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Insurance exchanges that benefit policyholders

In my previous article I discussed the benefits of tax-free exchanges under Section 1035 of the revenue code. Over the years, I have completed more ...

July 17, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


New women’s fashion boutique coming to the Square

Blair on the Square Boutique, an upscale women's apparel boutique, will open on the Covington Square, 1115 Church Street, in September.

July 16, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | Business


Boutique to take root on the Square

A new boutique featuring apparel for both men and women will open its doors on the Covington Square in late August.

July 16, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | Business


Bodycote, 50 jobs, come to Covington

The regional headquarters of Bodycote, a thermal processing service provider, is now located in Covington.

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Business


Tax-free exchanges

One of the provisions of the Revenue Code that is very attractive to life and annuity policyholders is Section 1035. This provision of the Code ...

June 26, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Baxalta becomes Shire

Shire plc completed its merger with Baxalta Friday, creating what is expected to be a global leader in rare diseases.

June 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Business


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Mutual Fund Share Class Concerns

My plans for the year included a series of articles on investing starting in September. Given the market volatility during the past few weeks these might start at a good time.

September 06, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Newton youth gain experience and a paycheck

Nia Wellman, a recent graduate of Alcovy High School, spent five weeks this summer discovering the responsibilities and benefits that come with being employed. This opportunity was made possible by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) In-School Youth Program. Nia worked as an office aide at the City of Porterdale, giving her experience in interacting with the public and co-workers. She developed valuable organizational skills, a general knowledge of office procedures, as well as an understanding of what it means to be employed.

September 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Rotary Club hears Piedmont plans

Vice Chairman of the Newton County Hospital Authority, Billy Fortson, told the Rotary Club of Covington Tuesday that Piedmont Healthcare System was the only one of the nine organizations looked at to merge with Newton Medical Center that fulfilled all of the local hospital's requirements.

September 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business


Your Pie coming to Covington Square

Downtown Covington is putting a round pizza in a Square.

August 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business


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


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