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Pikeville Getting New Jobs
Tuesday July 25, 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Textile Corporation of America Inc. officials today announced the company will locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Pikeville.
Textile Corporation of America will invest approximately $27.1 million and create 1,000 new jobs in Bledsoe County, representing the largest private investment in Bledsoe County's history.
A leading textile manufacturer, Textile Corporation of America utilizes state-of-the-art plants and machinery to produce quality industrial and institutional textile products including apparel, bedding, healthcare, hospitality, and kitchen linens. Textile Corporation of America will locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in the Bledsoe County Industrial Building in Pikeville. The existing building is 186,000 square feet, including offices, and sits on 16 acres.


Gas Prices
Tuesday July 25, 2017

Gas prices have been on a roller coaster ride this summer. After rising in the spring, then taking a nosedive last month, pump prices are climbing once again, only to set up for another plunge in the fall.
The average price for gasoline in Tennessee rose 3 cents during the past week. The state average on Sunday was $2.05. Fewer than half of gas stations in Tennessee are selling regular unleaded for less than $2 a gallon. So far this year, the price of regular averaged $2.08 in Tennessee; 20 cents more than the same period last year.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said gas prices should trend higher through the second half of the summer, and could challenge this year's high of $2.18 before it's all over. He said gas prices will drop after Labor Day as demand weakens and refiners switch to winter-blend gasoline.
The national average price for a gallon of regular Sunday was $2.28, a 3 cent increase over last week.


National Hire A Veteran Day
Tuesday July 25, 2017

Tuesday is the inaugural National Hire a Veteran Day in the United States. It is a day when employer's are encouraged to consider the benefits a veteran can bring to the workplace.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, along with its workforce partners across the state, offers a variety of services to help connect veterans with employers willing to hire them.
The Department's local staff at the state's American Job Centers assist more than 39,000 veterans annually. Additionally, the Department works with employers to match their needs with the unique qualifications a veteran has to offer.
Veterans are provided priority on service on the state's employment database website, They receive access to all new jobs 24-hours before the postings are available to the general public. This also applies to all programs funded by the U.S Department of Labor.
Programs such as skills assessment, resume assistance and coaching on how to conduct a successful interview, to help veterans smoothly transition the civilian workforce, are available.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Tuesday July 25, 2017

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet Tuesday night with only one resolution on the agenda. It is a measure to sanction the Smokin' in McMinnville Barbecue Cookoff and to allow a qualified charitable or nonprofit organization to apply for a special event beer permit for the event.
The board will also consider appointments to the Industrial Development Board and will hear requests for the city's help and support for the Autumn Street Fair, the McMinnville Mountain Crawl.
The board meeting starts Tuesday evening at 7pm at City Hall. It will be preceded by a presentation from the Chamber of Commerce at 5:30, and meetings of the Building and Grounds Committee at 6:15 and the Parks and Recreation Committee at 6:30. The Water and Sewer Committee will meet immediately following the board meeting.


Inmates Get Reduced Sentences for Birth Control
AP Monday July 24, 2017

A program in a Tennessee county reduces inmates' jail time if they voluntarily undergo birth control procedures, in a move that has drawn criticism from the local district attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union.
General Sessions Judge Sam Benninfield signed a standing order in May that provides 30 days' credit toward jail time for men who agree to free vasectomies in White County and women who agree to receive free Nexplanon implants, which prevent pregnancies for up to four years.
Benningfield says he hopes to prevent children being born under the influence of drugs.
County officials say 32 women and 38 men have signed up.
District Attorney Bryant Dunaway said his office doesn't support the order, citing ethical concerns. The ACLU called the order unconstitutional, describing it as coercion.


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