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County unemployment rates for April show the rates decreased in 94 counties and increased in only one county.
Warren County's unemployment rate for April was 5.4 percent, down 0.7 from the March rate of 6.1 percent. The unemployment rate a year ago was 6.3 percent.
White County's unemployment rate in April was 5.9 percent, down from 6.8 percent in March. The rate one year ago was 6.9 percent.
Van Buren County's unemployment rate went from 8.9 to 7.4 percent. Coffee County went from 5.6 to 4.9 percent. DeKalb County went from 7.2 to 6.5 percent. Grundy County went from 8.4 to 7.3 percent. Cannon County decreased from 6.4 percent to 5.2.
Williamson County had the state's lowest unemployment at 3.7 percent, while Scott County had the highest at 8.9 percent.
Two educators with a combined 74 years experience were recognized for their service at the school board meeting Thursday night. Sherry Trotman was honored for 30 years servicein the Warren Co. School System and Diana Zadeh retired after 44 years of service. Former Hickory Creek Principal Vicky Dodd will take Trotman's place.
Director of Schools Bobby Cox announced that Mike Mansfield, longtime Irving College principal, will take over at Hickory Creek while Rachel Graves becomes the new principal at Irving College. Kim Henegar will succeed Zadeh.
In other business with Warren Co. receiving a 4.36 rating out of a possible 5.0 Director of Schools Bobby Cox was awarded an extension on his current contract that now runs thru 2019. Cox, who has been in the education system for 24 years, said he plans in the upcoming year to getting out to the schools more and away from the office and is appreciative of the continued support and confidence in his leadership.
The Warren Co. School Board Thursday night voted not to purchase land around the Irving College School area. In the Facilities and Resources Committee meeting, chairperson Tanya Bess said the board should buy the 10 acre property around the school as Irving College will be undergoing expansion. The cost would have been 150 thousand dollars or 15,000 dollars per acre. The motion failed by a majority vote. Board Member Helen Martin suggested that they revisit buying the property in 2 years while board member Bill Zechman move to table it to the strategic planning for future consideration.
The hunt for a new baseball coach for Coffee County Central High School has come to a close as David Martin, who was an assistant baseball coach at Warren Co. High School has been tabbed to head the program. Martin was the head coach at Warren County Middle School for 4 seasons prior to that.
CHS athletic director Ryan Sulkowski said that Martin will bring a spark to this program. He is a great fit for our kids, our school, our community.
Martin takes over the program from interim head coach Jon Spears who replaced suspended Coach Brad Weir in February.
IIn a message to this reporter’s Facebook, Martin enjoyed his time here and was grateful to all who had a hand in giving him the opportunity to help coach in Warren Co. and excited to take over the Coffee Co. program to develop and coach kids.
Coach Martin will get to see a few of his future players this weekend as Coffee County will take part in the Tullahoma 17 and under tournament. Martin will be made available for a community “Meet and Greet” this afternoon at Powers Field from 3:30 to 4:30 prior to the first game.
The Warren CO. School Board will meet Thursday night in regular session at the central office.
The board is expected to discuss the idea of purchasing land around Irving College School. Two County Commissioners addressed the board last week urging the board to buy the land as the school is undergoing expansion. The board voted to defer discussion to tonight's meeting.
In other business, the board will receive the director's operation report and get reports from the curriculum and achievemen, facilities and resources and student advisory committees.
Tonight's meeting will begin immediately following the facilities and resource committee meeting, which starts at 5pm.