Tuesday - September 17, 2019

Business News

Whimsy cookie store to open in downtown Tuscaloosa - Sat, 14 Sep 2019
The cookies are coming.The Whimsy Cookie Co. Tuscaloosa plans to open next week at 305 21st Ave. Suite C downtown, next to Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q.Stacy Taylor, the store's managing partner, said Whimsy's cookies are "not only look cute, they also taste great.”  The shop will feature gourmet sugar cookies for all seasons and holidays, along with decorated cookies for special occasions, like weddings and baby showers. [...]

MICHELLE SINGLETARY: When a loan forgiveness program keeps you handcuffed to a job you hate - Sun, 15 Sep 2019
WASHINGTON — I made a promise to myself early in my career. If my job ever became so unbearable that I got stomach cramps at just the thought of walking into the office, it was time to quit.But what if staying in your crummy job is the only way to have tens of thousands of dollars in student debt forgiven?This is the issue vexing a reader, who asked me during a recent online discussion: Should I stay or should I go?"I'm a federal employee with five years left [...]

BUSINESS BUZZ: September 15, 2019 - Sun, 15 Sep 2019
• Bennett Bearden, Chief of Staff and Assistant State Geologist at the Geological Survey of Alabama and Adjunct Progessor of water policy and law at the University of Alabama, has been selected to serve as Conference Chair of the 2020 Alabama Water Resources Conference. He serves on the Conference Planning Committee for the Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar. Bearden was also elected as Membership Chair of the American Water Resources Association [...]

Whole Foods ending health benefits for part-time workers - Fri, 13 Sep 2019
Hundreds of part-time Whole Foods Market employees just got some incredibly bad news.The grocery chain, which is owned by e-commerce giant Amazon, will no longer provide them with access to health insurance as of Jan. 1, according to Business Insider.The move affects about 2% of the retailer's workforce. [...]

Decode Your Credit Card's Fine Print Like a Pro - Fri, 13 Sep 2019
Sifting through a credit card's terms and conditions can be daunting. The language isn't always straightforward, and it's not uncommon to feel lost. Two-thirds of consumers report fully understanding credit

Publix: Only officers should openly carry guns in its stores - Thu, 12 Sep 2019
LAKELAND, Fla. — If you're carrying a gun, the Publix supermarket chain doesn't want to see it.Publix is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even if state laws allow it.The new policy comes a week after the competing Kroger grocery chain joined Walmart, Target, and other companies in asking customers not to openly carry weapons in their stores. The policies don't amount to outright prohibitions, in [...]

Moving to Escape Taxes? Make Sure It's a Clean Break - Thu, 12 Sep 2019
Breaking up can be hard to do if the other party doesn't want to let you go. People who move out of high-tax states may learn this the hard way

What to Do If You Lose Your Credit Card - Wed, 11 Sep 2019
A missing credit card can put you in a tough spot, especially when you have no idea what happened to it. What if someone stole it? You want to alert

Chime, Varo Launch Free Programs to Pay Account Overdrafts - Wed, 11 Sep 2019
Chime and Varo banking customers who fall into the red with certain checking account transactions may find that their bank will cover them " and without a fee. The two

Applicants needed for jobs at local Burger Kings - Tue, 10 Sep 2019
GPS Hospitality will hold a job fair Thursday to help fill management and crew member positions at its four Burger King locations in the Tuscaloosa area.Applicants can interview in person from 9-11 a.m. or 2-6 p.m. at these locations: 1601 McFarland Blvd. N, 2515 Stillman Blvd., 3808 McFarland Blvd. and4900 Skyland Blvd. Onlin applications are available at www.gpsjobfair2019.com.For those looking for their first job, GPS offers [...]

Share of uninsured Americans rises 1st time in decade - Tue, 10 Sep 2019
WASHINGTON — The proportion of Americans without health insurance edged up in 2018 — the first evidence from the government that coverage gains under President Barack Obama's health care law might be eroding under President Donald Trump.The Census Bureau also said in an annual report Tuesday that household income rose last year at its slowest pace in four years and finally matched its previous peak set in 1999. Median household income increased 0.9% in 2018 to an [...]

GameStop lays off 14% of workers, closing up to 200 stores - Tue, 10 Sep 2019
GameStop is the latest struggling retailer to make drastic moves to stay afloat, according to published reports.Already, the chain has cut 14% of workers at its headquarters near Dallas and in select other locations, according to The Holywood Reporter. Now comes word 180-200 stores [...]

How I Ditched Debt: Small Wins Help Achieve a Big Dream - Tue, 10 Sep 2019
In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.   Bernadette Joy Maulion, 34, went to business school part time after

Dreaming of Living in a New Place? Here's How to Make It a Reality - Tue, 10 Sep 2019
Even if you love your home, there's a chance it isn't in your ideal place to live. But the space between fantasizing about your dream location and actually moving there

Fred's Inc. files for bankruptcy, closing retail stores - Tue, 10 Sep 2019
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Discount retail and pharmacy chain Fred's Inc. is filing for bankruptcy and closing its stores over the next two months.Fred's has several stores in Alabama, including in Demopolis, Eutaw, Fayette, Hamilton, Livingston and Sulligent, according to its website.The Memphis, Tennessee-based company said in a statement Monday that it has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and has begun liquidation sales at all of its retail locations.The company said it [...]

Magazine rates Archibald's over Dreamland in best BBQ joints list - Tue, 10 Sep 2019
Editors at Southern Living magazine have ranked the top 50 barbecue joints in the South and the top restaurant from the Tuscaloosa area isn't Dreamland Bar-B-Que.It's Archibald's Bar-B-Q in Northport.The Southern Living survey, released in September, ranks Archibald's at No. 9, with Dreamland close behind at No. 12.Southern Living editors say they spent the summer sampling smoked meat and sides at restaurants throughout the Southeast.[gh:script](function(d,s, [...]

MICHELLE SINGLETARY: Hurricane Dorian is a reminder for us all to prepare for a financial storm - Sun, 08 Sep 2019
WASHINGTON — You may not be in the path of Hurricane Dorian, but it's still a good idea to be financially prepared for a storm.Think of your financial life as going to the beach. One of the things you need to have on hand is sunscreen. You can't see the harmful UV rays, but if you stay out too long without protection, you can get burned — sometimes badly.I learned the hard way how important it is to protect myself from the sun. On my first trip to the [...]

BUSINESS BUZZ: September 8, 2019 - Sun, 08 Sep 2019
• Zimmerman Cattle Co, Ralph, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus. • Vickie [...]

Need a Break Before the Holiday Break? Consider a 'Micro Trip' - Fri, 06 Sep 2019
With the holiday season fast approaching, many people have their vacation plans mapped out for the rest of the year. But even the most rested souls might need a getaway

Start With a Money Summit to Hit Your #couplegoals - Fri, 06 Sep 2019
Spreadsheets and savings goals aren't sexy. That's probably why great love stories, when retold, don't delve into household finances. But money is a central part of any relationship. And how