Joyce Norton, veteran’s service representative with the American Job Center in Tullahoma, invites locals to attend a hiring event at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.

The job fair – dubbed Honor Memorial Day – will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

“Even though it is titled ‘Honor Memorial Day’ to honor veterans, it is open to the public,” Norton said.

Attendees will have a chance to meet representatives of various agencies and learn about community resource providers, said Norton.

Several institutes of higher education will be among the participating organizations, including the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

More than 20 employers from six surrounding counties and 14 community resource providers will take part in the event.

Employers from Coffee, Bedford, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln and Moore counties will be on hand to answer questions.

Legal Aid Society, Goodwill, Job Corps, Community Development Center, Vocational Rehabilitation and TN Reconnect are also among the organizations scheduled to participate in the job fair.

Visitors will have a chance to learn about various career fields, including manufacturing, food service, customer service and health care.

Information about seasonal employment opportunities will be available, as well.

The job fair will provide essential resources to those seeking employment, education or some form of assistance. The event will also be beneficial to individuals who are employed.

“Even though you may not need a job or a community resource, you may know someone that does,” Norton said.


Gearing up

The Tullahoma American Job Center, part of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, is the primary organization planning the event.

“We usually schedule two multi-employer events a year,” Norton said.

Norton and her colleagues have been busy preparing for this month’s job fair.

“Prior to the event, my co-workers [and I] email employers that have attended past hiring events, inquiring if they would like to attend,” she said.

They reach out to chambers of commerce, recreation centers, libraries, local cable channels, industrial boards and county veteran service officers.

Prior to the event, Norton and her co-workers travel to surrounding counties, sharing fliers and information.

Norton encourages those seeking job opportunities to also take advantage of resources available online.

“We encourage everyone to register for job searching at,” she said.


The event

The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd., in Manchester.

For more information, call 931-454-1905 or visit

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