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Tennessee unemployment falls by 1.2% in August

Tennessee unemployment falls by 1.2% in August

The statewide unemployment rate for Tennessee decreased in August as more Tennesseans continue to return to the workforce, according to the latest data released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate in August dropped to 8.5%, down 1.2 percentage points from the previous month’s revised rate of 9.7%. The new rate is a staggering 7 percentage points lower than it was in April at the height of the unemployment spike due to COVID-19 business closures. One year ago, the August statewide unemployment rate was 3.4%, 5.1 percentage points lower than the current...

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State announces new guidelines for visitation at long-term care facilities

The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee’s Unified Command Group last week announced three new initiatives to enhance the well-being and quality of life of Tennesseans in long-term health care facilities. These efforts include expanding options for visitation, relaxing restrictions for resident interactions within LTCFs and the formation of the Tennessee COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force. “The health and safety of vulnerable Tennesseans, especially our long-term care residents, remains our top priority, and our comprehensive and persistent efforts to protect this population from COVID-19 have saved lives,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “It’s time to...

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Monday opening night at Coffee County Fair

Monday opening night at Coffee County Fair

(Pictured above is Macy Tabor (center) and Second Fret. They will play at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at the Coffee County Fair. ) Monday, Sept. 21 is opening night at the annual Coffee County Fair. Admission price is reduced for Monday, as cost of entry is $3 at the gate for ages 6 and up. Ride is tickets only on Monday night. There will be entertainment Monday night, including Duck River Dance at 6:30 p.m. at the grandstand and local musical talent Macy Tabor and Second Fret will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. The Coffee County Fairgrounds are...

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Local VFW presents community awards

Local VFW presents community awards

 In the upper left photo, VFW Commander Kim King presents an award to Mary Campbell Weddington. In the upper right photo, Doyle Reeves poses with his award. Photos provided.  On September 12, 2020, the Manchester, Tennessee Veterans of Foreign Wars All-American Post 10904 presented awards to area supporters for their outstanding support to our military and local veterans. Mary Campbell Weddington accepted the VFW Military Support Appreciation Award for Citizens Tri-County Bank. Citizens Tri-County Bank has paid the shipping costs of care packages, shipped from our local area to our military personnel serving on active duty, since Operation Desert Storm...

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Manchester, Coffee Co. Mayors proclaim September as Suicide Awareness Month

Manchester, Coffee Co. Mayors proclaim September as Suicide Awareness Month

Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman and Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell joined several leaders across the state in signing a proclamation recognizing September as Suicide Awareness Month in Manchester and Coffee County .The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network will hold several events across the state in observance of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month this September. According to an August 2020 Harris Poll conducted by leaders in the suicide prevention field, more than half of adults know someone who has had suicidal thoughts or behaviors, and approximately 1 in 4 U.S. adults has personally thought about or attempted suicide. In Tennessee, an...

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Poll workers needed for election day

Poll workers needed for election day

Written by Susan Campbell, Thunder Radio With the presidential election quickly approaching, election commission officers around the country are scrambling to meet the need for additional poll workers, and Coffee County Administrator of Elections Andy Farrar is no exception. COVID-19, coupled with the older age of most poll workers, has led to a critical shortage around the country because many experienced poll workers are choosing to stay home. According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, even as Tennessee and many other states expand access to vote-by-mail and absentee voting options, many county residents, especially voters with disabilities and those...

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Area citizens, businesses organize trunk-or-treat event after safe on square cancellation

Area citizens, businesses organize trunk-or-treat event after safe on square cancellation

With the recent announcement to cancel Safe on the Square in Manchester, local citizens and businesses have quickly organized a large-scale trunk-or-treat event or 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oc.t 30 at the old Southern Family Market parking lot on Hillsboro Blvd. in Manchester. There will be a costume contest, food vendors and music on hand provided by Thunder Radio. There will be prizes for first, second and third place for best costume and a prize for best decorated trunk. There will be a $100 prize for first-place costume and a $50 gift card for first-place trunk. There will also...

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Adult learners in Tennessee can now earn high school equivalency online

Adult learners in Tennessee can now earn high school equivalency online

Adults across Tennessee who did not graduate high school now have an online pathway that will lead them to a high school equivalency diploma. Every county in the state offers students virtual classes that will prepare them to take the online HiSET examination. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) is coordinating the statewide campaign “Learn Online. Graduate Online.” to make adult education accessible to all interested Tennesseans. “There are still several adult education programs whose classrooms are closed due to COVID-19,” said Jay Baker, interim Assistant Commissioner of Adult Education. “We want everyone interested in improving...

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