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UACOL intenta colocar puestos a un costado de Catedral; policía vigila
Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 18:22

Ante la manifestación de los agremiados de la Unión de Artesanos y Comerciantes en Lucha (UACOL) en principales vialidades de la capital, el Municipio de Oaxaca de Juárez hace del conocimiento público que ha tenido interlocución con la organización, a la cual se le ofreció la posibilidad de instalarse en el mismo espacio que se le ofreció a otras organizaciones para esta temporada vacacional, a efecto de no invadir las calles y brindar una imagen positiva a turistas y visitantes.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 17:52

Problemas de violencia, obliga al gobierno de EU a alertar a sus ciudadanos de viajar por el Istmo.

El Gobierno de Estados Unidos prohibió viajar a la región del Istmo.

"A los empleados del gobierno de EE. UU. se les prohíbe viajar a la región del Istmo. La región del Istmo está definida por la Carretera 185D al oeste, la Carretera 190 al norte, y la frontera de Oaxaca / Chiapas al este e incluye las ciudades de Juchitán de Zaragoza, Salina Cruz y San Blas", expone la recomendación publicada el 16 de marzo en la página del Departamento de Estado.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 17:42

Durante varios meses, una mujer vivió la pesadilla en su domicilio ubicado en la comunidad de Santo Domingo Tepuxtepec, Mixe, al ser golpeada y atacada sexualmente por su propio hijo, pero los vecinos alertaron a la autoridad municipal que la rescató y trasladó a un hospital, en tanto el presunto responsable fue detenido días después en cumplimiento a una orden de aprehensión.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 17:30

Adelfo Apolonio, informó que ya hicieron del conocimiento de las instituciones la destitución de sus autoridades.

Oaxaca, Oax.- Luego de que pobladores del municipio de San Jorge Nuchita, distrito de Huajuapan, destituyeran en asamblea de ciudadanos al presidente municipal Gregorio Bernardo Alonso Ventura y a su cabildo, por la presunta falta de transparencia, sus nuevas autoridades esperan que el nombramiento sea validado por las instancias correspondientes.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 17:10

En Sonora se han confirmado 64 casos de influenza en lo que va del año y ocho personas han perdido la vida a consecuencia del padecimiento, informó la Secretaría de Salud local.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 16:42

– El Gobernador anunció el inicio de los trabajos de mantenimiento en la Carretera 125 “Alfonso Pérez Gasga” a cargo de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes, en los que destinarán 46 millones de pesos.

– Aunado a estos trabajos, se atenderán los caminos rurales de El Coyulito, San Vicente Piñas y Asunción Atoyaquillo, pertenecientes al Distrito de Putla.

En gira de trabajo por la región de la Sierra Sur, el Gobernador Alejandro Murat Hinojosa encabezó un encuentro con autoridades municipales, agrarias, y comunidades del Distrito de Putla, donde anunció la inversión de 46 millones de pesos para realizar trabajos de mantenimiento y conservación en la Carretera 125 “Alfonso Pérez Gasga” -en el tramo de Yucudaa a Pinotepa Nacional-, así como en los caminos El Coyulito, San Vicente Piñas y Asunción Atoyaquillo.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 16:20

El conflicto de Nochixtlán afecta colateralmente a viajeros

La noche del pasado lunes, Sofía “N” tomó la corrida de autobús de las 23:15 horas en la Terminal de Autobuses de Oriente (Tapo) de la Ciudad de México y esperaba estar en la terminal de la ciudad de Oaxaca a las 6:00 horas de ayer, pero los bloqueos en la supercarretera por integrantes del magisterio y víctimas del desalojo del 19 de junio de 2016 en Nochixtlán, prolongaron el viaje tres horas más.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 18:10

La Dirección de Turismo cuenta con cuatro módulos de información turística en la capital.

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, 28 de marzo de 2018.- Para contribuir al libre tránsito en el Centro Histórico de la ciudad durante el periodo vacacional de Semana Santa, la Comisaría de Vialidad Municipal habilitará como estacionamiento público la lateral izquierda de la avenida Independencia, desde la calle 5 de mayo hasta Nicolás del Puerto, así como una cuadra de la calle Porfirio Díaz.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 17:45

Por su parte, Miguel Ángel Barriga Vallejo, del PRI, deslindó a su partido y dijo que en todo caso las aseveraciones de Tzintzún Rascón habrían sido a título personal

Morelia, Michiacán.- Mario Tzintzún Rascón, exsecretario de Organización del Comité Directivo Estatal del Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), dijo que para ganar la presidencia municipal de esta ciudad, el próximo 1 de julio, los priistas harán “desde pegar un botón hasta matar a un cabrón”.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 17:30

En sesión del Comité Estatal de Sanidad Forestal se presentó el resultado del reconocimiento aéreo realizado, el cual detectó 23 mil hectáreas plagadas en el estado de Oaxaca.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 17:20

Durante la discusión de la multa por 34.1 millones de pesos a Movimiento Ciudadano por filtrar el padrón electoral a la nube de Amazon, el consejero Presidente del Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE), Lorenzo Córdova aseguró que el padrón electoral recibió solo 489 mil observaciones de los partidos políticos, cuando en 2016 recibió 7.9 millones, en 2015 5.8 millones y en 2012, 2.5 millones de observaciones, cifra históricamente baja.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 16:55

En el marco del Programa de Modernización del Transporte Público en todas sus modalidades, la Secretaría de Vialidad y Transporte (Sevitra) entregó cinco unidades de motor que servirán para renovar el servicio de taxi en beneficio de las y los oaxaqueños.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 16:35

En Sesión Ordinaria en el Congreso del Estado, el diputado local del PRD presentó un Punto de Acuerdo para exhortar al Titular del Poder Ejecutivo del estado para realizar a la brevedad las acciones administrativas, presupuestales y operativas necesarias que logren el completo funcionamiento del denominado Centro de Salud de ocho núcleos básicos de Santiago Pinotepa Nacional.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 16:10

La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) y el gobierno de Tamaulipas, informaron que seis personas fueron detenidas por las investigaciones del homicidio del periodista Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez en Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas y descartaron que el crimen sea por el crimen organizado.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 16:00

Colombia capturó a 11 funcionarios de aeropuertos locales que colaboraban con el cártel de Sinaloa, ayudaban desde sus cargos a sacar cocaína hacia otros países.

Según reportes de la policía colombiana, los funcionarios, algunos de ellos controladores aéreos, se encargaban de proveer la documentación requerida para que las aeronaves salieran cargadas de narcóticos sin inconvenientes.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 15:45

A dos días de que inicien las campañas presidenciales, el aspirante a una candidatura independiente, Armando Ríos Piter, acudió al Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación (TEPJF) para presentar una demanda de juicio para la protección de sus derechos y denunciar presuntas violaciones del Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) para frenar sus aspiraciones.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 15:27

El director general del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), Tuffic Miguel Ortega, indicó que no hay riesgo por sarampión y no se tiene casos registrados en el instituto.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 15:10

A tres días de que inicie la campaña, la corriente Democracia Interna encabezada por el exgobernador de Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz, cuestionó severamente la coordinación del equipo de José Antonio Meade y el trabajo del PRI, al aseverar que no han dado resultados y que las encuestas no mienten, pues el candidato priista sigue en tercer lugar.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 14:48

Integrantes de la Unión de Artesanos y Comerciantes Oaxaqueños en Lucha (UACOL), iniciaron un bloqueo en las calles de Independencia, García Vigil y Valdivieso en demanda de espacios para vender.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 14:28

El coordinador de los diputados locales del PAN, Juan Mendoza Reyes, acusó que desde hace dos meses la Secretaría de Finanzas, no ministra los recursos al Congreso del Estado.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 13:53

Turistas nacionales e internacionales pudieron presenciar los estandartes y relicarios de las cofradías, a través de la Procesión Solemne de Entrada, la cual se realizó de la Basílica Menor de la Soledad a la Catedral Metropolitana.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 15:52

La fracción del PRI en la Cámara de Diputados impulsa una reforma al Código Civil Federal para derogar el artículo que define al marido como “tutor legítimo y forzoso de su mujer (cónyuge)”.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 15:35

En América Latina, México es de los países con más baja recaudación fiscal con respecto del Producto Interno Bruto (PIB), revela el reporte Estadísticas Tributarias en América Latina y el Caribe 2018 de la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE).

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 15:12

Exlíder de la Sección 22 contiende por el Distrito 4 de Oaxaca; en 2017 se embolsó $287 mil sin estar frente a grupo; en 2012 fue denunciado por allanamiento, amenazas y lesiones

Protagonista de cierres carreteros, tomas de edificios públicos, plantones y marchas, el exdirigente de la Sección 22 de la Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE) Azael Santiago Chepi es candidato de Morena a una diputación federal por el distrito 4 con cabecera en Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca, y sin estar frente a grupo cobró más de 287 mil pesos durante 2017, de acuerdo con el Fondo de Aportaciones para la Nómina Educativa y el Gasto Operativo (Fone).

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 14:58

Una boda en el histórico ex convento causó la indignación de la población

El vicecoordinador de la fracción parlamentaria del Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), Horacio Antonio Mendoza, exhortó al titular de la delegación estatal del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) informe al Congreso quién solicitó el uso del ex convento de Cuilápam de Guerrero, para efectuar un evento social privado el pasado 17 de marzo.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 14:38

En este periodo vacacional, una de las actividades recreativas por antonomasia es la visita a balnearios, albercas públicas, lagunas, canales de riego o presas. Sin embargo, es necesario que antes de tomar ese chapuzón tenga cuidado con la calidad del agua, ya que en muchas ocasiones pueden estar mal clorados o contaminados y provocar afectaciones a la salud.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 14:10

María de Jesús Melgar Vásquez, legisladora local por el partido Morena, propuso una reforma de ley para que los padres respeten y apoyen las decisiones de sus hijos en cuanto a su futuro educativo, creencias e ideologías siempre y cuando no atente contra la integridad del menor.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 13:39

En el Palacio Municipal de Nochixtlán permaneció el edil y seguidores en resguardo, luego de encender la mecha que retomó el Comité de Víctimas y el magisterio.

Desde el 2016 la policía estatal se retiró del municipio de Asunción Nochixtlán, por el conflicto socio-político que dejó un saldo de ocho personas muertas, según la cifra oficial, y desde entonces, se han incrementado los homicidios, asaltos, robos a casa habitación, entre otros, aseveró el diputado local por ese distrito Herminio Manuel Cuevas Chávez.

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Miércoles, 28 de Marzo de 2018 13:29

Mediante un comunicado el Instituto Estatal Electoral y de Participación Ciudadana de Oaxaca (IEEPCO) informó a la ciudadanía que la tarde del 27 de marzo, la intervención pacífica de las autoridades de gobierno, de seguridad pública y de la Defensoría de los Derechos Humanos del Pueblo de Oaxaca, permitieron la liberación de las personas retenidas en las instalaciones sede de este instituto.

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El próximo domingo 1 de abril entrará en vigor el cambio de Horario de Verano en la República Mexicana, por lo que se recuerda a la población adelantar una hora los relojes, antes de irse a dormir el sábado 31 de marzo, para que al día siguiente inicien sus actividades con el nuevo horario.

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Acompañado de Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, el gobernador, Alejandro Murat dio el banderazo a los trabajos que dan continuidad a la obra de la supercarretera a la Costa

El gobernador Alejandro Murat reafirmó la voluntad y compromiso de su gobierno para trabajar de manera conjunta con el Gobierno Federal para la conclusión de las carreteras que conecten a la Ciudad de Oaxaca con las regiones de la Costa e Istmo; dos proyectos carreteros de gran envergadura que detonarán el desarrollo turístico y económico de la entidad.

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*Designa como nuevos magistrados a “dueño” de portal que prestaría nombre al padre del ex mandatario, y a ex delegado de PGR acusado de acoso sexual.

El gobernador del Estado, Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, envió a la LXIII Legislatura la notificación de la designación de dos nuevos Magistrados de la Sala Unitaria y de la Sala Superior del Tribunal Superior del Justicia del Estado a afecto de que sean avalados por las dos terceras partes de los integrantes del Congreso del Estado.

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Durante seis emisiones el Parque Central albergó a más de 50 mil visitantes locales, nacionales e internacionales

Con la asistencia de más de 15 mil personas culminó con éxito la cuadragésima edición de los tradicionales Martes de Brujas en Xoxocotlán, en donde el reconocido cantante José María Napoleón fue el encargado de cerrar las actividades de esta tradicional festividad.

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Artesanos que expendían sus productos en la Plaza Aldama, protestan afuera de este lugar y bloquean la calle de Aldama y Flores Magón, para exigir que se les devuelvan estas instalaciones.

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La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa) aseguró 63 ejemplares de vida silvestre al Herpetario “Bitis Ecosystem” ubicado dentro del parque de diversiones Six Flags de la Ciudad de México, debido a que no se acreditó procedencia legal de los animales.

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Utilizar espacios en los que se ha escrito la historia de México y/o Oaxaca como salones de fiestas, es un insulto, para la identidad de un mexicano

El diputado local, Horacio Antonio Mendoza en Sesión Ordinaria, presentó un Punto de Acuerdo para solicitar al Delegado del INAH en el Estado, informar a la brevedad quién solicitó y autorizó el uso del Ex Convento de Cuilápam de Guerrero para efectuar un evento social privado el pasado 17 de marzo, el monto pagado por concepto de renta y el destino de dichos recursos.

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El actor Xavier López “Chabelo” habría sido reportado grave de salud, sin especificar de qué tipo y si está hospitalizado.

Trascendió que el actor de 83 años, cuyo nombre real es Xavier López Rodríguez, sufre problemas motrices descubiertos recientemente al no poder manejar sus motocicletas.

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Un juez otorgó al exgobernador de Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval, la suspensión provisional en contra de la orden de aprehensión que fue girada en su contra por el delito de peculado, por lo que las autoridades no podrán ejercer la acción penal por el momento.

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ntegrantes de la Unión de Artesanos y Comerciantes Oaxaqueños en Lucha (UACOL), pretenden colocar puestos ambulantes a un costado de la Catedral, tras la negativa de las autoridades municipales para permitirles vender en los jardines San Francisco y Labastida.

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José Antonio Meade, candidato de la coalición Todos por México, se entonó esta mañana de términos beisboleros y sin mencionarlo por su nombre, apostó a que su opositor Andrés Manuel López Obrador entra a su último turno al bat y será ponchado.

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Una mujer policía, que tiene 16 años de servicio en la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública y es mando de la dependencia en la delegación Magdalena Contreras, resistió el intento de soborno de un grupo de presuntos narcomenudistas con presencia en las inmediaciones de Ciudad Universitaria, lo que derivó en la detención del líder Héctor Hugo “N”, alias El H, y 10 de sus cómplices.

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*Designa como nuevos magistrados a “dueño” de portal que prestaría nombre al padre del ex mandatario, y a ex delegado de PGR acusado de acoso sexual. El gobernador del Estado, Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, envió a la LXIII Legislatura la notificación de la designación de dos nuevos Magistrados de la Sala Unitaria y de la Sala Superior del Tribunal Superior del Justicia del Estado a afecto de que sean avalados por las dos terceras partes de los integrantes del Congreso del Estado.

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Haslam names addiction commission

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday named members to the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education.

The commission, established by executive order as part of the TN Together plan to help end the opioid epidemic, is charged with developing competencies for Tennessee’s medical educational institutions to address proper treatment for pain, safe and effective prescribing practices, and proper diagnoses and treatment for individuals abusing or misusing controlled substances.

Once developed, the competencies shall be available for adoption by Tennessee’s medical educational institutions for best-in-class training for Tennessee’s future doctors, nurses, dentists and other prescribers.

“To be clear, this is not us telling medical and health care practitioner schools what their curriculum will be. This is a group of professionals from that field who will come together and design what competencies should be developed around evidence-based pain and addiction management,” Haslam said.

The commission will develop competencies for current and future curricula so that future prescribers receive instruction and training regarding, at a minimum:

• Effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, including alternatives to opioids to manage pain;

• The potential risks and effects of using opioids to treat pain, including physical dependency and addiction, and effective discontinuation of opioids;

• Proper identification of and treatment for patients demonstrating misuse or abuse of opioids; and

The commission consists of 19 members, appointed by the governor, which include representation from the state’s public and private medical educational institutions, the Tennessee Department of Health, a broad group of professional associations, and licensed health care practitioners.

• Professor Rex Hobbs, Assistant Dean and Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies, Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

• Dr. Brian A. Kessler, Vice President and Dean, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University

• Dr. Robert T. Means, Jr., Dean, Quillen School of Medicine, East Tennessee State University

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Florida’s epiphany on guns means little in Tennessee

Memphis resident Stevie Moore has been waging a war to take illegal guns off the streets since someone shot his son in the head with an AK-47 15 years ago.

“It’s my mission to fight these guns whatever way I can,” says Moore, who founded the organization Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives in an effort to steer youth away from violence.

Prentice Moore, 23, died in the arms of his twin brother after a feud over a woman led to a fight, then an ambush at an Exxon on Mendenhall Road where the culprits shot up the brothers’ car, the father says.

The bullet “went through his eye and tore half his head off,” Moore recounts.

With the horror of his son’s death still fresh in his mind, Moore visits the General Assembly in support of Moms Demand Action, a grass-roots group pushing “common-sense” gun legislation.

They have plenty of work to do in this Legislature, where state lawmakers are at odds constantly over weapons-related bills, especially in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, high school incident in which a former student shot 17 people to death and the Las Vegas massacre where 58 people died and nearly 600 more were wounded when a man opened fire on the crowd at a Jason Aldean concert.

But in the midst of national outcry from young people, as well as moves by President Donald Trump to ban items such as bump stocks, which the Vegas shooter used to increase the number of shots he could fire, the Tennessee Legislature is lightening, not toughening, gun laws.

For instance, the House passed legislation recently reducing the penalty for carrying a handgun without a permit to a $250 fine for the first offense and the confiscation of ammunition but not the gun.

In other words, a violator can get another clip and reload instead of asking law enforcement to “gimme back my bullets.”

Under current law, carrying without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor with a fine of up to $500 and possible prison time.

Rep. Micah Van Huss, a Jonesborough Republican, defends his legislation, saying it will help people “protect their families” from the “evil that’s out in the world.”

Of course, Van Huss wants people to be able to carry handguns without a permit, so this is a victory of sorts for him and others who say they believe government shouldn’t be regulating weapons.

Yet it keeps alive the eternal question: Do more guns in people’s hands mean less crime?

Throwing up roadblocks

The same day Stevie Moore and members of Moms Demand Action packed the halls at the Cordell Hull Building to raise awareness of gun legislation in the General Assembly, a bill banning bump stocks in Tennessee hit a wall in the form of the supermajority Republican control.

On the orders of House Majority Leader Glen Casada, state Rep. Mike Carter, a former General Sessions judge, rolled the bump-stock ban two to three weeks in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

The move caught the ire of the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Dwayne Thompson, who had two people lined up to testify, victims of the Las Vegas shooting, both Tennesseans, one of whom made a trip from Dallas to speak to lawmakers.

“They’re experiencing PTSD,” explains Thompson of Cordova in Shelby County. “They were reluctant to do this, but they felt they had to do it to really get the full understanding of this tragedy and have legislators understand the potential for danger of having these devices in Tennessee.”

Thompson says Democrats pleaded with Casada and Carter to let the men speak but they said absolutely not and told them they could come back in two weeks when the bill is heard.

“They really had worked up this courage to speak to the committee, but they were denied that, to be able to give a better understanding to legislators about the full tragedy, the bodies falling around them, the chaos, the tragedy which I hope never, ever happens in this country again,” Thompson adds, “and we need to pass laws that help to prevent these tragedies from happening in the future.”

State Sen. Jeff Yarbro points out the committee sent the men out of the room “without the common decency” to discuss the matter.

“Those of us who work in and around the Legislature grow numb sometimes to this B.S. But it is unconscionable that we treat problems of people with such contempt and gamesmanship and ignore their problems simply because leadership wants to follow the direction of lobbyists and special interests,” says Yarbro, a Nashville Democrat.

“It’s embarrassing for the state, and no one in the state should tolerate it.”

Rep. Bo Mitchell, another Nashville Democrat, agrees, noting Tennessee seems to be the only state in the country weakening gun law after Florida buried 17 shooting victims.

“Until people start caring more about the PTA than they do the NRA, we’re not gonna solve any problems. I’m sorry, I’ve got two children in school, so I’m gonna listen to the PTA every time,” Mitchell adds.

Casada defends his actions, saying he wanted to wait until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms issued a decision on banning bump stocks so the state wouldn’t risk being overruled. He points out the matter involves the Second Amendment, which is regulated by the federal government.

The Franklin Republican, who wields a good deal of authority by vote-counting in the supermajority, says Thompson didn’t tell him he had speakers coming to testify and, thus, pushed the bill to the end of the subcommittee’s calendar, the last day it meets.

Did he step on their opportunity to be heard?

“We did but it was inadvertent. I hope they come back in two weeks,” Casada adds.

Considering the Legislature wastes a lot of time finagling over joint resolutions and worthless bills, the subcommittee could have given these two people six minutes out of their busy lives to speak. After all, their lives were on the line last summer. And, as many a lawmaker has said, you can move the State Capitol with a majority vote.

Oddly enough, bump stocks might be banned by President Trump’s Republican administration with Attorney General Jeff Sessions moving to clarify federal law and include a ban of bump-stock devices under a definition for machine guns, according to reports. Sessions has said the Department of Justice would go for the ban regardless of action by the ATF, which has said Congress would have to enact a ban.

For Casada and others waiting for the ATF, its analysis and public comment period was to take months, according to a report from The Hill. So anyone wanting to speak on Thompson’s legislation better not hold their breath – at least while Casada puts a clamp on the bill.

Waiting is the hardest part

Meanwhile, Gov. Bill Haslam put together a “working group” of legislators and state leaders to review school safety across Tennessee to make recommendations, an effort to avert disaster.

Of course, it includes no Democrats or minorities, who often don’t fit into the Republican-controlled world on Capitol Hill. The group will have to work quickly, too, because the Legislature is hoping to go home in a month.

If nothing is done by that time, legislators will be coming back to Nashville all summer long to jack things up and collect their per diems. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally even mentions the possibility of a special session, though he doesn’t advocate one and hopes executive measures can be taken instead to deal with building security and access, school resource officers and mental health.

The possibility of arming teachers is tossed about, as well, with legislation by Rep. David Byrd, a Waynesboro Republican, allowing private gun-class teachers to provide training for educators selected by administrators in every school district. Byrd, who put his measure on hold to see what comes out of the governor’s plan, really just wanted more school resource officers in his district.

In this atmosphere, most people favor such a move, which could require a good deal of money for salaries. It certainly makes more sense than asking teachers to go through hundreds of hours training to wield guns.

Moore and his wife, Rosiland, say they oppose arming teachers, no matter the motivation.

“We feel there should be another option in how we create safety in our schools, how they enter, how we monitor that, because we’ll have more guns and more killing, and that’s not what we want to do,” Rosiland Moore points out.

With Casada calling the matter a “problem of the heart,” and Democrats tending to say they want to limit guns on campuses and prohibit bump stocks and machine-gun devices, this partisan argument will go on forever and ever.

Fortunately, people such as the Moores have an eye toward both matters, with their organization, F.F.U.N., trying to teach young people how to resolve conflict without violence. Whether they can turn young people in another direction in a world that glorifies violence and weaponry is another question.

But Stevie Moore, with his son’s terrible death in the back of his mind, will keeping trying.

Sam Stockard is a Nashville-based reporter covering the Legislature for the Nashville Ledger, Memphis Daily News, Knoxville Ledger and Hamilton County Herald. He can be reached at sstockard44@gmail.com.

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Pueblo High students find a formula to raise valley fever awareness

Pueblo High School teens studying biotech were having difficulty getting their peers in art class to care about valley fever — until they mentioned that dogs get the disease.

“To get people to be interested, you need to connect to their interests,” said Noemi Sumalinog, a 17-year-old Pueblo senior and student in Andrew Lettes’ advanced biotech class.

“Everyone cares about dogs.”

Indeed, the art students did care about dogs. And they were surprised to find out that valley fever is potentially fatal, has no prevention and no cure, and that it’s one of the most common diseases reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services every year.

That knowledge helped the art students work with Lettes’ biotech students, and also bring in media, television and film students to create a visual-awareness campaign about valley fever. The south-side Tucson school has its own radio station that has broadcast information about the campaign, too.

As a result, the microcosm of the Pueblo community is now arguably getting more valley fever education than the rest of the state.

Arizona’s valley fever awareness consists of a passive, low-cost awareness effort — putting several public service announcements on a state website with the same message: “Cough? Fever? Exhausted? Ask your doctor to test you for valley fever.”

At Pueblo High, the awareness campaign is more aggressive.

“There’s been a lot of churning of energy around this campaign,” Lettes said.

A centerpiece logo of the campaign is an illustration of a sweet-looking saguaro cactus with a face, shown coughing and in obvious pain.

The design, created by sophomore Kyle Elhard, was turned into a brightly colored button that has been a popular component of the campaign. Take a walk around the Pueblo campus on any given day and a number of students will be wearing them, Lettes and his students say.

The students are particularly proud that they gave one to a doctor at Banner – University Medical Center South who now wears it to work.

“What better mascot than a sick saguaro? People have an emotional bond with the saguaro cactus,” said Lettes, a former research associate at the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy who has been teaching biotechnology at Pueblo since 2004.

Lettes first got interested in valley fever in 2009 when one of his students spoke with an epidemiologist about the fact that there’s very low public awareness of the respiratory disease, which is endemic to Arizona.

Always one to back facts up with data, Lettes and his students developed a survey to track that awareness. His classes have been handing out the surveys consistently since 2009, surveying friends, family and members of the Pueblo High community.

Awareness since that time has been consistently tracking at about 20 percent.

Something had to change, and that’s when Lettes thought about taking an interdisciplinary approach to the problem.

“The traditional ways of looking at valley fever were not working,” he said.

That’s how students in Nallely Aguayo’s advanced art class got involved.

“I knew they were going to do well, but they went way above my expectations,” Aguayo said.

Biotech students explained valley fever to Aguayo’s class — emphasizing that it affects dogs, too — and the art students got to work on posters.

The top four were selected to be part of Pueblo’s valley fever awareness campaign, which includes a showcase box at one of the school’s entrances. Two of the posters included dogs.

The posters were shared on Twitter and caught the eye of leaders at the University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence. The UA center then featured the posters on its Facebook site.

“Art catches people’s attention,” said 18-year-old Gustavo Barrera, whose colored pencil design includes a doctor, a lethargic-looking dog and colorful mushrooms to represent the cause of valley fever — coccidioides fungal spores that are found in the soil of the southwestern U.S. and in parts of Mexico, Central and South America.

Lya Thurston used a smudge effect with pastels to create her valley fever poster, which shows a pair of infected lungs. The smudging is representative of how the sickness spreads — attaching to the lungs and growing from there, said Thurston, a 16-year-old junior.

“It’s Arizona’s disease, but it’s not well-known, which is very unfortunate. It’s very scary,” Thurston said.

Thurston has spoken to her family and friends about valley fever and learned about people and dogs who have suffered from it.

“My friend’s co-worker had it and was bedridden for eight weeks and dropped so much weight,” Thurston said.

Biotech students Elizzabeth Esparza, Alondra Cordova and Sumalinog are cautiously optimistic that the awareness campaign has made a difference. Not just a difference, a statistically significant difference.

Esparza, an 18-year-old senior, said she sees a lot of information on television about cancer, but nothing about valley fever. She thinks the state should be paying more attention to it.

Sumalinog agrees. She thinks a campaign in airports would help warn visitors to Arizona who might not know anything about valley fever. Not to scare them away — just to inform them in a positive way, she said.

For example, Sumalinog has learned that she is at higher risk for valley fever because she is Filipino.

Studies have already found higher rates of disseminated valley fever in men than in women, and in African-Americans and Filipinos versus other ethnic groups. Also, certain blood groups — B and AB — have been identified in studies as more likely to get the disseminated version of the disease.

After the artwork was placed in the Pueblo showcase in the fall, the students conducted another one of Lettes’ valley fever surveys to gauge awareness of the disease.

Awareness had, for the first time in eight years, increased. The survey showed an awareness level of more than 50 percent.

The results were encouraging. But Lettes has taught the students to be skeptical about data, so they will need to conduct the surveys several more times before the results can be considered statistically significant, he said.

At the school’s recent annual Family Science Night, Sumalinog, Esparza and Cordova wore white lab coats and spoke to adults and kids about valley fever.

The students had a beanbag toss that highlighted valley fever symptoms, a valley fever info board and a poster of a crying dog that said, “I can get valley fever.”

They also conducted awareness surveys with 100 attendees and Sumalinog had a long conversation with a construction worker about the risk of valley fever in his profession.

The students won’t stop there. They’ll sell their buttons at the Pueblo High Fiesta April 13, and will conduct 100 more surveys, too.

But even Lettes, ever the skeptic, thinks the initial results are promising.

“The component that was missing was the art,” he said. “Collaboration is so hard to do. We’re always too busy. But we need to do more of it.”

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Tennessee Health Services and Facilities Report: February 2018

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (“HSDA”) is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need (“CON”) is a permit for the establishment or modification of a health care institution, facility or service at a designated location. The CON program assures that health care projects are accomplished in an orderly, economical manner, consistent with the development of adequate and effective healthcare for the people of Tennessee. This Update is provided to our clients and friends to summarize the latest developments and activities from the HSDA monthly meetings.

HSDA AGENDA FOR FEBRUARY 28, 2018.

TBI HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, 901 R.S. GASS BLVD., NASHVILLE, TN

THE FOLLOWING ARE SLATED FOR DISCUSSION:

STATE HEALTH PLAN UPDATE

Update: Jeff Ockerman, Director of Health Planning, Department of Health

CONSENT CALENDAR

A. Campbell Clinic Surgery Center, Germantown (Shelby County),TN – CN1712-038

The relocation of Campbell Clinic Surgery Center currently located at 1410 Brierbrook Road, Germantown (Shelby County), TN to a new facility to be located at an unaddressed site on the south side of Wolf River Boulevard, 525 feet east of its intersection with Germantown Road, Germantown (Shelby County), TN. If approved, this application will replace the applicant’s unimplemented CON (CN1208-040A) which was approved to expand the present facility at its current location from 4 operating rooms and 1 procedure room to 8 operating rooms and 2 procedure rooms. The applicant is owned by Campbell Clinic Surgery Center, LLC. The estimated project cost is $21,485,200.

B. Opens Arms Care Corporation d/b/a Shelby County #1 Old Brownsville (West), Bartlett (Shelby County), TN ─ CN1710-030

The relocation of an 8 bed ICF/IID home from 1457 Greendale Avenue, Memphis (Shelby County), TN to an unaddressed site located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Old Brownsville Road and Oak Road, Bartlett (Shelby County), TN 38002. The proposed site is the west half of the parcel described as Parcel B0148 00061 in the records of the Shelby County Tax Assessor. The estimated project cost is $3,370,000.

C. Opens Arms Care Corporation d/b/a Shelby County #2 Old Brownsville (East), Bartlett (Shelby County), TN ─ CN1710-031

The relocation of an 8 bed ICF/IID home from 1445 Greendale Avenue, Memphis (Shelby County), TN to an unaddressed site located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Old Brownsville Road and Oak Road, Bartlett (Shelby County), TN 38002. The proposed site is the east half of the parcel described as Parcel B0148 00061 in the records of the Shelby County Tax Assessor. The estimated project cost is $3,370,000.

D. Open Arms Care Corporation d/b/a Shelby County #3, Cordova (Shelby County), TN ─CN1711-034

The relocation of an 8 bed ICF/IID home from 5350 Benjestown Road, Memphis (Shelby County), TN to an unaddressed site located on an 8.2 acre parcel located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Dexter Road and Dexter Lane, Cordova (Shelby County), TN 38002. The proposed site is the south half of the parcel described as Parcel 096507 00307C in the records of the Shelby County Tax Assessor. The applicant is owned by Open Arms Care Corporation. The estimated project cost is $5,130,000.

CERTIFICATE OF NEED APPLICATIONS

A. DeLozier Surgery Center, Nashville (Davidson County), TN ─ CN1711-032

The conversion of an existing single specialty ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC) to a multi-specialty ASTC which is currently limited to plastic surgery procedures. The ASTC is located at 209 23rd Avenue North, Nashville (Davidson County), TN 37203. The applicant is owned by DeLozier Surgery Center, LLC. The estimated project cost is $50,000.

B. NHC Healthcare Johnson City, Johnson City (Washington County), TN ─ CN1711-033

The addition of 7 Medicare-certified skilled nursing facility (SNF) beds to NHC Healthcare Johnson City, a 160-bed dually certified nursing home at 3209 Bristol Highway, Johnson City (Washington County) TN. If approved, all 167 beds will be dually certified. The applicant is owned by NHC Healthcare Johnson City, LLC. The estimated project cost is $474,000.

C. The Plastic Surgery Center of Brentwood, Brentwood (Davidson County). TN – CN1711-035

The establishment of a single specialty ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC) limited to plastic surgery by physicians who are owners or employees of The Plastic Surgery Clinic, PLLC d/b/a Cool Springs Plastic Surgery. The ASTC will have two operating rooms and one procedure room and will be located at 620 Church Street East, Brentwood (Davidson County), TN. The applicant is owned by The Plastic Surgery Center of Brentwood, LLC. The estimated project cost is $4,524,636.

GENERAL COUNSEL’S REPORT

A. Erlanger Behavioral Health, LLC, Chattanooga (Hamilton County), TN – CN1603-012A

Unanimously approved on 8/24/2016 for the establishment of a new 88 bed mental health hospital and initiation of inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services. Erlanger Behavioral Health, LLC, is 51% majority owned by Erlanger Health System, and 49% owned by Acadia Healthcare.

Request for change of control, with 80% of the membership interests in the LLC allocated to Acadia, and 20% to Erlanger Health System. The Acadia interests have been assigned by Acadia Healthcare Company to its whollyowned subsidiary, Acadia Chattanooga Holdings, LLC.

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Brenda Donnelly (EVANS, Ga.)

EVANS, Ga. – Mrs. Brenda Donnelly, age 68, beloved wife of fifty years of Richard Patrick Donnelly, entered into rest at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday April 10, 2007. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday April 14, 2007 at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Michael Roverse as celebrant. Entombment will be in Bellevue Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Additional survivors include three daughters, Heather Donnelly of Romania, Wendy Donnelly Monteleone and her husband Frank of Germantown, TN, Brenda "Bridie" Donnelly Hicks and her husband, Darryl, of Martinez, one son, William Foster Donnelly of Evans, two beloved grandchildren, Frank Donnelly Monteleone, and Lila Elizabeth Monteleone, one sister, Patricia Volpicelli of Margate, Fl, a host of nieces and nephews, very special friends, Ron and Lynn Hartschorn, and a devoted dog Sheba. Mrs. Donnelly was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Sweeney. Mrs. Donnelly was the daughter to the late Henry Williams and Rose Foster. She was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and made a career of being a military wife, devoting much of her time to raising four children. Pallbearers will be, David Casares, Darryl Hicks, Timmy Pittman, William Donnelly, Frank Monteleone, and Frank Read. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Autism Solution Center @ 9282 Cordova Park Rd. Cordova,TN 38018 www.autismsolutioncenter.com The family will receive friends at the Church one hour prior to service time. Platt’s Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA. 706-860-6166 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-April 13, 2007

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Governor Signs ABLE Legislation To Help Those With Disabilities Save With Tax-free Earnings

From left, Whitney Goetz, LaKesha Page, Senator Becky Duncan Massey, Steve Summerall, Governor Bill Haslam, Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., Rep. Kevin Brooks, Carol Westlake and Melanie Bull.

– photo by Jed Dekalb, Chief State Photographer

Families of those with disabilities are now one step closer to saving more money for medical costs with tax-free earnings. Governor Haslam on Monday signed the Tennessee ABLE Act into law, giving State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. the authority to create and offer tax-advantaged investment plans to help families of those with disabilities save money for a variety of qualifying expenses.

The legislation, passed unanimously by the 109th General Assembly, establishes an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program in accordance with federal legislation. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Becky Duncan Massey (R), of Knoxville in the Senate and by Representatives Steve McManus (R) of Cordova and Kevin Brooks (R) of Cleveland. The bill sponsors were joined by representatives from the Tennessee Disability Coalition to watch as Governor Haslam signed the legislation into law.

This ABLE Act is effective July 1, 2015, and the Tennessee Treasury Department plans to have the program operational January 1, 2016.

Under Treasurer Lillard’s leadership, Treasury established the TNStars College Savings 529 program in 2012. The program has received national accolades for its top-performing investment options. Treasury will be responsible for the implementation, administration, investment options and management and customer service of this new ABLE program, a plan whose concept is modeled after the 529 College Savings Programs.

“Treasury Management oversees the investment options available to families in TNStars,” Treasurer Lillard said. “We are excited to soon offer a similar program to help individuals with disabilities and their families save more by taking advantage of the power of compounding interest and tax-free earnings for qualifying expenses.”

“As executive director of the Sertoma Center I work to serve over 100 adults with intellectual disabilities. I see the individuals that need the ABLE program every day,” Senator Massey said. “When the federal legislation passed, I could not wait to sponsor this legislation in Tennessee to see this program become a reality.”

Caring for loved ones with disabilities is very expensive for the family, despite the current assistance available, said officials. Once established, earnings on the funds saved through the Tennessee ABLE program would supplement the benefits provided through private insurance, Medicaid benefits, Supplemental Social Security Income, as well as the account beneficiary’s income. Qualifying expenses will include, but are not limited to, education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology, and personal support services, as consistent with federal legislation that became law in December 2014.

“We continue to trust our Treasury Department and Treasurer Lillard to effectively implement these new programs and ideas in Tennessee,” Rep. McManus said. “The success of the TNStars program is encouraging and demonstrates the great potential for the ABLE Program under Treasury guidance, as well.”

The United States Congress adopted the ABLE Act in December 2014, setting guidelines for this new type of tax-advantaged saving program that states can elect to authorize and implement. The ABLE Act is the first major federal legislation for the disabled since the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

“Kimberly and I are blessed with a happy and healthy family, but thousands of Tennessee families need help with the costs for care, therapy and recovery for our most vulnerable Tennessee residents,” said State Rep. Kevin Brooks.

“Today’s bill signing is an important first step to helping these individuals and their families save more and see a tax advantage for their efforts,” Treasurer Lillard said. “Help is on the way as the Treasury Department has already begun to work on the implementation of this exciting new program to assist Tennessean’s most vulnerable citizens.”

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Ruhl, Gayle E.

Gayle E. Ruhl, age 72, of Cordova, TN, retired D.E.A. Special Agent in charge of Memphis, TN and Indianapolis, IN, Korean Air Force Vet and member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, passed away June 29, 2002, husband of Virginia for 50 years; father of Janice Maffit of Indianapolis, IN, Laura Ruhl of Cordova, TN, John Ruhl of Indianapolis, IN, Tom Ruhl of Memphis, TN, Mike Ruhl of Little Rock, AR, Tim Ruhl of Indianapolis, IN and Alan Ruhl of Germantown, TN; grandfather of three; son of Harold P. Ruhl of Richmond, IN; brother of Joyce Higgins of Mayville, MI, Shirley Canaday of Marion, IN and Jeanne Johnston of Richmond, IN. Funeral Services Wednesday, 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Cordova, TN. Arrangements by Family Funeral Care, Memphis, TN. In lieu of flowers donations to the charity of your choice appreciated.

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Buying Commercial Real Estate In Cordova

Cordova is a fast-growing city in TN. If you’ve been thinking about buying commercial real estate, you’ll want to take a look at the market in Cordova. These are just a few of the reasons you should buy real estate in this area.

You Can Do A Lot With Your Money

Even if you have a limited budget, you should find a lot of different options in Cordova. In a city like this, you’ll be able to do a great deal with the money that you have. Buying in an area like Cordova will allow you to stretch a limited budget. You’ll be able to make good use of the cash that you have.

It’ll Be Easy To Lease Out Your Property

If you plan on renting out the property that you buy, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a tenant. Since there is a lot of development going on in Cordova right now, there are a lot of people looking to open up businesses in the area.

Most people that buy commercial real estate are interested in making some sort of investment. If you buy in Cordova, it shouldn’t take long for you to see a return on that investment.

Cordova Has Room To Grow

Investing in Nashville property can be a challenge. Even though the city is thriving, it can be hard to find commercial properties in the right area for the right price. Cordova still has a lot of room to grow, which makes it well-suited to investments.

If you are considering buying commercial real estate in Cordova, you should talk to a TN real estate agent as soon as possible. A realtor will be able to talk to you about your options. They’ll help you to determine whether or not Cordova offers what you are looking for.

Want To Rent Nice Cordova Apartments?

There are plenty of Cordova apartments to choose from. It may not be easy to find the best option for you if you don’t know what to look for in the options that you have. Here are some tips so you can find the right apartment for a price that’s more than fair.

An apartment should be nice enough to be worth the price. You’re going to want to visit each place you’re interested in so you can tell whether it’s right for you or not. Just looking at floor plans online or pictures that the landlord posted in their listing is not enough to help you figure out if a place is going to be right for you or not. When you go in person you can really understand what it looks like and whether or not it feels like a place you’d like to be every day.

There are some apartments that are not that nice, and you can find out if that’s the case with what you’re looking at by doing research through reviews. There are reviews generally that are written about most places that you can read online. You just have to search for the name of the apartment complex or the name of the property management company using a search engine. Add the word reviews the query you’re entering into the search site and when you get results see if you can sort them by the most recent so you know what the current state of the apartment is like.

Are there any units that you can rent that are out of the way of too many neighbors? It can be nice to have, for instance, nobody above you when you rent an apartment. You’ll learn quickly when you rent that people tend to be loud in their apartments and the more people you have around you, the worse off you will be. Try to find a corner apartment that’s on the top floor if you are someone that really doesn’t want to have to deal with a lot of noise.

Make sure you find out what your lease says you can and cannot do. That way, if you have unruly neighbors, you can tell the people in charge of the building that they are not working within the terms of their leases. Sometimes you’ll find out things like you are not allowed to have someone stay over a certain amount of days without you checking them into the office as new people on your lease. There are a lot of rules, so do your research by reading any lease you get for apartments in Cordova before renting anything.

When you rent Cordova apartments, you’ll be happy with the results if you use this advice. There are a lot of them on the market, so picking one takes a little time. You’ll know you made the right choice when you are able to live in a place that you love.