NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Rep. Curry Todd has pleaded guilty to drunken driving and gun charges.
The Collierville Republican was arrested in October 2011 in Nashville after failing a roadside sobriety test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.
Todd is best known for sponsoring a law that allows people with handgun carry permits to be armed in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
Todd was sentenced to 48 hours in jail on the drunken driving charge and to one year of probation for possession of a firearm while under the influence.
He will be barred from carrying a firearm while on probation. If he successfully completes the probation, he can petition the court to have his weapon charge expunged.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State safety officials say they aren't surprised that traffic fatalities were up statewide in 2012.
Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons noted that 2011 had the lowest number of Tennessee traffic deaths in nearly a half-century.
The preliminary death count for last year was 1,019 people.
That was up from 937 traffic fatalities in 2011.
Gibbons said that was the lowest death toll is 48 years and officials knew it would be difficult to replicate.
Preliminary statistic show more than 24 percent of 2012 traffic deaths involved alcohol. More than half of those killed weren't wearing seat belts.
Officials update the year-to-date traffic death toll on highway message boards on Fridays.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced today that the unemployment rate for December was 7.6%. The state began the year with a 8.5% unemployment rate.
The 7.6% unemployment rate remained constant from November. The national unemployment was 7.8%. It, too, was unchanged from November.
The report states that this is the lowest unemployment rate from the state since October of 2008. This month also saw the number of unemployed people to be the lowest since October 2008 with 235,700 people without jobs.
The number of employed people was the highest since March of 2008 with 2,879,600 employed.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The deadline to file a claim under the national mortgage settlement is Friday.
Approximately 37,000 Tennessee borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, may be eligible to receive a payment under the settlement.
Attorney General Bob Cooper said in a news release that there are still thousands of eligible Tennesseans who have not filed a claim.
Foreclosed Tennessee borrowers who have questions or need help should contact the settlement administrator at (866) 430-8358 or administrator(at)nationalmortgagesettlement.com.
Cooper also warned borrowers to be on the lookout for scams. They should ignore any solicitations for upfront payments. They also should not provide personal information to anyone who calls or emails claiming to provide settlement-related assistance.
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