Good morning, Nashville. State officials are starting to uncover cases of fraud related to flood assistance where people were collecting emergency food stamps and cash assistance when their houses or apartments never actually flooded. Since the pool of available assistance is stretched already, the fraud is hurtful enough that DHS is pulling out all the stops to track these folks down and charge them, including talking to neighbors and checking NES’ records to find out where and when power outages occurred. So far, they’ve issued four warrants with several more investigations underway.
- Can’t catch a break. Dozens of personal bridges were wiped out in Perry County during the flood, costing as much as $25,000 each to repair. For many, these bridges were the only way in and out of their homes and properties. You may remember hearing about Perry County when their unemployment rate spiked to 27% last year.
- FEMA unemployment deadline next week. Monday is the last day to apply for disaster unemployment assistance in Davidson County. For more information about who qualifies, how to apply, and when the deadlines are for other counties, check Tennessee’s website.
- Bits & pieces. Some creative and awful person has been running around painting swastikas and KKK symbols on people’s houses and driveways in Madison … The search for the final missing flood victim, who was swept away from his car, has been called off … Lebanon’s Public Safety Commissioner is in some deep trouble after pulling a gun on the fire chief … Hey look, another hot day with surprise fun-sucking thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Photo by Phillip Riggins.