Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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October 24, 2012

Hiring initiative to bring Paychecks to Patriots

Hiring fair set for Thursday in Crossville

CROSSVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Labor has joined with Dollar General and several major employers in Tennessee to connect veterans with jobs. The Paychecks for Patriots initiative will include hiring fairs to be held on Oct. 25 in 13 Tennessee Career Centers throughout the state, and will feature local employers interested in putting veterans to work. The Paychecks for Patriots hiring fair in Crossville will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 60 Ridley Street.

Governor Haslam signed a proclamation announcing Oct. 25 as Paychecks for Patriots Day. The declaration signifies the governor’s support for recently returning veterans as well as those from past campaigns.

“We should never take for granted the freedoms we enjoy here at home because of the service of veterans,” Haslam said. “I am really grateful for our service members and all that they do overseas and back here at home, and I’m happy the state could help by partnering with local employers to find jobs for veterans.”

Crossville’s hiring fair features ARAMARK, Cumberland Medical Center, Dollar General, Good Samaritans, Life Care Centers of America, Lowe’s, Morristown Drivers Service Inc., TLD Logistics, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and Wyndridge Health and Rehabilitation. They will have representatives on-site who will be accepting resumes or referring applicants to online applications. Tennessee Career Centers are equipped with computer workstations to facilitate online applications and job searches through their jobs database at www.jobs4tn.gov.
“Tennessee employers understand the value veterans bring to the work place. Dollar General has hired more than 7,000 veterans in the last two years alone,” said Bob Ravener, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief people officer. “Through Paychecks for Patriots, we’re seeking to resolve the challenges of unemployment facing our veterans by equipping Tennessee’s military community with the resources to better understand the job opportunities available.”

Several agencies are contributing to the event including Labor and Workforce Development, Economic and Community Development, Military, Veterans Affairs, and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

"Paychecks for Patriots has pulled together some of Tennessee's most prominent employers with one goal in mind ... to help our veterans find or better their employment,” said Major General Haston. “The Tennessee National Guard is proud to be a part of this landmark project.”

Paychecks for Patriots hiring fairs will concurrently be held in Chattanooga, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Crossville, Dyersburg, Jackson, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis (Poplar Avenue), Nashville (Metro Center), Talbott and Tullahoma.

"Our servicemen and women make sacrifices few would even contemplate to provide freedom and security to the rest of us. When their service comes to an end, the least we can do is make the effort to help them find good, high-paying jobs. This initiative assists not only veterans but our Tennessee employers as well by matching them with some of the highest quality workers available. It's a win-win and I applaud all involved for bringing this initiative to fruition," said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey.

“Our servicemen and women sacrifice daily to keep us safe here at home and abroad. Providing support to them as they search for employment after their service to this country is important, and I appreciate the Departments of Military and Labor, ESGR, and Dollar General for their work on the ‘Paychecks for Patriots’ event,” said Speaker Beth Harwell.

Information on Paychecks for Patriots and participating employers and locations can be found at http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/Patriots/Paychecks.shtml.

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