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April Unemployment
Friday May 27, 2016

County unemployment rates for April show the rates decreased in 90 counties, increased in two and remained the same in three counties.
Warren County's unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, down from the March rate of 4.0 percent. The rate one year ago was 5.3 percent.
White County rate was 4.2 percent, down from the March rate of 4.5. The rate one year ago was 6.0 percent.
Van Buren County's unemployment went from 5.6 to 4.8 percent. Coffee County went from 4.0 percent to 3.8 percent. DeKalb County dropped from 5.0 to 4.6 percent. Grundy County went from 5.5 to 5.0 percent. Cannon County went from 4.0 to 3.7 percent.
Williamson County had the state's lowest unemployment at 2.7 percent, while Houston County had the highest at 6.8 percent.


Saturated Patrols
Jay Walker Friday May 27, 2016

The McMinnville Police Department will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols this Memorial Day weekend.
All officers involved have basic standardized field sobriety testing, and some have advanced standardized field sobriety testing. The District Attorney DUI prosecutor will be on standby for blood search warrants.
Officers will be actively pursuing impaired drivers by patrolling the streets and conducting traffic stops.
Police are also asking for your help. If you see someone driving in an unsafe manner, call 668-7000 or 911.


Labor Laws
AP Friday May 27, 2016

As students across Tennessee look for summer jobs, state Department of Labor and Workforce Development officials are reminding employers about child labor laws that ensure teens are safe.
State officials say students as young as 14 can work on a limited basis in Tennessee. When school is out, teens ages 14 and 15 can work as much as eight hours a day, 40 hours per week, but they aren't allowed to work after 9 p.m. Labor and Workforce Development officials say teens who are 16 and 17 can work up until midnight when school is out of session, but they must have written permission from a parent to work that late.
Minors are also barred from serving alcoholic beverages, selling items door-to-door and working jobs declared as hazardous.


State Suing Feds
AP Thursday May 26, 2016

Tennessee and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.
The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Texas, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
Conservative states had vowed defiance since the Justice Department handed down the guidance.
The lawsuit accuses the Obama administration of "running roughshod over commonsense policies" that protect children. It asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful.


Road Work Halted
Thursday May 26, 2016

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning Friday at 12 noon through next Tuesday morning, May 31st. This is expected to provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists who will be traveling in the state during this Memorial Day weekend.
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said nearly 700,000 drivers are expected to travel on Tennessee roads this weekend. He said the suspension of lane closures should reduce congestion and delays on the major highways.


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