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Thousands of new students at UT are among the first who have to be immunized for meningitis if they want a place to live on campus. A new law took effect this past July which requires every Tennessee student living in campus housing to get the immunizations. Freshmen had one month to get the required shot. Officials say 850 students missed the deadline, so the student health center set up a clinic to help students get the shots they needed. Officials say the new immunizations are part of being a student in Tennessee.
A group of workers who cleaned up the Kingston coal ash spill claim a contractor failed to protect them from the dangerous toxins in fly ash. According to a lawsuit filed by 49 plaintiffs, Jacobs Engineering Group officials intentionally lied to workers, saying fly ash was safe enough to drink. The suit claims workers were not given respirators or protective clothing and were not allowed to wear their own protective gear. The suit claims workers have suffered eye problems, sinus problems, heart problems and lung problems. The group is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.
Authorities say no one was hurt when a gun discharged inside a 5-year-old kindergartener's backpack at a Memphis elementary school cafeteria Thursday. According to officials with the Shelby County School District, the gun went off yesterday inside a kindergarten student's backpack as students were waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria of Westside Elementary School. School staffers immediately took control of the backpack. The child was detained and was being questioned by officers yesterday afternoon, with the child's mother present. A police spokeswoman said investigators were trying to determine how the gun ended up in the backpack.
Tomorrow is free hunting day in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hunters who are residents of Tennessee do not have to have a hunting license. However, hunter education requirements will still be in effect. Free Hunting day also marks the opening of squirrel season in Tennessee. The TWRA is offering Free Hunting Day to hopefully increase interest in hunting and to introduce young people to the sport.
Unemployment numbers for the month of July show the unemployment rate decreased in 79 counties, increased in 12 counties and stayed the same in 4 counties. Here in Cumberland County, the rate dropped by a half of a percentage point, going from 9.7 to 9.2%. In White County, the unemployment rate for July was 11.3 percent. That's down from the June rate of 11.9. Van Buren County's rate was down from 12.9 to 12.0 percent and Putnam County was down .4 percent—coming in at 8.4% Williamson County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 5.8 percent, while Scott County had the highest at 17.2 percent.