MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
October 26, 2004
(615) 741-2257 (O)
(615) 308-3705 (C)


HAWKINS/HANCOCK COUNTY WORKFORCE EMPLOYER OUTREACH COMMITTEE FORMED
LABOR DEPARTMENT REACHES OUT TO EMPLOYERS

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announces the formation of local Workforce Employer Outreach Committees (WEOC) across the state. The committees are an ongoing effort by the department to reach out to Tennessee employers and get valuable information to foster economic development and promote departmental services.

In Hawkins and Hancock counties, a chairman, vice chairman and secretary have been named for the committee. Ronnie Price, Hawkins County Industrial Board, will chair the WEOC. Larry Vickers of Larry Vickers Automotive, will serve as vice chair. Eleanor Newman of the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, will be acting secretary.

The committee is open to employers wishing to become involved. Some of the benefits of joining are the following: to have an opportunity to share ideas and concerns with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; to enhance your company's awareness of employment issues and legislation that affects your business operation; to gain a better understanding of the many programs and services the department provides; and an opportunity to network with various divisions within the department and build a personal working relationship with an employer services specialist from the department.

The first luncheon meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hawkins County Board of Education Transportation/Training Center, 1722 East Main Street in Rogersville. Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley will be the keynote speaker.

Future sessions will include discussions regarding the Tennessee Career Center, adult education, drug-free workplace, Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health, unemployment insurance, and many more.

For more information on the Hawkins/Hancock County Workforce Employer Outreach Committee, please contact C-Ann Harris, employer services specialist for the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, at 423-952-6073.


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