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Viaduct opens; business returns
Athens — The
University of Georgia
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
graduated in 1989.
The list also includes
one Hinesville outlet:
• Dacula Pharmacy. The
honoree is Charles
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
To see an
alphabetical list of
the honorees, go to
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
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
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 (http://bit.ly/vq7gjD) 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
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.