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ROME: Lowe's to bring 600 jobs to North Ga.

ROME: Lowe's to bring 600 jobs to North Ga.

ROME, Ga. -- The Lowe's chain of home improvement stores is bringing a new 1.4 million square foot distribution center to Northwest Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal attended a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning in Rome. Brian Robinson said Lowe's is set to place a new distribution facility there that will eventually mean 600 new jobs for the area.

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The Deal administration called the announcement "the largest job-creation project for the state" since the governor took office in January.

Lowe's to build massive distribution center in Ga.

Lowe's to build massive distribution center in Ga.

ROME, Ga. -- Executives with Lowe's Companies, Inc. say they plan to break ground next Wednesday on a massive new distribution center in northwest Georgia.

The North Carolina-based home improvement firm is expected to initially employ 150 workers at the Floyd County facility, and potentially 600 employees by 2016.

Karen Cobb, a Lowe's spokeswoman, said the company closed on the acquisition of 140 acres of property in the North Floyd Industrial Park on Friday.

Officials say the 1.45 million-square-foot distribution center will serve the company's Southeastern U.S. market.

Floyd County Commission Chairman Eddie Lumsden said a groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Wednesday morning.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.

Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dips

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate decreased to 10.4 percent in July, down from 10.5 percent in June and the same as a year earlier, according to the Georgia Department of Labor,

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said 14,000 more area residents were employed in July than in June.

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Hundreds hiring Thursday as Ga. jobless rate rises

Hundreds hiring Thursday as Ga. jobless rate rises

ATLANTA -- Thousands of jobseekers descended on the campus of Atlanta Metropolitan College on Atlanta's south side to attend a day-long job fair hosted by U.S. Representatives John Lewis and Hank Johnson.

Coca-Cola, Comcast and Gwinnett County Schools were among nearly 100 companies looking to hire at the fair at the fair, which ended at 5 p.m.

Traffic for the Congressional Black Caucus job fair stretched for blocks around the campus, and fire/rescue officials said at least eight people suffered from heat-related illnesses while waiting in line. 

People were not permitted to enter the campus for the job fair after about 2:30 p.m., according to the Atlanta Fire Department's Jolyon Bundridge.

Berry alumna wins lifetime achievement award

Berry alumna wins lifetime achievement award

ROME, Ga. -- A longtime Berry College educator and administrator has been honored with a lifetime achievement award from the school.

Ouida Word Dickey began service to her alma mater in 1950. She retired in 1999 after establishing herself as an award-winning educator, mentor and administrator.

"Everything Ouida Dickey undertakes is in pursuit of perfection," said David Martin, executive director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education, which gave Dickey the award. "She epitomizes dedication to teaching and learning, not only in her career but in every facet of her life."

Dickey graduated from Berry in 1950.