Local Guardsmen serving in Iraq
Spring springs over weekend
Former TDEC exec to lead local company
Guardsmen serving in Iraq
photo courtesy of Vanessa Wills
While the circumstances can be trying and the weather less than
enjoyable, these soldiers from the local Tennessee National Guard
Knife Troop still take the time to smile for the camera. Posing
for the camera are, from left, SGT Brandon Cross, SPC Sam York,
SGT Randal Slayton, SPC Justin Wills, and SPC Brian Martin.
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springs over weekend
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Avery Brown, in her Easter Sunday attire, picks some wildflowers
just before she and her brothers and cousins partake in an egg hunt.
She is the daughter of Tracy and Tabitha Brown of Alpine.
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unemployment rate at 5.9%
Tennessee's unemployment rate for the month of February
is 5.9%, the same as the seasonally adjusted January state rate
of 5.9%, according to Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development
The national unemployment rate for February is 5.4%,
up from 5.2%.
"The business survey shows year-to-year increases
in professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities,"
"A decline is shown in local government jobs
due to the temporary hiring of election workers last year for the
2004 presidential primary."
The January-to-February figures show increases in
government jobs, up by 6,800, most of which was in state government
educational services, up 4,900 jobs.
Education/health service jobs also increased 2,800.
Month-to-month seasonal decreases took place in retail trade jobs,
down by 1,800. Nondurable goods manufacturing lost 200 jobs.
From February 2004 to February 2005, professional/business
services jobs increased by 11,000. Jobs in leisure/hospitality increased
by 7,500. Decreases took place in government jobs, down 13,900,
of which local government comprised 13,000 jobs. Information jobs
decreased 1,500. Jobs in the food and beverage stores lost 1,000.
In January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revised
the unemployment rate estimating methodology.
For more details go to the Tennessee Department of
Labor & Workforce Development's website at www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd
and click on the New Unemployment Rate Methodology Update icon.
The site will feature a question-and-answer section, as well as
the new Tennessee metropolitan, micropolitan, and combined statistical
Links to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website
are offered on the site also for a more thorough explanation of
the revised method.
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