Buzz: Ledbetters begin work on retail center in Panama City. Tomato Festival returns to downtown Cartersville Saturday. Extra hours to shop at outlets this weekend. And gas prices climbing again.

Buzz: Ledbetters begin work on retail center in Panama City. Tomato Festival returns to downtown Cartersville Saturday. Extra hours to shop at outlets this weekend. And gas prices climbing again.

Ledbetters begin work on Bay City Point in Panama City Beach: Previous reports have put a Cracker Barrel and a Chick-fil-A in the retail mix Ledbetter Properties is creating.  News Herald. The Ledbetters describe Bay City Point is a 200,000-square-foot development strategically located in the heart of Panama City, FL at the heavily trafficked intersection of Hwy 77 and East 23rd Street … (that has) great access and visibility as well as close proximity to higher income residential areas and numerous national retailers…”

The Fifth Annual Cartersville Farmer’s Market Tomato Festival is Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon. Scheduled: Live music performed by The Owens Brothers and The City Cellar and Loft will be joining the Farmer’s Market to serve Fried Green Tomatoes from 10 a.m. until noon. The Cartersville Downtown Development Authority also will be giving away tomato sandwiches made with fresh tomatoes. Look for it in the Founders Oak parking lot.

Extra hours at Calhoun outlets. We’re guessing its because of back-to-school shopping but look for stores to be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday. From the Tennessee Department of Revenue: “The state of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free. This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 28 and ends Sunday, July 30 at 11:59 p.m. That includes: Clothing:  $100 or Less; School Supplies and School Art Supplies: $100 or Less; and computers:  $1,500 or Less.   Expanded details

Latest gas prices from AAA South: Georgia gas prices averaged $2.18 per gallon, on Sunday. The state average is 3 cents more than last week, and 17 cents more than this time last year.

  • The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Atlanta ($2.25), Savannah ($2.16), and Athens ($2.12)
  • The least expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Augusta-Aiken ($2.03), Macon ($2.06), and Valdosta ($2.09)
  • For the year: The highest national average price for gasoline, so far this year was $2.42 on April 21; the lowest was $2.23 on July.
  • The highest average price in Georgia, so far this year, was $2.29 on April 14; the lowest was $2.08 on July 5.

 

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