April 24, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that the West Mims Fire had burned more than 36,000 acres of the Okefenokee Swamp and neighboring land before the sun rose Sunday and was expected to run through thousands more before the sun set. It will take a change to rainy weather to so much as slow the fire – which is unlikely until mid June – and long periods of soaking rain with cooler weather aren’t likely until fall, Kline and other members of the West Mims Fire incident team said Saturday night.
April 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick showcases photos of Georgia’s own little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area in Lumpkin.
April 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that home sellers can rejoice: Atlanta’s spring buying season started in March with a 10 percent jump from last year in the price of homes sold.The median price of a home sold last month was $220,000 – a 10.6 percent increase from the same month a year ago with the number of sales increasingly modestly, according to a report issued Friday by Re/Max of Georgia.
April 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports that a 13-acre greenspace is planned on the site of the Georgia Dome, which will be demolished once Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens. It will be called The Home Depot Backyard and it will be used for game-day parking, events and entertainment. It's set to open in 2018. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, donning an orange Home Depot apron on Friday, shared his excitement for the project.
April 24, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that health care fraud is estimated to cost the nation at least $68 billion annually — with some estimates at $230 billion or more. Musheer Ahmed wants to lower those fraud figures significantly. Ahmed has started a health information technology company to detect fraud in medical billing practices.
April 24, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Sandy Hodson reports that Allison Mauldin pressed to prosecute a personal care home owner for murder, there wasn’t much enthusiasm. But she wouldn’t let it go. “This was the worst case I have ever seen,” said Mauldin, an assistant district attorney with the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. The victim was Joseph Ray, 75, who had lived at the Jackson Personal Care Home for years without any problem, but after owner Vernon Jackson’s wife died, the home rapidly went downhill, Mauldin said.
April 24, 2017 WABE 90.1
Amy Kiley reports that Georgia now has its first STEAM school, and it's right here in metro Atlanta, at Henderson Mill Elementary in DeKalb County. The school meets science, technology, engineering and math requirements for STEM certification and is the first school to officially add the arts to that mix.
April 24, 2017 Saporta Report
Sally Bethea writes, America’s mayors are pitching an investment in the infrastructure of our national parks as a win-win for cities and their residents: A way to create U.S. jobs by restoring historic buildings, fixing outdated and unsafe water and electrical systems and improving crumbling roads and trails to benefit all park visitors.
April 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that an ethics group is alleging that U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson improperly aided the campaign of his onetime aide, 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff, using his official House website. The right-leaning Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, said it plans to file an ethics complaint against the Lithonia Democrat with the Office of Congressional Ethics Monday.
April 21, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that one of the largest solar projects in Georgia has been completed. The new 52-megawatt solar facility in Hazlehurst is expected to generate more than 134 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually for customers of Green Power EMC for the next 30 years, according to a news release.
April 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive
Bill Carr writes, after years of being lied to, double-crossed and left behind, Georgia’s microbrewers and brewpub owners finally were given hope this year. State Senate Bill 85, sponsored by Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough), is a long-in-demand and logical bill to allow local brewers to bottle or sell limited amounts of their product directly to consumers, minus the three-tier system in place with wholesalers, retailers, etc.
April 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that the Georgia Dome’s demolition might be delayed for a while, but on Friday, city leaders and Falcons owner Arthur Blank are expected to unveil plans to turn much of the stadium site into green space after meets the wrecking ball.
April 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that the Atlanta's economic development agency kept the momentum going on a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center Thursday, voting to back the project with up to $275 million in bonds. The Georgia Proton Treatment Center is under construction at Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown.
April 21, 2017 Columbus Ledger Enquirer
Tony Adams reports, yes, Kessel Stelling has been to the new SunTrust Park to watch the Atlanta Braves baseball team play. He took in the season home opener against San Diego last Friday. He loves the new stadium and thinks it is a great place for families. But don’t expect the man who took the reins of Synovus Financial Corp. in 2010, becoming its chief executive officer and guiding the regional bank back from recessionary days to sustained profitability, to give an inch to its competitor with the naming rights for the sparkling new venue.
April 21, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta and Amy Wenk report that state agency overseeing the construction of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium knew in February there were possible issues that could delay its opening.
That was when the Atlanta Falcons approached members of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), the state agency that will own the project, to inform them of potential construction delays.
April 21, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Metro Atlanta and Georgia continue to show improvements in air quality, a new report says. The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report shows Georgia has improved on the three most common forms of hazardous air pollution. “We’re seeing improvements all over the Southeast,’’ June Deen of the Lung Association said Wednesday.
April 21, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that Cobb commissioners next week could take a key step toward expanding the county’s bus service into Sunday, as they will consider applying for federal funds that would cover most of the expanded service’s operation costs. Jim Wilgus, the county’s transportation director, is seeking approval to apply for a $6.8 million Transportation Improvement Program grant through the Atlanta Regional Commission to expand CobbLinc’s bus operations into Sundays, as well as modify the transit system’s Saturday routes.
April 21, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Jan Skutch reports that the board of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center on Wednesday evening unanimously agreed to a proposal from the Hospital Corporation of America to sign a letter of intent to purchase the assets of the hospital and the Chatham County Hospital Authority in a deal valued at $710 million.
April 21, 2017 Washington Post
Amber Phillips reports, Democrat Jon Ossoff didn't win a special election for a Georgia congressional seat on Tuesday night. But he'll live to fight another day — specifically in a June runoff against former GOP secretary of state Karen Handel. It's not the Cloud Nine scenario that some Democrats had hoped for in this uber-hyped special election. But that a Democrat made it this far in Republican territory — he was the top vote-getter out of 18 mostly GOP candidates — is an impressive political feat.
April 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the ad blitz in the race for Georgia’s 6th District started up anew on Thursday as outside groups began to pour millions more into winning what could become the most expensive U.S. House election in the nation’s history.
April 20, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that the West Mims Fire in and near the Okefenokee Swamp grew past 21,300 acres Tuesday partly with help from firefighters working to contain it. No cliche is more apt or truer than “fighting fire with fire” as crews set fire to unburned land ahead of the fire to deprive of fuel as it continued to advance Tuesday although slower than previous days.
April 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Chamblee-based Georgia Grinders, which makes handcrafted premium nut butters, walked away with the grand prize for its pecan butter in UGA’s 2017 Flavor of Georgia Contest. The pecan butter also took first place in the Miscellaneous Products category.
April 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in March, the first time it has dropped to that level since December of 2007, the state labor department said Thursday. The rate, which had soared into double digits at the end of the recession, has been slowly coming down since. It was 5.3 percent in February.
April 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that German conglomerate Siemens will open a software development center in Midtown to help rail operators reduce expensive downtime and get more mileage from fewer trains. The Data Analytics and Applications Center, to be located in Midtown’s Technology Square, will help railway companies improve their operations and create an “Internet of Trains” to bring infrastructure and vehicles into the digital era.
April 20, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Dov Wilker writes, two ancient civilizations, two post-colonial states, two democracies, two centers of culture and faith, two nations with vibrant global diasporas: It was only natural that India and Israel would forge not only diplomatic relations, but a unique and enduring partnership.
April 20, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Will Hammock reports that two of Gwinnett’s most beloved sons will spend even more time in their home county, the result of a merger that will create the largest privately held, independent insurance brokerage in Georgia. Former Georgia Bulldog football players and Gwinnett natives David Greene and Matt Stinchcomb, colleagues with Savannah-based Seacrest Partners, will have new offices in Peachtree Corners after previously working in Buckhead.
April 20, 2017 Albany Herald
Carlton Fletcher and Jennifer Parks report that officials with the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Office of Health Planning acknowledged Tuesday that they had received a formal letter of intent from the Lee County Medical Center to file a Certificate of Need application to establish a new hospital in the county.
April 20, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that officials with Balta Home USA are looking forward to getting their U.S. floor covering operations back under one roof. And that new roof will be in Shannon, on the former Florida Tile property. Balta, the largest floor covering firm in Belgium, revealed plans for a new distribution center in Shannon on Tuesday morning.
April 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put $450,000 behind an ad that slams Handel as “just another career politician” and questioned her use of public funds while she was Georgia’s secretary of state. And Ossoff’s campaign, restocked with more than $500,000 in donations after Tuesday’s vote, also said it will resume a barrage of ads propping up the former congressional aide on Thursday.
April 19, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that very few would argue about the importance of Cumberland Island to the local economy in St. Marys. The national seashore attracts about 60,000 visitors a year, with nearly three fourths of them coming from outside Camden County. They spend an estimated $2.5 million, and add millions more to the regional economy.
April 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Candice Dyer reports that Josalyn Dunn and her daughter, Molly, have become very proficient at whipping up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. As part of the East Cobb chapter of the National Charity League, they participate in a program that typically delivers 360 sack lunches a day to underserved children in Cherokee County.
April 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports, insert your last name……here. Coca-Cola is rolling out its personalized pop bottles again this year with a new twist — last names. For a few years, the Atlanta soft drink company has been selling 20-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero with folks’ first names on them as part of a summer marketing campaign.
April 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that the sale of the Atlanta TV station once known as Superstation TBS has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC said on Monday it approved Time Warner Inc.’s $70 million sale of WPCH-TV, also known as Peachtree TV, to Meredith Corp, a transaction that could help speed Time Warner's planned merger with AT&T Inc.
April 19, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that thirty parcels of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest would be sold if a bill from Georgia lawmakers introduced this legislative session clears Congress. Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, have restarted a years-old effort to sell 30 isolated parcels of the forest, almost 4,000 acres of federal land spotting the area around the national forest in Northeast Georgia, to willing buyers.
April 19, 2017 Georgia Dept. of Education
Matt Cardoza reports that one-hundred and eighty-three graduating seniors from schools across Georgia have been recognized as 2017 Georgia Scholars, the Georgia Department of Education announced today. Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Department identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Department’s Excellence Recognition Office and through local coordinators in each public school system and in private schools throughout the state. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
April 19, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald
Sarah Fay Campbell reports that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division is investigating the construction of a natural-gas pipeline that cuts through western Coweta County for reported violations of environmental regulations, particularly stormwater and sedimentation regulations.
April 19, 2017 WABE 90.1
Lisa Hagen reports, the year 2014 should have been a great one for Ron Laster. He and his wife had just bought a house. Then he got injured. And that same year, his boss died. He'd been a touring musician with James Brown for 27 years. The Lasters called around to relatives for help as bills piled up, but the mortgage payments were too much.
April 19, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that Savannah-based Seacrest Partners Inc. has announced it will merge with Atlanta-based Sterling Risk Advisors Inc. and operate as Sterling Seacrest Partners Inc., effective July 1. The new company will be the largest privately held, independent insurance brokerage in the state of Georgia.
April 19, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Jim Thompson reports that Athens-Clarke County’s two congressmen, along with its mayor, some of its 10 commissioners and a progression of other local civic and business people, climbed into a F-35 Lightning II flight simulator Tuesday morning, each trying their hand at piloting the latest-generation military aircraft, and taking out some ground and air targets.
April 19, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that the University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition 2 percent for next school year for most undergraduate students. The increase works out to $27 to $98 per semester for full-time students paying in-state tuition, the system said in a news release. At Augusta University, this differs by campus.
April 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway report that roughly five hours after polling locations closed, major networks began projecting that Georgia’s 6th District special election would be heading toward a runoff on June 20. That means Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, the race’s top two vote-getters, will have nine more weeks of expensive and heating campaigning before voters will decide who will replace Tom Price, now Trump’s health secretary, as the representative for Atlanta’s affluent, leafy northern suburbs in the House.
April 18, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that sea level is already rising on American coasts. In Georgia, the sea level has gone up more than nine inches in the last 75 years. Globally, it could go up another one to four feet in the next 75 years. Demographer Matt Hauer said it makes sense to start planning now, even though the end of the century seems like a long way off.
April 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Randy Southerland reports that Savannah-Chatham County has long been one of those appealing cities you move to primarily for quality of life. In recent years, residents and newcomers alike have seen an improving economy also make it an increasingly profitable place to both live and do business. “Our real strength is the diversity of our economy,” says William Hubbard, president and CEO of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.
April 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports, smaller is better when it comes to borrowing from banks. Small businesses reported that they had better luck borrowing from small banks and credit unions than they did at big banks, according to a recent survey by the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve system’s dozen regional banks, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, surveyed 15,000-plus small businesses in all 50 states.
April 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that Georgia's hospitals are vital to the health of the state's economy as well as its residents. In 2015, the state's hospitals poured $47.8 billion into the state's economy, according to the Georgia Hospital Association's latest report. Hospitals also provided more than 141,000 full-time jobs and 344,000 indirect jobs in Georgia in 2015.
April 18, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that Synovus Financial Corp. was reporting a $69.3 million first-quarter profit Monday — roughly 15 hours earlier than planned — the regional bank confirmed it is involved in a mega-deal with outdoors retailers Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, and credit-card issuer Capital One, that will net the Columbus-based company a cool $75 million.
April 18, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the bottom line of a nuanced report on Georgia’s shrinking middle class is that the divide between the wealthy and low income is becoming ever more stark and could create wide-reaching impacts, according to the authors at Georgia State University. Georgia recorded the nation’s 11th largest decrease in middle- income share between 2000 and 2013, according to GSU’s The Loss of the Middle Class.
April 18, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that officials with Vector Space Systems believe the company could invest up to $100 million to establish a commercial spaceport and assembly plant in Camden County. The company launches small satellites into orbit on 50-foot rockets that cost much less than conventional spacecraft.
April 18, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Diane Wagner reports that Annette Zamboni moved from Florida to be near her son, and she’s making a home in the Etowah Terrace apartments in South Rome. “They’re beautiful,” Zamboni said Monday, while relaxing under the complex’ pavilion on the bank of the Etowah River.
April 18, 2017 Cartersville Daily Tribune
Neil McGahee reports that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division ordered the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. (TRANSCO) to cease work on its entire 115-mile natural gas pipeline Friday after a number of Bartow County landowners accused the company of environmental abuse.
April 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that Atlanta-based floor covering chain Floor & Decor Holdings Inc. is launching its initial public stock offering Monday, offering of 8,823,500 shares of its common stock at an expected price of $16 to $18 per share of common stock. The company said it expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $133.5 million from the offering and will use the money to pay down debt.
April 18, 2017 New York Times
Nate Cohn reports that it's hard to remember a House race that has earned more national attention than the one to replace Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. Republicans have dominated the district for a generation, but the leading Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, has an outside shot to win outright on Tuesday by winning more than 50 percent of the vote.
April 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports, a tidal wave of advertisements. A field of 18 candidates all sharing the same ballot. A Democratic rising star who came from out of nowhere to threaten a GOP stronghold. And a string of irascible last-minute tweets from a president tuning into the race.
April 17, 2017 WABE 90.1
David Koenig and Damian Troise report that Delta is letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet. United is reviewing its own policies, including incentives for customers, and will announce any actions by April 30, a spokeswoman said.
April 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Anna Bentley reports that as festival season starts in earnest throughout Georgia, many small towns are gearing up for an influx of visitors – and hopefully the tourism dollars they will bring with them. The tourism industry is a vital part of Georgia’s economy, boasting a $59-billion impact in 2015, says Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for the tourism division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
April 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that big Georgia landowner Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) is being acquired by Starwood Capital Group for $605 million. Austin, Texas-based Forestar announced the deal late Thursday. Starwood Capital Group is a private alternative investment firm with a core focus on global real estate, energy infrastructure and oil & gas.
April 17, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Staff reports that the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer donated a total of $6,000 to three Gwinnett non-profits in honor of its new store that opened in Suwanee Friday. Round Room LLC., opened its new TCC store off Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. In celebration, TCC asked the community to vote for three of five selected non-profits to receive donations.
April 17, 2017 Saporta Report
Don Moreland writes, if there is one thing on everybody’s mind these days, it seems to be: “What types of jobs will there be for working people now and into the future?” A new report suggests one part of the solution. Jobs in Georgia’s solar industry jumped 23 percent from 2015 to 2016, totaling nearly 4,000 jobs last year.
April 17, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Staff reports that the electric utilities in Georgia have once again designated April as Lineman Appreciation Month to honor the men and women who restore and maintain electric service in a safe, timely manner, in every community, rain or shine. This year, Lineman Appreciation Month is particularly meaningful. During the 2017 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers passed House Bill 260, a legislation that creates a specialty vehicle license plate to honor linemen.
April 17, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Terry Richards reports that residents of this small Clinch County town are keeping a close eye on the fire in the nearby Okefenokee Swamp at the request of the county government. The West Mims Fire had grown to 18,551 acres Sunday, growing more than 5,000 acres from the previous day, according to a statement from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
April 17, 2017 Rome News Tribune
NW Georgia targets senior hunger, is worst in state for elderly access to nutritious, affordable food
Diane Wagner reports that a full house is expected at the Rome Civic Center this month when people from around the region gather to brainstorm ways to end senior hunger. Georgia ranks third in the nation for food insecurity and Northwest Georgia has the worst record in the state when it comes to elderly residents having access to nutritious, affordable meals. Lynne Reeves, director of the Area Agency on Aging, said she’s hoping the Regional Senior Hunger Listening Session set for April 25 will generate a host of ideas to address the problem locally.
April 17, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Jan Skutch reports that two area high school students have been named recipients of the inaugural Savannah 100 Foundation’s 2017 Eugene Gadsden Memorial Scholarships for budding lawyers who want to make a difference here. The first winners are Sarah Abdelrahim of Rincon, a senior at South Effingham High School, and Zakimya N. Holmes of Garden City, a senior at Windsor Forest High School.
April 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Republicans and Democrats have spent $14 million on a nonstop ad blitz to sway Georgia’s special election. But the outcome of Tuesday’s vote may come down to a more personal touch. The leading contenders in the 18-candidate race have unleashed a flood of volunteers and paid staffers to target voters in the final days of the election, and they’re making last-ditch phone calls, waving signs at busy street corners and going door-by-door in search of support.
April 14, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta will continue to play a pivotal role for Turner and its media properties –including CNN, whether or not the merger of AT&T and Time Warner goes through. That was one of the messages Turner CEO John Martin shared with the Atlanta Press Club Thursday during a Newsmaker luncheon.
April 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Lori Johnston reports that creating new cities, real and via moviemaking magic, is a key plot point in the Atlanta South Metro region’s evolution as a business hub. In May, the city of South Fulton will become official, with more than 100,000 residents.
April 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Pamela Miller reports that Schweid & Sons, a family-owned, fourth generation ground beef purveyor supplying premier food service and retail operations across the nation, recently opened a new, cutting-edge ground beef processing facility in College Park that will add at least 90 jobs to the local economy.
April 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) today announced the release of a new ad campaign featuring the brand's longstanding brand ambassador, Jennifer Aniston. "The campaign captures four, real-life candid moments of Jennifer Aniston’s forward-moving journey that were captured by noted photographer Tom Munro and feature smartwater as her essential sidekick," the company said.
April 14, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that in September 2013, the Czech Republic’s foreign minister and ambassador came to Flowery Branch in Hall County to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for ALBAform Inc., which develops and manufactures custom metal components for the automotive industry.
April 14, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a company that installs gate operators and door openers for home garages and businesses is planning to open a new distribution center in southwest Gwinnett County. Partnership Gwinnett joined Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District and LiftMaster officials to announce the company’s plans for the 96,000-square-foot facility at 6375 Best Friend Road on Wednesday. The facility’s location will put it within the CID’s boundaries.
April 14, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that wildfire has consumed more than 8,400 acres in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and two connecting forests in Florida. Unlike previous fires in the swamp, smoke from the blaze is not expected to impact Coastal Georgia. But smoke from what has been named the West Mims Fire forced the closure of Ga. Highway 94/Fla. Highway 2 for two days earlier this week. The highway, which links St. George to Homerville, reopened Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.
April 14, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Sean Powers reports that this week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its investigation of thousands of doctors across the country. Reporters discovered that a disturbing number of medical professionals are sexually abusing their patients with little or no repercussions. We talked with two of the reporters of the series: Ariel Hart and Danny Robbins.
April 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria and Dave Williams report that Vector Space Systems over time could invest up to $100 million in commercial rocket launches and an assembly plant in Camden County, south of Savannah, Ga. Vector, led by a SpaceX founding team member, expects the 400-acre Spaceport Camden to become its East Coast hub, where it could over time employ up to 200.
April 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Republican voters in Georgia’s special election have caught up to the hefty advantage that Democrats built in early voting, according to two elections analyses, and are poised to take the lead on Friday. Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign for the suburban Atlanta district was buoyed by early numbers that gave left-leaning voters a sizable lead in the early voting. But that’s all but vanished as the Tuesday election nears and more early voting sites open.
April 13, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that losses to Georgia’s blueberry crop from the mid-March freeze aren’t as bad as anticipated, but some in the industry still call it terrible. In the days after March 15 and 16 when temperatures dropped into the lower 20s across the region while blueberries were in full bloom or had already set fruit, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black estimated up to 80 percent of the crop had been lost.
April 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, the truth is, good cooks make great company. And so I have fallen in with a crowd of foodies – food lovers, food writers, food magicians, food adventurers seeking recruits. One makes chicken and dumplings angels might envy; another concocts chocolate desserts that bring tears to your eyes; yet another can put anything on a grill and produce perfection.
April 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines’ top executive pledged fixes in the wake of last week’s storm-induced meltdown of operations, which he said stemmed from a highly unusual weather event that simply swamped the company’s ability to quickly recover. “To our customers, we apologize for the disruption to their schedules,” CEO Ed Bastian said in his first public remarks since the April 5 event that triggered 4,000 flight cancellations over several days.
April 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia Budget and Policy Institute has done the math on a series of tax breaks the General Assembly passed during the recent legislative session. Added together, 10 bills would reduce state tax revenues by $483 million over five years, according to an analysis the public policy research organization released Wednesday.
April 13, 2017 GPB
Grant Balnkenship reports that over a quarter of the schools on the Georgia’s Priority Schools List are moving on. In total, 74 out of the 243 schools on the list have worked their way off the list. Most of those schools are in the Atlanta metro area, especially in the Atlanta Public School system and the Dekalb County School System.
April 13, 2017 Emory University
Elaine Justice reports that two Emory University faculty members, New Testament scholar Carl R. Holladay and neuroscientist Helen S. Mayberg, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.
April 13, 2017 University of Georgia
Elizabeth Elmore reports that the University of Georgia Laboratory of Archaeology has received an extensive archaeological collection that includes artifacts and other paleoenvironmental materials recovered by the American Museum of Natural History during a decade of excavation led by David Hurst Thomas on St. Catherines Island, Georgia.
April 13, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Coosa Valley residents assailed the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in Rome on Wednesday night for not doing enough to protect the Coosa River. The EPD conducted a public hearing on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System draft permit for Georgia Power’s Plant Hammond at the Rome-Floyd ECO Center.
April 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that SouthCrest Bank is preparing to pay back the remaining $5.6 million it borrowed from regulators as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The Atlanta-based bank and its holding company, SouthCrest Financial Group Inc. (OTCMKTS: SCSG), reported the bank received approval from the Federal Reserve to retire the remaining Series A and Series B Preferred shares issued under the Treasury Department’s program.
April 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tamar Hallerman reports that President Donald Trump plans to commend some of the first responders from last month’s I-85 bridge collapse at the White House on Thursday. The White House said the president will host a group of 15 officers from the Atlanta Police, the city Fire Rescue Department and the Georgia State Patrol for a 30-minute Oval Office meeting beginning at 2 p.m. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will also be there.
April 12, 2017 Georgia Health News
Kristina Griffith reports that every day, 91 Americans die from opioid overdoses. That adds up to more than 33,000 people in 2015, or four times as many such overdose deaths as in 1999. When a medical crisis appears related to drug abuse, many people hesitate to call emergency services for fear they’ll get into trouble. The “Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law” is meant to put those fears to rest.
April 12, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Staff reports, in all regions of our state, businesses are growing, investing, hiring and putting smiles on the faces of those involved with economic development as well as local residents and job seekers. From hospitality to healthcare, manufacturing to movie making and just about everything in between, Georgia is a business magnet, which in turn is improving prospects for all of us.
April 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanaouchi reports that Delta Air Lines has changed its policy for guns in checked bagsThe Atlanta-based airline has a new requirement that guns checked as baggage be picked up at the baggage service office upon arrival. “Delta is committed to the safety of our customers and employees,” Delta said in a written statement. “Every day we look for ways to refine processes and procedures with the goal to improve safety and the overall travel experience.”
April 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that Atlanta's Consolidated Container Co. (CCC), a major manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging that's owned by Bain Capital Private Equity, is being bought by New York-based Loews Corporation (NYSE: L) for approximately $1.2 billion. CCC operates 57 rigid plastic packaging manufacturing facilities, two recycled resins manufacturing facilities, and has about 2,300 employees.
April 12, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Diane Wagner reports that Georgia Power is seeking a renewal of its permit to discharge Plant Hammond’s wastewater into the Coosa River and Smith Cabin Creek. A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. at the Rome-Floyd ECO Center in Ridge Ferry Park.
April 12, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that Savannah Economic Development Authority on Tuesday recognized two businesses that are collectively bringing more than 200 new jobs online. Shaw Industries, which relocated its Southeast distribution center from Columbia, S.C., to Savannah in 2013, changed its business model last year to make Savannah more of a hub for Eastern distribution, said Kyle Harding, Shaw’s Savannah operations manager.
April 12, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that Preciball USA, the world leader in the manufacturing and supply of industrial ball bearings, became the newest Pooler resident on Tuesday as officials cut the ribbon to the company’s new North American distribution center in the Westside Business Park on Highway 80.
April 12, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Florida 2 across the bottom of the Okefenokee Swamp was closed Tuesday as the West Mims Fire continued growing slowly, an Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge spokeswoman said. The fire that was started by lightning has burned about 4,000 acres since it was reported Thursday, much of it in nationally designated wilderness area in Florida, supervisory Ranger Susan Heisey said.
April 12, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that University Hospital is again the only Augusta hospital with a top grade for safety from the Leapfrog Group in its biannual rankings. University received an A grade in the Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, one of only 13 hospitals in Georgia to earn a top grade from Leapfrog, which looked at 30 different measures on patient safety.
April 12, 2017 WABE 90.1
Lisa Hagen reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue said Tuesday that Republicans in Congress will need Democratic input to craft a new health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Perdue, a Republican from Macon, spoke to members of the DeKalb and Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce.
April 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that Republicans survived quite a scare in Tuesday’s special election in Kansas, the first major vote since Donald Trump’s victory. And the squeaker vote could portend good news for Democrats in the next election – next week’s Georgia contest to succeed Tom Price. “If Jon Ossoff’s fundraising numbers weren’t enough of a wakeup call for Republicans, the election results in Kansas should be,” said Georgia GOP strategist Chip Lake.
April 11, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for March totaled nearly $1.57 billion, for an increase of $32.5 million, or 2.1 percent, compared to March 2016. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $15.8 billion, for an increase of $530.9 million, or 3.5 percent, over last year when net tax revenues totaled almost $15.27 billion.
April 11, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Southface, the Southeast’s nonprofit leader in promoting sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, advocacy and technical assistance, selected three projects to receive 2017 Fulcrum Awards, including two from Georgia. In their second year, the awards were presented recently at Southface’s 19th annual Greenprints Conference.
April 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Kubota has fired up its new manufacturing plant in Gainesville, bringing hundreds of jobs to Hall County. The Japanese manufacturer of small tractors, lawn mowers, and other equipment showed off the 502,000-square-foot facility to Gov. Nathan Deal and other officials Monday.
April 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) was named the top major airline in North America by TripAdvisor just one day after it was forced to cancel 150 flights. Needham, Mass.-based TripAdvisor Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIP) first annual Travelers’ Choice awards for airlines honors 50 airlines overall, including top lists for the World, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa; as well as 16 regional winners.
April 11, 2017 WABE 90.1
Stephannie Stokes reports, operations at Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines are just about back to normal. On Monday the airline expected only a handful of canceled flights. That's after the airline faced days of flight cancelations following last Wednesday's severe storms. In total, Delta had to ground about 3,500 flights.
April 11, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Mark Rice reports that Columbus State University ceremonially broke ground Monday on a project that will renovate and expand 28-year-old LeNoir Hall to produce a state-of-the-art science facility. The project, expected to cost an estimated $14 million and be completed by fall 2018, will construct a 22,000-square-foot addition with six new science teaching labs and student study spaces plus two more labs in the renovated building.
April 11, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Monday that it continues to add resources for operators in the Asia-Pacific region, home to the company's largest and fastest-growing international fleet. “Our Asia-Pacific fleet grew by 25 aircraft in 2016 and is now well over 300,” said Derek Zimmerman, president of Gulfstream Product Support.
April 11, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that a fire burning in the extreme southern end of the Okefenokee Swamp quadrupled to nearly 3,800 acres since Sunday, the refuge said. Lightning started the Mims Fire that was reported Thursday and much of it has burned in Florida up to Florida 2 and rural roads to the east, according to a map of the fire provided by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
April 11, 2017 Brunswick News
Lindsey Adkison reports that Mathew Hill and his team at the Downtown Development Authority have worked hard to revitalize the Brunswick historic area’s retail district. It seems that effort is paying off. Hill was recently informed that Brunswick was selected by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) as one of 16 Exceptional Mainstreet Programs out of the state's 94 Main Street programs.
April 11, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Staff reports that the Clarke County School District has been named one of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The NAMM Foundation awards program “recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum.
April 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the wide-open race for Georgia governor seems likely to resurface a long-running feud between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams over voter rights. Kemp, who as secretary of state is Georgia’s top elections official, and Abrams, the House minority leader and head of a voter registration group, have long sparred over election policy.
April 10, 2017 WSB Radio.com, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Meris Lutz reports that Delta Air Lines continued to struggle with delays and cancellations over the weekend even as the airline giant assured customers its operations were “stabilizing.” A storm in Atlanta—the airline’s largest hub—on Wednesday last week caused a domino effect resulting in the cancellation of more than 3,500 flights. Thousands more were delayed.
April 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Partnership Gwinnett in collaboration with Gwinnett Technical College honored six companies at the 6th Annual Movers & Makers Awards Ceremony. The awards, presented by Jackson EMC, are the county’s annual recognition of outstanding Gwinnett-based companies that manufacture, process and distribute products. More than 300 of the county’s leaders and industry experts attended the recent ceremony, which was the largest event of its kind in the state.
April 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports, as a prominent new airline enters Atlanta, its executives are raising issues about challenges for new competitors flying into Delta Air Lines’ home turf. New York-based JetBlue Airways says it has struggled for weeks to get the gate space it wants to grow in Atlanta, and contends that the lease terms at the world’s busiest airport hinder competition and favor Delta and other incumbents.
April 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that a glut of cheap Asian solar panels threatens to darken what was once Atlanta’s brightest energy industry star. Suniva, a Georgia Tech spinoff that raised more than $130 million in venture capital, has laid off nearly 200 employees. The solar cell maker has reportedly shuttered its $250 million plant in Saginaw, Mich.
April 10, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that chief executive officers undoubtedly have challenging jobs — leading companies with several thousand employees, working hard to keep revenue flowing at a healthy clip, and turning a profit to pay salaries and expenses, all while keeping stock shareholders happy with their investment.
April 10, 2017 Augusta Chronicle, The News and Farmer
Parish Howard reports that Daniel Scheiner believes he has the next tool farmers will be using to scout their crops, detect disease and pests, and increase yields to meeting growing demands. “Drones are cool,” Scheiner said grinning, as he used a handset to demonstrate a number of the maneuvers for the white plastic unmanned aerial vehicle.
April 10, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed held a press briefing Friday to reinforce what a good steward his administration has been with the city’s finances. Reed had repeatedly said his goal was to leave the city with a “rainy day fund” of $175 million – the amount the city has in its reserves at the end of his second term as mayor.
April 10, 2017 Georgia Health News
Naomi Thomas reports,“I think in every job there are hidden risks,” said Paige Cummings, director of the Athens Nurses Clinic. These are perils “that people in that area are very aware of and people on the outside may not be.” That’s certainly true of nursing. In 2015, about five of every 1,000 registered nurses missed work due to injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
April 10, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Staff reports that Clarke County School District has been named one of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The NAMM Foundation awards program “recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum.
April 10, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that what began as one family’s plan to build a residential compound on private land within Cumberland Island National Seashore has morphed into negotiations that could rezone 1,000 acres of privately held property there. In December, Camden County officials approved a variance to allow Lumar LLC, made up of Coca-Cola heirs including the Rev. Sam Candler, dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, to divide an 88-acre tract near the park’s Sea Camp into 10 lots.
April 10, 2017 New York Times
Jonathan Martin reports, when Michael Fitzgerald, a local Republican leader, took a break from packing up the signs after a candidate forum here last week, he appeared momentarily flummoxed about the state of his party under President Trump. Early voting has already begun in a closely watched special House election to replace former Representative Tom Price, who became Mr. Trump’s health secretary, but in the suburbs north of Atlanta, few seem quite sure what exactly the party stands for now.
April 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that some of the state’s most prominent politicians and executives will be at the closing round of the Masters in Augusta on Sunday. And a gun control group is hoping that they’ll take notice of a full-page ad in the Augusta Chronicle about controversial Georgia legislation. The ad by Everytown for Gun Safety invoked Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto last year of legislation that would legalize firearms on more places in college campuses – and urges him to do the same this time around.
April 7, 2017 Brunswick News
Deborah Bayliss reports that a controversial plan to build a rail spur that would allow as much as 10,000 tons of coal ash to be brought to a Wayne County landfill has been halted.Republic Services, the company seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the rail line, withdrew its applications this week amid an all-out push from several fronts against the plan, the Press-Sentinel in Jesup reported.
April 7, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports on a crowded field for the 6th District, a new USG Board of Regents member and a victory in the ongoing water wars, as well as other political news around the state.
April 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Jeffrey Sprecher, head of Intercontinental Exchange, the Atlanta company that owns the New York Stock Exchange and several other key securities markets, got a $10.7 million pay package last year, down 1 percent from 2015.
April 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that Prudential struck a deal with CBRE Global Investors for North Point MarketCenter, a large shopping center beside North Point Mall along Georgia 400. The more than half-million-square foot center in Alpharetta is anchored by national retailers including Nordstrom Rack, PetSmart, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
April 7, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that the amount of water flowing down the Chattahoochee River from Georgia into Florida is being reduced. Though it’s been a very rainy week here, the drought is still dragging on, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is beginning drought operations on the river basin.
April 7, 2017 GPB
Adam Ragusea and Trevor Young report that NASA announced last month it will recruit a team of Georgia Tech researchers for a new project. The team, called REVEALS, will study radiation on other planets and build radiation proof space suits. What can this technology do for us in space exploration?
April 7, 2017 Emory University
April Hunt reports that a unique Emory College fellowship program has built an intellectual community of undergraduates who are leading fellow students in how to make sense of their education as they head off into the world. Now in its second full year, the Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship (IDEAS) Fellowship takes the College’s commitment to an intensive liberal arts education beyond increasing students’ breadth of knowledge and into synthesizing what they have learned.
April 7, 2017 Albany Herald
Terry Lewis reports, for the second consecutive year, the Georgia General Assembly has passed a bill that will allow guns, with some exceptions, on public college campuses. And, like last year, reaction has been mixed. House Bill 280 would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry firearms on public college and university campuses, with exceptions that include dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and buildings used for athletic events.
April 7, 2017 Georgia Health News
Victoria Knight reports, in Georgia, spitting a piece of gum at another person could land you in jail. At least that’s the case if you’re an HIV-positive person deliberately spitting the gum at the person. Nearly 30-year-old criminal laws related to HIV are still in effect in Georgia – and a lot of other states.
April 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman and Aaron Gould Sheinin report that this month’s wide-open race to replace Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th congressional district has become one of the most closely-watched in the nation, with outside groups pouring millions into advertising and on-the-ground efforts as the White House looks on.
April 6, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that recent session of the Georgia Legislature protected water and property rights, but didn’t address coal ash waste and other water concerns, according to the wrap-up by the Georgia Water Coalition, which represents more than 230 organizations.
April 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive
Ben Young writes, this month represents a big transition for Georgia Trend. You will see the columns have been shuffled around to accommodate my taking over the space that was previously filled by my father, Neely Young, who retired in February. It has been an emotional transition.
April 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Home Depot Chief Craig Menear saw a slight dip in pay last year, to $11.5 million, as do-it-yourself homeowners continued to drive sales and profit growth for the Atlanta home improvement retailer. Home Depot has been prospering in recent years as rising home prices have helped loosen the wallets of homeowners.
April 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the Seattle-based Internet services firm leases more than 23,000 square feet at 271 17th St., a 25-story office tower in Atlantic Station. Could create 150 jobs and expand Atlanta presence beyond its AWS (Amazon Web Services) business.
April 6, 2017 University of Georgia
Margaret Blanchard reports that Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have selected 60 finalists that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2016. As part of a new distinction introduced last year, jurors chose 60 finalists out of 1,200 entries from television, radio and the web. The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
April 6, 2017 Mercer University Mercer
Staff reports that the Mercer Innovation Center announced the winners of The Next Big Idea business pitch competition on March 31. All Mercer undergraduate students were eligible to enter the competition as individuals or teams of up to five people. Each entry included a two-minute video pitch and one-page business canvas. Eight finalists pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, who awarded $9,000 in prize money.
April 6, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that Carter Center’s initiative to eliminate river blindness in Nigeria is one of eight semi-finalists in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s competition for a 100&Change grant worth $100 million to be distributed over six years for solutions to critical social problems, Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, the center’s CEO, told the club’s annual “consular luncheon” gathering downtown of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta on Tuesday, April 4.
April 6, 2017 Gainesville Times
Hailey Van Parys reports that Lula will use a $79,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to expand its trail system. The city was one of 14 to receive a total of $2.3 million in grants from the DNR. Lula’s application was chosen out of 46 applicants. “We have a great trail system already, so this will allow us to expand that,” Lula city manager Dennis Bergin said.
April 6, 2017 Brunswick News
Lindsey Adkison reports that Brunswick is looking to the future in a number of ways. One of those is in terms of power. Tim Echols, Georgia’s public service commissioner, was on hand Wednesday during a lunch and learn event held at the Department of Natural Resource’s Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick to discuss what lies ahead. In the Golden Isles, the near future of power could include wind turbines on Colonel’s Island, he said.
April 6, 2017 Georgia Health News
Jim Lichtenwalter reports that Debra Wood went to the emergency room four years ago because her abdomen was swollen and acutely painful. That led to a 12-day stay in the hospital. While she was there, she also learned that she had diabetes. Wood had no health insurance at the time, and after being discharged she was bombarded with hospital and doctor bills totaling nearly $40,000.
April 6, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Republic Services is withdrawing three applications for permits that would have allowed it to bury thousands of tons of coal ash per day at its Broadhurst Landfill in Wayne County, Ga., the company said. The company is withdrawing a request to modify a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to impact wetlands to construct a rail yard that would have accommodated hopper cars filled with coal ash from power plants, Broadhurst Environmental said.
April 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution -Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports, ask Sam Nunn what has kept him awake since Inauguration Day, and he will point you to Florida. No, not shuffleboard. What gives Nunn insomnia can be found today within the confines of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach. That’s where the president will receive Chinese President Xi Jinping for their first summit.
April 5, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhita Bandlamudi reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) said the Interstate 85 overpass will be rebuilt by June 15th, about 10 weeks from now. GDOT said it has hired contractor CW Matthews to handle the reconstruction. The company helped rebuild a portion of I-285 in 2001, when a gasoline tanker truck collided with two small cars and shut down four lanes of the elevated bypass. Because the company helped with that project years ago, GDOT said they have confidence CW Matthews will be helpful with this project as well.
April 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Staff reports, each year since 1997, Georgia Trend has honored 40 of the state's best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you someone who's making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2017, we want to hear about them.
April 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham and J. Scott Trubey report that Suniva, a Norcross-based solar panel maker that received millions in state and Gwinnett County incentives, said it has laid off a “significant” portion of its work force as it struggles with falling prices and competition from overseas producers. According to a notice filed March 29 with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Suniva laid off 131 workers in Norcross, where it has its headquarters and a solar panel factory.
April 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that a global logistics company has leased 406,625 square feet at the Gillem Logistics Center in Forest Park. The Gillem Logistics Center is a redevelopment of the former Fort Gillem military base by Robinson Weeks Partners, an Atlanta-based real estate development and acquisition company.
April 5, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, is Georgia’s health insurance exchange heading for another big insurer pullout? A research report last week indicated that the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia may be moving toward withdrawing from a large percentage of exchange markets nationally.
April 5, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports the back-and-forth leadership struggle continues at Morehouse College, one of the best known historically black colleges in the United States. The rift bubbled to the surface when the Morehouse Board of Trustees in January decided to not renew the contract of President John S. Wilson, who has been in office for the past four years.
April 5, 2017 Emory University
Sylvia Wrobel reports, in 2015, when the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wanted to learn why so many die young, they turned to the Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) to lead the Child Health and Mortality Prevention and Surveillance Network (CHAMPS), designed to help high-child-mortality countries strengthen their capability to collect, analyze, interpret, and share data.
April 5, 2017 University of Georgia
Sarah Freeman reports that a photojournalist who has visited more than 60 countries covering history-shaping events is the 2017 recipient of the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. Daniel Berehulak, a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The New York Times, will receive the medal from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its McGill Program for Journalistic Courage on April 10, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. in the Peyton Anderson Forum at Grady College.
April 5, 2017 Columbus Ledger Enquirer
Alva James-Johnson reports that Dr. Jonathan Liss, founder of the Columbus Memory Center, has launched a bold project that could make Columbus a world leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. If the three-year initiative is successful, Columbus would be the world’s first city to screen every senior citizen for memory loss and to test tens of thousands of residents for their genetic risk of Alzheimer's.
April 5, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Hilary Butschek reports that a Friday announcement by earth-moving equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. that it is closing an Illinois manufacturing facility and laying off 800 workers won’t affect its Athens plant, where the company produces small track-type tractors and small hydraulic excavators. “There is no impact to Athens related to the news from Illinois last week,” said Caterpillar spokeswoman Penny Wu.
April 5, 2017 Albany Herald
Brad McEwan reports that it appears area residents, kayakers, canoers and boaters are not the only ones impressed by the hard work that’s gone into keeping up the pristine conditions of Lee County’s Kinchafoonee and Muckalee creeks. Lee County Code Enforcement will soon be honored by the state of Georgia for the county’s success with the Rivers Alive program.
April 5, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports that the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is generating revenue above projections for capital projects in Savannah and throughout Chatham County. The 1-percent sales tax has generated more than $155 million overall for the county and various municipalities compared to the projected amount of $132 million since the six-year tax began in October 2014, according to the March 28 report to the Savannah City Council.
April 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Columbus, Ga.-based Aflac Inc. (NYSE: AFL) tapped Chicago-based NXT Capital to manage Aflac's new $500 million portfolio focused on investments related to middle-market private debt. Aflac Global Investments, the asset management division of Aflac, will initially fund a $500 million portfolio consisting of direct investments in floating rate, senior secured loans to middle-market companies on behalf of Aflac's general account.
April 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Health secretary Tom Price made a pretty penny as part of his ethics agreement with the government, a recent federal filing shows. Paperwork filed with the Office of Government Ethics last month shows the former Roswell congressman made between $314,000 and $1.1 million while fulfilling his ethics deal with the independent agency, which is tasked with preventing conflicts of interest among Cabinet officials.
April 4, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee, Whitney Chirdon and Sean Powers report that the new home of the Atlanta Braves opened Friday. Fans headed out of the city to SunTrust Park while the team’s former home sat empty. Turner Field was purchased by Georgia State University for millions of dollars. Now, those who live near the stadium want to make sure redevelopment doesn’t drive up the cost of living in their neighborhoods, and drive them out of their homes.
April 4, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Hawkinsville, which bills itself as the Harness Horse Capital of Georgia, has a long history of festivities connected to harness horse racing. Since 1894, harness horses have journeyed to Hawkinsville in October to train for six months each year. During April, the horses’ training culminates in the Hawkinsville Harness Festival’s qualifying races.
April 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fiza Pirani reports, with $100,000, you could buy a condo by the beach, travel the world, pay all your student loans or even save for retirement. But Emory junior Rostam Zafari had another plan with his prize money: He would donate it all to a local school. The 20-year-old recently won the Cyrus Prize — a genius grant honoring young Iranian innovators — for his work on developing Rapid Ebola Strips (REDS), a faster, less expensive medical screen test for the Ebola virus.
April 4, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports that Atlanta’s popular SweetWater Brewing Co. says it has worked out its shipping issues related to last Thursday's fire and collapse of Interstate 85. Atlanta Business Chronicle had reported Friday that no trucks were coming in or out of the brewery since it sits near where I-85 was damaged.
April 4, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that New Jersey-based Star Snacks plans to build a manufacturing plant in Bibb County, invest $18 million and create 115 jobs. The announcement came Monday at the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority meeting, followed by a simultaneous release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
April 4, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that Allison Dukes assumed her new position at SunTrust Banks Inc. on Monday, April 3, to lead the bank’s commercial and business banking activities while retaining her post as chairman of the Atlanta division at a time when small- to medium-sized companies seek to benefit from positive local, national and global economic trends.
April 4, 2017 UGA
Margaret Blanchard reports that the Peabody Awards has partnered with PBS and FUSION on a special television broadcast of the 76th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony. The red-carpet event will be held and taped the evening of Saturday, May 20, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. A joint broadcast of the program is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at 9 p.m. EST.
April 4, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuels reports that a court date is scheduled in the fight over the future of an Atlanta site where convicts were forced to work in terrible conditions. The Chattahoochee Brick Factory, located in the western edge of Atlanta along the Chattahoochee River, used convict labor at the turn of the 20th century. People who live nearby – and city officials – are hoping that at least some of the site can be turned into a memorial and a park.
April 4, 2017 Brunswick News
Lindsey Adkison reports that poverty is alive and well in the Golden Isles. And few people understand it as well as Rees Carroll. The founder and executive director of Operation Bed Spread sees it daily through his nonprofit organization which collects beds for those who cannot afford a proper place to sleep. Sadly, most of those beds are for children.
April 4, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that the historic City Mills property along the Chattahoochee River near downtown Columbus is taking another major step toward revitalization for future apartment, restaurant and entertainment space. Green Coast Enterprises, based in New Orleans, has signed a letter of intent to work on the project by seeking federal tax credits that will soften the overall costs of rehabilitating the decaying mill structures that date to 1890, with the possibility of new construction.
April 4, 2017 Albany Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
James Salzer reports that top Georgia senator called it a “bad investment scheme” that would pay well-connected national capital companies millions of dollars, even if their jobs program created no jobs. Another said the idea had proved a failure in state after state, costing taxpayers big money. But rural lawmakers seeking almost any legislation that might help small-town Georgia, urged on by a team of top lobbyists for a few national capital companies who could stand to benefit, narrowly won approval in the final moments of the 2017 legislative session for a plan to provide tax credits to companies that invest in rural businesses.
April 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jim Galloway reports that on GPB’s “Political Rewind,” former Georgia congressman Lynn Westmoreland spent an hour with host Bill Nigut and me – his first extended interview since leaving Washington last year. The Republican from Coweta County, who spent six two-year terms in the state House before spending another six terms in Congress, was quick to fasten on what he hated most about Washington.
April 3, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal met Friday, May 31, with the Acting Deputy Director of the Federal Highway Administration Butch Waidelich, senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation James Ray, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry, Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner Mark McDonough and other officials to receive a full briefing and updates regarding the Interstate 85 fire and bridge collapse.
April 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that Georgia’s senior senator, Republican Johnny Isakson, 72, has spent much of his life in public service – as a state legislator, a member of the U.S. House and, since 2005, a U.S. senator. He is a Cobb County resident and UGA graduate who ran his family real estate business for many years.
April 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Southern Co. Chief Executive Thomas Fanning got a nearly 34 percent raise last year, to $15.8 million, although much of the compensation was related to changing valuations of his pension benefits.
April 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that NetSpend Corp., a subsidiary of Columbus, Ga.-based TSYS (NYSE: TSS), has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its marketing deceived consumers. The settlement, announced March 31, applies to consumers who purchased Netspend prepaid cards between Jan. 1, 2010, and Aug. 31, 2016, and never completed the required steps to verify their identity and activate the card.
April 3, 2017 Saporta Report
Atlanta’s multiuse trails create linear parks and alternative travel options in light of I-85 breach
Maria Saporta reports that the Friday collapse of a section of Interstate 85 – has severed a key transportation artery for the region. Immediately, and with good reason, there were pleas for us to get serious about regional rail transit – once and for all. A silver lining of this manmade disaster is the probability that transit will gain momentum during this transportation debacle. But there are other options.
April 3, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Metro Atlanta Chamber has announced finalists for its eighth annual Global Impact Awards luncheon, which is to honor achievements in foreign investment, trade, service and innovation on April 19. The chamber unveiled the list of companies Tuesday during a reception at its new headquarters at the 191 Peachtree building downtown.
April 3, 2017 Georgia Health News
Saleen Martin reports, while the Affordable Care Act has brought down the number of uninsured adults in the United States, huge gaps persist in how much access to care people really have. Currently, about 14 percent of Georgians are uninsured. And many of these people have problems — such as mental health issues — that need highly specific care. They often turn to charitable organizations for help.
April 3, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that a packaging company that announced last spring it was investing about $4 million in a Dublin facility has opened for business. Polymer Logistics, which began production about 30 days ago at 101 Best Buy Drive, celebrated its official opening Thursday, according to a news release from the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority.
April 3, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that as plans for the new $50 million Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center become clearer, a few new details emerge. The plan is for parts of the building to be public, including its new parking deck, and accessible from Riverwalk Augusta, with half of the center possibly occupied by private industries or startup companies.
April 3, 2017 GPB
Emily Jones reports that state lawmakers passed new regulations for oil pipelines in Georgia on Thursday, the last day of the 2017 legislative session. Environmental groups and the petroleum industry applauded the legislation.
April 3, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Jenel Few reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will get the opportunity to take over schools after all, but probably not as many as originally planned. The backdoor school takeover bill, House Bill 338, was approved by both the Georgia House and Senate, and has been waiting for Deal to sign it into law since Wednesday. But the final version of the bill limits Deal’s control and will likely shorten the list of potential takeover schools by half.
April 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that now that the 40-day legislative session is over, state lawmakers who spent the last three months hashing out hundreds of measures now await Gov. Nathan Deal’s decisions on their priorities. Friday marked the start of a 40-day period to sign measures into law or veto them. And Deal has shown he’s not afraid to wield the red pen. He nixed the two most consequential bills of last year’s session: A “campus carry” measure and a “religious liberty” bill.
March 31, 2017 WABE 90.1
Maegan Smith reports, with Interstate 85 shut down between Interstate 75 and GA 400, the Georgia Department of Transportation and other transit agencies were scrambling Thursday night for options for commuters in a city already often laden with traffic. The interstate, which carries 250,000 cars per day, is a major thoroughfare for traffic heading north and south through Atlanta.
March 31, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Krista Reese writes, as Atlanta’s restaurant scene continues its boom, I had a recent epiphany: When friends or family come to do business or see events in downtown Atlanta, I have one stock-in-trade restaurant that I’ve recommended for years. But I’ve never written about it.
March 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that a day after its key contractor filed for bankruptcy, Georgia Power on Thursday said it is looking at all options for what to do with its unfinished Plant Vogtle nuclear project. "Every option is on the table," Georgia Power attorney Kevin Green told members of the Georgia Public Service Commission, which regulates the Atlanta-based utility.
March 31, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that a new ranking claims the value of The Coca-Cola Co.'s brand dived since last year. Consulting firm Brand Finance today published its 2017 list of America's 500 most valuable brands. Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) is ranked at No. 16, down from No. 11 in 2016.
March 31, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Kelly Quimby reports that with less than a month remaining before crowds of young adults arrive on Tybee Island to celebrate at the annual Orange Crush beach party, city officials in a called meeting this week voted to restrict the areas where revelers can drink alcohol during the unsanctioned event.
March 31, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Diane Wagner reports that Georgia Department of Transportation has dedicated more than $66 million to improving Floyd County’s roads since a change in the state gas tax created a bigger pool of money. “The state and the Legislature deserve a lot of thanks for coming up with that bill,” County Manager Jamie McCord said. “We even got a $300,000 increase annually on our (Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant) for paving. It went from $750,000 to over $1 million.”
March 31, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that officials with Vector Space Systems, a company that specializes in launching small satellites into orbit, toured the proposed Camden Spaceport site last week, and they didn’t come empty handed. They brought a 43-foot tall rocket to the site to show Camden County officials how the company could quickly set up operations at the site at the end of Harriett’s Bluff Road, said Steve Howard, Camden County administrator.
March 31, 2017 Albany Herald
Jim Hendricks reports that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is a step closer to being confirmed as the U.S. secretary of agriculture following a favorable report today from the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chair of the committee, said Perdue will now be considered for confirmation by the full Senate. The Senate Agriculture Committee conducted a hearing on the Perdue nomination last week, and the panel took a voice vote to send his nomination to the Senate with a favorable report.
March 31, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia lawmakers were in a giving mood on the final day of this year's General Assembly session. By the time the legislature adjourned for 2017 shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, the state's film and music industries had received new tax credits, while other largesse had been doled out to rural hospitals, owners of historic commercial properties and even luxury yacht owners.
March 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that national Republicans are pouring more resources into Georgia’s special election to counter Democrat Jon Ossoff’s candidacy, with a TV ad blitz launching on Friday and plans to add staffers and open new offices in the suburban Atlanta district. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s ad makes no mention of Ossoff, but warns that “Nancy Pelosi and liberal politicians are flooding into Georgia to try and stop our Republican majority that’s getting things done.”
March 30, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. is proposing a new tie-up with Korean Air, continuing its ongoing strategy of launching joint ventures with foreign partners as it has done with Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM. Already codeshare partners in the SkyTeam alliance, the airlines announced the move just before Delta restarts its flight to Seoul from Atlanta in June.
March 30, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia Trend‘s 2017 Georgian of the Year, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, is featured in a video produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting in partnership with Georgia Trend that will be airing soon on GPB. Get to know the man who has so much to do with what’s on your dinner plate and see how Georgia’s agriculture industry and the department’s Georgia Grown and 2020 Vision programs play a role in the state’s economic development in the video, then learn more about him in our cover story, “Growing the Georgia Brand.”
March 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Westinghouse Electric Co. filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, throwing a wrench into the works at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle expansion and possibly into the nation's attempts to revive the nuclear power industry. The Pennsylvania company said it reached agreements with Georgia Power and SCANA to keep building new reactors and related facilities at their two plants in Georgia and South Carolina, respectively, during a 30-day "initial assessment period."
March 30, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia's 114 credit unions saw a nice spike in total loans in 2016. According to Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA), the states credit unions capped off 2016 with a strong fourth quarter with the number of total loans growing by 3.2 percent in the final quarter (12.6 percent annualized).
March 30, 2017 WABE 90.1
John Lorinc reports that just like the sun, Georgia's solar jobs are rising by the day. Georgia now has nearly 4,000 employees working in solar. That's a 23 percent hike from 2015, according to the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes solar energy.
March 30, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that Augusta-based staffing and recruiting firm MAU Workforce Solutions on Wednesday announced it plans to acquire FutureStaff, a Newnan, Ga.-based personnel firm with three metro Atlanta area offices. The deal – scheduled to close May 1 – would create a combined entity with 11 offices, 265 full time employees and annual revenues exceeding $315 million.
March 30, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports, media reports Wednesday indicated that Synovus Financial Corp. has become involved in the $5.5 billion deal involving Bass Pro Shops’ acquisition of outdoor and sporting goods competitor Cabela’s. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both reported, using unnamed sources, that the Southeast regional bank, headquartered here in Columbus, is in negotiations for a portion of Cabela’s financial business.
March 30, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice, at Emory University, has been fully funded through $2 million in gifts and pledges. Emory is to conduct a national search for an academician to fill the seat. Robert Schapiro, dean of Emory’s law school and Asa Griggs Candler professor of law, said in a statement the John Lewis chair will delve into remaining areas of discrimination. The topics remain a priority of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
March 30, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that reforms to Georgia’s petroleum pipeline law continue to make their way through the last days of the General Assembly, which wraps up Thursday. On Tuesday night the Senate added protections for private landowners to House Bill 413. The bill provides that a pipeline company would have to first obtain permits from the Environmental Protection Division and the Department of Transportation regardless of whether it will use eminent domain to seize private property.
March 30, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that a Georgia bill requiring boat titles is likely dead for this year’s General Assembly session, which ends Thursday, but it could return next year. “We still need some additional work on the bill,” said Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, on Wednesday. “We should hold the bill in committee, work with all interested parties and bring it back next year.”
March 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that the history of metro Atlanta inched forward late Tuesday night. For the first time, the Cobb County Commission formally addressed the issue of commuter rail without use of the words “hell” and “no.” On a 5-0 vote, commissioners offered up a definite maybe. But tectonic plates can shake the world by moving only a few centimeters, a fact recognized within the state Capitol.
March 29, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuels reports that Metro Atlanta officials say they’ll continue work on climate change initiatives, regardless of what the federal government does. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at dismantling the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era climate change law.
March 29, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Candice Dyer reports, whenever cartoon superhero Captain Planet succeeded in saving the earth once more from evil pollutants, he would sign off by saying to his teenage helpers, “The Power Is Yours!” That catchphrase also functions as the motto of his namesake foundation, started in 1991 by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle, who negotiated a percentage of the popular cartoon’s revenue to empower young people in environmental stewardship.
March 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Atlanta home prices started 2017 with a dip, although not as much of a decrease as in most years, according to a much-watched national survey released Tuesday. And despite edging down 0.2 percent in January from December, the average price of a resold home in the metro area rose 5.9 percent during the past year.
March 29, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta could soon become one of the world’s most elite tech cities. According to a new report from Forbes, Atlanta is the No. 3 American city poised to become one of tomorrow’s tech meccas. The article gives a nod to three of the city’s startup hubs — Atlanta Tech Village, Switchyards Downtown Club and Advanced Technology Development Center — and two of the city’s universities —Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University — as two of the main boosters of Atlanta’s tech boom.
March 29, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, unveiled “Destined for Greatness,” the eighth installment of the “Real Teachers Real Voices” campaign. This initiative, which highlights exceptional educators around the state, stems from feedback provided by Deal’s Teacher Advisory Committee. “Destined for Greatness” features Cindy Apley Rose, an educator at Couch Middle School in Gwinnett County.
March 29, 2017 Kennesaw State Univ.
Staff reports that the Princeton Review has ranked Kennesaw State University for the second consecutive year as one of the top 50 schools worldwide to study game design. KSU is ranked No. 32 and is one of only 20 public universities named in the annual ranking.
March 29, 2017 Emory University
J. Michael Moore reports that leadership initiatives at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School will get a lift thanks to a $3.5 million gift from The Delta Air Lines Foundation. The funds will endow the newly-renamed Delta Leadership Coaching Fellows Program, an experiential and peer-to-peer education initiative. A portion of the gift will also go toward the creation of the Delta Leadership Hub, a teaching and reception space at the school.
March 29, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that where we live matters to our health. A recent study shows the healthiest and least healthy counties across the nation, and the study did not just look at medical care. “The opportunity to be healthy looks different in Houston County and in Bibb County,” said Aliana Havrilla, community coach with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
March 29, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Waycross can re-annex its sewage treatment plant and a subdivision across the county line in Pierce County two years after it was booted out legislatively. In signing House Bill 348 into law Friday, Gov. Nathan Deal effectively ended a couple of years of court battles in which Waycross sought to re-extend its corporate limits around nearly 150 acres it owns across the Satilla River, which forms the county line between Ware and Pierce counties.
March 29, 2017 New York Times
Nate Cohn reports, in a special election, anything can happen. “Anything” may already be happening in the special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, heralded as a key test of whether Democrats can capitalize on President Trump’s unpopularity. Tom Price left the House seat to become Mr. Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services, and we won’t know who will replace him until April 18 at the earliest.
March 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that there have been staff raids, social media hijinks, scornful advertisements and bitter broadsides. That’s just the start of an escalating battle between Republicans over what could be a sole spot in a runoff to represent a suburban Atlanta district. As the April 18 special election to replace Tom Price nears, the 11 Republicans in the scrambled field are stepping up their feuds with one another in a fight over a slice of the electorate.
March 28, 2017 WABE 90.1
Stephannie Stokes reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said he's exploring Georgia's health care options now that Congressional efforts to repeal ObamaCare have stalled. Deal had asked state lawmakers to wait and see what happened to health care at the federal level before making any big policy changes in the state.
March 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GCB), a Metro Atlanta-based environmentally focused nonprofit, has received the President’s Circle Award from Keep America Beautiful and the Governor’s Circle Award from Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation.
March 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Andy and Lori Johnston report, onsite gyms, personal trainers, the ability to telecommute, tuition reimbursement, a wellness program, dry cleaning pickup, community activities with paid volunteer time, and financial and spiritual coaches are among the many perks of working for AutomationDirect.com, the 2017 Top Workplaces midsize winner.
March 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that a case of bird flu has been discovered in Georgia for the first time. The Georgia Department of Agriculture said Monday that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Chattooga County, northwest of Rome, tested positive for avian influenza. The virus was identified during a routine screening, the department said. The flock of chickens was destroyed.
March 28, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that city officials are hoping Cave Spring can become a hub for outdoor adventure activity in the region. Leaders of the Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority believe a byproduct of becoming a center for recreational activity will be an economic shot-in-the-arm. The city is hosting Outdoor Adventure Day on April 1, seeking to draw people interested in hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking — shopping in local stores and eating in local restaurants.
March 28, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Jim Thompson reports that Athens-Clarke County commissioners are not particularly enthusiastic about a rezoning request that would allow for the construction of dozens of attached residences on a 33-acre tract off Epps Bridge Parkway. The Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission, which serves the mayor and commission in an advisory capacity, is recommending that the request from Bogart-based Rockwood Cottages LLC be denied.
March 28, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, while it’s anyone’s guess who will be the next mayor of Atlanta, one thing is certain. The Atlanta Committee for Progress is already putting the pieces in place to ready to help make sure the next mayor is successful. ACP, as it’s known in powerful circles, is composed of many of the top CEOs and civic leaders in Atlanta. It was put in place by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin early in her tenure when she recognized that she needed help from some of the top leaders in town.
March 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Delta Air Lines took a dig at United Airlines Monday after social media roasted United for barring two young girls from flying because they were wearing leggings. United, like Delta, has a dress code policy for family and guests of airline employees who fly on passes and are not technically paying customers. The airlines consider these passengers representatives of the airline.
March 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that TV personality Dog the Bounty Hunter tore into Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia politicians over a stalled measure that would raise the salaries of deputy sheriffs and local police officers to the same level that Georgia state troopers are paid.
March 27, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that the Atlanta focus of a German foundation is once again paying off for the city, as 12 apprentices from the country arrive this week to hone their skills while contributing to local companies. The German youngsters hosted by the Joachim Herz Foundation will receive two weeks of training at Georgia’s technical colleges before fanning out to manufacturers, logistics providers, universities and other firms around the metro area and the U.S.
March 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2017, we want to hear about them.
March 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Staff reports that major contractor on Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion is expected to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the end of this month, adding new complications to the already delayed project, according to a report Friday. Reuters reported that Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has told lenders that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse is planning for a March 31 filing. It cited unnamed people briefed on the matter.
March 27, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that TSYS leased about 10,000 square feet — or half a floor — at One Atlantic Center, where it could employ up to 100. The office tower is home to Equifax and KPMG's innovation lab.
March 27, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that third and final phase of the Atlanta Braves’ transportation plan for SunTrust Park is expected to be released at an event today. Expected to speak are Braves executives, officials from the Cobb police department, traffic engineers and representatives from the Braves’ technology partners.
March 27, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Becky Purser reports that officials are moving forward toward funding and a plan of action designed to restore financial stability to the Monroe County Hospital. An agreement to earmark $1.2 million annually for the hospital over the next two to three years is expected to be approved April 4 by the Monroe County Commission, said Chairman Greg Tapley.
March 27, 2017 GPB
Sam Whitehead reports that earlier this year, President Donald Trump issued an executive order calling for sheriffs and police departments to take a larger role in immigrations enforcement. He asked them to join a voluntary Immigrations and Customs Enforcement program called 287(g), which extends the reach of immigration agents into counties across the country.
March 27, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the state’s hospital industry is breathing easier after U.S. House leaders pulled their health care proposal before a scheduled vote Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the GOP proposal to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, was withdrawn because it did not have enough votes to pass.
March 27, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that efforts to amend the 38-year-old Shore Protection Act are taking a pause in the legislature. Lawmakers on Wednesday tabled the bill that sought to redraw the area where the state can exert its influence on beachfront property.
March 27, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhiti Bandlamudi reports that a bill before the Georgia Senate would regulate fracking in the state. Chuck Mueller, director of cross media programs with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, said local officials from eight counties in northwest Georgia asked for the bill. Northwest Georgia happens to have the only land in the state suitable for fracking.
March 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the blast radius of the failed healthcare measure shook up a Republican debate over who should succeed Tom Price in the special election to represent his suburban Atlanta district, as several top GOP contenders sparred over what Congress should have done. The four candidates running to represent the suburban Atlanta district at the Sunday debate split on the next steps, with some blaming the GOP establishment for the failure of the measure and others praising the coalition of moderates and conservatives who ultimately scuttled the proposal.
March 24, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that although they have withdrawn a lawsuit over the discharge permitting process at Georgia Power’s Plant Hammond in Coosa and four other coal-fired plants, environmental groups claim the EPD’s new draft discharge permits aren’t stringent enough. John Kraft, a spokesman for Georgia Power said “the plants are operating with active, valid wastewater permits, in full compliance with state and federal regulations.”
March 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young writes, state leaders believe unprecedented transportation investments will streamline our roads and highways to accommodate big new cargo crisscrossing the state and exporting from here. They will reduce traffic and commute times and generally make us all less stressed out. I’m all for it.
March 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the new home of the Atlanta Braves, Sun Trust Park, will have an unusual piece of decor: A giant Delta airplane tail next to the stadium. The tail is from a retired Delta Boeing 757-200 known as Delta Ship 624, which had been retired to the desert in Marana, Ariz.
March 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Staff reports that Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) will make several changes to its C-Suite on May 1, when President and Chief Operating Officer James Quincey becomes CEO. The Atlanta-based beverage giant’s Mexico unit President Francisco Crespo will become its first chief growth officer. A 28-year company veteran, Crespo will lead the company’s global marketing, corporate strategy, and customer and commercial leadership teams to create a consolidated team with a clear mandate for driving global growth.
March 24, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports, by returning to the Georgia Institute of Technology as a distinguished professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs last year, Gen. Philip Breedlove completes a full circle in a career that includes his service as NATO‘s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the U.S. European Command Commander.
March 24, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Thomas Gardiner reports that an element in the liquid waste cleanup process at Savannah River Site is offline after a number of leaks were identified inside. According to reports from the Defense Nuclear facilities safety Board, the “pot” inside the apparatus known as the 3H Evaporator recently developed leaks.
March 24, 2017 Albany Herald
Jim Hendricks reports, with wins in three of the 11 categories, Southwest Georgia businesses had a good showing in the Flavor of Georgia contest conducted annually by the University of Georgia. The competition’s grand prize for best overall product went to Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters of Chamblee for its Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter, which won first place in the Miscellaneous category.
March 24, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia received $50,000 this week from the International Paper Foundation to address food insecurity in coastal Georgia. This donation is part of International Paper’s disaster relief effort brought on by Hurricane Matthew. International Paper Company Foundation in North America supports U.S. not-for-profit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operating facilities.
March 24, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller writes, U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday evening on legislation that begins the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The bill is supported by President Trump and congressional Republican leaders.
March 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that the history lesson may have been a little off, but one of the more amazing moments in Georgia politics occurred this morning in a U.S. Senate hearing room in which former Gov. Sonny Perdue was vetted as President Donald Trump’s secretary of agriculture. U.S. Rep. David Scott, a Democrat, gave a passionate defense of his former state Senate colleague and told Senate Agriculture Committee members that he wanted to make sure that Perdue made it through the process with his “record unblemished.”
March 23, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that this week, the fortunes of rural hospitals in Georgia took a turn for the better. Voters in Monroe and Jefferson counties Tuesday approved tax increases to help preserve their rural hospitals, which are in financial danger. And a proposed tax credit upgrade for donors to rural hospitals, an idea that had appeared dead in this year’s Georgia General Assembly session, is alive again less than two weeks before the legislators are expected to adjourn.
March 23, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Dr. Crawford W. Long is credited as the father of anesthesia. In the video below, Crawford W. Long Museum Manager Vicki Starnes talks about how he discovered the key to painless surgery and previews upcoming events at the museum in Jefferson, Ga. Read more about the museum as well as the booming economy of Jackson County in this month’s Georgia Trend feature “Spreading Innovation.”
March 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate edged down to 5.3 percent in February from 5.5 percent in January, the state labor department said today. The state added 12,000 jobs during the month, about twice as many as the average for the past three Februarys.
March 23, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Southeast Toyota Distributors plans a 330,000-square-foot vehicle processing center in Jackson County. The Southeast is the largest sales market for Toyota in the United States.
March 23, 2017 Albany Herald
Brad McEwan reports that although the new Albany Green Energy biomass renewable engery plant will not be meeting the needs of its commercial clients until mid-summer, the facility that will soon be supplying energy to Georgia Power and steam to Procter & Gamble and Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, has begun its test phase.
March 23, 2017 Georgia Times Union
Terry Dickson reports that Premium Peanut, which operates the world’s largest shelling facility in Douglas, Ga., will spend $14 million to begin producing peanut oil, officials said. The company, which began production on Barrington Road in Douglas in January 2016, said it will begin producing oil early next year and will have the capacity to produce 3 million gallons annually.
March 23, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
John Stephen reports that a community nonprofit based in Augusta, Georgia, said Tuesday it unwittingly gave $25,000 over two years to support a white supremacist organization in Alexandria, Virginia. The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area, which counts the Masters golf tournament among its donors, said it gave $15,000 in 2013 and $10,000 in 2014 to the National Policy Institute without knowing about its racist background.
March 23, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that the words “slavery” and “Civil War” don’t appear in a resolution filed in the Georgia legislature that’s meant to honor the state’s role in the “four-year struggle for state’s rights, individual freedom, and local government control.” It would recognize April as Confederate History Month, and April 26, 2017 as Confederate Memorial Day at the state capitol.
March 23, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Georgia will lose an estimated $270 million a year under an income tax cut bill that passed out of the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday. But the committee made it budget-neutral by merging it with an internet sales tax bill expected to raise roughly the same amount for the state by 2018.
March 23, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that the sand is quickly dropping through the proverbial hourglass on House Bill 271, and at present it is not scheduled to receive a vote this week. Wednesday, the state Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee took up the legislation for a hearing only. That hearing lasted fewer than 15 minutes before the committee adjourned for the day.
March 23, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that a year later than anticipated, Columbus State University now appears to have the state funding to finish a science lab building and begin design work on a renovation of the library thanks to the budget that was passed Wednesday by the General Assembly. The $25 billion budget approved a week before the current General Assembly session ends, includes $2.5 million for two Columbus State main campus projects.
March 23, 2017 GPB
Sam Whitehead reports you soon might be able to walk into your favorite local brewery and order up a pint or grab a six pack to take home. State lawmakers have approved a bill to allow craft breweries and distilleries to sell their products directly to consumers. It passed with a vote of 52-1 in the Senate Wednesday.
March 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that State Rep. Stacey Evans is exploring a run for Georgia governor, setting up what could be a potentially divisive Democratic primary for the state’s top job in 2018, according to two people with direct knowledge of her discussions. The Smyrna Democrat is said to be “seriously” considering joining a Democratic contest that is also expected to feature House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.
March 22, 2017 WABE 90.1
Miranda Hawkins reports that Downtown Atlanta could look a lot different in 15 years. The City of Atlanta and Central Atlanta Progress are updating the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan for the first time in a decade. Jennifer Ball, CAP's vice president of planning and economic development, said some wants are the same, like more bike facilities and walkable streets.
March 22, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Dana Hazels Seith reports that cable television is laced with programming that highlights the ills of modern society. Breaking Bad’s focus on the methamphetamine industry, Law & Order’s ripped-from-the-headlines crimes and the unscripted Hoarders all share a similar thread – the absolute chaos each of these leave in their wake.
March 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that nine Georgians made it onto Forbes’ annual billionaire list this year, including what the magazine described as “America’s youngest female self-made billionaire.” That would be Sara Blakely, the 46-year-old founder of Spanx, the Atlanta company she founded in 2000 to produce and sell slimming undergarments.
March 22, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that the Grady Health Foundation raised a record-breaking $1.8 million at its seventh annual White Coat Grady Gala March 18. Over 800 business, community and philanthropic leaders were in attendance for the event at the Georgia Aquarium.
March 22, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Farmax Merchandise, a China-based peanut production and exporting company, will create more than 20 jobs and invest $5 million in a new peanut oil processing facility in Crisp County.
March 22, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that Jarl Echols’ life got a little peachier Tuesday morning. The co-owner of Jaemor Farms, a longtime peach grower off Ga. 365 in Lula, was named Farmer of the Year at the 2017 Hall County Agribusiness Awards sponsored by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and UGA Extension.
March 22, 2017 Albany Herald
Brad McEwan reports that although the new Albany Green Energy biomass renewable engery plant will not be meeting the needs of its commercial clients until mid-summer, the facility that will soon be supplying energy to Georgia Power and steam to Procter & Gamble and Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, has begun its test phase.
March 22, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Stanley Dunlap reports that Monroe County voters gave a resounding yes Tuesday for a tax increase that will keep the hospital open. There were 2,631 votes supporting the property tax increase compared to 1,090 against the 1-mill tax increase to fund Monroe County Hospital. County officials voted in January to begin a controlled shutdown of the hospital pending the outcome of Tuesday’s election.
March 22, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that, less than a month after Rome’s Harbin Clinic revealed plans for a new medical office building in Adairsville, Gordon Hospital has broken ground for a new single-story 12,418-square-foot office building to serve the Adairsville community. Site work at the tract on Ga. 140 just west of the Georgia North Industrial Park is already underway. Ground has not been broken yet for the Harbin facility.
March 22, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that by spending $14 million on upgrades and closing one of its three 18-hole golf courses, Jekyll Island could cut its losses, but it would still not be profitable, a consultant told the state-owned island’s governing board Monday.
March 22, 2017 GPB
Taylor Gantt reports that environmental advocates say Georgia’s water supplies could be at risk if Congress approves President Trump's proposal to cut $2.5 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. If approved, the budget would slash the EPA's funding by 31 percent and lay off over 3,000 workers.
March 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Saxby Chambliss is plotting his return to the U.S. Senate — for a day, at least. The Georgia Republican, who retired after 20 years on Capitol Hill in 2015, will be making a cameo Thursday on behalf of Sonny Perdue during the former governor’s confirmation hearing.
March 21, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that last week’s cold snap means bad news for fruit farmers in northern Georgia. The peach and blueberry industry will potentially lose millions of dollars to the late freeze. Some researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an equation which they say will help combat that loss.
March 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
K. K. Snyder reports that they don’t call this town “Winnersville USA” for nothing. The city of Valdosta has long been known for its winning sports teams – ESPN fans named the city the 2008 TitleTown for its sports focus. Now, with a public high school football team that just brought home its 24th state championship and a university that only a handful of years ago ranked No. 1 in Division II football in the country, Lowndes is full of the champion spirit.
March 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Staff reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) will add three daily flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport starting June 19. Atlanta-based Delta is the largest global carrier at Sea-Tac and has more than tripled flights and destinations at Sea-Tac since 2012, offering 163 daily flights to more than 40 destinations.
March 21, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that the month with the fewest days was another record-setting month for the Georgia Ports Authority. In February, 2.94 million tons of cargo were moved across all docks, a 9.9 percent increase from February 2016 and second only to January’s 3.01 million tons.
March 21, 2017 Brunswick News
Lindsey Adkison reports that Georgia Ports saw record growth again in February, following an all time high in January. It was the Georgia ports’ second-highest monthly tonnage ever, following 3.02 million tons in January. Collectively, the Brunswick and Savannah Ports saw a roughly 10 percent increase in imports and exports in February when compared to the previous year. Port officials attribute the growth to the expansion of the Panama Canal, which allows for an increase in cargo volume.
March 21, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that the Tennessee-Georgia border issue that caused a stir a few years ago may resurface at the Lake Lanier Association’s annual meeting Saturday. The event’s featured speaker will be Brad Carver, an Atlanta lawyer who spearheaded tweaking the state line in an effort to produce more water for Georgia and make it “drought-proof.”
March 21, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is gaining nearly 2,000 feet of frontage along the river in Suwanee as part of a new land purchase partially funded by a federal program that has been targeted for possible budget cuts by the White House.
March 21, 2017 Saporta Report
Jamil Zainaldin reports that last Thursday the White House released a budget that proposed the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). You may not be immediately familiar with its work, which grounds itself in disciplines that explore how people understand and express the human condition, such as history, literature, art, music, language, philosophy, and ethics, but you’ve felt its impact.
March 21, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Wayne County residents agree the best place for coal ash from power plants is in a lined landfill; just not the one in their county. It’s more than a matter of NIMBY, the acronym for “not in my back yard.” In the case of Republic Services’ Broadhurst landfill, it’s more about not in our wetlands, say opponents of a plan under which Republic would ship by train 10,000 tons of ash daily for disposal.
March 21, 2017 WABE 90.1
Amy Kiley reports that a proposed sales tax to create a steady stream of funding for the arts in Atlanta appears to be dead. Mayor Kasim Reed needed Georgia lawmakers to sign off on the plan in order to put it before voters as a referendum in November. The idea was to let constituents decide whether they wanted to pay a one-tenth of a penny tax to support music, dance, theater or other artistic ventures in the city.
March 21, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the House Insurance Committee on Monday passed revamped legislation to reduce “surprise billing,’’ in which patients using hospitals in their insurance network may still get unexpected bills from doctors who are not in the network.
March 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that his Republican rivals call him “Darth Vader,” a “lightweight liberal” and a “puppet of the left.” Fellow Democrats vow to block his “coronation” and paint him as an outsider. More than $1 million has already been spent to bog down his candidacy. Democrat Jon Ossoff has transformed the race for suburban Atlanta’s 6th Congressional District, and his soaring donations and groundswell of support from energized Democrats have fast painted a shiny target on his back as he scrambles to flip Tom Price’s ruby-red turf.
March 20, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Staff reports that Walton Electric Membership Corporation has given back nearly $4.5 million to the community by collecting spare change through its Operation Round Up program, which started in 1998, according to a recent news release. The community service assistance program allows its customer-owners to round up their monthly electric bills to the nearest dollar, with the difference benefiting local charities, individuals in need and service organizations.
March 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Jennifer Hafer reports that Georgia’s forest industry dates all the way back to colonial times, when the British crown claimed the state’s live oaks and longleaf pines for shipbuilding. The live oaks were used for the framework of ships, while the gum from the pines was used to waterproof a ship’s wooden joints, fill in the gaps between joints and waterproof the sails.
March 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Georgia’s highest-paid company executive in 2015 no longer holds that distinction, thanks to a big pay cut last year — but he still got more than $13.8 million. In 2015, CEO Frank Bisignano took home almost $51.6 million in total compensation, making him the highest-paid CEO that year at a Georgia public company.
March 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that the completion of Southern Co.'s long-delayed new clean coal power plant in Mississippi has been delayed again. The Atlanta-based energy giant (NYSE: SO), which had previously said it expected to place the plant in service by mid-March, reported March 16 that on March 9 it discovered leaks that will cause it to miss that deadline.
March 20, 2017 Georgia Health News
Naomi Thomas reports that nearly everyone has undergone an X-ray or MRI, whether it’s a screening mammogram or an examination of a bone that might be broken, and demand for these tests is growing as Georgians age. That means an excellent job market for people who have the right temperament and who are willing to earn a two-year associate’s degree and pass a state certification test to be a radiologic or MRI technologist.
March 20, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhita Bandlamudi reports that Georgia Senate passed SB 201 that would require employers to let workers use their sick days to take care of a child, parent, or any dependent listed on tax returns.State Rep. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) is sponsoring the bill in the House.
March 20, 2017 WABE 90.1
Elly Yu reports that the director of Georgia's state agency for child welfare services said changes to a bill approved by a Senate panel Thursday evening could put millions of dollars in federal funding at risk. Republican senators approved a change to a 100-page bill intended to modernize the state’s adoption laws.
March 20, 2017 Saporta Report - Opinion
Dink Nesmith writes, if fictional detective Sherlock Holmes were roaming the halls of the Georgia General Assembly, he could give an “elementary” clue why the proposed strengthening of coal-ash handling died before 2017’s Crossover Day. “My dear Watson,” the pipe-smoking sleuth would say, “follow the money.” That’s what I’ve been doing since January 2016. That’s when we learned America’s second-largest waste-management company, Republic Services, was planning to send daily shipments of 100 railcars of toxic coal ash to its private landfill in my hometown.
March 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Bob Gray hired the staffers who quit a rival campaign’s staff en masse after complaining she couldn’t pay their campaign bills, the latest move in an increasingly bitter race to represent a suburban Atlanta district.
March 17, 2017 GPB
Staff reports that the Trump administration unveiled its proposed 2018 budget Thursday morning. Unsurprisingly, the budget calls for significant increases in military and border security spending while dramatically reducing the funding for a number of other government agencies. Several of those cuts, including reductions at the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will affect a variety of Georgia-based programs that receive federal funding.
March 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Randy Southerland reports that in Macon, downtown streets are bustling and a growing number of loft apartments have revitalized once-abandoned buildings like the historic Dannenberg, a former department store built in 1903. Apartment occupancy rates are running around 95 percent in downtown, and builders can’t seem to keep up with demand.
March 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that metro Atlanta unemployment rate rose in January to 5.3 percent from 5.0 percent in December, the government reported Thursday. A year ago, the jobless rate for the region was 5.2 percent. Since then, metro Atlanta has added nearly 100,000 jobs – while even more people have entered or re-entered the labor force looking for work.
March 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that a new high-rise apartment tower overlooking Piedmont Park should be underway by July, says the developer of the project. Lennar Multifamily Communities LLC expects it will begin vertical construction on the building this summer, with Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart as the architect, said Chris Cassidy, the company’s division president in Atlanta.
March 17, 2017 Georgia State University
Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University has been recognized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) as one of 14 public higher education institutions leading student success through the effective use of student-level data.
March 17, 2017 Emory University
Kimber Williams reports that a few days before President Trump issued his first executive order limiting travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Emory University staff and administrators were already working behind the scenes to strengthen a support network for international students and scholars.
March 17, 2017 Georgia Tech
Laura Diamond reports that a safer medical device used to remove unwanted tissue and to stop bleeding won Georgia Tech’s InVenture Prize Wednesday night. The four biomedical engineering students behind CauteryGuard redesigned an electrocautery device by adding a retractable tip.
March 17, 2017 Mercer University
Kyle Sears reports that Young Harris College President and former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox has been appointed dean of Mercer University’s School of Law, effective July 1. She will succeed Daisy Hurst Floyd, who has served as dean since 2014, after serving in the position from 2004 to 2010.
March 17, 2017 Athens Banner Herald
Lee Shearer reports that the state Board of Regents has given the go-ahead for a huge expansion and renovation at the west end of Sanford Stadium, where the UGA football team plays its home games.
March 17, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that after Invest Atlanta’s Downtown Development Authority approved the conceptual master plan for the redevelopment of Underground Atlanta, developer T. Scott Smith signaled he would be working closely with the community going forward. The meeting included several downtown advocates who objected to elements of the plan – especially the amount of parking currently planned.
March 17, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that all across Georgia, businesses, industries, governments, nonprofit organizations and individuals are “greening” the state by protecting water resources and have the chance to be recognized with the upcoming Clean 13 report. The Georgia Water Coalition said it will recognize 13 entities that have accomplished “extraordinary” work to protect, preserve and restore Georgia’s rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands and coast.
March 17, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced an additional $3.178 million to the State Forestry Commission (SFC) for new fire prevention aircraft and technology upgrades. The funding was appropriated in the amended FY17 budget.
March 17, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a state Senate health committee Thursday approved a bill to offer optional testing of Georgia newborns for Krabbe disease, a rare genetic disorder. The form of Krabbe that strikes newborns is caused by a change, or mutation, in the gene that carries the blueprints for an enzyme called galactosylceramidase, which is crucial to wrapping protective insulation called myelin around nerves. Without it, the brain and nerves deteriorate.
March 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s race for governor is expected to formally kick off within weeks, but the emerging contest is still shrouded in mystery. Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Democratic House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams are all but guaranteed to enter the 2018 race, likely after the legislative session ends.
March 16, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Brittini Ray and Will Peebles report, it's been less than a year since Chris Gimenez opened the retro-themed Totally Awesome Bar on Whitaker Street. And now, the basement bar owner says he and his staff are ready to take on Savannah’s famous St. Patrick’s Day storm.
March 16, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Jeffrey Humphreys writes, from military growth and tourism to new industry announcements and stronger home sales, there is much to celebrate in Columbus-Muscogee County, with nonagricultural employment expected to increase by 1.2 percent or 1,500 jobs in 2017.
March 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that as spring travelers head to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in coming weeks, they may notice an expanded main security checkpoint and encounter some new screening procedures. The widened switchback area at the domestic terminal’s main checkpoint is expected to help reduce back-ups into the atrium and the rest of the terminal, and to make room for future growth.
March 16, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: DLR) is bulking up with a $22 million expansion in Atlanta, a major data center hub. The San Francisco-based data center operator will lease 50,000 square feet at 250 Williams St. in downtown Atlanta. About 18,000 square feet of that will be "raised-floor" space — the area where servers and computers that power a data center are stored.
March 16, 2017 Athens Banner Herald
Staff reports, in 2016, U.S. Hispanic buying power was larger than the gross domestic product of Mexico. That’s just one of the telling statistics that illustrates the unprecedented economic clout of U.S. minority groups in the latest Multicultural Economy Report from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.
March 16, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald
Rebecca Leftwich reports that information about the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training and its German-style apprenticeship program is now just a couple of keyboard strokes away. GA CATT has launched a new website, www.gacatt.com, with overviews of the program aimed at potential participants from both the manufacturer side and the student side.
March 16, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that a bill sponsored by state Sen. Lindsey Tippins, R-west Cobb, could allow local school districts to choose which and how many tests their students would take. Senate Bill 211 would look at ways for students to take fewer tests while still providing the school districts, teachers and state education department the information they need to determine student growth and achievement, said Tippins, who chairs the Senate Education Committee.
March 16, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Staff reports, allowing physicians for visiting sports teams to legally treat athletes in Georgia without a state license took a step forward on Wednesday, with the House voting 169-0 in favor of Senate Bill 47. The bill moves back to the Senate with one word change, said Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, who is the main sponsor.
March 16, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Dr. Raj Miniyar, a Rome pediatrician, opened a new practice in nearby Trion a year ago. That office became the only pediatric practice in Trion, in the center of a rural county in northwest Georgia where 28 percent of children live in poverty.
March 16, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has said his top priority this year is to address struggling schools. That's what House Bill 338 aims to do. The plan creates a "Chief Turnaround Officer" to oversee low-performing schools. But there's disagreement on who that person should report to.
March 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that candidates and outside groups have already spent more than $3.7 million for an advertising blitz in the campaign for former Rep. Tom Price’s suburban Atlanta seat, and that tally will grow significantly with one month left until the special election and three months until a likely final vote.
March 15, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Luxottica Group, a leading eyewear designer, manufacturer and distributor, will create 1,000 jobs with the expansion of its North American distribution facility in Henry County by the end of 2017.
March 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Christy Simo reports on new projects in Buford, Carroll County, Columbus and more. Displayit Inc. is moving its headquarters in Buford. The product and service provider for tradeshow exhibitors will open a 75,000-square-foot facility in Gwinnett County and add about 50 more employees over the next few years.
March 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Shelby Lin Erdman reports that outdoor specialty store chain Gander Mountain followed the lead of other sporting goods retailers in recent months and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday. The Minnesota-based retailer, which specializes in hunting, fishing and camping equipment, said in a press release that it will close 32 “under-performing retail locations” out of its 162 stores over the next few weeks.
March 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that office suite-leasing giant Regus Group plc is eyeing North Fulton for its Spaces co-working brand. The Luxembourg-based company has scouted at least five sites for about 30,000 square feet, including a 224,000-square-foot office tower under construction at Avalon, an 83-acre mixed-use development.
March 15, 2017 Georgia Tech
Lance Wallace reports that for the second consecutive year, Georgia Tech's College of Engineering is ranked No. 7 overall, and No. 3 among public universities, by U.S. News and World Report. The annual rankings of graduate programs once again tabs Industrial Engineering as the top program in the country. Aerospace Engineering and Civil Engineering are each No. 2. All 11 programs within the College of Engineering are ranked in the top 10.
March 15, 2017 Emory University
Elaine Justice reports that Emory University’s graduate schools and programs are ranked among the best in the nation, according to analysis and surveys released today in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guide. Emory's schools of nursing, business, law, medicine and public health are the top-ranked schools in Georgia in their respective categories, and several other Emory entities were ranked this year.
March 15, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that two companies with their headquarters in Columbus have been named among the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Insttitute. Aflac, with its corporate offices on Wynnton Road, and TSYS, its campus overlooking the Chattahoochee River in downtown Columbus, both are on the 2017 list that includes Ford Motor Co., Microsoft, Pepsico, Starbucks, Target, Mastercard and Visa — 124 firms in all, spanning 19 countries and 52 industry sectors.
March 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Staff reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) has upgraded its serviceware to first class. The Atlanta-based airline tapped design company Alessi to create a “modern, stylish and functional” line of service products and tableware, which will appear in-flight beginning April 1. This marks the first time the design company has appeared in flight with a major airline with such a comprehensive program.
March 15, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that blueberry and peach farmers across South Georgia were bracing from some late harsh licks from a mild winter as temperatures were expected to drop below 30 degrees in the growing area, officials said. Bacon County, Georgia’s self-proclaimed blueberry capital, is forecast to have a low of 28 degrees Wednesday night and that would be enough to damage existing fruit and blooms, said Renee Allen, the area blueberry agent for the Georgia Extension Service.
March 15, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that he supports congressional Republicans’ effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but also said he wants more details on the GOP plan to replace the law – and its potential effects on Georgia. “We’re still looking at the implications’’ of the American Health Care Act, the proposal that’s moving through the U.S. House, Deal told GHN in an interview.
March 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein and James Salzer report that Gov. Nathan Deal has signed dozens of measures since taking office that carve out hundreds of millions of dollars in special tax breaks. But he’s opposed more substantive changes to the tax code that powerful Republican lawmakers have long championed. Deal recently warned candidates aiming to replace him when he leaves office in 2019 to defy the “temptation” of broad tax changes that could jeopardize Georgia’s fiscal health.
March 14, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
With a Little Help From the State, Georgia Small Businesses Not Shy of Selling in International Markets
Phil Bolton reports that while imports flood the U.S. with the January 2017 numbers the highest in years, a slight shift downward in the value of the dollar and an upward tick in the growth of overseas markets could boost exports and bring the trade deficit more into balance.
March 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ralph Ellis reports that Southwest Georgia, one of the poorest regions in the state, is sitting – literally – on a new project that, while controversial, could in the long run have a positive economic impact on the entire area. The 515-mile Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, which starts in Alabama, will run through nine South Georgia counties before heading to Florida.
March 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that two SunTrust Banks executives who were recently involved in a leadership shuffle saw substantial increases in pay last year. Mark Chancy’s pay jumped from almost $3.3 million in 2015 to over $6.4 million last year.
March 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Staff reports that AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) plans to buy Lely Group’s forage division for an undisclosed amount. The unit makes balers and loader wagons in Europe. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, Duluth, Ga.-based AGCO said.
March 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports that Atlanta’s sixth-largest hotel has sold for $64.2 million, according to Fulton County court records. An affiliate of Arden Group has acquired the 763-room Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, according to JLL, which arranged the sale on behalf of the sellers, affiliates of Amerimar Enterprises and Contrarian Capital.
March 14, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that at the end of a dirt path that touches the Yellow River in Newton County, one piece of the future of Georgia’s network of water trails is taking shape – a network that now has the blessings of the state House of Representatives.
March 14, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Maggie Lee reports that folks who use prepaid cell phone plans might see a state 911 fee go up by 75 cents. The charge is part of a larger legislative plan that some 911 bosses say is very timely. Right now, buying prepaid wireless phone service means a 75 cent fee every time a user buys more days. Senate Bill 222 would double that to $1.50.
March 14, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that critics of the Hidden Predator Act predicted an onslaught of frivolous civil suits leading to needless witch hunts when the legislation was approved two years ago. The legislation’s sponsor, state Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, said only six lawsuits have been filed since the legislation was enacted, and he’s not surprised.
March 14, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price of Georgia, said Monday in a statement that a provision of the Affordable Care Act allows waivers “to modify existing laws or create something entirely new to meet the unique needs of their communities.” The ACA, also known as Obamacare, is the target of repeal efforts in Congress. But it remains in force, along with the waiver provision noted by Price.
March 14, 2017 GPB
Adhita Bandlamudi reports that Georgia’s breweries and distilleries got one step closer to being able to sell their products directly to customers as Senate Bill 85 passed through the House today. Right now, breweries have to go through alcohol wholesalers to sell their product to retailers.
March 14, 2017 New York Times
Tina Rosenberg writes, Kalif Robinson is a star at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He’s a straight-A senior, majoring in economics and minoring in Arabic. In the fall he’ll start a two-year Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, studying foreign affairs in Washington, D.C., training to be a diplomat.
March 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that many Georgia Republicans scrambled to re-frame the health care conversation Monday on Capitol Hill after the release of a nonpartisan report that estimated that 24 million fewer people would be on the health insurance rolls by 2026 under GOP leaders’ Obamacare replacement plan compared to the current law.
March 13, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that a residential window manufacturer in Macon has steadily been increasing its production and adding jobs since it opened here 10 years ago. And it is looking to continue that trend. Since 2007, YKK AP America, a subsidiary of Japan-based YKK Corporation of America, has been manufacturing vinyl windows for new residential construction and replacement purposes at its Macon plant, which employs about 200 people.
March 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Academy Awards had serious competition recently from the inaugural Georgia Engineering Excellence Awards – and there were no winner mix-ups. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) and the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE) hosted the celebration of our state’s exceptional engineers, engineering projects and industry achievements. More than 400 were on hand at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center to applaud wining projects designed by Georgia engineers across the Southeast.
March 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that when spring break travelers head to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, they may notice an expanded main security checkpoint designed to better handle lines during busy periods. The widened switchback queuing area at the domestic terminal’s main security checkpoint is expected to help reduce how much the lines back up into the atrium and the rest of the terminal, and make room for future growth.
March 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle, Savannah Morning News
Mark Meltzer reports that a developer has a new plan for a long dormant site east of downtown Savannah, the Savannah Morning News reports. Construction of a mixed-use development could begin early next year at the 56-acre Savannah River Landing site, if the city approves a new master plan to build residential, retail, hospitality and office space.
March 13, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhita Bandlamudi reports that tiny houses are gaining popularity across the country in cities like Seattle, San Francisco and New York. In Atlanta, current zoning laws prohibit tiny houses. A new proposed piece of legislation could change that fact. Tiny homes are usually 750 square feet or less. To some, they are the perfect solution for affordable and sustainable housing in urban areas.
March 13, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports,vilified years ago as a potential Hall County road project, the Northern Connector surfaced again last week — to some degree. A road spanning North Hall by connecting Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 to Ga. 365 is still off the radar as a project.
March 13, 2017 Athens Banner Herald
Staff reports that Georgia Prospers, a business coalition devoted to promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment for employees, customers and visitors in Georgia, now has more than 600 members across the state, crossing that milestone earlier this month. The organization was founded in response to legislative efforts in Georgia to enact a “religious liberty” bill, an effort that was turned back by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, and that likely won’t get any definitive action in the current legislative session.
March 13, 2017 Georgia State University
LaTina Emerson reports that Dr. Christopher Basler, a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, director of the university’s Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Microbial Pathogenesis, has received a five-year, $4.1 million federal grant to develop a drug targeting Ebola virus.
March 13, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that call center company Convergys needs more than 150 employees for its 1838 Victory Drive facility in Columbus. To accomplish that, the Georgia Department of Labor’s Columbus Career Center will host a recruiting event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 16. The career center is located at 700 Veterans Parkway.
March 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that the Georgia House of Representatives voted unanimously Friday to form a 15-member council of House lawmakers to look for ways to boost the economy of rural Georgia. Council members will be appointed by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who made the proposal one of his top priorities for this year's General Assembly session.
March 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest should the Senate confirm him to be secretary of agriculture, according to new federal ethics documents.
March 10, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Georgia and Florida have split a bill of $430,325.19 charged by the special master who managed the Supreme Court lawsuit over river flow from Georgia into Florida. This may be the first time court costs associated with the case have emerged. More payments are pending. Typically, state officials have referred to, “costs associated with water litigation.
March 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports on honors for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, a new child advocate for the state and Gov. Deal appoints two education board members.
March 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that JetBlue Airways is pushing for prime gate space at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as it prepare to launches flights in Atlanta at the end of this month. New York-based JetBlue plans to start flights from Atlanta to Boston on March 30, but says in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it had expected to be able to operate out of Concourse E at the Atlanta airport.
March 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia lawmakers heard pushback Thursday to legislation that would let the state collect tolls permanently on the toll roads being built across metro Atlanta. The bill, which passed the Georgia Senate last week and is now before the state House of Representatives, would allow the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) to continue collecting tolls after the bonds financing a toll project have been paid off if repaying the bonds is not the "primary or exclusive" purpose of the tolls.
March 10, 2017 GPB
Michael Caputo reports that Bonita Johnson suffers with the lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Twice she went to the hospital emergency room because she had trouble breathing, the last time about a year ago. That ER was in Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth.
March 10, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald
Maggie Bowers reports that the wait continues for the proposed Newnan Behavioral Hospital, a 75-bed mental health facility planned for the now-unused, former Piedmont Newnan Hospital located at 60 Hospital Road. Officials with US HealthVest, LLC, the company seeking to open the facility in Coweta, remain hopeful that the June approval for a certificate of need from the Georgia Department of Community Health will hold despite opposition from a nearby competing hospital.
March 10, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the Legislature’s recent injection of funding for nursing home surveyors will help the state address the increasing backlog of patients’ complaints, officials said Thursday. Nurses who respond to nursing home complaints will get higher starting pay, and veteran RNs will get a salary increase, under new funding inserted into state budgets.
March 10, 2017 Georgia State Univ.
Starting Up - Video game company founded at Georgia State expands with major venture capital investment
Jeremy Craig report that Kynton Stephens’ long-time idea for a video game now has a major shot in the arm to become a player in Atlanta’s entertainment industry. The company he founded at Georgia State University, Spray ‘n Pray Studios, has received a multimillion-dollar injection of venture capital funds, the lifeblood needed for startups to grow to prominence.
March 10, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that weeks after WestRock announced it was taking 800 jobs from Gwinnett to the Sandy Springs area, a claims management solutions company located in the perimeter announced it will take about 500 jobs in the opposite direction. Crawford and Company officials said on Thursday that they will move their corporate headquarters, along with the hundreds of employees, from the Perimeter Center area in Atlanta to a new home at 5335 Triangle Parkway in Peachtree Corners this spring.
March 10, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that Cobb commissioners on Tuesday could put to rest the issue of the county’s $14 million commitment toward transportation improvements around SunTrust Park — exactly one month before the Atlanta Braves play their first regular season game in their new home.
March 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that the long delay for the U.S. Senate to set a confirmation hearing for Sonny Perdue as agricultural secretary could soon be over. The former Georgia governor’s paperwork has been sent to the Senate, according to a source with direct knowledge of the development, meaning that lawmakers should soon begin to formally vet the Republican.
March 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate started the year at 5.5 percent in January, the same rate as in December, the state labor department said Thursday. However, the state added 6,500 jobs during the month, just more than average for a January.
March 9, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, immigration bans, religious intolerance, late-night firings, disdain for distinguished public servants, disregard for the right to speak one’s mind – all in the early days of the new administration. Is this what we want? Regardless of party affiliation, political leanings or convenient labels: Is this who we are?
March 9, 2017 Georgia Tech
Laura Diamond reports that Chick-fil-A will open an Innovation Satellite Office in Georgia Tech’s Tech Square at the historic Biltmore this summer. The 6,000-square-foot facility will allow Chick-fil-A to collaborate with Georgia Tech faculty and students to develop technology solutions that will benefit restaurant customers. These include design, innovation and development projects.
March 9, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amanda Hoyle reports that Rise Biscuits Donuts is about to go national in a big way. For the past couple of years, founder Tom Ferguson has been tweaking his Durham company’s franchise model, focusing on expanding the brand across the Triangle and into North Carolina’s other big metro areas.
March 9, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports, when Drs. Matthew Lyon and Robert Gibson went looking for a cheap, portable 3-D ultrasound to use in their research, they couldn’t find one. So they are making their own and, in the process, could come up with a device that can be used on the sidelines to more conclusively diagnose concussions and other head injuries in sports.
March 9, 2017 New York Times
Evelyn Nieves reports that Monroe, Ga., population 13,250, is an old cotton town that sits comfortably between Atlanta, about an hour to the west, and Athens, a half-hour east. Travelers might call it a highway exit, a pleasant pit stop between two of the state’s most popular cities, and leave it at that. Stephanie Calabrese, a documentary photographer, sees it differently. Under her gaze, this quintessential Southern town — technically a city, though no one calls it that — is endlessly fascinating.
March 9, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that for the fourth time in five years, Pam Joseph has been named one of 25 “Most Influential Women in Payments” in the world. Joseph, who is president and chief operating officer at Columbus-based TSYS, graced the PaymentsSource list in 2013, 2014 and 2015, before retiring as vice chair of payment services at U.S. Bancorp. That retirement lasted briefly until her hiring at the credit-card and payments processor in May 2016.
March 9, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that thousands of metro Atlanta voters would find themselves in different state House districts under a Republican plan that Democrats allege reduces the influence of minority voters. Similar moves in other states have been challenged in federal courts, according to experts in voting law. If the Georgia plan is approved by the Republican dominated legislature, and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, it could also be open to legal challenges.
March 9, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia House speaker said Wednesday that while he hasn’t had time to study the new Republican health care plan in Congress, he has initial concerns about it. David Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, told attendees at the Atlanta Press Club that he has some worry that Georgia, as a state that has not expanded Medicaid, may be hurt under the new plan.
March 9, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, in a talk to the Atlanta Press Club Wednesday, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston spent a great portion of the speech talking about transit. Ralston had already made news in January when he proposed setting up a House Commission to study transit. He also made a point that the Commission was not being put together to “take over” any existing transit agency (a point that was welcomed by MARTA officials at the time).
March 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal demanded Georgia’s superintendent explain what he’s doing to reverse a “downward spiral of failure” of struggling schools, as the state education chief steps up his argument that he should be in the middle of any major school turnaround effort. In a series of letters, Deal noted that the number of “chronically failing schools” increased since state Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2014 election, while the schools chief countered that “effectively turning school performance around will take time.”
March 8, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for February totaled approximately $1.17 billion, for a decrease of $70 million, or -5.6 percent, compared to February 2016. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $14.23 billion, for an increase of $498.4 million, or 3.6 percent, over last year, when net tax revenues totaled $13.73 billion.
March 8, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, we all know about mainstream universities and colleges, but there’s a whole world out there of specialized education that can help train you for a career. Think higher education options in Georgia range from technical colleges to state universities or private institutions with few offerings outside those boxes? Well, think again.
March 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports, as Delta Air Lines renovates its gate areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one feature is gaining unexpected attention: Seats that some passengers say are too hard and uncomfortable. The new seats are made of a solid black polyurethane material, making them durable and easy to clean.
March 8, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports, these days it’s becoming harder to develop a suburban office project unless you make it feel somewhat urban. Pope & Land Enterprises is taking that new reality to heart, adding apartments to the development plans for its long-held 24-acre project known as Northwinds. The change to a more walkable mixed-use environment reflects the transformation of the suburbs to a less autocentric existence, with new rental and for-sale housing in walking distance of chef-driven restaurants and street-level retail.
March 8, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that Houston-based Kinder Morgan announced last week it’s selling a 49 percent share of the liquefied natural gas export facility under construction at Elba Island for $385 million. Investment funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners are the joint venture participant in Elba Liquefaction Company, L.L.C., which will own the equipment to be constructed as part of the Elba Liquefaction Project at Kinder Morgan’s existing Southern LNG Company, L.L.C. facility about five miles downriver from downtown Savannah.
March 8, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Andrea Honaker reports that Emmanuel Little can count on one hand the number of teachers he had growing up who looked like he does. When he talks with black male students at college fairs about going into teaching, sometimes it’s the first time they’ve even considered the possibility. “You can’t be what you can’t see,” he said. “Nationwide, less than 2 percent of all teachers are black males. (Teaching) was never even something I thought about growing up.”
March 8, 2017 Georgia State Univ.
Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University continues to lead the nation in graduating black students, according to a new report of “Top Performing Institutions for Black Students” released March 1 by The Education Trust, a non-profit education research organization. The report examines graduation rates for African-American students and the completion gap between black and white students at 676 public and private nonprofit institutions, as well as four-year, for-profit institutions.
March 8, 2017 University of Georgia
Mark Risse reports that Congressman Buddy Carter toured the oyster hatchery at the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant and met with a shellfish grower who is working with UGA to grow single oysters in an effort to diversify the coastal economy. Carter, along with Jared Downs, a member of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson's staff, spent Feb. 24 at the hatchery on Skidaway Island, learning about UGA's effort to revive the oyster industry in Georgia.
March 8, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that it's more than a mere coincidence that Kennesaw State University’s “Year of Russia” is taking place as so many headline grabbing controversies swirl around U.S.-Russian relations. The university’s annual country study program has been taking a wide-ranging look at a specific country or region every academic year since 1984.
March 8, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, how would the new health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans affect Georgia? Much of the impact has yet to be analyzed. Under many of the plan’s elements, though, the states would be treated similarly. A spokeswoman Tuesday said Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, is reviewing the GOP congressional plan “and engaging with federal and state officials to assess its impact on Georgia.’’
March 8, 2017 New York Times
Eric Lipton and Steve Eder report, in Sonny Perdue’s telling, Georgians were growing weary of the corruption and scandals in their state when he took over as governor in 2003 — a time when he gave his own version of a “drain the swamp” pledge. “My first goal as governor is to restore public trust in state government by changing the culture of state government,” Mr. Perdue told a leadership conference at Kennesaw State University in April 2003.
March 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that fresh off a key legal victory in the decades-long water war with Florida, Georgia leaders are scrambling to shore up glaring weaknesses exposed by the litigation while bracing for a new fight in Congress that could undercut the state’s courtroom success.
March 7, 2017 Mercer University
Staff reports that Mercer University’s Center for Southern Studies will award the 2017 Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature to novelist, short story writer and poet Ellen Gilchrist on April 22. The prize honors significant career contributions to Southern writing in drama, fiction or poetry.
March 7, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Cherokee County north of Atlanta is growing — with new residents and new businesses seemingly every day — and those folks need to be fed. The Ball Ground Burger Bus, home of craft burgers served in a repurposed c. 1948 electric trolley, is just the ticket.
March 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mary Caldwell reports that if you're looking for a job, several metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this March. The following are a few that have posted large numbers of openings in a wide variety of skill sets, including links so you can apply.
March 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. Ltd. will invest $100 million in its northwest Georgia plant to make the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission for front-drive vehicles. The 10-speed automatic transmission will initially appear in the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan. The product will be rolled out to other Honda and Acura models over time.
March 7, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that as computer hacking becomes a seemingly everyday occurrence, metro Atlanta is at the center of discussions because of its ranking as one of the nation’s major data center and home to one of the world’s largest data centers. A new report from CBRE, the real estate firm, lists Atlanta among the nation’s seven major data centers.
March 7, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that two coal ash regulation bills are kaput for the present legislative session, but the ideas behind them still have some life after actions taken late last week in the General Assembly. Thursday, state House Natural Resources and Environment Chairwoman Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, let it be known Rep. Jeff Jones’ coal ash bills — H.B. 377 and H.B. 378 — were not going to make it out of subcommittee in time to pass before the crossover deadline of the end of business Friday.
March 7, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a bill sponsored by state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, to address a shortage of nurses in Georgia made its way across the Capitol to the House of Representatives this past week. Senate Bill 166, which was passed by the Senate on Tuesday, would allow registered nurses and licensed practical nurses use an enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact to hold one multistate license.
March 7, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that legislation that prohibits the construction of petroleum pipelines along the coast passed the state senate late last week. “(N)o permit shall be issued for any new petroleum pipeline or any extension within any area included within the Georgia coastal zone management program,” Senate Bill 191 states in part.
March 7, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Ross Williams reports that under current state law, if someone pays for sexual services from someone over 18 who they know to be a victim of human trafficking, that person can be charged with misdemeanor pandering. That charge could bring fines and prison time of up to one year. Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, said those who take advantage of sex slaves should face harsher penalties. House Bill 341, introduced by Reeves, would classify that conduct as a felony under the human trafficking statute, which could bring a sentence of ten to 20 years in prison.
March 7, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the health care scoreboard on Crossover Day shows some expected results — and some surprises as well. A large number of health care bills had moved from one legislative chamber to the other by the end of Crossover, which was Friday, the 28th day of the 40-day legislative session. That’s the last day for a bill to move from one chamber of the Legislature to the other and thereby retain a path to becoming law this year.
March 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has kept the door open for legislation that would legalize firearms on the state’s college campuses despite his vigorous veto of the legislation last year. The Republican said this week he is continuing to have conversations with the House supporters on the legislation, House Bill 280, though he did not elaborate on his concerns with the measure.
March 6, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that state Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill to require Georgia schools and child care centers to test for lead contamination in their water. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat, was passed by a 50-1 vote on Crossover Day. That’s the last day for a bill to move from one chamber of the Legislature to the other and thereby retain a path to becoming law this year.
March 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that government or even quasi-government agencies aren’t generally known for being run like well-oiled machines. But the Henry County Water Authority is doing what it can to combat the stereotype. In fact, the HCWA, a quasi-governmental entity, is so well-run, it is the first utility or local authority to receive the Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award.
March 6, 2017 WABE 90.1
Maegan Smith reports that a criminal investigation is underway to a possible data breach at Georgia's Center for Election Systems. That is the office at Kennesaw State University that manages the state's voting system. KSU released a statement today saying it is working with federal law enforcement to determine "whether and to what extent a data breach may have occurred involving records maintained by the Center for Elections Systems."
March 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that with airport shuttle company SuperShuttle abruptly shutting down its operations in Atlanta this week, downtown Atlanta hotel managers say they liked having the service as an option, but the way travelers get around the city is changing.
March 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Melody Simmons reports that electronic retailers hhgregg is closing 88 stores nationwide, including four in metro Atlanta. The stores closing here are in Atlanta (Buckhead), Duluth, Lithonia and Morrow.
March 6, 2017 Brunswick News
Lindsey Adkison reports that in the Golden Isles, warm weather often means big business. Whether it is tourists flocking to hotels or diners enjoying outdoor restaurants, sunshine translates into a healthy bottom line for multiple industries. It is certainly something Dawn Hart knows well. The owner of Ace Garden Center, 2807 Demere Road, St. Simons Island, always sees an influx of business at her location as spring looms. And, she says, it’s been no different this year.
March 6, 2017 Georgia Tech
Staff reports that Georgia Tech was honored Thursday evening for the innovative and successful development of Technology Square. The Institute received the Visionary Award in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2017 Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards. Tech Square officially opened in 2003, and today the area is a thriving innovation ecosystem thanks to a vibrant network of students, faculty, researchers, startup entrepreneurs and global corporations.
March 6, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald
Kandice Bell reports that way consumers are shopping is evolving, and that trend may leave Coweta shoppers with fewer options for in-store purchases locally. According to University of West Georgia Economics Professor Dr. Mary Kassis, this shift from in-store to online shopping will result in fewer brick-and-mortar stores in the future.
March 6, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that an effort to increase public notice about coal ash issues, and management of coal ash dumps, has stalled in the state Legislature. The proposals are dead for the year, unless advocates can attach them to legislation that is still under consideration. Coal ash is the residue of coal burnt to generate power. The federal Environmental Protection Agency monitors coal ash because of the dangers it presents.
March 6, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Ross Williams reports that Georgia’s adoption code may soon get an update. Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, has introduced a 100-page bill that he said will “modernize” adoption law. “The last time that Georgia’s adoption law was substantially worked on was 1990,” Reeves said. “So in the last 27 years, there have been a lot of changes, there have been a lot of adoption cases that have demonstrated flaws in our code section that have demonstrated a need for clarity in our code section. So what the goal was was to do a substantial revision or modernization of the code section and bring it up to 2017, essentially.”
March 6, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that coastal scientists look at Georgia’s latest efforts to redefine the reach of the Shore Protection Act and shake their heads. Existing research, some of which the Department of Natural Resources paid him to do, points toward a rational way to draw a so-called jurisdictional line at the beach, but the state isn’t using it, said Chester Jackson, assistant professor of geology at Georgia Southern University.
March 6, 2017 GPB
Jessica Taylor reports that for years, parents have been warning their college-age children to be careful what they post on social media. Now, one young candidate is learning this important lesson the hard way — everything you post can and will be used against you in politics. Jon Ossoff, 30, is running as a Democrat in a special election in Georgia. But the Congressional Leadership Fund, a superPAC aligned with GOP leadership, launched an attack ad Wednesday hitting him with some unflattering college footage.
March 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Dan Moody launched his debut TV ad in the race for Georgia’s 6th District on Sunday, opening with a 60-second spot that features braying donkeys, stumbling elephants and a politician declaring himself ready to clean up after both of them. The former state senator from north Fulton County positioned himself in the ad as the consensus-builder who can clear the, er, muck out of Washington.
March 3, 2017 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that Georgia banks were having a rough time, even five years after the recession. Hundreds locked their doors and never reopened as customers defaulted on their loans. But in 2016, FDIC-insured banks in Georgia made $3 billion dollars in profit, a nearly 5 percent increase from 2015.
March 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Neely Young writes that only four presidents in our country’s history have been elected without approval of the common man and woman. Traditionally, leaders need to be identified as a person like us, with the traits that define good character. Integrity, honesty, compassion and fairness are all things that we look for in leaders, presidents included.
March 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Georgia Power is shelving its study of a site near Columbus for a new nuclear plant, saying it won’t be needed as soon as previously expected. In a letter Wednesday, the utility notified the Georgia Public Service Commission “of its intention to suspend work on the investigation of pursuing a new nuclear generation option.”
March 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Following an $11 million Series B investment last year, Atlanta-based MemberSuite is bulking up and moving to roomier digs.
March 3, 2017 Georgia Health News
Kristina Griffith reports that people who have lost a friend or loved one to opioid addiction know about naloxone. In December, Georgia became the 36th state to legalize over-the-counter sale of naloxone, which can save the life of someone who has overdosed on painkillers, heroin, or other opioid drugs. In the past, only someone with a doctor’s prescription could buy this medication at a pharmacy.
March 3, 2017 Cartersville Daily Tribune
Neil McGahee reports that not that long ago, Adairsville offered very little in the way of medical services, Harbin Clinic physician Robert Sullivan told an audience at Thursday’s monthly Eggs & Issues breakfast sponsored by the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce. “Now,” he said, “Adairsville has five family practice physicians, four nurse practitioners, three dentists and an oral surgeon, an eye doctor, three chiropractors, a veterinarian, two pharmacists and two physical therapists. We may be a sleepy town, but we sure are a healthy town.”
March 3, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
University Hospital will be first to use new testing system to cut time to identify causes of serious infections
Tom Corwin reports that University Hospital will be the first in the country to use a newly approved testing system that can cut the time to identify causes of serious infections from days to a couple of hours and also rapidly identify what specific antibiotic will work against it, officials said.
March 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Patty Tascarella reports that Kraft Heinz Co. has sold its condiments plant in the Lehigh Valley for $36.5 million, according to The Morning Call. The new owner is Atlanta-based Ridgeline Property Group, which plans to demolish the 907,610-square-foot facility to build warehouses. Kraft Heinz (Nasdaq:KHC) is jointly based in Pittsburgh and Chicago.
March 3, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that technology developed by a Rome company is literally shaking up the brewery industry. ShockWave Xtractor technology from Hydro Dynamics, Inc. is now being used at one of the nation’s oldest breweries, Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. Doug Mancosky, vice president for research and development at Hydro Dynamics, said the Xtractor technology forms unstable bubbles that release energy when they collapse or implode.
March 3, 2017 Albany Herald
Clint Thompson reports, if Georgia farmers want to maximize their profits, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension economist Amanda Smith says that, like all business owners, they first need to know their costs of production. Whether they’re talking about seed costs, fertilizer or fuel, farmers need to calculate their total expenses to maximize their profitability during the harvest season. That’s the message Smith has been communicating to producers during this year’s winter crop meetings.
March 3, 2017 GPB
Sam Whitehead reports that legislation that would mandate what percentage of Georgia Lottery revenue goes to education programs has passed the state Senate. The bill attempts to restore funding levels to those set in 1993 when the Georgia Lottery Corporation was established. “Changing the profitability of the lottery by even one percent per year will generate an extra $42 million for the lottery to be paid out in HOPE Scholarships and Pre-K support,” said Sen. Bill Cowsert (R - Athens), the bill’s sponsor.
March 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia politicians are preparing a new push for the infrastructure project that’s long been a top state priority, in hopes that President Donald Trump’s plan to inject $1 trillion into the country’s aging underbelly can add momentum to ongoing work to deepen Savannah’s port. Trump called for a “new program of national rebuilding” Tuesday during his first Capitol Hill address, pledging to create millions of new jobs while shoring up the nation’s bridges, highways and rail lines.
March 2, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered and Tom Baxter report that the honoree has been ailing lately, and wasn’t about to attend. But in an age of sharp political divisions, Zell Miller’s 85th birthday was celebrated Tuesday evening by as bipartisan a group as you’ll be likely to gather these days. The Miller Legacy Dinner, which is planned as an annual event, also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the lottery-funded Hope and pre-K programs.
March 2, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2017, we want to hear about them. The ideal candidate is someone who is successful in his or her profession and is passionate about community service.
March 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that state-wide, Georgia’s 183 banks reported $3 billion in profits last year — a 4.8 percent increase over the previous year — from growing loan portfolios and higher interest rates. The full-year results were a slowdown from three months earlier, when the state’s banks were reporting profit growth of 6 percent for the first nine months of the year.
March 2, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Delta Air Lines is testing new boarding procedures at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and New York’s Kennedy Airport that bring more order to boarding turbulence, The Wall Street Journal reports. Delta Senior vice president Bill Lentsch tells the Journal the procedures it is trying shave 30 to 60 seconds off a typical flight.
March 2, 2017 WABE 90.1
Stephannie Stokes reports that leaders of historically black colleges and universities in Atlanta are back home after a visit to the White House. Their trip ended Tuesday afternoon with President Donald Trump signing an executive order that he said supports HBCUs. The presidents of Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College and Morehouse College were among the dozens of HBCU leaders in attendance.
March 2, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that Georgia Tech is creating what it calls the most environmentally friendly building in the Southeast. It collects its own water and solar power, and uses them to satisfy energy needs and irrigate nearby vegetation. This "living building" is on track to break ground later this year.
March 2, 2017 Georgia Tech, Emory University
Carol Clark reports that Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative conditions involving abnormal folding of proteins, may help explain the emergence of life – and how to create it. Researchers at Emory University and Georgia Tech demonstrated this connection in two new papers published by Nature Chemistry: “Design of multi-phase dynamic chemical networks” and “Catalytic diversity in self-propagating peptide assemblies.”
March 2, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgians would pay a flat state income tax of 5.4 percent under legislation that overwhelmingly cleared the Georgia House of Representatives Wednesday. The bill, which passed 126-40 and now moves to the state Senate, would replace the current graduated system, which taxes some Georgians as high as 6 percent.
March 2, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Maggie Lee reports that the state House has passed a bill that would open Georgia’s medical marijuana registry to more patients, but the next step looks likely to be a showdown with a narrower state Senate bill. “This is an expansion of what has been so far a very successful program allowing more hurting Georgians to potentially benefit from medical cannabis oil,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, just before the state House passed his House Bill 65 by a vote of 165-6.
March 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Uber is urging Georgia lawmakers to slam the brakes on a House proposal that would levy a 4 percent state sales tax on each trip with ride-hailing services, as well as allow cities to levy their own fees. Uber sent an email to thousands of its riders this week under the heading “stop your Uber prices from going up” that urged them to tell lawmakers to vote down House Bill 225.
March 1, 2017 AccessWDUN
Colin Ochs reports that a California-based e-commerce company is expanding to Forsyth County creating over 300 new jobs for the area. Sports Warehouse, a global retail supplier of sports and outdoor equipment, will renovate an old post office in south Forsyth, turning it into a distribution center for their tennis and running equipment in the Southeast that will begin operations in July.
March 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, if you’re keeping score, Georgia’s hospitality industry dodged a potentially lethal bullet from the state legislature last year but took a direct hit the year before. This year, its leaders are hopeful, but watchful. The industry, which includes restaurants, hotels and other kinds of lodging, and travel and tourism, counts itself fortunate to have avoided disaster, thanks to Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of so-called “religious liberty” legislation passed by the 2016 General Assembly.
March 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Atlanta home prices ended a year of solid increase just 2.2 percent below their peak level of 2007, according to a much-watched national survey released Tuesday.
March 1, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that a new ranking of top business schools places four in Georgia at No. 24, 27, 37 and 39 in North America. The rankings, published Feb. 28 by the University of Texas at Dallas, are different from many other university rankings because they are based on articles published in 24 peer-reviewed journals in the five-year period of 2012 to 2016, which is said to be a mechanism for business schools to benchmark their research productivity.
March 1, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that W.C. Bradley Co. is poised to announce the largest real estate venture in its long history on Wednesday when it goes public with plans for a $52 million residential and retail complex along the Chattahoochee River in downtown Columbus. The company has called a 2 p.m. news conference to announce The Rapids at Riverfront Place. Earlier this week, company officials outlined the aggressive project that will add 226 new apartments in a five-story structure just north of the 13th Street bridge.
March 1, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Georgia’s ports experienced their busiest month ever with double-digit growth across all business sectors, the Georgia Ports Authority said Friday. In Brunswick, bulk cargo more than doubled to 235,802 tons in January, an increase of 125,998 tons over the same month last year, the ports authority announced.
March 1, 2017 Saporta Report
Brendan Ozawa-DeSilva reports that 15 women incarcerated women at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto, Georgia are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program offered by Life University — the only accredited degree program in Georgia available to incarcerated persons, and the first in the state since 1994 — where they study the science, theory, and practice behind social, emotional, and ethical learning, with courses in psychology, sociology, peace studies, entrepreneurship, literature, and more.
March 1, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Staff reports that University of Georgia researchers are testing a possible treatment for a disease that’s affected as many as a fourth of the 700,000 troops who served in Operation Desert Storm and other Gulf War combat a quarter-century ago in 1990 and 1991. “Substantial cognitive, learning and motor deficits are among the most profound and debilitating effects of Gulf War illness,” said Nick Filipov, associate professor in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine’s physiology and pharmacology department.
March 1, 2017 WSB Radio
Natalie Dreier reports that if your Internet wasn't working, it could have been because of errors on Amazon's S3 cloud storage. On Monday, Feb. 28, many sites were failing fully, missing multimedia or running extremely slowly.
March 1, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Savannah Economic Development Authority on Tuesday awarded the engineering contract for its new 685-acre manufacturing park on Old River Road in west Chatham County to Savannah firms Thomas & Hutton and Hussey Gay Bell, approving an initial expenditure of $35,000 for Phase I of the project.
March 1, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s insurance commissioner has urged Tom Price, the new federal health secretary, to remove agents’ commissions from rules governing how insure companies spend the premium dollars they collect. The issue cited by Commissioner Ralph Hudgens in his letter to Price, a fellow Georgian, involves the “Medical Loss Ratio,” or MLR.
March 1, 2017 GPB
Sam Whitehead reports that this year could be a big one for school choice. State lawmakers are considering expanding a program that gives tax credits to Georgians who help bankroll private school scholarships. Supporters say the program gives students in public schools better access to other education options. But for many Georgians, especially those living in rural communities, those options are hard to find.
March 1, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that Georgia House approved a bill Tuesday that would increase the amount of money that could go toward Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program. Right now, Georgians who donate to Student Scholarship Organizations, or SSOs, get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Individuals can donate up to $1,000, and there’s a $2,500 limit for couples.
March 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, two former presidents on opposite sides of the political spectrum: They all united Tuesday to celebrate former Gov. Zell Miller in a bipartisan lovefest in honor of his 85th birthday. The dinner honored the Zell Miller Institute for Public Policy, a new player in Georgia politics dedicated to bipartisan policies and public service.