Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print

Dec. 2, 2016

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

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


Dec. 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Southwest Georgia: Diversity Reigns

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


Dec. 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

5 major projects that will reshape Atlanta forever

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


Dec. 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta pilots approve new contract, get immediate 18% raise

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


Dec. 2, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Uptick in Georgia banks’ earnings may be reflection of economy

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


Dec. 2, 2016 University of Georgia

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

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


Dec. 2, 2016 Georgia Health News

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

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


Dec. 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Dec. 2, 2016 WABE 90.1

After Overhaul Approval, Judicial Watchdog Agency Could See More Changes

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


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

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

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



Dec. 1, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

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

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


Dec. 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Legal Evolution

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


Dec. 1, 2016 WABE 90.1

Rain Helps Crews Fighting Wildfires In North Georgia

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


Dec. 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta set for historic Atlanta-Cuba flights

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


Dec. 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Dec. 1, 2016 Georgia Tech

Tech Gets Gold for Bike Friendliness

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


Dec. 1, 2016 UGA

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

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


Dec. 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Al Pacino

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


Dec. 1, 2016 Newnan Times Herald

Megasite developers moving forward, seeking variances

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


Dec. 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Dec. 1, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia Supreme Court orders JQC to reconsider court access opinion

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


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

Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama: Recognize Palestine before you leave

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



Nov. 30, 2016

Deal announces search for cityhood commission members

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


Nov. 30, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia votes

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


Nov. 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia banks’ profits rise even as their footprint shrinks

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


Nov. 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Nov. 30, 2016 Georgia Tech

$17 Million Grant Will Identify Cybersecurity Virtual Actors

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


Nov. 30, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

New program exposes middle-schoolers to skilled labor careers

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


Nov. 30, 2016 University of Georgia  

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

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


Nov. 30, 2016 Gainesville Times

Feldman named executive director for Georgia Mountains Regional Commission

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


Nov. 30, 2016 WABE 90.1

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

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


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

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

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



Nov. 29, 2016 GPB

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

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


Nov. 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Hank Huckaby receives Blanchard Award

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


Nov. 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Nov. 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia spaceport opponents question suitability of site

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


Nov. 29, 2016 UGA

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

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


Nov. 29, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia Board of Regents names two new officers

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


Nov. 29, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

Zachary named regional editor

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


Nov. 29, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


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

Here are the candidates eyeing Tom Price’s House seat

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



Nov. 28, 2016

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

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


Nov. 28, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: Looking Up Down South

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


Nov. 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta launching flights to Cuba Dec. 1

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


Nov. 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Nov. 28, 2016 Macon Telegraph

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

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


Nov. 28, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ambassador Andrew Young On How Modern Atlanta Was Made

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


Nov. 28, 2016 Saporta Report

Clark Atlanta receives federal grant for community innovation   

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


Nov. 28, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Leaders focus on struggling schools

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


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

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

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



Nov. 25, 2016 WXIA

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

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


Nov. 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

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


Nov. 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta Pilots Voting on deal with 30% raises

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


Nov. 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgians expected to spend $655B on 2016 holiday shopping

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


Nov. 25, 2016 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Developer Woos Customers Away From Online Retailers

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


Nov. 25, 2016 Brunswick News

Company plans 10-lot subdivision on Cumberland

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


Nov. 25, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

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

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


Nov. 25, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Nov. 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


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

The Republicans who could compete to replace Tom Price

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



Nov. 23, 2016 GPB

Fire In The Mountains: Georgia Fights Wildfires As Blazes Continue

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


Nov. 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Hank Huckaby receives Blanchard Award

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


Nov. 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Nov. 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia chicken price index overhauled

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


nov. 23, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Nov. 23, 2016 Georgia Health News

Georgia slightly above average in health care spending

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


Nov. 23, 2016

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

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


Nov. 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Nov. 23, 2016 Macon Telegraph

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

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


Nov. 23, 2016 WABE 90.1

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

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


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

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

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



Nov. 22, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Hotel Industry Braces For Religious Exemption Bills

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


Nov. 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sports Desk: Whoa, Nellie!

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


Nov. 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Nov. 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Nov. 22, 2016 Georgia Health News

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

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


Nov. 22, 2016 University of Georgia

Early applications to UGA reach new high, set academic records

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


Nov. 22, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

KaMin Wrens plant celebrates 50 years of operation

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


Nov. 22, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

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

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


Nov. 22, 2016 Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


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

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

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



Nov. 21, 2016 Times-Free Press

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

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


Nov. 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters:A Whole New World

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


Nov. 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home sales down, prices up, Gwinnett leads pack

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


Nov. 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Nov. 21, 2016 Georgia Health News

State is underpaying child service groups, memo confirms

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


Nov. 21, 2016

Deal announces first winner of the Innovation Fund Tiny Grant program

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


Nov. 21, 2016 WABE 

Emory Plans Healthcare Expansion At Interstate-85

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


Nov. 21, 2016 Macon Telegraph

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

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


Nov. 21, 2016 GPB

Report: Deportations In Georgia Above National Average

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


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

Georgia’s GOP electors stand by Donald Trump amid pressure

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


Nov. 21, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Georgia’s agenda suddenly changed

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



Nov. 18, 2016

Deal elevates drought response levels, further restricts outdoor water use

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


Nov. 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: What Are We Trading?

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


Nov. 18, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia's Unemployment Rate Rose In October

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


Nov. 18, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Nov. 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Nov. 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Widely used GA chicken-price estimate under scrutiny

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


Nov. 18, 2016

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

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


Nov. 18, 2016 Macon Telegraph

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

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


Nov. 18, 2016 Georgia Historical Society

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

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


Nov. 18, 2016 August Chronicle

Columbia County unveils economic development strategy

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


Nov. 18, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Rep. Joyce Chandler wins recount in House District 105 race

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


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

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

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



Nov. 17, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia’s ports have big economic impact on Gwinnett

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


Nov. 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes

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


Nov. 17, 2016 Georgia Trust

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

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


Nov. 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Nov. 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WeWork to house almost 1,000 workers at Colony Square

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


Nov. 17, 2016 Savannah Morning News

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

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


Nov. 17, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Hotel new to Georgia to be built in the midstate

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


Nov. 17, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

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

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


Nov. 17, 2016 University of Georgia

Peabody launches Media Center

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


Nov. 17, 2016 Georgia State University

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

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


Nov. 17, 2016

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

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


Nov. 17, 2016 GPB

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

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


Nov. 17, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia School Officials Tackle Post-Election Harassment

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


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

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

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



Nov. 16, 2016 WABE 90.1

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

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


Nov. 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

On the Cutting Edge

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


Nov. 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta employees to get 6 percent raises

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


Nov. 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Journal

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

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


Nov. 16, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council OKs asking legislature for referendum on casino gambling

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


Nov. 16, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Georgia lawmakers plan policing bills next year

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


Nov. 16, 2016 University of Georgia

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

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


Nov. 16, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett receives grant for housing undocumented criminal aliens

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


Nov. 16, 2016 Georgia Health News

Smoke from wildfires casts pall over Georgians’ health

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


Nov. 16, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

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

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


Nov. 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Journal

Poultry industry must grow to feed world, exec says

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


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

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

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



Nov. 14, 2016 WABE 90.1

Full-Time Jobs Remain Elusive For Some Georgia Workers

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


Nov. 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Game-Changers

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


Nov. 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Contract delays leave empty spots at Atlanta Airport

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


Nov. 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Manufacturing expansion boosts rural Georgia

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


Nov. 14, 2016 Brunswick News

Study shows poverty is right at home in Coastal Georgia

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


Nov. 14, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Nov. 14, 2016 Gainesville Times

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

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


Nov. 14, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

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

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


Nov. 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Panelists bullish on future of Georgia

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


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

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

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



Nov. 11, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. DACA Recipients Worry What's Next After Election

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


Nov. 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Home Alone?

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


Nov. 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

TSYS subsidiary NetSpend sued by FTC for deceptive marketing

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


Nov. 11, 2016 Georgia State University

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

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


Nov. 11, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA enrollment up slightly, now 36,574

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


Nov. 11, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett parks named Georgia’s top recreation agency

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


Nov. 11, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Nov. 11, 2016 GPB

Can Big Data Help Farmers Use Less Water?

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


Nov. 11, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah moving ahead with tourism plan

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


Nov. 11, 2016 Albany Herald

Grand Island closure ends golfing; hospital future still uncertain

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


Nov. 11, 2016 Brunswick News

DNR hosts climate conference on Jekyll Island

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


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

Doug Collins makes a House leadership play

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



Nov. 10, 2016 WABE 90.1

Donald Trump Victory Ripples Through Georgia Politics

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


Nov. 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Business Casual: A $20-million Toast

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


Nov. 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What Trump’s win means for the metro Atlanta economy

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


Nov. 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Nov. 10, 2016 Gainesville Times

University of North Georgia enrollment up 5.4 percent

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


Nov. 10, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus lawyer sees old classmate named Don become president-elect

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


Nov. 10, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah to consider $42,900 tourism management plan

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


Nov. 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Spotted in Georgia — Dalton Distillery

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


Nov. 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Nov. 10, 2016 Georgia Health News

How will a Trump presidency affect health care in Georgia?

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


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

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

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



Nov. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Nov. 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Newton County: Past meets Future

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


Nov. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS said to plan big hub on Fulton Industrial

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


Nov. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Acquisitions spur AMC to explore a two-brand approach

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


Nov. 9, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike Cinemas benefits from Hollywood’s summer blockbusters

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


Nov. 9, 2016 Gainesville Times

Failing schools amendment rejected by voters

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


Nov. 9, 2016 Macon Telegraph

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

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


Nov. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

South Carolina firm pays $50.5 million for Buckhead apartment project

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


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

How Trump won Georgia and other takeaways from a stunning night

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


Nov. 9, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Moving beyond the election

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




Nov. 8, 2016

Deal: October tax revenues up 8.6 percent

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


Nov. 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Best Places to Work nominations

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


Nov. 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

EarthLink to be acquired in merger of telecom firms

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


Nov. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Regents to vote on Georgia State purchase of Turner Field

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


Nov. 8, 2016 Gainesville Times

Court quashes warrant to inspect poultry plant

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


Nov. 8, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Nov. 8, 2016 WABE 90.1

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

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


Nov. 8, 2016 Brunswick News

Survey available to provide feedback on state ESSA plan

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


Nov. 8, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Macon company making more than $25 million investment for expansion

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


Nov. 8, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Some familiar names are on sheriff ballots in Southeast Georgia

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


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

Georgia Republicans clear the deck for a Johnny Isakson finish

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



Nov. 7, 2016 GPB

Brenda Lopez Likely To Be First Latina In Georgia Legislature

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


Nov. 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Transaction Alley

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


Nov. 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DOT limits Delta-Aeromexico venture in tentative nod

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


Nov. 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Nov. 7, 2016 Savannah Morning News

State in talks over crippled Tybee well

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


Nov. 7, 2016 Georgia Health News

Narrow networks may leave some patients without care they counted on

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


Nov. 7, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Leadership Georgia visits Newnan to focus on health care

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


Nov. 7, 2016 WABE 90.1

Hank Stewart To Be Named Atlanta Poet Laureate

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


Nov. 7, 2016 Albany Herald

Southwest Georgia hospitals react to Leapfrog scores

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


Nov. 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Silver Sp0on - Awards

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


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

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

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



Nov. 4, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Cohutta Wilderness fire grows past 2,700 acres

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


Nov. 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Candler County: Everything’s Better

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


Nov. 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners’ startup incubator officially opens

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


Nov. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Which small cities in Georgia are among the best in America?

Phil W. Hudson reports, if you’re looking for some good, small town Southern living, there are a slew of cities in Georgia that may tickle your fancy. According to a new report from the personal-finance website WalletHub, Georgia has 30 of the country’s best small cities.



Nov. 4, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press


Nissin Brake hiring 40 for Rock Spring plant

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor will help Nissin Brake recruit about 40 full-time assembly workers to work in Rock Spring, Ga. The recruitment will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Fort Oglethorpe City Hall located at 500 City Hall Drive. Department staff will be onsite to help screen applicants.


Nov. 4, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA School of Law leads state in bar exam passage rate

Lona Panter reports that the University of Georgia School of Law saw a high percentage of its graduates pass the July 2016 Georgia bar exam. The passage rate for first-time test takers from Georgia Law was 87.5 percent, 12.2 percentage points higher than the state average of 75.3 percent for ABA-approved law schools. For all Georgia Law graduates who took the July 2016 exam, 86.1 percent passed versus the state average of 71.1 percent.


Nov. 4, 2016 Emory University

Emory welcomes Shakespeare's First Folio

Staff reports that “The First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” opens Saturday, Nov. 5, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The Emory display is part of a national traveling exhibition sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Library Association and the Cincinnati Museum Center that will bring the playwright’s first published collection to all 50 states, along with Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.


Nov. 4, 2016 Georgia Health News

Less than one-quarter of Georgia hospitals score “A” in safety ratings

Andy Miller reports that just 22 percent of Georgia hospitals received an “A” grade on patient safety in the latest ratings from the Leapfrog Group. That put Georgia in a tie for 36th place among states ranked on percentages of top-safety hospitals.


Nov. 4, 2016 WABE 90.1

Etowah Artifacts Come Back To Georgia After A Century In Storage

Molly Samuel reports that about a century ago, the Smithsonian collected artifacts from Georgia’s Etowah Indian Mounds. Since then, they’ve been sitting in storage; most haven’t been studied or displayed publicly.  Now those artifacts are coming back to Georgia, to go on display for the first time. To choose pieces for this show, curators from Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville made a few trips to the Smithsonian.


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

Rosalynn Carter hits the campaign trail for Georgia Democrats

Greg Bluestein reports, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is hitting the campaign trail in Georgia on Friday as Democrats make their final pitch before the vote. Carter is part of the “Georgia GOTV Road Trip” to boost the party’s turnout, with polls show a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Republican is favored to win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, but Democrats hope a final push can flip the state – or at least come close enough to help lay the groundwork for 2018.



Nov. 3, 2016

Georgia ranked No. 1 state for business for fourth consecutive year

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the fourth consecutive year by Site Selection magazine, a leading economic development trade publication.


Nov. 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Rolling Out the Red Carpet

Neely Young writes, influential publications including Site Selection and Area Development magazines have called Georgia the No. 1 state for business. You still might wonder, though, why our state is so great. I think we should change Georgia’s brand to help spread the word. My suggestion? “Georgia, the Welcome State!” Come to Georgia all of you who are tired of the cold weather, the high cost of living and are looking for a great quality of life.


Nov. 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta scores a perfect 100 on national LGBT protections report

Becca J.G. Godwin reports that, for the fourth year in a row, Atlanta was the only Georgia city to receive a perfect score of 100 on a national report that evaluates protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.   The Human Rights Campaign recently released its annual Municipal Equality Index, which assesses laws, policies and services related to non-discrimination in the nation's cities.


Nov. 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Herman J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship lands $2.9 million investment from U.S. Department of Commerce

Phil W. Hudson reports that Herman J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship just scored more than $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce to fund the design and renovation of an existing building for development of the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Atlanta.


Nov. 3, 2016 Saporta Report

Woodruff Arts Center raises $110 million; Alliance Theatre to rename its main stage after Coca-Cola

Maria Saporta reports that aising more than $10 million over its goal, the Woodruff Arts Center’s Transformation Campaign ended up raising  $110 million more than two years ahead of schedule. The record-breaking campaign ended up receiving a multimillion dollar undisclosed gift from the Coca-Cola Co. to support the renovation of the Alliance Theatre. As a result, the main stage will be named the Coca-Cola  Stage at the Alliance Theatre when the renovated venue opens in the fall of 2018.


Nov. 3, 2016 Georgia Health News

Behavioral Health chief picked to run Georgia’s Medicaid agency

Andy Miller reports that Frank Berry, head of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, will replace Clyde Reese as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health. Gov. Nathan Deal, who made the Berry announcement Wednesday, also nominated Judy Fitzgerald, DBHDD’s current chief of staff, as its new commissioner. Pending approval by the board, Fitzgerald will take over the role Dec. 1.


Nov. 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Shootin’ the ‘Hooch

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, fall color and summer temps along the Chattahoochee River.


Nov. 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Canadian home improvement mall eyes Atlanta location

Staff reports that Improve, which operates a "home improvement mall" in Toronto, wants to build a new 320,000-square-foot home improvement center in Doraville.


Nov. 3, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Voters Could Give Governor Even More Power

Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgians regularly choose which politicians they want to represent them in state government. Governors and statewide officials are elected every four years, and legislators every two. Voters this year have a rare opportunity to say how powerful one of those politicians should be, the governor. If approved, Constitutional Amendment One, also known as the “Opportunity School District” proposal, would add to the many legal and indirect powers of the governor's office.


Nov. 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal speaks of ‘colored people’ in speech about Amendment 1

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign for a statewide Opportunity School District took another hit on Wednesday when a television station reported he used the words “colored people” to a Savannah audience during a speech about the proposal.



Nov. 2, 2016 New York Times

Hatched From Peanuts, the South’s Hot New Oil

Kim Severson reports that there may be more improbable culinary trails than the one that leads from a red clay road here in the country’s most prolific peanut-growing state to Beyoncé’s plate at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. But as zero-to-hero food tales go, this is a good one. The star of the story is cold-pressed green peanut oil, which some of the best cooks in the South have come to think of as their local answer to extra-virgin olive oil.


Nov. 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Silver Spoon Awards

Krista Reece reports, apologies to Dinah Washington, but … What a difference a year makes. At the time I wrote last year’s Silver Spoons, Atlanta was poised on the brink of a dining revolution. I wondered how the brand-new Ponce City Market (PCM), the ambitious gut renovation of the hulking, long-abandoned Sears store just east of Midtown, would affect an already percolating scene, with Inman Park’s just-hatched Krog Street Market already feeding the fire.


Nov. 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gas pipeline operator aims for weekend restart

Russell Grantham and Michael Kanell reports that a major gasoline pipeline serving metro Atlanta will be out of service the rest of this week, the operator said Tuesday, a day after the line was shut down when a work accident in Alabama led to an explosion and fire that killed one worker. Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline hopes to restart the line by the end of Saturday, a spokeswoman said.


Nov. 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed Estimates 2.7 Percent Expansion in Q4

Jessica Saunders reports that the U.S. economy is on pace for annualized growth of 2.7 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the GDPNow forecast model of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The regional central bank said on its website Monday that its final estimate on third-quarter GDP was 2.1 percent, which was well below the 2.9 percent the government reported on Friday.


Nov. 2, 2016

U.S. Officials: We’re Actually Not Getting ‘Ripped Off’ on Trade

Trevon Williams reports that despite rhetoric on the campaign trail about the U.S. being “ripped off” in its trading relationships, the top American officials in charge of trade and commerce said Friday that trade rules are being enforced more stringently than ever. And beyond that, trade deals are a way to adjust global trading rules that can sometimes work to the disadvantage of U.S. firms, especially the smaller ones that don’t have big legal teams, the officials said.


Nov. 2, 2016 WABE 90.1

Mayor Reed Announces $192.5M Philips Arena Redesign

Lisa Hagen reports that the home of the Hawks is getting an upgrade. Today Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the city will contribute $142.5 million to redesign Philips Arena. The Hawks will pay $50 million. Reed says $110 million of the city's portion is to come from an extension of the car rental tax.


Nov. 2, 2016 GPB

In High School Graduation, State Improves While State Charters Lag

Grant Blankenship reports that Georgia continues to improve its graduation rate, but the state's high school experiments, its charter schools, are lagging behind. Georgia’s high school graduation rate improved for a fifth straight year, according to data released Tuesday by the State Department of Education, to 79.2 percent. That’s about 3 points off the national rate.


Nov. 2, 2016 Calhoun Times

YANMAR America Corporation will create 25 new jobs in Cherokee County, Ga., invest $20 million

Staff reports that the  Georgia Department of Economic Development  today announced that YANMAR America Corporation, a manufacturer of advanced performance diesel engines, equipment and gas engine based energy systems, will open a new training and customer experience facility in Cherokee County, creating 25 jobs and investing $20 million into the local community.


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

White voter registration sinks below 57 percent in Georgia

Jim Galloway reports that the number of white registered voters in Georgia continues its incremental decline, dropping from 59 percent in 2012 to under 57 percent for next Tuesday, according to the latest figures out of Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office. In fact, white voters make up the only demographic to experience a decline in raw numbers over the last four years – down by more than 91,000 voters.



Nov. 1, 2016 WABE 90.1

Report: Ga. High School Dropout Rate Above National Average

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia’s high school graduation rate has increased the past few years. But new data from the National Center for Education Statistics show the state’s high school dropout rate is above the national average. It’s important to note these two numbers do not have an inverse relationship. For example, Georgia’s high school graduation rate for 2013 was about 72 percent. That did not mean its dropout rate that year was 28 percent.


Nov. 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 40 Under 40 event

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that on Oct. 26, Georgia Trend magazine hosted the 20th 40 Under 40 class at the Egyptian Ballroom at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre. The event featured keynote speaker Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy and a member of the 2008 40 Under 40 class. His mixture of rap, dance, near-acrobatics, high-energy and words of wisdom inspired and entertained not only some of Georgia’s best and brightest, but everyone in the room.


Nov. 1, 2016 Georgia Historical Society Ambassador

Andrew Young, Billy Payne, Mayor Kasim Reed, and Vince Dooley to Dedicate Georgia Historical Marker to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games

Staff reports that the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) invite you to relive the pride and spirit of the 1996 Olympic Games at the dedication of a new Georgia historical marker in Centennial Olympic Park, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in Atlanta.


Nov. 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Supreme Court blocks South Dakota payday lender

Russell Grantham reports that an out-of-state lender will have to put up $15 million and possibly stand trial for allegedly violating Georgia’s law against payday lending, the state’s supreme court ruled. In a unanimous decision released Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected the lender’s petition to have the case in Fulton County dismissed. Western Sky Financial, an online lender based in South Dakota, had argued that a Georgia state law prohibiting payday lending didn’t apply to out-of-state lenders.


Nov. 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

EMA: Colonial Pipeline operates pipeline involved in explosion that injured 7

Jessica Saunders reports that multiple first responders and fire departments are on the scene of a reported pipeline explosion in western Shelby County, Ala. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) says that this is pipeline is operated by Alpharetta, Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline and it has been shut down, according to a report by WBRC. However, because there is still product left in the line, the fire following the explosion will continue to burn for some time.


Nov. 1, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Alumnus Assumes Command of International Space Station

Staff reports that for the second time this year, a Georgia Tech alumnus is the commander of the International Space Station (ISS). Shane Kimbrough (M.S. Operations Research 1998) assumed command of the station during a ceremony Friday afternoon. He replaces Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin, who leaves the ISS Saturday night with American Kate Rubins and Japan’s Takuyu Onishi. 


Nov. 1, 2016 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Columbus State ranked No. 1 in GA for online programs; Columbus Tech is No. 7

Mark Rice reports that Columbus State University is No. 1 among Georgia’s four-year schools and Columbus Technical College is No. 7 among the state’s two-year schools in a new ranking of online programs. collected and analyzed data from every accredited public or not-for-profit private postsecondary institution in the United States to determine “which colleges offered the most notable balances of academic rigor, student support and affordability for online learning,” according to the website.


Nov. 1, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Geek Fringe: Free web development course aims to offer skills to Savannah’s under-represented communities

Adam Messer reports that as Savannah’s tech sector grows, gaining entry-level skills poses a challenge for those with fewer resources. Kevin Lawver aims to bridge the gap by offering a free RailsBridge course, Intro to Web Development: HTML & CSS, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Creators’ Foundry. Lawver describes himself as a self-taught developer building things for the web since 1996.


Nov. 1, 2016 Saporta Report

George Dusenbury named head of Trust for Public Land – Georgia   

Maria Saporta reports that veteran parks and conservation advocate George Dusenbury IV has been named the Georgia State Director for the Trust for Public Land. He succeeds Curt Soper, who moved to the Pacific Northwest this summer to accept a position as executive director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.


Nov. 1, 2016 Georgia Health News

Community Health chief leaving to become judge

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced the appointment of the Department of Community Health’s commissioner, Clyde Reese, to the Georgia Court of Appeals. Reese, 57, has served as commissioner of DCH, the state’s main health care agency, since 2013. He will fill the vacancy on the bench created by the retirement of Judge Herbert E. Phipps. The appointment will take effect Dec. 1.


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

Shifting Georgia: A look at 5 of the Peach State’s purplest districts

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia isn’t blue or red. Vast portions of the state, from peanut country in rural South Georgia to the fast-growing Atlanta suburbs, are a purply stew. And those sections — call them the swingiest of Georgia’s swing districts — could decide not only the state’s tight presidential race but also the elections down the ballot. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution visited five state House districts scattered across Georgia where the race for the White House seems the tightest.



Oct. 31, 2016 WABE 90.1

How The Florida-Georgia Water Fight Could Affect Atlanta

Molly Samuel reports that arguments in an unusual U.S. Supreme Court case begin on Monday. It’s the latest battle in a decades-long fight over water in the South known as the “Water Wars.” The outcome could affect farmers in South Georgia, oystermen in Florida, and how people live and do business in Atlanta.


Oct. 31, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From good roads to better transit

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, as discussions about transit and transportation evolve around the state, it may be time for a look back at the origin of paved roads – it’s not what you think – and a peek at the ways transportation and transit are changing in the Peach State. This evolution looks in many ways like another instance of everything old is new again.


Oct. 31, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How much state incentives might Anthem get for Atlanta tech center?

Scott Trubey reports that health care giant Anthem’s plan for a technology center in Atlanta’s tallest tower could come with an incentive package valued at more than $50 million, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Anthem, parent of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, made waves this week when it announced plans to put 1,800 new jobs in Bank of America Plaza.


Oct. 31, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Shaw Industries plans $24 million Create Centre in Cartersville

Staff reports that flooring giant Shaw Industries Group Inc. will open in late 2017 a $24 million, 67,000-square-foot design and innovation center in Cartersville, Ga. The Gensler-designed “Create Centre” facility near Shaw Plant 94 will house marketing, design and innovation associates, including Shaw Contract’s marketing and product design teams.


Oct. 31, 2016 Gainesville Times

Could water wars court trial be 'end game’ in 26-year-old conflict?

Jeff Gill reports that a major “water wars” trial between Georgia and Florida is set to start Monday on Halloween — interesting timing, as the issue of water sharing has haunted the two states, as well as Alabama, for more than two decades. The latest court battle, taking place in Portland, Maine, could be a significant milestone, observers of the exhaustive conflict said in interviews last week.


Oct. 31, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Second floor renovations for Unisys expected by month’s end

Damon Cline reports that Unisys, the pre-eminent player in the metro area's booming cybersecurity industry, pledged two years ago to create at least 700 jobs at its global security support center in downtown Augusta.


Oct. 31, 2016 Emory University

BRAIN grant to fund study of how the mind learns

Carol Clark reports, how does the brain correct mistakes and guide the process of learning a skill? Why do some individuals learn faster than others? Two Emory researchers – biophysicist Ilya Nemenman and biologist Sam Sober – recently received a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative to explore these questions through a theoretical-experimental framework.


Oct. 31, 2016 Georgia Health News 

Commentary: A less wasteful way to make care available

Kelly McCutchen writes, the affordability of health care became a headline issue again this week, with the spike in Obamacare premiums reported for next year. Georgia also has significant health care access issues, with rural hospital closures and doctor shortages.


Oct. 31, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson declines to shy away from Parkinson’s diagnosis

Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia’s three U.S. Senate candidates were sparring over congressional term limits during a recent Atlanta Press Club debate when the discussion dallied into a subject matter incumbent Johnny Isakson’s challengers had studiously tried to avoid.



Oct. 28, 2016 Georgia Tech

U.S. News Ranks Georgia Tech in Top 100 of Best Global Universities

Lance Wallace reports that recently released Best Global Universities rankings from U.S. News and World Report place the Georgia Institute of Technology at 66 out of 1,000 universities from 60 countries. The ranking is based on 12 indicators that measure academic research performance, publications and citations, international collaboration, number of doctorates granted as well as global and regional reputation.


Oct. 28, 2016 Georgia Tend - Exclusive!

Athens/Clarke County: Reaping the Awards

Lori Johnston reports that Athens-Clarke County’s economic development leaders are attracting corporations and creative tech startups to say yes to the community’s vibrant culture and low cost of living. This summer, Voxpro, an Ireland-based company that provides multilingual customer experience and technical support solutions for clients such as Airbnb, Nest and Google, announced plans to invest $4 million and bring more than 500 jobs to Athens by 2020.


Oct. 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This north Fulton area is one of America's 'Best Cities to Live'

Staff reports that Johns Creek has yet another national ranking it can boast about. 24/7 Wall St. - an online publication that produces business and financial news - released this week its America's Top 50 Cities to Live ranking, and Johns Creek cracked the list with an overall positions of four.


Oct. 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia students improve on 'Nation's Report Card'

Mark Meltzer reports that the vast majority of U.S. students still lack a solid grasp of science despite some modest gains by fourth and eighth graders, especially girls and minorities, the New York Times reports. The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation's Report Card, released Thursday shows only about a third of fourth and eighth graders demonstrated strong academic performance in the sciences.


Oct. 28, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac reports $629 million profit, upgrades full-year outlook

Tony Adams reports that supplemental insurer Aflac reported a profit of $629 million in the third quarter of this year, while also sweetening the pot with an upgrade of its full-year outlook for operating earnings per share. Aflac, headquartered on Wynnton Road in Columbus, revised its diluted operating earnings projection from a range of $6.17 to $6.41 per share to the loftier expectation of between $6.40 to $6.60 per share.


Oct. 28, 2016 Savannah Morning News

CEO says Memorial Health still losing money

Jan Skutch reports that Memorial Health President/CEO Maggie Gill on Wednesday night told her board that the health care system continues to lose money, as anticipated, in the face of changes in the health care environment. “It’s not a surprise,” Gill told the Memorial Health board, which governs Memorial University Medical Center and its sister groups. “We are seeing our revenues go down.”


Oct. 28, 2016 Brunswick News

Environmental group calls on local agencies to join coal ash fight

Deborah Bayliss reports that the chief executive officer of a local nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve the Georgia coast wants two local commissions to get to get involved with addressing the potential storage of coal ash in neighboring Wayne County. Megan Desrosiers, chief executive officer of 100 Miles in Brunswick, addressed both the Brunswick City Commission and the Brunswick Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission recently to educate them on the threat she said storing coal ash in municipal solid waste landfills creates.


Oct. 28, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Fun Academy aims to make Columbus an animated film production magnet

Tony Adams reports that a Columbus company called Fun Academy Motion Pictures is quietly laying the groundwork to become a major player in the animated motion-picture industry, with plans to launch an animation studio locally over the next couple of years.


Oct. 28, 2016 Albany Herald

Freddie Powell Sims touts benefits of Amendment 1 to Albany Rotarians

Terry Lewis reports that during the last legislative session in Atlanta, when state Sen. Freddie Powell Sims, D-Dawson, co-sponsored SB 133, which eventually morphed into Amendment 1, she knew she was sticking her neck out. The Opportunity School District referendum is one of the cornerstones of Gov. Nathan Deal’s education reform package, which will be front and center in the upcoming session.


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

Senate challenger says Johnny Isakson to blame for Pentagon’s PR disaster

Tamar Hallerman reports that Pentagon hasn’t had the best week thanks to a series of reports in The Los Angeles Times detailing how it was forcing current and former members of the military to repay enlistment bonuses that were doled out erroneously by the California National Guard in the mid-2000s. Georgia’s Defense Department said the state isn’t experiencing the same issues with its own National Guardsmen, but that hasn’t stopped Jim Barksdale, the Democratic newcomer challenging Johnny Isakson for his U.S. Senate seat, from raising questions about what the Republican and his staff knew and when.



Oct. 27, 2016

Deal: Anthem, Inc. to create 1,800 jobs in Midtown Atlanta

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed,  announced that Anthem, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, will create approximately 1,800 information technology-related jobs in establishing an IT services hub in Midtown Atlanta. Anthem will invest more than $20 million in the community throughout the next six years.


Oct. 27, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Art at the High

Karen Kirkpatrick  posts a photo of Taago, 2006, aluminum and copper wire, at the High Museum in Atlanta. The work is by Nigeria-based artist El Anatsui.


Oct. 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reed: Deal off to sell Atlanta’s civic center

Scott Trubey and Leon Stafford report that a deal to sell Atlanta’s civic center to a private developer appears to be dead. Mayor Kasim Reed told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that negotiations to sell the Atlanta’s civic center to a development firm have been scratched after more than a year. But an executive with the Texas-based real estate firm said he is hopeful a deal can still be salvaged.


Oct. 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Google Fiber halts fiber expansion

Jessica Saunders reports that, in a blog post, Craig Barratt, senior vice president at Google parent company Alphabet and CEO of Access, the business unit responsible for the Fiber program, outlined changes in the business that include a halt on work for “potential fiber cities.” The service is already available in Atlanta and eight other metros including Kansas City; Austin, Texas; and Charlotte, N.C.


Oct. 27, 2016 SAME

Small Business Conference for Federal Construction Programs coming to Atlanta Nov. 16-18

Stephen Karl reports that the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) will hold its annual Small Business Conference (SBC) for Federal Engineering, Construction & Environmental Programs at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 16–18, 2016. SBC is the premier event for small businesses looking to grow their presence in the federal marketplace, for large businesses to engage with potential teaming and subcontracting partners, and for government agencies to build relationships with the companies they need to help support their missions in the coming years.


Oct. 27, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Deal plugs state transportation funding at airport door dedication

Susan McCord reports that Gov. Nathan Deal took a moment Wednesday to plug new state funding streams making projects like the $1 million refurbishment of hangar doors at Daniel Field possible.


Oct. 27, 2016 Georgia Health News

Employer plans’ premiums much more stable than ACA exchange plans

Andy Miller reports that the combined cost of premiums and deductibles for a Georgia family with employer-based insurance, on average, took up 11.6 percent of their income last year, a new report released Wednesday shows. Those family expenditures were higher than the national average of 10.1 percent, said the Commonwealth Fund report.


Oct. 27, 2016 Brunswick News

State Coal Ash Rules Approved

Deborah Bayliss reports that representatives of the Southern Environmental Law Center are adamant that amendments to rules for disposal of coal ash from electric utilities approved Wednesday do not go far enough to protect Georgia citizens. The updated rules for solid waste management were approved Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board.


Oct. 27, 2016 WABE 90.1

'This American Life' Delves Into Georgia’s Amendment 3

Susan Capelouto reports that Georgia voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether they want to change the makeup of the Judicial Qualifications Commission,  the agency that investigates ethics complaints against Georgia judges. State lawmakers would get to appoint the majority of the seven-member board if the amendment passes. Currently, they appoint none. The board members serving now were appointed by the State Bar Association, the state Supreme Court and the governor.


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

Nathan Deal’s personal investment in Amendment 1

Jim Galloway reports that as you sort out the pros and cons of Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot, one of the more important things to remember is this: Before Nathan Deal was born in 1942, but while the future governor was still in the womb, his father got crossways with the powerful Gillis family, which ran Treutlen County and its school board. Noah Deal was booted from his south Georgia teaching job – and out of the county.



Oct. 26, 2016 WABE 90.1

Atlantans To See Health Insurance Premium Hike

Tasnim Shamma reports that health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act are going up in Georgia. That's according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, which says the average hike in metro Atlanta will be 13 percent before tax credits. According to the report, metro Atlanta residents eligible for tax credits won’t see a change in their premiums, if they're open to switching to another health care plan.


Oct. 26, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: fill MINISTRIES

Candice Dyer reports that during the economic downturn, Suellen Daniels realized that many children around her were going hungry. So she opened up her kitchen to feed them. “We also became aware of the causes of food insecurity,” she says, “so we started teaching life and job skills.”


Oct. 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cousins Properties sells landmark Atlanta tower

Scott Trubey reports that the landmark downtown Atlanta office tower 191 Peachtree has been sold to a new owner. A joint venture of Miami-based Banyan Street Capital and investment funds under management of Oaktree Capital Management said Tuesday they have acquired the 50-story tower from Atlanta-based Cousins Properties.


Oct. 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed Chief: Atlanta 'still among the worst for economic mobility'

Phil W. Hudson reports that the chief of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta doesn’t want Atlanta to be a “tale of two cities.” Atlanta Fed President and CEO Dennis Lockhart discussed his views on community development financial institutions in a speech Tuesday at the Opportunity Finance Network Conference in Atlanta, where issues such as affordable housing, healthy communities and diversity, inclusion and equality were addressed.


Oct. 26, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS profit drops 29 percent to $85.3 million in third quarter

Tony Adams reports that global credit-card and payment processor TSYS reported Tuesday a profit of $85.3 million in the third quarter of this year. That was on total revenues of $1.1 billion. The profit, or net income, was down 29 percent from the $120.6 million the company posted in the same July-September period a year ago, while revenues were up 62 percent from the $707.8 million it racked up in the same quarter of last year.


Oct. 26, 2016 Georgia Health News

The end of polio may finally be in sight

Judi Kanne reports, as Dennis Ogbe grew up in Nigeria, where he contracted polio at age 3. For Ogbe, who now lives in Kentucky, and thousands of polio survivors, the fight against the disease is almost done. He joined health officials Monday at an Atlanta news conference marking World Polio Day.


Oct. 26, 2016

Deal announces law enforcement task force

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced the members of the law enforcement task force, who will examine the Basic Law Enforcement Officer Training Course and establish competency-based standards for any course revisions deemed appropriate. The task force is comprised of law enforcement officials, judges, legislators and community leaders throughout the state and will equip officers with the critical thinking and tactical skills needed to face the challenges of policing in a modern society.


Oct. 26, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

John Deere officially opens Augusta-area’s largest warehouse

Damon Cline reports that after nearly two years of planning and construction — which included carving 40 feet of earth from a hillside — metro Augusta's largest warehouse building was officially opened Tuesday at Grovetown's John Deere manufacturing complex. The 542,000-square-foot building will supply the facilities with the millions of parts — everything from nuts and bolts to tires and cab assemblies — needed each day to produce roughly one tractor every seven minutes.


Oct. 26, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA faces $100K fine for hazardous waste violations

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia closed its hazardous waste treatment facility on Will Hunter Road and faces a fine of nearly $100,000 after the federal Environmental Protection Agency cited the university with numerous safety violations in its handling of radioactive and other toxic wastes. The violations involved did not include any releases which might have put anyone in danger, according to UGA.


Oct. 26, 2016 GPB

CDC Study: Georgia Ranks High For Certain STDs

Ashley Montgomery reports that in 2015, Georgia ranked sixth in the nation for the most reported chlamydia cases and seventh in reported gonorrhea cases according to the CDC Report of 2015 STD Statistics, released last week. Fulton and DeKalb counties are among the top 70 counties nationwide for total reported gonorrhea cases.


Oct. 26, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Google Express delivery service launches in Georgia

Staff reports that Savannah area shoppers can now have access to Costco, Fry’s electronics and Sur La Table at their fingertips with the launch of Google Express delivery service. The service, which was first introduced in 2013 provides shoppers with quick and easy shipping from stores like Costco, Whole Foods, Kohl’s and PetSmart.


Oct. 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Democrats counter Ivanka Trump’s visit with events targeting women voters

Greg Bluestein reports, consider it fortuitous timing. Shortly after Republicans announced Ivanka and Tiffany Trump were headed to Georgia on Wednesday to rally wavering women, Democrats unveiled their own day of events aimed at energizing female voters. The party scheduled a trio of events featuring House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and other Democrats during a “Georgia Women Voter Together” crusade in Decatur, Atlanta and Columbus.



Oct. 25, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Tax rankings can be complicated

Kandice Bell reports that a national tax group says Georgia’s tax code is among the least attractive to business in a recent report.  According to the 13th annual State Business Tax Climate Index, released in September by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, an independent tax research organization, Georgia has the 36th most competitive tax code in the nation.


Oct. 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Cities along the 400 corridor

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the area along the Georgia 400 corridor – which runs through North Fulton, Forsyth and Dawson counties – may seem like one big ‘burb, but the cities along it have distinct personalities. Roswell, for example, is seeing tremendous job growth, says Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “We’re seeing enormous growth with GM – 300 new jobs by the end of ’18,” he says. “That’ll put them way over 2,000 employees in the city of Roswell.


Oct. 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hearing examines minority contract rules at Hartsfield-Jackson

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that airport contracting at Hartsfield-Jackson International is again generating controversy, this time through a challenge filed by a contractor that claims it was unfairly disqualified for not fulfilling minority contracting requirements. Vanderlande Industries is appealing the city’s decision on a nearly $40 million contract to design and build baggage system conveyors and install new explosives detection machines to screen checked bags in the bowels of the world’s busiest airport.


Oct. 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta plans "smart corridor" in Midtown to help test self-driving cars

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that driverless cars could soon be cruising the streets of Midtown — the first step in Atlanta’s embrace of the next wave of innovation in the automotive industry. The city government wants to network roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights, cameras, road sensors and parking meters so they can communicate with each other and vehicles on the road, according to a filing Oct. 21.


Oct. 25, 2016 Emory University

Emory recognized as top performer in 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

Elaine Justice reports that Emory University has been recognized as a top performer in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving the ninth spot overall among research institutions. The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).


Oct. 25, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald 

UGA looks for new director for growing online programs

Lee Shearer reports that finalists to become the director of the University of Georgia’s Office of Online Learning are coming to the campus this month to make their pitches, including a public appearance, for a job increasingly important to the university’s fortunes. UGA was a latecomer to online learning compared to many universities, but now has more than two dozen online courses in business, education and other colleges, and hundreds of online courses.


Oct. 25, 2016 Albany Herald

Physicians, affiliate staff applicants looking to gain privileges at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Jennifer Parks reports that several physicians and affiliate staff applicants, otherwise known as mid-level providers, will have their potential privileges to practice at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital voted on at the hospital’s board meeting next month.


Oct. 25, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike hopes fourth time is charm: Vote nears on buyout by AMC

Tony Adams reports that the $1.2 billion acquisition of Carmike Cinemas by AMC Entertainment Holdings has been scheduled yet again for a special shareholder vote on Nov. 15, more than eight months after the deal was announced by the two parties. Carmike, headquartered in Columbus, is hoping that the fourth time is the charm for the buyout by Leawood, Kan.-based AMC.


Oct. 25, 2016 Saporta Report

Piedmont Healthcare’s expansion spurs downgrade in credit outlook   

David Pendered reports that Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the credit outlook of Piedmont Healthcare in the wake of its acquisition of Athens Regional Medical Center. Analysts expressed concern over this part of Piedmont’s effort to hold or improve its position as the region’s second-largest health care provider, based on market share.


Oct. 25, 2016 GPB

Presidential Campaigns Blast AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Brian Naylor reports that AT&T's proposed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner is already raising eyebrows among an important constituency: politicians. Reaction to the deal, which was announced Saturday night, has been swift, and skeptical, from both sides of the aisle. At a rally in Gettysburg, Pa., earlier Saturday, after news of the deal had started to trickle out, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said it was "a deal we will not approve in my administration because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few."


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

‘This American Life’ highlights battle over Georgia judicial watchdog agency

Greg Bluestein reports that the battle over a proposed constitutional amendment to dismantle the Georgia watchdog agency that investigates judicial misconduct is getting national attention. “This American Life” devoted a segment on the evolution of the Nov. 8 ballot question that asks voters if they want to overhaul the Judicial Qualifications Commission, an independent agency that investigates judges, and replace its members with new members appointed by elected officials.



Oct. 24 2016 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

2016 Election Pushes Venture Capital Investment Down In Ga.

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that venture capital invested in Georgia companies is on track to be the lowest amount in four years. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, venture dollars raised by Atlanta companies fell 20 percent in the third quarter from the same time last year.


Oct. 24, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Amendment 1: Opportunity School District

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, early voting has begun in Georgia, including on Amendment 1, the Opportunity School District proposal backed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Amendment 1 ballot language reads: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?” If you’re on the fence about Amendment 1, which, if passed, would allow state government to take over some failing schools and the taxpayer funds that go with them, check out our December 2015 feature, “Studying Georgia’s Opportunity School District,” by Susan Percy.


Oct. 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta awaits details of AT&T-Time Warner Plan

J. Scott Trubey reports, it's a marriage of distribution and content and it just so happens to combine two very prominent names in Atlanta's corporate landscape. Dallas-based AT&T's $85 billion tie-up with Time-Warner pairs a dominant telecom company, whose wireless division is based in Atlanta, with one of the world's biggest entertainment companies, whose largest division, CNN-parent Turner, also calls Atlanta home.


Oct. 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Flowers Foods warns impact of labor lawsuits it's facing is still unknown

David Allison reports that Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is warning investors that the company still doesn't know what the impact will be of numerous lawsuits filed against the bakery giant by delivery truck drivers who claim they were improperly classified as independent contractors.


Oct. 24, 2016 Emory University

NIH awards $30M to Emory, Johns Hopkins, Colorado State for household air pollution study

Melva Robertson reports that the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, in collaboration with the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and Colorado State University, has been awarded $30 million over five years for a multi-country randomized controlled field trial to assess the impact of cleaner burning cooking stoves on household air pollution and health in four low- and medium-income countries.


Oct. 24, 2016 Georgia Health News, WebMD

GHN Special Report on Child Cancer: Part Two

Andy Miller reports that when Harris Lott was diagnosed with cancer last summer, the 2-year-old had an asset most children don’t have: Parents who are both doctors. McGregor Lott, MD, and Mary Elizabeth Lott, MD, practice in the southeast Georgia town of Waycross, a few miles north of Florida. He’s an ophthalmologist and she’s a pediatrician. They met at medical school in Augusta, GA.


Oct. 24, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

Environmentalists question Georgia Power coal ash closure plans

Doug Walker reports that the closure of coal ash ponds was brought back to the forefront across the Southeast in the wake of recent flooding in North Carolina. Flooding of the Neuse River near Goldsboro, North Carolina, is believed to have been responsible for a coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s H.F. Lee steam plant.



Oct. 24, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald


National study: St. Mary’s named one of America’s 100 Best for Stroke Care and Gastrointestinal Care

Staff reports that St. Mary’s Health Care System announced this week that it was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care and Gastrointestinal Care. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.


Oct. 24, 2016 Saporta Report

Millennials continue to grapple with housing costs, new report finds   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta civic leaders ponder the rising cost of housing in the city, a new report shows that millennials across the nation are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. The report is especially timely in Atlanta.


Oct. 24, 2016

Newnan Draws German Investment as Apprenticeship Takes Off

Trevor Williams reports, apparently, Newnan was doing something right. A German company that had been renting a distribution center in the west Georgia community now plans to set up its U.S. headquarters there, a new 50,000-square-foot building where it will manufacture and distribute wheels and casters.


Oct. 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Barksdale’s new attack on Isakson relies on an old racial discrimination lawsuit

Kristina Torres reports that various opponents have raised this issue in the long political career of Georgia’s Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Now, it’s Democrat Jim Barksdale’s turn. During taping Friday of the only televised debate ahead of the Nov. 8 election, Barksdale brought out a new line of attack involving Isakson’s role in a racial discrimination lawsuit tied to his father.



Oct. 21, 2016

Deal: Georgia earns top marks, nets savings by refunding bonds

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia will save more than $152 million by refunding outstanding bonds after again earning a rating of AAA, with a stable outlook, from each of the three main credit-rating agencies — Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s. Only 11 states currently meet this standard.


Oct. 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Go For It

Ben Young reports that next month, voters in Fulton County and Atlanta will have the opportunity to make a choice that could have a positive impact on life not just in that region, but across Georgia. It’s a chance to move transportation and transit into the 21st century and give people all over the state different ways to travel to and through the state capital.


Oct. 21, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Unemployment Rate Up Slightly In September

John Lorinc reports that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in September, according to the state Department of Labor. That’s up from 4.9 percent in August. Officials say more jobs were created in September, but the number of people looking for employment also grew.


Oct. 21, 2016 GPB

Peanut Harvest Hurt By Hot, Dry Summer

Michael Caputo reports that Rodney Dawson stood in his peanut field off of Route One-Twelve in Hawkinsville. In a normal year, the vines would be knee-high and the foliage would fully cover the dirt.  But Dawson says this year is not normal. In fact, it’s one of the worst in his 30-plus years of growing peanuts. “Right here we see distressed plants,” said Rodney Dawson, who is also a board member for the Georgia Peanut Commission.


Oct. 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

$1.1M in tax breaks given for International Paper plants in DeKalb

Mark Niesse reports that International Paper Company will receive tax breaks worth $1.1 million on its purchase of $25.5 million in equipment at existing container plants in Tucker and outside Lithonia. The Decide DeKalb Development Authority unanimously approved the tax incentives Oct. 13, giving International Paper a discount on property taxes over the next 10 years.


Oct. 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power, PSC staff reach agreement on Vogtle costs

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power Co. customers would get a rate reduction of $325 million toward construction of the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle during the next four years under a settlement agreement signed Thursday.


Oct. 21, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta BeltLine housing developers may be required to build affordable homes   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta’s city code states outright that the Atlanta BeltLine will, “increase the affordable housing inventory.” Three city councilmembers have proposed legislation that intends to put teeth into this provision in city code, which the BeltLine has not been on track to fulfill since the council adopted the provision in 2007.


Oct. 21, 2016 Times Free Press

Dalton's Engineered Floors at 3,000 employees, company working on largest carpet plant in world

Mike Pare reports that Engineered Floors, the Dalton, Ga.-based carpet maker, will soon have the second largest building in Georgia when it's finished expanding a plant to 2 million square feet, an official said Wednesday. Only the World Congress Center in Atlanta will be larger, said James Lesslie, executive vice president of sales and marketing for the company founded six years ago by carpet manufacturing pioneer Bob Shaw.


Oct. 21, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Beverage distribution center expected to bring 400 jobs to Cobb

Jon Gargis reports that about 400 new jobs are expected to come the county when a warehouse and distribution center comes online on Hartman Road in south Cobb. Cobb commissioners at their zoning meeting Tuesday unanimously approved Delaware-based Core5 Industrial Partners’ request to rezone 73.6 acres on Hartman Road near Factory Shoals Road from residential to light industrial to make way for a nearly 647,000-square-foot building that will be occupied by Project Steady, a beverage distributor, according to county documents and attorney John Moore, who represented Core5 on the rezoning case.


Oct. 21, 2016 Georgia Health News, WebMD

Why are kids in Waycross getting cancer?

Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller report, fourteen-year-old Lexi Crawford was attacked by lower back pain so sharp that she couldn’t even sit up to eat. Her mother had to bring her food while she was lying flat on her back. Doctors in Waycross, GA, the town where she lives, thought it was a kidney infection. But after months of antibiotics didn’t clear it up, a visiting doctor in the local ER suggested an X-ray.


Oct. 21, 2016 WABE 90.1

Gwinnett Adds New Early Voting Locations To Address Lines

Lisa George reports that Gwinnett County has had four days of long lines at its only early voting location, so now it's opening more. County communications director Joe Sorenson said two new locations, fully staffed, will open Monday. "To find enough people to actually fill of these advance voting centers was the most difficult thing," Sorenson said.


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

Long before Trump, Georgia politicos paid lip service to term limits — but the needle hasn’t moved

Tamar Hallerman reports that Donald Trump isn’t the first person to propose “draining the swamp” here in the nation’s capital. Many current and former Georgia lawmakers have paid lip service to the idea of congressional term limits over the past two decades — but the talk hasn’t translated into much action. Term limits obviously aren’t very popular among D.C.’s political class. Who voluntarily wants to give up power?



Oct. 20, 2016 Albany Herald

Gov. Nathan Deal: Agriculture No. 1 business in Georgia

Jon Gosa reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal took time out of his schedule to visit the 2016 Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, which started Tuesday and ends Thursday. “I love having a governor who wants to come two hours early so he can go buy something,” said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black. “It is really nice to have a governor that would buy something because he needs it and has a practical application for agriculture on his farm at home."


Oct. 20, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Chalktoberfest

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia Trend helped sponsor this past weekend’s Chalktoberfest, a festival of beer and chalk art on the Marietta Square. This year we sponsored the Chalk Twins, Devon and Lexi Fulmer, who created St. Ambrose in chalk, based on the painting by Matthias Stomer.


Oct. 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gunmaker Daniel Defense plans big Georgia expansion

Scott Trubey reports that a Georgia firearms maker plans to expand its operations near the coast, and consolidate a facility in South Carolina, in a move that will create about 75 jobs. Gov. Nathan Deal’s office said Wednesday that Daniel Defense, which makes custom rifles and accessories, will embark on a $29 million expansion at its headquarters in Bryan County that will involve consolidating operations that currently take place in Ridgeland, S.C.


Oct. 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power closing 100 offices

Dave Williams reports that about 100 Georgia Power Co. offices across Georgia will be closing this week as the Atlanta-based utility adjusts to the reality of electronic payments. However, the company will keep its 27 busiest offices open, including more than 10 in metro Atlanta. The changes will take effect Thursday.


Oct. 20, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett giving nonprofits $400,000 for chronic care

Curt Yeomans reports that a pair of local nonprofit healthcare groups are getting some extra help from county leaders in an effort to relieve some pressure on local hospitals. County commissioners agreed on Tuesday to split $400,000 between the Norcross-based Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett and the Lawrenceville-based Hope Clinic Inc. The grant money is intended to be used for chronic care assistance so that the clinics can handle more cases of residents with chronic disease.


Oct. 20, 2016 Saporta Report

International agency with focus on public health opens in Midtown   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta is proving itself to be the right home for an international agency that has a focus on public health and departed New York after almost 200 years. That much was clear after a visit from church leaders from China. At least that’s the way Thomas Kemper frames the story. Kemper serves as general secretary of Global Ministries, the mission agency of The United Methodist Church that addresses issues including global health.


Oct. 20, 2016 Georgia Health News

State fares poorly again in infant, maternal health

Andy Miller reports that Georgia still ranks low among states in rates of premature births, low-birthweight babies, and infant mortality. The rankings in those categories are 43rd, 47th and 45th, respectively, based on the latest data, according to the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia’s 2016 report on maternal and infant health.


Oct. 20, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Fort Pulaski closed indefinitely until experts can assess repairs, ensure safety after storm

Brittini Ray reports that officials say they’re unsure when Fort Pulaski will reopen to the public after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the national monument two weeks ago. “The damage was pretty devastating,” said Melissa Memory, Fort Pulaski National Monument superintendent. “We had our plan in place, but no one really expected it to be as bad as it was.”


Oct. 20, 2016 WABE 90.1

Civil Rights Groups To Deploy Poll Observers In Georgia

Stephannie Stokes reports that civil rights groups say they plan to deploy election observers to polling sites in several Georgia counties this election. Those observers will keep an eye out for instances of voter intimidation, said Georgia NAACP president Francys Johnson. “They will be looking for … people who may be displaying the Confederate battle emblem, for example. Or people who will be displaying firearms within 150 feet of a polling place,” Johnson said.


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

Federal judge won’t extend voter registration in storm-hit Georgia counties

Greg Bluestein reports that a federal judge rejected a civil rights group’s request on Wednesday to extend voter registration in coastal Georgia counties forced to evacuate as Hurricane Matthew approached. U.S. District Judge William Moore dismissed the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit that would have given residents of the six coastal counties six more days to register to vote. He concluded that granting the motion would have disrupted polling stations that opened Monday for early voting.



Oct. 19, 2016 GPB

Georgians Flock To Early Voting Sites

Grant Blankenship, James Reising and Ashley Montgomery report that early voting kicked off Monday in Georgia and long lines at some of the polls have done nothing to deter early voters. Gwinnett County’s only polling station is no exception with hundreds of residents lining up to vote. Paquita Wright, a local business owner, stood in line for nearly three hours this morning. She had hoped to beat the rush she expects to see closer to Nov. 8.


Oct. 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

A Shift in Perspective?

Jennifer Hafer reports that with morning gridlock that can last as late as 10 a.m. and an afternoon rush hour that begins as early as 3 p.m., Atlanta is infamous for its traffic. This November, however, Atlanta citizens and those throughout Fulton County will have the chance to vote on several referenda that could decide how the metro area will address its transportation issues far into the future.


Oct. 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home sales slide, prices down (but hey, it’s fall)

Mike Kanell reports that home prices in metro Atlanta slipped in September, as schools swung into session and summer ended. The median price of a home declined 4.2 percent to $230,000 last month, although it was higher in September than in the same month of last year, according to a report released today by the Atlanta Realtors Association.


Oct. 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Honeywell could get $1.5 million in state incentives to bring 800-job expansion to Atlanta

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) could score $1.5 million in state economic incentives to put a nearly $20 million software development center and business headquarters in Midtown. On Sept. 12, Morris Plains, N.J.-based Honeywell confirmed it had chosen Atlanta for the software development center and the headquarters of its nearly $10 billion Home and Building Technologies.


Oct. 19, 2016 Georgia Health News

Two of three Georgia doctors are dissatisfied, survey shows

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s physicians are slightly more pessimistic about the future of medicine than their counterparts nationally, a recent survey found. Georgia doctors — 66.8 percent — said they were somewhat negative/pessimistic or very negative/pessimistic about medicine’s future, versus 62.8 percent of doctors  nationally, according to a survey of more than 17,000 physicians around the nation.


Oct. 19, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Condé Nast Traveler ranks Savannah among its best small U.S. cities

Staff reports that Savannah is the fifth best small city in the United States, according to Condé Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards. It's the tenth consecutive year The Hostess City has made an appearance on the list. Fifteen small cities were ranked. Charleston, South Carolina ranked first.


Oct. 19, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus posts $62.7 million profit; CEO discusses acquisition ‘chatter’

Tony Adams reports, it was steady progress for regional bank Synovus Financial Corp. in the third quarter of this year, with the firm reporting Tuesday a profit of $62.7 million on total revenues of $294.1 million. That translates to earnings per share of 51 cents for the parent company of Columbus Bank and Trust, the city’s largest bank, up from 42 cents per share in the same July-September period a year ago.


Oct. 19, 2016 Brunswick News

New company announces plans to open in St. Marys

Gordon Jackson reports that a company that makes equipment to harmlessly scare unwanted animals and birds from landfills, airports, farms and other locations has announced plans to manufacture the product in St. Marys. Frank Woodward, president and CEO of Wildlife Defense Systems, said as many as 100 employees could be working at the light industry manufacturing facility within 18 months.


Oct. 19, 2016 Saporta Report

Efforts continue to create a more regional mindset in metro Atlanta   

Maria Saporta reports that regionalism took a big hit in July 2012 when the 10 counties in the Atlanta region defeated the Transportation Investment Act – a proposed one-cent sales tax for 10 years. Since then, most transportation and economic development initiatives have been led by individual counties or cities while regionalism has taken a back seat.
But efforts continue to try to build a regional mindset in metro Atlanta.


Oct. 19, 2016 WABE 90.1

As Atlanta Fed President Retires, Some Call For Diversity

Stephannie Stokes reports that the Federal Reserve has received a lot of criticism recently for its lack of diversity. The leaders of the central banking system are almost all white men. But now that the president of one of the Fed’s 12 regional banks in Atlanta is stepping down, some see an opportunity for change. Several congressional lawmakers and the activist group Fed Up are calling on the agency to appoint the system’s first black president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.


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

Pro-Clinton Super PAC Priorities USA to start Georgia television campaign

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that even though Hillary Clinton’s campaign has not signaled an effort to boost her efforts in Georgia, it doesn’t mean her friends won’t. Priorities USA, the pro-Clinton Super PAC, will launch a television and radio campaign on her behalf here Thursday. Guy Cecil, co-founder of Priorities USA, announced the news on Twitter this evening.



Oct. 18, 2016 WSB-TV

Gov. Deal announces changes at GEMHSA

Staff reports that Department of Corrections commissioner Homer Bryson has been appointed director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA), effective Dec. 1 after current director Jim Butterworth moves to the private sector, Gov. Nathan Deal announced. Deal also recommended the nomination of Greg Dozier as commissioner of the Department of Corrections to fill Bryson's vacancy.


Oct. 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Under the Microscope

Anna Bentley reports that there’s a multibillion-dollar industry growing in Georgia, but it’s been just under the radar so far. Bioscience – a massive sector encompassing pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipment, diagnostics, biologics and the burgeoning area of digital health IT – generates more than $15 billion in sales for Georgia each year, yet it remains a hidden industry to those outside it.


Oct. 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power asks for more time on Vogtle nuclear cost overrun talks

Russell Grantham reports that it's taking longer than expected to reach a deal on how much customers will have to pay for about $1.7 billion in cost overruns at the Vogtle nuclear plant expansion near Augusta.Several months ago, the Georgia Public Service Commission set a Wednesday deadline for Georgia Power and the state regulator’s staff to negotiate a tentative agreement behind closed doors on the cost overrun issue.


Oct. 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta may significantly lower fares on transatlantic flights

Anna Stych reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) is considering offering inexpensive fares on transatlantic flights to compete with ultra low-cost carriers, a company executive said in an earnings conference call last week. Competition from foreign low-cost carriers was cited as one reason the airline’s revenue from transatlantic flights has been down, the Los Angeles Times reports.


Oct. 18, 2016 Saporta Report

Green efficiency now a de facto requirement for big office buildings in metro Atlanta   

David Pendered reports that when CBRE examined the demand for green certified office space in metro Atlanta, the example it highlighted in a new report was the decision by health data giant Kaiser Permanent to locate in a LEED certified building in Midtown.


Oct. 18, 2016

Deal announces judicial appointment

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of the Honorable Don Wesley Thompson as Superior Court Judge of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit. Thompson will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Jon Bolling Wood. The appointment will take effect upon swearing in.


Oct. 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Integrating Employee Engagement with Corporate Sustainability Goals

Ben Young reports, looking for ways to engage employees in your corporate sustainability efforts? A number of companies recently participated in the EarthShare of Georgia and the Green Chamber of the South’s second annual Corporate Forum: Integrating Employee Engagement with Corporate Sustainability Goals at Cox Enterprises in Dunwoody to discuss just those topics.


Oct. 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Medline adding 50 jobs in Georgia

Ellie Hensley reports that medical supply company Medline is adding up to 50 jobs at its Lithia Springs, Ga., facility. The jobs are a result of Medline's growing adult incontinence product line. The company is looking for medical and electrical technicians, experienced machine operators, process engineers and process technicians.


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

Why November’s vote is especially excruciating for some Georgians

Greg Bluestein reports that Seth Millican has voted for Republicans on the top of the ticket every chance he’s had. He’s been involved in Republican politics his entire career. And he agonized over his decision to reject Donald Trump more than almost any other decision he’s made. For Daniel Abrams, the decision was easy. A millennial Democrat who supported Bernie Sanders, Abrams refuses to vote for Hillary Clinton and plans to cast a write-in vote for Green Party nominee Jill Stein.



Oct. 17, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia And Florida Lay Out Cases Ahead Of Water Wars Trial

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia and Florida go to court later this month to argue over water that they’ve been fighting about for decades. This week, the states laid out the cases they plan to make. In its pre-trial brief, Florida says that Georgia uses too much water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers for Atlanta homes and businesses and for south Georgia farms.


Oct. 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Fall in Athens

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, mention fall in Athens, and most people immediately think about football. But there’s so much more that goes on in this quirky college town on autumn weekends. So whether you’re headed over this weekend for the Vanderbilt game or just looking for something fun for a Saturday, check out some of these other activities in the Classic City.


Oct. 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pinewood Forrest developer announces new hotel

J. Scott Trubey reports that the developers of a mixed-use mini-city near Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County said Friday they have a deal in place for a hotel that will cater in part to the A-list talent working at the bustling movie studio. New Hampshire-based Hay Creek Hotels has signed on to operate a 95-room boutique hotel that will feature suites for celebrities, meeting space, a pool, spa and high-end restaurant, according to a news release from Pinewood Forrest.


Oct. 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Food Bank names new COO to implement 10-year strategic plan

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta Community Food Bank has named Stacey Greene-Koehnke as its new chief operations officer. The CDC Foundation has hired Monique Saunders Patrick as its new chief operating officer, overseeing the Foundation’s finance, human resources, legal and information technology functions. Emory University President Claire Sterk has appointed Robert M. Franklin as her senior adviser.


Oct. 17, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah stormwater system passes storm test

Eric Curl reports that there is a reason Savannah didn’t experience flooding worse than it did as Hurricane Matthew dumped 15 inches of rain on the city in less than 24 hours. The city’s stormwater system did what it was supposed to do during such events, with the help of city employees who stuck around to ensure the pumps operated during the height of the storm, said Public Works and Water Bureau Chief John Sawyer.


Oct. 17, 2016 Albany Herald

Tift Regional Medical Center facility awarded

Staff reports that officials with Tift Regional Health System announced last week that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has selected the Tift Regional Joint Replacement and Spine Care Center as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement.


Oct. 17, 2016 Georgia Health News

HIV in youth population, raising alarm, sparks app strategy

Andy Miller reports, while the number of new HIV diagnoses overall in the United States is going down, cases among young people are rising. New diagnoses of HIV among the youth population increased by nearly 11 percent between 2008 and 2014, as the number of new diagnoses among all Americans was decreasing at the same rate.


Oct. 17, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

It’s not Seh-noy-uh

Sarah Fay Campbell reports, it rhymes with boy. That’s the easiest way to remember how to properly pronounce the name of the Coweta town celebrating its 150th birthday this year. There’s even a saying to help you remember: “boy from Senoia.”


Oct. 17, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free-Press

Update on the fires on Signal and Fox mountains

Emmett Gienapp reports that persistently dry conditions aren't helping the effort against a forest fire on Fox Mountain in Dade County, Ga., that had expanded to over 1,800 acres by Saturday afternoon. Seth Hawkins, a spokesman for the Georgia Forestry Commission, said 45 percent of the perimeter had been contained as of press time, but added that's most needed is a change in the weather.


Oct. 17, 2016 Saporta Report 

Georgia’s WIN List aims to build on record of helping elect female lawmakers   

Melita Easters reports that no doubt about it, women voters of all ages are the deciding factor in this election cycle as political pundits increasingly predict Georgia will move to a blue column in this year’s presidential contest for the first time since 1992. Legislative seats and private sector leadership positions held by women are leading indicators for a strong progressive streak in Georgia, which is obscured by the fact that all statewide offices and the majorities in the House and Senate are currently held by Republicans, who are predominately pale and male.


Oct. 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

’60 Minutes’ takes on Georgia’s Syrian refugee stance

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s failed attempt to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees – and the criticism from a prominent evangelical conservative who wanted to help the new arrivals – was the highlight of a “60 Minutes” episode on Sunday. Gov. Nathan Deal struck a hard-line stance over the Obama administration’s resettlement program after deadly terror attack in Paris in November, signing an executive order that prevented state agencies from filing any paperwork or halt any involvement in accepting refugees. But he was forced to retreat weeks later after Attorney General Sam Olens said in a formal opinion Georgia couldn’t legally resist the program.



Oct. 14, 2016 Brunswick News

Georgia Power provides update on coal ash ponds excavation and closures

Deborah Bayliss reports that coal ash removal from Plant McManus in Brunswick is about 30 percent complete, according to a Georgia Power official. Georgia Power provided an update on Wednesday regarding its plan to cease operation and stop receiving coal combustion residuals at all 29 of its coal ash ponds, including Plant McManus and Plant McIntosh located Rincon.


Oct. 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia 400 Corridor: Corridor Connections

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that cities up and down the Georgia 400 corridor in North Metro Atlanta collaborate in a variety of ways to deal with challenges like traffic and transportation and foster successes – Mercedes, GM, education and more – across the entire region. However, leaders are also quick to tout the benefits of living and working in their cities.


Oct. 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson begins work for construction of massive curbside canopies

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is starting work this week to prepare for the construction of massive canopies over the domestic terminal curbside pickup and drop-off areas — a high-profile project in the airport’s $6 billion expansion. The airport is also warning travelers that the project is causing some lane closures around the domestic terminal.


Oct. 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pinewood Atlanta Studios to become largest studio complex in U.S. outside of L.A.

Ellie Hensley reports that Pinewood Atlanta Studios is wrapping up its third phase of construction, which will make it the largest studio complex in the United States outside of Hollywood, according to Eoin Egan, senior vice president of Pinewood Studios.


Oct. 14, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

CIA chief praises Augusta support for cybersecurity work

Bianca Cain Johnson reports that CIA Director John Bren­nan said Augusta is doing it right when it comes to supporting cybersecurity."I think this community represents the marriage of the private and public sector," CIA Director John Bren­nan said after his keynote address on Day 2 of the Cyber Georgia conference at Augusta University.


Oct. 14, 2016 Saporta Report

Two Atlanta charter schools win almost $600,000 in state innovation grants   

David Pendered reports that two charter schools in Atlanta have received a total of almost $600,000 in state grants to further creative ways to advance student achievement. The two schools are the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School and the Charles R. Drew Charter School. Gov. Nathan Deal announced 18 award winners Tuesday.


Oct. 14, 2016 Georgia Health News

The doctor’s white coat: A valuable tradition or a dangerously dirty habit?

Katja Ridderbush reports that Sylvia Wright hails from a family that has a long tradition of white coats. The Atlanta-based dermatologist and partner at Peachtree Dermatology Associates is a fourth-generation physician. For her, the white coat represents “the honor, the service and the commitment of practicing medicine.”


Oct. 14, 2016 WABE 90.1

What Legal Experience Does Georgia's Attorney General Need?

Lisa Hagen reports that Georgia's new attorney general has never tried a case, and he hasn't practiced law in over a decade. The governor says he's qualified; others say they're more skeptical. Gov. Nathan Deal said Chris Carr's time heading the state's Economic Development Department shows he can handle running a big institution, and that the role of attorney general is primarily about administrating.


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

Nathan Deal promotes a new round of allies in another statehouse shakeup

Greg Bluestein reports that a day after Gov. Nathan Deal tapped Chris Carr as Georgia’s new Attorney General, more dominoes fell at the statehouse. The governor endorsed Carr’s top deputy, Pat Wilson, to become the new head of the state’s economic development arm. And he selected David Werner, his chief operating officer, to replace Wilson as the economic development department’s COO.



Oct. 13, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Nordic expanding at ports again

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Nordic Logistics and Warehousing, a member of AGRO Merchants Group, has announced plans to develop a new cold storage and repack facility in Savannah, its second major expansion since the company came into the Savannah market less than four years ago. The new facility, which will be built adjacent to the current Nordic site in West Chatham, will initially add 175,000 square feet to Nordic’s current 400,000 square feet, with additional land available for future expansion.


Oct. 13, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Judging The Judges

Susan Percy reports that it's not the plot of an old Hollywood B-movie, but it could be – perhaps with the title Judges Behaving Badly. In Fannin County last summer, Judge Brenda Weaver went after a journalist seeking public documents. In a subsequent hearing, in Pickens County, a visiting Gwinnett County judge, Richard Winegarden, challenged reporters’ right to be present in an open courtroom.


Oct. 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Could one massive redevelopment project fuel a Gwinnett Place revival?

Tyler Estep reports that the Gwinnett Prado shopping center, like much of the surrounding Gwinnett Place area, has fallen on difficult times. There's the Great Wall Supermarket, which does good business catering to the region's Asian community, but the once-proud Rio Bravo restaurant has been empty for a decade or more. Target relocated long, long ago. Office Max is departing soon.


Oct. 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta chicken chains move in and top the pecking order in North Texas

Korri Kezar reports that while many fried chicken giants nest in Georgia, they have had no problem flying the coop to North Texas. Chicken concepts like Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken and Popeye’s, as well as Athens, Georgia-headquartered Zaxby’s have flocked to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, laying dozens of locations.


Oct. 13, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

Walker County appealing judge's decision that it has to pay Erlanger $8.7 million

Tyler Jett reports that Walker County, Ga. officials hope new pairs of eyes will be more receptive to their arguments. After U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy ruled in August that the county has to pay Erlanger Health System $8.7 million, attorney Stuart James filed a brief with the 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals last week. As he did with Murphy, James argued that a promise five years ago wasn't worth the paper on which it was printed.


Oct. 13, 2016 LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange Daily News acquired by Boone Newspapers, Inc.

Staff reports that LaGrange Newsmedia, LLC, (LNL) today completed its purchase of the LaGrange Daily News from Civitas Media. LNL is owned by Boone Newspapers, Inc. (BNI). BNI owns and/or manages 74 newspapers along with websites, shopping guides and magazines in 74 communities in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. James B. Boone, Jr. [Jim], chairman, lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Todd H. Carpenter, president and CEO, lives in Natchez, Miss.


Oct. 13, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Houston public defender’s firing draws scrutiny of state agency

Becky Purser reports that Houston County commissioners may have violated the county’s agreement with the Georgia Public Defender Council when they fired public defender Nick White. Commissioners fired White, who served as the county’s chief public defender for nine years, on Aug. 2. Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said the board wanted to go in a “new direction.”


Oct. 13, 2016 Mercer University

Mercer Releases Results of Mid-Year Middle Georgia Economic Outlook Survey

Staff reports that area businesses experienced a positive first half of 2016 and remain “cautiously optimistic” about the second half of the year, according to the results of Mercer University’s Mid-Year Middle Georgia Economic Outlook Survey, released today.


Oct. 13, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

AU, NSA ink degree program deal

Damon Cline reports that national security officials kicked off Georgia’s largest cyber summit Wednesday by inking a deal allowing soldiers at the National Security Agency’s Fort Gordon complex to obtain degrees at Augusta University. The articulation agreement signed by the university and NSA’s National Cryptologic School, scheduled to start this spring, will enable a pilot class of 25 military personnel at Augusta’s NSA intelligence-gathering facility the chance to earn bachelor’s degrees in one of four career tracks, such as political science and international relations.


Oct. 13, 2016 Georgia Health News

A big sum for Medicaid — and some hard choices

Andy Miller reports that it's  the $110 million question. How should the Georgia Medicaid program spend the $110 million penalty to be paid by Tenet Healthcare as part of a fraud case settlement? The net amount is the biggest Medicaid fraud recovery in Georgia history, according to the state Attorney General’s office. By law, it must go to Medicaid, not to the state’s general treasury.


Oct. 13, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for Third Consecutive Year

Staff reports that Institute Diversity is proud to announce that Georgia Tech received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity. For the third consecutive year, Georgia Tech is being recognized for its outstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Oct. 13, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Westville breaks ground to begin move to Columbus

Mike Owen reports that using 19th century hand plows, Historic Westville Executive Director Leo Goodsell and three other dignitaries ceremonially broke ground at the site that will host the new version of the 1850s living museum. Goodsell, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Westville Executive Committee Chair Tripp Blankenship and Convention and Visitors Bureau President Peter Bowden pushed the plows through a patch of turned soil, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the historic village that has been in Lumpkin, Ga., since 1966.


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

A faltering Donald Trump could cause problems for Johnny Isakson

Jim Galloway reports that Donald Trump’s campaign is faltering, but hasn’t collapsed. His cause is losing, but isn’t yet lost. And the uncertainty poses a danger to Republicans who will appear on the ballot with him next month. I’m looking at you, Johnny Isakson. Consider the last three days: On Monday in Washington, Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House, didn’t order his members to abandon Trump’s presidential campaign, but his advice amounted to a vote of no-confidence.



Oct. 12, 2016 Gainesville Times

Florida claims water wars dispute with Georgia unlikely to be settled before trial

Jeff Gill reports that settlement talks appear to be crumbling between Georgia and Florida before an Oct. 31 “water wars” trial between the states. “It currently appears unlikely that the parties will be able to amicably resolve this decadeslong dispute prior to the commencement of trial,” Florida states in a Friday court filing with the U.S. Supreme Court.


Oct. 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on new announcements in DeKalb, Cherokee and Bartow County and more. On the Table: Meal and grocery delivery service company Home Chef is opening a distribution and packaging center in DeKalb County. The $3.5-million facility will employ 1,200 by 2020.


Oct. 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Richard Anderson retires from Delta board, Frank Blake named chairman

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that former Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson is retiring from the company’s board of directors, and Frank Blake has been named as the airline’s non-executive chairman. Blake is the former CEO of Home Depot, and has been on Delta’s board since July 2014.


Oct. 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Honeywell to put 800-job software center and division headquarters in Midtown's 715 Peachtree

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Midtown’s 715 Peachtree is expected to land Honeywell International Inc.’s (NYSE: HON) $20 million North American software development center and division headquarters. In its third quarter office market report, real estate services firm Colliers International cited Honeywell taking 80,000-square-foot at the 318,000-square-foot building near The Fox Theatre.


Oct. 12, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Mercedes-Benz, Gwinnett Tech outline new $500K partnership

Keith Farner reports that Christian Treiber has worked for Mercedes-Benz since the early 1990s, but on Tuesday morning, he looked toward the future. Now the vice president for customer service for Mercedes-Benz USA, Treiber spoke at Gwinnett Technical College about a new partnership between the luxury car company and the Lawrenceville college.


Oct. 12, 2016 Washington Post

A white cop in Ga. saved a black infant’s life, ‘forever’ changing his own

Travis M. Andrews reports that with his bald head, light goatee and bulging arms covered in dark tattoos, Officer Kenneth Knox is an imposing figure. The Georgia sheriff’s lieutenant has been a police officer for 25 years, serving in Meriwether County since 1990. During his time on the force, he told The Washington Post during a phone interview, he’s suffered many police officers’ worst nightmares — he’s been stabbed and engaged in shootouts.


Oct. 12, 2016 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Startup Aims To Reduce Internet ‘Buffering’

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based software startup Haste is raising $2.5 million to reduce a major pain point of the internet. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, the startup, based at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech, is developing technology that it claims will reduce the lag in internet connections that cause stuttering on a video call, or buffering while watching Netflix.


Oct. 12, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Cities in West Chatham begin recovery from Hurricane Matthew

Kelly Quimby reports that the cleanup continued in areas of west Chatham County on Tuesday, where winds and rain from Hurricane Matthew felled trees and flooded streets and homes. In Garden City, officials estimated more than 30 homes were damaged and about 14 more destroyed by direct hits from falling trees, and another 35 to 40 homes were flooded during the storm.


Oct. 12, 2016 Saporta Report

Designing an inclusive, growing Atlanta while protecting neighborhoods and tree canopy   

Maria Saporta reports that concept of the City of Atlanta doubling or tripling its population in the next 30 years may sound overwhelming. Where are we going to put all these people? And will we need to sacrifice our beautiful tree canopy, our treasured neighborhoods and our quality of life?


Oct. 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Groundbreaking set for I-285/Georgia 400 overhaul

Dave Williams reports that state officials are pulling out all the stops in starting work on an $800 million overhaul of the interchange of Interstate 285 and Georgia 400. Three hours have been set aside on Nov. 3 for a combination groundbreaking ceremony and luncheon celebrating the start of the project.


Oct. 12, 2016 New York Times

Split Over Donald Trump Threatens to Tilt Republican States

Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin reports that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has concluded that at least two traditionally Republican states, Georgia and Arizona, are realistic targets for her campaign to win over. And Republican polling has found that Mr. Trump is at dire risk of losing Georgia, according to people briefed on the polls, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


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

Top Georgia Republican: ‘Hillary will do for gender relations what Obama did for race relations’

Greg Bluestein reports that we just finished up an Atlanta Press Club panel that included Randy Evans, a member of the Republican National Committee and Newt Gingrich confidante, and House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.  There were audible gasps in the room when Evans made this prediction, should Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House: “Hillary will do for gender relations what Obama did for race relations.”




Oct. 11, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Power: More than 90 percent of customers to have power by Wednesday night

Staff reports that Georgia Power plans to restore power to more than 90 percent of customers affected by Hurricane Matthew by Wednesday night. As of 2 p.m. Monday, power was restored to 216,000 customers, the company said. Damage and outages are concentrated in Chatham, Glynn, Effingham, Bulloch and Liberty couties. Power crews from several states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, are working with Georgia Power crews to address the widespread damage to the system from the hurricane.


Oct. 11, 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.


Oct. 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke to buy stake in African distributor

Staff reports that Coca-Cola said Monday it plans to buy out Anheuser-Busch InBev’s stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, which distributes about 40 percent of Coke beverages on the continent. Atlanta-based Coke, already a part owner of the African distributor, said it will exercise a change-of-control clause triggered by Anheuser-Busch InBev’s merger with SABMiller, which reportedly held a 54 percent stake in the Johannesburg company.


Oct. 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

'Tolerance is for cowards' ... AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson speaks on racial tension and Black Lives Matter

Shawn Shinneman reports that Randall Stephenson spoke to the country’s racial tension and offered support for the Black Lives Matter movement at a recent conference. The AT&T CEO’s comments – given to employees at the company’s National Employee Resource Groups conference in Dallas – were recorded by an employee and have generated over a million YouTube views. They’ve been widely aggregated by various news sites.


Oct. 11, 2016 WABE 90.1

Officials Urge Caution As Ga. Coast Residents Return Home

Lisa Hagen reports that Hurricane Matthew technically didn't make landfall in Georgia this weekend, but it came close enough to do plenty of damage. With downed trees, power lines and standing water still affecting many areas near the coast, officials are urging caution as people return to their homes and businesses.


Oct. 11, 2016 Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Column: Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola and Atlanta give $7.5 million to City of Refuge for job training   

Maria Saporta reports that the City of Refuge, a 20-year-old nonprofit serving Atlanta’s Westside, will expand its vocational training and entrepreneurial services through $7.5 million in donations from The Chick-fil-A Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and Atlanta.
The donations were announced Wednesday at a press conference at the City of Refuge with The Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Chick-fil-A Inc. CEO Dan Cathy and City of Refuge founder Bruce Deel.


Oct. 11, 2016 Gainesville Times

FedEx may come to Braselton

Ron Bridgeman reports that FedEx is considering Braselton in Jackson County “as a potential location for a package distribution center,” a statement from the company said Monday. The international shipping and delivery company will have a 1-million-square-foot distribution center just off Ga. 53 near the I-85 interchange, according to Bisnow, a commercial real estate website.


Oct. 11, 2016 Emory University

Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center: Battling 'super-bugs' to save a medical miracle

Staff reports that since its formation, the Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center has been battling a foe that threatens many of the modern miracles of medicine: the rise of bacterial strains resistant to multiple forms of antibiotics, including so-called "drugs of last resort." David Weiss, PhD, the center's director, describes the center as a collection of experts from diverse disciplines, including clinicians, basic scientists, epidemiologists, all working together focused to combat the problem of antibiotic resistance.


Oct. 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Local movie marketing whiz: "Atlanta's film industry is incredible"

Ellie Hensley reports that years before Georgia's film industry reached $2 billion in direct spending, Hollywood took notice of a small Atlanta-based marketing agency called Liquid Soul. The company, whose principal is Nick F. Nelson, has consulted for more than 20 films that reached No. 1 at the box office, including "Sex and the City" and "Harry Potter."


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

Ted Turner: From one billionaire to another, Donald, I prefer Hillary

Jim Galloway reports that the following endorsement in the 2016 presidential contest has arrived from the desk Ted Turner, the man who remade television and, though the team may have forgotten he existed, rescued the Atlanta Braves from obscurity: Throughout my career as a businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, sportsman, and conservationist, I have felt it is our duty and right as citizens of our great United States of America to voice our opinions, as I have famously done over the decades.




Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

In Georgia, island residents must wait to return to their homes

Terry Dickson reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said Sunday the damage to the Georgia coast caused by Hurricane Matthew was far less than expected, but he acknowledged the “circumstances on the ground” could feel more dire to those who suffered through the storm. He also said that while Georgians who live in mainland areas would be allowed to go home by 5 p.m. Sunday, those who live on barrier islands must stay away.


Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Teachers: Wanted, Needed, Underappreciated

Susan Percy reports, no question, Georgia has a shortage of public school teachers. It’s gotten harder to recruit them – there’s a smaller pool of candidates – and harder to retain them as job satisfaction has declined. Enrollment in University System of Georgia schools of education, a traditional source for supplying new teachers, was down by about 14 percent from 2011 to 2015, and the system’s new teacher production declined by about 20 percent for the same period.


Oct. 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chick-fil-A 'statistically the most polite chain'

Brianna Chambers reports that Business Insider said Chick-fil-A is "statistically the most polite chain in the restaurant business," after a QSR Magazine report showed positive attributes of customer service at the chicken chain. The annual drive-thru report, released Monday, showed employees made eye contact with customers 87.9 percent of the time, said "please" 61.8 percent of the time and had a pleasant demeanor 93.9 percent of the time. Employees also smiled 90.9 percent of the time and said "thank you" 95.2 percent of the time.


Oct. 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech moving forward with new cell manufacturing facility

David Allison reports that Georgia Tech plans to begin designing the project in November and complete construction by December 2017.


Oct. 10, 2016 Saporta Report

TV, movie studio in Covington plans to open in 2017 with 700,000 square feet   

David Pendered reports that new $110 million movie and TV studio for filming and editing productions is moving forward with plans to open in Covington in 2017, according to Georgia planning documents. Evidently, the company sees a great need to keep its cards close to the chest. An entity named Three Rings Studios has submitted the paperwork necessary to begin the review process required to move forward with construction of a 700,000 square foot facility.


Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia State University

Biomedical Research Facility Opens At Georgia State

Staff reports that Georgia State University has unveiled its newest state-of-the-art research facility, the Research Science Center, to support biomedical research. The $45 million building will house up to four principal investigators and their faculty and staff, as well as postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and undergraduate students. The center, constructed without the use of taxpayer funds, is at the corner of Decatur Street SE and Piedmont Avenue SE downtown.


Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia Health News

Commentary: Why Georgia shines in life sciences

Andy Miller reports that Georgia has more than 400 life sciences companies, which include firms involved in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. In a new GHN Commentary, a state official says Georgia has a key asset in this field called a “value chain.” That’s the idea “that a product can be born, researched, developed, clinically tried, manufactured and distributed locally, and at a much lower cost than other states can offer,’’ says E. Jane Caraway, of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.


Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

It must be October — beer festivals across Georgia

Christy Simo reports, want to sample some of Georgia’s homegrown brews? Check out these beer festivals happening this month across the state: Great Atlanta Beer Fest · Oct. 8 · Atlanta with more than 100 beers on tap at Turner Field Oktoberfest Boutique Beer Tasting;  Oct. 14 in Newnan.


Oct. 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

International business achievement honored at 2016 Governor’s International Awards

Jessica Saunders reports that top leaders in international business in Georgia turned out to honor achievements in global trade at the Atlanta History Center. The Governor’s International Awards presented Thursday night were sponsored by Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the World Trade Center Atlanta.


Oct. 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump surrogates claim victory after debate

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that Georgia’s own Ashley Bell was in the spin room following Sunday’s big tilt between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Bell, the RNC’s point man in minority outreach in battleground states. He said as soon as the 90-minute debate ended, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway had a message for all of the Republican’s surrogates.



Oct. 7, 2016 Georgia State University

Rural Georgia Still Lagging Considerably Behind In State’s Economic Recovery, Job Growth

Joy Woodson reports that despite economic recovery and job growth in Georgia, rural communities are struggling more than other parts of the state, according to a report by Georgia State University’s Center for State and Local Finance.


Oct. 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Go For It

Ben Young writes, next month, voters in Fulton County and Atlanta will have the opportunity to make a choice that could have a positive impact on life not just in that region, but across Georgia. It’s a chance to move transportation and transit into the 21st century and give people all over the state different ways to travel to and through the state capital.


Oct. 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What? Atlanta’s growth ranks below whom?

Mike Kanell reports,when it comes to growth among major cities since 2009, Atlanta ranks 63rd, according to a just-released calculation from WalletHub that compiles a number of economic metrics. Okay, the top-ranked large city is Austin. And Detroit is at the bottom. No problem there. But this puts Atlanta right behind St. Louis and Cleveland — that can’t be right, can it?


Oct. 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Anthem Inc. plans 1,000+ jobs technology center

Staff reports that Anthem Inc. plans to locate a technology center in Midtown’s Bank of America Plaza that would create more than 1,000 jobs.


Oct. 7, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Brunswick, St. Marys hospitals close and evacuate patients as far as Thomasville

Terry Dickson reports that Southeast Georgia Health System evacuated and closed both its Brunswick and St. Marys hospitals Thursday after Camden County and Glynn County issued mandatory evacuation orders, said Jackie Weder, spokeswoman for the system. The Brunswick hospital had about 190 patients when the day began and there were about 20 in Camden, Weder said.


Oct. 7, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Wolves, bobcats and other critters take shelter in Fort Valley

Wayne Crenshaw reports that a wide assortment of critters removed from the path of Hurricane Matthew took shelter at Fort Valley State University on Thursday. Two school buses, along with two pickups towing livestock trailers, dropped off 68 animals at the college’s State Animal Facility for Emergencies. All of the animals came from the Oatland Island Education Center in Chatham County.


Oct. 7, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Walker County wildfire approaches 500 acres

Doug Walker reports that a wildfire on Strawberry Mountain in Walker County had consumed 477 acres as of Thursday night, according to U.S. Forest Service Conasauga District Ranger Jeff Gardner, but no homes or structures had been damaged. Gardner said the fire, which erupted on private land early Wednesday morning, was only 50 percent contained by Thursday night.


Oct. 7, 2016 Brunswick News

Gargantuan new facility at port ready for business

Larry Hobbs reports that about 100 people attended a catered affair Wednesday afternoon off of Newcastle and Fourth Avenue, but the venue for the event made the crowd downright Lilliputian in comparison. The facility’s proportions will be more in balance later this year, however, when Logistec Stevedoring’s brand new warehouse facility at the Port of Brunswick is filled with thousands of tons of wood pellets.


Oct. 7, 2016 Mercer University

Google Developers Group to Host Middle Georgia's First-Ever DevFest

Kyle Sears reports that Mercer University’s Google Developers Group (GDG) will host Middle Georgia’s first-ever DevFest for artists, software developers and creative thinkers on Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Science and Engineering Building on the Macon campus. GDGs across the world host DevFests – large, community-run events that may offer speaker sessions across multiple product areas, all-day hackathons, code labs and more – during the fall of each year.


Oct. 7, 2016 Georgia Health News

Amendment 2: Help for sex trafficking victims has broad political support

Carolyn Crist reports, Bailey Johnson was sold into sex trafficking as a prostitute in eight states before she found help in Georgia. At age 17, she was rescued by a police officer who noticed signs of sexual exploitation during a routine traffic stop. She was directed by a juvenile court to enroll in a sex trafficking recovery program to help the emotional, physical, mental and social trauma she experienced.


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

Jack Kingston becomes a D.C. lobbyist for the Syrian opposition

Tamar Hallerman, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway report that the money-in-politics website Open Secrets reports that former Georgia congressman and Trump campaign adviser Jack Kingston has a new gig: Lobbying for the Syrian opposition. The site notes that the Savannah Republican filed paperwork this week announcing that he now represents the High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian Opposition. Kingston said in an interview Thursday that the work hasn’t begun yet but he plans to educate members of Congress and the executive branch about the Committee’s work in Syria, as opposed to lobbying for a specific piece of legislation.



Oct. 6, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Evacuations begin as Matthew's path takes shape

Mary Landers reports that Chatham County officials urged residents of the islands and other low-lying areas on Wednesday to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Matthew, which is expcted to bring damaging winds, possible flooding and power outages beginning Friday evening. Tybee was first to issue an evacuation order, with Mayor Jason Buelterman urging residents to leave beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday.


Oct. 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: An Environmental Paradox

Neely Young writes, the  EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, was established by President Richard Nixon in 1970 to protect human health and the environment. In a reversal of its mission, the EPA could soon sanction a threat to Georgia’s coastal water drainage system by allowing huge amounts of toxic coal ash to be deposited in a 2,200-acre landfill in Broadhurst, near Jesup in Wayne County.


Oct. 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Buckhead CID moves forward with plans for proposed park over Georgia 400

Ellie Hensley reports that Atlanta is one step closer to getting a park over Georgia 400. On Oct. 5, the Buckhead Community Improvement District board authorized further study for a planned park over Georgia 400 between Lenox and Peachtree roads. According to, these plans will merge with Buckhead's master plan, now called "Buckhead Redefined."


Oct. 6, 2016 Albany Herald

Phoebe financial outlook revised, update provided on Carlton Breast Health Center

Jennifer Parks reports that a financial outlook for Phoebe Putney Health System has been revised, while Breast Cancer Awareness Month provided an opportunity for an update on the activity at the Carlton Breast Health Center.


Oct. 6, 2016 Times Free Press

Dalton Business Groups Comes Together to Develop Plan to Grow Local Economy

Mike Pare reports that when Rob Bradham came to Dalton, Ga., late last year, he kept hearing about the city's heydays in the '70s, '80s and '90s when the carpet business was blazing. "The [Great Recession] took a heavy toll," said Bradham, the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce's chief executive, adding that leaders in the area believe they need to start thinking about what's next.


Oct. 6, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

100 acres added to auto processing capacity at Brunswick port, Georgia Ports director says 

Terry Dickson reports that Georgia Ports Authority will add 100 acres to its auto processing terminal on Colonel’s Island allowing the facility to stay ahead of its demand, Griff Lynch said Wednesday during his annual state of the port address on Jekyll Island.


Oct. 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Cave Spring

Karen Kirkpatrick showcases some colorful critters in charming Cave Spring.


Oct. 6, 2016 Georgia Health News

Lawmakers begin looking at alternatives to standard Medicaid expansion

Andy Miller reports that a legislative panel heard testimony Wednesday on ideas for reducing the high number of uninsured people in Georgia through alternatives to a standard Medicaid expansion. The Senate study committee focused on a variation of expansion that Arkansas and other states have launched.


Oct. 6, 2016 WABE 90.1

How Replacing Attorney General Sam Olens Would Work

Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens looks set to become the next president of Kennesaw State University. If that happens, Gov. Nathan Deal would appoint the next attorney general, according to the state constitution. A majority of the state Senate may need to approve his pick.


Oct. 6, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Richard Woods: State education department is not focused on the Opportunity School District

Mary Kate McGowan reports that with the November election approaching, State Superintendent Richard Woods said the state education department is not focusing on the controversial Opportunity School District.


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

With Sam Olens headed for Kennesaw State, look out for falling dominoes

Jim Galloway reports that the appointment of Attorney General Sam Olens as the next president of Kennesaw State University is now as close to a gimme putt as a gubernatorial endorsement can make it. With Nathan Deal’s seal of approval, the Board of Regents – whose members are all appointed by the governor — will take up the matter next week.



Oct. 5, 2016

Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Staff reports, acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 13 counties in Georgia’s coastal areas. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Hurricane Matthew will travel dangerously close to the southeastern region of Georgia.


Oct. 5, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Gainesville/Hall County: Growing Like Gangbusters

Randy Southerland reports that Northeast Georgia community of Gainesville and Hall County is a region that has succeeded by being in the right place in the right time. The “first flat area outside of the mountains” as one local describes it, Gainesville was established as Mule Camp Springs in the 1800s. A regional transportation and trade center from its beginnings, farmers once hitched their wagons on Gainesville’s main street and sold their products to “city folks.”


Oct. 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Newell has dropped metro Atlanta HQ; will now shed businesses, workers

Russell Grantham reports that Newell Brands said it expects to sell about 10 percent of its businesses as part of a reorganization after a recent big acquisition and decision to move its headquarters from metro Atlanta. Formerly known as Newell Rubbermaid, Newell Brands, now based in Hoboken, N.J., said Tuesday that it plans to sell several businesses with about $1.5 billion in annual sales. The businesses include units that make tools, heaters, humidifiers, fans and storage containers.


Oct. 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle, Saporta Report

Former Home Depot CEO Frank Blake wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Maria Saporta reports that former The Home Depot Inc. Chairman and CEO Frank Blake on Tuesday received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award in Leadership Character at a luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium. The award was given by the Turknett Leadership Group and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. The organizations also recognized a host of other leaders during the Twelfth Leadership Character Awards.


Oct. 5, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus State receives its first patent

Mark Rice reports that Columbus State University has received its first patent in the institution’s 58-year history. A team of CSU researchers in the TSYS School of Computer Science developed software that produced a new tool for training military and emergency personnel to make good decisions. It’s called CM-TDSS, the Cognitive Map-based Tactical Decision Support System. The official patent name is CMDST (Cognitive Map-based Decision Simulation for Training).


Oct. 5, 2016 Saporta Report

Janet Simpson named as new president of tvsdesign – firm’s third president in 48 years   

Maria Saporta reports that the architectural firm of tvsdesign has named Janet Simpson as its next president. She is only the third president in the firm’s 48-year history, and she is the first woman in that role. Simpson will succeed Roger Neuenschwander, who has been president since 1994 and joined the firm in 1973 as an intern. He will remain as board chairman as he transfers day-to-day governance to Simpson, who will assume her new role on Jan. 1.


Oct. 5, 2016 Georgia Health News

Grant helps pediatric research take new directions

Andy Miller reports that development of innovations in drugs and medical devices is largely centered on improving treatment for adults. A collaboration between Georgia Tech and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, though, aims to develop new therapies for pediatrics. And a new $5 million grant from the Imlay Foundation will support that work.


Oct. 5, 2016 Brunswick News

State judge: Jesup pulpmill needs to clean up Alatmaha discharge

Larry Hobbs reports that a state administrative judge has ruled that a Jesup pulp mill needs to stop pumping dark streams of smelly wastewater into the Altamaha River, siding with environmental groups that have been trying to stop the process for years. However, the discharge from Rayonier Advanced Materials is not likely to improve anytime soon as a result of Judge Kimberly Schroer’s ruling on Friday.


Oct. 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Starwood buys 50-story Midtown icon One Atlantic Center

Staff reports that Starwood Capital bought the 50-story One Atlantic Center, one of Atlanta’s tallest buildings and a landmark along the Midtown skyline. Starwood did not disclose financial terms of the deal. But as first reported by Atlanta Business Chronicle in July, Starwood was expected to pay about $300 a foot, or about $330 million for the 1.1-million-square-foot tower at 1201 West Peachtree Street, according to sources familiar with the deal.


Oct. 5, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Commission Names 13 State Supreme Court Candidates

Johnny Kauffman reports that out of hundreds of names and dozens of interviews, the Judicial Nominating Commission, which names potential state Supreme Court judges, has narrowed the list to 13. Gov. Nathan Deal is set to appoint three new people to the court, but he isn't obligated to pick from the list, according to commission co-chair Randy Evans.


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

Steve Wynn, another major Vegas player, joins casino effort in Georgia

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that just one day after the CEO of MGM Resorts told Atlanta business leaders that casino gambling in Georgia would be a financial windfall for the state, another major player has joined the fray. Wynn Resorts Development of Las Vegas has hired the Dentons law firm as its lobbying team head of the 2017 legislative session. The company is owned by Steve Wynn and has casinos in Vegas and the Macau region of China and is building a casino resort outside Boston.





Oct. 4, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus wraps up $30 million buyout of Atlanta company

Tony Adams reports that Synovus Financial Corp. said Monday it has wrapped up its $30 million purchase of Atlanta-based lender Entaire. Entaire Global Companies, founded in 2001, is a privately owned life insurance premium finance lender, with fewer than 25 employees. Its subsidiary, Global One, specializes in non-mortality loans to commercial entities. The collateralize loans are primarily used by small businesses.


Oct. 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

20 years of Georgia’s Best and Brightest

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, this year, to celebrate 20 years of honoring Georgia’s best and brightest under the age of 40, we’ve done something a bit different. Not only are we honoring a very accomplished class of 40, but we’ve also taken a look back at some of the people who made the list over the past 20 years to see where they are today.


Oct. 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Casino giant MGM plans renewed push in Georgia

J. Scott Trubey reports that the debate about casino gambling in Georgia is about to return in a big way. On Monday, the Chairman and CEO of casino and hotel giant MGM Resorts International told local business and civic leaders that Las Vegas-style gambling, including a $1 billion-plus resort in Atlanta, could be an economic engine for the state and could boost the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship program.


Oct. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Braves donate $360,000 to 37 local non-profits in 2016

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Atlanta Braves Foundation announced in a Sept. 30 pregame ceremony, just days before the final game at Turner Field, it has contributed $360,000 to the local community this year, and will award 37 local non-profit organizations with grants to fund their 2016-17 initiatives.


Oct. 4, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Tech Plans Eco-Friendly ‘Living Building’

Kate Sweeney reports that general, buildings are not good for the environment. Some do less harm than others, but now, Georgia Tech wants to build a $25 million structure that actually does good. It’s called a “Living Building.” On the campus of Georgia Tech, there’s this huge oak.


Oct. 4, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Northeast Georgia Health System to buy Barrow Regional Medical Center

Staff reports that the Northeast Georgia Health System will purchase Barrow Regional Medical Center in Winder, the hospitals announced Monday. NGHS President and CEO Carol Burrell said the organization sought input from the community before the purchase agreement was signed. The transition process has started in anticipation of a January 2017 effective date, according to Beth Downs, an NGHS spokeswoman.


Oct. 4, 2016

UPS Seeks Contestants for Pitch-Style Export Competition

Trevor Williams reports that the companies that didn’t take the $35,000 awarded to finalists in the recent Metro Export Challenge already have another shot at winning support to bolster their global sales efforts. In fact, those that practiced their in-person pitches could be at an advantage in this new event, as scores in the United Parcel Service Inc.,-backed event will depend heavily on a “Pitch-Off” among 10 finalists to be held Nov. 10 at the company’s headquarters.


Oct. 4, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS still hiring amid job and expense restructuring

Tony Adams reports that credit-card and payment processor TSYS may have just completed a company-wide restructuring, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still hiring for a number of positions in various cities in which it operates. That includes Columbus, where the global firm is headquartered, as well as in markets across the United States.


Oct. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

University System of Georgia chancellor endorses Sam Olens for Kennesaw State president

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will interview for the presidency of Kennesaw State University Tuesday with the endorsement of the state university system’s chief in his pocket. In an open letter to the “Kennesaw State University community,” University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said he originally intended to launch a nationwide search for a successor to former KSU President Dan Papp.


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

Jim Barksdale: ‘Absolutely, I believe in capitalism’

Jim Galloway reports that the hazard of journalism, of course, is that it is often not enough to report on what a candidate actually said. The perfect reporter will also report what the candidate actually meant to say when he said it the first time. Earlier this month, we told you of a lengthy radio interview given by Jim Barksdale, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, in the studios of WUOG in Athens.



Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia CEO

Georgia Department of Economic Development Helps Georgia Businesses Sell to China Online

Staff reports that online shopping is growing in popularity around the world and one of the hottest global markets is China. Paul Swenson, GDECD’s Managing Director for Trade in China, met with Georgia exporters during his visit to Atlanta in August to share information about Chinese ecommerce and how Georgia companies can take advantage of this exciting opportunity to increase global sales. Ecommerce comprises $3.7 trillion dollars of China’s $4.6 trillion retail market. In 2015, China’s ecommerce market amounted to $600 billion in business-to-consumer transactions.


Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Trend’s 2016 40 Under 40

Karen Kirkpatrick and Christy Simo report that this year Georgia Trend celebrates 20 years of honoring outstanding Georgians under the age of 40 – the state’s best and brightest – and looks back at 20 of our picks from years past to find out where they are today. The 2016 40 Under 40 represent business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, healthcare and education.


Oct. 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta building rebound strains worker supply

Michael E. Kanell reports that Josh Cox works for a huge manufacturer, doing what he likes to do, doing what he was trained for at Kennesaw Mountain High School and at Georgia Trade School. He’s a welder.  “It’s a great job to have,” said Cox. “You have to be okay with being hot and dirty all day, but if you’re okay with that, it’s a great job to have.” His starting pay was $16 an hour and got boosted after a year to $20 an hour.


Oct. 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia executive named woman banker to watch

Jessica Saunders reports that a Georgia bank executive is among American Banker's 2016 list of 25 Women to Watch. Liz Dukes Wolverton is chief strategy officer for Synovus Financial Corp., reporting directly to Chief Executive Kessel Stelling. She joined the bank in 2003. The post of chief strategy officer was created in 2014.


Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia Health News

Harken Health leaving Georgia exchange

Andy Miller reports that another insurer is pulling out of Georgia’s health insurance exchange in 2017, leaving the state with just five companies offering coverage. While it continues an unwelcome trend, the exit of Harken Health, an independent subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare, is not expected to have much effect on the stability of the state exchange.


Oct. 3, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia's Foxfire Magazine Reaches 50th Anniversary

Amy Kiley reports that the Appalachia Mountains that run from New York to Mississippi produced sometimes isolated communities with distinct cultures. Today's Appalachia is more connected, but much of northern Georgia is still quite rural. For 50 years, high school students in Clayton, Georgia, have interviewed older residents to chronicle the region’s character. They publish what they find in The Foxfire Magazine. It's become so popular Random House has made it into a series of books.


Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia Tech

Imlay Foundation Gives $5 Million for Pediatric Therapies Research

Lance Wallace reports that Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology announce a $5 million grant from The Imlay Foundation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for the development of pediatric therapies. The single largest grant made by The Imlay Foundation in its 25-year history, this commitment establishes The Imlay Innovation Fund at Children’s to advance collaboration between Georgia Tech and Children’s pediatric innovation and discovery efforts.


Oct. 3, 2016 GPB

Morehouse Researcher Fights Cancer With Lasers

Celeste Headlee and Taylor Gantt report that there are less than 100 female black physicists in the United States. Hadiyah Nicole-Green, of the Morehouse School of Medicine, is one of those few women. And she's on the forefront of a new technology that uses lasers to target and destroy tumors. Professor Green has received a million dollar grant to push her research into clinical trials.


Oct. 3, 2016 Saporta Report

Oakland Cemetery’s Sunday in the Park launches fall festival season at ATL’s oldest cemetery   

David Pendered reports that Historic Oakland Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Oct. 2 during Oakland Cemetery’s annual Victorian fall festival, Sunday in the Park, which benefits the foundation that preserves and maintains the burial ground. For its part, Sunday in the Park is celebrating its 37th year. The festival has grown from an intimate gathering to a communitywide celebration of Atlanta’s oldest public burial ground.


Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Barnsley Resort expansion

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that economic development is coming to Adairsville in Northwest Georgia in the form of a new inn and conference center at upscale, award-winning Barnsley Resort. It’s the first expansion at the resort since it opened in 1999. The Inn at Barnsley Resort will grow the resort’s offerings by 54 rooms, for a total of 150 rooms when the expansion is complete next fall.


Oct. 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia State to put its name atop former Citizens Trust building

David Allison reports that the name of one of Atlanta's most prominent African-American companies is about to disappear from the downtown skyline. Georgia State University is preparing to put its name on top of the former Citizens Trust bank building at 75 Piedmont Avenue in downtown Atlanta, and will take down the Citizens Trust signs that are now on top of the east and west sides of the building.


Oct. 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s time to stop pretending Georgia is a ‘battleground’ state

Jim Galloway reports that friends do not let friends delude themselves. But if that kindness applies to Donald Trump, who – along with many eighth-graders — thinks that studying for the test actually clouds the brain, then it should extend to Democrats as well. Especially the ones who keep telling us that Georgia is in play when it comes to the 2016 presidential contest.



Edit Module Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module