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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Thursday that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Tennessee as a result of the drought that began on Oct. 18, 2016. This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Anderson, Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Van Buren and White in Tennessee.
Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers.
Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.
The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to email@example.com. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster.
Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than June 26, 2017.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday that a record number of high school seniors from the class of 2017 applied for the Tennessee Promise and called on Tennessee adults to serve as mentors for the program.
November 1 marked the deadline for the state’s groundbreaking program which provides high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees, and 60,780 high school seniors applied. That’s up from 58,286 applicants in 2014 and 59,621 applicants in 2015.
Mentorship is a key aspect of the Tennessee Promise. The state’s goal is to secure 9,000 mentors before the deadline on November 20. Currently, 4,500 mentors have committed, and only two counties, Hawkins and Grundy, have met their goals.
If you’re interested in becoming a Tennesse Promise mentor, the mentor application is available through November 20 at http://tnpromise.gov/volunteers.shtml
The Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers is asking for your help in located Ritchie Wayne Smith who is wanted for domestic assault, evading arrest and simple possession. Smith is a 46-year-old white make known to frequent the Rock Quarry Road area of Cumberland County.
If you know where RITCHIE WAYNE SMITH is hiding out, please call the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173.
There will be a minimum $200 payout for information leading to the arrest of this profiled person!
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The Georgia Department of Transportation has conducted a study examining three potential routes for a high-speed train service between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
News outlets report the department believes the best-performing route would be along Interstate 75, with eight stations, including one in Cartersville, at an estimated cost of $8.76 billion. The ride would take about 88 minutes and have an estimated ridership of nearly 12,000 by 2040.
A stop in Rome, Georgia would boost predicted ridership, but would bring the estimated cost to $9.81 billion and affect more parkland and wetlands.
GDOT is scheduling public information open houses in mid-November in Atlanta, Chattanooga and Dalton, Georgia.
After receiving public comments, GDOT and its Tennessee counterpart will prepare a final environmental impact statement with a decision on the preferred route.
A former Marine shocked the courtroom during his own murder trial, admitting to strangling the wife of another Marine in June 2014 and pushing her head-first down an abandoned mine shaft in the remote California desert.
The Desert Sun reports Christopher Lee made those statements after taking the stand Tuesday.
Lee had pleaded not guilty to killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin, of Oakridge, who was his neighbor and the wife of a Marine with whom Lee's suspected of having an affair.
Corwin was pregnant and reportedly Lee was the father of her child.
Lee says he's "no longer scared to tell the truth" and people need to know what he did.
Lee says he decided to kill Corwin because he was controlled by anger and hate. He testified that Corwin had molested a family member — the first time that accusation has come to light.