Unemployment Rate Drops in Tennessee

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for the month of March was 5.1 percent, down from the February rate of 5.3. That’s according to Tennessee Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips. This progress matches the U.S. rate’s decline of two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.5 percent. Phillips said the report shows Tennesseans are finding work in a growing workforce. …

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Cannon Flushing of Fire Hydrants begins April 24 in Manchester

In an effort to improve the quality of water in the distribution system, the Manchester Water & Sewer Department will be performing the semi-annual cannon flushing of fire hydrants. System wide flushing will take place Monday thru Friday the week of April 24 during the hours of midnight to approximately 5:30 am. During the event, …

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Three Men facing Drug Charges

Three people were arrested after a Tennessee Highway Patrolman stopped a vehicle on Interstate 24. According to warrants obtained by Trooper Jason Boles, a vehicle was stopped for equipment violation on I-24 at exit 114 in Manchester on April 19. When the officer made contact with the occupants he allegedly smelled a strong odor of …

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Gas Tax Increase Bill Approved

Tennessee lawmakers voted Wednesday to move forward with a plan to raise the state’s gas tax to pay for road and infrastructure costs. Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing a 6 cent per gallon gas tax to pay for $6 billion in road and bridge projects. House lawmakers approved the bill with a 60-37 vote. It …

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National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

From Monday, April 10, to Thursday, April 13, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) partnered with local law enforcement agencies for Tennessee’s first statewide distracted driving enforcement bus tour to promote National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The THP provided a large, black and tan bus marked with THP logos …

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New Abortion Bill Passes

A bill that would ban some abortions at 20 weeks has passed in a Senate committee, despite Tennessee’s attorney general calling the measure “constitutionally suspect.” Doctors who violated the law could be subject to criminal prosecution under the measure. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Joey Hensley, a Republican from Hohenwald who is also a …

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Update on Trailer Thefts

We have an update on the unidentified male subject that was allegedly involved in the theft of a red dump dual axle trailer from a location on the Woodbury Highway in Manchester on Thursday, April 6, 2017. On the same day tires and wheels were taken from a cattle trailer in Coffee County. An older …

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Utility Construction will close a portion of Oak Dr for Two Weeks

A portion of Oak Drive in Manchester, near the intersection of McArthur Street (TN Highway 55), extending to Belmont Drive, will be temporarily closed due to utility construction near the new Speedway Market. The work is scheduled to start on Monday, April 24, 2017, and extend until Saturday, May 6, 2017. A detour bypassing this …

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School Bus Seat Belt Bill Advancing in Tennessee Legislature

Bills designed to keep school bus riders safe continue to advance in the Tennessee Legislature, with one measure requiring buses to have seat belts clearing another hurdle. The bills came as a result of a deadly bus wreck in Chattanooga in November that killed six children and injured more than a dozen others. On Tuesday, …

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Land Added to South Cumberland State Park

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with The Conservation Fund, The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Open Space Institute (OSI), has announced the addition of 1,058 acres to South Cumberland State Park in Marion County. The acquisition connects more than 7,000 acres of protected public land, conserves forestland and cove …

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