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THP Checkpoints Sept. 5 & Sept. 6, 2015 in Cumb. Co.
Submitted:THP Friday September 4, 2015

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out this Labor Day Holiday to keep drunk drivers off the road. More than 16,000 people are killed and over 305,000 are injured every year in the United States by impaired drivers. The THP will set up a Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint on Highway 282 in Cumberland County on Saturday, September 5th beginning at 10 p.m. The THP will also have a Sobriety Checkpoint on Sunday, September 6th on Highway 68 in Cumberland County starting at 6 p.m.

 


No Trash Delays
Friday September 4, 2015

Cumberland Waste Disposal would like to announce that there will be no delay in service due to the Labor Day holiday. Services will be on regular schedule and for any changes or delays to service due to Holidays or Weather please visit their new website at www.CWDtrash.com

 


Haslam Takes ' Tennessee Story ' to Israel
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday September 3, 2015

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development (ECD) Commissioner Randy Boyd are on a business trip to Israel focused on expanding relationships between the Tennessee and Israeli business communities, encouraging bilateral trade and investment opportunities specifically focused on high tech, biotech and health care firms. Governor Haslam says this is a great time to “tell Tennessee’s story”. And that quote has many speculating just what “story” Haslam is telling abroad. Many fear that it is a tale of cheap labor. with little incentives. Haslam is pushing for privatization of many jobs currently held by state workers and he’s also touting the fact that most workers in Tennessee are not unionized. Not everyone is keen on the governor’s plans, especially his push to outsource some jobs at the University of Tennessee. Rallies are scheduled for this afternoon in Knoxville to show opposition to the privatization of UT.

 


New Map Illustrates Teen Pregnancy Rates in Tennessee
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday September 3, 2015

Teen pregnancy in Tennessee continues to be a major concern but the state’s education efforts seem to making a difference in the right direction. The Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has added a new map to its website illustrating teen pregnancy rates in Tennessee. The map is color-coded to reflect which counties have a pregnancy rate exceeding 19.5 per 1,000 females, ages 15-17. The map is based on the most current data published in 2013 by the Tennessee Department of Health. In Cumberland County, the teen pregnancy rate was 2.56 %, significantly less than the 4.56 % rate of 2010. Van Buren has the highest rate of pregnant teenagers at 5.43%; both Giles and Stewart Counties have the lowest rate at .040%. The statewide teen pregnancy average is 1.82%, down from 2.48% in 2010. State law requires all school districts in counties with a pregnancy rate exceeding 19.5 per 1000 to create and implement a family life education program. Currently, 37 Tennessee counties exceed that rate, including Cumberland County.

 


Former Jefferson County Band Booster Club Treasurer Charged With Theft
Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller, TN Dept. of the Treasury Thursday September 3, 2015

A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found that Kathleen Lowery, the former treasurer of the Jefferson County High School Band Booster Club, stole at least $12,827 from November 2012 through February 2014. Investigators found that Ms. Lowery paid her personal credit cards with band booster club funds ($9,577.12), withdrew booster club money for her own benefit ($2,750.00), and kept cash from a cook-out fundraiser for herself ($500). Ms. Lowery admitted to investigators that she used booster club funds for her own benefit without the knowledge or authorization of the board. After admitting to taking the money, Ms. Lowery deposited $10,830 into the band booster club bank account. The Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted Kathleen Lowery on one count of theft over $10,000.

 

 
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