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Household Food Security and SNAP

“Mark Nord, a sociologist in the Food Assistance Branch at the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, discusses data that show about 47 million Americans (1 in 7) get assistance from food stamps, now called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The 80 percent increase since 2007 reflects higher food insecurity and unemployment in the wake of the recession.”–From the C-SPAN’S America By The Numbers, U. S. Census web page.  Data, information, statistics here on the SNAP program.


A non-partisan, non-profit site, from George Mason University, dedicated to measuring and analyzing major issues and news stories from a scientific perspective.

“ provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.”–From the website.

Popular New Years Resolutions

“These New Year’s resolutions are popular every year. Here’s information that  can help you achieve your goals in 2014.”– From the website. offers on its site a list of New Year’s Resolutions that are popular every year.  If you click on a Resolution you can find information that will help you achieve it.

New Free Reading Tool Available for Blind and Physically Disabled

“People who have trouble reading standard print books due to visual or other physical disabilities have a new tool at their disposal: An application that allows them to download books and magazines in audio and digital braille formats onto mobile devices free of charge.

The new BARD Mobile application is compatible with Apple iOS operating systems for versions 4.3 or later. These include iPhones of version 3 or later, iPod Touch versions 4 or later, and all versions of iPad.

The application was developed by the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which is part of the Library of Congress. Tennessee users must already be registered to use the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped’s Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service in order to use the application.

Using a BARD user identification number and password, users can download the BARD Mobile application from the Apple App store. That will allow access to BARD’s web page, where books can be downloaded immediately.

There are more than 34,000 audio books and 12,000 digital braille books available for download through BARD with new titles being added daily. This includes a selection of more than 120 audio books in 10 different foreign languages.

The BARD web page has been operational since 2010. Prior to the release of the new mobile application, users were able to download books onto personal computers. Those files could then be retrieved and transferred to a digital talking book player or MP3 device designed especially for the blind and visually impaired.

The new application does not require files to be transferred. They can be downloaded and played on the same device, which makes BARD’s service easier to use.

BARD’s service has become increasingly popular. In the fiscal year that ended September 30, more than 62,000 books and magazines were downloaded by users – an increase of 29 percent over the previous fiscal year. The total number of BARD patrons increased 12 percent over the same time period.

“BARD is a wonderful service that makes books and magazines available to people who have difficulty reading standard print books,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “This new mobile application should make the service even more popular since it’s easier to use. This is one more way we are trying to use technology to provide better service to our customers, the citizens of Tennessee.”

The Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is part of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, which is a division within the Secretary of State’s office.”–From the website.

Mapping Uninsured Americans

This interactive map allows you to see the people uninsured in America down to the Census Tract level.

Thanks to Alex Peyton, at the Cordova Branch, for this site.

Newtown Connecticut School Shooting – Official Report

Report of the State’s Attorney for the
Judicial District of Danbury on the
Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and
36 Yogananda Street,
Newtown, Connecticut on
December 14, 2012

Stephen J. Sedensky III, State’s Attorney
November 25, 2013

Get a Copy of Your Tennessee Driving History

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.

Want To Change Tomorrow? Start With Us Today : Latino Memphis Community Impact Report

This is the Community Impact Report from Latino Memphis.  It gives much good information and good statistics on the Latino community in the Memphis area.

TED : Ideas Worth Spreading

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design — From the website.  Also from the website:  “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. So we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched in April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you’re an important part of it. Have an idea?”

NewspaperCat : Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers

“The Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (NewspaperCat) is a tool that facilitates the discovery of online  digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean — [s]earch by keyword, newspaper title or by city, county or state to locate titles. From your search  result, click on the link(s) to connect to the digital newspaper(s). In many cases, this content is keyword searchable, depending on the hosting organization.”–From the website.

Newspaper Map

You can find newspapers from around the world here.  You can locate newspapers in a certain geographical area and search for specific news events in that area.  Over 10,000 newspapers are available.

Kid Central Tennessee

“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 ( 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.

72% of Online Adults are Social Networking Site Users

“Today, 72% of online adults use social networking sites. Although younger adults continue to be the most likely social media users, one of the more striking stories about the social networking population has been the growth among older internet users in recent years. Those ages 65 and older have roughly tripled their presence on social networking sites in the last four years—from 13% in the spring of 2009 to 43% now.”–From the web site.  This is from the overview; on the page that this links to is a link to the report itself.

Helpful Sites: Affordable Care Act

Below are helpful websites that provide information on the Affordable Care Act:

1)      The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation


3)      Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

4)      Families USA

5)      Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services – CMS

6)      Enroll America

7)      Calculate Your Premium Assistance – Kaiser Family Foundation Subsidy Calculator

8)      Learn if you qualify for lower costs

9)      9-minute video summary of the ACA – produced in 2010 – YouTube:  Kaiser Family Foundation “Health Reform Hits Main Street:”

10)   7-minute video summary of the ACA – updated – 2013 – YouTube Kaiser Family Foundation “The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare.”


Thanks to Terri Lawson, from the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare for these sites.




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