• Tennessee Receives $1.3 Million to Help Citizens Pay Utility Bills

    Friday, September 19, 2008 | 6:20am

    NASHVILLE. --The Tennessee Department of Human Services will be increasing the budgets of local social services agencies that provide heating and cooling assistance to low income families. Congress today released $121 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).   Tennessee’s share is $1.32 million. The emergency aid was approved in anticipation of higher heating fuel costs this season. The benefits will be made available this winter through the local LIHEAP agency.     

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  • State Cracks Down on Parents Who Don't Support Their Children

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008 | 5:32am

    Licenses on the Line for Thousands of Tennesseans

    NASHVILLE — More than 15,000 parents who are not paying child support face losing their driver’s, professional and/or recreational licenses if they don’t pay up soon. Letters from the Department of Human Services warning delinquent parents are arriving in mailboxes across Tennessee. The notices inform parents that if they are behind at least $500 in their child support and haven't made a payment in more than 90 days, they could lose their license(s).

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  • Tennessee Rehabilitation Center Graduates Overcome Barriers To Achieve Success

    Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | 6:00pm

    SMYRNA, Tenn.– Dozens of young men and women with significant disabilities donned cap and gown today and proudly walked or rolled their wheelchairs across the stage at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center (TRC) in Smyrna. The students come from every corner of the state, but all are filled with the same determination and drive to enter or re-enter the workforce and better

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  • Child Care Agencies Gear Up For Transportation Change

    Thursday, December 07, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The days of using 15-passenger vans to transport children are ending for licensed child care providers across Tennessee. Rules approved by the General Assembly will take effect in exactly two months. Providers who rely on 15-passenger vans to transport children must stop using them by January 1, 2007. They will be allowed to use approved vehicles, which include large and small school buses, multifunction school activity buses (MFSAB) or regular passenger cars, such as mini-vans and SUV’s for transporting children.

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  • As Temperatures Drop, Utility Assistance Needs Rise - Funds Still Available To Aid Low Income Households

    Sunday, November 26, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE –The Tennessee Department of Human Services is working with 19 community service agencies across the state to help those less fortunate get through the cold winter months. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a utility assistance program for eligible individuals and families, who must sign up with their local agency for assistance. Priority is given to individuals with disabilities, the elderly and low income families with children under 6-years old.

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