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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
DECEMBER 20, 2006
(615) 741-2257
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TENNESSEE CAREER CENTER STAFF HONORED
FEDS AND STATE HONOR SERVICE TO TENNESSEE VETERANS 

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development has honored several staff and partners across the state for their innovation and initiative in providing career services to veterans. Federal law requires performance awards to encourage the improvement and modernization of employment, training and placement services for veterans and to recognize eligible employees for excellence in the provision of such services or for having made demonstrable improvements in the provision of services to veterans.

Honorees were given certificates and a small incentive grant from the federal government. Commissioner James Neeley commended staff across the state for their service to veterans. “ Tennessee’s Veterans are very important to the workforce and economy of our state. Our staff works hard to connect veterans with employers who value their service,” said Neeley. “This honor is about the cooperation of Labor & Workforce Development staff and our partners in the Tennessee Career Centers across the state.”

The staff honored at the Career Centers were singled out for the following criteria: priority of service to qualified veterans and other eligible persons; fostering an environment of teamwork and cooperation in the local office; initiative in efforts to assist hard-to-place (homeless, recently separated, disabled, minority, and female veterans) populations; improving the system with performance; reduction in time or cost; and promoting collaboration in support of employment and training opportunities.

The following is a complete list of honorees.

EAST TENNESSEE

Tennessee Career Center Bristol
Doug Dellinger


Tennessee Career Center Greeneville
Eleanor Newman
Jerry Wilhoit
Julie Haney
Melinda Sams


Tennessee Career Center Crossville
James Perry
Elaine Shank
Dick Hyder
Alex Horony


Tennessee Career Center Chattanooga

Marc Coplon
Patricia Davis
Janet Feinauer
Deborah Hester
Valerie Jennings
Sherlane Paris
Lynnette Smith
Thophles Williams
Catherine Bovell
Annette Cooksey
Labreeska Massey
Charles Muhammad
Cassandra Smith
Bart Steward
Stephanie Hubbard
Chris Cole
Cynthia Cox
Angela Lawrence

WEST TENNESSEE


Tennessee Career Center Humboldt
Melissa Bane

Tennessee Career Center Dyersburg

Mike Whitson
Miranda Miller
Ronnie Gunnels
Gwendolyn Leonard
Charles Pinion
Elizabeth Ward
Delia Baltimore
Marvin Koontz

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Tennessee Career Center Clarksville
Wendy Harrison
Ruth McPherson
George Avitua
Michael Elliott
Victor Leon

Fort Campbell
Heather Hale
Kevin Smith
Roy Salinas
David Keesee

Tennessee Career Center Gallatin
Brett Abernathy

Tennessee Career Center Nashville
South
Elmer Leonhardt
Laura Wellington
Ron Kirby
James Morris
Charlie Hawkins
Deborah Whittaker
Blantie Mills
Rick Esmonde
Ezad Sadik
Debbie Grimes
Theo Stokes
Chuck Eldridge

Tennessee Career Center Columbia
Randolph Moss


Tennessee Career Center Lebanon
Ron Gibbs
Janice Jennings
Sue Tatum
Tommy Beadle
Edwina Reeder
Patricia Whitmore

Tennessee Career Center Lawrenceburg
William T. Bosheers

Tennessee Career Center McMinnville
John D. Muse

Tennessee Career Center Covington
Sandy Spurgeon
Lasandra Craig
Lisa Elam
Faye Flowers
Cathy Oliver
Terry Poston



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