Misdemeanor Probation job fair planned

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 1/12/20

Bradley County Misdemeanor Probation will host a job fair next week, reaching out not only to local residents on probation, but to anyone seeking a job.

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Misdemeanor Probation job fair planned

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Bradley County Misdemeanor Probation will host a job fair next week, reaching out not only to local residents on probation, but to anyone seeking a job.

The job fair is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Misdemeanor Probation office, 2252 Blythe Ave., on the campus of the Bradley County Judicial Complex. Interested individuals can drop in throughout the day to meet with potential employers and possibly have on-the-spot job interviews.

According to Tim Frady, a probation officer helping to organize the event, this is the first year for the job fair.

“There are still places in the community that will hire people who have a (criminal) record,” Frady said. He added he plans to have information about those businesses and organizations at the job fair.

“These are the places that will help you out,” he said.

So far, Frady said the job fair will include representatives from Brown Stove Works Inc., BelFlex Staffing Network, ManpowerGroup, Zaxby’s and Wright Brothers Construction.

“If I have 50 businesses show up, I’ll find room for them,” he said.

Frady noted he is waiting to hear from other businesses, and any businesses interested in participating in the job fair should call him at 423-728-7123.

Fradly said he has talked to several people on probation who are excited about the opportunity to attend the job fair. He noted the participating businesses will offer interviews, so people need to come prepared to present themselves as potential employees.

“Please dress appropriately. Please bring your ID,” he said. “Come prepared — you may be hired on the spot.”

In addition, the 10th Judicial District’s Public Defender’s office will provide information about the GED program for continuing education for those who didn’t graduate from high school.

“We don’t want to just give them a job; if we can give them more than a job … some of these people need that little bit of help,” Frady said. “If people are just looking for a job, we’ll open our doors. We ‘re looking to help the community.”

Frady said he hopes the job fair turns into more than just an opportunity to bring employers and potential employees together.

“We want this to be more than that,” he said. “We want to show people in the community that here at the misdemeanor probation program we believe in those people who have made a few mistakes here and there along the way.”

For more information, call 423-728-7121.

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