Grant to help Tennessee clean up after storms & offer jobs

TENNESSEE (WVLT) -- Tennessee is getting a $3.6 million National Emergency Grant for cleanup and recovery after the April and May severe storms and tornadoes. Thirty-one of the hardest hit counties will see the money.

“The grant will help communities rebuild and at the same time provide income to people who lost employment in the wake of the storms,” said Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis.

“The local workforce investment areas in the 31 counties eligible to receive assistance estimate the emergency grant will provide jobs for a total of 480 people,” said Commissioner Davis. Dislocated workers or the long-term unemployed may be eligible for an average of 12 weeks of subsidized employment or workforce training.

Those wanting to apply for one of the jobs or needing further information should contact their local workforce investment area office or call the TDLWD Workforce Development Division at (615) 741-1031.

The funds awarded will be used to create temporary jobs to clean, repair, renovate, and reconstruct structures, facilities, and lands damaged or destroyed by flooding, high winds, and tornadoes.

The counties receiveing assistance are:
Benton
*Bradley
Carroll
Chester
*Cocke
Crockett
Davidson
Decatur
Dickson
Dyer
Gibson
*Greene
*Hamilton
Hardin
Henderson
Henry
Houston
Humphreys
*Johnson
Lake
Lauderdale
Madison
*McMinn
*Monroe
Montgomery
Obion
*Rhea
Shelby
Stewart
Sumner
*Washington

* indicates East Tennessee county


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