Paris, TN – Paris Public Utility board members voted Tuesday to withdraw its membership in the West Tennessee Industrial Association next summer. Though the organization is credited with helping to recruit industry to the area, the board decided the $23,000 in annual membership costs could be better used locally. TheParis-Post Intelligencer reports the board can choose to rescind its decision any time before its membership expires at the end of June.
Clarksville, TN – Jobless rates are improving in most nearby Tennessee counties. Montgomery County is ranked fifth among the state's best-employed counties, improving almost a half percentage point to 8.5 percent from October to last month. Also down are Stewart and Weakley Counties, dropping nearly one percent over their last figures. In Henry County, the unemployment rate jumped up by over half a point to rest at 13.6 percent.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has sent a letter to Governor Steve Beshear asking him not to consider furloughs for state employees in his upcoming budget proposal. Stumbo believes the practice is unfair to workers and says the House has not been receptive to the idea. According to Stumbo, furloughs result in reduced services and morale which outweigh any savings. Beshear is expected to present his budget to the legislature in mid-January.