Originally created 08/03/97

Biz briefs

The following is information about honors, awards, openings and other news pertaining to businesses and organizations in or of interest to the Augusta area:

Today, all local Tire America stores will begin doing business as National Tire and Battery (NTB), a state-of-the-art tire and battery store. A division of Sears Automotive Group, the new NTB stores will feature a number of customer-focused amenities.

CSRA First, an initiative for industrial recruitment in Augusta, announces its first slate of officers:

Charles Bowen of Blanchard and Calhoun, president; David Penix of David C. Penix & Associates, vice president; William F. "Bill" Lewis Jr. of Tom James of Augusta, secretary; and Guy Bowen of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., treasurer.

Directors are: William C. "Bill" Bohling of Regent Security Services, George L. Bowen of Blanchard and Calhoun, Mark E. Bowling of MedTrust Management Group, Augusta District Attorney Daniel J. "Danny" Craig, Lewis Lawrence of Paramount Realty, Bobby Markwalter of Northwestern Mutual Life, Preston A. Moss of Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance, Barry L. Paschal of The Columbia News-Times, Tommy Boyles, Professor Harry Kuniansky of Augusta State University, Bradford W. "Woody" Merry of Mutual of New York, Carlton Norwood of Northwestern Mutual Life, Marian Pittman, John R. Thomas of B/T Design Group Inc., and Joseph J. "Joe" Rogers of J&F Ltd. Inc. Associates.

Augusta Urology Associates has joined Urology Healthcare Group, a wholly physician-owned urology practice management company, bringing the current number of participating physicians to 56.

UHG provides business management, marketing and contracting services, ancillary services, information management and clinical support services to an affiliated network of urology practices. The company includes additional practices in Nashville, Tenn.; Jackson, Miss.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Marietta and Atlanta.

Matt Nieman, LUTCF, of Nationwide Insurance has recently opened his office at 590-B West Martintown Road in North Augusta. Licensed representatives are Becky Roberts and Catherine Preuss. Extended office hours include Tuesdays and Thursdays until 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Georgia Hospital Associaton announced it has changed its name and logo to reflect the current health care delivery system integrated environment. Charles R. Underwood, M.D., chairman of the association, said the name change to GHA: An Association of Hospitals and Health Systems was necessary to more appropriately reflect the make-up of the membership, which includes more than 185 hospitals and health systems.

More than 150 Kroger stores throughout Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina will participate in the 1997 "National Night Out" event on Tuesday, The annual event, attracting 35 million participants nationally, encourages local police and citizens to work together to fight crime.

. The iMall is one of the largest and busiest malls on the Internet and is located at www.imall.com. Gloria can be reached at (voice or fax) (706) 592-6660.}

The Biz Briefs column is a free public service listing of The Augusta Chronicle. Typewritten information about businesses and organizations should be received no later than noon Tuesday.

Please send items to The Augusta Chronicle, Biz Briefs, Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903; bring them by the News Building at 725 Broad St.; or send a fax to (706) 722-7403. Include a contact name and phone number.


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