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USPS to revamp priority mail program


The agency is now offering free online tracking for priority mail shipments, free insurance and date-specific delivery so customers know whether a package will arrive in one, two or three days.
Source: The Polk Fish-Wrap/AP

First Community Bank and Savannah River Banking Co. to merge
The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014; First Community Bank is based in Columbia and Savannah River Banking Co. is a private bank in Augusta.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Georgia Labor Commissioner speaks in Augusta
Commissioner Mark Butler discussed the Augusta area’s tech and healthcare sectors as bright spots in the local economy.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Three injured in a Valdosta chemical plant explosion
Valdosta fire officials say more than 40 firefighters responded to the blaze at the Gil Harbin Industrial Park’s Perma-Fix plant Wednesday afternoon.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times


• Images of Valdosta explosion
Source: Valdosta Daily Times 

Arthouse cinema in Athens meets and beats Kickstarter campaign goal
The nonprofit Cine raised enough money to convert its 35mm projectors over to a digital system.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Perry fairgrounds officials seek $10 million from state for improvements
The projects include facility improvements to the parking lots and roads, paint for buildings, new equipment, the modernization of Reaves Arena, improvements at the north gate at the fairground, new signs, an entertainment pavilion and phase 3 of an equine facility expansion.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Forbes says Atlanta Falcons is worth $933 million
The Falcons ranked No. 26 out of 32 NFL teams and are worth an estimated $933 million. The team had $252 million in revenue and $18.5 million in operating income in 2012.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

New hotel planned near Georgia Aquarium
The seven-story hotel has been proposed for land owned by Ameripark.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Greg Sikes Farm fined $127,000 by OSHA
Two willful safety violations and six serious violations were part of the complaint.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Greater Rome Chamber promotes Geek Week September 16-20
Source: Rome News-Tribune

State’s unemployment rate at 8.8% in July

Trident Seafoods to open new plant in Carrollton
The new plant will create 175 jobs and will make a $41 million investment in the state.


• 175 jobs to be created by Trident Seafoods
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian 

• Seattle-based Trident Seafoods to build plant in Carrollton
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution 


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