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  • Extended federal unemployment benefits ending

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is warning the estimated 30,000 unemployment claimants who are receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that they are facing the abrupt end of those benefits when the program expires on Jan. 2.

    In 2008, Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program — commonly known as EUC08 — to provide unemployment benefits to workers who had exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum).

  • State numbers show brighter jobs front

    Roane County continues to rebound from the recession if statistics on unemployment are any indication.

    Statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reflect a 6.6 percent November jobless rate for the county.

    That’s 0.7 percent lower than October’s 7.3 percent and means 26,150 of the county’s 28,010 workforce was working in November, state figures show.

    A year ago, the state recorded Roane County’s unemployment rate at 7.1 percent.

  • Incinerator shut down at Technology Park

    A one-of-a-kind waste incinerator, which began operations at the East Tennessee Technology Park more than 20 years ago, has been safely shut down.

    When the Toxic Substances Control Act Incinerator began operations in 1990 on the former K-25 Site, the intent was to run it for five years to prove the technology worked.

    It was the only incinerator in the nation permitted to burn certain hazardous and radioactive wastes.

  • TVA supports school’s welding program

    Joseph Robinson, far left, TVA’s manager of Valley Relations, recently presented a $2,500 grant check to presented Mike Russell, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman welding instructor, second from left, in a presentation attended by state Sen. Ken Yager, center, Tennessee Technology Center Director Danice Turpin, and Tennessee Technology Center Assistant Director Chris Ayers.

    The funds were awarded as a grant from TVA’s Corporate Contribution Fund.

  • Seminars aim to help businesses

    The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services is planning two free seminars to help small businesses in the area.

    Paul Middlebrooks, marketing consultant for the center’s procurement technical assistance center, will present the seminars on Jan. 15 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    RSVPs are required by contacting 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org.

    The first seminar, from 9 a.m. to noon, is designed to introduce the business owner or manager to the diversity of government purchasing.

  • 15,000th load of debris recently hauled from old K-25 building

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC recently shipped its 15,000th load of demolition debris from the K-25 building at the East Tennessee Technology Park.

    The 15,000 loads represent about 2 million square feet of the deteriorated former gaseous diffusion building.  That square footage is the equivalent of 40 NFL football fields combined.

    The material has been sent to the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility for permanent disposition.  

  • OUT to LUNCH: Old Mill Restaurant offers old-timey goodness

    As executive director of a furniture-buying group, I arranged this “Out to Lunch” adventure as a business lunch at The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. It was part of the group’s three-day executive committee meeting in Sevier County.

    My wife, Carol, and I have enjoyed their “old-fashioned Southern Cooking” in the past and knew the committee members and their wives would, too.

    From Hwy. 411 (Parkway) turn at traffic light 7 onto Old Mill Avenue.

  • Woodward Tech Center’s top volunteer

    Paul Woodward, center, Central City Heating and Air owner, is honored as Volunteer of the Year for 2012-13 at Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman.

    Center Director Danice Turpin, left, and industrial maintenance instructor Ed Reed make the presentation.

    Reed nominated Woodward for the honor, commending him for the many donations of training materials he has provided for the class and for going into the industrial maintenance classroom to assist the students in the understanding of HVAC units.

  • Rural America has a positive impact on jobs

    By Tom Vilsack, U.S. Agriculture Secretary
    Every day I am reminded of the many ways in which the work of rural America impacts all of us. Rural America provides us with a clean environment, opportunities to get outdoors, greater energy security, and a safe and abundant food supply that’s the envy of the world.

    From our smallest towns to our biggest cities, work ongoing today in rural America has a tremendously positive effect for the United States.

    Perhaps most important, rural America is driving job growth across our nation.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Countryside Café fixes home-cooked helpings

    “If is wasn’t for this place, I’d starve to death.  My cook (wife) is a registered nurse and works eight hours on, and eight hours off,” Greg Buckner told me on this “Out To Lunch” adventure at Countryside Café.

    Greg is broker with Darrell Murray Auction & Realty Co. in Athens, and also a farmer. He lives about a mile north of Countryside Café, up Hwy. 58.  Today he was having a hamburger steak dinner with a baked potato.