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Tennessee gas prices continue to creep up

Tennessee gas prices continue to creep up

The Tennessee gas price average is slowly increasing as the price of crude rises to multi-year highs. Since last Monday, gas prices across Tennessee have risen a penny on average. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $3.04 which is 5 cents more expensive  than one month ago and 84 cents more than one year ago.   Gas price average in Coffee County is currently $2.95 per gallon of regular unleaded, which is 9 cents below the state average and mostly inline with surrounding counties. The National average is $3.31. The most expensive gas in the nation comes out west in California, at an average of $4.64 per gallon....

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Tennessee first-time community college enrollment down 19% since beginning of pandemic

Tennessee first-time community college enrollment down 19% since beginning of pandemic

By Nadia Ramligan, TN Public News Service A new study adds to evidence that higher-education credentials can increase a person’s earning power over a lifetime. The research from economists at Kansas State University says completing a bachelor’s degree increases a person’s income by around $4,000 right after graduation, with additional jumps of more than $1,000 in following years. Emily House, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, said the state is concerned about economic mobility and workforce development as fewer people return to college. “We’ve really seen a sharp decrease in enrollment of adult learners,” said House, “so, adults...

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TAX TIPS: How to avoid refund delays

TAX TIPS: How to avoid refund delays

By Rosalyn Partin, Manchester H&R Block IRS has opened for business and is processing returns! IRS expects that most taxpayers will receive their refund within 21 days of IRS acceptance. However, there are some situations where tax returns are delayed in processing, and refunds are not received for many weeks or even months. In this week’s Tax Tip, we give you helpful tips to help you avoid a delay in receiving your income tax refund. –File your return electronically to minimize delays. Electronically filed returns are primarily processed by a computer and therefore do not require human intervention. With...

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House bill would add regulation to cannabinoid products such as Delta 8

House bill would add regulation to cannabinoid products such as Delta 8

A bill was introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly last week that would regulate federally legal hemp-derived THC products such as Delta 8 in Tennessee House Bill 1690 would restrict the sale, purchase or possession of products containing intoxicating cannabinoids derived from hemp to anyone who is 21 years of age or older. It would also add a 6.6 percent tax to products containing hemp-derived cannabinoids. Additionally, retailers and wholesalers would also be required to obtain a $200 license annually. Revenue collected would be used by the Department of Agriculture to support product safety regulations and industry development. The...

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Tennessee unemployment reaches lowest level since January 2020

Tennessee unemployment reaches lowest level since January 2020

Unemployment in the state of Tennessee reached a two-year low in December, according to new data released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The state ended 2021 with an unemployment rate of 3.8%, which was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the rate it recorded in November. Over the past year, Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 1.8 percentage points from 5.6% to 3.8%. Tennessee has not seen unemployment at this level since January 2020 when it had a rate of 3.7%. The state experienced slight increases in unemployment in February and March of that...

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Window remains open to register to vote in upcoming May primary

Window remains open to register to vote in upcoming May primary

Over the past 15 or so days, there have been approximately 40 candidates pick up petitions for various elected offices across Coffee County. Candidates for the upcoming May 3, 2022 State and Coffee County Primary Elections began picking up petition papers on Dec. 20 at the Coffee County Election Commission. The deadline to have petitions returned is Thursday, Feb. 17 at noon with a withdrawal deadline of Feb. 24. Anyone wishing to vote in the May 3 primary must be registered by Monday, April 4. You can register by visiting the Coffee County Election Commission on McArthur St. Early...

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Man from TBI ‘Silver Alert’ pronounced deceased after car found in creek Thursday afternoon

Man from TBI ‘Silver Alert’ pronounced deceased after car found in creek Thursday afternoon

One man is deceased after apparently crashing his car off of Interstate-24 into Bradley Creek near the 120 mile marker in Coffee County, authorities tell Thunder Radio news. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a “Silver Alert” alert on Tuesday, Jan. 18 for Donald Alvarez who was last known to be in the Coffee County area traveling in a maroon Cadillac ATS. At approximately 4 p.m. Thursday, January 20, a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter spotted what appeared to be a maroon bumper near the 120 mile marker on Interstate 24 in Coffee County. Ground units arrived on the scene and...

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County commission approves new spot for animal control facility

County commission approves new spot for animal control facility

The Coffee County Commission has approved a resolution that gives a location for a new Coffee County Animal Shelter that would be located behind the Coffee County Jail. The issue has been in discussion for several months now. Funding for a potential new shelter is not yet in place. The resolution only provides for a location once funding is...

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