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Two Cookeville men are facing charges after being caught with meth in their vehicle during a traffic stop.
Arrested were the driver, 25 year old Jesus Ayala, and his passenger, 25 year old Alberto Yanez.
Authorities say an officer pulled the vehicle over for speeding and saw the passenger throw a bag out the window. The bag reportedly contained a large amount of methamphetamine.
Both men face meth charges and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ayala also faces a charge of driving without a license.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will begin accepting applications for its new trooper cadet class on July 30th.
Applications will be accepted online up until August 5th. The class is scheduled to begin February 1st and will last 20 weeks.
Individuals interested in applying must be at least 21 years old, be a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma or equivalent and have no felony convictions.
There are currently 884 authorized commissioner officer positions within the THP. Trooper recruits will be assigned to vacant positions across the state upon graduation.
For more information about becoming a state trooper, visit the Department of Safety and Homeland Security website at www.tn.gov/safety/thp/school.shtml.
State unemployment numbers indicate the unemployment rate went up in all 95 Tennessee counties during the month of June.
Warren County's unemployment rate for June was 8.2 percent, up from the May rate of 6.9 percent. The rate one year ago was 10.2 percent.
White County's unemployment rate for June was 9.1 percent, up from 8.4 in May. White County's rate one year ago was 11.9 percent.
Van Buren County's unemployment went from 8.8 to 10.3 percent. Coffee County went from 5.6 to 6.6 percent. DeKalb County went from 6.3 to 7.0 percent. Grundy County went from 8.1 to 9.5 percent. Cannon County went from 5.5 to 6.7 percent.
Lincoln County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in June at 5.2 percent, while Scott County had the highest at 14.2 percent.
The Warren County School Board Thursday night approved the establishment of a Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Warren County High School, along with a Clinical Internship Program.
The programs will enable students to get hands-on experience in working with patients in a local nursing home. The program also makes it possible to students to enter the nursing field sooner.
In other business, the board approved the revised job description for the Athletic Director at the High School. The idea is to get the elementary schools and other feeder programs on the same page with the high school athletic programs.
More than 336,000 Tennessee residents will split $10 million in refunds from health insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.
The refunds will average $53 per family and came about because of the medical loss ratio rule in the law. That provision requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of insurance premiums on patient care and quality improvement efforts. The refunds are for premiums paid in 2013.
For 2012, refunds to Tennesseans totaled $5.6 million.