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WORKING: Work's Done For 2013

With about a week and half until Christmas, work has pretty much ground to a halt in companies across Georgia. But workplace guru Brandon Smith says that does not mean productivity has to stop, too. In either case, Smith has suggestions for making the most of the last few weeks of the year.

Budget Deal In Congress Is A Lift For Georgia Economy

Georgia’s economy will continue to recover from the Great Recession and will see modest growth next year. That’s according to a forecast released Wednesday from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. But low government spending and fewer new businesses will still depress the economy.

Tourists, Don't Leave Out Southwest Georgia

Tourism officials from across the state are getting ready for a heritage and cultural tourism seminar this Thursday and Friday in Thomasville. Organizers hope the meeting will spotlight southwest Georgia

No Demolition Permit For Historic Macon Church

On a 4-1 vote Monday, the Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission denied a permit that would have allowed the demolition of the century-old Tremont Temple Baptist Church downtown.

New Research May Make It Easier To Detect Dementia

Researchers at the University of Georgia may be one step closer to improving dementia diagnosis. They are using a type of MRI to track brain activity.

WORKING: It Matters Where You Sit

Some companies are starting to micromanage who sits where in the office—to the level of putting specific workers next to each other and separating people who work in the same department. The idea is to foster creativity and encourage innovative thinking. Workplace expert Brandon Smith says it can have that effect, as long as organizations are careful and deliberate about how they implement such a strategy.

As You Hit The Online Sales, Beware Of Scammers

Cyber Monday is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. But as you get ready to search for deals, be aware that scammers are waiting.

Radio Ads Duel Over Georgia Power Rate Hike

The radio has become the latest battleground in Georgia Power’s fight to increase electric rates for consumers across the state. AARP Georgia took to the airwaves opposing the idea November 20 just two days after Georgia Power and several interveners in the rate increase case signed on to a settlement agreement.

Georgia Malls Fill For Black Friday, Er, Thursday

Thousands of Georgians wrapped up their Thanksgiving meal and then hit the stores as Black Friday bled into Thursday evening this year. Shoppers lined up well before 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Berry Square Mall in Rome for deals on footwear, more than two hours before retailers opened their doors.

WORKING: Shopping On The Clock

Susan’s boss gathered the team and took them to a long lunch. Then they stopped a nearby fashion accessories store to do a little shopping. All of this happened during the workday. Susan feels guilty about shopping during work and is uncomfortable with the time away from the office. Workplace expert Brandon Smith says the problem isn’t so much the outing as the boss’s failure to explain its purpose.