According to Fortune Magazine, five businesses with locations in Newton County are among the best places to work in the U.S.
Several activities mark the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday throughout the weekend in Newton County.
The 2014 MLK Jr. Ecumenical Program will take place at 3 p.m. today in the new Newton High School auditorium, 1 Ram Way.
District 43 Sen. Ronald B. Ramsey Sr. will be the keynote speaker. Also on the program will be presentations of the “I Have a Dream Award,” the “Trailblazer Award,” and the new “Young Dreamer Award.”
Each year, in memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., citizens of Newton County, the Newton County Board of Commissioners and Oxford College of Emory University provide a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to a graduating high school student who is a Newton County resident.
Consistent with the holiday’s theme of “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” students from Newton High School, along with Hands on Newton, are coordinating a few county-wide service projects, including a coat drive, a food drive, and a video compilation of oral histories of Newton County citizens regarding the civil rights movement in the county.
The event will conclude with a youth rally. For more information on how members of your organization can participate, contact Mollie Melvin of Hands on Newton at 770-330-7405.
Oxford College of Emory University will hold its annual MLK commemorative service at 7:30 p.m. Tues- day, Jan. 28, at Old Church at the intersection of Wesley and Fletcher streets in Oxford. The 3rd Annual MLK Youth Leadership Seminar, coordinated and facilitated by past recipients of the Oxford College Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and Oxford College of Emory University, will be held Feb. 15.
Residents are planning to clean a small cemetery off Ridge Road that could house the remains of slaves or former slaves Monday.
The cemetery, which is owned by Newton County, is located about 100 feet north of the road just after the seventh house on the street; balloons will mark the way on Jan. 20, according to a flyer for the event.
Fred Johnson, one of the event’s organizers, can be reached at 404-308-0780.