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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


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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


Chamber: Workforce needed for industries

Without a highly skilled workforce in place, Newton County will struggle to attract the kind of industries that can truly bring up the county's per capita income and improve its quality of life, according to the county's top industrial recruiters.

October 26, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


City looks to fine-tune plan for tourism

Covington City Council members met Thursday night to discuss what the council should expect from the Main Street Covington program regarding tourism efforts, now that operation of the program is expected to be taken on by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

October 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Business


Industries expand in nearby counties

Two industries are expanding in neighboring Morgan and Walton counties, creating hundreds of future jobs for area residents.

October 05, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Advanced Retirement Planning goes pink

The Advanced Retirement Planning building, at 6140 Hannah St., is now pink. Brian Byars, owner of ARP in Covington, said the business was painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will remain pink through October. ARP employees and their families, ARP clients and Newton Medical Center associates gathered Monday to reveal the newly painted office building.

October 02, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Business


Newton Federal CEO named to board

George Lazenby, CEO of Newton Federal Bank, has been elected to the board of directors of the Community Bankers Association as Division Four Chair.

October 01, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Career Expo to be Sept. 26

ATLANTA – The Veterans Unit at the Georgia Department of Labor's (GDOL) DeKalb Career Center and Goodwill of North Georgia's Decatur Career Center will assist Mount Welcome Missionary Baptist Church with a career expo on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the church, located at 581 Parker Ave. in Decatur.

September 24, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Business to be painted pink

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is less than a week away, and one business has plans to raise attention to the cause in a very rosy way. The Advanced Retirement Planning building, at 6140 Hannah St., will be painted pink.

September 24, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Business


Tickets on sale for 'Taste of Newton'

Anyone who loves dining locally should get their taste buds ready, as tickets are on sale for the annual Taste of Newton.

August 27, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Business


Job seekers invited to career expo

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor's (GDOL) North Metro Career Center and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless (HFTH) will sponsor Labor of Love, a resource and career expo, Thursday, Sept. 5, in Atlanta. The expo will be held from 9 a.m.–noon in the Gold Parking Lot of Turner Field, located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive.

August 27, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Councilman gets business license

Covington Councilman Keith Dalton received a valid home occupation license for his long-running janitorial business Monday, a day after The News ran a story showing he hadn't had a valid local license for years.

July 16, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Business briefs: Bank officials promoted

Irvin named VP

June 29, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber hires new tourism director

A new face will be promoting Newton County to the rest of the world, as the chamber has hired local resident Jenny McDonald as its new tourism director.

May 21, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Officials push for retail incentives

Mayor Ronnie Johnston continues to push for more active recruitment of retail businesses, including restaurants, movie theaters and the like, and he's hoping the city of Covington and the Newton County Industrial Authority may be able to bring some major companies to the area.

May 21, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


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