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The Department of Homeland Security's SAFER Grant Program's $622,662 grant will pay for the firefighters for two years. Maury County Fire is currently an all volunteer organization and has been since its inception in 1970.
The Maury County Fire Department says that the hired firefighters will help ensure that fire protection coverage is provided on a 24/7 basis and will help to reduce response times. The department, however, will still rely heavily on volunteer response to provide adequate manpower on emergency scenes.
The hired firefighters will be responsible for providing support functions at MCFD's nine other stations located throughout the county. MCFD provides fire and rescue services to the areas outside the corporate city limits of Columbia, Spring Hill, and Mt. Pleasant.
Wednesday, January 9 2013, 04:48 AM CST
Audit finds $51K missing at Hamblen animal shelter
May 22, 2013 19:59 GMT
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- An audit by the state comptroller's office has found that more than $51,000 in animal adoption fees and donations for the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society was not deposited into the facility's bank account.
According to the audit, an investigation was requested by the Hamblen County mayor after a humane society employee discovered altered receipts.
The audit says a former employee who was questioned by management admitted to backdating one receipt to "borrow" $120. The employee returned the $120 and was terminated. The employee refused to meet with auditors.
Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society Board Chair Gean Ann Sing said in a response to auditors that the humane society now utilizes more than one employee for handling deposits. The board also has agreed to obtain yearly audits.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: TEENS MOVING TO TWITTER TO DODGE PARENTS, OTHER BORES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you're one of those parents who are on Facebook in part to keep an eye on what your kids are up to -- here's a news flash: your kids are on to you and have moved to Twitter.
DOG BEACH WEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.