Mohawk To Fly Largest U.S. Flag In The State

To honor its employees and celebrate its unique American heritage, Mohawk Industries will host a special American flag raising ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
“We are proud to be an American company, and we are inspired by the ingenuity and commitment of our exceptional people,” said Jeff Lorberbaum, Mohawk Industries’ chairman and chief executive officer. “Our competitive edge comes from more than 20,000 U.S. employees who make, sell and deliver our products, with about half of those working in Georgia. Hundreds are veterans who nobly served our country, which makes this flag especially poignant as a means of expressing our appreciation to our employees.”

According to the company, the flag will be the largest in Georgia, measuring 45 feet high by 75 feet wide and weighing over 150 pounds. Towering from a 130-foot pole on the company’s Union Grove campus, the flag will be a landmark for drivers along I-75. In addition to Union Grove, Mohawk said it operates a network of more than 30 manufacturing, distribution and administrative facilities across Georgia, providing a substantial economic impact in each community.

Mohawk said it takes great pride in the long tenure of its employees, with more than one in every eight having been with the company 25 years or more. During the event, Mohawk will recognize 15 area employees with 30 or more years of service.

“These individuals represent the thousands of men and women at Mohawk who produce the best American-made flooring, using state-of-the-art technology combined with old-fashioned innovation and creativity. We proudly raise this flag in their honor,” said Lorberbaum.

Mohawk added that it is supporting more than 120 nonprofit organizations, including the Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Local scouts will help raise the flag during the ceremony and, afterwards, will receive badges for their uniforms.

Mohawk will also donate flooring to Camp Sidney Dew and Camp Misty Mountain in northwest Georgia to refurbish indoor community spaces for use by future generations and will provide $10,000 to sponsor scouts to attend either camp or their national convention.

“These donations will have a huge impact on the boys and girls of the Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta,” said Carley Ferguson, a board member of Girl Scouts and vice president of internal audit at Mohawk. “The provided flooring will update facilities for members to experience nature and build lifetime friendships, while the funds will help them attend camps where they will learn teamwork and leadership skills.”

After the flag is raised, Rebecca Howell of Cochran, Ga., most recently featured on NBC’s The Voice, will perform the national anthem. Other event highlights include remarks by Mohawk’s Tom Lape, president of residential flooring, and Jeff Lorberbaum, plus a performance by the Spirit of Atlanta Drumline and a barbecue lunch.

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Georgia’s First Execution of 2020

The first execution of 2020 in Georgia was carried out by the Georgia Department of Corrections on Thursday night.  The convicted murderer was put to death at 9:38 PM at a prison in Jackson.

Scotty Garnell Morrow had been convicted and sentenced to die twenty-five years ago. He was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young’s Gainesville home in December 1994.

Morrow’s state and federal appeals were exhausted in February when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his case. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence, rejected Morrow’s request for clemency following a closed-door hearing Wednesday.

Morrow reportedly apologized to the families of his victims before the death sentence was carried out.

“Micro Farms” Increasing in Georgia

Georgia continues to loose small and midsize farms, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census of Agriculture.  Over the past five years 1,500 small and medium size farms have gone out of business, but there is good news – small “micro-farms” are increasing across the state.

While the number of small and mid-size farms has dropped, micro-farms, between one and nine acres, have increased to more than 4,500. That’s up from about three thousand in 2012. Micro-farms are generally food-producing enterprises from one to five acres.

Poultry and egg farms ranked number one in the state and country for total sales with nearly $5.4 billion. Peanut and hay crops came in at number two.

Gary Black, commissioner of the state’s department of agriculture, said overall, he’s pleased by the data, but farmers here still need help recovering from Hurricane Michael. “I really am troubled to see what these numbers will be five years from now,” Black said.

Congress has failed to pass a multi-billion-dollar relief package in the aftermath of the storm.

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BP Medicine Recall

If you take blood pressure medicine, you’ll want to double-check your bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its recall of losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets.

Tests found trace amounts of a potentially cancer-causing impurity in some of these drugs. The company is recalling 36 additional lots, it said Thursday.

A full list of recalled drugs is available on the US Food and Drug Administration website.

The company hasn’t had any reports of users getting sick, but the impurity level in these pills is above what the FDA considers an acceptable daily intake level.

The FDA said it will continue to test all products containing valsartan and similar drugs for the presence of impurities.

Georgia Gov. Kemp Puts Damper on H.B. 734

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp put a big damper on House Bill 734 that would set up a panel to sanction journalists.  The governor spoke with a Georgia newspaper over the past weekend and called the bill “a bad idea.”

The bill was introduced by an outgoing Republican representative and would have the state set up an “accreditation panel” for journalists and also would allow for journalists to be sanctioned by the state-run panel.

Governor Kemp told the Marietta Daily Journal, “Well, there’s a lot of things that people introduce down there that are bad ideas. You know, I think your readers can decide whether they like what you’re doing or not. You’ve got First Amendment protections.”

Governor Kemp went on in the interview to call the whole idea “bizarre”.   The bill was met with intense criticism from print, television and radio news outlets around the state and beyond, saying that the government has no place regulating, censoring or issuing sanctions against media outlets.

Governor Kemp will be the guest this weekend in an interview with John Clark on the Georgia News Network’s “Georgia Focus.”

Info from Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Anglers and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed fishing regulation changes, and then make plans to offer comment by one of several methods.

Proposed changes include amendments to current Public Fishing Area (PFA) regulations regarding camping on PFAs, and more.

The public notice and synopsis of proposed revisions is available on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division webpage at http://georgiawildlife.com/regulations/proposed.

Any person may make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument in writing. Input must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on April 29, 2019.

  • Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Fisheries Management Section; Attn: Ted Will; 2067 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025.
  • Statements may be electronically submitted at: https://georgiawildlife.com/regulations/meetings

For more information or to view the proposed regulation changes, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/regulations/proposed.

Fatal Plane Crash In Gordon County Saturday

Just before 4:00 pm Saturday, Gordon County deputies were dispatched to the area of Spencer Drive south of Calhoun where a small plane described to be an (experimental aircraft) had crashed into a wooded area just a few hundred yards of a residential neighborhood. The plane was completely destroyed. The pilot, identified as Richard Hogan, age 63, of Douglasville, Ga. died in that crash. Fire/Rescue and several other emergency personnel also responded. The scene was secured and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was notified. The NTSB is also assisting in the investigation of the Experimental Commuter Craft.