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Ten things to know for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2013

Here are 10 things you need to know this week:

MONDAY

DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The commission meets at 10 a.m. in the Government Center on Pine Avenue. On the agenda are an amendment to retiree coverage on the county’s group health plan; a report from the Library Board on renovations to the Central Library, and a request from the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education for support of its Racial Healing Initiative.

STAR BUSINESS: The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes its Star Business of the Week at 11 a.m. The business is ResCare HomeCare, 1301 Whispering Pines Road.

PHOEBE HOSPITAL BOARD: The Phoebe Putney Hospital Board has a called meeting scheduled for noon in the Willson conference room at the main campus of the hospital. No agenda was released with the announcement, but this is the board’s first meeting since last week’s resolution with the FTC over ownership and operation of Phoebe North. At 12:30 p.m., the board’s Professional Affairs Committee has a meeting in the same location.

LEE COMMISSION CALLED MEETING: The commissioners will conduct a called meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building, 102 Starksville Ave. North. The purpose of this meeting will be to go into closed session to discuss personnel matters.

TUESDAY

LEE COMMISSION CALLED MEETING: The commissioners will conduct a called meeting at 1 p.m. at the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building, 102 Starksville Ave. North. The purpose of this meeting will be to go into closed session to discuss personnel matters.

ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Government Center on Pine Avenue for its monthly business session. On the agenda are a five-year management agreement with Chehaw that would include reduction in city funding each year; authorizing special sales tax funds for storm water system improvements, along with authorizing the hiring of Ecological Planning Group in connection with storm water utility; authorization of the Central Services Department to request proposals for curb-side recycling, and a resolution supporting a Main Street start-up program.

LEE COUNTY COMMISSION: The commission meets in its monthly business session at 6 p.m. at the Tharp Government Center, 102 Starksville Ave. North. No agenda was available this weekend.

CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce launches its three-day Growing Together membership drive.

THURSDAY

SOUTHSIDE LIBRARY BIDDING: A pre-bidding conference for leasing the closed Southside Library, 2114 Habersham Road, is scheduled for 10 a.m. County staff will be on site to talk with potential bidders. Sealed proposals have to be received by Sept. 12.

LABOR DAY TRAVEL: Labor Day isn't until Sept. 2, but the travel period associated with the “unofficial” end of summer starts Thursday. AAA Travel The Auto Club Group is predicting that the number of Americans who travel at least 50 miles from home between now and midnight Sept. 2 will be 34.1 million, up 4.2 percent from last year. Of those, 29.1 million are expected to drive. For Georgia, AAA predicts some busy roadways. With a total of nearly 919,000 Georgians expected to travel over the long weekend, more than 805,000 of them will be on the highways. If you do drive, you can expect to see a large number of local and state law enforcement vehicles on the roadways as well.