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Unemployment Claimants Now Required To Provide Proof Of Work Searches

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

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 today announced the receipt of guidance from the USDOL 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,” said Davis. “These new requirements will make sure claimants are on track to find employment and not get caught off guard when their benefits expire.”
All claimants receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC 08) must complete two work searches weekly and provide documentation to Labor and Workforce Development upon request. Additionally, claimants must participate in case management at a Tennessee Career Center including orientation, eligibility review, assessment of skills, participation in remedial workshops, and commitment to a work search plan.
“The federal government has raised the bar on accountability for claimants,” said Commissioner Davis. “Claimants will be required to prove that they are looking for work, and they will be engaged face to face with our job service employees.  If these requirements are not met they will no longer be eligible to receive benefits.”
In February 2012, federal legislation was enacted extending the deadlines for federally funded unemployment benefits through December 2012. The changes to the structure of federal benefits reduced the total amount of benefit weeks, but did not create additional benefits for those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits.

Planning Commissions Meetings Tonight

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The monthly meeting of the Cannon County Planning Commission will take place this afternoon Tuesday, at 5:00 p.m.As agreed in the last meeting, the date and time of our meeting has been changed to accommodate Shannon Copus who will also be attending the Woodbury Planning Commission meeting at 6:00 p.m. This will allow him to make one trip from Cookeville to attend both meetings. The Commission is expected to discuss and review a draft copy of possible land use plan policies for industrial, public and semi public land usages
The meeting will take place in the courtroom

Lions Swept In Doubleheader, On Radio Today

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Cannon County Lions started the week off with their first district game visiting York Institute for a doubleheader in Jamestown.  The Lions were swept in the twinbill 8-3 and 1-0.  Spring Sports Schedules for today include the Cannon County Lionettes playing at home in a district game against Murfreesboro Central Magnet at 5:00.  The Cannon County Lions baseball team will be at hom at the Dixie Youth Baseball Fields this afternoon hosting a game against Grundy County.  First pitch slated to start at 5:00.  You can hear the ballgame live on AM 1540 FM 96.7 WBRY beginning at 4:50 this afternoon.

USDA Warns Of Scam

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

USDA officials learned late Friday afternoon, March 16th, 2012, that fraudulent letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in at least four states.  The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information.  These letters are false and in no case should a recipient respond with personal and financial information. The fraudulent letters bear USDA’s logo and seal and are signed by an individual identified as “Frank Rutenberg” using a title of “Senior Procurement Officer”. Letters have been received by FAX in Alabama, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, but may have also been sent to other states. Recipients should not respond and should not supply the requested information. USDA is investigating this matter through the Office of the Inspector General.

Cannon County's Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for January showed the rate increased in 91 counties.  In Cannon County the rate increased a .point  7 percent from 7.2 percent to 7.9 percent.  Of a labor force  of 6,590, 6,070 were employed while 520 were unemployed.  Dekalb County showed an increase from 7.9 to 8.6 percent.  Coffee County stayed the same at 8.4 percent. Rutherford jumped slightly to 7.1 percent and Warren increased to 9.9 percent

Gov. Haslam Announces Disaster Aid For Dekalb County

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the federal government will provide Individual Assistance in Bradley, Claiborne, Cumberland, DeKalb, Hamilton, Jackson, McMinn, Monroe, Overton and Polk Counties under a disaster declaration for the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding of Feb. 29 to March 2, 2012, with a federal designation of DR-4060.
“My goal is always to make sure we get the needed assistance to as many families as possible,” Haslam said of the disaster assistance he requested. “I’m very pleased the federal government has taken this step to provide needed relief to those individuals and families impacted by these storms.”
Individuals in Bradley, Claiborne, Cumberland, DeKalb, Hamilton, Jackson, McMinn, Monroe, Overton, and Polk Counties are now eligible for federal assistance, and residents who sustained losses in these counties can begin applying for assistance immediately through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).


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