Kenneth “Ken” Thurman Howell

Posted by | March 30, 2020 1:27 pm

Kenneth “Ken” Thurman Howell


Kenneth “Ken” Thurman Howell, 88, of Englewood, passed away March 24, 2020, at Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens.

Mr. Howell was born in June 9, 1931, near Burgess Falls, in White County, the son of Ray and Ova Howell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his lovely wife, Berta Mildred Howell; two sisters, Jessie Lee and husband Raymond, Nellie Fern Howell;  two brothers, Ray Thomas Howell, William “Bill” Herman Howell; and infant sister, Vera Marie.

He attended Cole’s Chapel Grade School and White County High School. After receiving his draft notice for his induction during the Korean War, he joined … CONTINUED

UT Extension identifies resources for direct farm marketers during COVID-19 outbreak

Posted by | March 30, 2020 11:27 am

CSAs, agritourism operators, others changing their business models

Like other businesses and families, Tennessee’s direct farm marketers, value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and agritourism operators are facing new and imposing challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and by local, state and national efforts to flatten the curve of infections. Navigating the situation is a daunting task, so the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has developed a website to support farmers who are making critical decisions and business adjustments.

The free resource list is available at The site provides links to resources made available by UT Extension and other universities, government agencies and producer organizations from across the … CONTINUED

Regional unemployment claims

Posted by | March 30, 2020 11:22 am

Local Workforce Development Area Number of New Claims
Greater Memphis 4,355
Northwest Tennessee 511
Southwest Tennessee 518
Northern Middle Tennessee 16,993
Southern Middle Tennessee 1,992
Upper Cumberland 877
Southeast Tennessee 4,211
East Tennessee 6,854
Northeast Tennessee 1,616
West TN Mobile American Job Center 5
Middle TN Mobile American Job Center 122
East TN Mobile America Job Center 10

Legal Aid Society to offer free legal advice by telephone in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by | March 30, 2020 11:12 am

 Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, announced March 30 that it will be offering free legal advice over the phone in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a challenging time for many in Middle Tennessee who are facing unexpected changes to their lives, such as the sudden loss of a job or overwhelming debts,” said DarKenya W. Waller, executive director of Legal Aid Society. “In addition to our regular legal services, which have continued uninterrupted through this period, we are providing a convenient new way for residents to get free, qualified legal advice without having to leave their … CONTINUED

WCTE provides at-home learning programs for students and educators during school closures

Posted by | March 30, 2020 9:19 am

As schools across the country close in response to the COVID-19 virus, WCTE PBS has partnered with the World Channel to support distance learning.  WCTE’s World Channel is one of four channels offered over the air and on select cable carriers.

Beginning on Monday, March 30, the public media WORLD Channel from WCTE will provide a daily, five-hour At-Home Learning Service for students in grades 6-12.  From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., CT, weekdays, WORLD will offer programs on science, history and English language arts, and include related learning resources from PBS Learning Media, a free online service of thousands of educational resources.” WCTE World Channel always … CONTINUED

Where to haul wood debris

Posted by | March 30, 2020 8:29 am

From White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson:

At this time, the county will not be able to pick up any wood debris from the Sunday, March 29, storms. All wood debris can be hauled to the convenience center, at 1928 Roberts-Matthews Highway. There will be someone onsite to direct you were to unload the debris. This is the ONLY convenience center that will be accepting wood debris. Metal debris and regular household garbage can still be taken to any of the convenience centers .

Update from director of schools about free meal service

Posted by | March 30, 2020 5:21 am

From Kurt Dronebarger, director of White County schools:

Good evening, this is Kurt Dronebarger with the White County School District. First of all, I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy. Between the Coronavirus and the storms that occurred in the early morning hours of March 29, White County has definitely had its share of adversity.

At this time, I know that many of you are still without electrical service. This is also the case for the majority of our schools. For this reason, we will need to reschedule our meal service. Unfortunately, free school meals will not be served on Monday, but rather, this … CONTINUED

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