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

Porsche Of Chattanooga Has Grand Reopening July 9

Porsche of Chattanooga will have a grand reopening for the new showroom and fitting lounge on Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. Sales hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Service hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.  For more information about Porsche of Chattanooga, visit www.porscheofchattanooga.com ... (click for more)

AFA To Host Pavilion At Domotex 2016 For The 18th Year

The American Floorcovering Alliance, headquartered in Dalton, will once again host a pavilion Jan. 16–19 in Hannover, Germany at Domotex 2016. The AFA has lead a delegation of floor covering companies to Domotex annually since 1998. Participating companies are housed in the AFA Pavilion equipped with a State of Georgia sponsored community lounge, conference room and exhibit space. ... (click for more)

Boyd Asks Coppinger, Compton To Apologize For Chief Of Staff's Outburst; Says Handbook Calls For Termination

County Commissioner Tim Boyd has written a letter to fellow commissioners and the county mayor's office asking an apology from County Mayor Jim Coppinger and his chief of staff, Mike Compton, for remarks after last week's commission meeting. Mr. Compton took strong exception to comments by County Commissioner Tim Boyd about discretionary funds. In a clash between the two just ... (click for more)

Settlement Reached In Case That Was County's Largest Verdict Award; Will Avoid Any Appeals Of Canyon Ridge Litigation

A settlement has been reached in the case in which a Hamilton County Circuit Court jury awarded over $32 million to Chattanooga developer Duane Horton in connection with a resort project on Lookout Mountain that never got off the ground. Circuit Court Judge J.B. Bennett said the two sides had informed him that it was agreed during a mediation session he ordered that there would ... (click for more)

Police Need To Stop The Road Cowboys

Where is our highway patrol?  If they were known to regularly patrol our interstate highways through our city I don't think it would take long before the "truckers" were aware of it.  There are places in our country where this is the case.   When I have traveled Interstates 24 and 75 I may see the occasional car pulled over but rarely if ever is it an 18-wheeler. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

As the month of July dawns this morning, a walk through my garden shows some flowers blooming, my marigolds dying, and the grass is greener than I thought it would be. But as I look for what’s good and what’s bad, let’s remember that some firecrackers pop while others fizzle. Here we go… A BANG to career criminal Whitely Bulger, the 85-year-old master criminal who in a recent ... (click for more)