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Tennessee's unemployment rate for May increased to 7.9 percent, up from the April revised rate of 7.7 percent. The national unemployment rate for May 2012 was 8.2 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the April rate. According to Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis it is the first increase we have seen since November 2010.
A Crossville man has lost his life in a 2 vehicle accident on Pomona Road Wednesday afternoon. According to officials with the Highway Patrol, the deceased, John Nolan Jr of Crossville was in the passenger seat of the vehicle driven by his wife, when it was struck by a second vehicle, driven by John Riddle. Authorities say both of the Nolans were wearing seatbelts, but Riddle was not at the time of the accident. All 3 suffered injuries in the noon hour crash. Riddle was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for treatment, while the Nolans were transported to the Cumberland Medical Center. No citations have been issued as a result of Wednesday's accident
NEW BEGINNINGS self-help housing program helps dreams come true for families with various backgrounds. From a single mom who has overcome a lifetime of health obstacles to a family of 5 living in a 399 square foot living space, this group of homeowners is very special. From day one, they were all eager to work and do whatever it took to accomplish their goal of becoming homeowners. In total, the 5 families in this group have contributed some 3,000 sweat equity hours towards the construction of their homes! Another special thing about this group is that all the homes are Energy Star certified. The total number of homes now built in the NEW BEGINNINGS program rises to 61, with more on the way. For information about the program contact Marley Wyatt at 484-2990.
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Board of Control looked at a four-class system as well as five classes for football only during a work session Tuesday night. The board likely will vote on Division I reclassification for the 2013-17 school years during its June meeting today. The current structure, which will remain in effect through the 2012-13 school year, has three classes for all sports, with each of those classes split in half for football. 60 percent of the 302 football coaches in Division I would prefer a return to the five-class format, which was used from 1993-2008. Under that format, the top four teams in each of eight regions qualify for postseason play. TSSAA staff is prepared to make a recommendation as when the board considers reclassification during its meeting
When those college tuition bills come in, be prepared for sticker shock. Average tuition at four-year public universities nationwide climbed 15 percent between 2008 and 2010, fueled by state budget cuts for higher education — and in Tennessee, the numbers probably will go up again this fall. The state Board of Regents submitted its proposed tuition increases on Tuesday. If approved later this month, Middle Tennessee State University will see a 6.8 percent increase over this year and Tennessee State University will see a 5.6 percent increase. Vanderbilt University already has announced a 1.9 percent increase for this fall, raising its tuition from $40,320 to $41,088. At Lipscomb University, tuition has not yet been discussed for the upcoming year