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VOL. 126 | NO. 65 | Monday, April 4, 2011

Paper Unemployment Checks Being Phased Out

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NASHVILLE (AP) – Paper unemployment checks will be phased out in the state beginning Monday in West Tennessee.

A Visa debit card will be issued instead. The new procedure will begin in East Tennessee April 11 and in Middle Tennessee April 18.

Under another new policy, claimants may also choose to have their benefits directly deposited into their bank account.

The new procedure was rolled out in January by allowing claimants to use the new method if they desired. Fifty-thousand chose to, officials said.

According to a news release Friday from the state, an estimated $3.2 million annually will be saved in postage and paper costs.

Claimants must activate the debit card in order to receive benefits.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 85 205 21,165
MORTGAGES 76 206 24,338
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 27 34 3,135
BUILDING PERMITS 183 321 43,755
BANKRUPTCIES 48 92 13,560
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 44 6,756
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 32 7,931
MARRIAGE LICENSES 22 41 4,775