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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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SKC begins on phase two of expansion

Local industry SKC recently began construction on the second phase of a previously announced $100 million expansion at its Covington facility.

The company is constructing a new building and adding a new polyester film manufacturing line, which will boost the company's core business.

December 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Madison Goodwill hiring 20-30 workers

Goodwill of North Georgia will begin recruiting 20-30 workers to fill open positions at its new Madison location. The store, located at 1512 Eatonton Road, will include a store and donation center and will open to customers on Jan. 31. Opening a new facility also means creating new jobs where they previously did not exist.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Baxter could locate 150-plus employees in '13

Local chamber officials and real estate agents continue to urge Newton County residents to publicly list their homes on the market so they can be potentially be purchased by Baxter International executives.

December 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


How the health care reform affects biz

As business owners try to get a handle on how federal healthcare reform is going to affect their operations, they're finding a few answers and a lot of questions.

December 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


More jobs coming to Covington

The proposed International House of Pancakes and Sprint wireless store are scheduled to open in the spring and the new restaurant is expected to bring 70 to 90 new jobs to the area.

December 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | Business


T-Mobile: service improved in Covington

T-Mobile announced recently it upgraded it 4G data and voice coverage in the Atlanta region, including Covington.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


New branch manager for Pinnacle Bank

Jackson McConnell, President and Chief Executive Officer at Pinnacle Bank, today announced that Sara Stephens has been promoted to branch manager of the bank's Covington office.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Baxter purchases company for $4B

Baxter International has agreed to purchase Swedish medical-equipment maker Gambro for $26.5 billion Swedish kronor ($4 billion U.S. dollars).

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber to host housing forum tonight

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a housing forum at 7 p.m. tonight at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, 2104 Washington St. SW, Covington.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


IHOP, Sprint could come to Covington

Covington residents may soon get a gift of pancakes and cell phones as an IHOP restaurant and Sprint wireless store are expected to come to the area.

December 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | Business


Local executive lectures in China

A recent trip to China has Bill Lobele, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Beaver Manufacturing Company in Mansfield, sharing his impressions of how Chinese students see entrepreneurship.

December 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | Business


County’s jobless rate declines slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate declined to 9.5 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 9.6 percent in September, according to preliminary numbers released by the Georgia Department of Labor recently. The rate was 11.5 percent in October 2011.

November 27, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


Tax increases coming in 2013

No matter what happens to the fiscal cliff, Newton County residents can expect a tax increase next year, according to Brian Byars of Advanced Retirement Planners.

November 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Business


Industry picks Conyers

Local industry Hillphoenix, which had been looking to consolidate some of its U.S. locations in either Covington or Conyers, has chosen Conyers, but will not be closing its Covington plant.

November 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Area gas prices rise 3.2 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in the area have risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

November 20, 2012 | | Business


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