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From groundbreakings to foreclosures to flag-changing, the unpredictable hospitality industry in Albany is ever-changing, to say the least.

The latest development in the volatile business here is just that – a development — on Pointe North Boulevard just south of Dawson Road, where a Holiday Inn Express and a second flagship hotel are planned.

Construction is slated to begin soon.

Marshall vs.


Our recent article on local attorney Jim Finkelstein having Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall removed from a case due to her actions in court had a reader doing some research because we failed to report exactly what it was that Finkelstein did that got under Marshall’s skin.

According to Page 2 of his affidavit, Marshall called Finkelstein a “pain” for requesting the jury be sat in groups of 12 (an oft underused procedural option). This was among many other situational claims, our reader says.

“It sounds like these two have some existing issues with each other, but that is just from reading his affidavit (which tend to be biased by their authors),” the Journal reader wrote. “It will be interesting to read the actual transcript to get a first-hand account of the happenings (Case No. 2010-SU-R-215). An interesting side note is that Finkelstein also moved to recuse Judge (Richard) Porter (the judge who DQ’s Marshall) from hearing this recusal of Judge Marshall because in 1998, Porter (and Judge Cato) of the South Georgia Judicial Circuit had signed a blanket order… disqualifying themselves from any cases in which Finkelstein was the attorney! (The world is so much more interesting than we give it credit for.)

“Porter found ‘the demeanor, personalities and mannerisms of all involved likely contributed to or exacerbated some of the comments and occurrences in this trial.’ In other words, it seems everyone was causing a problem, but that ‘such does not, however, excuse a judge from making comments or taking actions which reasonably cause one to believe that bias, prejudice, or a systematic pattern of prejudicial conduct exists against a party.’ As in, even so, the buck stops with the judge.”

Odum joins AB&T

AB&T National Bank on Tuesday announced the addition of Marilyn Odum as a mortgage originator. For both Odum and AB&T this event represents a homecoming rather than a new hiring. Odum was instrumental in setting up the mortgage lending department at the newly opened Meredyth Drive main office in May 2000.

“We are so fortunate to have Marilyn rejoin our bank,” stated Luke Flatt, president and CEO. “Her mortgage experience goes back to early 1970s. Her very successful career in the field of real estate completely supports our vision of becoming the gold standard of community banking in our communities and beyond.”

Having made a career in mortgage lending, Odum says she loves helping first time home buyers

“Because a home loan often represents the largest single purchase that most people make, naturally they are nervous. I feel that it is my job to put them at ease,” she said. “I want to help AB&T ‘set the bar’ when it comes to servicing bank customers in the Albany/Leesburg market.”

AB&T National Bank (www.abtgold.com) opened in 1999 as Albany Bank & Trust.

DDR Insurors

in Bulldog 100

Doherty Duggan and Rouse Insurors is among the businesses selected for the second annual class of the Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses. Sponsored by the University of Georgia Alumni Association, the Bulldog 100 is an annual program that determines and awards the 100 fastest growing businesses that are owned or operated by UGA Alumni  Rankings are based on a compounded annual growth rate of revenues for the past three years.

Doherty Duggan and Rouse Insurors’ president, Rick Doherty was presented with an award at the Bulldog 100 celebration Jan. 22 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.

“I want to congratulate Rick. Being among the top 100 Bulldog-run businesses in the country is a great honor. With more than 700 nominations from across the U.S., it is truly an achievement to make the list,” said UGA Alumni Association Executive Director Deborah Dietzler.

Information about the program, including a complete list of the Bulldog 100 Class of 2011, is available on the UGA Alumni Association website: www.uga.edu/alumni/bulldog100.  Nominations are now open for the 2012 Bulldog 100.

Doherty Duggan and Rouse Insurors (ddrins.com) is a full service independent insurance agency. Founded and headquartered in Albany, Doherty Duggan and Rouse has expanded its reach by establishing offices in Cordele, Macon, and Warner Robins.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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