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Keyboard Tutorial and Typing Test

http://www.sense-lang.org/typing/tutor/keyboarding.php

An online typing practice page that has 16 lessons that will help anyone learn how to type or improve their skills.  A user sits at his or her computer and completes each lesson.  Free to use, of course, but some advertising on the site.

 

ChooseMyPlate.gov

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

This site was created by Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture to advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans.  It exists to help consumers understand the USDA’s food recommendations.  It offers tips, printable reference materials, information about the different food groups, and useful tools such as a food tracker and database of food.  Very useful and fun site.

Credit Repair Information

http://www.tn.gov/consumer/bonded_credit_repair.shtml

“The Tennessee Consumer Protection Act § 47-18-1001 requires Credit Services Businesses, also known as Credit Repair Companies, to register with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and to obtain a $100,000 Surety Bond. This bond is for the consumer’s protection against fraudulent business practices. These companies are also required to allow consumers five (5) business days to cancel a contract for service.”–From the Tennessee Consumer Affairs Division web page.

Consumer can click on a link on this page to find the companies that have complied with this law.

Also there are links to documents that are designed to help consumers learn more about credit service businesses, credit repair, and debt management plans.

AnnualCreditReport.com

https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action

Federal law allows you to obtain a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting agencies, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax.  And you get your free credit reports through this website.

VERIFY.TN.GOV – License Search and Verification

 

http://verify.tn.gov/

For professions in Tennessee:  “[Y]ou can verify the license status of people in dozens of professions, including home improvement/contractors, real estate agents, security guards, cosmetologists, and many more. To see what professions you can search for, when you enable the search form, select from the “professions” pull-down menu.”–From the website.

Get a Copy of Your Tennessee Driving History

https://apps.tn.gov/pmvr/

New from the State of Tennessee website, information is found her on how you can get an official copy of your Tennessee driving history, also known as a motor vehicle record or MVR.

Kid Central Tennessee

www.kidcentraltn.com

“This new website provides information on health, education, development and support to Tennessee families, as well as a searchable State Services Directory. Families can create a Parent Profile to receive information tailored to the specific needs of their child.  The kidcentral tn Mobile App (http://www.kidcentraltn.com/article/get-the-free-kidcentral-tn-mobile-app) allows families to receive important updates, search hundreds of state services, store their child’s emergency contacts, school and/or child care information at their fingertips, and share data with relatives, babysitters, or other caregivers, as they see fit.

Organic Consumers Association

http://www.organicconsumers.org/

“[Organic Consumers Association is] …  the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.”–From the website.

FindHelpTN Benefits Wizard

http://www.tn.gov/tenncare/findhelptn/benefits/

“FindHelpTN helps Tennesseans find state and federal programs and services they might qualify for. We look at the basic rules for each program to see if you might be eligible.”–From the website.

Keep My Tennessee Home

http://www.keepmytnhome.org/

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency administers the Keep My Tennessee Home Program that aims to offer assistance to homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgages and face the loss of their homes to foreclosure.  There are videos available that explain the program.

Public Libraries — Mapped

http://justgrimes.cartodb.com/tables/plout10/embed_map?title=true&description=true&search=false&shareable=false&cartodb_logo=true&scrollwheel=true&sql=&zoom=3&center_lat=34.369276232760406&center_lon=-90.23102348571769

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has mapped the public libraries of the United States and Puerto Rico here.  There are over 17,000 public libraries, more than the number of McDonald’s (about 14,000) in America and more than the number of Starbuck’s (about 11,000).

Digital Public Library of America

http://dp.la/

“Starting with over two million items, each with its own special story and significance, the Digital Public Library of America will now begin to assemble the riches of our country’s libraries, archives, and museums, and connect them with the public.”–From the website.

Also from the website:  “[T]here will be three key elements to the DPLA:

  • First, an easy-to-use portal where anyone can access America’s collections and search through them using novel and powerful techniques, including by place and time.
  • Second, a sophisticated technical platform that will make those millions of items available in ways so that others can build creative and transformative applications upon them, such as smartphone apps that magically reveal the history around you.
  • Third, along with like-minded institutions and individuals the DPLA will seek innovative means to make more cultural and scientific content openly available, and it will advocate for a strong public option for reading and research in the twenty-first century.”

Infrastructure — Helpful Sites

http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/a/#p/home

American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 Infrastructure Report Card on United States Infrastructure.

http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/a/#p/home

Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young:  2013 Infrastructure, Global Priorities, Globa Insights.  Includes information on U. S. infrastructure plus information on the infrastructure of countries from around the world.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/rebuilding-america/4257814#slide-1

10 Pieces of U. S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now, from Popular Mechanics

http://www.cfr.org/infrastructure/encouraging-us-infrastructure-investment/p27771

Council on Foreign Relations:  Encouraging U. S. Infrastructure Investment, Policy Innovation Memorandum no. 17 (Can be downloaded from the site).

http://www.infrastructureusa.org/

InfrastructureUSA : Advocating to Restore America’s Infranstructure.

Affordable Care Act — Helpful Sites

The Health Care Act and You – Healthcare.gov

http://www.healthcare.gov/law/index.html 

This site provides comprehensive information about the Affordable Care Act, including the text of the law, key features of the law, a timeline of when its provisions begin, information about the benefits, and much more. 

The sites below include even more specific information about the new law. 

Affordable Care Act – Dept. of Labor

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/ 

Affordable Care Act – Tax Provisions – IRS

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions 

Affordable Care Act – MEDICAID

http://www.medicaid.gov/AffordableCareAct/Affordable-Care-Act.html

America’s Literacy Directory

“America’s Literacy Directory (ALD) is a web site that allows users to find local literacy providers in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. The ALD includes literacy programs for adults looking for adult basic education, adult secondary education, computer literacy and English as a Second Language.

By entering an address or a ZIP code, you can find detailed information about area literacy programs and the services they offer. You can also generate a map and driving directions for all programs listed in the ALD.”–From FAQ https://literacydirectory.org/?op=doc&doc=faq

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