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Job Fair sees big turnout

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RockTenn's John White greets Bobby Moore at the Job Fair Tuesday. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Job seekers of all ages were at Cumberland University’s Dallas Floyd Recreation Center on Tuesday morning to find part-time and full-time employment.

Fifty-five companies, including Best Buy, Comcast, Genesco, LoJac Holdings Corp., Music City Parking, Verizon Wireless, Lebanon Police Department, Wilson County Schools Transportation Department, Prospect, Inc., Staffmark and more, set up tables inside the center to talk to guests about career opportunities.

The job fair was an initiative of Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto’s office. Hutto visited the event and was pleased with the large turnout.

“We are here to make sure everyone got in and got set up. It is good to see people connecting with employers. People call our office weekly looking for jobs,” he said. “We think once a year we should gather employers with the people who want a job and see if we can make a good marriage.”

Hutto credited partners Tennessee Workforce Development, Nashville Career Center and Cumberland University with the job fair’s success. “Cumberland let us set up here at no-cost and also provided lunch for vendors.”

Former Cumberland University employee Bobby Moore returned to the school to find a new gig. When asked if he wanted a part-time or full-time job, Moore said he was open to “anything.” Moore ran the Cumberland Cafeteria for 33 years.

Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash was one of the vendors set up to help veterans specifically find employment and know if they are eligible for benefits. “We have had a few veterans come out today. If they need benefits I can help them out, and if they need a job we can send them in the right direction.”

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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