Council aims at job growth

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Two men with jobs that effectively make them a second in command of their departments accepted requests from leaders in Marshall County to share their wisdom from experience so residents may prosper and celebrate their community.

America's economy, and therefore Marshall County's, will grow when Washington D.C. gets its house in order, Kingsley Brock, assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, told city and county leaders on Thursday.

Wendell Cheek, deputy commissioner for Tennessee Veterans Affairs, spoke at two Veterans Day ceremonies. At Chapel Hill Elementary School he told of men who signed the Declaration of Independence and suffered consequences at the hands of the British. On Lewisburg's public square, he hailed veterans as heroes worthy of that honor and respect for the example they provide by their daily lives.

Children waved American flags during the Chapel Hill school assembly. Veterans, friends and relatives removed their hats, prayed and saluted the flag.

In private and open discussions, Brock was consulted in a meeting lodge at Henry Horton State Park on whether one course of action was worth the effort and what other steps could be taken to increase employment here. One of Brock's recommendations is to emphasize Information Technology training for students starting right after elementary school.