Author Quade is speaker at UT

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Monday, September 25, 2017 Kirstin Valdez Quade will read at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the John Leonard Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation.

“Set mainly in tight-knit Catholic, Mexican-American communities in New Mexico,” write the Dallas Morning News, Night at the Fiestas “enthralls with tales of people striving to better their lives while enduring the aftermath of past mistakes.” The New York Times calls three of Quade’s stories from Night at the Fiestas “legitimate masterpieces” and goes on to say, “This is a variety of beauty too rare in contemporary literature.”

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Southern Review, and Guernica, and it has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Currently she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend. A brown bag Q&A, open to University of Tennessee students, will be held at noon in 1210 McClung Tower.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@utk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.


IRS issues new IP PIN numbers

WASHINGTON – In 2015, the IRS stopped 1.4 million confirmed ID theft returns and protected $8.7 billion. If you are a confirmed ID theft victim, the IRS may issue an IP PIN. The IP PIN is a unique six-digit number that you will use to e-file your tax return. Each year, you will receive an IRS letter with a new IP PIN.

Tax-related identity theft normally occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Many people first find out about it when they do their taxes.

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The IRS is working hard to stop identity theft with a strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. Here are a few key points:

Protect your Records. Keep your Social Security card at home and not in your wallet or purse. Only provide your Social Security number if it’s absolutely necessary. Protect your personal information at home and protect your computers with anti-spam and anti-virus software. Routinely change passwords for internet accounts.

Don’t Fall for Scams. Criminals often try to impersonate your bank, your credit card company, even the IRS in order to steal your personal data. Learn to recognize and avoid those fake emails and texts. Also, the IRS will not call you threatening a lawsuit, arrest or to demand an immediate tax payment. Normal correspondence is a letter in the mail. Beware of threatening phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS.

Report Tax-Related ID Theft to the IRS. If you cannot e-file your return because a tax return already was filed using your SSN, consider the following steps: • File your taxes by paper and pay any taxes owed. • File an IRS Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit. Print the form and mail or fax it according to the instructions. You may include it with your paper return. • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC Complaint Assistant; • Contact one of the three credit bureaus so they can place a fraud alert or credit freeze on your account;

Visit IRS.gov for tax help and info on various topics including common tax scams, taxpayer rights and more.


Knox Library Book Sale is June 25-28

Knox County Public Library’s 2016 Annual Used Book Sale will be held June 25–28, 2016 at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

Thousands of beautiful used books will be on sale to benefit the Knox County Public Library. From Members Only Day on June 25 through Bag Sale Day on June 28, this year’s sale offers great book bargains for everyone.

Knoxville residents can support Friends of the Knox County Public Library in 2016 by registering a Kroger Plus Card and choosing Friends as the recipient.

Participants earn points for the library with every purchase that will be converted into dollars of support for Friends. Participants still receive Kroger Plus Card discounts just like before, and benefit the library at the same time.

Follow these easy steps to link your card to Friends: Register your card online—create an account, then enter your email, favorite store, and Kroger Plus Card number. At the bottom of your Account Summary, click Enroll under Community Rewards, and either enter our Kroger Non Profit number (65466) or just search for Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

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TSB launches money ed center

Tennessee State Bank has announced a new initiative to bring financial education to adults. The TSB Financial Wellness Center uses cutting-edge technology that incorporates video, animations, gaming and social networking to effectively teach complex financial concepts for adults. Developed by EverFi, an independent and industry-leading education technology company, the TSB Financial Wellness Center will be made available to customers and employees and no cost.

This innovative online financial education tool helps individuals develop the skill-set to successfully manage their finances and make sound financial decisions.

“Tennessee State Bank is committed to empowering families with the skills they need to thrive financially and plan for their future,” said Todd Proffitt. “It is more important than ever for people to have the skills to navigate an increasingly complex financial system and Tennessee State Bank is proud to offer this innovative educational experience to benefit our customers and employees.”

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The TSB Financial Wellness Center learning experience is specifically designed for today’s busy adult. The mobile and tablet friendly platform is available in English and Spanish and features a series of 10-minute learning modules that cover topics such as mortgages, overdrafts and learning how to improve your credit score. The program is self-paced and contains knowledge checks that allow users to measure their knowledge gains.

Tennessee State Bank is a locally-owned and operated community bank headquartered at 2210 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The bank consists of 15 branch locations throughout Knox, Sevier, Jefferson and Cocke counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.