Governor’s job fair set for Wednesday

Congressman Bennie Thompson, (center) pictured with students from Wingfield High School, hosts an annual job and college fair every year. The governor is sponsoring a job fair Wednesday at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. (photos courtesy of Ashley R. Beale)
Congressman Thompson (standing) talks with a student and rep at the Walmart booth at his annual job and college fair in Washington County last month. (photos courtesy of Ashley R. Beale)
Congressman Bennie Thompson's annual job and college fair draws dozens of vendors. This year, representatives from Mississippi Delta Community College (pictured) were on hand to talk to students. (photos courtesy of Ashley R. Beale).

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Fair will be held in Hattiesburg

The Governor’s Job Fair Network and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security will host the Hattiesburg Pine Belt Job Fair Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

The job fair is free to all job seekers and employers may register until the morning of the event.

The Hattiesburg American reports last year’s job fair attracted more than 1,000 job seekers; 214 were offered jobs the day of the event. The Governor’s Job Fair Network and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security have hosted 10 job fairs so far this year; 2,921 have been offered jobs.

Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) also hosts an annual job fair in Greenville which draws hundreds of students and potential applicants from the Second Congressional District. This year it was held on Oct. 7.

“Attendance was great…due to participation from as far away as Tupelo,” said Timla Washington, a Workforce Development Coordinator in Thompson’s office. “There were over 70 vendors representing IHLs, trade schools, apprenticeships, internships, federal agencies, fortune 500 Companies, local businesses, state agencies, armed services and military academies, and more.”

Washington said overall, “the fair was another rewarding and successful event. High Schools which are those next to enter into the workforce were introduced to the wide world of opportunities. And those looking to jump start another career or simply change jobs got a chance to meet and ask questions directly of those companies that were of interest to them,” she said.

Jackson man dies in house fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that claimed the life of a 48-year-old Jackson man.

Neighbors say Leroy Tyler, who died in Saturday night’s house fire was the kind of guy who always had a smile on his face.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart tells The Clarion-Ledger that Tyler was pronounced dead after his side of a duplex caught fire sometime before 10:30 p.m.

Jackson Fire Department Investigator Greg Travis said Tyler was in the home alone at the time of the fire, and no one else was injured.

Grisham-Stewart said her preliminary report shows Tyler appears to have died of smoke inhalation. His body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Fulton ethanol plant gets financial backer

BlueFire Renewables Inc. said Monday it has that it has received funding from a Chinese company in its efforts to get its cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton up and running.

BlueFire officials say they will use green and wood wastes available in the region as feedstock for the ethanol plant that is designed to produce about 19 million gallons of ethanol per year.

BlueFire president/CEO Arnold Klann says the memorandum of understanding provides that China Huadian Engineering Co. LTD will finance the Fulton plant and up to five additional plants in the United States.

Under the MOU, Huadian will invest equity by purchasing an interest in the BlueFire Fulton Renewable Energy LLC and, optionally, debt for the Fulton project to complete financing and construction for this cellulosic ethanol facility.

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