Top Headlines: More Development in Downtown B’ham; Tesla Autodrive Saves Drunk Driver

Commercial, residential space being added to Parkside
Condominiums are coming to Birmingham’s Parkside District. A team, led by Kathy Okrongley of Southpace Properties, is redeveloping a former macaroni factory at 1329 4th Avenue South into a three-story commercial and residential condo project.

The building is within three blocks of Regions Field, Railroad Park, Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. –

Giles Perkins, architect of Jones Senate win, dies at 51
Giles Perkins, who served as Alabama Sen. Doug Jones’ campaign chairman during his stunning special election victory in 2017, died Sunday night after fighting pancreatic cancer. Perkins, 51, died peacefully at his home in Birmingham surrounded by family and close friends, including the senator. Perkins helped raise Jones from an afterthought to a national cause, flipping the first Republican congressional seat of the Trump administration. – Politico

Police say Tesla Autodrive apparently saved a drunk driver
Police in California on Friday arrested a 45-year-old man who was spotted by officers cruising in a Tesla Model S down highway 101, fast asleep behind the wheel, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s unclear if the car was in Autopilot mode at the time, but authorities believe that had to be the case, as it took seven minutes, over several miles, to successfully stop the Model S. – Jalopnik  

Birmingham’s NXTsoft acquires Echo Partners of Memphis
Birmingham cybersecurity company NXTsoft announced today that it has acquired Memphis-based Echo Partners. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Company officials said the deal will allow NXTsoft to offer deposit profitability analytics, interest rate risk consulting and other services to simplify complicated financial calculations. –

Coca-Cola United names director for multicultural marketing
Pamela Cook is Coca-Cola United’s new director of multicultural marketing and community affairs for the central region. A media and promotions manager for Coca-Cola United since 2014, Cook will be responsible for multicultural marketing and community relations initiatives throughout the company’s central region, which includes Alabama, the Florida panhandle, the Tennessee Valley and parts of southwest Georgia. –

Haynes Downard moving to Cahaba Heights
Haynes Downard LLP, a full-service public accounting firm, will be moving into a new office in Cahaba Heights, at 3161 Cahaba Heights Road, Suite 203. Previously located downtown on Second Avenue North, the Haynes Downard team looks forward to moving closer to its clients, most of whom are based in areas like Homewood, Vestavia and Mountain Brook. Haynes Downard anticipates being fully operational in its new office by late December. – News release

Company ordered to pay back wages for ignoring overtime laws
A Baldwin County business must pay more than $134,000 in back wages to 22 employees, following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation. Labor’s Wage and Hour Division said it determined that Paradise Granite LLC of Elberta, a countertop installation company, paid straight time rates to hourly employees, rather than paying time-and-one-half for overtime when those employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek. –

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