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UTC Tuition Increases
WRCB Friday June 23, 2017

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will have a tuition increase this year.
But the school says that the increase, 1.8%, is the lowest increase in 30 years, according to UTC spokesman Chuck Cantrell.
The increases were approved by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees for the system's campuses.
For 2017-18, an in-state, full-time UTC undergraduate student will pay combined tuition and fees of $4,332 per semester, an increase of $60 per semester, or a total percentage increase of 1.4 percent.
In addition to the above increase, UTC students will see a 4 percent increase in meal plans, and parking decals will increase by 1.8 percent for faculty, staff, and students.


May County Unemployment
Friday June 23, 2017

Tennessee's county unemployment rate for May have decreased in 94 counties and remained the same in one county.
Warren County's unemployment for May was 3.0 percent, down from the April rate of 3.6 percent. One year ago the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent.
White County's unemployment rate for May was 3.2 percent, down from the April rate of 3.9. One year ago the White County May unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.
Van Buren County's unemployment went from 4.3 to 3.5 percent. Coffee County went from 3.6 to 3.1 percent. DeKalb County went from 4.9 to 3.8 percent. Grundy County went from 4.8 to 4.1 percent. Cannon County was unchanged at 3.4 percent.
Williamson County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 2.0 percent, while Rhea County had the highest at 5.1 percent.


Deputies Recovering
Thursday June 22, 2017

Two Coffee County Sheriff's Deputies remain hospitalized after being shot by an inmate Monday while on duty at the Coffee County Justice Center.
Deputy Wendell Bowen is at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga where he underwent over five hours of surgery Monday night.
Deputy Wade Bassett is at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville awaiting surgery on his hand.
The deputies were shot after an inmate identified as 37 year old Michael Eugene Bell attacked Deputy Bassett as Bassett was preparing to transport Bell back to the jail. The inmate was able to take the deputy's weapon and shot Bassett once before fleeing down the stairs. He then shot Deputy Bowen on his way out the door.
Bell ran to a nearby yard and took his own life.
The Coffee County Justice Center was closed Tuesday but reopened Wednesday.


Sales Tax Holiday in July
Thursday June 22, 2017

Tennessee's sales tax holiday has been set for July 28th through 30th this year. The tax-free weekend was created several years ago as a way to ease the financial burden on parents who must purchase back-to-school supplies and clothes.
The holiday weekend begins just after midnight on Friday, July 28th and continues through midnight on Sunday, the 30th.
During the tax-free weekend, shoppers will not have to pay any state or local sales tax on clothing and school supplies totaling $100 or less, or computers totaling $1,500 or less.


Free Tuition Not Always Enough
WBIR Thursday June 22, 2017

Tennessee is set to become the first state to offer free community college to all adults, but a new report shows free tuition alone may not be enough to encourage many Tennessee students to attend college.
The state-wide study, outlined by the nonprofit group, Complete TN, based its findings off conversations with education leaders at nine round-table discussions. It cites transportation issues, inflexible class schedules, and a lack of institutional support as some reasons why students may still not attend college.
The report also outlines a disparity between urban and rural areas. A much higher percentage of students in urban areas attend college than those in rural areas.
According to the report, participants expressed a need for high schools, colleges and employers to work together to expose students to regional career opportunities.


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