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Archives 12-22-2004



OCN named Business of Year
No charges for hunter who shot boy
Unemployment rate down in November



OCN named Business of Year

Darren Oliver/OCN staff
Overton County News was named Small Business of the Year by Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Dec. 16. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Chamber President Budd Bishop, Rita Reagan, Chamber administrative assistant, and Carson and Vicki Oliver, owners of Overton County News. More about the Chamber of Commerce awards can be found on page 3A.

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No charges for hunter who shot boy

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has completed an investigation of a 16 year-old boy shot by a wild hog hunter in Putnam County on December 4.

According to Putnam County Wildlife Officer Tim Singleton, Jeremiah Clark was shot with a 7mm magnum once in the abdomen while walking in the woods near his home in the Muddy Pond Road area.

The investigation showed the hunter, David McGhee, 34, of Lake City, had permission to wild hog hunt on a cattle farm near the intersection of Clarkrange Highway and Muddy Pond Road.

"The hunter should have identified his target," Singleton said. "He did not have a clear shot.

"The shooter thought he saw white, thinking it was a deer, and then fired a round.

"You should never shoot at a target until you can positively identify exactly what it is in your sights. ThatŐs one of the 'Ten Commandments of Hunting', and is really stressed in all hunter education classes taught throughout the state each year by TWRA."

TWRA has completed its part of the shooting investigation and no charges will be filed by TWRA.

"David McGhee was hunting completely legal, with no violations of hunting laws."

Clark, a junior at Monterey High School, is reported to be now recovering at home.

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Unemployment rate down in November

Tennessee's unemployment rate for the month of November was 5.0 percent, down slightly from the seasonally adjusted rate of 5.1 percent, according to Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley.

"The state rate remains below the November national rate of 5.4 percent and has fallen from the state rate of 6.1 percent in November 2003," he said. "Major year-to-year employment increases occurred in leisure and hospitality jobs as well as jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities."

The October-to-November figures show increases in trade, transportation, and utilities jobs, up by 9,800. Increases were also seen in government jobs, up by 2,300.

Month-to-month seasonal decreases took place in arts, entertainment, and recreation jobs, down by 1,500. Accommodations jobs declined by 700.

From November 2003 to November 2004, leisure and hospitality jobs increased by 5,900. Trade, transportation, and utilities jobs increased by 5,800. Jobs in educational and health services rose by 4,700.

Decreases took place in administrative and waste services, down 1,600 jobs. Information jobs decreased 1,100 jobs.

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