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TDEC Announces Rebates for Buyers, Leasers of Qualifying Electric Vehicles
TDEC Friday May 22, 2015

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservations Office of Energy Programs has announced it will offer a two-tiered rebate on qualifying electric vehicles that are purchased or leased and registered in the State of Tennessee. Electric vehicle dealerships will be responsible for providing the rebate to consumers after such funds are received from the State. The State will rebate $2,500 on zero-emission battery electric vehicles and $1,500 on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles sold or leased (with a three-year minimum lease term) by a Tennessee dealership to Tennessee residents, after a claim is filed by the dealership. There is currently $682,500 available for this second iteration of the electric vehicle rebate program. The rebate program will go into effect for vehicle purchases or leases made after June 15, 2015. Rebates will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis, and the program will remain active until funds are exhausted.


2015 Boating Season Kicks Off with Memorial Day Weekend Friday May 22, 2015

Memorial Day holiday weekend is regarded as the unofficial start to the summer boating season and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to emphasize the use of life jackets while boating in a safe and responsible manner. Annually, the Memorial Day weekend is one of the years busiest boating weekends. Last year over the holiday weekend, there was one boating-related fatality which came while a Knoxville resident was launching his boat from a trailer on Douglas Lake. Along with the use of life jackets, TWRA wants to stress the responsible use of alcohol while boating. It is important to consider the effects of drinking and driving whether on water or land. In a boat on the water, the effects of alcohol increase because of external stressors such as engine vibration, wave motion and glare from the sun. Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Tennessee. TWRA boating officers made 11 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.


Tennessee's Unemployment Rate for April Decreased to 6.0% Friday May 22, 2015

The Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for April was 6.0 percent, three-tenths of one percentage point lower than the March revised rate of 6.3 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for April was 5.4 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the prior month. Tennessee's April unemployment rate is the third consecutive monthly decline and is the lowest rate in seven years. Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 6.5 percent to 6.0 percent, while the national rate declined from 6.2 percent to 5.4 percent. Total nonfarm unemployment increased 6,400 jobs from March to April. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, administrative/support/waste services, mining/logging/construction, and finance/insurance.

Warrants executed on Rutherford Co. Sheriff

Warrants executed on Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office, home
AP/WVLT Friday May 22, 2015

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and FBI have executed search warrants at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the sheriff's home. TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said in a statement on Thursday that the warrants are part of an ongoing investigation into possible public corruption involving multiple targets within the sheriff's department.
DeVine said he couldn't discuss specifics because of the continuing investigation. Last month, the TBI confirmed it was looking into connections between Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and his family members who own companies that sell electronic cigarettes and snacks to inmates at the county jail. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)

Tennessee shells out $46K For new logo featuring letters TN

Tennessee shells out $46K For new logo featuring letters TN
AP/WVLT Thursday May 21, 2015

Tennessee has spent $46,000 for the design of a new logo featuring the white letters TN on colors patterned on the state flag. The state hired advertising and marketing company GS&F to design the new logo. A spokesman for Governor Bill Haslam said the new logo was needed to give the state a more unified look on signs and letterhead. The governor's office said the new logo will be gradually introduced as current stationary runs out. The new state branding followed a decision by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to replace a green-themed symbol introduced by Haslam's Democratic predecessor Phil Bredesen. The department in 2011 introduced a new logo featuring the TDOT acronym on a red field the shape of the state. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)


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