Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
February 12, 2007
Lowndes County - Small businesses are always looking to cut costs while still providing a safe environment to employees.
The Drugs Don't Work Program can do both. "They are happy with what it does for their employees, developing a better workforce, a drug free work-force they know they can county on," says Program Chairman Ed Cockman.
When joining the program offered by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, businesses must implement a substance abuse policy in the workplace. "You are also required to have testing, whether it's pre-employment, post accident or random," he says.
General Contracting company Pinnacle Prime has no regrets since joining the program. "We've experienced what we feel is reduced turnover, improved employee morale, reduced absenteeism," says Lee Burkett, Human Resources Manager at Pinnacle Prime.
But that's not all.
Employees at Pinnacle Prime work around dangerous equipment every day. Being a member of the program, the company assures them the safest work environment possible. "Anything we can do to show all our employees that we are concerned with their safety and providing them with a safe workplace is a major importance," he says.
And as an added benefit, companies who join receive a 7.5 percent discount on the cost of workman's comp. "In 2006 resulted in approximately 35 thousand dollars savings to Pinnacle Prime," Burkett says.
Allowing them to put that money back into the business.
To find out more about the Drugs Don't Work Program and other Programs offered by the Chamber, click here.