Celebrate!

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will host a membership breakfast at 8 a.m. on Feb. 12 at the Jefferson City Public Library, 108 City Center Dr., sponsored by First Bank.

Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting and Open House on Wednesday, February 26, from Noon until 2:00 p.m. at Carriage Hill Insurance and Risk Management, located at 225 West First North St., Suite 107.

The Morristown Chamber will host a Business After Hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 at Benchmark Physical Therapy, located at 2817 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy. in Fountain Plaza.

Save the Date (s)

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. March 17 at Jefferson City Community Center. Registration deadline: March 9.

The 2020 Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 21 at First Presbyterian Church.

Nominee Submission deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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(AP)-Energy companies led U.S. stock indexes lower in afternoon trading Friday, erasing modest early gains.

Despite the market’s downward tilt, the S&P 500 index was still on track for a second straight weekly gain.

Trading has been more subdued and cautious on Wall Street, following China’s report Thursday of a surge in cases of a new virus that raised fresh concerns about global economic growth.

Stocks ended lower on Thursday for only the second time this month. Earlier in the week, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq set all-time highs three days in a row.

With U.S. financial markets scheduled to be closed Monday for the President’s Day holiday, it’s likely some traders were looking to take some profits now in order to get ahead of potential negative headlines about the virus over the long weekend.

(AP) — Facebook has decided to let political campaigns pay online influencers to spread their messages, a practice that had sidestepped many of the social network’s rules governing political ads.

Friday’s policy reversal highlights difficulties tech companies and regulators have in keeping up with the changing nature of paid political messages.

The change comes days after Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg exploited a loophole to run humorous messages promoting his campaign on the accounts of popular Instagram personalities.

“This is a new kind of activity that simply didn’t exist when the rules for internet political communications were last updated,” said Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub of the Federal Election Commission.