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Jan. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

German gun maker moving New Hampshire factory and jobs to Columbus

Russell Grantham reports that a German manufacturer of handguns and assault weapons said it is expanding its Columbus operations as part of a move to close its plant in New Hampshire. Heckler & Koch said it expects to add 84 new jobs in Columbus over the next two years as a result of a $28.5 million expansion that will add a new 50,000 square-foot factory in the west Georgia city.


Jan. 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes

Susan Percy writes, Georgia’s 6th District Congressman Tom Price, an orthopaedic surgeon, is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Price, an outspoken foe of the Affordable Care Act, must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate; but that should be easily accomplished.


Jan. 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia film industry could step up to Oscar stage

Ellie Hensley reports that Oscars season is upon us, and this year, the Peach State may get its chance to shine. Film production has exploded in Georgia since the state’s most recent tax incentive was established in 2008, with almost 250 films and television shows shot here last year. Not just any movie is Oscar-worthy in the eyes of Hollywood’s elite, but 2017 hopefuls such as Twentieth Century Fox’s “Hidden Figures,” Warner Bros.’ “Sully” and Fox Searchlight’s “The Birth of A Nation” stand a chance of grabbing a nomination when they are announced Jan. 24 — and maybe even a win.


Jan. 20, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS inks deal with subsidiary of Banco Bilbao Viscaya Argentaria

Tony Adams reports that credit-card and payment processor TSYS said Thursdays it has inked a long-term contract renewal with banking firm BBVA Compass. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., BBVA Compass Bancshares is a subsidiary of the banking conglomerate Banco Bilbao Viscaya Argentaria, which is based in Bilbao, Spain.


Jan. 20, 2017 Brunswick News

CCGA ranked among best online degree programs

Staff reports that College of Coastal Georgia has been ranked among the best online bachelor’s degree programs in the country. In its 2017 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings, released Jan. 10, U.S. News and World Report placed CCGA in the top 10 low-cost online baccalaureate programs for out-of-state students.


Jan. 20, 2017 Georgia Health News

Worst complaints about nursing homes getting swift attention despite backlog, state says

Andy Miller reports that state officials say they are able to respond immediately to reports of abuse or neglect in Georgia nursing homes, despite facing a large backlog of complaints. The backlog of nursing home complaints coming from residents, families and others is roughly 140, the Department of Community Health says. That’s at or near a historic high, as complaints about nursing home care have risen 50 percent over the past two years, the agency said.


Jan. 20, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett Medical receives top honors for coronary bypass graft procedure

Staff reports that Gwinnett Medical Center was recently included on a national list of “safety net” hospitals that excel in at least one of four clinical areas. Health magazine Modern Healthcare put Gwinnett Medical on its “safety net” list after awarding it a top performance rating for its coronary bypass graft surgery.


Jan. 20, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Middle Georgia company listed as one of top franchises in nation

Linda S. Morris reports that a Macon-based company moves up Entrepreneur Magazine’s top franchise listing. America’s Swimming PoolCo., which says it’s the nations largest swimming pool cleaning, repair and renovation franchise, was listed 113th on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list, according to a news release.


Jan. 20, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Savannah area feels big impact from 2016 film,TV numbers

Katie Nussbaum reports that more than 280 projects — including feature films, television shows, commercials and student projects — used Savannah and surrounding areas as a backdrop last year, about a 2.5 percent increase from the number of projects shot in 2015. Those projects contributed nearly $132 million to the local economy, which was about $3.4 million more than in 2015.


Jan. 20, 2017 WABE 90.1

Ga. Sen. Fran Millar: Needs-Based Scholarship In The Works

Martha Dalton reports that for years, some education advocates have urged lawmakers to create a needs-based college scholarship program in Georgia. That is, financial aid that’s based on a family’s income level. Georgia’s HOPE scholarship is merit-based, meaning students need to earn certain grades to receive it. Recently, the Southern Regional Education Board issued a report on college affordability. It showed the rising cost of college tuition hit middle and lower-income families in Georgia hard.


Jan. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jimmy Carter is on his way to Donald Trump’s inauguration

Greg Bluestein reports that true to his word, former President Jimmy Carter is en route to Washington for Donald Trump’s inauguration. A tipster sent this picture from his Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta, along with a note that he walked up and down the aisles to shake hands with the passengers.



Jan. 19, 2017 GPB

Trump To Nominate Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue To Head Agriculture Department

Dan Charles reports that President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his nominee for agriculture secretary, according to a transition official and a source close to the process. This is the last open Cabinet position, although Trump has yet to name a Council of Economic Advisors chair, which is a Cabinet-level position.


Jan. 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: International Access, Deep Local Roots

K.K. Snyder reports that if there were any such thing as a global legal military, Dentons law firm would be the elite special ops, leading their ground troops across the world. With more than 150 offices in 50 plus countries, their global presence is well established. The firm first entered the Atlanta market in July 2015, when Dentons US merged with Atlanta’s McKenna Long & Aldridge.


Jan. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia jobless rate rises, layoffs up, 7 things to know

Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate edged up to 5.4 percent in December from 5.3 percent in November, the state labor department said today. The state added 5,900 jobs during the month. So the overall picture is mixed, but the unemployment rate is no longer the crucial metric to judge what is going on.


Jan. 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Home Depot rival to cut 2,400 jobs in efficiency push

Ken Elkins reports that Home Depot Inc. rival Lowe’s Cos. Inc. (NYSE: LOW) told employees Tuesday that it’s cutting 2,400 employees from its 285,000-employee workforce. Last week, CNBC reported that Lowe’s would cut almost 1% of its staff.


Jan. 19, 2017 Georgia Health News

Georgia has too few nurses, and the problem could get much worse

Andy Miller reports that Merry Fort, an RN who lives in Macon, has seen nursing shortages before. But, she says, “I’ve never seen it like this.” Fort works for a company that supplies “travel nurses’’ — hired to work in a specific location for a limited amount of time — and temp nurses to hospitals.


Jan. 19, 2017 New York Times

When the National Bird is a Burden

Wyatt Harris reports, they came to Bluffton, a small agricultural town in the southwestern corner of the state, one or two at a time. To the bare eye, they might have been any other raptor, any bird of prey. Maybe even just vultures. One day in 2011, Will Harris picked a pair of binoculars off the dash in his Jeep and pointed his gaze toward the sky.


Jan. 19, 2017 Macon Telegraph

German-based company may be considering Middle Georgia for a grocery store

Linda S. Morris reports that a German-based grocery store is apparently planning to come to Warner Robins. The Atlanta office of New Jersey-based Bohler Engineering has filed a Development of Regional Impact form with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for a Lidl grocery store on Ga. 96.


Jan. 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Australian software firm raises $25 million to expand Atlanta-based Americas HQ

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Sydney, Australia-based software provider Deputy has raised $25 million — capital it will primarily invest in expanding its Atlanta-based Americas headquarters. Deputy, which raised its Series A financing from Boston-based OpenView, employs about 20 in Atlanta — its sales, marketing and customer service hub. The workforce management software maker employs about 100 companywide.


Jan. 19, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Georgia to roll out roadside assistance on interstates

Maggie Lee reports that folks who get a flat tire or run out of gas on the side of midstate interstates will soon have a new number to call for help: 511. They’ll call a CHAMP unit, a Coordinated Highway Assistance and Maintenance Program truck from the Georgia Department of Transportation.


Jan. 19, 2017

Deal: Colorado Premium to create 190 jobs in Carroll County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Colorado Premium, a manufacturer of premium protein products, will create 190 jobs and invest $15 million in a Carroll County food processing plant by the end of 2018.


Jan. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Taxpayers float nearly $30M to cover Georgia water wars costs

Greg Bluestein reports that the public cost for Georgia’s seemingly never-ending legal battle with its neighbors over water ballooned to nearly $30 million over the last year. Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order this week shifting $3.5 million from his emergency fund to pay the latest tab for the legal feud.



Jan. 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

State economist: Georgia's economic outlook positive in 2017

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s economy is outperforming the nation’s, a sure sign the state’s recovery from the Great Recession is going strong, the state’s economist said Tuesday. The Georgia economy grew by 2.3 percent to 2.4 percent between November 2015 and last November, compared to 1.7 percent for the nation as a whole, Kenneth Heaghney told members of the General Assembly’s appropriations committees.


Jan. 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Eggs and Issues

Ben Young reports, Gov. Nathan Deal addressed the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast in Atlanta last week, describing an optimistic infrastructure spending and job growth scenario for 2017. “We’ve already started on a $10-billion, 10-year plan to build roads and bridges – the most aggressive plan since we first built the highways – which will revolutionize our transportation system,” he said. Plans include $1 billion for freight mobility, funding for express lanes and a rural version of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s successful HERO program to help motorists in jeopardy.


Jan. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NCR announces settlement over longstanding environmental issue

Scott Trubey reports that financial technology giant NCR said Tuesday it has entered a “consent decree” to settle longstanding litigation over environmental cleanup of a polluted Wisconsin River. Duluth-based NCR is one of a number of companies, including Georgia-Pacific, involved in the years-long settlement and cleanup efforts over pollutants from paper plants in the Fox River near the city of Green Bay. The $1 billion-plus cleanup covers 29 miles of river dredging and capping.


Jan. 18, 2017

Deal unveils ‘High Aspirations’

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, unveiled “High Aspirations,” the second installment of the "Real Teachers Real Voices” campaign. This initiative, which highlights exceptional educators around the state, stems from feedback from Deal’s Teacher Advisory Committee. “High Aspirations” features Casey Bethel, an educator at New Manchester High School in Douglas County and the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year.


Jan. 18, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

Company to build adjoining 118-room and 90-room hotels on Jekyll Island

Terry Dickson reports, grand plans for three hotels on the state-owned barrier island have fallen through, but the island’s governing authority approved leases Tuesday that will enable a familiar and successful developer to build two hotels on the same land. Leon Weiner and Associates’ plans to build a 118-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 90-room Residence Inn on part of what was once a 15.5-acre lease on the waterfront.


Jan. 18, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Creature Comforts, Athens-Clarke detail proposal for new facility on Southern Mill property

Staff reports that Creature Comforts Brewing Company will get $475,000 from an Athens-Clarke County government economic development fund to help equip a second Athens brewery, to be located in the Southern Mill mixed-use project off North Chase Street. The existing Creature Comforts brewery and tasting room on West Hancock Avenue, which opened in 2014, will remain in operation, and the arrangement with the county in connection with the expansion will allow the brewing company to remain in Athens.


Jan. 18, 2017 Saporta Report

GDOT’s program for DBEs benefits haulers more than service companies   

David Pendered reports that efforts to improve opportunities for disadvantaged businesses to get contracts from the Georgia Department of Transportation haven’t leveled the playing field, according to comments made at meetings held around the state in 2016.


Jan. 18, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

Eastside Medical Center plans $4.5 million surgical center expansion

Cailin O'Brien reports that Eastside Medical Center hopes to expand its surgery department. The Snellville hospital’s plans are in limbo right now, pending the approval of the Georgia Department of Community Health. Eastside submitted an official Certificate of Need to the department Jan. 12 describing its intentions for the project, according to documents obtained by the Daily Post. Now, officials will need to wait 120 days while the department decides whether to accept or deny the proposal.


Jan. 18, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Regional health information network connecting hospitals in Augusta and Savannah with providers across state is having interesting effects

Tom Corwin reports, a regional health information network that links hospitals in Augusta and Savannah with providers locally and across the state is having some interesting effects, such as reducing needless scans and catching life-threatening illnesses in the Savannah jail.


Jan. 18, 2017 WABE 90.1

Cubans In Ga. React To End Of 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Policy

Lisa Hagen reports, last week, President Barack Obama announced the sudden end of a decades-old immigration policy which granted special privileges to Cubans entering the United States. It was called the “wet-foot, dry foot” policy. It meant Cubans who set foot on U.S. soil, could stay and would be fast-tracked to citizenship. It’s termination is the latest step by the Obama administration toward more normal relations with the island nation.


Jan. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A sense of uncertainty in Georgia as Trump era arrives

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that the Donald Trump era begins this week when the New York businessman goes from private citizen to the nation’s president without ever holding elected office. And what that means for Georgia remains hazy at best. What does his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “essentially simultaneously” mean for Georgia’s health policy? Will vast rewrites of tax policy upend the playing field? Will Trump follow through on his vow for a massive investment in new infrastructure?



Jan. 17, 2017 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia To Get First New Bank Established Since 2008

Phil W. Hudson reports that during the economic downturn, Georgia had one of the nation's highest levels of bank failures. But the financial sector seems to be turning an important corner. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle plans have been filed for Georgia’s first new bank in nine years. A Chinese-American investor group led by American Investment & Immigration Center owner Jinsong Yang has filed an application to form Pacific Metro Bank in Johns Creek, Ga.


Jan. 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Americus|Sumter County: Shaking Things Up

K.K. Snyder reports, community leaders in Sumter County are working to lasso a synergy that they believe will propel the county and its cities well into a prosperous future. From a restructuring of city government in Americus to a newly formed foundation that’s raised more than $2 million to invest in Sumter’s success, this Southwest Georgia county is rallying for the cause.


Jan. 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta ranks in top 15 best cities for new grads

Najja Parker reports that Atlanta’s bars — among other, more serious considerations — make it one of the top 15 best cities for new college graduates, according to the American Institute for Economic Research. AIER analyzed the best metropolitan areas using nine metrics categorized into three sections: economic, demographic and quality of life. The most important factor in the research, according to the report, was the prevalence of other young recent grads.


Jan. 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

No. 3 Aflac exec Kriss Cloninger announces plans to retire

David Allison reports thatNo. 3 exec at insurance giant Aflac Inc. has announced plans to retire. After 25 years of service, Kriss Cloninger III, president of Aflac Inc., will retire from that position effective Dec. 31, 2017, Columbus, Ga.-based Aflac (NYSE: AFL) reported Jan. 13. Cloninger, 68, joined Aflc in 1992 and has served on Aflac's board since 2001. Cloninger has been Aflac Inc.'s president since 2001 and executive vice president of Aflac since 1993.


Jan. 17, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Savannahians among Georgia Trend’s ‘most influential’

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Georgia Trend magazine’s much-anticipated annual list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians is out – and area leaders are well-represented in 2017’s version. “For this, our 19th list, we have included many of the usual suspects — politicians, CEOs, college presidents — but we’ve also added a number of new names and faces to the list,” the magazine said. “All are people who inspire, exasperate, lead — and influence us.


Jan. 17, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

Companion Senate and House bills would expand Fort Frederica

Terry Dickson reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter have introduced companion pieces of legislation to expand the boundaries of Fort Frederica National Monument to protect it from development. The Georgia Republicans’ Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act would remove a 250-acre cap on the size of the park and set a new one at 305 acres. Congress established the existing limit in 1958 when the ruins of the 18th century British fort and town were made part of the National Park Service.


Jan. 17, 2017

Restoration of Atlanta-Brussels Delta Flight to Re-energize Close Belgian-Georgia Ties

Phil Bolton reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. is resuming on Saturday, March 25, its Atlanta–Brussels flights, an announcement which drew a hardy round of applause from the dozens of attendees at a Belgium National Day celebration held in Midtown the evening of Jan. 13. Anton Mertens, president of the Belgian-American Chamber of the South which hosted the celebration at the Lawyers Club in the 1230 Peachtree Street office building, made the long-awaited announcement.


Jan. 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle, Saporta Report

Morehouse College not renewing contract of President John Wilson

Maria Saporta reports that Morehouse College Board of Trustees have decided to not renew contract of President John Wilson, who has been leading the prestigious institution for more than three years. Wilson will serve until the completion of his current contract, which ends on June 30, 2017. And then “Dr. Wilson will pass the baton to a new President,” according to a release posted on the Morehouse website.


Jan. 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Nathan Deal’s office wants a raise for the next governor

Greg Bluestein reports that an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation that published over the weekend found that a drove of top state officials got hefty pay raises – some as high as 35 percent – despite efforts to rein in state spending. That means there are now a raft of state officials, including several in the governor’s office, who make more cash than Gov. Nathan Deal.



Jan. 16, 2017

Deal: Sysnet Global Solutions to create more than 500 jobs in DeKalb County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Ireland-based Sysnet Global Solutions, a leading provider of cybersecurity and compliance solutions to the payments industry, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $2 million in a DeKalb County contact center.


Jan. 16, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Agape Youth and Family Center

Candice Dyer reports that the Agape Youth and Family Center is celebrating its 20th year of strengthening its community in northwest Atlanta. “We take a holistic approach in serving children, families and seniors,” says Nell Benn, executive director. “Our goal is to end the cycle of generational poverty.”


Jan. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Big business, major centers of influence in Rep. John Lewis’ district

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that President-elect Donald Trump in a tweet early Saturday morning criticized Georgia Rep. John Lewis’ district as “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested).” Trump tweeted that Lewis “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district,” after Lewis said he would not attend Trump’s inauguration next week.


Jan. 16, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle ​

Eastside Medical Center files $4.5 million plans to expand surgery department

Ellie Hensley reports that Snellville, Ga.-based Eastside Medical Center on Jan. 12 filed plans with the Georgia Department of Community Health to expand its surgery department. The project will cost an estimated $4.5 million.


Jan. 16, 2017 Gainesville Times

Alabama threatens to sue in tri-state ‘water wars’ involving Georgia, Florida

Jeff Gill reports that Alabama, long just an interested party in a water-sharing legal dispute between Georgia and Florida, is suggesting it might pursue “further litigation” in a longstanding “water wars” between the three states. A U.S. Supreme Court order on Jan. 3 urging Georgia and Florida to consider interbasin transfers in settlement talks has Alabama worried that “interbasin” potentially could involve Alabama waters.


Jan. 16, 2017 Georgia Health News

Succeeding while overcoming obstacles

Judi Kanne reports, born in Macon, one of four girls raised by a single mother, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice has met every challenge with dedication, service and success. Montgomery Rice is now president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta — the first woman to hold that prestigious position.


Jan. 16, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

Gregory Aloia to retire as president of College of Coastal Georgia

Terry Dickson reports, College of Coastal Georgia President Gregory F. Aloia announced Friday he will retire effective June. 30. Aloia has been president of Coastal Georgia since July 2013 and was the second president after the former community college became a four-year institution in 2008.


Jan. 16, 2017  Albany Herald

Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Thursday in Tifton

Jim Hendricks reports that more than 1,400 peanuts growers and representatives of the agribusiness industry are expected to attend the 41st annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.


Jan. 16, 2017 Saporta Report

E-commerce creates business opportunities to handle returned goods, CBRE reports   

David Pendered reports that burgeoning field of e-commerce is creating opportunities for new businesses and warehouses to handle the skyrocketing amount of items that buyers return, according to a new report by CBRE, a global real estate company. The return rate for goods purchased in stores averages 8 percent. The return rate for goods purchased on-line ranges from 15 percent to 30 percent, CBRE reported, citing figures reported by The New York Times and Shorr Packaging Co.


Jan. 16, 2017 LaGrange News

Congressman John Lewis to deliver LaGrange College MLK address

Jennfier Shrader reports, hailed as a trailblazer of the civil rights movement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis will present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. address at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Callaway Auditorium at LaGrange College. The event is free and open to the public.


Jan. 16, 2017 Brunswick News

Georgia congressional delegation receives committee spots

Wes Wolfe reports, with the partisan approval of U.S. House of Representatives committee appointees Thursday, Congress’ committees are set and ready to go for the new session. In the House, Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, took a spot on the House Energy & Commerce Committee.


Jan. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Clarence Thomas to swear in Mike Pence at inauguration

Tamar Hallerman reports, very much buried in the rubble of this weekend’s John Lewis – Donald Trump spat was news that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would administer the oath of office to Vice President-elect Mike Pence at Friday’s inauguration. The Pin Point native will become the first-ever African American to swear in a VP, according to Trump’s inaugural committee.



Jan. 13, 2017 Saporta Report

Atlanta again delays plan to raise minimum wage, this time to $13 an hour   

David Pendered reports that the Atlanta City Council begins the new year with an effort left over from last year – to raise the minimum wage paid by the city. As with the old conversation, the new one was put on hold at the request of Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. The new proposal would have raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour beginning July 1. The date is the start of the city’s next fiscal year.


Jan. 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: The Economic Outlook for 2017

Jeffrey Humphreys reports, by nearly every measure, the 2017 outlook for Georgia’s economy is very good. The pace of GDP and personal income growth will both accelerate. Jobs will be plentiful and very well balanced, with gains in both goods-producing and service-providing industries. Existing home prices will rise to all-time highs. And, for the fifth-straight year, the state’s economy will grow faster than the nation’s.


Jan. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State sued over Ga. Power permits

Russell Grantham reports that tate regulators have endangered Georgia’s drinking water and rivers by failing to re-examine outdated permits at five Georgia Power coal-fired power plants, environmental groups said in a lawsuit Thursday. Original wastewater permits at some of the plants expired more than a decade ago and haven’t been updated to comply with tougher federal water pollution limits that went into effect a year ago, the Sierra Club and other groups said.


Jan. 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

$15 million public-private Atlanta venture fund launched

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that local government is getting in on the tech accelerator action. The city is collaborating with Georgia Tech and 10 Atlanta corporations to launch Engage, a "mentorship-driven" accelerator program and $15 million venture fund. Engage is open to startups across the country, with a focus placed on mentoring and market access strategies, according to the City.


Jan. 13, 2017 Cherokee Tribune

New hospital poised to open in May

Rebecca Johnston reports that about 220 doctors, nurses and other employees of Northside Hospital Cherokee on Friday received a first look at the new hospital on Northside Cherokee Boulevard set to open in May. The hospital, off Interstate 575 at Hwy. 20 in Canton will replace the old facility built in north Canton in 1960 and will have a staff of 1,700, including 600 doctors and 300 new employees when it opens.


Jan. 13, 2017 Brunswick News

City may call for stricter coal ash regulations

Deborah Bayliss reports that the Brunswick City Commission is following the lead of a local environmental organization and has drawn up a resolution calling on state legislators to create stricter regulations governing the storage of coal ash. 


Jan. 13, 2017 Macon Telegraph

New bill would set up Ga. vote on medical cannabis

Maggie Lee reports, with the signatures of about a dozen other lawmakers, Macon state Rep. Allen Peake filed a proposal Thursday that would set up a statewide vote in 2018 on the cultivation and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes in Georgia. He's betting voters would OK an idea that's popular in other states but that Georgia lawmakers have not approved.


Jan. 13, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia Legislators Could Test Gov. Deal In 2017 Session

Johnny Kauffman reports, on Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal gave the next to last State of the State address of his term. He’s running out of time in office, with only the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions before his second consecutive four-year term ends. There’s a lot left to do: an education overhaul, combating the opioid crisis, securing funds for a state court complex and more.


Jan. 13, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal

Tippins: Deal’s education bill not an attempt to create Opportunity School District

Jon Gargis reports that in his State of the State address on Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said an education bill to be crafted by his office, state legislators and others will focus on turning around the state’s underperforming elementary schools. But at least one local education leader said she believes the bill will include an effort to revive the Opportunity School District concept voted down by Georgia voters in November.


Jan. 13, 2017 Albany Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia House bill seeks transparency from state pardons board

Aaron Gould Sheinin reports that the State Board of Pardons and Paroles would be required to hold public hearings before granting pardons or commuting a death sentence under legislation introduced in the state House. House Bill 34, from state Rep. Jesse Petrea, R-Savannah, would impose even greater transparency on the board by declaring all reports, files, records and other information related to the supervision of probationers and parolees to be public records. Those files are currently kept secret.


Jan. 13, 2017 Athens Banner Herald

Vouchers for schools not the solution, Georgia Senate leader says

Lee Shearer reports that President-elect Donald Trump and his nominee to become federal Secretary of Education, fellow billionaire Betsy DeVos, tout a massive national school voucher program to turn around failing public schools. But vouchers won’t fix the problem, according to one influential Georgia legislator.


Jan. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Sam Nunn endorses waiver for Jim Mattis as Pentagon chief, citing family precedent

Jim Galloway reports that Sam Nunn made another appearance before a U.S. Senate committee hearing for a member of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, this time for former Marine general Jim Mattis as secretary of defense. In doing so, the former Georgia senator endorsed a congressional waiver of a federal law that requires Pentagon chiefs to have a seven-year gap between that job and their military service.



Jan. 12, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

Deal highlights healthcare, education in State of the State Address

Curt Yeomans reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is asking state legislators to focus on healthcare, education reform and cyber security, along with pay raises for some state employees, this year. Deal announced proposals in those areas during his annual State of the State Address to a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly. In his speech, he focused on accentuating positives while outlining proposals such as 19 percent pay raises for Georgia Division of Family and Children Services caseworkers and 2 percent raises for teachers.


Jan. 12, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: In Celebration of Writers

Susan Percy writes, there’s something very comforting about a library – whether it’s the imposing Hargrett Library on the UGA campus in Athens, the homey red brick building in Decatur that I visited regularly when I was growing up, or even the overstuffed bookshelves in my family room. Being around books and spending time in places where they are collected and cared for always makes me feel safe and happy.


Jan. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Men surge past women in hiring as jobs trend reverses

Michael E. Kanell reports, during the worst of Great Recession, the pain of layoffs fell disproportionately on men. But of late, the gender-hiring tide has turned. Not that virtually all demographics did not suffer during the downturn, but many of the most savage cuts came in factories and other male-heavy sectors tied to manufacturing, construction, financial services and some real estate-related businesses.


Jan. 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Big sale of 'Milton Park' office buildings near North Point Mall

Douglas Sams reports that Adventus Realty Trust recently bought two ‘Milton Park’ office buildings totaling 319,000 square feet, the latest big investment in north Fulton’s office market. A venture between Talcott Realty Investors LLC and Greenstone Properties was the seller.


Jan. 12, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Plant making $50 million investment; to create 75 skilled jobs

Linda S. Morris reports that a Milledgeville company is making a $50 million investment and plans to create 75 highly skilled jobs in Middle Georgia. Zschimmer & Schwarz Inc., a German-based chemical company that opened its Milledgeville plant in 2000, has acquired the Lexolube division of Pennsylvania-based Inolex Chemical Co., according to a statement from the company. 


Jan. 12, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Yancey Brothers to move ahead with Bibb County project announced 10 years ago

Linda S. Morris reports that about 10 years after Yancey Brothers bought about 26 acres in South Bibb County to build a new facility, plans are expected to move forward. The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application Monday for the company to allow outside storage of equipment and a building height of more than 35 feet at 1025 Frank Amerson Parkway in I-75 Business Park off Interstate 75 and Hartley Bridge Road.


Jan. 12, 2017 Saporta Report

Integral says $300 million investment underway for GM plant within six months   

Maria Saporta and Ellie Hensley report that the developer of the former Doraville General Motors plant said Wednesday about $300 million in development is underway or poised to start over the next six months, as the massive transformation of the site cranks up. The mixed-use development, which likely will total 10 million square feet over the next decade, is slated to rise on the site of the 165-acre GM plant, which has sat idle since it closed in 2008.


Jan. 12, 2017 WABE 90.1

Ga. Officials Look To Music Industry For Economic Boost

Amy Kiley reports that television and movies have a $6 billion impact on Georgia's economy each year. Now, some lawmakers are eyeing more arts to bring in money: the for-profit music industry.


Jan. 12, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

4 University System of Georgia institutions to consolidate into 2

Mark Rice reports that four University System of Georgia institutions will consolidate into two. Here is the news release from the USG: Today, the Board of Regents approved Chancellor Steve Wrigley’s recommendation for two consolidations within the University System of Georgia: Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and Bainbridge State College.


Jan. 12, 2017 Georgia Tech

Top-10 Ranked Analytics Degree to be Offered Online for Less Than $10K

Stefany Sanders reports that three years after debuting a first-of-its-kind online master's degree program in computer science, Georgia Tech has announced a follow-up. Tuition for the Institute’s top 10-ranked degree in analytics will be available online for less than $10,000 — a quarter of the cost of the on-campus program.


Jan. 12, 2017 University of Georgia

Researchers receive Moore Foundation grant to study the global ocean microbiome

Alan Flurry reports that a $1.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will allow University of Georgia researchers to uncover answers about an important metabolic link that takes place in the Earth's oceans. Microorganisms in the largest microbial habitat on Earth, the ocean microbiome, function similarly to microorganisms in the human gut; they perform chemical transformations that keep the whole system healthy.


Jan. 12, 2017 Georgia Health News

Deal speech targets health services for the vulnerable

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, in his annual State of the State address Wednesday, outlined several health care initiatives to boost mental health services, DFCS, Medicaid and autism coverage. Deal said his fiscal 2018 budget proposal includes, on average, a 19 percent pay raise for DFCS caseworkers to help ensure “a competitive salary,’’ so the state can recruit and retain the best people for the job.


Jan. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Michael Thurmond wants Stone Mountain as a symbol of DeKalb unity — if its history can be fixed

Jim Galloway reports that as a matter of ceremony, Michael Thurmond will be sworn in as the new CEO of DeKalb County government on Friday afternoon. Friday’s event will allow him to lay out his priorities and expound on the logo that appears on his celebratory website with the phrase, “New Day for DeKalb.”



Jan. 11, 2017 WABE 90.1

$50 Million State Plan To Boost Ga. Cybersecurity Industry

Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia is set to boost the cybersecurity industry in Augusta with a state-owned training facility that’s part of a $50 million plan combining public and private interests, according to a source who was not cleared to speak about the plan until a more formal announcement Wednesday. Georgia colleges and universities, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Security Agency are set to be involved in the plan.


Jan. 11, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Cobb County: A Bright Tomorrow

Randy Southerland reports that Cobb County is on the rise, and there’s no better sign of the upsurge in development than Cumberland. As thousands of motorists stream by on Highway 41 near the intersection of two interstates, they see ongoing construction that is rapidly transforming the district into one of the metro area’s premiere places to live, work and play.


Jan. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Momentum plus Trump hopes — Georgia construction jobs to grow in 2017

Michael E. Kanell reports that contractors expect this to be a good year for construction with robust demand for building in both public and private sectors and Georgia will rise with the tide, according to participants in an industry conference. Optimism about a new Republican administration mixes with a bullish outlook in general on the economy.


Jan. 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Georgia Chamber plan focuses on rural communities

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce revealed a new strategic plan Tuesday aimed at people and communities that haven't always been a focus of the business community's efforts. A key element in the plan will involve reaching out to rural Georgia by forming a new committee to address rural issues and, for the first time, opening a regional office to focus on strengthening the rural economy.


Jan. 11, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Couple didn’t attend college. Now, their sons are providing big money for teens to do so

Andrea Honaker reports that two Lanier High School alumni are honoring their parents through $600,000 in college scholarships to local students. Brothers John and Bob Anderson have created the Newton and Sara Anderson Scholarship for Excellence through the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.


Jan. 11, 2017 Georgia Health News 

1,300 on list to get medical marijuana

Andy Miller report that more than 1,300 people have been registered as medical cannabis patients in Georgia, state officials said Tuesday. That patient number has grown since the first Georgia medical marijuana registration card was issued in July 2015. Sheila Pierce of the Department of Public Health told the agency board Tuesday that 311 physicians have registered to certify patients for medical cannabis.


Jan. 11, 2017 Mercer University

Online MBA Featured in U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs Rankings

Kyle Sears reports that Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is featured in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs rankings, released today. The School’s online Master of Business Administration is tied for 78th among more than 250 online MBA programs from across the country evaluated by U.S. News.


Jan. 11, 2017

Hartsfield-Jackson Wants Travelers to Be the ‘Eyes and Ears’ Detecting Sex Trafficking

Phil Bolton reports, in keeping with the growing awareness of sex trafficking in Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has taken a lead in publicizing the prevalence of human trafficking as the first airport in the U.S. to endorse the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct in a signing ceremony in the airport’s atrium on Jan. 10.


Jan. 11, 2017 GPB

How Will The Transition To Trump Affect Georgia's Legislature?

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia lawmakers find themselves in a kind of limbo these days. They’re back at work this week for the start of the 2017 legislative session, but there’s still more than a week before Inauguration Day. The incoming Trump administration has promised a flurry of changes to everything from healthcare to immigration, but it’s still not clear whether those changes will happen or what they might look like.


Jan. 11, 2017 Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chuck Payne defeats Debby Peppers to become Georgia's newest state senator

Tyler Jett reports that in a landslide, Chuck Payne became the newest Georgia state senator Tuesday night. Payne, a Republican, defeated Debby Peppers in a runoff, with 65 percent of 6,771 votes. He will immediately join the state Legislature, which began its session at the beginning of the week.


Jan. 11, 2017 Rome News Tribune

Rep. Tom Graves to chair Appropriations Subcommittee for Financial Services

Staff reports that Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) announced today that he was selected to chair the House Committee on Appropriations’ Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee for the 115th Congress. The influential subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of the Treasury, District of Columbia, the Judiciary, the Executive Office of the President and more than 20 Independent Agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission, Internal Revenue Service and Securities and Exchange Commission.


Jan. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

House speaker: It’s time to study statewide transit funding in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that House Speaker David Ralston said he will support legislation this year to create a new transit commission that would study whether to use state money to pay for trains, subways and bus systems – and come up with detailed recommendations for lawmakers to act upon. Ralston announced the Georgia Commission on Transit Governance and Funding at the Georgia Chamber’s annual breakfast meeting, where he said the state needs to consider a deeper investment in mass transit.



Jan. 10, 2017 WABE 90.1

2016 Was Georgia's Warmest Year On Record

Molly Samuel reports that 2016 was Georgia's warmest year in 122 years of record keeping. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Georgia was the only state in the lower 48 to break its record last year. (Alaska also experienced its warmest year on record.)


Jan. 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Gate of Opportunity

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that private college and affordable to all aren’t generally phrases that appear in the same paragraph, much less the same sentence. But that’s the mission at Berry College in Rome, where a tradition of students working on campus while going to school helps ensure a private-school education is available to a wide range of students.


Jan. 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AJC poll: Metro Atlanta says economy is good; downstate is not so sure

James Salzer reports that a majority of Georgians think the state’s economy is in pretty good shape, but a lot depends on where they live. About 60 percent of respondents in a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll said they think the economy is in excellent or good shape. About 40 percent said it was in poor or not so good shape.


Jan. 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed CEO: ‘No return to normal’ for economy

Phil W. Hudson reports that the economy may be recovering, but the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is hesitant to call it a return to normal. In his 10th and final speech to the Rotary Club of Atlanta, Atlanta Fed President and CEO Dennis Lockhart, who plans to step down Feb. 28, said even though the economy is recovering from The Great Recession, he still feels “some need to resist” calling the current recovery a “return to normal.”


Jan. 10, 2017

Deal to tour impacted areas of Southwest Georgia tomorrow

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal will arrive in Albany tomorrow at noon to visit the areas impacted by the recent tornado. After visiting the damaged areas, he will meet with and be briefed by GEMHSA and local officials. A media avail will immediately follow at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport - Eagles of America FBO.


Jan. 10, 2017

Macon’s Nu-Way Weiners Inc. Namesake Found in the South Pacific

Leigh Miller Villegas reports that despite not-so-tropical weather on frigid Jan. 7, Honorary Consul General of New Zealand Ian Latham visited Macon to celebrate an interesting new relationship between the Georgia city and a small South Pacific island that is a freely associated state of his homeland.


Jan. 10, 2017 GPB

Report: Georgia Leads Most States In Credit Card Debt

Celeste Headlee and Sean Powers reports that a new report slots Georgia third the nation for credit card debt. The website figured the average credit card debt and median income in each state, and in this case, being high on the list is bad news. We talked more about this with Atlanta financial advisor Cecily Welch.


Jan. 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Barnes & Noble founder gives Spelman College $1 million gift

Jessica Saunders reports that the founder and chairman of Barnes & Noble Inc. and his wife have given $1 million to Spelman College in Atlanta. The college said it planned to use the gift from Leonard and Louise Riggio to fund a scholars program in his name, and to support its planned arts and innovation center.


Jan. 10, 2017 Emory University

Emory chemist awarded 2017 Dirac Medal

April Hunt reports that Francesco Evangelista, an assistant professor of chemistry in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, has won the 2017 Dirac Medal, one of the world’s most prestigious awards for theoretical and computational chemists under 40. The World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC) announced the award for Evangelista’s work developing computations that focus on describing the properties of molecules and electrons and predicting how they will interact.


Jan. 10, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Brasseler awarded multi-million dollar contract

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Savannah-based Brasseler USA has been awarded a contract valued at up to $12 million to provide “consumable dental items” to the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The contract, which is a renewal of a previous contract, was a competitive acquisition with a total of 19 bids received.


Jan. 10, 2017 Chattanooga Times Free-Press

Republican politicians, PACs fund Chuck Payne's Georgia senate campaign

Tyler Jett reports that about three-fourths of all money raised by Republican Chuck Payne for today's state senate race come from current politicians or political action committees, a Times Free Press analysis found. Payne, who is competing with Debby Peppers in the Georgia State Senate District 54 race today, received about $90,100 for his campaign, according to contribution reports from his team. Of that money, about $66,700 came from current Republican politicians or PACs.


Jan. 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New committee chairmanships are out for the Georgia Senate

Kristina Torres reports, we  told you last month that state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, would lose his Judiciary Committee chairmanship. The list below confirms that. Among other notable changes, state Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta — a longtime transit advocate — now leads the Senate Transportation Committee. Worth noting that if you don’t see a committee you’re interested in here, that means there’s been no change from last year.



Jan. 9, 2017 Georgia Health News

Era of Trump could have big impact at CDC . . . and in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that upcoming presidential change in Washington – not surprisingly – has brought an atmosphere of uncertainty to the Atlanta-based CDC. One big sign of an agency in transition is the upcoming departure of Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. He will hand in his resignation on Jan. 20, the day Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, Reuters reported.


Jan. 9, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Military Might

Ralph Ellis reports that if you’re in the mood to toast the people and institutions that make the military a crucial part of Georgia’s economy and culture, consider using a glass of beer from Service Brewing Co. Kevin Ryan, a West Point grad who commanded two companies in Iraq, founded the Savannah-based company with partner Meredith Sutton in 2014 so he could make craft beer while honoring people who serve.


Jan. 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power: Power restored to 50,000-plus customers after storm

Russell Grantham reports that a combination of freezing rain and gusting winds walloped much of the state this weekend, causing power outages for tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Georgia Power said it restored power to more than 50,000 customers after freezing rain and snow swept through the area Friday night. The Atlanta utility appeared to be well on the way to restoring power to other affected customers after gusty winds Saturday morning caused ice-laden trees to fall or drop limbs on power lines, unleashing another wave of outages.


Jan. 9, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

University of Georgia to sell 865-acre farm for $2.2 million

David Allison reports that the University of Georgia plans to sell a 865-acre farm in eastern Georgia for $2.2 million. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is scheduled to vote on the deal at its Jan. 11 meeting. UGA has struck a deal to sell the property known as the Wilkins Farm, which is on Highway 78 on the border of Oglethorpe and Wilkes counties east of Athens, Ga., to an organization called Wilkes Barnett for $2,185,000.


Jan. 9, 2017 Macon Telegraph

A medical waste processing facility may be built in Bibb County

Linda S. Morris reports that a medical waste processing company that tried to put a facility in the former Payne City more than five years ago is looking to build one in southwest Bibb County. Medasafe LLC has filed a conditional-use application with the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission to allow the facility at 4280 Fulton Mill Road.


Jan. 9, 2017

GSU’s School of Public Health Selected to Host Prestigious Fulbright Program

Phil Bolton reports that its network of partnerships with other community organizations is a likely reason that the U.S. State Department selected Georgia State University’s School of Public Health to host 100 Fulbright scholars for a global health innovations seminar Feb. 22-27, Anna Varela, the school’s director of communications, told Global Atlanta.


Jan. 9, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb housing market to continue upward trend in 2017

Anthony White reports that ome sales will continue their upward trend in 2017, but the lack of available houses on the market — the biggest obstacle facing the metro Atlanta housing market in 2016, will continue to impact home sales this year.


Jan. 9, 2017 GPB

Low Pay In State Legislatures Means Some Can't Afford The Job

Johnny Kauffman reports that in Georgia, lawmakers are set to pass a more than $20 billion budget this year and grapple with a failing hospital system. But Georgia, like many other states, faces a serious human resource problem in its legislature: Salaries are often low and many would-be politicians can't afford to be lawmakers.


Jan. 9, 2017 Gainesville Times

How will they spend your $23 billion? Legislators start new session Monday

Joshua Silavent reports that with a nearly $23 billion budget, Georgia lawmakers have as much money to spend as ever. Revenues are estimated to increase 8.8 percent, bringing in $1.9 billion more this fiscal year. But expenses are growing, too, as an aging and growing population emerges statewide. Education is the top spending priority in the state, followed closely by health care. Gov. Nathan Deal will unveil his budget recommendations this week after the Georgia General Assembly kicks off the 2017 legislative session Monday.


Jan. 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Some Georgia companies are pouring cash into Trump inaugural

Greg Bluestein reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS made a splash over the summer when it decided not to sponsor the Republican National Convention as it did in 2012. But with President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration nearing, the shipping giant is planning to help fund the festivities. The firm is among a growing list of Georgia’s biggest businesses that plan to help fund the activities surrounding the Jan. 20 inauguration after Trump cleared the way for corporations to make large donations for the event.



Jan. 6, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia's Drought Eases, But Water Restrictions Remain

Molly Samuel reports that there’s snow in the forecast, but most of Georgia is still in a drought. Thanks to the rain over the past few weeks, there are now no Georgia counties experiencing exceptional drought conditions, which are the worst category in the U.S. Drought Monitor’s scale. Still, there are actually water use restrictions in place for all of metro Atlanta. But those rules are being followed unevenly.


Jan. 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

100 Most Influential Georgians of 2017: Wielding Power

Karen Kirkpatrick and Christy Simo report, if  leadership is influence, as the author John C. Maxwell says, then we not only have a list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, but a representation of the strength of leadership in our state. For this, our 19th list, we have included many of the usual suspects – politicians, CEOs, college presidents – but we’ve also added a number of new names and faces to the list. All are people who inspire, exasperate, lead – and influence us.


Jan. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta’s job outlook — best if you’re a techie (or a pilot)

Michael Kanell reports that according to several new rankings, Atlanta looks to be a good, if not spectacular city for jobseekers in 2017. And if you are a young person taking your first run at the job market, you’d be well advised to show up with some engineering and tech expertise on your resume – or maybe a pilot’s license.


Jan. 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Interface to close FLOR stores, move FLOR HQ to Atlanta

Jacques Couret reports that Atlanta carpet tile giant Interface Inc. (NASDAQ: TILE) will exit the specialty retail channel, close the majority of its FLOR retail stores between January and April and will relocate FLOR’s headquarters from Chicago to Atlanta. Interface expects a pre-tax restructuring and asset impairment charge in the fourth quarter of 2016 of $17 million to 19 million, followed by an additional charge in the first quarter of 2017 of $7 million to 9 million.


Jan. 6, 2017

Deal announces school award winners, updates list of chronically failing schools

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), announced that 218 Georgia public schools in 53 districts will receive the Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards, an increase of 31 schools from last year. In addition, GOSA released the 2015-2016 update to the School Reports website, which provides interactive school performance reports for all public elementary, middle and high schools in Georgia.


Jan. 6, 2017 Saporta Report

Sale of Turner Field closes – beginning a new chapter   

Maria Saporta reports that the sale of Turner Field to Georgia State University and Carter closed today – one of the most visible transactions during Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. Georgia State,, along with the Carter, Oakwood Development and Healey Weatherholtz joint venture, plan to build a mix of housing, retail, and athletic and academic space on the 68-acre site. Georgia State plans to convert Turner Field into a new home Panthers football.


Jan. 6, 2017 Brunswick News

Appeal seeks stop to Cumberland Island development

Gordon Jackson reports that opponents have filed a formal appeal of a variance that could lead to the development of an 88-acre tract on Cumberland Island National Seashore. Bill Bruce, of St. Marys, was among 55 people to appeal the Dec. 7 decision by the Camden County Planning Commission. They are asking for the Camden County Commission to overturn the planning commission’s decision.


Jan. 6, 2017 Georgia Health News

Georgia exchange enrollment edges up as trend moderates

Andy Miller reports that close to a half-million Georgians have been enrolled for coverage for the 2017 health insurance exchange through Dec. 31. The 482,445 enrollment number, though, falls short of last year’s pace, when  511,826 Georgians had been signed up for coverage by Dec. 26. Until Wednesday’s figures were announced, Georgia’s enrollment for this year’s exchange had been running ahead of where it was a year ago.


Jan. 6, 2017 Savannah Morning News

SEDA celebrates another successful year with Top 10 achievements

Mary Carr Mayle reports that when a farmer plants a particular type of bamboo seed, it has to be watered every day for more than four years before anything even emerges from the ground. “But somewhere around the fifth year, giant timber bamboo will shoot out of the ground, growing more than 90 feet in 60 days — basically a foot and a half a day,” Greg Bell told the 500-plus business leaders gathered Thursday morning at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center for the Savannah Economic Development Authority’s annual breakfast meeting.


Jan. 6, 2017 WABE 90.1

Ga. GOP To Prioritize Health Care, Avoid Religious Exemptions

Elly Yu reports that state Republican leaders indicated Thursday they are not prioritizing religious exemption bills that have headlined legislative sessions in years past. Republican House and Senate leaders spoke about their legislative agendas Thursday for this year’s General Assembly which starts Monday. The Senate GOP Caucus’s priorities included topics ranging from health care to education funding, but did not include religious exemptions bills. 


Jan. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The high price of a ‘free’ Georgia lottery ticket

Greg Bluestein reports that the “free” lottery tickets awarded as prizes in Georgia Lottery games aren’t exactly free – at least for the state of Georgia. A state audit released last month recommends that the Georgia Lottery Corporation review its use of free lottery tickets, though it did not suggest they be eliminated.



Jan. 5, 2017 WABE 90.1

North Georgia Could See Some Snow This Weekend

John Lorinc reports that a blast of bone-chilling temperatures is heading toward Georgia. Residents in the northern half of the state could see some snow. "They could see some accumulation of snow going into Friday night and ending during the day on Saturday," said Kent McMullen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, in Peachtree City. "Still it's too early to tell how much."


Jan. 5 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Let’s Get Something Done

Neely Young writes, Atlanta and Georgia have problems. As they sang in The Music Man, there’s trouble in River City. Crime, lack of jobs, racial issues and traffic all deserve solutions. A group of business and political leaders recently gathered for On Board Atlanta, a program hosted by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the Regional Business Coalition, to discuss ways to tackle many of these problems.


Jan. 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

These two Georgia companies ranked among top 10 for best work-life balance

Rose Kennedy reports, get a life! There really are Atlanta companies that want you to do that, as proven by the inclusion of Spanx and IgnitionOne's on The Muse's list of "18 companies with unbelievable work-life balance." The Muse canvassed the country looking for workplaces delivering the most balance-friendly policies and environments. Flexible schedules, unlimited vacation and karaoke nights were just a few of the most alluring company contributions to employee work-life balance.


Jan. 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta job market looking strong for 2017

Phil W. Hudson reports that two major personal finance websites are betting on Atlanta to be a red-hot market for job seekers in 2017. A new report from WalletHub ranked Atlanta the No. 25 best city for jobs out of 150 of the most populated U.S. cities. Atlanta had a total score of 58.6, had a “Job Market” rank of No. 25 and a “Socioeconomic Environment” rank of No. 45.


Jan. 5, 2017 Albany Herald

Albany community pulling together to recover from storm

Terry Lewis reports that the storm that roared through Albany early Tuesday morning felled trees throughout the city, causing structural damage and blocking many roads. By mid-day Wednesday, most of the roads were passable to some degree, but much cleanup work remains,  in addition to restoring power to an estimated 6,500 homes throughout the city.


Jan. 5, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times

New $40 million plant in Adel to bring 35 jobs

Jason A. Smith reports that the Linde Group has announced it will be investing $40 million in Cook County and create 35 new jobs. The Linde group is a manufacturer and supplier of industrial gases and with approximately 65,000 employees working in more than 100 countries, according to a release from Gov. Nathan Deal's office.


Jan. 5, 2017 Georgia Health News

State admits to slow pace in addressing nursing home complaints

Andy Miller reports that Georgia is dealing with a large backlog of complaints about nursing homes, and also has a substantial vacancy rate in surveyors who check conditions in these facilities, a state health agency said Tuesday. The complaint situation has helped lead to “a mess’’ with federal health officials, Frank Berry, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, told Georgia House lawmakers at a hearing.


Jan. 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Top Perdue ally runs for Georgia GOP chair as ‘nightmare’ for Democrats

Greg Bluestein reports that veteran GOP strategist and lobbyist John Watson said Thursday he will run for Georgia GOP chair, positioning himself as an able fundraiser and recruiter of candidates who can help Republicans maintain their control of statewide politics in 2018. Watson, a former chief of staff to Gov. Sonny Perdue and adviser to Sen. David Perdue, said he’s the best candidate in what’s likely to be a crowded field to help the struggling organization regain its financial footing and navigate another testy election cycle.



Jan. 4, 2017 Gainesville Times

Immigrants who challenged in-state tuition policy win case

Joshua Silavent reports that some students at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus celebrated Tuesday after a judge ruled the Georgia university system must allow immigrants to receive in-state tuition if they’ve been granted temporary permission by the federal government to stay in the U.S. “Words can't express the joy I have in my heart with the news,” said Diana Paola Vela-Martinez, a pre-med student at UNG who came to the United States from Mexico at age 4.


Jan. 4, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Hall of Fame: Lasting Influence

Ellen Berman and Jennifer Hafer report. Hank Huckaby and Alicia Philipp join Georgia Trend’s Most Influential Hall of Fame.


Jan. 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fed agency: Equifax must pay fine, restitution for tricking customers

Russell Grantham reports that a federal agency ordered Atlanta-based Equifax and another credit reporting bureau, TransUnion, to pay more than $23 million in combined fines and restitution for allegedly misleading customers on credit score services that they were selling.


Jan. 4, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

REIT sells downtown Atlanta hotel

Jessica Saunders reports that a hotel-focused REIT has sold another Atlanta property as part of an ongoing portfolio repositioning. Condor Hospitality Trust Inc. (NASDAQ:CDOR) announced it closed the sale of the 164-room Savannah Suites located at 140 Pine Street NE in downtown Atlanta for $3 million.


Jan. 4, 2017 Macon Telegraph

With mergers, bank expands into three Georgia cities

Linda S. Morris reports that State Bank Financial Corp., the holding company for Macon-based State Bank and Trust Co., has expanded its footprint into Athens, Gainesville and Savannah.


Jan. 4, 2017

Deal announces Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings dashboard, research report

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) has released the Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings (GHLE) dashboard and research report. The GHLE dashboard and report provide earnings information for graduates of Georgia's universities and technical colleges who work in the state after earning their degrees.


Jan. 4, 2017 Athens Banner Herald

Auditors: Georgia college cost up sharply as academic spending declines

Lee Shearer reports that students’ average cost of attendance in University System of Georgia colleges increased by nearly 80 percent from 2006 to 2015, according to an audit released last week by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. It wasn’t because of academics, though, according to the department’s performance audit division. Spending on instruction and public service actually decreased in those years, the auditors found.


Jan. 4, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia Ports Authority Invests In Rail To Compete

Tasnim Shamma reports that the Georgia Ports Authority says one of its top priorities this year is building what it calls the "Mid-American Arc." It's a $128 million project that would connect the CSX and Norfolk Southern rail yards leaving the Port of Savannah. The arc project will double rail capacity in Savannah and improve its link to Atlanta and cities in the Midwest.


Jan. 4, 2017 Georgia Health News

Bridging the data divide: Project aims to revolutionize reporting of diseases

Andy Miller reports, at first, Richard Paskach was a bit skeptical. Earlier this year, the health care executive with Minneapolis-based HealthPartners heard an explanation of an ambitious new project. But he believed that it could have trouble achieving its central goal: connecting medical providers with a varied landscape of public health entities.


Jan. 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Drew Ferguson sworn in as Georgia’s newest member of Congress

Tamar Hallerman reports that dentist Drew Ferguson was sworn in Tuesday as the newest member of Georgia’s congressional delegation, taking the West Georgia seat held by fellow Republican Lynn Westmoreland for more than a decade.



Jan. 3, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia Lawmakers Eye 2018 For New Transit Funding

Johnny Kauffman reports that a 2014 study showed Georgia spends less on transit per capita than almost every other state, and the $75 million for bonds the Legislature recently directed to transit projects isn’t likely to change that position significantly. For state Sen. Steve Gooch, that $75 million wasn’t enough.


Jan. 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Georgian of the Year: Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black

Susan Percy reports that Gary Black likes the notion that Georgia’s Department of Agriculture may very well touch the lives of more Georgians than any other part of state government. Now in his second term as the state’s elected agriculture commissioner, Black is a farmer who raises cattle on 72 acres of land near Commerce that his father bought in 1969 and is a former lobbyist for the state’s mammoth agribusiness industry.


Jan. 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Need a job in 2017? Atlanta named No. 6 best city for job seekers

Rose Kennedy reports that ooking for work for the new year? Atlanta will be a great place for you search, according to NerdWallet. ATL ranked No. 6 on a list of the best cities for job seekers in 2017. NerdWallet analyzed federal data for the 100 largest U.S. cities to compile the list, assessing which cities had the most opportunities and also where paychecks go the furthest.


Jan. 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WSJ: Toshiba suffers due to cost overruns with Plant Vogtle contractor

Dave Williams reports that the Japanese company whose subsidiary is building the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle is suffering major losses this week because of cost overruns and missed deadlines at nuclear projects across the globe. Toshiba Corp., which acquired Plant Vogtle prime contractor Westinghouse Inc. in 2006 for $5.4 billion, is warning investors it may soon have to report billions of dollars in losses, The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 29.


Jan. 3, 2017 Saporta Report

MARTA seeks partner to expand its Lindbergh Center Station; work to start in 2018   

David Pendered reports that MARTA plans to begin the second phase of development at its Lindbergh Center Station in 2018 with a grand opening as early as 2020. Some buildings along Piedmont Road could be as high as 225 feet, or about 20 stories, under current zoning.


Jan. 3, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

State audit questions Georgia Lottery Corporation business practices

Lee Shearer reports that Georgia sells more lottery tickets per capita than all but one other state lottery, according to a state audit of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, the quasi-governmental agency that runs it. But a steadily declining portion of lottery revenues flow back to the education programs the lottery is required by law to fund, and the corporation that runs the lottery needs to reform its business practices, according to auditors in the Performance Audit Division of the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts.


Jan. 3, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald

CTCA returns to the ring in fight for growth

Maggie Bowers reports that a Newnan speciality hospital has launched a multimedia campaign to convince legislators to relax state rules on how medical facilities can be built or expanded. Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Southeastern is airing radio and television commercials in an effort to spur grassroots support for change or repeal of Georgia’s law that allows state officials to decide if there is a need for a proposed medical facility.


Jan. 3, 2017 Savannah Morning News

CAT sets priorities for 2017-2018 legislative session

Kelly Quimby reports that officials with Chatham Area Transit are asking Georgia lawmakers to open up new sources of funding for transit when they head back to the Gold Dome for the next legislative session. All of the issues pushed by the CAT Board of Directors in the legislative agenda they approved Dec. 13 could boost the transit system’s budget, whether by providing exemptions from certain taxes, or by changing the way CAT brings in its biggest source of revenue.


Jan. 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Sources: Sonny Perdue is Trump’s top contender for ag chief

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is a leading contender to serve as Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary, two people with direct knowledge of the situation said Monday, potentially delivering a second Georgian to the president-elect’s Cabinet.



Dec. 30, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga.’s Pension Funds Had A Bad Year, Are Deeper In Debt

Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia’s pension fund for teachers, with assets of more than $65 billion, is falling further in debt and is the farthest it’s been from breaking even in decades, according to an annual financial report posted in December by the Teacher Retirement System (TRS). The TRS distributes payments to retired teachers, similar to the smaller Georgia state Employee Retirement System (ERS).


Dec. 30, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Le Fat, Le Fab

Krista Reese reports, with Atlanta’s wildly diverse food scene bubbling like a Korean hotpot, foodies have a lot to be excited about. In the hottest parts of town – Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, in Midtown and along the BeltLine – that hotpot is more like a melting pot, where cultures once represented primarily along Buford Highway or DeKalb Industrial now take their places in the mainstream, both of the Atlanta restaurant scene and city life.


Dec. 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Uber X, Lyft set for legal pickups at Atlanta airport starting Jan. 1

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that calling for an Uber or Lyft pickup at the Atlanta airport is about to finally become legal. Hartsfield-Jackson International will launch regulated pickups by Uber X and Lyft starting Sunday, with rideshare passengers paying a $3.85 surcharge per ride from the airport.


Dec. 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

100,000-square-foot startup hub 'TechRise' planned for Buckhead

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that TechRise will target the waves of software companies emerging from co-working spaces and incubators in the region. Building developer Greg Benoit is the part of a wave of technology turks investing their business success to develop the infrastructure needed to grow the next generation of Atlanta tech companies.


Dec. 30, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Northeast Georgia Health System’s acquisition of Barrow Medical Center becomes official

Staff reports, it's official — Barrow Regional Medical Center will become part of Northeast Georgia Health System, officials announced today. “We are excited to welcome BRMC and Barrow Medical Group to the NGHS family,” said Carol Burrell, president and CEO of NGHS. The transfer will become effective Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m., according to the announcement. At that point, Barrow Medical Center will become Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow.


Dec. 30, 2016 GPB

Gas Tax: Fraction Of A Penny Increase In The New Year

Robert Jimison reports that across Georgia gas prices will be slightly higher come 2017 as a new gas tax will take effect on January 1. The increase will raise the tax 0.3 cents, bringing the total to 31.20 cents per gallon. In the last few years several states have increased gas taxes, according to Carl Davis, senior analyst at the nonprofit Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy.


Dec. 30, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Do you have slow internet in rural Georgia? Help may be on the way

Maggie Lee reports that a panel of state lawmakers in Atlanta is hearing the complaints loud and clear: in a lot of rural communities, internet access is really poor. They've just approved about two dozen ideas that are meant to get those areas better connections.


Dec. 30, 2016 Newnan Times-Harald

Josh Bonner is new state representative for eastern Coweta

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that when Josh Bonner spent a year in Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserve, “part of what it did for me was really show that decisions that are made in statehouses and Congress have an impact on people at our level.” He decided that if he ever had an opportunity to impact public policy in a positive way, he would take advantage of it.


Dec. 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Significant changes in the works for 2017 Georgia legislative session

Greg Bluestein reports that some significant new rules for the Georgia Senate are in the works that could lead to big changes for next year’s legislative session. A bipartisan panel of Senate leaders signaled Thursday that they would move crossover day – the final day for a bill to move from one chamber to the other – up from the 30th day of the legislative session to as early as the 25th day.



Dec. 29, 2016 WABE 90.1 

Delta Air Lines Bans Motorized, Rideable Suitcases

Tasnim Shamma reports that the latest electronic device Delta Air Lines' has forbidden on its planes is a rideable suitcase. Those are rolling bags you can sit on and ride through the airport. Just like hoverboards, the problem is with the lithium ion batteries. It’s the same type of battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which federal authorities banned from planes in October.


Dec. 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Happy Christmas to all!

Neely Young writes, Christmas is child-centric event that promises magic, gifts, merriment, excitement and for one day during the year, peace on earth and good will toward men. And it all started with the story we all know from the Bible of the visits of the Magi, who were the first to bring gifts to the Christmas child, baby Jesus. These three wise men were a group of distinguished kings from foreign lands who visited Jesus after his birth.


Dec. 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kempner: Atlanta burbs are calling and they want their tech back

Matt Kempner reports, @Millinnials: Sandy Springs and Peachtree Corners really, really want you to come visit soon. Stop in. See your parents. Give the burbs another chance, if not as a place to live, at least as a place to work for a tech company and maybe start one of your own.


Dec. 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Femasys closes $40 million funding round

Ellie Hensley reports that Metro Atlanta-based medical device company Femasys Inc. closed a $40 million funding round Dec. 15 to help it finish developing FemBlock, a contraceptive medical device. FemBloc is a non-surgical permanent contraception device designed to be implanted in a physician's office. It prevents pregnancy by blocking fallopian tubes.


Dec. 29, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Virginia-based company buys north Bibb County shopping center

Linda S. Morris reports that a north Bibb County shopping center that has gotten several new tenants during the past few years has a new owner. Virginia Beach, Virginia-based Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. bought Rivergate Shopping Center on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard at Northside Drive, according to a news release from Wheeler. The shopping center is anchored by Publix, which has been in the center for more than 20 years, and has other national tenants.


Dec. 29, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

School clinic proposal could be fallout from Opportunity School District proposal

Keith Farner reports that two state lawmakers who represent portions of Gwinnett said they expect the issue of how to improve failing schools to move toward the healthcare realm. Senator Renee Unterman, R-Buford, said one response to the proposed Opportunity School District being voted down in November is that the focus may shift from the academic nature of the issue, to reasons why children are sick, or have poor attendance. Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, suggested an audit for schools that have high poverty rates to identify the core issues.


Dec. 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola's ginger flavor heading to Japan, maybe Europe

Jessica Saunders reports that the Coca-Cola Co.'s ginger flavor appears to be on the global march. The ginger-flavored soda debuted in Australia earlier this year. Now it's set for a rollout in Japan next month, Atlanta-based global beverage manufacturer and distributor Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) said in a statement. The release date is Jan. 23. A 500ml bottle will retail for about 140 yen, or about $1.19 U.S.


Dec. 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Sonny Perdue’s ag chief hopes dim as Trump expands search

Greg Bluestein reports that with his inauguration less than a month away, Donald Trump is expanding his search for agriculture secretary. And that’s not an encouraging sign for former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, once considered a top contender for the post. With much of his top administration officials settled, including his pick of U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Roswell for health secretary, the agriculture gig is one of only two remaining Cabinet-level secretaries the president-elect has yet to fill. (The other is Secretary of Veterans Affairs.)



Dec. 28, 2016 Fox5Atlanta

Georgia Film Academy helps to keep production jobs in the state

Katie Beasley reports that Georgia is considered one of the top 3 film and television locations in the U..S., and one of the top 5 in the world. Last year, the industry brought in $7.2 billion dollars, which is a 3,000-percent increase in just the last ten years. The state is riding the wave, and using the boom to put local people to work with the Georgia Film Academy. Inside "Stage A" at Pinewood Studios, in Fayetteville, you'll find a hardworking group of aspiring movie makers.


Dec. 28, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: Backing the Brown, the Blue and You

Bill Crane reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal began his career in public service as a prosecutor. While it has not received as much attention recently as some of his other initiatives, among Deal’s larger legacies are some rather substantial reforms to our criminal justice system.


Dec. 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta cancels 787 Dreamliner order

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is canceling its order for Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, after deciding previously to defer deliveries of the planes. Atlanta-based Delta had inherited the order for 787s through its 2008 merger with Northwest Airlines. The question of what Delta would do with the order had been up in the air for years. In 2010, the airline announced it had decided to defer delivery of the 18 787-8 planes until 2020 and later.


Dec. 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia No. 6 most deadly state for on-the-job deaths in 2015

David Allison reports that Georgia was the No. 6 most deadly state for on-the-job deaths in 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. 180 people were killed in Georgia by on-the-job injuries in 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Dec. 16. That was 4.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. The number was up sharply from the 152 people reported killed on the job in Georgia in 2014.


Dec. 28, 2016 Reporter Newspapers

Pavilion project on Pill Hill goes back to drawing board

Ariella Phillips reports that plans for an urban-style, mixed-use development near the Medical Center MARTA station are on pause for now amid traffic concerns. The Sandy Springs Planning Commission on Dec. 15 unanimously approved the withdrawal of the plans for the proposed Peachtree Dunwoody Pavilion redevelopment project. The developer, Simpson Organization, plans to reapply for permits in the summer, said Carl Westmoreland, lawyer for the developer.


Dec. 28, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Officials deny requests to rehear Elba plant decision

Mary Landers reports that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied requests for a rehearing of the order authorizing construction of the Elba Island LNG export plant. Elba Liquefaction Co. and Southern LNG Co., both units of Houston-based energy infrastructure giant Kinder Morgan, have been authorized to construct and operate a natural gas liquefaction and export facility at Southern LNG’s existing import terminal on the Savannah River about five miles from downriver from Savannah. The project is expected to cost about $2 billion.


Dec. 28, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Ports On Track To Declare Second Busiest Year

Tasnim Shamma reports that Georgia's ports are on track to declare this year as their second busiest ever. The increase in traffic volume was a surprise turnaround for the state. With the exception of February, during the first half of this year both imports and exports moving through Georgia ports were down from last year.


Dec. 28, 2016 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

New trail will link Tennessee Riverwalk to Cloudland Canyon

David Cobb reports that Lula Lake Land Trust crews are planning to begin work in January on the Chattanooga Connector Trail that will link the land trust to Covenant College and provide the missing stretch in a network of trails between the Tennessee Riverwalk and Cloudland Canyon, a popular Georgia state park. The connector trail will be a key link in Lookout Mountain's trail network, which is part of the developing Great Eastern Trail that eventually will connect New York to the Gulf Coast.


Dec. 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Democrats receive GOP mailers with wrong election date

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Democrats often accuse their rivals of shenanigans at the polls. But this time, Democrats come armed with what they say is convincing proof Republicans are trying to depress turnout. Several northwest Georgia Democrats received mailers on Tuesday advertising a Jan. 17 vote in the contest to replace Republican Charlie Bethel, who was tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal for a judgeship. The problem, though, is that the election will be held on Jan. 10.



Dec. 27, 2016 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Geologists believe drillers can tap North Georgia natural gas without fracking

Tyler Jett reports that local environmentalists hope to push fracking regulations through the Georgia capitol next year. But as they do that, another issue remains unknown: How much natural gas actually sits a mile below the ground in Northwest Georgia? And can anyone take advantage? Because while fracking is controversial, with scientists linking the hydraulic fracturing practice to earthquakes and contaminated water, places like Whitfield and Floyd counties are in an interesting position.


Dec. 27, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Blurring the Lines

Ellen Berman reports, the grinding of a food processor. The roar of a welding machine. The soft whir of a blood pressure cuff. These are some of the sounds emanating from high school classrooms in the 37 college and career academies throughout Georgia. Across the state, more than 20,000 students are supplementing their core classes with hands-on preparation for the workplace.


Dec. 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T Mobility names Michael Wittrock president of Southeast Region

Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta-based AT&T Mobility LLC has a new president of the Southeast Region at the helm. The AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) subsidiary hired Michael Wittrock to oversee the sales and operations for more than 8,900 employees, more than 600 AT&T-owned retail locations, and more than 3,700 national retail partners and authorized resellers across the Southeast region.


Dec. 27, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike’s $1.2 billion sale leads blockbuster year in business

Tony Adams reports that it was a blockbuster year in business once again for Columbus, with a movie-theater company involved in a $1.2 billion sale, the dominant bank in the city preparing to say goodbye to the Blanchard name as an active executive leader, and a credit-card processor making the largest acquisition in its history.


Dec. 27, 2016 Gainesville Times

Georgia GOP leaders hope to avoid snags over hospital tax

Staff reports that Georgia’s governor and legislative leaders hope to quickly extend an annual tax on hospitals that covers a large share of state health care expenses when lawmakers return to the Capitol in January. Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, said renewing the fee is vital to avoid exacerbating what he called an “absolute disaster in rural health care.”


Dec. 27, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Impact of future Army Cyber Command headquarters felt throughout year

Staff reports that the Army is still several years away from moving its Cyber Command headquarters to Fort Gordon, but its impact has been felt throughout Augusta in 2016. Local institutions such as Augusta University and Aiken Technical College have expanded their curriculum since the Pentagon announced in 2013 plans to move the U.S. Army Cyber Command from Fort Meade, Md., to Fort Gordon.


Dec. 27, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Film industry incentives at risk

Kandice Bell reports that Georgia’s film industry is booming, mainly due to tax credits that have brought nearly 80,000 jobs to the state and more than $4 billion in wages, but the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is lobbying to prevent producers from receiving those tax breaks. The group believes it is unfair for the industry to utilize state resources and receive a tax break.


Dec. 27, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia DNR Commissioner extends shrimping season 13 days

Terry Dickson reports that Georgia has extended the shrimp harvest season 13 days until nightfall Jan. 13. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams made the decision to extend the season that normally closes Dec. 31 based on the abundance and size of shrimp caught in survey trawls in Georgia waters, the DNR said in a release.


Dec. 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Lynn Westmoreland chose to leave Capitol Hill

Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is leaving Capitol Hill next month just as the GOP assumes total control of Washington and his party’s presidential candidate takes the oath of office. The Coweta County Republican is trading his life as a seasoned lawmaker for an unknown political future as he spends time hanging out with his grandchildren, traveling the state and mulling a run for governor.



Dec. 23, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Portside: November container traffic up at GPA, wood-eating larvae intercepted

Mary Mayle reports that fueled by a strengthening export market and a busy peak holiday season, the Georgia Ports Authority this week reported a nearly 6 percent increase in total container traffic for the month of November, with loaded containers – an indicator of overall economic strength – up 11 percent. “Last month capped an active peak season, with November import and export cargo growing significantly,” said GPA executive director Griff Lynch.


Dec. 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports on a new attorney general, more leadership changes and three new Georgia Supreme Court justices.


Dec. 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Growing Georgia factory holds lessons for Trump job promise

Russell Grantham reports, as a welder's sparks flex, a cage of silver ribs grew around the worker, as if Jonah's whale had surfaced in Blue Bird Corp.'s factory and swallowed him up. Down the 89-year-old company's assembly line, dozens of metal skeletons materialized piece by piece, turning into the familiar shape of school buses.


Dec. 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Co. subsidiary buys two Texas wind projects

Phil W. Hudson reports that Southern Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), just added two more wind facilities to its portfolio. Southern Power bought two wind facilities in Texas – the 174-megawatt (MW) Salt Fork Wind Facility and the 126-MW Tyler Bluff Wind Facility – from EDF Renewable Energy.


Dec. 23, 2016

Former UPS Exec With Latin America Experience Considered for U.S. Trade Rep

Trevor Williams reports that United Parcel Service Inc. is a prominent pro-trade voice in Washington, and now one of its former executives is being considered for the post of U.S. trade representative. Jovita Carranza, who worked more than 30 years culminating in  prominent positions for the Atlanta-based package delivery and logistics giant, recently met with President-elect Donald J. Trump to discuss the job, Politico reported.


Dec. 23, 2016 Gainesville Times

Tourism drives big bucks into Hall, Gainesville

Carlos Garlaza reports that Gainesville and Hall County are riding the coattails of a vibrant tourism industry that local officials are hopeful will carry over into the new year. Visitors to Hall County spent almost $300 million in the local economy, according to a report published earlier this year by the U.S. Travel Association that tracked 2015 tourism-related economic impact at the state, regional and county levels.


Dec. 23, 2016 Albany Herald

TFAH report indicates improvement needed in health emergency preparedness

Jennifer Parks reports that when it comes to preparedness during public health emergencies, the conclusion of a recent report is that while improvements have been made over time, complacency is still evident when it comes to expecting the unexpected. In “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bio-terrorism,” 26 states and Washington, D.C. scored a six or lower on 10 indicators of preparedness. Georgia was among 17 states, along with the District of Columbia, to score a “6.”


Dec. 23, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga.Democrats Aim to Expand Voter Access in 2017 Session 

Lisa Hagen reports that Georgia Democrats plan to introduce legislation next year aimed at expanding voter access. One bill would streamline voter registration, making it an automatic part of getting a driver's license or state ID. People would have to sign a statement saying they're citizens who are eligible to vote.


Dec. 23, 2016 Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump's Pick for Health Secretary Traded Medical Stocks While in House

James V. Grimaldi and Michelle Hackman report that Rep. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, bought and sold stock in about 40 health-care, pharmaceutical and biomedical companies since 2012, including a dozen in the current congressional session, according to a Wall Street Journal review of hundreds of pages of stock trades he filed with Congress. In the same two-year period, he has sponsored nine and co-sponsored 35 health-related bills in the House. His stock trades included Amgen Inc., Bristol Meyers Squibb Co., Eli Lilly & Co., Pfizer Inc. and Aetna Inc.


Dec. 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Andrew Young on ‘the stone of hope’ within a Donald Trump administration

Jim Galloway reports, in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory in November, the only partially retired Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and ambassador to the United Nations, posted a consoling video message aimed at those – like himself – who were supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton.



Dec. 22, 2016 Saporta Report

Feds not taking sides in water war, even as they step in on other environmental disputes   

David Pendered reports that federal government has made it official: It will not take a position in the federal lawsuit Florida filed against Georgia over Georgia’s consumption of water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. What’s of note is that the federal government is changing the rules of how the water in the basin is managed.


Dec. 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Happy Holidays!

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, Happy Holidays from all of us at Georgia Trend. We’ll be back with more Latest Trends in 2017.


Dec. 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Six things to know about Atlanta’s falling unemployment rate

Michael E. Kanell reports that the metro Atlanta unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent in November from 4.9 percent in October, the government reported today. In general, it was a pretty good month for the job market: More people came into the market looking for work, more people got hired overall and the number of unemployed dropped, according to the state department of labor and Mark Butler, the state labor commissioner.


Dec. 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Radco closes $60 million purchase in Sandy Springs

Mark Meltzer reports that the Radco Cos. said it has closed its $60 million purchase of Legends at Dunwoody apartments, a 532-unit, Class B-minus property it has renamed Radius Sandy Springs. It was the Atlanta-based company’s 14th acquisition of 2016.


Dec. 22, 2016 Georgia Health News

With its future cloudy, ACA continues to draw rising enrollment

Andy Miller reports that despite the specter of repeal of the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in the health insurance exchange in Georgia shows a slight increase. Federal figures Wednesday showed 352,282 Georgians have enrolled in a 2017 health plan in the insurance exchange through Dec. 19.


Dec. 22, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Unterman co-files bipartisan dental hygienist bill

Curt Yeomans reports that State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, is one of three state legislators who filed bipartisan legislation to address dental hygiene care on Tuesday. Unterman, Sen. Valencia Seay, D-Riverdale, and Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, are working together on the legislation, which will set new requirements that dental hygienists must meet for licensing qualifications.


Dec. 22, 2016 GPB 

Democrats Make New Push To Address Gerrymandering In Georgia

Bill Nigut reports, the national fight against gerrymandering has once again found its way into the Georgia Legislature. Two state senators argue that Georgia, one of the most Republican state legislatures in the country, allows Republicans to create unfair maps in their favor. State Senators Elena Parent (D) and Pat Gardner (D) are seeking to create a nonpartisan commission to redraw legislative and congressional districts in Georgia.


Dec. 22, 2016 WABE 90.1

The Georgia Legislature’s Human Resources Problem

Johnny Kauffman reports, retiring state Rep. LaDawn Jones has a lot of reasons for leaving the Georgia Legislature. She’s the mother of a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old, both her parents recently passed away and she runs her own law firm. One thing that might have kept Jones in the Legislature: more money. “I could not dare ask my family to continue to make such a big sacrifice without that help,” she said.


Dec. 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia ranks last in study of health care access, regulation

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports, with health care poised to become a big topic in the 2017 legislative session that begins next month, a new report out this week is particularly timely. Spoiler alert: Georgia fares poorly. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia, which bills itself as a center for market-oriented ideas, conducted a nationwide study.




Dec. 21, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta Mayor Reed’s position on immigrants honored by Islamic Speakers Bureau   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has received the first-ever Courage Award issued by the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. The award recognizes Reed’s support for President Obama’s positions on immigration, which include tenets opposed by President-elect Donald Trump. On Nov. 28, 20 days after the election, Reed expressed his support for immigrants and offered resources for refugees and foreign-born residents through the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.


Dec. 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia:Making Hard Choices

Ben Young writes, we may be split down the political middle, but it’s for sure been a banner year of anti-government and anti-establishment sentiment. In the confusion of issues that have emerged, I see a subtle but clear return of a trend that can best be described as anti-environmentalism.


Dec. 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia population grew by 110,973 in a year — 7th largest in U.S.

Michael E. Kanell reports that after near-paralysis during the worst of the recession, Americans are increasingly on the move and a lot of them are coming to Georgia. The state’s population grew by 110,973 between 2015 and 2016 – the seventh-largest surge in the nation, according to data collected and analyzed by the U.S. Census Bureau and released Tuesday.


Dec. 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Choate Construction moves towards 100% employee-ownership

Phil W. Hudson reports that one of Atlanta's top private companies ranked by companywide revenue will soon be 100 percent employee owned. Atlanta-based Choate Construction Co. reported it is transferring beneficial ownership via the newly created Choate Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trust.


Dec. 21, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Gossen plant in Cartersville reopening with new owner   

Donna Harris reports that a Cartersville plant that recently closed is about to spring back to life. PVC building products manufacturer Gossen Corp., which closed the doors on its plants in Cartersville and Glendale, Wisconsin, in October, has been acquired by Livingston, New Jersey-based Inteplast Group, the largest integrated plastics manufacturer in North America. As a result, the 143 employees who were laid off — 49 in Cartersville — are being asked to return to their jobs as the new year approaches.


Dec. 21, 2016 Albany Herald

Year-end holiday travel to be up 3 percent in Georgia, to set new record nationally

Staff reports that in Georgia, AAA officials say slightly less than 5.4 million travelers are expected, an increase of 3.1 percent from last year, with 4.88 million of those driving, also up 3.1 percent year to year. Air travel will be the mode chosen by 296,681 Georgians, up 4.1 percent, while 199,648 will opt for “other,” down 0.1 percent.


Dec. 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory Bank of America awards more than $4M to Atlanta nonprofits in 2016

Phil W. Hudson reports that Bank of America contributed about $1.1 million more across nearly 50 Atlanta non-profits in 2016 than 2015. The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank (NYSE: BAC) awarded more than $4 million to about 50 Atlanta non-profits in 2016 and committed $1 million to the Centennial Olympic Park expansion efforts in November. The bank awarded nearly $2.9 million in grants to Atlanta nonprofits in 2015.


Dec. 21, 2016 GPB

Gingrich Says Trump Must Address Business Conflicts Soon; Urges Monitors

Staff reports that Donald Trump should deal with how to handle his business holdings before he takes office, says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an adviser to the president-elect. But Gingrich says it would be "an absurdity" to put Trump's holdings in a blind trust.


Dec. 21, 2016 Georgia Health News

Another legislative battle looms over dental hygienist bill

Andy Miller reports that a South Georgia elementary school has three dental chairs set up for kids who don’t have a regular dentist. But those chairs at Turner County Elementary School in Ashburn have sat vacant for the past three years, even though many kids there need dental care, says Brenda Lee of Family Connection of Turner County. That’s because Georgia doesn’t allow dental hygienists to practice in such a setting without a dentist present in the building.


Dec. 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal hires a familiar face as his top lawyer

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday hired David Werner to be his executive counsel. He will succeed Ryan Teague, who said this month he’ll leave the office after six years as Deal’s top attorney. The move returns Werner to the governor’s office just weeks after leaving to become the chief operating office for Georgia’s economic development arm. A long-time Deal aide, Werner had served as the state’s chief operating officer and the governor’s chief legislative liaison.



Dec. 20, 2016 Georgia Health News

The human face — and the uncertain politics — of Medicaid expansion

Jenny  Catherall and Camille Pendley report that recent election results dramatically changed the equation on health care policy, even in the 31 states where Medicaid has already been implemented. What all this will mean for Medicaid — in Georgia or nationwide — is impossible to say. Still, some GOP governors and some members of the powerful Senate Finance Committee have expressed interest in preserving expanded Medicaid coverage.


Dec. 20, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Deals of the Year

Emma Hurt reports that business deals are by definition made with one element at the forefront: money. However, when you scratch the surface, what the three Deals of the Year in 2016 show is the tandem importance of the human relationships behind those business decisions. In all of the winning deals, there are different examples of the effects of this emotional factor and how friendliness and care often spur new business.


Dec. 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia regulator to vote on cost overruns at Vogtle nuclear plant

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia’s utility commission is set to vote Tuesday on whether customers will pay for billions of dollars of cost overruns at a much-delayed nuclear plant expansion in exchange for up-front cost savings. The deal is the result of a proposed settlement between the Georgia Public Service Commission’s staff and Georgia Power, the lead partner in the project to build two new reactors at the Vogtle nuclear plant near Augusta.


Dec. 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Ports Authority sees 6.5 percent growth in November

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Georgia Ports Authority reported a 6.5 percent increase in total container traffic for the month of November, which was fueled by a strengthening export market and a busy peak holiday season. The Port of Savannah, the second-busiest U.S. container exporter behind Los Angeles, moved 167,333 containers, a jump of 10,210 over November 2015.


Dec. 20, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus invests in Columbus State’s growth

Mark Rice reports that Columbus-based Synovus Financial Corp. has extended its investment in Columbus State University by participating in CSU’s First Choice Campaign and providing long-term support to various programs, including business and leadership development, the university announced Monday.


Dec. 20, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

AGCO Corp. donates new tractor to Duluth

Curt Yeomans reports that Duluth’s Public Works Department got some new wheels this week. Duluth-based AGCO Corporation delivered a new Massey Ferguson tractor to the department’s work facility on Monday. It marked the conclusion of a story that began with a “train” and led to a donation from the Duluth Fall Festival committee and a partnership with AGCO.


Dec. 20, 2016 Albany Herald

Medical staff await privilege approval, reappointments at Phoebe

Jennifer Parks reports that several physicians and affiliate staff applicants, otherwise known as mid-level providers, now await final approval by the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for privileges at the hospital while half of Phoebe’s current medical staff undergo reappointment. A credentials report presented to the hospital’s Professional Affairs Committee on Monday included four physicians and two affiliate staff applicants looking to gain privileges at Phoebe.


Dec. 20, 2016 Brunswick News

Island Hopper trail will connect mainland to Jekyll

Deborah Bayless reports that cyclists will soon find pedaling their way from Glynn County’s mainland to Jekyll Island to be a much smoother and safer ride. A road-widening project currently underway along the Downing Musgrove Causeway includes a bike path, the Jekyll Island Hopper trail, that connects with the Coastal Georgia Greenway trail.


Dec. 20, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Detention center to bring 200-plus jobs to Folkston, officials say

Terry Dickson reports that immigration and Customs Enforcement will open a new facility at a privately operated detention center that will bring about 200 new jobs to Folkston, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said. The Georgia Republican said the 780-bed facility adjacent to the D. Ray James facility will be called the Folkston ICE Processing Center and, starting early next year, will house immigration detainees under a five-year agreement between ICE and Charlton County.


Dec. 20, 2016 GPB

The Georgia Film Industry Fights To Keep Tax Incentives

Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that Georgia’s tax credits have brought nearly 80,000 jobs to the state and more than $4 billion in wages. But the incentive program now has a powerful enemy. The group Americans for Prosperity, backed by the Koch Brothers, is lobbying to strip film producers of their tax breaks. They say it is unfair for the industry to come in and use state resources without paying their due.


Dec. 20, 2016 WABE 90.1

As Ga.'s Rural Hospitals Close, Communities Deal With Effects

Elly Yu reports that Cindy Jones still can’t help but think about the timing of things. Stewart-Webster Hospital, the place she and her family had gone to for years, closed in March of 2013. A month later, her husband Bill suffered a heart attack. “He came in from a day of farming and ate supper, and then sat down to watch David Letterman,” Jones said.


Dec. 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Democrats try to forge a new path forward after Trump’s victory

Greg Bluestein reports that ever since Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat last month, Rebecca DeHart’s inbox has been flooded by messages with the same lament. “They all say, ‘I wish I had done more,” DeHart, the state party’s executive director, recently told nearly 200 frustrated Democrats still licking their wounds after Donald Trump’s win at a post-election gathering.



Dec. 19, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia's Unemployment Rate Rose Slightly In November

John Lorinc reports that for the third time in as many months, Georgia's unemployment rate rose. The Georgia Department of Labor has reported it was 5.3 percent in November, up a tenth of a point from October. State officials have said the rate is rising because more people are looking to return to the workforce, but haven’t yet found jobs.


Dec. 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Old-growth forest reopens

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, who knew there was an old-growth forest in the middle of Atlanta? This fall Fernbank Forest, one of the largest urban old-growth Piedmont forests in the U.S., reopened. A lovely place to find peace in midst of the big city.


Dec. 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Airport security smart lanes to cost $3.5 million more

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that new “smart lanes” aimed at speeding screening through Atlanta airport security checkpoints will cost up to $3.5 million more than originally expected. Hartsfield-Jackson International is seeking Atlanta City Council approval of additional funding to pay for the remainder of 20 smart lanes being added at the Atlanta airport.


Dec. 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New luxury bizjet Gulfstream G600 completes first test flight

David Allison reports that Savannah, Ga.-based corporate jet maker Gulfstream Aerospace said Dec. 17 it flew the new Gulfstream G600 for the first time. The company said two more test G600s are scheduled for test flights early in 2017, with delivery to customers in 2018. “This flight went exactly as anticipated, thanks in large part to the investments we have made in our ground-based laboratories,” Gulfstream President Mark Burns said in a statement.


Dec. 19, 2016 Macon Telegraph

German plant cranks up production in Perry, with more jobs to come

Wayne Crenshaw reports that Houston County’s newest industry is now in production. Sandler Nonwoven Corp. started up two weeks ago, plant President Tobias Baumgaertel told the Houston County Development Authority on Wednesday. Sandler Nonwoven, part of the German company Sandler AG, was the first to occupy it after it sat vacant for many years.


Dec. 19, 2016

Atlanta to Hire Global Rep to Draw Foreign Investment

Trevor Williams reports that by early 2017, Invest Atlanta hopes to have hired a new representative to heighten its presence in foreign markets and attract new international companies to the Georgia capital. The city’s economic development arm is looking for a global consultancy, law firm or another party to raise its economic profile around the world, according to a request for proposals issued in November.


Dec. 19, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Tennessee-based company planning buy of ambulance company serving Barnwell County

Laura McKenzie reports that Priority Ambulance, a national company headquartered in East Tennessee, plans to acquire Medshore Ambulance Service, which provides emergency and non-emergency medical transport services to more than 100,000 patients in South Carolina each year, including Barnwell County.


Dec. 19, 2016 Saporta Report

Emory University gets green light to redevelop Briarcliff Mansion, once home to Coke heir   

David Pendered reports that Emory University’s plans to partner with a developer to reopen the Briarcliff Mansion, once home to a Coca-Cola heir, as a hotel and event facility were approved Dec. 15 by Georgia’s State Properties Commission, according to a report by The approval sets the stage for construction to begin in 2017 with completion expected in 2018. The property is located at 1260 Briarcliff Road, in DeKalb County.


Dec. 19, 2016 Brunswick News

Matthew leaves its mark on Sea Island spit, appeals continue from opposition

Larry Hobbs reports that is the one thing that should never be lacking at the beach, but sand is at a premium these days on ritzy Sea Island. Hurricane Matthew caused so much erosion on Sea Island that the resort’s managers sought state permission to truck sand to a shoreline area of prime oceanfront real estate on the island’s south end.


Dec. 19, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Legislators tell chamber of commerce what could happen in state and federal sessions

Terry Dickson reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter told local business and government leaders that the replacement of Obamacare is coming but that it will take along time. Speaking at the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce’s annual Grits and Issues legislative breakfast, Carter predicted a “point-by-point” replacement of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care legislation.


Dec. 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Republicans to stick by Trump in Electoral College vote

Greg Bluestein reports that a sweep of nationwide protests outside state Capitols. A last-ditch lobbying campaign. Thousands upon thousands of emails, phone calls and personal appeals from Hillary Clinton supporters and other Donald Trump critics. Trump’s fiercest opponents are pulling out all the stops to try to sway enough electors to abandon the Republican on Monday, when the Electoral College formally decides the next president.



Dec. 16, 2016 Georgia Health News

Struggling health system in metro Atlanta looks for a partner

Andy Miller reports that one of metro Atlanta’s last “standalone” hospital organizations will seek an alliance with another health system in the coming months. The DeKalb Medical system, which runs hospitals in Decatur and Lithonia, will look for both local and out-of-state potential partners, said Cheryl Iverson, vice president of marketing and strategic planning.


Dec. 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Making Art Work

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that sompanies spend thousands of dollars on getting their brand just right, setting the tone for the business, communicating their message to clients and employees and dreaming up the perfect logo. But many companies are overlooking another way to get their message across – original art.


Dec. 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta sees ‘test’ for business model in 2017

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines says it will have a $4.4 billion profit for 2016, despite rising labor costs and weak unit revenue as business travelers pay less for last-minute trips. That’s close to the $4.5 billion profit Delta reported for 2015. This year, Delta is contending with rising costs due to hefty raises for pilots and other employees, and a slump in unit revenue.


Dec. 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta's Springbot raises $10 million, will add 70 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based e-commerce marketing software firm Springbot has raised $10 million and plans to add about 70 jobs in the next several months. To keep up with growth, Springbot has leased 20,000 square feet at Colony Square, a Midtown mixed-use development targeting tech tenants.


Dec. 16, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Savannah woman leaves UGA College of Veterinary Medicine nearly $1 million

Staff reports that a lifelong animal lover has left a gift of nearly $900,000 to benefit the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Betty Lorraine Butler, a Savannah resident who retired from Union Camp in 1990, died at her home on Sept. 10, 2015. Friends say she owned dogs throughout her life and cared for stray animals near her home.


Dec. 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UGA, Georgia Tech among nation's best value public universities

Dave Williams reports that the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech have landed in the top 10 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the 100 best values among the nation’s public colleges and universities for 2017. Georgia Tech placed ninth on the list and The University of Georgia was 10th. Georgia is one of only three states with two schools in the top 10.


Dec. 16, 2016 GPB

'Foxfire' Celebrates 50 Years Of Preserving Appalachian Traditions Of North Georgia

Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that this year marks the 50th anniversary of “Foxfire,” a collection of traditions from the folk cultures of the Appalachian Mountains. To commemorate a half-century of research into the North Georgia communities, a new exhibit has opened at the University of Georgia in Athens.


Dec. 16, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. House Democratic Leader: We'll Keep Pushing On Medicaid

Denis O'Hayer reports that they are outnumbered in the Georgia House of Representatives by almost two-to-one, but Democrats plan to dig in on several issues when the Legislature returns next month. That's the message from House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta.  Although Republicans in Washington have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare), Abrams promises Democrats will continue to push Georgia officials to expand the state's Medicaid rolls, to cover more uninsured people.


Dec. 16, 2016 Gainesville Times

New year could bring more of same issues at Georgia General Assembly

Joshua Silavent reports that when it comes to the 2017 state legislative session, “carryover” is the operative word. From the water wars and tax reform to medical cannabis and guns on campus, what’s old is new again. With a Republican-controlled Congress and White House, businesses should feel energized by the prospect that regulations are likely to be loosened and the Affordable Care Act is likely on its way to the morgue, according to U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville.


Dec. 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Democrat hopes to clear the field in race to replace Tom Price

Greg Bluestein reports that a former Democratic state legislator joined the crowded race to replace U.S. Tom Price, hoping to clear the field of other Democratic candidates in the uphill battle to win the conservative district. Sally Harrell, who represented a DeKalb district from 1999-2005, said Thursday she’s entering the race to succeed Price, who was tapped as Donald Trump’s health secretary. The wide-open special election hasn’t been set yet, but it’s likely to be held early next year.



Dec. 15, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA experts predict a bright economy for 2017

Matt Weeks reports that Georgia's economy will continue its upward trajectory next year and beyond, according to the Georgia Economic Outlook forecast from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. "Many of the same forces that contributed specifically to Georgia's growth in the past two years will be even stronger in 2017," said Dean Benjamin C. Ayers.


Dec. 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Let’s Keep It Simple

Susan Percy writes, I am hoping that with the long, rancorous presidential campaign behind us, some of the energy and effort that showed up for the election season can be channeled into finding solutions for problems badly in need of attention and resources. I have come up my own wish list – simple, but not necessarily easy.


Dec. 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Water decision to wash over Ga. economy

Dan Chapman reports that Metro Atlanta and Southwest Georgia could suffer nearly $2.5 billion in economic losses each year if the verdict in the the water wars trial goes against them. Florida says it wouldn’t cost Georgia more than $106 million annually to send more water downstream from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers during a drought.


Dec. 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Two Atlanta pro sports teams among world's most tech savvy

Phil W. Hudson reports that if professional sports teams are indeed a reflection of their cities, then Atlanta is among the most tech-savvy cities in the world. A new study by SportTechie found two of Atlanta’s professional sports teams — the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks — to be among the most tech-savvy in 2016.


 Dec. 15, 2016 Macon Telegraph

German plant cranks up production in Perry, with more jobs to come

Wayne Crenshaw reports that Houston County’s newest industry is now in production. Sandler Nonwoven Corp. started up two weeks ago, plant President Tobias Baumgaertel told the Houston County Development Authority on Wednesday. The authority held its regular monthly meeting at the plant, which is operating in what had been the county’s speculative building.


Dec. 15, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta ranks as nation’s fourth neediest, ties for first in homelessness: WalletHub   

David Pendered reports that the city of Atlanta ranks as the fourth most-needy city in the nation and is tied for first in the category of homelessness, according to a report released Wednesday by WalletHub, a credit services company. WalletHub analysts compared the nation’s 150 most populated cities across 21 key metrics. The purpose was to determine where persons are the most economically disadvantaged.


Dec. 15, 2016 Gainesville Times

Report: 1 million in Georgia could lose insurance under repeal of Obamacare

Staff reports that an estimated 1 million Georgians stand to lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, an Atlanta-based think tank. The losses would come as a result of fewer federal subsidies — to the tune of nearly $3 billion flowing to individuals and the state with lower enrollment.


Dec. 15, 2016 WABE 90.1

Total Containment Reached On North Georgia Wildfires

John Lorinc reports that it took months of hard work, but fire crews in north Georgia can now claim victory. They've reached total containment in the region. The U.S. Forest Service says all areas, roads and trails that were closed due to the wildfires are now back open to the public. That includes the Appalachian Trail.


Dec. 15, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Synovus announces leadership changes

Staff reports that Scott Preston, a 19-year veteran of Synovus, has been named president of Synovus’ Northwest Georgia Division, which includes Citizens First Bank of Rome. Preston succeeds Angie Lewis, who has been named group executive of Synovus’ Community Banking division.


Dec. 15, 2016 Albany Herald

P&G says company will hire 40 new technicians at Albany plant

Terry Lewis reports that the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Roundtable bore its first fruit Tuesday when Procter & Gamble Plant Manager Werner Washington announced the company plans to hire up to 40 plant technicians in the May/June 2017 timeframe. Those technicians are expected to play a key roles in meeting increased production demands at the Albany plant and are the result of a partnership between Albany Technical College, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and the industrial roundtable.


Dec. 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jack Kingston lands in Russia as hacking claims dominate news coverage

Tamar Hallerman reports that Russia’s alleged hacking of the U.S. election system has caused quite a bit of Washington hand-wringing in recent days, but that hasn’t stopped one former Georgia congressman from heading to Moscow. NPR reports that ex-Savannah U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, who served as a top Donald Trump surrogate during the election, was in Russia earlier this week to brief American businesspeople there about what they could expect from the incoming Trump administration.



Dec. 14, 2016

Deal announces City of South Fulton and City of Stonecrest commissions

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal named the Governor’s Commission on South Fulton and the Governor’s Commission on Stonecrest. The General Assembly passed HB 514 and SB 208 in the 2016 legislative session, which created referendums to establish the City of South Fulton and the City of Stonecrest. Following approval, the governor is to create a five-member commission, consisting of a chairman and four others, to oversee the establishment of each new city.


Dec. 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Deals of the Year

Emma Hurt reports that business deals are by definition made with one element at the forefront: money. However, when you scratch the surface, what the three Deals of the Year in 2016 show is the tandem importance of the human relationships behind those business decisions. In all of the winning deals, there are different examples of the effects of this emotional factor and how friendliness and care often spur new business.


Dec. 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta ranks No. 9 for best place for career and business, according to Forbes

Rose Kennedy reports, looking for the best location to jump-start your career? Give Atlanta a try. The Peach City earned the No. 9 spot on Forbes 2016 ranking of Best Places for Business and Career. The publication crunched numbers on the 200 largest US metro areas by population and rated them based on 14 metrics related to job growth, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and the education of the labor force.


Dec. 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta No. 3 in U.S. for single-family housing permits in 2016

David Allison reports that home builders around metro Atlanta are busy adding to the region's inventory of new homes. According to the National Association of Home Builders, Atlanta ranks No. 3 in the nation in single-family housing building permits from January through October of 2016. Check out the adjacent slideshow to see the single-family housing permits issued in the nation's top 25 cities year-to-date.


Dec. 14, 2016 Georgia Tech

Construction Begins on Transformational Coda Project

Laura Diamond reports that construction has begun on the new Coda building, which represents the next phase of Georgia Tech’s Technology Square. The nearly 750,000-square-foot mixed-use project will create new opportunities in interdisciplinary research, commercialization and sustainability. It will also enhance the area’s innovation ecosystem, which fosters collaboration between the Institute, startups and established industry leaders.


Dec. 14, 2016 GPB

Can Big Data Help Farmers Use Less Water?

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia’s multi-billion dollar agriculture industry needs water, but farmers who rely on the Flint River could soon face drastic water restrictions. Right now, Florida is suing Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is just one part of Georgia’s decades-long three-way water war with Alabama and Florida.


Dec. 14, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Displayit moving into new headquarters in Buford

Curt Yeomans reports that a product and service provider for tradeshow exhibitors is moving to new digs in Buford. Officials from Displayit Inc. joined officials from Gwinnett County government, Partnership Gwinnett and the City of Buford on Monday to announce its corporate headquarters is moving to a new location as part of an expansion of its operations. The 75,000-square-foot facility is located at 4345 Hamilton Mill Road, near that road’s intersection with Buford Highway.


Dec. 14, 2016 Saporta Report

Nation’s first offshore wind farm spurs call for Georgia to follow suit   

David Pendered reports that the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. began operations Monday off Rhode Island, prompting the advocacy group Environment Georgia to call Tuesday for Georgia to move ahead with offshore wind farms. “America’s first offshore wind farm should be a wake-up call for Georgia,” Jennette Gayer, director of Environment Georgia, said in an email.


Dec. 14, 2016 Georgia Health News

State’s highest court will hear Northside open records case

Andy Miller reports that the Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to hear a high-profile open records case involving Northside Hospital in Atlanta. The case involves the nonprofit hospital’s rejection of requests for information about its financial documents and other matters. Central to the case is the legal definition of “public” versus “private.”


Dec. 14, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

Runoff election looms for North Georgia state Senate seat

Tyler Jett reports that some North Georgia residents won't have representation in the state senate when the session begins next month. A special election to replace state Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, ended without a winner on Tuesday night. The leading candidate, Chuck Payne, failed to receive more than half of the support in a five-person race. And as a result, he will face the second place finisher, Debby Peppers, in a runoff on Jan. 10.


Dec. 14, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Senator’s Bill To Bar In-State Tuition For DACA Students

Martha Dalton reports that a federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) temporarily protects some young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. That lets them attend state schools in many places, including some in Georgia. But state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, says legally undocumented students in Georgia still have to pay out-of-state tuition rates. The cost can be about three times higher than in-state rates, depending on the school.


Dec. 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Democrats hope to pick off conservative Dalton-based Georgia Senate seat

Greg Bluestein reports that the Dalton-based Senate seat up for grabs in a special election should be a safely conservative district. But Democrats are hoping an independent candidate can squeak by in a low-turnout vote. Former Whitfield County GOP chairman Chuck Payne and Debby Peppers, an ex-county commissioner running without party affiliation, on Tuesday emerged as the two top vote-getters in the race to replace Charlie Bethel in the Senate. They both will square off in a Jan. 10 runoff.



Dec. 13, 2016 Savannah Morning News

New federal water bill offers benefits for Georgia ports

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Christmas has come early for Georgia’s ports with the passage of a new federal water resources bill that addresses funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project — or SHEP — as well as harbor maintenance at the ports of Savannah and Brunswick. The measure, now dubbed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, or WIIN, passed the House on Thursday and the Senate on Saturday.


Dec. 13, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Health benefits company Anthem is establishing an IT services hub in Midtown Atlanta, creating 1,800 jobs and investing more than $20 million over the next six years.


Dec. 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Businesses eye opportunities in Cuba as airline service starts

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, this  is alluring, unexplored territory for many travelers — and for Georgia businesses that have been eyeing potential opportunities in the nation of 11 million people. They range from Coca-Cola and UPS to credit card processors and chicken farmers. The recent start of scheduled U.S.-Cuba airline flights will make it easier for such companies to scout out prospects and take initial steps.


Dec. 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Srinivasan joins Agilysys as CEO

Staff reports that hospitality technology company Agilysys Inc. (NASDAQ: AGYS) hired Ramesh Srinivasan as its new president and CEO. Srinivasan, most recently CEO of Ooyala, starts with Atlanta-based Agilysys Jan. 3, 2017. Before joining Ooyala, Srinivasan was president and CEO of Innotrac Corp., where he oversaw the ecommerce fulfillment provider’s merger with eBay Enterprise.


Dec. 13, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

AVATRON Smart Park shuts down    

Neil McGahee reports that almost a year after a groundbreaking that never happened, Avatron Smart Park, a $750-million technology-centered theme park planned to be built in Emerson announced Monday that it is shutting down. “After some 24 months of extensive planning and project fundraising, and despite near completion of Phase 1 project components, the AVATRON Park project is closing its doors,” said David Garrett III, CEO of Avatron USA Development LLC in an open letter to Bartow County.


Dec. 13, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Tech's EarSketch Uses Music To Teach Students Coding

Tasnim Shamma reports that the White House recognized Georgia Tech last Monday for a coding program that uses music to teach code. It was recognized as part of its national initiatives for Computer Science Education Week. EarSketch is a free online tool that uses music to teach the programming languages of Python and JavaScript.


Dec. 13, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Blanchard’s departure one for history books in Columbus banking

Tony Adams reports that it's not quite the end of an era of the Blanchard name, perhaps. But it’s certainly a distinctive chapter in the history books of Columbus Bank and Trust, with a third generation of the family to serve as president calling it a career at the end of this year. The bank’s parent company, Synovus Financial Corp., announced Thursday that William “Billy” Blanchard is departing the city’s largest bank to work with his father at Jordan-Blanchard Capital.


Dec. 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Fiserv to buy Online Banking Solutions

Phil W. Hudson reports that a global provider of financial services technology will buy Atlanta-based Online Banking Solutions Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Brookfield, Wis.-based Fiserv Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) reported the acquisition will give it complimentary cash management and digital business banking capabilities.


Dec. 13, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Rural medical centers struggling: Polk Medical listed as in need of donations

Staff reports that Polk Medical Center is ranked 11th most in need among 49 rural hospitals eligible for new a state tax credit program. The program, created during the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly, allows tax credits to individuals and corporations that donate to struggling rural hospitals.


Dec. 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The fight over ‘religious liberty’ is returning to Congress

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Republican leaders worried about a fourth year of fighting over a “religious liberty” measure say the issue should be up to Congress. Soon, federal lawmakers will get that chance. U.S. Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz plan to bring back a measure next year known as the First Amendment Defense Act that aims to strengthen legal protections for opponents of gay marriage. This time, though, they hope it will fare better with a Republican-controlled White House.



Dec. 12, 2016 Georgia Health News

State identifies rural hospitals in biggest need of donation help

Andy Miller reports, a South Georgia hospital has been ranked as the most financially stressed among 49 rural hospitals eligible for a new state tax credit program. State officials, after reviewing facility financials, have ranked Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla as the neediest among eligible rural hospitals.


Dec. 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia's Hospitals: Rural Hospitals In Crisis

Susan Percy reports, it's not quite walking in their shoes, but sitting at a conference table at Union General Hospital in Blairsville with the system’s top administrators falls somewhere between a crash course in healthcare economics and a cold shower.


Dec. 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke sees smooth transition with new CEO, James Quincey

Russell Grantham reports that James Quincey, tapped Friday to become Coca-Cola’s next chief executive, is described as a veteran company executive who will bring a smooth change in leadership and keep re-tooling the beverage giant as it grapples with changing consumer tastes. Quincey is the “absolute ideal” choice for the top job, said outgoing CEO Muhtar Kent, who will step down May 1.


Dec. 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta medical marijuana company raises $15 million

David Allison reports that an Atlanta medical marijuana company, Surterra Holdings Inc., has raised $15 million. The company reported in a Dec. 9 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it has raised $10.3 million and could raise as much as $19 million. In a Dec. 11 email to Atlanta Business Chronicle, Jim Whitcomb, Surterra's chief financial officer, said the company actually raised $15 million.


Dec. 12, 2016 Saporta Report

Man’s impact on Earth, Chattahoochee River waterways detailed in new report   

David Pendered reports that for climate enthusiasts, a new federal report has it all – from discussion of climate change to rising sea levels, from job creation to the fate of a fish described as a living dinosaur. The short take-away from the report is that it doesn’t seek to curb metro Atlanta’s water consumption from Lake Lanier.


Dec. 12, 2016

Georgia Honors Its Foreign Auto Investors and Has High Hopes to Welcome More

Phil Bolton reports that for Mike Grundmann, director of automotive, aerospace and advanced manufacturing at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, it’s really been no surprise that foreign companies have invested $2.8 billion in Georgia’s automotive sector. The state is in a strategic location as a center for assembly and manufacturing, its got a quality workforce and has developed a reputation for innovation in the industry, he told Global Atlanta.


Dec. 12, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Senoia names city manager

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that Harold Simmons, a Senoia resident since 1992, was named Senoia’s city manager Friday morning. Simmons’ term as city manager officially begins Jan. 1, though his first day in the office will be Jan. 3.


Dec. 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Soperton

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Soperton is the Million Pines City, with a photo by Ben Young.


Dec. 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Flowers Foods reaches $9M settlement in big labor lawsuit

David Allison reports that bakery giant Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) has reached an agreement to settle a big Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit over how the company classifies its independent distributors. Flowers reported Dec. 9 it has agreed to pay $9 million to settle a class action lawsuit that was filed in September 2012 in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., in which distributors of the company's products contended they were misclassified as independent contractors.


Dec. 12, 2016 WABE 90.1

What Will Be The Hot-Button Issues Of The 2017 Legislative Session?

Bill Nigut reports,  in a few short weeks state lawmakers will convene under the gold dome for the 2017 legislative session. Topics are sure to include the ongoing debate over healthcare and a reprise of the religious liberty fight that characterized the 2016 session. What tactics will the minority party employ to push their legislative agenda?


Dec. 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia gushes as Congress ducks a big water war fight

Greg Bluestein reports that the wide-ranging $10 billion water bill that passed Congress early Saturday may have been most notable in Georgia for what it did not include. The legislation eliminated a 2014 directive that warns the governors of Florida, Georgia and Alabama to negotiate a settlement in the decades-long water dispute – or risk Congress intervening. While a compromise seems unlikely in the near future – at least not before a judge decides Florida’s high-stakes water lawsuit against Georgia – the Peach State’s neighbors had fought to keep the language intact to give Georgia more of a reason to settle.




Dec. 9, 2016 Gainesville Times

Georgia gets good news in corps water manual

Jeff Gill reports that it looks like Christmas has come early for Georgia’s long-term water needs. Army Corps of Engineers documents released this week show the agency has granted state requests for 242 million gallons per day in gross withdrawals from Lake Lanier and releases from Buford Dam to support downstream withdrawals of up to 379 million gallons per day.


Dec. 9, 2016 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Reaching for the Sky

Randy Southerland reports, Georgia has long been famous for its peanuts, peaches and poultry, but today’s real growth industry includes airplane parts manufacturing, the technology that keeps airliners and rockets flying and the economic drivers of airports large and small around the state.


Dec. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Can Cuba boost Georgia’s economy?

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that this is alluring, unexplored territory for many travelers — and for Georgia businesses that have been eyeing potential opportunities in the nation of 11 million people. They range from Coca-Cola and UPS to credit card processors and chicken farmers. The recent start of scheduled U.S.-Cuba airline flights will make it easier for such companies to scout out prospects and take initial steps.


Dec. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T's Ralph de la Vega to retire

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) Vice Chairman Ralph de la Vega will retire Dec. 31 after four decades at the telecommunications company. De la Vega, a long time champion of Atlanta, was best known for helping bring the iPhone to market. He was also instrumental in helping build metro Atlanta into a hub for mobile communications and technology.


Dec. 9, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Bank and Trust, city’s largest bank, getting a new president

Tony Adams reports that Columbus Bank and Trust, the city’s largest bank in terms of deposits, will soon have a new president. Synovus Financial Corp., the bank’s parent company, said Thursday that Heath Schondelmayer will take the helm of CB&T on Jan. 1. He will succeed Billy Blanchard, who plans to join a Columbus private equity firm, Jordan-Blanchard Capital, in which his father is now involved.


Dec. 9, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

House passes bill providing limited repair to New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam that allows fish migration

Tom Corwin reports that the U.S. House of Representatives appeared to dash the hopes of local landowners hoping to save and repair the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam by passing a bill that provides for only limited repair that allows fish migration.


Dec. 9, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

J. Alvin Wilbanks discusses funding, testing with state lawmakers

Keith Farner reports, one thing J. Alvin Wilbanks and Gwinnett state legislators agreed upon on Thursday morning at their annual breakfast meeting was that changes need to come to the Title Ad Valorem Tax. Wilbanks, the CEO/Superintendent, and Gwinnett County Public Schools want, as part of their annual legislative priorities there were presented to local lawmakers, to eliminate the “local target collection amount.” Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, suggested removing the word “cap” from the language in the law would go a long way toward improvement.


Dec. 9, 2016 Mercer University

Center for the Study of Narrative Receives Five-Year, $500,000 Grant from Georgia Compassion Project

Staff reports that Mercer University’s Center for the Study of Narrative has received a five-year, $500,000 commitment from the Georgia Compassion Project to further the work of the multidisciplinary service and research initiative housed within Penfield College’s Department of Counseling. “The Center for the Study of Narrative offers students and faculty members throughout undergraduate and graduate programs in Penfield College a unique opportunity to combine service to the community, research and presentation in a variety of public forums,” said Dr. Priscilla Danheiser, dean of the College.


Dec. 9, 2016 Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State unveils 2017 football schedule

Kennesaw State football team, fresh off a successful eight-win season that came within one win of a Big South Conference title, has released the 2017 schedule. The Owls are set for 11 games, including six at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Kennesaw State opens the 2017 season on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Samford. The home opener at Fifth Third Bank Stadium is slated for the following Saturday (Sept. 9) versus Tennessee Tech. 


Dec. 9, 2016 Georgia Dept. of Education

Georgia releases 2016 CCRPI scores, Student Growth Model

Matt Cardoza reports that Georgia Department of Education today released the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), based on data from the 2015-16 school year. The state score for Georgia’s elementary schools was 71.7, with a score of 71.5 for middle schools, 75.7 for high schools, and an overall statewide score of 73.6. The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.


Dec. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ralston gets reprimand, Ellis gets back law license

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Supreme Court Thursday disposed of two cases involving prominent politicians. The justices ordered unanimously that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston receive a reprimand for giving money to a client in violation of State Bar of Georgia rules and reinstated former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis’ license to practice law.


Dec. 9, 2016 WABE 90.1

David Ralston: Ga. Lawmakers Writing New ‘Campus Carry’ Bill

Johnny Kauffman reports that Gov. Nathan Deal this spring vetoed a measure passed by the Georgia Legislature that would have allowed licensed gun owners to carry their weapons on campus at Georgia’s public colleges and universities. But lawmakers are working on a new version of the “campus carry” bill for the legislative session set to begin in January, House Speaker David Ralston said in an interview Wednesday.


Dec. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

A mysterious robo-call touts John Isakson Jr. for Congress

Greg Bluestein reports that one of our loyal readers recorded a robo-call tonight that seems to be testing the waters for John Isakson Jr. – the son of the U.S. senator – in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Tom Price. We’re not sure who the robo-call came from – Isakson’s camp says it wasn’t from them – but it included Isakson Jr.’s name in a list of potential contenders for the seat. Then it probed whether the respondent had a favorable opinion of real estate developers and Isakson’s dad.



Dec. 8, 2016 WABE 90.1

State Officials Consider Vogtle Spending Deal With Ga. Power

Molly Samuels reports that state officials are considering making a deal with Georgia Power on how much customers will pay to help build the new nuclear power units at Plant Vogtle. The cost of Vogtle Units 3 and 4 has gone up as the date they’re expected to be finished has been pushed back.


Dec. 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Quotes for All Seasons

Neely Young writes, each year, for the past 13 Decembers, I have presented a Christmas and New Year’s column made up of favorite sayings. They can be used for speeches, sent to friends or just kept for your enjoyment. I call them, “I’ve Learned.” They show truth, wit and whimsy and should bring a smile to all.


Dec. 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta pilots union elects new leader

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the pilots union at Delta Air Lines has elected a new chairman, a surprise change in leadership coming on the heels of the approval of a new labor contract with pay raises. The leadership committee of the Air Line Pilots Association at Delta voted to elect Bill Bartels as chairman, with a close 10-9 vote.


Dec. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T, Time Warner execs defend merger during contentious hearing

Shawn Shinneman reports that AT&T (NYSE: T) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) executives went in front of a senate judiciary committee Wednesday, responding to concerns about the deal’s impact on competition during a nearly three-hour hearing that was at times contentious.


Dec. 8, 2016 Georgia Health News

Interstate health insurance sales had tryout in Georgia

Andy Miller reports, among Republican ideas to transform the health care system is a proposal to allow health insurers to sell their policies across state lines. President-elect Donald Trump and Tom Price, the Georgia congressman picked by Trump to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, have backed the proposal. They and other advocates see it as a way to boost competition. In Georgia, the interstate sale of health insurance has already had a five-year tryout.


Dec. 8, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA showcases its sustainability progress

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia is becoming more sustainable in big ways and small, judging from speakers at a UGA “sustainability summit” Tuesday. On the big side, the university has decreased its overall water use by 30 percent over the past decade, UGA Vice President for Research David Lee told more than 200 people gathered in the university’s Jackson Street Building. UGA is also using 20 percent less energy, Lee said and will easily make a goal of 25 percent reduction by 2020, Lee said.


Dec. 8, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Kessler breaks ground for $270 million Plant Riverside District

Katie Nussbaum reports that construction on one of the largest private developments in Savannah’s history is officially underway. On Wednesday, hotelier Richard Kessler alongside local government and business leaders and dozens of others who have been involved in the project, broke ground for his $270 million, 670,000 square-foot development, The Plant Riverside District on the west end of River Street.


Dec. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Crawford & Co. acquires majority interest in WeGoLook for $36M

Jessica Saunders reports that Atlanta-based Crawford & Co. (NYSE: CRD-A and CRD-B) today announced the acquisition of a majority interest in online and mobile collaborative economy platform WeGoLook LLC. In a statement, Crawford said the investment in WeGoLook would enable it to automate and expedite the claim handling process by utilizing a large mobile workforce for automotive and property inspections.


Dec. 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Green-lighting an effort to keep Georgia musicians in Georgia

Jim Galloway reports, the governor, who has imported much of Hollywood into Georgia with the help of tax credits, is at least curious about what it might take to lure Trisha Yearwood — and perhaps that no-account husband of hers — out of Nashville and back to the state where she was born. And why musicians like Otis Redding, who never left Macon, Michael Stipe, an Athens fixture, are actually anomalies.




Dec. 7, 2016

Deal: November tax revenues up 4.6 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for November totaled nearly $1.72 billion, for an increase of $75.9 million, or 4.6 percent, compared to November 2015. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled approximately $8.8 billion, for an increase of $399.1 million, or 4.8 percent, over last year when net tax revenues totaled almost $8.4 billion at the end of November.


Dec. 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Alchemy Sky Foundation

Candice Dyer reports that the professional field of music therapy has its origins in military history. After World War II, the surgeon general discovered that some traumatized veterans would respond only to song. “Researchers realized there was this therapeutic outcome,” says Jaye Budd, founder and director of Al-chemy Sky Foundation, a nonprofit that provides music therapy for veterans in Atlanta.


Dec. 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Interim Hartsfield-Jackson GM Roosevelt Council selected for permanent position

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is moving to make official the appointment of Roosevelt Council as general manager of the Atlanta airport, while the city also has reached a settlement that will pay Council’s dismissed predecessor more than $85,000. Reed’s administration introduced city council legislation to make Council the permanent general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International.


Dec. 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Honeywell confirms it will locate $19 million IT center at Midtown's 715 Peachtree

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) on Tuesday confirmed it will put an 800-employee software development center on two floors at Midtown’s 715 Peachtree building. On Sept. 16, Atlanta Business Chronicle first identified the 300,000-square-foot building as the site and disclosed details of the expansion.


Dec. 7, 2016 Georgia Health News

State still faces shortage of caseworkers for foster kids

Andy Miller reports that as the number of foster children in Georgia soars, a state agency continues to struggle with a high turnover rate among the caseworkers who help these kids. Georgia DFCS assigns each foster child a caseworker, and the agency says the annual turnover rate for these workers is about 37 percent. DFCS is recruiting now to fill about 170 positions for child welfare case managers.


Dec. 7, 2016 Savannah Morning News

LNG expansion at Elba brings in 7,800 trucks a month

Mary Landers reports that expansion began last month at the massive LNG facility on Elba Island even though a request for a rehearing of the project’s approval is still pending before federal regulators. Houston-based Kinder Morgan owns the LNG import facility on the Savannah River where site work began Nov. 1 with the ultimate goal of adding export capability.


Dec. 7, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Tompkins defeats Darr for Muscogee County sheriff by 417 votes

Tim Chitwood reports that challenger Donna Tompkins has defeated incumbent Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr by a margin of 6,434 votes to 6,017 votes, or 51.67 percent to 48.33 percent, according to unofficial final results from the Columbus Office of Elections and Registrations. Tompkins said she now has to catch up on state-mandated training for newly elected sheriffs.


Dec. 7, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Supreme Court Weighs Taxi Drivers' Demands for Damages

Lisa Hagen reports that Georgia's Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a suit filed by taxi drivers who say they should be compensated for the state's changes to regulating their industry. Last year, the state legislature passed a law to begin regulating ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.


Dec. 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jan Jones, the No. 2 in Georgia House, won’t run for Tom Price’s seat

Greg Bluestein reports that House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, the top elected Republican woman in Georgia, said late Tuesday she would not run for U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s seat next year. The Milton Republican said in a note to Republican colleagues that while the chance to represent the 6th District was appealing, she has decided to stay as the No. 2 Republican in the Georgia House.



Dec. 6, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Port of Savannah adds 4 cranes for loading giant cargo ships

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Mother Nature left a lot of would-be crane watchers on River Street disappointed Sunday afternoon when the Dockwise barge Teal wasn’t able to come into port. But high winds and tall cranes are not a good mix — and wind gusts Sunday afternoon were clocked at almost 30 knots. Designed by Konecranes of Finland, the cranes in this latest shipment bring the Port of Savannah’s fleet at Garden City Terminal to 26 — the most at any single terminal in the U.S.


Dec. 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

ARC’s State of the Region

Ben Young reports that the Atlanta Regional Commission recently hosted its 2016 State of the Region Breakfast for more than 1,200 business, government and nonprofit leaders. During the event, the results of this year’s region-wide Metro-Atlanta Speaks survey were presented. Among the findings, transportation – not the economy – is the region’s biggest concern, with 90 percent of those surveyed indicating that transit is important to the region’s future.


Dec. 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Council votes to abandon streets to complete Underground Atlanta deal

Leon Stafford and J. Scott Trubey report that Atlanta City Council approved a plan that will essentially privatize parts of several downtown streets that Mayor Kasim Reed said were vital to keep alive a deal to sell Underground Atlanta to a private developer. The measure by the city to “abandon” the streets is controversial, with downtown residents objecting to the city ceding control of public roads, including a two-block section of busy Pryor Street, to a company that would have the power to shut down the roads to vehicles and pedestrians.


Dec. 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle ​

Alpharetta-based Siemens Industry acquires Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Alpharetta-based Siemens Industry Inc. plans to acquire Mentor Graphics Corp. for $4.5 billion. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. Mentor (NASDAQ: MENT) is a Wilsonville, Ore.-based design automation and industrial software provider. The company will be consolidated into Siemens Industry, a subsidiary of industrial conglomerate Siemens AG.


Dec. 6, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

Shaw Industries is big and getting even bigger

Doug Walker reports that  December is a time of anticipation and preparation, especially for Shaw Industries Group. “Ultimately that’s what this is for us,” said Jim Andrews, director of manufacturing for carpet tile operations. Andrews served as the corporate host for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Shaw Industries Plant T1 in Adairsville on Thursday.


Dec. 6, 2016 Georgia Tech

President’s Cybersecurity Commission Releases Report

Laura Diamond reports that President Barack Obama received a report today from a bipartisan commission that addresses cybersecurity challenges facing government and industry. Annie Antón, professor and chair of the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing, served on the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. She said the report includes opportunities for new research and advances in engineering.


Dec. 6, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Macon student’s anti-cancer plant research drawing national attention

Andrea Honaker reports that Tejas Athni likes to keep busy. Amid a full course load of Advanced Placement classes, the Stratford Academy junior runs his own online magazine, Publizette, and he teaches CPR and basic life support as a certified instructor and through his nonprofit CPR Education. He also started his school’s pre-med club, Health Occupation Students of America. Now, the 16-year-old can add “neuroscience research prize finalist” to his already impressive resume.


Dec. 6, 2016 Brunswick News

New Camp Jekyll opens, auditorium named in honor of Georgia's First Lady

Deborah Bayless reports that Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal received an early birthday present Monday morning during the opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting for the new Camp Jekyll. The facility’s new state-of-the-art auditorium and classroom is named the Sandra Deal Learning Center to honor and commemorate the former school teacher who has led multiple education- focused initiatives for more than 53 years.


Dec. 6, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Progress in containing college costs, boosting graduation rates, Georgia’s incoming chancellor says

Lee Shearer reports that the University System of Georgia is making progress in ramping up the number of people graduating from college and in keeping college affordable in Georgia, the man who will soon become the university system’s top administrator told legislators Monday. “The two really go hand in hand,” said Steve Wrigley, who becomes chancellor of the University System of Georgia on Jan. 1.


Dec. 6, 2016 Saporta Report

Two Georgia women – Valerie Montgomery Rice and Marcia Taylor – to receive 2017 Horatio Alger Award   

Maria Saporta reports that two tenacious women from Georgia have been selected for the prestigious 2017 Horatio Alger Award – Valerie Montgomery Rice, president of the Morehouse School of Medicine; and Marcia Taylor, CEO of Bennett International who also is a philanthropist. The Horatio Alger Association honors leaders who have overcome significant adversities to attain personal and professional success.


Dec. 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Ceremony

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that last month, the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame inducted its 2016 class of five honorees: humorist Roy Blount Jr. and  journalist Bill Shipp, as well as posthumous awards to novelist Brainard Cheney, social activist Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin and short-story writer and Pulitzer Prize winner James Alan McPherson.


Dec. 6, 2016 GPB

Georgia Legislators Prepare For 2017 Session

Bill Nigut reports that legislators are holding a pre-session conference to discuss the big issues likely to play out in the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Will "campus carry" make a comeback after the governor’s veto last year? What about the controversial religious liberty measure which he also vetoed? And what about casino gambling – does it have a chance to pass in the upcoming session?


Dec. 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Either Casey Cagle is polling – or one of his top rivals is

Greg Bluestein reports that either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is polling, or some rival candidate considers him the man to beat in the 2018 race for governor. Over the weekend, a loyal reader sent a rough transcript of the lengthy, live cell-phone questionnaire from a pollster. Among the questions:— If the candidates were David Perdue and Casey Cagle, who would you vote for?



Dec. 5, 2016 WABE 90.1

Report: Georgia's Pre-Kindergarten Program Has Lasting Effects

Martha Dalton reports that parents who send their kids off to a pre-kindergarten class probably hope they’re learning skills that stick. While some national studies have suggested the effects of preschool programs can fade before the end of kindergarten, new research from the University of North Carolina shows the effects of Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program do having lasting effects.


Dec. 5, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Trend’s 2016 Legal Elite

Christy Simo reports, for the past 14 years, Georgia Trend has asked the state’s attorneys to tell us who they think are the best in their field. This year’s group of Legal Elite represent nearly 300 law firms in more than 30 cities across Georgia in 14 practice areas. Once again, we’ve asked some of our top vote getters their opinions about the law and Georgia.


Dec. 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Casino near Washington, D.C., is MGM’s model for Atlanta resort

Scott Trubey reports that the 23-story hotel at MGM National Harbor towers over the Capital Beltway, the first thing hundreds of thousands of motorists see as they stream across the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge into Maryland. MGM Resorts International has pitched the $1.4 billion complex as a model for what it could build in the Atlanta area, if Georgia legalizes Las Vegas-style gambling. And that is no small order, requiring a change to Georgia’s constitution.


Dec. 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta lowers profit expectation in Q4 following new pilots contract

Staff reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) expects a lower profit in the fourth quarter following a new contract with its pilots, it reported in an investor update filing. The Atlanta-based airline said it expects a profit margin between 9.5 and 10.5 percent for the period, compared with its prior expectation of between 14 and 16 percent.


Dec. 5, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Massive logistics facility proposed for Orchard Hills site

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that a 1 million-square-foot logistics facility may be coming to the Orchard Hills Golf site. The golf course property was zoned for commercial and industrial development back in the summer. At the time, John Bourbonnais, owner of Orchard Hills Land LLC, said that industrial development was likely five to 10 years off. But things are moving much more quickly than that.


Dec. 5, 2016 Georgia Health News

New oases in the ‘food deserts’ of Atlanta

Andy Miller reports that over the past dozen years, a Philadelphia program has helped bring healthier foods to corner stores across the city. That effort now is coming to Atlanta, through a collaboration between Georgia State University’s School of Public Health and Morehouse School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center.


Dec. 5, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech announces new educational collaboration with Shenzhen and Tianjin University

Staff reports that a new educational collaboration among Georgia Tech, the city of Shenzhen and Tianjin University in China will expand global opportunities in science, technology and engineering education. Georgia Tech’s President G. P. “Bud” Peterson signed the agreement in a ceremony in Shenzhen on Dec. 2.


Dec. 5, 2016 Kennesaw State University

Fifth Third Bank Stadium named nation’s best playing surface

Staff reports that the second consecutive year, Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium has earned the Sports Turf Managers Association “Field of the Year” award. Opened in 2010, the $16.5 million venue serves as the home of the Owls football, soccer and lacrosse teams, along with the Atlanta Blaze of Major League Lacrosse.


Dec. 5, 2016 Brunswick News

Tourism dips in October, looks positive in December

Lindsey Adkison reports, with the recent bout of severe weather, tourism in the Isles has, unsurprisingly, taken a hit this fall. That was part of the message Scott McQuade, president of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, shared with Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce members at a recent meeting.


Dec. 5, 2016 New York Times

Tom Price Is Eager to Lead H.H.S., and Reduce Its Clout

Robert Pear reports that during his 12 years in Congress, Representative Tom Price has made clear what role he thinks the government should play in health care. It can be summed up in one word: less. Throughout his career, Mr. Price — who has been picked by President-elect Donald J. Trump to be secretary of health and human services — has argued that the government should get out of the way of doctors and give patients more control over their health care.


Dec. 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Medicaid expansion? Nah. Get ready first for a fight over a Georgia ‘bed tax’

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia lawmakers are readying for a brutal – and potentially early – debate over whether to extend a tax that plugs a gaping hole in the state Medicaid system in the opening days of next year’s legislative session. Donald Trump’s election – and his vows to gut Obamacare – have sidelined talk about a Medicaid expansion under the imperiled Affordable Care Act. Most lawmakers talk of a wait-and-see approach toward health policy after Trump’s election.



Dec. 2, 2016

Metro Chamber Annual Meeting: Tech Sectors Key to Atlanta’s Global Ascent

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta is no longer content to be the capital of the South; the Olympic host city is dreaming bigger and now clearly has world-sized ambitions. That was the message from the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s annual meeting, where the business organization revealed a new logo and renderings of a new office at the 191 Peachtree tower while putting forth a decidedly future-facing focus on technology as the region’s main driver.


Dec. 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Southwest Georgia: Diversity Reigns

K.K. Snyder reports, one  thing is certain when it comes to doing business in Southwest Georgia: diversity reigns. From honey production to film production and Air Force missions to Marine Corps logistics, a wide variety of businesses feed the region’s economic engine.


Dec. 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

5 major projects that will reshape Atlanta forever

Adam Kincaid reports that the Atlanta of the future will be much different from the one we know today. It may even have capped highways transformed into green space. Beyond the hopeful plans, there are a number of major projects already underway that promise to revitalize our in-town neighborhoods, suburbs, public transportation transit and quality of life.


Dec. 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta pilots approve new contract, get immediate 18% raise

Jacques Couret reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) pilots on Thursday ratified a new contract with the airline that gives them an 18 percent raise. The agreement takes effect immediately and runs through Dec. 31, 2019. Pilots get an 18 percent raise now, followed by 3 percent raises in 2017 and 2018 and then a 4 percent bump in 2019.


Dec. 2, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Uptick in Georgia banks’ earnings may be reflection of economy

Linda S. Morris reports that earnings at Georgia’s banks so far this year are up, which may be a barometer of the economy. Georgia’s 187 state-based banks insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. earned $2.3 billion during the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 6 percent over the same period of 2015, according to a release from the Georgia Bankers Association. Total deposits, loans and assets all increased from the same quarter in 2015.


Dec. 2, 2016 University of Georgia

Researchers receive $2.78 million to explore and exploit bacterial immune systems

James Hataway reports researchers at the University of Georgia have received a $2.78 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study CRISPR-Cas, a powerful gene editing tool derived from a defense mechanism evolved in bacteria and other single-celled organisms.


Dec. 2, 2016 Georgia Health News

Exchange sign-ups in Georgia higher than last year’s

Andy Miller reports, more Georgians have signed up for coverage for the upcoming insurance exchange than at the same time last year, according to new federal figures released Wednesday. The 106,905 total through Nov. 26 exceeds the 105,299 Georgia sign-ups through Nov. 28 last year.


Dec. 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cobb Galleria, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre report big economic impact

Staff reports that the Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre had a $155 million overall economic impact for Cobb County and Georgia in 2016, according to the venues’ annual report. Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Centre also created 1,470 jobs.


Dec. 2, 2016 WABE 90.1

After Overhaul Approval, Judicial Watchdog Agency Could See More Changes

Elly Yu reports that in November, Georgians voted to abolish and recreate the state’s judicial watchdog agency, but questions remain about the future of the new Judicial Qualifications Commission. A state House study committee Wednesday made recommendations on how to recreate the commission.


Dec. 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

How Tom Graves could gain the purse strings to Donald Trump’s White House

Tamar Hallerman reports, if Congressman Tom Graves gets his way, he will gain major sway over Donald Trump’s White House in the new year. Sure, he’s in line to become Georgia’s senior-most House Republican in 2017 thanks to Tom Price’s expected confirmation as health and human services secretary. But the Ranger Republican’s stock could rise even further if GOP leaders grant him the powerful leadership post he’s seeking on the House Appropriations Committee.



Dec. 1, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

News on Georgia’s roads both good and bad, DOT commissioner says

Jim Thompson reports that Georgia’s transportation infrastructure isn’t in particularly good shape, but increased state and federal transportation funding should help address that situation, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation said Wednesday.


Dec. 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Legal Evolution

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that until the early 2000s, the practice of law and legal education hadn’t changed much since the days of powdered wigs. Even now, legal communication is filled with Latin phrases – a dead language – and the study of law still involves reading cases from the beginnings of our republic, and even earlier.


Dec. 1, 2016 WABE 90.1

Rain Helps Crews Fighting Wildfires In North Georgia

John Lorinc reports that after more than two months, north Georgia is finally seeing drops of water falling from the sky. "Everybody is doing a happy dance, we are just thrilled to get some rain," said Wendy Burnett, a spokeswoman with the Georgia Forestry Commission. And although the crews and officials said the rain is helping crews, there are still concerns.


Dec. 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta set for historic Atlanta-Cuba flights

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is about to launch its first scheduled flights to Cuba since 1961, renewing a connection that captures the imagination of some travelers and could grow relations between the two countries.


Dec. 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia sets new SBA new lending record with $1.4 billion in loans

Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia small businesses saw nearly $1.4 billion in loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2016 — setting a new small business lending record in the state. The SBA Georgia District Office reported the agency guarantied 2,023 loans totaling $1.39 billion — up by 224 loans and $179 million from fiscal 2015.


Dec. 1, 2016 Georgia Tech

Tech Gets Gold for Bike Friendliness

Kristen Bailey reports that Georgia Tech’s pride in white and gold took on an additional meaning this week as the League of American Bicyclists recognized Tech with a Gold level Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) award. The award, announced Nov. 29, is a promotion from Tech’s designation as a Silver level BFU in 2012.


Dec. 1, 2016 UGA

Experts to discuss economy, livestock regulations, 2018 farm bill at Georgia Ag Forecast

J. Merritt Melancon reports that the Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series will be held Jan. 18-27. University of Georgia agricultural economists will present insights into the latest market and regulatory conditions for the state's largest industry. Hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the 2017 seminar series will be held in Macon, Marietta, Carrollton, Tifton, Bainbridge, Lyons, Waynesboro and Athens.


Dec. 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Al Pacino

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that actor Al Pacino posed with Atlanta residents Mike and Diane Collins while in town filming Hangman. It’s all part of the $7-billion film industry that’s made Georgia No. 3 in the world for film production.


Dec. 1, 2016 Newnan Times Herald

Megasite developers moving forward, seeking variances

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that the owners of a large industrial site are asking the county to relax some requirements related to appearance as they seek to begin developing it. The owners of the Bridgeport “megasite” are taking steps to develop the massive tract of industrial land located along U.S. Hwy. 29 just north of Moreland.


Dec. 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Ga. Gov. Sonny Perdue meeting with President-elect Trump

Jacques Couret reports that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has an appointment with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday, Politico reported. It’s not yet known what Perdue’s meeting with Trump is about. Perdue served as the Peach State's governor from 2003 to 2011 and was the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction.


Dec. 1, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia Supreme Court orders JQC to reconsider court access opinion

Staff reports that the Georgia Supreme Court has ordered the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission to reconsider an advisory opinion that prohibits judges from restricting access to their courtrooms while also asserting the high court’s authority to review the commission’s formal advisory opinions.


Dec. 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama: Recognize Palestine before you leave

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that not once did Jimmy Carter mention President-elect Donald Trump by name in his New York Times op-ed column.  Instead, Carter urged President Barack Obama to grant diplomatic recognition to Palestine before he walks out the door on Jan. 20. In the column, the former president also called for a U.N. Security Council resolution that laid out guideposts to resolve the decades-old Middle East conflict.



Nov. 30, 2016

Deal announces search for cityhood commission members

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that he is taking recommendations for the City of South Fulton and the City of Stonecrest’s five-member commissions following the passage of HB 514 and SB 208 by the General Assembly in the 2016 legislative session. The referendums for each passed with 59 percent.


Nov. 30, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia votes

Ben Young writes, the 2016 election results were a mixed bag for the Empire State of the South. Like our neighbors in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina, we went red, but not solid red. Most metro areas, including formerly red suburban counties, went blue in all four states, with margins within or near 5 percent statewide.


Nov. 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia banks’ profits rise even as their footprint shrinks

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia’s banks reported almost $2.3 billion in profits in the first nine months of 2016 — a 6 percent increase over the previous year — from higher interest income and growing loan portfolios.


Nov. 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta improves its health in some areas, but not HIV or opioid overdoses

Ellie Hensley reports that Atlantans improved their health when it comes to factors like smoking, but its opioid-related overdose deaths are on the rise, according to a new health data platform by The Big Cities Health Coalition.


Nov. 30, 2016 Georgia Tech

$17 Million Grant Will Identify Cybersecurity Virtual Actors

John Toon reports that a $17 million cyber security grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will help Georgia Tech establish new science around the ability to quickly, objectively and positively identify the virtual actors responsible for cyberattacks, a technique known as "attribution."


Nov. 30, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

New program exposes middle-schoolers to skilled labor careers

Mark Rice reports, it's called ET3 — Engineering, Technology and Trades on Tuesdays — and it provides Double Churches Middle School students hands-on sessions to learn valuable skills that might lead to secure jobs. ET3 grew out of the relationship the school has with Pratt & Whitney, which overhauls airplane engines at its Columbus Engine Center and forges and finishes disks and blades for engines at its Columbus Forge facility.


Nov. 30, 2016 University of Georgia  

UGA named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists

Andrew Lentini reports that the University of Georgia received a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University award by the League of American Bicyclists for its commitment to safe, enjoyable and convenient bicycling for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Athens-Clarke County also received a Bronze Bike Friendly Community award, and BikeAthens was named a Silver Bike Friendly Business.


Nov. 30, 2016 Gainesville Times

Feldman named executive director for Georgia Mountains Regional Commission

Staff reports that Heather Feldman has been named executive director of the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission. She had served as the interim executive director since August before being tapped for the full-time position in late October. Prior to her time in the interim role, she served as deputy executive director for five months. From January 2012 to April 2016, Feldman served as economic development director.


Nov. 30, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Lawmaker Aims To Block State Funding For 'Sanctuary' Campuses

Elly Yu reports that a Georgia lawmaker says he's looking to pursue a measure to block state funding to universities that declare themselves "sanctuaries" for students without legal status. State Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, said that's in response to a group of students and faculty at Emory University last week calling for the school help protect students in the country without legal status, following the election of Donald Trump.


Nov. 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal: Capping water would be ‘disaster’ for South Georgia farmers

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal warned that Florida’s attempt to cap Georgia’s water use and set a strict limit of water flowing south across the state line could have dire consequences for the state’s agricultural industry. In an interview Tuesday as the state’s lengthy battle with Florida over regional water rights neared a critical juncture, Deal said limits on water use could be a “disaster for agriculture” that could force farmers to change the types of crops by restricting irrigation.



Nov. 29, 2016 GPB

Trump Chooses Rep. Tom Price, An Obamacare Foe, To Run HHS

Joe Neel reports that Rep. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is currently chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee. Price, an orthopedic surgeon for nearly 20 years before coming to Congress, has represented the northern Atlanta suburbs in the House of Representatives since 2005.


Nov. 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Hank Huckaby receives Blanchard Award

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia Trend’s own co-editor in chief and publisher Neely Young presented the Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Ethics in Business to retiring University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby at this year’s Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum in Columbus.


Nov. 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur's 'Solarize' campaign inspired by powerful start in Portland

Russell Grantham reports that a grassroots campaign to sign up homeowners and small businesses to bulk-buy solar energy installations for their rooftops in Decatur and Dekalb County is about a month away from a self-imposed deadline.


Nov. 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia spaceport opponents question suitability of site

Staff reports that the site of a planned commercial spaceport in southeastern Georgia is a safety and environmental threat, opponents of the project argued Monday. Rockets launched from the proposed Spaceport Camden would fly over about 2,000 acres of private property and more than 60 homes on Cumberland Island and Little Cumberland Island, as well as portions of the environmentally fragile Cumberland Island National Seashore, Dick Parker, a Little Cumberland Island property owner, told members of a state Senate study committee.


Nov. 29, 2016 UGA

Prevention program safeguards children’s brains from effects of poverty, says UGA study

James Hataway reports that a University of Georgia research team has shown for the first time that participation in a prevention program known as the Strong African American Families Program, which enhances supportive parenting and strengthens family relationships, removes the effects of poverty on brain development.


Nov. 29, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia Board of Regents names two new officers

Terry Lewis reports that the state Board of Regents, the 19-member governing body for the University System of Georgia, recently elected Regent C. Thomas Hopkins Jr. to a one-year term as the board’s chair and Regent Jim Hull to a one-year term as the board’s vice chair recently. Hopkins, who was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2010 to represent the Third Congressional District, will serve as board chair from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.


Nov. 29, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

Zachary named regional editor

Staff reports that Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., has appointed regional editors to work with the media group’s newsrooms in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio as part of a print and digital content improvement program. Editor Jim Zachary of The Valdosta Daily Times will also oversee CNHI papers in the Georgia communities of Dalton, Milledgeville, Moultrie, Thomasville and Tifton, and the North Florida towns of Live Oak, Jasper and Mayo.


Nov. 29, 2016 Saporta Report

Mercedes-Benz Stadium on ‘compressed’ schedule to open on time   

Maria Saporta reports that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is on an accelerated construction schedule so it can open on time, but no one is ready to share the actual date of  when it will open. Stadium builders and developers presented a progress report Monday morning to the Development Committee of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, and their sentiments are best described as being cautiously optimistic.


Nov. 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Here are the candidates eyeing Tom Price’s House seat

Greg Bluestein reports that President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to tap Rep. Tom Price as his health and human services secretary has already triggered a scramble to represent his solidly-conservative suburban Atlanta district. At least six state legislators, a former statewide officeholder, a former state senator, a prominent immigration attorney and several wealthy political newcomers are considering a bid to replace the six-term Roswell Republican.



Nov. 28, 2016

In case you missed it: Georgia makes National Geographic Traveler “Best of the World” list

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division last week announced that Georgia has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s 21 “Best of the World” destinations for 2017. The annual list will be featured in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of the magazine, available on newsstands nationwide starting Nov. 29.


Nov. 28, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: Looking Up Down South

Jeffrey Humphreys reports that the diverse nature of Valdosta’s economy and its location on I-75 means that things are looking up for the South Georgia community. In 2017, Valdosta’s employment will increase by 1.6 percent, or nearly 1,000 jobs.


Nov. 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta launching flights to Cuba Dec. 1

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines has been preparing for the launch of flights to Havana Dec. 1 as part of a re-opening of scheduled airline flights to Cuba. It’s yet to be seen how the death of Fidel Castro will affect travel to Cuba, but the launch of scheduled flights by Delta and other airlines this year is easing the path for travelers.


Nov. 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

U.S. Army Cyber Command to break ground on new Georgia headquarters

David Allison reports that the U.S. Army will break ground Tuesday on its new Georgia headquarters for the Army Cyber Command, a new facility that will put Georgia on the front lines of the country's cyber defense. The new facility at Fort Gordon, Ga., outside Augusta will draw together the Army's Cyber operations, capability development, training, and education in one location.


Nov. 28, 2016 Macon Telegraph

First-of-its-kind nursing home to open in Georgia

Linda S. Morris reports that a little more than two years after breaking ground, the Bostick Nursing Center in Milledgeville is officially opening next week. The center at 1700 Bostick Circle is the first of its kind in Georgia, according to a release. The nursing home will “house aged and infirmed former inmates who have served their terms, require health care treatment or supervision but have few options to meet these needs after leaving the correctional system,” the release said.


Nov. 28, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ambassador Andrew Young On How Modern Atlanta Was Made

Mike Johns reports that the modern idea of Atlanta can be traced all the way back to Henry Grady. A new book, documentary, and archival project attempts to cover that history through the eyes of ambassador and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young.


Nov. 28, 2016 Saporta Report

Clark Atlanta receives federal grant for community innovation   

Maria Saporta reports that Clark Atlanta University has been awarded $432,335 from the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of a $15 million investment by the Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program. CAU is among only 35 organizations funded out of more than 215 applicants from 19 states, and the program’s first investment in a Southern HBCU (Historically Black College and University).


Nov. 28, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Leaders focus on struggling schools

Mary Kate McGowan reports that with Gov. Nathan Deal’s Amendment 1 voted down, some schools in the state and in Cobb County are still struggling. “Amendment 1 failing does not fix the problem or the issues, so we need to make for a better solution that is more comprehensive and has broad support,” said Cobb school board member Randy Scamihorn.


Nov. 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Teachers group demands sit-down with Nathan Deal after Amendment 1 defeat

Greg Bluestein reports that the Georgia Federation of Teachers helped strike a fatal blow in Gov. Nathan Deal’s education initiative. Now the educators group is demanding a sit-down with the governor to discuss a new path forward. The federation was among the teachers associations that opposed Deal’s Opportunity School District constitutional amendment, which would have empowered the state to take control of persistently struggling schools. It failed by an overwhelming margin amid opposition from both parties.



Nov. 25, 2016 WXIA

Economist: Impact of north Ga. wildfires will be far-reaching

Ryan Kruger reports that more than 6,000 fire fighters from across the country are spending thanksgiving in north Georgia as crews battle 38 large fires in the Southeast Those fires have already burned more than 125,000 acres. Fighting these fires has already cost more than $10 million. But that's just the beginning of the expense. Now, an expert says residents might need to get used to paying for some long-term costs.


Nov. 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on project announcements in Henry, Troup and Bryan counties and more.


Nov. 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta Pilots Voting on deal with 30% raises

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines pilots will soon finish voting on a new contract aimed at reversing the effects of the carrier's financial struggles and pay cuts a decade ago.The deal includes raises of 30.2 percent of four years and by many measures would make Delta pilots the highest-paid in the U.S. industry.


Nov. 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgians expected to spend $655B on 2016 holiday shopping

Jessica Saunders reports that holiday spending by Georgians is expected to top $655 billion this year, up from $630 billion for the 2015 season, although the average amount spent per person is expected to decline slightly. The Georgia Retail Association (GRA) says continued growth and spending by the millennial generation is behind the surge.


Nov. 25, 2016 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Developer Woos Customers Away From Online Retailers

Amy Kiley reports that hundreds of malls have closed in the last decade and dozens more are struggling, but Atlantic Station in Midtown is doing pretty well. It charges retailers about 20 percent over the market rate and rarely has vacancies.  It attracts about 9 million customers a year, but it wasn’t always that way.


Nov. 25, 2016 Brunswick News

Company plans 10-lot subdivision on Cumberland

Gordon Jackson reports that a company is asking for a hardship variance that would enable it to build a 10-lot subdivision on Cumberland Island National Seashore. The owner, Lumar LLC, is requesting the variance for the 88-acre tract because Camden County ordinances require all subdivisions be fronted by a paved road. There are no paved roads on the barrier island.


Nov. 25, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

As Black Friday kicks off, locally owned business prepare for Small Business Saturday

Damon Cline reports that today is Black Friday, but Jacquelyne Beck’s holiday shopping itinerary doesn’t involve a mall or a big-box store. She plans to take her sister, in town from Florida for Thanksgiving, around downtown Aiken on Friday before heading over to Augusta’s Surrey Center on Saturday - both of which are small-business districts.


Nov. 25, 2016 Saporta Report

Emory University responding to Trump’s plan to deport students who are undocumented immigrants   

David Pendered reports that hundreds of Emory University students, staff and faculty have asked administrators to ban law enforcement officers from campus if their purpose is to apprehend and deport undocumented immigrants. The president responded Tuesday with a letter titled, “Emory affirms support for undocumented students.”


Nov. 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Growing GA's $7B film biz on tap at 12/8 Business of Entertainment summit

Jessica Saunders reports that leaders of Georgia's $7 billion film industry will discuss how to build the state's movie business to even greater heights at the Business of Entertainment: Focus on Film summit Dec. 8 at the Fox Theatre.


Nov. 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The Republicans who could compete to replace Tom Price

Greg Bluestein reports, as speculation ramps up that Donald Trump could tap Rep. Tom Price to lead the federal government’s sprawling health bureaucracy, a range of Republicans could seek to replace him in his heavily-conservative north Atlanta district.



Nov. 23, 2016 GPB

Fire In The Mountains: Georgia Fights Wildfires As Blazes Continue

Sam Whitehead and Grant Blankenship report that wildfires continue to burn all across the hills of north Georgia. The U.S. Forest Service is fighting the state’s largest fires: they’re burning tens of thousands of acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Georgia has to fight the fires on state and private land, and hundreds of personnel from multiple agencies are working around-the-clock to contain them.


Nov. 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Hank Huckaby receives Blanchard Award

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia Trend's own co-editor in chief and publisher Neely Young presented the Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Ethics in Business to retiring University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby at this year's Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum in Columbus. The award, established in 2009, was named after Jim Blanchard, former chairman and CEO of Synovus.


Nov. 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kempner: Can Georgia-grown coffee take root in Helen?

Matt Kempner reports that Scott Augustine wants to sell you some Georgia-grown coffee. Which, if you pause mid-sip, you’ll realize can’t be. Because coffee grows in places like the tropics. Not Georgia, right? And, yet, he showed me the coffee plants he acquired.


Nov. 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia chicken price index overhauled

Mark Meltzer reports that a major poultry companies starting Monday will be required to submit documents verifying the accuracy of information they want included in a key industry benchmark used to set chicken prices at U.S. supermarkets, The Wall Street Journal reports. The first major change to the Georgia Dock index’s formulation in more than four decades comes amid growing questions about the index’s accuracy.


nov. 23, 2016 Saporta Report

Annual list of Georgia’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ waters cites categorical threats, five victories   

David Pendered reports that this year’s edition of “Georgia’s Dirty Dozen,” a report of threatened waters, marks a shift from specific locations to broader categories including groundwater, well water and public health. This is the sixth edition of the Georgia Water Coalition’s listing of the 12 worst offenses to Georgia’s waters.


Nov. 23, 2016 Georgia Health News

Georgia slightly above average in health care spending

Andy Miller reports that health care spending for the privately insured increased 4.6 percent nationally in 2015, higher than the hikes in the prior two years, according to a report released Tuesday. The report from the Health Care Cost Institute said the biggest factor in the higher spending was an increase in prices for services such as inpatient hospital care and for brand-name prescription drugs.


Nov. 23, 2016

Rep. Price: U.S. Must Lead, But Narrower Trade Deals Likely

Trevor Williams reports that with the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership all but dead, the U.S. may find itself pursuing more bilateral trade deals than sweeping arrangements among regional coalitions of nations, U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) said at an Atlanta forum promoting American leadership in global affairs.


Nov. 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

'That logic is exactly backwards': AT&T builds case to FCC

Shawn Shinneman reports that AT&T (NYSE: T) defended itself against the Federal Communications Commission’s recent concerns, saying in a legal analysis sent to the commission that its logic about the effect on competition of so-called zero-rating is “exactly backwards.”


Nov. 23, 2016 Macon Telegraph

New Ga. bill to keep Peeping Toms out from under skirts

Maggie Lee reports that a Houston County legislator has filed a bill to clarify that in Georgia it’s wrong to take secret pictures up women’s skirts. “It’s something we all recognize as unacceptable behavior,” said state Rep. Shaw Blackmon, R-Bonaire, sponsor of House Bill 9. But this year, a Georgia court reversed the conviction of a man for one count of criminal invasion of privacy for what’s called “upskirting.”


Nov. 23, 2016 WABE 90.1

Political Breakfast: Georgians On Team Trump; The Path Ahead For Democrats

Denis O'Hayer reports that now that the 2016 U.S. elections are over, the names of several Georgia Republican leaders continue to appear on lists of those likely to win appointments to top posts in President-elect Donald Trump's administration.  Meanwhile, Democrats in Georgia, and around the nation, are trying to figure out a new strategy for the coming four years.


Nov. 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Newt Gingrich pitches Donald Trump on his ‘senior planner’ role

Greg Bluestein reports that former Georgia lawmaker Newt Gingrich took his dream of a “senior planner” role to Trump Tower on Monday, pitching the president-elect on his vision of a powerful new position outside Donald Trump’s Cabinet.



Nov. 22, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Hotel Industry Braces For Religious Exemption Bills

Elly Yu reports that some Georgia business leaders are bracing for a possible resurrection of religious exemption legislation in the upcoming state legislative session. State lawmakers earlier this year passed a religious exemptions bill that was eventually vetoed by Governor Nathan Deal. Supporters have said the bill was needed to protect people's religious liberties, but critics in the business and civil rights community said it could lead to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.


Nov. 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sports Desk: Whoa, Nellie!

Loran Smith writes, following the Rose Bowl in 2006, Keith Jackson, the Georgian who rode a mule to school as a boy only to travel the world as a sportscaster for ABC television, retired to his home in the hills of Sherman Oaks, a neat suburb of Los Angeles. There he found unending peace and solace on his deck.


Nov. 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

More than one-tenth of Georgians don't use banks, study says

Michael Kanell reports that when it comes to the share of people who are unbanked, Georgia is among the top-ten states – and that is not a good thing, according to a recent study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.


Nov. 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Business Travel News names Delta No. 1 airline for corporate customers

Staff reports that Business Travel News picked Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) for the sixth year in a row its top U.S. airline for corporate fliers. Every year, Business Travel News ranks the airlines on perceptions of performance in negotiating and maintaining preferred programs, delivering service and providing value. The survey provides validation of an airline’s efforts to provide the best experience for corporate customers, Business Travel News said.


Nov. 22, 2016 Georgia Health News

Hospice care improves quality of life at the end of the journey

Erica Hensley reports that surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande writes that he never learned about mortality in medical school. He learned to examine, prescribe and operate, but not how to help patients die well. It wasn’t until he was a practicing surgeon that he confronted the idea of a “good” death — a death consistent with a life fully lived.


Nov. 22, 2016 University of Georgia

Early applications to UGA reach new high, set academic records

Staff reports that students have applied for early action admission to the University of Georgia in unprecedented numbers, and they've set records for academic accomplishment. More than 15,800 students from Georgia and across the nation applied for early action admission to America's first state-chartered university, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.


Nov. 22, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

KaMin Wrens plant celebrates 50 years of operation

Parish Howard reports that for 50 years a Wrens-based company has been mining and refining naturally occurring kaolin clay into products that are now shipped to five continents and 57 countries. Originally built in 1966 by the J.M. Huber family, the kaolin operation, now known as KaMin Performance Minerals, has had immeasurable impact on the lives and economy of north Jefferson County.


Nov. 22, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Educational facilities at Jekyll Youth and Learning Center to be named for Sandra Deal

Terry Dickson reports that  governing board of the Jekyll Island State Park voted Monday to name educational facilities in the new Youth and Learning Center after Georgia first lady Sandra Deal. The board of the Jekyll Island Authority said it would name the auditorium, classrooms and labs at the Jekyll Island Youth and Learning Center after the former classroom teacher.


Nov. 22, 2016 Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mercedes-Benz Stadium sets new ‘gold standard’ for minority business participation   

Maria Saporta reports that in keeping with Atlanta’s tradition, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is being built with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. The $1.5 billion construction project has contracted with 130 minority-owned and female-owned firms to create the new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United soccer franchise.


Nov. 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Tom Price makes a case for global trade in the era of Trump

Greg Bluestein reports that the man who could be Donald Trump’s top health administrator dodged questions about the fate of the Affordable Care Act but said the U.S. political establishment must come to terms with the populist streak that’s reshaping the Western world. U.S. Rep. Tom Price spoke at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition on Monday about how Trump’s victory, fueled in part by his vow to renegotiate free trade deals and support economic nationalism, is a wakeup call to those who took globalist forces for granted.



Nov. 21, 2016 Times-Free Press

Forestry crews prepared to miss Thanksgiving with families as they battle wildfires

David Cobb reports that firefighters from around the country are prepared to miss Thanksgiving with their families as they control the 28,000-acre wildfire in North Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness, which has contributed to the smoke that has blanketed the region. But for the most part, these crews are now gently guiding and restraining the fire, allowing it to simmer, as they vigilantly wait for rains to end what started here more than a month ago.


Nov. 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters:A Whole New World

Jennifer Hafer reports that Chad Eikhoff remembers well the Halloween weekend he spent working on a film being shot in an abandoned hospital in Jasper, Ga., from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday. At one point during the grueling shoot (he doesn’t remember if it was late at night or early in the morning), Eikhoff looked down and saw his fingerprints swirling. It was no otherworldly presence causing his hallucinations, just plain lack of sleep.


Nov. 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home sales down, prices up, Gwinnett leads pack

Michael Kanell reports that Gwinnett led the pack in October as home sales dropped – the way they typically do in late fall – while the price of houses sold continued to rise, according to a report issued Friday by Atlanta Realtors, the local group’s association. The market continued to show an imbalance between supply and demand.


Nov. 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Trump may put more zip into plans for Atlanta-Chattanooga bullet train

David Allison reports that President-elect Donald Trump's talk of a possible $1 trillion in infrastructure spending is a "golden opportunity" to build a bullet train between Chattanooga and Atlanta, some Chattanooga officials believe. 


Nov. 21, 2016 Georgia Health News

State is underpaying child service groups, memo confirms

Andy Miller reports that Georgia programs that provide child welfare services for kids who are under state supervision say they’ve been underpaid for years. A memo from a state official agrees with them. Cliff O’Connor, chief financial officer for Georgia DFCS, reported in the June memo, obtained by GHN, that those organizations providing child placement services and group settings for foster kids are not getting enough compensation from the state.


Nov. 21, 2016

Deal announces first winner of the Innovation Fund Tiny Grant program

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the first winner of the new Innovation Fund Tiny Grant program, a competitive grant opportunity for traditional public schools, charter schools and school districts. Coleman Middle School in Gwinnett County will receive funding to implement a project in which students will use drones to explore the waste inventory of the Chattahoochee River.


Nov. 21, 2016 WABE 

Emory Plans Healthcare Expansion At Interstate-85

Ellie Hensley and Douglas Sams report that two of Atlanta’s biggest hospital systems are set to create the city’s next healthcare hub at Interstate 85 and North Druid Hills Road. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, Emory University would develop a mixed-use campus on 70 acres at the south side of North Druid Hills in Executive Park with 2.3 million square feet of new development.


Nov. 21, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Medical Center, Navicent Health, nationally verified Level I trauma center

Paulette Fountain reports that the Medical Center, Navicent Health has been verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I trauma center and claims it is the only Level I trauma center in the state and only one of 11 hospitals in the Southeast to achieve this recognition. The state of Georgia classifies trauma centers on a scale of levels I-IV, dependent on the level of care provided.


Nov. 21, 2016 GPB

Report: Deportations In Georgia Above National Average

Sean Powers reports that President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to crack down on people living in the country illegally by deporting or jailing those with criminal records. A recent Southern Poverty Law Center report shows undocumented immigrants in Georgia are already deported and denied bond at rates higher than the national average.


Nov. 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s GOP electors stand by Donald Trump amid pressure

Greg Bluestein reports that they are schoolteachers and high-powered lawyers, longtime party operatives and low-profile volunteers. And now Georgia’s 16 GOP electors have been thrust into the spotlight after Donald Trump’s stunning victory. Petitions are circulating urging them to withhold their vote for the president-elect and back Hillary Clinton or another candidate instead. Leaflets handed out at anti-Trump protests include their names, addresses and contact information. Their phone lines and in-boxes are jammed with pleas to defy Trump.


Nov. 21, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Georgia’s agenda suddenly changed

The editorial board writes, the tabulation of votes on Election Day reordered Georgia’s political landscape in ways that may not be fully realized. It President-elect Donald Trump appoints some key Georgians to administration posts, it will create a round of musical chairs that will have long-reaching impact on things like the next race for governor and the Washington delegation. Having friends in high places has the potential to bring benefits to the Peach State, although there is no guarantee. While we won’t know about those appointments until they are made, we can predict some changes that are already evident.



Nov. 18, 2016

Deal elevates drought response levels, further restricts outdoor water use

Staff reports, based on recommendations by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Gov. Nathan Deal approved a Level 2 Drought Response designation for more than 50 counties. Faced with worsening drought conditions in about three-fourths of the state, 52 counties have been raised to Level 2 Drought Response and an additional 58 counties have been designated as Level 1.


Nov. 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: What Are We Trading?

Ben Young writes, if the country leans toward isolationism, we risk being left in the dust. I’ve been looking into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would reduce or eventually eliminate tariffs between 12 countries (the U.S., Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru) and grant provisions to improve conditions for world trade.


Nov. 18, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia's Unemployment Rate Rose In October

John Lorinc reports that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 5.2 percent, according to the state's Department of Labor. That's an increase of .1 percent from September. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the number rose partly because there are more people looking for work.


Nov. 18, 2016 Saporta Report

GSU economist expects downturn in Georgia as Trump tariffs slow export sector   

David Pendered reports, in his first forecast after Donald Trump’s election, Georgia State University economist Rajeev Dhawan predicted Wednesday that Georgia’s export economy will slow as the president enacts tariffs. The trickle down effect of tariffs will slow home purchases in metro Atlanta’s core counties and vehicular sales, Dhawan predicted.


Nov. 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS to get big incentives for Atlanta hub, mostly part-time jobs

J. Scott Trubey reports that shipping giant UPS could receive an incentive package totaling more than $27 million for a new regional distribution hub near Fulton County Airport that will create mostly part-time jobs, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Sandy Springs-based company made a splash last week when it announced the $400 million project, which will become its third-largest distribution hub in the U.S.


Nov. 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Widely used GA chicken-price estimate under scrutiny

Jessica Saunders reports that news reports say a widely used Georgia estimate of chicken prices may not be accurate, which could mean consumers have been overpaying for poultry. The Washington Post reports that an internal Georgia Department of Agriculture memo raised questions about the price estimate, known as "the Georgia Dock." The weekly calculation is made by the director of a bulletin for the agriculture agency, Arty G. Schronce, who also authored the memo, according to the report.


Nov. 18, 2016

German-French Deal Keeps Atlanta HQ, but With 75 New Jobs

Trevor Williams reports that a$20 billion asset swap between two large European animal health companies has resulted in metro Atlanta keeping a significant corporate headquarters for animal health as its ownership changes hands. Germany’s Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. will hire 75 people as it moves leadership of its animal-health business from its existing operation in St. Joseph, Mo., to Duluth after purchasing Merial, a French-based leader in animal drugs.


Nov. 18, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Georgia among National Geographic’s top 21 “Best of the World” destinations

Laura Corley reports that Georgia’s culture and musical heritage will get some national attention after the peach state was dubbed one of the top 21 “Best of the World” destinations in National Geographic Traveler’s magazine. Macon, Dahlonega, Athens and Atlanta were highlighted in the article about Georgia.


Nov. 18, 2016 Georgia Historical Society

National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $154,921 Grant to Georgia Historical Society

Staff reports that the Georgia Historical Society has received a grant totaling $154,921 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to host a two-week summer institute titled Recognizing an Imperfect Past: History, Memory, and the American Public. The Institute will take place in Savannah, Georgia, June 11-23, 2017.


Nov. 18, 2016 August Chronicle

Columbia County unveils economic development strategy

Damon Cline reports that Columbia County’s goal of keeping its workforce “in house – especially high-wage earners – could be achieved by focusing on five business sectors, predominantly the region’s growing cybersecurity industry. That is one of the main recommendations to come out of a study county leaders intend to use as their economic development road map for the next decade.


Nov. 18, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Rep. Joyce Chandler wins recount in House District 105 race

Curt Yeomans reports that a recount in House District 105 race reaffirmed Rep. Joyce Chandler’s re-election to another term in the Georgia General Assembly on Thursday. Results from the recount showed the only change in the results was that Chandler, R-Grayson, received one more absentee vote that had somehow not been counted the first time. That means she received 12,411 votes while the number of votes for her Democratic opponent, Donna McLeod, remained unchanged at 12,189 votes.


Nov. 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Former pro baseball player turned Georgia legislator makes pitch for higher office

Greg Bluestein reports that Donald Trump’s surprising victory last week has unsettled not only the race for governor, but also down-ticket contests. And count state Rep. Geoff Duncan among the growing number of politicians eyeing an outsider-type run for higher office. The Cumming Republican appears likely to run for lieutenant governor if Casey Cagle makes a play for the open governor’s seat, a prospect few Capitol insiders are betting against.



Nov. 17, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia’s ports have big economic impact on Gwinnett

Curt Yeomans reports that the Port of Savannah and the autoport at Brunswick may be far enough away from Gwinnett County that they would seem like they have no local impact, but there are 25,144 people who would say otherwise. That’s the number of full- and part-time jobs that Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griffith Lynch said exist in Gwinnett County because of the authority and the cargo that passes through the state’s ports and heads inland.


Nov. 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes

Susan Percy reports that as of Nov. 1, Chris Carr is the new attorney general for the State of Georgia. The former state economic development commissioner was tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal to fill the unexpired term of Sam Olens, who resigned to become president of Kennesaw State University. Carr, an attorney, is a former top aide to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.


Nov. 17, 2016 Georgia Trust

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Announces its 2017 List of State’s Ten ‘Places in Peril’

Staff reports that the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released today its 2017 list of ten Places in Peril in the state.Sites on the list include: Atlanta Central Library in Atlanta (Fulton County); Calvary Episcopal Church and Lee Street Bridge in Americus (Sumter County); Chivers House in Dublin (Laurens County); Marble YMCA Building in Columbus (Muscogee County); Gaines Hall, Furber Cottage, Towns House and Hamilton House in Atlanta (Fulton County); John Rountree Log House in Twin City (Emanuel County); Lyon Farmhouse in Lithonia (DeKalb County); Mimosa Hall in Roswell (Fulton County); Charles T. Walker House in Augusta (Richmond County); and Old Zebulon Elementary School building in Zebulon (Pike County).


Nov. 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Weather Company to relocate HQ near Perimeter Mall, add 400 jobs

J. Scott Trubey reports that the Weather Company, the digital business that was formerly part of the Weather Channel, plans to shift its headquarters out of Cobb County near SunTrust Park to a location near Perimeter Mall, where the company said Wednesday it will create 400 new jobs.


Nov. 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WeWork to house almost 1,000 workers at Colony Square

Amy Wenk and Douglas Sams report that WeWork Cos., the New-York based co-working juggernaut on a mission to recreate the American office, is joining another transformation — Midtown’s Colony Square.


Nov. 17, 2016 Savannah Morning News

‘Dirty Dozen’ includes exploring for oil off Ga. coast

Mary Landers reports that the annual list of the worst offenses to the state’s waters includes three issues of special interest to the coast. The Georgia Water Coalition on Wednesday listed coal ash disposal in Jesup, offshore seismic testing for oil and a proposed spaceport in Camden County among its 2016 “Dirty Dozen.”


Nov. 17, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Hotel new to Georgia to be built in the midstate

Linda S. Morris reports that a GuestHouse Hotel is expected to open in Warner Robins during the first half of 2017. GuestHouse, a hotel brand of Spokane, Washington-based Red Lion Hotels Corp., plans to build the hotel at 108 Westcliff Blvd., just off Watson Boulevard, according to a news release. It would be the first GuestHouse in Georgia.


Nov. 17, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Demands on UGA’s technology infrastructure keep growing rapidly, while security challenges mount, says UGA technology VP

Lee Shearer reports that technology and data demands continue to grow dramatically at the University of Georgia, but where that technology and data is being processed and stored is moving off-campus, the UGA’s chief technology administrator said Wednesday.


Nov. 17, 2016 University of Georgia

Peabody launches Media Center

Margaret Blanchard reports that Peabody is launching The Media Center at Peabody, a scholarly research center and digital media production arm of the prestigious Peabody Awards. The announcement was made by Jeffrey Jones, executive director of the awards program and new center. The Media Center at Peabody is based at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Nov. 17, 2016 Georgia State University

Unusual Economic Model In Early 2017 Won’t Stop December Rate Hike, Economic Forecaster Says

Staff reports that the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates at its December meeting and the surprise of President-elect Donald Trump will not change that, according to Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. “Given the language in the Federal Open Market Committee statement, expectations for a December hike are very much on the table. They used the phrase that the case for a rate hike has ‘continued to strengthen,’ which signals an imminent move,” Dhawan wrote in his quarterly “Forecast of the Nation,” released today (Nov. 16).


Nov. 17, 2016

Forecaster Points to Unintended Consequences of Trump’s ‘Tariff Drama’

Trevor Williams reports that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s war on trade could be short-lived but nonetheless would have lasting impacts for Georgia and the broader U.S. economy, Georgia State University economic forecaster Rajeev Dhawan said Wednesday after his latest gaze into the proverbial crystal ball.


Nov. 17, 2016 GPB

Colson Whitehead, Rep. John Lewis Among National Book Award Winners

Colin Dwyer reports that at a gala ceremony in New York City, the 67th National Book Awards gathered many of literature's leading lights in celebration of just a few authors: Colson Whitehead, who won in the fiction category; Ibram X. Kendi, in nonfiction; Daniel Borzutzky, in poetry; and Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell in young people's literature.


Nov. 17, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia School Officials Tackle Post-Election Harassment

Martha Dalton reports that the  Southern Poverty Law Center counted 437 incidents of election-related harassment and intimidation since last week's election. There have been some cases reported in Georgia schools too.


Nov. 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A bill to restrict the wearing of Muslim burqa and veil in Georgia

Greg Bluestein, Aaron Gould Sheinen, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that we received word earlier this week of a potential bill that would reflect the new Donald Trump era, one aimed at illegal immigrants that would slap a new tax on cash wired to foreign destinations. Looks like we’ve got another. Tuesday was the first day to file bills as a prelude to the 2017 session of the Legislature.



Nov. 16, 2016 WABE 90.1

Amid Drought, Gov. Deal Bans Fireworks In Ga. Counties

Molly Samuel reports that fireworks are now banned in more than 100 counties in Georgia, including the counties that make up metro Atlanta. Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order on Monday that declares a drought in those counties, thereby enabling him to restrict fireworks.


Nov. 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

On the Cutting Edge

Susan Percy reports that researchers at Georgia universities are seeking cures for cancer, advancing cybersecurity and breaking ground in immunology. It’s a $2-billion enterprise – with room to grow.


Nov. 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta employees to get 6 percent raises

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is giving its flight attendants and ground workers a 6 percent pay raise next April, the company announced Tuesday. The employees got 18.5 percent raises last year, part of which made up for a change in the profit sharing formula that could reduce payouts.


Nov. 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Journal

New Hartsfield-Jackson hotel will be a $250 million InterContinental

Amy Wenk reports that the new 440-room, four-star hotel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be an 11-story InterContinental designed by John Portman & Associates. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and representatives of Majestic Realty Co. and Carter made the announcement Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.


Nov. 16, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council OKs asking legislature for referendum on casino gambling

Mike Owen reports that it took about 90 minutes of discussion, but Columbus Council eventually approved including a casino gambling referendum on its legislative wish list. Council’s discussion followed five leaders in the black community who supported including the suggestion on the legislative agenda.


Nov. 16, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Georgia lawmakers plan policing bills next year

Maggie Lee reports that group of Georgia lawmakers say they are going to propose bills next year to require police body cameras statewide, increase reporting and training requirements for law enforcement officers and other policing measures.


Nov. 16, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA receives CDC grant to boost prevention efforts in Georgia’s high obesity counties

Rebecca Ayers reports that the University of Georgia has been awarded a two-year, $1.25 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to boost obesity prevention efforts in Georgia's most impacted rural counties-Calhoun and Taliaferro counties.


Nov. 16, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett receives grant for housing undocumented criminal aliens

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County is getting some money from the federal government for housing undocumented residents who are accused of, or convicted of, committing a crime. County commissioners agreed to accept a $118,091 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, through its State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. The money will be split between the Sheriff’s Office and corrections department, who applied for the grant jointly.


Nov. 16, 2016 Georgia Health News

Smoke from wildfires casts pall over Georgians’ health

Andy Miller reports that state health officials said Monday that significant increases in the number of emergency room visits for asthma occurred in the Dalton, Gainesville, Jasper and metro Atlanta areas last week, at a time when smoke from wildfires drifted over those areas.


Nov. 16, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

Judge Graham back on top in seesaw for power in Northwest Georgia's courts

Tyler Jett reports that in the seesaw for power in Northwest Georgia's courts, Judge Kristina Cook Graham is back on top. Grant Brantley, who was brought in to litigate a dispute between Graham and Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr., ruled Monday morning that Graham has power over Van Pelt. This comes after Graham was appointed to be the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit's chief judge on Oct. 1.


Nov. 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Journal

Poultry industry must grow to feed world, exec says

Mark Meltzer reports that poultry industry is going to have to double its output to feed the world in the future, an industry leader told a crowd Tuesday in Gainesville, Ga., according to a report from the Gainesville Times. Mike Giles, president of the Georgia Poultry Federation, spoke at a breakfast sponsored by the Hall County Cooperative Extension and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.


Nov. 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

Tom Price said to be under consideration for Trump administration Cabinet post

Tamar Hallerman reports that Roswell Republican Tom Price chuckled when we asked him last week about the chance that president-elect Donald Trump could nominate him for secretary of Health and Human Services. “I’m willing to serve wherever I can best serve my constituents in Georgia and the citizens of the country,” the Roswell Republican said Nov. 9.



Nov. 14, 2016 WABE 90.1

Full-Time Jobs Remain Elusive For Some Georgia Workers

Stephannie Stokes reports that Joe McCarty has developed a job search routine. Outside a career center from the Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board in Gwinnett County, he says, for one thing, he dresses appropriately. “Well, I have black dress shoes, dress socks, dress slacks,” McCarty says. “I have a royal blue shirt on.”


Nov. 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Game-Changers

Anna Bentley reports that it's been a banner year for the city of Atlanta. In Midtown, 20 high-rise projects are currently under construction, with another 23 in review – the most new development in Midtown’s history. In Buckhead, Peachtree Street’s 17-year transformation is nearing its close, while ambitious greenspace investments are just gearing up.


Nov. 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Contract delays leave empty spots at Atlanta Airport

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the colorfully painted walls along some of the Atlanta airport's concourses aren't just merely decorative. They cover concessions spaces that in some cases have been empty for more than a year-and-a-half amid a contracting snarl that's been drawn out by the firing of the airport's top executive last spring.


Nov. 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Manufacturing expansion boosts rural Georgia

Doug DeLoach reports that in the west central Georgia region where, just a few decades ago, textile manufacturing reigned supreme, another type of manufacturing has assumed a leading role. Anchored by the Kia plant in West Point, a network of suppliers and ancillary businesses serving the automotive industry has sprung up along the I-85 corridor and surrounding communities south of Atlanta, bringing jobs, prosperity and hope to a population especially hard hit by the most recent recession.


Nov. 14, 2016 Brunswick News

Study shows poverty is right at home in Coastal Georgia

Lindsey Adkison reports that James Simmons life has not been easy. In facts, some of it has been downright miserable. It wasn't always that way. There were good times.


Nov. 14, 2016 Saporta Report

Feds approve Georgia’s wildlife conservation plan, which lists threats from global warming   

David Pendered reports that Georgia’s updated 10-year wildlife plan, which says global warming threatens plants and animals, has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Georgia’s federally approved State Wildlife Action Plan includes language that speaks to the threat of global warming, defined as, “consistent, directed change in climatic conditions at regional scales.”


Nov. 14, 2016 Gainesville Times

Each side ‘prosecuting every possible fact’ in ‘water wars’ Supreme Court trial

Jeff Gill reports that a U.S. Supreme Court case over water sharing has Georgia and Florida showing up with teams of lawyers, expert witnesses and stacks of carefully documented evidence. “The methodical nature by which they are prosecuting every possible fact — that was impressive,” said Juliet Cohen, executive director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, who has watched part of the trial in Portland, Maine.


Nov. 14, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Here’s how a school’s graduation rate soared double digits two straight years

Mark Rice reports that last week’s news that the Muscogee County School District’s graduation rate continues to outperform the national and state averages includes a school that has increased its graduation rate by double digits in each of the past two years. So the Ledger-Enquirer visited Carver High School this week to find out how it produced such signification improvement despite all of its 1,180 students being eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.


Nov. 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Panelists bullish on future of Georgia

Randy Southerland reports that the hard fought presidential campaign revealed stark differences between on a wide range of issues, but one thing hasn’t changed. The state of Georgia remains an active participant in the global marketplace and is still looking to Washington for aid in improving critical infrastructure including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Port of Savannah.


Nov. 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Reince Priebus in the White House is good news for the Poitevint-Perdue circle in Georgia

Jim Galloway reports, a Twitter feed with a link to this New York Times article moved within the last quarter hour: President-elect Donald J. Trump on Sunday chose Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee and a loyal campaign adviser, to be his White House chief of staff, turning to a Washington insider whose friendship with the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, could help secure early legislative victories. Within minutes of this, the cell phone rang. Alec Poitevint, the former chairman of the state GOP, was on the line to ask whether it was so. Upon confirmation, Poitevint pronounced himself “delighted.”



Nov. 11, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. DACA Recipients Worry What's Next After Election

Elly Yu reports that President-elect Donald Trump has said he would end President Barack Obama's "unconstitutional" executive actions, including on immigration, once he takes office. Obama’s deferred action programs have given temporary protection from deportation to thousands of young people who were brought to the country illegally as children, and now those in Georgia say they’re worried about their future.


Nov. 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Home Alone?

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that a growing number of Georgians have turned to home care when a loved one needs help to age in place. For many elderly Georgians, that decision means the difference between the ability to stay at home – often the one where they have lived for years and even raised their families – and moving to a nursing home or other more restrictive environment.


Nov. 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

TSYS subsidiary NetSpend sued by FTC for deceptive marketing

David Allison reports that the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday charged prepaid card company NetSpend Corp., a subsidiary of Columbus, Ga.-based TSYS (NYSE: TSS), with deceiving consumers. In a complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta, the FTC charged that NetSpend tells consumers that its reloadable prepaid debit cards offer an alternative way to store and immediately access their funds.


Nov. 11, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State University Faculty Receive $2.7 Million Federal Grant For Bilingual Learning Project

Angela Turk reports that Georgia State University faculty members Laura May, Nancy Schafer and Diane Truscott have received a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition to educate teachers to work with bilingual learners in Atlanta Public Schools and the DeKalb County School District, two partners the team worked with to develop the grant.


Nov. 11, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA enrollment up slightly, now 36,574

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia enrollment grew by a modest 1.2 percent this year, according to statistics released Wednesday by the University System of Georgia. UGA’s official fall semester enrollment is 36.574, up by 444 students from last year’s record 36,130 students.


Nov. 11, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett parks named Georgia’s top recreation agency

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County officials announced on Thursday that they’ve received a new title for their award-winning parks and recreation system: “Number one agency in the state.” The county said it received the Georgia Recreation and Park Association’s award for the best park agency serving populations of at least 150,001 people during GRPA’s annual conference in Athens this week.


Nov. 11, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta City Design Project to remain at Ponce City Market for at least four months   

David Pendered reports that the Atlanta City Design Project will continue to convene public meetings at the Ponce City Market in space donated by its developer until the project can be moved to a yet-to-be-disclosed location in the Cascade area. The Atlanta City Council approved a six-month extension of the existing lease at its meeting Monday.


Nov. 11, 2016 GPB

Can Big Data Help Farmers Use Less Water?

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia’s multi-billion dollar agriculture industry needs water, but farmers who rely on the Flint River could soon face drastic water restrictions. Right now, Florida is suing Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is just one part of Georgia’s decades-long three-way water war with Alabama and Florida.


Nov. 11, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah moving ahead with tourism plan

Eric Curl reports, there is one thing everyone seems to agree on. Mickey Mouse is not welcome. But besides the often touted concern by city officials, residents and business owners about Savannah turning into Disney World, there has been no clear consensus on how to accommodate tourism here.


Nov. 11, 2016 Albany Herald

Grand Island closure ends golfing; hospital future still uncertain

Brad McEwan reports that although county leaders stand by the Lee County Parks and Recreation Authority’s decision to cease golf operations at Grand Island Golf Club on Dec. 15, the decision seems to have little immediate bearing on the future of the planned $50 million hospital expected to be built on the golf course property.


Nov. 11, 2016 Brunswick News

DNR hosts climate conference on Jekyll Island

Deborah Bayliss reports that representatives from universities, state agencies, local governments, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the private sector converged on Jekyll Island last week to take part in the state's first climate conference, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.


Nov. 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Doug Collins makes a House leadership play

Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins has been the subject of some political intrigue in Georgia recently. The rumors suggested the Gainesville Republican has been eyeing some sort of position based in the Peach State. But it turns out Collins is angling for a more prominent role on Capitol Hill. The congressional newspaper Roll Call is reporting that he is running for the No. 5 spot in the chamber’s leadership chain, the Republican conference vice chairmanship.



Nov. 10, 2016 WABE 90.1

Donald Trump Victory Ripples Through Georgia Politics

Johnny Kauffman reports that Donald Trump’s win is set to ripple through Georgia politics in the coming months and beyond, potentially redirecting expected state policy changes on issues like education, health care and religious rights.


Nov. 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Business Casual: A $20-million Toast

Susan Percy writes, I'm betting that many glasses of chardonnay were raised in heartfelt salute when word came that Fox News was paying a cool $20 million or thereabouts to Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox host who sued Roger Ailes, the now-deposed CEO, for sexual harassment. One of those glasses belonged to me.


Nov. 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What Trump’s win means for the metro Atlanta economy

Michael E. Kanell reports that every presidential election has implications for the economy – and this one seems likely to have more than most. Perhaps more than any other candidate in memory, Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House will almost surely bring change in a host of policy areas, from healthcare to highway budgets, from taxes to Treasury bonds.


Nov. 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WeWork to bring up to 1,000 workers to Colony Square

Amy Wenk and Douglas Sams report that WeWork Cos., the New-York based co-working juggernaut on a mission to recreate the American office, is joining another transformation — Midtown’s Colony Square.


Nov. 10, 2016 Gainesville Times

University of North Georgia enrollment up 5.4 percent

Hailey Van Parys reports that University of North Georgia’s enrollment grew 5.4 percent for the fall semester, according to figures released by the University System of Georgia. Hannah Bates, one of the school’s 18,219 students, said increasing numbers of students have already caused parking problems and issues with registering for classes.


Nov. 10, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus lawyer sees old classmate named Don become president-elect

Chuck Williams reports that as Columbus attorney Ernest Kirk II watched the presidential election results trickle in Tuesday night, he found himself thinking about his high school days more than a half century ago. One of his New York Military Academy classmates, Donald J. Trump, was on his way to becoming the 45th president of the United States of America.


Nov. 10, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah to consider $42,900 tourism management plan

Eric Curl reports, Cecilia and her husband Florian Hoppe strolled through Colonial Park Cemetery on Monday afternoon after flying from their hometown of Oldenburg, Germany, to visit the American South. After a visit to River Street and lunch at the Bayou Cafe, Cecilia Hoppe said the trip has been worth it so far.


Nov. 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Spotted in Georgia — Dalton Distillery

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the  Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year is Master Distiller Raymond Butler of Dalton Distillery. That’s just one of the awards this business has taken home in 2016. The Georgia Grown company also received gold in the international MicroLiquor Awards held in Beverly Hills, Calif., beating out more than 300 small craft distilleries from around the world. Dalton Distillery won Gold for its 111 proof straight corn whiskey and Triple Gold for the 82 proof cinnamon.


Nov. 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Women now hold 13 percent of board seats at Georgia public companies

Maria Saporta reports that women now hold almost 13 percent of the board seats at Georgia’s public companies, a new study by nonprofit group Onboard shows. Of the 952 board seats at Georgia’s public companies, women hold 123, according to the group’s “Women in the Boardroom: 2016 Georgia Public Companies Study”. That’s the highest since the study began 24 years ago.


Nov. 10, 2016 Georgia Health News

How will a Trump presidency affect health care in Georgia?

Andy Miller reports that “Obamacare is done.” That was the glum prediction late Tuesday night from Democratic political consultant James Carville, longtime ally of Hillary Clinton, as he noted the electoral math propelling Republican Donald Trump to victory in the presidential contest. “Any significant changes to the ACA will reduce the number of people with coverage,’’ said Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University.


Nov. 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal stocks Georgia’s top courts with 5 new judges

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal continued a transformation of the judiciary on Wednesday by tapping three new Georgia Supreme Court justices and two new Georgia Court of Appeals judges. The governor tapped Court of Appeals Judges Michael Boggs and Nels Peterson and state Solicitor General Britt Grant to the state’s top bench. He selected state Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, and Bibb County Superior Court Judge Tripp Self III to replace them.



Nov. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia election results: Voters embrace Trump and Isakson, reject Amendment 1

Ana Santos reports that millions of Georgia voters went to the polls this election to decide a presidential candidate, a U.S. senator, constitutional amendments and other local races and issues. Donald J. Trump pulled off a stunning national victory and gathered enough electoral votes to become the next president of the United States. He carried the state of Georgia and its 16 electoral votes.


Nov. 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Newton County: Past meets Future

Randy Southerland reports that Newton County, on the eastern edge of Metro Atlanta, is chock-full of history, including quaint downtowns and beautiful homes. But that tie to the past hasn’t kept county leaders from looking forward, with a huge investment in bioscience and a commitment to Georgia’s most glamorous profession – film and television.


Nov. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS said to plan big hub on Fulton Industrial

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS is believed to be planning a major logistics facility on a site next to Fulton County Airport, according to reports Tuesday. The Majestic Logistics Center on Fulton Industrial Boulevard near the airport, known as Charlie Brown Field, would include 1,064 trailer storage spaces and 216 tractor service parking spaces, according to a permit application with the City of Atlanta.


Nov. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Acquisitions spur AMC to explore a two-brand approach

Leslie Collins reports that, moving forward, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AMC) wants to take a two-brand approach to operations. During a Monday earnings call, CEO Adam Aron highlighted the concept, which is tied to last year's $170 million Starplex Cinemas acquisition and the pending $1.2 billion acquisition of Columbus, Ga.-based Carmike Cinemas Inc.


Nov. 9, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike Cinemas benefits from Hollywood’s summer blockbusters

Tony Adams reports that Hollywood’s summer blockbusters helped put more moviegoers in the seats at Carmike Cinemas, with the company reporting Monday that its third-quarter loss narrowed to $1.4 million, improved from $6.3 million in the same period a year ago.


Nov. 9, 2016 Gainesville Times

Failing schools amendment rejected by voters

Jeff Gill reports that an amendment to Georgia’s constitution that would have empowered the state to take over poor-performing schools failed by a wide margin Tuesday night. Sixty percent of voters statewide voted down the measure, and 58 percent said no in Hall County.


Nov. 9, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Voters in Roberta say ‘no’ to merger with Crawford County

Linda S. Morris reports that Crawford County and the city of Roberta will remain separate governments based on the votes counted Tuesday night. However, the vote was close in the city and the provisional ballots will not be verified until Friday.


Nov. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

South Carolina firm pays $50.5 million for Buckhead apartment project

Douglas Sams reports that South Carolina real estate investment firm Pacolet Milliken Enterprise Inc. recently paid $50.5 million for a 186-unit south Buckhead apartment project. Pacolet Milliken bought the The Haynes House on Peachtree Road, paying $271,000 per unit.


Nov. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

How Trump won Georgia and other takeaways from a stunning night

Greg Bluestein reports that Donald Trump scored an epic upset victory over Hillary Clinton early Wednesday, notching victories in most battleground states while keeping Georgia firmly in the Republican column. The Republican’s stunning performance included a 6-point win in Georgia that was not as clear-cut as it seemed.


Nov. 9, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Moving beyond the election

The editorial board writes, Election Day is behind us, and those winning office will face large challenges as they seek to govern and offer leadership. Public support of most institutions has severely eroded in recent years, not just in government but also in the church, health care, education and the news media. So, the newly elected start at a disadvantage with their credibility in doubt from the get-go.




Nov. 8, 2016

Deal: October tax revenues up 8.6 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for October totaled nearly $1.77 billion, for an increase of $140.2 million, or 8.6 percent, compared to October 2015. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $7.08 billion, for an increase of $323.2 million, or 4.8 percent, over last year.


Nov. 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Best Places to Work nominations

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Georgia Trend magazine is once again looking for the best places to work in Georgia. For the second year, we’ve teamed up with Best Companies Group and SHRM Georgia State Council, in partnership with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, to grow the program that is dedicated to finding and recognizing Georgia’s best employers.


Nov. 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

EarthLink to be acquired in merger of telecom firms

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta-based internet service provider EarthLink, a high-flying company in the early days of dial-up web, has agreed to be purchased by rival Windstream in a $1.1 billion deal including debt, the companies announced Monday. 


Nov. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Regents to vote on Georgia State purchase of Turner Field

Dave Williams reports that Georgia State University’s plan to buy Turner Field will go before the state university system’s Board of Regents this week. The regents are being asked to authorize total spending of $52.8 million on the project. The vast majority of that money – $47.8 million – would come from the university, with $1.3 million coming from Georgia State’s athletic association and $3.8 million to be raised privately.


Nov. 8, 2016 Gainesville Times

Court quashes warrant to inspect poultry plant

Joshua Silavent reports that a U.S. District Court judge has thrown out a warrant obtained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville for worker-safety violations. The ruling, handed down last week by Senior U.S. District Judge William C. O’Kelley, is a blow to OSHA’s new Regional Emphasis Program unveiled last fall as a way to improve worker safety in poultry plants through outreach, education and increased inspections of production operations.


Nov. 8, 2016 Saporta Report

Grant Park Conservancy slated to continue to maintain Atlanta’s oldest park   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta is poised to extend its long-standing relation with the Grant Park Conservancy to continue grooming the city’s oldest park, which was created on 100 acres donated in 1883 by Atlanta pioneer Lemuel Pratt Grant.


Nov. 8, 2016 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Boasts The Most Expensive Utility Bills In The Country, Says Housing Site Trulia

Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that it turns out you might be paying more for utilities than your friends living in other cities. That is the conclusion of housing website Trulia, which found the median cost of annual utilities in metro Atlanta to be $4,353. Trulia's Felipe Chacon joins us to discuss the reality and implications of Atlanta's hidden - and incredibly high - utility costs.


Nov. 8, 2016 Brunswick News

Survey available to provide feedback on state ESSA plan

Lauren McDonald reports that the public has an opportunity to provide feedback on Georgia’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act through a Department of Education survey that is available online. The ESSA is set to replace the law commonly known as No Child Left Behind.


Nov. 8, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Macon company making more than $25 million investment for expansion

Linda S. Morris reports that Fruedenberg Texbond is making a investment of more than $25 million in its Macon facility in the Allied Industrial Park. The announcement was made Monday by the company and the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, which signed a memorandum of understanding during a ceremony in the Charles H. Jones Advanced Technology Center at Central Georgia Technical College.


Nov. 8, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Some familiar names are on sheriff ballots in Southeast Georgia

Terry Dickson reports, new sheriffs can be like snow in Southeast Georgia: very rare. McIntosh County, for example, has a hot sheriff’s race but with two familiar faces. Sheriff Steve Jessup, a Republican, is opposed by Charles “Chunk” Jones, the Democrat Jessup beat eight years ago. At the time, Jones had served 16 straight years.


Nov. 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Republicans clear the deck for a Johnny Isakson finish

Jim Galloway reports, a presidential contest? Yeah, there may be one of those tomorrow. But you could hardly tell if you were at Cobb County GOP headquarters on Monday evening, where all decks and all other agendas were cleared in favor of making sure U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s re-election bid ends in the next 24 hours. Without a nine-week runoff.



Nov. 7, 2016 GPB

Brenda Lopez Likely To Be First Latina In Georgia Legislature

Celeste Headlee and Amanda Art report that Democrat Brenda Lopez is poised to become the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly. An attorney and immigrant, she’s running unopposed in Tuesday’s election to represent House District 99, which includes the Norcross area of Gwinnett County.


Nov. 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Transaction Alley

Tom Oder reports that a CEO, a marketing manager and an entrepreneur walk into a bar. They won’t sit together because they’re in different cities, Boston, New Orleans and San Francisco. But when they swipe credit cards after drinks with colleagues, they’ll share something in common. Point-of-sale terminals will route their payments to the same place, companies in the financial technology sector (or FinTech for short) in Georgia.


Nov. 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DOT limits Delta-Aeromexico venture in tentative nod

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the government indicated Friday it will approve anti-trust immunity for a joint venture between Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico — if the two carriers give up some operating rights at New York’s Kennedy airport and in Mexico City. Aeromexico is the largest airline in Mexico. In the proposed $1.5 billion joint venture, the two carriers would coordinate their flights, prices and sales for the U.S.-Mexico market, along with a frequent flier program alignment.


Nov. 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How State Farm's $825M deal in DFW sets 'blueprint,' for Atlanta, Phoenix hubs

Candace Carlisle reports that it's been less than a week since State Farm Insurance closed on a $825 million sales-leaseback of its Dallas-Fort Worth regional campus — the biggest deal of its kind in North Texas history — but the deal could pave the way for Bloomington, Illinois to strike similar arrangements in Atlanta and Phoenix. Even though State Farm spokesman Chris Pilcic said "there was nothing to share on those properties at this time," real estate executives say the North Texas deal could be a blueprint for future similar State Farm sales-leaseback deals.


Nov. 7, 2016 Savannah Morning News

State in talks over crippled Tybee well

Mary Landers reports that state officials are negotiating with contractors over the fate of a $4.9 million experimental deep well on the north end of Tybee that partially collapsed as it neared completion in August.


Nov. 7, 2016 Georgia Health News

Narrow networks may leave some patients without care they counted on

Lauren Baggett reports, it was July when everything started to go haywire, and Katie Ball was fed up. An angry rash had been creeping across her torso for the past two months, and now her face was breaking out in boils. The burning pain in her lower right side had become a constant companion.


Nov. 7, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Leadership Georgia visits Newnan to focus on health care

Amy K. Lavender reports that health care was the central focus of Leadership Georgia’s visit to Newnan, where the program’s current class is spending the weekend visiting facilities and hearing from representatives of various facets of the health care industry. Stops included the University of West Georgia at Newnan, where participants took part in nursing lab simulations. The Leadership Georgia group also visited Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and HealthSouth.


Nov. 7, 2016 WABE 90.1

Hank Stewart To Be Named Atlanta Poet Laureate

Mike Johns reports, on Monday, a collection of Atlanta dignitaries including Congressman Hank Johnson and former news anchor Monica Pearson will gather to name Hank Stewart as the city’s poet laureate. Stewart has been a writer and spoken word poet for 25 years, as well as a public speaker and foundation president.


Nov. 7, 2016 Albany Herald

Southwest Georgia hospitals react to Leapfrog scores

Jennifer Parks reports that most recent Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade scores released on Monday showed that Southwest Georgia hospitals were performing at an average, or above-average, level. Since the scores were released, officials at the hospitals have spoken out on their commitment to patient safety — and what they are doing to build on current safety efforts.


Nov. 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Silver Sp0on - Awards

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, check out this year’s Silver Spoon Awards, the Top 10 Restaurants in the state as rated by Georgia Trend’s Dining Editor Krista Reese. You’re sure to find a great date-night or brand-new fabulous dining spot for this weekend and into the future. And if you’re still hungry, she’s also listed 10 Silver Boarding Passes — restaurants that combine flavors in unique and wonderful ways.


Nov. 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal’s closing argument for why Georgians should back Johnny Isakson

Tamar Hallerman reports that Gov. Nathan Deal had a parochial argument Sunday for why voters should back his pal Johnny Isakson on Nov. 8. The governor said the incumbent Republican needs a third term in the Senate in order to continue looking out for the Savannah port expansion, a $706 million project that’s long been the subject of push and pull between Washington and the Peach State.



Nov. 4, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Cohutta Wilderness fire grows past 2,700 acres

Doug Walker reports that the Rough Ridge fire in the Cohutta Wilderness Area has burned more than 2,700 acres but Conasauga Ranger District Chief Ranger Jeff Gardner said it’s not entirely accurate to say that U.S. Forest Service policy is “letting” the fire burn.
“It’s remote, very rugged, and we are extremely dry,” Gardner said.


Nov. 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Candler County: Everything’s Better

David Shivers reports that at a Georgia Press Association convention at Jekyll Island in the early 1980s, an attendee spotted some other convention-goers sporting T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Everything’s Better in Metter!” Carvy Snell, publisher of The Metter Advertiser newspaper, says, “That was my family.”


Nov. 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners’ startup incubator officially opens

Karen Huppertz reports that Prototype Prime, Peachtree Corners’ startup incubator, marked its official opening Oct. 27. Over 60 invited guests attended and toured the new facilities located in renovated office space directly below City Hall at 147 Technology Parkway. The 12,500 square-foot area provides networking and event space, workshops, podcast room and a design lab with three 3D printers.


Nov. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Which small cities in Georgia are among the best in America?

Phil W. Hudson reports, if you’re looking for some good, small town Southern living, there are a slew of cities in Georgia that may tickle your fancy. According to a new report from the personal-finance website WalletHub, Georgia has 30 of the country’s best small cities.



Nov. 4, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press


Nissin Brake hiring 40 for Rock Spring plant

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor will help Nissin Brake recruit about 40 full-time assembly workers to work in Rock Spring, Ga. The recruitment will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Fort Oglethorpe City Hall located at 500 City Hall Drive. Department staff will be onsite to help screen applicants.


Nov. 4, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA School of Law leads state in bar exam passage rate

Lona Panter reports that the University of Georgia School of Law saw a high percentage of its graduates pass the July 2016 Georgia bar exam. The passage rate for first-time test takers from Georgia Law was 87.5 percent, 12.2 percentage points higher than the state average of 75.3 percent for ABA-approved law schools. For all Georgia Law graduates who took the July 2016 exam, 86.1 percent passed versus the state average of 71.1 percent.


Nov. 4, 2016 Emory University

Emory welcomes Shakespeare's First Folio

Staff reports that “The First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” opens Saturday, Nov. 5, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The Emory display is part of a national traveling exhibition sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Library Association and the Cincinnati Museum Center that will bring the playwright’s first published collection to all 50 states, along with Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.


Nov. 4, 2016 Georgia Health News

Less than one-quarter of Georgia hospitals score “A” in safety ratings

Andy Miller reports that just 22 percent of Georgia hospitals received an “A” grade on patient safety in the latest ratings from the Leapfrog Group. That put Georgia in a tie for 36th place among states ranked on percentages of top-safety hospitals.


Nov. 4, 2016 WABE 90.1

Etowah Artifacts Come Back To Georgia After A Century In Storage

Molly Samuel reports that about a century ago, the Smithsonian collected artifacts from Georgia’s Etowah Indian Mounds. Since then, they’ve been sitting in storage; most haven’t been studied or displayed publicly.  Now those artifacts are coming back to Georgia, to go on display for the first time. To choose pieces for this show, curators from Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville made a few trips to the Smithsonian.


Nov. 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Rosalynn Carter hits the campaign trail for Georgia Democrats

Greg Bluestein reports, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is hitting the campaign trail in Georgia on Friday as Democrats make their final pitch before the vote. Carter is part of the “Georgia GOTV Road Trip” to boost the party’s turnout, with polls show a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Republican is favored to win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, but Democrats hope a final push can flip the state – or at least come close enough to help lay the groundwork for 2018.



Nov. 3, 2016

Georgia ranked No. 1 state for business for fourth consecutive year

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the fourth consecutive year by Site Selection magazine, a leading economic development trade publication.


Nov. 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Rolling Out the Red Carpet

Neely Young writes, influential publications including Site Selection and Area Development magazines have called Georgia the No. 1 state for business. You still might wonder, though, why our state is so great. I think we should change Georgia’s brand to help spread the word. My suggestion? “Georgia, the Welcome State!” Come to Georgia all of you who are tired of the cold weather, the high cost of living and are looking for a great quality of life.


Nov. 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta scores a perfect 100 on national LGBT protections report

Becca J.G. Godwin reports that, for the fourth year in a row, Atlanta was the only Georgia city to receive a perfect score of 100 on a national report that evaluates protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.   The Human Rights Campaign recently released its annual Municipal Equality Index, which assesses laws, policies and services related to non-discrimination in the nation's cities.


Nov. 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Herman J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship lands $2.9 million investment from U.S. Department of Commerce

Phil W. Hudson reports that Herman J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship just scored more than $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce to fund the design and renovation of an existing building for development of the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Atlanta.


Nov. 3, 2016 Saporta Report

Woodruff Arts Center raises $110 million; Alliance Theatre to rename its main stage after Coca-Cola

Maria Saporta reports that aising more than $10 million over its goal, the Woodruff Arts Center’s Transformation Campaign ended up raising  $110 million more than two years ahead of schedule. The record-breaking campaign ended up receiving a multimillion dollar undisclosed gift from the Coca-Cola Co. to support the renovation of the Alliance Theatre. As a result, the main stage will be named the Coca-Cola  Stage at the Alliance Theatre when the renovated venue opens in the fall of 2018.


Nov. 3, 2016 Georgia Health News

Behavioral Health chief picked to run Georgia’s Medicaid agency

Andy Miller reports that Frank Berry, head of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, will replace Clyde Reese as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health. Gov. Nathan Deal, who made the Berry announcement Wednesday, also nominated Judy Fitzgerald, DBHDD’s current chief of staff, as its new commissioner. Pending approval by the board, Fitzgerald will take over the role Dec. 1.


Nov. 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Shootin’ the ‘Hooch

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, fall color and summer temps along the Chattahoochee River.


Nov. 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Canadian home improvement mall eyes Atlanta location

Staff reports that Improve, which operates a "home improvement mall" in Toronto, wants to build a new 320,000-square-foot home improvement center in Doraville.


Nov. 3, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Voters Could Give Governor Even More Power

Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgians regularly choose which politicians they want to represent them in state government. Governors and statewide officials are elected every four years, and legislators every two. Voters this year have a rare opportunity to say how powerful one of those politicians should be, the governor. If approved, Constitutional Amendment One, also known as the “Opportunity School District” proposal, would add to the many legal and indirect powers of the governor's office.


Nov. 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal speaks of ‘colored people’ in speech about Amendment 1

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign for a statewide Opportunity School District took another hit on Wednesday when a television station reported he used the words “colored people” to a Savannah audience during a speech about the proposal.



Nov. 2, 2016 New York Times

Hatched From Peanuts, the South’s Hot New Oil

Kim Severson reports that there may be more improbable culinary trails than the one that leads from a red clay road here in the country’s most prolific peanut-growing state to Beyoncé’s plate at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. But as zero-to-hero food tales go, this is a good one. The star of the story is cold-pressed green peanut oil, which some of the best cooks in the South have come to think of as their local answer to extra-virgin olive oil.


Nov. 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Silver Spoon Awards

Krista Reece reports, apologies to Dinah Washington, but … What a difference a year makes. At the time I wrote last year’s Silver Spoons, Atlanta was poised on the brink of a dining revolution. I wondered how the brand-new Ponce City Market (PCM), the ambitious gut renovation of the hulking, long-abandoned Sears store just east of Midtown, would affect an already percolating scene, with Inman Park’s just-hatched Krog Street Market already feeding the fire.


Nov. 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gas pipeline operator aims for weekend restart

Russell Grantham and Michael Kanell reports that a major gasoline pipeline serving metro Atlanta will be out of service the rest of this week, the operator said Tuesday, a day after the line was shut down when a work accident in Alabama led to an explosion and fire that killed one worker. Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline hopes to restart the line by the end of Saturday, a spokeswoman said.


Nov. 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed Estimates 2.7 Percent Expansion in Q4

Jessica Saunders reports that the U.S. economy is on pace for annualized growth of 2.7 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the GDPNow forecast model of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The regional central bank said on its website Monday that its final estimate on third-quarter GDP was 2.1 percent, which was well below the 2.9 percent the government reported on Friday.


Nov. 2, 2016

U.S. Officials: We’re Actually Not Getting ‘Ripped Off’ on Trade

Trevon Williams reports that despite rhetoric on the campaign trail about the U.S. being “ripped off” in its trading relationships, the top American officials in charge of trade and commerce said Friday that trade rules are being enforced more stringently than ever. And beyond that, trade deals are a way to adjust global trading rules that can sometimes work to the disadvantage of U.S. firms, especially the smaller ones that don’t have big legal teams, the officials said.


Nov. 2, 2016 WABE 90.1

Mayor Reed Announces $192.5M Philips Arena Redesign

Lisa Hagen reports that the home of the Hawks is getting an upgrade. Today Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the city will contribute $142.5 million to redesign Philips Arena. The Hawks will pay $50 million. Reed says $110 million of the city's portion is to come from an extension of the car rental tax.


Nov. 2, 2016 GPB

In High School Graduation, State Improves While State Charters Lag

Grant Blankenship reports that Georgia continues to improve its graduation rate, but the state's high school experiments, its charter schools, are lagging behind. Georgia’s high school graduation rate improved for a fifth straight year, according to data released Tuesday by the State Department of Education, to 79.2 percent. That’s about 3 points off the national rate.


Nov. 2, 2016 Calhoun Times

YANMAR America Corporation will create 25 new jobs in Cherokee County, Ga., invest $20 million

Staff reports that the  Georgia Department of Economic Development  today announced that YANMAR America Corporation, a manufacturer of advanced performance diesel engines, equipment and gas engine based energy systems, will open a new training and customer experience facility in Cherokee County, creating 25 jobs and investing $20 million into the local community.


Nov. 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

White voter registration sinks below 57 percent in Georgia

Jim Galloway reports that the number of white registered voters in Georgia continues its incremental decline, dropping from 59 percent in 2012 to under 57 percent for next Tuesday, according to the latest figures out of Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office. In fact, white voters make up the only demographic to experience a decline in raw numbers over the last four years – down by more than 91,000 voters.



Nov. 1, 2016 WABE 90.1

Report: Ga. High School Dropout Rate Above National Average

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia’s high school graduation rate has increased the past few years. But new data from the National Center for Education Statistics show the state’s high school dropout rate is above the national average. It’s important to note these two numbers do not have an inverse relationship. For example, Georgia’s high school graduation rate for 2013 was about 72 percent. That did not mean its dropout rate that year was 28 percent.


Nov. 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 40 Under 40 event

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that on Oct. 26, Georgia Trend magazine hosted the 20th 40 Under 40 class at the Egyptian Ballroom at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre. The event featured keynote speaker Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy and a member of the 2008 40 Under 40 class. His mixture of rap, dance, near-acrobatics, high-energy and words of wisdom inspired and entertained not only some of Georgia’s best and brightest, but everyone in the room.


Nov. 1, 2016 Georgia Historical Society Ambassador

Andrew Young, Billy Payne, Mayor Kasim Reed, and Vince Dooley to Dedicate Georgia Historical Marker to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games

Staff reports that the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) invite you to relive the pride and spirit of the 1996 Olympic Games at the dedication of a new Georgia historical marker in Centennial Olympic Park, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in Atlanta.


Nov. 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Supreme Court blocks South Dakota payday lender

Russell Grantham reports that an out-of-state lender will have to put up $15 million and possibly stand trial for allegedly violating Georgia’s law against payday lending, the state’s supreme court ruled. In a unanimous decision released Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected the lender’s petition to have the case in Fulton County dismissed. Western Sky Financial, an online lender based in South Dakota, had argued that a Georgia state law prohibiting payday lending didn’t apply to out-of-state lenders.


Nov. 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

EMA: Colonial Pipeline operates pipeline involved in explosion that injured 7

Jessica Saunders reports that multiple first responders and fire departments are on the scene of a reported pipeline explosion in western Shelby County, Ala. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) says that this is pipeline is operated by Alpharetta, Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline and it has been shut down, according to a report by WBRC. However, because there is still product left in the line, the fire following the explosion will continue to burn for some time.


Nov. 1, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Alumnus Assumes Command of International Space Station

Staff reports that for the second time this year, a Georgia Tech alumnus is the commander of the International Space Station (ISS). Shane Kimbrough (M.S. Operations Research 1998) assumed command of the station during a ceremony Friday afternoon. He replaces Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin, who leaves the ISS Saturday night with American Kate Rubins and Japan’s Takuyu Onishi. 


Nov. 1, 2016 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Columbus State ranked No. 1 in GA for online programs; Columbus Tech is No. 7

Mark Rice reports that Columbus State University is No. 1 among Georgia’s four-year schools and Columbus Technical College is No. 7 among the state’s two-year schools in a new ranking of online programs. collected and analyzed data from every accredited public or not-for-profit private postsecondary institution in the United States to determine “which colleges offered the most notable balances of academic rigor, student support and affordability for online learning,” according to the website.


Nov. 1, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Geek Fringe: Free web development course aims to offer skills to Savannah’s under-represented communities

Adam Messer reports that as Savannah’s tech sector grows, gaining entry-level skills poses a challenge for those with fewer resources. Kevin Lawver aims to bridge the gap by offering a free RailsBridge course, Intro to Web Development: HTML & CSS, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Creators’ Foundry. Lawver describes himself as a self-taught developer building things for the web since 1996.


Nov. 1, 2016 Saporta Report

George Dusenbury named head of Trust for Public Land – Georgia   

Maria Saporta reports that veteran parks and conservation advocate George Dusenbury IV has been named the Georgia State Director for the Trust for Public Land. He succeeds Curt Soper, who moved to the Pacific Northwest this summer to accept a position as executive director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.


Nov. 1, 2016 Georgia Health News

Community Health chief leaving to become judge

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced the appointment of the Department of Community Health’s commissioner, Clyde Reese, to the Georgia Court of Appeals. Reese, 57, has served as commissioner of DCH, the state’s main health care agency, since 2013. He will fill the vacancy on the bench created by the retirement of Judge Herbert E. Phipps. The appointment will take effect Dec. 1.


Nov. 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Shifting Georgia: A look at 5 of the Peach State’s purplest districts

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia isn’t blue or red. Vast portions of the state, from peanut country in rural South Georgia to the fast-growing Atlanta suburbs, are a purply stew. And those sections — call them the swingiest of Georgia’s swing districts — could decide not only the state’s tight presidential race but also the elections down the ballot. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution visited five state House districts scattered across Georgia where the race for the White House seems the tightest.



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