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Learn about 100% Tax-Free retirement with yearly growth

If there's anything that will catch the eye of our elected officials in Washington, DC, it's an advertisement like this article's heading ...

November 29, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

The appeal of Exchange Traded Funds

Exchange Traded Funds or "ETFs" were first introduced in the early 1990s, but it wasn't until 2008 that the first actively managed ETF reached ...

October 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Business

General Manager Hired for News

Hosanna Fletcher, a long-time resident of Newton County who has served in a number of significant leadership positions in the community, has been named as ...

October 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


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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

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

Church St. Antiques closing, restaurant coming

Church Street Antiques will be closing its doors on March 7.

February 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business

Porterdale seeing business growth

When the Social House, a full menu sports bar, opened its doors last month, owner Todd Scott selected its location in downtown Porterdale because he had fallen in love with the Newton County city.

February 07, 2015 | | Business

Life insurance as an investment?

Depending on what you want to utilize the policy for, life insurance could be an excellent way to accumulate cash. It could also be a very bad buy if you think it will perform in a fashion that probably won't happen. In this article, I will touch on types of life policies that probably aren't good investments and next time, I will review some policies that are attractive.

February 07, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Employee of the Year

Clairon Metals Corporation is pleased to announce that Erica Arnett has been named Employee of the Year for 2014.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Business

Building up your piggy bank

Many years ago, I was given a "Pocket Pig" from Newton Federal Bank and still have it along with other Covington and Newton memorabilia. It held 16 quarters and "If this Pocket Pig could talk he would say, save a little every day." Sixty years later, that's still great advice – Pay yourself first!

January 25, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Best of the Best: Twelve Oaks

In less than four years, the antebellum mansion on Monticello Street went from being a faded grand dame to an award-winning Southern belle welcoming visitors from around the world.

January 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Business

Attaining Financial Independence

The easiest question you will have to answer this year is "Do you want to have financial independence at retirement? If your answer is "no," please return to your favorite television show and enjoy your day.

January 10, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

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