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Beaulieu to hire 74 for Calhoun plant

A job fair is planned next Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Georgia Department of Labor's career center in Rome, Ga., to help Beaulieu of America Inc. recruit 74 employees to work in Calhoun.

The carpet manufacturer is seeking quality control technicians, heat set creelers, heat set department trainers, heat set fixers, heat set operators, shipping clerk/truck drivers, twisting fixers, twisting service workers, twisting supervisors and yarn packers.

While it is not mandatory, the employer prefers that applicants have some experience in their related field. The shipping clerk/truck driver position requires applicants to have a commercial driver's license.

Salaries for the twisting supervisor positon will range from $40,000 to $50,000 a year. Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations, all applicants must be at least 18 years old. A high school diploma, or General Education Diploma (GED), is required.

For more information about the jobs, or to apply online, visit employgeorgia.com.

Vets can go to CVS for minor illnesses

Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS "MinuteClinics" to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The new program, currently limited to the Phoenix area, comes three years after the VA faced allegations of chronically long wait times at its centers, including its Phoenix facility, which treats about 120,000 veterans.

The Phoenix pilot program is a test-run by VA Secretary David Shulkin, who is working on a nationwide plan to reduce veterans' wait times.

KFC alters chicken prep, aiming to improve taste

KFC is aiming to take a bigger bite out of the chicken sandwich market by changing how it prepares them.

The chain says it is hoping to improve the taste and is switching from filets that were breaded and frozen offsite before being shipped to the stores in favor of filets breaded at the stores. That's similar to how rivals Chick-fil-A and Popeye's already prepare their chicken.

For Louisville, Ky.-based KFC, the switch is part of a push to revive business and court younger customers.

A key step is gaining a bigger share of the chicken sandwich market, which KFC says accounts for 40 percent of the fast-food industry's chicken category.

The move reflects how big fast-food chains are trying to step up the image of their offerings, and follows an announcement by McDonald's that it would start using fresh instead of frozen beef for its Quarter Pounders next year.

Delta leads airlines in on-time arrivals

Airlines are running late more often than last year, but they are canceling fewer flights and complaints are down sharply, according to the latest government figures.

Delta Air Lines had the best on-time rating, followed by American Airlines. Virgin America, which is now owned by the parent of Alaska Airlines, finished last.

The Transportation Department said Tuesday that 82.6 percent of flights in February arrived within 14 minutes of schedule, the government's definition of on time. That's down from the 83.6 percent on-time rate a year earlier.

Airlines canceled 1.5 percent of U.S. flights in February, down from 1.6 percent in February 2016. Passengers were most likely to have a flight canceled on JetBlue Airways.

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