Press Releases

TN Dept. of Agriculture: Industrial Hemp Production Applications Now Ready

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture; January 26, 2015:

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from farmers and producers interested in growing industrial hemp.

In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 tasking the department with development of a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp in Tennessee. As provided in Sec. 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp may only be grown as part of a research or pilot project.

Industrial hemp is Cannabis sativa L., the same plant species as marijuana. However, industrial hemp has significantly lower tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. You will find industrial hemp in a variety of products, including fabric, textiles, fibers, and foods. More than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity.

You can download an application and Memorandum of Understanding at

Please complete the application, sign the MOU and include the particular cultivar you wish to use and the quantity requested. If your application is approved, the department will assist in obtaining your seed in compliance with requirements of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Individuals are not permitted to import their own seed.

Email the completed application and MOU to

Or send it by mail to:

Industrial Hemp Program, Consumer and Industry Services Division,
TN Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN  37204

Press Releases

Amazon Looks to Fill Several Hundred Full-time Positions in Mid-TN

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development; August 3, 2012: 

NASHVILLE – Jobseekers in middle Tennessee are invited to begin applying at Tennessee Career Centers on Monday, August 6, for jobs at Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Lebanon and Murfreesboro. These new fulfillment centers will fill customer orders for Amazon and the many third-party sellers from Tennessee and around the country that use fulfillment by Amazon. Amazon is working with Tennessee Career Centers to conduct initial screenings to fill several hundred full-time positions at their new facilities. Interviews will begin right away, so applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The facilities are expected to begin operations this fall.

“We’re very excited to partner with Amazon to help employ qualified Tennessee applicants at their fulfillment centers,” said Labor Commissioner Karla Davis. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our community.”

Warehouse associates pack and ship customer orders and are empowered to troubleshoot problems. Ideal candidates possesses a strong work ethic, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and a commitment to customer service as it relates to product fulfillment. Warehouse associates are expected to understand all aspects of production and adhere to strict safety, quality, and production standards.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Willing to work all shifts
  • Work overtime as required
  • Read and take direction in English
  • Pass a post offer, pre-employment drug screen and background check
  • Must lift up to 49 pounds
  • Stand / walk for shifts 10-12 hours long
  • Willing to frequently push, pull, squat, bend and reach

Hourly Starting Pay Rate Range: $11.00 (Warehouse Position) to $13.00 (Lead Warehouse Position), plus shift differential, variable compensation pay, company stock, and comprehensive benefits.

With over 65,000 employees worldwide, Amazon has fulfillment centers in multiple states. Amazon already operates fulfillment centers in Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Lebanon, employing more than 2,500 workers.

Applications for Amazon jobs are available at the following middle Tennessee Career Center locations from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning August 6 through August 17: Dickson, Franklin, Gallatin, Lebanon, McMinnville, Metro Center, Murfreesboro, and Nashville South. For contact information and directions to the Tennessee Career Center nearest you visit