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                                                                                                                                                                    NOVEMBER 19, 2011

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Viaduct opens; business returns
                                                                                                                                                                               Athens — The
                                                                                                                                                                            University of Georgia
                                                                                                                                                                            Alumni Association’s
Port Wentworth citizens celebrate re-opening of Ga. 25                                   Andy Patel’s business, Sai FoodThe Georgia Depar tment of                          third annual Bulldog
                                                                                      Mart, sits on the other side of the
                                                                                                                        Transportation contracted Rogers                    100: Fastest Growing
By conSTAnce cooper                         all these people we haven’t seen in       divide, north of Norfolk South-   Bridge Co. to complete the $3.9                     Bulldog Businesses
912-652-0363                                18 months.”                               ern’s tracks. Commuters and Port  million project, which was funded                   class of 2012 has been               The viaduct has been closed            Wentworth residents making a      with federal stimulus dollars. The                  announced from a
                                            since May 2010. Tim Holbrook,             quick trip across the viaduct for DOT has fined Rogers Bridge                         list of more than 700
   Traffic and money began flowing            who opened Deli Mart in 1997, says        snacks are the bread and butter   $353,000 for missing extended                       nominations.
down a major artery through Port            he’s lost about $150,000 in sales         of his business — a convenience   deadlines to finish the bridge                         Each year, the
Wentworth Friday.                           from truck business alone over the        store and gas station that opened and re-open the road, accord-                       Bulldog 100 determines
   The Ga. 25 land bridge over Nor-         past year and a half.                     in 2003. Patel said he barely madeing to transportation department                    the fastest growing
folk Southern’s rail lines in down-            Truck traffic to the Port of           $200 in sales a day while the via-spokesman Craig Solomon.                            businesses that are
town Port Wentworth re-opened at            Savannah and commuter traffic              duct was closed and had to lay off  “We appreciate the traveling                      owned or operated by
10 a.m., 10 months behind sched-            to and from South Carolina were           an employee.                      public for being understanding,                     UGA alumni.
ule.                                        re-routed to Ga. 21 while the old            Business, and Patel’s spirits, and we know that the opening of                        This year’s list
                                            land bridge was demolished and a          were buoyed Friday.               this road will make travel easier                   includes two Savannah
Business returns                            new one was built.                           “We will get back our customersin the area,” Solomon said.                         firms:
to Ga. 25                                      “These guys that drive trucks          soon,” he said.                     The project suffered several                      • Myrick Marine
                                            these days, they make fairly good                                           setbacks, with work coming to a                        Contracting Corp.
  “Oh, we’ve been so busy!” Cora            money, and they don’t mind spend-         Delays                            halt in August 2010 as contrac-                        The honoree is James
Holbrook — who owns the down-               ing $7 or $8 for a meal if it’s some-                                       tors waited on Norfolk Southern                        Myrick, Sr., who
town eatery Deli Mart along with            thing they like,” Tim Holbrook              The old land bridge, built in to issue a permit to relocate a                          graduated in 1970.
her husband, former mayor and               said. “... It cost one full-time job      1939, was demolished because city-owned water line that ran                           • Seacrest Partners.
councilman-elect Tim Holbrook               and three part-time jobs at that          decades of rumbling trucks caused                                                        The honorees are
— said Friday afternoon. “We have           location.”                                fissures in the concrete overpass.           SEE VIADUCT, PAGE 3B                         Cliff McCurry who
                                                                                                                                                                               graduated in 1971
                                                                                                                                                                               and Cindy Parker
                                                                                                                                                                               Robinett who
                                                                                                                                                                               graduated in 1989.
                                                                                                                                                                               The list also includes
                                                                                                                                                                            one Hinesville outlet:
                                                                                                                                                                            • Dacula Pharmacy. The
                                                                                                                                                                               honoree is Charles
                                                                                                                                                                               Campbell who
                                                                                                                                                                               graduated in 1987.
                                                                                                                                                                               The honorees will
                                                                                                                                                                            be recognized at a
                                                                                                                                                                            banquet on Jan. 21 at
                                                                                                                                                                            the Marriott Marquis
                                                                                                                                                                            in downtown Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                            when the final rankings
                                                                                                                                                                            of the Bulldog 100 will
                                                                                                                                                                            be released.
                                                                                                                                                                               To see an
                                                                                                                                                                            alphabetical list of
                                                                                                                                                                            the honorees, go to

                                                                                                                                                                          included in
                                                                                                                                                                          ‘best of’
                                                                                                                                                                            Several attorneys with
                                                                                                                                                                          Bouhan, Williams & Levy
                                                                                                                                                                          LLP have been named to
                                                                                                                                                                          “Best Lawyers in America”
                                                                                                                                            Photo by Katherine Arntzen    2011-2012.
Armstrong students celebrated Latino Heritage Week on campus in September.                                                                                                    Those attorneys include:
                                                                                                                                                                          • Walter C. Hartridge, for
                                                                                                                                                                            admiralty and maritime

Armstrong, Savannah Tech in Latino program                                                                                                                                  law, commercial litigation
                                                                                                                                                                            and corporate law.
                                                                                                                                                                          • Carlton Joyce, for
                                                                                                                                                                            commercial litigation,
SAvAnnAH morning neWS                       The area has a Latino population of                                               Southeast Georgiacounties surround-           insurance law, medical
                                                                                                                              ing Savannah: Chatham, Bryan, Eff-            malpractice law,
   Lumina Foundation for Educa-             approximately 30,861, an average of 9.3                                           ingham, Evans, Liberty, Tattnall and          personal injury litigation
tion has selected Armstrong Atlantic
State University as one of 12 lead insti-
                                            percent of the population in Chatham, Bryan,                                      Toombs counties.
                                                                                                                                 The area has a Latino population
                                                                                                                                                                            – defendants and
                                                                                                                                                                            professional malpractice
tutions for a national collaborative        Effingham, Evans, Liberty, Tattnall and Toombs                                     of approximately 30,861, an average           law and transportation law.
partnership focused on the success                                                                                            of 9.3 percent of the population in         • Edwin D. Robb Jr., for
of Latino students.                         counties.                                                                         the seven counties. The project will          admiralty and maritime law.
   The project is designed to leverage                                                                                        target high school students in grades       • Frank W. Seiler, for
the connection between the educa-           60 percent by 2025. At more than 50       study we offer, our English-as-a-sec-   9-12, their parents, Latinos already          medical malpractice law,
tional achievements of Latinos and          million, Latinos represent the largest    ond-language program continues to       enrolled in college and non-traditional       personal injury litigation–
the future of the national economy.         and fastest-growing population group      thrive and will be instrumental in      Latino students.                              defendants, personal injury
   “Armstrongispleasedtotakeonthis          in the United States.                     helping many to improve their lan-         “Since 2003 Armstrong has                  litigation-plaintiffs and
roleandbringtogetherourcommunity               Lumina will award Armstrong            guage skills to succeed in college.”    embraced a comprehensive Latino               product liability litigation.
partnersinanationalefforttoincrease         $600,000 to lead a collaborative in          Other partners include Savannah-     outreach, recruitment, progression
accesstohighereducationforLatinos,”         southeast Georgia to increase the         Chatham County Public School            and graduation initiative on cam-           Law firm wins
said Armstrong president Linda Ble-         percentage of Latino students enroll-     System, Migrant Education Agency        pus, and as a result of that, we have
icken. “We are honored that Lumina          ing in the area’s three public colleges   of Georgia, Big Brothers/Big Sis-       seen a continued growth of Latino           Tier 1 rankings
FoundationchosetoselectArmstrong            and universities — Armstrong, Savan-      ters of the Coastal Empire, Junior      enrollment on campus,” said Melody             Oliver Maner LLP, has
for this vital initiative, and we look      nah State University and Savannah         Achievement of Savannah, Goodwill       Rodriguez, founder and director of          announced it has been
forward to continuing this work that        Technical College — from 3.2 percent      GoodGuides Mentors of Savannah,         the Hispanic Outreach and Leader-           awarded a Tier 1 ranking for
ultimately changes lives and creates a      to 6.4 percent by 2015.                   YMCA branches of Coastal Georgia        ship at Armstrong (HOLA) program.           the Savannah metropolitan
positive impact on our region.”                “We take great pride in our efforts    and Wells Fargo.                        “Lumina Foundation’s confidence in           area by U.S. News Media
   Lumina will provide $7.2 million         to work with adult learners to help          The regional initiative, CAMINO      Armstrong to take these efforts to a        Group and Best Lawyers in
to fund the four-year national project      them succeed in college,” said Savan-     (College Access Mentoring Informa-      broader regional level is a testament       the following practice areas:
that aims to increase the proportion        nah Tech president Kathy Love. “In        tion and Outreach), will be centered    to our commitment to helping Latinos        • Alternative dispute
of Americans with college degrees to        addition to the many programs of          in Latino communities in the seven      attain a college education.”                   resolution;
                                                                                                                                                                          • General commercial
                                                                                                                                                                          • Legal malpractice
Freedom to choose health care should not be paid for with lifestyle choices                                                                                                  law–defendants;
                                                                                                                                                                          • Medical malpractice
                      If you asked anybody around me, you               In order to “nudge” us along the              good basis in economic science for reward           • Municipal law;
                   would rapidly learn I have strong opinions         highway to a healthy life, whichever            programs, the evidence is less convincing           • Personal injury litigation–
                   regarding tobacco use. However, in order           way defined, those lucky enough to have          with regard to penalties.                              defendants;
                   to keep you reading this column rather             employer-provided health insurance                 Among the 335 companies respond-                 • Tax law;
                   than have you start yelling at me one way          are increasingly penalized for lifestyle        ing to the survey, the use of penalties             • Trusts and estates law;
                   or another, I will not tell you which way I        choices.                                        “more than doubled from 2009 to 2011,               • Employee benefits
                   am leaning in that discussion.                       As reported this week, a new survey           rising from 8 percent to 19 percent, and is            (ERISA) law.
MICHAEL               Instead, I would like to focus my (and          ( concluded that the       expected to double again by 2012.”                     The first tier rankings
REKSULAK           your) attention on something that has              “use of rewards and penalties to drive             When enrolling for one’s health care             are featured in the October
                   become more prevalent in health-benefit             employee health” is going up significantly.                                                          issue of U.S. News & World
ENTERPRISE         plans.                                               Inopportunely, while there may be a                           SEE REKSULAK, PAGE 3B               Report.
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Viaduct                             Port Wentworth First Baptist
                                    Church, where she works as a
                                                                        November/december coNveNtioN caleNdar
FROM PAGE 1B                           “It’s been an inconvenience       Organization Name               Meeting Name           Meeting Dates        Delegates    Visitor Spending       Location
                                    to say the least,” Butler said,                                                                                                                      Savannah
                                                                         National Association of RV Parks National Convention
along Ga. 25.                       adding that she’s spent as long      & Campgrounds                    and Industry Expo
                                                                                                                                Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2011 700          $396,680               International Trade &
  Although the road is open,        as 45 minutes stuck behind a                                                                                                                         Convention Center
the project isn’t finished,          passing train on the detour          Texas                           SBA Education                                                                   Avia
                                                                                                                                Dec.2-6, 2011        40           $58,000
Solomon said. Landscaping           route.                               Bankers Association             Directors Forum                                                                 Savannah
and final inspections remain.           Firefighters also were                                                                                                                            Westin Savannah
                                    delayed. They reported spend-        Sovereign                       Sovereign
                                                                                                                                Dec.6-9, 2011        120          $139,200               Harbor Golf
                                                                         Challenge                       Challenge
Port Wentworth                      ing an extra five to 10 min-                                                                                                                          Resort and Spa
whole again                         utes finding a detour from
                                    the department’s downtown
  Detour signs came down            headquarters to the north end

Friday, and Carolyn Butler,         of the city when Crossgate and                                       morbid way — that smok-          to implement penalty                 book “Taxing Choices”
widow of long-time Port             Grange roads, the only easy                                          ers and the obese actually       programs, Which brings us            back in 1997 (p. 1): “Car-
Wentworth Councilman                routes from downtown to Ga.                                          save us money by dying           to the question of whether           ried to its logical extreme,
Hugh Carroll Butler, was the        21, were blocked by a train.        FROM PAGE 1B                     younger, on average.             this should be done at all.          the notion that any product
first citizen to drive across the       Mayor Glenn “Pig” Jones                                              In addition, mirroring           If, like me, you can be           of lifestyle choice that even
viaduct. The land bridge is         said he’s relieved that Port        options, one is likely to        the unintended conse-            found in the gym four days           remotely contributes to
being named in honor of her         Wentworth is “back to nor-          encounter “Tobacco User          quences of so-called sin         a week, then you may not             health care cost should
husband, who died last year.        mal.”                               Status” inquiries. Answer-       taxes, these sin premiums        worry about that type of             be taxed to help finance
  Butler lives on Bonnybridge          “Now people who live             ing in the affirmative that       are unlikely to be highly        market discrimination                public spending in this
Road, north of the viaduct,         (north) of the viaduct and          one “has used tobacco            effective. Oftentimes,           too much. However, your              area would leave nothing
and the detour tacked at least      just want to go to church and       products within the last 12      consumers are inventive          lifestyle choice, too, might         untaxed.”
another 10 minutes onto her         visit their friends can get there   months” often results in         in avoiding regulations          be scrutinized at some                  The same is true for
two-mile commute to the             without going around their          additional premium pay-          by substituting into not         point — given the costs and          penalties in health insur-
                                                                        ments.                           (yet) “taxed or penalized”       productivity losses related          ance plans. The freedom to
                                                                           Ignoring the fact that        products.                        to sports injuries.                  choose health care should
Stocks end little changed                                               the monitoring of truth-
                                                                        ful answers is likely to
                                                                                                            One way to address this
                                                                                                         would be to compile ever
                                                                                                                                             Just ask yourself how
                                                                                                                                          you would feel about
                                                                                                                                                                               not have to be paid for with
                                                                                                                                                                               our freedom to choose.

as Europe worries ease                                                  be difficult, the question
                                                                        about the economic basis
                                                                        for such penalties remains.
                                                                                                         increasing lists of fine print
                                                                                                         regarding what lifestyle
                                                                                                         choices one is supposed to
                                                                                                                                          answering a question
                                                                                                                                          regarding any “exces-
                                                                                                                                          sive gym user status”?

                                                                                                                                                                               Dr. Michael Reksulak teaches
By Daniel Wagner                                                        The same goes for pricing        avoid to qualify for “normal     Would you still agree with           economics and public
The Associated Press                  iN corporate                      according to body mass           rate” health care benefits.       discrimination according             finance in Georgia Southern
                                      News:                             index or cholesterol levels.        That is a possibility,        to lifestyle choices? Highly         University’s College of
   Stocks finished about where        • H.J. Heinz Co. fell 3.3            Not only is there a large     given that some of this          doubtful.                            Business Administration. He
                                      percent after the ketchup
they started Friday as investors                                        literature (discussed in a       must have an effect. Oth-           As my dissertation advi-          may be reached by e-mail at
                                      maker’s income fell almost
balanced positive signs for the       6 percent.                        previous free enterprise         erwise, profit-maximizing         sor, William F. Shughart             mreksula@georgiasouthern.
U.S. economy with a looming           • Gap Inc. slid 2.5 percent       column) suggesting — in a        firms wouldn’t bother             II, wrote in his widely cited        edu.
deadline for a deficit-cutting        after its revenue came in
committee in Congress. Steep          slightly below Wall Street’s
declines earlier in the week left
                                      forecasts. The company said
                                      materials costs are continuing    Rise in economic gauge suggests brighter outlook
loss since September.                 to eat into profit margins.
   The Dow Jones industrial           • Clearwire Corp. dropped         By Martin Crutsinger             caution that their brighter      month. It was the index’s            between short- and long-term
average gained 25.43 points, or       21 percent after a report         The Associated Press             outlook remains under threat     best showing since Febru-            interest rates that suggested
0.2percent,tocloseat11,796.16.        quoted its chief executive                                         from Europe’s financial cri-      ary. And it was far faster than      less concern about inflation; a
The Dow traded in a relatively        as saying that the wireless          WASHINGTON — The              sis.                             the increases of 0.1 percent         recovery in stock prices; and
                                      broadband network operator
narrowrange,risingasmanyas                                              latest evidence that the econ-      “Things are looking bet-      September and 0.3 percent            growth in the U.S. money
                                      may not make a big debt
84pointsandfallingasmanyas            payment due in two weeks.         omy is making steady gains       ter than we thought they         in August.                           supply.
15.Hewlett-PackardCo.jumped                                             emerged Friday from a gauge      would — not great, but bet-         The index is designed to             A longer average workweek
2.6 percent, the most of the 30             The Associated Press        of future economic activity,     ter,” said David Wyss, former    predict economic activity.           and fewer applications for
stocksintheindex,onananalyst                                            which rose in October at the     chief economist at Standard      The October figure marked             unemployment benefits also
upgrade.                                                                fastest pace in eight months.    & Poor’s.                        the sixth straight increase.         contributed to the rise in the
   TheConferenceBoard’s index       the coming months. But many            A string of better-than-         The most recent sign was         The jump reflected gains           index.
of leading economic indicators      investors were cautious as a        expected economic reports        Friday’s report by the Con-      in nine of the index’s 10 com-          All told, the components
rosemorethanWallStreetana-          key Congressional committee         this month has led some ana-     ference Board that its index     ponents. Leading the way:            of the index signaled that the
lysts were expecting, a sign that   remained deadlocked on ways         lysts to revise up their fore-   of leading economic indica-      a surge in permits for home          economy is steadily, if still
the economy may pick up in          to cut the U.S. budget deficit.     casts for growth. Still, they    tors surged 0.9 percent last     construction; a narrower gap         slowly, strengthening.