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EARLY DEADLINES FOR JULY 7TH ISSUE OF BUFFALO RIVER REVIEW

The Buffalo River Review will be closed Monday, July 5, 2021, in recognition of Independence Day. Early deadlines apply for the July 7 issue: –news copy, 4:00 p.m., Thursday, July 1; –classifieds and public notices, 9:00 a.m., Friday, July 2; –all other advertising, noon, Friday, July 2. Thank you for observing these deadlines.

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ANSWERING A CALL TO SERVE OTHERS

When the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, he encouraged them to “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Two nineteen-year old Perry Countians have adopted Ephesians 4:2 as their mission statement, focusing on providing fishing adventures for special needs children. Bryce Dickson and Logan Wheat formed Ole…

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EMPLOYEE RAISES, CERTIFIED TAX RATE

While the matter must still be approved by the County Commission, the Perry County Budget Committee has recommended a two percent pay raises for county employees—and a roughly $1 per hour raise for Sheriff’s Office and Jail employees, per a request from Sheriff Nick Weems. Originally, at May’s regular meeting, the Commission considered a 2.5%…

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SCHOOL SYSTEM AWARDED GRANT TO ENHANCE CAREER/TECHNICAL ED

The Tennessee Department of Education announced over $2 million in Perkins Reserve Grant (PRG) awards to thirty-eight school districts for the 2021-22 school year to support career and technical education (CTE) across the state. Perry County Schools was awarded $26,945 to “expand EPSO offerings to agriculture-horticulture program of study with equipment, and support existing EPSOs,…

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NEW INITIATIVE ENCOURAGES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THIS SUMMER

  JENNY SMITH UT Extension Agent, Perry County   What better way to start off Summer than to “Walk Across Tennessee”? This free program, based on the honor system, is designed to help challenge you to take in as much physical activity as you can. The challenge allows you to pick a team of four…

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PERRY COUNTY: SECOND HIGHEST JOBLESS RATE IN TN

Though the jobless rate remained the same from March to April at 7.8%, Perry County still had the second highest unemployment percentage in Tennessee, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s latest report. Only Maury County—at 8.0% for April—experienced more joblessness. Rounding out the top ten, in descending order: Shelby, Lewis, Marshall, Lake,…

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MLEC: ELECTRIC RTES INCREASE ON JUNE BILLING, TVA SEASONAL PRICING IN EFFECT

The cost for electricity will be slightly higher in June as the Tennessee Valley Authority moves to seasonal (summer) pricing. Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative residential members using 1200 kilowatt-hours will pay $6.07 (4.46 percent) more than they did last month for the same amount of energy. A complete rate schedule available at mlec.com and reflects…

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NEW PROGRAM PAYS TOWARD BROADBAND & DEVICES

Both MLConnect and TDS—local broadband providers—are participating in a new access program offered by the FCC. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much…

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BOOKS ARE ON THE WAY

Get ready to read this summer. Perry County School System is participating in the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation’s K-3 Book Delivery program. Your child will receive a pack of books in June, mailed directly to your home. The program is part of the Governor’s Reading 360 initiative which cares about young learners and wants to…

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