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TN Preliminary Unemployment Rate Down
Alan Spector Thursday June 18, 2015

Tennessee's preliminary unemployment rate was down last month. According to Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips, the jobless figure for May was 5.8 percent, 0.2 percent lower than the April revised rate of 6percent. By comparison, the preliminary nationwide rate for May was 5.5 percent, up by 0.1 percent. The number of unemployed persons in Tennessee is the lowest since March 2008.


Short Term Road Closure
Thursday June 18, 2015

Road Closing for A DAY ONLY Browntown Rd. will be closed from just past Rogers Rd. to the Red Rd. tomorrow, Friday June 19,2015 -per FEMA workers. The trees are too dangerous for vehicles to be driving by while they are doing the large cleanup of tree debris in that area. Cars will be routed around Frazier Rd. and no vehicles will not be able to enter through Red Rd.end. If you live between the area of Browntown Rd. and the scope area to Red Rd. you may pass thru to go to your home with their caution, otherwise, not.

City condemns Inn of the Cumberlands

City condemns Inn of the Cumberlands
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday June 18, 2015

City Codes Enforcement along with City Police and City Fire inspected the Inn of the Cumberlands Thursday morning after complaints of structural damage to the building. The structure was condemned and the occupants of about 20 rooms were forced to move. Residents have until 7 PM Thursday evening to vacate the building. Codes enforcement officers found several violations including severely rusted stairways and structural damages. While no injuries were reported, a stair step collapsed with a firefighter during the inspection. According to City code, if the estimate to make repairs is more than 50 percent of the value of the building, it must be torn down. A structural engineer was also on the scene and will be providing that estimate.

Suspicious white van spotted in Cumberland and Loudon counties

Suspicious white van spotted in Cumberland and Loudon counties
WVLT/Crossville Crime Stoppers Thursday June 18, 2015

There is a suspicious van that is driving around Cumberland County and it has been all over east Tennessee. The van was first seen in Cumberland County, but now, according to Local 8 Now, officials in Loudon County are warning people to watch for it. Law enforcement considers this van "suspicious" and has received several phone calls about it. One call about the van involved a Crossville child. The van passed the boy several times on the street while the boy was walking home. Reports indicate that the suspects are, at times, Hispanic males and females and, at other times, White males with lots of tattoos. Crimestoppers urges everyone to be aware of suspicious behavior and to never approach unknown vehicles. Also keep an eye on children as they are often targets of unscrupulous individuals. If you or someone you know has an encounter with this type of situation, and feel that you or someone else may be in danger, please call the Cumberland County Sheriff's office at 931-484-6176 and ask to speak with Dispatch, to get law enforcement officers dispatched to the area. If it is an emergency call 911.Witnesses reported two (Photo Courtesy Crossville Crime Stoppers)

NRCS and SCD Complete “Milkweed for Monarchs” Project

NRCS and SCD Complete “Milkweed for Monarchs” Project
Lynn Carey, CCSD -POC: Janet Dowlen Thursday June 18, 2015

Recently ten schools in our area participated in a partnership project called “Milkweed for Monarchs”. Agencies that participated in the project were the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Cumberland County Soil Conservation District and the Cumberland County School System.

Each school planted milkweed plants in garden beds on campus in an attempt to increase the population of monarch butterflies on the Cumberland Plateau. Milkweeds (Asclepias species) are the only food plant of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar. The butterflies lay eggs on the plant, and after hatching, the caterpillar eats the milkweed. The plants contain cardiac glycosides in the sap, which cause the caterpillar to taste bad to predators that might try to eat it.

USFWS provided a grant for the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District to purchase seed, and in turn provide the seed or plants grown from the seed to schools and individuals for planting. Danny Wilson, agriculture teacher at Cumberland County High School, was enlisted to start some of the seed in his greenhouses at CCHS, in order for the district to provide plants to the schools. He had great success growing the plants and the district was able to provide Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) plants to all ten participating schools.

Students at Brown, Crab Orchard, Homestead, North, Pleasant Hill, Pine View, South and Stone Elementary, along with Cumberland County High School and Roane State Community College participated in the project where over 10,500 Butterfly and Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnate) plants were planted on school campuses across Cumberland County. In addition to the schools participating, the extra plants were given away to the public along with information on milkweed plants and Monarch Butterflies.

All programs and services of the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or handicap.(Photo Submitted: NRCS District Conservationist Phillip Dixon assist students at Pine View Elementary in planting several Butterfly Milkweed plants at their school.)


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