Commerce & Insurance

TDCI Regulatory Boards issue Disciplinary Actions Report for May 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | 01:21 pm

NASHVILLE, TN – Please see the following April 2013 disciplinary actions report for Commerce and Insurance. The disciplinary actions report is issued each month by Commerce and Insurance's Division of Regulatory Boards. Each board and commission is empowered by statute to take disciplinary action, including the revocation of licenses and assignment of civil penalties, against license holders found to have violated laws governing their professions.

The reports (archived at and Commerce and Insurance’s regulatory board licensing database,, can be useful tools for Tennesseans looking to do business with licensed professionals.

Carthage fire that killed 4 and wounded 5 was an accident

Friday, June 14, 2013 | 03:46 pm
State Fire Marshal’s Office, Smith Sheriff and fire teams worked scene
NASHVILLE, TN – In a coordinated effort, the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Bomb & Arson Section, Smith County Sheriff's Office, Smith County Fire Investigators and the City of Carthage Fire Department have determined the June 8 fire that killed four people in Carthage, Tenn., at 311 Hull Ave. was accidental. 

Consumer Affairs: Don’t get burned this summer by air condition repair-scam artists

Thursday, June 13, 2013 | 12:48 pm
NASHVILLE, TN – With the weather reaching sweltering temperatures this summer, it is more important than ever to have a working, reliable air conditioning unit. Scam artists know this and use the rise in temperatures to take advantage of consumers by charging for unnecessary repair work.
“Consumers should always check their unit’s warranty before making any repairs,” said Consumer Affairs Director Gary Cordell. “It is important to be an educated consumer and to do your homework before spending any money.” 

State Fire Marshal’s Office shares hotel safety tips for travelers

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | 12:19 pm

NASHVILLE, TN – As the school year comes to a close, many Tennesseans are turning their attention to family vacation plans. The State Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember to incorporate fire safety into travel plans before hitting the road for your summer retreat.

“Hotels and motels become a home away from home for travelers, so it is important to become familiar with new surroundings and to have a plan in place should an emergency arise,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. 

Reminder: Only licensed professionals can operate sky lanterns in TN

Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 11:18 am

NASHVILLE, TN – To ensure that special events are celebrated safely, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans of legislation passed in 2011 concerning sky lanterns. They are to be operated only by licensed fireworks professionals.

Sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns or wish lanterns, are unmanned airborne paper lanterns fueled by flame. According to TCA § 68-104-101(9), they are special fireworks, and can be purchased and used by only individuals with a professional license (certified flame effect operator, certified outdoor display operator or certified proximate pyrotechnic operator). The general public cannot purchase or use sky lanterns, and if found in the possession of someone who does not have a professional license issued by the State Fire Marshal, sky lanterns can be confiscated and later destroyed.