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  • Unemployment extended benefits to end April 12

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is making preparations to suspend unemployment benefits for claimants in the Extended Benefit program.

    More than 10,000 claimants who are in the last 20 of 99 weeks available will receive their last benefit
    payment the week of April 12.

    The Extended Benefit program is triggered on and off by the health of Tennessee’s unemployment rate. The trigger rate is based on a “look-back” provision of three years.

  • Employers save time, paper with state’s new E-Response system

    Employers can now respond electronically to requests for separation information regarding a claimant’s reason for separation when filing a claim for unemployment insurance.

    Through the new State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) E-Response, employers can exchange quality information quickly with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, resulting in a more accurate claims-filing process.

  • Jackson a STAR with Roane State program

    The advisory board for Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center recently presented a Skilled Teacher Ambassador Resource award to Connie Jackson with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    The award was presented on behalf of the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEd), headquartered at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash.

    Edmonds Community College provides advice and expertise to AMTEC, Roane State’s no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed.

  • Out to Lunch: Forte’s Restaurant has offerings galore on menu

    Again I have combined writing this “Out to Lunch” article with another  committee lunch meeting.  

    As executive director of a furniture-buying group, I scheduled a meeting with the president and treasurer of the group at Forte’s Restaurant on The Square, in Crossville.

    TBG executive committee members have previously enjoyed lunch at Forte’s.

  • Sophie’s Choice keeps mom close to home

    Tracie Graham started her now lucrative business Sophie’s Choice so she could stay home with her pride and joy and company namesake Sophie Graham Cooley.

    “I was an older mom and I was looking for something to do so I could hang out with her,” Graham said. “I wanted to spend as much time with her as I could. She would play and I would just mix stuff up.”

  • Unemployment claimants must show proof of work searches

    Beginning in April, significant changes to the unemployment insurance system will require in-person case management and documented work searches for nearly 56,000 claimants.

    Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said the state received word last week from the U.S. Department of Labor outlining new requirements for select claimants to continue receiving unemployment benefits.

    “The reality is that as the state unemployment rate drops there will be fewer weeks of unemployment available,” she said.

  • Chamber banquet set for April 20

    The annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce banquet, now in its 66th year and considered by many the spring social event for Chamber members, will be on April 20 in Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston.

    The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. with a wine reception and silent auction, followed by a four-course gourmét meal.

    That will be followed by the presentation of this year’s prestigious business awards: the Athena Award, Business of the Year, Distinguished Service Award and the Paul Goldberg Young Professional Award.

  • Roane Medical Center launches new mobile website

    Harriman’s Roane Medical Center has launched a mobile website to ensure important health care information is easily accessible to consumers accessing the Internet from their mobile devices.

    The new mobile site, m.roanemedical.com, will make it easier for patients and visitors to find the information they need quickly, such as phone numbers, maps and driving directions.

    Designed specifically for mobile use, the website has been designed to be simple to navigate with easy-to-read text and pages that load quickly.

  • Harriman Care and Rehab given five stars

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center, a Signature HealthCARE facility, has climbed into the top tier of the nation’s nursing homes by receiving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ coveted five-star ranking.

    The facility, at 240 Hannah Road, is the latest and 13th to join the ranks of Signature’s five-star buildings.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awards the rating to only the top 10 percent of nursing homes.