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Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd to Make Economic Development Trip to Germany Broadcasting News Friday October 28, 2016

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd will travel to Germany from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in an effort to build and strengthen ties with the countrys business leaders as well as increase foreign direct investment opportunities (FDI) in Tennessee.

There are 103 German-owned companies in Tennessee that have invested nearly $5.3 billion throughout the state and employ almost 14,000 Tennesseans. Germany is the second-largest source of FDI in Tennessee, behind only Japan. FDI from German companies accounts for more than 15 percent of the total $33.4 billion that foreign-owned businesses have invested in Tennessee.

In addition to meeting with German executives who already operate businesses in Tennessee, and Boyd will pitch the states advantages to a number of German companies interested in setting up operations in the Southeastern U.S.

Tennessee ranked No. 1 nationally for job creation resulting from foreign direct investment in 2015, according to IBM-PLIs 2016 Global Location Trends report. Tennessee ranked No. 1 and No. 4 in IBMs Global Local Trends report in 2014 and 2015, respectively.


Tennessee Students the Fastest Improving in the Nation in Science Broadcasting News Friday October 28, 2016

NASHVILLE Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Tennessee students are the fastest improving in the nation in science, according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nations Report Card.

The last time fourth and eighth grade students both took NAEP science was 2009, and the 2015 NAEP results show Tennessee is the only state to grow faster than the nation in both grades with Tennessee students doubling the average national growth.

Tennessee also narrowed or eliminated several achievement gaps. The gap between the science performance of male and female students was completely eliminated in both grades. In both fourth and eighth grade science the gap in achievement scores between white and African-American students narrowed, and the gap tightened between white and Latino students in fourth grade.

With these scores, Tennessee now ranks 19th and 21st in the country on fourth and eighth grade science, respectively the highest rankings the state has ever had on the Nations Report Card.


Local Homeless Veterans Programs Band Together For Operation Reveille
Submitted: Stace Karge, Housing Counselor, New Beginnings Self Help Homeownership Program Friday October 28, 2016

As part of a National goal to end Veteran homelessness, local Veterans programs, in conjunction with community providers, landlords and Housing Authorities are launching the first Operation Reveille. In order to ensure that all homeless, those who are in danger of homelessness and other Veterans in need who are not receiving supportive services have access to programs, representatives from various Veteran and community providers will be on hand for the event to be held at the Crossville Housing Authoritys CHA Center from 10:30 am to 12:30 on Veterans Day, November 11th.

Hosted by Mission Accomplished: Stable Housing (MASH), Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) and Veteran Service Officers (VSO), who in the spirit of collaboration will house homeless Veterans that day.

At 1:00 pm the Operation Reveille Veterans will be presented the keys to their housing and welcomed to their new homes.

HVRP Employment Specialists and DVOPs will be on hand to provide employment services so that all Veterans have assistance in obtaining income to maintain their housing. Local VSOs will also help Veterans to access benefits such as pensions, service connected disability claims and other benefits. Needs such as clothing, food, mental health referrals and other supportive services will be provided through either MASH or HUD/VASH Case Management as well as local businesses who provide and donate household items, furniture and other donations.

Housing Veterans in need could not be possible without local landlords and Housing Authorities staff who work with Veteran agencies to provide safe and affordable housing. Many landlords help by expediting the move in process or are willing to work with Veterans with difficult pasts to help them turn their life around.

For more information or to participate in Operation Reveille please call Anthony Scionti at 931.260.8031.


Burglars Target Older Model Vehicles in Crossville
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday October 27, 2016

Burglars have been targeting older model vehicles in Crossville. On Sunday, October 23, 2016 police were called to Scarletts Auto Sales to a report of a stolen 1994 green Geo Tracker. Authorities say that just after 4 a.m. Sunday two subjects broke into the auto dealership''s warehouse, forced open the garage door and drove the Tracker out of the building. The vehicle exited the car lot and traveled east on Highway 70 East. Police say the suspects, one of whom is a tall, slim white male, caused damage to the warehouse and fence with a claw hammer. The suspects had not been identified at the time of the report.

In another incident, a resident of Beverly Hills Apartments reported that someone gained entry to his 1986 Chrysler LeBaron and attempted to hot wire the vehicle. The ignition was destroyed causing an estimated $400 worth of damage. The police report did not name any suspects.


Gordon Road Man Vandalizes Campaign Signs at Cumb. Co. Courthouse
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday October 27, 2016

A Gordon Road man took out his election frustration on more than two dozen campaign signs that were displayed on the Cumberland County Courthouse lawn. Crossville Police were dispatched to Main Street shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday where they say 24-year-old David Estes Mackie told them that he was tired of the election and that was why he was destroying the signs. Police report that most of the 27 signs which were damaged belonged to Republican candidates. The signs were valued at $310 and Mackie faces vandalism charges.


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