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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
December 13, 2004
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CROSSVILLE CAREER CENTER STAFF HONORED IN NASHVILLE
Feds and State Honor Excellence and Improvements

NASHVILLEThe 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.

In Crossville, several staff members and partners at the Crossville Career Center were recognized at a ceremony held in Nashville today. Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley presented certificates to Delois Randolph, Carol Caruthers, Kara Vanhoy and Sue Taylor with the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency ; and also to Pat Kerley , Linda McGraw, Rebecca Beverly, Sharon Kreis and Dick Hyder, employees of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

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.

Neeley commented at the ceremony, “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, individually and collectively as a local office, toward creative solutions to the problems encountered by veterans in their quest for significant employment.”

Workforce Development Director for the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency Bob Kerr said, "The staff in Cumberland County has worked hard to ensure businesses are aware of veterans seeking employment. East Tennessee Human Resource Agency is proud to be a part of a program that is focused on helping our communities and especially the men and women that have served in the military."

"Since first opening, the Cumberland County Career Center staff has been a role model for all State of Tennessee Career Centers. This award that recognizes service to our veterans is just one more example of our Career Center staff’s commitment to job seekers and area businesses,” said Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill.

A total of 32 people from across the state were honored at the ceremony. A complete list of honorees is listed below.

Tennessee Veterans Staff Honored
Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee Career Center,
Rutherford County
Harold Moore
Middle Tennessee Career Center,
Nashville South
Chuck Eldridge
Clarksville
Clarksville/Montgomery County
Career Center
Gerald Froelich
Workforce Essentials, Inc. David Keese
Crossville
East TN Human Resource
Agency
Delois Randolph, Carol Caruthers, Kara Vanhoy, Sue Taylor
Crossville Career Center Pat Kerley, Linda McGraw, Rebecca Beverly, Sharon Keis, Dick Hyder
Cookeville
Upper Cumberland Career Center
Tom McCann
Chattanooga
Southeast Career Center Chattanooga
Michael Adams, Chris Cole, Cynthia Cox, Paul Thomas
Southeast Tennessee Development District Judy Cate, Valerie Jennings, Lynnette Smith, Sherlane Paris, Thophles Williams, Deborah Hester
Marion County
Marion County Career County
Rebecca Jacobs, Richard Butler, Betty Tate, Karen Moss, Lisa Minton, Sue Tipton, Rosanna Stiles
Talbott
Five Rivers Career Center
Donnie Seals

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