Ventures, has purchased Glade Marina on Lake Allatoona in Acworth. The 137-acre property includes a marina with 267 in-water slips and 105 covered and uncovered dry storage spaces and four private launch ramps.
Firm taps Williams for board
KENNESAW — The Golden Soldiers, a nonprofit that provides events, activities and services for families and individuals with developmental disabilities, has named Vaughn Williams, Kennesaw State University athletic director, to serve on its board of directors.
Williams brings more than 18 years of NCAA Division I senior athletic administrative experience to his new appointment. Williams and his wife, Eileen, have three children and reside in Acworth.
* Georgia Commerce Bank, a Marietta-based community bank, has completed a capital raise for $25.5 million. The money will be used to build more branches and potentially acquire another local bank.
* Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna named Mary Annan, RN, as the third quarter 2012 Associate of the Quarter. Annan joined EAH in 1998 and works in the Medical and Surgical Department as a registered nurse.
* Georgia Association of Business Brokers awarded East Cobb resident Kent Reed to its 2012 Million Dollar Club.
* Savory Corner Southern Dining will hold a ribbon cutting on Jan. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 2870 Cherokee St. in Kennesaw.
Barges still floating down river
ST. LOUIS — Efforts taken to keep a crucial stretch of the drought-starved Mississippi River open to barge traffic should be sufficient to avert a shipping shutdown that the industry fears is imminent, Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard officials said Friday.
The corps said crews in recent weeks have made “fantastic” progress clearing treacherous bedrock from a channel about 150 miles south of St. Louis near Thebes, Ill. — the portion of the river that has grown especially worrisome to barge operators moving an array of cargo to northern states and south to the Gulf of Mexico.
Shipping groups warned this week that the waterway there could drop to a point — 3 feet on the river gauge — in which barge weight restrictions would have to be further tightened, effectively halting shipping.
Search tool tailored for tablets
SAN FRANCISCO — The makers of Blekko believe they've built a great alternative to Google, but they're also realistic. They know their two-year-old Internet search engine won't ever supplant Google as the most popular place to search on laptop and desktop computers.
But Web surfing on tablet computers is a different matter, creating an opportunity that Blekko hopes to exploit with a new product called Izik — a search engine designed especially for Apple Inc.'s iPads and tablets running Google's Android software.
Izik, whose name is a riff on 17th-century scientist Isaac Newton, debuted Friday with the release of free apps for the iPad and Android tablets.