Prospect League Expands To Jackson, Tennessee In 2023

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(Jackson, Tennessee) — The Prospect League is announcing that Jackson, Tenn., has been added to the league for the 2023 season. Following a special City Council Meeting by Mayor Scott Conger, In The Big Inning, LLC has signed a use agreement with the City of Jackson. 

A press conference will take place in late January to announce a  “Name the Team” contest for the new Prospect League team. In The Big Inning will begin operation of the West Tennessee Baseball Stadium beginning January 1, 2022 attempting to book as many events as possible during the year. 

“We could not be more excited or pleased with the relationships developing in Jackson”, stated In The Big Inning CEO and President, Dennis Bastien. Bastien and his wife Lisa, will own and operate the Prospect League team.  

“My family has hoped for this day since we learned of the possible opportunity in Jackson after the contraction of MiLB. We are honored and humbled, proud and privileged, but most of all blessed to finally see this come to fruition,” added Bastien. “In our roles as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, we have been a part of the growth of the Prospect League and watched the success of many of our members,”  said Lisa Bastien, Vice President of In The Big Inning, LLC. “It is exciting to join in the ownership role and follow in their footsteps.” 

Jackson, TN becomes the 17th city of the Prospect League with additional markets and scenarios being developed.

Blood Donor Need At Urgent Stage

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The blood supply in the United States has reached one of its lowest levels in recent years. Blood centers across the country are reporting less than a one-day’s supply of blood — a dangerously low level. If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, lifesaving blood may not be available for some patients when it is needed.

The current status of the U.S. blood supply is particularly concerning amid the holiday season and winter months — a time in which blood donations typically decrease due to travel, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.

Blood components have a short shelf-life and the blood supply needs to be constantly replenished. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency. In the U.S., more than 16 million units of blood and blood products are transfused annually with more than 45,000 units needed daily.

Blood donations are needed now to avert the need to potentially postpone lifesaving treatments. Some hospitals have already been forced to alter treatment for some patients or cancel some patient surgeries due to blood supply challenges.

This year, as the country continues to confront the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, blood centers nationwide are facing additional challenges and unprecedented disruption in the form of a decline in donor turnout due to remote work, blood drive cancellations, schools and businesses limiting the number of individuals allowed onsite as a precautionary pandemic practice, and misinformation regarding donor eligibility after receiving an authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are joining together to urge eligible, healthy individuals to contact their local blood center and make an appointment today to donate blood today. We also ask local businesses to encourage their employees, including those working remotely, to find their local center and schedule an appointment to donate and give the gift of life this holiday season. Doing so is essential to maintaining the stability of the nation’s blood supply, which ensures life-saving medical treatments are available for patients.  

The blood community relies on the generosity of blood donors to help save lives throughout the year. Please contact one of the following organizations to find a local blood collection site and to schedule an appointment to donate:

Blood donation remains a safe way that eligible individuals can help save lives throughout the holidays. Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the U.S., including those manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer, are able to donate blood and platelets as long as they are symptom-free and feeling well at the time of donation. Blood collection organizations continue to adapt their safety protocols to align with local, state and federal guidance to ensure the safest possible experience for all donors, staff and blood drive hosts.

Theft Protection & Awareness Month

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(Columbus) – It’s fitting that Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month is December, a time of year when we are busy with shopping, cramming in personal commitments and sharing life moments on our social media pages, all while exposing ourselves to potential identity theft dangers.

In 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received 4.8 million identity theft and fraud reports, a 53 percent increase from 2019. It’s not surprising that identity theft is the top consumer fraud in the United States. What’s alarming is that 29% are repeat victims. 

“Identity theft is the number one type of consumer fraud in the U.S.,” said Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce Sherry Maxfield. “We are wrapping up 2021 and so far, the Federal Trade Commission reports Ohio having more than 33,000 identity theft reports, with 16 percent of those directly related to credit card fraud. We continue to share helpful information with Ohioans in an effort to keep them safe from this type of fraud.”

With a significant increase in shopping throughout the holiday season, consumers are naturally more vulnerable to credit card fraud, particularly while shopping online.

Online shopping is not only easy, but it’s incredibly convenient. You can make purchases from your phone or computer anytime and in some cases from anywhere. But this convenience comes at a price, it potentially exposes you to fraud, and more importantly identity theft.

Tips to protect your personal and financial information from online scammers:

  • Know your vendor – Before providing any personal or financial information, make sure that you are interacting with a reputable, established vendor. Some attackers may try to trick you by creating malicious websites that appear to be legitimate, so you should verify the legitimacy before supplying any information.
  • Confirm the site’s security – Check the website security settings. If the site is secure, its URL (web address) should start with “https://” and include a lock icon on the purchase or shopping cart page.  However, with scammers becoming more sophisticated, this should not be the only tip you rely on. It’s equally important to read a site’s Privacy Policy and understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be used. The most common location to find the Privacy Policy is in the footer of a website. The Privacy Policy is grouped with similar items such as Contact Us and Terms and Conditions. This ensures the policy is visible for any visitors who wish to see how their personal data will be used.
  • Be a smart credit card user – While not everyone likes to use credit cards, they do offer a level of fraud protection that you may not get when using debit cards. In fact, credit card providers will likely notice identity theft activity even before you do. With that said, credit card fraud still exists because consumers tend to value convenience over protection. When using a credit card, don’t allow the website to “remember” your card information. Decline website’s offers to keep your credit card information stored in their system. It may save time, but it’s risky in the long run. As evidence by recent years, data breaches are very common, and stored information could compromise your identity.
  • Utilize your card’s security features – Some credit cards are offering special features that give you additional levels of protection when you shop online. For example, some issuers provide virtual card numbers, which have a 16-digit number generated. Virtual card numbers provide privacy so purchases are more difficult to be tracked and targeted by advertisers or scammers, while protecting sensitive banking information, including the real debit, credit or charge card account number, expiration date, and security code. Additionally, many credit cards also let you set up account alerts, which can inform you if purchases are made that seem suspicious or are above a certain amount.

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft or other cyber fraud activity you may contact:

  • FBI’s Cleveland Division at 216-522-1400 or report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.
  • Credit Reporting Agencies – Contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies to place fraud alerts or freezes on your accounts. Also get copies of your credit reports, to be sure no one has already tried to get unauthorized credit accounts with your personal information. Confirm the credit reporting agency will alert the other two credit reporting agencies.
  • Financial Institutions – Contact the fraud department at your bank, credit card issuers, and any other places where you have accounts. 

If you need assistance filing a complaint against a state-chartered bank, credit union, or consumer finance company, call the Division of Financial Institutions’ Office of Consumer Affairs at 866-278-0003.

Hocking Correctional Unit Getting Renovation

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(Columbus) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) Director Annette Chambers-Smith have announced that ODRC is moving forward with plans to renovate its former prison near Nelsonville.

The Hocking Correctional Unit, which has been closed since 2018, will be repurposed into a day-treatment facility for misdemeanor offenders and a female-only jail operated by the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is an important investment for the criminal justice system in this region of the state,” said Governor DeWine. “This multi-functional facility will help ease the burden on area jails and offer important treatment opportunities to help those who have been jailed due to substance use disorders and mental health issues.”  

ODRC received controlling board approval today to dedicate $12 million in capital funding for the project’s design and construction. Once complete, the jail and treatment facility will serve Hocking and other surrounding counties.

“We are extremely excited to assist with bringing much needed female beds to this region. The facility will also offer treatment services, helping local communities and families impacted by the opioid epidemic,” said Director Chambers-Smith. “This project wouldn’t have been possible without the passion and support of our local partners, including Judge Fred Moses and Sheriff Lanny North.”

The Hocking Correctional Unit was constructed in 1955 as a hospital for the treatment of tuberculosis patients. The facility was also used as a children’s center before becoming a prison in the early 1980s.

Project design work will begin this month, with construction starting later in 2022.

Today’s announcement is in addition to the recently announced $50 million in grants allocated to support local jail construction and renovations in Senate Bill 310 which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine in December 2020.  The Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, as well as the county jails in Coshocton, Gallia, Harrison, Lawrence, and Scioto counties all received a portion of the funding.