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CCHS Senior Sydney Clark Named NMS Commended Student
CCHS/Peg Broadcasting News Friday September 23, 2016

Cumberland County High School Principal Jon Hall has announced that Sydney Clark has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from CCHS and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Mr. Hall to the this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

(Pictured: CCHS Principal Jon Hall and Senior Sydney Clark; photo courtesy CCHS)


August Unemployment Rates
Peg Broadcasting News Friday September 23, 2016

County unemployment rates for August show the rates decreased in 26 counties, increased in 58, and remained the same in 11 counties.

Cumberland County’s August unemployment rate remained the same as July’s at 5.9 percent, down from the August 2015 rate of 6.5 percent.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate for August fell to 6.0 percent from July’s 6.6 percent.

Bledsoe County’s August unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent from July’s 6.8 percent.

Morgan County’s August unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent, up from July’s 6.4 percent.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.3 percent for August, up from July’s 5.2 percent.

White County's unemployment rate for August was 5.4 percent, a slight increase from the July rate of 5.3 percent.

Roane County’s 5.9 percent August unemployment rate was up from July’s 5.6 percent.

Rhea County’s August unemployment rate also rose slightly to 7.6 percent from July’s rate of 7.5 percent.

Van Buren County's unemployment went from 6.3 to 5.8 percent.

Williamson County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3.7 percent, while Hancock County had the highest at 8.0 percent.


Tennessee Highways Rank 18th
Friday September 23, 2016

Tennessee ranks 18th in the nation in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the new 22nd Annual Highway Report published this week by Reason Foundation.

The state’s overall ranking has worsened, it was ranked 17th in the previous report.

Tennessee ranks 40th in fatality rate, 10th in deficient bridges, 16th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 19th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 27th urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Tennessee ranks 22nd in total disbursements per mile and 24th in administrative disbursements per mile.


UPDATE: Victims, shooter identified in deadly Athens shooting
WVLT Friday September 23, 2016

The Athens Police Chief Chuck Ziegler said three people died, including a shooter, following an attack on at the Thomas & Betts manufacturing plant located at 260 Dennis St. near McMinn County High School.
Chief Ziegler said an angry longtime employee, identified by the TBI as 45-year-old Ricky Swafford, of Athens, TN., started shooting at the steel manufacturing facility around 4:15 p.m..

According to the TBI, James A. Zotter, 44, and Sandra H. Cooley, 68, both of Athens, TN, were shot to death shortly after 4 p.m. eastern at their workplace on Dennis Street in Athens, TN.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Swafford was upset during a meeting with his two supervisors, Mr. Zotter and Mrs. Cooley. According to investigators, Swafford abruptly left the meeting and returned a short time later to the office where the supervisors were and shot both of them.


Vols Play Gators Sat. Sept. 24
Peg Broadcasting News Friday September 23, 2016

The Vols host the Florida Gators on Saturday September 24th in Knoxville. You can catch the action starting with the Kick Off Call-in Show Saturday afternoon at 1. Kick off is set for 2:30pm CT on the Plateau's Home for the Vols, 102.5 WOW Country!


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