Two employees recently retired from the Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Gallatin.
Brenda Oliver began her career with the state at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a high school senior. She became an official state employee June 16, 1975. Her favorite part of the job was laughing with her coworkers, but what stands out the most is that in her job, she found inspiration in helping individuals with disabilities gain employment as she witnessed how it changed their lives. Her plans in retirement are to spend more time with friends, family, and her beloved dogs. Her last day with the State of Tennessee was Jan. 29. Her dedication, quick wit, and attention to detail will be greatly missed by her fellow employees and the clients served.
Linwood Hawkins, Sr. worked 20 years for the state. He worked at Clover Bottom as a habilitation therapy supervisor. He is retiring from the division of Vocational Rehabilitation where he was a vocational evaluator. In this position, he assisted individuals with disabilities to determine their aptitudes and skills. This enabled the client to make an informed choice about his or her employment preference. His last day was Jan. 29. In retirement, he plans to relax and continue working in his church activities. His positive light and kind nature will be missed by all.