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New program changes on Thunder Radio starting Monday August 20th

We have program changes starting on Monday, August 20th! Swap n Shop moves to 8AM! And tune in for our new interview program- Lunch n Learn at 12:30PM, we will interview your District Attorney General Craig Northcott about this year’s Bonnaroo citations and arrests.

Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center Continues to Lose Money

The Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center continues to lose tax payer money. For fiscal year 17-18 the center lost $366,692. Which, by the way is more than $46,000 over the approved deficit.
The conference center is also late in reimbursing the county for payroll checks.
Coffee County and Manchester governments split the cost of the center. This includes the regular budget and the overrun.
The Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center has been open since 2002 and has lost around $3 million over the last 16 years.

State Unemployment Rate Stays the Same

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips on Thursday released the statewide unemployment rate for July 2018, and for the third consecutive month the statistic has held steady at 3.5 percent.
Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not only remained unchanged since May, it mirrors the 3.5 percent recorded during the same time period in 2017.
Companies also continued the trend of new job creation across the state. Between June and July, Tennessee employers bolstered the state’s economy by adding 2,500 new nonfarm jobs.
Over the year, nonfarm employment in Tennessee has increased by 56,300 jobs. The largest increases occurred in the state’s leisure/hospitality, professional/business services, and education/health services sectors.

Haslam’s Overhaul State’s Probation System Ruled Unconstitutional

Gov. Bill Haslam

A Tennessee appeals court has ruled that Gov. Bill Haslam’s overhaul of the state’s probation system is unconstitutional, saying it violates defendant’s rights.
The Tennessean reports the court also ruled Tuesday that the overhaul encroaches on judicial powers by allowing probation officers to issue punishments to probation violators. It also said due process wasn’t being provided as defendants cannot challenge new punishments in court with an attorney.
Haslam has said those changes by the Public Safety Act of 2016 were meant to keep people from being imprisoned for low-level probation violations.
State Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield has said 40 percent of new inmates were imprisoned on those violations, which Haslam spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals says has been reduced.
A state’s attorney general’s office spokeswoman says officials are reviewing the decision.

Free Hunting Day is August 25

Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license on Saturday, Aug. 25 which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season.
Free Hunting Day is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions.
The TWRA encourages regular hunters to introduce friends and family members (young and old) to the outdoor sport. It is also an excellent opportunity for persons who have not tried hunting in a while to be reintroduced to the sport.
On Free Hunting Day, state resident hunters are exempt from hunting licenses and WMA permit requirements. Many of the WMAs are open to hunters seeking public access on Aug. 25. Hunters are asked to check the information for particular WMAs in the newly-published 2018-19 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide which is available online at www.tnwildlife.org or copies are available at any TWRA regional office or at most outlets where licenses are sold.
The TWRA offers a reminder that hunter education requirements are not waived for Free Hunting Day. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course. An apprentice license is required for those born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 if the hunter education course has not been completed. This license exempts the hunter from the mandatory hunter education law for one year from the date of purchase but may only be purchased for up to three consecutive years during the lifetime of the hunter.

FREE Summer Concert this Saturday

There will be a FREE Summer Concert at the Rotary Park Amphitheater this Saturday (August 18). Two good bands playing great music will perform, Frank’s Road Band and Second Fret. The concert begins at 6pm.
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a night of music. There will be limited refreshments available.
While there no charge for the concert you can make a donation that will go to the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center.

News from City Hall

At the most recent Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, a resolution was passed on first reading that states the following about work that is done by inmates for the city. The resolution reads: The work activities subject the inmates to some risk of injury which subjects the Sheriff of Coffee County to liability for the cost of medical treatment; and the Sheriff of Coffee County will not allow the inmates to work for the City unless a work agreement is executed by the City; and although there is exposure to the City for medical treatment costs, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen believes the value of work performed outweighs the exposure.
Also, in City of Manchester news, residents will see a new Christmas tree outside the downtown courthouse. After paying $10,000 for a lit artificial tree last year, it did not work properly after blowing over in a storm.
Vice Mayor Ryan French, who also chairs the Tourism and Community Development Commission said the replacement tree is covered by the company’s 10-year warranty. It will be replaced at no cost to the city.

Better Business Bureau gives advise to College Students and Parents

Sending your kids off to college is difficult enough, and experts say this season there are extra reasons to be concerned.
Experts with the Better Business Bureau say to add a safe to the list of items needed for things like IDs, checkbooks and passports.
You never know who’s going to be in your room, and you never know who’s going to be able to steal your information.
Also, beware of ads for fake rentals and roommates. Often, the advertiser doesn’t own the apartment. They don’t even live in the country, but they claim to need your deposit fast.
The same goes for phony job offers. If the ad says “no experience necessary,” it’s likely too good to be true.
Experts say parents with students headed off to college should talk to their kids about credit cards. There will be offers all over campus for cards with free giveaways. When they apply, they get the credit card and huge interest rates. They don’t have the money to pay, so it ends up killing their credit score.
Additionally, it may be tempting to download free music, movies, or even textbooks, but beware. Many contain spyware that can end up causing financial havoc.

Centers for Disease Control Warns about Measles

During the first half of this year, there were 107 reported cases of measles in 21 states, including Tennessee.
If the rate of infection continues, 2018 is on track to become one of the worst years for measles in the last decade.
Last year there were 118 cases during the entire year.
The worst measles outbreak was in 2014 when there were 667 cases.
The Centers for Disease Control reports the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated. Travelers continue to bring it to the U.S. and measles is still common in some countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through coughing and sneezing. The symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Adults and children are advised to get the Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

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