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Dobbins ARB to begin furloughs due to sequestration

MARIETTA, GA -- Officials at Dobbins Air Reserve Base started issuing furlough notices to more than 500 civil service employees Friday.

The furloughs, according to a release, are due to federal sequestration cuts.

The employees will be furloughed one day per week from July 8 through September 30.

"This is a very difficult position for us, but we're going to continue doing what we can to carry out our mission safely and provide C-130 airlift whenever and wherever it's needed," said Col. Tim Tarchick, 94th Airlift Wing commander. "Although these cuts will be very difficult on our civilian employees, we've planned for this and tried to minimize the effects the furloughs will have on the readiness of our force."

According to the release, those affected will include employees serving as C-130 crew and maintainers, financial management specialists, legal clerks and civil engineers.

Brian Frank named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors”

Brian Frank named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors”

 

Atlanta -- Morgan Stanley announced today that, Brian Frank, a Managing Director - Wealth Advisor, with the Premier Wealth Management Group in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to The Financial Times’ inaugural list of America’s Top 400 Advisors.

                                    

The “Financial Times’ Top 400 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who have a minimum of $250 million in assets under management (AUM) and ten years of industry experience. Qualified financial advisors were scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance records, experience, industry certifications and online accessibility.  Financial advisors also had to commit to complete anonymous quarterly sentiment surveys for the FT.

 

Ron Hart Named to Barron’s 2013 “Top 100 Financial Advisors”

Ron Hart Named to Barron’s 2013 “Top 100 Financial Advisors”

 

ATLANTA  – Morgan Stanley announced today that Ron Hart, a Managing Director, Wealth Advisor in the Firm’s Atlanta office, has been named to Barron’s annual list of America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors.

The “Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients. Investment performance is not an explicit criterion.

Four Metro Atlanta Caribou Coffee stores closing April 14

Four Metro Atlanta Caribou Coffee stores closing April 14

ATLANTA -- Coffee retailer Caribou Coffee said Monday they were closing four locations in metro Atlanta on April 14 as part of a larger set of store closings.

The company said it will close 80 locations nationally, and convert another 88 locations to Peet's Coffee locations, including the company's remaining nine stores in metro Atlanta.

The local stores that will be closing will be the locations on North Druid Hills Road, the Norcross store on Peachtree Parkway, and both Marietta locations -- on Powers Ferry Road and on Johnson Ferry Road.

The chain, America's second largest coffee chain behind Starbucks, was acquired in December 2012 by Joh. A. Benckiser, the German company which also recently acquired the West Coast coffee chain Peet's.

Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola and Firehouse Subs are partnering for a national sweepstakes centered on stock car racing.

Coca-Cola is sponsoring the Coca-Cola Photo Finish sweepstakes at Firehouse Subs locations through Apr. 21.

During the contest, life-size cutouts of participating Coca-Cola Racing Family members will be placed in FIrehouse Subs locations. Firehouse Subs guests can snap a photo with the cutout and submit it to win. Guests can submit photos via text to cocacolaphotofinish.com, or entries can be mailed.

Participating drivers include Joey Logano, representing the Georgia and Gulf region; Greg Biffle, representing the West and Central region; Danica Patrick, representing the Florida region; Denny Hamlin, representing the South region; and Tony Stewart, representing the Mid-Atlantic region.

Six Flags Atlanta president to retire

Six Flags Atlanta president to retire

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Atlanta President Melinda Ashcraft has announced her retirement.

The theme park said Monday that Ashcraft will be succeeded by Dale Kaetzel, who most recently served as president of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif.

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Ashcraft has been with Six Flags for 45 years, beginning her career as a ride operator at Six Flags Over Georgia the year the park opened. She recently became the fifth recipient of the Six Flags Angus G. Wynne lifetime achievement award.

Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

ATLANTA -- Many Sam's Club locations near Atlanta are taking part in the Business Savings Expo through Sunday, February 17, where small businesses can get extra savings on items for their companies.

A spokeswoman for the Expo reported that savings can reach $2,500, and apply to 200 items which help business owners save more. The savings are offered at checkout, no coupons or rebates are needed. 

"Sam's Club wants to provide local business owners with the tools and goods they need to lead each day with increased confidence and optimism," Betty Marshall, vice-president for Sam's Club southeast operations said. "Everyday our associates strive to positively impact and serve small business members, who are so important to the fabric and success of our country. We hope by offering savings atop low prices that Sam's Club can contribute to increased small business success in 2013."

The nearby stores offering the savings include: