Statistics released recently by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services indicate the number of suicides by veterans increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013.
“Sadly, our brave men and women who once served in uniform may struggle with thoughts of suicide and thoughts of giving up,” said Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
Vilsack said new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business.
Tennessee farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program.
The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions.
Charles Connor, author and founder of the Harriette Austin Writing Program and the Harriette Austin Writing Conference at the University of Georgia, will conduct an all-day writing workshop on “The Self-Publishing Process.”
The workshop, “Where and How to Do It: eBooks, Print and Audio,” will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 in Anderson County United Way office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge. The event is the fall workshop of the Tennessee Mountain Writers.