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Tuesday is Deadline for Hemp License Renewal

The time to renew hemp growing licenses is here. The deadline to renew Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) hemp grower licenses is June 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. “Tennessee hemp producers work hard to raise their crops, market their products, and stay current on the relatively young sector of the agriculture industry,” Agriculture Commissioner ... Read more

May Brings Drop In Unemployment for All 95 Counties in Tennessee

Record-high unemployment rates recorded in counties across Tennessee in April experienced sizable decreases as the state slowly reopened in May 2020, according to preliminary data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. All 95 of Tennessee’s counties had lower unemployment rates in May, compared to the number of individuals who could not ... Read more

Your Input is Needed on School this Fall in Cannon County

Cannon County Schools has formed a Task Force regarding the reopening of schools, which was formed to examine multiple issues in a local response to COVID-19 concerns.  This Task Force includes Cannon County Schools Administrators, Principals, Teacher Representatives, School Parents, Local Health Department Officials, Local Government Emergency Management Officials, and Local Health Care Professionals. The ... Read more

High School Equivalency Goes Online

Tennesseans working to obtain a high school equivalency diploma can now take their exams at home via a new online program, HiSET Exam at Home. This program makes the test accessible to adult learners while many testing centers are closed due to COVID-19. Starting Monday, June 22, 2020, Tennesseans can register to take the HiSET ... Read more

Tennessee Gas Prices Hold Steady

Tennessee gas prices, on average, increased slightly over last week – only rising nearly two cents. The Tennessee Gas Price average  is now $1.89 which is 20 cents more than one month ago and nearly 46 cents less than one year ago.  “Demand levels are likely to ebb and flow in the coming weeks as people continue to be cautious about travel,” said ... Read more

Statewide Unemployment Drops In May

Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for May 2020 dropped by 4.2 percentage points from the record high set in April, according to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In May, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate decreased to 11.3%. Additional data changed Tennessee’s preliminary rate for April from 14.7% to 15.5%, which ... Read more

TN Strong to Make Your Neighbors Safer

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Economic Recovery Group (ERG) has developed the TN Strong Mask Movement, partnering with more than 30 flagship brands to distribute close to 300,000 free or low-cost cloth face coverings, at a projected value of more than $3 million, across the state. Now, residents can stay safe while wearing brands synonymous with Tennessee from ... Read more

Financial Support for Children’s Nutritional Needs

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) announced Tennessee families are now eligible to receive financial support for their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This support is provided through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who receive ... Read more

Effort Underway to Combat Elder Abuse

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is taking a number of important precautions this year as the state recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The COVID-19 pandemic has created new dangers for older Tennesseans who are considered more at risk for severe health complications from the disease. To help protect the elderly, the ... Read more

Warren County Man Dead Following Multi-County Pursuit

A McMinnville man lost his life after being shot during an armed standoff with officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s and Smithville Police Departments Thursday night at a residence on Toad Road. Dead is 28 year old Gregorio Cruz Vanloo. County and city authorities spent the day searching for Vanloo, who was a suspect in ... Read more