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NEWPORT—The replacement of a water line running from the intersection of Hwy. 321 and Jones Cove Road southward to Roostertown Road has begun.

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NEWPORT—Jeff McCord, the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development for Tennessee, recently made a stop in Newport to discuss his department and what it has to offer each county in the state.

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NEWPORT—Members of the Newport Utilities Board of Directors, meeting Tuesday, June 25, unanimously approved a request from NU Water Works Supervisor Clint Hammonds to readjust a recent increase in water rates for large commercial customers.

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NEWPORT—Multiple projects are closer to being finalized by Cocke County Partnership President Lucas Graham.

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NEWPORT—The Cocke County Partnership and Economic Development boards met briefly Thursday evening to hear updates from several departments.

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NEWPORT—If the precipitation falling on Cocke County in recent months is an indicator, 2019 ought to be a banner year for local rafting companies.

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NEWPORT—The Pizza with the President event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce was a huge success as members of the community asked questions and heard updates from Partnership President Lucas Graham.

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NEWPORT—The tenth annual Legislative Breakfast, hosted by the Cocke County Partnership, will be held Friday, March 1, 2019, at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center at 8:00 a.m.

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NEWPORT—Pam Beck was recently named the CEO of Newport Medical Center after serving as the interim CEO since January of this year.

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NEWPORT—It was business as usual as the Executive Committee of the Economic Development Commission and Cocke County Partnership met Thursday evening.

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NEWPORT—After much discussion, a letter of intent is now in place for an undisclosed company to purchase the former Ace Products site on Industrial Road.

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NEWPORT—The Economic Development Commission and Partnership Boards met Thursday night to hear updates from Partnership President Lucas Graham and his staff members.

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NEWPORT—A public forum focusing on Tennessee’s Three-Star program and how participants can help Cocke County will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Newport-Cocke County Community Center.

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MORRISTOWN—Get a head start on your job search with free workshops at the American Job Center in Morristown. In addition to workshops, the Center offers free use of computers, Internet job search sites and job postings.

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GREENEVILLE—Jacob C. Ottinger of Greeneville, a Modern Woodmen of American managing partner, has earned membership in Modern Woodmen’s Managing Partner Round Table.

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NEWPORT—A bid of $284,604.00, submitted by Junior Hommel Excavating, for the site preparation of Newport Utilities’ Chestnut Hill substation was approved by the company’s board of directors during their meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28.

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NEWPORT—Recognizing the need to make local students aware of the job possibilities offered by existing industries in Cocke County, a partnership among these companies, the Cocke County School System, and Tennessee College of Applied Technology is working together toward a common goal.

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BYBEE—Newport/Chamber of Commerce Director Lynn Ramsey summed up the feelings of the crowd gathered Friday, Oct. 20, in a field adjacent to Hwy. 160 in Bybee, when she said, “Everybody’s excited.”

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MORRISTOWN--The American Job Center Morristown offers group and individual workshops for those seeking employment or looking to get better jobs. Services are funded through a partnership between Walters State Community College and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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MORRISTOWN--The American Job Center in Morristown will host a workforce readiness clinic from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Oct. 7. The program is designed to give individuals information on becoming workforce ready. This is a great opportunity for those unemployed, as well as those looking for bet…

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NEWPORT—When Phoenix Closures opened up a facility in Newport over a decade ago, setting its plastic injection molding company operations up to manufacture lids, the sky was the limit for the Naperville, Illinois based company.

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NASHVILLE—The number of new entity filings coupled with a historically low unemployment rate indicates Tennessee has a healthy economy, according to a report released by the Secretary of State’s office.

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Joining with the statewide trend, Cocke County’s unemployment rate inched upward for the month of June, according to figures released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Thursday afternoon.

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NEWPORT—Plans to bring the Newport Utilities Broadband Fiber Project to fruition moved forward Tuesday, June 27, when the company’s board of directors approved the borrowing of up to $37 million from the USDA Rural Utilities Service Program to finance the project.