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Kmart closes Athens store for final time

ATHENS, Ga. - The Kmart store in Athens along Barnett Shoals Road closed for the final time Sunday.

The store was among a list of 120 stores nationally that Kmart's parent, Sears Holdings, said late last year they would be shuttering nationwide. Locations in Douglasville, Jonesboro and on Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta have already closed.

RELATED | 4 Metro Atlanta locations among Kmart stores to close

Employees in the store were offered the opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart stores.

Kmart stores in Marietta, Covington, Canton, Mableton, Snellville, Hiram, Peachtree City, Cartersville, Carrollton and Rome remain open.

Carmel Elementary Welcomes Guest Reader

Carmel Elementary Welcomes Guest Reader

 

Carmel Elementary School recently welcomed Miss Jackie as a special guest who read and sang with more than ten classes. Many of the students have been learning about fairy tales and fables during the first quarter and Miss Jackie read Silly Goose's Big Story by Keiko Kasza. The students also learned how to tell if a book is authored by one person and illustrated by another. In the case of Silly Goose, Ms. Kasza is both the author and illustrator. Each group also enjoyed fan favorite, Pete the Cat, written by Eric Litwin.  Carmel parent Matt Rasnick said, “My daughter came home with a bookmark from FoxTale today; she's in 2nd grade at Carmel Elementary school. She is very enthusiastic about a  story that she heard today, about a cat who keeps stepping in different colors and singing a little song about it each time.”

Miss Jackie is pictured reading to Ms. Roth’s and Ms.

APICS (Atlanta Association for Operations Management) announces new board members and fall slate

APICS (Atlanta Association for Operations Management) announces new board members and fall slate

APICS (The Association for Operations Management) has announced two additions to their board of directors and several upcoming events. Greg Lutkauskas of The West Logistics Group and Marisol Martinez of OPTI Medical Systems have joined the Board.  Fall events begin with Andrew Downard of Newell Rubbermaid keynoting on September 17 and an intensive, customer-focused, supply chain management workshop on October 18.

Recognized as the leading professional services organization in the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management for Metro Atlanta, APICS has been serving Atlanta and North Georgia since 1964.  It is also one of the nation’s largest APICS chapters with more than 600 members.  The chapter provides operations and supply chain management education, fosters best practice sharing, networking, and professional development opportunities for its members.

New APICS Board Members

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.

Johnston Elementary Teacher Wins Monthly Pizza Party

Johnston Elementary Teacher Wins Monthly Pizza Party

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Ms. Polly Hines, a kindergarten teacher at Johnston Elementary School, is retiring on a natural pizza high.  Ms. Hines's kindergarten class didn't win a free pizza party just once or twice, but every single month during the school year!  Ms. Hines retired at the end of this school year after many years of service to the students in Cherokee County. Stevi B's presented Ms. Hines with a card for Free Pizza for a Year as a special thank you and retirement gift. 

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."