Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Briefs: Neighborhood groups can help identify codes violations

Tennessean The Neighborhoods Organized To Initiate Code Enforcement program (NOTICE) is a support program to help citizens identify and report codes violations in their neighborhood. With this program, a cooperative effort between Codes Administration and the Metro Health Department, neighbors can become a direct participant in the process that helps improve and maintain their own neighborhoods. The program is available to neighborhood groups only. Interested groups should first identify at least four persons who will form their volunteer inspection team. Then a short application is filed with Codes. Once your group has been selected, they will receive training to help them to identify potential codes violations. A special reporting procedure has been established and the program provides for anonymous notification of property owners of codes violations. For more information or to request an application, call the Metro Codes office at 862-6590, or visit Juvenile center seeks job fair participants The Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center is hosting its sixth annual job fair at 8:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 13. The center is looking for representatives from companies, agencies and organizations to participate in this event. Representatives would answer basic questions, talk about the application process and give information that would motivate the youth to want to be involved with the business or organization. The Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center will provide participants space for presentation and audience. The center's goal is to establish a network of local employers and organizations that are willing to expose their youths to employment opportunities in the community, with the hopes that learning about these opportunities may help them make positive decisions about their futures. All participants are asked to arrive no later than 8 a.m. to set up their area and join the program staff for refreshments. A table approximately 2½ by 5 ½ will be provided, or representatives may bring their own. Call Yolanda Hockett, assistant superintendent of programs, at 862-8066, ext. 71004, or case manager Garmai Tokpah at 862-8066, ext. 71016, to participate in this event. Luncheon will discuss economic future Women at the Table of Power will host Real Talk, Real People, Real Politics at 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at Piedmont Natural Gas, 665 Mainstream Dr. The luncheon and panel discussion will focus on what the future holds for consumers, small businesses and local and state government. Panelists will include Betty Nixon, community activist; Jerry Maynard, Metro councilman-at-large; Jo Ann North, former tax assessor; and state Rep. Beth Harwell. Registration is $25. Register at or call 469-6878.

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