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Lightning Rod coaster closed at Dollywood due to recalled parts

Lightning Rod coaster closed at Dollywood due to recalled parts
WVLT Sunday June 19, 2016

The opening of Dollywood's new roller coaster was short lived. WVLT reports that the park announced Saturday it was closed as part of a recall. Dollywood posted this message on their website Saturday: Lightning Rod is closed today. Rocky Mountain Construction ordered all of its roller coasters closed until further notice as a recalled mechanical part is replaced. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)

Wrestler Jerry Lawler, girlfriend arrested in Memphis

Wrestler Jerry Lawler, girlfriend arrested in Memphis
AP Saturday June 18, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Police in Tennessee say wrestler and WWE color commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler and his girlfriend have been arrested on charges of domestic violence.

Officers arrested Lawler, who’s 66, and 27-year-old Lauryn McBride after responding to a call at Lawler’s home Thursday night in East Memphis.

News outlets cited an arrest affidavit that says the couple told officers they got into an argument that turned violent. McBride said Lawler hit her on the head and pushed her against the stove. Lawler said McBride scratched his face and kicked him in the groin.

Police arrested both because they weren’t able to determine which one was the primary aggressor.

Both are scheduled to be in court on Monday.


Employers Can Now File WARN Notices Online Friday June 17, 2016

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) announced Tuesday a new digitized filing system is now available to employers issuing WARN notices. The online portal allows TDLWD to quickly assist employees affected by layoffs.

"The new WARN filing system streamlines the process for both the employer and our agency, reducing the response time in getting critical services to employees impacted by a pending closure," TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips said.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act protects workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of plant closings, mass layoffs, and sale of businesses.

Companies having 50-99 employees affected by a layoff or closure are typically required to report this information via a WARN filing to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development required under Tennessee law (T.C.A. 50-1-6-1). Employers with more than 99 employees should refer to the federal WARN Act.

"WARN laws allow folks to prepare for possibly difficult times that can come with a layoff, giving them a chance to make plans for the transition. The laws also give our agency time to deploy numerous resources to assist everyone impacted by the layoff," said Commissioner Phillips.

The new digital process allows employers to provide all required information online without concern of missing items or receipt of submission. Employers may file their WARN Notice on More information regarding WARN Notices and the federal and state law requirements can be found at - See more at:


Tennessee's Unemployment Rate for May 4.1% Friday June 17, 2016

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development reports the state’s preliminary unemployment rate for May was 4.1 percent, two-tenths of a percentage point decrease from the April revised rate of 4.3 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for May was 4.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 5.8 percent to 4.1 percent while the national rate declined from 5.5 percent to 4.7 percent.

Total nonfarm employment decreased 13,400 jobs from April to May. The largest decreases occurred in government, leisure/hospitality, & professional/business services.

Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 60,900 jobs. The largest increases occurred in education/health services, trade/transportation/utilities, & manufacturing.


Submitted: LT. Brian Eckelson, Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer Friday June 17, 2016

A City of Crossville Police Department Detective and a Cumberland County E-911 Operator have received recognition with the issuance of “Officer of the Month” and “Special Recognition” awards for May, 2016.

On May 12, 2016, Crossville police were dispatched to Lowe’s, due to a report of stolen lawn mower keys and a cut security cable. Lowe’s staff described that, the truck driven by the suspects, had a Roane County tag. Later, the Cookeville Lowe’s reported that a similar truck had been used to steal a lawn mower and that witnesses had obtained a partial tag number.

Crossville Police Detective Sgt. J.C. Hancock partnered with Cumberland County E-911 operator Kelly Billingsly, who used the partial tag number and prior county information to search for and identify a possible suspect. Armed with this new information, Det. Sgt. Hancock located the truck and suspect, solving several thefts from the City of Crossville, Roane and Putnam Counties. The investigation led to the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property, from several Tennessee counties.

The Crossville Police Department thanks and congratulates both of the award recipients.

(Photo Courtesy CPD:Pictured L-R: Mayor James Mayberry, Kelly Billingsly, Det. Sgt. J.C. Hancock, Chief Rod Shoap)


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