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VOL. 131 | NO. 187 | Monday, September 19, 2016

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Tennessee Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly to 4.4 Percent

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for August was 4.4 percent, state Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips has announced. The August figure is up one-tenth of a percentage point from July’s revised rate of 4.3 percent, according to

The U.S. preliminary rate for August was 4.9 percent, unchanged from the previous month.

Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 5.6 percent to 4.4 percent while the national rate declined from 5.1 percent to 4.9 percent.

Total nonfarm employment increased 7,300 jobs from July to August. The largest increases occurred in administrative/support/waste services, mining/logging/construction and real estate/rental/leasing. Year over year, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased 64,000 jobs, with the largest increases occurring in education/health services, professional/business services and trade/transportation/utilities.

– Daily News staff

Williams-Sonoma Hiring 2,000 in Memphis

Williams-Sonoma Inc. will hire 2,000 seasonal and part-time workers at its three Memphis-area distribution centers in anticipation of the holiday season.

Available jobs include order fulfillment, forklift operators and monogram machine operators. The positions run from September through the end of December.

The seasonal workforce will supplement the permanent workforce at Williams-Sonoma’s 2.7 million square feet of distribution centers in Memphis and Olive Branch.

Hiring events will be on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Oct. 22 at 7755 Polk Lane in Olive Branch. Interested applicants can also apply online at wsapplymemphis.com

– Madeline Faber

West Cancer’s Transplant Program Receives Accreditation

The West Cancer Center's Blood and Marrow Transplant Program has received accreditation for both autologous and allogenic transplantation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.

FACT accreditation is based upon compliance with comprehensive standards. The BMT Program, a collaboration between West Cancer Center, Methodist Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has achieved the standard in just over a year since its establishment.

The BMT Program is housed on the campus of Methodist University Hospital and provides stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy for a variety of hematologic malignancies.

– Andy Meek

Grizzlies' Mike Conley to Visit Mid-South Corn Maze Tuesday

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley will make an appearance at the Mid-South Corn Maze – creatively cut to bear his likeness – on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. as part of the Grizzlies’ annual Round Town Tour.

The Mid-South Corn Maze is located at the Agricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Road.

Conley will be available for autographs starting at 6 p.m. The Grizzlies’ Claw Crew and Grizz Girls also will be in attendance at the family-friendly event, as well as balloon artists and face painters. The first 100 fans at the event to sign up for Grizzlies E-News will be able to enter the Conley-shaped maze for free, and all fans who sign up will receive a voucher for two free tickets to any Memphis Grizzlies preseason game.

For more information, go to grizzlies.com.

– Don Wade

NCRM ‘Keeper of the Dream’ Award Nominations Open

Memphis-based International Paper and the National Civil Rights Museum are accepting nominations for this year’s Keeper of the Dream award, honoring Shelby County sixth- through 12th-graders for their outstanding achievements.

The award, now in its 14th year, recognizes future leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary courage, compassion, leadership and service and are forging paths to expand opportunities for others.

Award winners receive $500, as well as a trophy and a one-year family membership to the National Civil Rights Museum. They will be honored, along with NCRM’s 2016 Freedom Award honorees, at the 2016 Freedom Award Student Forum on Oct. 20.

The nomination form and other details are available at internationalpaper.com/keeperofthedreamaward, and all nominations must be submitted by Sept. 27 at noon.

– Daily News staff

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