TALLAHASSEE, FL — Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that his office has reached a resolution with a prepaid long distance phone card company over marketing practices related to its calling cards. Business Telecommunications Services, Inc., also known as ADMA Telecom, Inc. must now fully deliver the total amount of long distance telephone minutes as advertised and disclose all applicable fees and charges. The settlement also provides for a total of $75,000 to be donated to The Hispanic Institute, which assisted the Attorney General’s Office with its investigation into the prepaid calling card industry.

“I am pleased the higher standards in place within the calling card industry will benefit many of our residents who were using these cards to communicate with family and loved ones,” said Attorney General McCollum.

ADMA is the 12th company to reach a settlement with the Attorney General over issues related to the prepaid calling card industry. The agreement requires the company to cease any potentially deceptive advertisements, provide 100 percent of the minutes advertised, and submit to three years of auditing by the Attorney General’s Office to ensure that it is following the terms of the agreement. Further, as part of the settlement agreement, the company will provide funding of $25,000 per year for three years to The Hispanic Institute to support its investigative and monitoring efforts in this industry.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is the national leader in combating calling card fraud,” said Gus West, president of the Hispanic Institute. “His work on this issue, and many other issues, continues to provide consumer protection to Hispanics.”

The Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Division reached this agreement as a result of a continued investigation of the prepaid calling card industry. Prior to the investigation, consumers complained that companies within the industry often utilized hidden or inadequately disclosed fees and charges such as “hang-up fees,” periodic maintenance fees and destination surcharges.

The Economic Crimes Division is still investigating other companies that have been allegedly engaging in similar deceptive and unfair trade practices. Consumers affected by these or other practices may file a complaint by visiting the Attorney General’s website at or by calling the fraud hotline at 1-866-966-7226.

Líderes de la comunidad hispana hablan de la economía local

El periodista especializado en asuntos de negocios y editor de la sección de negocios del periódico The News Sentinel, Bill Brewer se reunió en mesa redonda con 4 líderes hispanos de Knoxville con la finalidad de vislumbrar a través de los puntos de vista de ellos de que modo la comunidad hispana local ha sido impactada – si ese es el caso, con los cambios en la economía.

Juan Aranda, dueño de la cadena de restaurantes El Charro, Roberto Hernández y Elizabeth Bonilla de la Cámara Hispana de Comercio del Este de Tennessee y Carlos Nicho, presidente de Mundo Hispano-Hispanic World, Inc. propietario de Mundo Hispano Bilingual, el único periódico hispano en el Este de Tennessee conversaron informalmente acerca de varios asuntos de la comunidad.

Encuentre el reportaje sobre esta reunión el día 30 de noviembre en la sección ‘Business’ del periódico The News Sentinel.


Journalist and business editor of local The News Sentinel newspaper, Bill Brewer met in round table with four Knoxville Hispanic leaders aiming at getting a glimps through their viewpoints, of the way the local Hispanic community has been impacted – if that’s the case, with changes in the current economy.

Juan Aranda, owner of the restaurant chain El Charro, Roberto Hernandez and Elizabeth Bonilla of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee and Carlos Nicho, president of Mundo Hispano-Hispanic World, Inc. proprietor of Mundo Hispano Bilingual, the only Hispanic newspaper in East Tennessee chatted informally about a number of community issues.

Find the report about this meeting on Nov. 30 in the ‘Business’ section of The News Sentinel.

‘Nashville English only” comes back in Jan. 2009

 Progreso Community Center invites you to a community dialogue about the January 2009 special election on the proposed “English Only” amendment to the Metro Nashville Charter. We would like to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to engage in dialogue of various perspectives and how we can work together as a community to address this special election issue. Please join us for an evening of dialogue and fellowship. All are welcome.

Community Dialogue on “English Only” Special Election
**Pot luck** (bring something to share)
Friday, 21 November 2008
Progreso Community Center
478 Allied Drive, Suite 107 – Nashville

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Juan Canedo
Director, Progreso Community Center
615-332-8704 or 615-569-3752


Queridos amigos,
El Centro Comunitario Progreso invita a ustedes al diálogo comunitario sobre la elección especial del 22 de enero del 2009 para la enmienda de la Constitución de Nashville a través de la propuesta “English Only/Solo Inglés”.  Nos gustaría reunir gente diversa para entablar un diálogo sobre las varias perspectivas sobre esta propuesta y como poder trabajar juntos como comunidad para tratar este asunto de la elección especial.  Por favor únanse a nosotros para una noche de dialogue y amistad.  Todos son bienvenidos.

Diálogo Comunitario sobre “English Only/Solo Inglés”
**Si puede, traiga un aperitivo para compartir**
Viernes 21 de Noviembre 2008
6:00 a 9:00 pm
Centro Comunitario Progreso
478 Allied Drive, Suite 107 – Nashville

Por favor siéntanse libres de contactarme si tienen preguntas.

Juan Canedo
Director, Centro Comunitario Progreso
615-332-8704 o 615-569-3752

Progreso Community Center / Centro Comunitario Progreso

478 Allied Drive, Suite 107
Nashville, TN 37211
Phone: 615-332-8704
Toll Free: 1-866-519-6294
Fax: 615-332-8704

Get Away or Come Together with the Blues at Art Museum

            KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five concert series presents the swingin’ blues music of Slow Blind Hill on Friday November 28, 2008, from 5:30-8:00 pm.

            Alive After Five offers a wonderful option for those looking for a place to take their family and friends who are visiting for the Thanksgiving Day holidays and also for those who are looking for a place to get away from visiting family and friends. Those who are in need of some exercise to trim off some extra Turkey Day pounds can boogie to the beat and dance to the blues of Slow Blind Hill.

Slow Blind Hill has been playing its unique combination of blues and jazz around Knoxville, Tennessee since 1994 and been a favorite at Knoxville nightclubs, the Museum of Art’s “Alive After Five” concert series, and at late night swing dances at the Laurel Theater and other venues. They have four CDs on their own independent label, Straightnose Records.

Guitarist and lead vocalist Jaimie Cameron adds his signature compositions to their playlist of classic blues and R & B. Rounding out the group are Eddy Roberts on bass and keyboards, Graham Butler on drums, and harmonica player Henry Perry, who took early instruction from the Deford Bailey, the only African American member of the early Grand Ole Opry. 

            For more information about Slow Blind Hill, visit

            Admission to this performance of Alive After Five is $8 for non-members, and $4 for museum members and students. Alive After Five is sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union, Cherokee Distributing Company, Knoxville News Sentinel, WDVX-89.9FM, and WVLT-TV8. For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039/  

Knoxville, Tenn., area employers to participate in Veterans’ Job Fair Nov. 25

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In continuing observance of Veterans Day, the U.S. Department of Labor encourages employers and veterans to attend a job fair on Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. until noon EST at the Tennessee Career Center, 1610 University Ave., Knoxville. 


Employers looking for excellent job candidates either for immediate or future hire should attend.  They can call Mike Daniel at 615-253-6356 to learn more.


“America’s military service men and women are well known for their discipline, strong work ethic, leadership and technical skills,” said William Bolls Jr., regional administrator for the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). “With these job fairs, we can help America’s veterans transition back to civilian life when their tours of duty end, and help employers connect with great workers.”


This job fair is one of more than 120 nationwide to be held as part of VETS’ HireVetsFirst campaign.  For more information on all of the veterans’ employment programs offered by VETS, visit

Museum of Appalachia to honor veterans, military

Free admission for our country’s servicemen and women on Veterans Day

NORRIS, Tenn.:  In honor of our country’s armed forces, the Museum of Appalachia will offer free admission to veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.
“We appreciate those who risk their lives for our country,” said Elaine Meyer, the Museum’s executive director, “and this is one way to recognize these people and show that we realize the sacrifices they’ve made.”
The Museum’s mission is to preserve and pass along the Appalachian heritage to younger generations.  Among historical offerings of particular interest to veterans are extensive displays on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and other military ventures.  A relatively new exhibit honors an East Tennessee man who died in Vietnam, representing area servicemen and women who served in the military during that conflict.
The Museum also houses exhibits on early gun-making, blacksmithing, sawmilling, carpentry, coopering, leatherworking, molasses making, and other pioneer skills.
Visitors may take a self-guided tour of the Museum’s extensive village-farm complex with some three dozen historic  log buildings, display halls filled with authentic Appalachian artifacts, and gardens and farm animals in a picturesque setting, all surrounded by split-rail fences.
Musicians play daily in one of the cabins, offering traditional Appalachian music and general information on the Museum and its artifacts.
Shoppers may browse the unique hand-made items in the Gift, Craft, and Antique Shop at the Museum—or simply rest at the cozy fireside in wooden rockers. Hot, country-style lunches are served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Museum restaurant; home-made cakes, pies, cookies, and other treats are available all day.
Memberships in the Museum, a not-for-profit organization, are also available; these memberships help the Museum carry out its mission while providing “season passes” and other benefits for members.  As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum also offers Smithsonian memberships.
Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). The Museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75, exit 122. For more information, call 865-494-7680, or visit the website at <> .