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Warren County Commission
Jay Walker Tuesday September 19, 2017

The Warren County Commission Monday night passed a measure to revise sections of the policies and procedures for Judicial Commissioner positions.
Commissioners also appointed members to the Disciplinary Board. They are Teresa King, Marc Martin, Tommy Myers, Hillary Neale, Bo Ramsey and Jason Rowland.
In other business, commissioners elected Commissioners Terry Bell, Tommy Savage, Scott Rubley and Gary Martin to one-year terms on the Financial Management Committee.


Food Stamp Work Requirement to Return
AP Tuesday September 19, 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam is reinstating food stamp work requirements for most Tennessee counties starting Feb. 1.
Haslam said Monday that Tennessee will re-establish federal work requirements in 70 counties for able-bodied adults without dependents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
That requirement was waived in 2008 amid recession. It won't be reinstated for 16 economically distressed counties.
Currently, the work requirement is in place in nine counties, including seven in the Nashville area.
Haslam says it's now difficult to justify the waiver amid record-low unemployment rates and substantial job growth. The governor's office says other states have similarly restored work requirements.
The change affects 58,000 of about 1 million Tennesseans on food stamps.
The administration says Haslam also will propose legislative changes to reduce welfare fraud, waste and abuse.


Gas Prices
Tuesday September 19, 2017

Gasoline availability continues to improve after Hurricane Irma drove up demand and left many gas stations without fuel. A steady stream of ships delivering gasoline to Florida's ports are helping to normalize supply levels in the southern U.S. and gas prices are beginning to drift a little lower.
Last week, gasoline hit the highest price in three years.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins gas prices are poised to plummet 30 cents, but it will not happen overnight, as pump prices decline much slower than they rise.
Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.57 Sunday after topping out at $2.60 last Thursday. The state average is 51 cents higher than this time last year.
The national average price of gasoline is $2.62.


Escaped Inmate Found in Warren County
Monday September 18, 2017

An inmate who escaped from jail in Shelbyville was captured last week in Warren County after having been on the run for three days.
Authorities say Kevin Farrar was captured at a location on Wash Roberts Road on Harrison Ferry Mountain. He surrendered to officers without incident.
Farrar was one of three inmates who escaped from the Bedford County Workhouse last Tuesday. The other two were back in custody later that day.


Motlow Enrollment Reaches Record High
Monday September 18, 2017

For the third consecutive year, Motlow State Community College has the largest enrollment in school history and is among the fastest growing colleges in Tennessee, according to official enrollment numbers released recently for the fall 2017 semester.
Motlow enrolled 6,597 students this fall, a 12.9 percent increase over the 5,841 enrolled during the same period last fall. Final enrollment numbers are based on the preliminary census report from the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Full-Time Equivalency (FTE), which is a formula that determines how many students are attending full time, rose almost as dramatically. Motlow's FTE is 4,481 this year, a 9.7 percent increase over the 4,084 last year.
As a comparison, in fall 2014 Motlow had an enrollment of 4,822 and an FTE of 2,995. In just three years, enrollment has increased 37 percent and FTE has shot up almost 50 percent.


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