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Governor Haslam Proclaims Student Veterans Week Sunday September 24, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 24-30 as Student Veterans Week for their contributions to enrich campuses statewide.

In 1944, just weeks after the D-Day invasion, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen?s Readjustment Act, commonly known as the GI Bill which provides veterans with access to education, employment and housing opportunities.

In 2015, Tennessee veterans used $265,299,000 in educational benefits at campuses across the state.

More than 8,800 student veterans are currently enrolled in Tennessee higher education institutions.

Veterans Services will host the third annual Student Veteran Organization Summit at Lipscomb University at 1 University Park Drive in Nashville on Saturday, September 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thirty campuses statewide will present the Student Veteran Week proclamation to Student Veteran Organizations or high performing student veterans who have made significant campus contributions.


High School Football
Vince / Steve Saturday September 23, 2017

Friday night the Cumberland County High School Jets played host to the Bees from Upperman High School and dropped a 21-13 decision. Next Friday the Jets play their homecoming game against the Meigs County Tigers, the number one team in the State in Class 2A according to the AP. The kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 and live coverage airs on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY beginning at 6:15.

SMHS traveled to Kingston on Friday to take on the Yellowjackets. The home team built a 28-7 first half lead and went on to down the Panthers 42-15. Next Friday it's back to Region play for the Panthers as they travel to Macon County to take on the Tigers. Stone Memorial is currently third in the Region at 1 and 1. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:45 on Mix 99.3 with the kick-off scheduled for 7:00.


Norman Clark mistrial: Jury deadlocked on Brittany Eldridge murder case
WVLT Friday September 22, 2017

Norman Clark's retrial came to a close Friday, and a mistrial was declared after the jury could not reach a verdict in the Brittany Eldridge murder case, WVLT reports. The decision of whether or not the case will be tried again is now in the hands of the state. The Knox County Criminal Court said the case has been put back on the docket for a status hearing in October, but could not provide further details. Clark is accused of killing his estranged ex-girlfriend, Brittany Eldridge, and their unborn son, Zeke, in her northwest Knoxville apartment in December 2011. According to WVLT, he was retried this week after the jurors came back hopelessly deadlocked 11-1 in favor of a "not guilty" verdict in the case's initial August 2015 trial.

CCHS Commended Student

CCHS Commended Student
Jon Hall, Principal, CCHS/Peg Broadcasting News Friday September 22, 2017

Vasilis "Billy" Drainas has been named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test .

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Haslam Announces Decreased Unemployment Rates in All 95 Counties Broadcasting News Friday September 22, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced that unemployment rates decreased last month in all 95 counties and significantly dropped in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state. The county figures were released one week after the state posted an August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent - the lowest in recorded history.

This is the third time in 2017 in which county unemployment rates decreased statewide. The rates also dropped in all 95 counties in February and April.

While Rhea County has Tennessee's highest unemployment rate at 6 percent, its August 2017 figure decreased by a full percentage point from the previous month, and some 400 new jobs are being created there by Nokian Tyre. The company announced earlier this year it was locating its first North American manufacturing facility in Dayton, Tenn., and Haslam on Wednesday joined company officials and county and city leaders there to break ground on the future site.

Davidson and Williamson counties have the state's lowest unemployment rates at 2.7 percent. Davidson County dropped three-tenths of a percentage point from July, while Williamson County's rate was down four-tenths of a percentage point. Nine of the state's lowest unemployment rates can be found in middle Tennessee counties. Sevier County is also among the top 10 lowest in the state.

The August unemployment rate is less than 5 percent in 81 Tennessee counties. Fourteen counties have unemployment rates for the month ranging from 5.1 and 6 percent.

The August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent was down one-tenth of a percentage point from July while the preliminary U.S. unemployment rate increased last month one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.4 percent.


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