Enterprise Center Graduates 25 From “Green Jobs” Training Program

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Enterprise Center announced Monday a second round of people have graduated from the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program.  Graduation will be held Wednesday at noon at the Urban League.

Twenty-five adult learners from the city and county participated in the Enterprise Center's Environmental job training program and came away certified in several areas, including hazardous waste operations and emergency response, construction, and general industry. The certifications are recognized by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Six national certifications were earned by the graduates. Of the 25 graduates, 16 are gearing up to start the commercial driver’s license Class A trucking driving program in partnership with Chattanooga State and the TN Career Center in anticipation of earning their CDL licenses in seven weeks and driving commercial vehicles full time in May.

The program is sponsored by a $300,000 federal Environmental Protection Agency grant. The money will be awarded over three years to help a total of 75 people get jobs.  Program coordinator Donna Van Natten, who holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, stated that the Enterprise Center will do all it can to make sure its graduates obtain full time, good paying careers that go beyond minimum wage jobs.

Enrollees in the program must have a high school diploma or GED and possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license as part of the program. Having a criminal record doesn't automatically disqualify a person from the program, said Van Natten.  “We look at each applicant’s profile case by case to ensure that they are committed to the full day program and understand the effort it takes to be successful in manufacturing, construction, and transportation lines of work.” The first graduating class completed the 13-week training course in December and almost 75 percent have full-time employment.  


USDA Rural Development Invests in Three Renewable Energy Projects in Southeastern Tennessee

USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode announced Friday multiple Rural Energy for America Program projects in three Southeastern Tennessee counties. Rural Development funds will be used to assist farmers and rural small businesses in developing renewable energy systems and making energy-efficiency improvements to their operations. "I applaud the efforts of farmers ... (click for more)

USDA RD Grant Assists With Two Utility Projects In Rhea County

USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode announced Friday two Water and Environmental Program projects in Rhea County. Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System and a de-gassing tower. “The purchase of the new equipment will enable the utility districts in Rhea County to better serve their customers,” Dir. ... (click for more)

Auto Burglary Thwarted In Bradley County

A man has been arrested in Bradley County, after attempting to steal a vehicle. On Thursday, Deputy Jessica Morgan observed a silver truck in a church parking lot on South Lee Highway. While checking the premises, Dep. Morgan observed a male wearing a black tank top and red shorts exiting the rear window of the cab into the bed of the truck. Once the suspect noticed Dep. Morgan, ... (click for more)

Jury Awards 25 City Police Personnel Total Of $562,000 On Claims That Pay Plan Was Not Followed

A Chancery Court jury on Wednesday gave a verdict totaling $562,000 for 25 city police personnel who filed suit almost five years ago alleging that the city never lived up to terms of a 2010 pay plan. Attorney Stevie Phillips, who tried the case along with Janie Parks Varnell, said, "The jury awarded each officer what we had asked for to the penny." She stated, "These 25 members ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Abused By An EpiPen

It is a good guess that for about 30 years I have kept an EpiPen on the top of my refrigerator. I have never had to open the box, much less jab a dose of life-saving epinephrine into a person suffering from anaphylaxis. Whether it is a bee sting, peanut butter, shellfish or other allergies, I watched somebody come within inches of dying in my early 20s and swore I would have one ... (click for more)