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Jobs announced at 'Ring the Bell' event
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Area companies and staffing firms have more than 20 jobs available. Check out the available positions below:

Manpower Staffing
Available jobs: Machine operators, forklift/material handlers, electronics assemblers and assemblers (there are around 20 positions available in Newton and Rockdale counties)
Contact: Apply for jobs at or call 770-483-1653

Available jobs: Psychiatric registered nurse, full-time registered nurse, part-time registered nurse, part-time physical therapist and clinical manager
All positions require a nursing degree
Contact: Apply for jobs at

Brightmoor Hospice
Available jobs: Two full-time registered nurse positions and one fill-time certified nursing assistant (will travel between Covington and Conyers to take care of patients in their home or nursing homes and assisted living facilities)
Contact: Fax resumes to 770-467-9932 or call the office at 770-467-9930; (the company is located in Griffin, but the jobs are local)

Apollo Staffing
Available jobs: 11 copper brazier positions which must be filled by Tuesday; there is also a strong need for janitorial and cafeteria services at local schools, as well as general manufacturing jobs
Contact: Apply for jobs at or call 678-292-1085

Available jobs: Two website designer and developer positions; employees will be responsible for designing websites, developing web content, including graphics, written content and rotating banners, layout and optimization of website (experience with web layout and design, HTML and Adobe Photoshop required, experience with social media and SEO appreciated)

Contact: Call Jesse Holder at 404-784-6947 or send resumes via email to (include salary requirement with resume);

Newton County businesses are hiring, and the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is continuing its efforts to promote local job creation.

The chamber kicked off its “Ring the Bell” campaign Friday afternoon at the Historic Courthouse, where five companies announced they wanted to fill more than 20 jobs.

The greatest areas of need were skilled manufacturing labor and nurses, along with two website designers and developers.

After each company announced its jobs, a representative rang a bell, procured by the chamber, to make the announcement official.

“Throughout history the ringing of a bell signified that there was an announcement, that there was information that needed (sic) to be shared, that there was a cause that needed to be rallied around, and we are ringing this bell for the creation of jobs in Newton County,” said Chamber President Hunter Hall.

Hall appealed to Newton County’s 5,468 unemployed, inviting them to work with the county’s various partners, including the Covington office of the Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Perimeter and Georgia Piedmont Technical colleges and Troy University.

He also reached out to the 72 percent of Newton County residents who commute out of the county.

“We want you to know there are jobs here right now that you can apply for. We want you to ditch the commute,” Hall said.

Friday’s event was recorded and posted on the chamber’s You Tube channel, Hall said he hopes the video and campaign will go viral. The video had been viewed 75 times as of early Saturday afternoon.

The idea for “Ring the Bell” came from another chamber in South Georgia, which would ring the town square’s bell after people had been hired. Hall modified the idea to ring the bell when jobs were posted to help businesses connect with potential employees.

The hope is that local companies will hire local residents. Recently, State Farm Agent Dan Babb hired a new sales agent out of Porterdale, while Beyond Exterminating Owner Jeremy Shearer hired two technicians locally.

“That might not sound like much, but those are three jobs. Those are three families that just got their mortgage paid. Those are three grocery bills. Those are three kids that possibly just signed up with Newton County Recreation to play Little League baseball,” said Hall. “Those are real lives. That’s what job creation does in our community.”