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General Lifestyle

Area teachers visit Holocaust Museum day before fatal attack

When 14 local history teachers visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. this past week, they could not have imagined that the following day an anti-Semitic gunman would appear at the entrance to the museum and fatally attack a security guard.

The teachers were in the capital as part of a Volunteer State Community College and Wilson County Schools federal grant program.



General News

Beavers: Legislature passes irresponsible budget before adjourning
The first year of the 106th General Assembly wrapped up this past week as both the House and Senate adjourned for the summer. Closing the session was delayed largely due to the contentious negotiations surrounding the state’s budget. Under state law, the legislature and governor must pass a balanced budget that does not break the “Copeland Cap.” The Copeland Cap was a provision to the Constitution that says that state spending cannot increase at a higher rate than the increase in personal income. Such a provision was added to force government to live within its means, especially during hard economic times. 
State jobless rate above 10 percent for May

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced Thursday that Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May was 10.7 percent, up 0.8 percentage point from the revised April rate of 9.9 percent.

The May rate a year ago was 6.2 percent. The national unemployment rate for May 2009 was 9.4 percent, up from the April rate of 8.9 percent.

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