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County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for May 2012, show the rate decreased in three counties, increased in 87 counties, and remained the same in five counties. Here in Cumberland County, unemployment was up slightly over last month, at 8.9%, .3% over April's rate of 8.6%. Despite the minor increase, unemployment is still down from last year in Cumberland County, when 9.8% of the workforce was unemployed. Overall, Tennessee's unemployment rate for May rose 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.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Department has instituted a "No-Spouse and No-Dating Rule" that could directly affect the jobs of several employees currently working for the Department. According to officials with the Sheriff's department, the new rule was put in place in order to maintain and friendly and professional atmosphere. Employees are being given a written policy that explains that if they wish to date within the department that one or both parties must abandon their jobs. Officials say they have heard that the policy may be challenged in court by some of those currently in romantic relationships who work for the department, but they believe the policy is legally acceptable, citing a similar one that is in effect at the Putnam Ambulance Service
A state trooper assigned to the Cookeville district has been fired for gross misconduct. The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced the dismissal of 32 year old Jonathan Reed, who is an 8-year THP veteran. According to THP officials, Reed was terminated after an internal investigation into alleged "gross misconduct." The exact nature of the misconduct cannot be disclosed at this time, due to the investigation that is currently underway by District Attorney Randy York. Trooper Reed was on medically approved leave following the incident on March 27th that led to his dismissal. During his medical leave, two supervisors in the Cookeville district were disciplined for failing to properly report an incident involving him.
Democratic lawmakers want Governor Bill Haslam to convene a special session to discuss using surplus state revenues to stop tuition increases and further cut the food tax. Lawmakers told reporters they'd like the session to be in August before students return to school. They said the state has about $225 million in excess revenues that could be used to help students and drop the sales tax on groceries below 5.25 percent. The UT Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on an average 6 percent tuition hike for its system.
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has announced the award of 64 grants totaling more than $15 million that are aimed at providing approximately 8,600 homeless veterans nationwide with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. In Tennessee, Operation Stand Down Nashville Inc. is receiving $300,000 as first year funding for their homeless veterans reintegration program. Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and other groups, including faith-based and community organizations. Officials say these recipients are familiar with the geographic areas and populations to be served, and have demonstrated that they can provide effective help to homeless veterans.