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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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Oconee Metal likely won't sue over bid

LB Recycling and Waste Service's bid to collect recycling centers' scrap metal and remove discarded metal from the landfill was unusual, county commissioners and county attorney Tommy Craig agreed.

March 05, 2013 | Lynda Edwards | Business


Pier 1 Imports store coming to Conyers

Home furnishings and décor giant Pier 1 Imports will be locating to the Conyers Crossroads Shopping Center sometime this summer.

March 05, 2013 | Kathy Hooks | Business


The Y kicks off annual campaign

The Covington Y has launched its 2013 Annual Giving Campaign themed "Why it Matters," to raise funds for financial assistance for families looking to participate in The Y's countless programs.

March 02, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Business


Conyers retail stores play moving game

Residents who shop in Conyers have noticed some changes in location to some popular retail stores. The Conyers Crossroads shopping center off of Dogwood Drive, which has Carmike Crossroads 16 movie theater and Kohl's department store as its anchors, has seen two stores move locations and could see T.J.Maxx locate there is rumors prove true.

February 26, 2013 | Nhi Ho | Business


Changes come to key chamber positions

There are some changes brewing at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, as a long-time economic development employee is leaving and, in an unrelated move, a real estate agent is coming on board.

February 26, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Workforce expert to speak on boomers

An expert on replacing the skills of retiring baby boomers will headline Newton County's second annual Workforce Development Summit, scheduled for Feb. 26.

February 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Area job fair on Feb. 27

The Georgia Department of Labor and Springfield Baptist Church will host a Career Expo for veterans and other job seekers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the church, 1877 Iris Drive, Conyers.

February 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Industry opening in Monticello

A $12 million plant and 90 jobs are coming to Monticello as part of an expansion by industry Norton Packing, which broke ground Tuesday.

February 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Realtors convene at Capitol

Realtors from Covington and Conyers were among hundreds who participated in the Georgia Realtors Rally for Homeownership on the front steps of the Georgia Capitol building in Atlanta last week.

February 09, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Business licenses - Jan. 22

Environmental Resources Inc., Adam Womack, 10135 Twin Oaks Drive, (770) 722-8759, Sept. 21, other services.

January 22, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


SouthEastern Builder’s Supply renamed

Covinton-based SouthEastern Builder's Supply changed its name to SouthEastern Appliances and More in 2013 as the company seeks to rebrand itself and widen its appeal.

January 22, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Federal tax refunds may be delayed in 2013

Tax preparers are warning that consumers may see a delay in getting their tax refunds back from the federal government given how late Congress approved the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

January 08, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


County jobless rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment dropped slightly from October to November, according to a preliminary report released by the Georgia Department of Labor today.

January 01, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Gas prices continue to fall during holidays

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.14/gal yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,134 gas outlets in Atlanta. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.24/gal, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

January 01, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Plant Vogtle sees delay, cost overruns

Southern Co. has had a simple message for the past few years: The effort to build the country's first new nuclear power plant in a generation was on time and on budget. Now, that message is changing.

December 20, 2012 | Staff Reports/AP | Business


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