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Archives 05-26-2010


Man airlifted after Hanging Limb crash
THP steps up enforcement for Memorial Day weekend
Crawford woman wins $250,000 from lottery
State unemployment rate lowers to 10.5% in April

Man airlifted after Hanging Limb crash

Dale Welch/Hilltop Express photo
A Hanging Limb man was injured and taken by helicopter ambulance to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga after a one-vehicle crash in Hanging Limb last Sunday, just after noon. According to State Trooper Stanley Roberts, Joseph Cavette, 55, was traveling on East Fork Road, right across from his home, when he lost control of the 1988 Pontiac Trans Am he was driving. The Trans Am left the road, took out several feet of fencing and a gate, and rolled over before landing upright.

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THP steps up enforcement for Memorial Day weekend
Tennessee Highway Patrol is joining forces with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and law enforcement agencies across the state and country for a high visibility Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign, urging all drivers and passengers to buckle up every time, all the time.

More than 70 checkpoints are scheduled throughout the long holiday weekend in an effort to reduce fatalities and serious injury crashes in the state. The 2010 Memorial Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m., Friday May 28 and will end at 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 31.

Tennessee Highway Patrol will joins 51 law enforcement agencies in 19 rural Tennessee counties for a high visibility rural road enforcement blitz aimed at low seat belt usage. The counties include Anderson, Bledsoe, Clay, DeKalb, Fentress, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Grundy, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Sequatchie, Smith, Wayne, and White.

Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “Memorial Day marks the beginning of the busy summer holiday travel season and is the perfect time to remind drivers and their passengers, especially in rural areas where seat belt usage is low, that they need to buckle up every time they get in a vehicle.

“Motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket activities that will take place around the clock.”

Sixteen people were killed on Tennessee roadways during the 2009 Memorial Day holiday weekend. That’s up from 13 fatalities in 2008. Last year, alcohol was involved in three of the fatal crashes, and 50% of the vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts. During the 78-hour holiday time period, one pedestrian, one bicyclist, and two motorcyclists were killed.

Traffic Fatality Victims’ Memorial is designed to give family members of those killed an opportunity to memorialize their loved ones. For more information visit the website at http://www.tn.gov/safety/pubsafety/fatalitymemorial.html.

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Crawford woman wins $250,000 from lottery

Patricia Bowman, of Crawford celebrates winning $250,000 from Tennessee Lottery’s Play it Again! game. No one, including her husband, believed she had won $250,000 simply by entering her non-winning “Big Money Maker” ticket. The Play it Again! program is designed to give a second chance to play by clicking on the Play it Again! icon at www.tnlottery.com and following the directions. Once the ticket is registered, the Lottery asks players to dispose of tickets properly. Players may register at one of the Lottery’s district offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville. For more details, and to see who else won, click on the Play it Again! logo at www.tnlottery.com.

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State unemployment rate lowers to 10.5% in April
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April was 10.5%, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the March rate of 10.6%. The April rate last year was 10.5%.

The national unemployment rate for April 2010 was 9.9%, up from the March rate of 9.7%.

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley said, “The unemployment rate fell a tenth of a percentage point
from last month and is the same as a year ago.

“The good news in this monthly report is that employment growth was very strong. The unemployment rate stayed about the same because of a substantial increase in the number of people reentering the labor force.”

According to the monthly Household Survey, the Tennessee labor force (3,028,500) is the highest since May 2009. The number of unemployed persons (318,300) is the lowest since March 2009.

According to the Business Survey, 9,000 job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, 5,100 in administrative, support, and waste services, and 3,000 in trade, transportation, and utilities.

Major employment decreases occurred in health care and social assistance, down by 1,100. General merchandise stores declined by 800 jobs, and professional, scientific, and technical services decreased by 800.

Year-over-year increases occurred in administrative, support, and waste services, up by 9,100. Educational and health services gained 8,300, and retail trade was up by 5,900.

Year-over-year decreases occurred in durable goods manufacturing, down by 10,800. Mining and construction lost 8,700, and transportation and warehousing decreased by 8,300.

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