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Crews begin clearing site for NW Georgia

ROME, Ga. (AP) Crews have begun work to clear the site for a new 1.4 million-square-foot Lowe's distribution center, which is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the region.

The Rome New-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/oh5H4o) that one house has already been demolished in preparation for the project.

Officials said during a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday that the project will bring 600 jobs to the region within three years. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's administration called the announcement "the largest job-creation project for the state" since the governor took office in January.

The new distribution center will service Lowe's stores in western Georgia and other parts of the South, including northern Florida and Alabama. It joins three other warehouse facilities in Georgia -- in Valdosta, Palmetto and Savannah.

Information from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com