State Certification Requirements Eliminate Candidates

March 19, 2010

Huntsville, TN (2010-03-19) Statutory requirements for the Offices of Sheriff and Road Superintendent have eliminated some potential candidates in the August County General Election.  With the April 1, 2010 deadline looming, most district races are highly contested, while several countywide incumbents will likely run unopposed. [ Read More ]

Appalachian Regional Commission Donation Funds Books Appalachian Children

March 18, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-18) More than 185,000 children in Middle and East Tennessee counties will have the chance to develop their vocabulary, improve school readiness and grow a love for reading after a generous donation by the Appalachian Regional Commission, with assistance from the East Tennessee Development District. The $100,000 donation will be matched by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) to ensure that free, high-quality, age appropriate books are sent each month to registered children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. [ Read More ]

THP Advice: Don’t Depend On Dumb Luck This St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-15) The Tennessee Highway Patrol urges motorists to designate a sober driver and don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day.  Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers will conduct more than 50 sobriety and driver license checkpoints across the state in an effort to find and remove impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways.  The official 2010 St. Patrick’s Day holiday begins at 6:00 p.m., March 16, 2010, and runs through 6:59 a.m. on Friday, March 19, 2010.   [ Read More ]

Spring Planting Festival At Big South Fork To Be Held April 24

March 15, 2010

Oneida, TN (2010-03-15) Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will host the Tenth Annual Spring Planting Day Celebration on Saturday, April 24, 2010.  The event will take place in the areas adjacent to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center and the Lora Blevins home place from 9:00 a.m. EDT until 4:00 p.m. EDT. [ Read More ]

Replace Smoke Alarm Batteries, As You Spring Forward

March 12, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-12) As clocks move ahead this weekend for daylight saving time, Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Leslie A. Newman would like to remind Tennesseans to change their homes’ smoke alarm batteries, as well. [ Read More ]

Bill Seeks To Curb Illegal Drug Activity From Out-Of-State “Pill Mills”

March 11, 2010

Nashville, TN (2020-03-11) The Senate and House Judiciary Committees approved legislation this week to attack a major source of illegal drug activity in Tennessee.  The bill, Senate Bill 3027 by Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) and Representative David Hawk (R-Greeneville), would stiffen penalties against those who get prescriptions in another state and return to distribute the drugs illegally in Tennessee.  [ Read More ]

Scott Jobless Rate Up 0.4 Percent In January

March 11, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-11) The jobless rate increased in Scott County in January, as the unemployment rate climbed another 0.4 percentage point over the month.  While the jobs picture remains bleak locally, jobless rates in other counties also climbed sharply, resulting in Scott County falling to 8th overall in the state ranking.  Pending layoffs in April will likely change the county’s position. [ Read More ]

New Study Suggests Pre-K Has Real But Limited Benefits

March 9, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-03-09) A new report released by the state Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) suggests that some students who attend state-funded pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs perform better during their first two years of school. However, as previous studies have indicated, the benefits of pre-K seem for the most part to be limited to economically-disadvantaged students during kindergarten and first grade. [ Read More ]

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