Located 35 minutes southeast of Atlanta, Covington offers
easy access to big city amenities while still keeping a small town feel. Many
families measure their time in Covington not in years, but in generations. The
city has a vibrant downtown centered around the historic square. The square
offers a variety of activities in the form of the arts, shopping and dining.
The city also features access to interstate 20 and a 5,500 foot runway airport that is
perfect for traveling executives.Industries
The surrounding Newton County stands as one of largest land counties in the
state. The county is a combination of rural land and growing residential areas.
With access to two major water resources in Lake Varner and Jackson Lake, the
county has all the natural resources needed for further population growth.
Covington is home to more than 20 manufacturing plants including industry
leaders CR Bard, General Mills, S.K.C, Fibervision, Bridgestone and Pactive. Our
local industries employ more than 4,000 residents, or 20 percent of the county’s
work force. With a combined land value of $160 million, industries also generate
significant tax revenue.
The county’s youth also have a variety of recreation options including the
beautiful Turner Lake complex. The site features four state-of-the art softball
fields, youth football fields, wooded walking paths and, of course, fishing on
Turner Lake. The county possesses 14 other recreational facilities including
City Pond Park and the newly opened Denny Dobbs Park.
Newton County is home to four institutions of higher education, including the
historic Oxford College Campus. The original home of Emory College, the Oxford
campus today stands as a leading 2-year Liberal Arts college where many Emory
students begin their studies. Other schools within Newton include DeKalb
Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College and Troy University.
Despite massive population growth over the last decade, the county still boasts
a robust agricultural base that generates more than $14.5 million in products a
year. Farms across the county produce beef cattle, hay, and poultry. Recently,
organic farms have also begun to crop up around the county. Some city residents
have also caught the agriculture bug. One man recently fought for his right to
remain an urban chicken farmer.
Plans are currently underway to build a million dollar facility that would be
used for agricultural education and livestock shows. The county is already home
to three major learning facilities. Established in 1937, the Georgia FFA-FCCLA
Center is the states’ premier camp facility and conference center. For almost
50 years, Boy Scouts have camped and created cherished memories at Bert Adams
Scout Reservation. The camp is undergoing a $12 million renovation that is
scheduled for completion this month. The Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center offers
youth the opportunity to experience the great outdoors through enjoyable
Hollywood of the South
Covington is also the birthplace of the truly Southern fashion statement known
as “Daisy Dukes.” “The Dukes of Hazzard” is just one of nearly 30 television
shows and movies that have been filmed in Covington and Newton County. For
seven years, Covington played the part of Sparta, Mississippi in “In the Heat
of Night.” The county can also be spotted in hit films like “Halloween 2"
and “Remember the Titans." Covington currently stars in the CW’s hit show
“The Vampire Diaries” as the vampire hotbed Mystic Falls, Virginia while the
city of Mansfield recently played host to the zombie horde in "The Walking
Given its prime combination of natural resources and proximity to Atlanta,
Newton County witnessed an unprecedented explosion of growth in the past
decade. At one point, Newton was the eleventh fastest growing county in the
country. This growth spurned a boom in construction across the county ranging
from strip centers to expansive residential developments.