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Tuesday 04/15/2014
Terminus Wake Park at LakePoint Sporting Community to open in May
Updated: April 15, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Officials at the Terminus Wake Park, part of the LakePoint Sporting Community in Bartow County, are preparing for a grand opening celebration May 3.

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.

Monday 04/14/2014
Business and Employer Summit to be held in Cartersville on May 7
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 2:37 pm

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) and employer committees from the northwest Georgia area will co-sponsor a Business and Employer Summit Wednesday, May 7, in Cartersville. The summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bartow-Cartersville Chamber of Commerce, 122 W. Main Street.

LakePoint changes its logo
Posted: April 14, 2014

EMERSON, Ga. (April 14, 2014) – LakePoint Sporting Community, the premier sports vacation destination, has unveiled a new brand identity, symbolized by the introduction of a new logo and website. The crisp, contemporary LakePoint logo was chosen by the consumers that will be utilizing the development. More than 130,000 surveys were sent to youth athletes and their families asking for feedback on several logo options. The final selection was determined after receiving overwhelming responses from those surveyed.

Friday 04/11/2014
Price Just Right opens in downtown Cedartown
Posted: April 11, 2014

A new business that sells a variety of items opened their doors for customers in downtown Cedartown last week.

GDOL to host job training recruitment in Cedartown April 22
Posted: April 11, 2014

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor’s (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, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cedartown Career Center, 262 North Park Blvd.

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.

Rockmart shutterbug finds passion behind camera
Posted: April 11, 2014

Judith “Judi” Jackson relaxes on a couch near the stairs that lead to her business J. Jackson Photography.

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.

Chamber 101 Breakfast spotlights local programs
Posted: April 10, 2014

Networking is important.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
CIMS celebrates 25 years in business
Posted: April 09, 2014

Dalton - CIMS announces that 2014 marks its 25th year in operation. From the beginning, CIMS has been focused on serving customers and providing custom solutions to customer problems.

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
County looks to develop Davis Road property
Updated: April 08, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Plans are to develop an 8.34-acre tract of land near the intersection of Rome highway and Davis road for commercial use.

Monday 04/07/2014
Winthrop at Polk to expand, adding memory care unit
Posted: April 07, 2014

Charles Williams Real Estate Investment Corporation, owners of Winthrop at Polk Senior Living in Cedartown will be adding 20 additional apartments to its existing facility located at 131 Melissa Lane.

Northside bank appoints Larry Flowers as CEO and president
Updated: April 07, 2014 - 3:35 pm

The board of directors of NorthSide Bank announced today that Larry Flowers has been named CEO and president of NorthSide Bank.

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.

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