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AAA Monday May 22, 2017

One million more travelers will take to the road, sky, rails and water for Memorial Day this year; creating the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2005. AAA projects 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. The total number of Tennessee travelers is expected to top 785,000, an almost 2 percent increase over last year.

Tennessee gas prices are leveling off after declining for more than three weeks. On Sunday, the Tennessee state average of $2.09 was 7 cents less than what motorists paid on Memorial Day 2016.

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.


Caleb Cannon's Defense Team to Present Witnesses Monday
Peg Broadcasting News Sunday May 21, 2017

The defense team of Caleb Cannon will present its witnesses in a Nashville court on Monday, May 22. Cannon is on trial for murdering the mother of his son Nikki Burgess. Burgess, formerly of Crossville, disappeared from her home in Hermitage, TN in May 2014. Her body has not been found. On Friday, a Metro detective testified that she discovered a book in Caleb Cannon's Knoxville home that was about a body that was never found along with news articles on Burgess' disappearance.

Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Elects New Executive Board Members Sheriff Casey Cox Elected to Appalachia HIDTA Executive Board

Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Elects New Executive Board Members Sheriff Casey Cox Elected to Appalachia HIDTA Executive Board
Submitted: HIDTA Friday May 19, 2017

Press Release:

The Executive Director of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) Vic Brown has announced that Sheriff Casey Cox from Cumberland County TN has been unanimously elected to serve on the AHIDTA Executive Board for 2017 and 2018. The AHIDTA Executive Board provides executive leadership and direction on a multitude of issues pertaining to drug enforcement throughout the AHIDTA area of responsibility which includes 86 designated counties in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program is administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). A component of the Executive Office of the President, ONDCP was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. ONDCP advises the President on drug-control issues, coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the Federal government, and produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy, which outlines Administration efforts to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.

Appalachia HIDTA is an important component of the President?s national Drug Control Strategy, which provides additional federal resources to help eliminate or reduce drug trafficking and its harmful consequences. Law enforcement organizations within HIDTA assess drug trafficking problems and design specific initiatives to reduce or eliminate the production, manufacture, transportation, distribution, and chronic use of illegal drugs, as well as money laundering activities.

Director Brown said that ?Sherriff Casey Cox is a well-respected law enforcement professional and his leadership and expertise will benefit the Appalachia HIDTA Executive Board?.

Sheriff Casey Cox will be joining a very prestigious group of law enforcement leaders from throughout Appalachia HIDTA?s area of responsibility which includes: Eighth Judicial Circuit of Kentucky Commonwealth Attorney CHRIS COHRON (Chairman); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Washington Division Office Special Agent in Charge KARL COLDER (Vice Chair); Southern District of West Virginia US Attorney CAROL CASTO; Virginia State Police Captain JERRY DAVIS; West Virginia State Police Captain SCOTT DILLON; DEA Detroit Field Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge THOMAS GORMAN; Eastern District of Tennessee US Attorney NANCY S. HARR; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Louisville Division Special Agent in Charge AMY S. HESS; Tazewell County Sheriff?s Office Sheriff BRIAN HIEATT; Northern District of West Virginia Acting US Attorney BETSY S JIVIDEN; Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Assistant Director T.J. JORDAN; Western District of Kentucky US Attorney JOHN KUHN; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Louisville Field Division Special Agent in Charge STUART LOWREY; Western District of Virginia Acting US Attorney RICK A. MOUNTCASTLE; Morgantown Police Department Chief ED PRESTON; Knoxville Police Department Chief DAVID RAUSCH; DEA Atlanta Field Division Special Agent in Charge DANIEL SALTER; Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commissioner RICHARD SANDERS; Harlan County Sheriff?s Department Sheriff ERIC SMITH; Cumberland County Sheriff?s Department Sheriff CASEY COX; Middle District of Tennessee Acting US Attorney JACK SMITH; Eastern District of Kentucky Acting US Attorney CARLTON S. SHIER, IV; West Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Coordinator Major ALLEN TACKETT; Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Coordinator Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM TAYLOR.

(Photo Courtesy HIDTA, Cumb. Co Sheriff Casey Cox in center)


Unemployment Rate Descent Continues at 4.7 Percent Broadcasting News Friday May 19, 2017

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 4.7 percent for April, dropping from the revised rate of 5.1 percent in March. This decrease is greater than the tenth of a percentage point fall the national rate experienced in April, which put the U.S. preliminary rate at 4.4 percent for the month. Tennessee?s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not declined this much since January of 1984.

Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate experienced a slight uptick of a tenth of a percentage point, increasing from 4.6 to 4.7 percent. The national rate decreased by six-tenths of a percentage point, from 5.0 to 4.4 percent.

2017 National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26

2017 National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26 Friday May 19, 2017

The 2017 National Safe Boating Week is May 20-26 and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating to promote the wear of life jackets as the summer boating season begins. The Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, May 19 with the goal of demonstrating how easy it is to wear a life jacket. Participants wear a life jacket to work, demonstrating how easy to wear one, even while at work. Those who wear a life jacket to work are asked to have a photograph taken and message the Wear IT! Facebook page. Group photos are also welcome.

On Saturday, May 20, Ready, Set, Wear It!, will enter its eighth year in trying to bring awareness on the importance of life jacket wear by holding a world record day. The worldwide event kicks off the start of National Safe Boating Week. Participants will again be part of the attempt to break a world record for the most life jackets worn at one time. Both events help usher in National Safe Boating Week which is annually held the week prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Boating partners across the United States and Canada are teaming to promote safe boating practices, including the wear of life jackets for National Safe Boating Week and throughout the 2017 boating season. The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to educate the public about the importance of safe boating practices and wearing life jackets while on the water.

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