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Early voting has officially begun. Here in Cumberland County, registered voters can cast their ballots for the August 7th state primary and county general elections weekdays from 8 to 5 and Saturdays from 8-12. Early voting is available at the Cumberland County Election Commission office, is located at 2 South Main Street Suite 105. Early voting will continue through August 2nd.
While the national unemployment rate was down for June at 6.1 percent, it was up here in our state. Unemployment in Tennessee for June was 6.6-up from 6.4 percent in May. Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 8.4 percent to 6.6, while the national rate decreased from 7.5 percent to 6.1 percent.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a 2 sobriety roadside safety checkpoints in Cumberland County on Tuesday, July 22nd. The first will be on Highway 70 at Deep Draw Road on from 6-7pm, the second at Highway 68 and Alloway Road from 9-11. Troopers will be evaluating drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, The THP recognizes that these checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving
Victims of last year’s fungal meningitis outbreak are being interviewed by FBI agents from Massachusetts. The victims all received steroid shots that were made by the New England Compounding Center. Agents are reportedly seeking information that will determine whether criminal case will be filed. In total, 751 people became ill and 64 died due to the tainted shots. Tennessee was second hardest hit state, with 153 patients becoming ill 16 deaths reported.
Health advocates in Tennessee say they are disappointed by TennCare's response to federal officials about problems with the state's Medicaid application system. TennCare officials released a strongly worded response to federal officials saying Tennessee has failed to meet all but one of seven requirements to get a new eligibility system up and running under the Affordable Care Act. Officials with the Tennessee Justice Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Health Law Program say they are closely monitoring TennCare's response to the federal government and have indicated they may sue TennCare if the agency does not pledge to fix what they say are longstanding problems.