TBI: Hardin County woman charged with arson

NOV. 8 – An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Fire Investigation Service has resulted in the arrest of a local woman on a charge of aggravated arson, the TBI said today.

According to a release, TBI agents began an investigation on Sept. 29 into the multiple fires that occurred at the same residence at 1400 Number 2 Road in Hardin County. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Mary Beavers McGee, 48, intentionally set fire to the residence.

Hardin County Fire Department reports list McGee as a resident at that address, and show that firefighters responded there at least five times between Sept. 28 and Nov. 5. Public property tax records identify her as an owner of the property.

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Shorter open enrollment period for health insurance starts on Federally Facilitated Marketplace

NOV. 2 – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance reminds consumers that open enrollment for insurance coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace began Wednesday.

The enrollment period is shorter than in years past, and the department is encouraging Tennesseans to review their options and begin preparation for the new policy year.

Tennessee consumers will have access to marketplace coverage for 2018 no matter where they live. However, consumers in 79 of 95 counties will only have one carrier option.     

In much of the state, including Hardin, McNairy and Wayne counties, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee is the only exchange carrier offering coverage.

Humana will no longer be in the Tennessee individual market. In addition, BCBST, Cigna, and Oscar will be the only Affordable Care Act-compliant individual market options for consumers purchasing coverage outside of the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.  

“Tennessee’s individual insurance market remains challenged,” said state Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “However, it is important to remember that health insurance coverage is available everywhere in the state. We continue to encourage consumers to shop for the best available plan for their individual situations and preferences. Our Department has a team ready to answer any questions about the insurance-buying process. Current Humana consumers, in particular, should review coverage options as the federal government may auto-enroll them in a new policy with a new carrier if they have not enrolled in a plan before the end of open enrollment.”  

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Firefighter Support Fund Ball set for Saturday

NOV. 1 – Looking for out-of-the-ordinary entertainment for Saturday night, dinner, dancing to a live band and access to a nightclub only steps away – then come one, come all to the Firefighter Support Fund Ball.

The Firefighter Support Fund is hosting its Fourth Annual Firefighter’s Ball on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.

This year the Support Fund has booked Freddy T’s Restaurant & Beach Club in Counce and the venue is exclusive access for ticket holders.

Ticket costs include a meal, a wrist band for those over 21 years of age who wish to participate in club activities, entertainment for the evening, and the venue.

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