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Cumberland County's May Unemployment Rate Down 0.9 Percent From April
Peg Broadcasting News/ Friday June 23, 2017

Cumberland County's unemployment rate for May 2017 was 3.4 percent, down 0.9 percent from April's rate of 4.3 percent, and down 1.5 percent from the May 2016 rate of 4.9 percent.

Following the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly 20 years, Tennessee's county unemployment rates for May 2017 have decreased in 94 counties and remained the same in 1, according to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Statewide, Williamson County recorded the state's lowest unemployment rate at 2 percent; Rhea County has the state's highest rate at 5.1 percent.


Program to fast-track med school to send doctors to rural TN
AP Friday June 23, 2017

A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College announced the partnership Thursday. Students accepted into the program will earn a bachelor's degree from MTSU in three years, followed by three years of medical school at Meharry. Tuition will be subsidized by $750,000 in state funding. Students who complete the program must agree to work for at least two years in the parts of Tennessee hit hardest by the state's physician shortage.

The public-private partnership brokered by school and state leaders is the first of its kind in the state. MTSU and Meharry anticipate 20-25 students will be accepted in the first batch for enrollment in fall 2018.


Submitted: Lt. Brian Eckelson - Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer Friday June 23, 2017

Press Release:

The City of Crossville Police Department will be conducting sobriety enforcement checks and saturations throughout the city of Crossville, beginning on June 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm until approximately 2:00 am.

These checkpoints and saturations will be located on U.S. HWY.127, U.S. HWY 70, U.S. HWY 70N, State Route 392, State Route 101 and will also include Lantana and Genesis Roads.

Special attention will be placed on the impaired driver, the unrestrained driver and occupants, child restraint law violators and other traffic related violations.


Halsam Headed to Europe
AP Friday June 23, 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam is headed to Europe next week to try to recruit more foreign investment in Tennessee. Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe plant to visit the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Germany. They are scheduled to leave on Monday and return June 30.


TBI Investigating Death of Rhea County Inmate
Peg Broadcasting News Friday June 23, 2017

The Tennnessee Bureau of Investigation has been requested to look into the death of a female inmate at the Rhea County jail. 30-year-old Amanda Davis was found dead in her cell early Wednesday morning during a routine check. Authorities have not stated the cause of death and a toxicology report is pending.


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