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Sleepy John Estes to be honored Many know of the West Tennessee musician Sleepy John Estes. Known for observational songwriting, skill with the guitar, and distinct crying vocal style, Estes began his recording debut in Memphis in 1929. Many of his songs have included “Rats In My Kitchen,” “Lawyer Clarke Blues,” about lawyer and later senator Hugh L. Clarke, and “Someday Baby Blues.” To many, he was special musician deserving of numerous honors. His house sits behind the West Tennessee Heritage Delta Center, and his work has caused the musician to be inducted into the posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
This Sunday, November, 14, Estes will be honored once again for the 14th Annual W.C. Handy Heritage Awards, which honors “Authentic Beale Street Musicians on the occasion of the 137th Birthday Anniversary of W.C. Handy, ‘Father of the Blues.’” At 3 p.m. Estes will receive a music note on Beale Street. At 6 p.m., during the awards ceremony at Marley’s, at 380 Beale Street, Estes will be honored with a posthumous award for his contribution to the Memphis musical heritage. The award will be presented to his family in his name. For more information on the ceremony, call (901)-527-3427.
Regional Healthcare celebrates National Physical Therapy Month Regional Home Care, an affiliate of Haywood Park Community Hospital, is proud to salute its Physical Therapy team during National Physical Therapy Month. They are pictured, as follows (from left to right): Robin Bates, LPTA; Rolando Gersava, PT; Althea Hennings, PTA.
Tennessee troops answer call of duty in classroom Nashville--This Veteran’s Day, the Tennessee Department of Education honors our national heroes for their service to the country and the classroom. Tennessee military personnel have the opportunity to start a second career as the great teachers and leaders needed in education through the Tennessee Troops to Teachers program. “Tennessee is looking to fill our classrooms with highly qualified talent and positive role models,” said Education Commissioner Bruce Opie. “The men and women that have served our country are not only respected leaders, but the dedicated professionals that have the diversity, experience, and the skills to make a difference in classrooms.” Troops to Teachers works
to improve education by providing motivated, experienced, and dedicated personnel for the nation’s high-poverty classrooms. The program helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other critical subject areas, and assists military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching. State offices provide counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads. Successful program candidates obtain certification or licensing as elementary, secondary, or vocational teachers. To date, 411 former military service and veterans in Tennessee have successfully started their second career
through the program. “Teaching is a rewarding career. Tennessee’s Troops to Teachers office has counseled hundreds of interested military personnel, advising them on routes and programs to achieve full teacher certification in Tennessee, and referring them to school districts for employment,” said Cliff Yager, Director of the Tennessee Troops to Teachers program. The Troops to Teachers program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the state Department of Education in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense. For more information on this program, visit the Troops to Teachers website at www.tennessee.gov/ education/lic/troop. shtml
Governor proclaims Veterans Employment Week in Tennessee Employers benefit from Tax Credits and Experience when hiring veterans
NASHVILLE – As Veterans’ Day approaches, Gov. Phil Bredesen reminds Tennessee employers that veterans are an enormous resource for employment needs. P r o c l a i m i n g November 7-12, 2010, as Veterans Employment Week, Governor Bredesen said, “Along with their experience gained in military service, veterans bring to the workplace the benefits of stability, discipline, and a strong work ethic. I hope employers will give priority to the assets veterans offer as employees when they’re filling new or existing jobs.” “As we annually salute veterans, we recognize the contributions and sacrifices Tennessee’s 530,000-veteran population has made to this country,” said Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce
D e v e l o p m e n t Commissioner James Neeley. “Our Career Centers have special staffs who help veterans exclusively in transitioning from military to civilian work.” Besides job referral, Tennessee Career Centers provide services to veterans that include e m p l o y m e n t - re l a t e d testing, training information, skills assessment, and job search workshops – all at a single convenient location. Last year almost 39,000 veterans received services in Tennessee Career Centers, and 18,600 were referred to employment opportunities. H iring a veteran has the additional advantage to employers of saving money by using the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). There are several
WOTC target groups that impact veterans directly. The most recent category of WOTC was added just last year and states that employers who hire a veteran can qualify for a maximum $2,400 tax credit if the veteran was discharged or released from active duty at any time during the past five years and received unemployment insurance for at least four weeks during the past year. For details on tax credits for hiring veterans contact the department’s WOTC Coordinator Roger Littlejohn at roger. firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 253-6664. To find a Tennessee Career Center near you, go to http:// w w w. t e n n e s s e e . gov/labor-wfd/cc/ cccounty.htm. All Career Centers are listed by county or city.
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