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THDA: Covid-Related Rent Relief Available

Tennessee Housing Development Agency is partnering with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to reach families in need.
More than $380 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funding is available for the State of Tennessee to assist eligible tenants through the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program (CVRR).
This program provides tenants with assistance for rental arrearages, future rent, and utility arrearages to low-income families who have been unable, or will be unable, to pay their rent due to a hardship they encountered caused directly or indirectly due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
This program ensures that all qualified tenants are able to get the help they need in these difficult times and hopefully avoid the need for devastating and costly eviction. Eligible tenants could receive up to 18 months of rental and / housing stability assistance.
General questions concerning the program can be answered by reaching out to THDA at or by visiting their website:

Cumberland County EMS introduces the addition of 3 Critical Care Paramedics

It is the pleasure of Director Chris Miller, to congratulate three Paramedics on obtaining their Critical Care Certification.
On September 14, 2021, Paramedics Chris Kemmer, Daniel Coleman, and Dragan Ramsey started attending classes at Vanderbilt Medical Center to obtain their certification. This class was coordinated by and overseen by Vanderbilt LifeFlight. For 14 weeks, these Paramedics would drive to Nashville every Tuesday and spend 8-12 hours learning about treating patients at the highest level possible in the field of EMS.
During these 12 weeks crews learned how to care for multiple IV drips, ventilator management, how to care for central lines management, PICC Lines, Arterial Lines, Ultrasound Guided IV’s, Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump management and operation, along with management of Cardiac Assist Devices. These practitioners also completed clinical rounds in the Vanderbilt ER Trauma Bay, Trauma ICU, Burn ICU, Neurological ICU, Cardiac ICU, and Pediatric Emergency Room. These individuals dedicated well over 100 hours of their and their families time to this training, along with continuing to work their regularly scheduled 24-hour shift. The final class day, Dr. Jeremy Brywczynski, and Dr. Jared McKinney came in and presented to the class giving them scenarios and wrapping up the 14-week class putting everything these practitioners had learned in one big box and making them use the knowledge to possibly treat patients in the future.
On December 8th, 2021, they went to Nashville for a final time. This day is the day that they had both prepared for and dreaded. The State of Tennessee EMS consultant arrived at 9:00am and administered the State of Tennessee Critical Care Paramedic test to the class. With the possibility of waiting for two weeks for their test results, Christmas came early, so to say. On Monday December 13th, 2021, these individuals received an email from the testing company that advised them they had passed the exam to earn the certification. These individuals had a big stressor lifted off their shoulders with this news. Throughout the day they learned that their class had a 100% pass rate on the Critical Care Exam.
We would like to thank these three individuals for taking the time to attend this certification class and obtaining this licensure. It is individuals like this that continue to make a commitment to our community that makes our agency grow. A big thanks goes out to Vanderbilt LifeFlight for hosting and accepting these individuals into the class and keeping them up to date on modern medicine.
For more information please contact Daniel Coleman, Training Officer/PIO at or (931)484-1044.