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County unemployment rates for April 2013, released today, show the rate decreased in 62 counties, increased in 23, and stayed the same in ten. Here in Cumberland County, more folks found themselves back at work, with unemployment at 9.5%, that's down a half a percent from April's rate of 10%. Surrounding counties also experienced a drop in unemployment, with White County, Van Buren, Overton and Rhea Counties all experiencing drops over March's unemployment rates.
The summer orientation dates are as follows incoming freshmen at Stone Memorial High School: Stone Elementary is Tuesday, May 28th; North Elementary is Wednesday, May 29; Pine View/Crab Orchard and non-SMHS feeder schools are Thursday, May 30th and Homestead Elementary is on Friday, May 31st. Orientation is 7:30 until 1pm. Breakfast and Lunch is free for all students. Parents are asked to register their students in the main lobby. There will be a 15 minute presentation by Principal Maddox for parents. Coffee and snacks will be provided
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will step up seat belt and DUI enforcement efforts over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. According to officials, sixteen people were killed on Tennessee roadways during the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend. That was a decrease from 19 fatalities in 2011. Last year, alcohol was involved in six of the fatalities. Preliminary data show that 21 percent of all traffic fatalities in Tennessee year-to-date have been alcohol related. State troopers have made more than 2,400 DUI arrests so far this calendar year – a 7.5 percent increase from the same period last year. The THP has scheduled 65 checkpoints throughout the long holiday weekend in an effort to reduce fatalities and serious injury crashes in the state
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has collected $15.3 million of fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits as a result of the Treasury Offset Program (TOP). This program allows garnishment of IRS refunds and other federal payments from those who have collected unemployment benefits fraudulently. Officials say overpayments typically occur when claimants continue to claim benefits after returning to work and fail to report or underreport their earnings.
Hunters have through Monday to comment to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on hunting regulations for the next seasons. The proposals are online at www.tnwildlife.org and comments to TWRA can also be made online at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read "hunting season comments."