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  • Tax returns to be processed starting Jan. 30

    Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the Internal Revenue Service plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30.

    The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on that date after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems.

  • Workshop to help with starting up a new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Federal jobless benefits continue through end of ’13

    The American Taxpayer Relief Act, which became law last week, extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program through Jan. 1, 2014.

    The federal benefits were slated to expire at the end of 2012 with claimants receiving their last payment the first week of January.

    The benefits, or EUC08, is a federally funded program providing unemployment benefits to about 30,000 Tennesseans who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum).

  • VECustomers Share gives to Roane agencies

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program recently awarded $3,000 in grants to Roane County agencies.

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4.3 million to various community-service organizations.

    Roane County groups receiving recent grants include Operation REACH, $2,000; Midway High School’s Spanish Club, $500; John Knox Center, $250; and Midway High School Clothes Closet, $250.

  • Pearman to speak to Contract Management Association

    Former Roane County attorney Joel Pearman will be the guest speaker for the Jan. 9 meeting of The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association.

    Pearman, a principal in Acquisition Strategies of Tennessee, will disucss contractor purchasing system review during the meeting, which begins at 11:30 a.m. in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel.

    Lunch for members is $15, non-members pay $20.

    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 10 a.m. Jan 8.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Family outing a treat at La Parrilla Mexican Grill

    I listen to music when working in my office. Maybe hearing Jose Feliciano singing “Feliz Navidad” several times during the Christmas season influenced my decision to choose Knoxville’s La Parrilla Mexican Grill as my latest “Out To Lunch” adventure.

    It also could have been wanting a change from being overstuffed with the holiday fare of turkey, dressing, dumplings and cranberry sauce; or ham, sweet potatoes and green beans.

  • Roane’s top educators on Chamber board

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce board of directors recently unanimously voted to add the county's top two educators, Chris Whaley and Gary Aytes, to its board.

    Whaley is the new president of Roane State Community College.

    Aytes was appoin-
    ted director of Roane County Schools earlier this year.

    “The education of our future workforce is key to the success of our business sector in Roane County,” Chamber President Leslie Henderson said.

  • Enrichment collects more to keep kids warm

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s annual gloves and mittens collections were up this year, requiring bigger totes to carry donations back to each elementary school for disbursement.

    Bigger totes mean bigger hearts as the project continues to grow each year.

  • 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.