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Load remaining images The iconic Rusted Root made their way to Chattanooga, TN last weekend, playing the city’s Track 29 venue for what was certainly a great night of music. The show started with Tennessee-based band SIMO, who treated fans to a classic rock-style performance with tons of energy. Their show had fans grooving and eager for more, especially when they closed their set with a great rendition of “With A Little Help From My Friends.”Headliners Rusted Root did not disappoint, treating fans to a showcase of their biggest hits. The band included a cover of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” in their setlist, and encored with their biggest hits “Send Me On My Way” and “Back To Earth.” The whole audience was left smiling after Rusted Root’s great performance!Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of CJ Stewart Photography.
Georgia saw a cooler-than-normal start to the year, and most of the state posted average temperatures between 2.5 and 4 degrees below normal.With cool, dry air expected to dominate Georgia’s climate in coming weeks, there is a chance that drought could continue expanding across the state and may persist through the spring.The below-normal precipitation caused the expansion of drought across the state, and extreme drought was introduced to a large area of southwest Georgia. Drought now covers 18 percent of the state. The dry conditions are expected to continue for the next few months and no significant relief is expected.Dry weather has already impacted forage production in parts of the state, while the cold has impacted some onion and vegetable crops in the southern half of Georgia. The cold weather has provided a good number of chill hours for fruit trees, however.A number of record lows were tied or set in January. Athens reported a record nighttime low of 11 degrees Fahrenheit on Jan. 2, lower than the old record of 12 F set all the way back in 1887.Savannah reported a record-low daytime high temperature of 30 F on Jan. 3 that broke the old record of 32 F, also set in 1887. Brunswick reported a low of 25 F on Jan. 4 that broke the old record of 26 F set in 2016. On Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, Savannah recorded record-low daytime high temperatures of 37 F and 32 F, which beat the old records of 42 F set in 2008 and 36 F set in 1979. Jan. 3 marked the fourth time Brunswick has been at or below freezing for an entire day, according to the National Weather Service.In Albany, the monthly average temperature was 46.8 F, 2.5 degrees below normal.In Alma, the monthly average temperature was 47.2 F, 3.5 degrees below normal.In Athens, the monthly average temperature was 40.9 F, 2.6 degrees below normal.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 40.4 F, 2.9 degrees below normal.In Augusta, the monthly average temperature was 43.2 F, 2.3 degrees below normal.In Brunswick, the monthly average temperature was 48 F, 3.5 degrees below normal.In Columbus, the monthly average temperature was 44.7, 2.5 degrees below normal.In Macon, the monthly average temperature was 43.4 F, 2.9 degrees below normal.In Rome, the monthly average temperature was 37.8 F, 3.3 degrees below normal.In Savannah, the monthly average temperature was 46.7 F, 2.8 degrees below normal.In Valdosta, the monthly average temperature was 46.5 F, 3.9 degrees below normal.These cooler temperatures mixed with moist air over parts of the state contributed to two snow events over the course of the month.Early in the month, snow fell in south Georgia. On Jan. 3, Alma saw 3 inches of snow and Savannah saw 1.2 inches. Savannah hadn’t seen that much snow since the city saw 3.2 inches on Dec. 23, 1989. Valdosta received 0.6 inches.The 1.2 inches of snow in Savannah on Jan. 3 was a daily record for that city. The 3 inches in Alma was the first snow seen on that date in Alma, and that city’s second-highest snowfall ever. The Alma record snowfall of 4.4 inches was set on Feb. 10, 1973.On Jan. 17, a separate storm brought snow to northern parts of the state. Atlanta received 2.4 inches of snow; Athens, 1.1 inches; Columbus, 2 inches; and Macon, 1 inch. Albany also received 0.1 inches in this storm. All of the monthly snow totals were the result of single-day events.Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Macon all set daily snowfall records on Jan. 17. Atlanta received a trace of snow on that date in 2016, but for the other cities listed, it was the first time snow fell on that date.Athens saw the highest monthly total precipitation — 4.63 inches, 0.58 inches above normal, according to National Weather Service reporting stations. The lowest monthly total precipitation was in Savannah at 1.07 inches, 2.63 inches below normal. Albany received 2.87 inches of precipitation, 1.95 inches below normal.Alma received 1.55 inches, 2.71 inches below normal.Atlanta received 3.26 inches, 0.94 inches below normal.Augusta received 2.09 inches, 1.82 inches below normal.Brunswick received 3.47 inches, 0.25 inches above normal.Columbus received 1.60 inches, 2.25 inches below normal.Macon received 2.14 inches, 2.10 inches below normal.Rome received 1.22 inches, 3.60 inches below normal.Valdosta received 2.07 inches, 2.50 inches below normal.According to Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers, the highest daily rainfall total was 4.82 inches, recorded near Dillard in Rabun County on Jan. 12, followed by 2.64 inches on St. Simons Island in Glynn County on Jan. 29.The highest monthly precipitation amount — 10.22 inches of rain plus melted snow — was recorded by the same Dillard observer followed by 5.85 inches from a Rabun Gap observer. Both of these were recorded in mountainous Rabun County in northeast Georgia.An observer in Newnan of Coweta County received an estimated 4.5 inches of snow on Jan. 17, the highest daily snowfall recorded in the state this month. This was also the highest monthly amount of snow, followed by 4.1 inches measured by an observer in Jesup in Wayne County.Due to last month’s cold weather, it is not surprising that the only local storm reports came from freezing rain, sleet, severe wind chills and other wintry weather. No tornadoes or damage from high winds was reported.There’s an enhanced risk that warmer-than-normal conditions will occur in February, and for the period from February through April, especially in the southern half of the state. Some cold outbreaks are still likely, however. Southern Georgia will see an increased chance of drier-than-normal conditions for the next three months due to the continuing effects of the current La Nina.For more information, visit the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/, like Southeast Ag Climate on Facebook, or follow @SE_AgClimate on Twitter. Email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to [email protected] to share on the blog.
Colleges and universities continually produce a fresh wave of enthusiastic workers. They are the future professionals, leaders and specialists of your credit union. These well-educated graduates are eager to change the world in their chosen careers. Unfortunately, some may soon find out that their exciting new job is not quite as captivating as they had hoped. They were likely pulled in the direction of a particular career because of a dream or at the suggestion of someone they admired, but the reality and day-to-day work rarely lives up to the hype. Welcome to the real world? Much as I’m sure we all did, they probably envisioned ONLY the parts of the job that they saw on T.V. or in the movies. Provided it was interesting enough to even appear on one! In most, dare we say ALL jobs, there are facets that they are not going to like or be exceptionally good at. Doing these functions can be de-motivating, cumbersome, um, pure drudgery. Over time, they can become stressful and result in poor performance. Since it is, in fact, inescapable (my glass may be half empty today), the trick is to be sure that the parts they do like outweigh the ones they don’t. For companies, this can be managed by matching individuals with positions that, for the most part, complement their natural behavioral tendencies. For example, make sure your teller has meticulous attention to detail, an analytical mind and strong task focus; that your product development manager has big-picture vision; and that your sales executive is competitive. By capitalizing on the strengths and preferences of your new recruits, your organization reaps rewards in more ways than one. Your employees are well suited to their work, they enjoy most aspects of the job and can see themselves growing with the organization. Simply put, retention, engagement and motivation are easier to achieve when your team actually likes what they do. Oh, and who they do it with…Employees leave managers, not companies. It’s especially important for leaders to assume the role of mentor and coach to inexperienced workers. Aside from understanding what motivates this younger generation at a macro level, be sure to understand what each individual needs to produce and grow. If your new hire feels embarrassed by group recognition, don’t call him out at meetings. Keep feedback private and personal. Some people are motivated by competition, others are motivated by camaraderie. Treating everyone the same and acting as if they should be thrilled with anything you do to motivate them, doesn’t work. It’s not merely the job demands that can impact job satisfaction and productivity. An equally important and impactful variable is the work environment. A fast paced, relatively disorganized company that is constantly shifting priorities or changing direction might appeal to some but not others. It would likely be a stressful environment for someone who values stability and predictability, but intoxicating to a big-picture visionary. While the job demands are the job demands (there’s no escaping general ledger entries for the bookkeeper, or closing deals for the financial sales rep), the work environment can be shaped to capture your department’s preferences. You can make it what they need it to be and get the most from your team in return. Win-win. You could design a relatively flat organizational chart or one with numerous lines of authority. You can implement compensation structures that truly incentivize. Salespeople are often motivated by independence and by variable compensation, such as commission. They like knowing they can make their own decisions and earn more based on their individual effort and contribution. And, they have no trouble taking risks for greater rewards. Support personalities, on the other hand, value structure and can be intimidated by variable compensation plans. They are motivated by a stable salary with team-based bonus opportunities. Understanding your people and their behavioral preferences allows you to shape the work environment and manage to their strengths and motivators. Doing so will reduce turnover and save your company time, money and many headaches.Behavioral assessments reveal an employee’s natural tendencies, their motivational hot buttons, and their ideal work environment. Armed with this information, you can structure work duties, create reporting relationships and implement incentives that work. The Omnia Profile (www.omniagroup.com), which takes less than 15 minutes to complete, offers insight into job and environmental compatibility, as well as direct comparisons to peers and supervisors. So, you hire that new graduate, invest in training and see their potential. You know turnover is expensive (and hiring is the part of your job that you hate!), so you definitely want to do all you can to retain them. You had them take a behavioral assessment pre-hire and are aware of the strengths, challenges, likes and dislikes. You now have reliable, concrete information you can act on to make your world easier and their entry into the real world more fun. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carletta Clyatt Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group. She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses … Web: www.omniagroup.com Details