Frankfort, KY – Skyrocketing unemployment has Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and top education officials searching for ways to help the jobless pursue new skills and new careers. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh says tuition breaks is one idea getting a positive response.
Fort Campbell, KY – The military announced new leadership Friday for Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division. Major General John F. Campbell was most recently the deputy director for regional operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Campbell replaces Major General Jeffrey Schloesser (SLOW-sher) as the fort's commanding general. Schloesser has run Fort Campbell since May 2006 but will now command U.S. forces in Eastern Afghanistan.
Paducah, KY – A market survey firm, will bring approximately 100 jobs to Paducah next month. Thoroughbred Research Group CEO Steve Alsbury says the company plans to open a new call center in the Village Crossing commercial center by April 1st. The group conducts telephone surveys for clients including the National Football League and Duke Energy. The firm also has branches in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Mayfield. Alsbury says Thoroughbred's Mayfield office is hiring, as well.
Clarksville, TN – Montgomery County now has the eighth lowest unemployment rate in Tennessee. Department of Labor and Communications Director Jeff Hentschel (HEN-shul) says it rose from 7.5 percent in January to 8.1 percent last month. This is nearly three points higher than the 5.5 percent unemployment rate recorded in February 2008. However, it still ranks lower than the 9.1 percent rate statewide. Last month, 5,320 people were out of work in the Clarksville area alone.