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The Winter Solstice begins at 5:03 p.m. CT Sunday
Peg Broadcasting News Saturday December 20, 2014

The Winter Solstice Winter solstice begins at 5:03 p.m. CT Sunday. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. The first day of spring is Friday, March 20, 2015.

 


Unemployment Drops for November
Saturday December 20, 2014

The preliminary state unemployment rate for November was released Thursday. The rate was 6.8 percent, three tenths of one percentage point lower than the October revised rate of 7.1 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for November was 5.8 percent, unchanged from the prior month. Tennessee’s rate of unemployment decline has been much slower than the national rate over the past year. Total nonfarm employment decreased 1,900 jobs from Oct. to Nov. with the largest decreases occurring in accommodation/food service, retail trade, and administrative/support.

 


Campbell County Fugitive Will Remain in SC
Samantha Saturday December 20, 2014

Lonnie Van, the fugitive from Campbell County that was captured in Myrtle Beach, will first stand trial in South Carolina. Vann made it onto TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List after he robbed a couple people at gunpoint here in Tennessee, and then fled. In South Carolina he reportedly pulled a similar robbery in South Carolina, before being arrested during a traffic stop just a few days later. Vann waived extradition to Tennessee and was denied bond.

 


Walmart Employees Prevent Credit Card Fraud
Peg Broadcasting News Friday December 19, 2014

A Crossville woman has Walmart employees to thank after they prevented the fraudulent use of her debit card. On Thursday, a man purchased a cell phone in Walmart’s electronics department using the woman’s debit card. After the purchase was made, a Walmart associate overheard the man telling another man that the card had worked. The pair then discussed purchasing a tablet computer with the card and that’s when the associated notified management. After the suspect purchased the tablet with the woman’s card, Walmart management asked to see some identification. The man said he did not have any I.D. and that’s when management seized the card and the merchandise and informed the suspect that they would contact the card owner to verify that he had permission to make purchases on the card. The man left the store without incident and got into a vehicle where he was joined a short while later by a another man and three females. Walmart contacted the card owner who stated that her card had been lost. She reviewed surveillance video and said she did not know any of the people involved. Walmart returned her debit card with a refund of almost $195 for the cost of the fraudulent purchases. According to Crossville Police reports, no suspects have been identified at this time.

 


Board of Education votes to begin utilizing existing portable classrooms
Peg Broadcasting News Friday December 19, 2014

A motion by board member Shirley Parris passed in a 5-4 vote to begin using existing portable classrooms until such time that a building program can begin. Overcrowding and portable classrooms raised a debate on the safety of the portable facilities, with one board member citing health hazards in many of the portable units. Despite those concerns, the board voted to include the capacity of the units in the counts for student occupation.

 

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