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GDOL to help TiDra and Aerotek recruit workers in Calhoun and Rome next week

ATLANTA- The Georgia Department of Labor will help two staffing companies, TiDra and Aerotek, recruit more than 80 workers for manufacturing plants located in Calhoun on Monday, May 18.

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FMC and Redmond get an A in patient safety, Gordon Hospital awarded top honors for second year in a row
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 12:31 am

Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center are among the one in four Georgia hospitals that received an “A” grade in patient safety from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group.

GDOL to help Automation Personnel recruit workers in Rome on May 12
Posted: May 01, 2015

ATLANTA --The Georgia Department of Labor will help Automation Personnel, a staffing company, fill about 20 jobs with two light industrial manufacturers in Adairsville and Calhoun.

OSHA cites Adairsville wood crate manufacturer for repeated workplace violations
Posted: April 09, 2015

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. – An inspection of a wood crate manufacturer found that permanent and temporary employees faced excessive noise, improper hand protection and respiratory irritation due to wood dust exposure at the North American Container Corporation in Adairsville.

Gas prices drop slightly in Northwest Georgia over the past week, also down compared to last year
Posted: April 06, 2015

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.19 a gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.39 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

GDOL to help FieldTurf hire temporary workers in Calhoun on April 10
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 11:07 am

ATLANTA --The Georgia Department of Labor will help artificial-turf manufacturer FieldTurf hire about 40 temporary employees to work at its plant in Gordon County until October.

Officials, public get look at new Fairmount City Hall
Posted: March 26, 2015

The city of Fairmount held its ribbon cutting for their newly completed City Hall on Monday, March 23. City officials, along with the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority and other Calhoun and Gordon County officials and business representatives attended the event.

TiDra to recruit workers in Dalton
Posted: March 26, 2015

The Georgia Department of Labor will help a staffing company, TiDra Inc., recruit 64 workers for two textile-manufacturing companies in the Dalton area. The recruitment will be held Monday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the GDOL’s Dalton Career Center, 1406 Chattanooga Ave.

Health IT is big, and Georgia is its epicenter
Posted: March 16, 2015

Chris Hooper and his startup firm, Emergence, are betting on the boom in health information technology.

Beaulieu hiring event to happen Monday
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Beaulieu of America, a leading flooring manufacturer, is set to hold a “hiring bonanza” Monday, March 16, according to the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce.

LakePoint Sporting Community to open 4 more ball fields
Updated: March 10, 2015 - 9:35 am

Baseball continues to rule the roost at the LakePoint Sporting Community in Bartow County, with four more fields expected to be ready for action by the middle of May.

Why 5.5 percent unemployment isn't as great as it seems
Posted: March 06, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.S. has dropped to a seven-year low of 5.5 percent — the level normally considered the mark of a healthy job market. Yet that number isn't as encouraging as it might sound.

Cave Spring organizing July 11 triathlon
Posted: March 06, 2015

The Try A Tri in Cave Spring is a 300-yard swim in Rolater Lake (a fresh, spring water-fed pool shaped like the state of Georgia!), a 5-mile bike ride through historic parts of town and around the pastoral campus of GSD, and then a 2k run with a straight, flat finish in Rolater Park, where your finisher medal and great food await.

Deal: February revenues up 12.6 percent
Updated: March 06, 2015 - 6:17 pm

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for February totaled $943.7 million, an increase of $105.6 million, or 12.6 percent, compared to February 2014. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $12.41 billion for an increase of nearly $676.4 million, or 5.8 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $11.74 billion through eight months. Year-to-date gross tax collections, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled $16.85 billion, which was an increase of $969.8 million, or 6.1 percent, compared to the year-to-date total of $15.88 billion in February 2014.

AP survey: Why the outlook for global economy has brightened
Posted: March 04, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the United States to Asia to Europe, a global economy that many had feared was faltering appears poised for a resurgence on the strength of cheap oil and falling interest rates.

US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?
Posted: March 03, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country's main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported last week.

If this keeps up, storage tanks could approach their operational limits, known in the industry as "tank tops," by mid-April and send the price of crude — and probably gasoline, too — plummeting.

"The fact of the matter is we are running out of storage capacity in the U.S.," Ed Morse, head of commodities research at Citibank, said at a recent symposium at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Morse has suggested oil could fall all the way to $20 a barrel from the current $50. At that rock-bottom price, oil companies, faced with mounting losses, would stop pumping oil until the glut eased. Gasoline prices would fall along with crude, though lower refinery production, because of seasonal factors and unexpected outages, could prevent a sharp decline.

The national average price of gasoline is $2.44 a gallon. That's $1.02 cheaper than last year at this time, but up 37 cents over the past month.

Other analysts agree that crude is poised to fall sharply — if not all the way to $20 — because it continues to flood into storage for a number of reasons:

— U.S. oil production continues to rise. Companies are cutting back on new drilling, but that won't reduce supplies until later this year.

— The new oil being produced is light, sweet crude, which is a type many U.S. refineries are not designed to process. Oil companies can't just get rid of it by sending it abroad, because crude exports are restricted by federal law.

— Foreign oil continues to flow into the U.S., both because of economic weakness in other countries and to feed refineries designed to process heavy, sour crude.

— This is the slowest time of year for gasoline demand, so refiners typically reduce or stop production to perform maintenance. As refiners process less crude, supplies build up.

— Oil investors are making money buying and storing oil because of the difference between the current price of oil and the price for delivery in far-off months. An investor can buy oil at $50 today and enter into a contract to sell it for $59 in December, locking in a profit even after paying for storage during those months.

The delivery point for most of the oil traded in the U.S. is Cushing, a city of about 8,000 people halfway between Oklahoma City and Tulsa at an intersection of several pipelines. The city is dotted with tanks that can, in theory, hold 85 million barrels of oil, according to the Energy Department, though some of those tanks are used for blending or feeding pipelines, not for storing oil.

The market data provider Genscape, which flies helicopters equipped with infrared cameras and other technology over Cushing twice a week to measure storage levels, estimates Cushing is two-thirds full.

Hillary Stevenson, who manages storage, pipeline and refinery monitoring for Genscape, says Cushing could be full by mid-April. Supplies are increasing at "the highest rate we have ever seen at Cushing," she says.

Full tanks — or super-low prices — are not a sure thing. New storage is under construction at Cushing, and there are large storage terminals near Houston, in St. James, Louisiana, and elsewhere around the country that will probably begin to take in more oil as prices fall far enough to cover the cost of transporting the oil.

Also, drillers are cutting back fast because oil prices have plummeted from $107 a barrel in June. And demand is showing signs of rising.

While the Energy Department reported another enormous rise in crude stocks last week, up 8.4 million barrels from the week earlier, it also reported that diesel and gasoline supplies fell more than expected. That leads some to conclude that demand for crude will soon pick up, easing the surplus somewhat.

But many analysts believe oil prices will fall through the spring, before summer drivers start to relieve the glut.


Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey .

AJC: Company pitches Bartow County theme park near LakePoint sports complex
Posted: March 03, 2015

A group led by a former chairman of the Georgia Lottery has filed plans to build a theme park in Bartow County that the company says would feature movie industry-quality special effects.

NWGA Career Expo seeking to link employers with job seekers on April 2 in Ringgold
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 12:32 pm

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor and the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners will co-sponsor the Northwest Georgia Regional Career Expo April 2 in Ringgold.

Stocks slip after weaker growth, end best month since 2011
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 4:17 pm

The stock market is closing lower following news that U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than previously estimated in the final three months of the year.

Artificial turf manufacturer to hire 90 workers in Calhoun
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 3:17 pm

The Georgia Department of Labor will help artificial-turf manufacturer Field Turf hire about 90 workers for its facility in Gordon County, according to a press release.

Kaiser tapped for statewide economic development role at Georgia Power
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Anne Kaiser of Rome has been named vice president of community and economic development at Georgia Power — to lead the company’s efforts to recruit new industry and improve the marketability of communities around the state.

Will your hospital change hands? Partnerships, purchases on the rise
Posted: February 19, 2015

The hospital partnership dance continues in Georgia. Given the pressures of the health care economy, nobody apparently wants to be a wallflower.

GDOL to help Field Turf hire manufacturing workers in Calhoun
Posted: February 19, 2015

ATLANTA --The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help artificial-turf manufacturer Field Turf hire about 90 workers for its facility in Gordon County.

S&P 500 closes at a record high as energy sector recovers
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 4:18 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A key U.S. stock index is back at a record high as the energy sector recovers along with the price of oil.

Oil on wild ride; How will it end?
Posted: February 10, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil is on a wild ride, and there is little agreement on where it's headed.

Mohawk Industries ranked 14 in Training magazine's annual top 125 training organizations
Posted: February 10, 2015

DALTON, Ga. (February 9, 2015) — Training magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development professionals, has ranked Mohawk Industries 14th on its annual list of top training organizations.

Home Depot: hiring more than 80,000 workers for spring
Posted: February 10, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home-improvement retailer, says it has started to hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers for the spring selling season, the company's busiest period.

That's level with the last few years. The positions include both part-time and full-time workers in stores and distribution centers.

The hiring comes as the Atlanta-based company is moving beyond a huge data breach last fall that affected 56 million credit and debit cards. Home Depot reported in November that its third-quarter profit rose 14 percent on rising sales. That suggests the breach has not shaken the faith of its customers.

Home Depot's stock has risen more than 40 percent in the past year.

Typically, more than half of Home Depot's spring seasonal workers stay on, says Tim Crow, Home Depot executive vice president of human resources.

Crow told The Associated Press the hiring level isn't an indication of the business environment or what it sees for the spring season, but more about its needs.

"It gives us the ability to get a whole new wave of folks to join our team," he added.

For most retailers, the holiday shopping season, which spans November to December, is their busiest season. But for Home Depot and other home-improvement stores, it's the spring selling season that's the biggest sales generator as shoppers spruce up their lawns and work on their homes.

The company is expected to report fourth-quarter results Feb. 24.

Home Depot, which operates 2,269 stores in all 50 states and employs more than 300,000 associates, has benefited from the housing recovery. The Commerce Department reported last month that construction of new homes rebounded in December, helping to push activity for the entire year to the highest level since the peak of the housing boom nine years ago.

This spring, Home Depot is giving its sales associates with 40,000 Web-enabled devices to speed checkout and help associates find products, check inventory or explain product features. Crow says that will make workers more productive.


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Emory, Wellstar discuss a blockbuster merger
Updated: February 09, 2015 - 10:57 pm

In the turbulent business of health care, bigger is often better.

Ready to buy? How to make the most of your open house visits
Posted: February 04, 2015

Winter has several weeks yet to go. But in the realm of real estate it's already spring.

Judge approves sale of Rome News-Tribune; transfer effective Sunday
Updated: January 30, 2015 - 2:06 pm

News Publishing Co., the owner of the Rome News-Tribune, will be sold to Times-Journal Inc. after the Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, approval of the deal by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge.

Study: Savannah River has room for Ga., SC to build new port
Posted: January 26, 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A study says the Savannah River has enough room for cargo ships that Georgia and South Carolina could add a new port terminal downstream from the busy Port of Savannah.

The neighboring states for years have been working slowly toward building a jointly owned, $3 billion shipping terminal in Jasper County, South Carolina, just across the river from Savannah. Before moving forward, South Carolina's delegation wanted to make sure a second port could operate without causing traffic jams on the water.

Consultants went over results of their study with port officials from both states who met Monday for the first time since May. Their findings showed a second port would only slightly increase how frequently ships using the river encounter delays and would make those delays a few minutes longer.

Georgia ports seeing growth from West Coast labor problems
Posted: January 26, 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's seaports handled record-breaking cargo volumes in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year in part because of labor disputes that have bogged down trade on the West Coast.

The Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday that overall cargo tonnage in Savannah and Brunswick was up nearly 7 percent in the six-month period from July 1 through Dec. 31. Savannah, the nation's fourth-busiest container port, handled 1.75 million cargo containers, an increase of more than 13 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Curtis Foltz, the port authority's executive director, attributed a chunk of that growth to shippers diverting imports of retail goods to the East Coast as ports on the West Coast have struggled with congestion after months of unresolved contract talks with dockworkers.

Calhoun set for second McDonald's
Posted: January 24, 2015

A second McDonald’s fast food eatery is coming to Calhoun and Gordon County.

Stocks fall, snapping 4-day winning streak; UPS slumps
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 4:22 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is finishing lower, snapping a four-day winning streak, as U.S. companies report mixed quarterly results.

Mohawk to recruit manufacturing workers in Calhoun on Jan. 30
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 3:17 pm

The Georgia Department of Labor is set to help Mohawk Industries recruit 90 workers for the company’s manufacturing facilities in Gordon County.

UPS takes a hit during the holidays, cuts outlook
Posted: January 23, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The huge cost of ensuring timely deliveries cost UPS during the holidays and the shipping company is now cutting its outlook for the year.

Shares plunged nearly 10 percent in premarket trading Friday.

The Atlanta company hired more workers and boosted capacity at its facilities during the busy holiday season to avoid a repeat of 2013, when shippers struggled with a deluge of orders.

UPS Inc. now expects 2014 earnings of $4.75 per share, down from its previous forecast of between $4.90 and $5 per share. Industry analysts had been looking for earnings of $4.96 per share, according to FactSet. For the fourth quarter, UPS expects earnings of $1.25 per share, well below the $1.47 per share analysts had projected.

Shares of FedEx Corp. are down more than 2 percent.

US stocks erase year's losses after Europe unveils stimulus
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 4:14 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing with a big gain after Europe's central bank offered an aggressive plan to revive that region's weak economy.

GDOL will help Mohawk recruit manufacturing workers in Calhoun Jan. 30
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:56 pm

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Mohawk Industries recruit 90 workers for the company’s manufacturing facilities in Gordon County.

Fast food restaurant set to reopen in new location
Posted: January 21, 2015

A fast food restaurant in Calhoun is set to reopen in a different location following its recent closure.

US stock market ends slightly higher, oil down
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 4:41 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is ending higher, helped by gains in technology companies and airlines.

Waffle House flips for LPGA's Brooke Pancake
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 4:42 pm

n a rather amusing twist, Brooke Pancake has announced Waffle House as her newest sponsor. Pancake, a former All-American at Alabama, will visit Waffle House restaurants throughout the country while traveling on the LPGA and carry the restaurant chain's logo on her bag.

Walmart Neighborhood Market opening Wednesday in Fort Oglethorpe
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 3:18 pm

A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is opening Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Fort Oglethorpe following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

Free Chick-fil-A for a year to First 100 in Emerson
Posted: January 20, 2015

Emerson gets its first Chick-fil-A restaurant on Thursday, Jan. 22 and that means another “First 100″ Celebration.

Education key to controlling pet population
Posted: January 20, 2015

For Calhoun resident Luree Echols, a member of the loosely connected group Helping Animals in Gordon County, education is the answer to controlling the pet population.

For sale: Former Resaca home now the oldest in Buckhead
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Buckhead, Ga., is home to an excess of fine dining, luxurious hotels and elegant motels. It is also now home to a little piece of Resaca.

Rising oil lifts energy companies and stock market Friday
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 4:13 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Energy companies are fueling a rally that snapped a five-day losing streak for the stock market.

Marietta Daily Journal has successful bid for Rome newspaper group
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:09 am

MARIETTA — Marietta Daily Journal’s parent company, Times-Journal Inc., was the successful bidder in a bankruptcy auction for the Rome News Publishing Company on Thursday in Carrollton at the law offices of the debtor.

What's happening in Calhoun, Gordon County
Posted: January 16, 2015

Now – January 30

Cabela’s to hire 140 for Fort Oglethorpe store, slated to open this spring
Updated: January 15, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Cabela’s is now accepting online applications for approximately 140 full-time, part-time and seasonal positions at its new Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., store.

Synovus files reimbursement plan outline, auction of NPCo is today in Carrollton
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:09 am

Synovus Bank, owed $860,628.17 by News Publishing Co., spells out in a Wednesday motion a reimbursement plan it hopes a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge will approve.

Mohawk announces $1.2 billion purchase of IVC Group
Posted: January 14, 2015

Mohawk Industries, Inc. today announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the IVC Group, which expands the Company's position as the leading global flooring manufacturer. The IVC Group is a major manufacturer of sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl tile and laminate, with operations in Europe and the United States and sales of approximately $700 million.