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Emergency Preparedness Drill
AP Monday June 20, 2016
The Tennessee Military Department says it plans to conduct one of the largest statewide disaster preparedness exercises in its history.
The department says the exercise planned for this upcoming week will involve more than 50 Army and Air National Guard units training alongside fire departments, law enforcement agencies, paramedics, and other emergency organizations. Participants will practice responding to disaster scenarios.
Exercise activities in Memphis will occur Monday through Thursday. They are based on the catastrophic New Madrid Fault line earthquake scenario. Officials will establish command at Memphis International Airport and coordinate aftermath events of a disastrous earthquake.
Warren County Commission
Jay Walker Monday June 20, 2016
The full Warren County Commission will meet Monday for its monthly session.
Commissioners will consider a resolution to accept the school system Federal Programs budget, a resolution to enter into an agreement with Manchester Funeral Home, and a resolution to adopt the official county road list.
The commission will also appoint a judicial commissioner and will consider budget amendments.
Monday night's meeting begins at 6:30 at the Administrative Building.
Man Dies at Fall Creek Falls
WTVF Friday June 17, 2016
Authorities say a man died this week while on an outing at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said a 49 year old Hispanic man was with his family at the park Monday evening.
Officials said details surrounding the man's death were unclear, but they believe he either fell or was swimming and drowned. The man's body was recovered Tuesday at the falls behind the park's visitor center.
The investigation is ongoing.
Friday June 17, 2016
In the wake of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the Better Business Bureau is warning people who want to donate money to help those impacted.
After a major disaster or tragedy, the BBB sees an increase in fraudulent charities soliciting donations.
The BBB said you should be wary of charities who solicit donations door –to- door. Also, be careful of charities that pop-up and do not have a track record of charitable giving that you can verify.
A GoFundMe set up by Equality Florida raised more than $4.4 million in the first three days.
A separate GoFundMe set up by The Center of Orlando has raised more than $300,000 for the victims.
You can also check out a charity with the BBB’s charitable giving alliance website give.org.
Tennessee May Unemployment
Friday June 17, 2016
Tennessee's unemployment rate for May was 4.1 percent, a slight decrease from the April rate of 4.3 percent. That's according to Tennessee Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips.
The U.S unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 5.8 percent to 4.1 percent while the national rate declined from 5.5 percent to 4.7 percent.