• Draft W-2 Form for ’11 issued

    The IRS recently issued a draft Form W-2 for 2011.
    Employers use the form to report wages and employee tax withholding.
    The IRS also plans to defer the new requirement for employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan, making that reporting by employers optional in 2011.
    The draft Form W-2 includes codes employers may use to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan. 

  • Out to Lunch: Corner Café builds a mighty good sandwich

    By Bethel Poston

  • Roane boasts fifth-lowest jobless rate in Tennessee

    Roane County’s unemployment rate took a 0.4 percent plunge in September and maintained its standing with the state’s fifth-lowest jobless rate, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    The county’s 7.4 percent September rate is dramatically improved over a year ago. Roane County had a 9.1 unemployment rate in September 2009, the state’s figures show.
    Statistics show 26,200 workers in the county’s 28,300 labor force were employed in September.

  • Nevels heads up new Roane State training center

    Nolan Nevels has been named director of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center in Oak Ridge.
    Roane State received a $2.86 million federal grant to launch the center, which will train individuals for entry-level materials technician jobs in the high-growth carbon-fiber and solar-energy industries.
    Roane State was one of 41 community colleges and organizations nationally — and the only one in Tennessee — to receive a Community-Based Job Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Crete open house shows off terminal
  • Jamestowne Assisted Living expanding
  • Roane Medical bustling with activity

    Roane Medical Center, Harriman, welcomes five leaders to expand services and enhance patient care at the hospital.
    Crystal Barnett, a registered nurse, is risk and regulatory compliance manager.
    She evaluates hospital systems and processes to enhance patient safety at Roane Medical Center.
    Barnett also works with administrators and staff, along with outside quality consultants to ensure safe, quality health care in accordance with standards set forth by Joint Commission.      

  • State hospital group honors Gann

    Jim Gann, president and chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center, was awarded the the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Meritorious Service Award for Chief Executive Officer.
    Gann received the honor during the 72nd annual meeting last month.
    The Meritorious Service Award recognizes leadership and service by individuals in support of their hospitals and health systems.
    Gann was honored for his patient advocacy, dedication to quality patient care and employee satisfaction.

  • IRS reminds tax preparers to renew their ID numbers

    The Internal Revenue Services has begun notifying about 1 million tax return preparers to remind them that they must renew their preparer tax identification numbers if they are still paid preparers.
    Use of the numbers will be required on all federal returns prepared by paid tax return preparers starting Jan. 1, 2011.
     Tax return preparers can register immediately using a new sign-up system available through www.IRS.gov/taxpros.
    Preparers will need to create an account, complete the PTIN application and pay a $64.25 fee before receiving their ID numbers.

  • Parker brings optometry practice home

    Dr. Robert Parker, a fourth-generation Kingstonian and former Kingston optometrist, has returned to his hometown to reopen his practice.
    Parker is back in the area after serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps and as an independent contractor. He and his wife, Kingston native Elaine Toon Parker, both have family in the area and plan to retire in Kingston.