Since launching a hiring website after the announcement on July 28 that Amazon.com would open a fulfillment center in Lebanon, the company has received more than 3,000 applications and hired hundreds.
Since the website went live in July, over 3,200 local residents applied for jobs at the fulfillment center that is to be located on State Route 840 near Highway 109. Amazon is expecting to hire between 400 and 500 employees to work at the 500,000 square foot facility.
Last week, Amazon conducted personal interviews at The Mill in Lebanon for almost 400 of the people who applied online. Job offers were extended to more than 270 applicants.
Were thrilled that weve been able to make hundreds of job offers to Tennesseans in the Lebanon area and we want to thank Mayor (Randall) Hutto and the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County for their support, said Cambria Kelly, Amazons project manager of human resources.
Amazon is conducting interviews for up to 100 additional full-time positions at the fulfillment center. They are still accepting applications for hundreds of temporary positions in Lebanon.
To apply, you may search for the Amazon job openings at http://staffmanagement.greatjob.net/jobs/EntryServlet?job=780S&media=APH.
We are still hiring for hundreds of additional jobs and weve been really impressed with the level of interest and the quality of applications weve received, Kelly said.
While Amazon is hiring hundreds in the local community, the battle about whether the company should be forced to collect and remit sales taxes like every other brick-and-mortar business in Tennessee, is still ongoing at the state and local levels.
Local businessman A.J. McCall, owner of D.T. McCall & Sons furniture store, and the national organization Alliance for Main Street Fairness spoke out against Amazon being an exception to the rule of having to collect and remit sales taxes.
Gov. Bill Haslam continued an agreement extended to Amazon by former Gov. Phil Bredesen that did not require the online retailer to collect or remit sales taxes in Tennessee.
Tennessees positive business climate has helped pave the way for us to make Tennessee our new home and we look forward to being part of the Lebanon community, Kelly said.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post /firstname.lastname@example.org
From left: Senior Master Cadet Knox Kelley, Airman Shawn Lyons, Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Payne and Airman Ashley Pedigo of the USAF ROTC Color Guard will be presenting the Colors tonight at Lebanon High as the Blue Devils take on Glencliff High.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 and around the world FREE on the Internet at www.atwsportscast.com
Tomorrow, thousands of runners and walkers will line up to raise money for cancer research and to honor cancer victims and survivors during the 8th annual Sherrys Run in memory of Johnny Keel and Peggie Dill and in honor of Kenny Scott.
The race begins at 8 a.m., and all chip-timed runners will begin lining up at 7:50 at the main branch of Wilson Bank & Trust located on 623 West Main Street in Lebanon. Registration for the race opens at 6:30 a.m. and team pictures will be held at that time as well. Registration for the race on the day of the event is $35.
There will be a silent auction beginning at 7 a.m. and a live auction at 9:10 with many items such as a seven-night stay at a resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a World Class Fishing trip to Alaska, and tickets and airfare to any Kenny Chesney concert in 2012.
The silent auction features items such as an autographed Sugarland guitar, an autographed Charlie Daniels fiddle, an autographed Lee Greenwood book and two CDs and Judge Barry Tatums made-to-order world famous cheesecake. The silent auction will end at 9:30 a.m. and the live auction will end at 9:50.
Awards presented to runners and teams will begin at 9:30 a.m. after the racers cross the finish line. All winners may have their pictures taken at 10 a.m.
All runners and walkers will start the race heading east on West Main Street and will hang a left turn onto North Greenwood Street. The 1-mile mark will be on West Baddour Parkway as the course continues down to Castle Heights Avenue.
Walkers will continue down Castle Heights to the finish line, while runners will turn off Castle Heights Avenue onto Hill Street, back to North Greenwood Street and return down West Main to Wilson Bank & Trust.
With the race beginning at 8 a.m., all motorists should expect delays or for streets to be blocked along West Main Street for the beginning and end of the race.
Also, North Greenwood Street, Hill Street and portions of Castle Heights Avenue will be blocked for the race. You are urged to drive cautiously Saturday morning and follow all detours in place by the Lebanon Police Department.
Sherrys Run in 2010 raised $220,000, and this year, Anna-Lee Cockrill, spokesperson for the event, said they expect to raise the same amount, but pointed out whatever the dollar figure, it will all be used to help others.
All proceeds from the race and auctions will go toward increasing awareness and encourage early detection of colon cancer.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
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The kill, or spike, in volleyball is a distant relative of the dunk in basketball. Energizing fans and teammate alike, the maneuver is executed with skill, elevation and power.
Friendship Christian junior Kaitlyn Teeter is the countys reigning queen of the kill.
Standing nearly 6-2 with remarkable leaping ability, the two-time all-stater has already delivered 281 kills through 18 games for the Lady Commanders -- better than 6.7 per set.
In the off season, she plays for one of the top club teams in the Southeast, Alli-ance Volleyball out of Brentwood.
"Kaitlyn is a special player," said FCS coach Randy Alley, "Her athletic ability allows her to be a very versatile player. She has the abilility to take over a game at any time. She is one of the top players in the state.
"I had the privilege to coach Mary K Kreuger at Stone Memorial High. Mary K is presently number 14 in NCAA Division 1 history in kills. I believe Kaitlyn to be a better all around player than Mary K. She is fun to watch, and Im certainly glad that she plays for me, not against me!!
She has all the tools to be a Division 1 NCAA standout."
FCS sports a 16-3 record after sweeping a pair of games Thursday Monterey against Trousdale County High and host Monterey. She had 26 kills against Trousdale County as the FCS JV team played and swept Monterey.
On Tuesday, Friendship defeated Red Boiling Springs 25-16 and 25-11 as Teeter had 11 kills. The nightcap found the Lady Commanders downing Gordonsville 25-15 and 25-14. Teeter had 14 kills. FCS is scheduled to host Watertown Thursday, Sept. 15.
Speaking of Watertown, The Tigerettes upped their record to 7-3 overall with a pair of road wins Tuesday vs. Monterey and Clay County. Game scores: 25-2 and 25-4 vs. Monterey / 25-9 and 25-19 vs. host Clay County.
Senior Kristin Cook of Wilson Central High is another big hitter. Her 21 kills and two blocks helped the Lady Wildcats run their record to 9-3 overall / and a perfect 3-0 in District 9AAA Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Gallatin. For the season, Cook has racked up 120 kills.
Wilson Central will host its annual Fall Fling Tournament with games running through Saturday evening. The Lady Wildcats of Coach Tammy Serbin are on tap to play three matches today, at 4, 5 and 7 p.m.
By TOMMY BRYAN / firstname.lastname@example.org