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Archives 21-26-2001




December Enhanced With Glorious Sunsets
Tennessee's Highways Rank Best In Nation
IRS Hiring Throughout Tennessee


Small Business Of The Year Announced

Darren Oliver/OCN staff

The Paper Place and Gallery Coffee Shop was announced the 2001 Small Business of the Year in Overton County at the Chamber After Hours social gathering held Thursday, Dec. 13 at First National Bank. On hand for the award presentation are, from left, David Parsons, Chamber board president, David and Jean Moore, owners of The Paper Place and Gallery Coffee Shop, and Rita Reagan, assistant director of Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

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Tennessee's Highways Rank Best In Nation

The highway system in Tennessee is ranked number one in the nation according to an annual survey of the nation's truck drivers.

In its December issue, Overdrive magazine gave Tenn-essee's highway system high marks for the best roads, putting them ahead of Florida, Ohio, Texas and Indiana. The worst roads according to the trucker survey were in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, New York and Illinois.

Transportation Commissioner Bruce Saltsman credited a solid maintenance program and consistent funding and support from current and previous governors and the legislatures as reasons for the high ranking. According to statistics from the Federal Highway Administration, Tennessee spends more money on maintenance and protecting its highway investment than any of its sister states.

"Being rated the best by truckers who drive our roads the most, says our program of protecting and maintaining our investment in our highways has worked," Saltsman said. "The goal of resurfacing the interstate every 8 years and other state highways at least on a 12-year cycle has contributed to a system that is now ranked number one.

"It goes without saying that the consistent funding provided by three governors and eight legislatures over the last two decades has been the biggest contributor to the number one status."

Tennessee also gained high marks landing at number three for both truck inspections and most scenic highways. The survey results reported in Overdrive, a national trucking publication, feature photographs of trucks on Tennessee highways and comments from truckers who drive the nation's highways.

According to Saltsman, being number one is more than just bragging rights. He said it means Tennesseans have fewer car repairs, better traffic flow, and most of all, a safer highway system on which to travel.

"We aren't just building roads, we are building better communities and with a first rate highway system we are well ahead of the pack," Saltsman said.



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IRS Hiring Throughout Tennessee

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hiring qualified applicants for positions throughout Tennessee. The agency is filling jobs in Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Johnson City.

Positions to be filled include revenue agents, tax compliance officers, and revenue officers. Revenue agents examine and audit individual, business, and corporate tax returns. Tax compliance officers analyze financial information and resolve technical issues. Revenue officers contact taxpayers to determine filing requirements and to secure past-due returns and payments. Some openings are for qualified applicants with bilingual skills.

Qualifications for these positions generally might include, but are not limited to, accounting, training, marketing, outreach, and analytical skills. Basic qualifications range from three years of general experience to between 6 and 30 hours of accounting training, a four-year college degree, or being within nine months of graduation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, leveraging the latest in mini and microcomputers, telecommunications, and data managements systems. IRS provides training and advancement opportunities as well as benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov and click on "IRS Hiring Hundreds Now". These opportunities are available for a limited time only. Completed applications must be received by December 31.





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