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March 23rd is Tennessee Ag Day

To highlight the state’s number one industry, Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed March 23 as Tennessee Ag Day. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture invites citizens to join them in celebrating agriculture and forestry businesses and workers. This special day is set aside to help people understand how food and fiber …

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Reminder: RSCC Cybersecurity Camp registration is now open

Following a successful first year, Roane State Community College and Y-12 National Security Complex are announcing the 2021 Cybersecurity Summer Camp. Two sessions will be held this year, one in mid-June for high-school-aged students and another in July for middle-school-aged students. Registration will be available beginning on Monday, March 22. …

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Vaccine eligibility in Tennessee expanded

Beginning today (Monday, March 22nd), the Tennessee Department of Health has expanded the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to people in Phases 2a and 2b, as well as individuals 55 years and older. Tennessee’s Phase 2a includes: child welfare and adult protective services agency personnel with direct public exposure,commercial food manufacturing …

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Yager-sponsored legislation would aid state VFDs

(State Sen. Ken Yager) How many people would leave their bed in the middle of the night and risk their lives for others for no money and little reward?  Our volunteer firefighters do it all the time.  We are very fortunate to have many people across our district who are …

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TWRA seeking comments on 2022 fishing regulations

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is welcoming comments for its 2022 fishing regulations. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about fishing regulations with TWRA staff. Public comments will be considered by fisheries managers and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments …

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Most TN counties saw unemployment rates decline in January

Most of Tennessee’s 95 counties started 2021 with lower unemployment numbers, according to data released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.Seventy-eight counties began the new year with a decrease in unemployment. The jobless rate remained the same in seven counties and increased in ten counties.Rates in 24 counties …

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UT-Battelle awards $200K-plus in STEM grants

(UT-Battelle press release) UT-Battelle is supporting high-impact, community-focused programs, managed by 28 local nonprofits, with grants totaling more than $200,000, which will fund multiple outreach efforts from take-home STEM education kits for students to growing STEM Scouts to outfitting a mobile robotics shop.UT-Battelle manages and operates Oak Ridge National Laboratory …

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ATF leads probe into Roane explosion

Federal investigators are working to discover the cause of an explosion Thursday morning at a Roane County scrap-metal recycling facility that injured one person. In addition to Roane County authorities, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office explosives unit also responded to PSC Metals outside Harriman to assist with securing the scene …

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Another winning Powerball ticket sold in Anderson

A Powerball player in Anderson County won $100,000 in Wednesday’s drawing, according to lottery officials. According to a press release, Wednesday night’s winner matched four out of five white balls as well as the red Powerball to win $50,000. Since the player opted to go with the Power Play feature …

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