DECEMBER 28, 2005
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Feds and State Honor Excellence and Improvements

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.

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley presented certificates to Rosanna Stiles, Rebecca Jacobs, Richard Butler, Betty Tate, Karen Moss, Lisa Minton and Sue Tipton of the Marion County Career Center, along with other staff from across the state.

Neeley commented at the December 20 th ceremony in Nashville, “This honor is about the cooperation of Labor & Workforce Development staff and our partners in the Tennessee Career Centers across the state. We anticipate this recognition will spur staff members toward their quest for attaining veterans’ significant employment.”

The staff honored at the ceremony 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.

A total of 44 people from across the state were honored at the ceremony held in Nashville. The following is a complete list of honorees.

Tennessee Veterans Staff Honored

Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee Career Center,
Rutherford County

Wilson County

Harold Moore


Patricia Whitmore

Middle Tennessee Career Center,
Nashville South

Glenda Holmes, George Avitua
Rick Esmonde, Debby Grimes,
Charlie Hawkins, Sulameta Jones
Blantie Mills, Joyce Munford
Lucy Spencer, Theo Stokes
Laura Wellington, Deborah Whittaker

Clarksville/Montgomery County
Career Center

Robert Shepard

Workforce Essentials, Inc.

David Keese

East TN Human Resource

Delois Randolph, Carol Caruthers, Kara Vanhoy, Sue Taylor

Crossville Career Center

Pat Kerley, Linda McGraw, Rebecca Beverly, Sharon Keis, Dick Hyder

Upper Cumberland Career Center

Alexander Horony

Southeast Career Center Chattanooga

Cynthia Cox, Chris Cole

Angela Lawrence, Paul Thomas

Southeast Tennessee Development District

Deborah Hester, Judy Cate
Pat Davis, Valerie Jennings,
Lynette Smith,
Sherlane Paris
Thophles Williams

Marion County
Marion County Career County

Rebecca Jacobs, Richard Butler, Betty Tate, Karen Moss, Lisa Minton, Sue Tipton, Rosanna Stiles

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