Fontanel To Hire 150 Workers To Run Mansion 4-19-2010 - WSMV News 4

Fontanel To Hire 150 Workers To Run Mansion 4-19-2010

A Nashville mansion that was once home to singer Barbara Mandrell is being turned into a new tourist attraction, and now it needs a few good men and women to help run the place.

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The job fair is being held Tuesday at Whites Creek High School from 4 to 8 p.m. People are needed to work in all sorts of areas, including tour guides, retail and food service.
Owners of the mansion hope to hire at least 150 people to work at the home when it opens to the public in June. The operators are looking for people to work in the box office, welcome center, maintenance and security, and as tour guides, cooks, greeters and servers.
Visitors to the home will be able to touch guitars played by music legends, eat by the pool and enjoy concerts at the amphitheater.
To learn more about the job fair, visit the Fontanel website or call 615-256-5699.
Increased Employment Opportunities
State labor officials in Tennessee said hiring is occurring in areas such as construction, food service and hospitality.
At this point last year, more than 228,000 Tennesseans filed for initial unemployment. This year, that number dropped to 135,000.
“Fewer people are filing for unemployment, which means they are getting back to work, and we're also seeing people who were discouraged before and pulling themselves out of the workforce entirely; those people are getting back to work,” said Jeff Hentschel with the Tennessee Department of Labor.
Tennessee's unemployment rate also dropped last month from 10.7 percent in February to 10.6 percent in March. Officials said that is a gain of roughly 24,000 jobs.
On Wednesday, at least 200 people will start new jobs when a Walmart opens on Dickerson Road.
Even though there are signs of improvement, labor officials said there are still 319,000 people in Tennessee looking for work.

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