Business In Brief - March 15, 2008

USC dean to meet with alumni, business leaders

Business leaders and University of South Carolina alumni in Rock Hill are invited to meet Dr. Hildy Teegen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to learn about the new strategic direction for the Moore School of Business.

Teegen, who began her tenure as dean of the Moore School last September, will discuss the school's strategic direction. She will highlight other important issues for the school and discuss ways that the Moore School of Business will continue to serve needs through its education and research in international business and its educational, research and outreach programming in South Carolina and beyond.

The free event will be at the City Club of Rock Hill. To RSVP, call 1-800-277-0105 or (803) 777-2910, e-mail business.relations@, or visit the Web site and click "events."

Host for the Rock Hill event is alumnus Eddie Brown, chairman of the Piedmont region of Carolina First Bank.

Provident Community Bank unveils Dream Checking

Provident Community Bank this week introduced Dream Checking, a free checking account with no monthly fees, no minimum balance and the opportunity to earn 5.76 percent APY when certain requirements are met.

Customers who meet debit card, online banking and direct deposit requirements are eligible.

To learn more, visit the Web site

Werner Family Chiropractic now offers massage therapy

Debi Deal of Carolina Massage and Body Work has joined Dr. Rhonda Werner at Werner Family Chiropractic, 1267 Ebenezer Road. Deal specializes in deep tissue, Swedish, reflexology and hot stone massage. For more details, call 329-6361 or (803) 230-2985.

Media General to sell TV network affiliates in Fla., La.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Media General, a newspaper publisher and television station operator, said Friday it plans to sell network television stations in Florida and Louisiana to help reduce debt and strengthen its balance sheet.

The publisher of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune and Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal said it has signed agreements with Hoak Media to sell ABC station WMBB in Panama City, Fla., and NBC/CBS station KALB/NALB in Alexandria, La.

The stations are among five in the Southeast that Media General had previously announced plans to sell.

Marshall Morton, president and chief executive officer, said negotiations with other companies for the remaining stations are nearing completion and Media General expects to announce those deals in the coming weeks. Those stations are WCWJ in Jacksonville, Fla., and WNEG in Toccoa, Ga., an independent, satellite station for WSPA in Spartanburg.

GM recalls 207,502 sedans over risk of fire

DETROIT -- General Motors is recalling 207,542 Buick Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix sedans over a risk they could catch fire, and warned their owners not to park the cars in garages until they are fixed.

The automaker said Friday it is recalling the 1997-2003 Buick Regal GS and Grand Prix GTP models with 3.8-liter supercharged V-6 engines.

During hard braking, drops of oil can leak from the engine onto the exhaust manifold, and fires can start if the oil gets hot enough, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its Web site.