Nonfarm employers gained 8,000 jobs in October, but Tennessee's unemployment rate remained stagnant at 8.4 percent.
The Tennessee Bureau of Labor and Workforce Development issued jobless reports for September and October on Thursday, and the numbers showed little improvement since August. Typically, the figures are released monthly, but October's government shutdown delayed the delivery of data state officials needed to calculate September's employment picture.
Members of a Tennessee Senate Judiciary subcommittee held hearings this week in response to allegations of policing for profit in the state’s 24 drug task forces.
The subcommittee, headed by Chairman Mike Bell, heard reports of agents seizing drug money but never filing criminal charges; misspending taxpayer money; and misappropriating cars, jewels and other items seized from motorists for personal use or profit.
Huge street fairs can present all kinds of logistical and public safety problems. So for the last few years, the city of Knoxville has been turning down requests for those types of events on Gay Street. The one obvious exception is the annual Rossini Festival, the street carnival that shuts down a large portion of Gay Street to accommodate as many as 100,000 visitors.
A new agreement between Rossini organizers Knoxville Opera and the city guarantees the festival will continue to be the one exception.
With a 5-to-3 vote Tuesday night, Chattanooga city council approved an ordinance on second reading that officially makes the city the third in Tennessee to extend city employee benefits to unmarried domestic partners, either gay or straight. The ordinance also updates Chattanooga’s discrimination clause to prohibit the city from firing workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity and protects them from workplace harassment.
After months of fiery public debate, the council approved the first reading of the ordinance last week by a single vote.
In a press alert sent to local media Monday night, Oak Ridge Police Chief James Akagi described an email phishing scam in which the recipient was informed of a red light camera violation and given a false hyperlink to see photos of the violation and pay the fine. Akagi’s alert suggested those receiving the email should immediately delete it.
Nine days after announcing it would notify 66,000 customers they would have to find new policies, the largest health insurance provider in Tennessee says it plans to extend those policies for another year.
Labor officials with Volkswagen say a decision over union representation at the automaker's Chattanooga plant won’t affect the possibility of expanding production there. Volkswagen officials have said the company may add another vehicle to the production line at its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga.
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