Testimony wrapped up Wednesday at the Public Service Commission about Georgia Power’s request to raise rates.
Georgia Power wants approval to charge customers another $1.2 billion over three years.
That breaks down to a $10.88 spike to the average customer’s bill each month.
A consultant working for the half-billion-dollar port being developed jointly by Georgia and South Carolina says, the project could get its permits as early as 2012.
The early timeline pleases local officials.
Large scale department stores aren’t the only retailers benefiting from the black Friday rush. Small boutiques across the state are also seeing more customers although with mixed results. Many are window shopping, but some are spending money in local stores.
Georgia businesses are hoping shoppers throw them a life-line by making sure they "buy local" this holiday season.
Retailers are in a hopeful mood.
A National Retail Federation report shows overall holiday spending should increase by about 2% this year.
Encore Plastics Corp, a Sandusky, Ohio-based plastics manufacturer, says it will open a plant in Forsyth early in 2011.
Encore officials say the Monroe County plant will manufacture and distribute paint-related packaging items, along with a line of industrial pails.
This year about 50 percent of the money in Georgia’s unemployment insurance fund came from the federal government.
The state took out the loan earlier this year because it couldn’t afford to pay unemployment benefits to record numbers of Georgians.