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Byline: Laura Giovanelli
Dec. 23--LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Tammy Hodge's last unemployment check arrived in the mail yesterday. While Forsyth County and Winston-Salem officials celebrated Dell, Inc.'s decision to put its new manufacturing plant in Forsyth, she was at the employment security commission office in Lexington, looking for work.
A furniture worker who was laid off from Lexington Home Brands in May 2003, at 33, Hodge has spent the months since starting over, taking pre-requisite classes in hopes of entering Forsyth Tech's radiography program to become an x-ray technician.
She is also just the kind of ex-manufacturing worker who might be able to …