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Georgia Names Finalists in Anti-Smoking Review

ATLANTA—BBDO South, Austin Kelley Advertising and Fleishman-Hillard have been named finalists in Georgia’s Statewide Awareness and Education Campaign for Tobacco Use. More than a dozen agencies responded to a request for a proposal for the estimated $6 million annual account. A decision is expected this week.

T.G. Madison Wins Caterpillar Footwear Group

ATLANTA—Caterpillar Footwear Group, a unit of Wolverine World Wide, has hired T.G. Madison Advertising to handle 2001 advertising for its Cat work shoes. The Atlanta shop won the account, which includes creative and media chores, of the Peoria, Ill., company in a review against seven Midwest and Southern agencies, including local rival Sawyer Riley Compton.

Montalbano Drives Off With Dobles Automotive

ATLANTA—The Montalbano Group has won the advertising account of Dobles Automotive. The Metairie, La., shop defeated Strong Automotive Advertising in Birmingham, Ala., for the $1 million account of the car dealership. Dobles is headquartered in Manchester, N.H. Montalbano also picked up advertising duties for Roger Penske’s Kearny Mesa Toyota in San Diego, Jack Sherman Chevrolet of Midland, Texas, and Fisher Chevrolet-Honda in Boulder, Colo. Total billings for the three dealers amount to $1.5 million.

Kilgannon McReynolds Bows Southern Linc

ATLANTA—Kilgannon McReynolds’ new advertising for Southern Linc, the integrated wireless communications service from The Southern Company, breaks this month with a tagline of “Built around business. Built around you.” The business-to-business effort from the Atlanta shop involves print in regional newspapers appearing in the second quarter, radio, outdoor and interactive media on cnn.com, weather.com, cbs.sportsline.com and engageb2b.com. Billings for the account are undisclosed. Southern Company is headquartered in Atlanta.

Young & Rubicam Revs Up Nascar TV, Print

CHICAGO—Young & Rubicam’s first work for Nascar features a middle-age, race-obsessed father who incorporates his fixation into his family’s everyday life. The television commercials and print ads for the Daytona Beach, Fla.-headquartered racing circuit break Feb. 18. Y&R Chicago won the estimated $25-35 million account in October following a review.

And 1 Shifts Business From Crispin to Fallon

NEW YORK—Fallon has produced two new television commercials for And 1, thereby signaling the end of the sneaker marketer’s relationship with Crispin Porter & Bogusky, sources said. CP&B in Miami has handled the athletic account since 1998. The new spots by the Minneapolis-based agency, which broke last week, feature National Basketball Association star Kevin Garnett, who previously appeared in Nike commercials. Sources said the shift was due, in part, to the Minnesota Timberwolves player’s rapport with Fallon chief creative officer Jamie Barrett, a Wieden + Kennedy alum who logged eight years on the Nike brand.