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Charlie Brown has kicked off his campaign yesterday on the steps on the old Roane County courthouse. The Democratic gubernatorial nominee recently retired and now works on a farm in his hometown of Oakdale in Morgan County. Brown says he is for raising the minimum wage and increasing the speed limit on certain highways to 80 miles per hour. He is against Governor Bill Haslam's educational policies. Brown won the Democratic primary with almost 42 percent of the votes. He has not raised any money for his campaign. He will face Haslam in the November general election
Today (Tuesday) is day 2 of the Cumberland County Fair, and things really swing into action. Today is Special Needs Day-a special day for special kids. The Midway opens at 5pm with $20 armbands on sale, good for unlimited rides. The Main Stage will feature local girl Mandy Barnett at 7:30. Gates open at 9am, exhibits open at 10. Admission is $5 for adults, children 6 and under are free.
The maker of Hoover, Dirt Devil and Oreck vacuum cleaners is expanding its Tennessee plant. Officials with TTI Floor Care North America say they plan to double their work force at their Cookeville plant over the next five years. Officials say they be moving production capacity from China and Mexico, bringing more than 200 jobs to our area.
It’s the announcement most were expecting…State Senator Jim Tracy conceded his 38-vote loss to Congressman Scott DesJarlais in the Republican primary for Tennessee's 4th Congressional District. Tracy announced his decision Monday. DesJarlais defeated long time Congressman Lincoln Davis to represent Cumberland County in the 6th district prior to re-districting in 2012.
Good news if you are planning a Labor Day road trip. Officials with AAA say we will likely see the cheapest gas prices for the holiday since 2010. Nationally, regular unleaded gas is about $3.44 a gallon. Prices are much lower here in Tennessee, where the average price is $3.20 per gallon.