Unemployment in Tennessee fell by three-tenths of a percent to 6.8 percent last month — the lowest jobless rate since June, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today.Tennessee employers added 1,900 jobs in November, but Tennessee’s jobless rate last month was still a full percentage point higher than the U.S. rate of 5.8 percent. Over the past year, Tennessee employment has grown by 53,900 jobs with the biggest increases in professional and business services, trade, transportation, utilities and durable goods manufacturing. A year ago, 7.1 percent of Tennessee’s workforce was unemployed.

Bradley County Emergency Medical Service recently had their annual Christmas Banquet and awards ceremony at the Church of God Communications building in Cleveland. Employees enjoyed a nice meal prepared by Jade Lockhart owner of Lockhart’s Fire and Smoke. EMS Chief, Danny Lawson addressed those in attendance. He expressed his appreciation for everyone’s hard work and encouraged those with seniority to give guidance to the younger generation of responders.
>> Several awards were presented to employees including tenure awards that began with employees with five years of service and as much as thirty years plus. Todd Black and John Clines received their 30 year award. Stan Clark and Barry Snyder were recognized for 25 years and Shawn Fairbanks for 20 years. Paramedics Jade Lockhart and Charles Hudson received their 5 year awards.>
> The Bradley County EMS Part-Time Employee of the Year was presented to EMT Chris Ballard. The Paramedic of the Year was awarded to Paramedic Jade Lockhart. The Bradley County EMS Employee of the year was presented to a 30 year veteran paramedic, Todd Black.
>> The last award presented for the evening was the Bradley County EMS Call of the Year Award. The recipients of this award were; Jeff Jones, Megan Hall, Doug Evans, Luke Fisher, Shawn Fairbanks, Sean Hennessee, JR First, Tony Cochran, Nick Laney, Jeff Spence, Troy Thornton, and Chuck Payne.

ATHENS, TN (WRCB) –  A Christmas tree went up in flames, causing an Athens home to burn. The family of six, who nearly lost everything, is trying to cope. Four children now have no Christmas presents. Firefighters say a lamp near the family’s Christmas tree started the fire. No one was home when it happened. On Tuesday afternoon, Henderson said she was out doing some last-minute Christmas shopping with her mom when she got a call her house was on fire. By the time she got there, the fire was already put out. The melted artificial tree still sits out front.”Everything just went up in smoke,” Julia said. If you’d like to help out, the family’s needs along with their clothing sizes are listedon our website
Boy, 15: jeans size 48-50, 3x shirts, size 12 shoes and socks. Likes WWE wrestling and video games.
Girl,12: juniors size 6 pants, lg/xl shirts, size 8 1/2 in women’s shoes. Likes makeup, jewelry, My Life dolls from Walmart, art sets, music, clothing.
Girl, 9: size 14/16 in girls pants, med/lg shirts, size 6 shoes. Likes Monster High Dolls, One Direction, jewelry, puzzles, board games, dolls.
Girl, 2 months: 3-6 months clothing, size 1-2 shoes, and size 1 diapers.
Mom: jeans size 13/14, shirts are lg/xl, size 8 1/2 shoes.
Dad: jeans size 34×34, xl shirts, size 11 shoes
People may contact the grandmother, Loretta Swafford, to make donations to the family and call (423) 453-5576. Donations may also be dropped off at Athens Free Saints True Holiness Church.

A report from the Cleveland Daily Banner-Cleveland and Bradley County’s top education officials are pleased with their collaborative effort on school calendars for the 2015-16 school year. Where there were extreme differences in years past, for special breaks, vacations and start-up and close-down times, those differences have virtually been eliminated. Dr. Martin Ringstaff of the Cleveland City Schools system, and Johnny McDaniel of Bradley County agree most of the problems of past academic years have been erased for next year’s calendars. There are slight differences at the start and finish of the school year, but the calendars are very balanced for the convenience of students, teachers, families, other education leaders, additional family members and the general public.

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