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Page A2 — The Brownsville States-Graphic, Thursday, December 23, 2010

Loving hands holds Christmas event Loving Hands and Hearts, Haywood County Foster Parent Organization recently held its annual Christmas event at the Delta Room behind Backyard Barbecue, Tuesday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m. Among food and fellowship, children and parents also got the opportunity to talk to Santa Claus and his helper, played by Bob and Hayden Hooper. The association started in Haywood County in 1997 and has worked along with the Department of Children Services in terms of offering parents support, whether that has meant

gathering clothes, talking legislatures in Nashville, or receiving special training. “This is such a good association, past president Chris Chapman said. “So many could have just, you know, stuck to just their own children, but we have so many here that just wanted to help out.” To join the organization, one doesn’t even have to be a foster parent, but just have a love for children and a desire to help. If interested or looking for more information, contact Freddie Burnette at 772-3116 or 780-8659.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development releases job creation data T e n n e s s e e Department of Labor and Workforce D e v e l o p m e n t Commissioner James Neeley today released figures showing widespread benefits to Tennessee communities from the past year’s grants and training efforts. The reports show that in 2010, 19,296 Tennesseans got the opportunity to work through efforts of the workforce system in both private and government funded positions. The figures are based on information submitted to the Workforce Development Board today in Nashville, which provides oversight of the Workforce Development system in Tennessee. In 2010, 19,296 Tennesseans got the opportunity to work through efforts of the workforce system in both private and government funded positions. “Federal training grants and subsidies have been a lifeline for employers during the worst of economic times, helping

to retain jobs and stimulate employment growth,” Commissioner Neeley said. “These grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy, and scores of businesses across the state have been able to tap into these grants.” The new figures, compiled by the Tennessee Department of Labor, show that Workforce Development efforts created or retained 19,296 jobs including the following: On-the-Job (OJT) training contracts created 5,702 jobs with 28 Tennessee employers National Emergency OJT grant awarded in October will create 512 jobs targeting dislocated workers Incumbent Worker Training Grants saved 3,321 jobs through 54 grants at $368/trainee 9,761 temporary government subsidized jobs were created Partnering with Dept. of Human Services, 1,045 jobs were created in five high

unemployment counties including Hancock, Scott, Perry, Marshall and Lauderdale ARRA/Summer Youth Program created 7,858 full time equivalency jobs Title V, Older Americans Programs created 291 part-time temporary jobs National Emergency Flood Grants created 567 temporary jobs The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Workforce Development division serves Tennessee’s employers and employees through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) using federal funds for eligible adults, dislocated workers and youth. For information on Workforce Development services visit their Internet site at http:// w w w. t n . g o v / l a b o r wfd/empwfd.html or find the nearest Tennessee Career Center Online at http://www. tn.gov/labor-wfd/cc/.

TVA Sets December Peak Demand Record Knoxville—This month’s arctic blast of bone-chilling weather produced some of the highest demands for electricity on record for the Tennessee Valley Authority. On Dec. 14, a peak load of 31,436 megawatts was the highest December peak in TVA history, coming at 8 a.m. EST with the temperature hovering at 15 degrees. It also was the highest winter peak since Jan. 16, 2009, which was 32,572 megawatts On Dec. 13, TVA met a new December record for daily electricity demand of 674.9 gigawatt-hours. This is TVA’s third highest amount for a 24hour period ever. Daily demand on Dec. 14 was 663.5 gigawatt-hours, seventh highest of all time. TVA’s 24-hour demand record is 701.4 gigawatt-hours set last Jan. 8. A gigawatt-hour equals 1 billion watthours. (For comparison, if you have 10 100 watt light bulbs running for one hour it equals 1,000 watt-hours.) “The cold

temperatures caused people to use more electricity as they turn up their thermostats and turn on space heaters,” said Kim Greene, TVA’s group president of strategy and external relations. “Using more electricity means electric bills will likely be higher for this month.” TVA and local power distributors are partnering to provide the In-Home Energy Evaluation program to help consumers save money on their electric bills and reduce how much power TVA must generate. More than 11,000 home energy audits have been conducted in the program, with TVA paying more than $2 million in incentives for home energy efficiency improvements. Consumers can contact their local power company to arrange a visit from a TVAcertified auditor. Here are some other

ways you can help reduce your electric bills during the colder months: Keep your thermostat set at 68 degrees. Your heating costs increase by about 3 percent for every degree above that. Install a programmable thermostat. Make sure doors and windows are properly sealed with caulk and/ or weather stripping. Also make sure you have adequate insulation in your attic, where much of the warm air can escape. For more information, go to www. energyright.com. “TVA can supply more than 34,000 megawatts of electricity, not including what we get from power purchases,” Greene said. “TVA’s power system is operating well. Our employees are working hard to keep the power plants running to keep the lights and heaters on.”

Lea & Simmons first annual Christmas Memorial Service Lea & Simmons Funeral Home hosted their first annual Christmas Memorial Service Sunday, December 5 in the chapel of the funeral home. Bro. Sammy Tillman officiated at this service of remembrance. They will be hosting this

event each year to give those who have lost a loved one an opportunity to meet and share with others who have suffered a loss. Following the service, the attendees enjoyed a time of food and fellowship.

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