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Friday, July 19, 2019

Hike in minimum wage
Because wages are not keeping up with the cost of living, the US House voted Thursday to increase the national minimum wage over the next six years. Democrats argued that working Americans are seeing their wages diminished by the increasing cost of living. But First District Republican Phil Roe went onto the House floor to argue against the Raise the Wage Act, saying each state should set its own minimum wage. "The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated this bill could eliminate 3.7 million jobs and reduce total real income by over $9 billion by 2025. The bill will be particularly detrimental to rural America, with Tennessee estimated to lose 66,313 jobs under this proposal. Voting against this proposal, which is going nowhere in the Senate, is common sense. What Congress should be doing is implementing legislation that gives citizens the opportunities and tools they need to get out of poverty and seek higher-paying jobs.” The legislation now heads to the Senate. In a related news story; Unemployment across Tennessee remains near its historic low, despite a slight increase to 3.4 percent in June, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released on Thursday. June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up 0.1 of a percentage point when comparing it to the previous month. Year-to-year, unemployment is 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the June 2018 rate.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

  • Jefferson County fatality
  • Cocke County pursuit
  • Weisend assault

    Friday, August 16, 2019

  • Governors Rural Opportunity Summit
  • Motorcycle crash
  • Cocke County fire and marijuana
  • Jobless numbers in July
  • West is executed

    Thursday, August 15, 2019

  • Carver's Apple House damaged
  • Cocke County Grand Jury
  • Inmates charged
  • Governor's Rural Opportunities Summit
  • Endangered Species Act

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

  • Newport City Council
  • Cocke County Finance Committee

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

  • Williams injury
  • Large barn/apartment destroyed by fire
  • Tennessee tourism continues to grow
  • Gas prices continue to drop
  • Hembree incident
  • Abortion bill

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