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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Man injured at Shaw plant in Calhoun
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm

A 45-year-old man was injured Wednesday at a Shaw Industries plant in Calhoun, according to police scanner traffic.

Friday 08/08/2014
GDOL to help Toyo Tires recruit manufacturing workers in Calhoun Aug. 23
Posted: August 08, 2014

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Toyo Tires recruit a number of workers for its manufacturing facility in Bartow County. The company, which produces tires for vehicles, is recruiting manufacturing and maintenance technicians.

Tuesday 08/05/2014
Deal: Film industry generates $5.1 billion in economic impact
Posted: August 05, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during Fiscal Year 2014. The 158 feature film and television productions that shot in Georgia spent $1.4 billion during that time.

Friday 08/01/2014
Previous The Fork owners use website to raise funds to pay restaurant debts
Posted: August 01, 2014

An owner and previous employee of Calhoun’s The Fork are asking for help to pay debts incurred by the restaurant prior to its appearance on Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible.”

Wednesday 07/30/2014
Calhoun to get new new RaceTrac, Dunkin Donuts, industrial building
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 10:05 am

The Ga. 53 corridor in Calhoun is experiencing a building boom. A new Popeye’s has just opened. A new freestanding Subway is nearing completion and ground has been broken for a new RaceTrac fuel station and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Friday 07/25/2014
The Fork to change hands after ‘Restaurant Impossible’
Posted: July 25, 2014

When The Fork Casual Fine Dining was featured on Restaurant Impossible with viewing available at the eatery, it was less than crowded, with only 30 people in attendance and owners expecting less.

Dunkin Donuts, RaceTrac coming to Calhoun
Posted: July 25, 2014

Calhoun is set for a new donut shop and convenience store.

Thursday 07/24/2014
State to help Automation Personnel recruit workers in Rome next week
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:40 pm

ATLANTA --The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Automation Personnel fill more than 30 jobs in Calhoun and Adairsville with a light industrial manufacturer.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
LG Hausys to build new auto parts factory in Calhoun; 50 jobs
Posted: July 23, 2014

South Korea’s largest provider of construction and building materials has announced it will build another facility in Gordon County, creating 50 jobs.

Tuesday 07/22/2014
GDOL to host job training recruitment in Dalton Aug. 5, Cartersville on Aug. 12
Posted: July 22, 2014

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will host a special recruitment for job seekers who qualify for OJT, a federal on-the-job training program to help get unemployed workers back into the labor force. The recruitment will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dalton Career Center, 1460 Chattanooga Ave.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Surya employees, families help Habitat for Humanity in Calhoun
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Rug and home décor manufacturer Surya recently participated in Habitat for Humanity’s “Build Day.”

Tuesday 07/15/2014
Axiom Laboratories acquires Metaugus Inc. in Cedartown
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Newnan, GA –  Axiom Laboratories, a subsidiary of Axiom Nutraceuticals, announced it has acquired Metaugus, Inc., a supplement manufacturing facility located in Cedartown.

Friday 07/11/2014
Audia International expands Walker County project before groundbreaking
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 10:23 am

The first shovel full of dirt has yet to be turned at Walker County’s newest industrial park, but already Audia International, the site’s major tenant, is looking to expand its manufacturing and warehousing operations.

Thursday 07/03/2014
GNTC and the City of Cedartown host Cedartown Business Builders program
Posted: July 03, 2014

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) and the City of Cedartown are working together on a new initiative that prepares small business owners and local entrepreneurs to succeed in today’s economy.

Tuesday 07/01/2014
New recalls and questions about auto parts safety
Posted: July 01, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.

GM's safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles in North America to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches. GM has now issued five recalls for 17.1 million cars with defective switches, spanning every model year since 1997.

On the same day, Chrysler recalled almost 700,000 vehicles in North America because its ignition switches — like GM's — can slip from the "run" to the "accessory" position while driving. The Chrysler action expands an earlier recall of 2010 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans and Dodge Journey crossovers. Models from 2007 to 2009 are now included.

GM's debacle caused other manufacturers to investigate their own switches and other potential defects. A recent spate of air bag recalls is probably tied to those internal investigations, said Karl Brauer, a senior industry analyst with Kelley Blue Book.

The government is also reviewing the switches.

Brauer said he does not think the ignition switch recalls will expand across the industry. Manufacturers all have their own switch designs and use different suppliers.

But the possibility is there, and buyers should be aware of the potential for cars to slip into the wrong mode. If a car comes out of the "run" position, the power steering and brakes can stop working, which can cause drivers to lose control. The air bags also won't function. GM has urged drivers to remove excess items from their key chains that could weigh down the keys.

"I think the ignition switch thing is fairly specific to GM, but it will be interesting to see. Were other companies letting their standards fall?" Brauer said.

GM's latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring its total recalls in North America to 29 million this year, surpassing the 22 million recalled by all automakers last year.

The new GM recalls cover seven vehicles, including the Chevrolet Malibu from 1997 to 2005, the Pontiac Grand Prix from 2004 to 2008, and the 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS.

The company is aware of three deaths, eight injuries and seven crashes involving the vehicles, although it says there's no clear evidence that faulty switches caused the accidents. Air bags did not deploy in the three fatal accidents, which is a sign that the ignition was out of position. But air bags may not deploy for other reasons as well.

A GM spokesman could not say Monday if more recalls are imminent. But this may be the end of the recalls associated with a 60-day review of all of the company's ignition switches. At the company's annual meeting earlier in June, CEO Mary Barra said she hoped most recalls related to that review would be completed by the end of the month.

Brauer said the number of recalls — while huge — may be a good thing for the company in the long run.

"I think there's a new standard for what GM considers a potential safety defect, and Mary Barra has no tolerance or patience for potential safety defects that are unresolved," he said.

In a statement Monday, Barra said the company "will act appropriately and without hesitation" if any new issues come to light.

Lance Cooper, a Marietta, Georgia, attorney who is suing GM, said he expects even more recalls. A company funded investigation of the ignition switch problems by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas found that GM had a dysfunctional corporate culture in which people failed to take responsibility to fix the problems, Cooper said.

"Cars got made that were defective. The buck kept getting passed, and this is what happened as a result," Cooper said.

The announcement of more recalls extends a crisis for GM that began in February with small-car ignition switch problems. GM recalled 2.6 million older small cars worldwide because of the switches.

The problem has drawn the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's road safety agency. On June 18, the agency opened two investigations into ignition switches in Chrysler minivans and SUVs, and acknowledged that it's looking at the whole industry.

The agency is looking into how long air bags remain active after the switches are moved out of the run position. In many cases, the answer is less than a second.

GM's recalls on Monday bring this year's total so far to more than 40 million for the U.S. industry, far surpassing the old full-year record of 30.8 million from 2004.

The latest recalls came the same day the company's compensation consultant, Kenneth Feinberg, announced plans to pay victims of crashes caused by the defective small-car switches. Attorneys and lawmakers say about 100 people have died and hundreds were injured in crashes, although Feinberg said he didn't have a total.

Feinberg said the company has placed no limit on how much he can spend in total to compensate victims. But victims of the new set of recalls announced Monday can't file claims to the fund, which deals only with the small cars.

In the original recall, the ignition switches did not meet GM's specifications but were used anyway, and they slipped too easily out of the "run" position.

The vehicles recalled Monday have switches that do conform to GM's specifications. In these cases, the keys can move the ignition out of position because of jarring, bumps from the driver's knee or the weight of a heavy key chain, GM says. The cars recalled Monday will get replacement keys. The small cars recalled in February are getting new ignitions.

The Detroit company said it plans to take a $1.2 billion charge in the second quarter for recall-related expenses. Added to a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter, that brings total recall expenses for the year to $2.5 billion.

GM also announced four other recalls Monday covering more than 200,000 additional vehicles. Most are to fix an electrical short in the driver's door that could disable the power locks and windows and even cause overheating.

GM has announced 54 separate recalls this year. The company's stock fell 32 cents, or just under 1 percent, to close Monday at $36.30.

GDOL to co-sponsor career expo in Ringgold July 23
Posted: July 01, 2014

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) and two local organizations will co-sponsor a career expo Wednesday, July 23, in Ringgold. The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gymnasium at Ringgold High School, 29 Tiger Train. Other sponsors include the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Ringgold’s Downtown Development Authority.

Brant Oberg named mill manager at International Paper’s Rome Containerboard Mill
Posted: July 01, 2014

ROME, Ga. – International Paper announced Brant Oberg has been named mill manager of its Industrial Packaging Group’s Rome, Georgia Containerboard Mill and has assumed overall leadership responsibility for the facility.

More insurers seek to join 2015 Georgia exchange
Posted: July 01, 2014

UnitedHealthcare, Coventry, Cigna and Time Insurance Company have each submitted plans with the state to offer health insurance in the federally run exchange in Georgia next year.

Monday 06/30/2014
Justices rule in favor of Hobby Lobby: Can't make employers cover contraception
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 10:57 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

Court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees
Posted: June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says public sector unions can't collect fees from home health care workers who object to being affiliated with a union.

The justices on Monday said collecting the fees violates the First Amendment rights of workers who are not union members.

The ruling is a financial blow to labor unions that have bolstered their ranks in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of home health care workers.

The case was brought by a group of Illinois in-home care workers who said they didn't want to pay fees related to collective bargaining. They claimed the "fair share fees" violate their constitutional rights by compelling them to associate with the union.

Lower courts had thrown out the lawsuit.