TDOT commissioner visits Hub City, talks road ahead for transportation department

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner stopped in Jackson Thursday to discuss the road ahead for projects and improvements in our area. TDOT Commissioner John Schroer says his goal was to emphasize the importance of being efficient in spending when it comes to state roads because an efficient transportation department is good for the state economy. The commissioner along…

AT&T gives $5K donation to Jackson State Community College

JACKSON, Tenn. — AT&T gave a generous gift Thursday to Jackson State Community College. The $5,000 donation is part of AT&T’s Aspire grant for non-traditional students at the east Jackson college. School leaders say gifts like these make educational challenges more manageable. “You have challenges of work, you have challenges of finances and just other life activities that come into play, so of those three things,…

Paris named Tennessee Main Street community

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say the west Tennessee city of Paris has received Main Street accreditation, which gives it access to funding to improve its downtown area. Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said Wednesday that Paris is joining 32 other Main Street communities in the state. Officials say Paris’ downtown commercial district is part…

Electrolux workers in Memphis vote for union representation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Employees at the Electrolux appliance factory in Memphis have voted to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union. The Commercial Appeal reports (http://memne.ws/2dsw8Zg ) that about 650 workers cast ballots in the unionization vote, which prevailed by a more than 2-to-1 margin. The election came about 16 months after a previous unionization effort…

Prominent voucher advocate takes Harwell, Dean on trip

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A prominent school voucher advocate in Tennessee paid for a private plane to take public officials including potential Republican and Democratic candidates for governor to North Carolina on a private school tour. The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2cYx1In ) the trip organized by Lee Barfield included Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a…

Federal suits claim segregation, abuse of disabled students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A group of Tennessee parents says the public schools are mistreating their disabled children, and they’re asking a federal judge to intervene. The parents say their children are being segregated from able-bodied students, isolated, restrained and even abused. Federal law requires schools to educate disabled students alongside their non-disabled peers to the extent possible. But experts…

Community Health selling 4 hospitals in Mississippi, Florida

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Community Health Systems says it is selling four hospitals in Mississippi and Florida to Curae Health Inc. The Mississippi hospitals involved in the deal are the 95-bed Merit Health Gilmore Memorial in Amory, the 112-bed Merit Health Batesville in Batesville and the 181-bed Merit Health Northwest Mississippi in Clarksdale. The Florida hospital being sold is the…

Drugged driving overtakes alcohol in Tennessee road deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Drugged driving has overtaken drunken and distracted driving as a factor in Tennessee traffic fatalities. Citing an analysis of Tennessee Highway Patrol data, The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2cO3vYa ) reports the number of deaths from crashes with drug-impaired drivers leapt by 89 percent from 2010 to 2015. Last year, 174 people died in crashes in which a driver…

Damages awarded to man who suffered in jail with broken neck

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal jury has ruled that Knox County owes a former inmate $2,000 for each of the 70 days behind bars the man spent with an undiagnosed and untreated broken neck that was causing him so much pain that he considered killing himself. The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2cEcInj ) reports that a jury on Wednesday awarded…