End Of Federal ARRA Fund Inflation To Decrease All SNAP Benefits Nov. 1

Monday, October 28, 2013

The federal government’s short-term inflation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will end on Nov. 1, causing a reduction in the monthly amount for households across the nation receiving the food stamps benefit.

 

As a result, according to the U.

S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which funds and oversees SNAP, on Nov. 1, for a family of four receiving a maximum allotment, benefits will decrease from $668 to $632, a decrease of $36, or 5.4 percent. This marks the final phase-out of federal stimulus funding administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services connected with ARRA.

 

The federal government’s annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), increased benefits for recipients on Oct. 1

 

In September, the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) began sending letters to SNAP recipients that both explain the federal adjustment to the benefit and that provide USDA resources that help recipients make healthful food choices on small budgets. 


Cleveland EMT And Chattanooga RN Undergoing Intensive Disaster Training

An emergency medical technician from Cleveland, Jimmy Woody, and a n emergency room registered nurse from Chattanooga, Bren Ingle is, are participating in a unique National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) training at the nation’s premier, all-hazards training facility in Alabama from Feb. 27 to March 4. Mr. Woody serves as a member of an NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Team.  ... (click for more)

Advocates Speak With Senators Regarding Alzheimer's

Loretta Lynn Leda, public relations manager with Vista Points Special Needs Trusts & Resource Center and Amy French, senior manager of Programs and Education, Alzheimer’s Association visited with Rep. Ryan Williams, Senator Frank Niceley, Senator Becky Massey and Senator Steve Southerland at the State Capital, along with hundreds of caregivers affected by the disease.  ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Area Under Tornado Watch Until 7 PM

The Chattanooga area is under a tornado watch through 7 p.m. Here is the statement from the National Weather Service: TORNADO WATCH FROM  12:50 PM EST  WED UNTIL  7 PM EST  WED TENNESSEE COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE BLEDSOE BLOUNT BRADLEY FRANKLIN HAMILTON KNOX LINCOLN LOUDON MARION MCMINN MEIGS MONROE MOORE POLK RHEA ROANE SEQUATCHIE ... (click for more)

Boyd Says Visitors Bureau Spending $25,000 A Month On Travel; Doak Agrees To Meeting

County Commission Finance Committee Chairman Tim Boyd on Wednesday said the Chattanooga Visitors Bureau regularly spends about $25,000 per month on travel. He said that was "one of the first items that caught my eye" after he said he got "an inch thick" packet from Auditor Jenneth Randall about CVB finances. He said spending he picked out "just on the first few pages was incredible."  ... (click for more)

Embrace America - And Response (2)

Okay, Hollywierd we get it. The world of entertainment and cinema arts do not support President Trump. But for all their derisive and divisive speech, truth remains. People who support conservative values do not hate children, we do not hate immigrants, we do not hate other races and ethnicities although that is all you trumpet at every opportunity.  What we do support ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This March

I can never remember a first day in March like this one – the daffodils are in full splendor, the crocus are wide awake, even the tulips are making a move. I know a guy who has already cut his grass! The signs of the earliest spring are everywhere. Golf course fairways are greening up. Suddenly the mounting prayers are that Mother Nature isn’t setting us up for a fearsome late freeze ... (click for more)