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Six Elarbee Thompson Attorneys Recognized in the 2011 Edition of Chambers USA

Elarbee Thompson partners Alisa P. Cleek, R. Read Gignilliat, J. Lewis Sapp, Brent L. Wilson, and Stanford G. Wilson have been recognized in Chambers USA’s 2011 Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers in the area of Labor & Employment. Additionally, Partner David C. Whitlock was recognized in the Immigration practice area.

Alisa Pittman Cleek defends employers in employment-related litigation and represents them in traditional labor matters, including unfair labor practice proceedings, representation cases, arbitrations, and collective bargaining. She also proactively counsels employers regarding day-to-day employment decisions to avoid litigation.

Atlanta’s Turner Construction Company, tvsdesign and CDC Cut Ribbon on New CDC Office Building

Atlanta’s Turner Construction Company, tvsdesign and CDC Cut Ribbon on New CDC Office Building

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Turner Construction Company (www.turnerconstruction.com) and global design firm tvsdesign (http://tvsdesign.com) cut the ribbon June 23 to officially open CDC Building 24, a new office building for the CDC and the final piece of a ten-year building program at the Agency’s Roybal Campus in Atlanta.  Turner, the nation’s largest healthcare construction company, and tvsdesign, a global architectural, planning and interior design firm, have served as the design-builder for CDC Building 24 and as construction manager and architecture and interior designer for several other major buildings on the CDC Roybal Campus.

The 311,000 sq.

Conway MacKenzie Wins “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” Award

Conway MacKenzie Wins “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” Award

Conway MacKenzie, a consulting firm specializing in turnaround and crisis management, transaction advisory, litigation support and forensic analysis services, is proud to announce that it has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

“Creating and supporting a superior work culture and environment at Conway MacKenzie has long been a priority of the senior management. To be recognized for this commitment is a great honor,” said Greg Charleston, senior managing director and leader of the Atlanta office.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

DeKalb unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 10.1 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

Always Best Care Senior Services opens in Dunwoody

Always Best Care Senior Services opens in Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Always Best Care Senior Services has officially opened in Dunwoody.

Owner Taylor Grout and members of the community held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 15 at Plantation South Assisted Living (4594 Barclay Drive).

During the ceremony, Grout expressed his goal for the seniors he assists to be "happy, healthy, safe and as independent as possible."

"I am thrilled to announce that we have awarded our newest franchise to a person of Taylor Grout's character and capabilities," said Michael Newman, founder and CEO of the Roseville, California-based Always Best Care. "Mr.

Edible Arrangements opens in Dunwoody

Edible Arrangements opens in Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a recent ribbon cutting for Edible Arrangements at 4780 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

"We are so pleased to be officially joining the Dunwoody community with this ribbon cutting," said Alka Sardar, owner of Edible Arrangements. "Our dream of launching this business has come true, and we are honored to have this opportunity. We invite the communtiy to come visit us any time."

Edible Arrangements creates fruit arrangements and chocolate-dipped fruit concepts for any occasion.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Kicks-Off Global Volunteer Month in June

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Kicks-Off Global Volunteer Month in June

ATLANTA, GA, June 14, 2011 – For the entire month of June, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney  will encourage, recognize and reward employees for volunteering in their local community. All its  employees in Atlanta, close to 400, are encouraged to get out, volunteer their time and help their community.

On the first day of the month, employees from Petra Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney spent the day stocking the food pantry and preparing food to be donated at the Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) on Peachtree Road. BCM provides emergency assistance to families and individuals in crisis. The organization places special emphasis on preventing homelessness through education and the provision of food, clothing and financial assistance with rent and utilities.

“We are proud to be associated with a firm that puts so much emphasis and value on giving back,” said Jim Easterling, senior vice president of Petra Wealth Management Group.