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Posted inEconomy, Politics & Government

Press release: RockTenn packaging manufacturer adding 124 jobs, investing $23M more in McDowell County facility

RockTenn makes corrugated and consumer packaging products, serving the cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceutical, food, and household goods markets. The company will expand its McDowell County operation by moving to a new facility in Marion. RockTenn and its subsidiaries currently employ 233 workers in McDowell County.

Posted inEnvironment

Press release: Western North Carolina Alliance leading more than 140 paddlers on nine-day tour of future French Broad River Paddle Trail

French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson will lead the nine-day paddle trip down 117 miles of the French Broad River, from the headwaters into Tennessee. Participants will monitor the water quality of the river by taking samples, including sediment samples to determine the impact of the local coal burning power plant on the water quality and fish in the river.

Posted inEconomy, Environment, Politics & Government, Special Reports

N.C. juvenile delinquency rates have declined but state workers say proposed budget cuts could erode progress

The Senate budget proposes to fund the department at $135,593,692 for this fiscal year, which is a $15.7 million, or 10 percent, cut from the department’s continuation budget. The planned reduction of approximately 279 personnel, a 15 percent reduction, would also mean the loss of 39 juvenile court counselors and eight chief court counselors.