FieldTurf to recruit manufacturing workers in Calhoun next week

FieldTurf to recruit manufacturing workers in Calhoun next week

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Rome Career Center will help FieldTurf recruit about 40 full-time workers for its manufacturing plant in Calhoun on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4. The company manufactures synthetic turf for athletic fields.

The recruitments will be held at the FieldTurf facility located at 175 North Industrial Blvd., N.E. in Calhoun. Friday’s recruitment will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by Saturday’s event  from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. GDOL staff will be on site to help screen the applicants.  

The company will be recruiting coater operators, lift truck operators, tufting machine operators and warehouse inventory clerks,  

Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, all applicants must be at least 18 years old. They must also have a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED).

While some positions require no previous work experience, others require as much as two years.

Salaries range from $12-$16 an hour, depending on the positions.   

Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume and dress appropriately to improve their opportunities for jobs.

For more information about the jobs, or to apply online, visit to create an account and upload or create a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account and resume expedites the interview process.

For more information about the recruitments, contact the GDOL’s Rome Career Center at (706) 295-6051. The career center is open to serve the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visit to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers, and to connect with us on social media. 

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Gordon County E-911 will begin Text to 911 service March 1

Gordon County E-911 will begin Text to 911 service March 1

Beginning March 1, 2017, wireless customers in Gordon County will be able to send a short message service (SMS) to E-911 for emergency help when unable to make a voice call.

Debbie Vance, director of Gordon County E911, presented the new service during the most recent meeting of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Vance told the commissioners that County Administrator John King had personally tested the new technology successfully.

“It’s our new phone system that is going to allow us to use text service,” said Vance. “The intended use of Text to 911 is for citizens and visitors who are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech disability or when a voice call to 911 might otherwise be dangerous or impossible.”

“E-911 will receive the initial message, text by the complainant along with coordinates,” said Vance. “Text to 911 will be treated as any other 911 call.”

According to Vance, Text to 911 is only available on a registered, text capable cell phone, or a phone on contract. “There will be no ghost phones,” said Vance. “Those are a nightmare to 911, when you get calls and can’t trace where the call was made from or who the phone belongs to. So only those with contracts will be able to text.”

At this time, translation services are not available for Text to 911. “A complainant (who needs translation services will receive a text that says ‘Call 911’ and location information will be gathered from the original text. Law enforcement will be dispatched to the location and responders will be advised the Text to 911 is a location with a language barrier so we can possibly get them to call in and hook them up to language line.

Multiple text sessions, such as during severe weather, will be prioritized the same way as voice calls, according to Vance.

Vance stressed to the commissioners that it is not the best way to contact 911, but it is an alternative to those that can’t call by voice or are in a situation where it is too dangerous to call by voice. “We would like to remind the public that, when possible, a voice call should be placed to 911, but text is available when you cannot place a voice call.”

“The safety of residents and visitors in Gordon County is our number one concern,” said Vance in a press release. “We are proud to be adopters of this technology. Text to 911 could be a life saver, especially for people who might otherwise not be able to make a voice call. I congratulate my team members for their work in establishing this service and for setting an example for other public safety professionals.”

Gordon County E911 will hold the annual Open House in April, where the new technology will be demonstrated.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Third-quarter surge lifts Calhoun past Chargers, into Elite Eight

Calhoun made a run to start the game, but Central (Macon) quickly responded to even up the game. The Jackets made another big run to start the third quarter, and that one was too much for the visitors to overcome on Thursday night.

Calhoun broke open a tied game at the half by pouring in 26 points in the third quarter, including hitting six 3-pointers in the period, to build a lead they wouldn’t give up for a 67-61 win in front of their home fans in the Class AAA State Tournament second round.

For photos from Thursday’s game, see Wednesday’s Calhoun Times.

The Jackets (22-4) now move into the Elite Eight to face Jenkins next Wednesday. Home-court advantage for the contest, which is a rematch of last year’s Elite Eight matchup that ended Calhoun’s season, will be determined on Friday morning by a coin toss since both teams are No. 1 seeds from their region.

In Thursday’s game, Calhoun went to the halftime break tied 28-28 with Central (20-8), but took control with some pesky defense and hot-shooting offense. Calhoun coach Vince Layson said he told his team in the locker room at the half how important the third quarter would be in the outcome and they responded to it.

“Going back to the first quarter, one of our keys was to get off to a good start and we did, but by halftime that lead had evaporated,” said Layson. “So my message at the half was to come out and start the third quarter like we started the first. We know basketball is a game of runs, and I thought if we could make the initial run in the second half it would be really big. We came out in the third, got good looks and hit shots. When we’re shooting like that, we’re tough to beat.”

Calhoun’s surge in the third let them build a 54-44 lead going into the final quarter. The Chargers didn’t go away quietly, however, as they continued to battle, and they cut the deficit to 61-59 with just over a minute to play thanks to their pressure defense causing a couple turnovers in that stretch late in the game. But the Jackets responded by hitting 4-of-4 free throws in the final 1:08 to go along with a Davis Allen lay-up to seal it.

Allen finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. The even bigger performance came from senior Chapin Rierson, who racked up 27 points and 10 rebounds. He made six total 3s, including four from beyond the arc in the key third-quarter run.

“I know it’s cliché, but big-time players step up in big-time games,” said Layson of Rierson’s performance. “He had a big game last year in the second round that kind of put him on the map, and he did it again tonight. He showed big-time leadership tonight and led by example. He put us on his back and made some huge shots tonight.”

“We knew by looking at their defense that if we worked the ball around and kept it moving, they would have a hard time with that,” added Rierson. “We passed it well and got it to the right person at the right time. We drove it and got the ball to each other for open 3s, and we knocked them down.”

Malik Lawrence was the third Calhoun scorer in double figures with 12 points. The senior had seven of his own in the third. Rhett Abernathy added eight points in the contest.

Artarius McCoy had a huge night for Central with 32 points to keep his team in the game the whole way. He had 17 in the first half, and then brought his team back with 13 in the fourth quarter. Kylan Hill was next on the scoresheet for the Chargers with eight points, and Justus Williams added seven.

Calhoun jumped on Central quick to take a 15-4 lead close to midway through the first quarter, but after a timeout, the Chargers closed the period on a 13-2 run to tie it at 17-17 going to the second. The action was back-and-forth in that quarter as well with each team making their share of plays on the offensive and defensive end to battle to an even 28-28 score at the half.

The win moves Calhoun into the Elite Eight for the third time in the past five seasons. Layson said the success is a testament to how the players do everything they can to make Calhoun Boys Basketball have as high a standard as it does.

“It says a lot about the kids,” said Layson. “They work hard. They’re coachable. It makes me really happy for this group because we lost so much from last year, and a lot of people didn’t give us a chance of getting back to the Elite Eight but here we are.”

Layson added the Jenkins’ rematch should give his players some added incentive after they ended Calhoun’s season last year.

“We’re going to need our best against Jenkins,” said Layson. “If this rematch doesn’t give us something to play for, I don’t know what will.”

Rierson said the team believes they can accomplish great things if they continue to play like they did on Thursday night.

“We’re really confident,” said Rierson. “We’ve got Jenkins again so we know it’s going to be a battle. We’re going to come out and do everything we can to try to get a win, and we know they’re going to do everything they can to try to get the win. We’re looking forward to it.”

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Georgia Northwestern prepping for March Madness SkillsUSA 2017

Georgia Northwestern prepping for March Madness SkillsUSA 2017

(Northwest Georgia) – The post-season is officially underway as schools across Georgia get ready to showcase the state’s top programs. One Peach State college that saw its run for a national championship fall short in 2016, hopes to bring home the hardware in 2017.

More than three dozen students from all six campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College will strap on their helmets and compete for the title “Number One In Georgia” in just five weeks. A capacity crowd is expected at the Georgia International Conference Center as Bobcat teams will be competing at the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference March 23-25 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Although “March Madness” is a phrase most basketball enthusiasts are familiar with this time of year, the catchy nickname definitely applies to the third weekend in March. “We have 41 students competing in 25 professional skill categories,” said Missy McLain, GNTC SkillsUSA Coordinator. “We hope to see even more national qualifiers this time around.”

After taking top honors in the TeamWorks category at the state competition last year, GNTC’s TeamWorks crew placed third at the national event in Louisville, Kentucky. Well, the Bobcats will be sending another team in that category, as well as 24 other areas of expertise to the state competition next month.

The SkillsUSA TeamWorks category involves a construction project to be completed. It requires a team of four contestants to work together in reading blue prints and creating an action plan. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry skills are put to use during the project. From ordering the materials to be used to planning the completion of each phase of the job, judges looked closely at each team’s ability to work within building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the overall efficiency of the team project. Barry Arrington and Bo Dooley, members of the 2016 team that placed nationally, will be on the team once again setting its sights for the 2017 crown.

This year’s qualifying teams from GNTC are as follows: James Garrett (Aragon, GA) in Auto Refinishing Technology; Philip English (Flintstone, GA) in Automotive Service Technology; Branton Bailey (Resaca, GA) in Cabinetmaking; Beck Maxwell (Euharlee, GA), Melvin Mitchell (Cartersville), and Dusty Powell (Aragon, GA) in Career Pathways in Industrial and Engineering Technology; Melisa Fajardo (Dalton, GA), Brandy LeVan (Rock Spring, GA), and Kate Hendricks (Rock Spring, GA) in Chapter Display; Dakota Maddox (Calhoun, GA) in Collision Repair Technology; Ashley Davenport (Rome, GA) in Cosmetology; Kelsey Stanley (Dalton, GA) in Customer Service; Wendy Neighbors (Ringgold, GA) in Early Childhood Education; Eric Vargas (Rome, GA) in Electrical Construction Wiring; Kevin Long (Rossville, GA) in First Aid/CPR; Savannah Almond (Cedartown, GA), Tevannah Johnson (Rome, GA), Kimberly Kelly (Lindale, GA), and Tiffany Mascote (Cedartown, GA) in the Health Knowledge Bowl; Bryan Shirley (Rome, GA) in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; Chris Ballew (Buchanan, GA) in Industrial Motor Controls; Stone Dowling (LaFayette, GA) Information Technology Systems; Bryan Tapia (Rome, GA) in Job Interview; Amanda Teeters (Chickamauga, GA) in Job Skill Demonstration “A”; Selena Spivey (Dalton, GA) in Job Skill Demonstration Open; Kelsey Mann (Rome, GA), Brittany Orr (Rome, GA), and Ned Sanders (LaFayette, GA) in Medical Mathematics; Lindsey Thomas (Rome, GA) and Faith Trammell (Rome, GA) in Medical Terminology; Jalen Hamilton (Rome, GA) in Prepared Speech; Noah Wilson (Fairmount, GA), Barry Arrington (Calhoun, GA), Shawn Clark (Calhoun, GA), and Bo Dooley (Resaca, GA) in TeamWorks; Elisabeth Harp (Calhoun, GA) and Geovani Ramirez (Dalton, GA) in Technical Computer Applications; Ryan Fincher (Cedartown, GA) in Welding; and Jacob Hargrove (Ringgold, GA), Isaiah Jackson (Dalton, GA) and Daniel Lopez (Dalton, GA) in Welding Fabrication.

Those earning top honors on the state level will earn a spot in the national competition at the 53rd National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky the week of June 19-23. SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers, educators, and industry leaders. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual SkillsUSA National Championships, nearly 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA program, you can call 866-983-4682. For information online, visit the college at, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

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Leatherwood named PreK Teacher of the Year

Leatherwood named PreK Teacher of the Year

Calhoun City School’s Nathan Leatherwood was recently voted 2017-2018 Calhoun Pre-K Teacher of the Year by his coworkers.

Leatherwood is the Pre-K Red Dog room teacher. He does a wonderful job of teaching his students and building a love for learning in each of them, and goes above and beyond every day and exemplifies the quality of a Teacher of the Year.

This is the first year Bright From the Start has recognized a Georgia Pre-K Teacher of the Year. Calhoun Pre-K is proud to choose Nathan Leatherwood as the 2017-18 Pre-K Teacher of the Year.

Leatherwood will now compete for Georgia Pre-K Teacher of the Year with nominees from other Pre-Ks across the state. CCS wishes him luck.

“[He is] certainly exceeding the black and gold standards of Calhoun City Schools,” said CCS Pre-K Program Coordinator Kelly Fuquea, of Leatherwood. “We are so proud of you.”

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Calhoun faces big test in second round vs. Chargers

BOYS BASKETBALL: Calhoun faces big test in second round vs. Chargers


Central-Macon (20-7) at Calhoun (21-4)

GAME INFO: Thursday, 6 p.m.

SEEDS: Calhoun is the No. 1 seed from Region 6-AAA; Central is the No. 2 seed from Region 4-AAA.

STATE RANKINGS: Calhoun – No. 11 in the MaxPreps Class AAA rankings; Central – No. 12.

CALHOUN INFO: Calhoun is in the second round of the state tournament for the fifth straight season and are looking for their third trip to the Elite Eight in that span. …The Jackets have won nine straight games coming into the second round, including a 75-53 first-round win over Hart County. …They have developed quite a home-court advantage, going 9-0 there this season, 10-0 last season and 11-1 three seasons ago with their only loss coming in the second round of the state tournament against Cedar Grove.

CENTRAL INFO: The Chargers put on quite an offensive display in their first-round win over Appling County, defeating them 107-69. …They have won four of their last five games coming into the second round with their lone loss against Westside-Macon in the Region 4-AAA Championship Game 81-76. …Central is looking to advance to the Elite Eight for the second straight season.

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