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Kennesaw Firm Adds 1,000 Jobs

Here are some top Patch headlines not far from Roswell.

– Kennesaw Patch

Alorica, a leading provider of customer management outsourcing solutions, announced today its plans to add more than 1,000 new jobs by the end of the year.

The positions are seasonal employment opportunities, while others are permanent. The majority of openings are for customer service representatives.

“Our company is seeking and recruiting for talented, committed and team-oriented employees to join our Alorica team,” says Jay McAdoo, Vice President of Operations at Alorica.

– Cumming Patch

Angered by Cumming City Council's failure to ratify terms of a binding agreement to set the rate the city charges the county for water, Forsyth County Commission Chairman Jim Boff made it clear he was done negotiating.

"To think that on the basis of a rate study alone, one can begin to talk of raising rates is unbelievable, and to associate the increase without reference to cost is unacceptable," Boff said.

"I want to make it clear to anyone and everyone, that the Mayor has already agreed to terms, and should now accept what was previously agreed. I want to make it clear that since negotiations are already over, this commissioner will go no further in negotiation, and expect the city to timely honor what it has already committed to."

– Woodstock Patch

Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole, a Woodstock native and previously honored hometown hero, has received the Silver Star, the nation's third highest award for valor.

The I am a Marine Facebook page on Friday posted the dramatic photo of a wounded Cole during the 2010 firefight in which his patrol came under fire from enemy insurgents. Five of the 10 service members on the patrol were already wounded, but Cole took a wounded Marine's machine gun and kept the insurgents at bay as he was shot twice in the arm.

A determined Cole continued to fight off the Taliban, despite his wounds and the continued loss of blood, according to accounts.

“I don’t think I deserve it,” Cole said. “Nothing I did comes close to the Marines I was with. Pinned down in a ditch, wounded, they fought for an hour against an enemy that got within 30 meters. Not once did they waiver. This award isn’t my award. It’s their award and all the guys who we lost who can’t wear it now, I’ll wear it for them since they can’t.”

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