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Jan. 17, 2019 WABE 90.1 

Georgia’s State Economist Says Uncertainty Could Stymie Growth

Jim Burress reports that a recession is coming. That holds true during every economic boom period, economists say. What they hope to predict and mitigate is when one will hit, and how bad it might be. For the moment, the economy–both at the national and state levels–remains relatively strong, says Georgia’s state economist and director of the Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University, Ken Heaghney. 

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Columbus students give back

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, for many of us, last fall’s Hurricane Michael is a distant memory. However, residents of South Georgia and the Florida panhandle are still dealing with the storm’s aftermath. In particular, Springfield Elementary School in Panama City suffered such extensive damage that students and staff were relocated to another school in the area. 

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Films, tech and health care to lead way on Georgia jobs

Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia’s economy will add nearly 334,000 jobs over the next five years, many of them in the burgeoning film, healthcare and technology industries, according to a report from CareerBuilder. But, while that job growth would be solid if projections pan out, it’s not as robust as the past five years, when the state added 519,600 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola adds 2 more flavors in continuing effort to rejuvenate Diet Coke

Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola is adding a pair of new flavors to its revitalized Diet Coke brand. The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) on Wednesday introduced Blueberry Acai and Strawberry Guava to its expanded list of flavors for the zero-calorie drink. The move comes one year after the Atlanta-based beverage giant launched a "brand rejuvenation" for the soda with four flavors, new packaging and more contemporary marketing. 

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Saporta Report

Atlanta Fed District voices concerns over economy, other districts sound same note

David Pendered reports that a real-time snapshot of the Southeast regional economy released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve cites concerns over politics and trade. This notion of unease tracks comments in a speech the Fed’s vice chairman delivered last week, when he observed that patience is the watchword at the start of 2019. 

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Albany Herald

Business leaders get economic updates at UGA summit

Terry Lewis reports that a University of Georgia expert predicted another good year for Georgia’s economy, with statewide growth expected to outpace the nation’s, during an annual economic summit in Albany Wednesday. The UGA economists said Georgia’s economy will match its performance of last year, propelled by a pipeline of economic development projects, solid population growth and a housing recovery, while presenting the annual economic forecast from the Terry College of Business. 

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Allegiant announces four new Savannah routes

Katie Nussbaum reports, coming off a record year, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is preparing to welcome even more passengers with the announcement of four new Allegiant nonstop routes to Savannah from Allentown,Pennsylvania; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Niagara Falls, New York; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Gainesville Times

This state decision will make stargazing easier at UNG Dahlonega

Joshua Silavent reports that the University of North Georgia is moving ahead with a $1.4 million project to demolish and rebuild its night sky observatory near the Dahlonega campus thanks to approval from the University System of Georgia. 

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Georgia Health News

Hospitals at war vs. cybercrime – but it’s a hard war to win

Alex Boss reports that modern hospital security is not just about nabbing a few thieves who wander in looking for something to grab. Patients’ information — medical and personal — is a big prize for today’s crooks, and it’s at risk 24/7 if the proper protocols and training are not in place. St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens knows the reality as well as anyone. 

 

Jan. 17, 2019 GPB

Female Ga. Senators Call Out Male-Dominated Committee Assignments

Stephen Fowler reports that a bipartisan group of women in the state senate delivered blistering remarks Wednesday about the makeup of the chamber’s 27 standing committees, most of whom are led by men. 

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Gov. Kemp talks teachers raises, education funding, school safety

Shaddi Abusaid reports, the day before his State of the State Address, Georgia’s new governor pledged $5,000 raises for each teacher in the state, a fully funded education formula and $30,000 for every school to beef up security measures as administrators see fit.

 

Jan. 17, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

At Tom Price’s urging, Kemp plans $1M to develop Medicaid waiver 

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp will include $1 million in his budget to develop a waiver that he said would give the state more flexibility to use federal Medicaid dollars, an idea he indicated was promoted by former Health Secretary Tom Price. 

 

 




Jan. 16, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Rep. Buddy Carter: Compromise ‘out there’ regarding shutdown

DeAnn Komanecky reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Georgia 1st) said he doesn’t believe money for Savannah’s harbor deepening project (SHEP) is in danger. Carter was asked in an audio interview on Tuesday with the Savannah Morning News about concerns that President Donald Trump would declare a national emergency and take the SHEP funds to build a border wall. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on economic development news from Bartow County, LaGrange, Hall County and more. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta says federal shutdown takes $25M toll on airline

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the head of Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that the partial government shutdown is cutting into the company’s revenue and urged Washington to get beyond the current impasse. Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the shutdown will cost the company $25 million in revenue this month alone as fewer government contractors and employees travel. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlantic Capital Chairman Sonny Deriso takes helm of Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Jessica Saunders reports that Atlanta Capital Bancshares Inc. Chairman Walter M. "Sonny" Deriso Jr. is taking the helm of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce today. Deriso was previously announced as the 2019 chairman of the influential statewide business group. He is handed the gavel at the chamber's annual Eggs and Issues breakfast Wednesday morning. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb judge delays decision on $16m bond for company's relocation

Jon Gargis reports that a decision on a proposal for a $16 million bond and tax break for Smyrna-based Floor & Decor has been delayed by a Cobb judge following an east Cobb resident’s objections. The Development Authority of Cobb County approved a bond plan in November aimed at allowing the retailer to move its headquarters to Cumberland. Floor & Decor has said the move will allow it to double its workforce of 420 people over the next five years. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Money available for Hurricane Michael timber debris removal in Georgia

Liz Fabian reports that Georgia timberland owners could have some money coming to them for Hurricane Michael relief.  The Georgia Forestry Commission is taking applications for disaster relief funds available to help remove or manage debris from the storm. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Albany Herald

ASU has $250 million impact on area

Staff reports that Albany State University had a $250 million economic impact on the Albany region in 2017, according to a December 2018 study released and commissioned by the University System of Georgia. The study illustrates ASU’s commitment to empowering the southwest Georgia region, University officials said. Much of the university’s economic impact is attributed to student spending, personnel services and operating expenses. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Banking on profits: 5 things to know about Synovus’ fourth quarter and 2018 financials

Tony Adams reports, by any stretch of one’s imagination, 2018 was a year filled with major activities and events for Synovus Financial Corp. and its banks spread across five Southeastern states. Kessel Stelling, the Columbus-based company’s chairman and chief executive officer, said as much Tuesday morning as he released the bankholding firm’s financial report for the fourth quarter of the year, as well as numbers for full year. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Peachtree Corners, Sprint teaming up to offer 5G technology on autonomous vehicle test track

Curt Yeomans reports that Peachtree Corners officials are expecting to see big benefits from their decision to partner with Sprint and equip the city’s planned 1.5 mile autonomous vehicle test track with the latest wireless internet technology. The city and Sprint announced Tuesday that the communications company will provide 5G network technology for the track, which will be located in the Technology Park area.

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stock sale came days before announcement sent Ebix shares plummeting

Johnny Edwards reports that just before a change in auditors sent Georgia-based Ebix’s stock prices tumbling, a shareholder connected to a company insider unloaded nearly $1 million in stock. The transaction represented only a tiny fraction of the shareholder’s total investment in the worldwide fintech company, which has its headquarters in Johns Creek. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 WABE 90.1

Ga. Senate Makes It Harder, Riskier To File Ethics, Harassment Complaints

Johnny Kauffman reports that in perhaps its first nonceremonial action of the 2019 legislative session, Georgia’s Republican-controlled Senate on Monday put new restrictions on ethics and sexual harassment complaints. The changes to the Senate’s official rules make it more difficult for accusers to get a complaint heard by the Senate Ethics Committee and put in place legal risks for a complainant. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Saporta Report

40 days of Georgia legislature begin and Atlanta’s got a wish list

Maggie Lee reports that the Georgia Legislature starts its annual session this week with a new governor and a lot of new members. The city of Atlanta wants a couple of adjustments to state law, but that’s not all of interest to the city and its residents. First the scene: Georgia’s legislature is still majority-Republican, and so are all the statewide elected officers. But little of that GOP support came from the city of Atlanta or the inner suburbs. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Georgia Health News

Hospital groups open to a few CON changes; critics say more needed

Andy Miller reports that as Georgia lawmakers push to revamp health care regulations, two major hospital groups have proposed some revisions to the state certificate-of-need system. Those proposals stemmed from months of hospital officials’ discussions on CON, which the industry has relentlessly defended for years in the Georgia General Assembly. 

 

Jan. 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Meet Brian Kemp’s top aide

Greg Bluestein reports, Brian Kemp didn’t look far when he tapped his new chief of staff. Tim Fleming first worked for Kemp in 2002 during his successful bid for a state Senate seat, held a position for years in the Secretary of State’s Office and was campaign manager in last year’s victorious run for governor. 

 

 




Jan. 15, 2019 Albany Herald, Gwinnett Daily Post

New Gov. Brian Kemp focuses on Georgians’ common ground in inaugural address

Curt Yeomans reports that Gov. Brian Kemp sought to reach across political and racial lines as he addressed Georgia’s residents and elected leaders for the first time as their governor during his inauguration at Georgia Tech on Monday. With members of the General Assembly sitting behind him on the stage at McCamish Pavilion, Kemp pledged to represent all Georgians, seemingly an attempt to extend an olive branch to Democrats following his narrow election victory over Stacey Abrams last year. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 Georgia Trend

The Power of Creativity

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that across the state, rural and urban planners have been getting creative. They’ve focused on the arts to drive improvements in the local economy and help preserve their community’s unique identity. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson security lines more than an hour long amid federal shutdown

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that s ecurity lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport stretched more than an hour long Monday morning, causing travelers to miss flights amid the partial federal shutdown. At a time when the world’s busiest airport has its biggest crowds, there were at least six security lanes closed at domestic terminal security checkpoints, while passengers waited in lines that stretched through the terminal and were winding through baggage claim.

 

Jan. 15, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta developers adding more housing in suburban downtowns 

Douglas Sams reports that Atlanta developers continue looking at ways to bring more housing into suburban downtowns. In Roswell, S.J. Collins Enterprises will partner with Davis Development Group to build 128 apartments on the site of a former popular breakfast spot known as the Southern Skillet. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia-Pacific Announces Layoffs, Says It Will Stop Printing Office Paper

Tasnim Shamma reports that Atlanta-based paper, chemicals, packaging company Georgia-Pacific announced it’s leaving the office paper business. The company laid off more than 650 people at its mill in Hudson Port, Louisiana, and about 40 salespeople in Atlanta on Thursday. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 Georgia Health News

State health plan rewarding those who work to stay healthy

Andy Miller reports, like many U.S. workers, thousands of Georgia teachers and state employees are being offered financial incentives for reaching wellness goals this year. The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) covers more than 660,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 University of Georgia

Georgia Ag Forecast and resource fair to offer assistance to hurricane-affected communities

Merritt Melancon and Clint Thompson report that South Georgia farmers, community leaders and business owners recovering from Hurricane Michael can learn about additional recovery assistance available at a free resource fair immediately following the upcoming 2019 Georgia Ag Forecast meetings in Bainbridge, Georgia, on Jan. 31 and in Tifton, Georgia, on Feb. 1. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 Saporta Report

Atlanta’s tree ordinance a sore spot among residents as city eyes a new code in July

David Pendered reports that Atlanta’s aged tree ordinance of 2001 looks so good that some folks say they’d be happy if the city would enforce it – until it can be updated. Meanwhile, the city says it’s on track to update the existing tree ordinance in July. The board of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods voted unanimously at its Jan. 10 meeting to ask BCN’s full membership to support a pointed resolution about the existing tree ordinance.

 

Jan. 15, 2019 Gainesville Times

Northeast Georgia Medical Center anticipates $12 million project for Braselton hospital expansion

Kelsey Richardson reports, in order to meet the increasing community demand, Northeast Georgia Medical Center plans to expand its Braselton hospital. “The decision is based on the tremendous growth we’ve had here at the hospital since we’ve opened,” Anthony Williamson, president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton said. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

French Impressionism in Savannah

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that significant paintings by some of France’s most dynamic artists from the late 1800s and early 1900s are on display at Savannah’s Telfair Museums. Open through Feb. 10 at the Jepson Center, Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism showcases 30 works by acclaimed innovators including Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald, UGA

UGA ranks No. 1 in U.S. for new products to market

Michael Terrazas reports that building on its continued growth in research and innovation, the University of Georgia ranked first among 193 U.S. institutions for the number of commercial products reaching the market in 2017. In 2017, 52 new products based on UGA research reached the market, according to a survey released by AUTM, a nonprofit organization that tracks technology transfer among universities, colleges and other research institutions. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 WABE 90.1

Rural Fulton County Offers Glimpse Of Georgia’s Digital Divide  

Tasnim Shamma reports, just 30 miles away from downtown Atlanta, you’ll find lots of horses, rolling hills and rural, one-lane dirt roads. And a clear example of a place in Georgia where some have internet and others don’t. Tim Cailloux is a longtime Chattahoochee Hills-area resident and recently launched the startup Southern Internet. 

 

Jan. 15, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp overhauls how Ga. treats sex harassment victims on first day 

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp fulfilled a campaign promise by issuing an executive order on his first day in office that overhauled the state’s sexual harassment training program and made the state’s inspector general’s office the ultimate repository for complaints. The order, one of three filed late Monday, essentially ends the current siloed system where each department handles cases in its own way. 

 

 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

CON, health care, cannabis, voting issues for 2019 session

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that growing momentum on the issue, 2019 might be the year that major changes finally come to Georgia’s Certificate of Need process. Certificates of Need, issued by the state, are required for new hospitals to open in Georgia, and for hospitals to add certain features and services. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Georgia Trend

Helping patients remain healthy

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Navicent Health in Macon and SynsorMed, a startup born at Navicent Health’s Center for Disruption and Innovation, have launched a mobile app to help patients who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) remain healthy and avoid hospitalization. The app is a digital solution that enables COPD patients to take charge of their care. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta housing market may have hit a turning point

Michael E. Kanell reports, after six years of tilting toward sellers, the metro Atlanta housing market may be starting to even out. After six years of tilting toward sellers, the metro Atlanta housing market may be starting to even out. Atlanta is definitely not yet a buyer’s market, but the trend of ever-greater competition for a shrinking number of properties seems to have peaked, giving local buyers a fighting chance of making a deal, according to a report this week from Re/Max Georgia

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta trounced competition in December on-time numbers

Lewis Lazare reports, simply put, Delta Air Lines roundly trounced the competition among the four largest domestic carriers in the December on-time arrivals derby. According to results released Tuesday by airline data behemoth OAG, Delta finished December with an exceedingly impressive 86 percent of flights arriving on time.

 

Jan. 14, 2019 WABE 90.1

Ga. Voting Tech Panel Goes Against Cybersecurity Expert, Urges Ballot-Marking Devices

Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia voters should use some kind of device — like a touchscreen computer — to mark paper ballots when they go to the polls in 2020, according to recommendations by a state panel tasked with reviewing how Georgia’s 16-year-old voting machines should be replaced. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Graduate medical expansion working, but state still lags

Lee Shearer reports that Georgia has exceeded its goals for expanding medical residencies in the state. However, shortages persist “in the right disciplines and the right places,” according to a report from the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Saporta Report

Season opens for ‘poor man’s salmon,’ which helped Washington beat the Brits

David Pendered reports that the commercial season has opened in two Georgia rivers for a fish once known as the poor man’s salmon, a herring that some revere for its role in preventing George Washington’s troops from dying of starvation as they camped near Valley Forge. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Brunswick News

Federal seismic testing lawsuit bustles

Wes Wolfe reports that while the offshore drilling lawsuit in a South Carolina federal court may be stayed, activity has yet to cease, catalyzed Monday by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office filing a motion to intervene as a plaintiff in the suit, of which Georgia group One Hundred Miles is one of the original plaintiffs. Tuesday, attorneys for the federal government filed a motion to stay the deadline of the defendants’ response to South Carolina’s motion to intervene. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah Convention Center looks to legislature for bigger future

Katie Nussbaum reports that members of the 2019 Georgia General Assembly, which convenes in Atlanta tomorrow, could help shape the future and look of Hutchinson Island this year as The Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority has requested state funding to complete an expansion to the Savannah Convention Center. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

'Right now it's a shotgun approach'

Diane Wagner reports that Georgia General Assembly’s 2019 session opens today at 10 a.m. and local lawmakers have a wish list from the Floyd County Commission. Topping the list: Help with mental health issues in the community, compounded by the opioid crisis, that are straining the county jail. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett legislators anticipate bipartisanship on local issues as legislative session begins

Curt Yeomans reports, after decades of Republicans calling the shots in Gwinnett’s legislative delegation, Democrats will get their turn when the Georgia General Assembly convenes for a new legislative session on Monday. In a year when a new governor and lieutenant governor will be taking office, the biggest change affecting Gwinnett residents might be the changes in the county’s legislative delegation. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Lawmakers push for Georgia-grown hemp

Jill Nolin reports, when hen proponents of Georgia-grown medical cannabis argue their case this legislative session, they will have a major hurdle to overcome with some lawmakers: Marijuana's outlaw status on the federal level. To the feds, medical cannabis remains a highly controlled substance, right up there with heroin, that has no recognized medical use. But the cousin of cannabis, hemp, is now a different story. Cultivation of the plant was legalized nationwide through the new federal farm bill, which the president signed into law last month. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Albany Herald

Advocacy will continue for elderly at General Assembly as legislative session starts

Staff reports that in the General Assembly session that starts Monday, advocates for the elderly will be lobbying for funding to help 7,000 older Georgians on waiting lists for services based out of their homes and communities. Leading the fight will be the Georgia Council on Aging and the 900-plus member Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly, or CO-AGE. 

 

Jan. 14, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What you need to know about Kemp’s inauguration and new session

Greg Bluestein reports, a new governor. A legion of fresh-faced lawmakers. The opening of another legislative session. And a farewell to Nathan Deal and other political stalwarts. Monday will usher in a new political era in Georgia as Republican Gov.-elect Brian Kemp, other statewide officers and hundreds of lawmakers are sworn into office with a burst of pomp and pageantry. 

 

 




Jan. 11, 2019 Georgia.gov

Deal BioIQ to locate headquarters in Cobb County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that BioIQ, a health IT company, will create 500 jobs and invest more than $5 million in Cobb County through the location of its new headquarters. New jobs will include positions in technology, sales and operations. “BioIQ has significant reach across the nation and has proven itself to be a leader in health care innovation,” said Deal. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-Betweens

Susan Percy reports that last month’s runoff elections put Brad Raffensperger in the secretary of state’s office and kept Chuck Eaton on the Public Service Commission. Raffensperger defeated Democrat John Barrow, a former U.S. congressman who represented Georgia’s 12th District, with 52 percent of the vote to Barrow’s 48 percent. Eaton won his election by about the same margin, defeating Democrat Lindy Miller. 

 

Jan 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta draws attention to signs of human trafficking

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines has launched a new in-flight video focused on how to spot human trafficking. The video is part of the airline’s broader effort to help fight sexual exploitation and forced labor. Already, the company has trained 56,000 of its employees on signs to watch for on flights or in airports. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ralston cool toward state takeover of Atlanta airport

Dave Williams reports that a proposal Georgia Senate Republicans are pushing to have the state take over operations at Atlanta's airport appears headed for a cool reception on the other side of the Gold Dome. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Details emerge on new UGA football project

Marc Weiszer reports that Georgia is setting in motion plans for its next big football facility project. The school has posted on its athletics website under “current renovations” that it is seeking responses from “design-build firms” for design and preconstruction services for a renovation and expansion to the Butts-Mehre building that is expected to include a new football facility. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019 University of Georgia 

UGA FoodPIC often behind successful Flavor of Georgia contest winners  

Sharon Dowdy reports, for the past 12 years, Georgia-based food companies have competed in the Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. Being named a finalist — or better, a winner — in one of the contest’s categories is a great boost for companies seeking success in the competitive food industry. A few of last year’s winners had one thing in common: They have worked with the University of Georgia’s Food Product Innovation and Commercialization (FoodPIC) Center. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Deal dedicates second phase of Georgia Cyber Center

Tom Corwin reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal cut the ribbon Thursday on the Shaffer MacCartney Building, the second phase of the $100 million Georgia Cyber Center. On a campus that now bears his name, in a building he pushed for a little more than a year ago, Gov. Nathan Deal dedicated Thursday night the second building at the Georgia Cyber Center in what he hopes will be “a facility that will have longterm generational effects.” 

 

Jan. 11, 2019  Savannah Morning News

Challenge to Vogtle denied, but appeal planned

Mary Landers reports that consumer and environmental groups are appealing a dismissal of their challenge to continue the over-budget and behind-schedule construction of two additional reactors at Plant Vogtle. In late December, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LeGrua granted the motion of Georgia Power, the lead owner of Vogtle and an intervenor in the case, to dismiss the groups’ petitions. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

GGC President Stas Preczewski leaving Friday; college names Dr. Mary Beth Walker interim president

Isabel Hughes reports that Georgia Gwinnett College has named an interim president in light of current President Stas Preczewski’s recent announcement that his last day at the school is Friday. On Thursday, the college named Georgia State University’s Dr. Mary Beth Walker to the position, which will take effect Saturday. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Legislation re-filed to expand Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Ricky Leroux reports that legislation designed to expand Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park has been filed in the U.S. Congress for the fourth time. The bill, which would add eight acres to the park, is sponsored by Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019 Gainesville Times

How this legislation could improve Internet in rural areas

Megan Reed reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, introduced a bill Thursday that would help rural communities access broadband services. The bill, named the Connect America Fund Accountability Act of 2019, outlines additional guidelines for the Connect America Fund, a Federal Communications Commission program that incentivizes broadband carriers to provide service to underserved or rural areas. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019  Georgia Health News

Health care agenda: Will longtime disputes be resolved?

Andy Miller reports that despite a new lineup of legislators – as well as a new governor and lieutenant governor — many health care issues in the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly will have a familiar look. They are largely the same ones that have percolated under the Gold Dome in past years. Health care regulations. Surprise medical billing. Rural health care. Medical marijuana. 

 

Jan. 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hearing set for lawsuit challenging Georgia lieutenant governor race

Maya T. Prabhu reports that a Cobb County judge will hold a hearing Thursday in a lawsuit challenging the election of Lt. Gov.-elect Geoff Duncan. The case alleges that a drop-off in votes for lieutenant governor indicates the election between Duncan, a Republican, and Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico was flawed and should be redone. Duncan won by more than 123,000 votes.

 

 




Jan. 10, 2019 WABE 90.1

More Ga. Electric Co-Ops May Begin To Offer Internet Service

Tasnim Shamma reports that state lawmakers continue their push to expand broadband in rural Georgia this year. One way is by explicitly allowing electric membership co-ops (EMCs) the ability to provide not just electricity but also internet service. In the North Georgia region state Sen. Steve Gooch is from, the first question real estate agents hear these days is often not about where the best school districts are.

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: The To Do List

Susan Percy writes, after a long season of elections, recounts, runoffs, challenges and lawsuits, here comes the inauguration of a new governor, Brian Kemp; the swearing in of some new Constitutional officers and state lawmakers; and the beginning of a new General Assembly session. 

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta orders 15 more Airbus A220 jets, upgrades to larger version

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that before it has even begun flying its first Airbus A220, Delta Air Lines has ordered 15 more of the jets and upgraded to a larger version. Atlanta-based Delta is scheduled to begin flying its first 109-seat A220 on Jan. 31 with flights from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Boston Logan and Dallas/Fort Worth. 

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta to launch daily service from Atlanta to Hilton Head Island, SC

Alex Gailey reports that Delta Air Lines will add three daily flights from Atlanta to the coastal town of Hilton Head Island, SC, as well as seasonal service to New York City, starting spring 2019. Daily service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Hilton Head Island Airport will begin May 23, 2019, and seasonal Saturday service to New York's LaGuardia Airport will start June 8, 2019. 

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Savannah Morning News

SEDA celebrates record year

Katie Nussbaum reports, looking back at 2018 Savannah Economic Development Authority leaders have millions of reasons to celebrate. In 2018 the organization helped create 1,906 new job opportunities and facilitate more than $500 million in private investment to the surrounding area.

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

Marrero expected to leave UWG For Ga. Southern 

Staff reports that Dr. Kyle Marrero is expected to become the next president of Georgia Southern University. University System of Georgia Board of Regents Chairman Don L. Waters and Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced Wednesday that Marrero is the sole finalist for president of GSU. 

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Showcasing South Georgia

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, before the December holiday celebrations got into full swing, the Sumter County Development Authority hosted its second annual Fields and Feathers Event, which highlighted economic development opportunities and the unique community of Americus. The two-day event combined business and pleasure for executives from UPS, Delta, Georgia Power, Georgia EMC and Electric Cities of Georgia, as well as prospective developers and business people. 

 

Jan. 10, 2019 GPB

Kemp Launches 'Georgians First' Tour Before Inauguration

Stephen Fowler reports that Gov.-elect Brian Kemp is spending the final days before his inauguration traveling the state. The “Georgians First" celebration tour will visit all corners of the state, including places in rural Georgia, such as Chula and Blakely. 

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Albany Herald

Groups challenge court decision regarding Plant Vogtle over cost concerns

Staff reports that several Georgia groups, including the Southern Environmental Law Center, said Wednesday they would be challenging a ruling from the Fulton County Superior Court late last month dismissing their appeal of the Georgia Public Service Commission’s decision approving expected cost increases at Plant Vogtle. The anticipated price tag to build two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle has nearly doubled to roughly $26 billion in recent months. 

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Brunswick News

Trove of anti-drilling bills filed in the House

Wes Wolfe reports, at the same time of a concerted effort of state legislators to discourage offshore drilling, Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives launched a broadside of bills looking to put a halt to the Trump administration’s plans to open up around 90 percent of the United States’ coastline to offshore oil and gas exploration. 

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Saporta Report

Gov.-elect Kemp views strong state tax revenues as he ponders first budget proposal

David Pendered reports that incoming Gov. Brian Kemp has the benefit of delivering his first budget proposal to the Legislature as the state economy continues to expand and spin off an increasing amount of tax revenues, according to an economic outlook contained in a new policy brief by Georgia’s state economist. The report bodes well for Kemp. As governor, the Kemp administration will set the revenue forecast that state lawmakers must use to finalize a budget. 

 

Jan. 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Speaker David Ralston casts doubt on bill to allow concealed firearms without permit

Jim Galloway reports that House Speaker David Ralston on Wednesday expressed opposition to legislation that would allow Georgians to carry concealed firearms without a permit. “I don’t know what the appetite’s going to be for that kind of legislation in the House. I’m going to take a very, very cautious view,” Ralston said during an interview on GPB’s “Political Rewind.” 

 

 




Jan. 9, 2019 WABE 90.1

A New South Cobb City? Maybe So, As Group Outlines Its Plan At Town Hall

Emma Hurt reports that plans for another new city are afoot in metro Atlanta. A group of South Cobb County residents is considering incorporating into a city, with the tentative name of Mableton. At a town hall in Austell on Monday night, the group’s leadership outlined the plan to citizens. 

 

Jan. 9, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Interesting Times

Kerwin Swint writes, now that the blue wave’s hit, let’s assess the damage – or the progress, depending on your politics. As we thought, Democrats took the U.S. House and Nancy Pelosi is speaker again (or will likely be, following the House vote this month), to the delight of Donald Trump. (I actually think he prefers Pelosi to Paul Ryan.) But Republicans held the U.S. Senate and slightly expanded their majority.

 

Jan. 9, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Government shutdown brings hardship for federal workers

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that David Kirsh is required to continue his work as an airway transportation systems technician at the Hartsfield-Jackson air traffic control tower as an essential employee amid the partial government shutdown, but he’s not sure when his next paycheck will come. “My wife has approached me to ask, do we need to sell our house so we do not default on our mortgage,” said Kirsh, a 30-year-old Marine Corps veteran who lives in Senoia. 

 

Jan. 9, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia State economic report tempers positive news with concern over interest rates

Dave Williams reports that Georgia's economy continues to hum along with low unemployment and growth in personal income, the Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University reported Tuesday. However, a policy brief the center prepared in advance of the start of this year's General Assembly session next week also expressed concern over rising interest rates. 

 

Jan. 9, 2019 GlobalAtlanta.com

Georgia Fertilizer Factory Part of Big U.S. Plans for Brazilian Agribusiness Firm

Trevor Williams reports that after completing four years of research in south Georgia, a Brazilian fertilizer company is setting up a crop-nutrition plant in the region that will employ 80 people. The $1 million plant in Moultrie is the latest step in Forquímica‘s major ambitions for the U.S. market. 

 

Jan. 9, 2019 Emory University

CDC-funded research aims to improve children's recovery from mild traumatic brain injury

Holly Korschun reports that a team of emergency medicine researchers and clinical providers at Emory University School of Medicine will use new funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to evaluate a clinical toolkit aimed at improving recovery in children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). When the project is complete, the Emory team plans to implement their toolkit in health systems across the country. 

 

Jan. 9, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia and South Carolina among states benefiting from low gas demand

Staff reports that the demand for gas hit its lowest levels in nearly two years last month, with Georgia and South Carolina among the states benefiting most with some of the nation’s lowest prices. The latest Energy Information Administration data registers gasoline demand at 8.6 million barrels of oil per day for the week ending Dec. 28 – the lowest level on record since February 2017, according to AAA.

 

Jan. 9, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett swears-in first Hispanic-Korean judge to Recorder’s Court

Isabel Hughes reports that Gwinnett County has seen a lot of firsts in the last year and a half. In November 2017, Loganville and Norcross residents elected the county’s first non-white mayors, and in May 2018, county residents elected Gwinnett’s first black judge. Also in May, voters chose a Bangladeshi immigrant as their District 5 state senator, making him the state’s first Muslim lawmaker, and in November 2018, residents voted into office the county’s first non-white commissioners. 

 

Jan. 9, 2019 Georgia.gov 

Deal: December tax revenues  down -4.5 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for December totaled $2.16 billion, for a decrease of $102.5 million, or -4.5 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled roughly $2.26 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled nearly $11.82 billion, for an increase of almost $517 million, or 4.6 percent, compared to December 2017, when tax revenues totaled $11.3 billion. 

 

Jan. 9, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Powell takes key House chair

Jill Nolin reports that a south Georgia lawmaker has been tapped to head the legislative committee that decides which bills make it to the House floor for a vote. Rep. Jay Powell, a Republican from Camilla, was promoted to the role on Tuesday, making him one of the most powerful lawmakers under the Gold Dome. Without his support, a bill will stand little chance of advancing. 

 

Jan. 9, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia governor race smashes new campaign cash records 

Greg Bluestein reports that the race for governor smashed another Georgia campaign finance record as Republican Gov.-elect Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams combined to raise nearly $50 million through December. A year-end report released Tuesday, covering the period from Oct. 25 to Dec. 31, shows that Kemp collected about $22.1 million throughout the contest, including about $1.1 million in the final stretch of the race. 

 

 




Jan. 8, 2019 Georgia.gov

Deal: Forquímica to create 80 jobs in Colquitt County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Forquímica, a developer of sustainable agricultural products, will create 80 jobs and invest $1 million in Moultrie. New jobs will include positions in general services, management, marketing and sales. 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2019 Georgian of the Year: Lee Thomas

Susan Percy reports that even Lee Thomas is sometimes surprised by the success and scope of Georgia’s film industry. Like the day she was driving along Peachtree Road in Buckhead and saw actor John Malkovich standing on the curb at a traffic light. “I had to pull out my phone and check to see if he’s in town – and yes,” she recalls, shaking her head. “There is so much going on here.” 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson to spend nearly $1.4 million on Super Bowl

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is spending nearly $1.4 million to handle crowds for the Super Bowl in Atlanta. The Super Bowl will be held Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The event is expected to draw more than 1 million visitors, with increased traffic particularly in areas around the Mercedes-Benz stadium, downtown and at the world’s busiest airport

 

Jan. 8, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

MARTA bolsters executive leadership as transit agency begins $2.7 billion expansion

Douglas Sams reports, as MARTA begins its largest expansion in decades, it’s bolstering its executive leadership team. Frank Rucker was hired as chief of capital programs, expansion and innovation. Luz Borrero takes over as chief administrative officer and David Springstead is the new chief of rail operations. 

 

Jan. 8, 209 Saporta Report

Construction costs skyrocket, niches remain – such as Houston’s site near Lenox Mall

David Pendered reports that the site of a former Houston’s restaurant, across Lenox Road from the mall, is just the type of property that could accommodate a trophy asset the current and near-future economy could support. This comes at a time a new report from CBRE suggests some potential commercial developments may not make much economic sense because of skyrocketing construction costs in metro Atlanta. 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

‘Georgia Trend’ names seven people with Gwinnett ties among ‘Influential Georgians’

Curt Yeomans reports that seven people with ties to Gwinnett County made “Georgia Trend” magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians list for 2019. The list includes five people who live in communities that are wholly in Gwinnett as well as one state official from a city that is partially in the county and a state senator whose district includes part of the county. 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 GlobalAtlanta.com

SK Innovation Donation to Net $120K for Jackson County Schools 

Trevor Williams reports that SK Innovation, a South Korean battery manufacturer, committed to donating $60,000 to improve career preparedness in Jackson County schools, the first act of engagement in a community where it will invest an estimated $1.67 billion. The donation is to go to the Empower College and Career Center, a charter high school focused on vocational skills, which is set to open in 2021.  

 

Jan. 8, 2019 Georgia Health News

Kaiser, Emory say their alliance is already showing good results

Andy Miller reports that two months after launch, Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente say their new collaboration is working well for both sides. Part of the evidence is in patient volume: Emory’s two “core’’ hospitals covered by the agreement are seeing many more Kaiser members. 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Macon flower-making invitation

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and it’s undergoing a rebirth, thanks to efforts by the Macon Arts Alliance and the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority to establish it as a creative district. To entice visitors to witness the neighborhood’s revitalization progress, Mill Hill artists-in-residence Jeni Hansen Gard and her husband, Forrest Sincoff Gard, have created the Macon Flowers Project. 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 Georgia Tech

Peterson Announces Plans to Retire as President

Staff reports that Georgia Institute of Technology President G.P. “Bud” Peterson today announced he will retire as president in the summer of 2019, a position he’s served in since 2009. “The opportunity to serve as president of Georgia Tech the past 10 years has been one of the highlights of my career,” Peterson said. 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 University of Georgia

Researchers receive $2M NIH instrumentation grant

Alan Flurry reports that the National Institutes of Health has awarded University of Georgia researchers $1.956 million for a high-resolution mass spectrometer that will enhance capabilities for scientists in many fields across campus. The award by the NIH High End Instrumentation program was one of 30 awards made in the program, and one of only six mass spectrometer requests funded in the 2018 cycle. 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 GPB

Kemp Names Senior Staff

Stephen Fowler reports that a week before inauguration, Gov.-elect Brian Kemp has named 14 people that will serve on his senior leadership team. Many of the positions are familiar faces to Kemp's time as secretary of state and his gubernatorial campaign, including incoming press secretary Cody Hall (who held that position for the campaign) and incoming communications director Candice Broce (who held a similar position in the secretary of state's office) and Kemp's former chief of staff David Dove, who will serve as the governor's executive counsel. 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Lawmakers reviving central database plans

Diane Wagner reports that new ways of sharing data across state agencies are expected to emerge during the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly. "It's the key to how we can address very specific needs, but we have to break down the silos," said Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome. Dempsey and Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, co-chaired a joint committee on data-sharing last year but political skirmishes in the run-up to the elections stalled legislation in both chambers. 

 

Jan. 8, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Abrams gives herself a deadline to decide on next move

Greg Bluestein reports that Stacey Abrams has some major decisions to make before she decides her next political step. And she’s giving herself until the end of March to make up her mind. Stacey Abrams has some major decisions to make before she decides her next political step. And she’s giving herself until the end of March to make up her mind. 

 

 




Jan. 7, 2019 WSB Radio

Evacuation order lifted in Georgia town after train derailment

Staff reports that residents are allowed back in their homes hours after a train carrying chemical derailed in Jefferson County. The Jefferson County, Ga. Sheriff's Office said emergency crews have deemed the evacuation area safe. The derailment happened near Highway 171 at Highway 24 in the town of Bartow.

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Honoring Influential Georgians

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, each year, Georgia Trend selects a Georgian of the Year and this year’s honoree is Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, for her leadership in making Georgia a top location for filming movies and TV shows. 

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fed chair in Atlanta boasts about economy, won’t quit if Trump asks

Michael E. Kanell reports, presenting a united front at a conference in Atlanta on Friday, the chairman of the Federal Reserve and two predecessors praised the current state of the economy while issuing a full-throated defense of the institution’s independence. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has been the target of criticism from President Donald Trump, who accuses the Fed of contributing to the stock market decline by raising interest rates. 

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta unveils retrofit 777 aircraft with four seat options

Alex Gailey reports that customers booking travel through Delta on certain transpacific and transatlantic flights will soon have the option to pick between four cabin classes. Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will roll out the first of its retrofitted 777 aircraft featuring all four seat options – Delta One suites, premium select, comfort-plus and main cabin – on a select number of flights. 

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern’s Q3 2018 Economic Monitor show consumer confidence up, regional economy growth phase to slow in 2019

Staff reports that Georgia Southern University’s latest Economic Monitor, which analyzes Q3 2018 data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy, reports signs of weakness are emerging more clearly in Savannah’s three-county metro economy. Electricity sales and boardings at the airport lifted the economic index, while port activity remained strong and unemployment faded.

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Brunswick News

Project seeks transformation in relationship between seafood, communities

Wes Wolfe reports that it’s a big fish story — a lot of them, in fact. A new project is underway that seeks to get beyond traditional seafood testing and advisories, and go much further — promoting different types of seafood and different ways of preparing it, while engaging local residents and deriving a better understanding of people’s relationship with seafood and its effects on our health. 

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Middle Georgia airport leaders eying more casino resort destinations

Stanley Dunlap reports that the popularity of casino resorts chartered flights out of Middle Georgia Regional Airport is leading to a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in January. Regional airport officials could soon find out if another charter flight service will be flying out of the Macon airport on a regular basis. 

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Proposed Interstate 14 looks to link Augusta to Texas, military bases

Tom Corwin reports, it is a long way from reaching Augusta, but proponents of the proposed Interstate 14 are hoping that endorsements like the one from the Augusta Commission and possibly the Georgia General Assembly will boost its prospects in the state and across the country to Texas.

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Gainesville Times

Georgia makes the top 5 on this list, but no one wants us there 

Nick Watson reports, while many may take pride in the Georgia Bulldogs being No. 5 in the country on the gridiron, there’s a separate top-five list Harris Blackwood wants to escape. “We generally rank No. 5 in the country in terms of fatalities. That’s more than New York. That’s more than Michigan. That’s more than Ohio, states we think of as big states,” said Blackwood, director of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. 

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Political shift coming for Athens with new mayor, commissioners

Lee Shearer reports that a swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday will mark what many hope will be a new era in Athens politics. Athens-Clarke County gets a new mayor that day, Kelly Girtz, along with four new Athens-Clarke commissioners — Patrick Davenport in District 1, Tim Denson in District 5, Russell Edwards in District 7 and Ovita Thornton in District 9. 

 

Jan. 7, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia Lawmakers Recommend Steps To Address Dyslexia

Martha Dalton reports that a Senate committee tasked with studying how to address dyslexia in schools has submitted its final report to the state legislature. Researchers at Yale University say the learning disability affects about one-in-five people. Students diagnosed with dyslexia often have trouble identifying sounds in words and understanding that letters represent those sounds, according to the International Dyslexia Association. 

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Push on for in-state cannabis cultivation

Jill Nolin reports that thousands of Georgians are enrolled in a medical cannabis program that lets card-carrying participants with a qualifying condition possess the drug. But three years into the program, there’s still no legal way for these patients to buy the oil. Now, proponents of expanded medical cannabis access are gearing up for a push for in-state cultivation this month, when a new administration and more than two dozen new lawmakers converge under the Gold Dome for a new legislative session. 

 

Jan. 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia ‘religious liberty’ advocate joins state insurance office

Greg Bluestein reports that incoming Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck went with a well-known Capitol figure for his first hire: State Sen. Josh McKoon, a force behind ethics overhauls who is perhaps best known as a champion of “religious liberty” legislation. The Columbus Republican, an attorney who waged an unsuccessful campaign for secretary of state, was set to continue the push for the legislation as the new director of the state chapter of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. 

 

 




Jan. 4, 2019 GPB

Gov. Nathan Deal Unveils His Portrait During His Final Days In Office

Ross Terrell reports, as his time in office winds down, Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his official portrait Thursday. The painting shows the governor and first lady Sandra Deal standing side by side, her arm grasping his, in front of a window. A crane is in seen in the window, which represents the role Deal played in getting a new headquarters for the judicial system built.

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Recycling Resolved

Ben Young writes, I don’t know who it was who decided that every January we need to resolve to improve our habits. It’s an inconvenient correlation, especially so soon after New Year’s Eve. In any case, here it is, my New Year’s resolution, and it’s an easy way we can all make a difference in 2019: recycle more sensibly. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta ranks high for on-time performance in 2018

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that among the largest carriers in North America, Delta ranked No. 1 for on-time performance in 2018, according to airline data provider OAG. With 83.1 percent of its flights arriving or departing on time, Delta ranked No. 1 among “mega airlines” in North America and No. 4 globally, behind LATAM Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, OAG said in a report issued Thursday.

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Exchange rate benefits Coca-Cola's $4.9B deal for London coffee chain

Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola's major dip into the coffee world is official — and at a smaller price than expected. The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) said Thursday it completed the purchase of Costa Limited, the world's second biggest coffee chain, from Whitbread PLC for $4.9 billion. The transaction followed approval from regulatory authorities in the European Union and China. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 WABE 90.1

New Agreement Signed In Georgia To Assist Mexican Families, Children

Roxanne Scott reports that Georgia’s child welfare agency signed an agreement Wednesday with the Mexican Consulate to provide assistance to Mexican children who enter the system. When a Mexican child comes in contact with the Division of Family and Children Services, the Mexican Consulate is supposed to be notified immediately, according to international law. But that hasn’t always happened. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Board of Regents expected to select Georgia Southern University president next week

Ann Meyer reports that the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia expects to select a new president of Georgia Southern University next week in Atlanta, chairman Don Waters said. The presidential search committee at GSU has delivered a narrowed list of candidates for a Board of Regents special committee’s consideration, and the special committee is scheduled to meet next week for intensive interviews with the candidates. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Lawmakers ready to learn new state priorities

Doug Walker reports that State Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, explained to local business and government leaders Thursday morning that the local legislative delegation doesn't know what it doesn't know when it comes to expectations for the 2019 legislative session. Lumsden told participants at the annual Rome Floyd Chamber Pre-Legislative Forum that until Governor-elect Brian Kemp puts forth his proposed budget lawmakers won't fully know what the governor’s key issues are going to be. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Albany Herald

Southwest Georgia mourns passing of Bob Hanner, prepares to welcome Georgia Economic Outlook series

Terry Lewis reports that Republican Bob Hanner, a former Republican in the Georgia House of Representatives from Parrott, passed away Wednesday at the age of 73. Hanner served in the Georgia House from 1975 until 2013. The Georgia Economic Outlook series is bringing the expertise of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business to nine cities across the state to offer specific insights into next year’s economy. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Report: Hamilton Health Care System scammed out of $1.26 million

Chris Whitfield reports that scams aren’t just played out on unsuspecting seniors or in the form of requests for help from exiled Nigerian princes. They can also be perpetrated on multimillion-dollar organizations. Hamilton Health Care System found that out the hard way, according to a Dalton Police Department report, to the tune of $1.26 million in two electronic payments that hospital officials thought were going to a construction company working on the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute and the Peeples Cancer Institute. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 GlobalAtlanta.com

Delta Fires New Salvo in Qatar Airways Feud, This Time Over Italy Routes 

Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. has fired a new salvo in an ongoing battle with Middle Eastern air carrier Qatar Airways, reigniting a conflict a year after the two sides reached a fragile ceasefire. At issue this time is Qatar’s 49 percent stake in Italy’s Meridiana, which has been rebranded to Air Italy and is now expanding routes to U.S. cities with Qatar’s help. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Georgia Health News

Grady curbing ER overuse by showing patients a better way

Andy Miller reports that the target group are people who have visited the ER at least six times over a six-month period. Many are poor and without jobs, and some are homeless. A high percentage have no health insurance. Many of these people abuse drugs or have untreated mental illness. They also tend to have chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus native’s product combats opioid abuse, selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Mark Rice reports that a national business magazine considers a Columbus native one of the best young innovators in the United States and Canada. Gautam Chebrolu, 23, a 2013 graduate of Columbus High School, is among the 600 twentysomethings on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Only the top 4 percent of the approximately 15,000 nominees were selected. Chebrolu and his business partner, Yossuf Albanawi, 24, are in the social entrepreneurs category, highlighting leaders trying to change society. About a year ago, Chebrolu and Albanawi cofounded Pilleve, whose goal is to prevent opioid abuse and addition. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Gainesville Times

What educators are saying about push for schools to have later start dates

Joshua Silavent reports, a Georgia Senate study committee is recommending more uniformity in school calendars for 181 districts across the state. But the proposal to push back the start of the academic year (both Hall County Schools and Gainesville City Schools begin in early August, for example) has been continually met with opposition from local school district officials and educators’ associations. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Georgia Attorney General

Carr Announces Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Staff reports that Office of Attorney General Chris Carr today filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County against opioid manufacturers and distributors* to seek justice for their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis and its catastrophic effects on Georgia citizens. The lawsuit alleges that, in an effort to increase opioid use and thereby increase profits, the named opioid manufacturers embarked on a false and deceptive marketing campaign that grossly understated the dangerous addiction risks of opioids, while overstating their benefits. 

 

Jan. 4, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politics

Dam burst: Deal’s aide reveals what blocked Georgia-Florida water war compromise

Greg Bluestein reports, Gov. Nathan Deal came into office eight years ago with hopes of settling Georgia’s long-running water wars feud with neighbors. He’ll leave office in 10 days with the fight nowhere near resolved. But as lawyers from Georgia and Florida prepare to dive into five questions outlined by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, Deal’s administration for the first time revealed how close the two sides came to a compromise that could have swept aside the costly legal battle. 

 

 




Jan. 3, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Merger of Georgia and Texas banks finalized with combined $17 billion in assets

Linda S. Morris reports that the merger of Georgia-based State Bank with a Houston, Texas, bank is final. Cadence Bancorporation, the holding company of Candence Bank N.A., announced Wednesday it has completed its merger with State Bank Financial Corp., according to a news release. State Bank will operate as a division of Cadence Bank until a systems conversion, which is scheduled for February 2019. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Valdosta addresses workforce needs

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, recently, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority (VLCDA) and the Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Resource Network teamed up to bring educators and economic development professionals together to explore workforce needs in the Lowndes County region. The one-day workshop featured industry representatives strengthening connections with school teachers, administrators, counselors and work-based learning coordinators from school systems in Berrien, Echols, Lanier and Lowndes counties and the city of Valdosta. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Line of made in Georgia food and drinks offers ‘therapy through food’

C.W. Cameron reports, it all started with trail mix. Naturopath Lupa Irie of Lupa’s Kitchen is a student of natural remedies. After learning that sprouting seeds, nuts and grains would make their nutrients more accessible, she was inspired to sprout buckwheat and pumpkin seeds and mix them with coconut flakes, raisins and other ingredients to make a trail mix she called Morning Glory. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

German discount grocery chain ready to open first metro Atlanta stores

Eric Mandel reports that German discount grocery chain Lidl is scheduled to make it's long-awaited debut in metro Atlanta. Lidl (pronounced “lee-dle”), said Wednesday that it will open its first three stores in the Atlanta area over the course of four weeks, starting in Powder Springs (2641 Powder Springs Road SW) on Jan. 16. That is to be followed with an opening in Snellville (3821 Stone Mountain Highway) on Jan. 30 and Mableton (4844 Floyd Road SW) on Feb. 13. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Logistics program prepares graduates for careers with IANA member companies

Staff reports that students in the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University who are pursuing careers in logistics and intermodal transportation (LIT) are being prepared for and connected to careers in a program that is recognized by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and its member companies. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 WABE 90.1

First Major Latino-Owned And -Operated Studio Launches In Atlanta

Tasnim Shamma reports that first major Latino-owned and -operated movie production studio in the United States, Areu Bros., is expected to open for business in southwest Atlanta this year. African-American filmmaker and media mogul Tyler Perry recently moved his studios to the site of an old army base called Fort McPherson. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Rome’s Corbin named to Top 100 List again

Staff reports that Rome's Gretchen Corbin is expected to continue her winning streak under a new governor. Georgia Trend magazine named Corbin one of the state's 100 most influential people for 2019 as Gov.-elect Brian Kemp takes over the helm from Nathan Deal. The list, published each January, "represents the best qualities of leadership, power, character and influence the state has to offer." 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Dinglewood’s scrambled dog legend dies at 87

Ben Wright reports that Lieutenant Charles Stevens, a fixture at Dinglewood Pharmacy in Columbus with his famous scrambled hot dogs, died of natural causes Wednesday at Piedmont Columbus Regional midtown campus. He was 87. Stevens was rushed to the emergency room of the hospital after he was stricken by cardiac arrest during dialysis treatment, said Muscogee County Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

CNHI sold to Alabama Retirement Systems

Staff reports that CNHI, LLC has been acquired by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, it was announced today. CNHI is made up of more than 100 local newspapers and websites in 22 states, including 68 dailies and more than 40 non-dailies. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 UGA

UGA faculty, staff to present findings at Georgia Organics Conference

Clint Thompson reports, with demand rising for organic produce and the industry growing to meet the need, the Georgia Organics Conference is a pivotal event for educating organic growers in Georgia and throughout the South. Organic agriculture has increased in the U.S. by about 10 percent per year over the last 15 years, according to Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez, a University of Georgia scientist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Brunswick News

Shutdown could slow Sea Island lawsuit

Wes Wolfe reports that dominoes continue to drop because of the partial shutdown of the federal government, as Justice Department attorneys representing the Army Corps of Engineers filed a motion for stay Dec. 31 regarding the ongoing lawsuit over development of the Sea Island spit. The attorneys explain in the motion that funding to the Justice Department dried up Dec. 21, and that without new funding approved by Congress, DOJ attorneys are on a forced hiatus.

 

Jan. 3, 2019 GPB

At 92, Longtime Georgia Farm Broadcaster Everett Griner Retires 

Leighton Rowell, Virginia Prescott and Amy Kiley report that as 2019 begins, a true Georgia personality is embarking on a new journey: retirement. Everett Griner, 92, began his broadcasting career in 1948 and spent decades as a farm reporter and producer for Southeast AgNet. Griner recently retired on the farm and joined "On Second Thought" on the line from Moultrie, Georgia. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Gainesville Times

How legislators want to use lotto games to support veterans programs

Joshua Silavent reports that a Georgia Senate study committee is recommending that new scratch-off lottery tickets be created with proceeds directed to support programs and services for military veterans. “That, in itself, is a great idea,” said Johnny Varner, a Hall County resident who retired from the Army in 2006 after 20 years in the military. 

 

Jan. 3, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: A record number of women will serve in the Georgia Legislature this year  

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that when Georgia lawmakers reconvene this month for another session of the General Assembly, a record number of women will be sworn into office. An analysis by the Center for American Women and Politics show roughly 31 percent of Georgia’s incoming class of state legislators are women, up from 25 percent in 2017 - and 20 percent a decade ago. 

 

 




Jan. 2, 2019 WABE 90.1

Fulton County Judge Dismisses Plant Vogtle Appeal

Molly Samuel reports that a Fulton County judge has dismissed a case over a controversial nuclear power construction project in Georgia. Critics of the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion had appealed a decision by state regulators to allow the project to continue, despite cost and schedule overruns. The critics said the Georgia Public Service Commission didn’t follow protocol when it voted to keep the project in December 2017. 

 

Jan. 2, 2019 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019: Propelling Positive Change 

Mary Ann DeMuth, Karen Kirkpatrick, Patty Rasmussen and Christy Simo report, according to Henry David Thoreau, “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” His assessment is an apt description of the individuals included in Georgia Trend’s 21st annual listing of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. Not only are they successful in their careers, but they also wield remarkable power and influence and have contributed to making life better for Georgians.

 

Jan. 2, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta business upbeat about 2019 despite whiffs of trouble

Michael E. Kanell reports, after nine years of steady and sometimes strong growth, much of the smart money says the expansion will continue at least through the next year with both the region and nation seeing creation of more jobs, higher home prices and an improving climate for business. 

 

Jan. 2, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta company buys Charlotte's Capitol Towers for $208M

Ashley Fahey reports that an affiliate of Atlanta-based Preferred Office Properties made one of 2018's largest sales in Charlotte commercial real estate on a total sale basis.

 

Jan. 2, 2019 WSB Radio, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Local Update: Feds will review Georgia’s request to change ‘offensive’ creek name

Maya T. Prabhu reports that Georgia Archives officials have petitioned the federal government to change the name of a small body of water on Skidaway Island that some find offensive. Georgia lawmakers approved a resolution in March calling for Runaway Negro Creek to be renamed Freedom Creek. Gov. Nathan Deal signed the legislation in May. 

 

Jan. 2, 2019 Brunswick News

First right whale calf of season spotted

Wes Wolfe reports that a conservation team discovered the first right whale calf seen off the South Atlantic coast in close to two years. “The weather outside may be frightful, but endangered species observers with Coastwise Consulting were hard at work aboard the dredge Bayport when today, they spotted the first North Atlantic right whale calf of the 2018-2019 season,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Research Institute posted to Facebook Friday. “The whales were sighted near the St. Johns River entrance, slowly moving north. 

 

Jan. 2, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Historical Perry service station to be preserved  

Wayne Crenshaw reports that a year ago the City Council discussed tearing down the small brick building that sits at the corner of Carroll and Main streets, but a group of people came to its defense. Now the building known as Sinclair Station is headed for preservation. 

 

Jan. 2, 2019 UGA, Athens Banner-Herald

UGA researchers looks to combat opioid addiction

Lauren Baggett reports that Grace Bagwell Adams is well-versed in the issues surrounding opioid misuse and addiction. As an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, she examines how policies are being used to address and, hopefully, curb the opioid epidemic. “States are furiously trying to figure out how to legislate and control the opioid epidemic from getting any worse,” Adams says. 

 

Jan. 2, 2019 GPB

New Law Changes Online Sales Tax Collection

Stephen Fowler reports, now that it’s 2019, shopping online in Georgia will cost more. Starting Jan. 1, online out-of-state sellers would have to either collect sales taxes on purchases or send “tax due” notes to people who spend at least $500. State and local governments could gain about $500 million a year in new tax revenue. 

 

Jan. 2, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

CON rules in the crosshairs

Diane Wagner reports that healthcare is expected to be a major focus again when the Georgia General Assembly starts its new session Jan. 14, and local lawmakers have been studying a number of proposals. Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, said a replacement of the Certificate of Need program is one of the recommendations to come out of the House Rural Development Council he’s served on for the past two years. 

 

Jan. 2, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

In new year, Kemp faces new attacks from Democrats

Greg Bluestein reports that the race for governor has been over for weeks, but Georgia Democrats have hardly scaled back attacks on Gov.-elect Brian Kemp. Stacey Abrams has continued to assail the Republican in fundraising appeals and in media interviews. One of the state’s most prominent Democrat’s, outgoing party chair DuBose Porter, labeled him a “morally corrupt man” who cheated to win. 

 

 




Dec. 31, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

While metro economies thrive, rural Georgia not keeping pace

Michael E. Kanell reports that Paul Musso tips his welder’s mask back like it’s a baseball cap and he’s thinking about the next pitch. But he’s just between welding assignments and in a moment he will be reaching for an instrument panel, a part that will be shipped about 290 miles southwest to the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant and placed into the chassis of a C Class car. 

 

Dec. 31, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2019 Hall of Fame: Lasting Influence

Patty Rasmussen and Mary Ann DeMuth report on the 2019 inductees into Georgia Trend’s Most Influential Hall of Fame, Michael Cassidy, director of Emory Biomedical Catalyst and Maria Saporta, founder and editor of the Saporta Report and writer and columnist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. 

 

Dec. 31, 2018 WSB Radio, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The year for Georgia farmers ‘Man, it was gut wrenching’

Matt Kempner reports, many of the people in Georgia who grow your food and other essentials had a brutal run of it in 2018. Clay Pirkle, a cotton farmer from Ashburn, Ga., said it was the worst he’d ever seen. One of the state’s biggest vegetable farmers, Bill Brim of Tifton, said the same. Gary Black, Georgia’s agriculture commissioner, described what befell the state’s biggest economic sector as ranging “from utter devastation to minimal success.”

 

Dec. 31, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Areu Bros. buy 57-acre former Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta  

Eric Mandel reports that a new film company led by the former president of Tyler Perry Studios purchased the Atlanta film mogul's former 57-acre complex in southwest Atlanta. Areu Bros. in a news release said the company finalized the purchase earlier this month of Tyler Perry’s former studio complex — a 205,751 square-foot studio located at 2769 Continental Colony Parkway SW, plus a 24-acre site with approximately 33 acres of excess land, totaling 56.61 acres. 

 

Dec. 31, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Georgia education commission, Savannah area colleges offer assistance to Virginia College students

Anne Meyer reports that the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission is offering assistance for Virginia College students who want to complete their educational programs or receive a tuition refund for programs no yet attended at the for-profit school that said it was closing this month. 

 

Dec. 31, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Hamilton first hospital in Georgia to implant new vascular stent that reduces scarring and helps keep blood vessels open

Charles Oliver reports that Dr. Michael C. Hartley, a vascular surgeon with Hamilton Health Care System, recently made history when he became the first surgeon at a Georgia hospital to implant a new vascular stent that promises to provide better results for patients with blocked arteries. Made by Boston Scientific, the Eluvia stent is a new type of “drug-eluting” stent designed for vascular surgery. 

 

Dec. 31, 2018 Georgia Health News

Exchange enrollment extended in counties ravaged by hurricane

Andy Miller reports that Federal health officials have extended the enrollment deadline for people in South Georgia affected by Hurricane Michael. They can enroll in the Affordable Care Act exchange till Feb. 20. Floridians affected by the storm also have an extended sign-up period. The national deadline was Dec. 15 to enroll in 2019 coverage. 

 

Dec. 31, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Under the Gold Dome: Legislators prepare for post-Deal Georgia

Thomas Lynn reports, with a new governor, lieutenant governor, 30 new House of Representatives members and more than 15 new committee chairmen, the 2019 legislative session will go through its biggest reorganization in 16 years. 

 

Dec. 31, 2018 GPB

Legislator Wants To Eliminate So-called 'Tampon Tax'

Stephen Fowler reports that a bill pre-filed in the Georgia state house could make certain feminine hygiene products exempt from a state sales tax. Current state law means the purchase of products like tampons also carry the state’s 4 percent sales tax. But advocacy groups like STOMP, Stop Tax on Menstrual Products, say that amounts to an unfair tax on women.   

 

Dec. 31, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgia senators seek 5G wireless legislation

Mark Niesse reports, to make way for faster wireless internet, Georgia lawmakers are pushing for statewide rules governing where and how cellphone companies can install their equipment on public land. A Senate study committee voted unanimously last week to pursue statewide regulations to promote 5G wireless technology. 

 

 




Dec. 28, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia Developmental Authority to administer loan program to farmers affected by Hurricane Michael

Staff reports that disaster assistance is now available for eligible Georgia farmers affected by Hurricane Michael with funds allocated during the special legislative session convened by Gov. Nathan Deal last month. Farmers eligible for assistance must be suffering a loss to their income as a result of Hurricane Michael. 

 

Dec. 28, 2018 Georgia Trend

2019 Georgian of the Year

Georgia Trend proudly presents the annual luncheon and awards ceremony honoring the 2019 Georgian of the Year, 100 Most Influential Georgians, Hall of Fame and Notable Georgians on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at noon at the Georgia Aquarium. Join us! Tickets are $110 each. RSVP mesha@georgiatrend.com by Jan. 15.

 

Dec. 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Deeper Findings: While metro economies thrive, rural Georgia not keeping pace

Michael E. Kanell reports, Paul Musso tips his welder’s mask back like it’s a baseball cap and he’s thinking about the next pitch. But he’s just between welding assignments and in a moment he will be reaching for an instrument panel, a part that will be shipped about 290 miles southwest to the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant and placed into the chassis of a C Class car. 

 

Dec. 28, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta CEO and Georgia senators accuse Qatar Airways of unfair competition

Alex Gailey reports that Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson and Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Ed Bastian are in the midst of a feud involving Qatar Airways and the Trump administration. Perdue and Isakson, both R-Georgia, are among several senators who say Qatar Airways is using subsidies from the Qatari government to fund Air Italy’s growth, which is eliminating competition on popular European routes and decreasing fares. 

 

Dec. 28, 2018 GA PCOM

GA-PCOM Plans Winter Open House

Staff reports that Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) in Suwanee will hold an open house on Friday, January 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The open house will include separate breakout sessions for students interested in learning about the college’s programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies.

 

Dec. 28, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Shrimping season ends Monday

Staff reports that commercial and recreational shrimping season in state waters will close as prescribed by law at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. Under the closure, all food shrimp harvesting activities, including trawling, cast netting and seining, will be prohibited both commercially and recreationally in Georgia’s territorial waters, which extend three miles to sea from the state’s shorelines. 

 

Dec. 28, 2018 Gainesville Times

This local doctor earned a statewide award for his work improving emergency care

Layne Saliba reports that Dr. Mohak Davé can’t walk the halls of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center or even sit in the hopsital’s café without someone shaking his hand, giving him a high five or waving from across the way. “That’s Nancy, who just walked by,” said Davé, medical director of emergency sevices at the hospital, after greeting her for a moment while sitting at one of the café’s tables. 

 

Dec. 28, 2018 GPB

With Super Bowl 53 Comes Public Art, But Is It Enough?

Ross Terrell reports that on an overcast day in mid-December, Muhammad Yungai stepped back and examined his progress on a large, white wall located a few blocks south of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In less than two months’ time, the stadium will host the biggest game in professional football, but Yungai is part of an initiative meant to live on long past the Super Bowl. 

 

Dec. 28, 2018 Georgia Health News

Commentary: Rural birthing centers would fill a real need

Helen Baker, Priscilla Hall and Jennifer Vanderlaan write, as of July 1, 2018, people in rural counties in Georgia can receive local hospital services through micro-hospitals. Although these 24-hour emergency units with less than 10 inpatient beds will help improve access to many types of care for the 17 percent of Georgians who live in rural counties, they are not likely to improve access to maternity services. However, with the inclusion of “along-side” birth centers, rural micro-hospitals can provide maternity services to rural families and save Georgia Medicaid money.

 

Dec. 28, 2018 WSB Radio

Should the school year start later in Georgia? Senate committee says yes

Rikki Klaus reports that Georgia lawmakers are one step closer to making a change that would impact every family with children in Georgia -- pushing back the school start date. A Senate committee that formed in the fall at the Capitol looked at the effects of pushing the school calendar back. Everyone present Thursday agreed it’s a good idea. 

 

Dec. 28, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Brass: CON, cannabis issues this session, new Senate leadership in place

Sarah Fay Campbell reports, for the first time in 12 years, Georgia’s State Senate will convene under new leadership. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has served as president of the Senate since ‘2007, but chose to run this year for governor. He lost to eventual winner Brian Kemp in the Republican primary. 

 

Dec. 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Legal medical marijuana sales, cultivation proposed in Georgia

Mark Niesse reports that legislators will consider bills next year to allow medical marijuana to be grown in Georgia and sold to patients after a state commission unanimously endorsed the proposal. The group studying Georgia’s medical marijuana laws voted last week to pursue legislation that would license marijuana growers, manufacturers and dispensaries. 

 

 




Dec. 27, 2018 GPB

Aphids Infesting Georgia's Winter Forage Crop

J. Cindy Hill reports that oat crops are grown across Georgia along with other cereal grains like rye and wheat. But you won’t find them in your cereal bowl. Oats here are used to feed cows in the winter, but an aphid infestation is threatening this year’s crop. 

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Midcentury Mensch

Krista Reese reports, Mission + Market, in Three Alliance Center, a spot I’ve managed to overshoot on multiple visits (don’t trust Google Maps’ directions), allows you to exhale once you drop off the car with the valet. It’s a calming, midcentury vibe, even as the open kitchen exudes energy. Wood, leather, teal velvet and brass accents in a curious, narrow space seem to work perfectly.

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Public comment rules: DeKalb Co. and its cities

Arielle Kass and Mandi Albright report, we’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should. 

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia could see its first application to form a new bank filed in January 

Jessica Saunders reports that a group forming a new bank I DeKalb County, Georgia, could file an application in early January. Several more groups have reserved names for new banks through the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance in the past six months as well.

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Gainesville Times

Syfan expansion could wrap by Feb.

Jeff Gill reports that Jim Syfan knows about moving trucks on the road, but he’s also shown his hand lately in moving desks. The expansion of Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics at 2037 Old Candler Road has been largely a reconfiguration of available space, with employees moving from one work area to another while the old area gets enlarged. 

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Employment remains stagnant in Savannah

Bill Dowers reports that the unexpected softness of the area labor market has been one of 2018′s biggest stories in Savannah. And the weakness continued in November, according to the estimates released last week by the Georgia Department of Labor. 

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

More workers on local payrolls in November, but Floyd sees spike in first-time unemployment claims

Doug Walker reports that economic reports from the state had a mixed bag of data for Rome and Floyd County for the month of November. Local companies were reporting an increase in jobs, but a large number of Floyd County residents sought unemployment benefits for the first-time last month. 

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Terrapin expansion into General Time just the start, officials say

Wyatt Nail reports that the last 17 years, the 35-acre lot at 100 Newton Bridge Road has been quiet and empty. That changed when Athens brewery Terrapin Beer Company became the anchor tenant for an adaptive, re-use project deemed “General Time,” the name an homage to the manufacturing facility that last operated on the space. 

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Brunswick News

Local federal facilities feeling effects of govt. shutdown

Larry Hobbs reports that an older man and a younger woman did not have to time talk Wednesday afternoon upon reaching the parking lot after strolling the grounds at Fort Frederica National Monument. It was immediately clear why when the rest of their party came walking around the corner of the building that housed the restrooms of this historic site on St. Simons Island. The grandmotherly matron appeared somewhat frazzled as she escorted two tykes from the building, which presently features locked bathroom doors with a sign indicating the facilities are closed until further notice.

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Rep.-elect Ginny Ehrhart ready to tackle RFRA, bus safety, defend senior exemption

Ross Williams reports that West Cobb residents will go from having an outspoken conservative named Ehrhart representing them in the State House to having an outspoken conservative named Ehrhart representing them in the State House Rep.-elect Ginny Ehrhart, a Republican, is set to take the District 36 seat after defeating Democratic challenger Jen Slipakoff in November. The seat has been held by Ginny Ehrhart's husband, retiring Rep. Earl Ehrhart, the longest serving Republican in the Georgia House.

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Here’s why some Macon leaders want control over the tax visitors pay to stay in hotels

Stanley Dunlap reports that a point of dissension in the latest Macon-Bibb County budget revolved around county leaders debating how much financial support some government agencies, cultural arts organizations and other nonprofits would receive. There could, however, be some changes coming that would impact how tourist attractions receive a portion of their funding from the county. 

 

Dec. 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgia colleges hope earlier, deeper engagement boost grad rates

Eric Stirgus reports that Georgia State University had a problem a decade ago. Just one-third of its students were graduating, and the percentage was even lower for African-Americans, a growing part of its enrollment. Administrators, faculty and staff worked on improving student outcomes by requiring students to take math and English courses in their first year as well as courses that align with majors they’re considering. 

 

 




Dec. 26, 2018 WABE 90.1

Those Boxes Piling Up Over The Holidays? Many Probably Have Georgia Roots

Molly Samuel reports that the U.S. Postal Service says it expects to deliver about 900 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. But we’re not just receiving boxes during the holidays; the rise of online shopping means we’re getting boxes all the time. 

 

Dec. 26, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on news from Cobb County, Augusta, Brantley County and more, including that customer relationship management (CRM) company Salesforce is investing $12.3 million to expand its Atlanta presence. The company is growing its Buckhead footprint and adding 600 jobs. 

 

Dec. 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Airports, including Atlanta’s, look to private investment for growth

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that as airports across the country grow - including those in metro Atlanta - they are increasingly looking toward a new engine to drive the growth — private investment. Overseas, many airports are run by investor-owned companies, including London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris - Charles DeGaulle, Osaka and Sydney. 

 

Dec. 26, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS to pay $4.9 million to settle religious discrimination lawsuit, enhance training

Patrick Connelly reports that UPS and the Buffalo, N.Y., office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have agreed to a $4.9 million settlement over a religious discrimination lawsuit. The EEOC had contended that since at least 2005 UPS discriminated against employees who had beards or long hair in accordance to their religious beliefs by not hiring them or giving them non-supervisory or “back-of-the-facility” positions where they would not have contact with customers, according to a release. 

 

Dec. 26, 2018 Georgia P-COM

Hannah Shin Named GA-PCOM Student DO of the Year

Staff reports that the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Council at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) in Suwanee, Georgia, recently named Hannah Shin (DO ’19) the Student DO of the Year. Her selection was based on her service to the college and the community, leadership, research experience and dedication to the osteopathic profession. 

 

Dec. 26, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

$9M-plus RV park proposed in Emerson

James Swift reports that the City of Emerson Planning and Zoning Commission heard from a real estate investor Thursday evening who aspires to construct an approximately 57-acre recreational vehicle (RV) "resort" along the Etowah. "It's right at Joe Frank Harris and the river," said LTB Holdings LLC President Todd Baldree. "Right there where the old train trestles are in the water." 

 

Dec. 26, 2018 Brunswick News

One Hundred Miles to expand education programs in 2019

Lauren McDonald reports, few ever forget their first time feeling a beach breeze, smelling marsh mud or holding a sea creature. These are experiences that exist in the backyards of students growing up in the Golden Isles. Yet many will not have these educational opportunities. 

 

Dec. 26, 2018 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Nation’s first homeless veterans statue nearing installation in Cherokee

Thomas Hartwell reports that the first statue calling attention to homeless veterans in the nation is nearing its installation date at a park in Cherokee County with the full support of county officials, businesses and the veteran community. 

 

Dec. 26, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Rural hospital tax credits: Lawmakers want transparency and tighter rules

Jill Nolin reports that when the donations poured into a popular state tax credit program benefiting rural hospitals this year, nearly $19 million piled up with nowhere in particular to go. These donors -- most of them from the Atlanta area -- left that decision to Georgia HEART, a consulting firm based in the Atlanta area that charges rural hospitals 3 percent of their donations for assistance managing the program. 

 

Dec. 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Ga. cuts food stamps for thousands with new system tracking recipients

Chris Joyner reports that the Trump administration last week announced plans to increase enforcement of a 22-year-old law withdrawing food stamps from certain adults who are not working. But state data shows Georgia is way ahead of Washington. 

 

 




Dec. 24, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Monitor: Savannah economy grows, but slows in 3Q  

Katie Nussbaum reports that the Savannah regional economy experienced positive growth during the third quarter, but continues to show signs of slowing, according to the latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor. The Monitor is a publication of the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research under the direction of Michael Toma at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Happy Holidays! 

Mary Ann DeMuth writes, if you’re among the more than 3 million Georgians expected to travel during the next two weeks, we wish you a safe journey and much joy with your family and friends. The Georgia Trend editorial office will be closed until Jan. 2, so we will see you in 2019. Happy New Year!

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia pecan farmers face more than one hurricane’s worth of pain

Matt Kempner reports that pecans and pecan pie should be as tasty as usual for Georgians this holiday season. But behind the scenes, Georgia’s pecan farming business has been clobbered, and the beatdown isn’t over for one of the state’s biggest crops. Pecan prices have plummeted by at least a third for local farmers. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

General Mills to invest $8.5M in new Georgia pet food facility, create 50-plus jobs

Eric Mandel reports that General Mills has picked Henry County to help distribute one of its newest brands. General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) will invest $8.5 million in a new "state-of-the-art distribution facility" located on Westridge Parkway in McDonough, to distribute the General Mills Blue Buffalo family of products throughout the Southeast, according to a news release from the Henry County Development Authority. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Phipps Plaza Redevelopment Gears Up For Vertical Construction

Amy Wenk reports that a big redevelopment at Phipps Plaza mall is gearing up for vertical construction. Several permits were filed in Atlanta on Dec. 19 for the project at the upscale Buckhead mall. They include plans for the Nobu Hotel and pool, 13-story office building, an “anchor” building, and a four-story parking deck. The permits total more than 1.1 million square feet. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald, UGA

Prospect of space launch looking up for UGA students, faculty

Aaron Hale reports that the Small Satellite Research Lab is launching UGA into space. Made up of students and faculty, this team is designing and building spacecraft to monitor the health of Georgia’s coast. If all goes according to plan, two student-built small satellites will be in space by 2020. This story begins with a bold challenge: to send something into space.

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Albany Herald, Georgia Health News

Macon-based health system to join Carolina group

Andy Miller reports that Macon-based Navicent Health and Charlotte-based Atrium Health announced Thursday that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine their nonprofit systems on Jan. 1. Atrium will be the controlling entity in the combination. This will be a major foray into Georgia by Atrium, which was formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System.     

  

Dec. 24, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Closing the Digital Divide

Anna Bentley reports, Internet access is a tale of the haves and the have-nots. For many, it has completely changed the way we live, instantly making just about any type of information available at our fingertips. However large parts of the country remain unconnected, without access to the high-speed broadband most take for granted. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Gainesville Times

How many workers Syfan Logistics hopes to hire under expansion

Jeff Gill reports that Jim Syfan knows about moving trucks on the road, but he’s also shown his hand lately in moving desks. The expansion of Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics at 2037 Old Candler Road has been largely a reconfiguration of available space, with employees moving from one work area to another while the old area gets enlarged. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Cranford proposes judicial circuit split

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that the five-county Coweta Judicial Circuit is one of the most populous in the state, and District Attorney Herb Cranford thinks it should be split into two circuits. Cranford is presenting the idea to grand juries in the circuit. Troup and Meriwether county commissions have already passed resolutions asking their legislators to introduce legislation for the split. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Rural Hospital Tax Credits: Lawmakers push for transparency

Jill Nolin reports, when the donations poured into a popular state tax credit program benefitting rural hospitals this year, nearly $19 million piled up with nowhere in particular to go. These donors – most of them from the Atlanta area – left that decision to Georgia HEART, a consulting firm based in the Atlanta area that charges rural hospitals 3 percent of their donations for assistance managing the program. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Hufstetler taking aim at 'dark money'

Diane Wagner reports, with the Georgia General Assembly set to start its 40-day session Jan. 14, Sen. Chuck Hufstetler is readying legislation to address so-called "dark money" in politics. The Rome Republican said U.S. Supreme Court rulings have made it difficult to put limits on private donations to certain types of nonprofits aimed at influencing elections. But he's working with advocacy groups to find a way to mandate disclosure. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Fox5Atlanta

State Rep. Dan Gasaway again sues to overturn election defeat

Dale Russell reports that for the second time in three months, State Rep Dan Gasaway is heading to court to overturn an election defeat. Gasaway successfully convinced a judge to overturn his first election loss, proving 67 people voted in the wrong districts.  He then lost his rematch --- by only two votes. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 GPB

Incoming Secretary Of State Hopes To Increase Trust In Elections

Stephen Fowler reports that when Brad Raffensperger is sworn in as secretary of state Jan. 14, he will assume control of an office that’s been accused of suppressing minority votes in the past, he'll be a party to several lawsuits in the present and he will oversee changing Georgia’s voting system in the future. 

 

Dec. 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Perdue huddles with Trump, Isakson grounded as wall fight simmers

Tamar Hallerman reports, as a divisive stopgap spending bill arrived in the U.S. Senate on Friday, Georgia’s junior senator David Perdue headed to the White House. The Republican joined party leaders in a morning meeting with President Donald Trump, during which he told his close ally to stand firm against Senate Democrats, who have vowed to oppose any legislation that included money for a wall on the southern border. 

 

 



Dec. 21, 2018 Gainesville Times

Georgia sets another record; unemployment rate at lowest level since 2001

Joshua Silavent reports, Georgia’s workforce continues to set records with the state adding nearly 100,000 jobs over the past year while the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2001. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Legal Limbo

Kerwin Swint writes, it’s fascinating to watch the progression of public policy debates in this country and in Georgia. Some things rarely change, such as support for military spending and tough foreign policy. Others change over long periods of time, such as education policy. But some policy debates have moved very quickly in recent years. For example, public support, and crucially, legislative support, has grown relatively quickly on the issue of medical marijuana. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Small businesses face challenges retaining and hiring workers

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Pete Marte’s solar installation and maintenance business started the year with a staff of 99. But, as 2018 draws to a close, that number has shrunk to 80. The company, Hannah Solar, underwent restructuring, which led to some of the decrease in staff. Another reason for the Atlanta company’s drop in employees? Poaching by competitors.

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia manufacturer sells to Greif for $1.8 billion

Eric Mandel reports that Caraustar Industries Inc., a box manufacturer located west of Atlanta, has sold to a global packaging company for nearly $2 billion. Greif Inc. said Thursday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Caraustar, a unit of H.I.G. Middle Market, in a cash transaction valued at $1.8 billion. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of calendar year 2019. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Direct spending by film/TV industry at record high for Savannah

DeAnn Komanecky reports that direct spending by the film and entertainment production industry in Savannah hit a record high for 2018. The Savannah Area Film Office, soon to be renamed the Savannah Regional Film Commission, announced today that direct spending reached a record high of $120.1 million this year from the entertainment production industry. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Analysts: Vogtle completion on schedule “highly unlikely”

Tom Corwin reports, due to a lack of skilled labor, completing two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle on time is doubtful, according to analyst testimony submitted to the Georgia Public Service Commission. It now appears “highly unlikely” that two new nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle will be completed under the current schedule, according to testimony submitted to the Georgia Public Service Commission, but Georgia Power disputes that assessment. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Brunswick News

Tradewinds Industrial Park a step closer to state certification

Taylor Cooper reports that Tradewinds Industrial Park, a 680-acre piece of land off Interstate 95 near Exit 38, is a step closer to state-level certification after recent sewer system upgrades. Ryan Moore, Brunswick-Glynn County Economic Development Authority president, said sewer capacity was the last barrier to the park’s Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certification, which signals to industrial enterprises that the park is or nearly will be open for business. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 GPB

Almost All Of Georgia's Coal Ash Ponds Are Leaking Toxins

Grant Blankenship reports that new report by the Altamaha River Keeper, Environment Georgia and others looks at the Georgia data from a first ever national survey of coal ash storage by the Environmental Protection Agency. Coal ash is what’s left when coal is burned to make electricity. Rules for how coal ash is handled and how data is gathered on it were changed by the Obama administration in 2015. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Albany Herald

Albany gets green light for new transportation center following environmental assessment

Terry Lewis reports that the Federal Transit Administration has determined that the announcement issued Dec. 11 by the U.S. DOT. Albany Transportation Center project will result in no significant impact on the environment, bringing it one step closer to reality. The project will be designed and constructed using federal, state and local funds. The environmental assessment was complete in May, and officials said it is in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Saporta Report

Federal funds to cover lion’s share of retooling dangerous stretch of Ga 316

David Pendered reports that a crash-plagued intersection west of Athens, on Ga. 316, is to be made safer through construction of a diamond interchange that has received significant federal funding, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. The U.S. DOT awarded a grant of $24.8 million for a project slated to cost $32.2 million, according to the award.

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Braves, Six Flags wade into school calendar debate

Shaddi Abusaid reports that after two meetings in which they heard teachers groups advocate for local control, Senate study committee members looking at mandating later start dates for public schools were urged by the Atlanta Braves and executives from several theme parks to lengthen Georgia summers. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Georgia Health News

With late spurt, exchange enrollment almost catches up to last year’s total

Andy Miller reports, after an “avalanche’’ of sign-ups in the past week, Georgia’s final enrollment in the health insurance exchange reached close to last year’s figure. The number of late sign-ups was a surprise because enrollment had been lagging significantly just a few days ago. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lawmakers look to bring high-speed Internet to rural Georgia

Dave Williams reports, after six months of negotiations, representatives of local governments and the wireless industry have reached agreement on legislation making it easier to deploy next-generation small-cell wireless technology critical to business growth in Georgia. 

 

Dec. 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

Georgia reps clamber for Hurricane Michael money amid border wall chaos

Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia lawmakers pushed hard in recent weeks for extra federal relief for Hurricane Michael victims, but they broke along party lines Thursday on a stopgap spending bill that included nearly $8 billion to rebuild after recent natural disasters. That’s because the must-pass legislation also included $5 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall, a proposition local Democrats said was a non-starter -- even with storm relief attached to it. 

 

 




Dec. 20, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

‘This reduces risk,’ Aflac CFO says of alliance and Japan Post’s large stock purchase

Tony Adams reports that a decade after establishing a relationship in which Japan Post Holdings began selling Aflac insurance policies in its post offices throughout the Asian nation, the two on Wednesday took their connection to a higher and — what they hope to become — much more profitable level. 

 

Dec. 20, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Gifting Gurus

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the season of giving is here and many people choose nuts as traditional – and healthy – holiday presents for family, friends and business associates. With Georgia producing more pecans than any other state, the owners of Augusta-based Watanut thought a gift-oriented business featuring homegrown pecans made sense. 

 

Dec. 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A poised to be third-largest chain in the US by year’s end

Nancy Clanton reports that people aren’t just eating  more chicken these days, they are eating a lot “mor chikin.” Because of that, Atlanta’s favorite fast-food restaurant, Chicki-fil-A, is poised to become the third-largest chain in the United States by the end of 2018, according to Kalinowski Equity Research

 

Dec. 20, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory proposing $10 million in expansion projects at two hospitals

David Allison reports that projects are planned at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. 

 

Dec. 20, 2018 WABE 90.1

Ga. Lawmakers Adopt Final Report To Expand 5G As It Launches In Atlanta

Tasnim Shamma reports that Internet provider AT&T announced Tuesday its mobile 5G network is now up and running in a dozen cities, including Atlanta. The company said it plans to make 5G mobile devices available to a few customers on Friday. At the same time, state lawmakers adopted a final report Tuesday morning with recommendations for expanding 5G in Georgia: providing Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G using small wireless devices and antennas. 

 

Dec. 20, 2018 University of Georgia

Royal statistic of 2018: 90.5% of plastic not recycled

Leigh Beeson reports that a finding from University of Georgia research has been named the 2018 International Statistic of the Year by the Royal Statistical Society. CNN International interviewed the College of Engineering’s Jenna Jambeck, who worked with colleagues at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Sea Education Association on the groundbreaking research. More than 90 percent of plastic has never been recycled, according to the research.

       

Dec. 20, 2018 Georgia Health News

Georgia up slightly in state health rankings, but still on lower end

Andy Miller reports that Georgia improved two spots in a national ranking of the healthiest states, ranking 39th in the latest evaluation by the United Health Foundation. The 2018 America’s Health Rankings report found Georgia mirrored national trends with an increase in adult obesity and a reduced rate of children in poverty. 

 

Dec. 20, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

K9 of the Year chosen

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, congratulations to the Milledgeville Police Department’s K9 Falco and handler, Officer Linc Boyer, for winning the 2018 K9 of the Year award from the Georgia Police K9 Foundation. Falco and Boyer received 4,100 votes from citizens of Milledgeville and Baldwin County and from Middle Georgia law enforcement agencies that the K9 duo has assisted in search cases. 

 

Dec. 20, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett OKs nearly $73M contract for Infinite Energy Forum expansion

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County commissioners approved Tuesday a $72.9 million contract with an Atlanta company to oversee construction of the expansion of the Infinite Energy Center. Holder Construction Group LLC will serve as the construction manager for the project, which will include the addition of a new entrance wing and about 50,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, about twice what it currently has. 

 

Dec. 20, 2018 Macon Telegraph

$15,000 in grants were announced by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia

Jenna Eason reports that the Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) announced on Wednesday projects that received funding from their On The Table Macon Conversations to Action Mini-Grants. Kathryn Dennis, the president at CFCG, said they awarded 17 grants out of 42 applicants that amounted to $15,000. 

 

Dec. 20, 2018 Gainesville Times

With federal, state reports out, Georgia legislators to prioritize school safety in 2019

Joshua Silavent reports that “School safety will be a very high priority, and rightfully so,” Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, said. “We’ve seen violence and death and destruction in school settings as a national trend.” 

 

Dec. 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

Sonny Perdue to tighten food stamp rules 

Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced plans on Thursday to unilaterally tighten rules governing food stamps, a move he said would help lift people out of poverty but safety net advocates warned could harm low-income Americans. 

 

 




Dec. 19, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Hapag-Lloyd America to create more than 360 jobs in Peachtree Corners 

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Hapag-Lloyd America, LLC, a multinational transportation company, will create 363 jobs and invest $5.5 million in an expansion of the Hapag-Lloyd Quality Service Center in Gwinnett County. New jobs will include positions in administration, technical support and customer service. 

 

Dec. 19, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Ups and Downs

Susan Percy reports on election winners, in memory of Harris Hines and “gag” clauses lifted. 

 

Dec. 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ExpressJet Airlines to be sold to United Airlines joint venture

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta-based ExpressJet Airlines, once a major Delta Connection carrier, is being sold to a United Airlines joint venture. The move further cements the end of the carrier’s time as a significant player in Atlanta aviation as a partner of Delta Air Lines. 

 

Dec. 19, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Analyst: FedEx, UPS surcharge increases to play 'big role in the future of free shipping'

Eric Mandel reports that UPS and FedEx are soon implementing hikes on residential shipping that will not only affect a large chunk of Georgia but also clouds the future of retailers offering free shipping and returns, according to an Atlanta analyst. United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) have announced they will raise their rates by an average of 4.9 percent — starting Dec. 26 for UPS and Jan. 9, 2019 for FedEx. 

 

Dec. 19, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

International Paper to re-invest up to $150 million in Coosa mill

Doug Walker reports that International Paper is once again planning a major re-investment in its Coosa linerboard mill, to the tune of up to $150 million. Rather than speaking of job creation, officials spoke of job retention. Technological upgrades to the mill are expected to help retain over 500 jobs. 

 

Dec. 19, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Area farmers eligible for loans to cover Hurricane Michael losses

Susan McCord reports that farmers in several area counties are eligible for low-interest loans to cover losses they sustained due to Hurricane Michael. The state’s pecan producers lost an estimated $100 million on the year’s crop and $260 million in lost trees, according to previous Chronicle reports. Michael’s winds destroyed up to $800 million of the state’s cotton crop, $1 billion in timber land and an estimated $480 million in vegetables, the reports said. 

 

Dec. 19, 2018 Brunswick News

Federal reports show fishing's importance to state, nationally

Wes Wolfe reports that NOAA Fisheries released two extensive reports Thursday that attempt to give a comprehensive picture of the economic impact of the nation’s fisheries and the overall production of those fisheries. According to the FEUS report, Georgia commercial and recreational fisheries supported 11,625 jobs in 2016, with $1.715 billion in sales and $410 million in income and $673 million in value added to the gross domestic product. 

 

Dec. 19, 2018 Macon Telegraph

More river land in Middle Georgia is forever preserved, and a rock star is part of it

Wayne Crenshaw reports that more land along with Ocmulgee River in Middle Georgia is getting preserved permanently without the use of tax dollars, and a famous rocker is leading the way. Nearly 1,000 acres have been preserved through the Ocmulgee Land Trust this year, the most since the Macon-based non-profit group was formed in 2004, said Executive Director Kensey Rabun. Musician Chuck Leavell and his wife Rose Lane recently committed 275 acres of their Charlane Plantation in Twiggs County to conservation easement through the trust. 

 

Dec. 19, 2018 Georgia Health News

Effort to change Georgia’s CON laws gains more momentum 

Andy Miller reports that,  following a similar move by a House panel, a Georgia Senate study committee has proposed some major changes in the state’s health care regulatory structure known as certificate of need (CON). The panel, chaired by state Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), a physician, has formulated draft legislation that could ease restrictions involving Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which has a hospital in Newnan, and clear a path for a planned sports medicine center in Alpharetta. 

 

Dec. 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

Why a Democrat is backing a Georgia GOP committee chair

Greg Bluestein reports that State Sen. Freddie Powell Sims doesn’t typically wade into Republican politics. Just elected to her sixth Senate term, the Albany-area Democrat is one of the more reliable liberal votes in the chamber. But Sims called your Insider while navigating southwest Georgia roads to issue a rare vote of confidence for a Republican incumbent whose post could be vulnerable after upheaval in the GOP-controlled chamber. 

 

 




Dec. 18, 2018 Brunswick News

Nationwide injunction sought in WOTUS case

Wes Wolfe reports that attorneys for the states, federal agencies, industry groups and environmental groups gathered at the federal courthouse Friday in Brunswick to hash out their requests for how U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood should act in regard to a motion for summary judgment on the Obama administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States rule. 

 

Dec. 18, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

A great time for aviation careers

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, with a large number of pilots retiring in the next 10 years, and the growth of the airline industry as a whole, it’s a good time to become a pilot or pursue other aviation career opportunities. In this video, Adon Clark, dean of the School of Aviation at Middle Georgia State University, and Patrick Burns, Delta Air Lines’ managing director of flying operations, discuss the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program, which is a partnership with Middle Georgia State to develop the next generation of pilots. 

 

Dec. 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lone female developer helping reshape suburbs

Gracie Bonds Stapleton reports, in a well-appointed conference room of the new Alpharetta City Hall, Cheri Morris talks about the well-appointed Alpharetta City Center with its mix of retail and office spaces, 200 new homes, a new library, 5-acre Brooke Street Park, Town Green, and a dozen restaurants surrounded by parks and green space. 

 

Dec. 18, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ameris to buy 'crown jewel of Atlanta' banking for $750 million

Will Robinson reports that the fourth-largest bank headquartered in Georgia will be acquired in a nearly $751 million deal. Ameris Bancorp (Nasdaq: ABCB) announced Monday it will acquire Atlanta-based Fidelity Southern Corp. (Nasdaq: LION) for $750.7 million. Fidelity is the fourth-largest bank headquartered in Georgia after SunTrust Bank Inc., Synovus Financial Corp., and RBC Bank. 

 

Dec. 18, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Exporter GF Health Invests $10M in Gwinnett Headquarters Expansion

Trevor Williams reports that GF Health Products Inc., a medical equipment supplier that has stayed competitive via exports and domestic manufacturing, opened a new headquarters Monday that represents a $10 million investment and 20 new jobs in Gwinnett County. The nearly 119,000-square-foot facility sits on 7.45 acres and is to house about a third of the company’s overall 325 workers, according to a Partnership Gwinnett news release. 

 

Dec. 18, 2018 Covington News

USDA launches new program to create high-speed internet e-Connectivity in rural America

Staff reports that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s new ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service. 

 

Dec. 18, 2018 Savannah Morning News

$20M development announced for Statesboro

Katie Nussbaum reports that a newly announced project in Statesboro will transform a drainage canal into a linear park and creekfront development that will help shape the future of the Blue Mile corridor as a gateway from downtown to Georgia Southern University.

 

Dec. 18, 2018 GPB

In How Long We Live, Georgia's Urban/Rural Divide Is A Matter Of Race

Grant Blankenship reports that a first of its kind look at how long Americans live shows there is an urban and rural divide in the life spans of Georgians, but where you fall on that divide depends on your race. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed by tthe National Center for Health Statistics and the Associated Press looks at life expectancy across census tracts, painting a neighborhood picture of how long we live. 

 

Dec. 18, 2018 Kennesaw State University

KSU researcher awarded NIH grant to improve gene-editing technology delivery

Joelle Walls reports that Kennesaw State University researcher Daniel Morris recently received a three-year $403,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the delivery of protein therapeutics and the CRISPR/Cas gene-editing technology to living cells. 

 

Dec. 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

Recount ordered in repeat election for Georgia House seat after tally shows 2-vote difference

Greg Bluestein reports that a recount was ordered Monday in the repeat election for a Georgia House seat after a tally showed the incumbent losing by two votes. State Rep. Dan Gasaway’s attorney, Jake Evans, said the Homer Republican sought the recount in his race against GOP challenger Chris Erwin after exploring his legal options

 

 




Dec. 17, 2018 GPB

In Atlanta, U.S. Surgeon General Outlines Community Health Plan

Amy Kiley and Virginia Prescott report that Americans are living longer, but, as a whole, are sicker. The U.S. spends far more on health care per person than other high-income countries yet lags behind on a range of health indicators. Preventable chronic diseases and behavioral issues, including opioid addiction, are on the rise across all populations, but the most disadvantaged communities are disproportionately affected. 

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

A challenge for student hackers

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that University of North Georgia (UNG) is inviting its own students and those from other colleges to participate in the USA Hackers Challenge on Valentines Day at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. An enterprising hacker can win $100,000 if he or she can access and copy a confidential file from a Cyber 2.0 server. (Cyber 2.0 is an Israeli cybersecurity company that claims to be the only system in the world providing total defense against the spread of cyber attacks.)

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State committee weighs Atlanta airport takeover idea at final meeting

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that two attorneys who represented a company that sued the city of Atlanta for steering contracts to connected friends recounted their case on Thursday to a state Senate committee studying the idea of creating an authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

GSU President Becker to chair American Council on Education  

Dave Williams reports that Georgia State University President Mark Becker has been elected board chairman of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for the nation's colleges and universities. Becker was named chairman Friday during a webinar with ACE members. 

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Meet the Dean

Staff reports that Shawn Spencer, PhD, RPh, dean and chief academic officer of the PCOM School of Pharmacy, began his career at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) on March 26, 2018. In addition to leading the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Spencer provides expert testimony and consulting in clinical pharmacology.

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Port Wentworth readies to rise with new growth, development

DeAnn Komanecky reports that a vision of a “new” Port Wentworth began years ago with city officials creating a master development plan for the north end of the city. The plan was to create a new downtown, surrounded by homes, businesses and churches. 

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA expert: Athens trailer park shunning ‘stigma’

Joe Johnson reports that Showyn Walton never thought he would live in a trailer park. “It comes with a stigma,” the 47-year-old U.S Air Force veteran and restaurant worker said. “But then again, it’s the people who make anywhere you live,” Walton added, saying that The Glenn Park Community trailer park where he lives is a neighborhood of good, hard-working people who take pride in their homes. 

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Saporta Report

ATL board sworn into office, begins process of establishing presence and purpose

David Pendered reports that the board of ATL, metro Atlanta’s new regional transit agency, was sworn into office at its first meeting Friday and voted for the typical measures necessary to set up shop. In addition, board members were cited by a ranking member of the state House as the appropriate ones to set the region’s transit trajectory. 

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Georgia State University

Rare-Earth Elements Discovered In Georgia Kaolin Mines, Study Finds

LaTina Emerson reports that the high-density minerals in the Georgia kaolin mines are potential sources of rare-earth elements, including the heavy rare-earth elements that are in high demand for many important uses and are mostly imported to the United States from China, according to a study led by Georgia State University and Thiele Kaolin Co. 

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Georgia Health News

Northside making lots of moves even as Gwinnett merger has stalled

Andy Miller reports that the mysterious delay in the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System is continuing, month after month. The mega-deal, once forecast to close in 2016, is still in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission, which must approve the transaction. 

 

Dec. 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Who could challenge Sen. David Perdue in 2020

Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report, if you thought the gubernatorial race brought a deluge of outside money and attention to Georgia, just wait until 2020. Not only will Georgia be a likely battleground state with President Donald Trump on the ballot, but Democrats are also preparing to challenge Republican David Perdue as he competes for a second term in the U.S. Senate. 

 

 



Dec. 14, 2018 WABE 90.1

Voting Machine Panel Agrees Ga. Needs Paper Ballots By 2020, Disagrees On How To Mark Them

Johnny Kauffman reports that Democrats, Republicans, local election officials and one cybersecurity expert on a panel tasked with reviewing Georgia’s options for new voting machines were united. The state’s system should include a paper trail voters can check for themselves, it should be auditable, voter education should be a focus as the new machines are rolled out, and the new system should be in place before the 2020 presidential elections. 

 

Dec. 14, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Georgia Water Coalition, which is comprised of more than 250 business and natural resources organizations, has chosen its 2018 Clean 13 water heroes. These honorees were selected for their innovative and proactive efforts at restoring the health of the state’s waterways and protecting Georgia’s water for future generations. 

 

Dec. 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta expects $5 billion annual profit stream

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines said it hasn’t grown profits as much as it had hoped, amid higher fuel costs earlier this year — but the Atlanta-based carrier still expects to bring in about $5 billion in pre-tax income for 2018. 

 

Dec. 14, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Behind the Deal: State Bank & Trust's merger with Cadence Bank

Maria Saporta reports that, come February, Atlanta-based State Bank & Trust will fly under a new banner – Cadence Bank – expected to be among the four largest banks in the state. 

 

Dec. 14, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

This Columbus teacher is an international finalist for a $1 million prize

Mark Rice reports that a Muscogee County School District teacher is a finalist for a $1 million award. Eric Crouch, a fifth grade teacher at Double Churches Elementary School, is among the 50 international finalists, including four in the United States, out of more than 20,000 nominees for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize

 

Dec. 14, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Doosan opening U.S., Canadian parts distribution center in Suwanee

Curt Yeomans reports that heavy construction equipment manufacturer announced this week that it is opening a new parts distribution center next to its North American headquarters in Suwanee. Doosan Infracore North America LLC said its new facility will have 10,000 square feet of space and serve dealers and customers across the U.S. and Canada. About 40,000 stock-keeping units, which can be used to service Doosan construction equipment, will be stocked at the distribution center, which will be managed by DHL Supply Chain.

 

Dec. 14, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia Power: Ash pond closures progressing on schedule

Staff reports that Georgia Power has announced the latest progress on its plan to safely close all 29 ash ponds at 11 active and retired coal-fired power plant sites across the state. Officials said the company is in the process of completely excavating 19 ash ponds located adjacent to lakes or rivers with the remaining 10 being closed in place using advanced engineering methods and closure technologies. 

 

Dec. 14, 2p018 Augusta Chronicle

Graphic Packaging to invest $350M in Augusta paper plant

Damon Cline reports that one of Augusta’s oldest and largest manufacturers is getting more than a quarter-billion dollars in upgrades. Atlanta-based Graphic Packaging Holding Co. on Thursday said it is investing $350 million in the Augusta paper mill it acquired earlier this year from International Paper. 

 

Dec. 14, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

State leadership changes expected to shape Georgia’s 2019 legislative session

Curt Yeomans reports that as he previewed the upcoming legislative session for the Gwinnett Chamber on Thursday, state Sen. P.K. Martin, R-Lawrenceville, acknowledged the big political changes that happened in Georgia — in Gwinnett — this fall. Those changes will have a lasting impact on how Gwinnett is represented under the Gold Dome in Atlanta because the elections produced a major shift in Gwinnett’s legislative delegation from a Republican majority to a Democratic one. 

 

Dec. 14, 2018 11Alive.com

Governor-elect Brian Kemp invited to White House Cabinet meeting with President Trump 

Adrianne Haney reports that Georgia Governor-elect Brian Kemp was in the national spotlight again during a visit at the White House Thursday. Kemp, along with several governors-to-be, met with President Trump, Vice President Pence and his Cabinet Dec. 13 to talk about shared State-Federal priorities. The Republican politician thanked the president for their response in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which tore through the Florida Panhandle and southwestern Georgia in October. 

 

Dec. 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

The Jolt: A different ‘religious liberty’ approach from Georgia’s newest Fortune 500 firm

Greg Bluestein reports that when General Electric announced two years ago it picked Atlanta as the home of its new digital division, the corporate giant’s top tech executive was unequivocal: Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of a “religious liberty” measure paved the way for the move. Now in his final month as governor, Deal on Wednesday celebrated another Fortune 500 firm’s decision to plant roots in Atlanta. 

 

 




Dec. 13, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Norfolk Southern to locate headquarters in Atlanta

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal was joined by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Wednesday to announce that Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, will locate its headquarters in Fulton County, creating 850 jobs and investing $575 million. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: Targets and Truths

Susan Percy writes, events of this past fall – the Kavanaugh hearings in D.C., the midterm elections and even state and local campaigns here in Georgia – have unleashed a wide range of fears, concerns and predictably, gratuitous attacks on “the media.” Such a large, impersonal and convenient target – safe to condemn with the broadest brush possible. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Isakson aided MiMedx in its frustrations with VA

Johnny Edwards reports that Parker “Pete” Petit was in a bind. One of his biopharma company’s top customers, the Department of Veterans Affairs, in 2016 was looking to cut down on purchases, and the Atlanta VA had started scaling back on products from MiMedx, calling them costly and unproven, according to a Tuesday report in The Wall Street Journal. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Norfolk Southern sold Gulch property to developer CIM Group for $115 million 

Douglas Sams reports that Norfolk Southern Corp. sold its land in Atlanta’s “Gulch” for $115 million, one of the highest prices paid for a downtown development site in recent memory, according to local real estate information firm Databank Inc. The transaction details were released by Databank on Dec. 11. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus makes major executive move, poised to jump in U.S. bank rankings after merger

Tony Adams reports that as it absorbs the assets and deposits of Florida Community Bank in an acquisition valued at $2.9 billion in the coming weeks, Synovus Financial Corp. is poised to rise near or into the Top 50 banks nationwide. With the big moment approaching, Columbus-based Synovus on Wednesday made a major move in its corporate management ranks less than three weeks before the merger is expected to be completed, appointing Kevin Blair to senior executive vice president and chief operating officer immediately. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Southeastern Mills sells customized coating and seasonings division

Doug Walker reports that Rome-based Southeastern Mills has agreed to sell off its customized coating and seasonings business to Kerry Inc., headquartered in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. Kerry has a plant, Kerry Ingredients and Flavours, at 221 Salem Road in Calhoun. The plant in Calhoun is a primary maker of breadcrumbs and coatings for the food processing industry. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Gainesville Times

Georgia Ports Authority has officially bought the inland port site in Hall

Jeff Gill reports that an agreement with the Georgia Ports Authority to buy land for the inland port off Ga. 365 in northeast Hall County was formally approved by the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority Wednesday morning. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Santa’s elves arrive early

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, bearing bags of fresh organic vegetables and good cheer, representatives from Cook County dropped in at Georgia Trend to wish us happy holidays. The magazine staff enjoyed visiting with our friends from South Georgia and sampling the yummy – and healthy – treats. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Georgia Health News

Georgia sees last-minute enrollment surge, but trails last year’s total

Andy Miller reports, just a few days are left before the deadline for sign-ups in the 2019 health insurance exchange. Yet as of Dec. 8, the number of Georgians who had enrolled in the health insurance exchange was less than half of last year’s total sign-up figure, federal health officials report. Through this past Saturday, 233,584 Georgians had enrolled for Affordable Care Act insurance. Last year’s final total was roughly 481,000. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Coal Ash may be causing problems in groundwater

Doug Walker reports that Georgia Power coal ash ponds have come under new scrutiny as a result of a report released by the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. The report claims that the groundwater at Plant Hammond west of Rome is unsafe, particularly in the areas of Ash Ponds 1 and 2. 

 

Dec. 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Most Georgia lawmakers back farm bill, but some see missed opportunity

Tamar Hallerman reports that most Georgia lawmakers on Capitol Hill endorsed a sprawling farm policy bill on Wednesday that dodged a fierce debate over food stamps that had previously divided the state’s delegation, agriculture officials and anti-hunger players. Local farm and commodity groups, as well as the head of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, cheered the passage of the $867 billion farm bill, which would set federal nutrition, rural development and agriculture policy guidelines for the next five years. 

 

 




Dec. 12, 2018 WABE 90.1

Ga. Advocates Sue Federal Government To Block Oil Exploration

Molly Samuel reports that environmental organizations from Georgia and the Carolinas are among a group suing the Trump Administration over its decision to allow offshore oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. The groups say the federal government failed to consider the risks to whales and other marine animals when it signed off last month on permits for private companies to conduct seismic tests to look for oil and natural gas in the ocean off the East Coast, from Central Florida to Delaware. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Southwest Georgia: Open for Business

K.K. Snyder reports, while Southwest Georgia continues to be a draw for new and expanding businesses and industry, the rural region faces many challenges, not least of which is the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in mid-October. The Albany area, which was still recovering from back-to-back tornadoes in January 2017, was in the hurricane’s direct path. Early damage estimates were staggering, with state agricultural losses said to total some $3 billion, according to Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power seeks more renewable energy in-state

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Georgia Power is seeking proposals from renewable energy companies to obtain 540 megawatts of solar, biomass and wind power, as part of its commitment to diversify its energy sources in Georgia. The purchases, through Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI), will be the final action to fulfill a 2016 deal approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission to provide 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy through multiple projects. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Travel tech giant Travelport being acquired in $4.4B deal

David Allison reports that Travelport Worldwide Limited, a U.K.-based travel technology giant whose U.S. headquarters are in Atlanta, announced Monday it's being acquired in a $4.4 billion deal. Travelport (NYSE: TVPT) will be acquired by affiliates of Siris Capital Group LLC and Evergreen Coast Capital Corp. “This is a good outcome for Travelport’s shareholders," said Doug Steenland, chairman of Travelport, in a statement. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 GPB

Farmers mental health takes center stage at rural stress conference

Ross Terrell reports that farmers mental health was on the two-day agenda as dozens of professors and social workers met in Atlanta this week. They gathered with professionals from a few other states to discuss the top stressors to people in rural America, especially farmers. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Albany Herald, University of Georgia

UGA researchers plan to dismantle crop roadblocks

Merritt Melancon reports that UGA Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Professors Wayne Parrot and Jason Wallace say they hope to develop new tools to insert multiple traits into a plant’s genome at one time. Currently, when researchers insert multiple genes simultaneously, the genes tend to generate “cross talk” among their signals and degrade the expression of each trait. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Fox 5 Atlanta

USGS: 4.4 earthquake felt in Georgia, Tennessee, Carolinas

Staff reports that a 4.4 earthquake in Tennessee could be felt all the way in North Georgia and portions of the Carolinas early Wednesday morning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it happened around 4:14 a.m. It was centered about 7 miles north-northeast of Decatur, Tennessee. The center of the quake was about 128 miles north-northwest of Atlanta and about 220 miles west of Charlotte, NC. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Navicent Health now one step closer to deal with out-of-state hospital system  

Samantha Max reports, after months of negotiations, Navicent Health is one step closer to finalizing its partnership with Atrium Health, a nonprofit health care system based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Navicent Health Board of Directors and the Atrium Health Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the strategic combination Tuesday. The Georgia Attorney General’s Office has already authorized the proposed deal, which the two parties will finalize over the next several weeks.

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Georgia Health News

Health care taking bigger share of worker’s income, report finds

Andy Miller reports that workers and their families are spending a larger percentage of income on health care, especially in the South, a report says. Average premium contributions by employees are 7 percent of median income nationally. But Georgia is among 11 states where these contributions for single and family plans amounted to 8 percent of median income or more, said the report from the Commonwealth Fund, released Friday. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta officials oppose corps’ plan for lock and dam

Susan McCord reports that Augusta officials spoke out Tuesday against the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to remove the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, build a fixed rock weir and excavate a floodplain at Augusta’s Lock and Dam Park. The plan, revealed last month, is the corps’ top-ranked alternative for dealing with the decommissioned 80-year-old lock and dam while also meeting a federal requirement to ensure upstream passage of migratory fish on the Savannah River. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Brunswick News

Judge denies injunction for Sea Island spit

Wes Wolfe reports that a federal judge Monday denied a motion by the Altamaha Riverkeeper and One Hundred Miles to bring a preliminary injunction to halt the construction of a second groin on the Sea Island spit. In his order, U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall noted that a district court can only grant a preliminary injunction when the moving party shows that it has a “substantial likelihood of success on the merits,” that the moving parties “will suffer irreparable injury unless the injunction is issued,” that the injury to the moving parties outweighs possible injury to the opposing party, and that the injunction would not be a disservice to the public interest. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Kemp looks for common ground in first major address

Jill Nolin reports that Georgia’s incoming governor, Republican B rian Kemp, sought to unify state lawmakers in his first major speech since narrowly winning the bitterly fought contest last month. “I know that we were not all on the same team in the primary, the runoff, or even the general election,” Kemp said to lawmakers, state officials and lobbyists gathered at the University of Georgia’s campus for training ahead of next month’s legislative session. 

 

Dec. 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

David Ralston: On finding cash for rural broadband, ‘religious liberty’ and teacher pay raises

Jim Galloway reports, when the Legislature convenes in January, the state will have a new governor, and a new lieutenant governor – who will preside over the Senate. Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, will be the Capitol veteran, entering his ninth year as leader of the House. 

 

 




Dec. 11, 2018 GPB

Doctors With Borders: Immigrant Physicians Barred From Easing Georgia Doctor Shortage

Leighton Rowell and Virginia Prescott report that according to the American Immigration Council, about 25 percent of the nearly one million physicians who practice medicine in the United States were trained in foreign medical schools. In Georgia, about 17 percent of doctors were born in another country, but they face high barriers to entry into the U.S. That could be a cause for concern in states like Georgia, which has a severe shortage of physicians.

 

Dec. 11, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Treating Georgia’s Children

Patty Rasmussen reports, when her daughter was seven years old, Lee Ann Liska, now the CEO of Augusta University (AU) Medical Center, home of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, found herself living every parent’s nightmare. “She was diagnosed with leukemia and treated for three years before she was truly cancer-free,” says Liska. 

 

Dec. 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta car execs tout positive sales for 2018

Todd C. Duncan reports that there is tremendous optimism for the future of nation’s auto industry, a panel of locally-headquartered auto manufacturers told a group of business leaders on Monday. The disruption caused by changing consumer habits and technology that has rattled other economic sectors - including the auto industry - is forcing leaders to embrace new business models and artificial intelligence technology to meet consumer demands, they say. 

 

Dec. 11, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Waldorf Astoria officially opens in Atlanta, property sold for $60.5 million

Amy Wenk reports that Atlanta has its first Waldorf Astoria hotel. Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) announced Monday it officially reopened the former Mandarin Oriental Atlanta under the luxury brand. “That’s a wonderful thing for Buckhead,” former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition, said in a November interview. 

 

Dec. 11, 2018 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern, Ocean Exchange announce winner of annual BIG Pitch Award

Staff reports that the Georgia Southern University College of Business and the Business Innovation Group (BIG) awarded a grand prize of $10,000 to Vita Inclinata Technologies LLC, a team of innovators from Seattle University, for the 2018 BIG Pitch Award.  The eighth annual Ocean Exchange, hosted in Savannah, Georgia, featured the fourth year of the BIG Pitch Award, which is given to collegiate innovators who have created sustainable solutions. 

 

Dec. 11, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah: Georgia Ports on track for record year

Staff reports that the Georgia Ports Authority is on track to break port records in container handling for 2018. December bookings of approximately 362,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, will total for the highest volume of cargo ever handled in a calendar year. The performance would mean an increase of 8 percent (312,385 TEUs) compared to CY2017. 

 

Dec. 11, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Macon-area organizations receive grants

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Peyton Anderson Foundation recently announced that 16 organizations will receive $3.5 million in grants for projects that benefit Central Georgians. The largest grant – $2 million – was awarded to the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, part of the Navicent Health system in Macon. The grant enabled Navicent to exceed its capital campaign goal for the new children’s hospital, which includes a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit named in Peyton Anderson’s honor. 

 

Dec. 11, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

The Great Divide: Election exposes rural, urban chasm

Jill Nolin reports that Georgia voters tapped Republicans for every statewide office this year, just as they have for the last decade. Beneath the surface of those high-level Republican victories was a shifting political landscape that yielded the tightest margins of victory in decades and ousted several Republican lawmakers in the Atlanta area. 

 

Dec. 11, 2018 LaGrange News

Political leaders discuss broadband access

Alicia B. Hill reports that for residents living inside city limits, fast, reliable internet can often be taken for granted. However, in rural parts of the county and the state, that same internet access and speed can prove inaccessible, which is why local, state and federal lawmakers have been searching for ways to work with providers to improve that access. 

 

Dec. 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Congressional report slams Equifax for 2017 data breach

Tamar Hallerman and J. Scott Trubey report that the cyber breach of the credit reporting agency Equifax that exposed the sensitive personal data of 148 million Americans last year was “entirely preventable” and due in part to outdated security systems and an unaccountable corporate management structure, according to a blistering report from congressional investigators. 

 

 




Dec. 10, 2018 WABE 90.1

As Adults Return To College, Schools Try To Remove Barriers

Martha Dalton reports, some states, like Georgia, are turning their attention to non-traditional students because they’ve set some lofty goals for college completion. Complete College Georgia is a plan outlined by the state that aims to ensure 60 percent of the state’s adults will have some kind of post-secondary degree by the year 2025. Right now, about 42 percent of adults in the state meet that criterion. 

 

Dec. 10, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

CSU promotes STEM learning

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Columbus State University’s (CSU) Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and volunteers from CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions have built the first phase of a courtyard for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Key Elementary School in Columbus. Volunteers improved the courtyard’s drainage and installed bird feeders, rain barrels and raised beds for planting. 

 

Dec. 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey elected company chair

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey will become the Atlanta-based company’s chairman, following approval by its board of directors. Quincey will take over as chairman in April when current chairman, Muhtar Kent, retires. 

 

Dec. 10, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Cox headquarters eyed as major redevelopment on Atlanta Perimeter

Douglas Sams reports that on Atlanta’s Perimeter, a vacant boomerang-shaped office building stands at the center of a  sprawling headquarters once occupied by Cox Enterprises Inc. The 21-acre site used to be the home of more than 900 employees. Now, it’s being looked at as a potential redevelopment along I-285 in Brookhaven that ties the entire area together. 

 

Dec. 10, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Forsyth’s Halcyon to get Mercedes-Benz experience center

Amy Wenk reports that a new retail experience featuring a luxury auto brand is coming to a big Forsyth County project. Car dealer RBM of Alpharetta will open a Mercedes-Benz experience center at Halcyon, a $370 million, mixed-use project rising at Ga. 400 and McFarland Parkway. 

 

Dec. 10, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah, Ireland connection brings business deals

DeAnn Komanecky reports that a pilot program started in May to connect Savannah and Ireland for international trade is bearing fruit. The program,TradeBridge, is a partnership between World Trade Center Savannah, the Savannah Economic Development Authority and the county of Wexford, Ireland. 

 

Dec. 10, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Homebuilders offering affordability through in-fill development

Damon Cline reports that Metro Augusta has historically been one of the nation’s more affordable housing markets. But as suburban land-development costs accelerate and interest rates rise, it’s getting hard for those with modest income to afford a home – particularly a new one. Carbon Construction believes it has found the solution: build new homes in old neighborhoods. 

 

Dec. 10, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia Gwinnett College touts $464 million economic impact on Gwinnett  

Curt Yeomans reports that Georgia Gwinnett College is continuing to have a big impact on Gwinnett County’s economy, according to new data from the University System of Georgia. In fact, that economic impact in fiscal year 2017 pushed ever closer to nearly half a billion dollars. 

 

Dec. 10, 2018 Saporta Report

Solar array to provide real-time power to Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

David Pendered reports that Solarize Atlanta has added a major participant, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, which plans to install an array on the roof of the Besser Gymnastics Pavilion. The array is to provide 30 percent of the building’s energy needs. That translates to a projected saving of $6,900 a year in energy costs, according to a statement.

 

Dec. 10, 2018 New York Times

Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump’s Chief of Staff

Maggie Haberman reports that President Trump heads into the fight of his political life, the man he had hoped would help guide him through it has now turned him down, and he finds himself in the unaccustomed position of having no obvious second option. Nick Ayers, the main focus of President Trump’s search to replace John F. Kelly as chief of staff in recent weeks, said on Sunday that he was leaving the administration at the end of the year. Mr. Ayers, 36, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is returning to Georgia with his wife and three young children, according to people familiar with his plans. 

 

Dec. 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

The arrival of apartment-based politics in north metro Atlanta

Jim Galloway reports, since the drubbing that Republicans suffered in metro Atlanta’s northern suburbs last month, something that Fran Millar said had nagged at me. A state senator from Dunwoody, Millar was one of several GOP state lawmakers who saw their seats washed away by a blue wave on Election Day. 

 

 




Dec. 7, 2018 WABE 90.1

Ga. Business Owners And Farmers Say Tariffs Are Causing Profits To Shrink

Tasnim Shamma reports that Georgia businesses, farmers and manufacturers have paid more than $45 million in tariffs on imported goods so far this year, according to research by the Trade Partnership, a Washington, D.C.- based economic consulting group. At a town hall in midtown Atlanta on Thursday, business owners and farmers said they are watching their profits shrink because of increased tariffs on Chinese goods bought into this country. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, Water Heroes Honored: The Georgia Water Coalition, which is comprised of more than 250 business and natural resources organizations, has chosen its 2018 Clean 13 water heroes. These honorees were selected for their innovative and proactive efforts at restoring the health of the state’s waterways and protecting Georgia’s water for future generations. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Paulding airport authority votes to terminate lease with developer

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Paulding County Airport Authority has voted to terminate a lease with a development partner that sought to commercialize the airportand expand it. The airport authority’s action — voting Wednesday to send a termination notice to Silver Comet Terminal Partners LLC — adds to a dispute over the lease that is already in court

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta considered 'elite market' in 'Tech Talent Hotspots' report

Jen Wilson reports that Atlanta is highlighted among the nation's hottest markets to find tech talent in a report by Forrester Research Inc. (NASDAQ: FORR), a national market research firm. In its report on 2018's "Tech Talent Hotspots" in the U.S., Forrester identifies 15 cities that offer "unique value propositions" to firms in the market for tech talent. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 University of Georgia 

Georgia economy still riding expansion wave into 2019

Matt Weeks reports that Georgia’s economic growth will outpace the nation’s for the sixth straight year, according to the latest forecast from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Although personal income growth and existing home prices will rise, total economic growth will be less robust than in 2018, said Terry College Dean Benjamin C. Ayers at UGA’s 36th annual Georgia Economic Outlook in Atlanta. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Report: Savannah-area universities contribute $1.2B to economy in ’17

Staff reports that the University System of Georgia contributed more than $16 billion in economic impact across the state of Georgia in FY 2017, according to the annual economic impact report released by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia this week. The system’s 26 institutions brought in $16.8 billion in FY17, which was flat compared to FY16. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

MiMedx to lay off 240 in ‘organizational realignment’

Shaddi Abusaid reports that less than three weeks from Christmas, embattled Marietta-based biopharmaceutical group MiMedx announced it would cut 240 full-time jobs as part of an “organizational realignment.” The layoffs represent 24 percent of the firm’s total workforce, the company said Wednesday, and about half of the affected employees work in sales. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 GPB

For Profit College Closures Affect Four Georgia Cities

Grant Blankenship reports that the parent company of one of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains has abruptly closed all its campuses, including four in Georgia. Education Corporation of America announced it’s the last week of classes for about twenty thousand students, including those at their Virginia College campuses in Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Study shows deductibles, insurance costs high for Georgia employees

Tom Corwin reports that Georgia families who get insurance through an employer saw their average deductibles skyrocket more than 23 percent last year and now pay an average of 14 percent of their income just in premium and meeting deductibles, according to a study released today.  

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Saporta Report

MARTA board approves rail, bus rapid transit plans for Clayton County  

Maggie Lee reports that a set of quicker transit routes are set to come through Clayton County as MARTA’s board formally approves a rail line on the south end of its network plus bus rapid transit for other parts of the county. But rail takes a while to build, cautioned a MARTA board member. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Daily Report

Rural Legislators Look to Help Farm Wine Flow 

Katheryn Tucker reports that legislative leaders from rural Georgia want to change the law to make it easier for the state’s growing number of wineries to profit from their vintage. Wine selling tops the legislative recommendations released Thursday by the Rural Development Council of the Georgia House of Representatives, a panel created last year. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Georgia Health News

Legislators plan a broad revamp of state’s powerful CON laws 

Andy Miller reports that year after year, the Georgia General Assembly deals with proposals to revise the state’s health care regulatory rules. It’s always a contentious process, often pitting hospitals against one another. Even minor tweaks to the system typically get blocked before the end of the legislative session. 

 

Dec. 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Border wall fight could slow Hurricane Michael recovery money

Tamar Hallerman reports that the scene on the ground, recounted Albany U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, “was like a war zone.” Eight weeks after Hurricane Michael walloped Bishop’s southwest Georgia district, the veteran lawmaker is scrambling to avert a different kind of disaster: a political one. He’s one of several Southeastern lawmakers leading the push for Congress to approve emergency federal funding during the hectic final days of its session to rebuild what Michael destroyed. 

 

 




Dec. 6, 2018 Covington News

Walton EMC signs solar contracts for Facebook

Staff reports that Walton Electric Membership Corp. has executed contracts with two solar developers for three new solar projects as part of its agreement to supply 100 percent renewable energy for Facebook’s data center in Newton County. The collaboration is the largest solar development project in Georgia. The Newton Data Center is Facebook’s ninth such state-of-the-art facility in the country. 

 

Dec. 6, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Deals of the Year

Ben Young writes, it’s a fitting end of 2018 to mention the Georgia Deals of the Year as selected by the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA). The annual awards recognize projects that have expanded within or moved to the state and have generated outstanding community support and economic development potential. 

 

Dec. 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

MiMedx lays off 240 — 24 percent of its staff

Michael E. Kanell reports that MiMedx on Wednesday announced it is cutting 240 jobs – about one-quarter of the embattled firm’s workforce – as it struggles to survive. The Marietta-based company, which sells injections used in orthopedics and wound coverings to treat burn victims, has been fighting to right itself as it copes with leadership upheaval and apparent problems with the accuracy of its financial disclosures. 

 

Dec. 6, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Richard Branson-backed passenger rail venture names Atlanta-Charlotte route in IPO proposal

Jessica Saunders reports that a passenger railroad backed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group named the 250-mile Atlanta to Charlotte route as a potential expansion opportunity in its IPO filing. Virgin Trains USA Inc. is a strategic partnership between Miami-based Brightline and Virgin Group that filed for an IPO on the Nasdaq last month. 

 

Dec. 6, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Report: Savannah-area universities contribute $1.2B to economy in ’17

Katie Nussbaum reports that the University System of Georgia contributed more than $16 billion in economic impact across the state of Georgia in FY 2017, according to the annual economic impact report released by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia this week. The system’s 26 institutions brought in $16.8 billion in FY17, which was flat compared to FY16. 

 

Dec. 6, 2018 University of Georgia

UGA ranks No. 1 in U.S. for new products to market

Michael Terrazas reports that, building on its continued growth in research and innovation, the University of Georgia ranked first among 193 U.S. institutions for the number of commercial products reaching the market in 2017, according to a survey released by AUTM, a nonprofit organization that tracks technology transfer among universities, colleges and other research institutions. 

 

Dec. 6, 2018 Georgia State University

Georgia State Spinoff Gets $2 Million To Advance New Cancer Drug

Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports that ProDa BioTech, a pharmaceutical research company founded by Zhi-Ren Liu, a biology professor in the College of Arts & Sciences at Georgia State University, has received a two-year, $2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop an effective therapy for pancreatic cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of just 7 percent. 

 

Dec. 6, 2018 Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University economic impact eclipses $1.46 billion

Travis Highfield reports that Kennesaw State University grew its total economic impact by more than $54 million and increased its total employment impact by 1,500 people in fiscal year 2017, according to a University System of Georgia report released this week. The total impact of all 26 USG institutions on their host communities was $16.8 billion in FY 2017, with Kennesaw State eclipsing $1.46 billion. 

 

Dec. 6, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Work continues on new reactors at Plant Vogtle

Tom Corwin reports that two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle are on track for operation in a few years as hiring at the site continues. The placement of a massive "ring" in a steel containment vessel and the last cooling pump for a new reactor are signs of continued progress on two new reactors at Plant Vogtle, a spokesman for Georgia Power said. The site is already the state's largest construction project at more than 7,000 workers but is continuing to hire, Jeff Wilson said.

 

Dec. 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Court case strikes at Georgia Legislature’s ability to exempt its staff  

James Salzer reports that state lawmakers have long passed laws that don’t apply to them, but a new case before the Georgia Court of Appeals raises questions about one of their most controversial outs: an exemption from following the Open Records Act transparency statute that most other government officials have to obey. 

 

 




Dec. 5, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Check-Mate Industries to create 230 jobs, invest $16 million in Thomasville

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced Dec. 4 that Check-Mate Industries, Inc., a family-owned manufacturer of metal stampings, assemblies, tools and dies, will create 230 jobs and invest more than $16 million in a new manufacturing location in Thomasville. New jobs will include positions throughout all levels of the organization including management teams and administrative personnel, as well as skilled positions such as computer numeric controlled machinists and tool and die makers. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

More aerospace jobs coming to Macon

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that South Carolina-based Stevens Aerospace is opening a large-cabin aircraft operations facility at Macon’s Middle Georgia Regional Airport. Learn more about Georgia’s growing aerospace industry in “Taking Off,” in our latest edition. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Deeper Findings: Porsche car sales defy nationwide dip

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that sales for Atlanta-based Porsche Cars North America have risen 3.1 percent in November, exceeding previous records set in April. The company, located south of Atlanta, reported sales of 5,673 vehicles in November. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WeWork will lease 118,000 square feet at West Midtown's The Interlock  

Douglas Sams reports that the rapid expansion of WeWork Cos. shows no signs of slowing. The New York co-working giant has agreed to lease 118,000 square feet in the new $450 million West Midtown project The Interlock. The announcement, released Dec. 4, was expected. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle

In bid to lure Norfolk Southern HQ, Atlanta greenlights $24M property tax break

Maggie Lee and Maria Saporta report that Atlanta’s development agency on Tuesday approved a deal that would make a move to Atlanta nearly $24 million sweeter for Norfolk Southern. Invest Atlanta’s board unanimously approved a deal that would give Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC) a property tax break worth nearly $24 million over 10 years, if the Norfolk, Va.-based railroad moves its headquarters to Midtown

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

BOC finalizes $35.4M bond pricing with ‘very, very good’ interest rate for OFS purchase

Curt Yeomans reports that the final details for the bonds that Gwinnett County will use to buy 103 acres at the OFS site in Norcross were set in place by county commissioners Tuesday. The commissioners, acting as both the Gwinnett Urban Development Authority board and as the county commission, voted 3-1 to approve a supplemental bond agreement for the purchase. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Poultry processor to build feed mill in Taliaferro County

Damon Cline reports that a Georgia poultry processor broke ground Tuesday on a $72 million feed mill and hatchery in Taliaferro County, an investment that is expected to create more than 200 jobs in one of the state’s poorest and least populous counties. Bethlehem, Ga.-based Harrison Poultry Inc. announced the project at A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville, the county seat.

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Georgia Health News

Medicare penalties hit most Ga. nursing homes

Andy Miller reports that three of four nursing homes in Georgia have received penalties from Medicare for avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients. The 75 percent figure is slightly higher than the national average. The federal government gave bonuses for lower readmissions to 23 percent of the 373 nursing homes in the state. Two percent had no change under the new penalty program. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Republicans win runoff

Staff reports that Republican Brad Raffensperger won a runoff election Tuesday to become Georgia's next secretary of state, taking over the office at the center of a debate over voter access and election security in the Southern state. In the Public Service Commission runoff, Republican Chuck Eaton was re-elected to a third term. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 GPB

Rare Tornado and Flooding in South Georgia During Weekend Storm

J. Cindy Hill reports that as heavy rain swept through Georgia over the weekend, parts of the state experienced severe weather. National Weather Service Meteorologist Pete Wolf says unusually warm temperatures, and humid air collided with a cold front to create a supercell tornado in Southeast Georgia, a type of storm usually seen in the Midwest. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Brunswick News

Time will tell on salt marsh, climate change

Wes Wolfe reports that Glynn County’s abundant salt marshes have been key to its identity since there was a Glynn County, but numerous studies cited in the federal government’s Fourth National Climate Assessment indicate that should current trends play out — depending on intensity of warmer winter air temperature patterns — mangrove forests could move in and replace the area’s signature marshes, over a span of several decades. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia’s Chief Justice discusses mentor, accountability courts

Shaddi Abusaid reports that, reflecting on his mentor, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton on Monday spoke of the late Chief Justice Harris Hines’ legacy of togetherness and cohesiveness. Melton, who grew up in Cobb and graduated from Wheeler High, was the guest speaker at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s First Monday Breakfast. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Legislator who opposed disaster relief draws ire of fellow lawmakers

Jill Nolin reports that the lone lawmaker who opposed a spending package for hurricane recovery has drawn the ire of South Georgia lawmakers. Citing his conservative principles, Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, was the only lawmaker to oppose a plan to add $270 million to this year’s budget to help rebuild southwest Georgia after Hurricane Michael ravaged the area. 

 

Dec. 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

A suburban blue wave dries up in Georgia runoffs

Greg Bluestein reports that the suburban wave that nearly swept Democrat Stacey Abrams to Georgia’s highest office last month all but evaporated in Tuesday’s runoff for secretary of state and Public Service Commission. Democrats only narrowly held Gwinnett County after winning it by about 15 percentage points in November’s general election. 

 

 




Dec. 4, 2018 WABE 90.1

With New Scrutiny On Voting In Georgia, State Will Pick Top Election Official

Johnny Kauffman reports that the Nov. 6 midterms, and the prolonged vote count afterward, tested Georgian’s trust in how the state’s elections are administered. Multiple lawsuits were filed, and Democrats and Republicans, without evidence, accused each other of trying to steal the election. 

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Redevelopment recognized

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with the Council for Quality Growth, recently bestowed its annual Regional Redevelopment Award on Marietta’s Franklin Gateway project. The award recognizes the revitalization of the Franklin Gateway corridor, which was previously a troubled area. The Atlanta United soccer team’s headquarters and training facility and the Franklin Gateway Sports complex are highlights of the redevelopment, which has helped increase property values in the area, reduce crime and attract new investment creating more than 2,600 jobs. 

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Top SEC attorney in Atlanta to step down

J. Scott Trubey reports that Aaron Lipson, a top attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Atlanta, is stepping down after 14 years, the agency said Monday. Lipson served most recently as associate regional director for enforcement in Atlanta, and oversaw more than 60 attorneys, accountants and other finance professionals in investigating securities violations. 

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia’s 2019 economic forecast calls for slower growth

Crystal Edmonson reports, it has been a good year for jobseekers, but it will be hard to maintain the current pace of growth in 2019, according to Rajeev Dhawan during an interview on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s BIZ television show.

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern students put classroom concepts into practice, help local high school students

Staff reports that a round of mock interviews with local high schoolers helped Georgia Southern University accounting students from the Parker College of Business put into practice concepts they learned in their forensic interview and interrogations class.  The accounting seniors conducted interviews with students at Southeast Bulloch High School in Brooklet, Georgia, based on applications and résumés the high school students created in the career development section of their English class. 

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Gainesville Times

Inland port coming to Gainesville. How big will its impact be in the region?

Jeff Gill reports that a regional terminal for cargo heading from the Port of Savannah to area companies could open in 2021 at the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall. State officials, including Gov. Nathan Deal, touted and gave more details about the project, which was announced earlier this year, at a gathering with area business and government leaders Monday, Dec. 3, at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville. 

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Governor, Storey family dedicate research building at Georgia Cancer Center

Tom Corwin reports, before it was dedicated Monday, pediatric oncologist Ted Johnson walked Sunday through the connector over Laney-Walker Boulevard between the clinic building of the Georgia Cancer Center and the M. Bert Storey Research Building where his lab is located at Augusta University. “It’s a literal bridge and a figurative bridge between the science and the clinic,” said Johnson, who helped Dr. David Munn and others take a breakthrough lab discovery and turn it into a treatment for brain tumors that is bringing in children from around the country and internationally as well. 

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Saporta Report

Atlanta Transportation plan gets approval, as advocates prod about previous recommendations

Maggie Lee reports that Atlanta City Council approved a transportation plan that involves a “re-alignment” of the city away from cars. But as it passed Council, plenty of advocates came out to ask Council to step up action on previous plans to fix up the city for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit customers. The 60 pages of “Atlanta’s Transportation Plan” are a sort of 40,000-foot view of how the city proposes to implement a transportation network that’s meant to provide all Atlantans with efficient, safe and equitable mobility options. 

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb judge validates Home Depot bonds despite challenge

Jon Gargis reports that a judge on Friday approved the county development authority’s plan to issue $59 million in bonds and give tax breaks to Home Depot, despite an east Cob resident’s objections. Activist Larry Savage disputed issuing the bonds using similar arguments that convinced Cobb Superior Court Senior Judge Adele Grubbs to deny a tax break and $35 million in bonds for Kroger in September. 

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Emory University

Ray C. Anderson Foundation grant supports statewide climate consortium

Holly Korschun reports that the Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded a $650,000 grant to Emory University to advance the Georgia Climate Project, a state-wide consortium co-founded by Emory, the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and joined by Agnes Scott College, Georgia Southern University, Spelman College, and the University of North Georgia. This foundational grant will support efforts to build a network of experts who can improve understanding of climate impacts and solutions and better position Georgia to respond to a changing climate. 

 

Dec. 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

What to watch in Georgia’s runoffs for secretary of state and PSC

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia voters will have a fresh chance Tuesday to decide who they want in charge of state elections after a race for governor rocked by voting suppression allegations. And they’ll get an opportunity to pick a member of the state’s regulatory agency in a contest that’s shattered spending records. 

 

 




Dec. 3, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Feds OK seismic tests for oil off Georgia coast; marine life could be hurt

Mary Landers reports that NOAA Fisheries on Friday authorized five private companies to use a practice that opponents says can harm or harass marine mammals, including the highly endangered Georgia state marine mammal the North Atlantic right whale, as the companies search for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Making Art Accessible and Relevant

Susan Percy reports that Doug Shipman assumed leadership of Atlanta’s 50-year old Woodruff Arts Center in July 2017. The center, founded in 1968 as a tribute to arts patrons who died in a plane crash at Orly Airport in Paris, houses the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and the Alliance Theatre. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

President George H.W. Bush was key to Morehouse School of Medicine’s success

Jennifer Brett reports that a July 1982 building dedication ceremony at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine drew a politically prominent crowd. Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, who was Atlanta’s mayor at the time, shared the stage with then U.S. Rep. Wyche Fowler (later a U.S. senator), the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell (a state senator at the time) and Michael Lomax, then serving as chairman of the Fulton County commission. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Isakson, Perdue asking for federal disaster aid for hurricane-stricken Georgia farmers

Dave Williams reports that Georgia's two U.S. senators are seeking federal disaster assistance for the state's agriculture industry to help offset the extensive damage done by Hurricane Michael. In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue cited more than $2.5 billion in losses suffered when the huge storm tore through South Georgia last month. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Cartersville Daily-Tribune News

$1.4B Etowah-Allatoona Economic Corridor plan unveiled

James Swift reports that Bartow County got its first glimpse of a proposed tax allocation district (TAD) in and around Emerson Wednesday morning, as plans for the $1.4 billion Etowah-Allatoona Economic Corridor were revealed to the public. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Albany Herald, UGA

Post-Michael salvage begins in Georgia

Andrew Sawyer reports that the Georgia Forestry Commission estimates that 2.4 million acres of timber were damaged by Hurricane Michael. This equates to $763 million in direct losses. In Georgia, 300,000 acres, or approximately 16 percent of the state’s timber, were classified as being catastrophically damaged. An estimated 1.4 million acres, or 61 percent, were deemed moderately damaged. As of now, there are an estimated 37.68 million tons of timber on the ground. Now comes the hard part — salvaging what’s left. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Study backs effort to form new Chatham County islands city

Eric Curl reports that a new city government could operate much more efficiently as long as a “wackadoodle” is not elected, Adam Avant told a crowd of more than 200 people at St. Andrew’s School Thursday night. Avant, a board member of the Islands Community Association, was touting the results of a $30,000 study his nonprofit group had paid for following a fundraising campaign to determine the feasibility of incorporating Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and Wilmington islands. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Saporta Report

Federal tax credits to provide 650 affordable homes in metro Atlanta by 2020

David Pendered reports that Georgia has earmarked federal tax credits to provide 650 affordable rental homes in metro Atlanta and they are scheduled to be ready for occupancy in late 2020, according to a statement from the Department of Community Affairs on the award of a total of $25 million statewide in federal Housing Tax Credits. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Connecting generations through music

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Georgia Center for Music Therapy, a private, Roswell-based music therapy practice, is expanding The Giving Tree Intergenerational Preschool Program to nine locations throughout the Metro Atlanta region. This award-winning music program incorporates singing, dancing and playing instruments to encourage interactions between local preschoolers and residents of memory care and assisted living centers. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Macon Telegraph

These candidates will control how elections are run, how much you pay for electricity

Stanley Dunlap reports that Georgia voters will determine Tuesday the next person in charge of overseeing the state’s elections system and someone who will have a say in how much many residents pay on their electricity bills. The Secretary of State and a Public Service Commission seat are the two statewide positions still up for grabs in Tuesday’s runoff. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Broadband a priority for lawmakers

Diane Wagner reports that local lawmakers are gearing up for the 2019 Georgia General Assembly and broadband expansion is expected to be one of the major initiatives. Jan. 14 is the start of a new two-year session and the first under governor-elect Brian Kemp. State Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, sits on the House Rural Development Council, which is slated to spend three days this week focusing on connectivity. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Covington News

Legislators brief local business leaders as General Assembly session approaches

Staff reports, property tax reform, the budget, criminal justice reform and finding the best way for Georgians to cast and count ballots are just some of the things legislators plan to take up when they gather under the Gold Dome early next year, according to four of the legislators who represent Newton County. 

 

Dec. 3, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

Barrow returns to roots in closing stretch of runoff

Greg Bluestein reports that, if Democrat John Barrow is going to pull out a victory in Tuesday’s runoff for secretary of state, he’s betting on strong support from voters from the U.S. House district he once represented. Facing an uphill battle, Barrow is set to rev up a Jeep tour on Monday that will crisscross the ever-shifting 12th District he held for five terms before a 2014 defeat. 

 

 




Nov. 30, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Wayfair to create 1,000 jobs in Chatham County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Wayfair Inc., one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, will create 1,000 jobs and open a new 1,164,800-square-foot facility in Savannah. New jobs will include supervisory, administrative and warehouse positions. Wayfair and its landlord plan to invest approximately $45 million in the project over the next five years. 

 

Nov. 30, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Lake Oconee: Living Large

Lori Johnston reports that relaxation rules at Lake Oconee, but below the calm waters, companies, entrepreneurs and economic development leaders are bustling to add amenities and jobs. From new venues, such as the sporting grounds at Reynolds Lake Oconee and Greensboro’s first brewery, to expansions by school districts, downtowns and employers, the nearly 57,500-resident area that encompasses Greene, Morgan and Putnam counties is embracing growth. 

 

Nov. 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta using facial recognition throughout ATL international terminal

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that international travelers flying out of Atlanta can now check in for a Delta flight, go through security and board a plane using facial recognition instead of showing their passports. On Thursday, Delta Air Lines unveiled new facial recognition cameras that the company says will shorten traveler wait times at the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson.

 

Nov. 30, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp outlines his priorities for business in Q&A with Atlanta Business Chronicle

Dave Williams reports that Brian Kemp described how he has been driven by his frustration with government, about how to help rural hospitals, his support for a religious freedom bill, his opposition to casinos, as well as funding for transit and state spending. 

 

Nov. 30, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Portside: Freeport exemption for e-commerce already pays off

Mary Mayle reports, amidst all the rancor and political posturing of the recent midterm elections, voters in Savannah, Pooler and unincorporated Chatham County were also tasked with deciding the fate of a proposed tax exemption for e-commerce. Known as the freeport exemption, it was a latecomer to the ballot, just squeaking in under the deadline. 

 

Nov. 30, 2018 WABE 90.1

Metro Atlanta Chamber Says It Will Work With Gov.-Elect Kemp, Outlines 2019 Priorities

Tasnim Shamma reports that, ahead of its 159th annual meeting at the newly renovated State Farm Arena, the Metro Atlanta Chamber outlined a few of its legislative priorities. On Thursday, the chamber also announced its new chair in 2021 would be Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian. 

 

Nov. 30, 2018 Saporta Report

Delta’s Ed Bastian to chair Metro Atlanta Chamber in 2021

Maria Saporta reports that in time with its annual luncheon meeting today (Nov. 29), Metro Atlanta Chamber is announcing that has lined up its future executive leaders through 2021. The newest announcement is that Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, will chair the chamber in 2021, continuing the deep involvement the airline has had with the business organization. Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson served as the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s chairman in 2014. 

 

Nov. 30, 2018 Gainesville Times

Voters can now choose who assists them at polls in local, state elections in Georgia

Megan Reed reports that a federal judge signed an order Thursday deciding that in future elections in Georgia, voters who need assistance can be helped by any person of their choice, other than their employer or union. The order was negotiated by voter Jin Kwon, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden. 

 

Nov. 30, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Patten seeks Shaw's House seat

Staff reports, a Lanier County businessman has thrown his hat into the ring to fill a Georgia House of Representatives seat. Franklin Patten, owner of Southern Financial Systems Computer Design and co-owner of Patten Blackberry Farms, announced in a statement this week he will seek the House District 176 seat being vacated by Jason Shaw.

 

Nov. 30, 2018 New York Times

Lasting Rancor Over Voting Issues Puts a Spotlight on a Georgia Runoff

Richard Fausset reports that election Day was three weeks in the past, and Kenneth Royal, a 37-year-old salesman who supported Stacey Abrams for governor, could have spent the chilly Wednesday evening at home, putting politics out of his mind. Instead, Mr. Royal, stung by Ms. Abrams’s narrow defeat, was manning a phone bank, trying to persuade fellow Democrats that the runoff election next week for Georgia secretary of state was not some obscure postscript, but a crucial battle over minority voting rights. 

 

Nov. 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgian tapped to be Trump’s new defender-in-chief

Tamar Hallerman reports that Gainesville Republican Doug Collins is in line to take a new job next year as President Donald Trump’s most prominent congressional pitbull. The three-term congressman was recommended by GOP colleagues on Thursday evening to be the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, the powerful panel that is expected to investigate various White House scandals and mull impeachment proceedings under new Democratic leadership. 

 

 




Nov. 29, 2018 WABE 90.1

Report: In The South, Impacts From Climate Change Are Already Here

Molly Samuel reports that last week, the federal government released the National Climate Assessment, a report mandated by Congress to come out every four years. It breaks down the effects of climate change by region. In this round, it also talks about things that are already happening that affect people’s lives, including in the South

 

Nov. 29, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Saving a rural hospital

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the University of Georgia (UGA) recently won a national award for helping to keep a local hospital open and improving healthcare services in the rural community. The National Award of Excellence was presented to UGA by the University Economic Development Association for work done by the Archway Partnership, a unit of UGA’s Division of Public Service and Outreach. 

 

Nov. 29, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson contract dispute unearths taxi drivers’ frustrations

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that an airport contract moving forward at Atlanta City Hall to help travelers with ground transportation has laid bare the frustrations of taxi drivers who struggle to get enough business as riders increasingly use Uber and Lyft. 

 

Nov. 29, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Whole Foods relocating South regional office to Colony Square

Douglas Sams reports that Whole Foods Market Inc. is putting its Southeast office at Midtown’s Colony Square— the latest company relocating from Atlanta’s suburbs to a transit-oriented urban environment. Whole Foods will occupy the third and fourth floors of 300 Colony Square, an 87,500-square-foot building under construction as part of the well-known mixed-use property’s redevelopment. 

 

Nov. 29, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb to allocate $8 million to fully fund new medical examiner lab

Jon Gargis reports that Cobb commissioners breathed life Tuesday into efforts to construct a new medical examiner laboratory, approving $8 million in general fund revenues on its design and construction. Expected to cost $10 million or $11 million, the laboratory is on the county’s 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax project list but only had $3 million in SPLOST funds earmarked for it. 

 

Nov. 29, 2018 Georgia State University

Georgia State Research Expenditures Top $200 Million For The First Time

Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports that Georgia State University’s total research expenditures exceeded $200 million for the first time in fiscal year 2017, the National Science Foundation reports in the latest Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey. The university ranks 108th out of 902 universities in the U.S. for research expenditures, and rose 15 spots from last year. 

 

Nov. 29, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Lawrenceville nonprofit, NG3, receives $75K grant from Chick-fil-A Foundation

Curt Yeomans reports that officials from a Lawrenceville-based nonprofit group that works on character development with student-athletes in Gwinnett County received a big grant from the Chick-fil-A Foundation on Tuesday to continue that work. Officials from the foundation presented a check for a $75,000 grant to NG3, which was named as one of the recipients of the True Inspiration Awards. 

 

Nov. 29, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Housing study finds large problems in Whitfield County but also reasons for hope

Charles Oliver reports that Whitfield County has the 10th highest median wage of any county in Georgia, according to a study presented Tuesday night by Believe Greater Dalton. But it has only the 61st highest median family income. "There's a huge disparity between what our jobs pay and what our residents earn," said Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce President Rob Bradham. 

 

Nov. 29, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Ferguson named Chief Deputy Whip 

Staff reports that U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), whose district includes Coweta County, has been appointed Chief Deputy Whip for the 116th Congress. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced Ferguson’s appointment on Tuesday. Ferguson, who is from West Point, has represented Georgia’s 3rd District in Congress since 2017. He was re-elected to his post in November.

 

Nov. 29, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Yates passes on run for Georgia office

Tamar Hallerman reports that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said Wednesday she has no plans to run for office in Georgia or elsewhere, eliminating a key prospect some Democrats were hoping to draft for statewide office. The longtime Atlanta attorney told a Bloomberg summit that “running for office is just not anything I’ve ever felt drawn to.” 

 

 




Nov. 28, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Korean battery manufacturer to create more than 2,000 jobs in Jackson County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that SK innovation, a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles, is estimated to create more than 2,000 jobs and invest $1.67 billion in a new manufacturing plant in Jackson County in the long term. 

 

Nov. 28, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Americus| Sumter County: Shaping the Future

K.K. Snyder reports that the stars continue to align as stakeholders finesse a recipe for the future success of Sumter County, its businesses and residents.The main ingredient that appears time after time is education. 

 

Nov. 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta’s near top as relocation destination

Michael E. Kanell reports, when it comes to Americans on the move, Atlanta is one of the top three choices for relocation. So says Updater, a venture-backed company that created an much-used app catering to people who are moving. Only Washington, D.C. and Dallas have drawn more people who were changing cities this year, according to the company. 

 

Nov. 28, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

More planes, bigger facilities part of UPS's peak season plans

David A. Mann reports that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the books, but United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) has a long peak season ahead of it. The Atlanta-based package shipper is expecting another record holiday shipping season this year. 

 

Nov. 28, 2018 Saporta Report

U.S. climate change report cites Atlanta, Georgia; parallels parts of 2015 state report

David Pendered reports that the federal assessment of climate change released by 13 federal agencies the day after Thanksgiving bears more than passing resemblance to an environmental report Georgia issued in 2015. The federal report also makes several references to Atlanta and Georgia. 

 

Nov. 28, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Vista Metals planning another expansion in Adairsville

Doug Walker reports that the Development Authority of Bartow County has endorsed the issuance of bond financing not to exceed $42.5 million for yet another expansion of the Vista Metals Georgia plant that first landed in Adairsville in 2009. 

 

Nov. 28, 2018 UGA

The economic impact of wine across Georgia

Staff reports, when the Boegner family found the property that would become Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery in the mid-1990s, it was 30 acres of pine trees located 60 miles from downtown Atlanta. Today, it’s a thriving vineyard. On a given Saturday, Wolf Mountain hosts 350 wine tasters and 200 people for lunch, followed by a wedding for 200 more at night.  

 

Nov. 28, 2018 Georgia State University

Researcher Gets $3.37 Million Grant To Improve Quality Of Life For People With Dementia

Anna Varela reports that Professor Candace Kemp of Georgia State University’s Gerontology Institute has received a $3.37 million federal grant to research the best ways to help assisted-living residents with dementia be optimally engaged in life. 

 

Nov. 28, 2018 WABE 90.1

The Search For Giant, Rare Salamanders That Live In Georgia

Molly Samuel reports, in the deep woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a cold, clear stream flows. Below a canopy of twisted rhododendrons, seven people in black wetsuits creep upstream through the water. They look like Gollum, sleek in their neoprene, crouching in the water, feeling under rocks. 

 

Nov. 28, 2018 GPB

Voting Rights Group Files Federal Lawsuit Asking For Election Reform

Ross Terrell reports that two voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday pushing for election reform across Georgia. The lawsuit filed by Fair Fight Action and Care In Action names the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office and State Election Board. 

 

Nov. 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgian to become House GOP’s No. 2 vote counter

Tamar Hallerman reports that West Point Congressman Drew Ferguson won a senior spot on the House GOP’s vote-counting team late Tuesday, a powerful assignment that is often a springboard to other leadership positions on Capitol Hill. Ferguson will serve as chief deputy whip in the new year, party leaders announced, working as Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s top lieutenant. 

 

 




Nov. 27, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia delegation requests legislative action for natural disasters

Staff reports that all of the 14 members from Georgia currently in the U.S. House of Representative sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee requesting legislative action by the Dec. 7 government funding deadline to address recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Michael. 

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that commercial flooring manufacturer Interface is making progress toward its MissionZero goal of eliminating any negative impact on the environment by 2020. These achievements led to Interface being named one of the top three global sustainability leaders in the 2018 GlobeScan Sustainability Leaders Survey. 

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Feds award Georgia Tech $5.3 million for energy research

Eric Stirgus reports that a federal agency has awarded Georgia Tech more than $5 million for two projects aimed at encouraging designers to develop the “next big thing” in energy. One project could improve the power density of electric motors and reduce system size and weight. 

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

More federal funds committed to Savannah Harbor deepening project

Dave Williams reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has earmarked $52.1 million in its fiscal 2019 work plan to keep the Savannah Harbor deepening project on track. Coupled with $49 million in President Donald Trump's original budget request, the Corps' funding would bring to $101 million the federal commitment for fiscal 2019, enough to keep the project on schedule for completion in 2021. https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2018/11/26/more-federal-funds-committed-to-savannah-harbor.html

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens shows strong job growth

Lee Shearer reports that Athens added jobs at a higher rate than any other Georgia city except Gainesville over the past year, according to data released this month by the Georgia Department of Labor. Athens added 4,200 jobs from October 2017 to October 2018 to reach 102,600, a 4.3 percent increase, according to the Department of Labor.

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times, UGA

Satsumas in the Sun: City school gardens used for UGA research

Katelyn Umholtz reports that with the help of the University of Georgia, Valdosta City Schools is bringing a bushel of satsumas to children’s lunchrooms. It was time for the fruit to come down from its rootstocks Nov. 15, when a small handful of master gardeners with the UGA Extension Service picked the mandarin-like fruit for data.

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Macon receives infrastructure grant

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Commerce Department has awarded a $1.9-million grant to the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority for public infrastructure improvements at Sofkee Industrial Park. Planning efforts by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission helped secure the grant, which will fund new rail lines and road improvements leading into the park. 

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus hires high-ranking executive to take its mobile, online banking to next level

Tony Adams reports, when he took the job of Synovus chief operations officer in the summer of 2011, Al Gula made it clear he wasn’t relocating from one bank to another just to help set up a buyout or merger. Instead, the veteran bank executive was intent on making the Columbus firm the best it could be coming out of a Great Recession that hammered financial institutions from coast to coast, including Synovus. 

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Brunswick News

Cobb County refuses to cover courthouse upgrade, Glynn to consider writing off as bad debt

Taylor Cooper reports that the Glynn County Finance Committee is expected to consider recommending the Glynn County Commission write off $8,323 as bad debt after Cobb County refused to cover the expense. According to a memo from the county’s finance department, the money was used to extend audio and video connections from the media room in the Glynn County Courthouse to the empty lot between H and I streets, where television news vehicles have parked during coverage of multiple high-profile court cases. 

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Georgia Health News, Gwinnett Daily Post

What will be on Brian Kemp’s agenda for health care?

Andy Miller reports that Brian Kemp’s election as governor likely means that full-fledged Medicaid expansion will remain off the table in Georgia, at least for a while. Republican Kemp, who will take office in January, opposed Medicaid expansion during the campaign, while Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams strongly supported it. But there may be other health care ideas coming under a Kemp administration that can bring coverage to more Georgians. 

 

Nov. 27, 2018 WABE 90.1

Georgia’s Midterm Runoffs Are Next Week, Early Voting Is Underway

Lauren Booker reports that ballots are being accepted for the midterm election runoffs starting today. Election Day for the runoffs is on Dec. 4. The secretary of state and Public Service Commission, District 3 seats are on the runoff ticket. The candidates for these seats did not receive 50 percent plus one vote in their favor. 

 

Nov. 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Pro-nuclear power group pumps $750,000 into Georgia PSC runoff

James Salzer and Anastaciah Ondieki report that an “independent committee” funded by a nuclear-power industry group is plowing at least $750,000 into next week’s Public Service Commission runoff in support of incumbent utility regulator Chuck Eaton, a backer of Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle project. 

 

 



Nov. 26, 2018 Saporta Report

Another crack in rural health care awaits incoming Gov.-elect Kemp

David Pendered reports that another crack appeared in Georgia’s crumbling rural health system a few weeks before election day. The credit rating of a Brunswick-based hospital system was downgraded and New York analysts offered a dim view of a recovery. 

 

Nov. 26, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Full Speed Ahead

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that, as an economic engine for the state, Georgia ports are in overdrive. More mega-ships stacked high with containers are calling on the Savannah port. Preparations are complete for Brunswick to become the country’s largest auto port. 

 

Nov. 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A month after Hurricane Michael, Ga. farmers grapple with losses

Anastaciah Ondieki reports, as farmers in central and southwest Georgia welcomed fall, many of them expected 2018 to be a good year that yielded a bountiful harvest. But by Thanksgiving, most were struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael. And state and federal agencies were scrambling to step in and offer aid. 

 

Nov. 26, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lennar Corp. buys prime site in Alpharetta by Fulton Science Academy, North Point Mall

Douglas Sams reports that home-building giant Lennar Corp. just secured a prime site in Alpharetta along Georgia 400. An affiliate of the Miami-based company, Lennar Georgia Inc., paid $5 million for about 22 acres south of Haynes Bridge Road, according to Fulton County property records. The transaction closed Oct. 26. 

           

Nov. 26, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Iron Age Office expects to double workforce, sales in 2019

James Swift reports that when Iron Age Office officially launched in 2015, sales weren't exactly through the roof — indeed, CEO and president Sean Dineen said the company pulled in less than $200,000. "Fast forward to our third solid year in business and this year we should be closing out on $4 million," he said. "We really see no limit to what we can achieve." 

 

Nov. 26, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb could put $8 million to new medical examiner lab

Jon Gargis reports that Commissioners Tuesday could authorize the move of $8 million in general fund revenues to move forward on design and construction of a new medical examiner laboratory. The laboratory is on the county’s 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax project list, with $3 million budgeted for the project. Its estimated overall cost, however, is expected to come in at $10 million or $11 million. 

 

Nov. 26, 2018 Brunswick News

Existing Sea Island spit groin gets repairs

Wes Wolfe reports, with all the ongoing talk about the possibility of a second groin on the Sea Island spit, it turns out that work is needed on the existing groin, which was constructed in the early 1990s. On Nov. 21, Karl Burgess, assistant director of the state Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division, sent a letter of permission to Dan Bucey of the Savannah-based Resource and Land Consultants, giving the OK to begin work at least 15 days after the issuance of the LOP. 

 

Nov. 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia Senate committee hopes to help students with dyslexia

Arlinda Smith Broady reports that children suffering from a common but often overlooked learning disability may get help from the state in the next legislative session. The Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia plans to recommend that the state allocate a portion of its $25 billion budget to help these students. 

 

 

 

 

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