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Cumb. Co. BOE Special-Called Meeting Wednesday, March 8
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday March 7, 2017

The Cumberland County Board Of Education will hold a Special-Called Meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the BOE Central Office on 4th Street. Among agenda items is the job description for Chief Financial Officer. The meeting is open to the public.


Tennessee January Unemployment
Monday March 6, 2017

Tennessee's unemployment rate for the month of January was 5.4 percent, increasing from the revised December rate of 5.1 percent. That's according to Tennessee Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips.
The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 4.8 percent, up one tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.
While experiencing a rate increase from 4.8 to 5.4 percent over the past year in Tennessee, the national rate has declined from 4.9 percent to 4.8 percent within the same time span.


Bathroom Bill Discussion
Monday March 6, 2017

After a swath of protest and opinions from state officials and others, the legislature will get its first opportunity to formally discuss the controversial bathroom bill legislation at 3 p.m. Tuesday in a House subcommittee. The event will almost certainly draw protesters.
The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to discuss the Senate version of the bill at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The bill, sponsored by Wilson County Republicans Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, and Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, would require public school students to use the bathroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate. The measure has already met some resistance from legislative leaders, and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen sent a memo to local schools directors last week that she thought the matter was best handled locally.


NWS: 6 tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee
WSMV Monday March 6, 2017

The National Weather Service said Saturday that a tornado had touched down in Smith County, south of Hickman, during Wednesday's storms. This brings the total of tornadoes that touched down in Tennessee last week to six.


Virus Deadly to Poultry Detected in Tennessee
TN Dept. of Agriculture/Peg Broadcasting News Monday March 6, 2017

The state veterinarian confirms that a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has sickened a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County.

HPAI is known to be deadly for domesticated chickens and turkeys. On March 3, a commercial chicken facility in Lincoln County alerted the state veterinarians office at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to an increase in chicken deaths. Testing at state and federal laboratories confirmed the presence of H7 HPAI in samples from that flock. The facility is under quarantine, along with approximately 30 other poultry farms within a 10 kilometer radius (6.2 miles) of the site. The affected flock is being depopulated to stop potential spread of the illness, and officials are testing and monitoring other flocks within the quarantined area. No other flocks have experienced an increase in mortality.

HPAI does not pose a risk to the food supply. No affected animals entered the food chain. The risk of human infection with avian influenza during poultry outbreaks is very low. In fact, no transmission to humans was reported during the outbreak that affected commercial poultry farms in the Midwestern United States in 2015. Also, this is not the same strain identified in that outbreak. However, out of an abundance of caution, officials with the Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Agriculture are working together to address concerns about the health of individuals who are working on site or had contact with affected birds.

This is the first time highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in Tennessee, however low path avian influenza has affected Tennessee poultry flocks in the past. State officials and partners have extensive experience in effectively containing the virus. The plan for the control of avian influenza includes coordination of resources and response, and protocols for quarantine, testing, disposal, cleaning, disinfection and monitoring.

Owners of commercial and backyard poultry flocks are encouraged to closely observe their birds.

-- Report a sudden increase in the number of sick birds or bird deaths to the state veterinarians office at 615- 837-5120 and/or USDA at 1-866-536-7593
-- Prevent contact with wild birds

The source of the Lincoln County virus has not yet been determined. This version of H7 HPAI is confirmed as a North American wild bird lineage.


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