March Unemployment Rate 10.6 Percent

April 15, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-04-15) Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced today Tennessee’s unemployment rate for March was 10.6 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the February rate of 10.7 percent. The March rate last year was 10.1 percent. The national unemployment rate for March 2010 was 9.7 percent, unchanged from the February rate of 9.7 percent. [ Read More ]

Beware Of Health Care Scams Related To Insurance Reform

April 14, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-04-14) Scam artists may be attempting to defraud consumers about recently enacted federal health insurance reforms. Reports from across the nation indicate fake agents and sales representatives are going door-to-door claiming to be with the federal government to peddle phony health insurance policies. Elderly consumers are prime targets for these scams. [ Read More ]

Governor Bredesen Announces Job Creation Plan For Scott County

April 8, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-04-08) Governor Phil Bredesen today announced a plan to reduce unemployment in Scott County by putting up to 150 people back to work using federal dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Scott County has consistently had one of the state’s highest unemployment rates – 18.3 percent in February – and includes 1,540 currently unemployed residents. [ Read More ]

Tennessee Wins Race to the Top Grant; Local Schools To Receive Small Percentage of Funding

March 30, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-29) Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Tennessee is one of just two states selected to receive millions of dollars for education in the federal government’s Race to the Top competition. The U.S. Department of Education announced Tennessee and Delaware as the competition’s first round winners earlier today.  Locally, both the Oneida Special School District and the Scott County School System will receive money; however, it will likely only be a small percentage o the overall grant. [ Read More ]

Tennessee Approves New Childhood Immunization Requirements

March 29, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-29) For the first time in a decade, Tennessee has adopted new childhood immunization requirements to better protect children from serious diseases, especially those that can spread easily in a school or pre-school setting. The new 2010 requirements apply to those who attend child care, pre-school and school, and changes coming in 2011 affect new Tennessee college students. The state has also introduced a new official Tennessee Certificate of Immunization required for children starting pre-school, Kindergarten and seventh grade this fall. [ Read More ]

New 511 System Offers New Options for Motorists

March 29, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-29) The Tennessee Department of Transportation today unveiled a new enhanced 511 travel information system. Motorists who dial 5-1-1 can now access information about rest areas, public transportation, airports, and tourism as well as the standard features such as incidents, construction projects and weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.  TN511 debuted in August 2006 and has provided information to more than 2.5 million callers. [ Read More ]

Local Flu Activity Prompts Reminder to Get Vaccinated

March 23, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-23) The Tennessee Department of Health continues its efforts to ensure the health of state residents as cases of H1N1 flu are still affecting some pockets of the state. Though flu activity has declined since late October, recent activity across Tennessee should encourage people who have not been vaccinated to get the H1N1 flu vaccine to protect themselves and their communities.  [ Read More ]

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