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The Basic Annuity – Fixed Interest

If you want a guaranteed rate of return and don't need your income until a later date, a fixed interest annuity might be for you. Interest rates are at the level they were in the 1950's and this also has negatively affected certificates of deposit.

April 26, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Using annuities in your retirement planning

As we move into April, I had planned to start a series of articles on Investing in Equities. Instead, I want to provide information on using annuities in your retirement planning, including benefits and risks. My motivation was learning that a long time insured who has moved out of state has run out of money and is being supported by her children. Studies show that the consistent #1 concern of the baby boomers is running out of money.

April 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Shark Tank TV show casting call April 13 in Decatur

You can apply to pitch your company for ABC's hit reality TV show "Shark Tank" at a casting call breakfast Monday, April 13, 8 a.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA. Companies will be chosen to pitch to casting director Scott Salyers. Apply at http://valuespartnerships.com/ATLSharkTankBreakfast/

April 09, 2015 | | Business


Five Ga. film studios band together to form advocacy group

Five film and television studios around Atlanta, including Covington-based Triple Horse Studios, have come together to form an advocacy group for Georgia's studios and businesses that support film and television industries. The five studios forming the new Georgia Studio and Infrastructure Alliance (GSIA) are: Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta, Mailing Avenue Stageworks, Tyler Perry Studios and Triple Horse Studios.

April 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Should hard assets be a part of your financial plan?

Mike Lassiter is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He is a Licensed Insurance Counselor and a Registered Investment Advisor. He can be reached locally at 770-786-2781.

March 15, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Life insurance as an investment?

In previous articles, I reviewed both the positives and negatives of using life insurance as an investment vehicle. This time, I would like to discuss what life insurance does best as an investment, and that is, self-completion at any time while the contract is inforce.

March 08, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


New State Farm business opens in Social Circle

It was a grand day for Tim and Jessica Hutchinson Saturday, as they celebrated the opening of their new State Farm office located at 306 Village Circle in Social Circle.

March 01, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | Business


Mason staying in Covington

Mason's Business Services needed more room.

February 15, 2015 | | Business


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Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Full shopping plaza sets tone for county

As Newton County continues to grow commercially, a key component of growth will be the use of its already built shopping plaza and commercial buildings.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Paying for long-term care expenses

I've got a subject that can have you reaching for the aspirin and antacid quickly. As if we don't have enough concerns already, now we can worry about this risk and it can be very costly if not addressed. Of the five Covington Lassiter parents who have passed on, all of them incurred long-term care related expenses toward the end of their lives.

October 18, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Local dentist inducted as a Fellow of International College of Dentists

Dr. Dale Evans, DDS, a local dental practitioner, was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 85th Annual Convocation in San Antonio on Oct. 10.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Poppin’ with flavor

Things are popping on Crowell Road now.

October 11, 2014 | Mikayla Newton | Business


United Bank offers live teller machine

A local bank has made great strides in providing cutting-edge technology and brand new services to customers.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Business


Building a high performance workforce

Groups from the private and public sector came together at SKC Inc. in Newton to learn an improvement methodology called Lean Six Sigma.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Washington Street car wash focuses on customer service

A new Washington Street car wash opened May 9 in response to what owner Alrick Codner described as a need for a proper hand car wash in Covington.

June 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | Business


Made in Covington

Bridgestone Golf recently moved its entire premium golf ball manufacturing operations to its North American headquarters located at 1532 Industrial Park Boulevard in Covington.

May 20, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | Business


Covington shows off recent film success to international leaders

Covington's rich filming history and recent successes has landed it a spot as a host city on a state-sponsored tour for international leaders.

March 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Holiday job losses bump up unemployment rate

Newton County's unemployment rate increased by half a percent to 8.5 percent in January as an estimated 468 locals lost jobs, likely due to the loss of seasonal jobs added during the holiday shopping season.

March 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Retail Round Table with Dave Bernd and the Newton Chamber of Commerce

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Elite Auto Collision now open

After gaining technical expertise and knowledge in every facet of his industry, Shane Steele has decided to make that knowledge available to Covington and Newton County.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Web's 'Red Chair' makes stop at Twelve Oaks

The charm of Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast is based in part on its old-fashioned ways and antebellum architecture.

January 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Business


Newton to see additional fast-food eateries

A few more fast-food restaurants are coming to Newton County, including two near the Walmart at Salem and Brown Bridge roads.

November 19, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


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