Thursday, June 18, 2009
Stimulus dollars paying youth for summer work
By SUE WATSON
Fifty youth between ages 14 and 24 have been offered summer jobs in Marshall County, thanks to a program included in President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress’ federal stimulus package.
The youth, who will be working either in clerical, janitorial or outdoor jobs for seven weeks, will be assigned and supervised by existing personnel with the cities, the county or the school districts, according to Sharon Gardner, executive director for the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District.
NEPDD took hundreds of applications for summer jobs for youth in 27 counties in its work force district with 50 jobs set aside for each county, she said. She said the district will make an attempt to spend all its dollars available by hiring additional workers to fill in when a youth has to take off a week for camp or other scheduled activities.
Only qualified applicants were offered jobs. Maxine Tucker is handling the program locally. Workers were given four hours of orientation Thursday at the Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs. They were taught safety and work ethics during orientation and their responsibilities were laid out. The youth went to work June 15.
Gardner and Tucker presented the program to the board of supervisors last week.
Afterward the board took care of the following business:
Hunt said his company has been in business for 52 years and has seven active mining operations in Mississippi and Tennessee.
“We are pretty good at controlling silt and runoff,” he told supervisors. “We deal with that all the time.”
The board asked Hunt to return to the boardroom at the next meeting to take up the matter because supervisor Keith Taylor, District 3, was not present due to illness.
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