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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - Fifty years to the day after the Economic Development Authority in Coffee County was created, Governor Sonny Perdue announced that 320 new jobs are coming to Douglas.

"This community together over a long time, over the years has been known as a progressive community that has made itself hospitable and welcoming to new industry," said Governor Perdue.

GreenTech Manufacturing will invest more than $20 million into the 103,000 square foot manufacturing and distributing facility where the announcement was made. "It's a brand new process for Georgia. And we are glad that we are going to be the first," said Executive Director of the Economic Development Authority, JoAnn Lewis.

They produce innovative lightweight construction products using 95 percent recycled material, which is a cost-effective alternative to materials such as metal, wood, concrete and fiberglass. "We can go into a community and collect recycle materials. Take that and incorporate that into our products," said GreenTech Executive Team Member, Mike Moreland.

And Governor Perdue said more companies like Green Tech are moving to Georgia. "Our state is transitioning from textiles to down in this area tobacco and different types of things toward a new economy," said Perdue.

And he knows these changes will be difficult for those in other industries like poultry that are being hit hard by the recession. "I know its a hard pill to swallow when you work as hard as you do and you still get the tough end of the stick, so to speak," said Perdue.

But these new jobs in new businesses will help economically improve those in Georgia's more traditional industries.

GreenTech Manufacturing will offer high-quality and high-paying administrative, technical and operational jobs. The company plans to roll their first product of the line in their new Douglas plant as early as September.

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