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Nashville Now Tennessee's Largest City
AP Friday May 26, 2017

Newly released figures indicate Nashville has overtaken Memphis as Tennessee's largest city. The Tennessean reports population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau put the state capital's 2016 population at 660,388, compared to Memphis' 652,717.

 


Cumb. Co. April Unemployment Rate at 4.4%, Rates Improve Across All TN Counties
Peg Broadcasting News/tn.gov Friday May 26, 2017

Tennessee's county unemployment rates for April 2017 have decreased in all 95 counties, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Cumberland County's April 2017 unemployment rate of 4.4% was down 0.7% from a year ago. Month-to-month, Cumberland County's unemployment rate was down 1.5% from the March 2017 rate of 5.9%.

Two counties that border Cumberland County recorded some the state's highest unemployment rates. Rhea County was at the top of the list at 6.6% for April, while Bledsoe County was in the middle of the pack at 5.7%.

For the month of April, Davidson County has the state's lowest major metropolitan rate at 2.7 percent, a decline from 3.4 percent of the prior month. Knox County's rate is 3.2 percent, decreasing from March's 3.9 percent. Hamilton County declined from its previous month's rate of 4.5 to 3.6 percent and Shelby County has an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent rate, a decrease from 5.3 percent in March.

Preliminary unemployment rates have fallen for both Tennessee and the United States. Decreasing by four-tenths of a percentage point, the state rate is 4.7 percent for April. The national rate fell a tenth of percentage point to 4.4 percent for the month.

 


Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Traditional Start to Tennessee?s Summer Boating Season
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Friday May 26, 2017

Memorial Day holiday weekend is regarded as the unofficial start to the summer boating season and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to emphasize the use of life jackets while boating in a safe and responsible manner.

Annually, the Memorial Day weekend is one of the year?s busiest boating weekends. Last year, there were not any boating-related fatalities over the holiday weekend for the second consecutive year. There were six reported accidents, four of which resulted in injuries.

Along with the use of life jackets, TWRA wants to stress the responsible use of alcohol while boating. It is important to consider the effects of drinking and driving whether on water or land. In a boat on the water, the effects of alcohol increase because of external stressors such as engine vibration, wave motion and glare from the sun. Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Tennessee.

Across the state over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend, TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement officers issued 447 citations and 410 warnings. Among the citations, 21 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests were made. Officers inspected 9,065 boats during the weekend.

For many residents, the Memorial Day weekend will be the first time to have the boat on the water this year. TWRA officials say taking a few minutes to check some of the boat components may be the key to having a nice, safe outing. Performing a simple maintenance check before getting on the water may prevent problems.

 
Governor Signs Tennessee Strong Act


Governor Signs Tennessee Strong Act
tn.gov Friday May 26, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed the Tennessee STRONG (Support, Training and Renewing Opportunity for National Guard) Act at the Tennessee Department of Military in Nashville. Haslam was joined by Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown), Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville) and Major General Max Haston, Tennessee?s Adjutant General.

The Tennessee STRONG Act is the governor?s legislation that provides tuition free educational opportunities for eligible members of the Tennessee National Guard and supports the Drive to 55 goal to increase the number of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.

The Senate passed HB 530/SB 1216 31-0 on April 3, and the House of Representatives passed the legislation 97-0 on April 10.

The Tennessee STRONG Act creates a four-year pilot program for members of the Tennessee National Guard. Eligible members will qualify for tuition reimbursement toward a first time bachelor?s degree. The legislation is part of Haslam?s NextTennessee legislative plan aimed at building and sustaining economic growth and the state?s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.

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Gov. Bill Haslam signs the Tennessee STRONG (Support, Training and Renewing Opportunity for National Guard) Act May 25, 2017 at the Tennessee Department of Military in Nashville. (Tennessee National Guard photo by MSgt Robin Brown)

 


Crossville Man Named Forest Conservationist of the Year
Peg Broadcasting News Friday May 26, 2017

Clarence Coffey, of Crossville, TN, was recently named Forest Conservationist of the Year at the 52nd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards in Nashville. The Tennessee Wildlife Federation presented 17 awards to deserving people from across the state. Another local man, George Lindeman,of Grandview, Tennessee was awarded Conservationist of the Year for his work in getting Soak Creek designated as a Tennessee State Scenic River.

 

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