Knoxville business named semifinalists for national award

Knoxville business named semifinalists for national award

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Three Tennessee employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The award is the U.S. Department of Defense's highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve employees.

The employers are: City of Memphis Waste Water Treatment Plant, Eastman Chemical in Kingsport and Steel Plate Fabricators in Knoxville.

Employers selected as semifinalists assist Guard and Reserve employees through formal and informal initiatives, including setting veteran hiring goals, providing childcare for deployed employees, arranging care package drives, and granting additional leave for military employees and family members before and after deployments.

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