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Boyd First VW Customer
AP Friday May 19, 2017

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is the first customer to receive Volkswagen's new Chattanooga-made SUV.
When Boyd was the state's economic development commissioner, he put a $5,000 deposit on the Atlas SUV in October 2015 when the German automaker was reeling from revelations that its vehicles had been fitted with devices to cheat diesel emissions tests.
Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant opened in Chattanooga in 2011, and made only the midsized Passat sedan until the addition of the new seven-seat SUV.
The Atlas is key to Volkswagen's efforts to emerge from the emissions scandal and meet U.S. demand for new SUVs at a time when consumers are picking them over cars.
Several Republicans are expected to join the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam next year.


Tennessee April Unemployment
Friday May 19, 2017

Tennessee's unemployment rate for the month of April was 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 percent in March. That's according to numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The national unemployment rate for April was 4.4 percent, a drop of one-tenth of a percentage point from March.
Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not declined this much since January of 1984.
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate experienced a slight uptick of a tenth of a percentage point, increasing from 4.6 to 4.7 percent. The national rate decreased from 5.0 to 4.4 percent.


AG Sues Company
AP Friday May 19, 2017

The Tennessee attorney general is suing a California company over claims that it sent government-styled invoices to make new homeowners pay to receive copies of their deeds.
Attorney General Herbert Slatery's office on Wednesday announced the lawsuit against LA Investors LLC, based in southern California, and its principals, Roberto Romero and Laura Romero.
According to the lawsuit, LA Investors was doing business under the name Local Records Office when it mailed out the invoices asking for payments. Slatery's office says people paid LA Investors for copies of deeds when they're available for free or a small fee from the local Register of Deeds Office.
The lawsuit claims the advertisements violated the Government Impostor and Deceptive Advertisements Act, which was added to Tennessee law last year.


Officials Look for Funding for Driver Center
Jay Walker Thursday May 18, 2017

Local officials again are looking for ways to fund the Warren County Driver Testing Center. This after the Governor did not include it in the state budget.
Monday night, McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley appealed to members of the Warren County Commission to once again work with the City to fund a way to keep the Driver Testing Center open.
The state closed it last May as a money-saving measure. But the City Board and County Commission were able to provide funds to reopen the center in the fall of last year.
Mayor Haley said he has requested a meeting with the governor to discuss the matter.


TWRA Says Watch for Bear Cubs
Thursday May 18, 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding residents that there may be a good reason why some black bear cubs appear to be alone.
Mother bears tend to search for food when it is scarce. Mothers place cubs in areas that they believe are safe while she is searching for food. A cub may be alone for hours until the mother returns.
TWRA says this is similar to a human leaving a child with a babysitter, however, the "sitter" could be a tree near a person's home.
If a cub is actually an orphan, TWRA will take the animal to the Appalachian Bear Rescue for rehabilitation. Only TWRA and National Park Service are allowed to catch and deliver a bear to the organization.
TWRA should only be contacted about a suspected orphaned bear cub if the animal has been alone for more than 36 hours or if the mother is confirmed dead.
ABR says if you spot a bear cub, do not go near it. Also, do not take pictures of it by standing under a tree. This can make the mother feel threatened and not return.
You might remember that last year a bear was spotted in Warren, Coffee and Grundy counties.


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