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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 56 437 16,061
MORTGAGES 76 508 18,556
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 56 2,461
BUILDING PERMITS 241 876 33,390
BANKRUPTCIES 64 301 10,314
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 125 5,303
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 17 125 6,273
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 98 3,511