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Bridgestone seeks engineer applicants

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has begun accepting applications for electrical and mechanical engineering and engineering technician positions at its Graniteville location.

There are 25 engineering and 50 engineering technician positions open. Applications are available at Bridgestone is partnering with readySC, an economic development training program connected to the South Carolina Technical College System.

Bridgestone announced in September its plans for a $1.2 billion expansion and construction project in Graniteville. The entire project is expected to create 850 jobs.

Bounce TV to air on WFXG 54.2

Bounce TV, a national broadcast network designed for black audiences, launched Sunday in Augusta on WFXG-DT 54.2.

Bounce Augusta will feature a programming mix of movies, live sporting events, documentaries and inspirational faith-based programs.

The network has a multiple-year rights agreement with Urban Sports Entertainment Group to televise football and basketball games from the nation’s largest black athletic conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Events will bring money, CVB says

January is expected to bring $664,095 in direct visitor spending to the Augusta area, according to the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Club Car 2012 International Sales Conference, expected to bring 175 people who will spend $242,086, will run between Sunday and 13.

The Dasani Mayor’s Cup Junior Championships held at Newman Tennis Center will bring in 300 people Jan. 14-16 spending $240,065.

The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club 2012 Soldier Ride will come through Augusta Jan. 13-15 with an expected 250 participants and an impact of $126,350.

Bailey to take helm at Shreveport paper

SHREVEPORT, LA. — Donald W. Bailey has been named president and publisher of The Times of Shreveport, La.

Gannett Co., which owns the newspaper and its online news operation, made the announcement Tuesday.

Bailey, a native of Thomaston, Ga., was the president of The Augusta Chronicle from January 2004 until last year.

He has served as a vice president of the Georgia Press Association; vice chairman and marketing chairman of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau; member of the board of directors of the United Way; and a member of the Exchange Club of Augusta.

In other news

STARBUCKS SAID Tuesday that it is raising some prices regionally as it faces rising ingredient costs. It wouldn’t disclose all the states where it is raising prices, but the regions include New York, Washington and most Southern states. The company said prices won’t rise in California or Florida.

– From wire reports

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