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Tennessee's preliminary unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent, which is three tenths of one percentage point lower than the October rate of 7.1 percent. That's according to Tennessee Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips.
The U.S. rate for November was 5.8 percent, unchanged from the prior month.
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 7.9 percent to 6.8 percent, while the national rate declined from 7.0 percent to 5.8 percent.
An undercover beer buying operation conducted by local authorities resulted in two businesses being cited for selling beer to a minor.
The operation was conducted by the District Attorney's office, McMinnville Police and the Warren County Sheriff's Department.
A total of 53 businesses were approached by an 18 year old undercover operative attempting to purchase beer. District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis said of the 53 businesses, only 2 illegally sold beer to the 18 year old.
The two buisnesses that sold were Pump and Pay East and Fiesta Ranchero at the McMinnville Plaza. The clerks who made the sales will be assigned court dates and the businesses will likely face the local beer board.
Local law enforcement officials commended the business owners and their employees who checked IDs and refused to sell to the agent.
The Warren County Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will be in action this weekend in Christmas Tournaments.
The Lady Pioneers begin play Friday afternoon at 3pm against Maplewood in the Central Magnet High School Christmas Classic in Murfreesboro. The Lady Pioneers will play Ravenwood Saturday at 12 noon.
The Pioneer mens' team will play Oakland Saturday at 1pm in the Red Raider Basketball Invitational at Coffee County High School in Manchester.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol along with the Warren County Sheriff's Department and McMinnville Police will be conducting a seat belt checkpoint in Warren County on Friday on US Highway 70S.
The THP says an alarmingly high number of vehicle occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained. The Highway Patrol elected to create an enforcement campaign aimed at drastically reducing the number of unrestrained drivers and passengers.
More than 80 business, health care and civic groups have formed the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee to support Gov. Haslam's proposal to offer health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.
Haslam's "Insure Tennessee" plan would draw down federal money under President Obama's health care law. It faces stiff opposition among some fellow Republicans in the Legislature, though some previous skeptics have said they are encouraged by the governor's deal with the federal government.
The coalition includes groups like the AARP, the interdenominational Ministers Fellowship, the March of Dimes and several hospitals, insurers and chambers of commerce.