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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 17, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 iiiliiiliiiiilii  SRS plans more layoffs  SRNS, SRR, Wackenhut to cut dose to 350 jobs  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  In light of the $380 million  ment of Eneiigy Environmental Management budget, a possible 350 additional layoffs at the Savannah River Site were  budget reduction to the Depart- announced Monday.  In the cominp months, work- Savannah River Remediation  force restructunng will be seen and up to 100 at Wackenhut  at three site contractors - about Services Inc., through volun-  100 to 150 at Savannah River tary and involuntaiy processes, 1,400-employee layoffs pten  Nuclear Solutions, up to 100 at according to spokespersons for that has thus far reduced the  each contractor.  SRNS has announced that, in addition to its three-phase,  workforce by 670 employees in two phases, there will be an additional voluntaiy phase  Please see LAYOFFS, page 11A  Tuesday  May 17,2011  Vol. 145, No. 137  Todays Weather  \i>ur L.(x^al Source Since ————  www.aikenstandard.com   8(i  > /  50^  Court orders bar to stop using Tipsey logo  School Board  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  The bar that opened as Tipsey McStumbles in downtown Aiken covered its business sign in The Alley with a plastic bag on Monday, responding to a preliminaiy injunction granted  f o*-» Aiimiofo ritcfmof r»rviirt  KJJ lAXl A W W«^ I  judge to stop using the trademark.  The controversial Irish pub that opened on St. Patrick's Day is the subject of a lawsuit brought against its owner, Chris Griffin, by Tipsey McStumbles LLC in Augusta and Michael Anglin, who has run Tipsey McStumbles at 214 7th St. in Augusta since March 2010.  The lawsuit claims that Griffin stole the Tipsey McStumbles trade name, logo and Catholic schoolgirl waitress attire and caused damage to the reputation and good will of the Augusta business.  The injunction orders Griflin to cease the use of the Tipsey mark, not make statements that might lead the public to believe that the two locations are businesses associated with one another and recall all copies of print media or advertising bearing the name Tipsey McStumbles.  The Tipsey mark - which uses the words "Tipsey McStumbles," an inner and outer circle and a Celtic clover design or any similar design -is prohibited fi-om being used by the Aiken pub, according to the order.  Additionally, the Aiken bar was ordered to shut down its Facebook page, which was deactivated by Monday afternoon.  Alexandra "Dee" Williams, North Augusta Andrew N. Anderson, North Augusta Fannie Mae Gardner, i Aiken  John W.Smith,  Langley  Samuel"Sam" Allen,  Aiken  Deaths and Funerals 16A  Calendar  SC  SC     Classifieds    5B      Crossword    4C      Comics    3C      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    4B      Movie Listings    5C      Nation/World    10A      Obituaries    6A      Opinions    13A      Puzzles    4C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    2C     Staff photo by Amy Banton  The sign that reads Tipsey McStumbles was covered Monday afternoon. Top left, this submitted photo shows what the sign looked like.  The injunction came after a hearing on May 2 that Griffin failed to attend, according to court documents, though the Augusta bar's operator . was present and ad^essed the judge.  "My client feels like justice is being served (by the injunction). It's been a very fiaistrat-ing situation for him," said attomey for the plaintiff Robert Mullins, who added that the Augusta Tipsey McStumbles is seeking a permanent injunction.  The injunction does not directly address the trade dress of the waitresses but does indicate that employees associated with the Aiken bar must refiain  from representing themselves in any way that would suggest a connection to the Tipsey mark.  The civil suit, filed April 14 in U.S. District Court in Augusta,- states Anglin entered into a business agreement with Griffin on Dec. 30,2010, that would make Griffin eligible to become a partner with the Augusta location if he completed all requirements of the agreement, including making payments to the Augusta pub, which court records indicate he failed to do by March 8.  It is alleged that, in addition  Piease see TIPSEY, page 11A  What do you think?  > What do you think about the bar in downtown Aiken being ordered to stop using the Tipsey McStumbles trademark?  ► Comment on this story at www.aiken-standard.com, write to Opinions, Aiken Standard, Box 456, Aiken, S.C. 29802 or email editorial© aikenstandard.com  INSIDE TODAY  Ihimp won't ran for prez  Celebrity real estate mogul is not seeking the 2012 nomination. 19A  Aiken artists  Celebrate the iDeauty of art at the Aiken Artist Guild Member Show. 11C  Blastoff!  The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off. 18A  OKs tentative millage hike  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  The Aiken County Board . of Education has tentatively agreed on tax hikes in both its operating and debt-serv'ice budgets to provide new programming 2nd sm^ill salary hikes for personnel, as well as increased funds for capital needs projects.  After about 2.5 hours of discussion, the board members agreed to raise the debt-service millage by nine mills and the operating budget by 3.8 mills.  "This is not pretty, and it's painful," board member Richard Hazen acknowledged. "But there is nothing else, rhese are the only funding options open to us."  For those with owner-occupied homes, the proposed tax increases will cost $46 per $100,000 of assessed value. For businesses and rental and per  sonal property, the increase will amount to $76.80 per $100,000 of value.  The board voted unanimously on the operating mill increase. On the debt-service budget, the vote was 6-3 with Board Chair Rosemar>'  Pnoikh Dr lohn Rass and Wesley Hightower opposing it.  English said she wanted a slightly larger millage to provide another SI million annually for building needs. Hightower opposed the motion because he wants more concrete information about how the building program would be impacted by the additional funds.  An existing building plan for the next seven years is already in place, said Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt.  'if we get the additional funds, let's look it and see what can be bumped up,"  Please see BUDGET, page 11A  Developer details plans for the new County Complex  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  McMillan Pazdan Smith is getting close to developing a footprint of the new Aiken County Complex, said firm principal K.J. Jacobs, who with several others, brought the citizens advisory committee up to date on progress made thus far Monday.  The complex will be roughly 125,000 square feet to accommodate administrative and court-related services and sit on 24 acres on University Parkway, bordered on the back by Lincoln Avenue.  Currently, McMillan Pazdan Smith envisions a three-stoiy front elevation facing University, but a two-story back elevation facing Lincoln Avenue.  There could be two or three  access points from University and one access point from Lincoln meant for employees and service trucks, Jacobs said.  Committee member Diane Giddings said she was concerned about what impact increased tralfic would have on Lincoln Avenue, which is a largely residential street.  A portion of it leading to Vaucluse Road is dirt edged by vacant lots, and Aiken County Councilman Chuck Smith wondered if the county would pave it.  'If you don't pave it, the lot becomes less desirable," Giddings said.  The complex would be centered on the property with a majority of parking - 640 spaces on average - on either  Please see COMPLEX, page 11A  Thk Pain Center at  Aiken Neurosciences, PC  riTTS-trri i  «Til  V\ 11 u \ .( ä JS». li.M i ., ji( VI ii   

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