State officials have announced that a carpet manufacturing company is planning to add 500 new jobs in northwest Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that Shaw Industries Group. Inc. is expecting to invest $85 million to build a carpet tile facility in Adairsville — which is about 20 miles northeast of Rome.
Several agencies, including the Red Cross and the U.S. Small Business Administration, are offering assistance to people in north Georgia who lost property in a recent tornado. Two disaster assistance centers opened Monday afternoon following the Jan. 30 tornado that killed a man in Adairsville.
The mayor of Adairsville says more than 1,000 volunteers helped with tornado cleanup in the north Georgia city this weekend. Volunteers arrived Saturday and Sunday to chop up trees and remove debris left from a tornado Wednesday.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced the Georgia Department of Labor will offer assistance to workers who are temporarily out of a job or have been laid off in the wake of Wednesday's storm. Butler says the department of labor's Cartersville Career Center will set up two temporary assistance centers in Adairsville between Feb. 5 and 14.
Authorities believe a tornado swelled to 900 yards wide -- more than four times the width of the Georgia Dome -- as it tore across northwest Georgia for nearly 22 miles. National Weather Service officials said the Wednesday twister had an estimated peak wind speed of 160 mph when it slammed into Adairsville.
Violent storms raked the Southeast Wednesday, leaving two dead, including a Georgia man. In Adairsville, a massive storm front that tore across several states left a wake a destruction, unleashing tornadoes and dangerous winds that flipped cars and destroyed homes and businesses.
Authorities say the storm that has slammed a Georgia town has killed at least one person there. The massive storm system also has been blamed for the death of a man in Tennessee. He had been taking shelter in a shed when a tree toppled onto it, killing him.