The Briefcase: Local companies earn awards
by From staff and wire reports
November 14, 2012 12:14 AM | 5650 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Two Marietta companies were honored at the 32nd annual OBIE Awards on Nov. 3. The OBIE is an award presented by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association to recognize outstanding achievement in new home construction.

Traton Homes won seven building and marketing awards, and Ed Olwine, former Atlanta Braves pitcher and new home agent at Estates of Fernwood Creek, was selected as salesperson of the year.

Drake Realty/Eco Classic homes was awarded a Gold OBIE award for their LEED Silver Model home at Montgomery Near the Square, located at 77 Harold St. The award was for the category of Single Family Builder Detached for Homes between $290,000 and 350,000.

New dentist in east Cobb

Dr. Brent Herrin, D.M.D., has opened Herrin Pediatric Dentistry at 3020 Roswell Road, Suite 110 in east Cobb. The office had a ribbon-cutting Nov. 9 and 10. Herrin previously worked at several pediatric dentist practices, including offices in Savannah and Atlanta. Herrin attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and is a member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

n Mike Perry, optical networking specialist and president of Marietta-based Optelian, has been nominated as a finalist for telecommunications professional of the year by the Association of Telecommunications Professionals. Winners will be announced at the ATP Awards Gala, to take place Nov. 13 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

n Cobb Travel & Tourism is celebrating its 2012 successes at its 20th annual Meeting and Mixer at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History on Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.

Ga. Regents OK oversight

ATLANTA — The state Board of Regents has approved policies aimed at providing more oversight over how colleges pay for some new buildings.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that one of the new policies could save students money because it calls on colleges to pay closer attention to refinancing options and make sure that at least half of those savings be used to reduce fees and other charges. The newspaper says it could be at least a couple of years before students benefit from any savings.

The rules focus on non-academic buildings such as dorms and parking decks built through public-private partnerships and funded in part by student fees.

The rules would also require the system to establish a reserve fund to provide a safety net for the projects.

Deficit looms in Washington

WASHINGTON — The federal government started the 2013 budget year with a $120 billion deficit in October, an indication that the nation is on a path to its fifth straight $1 trillion-plus annual deficit.

A soaring deficit puts added pressure on President Barack Obama and Congress to seek a budget deal in the coming weeks.

The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the October deficit — the gap between the government’s tax revenue and its spending — was 22 percent higher than the same month last year.

House investigates outbreak

WASHINGTON — Nearly a decade ago, federal health inspectors wanted to shut down the pharmacy linked to a recent deadly meningitis outbreak until it cleaned up its operations, according to congressional investigators.

About 440 people have been sickened by contaminated steroid shots distributed by New England Compounding Center, and more than 32 deaths have been reported since the outbreak began in September, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That has put the Framingham, Mass.-based pharmacy at the center of congressional scrutiny and calls for greater regulation of compounding pharmacies, which make individualized medications for patients and have long operated in a legal gray area between state and federal laws.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a detailed history of NECC’s regulatory troubles on Monday, ahead of a Wednesday meeting to examine how the outbreak could have been prevented. The 25-page report summarizes and quotes from FDA and state inspection memos, though the committee declined to release the original documents.

Microsoft’s new browser out

SAN FRANCISCO — The latest version of Microsoft’s Web browser is now available to the vast audience connecting to the Internet on personal computers running on the Windows 7 operating system.

The redesigned browser, Internet Explorer 10, made its debut last month when Microsoft released Windows 8, which makes dramatic changes to an operating system that has been powering PCs for decades.

Internet Explorer 10 initially is being introduced Tuesday to Windows 7 users in a “preview,” or test, mode. The new browser isn’t compatible with XP, Vista and any other older Windows version.

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