Dalton is a hub of global activity thanks to its textile industry, which makes creating a system that embodies integrity all the more important.
“Ethics and Textiles” is a topic that will be explored further when Georgia Supreme Court Justice Charles “Charlie” Bethel speaks at Dalton State College on Tuesday at 4 p.m. as part of the University System of Georgia’s Ethics Awareness Week. The presentation will be in Gignilliat Memorial Hall in the BizHub, room 101. It is free and open to the public.
Bethel’s presentation focuses on everyday interactions with textiles in relation to acquiring an effective ethical system in the community and draws from his own experiences in his career in business, law and politics. He said creating a consistent committed system that embodies integrity is crucial to a community. Moreover, maintaining the ethical component of a community is paramount.
Bethel’s insight in business lends to a better understanding of a community that relies on and benefits from a textile-rich industry.
Bethel served on the Georgia Court of Appeals before then-Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him to the position of Supreme Court justice of Georgia in September 2018. Bethel, a graduate of Dalton High School, practiced law in Dalton after earning a bachelor’s degree in business and obtaining his law degree from the University of Georgia. He spent more than a decade serving in executive and legal capacities for J+J Flooring Group in Dalton.
Bethel has helped advance various aspects of the Dalton community for many years. He served on the City Council before running for state Senate. As a senator, he played a pivotal role in advocating for legislation for the construction of Mashburn Hall, Dalton State’s residence hall. He also helped secure funding in the state budget for Peeples Hall and for improvements on the Pope Student Center, Gignilliat Memorial Hall and the Health Professions building.