Trail of Tears Meeting in Kennesaw, GA

The November 12, 2016 meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (GA TOTA) will be held at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park in the Visitor Center auditorium from 10:30 to 12:00 Noon. The speaker will be Leslie Thomas, President of GA TOTA. Leslie’s subject will be genealogy. We are not a genealogical organization but we do get asked lots of questions about how to find ancestors, particularly Native American ancestors. Leslie will give some helpful tips on how to do that as she has researched her and her husband’s ancestry.

The Trail of Tears Association was created to support the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail established by an act of Congress in 1987. The TOTA is dedicated to identifying and preserving sites associated with the removal of Native Americans from the Southeast. The Association consists of nine state chapters representing the nine states that the Cherokee and other tribes traveled through on their way to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

Our meetings are free and open to the public. You need not have Native American ancestry to attend our meetings, just an interest and desire to learn more about this fascinating and tragic period in our country’s history. For more information about the TOTA, visit the National TOTA website at  and the Georgia Chapter website at The address for the park is 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30152 and the telephone number is 770-427-4686. For further information about the November meeting, contact Tony Harris at

Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.3 Percent in September

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in September was 5.3 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.2 percent in August. The rate in September 2015 was 5.5 percent.

The rate rose as the labor force and number of new layoffs increased.

The rate rose as the labor force increased by 2,955 to 407,084. The labor force consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed, but actively looking for jobs. While the number of employed increased by 2,597 to 385,533, the number of unemployed also rose by 358 to 21,551, which contributed to the rate hike.

Also, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, rose by 212, or 8.3 percent, to 2,764 in September. Most of the increase came in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were up by 214, or 8.4 percent, from 2,550 in September 2015.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.4 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 6.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for September was 5.1 percent, up from 4.9 percent in August. It was 5.6 percent in September 2015.

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to use the GDOL’s online job listing service, to search for jobs or recruit new employers. In September, 4,583 new job openings in the Northwest Georgia region were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 82,056 new job openings were posted.

Local labor market data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

To learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers, and to connect with us on social media, visit

Chattahoochee Technical College Marketing Team Wins Three Awards

Gold Medallion awards presented to the CTC marketing team
From left, Chattahoochee Technical College Director of Marketing Kim Crowe and Executive Director of Marketing, Digital Media and Recruitment DeeDee Doeckel display the three Gold Medallion awards presented to the CTC marketing team at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 2 annual conference, held at the Pensacola Beach Hilton from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations recently honored Chattahoochee Technical College’s Marketing Team with three first-place Medallion Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges in District 2. It’s the only organization of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges.

“These award-winning efforts reflect well on our talented team of professionals who are passionate about communicating the students’ experiences and demonstrating how Chattahoochee Technical College can transform the lives of students in our communities,” CTC Executive Director for Marketing, Digital Media and Recruitment DeeDee Doeckel said.

The awards won by Georgia’s largest technical college were three Gold Medallion awards in the categories of Annual Report, Online Newsletter and Innovation in Technology.

CTC Director of Marketing Kim Crowe said the annual report stood out to the judges for its overall design concept and the easy to read infographics used as well as the high quality matte paper. The online newsletter, which is primarily for the college’s internal audience of faculty and staff, also won for its graphics as well as the quality of the writing. The Innovation in Technology award was given for the college’s social media advertising campaign on Twitter and Facebook, which had exceptional results in the number of impressions and click-through rates.

The publications were judged by an independent panel on the criteria of project results, aesthetics, design quality and techniques.

NCMPR District 2 is comprised of community colleges in 11 Southeastern states, along with the Bahamas and Bermuda. The NCMPR District 2 Medallion Awards is an annual award celebration honoring the marketing and communication efforts of community college marketing and public relations professionals. This year the district received 350 award entries in more than 50 categories.

Chattahoochee Technical College’s Marketing Department leads the college’s branding efforts. Team members focus on strategic marketing initiatives, print and digital design, social media, web services, public relations, photography and editorial services.

For more information on Chattahoochee Technical College, visit or call 770-528-4545.