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Dibrell Crash
Jay Walker Friday August 26, 2016

A two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon resulted in injuries to five people, but none were critical. It happened at the intersection of Highway 56 and Green Hill Road in the Dibrell area.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, A Toyota Van, driven by Aras Al Obaidi of Smyrna was traveling on Green Hill Road and failed to yield the right of way. The van pulled into the path of a dump truck that was southbound on Highway 56. The impact caused the van to go over an embankment. The dump truck was driven by Jerry Bost of McMinnville.
The drivers and passengers were all treated by EMS and River Park Hospital.
The driver of the van was cited for failure to yield the right of way.


Health Insurance Rate Hikes
AP Friday August 26, 2016

Tennessee officials have approved rate increases requested by health insurers offering exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act.
Local news organizations report that rates are expected to increase next year by an average of 62 percent for BlueShield of Tennessee, 46 percent for Cigna and 44.3 percent for Humana.
Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie McPeak calls the increases substantial and says that the state's exchange is "very near collapse."
McPeak said Tuesday that her office signed off on the hikes in an effort to keep the program afloat. She says her office feared insurers would leave the marketplace if rates didn't increase.
Last year, United Healthcare withdrew from the Tennessee marketplace exchange after one year.


Epipen Cost Skyrockets
Friday August 26, 2016

Those with life-threatening allergies are facing skyrocketing prices for their medicine. An EpiPen administers the drug Epinephrine when someone experiences a severe allergic reaction. It now costs patients five times as much compared to a decade ago. The rising cost is adding pressure on parents as they send kids back to school on alert for allergic reactions.
In 2008, an EpiPen two-pack cost about one hundred dollars. Gradually the price has risen to six hundred dollars.
EpiPen is made by the company Mylan and they said they do offer coupons for people up to $100. Unfortunately people with high deductibles still have to pay the majority of the cost out-of-pocket.


July Unemployment
Friday August 26, 2016

County unemployment rates for July show the rates decreased in 73 counties, increased in 11, and remained the same in 11 counties.
Warren County's July unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, down from the June rate of 5.3. The rate one year ago was 6.6 percent.
In White County, the July rate was 5.3 percent, down from 5.4 in June. The rate a year ago was 6.4 percent.
Van Buren County's unemployment went from 6.5 to 6.4 percent. Coffee County went from 4.9 to 4.8 percent. DeKalb County went from 6.1 to 5.9 percent, Grundy County went from 6.8 to 6.7, and Cannon County went from 5.0 percent to 4.9.
Williamson County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3.6 percent, while Hancock County had the highest at 8.7 percent.


Pioneer Football
Jay Walker Friday August 26, 2016

The Warren County Pioneers will host the Lebanon Blue Devils Friday night in the home opener at Nunley Stadium.
The Pioneers are coming off a loss at DeKalb County last week. Friday is Lebanon's first game of the season.
Kickoff is at 7pm. The game will be broadcast live on 1230 WAKI.



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