Transportation Industry Is Focus Of Business Analytics' Spring Issue

Monday, June 09, 2014
Pictured from left to right are Business Analytics contributors Dr. Larry Johnson and Dr. Brent Evans.
Pictured from left to right are Business Analytics contributors Dr. Larry Johnson and Dr. Brent Evans.

The transportation industry and its importance to the Northwest Georgia economy is the focus of the spring issue of Business Analytics, a publication of the Center for Economic Research and Entrepreneurship of Dalton State College’s School of Business.


The newsletter, which is available both online and in printed form, contains an introduction to the role of the transportation industry and logistics to the area, the history of regional transportation and its effect on our landscape and the economy, an examination of the role of “Big Data” in the transportation and logistics industry, and data for the ever-changing “Economic Dashboard,” which indicates a continued recovery in labor markets. The articles are authored by Dalton State business faculty members.


“‘Business Analytics’ is a way for Dalton State's School of Business to reach out to the local community,” said Dr. Brent Evans, Assistant Professor of Economics and the newsletter’s editor.


“We try to find content that is beyond the scope of other media and present it in a way that all readers should be able to comprehend and enjoy; that way, the content can enhance business leaders’ comprehension of the local economy, and the general public can be made more aware of the economy and its impacts.”


Dr. Evans also penned one of the newsletter’s articles, entitled “Transportation and the Regional Economy: A Historical Overview.” In this article, a brief history of the Western and Atlantic Railroad as well as the beginnings of the carpet industry are presented with attention to how large an impact the advent of swift transportation had on Northwest Georgia’s economy.


Dr. Evans attended a lecture by famed economist Alan Binder, who was adamant that the recent "Great Recession" was a result of poor financial and economic literacy, further supporting the School of Business’ view that the key to avoiding economic shortcomings is to be aware of what is going on in the economy.


“It is imperative that the general public is informed on these issues, and perhaps Business Analytics can help,” said Dr. Evans.


Dr. Larry Johnson, Dean of the School of Business, uses the Cluster Mapping Project, a continuation of the project used in last fall’s issue of Business Analytics, and analyzes clusters of industries related to warehousing, transportation, and logistics in the Southeastern United States.


Dr. Johnson illustrates the importance of transportation and logistics to the area, maintaining that the transportation and warehousing industry serves the needs of manufacturers who produce bulky or heavy products, such as flooring and heavy construction machinery, and support the agricultural and timber sectors.


Attorneys Batts And Taylor Elected To Lead State Drug Court Association

The Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals has elected attorneys Kevin Batts and Richard Taylor to leadership positions in the statewide group. Mr. Batts will serve as president and Mr. Taylor will serve as vice president of the association in 2015. Mr. Batts is director of the Drug Court in the 23rd Judicial District, serving five counties of Middle Tennessee. He ... (click for more)

Karen Tindell And Kelly Still Join Southern Community Bank

Robert Stahl, Chattanooga city president of Southern Community Bank, announced Karen Tindell and Kelly Still have joined the Chattanooga branch. “Karen joins the staff as assistant vice president and Kelly joins the staff as a commercial lender,” said Mr. Stahl.  “Together Karen and Kelly collectively have over 50 years’ experience in the financial industry with regional ... (click for more)

2 Suspects Sought In Armed Robbery At Highway 153 Long John Silver's

Police are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery that happened Friday morning. At approximately  8:10  a.m. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 5317 Highway 153 for a robbery at the Long John Silver's.  Officers discovered that two black men, wearing hoodies and masks, entered the Long John Silver's and forced the assistant manager ... (click for more)

Pair Charged With Beating Man With Stick, Taking His Wallet

Two men are charged with beating a man with a large stick while he slept on the steps of a downtown church, then taking his wallet. Jerry Quincy Allen, 45, and James Leo Boas, 40, both of 727 E. 11th St., are charged with aggravated robbery. In the incident on Wednesday, Bradley Casehart said he and a friend were asleep at Tompkin Chapel Church on Palmetto Street. He ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Manger Scene Stays!

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation struck the tiny town of Jay, Fla., earlier this month, the town mayor had a life-sized Nativity scene that had been displayed every Christmas for the past 40 years taken down and sold as “city surplus.” But in Alabama, things are different. When the foundation tried the same thing in Rainbow City, Ala., more people than all those who live ... (click for more)