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University of Tennessee employees staged a large protest Thursday afternoon to send a message to Governor Bill Haslam: Don’t privatize UT. University workers are worried that their positions will be outsourced, leaving them without a job, after Haslam proposed to privatize maintenance work in all state facilities, which includes campuses and parks and potentially prisons. If Haslasm’s plan goes through, local people may lose their jobs and local companies that supply UT may lose their contracts as well. As Local 8 News points out, that’s money that would not only leave Knoxville but also the state. Many say it just doesn’t make sense and indicate that Haslam’s plan could actually end up costing the state more. Governor Haslam, ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd and 18 delegates representing Tennessee businesses and research institutions are currently in Israel to expand bilateral trade and investment opportunities. Governor Haslam says this is a great time to “tell Tennessee’s story”. And that quote has some speculating just what “story” Haslam is telling abroad. According to the Commercial Appeal newspaper, the Haslam administration is touting the state internationally as a place with a “low-cost labor force” and “very low unionization rates.” Haslam has denied that he’s on a fast track to outsource the maintenance and operation of nearly all state buildings. However, WTVF in Nashville reported the discovery of documents that show the governor is pushing to have a contract signed and in place with a major corporation by August 2016.
Saturday, September 5, 2015 is the last day of the 2015 Cumberland County Fair. The Jr. Market Goat and Beef shows begin at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. it’s the Family Farm Olympics. From Noon to 5 p.m. the Midway opens for Family Day. At 6 p.m. the Jr. Livestock Sale begins. And on the Main Stage at 7 p.m. it’s Junior & Senior Fair Idol. Admission is $5, Kids 5 and under get in Free. For more information call 931-484-9454.
Friday is another big night at the 2015 Cumberland County Fair. The Midway opens at 5 p.m. with $20 armbands. Live Demonstrations from 6 to 8 p.m. At 6 p.m. it’s the Horse & Mule Show and at 7 p.m. the Jr. Market Lamb and Swine shows begin. Admission is $5, Kids 5 and under get in Free. For more information call 931-484-9454.
The City of Crossville offices will be closed on Monday, September 7 for Labor Day and will re-open on Tuesday, September 8. The Audit Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 10th at City Hall followed by the City Council meeting at 6 p.m.
The Stone Memorial High School Panthers rolled to a 49-17 home win over the Tigers of DeKalb County Friday night; improving to 2 and 0 on the season. Friday, September 4th the Panthers open Region play with a trip to Hixson to face the Wildcats. The kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 with pre-game coverage on Mix 99.3 at 6:15. You can also listen online at Mix993.com