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Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low in Tennessee Thursday April 6, 2017

There were 9,287 tuberculosis cases in the U.S. and 103 in Tennessee in 2016, the lowest numbers ever recorded. Since the peak of nearly 6,000 TB cases in Tennessee in 1948 there has been a steady decrease. Despite these encouraging figures, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds all Tennesseans TB is still here, but is treatable, curable and preventable.

TB is caused by a germ called Mycobacterium tuberculosis and can be spread through the air in microscopic droplets when a person with active TB disease of the lungs coughs or sneezes. A person who shares a closed airspace with someone with active TB disease may inhale some of those germs and could become infected by them.

TDH recommends those at high risk for TB have a skin or blood test to find out if they are infected with TB. Persons at high risk for TB include those born in countries with high rates of TB; individuals infected with HIV or living with AIDS; homeless individuals; people who have spent time in jail or prison; intravenous drug users and those who have had close interactions with someone with infectious TB disease.


Tornado Watch Issued For Cumberland County, TN and surrounding counties until 9 p.m. CT
NWS Wednesday April 5, 2017

4/5/17 - Tornado Watch Issued For Cumberland County, TN and surrounding counties until 9 p.m. CT

Tornado Watch 127 remains in effect until 900 PM CDT for the
following locations

TN - Tennessee counties included are

Anderson Bedford Bledsoe
Campbell Cannon Cheatham
Clay Coffee Cumberland
Davidson De Kalb Dickson
Fentress Franklin Giles
Grundy Hamilton Hickman
Jackson Lawrence Lewis
Lincoln Macon Marion
Marshall Maury Meigs
Moore Morgan Overton
Pickett Putnam Rhea
Roane Robertson Rutherford
Scott Sequatchie Smith
Sumner Trousdale Van Buren
Warren Wayne white
Williamson Wilson


Cumb. Co. and Area Schools Close Early Due to Severe Weather Threat
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday April 5, 2017

Cumberland Co. Schools (in TN) will be closing at 2 p.m. today, Wed., April 5, 2017 due to the threat of severe weather.

Putnam Co. Closing at 1:30 p.m. today, Wed., April 5, 2017

Pickett Co. Closing at 1 p.m. Wed., April 5, 2017
Jackson Co. Closing at 1 p.m. Wed., April 5, 2017
Dekalb Co. Closing at 12:30 p.m. Wed., April 5, 2017
Smith Co. Closing at 1 p.m. Wed., April 5, 2017
Warren Co. Closing at 1 p.m. Wed., April 5, 2017

Sequatchie Co. Schools Closing at 12 noon on Wed., April 5, 2017
Lincoln Co. Schools Closing at 12 noon on Wed., April 5, 2017
Bledsoe Co. Schools Closing at 1 p.m. on Wed., April 5, 2017
Grundy Co. Schools Closing at 1 p.m. on Wed., April 5, 2017

Thunderstorms possible after 3 p.m. in Cumberland County on Wed., April 5, 2017.
Special Weather Statement
The following areas are affected:
• Knox
• Anderson
• Campbell
• Scott
• Morgan
• Roane
• Loudon
• Monroe
• McMinn
• Blount
• Sevier
• Cocke
• Jefferson
• Hamblen
• Grainger
• Greene
• Hawkins
• Hancock
• Claiborne
• Union
Cherokee-Clay-Scott TN-Campbell-Claiborne-Hancock-Hawkins-
Northwest Cocke-Cocke Smoky Mountains-Northwest Greene-
Southeast Greene-Washington TN-Unicoi-Northwest Carter-
Southeast Carter-Roane-Loudon-Knox-Jefferson-NW Blount-
Blount Smoky Mountains-North Sevier-Sevier Smoky Mountains-
Sequatchie-Bledsoe-Rhea-Meigs-McMinn-Northwest Monroe-
Southeast Monroe-Marion-Hamilton-Bradley-West Polk-East Polk-Lee-
Including the cities of Murphy, Hayesville, Oneida, La Follette,
Tazewell, Sneedville, Rogersville, Kingsport, Bristol,
Mountain City, Wartburg, Clinton, Oak Ridge, Maynardville,
Rutledge, Morristown, Newport, Cosby, Greeneville, Cedar Creek,
Johnson City, Erwin, Elizabethton, Roan Mountain, Kingston,
Lenoir City, Knoxville, Dandridge, Maryville, Cades Cove,
Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Dunlap, Pikeville, Dayton, Decatur,
Athens, Madisonville, Coker Creek, Jasper, Chattanooga,
Cleveland, Benton, Ducktown, Jonesville, Wise, Norton, Gate City,
Lebanon, and Abingdon
433 AM EDT Wed Apr 5 2017 /333 AM CDT Wed Apr 5 2017/
...Outbreak of Severe Thunderstorms Expected Across the Eastern
Tennessee Valley and Southern Appalachian Region This Afternoon
and Evening...
A strong upper level storm system will move across the Tennessee
Valley and southern Appalachians Today. Scattered showers and
thunderstorms are expected in the morning, and then redevelop
during the afternoon and evening hours.
The thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening could be
severe with the main risk being damaging winds and large hail up
to Golfball size. There is also a risk of tornadoes, especially
across the Cumberland Plateau, southeast Tennessee and southwest
North Carolina. Additionally, a localized strong tornado cannot be
ruled out in these areas.
A strong cold front will move across area tonight with colder air
spilling into the southern Appalachians. Winds on Thursday will
increase, especially in the higher terrain. Winds of 10 to 20 MPH
with higher gusts in the Valley will be possible, and in the
higher terrain 30-40 MPH with higher gusts.


TDOT Asks Motorists to Work with Us/National Work Zone Awareness Week April 3-7
TDOT Wednesday April 5, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Transportation launched a new safety campaign today, asking motorists to Work with Us - move over and slow down for highway workers. TDOT is spreading that message statewide during National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 3-7) following the deaths of three employees in 2016.

“Last year was absolutely tragic for our TDOT family; three hard-working employees were struck and killed by passing motorists,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “Something has to change. We have hundreds of employees across the state out on our highways each day, trying to improve the lives of Tennesseans. They deserve to make it home to their families. We need motorists in Tennessee to work with us by moving over and slowing down when you see TDOT workers or first responders working along our interstates and state routes.”

Earlier today, TDOT held a ceremony at the Smith County Welcome Center where J.R. Rogers’ name was unveiled on TDOT’s fallen worker memorial monument. J.R., a HELP truck operator in Nashville, was the third TDOT worker killed in the line of duty in 2016. As a show of support to J.R.’s family and all TDOT workers, prominent buildings and structures in Tennessee have been lit in orange this week, including the Tennessee State Capitol, the Metro Courthouse, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, and Big River Crossing in Memphis.

Work zone safety messages are also being displayed on TDOT’s overhead Dynamic Message Signs on interstates in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. There are also special displays across the state to honor the 112 TDOT workers lost in the line of duty since 1948.


Cumb. Co. Feb. Unemployment Rate Up Slightly For Year
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday April 5, 2017

Cumberland County’s unemployment rate for February rose slightly from last year to 6.9%. That’s 0.4% higher than the 6.5% rate for February 2016. February’s rate fell more than 1 percent from the January 2017 rate of 8.1%.

Statewide, estimates for February 2017 reveal Tennessee’s county unemployment rates have decreased in all 95 counties. Williamson County had the state’s lowest rate for February at 3.5% and Rhea County recorded the state’s highest at 8.8%.

Preliminary unemployment rates for Tennessee and the U.S. have lowered by one-tenth of a percentage point in February. The decline places rates at 5.3 and 4.7 percent, respectively.


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