Paychecks For Patriots Set For Oct. 17 At 5 Georgia Locations

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Between 50,000 and 80,000 veterans are expected to return home to Georgia over the next four years, and the Georgia Department of Labor and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) are teaming-up with the Tennessee Department of Labor to help connect these veterans with available jobs in their home communities.

Paychecks for Patriots will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, at five locations across Georgia -- Savannah, Augusta, Columbus, Warner Robins and Metro Atlanta, as part of Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler’s initiative to address the employment needs of service men and women.
The two states are collaborating with a number of private employers and associations in an effort to provide employment opportunities for veterans, guardsmen, reservists, and their spouses.

"Veterans are our number one priority at the Georgia Department of Labor," said Commissioner Butler. "It’s our obligation to find these men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom a place in the workforce, and we are committed to giving them the highest level of dedication and commitment. The Georgia Labor Department is happy to be coordinating with Tennessee and other agencies on this great project."

By teaming-up with the Technology Association of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration at all five locations, the number of participating employers a veteran can connect with is greatly expanded. The Georgia National Guard and Employer Services for the Guard and Reserve are also participating in the event. Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency is joining efforts with GDOL at the Savannah event.

"TAG is working diligently to help technology companies locate and connect the best and brightest candidates in the field.  We feel that many of our returning soldiers would be a perfect fit for building Georgia's technology future.  At a time when soldiers are looking for their next destination, we want to make sure they know all that Georgia has to offer in the way of opportunities and success,” said TAG President Tino Mantella.

Dollar General is a leading driver in Paychecks for Patriots in both states, and is working to bring other national corporations to the Georgia and Tennessee career expos to help make the connection with veterans. There will also be many local businesses participating at each of the expos.

In addition to the career expo, the GDOL Special Workforce Assistance Team (SWAT) will offer workshops for veterans prior to the Oct 17 event. The workshops will include resume review assistance, how to successfully work a career expo, as well as interviewing and networking skills.

Veterans receive priority service throughout Georgia’s Career Centers, where veterans’ representatives are available to assist them in their job search.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube which can be conveniently accessed at www.dol.state.ga.us

The Women’s Fund Of Greater Chattanooga Appoints Two Executives To Its Board Of Directors

The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga appointed Autumn Graves and Cynthia Nesson to its board of directors to support the organization’s ongoing effort of creating greater opportunities in health, education, and safety for the women and girls in the Chattanooga community, officials said.   Dr. Graves, a leader in the education sector, is currently the head of school ... (click for more)

TNECD Awards ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grants To Marion, McMinn And 9 Other Tennessee Counties

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Friday the 11 counties that will receive ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grants.  The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing public safety, health, education and workforce development.  The eleven communities receiving ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grants include ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Man Charged In Traffic Death Of Tunnel Hill Woman, 28

Authorities said a Signal Mountain man was driving when his vehicle struck and killed a woman walking along a road at Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday night. Tyler Alexander Lemley, 20, was charged with DUI. Other charges are pending. Kimberly Diane Dotson, 28, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., was walking southbound on the west edge of Sam Lewis Road when she was hit. Lemley was driving ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Woman Sues Over Treatment Of Disabled Daughter At Memphis Airport Security Checkpoint

A Chattanooga woman has filed suit, alleging that her disabled daughter was roughed up by airport police and Transportation Security Administration personnel at the Memphis Airport. Shirley Cohen said she was returning to Chattanooga after taking her 19-year-old daughter to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment. The lawsuit filed in Memphis says the daughter ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (6)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Man’ To Leave Marines

There are some institutions in the history of America that should be above the nauseating “political correctness” that is undermining America. One of the biggest is most certainly the United States Marine Corps. But Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has apparently and most unfortunately gone soft and the word is that in the coming days about 25 words that are primary to the Corps ... (click for more)