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Latest Georgia food recalls

Yorgo’s Foods Inc. is recalling all Greek-style food products it manufactures due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products were distributed to retail stores nationwide. Most of the recalled products were distributed in 8, 12, 16 and 32 ounce plastic cups or 2 and 5 pound plastic bags.

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Carroll County receives national recognition for work-based learning programs

The Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning in Washington, D.C. recognized Carroll County and other community, business and educational leaders in apprenticeship and work-based learning at a luncheon hosted by Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national non-profit focused on bridging educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations.

The purpose of the event was to celebrate the history and boost the momentum of the expanding movement to support apprenticeship and other forms of work-based learning as mainstream workforce development and talent solutions for American businesses.

Daniel Jackson, President/CEO of the Carroll County Chamber and Carroll Tomorrow, was on hand to accept the recognition on behalf of a cross-sector of business and educational partners throughout Carroll County who are investing resources to empower leadership and engage talent.

Fri
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Georgia hits 4.5 million job mark

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia broke the 4.5- million jobs barrier in October, bouncing back from a job loss due to Hurricane Irma in September.     

The state posted 4,510,100 jobs for the month. That preliminary number is higher than Georgia’s previous revised record of 4,497,700 set in August.  In September, Georgia had a temporary setback with a job loss of 3,400.

Georgia also set records in October for labor force and the number of employed residents.

“After the effects of the storm, this month’s numbers are much closer to what we are used to seeing,” Butler said. “All the indicators - job growth, unemployment claims, labor force and employed residents - are trending in the right direction.  October was a great month for a dynamic, growing state like Georgia.”

Wed
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Leadership change at WGTC

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin has announced a transition in leadership at West Georgia Technical College. Dr. Scott Rule, TCSG Assistant Commissioner for Data, Planning and Research, has been named Acting President of West Georgia Technical College.

Dr. Rule joined TCSG as Assistant Commissioner for Data, Planning, and Research in 2016. He has served Georgia’s technical colleges since 1990 as a technical instructor, chief information officer, vice president for academic affairs, vice president for economic development and most recently, as vice president for student affairs at Chattahoochee Technical College.

Tue
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Now open for care: Tanner Medical Center/East Alabama

 

Wedowee Hospital closes after more than 60 years

 

It was a bittersweet day in the town of Wedowee — and certainly, the sweetness prevailed.

 

At 7 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Nov. 14, the lights came up and the covers were pulled from the bright red “EMERGENCY” signs at Tanner Medical Center/East Alabama while just more than a mile away, staff at Wedowee Hospital waited for test results and prepared to transfer the hospital’s last couple of patients.

 

By mid-morning, the call went out on the emergency services radio: “Last call for Wedowee Hospital. For 64 years, they have served this area with professional care and selfless compassion. Their dedication to family and community can never be forgotten. Wedowee Hospital has now answered their last call.”

 

Mon
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Tablets and kids: What to know

(StatePoint) If you’ve handed over your tablet to your children more than once, it may be time to consider getting them their own device. There are a lot of great children’s tablets that offer so much more than passive games and videos.

“Tablets can be a great source of learning if the content is relevant, engaging and age-appropriate,” said Dr. Clement Chau, director of learning for LeapFrog.

Before you take the plunge, here are some things to keep in mind.

Durability

Kids are not necessarily known for their delicate handling of breakable objects. So, look for kid-friendly products that are durable, and built specifically for kids’ hands.

Content

Sun
12
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D.W. Brooks speaker: Genetically modified crops will be necessary to feed a growing world

by Merritt Melancon

If the world’s going to double its food supply by 2050, it’s not going to happen without genetically modified crops.

That was the hard-line taken by molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences' (CAES) signature D.W. Brooks Lecture on Nov. 7, 2017.

Fedoroff, who was a pioneering biotechnologist at Pennsylvania State University before becoming a science advisor to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and founder of the Director of the Center for Desert Agriculture in Saudi Arabia, has long been a proponent of biotechnology in agriculture. Lack of support for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is based on fear of new technology and science denial, she told a crowd of more than 350.

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Georgia’s State Parks to be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

This holiday season, walk off that extra slice of pie with a heart-pumping hike. All of Georgia’s state parks are open Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day for visitors to enjoy peaceful scenery and active outings. State parks are a great way to showcase Georgia’s natural beauty to out-of-town visitors as well. For just $5 parking, guests can take a stroll around a sunlit lake or enjoy mountain overlooks. While park entrances are open, most offices will be closed as staff enjoy the holidays with their families as well.

Georgia also has numerous state historic sites that make relaxed family outings. While closed on major holidays, most are open before and after these days. Dahlonega Gold Museum, Etowah Indian Mounds and Fort King George are just some of the locations that tell Georgia’s rich past. For a list of Georgia’s state historic sites, visit GaStateParks.org/AllHistoricSites.

Thu
09
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6 tips For a successful 'Small Business Saturday'

 

The morning after Thanksgiving may be the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, but more and more shoppers are bypassing the malls to find unique gifts and support their friends and neighbors on Small Business Saturday.

“If you’re an independent merchant, you can’t afford to skip Small Business Saturday,” said Nathan Humphrey, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). 

Thu
09
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Strong demand puts pressure on gas prices

Motorists may see higher gas prices this week, after oil and wholesale gasoline prices made solid gains last week. 

 

 

Georgia gas prices continued to tick lower on Sunday. The state average declined for the 54th consecutive day, for a total discount of 42 cents. The average price for gasoline in Georgia is $2.35 - 1-cent less than a week ago, yet 11 cents more than this time last year. 

 

Although most metro areas saw little change in pump prices during the past week, the biggest weekly increases were seen in Gainesville (+3 cents), Warner Robins (+2 cents), and Hinesville-Fort Stewart (+2 cents). 

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