Business In Brief - December 6, 2007

Dawn Johnson's State Farm to have open house

State Farm insurance agent Dawn Johnson and her staff will host an open house for community guests and clients from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event is at Johnson's new office in Manchester Village, 572 John Ross Parkway, Suite 106, Rock Hill.

Johnson has more than 15 years in the insurance business and offers home, auto, business and life insurance and other financial services.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment on evenings and Saturdays. For more information, call 980-1414.

Community pharmacy opens at North Central

The North Central Family Medical Center recently opened an on-site pharmacy, called Community Medicine Pharmacy.

The pharmacy was opened to serve patients who already are receiving care at the center but also is open to the public. In addition to filling prescriptions, registered pharmacists on staff can answer questions about prescriptions and provide patient education.

The pharmacy is located at 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A discount program is available for those who qualify. Most insurance plans are accepted.

For more details, call (803) 412-3352.

Cigarette importer to pay additional $3.1 million

CHARLESTON -- Officials say a company has agreed to pay an additional $3.1 million after falsely reporting the weight of cigarettes it imported through Charleston.

Court records show Premier Manufacturing pleaded guilty two years ago to underreporting the weight of cigarettes it brought in from Spain, China and Greece since 1995.

Customs taxes are based in part on weight.

The U.S. Justice Department says the Missouri-based company agreed at the time to make restitution of more than $7 million. The company also paid a $100,000 fine.

Shares of cable operator Comcast at 20-month low

PHILADELPHIA -- Shares of Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, tumbled to a 20-month low Wednesday after it disclosed that this year's cable revenue growth and cash flow will come in lower than expected. It said consumers were balking at increasing their spending in a slowing economy and phone companies had stepped up competition.

Meanwhile, Comcast also raised its capital spending to push advanced digital set-top boxes and its digital services.

Cable stocks have struggled in 2007 on worries of stricter regulations, a slowing economy and competition from phone companies as they lured customers with their video services. Cable had enjoyed an advantage of being able to deliver video, Internet and phone services through one provider.