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Woman injured at Dale Hollow Lake
Unemployment rises to 10.7% for May in state
Storms knock out WLIV AM tower
Sheriff's Department conducts sobriety checkpoints

Woman injured at Dale Hollow Lake

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An Ohio woman vacationing with family and friends at Willow Grove Campgrounds fractured a hip when stepping from one boat to another around 4 p.m. Friday, June 19.
The incident happened in Iron’s Creek, near Willow Grove Boat Dock.
The woman, Danna Smith, was airlifted by Air Evac to Knoxville, where she was treated and released later that evening.

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Unemployment rises to 10.7% for May in state
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May was 10.7%, up 0.8 percentage point from the revised April rate of 9.9%, according to Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley.

The May rate a year ago was 6.2%. The national unemployment rate for May 2009 was 9.4%, up from the April rate of 8.9%.

“Tennessee’s unemployment rate is above 10%, and we are continuing to outpace the national unemployment rate,” reported Commissioner Neeley.

“Our goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction, only makes up about 16% of Tennessee’s economy. Those industries, however, have seen more than half of the total job losses in the past year.”

The last time Tennessee’s unemployment rate was as high as the current rate was November 1983.

According to the Business Survey, 6,300 job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, 3,900 in administrative, support, and waste services, and 2,300 in local government.

Major employment decreases occurred in durable goods manufacturing, down by 5,700. State government educational services declined by 1,800 jobs, professional, scientific, and technical services lost 1,400, and mining and construction decreased by 1,400.

Year-over-year increases occurred in health care and social assistance, up by 8,200. Local government increased 1,800, and telecommunications gained 800.

Manufacturing was down 46,100, trade transportation and utilities lost 29,100, and mining and construction decreased by 27,400.


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Storms knock out WLIV AM tower

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The AM tower of WLIV was knocked down when storms rolled over Rock Crusher Mountain on Tuesday, June 16. The station was off the air for 24 hours, then AM 920 was brought back on the air using a temporary antenna put up by UCEMC. A new tower will be erected and full AM service will be restored as soon as possible, according to WLIV General Manager Joel Upton. WLIV-FM broadcasts from a tower in a different location and was not affected.

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Sheriff's Department conducts sobriety checkpoints
Overton County Sheriff’s Department conducted sobriety checkpoints in the Hardy’s Chapel community from Wednesday, June 17 through Saturday, June 20.

These checkpoints were done in an effort to reduce DUIs on the roadways, according to the Sheriff’s Department. During the checkpoints, the following citations, warnings, and arrests were made: 15 warning tickets and 8 citations for seat belt violations; 50 citations for helmet law violations; 7 warnings and 8 citations for registration law violations; 4 warnings and a citation for light law violations; 3 citations for financial responsibility; 3 citations and an arrest for driver license violations; 3 DUI arrests; a public intoxication arrest; an arrest for violation of the implied consent law; 2 arrests for disorderly conduct; 2 warnings for failure to obey a traffic sign; a warning for speeding; 2 arrests for simple possession; and an arrest for possession for resale.

A total of 2,359 vehicles were checked during this checkpoint.

Sheriff W.B. Melton expressed appreciation to the community for assistance and patience during this time.

Other agencies involved in the checkpoints were White County Sheriff’s Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Livingston Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Counter Drug Enforcement, and the Department of Revenue.


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