensed or entitled to practice as a funeral director or embalmer

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Boyd Funeral Home, Ashland City, TN

Violation:Failed to report a change of the establishment’s manager, business card of an unlicensed owner gave or tended to give the impression that the person was licensed or entitled to practice as a funeral director or embalmer, failed to comply with multiple aspects of the Funeral Rule and failed to respond to the Board’s complaint within the time specified in the notice

Action: $1,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Inc., Kingsport, TN

Violation: Failed to report a change of the establishment’s manager, failed to provide the reason for embalming on multiple contracts and failed to list caskets that the establishment usually offered for sale on the Casket Price List

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Respondent: E. H. Ford Mortuary Services, Memphis, TN

Violation: Unreasonably refused to promptly surrender custody of a dead human body upon the express order of the person legally entitled to the custody of the dead human body

Action: $750 Civil Penalty

Respondent:Joseph S. Ford, Sr., Memphis, TN

Violation: Refused to promptly surrender custody of a dead human body upon the express order of the person legally entitled to the custody of the dead human body

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

Respondent:Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home, Inc., Fayetteville, TN

Violation: Allowed a funeral director to conduct multiple funeral services while their funeral director license was expired

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Highland West Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations, Knoxville, TN

Violation: Failed to retain a cremation authorization form and a discrepancy existed regarding prices of outer burial containers on display and the prices on the price list

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Respondent: N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, Memphis, TN

Violation: Failed to retain multiple cremation authorization forms, preparation room floor was found to be in very poor condition and needed to be replaced and failed to respond to the Board’s complaint within the time specified in the notice

Action: $750 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Resthaven Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Clarksville, TN

Violation: Failed to maintain a copy of the crematory’s current license and latest regularly scheduled inspection results that the funeral home uses, failed to comply with multiple aspects of the Funeral Rule and failed to respond to the Board’s complaint within the time specified in the notice

Action: $750 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Smith-Regan Funeral Home, Rutledge, TN

Violation: General Price List, Casket Price List, and Outer Burial Container Price List provided by the establishment were not the price lists in effect at the time of inspection and multiple caskets in the selection room were not listed on the price list

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

Respondent:Snyder’s Memorial Gardens, Inc., Gray, TN

Violation: Signage provided a name other than the exact name approved by the Board, failed to maintain the preparation and public visitation rooms in an orderly manner free from clutter and failed to comply with an aspect of the Funeral Rule

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

Respondent: V. E. Parham and Son Funeral Home, Springfield, TN

Violation: Found to be using a tag provided by the hospital instead of affixing a permanent identification device to the deceased human body, failed to maintain a copy of the crematory’s current license and latest regularly scheduled inspection results that the funeral home uses and failed to comply with multiple aspects of the Funeral Rule

Action: $750 Civil Penalty

Board For Licensing Contractors

Respondent: Eastwood LLC, Kodak, TN

Violation: Poor Workmanship

Action: $1,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: J.P. Mechanical, Johnson City, TN

Violation: Failure to Report Felony

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Davis Home Repairs, Memphis, TN

Violation: Unlicensed Activity

Action: $1,000 Civil Penalty

Burial Services

Respondent: Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Inc., Kingsport, TN

Violation: An agent sold a preneed funeral contract without being registered as a preneed sales agent and failed to properly complete an annual report

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Goodlettsville, TN

Violation: Charged non-allowable monument inspection fees, charged installation fees that exceeded the maximum allowed by law, failed to properly make deposits into trust fund and lacked required signage at each public entrance to the cemetery grounds

Action: $750 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Hermitage Memorial Gardens, Hermitage, TN

Violation: Charged non-allowable monument inspection fees, charged installation fees that exceeded the maximum allowed by law, failed to properly make deposits into trust funds and lacked required signage at each public entrance to the cemetery grounds

Action:$1,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Queen Ann Funeral Home, Pulaski, TN

Violation: Failed to refund excess funds to the purchaser, the purchaser’s estate or otherwise named beneficiary and failed to file an annual report within the time specified

Action: $1,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: R. A. Clark Funeral Service, Inc., Bristol, TN

Violation: Failed to submit prearrangement insurance application forms to the insurance company within the specified time, failed to maintain accurate accounts, books, and records in this state of all preneed funeral contracts and prearrangement insurance policy transactions and failed to file an annual report within the time specified

Action: $750 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Terrell Broady Funeral Home, Inc., Nashville, TN

Violation:An agent sold preneed funeral contracts without being registered as a preneed sales agent, failed to submit prearrangement insurance application forms to the insurance company within the specified time and failed to file an annual report within the time specified

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Regions Bank, Houston, TX

Violation: Failed to file an annual report on the proper form and failed to file an annual report within the specified time

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

Cosmetology Board

Respondent:Bella Nails, Jackson, TN

Violation: Unlicensed individual, sterilization of the tools

Action: $2,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Elite Nail Spa, Springfield, TN

Violation: Unlicensed individual and dirty drill bits

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Expo Nails, Lebanon, TN

Violation:Unlicensed individuals

Action: $2,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Norma’s Beauty Salon, Cleveland, TN

Violation: Unlicensed shop

Action: $2,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Serenity Nail Spa, Brentwood, TN

Violation: Unlicensed individual

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Spring Nail & Hair Care, Franklin, TN

Violation: Unlicensed individual, id tags and sterilization

Action: $750 Civil Penalty

Locksmith Licensing Program

Respondent: Nichols Locksmith Service, LSC-272, Clarksville, TN

Violation: TCA 62-11-104(a) Unlicensed activity

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Run Local Locksmith, LSC-324, Centerline, MI

Violation: TCA 62-11-104(e) Unlawful employment

Action: $2,500 Civil Penalty

Private Investigation and Polygraph Commission

Respondent:
Blue Eagle Investigation, Inc., PIC-1986 Overland Park, KS
Jeremy L. Evans, PI-7531, Overland Park, KS
Stuart A. MacFarland, PI-7587, Overland Park, KS

Violation: TCA 62-26-204(a) Unlicensed activity

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Private Protective Security Services

Respondent:City Security & Safety, Inc., CSC-12338, Norcross, GA

Violation: Failure to pay $ 2,300.00 Civil Penalty

Action: Revocation

Respondent: Event Staffing, Inc., CSC-11670, Norfolk, VA

Violation: TCA 62-35-104 Unlicensed activity

Action: $4,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent:Stonehenge Park Apartments, Memphis, TN

Violation:
TCA 62-35-123 Unlicensed activity
TCA 62-35-134 Unlawful employment

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Sandra D. Shannon, AG-602070, Memphis, TN

Violation: TCA 62-35-120(b) Failure to notify of arrest within thirty (30) days

Action: $500 Civil Penalty

Real Estate Appraisers

Respondent: William H. Bowling, Somerville, TN

Violation: In an appraisal report, the Respondent failed to adequately: summarize the analysis of the prior transfer of the subject and the economic influences in the market; summarize the support for the adjustments in sales comparison approach; summarize the support for the cost approach; and, report the reconciliation of the value indications in the appraisal report.

Action: $500 Civil Penalty and required to attend both a thirty (30) hour Sales Comparison and Income Approach course and a fifteen (15) hour Residential Report Writing course

Respondent: Jayme M. Burns, Franklin, TN

Violation: In an appraisal report, the Respondent failed to adequately: summarize the analysis of the prior transfers of the subject and the subject improvements; summarize the support for the cost approach; and, failed to retain a true copy of the appraisal report submitted to the client.

Action: $500 Civil Penalty and required to attend a fifteen (15) hour Residential Report Writing and Case Studies course

Respondent: Edward G. Browning, Jr., Knoxville, TN

Violation: In two (2) manufactured house appraisal reports, the Respondent failed to adequately: analyze and summarize the analysis of the prior transfers of the subject; summarize the neighborhood characteristics; summarize the support for the cost approach; summarize the support for the sales comparison approach adjustments; and summarize the reasoning for the exclusion of the income approach. The Respondent also failed to submit the work files to the Commission when requested at the time of notification of the complaint.

Action: $500 Civil Penalty and required to attend a fifteen (15) hour Residential Report Writing course

Real Estate Commission:

Respondent: Crystal Lynn Burnes, Gatlinburg, TN

Violation: Failure to timely complete required education

Action: $100 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Great Smokies Management Co. a/k/a Great Smokies Management, LLC, Sevierville, TN

Violation: Unlicensed activity

Action: $1,000 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Judy L. Jones, Sevierville, TN

Violation:
Failure to timely remit monies belonging to others
Conduct which constitutes improper, fraudulent or dishonest dealing
Failure to exercise reasonable skill and care to all parties

Action: Revocation, Civil Penalty of $3,000 and Costs of $2,200

Respondent: Hollace R. McKinley, Smyrna, TN

Violation: Failure to timely complete administrative measures (firm renewal)

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Ronald “Scotty” A. Scott, Jr., Knoxville, TN

Violation: Failure to timely complete required education

Action: $200 Civil Penalty

Respondent: Thomas “Tom” P. Sturm, Lafollette, TN

Violation: Escrow account violation

Action: $250 Civil Penalty

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