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Ascend Federal Credit Union’s Online Financial Education Center Helps Improve Financial Literacy

 In recognition of April being designated Financial Literacy Month, Ascend Federal Credit Union has added a special section to its online financial education center to help Middle Tennesseans improve their money management skills.  The financial literacy resource features free interactive learning tools including tutorials, videos and quizzes that provide expert guidance on building a budget, buying a home, …

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CFMT’s The Big Payback Attracts Record Number of Participating Organizations

There has been one day each May for the past seven years that the community has come together and showered our nonprofits with its generosity. It is 24 hours to celebrate the spirit of giving and collaboration, and ultimately, the extraordinary work that nonprofits do in Middle Tennessee. This year a record number of area …

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Tennessee Adds Jobs but Loses Some in March

In March, Tennessee employers had the most people on their payrolls since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic one year ago. Despite the increase in job creation during the month, the state did experience a slight increase in overall unemployment, up 0.1 of percentage point to 5% in March. Tennessee employers added 15,400 employees to …

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Tennessee No. 1 for its Response Against Human Trafficking

A leading nonprofit in the fight against human trafficking ranked Tennessee No. 1 for its response against the crime. Year over year, calls to the tip hotline increased to the point where a record number was received last year. Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been encouraged by the results, as tips lead …

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Dollar General to Hire 20,000 Workers

Dollar General plans to hire 20,000 workers this spring as the discount chain continues its expansion during the pandemic. The company said Wednesday it’s looking to hire full- and part-time workers in stores and distribution centers, as well as drivers for its private-trucking fleet. Dollar General does not disclose its minimum wage for workers, but …

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Bill Requiring Schools to Alert Parents of Instruction on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity heads to Gov. Lee

A Tennessee bill requiring school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity and let them opt their student out is heading to Republican Gov. Bill Lee. The legislation cleared its last hurdle in the GOP-supermajority Legislature with a 64-23 House vote Wednesday. The Senate approved the bill last week. …

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Reappraised Property Values to be Released Soon in Bedford County

In the next few days, Bedford County property owners will begin receiving their reappraisal notices. Property values in the county have risen in the five years since the last reappraisal, and it’s common for owners who get their notice (and who aren’t looking to sell their property) to become alarmed, thinking a higher property value …

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Tennessee Sunshine to Power Jack Daniel’s

A little sunshine will soon be in your next glass of whiskey as Jack Daniel’s partners with the Tennessee Valley Authority, Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, and Nashville-based solar power producer Silicon Ranch to provide the iconic Tennessee whiskey maker’s Lynchburg distillery with 20 megawatts of solar energy. TVA signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Silicon Ranch to build, own, and …

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Gov Lee wants Two-Week Sales Tax Holiday on Restaurants, Bars and Groceries

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing a $100 million, two-week sales tax holiday on restaurants, bars and groceries, as his administration looks to divvy up hundreds of millions of dollars in extra spending due to better-than-expected revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the Republican’s finance team presented a budget amendment to his $42 billion …

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