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August 26, 2016

Kennesaw State Begins Year of Russia

Trevor Williams reports that Kennesaw State University is beginning a yearlong series of study on the culture. heritage and economy of Russia at a turbulent time in its bilateral relationship with the United States. On Thursday, Aug. 25, the university will provide an orientation to the latest in its “Year of…” series, which focuses on a new country, region or community each year. Last year the series focused on the Portuguese-speaking world.


August 26, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Branching Out

Bonnie Smith reports, for  more than 100 years, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton has been nurturing students in their studies of plants and animals, from crop and soil science to forestry and livestock production. And while the school is firmly rooted in agriculture – after all, it’s part of the school’s name – it’s planting the seeds for so much more.


August 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Shepherd Center names new CEO

Staff reports that Shepherd Center, the well-known Atlanta hospital for spinal and brain injury rehabilitation, said CEO Gary Ulicny will retire next spring after 22 years as the center’s top executive. His successor will be Sarah Morrison, a 32-year employee who is currently vice president of clinical services. She becomes president and CEO on April 1.


August 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Five things to know about UPS' $300 million expansion at its Centennial Hub

David A. Mann reports that United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) has begun a $300 million expansion of its Centennial Hub ground-sorting facility in Louisville, Ky. The expansion will triple the size of the UPS facility, bringing it to 838,000 square feet. It will double the sorting capacity of the facility, to about 85,000 packages per hour. The hub's capacity was 40,000 packages per hour when it opened in May 2008. The project also will create about 300 full- and part-time jobs.


August 26, 2016 WABE 90.1, Saporta Report

Commentary: Georgia’s A Central City For Global Health 

Maria Saporta reports, the Task Force for Global Health – the largest nonprofit based in Georgia – received a significant endorsement this month. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded the Task Force with its 2016 Humanitarian Prize – which comes with a $2 million grant. One of Atlanta’s best kept secrets is the Task Force for Global Health – an organization that has been busy saving lives around the world for the past 32 years.


August 26, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Georgia State officials seeks input on No Child Left Behind education replacement

Janel Few reports that the Georgia Department of Education officials next month will be at Pulaski Elementary School, 1001 Tibet Ave. in Savannah, to gather public feedback on the state’s plan to replace No Child Left Behind. Since the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002, educators and parents have complained about the plan’s dreaded Needs Improvement List and unforgiving federal requirements for public education progress.


August 26, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Fort Frederica National Monument to celebrate National Park Service's 100th anniversary Saturday

Terry Dickson reports that Fort Frederica National Monument has a lot to celebrate this year, but this Saturday it will concentrate on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Spanish and English re-enactors will recreate some of the sights and sounds - some rather loud ones - from the fortified English town's founding 280 years ago and the small but pivotal battle between the British garrison and Spanish invaders from St. Augustine. The actual Park Service anniversary is on Thursday.


August 26, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Suwanee clothing company ranks as fasting-growing business

Staff reports that Dress Up, a women’s clothing store with a Suwanee location, recently ranked No. 1,931 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list following a three-year sales growth of 192 percent., a publication that focuses on business growth, has produced the list for the last 35 years.


August 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta wins approval for $1.9 billion LAX modernization

Mark Meltzer reports that Delta Air Lines Inc.’s $1.9 billion modernization of its complex at Los Angeles International Airport took a major step forward Wednesday. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Delta’s lease and license agreement, which will enable the airline to relocate from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX.


August 26, 2016 Saporta Report

Wall Street offers sweet deals, but Georgia has created alternatives to long-term debt   

David Pendered reports that Georgia’s method of paying for school facilities is one reason Georgia’s state and local governments are among those that aren’t accepting Wall Street’s offers of low interest loans to build big public projects. Wall Street financiers are pressing hard for governments to raise cash for projects by selling debt, according to an account in the Aug. 8 digital edition of The Wall Street Journal. One reason for the push is that there simply isn’t enough debt available to drive up rates.


August 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Your glimpse of Donald Trump’s Georgia leadership team

Greg Bluestein reports, with polls showing a tight race in Georgia and some high-profile Republicans wavering in their support, Donald Trump’s campaign unveiled a list of the Republican’s leadership team intended to show a united front. At the top of the list of long-time loyalists and veteran party activists is U.S. Sen. David Perdue and fundraiser Rayna Casey, both early Trump supporters who have helped organize his campaign in Georgia.



August 25, 2016 Georgia State University

Lackluster Investment Dragging Down GDP Growth, According To Economic Forecasting Center

Jenifer Shockley reports that a severe lack of investment, especially in technology, explains why gross domestic product (GDP) growth has stalled, according to Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. “In the current expansion, investment growth has been a paltry 4.1 percent, compared to 10.6 percent in the ’90s,” Dhawan wrote in his quarterly “Forecast of the Nation,” released today (Aug. 24).


August 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Lake Chatuge

Ben Young reports on beautiful evening on Lake Chatuge, near Hiawassee in North Georgia.


August 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia companies' profits continue to soar

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia’s public companies continued to churn out revenue and profit growth in the first half of the year. But some companies did much better than others, reflecting the uneven economic recovery. Listed are the 51 companies with at least $250 million in revenue in the first half of 2016.


August 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

ARRIS International promotes McClelland to CEO

Staff reports that Suwanee, Ga.-based entertainment and communications technology company ARRIS International (NASDAQ: ARRS) has a new leader. Bruce McClelland will take over as CEO Sept. 1, as Bob Stanzione becomes ARRIS' executive chairman.


August 25, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Georgia unemployment rate takes a dip in July

Tony Adams reports that even with more people entering the labor force in Georgia, the state’s job creation helped nudge the unemployment rate lower in July to 5 percent. That’s down from 5.1 percent in June and compares to 5.7 percent in July a year ago, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday. “The unemployment rate dropped as Georgia employers hired more people and created more jobs,” said Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.


August 25, 2016

TAG Launches Fintech Awards for Established Companies

Trevor Williams reports, given that startups and innovation labs often steal the spotlight from established companies, the Technology Association of Georgia is launching an awards ceremony honoring the use of financial technology in existing businesses. The TAG ADVANCE Awards honor fintech’s real contributions to companies, bringing to light what is often hard to see outside an industry that is often as opaque as it is vital for commerce.


August 25, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia teachers win national awards for science, math teaching

Staff reports that four Georgia teachers were named recipients Wednesday of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Georgia Department of Education announced. They will receive their awards Sept. 8 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


August 25, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah getting acclaimed TV series

Staff reports that Sony Pictures Television announced Wednesday that “Underground,” its hit series from WGN America, has moved filming of its second season to Savannah. The new 10-episode season of the Underground Railroad thriller that follows a group of slaves as they attempt a daring, 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation begins production in Savannah on Monday .


August 25, 2016 Georgia Health News

Donation program for rural hospitals opens door for consulting firms

Andy Miller reports that state health officials say 48 rural hospitals are eligible to receive donations from individuals and corporations under a new Georgia program that will give tax credits to donors. The list of eligible hospitals, along with financial forms, were issued by the state Department of Community Health this week.


August 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia's first AC Hotel opens

Amy Wenk reports that Georgia’s first AC Hotel by Marriott opened this week. Atlanta hotel developer Noble Investment Group and mall giant Simon Property Group debuted the AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza. The 166-room hotel sits at Peachtree and Wieuca roads, and adjacent to Nordstrom.


August 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Democrats stand behind Hillary Clinton after tumultuous week

Tamar Hallerman reports that top Georgia Democrats lined up behind their party’s nominee for president after a rough few days raised new questions about Hillary Clinton and her trustworthiness. Some of the Democratic nominee’s key Georgia backers said their support for Clinton has not changed despite a brutal week that included news of a fresh trove of 15,000 emails from her time as secretary of state and an Associated Press report that more than half of the non-government officials Clinton met with while serving in the Obama administration were donors to her foundation.



August 24, 2016 Times-Free Press

Judge orders Walker County to pay Erlanger $8.7 million

Doug Strickland reports that Walker County, Ga., now has an outstanding bill to Erlanger Health System for $8.7 million. U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy ruled Tuesday that the county owes the hospital that money because Commissioner Bebe Heiskell promised to pay back a loan from Erlanger in 2011. Murphy said that two contracts signed at the time involving the county, Erlanger and Hutcheson Medical Center's board show the county is responsible for the payment.


August 24, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Coloring Outside the Lines

Ben Young reports, in these days of shrinking budgets and growing to-do lists, it’s more important than ever for municipal officials to have the tools they need to ensure the economic good health of the communities they serve. Fortunately there is a workshop for Georgia officials that is as much fun as it is educational.


August 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta, Pilots Disagree on Pay

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that as Delta Air Lines’ labor contract talks with its pilots union remain in federal mediation, the two sides are at odds on pay, vacation and other issues. The Air Line Pilots Association at Delta said its current proposal is for a pay increase of 37.25 percent over three years, while the company is proposing a 27.3 percent over four years. “We are still apart on scope, vacation and other work rules,” wrote Delta’s pilots union chairman John Malone in a letter to pilots.


August 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory seeking to be annexed into Atlanta

Mark Meltzer reports that Emory University is looking into the possibility of becoming part of the city of Atlanta. Annexation into Atlanta “has always been viewed as one of the most viable and long-term options,” the university said in a statement, as reported by WXIA, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s broadcast partner, “Emory, like neighboring communities, has been considering and evaluating annexation options for several years. Currently, Emory is beginning the process to annex its campus into the city of Atlanta,” the statement continued.


August 24, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Time running out on National Infantry Museum’s bid for ‘Best Free Museum’

Tony adams reports that one has a breathtaking collection of paintings and objects that it has accumulated since its opening a century ago, offering an expansive appreciation of art and the expertise it takes to create and preserve it. The other bleeds a vast array of anything and everything U.S. Army Infantry, collected from its humble start in 1959 to the grand opening of its impressive new home in 2009. It offers a comprehensive look at the human conflict and toll it sometimes takes to allow people the freedom of enjoying art.



August 24, 2016 GPB

Tawny Crazy Ants Could Bring Trouble To Georgia

Emily Jones reports that tiny brown ant from South America has the potential to cause big problems in Georgia. Unlike other species, tawny crazy ants run erratically and very fast – and they’ve been known to destroy electrical equipment or take over entire floors of buildings. Tim Davis of UGA’s Chatham County extension office talked with GPB’s Emily Jones about how tawny crazy ants got to Georgia.


August 24, 2016 WABE 90.1

MARTA Breaks Ground On First Transit-Development Project

Tasnim Shamma reports that MARTA broke ground on the first of six "transit-oriented developments" at its Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA station Monday. A private developer, Columbia Ventures LLC, is building the $40 million project at no cost to MARTA. The development, called “Spoke”, includes a 224-unit apartment complex, park, restaurant and performing arts center.


August 24, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Mohawk to add 50 registered apprentices

Staff reports that Mohawk Industries, 1755 The Exchange in the Cumberland area, announced its nationally recognized apprenticeship program has received 50 scholarships from the Technical College System of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, which will help the company expand its program by providing financial assistance to Georgia participants.


August 24, 2016 Georgia Health News

State accepts new hike in Blue Cross exchange premiums

Andy Miller reports that the state insurance department Tuesday approved an average premium increase of 21.4 percent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia for the 2017 health insurance exchange in Georgia. The company earlier had requested an average premium of 15.1 percent, but it raised the request in the wake of Aetna’s pullout from exchanges in Georgia and 10 other states last week.


August 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

United Bank takes over Woodbury bank after closure

Phil W. Hudson reports that customers of Woodbury, Ga.-based The Woodbury Banking Co. woke up Aug. 22 to learn they’ll be working with a different bank. Georgia’s Department of Banking and Finance (DBF) took possession of The Woodbury Banking Co. Aug. 19. The Superior Court of Meriwether County issued an order appointing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver of the bank effective upon the Department taking possession of The Woodbury Banking Co. Through a purchase and assumption agreement with the FDIC, The Woodbury Banking Company will be acquired by Zebulon, Ga.-based United Bank.


August 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue on Johnny Isakson: ‘When did compromise become a dirty word?’

Jim Galloway reports, on Tuesday, political Georgia swept down I-75 (and up and across, too) for the annual Georgia Chamber luncheon focused on members of Congress. Two years ago, the event was carefully bipartisan, featuring a first debate between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue in the U.S. Senate race to replace Saxby Chambliss.



August 23, 2016 Georgia Health News

Huge numbers of Georgia children can’t get dental care, researcher says

Andy Miller reports that a Georgia Tech researcher said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Georgia children have problems getting access to a dentist in the state. Nicoleta Serban, an industrial and systems engineering professor, told state lawmakers that there are more than 500,000 Georgia children who are not eligible for the public insurance programs Medicaid and PeachCare, but whose parents cannot afford dental care.


August 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia project receives national sustainability award

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the area surrounding Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park, which runs from Ponce City Market south to Freedom Parkway and the Carter Center, once was made up of unused brownfields subject to massive flooding. Now the greenspace, just off the Atlanta BeltLine, which serves as a model for sustainability best practices around the nation, has another sustainable feather for its cap.


August 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Post-consolidation Georgia State University sets enrollment record

Dave Williams reports that consolidation with Georgia Perimeter College is boosting student enrollment at Georgia State University to a record level. More than 5,700 freshmen signed up for classes this fall semester, including more than 3,700 at Georgia State’s downtown Atlanta campus. The combined enrollments at GSU and Georgia Perimeter bring the university’s first post-consolidation student body to more than 50,000, the largest in Georgia.


August 23, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Officials Say Rural Health Network Faces 'Bleak' Future

Michelle Eloy reports that Georgia health officials painted a dire pictures of the state’s rural hospital network for state lawmakers Monday, with more cuts predicted as the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, continues to roll out. About 40 percent of the state's hospitals lost money in 2014, according to the Georgia Hospital Association's most recent figures.


August 23, 2016 Georgia Tech

Climate Change May Extend Ozone Season in the Southeastern U.S.

John Toon reports that extreme weather conditions associated with climate change may extend the ozone season in the Southeastern United States as drought-stressed trees emit more of the precursor compound that helps form the health-threatening pollutant. July and August have traditionally been peak ozone months, but a new study suggests those peaks could extend well into the fall as weather becomes warmer and drier.


August 23, 2016 Georgia State University

New Drug Target Could Prevent Tolerance and Addiction to Opioids, Neuroscience Study Finds

LaTina Emerson reports that researchers have identified a brain mechanism that could be a drug target to help prevent tolerance and addiction to opioid pain medication, such as morphine, according to a study by Georgia State University and Emory University.


August 23, 2016 GPB

Meet the New ABA President: Atlanta's Linda Klein

Celeste Headlee and Taylor Gantt report that veteran care is an important issue for Atlanta attorney Linda Klein. She was sworn in as the president of the American Bar Association earlier this month. One of her goals is to offer more legal aid to veterans.


August 23, 2016 Albany Herald

Records show House District 151 candidate had legal issues in 2004

Carlton Fletcher reports that the Albany Herald has obtained court documents that show independent House District 151 candidate Kenneth Zachary Jr. pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges in 2004, well past the time that officials with the state Democratic Party said Zachary had legal issues.


August 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SweetWater to begin first international distribution in Ireland

Jacques Couret reports that Georgia Tech football fans traveling to the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin will find a sweet taste of home. SweetWater Brewing Co. inked a deal with Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Co. to put SweetWater beers in pubs all over Dublin starting Sept. 1, marking the Atlanta brewery’s first international distribution.


August 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

State GOP chair says party will handle Donald Trump’s ground game in Georgia

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that the GOP presidential campaign of Donald Trump is putting his ground game in the hands of people who a) may not like him; b) may not have all that much cash; or c) may have the cash, and may like him, but have other priorities. This also means this fall’s Trump campaign in Georgia will look – well, somewhat like it does now.



August 22, 2016 Albany Herald

Health centers in Georgia to share $2 million from HHS

Jennifer Parks reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that health centers in Georgia would receive roughly $2.06 million to invest in health center quality improvement efforts, and to provide quality comprehensive care.


August 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

USG Chancellor retiring; interim named

Karen Kennedy reports that University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby will retire at the end of 2016, and now a new interim chancellor has been named. Huckaby has overseen the state’s public colleges and universities since July 2011 and was named Georgia Trend‘s Georgian of the Year in 2015.


August 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia is home to some of the fastest-growing businesses in America

Ben Brasch reports that only five states have more of the nation's fastest-growing businesses than Georgia. The AJC analyzed data from Inc. Magazine and found that Georgia had 232 of the fastest-growing companies in America — putting the state at sixth.


August 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Google dials up Atlanta-themed video to promote Fiber

Phil W. Hudson reports that Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) debuted a video highlighting some of Atlanta’s most iconic landmarks in conjunction with the launch of its high-speed Internet service, Google Fiber. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company produced the video “Together for Atlanta:60” which features landmarks like the Fox Theatre in Midtown, The Vortex Bar & Grill in Little Five Points, Cascade Family Skating in Adamsville and the Georgia Aquarium in Downtown Atlanta.


August 22, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Sugar Hill, Gwinnett Chamber partnering to help small businesses

Curt Yeomans reports that Sugar Hill and the Gwinnett Chamber are teaming up to help businesses in the city. The municipality and the business group recently announced they were establishing a partnership that will see the chamber offering some of its small business resources at Sugar Hill’s Suite Spot. The business incubator, which is located in the city’s growing downtown area, is designed to help new business get started before they move out into the world.


August 22, 2016 Saporta Report

Vinings Bank throws 100-year birthday party for GDOT   

Maria Saporta reports that history was celebrated – and made – Thursday in the ground floor gathering space of Vinings Bank. At one end of the room, former Gov. Roy Barnes (a Democrat) was sitting next the man who forced him into political retirement – former Gov. Sonny Perdue (a Republican), and they were all smiles, happily agreeing to get their picture taken together. Perdue jokingly mentioned how time can change former political foes.


August 22, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

DFCS changing the way it does casework

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that being a child-welfare social worker is a tough job – and in Georgia, many social workers don’t last long, according to state officials. Currently, the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services sees a 32-percent employee turnover every year, said Director Bobby Cagle.


August 22, 2016 Albany Herald

Top Georgia peanut producers recognized

Clint Thompson reports that Georgia’s top peanut producers celebrated their accomplishments and thanked the University of Georgia’s Peanut Team for their assistance during the Georgia Peanut Achievement Club meeting earlier this month.


August 22 2016 GPB

City Program Aims To Teach Teens And Cut Crime Through Apprenticeships

Gabrielle Ware reports that students across the state are readjusting their sleep schedules as they head back to school after summer vacation. But not all kids spent the past few months sleeping in. One Savannah program aimed to teach teenagers work skills while making the city safer.


August 22, 2016 Georgia Health News

Blue Cross may bump up rates on Georgia insurance exchange

Andy Miller reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia says it is reassessing the premium increases it has previously proposed for the state health insurance exchange, with an eye to revising them upward. This comes in the wake of Aetna’s pullout from the exchange here.


August 22, 2016 11Alive

Disgraced former Ga. judge behind push to abolish judicial watchdog group

Staff reports that a former state judge who stepped down after allegations of misconduct is trying to get rid of the the watchdog agency that went after him. The ballot in the November election will include a proposed constitutional amendment to get rid of an independent watchdog agency: the judicial qualifications commission that polices the state’s judges.


August 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s love-hate relationship with third-party candidates

Jim Galloway reports that on Nov. 9, the Libertarian could be responsible for pushing Georgia’s race for U.S. Senate into the state’s first nine-week, general election runoff, forcing two candidates to campaign through Thanksgiving, the SEC football championship, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, and the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. The prospect cuts to the very root of Georgia’s love-hate relationship with the insurrections promised by third-party candidates.



August 19, 2016 WABE 90.1

Justice Department Plans To File Education Suit Against Ga.

John Lorinc reports that the U.S. Department of Justice plans to file a lawsuit against Georgia over its schools for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) serves about 5,000 students statewide.


August 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Sister Cities

Ben Young writes, I can still feel the heat from our May LINK trip to Dallas. That place is hot, and it’s not just the weather. Their economy is on fire and development is rampant as the recession fades. The region has grown by half a million people since 2010. LINK trips, sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission, have been a powerful tool for Atlanta leaders for 20 years.


August 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Seven things to know about Georgia’s 5.0 percent jobless rate

Michael Kanell reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate edged down to 5.0 percent in July from 5.1 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday. The economy added a modest 2,300 jobs during the month. While the state economy has been growing faster than the nation’s, July’s numbers were not as robust as the national report for the month which showed very strong hiring – an addition of 255,000 jobs.


August 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Synovus buying first company since 2013

Phil W. Hudson reports that Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) will buy Atlanta-based Entaire Global Companies Inc. in a $30 million stock and cash deal. The acquisition is Columbus, Ga.-based Synovus’ first since 2013 and includes additional payments to Entaire’s stockholders over the next three to five years based on Entaire’s earnings.


August 19, 2016 Newnan Times Herald

Alternative schools not part of illegal segregation allegations

Rebecca Leftwich reports that when the U.S. Justice Department warned Georgia last year against illegally segregating students with behavioral and psychiatric disorders from their peers, it caused some confusion about which alternative-educational facilities could be affected locally. Winston Dowdell Academy and Maggie Brown School, Coweta County’s alternative high school and middle school, are not subject to the findings of the report, which applies only to schools in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support.


August 19, 2016 GPB

Wage Gap For Teachers Widens, Especially In Georgia

Celeste Headlee and Taylor Gantt report that the teacher wage gap is wider than ever, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. The report found public school teachers earned 17 percent less than other college graduates – the difference was only 2 percent back in 1994. The gap is especially severe in Georgia, which has the eighth widest pay gap in the nation.


August 19 2016 Georgia Tech

Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes Cut Energy Use in Hydrocarbon Separations

John Toon reports that a research team from the Georgia Institute of Technology and ExxonMobil has demonstrated a new carbon-based molecular sieve membrane that could dramatically reduce the energy required to separate a class of hydrocarbon molecules known as alkyl aromatics. The new material is based on polymer hollow fibers treated to retain their structure – and pore sizes – as they are converted to carbon through pyrolysis.


August 19, 2016 Georgia Health News

With seasonal allergies on the increase, Georgia experts seek solutions

Sam Peters reports that to many people, spring and fall are the prettiest and most pleasant times of the year in the Peach State. But these temperate, transitional seasons have a downside: They often help trigger allergies. The seasonal pollen that causes an uptick in watery eyes and runny noses has been on the rise in recent years, both in Georgia and elsewhere, and researchers and physicians are working hard to determine the cause and take preventive action.


August 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Miami-based magicJack picks Atlanta for business unit headquarters

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that MagicJack is known for its USB dongle that allows consumers to make inexpensive Internet-based calls. The company will invest up to $12 million in its magicJack for Business headquarters in Alpharetta and create 150 jobs by the end of 2017.


August 19, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Gov. Deal finalizes pipeline study commission with Savannah man, more

Mary Landers reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s recent appointments to a pipeline study committee include a top official from a Savannah-based local petroleum provider and an environmental nonprofit executive who heads up the Georgia Conservancy. Colonial Group Vice President Ryan Chandler and Conservancy President Robert Ramsay are part of the final five appointments to the 13-member committee: Eastman resident Wade Hall, president and CEO of Stuckey Timberland, Inc.; Brian Nipper, the mayor of Odum and president of Nipper Construction Company, Inc.; and Atlanta resident Mike Clanton, vice president of the land department for Georgia Power.


August 19, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State University Foundation Finalizes Purchase of Turner Field Site

Andrea Jones reports that Mayor Kasim Reed announced Aug. 18 the Georgia State University Foundation has finalized its purchase of the Turner Field site from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority. The foundation and the authority recently signed a purchase and sales agreement for the property. Georgia State University’s plan for redevelopment of the site will now go to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents for review and approval.


August 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal’s office raises questions about Turner Field deal

Greg Bluestein reports that the recently-announced deal from Georgia State University and its development partners to purchase Turner Field might not be in the clear yet. Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aide suggested Thursday his office wasn’t always in the loop on the proposed deal to convert the Ted into a new football stadium and turn the sea of parking lots surrounding it into a new campus for Georgia State.



August 18, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Apprenticeship program prepares students while keeping options open

Rebecca Leftwich reports that ten Coweta County high-schoolers are in the national spotlight, selected as the inaugural class of the United States’ first German-style apprenticeship program – and poised to blaze a new trail in Georgia’s grow-your-own-workers movement. Earlier this month, the students signed contracts with eight Newnan industries to become part of a carefully constructed replica of the German apprenticeship system that has supplied a pipeline of skilled workers for that country’s businesses and industry for more than a century.


August 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Chihuly at the Botanical Garden

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that glass creations add sparkle at the Atlanta Botanical Garden with the works of artist Dale Chihuly. View this colorful collaboration of art and nature through October 30.


August 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Old GM plant redevelopment helped along by tax breaks

Mark Niesse reports that the redevelopment of the old General Motors plant in Doraville is moving forward with the help of tens of millions of dollars in property tax breaks. The tax breaks would help pay for a $60 million tunnel and street connecting the walled-off site to the Doraville MARTA station. Developers say the concourse to MARTA is critical to attracting businesses to the area.


August 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Kmart distribution center sold

Mark Meltzer reports that a former Kmart distribution center in Newnan that measures 1.9 million square feet has been sold to LRC Properties Inc. The deal is the New York-based company's first in Georgia. The buyer has signed Variety Wholesalers to a long-term lease at the site for 1.4 million square feet. LRC plans to upgrade the facility’s roof and parking lot and renovate the interior to accommodate multiple tenants.


August 18, 2016

UPS Chairman, Mayor Reed Call for Focused Push to Pass TPP

Trevor Williams reports that Saxby Chambliss knows what it’s like to hold up a big trade negotiation. The four-term Republican congressman and two-term senator from Georgia says he got downright “parochial” when Europeans tried to “rewrite the farm bill” while he chaired the Senate Agricultural Committee during World Trade Organization in 2007. 


August 18, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia Department of Economic Development touts small business resources

Jennifer Parks reports that small businesses are a significant part of the Georgia economy, making a luncheon Wednesday on the subject for those interested in learning more about how to develop them a helpful one. The luncheon took place at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Topics of discussion included a definition of small business, business opportunities created by tourism and entertainment, financial resources available to small businesses, how “makers space” is improving collaboration between entrepreneurs and the 2017 Small Business Week and Rock Star awards.


August 18, 2016 Rome News Tribune

State economic development board to meet in Rome today

Doug Walker reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development board will meet in Rome today at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The board meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Members of the department staff will tour industrial sites and get briefings on various sites, including the 132-acre former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital site off Division Street and Redmond Circle in West Rome.


August 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Enrollment surging at Georgia university

Mark Meltzer reports that more than 18,000 students are expected next week when classes open at the University of North Georgia’s five campuses, according to a report in the Gainesville Times. If enrollment is more than 18,000, it will be the second year in a row UNG has increased its number of students by about 1,000.


August 18, 2016 Georgia Health News

Commentary: Scrapping Obamacare is not the answer

Andy Miller writes, the Affordable Care Act suffered a major setback this week with the defection of Aetna from a number of state insurance exchanges, including Georgia’s. But many people see the value of the health care law’s coverage for millions of previously uninsured Americans. In a new GHN Commentary, former health care executive Jack Bernard, a Republican, takes on his party’s opposition to the ACA, while explaining what he sees as its flaws.


August 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

As Donald Trump flails, Georgia’s political middle becomes more attractive

Jim Galloway writes, for now, think of it as a gust of wind rather than a steady breeze, an interlude more than a trend. Even so, the flailing of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has created something that hasn’t been seen in Georgia for many a year: An opportunity for both Republicans and Democrats in the state to move toward the political center. Look at what Johnny Isakson’s doing. And Kasim Reed, too.



August 17, 2016

Deal: Leading automotive supplier to create 150 jobs in Bartow County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. will expand its existing operation in Bartow County, creating 150 jobs and investing $50 million in the local community. voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. is the supply base for the voestalpine Group, which produces ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers.


August 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Squad Spirit

Anna Bentley reports, a little over a year ago, nearly 4,500 soccer-savvy fans gathered at SOHO Lounge in Midtown Atlanta to meet the state’s new Major League Soccer team. Atlanta United FC – the 22nd MLS franchise – was met with cheers, chants and celebration, bolstering team leaders’ confidence about its future in the state.


August 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aaron's cuts close to 60 corporate jobs in Cobb

Leon Stafford reports that Atlanta-based Aaron’s says it laid off close to 60 people from its metro Atlanta corporate headquarters last week. The rent-to-own company, which has been struggling to regain foot traffic in its stores since the end of the recession, said the move was necessary to “achieve greater efficiency in our expenses” as it faced continued revenue pressures.


August 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chime Solutions to add 1,000 jobs at Morrow call center

Staff reports, need a job? Customer-contact service provider Chime Solutions will hire 1,000 customer service representatives for its Morrow, Ga., headquarters. Chime wants trained customer service reps to handle enrollment in annual company sponsored health and benefit programs. It also said it needs team leaders and operations managers.


August 17, 2016 Georgia Health News

Another big defection from Georgia insurance exchange

Andy Miller reports that Aetna says it will pull out of the insurance exchange in Georgia and 10 other states in 2017, further limiting consumers’ choice of health plans here under the Affordable Care Act. The insurance giant is following on the heels of another major insurer, UnitedHealthcare, in dropping exchange coverage for individuals in Georgia and several states.


August 17, 2016 Gainesville Times

Center Point seeks to raise $1.1 million for new South Hall facility

Kristen Oliver reports that a nearly 50-year-old organization providing education, counseling and services to young people in Hall County is finally beginning a much-needed expansion. Center Point, a nonprofit providing counseling, mentoring, education and prevention to Gainesville City and Hall County students, is adding a location in South Hall that will better serve its growing population.


August 17, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

University System of Georgia Chancellor lauds Columbus State

Mark Rice reports, a week after announcing he will retire at the end of this year, University System of Georgia chancellor Hank Huckaby lauded Columbus State University and the support it receives from the community. Huckaby made his remarks during the “State of Education” luncheon the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce conducted Tuesday for an estimated 130 local business, civic and education leaders in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.


August 17, 2016 Emory University

Elliott named interim dean of Emory College

Staff reports, almost two decades ago, Michael A. Elliott joined the Emory faculty as an English professor, drawn by the University's strong commitment to both teaching and research. Now he is taking the helm of Emory College as interim dean. "I feel deeply honored to serve in this role, and I'm excited to have the chance to work with faculty and staff who are so devoted to our students and this academic community," says Elliott, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in English and American Studies.


August 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

In wake of Delta debacle, senators want IT info from airlines

David Allison reports that in the wake of last week's debacle at Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) when a power outage crippled computers and grounded departures around the world, two U.S. senators are asking U.S. airlines about their efforts to ensure information technology systems are reliable and resilient. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) on Aug. 16 sent letters to the following airlines: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Allegiant Air, Virgin America, Sun Country Airlines and Island Air Hawaii.


August 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue echoes Donald Trump’s call for ‘extreme vetting’ of U.S. immigrants

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue echoed Republican nominee Donald Trump’s vow to enact “extreme vetting” and a new screening test for arrivals to the U.S., calling it essential to combat Islamic extremism. The first-term Republican, perhaps Trump’s highest-profile supporter in Georgia, spoke in stark terms Tuesday of the threat of terrorism at home and abroad.



August 16, 2016

Deal’s budget director receives top honors, national award

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Teresa MacCartney, director of the Office of Planning  and Budget, earned national recognition for her efforts as Georgia’s Chief Financial Officer. The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) named MacCartney the 2016 recipient of the Gloria Timmer Award, the organization’s highest honor.


August 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Remembering Jack Davis

Ben Young writes, Georgia lost an illustration legend when Jack Davis passed away last month at the age of 91. Davis was born in Atlanta and lived most of his life in St. Simons. He was well known to Georgians as the illustrator for the University of Georgia Bulldogs during their heyday in the ‘80s, but is better known to the world as one of the original illustrators for Mad magazine.


August 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta testing out new in-flight snacks: Cashews, yogurt bars

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that cashews instead of peanuts and new yogurt bars are among the new in-flight snacks Delta Air Lines is testing. But the airline is keeping its signature Biscoff cookies in the mix. Atlanta-based Delta is testing the new in-flight snacks through Aug. 21 on certain flights out of Atlanta and Minneapolis. The test for snacks in economy class includes Emerald cashews, Snyder’s pretzels, NatureBox yogurt bars and Biscoff.


August 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory Johns Creek Hospital files plans for $12 million in renovations

Ellie Hensley reports that Emory Johns Creek Hospital filed plans with Georgia's Department of Community Health to build a Radiology Observation Care Unit (ROCU) and a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU).


August 16, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

Clarke Central's Odyssey a finalist for nation's top scholastic journalism award

Staff reports that Odyssey Newsmagazine at Clarke Central High School was named by the National Scholastic Press Association as a finalist for the newspaper Pacemaker award, scholastic journalism’s preeminent honor. Out of 266 entries, the Odyssey was chosen as one of 50 national finalists. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.


August 16, 2016

Adidas’s Robot-Staffed Atlanta Factory Will Create 160 Human Jobs

Trevor Williams reports, score one for the humans. While robots have been among the prime culprits in siphoning jobs from American workers in recent decades, a new factory from German sportswear giant Adidas in metro Atlanta will require 160 humans to oversee automations that will enable it to better compete in the U.S. market, the company said in a news release.


August 16, 2016 WABE 90.1

Rural Ga. Hospitals Eligible For Tax Donations List Finalized

Michelle Eloy reports, between 35 and 50 of Georgia's struggling rural hospitals could qualify for millions under some new tax credits that go into effect next year. Department of Community Health Commissioner Clyde Reese said his agency has finalized the list of hospitals eligible for contributions starting in 2017, the result of a new law passed by the legislature earlier this year.


August 16, 2016 Georgia Health News

Georgia nonprofit wins Hilton Prize for public health work

Andy Miller reports that a low-profile nonprofit based in Decatur was recognized for its substantial public health work by receiving what’s considered the world’s largest humanitarian prize — the $2 million Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The Task Force for Global Health, Georgia’s largest nonprofit, has a mission to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases, increase access to vaccines, and strengthen health systems around the world.


August 16, 2016 LaGrange News

Twin Cedars leader honored for holding agencies accountable

Matthew Strother reports, for Mike Angstadt, executive director of Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, it would be a sin not to do the most he could to help children. That dedication led the local agency to be declared “the best of the best” in a review last year by the Council on Accreditation, and Angstadt said he holds other agencies no less accountable for their work. As part of his role with the Council on Accreditation, or COA, he takes those standards to other agencies, reviewing public and private human services agencies, adoption agencies and military family programs.


August 16, 2016 Georgia Tech

Researchers Develop a Low-power Always-on Camera With Gesture Recognition

Josh Brown reports that smart devices that wake up with voice commands have gained popularity in recent years, and now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have taken it one step farther: an always-on camera. Designed with a combination of low-power hardware and energy efficient image processing software, the always-on camera is capable of watching for specific types of movement without draining batteries or running up electricity bills.


August 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory's Winship Cancer Institute partners with Navicent Health

Ellie Hensley reports that Navicent Health's Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, based in Macon, Ga., joined Emory's Winship Cancer Network. Navicent Health is an 830-bed health system that includes The Medical Center, a tertiary Level 1 trauma center and the second largest hospital in the state. The Winship Cancer Network also includes the Emory's institute and Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Ga.


August 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson on mass transit in North Fulton: ‘Voters are there. They would be willing to do it’

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that as the weekend broke, while reporters focused on what he thought about Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson dropped a bit of news that, in a different climate, would have dominated the cycle. It was Friday morning in Dunwoody. Following a breakfast address to local business leaders, the Republican incumbent was going one-on-one with an express lane of reporters. The last asked him about transportation in metro Atlanta. The future of rail in particular.



August 15, 2016 Wall Street Journal

MAA Near Deal to Buy Post Properties for About $4 Billion

Dana Mattioli and Dana Cimilluca report that real-estate investment trust MAA is nearing a deal to buy Post Properties Inc. for about $4 billion, bringing together two major apartment owners who have benefited from a boom in rental demand. Post investors are to get 0.71 share of new MAA stock for each share they own in a deal that could be announced Monday, people familiar with the matter said.


August 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Historic Banning Mills

Karen Kennedy writes, I know, the phrase ‘fun for the whole family,’ is seriously overused in advertising and promoting activities and tourism, but sometimes it’s just the phrase that fits. What else would you call a spot that offers adventure, relaxation, chef-prepared meals, a variety of lodging options, even a ghost town to explore, all in one place?


August 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Global Payments to add 200-plus jobs in Atlanta area expansion

J. Scott Trubey reports that financial technology company Global Payments on Friday said it plans to add more than 200 jobs in the region as part of a broader shift in its Atlanta area footprint. The payments processor said it will expand its research and development operations at its current main office on Glenlake Parkway in Sandy Springs, while shifting top executives and headquarters functions to the new Three Alliance Center skyscraper in Buckhead next year.


August 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed estimates economy growing at 3.5 percent in third quarter

Phil W. Hudson reports that the  Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta wasn't too hot about the U.S. Census Bureau's Aug. 12 retail sales report. On Aug. 12, the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth in the third quarter dropped its estimate to 3.5 percent from its Aug. 9 projection of 3.7 percent.


August 15, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

A little telephone company in South Georgia crosses borders

Terry Dickson reports that asign in the window at Alma Telephone Co. doesn’t tell the whole truth: Neighbors serving neighbors for 75 years. And indeed the phone company has been in business that long, but its service area now extends well past it neighbors in Bacon County where it ran phone lines to banks, restaurants and blueberry farmers, among others. A company offshoot, ATC Broadband, has underground fiber-optic lines running all the way to St. Simons Island, Vidalia and St. Marys.


August 15, 2016 Saporta Report

New habitat of tiny turtle found in Brasstown Valley   

David Pendered reports that new habitat populated by North America’s smallest turtle, the 4 ½ inch long bog turtle, has been discovered in Georgia at the state-owned Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. “It does give you some hope that bog turtles are doing better than we know,” Thomas Floyd, of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Non-game Conservation Section, said in a statement.


August 15, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Tech Prepares For Liftoff On Tiny Satellites

Tasnim Shamma reports, in 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite. In 1958, the United States followed with Explorer 1. Today, there are more than 1,000 of these large satellites revolving around the Earth sending radio signals back to us, which get converted into pictures of the oceans, weather forecasts and even DISH TV.


August 15, 2016 UGA

Former Sen. Saxby Chambliss returns to teach as UGA law school’s Sanders Scholar

Lona Panter reports that the University of Georgia School of Law will again offer its students the opportunity to learn from former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is returning to the law school as its Sanders Political Leadership Scholar. Chambliss and Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Camila Knowles (who previously served as Chambliss' chief of staff) will co-teach the class Political Leadership and the Law, where students will receive firsthand insights into public service and explore the topics of ethics, campaign finance and negotiation.


August 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cox Automotive taps Geitner to head Media Solutions Group

Staff reports that Cox Automotive promoted Brian Geitner to president of the Media Solutions Group, where he will oversee Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Geitner takes the reins Aug. 15 to replace Jared Rowe, who left the company for a new job outside of the automotive industry, Atlanta-based Cox Automotive said.


August 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AJC poll: 5 percent of black Georgia voters support Donald Trump

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia GOP minority engagement guru Leo Smith once predicted that Donald Trump can “easily” get 20 percent of black voters. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s poll shows just how daunting that task will be. Some 5 percent of black Georgia voters said they would vote or lean toward voting for Trump and running-mate Mike Pence. About 84 percent have an unfavorable view of the New York businessman and just 7 percent give him a positive review.




August 12, 2016 WABE 90.1

University System Of Georgia Names Interim Successor For Huckaby

John Lorinc reports that  Steve Wrigley will fill the vacancy for outgoing University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. Huckaby announced Wednesday that he plans to step down at the end of the year. He's been overseeing 29 state colleges and universities since 2011.


August 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: Boon or Boondoggle

Bill Crane writes, with Georgia’s primary and runoff elections behind us and the 2016 general election soon to be decided, political minds are beginning to focus on the 2018 gubernatorial field. One of the hottest topics of that election will likely be transportation planning and traffic challenges.


August 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta cancels 25 flights Thursday, says operations returned to normal

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines canceled 25 flights Thursday in the last stages of its recovery from a computer outage, and said at noon that its operations have returned to normal. The airline canceled more than 2,100 flights over the past three days. Some of the Thursday cancellations were due to the recovery while others were due to bad weather, according to Atlanta-based Delta.


August 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Job growth pushes metro Atlanta population to 4,401,800

Dave Williams reports that  Metro Atlanta growth is gaining momentum as the Great Recession recedes further into the rear-view mirror. The 10-county region added 69,200 new residents between April of last year and this April, with Atlanta accounting for a major share of that increase, according to the latest population estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission.


August 12, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Orthopedic should do more on data breach, some patients say

Jim Thompson reports that letters from Athens Orthopedic Clinic notifying current and former patients of a digital security breach affecting their personal information have unleashed an outpouring of dissatisfaction with the way the medical practice has handled the issue, and calls for more to be done to help patients whose data has been compromised.


August 12, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Georgia Trend article features Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia

Marie Nesmith reports, calling the affiliate “an essential partner,” Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter Executive Director Jessica Mitcham is grateful for the continued support of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia’s Cartersville-Bartow Community Foundation. Created in 1998, the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia is one of four community foundations out of a possible 13 in the state highlighted in Georgia Trend’s August issue.


August 12, 2016 Georgia Health News

Teachers, state employees to see modest average premium hike

Andy Miller reports that state employees, teachers and other people in Georgia’s employee benefit plan will face an average increase of 2.5 percent in their health insurance premiums starting in January. “We think that’s a very reasonable’’ average increase, considering the expected premium hikes in the general marketplace, said Commissioner Clyde Reese of the Department of Community Health on Thursday.


August 12, 2016 Saporta Report

Fulton County voters to decide fate of proposed tax break that aims to attract good jobs   

David Pendered reports, in hopes of attracting a piece of the thriving internet business, Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners has put a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot to ask voters if they want to provide a tax exemption on all goods stored in warehouses that are to be sent to internet shoppers. These fulfillment centers are job creators and the jobs can be well paid.


August 12, 2016

British Female Payments Entrepreneur Finds Business Base, ‘Good Life’ in Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that on paper, TruRating comes off like yet another London startup filling a tiny niche in the ever-expanding payments space, a bit player vying for a small sliver of a crowded market.  But after a few minutes with its ambitious founder, Georgina Nelson, it’s easier to be convinced that one second of a customer’s time, multiplied over thousands of experiences, can provide valuable data that helps companies make better decisions.


August 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta's TruRating rings up $12.6 million in funding

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based TruRating has raised $12.6 million in private investment. The new mass-market ratings system offers retailers and restaurants an alternative model to TripAdvisor and Yelp! TruRatings, which will launch in the U.S. this fall, asks customers who uses a payment terminal to rate one of five questions related to service, value, product, experience, and likelihood to recommend the brand, on a scale of 0-9.


August 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Stacey Abrams: Donald Trump is just ‘the fuel’ Democrats need

Aaron Gould Sheinin reports that Georgia Democrats have just needed a good push in Georgia to turn the state competitive again, Stacey Abrams said Wednesday night on MSNBC. And Donald Trump is going to deliver, the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives said. Abrams also claims that House Democrats are likely to flip three seats in the Legislature’s lower chamber this year and possibly up to seven.



August 11, 2016 WABE 90.1 

Report: Ga.’s HOPE Scholarship Could Run Out Of Money By 2028

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia’s lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program has struggled to keep up with demand in recent years. Now, a new report says HOPE could run out of money by the time today’s pre-kindergarten students are in college. The study was issued by a group  of private businesses, called The Committee to Preserve HOPE Scholarships. It says the program could run a deficit by the year 2028.


August 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: The Critter Wars

Susan Percy writes, I have learned the hard way that everybody has a critter story, and they are rarely pretty. Here’s mine. I’ll start with the hard-won happy ending: At considerable cost to me, the freeloading raccoon that was living in my attic has been evicted. All traces of him have been removed, and his former quarters have been sanitized. The entrance he fashioned, via the carport roof, has been sealed off and repaired.


August 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Adidas plans 160-job shoe plant in Cherokee

J. Scott Trubey reports that German shoemaker Adidas plans a robot-powered “Speedfactory” in Cherokee County. Adidas said Wednesday it will start making shoes at the futuristic plant in 2017. The facility will employ about 160 people, a news release said, and is expected to produce 50,000 shoes next year. It will be the first such facility in the U.S. and will be similar to an existing Speedfactory in Germany.


August 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta's CRH Healthcare buys seven urgent-care centers

David Allison reports that  Atlanta's CRH Healthcare said it's purchased seven urgent care centers from Patients First in Tallahassee, Fla. The deal speeds the growth of four-year-old CRH Healthcare, which says it has been the fastest-growing urgent-care operator in the Southeast over the last three years and is now the operator of 26 centers across Florida, Georgia and Alabama.


August 11, 2016 Georgia Health News

Piedmont renews insurance deal . . . with Blue Cross

Andy Miller reports that normally, a local hospital system signing a contract extension with an insurer isn’t a notable event. But when the deal involves Piedmont Healthcare, currently embroiled in a high-profile contract dispute with another health insurer, such a move gets noticed. Piedmont on Tuesday announced the contract agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, the state’s largest insurer.


August 11, 2016 Brunswick News

Rep. Carter says port is area's "economic engine"

Larry Hobbs reports that there is no shortage of wood pellets or grain at the Port of Brunswick, but many ocean-bound tankers often leave these shores with less than a full load. It is done out of navigational necessity, the lighter load allows ships to ride high enough in the water to clear the channel. Likewise, incoming and outgoing Ro-Ro freighter traffic at the port sometimes must wait on high tide to clear the channel.


August 11, 2016

Deal: July tax revenues up 1.7 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for July totaled almost $1.61 billion, for an increase of $26.7 million, or 1.7 percent, compared to July 2015, when net tax collections totaled $1.58 billion. Gross tax revenue receipts totaled $2.16 billion for the month, for an increase of $78.9 million, or 3.8 percent, over last year.


August 11, 2016 LaGrange News

Officials: Downtown hotel project to move forward next week

Tyler H. Jones report that it looks like there may finally be some movement on the stalled downtown hotel project. City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement that hands over the city-owned former Mansour’s property at 25 W. Lafayette Square to the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, or DLDA.


August 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Hard Labor Creek State Park

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Hard Labor Creek State Park, in Rutledge, offers golf, horseback riding, lake activities, camping and more. Learn more about Georgia’s state parks, which are celebrating 85 years of outdoor fun, in our feature story from May 2016, “Into the Woods.”


August 11, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Judge orders Waycross, Pierce County to mediation to resolve dispute over services to de-annexed area

Terry Dickson reports that a Superior Court judge has ordered Waycross and Pierce County to mediation to resolve a court case in which the judge has ordered Waycross to continue water and sewer service to a portion of the county legislatively de-annexed from the city. Superior Court Judge Kelly Brooks has been the trial judge in the ongoing legal battle in which Waycross wants to shut off the taps and Pierce County wants residents and businesses on its side of the river to continuing receiving city services. Gov. Nathan Deal signed local legislation mandating that as of July 1, 2015, the Waycross city limits could not include any land inside Pierce County.


August 11, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Chancellor Hank Huckaby announces plans to step down

Keith Farner reports, just over five years since Hank Huckaby took over leadership of the University System of Georgia, he announced on Wednedsay plans to step down. Huckaby plans to retire at the end of the year from serving as the USG’s chancellor where he oversees the 29 public colleges and universities that serve 318,164 students.


August 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Democrats: ‘We’re confident’ state will turn blue in November

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that Democratic Party of Georgia Executive Director Rebecca DeHart did not have an answer for the most vexing political question of the week on Wednesday when she appeared on CNN. We’ve embedded the video below. That question, of course, is how much money the Hillary Clinton campaign is sending DeHart’s way. CNN made it’s prediction in the screengrab above, but whether the Democratic presidential nominee is sending “big money” to the state remains to be seen.



August 10, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream G500 hits new milestone

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Gulfstream’s fifth G500 test-flight aircraft is all about the customer. While the first four G500 test planes focused on flying qualities, engine functions, mechanical systems and avionics, the fifth test plane - known as P1 – serves as a test bed for the cabin.


August 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Squad Spirit

Anna Bentley reports that a little over a year ago, nearly 4,500 soccer-savvy fans gathered at SOHO Lounge in Midtown Atlanta to meet the state’s new Major League Soccer team. Atlanta United FC – the 22nd MLS franchise – was met with cheers, chants and celebration, bolstering team leaders’ confidence about its future in the state. “I’m really excited about how Atlanta fans are going to respond to this,” says Darren Eales, Atlanta United FC’s president.


August 10, 2016 New York Times

Delta Expects Normal Operations to Resume on Wednesday

Staff reports that Delta Air Lines said it expects to return to normal operations on Wednesday after a power outage hit its computer systems on Monday, causing the cancellation of more than 1,600 flights over two days. The company also said about 90 cancellations were expected at the beginning of Wednesday, and normal operations would resume later.


August 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Google Fiber Internet service goes live in Atlanta

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta is Google Fiber’s largest deployment in the United States. Google plans to lay down at least 3,000 square miles of fiberoptic cable across metro Atlanta.


August 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia foreclosures down, but state still among leaders

Michael Kanell reports that the nine-year-old wound in Georgia’s housing market continues to heal, but the state still ranks high in foreclosures. Among states Georgia had the sixth most foreclosures during the past year, according to a report issued today from CoreLogic, a California-based firm that collects real estate information.


August 10, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Jimmy Carter asks Bill Gates not to dump coal ash in Wayne County

Terry Dickson reports that former President Jimmy Carter has asked Bill Gates, one of the principal holders of waste deposal company Republic Services, to help halt the company?s plant to dump millions of tons of coal ash at a Wayne County landfill. Carter handwrote a note to the former owner of Microsoft in late June at the behest of Dink NeSmith, a Jesup native and president of Community Newspapers Inc. NeSmith said he just recently received permission from Carter to publish his note to Gates, and he provided it to the Times-Union.


August 10, 2016 GPB

'Bee-Search' At Georgia Tech Gives Bees A New Urban Home

Celeste Headlee and Taylor Gantt report that bees play an invaluable role in our ecosystem, but they are slowly dying out as a species. In order to further integrate bees into a city environment, the Urban Honey Bee Project at Georgia Tech hopes to create new homes for these vital insects while educating students on ecological responsibility.


August 10, 2016 Saporta Report

GSU report predicts drop in Ga. manufacturing jobs, regardless of federal, state policies   

David Pendered reports that a new report from Georgia State University predicts a steep drop in manufacturing jobs in Georgia through 2035. Federal and state policies are not likely to reverse this economic force. The report lays out three scenarios in which Georgia could lose from 36 percent to 67 percent of its manufacturing jobs by 2035. The assumptions are made of historic trends of job losses in Georgia’s manufacturing sector.


August 10, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

Children fall from Ferris wheel owned by Valdosta firm

Terry Richards reports that three children in Tennessee were injured Monday, one seriously, after falling from a Ferris wheel owned by a Valdosta firm, according to authorities. The accident took place at a county fair in Greene County, said Det. Capt. Tim Davis of the Greeneville, Tenn., Police Department. The Ferris wheel is owned by Family Attractions, based in Valdosta, Davis said. An accident report filed with Tennessee authorities lists Ruby and Dominic Macaroni as the company’s owners.


August 10, 2016

Decatur’s Task Force for Global Health Wins $2 Million Prize

Trevor Williams reports that a Decatur-based global health nonprofit today joined the exclusive ranks of Hilton Humanitarian Prize awardees, receiving $2 million along with a prestigious designation won by only 20 other organizations ever. Though not as well known as some other Atlanta-area nonprofits, The Task Force for Global Health has gained increasing recognition   in recent years locally and internationally.


August 10, 2016 Emory University

Cardinals may reduce West Nile virus spillover in Atlanta

Carol Clark reports that northern cardinals act as “super suppressors” of West Nile virus in Atlanta, slowing transmission and reducing the incidence of human cases of the mosquito-borne pathogen, suggests a new study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. “Previous research has shown that the American robin acts like a ‘super spreader’ for West Nile virus in Chicago and some other cities,” says Rebecca Levine, who led the research as a PhD student in Emory University’s Department of Environmental Sciences.


August 10, 2016 WABE 90.1

Clinton Campaign Signals It Wants To Play In Georgia Race

Johnny Kauffman reports that Rebecca DeHart got an exciting phone call this week from the Hillary Clinton campaign. “The Clinton campaign called me Monday night to confirm that they were going to be investing in Georgia,” said DeHart, the executive director of the state’s Democratic Party.


August 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Some Democrats who passed on Georgia Senate race now lament lost opportunity

Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report, to speak of hand-wringing in Democratic circles over the U.S. Senate race would be an understatement. Democrat Jim Barksdale emerged as the party’s challenger to Republican Johnny Isakson just days before qualifying, an unknown political novice who stepped forward after a host of higher-profile elected officials passed on the race.



Aug. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta cancels hundreds of flights due to global outage; trouble could last for days

David Allison reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. canceled more than 450 flights worldwide Monday after a power outage took down computer systems at its Atlanta headquarters. Delta (NYSE: DAL) resumed limited departures about six hours after the airline ordered all departures to hold at their gates. Planes in the air at the time of the outage landed at their destinations without incident.


Aug. 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Best Places to Work nominations

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


Aug. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Thousands lost jobs this year in Georgia, according to layoff list

Russell Grantham reports that even seven years into an economic recovery, companies continue to shut down or shed operations, affecting thousands of Georgia employees. EchoStar Technologies is one of the latest companies to warn employees of impending job cuts. The Colorado communications firm recently filed a notice that it expects to shut down its metro Atlanta engineering office in October, eliminating 137 employees.


Aug. 9, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State Researcher Gets $1.8 Million to Study Gut Bacteria and Obesity-Related Diseases

LaTina Emerson reports that Andrew Gewirtz, a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, has received a four-year, $1.8-million federal grant to study how changes in intestinal bacteria could lead to obesity and metabolic syndrome.


Aug. 9, 2016 Georgia Health News

Medicaid expansion would be windfall for state, report says

Andy Miller reports that for each dollar that Georgia would have to spend on Medicaid expansion, it would gain $8.68 to $9.42 in federal spending, a new study said Monday. The report from the Urban Institute analyzes the potential costs and benefits for the 19 states (including Georgia) that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.


Aug. 9, 2016 GPB

Ship's Crew Stuck Off Coast Of Georgia Since April Might Soon Head Home

Camila Domonoske reports that since April, the Newlead Castellano has been anchored off the Georgia coast, near Savannah — with a crew on board that couldn't come ashore. Now, after several motionless months, the Filipino sailors are close to heading home. The auction of the ship is bringing an end to what Splash247, a maritime news site, called a "shameful story of crew neglect."


Aug. 9, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

South Georgia watching out for floods

Terry Richards reports that cities across South Georgia can expect heavy rains, possible flooding and some relief from the brutal summer heat during the next few days, according to forecasters. A "slow-moving but potent" low-pressure system is stalled over the Georgia-Florida border and is expected to stay there at least through midweek, said Steve Travis, a meteorologist for the private forecasting firm AccuWeather.


Aug. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Piedmont Bancshares CEO lands new gig as SouthCrest Financial CEO

Phil W. Hudson reports that SouthCrest Financial Group Inc. has a new chief at the helm. The Woodstock, Ga.-based community bank (OTCMKTS: SCSG) said it hired former Piedmont Bancshares President and CEO Brian D. Schmitt as president and CEO of SouthCrest Financial Group and its subsidiary SouthCrest Bank. He takes the reins Aug. 8.


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

Rather than a battleground, Georgia could be an emergency ‘break-glass’ state for Hillary Clinton

Jim Galloway, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway reports that last week’s AJC poll that showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a slight lead over Republican Donald Trump continues to make a stir in the political world. Democrats have revived – but does it ever really stop? — their talk of turning a red state blue. Libertarians point to the double-digit performance of Gary Johnson.



Aug. 8, 2016 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Banking giant Synovus rebounds with stronger brand and growth

Davie Fleshier reports that when the Great Recession hit Georgia's economy eight years ago and stalled home sales and most new development, Synovus Financial Corp., was left with hundreds of delinquent commercial and real estate loans that ultimately cost the Columbus, Ga., banking company more than $3 billion in losses over the next three years. By 2009, Synovus was named as one of the biggest of more than 150 U.S. lenders that had more than 5 percent of its holdings in nonperforming loans.


Aug. 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

A magic red carpet ride

Susan Percy reports that Georgia Trend was in New York last spring when the Peabody Awards, given by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, were presented. The coveted awards honor “stories that matter” and recognize achievement in electronic media – journalism, documentaries and entertainment. This year’s celebration marked the 75th anniversary of the Peabodys.


Aug. 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Aerotropolis vision: Corporate headquarters, young professionals and "hip" places near the airport

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that new “Atlanta Aerotropolis” blueprint lays out a vision to attract more businesses to the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, create more jobs on the Southside and eventually make the aerotropolis into a thriving business district. The “aerotropolis” in question covers an area of 165 square miles, two counties and 10 cities, with a population of 297,630 people.


Aug. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How Tech Square is conquering Midtown

Ellie Hensley reports that today Georgia Tech’s Tech Square is the heart of the local technology community and a thriving part of Midtown. It’s hard to believe that just 15 years ago, the land it stands on was one of the city’s most blighted neighborhoods.


Aug. 8, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus in top third of nation’s ‘best-run’ cities, website reports

Mike Owen reports that Columbus is apparently in the top third of “best run” American cities, according to WalletHub, which rates such things. Columbus ranked 45th out of the top 150 “best run” American cities based on financial stability, education, health, safety, economy and infrastructure/pollution, according to a release from WalletHub, a personal financial research website. In the individual categories, Columbus did best in Financial health (26th) and Infrastructure/pollution (25th) but not as well in education and safety (100th in each), health (143rd) and economy (150th).


Aug. 8, 2016 Saporta Report

Midtown Alliance advancing east-west connectivity   

David Pendered reports that East-West connectivity through Midtown is improving, with 7th Street opened to two-way travel in July. But the big news is that funding is now largely in place to extend 15th Street from West Peachtree Street all the way to Williams Street.


Aug. 8, 2016

Sister Cities Worth $84 Million a Year to Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that sister city arrangements have long been praised for their cultural benefit, but a new study suggests that “citizen diplomacy” and the exchange it fosters can mean real money for cities and their partners. Presented at Sister Cities International’s annual conference in Washington last month, the study observed the impact of travel and tourism, foreign investments from sister cities, spending by students coming for exchange programs, impact of volunteers, in-kind donations and more.


Aug. 8, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Local judges nominated for top Ga. court

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that two Coweta District Superior Court judges have been nominated for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court. Chief Judge John Simpson and Judge Dennis Blackmon are among the 114 nominees – so far – for three vacancies on the state’s highest court.


Aug. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon rolls out ‘Amazon One,’ first of fleet of cargo planes that may challenge UPS

Greg Lamm reports that Amazon on Aug. 5 unveiled the first Boeing 767 of its new fleet of branded cargo planes at Seattle’s Seafair Air Show. The airplane, named Amazon One, is one of 40 aircraft Amazon has agreed to lease through air cargo partners Atlas Air and ATSG. Amazon is currently using 11 of the cargo jets, with plans to roll out more planes in the fleet this year.


Aug. 8, 2016 GPB

Heated Voting Rights Debate Comes To Georgia

Adam Ragusea and Tayor Gantt report that the small city of Sparta, Georgia made headlines this week. A lawsuit claims Hancock County and its Board of Elections systematically questioned the registrations of nearly 200 Sparta voters - most of whom are black. A quarter of the voters were removed from voter rolls. This electoral move would have required the pre-clearance from the federal government three years ago. But the Supreme Court struck down that provision, saying the mandate was outdated and unconstitutional.


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

AJC poll: Barack Obama’s surprisingly high approval rating in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s poll confirmed that voters are frustrated, divided and that a slim plurality is willing to give Democrat Hillary Clinton a chance. But while two-thirds of voters said the country was on the wrong track, it appears many aren’t blaming the nation’s leader for the problems.



August 5, 2016 Brunswick News

Area residents, elected officials and environmental groups pack coal ash meeting

Deborah Bayliss reports that Newt and Jean Sikes, senior citizens from Screven, made the hour-long drive to Brunswick Thursday to provide feedback and support other area residents and environmental groups who packed the Brunswick’s Old City Hall to talk about coal ash. The discussion was part of a public hearing on the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s proposed amendments to Georgia’s rules for handling coal ash, a byproduct of energy production with coal.


August 5, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on announcements in Lee County, Cobb County, Braselton and more.


August 5 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AJC Exclusive: NCR said to be weighing 1,000-job Ga. expansion

Greg Bluestein and J. Scott Trubey report that NCR’s plans for a second tower at its new Midtown Atlanta headquarters is part of a broader business consolidation effort the financial technology giant is considering that could bring more than 1,000 jobs to Georgia, people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.


August 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia State study tracks decline in manufacturing jobs

Dave Williams reports that between the outsourcing of jobs overseas and technological changes in the production process, Georgia business recruiters may no longer find manufacturing worth pursuing. That’s the conclusion of new study from the Center for State and Local Finance at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.


August 5, 2016 WABE 90.1

Emory University Helping To Test New Zika Vaccine

Martha Dalton reports that the Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center is one of three U.S. sites conducting a clinical trial for a new Zika vaccine. "It's a DNA vaccine that encodes two proteins of the Zika virus, and it'll be tested in four different groups of human volunteers,” says Dr. Sri Edupuganti, an infectious disease physician and medical director of the Hope Clinic.


August 5, 2016 UGA

Research surge continues: UGA’s external funding jumps 14 percent in one year

James Hataway reports that a key indicator of research productivity at the University of Georgia has surged for a second consecutive year to reach a record level. In fiscal year 2016, research expenditures at UGA increased by 14 percent to reach $175.3 million. UGA's dramatic increase in fiscal year 2016 comes on the heels of a 7 percent increase in fiscal year 2015 for a 21 percent rise over the past two years.


August 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Viewpoint: Wood pellet demand in U.K. holds promise for Georgia's forest industry

Tim Echols writes, for decades, generating electricity has been all about boiling water. Typically, you can boil water by burning coal, oil or natural gas or even through a nuclear reaction using uranium. That steam turns a turbine which turns a generator creating our electricity. On a recent trip to the United Kingdom, I had the opportunity to see a Georgia product being burned to produce electricity for the British. It is something we may need to consider in our own state one day.


August 5, 2016 Georgia Health News

Ga. secretary of state defends policy toward nurses, board

Andy Miller reports that despite a wave of criticism from nurses, Brian Kemp remains unapologetic on his decision to replace the head of the state’s nursing board. The Georgia secretary of state told GHN last week in an interview that he’s not going to reverse his move to replace Jim Cleghorn with the head of the state’s cosmetology board.


August 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Roy Barnes, Sam Nunn quietly donate to Johnny Isakson’s campaign

Tamar Hallerman reports that two prominent Georgia Democrats, former Gov. Roy Barnes and ex-U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, quietly donated to Johnny Isakson’s Senate campaign in recent months, spurning their party’s candidate in favor of the longtime Republican lawmaker. Federal campaign finance filings show Barnes and his wife both donated the maximum $2,700 to Isakson’s campaign committee earlier this summer.  Nunn, meanwhile, sent $500 Isakson’s way back in May.



Aug. 4, 2016

Deal announces Kia, rail provider partnership

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Cordele Intermodal Services (CIS), Georgia’s first inland terminal, will partner with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), to handle up to 30,000 TEU containers per year to supply the Kia manufacturing plant in West Point. This partnership will save more than 6 million truck miles each year.


Aug. 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Political Patter

Neely Young writes, it's August, and that means politics. This is the time the 2017 legislative calendar takes shape. And August is when candidates who want to replace Gov. Nathan Deal in 2018 will be testing the waters. Here is a list of some of the most important names, we believe, that have surfaced or should surface over the next few months.


Aug. 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NCR said to consider second phase of Midtown HQ

Leon Stafford and J. Scott Trubey report that financial technology giant NCR’s plans for a new headquarters complex in Midtown Atlanta could be growing. The Fortune 500 maker of software, ATMs and self-service kiosks is working on a potential second phase of the project even as the first rises, people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Aug. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AmazonFresh heads to Atlanta as retailer readies new 100,000-square-foot warehouse

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the distribution center will be Amazon’s first such facility in the northern suburbs. It will be focused on the AmazonFresh business, the retailer’s fledgling grocery deliver service. AmazonFresh is part of a broader strategy to build out last-mile infrastructure.


Aug. 4, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Carrier, regional airport propose flights to nation’s capital

Stanley Dunlap reports that an official with a company proposing to bring air service to Middle Georgia Regional Airport says they believe they can duplicate the recent success in another Southeast market. The Middle Georgia Regional Airport is seeking a $4.6 million annual subsidy to allow Smyrna, Tennessee-based Contour Airlines to operate flights from Macon to the nation’s capital. If the regional airport receives the subsidy, then flights could begin before then end of the year, Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert said.


Aug. 4, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

What’s causing TSYS stock price to slide?

Tony Adams reports that since releasing its second-quarter earnings report early last week, shares of TSYS stock have taken their lumps, dropping about 14 percent through Tuesday, but gaining back a bit of that lost ground on Wednesday. It has been enough turbulence to ask the Columbus-based credit-card and payment process what is going on and should shareholders be concerned.


Aug. 4, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Tech support company Voxpro bringing 500 jobs to Athens

Staff reports that Voxpro, an innovative customer experience and tech support provider, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $4 million in a new Center of Excellence in Athens-Clarke County by 2020, according to a Wednesday morning announcement by Gov. Nathan Deal. The business will be located in the Press Place building in downtown Athens. Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, Voxpro employs more than 1,700 people worldwide and delivers customer support experiences in more than 32 countries. Voxpro’s clients include Google, Airbnb and Nest.


Aug. 4, 2016 WABE 90.1

Program Brings German-Style Apprenticeship Training To Ga.

Susan Capelouto reports, would you send your 15-year-old child to work in a factory? Some families in Georgia decided to do so, and their children are among the first in the United States who will work and go to school following a German-style curriculum. The 10 first apprentices in industrial mechanics were honored in a ceremony at the Georgia Capitol this week, because it took a change in state law and nearly five years to make it happen.


Aug. 4, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald ​

NuLink sold for $53 million

Kandice Bell reports that local cable-TV, phone and internet provider NuLink is being purchased for $53 million by a Denver-based telecommunications company. NuLink, with over 34,000 residential and business customers and $8.4 million in sales, is being taken over by WideOpenWest Finance LLC, or WOW!, a joint venture of Avista Capital Partners and Crestview Partners.


Aug. 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Rock Creek Greenway

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, greenways are helping kickstart exercise, weight loss and economic development around the state. Learn more about Gainesville’s Rock Creek Greenway, along with other trails that connect people and places across Georgia, in this month’s feature “On the Right Path.”


Aug. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Construction of big new Georgia gas pipeline about to begin

David Allison reports that construction of a big new Georgia natural gas pipeline is expected to begin soon. Alan S. Armstrong, CEO of Tulsa, Okla.-based The Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE: WMB), told analysts Aug. 2 that the company expects in the very near future to get approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start work on what's called the Dalton Lateral.


Aug. 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

An Electoral College revolt against Donald Trump is quickly quashed in Georgia

Jim Galloway reports that on Wednesday morning, a Georgia Republican opened a new and unexpected front in the GOP struggle to digest Donald Trump. Baoky Vu, a Decatur businessman selected for membership in the Electoral College that will officially decide the 2016 presidential contest, said he couldn’t bring himself to vote for Trump in November.



August 3, 2016

Deal: Film industry generates more than $7 billion for Georgia’s economy

Staff reports that the Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016. The 245 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.02 billion in direct spending in the state.


August 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Business of Giving

Jennifer Hafer reports, from the rolling hills of North Georgia to the lapping of the waves on coastal Georgia beaches, from the hustle and bustle of Metro Atlanta to the laid-back lifestyle of rural South Georgia, the state’s geography is as diverse as the people who live here.


August 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta among highest for home-flip potential

Michael Kanell reports, of course, you remember those thrilling days when anyone with a few spare hours and a few extra dollars could take a course in house-flipping.You remember when home prices were climbing so fast that people figured, you’d just buy the house, hang up the “For Sale” sign and wait a minute for the convoy of potential buyers to arrive.


August 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Regional Commission plans move to Peachtree Center

Maria Saporta and Douglas Sams report that the Atlanta Regional Commission plans to move its offices to Peachtree Center from its current home at the Loudermilk Center. “We are moving to the heart of downtown,” said Kerry Armstrong, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, who is also an executive with Pope & Land.


August 3, 2016 Emory University

U.S. News ranks Emory University Hospital No. 1, Emory Saint Joseph's No. 2 in Georgia and Atlanta

Janet Christenbury reports, for the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Emory University Hospital the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta in its 2016-17 Best Hospitals Guide. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital increased its ranking to 2nd in Georgia and 2nd in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital Midtown increased its ranking to 9th in Georgia and remained 5th in metro Atlanta.


August 3, 2016

Georgia’s Global Entertainment Ambitions Get a $1 Billion Boost in FY 2016

Phil Bolton reports that it's often been said that when you add a billion here to a billion there, you start  talking about real money. Gov. Nathan Deal had that option today, Aug. 2, when he announced that feature film and television productions produced in Georgia generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016, up about $1 billion over fiscal year 2015.


August 3, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Raytheon completes office expansion

Damon Cline reports that one of the oldest military contractors in Augusta is more than tripling in size to expand its range of services to the U.S. Army Cyber Command operations relocating to Fort Gordon.


August 3, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Big shift to free texts in state colleges

Lee Shearer reports that the University System of Georgia, which includes the University of Georgia, is apparently one of the top university systems in a nationwide movement to reduce the amount college students have to pay for textbooks. According to a press release from Rice University, the University System of Georgia is the number-one system in the nation for saving money by using free textbooks developed and distributed by Rice’s OpenStax publishing house.


August 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Boston company buys Georgia manufacturer Dynasound

Phil W. Hudson reports that Cambridge Sound Management Inc. acquired the Norcross, Ga.-based commercial sound masking manufacturer Dynasound Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The Boston-based manufacturer of QtPro and Dynasound sound masking systems reported it will integrate Dynasound's products, partners, and industry experts into Cambridge's sound masking business model to prepare for the next stage of growth.


August 3, 2016 WABE 90.1

Director Of Ga. Judicial Watchdog Agency Resigns, Amid Potential Overhaul

Elly Yu reports that the executive director of Georgia's judicial watchdog agency is stepping down, according to the office of the commission’s chairwoman Brenda Weaver. The resignation comes as the agency faces a potential overhaul that critics said would strip it of its independence and power.


August 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The untold story of Georgia’s hand in the food security bill President Obama just signed

Tamar Hallerman reports that with the political world fixated on the Republican National Convention that was then unfolding in Cleveland, President Barack Obama quietly signed into law one of the most significant food security initiatives of his career last month. The bill had a pretty dry Washington title — the Global Food Security Act — and Obama’s signature wasn’t met with a fancy photo op with supporters looking on or multiple special pens.



August 2, 2016 Brunswick News

Georgia EPA to hear public comment on proposed amendments to coal ash rules

Deborah Bayliss reports that representatives from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division will hold a meeting in Brunswick this week for public comment on its proposed amendments to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division rules for handling coal combustion residuals, more commonly referred to as coal ash.


August 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Augusta/Richmond County: Technology Takes Hold

Randy Southerland reports, throughout the 1800s, Augusta-Richmond County’s location on the Savannah River made it a prime spot for industrial development and a jumping off point for moving goods throughout this region of the state. Now economic development is coming along a different route – fiber optic cables that connect a wide array of companies and government agencies to the Internet.


August 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Back to (35th best?) school time in Georgia

Michael Kanell reports, if education is the path to better income and good schools are the path to a strong economy, then we’ve got some roadwork still to do, according to WalletHub. Georgia ranks 35th in the nation on the quality of its schools, according to a calculation by the credit and consulting company, which assessed the states on 17 different metrics and released the report today as some Atlanta-area schools were opening.


August 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola completes sale of Milwaukee plant

David Schuyler reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) sold production facilities in Milwaukee and Eagan, Minn., and granted new distribution territories to Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution LLC, a subsidiary of Reyes Holdings LLC of Rosemont, Ill. Financial terms were not disclosed.


August 2, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

AMC, trying to buy Carmike Cinemas, reports tumbling revenues and profits in quarter

Tony Adams reports that AMC Entertainment Holdings, the company courting Carmike Cinemas with a $1.2 billion purchase agreement, on Monday morning reported that its revenues — including sales of tickets, food and beverages — tumbled in the second quarter of this year. Its bottom line profit came in at $24 million, down about 45 percent from $43.9 million in the same April-June period a year ago.


August 2, 2016

Rio de Janeiro-Atlanta Partnership Films Celebrate Community Development

Leigh Miller Villegas reports that amidst considerable negative press surrounding the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, an Atlanta nonprofit is shining a bright light on the positive development stories coming out of local community projects in the Brazilian city. Rise Up & Care, founded by Georgia Institute of Technology Professor Kirk Bowman, is sponsoring a film festival that debuts Aug. 11 in Rio.


August 2, 2016 Albany Herald

Albany State, Darton cut 110 faculty and staff positions

Terry Lewis reports, in a joint statement released Monday afternoon, Albany State University President Art Dunning and interim Darton State College President Richard Carvajal announced plans to reduce operating expenses for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget in response to a significant decrease in enrollment since 2011. The reductions include eliminating some positions while leaving other slots unfilled.


August 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Meet APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, this past weekend was the state’s sales tax holiday, which must mean kids are heading back to school. There have been big changes in education over the last year – legislation to reduce the number of standardized tests kids take and the weight test scores are given in teacher evaluations, for example – with additional changes possible as Georgians gear up to vote on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School Districts plan in November.


August 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southwest pilots' union calls for ousting of CEO Gary Kelly

Evan Hoopfer reports that the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association announced Monday it has no confidence in Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven, and wants them removed from their positions. The Friday vote was by a 20-0 margin.


August 2, 2016 WABE 90.1

New Georgia House Committee To Examine Historic Preservation

Staphannie Stokes reports that a new committee in the Georgia House of Representatives will examine historic preservation in the state. That means a review of how designated sites are managed. It could also result in a closer look at what sites are identified as historic. The committee, called the House Committee on Historic Site Preservation, came to be after several lawmakers realized each of their districts had lost buildings that the surrounding community felt were historic.


August 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Obama in Atlanta: ‘I’m pretty tired of some folks trash talking America’s military’

Greg Bluestein reports that President Barack Obama took an implicit dig at Donald Trump for belittling the parents of a slain Muslim U.S. soldier, saying Monday at a speech in Atlanta that the families of veterans are a “powerful reminder of the true strength of America.” Obama did not mention Trump’s name, but said he’s “pretty tired of some folks trash talking America’s military” in remarks at the annual Disabled American Veterans conference, held this year at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta.



August 1, 2016 Saporta Report

Region’s workforce development plan focuses on healthcare, IT, transportation and logistics   

David Pendered reports that healthcare, information technology, and transportation are the three industries on which workforce development boards across metro Atlanta intend to focus their efforts over the next five years, according to a draft version of the plan.


August 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Mission Critical: Turning Around Atlanta’s Schools

Susan Percy reports that Dr. Meria Carstarphen arrived in 2014 to head a system troubled by underperforming schools and still reeling from a catastrophic standardized-test cheating scandal that sent 11 educators to jail and cost the previous superintendent her job.


August 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Youth and economics: Atlanta ranks 21st for renters

Michael Kanell reports, for a big city, Atlanta isn’t a bad place to be a renter. Might not have been that way always, but it’s that way now, according to calculations by WalletHub. Using a series of metrics, Atlanta ranks 21st among 150 cities as a place to rent, according to the list-happy folks at WalletHub, who seem to wake up and start ranking things before they even make coffee.


August 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Investment losses cut into Aflac’s Q2 profit

Staff reports that a stronger yen/dollar exchange rate raised Aflac Inc.’s (NYSE: AFL) second-quarter revenue, but after-tax net realized investment losses dragged down its profit.The Columbus, Ga.-based insurance giant reported revenue grew 2.8 percent to $5.4 billion due to the stronger yen/dollar exchange rate. The average yen/dollar exchange rate in the second quarter of 2016 was 108.28, or 11.9 percent stronger than the average rate of 121.20 in the second quarter of 2015.


August 1, 2016 University of Georgia

Satellite data reveal serious decline in Georgia salt marsh health

James Hataway reports that scientists at the University of Georgia's Marine Institute at Sapelo Island have found that the amount of vegetation along the Georgia coast has declined significantly in the last 30 years, spurring concerns about the overall health of marshland ecosystems in the area.


August 1, 2016

UPS Executives Praise Free Trade and TPP as 2nd Quarter International Profit Lifts Off

Phil Bolton reports that aving announced positive second-quarter results last week, United Parcel Service Inc.‘s CEO David Abney voiced once again his support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12 nation free trade agreement still to be approved by the U.S. Congress and participating nations.


August 1, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Former owners of LCP Superfund Site to spend $29 million on another cleanup

Terry Dickson reports that Honeywell International Inc. and Georgia Power Co. will spend nearly $29 million to clean up the 760-acre marsh at the former LCP Chemicals Superfund Site in Brunswick, the Justice Department and EPA said Friday. A settlement requires the two companies to remove and isolate contaminated sediments in the marsh and to monitor the project long term to determine the effectiveness of the work, the federal agencies said in a release.


August 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pinewood Studios to be sold for $423 million

Ellie Hensley reports that United Kingdom-based Pinewood Studios will be sold to Venus Grafton, a subsidiary of PW Real Estate Fund worth $4 billion, according to The movies and television studio, where huge blockbusters like “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” have filmed, received a takeover bid from Venus worth $423 million.


August 1, 2016 New York Times

Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls

Michael Wines reports, when the deputy sheriff’s patrol cruiser pulled up beside him as he walked down Broad Street at sunset last August, Martee Flournoy, a 32-year-old black man, was both confused and rattled. He had reason: In this corner of rural Georgia, African-Americans are arrested at a rate far higher than that of whites. But the deputy had not come to arrest Mr. Flournoy. Rather, he had come to challenge Mr. Flournoy’s right to vote.


August 1, 2016 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Lawmakers Consider Music Industry Tax Breaks

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s film industry had a $6 billion economic impact on the state last year, a boom largely attributed to generous tax incentives the General Assembly approved in 2008. Now, lawmakers are considering whether to give a similar helping hand to the music industry, according to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle.


August 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

What to know about President Obama’s visit to Atlanta today

Greg Bluestein reports that President Barack Obama will visit Atlanta on Monday to address a conference of disabled veterans, meet with party leaders and headline a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Obama is set to land at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport early Monday afternoon and then will head to the Hyatt Regency in downtown for his address, which is likely to be held around 1:30 p.m. After that, he’s off to a fundraiser in northwest Atlanta and a Democratic National Committee roundtable.



July 29,  2016

Deal announces start of statewide tax-free holiday weekend

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the statewide back-to-school tax-free holiday weekend will take place this Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31. “The back-to-school tax-free holiday allows Georgia’s families and students to save money on crucial school items, clothing and technology during a time of year when household expenses add up quickly,” said Deal.


July 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Creative Developments

Mary Anne Dunkin reports, when real estate developers Anthony Harper and Chris Melhouse first considered purchasing the 19th-century cotton gin property in Atlanta’s West Side in 2008, their plan was for a conventional real estate development. But when the recession hit shortly afterward, they decided on a less traditional – and what they thought would be temporary – use for the 12-acre property: cost effective studios for artists, performers and musicians.


July 29, 2016  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New Ga. Nuke Plant Study Approved

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia Power won approval to spend $99 million by mid 2019 studying a site south of Columbus where it may someday build the state's third nuclear power plant. The cost of that study, which will grow significantly in coming years due to financing costs, will eventually come out of customer's pockets.


July 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed cuts Q2 GDP forecast to 1.8%

Phil W. Hudson reports that the U.S. economy won’t grow as quickly as the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta was anticipating. On July 28, the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth in the second quarter dropped its estimate to 1.8 percent from its July 27 projection of 2.3 percent. On July 1, the model forecast for real GDP growth in the second quarter was 2.6 percent.


July 29, 2016 Georgia Tech

Amazon Pickup Now Open in Tech Square

Staff reports that Amazon@GeorgiaTech, located on 5th Street in Tech Square, is now open for package pickup. Amazon@GeorgiaTech provides a safe and secure location for Amazon customers to receive packages at their convenience, eliminating issues such as missed delivery attempts or missing packages. Packages arrive directly from Amazon distribution centers.


July 29, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac reports operating profit of $707 million on revenues of $5.4 billion in second quarter

Tony Adams reports, it was steady as she goes for Aflac in the second quarter, with the Columbus-based insurer reporting an operating profit of $707 million on total revenues of $5.4 billion from its business in Japan and the United States. Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos, in a statement with the firm’s earnings report, said he was pleased with the results, which “reflected solid performance and advanced our progress toward achieving the company’s objectives for 2016.”


July 29, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta’s new parking plan includes 40 percent jump in fines, maybe 1,000 more meters   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta’s plan to fix its parking enforcement system calls for more citations to be issued, providing the city a 40 percent increase in revenue from fines, and possibly the installation of 1,000 additional meters. Some councilmembers are already protesting. “The only way to go from $5 million to $7 million [in parking-fine revenue for the city] is to write more tickets; that’s not going to go down well with the public,” said Councilmember Michael Julian Bond.


July 29, 2016 Brunswick News

Is 'The Walking Dead' coming to the Isles?

Lindsey Adkison reports, Hollywood is certainly no stranger to the Golden Isles. And in mid-August a television production crew will return to film on Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach. While officials remain mum on exactly what production will be shooting here, public records indicate it is Stalwart Films LLC., the same company that produces AMC’s colossal hit “The Walking Dead” and its spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead.”


July 29, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream Aerospace revenues down but operating margins up

Mary Carr Mayle reports that General Dynamics Corp. on Wednesday reported earnings that exceeded analysts’ estimates and raised its forecast as information-technology sales to the U.S. government made up for a weaker usual than demand for business jets. Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace, traditionally the company’s most-profitable unit, has struggled to maintain interest in the older G450 and G550 models as it gets set to introduce two new business jets over the next several years.


July 29, 2016 WABE 90.1

Rising Ocean Threatens Ga.’s Coastal Military Bases, Report Says

Elly Yu reports that Georgia's coastal military bases are under threat from rising sea levels caused by climate change, according to a new report. The Union of Concerned Scientists in the analysis found that Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay will experience more flooding and could permanently lose land by the end of the century. The report analyzed 18 military bases along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.



July 28, 2016 Georgia Health News

Georgia hospital industry fires back at feds’ quality ratings

Andy Miller reports that a federal health care agency Wednesday released its first overall star ratings for the quality of hospitals, and just two Georgia facilities earned the top five-star designation: Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, and Northside Medical Center in Columbus. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rated 3,617 hospitals on a scale of one to five stars. Almost half received three stars, the average score, reported Kaiser Health News, while only 102 earned five stars.


July 28, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Spotted in Georgia — Art in Carrollton

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, “Car Next to Red,” by artist Charles Nivens, at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Ben Young.


July 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

These are the Georgia companies millennials want to work for

Laura Cardona reports that the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has released the results of a new survey outlining the top 200 companies millennials want to work for, and 10 Georgia companies made the cut.


July 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cox Enterprises founder’s great-grandson named COO

Staff reports that Cox Enterprises Inc. promoted Alexander C. Taylor to chief operating officer. Taylor is the great-grandson of the Atlanta media giant’s Founder James M. Cox.


July 28, 2016 WABE 90.1

Coca-Cola Sales Fall In Second Quarter Of 2016

Martha Dalton reports that sales for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company fell during the second quarter of this year. The soft drink giant announced Wednesday it made $11.5 billion for the quarter, compared with $12.2 billion during the second quarter of last year. Coke says total revenue fell about 5 percent.  


July 28, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State Sets Research Funding Record

Brian Mullen reports that Georgia State University has set a research funding record, receiving awards of $120.2 million in fiscal year 2016. The total exceeds the previous record set last year when faculty earned $101 million in research support. Georgia State’s research funding has grown by nearly $40 million in the past two years.


July 28, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA won't change admissions policies to allow race as a factor

Lee Shearer reports, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision affirmed the limited use of race in college admission decisions, but that won't change the University of Georgia's admissions policies, which do not include race as a factor.


July 28, 2016

Georgia’s Global Connections Help Fuel Its Growth as a Film and Digital Entertainment Hub

Phil Bolton reports, does Brexit have a silver lining for the world’s film industry? The question came up at a seminar held on July 19 at the Atlanta law offices of Fragomen Worldwide about Georgia‘s entertainment industry and the opportunities it provides for international companies and joint ventures.


July 28, 2016 Brunswick News

Residents concerned about SGHS's plans to remove lakeside treeline

Larry Hobbs reports that, for decades now, a tall stand of mature trees has served as the backdrop for residents’ view of the peaceful retention pond along Lakeside Drive in Brunswick’s Goodyear neighborhood. Behind those trees buildings from the burgeoning medical complex of Southeast Georgia Health System are situated. But some residents are concerned because of the health system’s plans to cut a 250-foot swath in the middle of that tree line and replace it with less concealing shrubs and palm trees.


July 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Co. Q2 profit up 1.4%

Staff reports that  Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) overcame debt-financing costs related to the $12 billion acquisition of AGL Resources and generated profit growth in the second quarter. The Atlanta-based energy giant reported its revenue for the period rose 2.7 percent to $4.45 billion.


July 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Kasim Reed at DNC: ‘We choose diversity over division’

Greg Bluestein reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed laid out a spirited argument for electing Democrat Hillary Clinton – and offered a stump speech of his own about a certain Southern Democrat who helped teach his city’s residents how to “lean on one another.” The Democrat, a likely candidate for higher office, took the stage Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention to introduce former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who he has partnered with to push for more gun restrictions and climate change restrictions.



July 27, 2016 WABE 90.1

Plan Reimagines Turner Field Area After Stadium Sale

Stephannie Stokes reports that as Atlanta and Fulton County prepare to sell Turner Field to Georgia State University, big changes could be in store for the surrounding neighborhoods. A new plan from the Turner Field Neighborhoods Livable Centers Initiative, led by the city of Atlanta, provides a guide for what those changes could look like. It promotes things like denser developments and walkable streets.


July 27, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Best Places to Work

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, building on the success of our Best Places to Work in Georgia program last year, this year Georgia Trend teamed up with Best Companies Group (BCG) and SHRM Georgia State Council to expand the program that is dedicated to finding and recognizing Georgia’s best employers. We received nominations from across the state and from businesses and organizations large and small.


July 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta beats average home price rise

Michael Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta home prices rose an average of 6.3 percent during the past year, better than average gains across the country, according to a much-watched national index. Atlanta outpaced the 5.2 percent gain for the nation’s 20 largest metros, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller House Price Index, a calculation based on a three-month average of sale prices.


July 27,  2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Co. to fund waterway conservation projects in Georgia

Staff reports that Atlanta-based energy giant Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) will donate $2.2 million in grants to 58 projects as part of the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. The 58 grants are being awarded through a public-private partnership that includes National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Wildlife Habitat Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx (NYSE: FDX), Bank of America and Alcoa.


July 27, 2016 Georgia Health News

Doctor’s Column: Why I became a ‘concierge’ physician

Dr. Juliet Mavromatic reports that a concierge practice refers to a practice in which the physician charges each patient an annual retainer fee. There are several types of concierge primary care practices. So called “direct care” describes a practice in which the annual fee covers all primary care services. Within that types of practice, the physician does not bill health insurance for services.


July 27, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Delayed billings put Savannah $15 million behind in revenue collection

Eric Curl reports, the race is on. Savannah has a little more than five months to make up $15 million. That is how far the city is behind in utility and sanitation payments after bills were delayed this year when the revenue department ran into some problems implementing new software.


July 27, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

Speaker: Northwest Ga needs to ensure there are enough qualified workers to attract industry

Doug Walker reports, ensuring there are enough qualified workers may be the most critical job confronting economic developers across Northwest Georgia, according to speakers at a Georgia Power regional economic development summit. Representatives from 12 counties attended the Monday event hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome.


July 27, 2016 GPB

Graphic Novel Explores Jekyll Island In An Alternate Universe

Celeste Headlee and Sean Powers report that a new graphic novel takes us back to the early 20th century on Jekyll Island. Back then, the tiny Georgia island was a hot spot for some of the most powerful and wealthy individuals like William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer, and Henry Ford. "The Jekyll Island Chronicles" blends historical fact with alternate history - all with the help of students from the Savannah College of Art and Design.


July 27, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Vogtle project workforce tops 6,000

Damon Cline reports that one of America's largest construction projects - the addition of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle - is expected to get even larger this year.


July 27, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Online retailer ThredUP celebrates opening of Duluth distribution center

Curt Yeomans reports that there was a common theme among officials from different areas of the community who came together to celebrate the opening of online consignment retailer ThredUP’s new distribution center in unincorporated Duluth. They all thought it was going to do a lot of business in the Gwinnett County area. “I love this concept,” county commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said.


July 27, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS reports $69.7 million quarterly profit on revenue of nearly $1.2 billion

Tony Adams reports that absorbing its $2.35 billion acquisition of TransFirst, credit-card and payment processor TSYS on Tuesday reported a second-quarter profit of $69.7 million on total revenues of nearly $1.2 billion. That compares to a profit, or net income, of $82.8 million — a nearly 16 percent decline — during the same April-June period of 2015. However, revenues a year ago were $692.6 million, jumping this quarter more than 66 percent with the addition of TransFirst’s merchant-based business.


July 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jason Carter declares Georgia a ‘battleground state’ in DNC address

Greg Bluestein reports, “Greetings from the battleground state of Georgia.” That was how former state Sen. Jason Carter opened his address to the Democratic National Convention to assert that Georgia is in play this November thanks to Donald Trump’s rise. Carter, a 2014 candidate for Georgia governor who could be eying another run, was on stage to introduce his famous grandfather.



July 26, 2016 Savannah Morning News

GPA tops 3.6 million containers for second year

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Georgia Ports again topped 3.6 million 20-foot containers for fiscal 2016, coming close to matching the record 2015 numbers that included massive West Coast cargo diversions. “In fiscal 2015, the Port of Savannah gained more diverted cargo from the West Coast than any other port, so it’s natural that we would lose more as some of that diverted cargo returned,” GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said Monday.


July 26, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Atlanta’s Olympics legacy continues

Ben Young reports, this month’s Georgia Trend cover story, “The Amazing, Tragic, Iconic and Surprising Legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games,” takes a look at collaboration among local leaders at the time and what that collaboration means to the city and state 20 years later. But other events, activities and hard work left additional legacies that continue to shine today.


July 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta’s Avalon has been sold

J. Scott Trubey reports that the Avalon mixed-use development in Alpharetta has been sold. An arm of Prudential Financial acquired the mini-city along Ga. 400 and Old Milton Parkway, the company said Monday in a news release. Terms were not immediately known.


July 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Radial adding more than 1,200 jobs in Georgia

Staff reports that Radial plans to hire 1,250 workers in Brunswick and Lawrenceville, Ga., for the 2016 holiday season. Radial, formerly eBay Enterprise, runs a customer call center in Brunswick and a fulfillment center in Lawrenceville.


July 26, 2016 Saporta Report

Fate of Delta’s tentative Atlanta-to-Cuba route to be clear by Friday, when U.S. DOT responds 

David Pendered reports that Delta Air Lines, Inc. should have a good sense by Friday as to whether it will retain the three daily routes to Cuba it was tentatively awarded this month, including one from Atlanta. Friday is the day the federal government is to respond to objections to its tentative awards.


July 26, 2016 Georgia Health News

Nursing board chief’s removal delayed for year

Andy Miller reports that the Georgia secretary of state says he is postponing his removal of the state nursing board’s executive director until August of next year. Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s decision in June to remove Jim Cleghorn, and replace him with the head of the state’s cosmetology board, has proved controversial. Many nurses across the state have said they were angered and puzzled by the planned ouster of Cleghorn.


July 26, 2016 WABE 90.1

Piedmont, UnitedHealthcare Still At Odds Over New Contract

Michelle Eloy reports that nearly one month past a July 1 deadline, Piedmont Health and insurer UnitedHealthcare are still at loggerheads over a new network contract. In an email last week, United spokesperson Daryl Richard said negotiations are “going slowly,” but they remain in the works.


July 26 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How big is Koch Industries’ impact in Georgia?

Staff reports, are you apt to vilify Koch Industries Inc. due to politics? You may change your mind when you learn about the impact the company has in the Peach State. Georgia is the No. 2 state in the maligned -- mostly by the politically left-- company’s geographic footprint in terms of jobs and salary.


July 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Clarkston Mayor and Bernie Sanders delegate helps calm DNC ‘boo birds’

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that something appears to be missing Monday night the Democratic convention. The ‘boo birds’ have fallen off dramatically since about 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. That’s not an accident. Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry, a Bernie Sanders delegate said the senator’s call to supporters to be polite has had an effect. And where it hasn’t, his supporters are sometimes taking care of things. Terry said he had “remind North Dakota Bernie delegates that Senator Sanders said not to boo. They haven’t booed since.”





July 25, 2016 Georgia Health News

As feds file suit over insurance deals, Georgia postpones hearing

Andy Miller reports that the state’s Department of Insurance on Thursday postponed next week’s hearing on the Aetna-Humana merger after federal antitrust officials filed suit to block the proposed deal over anti-competitive concerns. The feds also filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna.


July 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Farming by the Numbers

Tom Oder reports, when Georgia’s farmers leave home in the morning, they carry the same tools to their jobs – smartphones, electronic tablets and laptops – as office workers in the state’s urban centers. And when they head into the fields, the cabs of their tractors are equipped with technology – GPS and touchscreen computers that display field data and maps and send commands to regulate the flow of seed, fertilizer and more – that is on the cutting edge of modern farming.


July 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Former eBay company says it’s hiring 1,250 seasonal workers in Georgia

Russell Grantham reports that a former division of online retailer eBay is planning to hire 1,250 workers for the Christmas season at two of its operations in Lawrenceville and Brunswick, the company said Friday. The hiring by the suburban Philadelphia firm, called Radial, is part of an overall goal to hire 20,000 workers during the holiday season at 26 distribution centers and six call centers in the United States, Canada and Europe.


July 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Health Resources and Services Administration gives Georgia organizations $4.6 million

Ellie Hensley reports that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, gave 12 awards and a total of $4.6 million to organizations in Georgia. The grants were part of $149 million awarded nationally to encourage partnerships among academic institutions, clinicians, health care sites and public health entities.


July 25, 2016 Emory University

Purchase of Dollar Shave Club a big moment for Emory alumnus

J. Michael Moore reports that Emory alumnus and Dollar Shave Club co-founder and CEO Mike Dubin built his company on laughs. The company’s viral videos use humor to drive consumers from drugstore aisles to the Internet for razor blades and other grooming products. On Tuesday, consumer products giant Unilever announced its purchase of Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion. “It was a flight we didn’t want to miss,” Dubin told the Los Angeles Times.


July 25, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Barnwell company helps Olympians avoid Zika

Laurie J. McKenzie reports that the Barn­well County business Anovotek is taking on an Olympian task to help U.S. athletes combat the Zika virus. According to Anovotek President Don Alexander, the business “has developed a proprietary method for treating apparel and other sewn products with the Skintex MR III system,” a mosquito repellent technology.


July 25, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

New beer showcases Athens businesses, celebrates history of The Foundry

Martha Micheal reports, on a sweltering July afternoon in an Athens warehouse, music played and beer was poured - including beer yet to be tasted outside the warehouse doors. While the smell of boiled peanuts mingled with fresh peaches, Brian Roth, co-founder of Southern Brewing Company, and Troy Aubrey, president of Foundry Entertainment, discussed plans for creating beer flavors that might raise a few eyebrows.


July 25, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Project will finally give Georgia a 4-lane highway from Bainbridge to Brunswick

Terry Dickson reports, you could always count on meeting trucks hauling logs on the 25 miles of two-lane U.S. 84 between Homerville and Waycross. Now there's a different cargo; fill dirt and a lot of it. Three contractors are working on projects totalling $126 million to widen the highway to four lanes from Bainbridge on the Alabama line to the port at Brunswick and Interstate 95.


July 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Nominate the State's Legal Elite

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 29, 2016, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 14 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2016 issue.


July 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How much profit did SunTrust generate in Q2?

Staff reports that SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) reported Friday its second-quarter earnings were up, beating analysts expectations. The Atlanta-based banking company said revenue for the period rose 7.1 percent to $2.2 billion. Its profit was up 2 percent to $492 million, or 95 cents a share.


July 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Herschel Walker is vouching for Donald Trump

Greg Bluestein reports that former Georgia star Fran Tarkenton gave a shout-out to Bulldog fans at the Republican National Convention, and Georgia GOP chair bellowed “Gooooo Dawgs” on live TV. But perhaps the best known ex-Bulldog supporting Donald Trump had to turn down an invite to speak at the four-day meeting at the last minute. Herschel Walker said in an interview Sunday that he had to cancel a visit to last week’s GOP bash in Cleveland to visit a sick friend in Detroit.



July 22, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Georgia unemployment rate slips to 5.1 percent, lowest since December 2007

Tony Adams reports that the last time Georgia’s unemployment rate was this low, the Great Recession had just begun and was just starting to fuel layoffs by employers across the nation. It was December 2007 when the Peach State’s rate was at 5.1 percent, the same figure reported Thursday for the most recent June. The current number is down from 5.3 percent in May, the Georgia Department of Labor said. The rate was 5.8 percent in June a year ago.


July 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: An Olympic Legacy

Ben Young writes, in the 1990s, the transformation of downtown Atlanta in preparation for the 1996 Olympics was one of the most dramatic metamorphoses the city has ever experienced, one that continues to impact how the city tackles the challenges of affordable housing to this day. At the time, some criticized how the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) bulldozed the former Techwood Homes to build the Olympic Village and Centennial Place.


July 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Warehouse boom means more big rigs

Dan Chapman reports, as if traffic isn't bad enough, drivers might see almost twice as many freight-hauling trucks on Metro Atlanta roads in 25 years.  Ever-worsening congestion will further frustrate commuters. But the surge in freight traffic poses even greater threats to Atlanta businesses.


July 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

No Mor Kows for Chick-fil-A?

Staff reports that Chick-fil-A Inc. has cut ties with ad agency The Richards Group and has hired McCann New York “for other marketing that will not use its ubiquitous cows,” AD Age reported Thursday. The cows with poor spelling skills have been the face of the Atlanta-based fast-food chain since 1995, the magazine noted.


July 22, 2016 Georgia Health News

Study projects expansion’s big impact on Georgia uninsured

Andy Miller reports that up to 5 million more Americans would have health insurance coverage if the 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid were to do so in 2017, a new study says. Among those states, Georgia would see the third-largest drop in uninsured people under Medicaid expansion, a figure of 509,000, according to the Urban Institute study, released Tuesday.


July 22, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

MillerCoors craft beer division acquires majority interest in Athens' Terrapin beer

Staff reports that the craft and import division of MillerCoors has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interes in Athens-based Terrapin Beer Company, according to a news release from that division of MillerCoors, Tenth and Blake. The move comes four years after Tenth and Blake purchased a minority interest in Terrapin.


July 22, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

Transdev call center grand opening today

Staff reports that Transdev officially open­ed its customer support center in Rome on Thursday, which will bring 160 new jobs to Floyd County. The Lombard, Illinois-based public transportation company has leased a portion of the former State Mutual Insurance building in Berry Corporate Center off Redmond Circle. The company is the largest private sector operator of multiple modes of passenger transit in North America, providing bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle and sedan and taxi services.


July 22, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Reform Plan Sets Standards For School Discipline Hearings

Martha Dalton reports that part of Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice reform plan takes aim at the “school-to-prison pipeline.”“The ultimate criminal justice reform is education reform,” Deal said during a recent public appearance. A new state law, which is part of the reform, tightens up requirements for school discipline hearings.


July 22, 2016 Saporta Report

Central Library to be saved; $50 million renovation would allow floors to be leased   

David Pendered reports that Central Library in Downtown Atlanta will not be demolished, per a vote Wednesday by Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners. The board is slated to decide in August on the extent of a proposed renovation that could cost up to $50 million. Commissioners voted unanimously to not demolish the library. Their vote responds to an outpouring of more than 80 constituents who attended an open house on what should become of the library.


July 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Plans revealed for 234-acre mixed-use project adjacent to Pinewood Studios

Ellie Hensley and Maria Saporta report that Fayetteville, Ga., civic leaders and Chick-fil-A Inc. CEO Dan Cathy on Thursday detailed plans for a massive mixed-use development with three distinct districts adjacent to Pinewood Studios. The 234-acre new urbanism community, Pinewood Forrest, will have more than 1,200 residences and 270,000 square feet of office, restaurant and retail space.


July 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Almost one-quarter of the RNC’s black delegates are from Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that nearly one-quarter of the African-American delegates at the Republican National Convention are from Georgia. That’s out of an estimated 18 black delegates at the party’s bash in Cleveland, where 2,472 delegates gathered this week to nominate Donald Trump. It’s likely the lowest number of black delegations nationwide at a Republican convention in generations, but for Georgia it’s a recent high.



July 21, 2016 WABE 90.1

Report: Georgia's Physician 'Drought' Could Become a Crisis

Martha Dalton reports that the  U.S. could face a shortage of 95,000 physicians in the next ten years, according to a recent report from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The association also predicts Georgia could have the fewest number of doctors per capita by the year 2020 if it doesn’t expand its medical education programs.


July 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Lake Blue Ridge

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that hot summer days call for a dip in one of Georgia’s many lakes — like Lake Blue Ridge in the north Georgia mountains.


July 21, 2016 LaGrange Georgia

Great Wolf Lodge Makes a Splash with its First Resort in Georgia

Staff reports that families in Georgia will have something new to howl about in 2018. Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., North America’s largest family of indoor water park resorts, announced today it is expanding its paw print to the Peach State. Great Wolf Lodge Georgia will be a first-class destination resort, providing families with nearly 500,000 square feet of entertainment offerings and lodging amenities to enjoy, all under one roof. The centerpiece of the resort will be more than 93,000 square feet of indoor water park fun.


July 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Typical Georgia CEO pay rises to $11.5M

Russell Grantham reports that each year in proxy filings, companies go on for pages about pegging executive pay to performance measurs such as profits and stock returns. But there didn't seem to be much of a linkage last year between CEO pay and performance - or even to the firms' size - at many of Georgia's 25 largest companies.


July 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta energy giant Southern Co. makes two executive changes

David Allison reports that Atlanta-based energy giant Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) said July 19 it is making two executive changes at subsidiaries. John G. Trawick has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for subsidiary Southern Power. In addition, John L. Pemberton has been named senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Southern Power. He was formerly senior vice president and senior production officer for Georgia Power.


July 21, 2016 Georgia Tech

Jennifer Bonnett to head Georgia Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center

Peralte Paul reports that the Georgia Institute of Technology has named Jennifer Bonnett general manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), effective immediately. The announcement follows Bonnett’s tenure as ATDC’s acting general manager since October 2015. In taking the permanent appointment, Bonnett leads a team of 22 full- and part-time employees who run the program’s various initiatives, as well as coach entrepreneurs across the state.


July 21, 2016 LaGrange News

LaGrange Thread trail draws wide support

Tyler H. Jones reports that the only thing stronger than the crowd at Tuesday’s public meeting on a proposed multi-use trail was support for the project. More than 300 people packed the Del’Avant event space downtown to hear about the proposed 27 mile path and view maps and renderings of the concept.


July 21, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Collaborative project results in graphic novel headed for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

Linda Sickler reports that it started as a hobby, but after months of collaborative work, became a graphic novel. “The Jekyll Island Chronicles: A Machine Age War” is the first in a series of graphic novels that is part historical fact, part clockwork and part diesel punk. Written by friends Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell and Jack Lowe, the book includes art by Moses Nester and S.J. Miller and is the result of a collaboration with students at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.


July 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

MillerCoors buying Athens' Terrapin Beer Co.

Phil W. Hudson reports that one of world’s largest beer companies will purchase a majority interest in one of Georgia’s most popular brewers. Chicago-based MillerCoors reported its craft and import division Tenth and Blake Beer Co. ramped up its interest in Athens, Ga.-based Terrapin Beer Co. Tenth and Blake had previously purchased a minority interest in Terrapin in early 2012.


July 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

No longer a VP candidate, Newt Gingrich tries out for another job

Greg Bluestein reports that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich relentlessly jockeyed for months to be Donald Trump’s running mate. His speech Wednesday at the Republican National Convention may have made some conservatives wish he was. In a lengthy address, the ex-Georgia lawmaker declared Trump was the candidate with the courage to recognize the U.S. was at war with “radical Islamists” bent on terrorizing Americans and who are stronger and greater in number than authorities would like to admit.



July 20, 2016 Daily Report

Ga. High Court's 'Gentle Giant' Chief Justice Thompson to Retire

Katheryn Hayes Tucker reports that Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson, who announced Tuesday that he plans to retire in January, wants to give the governor ample time to find a replacement and fill two newly created positions on the state's high court. But though his departure is still months away, bar leaders are already thinking about the 73-year-old judge's legacy.


July 20, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Southern Investments

Stan Awtry reports that South Metro Atlanta is booming these days. For years it’s been home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – the world’s busiest airport – along with warehousing, distribution centers and logistics operations. Now it’s branching out.


July 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Architectural coating company adding 70 jobs in northwest Georgia

Staff reports that Top Gun Powder Coating & Architectural Coating plans to add 70 new jobs in Adairsville and Jasper, Ga. Top Gun Powder Coating & Architectural Coating currently employs 35 full-time associates at four locations in Georgia. The company provides architectural coatings such as Kynar, powder, industrial liquid and military and media blast cleaning services to support the following industries: defense, sports and recreation, commercial food and lodging, transportation, oil, gas and electric.


July 20, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Dome Land To Be Turned Into Green Parking Venue

John Lorinc reports that downtown Atlanta will get more green space before the end of the decade. The spot where the Georgia Dome currently sits will become a part-time park. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority say they'll build a "green parking lot" after the Dome is demolished.


July 20, 2016 Gainesville Times

Times parent company buys historic Gainesville Mill

Staff reports that one of Gainesville’s most iconic historic buildings has a new owner. The old Gainesville Cotton Mill building has been purchased by a subsidiary of Morris Multimedia Inc., parent company of The Times media group.


July 20, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus reports $57.9 million profit in second quarter, up nearly 9 percent

Tony Adams reports that solid growth in loans and deposits helped fuel Synovus Financial Corp. to a $57.9 million profit in the second quarter of this year, the Columbus-based regional bank said Tuesday. That’s up nearly 9 percent from a year ago, when the parent company of Columbus Bank and Trust reported second-quarter net income, or a profit, of $53.2 million.



July 20, 2016 Georgia Times-Union


Jekyll Island to review access for disabled, implement resulting plan at all facilities

Terry Dickson reports that Jekyll Island says it is complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but it wants to do more. To do that the governing authority plans to conduct a comprehensive assessment of access for the disabled, to make some improvements and to train its staff to ensure compliance.


July 20, 2016 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Georgia Winery doubling its output as Tennessee stores stock its sweet wines

Tim Omarzu reports that Georgia Winery is more than doubling its capacity as Tennessee grocery stores, which were allowed to sell wine on July 1, are stocking its sweet muscadine and fruit wines. The winery is installing 10 new 3,000-gallon stainless steel tanks and four new 6,500-gallon stainless steel tanks, which will add 56,000 gallons to the 53,500 gallons of fermenting tank capacity already in use at its wine-making facility and tasting room near Ringgold, Ga., on Battlefield Parkway just off Interstate 75.


July 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s Republican delegation casts 42 of its 76 delegate votes for Donald Trump

Greg Bluestein reports that the majority of Georgia’s delegation to the Republican National Convention cast their votes Tuesday for Donald Trump, who was expected to formally win his party’s nomination. Georgia’s delegates are bound by law to cast their votes according to the result of the state’s March 1 primary, which meant Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won 18 delegates and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got 16. Trump, who won the state’s primary with about 40 percent of the vote, netted the other 42.



July 19, 2016

FAA: Turkey Flights Back On

Trevor Williams reports that Federal Aviation Administration has lifted a ban on flights in and out of Turkey imposed in the aftermath of a coup attempt that saw security checkpoints at the Istanbul airport overrun by protesters. Turkish Airlines flights from Atlanta to Istanbul were canceled Saturday through Monday. The airline said in a statement that flights from 10 U.S. cities, including its service from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, would resume their normal schedules Tuesday.


July 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Trend wins national, regional awards

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) has recognized Editor-at-Large Susan Percy and Co-editor in Chief and Publisher Neely Young with awards for journalism excellence.


July 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Dome site could become park on non-game days

J. Scott Trubey reports that the foundation of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the Georgia World Congress Center want to turn the Georgia Dome site into something more than parking and tailgating space for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Plans have long called for the Dome site to become a grassy field for premium parking on Falcons and Atlanta United game days after the Dome is torn down.


July 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chick-fil-A launches Egg White Grill, its first new breakfast entree since 2010

David Allison reports that Chick-fil-A this morning will introduce its first new breakfast entree in six years, the Egg White Grill. Targeted toward health-conscious customers, the sandwich has a breakfast-sized portion of grilled chicken breast, grilled egg whites and American cheese served on a toasted multigrain English muffin. The sandwich has 300 calories and 25 grams of protein. The price starts at $3.35.


July 19, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia, Augusta preparing for Zika

Tom Corwin reports that the virus has not made it to Georgia, but officials in the state are getting ready, said Fred Koehle, the special projects manager for Richmond County Mosquito Control. A "unique" case in Utah is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


July 19, 2016 Georgia CEO

Jordan Fladell Brings mLevel HQ and New Jobs to Atlanta

Staff reports that mLevel, Inc., a global leader in micro learning platforms, announced plans to move its company headquarters from Chicago to Atlanta. Additionally, Jordan Fladell, mLevel co-founder, will assume the position of chief executive officer. mLevel micro learning platforms are currently used by enterprises worldwide, including at many Fortune 500 companies, to improve how employees, students and other groups learn.


July 19, 2016 Saporta Report

The Kendeda Fund is helping in the greening of Grady Hospital    

Maria Saport reports that Grady Hospital is going greener. The Grady Health Foundation has received an $850,000 gift from the Kendeda Fund to create a Green Revolving Fund, a financing tool to invest in sustainability projects, such as energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy. The Grady Health System will match the Kendeda grant, which will produce cost savings through investments in future sustainability projects that will benefit patient care, the Grady community and the environment.


July 19, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald ​

Waffle House CEO on success: Just bacon and eggs

Kandice Bell reports that for Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer, the key to success is no secret, just merely remembering some basics. “We’re in the people business. We really pour into our people,” he said. “We don’t have any big secrets. I always tell people, it’s just bacon and eggs.”


July 19, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Test well shows arsenic at Plant McIntosh in Rincon

Mary Landers reports that groundwater testing at Georgia Power’s Plant McIntosh in Rincon revealed a high level of arsenic in one test well, company spokesman Jacob Hawkins said. “At McIntosh, the concentration of arsenic was .034 parts per million (ppm) and the reporting limit for Georgia EPD is .010 ppm,” Hawkins said. “Again, this was in the single well — all other wells and all other substances were under state reporting limits.”



July 18, 2016 Lagrange News

Trial date set in ‘Water Wars’

Tyler H. Jones reports that it's not just the weather at West Point Lake that’s heating up this week. The U.S. Supreme Court’s arbitrator of a lawsuit filed by Florida against Georgia in the so-called “Water Wars” set an Oct. 31 trail date on Wednesday. Negotiations between representatives of the two states are ongoing and could thwart the trial, but an order by the arbitrator, Special Master Ralph Lancaster, bars both parties from speaking to the media about how the talks are going.


July 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Excusive!

2017 Best Places to Work nominations open

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


July 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mixed-use project to straddle I-85 near Kia

J. Scott Trubey reports that a development group plans a sprawling retail and residential complex, including a previously announced water park, near the Kia Motors factory in Troup County, about 70 miles southwest of Atlanta. Atlanta-based Selig Enterprises and Southpoint Development said in a news release the project will straddle I-85 in LaGrange and cover more than 500 acres. It will include the previously announced Great Wolf Lodge hotel and water park, an open-air village town center and a separate retail outlet center. Hotels, offices, medical facilities and residences also are planned.


July 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Citizens Trust gets 8,000 applications after calls to "bank black"

David Allison reports that Atlanta's Citizens Trust Bank has gotten 8,000 applications from customers to join the bank in just five days, after protests over police shootings inspired calls for people to move their money into black-owned banks. Founded in 1921, Citizens Trust is the largest African-American-owned bank in Georgia and among the top five nationally.


July 18, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA ranked among top 100 universities worldwide for U.S. patents

James Hataway reports that the University of Georgia is ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide for the number of U.S. utility patents granted in 2015, according to a list released this week by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. The list, based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recognizes the important role patents play in facilitating the movement of university research discoveries into the marketplace.


July 18, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State University Receives $515,000 Grant to Continue Student Success Efforts

Andrea Jones reports that the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today (July 14) announced Georgia State University as one of seven institutions selected to participate in a three-year project to personalize learning and improve undergraduate education through adoption of adaptive courseware. Georgia State will receive $515,000 as part of a grant to adopt, implement and scale the use of adaptive courseware in high-enrollment courses to improve student success.


July 18, 2016 Albany Herald

Ga DOE receives grant focusing on social, emotional learning

Staff reports that Georgia has been selected, along with seven other states, to participate in the Collaborating States Initiative funded by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. The grant will allow Georgia to develop social-emotional learning standards, develop a strategy for professional learning, and update the Georgia Student Health Survey to include social and emotional learning.


July 18, 2016

Atlanta Attorneys Advise Russian Firm on $8 Billion Boeing Purchase

Trevor Williams reports that it was a good thing Robert “Bo” Strauss checked his spam folder that day. Buried amid nearly 200 emails offering questionable “treatments” and the usual financial phishing scams was one that caught the Atlanta attorney’s eye, having been marked as junk because it originated in Russia. “Fortunately I paid attention to that one, because it said something like ‘Boeing 747 expertise sought’,” Mr. Strauss remembered.


July 18, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Southern Co.'s pipeline deal is all about that gas

Damon Cline reports that it's nice to see there’s at least one pipeline deal that won’t get people in these parts up in arms. I’m referring, of course, to Southern Co.’s recently announced deal to buy a 50 percent stake in the Southern Natural Gas pipeline system from Kinder Morgan Inc. The natural gas deal has nothing – I repeat, nothing – to do with the controversial petroleum pipeline that Texas-based Kinder Morgan wanted to run through the Augusta area as part of a 360-mile South Carolina-to-Florida project known as the Palmetto Pipeline.


July 18, 2016 Brunswick News

Lousy brown shrimp season follow bountiful white shrimp harvest

Larry Hobbs reports that you could read the day’s catch across the weathered face of shrimper Bobby Ray Bennett, who stood at the bow of the Dora F around noon Friday as it sidled into the only empty berth at the City Market docks on Brunswick’s East River. The durable old boat was not the last one in from the day’s shrimping along the Golden Isles’ coast. It was the only boat that even bothered to go out in what is supposed to be the height of Georgia’s brown shrimp season.


July 18, 2016 GPB

Georgia Felons Find Purpose Fighting Fires

Leah Fleming reports that throughout his tenure, Governor Nathan Deal has pushed for criminal justice reform, including education and occupational training behind bars. That has more felons going from cell block to firehouse. In the middle of Chester, a rural town about an hour from Macon sits the Dodge State Prison. Ride through the open gate and you see the typical looking prison surrounded by barbed wire.


July 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The Georgian who is Mike Pence’s top adviser

Greg Bluestein reports that a familiar Georgia face is the right-hand man to Donald Trump’s running mate. The presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign said late Saturday that campaign wunderkind and Cobb County native Nick Ayers would serve as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s senior adviser. Ayers had a hand in several big Georgia races involving the Perdue family. (His wife is Sonny’s second cousin.)



July 15, 2016

Deal announces partnership with South Carolina to replace I-20 bridges

Staff reports, Gov. Nathan Deal today announced a partnership with South Carolina for an estimated $75 million project to replace existing Interstate 20 bridges over the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal and add lanes on I-20 to Exit 1 in South Carolina. The project will enhance safety and operations on both sides of the Savannah River.


July 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Lowering the Bar

Susan Percy writes, I was covering a fairly raucous city council meeting in a small California community a few years ago at which two of the members were at odds. At a critical moment in the debate, one called the other a “horse’s patoot.” There was an audible gasp in council chambers, and I was among those gasping. I hadn’t realized you could say that sort of thing in a public meeting.


July 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta posts Q2 profit, adjusts to Brexit with cuts

Staff reports that Delta Air Lines Inc.’s (NYSE: DAL) profit grew in the second quarter, but Brexit and other factors have pushed it to reduce the number of tickets available to the UK and abroad. The Atlanta-based airline reported its revenue dipped 2 percent to $10.4 billion in the period. Profit was up 4 percent to $1.5 billion, or $2.03 a share.


July 15, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Georgia delegation visits voestalpine headquarters

Neil McGahee reports that Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and a delegation from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Technical College System of Georgia visited the voestalpine Group headquarters in Linz, Austria Thursday as part of an economic development mission. The voestalpine Group, a steel-based technology and capital goods group operates a manufacturing operation — voestalpine Automotive Body Parts — in Cartersville that employs about 220 and generating an estimated $62 million into the local community.


July 15, 2016 Brunswick News

Ongoing study to determine possible marine industrial park

Gordon Jackson reports that while a developer looks for tenants for a proposed barge port in St. Marys, officials with the Camden County Joint Development Authority are considering other uses for parts of the industrial site. A feasibility study is underway to determine if a marine industrial park could be established on the site of a paper mill that was one of Camden County’s largest private employers for more than 70 years. The mill declared bankruptcy and closed in 2002, costing more than 900 employees their jobs.


July 15, 2016 GPB

Report: Poor Ratings For Nearly Half Of Georgia's Nursing Homes

Celeste Headlee and Linda Chen reports that nearly half of all nursing homes in Georgia have relatively low ratings. That’s according to a report last year by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The state consistently ranks at the bottom in terms of care and quality. We talk with Dr. Robert Burke from George Washington University about the challenges and need for quality long-term care. We also hear from Victoria Huynh of Atlanta about her own hurdles with her grandmother’s nursing care.


July 15, 2016

THRIVE Farmers Honored as Fastest Growing Middle Market Company in Georgia

Phil Bolton reports that when Chick-fil-A announced in August 2014 that it would offer coffee from the THRIVE Farmers cooperative in all of it outlets nationwide, the cooperative’s members knew that they would no longer be at the mercy of the vicissitudes of global markets and that their lives would be changed for the better. Global Atlanta earlier this year visited THRIVE Farmers’ chief sustainability officer, Kenneth Lander, at his farm in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica to learn about the cooperative’s overturning the traditional coffee supply chain so that the farmers would receive a larger share of the proceeds generated by the sale of their crops.


July 15, 2016 WABE 90.1

Medical Minute: The State Of Mental Health Care In Ga., U.S.

Dr. Ford Vox reports that on Thursday’s "Medical Minute," WABE's "Closer Look" host Jim Burress and contributor Dr. Ford Vox talk about the state of mental health care in America and the controversial connection to mass shootings. The numbers of psychiatrists are in decline, as are inpatient psychiatric beds, and a recent report ranked Georgia near the very bottom of states for access to mental health care. Does the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which recently passed the U.S. House, offer some hope?


July 15, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State University Receives $515,000 Grant to Continue Student Success Efforts

Staff reports that the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today (July 14) announced Georgia State University as one of seven institutions selected to participate in a three-year project to personalize learning and improve undergraduate education through adoption of adaptive courseware.


July 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cousins Properties taps Colin Connolly as COO

Staff reports that Atlanta-based real estate investment trust Cousins Properties Inc. (NYSE: CUZ) promoted Colin Connolly to chief operating officer. Cousins said Connolly will still lead new investments, dispositions and asset management for the company.


July 15, 2016 Albany Herald Georgia

Democratic Party reacts to Rep. Gerald Greene’s comments

Carlton Fletcher reports that the state Democratic Party has responded to comments made by House District 151 Rep. Gerald Greene in an article that appeared in Wednesday’s Albany Herald. Georgia Democratic Party Communications Director Michael Smith sent an email to The Herald in response to Greene’s stated concerns about the Rev. Kenneth Zachary’s candidacy for the the HD 151 seat a short time after Zachary, who is pastor of three small Southwest Georgia churches, was disqualified from running for sheriff in Calhoun County.


July 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

President Obama will be in Atlanta next month to fundraise for Hillary Clinton

Tamar Hallerman reports that President Barack Obama broke the ice earlier this month and campaigned with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in North Carolina. Now he’ll be coming to Atlanta to help her raise money.The President will be the special guest at a fundraiser held at the home of business executive Andy Prozes, the former CEO of LexisNexis Group, and Laura Heery, an architect and strategist, on August 1, per an invitation obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.



 July 14, 2016 Georgia Health News

Ga. health care markets show improvements, but also big gaps

Andy Miller reports that seven Georgia urban markets saw general improvement in their health care systems from 2011 through 2014, according to a new national study released Thursday. But each of the seven metropolitan areas was ranked in the bottom half of the 306 U.S. communities evaluated in the Commonwealth Fund’s health system ‘’scorecard.”


July 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Skyline Park

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, the  retro-themed Skyline Park — complete with putt-putt, carnival-style games and cotton candy — opened on the roof of Ponce City Market in Atlanta on July 1.


July 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Google plans high-speed business offering

Leon Stafford reports that Google plans to offer high-speed fiber internet service to small businesses in metro Atlanta, expanding its challenge to market giants AT&T and Comcast. The search giant, which is building a 1-gigabit network for residential homes, this week said fast download speeds are coming for business customers as well in the company’s bid to become a player in internet connections.


July 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia No. 5 most energy-expensive state in America

Phil W. Hudson reports, you may want to think twice before cranking up the air conditioning during these hot Georgia summer months. According to the Washington, D.C.-based personal finance website WalletHub, Georgia is the No. 5 most energy-expensive state in America.


July 14, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

Metro Athens among nation's best cities for teachers, group says

Lee Shearer reports that the Athens metropolitan area is one of the best places in the country for K-12 teachers, and the second-best in Georgia, according to the data-crunching website GoodCall.


July 14, 2016 Georgia Tech

Engineered “Sand” May Help Cool Electronic Devices

John Toon reports that Baratunde Cola would like to put sand into your computer. Not beach sand, but silicon dioxide nanoparticles coated with a high dielectric constant polymer to inexpensively provide improved cooling for increasingly power-hungry electronic devices. The silicon dioxide doesn't do the cooling itself. Instead, the unique surface properties of the coated nanoscale material conduct the heat at potentially higher efficiency than existing heat sink materials.


July 14, 2016 Brunswick News, Marietta Daily Journal

Judge hears closing statements on Sea Island permit

Ricky Leroux reports that after hearing more than four hours of closing statements on Wednesday, the judge presiding over the appeal of Sea Island’s permit for a jetty project that would create a new beach announced she will make a decision in about six weeks.


July 14, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia sea turtle nests pass recovery target of 2,800, could hit 3,000 this year, DNR says

Terry Dickson reports that as Georgia has passed its recovery target of 2,800 endangered loggerhead sea turtle nests four years early and should easily each 3,000 by the end of the season, the coordinator of the state's sea turtle program said. As of Tuesday, monitors had documented 2,810 sea turtle nests on the beaches of state's barrier islands with perhaps a month left in the nesting season, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said.


July 14, 2016 Times Free Press

Ongoing wildfire continues to spread on Lookout Mountain

Staff reports that ongoing wildfire has been spreading on Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia, two sources have confirmed to the Times Free Press. The fire began Monday morning and has been spreading since, according to a Georgia Forestry Commission ranger and a spokesperson with Dade County Emergency Services. The fire is on the side of a bluff with a creek at the bottom, and firefighters have been unable to reach its location, according to the spokesperson.


July 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Sam Olens joins President Obama’s discussion on ‘justice for all Americans’

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that President Barack Obama on Wednesday hosted a meeting at the White House on Wednesday of governors, mayors, police chiefs, activists, civil rights leaders and state and federal law enforcement officials to “have a conversation about ways we can keep people safe, build community trust and ensure justice for all Americans.” The four-hour meeting came on the heels of fatal police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis, the massacre of police in Dallas and the resulting protests in Atlanta and cities around the country.



July 13, 2016 WABE 90.1

Study: How Appalachian Trail Is Affected By Its Own Popularity

Molly Samuels reports that a team of scientists is camping on the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia this week, studying how it's affected by its own popularity. Georgia has one of the busiest stretches of the more than 2,000-mile trail, said Jeff Marion, who studies recreation ecology at the U.S. Geological Survey and Virginia Tech.


Juy 13, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Minding Your Business

Ralph Ellis reports, one of the truisms of the modern world is that you’ll be hacked sooner or later. It’s a matter of when, not if. “Everybody’s under attack all the time,” says Chris Rouland, a cybersecurity industry veteran and founder of the Atlanta-based startup Bastille. “For bigger companies, the general consensus is if you think you haven’t been hacked, you just don’t know it yet.”


July 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta leads the competition in on-time performance in June

Lewis Lazare reports that June marked the start of the peak summer travel season. But it also saw a shocking slump in on-time performance among the four largest domestic carriers. Only one of the four domestic majors, perennial frontrunner Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL), managed to crack 80 percent in on-time arrival performance.


June 13, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Shareholder: AMC’s buyout of Europe theater chain shows Carmike deal ‘fatally flawed’

Tony Adams reports that AMC Entertainment Holding’s bid for the largest theater company in Europe for $1.2 billion shows its deal for Carmike Cinemas is vastly undervalued, one of Carmike’s vocal shareholders said Tuesday. “There can no longer be any shadow of a doubt, Carmike’s board failed to realize anywhere close to a reasonable fair value for CKEC’s non-management shareholders in this fatally flawed transaction,” New York-based investment firm, Mittleman Brothers, said in a statement emailed to the Ledger-Enquirer.


June 13, 2016 Gainesville Times

Northeast Georgia Medical Center physician places first dissolvable stent in Georgia

Nick Watson reports that Northeast Georgia Medical Center cardiologist implanted the first dissolvable heart stent in a patient Monday, a new treatment option for coronary artery disease approved last week. The stent created by Abbott Laboratories was approved last week by the Food and Drug Administration. The Gainesville hospital is the first center in the state to offer the treatment. Dr. Christopher Leach, Northeast Georgia Medical Center interventional cardiologist who performed the operation, said the stent is “an excellent opportunity for our center and our practice.”


July 13, 2016 Brunswick News  

New and safer warehouse arises a year after fiery destruction

Larry Hobbs reports, this time last year, city firefighters were still hosing down hotspots in the smoldering ruins of a Montreal-based shipping conglomerate’s multi-million dollar investment in the Port of Brunswick. The towering blaze that erupted on July 11, 2015, destroyed two massive warehouses storing incendiary wood pellets, dropping fiery debris on neighboring homes and sparking a 12-hour firefight engaged by more than 70 firefighters from throughout the region.


July 13, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

SYKES coming to Rome

Doug Walker reports that SYKES Enterprises, a Denver-based multi-national corporation is bringing a new call center to Rome.  The company expects to make a formal announcement of its plans to locate in the former Dell Services building, 125 Legacy Drive, off Technology Parkway, during an event tentatively scheduled for Aug. 2. SYKES provides customer care services on behalf of major corporations across several industries: retail, healthcare, financial services, technology, and telecommunications.


July 13, 2016 Georgia Health News

Schools become the front lines in the battle against bullying

Judi Kanne reports, years ago, in the aftermath of the Columbine school shootings and a bullying-related suicide, Georgia became the first state to pass bullying legislation aimed at schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Initially, Georgia law required schools to implement programs in character education, which explicitly addressed prevention of bullying. The Georgia Legislature added another bill last year that modified the official definition of bullying to include acts of cyberbullying, which can occur through the use of electronic communication, whether or not such act originated on school property or with school equipment.


July 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia tax revenue growth slows in June

Dave Williams reports that Georgia tax revenues were up only slightly last month, Gov. Nathan Deal reported Tuesday. Net tax collections for June were about $1.91 billion, an increase of just 0.7 percent compared to June of last year. Including revenue from the transportation funding bill passed by the General Assembly last year – $77 million in June – net revenues for the month were up by 5 percent over June 2015. The transportation funding legislation didn’t take effect until last July.


July 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Newt Gingrich VP speculation roars back as Fox News suspends contract

Tamar Hallerman reports that former House speaker Newt Gingrich is the subject of a new round of Donald Trump vice presidential buzz after Fox News announced it suspended its contract with the ex-Georgia lawmaker in order to avoid a potential conflict of interest. For a few days, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was receiving the lion’s share of the spotlight, but the timing of the announcement from the cable network had many in the political world talking.




July 12, 2016 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Home Depot Co-Founder Making Big Impact In Atlanta Health Care

Ellie Hensley reports, when Bernie Marcus had bypass surgery at Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead, the staff was great, he said. But the facility, in his opinion was not. Cardiac services were spread out, which meant patients had to travel to different floors. Rather than complain, the 87-year-old gave $75 million to Piedmont for a new medical office tower. It would house the hospital’s cardiac services under one roof.


July 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Nominate the state’s Legal Elite

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who  do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 29, 2016, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 14 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2016 issue.


July 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Southern Co. ups bet on natural gas, buying pipeline for $1.5 billion

Russell Grantham reports that Southern Co. is buying a 50 percent stake in a Houston company’s 7,600-mile pipeline network, adding to the utility’s growing bet on power from natural gas.The $1.5 billion deal, announced Sunday evening, creates a joint venture between Kinder Morgan’s Southern Natural Gas pipeline and Atlanta-based Southern, an electric utility.


July 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Two Georgia schools among Forbes' Top 25 public colleges in U.S.

Carla Caldwell reports that two Georgia universities are among Forbes’ choices for 2016 Top 25 public colleges in the U.S. The new rankings have Georgia Tech at No. 15 (No. 89 overall, including private colleges) and University of Georgia at No. 17 (No. 95 overall). Forbes worked with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity to rank the schools.


July 12, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA sets new fundraising record with total of $183.8 million

Lee Shearer reports that University of Georgia has shattered its one-year fundraising record, thanks largely to $25 million that football boosters gave to help build a new indoor practice field. Overall, UGA announced a fundraising total of $183.8 million in gifts and pledges, breaking last year's $144.2 million total - the previous records - by $39.6 million.


July 12, 2016 Albany Herald

Albany Technical College announces new work force development program

Staff reports that Albany Technical College’s Center for Business Solutions and the Technical College System of Georgia, in partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and the Albany-Dougherty Industry Roundtable, have announced a new work force development program. The new program, Industrial Operations Technician certification, is the first of its kind in Georgia.


July 12, 2016 Brunswick News

Manatee research ongoing off Cumberland coast

Gordon Jackson reports that manatees may move slowly, but they are capable of traveling farther most people would think possible. They have been seen as far north as Rhode Island and the Hudson River in New York. But a recent study of manatees tagged with radio tracking devices off the coast of Cumberland Island has revealed unexpected behavior. Researchers recently tracked a group of the animals in open ocean about three miles off the Georgia coast.


July 12, 2016 Georgia Health News

Medicaid expansion: Much debated but still not studied in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that no study of potential savings from Medicaid expansion has occurred in Georgia, industry experts say. The option to expand Medicaid to adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which most states have approved, would extend coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Georgians. A state has the option to decline or accept expansion of Medicaid, but its plan for expansion must get U.S. government approval to qualify for the additional federal funds.


July 12, 2016 Georgia CEO

Fortune Ranks Aflac No. 5 Best Workplace in the Fortune 500

Staff reports that Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the worksite in the United States, announced it ranked No. 5 on FORTUNE magazine's list of the Best Workplaces in the Fortune 500. One of only 16 Fortune 500 companies to appear on Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work list in 2016, the company, which has 18 consecutive appearances on that list, was compared to other companies in the Fortune 500 in a recent article published at


July 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

When JetBlue plans Atlanta return

Carla Caldwell reports that low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways Corp. (NASDAQ: JBLU) sent a letter of intent to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, saying the New York-based carrier plans to resume service to Atlanta in September 2017. The airline plans 16 daily flights as long as it can get access to two gates suitable for large aircraft “and higher end business and leisure travelers that JetBlue is targeting in the Atlanta market,” reports Tribune News Service.


July 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

‘Keep Georgia Schools Local’ coalition takes aim at Nathan Deal’s school takeover bid

Greg Buestein reports that the factions opposing Gov. Nathan Deal’s school takeover plan forged a united campaign aimed at defeating the constitutional amendment in November. Called the Committee to Keep Georgia Schools Local, the group includes the Georgia Association of Educators, the Georgia AFL-CIO, Better Georgia, the Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta and a half-dozen other organizations. They kicked off a statewide campaign over the weekend at Piedmont Park.



July 11, 2016 Georgia CEO

Georgia Manufacturing Remains Sluggish in June

Staff reports that Georgia manufacturing saw its second consecutive month in decline, according to the Purchasing Managers Index released by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. June’s PMI of 49.3 fell below 50, the minimum benchmark for growth for the second month. This decline has been driven by anemic new orders and downward adjustments for production and employment.


July 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Tell us how we’re doing with the reader survey

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, what do you think about Georgia Trend’s July issue? Now through July 15, tell us what you liked best, what you didn’t and what you’d like to see more of in the pages of Georgia Trend. Your participation in this brief survey – just 10 questions – will help us deliver the stories and news to help you, our readers, learn more about the broad and diverse state we live and do business in, run your business well and thrive in your career.


July 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Underground redo could expand to Peachtree Street

J. Scott Trubey reports that the planned redevelopment of Underground Atlanta could expand the tiered downtown complex to include more than a dozen nearby historic buildings. Kevin Rogers, an executive with developer WRS, said Thursday his firm is about 30 to 60 days away from closing on its purchase of Underground.


July 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia's Top Public Companies and Highest-Paid Executives of Georgia Public Companies

Courtney O'Neal reports Atlanta Business Chronicle’s July 8, 2016, issue features listings of Georgia’s Top 50 Public Companies and the top 30 Highest-Paid Executives of Georgia Public Companies. The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) ranks at the top of Public Companies– ranked by 2015 revenue – with an impressive $88.5 billion in revenue last year, a 6.4% increase from 2014’s $83.2 billion.


July 11, 2016 GPB

Sitting Down With The Director Of The CDC

Celeste Headlee and Sean Powers report the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been under the leadership of Dr. Tom Frieden since 2009.  The CDC director has a long history as an advocate for public health. He speaks with us about his agency’s work researching some of the latest global concerns including the Zika virus, ebola, HIV/AIDS, mental health and gun violence.


July 11, 2016 Georgia CEO

PulteGroup's Built to Honor Program to Donate Its 40th Home to a Wounded Veteran & Family

Staff reports that the dream of homeownership is about to become reality for a 40th veteran and his family through PulteGroup's Built to Honor program.  This newest award marks a significant milestone in PulteGroup's efforts to support our nation's servicemen and women. On Friday, July 8 at 9 a.m., Retired U.S. Army Sgt. John Jaramillo and his family will receive a new mortgage-free Centexhome in the Greater Tampa Bay area – Built to Honor's 40th home dedication.


July 11, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

St. Simons Land Trust selects environmental lawyer as new executive director

Terry Dickson reports that the St. Simons Land Trust has chosen environmental lawyer David Pope to replace Ben Slade, a founder and current executive director of the 16-year-old conservation organization. Pope is the director of the Georgia and Alabama offices of the Southern Environmental Law Center and will assume leadership of the Land Trust Oct. 1, the Land Trust said Friday in a release.


July 11, 2016 11Alive

Delta responds to post removal on social media after backlash

Staff reports that Delta Air Lines has responded after taking backlash for removing posts referencing support for the black community from an internal social media page. The post was allegedly geared toward supporting the community after officer involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.


July 11, 2016 UGA

UGA moves up to No. 17 on Forbes list of top 25 public U.S. colleges

David Bill reports that the University of Georgia moved up one spot to rank No. 17 on the Forbes "Top 25 Public Colleges 2016" list released this week. Forbes ranked 660 public and private colleges and universities using factors that the publication says favor "output over input. Our sights are set directly on return on investment: What are students getting out of college."


July 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Supreme Court OKs lawsuit against SunTrust Bank

Dave Williams reports that the representative of a deceased plaintiff got the go-ahead from the Georgia Supreme Court Friday to attempt to mount a class-action lawsuit against SunTrust Bank. The late Jeff Bickerstaff, now represented by his mother, took the bank to court in 2010 claiming he was charged exorbitant overdraft fees in violation of Georgia’s usury laws.


July 11, 2016 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

‘The Walking Dead’ town of Woodbury to get zombie geocache trail

Tony Adams reports that fans of AMC’s hit zombie suspense thriller series, “The Walking Dead,” are waiting for the seventh season to begin in October. But a geocache trail playing off the show should be ready before this month is out, centering on the town of Woodbury, Ga. “Much of the story line features the fictitious town of Woodbury,” said Carolyn McKinley, executive director of the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce.


July 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One way Newt Gingrich might have learned about being black in America

Jim Galloway reports that on Friday, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich – to the surprise of many – said this in the aftermath of last week’s violence: “If you are a normal white American, the truth is you don’t understand being black in America and you instinctively underestimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk.”



July 8, 2016 Georgia Health News

Atlanta childbirth prices low by national standards, study says

Andy Miller reports that prices for a regular baby delivery in the Atlanta area range from $5,831 to $10,700, with an average price of $8,497, a report says. That average figure for vaginal deliveries places Atlanta 18th among 30 U.S. cities studied in the Castlight Health report, released last week.


July 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that tourism is up: The state’s tourism industry generated $58.9 billion in business sales in 2015, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. The record-breaking growth represents a 3 percent increase over 2014 and is 29 percent greater than the pre-recession levels of 2008.


July 8, 2016

World Affairs Council President Shapiro Upbeat About Prospects for Delta Flights to Havana

Phil Bolton reports that World Affairs Council of Atlanta President Charles Shapiro was elated Thursday upon learning of the news that the U.S. Department of Transportation tentatively granted nonstop commercial airline service to Havana, Cuba, from Atlanta as well as a host of other cities. While the approval remains tentative with a deadline for objections to be filed by July 22 and responses seven days later, the possibility of nonstop flights from Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport aboard Delta Air Lines Inc. planes provided him with an emotional uplift.


July 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Frontier discontinuing some routes for winter season

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that ultra low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines will discontinue a number of its routes from Atlanta for the winter season. Denver-based Frontier will discontinue flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee and Raleigh-Durham at the end of August. It will also discontinue flights from Hartsfield-Jackson to Austin, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio, Pittsburgh and St. Louis at the end of October.


July 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Grady Health System first in Georgia to acquire BrightMatter brain surgery technology

Ellie Hensley reports that Atlanta-based Grady Health System acquired Toronto-based Synaptive Medical's BrightMatter technology, which helps doctors visualize activity in patients' brains to intervene in situations of stroke or tumor. Grady is the first hospital in Georgia to acquire the technology.


July 8, 2016 Georgia Times-Union, Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

UGa father-daughter researchers say medical marijuana can cut prescription costs

Lee Shearer reports that medical marijuana has the potential to reduce national prescription drug costs by $1 billion or more a year, research just published by a University of Georgia father-daughter research team indicates. David Bradford and Ashley Bradford analyzed Medicare Part D data from the 17 states that legalized medical uses of marijuana as of 2013, plus the District of Columbia; 25 states have now approved medical marijuana in some fashion, including Georgia, each with a different set of rules.


July 8, 2016 Washington Post

The Little Mermaid should have kept her tail — it might have helped fish walk

Sarah Kaplan reports, using three models — one mathematical, one robotic and the third an animal that lives today, the authors of a new study published in the journal Science this week illustrate that fish might have used their tails to propel themselves up sandy slopes of ancient beaches when they first crawled onto shore. It's inelegant, acknowledged David Goldman, a physicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an author of the study — a far cry from the gazelles and horses and cheetahs whose graceful gait we so admire.


July 8, 2016 WABE 90.1

Report: Georgia's Early Education Teachers Need A Raise

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia's early education teachers needs a raise. That’s one of the findings of a new report from the University of California at Berkeley. The Early Childhood Workforce Index says most states don’t pay early education teachers well enough. Megan Gunnar, a professor of childhood development at the University of Minnesota, helped develop the index. She says it takes strong teachers to work with kids under the age of five.


July 8, 2016 Brunswick News

Richland Rum presents at One Million Cups

Lindsey Adkison reports that on Wednesday morning, nearly every seat at Tipsy McSway’s in downtown Brunswick was occupied as almost 70 people  awaited the start of July’s One Million Cups meeting. Spearheaded by Skip Mounts, dean and professor of economics at College of Coastal Georgia, the national program is designed to offer local business leaders and entrepreneurs a place to meet monthly to discuss strategies as well as challenges they face.


July 8, 2016 Saporta Report

Fulton County commissioners and mayors to review transportation projects   

Maria Saporta reports that Fulton County, minus the City of Atlanta, has put together a draft list of transportation projects for the next five years with the potential revenue ranging from $484 million to $655 million. The Fulton County Commissioners are holding a special called meeting on Thursday morning with the mayors of the 13 Fulton County cities not including Atlanta. At that point, they will review a draft of the project list, which they helped put together.


July 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia GOP lawmakers line up behind Donald Trump after first meeting

Tamer Hallerman reports that most Republican members of Georgia’s congressional delegation huddled with Donald Trump for the first time this morning, and many offered rosy views of the presumptive nominee after emerging from the confab. The goal of the roughly hour-long meeting, held near the GOP’s campaign headquarters just a stone’s throw from the U.S. Capitol, was to build bridges with members of the party in the lead up to the Republican convention. More than 200 Housed lawmakers were reportedly in attendance, as was Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.



July 7, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Ports awarded $44 million grant to expand rail, help traffic

Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Georgia Ports Authority has received a $44 million “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” — or FAST — grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to increase rail capacity at the Port of Savannah. GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch credited the Georgia Congressional delegation, including Reps. Buddy Carter and Rob Woodall and Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, for their dedicated support and commitment to the program.


July 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Good Summer Reads

Neely Young writes, hopefully most of you, our readers, are at the beach or in the mountains taking a hard-earned vacation. Be sure and bring a lot of sunscreen and an extra bottle of wine to sip while you are enjoying the sunsets. And you will need plenty of books to read. Here are a few recommendations.


July 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing

New renderings of Underground Atlanta re-development revealed

J. Scott Trubey reports that Underground Atlanta looks like it’s going high-rise. New renderings of the project by South Carolina developer WRS show two glass and steel towers and mid-rise structures over a grocery store and the existing tiered downtown shopping mall.


July 7 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed drops economic growth forecast for Q2

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is less optimistic about the future of the economy than it was just days ago. On July 1, the Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth in the second quarter was 2.6 percent. But on July 6, that estimate dropped to 2.4 percent. The growth rate of real GDP is a key indicator of economic activity. The Atlanta Fed projected real GDP growth of 1.7 percent on May 4.


July 7, 2016 Gainesville Times

Recruiting event set for background check company coming to Flowery Branch

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor will help Wholesale Screening Solutions recruit 50 research analysts to work in Flowery Branch. The background check company, which is a subsidiary of the Lowers Risk Group, plans to hire for those positions by October. The recruitment will be held on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the GDOL’s Gainesville Career Center located at 2756 Atlanta Highway. GDOL staff will be available to screen applicants. 


July 7, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gateway, branding projects among short-term goals for county leaders

Curt Yeomans reports, while most people count sheep when they climb into bed and get ready to go to sleep, Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman sometimes  counts places where the county put a gateway entry welcoming people to Gwinnett. The goals came out of the commission’s recent two-day strategic planning retreat that was held at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center at the end of May. A large bit of conversation at that retreat ended up circling around creating a sense of place in the county and finding a symbol — or symbols — that best represent what the county is all about.


July 7, 2016 Georgia Health News

Children’s Healthcare deal may be sign of things to come

Andy Miller reports that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s new affiliation with an Athens health system is the first such partnership for the pediatric organization. But it may not be the last. Dr. Dan Salinas, chief medical officer for Children’s Healthcare, told GHN recently that “we’re open to other types of discussions with other systems.”


July 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Tellus Science Musuem

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you should let those STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects grow cold. Get in touch with your inner scientists or just have fun with STEM at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville. Permanent exhibits include fossils and dinosaurs; gems, rocks and minerals; and science in motion.


July 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta No. 5 American city to launch tech startup

Phil W. Hudson reports, want to launch a tech startup? Atlanta may be the spot for you to drop anchor. According to a recent report by Wayne, Pa.-based Sungard Availability Services Capital Inc., Atlanta is the No. 5 best city in the United States to launch a tech startup.


July 7, 2016

Trump and Georgia GOP on Collision Course Over Trade

Phil W. Bolton reports, for Global Atlanta readers following U.S. trade policy, Jim Galloway‘s “Political Insider” column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution of July 2 is a must read. In it, the veteran journalist and columnist delineates the gulf separating the traditional Georgia Republican Party’s opinion that “When we trade, we win” with presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s “slightly different take: When we trade, we’re cheated.”


July 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Donald Trump promises role for Newt Gingrich in administration

Tamar Hallerman reports that Donald Trump campaigned with Newt Gingrich for the first time this evening in Ohio, and while the billionaire did not disclose whether he’d pick the former Georgia lawmaker as a running mate he did promise some sort of role for him in a Trump administration. The reaction from the crowd? “Newt! Newt!”



July 6, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia To Receive $16 Million Grant To Help Schools Improve

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia will soon get $16 million in federal money through what’s known as the School Improvement Grant program, or SIG. The program aims to turn around states’ lowest-performing schools. Schools that participate have to adopt one of four improvement models. For example, some administrators and teachers might be replaced; a school might convert to a charter school; or it could shut down and reopen under different leadership.


July 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Fitzgerald/Ben Hill County: Right on Track

K.K. Snyder reports that since last September Jason Dunn has spent his days assessing the needs and assets of the county where he grew up and, after 20 years away, has returned as the new executive director of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Development Authority. The county, located in south central Georgia about 25 miles off Interstate 75, has a rich history and a strong agricultural base but is also home to more than 30 industries, many of which are growing exponentially.


July 6, 2016 New York Times 

Piles of Dirty Secrets Behind a Model ‘Clean Coal’ Project

Ian Urbina reports that fortress of steel and concrete towering above the pine forest here is a first-of-its-kind power plant that was supposed to prove that “clean coal” was not an oxymoron — that it was possible to produce electricity from coal in a way that emits far less pollution, and to turn a profit while doing so. The plant and its owner, Southern Company, are the focus of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, and ratepayers, alleging fraud, are suing the company.


July 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Co. blasts NYT report utility tried to hide problems at Kemper plant

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) is taking issue with a New York Times report that says the utility tried to hide problems at subsidiary Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County clean-coal technology plant. Problems at the Kemper plant are due to “mismanagement and fraud,” the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing a whistle blower and several plant engineers.


July 6, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA Skidaway Institute receives funding for regional glider network

Mike Sullivan reports that University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researcher Catherine Edwards is leading a team that has received a five-year, $750,000 grant from the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association, or SECOORA, to establish a regional glider network. Also known as autonomous underwater vehicles, the gliders are torpedo-shaped crafts that can be packed with sensors and sent on underwater missions to collect oceanographic data.


July 6 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Meets Big Data Challenges by Uniting Under New Institute

Staff reports that Georgia Institute of Technology is tackling the challenges of big data by creating the new Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS). Announced today, the new Interdisciplinary Research Institute (IRI) will unite researchers across Georgia Tech, foster important partnerships with industry, and play a key role in building the community of the recently announced Coda building in Technology Square.


July 6, 2016 Georgia State University

Aviragen Therapeutics Licenses Georgia State Technology to Develop Antiviral Therapies

Brian Mullen reports that Georgia State University Research Foundation (GSURF) has entered into a licensing and sponsored research agreement with Aviragen Therapeutics, Inc., a Georgia-based pharmaceutical company developing the next generation of antivirals, to develop and commercialize respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) replication inhibitors. RSV infection is the leading cause of virus-induced death among children below one year of age.


July 6, 2016 Georgia Health News

Her favorite zombie: How games helped worker get healthy

Judi Kanne reports that when the president of her company announced plans for a team-building exercise through a computer program, Jane LaSalle had no idea it would lead to a significant weight loss for herself. Nor did LaSalle realize that it would accomplish what health-and-lifestyle gurus have been working on for years — behavioral changes for those who need them to improve their health. Captivated by a computer-automated program that was developed by an Atlanta-based company, she lost her excess weight and even fell in love — though the company offers no guarantees on finding romance.


July 6, 2016 Georgia CEO

Parent Company for The Heritage Bank Announces $26M Capital Raise

Staff reports that Liberty Shares, Inc., the parent company of The Heritage Bank, announced the successful completion of the previously announced $26 million capital raise.  The company issued approximately 3.5 million shares at a purchase price of $7.50.  The raise was led by Kenneth R. Lehman, a private and seasoned bank investor, with the remaining capital being received primarily from outside accredited investors.


July 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

What Jim Barksdale really said about terrorism

Jim Galloway reports that more than a month, in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, Republicans have used some rather indistinct sound they captured at a meeting of Hall County Democrats to attack Jim Barksdale, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, for being soft on terrorism.



July 5, 2016 Saporta Report

Savannah port wins EPA air quality award for electric gantries   

David Pendered reports that a first-of-its-kind gantry at the state port in Savannah has won a 2016 Clean Air Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The gantries that move cargo between ships and docks will be powered by mainly by electricity, rather than diesel. The shift is intended to save money on fuel and reduce the emission of air pollutants.


July 5, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Legislative Recap: Progress, Compromises and Taking a Stand

Susan Percy reports that vetoes loomed larger than legislation this year, and what didn’t get done all but overshadowed what did. Gov. Nathan Deal stole lawmakers’ thunder when he vetoed HB 757, the Act To Protect Religious Freedoms, which would have permitted businesses to refuse services to the LGBT community under certain circumstances. And again, when he vetoed HB 859, which would have allowed guns on public college campuses, and HB 1060, which would have made it harder for churches to keep weapons out.


July 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GM site developer may try Plan B for public funding

Mark Niesse and J. Scott Trubey report that private developers and the city of Doraville are working on backup plans to generate taxpayer money for an ambitious redevelopment of the former General Motors plant. City officials and the development team at the Integral Group are seeking funding for costly but needed infrastructure connecting the site to the rest of the city and to a nearby MARTA train station.


July 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia, South Carolina banks complete merger

Carla Caldwell reports that Blairsville, Ga.-based United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) has completed its merger with Mt. Pleasant, S.C.-based Tidelands Bancshares, Inc. (OTC Pink:TDBK). The merger was effective Friday. Also effective Friday, Tidelands’ bank subsidiary, Tidelands Bank, merged into United’s bank subsidiary, United Community Bank, the companies said in a prepared statement.


July 5, 2016 Albany Herald

Dorothy Hubbard named GMA’s first vice president

Carlton Fletcher reports that in a part of the state that certainly has its economic issues, Southwest Georgia also suffers from something of an identity crisis when it comes to being overshadowed by the state’s capital city. That’s why, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said last week, holding an office like first vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association is more than just a resume-padder for her.


July 5, 2016 Brunswick News

St. Marys festival draws thousands

Gordon Jackson reports that crowds gathered early Monday in downtown St. Marys to celebrate the nation’s 240th birthday. They cheered and applauded as public safety vehicles, with sirens blaring and lights flashing, kicked off an hour-long parade that attracted thousands of people. The largest cheers were saved for the Navy and Coast Guard participants on the mile-long parade route to the city’s waterfront. They also cheered when the National Park Service vehicles drove by. The Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday and was named the parade’s grand marshal.


July 5, 2016 New York Times

Big Solar Is Leaving Rooftop Systems in the Dust

Staff reports that large-scale solar is taking off even in states without policies promoting green power. Georgia, for example, was the sixth-largest U.S. solar market last year with very little rooftop solar. “We don't need mandates," said Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, a member of the Georgia Public Service Commission, who is widely credited with helping jumpstart the state's solar industry.


July 5, 2016 WABE 90.1

New Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Expansion Takes Effect

Elly Yu reports that a new state law that allows for an expansion of criminal justice reforms went into effect this month. It's the fifth set of reforms Georgia has been working on to overhaul the system. The reform package, which took recommendations from the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, is broad. It includes creating charter schools in correctional facilities, reforming school discipline procedures, and preventing professional licensing boards from denying licenses to people based solely on their criminal history.


July 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern-AGL merger completed

Dave Williams reports that Southern Co. and AGL Resources Inc. announced the completion of their merger Friday, creating the nation’s second-largest utility. The $12 billion deal combines 11 electric and natural-gas distribution companies serving 9 million customers with a projected regulated rate base of $50 billion and a generating capacity of 44,000 megawatts. With nearly 200,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines and more than 80,000 miles of natural gas pipelines, the combined company will serve customers in Georgia and eight other states in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest.


July 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Randy Evans: The Georgia man in the middle of the RNC

Greg Bluestein reports that one of the most important figures at the Republican National Convention this month is Georgia delegate Randy Evans, a well-connected lawyer and master of the arcane rules that could decide Donald Trump’s nomination. Evans is a partner at the legal giant Dentons who represents Gov. Nathan Deal, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and leads the Republican National Lawyers Association as well as Georgia’s judicial nominating commission.



July 1, 2016 Georgia Health News

Piedmont, United fail to reach new deal as clock runs out

Andy Miller reports that eleventh-hour contract talks between Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare ended Thursday evening without an agreement. So starting at midnight, five Piedmont hospitals, along with Piedmont physicians, would be out of network to tens of thousands of United members.


July 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Amazing, Tragic, Iconic and Surprising Legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that twenty years ago this month, Atlanta pulled off an amazing feat of hospitality, economic development, infrastructure improvements, civic pride and just plain fun that some folks weren't actually sure would happen right up until the start of the Opening Ceremony.


July 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS, pilots reach deal on new labor contract

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS has reached a deal with its pilots union on a new labor contract.The agreement is for a five-year contract, which will be up for a vote by the 2,600 rank-and-file UPS pilots.The pilots union at UPS, the Independent Pilots Association, said it will present it to its members with “an unqualified recommendation for ratification,” according to the union’s president Robert Travis in a written statement.


July 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia lands $16.5 million grant for lowest-achieving schools

Phil W. Hudson reports that the U.S. Department of Education awarded a large grant to the Peach State. Georgia was awarded more than $16.5 million in grants to help turn around the state’s “persistently lowest-achieving schools” as part of the DOE’s School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.


July 1, 2016

Istanbul Attacks: Flights Running, but Will Terror Threaten Viability of New Atlanta Route?

Trevor Williams reports that just over a month ago, the first Turkish Airlines passengers landed in Atlanta, sharing stories of eating festive cupcakes in the Istanbul airport to celebrate the inaugural departure from Turkey’s cultural and business center. Last night, a different set of travelers arrived here only to learn the macabre news of a tragedy they narrowly avoided.


July 1, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Pratt & Whitney to pump $65 million into its Columbus Engine Center

Tony Adams reports that aerospace company Pratt & Whitney said Thursday it is investing $65 million into an overhaul of its Columbus Engine Center on Macon Road. The company, which has operated in Columbus for about three decades, said it is retrofitting and installing new equipment to handle maintenance on its “PurePower Geared Turbofan” engine. Pratt also has a parts forging facility and an operation called PCI on the site in east Columbus.


July 1, 2016

Deal announces 2016 AmeriCorps grants

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia organizations will receive more than $3.7 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service. This will fund grants and education scholarships for 481 AmeriCorps members serving in 19 nonprofit and public agencies. “Communities need a broad range of assets to stay healthy, support job growth and compete in our global economy,” said Deal.


July 1, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA Small Business Development Center among Georgia Trend’s best places to work

Allan Adams reports that the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is one of Georgia Trend magazine's 2016 "Best Places to Work in Georgia." The evaluation, conducted by the Best Companies Group in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, looks at employees' views on leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, and overall engagement.


July 1, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Researchers prep for historic Jupiter mission

Jason Maderer reports that on the Fourth of July, Paul Steffes will stare into the Pasadena, California, evening sky. He will not look for fireworks. Instead, his gaze will focus on the heavens while his ears brace for a beep generated 520 million miles away. It will be an American achievement he’s waited on for 11 years. Steffes, a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a member of the Juno Science Team. He’ll be in California with fellow team members on Independence Day as the spacecraft reaches its destination: Jupiter.


July 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

The curtain may fall on AMC's $1.1B bid for Carmike

Brian Kaberline reports that AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. said Thursday that its proposed $1.1 billion acquisition of Columbus, Ga.-based Carmike Cinemas Inc. "is now at considerable risk." AMC (NYSE: AMC) issued a statement after news broke that Carmike (Nasdaq: CKEC) would push back a shareholders meeting scheduled for Thursday at which the deal would be up for a vote. The decision to delay the meeting until July 15 was made at AMC's request, according to a Carmike release.


July 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Insider Brian Kemp tries to quell a nurses revolt

Jim Galloway, Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report that if Secretary of State Brian Kemp runs for higher office, he first needs to quell a rebellion among one of Georgia’s most important constituencies. Our AJC colleague Chris Joyner reports Thursday that Kemp removed the head of the state nursing board, which is steadily clearing a backlog of complaints against nurses, without consulting the agency’s board members. And he’s replacing him with a less experienced director from the cosmetology board.



June 30, 2016 Georgia Health News

Report scolds Georgia on housing for people with mental illness

Andy Miller reports that Georgia is not meeting its court-supervised obligations for creating housing for people with serious mental illness, according to a recently released report. State-run psychiatric hospitals, in fact, have discharged dozens of patients to homeless shelters, and many of them wind up being re-hospitalized, the report from an independent reviewer says.


June 30, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Chattahoochee National Forest

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, when it’s hotter than Georgia asphalt out there, a trip to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, which stretches across much of North Georgia, can cool temps and tempers. This spot is at the Mikell Camp and Conference Center in Toccoa.


June 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fed test: SunTrust would lose billions but survive a deep recession

Russell Grantham reports that SunTrust Banks would lose billions of dollars but could survive a severe downturn rivaling the Great Recession without needing a government bailout, according to an annual government “stress test.” The Atlanta bank was among 33 of the nation’s biggest banks included in the Federal Reserve’s worst-case scenario in which the stock market dropped 50 percent, real estate values plunged, unemployment doubled, and key interest rates fell into negative territory.


June 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Global Payments confirmed as "Project Spinoza," will invest $220M in Atlanta and relocate headquarters to Buckhead

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Fortune 1000 payment processor eyeing Atlanta for a corporate headquarters is Global Payments (NYSE: GPN), economic development officials told members of Atlanta's City Council Finance Executive Committee on Wednesday afternoon. The economic development project had been codenamed Project Spinoza.


June 30, 2016

Blocked from State Schools, 33 Georgia DREAMers to Attend Connecticut and Delaware Universities

Phil Bolton reports that a privately funded scholarship program is to underwrite the educations of 33 undocumented students from Georgia at two out-of-state universities. The Dream U.S. Opportunity Scholarship, the nation’s largest scholarship program for DREAmers — students who came to the U.S. as children and lack documentation — offered the annual scholarships to attend Eastern Connecticut State University and Delaware State University.


June 30, 2016 Saporta Report

GSU’s entire School of Public Health accredited; a plus for region’s public health sector   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta’s thriving public health sector has made another step forward, with Georgia State University’s School of Public Health earning a top review from a national accrediting entity. The board that oversees the Council on Education for Public Health has determined GSU’s School of Public Health has met all the criteria evaluated. This is the highest rating possible and the accreditation runs through July 1, 2021.


June 30, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

Cedar Shoals student in UGA 'Young Scholars' program envisions small drones as pollinators

Lee Shearer reports that across the world, pollinators are in decline — not just the honeybees that beekeepers haul around the country to pollinate huge agricultural operations such as California’s almond groves, but wild pollinators like the bumblebees that gather pollen from the tomato plants in your garden. It’s an increasingly serious problem for agriculture as butterflies, bees, wasps and hundreds of other pollinating insects fall prey to habitat loss, increasing pesticide use and the other familiar by-products of human population growth.


June 30, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Five injured in Bonnell factory explosion

Clay Neely reports that five workers suffered injuries, some life-threatening, in a factory explosion Wednesday morning that shook buildings miles away. At 9:15 a.m., an explosion in the Bonnell Aluminum Plant’s casting operation blew a hole in the ceiling and sent molten aluminum and concrete into the sky.


June 30, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac makes Fortune 500 ‘Best Workplaces’ list

Tony Adams reports, if you’re a business publication, odds are in this online-driven world today, you’ve come up with a list or two to attract readers to your site or magazine. One of the most popular categories is the best place or workplace or company to work for. That said, Columbus’ own Aflac has made the compilation of “Best Workplaces in the Fortune 500,” coming in at No. 5. It is determined by an employee survey conducted by the organization, Great Place to Work Institute.


June 30, 2016 Albany Herald

Phoebe breaks ground for new primary care facility in Camilla

Chauntel Powell reports that an increase in volume and demand for access to specialty physicians in Mitchell County has led Phoebe Primary Care of Camilla to begin efforts of expansion, officials said. On Wednesday, a crowd gathered off U.S. Highway 19 for the groundbreaking of what will be the new facility, scheduled to open in the first half of 2017. The new facility will allow Phoebe to see more patients and also will provide the opportunity to expand services in the future, officials said.


June 30, 2016 Gainesville Times

Background check company bringing 150 jobs to Flowery Branch

Ron Bridgeman reports that a new company opening an office in Flowery Branch plans to hire 50 people by October for its background check business - and another 100 by the end of 2017. Wholescale Screening Solutions will open in a former bank building at 5977 Spout Springs Road, along with Georgia Public Records Solutions.


June 30, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Power Finds Contaminants Near Coal Ash Ponds At 3 Plants

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia Power has found evidence that chemicals have leaked into groundwater at three of its coal-fired power plants. The utility found arsenic at plants near Rome and on the Savannah River, and it found beryllium and selenium at a plant near Newnan. The results are from a groundwater monitoring program required by federal coal ash rules. Georgia Power installed more than 130 groundwater monitoring wells at six different power plants.


June 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Evidence that Tom Price might be mulling a 2018 race for governor

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that little birdie sent us over a handy spreadsheet on Tuesday afternoon. The subject line: “Guess who?” Open the spreadsheet and you’ll find nearly $75,000 in contributions to a range of Republican lawmakers and influential GOP organizations. State Sen. Jeff Mullis, Fran Millar and Bill Cowsert are on the list of maxed-out contributions. So are House Speaker David Ralston and a gaggle of his lieutenants.



June 29, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

VW to pay Tennessee, Georgia $31 million in fines for deceptive diesel sales

Andy Sher reports that as part of the $15 billion-plus national settlement over its auto emissions-cheating scandal, Volkswagen will implement a restitution program. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says 17,157 VW and Audi models with the emissions-cheating device were sold in in his state from 2009 to 2015. Georgia government will see $18.87 million in the settlement. "Volkswagen's deliberate circumvention of federal emission standards deceived consumers," Olens said. "This settlement brings justice to affected Georgia consumers."


June 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Changing the Conversation

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that Denise Hardy of Stockbridge is a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a friend and an advocate. That is how she defines herself today, but not too many years ago she was a troubled young woman. Molested as a child and diagnosed with major depression at 15, she spent her high school graduation and several birthdays in a hospital psychiatric ward following repeated suicide attempts.


June 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Walmart heirs give $250 million to aid charter schools in Atlanta, 16 more cities

Carla Caldwell reports that the Walton Family Foundation, which is operated by heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, will give $250 million to support charter schools in Atlanta and 16 more U.S. cities. The Foundation says the program will “enable at least 250,000 additional students to enroll in high-quality charter schools by 2027.”


June 29, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Allegiant adds new Savannah route

Mary Mayle reports that Allegiant Air on Tuesday announced new nonstop service from Savannah to Newark’s Liberty International Airport, giving Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport direct access to all three major New York airports. Flights will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning Nov. 16, with introductory fares as low as $39 one-way. They will depart Savannah at 8:57 a.m., arriving in New York at 11:02. Flights from New York will leave at 10 a.m., arriving in Savannah at 12:12 p.m.


June 29, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

July declared Ex-Prisoner Re-entry Awareness Month

Alva James Johnson reports that July is a time to celebrate independence, but not only from the shackles of British rule, apparently. In the state of Georgia, July 2016 has been declared Re-entry Awareness Month, to highlight the plight of people released from prison. The month-long observance is the brainchild of Waleisah Wilson, founder and director of NewLife-Second Chance Outreach Inc., a Columbus-based nonprofit that provides job readiness and referral services to formerly incarcerated residents.


June 29 2016 GPB

Atlanta Based Invesco Ltd. Sees Huge Drop In Share Value Following Brexit Vote

Trevor Young reports that a major Atlanta-based investment management company is seeing steep declines in stock prices following last week’s Brexit vote. Invesco’s shares dropped 9 percent Monday -- a fallout analysts say is due to the company’s large holdings in the U.K. Gerald Gay is a professor at Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business. He said Invesco clients likely pulled out their money because the value of the pound dropped.


June 29, 2016 Georgia Health News

Many Georgians with cystic fibrosis miss out on life-changing help

Sandra L. McGill reports that thnic minorities, low-income workers and those who live in rural areas may be missing out on early diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatments for cystic fibrosis, according to Emory University researchers. That’s a serious problem because such measures can both lengthen and improve life.


June 29, 201 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Regional signs pediatric care agreement with Children's Healthcare

Jim Thompson reports that Athens Regional Medical Center is entering into a formal agreement with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta aimed at improving care for children and families in the Athens area, according to a joint Tuesday announcement from the two healthcare entities. The affiliation will support Children’s and Athens Regional’s commitment to providing high-quality pediatric care, and expanding access to specialized pediatric care in Georgia, according to the new release announcing the arrangement.


June 29, 2016 WABE 90.1

States Offer Privacy Protection For Young Adults On Parent's Health Plan

Michelle Andrews reports that the Affordable Care Act opened the door for millions of young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance until they turn 26. But there's a downside to remaining on the family plan. Chances are that Mom or Dad, as policyholder, will get a notice from the insurer every time the grown-up kid gets medical care, a breach of privacy that many young people may find unwelcome.


June 29, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett technology firm to recruit for 120 jobs Wednesday

Keith Farner reports that people looking for a job in technology are encouraged to visit a recruiting event on Wednesday at technology firm InComm in Norcross. The company is looking for about 120 people to work at its call center at 3567 Parkway Lane. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the Georgia Department of Labor staff will be there to help screen applicants. The company will recruit people who are fluent in English and Spanish or English and French.


June 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The battle over Nathan Deal’s school takeover plan is about to heat up

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman reports that until now, the battle over Gov. Nathan Deal’s school takeover plan has taken shape in backroom strategy sessions, PTA events, neighborhood meetings and school board gatherings. That’s about to change. The Georgia Association of Educators is poised to launch a campaign this summer to urge voters to resist the Opportunity School District. The measure, which gives the state the power to take control of persistently failing schools, is up for a vote in a November referendum.



June 28, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Black gill disease shows up early in Georgia shrimp

Mary Landers reports that shrimp with a condition known as black gill have shown up in Georgia waters in June this year, earlier than ever previously recorded. "We're seeing 40 percent of our white shrimp infected," said Pat Geer, chief of fisheries at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. "We have never seen that before. Ever. So why, why are we seeing it that much earlier?"


June 28, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Military Family Support Center opens in Cobb County

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that one of the ways many folks in the military and their families help stretch their pay is by shopping at a commissary – a chain of stores operated by the Defense Commissary Agency that provides groceries and other goods to military personnel, retirees and their families at cost plus 5 percent. Now, thanks to a public-private partnership with the Cobb Chamber, the Defense Commissary Agency, the Georgia National Guard, Dobbins Air Reserve Base and a number of private partners, area National Guard and Reserve members, retired veterans and active duty military personnel and their families who have commissary privileges can receive that same benefit at the new Military Family Support Center (MFSC).


June 28 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coolray owner moves HQ to Cobb County

Leon Stafford reports that a company recently formed to bring together some of the biggest brands in home maintenance and repair in the country has made Marietta its headquarters. The Wrench Group, parent of regional maintenance brands Coolray, Berkeys, Abacus and Parker & Sons, has chosen Georgia for its home, despite having divisions in several other cities, including Dallas and Houston.


June 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

GE puts North American IT HQ in Atlanta, will add more than 400 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) has picked Atlanta as the North American headquarters of its Information Technology unit. The conglomerate will, over time, add more than 400 jobs in midtown Atlanta as it shutters the Fairfield, Conn.-based IT HQ and consolidates work from around the country.


June 28, 2016 Kennesaw State University

Interim executive director named for business incubator center

Michael Salvador, director of executive education programs for the Michael J. Coles College of Business, has been named the interim executive director of IgniteHQ, a business incubator, accelerator and education partnership between Kennesaw State University and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, effective immediately. Salvador will hold dual appointments until a permanent executive director is named.


June 28, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Fort Benning holds first LGBT Pride celebration

Chuck Williams reports that when a man opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando two weeks ago and killed 49 people, Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith responded by offering to help organize an LGBT Pride Month event at Fort Benning. On Monday morning, about 75 soldiers and civilians — including Maneuver Center of Excellence commander Maj. Gen. Eric Wesley, his wife Cindy and Smith’s wife Tracey — attended the LGBT Pride Month celebration on main post.


June 28, 2016 Georgia Tech

Lockheed Martin sells real estate to Georgia Tech

Staff reports that Lockheed Martin and the Georgia Institute of Technology have signed a contract on a real estate deal that includes four buildings and 52 acres on Lockheed Martin’s south campus in Marietta. Collocated with five buildings occupied by the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Cobb County, the additional space for conducting and administering applied research will relieve crowding in Georgia Tech’s rapidly expanding research enterprise.


June 28, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Certificate of Need approved for Newnan Behavioral Hospital

Clay Neely reports that a company seeking to open a mental hospital in Newnan announced to supporters Monday that it had won approval from the state. In an email sent out to supporters of the facility, Larisa Klein, vice president of US HealthVest, confirmed last week’s approval and thanked supporters who sent out over 150 letters of support for the proposed Newnan Behavioral Hospital.


June 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Roark Capital takes stake in Drybar

Staff reports that an affiliate of Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group bought a minority interest in Drybar for an undisclosed amount. Drybar provides blowouts and sells a line of professional hair care products and styling tools. It has more than 60 locations across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. In metro Atlanta, it has locations in Buckhead and Alpharetta.


June 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Notes from a Georgia GOP delegate on the plot to block Donald Trump

Greg Bluestein reports that the rowdy band of Never Trump forces in Georgia is gaining new energy amid growing concerns about Donald Trump’s fundraising, poll numbers and campaign tactics. And Trump and his Republican National Committee allies are trying to crack down on the renegades. A Georgia delegate to next month’s convention who is a Trump supporter was among the dozens of delegates on a conference call late Sunday night orchestrated by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz allies and other anti-Trump folks.



June 27, 2016 Georgia CEO

GDEcD: Granite to Expand in Cobb County, Create 50 New Jobs

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a provider of communications solutions to businesses and government entities, will expand their current operation in Cobb County, creating 50 new jobs in sales, engineering, support and leadership roles. “Granite’s decision to expand in Georgia is a testament to the highly-qualified industry personnel in the metro Atlanta area,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Chris Carr. “We look forward to working with our economic development partners in Cobb County to support them in future growth.”


June 27, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Mountaintop Renewal

Krista Reese reports, when you think of the pretty little North Georgia mountain town of Ellijay, you probably immediately think, “apples,” “fall leaf-peeping” and “antique shops,” plus nearby attractions like Amicalola Falls and Fort Mountain State Park. If you haven’t been there in a while, you might not immediately think “great food,” and if you did, you might conjure up the colorful image of Col. Poole’s yard dotted with plywood painted pigs, representing those that have received tasty treatment in his barbecue pit on the edge of town for generations.


June 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bigger Ships heading for Georgia

Dan Chapman reports that the container ship COSCO Shipping Panama was scheduled to glide through the Panama Canal, and into history, early Sunday morning. The vessel's journey heralds the long-awaited expansion of the canal and the promise that every-larger container ships will revolutionize East Coast shipping much to Georgia's benefit.


June 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta: Business as usual in UK following Brexit vote

Phil W. Hudson reports that one of the world’s largest airlines expects business to carry on as usual for its flights between America and the United Kingdom for the foreseeable future. “It is too early to say what the results of the vote mean for aviation in the U.K., one of the world’s leading air markets, in the long term,” Delta Air Lines Inc. said.


June 27, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia Power considers building nuclear plant in Stewart County

Terry Lewis reports that the Georgia Public Service Commission will meet late next month to consider Georgia Power Company’s Integrated Resource Plan, which includes the possibility of building a nuclear power plant along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in rural Stewart County. The Southern Company, GPC’s parent company, owns 7,000 acres of property near Omaha, which is located in the northwestern part of the county.


June 27, 2016

Brexit: The Potential Impact on Georgia

Trevor Williams reports that Rajeev Dhawan didn’t want to speculate on why the pollsters got it so wrong, but in conversations during a trip to London two weeks ago, he said it was easy to gauge how the United Kingdom’s referendum on EU membership was leaning. “It was becoming clear that the ‘Leave’ vote was going to happen, because it’s about immigration, borders and people’s angst with globalization,” the director of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business told Global Atlanta.


June 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New East Cobb hospital holds topping out ceremony

Carla Caldwell reports that the 100,000-square-foot Northside East Cobb Medical Center held a topping out ceremony Thursday. The medical center, which sits on a 14-acre site off Olde Towne Parkway, is expected to open in December 2016. The facility will offer a variety of outpatient medical services and physician practices, representing numerous medical specialties. The medical center will initially include imaging, primary care, urgent care and specialists.


June 27, 2016 Saporta Report

Local governments should collaborate on transit, transportation network   

Saba Long reports that after many months debating the merits of MARTA’s traffic mitigation, the mayors of 14 Fulton County cities are working together to put a special local options sales tax for transportation (T-SPLOST) referendum on the November ballot. Ultimately, the mayors elected to focus on road spending. If passed, the referendum will increase the county’s sales tax by 0.75 percent for five years to generate from $500 million to $700 million.


June 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Georgia’s Never Trump movement has new hope

Greg Bluestein reports that Donald Trump’s paltry fundraising, his flailing poll numbers and his questionable campaign tactics are giving new energy to the rowdy band of Never Trump forces in Georgia. They are pledging to maintain their resistance to their party’s standard-bearer at GOP meetings across the state, and some are urging delegates to next month’s convention in Cleveland to vote against him in a last-ditch effort to halt his coronation.



June 24, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

RiverCity Foundry looking to jump start local business ideas

Chuck Williams reports that Frank Braski and David Hehman are hoping to help local entrepreneurs figure out if their ideas will fly this summer. The founders of ColumbusMakesIT have launched RiverCity Foundry and are looking for about a half dozen inventors and dreamers to put into an eight-week start-up accelerator — basically an inventors boot camp — this summer.


June 24, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Beyond the Classroom

Candice Dyer reports that the  leading edge of a new industry is just where a university wants to position itself, and Clayton State University – in Morrow, just 18 miles south of downtown Atlanta – is in the perfect place to take advantage of the growing film industry. It’s all part of a strategy of community engagement and business collaboration that ensures CSU students are getting the kind of education that will land them good jobs in film, but also in healthcare or logistics – just to name a few of CSU’s growing offerings.


June 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Spirit, Frontier to add PreCheck

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines, small, low-cost carriers that have been building their presence in Atlanta, plan to  join TSA's PreCheck expedited security screen program later this year. 


June 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

"Project Spinoza" plans $18 million, 150-job headquarters relocation to Atlanta

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the Fortune 1000 technology company is said to be Global Payments Inc. Three Alliance Center, Tishman Speyer’s 30-story office tower under construction in Buckhead, is expected to land the corporate headquarters. Global Payments joins NCR Corp. and WorldPay US in leaving suburban buildings for the glass towers of Atlanta’s urban core.


June 24, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

McIntosh sheriff, tax assessors aren't liable for damages in suit by Sapelo Island residents, federal judge rules

Terry Dickson reports that a federal judge has ruled that the McIntosh County sheriff and Board of Assessors and a state authority are immune from damages in a suit filed on behalf of 50 residents of Sapelo Island. In issuing her ruling last week, Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the Southern Circuit of Georgia, met a promise she made in May that she would rule on the immunity issue within 30 days.


June 24 2016 GPB

Tybee Weighs New Film Rules

Emily Jones reports that when the "Baywatch" movie brought stars like Zac Efron and the Rock to Tybee Island this spring, it made for lots of smiling Instagram photos with local fans. But it also upset residents and business owners when the production expanded just before the start of filming. The Tybee City Council votes Thursday on a new approval process that officials hope can balance the interests of local businesses and the growing film industry.


June 24, 2016 Brunswick News

Rendition of Cumberland quarter released

Gordon Jackson reports that Cumberland Island may be on the national radar for its beautiful beach and mostly untouched wilderness, but it will soon be in the nation’s pockets as well. Cumberland Island National Seashore will represent Georgia on a commemorative quarter that will be released in 2018.


June 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Boston company expanding in Cobb County, creating 50 jobs

Phil W. Hudson reports that a Boston-area-based provider of communications services to businesses and government entities is expanding its operations in Cobb County, Ga. Quincy, Mass.-based Granite Telecommunications LLC will create 50 new jobs in sales, engineering, support and leadership roles as part of the expansion.


June 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The NRA prepares for next year’s 80,000-member rally in Atlanta

Jim Galloway reports that U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, received national plaudits – from the likes of President Barack Obama and Stephen Colbert, no less — for leading that overnight House sit-in to demand a vote on “no fly, no buy” legislation. But tonight, one corner of the congressman’s district is likely to forego the applause. The National Rifle Association is holding a kick-off event in anticipation of next year’s national gathering in Atlanta that is expected to attract 80,000 gun enthusiasts.



June 23, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

Another flooring company relocating headquarters to Dalton

Alex Green reports that Dan Pelton was named CEO of W.F. Taylor early last month. And now, he's made the 2,100-plus-mile leap from sun-soaked Southern California to carpet belt Northwest Georgia and is leading a team of 10 top managers and roughly 30 manufacturing employees in the process. But this is good change, he said at Wednesday's ceremony. While Taylor has a deep history and plenty of ties out West, being in Dalton puts Taylor in the heart of the floor covering universe, at a time when the company's new leadership seeks to springboard into an aggressive growth plan which includes future acquisitions and more ribbon cuttings.


June 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — W.D. Thomson Park

Karen Kirkpatrick report, find wooded serenity in Decatur at W.D. Thomson Park. Photo by Ben Young.


June 23, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Walter Jones is new publisher of Newnan Times-Herald

Winston Skinner reports that Walter C. Jones, an experienced Georgia journalist, is publisher of the Newnan Times-Herald effective today. Jones has been director of news services for Morris News Service/Augusta Chronicle since January 1997. He worked for the Griffin Daily News as a staff writer and has held consulting and management positions with Square Service, Inc. and Phillips Publishing, Inc.


June 23, 2016 University of Georgia 

UGA to get 19 new electric buses

Don Walter reports that University of Georgia has been awarded $10 million from the state of Georgia to purchase 19 electric buses. The funding was announced at a ceremony in the Governor's Office today and was awarded by GO! Transit Capital Program, a competitive funding program administered by Georgia's State Road and Tollway Authority. UGA will provide $5 million in matching funds.


June 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon plans fulfillment center in Braselton, 500 jobs

Staff reports that Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) will build a new fulfillment center in Braselton, Ga., creating more than 500 jobs. Amazon employees at the new 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship large items for customers like household décor items, sporting equipment and gardening tools.


June 23 2016 Georgia Health News

Georgia’s ranking drops in children’s well-being statistics

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s ranking among states on children’s overall well-being fell from 40th to 42nd in the annual Kids Count report. The 2016 report, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, judges each state on four categories: children’s economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. It generally compares data from 2008 with those from 2014, the most recent year available.


June 23, 2016 Albany Herald

Ken Hodges named Georgia Bar Association treasurer

Staff reports that former Dougherty County District Attorney Ken Hodges of Ken Hodges Law, which has offices in Atlanta and Albany, was installed as treasurer of the 48,000-member State Bar of Georgia this past weekend during the organization’s annual meeting at Amelia Island, Fla. Hodges is also a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar and serves on its Board of Governors. He chairs the Continuing Lawyer Competency Committee and the Wellness Initiative and serves on the Disciplinary Rules Committee, as well.


June 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Keysight Technologies to put $14M, 250-job software development center in midtown Atlanta's Coda tower

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) will invest $14 million in an Atlanta software development center and create 250 jobs. Keysight, formerly Agilent Technologies, produces electronic measurement instruments and systems, and software and services. Atlanta competed with Silicon Valley and Seattle for the project. Keysight chose Tech Square to tap into Georgia Tech’s research and talent pool.


June 23, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Baxley lawyer Stephen Tillman named new public defender of 5-county Brunswick circuit

Staff reports that Baxley lawyer Stephen Tillman has been named the new public defender for the five-county Brunswick Judicial Circuit. He will replace Kevin Gough who was removed from the position in April. Bryan Tyson, executive director of the Georgia Public Defender Council, named Tillman to the position Tuesday from among five lawyers that the circuit supervisory panel nominated to fill the vacancy, the council said in a release late Wednesday.


June 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Democrats’ gun sit-in stretches on as Republicans seek to regain control

Tamar Hallerman reports that Republican leaders early on Thursday morning sought to reassert control over proceedings on the House floor after an astounding and unpredictable 14 hours in which Democrats staged a sit-in over gun control legislation. GOP leaders announced a series of votes stretching late into the night on legislation unrelated to firearms, part of an attempt to shift the conversation away from the Democrats’ protests. Among the items on tap: a final vote on a long-awaited spending bill for fighting the Zika virus.



June 22, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia growth super-concentrated in Atlanta; half state's counties are losing population

Lee Shearer reports that population growth in Georgia has resumed after slumping during the recession, but the pattern of that growth has markedly changed. Metro Atlanta has for years been a magnet for people migrating into the state; from 1990 to 2010, Atlanta’s population grew from about 2.6 million to 4.1 million people, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission.


June 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: The Forest and the Trees

Tom Oder reports that there are some things in this world that seem destined to never change. Paper, for example, has remained essentially the same since the ancient Egyptians created a writing material from papyrus in the third millennium B.C. But never say never. Because now, 5,000 years after papyrus appeared on the scene, Edward Kennedy and Michael Nilan have one-upped the ancients and an industry that for centuries has made paper by cutting down trees.


June 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chick-fil-A top fast food chain in America for customer satisfaction

Phil W. Hudson reports that Chick-fil-A Inc. is America's No. 1 fast-food restaurant in the United States for customer satisfaction for the second year in a row. The Atlanta-based chain scored an 87 — up from 86 in 2015 — on the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report. “Chicken specialist Chick-fil-A leads the category, gaining 1 percent to an ACSI score of 87," the report reads.


June 22, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Great Wolf Resorts indoor water park, lodging coming to LaGrange

Tony Adams reports that a Wisconsin company that operates indoor water parks and lodging attractions across the United States is bringing the concept to LaGrange, Ga., with anticipated visitation approaching 500,000 people a year. Great Wolf Resorts plans to open a Great Wolf Lodge in the Troup County community less than an hour north of Columbus by 2018.


June 22, 2016 Georgia Health News

Task force aims to reshape Georgia stance on health coverage

Andy Miller reports that a Georgia health care task force is putting the final touches on widely anticipated recommendations for the state to increase access to medical services for the uninsured. Those options will be “markedly different” from conventional Medicaid expansion as enacted by numerous states under the Affordable Care Act, said Brian Robinson, a former aide to Gov. Nathan Deal who’s working on the project.


June 22, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Geor­gia Bank & Trust merger will bring some layoffs

Damon Cline reports that the pending merger between the parent companies of Augusta's Geor­gia Bank & Trust Co. and Columbia's South State Bank will cause some back-office employees to lose their jobs, the local bank's president acknowledged Tuesday.


June 22, 2016 Georgia Times Union

8 years into process, Jekyll Island restarting search for limited service hotel builder

Terry Dickson reports that after eight years of trying to find an investor to build hotel near the Jekyll Island convention center, the governing authority is restarting the process again. The Jekyll Island Authority Board voted Monday to cancel and agreement with Mandala Holdings, the same group that the board picked from four "proposers" in April to build a 90-room limited services hotel next door to the Westin and the commercial district. The board then voted to cancel its "Request for Proposal 321" and to put out a new one that would include a hotel with about 100 rooms with less devoted parking.


June 22, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Rincon gets Murphy USA, keeps all live oaks

Paige McDuffie reports that no trees will be cut to make way for a new Murphy USA gas station in Rincon, which will be built at the site of the closed car wash south of Walmart on Ga. 21. The company originally approached the City of Rincon in September 2014 with plans to build a new gas station near the Walmart grocery store entrance, on a grassy area between Walmart and Fort Howard Square shopping center that has many large live oak trees.


June 22, 2016 Brunswick News

Funding approved for reactor design for new subs

Gordon Jackson reports that funding for the design and development of the nuclear reactors for the replacement fleet of ballistic missile submarines has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill includes $1.48 billion for the design of the reactors that will power the replacement fleet of Ohio-class submarines ported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and another Navy base in Bangor, Wash.


June 22, 2016 LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange man named chief administrative officer for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

Staff reports that Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia on Tuesday announced a LaGrange man as its new top executive. Stuart Countess, KMMG’s current vice president of quality, has been appointed chief administrative officer. He fills the position previously held by Randy Jackson, who passed away suddenly on May 20.


June 22, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Sees Leap In Asian-American, Latino Voter Registrations

Martha Dalton reports that leading up to November’s presidential election, Georgia has seen a rise in the number of Asian-Americans and Latinos who’ve registered to vote. But, according to at least one expert, that kind of increase isn't likely to affect the election. According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office, the number of registered Latino voters jumped by about 20 percent in recent months; Asian Americans grew by 16 percent. However, the two voting blocs combined are still less than 5 percent of the state’s electorate.


June 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Next in ‘religious liberty’ fight: Is it a Georgia Baptist effort to minister to lawmakers, or ‘spiritual’ lobbying?

Tamar Hallerman, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway report that Georgia Baptists appear to be in the midst of a drive to create a more direct pipeline to state lawmakers in preparation for a fourth-year fight over “religious liberty” legislation. The following paragraphs are from John Pierce, editor and publisher of Nurturing Faith: A recent letter to pastors of affiliated churches from J. Robert White, executive director of the statewide Southern Baptist organization long known as the Georgia Baptist Convention, explains the plan to “bear influence” on state legislators.



June 21, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Updating Rules On Dam Emergency Action Plans

Molly Samuel reports that there are more than 4,000 dams in Georgia, making it the state with the fifth-highest number of dams in the U.S., according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division. About 470 of those dams could threaten human lives if they failed, the agency says, because they’re upstream of homes or schools. Now the agency is updating its safety rules. Those dams could soon be required to have emergency action plans, in case of disaster.


June 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

State of Atlanta’s BeltLine

Ben Young reports that proposed expansion plans for the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine are jaw-dropping in their scale and reach. The plans were presented at the State of the BeltLine May 25 at Park Tavern in Atlanta by the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Quality Growth. Mayor Kasim Reed said he expected the BeltLine when built out to help boost the city of Atlanta’s population to 1 million people. That’s more than twice as many people as we currently have living here.


June 21, 2016 WSAV-TV, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia school district hiring 450 teachers, no education degree required

Staff reports that Savannah-Chatham schools are feeling the hurt of a growing problem nationwide.As more students flow into Savannah-Chatham classrooms, fewer teachers are around to meet their needs Across the United States, there is a huge drop in the number of students pursuing education degrees. So right now, Savannah-Chatham schools are holding up the help wanted sign—with 450 openings. To make sure they get those positions filled, the district is using a new program called Alternative Pathways to Teaching.


June 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

What Atlanta company made LinkedIn’s ‘Top Attractors’ list?

Staff reports that one Atlanta company is among the best in America at attracting and keeping top talent, according to LinkedIn’s “Top Attractors” list. The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is No. 20 of 40 companies on the list, which was compiled based on job applications, member engagement, new hire data, turnover and more.


June 21, 2016

British Firm’s Norcross HQ Move Puts New Spin on Atlanta’s Payments Niche

Trevor Williams reports that a British firm that expanded its U.S. distribution center and headquarters in Norcross this week is putting a different spin on the metro area’s payments niche. While Atlanta is known for the software that makes credit cards function, SpacePole Inc. specializes in pieces of hardware that help customers swipe them more easily.


June 21, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Key harbor deepening mitigation underway

Mary Landers reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving forward on a critical $100 million mitigation project for harbor deepening, the oxygen injection system. The system must prove viable before inner harbor dredging can proceed. On Monday, workers from CDM Constructors Inc. (CDM Smith) of Maitland, Fla., and from TIC — The Industrial Co. on Hutchinson Island pumped water from a riverside coffer dam that will be the site of the water intake structure for the system.


June 21, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

ADP holds ribbon-cutting on Augusta expansion

Damon Cline reports that ADP cut the ribbon on its newest cyber security location Monday. The Critical Incident Response Center - ADP's fifth in the world and second in the U.S. - will help the payroll and outsourced services firm provide round-the-clock digital security for corporate clients worldwide.


June 21, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Device mounting manufacturer SpacePole opens U.S. headquarters in Norcross

Curt Yeomans reports that it was word of mouth that brought device mount manufacturer SpacePole to Norcross, according to company president Ian Dewar. The company has moved into a 10,000-square-foot space in an office building at 5755 Goshen Springs Road in Norcross, which will serve as its new U.S. headquarters and distribution center. Dewar said they picked the site in an effort to move the headquarters from its New Hampshire office — which will remain open — to a spot closer to customers.


June 21, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Char-Broil fires up construction on its new global headquarters

Tony Adams reports that the symbolic breaking of ground Monday for the global headquarters building for grill manufacturer Char-Broil was punctuated by a blunt message from W.C. Bradley Co. Chief Executive Officer Marc Olivié. “I think some people here in the Columbus area have been doubting at times that Char-Broil was here to stay. I think you have your answer,” he said. “This is truly the promise that we will continue to stay here and continue to have this as our worldwide headquarters, and continue to grow from here.”


June 21, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s legacy could top $4.7 billion in public assets, infrastructure   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s legacy in restructuring public assets could well turn on whether voters back his plan for Atlanta to finance MARTA’s expansion inside the city limits. If voters support the proposed hike in the MARTA sales tax rate and a new sales tax for transportation , Reed will be on track to preside over more than $4.7 billion in pubic infrastructure transactions.


June 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A new sculptor tapped for MLK statue for Georgia Capitol

Greg Bluestein reports that a plan to put Martin Luther King Jr.’s statue on the statehouse grounds got a boost Monday when a new sculptor was tapped to honor the civil rights icon at the Gold Dome. Gov. Nathan Deal and state Rep. Calvin Smyre said Atlanta artist Martin Dawe was selected to create the King statue. Dawe and his apprentices have worked on more than 30 large-scale public art installations.



June 20, 2016 Gainesville Times

508-acre waterfront development goes to Hall planning board

Jeff Gill reports that a proposed 508-acre waterfront development in South Hall near the Jackson County line has the blessing of Hall County planning officials as long as certain conditions are met. One of them concerns traffic. “Staff is recommending that the developer work with Hall County engineering and/or (Georgia Department of Transportation) on determining the road improvements necessary to serve this development,” states a Hall County document.


June 20, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Power of the Peach

Ralph Ellis reports that while vacationing in Costa Rica, Judith Winfrey visited a farmers market wearing a hat with the logo for Peach-Dish, the Atlanta-based meal-kit subscription company for which she’s president. She wasn’t really surprised when one of the expatriate American vendors asked if she was from Atlanta. “It definitely rings true for people that Atlanta and peaches go together,” Winfrey says.


June 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta still hoping to restart Atlanta-Shanghai route

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he hopes to eventually restart Atlanta-Shanghai service — though it will likely take a while. “We gotta get the Shanghai flight back for Atlanta. We’re working on that,” Bastian said during a breakfast talk at a Gwinnett Chamber event Thursday. “I’m hoping that the next year or two, that’ll be my personal contribution to the community. Because Atlanta needs Shanghai. Shanghai is the capital of Asia, from my vantage point, for the future.”


June 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

ICE to acquire majority equity position in home loan tracking firm

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE) will acquire a majority equity position in MERSCORP Holdings Inc., which owns a national electronic registry that tracks the changes in servicing rights and beneficial ownership interests in U.S.-based mortgage loans. The tracking system is known as Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems Inc.


June 20, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Celebrity chef tours peach orchard to help promote local produce

Linda S. Morris reports that as more consumers insist on fresh, locally grown food, restaurants and grocery stores are trying to fill that demand. The owner of Harveys supermarkets just announced a new local sourcing policy that focuses on supporting local growers and farmers in Georgia — and across the Southeast. Southeastern Grocers, parent company for Harveys, Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie stores, is committed to selling only produce from local farms and orchards when possible.


June 20, 2016

Georgia-Liberia Student and Faculty Exchanges to Strengthen the West African Country’s Workforce

Phil Bolden reports that when Saki T. Golafale had the chance to address an education and business conference four years ago at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia, he took full advantage to decry the lack of laboratories, equipment and textbooks at his alma mater blocking his efforts to further his chemistry studies. Liberia was still getting over decades of civil wars that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Liberians, and the ebola crisis still hadn’t taken hold.


June 20, 2016 Access WDUN

Foxfire, Piedmont College, UGA to hold national education conference

Staff reports that fifty years after it began in the north Georgia mountains, Foxfire is hosting a national Education Conference at Rabun Gap–Nacoochee School this week. While best known as a magazine, book series, and a museum documenting Appalachian culture, Foxfire is also an approach to teaching that involves students in their own education. For 30 years, the Foxfire Fund has conducted training classes for teachers to incorporate student choice as a foundation for better learning.


June 20, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta City Council to vote Monday on calling Nov. 8 vote on raising MARTA tax   

David Pendered reports that the Atlanta City Council is slated to vote Monday on a proposal to call a referendum on a 0.5 percent sales tax hike to expand transit in the city, plus an additional measure that sets guidelines for spending the money. A related proposal has been held for further review and likely vote in July. It calls for a sales tax hike of up to 0.5 percent to fund transportation improvements other than transit – roads, sidewalks, bicycle lanes and the like.


June 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: UPS will not sponsor 2016 GOP Convention

Staff reports that Atlanta-based package shipping giant United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and several other corporate giants that sponsored the 2012 Republican National Convention will not sponsor this year’s convention in Cleveland. The Hill reported the Atlanta-based package shipping giant, Wells Fargo, Motorola, JPMorgan Chase, Ford and Walgreens told Bloomberg they won’t sponsor the 2016 GOP event.


June 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A Georgia GOP bundler too busy to help Donald Trump

Jim Galloway and Tamar Hallarman report that at Charlie Loudermilk’s manse in Buckhead on Wednesday morning, many GOP wallets turned out for a breakfast fundraiser to benefit both the Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee. RNC member Randy Evans was there. Nathan Deal was, too, though in the photos we’ve seen, the governor didn’t look too comfortable. U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson were listed as sponsors, but had excused absences to stay in Washington.



June 17, 2016 WABE 90.1

Why Opposite Sides Unite To Oppose Pipelines In Georgia

Molly Samuel reports that anti-pipeline activists from across the country met in Atlanta this week to talk strategy. The summit brought together two groups that are often on opposite sides: environmentalists and property-rights advocates. Those strange bedfellows joined forces this year to fight two pipelines in Georgia. The Palmetto Pipeline would have carried petroleum down the coast, but that project is now off the table.


June 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Trend reader survey

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, at Georgia Trend, we strive to deliver the stories and news that will help you, our readers, to not only learn more about the broad and diverse state we live and do business in, but also to help you run your business well and thrive in your career. Georgia is constantly changing and evolving, and while we do our best to keep our finger on the pulse – the ‘trends’ as it were – of what’s going on throughout the state, we’d love to hear from you about what topics you find interesting and what you’d like to see more of in the pages of the magazine.


June 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Eric Holder argues for Uber in Atlanta airport dispute

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is weighing in on the side of Uber in the ride-share service's effort to avoid fingerprint checks for drivers who want to make pickups at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.


June 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Coca-Cola can redesign paying off

Staff reports that Coca-Cola Co.’s (NYSE: KO) new can redesign is a hit overseas. The Street reported Thursday Coca-Cola Chief Operating Officer James Quincey told investors at a Deutsche Bank conference the new packaging ““drove extra sales of light and zero-calorie soda.” The redesign recently debuted in Mexico, Spain and northern Europe.


June 17, 2016

Israel’s Polymer Logistics Picks Georgia for Distribution Center

Trevor Williams reports that plastic isn’t always considered environmentally friendly, but in the logistics industry, it can work wonders in saving trees used to make wood for pallets and crates. That’s the “green” benefit touted by Polymer Logistics, an Israeli company that makes stackable, collapsible and reusable plastic crates to transport and display produce.  A new wood-grain look that gives them a warmer, higher-end appearance has caught the eye of food distributors whose yams, avocados and other produce are sold in Walmart and other major stores.


June 17, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Fire burns inside Aflac’s Teresa White, young leaders

Alva James-Johnson reports that ladies in the room represented the strong, smart and bold in our community. Some were teenagers just starting out in life. Others were seasoned professionals with a few nuggets of wisdom. In a packed room at the Baker Center on Levy Road, we exchanged perspectives, thoughts, ideas. And one could feel the torch being passed from one generation to the next.


June 17, 2016  Marietta Daily Journal

North Georgia incubator solidifies Marietta headquarters

Staff reports that IgniteHQ has officially signed a lease to take over the property at 57 Waddell St. in Marietta for its permanent headquarters. The property will be officially leased by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on behalf of Kennesaw State University. The overall management and maintenance of the property will be the collaborative effort of KSU, Cobb County and IgniteHQ.


June 17, 2016 Polk Standard Journal, Georgia Health News

Polk Medical Center lawsuit says Blue Cross harms hospitals with tactic of paying patients

Andy Miller reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia faces separate lawsuits accusing it of sending reimbursement money for emergency room care directly to patients — and not the hospital that delivered the service — because the latter isn’t part of the insurer’s network. And that’s costing the hospitals money, according to the lawsuits, filed by Polk Medical Center in northwest Georgia and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles – 2,000 miles apart.


June 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Scientific Games to stay Georgia Lottery’s instant game provider

Staff reports that Scientific Games Corp. (NASDAQ: SGMS) inked a seven-year extension to its contract to provide instant games to Georgia Lottery Corp. Financial terms were not disclosed. Scientific Games has been Georgia Lottery’s instant game partner since the lottery began in 1993. Recently, Scientific Games’ Jumbo Bucks games surpassed the $10 billion mark for all-time retail sales in the state, and remain the top-selling games for the Georgia Lottery.


June 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

GOP Senate chairman on Medicaid expansion: ‘How long can you sit there and say, ‘No, no, no’? 

Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report, we told you some time ago that 2017 might be the year that Georgia, however grudgingly, accepts Obamacare and decides to expand Medicaid coverage in some fashion. Last week, state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, chairman of that chamber’s Health and Human Services Committee, said she’s ready to look in that direction.





June 16, 2016 Brunswick News

Georgia Power makes strides toward ash pond dismantle

Lindsey Adkison reports that Georgia Power is making strides toward dismantling 29 ash ponds throughout the state, including at Plant McManus in Brunswick. All of the company’s ash ponds will cease operations within the next three years. The closures come amid a battle in Wayne County in which residents are opposed to the potential issuance of a permit to Republic Services to allow coal ash to be brought in by rail and stored on 800 acres of property.


June 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia: Goats

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, they’re all over your Facebook feed — nearly as often as cats. And now, they’re here at Spotted in Georgia. So, for your summertime enjoyment:  goats.


June 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Shaky jobs numbers fueling concern

Michael Kanell reports that Thursday's unemployment report could be the most telling in a while. Hiring across both the nation and Georgia has slowed this year, and May's national number of just 38,000 new jobs fueled worries of a broader downturn. In Georgia, employers added 16,300 jobs in February, followed by 14,200 in March and 10,600 in April.


June 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia now tied for No. 3 in worldwide film production

Ellie Hensley reports that Georgia is now tied with Louisiana for No. 3 in worldwide film production, according to nonprofit FilmL.A, the not-for-profit film office that serves the Greater Los Angeles region. The Peach State's star is definitely rising. In 2013, Georgia ranked No. 5 behind Louisiana, Canada, California and the United Kingdom.


June 16, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

TV company with Georgia ties buys five Midwest stations

Staff reports that Atlanta-based Heartland Media LLC and MSouth Equity Partners announced Monday that they have entered into an agreement to purchase five stations from Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. and Media General Inc. for $115 million in cash following the acquisition of Media General by Nexstar. Heartland and MSouth formed a new company, USA Television MidAmerica Holdings LLC, for the purpose of purchasing WFFT-TV (Fox affiliate), Fort Wayne, Ind.; KIMT-TV (CBS), Rochester, Minn.; WTHI-TV (CBS), Terre Haute, Ind.; WLFI-TV (CBS), Lafayette, Ind., and KQTV-TV (ABC), St. Joseph, Mo.


June 16, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Paine College to reveal accrediting agency's decision

Staff reports that the immediate fate of Paine College will be made known Thursday. The school will reveal whether it will be taken off probation by its accrediting agency or lose its accreditation altogether. Paine President Samuel Sullivan will hold a 4 p.m. news conference at the Gilbert-Lam­buth Memorial Chapel to talk about the decision, according to the school.


June 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Millennials want to work for these Atlanta companies

Phil W. Hudson reports that as the Metro Atlanta Chamber continues its efforts to lure millennials to Georgia, several of the Peach State's companies are proving to be good recruitment tools. A new survey from National Society Of High School Scholars found Georgia has 10 of the most sought after employers in the nation.


June 16, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens State Rep. Frye wants tax incentives for smaller music businesses

Jim Thompson reports that State Rep. Spencer Frye, D-Athens, will be one of 13 members of a legislative study committee looking at ways "to encourage and promote continued growth and success of the music industry in this state," according to the Georgia General Assembly resolution creating the panel.


June 16, 2016 WABE 90.1

Why A Ga. GOP Chair Wants To 'Re-Examine' Medicaid Expansion

Denis O'Hayer reports that there are an estimated 400,000 Georgians who can't afford health care insurance, but who have too much income to qualify for Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, aimed to close that gap by offering federal money to states if they expanded Medicaid to cover more of those people.


June 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

At the Fox, Georgia’s religious right sticks to Donald Trump

Jim Galloway reports that the last time Donald Trump was in Atlanta, he was a one-man show, introduced to his followers by a disembodied voice. Four months later, now the presumptive GOP nominee for president rather than one of many candidates, Trump still is a solo operation. He shares the stage with virtually no one.



June 15, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah poised to adopt regional film office agreement

Eric Curl reports that Savannah is primed to add film production as one of the city’s top industries after the economic impact grew from $4.6 million in 2010 to almost $58 million last year, according to officials with the city and the Savannah Economic Development Authority. To continue that growth and better accommodate the increasing number of productions, SEDA has been developing an agreement with the city to create a regional film office.


June 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: The Right Side of History

Bill Crane writes, I grew up in DeKalb County during the 1960s, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. Though the birthplace and cradle of that movement was less than a dozen miles from my home, and only a couple of miles from the hospital of my birth, I was largely unaware of the turmoil and strife of those dramatic and stressful times.  The closest that world came to mine was during numerous days and occasional evening encounters with the worlds of two women who were near and dear to our family, Lillie Mae Fleetwood and Eloise Morgan.


June 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot sues Visa and Mastercard over chip cards

Russell Grantham reports that credit card companies are rolling out “smart” credit cards that are too dumb to thwart billions of dollars in fraud, Home Depot claims in a lawsuit against Visa and Mastercard. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Atlanta, is the latest shot in a battle brewing between merchants and issuers of so-called “chip” credit cards — newer, more sophisticated cards aimed at preventing card fraud by identity thieves and hackers.


June 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

American, United to join Delta in offering no-frills, stripped-down seats

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) said earlier this year it would begin selling no-frills, stripped-down seats. Now, American Airlines and United Airlines are following suit, reports Travel & Leisure. The travel magazine appears less than enthused. "The 'Last Class' is Coming, and it's Worse Than Economy," the magazine says in a report about the airlines' plans.


June 15, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Federal judge denies Carmike shareholders’ attempt to halt sale to AMC

Chuck Williams reports that a federal judge on Tuesday denied an attempt by some Carmike Cinemas shareholders to halt a June 30 vote on the Columbus-based theater chain’s pending sale to AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land rejected a request for a temporary restraining order by plaintiffs in multiple cases that were consolidated in an order by Land the day before.


June 15, 2016 Albany Herald

Lee County to build $50 million, 50-bed hospital

Carlton Fletcher reports that Lee County Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge is expected to announce at the commission’s meeting tonight that Lee County will finance the construction of a $50 million, 50-bed hospital that will be located on property that is now the Grand Island golf course. Lee County sources say the hospital will offer “state-of-the-art health care along with affiliations with some of the best specialty medical services in the country.”


June 15, 2016 Brunswick News

Sea Island under family ownership again

Lindsey Adkison reports that the Sea Island Co. is officially returning to family ownership. On Tuesday, the company announced that it will be consolidated under the Anschutz family, one of the four current owners of the company. The luxury resort was owned for 80 years by the Jones family. It fell into bankruptcy during the Great Recession. After extensive layoffs and restructuring, it was sold to an out-of-town partnership at an auction in Atlanta in the fall of 2010.


June 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

MetLife names JLL master developer of planned Midtown transit oriented project

Douglas Sams reports that a proposed Midtown transit-oriented development is gaining momentum. MetLife Inc. recently picked real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. as master developer for the insurance company’s 8.5-acre Midtown Heights, according to a statement from the companies.


June 15, 2016 Saporta Report

Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter share ideas on life beyond the White House   

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta hosted a historic conversation Tuesday afternoon between two former U.S. presidents – Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The venue was the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, where nearly 1,000 leaders from around the country have been convening since Sunday. The conversation between Clinton and Carter culminated the event – and provided a window on two leaders who have made the most of their post-presidencies.


June 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s water battles to get brief public airing this week

Tamar Hallarman reports that much of Georgia’s decades-long water fight with Alabama and Florida has happened away from public view — in court rooms, federal offices and, most recently, the smoke-filled hideaways of congressional leaders putting the finishing touches on a gargantuan wrap-up spending bill. But for once lawmakers will have the chance to debate out in the open — for a brief moment, at least — how much Atlanta can slurp from two river basins before waters flow downstream into Alabama and Florida.



June 14, 2016 Fox5Atlanta

Chick-fil-A employees were at work in Orlando Sunday

Staff reports that employees at some Orlando area Chick-fil-A restaurants were hard at work on Sunday. The Atlanta-based chain known for being closed on Sundays said they weren’t sure of how many, but did confirm that several Orlando area stores prepared meals following the attack at a popular nightclub, providing food and any additional assistance to those in need.


June 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Brunswick/Golden Isles: Optimism Abounds

Randy Southerland reports that with its sandy beaches and undisturbed stretches of marshlands, Glynn County can seem like a paradise on Georgia’s southern coast. Popularly known as the Golden Isles, it has long attracted those seeking to get away from it all. In fact, decades ago it was a retreat for the wealthy like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. They built the famous – and very private – Jekyll Island Club on one of those Golden Isles, and it remains today – although its doors are now open to a less elite group.


June 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ga. Power to speed closure of coal ash ponds

Dan Chapman and Russell Grantham report that Georgia Power is accelerating its closure of toxic coal ash ponds, a move welcomed by environmental groups who fear arsenic, lead and other heavy metals can leach into groundwater and poison homeowners’ wells. The action, announced Monday by the Atlanta-based utility, brings Georgia more in line with neighboring states that have already closed coal ash ponds or ordered them cleaned up.


June 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Google Fiber announces pricing and plans for Atlanta

Staff reports that Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has reported plans and pricing for Google Fiber in Atlanta. According to its website, there will be three plans: Fiber 1000 + TV for $130 a month; Fiber 1000 for $70 a month; and Fiber 100 for $50 a month.


June 14, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Foundation to Acquire Historic Biltmore

Staff reports that the Georgia Tech Foundation Inc. (GTF) has reached an agreement to purchase the historic Biltmore on West Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta from an affiliate of Novare Group for an undisclosed price. “The Biltmore is already a vibrant component of what the Georgia Tech Foundation, the Institute and its partners have previously built in creating the innovation neighborhood of Technology Square,” said Gary T. Jones, chairman of the Georgia Tech Foundation.


June 14, 2016 Saporta Report

What Henry Grady can teach Atlanta about sustainable growth

William D. Bryan writes, it may seem counterintuitive to look to Henry Grady for advice about sustainability. As the famed editor of the Atlanta Constitution, Grady is best known as the spokesman for a “New South” of industrialism and urbanization after the Civil War — a vision that depended on intensively using valuable resources like soil, timber, and minerals to fuel economic growth.


June 14, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Dawn Cartee named director of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education

Staff reports that Dawn Hall Cartee, president of Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, has been named director of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education, effective July 1. Cartee comes to the Georgia Center, a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit, after leading Ogeechee Tech since December 2007. She led the development of more than 20 online programs during her tenure at Ogeechee Tech, which enrolls more than 2,000 students and last year was named Georgia’s Technical College of the Year for the second time under her leadership.


June 14, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Steel milestone celebrated at SunTrust Park

Ricky Leroux reports that Atlanta Braves celebrated another milestone in the construction of SunTrust Park Monday morning with the placement of the final steel beam at the top of the ballpark.


June 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Georgia Small Business Person of the Year

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it's a great time to be a woman entrepreneur in the United States, according to the Small Business Association (SBA). In fact, says the SBA, women are launching more than 1,100 new businesses every single day, businesses that employ more than 8 million workers and generate more than $1.4 trillion in revenue. Closer to home, one of those female entrepreneurs was named the 2016 Georgia Small Business Person of the Year by the SBA. Congratulations to CATMEDIA Founder and CEO Catherine Downey.


June 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Presidential campaign lands in Georgia this week amid Orlando uproar

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman reports that Bill Clinton is in Atlanta this week for his foundation’s annual meeting, and plans a Tuesday public discussion with Jimmy Carter. Donald Trump is headed to town Wednesday for a fundraiser. And questions about the Orlando massacre will inevitably swirl around everything they do.



June 13, 2016 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Rolls Out Bike Share Program With 10 Downtown Stations

Stephannie Stokes reports that there are now 100 rentable bikes at 10 stations in downtown Atlanta. It's part of the city's new bike share program, Relay Bike Share, that launched Thursday. More than 30 U.S. cities already have bike share programs, according to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Still, it's a big step for Atlanta, said the city's Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane.


June 13, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Transforming Columbus

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Columbus has a lot going for it – Fort Benning (despite cuts in military personnel, it’s still a huge economic driver); Kia’s proximity; a growing population; a focus on reducing homelessness that’s achieving remarkable results; and a growing business and entrepreneurial sector.


June 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta could lose headquarters with $3.8 billion Axiall takeover

Russell Grantham reports that a Houston petrochemical company announced that it has reached a $3.8 billion deal to buy metro Atlanta’s Axiall Corp., capping a months-long takeover battle that was beginning to go international. Atlanta could end up the loser as a result of Westlake Chemical Corp.’s agreement to buy Axiall, which has a Sandy Springs headquarters with about 200 employees.


June 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Grow Georgia Summit June 2016: How urbanization is changing metro Atlanta, cites statewide

Jessica Saunders reports that Georgia’s future business growth is driven by economic development. Atlanta Business Chronicle’s twice-yearly Grow Georgia Summit seeks to expand the conversation on critical issues that affect future economic development in our state. The June 9 summit focused on the urbanization of Atlanta and its impact on the metro area, as well as urbanization in surrounding Georgia cities.


June 13, 2016

Chick-fil-A’s ‘Cold Brew’ Helping to Create a New Global Coffee Supply Chain

Phil Bolton reports, next time that you go to a Chick-fil-A restaurant, try one of its “cold brew” coffees. Back in the 1950s when Chick-fil-A and its chicken sandwiches were only a gleam in S. Truett Cathy’s eye, his restaurant had a sign posted, “Fresh Coffee Brewed Every Hour.” As the restaurant chain spread through shopping malls throughout the country, the chicken sandwiches propelled a business that has grown to several billion dollars in annual sales. But the emphasis on coffee sat on the back burner.


June 13, 2016 Georgia Health News

HIV in an unexpected place: A quiet epidemic in SW Georgia

Leigh Beeson reports, it's not a date you forget – the day you were diagnosed with HIV. For Adolphus Major, that milestone was Oct. 28, 1999. Bolstered by faith in God and support from his church and family, Major turned his health around, and in 2007 he moved back to his hometown of Albany, the main city in Southwest Georgia. Today, he works in the city for Georgia Public Health District 8-2. He’s the lead client advocate for New Beginnings, a regional support program for people with HIV.


June 13, 2016 Brunswick News

Hotels still see positive summer gains

Lindsey Adkison reports that with the arrival of summer, local lodgers are certainly staying busy. The toasty time — from June to August — is traditionally the busiest for the area with tourists flocking to the coast in droves. And, according to Scott McQuade, this year will be no different. In fact, it will be busier than last year, itself an all-time record. The president and CEO of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau recently reported that hotel bookings were tracking ahead of 2015.


June 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sweden company relocates manufacturing to Georgia from Pennsylvania

Carla Caldwell reports that Sweden-based SKF Group says it is consolidating manufacturing facilities in North America and will relocate some of the company’s U.S. manufacturing to Flowery Branch, Ga. Production will be transferred from the Group’s site in Hanover, Penn., to Georgia. “Taking customer commitments into account, the move will consolidate production of spherical roller bearings and large size roller bearings into our existing bearing manufacturing operations in Flowery Branch,” the company said in a prepared statement. “With a stronger, more efficient manufacturing base, the Group will be better able to serve its North American customers.”


June 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Clinton Country: A closer look at the Democrat’s Georgia stronghold

Greg Bluestein reports that most Republicans will tell you what inspires them the most about Donald Trump is the lack of political experience — and the fact that he’s not Hillary Clinton. The Democrats here in Quitman County say the exact opposite is driving their support of Clinton. More than 90 percent of Democratic voters in this isolated county 50 hilly miles south of Columbus picked Clinton over Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, and it took only one or two questions for many of them to summon their enthusiasm for Clinton — and disdain for Trump.



June 10, 2016

Deal: GE to launch global Digital Operations Center in Atlanta

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that GE Digital will establish its first global Digital Operations Center in Atlanta. This project will create 250 jobs and represents an investment of approximately $3 million in the local community. “Georgia’s dynamic business infrastructure continues to cultivate an environment that attracts and retains world leaders such as GE,” said Deal. “GE Digital’s decision to establish a presence in Atlanta speaks to Georgia's status as a thriving hub for the technology industry. Our skilled workforce, global logistics network and resources for innovation provide companies with opportunities to grow and further demonstrate why Georgia is a top destination for job creators.”


June 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: The Forest and the Trees

Tom Oder reports that there are some things in this world that seem destined to never change. Paper, for example, has remained essentially the same since the ancient Egyptians created a writing material from papyrus in the third millennium B.C. But never say never. Because now, 5,000 years after papyrus appeared on the scene, Edward Kennedy and Michael Nilan have one-upped the ancients and an industry that for centuries has made paper by cutting down trees.


June 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia-Pacific buys Reliable Container

Staff reports that Georgia-Pacific bought Santa Fe Springs Calif.-based Reliable Container Corp. for an undisclosed amount. The deal includes converting plants in Santa Fe Springs and Tijuana, Mexico. Its nearly 250 employees are now part of Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific.


June 10, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Norcross company, Gwinnett Tech partner on diesel engine program

Keith Farner reports that Gwinnett Technical College and a diesel engine company in Norcross are teaming up to develop a program for students to learn more about working on diesel engines. Deutz Corporation recently donated seven diesel engines to the program, which gives students hands-on experience with modern technology. The program helps to fill a gap in the industry that has a shortage of well-trained technicians, Deutz President Robert Mann said in a press release.


June 10, 2016 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Cash flow no problem for St. Francis Hospital buyer LifePoint Health

Tony Adams reports that it's been nearly six months since LifePoint Health acquired a financially troubled St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, bringing stability to the Manchester Expressway medical campus. A look at filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — required of LifePoint because it is a publicly traded company — indicates cash flow should be no problem moving forward for St. Francis, the city’s major heart-surgery center and provider of various other services to local residents.


June 10, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens group gets $1 million AT&T grant to help 'underserved' youth graduate high school

Lee Shearer reports that Clarke County's Family Connection/Communities in Schools organization will get a two-year $1 million grant aimed at getting more "underserved" high school students at risk of graduating.


June 10, 2016 Albany Herald

Albany's Beasley named VP of Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau board

Brad McEwan reports that Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau chief Rashelle Beasley will now have a greater impact in developing and promoting tourism initiatives statewide after being named the latest vice president of the Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors this week.


June 10, 2016 Brunswick News

Authority member asks to delay closure of St. Marys Airport

Gordon Jackson reports that a member of the St. Marys Airport Authority is asking for a change in proposed federal legislation to permanently close the city’s municipal airport, once a new airport is built elsewhere. Dick Russell is trying to generate support to keep the St. Marys Airport open until a replacement is built. He believes there is no guarantee a new airport will ever be built if the existing one closes beforehand.


June 10, 2016 Rome News Tribune

GNTC instructor earns honors from networking giant, passes on learning to students

Staff reports, after nearly four decades of computer instruction on the collegiate level, Georgia Northwestern Technical College instructor Dwight Watt has been honored by one of the world’s most prestigious networking giants. Cisco Systems, Incorporated has given Watt an Expert Level Instructor Excellence status for his contribution to networking instruction. This award places Watt among the top 10 percent of Cisco Networking Academy instructors worldwide.


June 10, 2016 WABE 90.1

New Falcons Stadium Could Help Alleviate Westside Flooding

Molly Samuel reports that when the Super Bowl comes to Atlanta, it will take place in one of the greenest stadiums in the country, and builders aren’t just focusing on efficient appliances and solar panels – though Mercedes-Benz Stadium will have those. “[It’s] going to be the most water-efficient stadium in the United States,” said William Johnson, interim commissioner of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, at the U.S. Water Alliance summit in Atlanta Thursday.


June 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Marietta barbecue brings Capitol Hill partisans together — for a moment, at least

Tamar Hallarman reports, in front of the C-SPAN cameras, lawmakers traded partisan barbs on the Senate floor Thursday over federal spending priorities in the behemoth annual defense policy bill. But a lot of that bad blood seemingly dissolved – for a moment, at least — as the scent of Georgia barbecue wafted from Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office across the street, beckoning senators, staffers, Capitol Police officers, Pentagon liaisons and the occasional hungry reporter for a bite.



June 9, 2016 Georgia CEO

Southern Company, AGL Resources Receive Merger Approval from Illinois Regulators

Staff reports that Southern Company and AGL Resources have received unanimous regulatory approval of the companies' proposed merger from the Illinois Commerce Commission, with all intervening parties in support of the previously announced settlement agreements. AGL Resources is the parent company of Nicor Gas, which provides approximately 2.2 million customers with natural gas services in northern Illinois.


June 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Looking Good

Susan Percy writes, a lot of Georgians were pleased and proud when Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed HB 757, the “religious liberty” legislation that was little more than an excuse to discriminate against members of the LGBT community. No doubt fueled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last summer legalizing same-sex marriage, what started out as a fairly tame, if hardly necessary, “Pastor Protection Bill” morphed into a piece of legislation that would have permitted faith-based organizations to fire gay employees and allowed businesses to refuse service to those who offend the owners’ religious beliefs.


June 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta begins selling Atlanta-Brussels flights to resume in 2017

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines, which suspended its flights from Atlanta to Brussels, has begun selling tickets for the route that it will restart in March 2017. Delta stopped flying the Atlanta-Brussels route after the terrorist attacks in Brussels in March, which included bombing at the airport.


June 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Technology venture capital firm heads to Atlanta with former AT&T Chairman, CEO at helm

Phil W. Hudson reports that a Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital firm focused on the technology industry is opening its first office outside of Silicon Valley in Atlanta. Centerview Capital Technology Management LP is opening an office in Buckhead that will be led by David Dorman, one of the founding partners of Centerview and the former chairman and CEO of Dallas-based AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T).


June 9, 2016

Qatar Airways to Start U.S. Hiring Push in Atlanta Despite Labor Protests

Trevor Williams reports tha tQatar Airways says the sky is the limit with its high-flying careers, but activists say that if the Middle Eastern carrier gets its way, some Atlantans may soon be moving to a country that keeps its workers grounded. In July Qatar is set to begin its U.S. recruitment drive for flight attendants in Atlanta, the newest of 10 American destinations for the rapidly expanding airline.


June 9, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

Athens-based Landmark Properties named top student-housing developer in U.S.

Staff reports that Landmark Properties, the Athens-based real estate development firm whose current local project, The Mark, is now rising in the eastern edge of downtown Athens, has been named the country’s top student housing developer by “Student Housing Business,” a leading industry publication. Landmark claimed the No. 1 ranking based on the volume of its development activity, which includes 30 new projects and more than 20,000 beds, according to a news release announcing the award.


June 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Martin’s Landing Lake

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Martin’s Landing in Roswell is home to nearly 2,000 families, with most of the houses, apartments, townhomes and condos located within walking distance of a beautiful lake and the critters who call the water home.


June 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia credit unions continue growth in Q1

Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia’s 121 credit unions are off to a strong start in 2016. According to Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA), the Peach State’s credit unions saw a 2.5 percent first quarter increase in overall lending. This performance continues the 12.6 percent annual growth rate experienced in 2015.


June 9, 2016 WABE 90.1

GOP Senator: Ga. Should 'Re-Examine' Medicaid Expansion

Michelle Eloy reports that the Republican head of the Georgia Senate's Health and Human Services committee says the state needs to “re-examine” expanding Medicaid. State Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) didn’t endorse the idea of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Rather, she thinks the state should look at negotiating a federal waiver, as other Republican-majority states have done, to tailor how any potential Medicaid expansion would work.



June 8, 2016 Gainesville Times

Water wars trial between Georgia, Florida being considered for fall

Jeff Gill reports that a trial over Florida allegations that Georgia is drinking up too much of shared water is being eyed for October or November. The two states say they’re actively engaged in mediation, but just in case those efforts hit a wall, parties are rounding up witnesses and otherwise preparing for the trial, which would take place in Washington, D.C.


June 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: June 2016

Susan Percy reports that Judson Turner stepped down as director of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, effective June 1. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Turner, named “water czar” by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2014, will remain a member of the state’s litigation team in the fight with Florida over water from the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola rivers.


June 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Unofficial Business: Ga. Power scopes out new nuke, at our expense

Matt Kempner reports that some really great deals are only great if someone else pays for them. The state’s largest power company has just such a deal for us. Georgia Power insists it’s really important and prudent to spend nearly $175 million so the company can investigate building a nuclear plant on land it owns south of Columbus in Stewart County. Executives testified that the investment is “in the best interest of its customers.”


June 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

NIH gives Emory $35.6 million for HIV/AIDS vaccine research

Ellie Hensley reports that the National Institutes of Health awarded a research consortium at Emory University a five-year, $36.5 million grant to develop new strategies to prevent and cure HIV/AIDS, including vaccine research. The Emory Consortium for Innovative AIDS research in Nonhuman Primates aims to develop vaccines that would give sustained protection from retroviral infection and refine "shock and kill" approaches to eliminate the virus.


June 8, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta University research seeks better drug for Parkinson's

Tom Corwin reports that  a longtime member of South Ca­ro­lina’s boxing commission and a friend to many great athletes and boxers, Paul Kennemore can tell a lot of stories, such as what Joe Frazier told him about Muhammad Ali and their historic battles.  Like Ali, Kennemore has Parkinson’s disease, but he is doing pretty well. Augusta University researchers are looking at a metabolite similar to established drugs that might have the protective effects on nerve cells without the significant side effects of the established drugs.


June 8, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Officials Develop New Tool Aimed At Evaluating Schools

Martha Dalton reports that the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has developed a new tool to help explain grades given to schools. The website breaks down data from the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which scores schools on a 100-point scale. The index uses data like test scores, attendance records and graduation rates to calculate a school’s grade.


June 8, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson introduces amendment to fund relocation of St. Marys airport

Terry Dickson reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has filed an amendment to the defense budget this week to provide federal funding to relocate the St. Marys Airport away from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, the Georgia Republican's office said. The Navy has said the airport's location near the base poses safety and security concerns. In the past, planes taking off and landing at the airport have crossed into the base's restricted airspace.


June 8, 2016 GPB

Georgia Cotton Farmers To Receive Federal Assistance Payments

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia's cotton farmers could receive payments of up to $40,000 each to help cover production costs this ginning season. That’s because of a $300 million U.S. Department of Agriculture program launched this week aimed at sustaining and expanding the U.S. cotton market. Chris Chammoun, Director of Public Affairs with the Georgia Cotton Commission, said the payments are a good start towards assisting Georgia’s cotton farmers.


June 8, 2016

Atlanta Locomotive Manufacturer Lands Its First Africa Deal

Phil Bolton reports that Atlanta-based Railserve Inc. has made its first sale in Africa and is looking for other opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa to meet the demand for cost-effective locomotives for rail yard switching and other activities. The sale of six locomotives was the company’s first out of North America and managed to outbid a Chinese competitor due to financing from the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.


June 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta pilots will picket 2016 shareholders meeting

Staff reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) pilots will picket at the carrier’s annual shareholders meeting in New York on June 10, the Air Line Pilots Association International reported Tuesday. The union says it wants to “raise the sense of urgency in the ongoing negotiations.” The Air Line Pilots Association International is currently in mediation with the airline over a new contract, and it argues the company has rebounded to big profits since its 2005 bankruptcy, when pilots took pay cuts and weathered pension losses.


June 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue ‘troubled’ by Donald Trump’s comments on judge, says apology ‘appropriate’

Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue said he is “troubled” by Donald Trump’s recent remarks about a federal judge with Mexican heritage, telling reporters Tuesday that the billionaire’s recent comments are distracting from more serious policy discussions that could help bolster the GOP’s case for the White House this fall. The freshman senator, who has quickly become the presumptive Republican nominee’s most prominent Georgia surrogate, said an apology “would be appropriate” and that it was important for the next president to unite the country.



June 7, 2016 

Deal: May tax revenues up 4.1 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for May totaled roughly $1.56 billion, for an increase of $58.6 million, or 4.1 percent, over May 2015. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled nearly $18.91 billion, for an overall increase of $1.7 billion, or 9.9 percent, compared to May 2015, when net tax revenues totaled $17.21 billion.


June 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s booming film industry

Ralph Ellis reports, one prominent industry, movie and television production, is becoming more and more Georgia branded. In the past seven years, more than 120 films have been made here, including major franchises such as The Fast and the Furious and The Hunger Games. Several towns can thank local productions for helping to revitalize their areas, including Senoia (The Walking Dead TV show) and Juliette (the movie Fried Green Tomatoes).


June 7, 2016 Saporta Report

Cautions aside, Savannah port expects more cargo after bigger Panama Canal opens June 26   

David Pendered reports that despite cautionary remarks in a report by the real estate company CBRE, Georgia’s ports expect to handle more cargo and add more to the state’s economy once the expanded Panama Canal opens this month, Griff Lynch, incoming executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, said Monday.


June 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot moves up on Fortune 500 list

Leon Stafford reports that Home Depot has climbed into the top 30 on the roster of biggest U.S. public companies. The Cobb County-based home improvement giant gained five spots to 28th on the 2016 Fortune 500 list, issued Monday. The move was powered by sales gains that boosted revenue to $88.52 billion last year.


June 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia has a new Fortune 500 company

Maria Saporta reports that Georgia has a new Fortune 500 company – Veritiv Corp. (NYSE: VRTV) – giving the state a total of 18 companies on the list. And for the first time ever, a woman is at the helm of a Georgia-based Fortune 500 – Veritiv CEO Mary Laschinger. Veritiv, a leader in business-to-business distribution solutions, had $8.7 billion in revenues in 2015 giving the company a rank of 323 on the Fortune 500 company.


June 7, 2016 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Columbus native crowned Miss USA 2016

Alva James Johnson reports that a Columbus native who serves as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves was crowned Miss USA 2016 on Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Miss District of Columbia USA Deshauna Barber, 26, was born in Columbus, the daughter of an Army master sergeant at Fort Benning, according to a news release on the Miss Universe website. Because of her father’s military service, Barber relocated to several states, including North Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota and Virginia.


June 7, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Colin's expected rain, wind prompts closures in Southeast Georgia

Terry Dickson reports that with four to six inches of rain and 40 to 60 mph winds from Tropical Storm Colin expected, Glynn County schools canceled all summer school classes and other activities Tuesday. There had been heavy rain early Monday, but only light rain fell in much of the area in the afternoon. Most streets and roads in the area remained passable except for some brief flooding in areas where construction projects had impeded drainage.


June 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ball State: Georgia gets bad marks for manufacturing

Staff reports that Georgia still needs big improvement in its manufacturing sector, according to an annual study from Ball State University. For the second consecutive year, Georgia got a D+ for manufacturing and B for logistics, the study said. The 2016 Manufacturing and Logistics Report, prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) for Conexus Indiana shows how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics.


June 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Vincent Fort’s feud with Georgia Democratic establishment deepens

Greg Bluestein reports that Vincent Fort is the No. 2 Democrat in the Georgia Senate, a likely candidate for Atlanta mayor and an outspoken supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. And, he said Tuesday, he’s also a wanted man – targeted by state party leaders for daring to oppose Hillary Clinton. The Atlanta lawmaker claimed that Democratic Party of Georgia chair DuBose Porter and other party poobahs secretly orchestrated the campaign of little-known Democrat Jeff Sadiq, who challenged Fort in the May primary.



June 6, 2016 Georgia CEO

Georgia Banks Earn $720.7M in First Quarter

Staff reports that Georgia’s 194 state-based FDIC insured banks earned $720.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 9.3 percent over the same period in 2015. Total deposits, loans and assets all increased from the same period in 2015 as well as year-end totals.


June 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Actively Aging

Anna Bentley reports that active adult communities – developments geared toward those 55 and older who want to retain an active, social lifestyle – are attracting more and more homeowners around the state with their appealing combination of low-maintenance homes, resort-style amenities and a built-in, action-packed social life.


June 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta falls behind in luring millennials

Michael Kanell reports that when it comes to enticing millennials, metro Atlanta is no stand-out, according to data crunched by a national real estate group. Among 100 metro regions, Atlanta ranks in the middle of the pack on a range of measures, according to research by the National Association of Realtors. Among the cities beating Atlanta for overall attractiveness to millennial homebuyers wre Dallas, Denver and Raleigh.


June 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T expands 5G lab trial to Atlanta

Carla Caldwell reports that AT&T is working with Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) to expand the company’s 5G trial work – including starting system and software architecture lab work in Atlanta. The company’s 5G trial has already started in Austin, Texas. In addition to Atlanta, the company is expanding 5G lab trial work in Middletown, N.J., and San Ramon, Calif., the company said in a prepared statement.


June 6, 2016

U.K Firm Places a $480 Million Order for Lockheed Martin’s ‘ Helium Hybrid Airships

Phil bolton reports, it all started in a stinky former circus tent in Burbank, Calif., where a hand-picked team of Lockheed Aircraft Corp. engineers were working on a top secret project to counter the growing threat of the Luftwaffe’s jet fighters. “Skunk Works” became the official alias for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, a special, secretive division responsible for innovations, which developed the designs for the U-2, and the Lockheed Blackbirds, Nighthawks and Raptors.


June 3, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta’s swap of Bobby Jones Golf Course for a state parking deck rife with complexities   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta city officials plan to meet one final time with residents, on Friday, before the Atlanta City Council’s slated vote on June 6 on the proposed transfer of Bobby Jones Golf Course to the state. The deal involves multiple transactions, including one that will end Atlanta’s interests in the old World of Coke building.


June 3, 2016 Emory University

Internationally acclaimed public health researcher and academic leader Claire E. Sterk named Emory University's next president

Staff reports that Emory University Board of Trustees announced today that Claire E. Sterk, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory, has been selected as the university’s 20th president. She was elected by a unanimous vote of the trustees during its meeting in Atlanta. Sterk has been a member of the Emory community since 1995, when she was appointed to the faculty of the Rollins School of Public Health.


June 3, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA researchers to study effects of Georgia policy designed to curb opioid addiction

Erica Hensley reports that researchers at the University of Georgia will use a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study the effect of public policy aimed at limiting potential misuse and potentially inappropriate prescribing of opioids in vulnerable populations. The research grant provides $675,000 over three years to fund the study.


June 3, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Israeli solar energy company celebrates opening of Glynn County plant, first in the U.S.

Terry Dickson reports, with a "Shalom, y'all,'' an Israeli company celebrated the opening of a 49-acre solar generation plant north of the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, the company's first in the U.S. Energiya USA’s $20 million plant will generate 22 megawatts at full capacity, company president David M. Herskovits said, enough to power 8,500 homes.


June 3 ,2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Nominate your Legal Elite

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 29, 2016, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 14 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2016 issue. Any attorney who lives and works in Georgia and is a member of the Georgia bar is eligible to nominate a peer.


June 3, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

A river runs through it: Some fear that a pipeline submerged under the Etowah River may cause irreparable damage to an already fragile ecosystem   

Neil McGahee reports that fears of environmental testing by Houston-based Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. (TRANSCO) has some Bartow land owners concerned that a planned natural gas pipeline submerged under the Etowah River may cause irreparable damage to an already fragile ecosystem. TRANSCO, a subsidiary of Williams Partners LP and Atlanta-based Dogwood Enterprise Holdings Inc., entered into an agreement in 2014 to build the Dalton Expansion project, a 112-mile pipeline to transport Marcellus shale gas to the southeastern United States for electric power generation and natural gas distribution.


June 3, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

Georgia GOP chastises Gov. Nathan Deal, legislators on campus-carry, religious liberty

Walter C. Jones reports that Georgia Republicans passed eight resolutions at their state convention last weekend, including one expressing displeasure with Gov. Nathan Deal and state legislators, though not directly by name, over the failure to enact laws allowing guns on college campuses, and for “religious liberty.”


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Republicans back "in-state access" to medical marijuana

Greg Bluestein reports that the campaign to dramatically expand Georgia’s medical marijuana program got a boost when delegates to the Georgia Republican convention endorsed a resolution to support “in-state access” of cannabis oil and allow patients suffering from a range of additional medical conditions to qualify for the drug.



June 3, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

High schools improved, middle schools got worse with new state school grading system

Lee Shearer reports that high schools in Athens-Clarke County and surrounding counties consistently improved their scores from 2014 to 2015 on the state’s school grading system, but every middle school except one in the area saw a decline from 2014 on the latest College and Career Ready Performance Index scores. The CCRPI is the state’s tool for measuring how well students are being prepared for the next level of their education. Across the area, the score swings from 2014 to 2015 were often in double digits, especially on the downside.


June 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Columbus: Seeing the Big Picture

K.K. Snyder reports, just because things are going great doesn’t mean they can’t get better. With every sector of the community dialed in to the recently adopted Regional Prosperity Initiative, ‘up’ is the only direction Columbus and Muscogee County leaders will consider. For more than a decade, there has existed a need to define the identity of this city that morphed from a mill town floated on a textile economy to a center for financial data services and advanced manufacturing.


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke reportedly gets more than zero in trademark case

Matt Kempner reports that Coca-Cola appears to have scored a partial win in its battle for dibs on the word “zero.” Coke has tried for years to get exclusivity to use “zero” on beverages. Recently, the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that while Coke can register “zero” for non-calorie drinks such as Coca-Cola Zero, other makers of zero-calorie drinks also can use the word, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Qatar Airways’ Atlanta recruitment touts tax-free salary, housing

Carla Caldwell reports that Qatar Airways Company, which began daily non-stop service to and from Atlanta this week, says its employee recruitment drive in July will offer “competitive, tax-free salary, housing, medical insurance and other perks, in addition to the opportunity for rapid career advancement.” The Middle East carrier said it will soon announce recruitment drive dates.


June 3, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus is a city of disputed distinctions

Mike Owen reports that Columbus seems to have more than its share of disputed distinctions. When the Historic Columbus Foundation unveils its Soft Drink Heritage Trail of historic markers today at the W.C. Bradley Co., there are sure to be the nay-sayers who will say Atlanta is the real home of Coca-Cola, not Columbus. In spite of the fact that even Coke’s own retired historian says that the formula for Coca-Cola was probably concocted while pharmacist John Pemberton was living and working in Columbus, people still insist that it was born in the Big A. Those people are almost always from Atlanta.


June 3, 2016 Albany Herald

Lee Stockade women nominated for Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jennifer Parks reports that three members of the U.S. Congress submitted a letter to President Barack Obama in April nominating the Lee County Stockade Women for the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Reps. Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson Jr. and John Lewis, all from Georgia, nominated the women who — in the summer of 1963 — were imprisoned as young girls for their participation in the civil rights movement. In all, 15 girls ages 12-15 were confined in a stockade in Leesburg for two months under extremely poor conditions.


June 3, 2016 WSB Radio

Incipient drought in Georgia

Kirk Mellish reports that north Georgia is in short-term drought with anywhere from 1-7 inches of rain needed to meet short-term moisture needs for crops/lawns. Soil moisture is short in many areas of Georgia and most rivers and creeks/streams are lower than average. Thankfully however, lake levels are fine for now, staving off severe drought to start the summer and avoiding widespread water use restrictions for the time being.


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Doppler Studios calls it quits after 46 years in Atlanta

Phil W. Hudson reports that in 1969, one of Atlanta’s most legendary music studios opened its doors in Piedmont Heights. Now, after 46 years of operation, Doppler Studios will close its doors on June 10. According to the studio’s website, the property at 1922 Piedmont Circle was sold and Doppler Studios will “be closing its doors forever.”


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

More PPP numbers: On Nathan Deal, the U.S. Senate contest, the Braves and the 2018 race for governor

Jim Galloway reports that Public Policy Polling of North Carolina is out this afternoon with more Georgia survey numbers on a wide range of topics. Among them: Gov. Nathan Deal has a 50 percent approval rating among his fellow Republicans, but stronger-than-usual support among Democrats. The numbers most probably reflect the governor’s recent vetoes of campus-carry and “religious liberty” legislation.



June 2, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia To Overhaul Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Michell Eloy reports that to Rick Allen, the way Georgia currently monitors prescriptions for drugs like hydrocodone or oxycodone has some problems. “I have been threatened numerous times with going to jail, contempt of court,” said Allen, who leads the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency.


June 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Life Lessons

Neely Young writes, several times a year, I present a column made up of sayings. They can be used for speeches, sent to friends or just for your enjoyment. Called “I’ve Learned,” they show truth, wit and whimsy and should bring a smile to all. I’ve learned that: You should never be a critic of your wife’s choices because, remember, she chose you.


June 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chick-fil-A launches new mobile app

J. Scott Trubey reports that Chick-fil-A on Wednesday launched a new mobile app that allows customers to make custom orders and pay on the go. The new app, called Chick-fil-A One, is “the customer’s remote control for how they interact with Chick-fil-A,” said Michael Lage, the Atlanta-based company’s senior manager of digital experience.


June 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia banks starting strong in 2016

Phil W. Hudson reports that 2016 is starting off as a hot one for Georgia’s 194 state-based FDIC insured banks. According to Georgia Bankers Association, the Peach State’s banks earned $720.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 -- an increase of 9.3 percent over the same period in 2015. Total deposits, loans and assets all increased from the same period in 2015 as well as year-end totals.


June 2, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Fort Benning unveils $40 million solar facility

Chuck Williams reports, surrounded by acres of solar panels on the western edge of Fort Benning, Army and Georgia Power Company officials celebrated on Wednesday a joint project that will produce renewable energy for the post. The $40 million facility, built in about two years after it gained the required state approval, has 134,000 solar panels over more than 240 acres off 101st Airborne Road near the Uchee Creek recreational area on the Alabama side of the post.


June 2, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia consolidating Gwinnett DFCS, child support offices in new facility

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County is a big, growing county and that growth will soon lead to it having the largest population in the state. That, in turn, has lead to a growing demand for assistance from the county’s Department of Family and Children Services office, according to state DFCS Director Bobby Cagle. He added that as the department’s resources in the county have grown to meet that demand, staff has become spread across three offices in the county, which lead to logistics issues.


June 2, 2016 Brunswick News

Coastal Georgia nonprofit starts legal fund to fight coal ash transport and storage

Deborah Bayliss reports that a coastal Georgia environmental nonprofit has taken another step in its fight against a plan to transport and store coal ash in Wayne County that it says could be detriment to public health and the environment. “We think it’s extremely important that our water supply, wetlands, creeks and rivers be protected from this material and we will use every legal option we have to prevent it,” said David Kyler, executive director of the St. Simons Island based Center for a Sustainable Coast, the group that started the legal fund.


June 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Waterfalls

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, whether it’s man-made and strictly ornamental, running over a dam or naturally occurring and breathtaking, there’s just something about waterfalls. As the weather warms up, find your own bit of falling water at beautiful parks and sites across Georgia.


June 2, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta Fed reports mixed economic activity as rate hike on table next week

David Pendered reports that the Atlanta Fed released Wednesday an anecdotal report of economic activity that shows the South remains a bit of an outlier in relation to the rest of the nation. The differences were both positive and less than positive as the Federal Reserve is likely to consider a rate hike next week.
Tourism is a positive in the South, according to the June 1 edition of the Beige Book.


June 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola buys Unilever's soy beverage maker

Staff reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) will add to its non-carbonated offerings by buying Unilever’s AdeS soy-based beverage business for $575 million. Argentina-based AdeS is the top soy-based beverages brand in Latin America and has a presence in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, and Colombia. During 2015, AdeS sold 56.2 million unit cases of beverages and generated $284 million in revenue.


June 2, 2016 WABE 90.1 Ga.

ACLU Director Resigns Over Transgender Issues Dialogue

Martha Dalton reports that the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is looking for a new director, after Maya Dillard Smith resigned the post last week. Smith had only been on the job for a year, after moving from California. She says ultimately, it wasn’t a good fit. “It became clear that we were principally and philosophically different in opinion,” she says.



June 1, 2016

Deal: Apparel company to create more than 300 jobs in metro Atlanta

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that thredUP, a leading online marketplace for consumers to buy and sell like-new women’s and children’s clothing, will establish a distribution and warehouse operation in Gwinnett County. This project represents the creation of more than 300 new jobs in the metro Atlanta area. “thredUP's decision to grow its business here in Georgia is a direct reflection of our first-rate workforce and the ease of access we provide to the company's online customer base,” said Deal.


June 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Reaching for the Stars

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, when the book is written about the phenomenal rise of the film and television industry in Georgia, writers and researchers will look back to find the beginnings of that growth.They’ll discover a few deep roots – Gone with the Wind (1939), which wasn’t filmed here but was birthed here and premiered here with all of the Hollywood hoopla; Deliverance (1972), the movie that may have kept some folks out of the North Georgia Mountains but that put the area on filmmakers’ maps; and Forrest Gump (1994), which impressed upon the film world the location possibilities of Savannah – but nothing, really, that would indicate the kudzu-like spread of the industry today.


June 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Equifax sued over theft of Kroger workers’ info

Russell Grantham reports that hackers used a website run by a unit of Atlanta-based Equifax to steal sensitive personal information from W-2 forms on possibly hundreds of thousands of Kroger employees, according to a lawsuit. The lawsuit said Kroger told employees that it believed identity thieves had already used information obtained from Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting firms, to file fraudulent tax returns on some of the supermarket’s employees.


June 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

HD Supply sells Interior Solutions unit

Staff reports that HD Supply Inc. (NYSE: HDS) sold its HD Supply Interior Solutions business unit to Carlsbad, Calif.-based Interior Specialists Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The business is the nation’s top provider of outsourced design center services to national and regional homebuilders, with 165 locations across the nation.


June 1, 2016 WABE 90.1

Despite Overdose Epidemic, Ga. Puts Pause On Opioid Programs

Michelle Eloy reports that Zac Talbot sees the irony of running an opioid treatment program in an old doctor’s office. “The funny thing is, a lot of patients are like, ‘This is where I first started getting prescribed pain pills,’” Talbot says, chuckling.No w, the Tennessee native says the same people are coming to his clinic in Chatsworth, Georgia, a small city about a half-hour south of the Tennessee border, to fight their addiction to those very pills.


June 1, 2016 Saporta Report

GSU economist predicts Fed won’t hike rates; local job gains remain muted

David Pendered reports that the head of Georgia State University’s Economic Forecasting Center has discounted the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at meetings next week. GSU economist Rajeev Dhawan suggested the noise created by the media over various economic reports drowns out the lessons to be learned from the reports. In his “Forecast of the Nation,” released May 26, Dhawan wrote: “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are of interest to the press for their noise potential. These are submitted weeks in advance of the meeting and as such are purely opinions and not policy projections, resulting in confusion.”


June 1, 2016 Gainesville Times

Sweet Acre Farms Winery open after several years of planning

Jennifer Linn reports that much like a wine that has been aged, Sweet Acre Farms Winery is finally ready. The wine tasting room has been built, the wines are stocked and the wine slushie machine is in place. Sweet Acre Farms Winery is ready for its grand opening after several years of planning and building. The Alto winery specializes in fruit wines, and although it has been open several weekends now, a grand opening celebration is set for 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


June 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola Enterprises becomes Coca-Cola European Partners

Staff reports that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is no more. The marketer and distributor of Coke products on Tuesday completed its merger with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners S.A.U., and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH to become Coca-Cola European Partners plc (NYSE: CCE). It is based in London.


June 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal to skip this weekend’s Georgia GOP convention in Augusta

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican activists seeking to rebuke Gov. Nathan Deal at this weekend’s GOP convention in Augusta won’t be able to do it in person. The governor’s office said Deal will be at the Governor’s Mansion hosting elite high school students on Friday and Saturday at an event planned about a year ago. The scheduling conflict means Deal will sidestep what was shaping to be an awkward meeting of the party’s faithful.



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