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Fort Oglethorpe: Walmart Neighborhood Market coming

The city of Fort Oglethorpe has plans to bring more business to town with the construction of a new Walmart Neighborhood Market off Battlefield Parkway, a little more than two miles away from the existing Walmart Supercenter.

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Tuesday 04/15/2014
Fine’s Hearth and Patio in Fort Oglethorpe to host outdoor grilling class
Updated: April 15, 2014 - 10:04 am

Acclaimed chef Jernard Wells, author of the best-selling cookbook “88 Ways to Her Heart,” will be coming to Fine’s Hearth and Patio in Fort Oglethorpe to teach an outdoor grilling class. The event will be Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. Space is limited to 20 people.

Coke aims for cool with new 146-flavor dispenser
Posted: April 15, 2014

ATLANTA — One machine can't fix all that's wrong with the soft drink industry. But Coca-Cola's Freestyle machine — which can dispense 146 different flavors — is giving Coke the one thing it needs most of all: buzz.

Friday 04/11/2014
Ringgold downtown Junk Market and Sidewalk Sale April 18-19
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Ringgold’s Downtown Partners invite the community to enjoy the annual Ringgold citywide Junk Market and Sidewalk Sale, April 18 and 19. Vendors will open doors from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Amazon offers to pay employees up to $5,000 to leave ... but wants them to stay
Updated: April 12, 2014 - 12:40 am

Amazon.com hopes its fulfillment center workers are happy in their jobs.

Thursday 04/10/2014
GDOL to host job training recruitment in Rome April 15
Updated: April 10, 2014 - 11:52 pm

The Georgia Department of Labor 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.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
Twitter tweaks website to attract new users
Posted: April 09, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook.

"Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are," the company wrote in a blog post Tuesday. "Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved Web profile."

As part of changes coming in the next few weeks, users who access Twitter via the Web will notice larger photos on their profile pages. Besides profile photos on the left corner of the page, the redesign includes a large banner photo that resembles the big rectangular cover photos on Facebook pages. Users will be able to "pin" one of their tweets to the top of the page to give others an idea of the topics they like to tweet about. In addition, tweets that receive the most interest from other users will appear slightly larger.

The more visual look is an attempt to attract people who may be intimidated by Twitter's onslaught of text filled with quirky acronyms, at-symbols and hashtags. The changes come at a time when Facebook is adding features to its site that are Twitter-like, highlighting the way the two companies are jockeying for people's time and advertisers' dollars.

Is Twitter saying a picture is worth 140 characters? Perhaps not. The new profiles don't apply to Twitter's mobile app, which is a more popular way to access the service than the website. Mobile is also where Twitter earns most of its money. EMarketer expects about 77 percent of Twitter's estimated $1.1 billion in advertising revenue to come from mobile this year.

Even so, Twitter has acknowledged that it needs to reach a bigger audience. CEO Dick Costolo described the effort in broad terms during the company's February earnings call with analysts.

"By bringing the content of Twitter forward and pushing the scaffolding of the language of Twitter to the background," Costolo said, "we can increase high quality interactions and make it more likely that new or casual users will find the service as indispensable as our existing core users do."

Costolo also promised more visually engaging content, of which the profile page redesign is just one example. Last fall, the company decided to make users' feeds more visual by including previews from Twitter photos and Vine videos.

Twitter's first-quarter tally of users signaled that growth is slowing on the service. The company added just 9 million new monthly users in the fourth quarter, only 1 million of which came from the U.S. It added an average of 16 million new accounts in each of the first three quarters of 2013.

Twitter said in February that it had 241 million users at the end of 2013. By comparison, Facebook boasts some 1.23 billion users, while WhatsApp, the messaging service Facebook is buying for $19 billion, said it had 400 million active monthly users last December.

Twitter has not yet reported its first-quarter financial results, so it's hard to tell if the slowdown is a sign of trouble or just a blip. EMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson said in a recent report that Twitter's user base "may be growing more slowly than expected, but the social service has steadily increased its ad revenue and shown that its ads can drive engagement and interaction."

Noah Elkin, executive editor at eMarketer, said advertisers "love the engagement they get on Twitter." That said, he added that the company is still under pressure to grow.

The redesigned profile page, Elkin said, will likely have a "relatively minimal impact" on Twitter's advertising revenue, "unless and until" the company brings the new look to its mobile app.

Study finds sicklier enrollees in earliest stage of health law
Posted: April 09, 2014

People who signed up early for insurance through the new marketplaces were more likely to be prescribed drugs to treat pain, depression and H.I.V. and were less likely to need contraceptives, according to a new study that provides a much-anticipated look at the population that signed up for coverage under the new health care law.

Gas prices for summer projected to hold steady, reflecting sufficient supply
Posted: April 09, 2014

HOUSTON — Just a few years ago, American families faced uncertainties when planning their summer vacations, fearing that rising gasoline prices would blow their budgets. Then came the 2008-9 economic downturn, sending fuel prices lower.

Beef prices hit all-time high in U.S.
Posted: April 09, 2014

Come grilling season, expect your sirloin steak to come with a hearty side of sticker shock.

Tuesday 04/08/2014
GNTC to offer workplace safety and OSHA compliance training
Posted: April 08, 2014

Georgia Northwestern Technical College will offer two Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance training opportunities with a lunchtime discussion on Friday, April 25, and a seminar on Thursday, May 1, at the Gordon County Campus.

Monday 04/07/2014
Walker County restaurant reports for March 2014
Posted: April 07, 2014

During March 2014, Walker County Environmental Health conducted 29 food service inspections at the following restaurants, schools and establishments where food is served. Here are the results:

Friday 04/04/2014
Key part of hospital provider fee still unresolved
Posted: April 04, 2014

ATLANTA -- Last year, a bill that would renew a financing mechanism for the state’s Medicaid program hurtled irresistibly through the Georgia General Assembly. Gov. Nathan Deal signed it into law almost as soon as it was passed.

Gov. Deal: Alternative fuel tax credit benefits business, environment
Posted: April 04, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law HB 348, legislation that creates a new tax credit for Georgians who choose to purchase and operate alternative fuel trucks or buses.

Thursday 04/03/2014
Mohawk among companies with the fastest-growing workforces in Georgia
Posted: April 03, 2014

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Wednesday 04/02/2014
Lake Winnie opens its gates for family fun on April 12
Updated: April 02, 2014 - 1:27 pm

After what seemed like a never-ending winter, it’s time to get ready for family fun all summer long at the South’s favorite family amusement park! Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park will open for its 89th season on April 12, 2014. Popular with guests of all ages, Lake Winnie has something to delight thrill-seekers and ride lovers of all ages.

Northwest Georgia Career Expo
Posted: April 02, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal and Walker County sole commissioner Bebe Heiskell were on hand at the second annual Northwest Georgia Career Expo. More than 700 job-seekers applied for more than 1,000 immediate and future employment opportunities during the expo that was held at the Walker County Civic Center on March 20. The expo was sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor, Walker County Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Industry Council, Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority, and the Top of Georgia Employer Committee. “We plan on continuing the event next year and began discussing plans for 2015 before this 2014 event had even ended,” chamber president Stephanie Snodgrass said. The event had 45 exhibitors and was visited by Gov. Deal and state labor commissioner Mark Butler.

Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate unchanged at 7.3 percent in February; Catoosa’s now 5.5 percent, Walker’s 6.4 percent
Posted: April 02, 2014

The Northwest Georgia region’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3 percent from January to February. The rate was 8.9 percent in February a year ago.

Tuesday 04/01/2014
Chevrolet Cobalts were seen as lemons from start, state data shows
Posted: April 01, 2014

In more than 120 instances, General Motors was forced under state lemon laws to buy back faulty Cobalts, pay settlements to owners or let them trade in the cars, an analysis by The New York Times of state databases and court records shows. The buybacks came as dozens of claims were filed separately at G.M. from 2005 to 2009 that fit a specific pattern — moving cars, sometimes traveling at high speeds, would suddenly stop working.

Report: Tenn. offered contingent incentives to VW
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 3:12 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.

Ringgold Power Sports to offer customer appreciation week April 7-12
Posted: April 01, 2014

Ringgold Power Sports will celebrate its tenth anniversary in the community next week, and will look to giveback to those who have made the store a success over the past decade with a special customer appreciation week April 7-12.

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