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Basketball Polls
Jay Walker Tuesday October 24, 2017

District coaches and media made their predictions for the upcoming high school basketball season Monday at the District 6aaa Media Day in Rhea County.
Both the media and coaches polls picked the Lady Pioneers to finish last in the district. The media picked White County to finish first in the girls' division, with the coaches picking Cookeville for the top spot.
In the boys polls, both the coaches and media picked Cookeville to finish first. The coaches picked the Pioneers to finish second. The media poll had Warren County picked to finish third.
The season begins November 16th.


Update on Grundy County Murder Case
Tuesday October 24, 2017

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a death after a body was found October 6th in a wooded area of Altamont.
Sheriff Clint Shrum said the body has been identified as 35-year-old Dylan Winton from Tracy City.
Winton was reported missing on March 13 of this year.
The sheriff said Dylan Winton's remains were found partially buried under brush on Bess Road near Altamont. He is now looking for the people responsible.
In an update; the Grundy County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Dylan Winton was shot at least four times.
The Medical Examiner's Office recovered three bullets from his skull and one in the back. The bullets were sent to the TBI Crime Lab for analysis.


Tennessee September Unemployment
Tuesday October 24, 2017

State officials have announced the state unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in September, marking the lowest it has been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the information in January of 1976.
The rate is down from the August rate of 3.3 percent.
Gov. Haslam said since June, the state's unemployment rate has been on a steady, record-breaking decline.
While Tennessee's latest unemployment rate dropped by 3-tenths of a percentage point, the U.S. rate dropped by 0.2 percentage points to 4.2 percent.
The U.S. rate is down 0.7 percentage points from September 2016, while Tennessee's rate is down 1.9 percent from a year ago.
County unemployment numbers will be released on Thursday.


Gas Prices
Tuesday October 24, 2017

Tennessee gas prices dropped another four cents during the past week. The state average has declined the last 42 consecutive days for a total of 32 cents.
Gas prices are averaging $2.27 in Tennessee. Despite the recent downward trend, the state average remains 13 cents higher than pre-Hurricane Harvey levels.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said we should expect another round of discounts at the pump this week. Retail prices remain about 5-10 cents higher than where they should be.
The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.45, a drop of two cents from a week ago and 23 cents higher than a year ago.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Tuesday October 24, 2017

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet Tuesday night to consider two ordinances and elect members to the Park Theater Advisory Board.
The ordinances include a measure to transfer property to Habitat for Humanity for construction of homes, and a measure to accept the bid from Investment Partners LLC for the purchase of two city lots on Main Street.
Tuesday night's meeting will begin at 7pm at City Hall. It will be preceded by a meeting of the Safety Committee at 5:45, the Water and Sewer Committee at 6pm and the Finance Commitee at 6:15.
The board will view a presentation by Ben Lomand at 6:30.



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