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Shoplifters Busted After Assaulting Walmart Employee
Peg Broadcasting News Saturday January 20, 2018

Two Crossville men face charges after a Walmart employee was assaulted during a shoplifting incident. Crossville police say that surveillance cameras captured 26-year-old Mathew Barlow and 24-year-old Brandon Miller stealing several items. When a Walmart Loss Prevention employee confronted the men at the front door, Mr. Miller reportedly struck the employee as he fled the store. Police caught up with the subjects at the Subway near Burkes Outlet. Both men were charged with Shoplifting and Miller was charged with Simple Assault.


Crossville Man Reports Imaginary Armed Burglar
Peg Broadcasting News Saturday January 20, 2018

A Crossville man has been arrested after he apparently reported an imaginary armed burglary. According to reports, 29-year-old Dustin Blaine France went to the Justice Center and told authorities that a black man had broken into his apartment and assaulted him with a .380 pistol. Mr. France also said the man drove a white diesel truck. When Crossville Police arrived at the apartment, they discovered a white truck on the premises but could find no signs of forced entry or any crimes committed. Upon further questioning, police say Mr. France admitted that he had "smoked meth and done a few lines" earlier and that he might be imagining some of it. France was arrested for public intoxication and filing a false report.


Airbnb To Begin Collection Taxes On March 1
AP Saturday January 20, 2018

Airbnb will now be able to collect and pay sales tax on behalf of its renters in Tennessee. The Tennessean reports Airbnb announced an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Revenue on Wednesday that will allow the company to automatically deliver sales tax revenue to the state starting March 1.


Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Remains Well Below National Rate Broadcasting News Saturday January 20, 2018

The Volunteer State's unemployment rate remains well below the national rate. Tennessee ended 2017 with more than 28,000 new jobs across the state in the last year and an unemployment rate nearly 2 percentage points lower than 2016. In 2017 a total of 28,700 nonfarm jobs were created across the state. The largest increases occurred in the leisure and hospitality industry, followed by education and health services. Since 2011, 391,300 net new private sector jobs have been created in Tennessee.


Governor's Executive Order Eases Efforts to Feed Livestock Broadcasting News Saturday January 20, 2018

The ice and snow lingering across Tennessee have made feeding and transporting livestock a challenge. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order to ease some restrictions for movement of livestock feed and live poultry to market. Federal restrictions on hours of service for feed and live animal transportation will be waived through the end of January. This order allows haulers to drive extended hours, as long as all other safety and licensing requirements are met. Poultry and cattle are among Tennessee's top agricultural commodities, surpassed only by soybeans. Those three agriculture sectors accounted for nearly $1.8 billion in cash receipts in 2016.


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