She serves on both the ABR Board of Directors and the Georgia Institute of Real Estate Board of Governors. She is also serving a three-year term on the professional standards committee for ABR. In 2002, she also was a director of the Cobb Association of Realtors.
Bryan joins Fifth Third Bank
MARIETTA — Joe Bryan has joined Fifth Third Bank as assistant vice president, financial center manager for its new Powers Ferry Financial Center, at 1920 Powers Ferry Road in Marietta. He joins the bank from SunTrust Bank where he most recently served as branch manager.
n RGIS Inventory Service, an inventory and data collection company, will have a recruitment event for 10 jobs for part-time inventory takers on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Cobb-Cherokee Career Center, 465 Big Shanty Road in Marietta. Salaries are $8 to $12.50 an hour.
Jersey Mike’s Subs is opening a new restaurant at 4400 Roswell Road on Dec. 12.
The Canton and Marietta stores of Red Bandanna Pet Food will host the Angel Tree, supporting six local Atlanta-area animal rescues, in the month of December.
Deal announces green plant
ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced Dublin-based Green Power Solutions will open a plant in Laurens County.
Officials say the facility will be located on the site of an existing paper mill, and the move will create 35 new jobs.
Officials say the power plant will provide steam for the paper mill’s day-to-day operations, and will sell excess power to Georgia Power Co. under a 20-year purchase agreement.
Construction is slated to begin in May of 2013 and the commercial power plant is set to open in 2015.
GDOT reports 14 projects
ATLANTA — Georgia transportation officials have announced $43 million for 14 projects across the state.
Department of Transportation officials say five new or rebuilt bridges are among the projects, part of an effort to improve the safety and functionality of bridges in the state.
The bridge projects include: widening the Lee Road bridge over Interstate 20 in Douglas County to four lanes; replacing two bridges on Brown Avenue on the southwest side of Columbus; and building a new State Route 92 bridge over the Flint River between Fayette and Spalding counties.
Transportation Board Chairman Johnny Floyd says the state has about 14,000 bridges and culverts.
Construction details and lane closure schedules on all projects will be announced before work begins.
Price for I-85 toll lanes soars
ATLANTA — The cost to use interstate toll roads in metro Atlanta, which has been steadily rising in recent months, has hit a new record.
WSB-TV reports that motorists during Friday morning’s rush hour paid a record $6.35 to use the lanes.
Rates for the so-called HOT lanes on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta have increased in the past year, from $4.70 in February to $5 in April and now well over $6 some days.
Authorities with the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority say prices rise and fall throughout the day, depending on traffic volumes.
Tax revenues down from ’11
ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Revenue reports state tax collections in November were down 1.1 percent from the same month a year ago. Total state revenues for the month were down by a slightly lower 0.7 percent.
That reverses an upward trend send for most of the fiscal year that began July 1.
Individual income taxes are still exceeding their 2011 levels, but corporate income tax saw a significant drop compared to last year. Both figures had been strong in previous months.
Despite the holiday shopping season, sales taxes were down in November.
Even with the November dip, total tax receipts through the first five months of the fiscal year are up 3.3 percent, while total revenues are up 3.7 percent.