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Work on Coca-Cola museum moving into second phase with roof work completed

One local couple who are looking to open a museum in a historic downtown Cedartown building are one step closer to that goal, but plenty of work remains to be completed. 

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Local Mary Kay business owner gets new car
Posted: July 17, 2014

Wanda Taff likes having a new car, especially when it’s free.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Rowell arrives, welcomed to Polk
Posted: July 16, 2014

Rachel E. Rowell, new President/CEO of the Development Authority of Polk County (DAPC), has officially assumed her duties.

Tuesday 07/15/2014
Ribbons, photos line walls of pet boutique
Posted: July 15, 2014

Dogs take center stage at Cedartown Pet Boutique, located at 367 Piedmont Highway.

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 07/10/2014
K-9 Grooming celebrates anniversary in Rockmart
Posted: July 10, 2014

Hunter England arrived at K-9 Grooming with two of his beloved pets.

Dr. Jessica Bentley Stepp Joins the Floyd Primary Care Network in Taylorsville
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 9:57 am

Jessica Bentley Stepp, D.O., has joined the Floyd Primary Care Network. She is seeing patients at Floyd Primary Care and Center for Diabetes located at 48 Hills Creek Rd., Taylorsville, GA.

Friday 07/04/2014
McBrayer Funiture Company, a place for fine furniture; Southern hospitality
Posted: July 04, 2014

Mental images of a bygone era flash through the mind when first meeting Lois Schneider at McBrayer Furniture Company in Cedartown.

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.

Wednesday 07/02/2014
Home Depot holding power tool demonstration this weekend
Posted: July 02, 2014

The Home Depot in Cedartown is looking to help people who are looking to create do-it-yourself projects, but have a hard time working with power tools.

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.

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.

Saturday 06/28/2014
B&B Produce back in Cedartown for summer
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 11:58 am

A group of locals who are running a produce stand are back in Cedartown for the summer.

Friday 06/27/2014
Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 7.4 percent in May
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 1:05 am

The jobless rate in Floyd County went up almost a full percentage point between April and May, rising to 7.9 percent from 7.0 percent.

Thursday 06/26/2014
Polk County unemployment rate up from April to May, down over the year
Posted: June 26, 2014

Unemployment numbers remain on a downward trend as far as the number of initial claims being reported go, but the unemployment rate took a turn upward for the month of May in Polk County.

Wednesday 06/25/2014
Kroger to anchor development for East Main Street in Cartersville
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:09 pm

A new large shopping center is in the works for East Main Street in Cartersville.

Georgia is CNBC’s Top State for Business in 2014
Posted: June 25, 2014

Georgia—the Peach State—slices up the competition in the 2014 America's Top States for Business rankings by CNBC, signaling an apparent shift back to the Sun Belt from the energy-rich Northern Plains.

Shaw beginning work on Adairsville plant
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Shaw Industries, already the leading employer in Bartow County has begun work on a massive new carpet tile plant at the intersection of Georgia Hwy 140 and Hall Station Road in Adairsville.

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