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Friday, May 27, 2016

Cocke County to receive food and shelter assistance
Cocke County has been chosen to receive $20,293 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a board that includes a number of national organizations. Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger said the funds were appropriated by congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Cocke County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. It will recommend the agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program. Local agencies chosen to receive funds must: be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, be eligible to receive Federal Funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Cocke County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously through Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority, SafeSpace, and Feed My Sheep Ministries. These local agencies provide emergency assistance in the form of meals and lodging. Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must obtain an application by contacting Pamela Lowe, Cooke County Mayor's Office, Courthouse Annex, 360 East Main Street, Suite 146, Newport, Tennessee 37821; 423-623-8791, ext. 24. The deadline for agencies to submit an application for funds is Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Fine attack
Cocke County Commissioner Mitch Fine was injured Wednesday evening when he was attacked by a dog. Fine of Park Street, Newport was trimming bushes on the lawn on his father's home nearby when the dog run up from behind and bit him on the back of both legs. Newport Patrol Officer William Garber said the 54 year-old Fine had bloody legs and was treated at the Newport Medical Center following the 6 pm attack. Newport Animal Control Officer Lisa Layman talked to the owner of the dog, George Shute, Woodlawn Avenue, however no charges were filed.

Economic update
Economic growth in Tennessee has surged ahead of the nation's pace of growth in recent quarters. The state's unemployment rate took a big dip, while its personal income growth rate rose above the national rate, according to a study released Thursday by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee. UT experts expect this trend to continue for the next two years as personal income and job growth continue while the state's unemployment rate rests below the nation's. "The state economy has seen remarkable improvement in the last several quarters. April's drop in the unemployment rate was exceptionally good news," said Matt Murray, associate director of the Boyd Center and the report's lead author. Jobs grew by 2.5 percent, faster than the national growth rate of 2.1 percent. This jump is the strongest employment growth rate seen in Tennessee since the 1990s. Other highlights from the report include: • Manufacturing employment is expected to grow by 2.3 percent in 2016 but less than one percent in 2017. •Based on performance in the past two years, the state unemployment rate is predicted to drop to an annual average of 4.5 percent in 2017. • Personal income is projected to grow five percent this year, and an additional 5 percent in 2017. • Taxable sales will continue to expand, growing by a projected 5.3 percent this year, a continuation of the strong sales growth that has helped generate strong revenue growth for the state.

County unemployment rates for April
County unemployment rates for April in Tennessee, released Thursday, show the rates dropped in 90 counties, increased in two, and remained the same in three counties. Area counties saw more people going to work............ Cocke County ..............5 percent Jefferson County.........4.2 percent Greene .............. 4.4 percent Hamblen............ 4.1 percent Sevier.......... 3.9 percent Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April was 4.3 percent, down two tenths of a percentage point from March.

Haslam emails
Hillary Clinton has been getting lots of flack about her use of a private email address for official business, but the practice is apparently common. It develops that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and top aides have used the governor's personal email address to communicate about official business as well.. A Nashville TV station has found that the governor was briefed by budget officials through his personal email and that the server was also used by his chief of staff, who had emailed the state’s education commissioner. The commissioner also reportedly used his private email during the correspondence. Haslam's office said the use of the private email server for public business was rare and inadvertent..

Skin cancer
Roughly 2,000 Tennesseans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, based on the most recent data from the Environmental Protection Agency. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is reminding folks about the importance of skin protection in the sun with its annual Don't Fry Day. Dr. Lauren Ploch, a dermatologist and member of the Academy of Dermatology, says it comes down to being prepared before you head out the door. "So, it's important to protect ourselves, especially when the weather is nice and you want to be outside," she states. "And I'm all for being outside during the summer. I love being outside myself. I love hiking and going to the beach, but as long as you protect yourself, you can cut your risk of skin cancer exponentially." Ploch says the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are when sun protection is most important. Melanoma is one of just five cancers in Tennessee with a rising death rate, taking about 200 lives every year. And among Tennesseans ages 65 and older, melanoma has the fastest-rising cancer death rate. The pending summer months will come on the heals of a Consumer Reports study that found not all sun screens offer the protection they promise. Ploch says it's important to research brands before you choose one, and many people who experienced severe sun damage when they were younger incorrectly assume there's nothing they can do now to prevent skin cancer from developing. "We definitely do get a lot of sun damage when we're younger, but it's never too late to adopt safe sun practices and protect ourselves," she points out. In addition to good sunscreen and covering up in direct sunlight, Ploch says regular skin examinations by a doctor or dermatologist can go a long way to catch melanoma or other skin cancers before they become deadly.

Friday, May 27, 2016

  • Cocke County to receive food and shelter assistance
  • Fine attack
  • Economic update
  • County unemployment rates for April
  • Haslam emails
  • Skin cancer

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

  • Sutton appeal again denied
  • Transgender lawsuit
  • Newport City Park pool to open
  • Students need physical fitness

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

  • Williams given 10 year term in arson incident
  • Childress arrest
  • Wear life jackets while boating
  • Driver in fatal Jeff City incident is charged
  • Mental illness may get increased funding

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

  • Hall arrest
  • Euthanized bear was not the attacker.
  • Holmes body located
  • Holmes body identified
  • Ozone Alert
  • Refugee lawsuit

    Monday, May 23, 2016

  • Foust robbery arrest
  • Woody home fire
  • Runaway truck
  • Another Newport Powerball winner
  • Laws arrest
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