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Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at noon on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 through 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015. Officials expect two million drivers will travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
TVA, the nation's largest public utility is backing off an aggressive tree-cutting policy that led to a lawsuit in federal court. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Tennessee Valley Authority said in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit that it has dropped a policy in its seven-state service area to remove any tree within its power line easements that could grow more than 15 feet high. The motion says the lawsuit is moot since the agency has dropped the rule. Plaintiffs have challenged the motion, saying they want a definitive ruling on whether federal law requires the utility to draft an environmental-impact statement and whether TVA could reinstate the rule. TVA has about 15,900 miles of transmission lines and services about 9 million people in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Tennessee Department of Health says there has been a steady increase in influenza activity in Tennessee and warns the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. TDH urges everyone to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot now. While vaccination is a much better preventive measure than waiting to be sick and get treatment, early treatment is essential to preventing more severe illness. Health care providers are reminded of the importance of providing antivirals for patients with symptoms compatible with influenza, and people at risk for complications from flu should be aggressively treated, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
The Winter Solstice Winter solstice begins at 5:03 p.m. CT Sunday. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. The first day of spring is Friday, March 20, 2015.
The preliminary state unemployment rate for November was released Thursday. The rate was 6.8 percent, three tenths of one percentage point lower than the October revised rate of 7.1 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for November was 5.8 percent, unchanged from the prior month. Tennessee’s rate of unemployment decline has been much slower than the national rate over the past year. Total nonfarm employment decreased 1,900 jobs from Oct. to Nov. with the largest decreases occurring in accommodation/food service, retail trade, and administrative/support.