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Medical device maker brings 120 new jobs to PTC plant

The 120 new jobs coming to pharmaceutical packaging manufacturer Gerresheimer’s Peachtree City location next year will include executive, administrative, supervisory and production positions, the company has said.

The Citizen first reported on the expansion last March.

The expansion was formally announced Monday by Gov. Nathan Deal, who noted that the German-based company would invest millions into the 60,000 sq. ft. expansion later this year. Read More»

‘Drop Dead Diva’ wrapping up PTC production run

A cheerleader character on the sixth episode of ‘Drop Dead Diva’ storms off the court at McIntosh High School Thursday afternoon during the filming of a scene. The show has spent much of its annual $20 to $25 million budget locally, netting a significant impact. Photo/John Munford.

A little bit of Drop Dead Diva drama played out in the gym of McIntosh High School Thursday afternoon as a scene was filmed for the show’s sixth and final season on the Lifetime cable network.

Slated for airing on episode six, the scene featured the Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders in a scenario where a cheerleader gets into a tiff with another, pitches a pom-pom tossing fit and storms off the
court ... to the sarcastic applause of the audience at a basketball game. Read More»

ToonBoom in Tyrone — Fayette schools, Clayton State launch animation training pilot project

From left to right, ToonBoom’s Joan Vogelesang, Clayton State’s Janet Winkler, Fayette County Board of Education’s Lisa Collins. Photo/Clayton State University.

They were all gathered at Tyrone’s Sandy Creek High School on Mar. 4: the partners in a new venture with the long-term goal of creating a state model for animation training.

Clayton State University, the Emmy Award-winning Montreal-based ToonBoom Animation Inc., the Georgia Department of Education and the Fayette County Schools held a special event at Sandy Creek to announce an animation pilot project for Fayette County, and a partnership, “a partnership with a passion.”
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Lights . . . camera . . . business!

A workman walks in front of the pre-production annex off Soundstage 2 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios. Photo/Ben Nelms.

More than a dozen companies prepare to assist Pinewood Studios in making movies in Fayette

The soundstages are nearly ready, and the first movie production service businesses are checking in to the Fayette economic scene.

Pinewood-affiliated vendors whose Fayetteville business licenses have been issued include Hertz Entertainment Services, Future Staff, Movie Cars Unlimited, Hanna Brothers Georgia, Hollywood Trucks Georgia, Backstage Printing Solutions and C and S Film Concierge. The city also has business licenses pending for Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Home Depot. Read More»

‘Seaside on steroids’ next to Pinewood Atlanta Studios?

The Fayetteville City Council at its Feb. 25 retreat got a glimpse of what could be the future of approximately 200 acres adjacent to Pinewood Atlanta Studios. Project manager Jim Pace told council members the current plan for a portion of the area on the east side of Veterans Parkway would be to develop a New Urbanist community modeled after, yet exceeding, the upscale Gulf Coast resort community of Seaside, Fla. Read More»

$270K Sams family gift to expand healthcare access in Fayette, Coweta area

Patients in Coweta and Fayette counties with little or no income soon will have increased access to healthcare services provided by Coweta Samaritan Clinic and Fayette CARE Clinic, thanks to a $270,000 initial donation to the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation by the family of Drs. Ferrol and Helen Sams as a tribute to the two physicians’ legacy. Read More»

Fayette officials, power companies assess how they handled major ice event

Sign of the time in Fayette during last week’s ice storm. Photo/Steve Rapson.

EMC CEO deems power restoration process ‘extremely efficient’ Read More»

Fayette Visioning supporters talk funding, goals

Bob Ross, co-chair of the Fayette Visioning Initiative. File photo.

The Fayette Visioning Initiative is well underway, with a steering committee of 40 and a recently completed public survey with more than 1,450 people providing input on Fayette County’s needs for the future. So who is funding the initiative and exactly what kind of influence does the steering committee hold as the visioning process continues to unfold?

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce President Virginia Gibbs was asked about the initiative’s income and expenses: Where do the funds come from and who is giving money for the effort?
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Historic ice storm hits Coweta-Fayette EMC service area

Palmetto, Ga. Feb. 12, 2014 — Coweta-Fayette EMC line crews are working around the clock to restore power to around 12,000 cooperative members in Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Fulton, Heard, Meriwether, Spalding and Troup Counties affected by freezing rain, ice and winds from the winter storm. Read More»

Chick-fil-A scraps plans for westside PTC store

Company to keep 54E store open while looking for place to expand in PTC

Plans have fallen through for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant that was planned to open along Ga. Highway 54 West at Line Creek Drive in Peachtree City, the company confirmed Tuesday.

The upshot is that the company will keep its current store on Hwy. 54 East open, a company spokesperson said. The company is also “eager to expand within the Peachtree City area” and is currently exploring other location possibilities, according to spokesperson Mark Baldwin. Read More»

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