Viewpoints: Creating a statewide jobs clearinghouse

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:45pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam announced Thursday plans to develop an online jobs clearinghouse that will pull together existing market data in a user-friendly way so that every jobseeker, employer, community official, higher education institution, and economic development organization has access to timely and accurate information on the current and future economic landscape of Tennessee.

“Tennessee is still suffering from nearly 11 percent unemployment,” Haslam said. “Lots of people are looking for work, but the question is, ‘How can we aid in that process? How can we help people make informed decisions about what careers to pursue, what businesses to start, what training to offer?’”

This one-stop shop will serve both a short-term and long-term purpose. It will help the thousands of Tennesseans who have recently lost their jobs quickly rejoin the workforce, but it will also help communities, entrepreneurs, and postsecondary institutions make informed decisions about future economic development.
 

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193 Comments on this post:

By: house_of_pain on 4/9/10 at 1:23

Chuck Norris happened to them, brrrrk.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 1:24

IMO, Detroit is the most dangerous...because they're Detroit. We have never matched up well against San Jose.

Phoenix is on a roll, but someone will have to remind them that there are no shoot-outs in the playoffs. They can't seem to win a lot in regulation.

Vancouver is an interesting matchup, so is Chicago. I'd rather play those two.

By: Loner on 4/9/10 at 1:25

Good afternoon, Nashville!

No LTE today; I guess that this is where the chickens are roosting today.

Did I miss anything?

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 1:25

house_of_pain said

"Chuck Norris happened to them, brrrrk."

Chuck Norris couldn't act his way out of a sandwich bag.... and who the hell told him he could sing anyway?

By: house_of_pain on 4/9/10 at 1:26

It's been nice knowing you, brrrrk...

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 1:26

"Chuck Norris couldn't act his way out of a sandwich bag.... and who the hell told him he could sing anyway?"

**Backing away slowly**

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 1:28

house_of_pain said

"It's been nice knowing you, brrrrk.."

No fear here.... I'll just defend myself with a script.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 1:30

"and who the hell told him he could sing anyway?"

Clint Eastwood and Lee Majors

By: Kosh III on 4/9/10 at 1:31

My favorite: Andy Devine. "awwww, Roy...."

By: Kosh III on 4/9/10 at 1:31

Sid! you still here?

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 1:32

Hey, since Virginia can have a Confederate History month, does that mean that union states can have "we kicked the Confederacies ass" month?

By: house_of_pain on 4/9/10 at 1:35

Somebody took their feisty pills today.

By: Kosh III on 4/9/10 at 1:41

How about a "Celebrate Treason Month?"

By: Loner on 4/9/10 at 1:45

How about we celebrate "Negro Holocaust" month, to salute the Stars and Bars?

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 1:45

Ex-Aide: Bush Knew Gitmo Prisoners Were Innocent

http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/ex-aide-lawrence-wilkerson-says-bush-knew-gitmo-prisoners-were-innocent/19433370?icid=main|aim|dl1|link7|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aolnews.com%2Fnation%2Farticle%2Fex-aide-lawrence-wilkerson-says-bush-knew-gitmo-prisoners-were-innocent%2F19433370

By: house_of_pain on 4/9/10 at 1:46

lol, Loner

By: Loner on 4/9/10 at 1:49

Thanks, House...such a "remembrance" would piss of the Jews and bring back the Harry Reid "Negro" controversy, with one fell swoop. Kind of a double faux pas.

By: slacker on 4/9/10 at 1:51

brrrrk, you won't see the roundhouse kick coming.
Settle your affairs, while there's time.

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 1:56

Jon Stewart said it all.....

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-8-2010/virginia-s-confederate-history-month---griffin-mascot

By: Loner on 4/9/10 at 2:03

Brrrk, my PC is getting old, the link would not download, "unsupported". Stewart is one of the best out there, IMO. To me, he beats Letterman and Conan and is on the same level as Jay Leno.

I saw a clip of a black comedian the other day, Steve Harvey. Seriously funny....tears of laughter flowed.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 2:04

"...and is on the same level as Jay Leno."

No need to insult John Stewart...

By: Loner on 4/9/10 at 2:07

What's your beef with Jay Leno, Gd?

By: MamaG on 4/9/10 at 2:07

Loner, was that the first time you saw Steve Harvey? He is good, isn't he? Check out The Kings of Comedy, which is Harvey, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and the late Bernie Mack.

By: house_of_pain on 4/9/10 at 2:09

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWulZOKANB4

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 2:09

Never liked Leno. Death is funnier than he is.

By: Loner on 4/9/10 at 2:12

Yeah, Mama, I just saw him a few weeks ago for the first time. He did a routine about being too obese to wipe oneself, based on a supposedly genuine and unsolicited letter from an actual person.

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 2:14

Loner said

"What's your beef with Jay Leno, Gd?"

Frankly I never thought that Leno had a real appreciation for the history of the Tonight Show or his place as the host, and the last few months have pretty much solidified that position for me. But hey, that's just my two cents.

By: Loner on 4/9/10 at 2:17

I like Leno, always have, though I do not tune in every night to catch his opening monologue. I guess that I admire Leno because he came up the hard way...no silver spoon. Instead of becoming bitter, he squeezed it and made lemonade. The man has talent.

Leno's car collection is awesome, custom bikes too. I dunno, I like his priorities, I guess. To each his own!

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 2:19

Leno is simplistic. No edge, no sarcasm. He doesn't pick sides, and it's kinda boring. He's no Johnny Carson...he's no Letterman either.

In fact, I'm still scratching my head that he got the Tonight Show in the first place.

By: Loner on 4/9/10 at 2:23

It's gotta be tough to be funny five nights a week, for decades; IMO Leno has earned his money and the nation's admiration.

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 2:31

One of the things that really bugs me about Leno is how a good portion of his comedy is at the expense of others, i.e. average people. It seems to me that he takes great pleasure in showing just how ignorant people can be. And let's face it, doing that these days is like shooting fish in a barrel, it's certainly the lowest of low hanging fruit.

Sure Letterman occasionally does the same thing, but usually the people he pokes fun at are public figures that have it coming.

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 2:39

gdiafante said

"Leno is simplistic. No edge, no sarcasm. He doesn't pick sides, and it's kinda boring."

It's like watching a trapeze act that's 5 feet off the ground.... there's no risk.

By: house_of_pain on 4/9/10 at 2:52

Have a good one, peoples.

By: BenDover on 4/9/10 at 3:05

Leno is tops. Good disposition. Light hearted entertainment... and a car guy.

brrrrk... be careful. There's another fist hidden in Chuck's beard.

By: sidneyames on 4/9/10 at 3:44

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 2:32
Hey, since Virginia can have a Confederate History month, does that mean that union states can have "we kicked the Confederacies ass" month?

Yes, you can be in charge. Set that up and I'll send over all the rednecks I know to help you celebrate.

By: brrrrk on 4/9/10 at 3:31
One of the things that really bugs me about Leno is how a good portion of his comedy is at the expense of others, i.e. average people.

Well, you guys on this board make fun of me and I'm "average person" so what's the difference? Oh, I know. Leno gets millions and ya'll get ZERO! Now that is funny and makes me laugh.

By: dargent7 on 4/9/10 at 5:59

What's all this trashin' Leno? Guy secured the Tonight Show for what, 18 years, before that pin- dick O'Brien wrestled it from him....for 9 months.
"Jay-Walking" is funnier than "TOP Ten". Letterman is yesterday's news. Both are, but there's nobody else.

By: Loner on 4/9/10 at 6:48

Friday night and the board has quieted down. Sid comes in with another nonsensical parallel or two. Dargent joins the pro-Leno group. The weekend sets in...the board will be dormant until Monday; but will there be another LTE for the flock to perch on?

As for me, a glass of Chilean Cabernet helps wind down the day.....as they used to say back in my old neighborhood, "Na zdrowie!"

By: sidneyames on 4/9/10 at 8:31

And Loner becomes lonely, lonelier, and loneliest!

D7, you are correct. Jay Walking is so funny. Letterman wears white socks! What's up with that?

By: dargent7 on 4/10/10 at 6:32

Saturday AM:
Loner...anyone drinking a Chilean wine is a Marxist. Try Mondovi Cabernet, a true American wine!
Sid: Letterman's white socks are "hip". It displays/ shows his avante garde attitude toward life.

By: sidneyames on 4/10/10 at 7:42

Paul, I've been working out at the Y. They had 6 boxes of Crispy Cream donuts. Should be against the law. But I got out of there without gobbling down 2 or 3 of them -- or even one.

Letterman: Or it could display his lack of fashion sense or disrespect for fashion. OR he could have perpetual athlete's foot in which case white socks are healthier.

My daddy wore white socks cause his feet sweated in black or brown socks. Oh well! Have a sock it to ya day!

Free mint from garden today.

By: dnewton on 4/10/10 at 1:16

.By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 8:07
"I suspect the problem is a lack of a business climate favorable to risking venture capital and a hostile environment against Capitalism."

If you have weed, you must pass it around. That's the rule.

In the future, if anything has a cause and effect relationship to drugs, I will defer to your considerable expertise.

By: gdiafante on 4/11/10 at 7:01

Newtie, your posts reek worse than Loner's biker jacket. Try pills, they don't have an odor.

By: chiefpayne568 on 4/12/10 at 11:11

Why I'm shocked...SHOCKED, I tell you! So...at what point is a recovery NOT a recovery? Answer: when people AREN'T working.

AP survey: Recovery to remain sluggish into 2011
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100412/ap_on_bi_ge/us_ap_economy_survey