Briefcase

Lankford celebrates 30 years at Solvay

Betty Lankford recently completed 30 years of employment with Solvay Specialty Polymers. Lankford joined the Marietta plant in 1983 as a material handler. She lives in Marietta.

Dennison & Assoc. plan community day

Dennison & Associates will be having a community day from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at its office at 900 Front St. in Marietta (across from the fairgrounds).

The official show car of the NASCAR Nationwide series will be there, along with a NASCAR driving simulator, free food and prize giveaways and games. The event is free and open to the public. There will be sign up IPADS to enter a drawing to win a custom golf cart valued at $8,000.

For more information: 373-2604.

AT&T introduces option for faster phone upgrades

NEW YORK – AT&T is making it easier for customers to upgrade their cellphones more frequently.

AT&T Inc. says it’s introducing an option called AT&T Next on July 26. Instead of paying, for example, $200 up front to buy a smartphone, customers would pay monthly installments of $15 to $50 on top of their service plan, depending on the device.

After a year, customers can trade in their phone and get a new one, paying no upgrade or activation fees. AT&T says a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone would require monthly installments of $32.