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