Unemployed in Scott County react to President's jobs plan

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

SCOTT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Joe Tremell has been out of work for 18-months. He was laid off from a manufacturing job he held for 26-years. "They closed down, of course," Tremell said.

He's not alone. The jobless rate in Scott County is nearly 20%, the highest in Tennessee. President Obama hopes to change that with a robust jobs plan.

"There are steps we can take right now to improve the economy," the President said. Like extending unemployment benefits for people like Tremell.

"It gets me by, barely pay my bills, but I get by. You don't have any money left," said Tremell.

The President also proposes new infrastucture spending which could fill millions of construction jobs. "Yes, I'm looking to going into construction," Tremell said.

"It will provide a jolt to an economy that is stalled," President Obama told a joint session of Congress.

Without adding to the national debt, according to the president. Of course, a divided Congress has to approve the plan.

"Get down to business," Tremell said to Congress.

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  • by Bonnie Location: Knoxville on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    Really. Why did you feel it necessary to rip the population of Scott County so derogatorily? What purpose did it serve?
  • by raysaurus Location: Knoxville, TN on Sep 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    I predict that the majority of Scott Countians, following TN generally, cast their vote for the Republican Party candidates, thusly electing their worst enemies to public office to govern over them. I sum from this preponderance that they are ignorant (innocent) of the cause of the high unemployment ratio in the county. Following logically from the first premise it is concluded that the majority of Scott Countians are illiterate of American history and constitutional civics and the proper duties of citizenship, political science and economic theory, defenders of mythical creationism and disbelievers in biological and intellectual evolution, and have not read much in the Holy Bible they would kill for, happily ignoring the Sixth Commandment. In short, The Scott County majority are the condemned and left behind victims who were unprepared for the Great Awakening or the philosophy of The Enlightenment. They are still living in the age of Lutherism, Calvinism, in the Dark Middle Ages.


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