Archive | March 2008

Economic Stimulus Payment Calculator

The IRS will ask you a series of question on this site to determine whether or not you qualify for an economic stimulus payment.

Home Schooling in Tennessee

Provided by the Tennessee Dept. of Education, all of the requirements for homeschools in Tennessee are found here, as well as more useful news and information for anyone who has questions about home schooling in the state. 

Tennessee Local Legacies–The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has registersed 1,300 local legacies which are the local events, community festivals, and other grassroots activities within each state that celebrate the cultural diversity and richness of its citizens.  Here are found the Tennessee Local Legacies.  The Library of Congress Local Legacies page provides more information about the project and provides links to every states’ local legacies.

New Databases: Time Magazine Archives and SI Vault

Time Magazine offers a free, searchable database of Time Magazine covers and the content of all of its issues going back to 1923.

Sports Illustrated magazine offers a free, searchable database of the content for the last 54 years of Sports Illustrated magazine.

Your Passport File

This entry from DIPNOTE, the U. S. Department of State Official Blog, states that the State Department has received many questions from the press and the public on what is contained in a passport file, and in this entry is found the information that is contained in a passport file.

Cultural Orientation Resource Center

From the site: “Culture Profiles provide short introductions to the cultural background of refugee populations. Select from the links…to learn more about a particular group. These profiles are developed for refugee service providers and others assisting newcomers to the United States. Each one contains a basic introduction to the people, history, and culture of the group concerned and includes topics such as history, geography, economy, social structure, gender roles, language and literacy, education, religion, art and song, food and dress, festivities, names, and features of the language.”

National Environmental Scorecard

The League of Conservation Voters produces this annual scorecard to analyze the environmental voting habits of individual congress members.  Users can search by state, zip, name or congressional session.

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted a survey of 35,000 American adults to compile this report on the religious affiliation of the American public.  Data and statistics are presented in a variety of formats.  The full report is available for download.

Life Stages–

Life Stages from “provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government” for infants, children, adolescents, men, women, and seniors.  Much good information on healthy eating and healthy nutrition for everyone.

Consumer Sites

Some reminders about some important consumer sites:

Free Credit Reports is the ONLY authorized online source for you to get a free credit report under federal law.”

National Do Not Call Registry

Tennessee Do Not Call Program

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Complaint Form$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01

State of Tennessee Consumer Affairs Division — File a Complaint

State of Tennessee Consumer Affairs Division–Buyer Beware List

African American Sites in the Digital Collections of the Library of Congress

Materials, including images, pamphlets, letters, maps, and more, from the diverse Library of Congress digital collections,  on the contribubutions made by African Americans  to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics, and other areas are found on this site. 

OnGuard Online

Maintained by the Federal Trade Commission, with signifigant contributions from other federal agencies, this site provides tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help people guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers, and protect their personal information.  Identity theft, phishing, wireless security, spam scams are among the topics covered.  There is also a link to where a complaint can be filed with the FTC about Identity Theft and other Internet-related problems.

IRS Tax Tip: 1040, 1040-A or 1040-EZ?

Submitted by Doris Dixon (Raleigh):,,id=105099,00.html

“The three forms used for filing individual federal income tax returns are Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A and Form 1040. If you are filing a federal income tax return on paper, use the simplest form you can. Using the simplest allowable form will reduce the chance of an error that may cost you money or delay the processing of your return.”

Guide to Law Online

From the website:  “The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.”