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Local Volunteers Deploy for South Carolina Flooding

L-R: Bob Townley, Thaddeus Stanford, Roger Dewey

Local volunteers, Bob Townley, Roger Dewey and Thaddeus Stanford have deployed as Disaster Volunteers for the American Red Cross.

Bob Townley, deploying for his 6th national disaster this year, will be deploying as a Damage Assessment Supervisor; Roger Dewey will be deploying as a Shelter Supervisor and Thaddeus Stanford will be deploying for the first time will be working as a Safe & Well associate  (Disasters often make it difficult to stay in touch with loved ones. The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a central location for people in disaster areas in the United States to register their current status, and for their loved ones to access that information. It helps provide displaced families with relief and comfort during a stressful time.).


In addition to flooding on the East Coast, the Red Cross is still helping people impacted by wildfires in California. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

1810 Vann Cherokee Cabin to be Unveiled at Community Work Day

Cave Spring, GA — The Cave Spring Historical Society invites the public to join the Cave Spring community for a work day to unveil the 1810 Vann Cherokee Cabin on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

The Vann Cherokee Cabin was originally discovered beneath the dilapidated structure of the Green Hotel five years ago by a local citizen. Hotel rooms had been added to the cabin obscuring the original structure. After extensive research, the two-story, hand-hewed log cabin was verified to be built in 1810 by Avery Vann of the Cherokee Nation.

The structure is officially recognized as a historic place by the National Park Service. Additionally, the Trail of Tears Association officially recognizes the cabin as being located on the Trail of Tears.

Volunteers are asked to meet on Broad Street at the Cave Spring Square at 8 a.m.  Volunteers should wear gloves and bring hand tools for the demolition of the dilapidated structure outside the cabin.

“The cabin needs a lot of work, but is in relatively good shape,” says Michael Burton, President of the Cave Spring Historical Society. “We are excited to unveil the historic cabin and hope to raise enough funds to restore the structure and open it to the public by next June.” The society’s goal is to fundraise $50,000 for building restorations.

The Cave Spring Historical Society was originally formed to save and restore historical buildings in Cave Spring’s Rolater Park. The society along with local citizens continue to work together to protect and preserve historical buildings in Cave Spring.


Artist Rendering of Vann Cabin

For more information about the cabin unveiling and community work day, contact the President of the Cave Spring Historical Society, Michael Burton,

GeorgiaBEST implemented at Georgia Northwestern Technical College

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced today that Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) in Rome has become the first institution of higher learning in Georgia to offer GeorgiaBEST, the Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) initiative that teaches workplace soft skills.

“I commend President Pete McDonald for recognizing the need to incorporate soft skills training into the curriculum at Georgia Northwestern Technical College,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Georgia Northwestern and the other technical colleges in Georgia are well respected for the excellent job they do preparing students with the skills that are in demand in today’s workforce. The addition of soft skills training will make them even better prepared to get good jobs and have successful careers.”

Commissioner Butler launched GeorgiaBEST, an acronym for Business Ethics Student Training, as a pilot program in January 2012 at 20 high schools in 12 Georgia counties. The program is designed to help students make a successful transition from school to college or the workforce by developing their soft skills, such as punctuality, attitude, and communications. It has now grown to nearly 260 schools throughout the state.

The lack of soft skills is a significant problem for employers and job seekers. More that 60 percent of employers say applicants lack “communications and interpersonal skills,” according to a survey by the Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College.  Mark Murphy, the author of Hiring for Attitude and CEO of Leadership IQ, a research and leadership training company, is quoted in a 2012 article by Forbes Magazine as saying that research by his company shows that when first-time hires fail, 89 percent of the time it’s because of attitudinal reasons.

“The GeorgiaBEST program gives our adult education students the opportunity to better develop job-place skills, which will be of tremendous advantage in the future,” said Pete McDonald, president, GNTC. “The workplace ethics principles included in the program is fully supported by college adult education instructors and the employers in our region. The program is an example of the strong partnership between the adult education program of the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Labor.”

Students who participate in the program are evaluated by their teachers on their soft skills and, upon completion of the program, are awarded GeorgiaBEST certificates. The certification serves as validation to employers that students have successfully displayed strong work habits that will foster success in higher education and in the workplace.

Students earning the certificate must study and be assessed on 10 soft skill-standards as set by the GDOL and participate in at least one of the required projects.   Those soft skills, put together by the GDOL with input from business and industry, include discipline and character, attendance and punctuality, work habits, teamwork, time management, attitude, communications skills, responsibility, and organization.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Georgia Department of Labor and provide this important training to our adult education students,” said Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. “We want to do everything we can to help our students get a job and keep a job.  By integrating these standards in our daily lesson plans, we will help our students understand how these soft skills are critical to their future success.”

In addition to Rome, GNTC has campuses in Calhoun, Dalton, Rockmart and Rock Spring.

“In today’s work environment, business ethics training is ideal for our adult education students, said Beverly Smith, assistant commissioner for Adult Education, the Technical College System of Georgia. “Most will join the workforce at an entry level after they earn their GED, so the GeorgiaBEST skills are a win-win for our GED graduates and their employers. We’re also strengthening Adult Education’s partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor.  Our goal is ‘Creating a Workforce for Georgia and a Future for Families,’ and it ties directly to Labor’s mission to employ more Georgians and increase the state’s economic prosperity.”

Commissioner Butler said, “We’re optimistic that the inclusion of GeorgiaBEST in the curriculum at Georgia Northwestern will pave the way for other technical colleges throughout Georgia to include it in their curriculums, as well.”