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Photo by Bobbie Poynter Pictured from left to right are Ali Hill, Heather Gibson, Becky Miller and JacQuie Pillay of KCEOC Kentucky Career Center JobSight.

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Pictured from left to right are Ali Hill, Heather Gibson, Becky Miller and JacQuie Pillay of KCEOC Kentucky Career Center JobSight.

Good news. The jobs are now out there. You just have to know where to look.69

Becky Miller, Workforce Services Director at the KCEOC JobSight on courthouse square told Knox County Chamber members Tuesday that numerous jobs are now available in Knox County. KCEOC’s Kentucky Career Center JobSight is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to get a job or enhance their career. JobSight has already helped place hundreds of people with local companies, many with full benefit packages.

Those companies include Xerox, General Dynamics, KOWA, Kentucky Biscuit Company, and the Division of Forestry.

“We process all applications, testing and even schedule the interviews,” said Miller. “General Dynamics is currently hiring at an average pay of $10.52 per hour, and we are also assisting with the interviews for KOWA, the new employer from Japan, who is hiring at $13-15 an hour.

The Division of Forestry, she added, is hiring emergency firefighters at an average pay of $10.

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New officer on the job

Barbourville Police Chief Winston Tye and Barbourville Mayor David Thompson introduce the newest sworn-in officer, Jon Dean

Barbourville Police Chief Winston Tye and Barbourville Mayor David Thompson introduce the newest sworn-in officer, Jon Dean

There is a new face patrolling the streets of Barbourville.

Jon Dean, 31, is a London native with strong roots in Barbourville.

“My grandparents are from Barbourville, so, growing up, I spent a lot of time here.” said Dean.

After graduating from South Laurel High, Dean attended Union College where he studied Athletic Training. After Graduating from Union in 2007, he spent three years in Mississippi.

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Attendance now a big problem

Both Knox County and Barbourville schools are struggling to keep their student attendance percentages up to par.

School officials are doing everything they can go get and keep their students in school. This means starting the day making personal phone calls to the parents of every child that is absent without a valid excuse. It can even mean making personal home visits.

“One of the biggest problems is when a student has a valid doctor’s appointment,” said Brian Carey, Director of Pupil Personnel at Barbourville City School. “If the appointment is in the morning, the students will stay home the rest of the day, and the same goes for afternoon appointments. This is how the system gets abused.”

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Nation Guard honors memory of fellow Guardsman

Photos by Emily Baker Members of the VFW Post 1410 of Corbin set up an information table at the National Guard Family Day event.

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Members of the VFW Post 1410 of Corbin set up an information table at the National Guard Family Day event. 

The Nation Guard post in Barbourville held its annual Family Day Sunday, Aug. 23, but this year was special.

Lisa Roark, Family Assistant Specialist for Ky National Guard Family Assistant Center, said, “This is Family day with a twist! Every year we have family day, but this year we wanted to honor the memory of Jonathan Roark who passed away in a car accident a few months ago.”

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