Dollywood applications up, positions ...

Dollywood applications up, positions available down

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Herb Moncier

Powell, TN

#1 Feb 22, 2009

If you're one of the hundreds of people across East Tennessee out of a job and looking for work, a season of change may be on the way.

The summer sun could bring a spike in job opportunities.

Several seasonal positions will soon be up for grabs in Sevier County.

Two or three years ago, at this time of year, we'd probably be looking to fill about 600 to 800 positions," said Jay McNeill, director of human resources for Dollywood.

And filling those positions was tough. For the past five or six years, McNeill says the park even hired workers from Russia to make sure the workforce was complete.

That won't be happening this year.

The number of positions available will likely plunge to 300, and more people are likely to want them.

"As an example of some increased interest, we had a recently advertised, a year-round administrative assistant position, and so far, we've had, I believe, 90 resumes turned in," McNeill said.

To fill its estimated 300 positions, Dollywood will hold a job fair Saturday, Feb. 28.

Interested applicants must call to make an appointment between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number to call is 865-HAVE-FUN.

A couple of weeks after that, the Sevier County Economic Development Council also will hold a job fair.

It will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 4 at the Music Road Convention Center.

Allen Newton, the executive director of the council, expects a large crowd.

He says, in years past, seasonal positions have gone unfilled; at times, there have been up to 2,000 open positions.

The county actually looked into hiring international workers as Dollywood did, but then the economic bubble burst.

"So we're as concerned now about getting our people employed as opposed to bringing other people in to employ, and so our focus has shifted, and so we're trying to really make sure that we get Sevier Countians employed, those that want a job," Newton said.

This past December, the unemployment rate in Sevier County rose to 8.5 percent, up from 5.1 percent the previous year.

So now, the council's main goal is to find jobs and put people in those positions.

"Anytime we can hire one person and put one person back to work, that's good news, and with the season coming, our tourist season coming, and that's usually March, April, May through December, there will be quite a few seasonal jobs that will be available, and it is good news for people to get back to work," Newton said. "It may not be the exact job they want, but certainly for those that are willing to work and get out, there are going to be some jobs available."

The Dolly Pig does not need nearly as many child Molesters this season.
Herb Moncier

Powell, TN

#2 Feb 22, 2009
Do you see this Joel, even the Russians will be out of work you God Damn Idiot. Can you hear the foreclosure coming like a freight train. I am going to buy it just to burn it down while you watch!
Randy Parton

Powell, TN

#3 Feb 23, 2009
SEVIERVILLE Dixie Stampede has settled a civil suit filed by parents who say their children were molested by an assistant there in 2005.

Armando Martinez Gonzalez, an undocumented immigrant, took a "best interest" plea to multiple charges of aggravated sexual battery last year. The plea means he did not admit guilt but acknowledged the state had enough evidence to convict him. Judge Rex Henry Ogle sentenced him to nine years in prison.

The families of his four alleged victims, all of whom where younger than 13, filed a civil complaint against Dixie Stampeded and against Gonzalez. That complaint came to an end Jan. 30, according to court documents, when Judge Richard Vance approved a settlement among the parties during a closed hearing.

"Based on this finding and order of the court, the terms of the compromise ... shall extinguish all claims that were brought and those that could have been brought in the actions filed herein by the minors and their parents."

The terms of the settlement were not included in court documents.

Pete Owens, spokesperson for Dixie Stampede, said the order marks the conclusion of the litigation on the case.

"Our understanding is that the recent filings with the court are the end of this matter," he said. "We have no comment on the proceedings.

Mount Clemens, MI

#4 Feb 23, 2009
Look at ole Mikey, just dying to be in the Parton family anyway he can, even if it means stealing their name. He never gets it, the joke is always on him, he's such a creepy loser.
Remember how it felt mikey when you got fired from Dollywood.
Randy parton

Powell, TN

#5 Feb 23, 2009
Now that's really funny and ironic. You can say it all you want but you just can't do it. He learned how to control you Stupid Morons years ago and has made a handsome living at it so far to the tune of 2.5 million dollars. Larry Waters has Sevier County Stupidity firmly under control.

We will supply the laughter

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