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RockTenn To Close In Tullahoma

plant closingFifty RockTenn paper and packaging plant employees will soon be looking for work. The Tullahoma plant on East Carroll Street will closing next month.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Dislocated Worker Unit received notification of the closure on July 15, just two weeks after a completion of a corporate merger of Norcross Georgia-based RockTenn and Richmond Virginia-based MeadWestvaco Corporation. The combined corporate entity now operates under the name West Rock. (From TUB)

Gas Prices Continue To Drop

gas prices2The national average price for gasoline dipped 4 cents last week, and prices in the southeast fell even further. Pump prices in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are down 5 cents compared to last week, after falling for 18 consecutive days.
“Motorists are finally getting some consistent relief at the pump thanks to declining oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “By this fall, prices could creep closer to levels seen at the beginning of this year, possibly even below $2 a gallon in some markets, as long as oil remains low.”
Compared to peak prices in mid-June, the current state average is down 16 cents in Tennessee.
West Texas Intermediate crude oil closed below $50 per barrel, for two consecutive days this past week, for the first time since April, due to a surplus in crude inventories and speculation that the market will remain oversaturated in the near term. At the close of Friday’s formal trading on the NYMEX, WTI settled at $48.14 per barrel.
In Tennessee the current average price ($2.42) is 5 cents cheaper than last week, 14 cents cheaper than a month ago, 89 cents cheaper than this time last year. In Manchester the low price as of Tuesday afternoon was $2.28 per gallon and in Tullahoma the low price is $2.30.

County Unemployment Rates Rise Across The State

UnemploymentCounty unemployment numbers for the month of June were released recently and showed the rate increased in 94 counties and decreased in one county.
Coffee County increased from 5.4 in May to 6 percent in June. The 6% rate means that 1,530 qualified people are without a job in Coffee County. Warren County’s unemployment rate for June was 6.9 percent. That’s an increase of one percent from the May rate of 5.9. Grundy County went from 7.5 to 8.5 percent and Cannon County went from 5.7 to 6.3 percent. Bedford County jumped up by one percent to 7.5 percent. Moore County’s unemployment rate went up from 4.5 in May to 5.2 percent in June. Franklin County had a rise as well going up from 5.2 percent to 6 percent.
Williamson County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.6 percent, while Hancock County had the highest at 12.7 percent.

Portion of Hwy 41-A to Be Named After Crosby Dewitt (CD) Stamps

Illustration of CD Stamps

Illustration of CD Stamps

The We Care Committee is pleased to announce that their efforts have finally resulted in a portion of Highway 41-A being named in honor of Crosby Dewitt Stamps (C.D. Stamps). The segment of U.S. Highway 41-A in Tullahoma from West Carroll Street southward to the Franklin County line will be designated as The C.D. Stamps Highway. This bill was sponsored by Senator Janice Bowling, Representative Judd Matheny and Representative David Alexander.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will place signs along Highway 41-A near the CD Stamps Community Center and the Franklin County Line. The public is invited to the unveiling and dedication on Saturday, August 8, 10am in the vicinity of 41-A and West Carroll Street.

Hepatitis C Alert From The Tennessee Department of Health

Hepatitis CThe Tennessee Department of Health is issuing a public health advisory urging residents to increase their awareness about Hepatitis C, a life-threatening disease spread by direct contact with blood from an infected person. The rate of acute Hepatitis C cases in Tennessee has more than tripled in the last seven years, and the steadily increasing number of cases may only represent “the tip of the iceberg” of the state’s Hepatitis-C epidemic, according to the TDH Commissioner. In addition to reported cases of acute Hepatitis C it is estimated that more than 100,000 Tennesseans may be living with chronic Hepatitis C and not know it.
Early symptoms of Hepatitis C infection can include fatigue, abdominal pain, itching and dark urine. Many people, however, are not aware they have the disease until the virus has already caused liver cancer or liver damage.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all individuals born from 1945 to 1965 be tested, as well as individuals of any age who have any specific risk factors, including a history of injection drug use or unsanitary tattooing or piercing. If chronic Hepatitis C infection is present, a doctor can recommend treatment options. The sooner an infection is identified and treatment started, the better a person’s chances are for recovery.
TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually.

Police Officer Injured In An Altercation With a Domestic Violence and Resisting Arrest Suspect

Manchester police patchJames Richard Gault, 56, of Manchester was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest. When officers attempted to arrest Gault he became combative with them, injuring a Manchester officer. The officer was transported to the hospital.
According to warrants obtained by Deputy Cody Lendley, officers responded to a disturbance at the Motel 6 in Manchester.
According to the warrant, a female in the room told the officers that she and Gault had a verbal altercation that had turned physical. She alleged that Gault broke the phone in the room during the altercation.
Gault was booked into the Coffee County Jail under a $7,500 bond.

Manchester Man Enters No Contest Plea To Tax Evasion

tax evasionThe Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to last week’s no contest plea of John Constantine to seven counts of sales tax evasion. Constantine, 47, is the managing member of a Manchester business.
Coffee County Circuit Court Judge Walter Kurtz accepted Constantine’s plea and sentenced him to four years of supervised probation. Constantine was also ordered to pay restitution of $42,743.10.
In January 2015, a Coffee County Grand Jury indicted Constantine on six Class E felony counts of tax evasion, one count of theft over $10,000 and one count of filing a false franchise and excise tax return. The indictments charged that between December 2012 and June 2013, Constantine collected sales tax from customers at his business and failed to remit all collected sales tax as required by law.
“This investigation will serve as a reminder that retailers are not entitled to use or keep sales tax monies,” Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts said. “When sales tax revenues are collected by a retailer, they are at all times property of the state or local government, and they must be remitted to the state.”
The Department pursued this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Craig Northcott and his staff. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee’s revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).
The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue.

Motorcycle Crash Injures Two

LifeFlight lands at the scene of Saturday's crash... Photo provided by Mike Ray

LifeFlight lands at the scene of Saturday’s crash… Photo provided by Mike Ray

Two people were injured after a motorcycle accident Saturday night on River Bluff, Dr. just outside Manchester.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 52 year-old Timothy A. Kanehl of Manchester, TN was the operator of the 2001 Harley Davidson when the wreck occurred. 45 year-old Suzanne Lamon from Lavergne, TN was a passenger.
Both Kanehl and Lamon were airlifted from the scene and taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for treatment of unknown injuries.
No other information was released by the THP.

Man Hurt In Hit and Run In His Own Driveway

Hit and runA man was airlifted Thursday morning when he was run over in his driveway by hit-and-run driver.
36 year old Christopher Higgins was taken by helicopter to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for injuries he suffered when the car ran over his legs and chest area.
According to Sheriff’s Department, the incident happened around 9 a.m. on Short Road located in the Smartt Station community. Higgins told the Sheriff’s Dept. that a black Nissan pulled into his driveway and was blowing his horn. He went outside and once he reached the car, the man inside threw open the door and started cursing at him. Higgins added the driver threw the vehicle in reverse. He was knocked down by the door of the car and was run over. The driver fled the scene, leaving Higgins lying in his driveway. He was airlifted to Erlanger in Chattanooga for treatment to his legs and chest area.
The driver is described as having long, dark hair and several tattoos. He was driving a black Nissan Maxima or Altima. Anyone having information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department.

Scam Alert From TUB

scam4It has come to the attention of the Tullahoma Utilities Board (TUB) that several utility customers in Tullahoma have received scam calls lately. The caller is spoofing TUB’s phone number, is claiming to work for TUB, and is telling customers’ utilities will be cut off if a payment is not received immediately. The caller is asking customers to either wire money, send a money order, or even use a credit card to send payment for a delinquent utility account. Usually, these calls are happening after hours, when the TUB office is closed for the day.
Please know that TUB has never and will never call a customer and ask for immediate payment.
If an account is past due, TUB will either send multiple notices, come to the account holder’s home or business or make a phone call during regular business hours to notify the individual responsible for the account that it past due.
Anyone receiving a similar call or who has been the victim of this scam, is encouraged to alert the police. For any questions, call the TUB office at 455-4515.

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