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Business Portfolio - April 6, 2014

News about business people in Southwest Georgia

Jessica Lancer has joined Southwest Georgia Farm Credit as a Client Relations Specialist.

Department of Juvenile Justice plans career fair in Albany

State seeking veterans to fill fulltime jobs

The job fair is free and open to the public. Department of Juvenile Justice recruiters will be seeking candidates for jobs including administration, transportation, communications, probation, IT, engineering, counseling, maintenance and correctional officers.

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Metro Albany Kitchen Inspections April 6, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty Environmental Health Offices March 31-April 3, 2014.

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Pest harms roots of pecan trees

Research in Tifton may lead to control methods

Prionous root borers, the larval stage of the beetle, damages pecan tree roots by depriving trees of essential water nutrients. This makes them vulnerable to heavy winds. The larvae can also move through the soil and feed on an irrigation system if they encounter a pipe between pecan roots.

Phoebe Urology moving to new location

Surgeons Stephen Allen, Kelvin Lane will be in new office beginning Monday

Stephen Allen, MD, and Kelvin Lane, MD, urological surgeons, will now be seeing patients at their new facility at 1950 Palmyra Road.

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Uncle Bubba's, co-owned by Paula Deen, closes

A former employee of the restaurant sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, in a suit settled last year

Deen family says Earl "Bubba" Hiers closed Uncle Bubba’s to explore development of the waterfront property on which it is located in Savannah.

Motorists grumble about gas prices, but are paying up

More than half of motorists surveyed by AAA say they will alter driving habits, a drop from the 66 percent in 2013

Georgia motorists are seeing lower prices than the national average, but Albany is already above the 2013 average for the same period in 2013 and the state average is less than 3 cents below its 2013 average.

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Wildside Running inspires and outfits local runners

New running gear retailer having success in Albany

The owners of new Albany business, Wildside Running, are hoping not only to outfit the areas runners but also inspire more residents to get involved in the hobby.

FTC seeks guidance from Georgia agency on Albany hospital purchase

An agreement between the FTC, the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County and Phoebe Putney has not been finalized

The FTC is asking the Department of Community Health whether certificate of need laws would prevent the break-up of Phoebe North from Phoebe Putney.

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The Big 10 - March 21-28, 2014

Two Albany icons -- one a former restaurant, the other a world-famous restaurateur -- top this weeks list.

These are the 10 most-viewed articles on for the week of March 21-28, 2014.

Nightime resurfacing of U.S. Highway 82 Business route starts Sunday

Work will be done between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. to lessen the impact on businesses and motorists

Those traveling through the work area this spring should allow for slower speeds, some lane closures and traffic channeling markers.

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Metro Albany jobless rate dips to 8 percent

Unemployment rate for Southwest Georgia region declines to 7.9 percent

Labor officials say Albany employers created 300 jobs and reduced the number of layoffs by 24.9 percent in February.

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New Albany restaurant will not have Arctic Bear name

Stewbos Group owners say they will have a new name on their soon-to-be sixth restaurant, a drive-thru on Dawson Road

Bo Henry, co-owner of Stewbos, says the use of the Arctic Bear name, while it fit their concept, wasn’t worth the division it was causing in the family of the founders of the original restaurant.

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CustomerCentric training coming to Albany

Leadership Albany spearheads a customer service training seminar

Leadership Albany is heading community training designed to provide better customer service skills to area businesses and the their employees.

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Gas prices continue March creep upward

While prices have risen, it has been less than normal and is below 2013 prices

A lack of ethanol on the East Coast has fuel producers mixing in a more expensive grade of gas to keep adequate supplies flowing for motorists.