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Health Officials have confirmed a third case of Zika virus in Tennessee. Officials say a person in Rutherford County was infected while traveling out of the country. Zika can cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads, which leads to numerous health complications. The first confirmed case of Zika was discovered in East Tennessee and the second in Shelby County. Zika is primarily spread by mosquitoes but it is also sexually transmitted. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 billion measure to combat Zika virus. The House is scheduled to debate its $622 million Zika measure next Wednesday.
Tennessee's unemployment rate for the month of April was 4.3 percent, a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point from the March rate of 4.5 percent. That's according to Tennessee Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips.
The U.S. rate for April was 5.0 percent, remaining unchanged from the previous month.
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 5.9 percent to 4.3 percent, while the national rate declined from 5.4 to 5.0 percent.
More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules to be issued Wednesday by the Obama administration.
The policy changes are intended to counter erosion in overtime protections, which date from the 1930s and require employers to pay 1 ˝ times a worker's regular salary for any work past 40 hours a week.
Under the new rules, first released in draft form last summer, the annual salary threshold at which companies can deny overtime pay will be doubled from $23,660 to nearly $47,500. That would make 4.2 million more salaried workers eligible for overtime pay. Hourly workers would continue to be mostly guaranteed overtime.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) ---- If you're headed to Knoxville, you may want to slow down.
A report from the National Motorists Association says you're more likely to run into speed traps in Knoxville than in Memphis, Chattanooga and Nashville. According to the report, Knoxville has 27 speed traps per 100,000 residents. Knoxville ranks 9th overall in the entire state, Smyrna, which is near Nashville, ranks first.
The total collections for the NALC “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive was 24,213 pounds in Cumberland County, which is an increase of 1,611 pounds. Eight of our local food pantries have been stocked through this event. The employees at the Crossville Post Office would like to say thank you to the USPS for allowing the drive, and to everyone in Cumberland County that donated.