Dec 18

Tennessee Gains Manufacturing Jobs for Third Straight Year as Auto Sector Spurs Growth

<!– google_ad_section_start –> EVANSTON, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–<!– –> Manufacturers’ News, Inc.– For a third straight year, Tennessee gained manufacturing jobs, reports the 2015 Tennessee Manufacturers Register®, a manufacturers database & directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, Tennessee manufacturers added 4,473 jobs, or 1.1%, from September 2013 to September 2014. Manufacturers’ News reports Tennessee is now home to 6,828 manufacturers employing 388,991 workers. The industrial publisher has recorded a 3.9% increase in the state’s manufacturing jobs since September 2012, recovering approximately 17% of losses suffered during the recession, & outpacing the U.S.’s overall gain of 3.3%. Gains were largely led by the transportation equipment industry, reports MNI, which climbed 22% over the 3-year period, surpassing industrial machinery as the state’s top industry by employment. Currently, transportation equipment employs 48,654 Tennessee workers, an increase of 2% from September 2013, according to MNI data. “Manufacturing employment in Tennessee continues to pick up speed,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “With its zero state income tax, skilled workforce, ease of logistics, & one of the friendliness business environments in the nation, major auto manufacturers have invested in the state & boosted employment.” Other sectors posting increases over the past twelve months included chemicals, up 4.6%; primary metals, up 2.4%; electronics, up 1.7%, & industrial machinery, up 1.3%. For the full story, including a regional analysis, click here. …

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Dec 18

North Carolina health officials report another flu death this season

RALEIGH (WTVD) — The latest flu numbers were released Thursday, & last week North Carolina saw another death as a result of influenza. According to the North Carolina Weekly Influenza Surveillance Summary, the person — an adult — died last week.That brings the total number of flu deaths here to five since October, & the season is just getting started.Typically patients with the flu don’t start filling up emergency rooms till January & February, yet doctors here in the Triangle say they’re already starting to see cases in their ERs.”We started seeing flu, positive swabs, in the last couple of weeks. I had three in one day last week, which was a huge spike for us,” explained REX Emergency Room Physician Dr. Michael Azrak.And, he said he expects it will obtain much worse before it gets better, especially with increased exposure during the holiday season. So what can you do to protect yourself?”The best thing you can do is avoid people who look like they have the flu, wash your hands, & the best thing is to obtain a flu shot to keep you from getting the flu,” said Dr. Azrak.However, this year’s predominant strain, H3N2 is not only a particularly nasty strain, it moreover wasn’t included in this year’s vaccine. Still, doctors say the shot can help.”You unquestionably obtain some protection, it would be a truncated version of what you obtain if you didn’t obtain the shot,” Dr. Azrak explained.Flu symptoms can include a fever of 100 degrees or higher, a cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and/or body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.ER doctors especially want to remind patients, you don’t have to come to the hospital unless your symptoms are truly severe or you’re a high-risk patient who is very young, elderly, or has an already compromised immune system.If you don’t fall into one of these groups you can go to your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic, instead. And, if you do obtain the flu, ask your doctor approximately an anti-viral medication such as Tamiflu. That can make your illness milder & make you feel better faster. …

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Dec 18

North Carolina woman dies in single-vehicle accident near Cheraw

Source: AP Graphics MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A North Carolina woman died after her car ran off the road & hit a tree near Cheraw in Marlboro County Thursday, according to authorities. Jackie Hazen of Wadesboro died from injuries caused by the accident, Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown confirmed. Hazen was the only occupant in the vehicle, & she was not wearing a seatbelt, said Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

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Dec 18

South Carolina boy, 14, should not have been executed in 1944, judge says

This undated file photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives & History shows George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives & History, File) More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a tremendous injustice. George Stinney was arrested, convicted of murder in a one-day trial & executed in 1944 – all in the span of approximately three months & without an appeal. The speed in which the state meted out justice against the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century was shocking & extremely unfair, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote in her ruling Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I can think of no greater injustice,” Mullen wrote. The girls, ages 7 & 11, were beaten badly in the head with an iron railroad spike in the town of Alcolu in Clarendon County, approximately 45 miles southeast of Columbia, authorities said. A search by dozens of people found their bodies several hours later. Investigators arrested Stinney, saying witnesses saw him with the girls as they picked flowers. He was kept away from his parents, & authorities after said he confessed. His supporters said he was a small, frail boy so scared that he said whatever he thought would make the authorities happy. …

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Dec 18

South Carolina Boy, 14, Executed For 1944 Murder Is Exonerated

COLUMBIA, S.C. -More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a tremendous injustice. George Stinney was arrested, convicted of murder in a one-day trial & executed in 1944 — all in the span of approximately three months & without an appeal. The speed in which the state meted out justice against the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century was shocking & extremely unfair, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote in her ruling Wednesday. “I can think of no greater injustice,” Mullen wrote. The girls, ages 7 & 11, were beaten badly in the head with an iron railroad spike in the town of Alcolu in Clarendon County, approximately 45 miles southeast of Columbia, authorities said. A search by dozens of people found their bodies several hours later. Investigators arrested Stinney, saying witnesses saw him with the girls as they picked flowers. He was kept away from his parents, & authorities after said he confessed. His supporters said he was a small, frail boy so scared that he said whatever he thought would make the authorities happy. …

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Dec 18

Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina holding Light-A-Luminary fundraiser

Light up the night on Christmas Eve & assist a family out in need this Christmas. The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina will have its annual Light-A-Luminary fundraiser in honor of the families who are unable to be at their homes during the holidays. Families of seriously ill or injured children 21 or under staying in Vidant for an extended period of time reside at the Greenville House. Meghan King, operation director of the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina, said local residents may purchase luminary kits for $10 right now, which supports a family for a night at the house. “The kits include 10 candles, 10 white bags & sand,” King said. “We’ll light them here on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. for the families here & others can light their kits in their yards in their honor at the same time.” King, a 2006 graduate of South Lenoir, said the Ronald McDonald House has helped more Lenoir County residents than people know, which is why her & the rest of the board has tried to spread awareness in the area. “We house many people in Kinston, Pink Hill & Deep Run,” King said. “We’ve gone on TACC-9 to talk approximately the fundraiser, the (Kinston-Lenoir County) chamber of Commerce has sent out information & we sold luminaries at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday. Businesses can moreover set up luminaries outside. …

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Dec 18

Le Meridien Debuts in North Carolina with the Opening of Le Meridien Charlotte

<!– google_ad_section_start –> CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–<!– –> Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (HOT) today announced the opening of Le Méridien Charlotte, following a multimillion dollar transformation. Le Méridien Charlotte is within walking distance of Charlotte’s Uptown Business District, which is home to North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Discovery Place, Charlotte Aquatic Center the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Arena & Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers), as well as corporate offices for Bank of America, Wells Fargo & BB&T. “Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, nearly tripling our portfolio since Starwood first acquired the brand in 2005,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien & Westin. “Charlotte shares in our passions for culture, the arts & cuisine, & we look forward to helping creative & curious minded travelers unlock the destination through our locally-inspired programming & culinary offerings.” Le Méridien Charlotte features 300 guestrooms with 18 suites, including three Executive Suites comprised of contemporary & mid-century inspired furnishings. The hotel moreover boasts 55,000 square feet of expansive event space as part of the dual branded complex including the 305 room Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, including the 16,000 square foot Symphony Ballroom & the 8,000 square foot Carolina Ballroom for corporate meetings & social functions. Le Méridien Charlotte moreover boasts the newly opened Evoke Restaurant, Longitude Bar & an expansive Fitness Center. Guests will be immediately enthralled by the new modern façade, which opens into the hotel’s signature & award-winning arrival experience, Le Méridien Hub™. Le Méridien arrival consists of four unique elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound & use of light; UNLOCK ART™ programme, featuring artist designed key card collections that offer access to the acclaimed Mint Museum Uptown; & a 24-hour curated soundtrack by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague. The Hub moreover features the signature Master Barista, a role designed to meet the growing demands of coffee lovers at every Le Méridien hotel worldwide. …

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Dec 18

Georgia’s Leonard Floyd out for Belk Bowl

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Georgia LB Leonard Floyd, the team’s leader in sacks, will miss the Belk Bowl against Louisville. Per UGASports.com, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he had a procedure to “clean up” his shoulder & is expected to be ready for spring practices. A junior in 2014, Floyd said he planned to be back at Georgia in 2015 for his senior season. Floyd had six sacks in 2014, or a quarter of the 24 total sacks the Bulldogs had. He finishes with 55 tackles & 8.5 tackles for a loss. Redshirt freshman Davin Bellamy, who had 17 tackles & two tackles for loss in 2014, is expected to take his place. Georgia plays Louisville on December 30. USC will moreover be without a member of its defense for the Holiday Bowl against Nebraska. Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods suffered a left pec injury & will miss the game. He posted this picture of himself post surgery to Instagram. …

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Dec 18

South Carolina native wins ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

La Tasha McCutchen (Photo Source: Twitter) George Stinney, 14-year-old convicted of ’44 murder, exonerated George Stinney, 14-year-old convicted of ’44 murder, exonerated Posted: Wednesday, December 17 2014 11:55 AM EST2014-12-17 16:55:15 GMT Updated: Wednesday, December 17 2014 6:19 PM EST2014-12-17 23:19:38 GMT Seventy years after he was convicted of murder & executed by the state of South Carolina, a 14-year-old Alcolu boy was exonerated by a circuit court judge on Wednesday.More >> Seventy years after he was convicted of murder & executed by the state of South Carolina, a 14-year-old Alcolu boy was exonerated by a circuit court judge on Wednesday.More >> NCPD: 3 arrested, over $8,500 in drugs seized at N. Charleston home NCPD: 3 arrested, over $8,500 in drugs seized at N. Charleston home Updated: Wednesday, December 17 2014 9:24 AM EST2014-12-17 14:24:06 GMT North Charleston police say three people were arrested Tuesday after a search warrant uncovered an estimated $8,561 worth of drugs inside a Mixon Avenue home.More >> North Charleston police say three people were arrested Tuesday after a search warrant uncovered an estimated $8,561 worth of drugs inside a Mixon Avenue home.More >> VIDEO: Superman on Skates takes the cake in ‘best wedding ever’ VIDEO: Superman on Skates takes the cake in ‘best wedding ever’ Posted: Tuesday, December 16 2014 10:53 PM EST2014-12-17 03:53:05 GMT Updated: Tuesday, December 16 2014 11:35 PM EST2014-12-17 04:35:01 GMT Shanna & Bobby just wanted to have a fun, creative wedding. They recruited a social media celebrity to donate their guests a laugh, yet the video went viral, & exceeded all their expectations.More >> Shanna & Bobby just wanted to have a fun, creative wedding. They recruited a social media celebrity to donate their guests a laugh, yet the video went viral, & exceeded all their expectations.More >> 911 call released in deadly Charlotte home invasion 911 call released in deadly Charlotte home invasion Posted: Tuesday, December 16 2014 6:14 PM EST2014-12-16 23:14:18 GMT Updated: Wednesday, December 17 2014 10:33 PM EST2014-12-18 03:33:20 GMT “They heard some noises, saw an individual at the back of the residence trying to come into their house,” said Lt. Eric Brady of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.More >> “They heard some noises, saw an individual at the back of the residence trying to come into their house,” said Lt. Eric Brady of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.More >> Toddler suffers burns after mom allegedly pours hot water, bleach on her Toddler suffers burns after mom allegedly pours hot water, bleach on her Posted: Wednesday, December 17 2014 2:50 AM EST2014-12-17 07:50:06 GMT Updated: Wednesday, December 17 2014 9:06 AM EST2014-12-17 14:06:39 GMT A mother is accused of pouring scalding hot water & industrial-strength bleach on her young daughter, & the maternal grandmother is accused of covering up the abuse.More >> A mother is accused of pouring scalding hot water & industrial-strength bleach on her young daughter, & the maternal grandmother is accused of covering up the abuse.More >> (WCSC) – The country’s most talked approximately chef this week happens to be a South Carolina native. La Tasha McCutchen of Lake City, S.C. beat out five other chefs on Wednesday’s season finale of “Hell’s Kitchen.” McCutchen was one of 18 to compete this season, winning a position as Head Chef at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grille in Atlantic City, N.J. The reported value of the prize is $250,000. …

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Dec 18

Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd arrested for underage drinking

<!– google_ad_section_start –> View photo.Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd was arrested shortly after the regular season ended for underage drinking. Hurd & another male were arrested on Dec. 3 by University of Tennessee police. One was unconscious according to the police report, though it’s unclear who was. From the Tennesseean: Hurd, 18, & Hunter Rivait, who is listed as a student in a university student directory, were arrested by citation on Dec. 3 after police spotted a car with its lights on in a university dorm parking garage. Police found an unconscious male inside. The initial University of Tennessee police report does not identify the unconscious male, who was after transported to a hospital. The case was referred to Knox County officials for prosecution, a University of Tennessee weekly crime log noted. Both were charged with underage consumption of alcoholic beverages. …

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