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Lake Winnepesaukah in Rossville hiring workers

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Lake Winnepesaukah, an amusement park in Rossville, hire more than 100 seasonal workers.

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Roper Corp. job fair Saturday, April 18, in Lafayette
Posted: April 16, 2015

Roper Corp. needs to fill a number of full-time first- and second-shift production operator positions.

Audia interviewing for workers April 24 in LaFayette
Posted: April 14, 2015

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Audia Plastics hire about 60 manufacturing workers Friday, April 24, for a new plant under construction in LaFayette.

Catoosa school board seeks community input on governance structure
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 3:38 pm

The state of Georgia requires school systems in Georgia to choose a governance structure by June 30, 2015. The Catoosa County board of education is holding a community engagement meeting Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m. in the Colonnade Theater to discuss the new governance options.

Chickamauga and Comcast settle spat over utility pole fees
Posted: April 08, 2015

It came down to the wire, but the city of Chickamauga will continue allowing Comcast to string its cables from city-owned utility poles.

Blood Assurance and Chattanooga Lookouts partner to give back to the community
Posted: April 07, 2015

With baseball season quickly approaching, non-profit regional blood center, Blood Assurance, is partnering with the Chattanooga Lookouts to give away free tickets to the five-game opening home series, happening Wednesday, April 15, until Sunday, April 19.

Hundreds flock to Northwest Georgia Career Expo searching for work
Posted: April 06, 2015

Hundreds of north Georgia residents traveled to the Catoosa County Colonnade on Thursday, April 2, to take part in the Northwest Georgia Career Expo and to make contact with area employers with hopes of landing employment.

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.

Segment of Yellow Trail closed at Chickamauga Battlefield
Posted: April 04, 2015

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is advising the public that a .73 mile segment of the Yellow Trail in Chickamauga Battlefield closed Friday, March 27, and will remain closed until further notice.

LaFayette bank helps sponsor trip for local senior citizens
Posted: April 04, 2015

The Bank of LaFayette presented a check to the local senior citizen center to help sponsor a trip to Myrtle Beach. The three-day trip in May will be the first time several of the 54 seniors have been to the beach. Included in the group are attendees from the LaFayette senior center, the Chickamauga senior center and also Gilmer and Pickens County senior centers. Lori Jackson (left), site manager for Walker County Senior Center, accepts the donation from Sheila Riddle with the Bank of LaFayette.

Catoosa County awarded federal funds for food and shelter programs
Posted: April 04, 2015

Catoosa County was awarded state set aside federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.

Catoosa Online Academy receives donations from Ringgold Telephone Company and Kiwanis Club
Posted: April 04, 2015

Catoosa County Public Schools opened the Catoosa Online Academy (COA) in 2013. This program is designed to meet the needs of students in grades 9-12 who desire a flexible schedule. Students participate in classes online, so they can complete their schoolwork any time and anywhere they have access to Wi-Fi.

Catoosa County restaurant reports for March 2015
Posted: April 03, 2015

Between March 15-31, 2015, Catoosa County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted 18 food service inspections at the following restaurants, schools or establishments where food is served.

Hutcheson cardiology expands medical team, adds Erin Johnson
Posted: April 02, 2015

Erin Johnson has joined Hutcheson Cardiology in Fort Oglethorpe as its newest nurse practitioner and will be serving the North Georgia community alongside well-known cardiologist Clark Colvard, MD.

Walker County restaurant reports March 15-31, 2015
Posted: April 02, 2015

Walker County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted 15 food service inspections at the following restaurants, schools or eating establishments during the final weeks of March 2015.

More than 2,000 jobs available at Northwest Georgia Career Expo in Ringgold Thursday
Posted: March 31, 2015

Job-seekers in northwest Georgia will have excellent opportunities to get a job from among more than 2,000 jobs being offered by employers at a career expo in Catoosa County Thursday, April 2.

Cabela’s in Fort Oglethorpe opening May 13
Posted: March 31, 2015

Cabela’s announced plans to celebrate the official grand opening of its new Fort Oglethorpe store on Wednesday, May 13, with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration featuring giveaways, family activities and more.

More than 2,000 jobs available at Northwest Georgia Career Expo in Ringgold on Thursday
Posted: March 30, 2015

ATLANTA – Job seekers in northwest Georgia will have excellent opportunities to get a job from among more than 2,000 jobs being offered by employers at a career expo in Catoosa County Thursday, April 2.

United Way volunteer center’s awards banquet scheduled for April 14
Posted: March 29, 2015

United Way’s volunteer center will hold the annual Volunteer United awards banquet on Tuesday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. at the Unum Atrium, 555 Walnut Street, in Chattanooga. The annual event is also hosted by DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) and the corporate volunteer council. Bruce Hartman, president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, will be this year’s keynote speaker.

Georgia Winery partners with ArtsyU for spring paint and sip party
Posted: March 28, 2015

Whether you can paint a realistic masterpiece that would impress da Vinci or have an abstract style like Picasso, you can tap into your inner artist at the spring “Paint & Sip” party, hosted by the Georgia Winery and ArtsyU.

Walker County Salers bull wins top dollar award at national stock show
Posted: March 28, 2015

Walker County Salers cattle farm owner, Jo Colmore, with Colmore Farms, reported his prize bull, JCGC Barron 401b, born Jan. 26, 2014, won the $20,000 Salers bull futurity in Denver, Colo., at the National Western Stock Show in January. Weighing in at 1,200 pounds, the bull went on to be named reserve national champion in the open Salers show. Colmore has bred Salers cattle for 30 years on Lookout Mountain, during which time he produced eight national grand or reserve grand champions in Denver.

Officials highlight accomplishments during chamber’s One Walker gathering
Posted: March 25, 2015

Providing a wide range of services, improving the quality of life and creating an business-friendly atmosphere — those were notions described by LaFayette’s mayor and the county’s commissioner during the Walker County Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting.

Audia seeking workers for plant being built in LaFayette
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 8:53 am

Audia officials working with Walker County and the Georgia Department of Labor are ready to begin the hiring process to fill openings for the new plant the company is building north of LaFayette on U.S. Highway 27.

Department of Labor to help Roper recruit manufacturing workers in Summerville
Posted: March 17, 2015

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor will help Roper Corporation, a division of GE, recruit about 80 manufacturing workers for its facility in LaFayette.

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.

More than 50 employers hiring at big Northwest Georgia Career Expo
Posted: March 13, 2015

More than 50 employers have registered for the Northwest Georgia Career Expo scheduled for Thursday, April 2, in Ringgold.

More than 50 employers hiring at big Northwest Georgia Career Expo
Posted: March 13, 2015

ATLANTA – More than 50 employers have registered for the Northwest Georgia Career Expo scheduled for April 2 in Ringgold. The expo is co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor and the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners.

Walker County restaurant reports for March 1-15, 2015
Posted: March 13, 2015

Walker County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted 15 food service inspections at the following restaurants, schools or eating establishments during the first two weeks of March 2015.

Audia plans job fairs; LaFayette plant slated to open early fall
Posted: March 11, 2015

Audia officials working with Walker County and the Georgia Department of Labor are ready to begin the hiring process to fill openings for the new plant the company is building north of LaFayette on U.S. Highway 27.

GDOT hosting recruitment session in Dalton today, looking for 85 workers
Posted: March 09, 2015

The Georgia Department of Labor will help staffing company TiDra Inc. recruit about 85 workers for two textile manufacturing companies in the Dalton area. The recruitment will be held Monday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the GDOL’s Dalton Career Center, 1406 Chattanooga Ave. The company is recruiting operators for coater and tufting machines, along with creelers and slit-film extrusion operators. Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, applicants must be at least 18 years old. Job seekers must also have at least three months experience in the jobs they are applying for. Salaries range from $9 to $11.25 an hour, depending on the type of job and experience of the applicant. The company will conduct background checks and drug-screening tests on selected applicants. Applicants may request a referral to a job by visiting any GDOL career center, or going on-line at www.gdol.ga.gov and clicking On-line Services, then Job Search. Always include the job order number in the search. The available jobs are as follows: coater operator (8268775), creelers (8268829), coater roll-up operators (8268804), coater sew-on operators (8268811), slit-film extrusion operators (826884), and tufting machine operators (8268788). For additional information about the recruitment, contact the GDOL’s Dalton Career Center at 706-272-2301.

Catoosa County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at the Capitol
Posted: March 08, 2015

Catoosa County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 19, to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol.

Thornbury State Farm agency opens in Flintstone
Posted: March 08, 2015

State Farm welcomes new agent Kelly Thornbury and her team to its family of Good Neighbor agents in Flintstone, Ga.

Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce to host small business panel discussion
Posted: March 07, 2015

The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce will host a panel discussion on small business ownership Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at the Colonnade Civic Center, 264 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold.

Blood Assurance partners with local Girl Scouts
Posted: March 07, 2015

Blood Assurance, the regional non-profit blood center, is partnering with local Girl Scout troops to bring volunteer blood donors a special treat. On Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10, while supplies last, donors at any of the 15 area Blood Assurance donor centers can get a box of Girl Scout cookies.

ALDI grocery will host hiring event March 13
Posted: March 07, 2015

Known for offering wages and benefits that are higher than the national average for the retail industry, ALDI, one of the nation’s low-price grocery leaders, will host a hiring event for its Chattanooga-area stores on Friday, March 13.

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.

Walker County restaurant reports for Feb. 15-28
Posted: March 06, 2015

Walker County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted 13 food service inspections at the following restaurants, schools or eating establishments during the last two weeks of February 2015.

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.

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

EPB brings power and change — electric and broadband — to the people
Posted: March 03, 2015

Change is inevitable. Change is unpredictable. And by its very nature, change begets even more — and more unpredictable — change.

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.

GDOL job training recruitments set for Dalton and Cartersville
Posted: March 02, 2015

The Georgia Department of Labor will host recruitments this month in Dalton and Cartersville for job seekers who qualify for OJT, a federal on-the-job training program to help get unemployed workers back into the labor force.

Remco Business Center in Ringgold offers a variety of great shops and businesses
Posted: March 02, 2015

At first mention, a lot of Catoosa County residents might not immediately recognize the Remco Business Center by name, but the cozy complex off Boynton Drive offers a variety of hidden treasures to the community.

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.

Catoosa County restaurant reports for February 2015
Posted: February 27, 2015

Catoosa County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted 20 food service inspections at the following restaurants, schools or establishments where food is served during February 2015.

Walker County’s been working on the railroad: County, state and tenant partner to bring rail service to industrial park
Posted: February 27, 2015

Yet another piece of the puzzle that is bringing Audia International to Walker County’s new industrial park fell into place this week.

North Georgia EMC prepares for possible outages and encourages residents to also have a plan
Posted: February 25, 2015

With a winter storm forecasted across North Georgia EMC’s service area, NGEMC has activated its emergency restoration plan in case of widespread outages.

Habitat for Humanity of Catoosa seeks new homeowner; orientation meeting March 21
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 11:54 am

Habitat for Humanity of Catoosa County is making plans for the next house it will build and is taking applications. There will be an orientation meeting Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. – noon at Ringgold First Baptist Church, 7611 Nashville Street, for interested parties to attend, according to Beckie Hatcher, chairperson.

GDOL to help TiDra recruit manufacturing workers in Dalton
Posted: February 25, 2015

The Georgia Department of Labor will help a staffing company TiDra Inc. recruit about 85 workers for two textile manufacturing companies in the Dalton area.

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