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Postal Service More Than Mail for Rural Tennessee

Postal workers in Tennessee are among those calling for swift action by Congress to save the U.S. Postal Service.

Keith Pullen, president of Nashville Local 5 of the American Postal Workers Union, says postal workers have been crucial in serving the public during the COVID-19 crisis — delivering absentee ballots, medical supplies and other necessities to people sheltering in place.

However, he says mail volume is down 50%, which could have a major impact on revenues.

“People don’t understand that the post office is the number one delivery service,” he points out. “Social Security benefits, Social Security checks, bills, medicines, packages, you name it, the Postal Service delivers it all.”

The union is calling on Congress to provide one-time funding of at least $25 billion to cover immediate revenue loss, as well as ongoing support for the duration of the crisis.

The Postal Service has been left out of federal COVID-19 financial relief, while private corporate and other business interests have received almost $1 trillion in assistance.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,455 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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