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State: Unemployment down in April

(Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commission) Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for April was 4.3 percent, two-tenths of a percentage point decrease from the March revised rate of 4.5 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for April was 5.0 percent, remaining …

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3rd TN Zika case confirmed

Tennessee health officials have confirmed a third case of Zika virus in Tennessee. Health Department Commissioner John Dreyzehner says all three cases were contracted by people while they were traveling outside the country. Zika often causes no symptoms or mild symptoms, but it can cause the serious birth defect microcephaly …

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Smoot hearing delayed

The often-delayed trial of a Knoxville man accused of shooting his ex-employee and girlfriend to death in 2011 was delayed again on Tuesday. One of the attorneys representing Shawn Smoot as his case works its way through the courts in Loudon County was involved in a car accident and was …

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Campbell man convicted in carjacking case

A Campbell County man was convicted last week by a jury on charges that he carjacked a Lafollette city employee last year. Dale Greca was convicted of especially aggravated kidnapping, robbery, carrying a weapon with the intent to go armed and his second offense of driving on a suspended license. …

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TBI arrests Union woman on fraud, ID theft charges

Authorities arrested a Union County woman after finding she had allegedly misused her position as owner and operator of a medical clinic to commit a variety of crimes, according to the TBI. TBI said their agents began investigating 45-year-old Kristi Lynn Walker, who owned and operated Quality Medical Center in …

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ORT: OR BOE OKs first reading of budget

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge Board of Education approved a budget on Wednesday that includes 3 percent salary increases and a request for an additional $538,048 from the city. That’s a 3.6 percent increase in city funding. The budget was approved unanimously in the first of two readings this …

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TVA seeks input on Bull Run coal ash storage

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking the public for input on plans for a new landfill for dry ash storage on TVA property adjacent to the Bull Run Fossil plant (BRF) located in Anderson County. A draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) is now available for review and comment. Alternative site …

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Rockwood budget proposal contains no tax increase

The Rockwood City Council will meet on Thursday May 26th to consider the first reading of this year’s budget. The proposal from Mayor Mike Miller keeps property tax rates the same and provides 3% raises for city employees. Miller told Council members during a budget workshop earlier this week that …

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