Lee County prison employers hoping to hire 200 during job fairs

Published: Jan. 24, 2018 at 6:32 PM EST
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Employers with the Lee County Adjustment Center in Beattyville need to hire 200 people.

There was a job fair at Happy Top Park in Beattyville Wednesday.

"I was just driving by one day and saw the signs. They're posted everywhere now," said Rochelle Thompson, who applied for a job.

Thompson said she worked at the prison in the past. She was excited to learn about the reopening of the adjustment center.

"I was ecstatic about it. It just brings back so many opportunities to this county where they need to be," said Thompson.

Local officials hope the jobs will boost the economy.

"Small Eastern Kentucky counties have a hard time with jobs and this is a big boom for us," said Lee County Judge Executive Steve Mays.

Mays said nearby shop owners will benefit from the new jobs as well.

"Our business in the county, people will have more money to spend at them," said Mays.

Employers said the prison will reopen in March.

Another job fair will be held at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight in Hazard starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.