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Substance Abuse Costs Tennessee Billions
AP Tuesday December 5, 2017

An analysis has found that substance abuse annually costs Tennessee more than $2 billion, with most of it attributed to lost income from people who've fallen out of the labor market.
At $1.29 billion, the lost income from having an estimated 31,000 people, or 1 percent of the workforce, out of jobs accounts for the biggest component.
Other listed costs include $138 million for hospitalizations with alcohol listed as the first diagnosis and $46 million for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
The White House's Council of Economic Advisers projected, in a November study, that the opioid epidemic cost the U.S. economy over $504 billion in 2015.


Gas Prices
Tuesday December 5, 2017

After a somewhat volatile month for prices at the pump in November, gas prices opened December on the decline. Gas price in Tennessee have declined 21 consecutive days for a total discount of 5 cents.
The current Tennessee gas price average is $2.28, one cent less than last week and 28 cents more than a year ago.
The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.48, according to AAA. Nationally, gas prices are 3 cents less than a week ago and 30 cents more than a year ago.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said prices have been falling in recent weeks, but it has been a slow decline. He said oil prices are at their highest point of the year, preventing the typical seasonal plunge at the pump.


WCHS Basketball
Jay Walker Tuesday December 5, 2017

The Warren County Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will be in action Tuesday night as they host the Coffee County Red Raiders and Lady Raiders at Charlie Dalton Gym.
The girls' game tips off at 6pm and the games can be heard live on 1230 WAKI.


Car Crashes into Pet Store
Jay Walker Monday December 4, 2017

A vehicle crashed into the front of a pet store Friday after being hit from behind by another vehicle.
Police say a car, driven by 74 year old Joyce Bond, was pulling into Pet World's parking lot when it was struck from behind by another vehicle, driven by Phillip Prater, who told police he had become distracted by another car and couldn't avoid hitting the Bond Vehicle.
Bond suffered minor injuries. No one inside the store was injured, nor were any animals hurt.


Tennessee Lawmakers Sponsor Bill to Eliminate Hush Fund
WTVF Monday December 4, 2017

Two Tennessee lawmakers have sponsored a bill that would eliminate a secret hush fund that has silenced victims of sexual harassment using taxpayer dollars.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn said victims of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill have filed 268 claims since 1995 when the fund was created, and payments to keep quiet add up to about $17 million.
The bill Blackburn and Rep. Jim Cooper have sponsored would prohibit the use of public funds to settle sexual harassment claims and require perpetrators to pay back the money used with interest.
The legislation would also require previous claims to be made public and allow victims to come forward publicly, regardless of previous non-disclosure agreements.


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