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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 1, 2005
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TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
HONORED BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNICATIONS
PRESS KIT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM GET FIRST PLACE HONORS

NASHVILLE — The National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) awarded the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) two first place awards for press kit and public affairs program. The awards were presented at the 2004 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen awards banquet and NAGC conference in May.

Communications Director Milissa Reierson, Special Projects Coordinator Jeff Hentschel and Assistant Administrator for Adult Education Marva Doremus were given the first place award for the GED NOW press kit. Other institutions honored in this category were the Smithsonian Institution, which received second place, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, receiving an award of excellence.

Reierson and Hentschel were also awarded a first place award for Public Affairs Program for the TDLWD’s “Let’s Go to Work” program. The featured program focused on Tennessee’s nursing shortage and was shot on location at Maury Regional Hospital. “Let’s Go to Work” airs on 15 television stations across the state in more than 70 counties, including PBS in Memphis and Knoxville. The TDLWD produces six shows a year that focus on the department’s programs and services.

“I am extremely proud of our communications team,” said TDLWD Commissioner James Neeley. “Milissa Reierson and Jeff Hentschel’s backgrounds in television production and writing have proved instrumental in getting the word out about our department. Their teamwork with all of our divisions, including Adult Education and Marva Doremus, has paid off with great media coverage across the state.”

Reierson has been with the department for more than three years. She previously worked for WKRN in Nashville and WVLT in Knoxville. Hentschel has been with the department for more than two years and previously worked for a television production company and WVLT in Knoxville. Doremus has been with the Adult Education division for six years.

NOTE: Photos are available upon request.

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