Bright & Early: Tough Times Ahead Edition

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

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