Hodge receives safety honor

KNOXVILLE – Averitt Express recently honored associate Gary Hodge of New Market for 35 years of safety.

Averitt has developed a culture of safety by measuring both vehicle and driver performance through a series of indicators. It also strives to have the safest trucks on the road, aiming for continual improvement through training programs and awareness campaigns.

Averitt’s Knoxville-area facility is located at 10207 Cogdill Road.


States’ near record low unemployment continues

NASHVILLE – Unemployment across Tennessee remains near its historic low, despite a slight increase to 3.4 percent in June, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up 0.1 of a percentage point when comparing it to the previous month.

Year-to-year, unemployment is 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the June 2018 rate.

Even with a minor uptick in unemployment, Tennessee employers continue to add thousands of new workers to their payrolls. Total nonfarm employment increased by 9,600 jobs between May and June of this year. The durable goods manufacturing, administrative/support/waste services and health care/social assistance sectors experienced the largest increases.


Drug distributor faces charges

For only the second time, federal prosecutors in Cincinnati filed criminal charges Wednesday against an Ohio opioid distributor and two of its top former officers, accusing them of conspiring with doctors and pharmacies to pour millions of addictive pain pills into West Virginia, Ohio and elsewhere.

The indictment accuses Miami-Luken, its former president and its former compliance officer of knowingly distributing powerful narcotic painkillers for other than medical reasons. That is a more aggressive posture than the Justice Department has used since 2007, when it began using civil and administrative actions to enforce the laws against drug distributors. From The Washington Post.