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»

Piedmont and Aetna/Coventry sign off on coverage agreement

Piedmont Healthcare announced Friday afternoon that it has reached agreement with Aetna/Coventry on a new three-year contract.

Under the agreement, Aetna/Coventry members will continue to receive covered benefits, at in-network rates, from five hospitals within Piedmont Healthcare (Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Piedmont Henry Hospital) and the affiliated outpatient centers/services, said Piedmont Healthcare spokesperson Diana Lewis. Read More»

Coweta hardware store to become furniture/appliance shop

The old Ace Hardware store on Ga. Highway 154 just north of Thomas Crossroads was approved Jan. 23 for a rezoning that will bring a furniture and appliance business to the location.

The unanimous vote by commissioners amended a condition of the C-6 (Commercial Minor Shopping Zoning District) zoning that allowed the site in 2004 to be used as a hardware store.

Applicant Jack Shepard requested that one of the conditions of the zoning be amended to permit the old hardware store to be converted to a business that sells furniture and appliances. Read More»

How to get a job at Pinewood Atlanta Studios

How to get a job at Pinewood Atlanta Studios

There have been a few questions about the staffing agency tagged on the city of Fayetteville’s website as the contact point for employment opportunities at Pinewood Atlanta Studios being located in Newnan.

Keeping with the “Fayette-centric” approach promoted by Pinewood, the Future Staff agency is the first onsite tenant at the Pinewood Production Centre. Read More»

‘Vision’ assessment outlines Fayette’s future challenges

‘Vision’ assessment outlines Fayette’s future challenges

Solutions sought to attract young families; Fayette 2nd lowest birth rate in Ga.

A new stem to stern data-driven assessment of Fayette County is focusing on the county’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for both residents and local businesses to help pave the way to success for all.

The 50-page “competitive assessment” document, available at, blends the results of a citizen survey along with interviews of local residents and factual data ranging from demographics to crime statistics and more. Read More»

Fayette home sales improve in 2013

Fayette home sales improve in 2013

The long-lasting effects of the recession and the toll it took on home sales and home prices in Fayette County seem to have abated. Average home sale prices in 2012 inched up after several years of decline. Home sales in 2013 continued the upward trend, resulting in an increase in the number of homes sold and in an increase in the average sale price to more than $254,000.

The number of homes sold in 2013 and the average sale price throughout Fayette may have signaled a return, but those numbers are still far from what was experienced in Fayette prior to the recession. Read More»

Coweta rezoning makes away for new restaurant, stores

A rezoning that will bring a national chain restaurant and other retail businesses to the commercial center on Andrew Bailey Road off Ga. Highway 34 was approved unanimously Thursday by the Coweta County Commission.

The rezoning of the 2.38-acre site located at 15 Thomas Grace Annex Lane off Andrew Bailey Road east of Thomas Crossroads had been zoned C-4 (Commercial Service District). The approval changes the zoning to C-3 (Commercial Retail District). Read More»

Chairman Burnett takes up Chamber gavel

Chairman Burnett takes up Chamber gavel

Piedmont Fayette Hospital COO and incoming Fayette Chamber of Commerce Chairman Michael Burnett speaks at the chamber’s Jan. 17 annual meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Pinewood Atlanta Studios officially arrives in Fayette

Rivers Rock LLC General Manager Jim Pace (L) and Pinewood Studios CEO Ivan Dunleavy await their introduction from the podium Friday at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Studio CEO Ivan Dunleavy addresses Fayette C of C Annual Luncheon; Pace details genesis of landing a studio

By BEN NELMS — The banquet room at the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Hotel in Peachtree City was packed Jan. 17 for the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Chick-fil-A CEO and prime mover of the Pinewood Atlanta Studio project Dan Cathy was the scheduled keynote speaker, but Cathy was taken ill after a trip out of the country.
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