Preparations continue for the annual Martin Luther King Jr., Day Celebration in Pulaski on Jan. 16.
Among highlights of the annual celebration are the Unity March during the day and an evening program which is alternated among churches.
The Giles County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People annually organizes the MLK Jr. Day activities.
Richard Kemp has been confirmed to be the speaker for the noon youth program at the Greater Richland Creek Association Central Building, according to chapter member Benita Cross.
The Unity March will start at 11 a.m. from the Courthouse Gazebo to the Central Building, she said.
The Giles County Branch of the NAACP is awaiting word from the national NAACP office about the status of officer elections for the local chapter.
Chapter Secretary Jerome Arnell said the necessary paperwork has been sent to the national office.
In other business:
• The next meeting of the local county chapter is at 6 p.m., Dec. 27. The chapter usually meets at Campbell’s Chapel AME Church, Pulaski.
• “There are people out there who are looking for people to work,” Hardin Franklin, a Giles County NAACP member, said in his economic report.
In October, the county unemployment rate was 3.4 percent, according to theTennessee Department of Labor.
Other adjacent counties have jobless rates in that range, Franklin said.
Franklin, whose term as a Pulaski alderman is ending, urged those who want to work to seek jobs.
• Giles County Schools will have funding changes due to a revamping of funding for school districts by the state department of education, according to branch president Joseph Sutton.
More information will be made available, he said,
A retired Giles County High School teacher, Sutton reports on education matters for the branch.
• Chapter members talked about lining up speakers from the community for future meetings.