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Fri November 25, 2011
Joblessness Down in October

Good News On Tenn. Jobs Front

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  --  Good news on the Tennessee jobs front for a change.

The State Department of Labor has released the final unemployment numbers for October. The rate fell from 9.8 to 9.6 percent.

More importantly, joblessness fell across the state, dropping in 93 of 95 counties.

Several regions saw far more dramatic drops. The Nashville region, including Rutherford County, fell eight-tenths dropping from 8.5 to 7.7 percent.

Williamson County has Middle Tennessee’s lowest unemployment rate at 6.3 percent.

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Wed November 23, 2011
Aggravated Burglary, Assault and Weapons Charges

MTSU Student Arrested for Armed Robbery


MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  --  New developments Tuesday in last week’s armed robbery here on the campus of Middle Tennessee State.

Police have arrested an MTSU student in the case. Eighteen year-old Christopher Hendrix turned himself in to authorities after campus Police obtained arrest warrants charging Hendrix with Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Assault and Carrying Weapons on School Property.

Police said Hendrix told them last week’s incident in a Scarlett Commons apartment began when he and the victim got into a fight over a drug deal.

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Wed November 23, 2011
Mayor Dean Says High-Tech Jobs are Welcome

LifePoint Moves Headquarters to Nashville


NASHVILLE, Tenn.  --  Metro Davidson County has scored a rare economic victory over its upscale neighbor Williamson County.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was joined Tuesday by Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty at a press conference to announce that the LifePoint hospital group would be relocating its corporate headquarters to an office park on the metro side of Brentwood.

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Wed November 23, 2011
Sullivan County Makes Tough Choices

County Ends Pauper Burials


BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Sullivan County in East Tennessee will no longer provide pauper burials.

On Monday, County Mayor Steve Godsey told county commissioners that if they’re contacted about an indigent death they should provide the caller with the phone number for Restore Life USA.

That's a Johnson City-based nonprofit that provides human tissue for research and education.

With budgets tight, the commission this year cut the funds for pauper burials to $10,000 and Godsey says the money is nearly gone already.


Tue November 22, 2011
Business and Economic Research Center Report

Tenn. Economy "Slides Sideways" in the Third Quarter


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --  Federal officials revised the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reading downward today for the third quarter. Growth wasn’t as strong as originally thought.

The official GDP for the third quarter is now 2 percent, down by a half-percent from the earlier estimate.

The Middle Tennessee State Business and Economic Research Center has just released its analysis of Tennessee’s third-quarter economic activity.

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