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Tennessee September Unemployment
Tuesday October 24, 2017

State officials have announced the state unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in September, marking the lowest it has been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the information in January of 1976.
The rate is down from the August rate of 3.3 percent.
Gov. Haslam said since June, the state's unemployment rate has been on a steady, record-breaking decline.
While Tennessee's latest unemployment rate dropped by 3-tenths of a percentage point, the U.S. rate dropped by 0.2 percentage points to 4.2 percent.
The U.S. rate is down 0.7 percentage points from September 2016, while Tennessee's rate is down 1.9 percent from a year ago.
County unemployment numbers will be released on Thursday.

 


Gas Prices
Tuesday October 24, 2017

Tennessee gas prices dropped another four cents during the past week. The state average has declined the last 42 consecutive days for a total of 32 cents.
Gas prices are averaging $2.27 in Tennessee. Despite the recent downward trend, the state average remains 13 cents higher than pre-Hurricane Harvey levels.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said we should expect another round of discounts at the pump this week. Retail prices remain about 5-10 cents higher than where they should be.
The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.45, a drop of two cents from a week ago and 23 cents higher than a year ago.

 


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Tuesday October 24, 2017

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet Tuesday night to consider two ordinances and elect members to the Park Theater Advisory Board.
The ordinances include a measure to transfer property to Habitat for Humanity for construction of homes, and a measure to accept the bid from Investment Partners LLC for the purchase of two city lots on Main Street.
Tuesday night's meeting will begin at 7pm at City Hall. It will be preceded by a meeting of the Safety Committee at 5:45, the Water and Sewer Committee at 6pm and the Finance Commitee at 6:15.
The board will view a presentation by Ben Lomand at 6:30.

 


Fincher Announces Bid for Senate
AP Monday October 23, 2017

Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher is joining the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the Senate.
The gospel singing farmer from rural western Tennessee announced his bid in an interview with The Tennessean .
The 44-year-old Fincher enters the 2018 Republican primary after finishing a 10-day statewide tour to discuss the race.
He'll face Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Nashville Republican who jumped into the race within an hour of Gov. Bill Haslam's announcement that he would not run.
Fincher was elected to Congress in 2010.
Corker announced Sept. 26 that we wouldn't run for Senate again.

 


Youth Deer Hunt Next Weekend
Monday October 23, 2017

The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2017-18 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 28-29.
Youth ages 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment.
Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.
Archery season began in the state on Sept. 23 and the first segment ends Oct. 27, the day prior to the opening of the young sportsman hunt. The second segment of archery only season begins Monday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 3.
In 2016, youth hunters harvested a total of 5,854 deer during the first hunt. All 95 Tennessee counties reported harvests in 2016.

 

 

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