Farmers’ Market Event Increases SNAP Recipient Access To Tennessee Farm Products

Monday, April 28, 2014

Farmers and farmers’ markets across the state today increased their reach to the more than 1.3 million Tennesseans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formally known as Food Stamps. 

The Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service hosted the Farmers’ Market On-Site Application and Approval Event for those interested in receiving free wireless point-of-sale (POS) devices equipped to accept SNAP benefits. Through this event, eligible participants were also able to receive approval to process SNAP transactions within the day, versus the normal processing timeframe. 

Last year, SNAP recipients spent an average of $175 million in benefits per month. With the new increase of farmers and farmers’ markets able to accept the benefit, more Tennessee households can have access to fresh, healthy and nutritious foods. This is especially opportune for rural communities in which farms have often been a staple but grocery stores may be scarce. 

“Given the many rural communities in Tennessee, expanding the opportunity for families receiving SNAP to access food is vital,” said DHS Commissioner Raquel Hatter. “Enlisting farmers and farmers’ markets can help to alleviate the issue, while placing fresh, nutritious foods on the table for many families.” 

Individual farmers and farmers’ markets that were unable to attend the event can contact the Department of Human Services to find out if they qualify for federal grants for free wireless point-of-sale equipment and internet access. 

Chattanooga Attorney Selected For Leadership Program

Chattanooga attorney Jeffrey Maddux of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC has been selected to participate in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2016 Leadership Law program.  Now in its 13th year, the Leadership Law program is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. ... (click for more)

Dade Discount Days Kicks Off Dec. 5

The Greater Dade Business Owners Association (a non-profit organization) and the Dade County Chamber of Commerce announce Dade Discount Days is coming to Trenton Dec. 5-31 with the big kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 5, with a raffle of 1,000 gallons of gasoline for 99 cents per gallon.  Dade County High School is hosting “parents day out” from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. ... (click for more)

Monica McMillon, 37, Shot And Killed In Alton Park On Tuesday Night; 2 Shot On Holtzclaw Avenue

Monica McMillon, 37, was shot and killed in Alton Park on Tuesday night. Then several hours later, two people were shot on Holtzclaw Avenue. The Chattanooga Police responded to the 3800 block of Highland Ave. on the report of a shooting. Once on scene police located one victim inside a residence. She  was struck by gunfire and  succumbed to her injuries on ... (click for more)

Judge Denies Motion By Walker County To Delay Closing Of Hutcheson Hospital

A bankruptcy judge in Atlanta on Tuesday denied a motion by Walker County, Ga., is asking a delay in closing Hutcheson Medical Center and laying off employees. Judge Paul Bonapfel said he appreciated the position of Walker County, but he said he would not interfere with the business decision made by the trustees appointed to operate the Fort Oglethorpe hospital. He also said ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)