Region Digest: Hospital workers to get job training

Region Digest: Hospital workers to get job training

August 4th, 2011 by Staff Reports in News


Hospital workers to get job training

A federal grant of $3.75 million will help about 750 employees look for new jobs after a Northwest Georgia mental hospital closes.

Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital in Rome is expected to close Sept. 30, and the Georgia Department of Labor will use the federal grant to offer job-search training and career counseling for the hospital's employees.

The employees will receive the training at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

For more information about the training, call the Georgia Department of Labor at 404-783-5889.


Bradley attorney Joe Byrd resigns

Bradley County Attorney Joe Byrd has resigned to return to the ministry.

Byrd has been both the county's delinquent tax attorney and the full-time county attorney.

"In recent months, I have sensed a calling back to familiar territory where I can serve a community in leading a congregation,'' he said in a letter to the County Commission.

Byrd said he has accepted a call from a Florida church to become its senior pastor.

County gets checks for storm damage

The county's finance committee on Wednesday accepted insurance money for damage to county property during the April 27 tornadoes and storms.

The county received $16,261 from insurance for damage to county buildings.

In a separate fund, an insurance payment of $18,337 covers repairs to storm-damaged roofs at Chattata Valley, McDonald and Harrison Pike fire stations.

Committee Chairwoman Connie Wilson and county Mayor D. Gary Davis said the county may have a better idea Monday of how much industrial growth revenue to expect and when.


Guide promotes Civil War sites

A newly released map will guide history buffs to Civil War historical attractions all around the Appalachian region to mark the 150th commemoration of the war.

The Appalachian Regional Commission developed the guide to highlight the diversity of tourist attractions and boost tourism. An online interactive version can be found at


Gilmer certified as work ready

Gilmer and Douglas counties have been certified as work ready communities of excellence.

The state designation means that the counties have the skilled workforce needed to meet business demands and the educational foundation to build a pipeline of workers to drive economic growth.

Gov. Nathan Deal said that, by building strong public-private partnerships, the communities "are transforming their workforces and encouraging economic development."