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Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

ATLANTA -- It's been 30 years since so few acres of peanuts were planted in Georgia.

The shortage and ongoing drought are bringing higher prices for peanuts and their favorite cousin -- peanut butter.

The acreage is down because farmers chose to plant cotton, which was commanding higher prices. It was thought plenty of peanuts would still be available, but many of the plants have not come out of the ground due to drought.

The situation has peanut butter manufacturers bracing for tighter supplies, according to Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Georgia is the nation's largest producer of peanuts, producing 46 percent of U.S. peanuts.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Hosted Reception at National Black Arts Festival

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Hosted Reception at National Black Arts Festival

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Atlanta, hosted a private pre-event reception prior to the 2011 Legends Celebration: The O’Jays. The event was held on Friday, July 15, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. in a gallery near The Atlanta Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center.

"Morgan Stanley Smith Barney was pleased to partner with the National Black Arts Festival, one of the premier national and international presenters of the art, music and culture of people of African Decent," stated Walter Jameson, Managing Director and Regional Director for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. The hosted-event was part of the firm’s regional efforts to support and embrace organizations serving diverse communities across the United States.

Elarbee Thompson Attorney Josh Viau Named Chair of State Bar of Georgia Labor and Employment Law Sec

Elarbee Thompson Attorney Josh Viau Named Chair of State Bar of Georgia Labor and Employment Law Sec

Elarbee Thompson attorney Josh Viau has been named chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  Viau began his term July 1, 2011 and will chair the committee for one year.

The State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Law Section focuses attention on all areas of labor/management-employee/employer relationships through continuing legal education and received the award for the Georgia Bar’s Section of the Year last year.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to chair the Labor and Employment Section,” said Viau.  “We have done some really good things under our previous leadership and I hope to continue that trend.  A few years ago, we decided that we needed to expand our reach to involve lawyers from different parts of the state and last year held successful events in Savannah and Tifton.  I hope to continue that trend in the next year.” 

Viau adds: “I am looking forward to continuing our work with the

DISNEY CHANNEL'S FIRST NATIONAL DANCE TALENT SEARCH

DISNEY CHANNEL'S FIRST NATIONAL DANCE TALENT SEARCH

DISNEY CHANNEL'S FIRST NATIONAL DANCE TALENT SEARCH COMES TO MALL OF GEORGIA SAT JULY 23

Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – 'Shake It Up' edition," Disney Channel's first national dance talent search just for kids, hosted by AT&T U-verse, will make its mark at Mall of Georgia in Buford, Georgia. Kids ages 8-16, with the consent of a parent, will have the opportunity to show off their dance skills and record a dance video onsite for online submission for a chance to compete in a dance off to air on Disney Channel in October 2011. The grand prize includes a special guest dance spot on "Shake It Up" plus the chance to meet the cast. Fans and dance enthusiasts are invited to come down and participate in a Q&A with Roshon Fegan.

READ THE FULL DETAILS AT http://www.thebluebirdpatch.com/2011/07/disney-channels-first-national-dance.html

Jobless rate rises in June

Jobless rate rises in June

ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June.

That's up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May, according to state labor commissioner Mark Butler.

"The unemployment rate inched up slightly because of normal seasonal factors, primarily involving the end of the school year," Butler said. "Non-contract school workers such as bus drivers, lunchroom and janitorial workers are usually laid off during the summer school break."

The loss of 12,400 seasonal jobs in state and local public school systems accounted for the bulk of the 14,600 payroll jobs lost throughout the state.

"Also, new graduates began searching for jobs and are counted as unemployed while doing so," Butler said.

UHY Advisors’ David Barton Frames Security, Legal Issues in Era of Cloud Computing ATL Tech Summit

UHY Advisors’ David Barton Frames Security, Legal Issues in Era of Cloud Computing ATL Tech Summit

UHY Advisors’ David Barton, with Amanda Witt of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, will deliver the keynote address, “Framing Legal and Security Issues in An Era of Cloud Computing,” at the July 22 Atlanta Technology Summit.  Designed for both business and technical leaders, the event provides guidance on best practice strategies to protect sensitive data. Leading CIOs, security experts and professional advisors will take on the challenges of data security in a world of cloud computing at the gathering, beginning at 8:30 a.m. the Atlanta Marriott Norcross Hotel (475 Technology Parkway, Norcross, 30092).

Cloud computing is gaining momentum as a cost-effective alternative to traditional IT infrastructure, with the market for cloud services forecast to grow to over $241 billion this year. However, a recent study by Accenture shows that IT departments are still reluctant to move to the cloud, due to privacy, lock-in, and security issues.

DealChicken to Hatch in Atlanta

DealChicken to Hatch in Atlanta

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