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TEMA: Cumberland County Among 12 That Will Get Help After Memorial Day Storms
WVLT Monday June 26, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced 12 counties will receive federal aid assistance through a Presidential Disaster Declaration as the recovery process continues in several areas from the severe storms and straight-line winds of May 27, and May 28, 2017, reports WVLT.

?Local, state, and federal partners came together in a collaborative effort to assess impacts rapidly so we could have accurate storm damage data and illustrate our need for a disaster declaration to President Trump,? Haslam said. ?I am grateful to all the first responders, emergency managers, and community members who have united to help others recover from the impact of these storms.?

Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Shelby and Smith are the counties included in the presidential declaration.

As reported by WVLT, these counties are eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program. This will allow government entities and certain private non-profits to apply for reimbursement of specific, eligible expenses from the emergency.

FEMA has not decided on Gov. Haslam's request for individual aid for Shelby County.

Storms began moving across Tennessee on May 27, and 19 counties in Middle and East Tennessee reported local power outages, downed trees, blocked roads and home damages.


UT announces lowest tuition hike in 30 years
AP Monday June 26, 2017

The University of Tennessee has announced the lowest tuition increase in more than 30 years.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the board of trustees approved a 1.8 percent increase for in-state undergraduate students Thursday. The trustees also passed a $2.3 billion 2017-2018 budget that includes a $25,667 raise for UT President Joe DiPietro.

Out-of-state students across the system will see a 1 percent or less increase in tuition and mandatory fees, which, at UT Knoxville, would bring the current rate of $31,144 to $31,390.

DiPietro says he's proud to be a national leader in efforts to hold down tuition increases at a time when stories of high student debt are making headlines.

The tuition increase is expected to generate an additional $11.4 million for UT in 2017-2018.


Environmental groups challenge TVA nuclear reactor plan
AP Monday June 26, 2017

Environmental groups are challenging the Tennessee Valley Authority's proposal to use a Tennessee nuclear reactor design site abandoned in the 1970s to develop new small modular reactors.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press , the Southern Alliance for Clean Power, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League have challenged the Oak Ridge project's site application. They say the reactors remain untested, unsafe and unneeded.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing the application to determine if the former Clinch River Breeder Reactor site works for two or more reactors generating up to 800 megawatts of nuclear power.

TVA says it's seeking the permit in case it wants to increase future nuclear power generation.


CHA Announces The Grove Groundbreaking June 29
Submitted: Stace Karge Monday June 26, 2017

USDA Rural Development Deputy Administrator Joyce Allen and Acting Tennessee State Director Harriet Cannon will be in Crossville at 10am on Thursday June 29th for the official ground breaking ceremony for the Crossville Housing Authority's New Beginnings Self-Help Housing Program's newest community, The Grove. Located off of Miller Avenue, The Grove will eventually be home to 43 families who have qualified for loans through USDA Rural Development, and have contributed significantly in the building of their new homes. The Grove is the 3rd community in which families have joined with the Crossville Housing Authority and USDA, combining low interest rates, subsidized mortgages, (with payments often lower than what the families were paying in rent), and sweat equity, in order to achieve affordable housing, and the building of personal wealth with pride of ownership. 5 homes are currently under construction, and the Crossville Housing Authority is currently acceptable applications for families looking to join this program. For more information, Please contact New Beginnings Self-Help Housing Counselor, Stace Karge, at 931-484-2990.


"Dream come true" for new Miss Tennessee pageant winner
AP Sunday June 25, 2017

The newly crowned Miss Tennessee says her win is a dream come true.

The Jackson Sun reports that Miss Lexington Caty Davis won this year's contest Saturday at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Davis was last year's runner-up.

She said that talking to former Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess helped her in this year's competition.

Davis clinched the preliminary swimsuit competition on Friday night. She said she is excited to start her year of service, implement her platform statewide and get to compete in Miss America.

Miss Scenic City Christine Williamson came in second in this year's contest.


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