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Coke Executive Clyde Tuggle to Headline Chamber Meeting Aug. 14
Coca-Cola Executive Clyde C. Tuggle will be the featured speaker at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s 125th Annual Meeting Aug. 14.
As a senior vice president for The Coca-Cola Company, Tuggle serves as the organization’s Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer. Since joining The Coca-Cola Company in 1989, Tuggle has held a variety of executive management positions in the areas of external affairs, corporate communications and worldwide public affairs. Tuggle’s global management experience includes extensive work in Vienna, Austria and leadership of the company’s Russia, Ukraine & Belarus Business Unit.
In addition to his many contributions as an executive at The Coca-Cola Company, Tuggle also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College and as a trustee of the Georgia Research Alliance. Tuggle is also a member of the U.S. Russia Business Council, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Yale University International Advisory Board.
“We’re delighted Mr. Tuggle and The Coca-Cola Company are joining us to celebrate the Chattanooga Chamber’s 125-year history of supporting local business,” says Tom Edd Wilson, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber. “As the original home of the Coca-Cola bottling enterprise, Chattanooga boasts a history deeply rooted in The Coca-Cola Company’s legendary success.”
“In fact, much of the prosperity upon which this community was built and still enjoys today finds its origins in Coca-Cola. And as globalization continues to change the way we do business and an increasing number of local companies set sights on foreign markets, I can imagine few candidates more appropriate than Mr. Tuggle to share their insights with this community,” he said.
Just one year older than the Chattanooga Chamber, The Coca-Cola Company has deep connections with the “Scenic City.” In 1899, two lawyers from Chattanooga -Joseph Whitehead and Benjamin Thomas-secured the rights to bottle Coca-Cola throughout the United States for a $1 fee. Later that same year, Chattanooga became the site of the first Coca-Cola bottling plant in the United States. In later years, industry leaders like J. T. Lupton, George Hunter, Summerfield Johnston and their families created a network of bottlers who made Coca-Cola readily available throughout the country.
Thanks to their contributions to the economic health of the community, Coca-Cola leaders have enhanced the cultural life of the region through their philanthropic activities. The Lyndhurst, Benwood, Whitehead and Tucker Foundations were all established because of the success of Coca-Cola.
In addition to featuring Tuggle’s keynote address, the annual meeting will present a review of Chattanooga CAN DO campaign activity and the achievements the Chattanooga Chamber has made over the last fiscal year.
The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Advance registration is required. Tickets cost $40 for members, and $45 for non-members. Please contact the Chamber Events Hotline at 423.763.4366 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Thursday, August 9 2012, 08:20 AM EDT
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The stock opened at $92.70 on the New York Stock Exchange this morning, up 36 percent from the initial $68 per share price set Thursday evening.
At that price the company would be worth $228.5 billion, more than companies such as Amazon, Ebay and even Facebook.
On Thursday, Alibaba and the investment bankers arranging the IPO settled on a price of $68 per share. The company and its early investors raised $21.8 billion in the offering, which valued Alibaba at $168 billion in one of the world's biggest ever initial public offerings.
But after a two-hour trading delay due to strong demand, it opened much higher than that price. If the stock closes at $92.70, the IPO will have raised close to $30 billion.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health rose in August but at a much slower pace than in July.
The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose 0.2 percent in August, the seventh straight increase. But that was much slower than the revised 1.1 percent gain in July.
Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says even with the slowdown in August, the index shows the economy is still gaining traction.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs.
The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11. Hiring picked up in 35 states, while it fell in 15.
Unemployment rates can rise even when hiring increases if more people start looking for work and don't immediately find jobs. The figures suggest hiring was broad-based across most regions of the country last month, even as nationwide job gains in August were the weakest this year.
Georgia reported the nation's highest unemployment rate, at 8.1 percent, followed by Mississippi at 7.9 percent. That's the first time Georgia has had the highest rate since the Great Recession ended.
LONDON (AP) -- Businesses and investors have reacted with relief to Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom.
The No campaign won 55 percent of the votes cast in Thursday's referendum. The 10-point victory margin was wider than expected -- most opinion polls on the eve of the vote showed a narrower 4-point victory.
British stocks responded positively to the news Friday, with the FTSE 100 index up 0.3 percent. Royal Bank of Scotland shares were up, and the bank, which is majority-owned by the U.K. government, said it was "business as usual" for its customers.
Some had warned that if Scotland left, uncertainty over the future value of the British pound and government debt would have rattled the U.K economy.
In the currency markets, the pound was solid too, rising to a two-year high against the euro.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Exxon Mobil says it will stop drilling an exploratory well in Russia's Kara Sea in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Russia over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine.
Exxon planned to drill the well between August and October. The latest round of sanctions called for the removal of U.S. workers on projects in the Russian Arctic by Sept. 26.
Exxon says it has received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to wind down operations, but it is unclear whether the license will allow Exxon to stop drilling on the schedule it had already laid out. Exxon could not be immediately reached for comment.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is being sold to Russian company Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum.
In addition to its namesake beer, Pabst Brewing Co. makes Colt 45, Old Milwaukee and Schlitz. Pabst was acquired in 2010 by C. Dean Metropoulos & Co., which is known for investing in food brands.
Pabst Brewing, now based in Los Angeles, traces its roots back to 1844 in Milwaukee. Since purchasing it in 2010, Metropoulos has enlisted comedian Will Ferrell to market the company's beers. Pabst Blue Ribbon has also grown in popularity in part for its blue-collar appeal and cheap price.
Oasis is buying Pabst with TSG, an investment firm known for its work with consumer products companies. TSG Consumer Partners will take a minority stake in Pabst.
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