Good morning, Nashville. We mentioned last week a few times that Perry County, which is only about 90 miles southwest of Nashville, has an unemployment rate of 27%. We had a hard enough time wrapping our minds around that one, but now we’re hearing that it actually has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation. Because two of the county’s biggest employers have drastically cut back or closed down operations altogether, more than 1 in every 4 people are walking around jobless. Consequently, everyone’s collecting unemployment, the school system is strained, and folks can’t seem to do anything but wait. Know of a way to help? Drop us an email at [email protected].
- No more SSA? After all the hoopla surrounding school uniforms back when it was first implemented a few years ago in MNPS, schools may soon be able to opt out and make up their own dress codes. Though this isn’t expected to happen in many schools, a couple of the magnet schools may take advantage.
- Texttexttext. A bill intending to ban texting while driving may fail in the Tennessee legislature because the Attorney General has taken a look at existing laws and determined that it’s already illegal.
- Bits & pieces. A new Sounds stadium probably won’t be happening any time soon … Locals are trying to save the bat cave in Gallatin … Apparently Dollar General is making bank during the recession and opening 450 new stores … Understatement of the century: “TVA Clean Up of Ash Spill Becoming Costly.“
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