KMC Telecom to close office on Sugarloaf

New Duluth hospital taking shape

A new hospital is rising in greater Duluth.

Several months after breaking ground, health care administrators, doctors and other staff celebrated progress on the 110-bed Emory Johns Creek Hospital - the first full-service medical center serving the affluent area about five miles from downtown Duluth.

The $117 million Emory Johns Creek Hospital is taking shape among the high tech firms, million dollar homes and country clubs of Johns Creek - a fast-growing area where Gwinnett, Forsyth and Fulton counties meet.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital is set to open January 2007.

The hospital's location in the affluent suburbs of northwestern Fulton County was a source of controversy for years, largely because it will stand five miles from a replacement hospital for Joan Glancy Memorial in the city of Duluth. Joan Glancy is run by the competing nonprofit Gwinnett Health System Inc.

New technology enables cell phones to identify songs

You might call it the modern version of name that tune.

Executives from a New York firm came to Atlanta this week to speak to wireless carriers, including Cingular. The subject was new technology that enables consumers to use cell phones to identify music on the radio. It's a high-tech upgrade that may bring an end to driving home, hearing a great song on the radio, but missing the name.

The company, known as 411song.com, has created a service that works like this: Hear a song you like, call a toll-free number, hold the mobile phone close to the speaker for 15 seconds, then receive a text message including the song, artist and a link to download the ringtone.

Total cost - 99 cents.

The company's database has at least 2.5 million songs.

411-Song has most major wireless carriers signed up, though Nextel and Boost still are not on the list.

Doug Sams can be reached at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.