Topic: Knox County
Nashville, TN – Tennessee County unemployment rates for October 2013, show the rate increased in 64 counties, decreased in 18, and remained the same in 13 counties.
The unemployment rate for Montgomery County was 8.1 percent in September and rose to 8.6 percent in October.
Nashville, TN – Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been found in Jackson and Scott counties. The identification was made recently and has been confirmed by USDA.
Both counties will now be placed under quarantine. Earlier this summer, Hamilton County was also placed under quarantine when EAB was found in trees near a rail hub in Chattanooga, TN.
Six Traffic Fatalities in No Refusal Counties; 16 Fatalities overall during Fourth of July Period
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 61 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving in the 16-county “No Refusal” enforcement effort during the Fourth of July holiday period.
During the 102-hour period, six people were killed in traffic crashes in the counties participating in “No Refusal” and a total of 16 people died in vehicular crashes statewide.
The holiday period ran from 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 3rd through 11:59pm on Sunday, July 7th. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee Highway Patrol announce Fourth of July Safety Campaign
“No Refusal” Enforcement in 16 Counties
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol announced plans for an impaired driving enforcement campaign for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend. This traffic safety effort will feature an aggressive “No Refusal” enforcement, beginning at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 3rd and ending at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 7th.
Twenty-one people died in 17 crashes on Tennessee roadways during the 2012 Fourth of July holiday period. That’s a fatality rate of one death every six hours.
Nashville, TN – Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been found in Hamilton County. The identification was made recently and has been confirmed by USDA.
The find in Hamilton County is of particular concern because it is not adjacent to the already quarantined areas in East Tennessee. At least a dozen trees adjacent to the rail lines in Chattanooga and an EAB trap located in a park near the rail hub tested positive for the insect.
National Weather Service reports a Line of Strong Thunderstorms Approaching Clarksvillle-Montgomery County
Anderson County, Bedford County, Benton County, Bledsoe County, Bradley County, Campbell County, Cannon County, Cheatham County, Claiborne County, Clay County, Coffee County, Cumberland County, Davidson County, De Kalb County, Dickson County, Fentress County, Grainger County, Grundy County, Hamilton County, Hickman County, Houston County, Humphreys County, Jackson County, Knox County, Lewis County, Loudon County, Macon County, Marion County, Marshall County, Maury County, Mcminn County, Meigs County, Montgomery County, Morgan County, Overton County, Perry County, Pickett County, Putnam County, Rhea County, Roane County, Robertson County, Rutherford County, Scott County, Sequatchie County, Smith County, Stewart County, Sumner County, Trousdale County, Union County, Van County, Buren County, Warren County, White County, Williamson County, and Wilson County.«Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Health officials in Davidson, Knox and Shelby Counties have identified batches of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in 2013, and one human case of WNV has been reported in Tennessee so far this year.
The Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans to take steps to eliminate mosquito habitats and protect themselves from bites from mosquitoes that may transmit the virus.
Purple Beetle Traps Going Up in Ash Trees
Nashville, TN – Purple three-sided insect traps that resemble a box kite can be seen in ash trees across Tennessee in the next few months as part of a surveillance program by state and federal agencies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) are partnering to survey for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a non-native, wood-boring beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States and Canada.
Rates Decrease in Sixty-Two Tennessee Counties
Nashville, TN – Tennessee County unemployment rates for April 2013, released today, show the rate decreased in 62 counties, increased in 23, and stayed the same in ten.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.4 percent, up from 6.2 percent in March. Davidson County also increased from 6.2 in March to 6.5 in April.
Tennessee Department of Education to Grant Signing and Retention Bonuses to Highly Effective Teachers
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education today announced a new package of financial incentives to help recruit and retain the most effective teachers to work in the state’s lowest performing schools.
Effective immediately, the department is offering funds to districts to pay $7,000 signing bonuses to every new teacher with a Level 5 rating on evaluation and, where available, value-added scores, who is brought into a Priority School for the 2013-14 school year. «Read the rest of this article»
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