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Middle school athletics is a hot button for parents and the Cumberland County Board of Education. Things got heated at Thursday’s Board of Education Meeting when the topic turned to middle school athletics and the rumors surrounding the changes that are being implemented. As of this year, Cumberland County will begin phasing in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association’s guidelines, which are similar to the TSSAA. This year, all coaches will be required to participate in mandatory safety training. Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews says he believes it is important for the County to follow the guidelines of the TMSAA, as the guidelines set a standard for safety across the board for the well-being of all of the students participating in middle school sports
The City of Crossville and the Obed Watershed Community Association are presenting the annual Waterfest and Family Fun Day tomorrow (Saturday) at Meadow Park Lake from 2pm – 8pm. The free event will include pontoon cruises, water sports, canoe and kayak rides and races, wildlife exhibits, music and free ice cream.
Fentress, Morgan, Overton, Pickett and Rhea Counties are among the list of counties added to the state Agriculture Department’s emerald ash borer quarantine. 34 counties are now a part of the effort to stop the invasive pest that destroys ash trees. The bug was introduced to the U.S. from Asia in the 1990s and has since spread to 24 states and parts of Canada, killing millions of ash trees. The emerald ash borer quarantine prohibits the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber and other materials that can spread the insect.
The unemployment rate went up in all 95 Tennessee counties during the month of June. Here in Cumberland County unemployment went from 7.4% to 8.3%. White County's unemployment rate for June was 9.1 percent, up from 8.4%, Van Buren County checked in at 10.3 percent, up from 8.8 percent. DeKalb County went from 6.3 to 7.0 percent. Overton was 8.3 percent up from 7.1, Putnam was 7.2%, up from the May rate of 6.2%. Lincoln County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in June at 5.2 percent, while Scott County had the highest at 14.2 percent.
More than 336,000 Tennessee residents will split $10 million in refunds from health insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act. The refunds will average $53 per family and came about because of a rule in the law which requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of insurance premiums on patient care and quality improvement efforts. The refunds are for premiums paid in 2013.