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The Bowen Center for the Arts AWARDS PRESENTATION FOR Smallest Little Art Show, Works Under $150

The Bowen Center for the Arts held their Smallest Little Art Show (Works under $150) Awards Reception November 16th. Over $300 in prizes were given after a panel of judges reviewed the 68 beautiful works of fine art, photography, ceramics, jewelry and glass art. This exhibit continues until December 14, 2018.The Gallery and Gift Shop are open Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4 and Saturday Noon to 4.

1st place Jennifer David of Dawsonville, acrylic and pen
1st place Jennifer David of Dawsonville, acrylic and pen

The Bowen judging panel awarded the following:

1st Place to Jennifer David of Dawsonville for her acrylic and pen Old London

2nd Place to David Ferguson of Canton for his photo Lids in Oil

3rd Place to Diana Forster, Canton for her clay piece Dogwood Urn

Old London and Lids in Oil photo by David Ferguson of Canton
Old London and Lids in Oil photo by David Ferguson of Canton

Honorable Mentions went to

Sarah Curtis, Cumming for her pen and ink Centering One’s Self

Judy Linn, Dahlonega for her woodcut Bellapheron, Pegasus & Chimera

John Quinn, Griffin for his photo Dragonfly and Lily

Tom Reed, Dawsonville for his photo Wisconsin Farm

Wanda Black Smith, Dahlonega for her oil Late Fall Leaves


Admission is free to The Bowen Center for the Arts located just North of Dawsonville’s Historic Square at 334 Highway 9 North



Images: first Place winner Jennifer David of Dawsonville’s Old London and second place winner David Ferguson of Canton’s photo Lids in Oil.


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Deal: Toyo Tire North America to Create More Than 150 Jobs in Bartow County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer and seller of radial tires for passenger vehicles and light trucks, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $138 million in Cartersville. New jobs will include positions in production, support and administration.

“As the No. 1 state for business, Georgia offers the strategic resources necessary to retain dynamic companies and support industry leaders in long-term growth,” said Deal. “Toyo Tires is a valued member of Georgia’s family of innovative automotive manufacturers and suppliers, and it’s clear that the company’s leadership recognizes the benefits of operating in our competitive economic environment. By choosing Cartersville over international competition, Toyo Tires will continue to hire from Georgia’s talented workforce and utilize our highly connected transportation infrastructure to reach its growing customer base. We appreciate Toyo Tires’ commitment to creating even more quality jobs here in Georgia and look forward to further strengthening our partnership in the years to come.”

 Through a two-phase expansion, Toyo Tires will construct a new 254,000-square-foot facility with an annual production capacity of 2.4 million passenger vehicle tires. Upon completion of the expansion, Toyo Tires will employ approximately 2,100 Georgia residents.

“The level of cooperation from the State of Georgia and Bartow County over the years continues to exceed our expectations,” said Don Bunn, president of Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. “Toyo Tires is proud to be a member of the Georgia business community and strives to show its appreciation by being a great place to work and by supporting community organizations throughout the state.”

In 2016, Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. became the Toyo Tires Group’s largest manufacturing operation with an annual production capacity of 11.5 million tires.

“Bartow County was fortunate to be selected as Toyo Tires’ home years ago, and we are honored each time they choose to invest again,” said Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor. “We strive for long-term partnerships with our industries and this partnership has been incredibly successful. Toyo Tires certainly has had a significant impact on Georgia’s automotive sector and Bartow’s economy, with many accolades to show for it. I especially appreciate their corporate citizenship. For example, they have offered donations and volunteer hours to our schools, environmental causes, and our citizens in need. A significant example is the company’s annual commitment to provide food for the community during the holiday season. All in all, they’re just great neighbors, and it’s a pleasure to support the company’s growth again.”

The state-of-the-art Toyo Tires manufacturing facility began operations in 2006 and features a proprietary Advanced Tire Operation Module production system. The location of the facility was chosen to enhance distribution and inventory availability to meet the increasing demands for Toyo and Nitto tires sold through Toyo Tires’ expanding network of retailers.

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Lindsay Martin represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development and Georgia Power.

“Toyo Tires is an outstanding example of an international manufacturer that has found rapid success in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Once again, Toyo Tires and Bartow County have proven to be a winning team, and I look forward to their continued success in Georgia.”

About Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc.

Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. It is responsible for the production of both the Toyo Tires and Nitto tire brands. Toyo Tires maintains its commitment to innovation, quality, performance and excellent customer service. In recent years, significant and continuous investments have been made in its facility in White, Georgia, to produce high-quality tires. The company’s tire portfolio covers a broad range of applications, including high-performance racing-inspired tires, rugged off-road tires for light trucks and SUVs, luxury touring tires, and tires for truck and bus applications. Toyo Tires was named the 2016 Georgia Automotive Supplier of the Year by GDEcD.

Reinhardt, Cherokee County, Ga. Chick-fil-A Establish Educational Pathway Partnership

Reinhardt University and local Chick-fil-A owner/operator, Kevin Williams, are joining forces to support emerging leaders in the Chick-fil-A organization.

Reinhardt University and Chick-fil-A Canton celebrated a new partnership Friday. Pictured, front row, from left, are: Hayden Holcomb, the first Chick-fil-A team member to be a part of the program, Kevin Williams, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A Canton and Reinhardt Trustee, Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard, and Reinhardt Provost Dr. Mark Roberts; back row, from left, Dr. Dana Hall, coordinator of Reinhardt’s MBA program, Jennifer Prine, director of professional studies and graduate admissions, and Dr. Steve Morse, dean of the McCamish School of Business and Sport Studies

Reinhardt President Kina S. Mallard, Provost Mark A. Roberts and Williams signed a partnership agreement Friday that creates a pathway for Chick-fil-A team members to get financial assistance as they earn their degrees and advance in leadership responsibilities within the Chick-fil-A organization.

“One of Reinhardt’s strategic goals is to connect with community businesses in innovative ways,” Mallard said. “Together, Chick-fil-A and Reinhardt University have created a partnership that develops emerging leaders within the Chick-fil-A Canton organization.”

“We are seeking to raise up leaders through this MBA partnership with Reinhardt University and Chick-fil-A Canton that builds on our mission of Creating Moments of Kindness,” said Williams, who also serves as a member of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees. “We have no greater goal than to glorify God by how we serve others. We believe when you learn to lead with this as a priority the results can be extraordinary.”

The partnership creates an organized structure, allowing Chick-fil-A Canton team members from the three locations owned and operated by Williams – Riverstone, Canton Marketplace and Hickory Flat – to receive discounted tuition toward a Master of Business Administration.

First-year MBA student and Chick-fil-A Canton team member Hayden Holcomb said he is honored to be one of the first team members chosen to participate in the MBA Leader Development Program.

“This partnership is making a dream come true as it gives me the opportunity to grow with an amazing brand while earning my MBA,” he said. “I am able to use my work experience through this extraordinary opportunity with Reinhardt University to apply what I am learning to my experiences working with Chick-fil-A Canton.”

The partnership agreement – also supported by Scholarship America – allows Chick-fil-A Canton team members and their immediate family members to receive discounted tuition for any undergraduate online program, including an Associate of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration, Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Healthcare Administration and the RN to BSN program.

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