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Nov. 26 - Final containment vessel ring placed for Vogtle Unit 4

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 26, 2019 - The final containment vessel ring has been placed for Georgia Power’s nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Georgia, with the third ring of the Unit 4 containment vessel set last week. This marks the sixth and last containment vessel ring to be placed for the Vogtle 3 & 4 project. 

Weighing more than a jumbo jet, with a diameter of 130 feet and standing approximately 38 feet high, the ring is a key structural part of the Unit 4 high-integrity steel containment vessel that houses critical plant components, including the reactor vessel.

Significant progress continues at the site with recent milestones completed, including the placement of the final reinforced concrete portion of the Unit 4 shield building. The 148-cubic yard placement took eight hours to complete and, once cured, allows for the placement of the first course of double-decker panels. Also, the upper inner casing for the Unit 3 high-pressure turbine has been placed, signifying the completion of the centerline alignment, which will mean minimal vibration and less stress on the rotors during operations, resulting in more efficient power generation.

Vogtle 3 & 4 is currently among the largest jobs-producing construction projects in the state of Georgia, with more than 8,000 workers currently on site, and more than 800 jobs available once the units begin operating.

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Nov. 26 - GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) Receives New Grant

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 26, 2019 - Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Spencer R. Moore recently announced the receipt of a grant award of $50,182.86 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) for continued support of the State of Georgia Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP).  ADAP is a course designed to increase awareness among teens of the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol and the consequences of operating a motor vehicle while impaired or distracted. 

“We are grateful for the continued help and support received from GOHS to address the risks associated with operating a motor vehicle while impaired,” said Commissioner Moore. “This partnership allows us to bring this important program to teen drivers and their parents throughout the state and ultimately make our roads safer.”

By law, teens under the age of 18 are required to complete ADAP to obtain their Class D Georgia driver’s license.  In Fiscal Year 2019,  129,346 students completed the program either at their high school, as part of a driver training course, or online through eADAP. DDS also offers a free online ADAP component and non-certified 3-year Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) for parents. In addition, 150,000 ADAP student workbooks were shipped during the same fiscal year.

This grant award will be used to fund an Operations Analyst who provides technical assistance related to ADAP and eADAP services, responds to customer emails and telephone calls, maintains close communication with instructors, assist teens with obtaining replacement certificates, produces comprehensive reports and trains instructors to teach the ADAP curriculum.   

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Nov. 19 - Chatham Emergency Services Donates Ambulance to Woodville Tompkins High School

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 19, 2019 - Chatham Emergency Services recently donated an ambulance to Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School. CES’s CEO Chuck Kearns delivered the ambulance to the school and met with school officials to discuss how the ambulance will play a role in the education of various students.

The school’s Medical and Allied Health Program was created for students who are interested in pursuing a career in first response. These students will use the ambulance to see firsthand the various components of the vehicle and how the equipment plays a role in lifesaving techniques and capabilities. The automotive department of the school will also use the ambulance to explore the mechanics of the truck.

“We’re happy to donate this ambulance to assist in the education of students who are interested in emergency medical services and want to pursue a career as an EMT or Paramedic,” said Kearns. “Chatham Emergency Services proudly supports Savannah Chatham Public Schools and its efforts to provide hands on training and education to build and sustain the future workforce of the healthcare industry."


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Nov. 20 - Chatham County Police Department Issues Gift Card Scam Warning

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 20, 2019 - The Chatham County Police Department is warning people to be aware of an ongoing scam involving gift cards.

In the scam, a caller says there is an urgent reason that someone should go to a store and purchase gift cards – and then turn the gift card numbers over to the caller. In some instances, callers claim that a warrant is out for an individual’s arrest, and that they can avoid arrest by purchasing gift cards as some type of payment.

Any phone call you receive requiring you to purchase a gift card and then turn it, or the number, over to someone else is almost certainly a scam. Once the gift cards are purchased and the number turned over to the caller, it is basically impossible to have your money returned to you. Many of these scammers are from other countries, and very difficult to trace. Your best protection against these crimes is to never give money to, or make any type of purchase for, someone you do not know.

The elderly are especially vulnerable to these scams, and those with elderly family members are urged to pass along these warnings.  Make sure elderly family members understand that they should never give out any financial or personal information over the phone to a caller, and never make a gift card purchase for someone they do not know.

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Nov. 19 - Enmarket Announces Latest Acquisition of Bryan County Store, Zip-In Foods

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 19, 2019 - Enmarket, the largest and fastest-growing convenience store operator based in the coastal Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry region, has acquired the former Zip-In Foods near Fort McAllister State Park. The store is the 125th Enmarket location overall and its second in Bryan County.

“Our customers have been asking us to add an additional Richmond Hill location to serve this side of the county,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “This acquisition makes it possible for us to expand in that market very quickly. The site will receive a significant remodel in 2020 so that we can integrate all of our programs into the store.”

The store is located at 15163 Georgia Highway 144, at the highway’s intersection with Fort McAllister Road, and will serve visitors of Fort McAllister State Park and its associated boat ramp, as well as the growing residential population in and around Richmond Hill.

Giesick described the new location as a strategic one for Enmarket and noted that the remodeled location will retain the popular foodservice operation that local residents have enjoyed for years.

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