Progress: Business

April 4, 2012

Lauding our leaders

Junior Achievement to induct four into Hall of Fame


Jim and Ken Boring

The Boring brothers are natives of Maryville, Tenn., with the late Jim Boring born in 1922 and Ken Boring two years later. As part of an investment group, the brothers bought Hardwick Bank and Trust from a Chattanooga bank in a bankruptcy sale in 1976. They would later sell Hardwick Holding Co., along with First National Bank of Northwest Georgia (which operated Calhoun First National Bank and Peoples First National Bank in Bartow County), to BB&T in 1999.

The brothers were quite involved in the community. Ken and his wife, Dottie, fund a nursing scholarship at Dalton State College and an engineering scholarship at the University of Tennessee. They also remain “close” to Maryville College in their hometown. Jim was involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia, the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation and the board of Reinhardt College.

Tom Jones

The late Tom Jones was born in Dalton in 1916. In 1957, he and J. Rollins Jolly founded J&J Industries. The company is now the largest commercial-only carpet manufacturer in the country. Jones later served on the Dalton Board of Education for 26 years. Each year, the school system gives its top teacher the “Tom Jones Educator of the Year” award. Jones was also a past president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Carpet and Rug Institute and the Dalton Rotary Club.


James Brown

Brown was a co-founder of the local Junior Achievement program in the 1960s. He founded Brown Printing Co. in 1958 to support the emerging carpet industry. The Dalton native was extremely active in community and statewide organizations including the Dalton Recreation Department, the Dalton State College Foundation and the Dalton Board of Education, and was a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Brown passed away in 2004.

Norman Burkett

Although the late Norman Burkett was not born and raised in Dalton, he was nonetheless intensely involved in Whitfield County. During his 42-year career in health care administration, 37 were as administrator of Hamilton Medical Center. He was a member of Dalton Utilities’ governing board and president emeritus of Hamilton Health Care System.

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