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Workers affected by Medwest reduction of force likely eligible for unemployment benefits.

MedWest workers likely eligible for unemployment benefits

According to the criteria established by the North Carolina Job Service (Employment Security Commission) workers who are displaced due to reductions in force such as that announced today are likely candiates for unemployment compensation.  According the a Job Service spokesperson, “each employees situation is different. compensation would be based upon wages for the last quarter of 2011 and the first two quarters of 2012. The individual would most likely have to use up and paid time off and/or vacation time before becoming eligible for compensation.” Generally when an employee becomes unemployed due to no fault of their own, such as insubordination, unauthorized absences, or inappropriate job performance they are eligible for unemployment. Affected employees will need to make an appointment with a Job Service counsellor in order to find out exactly what they are eligible for and how to apply for those benefits.  The Job Service is located just above the Jackson County Public Library on Ridgeway Street.  The office is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Bridge in Franklin to be named for Nathan B Henry

(10/07/12) The Viet Nam Veterans Association in Franklin announced today the bridge over US Highway 64 and US Highway 441 will be named to honor Nathan B. Henry in a ceremony to take place on Thursday. Henry was a POW in Viet Nam for six years.  Below is a short biography written by Nathan B. Henry. For a complete summary of PFC Henry’s service and report of his capture simply Google his name.

SOURCE: WE CAME HOME  copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). NATHAN B. HENRY Staff Sergeant- United States Army Captured: July 12, 1967 Released: March 5, 1973                       I am twenty-five years old and still single. I like girls and parties as well as the outdoors. I was born in Franklin, North Carolina, a small town in western North Carolina. I am the youngest of three boys and have no sisters. I was drafted in September 1966 and arrived in Vietnam in February 1967. I was captured on 12 July 1967 in the La Drang Valley near the Cambodian border west of Pleiku. I was serving with the Fourth Infantry Division. My job was a radio operator (RTO). I was on a search and destroy mission when I was captured. I was in prison five years and eight months. I always kept faith in God and in my government. I would like to say these are the greatest days of my life since I have been given back my freedom. I finished high school in 1965 and plan on going to college and majoring in forestry. I am thankful to God and the American people for my being alive today.  America is the greatest country in the world and I hope we can keep it free throughout the future. It is hard to find words to express my gratitude to the American people. The only thing I can say is God bless you.  I love each and every one of you.

Medwest Health Care System announces a significant reduction of force action.

(10/09/12)  Following a national trend for smaller and regional hospitals Medwest Health Care Systems announced Tuesday (October 9, 2012) that a reduction of of over 80 staff members would be taking affect immediately. Hospital spokespersons stated the primary reductions would take place in clinical departments and that patient care would not be impacted. Referencing the national health care concerns, health insurance costs and the paying agency, and the focus on wellness and preventative treatments the Medwest system just as many other hospitals are seeing a reduction in patient occupancy, shorter stays, and a greater focus on a care plan the patient is to follow at home. Medwest officials did not give specific details about the layoffs other than clinical services and assistance.  The employees affected will be notified within the day of their employment status options they may have as far as unemployment compensation are concerned.