Category Archives: Whitfield

Reinhardt University to Showcase Programs, Offerings in Dalton Oct. 30

Reinhardt University is coming to Dalton/Whitfield County on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to in hopes of attracting prospective students, alumni and friends to experience something of the Reinhardt spirit during a daylong ”Reinhardt Day in Dalton.”

Starting with a free breakfast at Dalton First United Methodist Church and concluding with a reception at Dalton Country Club, Reinhardt welcomes everyone to attend one or more event.

“We are excited about Reinhardt Day in Dalton,” said Julie Fleming, vice president for enrollment management. “Reinhardt has strong ties to the Dalton community, and this day is dedicated to sharing more about the exciting things happening at the University. We will connect with trustees, alumni, friends, parents, partners in education and prospective students throughout the day to showcase ‘Reinhardt on the Rise.’”

The day begins with a free breakfast at Dalton First United Methodist Church at 7:30 a.m. where Reinhardt President Kina S. Mallard will speak about the many offerings at Reinhardt. Admissions and financial aid staff will be on hand to meet with prospective students – both traditional and non-traditional.

Reinhardt University staff will be found around town throughout the day at area high schools and visiting Dalton area businesses.

A chance to learn more about Reinhardt University’s health science offerings will be available at a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center on N. Fredrick Street.

A late afternoon reception will be held at Dalton Country Club beginning at 4:30 p.m. at which Dr. Mallard will once again speak about today’s Reinhardt University. Alumni, as well as friends and supporters, are invited to join Dr. Mallard and other senior University leaders for appetizers and beverages.

For prospective students not able to make it out to the breakfast, the Admissions staff will be on hand at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, located on Walnut Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m. to answer questions, and to buy a doughnut for those attending.

Those attending the Dalton FUMC breakfast and the Dalton Country Club reception are asked to RSVP not later than Thursday, Oct. 25 by calling 770-720-9152 or by email to

Deal: Solar Cell Manufacturer to Create More Than 500 Jobs in Whitfield County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Hanwha Q CELLS Korea, a leader in the global solar industry, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $150 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility in Dalton.

“Georgia has maintained strong partnerships with Korean businesses for more than three decades and this announcement is yet another reflection of our reputation as a premier destination for international business,” said Deal. “By establishing a presence in Whitfield County, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will join a number of Korean-affiliated companies that operate at least 80 facilities in our state. As the No. 1 state for business, Georgia offers the skilled workforce and extensive manufacturing resources needed for Hanwha Q CELLS Korea to maintain its competitive edge in the global solar industry. We appreciate Hanwha Q CELLS Korea’s significant investment in Georgia and look forward to the company’s success in Dalton.”

Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will produce high-performance and high-quality photovoltaic modules at the new facility. The facility is scheduled for completion in 2019.

“We are excited to bring our technology leadership to Georgia in manufacturing solar modules and look forward to building long-term relationships to further expand our manufacturing base and contribute to environmentally sustainable energy solutions,” said James Choi, vice president of Hanwha Q CELLS Korea.

Hanwha Q CELLS is headquartered in South Korea and currently operates manufacturing facilities in Malaysia and China.

“We are very pleased that Hanwha Q CELLS Korea has chosen Whitfield County for the location of their U.S. manufacturing facility,” said Whitfield County Commission Chair Lynn Laughter. “We are confident they will be successful here and be a great addition to our manufacturing base.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Senior Project Manager Yoonie Kim represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Georgia Center of Innovation for Energy Technology, the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority and Georgia EMC.

“We are excited that an innovative company like Hanwha Q Cells chose Whitfield County for their first U.S. manufacturing facility,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “This announcement puts a spotlight on Dalton and Northwest Georgia’s attractiveness as a location for international advanced manufacturing projects.”

About Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corporation

Founded in April 2011, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea is an affiliate of Hanwha Group and a sister company to Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:HQCL), one of the world´s largest solar cell producers. Hanwha Q CELLS Korea operates production sites for state-of-the-art solar cells and solar modules in South Korea. Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. is a global leading photovoltaic manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules. Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, it has its Technology and Innovation HQ in Thalheim, Germany, and manufacturing facilities in Malaysia and China. The company delivers integrated solar power plant solutions encompassing development, construction and operation. Through its growing global business network spanning North America, Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East, the company provides a wide range of services to its customers in the utility, commercial, government and residential markets. Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 firm and a top 10 business enterprise in South Korea. For more information, visit

Car Seat Mini Grant Awarded to County Health Departments in North Georgia

County health departments in the North Georgia Health District were awarded the 2018 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield County Health Departments and local collaborative partners work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.

And it works! Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the mini grant prevented serious injury or death and saved 344 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.

“The Car Seat Mini-Grant helps us meet the responsibility of keeping our children safe here in North Georgia,” said Marie Smith, RN, BSN, North Georgia Health District Nursing Director. “It provides us the opportunity to work with partners in each of our communities to help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”

In Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties, the health departments and their collaborative partners, including county EMAs, Georgia State Patrol representatives, local fire departments and law enforcement agencies, educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families.

Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 130 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.

For more information about the car seat program at health departments in North Georgia, log onto and click on the LOCATIONS tab to find contact information for each county health department in the North Georgia Health District. If you would like information regarding other Georgia counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at or by calling 404-463-1487.