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How to select the right bank for your business

The most common mistake small business owners make in selecting a bank is to pick the one closest to their home or place of business ...

August 06, 2017 | Navin Shah | Business


WildArt: Making art approachable

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington is home to an interactive art studio, with paint parties, local artist displays and more. It is all part of Ann Wildmon ...

August 06, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


IDG Vision Consulting & Training named Small Business of the Month

COVINGTON, Ga. – IDG Vision Consulting & Training, a personal and professional development firm offering consulting and training services, was recently named the Covington/Newton County Chamber ...

August 03, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


Thomas’ closes for renovations

COVINGTON, Ga. – Thomas' Buffet, the "All You Can Eat" country home cooking restaurant next to the railroad tracks on Emory Street, has closed for renovations.

July 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Business


Furious about bank fees? Act now!

Whether your banking is for your business or for your personal life, chances are that bank fees are costing you more and more and more ...

July 02, 2017 | Navin Shah | Business


Georgia’s first TV, film museum to open in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Convention & Visitor's Bureau is pleased to announce that there is a brand new museum dedicated to Georgia television and ...

July 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Maddie Mae Children’s Boutique: More than a business

COVINGTON, Ga. - Opening Maddie Mae, a children's boutique in downtown Covington, is about more than business for owners Melissa Kitchens and Amber Foster. The ...

July 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


Chili's celebrates opening with ribbon cutting

Chili's Grill & Bar was officially welcomed into Covington Tuesday with a special ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce ...

June 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


Kroger raises funds by ‘Rounding Up’ to support the USO

Kroger is joining forces with the United Service Organization (USO) from June 25 – July 8 to "Round Up" support for American troops and their families ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Covington Kroger store launches ClickList online ordering for customers

The Kroger located at 5341 Highway 20 South in Covington, has launched ClickList – a service that offers customers the ease of placing orders online and ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Boutique fitness booming in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - Moxie Fitness, Covington's newest fitness club has brought boutique fitness to Newton County.

June 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Newton Electric celebrates 50 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - This month, Newton Electric, located at 8155 Highway 278 NE, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

June 24, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


SMP Corp. wins first round of Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

COVINGTON, Ga. - Congratulations to SMP Corporation as a first round winner of the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a grant program targeting companies with innovative ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Brian ‘Buck’ Rogers Installed as 55th President of State Bar of Georgia

Brian D. "Buck" Rogers of Covington, a partner with Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC in Atlanta, was installed as the 55th president of the 49 ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


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Fears and fallacies in retirement planning

There are multiple concerns to think about as you head for retirement. Some are very legitimate while others, although important are very inaccurate. Here are a few to think about:

August 23, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


On the clock with Bridgestone Golf

The Covington Newton Chamber went On the Clock this month with Bridgestone Golf. Everyone knows Bridgestone for their rubber products, however their production of golf balls is making its way to the top with all production and marketing for them headquartered right here in Covington. All of their premium golf balls are produced here including their B-330 series for the professional golfer as well as the E-series for the recreational golfer. Bridgestone is now the No. 2 golf ball manufacturer in the United States and also No. 2 in sales.

August 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Johnny and Tammy’s: Down home country cooking in Newborn

From the outside, it looks a bit like a cross between a barn and a roadhouse. A verandah wraps around the front, and leads to the 1,900 square foot covered deck. Inside, there are tables and chairs, booths, a bar and two pool tables.

August 02, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Business


Pinnacle Bank’s Jackson McConnell named Georgia Bankers Association Chairman

L. Jackson McConnell Jr., president and CEO of Pinnacle Financial Corporation and its subsidiary bank, Pinnacle Bank, Elberton, was installed as the 126th chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA) during the GBA Annual Meeting June 23. McConnell was elected to the position by his peers throughout Georgia.

July 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


The Greek crisis and your planning

Today, let's take a break from Bruce Jenner, the Confederate flag, Kim Kardashian's swim suit pictures and other related matters vital to our national security. Instead, let me address something that could be of great relevance to you in your retirement planning, which is the Greek financial crisis and could it work its way across the Atlantic to us.

July 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Jersey Mike’s, Edible Arrangements coming

Two new businesses are coming to Covington, expanding local options for food and edible gifts.

July 11, 2015 | Meris Lutz | Business


Do you have a guaranteed pension?

GUARANTEED – That's a key word in qualified retirement plans and there are many flavors that an employer can choose from.

May 31, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


"Laddering" your retirement income

Throughout my career I have seen ongoing recommendations to ladder your investments and savings to generate consistent, long term income. Just envision each step on the ladder being an asset and you've got the laddering idea.

May 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


'Sleepy Hollow' TV show moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 10, 2015 | John Ruch | Business


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


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