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HomeGoods looks for 100 warehouse workers at Friday recruitment in Athens


The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help HomeGoods recruit about 100 warehouse workers for its home furnishings distribution center in Jefferson. The recruitment will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at the GDOL’s Athens Career Center, 150 Evelyn C. Neely Drive in Athens.
The company is recruiting warehouse associates to ship, receive, and process orders for home furnishings.
Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, applicants must be at least 18 years old. A high school or General Education Diploma (GED) is required, while previous warehousing experience is not necessary. Continue reading HomeGoods looks for 100 warehouse workers at Friday recruitment in Athens

New 1.1 million-square-foot distribution building announced for Braselton


Ridgeline Property Group (RPG) and Hillwood Investment Properties (Hillwood), two leading commercial real estate development firms in the nation, announced Tuesday their intent to jointly develop a 1,074,596-square-foot distribution building in Braselton.

Located off of State Route 124, the distribution center site is less than one mile from the Interstate 85/Highway 53 interchange in Braselton. The property is located behind Pets Inn and Suites.

The facility will offer the largest block of Class “A” distribution space available in the southeast United States. A groundbreaking will take place Nov. 1, and the building is scheduled to be completed in second quarter of 2015, thus adding inventory to the I-85/Northeast submarket of Atlanta.

“We are very excited and grateful that Ridgeline and Hillwood have chosen Jackson County and Braselton for this investment,” said F.J. “Josh” Fenn, President & CEO/Director of Economic Development of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading New 1.1 million-square-foot distribution building announced for Braselton

Barrow County Sheriff’s Office awarded $20,000 traffic enforcement grant


The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s Piedmont Area Traffic Enforcement Network. There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia’s year-round safety belt, speed and impaired driving campaigns.

“This is our way of supporting the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office through its continued leadership via Coordinator Deputy David Witte and the Piedmont Area Traffic Enforcement Network,” said GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Powell Harrelson. Continue reading Barrow County Sheriff’s Office awarded $20,000 traffic enforcement grant

Alan Chapman named acting transportation director for Gwinnett


Gwinnett County Administrator Glenn Stephens has named an acting transportation department director. Alan Chapman, who currently serves as deputy transportation director, will run the department following Gwinnett DOT Director Kim Conroy’s retirement on Oct. 24.

County Administrator Glenn Stephens said, “I am thankful to have someone like Alan with the credentials and experience to lead the department during this transition. I know he will do a good job.”

Alan joined the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation in 1997 as project manager for the road improvements capital program and was promoted in 2004 to the role of deputy director where he oversees the preconstruction and construction divisions. Alan holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia. Before coming to work for Gwinnett County, he was with the Georgia Department of Transportation and also worked as an engineering and construction consultant. He lives with his wife, Anne, and two daughters in Lawrenceville.

Jackson County Commission to hold final budget public hearing


The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will conduct the last of three public hearings on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, in the jury assembly room at the Jackson County Courthouse. (See related story)

Also during the commission meeting, items from the commission’s Oct. 6 work session agenda will be on the agenda including:

- Approval of the extension of the contract with Home Development Resources Inc., for the execution of the 2012 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) Grant. HDRI has been serving as the grant administrator and an extension is needed since the program is actually just getting under way with the release of funds to the county. CHIP funds will pay HDRI’s not to exceed proposal price of $39,910.

Community Development Director Gina Roy reminded that Jackson County had received the CHIP grant for 2012, 2013 and 2014, however, the 2012 funds had only been released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs approximately three months ago. Jackson County is to receive approximately $1 million funds to assist qualifying elderly in certain census tracts to renovate their homes. Areas of County Commission Districts 2 and 4 included and local contractors are hired to handle the renovation work, Roy said.

Roy said the purpose of CHIP is to invest in the community by helping current homeowners rehab their own homes to bring to building code standards and to help home buyers be placed in current homes in Jackson County by helping them with down payment assistance. Home values increase thus helping the tax digest. Continue reading Jackson County Commission to hold final budget public hearing