Its big legal victory in South Carolina aside, the Charleston-based cruise ship Fantasy made waves on another front last week.
Carnival Cruise Lines announced Thursday that it's kicking off a concert series on eight of its ships, including the Fantasy.
The company called the new "LIVE" deal a "first-of-its-kind experience" for the industry. It will include onboard performances by a diverse roster of popular music acts while the pleasure vessels are docked at select ports of call.
Beginning in April, the concerts will take place on board the eight Carnival ships that call on Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina Island off California.
The cruise operator has lined up 49 performance dates for the 2014 series with artists like .38 Special, Chicago, Daughtry, Foreigner, Gavin DeGraw, Jennifer Hudson, Jewel, Kansas, Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John, REO Speedwagon and Styx.
The bands will join the ship while in port, perform in the main show lounge that night, and then return to dry land following their shows.
The new concert lineup was announced two days after the S.C. Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit alleging the Carnival Fantasy was a nuisance to local residents. The ruling said that the environmental group and local neighborhood associations didn't have legal standing to bring the case.
The head of Summerville Medical Center is heading to Music City.
After almost four years at the helm of the 94-bed, acute-care hospital, CEO Lou Caputo has accepted a position to lead the TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Nashville, it was announced Friday.
Summerville Medical Center is part of the Trident Health hospital system, which is owned by the for-profit parent company HCA Healthcare. HCA also is based in Nashville.
StoneCrest Medical Center is part of TriStar Health, a multistate system with facilities in Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to its website.
Caputo will remain with Summerville Medical until March 3. Trident Health said in a statement that a national search will be launched to find his replacement.
Why not here?
Seattle-based specialty fashion retailer Nordstrom plans to open one of its discount apparel, accessory and shoe stores, Nordstrom Rack, in Columbia by this fall. Its other South Carolina store will open in Greenville, also by the fall.
When is it coming to Charleston? Though several more shops will open nationwide through 2018, there are no plans to bring one to the Lowcountry during that period, according to the company's website.
The off-price version of the trendy retailer offers a wide selection of merchandise at 30 percent to 70 percent off regular prices.
The new 34,000-square-foot store in Columbia will be in Harbison Court, close to Columbiana Mall. It's taking over the space left vacant by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
Nordstrom's nearest full-line store is at Southpark shopping center in Charlotte.
Pump up the volume
A sharp rise in trading volume for a local bank stock was noted by the Nasdaq last week.
About 50,000 shares of Charleston-based Bank of South Carolina Corp. changed hands Wednesday. That was a 1,927 percent jump over the 65-day average volume.
But the increase came at a price: BKSC fell 40 cents for the day, or 2.6 percent, to close at $15.10.
By contrast just 1,728 shares were bought and sold Friday, when the stock closed at $15.07.
Patriots Point hopes to cap- italize on a recent mistake The Associated Press made.
The news organization released a story early Tuesday to announce that Patriots Point planned to add the Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior to its collection of historic airplanes on the aircraft carrier Yorktown. But that particular model had been aboard the World War II-era carrier since 2010.
Shortly after its release, AP sent an alert to news media to disregard the report, citing a computer glitch for the error. But many regional outlets had already picked up and posted the four-year-old story.
"We hope that instead of confusion, this mix-up will lead to more folks coming to see the Skywarrior and other magnificent aircraft that join it up on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown," Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette said. "We can't help but laugh and wonder if the ghost aboard the The Fighting Lady (The Yorktown) is playing tricks."
Patriots Point workers position the EA-3B Skywarrior on the deck of the Yorktown after the plane was delivered to the carrier by barge and a crane in 2010.×
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