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Jan. 18, 2018 

Deal: State government will remain closed Thursday

Staff reports that, acting on a recommendation from the state Emergency Operations Command, Gov. Nathan Deal announced state government will remain closed for non-essential personnel tomorrow, Jan. 18, across the 83 counties impacted by winter weather. “Our top priority is to ensure the safety of Georgians and to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to continue doing its job,” said Deal.


Jan. 18, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Economy: Outpacing the Nation 

Jeffrey Humphreys writes, the 2018 economic outlook for Georgia is surprisingly good. Economic development prowess, a revival of population growth, the housing upturn and a relatively available supply of skilled labor are the primary factors that will cause Georgia’s economy to grow faster than the nation’s economy for the third straight year.


Jan. 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia a possible contender for Apple expansion?

J. Scott Trubey reports that in September, Amazon set off one of the biggest bidding wars among states in memory for its second headquarters project, and Apple appears to be gearing up for a sequel, with Georgia a possible contender. Apple said Wednesday that it is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment the tech company said it will make to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country’s new tax law.


Jan. 18, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Aflac to pay $350,000 to five states

Mark Meltzer reports that Aflac has reached a $350,000 settlement with five states over allegations the insurer failed to notify the beneficiaries of policy holders who had died, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports. Columbus, Ga.-based Aflac, which sells supplemental health and life insurance policies in the U.S. and Japan, reached the agreement with Florida, California, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Insurer State Farm settled with the same states for $250,000.


Jan. 18, 2018 Saporta Report 

Agnes Scott’s Elizabeth Kiss to become first woman to head the Rhodes Trust 

Maria Saporta reports that  Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss has been selected to become the new warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust, the first woman to ever head the organization. In a telephone conversation on Wednesday, Kiss described what an impact the Rhodes Trust has had on her life and how this is a perfect next step for her career.


Jan. 18, 2018 Emory University, Mercer University 

Georgia Research Alliance universities sign agreement to share core facilities

Holly Korshun reports that research leaders from the eight universities in the Georgia Research Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the shared use of core research facilities at each of their institutions. The agreement means identified core facilities and equipment will be available to scientists at all eight institutions at the same rates and terms offered to internal facility users. 



Jan. 18, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

What are the top 10 education issues in Georgia for 2018?

Mark Rice reports that the nonpartisan Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education has released its “Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2018” concerning K-12 public schools. “It seems to me,” GPEE policy and research director Dana Rickman said during the GPEE’s annual symposium this month at the Georgia Public Broadcasting headquarters in Atlanta, “education policy is becoming a lot more complicated and a lot more interrelated with a lot of different things.”


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Jan. 18, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times 

Prince makes Wiregrass donation

Staff reports that Prince Automotive Group has made a donation of $214,248.66 to Wiregrass Georgia Technical College’s Automotive program.  The group donated parts and equipment from all dealerships including Albany, Tifton, Valdosta and Douglas to the college. The donated parts and equipment are for Honda, Mazda, Ford, Cadillac, GMC, Buick and Chevrolet vehicles, according to a Wiregrass press release. 


Jan. 18, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

ARC Chairman: Window for something big on transit exists ‘right now’

Curt Yeomans reports that Atlanta Regional Commission Chairman Kerry Armstrong told Gwinnett County business leaders Tuesday that the time has come to address transit, at least in the Atlanta area. Armstrong, whose at-large citizen district on the ARC board is located in Gwinnett, made the remarks during a State of the Region Address to the Gwinnett Chamber at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta.


Jan. 18, 2018 GPB 

Remembering The Girl Scouts' Georgia Roots

Emily Cureton and Celeste Headlee report that Georgia’s Girl Scouts recently joined the debate over a Savannah bridge name. As it stands, Talmadge Memorial Bridge honors a segregationist. The Girl Scouts would like the bridge renamed in honor of their founder and Savannah native, Juliette Gordon Low. 


Jan. 18, 2018 New York Times 

Savannah, a City With Charms Both Historical and Culinary

Lucas Peterson reports, Savannah is a gorgeous place — Spanish moss drips gloomily from gnarled oak trees and old colonial-style houses line its dignified streets — but it is also a city of great complexity. Old Southern money coexists with a majority African-American population, who in turn share Savannah with a steady flow of tourists — some headed to nearby Tybee Island and others hoping to enjoy the city’s relaxed open container laws.


Jan. 18, 2018 WABE 90.1 

GOP Gov. Deal Wants Special Court For Businesses, He’ll Need Aid Of Democrats

Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is calling for state lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment that, with the approval of voters, would create a new state court system solely to handle business disputes.


Jan. 18, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Changes in the works for state tax code

Diane Wagner reports that plans to cut Georgia’s income tax were already in the works, but lawmakers at the state capitol will be looking at more revisions in light of the tax reform package Congress passed last month. “We clearly are going to have to make some changes to the Georgia tax code,” said Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee.


Jan. 18, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Tom Price to advise Jackson Healthcare 

Andy Miller reports that Dr. Tom Price, largely out of the public eye since resigning as U.S. health secretary, has been named to the advisory board of an Alpharetta-based company. Jackson Healthcare is the third-largest U.S. health care staffing company, with nearly $1 billion in revenue.


Jan. 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

AJC poll: Georgians back medical marijuana expansion

Mark Niesse reports that more Georgia voters than ever support changing state law to allow harvesting and distribution of medical marijuana, according to a poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Over three-quarters of those surveyed said Georgia’s medical marijuana program should be expanded, an increase from previous years



Jan. 17, 2018 

Deal issues emergency declaration for 83 counties

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency Jan. 16 due to winter weather for 83 counties, spanning much of central and north Georgia. This line extends from Columbus to Macon to Augusta and northward. State government will be closed tomorrow in the impacted areas for non-essential personnel.


Jan. 17, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

State’s first agrihood in Macon

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, with receipt of a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America, Macon’s One South Community Development Corp. is ramping up plans for Georgia’s first agrihood. Located in a south Macon neighborhood, the goal of the agrihood is to turn blighted properties into community gardens and farmland that will provide better access to quality food for residents.


Jan. 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

PSC orders Georgia Power to pay its customers $43.6 million          

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that state regulators have ordered Georgia Power to refund its customers $43.2 million, which the company earned above the approved limits set by the commission in 2013. In a statement, the commissioners unanimously ordered the utility company to return to its customers two thirds of its earnings for 2016 that were above the set 10.95% Return on Equity (ROE). The company would retain the other third.


Jan. 17, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Venture capital investment in Atlanta tech firms highest since dotcom boom

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Georgia companies scored nearly $1.7 billion in venture capital last year — the highest since 2000, according to the MoneyTree Report. Venture capitalists expect a market correction in the wake of a frothy 2017.


Jan. 17, 2018 

Mayor Bottoms: City to Seek Globally Minded Leader for World’s Busiest Airport  

Trevor Williams reports that new Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Tuesday that the search will soon be on for a new leader of the world’s busiest airport.  A committee is being put in place to execute a national search for the general manager position, Ms. Bottoms told Global Atlanta after a wide-ranging speech to the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta.  


Jan. 17, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

MCG foundation surpasses $250 million mark

Damon Cline reports that one of the Augusta area’s largest nonprofit has started 2018 with a bang. Officials with the Medical College of Georgia Foundation said its endowment crossed the $250 million threshold at the end of last year, largely on the strength of its investment portfolio, which logged a 16 percent return for the year.


Jan. 17, 2018 Saporta Report 

Mayor Bottoms and APS reach agreement on property deeds 

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has forged a working relationship with Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools. During a speech before the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta on Tuesday, Bottoms said the Atlanta City Council at its meeting later in the day would be considering her proposal to transfer the deeds of 50 properties from the City to APS  without restriction or condition.


Jan. 17, 2018 Brunswick News 

Plans move forward on Jekyll Island solar farm

Wes Wolfe reports, while not meant to be a primary source of power to Jekyll Island, the island authority’s board voted Tuesday to continue down a path that could lead to a 5-6 acre solar farm on the northern end of the island. The solar farm would sit atop a capped landfill, and provide about 1 megawatt of electricity. That would be enough to supply 20-25 residences for a year, but the project is meant more as a supplemental source that would decrease outage times and perhaps help during widespread outages.


Jan. 17, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Community leaders ask for state forgive debt on Northwest Georgia Regional property

Doug Walker reports that the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority wants the local legislative delegation to lead an effort to have the state forgive the debt on the 132-acre Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property and transfer ownership to the development authority.


Jan. 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

PSC chair Stan Wise says he’ll resign effective Feb. 20

Jim Galloway reports that Stan Wise, chairman of the state Public Service Commission, sent word to Gov. Nathan Deal this morning that he’ll resign effective Feb. 20. Wise, a strong advocate for nuclear power, announced his decision late last year, but said he would only depart after the utlility board had approved Georgia Power’s decision to continue construction on two new nuclear power reactors at Plant Vogtle.





Jan. 16, 2018 

Now Open: NCR’s Shiny New Global Headquarters

Trevor Williams reports that NCR Corp., the financial technology giant, opened its new Atlanta headquarters in Midtown last week, the first phase of a massive new complex the company hopes will exemplify its own “reinvention.” 


Jan. 16, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Phoenix Rising

Ellen Berman reports, while healthcare policy – and practices in many areas – remains up in the air in this country, one of the things Georgians have been able to count on for more than 125 years is Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta.


Jan. 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta apologizes to China for listing Taiwan, Tibet as countries

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is apologizing after China’s aviation authority reportedly criticized the company for listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website. The Civil Aviation Administration of China asked Atlanta-based Delta to investigate the listing of Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website, and called for an “immediate and public” apology.


Jan. 16, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Co-working company enters Atlanta market with plans for 10 locations

Jessica Saunders reports that Denver-based Office Evolution's first location in Alpharetta is slated to open April 1. The company has ambitious plans for the market.


Jan. 16, 2018 GA-PCOM 

PCOM Seeks Continued Community Support

Staff reports, in a Letter to the Editor sent to publications across Southwest Georgia, PCOM President Dr. Jay Feldstein thanked community members for their support of  PCOM South Georgia, a four-year regional medical school to be built in time for classes to begin in August of 2019, and asked for continued support as the 75,000 square foot educational facility is developed.  


Jan. 16, 2018 Brunswick News 

Leadership conference brings together conservationists of all backgrounds

Lauren McDonald reports that Drew Lanham can boil the definition of “conservation” down to one word — love. “Conservation is caring about something enough, intensely enough, that you want to save some for later,” the ornithologist said Saturday during his keynote address at One Hundred Miles’ second annual “Choosing to Lead” conference. 


Jan. 16, 2018 Georgia Southern University  

College of Business Internship Spotlight – Kelsey Monaghan

Staff reports that College of Business students often seek internship opportunities during their junior and/or senior years of study. Internships provide our students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, while giving the employer an opportunity to evaluate an intern’s skills, work ethic and cultural assimilation before incurring the expense of hiring the employee full time. 


Jan. 16, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

New melter at SRS Pours first canisters of high-level waste

Staff reports that a new melter at Savannah River Site – only the third in the 20-year history of the Defense Waste Processing Facility – recently poured its first canisters of vitrified radioactive waste.


Jan. 16, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Flu slams Georgia, nation as season appears to peak 

Andy Miller reports that five Georgians have died from the flu, which has also led to more than 300 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta this season, state officials report.


Jan. 16, 2018 Saporta Report 

The year ahead in Georgia transportation  

Georgia Dept. of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurray writes, transportation infrastructure plays a pivotal role in driving Georgia’s economy, supporting community growth and maintaining Georgia’s position as the No. 1 state in the U.S. to do business. 


Jan. 16, 2018 

Deal announces 2018 floor leaders

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Reps. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), Trey Rhodes (R-Greensboro) and Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville) will continue to serve on the House floor leader team, while Senator-elect Brian Strickland will join Senators P. K. Martin IV (R-Lawrenceville) and Larry Walker III (R-Kathleen) to carry the governor's bills in the Senate.


Jan. 16, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Rep. David Casas announces plans to retire from the General Assembly after this year        

Curt Yeomans reports that one of the longest-serving Hispanic members of the Georgia General Assembly is planning to retire from the legislature after this year’s legislative session. State Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn, told the Daily Post about his plans to not seek re-election Monday night. 


Jan. 16, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Macon Telegraph  

Ever received a 'surprise' bill from a doctor? A Georgia lawmaker wants that to stop.

Maggie Lee reports that a Georgia state House member says he wants to put an end to so-called "surprise" medical bills — charges of hundreds or thousands of dollars that arrive after someone visits an out-of-network doctor without meaning to.


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Jan. 16, 2018 WSB Radio 

Adoption bill moves forward

Sandra Parrish reports that Senate Judiciary Committee passes its own version of a bill aimed at modernizing Georgia’s adoption laws without the controversial religious liberty language that stalled the measure last year. After taking heat from Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston, the Senate is now moving quickly on the measure.


Jan. 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Perdue’s shifting story on Trump expletive faces more scrutiny

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue is coming under more scrutiny for his assertion that President Donald Trump didn’t refer to Haiti and African nations in vulgar terms, with a Republican colleague who was in the closed-door meeting taking what appears to be a swipe at him.



Jan. 15, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Hurricane created new island off Georgia coast

Lee Shearer reports that Georgia now has a new coastal island, thanks to the powerful storm. The new island formed when the storm shifted the channel of Blackbeard Creek and blew out part of a narrow finger of land that extended from Blackbeard Island south toward Sapelo Island, explained Marguerite Madden, head of the University of Georgia’s Center for Geospatial Studies.


Jan. 15, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Managing the flow: Cobb County

Lori Johnston reports, municipalities are increasingly turning to managed lanes to improve traffic flow and increase funding options. These solutions include high-occupancy vehicle (HOV), express, reversible and toll lanes. The 29.7 miles of managed lanes scheduled to open later this year along interstates 75 and 575 will continue to propel Cobb County as a desirable locale for business, education and play.


Jan. 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home prices up in December, but listings are scarce

Michael E. Kanell reports that Atlanta home prices continued to rise, while the number of homes sold kept declining in December, according to a report issued Friday. The median sale price of a home sold in metro Atlanta last month was $250,000, a climb of 5.5 percent from the same month a year ago, according to the monthly report by the Atlanta Realtors Association.


Jan. 15, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Software firm Cardlytics files for $75 million IPO

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based software firm has filed for a $75 million Initial Public Offering. Cardlytics’ software helps retailers, restaurants and service providers deliver ads to specific consumers, via banking websites. Atlanta’s tech industry is seeing an uptick in IPOs. Secureworks Corp. (Nasdaq: SCWX) and First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) have gone public in recent years.


Jan. 15, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Investors give Georgia coast a reason to act on climate change

Mary Landers reports that Wall Street recently handed Georgia’s coastal cities an economic incentive to take climate change seriously. In a November report, Moody’s Investor Service — one of three main credit rating agencies — said failing to prepare for climate change could mean downgraded credit for coastal cities like Savannah.


Jan. 15, 2018 WABE 90.1

‘Solarize’ Program To Make Solar Panels Cheaper For Atlanta Residents

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia environmental groups are preparing to launch a program to make solar panels cheaper for city of Atlanta residents. The effort, called Solarize Atlanta, will also help with the technical aspects of choosing solar panels and getting them installed.


Jan. 15, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Drug therapy discovered at MCG being used to treat rare form of brain cancer in children

Tom Corwin reports, of the kids playing and running around the room inside the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, it is impossible to pick out Kaiden Morrell, 9, as the one whose brain harbored a rare and deadly tumor. 


Jan. 15, 2018 Saporta Report

DeKalb County’s foreclosure recovery program shows high returns from fairly small investments

David Pendered reports that the most eye-popping result of a DeKalb County program to address the devastating number of homes foreclosed amid the Great Recession is how much good can come from a relatively small investment. The rate of return was nearly 16 to 1 for one part of the program, according to a new report. 


Jan. 15, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Technical College of the Year

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Coastal Pines Technical College, with its seven campuses serving 13 Southeast Georgia counties, received the 2017 Sonny Perdue Technical College of the Year award from the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Chosen from among the TCSG’s 22 technical colleges, Coastal Pines excelled in a variety of performance criteria, including technical education, adult education, economic development, resource development and administration.


Jan. 15, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Should Georgia drivers use hands-free cellphone technology? New bill would require it

Becky Purser reports that arenewed push to require drivers in Georgia to use hands-free cellphone technology has emerged after a House committee studied distracting driving. House Bill 673 prohibits the use of a cellphone, tablet or other wireless devices without having a hands-free accessory.


Jan. 15, 2018

U.S. Sen. Isakson Introduces Legislation to Enhance the Health Care of Peace Corps Volunteers

Phil Bolton reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia has been joined by three other members of the Senate in introducing legislation in a bi-partisan effort to improve the health care received by Peace Corps volunteers. The Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018 is named in memory of a 23-year-old Brentwood, Calif., volunteer who lost his life while serving in 2013 as a Peace Corps volunteer in China.


Jan. 15, 2018 Brunswick News

Offshore drilling support declining among Southern Republicans

Wes Wolfe reports that Republican officials in South Atlantic and Gulf coast states were already moving away from the Trump administration’s aggressive plan to open 90 percent of the United States’ coastal areas to offshore drilling, then Tuesday evening, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a deal to take all of Florida’s coastline from consideration.


Jan. 15, 2018 Gainesville Times

Rural broadband gaps getting attention from state leaders

Nick Bowman reports that Amazon looks nationwide for a second headquarters, Georgia’s state leaders are trying to paint the state in the best light possible for the internet giant. Some lawmakers have gotten queasy about pushing social issues like the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was proposed but blocked in 2017, warning it could lead the retailer to locate elsewhere. 


Jan. 15, 2018 Georgia Times-Union

Legislators hope Trump broadband initiative will give rural Georgia access     

Terry Dickson reports that Georgia General Assembly planned to renew its search this year for money to extend broadband capability to help business, industry and individuals in rural parts of the state. State Sen. William Ligon, R-Waverly, said the state needed to make a good start of providing the same broadband access to thinly populated areas that larger counties and municipalities enjoy.


Jan. 15, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Budget hearings to start Tuesday

Diane Wagner reports that Georgia General Assembly is suspended today for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but joint budget hearings are slated for Tuesday and Wednesday. Rep. Christian Coomer, R-Cartersville, said the short briefings from department and agency heads also will be broadcast online.


Jan. 15, 2018 Albany Herald

Sen. David Perdue says Senate will get answer on Hawaii missile scare

Jim Hendricks reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said Sunday that the Armed Services Committee he is a member of will get answers on why a false alarm was sent out Saturday morning, frightening residents and tourists of the state with an alert that there were incoming ballistic missiles.


Jan. 15, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

“Pause button” at legislature thanks to tax changes

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that the 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly has begun, but work on the state budget has run up against the federal tax law changes. The first few weeks of the session are typically spent in work on the budget by the House and Senate Appropriations committees. Most of the other business of the legislature doesn’t get started until a few weeks in. 


Jan 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Explaining David Perdue's waltz around Donald Trump's vulgarities

Jim Galloway reports, first, he couldn’t remember what Donald Trump had said. Then he could. The president never said anything like what he was accused of uttering, U.S. Sen. David Perdue said Sunday. To understand U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s wordplay this weekend, it is necessary to note whom he chose as his partner when new broke that, during a White House negotiating session, President Donald Trump had voiced bewilderment. In very crude fashion.



Jan. 12, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Economic forecast: 2018 should look like 2017

Damon Cline reports, though a recession looms on the horizon, the 2018 economy should be a carbon copy of 2017, University of Georgia’s top economic forecaster said Thursday. Jeff Humphreys, director of the university’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, said the U.S. is in the “late stages” of its current expansion, and that a downturn is likely in late 2019 or 2020.


Jan. 12, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on new projects in Johns Creek, Augusta, Savannah and more. Eye-care products manufacturer Alcon is investing $97 million in an expansion in Johns Creek, part of a multi-year project to increase production capacity for a line of its contact lenses.


Jan. 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cold weather a mixed blessing in Georgia agriculture

Michael E. Kanell reports that all that is cold is not bitter. And the chill that gripped Georgia during much of the past six weeks has actually been a blessing to some parts of the state’s agriculture. While the freeze killed some kinds of plants and boosted fuel costs, it also was a salve to some crops in need – especially those under siege by insects.


Jan. 12, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Big chunk of new Georgia budget would go to teacher pensions

Dave Williams reports that a huge commitment to keeping the Georgia's Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) solvent will make for a tight budget year in fiscal 2019.


Jan. 12, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

TSYS closes billion-dollar buyout of payment technology firm Cayan 

Tony Adams reports that a billion-dollar purchase by credit-card and payment processor TSYS is a done deal. The Columbus-based company said Thursday it has closed its $1.05 billion acquisition of payment technology firm Cayan in an all-cash transaction. The buyout was announced in mid-December. TSYS said its existing merchant businesses and Cayan will be combined under the TSYS brand.


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Jan. 12, 2018 Brunswick News

Farmers learn ways to check crops using drones

Katie Nussbaum reports, if you’re a farmer looking to keep a closer eye on your crops or need a better way to survey hundreds of acres after a storm, agriculture experts suggest looking to the skies. “Drones have gotten very popular recently, and it’s not just under the Christmas tree. It’s out in the construction, infrastructure, civil engineering and transportation, but one of the biggest places we’re seeing this technology applied is down on the farm,” said John Perry, president of the Coastal Plains chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.


Jan. 12, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Deal touts state economy in final State of State speech

Staff reports that local legislators found numerous things to like as Gov. Nathan Deal delivered his final State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly. The 75-year-old governor choked up multiple times during his 45 minutes at the House rostrum, thanking voters for their “kindness ... support ... and your prayers." Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, said he was struck by the emphasis Deal put on "planting seeds" to benefit the next generation.


Jan. 12, 2018 New York Times

Atlanta Faces Call to Overhaul a Bail System That Jails the Poor

Richard Fausset reports that the police arrested Randall McCrary, a mentally ill man, at a gas station on Oct. 22. They found him covered in his own waste and screaming at customers. What happened next to Mr. McCrary, advocates say, was a depressingly common reality for poor people charged with minor crimes in Atlanta. The municipal court set his bail at $500, the predetermined amount for a disorderly conduct charge.


Jan. 12, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

Should Georgia drivers use hands-free cellphone technology? New bill would require it

Becky Purser reports, a renewed push to require drivers in Georgia to use hands-free cellphone technology has emerged after a House committee studied distracting driving. Two of the study committee members are from Houston County: state Rep. Shaw Blackmon, R-Bonaire, and state Rep. Heath Clark, R-Warner Robins.


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Jan. 12, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Health care largely missing from Deal annual address 

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, in his final State of the State address, announced Thursday that he is recommending $22.9 million in additional funding for children’s mental health services. He based the funding on the work of a state commission on children’s mental health, which recently issued recommendation for improving kids’ services.


Jan. 12, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Ga. Will Need To Ease Regulations, Provide Cash To Expand Rural Broadband

Tasnim Shamma reports that  Georgia lawmakers said they want to expand access to the Internet. Internet service providers have said with the repeal of net neutrality, they’re more inclined to invest in rural areas, but it’s not clear companies will invest without public dollars.


Jan. 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Georgia governor’s budget reflects uncertainties about federal funds

James Salzer reports that Gov. Nathan Deal proposed a $26 billion spending plan Thursday that is light on pay raises and new initiatives and heavy on construction projects. But it might change — in a big way — by late March. That’s because Deal and lawmakers have a lot of unanswered questions, thanks in part to Congress.



Jan. 11, 2018

Deal to deliver State of the State address

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver the annual State of the State address on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. The address will be broadcast by Georgia Public Broadcasting and a livestream will be available on the GPB website.


Jan. 11, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: Symbols and Causes

Susan Percy writes, despite a lot of time spent in Decatur – I grew up there and recently returned as a resident – I couldn’t remember exactly where the controversial Confederate monument was or what it looked like. You’d think a 30-foot-high obelisk on the lawn of the centrally located old courthouse would be hard to miss, but I couldn’t place it.


Jan. 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Gov.

Deal announces $25 million more for small airports around Georgia

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced $25 million in increased funding for small airports around the state, most of them in rural Georgia. The funding is for improvements and expansions at 11 airports, including airports in Newnan and Coweta counties in metro Atlanta as well as nine airports in rural parts of the state.


Jan. 11, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

West Midtown project that includes Bacchanalia sells for almost $23 million

Douglas Sams reports that Chicago’s Origin Investments acquired the property known as Ellsworth Office Lofts which includes three buildings and the new location of Bacchanalia. Origin picked up the 90,817-square-foot-project at 1510 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard for $22.9 million. Stream Realty Partners was the seller. 


Jan. 11, 2018 University of Georgia

Early, Dunn to receive President’s Medal

Sara Freeland reports that the University of Georgia will bestow one of its highest honors to Mary Frances Early, the first African-American to earn a degree from UGA, and Delmer “Del” Dunn, former UGA vice president for instruction, during Founders Day activities on Jan. 22.


Jan. 11, 2018 GPB

One Small Spaceport, A Giant Leap For Georgia

Celeste Headlee and Emily Cureton report that SpaceX continues to make headlines, sending its Falcon rockets into space and if Georgia has its way, those rockets could soon blast off from Camden County. 


Jan. 11, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Carmax coming to Warner Robins

Wayne Crenshaw reports that the nation's largest used car company is opening a location in Warner Robins. A CarMax dealership is under construction on South Houston Lake Road just north of Leverette Road. An email from the company's public relations department stated that it will open in mid- to late July. It will be the company's 10th location in Georgia and the first in Middle Georgia.


Jan. 11, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Nursing home infections: Many facilities have problems, report says

Andy Miller reports that an analysis of federal inspection records has found that 43 percent of Georgia nursing homes have been cited for infection-related problems in recent years. That percentage, though, is one of the lowest among the states, the Kaiser Health News study found.


Jan. 11, 2018 WABE 90.1

Ruling On Partisan Gerrymandering In North Carolina Could Impact Georgia

Sam Whitehead reports that panel of federal judges ruled Tuesday that congressional maps in North Carolina were illegally drawn by state lawmakers to give Republicans an advantage in elections. The decision about partisan gerrymandering is likely to have implications for Georgia.


Jan. 11, 2018 Covington News

Strickland steals Senate seat

Jackie Gutkneckt reports that Republican Brian Strickland claimed the majority vote in the Jan. 9 special election for the Senate District 17 seat vacated by Rick Jeffares, who resigned his post earlier this year to focus on his run for lieutenant governor. The Senate District 17 seat represents parts of Newton, Henry and Rockdale Counties.


Jan. 11, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Buddy Carter wants meeting on Coastal Georgia offshore drilling

Mary Landers reports that oil exploration and drilling a renewed possibility off Georgia, the coast’s congressman isn’t calling for a moratorium, but does want federal regulators to make their case directly to coastal residents. 


Jan. 11, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal  

State Rep. Carson pens bill to cut down on distracted driving

Shaddi Abusaid reports that, surrounded by Georgia residents holding photos of loved ones killed by distracted drivers, state Rep. John Carson, R-northeast Cobb, on Wednesday unveiled a bill that would prohibit motorists from holding their cellphones behind the wheel.


Jan. 11, 2018 Saporta Report

Governor promises special session, if Amazon warrants it  

Maggie Lee reports that Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday he will call state lawmakers back after their session ends, if it turns out they need to do something to woo Amazon.


Jan. 11, 2018 WSB Radio

Another fight brewing over adoption law changes

Sandra Parrish reports that State Senate will meet on the adoption bill this afternoon where it is expected to pass its own version of the measure. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tells WSB's Sandra Parrish it will be a "clean" version of the bill that focuses only on child welfare. It is expected that the controversial religious liberty language will not be included and may be filed as separate legislation.


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

Capitol scorecard: Ga. ethics reform five years later

Chris Joyner reports that five years ago, state lawmakers convened in Atlanta and set about the task of ethics reform with the enthusiasm of teenagers told to clean their rooms.



Jan. 10, 2018 WABE 90.1

Resolution In Florida-Georgia Water Wars Case Could Be Far Off

Molly Samuel reports that for nearly 30 years, Georgia and Florida have fought over water. Florida says Georgia uses too much from the rivers that the states share. This week, that fight escalated to the U.S. Supreme Court. But even with a decision from the justices, the water wars in the Southeast probably won’t be over.


Jan. 10, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia's Art Museums

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that it's winter in Georgia, which makes it a great time of year to spend an afternoon in an art museum. And the state has a number of world-class museums to appeal to a wide variety of tastes.


Jan. 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

TSA continues test of ID scan with no boarding pass required

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the  Transportation Security Administration is continuing into 2018 a test of technology to scan IDs for passengers’ flight status, with no boarding pass required in certain PreCheck lanes.


Jan. 10, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Embassy Suites hotel planned for Halcyon

Amy Wenk reports that a 152-room Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel is planned for Halcyon, a 135-acre, mixed-use project rising in Forsyth County. Heritage Hospitality Group is developing the hotel. It will feature more than 6,500 square feet of meeting space. It will also have an indoor pool, saunas and a yoga studio.


Jan. 10, 2018 GPB 

Why More Atlantans Are Renting Instead Of Buying

Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that more Americans are choosing to rent rather than buy homes. That’s especially true in Atlanta, which saw a 67 percent jump in rentals between 2010 and 2015 -- one of the highest rates in the country. We talk about this trend with Dan Immergluck, Professor in the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University.


Jan. 10, 2018 Georgia State University 

Georgia State Introduces Center Focused On Neuroinflammation 

Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports that the Center for Neuroinflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases, a research center focused on inflammation in the brain and how it may contribute to a number of serious health conditions, has been introduced at Georgia State University. Neuroinflammation is a complex process now recognized as a common factor in the development of many diseases, including obesity, stroke, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease and depression.


Jan. 10, 2018 Saporta Report 

Agnes Scott College names Leocadia Zak as its next president 

Maria Saporta reports that Agnes Scott College has selected its next president – Leocadia “Lee” I. Zak – who recently served as director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency under President Barack Obama. Zak will be the ninth president of Agnes Scott, succeeding current President Elizabeth Kiss, who is stepping down at the end of June. Zak will begin her duties on July 1.


Jan. 10, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2018 Notable Georgians

Karen Kirkpatrick, Mary Ann DeMuth and Christy Simo report on Georgia Trend's 2018 Notable Georgians.


Jan. 10, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Nursing home infections: Many facilities have problems, report says 

Andy Miller reports that an analysis of federal inspection records has found that 43 percent of Georgia nursing homes have been cited for infection-related problems in recent years. That percentage, though, is one of the lowest among the states, the Kaiser Health News study found.


Jan. 10, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Sen. Brass appointed Chairman

Staff reports that Sen. Matt Brass was recently appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee and to serve on several influential committees for the 2018 Legislative Session by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Senate Committee on Assignments.


Jan. 10, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Health care task force sets priorities, Hufstetler moving legislation to combine agency data for a comprehensive analysis 

Diane Wagner reports that creation of a central oversight council and a research center is the foundation of recommendations unveiled Monday by Georgia’s Health Care Reform Task Force. “It’s time for Georgia to act, and take ownership over the federal government, on healthcare,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who convened the task force last year to address rising costs and lack of access.


Jan. 10, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald, AP

New chance for Georgia bill on campus sex-assault hearings

Staff reports that  a stalled proposal to impose new rules and limits on how Georgia colleges handle sexual violence cases was given a new chance Tuesday in the legislature. On the second day of the 2018 session, the state Senate voted without debate to move House Bill 51 to a new committee after the Senate Judiciary Committee left it in legislative limbo without a vote last year.


Jan. 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

The end of net neutrality could make rural broadband a heavier lift

Jim Galloway reports that within the space of 24 hours last month, two contradictory events reverberated along the Atlanta-Washington D.C. axis. At the state Capitol, after many months of study, a House Republican task force released its blueprint for saving a rural Georgia bereft of jobs, health care and, increasingly, people.



Jan. 9, 2018 Gainesville Times

Georgia, Florida face tough questions from US Supreme Court in water wars case

Nick Bowman reports that Georgia and Florida faced tough questions about their water dispute in their hour before U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday. Justices grilled attorneys from both sides on the merits of their respective cases, according to the transcripts posted online, trying to tease out a solution to the decades-old water fight over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.


Jan. 9, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2018 100 Most Influential Georgians

Karen Kirkpatrick, MaryAnn Demuth and Christy Simo report on the 2018 roster of the state’s top leaders and people making an impact on the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.


Jan. 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Canadian firm to purchase former Vogtle lead contractor Westinghouse

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Canadian investment firm Brookfield Business Partners has entered into an agreement with Toshiba Corporation to purchase Westinghouse Electric Company for $4.6 billion. The firm, a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., will fund the purchase through $1 billion in equity and $3 billion in long term-debt financing. 


Jan. 9, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

NCR opens 750,000 square-foot global headquarters in Midtown

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that financial technology giant NCR Corp. (NYSE: NCR) on Monday opened its new global headquarters campus in Midtown Atlanta. The 750,000 square-foot, two-tower campus near Georgia Tech will house 5,000 employees.


Jan. 9, 2018 WSB Radio

Trump signs bill expanding Atlanta park honoring King

Staff reports that President Donald Trump has signed a bill to create a national historic park in Atlanta honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The new law expands an existing historic site commemorating King to include the Prince Hall Masonic Temple. The temple served as the headquarters of an organization once headed by King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.


Jan. 9, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac shares top $90, TSYS above $81 on New York Stock Exchange 

Tony Adams reports that Columbus-based companies Aflac and TSYS tasted more rarefied air Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. Supplemental health and life insurer Aflac, famed for its wacky quacky duck, saw its shares tiptoe across $90, actually adding a dime on top of that before slipping back to $89.96 for a 23-cent gain on the day.


Jan. 9, 2018 Emory University

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation makes groundbreaking gift to transform 21st century health care

Staff reports that the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has pledged $400 million to find new cures for disease, develop innovative patient care models and improve lives while enhancing the health of individuals in need. The transformational gift is the largest ever received by Emory University.


Jan. 9, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Georgia citrus growers chilled but not frozen out

Mary Landers reports that Georgia citrus growers are cautiously optimistic after a week of snow and unusual cold. At Franklin Farms in Statesboro, billed as Georgia’s northernmost citrus farm, the tenacity of the cold weather coupled with nearly 3 inches of snow has been worrying.


Jan. 9, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta committee may take up Regency arena proposal again

Susan McCord reports that Commissioner Marion Williams will attempt to have a city committee revisit building an arena at the vacant Regency Mall site Tuesday. According to correspondence obtained by The Augusta Chronicle, the agenda item was inadvertently omitted from Tuesday’s public services committee after Williams requested last month to revisit it.


Jan. 9, 2018 Rome News Tribune

Leaders still trying to find a plan for Northwest Regional Hospital property  

Doug Walker reports that more than a dozen government and community leaders learned about the complexities of redeveloping the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property last Thursday morning. “We took the tour to let everyone see what we have, what we don’t have and what the needs might be,” said Rome Floyd Chamber President Al Hodge. We are continuing our efforts to see what the next steps are going to be.”


Jan. 9, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Historic hotel retains her elegance

Mary Ann Demuth reports that the 125-year-old Windsor Hotel in Americus continues to attract visitors from all corners of the country who are drawn by her opulent elegance as well as several nearby attractions. Over the years, the town’s grande dame has welcomed a plethora of celebrities from Al Capone and Franklin D. Roosevelt to Conan O. Brien and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, who are enthusiastic supporters. 


Jan. 9, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Health care task force sets priorities, Hufstetler moving legislation to combine agency data for a comprehensive analysis

Diane Wagner reports that creation of a central oversight council and a research center is the foundation of recommendations unveiled Monday by Georgia’s Health Care Reform Task Force. Four main areas of attack are identified: rural healthcare, the opioid cri-sis, mental health and promoting primary and preventative care.


Jan. 9, 2018 Georgia Health News

Task force proposing two new centers to boost Georgia health care

Andy Miller reports that acting on the first day of the 2018 Georgia General Assembly session, a task force of state lawmakers approved recommendations Monday to create two centers that its leaders say will develop data and solutions to improve health care in Georgia.


Jan. 9, 2018 Daily Report

Ga. Senate Bill Would Allow Public Access to Court Recordings

Greg Land reports that a bill prefiled in the Georgia Senate would expand public access to records and recordings of judicial proceedings, including court reporters’ recordings that the Georgia Supreme Court recently declared off-limits unless they had been entered into the court record. Sen. Josh MccKoon, R-Columbus, who filed the bill Dec. 19, said it is in direct response to that ruling.


Jan. 9, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Shafer steps down from leadership position in state Senate

Curt Yeomans reports that State Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, opened the state’s 2018 legislative session Monday with a big announcement: He will no longer be the state Senate’s No. 2 official. Shafer, who is running for lieutenant governor this year, officially stepped down from his high-ranking leadership position as Georgia State Senate’s president pro tempore after five years in the role. 


Jan. 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgia Legislature Today: Hangover Tuesday

Mark Niesse reports that Georgia lawmakers will report to the state Capitol on Tuesday, but they won’t have much to do (other than despair over Georgia’s overtime loss to Alabama in the college football championship game). No committee meetings are scheduled. The House convenes at 1 p.m.; the Senate begins at 10 a.m.



Jan. 8, 2018

Deal: December tax revenues up 10 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for December totaled $2.26 billion, for an increase of $206.1 million, or 10 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled nearly $2.06 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $11.3 billion, for an increase of $444.7 million, or 4.1 percent, over December 2016, when net tax revenues totaled roughly $10.86 billion six months into the fiscal year.


Jan. 8, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Dudes and dogs unite for causes

Mary Ann Demuth reports, what happens when a group of scantily clad veterans teams up with rescued pit bulls to make a “dudeoir” calendar – a tongue-in-cheek take on women’s boudoir-style photography? Aside from hilarity, the hope is the calendar will generate funds for two worthy causes: the SD Gunner Fund, a Richmond Hill-based nonprofit that helps provide service dogs for veterans and children with disabilities; and Operation Pitbull: Finding Forever Homes, located in Jesup.


Jan. 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kempner: These Georgians found a way to profit from championship game

Matt Kempner reports, will make money on the national college football championship game? Certainly, a bunch of out-of-town companies that work closely with playoff organizers and then often farm out business to subcontractors and subcontractors of subcontractors. But some Georgia entrepreneurs have snagged financial nuggets from the game, too.


Jan. 8, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech plans new $10 million sports broadcasting facility

David Allison reports that the new high-definition production facility will broadcast events for ESPN’s Atlantic Coast Conference (“ACC”) Network.


Jan. 8, 2018 Georgia Southern University

Start your 2018 marketing plan

Staff reports that Valerie Cote, Consultant, UGA SBDC at Georgia Southern University, offers assistance with creating a marketing plan, the Small Business Development Center offers one-on-one consulting at no cost to local business owners. She offers tips on getting started for 2018. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your business’s marketing efforts this past year? Did you get a good return on investment for every marketing dollar spent, or could resources have been used more efficiently?


Jan. 8, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Funding approved for $14 million Savannah Riverwalk extension

Eric Curl reports that during the first meeting of 2018, the Savannah City Council made good on a $14 million commitment from four years ago. Mayor Eddie DeLoach and city aldermen approved the issuance of $14 million in bonds to extend the Savannah Riverwalk as part of an agreement with the developers of two hotel projects being built on the west end of River Street.


Jan. 8, 2018 Georgia Times-Union

Jesup Kmart among 3 closing in Georgia

Terry Dickson reports that a Kmart that was once the biggest retail outlet in Jesup is one of three stores in Georgia that Sears Holdings announced it will close in early April. Sears Holdings said it would close 103 unprofitable stores, 39 Sears in 22 states and 64 Kmarts in 29 states. The other two Georgia Kmarts that will be shut down are in Albany and Statesboro.


Jan. 8, 2018 GPB

On The Water: Farming Oysters On The Georgia Coast

Grant Blankenship and Cindy Hill report that Earnest McIntosh, Sr. grew up crabbing with his father near Harris Neck, Ga. Later when it came time for he and his son to make a living on the water together, crabs were over. Now McIntosh and Son Seafood is trying to make a living farming oysters.


Jan. 8, 2018 Saporta Report

New year brings new talks of prospects for metro Atlanta transit expansion

Maggie Lee reports, listen around official Atlanta at the beginning of 2018, and it seems that buses and rail might be one of the themes of the year. Start with the state Legislature, which opens Monday, and the state House’s top-ranking lawmaker, Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge. The state has a budget of hundreds of millions of dollars every year for roads and bridges, but what it spends on transit is so small as to be almost invisible.


Jan. 8, 2018 Brunswick News

Feds pressured on turtle device rule

Wes Wolfe reports that shrimpers do not want to deal with bycatch, and folks looking out for sea turtles do not want turtles injured or killed during trawling, turtle excluder devices came about as a way to help do both and keep sea turtles in the water. As one of its closing acts, the Obama administration released a proposed rule in December 2016 that would mandate TEDs for skimmer, pusher-head and wing-net shrimp trawls in the United States — a rule seen as necessary by environmental groups because less than half of American shrimp boats are required to operate with TEDs.


Jan. 8, 2018 Georgia Health News

‘Net neutrality’ furor extends to telemedicine and rural health care

Andy Miller reports that federal decision to end “net neutrality’’ rules has sparked concerns about potential damage to rural health care. The central question: Will repeal of the rules harm the burgeoning telemedicine movement in Georgia and other states?


Jan. 8, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus lawmaker to seek changes in distracted driving laws

Chuck Williams reports that as the Georgia General Assembly prepares to go to work next week, one Columbus lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to modify the state’s distracted driving laws in the wake of a crackdown by local police. Rep. John Pezold, R-Columbus, said he will follow through with plans to drop a bill which will make it legal to take your attention away from the road while operating a vehicle — if it’s stopped at a traffic light.


Jan. 8, 2018 WABE 90.1

Chair Of Ga. Legislature Harassment Review Panel Calls For Mandatory Training

Johnny Kauffman reports that the chair of a special committee tasked with reviewing sexual harassment policies at the Georgia statehouse said Wednesday any changes should include mandatory training and new avenues for lawmakers, staff and even lobbyists to file complaints.


Jan. 8, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Broadband expansion on front burner in Georgia 

Winston Skinner reports that Georgia leaders are hoping to make broadband internet access available throughout the state. Much of Coweta County already has reliable high-speed internet service, but in more rural areas, it can be hard to find.


Jan. 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Will election year keep Ga. lawmakers away from controversial issues?

Mark Niesse and Maya T. Prabhu report, get ready for the return of tense religious freedom fights at the Georgia Capitol. Keep an eye on legislation to move Confederate monuments. And don’t forget gun control. Some of the state’s most contentious political topics are sidelined for now but could take center stage at a moment’s notice during the 2018 legislative session, which begins Monday.




Jan. 5, 2018 Saporta Report

Trump’s offshore drilling proposal eliminates 50-mile buffer between coastline, drill rigs

David Pendered reports that the continental waters off Georgia’s coast are to opened to drilling for oil and natural gas in leases to be signed in 2020, 2022, and 2024, under a draft proposal released Thursday by the Trump administration that would open most of the nation’s seabed to drilling. Environmental groups have announced their opposition to the plan.


Jan. 5, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive! 

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports that former state Rep. Amy Carter heads to the TCSG, runoff winners and a new Georgia Lottery president & CEO.


Jan. 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Will new tax credits, Hollywood changes boost Georgia filming?

J. Scott Trubey reports that Georgia’s lucrative and controversial tax incentives for television and movies helped make the state a star among Hollywood producers. Now industry watchers say they hope an expansion of the state’s tax credits and the hunger by consumers for more original programming will stimulate further growth.


Jan. 5, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sears closing 103 more stores, including 4 in Georgia

Jessica Saunders reports that Sears is closing more than 100 more stores, including four in Georgia. Sears Holdings on Thursday, Jan. 4, told employees at 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores that it would be closing the stores between early March and early April 2018. "Eligible associates impacted by these store closures will receive severance and will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Kmart or Sears stores," according to the announcement


Jan. 5, 2018 Gainesville Times

Final fight in water wars coming on Monday

Nick Bowman reports that the last battle of Georgia’s water wars is three days away. Georgia and Florida are set to make their final arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday on whether Georgia uses too much water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin before the water hits Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, harming Florida residents and its oyster industry.


Jan. 5, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta wins natural gas court battle

Ricky Leroux reports that the Marietta Board of Lights and Water’s plan to get into the natural gas business has cleared a major hurdle after a judge overruled state utility regulators, which denied the city’s application in March 2017.


Jan. 5, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Houston's airport is flying high

Wayne Crenshaw reports that with record fuel sales in 2017, the Perry-Houston County Airport is getting closer to becoming self-sustaining. Currently, the city of Perry and Houston County contribute $44,600 each to the annual operating budget, but with fuel sales, hangar rental and other sources of revenue, that might not be necessary for long.


Jan. 5, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald 

Local governments encouraged to apply for transportation grant

Winston Skinner reports that local government leaders in Coweta County and the region are being encouraged to apply for funds. Kirk Fjelstul, executive director of the Three Rivers Regional Commission, encouraged local leaders to apply for funding through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.


Jan. 5, 2018 Georgia Health News

Health care to get attention in Legislature, Ralston says

Andy Miller reports that Georgia legislative sessions during election years tend to be quick and fairly quiet, without a lot of “heavy-lift” proposals being passed. The 2018 General Assembly session may follow that trend. Still, House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) addressed several health care issues Thursday that may at least draw interest during the 2018 General Assembly session: Certificate of need. Rural access to health care. Medical marijuana. Hands-free cellphone use. Medicaid “waivers.’’


Jan. 5, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb lawmakers eye adoption, opioids, texting while driving

Ross Williams reports that Legislators representing parts of Cobb County have their eyes focused a range of bills from adoption and elder abuse to texting while driving during the upcoming 40-day session, which begins Monday.


Jan. 5, 2018 WABE 90.1

What Teachers Want this Legislative Season

Martha Dalton reports that, like many local lobbyists and activists, Georgia education groups have devised a list of priorities for the Legislative session, which begins Monday. Martha Dalton sat down with Craig Harper, director of communications for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), to talk about the group’s three main concerns.


Jan. 5, 2018 Brunswick News

Lawmakers may look at school tax options during legislative session

Lauren McDonald reports that the Georgia General Assembly may revisit several pieces of legislation affecting school budgets during the 2018 legislative session. The public education landscape in Georgia has undergone many major changes in the last several years, including the creation of a Chief Turnaround Office, who is working to improve the state’s lowest performing schools.


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

The Week: Cleanup may be in order after 2017 tussle over adoption bill  

Jim Dennery reports that Legislature rolls into town Monday, and some state officials are hoping it gets off to a “clean” start. Specifically, Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston want quick action on an adoption bill that hit the skids last year.



Jan. 4, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Train derailed at Savannah’s Amtrak station, no injuries reported

Will Peebles reports that a train derailed late Wednesday night while entering Savannah’s Amtrak Station at 2611 Seaboard Coastline Dr. Dustin Hetzel, CEMA senior emergency management coordinator, said the train’s baggage cart derailed while the train was backing into the station at 9:42 p.m. No cars were overturned.


Jan. 4, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive! 

From the Publisher: The Broadband Lifeline

Ben Young writes, as we roll into 2018 and honor the state’s top transportation leader, it seems like a good time to look at ways folks in Georgia are trying to piggyback on some transportation projects along highways and interstates. These are projects that would help deliver a positive economic effect to rural economies in 2018 and solve other Georgia challenges, as well.


Jan. 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

National Championship could bring $100 million to Atlanta

Richard Elliot reports that the College Football National Championship game is coming to Atlanta, but some worry that having the University of Georgia in that game will mean less of an economic impact on the city than having a team from outside the state. “No, actually, I think it’s going to be the exact opposite,” said Atlanta Convention and Vistors’ Bureau president William Pate.


Jan. 4, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta suspends operations at two Georgia airports

Eric Mandel reports that severe weather is causing another headache for Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL). The Atlanta-based airline said Wednesday that it suspended operations at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and Brunswick Golden Isles Airport in Georgia because of the snow and ice accumulation on runways and taxiway. Delta said operations are tentatively expected to restart midday Thursday after a facilities assessment.


Jan. 4, 2018 WABE 90.1

Parts Of Georgia Coast Seeing Extremely Rare Snow Storm 

Stephannie Stokes reports, parts of the Georgia coast are seeing two to three inches of snow Wednesday. The storm has already grounded planes at the Savannah airport. And by the evening, forecasters warn driving may be impossible. Now, ice storms aren’t so unheard of around Savannah. But ice mixed with a couple inches of snow?


Jan. 4, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Power: Crews working 16-hours shifts in wake of winter storm

Staff reports on a release from Georgia Power’s Truitt Eavenson, Southern Company’s Southeast Region Vice President. “As temperatures plummeted the remainder of Wednesday, our crews began recovery for over 23,000 customers region wide. Currently we have approximately 11,500 outages, primarily in the Brunswick area,” he wrote.


Jan. 4, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Governor and other officials break ground on $35 million cyber center addition

Tom Corwin reports that the centerpiece and catalyst for an expected booming cyber business in Augusta kicked off a new piece Wednesday with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal headlining the groundbreaking for a $35 million addition to the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Center for Innovation and Training.


Jan. 4, 2018 WSB Radio

Trump plans to attend Georgia-Alabama National Championship in Atlanta

Staff reports that President Donald Trump is planning to attend the national college football championship game between Georgia and Alabama on Monday in Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Police Department. He is set to be hosted by Nick Ayers, a Georgia native who is Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, and his wife Jamie Ayers. First Lady Melania Trump is also expected to attend the game, which will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


Jan. 4, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia: It’s so cold …

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it’s so cold the geese are walking on water on the pond outside the Georgia Trend offices. Happy New Year, y’all! Stay warm!


Jan. 4, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Bank raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour, investing millions more

Tony Adams reports that Regions Financial Corp., which operates four bank offices in the Columbus market, has pledged to pay its employees a minimum wage of $15 per hour, while also pumping a collective an additional $140 million into the communities in which it does business.


Jan. 4, 2018 Albany Herald

Dougherty Commission Chair Chris Cohilas named one of 100 most influential Georgians

Carlton Fletcher reports that Georgia Trend magazine has named Dougherty County Commission Chairman Christopher Cohilas among its list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians Shaping the State.


Jan. 4, 2018 WABE 90.1

Georgia Lawmaker Introduces Hate-Crime Legislation

Ross Terrell reports that Georgia is one of five states without a hate-crime law. The state Supreme Court struck down the law in 2004 after it was considered too vague mainly because it didn’t identify who was protected. State Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, announced Wednesday she’s filing a bill that would create state hate crime laws.


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

Watchdog: New tax bill bad for Georgia’s film workers

Chris Joyner reports that union officials are warning that the Republican tax overhaul rewards the rich while soaking the working class. Yeah, we’ve heard it before, but the union I’m talking about represents a fast-growing part of the state economy: the entertainment industry. “There is a lot of anxiety going on right now,” said Chuck Thomas, an Atlanta-based screenwriter and co-host of the Atlanta Film Chat podcast.



Jan. 3, 2018

State of emergency issued for 28 Georgia counties ahead of winter storm

Adrianne Haney reports that Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for nearly 30 south Georgia Counties ahead of a winter storm warning. Due to a mix of freezing temperatures and moisture in the southeastern part of Georgia, 28 counties could see snowfall and freezing rain accumulation up to 3 inches.


Jan. 3, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2018 Hall of Fame

Kenna Simmons and Emma N. Hurt report on T. Rogers Wade and Philip Wilheit Sr., who join Georgia Trend’s Most Influential Hall of Fame.


Jan. 3, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia politics in 2018: How will Atlanta’s bid for Amazon shake up the state? 

Greg Bluestein reports, put 2017 on the books as a year that kept your Insiders very, very busy. We’re not expecting any let-up in 2018. Every statewide office is up for grabs, and three of the top gigs – governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state – are vacant. Every seat in the Georgia Legislature and U.S. House is on the ballot as well, and Democrats are emboldened by a string of recent upsets that flipped three state legislative seats


Jan. 3, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta on-demand warehouse startup helping companies compete with Amazon

David Allison reports that a 2-year-old Atlanta startup is helping companies compete with Amazon. The company, Stord, provides an on-demand warehouse service. It has developed a technology platform that links companies that need warehouse space with a network of independent, third-party warehouses.


Jan. 3, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah named as focus area for tech corridor

DeAnn Komanecky reports that Savannah and Augusta have been named by a Georgia Senate committee as areas to establish information technology corridors. The recommendations are part of a state Senate study committee report completed on Dec. 27 that looked at incentives for technology growth and for locations for the corridors.


Jan. 3, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS is giving majority of employees a special $1,000 cash bonus

Tony Adams reports that for the majority of the 11,500 employees of TSYS, which includes about 4,800 in Columbus, the new year will be starting off with an extra $1,000 in their paycheck. The global credit-card and payment processor, headquartered in downtown Columbus, said Tuesday that it will be paying a special one-time cash bonus of $1,000 to most of its staffers. 


Jan. 3, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Neo-Panamax cranes soon to number 36 

Winston Skinner reports that the Georgia Ports Authority recently welcomed the arrival of four massive ship-to-shore cranes that are a visible reminder of the expanded Savannah port – and its regional economic impact. The ports in Savannah and Brunswick, which operate as a single unit, have major economic impact from both imports and exports for businesses in Coweta County. Four additional Neo-Panamax cranes sailed into the Savannah port, with a 50- by 100-foot American flag across the side.


Jan. 3, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Hanson among most influential Georgians

Kimberly Cannon reports that former Valdosta city manager Larry Hanson has been named one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" by Georgia Trend magazine. Hanson worked as Valdosta city manager for 22 years, and recently retired from the city to take the position of executive director with the Georgia Municipal Association.


Jan. 3, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

ACLU scolds Ferguson for blocking, deleting constituents

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that one day in late summer, Ellen Wright went to Congressman Drew Ferguson’s Facebook page, as she does fairly regularly.  When she went to make a comment on a post, she found that she could not. The “comment” and “like” buttons didn’t exist under posts, only “share.” She realized she had been blocked from commenting on the page.  


Jan. 3, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia lawmakers to tackle transit funding in metro Atlanta

David Wickert reports, after decades as the poor stepchild of transportation, mass transit could get plenty of love at the Gold Dome in 2018. Atlanta’s traffic mess and economic development concerns — including Amazon’s search for a second corporate headquarters — have made public transportation an urgent priority at the Capitol and at county courthouses.



Jan. 2, 2018 Saporta Report

Renowned Atlanta architect John Portman dies at 93

Maria Saporta reports that legendary Atlanta architect and developer John Portman passed away late Friday evening – capping a remarkable life that left its imprint all over the world – including Asia, Europe and the United States. Despite his global reach, Portman was rooted in Atlanta. 


Jan. 2, 2018 Georgia Trend

2018 Georgian of the Year: Russell McMurry

Susan Percy reports w hat was likely the toughest night of Russell McMurry’s professional life, March 30, 2017, started off pretty well. The long legislative session was coming to an end, and things were looking good for his department. So the state’s DOT commissioner headed home to Buford. “I actually walked in the door of my house and the TV was on to the news,” McMurry recalls. “The breaking news was a fire on I-85.”


Jan. 2, 2018 WSB Radio

UGA wins Rose Bowl, heading to national championship game

Staff reports that Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a 54-48 victory Monday night against No. 2 Oklahoma, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff championship game. Michel, who had a fumble in the fourth quarter returned for a go-ahead Oklahoma touchdown and ran for 181 yards and three scores for the Bulldogs (13-1), but none bigger than the last one in the second overtime.


Jan. 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Study names Delta as No. 1 airline for healthy in-flight food options

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that an annual study ranking airlines based on their healthy in-flight food options put Delta Air Lines in the No. 1 spot. The report by Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center director Charles Platkin, who is also founder of, called Delta the leader among major carriers.


Jan. 2, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Gardens to get $100 million expansion

David Allison reports that Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens will get a $100 million expansion, the city of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed announced Friday. The city says it has signed letters of intent with two property owners to purchase the property located at the corner of Piedmont Road and Monroe Drive for the historic expansion. 


Jan. 2, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Year in business: Downtown Rome still sprinting forward

Doug Walker reports that the past 12 months represented another busy year for business growth in Rome and Floyd County. The heart of Rome — the Broad Street business district — continued its boom in 2017. The year was bookended in January with the anticipated sale of the Fricks Furniture building and in December with consummation of the sale to a completely different party.


Jan. 2, 2018 WABE 90.1

A Tiny Snail That Only Lived In Georgia Has Gone Extinct 

Molly Samuel reports that a tiny snail that lived in southwest Georgia is gone. The beaverpond marstonia lived in a handful of creeks and streams near Lake Blackshear. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its finding that the species is now extinct. The snail was just a few millimeters long, said Jason Wisniewski, senior aquatic biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.


Jan. 2, 2018 Georgia Tech

WWII Code-Breaking Techniques Inspire Interpretation of Brain Data  

Ben Brumfield reports that cracking the German Enigma code is considered to be one of the decisive factors that hastened Allied victory in World War II. Now researchers have used similar techniques to crack some of the brain’s mysterious code. A team that included computational neuroscientist Eva Dyer, who recently joined the Georgia Institute of Technology, used cryptographic techniques inspired by Enigma’s decrypting to predict, from brain data alone, which direction subjects will move their arms.


Jan. 2, 2018 Georgia Health News

Medicare penalties for patient injuries to hit Georgia hospitals hard

Andy Miller reports that about one-third of eligible Georgia hospitals will see a reduction in Medicare payments in 2018 because of a high rate of patient injuries. The 35 percent penalized in Georgia is a higher percentage than all but five other states, a Kaiser Health News report reveals.


Jan 2, 2018 Brunswick News

Local wish list for 2018: More economic growth, fewer named storms

Larry Hobbs reports that Chief Kevin Jones sees hope for 2018 in the six new Brunswick police cadets he will send to the police academy in Savannah this week. Tourism director Scott McQuade is optimistic that even more people will choose the Golden Isles this year to spend their leisure time — not to mention their expendable income.


Jan. 2, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Tax on tampons, road improvements make Chatham County wish list sent to Georgia lawmakers

Kelly Quimby reports, from broadband to 911 fees, road work, taxes and tampons, the Chatham County Commission has a long list of issues it wants local delegates in the Georgia General Assembly to resolve in the 2018 legislative session. These items make up a slate of new and returning requests to the eight members of Chatham County’s representative delegation as they’re set to head to the state Capitol for the session’s Jan. 8 start.


Jan. 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

The top questions in Georgia politics in 2018

Greg Bluestein reports, put 2017 on the books as a year that kept your Insiders very, very busy. We’re not expecting any let-up in 2018. Every statewide office is up for grabs, and three of the top gigs – governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state – are vacant. Every seat in the Georgia Legislature and U.S. House is on the ballot as well, and Democrats are emboldened by a string of recent upsets that flipped three state legislative seats.



Dec. 29, 2017 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

In Atlanta, Championship Could Be Biggest Game In College Football History

Phil Hudson reports, Atlanta is about to host the biggest college football game in the city’s and possibly college football history. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, the game could have the biggest economic impact, the most expensive tickets and the greatest level of fan interest of any college football game ever played.


Dec. 29, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Georgia Fare: Bacchanalia 

Krista Reese reports, oh, that crab fritter, Bacchanalia’s signature, long-standing first course. Beautiful, refined, balanced with sweet, crunchy crab and tart cool grapefruit, in a pool of creamy Thai-peppered wonderment.


Dec. 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Gas prices for metro Atlanta up for the holidays, volatile in 2018 

Jill Vegnoska reports that it's New Year’s resolution time, with all that demands of us: More kale, less keeping up with the Kardashians. And, of course, controlling one’s spending. On that last point at least, it appears lower gas prices will be the gift that keeps on giving.


Dec. 29, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SunTrust CEO: Tax reform will improve competitiveness of American business, promote economic growth

Phil Hudson reports that Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) already has plans to capitalize on the recent tax reforms enacted by Congress and President Donald Trump. According to the bank, the tax reform will aid in supporting the "financial wellness of its workforce and communities."   


Dec. 29, 2017 GPB 

Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Addresses Departure, De-merger 

Emily Jones reports that Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Jack Lumpkin said Thursday the department is poised to move forward as he leaves for Dekalb County. He said violent crime rates have gone down during his three-year tenure, and that more citizens are working with police to solve crimes. He also touted the department's increased focus on intelligence-led policing.


Dec. 29, 2017 Macon Telegraph 

White New Year's Day possible as Georgia weather forecasters eye timing of cold blast

Liz Fabian reports that National Weather Service forecasters are calling for a 30 percent chance of precipitation for the Macon area Sunday night, but it's too early to know whether it will be drops, pellets or flakes. "There's a potential for a wintry mix depending on how the front comes in," said Macon-Bibb County EMA Director Spencer Hawkins. "It could be a little more icy or a little more rain."


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Dec. 29, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Aflac announces $250 million investment to strengthen workforce

Scott Berson reports that Columbus-based Aflac, Inc. announced in a press release Thursday it would make $250 million in investments to strengthen its workforce, promote growth and enhance its commitment to supporting childhood cancer initiatives. The company said the investments are a result of the passage of the $1.5 trillion Republican-led tax bill, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22.


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Dec. 29, 2017 Gainesville Times

Zillow: Hall County has among highest rates of roommates for renters

Staff reports that in Gainesville and Hall County, renters are more likely to have a roommate than anywhere else in Georgia. Rental site Zillow calls this a "doubled-up" household – a living space shared by multiple adults that may or may not be related. In Gainesville, 36.5 percent of working adults share a home or aparatment. In Atlanta, the rate is 32 percent and the nationwide rate is 30 percent. 


Dec. 29, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

Savannah lawyer pleads to judge for chance to see Georgia Bulldogs in Rose Bowl on Monday

Jan Skutch reports that,  faced with attending the Rose Bowl to root for his University of Georgia Bulldogs on Jan. 1 or a court hearing in Savannah the following day, Savannah attorney John Patrick Connell threw a Hail Mary pass last week, hoping a judge would share his passion. Connell, who was scheduled to appear before Chatham County Chief Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf on Tuesday for a civil case, filed an emergency motion for a continuance on Dec. 22.


Dec. 29, 2017 Rome News-Tribune 

Effort to salvage and restore old riverboat gaining traction 

Doug Walker reports that the effort to save the old Myra H riverboat from decades of weather-related decay is expected to make a giant step as early as the first week of the New Year. The old 60-foot long riverboat built in 1932 by Floyd County resident Pierce Harris, was named after his daughter. It has been on display at the Lock and Dam Park off Black’s Bluff Road for years and has been suffering from exposure to the weather.


Dec. 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

The 10 most popular Georgia political stories of 2017            

Greg Bluestein reports that your Political Insiders pay attention to what our dear readers click on to try to provide you the latest on Georgia and national politics. Sure, the breaking news and the exclusives and the scoops do well. So did just about anything to do with the Atlanta mayor’s race, President Donald Trump and Gov. Nathan Deal.



Dec. 28, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald 

Deal names former staffer, two others to Regents

Lee Shearer reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently appointed three new members to the state Board of Regents, including a former staffer. Deal reappointed two others to the board, the 19-person body that sets policy and budgets for the University System of Georgia. Its members are appointed by Georgia governors to seven-year terms.


Dec. 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Development in the Garden

Candice Dyer reports that in the United States, 30 percent to 40 percent of our food supply goes to waste, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person, per month. Here in Georgia, food scraps make up 17 percent of our total waste.


Dec. 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia program takes man from prison to welding job

Michael E. Kanell reports that Russell “Rusty” Hawthorne got a couple sentences into his graduation speech before he choked up. Not that emotion during such ceremonies is unusual. Minutes before, the 49 grads had marched in to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” wearing caps and gowns while friends, family members and various officials looked on with satisfaction.


Dec. 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Atlanta No. 2 American city for people looking to become an elementary school teacher 

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Big Peach is among the best cities in the country for people looking to become an elementary school teacher. According to a new study from the personal finance website GOBankingRates, Atlanta is the No. 3 top city for those looking for employment as an elementary school teacher. Atlanta ranked No. 2 with a median salary of $42,000.


Dec. 28, 2017 Albany Herald, UGA

Dryland peanuts excel during difficult year

Clint Thompson reports that Georgia’s dryland peanut crop excelled this year, while irrigated fields lacked in comparison to past year’s, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort said. The result is a crop estimated to average 4,400 pounds per acre.


Dec. 28, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gas prices rise slightly after pipeline explosion in Libya 

Trevor McNaboe reports that gas prices moved upwards for the first time in more than a month following the announcement of higher oil prices. According to AAA, the price of a barrel of oil eclipsed $60 for the first time since June 2015 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The $1.50/b rise in price was an effect of an oil pipeline explosion in Libya on Tuesday.


Dec. 28, 2017 Augusta Chronicle 

Massive concrete pour part of Vogtle construction work last week 

Tom Corwin reports that while all eyes were on a decision by the Georgia Public Service Commission last week on whether to continue with two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, a decision that will allow Georgia Power and its partners to complete the long delayed project, work quietly continued on the plant and included a major milestone.


Dec. 28, 2017 Brunswick News

New director ushers in new era for FLETC 

Wes Wolfe reports, it can be odd to live and work in a place multiple times — it’s the same physical location, but never the same as before. As the saying goes, time and tide wait for no man. Thomas Walters, the new director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, is dealing with that adjustment again.


Dec. 28, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and Wilmington islands residents push for incorporation study

Kelly Quimby reports that it was standing room only at the Frank Murray Community Center on Whitemarsh Island Tuesday night, where residents living on the unincorporated islands east of the Wilmington River signaled they’re ready to consider forming their own city.


Dec. 28, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

Historic rehab tax credits up for state review, Hufstetler says further scrutiny needed

Doug Walker reports that historic rehabilitation tax credits survived in the new Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the first major tax reform at the federal level in three decades. The question now is will the credits also survive potential state tax reform efforts. The Special Tax Exemption Senate Study committee, which includes State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, has been looking at the issue.


Dec. 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Some big Georgia cities under consideration for rural tax breaks

Mark Niesse reports that when Georgia legislators came up with the idea of giving tax incentives to people who move to rural areas, they didn’t intend to target cities like Augusta, Columbus and Macon. Nevertheless, those cities are on the initial list of areas considered “rural” by the Georgia House Rural Development Council.



Dec. 27, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Savannah budget funds Civic Center necessities as city moves forward with $160 million arena

Eric Curl reports that the Savannah City Council has approved a $2.8 million contract with Jones Lang LaSalle for the firm to manage the construction of a new arena, in addition to allocating $845,000 to maintain the existing Civic Center next year. The planned 9,000-seat arena is expected to take about 38 months to design and construct with the help of the consultant, who is charged with keeping the project on schedule and within budget - now estimated at $160 million.


Dec. 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Trendsetters: Water Warriors

Mary Ann Demuth reports that Gary Hopkins and his business partner Mark Kirves are fighting the good fight when it comes to cleaning up rivers, creeks and streams. Plastic welders, fabricators and co-founders of a Cleveland, Ga., company called Plastek Werks, they build tanks, tank linings and pipe systems for a number of applications, including to keep harsh chemicals out of waterways.


Dec. 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta, Customs continue facial scan test at Hartsfield-Jackson 

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that amid criticism of the use of facial scans on travelers by the federal government, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Delta Air Lines are continuing testing of facial scans at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta-based Delta this month launched a test using facial recognition for boarding at two gates on Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.


Dec. 27, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Could this Atlanta startup cut health-care insurance costs by 50 percent? 

Ellie Hensley reports that staggering premiums and deductibles are a common problem for many in today’s health-care insurance environment. But a new Atlanta startup, HIPnation, aims to shake up the current model and save people up to 50 percent on health-care insurance costs.


Dec. 27, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Large retirement community proposed for Webb Gin House Road

Curt Yeomans reports that the Gwinnett County Planning Commission is scheduled to consider a new proposal for a piece of property on Webb Gin House Road that was at the center of a big zoning fight in 2016 next week. The new proposal from ASC Applications LLC calls for a 422-unit or bed retirement community called Celebration on 56.12 acres on the 1100 block of Webb Gin House Road. It would include independent living and continuing care living spaces.


Dec. 27, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald

County considering hotel/motel tax hike

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that Coweta County is considering raising the hotel/motel tax in unincorporated Coweta from 5 percent to 8 percent. If the change goes through, half of the additional tax will go toward funding of “tourism product development.”  


  Dec. 27, 2017 Albany Herald

New hospital and clinics, health funding among top developments in 2017

Jennifer Parks reports that the proposed Lee County Medical Center topped the list of health care developments in Southwest Georgia, as did clinic expansions and changes in the medical education environment.


Dec. 27, 2017 Rome News Tribune 

Local lawmakers have several measures pending even before the General Assembly convenes in January

 Diane Wagner reports that the 40-day Georgia General Assembly session slated to start Jan. 8 is the second of a two-year term. That means bills that didn’t clear both chambers by the close of the 2017 session remain in position. Any that don’t make it to the governor’s desk in the coming year will die, however, and legislation would have to be filed anew in 2019.


Dec. 27, 2017 Brunswick News

USGS and JWSC looking for ways to counter saltwater intrusion into groundwater         

Taylor Cooper reports that a plume of saltwater intrusion into Glynn County’s groundwater, first discovered in the 1950s, has been spreading under Brunswick and is beginning to push saltwater under multiple wells close to the point where salt can be tasted. Hercules chemical resin plant opened in the early part of the 20th century and the Georgia-Pacific pulp mill opened in 1937. The pair sucked a lot of water out of the Floridan aquifer, peaking at more than 80 million gallons per day in 1980, said Greg Cherry, a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey.


Dec. 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Why a vote on $800M tax credit for Plant Vogtle could come in January

Greg Bluestein reports that this surely helped Georgia utility regulators back the embattled Vogtle nuclear project: Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise emailed fellow commissioners before the vote to say that House Speaker Paul Ryan promised to adopt a key tax credit that could be worth roughly $800 million.



Dec. 26 2017 Savannah Morning News

Report: Coastal Empire economy remains strong despite Irma

Katie Nussbaum reports that the Savannah economy maintained strong economic growth through the end of the third quarter, despite disruptions from Hurricane Irma in September. The information comes from the Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, published by Armstrong State University, set for release on Monday.


Dec. 26, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2017 Deals of the Year

Emma N. Hurt reports that international companies are in the spotlight in Georgia on an almost daily basis as more and more of them move headquarters or manufacturing facilities into the state. This year, two of those companies have been recognized by the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) with Deal of the Year Awards.


Dec. 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Next year looking good for growth and jobs

Michael E. Kanell reports that the current expansion may be the third-oldest on record so far, but that doesn’t mean it will die of old age. In fact, experts cheerfully say, when it goes, it’s going to be murder. That is, a recovery must be croaked by something, whether the culprit is a spike in energy prices, a climbing interest rate, a huge overhang of debt, a credit freeze. And, at least for the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a killer on the horizon: for the economy of metro Atlanta, 2018 looks to be a year of solid, if unspectacular growth.


Dec. 26, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Q&A: Synovus Chairman and CEO Kessel Stelling talks banking, Georgia Bulldogs, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy

Phil W. Hudson reports that as chairman and CEO of Synovus, a $30 billion asset bank, Kessel Stelling leads a team of bankers, investment professionals and support teams in developing strategies designed to drive growth. Stelling guides a team consisting of commercial, retail, corporate and financial management services professionals in building long-term relationships while also ensuring the company remains focused on fostering a great working environment, effectively managing risk, reducing expenses and increasing shareholder value.


Dec. 26, 2017 Macon Telegraph

J-STARS engine mishap damages planes

Wayne Crenshaw reports that four J-STARS planes at Robins were damaged last week after an engine failed and jettisoned debris, according to a J-STARS release. Three of the four E-8C planes have returned to mission ready status, and the fourth should be mission ready soon, said the release sent Sunday. The incident happened Tuesday during a ground maintenance engine run.


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Dec. 26, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Georgia School of Orthodontics opens new campus, clinic in Duluth

Curt Yeomans reports that the Georgia School of Orthodontics recently opened a new clinic in Duluth and to celebrate the new facility, officials announced three Gwinnett County children who won a contest to receive free orthodontic treatment. The 9,000-square-foot facility is the school’s second clinic — joining an existing facility in Atlanta — and it will also serve as a campus for the school.


Dec. 26, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Happy Holidays from Georgia Trend

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, from all of us at Georgia Trend magazine, a very happy, festive and safe holiday season. We’ll see you back here at the Latest Trends blog in January.


Dec. 26, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

3 tax-credit programs targeted for sunset

Diane Wagner reports that a Georgia Senate study committee wants to set up a review schedule to determine if state tax credits and exemptions are worth the loss of revenue. And it’s recommending the elimination of three programs, as a start.


Dec. 26, 2017  Marietta Daily Journal

Rep. Loudermilk looks back on two life-threatening events in one year

Jon Gargis reports that between nearly being shot at a GOP softball team practice in June and a horrific car wreck this September, Congressman Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. “My first thought goes back to a scripture in the Bible that says God will give you life more abundantly, and we’ve had an abundance of lifetime experiences this year, that’s for sure,” Loudermilk said.


Dec. 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

The next new idea: Paying people to move to rural Georgia

Jim Galloway reports, if you’re ever in the mood for a road trip and find yourself in Bainbridge, down in the southwest corner of Georgia, hop in your car and head for the Atlantic coast. Stay north of the Florida line and keep to the less-traveled roads. You will pass ghost town after ghost town. An abandoned community here. The skeleton of a cotton gin there. If you’re a doctor or lawyer, engineer or architect – perhaps fresh out of college and burdened with student loans – a sudden thought might pass your lips as you drive through the emptied region: “They couldn’t pay me enough to live here.”



Dec. 22, 2017 New York Times

Georgia, Facing ‘Difficult Dilemma,’ Keeps Nuclear Project Alive

Brad Plumer reports that utility regulators in Georgia unanimously approved plans on Thursday to continue building the only two nuclear reactors still under construction in the United States, despite years of delays and multibillion-dollar cost overruns that have plagued the project.


Dec. 22, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Ring in the New Year with a hike 

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, part of a national initiative to get people moving, work off those holiday pounds and savor the great outdoors, Georgia’s state parks are offering First Day Hikes on Jan. 1. Dozens of guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other. Winter is an especially scenic time to enjoy the trails because the open canopy means hikers can see farther through the woods. Find ranger-led hikes on New Year’s Day at


Dec. 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia businesses hail tax bill, but whether growth comes isn’t clear 

J. Scott Trubey and Tamar Hallerman report that Georgia’s corporate interests and conservative lawmakers hailed this week’s passage of the Republican rewrite of the nation’s tax code. But whether the divisive bill will be the jobs and investment bonanza that its backers say it will be must be taken with a grain of salt, some experts say.


Dec. 22, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

National Championship Game in Atlanta could be most lucrative game in college history 

Phil W. Hudson reports that the SEC championship game could have the biggest economic impact, the most expensive tickets and the greatest level of fan interest of any college football game ever played.


Dec. 22, 2017 

Deal announces solicitor general, district attorney and judicial appointments 

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced the appointments of Jennifer E. Carver as Solicitor General of Bacon County and Robert M. Thomas as Solicitor General of Miller County. Deal also appointed Alisa Adams Johnson as District Attorney of the Rockdale Judicial Circuit.


Dec. 22, 2017 Albany Herald 

PDA approves $9 million lease purchase deal with Coats & Clark

Terry Lewis reports that the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority has approved a five-year payment in lieu of taxes agreement for Coates and Clark to rebuild the company’s distribution center destroyed by a Jan. 22 tornado.


Dec. 22, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Stunning increase in enrollment for Georgia’s insurance exchange 

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s insurance exchange showed an astonishing surge in the last scheduled week of Open Enrollment, roughly doubling the total enrolled to 482,904. That’s very close to the 493,880 in Georgia who signed up for coverage for the current year.


Dec. 22, 2017 Brunswick News 

Health system plans $125 million renovation

Tyler H. Jones reports that Southeast Georgia Health System has announced plans for a $125 million renovation to its Brunswick hospital. The new master facilities program calls for an overhaul of the hospital’s emergency room and surgical suites, along with updates for patient rooms on the fourth and fifth floors of the St. Simons tower.


Dec. 22, 2017 WABE 90.1 

Companies Realize Benefits Of Pitching In For Child Care

Martha Dalton reports that one of the biggest challenges working parents face is finding quality, affordable child care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says child care shouldn’t cost more than 10 percent of a family’s income. However, the average cost in Fulton County in 2016 was $10,283.89 for one child. So, a family making less than $100,000 could have a hard time affording care.


Dec. 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

New Georgia tax could cover phone, TV and internet streaming services 

Mark Niesse reports that Georgia lawmakers are proposing a new tax on phone lines, TV subscriptions and maybe even internet streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The telecommunications tax, along with existing sales taxes, would help pay for the cost of building high-speed internet lines to the 16 percent of Georgians who live in rural areas that currently lack internet access. The tax could raise roughly $200 million a year in new revenue.



Dec. 21, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal

Mystery tenant for Franklin Gateway property revealed - It's Ikea

Ross Williams reports that fans of Swedish meatballs and build-it-yourself furniture, rejoice. Swedish home furniture retailer Ikea is coming to Marietta’s Franklin Gateway with its famous showroom full of hard-to-pronounce furniture. The retailer will go into a 28-acre property on Franklin Gateway purchased by the city in 2015 for $17.7 million and currently under contract for $9.25 million. 


Dec. 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: A Vote for Vogtle 

Bill Crane writes, here in Georgia, the big energy news lately has been Plant Vogtle, the nuclear plant in Burke County that’s been undergoing expansion – and more than a few growing pains. As the time nears when the decision will be made by the Public Service Commission (PSC) about whether to continue the construction of Units 3 and 4 at Vogtle, let’s take a look at the plant.


Dec. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS pre-orders Tesla electric trucks

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Spring-based UPS has pre-ordered 125 electric Tesla Semi trucks, a move that could signal a major step for electric vehicles in commercial trucking. UPS said the new trucks will join its fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, including trucks powered by electricity, natural gas, propane and other fuels.


Dec. 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

U.S. Census: Georgia among Top 10 fastest growing states in 2017 

Eric Mandel reports that Georgia was among the Top 10 fastest growing states in 2017, but didn't quite reach the success stories of Idaho or Texas. The U.S. Census released its latest national and state population estimates Wednesday on the country's population, finding that Georgia added more than 115,000 people year-over-year. The growth, while impressive, was substantially behind the nearly 400,000 new Texans in 2017.


Dec. 21, 2017 

West Georgia Nets Another Korean Auto Investor 

Trevor Williams reports that West Georgia has attracted yet another Korean auto supplier, this time a $35 million investment that will create 110 jobs. Daesol Material Georgia, a sister company to existing Kia Motors supplier Daehon Solution, is putting a new 120,000-square-foot factory in Harris County, just north of Columbus.


Dec. 21, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

New I-85 exit at McGinnis Ferry moves forward 

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County officials moved forward on plans to add a new exit on Interstate 85 at McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee this week, but it will be a few years before drivers can use it. The county awarded a $3.17 million contract to Atkins North America Inc. for design services and construction document development for the McGinnis Ferry Road interchange project.


Dec. 21, 2017 Saporta Report 

Final construction funding earmarked for PATH400; construction to begin in January 

David Pendered reports that the last bit of money needed to complete PATH400 has been earmarked in city and federal funding, which is a significant win for Livable Buckhead, the non-profit entity overseeing development of the linear park. 


Dec. 21, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia extends shrimp trawling season until Jan. 15 

Terry Dickson reports that state has extended the food shrimp harvest season 15 days until Jan. 15 and announced the opening of the season for the commercial harvest of jellyfish. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams announced Wednesday he was extending the season that commercial trawlers may operate in state waters that are currently open until 6:15 p.m. Jan. 15.


Dec. 21, 2017 GPB 

Georgia Retirees Fight To Keep Their Benefits

Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that Georgia educators are filing a class-action lawsuit against the state over retirement benefits. The state Department of Community Health changed a policy in 2012, effectively reducing the subsidies of any retirees who were in the school system for less than five years. 


Dec. 21, 2017 WABE 90.1 

Nuclear Vote: PSC Chairman Says They Won’t Cancel Vogtle 

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia regulators vote Thursday on the fate of a controversial nuclear power expansion. Construction at Plant Vogtle has gone billions of dollars over-budget and is five years behind schedule. Now, it’s up to the Georgia Public Service Commission to decide whether, despite that, construction should continue.


Dec. 21, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Testing for lead in school water often rates a failing grade 

Andy Miller and Erica Hensley reports that Georgia Health News recently surveyed the 20 largest Georgia public school systems on their lead testing policies. We found many differences in how school systems evaluated their water quality — if they had done any testing at all. Just six of the 20 have tested multiple drinking sources in every school. Seven have done no recent testing at all. Others are planning to sample their water sources, or have done limited testing.


Dec. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia qualifies for Obamacare extension — a surprise to many brokers 

Ariel Hart reports that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, has confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the entire state of Georgia is eligible for a two-week emergency extension of the Dec. 15 open enrollment window because of the statewide emergency declaration for Hurricane Irma. The new deadline is Dec. 31.



Dec. 20, 2017 

Deal: CyrusOne to invest more than $200 million in Douglas County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that CyrusOne, a leading global colocation provider, will invest $200 million in a new data center campus in Douglasville over the next seven years. This facility is projected to generate an additional $600 million in investment and create 38 jobs through businesses that choose to locate at the data center.


Dec. 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Spotted in Georgia: Alpacas in Athens

Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Georgia Alpaca Association, which promotes awareness of alpacas and their fiber, recently held the Royal Alpaca Challenge Walking Fleece Extravaganza at the University of Georgia Livestock Arena. The two-day event featured an alpaca fleece competition where judges evaluated the coats of roughly 90 animals and awarded ribbons for quality, a kid’s fun zone, seminars in fiber arts such as spinning and an alpaca selfie booth. 


Dec. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Amazon: Corporate lobbyist’s work in Georgia not about HQ2 

Scott Trubey reports that an Amazon corporate lobbyist’s registration in Georgia isn’t related to its search for a second headquarters, the company said Tuesday, but it remains unclear what state issues interest the e-commerce giant. Earlier this month, Jacob Oster, an energy expert for Amazon, registered with the state’s ethics agency, setting off speculation about what policies Amazon might try to shape during the upcoming session.


Dec. 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Report: Tax reform a windfall for Delta 

Mark Meltzer reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. expects a huge windfall from the tax reform plan just passed by Congress, The Motley Fool reports. Most airlines pay close to the statutory tax rate today, whereas many companies in other industries benefit from big tax breaks, The Motley Fool says. In addition, airlines have huge fleet-related capital costs, which will get favorable tax treatment for the next several years.


Dec. 20, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Gwinnett commissioners adopt transportation plan that looks ahead to 2040 

Curt Yeomans reports that a major update to Gwinnett’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan that has been underway for two years reached the finish line Tuesday when county commissioners voted to adopt the new plan. The new transportation plan is expected to guide Gwinnett County’s transportation planning for the next two decades, going through 2040. One of the major developments to come out of the update was the county’s transit development study that is currently underway, but Transportation Director Alan Chapman said there was more to the plan than just that.


Dec. 20, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

Lawmakers say port, road and rail improvements are key to economy

G. G. Rigsby reports that continued improvements to the Savannah port and area roads and railroads are key to a strong economy in Effingham, according to the three lawmakers who represent the county in the state legislature. State Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville; state Rep. Jon Burns, R-Newington; and state Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon spoke to members of the Effingham Chamber of Commerce at an Eggs and Issues breakfast at the College and Career Academy Dec. 13.


Dec. 20, 2017 Macon Telegraph 

Company involved in federal conspiracy case now sued by Industrial Authority 

Linda S. Morris reports that a Bibb County company involved in a federal criminal conspiracy case is now being sued in Bibb County Superior Court. A civil case was filed last week by the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority against U.S. Technology Corp. for unpaid rent and because the company is suspected of storing hazardous waste.


Dec. 20, 2017 WABE 90.1 

DeKalb Schools To Challenge Emory Annexation

Martha Dalton reports that the DeKalb County School District says it will challenge the annexation of Emory University into the city of Atlanta. In a letter to officials, DeKalb Superintendent Stephen Green says the agreement shouldn’t include the Atlanta Public Schools.


Dec. 20, 2017 Albany Herald 

Albany State, Albany Tech rank high for military friendliness

Staff reports that Southwest Georgia universities and colleges have been rated military friendly for 2018, with Albany State University attaining Top 10 gold ranking and Albany Technical College being awarded bronze status in their respective categories.


Dec. 20, 2017 Cherokee Tribune

Expansion Begins: Northside Hospital Cherokee starts work on $43 million project 

Greg Tanner reports that Northside Hospital Cherokee has begun construction on an additional two floors to its new hospital that opened in May. The $43 million project is expected to be completed by next November. The hospital was granted a certificate of need from the Georgia Department of Community Health in November to add the two new floors to the main hospital tower, which will add eight patient beds and other facilities, hospital spokeswoman Katherine Watson said Tuesday.


Dec. 20, 2017 Saporta Report

It’s simple: Younger Americans get short straw in GOP tax bill

Tom Baxter writes, underneath the numbers in the Republican tax bill there has always been a fundamental political calculation that simple is good: that no matter whether they get much of a tax cut, Americans will like taxes that are easier to do. As The New York Times described in a story Saturday, the goal of reducing most people’s annual tax form to something the size of a post card proved impractical in the closing days of dealings over the bill.


Dec. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

The Republican likely to be at the center of any Plant Vogtle deal 

Jim Galloway reports that on Thursday, the state Public Service Commission will make what could be its most important decision in a generation on how energy is generated in Georgia, with implications for consumers, businesses and the field of nuclear power technology in this country. The PSC will be asked to ratify Georgia Power’s decision to continue construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in east Georgia.



Dec. 19, 2017 WABE 90.1 

Airport’s Blackout Could Cost More Than Apologies

Ross Terrell and Tasnim Shamma report that the blackout at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday may have cost more than peace of mind. Aviation analysts estimate the more than 10-hour power outage may also have cost Delta Air Lines $50 million. Seth Kaplan, editor of Airline Weekly, said that shouldn’t be a big hit to the airline whose headquarters are in Atlanta.


Dec. 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann Demuth reports that University of Georgia researchers are studying a crop of carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard, for possible use as a renewable biofuel for jets. The researchers are part of the public-private partnership Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC). The group has received a $15-million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify and develop varieties of the plant that will thrive in the South.


Dec. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Shippers: Holiday packages not delayed by Atlanta airport outage

Scott Trubey reports that the fire that knocked out power and shut down the world’s busiest airport shouldn’t delay holiday package deliveries, the nation’s biggest shippers said Monday.


Dec. 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta software firm MemberSuite raises additional $5.5 million

Staff reports that Atlanta's MemberSuite Inc., which provides software used to manage associations, said it has raised an additional $5.5 million in capital. MemberSuite develops software that helps trade associations manage fundraising, event planning, accounting, dues-collection and other functions. The companies delivers its web-based, back-office software on a subscription basis.


Dec. 19, 2017 Albany Herald 

Thrush delivers first 510G Switchbacks to Georgia Forestry Commission 

Terry Lewis reports, as  firefighters in the air and on the ground continue to battle wildfires in California, Georgia’s Forestry Commission took a major step forward in helping prevent similar outbreaks at home by taking delivery of the industry’s newest firefighting aircraft — the Thrush 510G Switchback.


 Dec. 19, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

TSYS buying firm called Cayan for just over $1 billion 

Tony Adams reports that credit-card and payment processor TSYS has taken a major acquisition bite once again, this time purchasing payment technology firm Cayan for $1 billion and change — all of it in cash. Columbus-based TSYS announced the pending acquisition Monday, saying its board of directors approved the $1.05 billion transaction, which it expects to close sometime in the first quarter of 2018, which means it would be no later than the end of March.


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Dec. 19, 2017 Georgia Health News 

39th and 41st: More subpar health rankings for Georgia 

Andy Miller reports that Georgia remained at 41st in a national ranking of the healthiest states compiled by the United Health Foundation. Placing in the 40s is a typical ranking for the Peach State on health measures. Other Southern states did equally poorly.


Dec. 19, 2017 Georgia Times-Union 

Officials break ground for 107-room Home2 Suites hotel on Jekyll Island 

Terry Dickson reports that the island’s governing board members and developers tossed some shovelfuls of dusty dirt into a gravel road Monday to signal the approaching completion of an ambitious plan to revitalize the state-owned island. The ceremonial ground-breaking was for Buckhead America’s 107-room Hilton Home2 Suites that will be the third hotel within an easy walk of the Jekyll Island convention center and retail shops and the island’s spacious beach.


Dec. 19, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald, UGA 

From the greenhouse to space: Two UGA students head to NASA for high-tech agriculture internships 

Merritt Melancon reports that when the public thinks of NASA, the first images that come to mind are often rockets or satellites. In the future, images of greenhouses might also make the list. This spring, University of Georgia undergraduate students Ruqayah Bhuiyan and Niki Padgett will head to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for research internships focusing on ways to grow food in space.


Dec. 19, 2017 Saporta Report 

Civic Center sale to AHA places Southface campus on endangered list 

Maria Saporta reports, for 40 years, Southface has been leading the way in making Atlanta a more sustainable city. The environmentally-focused nonprofit has been a pioneer in green building practices – and it deserves much of the credit for Atlanta’s national reputation as a city committed to energy and water conservation. But now Southface is facing its own challenges – likely having to move from its headquarters, now on a .74-acre site along Pine Street near Piedmont, where it has been since 1995.


Dec. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

How an ACLU threat could change how Georgia pols use social media

Greg Bluestein reports that a threat of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union’s local chapter could shake up how Georgia politicians use social media. The group said it has warned the sheriffs of Habersham and Worth counties, the Henry County Police Department and the office of U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson to stop “censoring their critics” who post on official government Facebook pages.



Dec. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

More flight cancellations expected Monday after airport power outage

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, as holiday travelers and business road warriors prepare for trips from the world’s busiest airport Monday, Hartsfield-Jackson International will be attempting to reboot after a calamitous power outage that shut down operations Sunday. The power outage caused by a fire that damaged a Georgia Power underground electrical facility caused more than 1,000 flight cancellations Sunday, and hundreds more cancellations and delays are expected Monday.


Dec. 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Business of Giving

Randy Southerland reports, in the drive to nurture a better-educated and employable workforce, America’s corporate community has in many cases taken matters into its own hands. Literally. Visit a public school in Georgia, and the guy reading to elementary school kids or the woman mentoring a high school student on how to prepare for college is likely to work for a major corporation like State Farm, AT&T, Georgia Power or any of a host of other household brands.


Dec. 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Gwinnett is a global business hub

Janet Jones Kendall reports, with a population of more than 900,000, Gwinnett County is the second most populous county in the state of Georgia. “Our office’s strategy is to put Gwinnett County on the front pages of the global economic development landscape,” says Roman Dakare, a manager at the Gwinnett County Office of Economic Development.


Dec. 18, 2017 Gainesville Times 

Fieldale expanding Murrayville plant, adding at least 100 jobs 

Clark Leonard reports that Fieldale Farms is expanding its Murrayville poultry processing plant, a move that could bring at least another 100 jobs by early spring 2019. Fieldale President Tom Hensley said the new jobs will include entry-level, supervisory and administrative roles. 


Dec. 18, 2017 Augusta Chronicle 

Old Oysters Put to New Use at SRS for cleanup innovation 

Staff reports that a member of the mollusk family could be the key to controlling the level of zinc in storm water runoff at Savannah River Site. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the management and operations contractor for SRS, is among a small number of U.S. companies and utilities experimenting with oyster shells. They’ve found the shells naturally absorb zinc and copper from water, often reducing concentrations to acceptable levels.


Dec. 18, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

'Tis the season to recycle cardboard boxes, plastic and cans

Ben Wright reports that Christmas is just one week away, but some residents and city officials agree that it's a good time to recycle all of those cardboard boxes and other items during the holiday season. Cardboard is one of the most profitable items the city diverts from the landfill by selling it to manufacturers. "We want to keep money coming in from that," said Pat Biegler, director of Public Works.


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Dec. 18, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

New U.S. attorney pledges zero tolerance for violence in Savannah, Southern District

Jan Skutch reports that Bobby L. Christine makes no bones that his focus as the new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia will be on reducing violent crime. “My agenda is to make the Southern District of Georgia safer,” the 48-year-old Augusta native said as he works his way into his new offices overlooking Savannah’s Ellis Square. “We are not where we need to be or how safe the district can be.”


Dec. 18, 2017 Saporta Report

Report on ‘nuclear, climate injustices in U.S. South’ released as PSC weighs fate of Plant Vogtle 

David Pendered reports that a new report names the South as the nuclear hub of the United States and calls for an end to all federal funding for Plant Vogtle, along with greater protections for women and the minority, typically low-income communities where nuclear facilities have been built. And that's just for starters. One recommendation calls for the immediate closure of reactors located downstream of dams, where dam failure would increase the potential of a major nuclear reactor incident.


Dec. 18, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Are state’s HIV laws unfair? Activists say it’s time for change 

Victoria Knight reports that Nina Martinez moved to Georgia from Washington, D.C., in 2005. Just a few months after she settled into her new Atlanta home, she learned about Georgia’s criminal laws regarding people disclosing their HIV status to others. It personally changed things for her. The Georgia laws that Martinez is referring to are almost 30 years old. 


Dec. 18, 2017 WABE 90.1

With RAISE Act, Ga. Senator Proposes Change To Legal Immigration

Haley Henderson reports that Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, represent states that the Migration Policy Institute estimates have more than 1,220,000 legal immigrants combined. But in February 2017, they proposed S.354, “Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act” (RAISE Act), which proposes cutting the number of people legally allowed into the country and the ways they could enter.


Dec. 18, 2017 Brunswick News

Shore protection bill kaput for 2018         

Wes Wolfe reports that the quandary of what constitutes a dune sent a Shore Protection Act reform bill to a screeching stop in the General Assembly during the 2017 session. As was mentioned at the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Grits & Issues event Friday, Hurricane Irma took most of the dunes, anyway. “I’m through with House Bill 271,” said state Rep. Don Hogan, R-St. Simons Island. “That bill jumped on me right out of the (House) Natural Resources Committee, and we discussed it. (Then-director) Spud (Woodward) from down here at (the) Coastal (Resources Division) and the rest of the (CRD staff) came up and did testimony after testimony before our committee.


Dec. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

A look at the coming culture clash over guns in 2018            

Jim Galloway reports that last week, one day shy of the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the State Bar of Georgia hosted a panel on gun legislation that’s likely to come up in January, when lawmakers return to the state Capitol. Next year marks the beginning of another election season in a Republican-controlled state, and that fact alone will supersede any fallout from this year’s crop of massacres – which include 59 dead in Las Vegas in October and 26 killed inside a Texas church in November.



Dec. 15, 2017 WABE 90.1 

Toshiba Pays Up More Than $3B In Georgia Nuclear Expansion

Molly Samuel reports, as of today, Toshiba has paid nearly $3.7 billion dollars to Georgia utilities. The Japanese company had promised the money to cover debt from its now-bankrupt subsidiary, Westinghouse. Westinghouse was the lead contractor building two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, which is near Augusta.


Dec. 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on developments in Macon, Atlanta, Savannah and more. For the fifth straight year, Site Selection magazine named Georgia the top state to do business in the country. Amazon has picked Georgia – for a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Macon-Bibb County. It is the fourth such facility in the state and will create 500 jobs.


Dec. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Amazon lobbyist registers in Georgia, triggering buzz amid ‘HQ2’ search

Scott Trubey reports that Amazon, the e-commerce giant that Georgia is wooing for its second headquarters project, now has a registered in-house lobbyist at the State Capitol.  Jacob Oster, a lobbyist with expertise in “clean energy and technology,” registered Dec. 7 with the state ethics commission. Oster, who represents Amazon Corporate LLC, listed addresses in Washington, D.C., and Seattle. 


Dec. 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia economy likely to remain strong in 2018

Dave Williams reports that economic development wins, solid population growth and a housing recovery will combine to give Georgia another year of strong growth, according to the annual economic forecast from The University of Georgia. Employment growth of 2 percent will significantly outpace the natural average of 1.1 percent in 2018, Benjamin Ayers, dean of UGA's Terry College of Business, told about 600 business and government leaders at the school's 35th annual Georgia Economic Outlook luncheon in downtown Atlanta.


Dec. 15, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

‘Robust’ growth predicted for Augusta area

Joe Hotchkiss reports that there’s a five-letter word, beginning with C, that could help describe an economic uptick in the Augusta area. Not “cyber.” “Crane.” An Augusta University associate professor of finance predicted “robust” growth for 2018 in his 10th annual economic forecast for the area, delivered Thursday.


Dec. 15, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

Portside: Savannah River Logistics ramped up, growing 

Mary Carr Mayle reports, don’t tell the kids, but it takes more than elves to get all their holiday wishes under the tree by Christmas morning. Just ask Savannah River Logistics’ principals Larry Hearn and Ryan Faulk. The partners, both Savannah natives, opened their newest warehouse facility just in time for the holiday rush this year and have been working feverishly ever since, helping to make sure every item that comes in to them through Savannah’s busy port ends up where it needs to be on Christmas morning.


Dec. 15, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

TSYS extends contract with credit-card issuer Capital One

Tony Adams reports that Columbus-based credit-card and payment processor TSYS received an early Christmas gift this week. The company said Thursday it has signed a long-term contract extension with Capital One Financial Corp., the credit-card issuer and financial firm known well for its “What’s in your wallet?” commercials.


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Dec. 15, 2017 Gainesville Times 

Gainesville area natives Ivesters donate $3.5M to Brenau’s College of Health Sciences

Doug and Kay Ivester recently contributed $3.5 million in gifts to support Brenau University’s health science programs. The money helped Brenau surpass the $40 million target of its multiyear ForeverGold campaign six months ahead of schedule. Brenau on Wednesday honored the gifts by renaming the university’s health sciences college the Ivester College of Health Sciences. The Ivesters gave the contributions through the Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation.  


Dec. 15, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald 

Walton EMC grants $366,742 to local schools

Staff reports that schools throughout Walton Electric Membership Corporation’s 10-county service area have been given grants to strengthen their instructional programs. During the week of Dec. 4, the cooperative presented more than $366,000 to 59 schools through 81 School EmPOWERment Grants in the program’s second year.


Dec. 15, 2017 WABE 90.1

KSU President Sam Olens To Step Down In February

Kaitlyn Lewis reports that Kennesaw State University announced that President Sam Olens will be stepping down from his position on Feb. 15. KSU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Ken Harmon, will serve as interim president when Olens leaves. Olens, a former Georgia attorney general, has served as president of KSU since Nov. 1, 2016.


Dec. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia Democrats target net neutrality decision    

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Senate Democrats introduced a measure Friday to require that Internet service providers operating in Georgia maintain existing traffic levels, an effort to counter a federal vote that could reshape how broadband companies control online access. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Harold Jones of Augusta, aims to require that “all web traffic is to be treated the same, regardless of source.” 



Dec. 14, 2017 

Deal: Assurant to create 335 jobs in Gwinnett County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Assurant, Inc., a global leader in risk management solutions, will create 335 new jobs and invest $2.2 million in a technical support center in Duluth. At the new center, Assurant will provide a variety of self-service diagnostic tools, troubleshooting tips and protection services for smartphones, smart home technology and other connected devices. 


Dec. 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Targeting Safety

Susan Percy writes, there was a time when the word safety brought to mind the white-belted boys (and it was always boys, never girls) in my elementary school who ascended to the lofty rank of Safety Patrol members. It was their job to assist fellow students with after-school street crossings and carpool departures, supplementing the work of the police officer stationed in front of our yellow-brick building.


Dec. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home prices up — so are Fed rates

Michael E. Kanell reports that the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate a quarter-point Wednesday, setting the state for similar hikes in credit cards, car loans and mortgages. The change, while small enough to have only a marginal impact, does add to a larger campaign by the Fed to make borrowing more expensive. It is the fifth such increase since the nation’s central bank slashed rates nearly to zero during the recession nine years ago.


Dec. 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta chooses Airbus over Boeing for 100-jet order

Mark Meltzer reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. has chosen Airbus over Boeing for a big new jet order. Delta will announce today that it is ordering 100 Airbus A321neo jets, CNBC is reporting. The order is a big win for Airbus and a major loss for its main rival Boeing, which was hoping to land an order for 100 of its 737 MAX planes, CNBC says.


Dec. 14, 2017 Brunswick News

Back to Nature: Fix could restore Satilla marshes

Wes Wolfe reports that nothing sold on the Southeast Georgia coast following the Civil War quite like timber and the products that could be made from it. By 1910, lumber mill owner Edward Noyes decided to get around his logistics issues by carving what amounted to a shallow canal through the marshland between Dover Creek the Satilla River. After years of study and assessment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ready to erect closures intended to restore the waterbodies to their natural flow of more than a century ago.


Dec. 14, 2017 Georgia State University 

Georgia State Scores High In Brookings Institution Research On Social Mobility 

Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University ranks among the top 25 universities in the U.S. in promoting social mobility, according to new research by the Brookings Institution. Brookings researchers looked at 342 selective public universities in the U.S. and studied how the universities contributed to the public good through either social mobility, significant contributions to research or both.


Dec. 14, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Exchange enrollment in state likely to fall short of previous total 

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s ACA exchange enrollment for 2018 may fall far short of the current year’s totals, new federal figures show. Through last week, 246,270 have signed up for coverage in the state exchange. This is the last week for sign-ups. There’s typically high enrollment activity in the final week of Open Enrollment for the exchange.


Dec. 14, 2017 GPB 

Ralston Talks Legislative Session on Political Rewind 

Bill Nigut reports, as the 2018 Georgia legislative session approaches, we’re joined by Speaker of the House of Representatives David Ralston. What does he see as the most compelling issues legislators will face? What about a plan to deal with sexual harassment under the Gold Dome? Will the speaker once again look to tamp down efforts to pass a religious liberty bill? 


Dec. 14, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Cagle: 2018 legislative session ‘is going to be busy’

Curt Yeomans reports that tax reform, broadband access, fighting opioid addiction and venture capital investments are some of the issues legislators will face next year, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told the Gwinnett Chamber during a luncheon Wednesday. Cagle, who is running for governor, delivered the annual end-of-the-year legislative update to the chamber at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place.


Dec. 14, 2017 Brunswick News

Georgia Association of Educators priorities in upcoming legislative session         

Lauren McDonald reports that Sid Chapman, president of the Georgia Association of Educators, hopes to see significant improvements made to the state’s public education system during the upcoming legislative session. Since August, Chapman has been touring the state, advocating for the legislative changes the GAE hopes to see the Georgia General Assembly make during the session this January. Increased school funding, less state-mandated testing and continued emphasis on technical and vocational education are some of the GAE’s priorities this year, Chapman said Tuesday during a stop in Brunswick.


Dec. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia Democrats see hope in Jones’ Senate win in Alabama

Greg Bluestein reports that the stunning victory Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race has Georgia liberals hopeful they can re-create the same cocktail of enthusiastic black turnout mixed with a minor rebellion among white Republicans to capture that office for the first time in two decades.



Dec. 13, 2017 

Deal announces release of Commission on Children’s Mental Health report

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced the release of the report from the Commission on Children’s Mental Health, a commission created via executive order in June to provide recommendations for improving state mental health services for children. The report offers eight recommendations that focus on critical areas of behavioral health needs including suicide prevention, school-based mental health and telemedicine infrastructure. 


Dec. 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive 

Homegrown and far reaching

Mary Ann Demuth reports, don't miss the latest edition of Georgia Grown magazine, from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. You’ll find fascinating articles about the state’s latest ag market trends, including farm-to-table and farm-to-school as well as new sectors adding spice to Georgia agribusiness. Yummy recipes featuring fresh produce are also included.


Dec .13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

AT&T picks Georgia to test ‘gigabit’ internet over power lines

J. Scott Trubey reports that telecom giant AT&T has picked Georgia to test a new technology to distribute super-fast internet signals via power lines. AT&T said its Project AirGig could someday deliver “gigabit” speeds to rural and urban areas near above-ground power lines without building new broadcasting towers or burying new fiber optic cable.


Dec. 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Regents approve two more university consolidations

Dave Williams reports that the University System of Georgia is about to merge another four of its institutions into two. The system's Board of Regents voted Tuesday to consolidate Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University and merge Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with Bainbridge State College. Both consolidations will take effect Jan. 1.


Dec. 13, 2017 Georgia Southern University 

Quarterly Survey Results Suggest Georgia CEO Readers Show Concerns

Staff reports that the results of the 2017 third quarter (Q3) Georgia CEO survey suggest Georgia business leaders’ confidence levels have shown a slight decline from Q2. The purpose of the survey is to better understand how general business conditions are impacting Georgia CEO subscribers on a quarterly basis.


Dec. 13, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Global IT company’s training headquarters part of proposed mixed-use development

Curt Yeomans reports that the Interstate 85 corridor near Lawrenceville could gain a training facility for a global information technology firm, as well as luxury multifamily housing, according to county documents. The Worthing Companies is asking county officials to approve a rezoning of 18.65 acres of land at I-85, Northbrook Parkway and Old Peachtree Road from commercial to mixed-use development. 


Dec. 13, 2017 Augusta Chronicle, Georgia Times-Union

JEA wants out of struggling nuclear power deal, disputes negative credit report

Nate Monroe reports that Jacksonville Electric Authority executives said Tuesday they disagreed with the finding by a Wall Street credit-rating agency that the utility’s financial obligations to a struggling nuclear power project in Georgia — which could top $1.7 billion — have dimmed its future. 


Dec. 13, 2017 Savannah Morning News, Augusta Chronicle

Public Service Commission, Georgia Power dispute Plant Vogtle economics

Tom Corwin reports that Georgia Power Co. and its partners do well the longer it takes to build two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle but customers do not, staff of the Georgia Public Service Commission testified Tuesday.


Dec. 13, 2017 Athens Banner Herald, WUGA 

UGA climbs 7 spots in research rankings

Alexia Ridley reports that the University of Georgia climbed seven spots to No. 54 among all U.S. universities, colleges and research institutions in the latest National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development rankings. In the new rankings, which reflect fiscal year 2016, UGA’s total research expenditures reached $410 million, up from $374 million and a ranking of 61st the year before.


Dec. 13, 2017 Brunswick News 

Condition Critical: Right whales on path toward extinction 

Wes Wolfe reports that Right whales proved so perfect for human uses — hence the name — whalers nearly cleared the sea of them. Decades of concerted action, including in calving areas off the coast of Georgia and Florida, began to turn around the outlook for the species. 


 Dec. 13, 2017 WABE 90.1

Ga. Parents Worry About End Of Kids PeachCare Insurance

Tasnim Shamma reports that PeachCare, which insures low to medium income families, could run out of federal funds as soon as January, according to Georgia Health News. Georgia parents like Wande Okunoren-Meadows said they’re worried about what they’ll do if their kids lose health insurance. She has three kids ages 8 to 13. With a family income of about $62,000 dollars, she said it would be tough if PeachCare were no longer an option.


Dec. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Sonny Perdue on his relationship with Trump: ‘He has high expectations’

Tamar Hallerman reports that President Donald Trump has tangled with several of his Cabinet secretaries, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former health chief Tom Price. But one high-ranking official who has yet to draw the public ire of the commander-in-chief is Sonny Perdue.



Dec. 12, 2017 Georgia Health News

PeachCare funds could dry up in weeks without a new deal in D.C.

Andy Miller reports that Georgia could run out of federal funding for its PeachCare for Kids program as early as next month, state officials say. Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (which includes PeachCare) expired Sept. 30, putting the future of the popular insurance program in limbo.


Dec. 12, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Quality-of-life Catalysts

Jennifer Hafer reports, it used to be location, location, location, but as commute times in the metro area have soared, the new mantra for Atlanta-area community improvement districts (CIDs) has become access, access, access. “It’s no longer a question of where a business is, but how long does it take to get there and get back home,” says Tad Leithead, who sits on the board of directors for the North Fulton CID and is president and CEO of Tad Leithead Advisors, a government relations and consulting firm. “Mobility is the No. 1 issue.”


Dec. 12, 2017 GA-PCOM 

GA-PCOM students and community partners receive hands-on training through simulation

Staff reports, Simulation Centers are often used to train students who are seeking advanced degrees in health care. During a staged Trauma Day in Gwinnett, medical, nursing and EMT students joined forces to hone their skills in a chaotic “emergency department.”


Dec. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Exclusive: Mammoth Gulch project would reshape downtown Atlanta

Scott Trubey reports that the development team planning a mini-city in downtown Atlanta’s Gulch envisions a network of streets and skyscrapers that stretches from CNN Center to the Richard B. Russell Federal Courthouse, documents reviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show.


Dec. 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gwinnett County project feature to tech campus and 300 luxury apartments

Douglas Sams reports on a proposal that shows a nearly 19-acre site along Interstate 85 that would "provide a signature training headquarters" for a global information technology company that has offices in New York, Seoul and Virginia. 


Dec. 12, 2017 Emory University

Emory Healthcare provided $73.5 million in charity care in FY 2016-2017 

Staff reports that in fiscal year 2017, Emory Healthcare provided $73.5 million in charity care, which includes care for patients with no health insurance, not even Medicare or Medicaid, and no resources of their own. The term also includes catastrophic care for patients who may have some coverage but for whom health care bills are so large that paying them would be life-shattering. Over this same time, Emory medical faculty also provided $24.6 million in unreimbursed care at Grady Memorial Hospital.


Dec. 12, 2017

Technical Colleges See Results From Irish Program

Trevor Williams reports that ten students from two Georgia technical colleges spent two weeks in Ireland this summer through a new exchange partnership announced earlier this year. Seven students from North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) and three from Chattahoochee Technical College visited the Waterford Institute of Technology, which signed a partnership in July with the Technical College System of Georgia, the system announced in its fourth-quarter international update. 


Dec. 12, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times  

Industry to expand, add 35 new jobs

Jason A. Smith reports that an  expansion is expected to bring 35 new jobs to South Georgia. American Drill Bushing held a ground-breaking ceremony Monday for its recently announced expansion. The expansion will add 36,000 square feet to the existing 35,000-square-foot building, said Benjie Bradshaw, vice president and general manager of American Drill Bushing.


Dec. 12, 2017 Saporta Report

Effort begins to restore habitat of imperiled Canby’s dropwort plant, in SW Georgia

David Pendered reports that Federal and state efforts are underway to save a plant in southwest Georgia that’s so rare its global status is listed as, “imperiled – at high risk of extinction.” The plant is Canby’s dropwort. It is a member of the carrot family that can grow to heights above 4 feet and cover the landscape with clusters of tiny white flowers, according to a statement from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.


Dec. 12, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia’s Behavioral Health Centers Say Resources Are Limited

Elly Yu reports that Chris Craft has struggled with alcoholism for about three decades. He had been drinking since college, but in his 40s, he said he started experiencing the consequences. He lost his job and his marriage, and he started getting into legal trouble.


Dec. 12, 2017 WABE 90.1

House Speaker David Ralston On Decisions Lawmakers Will Face In 2018 Session

Denis O’Hayer reports, next month, state lawmakers return to the Georgia Capitol for the 2018 session. Some of the biggest decisions will involve lots of money. Republican House Speaker David Ralston sat down with Denis O’Hayer recently on Morning Edition.


Dec. 12, 2017 Brunswick News

School board hopes to see changes made to Senate Bill 486  

Lauren McDonald reports that the Glynn County Board of Education hopes to see local state legislators work to change the language of a law that causes the school system to lose millions of dollars of revenue each year. Senate Bill 486 provides a homestead tax exemption on property taxes collected for the school board to residents who are at least 65 years old and whose net income does not exceed $40,000.


Dec. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Senator raises conflict of interest questions about Georgia health official

Tamar Hallerman reports that the top Democrat on the Senate health committee is raising conflict of interest questions about Brenda Fitzgerald, Georgia’s onetime top health official who now leads the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Dec. 11, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

Utility regulator staff report: Share costs at Plant Vogtle or ditch expansion

Mary Landers reports that the troubled expansion of Plant Vogtle is a money loser for ratepayers and should go forward only if Georgia Power’s shareholders bear more of the risks and costs, analysts for the Georgia Public Service Commission will tell the PSC at next week’s public hearings.


Dec. 11, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Mingle with the Most Influential Georgians

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, in January, Georgia Trend honors the Georgian of the Year, the 100 Most Influential Georgians, the Hall of Fame and Notable Georgians. It’s an opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with the people who are making Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation to do business and having an impact beyond business in the arts, the nonprofit world and in our daily lives.


Dec. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Coca-Cola Executive Vice President Irial Finan to retire

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Coca Cola’s Executive Vice president Irial Finan will retire from his position at the company in March. Finan who is also the current President for the company’s Bottling Investments Group, BIG will be replaced by Calin Dragan, who will begin his new role in January. Dragan currently serves as the Regional Director for BIG’s Southeast Asia and Middle East bottlers.


Dec. 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

New York medical device maker picks Atlanta for headquarters, will create up to 400 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Koning Corp. has developed what it bills as the first CT imaging system specifically for breast cancer detection. Atlanta beat out Boston and Houston for the HQ, which will be located in the Northyards Business Park near Georgia Tech. Longer term, Koning plans to open an up to 100,000 square foot plant in metro Atlanta.


Dec. 11, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Macon car dealer nominated for TIME Dealer of the Year award

Linda S. Morris reports that a Middle Georgia car dealership owner has been nominated as the state's 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year award. The magazine selected George Youmans, owner/president of Youmans Chevrolet in Macon, as one of 47 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association's 2018 NADA show in Las Vegas in March.


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Dec. 11, 2017 Brunswick News

Legal Currency: Federal courthouse renovations top $1.39 million in added costs

Wes Wolfe reports that specially requested French doors, wood floors, custom bathroom fixtures and new recessed light installations a-plenty, not to mention the new 55-inch television. These are just some of the renovations that pushed the $6.3 million rehabilitation of Brunswick’s Frank M. Scarlett Federal Building to more than $7.7 million in three years, and chances are you will never see most of them.


Dec. 11, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

Citrus taking root in Georgia

Terry Dickson reports that Florida citrus production is declining and Georgia farmers are planting to help fill the gap. David H. Lee grows blueberries in Bacon County, Georgia’s self-proclaimed blueberry capital. Blueberries have taken off in Alma and surrounding counties all the way to the Florida line because University of Georgia crop scientists developed strains of big blueberries that didn’t require the chill hours of varieties grown from Maine to Michigan.


Dec. 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Untimely snowstorm wallops Delta, Georgia Power

Eric Mandel reports that the snow may have stopped falling but more than 20,000 Georgians remain without power as of Monday morning. Georgia Power said Sunday that it had restored power to approximately 365,000 customers following this weekend's winter weather, with crews having worked around the clock since Friday. As of 6 a.m. Monday, more than 4,700 Georgia Power customers were affected, many of whom lived west and northwest of city center.


Dec. 11, 2017 Saporta Report 

Census says commute time in metro Atlanta up 30 seconds in seven years, transit usage dips 

David Pendered reports that the  typical one-way commute time between home and work in metro Atlanta has grown by 30 seconds in the seven-year period ending in 2016, according to the latest report from the U.S Census Bureau. The proportion of workers who commuted by public transit declined during the period in Fulton and DeKalb counties, the core of MARTA’s service district, the report showed.


Dec. 11, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Got that shot yet? Flu season could be rough here, data show 

Andy Miller reports that Georgia is one of seven states overall — most of them in the Southeast — that have reported “widespread’’ flu activity, according to a new CDC report, tracking the week ending Dec. 2.


Dec. 11, 2017 WABE 90.1 

College Financial Aid Bill Could Be A ‘Mixed Bag’ For Ga. Students

Martha Dalton reports that the majority of U.S. college students get some kind of financial aid to help cover the cost of school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The process of applying for and receiving aid can be complicated. Congressional lawmakers are trying to streamline that process through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.


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

Stacey Evans: Casey Cagle couldn’t find a woman lawmaker for a sexual harassment panel?        

Jim Galloway reports that Democrat Stacey Evans was the first candidate for governor to exceed room temperature this frigid Saturday, blistering Republican rival Casey Cagle for failing to appoint a woman to a select state House-Senate committee on sexual harassment.    



Dec. 8, 2017 Georgia .gov 

Deal: November tax revenues up 7.3 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for November totaled $1.84 billion, for an increase of nearly $124.7 million, or 7.3 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled $1.72 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled almost $9.04 billion, for an increase of $238.6 million, or 2.7 percent, over November 2016, when net tax revenues totaled roughly $8.8 billion, five months into the fiscal year.


Dec. 8, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports that two of Georgia’s Republican congressmen brought upbeat messages to the 2017 Georgia Transportation Summit this fall. District 3 Rep. Drew Ferguson and District 7 Rep. Rick Woodall told the state’s transportation community that Georgia is doing a lot of things right in many areas, transportation among them, and that Washington and other states are taking notice.


Dec. 8, 2017 PCOM

PCOM Receives Initial Approval for Moultrie Campus

Staff reports, on Dec. 5, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received initial approval from its accrediting agency to establish an additional location in Moultrie, Georgia. With this approval, the college will move forward with the development of PCOM South Georgia, a four-year campus with an opening class of 55 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students. Plans call for the new 75,000-square-foot institution to begin classes in August of 2019.


Dec. 8, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How more than $1.5 billion is transforming South Downtown

Douglas Sams reports, it's difficult to find a neighborhood anywhere in the country poised for a greater metamorphosis than Atlanta's historic South Downtown.


Dec. 8, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins business acquires new company

Linda Morris reports that Warner Robins-based Advanced Core Concepts has acquired ACTA, a California-based engineering and technical services firm. The West-coast company specializes in “risk mitigation analysis for operations that possess the potential for extraordinarily severe consequences, including space launch operations, spacecraft re-entry and airspace integration, missile defense intercepts, mass ordnance storage, and energetic chemical and nuclear material processing,” according to a release.


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Dec. 8, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia Officials Announce First Group of ‘Turnaround’ Schools

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia officials have picked 11 schools they’d like to “turn around,” meaning they want to help them improve academically. All of them are in Middle or South Georgia. Schools in Bibb, Clay, Dooly, Dougherty and Randolph counties made the list.


Dec. 8, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia Power dedicates Comer solar power facility

Staff reports that Georgia Power on Wednesday dedicated the first of two planned solar facilities to supply its new Community Solar program. The two megawatt solar project, comprised of 8,200 panels and covering more than 10 acres in northeast Georgia, will deliver energy for the new program which gives subscribers a bill credit based on actual solar energy production at the facility. 


Dec. 8, 2017 Brunswick News 

DNR board moves forward on water quality change 

Wes Wolfe reports that the state Department of Natural Resources board decided to continue down a path of changing Georgia’s water quality rule in a way environmentalists say is a giveaway to one company and weakens protections statewide. Wednesday, the DNR board voted to approve opening up the rulemaking process, with the proposed change adding the word “unreasonably” and replacing the word “legitimate” with the word “designated.” 


Dec. 8, 2017 Augusta Chronicle 

Savannah River Remediation contract to be extended

James Folker reports that the Department of Energy is planning to extend its current contract with Savannah River Remediation for liquid waste cleanup at Savannah River Site for five months as the process of bringing in a new contractor continues. In October, DOE awarded the liquid waste contract, estimated at about $4.7 billion, to Savannah River EcoManagement LLC, a consortium of BWXT Technical Services Group Inc., Bechtel National Inc. and Honeywell International Inc.


Dec. 8, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

Transit dominates conversation at county leaders meeting with legislators

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County had a list of issues it talk about with the county’s legislative delegation Thursday, including the ongoing water wars and mental health custody issues, but the conversation ended up being dominated by one thing: Transit. The transit issue has grown up to become a key topic in state government, with committees being created to study the topic.


Dec. 8, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

Austerity cuts hit school system budgets hard

Spencer Lahr reports that removing austerity cuts to the state’s formula in providing funding to public schools was one of a number of issues brought before Floyd County legislators during a joint meeting with local school boards Thursday. Members of the boards of education for the Rome and Floyd County school systems, along with their superintendents, had a chance to question the local legislative delegation: Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, and Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome.


Dec. 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

The Jolt: Butch Miller gathers up votes for No. 2 job in state Senate

Butch Miller may have the pole position in the race for president pro tem of the state Senate, the second most powerful job in that chamber. Supporters of the Gainesville Republican said he has the 19 votes needed to succeed David Shafer of Duluth. A Senate Republican caucus vote next week pits Miller against Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert of Athens.



Dec. 7, 2017 Georgia Health News

When you like your health plan . . .  but it’s no longer available

Andy Miller reports that many consumers — whether with work-based coverage or government insurance — face the prospect of switching physicians during benefits Open Enrollment season. It can be an emotional time for someone who’s had a longtime relationship with a trusted doctor. For many people, the stress is real, even if the change ends up working out fine.


Dec. 7, 2017 Georgia Trend  - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Changing the Game

Ben Young writes, I was proud to be a part of the recent GeorgiaForward Forum, an annual event that seeks consensus across our varied state to resolve issues that are holding us back. The Forum is presented as part of GeorgiaForward’s mission of engaging young professionals and leaders to discuss and develop innovative solutions.


Dec. 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta strikes joint venture deal with Canadian carrier WestJet 

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that  Delta Air Lines announced Wednesday it has struck an agreement for a joint venture with Canadian carrier WestJet. The deal, if approved by the companies’ boards and regulatory authorities, would deepen a partnership between the two carriers.


Dec. 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Two Atlanta companies make Glassdoor Top 100

Mark Meltzer reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. is No. 16 and Chick-fil-A comes in at No. 72 on Glassdoor’s “on 100 Best Places to Work in the U.S.’ Facebook reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the list this year, according to a Yahoo! Finance report, but Apple didn’t fare quite as well. The Cupertino, California, tech giant saw its rank tumble 48 spots from No. 36 to No. 84 on the same list.


Dec. 7, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Gwinnett Place CID touts $9.5 billion total economic impact

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett Place Mall is the oldest of the three malls in Gwinnett County, but that doesn’t diminish its contributions to the county’s economy, officials at the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District announced this past week. The CID announced that the area around the mall, a district that makes up a very small fraction of the total land in Gwinnett County, has had a direct economic impact of $4.5 billion. In addition to that impact, there is also an indirect $5 billion impact on the area, bringing the district’s total economic impact of $9.5 billion.


Dec. 7, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA, U.S. Army Cyber Command look to partner

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia and the U.S. Army’s Cybersecurity Command could soon be exchanging students and workers, according to a civilian Army official. Ronald Pontius, deputy to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Command, said the command would take up University of Georgia Vice President for Research David Lee’s offer during a UGA conference on informatics, or big data.


Dec. 7, 2017 WABE 90.1

Ga. Environmental Agency Proposes Controversial Change To Water Rule

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division is proposing a change to its water regulations. The agency says it’s to clarify a rule. Environmentalists say it dilutes protections.


Dec. 7, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Savannah Morning News sues Memorial Health over public documents

Jan Skutch reports that the Savannah Morning News on Wednesday sued the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center and the hospital to obtain public documents regarding efforts leading to a failed partnership agreement and pending sale of the system to a for-profit company.


Dec. 7, 2017 Saporta Report

Fulton elections boss says vote changes tend to be small after recounts

Maggie Lee reports that hours after Mary Norwood pledged to request a recount in the Atlanta mayoral race, Fulton’s elections boss said that changes tend to be very small after a recount. “I’ve never seen results on electronic counts change. You can see them with the absentee by mail” paper ballots, said Richard Barron, the director of Fulton County’s Department of Registration and Elections, in a Wednesday press conference.


Dec. 7, 2017 Albany Herald

Cagle prioritizes 2018 legislative agenda with six-point plan 

Gubernatorial hopeful Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has released a plan to build on the state’s continued pursuit of greater opportunities for its students and to grow a work force that meets the needs of the state’s expanding economy. 


Dec. 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

In Atlanta’s mayoral runoff, Keisha Lance Bottoms borrowed Kasim Reed’s playbook

Jim Galloway reports that eight years ago, former state senator Kasim Reed beat Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayoral runoff by 714 votes – out of 84,000 or so cast. Last night, Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Reed protégé, apparently defeated Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayoral runoff by 759 votes – out of 95,886 cast. (Norwood has yet to concede, saying she’ll wait for provisional and overseas military ballots to be counted.)



Dec. 6, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Agreement reached to give Georgia Power all remaining payments on Vogtle reactors by Dec. 15

Tom Corwin reports that Georgia Power announced today it will get all of the crucial payments this month from the parent company of its former main contractor for the two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Georgia Power and its partners in the new reactors will receive the remaining $3.2 billion it is owed from Toshiba by Dec. 15 instead of monthly payments scheduled to go through the end of 2020.


Dec. 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Legal Elite

Christy Simo reports, for the 15th year, Georgia Trend is recognizing the state’s top attorneys – by asking the lawyers themselves who they think are the best in their field. This year’s exceptional attorneys practice in all corners of the state, from Atlanta and Augusta to Waycross and Savannah and represent 16 practice areas.


Dec. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta tech companies worry that tax bill undermines research 

Michael E. Kanell reports that Congress still needs to meld different editions of a proposed tax overhaul, but one version is causing worry among metro Atlanta’s technology companies. A combination of clauses in the bill passed by the Senate virtually eliminate much of the current tax incentives for research.


Dec. 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Virginia tech firm scouts Atlanta for possible HQ relocation

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the undisclosed publicly traded company is in the market for up to 200,000 square feet and is considering a handful of midtown and downtown sites, including new construction and existing buildings. That company could be software maker Appian Corp., which employs more than 800.


Dec. 6, 2017 Georgia Southern University 

University student chapter of Society for Human Resource Management named Georgia ‘Chapter of the Year’ 

Staff reports that the Georgia Southern University Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapter received yet another prestigious award from the SHRM Georgia State Council. During the 2017 SHRM Georgia State Conference, the chapter was named SHRM Student Chapter of the Year.


Dec. 6, 2017 Georgia State University 

Coca-Cola Foundation’s $2.6 Million Funds Scholarships, Success Initiatives 

Andrew Schmidt reports that the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded Georgia State University a $2.6 million grant to expand the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship program by funding scholarships and initiatives to help with student retention and increase study-abroad opportunities.


Dec. 6, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Macon ‘agrihood’ concept gets $500,000 boost

Stanley Dunlap reports that despite a large box adorned with Christmas wrapping paper concealing what was inside, there wasn’t much surprise from those in attendance Tuesday about what would be revealed to benefit a south Macon community. The founder of the agency receiving the “present” said he could hardly contain his excitement about the prospects of how a grant would kick into high gear plans for the first “agrihood” in Georgia by turning blighted properties into community gardens and farmland.


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Dec. 6, 2017 Rome News-Tribune 

Average weekly wage in Floyd County ranks 5th in NW Georgia

Doug Walker reports that a new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Floyd County 5th in Northwest Georgia in average weekly wages for the second quarter of 2017. Pickens County led the way with an average weekly wage of $837, followed by Whitfield at $808, Bartow at $794, Haralson at $792 and Floyd County at $785.


Dec. 6, 2017 Brunswick News

Hercules responds to ‘Dirty Dozen’ report

Wes Wolfe reports that historical and present issues regarding the Pinova pulp mill — formerly operated by Hercules — led to the Terry Creek outfall site appearing on the 2017 edition of the Georgia Water Coalition’s “Dirty Dozen” list. However, representatives from Hercules contend the assessment unfairly simplifies and conflates environmental concerns.


Dec. 6, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

Environmental group: In clarifying a pollution rule, Ga. risks loosening it 

Mary Landers reports, in a move that conservation groups say is a gift to polluters, Georgia’s top environmental regulator is proposing a change in the wording of state water quality regulations. In a Nov. 21 memo, Environmental Protection Division Director Richard E. Dunn describes the two-word edit to the state’s narrative water quality standards as a “clarification.”


Dec. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Women rock Tuesday’s runoffs in metro Atlanta

Greg Bluestein reports that there was never any doubt that voters on Tuesday would elect Atlanta’s second female mayor. But up and down the ballot for Tuesday’s runoff, metro Atlanta voters sent a wave of other women to public office. The biggest prize up for grabs on Tuesday was already destined to go to a woman after last month’s general election pitted two councilwomen against each other for Atlanta mayor. 



Dec. 5, 2017 Augusta Chronicle, Savannah Morning News 

Savannah outer harbor deepening enters next phase

Katie Nussbaum reports that the final phase of the outer harbor portion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is officially underway as of Dec. 1, representatives with the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer announced this week.


Dec. 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Maximum Lift

Kenna Simmons reports look, up in the air – it’s a plane. Or a satellite. Or a drone. When you’re talking about Georgia’s aerospace industry, it could be any of those. The state ranks near the top in three main sectors: manufacturing aircraft, aircraft maintenance and, of course, air transportation.


Dec. 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

PSC staff says cancel Vogtle if project remains ‘uneconomic’

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that analysts appointed by the Georgia Public Service Commission to evaluate progress at plant Vogtle in Augusta say the project should be cancelled as Georgia Power failed to manage it in a “reasonable manner.” “Completion of the project is no longer economic given the additional costs and schedule delays,” the analysts said in written testimony to commissioners.


Dec. 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Tort reform group puts Georgia on watch list of 'Judicial Hellholes'

Dave Williams reports that a national group pushing for an overhaul of civil liability laws has put Georgia on its watch list of state or municipal court systems in its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report. The American Tort Reform Association's annual report ranks eight state and municipal court systems as the top offenders when it comes to issuing legal rulings that have expanded civil liability exposure for businesses, with Florida holding the No.-1 spot as worst of the lot.


Dec. 5, 2017 GA-PCOM Pioneering

GA-PCOM students learn to practice medicine in Southwest Georgia 

Staff reports that Moultrie community members have opened their arms to eight medical students, members of the Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) Class of 2019. The Southwest Georgia lifestyle is greatly appreciated as the students, for the first time, apprentice with volunteer physician preceptors who provide practical experience and training in their specialty areas.


Dec. 5, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Peach State Federal Credit Union to award more than $158,000 in grants and scholarships

Trevor McNaboe reports that Peach State Federal Credit Union is currently accepting applications for its 2018 scholarship program. The credit union will award more than $158,000 in scholarships and educational grants to seniors in high school and professionals seeking career advancement. The program was established to honor Peach State’s founders, past and present board members and employees, as well as the lifetime achievements of several notable school system and community leaders.


Dec. 5, 2017 Macon Telegraph 

Macon manufacturer to make $136.8 million investment in plant

Linda S. Morris reports that Graphic Packaging International plans to invest $136.8 million in modernizing the equipment at its Macon plant. The company is a leader in the design and manufacturing of packaging for commercial products, and the Macon mill makes paperboard used in packaging for the food and beverage industry.


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Dec. 5, 2017 Albany Herald

GBI DNA index makes 6,000th criminal-to-crime match

Jon Gosa reports that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) achieved a milestone last week, according to bureau officials, when the 6,000th criminal to crime DNA match was made.


Dec. 5, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Macon re-imagines public space

Mary Ann Demuth reports, for 24 hours, the city of Macon recently transformed the top level of an underutilized parking garage into a temporary park with free activities appealing to a variety of ages and interests. The Garage PARKlet featured live music, yoga, interactive art, games and an artisan’s market.


Dec. 5, 2017 Saporta Report 

Climate change could end cheap credit for Georgia, local governments, Moody’s reports 

David Pendered reports that climate change could mark the end of low credit rates for Georgia’s state and local governments if their plans to recover from natural disasters are deemed inadequate by Wall Street analysts, according to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service.


Dec. 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Perdue on tax bill: Trump’s ‘agenda is starting to work’

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue said Monday he would insist on a final version of the tax overhaul that sets the corporate tax rate at 20 percent as House and Senate negotiators prepare to hash out their differences over the $1.5 trillion deal.



Dec. 4, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Possible bright spot in Georgia’s grim infant mortality picture 

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s infant mortality rate has risen over the last few years while the national rate has flattened or declined, Department of Public Health statistics show. In 2010, 6.3 Georgia babies for every 1,000 live births died within their first year of life. By 2015, that number had increased to 7.8.


Dec. 4, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Outdoor classroom built in a day

Mary Ann Demuth reports that Green Acres Elementary School in Smyrna recently welcomed more than 100 volunteers from REAL School Gardens and Sprouts Farmers Market who transformed an empty schoolyard into an outdoor classroom in one day. Dubbed the “Big Dig,” the event created a learning garden for Green Acres’ 700 students, many of whom submitted ideas for what they would like to have in the space.


Dec. 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta restricts ‘smart bags’ with lithium-ion batteries

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines said it will no longer accept “smart bag” luggage with lithium-ion batteries that can’t be removed, due to the risk of fire. Atlanta-based Delta said the restriction will take effect Jan. 15, 2018 for checked and carry-on bags. The move comes after American Airlines announced a similar smart bags ban. 


Dec. 4, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle, WABE 90.1

Kodak Plans ‘Big And Transformative’ Film Center In Atlanta

Ellie Hensley reports that a Kodak Photographic Arts Center in Georgia would offer processing for film projects as well as photography equipment and educational resources for younger generations who want to learn to shoot film. Steve Bellamy, president of motion picture and entertainment for Kodak, said the company is in talks with numerous studios in metro Atlanta to possibly move its existing lab and offices.


Dec. 4, 2017

ICE Chief Sprecher on Financial Disruption, Seizing Opportunities

Trevor Williams reports that Jeff Sprecher doesn’t describe himself as a disruptor. “Problem-solver” is the way the Intercontinental Exchange Inc. CEO would prefer it.  During a World Affairs Council of Atlanta event in late October, he offered a story as a means of illustration: When he bought Continental Power Exchange in 1997 for $1, his plan for becoming the dominant marketplace for energy contracts didn’t include taking it online.  


Dec. 4, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Wellbeing Project data analysis shows income disparities in Athens 

Lee Shearer reports that the Clarke County school system, the Athens-Clarke government and other agencies partnered with University of Georgia School of Public Health researcher Grace Bagwell Adams on the Athens Wellbeing Project to bring together U.S. Census and other kinds of data with the results of large-scale community surveys conducted in Athens.


Dec. 4, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Small business experts: Savannah’s thriving

Katie Nussbaum reports, from small business loans to employment levels and occupancy rates, Savannah’s small business economy is wrapping up one of the strongest years on record according to area industry experts.


Dec. 4, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

Legalizing medical marijuana: An empty promise

Diane Wagner reports, autism is among the six conditions the Georgia General Assembly cleared this year for treatment with medical marijuana. As of September, 109 autistics had been issued cards that allow them to have up to 20 fluid ounces of low-THC cannabis oil, according to Donna Moore, director of the Georgia Public Health Vital Records Department that oversees the program. But the treatment remains untested because it’s still illegal to buy or sell low-THC oil in Georgia.


Dec. 4, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta Commission lacks consensus on Regency Mall arena proposal

Damon Cline reports that the future of James Brown Arena is now in the hands of 10 Augusta commissioners, who are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to relocate the civic center to the former Regency Mall property. An agreement to build a new civic center on 10 acres at the defunct shopping center hinges on a six-vote majority. The city charter says the mayor can vote only to break a tie.


Dec. 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia DOT prepares for winter weather in metro Atlanta, elsewhere

David Wickert reports that Metro Atlanta temperatures are perched comfortably in the 60s this week, and the region may be in for a warm, dry winter. But state transportation officials are planning for the worst. The Georgia Department of Transportation has boosted its stock of brine, bought dozens of new plow attachments and taken other steps to ensure it can keep state highways open this winter.



Dec. 1, 2017 WABE 90.1 

Almost Two-Thirds Of Georgia Experiencing Unusually Dry Conditions

Ross Terrell reports that nearly two-thirds of Georgia is experiencing unusually dry conditions.Georgia’s drought monitor shows, just in the past week, there was a 28 percent increase in areas across the state with dry conditions. Atlanta was one of them.


Dec. 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Hospital Mergers: The Wheres, the Whys and the Hows 

Susan Percy reports if you are looking for reasons behind the spate of hospital mergers in the state, start with money and mission. A successful merger has to make business sense, and it has to further the partners’ care and service goals.


Dec. 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Kempner: It’s not a new toothpaste. Georgia city adopts a brand name          

Matt Kempner reports that a city is not a brand of toothpaste. But there are times when it gets treated like one. Leaders and residents of a new Georgia city on the south side of metro Atlanta spent weeks coming up with a new name for their community of nearly 90,000 people. After less than a year of existence, the “City of South Fulton” is about to become “Renaissance, Ga.,” assuming I spelled that correctly.


Dec. 1, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Grady Hospital gets $50M Woodruff gift to fund expansion

Maria Saporta and Ellie Hensley report that a new $50 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation puts Grady Health System within $10 million of reaching its $165 million goal to fund two capital projects.


Dec. 1, 2017 University of Georgia 

UGA connects big data and cybersecurity expertise to Georgia communities

Sam Fahmy reports that the University of Georgia is extending its cybersecurity expertise across the state through a new initiative that will help businesses and communities identify ways to safeguard against potentially devastating cyberattacks.


Dec. 1, 2017 Albany Herald

FTC investigation into Phoebe, Hospital Authority

Jennifer Parks reports that letters obtained by The Albany Herald confirm that the Federal Trade Commission launched an investigation into whether the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County and Phoebe Putney Health System violated a settlement with the FTC from 2015.


Dec. 1, 2017 Gainesville Times

Gainesville doctor takes reins of state group                 

Jeff Gill reports that a self-proclaimed “late bloomer” to the practice of neurology, Dr. Frank McDonald Jr. has made a steady but sure rapid climb in a statewide advocacy group for doctors. The chair of operations and the Management Board at the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville is now embarking on a one-year stint as president of the 8,000-member Medical Association of Georgia.  


Dec. 1, 2017 Georgia CEO 

AT&T Launches Fixed Wireless Internet in Georgia to Enhance Connectivity in Rural and Underserved Areas

Staff reports that AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in rural and under served locations in parts of 44 counties in Georgia.In May 2017, AT&T launched Fixed Wireless Internet, an innovative service that delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps to homes and small businesses. With Fixed Wireless Internet, customers can download, surf and stream their favorite movies or television shows. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers' homes or businesses. 


Dec. 1, 2017 Georgia Health News

Holiday week not a bustling time for insurance exchanges

Andy Miller reports that enrollment on the health insurance exchanges appeared to slow during Thanksgiving week in Georgia and nationally, federal figures show. After 119,968 Georgians enrolled for 2018 coverage in the first three weeks of sign-ups, just 26,931 picked a health plan last week.


Dec. 1, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac, Synovus, TSYS stocks ride GOP tax bill wave to new highs

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Tony Adams reports that on a day that the Dow Jones soared past 24,000 points for the first time ever, the stocks of three major companies headquartered in Columbus enjoyed the euphoric ride Thursday, with two of them tasting new highs for the year.


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Dec. 1, 2017 Consul

General From Houston Visits Atlanta to Strengthen Georgia Ties With Pakistan

Phil Bolton reports that in what has turned out to be a preparatory visit for her ambassador’s arrival in Atlanta this week, Aisha Farooqui, Pakistan’s consul general based in Houston, met with local officials and members of the Pakistani community here on Nov. 20.


Dec. 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Tisdale’s camera pits free speech against property rights 

Chris Joyner reports that citizen-journalist Nydia Tisdale is in the fight of her life. For most of this decade, Tisdale has been a fixture in Georgia’s civic life, largely a silent fixture. An open government purist, Tisdale attends public meetings, press conferences and various community event and points her video camera at them. Then she puts them on her website and YouTube, largely unedited and without commentary.




Nov. 30, 2017 

Deal announces Innovation Fund grant award winners

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced three award winners for Implementation Grants and Scaling Grants administered through the Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program that provides funding to school districts, traditional public schools, charter schools and regional education service agencies to further advance student achievement in Georgia.


Nov. 30, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Silver Spoon Awards: Hunger Games

Krista Reese reports that now it begins in earnest: As the state’s dining scene continues to heat up, restaurants are battling for customers like never before. So far, it has been a diner’s dream. In areas like Midtown or the newly dubbed Upper Westside in Atlanta (or in fact, anywhere along its booming BeltLine), in downtown Macon and in Savannah’s emerging Starland neighborhood, it seems there’s a new place every few blocks. 


Nov. 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

New filings for huge project in Atlanta’s Gulch, a possible Amazon site

Tyler Estep reports that a proposal for a mammoth downtown Atlanta project that closely matches the criteria laid out for Amazon’s new North American headquarters took another step forward Wednesday. An affiliate of Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group, which was co-founded by Richard Ressler, the brother of Atlanta Hawks lead owner Tony Ressler, submitted Wednesday a development of regional impact application that asks the state to evalue its “conceptual” plans for a project in the area known as the Gulch.


Nov. 30, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

TransUnion acquires one of Georgia's fastest growing companies

Staff reports that TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) has acquired FactorTrust, one of Georgia's fastest-growing companies. TransUnion acquired the Atlanta-based company that provides alternative credit data, analytics and risk scoring information. The acquisition closed Nov. 14, and financial terms were not disclosed.


Nov. 30, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Aflac and Synovus stocks rock and roll to highs for the year

Tony Adams reports that on a day that the Dow Jones surged to within 60 points of 24,000, a couple of Columbus companies saw their shares touch a high for the past year on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares of Aflac, a supplemental health and life insurer that does business in the U.S. and Japan, jumped to $87.56 in trading Wednesday before giving a bit of that back to close at $87.19 per share, up a little over 1 percent on the day.


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Nov. 30, 2017 University of Georgia 

UGA connects big data and cybersecurity expertise to Georgia communities

Sam Fahmy reports that the University of Georgia is extending its cybersecurity expertise across the state through a new initiative that will help businesses and communities identify ways to safeguard against potentially devastating cyberattacks. Two communities in Georgia-Hart County and Griffin/Spalding County-will pilot the CyberArch program, which connects business and civic leaders with faculty from UGA Public Service and Outreach, the UGA Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy and the broader Georgia Informatics Institutes for Research and Education at UGA.


Nov. 30, 2017 WABE 90.1

Commission Proposes Overhaul For Georgia Police Training

Johnny Kauffman and Lisa Hagen report that the number of required training hours for new police recruits in Georgia is among the lowest in the country. Officers in only four other states receive less than Georgia’s required 408 instructional hours. But the Georgia Law Enforcement Training Review Commission, created by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, is recommending the state require more practical training.


Nov. 30, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta factory that looks like a giant paper cup is closing 

Joe Hotchkiss reports that the Augusta factory that looks like a giant paper cup is closing. Dart Container Corp. has announced it will close the 70-year-old plant by early 2019 because of lower demand for the only product that’s made here.


Nov. 30, 2017 Gwinnettt Daily Post 

Perdue says tax reform key to addressing national debt

Curt Yeomans reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., responded to the Senate Budget Committee’s approval of the proposed tax reform plan Tuesday by asserting that the Senate must approve the plan to avoid escalating national debt over the next decade. The committee, which Perdue is a member of, voted 12-11 in favor of the plan, which has been derided by Democrats.


Nov. 30, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Spotted in Georgia: Robotics 

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the  graduation rate in Haralson County Schools has risen from 67 percent to 91 percent in three years, says Superintendent Jerry Bell. And no wonder, take a look at how much fun Haralson County kids are having in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at school.


Nov. 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Five things to track: Health care programs facing cuts in Georgia 

Ariel Hart reports that two months after deadlines expired to renew several crucial federal health care programs, Congress has still not renewed them. The programs got sidelined, some experts and officials said, while Republican leaders launched into campaigns to repeal Obamacare and overhaul the tax code. Now workers for the programs, such as at clinics, say they can’t plan and budget.




Nov. 29, 2017 WABE 90.1

Teens At Work: Ga. Expects German Apprenticeship Program To Grow

Tasnim Shamma reports that seventeen-year-old Northgate High School student Cole McKeehan has a busy schedule. But on Fridays, he gets up extra early at 3 a.m. so he can get to his job at E.G.O. North America, a radiant heating elements and electronics factory in Newnan.


Nov. 29, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Adel|Cook County: Custom Fit for Business

K. K. Snyder reports that rural communities in Georgia often have to enlist the squeaky-wheel method to gain attention from prospective business and industry. That rings true in Adel and Cook County, where not even a prime location on the interstate has always been enough to attract newcomers. But that is changing, as recent successes propel additional activity, leaving leaders pleasantly overwhelmed with positive announcements.


Nov. 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Arby’s to buy Buffalo Wild Wings in huge restaurant deal

J. Scott Trubey reports that fast food giant Arby’s Restaurant Group is getting into the sit-down casual dining business, announcing a deal Tuesday to acquire the Buffalo Wild Wings chain in a nearly $3 billion transaction. Sandy Springs-based Arby’s, backed by the Roark Capital Group private equity firm, said it would buy the sports bar and wings chain for $157 per share in cash and assume debt as part of the deal.


Nov. 29, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

State moves forward with plans for 1,010-room hotel on Georgia Dome site

Amy Wenk reports that a plan is moving forward to build what would become one of the city’s largest convention hotels. The state is negotiating with Boston, Mass.-based Drew Co., the firm selected to develop the hotel.


Nov. 29, 2017

Carter Awarded Argentina’s Highest Honor for Human Rights Work

Trevor Williams reports that President Jimmy Carter once used a comic strip to joke that he wanted to be a “former president” when he grew up, noting that life in office can be stressful, while service afterward using the presidential platform can be extremely rewarding.


Nov. 29, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Byrd Famous Cookie Company to expand, hire 50

Deann Komenecky reports that Byrd Cookie Company of Savannah is expanding its corporate headquarters on Waters Avenue. The expansion is a $4 million investment that will allow the company to add 50 new jobs — and bake a lot more cookies.


Nov. 29, 2017 Albany Herald

Riverkeepers ask court to shut down Sabal Trail pipeline

Staff reports that nine Riverkeepers say in a letter to federal officials that the original excuses for Sabal Trail have been proven incorrect, and asked FERC to shut the natural gas pipeline down.


Nov. 29, 2017 GPB

DeVos Announces Plans For FAFSA App, Visits GSU

Stephen Fowler reports that Georgia college students could soon be able to apply for federal student financial aid through an app on their phone. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the existing system needs a reboot. DeVos made the announcement at a conference of student aid professionals in Orlando. "We’re in the process of moving toward updating the whole FAFSA experience and making it 21st century relevant,” DeVos said.


Nov. 29, 2017 Georgia State University

Education Researcher Gets $8 Million Grant For Work In High-Needs Schools

Angela Turk reports that  College of Education & Human Development Assistant Professor Stephanie Behm Cross received an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement to expand and improve a teacher residency program.


Nov. 29, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

Boost to 911 fees could come from legislature

Diane Wagner reports that provisions for a bigger stream of revenue for 911 services across the state are in the works for the Georgia General Assembly session set to start in January. “Michael Nix is optimistic, and that makes me optimistic,” said John Blalock, director of the Floyd County 911 Center. Nix was appointed earlier this year to direct the newly formed Local Government 911 Authority.


Nov. 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Senate tax bill could aid booming Georgia film industry

Tamar Hallerman reports that elected officials in Georgia have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to lure film and television productions to the state. Now a new federal effort being led by Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson seeks to give industry financiers further incentive to invest in artistic projects in the Peach State and beyond.



Nov. 28, 2017 Brunswick News

EPA shows intention to side with industry on coal ash

Wes Wolfe reports that new federal coal ash disposal regulations could be on their way to the ash heap of history if coal energy interests have their way, and none other than the Environmental Protection Agency filed a court document announcing support of the industry position. The EPA filed a status report Nov. 15 with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia listing provisions of the 2015 coal ash disposal rule it intends to reconsider.


Nov. 28, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Transportation Tools

Jennifer Hafer reports, it’s called T-SPLOST envy. And, it’s real. “When I go to conferences and gatherings of other elected officials, many of them say they wished their citizens had passed T-SPLOST [Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax],” says Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. “It certainly makes life easier, because it’s a long list for these types of projects and there’s never enough money.”


Nov. 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Strong Ga. economy, consumer confidence to boost 2017 holiday shopping

Leon Stafford reports that local and national economic experts expect the next four weeks of holiday sales to be among the strongest in years as the American economy chugs along after a long period of slow growth. But it might not be enough to save your local Macy’s or Toys “R” Us. With lower unemployment, a surging stock market and rising consumer confidence, consumers are willing to spend at a level close to those seen pre-Great Recession, the experts said.


Nov. 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta, CNN, Atlanta Braves to give 28 SEC student-athletes career guidance 

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Southeastern Conference is preparing some of its top student-athletes for the business world by partnering with a few of Atlanta's top corporations. The Atlanta Braves, Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL), Boys & Girls Club of America Inc., and CNN/Turner Broadcasting System will welcome 28 current and former SEC athletes to expose them to career opportunities in several fields during the second annual SEC Career Tour Nov. 28-30, in Atlanta. 


Nov. 28, 2017 

Deal announces $35 million for cybersecurity center expansion

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced $35 million in funding for an expansion of the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta. The second facility will serve as an incubator hub for technology startups as well as a training space for the state’s cybersecurity initiatives and workforce development programs.


Nov. 28, 2017  Valdosta Daily Times

They've got the Power: Electric companies help with economic development 

Jason A. Smith reports that an electric bill is something everyone has, but besides generating power, what do power companies such as Colquitt Electric Membership Corporation and Georgia Power Company do for the area? As it turns out, both companies play a role in the economic development where the companies service. 


Nov. 28, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Columbus State hires first director of TSYS Center for Cybersecurity 

Mark Rice reports that one month after dedicating the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity, Columbus State University announced the facility’s first director Monday. Michael Barker is an Atlanta-based technology expert and state-licensed private detective specializing in digital forensics, according to CSU’s news release.


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Nov. 28, 2017 Georgia Health News

Panel backs broader powers for advanced nurses in rural areas

Andy Miller reports that a Senate study committee Monday recommended the state allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) broader medical authority if they work in rural, underserved counties. Under current state law, nurse practitioners and other advanced nurses in Georgia can prescribe medications only under a collaborative agreement with a physician.


Nov. 28, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Synovus not only bank to experience deposit problems Friday 

Lee Shearer reports that Synovus wasn’t the only bank whose customers didn’t get their usual direct deposits on time Friday. Some other large banks reported similar issues and like Synovus, said the problem — blamed on a third-party vendor — was resolved quickly.


Nov. 28, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Grant encourages digital learners

Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and technology leader Cisco recently teamed up to award Georgia State University (GSU) a $300,000 grant to encourage students, especially those from backgrounds under-represented in the industry, to pursue an education in technology.


Nov. 28, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

New Neo-Panamax cranes arrive at the Port of Savannah

Staff reports that Neo-Panamax cranes sailed into the Port of Savannah last week with a 50- by 100-foot American flag across the side. “To see these massive new cranes arrive flying the stars and stripes makes us proud to be part of an operation that provides jobs and opportunity for so many,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.


Nov. 28, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

Rural council to focus on jobs

Rep. Eddie Lumsden serves on the House Rural Economic Development Council, tasked with examining the issues that keep some areas in the state from thriving — and to come up with legislative solutions. The group, co-chaired by Republican Reps. Terry England of Auburn and Jay Powell of Camilla, is slated to focus on jobs during a two-day session in Warm Springs this week. They’ll meet Dec. 13 in Milledgeville to approve a report with recommendations for action during the 2018 General Assembly.


Nov. 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia panel studying homelessness urges focus on mental illness

Maya T. Prabhu reports that Georgia needs to target issues around mental health and substance abuse if it wants to address the needs of the state’s homeless population, a state Senate committee said Monday. The study committee released nine recommendations that it says will improve access to mental and behavioral health services, and in turn keep people off the streets.



Nov. 27, 2017 Saporta Report

Region’s bid for Amazon headquarters may be boosted by new CBRE report

David Pendered reports that Metro Atlanta’s high tech sector has received a positive review in a new report from CBRE, which may be helpful in the state’s quest to convince Amazon to locate its second U.S. headquarters in the region. Metro Atlanta is attracting so many high tech jobs that it’s driving up the price of office space, especially in Midtown.


Nov. 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sports Desk: King of Hearts

Loran Smith reports, this is the time of year when college football teams are maneuvering to seize opportunity, to attain the ultimate glory that comes to only one team. The playoffs have brought that about, much to the pleasure of most fans and officials. It is easy to embrace college football today – the game’s action and drama, tailgating, marching band and fresh-faced cheerleaders – just like it has always been.


Nov. 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Small business: struggling, surviving and the money stays local

Michael E. Kanell reports that the door opens to the enticing scents of spice, soap and candles drawing the customer into close quarters with a wash of colors, a chaos of crafts from designer flasks to risque posters. HomeGrown in downtown Decatur was open early, its wares from 110 local artists ready for holiday shoppers. But in the era of massive stores of brick-and-mortar battling the everywhere-retail on the internet – is this any way to compete?


Nov. 27, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Nappy Roots member partners with Atlanta chef to form dog treat company by tapping into Georgia breweries

Phil W. Hudson reports that Nappy Roots member Fish Scales is no stranger to entrepreneurship. The Milledgeville, Ga.-native (born Melvin Adams Jr.) partnered with Atlanta-based Centered Table Co. owner and celebrity Chef Lara Holland to launch Healthy Bark, a dog treat manufacturer that makes human-grade treats for pets from spent (leftover from breweries) grain.


Nov. 27, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Perry seeks downtown small businesses to apply for grants

Linda S. Morris reports that it’s time for downtown Perry small businesses to apply for grants to help buy equipment and supplies. The Perry Downtown Development Authority is accepting applications for its sixth round of Boost grants through 5 p.m. Dec. 1, according to a news release. Only existing, brick-and-mortar businesses in Perry’s downtown development district are eligible to apply.


Nov. 27, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

Drivers may see cellphone ban

Diane Wagner reports that legislation banning the use of cellphones while driving is being drafted for the upcoming Georgia General Assembly session and, this time around, Rep. Eddie Lumsden expects wide support. Texting while driving was banned in 2010, but the Armuchee Republican — who serves on the House Distracted Driving Study Committee — said the compromise bill failed to stem the rise of accidents with injuries or fatalities. 


Nov. 27, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus solar farm being considered for city-owned property

Alva James Johnson reports that Columbus may be on the verge of its first solar farm. George Mori, president of an Atlanta-based company called SoLAmerica Energy, appeared before Columbus Council recently with a proposal to develop what he called “an urban solar farm” on under-utilized property owned by the city just west of Technology Parkway and south of the Muscogee County Prison on Schatulga Road. 


Nov. 27, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Power companies, manufacturers face biggest tax bills in Augusta-area counties

Damon Cline reports that utility providers such as Georgia Power and South Carolina Electric &Gas are among the largest taxpayers in the metro area’s three most populous counties, Aiken, Columbia and Richmond. They are joined by a host of capital-intensive manufacturers, such as fertilizer company PCS Nitrogen, tissue paper maker Kimberly-Clark and the John Deere Commercial Products tractor assembly plant.


Nov. 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Senate’s tax bill would aid Delta’s push to punish Persian Gulf rivals

Tamar Hallerman reports that for the past two years, Delta Air Lines has spearheaded a campaign to get Washington policymakers to punish some of its fiercest fast-growing competitors from the Persian Gulf. The Atlanta-based carrier’s push has been largely fruitless so far — but that may soon change if a provision tucked into the U.S. Senate tax bill becomes law.


Nov. 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

The potential tax change that divides Georgia’s religious community

Greg Bluestein reports, it's a regular ritual on Sundays before big votes: Candidates fan out to churches across the state, take prominent perches near the pulpit and receive warm applause from parishioners. And preachers inevitably shower them with kind words, though they stop short of much more lest they cross an invisible line. And that has deeply divided Georgia’s religious community.



Nov. 24, 2017 WABE 90.1

How Are Filming Locations Picked In Georgia?

Beth Ward reports, downtown Roswell is a bustling square packed full of restaurants, shops and galleries. The surrounding city boasts lush parks and a rich urban landscape that positions it close enough to Atlanta to have quick access to city life but far enough out to steer clear of the hustle and bustle.


Nov. 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Organizations: Circles of West Georgia

Candice Dyer reports that Virginia Satterwhite had fallen on hard times. Her home life was roiled by domestic violence, and she couldn’t afford to pay her light bill. “I was just about to give up on hope,” she recalls. So she approached Leslie Davis, coordinator for Circles of West Georgia (CWG), to ask for money.


Nov. 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Growth in tech jobs contributing to rise in Atlanta office rents

J. Scott Trubey reports that the Atlanta area saw some of the largest increases in office rents on a percentage basis in North America over the past two years, and one report said the region’s boom in high-tech jobs has played a role in that. Metro Atlanta ranked third among the Top 30 tech markets in overall office rent growth, with rates increasing nearly 18 percent from the middle of 2015 to mid-2017, according to a report by CBRE Research.


Nov. 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Revenue spikes, but small business sale prices stay flat

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the median revenue of small businesses sold in metro Atlanta spiked 50 percent in the third quarter, versus a year ago, according to new data from online business-for-sale marketplace


Nov. 24, 2017 

Georgia in Top Five for Jobs Created by Indian Companies 

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia is in the top five states in terms of jobs created by Indian investment, according to a new report from the country’s top industry group. A survey of 100 Indian companies with operations in the United States revealed that 4,554 jobs within the state, according to the Confederation of Indian Industry’s biennial “Indian Roots, American Soil” report. 


Nov. 24, 2017 Rome News-Tribune 

Labor commissioner: Jobs increased in Floyd County area in October 

Staff reports that the number of jobs in the Floyd County area increased in October, according to a press release from Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. Floyd County preliminarily posted 41,300 jobs in October, up by 200 jobs. The job growth came mostly in the private sector, which includes trade, transportation and warehousing. Jobs were up by 100 from 41,200 a year earlier.


Nov. 24, 2017 Georgia Health News

Feds announce exchange sign-up total for Georgia

Andy Miller reports that almost 120,000 Georgians have signed up for 2018 coverage in the state insurance exchange, federal officials announced Wednesday. The announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave the first state-by-state breakdown of sign-ups over three weeks of enrollment in the 39 states that use the federal exchanges.


Nov. 24, 2017 Georgia Times-Union  

Camden County gets $204,375 federal grant to stop septic leaks into St. Marys River 

Terry Dickson reports that Camden County has received a $204,375 federal grant to help repair or replace septic systems that are leaking human waste into the St. Marys River. County grants manager Julie Haigler said the project, which will cost more than $375,000, will pay the costs of pumping out septic tanks and replacing or repairing others in the Horsepen Creek watershed, which flows into the river at the Browntown community about four miles west of Kingsland. 


Nov. 24, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald 

Downtown mixed-used project planned next to Hotel Indigo

Lee Shearer reports that the Athens-Clarke County Commission is poised to sell a piece of scarce undeveloped downtown land for a development next to Hotel Indigo. Under a letter of intent commissioners approved at a recent meeting, the government will sell a parking lot and the adjacent portion of Strong Street to the developers of neighboring Hotel Indigo for a mixed-used five-story development.


Nov. 24, 2017 Brunswick News 

Agency approves downtown hotel proposal request         

Deborah Bayliss reports that the Urban Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday approved a request for proposal for a hotel to be built on the Oglethorpe block of Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick. LaRon Bennett, the Urban Redevelopment Agency chairman, announced the request after reconvening from an executive session that included Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey, city commissioners Felicia Harris and Vincent Williams and Glynn County Commissioner Allen Booker.


Nov. 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia  

A Thanksgiving Day chat with Andrew Young, on the state of the Atlanta mayor’s race            

Jim Galloway reports that the turkey had just gone into the oven when word arrived that Andrew Young, the former U.N. ambassador and mayor, was worried about the state of the current race for City Hall and wanted to talk. And so we had a Thanksgiving Day chat — he in Atlanta, headed for Paschal’s, and me in the north Georgia mountains.



Nov. 22, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

Savannah Economic Development Authority announces tech partnership with SCAD

Katie Nussbaum reports that the Savannah Economic Development Authority and the Savannah College of Art and Design announced a new partnership on Tuesday that aims to help SCAD alumni develop commercially viable digital products and advance the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Nov. 22, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Zoned In

Kenna Simmons reports, consider these two tales of recent business success. One: The headquarters of Porsche North America, a $100-million new facility built on Atlanta’s southside in 2015 that houses hundreds of employees. Two: A small business in downtown Social Circle, which created three new full-time jobs.


Nov. 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta's Equifax faces bumpy road, but expected to survive 

Michael E. Kanell reports that  Equifax is nearing the end of an embarrassing, awful year. Since announcing in September that hackers had accessed its data on more than 145 million consumers, the Atlanta-based company has been dealing with sustained backlash. And there’s more to come as the credit reporting agency steers through a slew of obstacles, from the costs of placating consumers to the threats of legal actions.


Nov. 22, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia enters agreement with VillageMD to lower care costs

Ellie Hensley reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BSBSGa) is partnering with primary care provider VillageMD in an effort to improve patient health and lower costs, two of today's hottest health-care topics. BSBSGa is the largest health benefits company in Georgia and first in the state to contract with Chicago-based VillageMD.


Nov. 22, 2017 Gainesville Times

Economic opportunities bring hard choices for Lula 

Carlos Galarza reports that opportunity for economic development is knocking at Lula's door, but to take advantage, city officials need to make some hard decisions on funding alternatives for upgrading sewer capacity that could handle future growth. The opportunities include servicing a poultry plant on a large tract off Lula Road/Ga. 52 that is owned by Gainesville-based Mar-Jac Poultry Inc. 


Nov. 22, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

GGC nursing students earn state awards 

Staff reports that nursing students from Georgia Gwinnett College claimed eight awards for excellence – including the prestigious NCLEX Bowl Championship — at the 65th annual Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) convention, held in mid-October in Columbus. “We are so proud of all the distinctions our students earned at this year’s convention,” said Dr. Diane E. White, dean of Georgia Gwinnett’s School of Health Sciences in a new release. 


Nov. 22, 2017 GPB 

Arthur Blank Reflects On Future of NFL, National Anthem, Atlanta United 

Rickey Bevington reports that this week’s implosion of the Georgia Dome rounds out what has been a historic year for Atlanta sports. 2017 will go down as the year when the Falcons logged the most embarrassing loss in Super Bowl history; the Falcons and the Atlanta Braves opened new stadiums; and Atlantans embraced the city’s first Major League Soccer club.


Nov. 22, 2017 Cherokee Tribune 

Christmas tree farms open for Thanksgiving

Madison Hogan reports, as family arrives, temperatures cool and menus are set for Thursday, tree farms around Cherokee County have opened just in time for Thanksgiving. Finding a tree at Deerwoods Christmas Tree Farm in Ball Ground has been a tradition for decades, owner Betty Huttson said. Located at 1109 Henry Scott Road, the farm is already open, she said, with hundreds of trees ranging from popular Leyland cypresses to white pines, and Virginia Pine for visitors to chop down themselves.


Nov. 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Stacey Evans to endorse Keisha Lance Bottoms in Atlanta mayoral runoff            

Jim Galloway reports you're about to witness the birth of a partnership that could carry deep into the 2018 Democratic race for governor. A cryptic note arrived from the campaign of Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday evening, plugging a next-day “joint announcement regarding the future of Atlanta.”




Nov. 21, 2017 

Georgia’s Centers of Innovation Help Commercialize New Ideas at Home and Abroad

Phil Bolton reports that R. Steven Justice, the executive director of Georgia’s Centers of Innovation, has access to the official badges which enable him to enter the state’s universities on behalf of companies looking to improve their products or expand their markets.


Nov. 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

HOPE Career Grants expanded

Mary Ann Demuth reports, beginning in January, students will have access to HOPE Career Grants in five additional programs that reflect the state’s fastest growing industries. The grants will enable qualified students to receive free tuition in pursuit of diplomas or certificates in aviation, automotive, construction, electrical line work and logistics fields.


Nov. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Hotel and park to transform Georgia Dome site 

J. Scott Trubey reports that the implosion of the Georgia Dome sets the stage for an overhaul of the Georgia World Congress Center campus that, coupled with planned future development in downtown Atlanta, could dramatically change the face of south and west downtown.


Nov. 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Flooring giant Mohawk Industries expands in Australia

David Allison reports that Calhoun, Ga.-based flooring giant Mohawk Industries Inc. (NYSe: MHK) on Monday said it has agreed to acquire Godfrey Hirst Group, the leading flooring company in Australia and New Zealand, further extending Mohawk's global position. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Mohawk said Godfrey Hirst's sales were about $334 million for the year ended June 30, 2017.


Nov. 21, 2017 New York Times

Justice Department Sues to Block AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Cecilia Kang and Michael J. de la Merced report that the Justice Department sued to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner on Monday, setting up a showdown over the first blockbuster acquisition to be considered by the Trump administration and drawing limits on corporate power in the fast-evolving media landscape.


Nov. 21, 2017 Georgia Times-Union 

Sand dredged from Kings Bay will renourish Fernandina Beach

Terry Dickson reports that sand from dredging the channel at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base will be pumped onto the beach in northern Fernandina Beach in the coming months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. The Corps’ Jacksonville District awarded a $32.9 million contract for the project to the Dutra Group which will place about 740,000 cubic yards of sand from the Kings Bay entrance channel onto Fernandina Beach, the Corps said in a written statement.


Nov. 21, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Research with an Atlanta connection could help countless stroke patients 

Andy Miller reports that a clinical trial that involved Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital may help produce an effective treatment for thousands of stroke victims nationally. For patients suffering a stroke, which occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off, current guidelines recommend blood clot removal only within six hours of the onset of the event.


Nov. 21, 2017 Georgia State University 

Wendy Hensel Named Dean Of The College Of Law 

Staff reports that Georgia State University named Professor Wendy Fritzen Hensel dean of the College of Law, effective Nov. 15, after a nationwide dean search this fall. Hensel has been serving as interim dean since Steven J. Kaminshine stepped down this summer. “The continued success of the College of Law is essential to many dimensions of our university’s strategic plan,” said Risa Palm, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost in making the announcement. 


Nov. 21, 2017 GPB 

Is It Possible To Reinvent Georgia's School System?

Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that ecent years, Atlanta has been on a mission to turn around failing public schools, while many parents turn to charter schools. David Osborne is author of the new book, “Reinventing America’s Schools.” He suggests treating all schools a bit like charter schools would improve the situation. We talk with David Osborne ahead of an appearance in Atlanta


 Nov. 21, 2017 Rome News-Tribune 

Health department investigating likely foodborne-illness outbreak at Toyo Tire event        

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District and Bartow County Health Department environmental health specialists and epidemiologists continue to investigate a likely foodborne-illness outbreak related to a catered employee event at Toyo Tire in White, Ga. last week. Cause of the outbreak still has not been determined. 


Nov. 21, 2017 Brunswick News 

Carter talks to local optometrists about DOC Access Act 

Taylor Cooper reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, met with several optometrists from around Southeast Georgia on Monday to talk about a bill he is sponsoring, the Dental and Optometric Care Access Act. Backed by the American Optometric Association and the American Dental Association, the bill amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit insurance providers from forcing discounts on services their plans don’t cover, forcing dentists and optometrists to participate in vision or dental plans as a requirement for participation in medical plans and restricting dentists’ or optometrists’ choice of lab, among other things, according to


Nov. 21, 2017 Saporta Report 

Trump’s water policy jeopardizes Georgia’s clean water, says Georgia Water Coalition 

David Pendered reports that environmental attorney Bill Sapp doesn’t mince words when he describes President Trump’s plan to roll back the clean water rule established during the Obama administration: “What the current administration is doing is jeopardizing clean water in this state.”


Nov. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Georgia GOP faces $700K in debt amid tide of legal bills            

Greg Bluestein reports that the Georgia Republican Party reported it faced about $700,000 in debt, much of it from mounting legal bills linked to a racial discrimination lawsuit that was recently settled after about three years of litigation. The state party’s federal financial disclosure, filed late Monday, shows in stark details the financial toll of the lawsuit. All told, about $670,000 was spent on legal fees involving the lawsuit filed by Qiana Keith, a former GOP staffer who claimed her co-workers referred to her with a racial slur and humiliated her.



Nov. 20, 2017 

Deal announces school award winners

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), announced that 226 Georgia public schools in 54 districts will receive Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards, an increase of 8 schools over last year. 


Nov. 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Economic Development Around the State 

Christy Simo reports, Kudos to Georgia: Area Development magazine named Georgia the No. 1 place to do business for the fourth year in a row. The magazine also ranked Georgia Quick Start as the No.1 workforce development program for the eighth consecutive year. Separately, the International Economic Development Council named the Georgia Department of Economic Development the best state-level economic development organization in the country.


Nov. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza makeover plan shifts into overdrive 

J. Scott Trubey reports that the reinvention of Phipps Plaza into a mixed-use entertainment and shopping complex has been in the works for more than a decade. But the announcement Tuesday of a $200 million-plus expansion, including a flagship Nobu hotel and restaurant, will take that the makeover to a new level, officials with mall owner Simon hope.


Nov. 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How downtown's Gulch wins even if Atlanta loses Amazon HQ2 derby 

Urvaksh Karkaria and Dave Williams report that the Amazon HQ2 derby could be the spark that finally ignites the redevelopment of The Gulch — a 120-acre mish-mash of railroads and parking lots in downtown Atlanta — even if the city does not land the economic development whale.


Nov. 20, 2017 Augusta Chronicle 

No Bull: Augusta company grabs pellet grill market by the horns 

Damon Cline reports that the Great Recession turned out to be the best thing to happen to Ray Carnes’ career; he stopped selling used cars and set out to build the barbecue grill he always wished he could buy. “The economy tanked and all of a sudden I couldn’t give away a car,” Carnes said. 


Nov. 20, 2017 Saporta Report 

Atlanta may be among world’s first cities to use new financing tool for green infrastructure 

David Pendered reports that Atlanta hopes to be included in the second round of cities in the world to pilot an innovative financial tool underwritten by the Rockefeller Foundation. The money would help pay to install green infrastructure to improve the Westside’s polluted Proctor Creek watershed.


Nov. 20, 2017 Rome News Tribune 

Personal income up across all 15 counties of Northwest Georgia

Doug Walker reports that per capita personal income grew in all 15 counties across the Northwest Georgia region from 2015 to 2016. Pickens County leads the way with residents earning $41,987 on average, while Murray County brings up the rear with a per capita personal income figure of $27,904. The data was released last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis.


Nov. 20, 2017 WABE 90.1, Georgia Health News 

Partnership Fever: Emory, DeKalb Medical ‘ Hoping To Get Married’

Andy Miller reports that DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare have signed a letter of intent to develop a strategic partnership that could bring the two metro Atlanta health systems together under the Emory roof. The letter of intent means that DeKalb Medical, which has been seeking such a partnership, has ended discussions with other systems and is entering exclusive talks with Emory.


Nov. 20, 2017 GPB 

Rep. Carter Repeats Call For Harbor Expansion Funding    

Emily Jones reports that Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter said Friday that he continues to push for more federal funding to deepen the Savannah harbor. The state has already paid its share to get the project underway. But federal dollars have been slower. The price of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project keeps rising. It now stands at $973 million.


Nov. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

The Supreme Court sets a date for Georgia’s water wars dispute 

Greg Bluestein reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has set a Jan. 8 date to hear arguments in Georgia’s ongoing water rights dispute with Florida, in what could be a final round of arguments in an increasingly expensive legal fight that has raged for decades. Georgia lawyers hope to use the showdown to convince the high court to confirm a major legal victory in February.



Nov. 17, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Public hearing Friday on proposed Memorial University Medical Center sale

Jan Skutch reports that a representative of Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr will be in Savannah today for a public hearing on the proposed sale of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center to a Nashville, Tenn.-based for profit health care provider as part of the sales process. The hearing will provide a detailed look at the proposed sale of all assets of Memorial Health Inc. to Hospital Corporation of America Healthcare Inc. through Savannah Health Services, its wholly owned subsidiary, and the continuation of its core services for area residents.


Nov. 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

84 organizations receive arts grants 

Mary Ann Demuth reports that Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, awarded $300,000 in funding grants to 84 organizations in 64 counties across the state. Each of these Vibrant Communities grants will support arts programs that contribute in substantial ways to the local communities’ development.


Nov. 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta Chamber announces 2018 priorities

J. Scott Trubey reports that Metro Atlanta Chamber on Thursday unveiled its priorities for 2018, a slate of initiatives that include new job recruitment strategies, workforce development, an emphasis on economic mobility and a new digital platform to recruit young professionals to move and start their careers in the region.


Nov. 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Children’s Healthcare to start new campus in 2018

Ellie Hensley reports that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is preparing to start construction in 2018 on its more than $1 billion replacement hospital and pediatric campus in Brookhaven.


Nov. 17, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal 

Bonds for Georgia Tech expansion into Cobb given final approval 

Jon Gargis reports that members of the Development Authority of Cobb County gave their final approval Thursday to the issuance of nearly $56.9 million in bonds to allow Georgia Tech to expand operations on part of Marietta’s Lockheed Martin campus. The Atlanta-based university had sought the bonds to buy 32 acres on the northern portion of Lockheed’s property adjacent to Dobbins Air Reserve Base and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, an applied research arm of the school. 


Nov. 17, 2017 Saporta Report

Metro Atlanta Chamber taps Invesco’s Marty Flanagan in future leadership role 

Maria Saporta reports that the Metro Atlanta Chamber has secured Marty Flanagan, CEO of Invesco, to serve as its chair in 2020, it was announced today at the business organization’s annual luncheon on the field of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in front of 2,000 people. The luncheon also had the symbolic passing of the baton from Jeffrey Sprecher, the 2017 Chamber chair who is the founder, chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange.


Nov. 17, 2017 Macon Telegraph 

Navicent Health, Houston Healthcare exploring partnership 

Stanley Dunlap reports that Navicent Health and Houston Healthcare officials are exploring a potential partnership that could be groundbreaking for the region. Details of how the two medical care companies join forces will be worked out over the next few months, but officials say it will be a “strategic combination” and not a merger.


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Nov. 17, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal 

Dobbins Air Reserve Base runway bill sent to Trump 

Jon Gargis reports that a measure that would allow Dobbins Air Reserve Base to enter into partnerships with private companies, giving them access to the base’s runway and control tower, passed its final congressional hurdle Thursday.


Nov. 17, 2017 Rome News Tribune 

Balta now the 19th international firm in Floyd County

Doug Walker reports that Balta Home USA became Floyd County’s 19th international company Thursday. Balta CEO Tom Debusschere made the trip from Belgium to Rome to cut the ribbon, formally opening the firm’s new distribution center in the former Florida Tile complex off Ga. 53 in Shannon.


Nov. 17, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald

Cagle says CEC model is one the state is working to duplicate

Winston Skinner reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle likes the career-oriented education model at Central Educational Center, and he is talking about it on the campaign trail. Cagle is traveling the state in his run for governor, and he made a stop in Newnan where among his topics were the CEC model and the newer German-style apprenticeship program that has been piloted locally.      


Nov. 17, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

State legislation opening door to remove Confederate monuments from public property filed 

Curt Yeomans reports that Democrats in Georgia’s House of Representatives and Senate pre-filed legislation Wednesday to make it possible to remove Confederate monuments from places such as Stone Mountain. State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, pre-filed house Bill 650 while state Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, pre-filed Senate Bill 302. State law prohibits the defacing, removal or concealing of monuments to the Confederate States of America, including the carving on Stone Mountain.


Nov 17, 2017 Gainesville Times 

With tax bill passed, Collins aiming for criminal justice reform

Nick Bowman reports, with the GOP’s tax reform bill passed out of the House of Representatives on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is hoping there’s an opening for criminal justice reform. The Gainesville Republican has not only been a supporter of his party’s tax reform proposal — which has attracted mixed reviews as experts debate whether the complicated proposal cuts or raises taxes and spending in the long term — Collins gaveled in the vote that passed the bill Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future.


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

Georgia 2018: Abrams Israeli stance under scrutiny in gov race            

Greg Bluestein reports that a prominent Jewish developer slammed Democrat Stacey Abrams for her vote against legislation that required firms bidding for state contracts to certify that they aren’t participating in an economic boycott of Israel. Steve Berman, founder of OA Development, wrote in the Atlanta Jewish Times that he was disappointed that Abrams was one of only a handful of legislators to speak against the bill on the Georgia House floor. 




Nov. 16, 2017 Saporta Report 

An archeological site, a boat and a water tower make Georgia Trust’s 2018 list of Places in Peril  

Maria Saporta reports that a boat and a water tower are among the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 list of the 10 “Places in Peril” across the state. “It’s the first time we’ve had a boat,” said Mark McDonald, president and CEO of the Georgia Trust, which has been publishing the Places in Peril list for the past 13 years. “But it’s a Georgia boat with a Georgia pedigree.”


Nov. 16, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Nominate Atlanta leaders 

Mary Ann Demuth reports that Leadership Atlanta, the country’s oldest ongoing executive training program, is seeking nominations for its Class of 2019. Each year, the program selects roughly 80 regional leaders to participate in a nine-month program where they will explore important local issues and enhance their leadership effectiveness. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2017, and applications are due Jan. 12, 2018.


Nov. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta job growth slowing, says forecaster

Michael E. Kanell reports that job growth in Atlanta will slow next year and in 2019, but the unemployment rate should remain below 5 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by Georgia State’s Economic Forecasting Center. The metro area will add about 51,900 jobs in 2018, compared to about 68,900 by the end of this year and more than 90,000 in 2016, said center director Rajeev Dhawan.


Nov. 16, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Sea Island announces $25 million 'enhancement program' 

Mark Meltzer reports that Sea Island, the coastal Georgia resort that hosted the G8 Summit in 2004, has announced plans for a $25 million enhancement program of its The Lodge at Sea Island. The project will include six new cottages, a new state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center, an oceanfront pool and pool house, and a new putting course.


Nov. 16, 2017 Georgia Health News 

State OKs new hospital for Lee County 

Andy Miller reports that in the biggest state health care licensing decision in years, Georgia regulators have approved Lee County’s bid to build a 60-bed, $123 million hospital. The certificate-of-need (CON) decision, announced Wednesday by the Department of Community Health, is being celebrated as a triumph for the southwest Georgia county and a significant setback to Phoebe Putney Health System, based in nearby Albany.


Nov. 16, 2017 WABE 90.1 

New Map Shows Child Care Discrepancies In Atlanta

Martha Dalton reports that education advocates unveiled ATL ACCESS Map Tuesday. The online tool details child care options across the five-county metro Atlanta region. Want to know how many child care centers are in a certain neighborhood? Or what the median income in that neighborhood is? Just point and click.


Nov. 16, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal 

House passes bill that could open Dobbins up to more businesses

Staff reports that a defense spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday contains a provision that would allow Dobbins Air Reserve Base to enter into partnerships with private companies, giving them access to the base’s runway and control tower.


Nov. 16, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

Savannah scientists continue study of black gill in shrimp 

Dash Coleman reports that the Research Vessel Savannah moved slowly along Georgia’s coast in early October, Wynn Gale calmly arranged about a dozen shrimp on a table inside one of the boat’s laboratories. He inspected each specimen for dark gill coloration, and then he took a photo of the shrimp on his smartphone.


Nov. 16, 2017 Augusta Chronicle 

Christine confirmed as U.S. Attorney for Georgia’s southern district 

Staff reports that Evans resident Bobby Christine has been confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today applauded the Senate’s unanimous confirmation of Christine.


Nov. 16, 2017 Albany Herald 

Lowndes Rep. Amy Carter resigns from state House 

Jill Nolin reports that a long-time south Georgia legislator announced Wednesday that she plans to resign her post for a role with the state’s technical college system. Rep. Amy Carter, R-Valdosta, will step down at the end of the year to become executive director of advancement for the Technical College System of Georgia, where she will lead fundraising efforts. Carter, a veteran educator who was elected in 2006, said Wednesday that the decision – which will create a vacancy just as the Legislature reconvenes – was bittersweet. 


Nov. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Republicans race for attention early in Georgia governor race 

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican candidates in Georgia routinely race to the party’s right flank, but the leading contenders in next year’s GOP race for governor have set a new pace as they try to outdo each other with attention-grabbing moves a year from the vote. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle opened a nasty feud with the liberal stronghold of Decatur, and he relayed every twist and turn of the fight to his supporters with campaign updates.



Nov. 15, 2017 GPB 

Cleaning Up Georgia's Coal Ash Ponds

Celeste Headlee and Ryan McFadin report that coal ash is a toxic substance. For years it was haphazardly dumped into rivers and ponds. Within the last 10 years or so, there has been a push to clean up the way coal ash is disposed. Georgia Power has vowed to close all its dump ponds. We talk with Chris Bowers, a senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. We also hear from Jen Hilburn of Altamaha Riverkeeper.


Nov. 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Dekalb County: Restoring Trust

Lori Johnston reports, Michael Thurmond’s motto as he approaches the end of his first year as DeKalb County’s CEO is: “We learn from our mistakes, but we don’t dwell on them.” A cloud of corruption, school district troubles, government and community leader arrests and sewer/water woes resulting in high, inaccurate bills, has hung over the county.


Nov. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mattress Firm sues Atlanta’s Colliers and execs

Michael E. Kanell reports that a national retail mattress chain has sued an Atlanta-based commercial real estate broker for an alleged scheme of fraud and kickbacks. Mattress Firm, a 3,500-store chain, charged Colliers International’s Atlanta office, a senior vice president and two former executives in the office, with inflating rents paid by the company stores, as well as “bribes, high-priced gifts and kickbacks from developers,” according to Bisnow, an Internet web site devoted to news about commercial real estate.


Nov. 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed President: Expect more steady economic growth 

Mark Meltzer reports that the new president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta said Tuesday he expects “more of the same” from the economy in the Southeast, with GDP growth continuing “a bit above 2 percent, the unemployment rate in the low 4s, and modest increases in real wage growth.”


Nov. 15, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

List highlights Ga.’s water issues

Mary Landers reports that the Georgia Water Coalition on Tuesday announced its annual “Dirty Dozen” list spotlighting threats to the state’s water resources. The Savannah River appears twice on it for concerns related to two separate energy projects. The Altamaha River makes its fifth appearance for ongoing pollution from the Rayonier Advanced Materials pulp mill in Jesup. Streams, wells and wetlands are listed as at-risk statewide, pointing to a loosening regulatory climate at both the state and federal level.


Nov. 15, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Partnership fever: Emory, DeKalb Medical ‘hoping to get married’ 

Andy Miller reports that DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare have signed a letter of intent to develop a strategic partnership that could bring the two metro Atlanta health systems together under the Emory roof. The letter of intent means that DeKalb Medical, which has been seeking such a partnership, has ended discussions with other systems and is entering exclusive talks with Emory.


Nov. 15, 2017 Brunswick News 

Glynn farms among natural disaster areas

Sonny Perdue, U.S. secretary of agriculture, on Monday designated 83 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to damage from Hurricane Irma. Counties declared under the disaster designation include Glynn, Brantley, Camden, McIntosh and Ware counties, among others.


Nov. 15, 2017 Macon Telegraph 

Residents object to judge’s order allowing an ethanol transfer station in Macon

Linda S. Morris reports that a group of nearly 20 residents gathered on the courthouse steps Tuesday to express their feelings about a Bibb County judge’s order that would allow a rail terminal and ethanol fuel transfer station to be built in south Macon. “Y’all don’t know how important it is that we keep this plant out of our neighborhood and out of that general area because of the fact it would affect so many people’s lives,” said Arthur Hubbard, who is the pastor at Stubbs Chapel on Barnes Ferry Road, which is near the proposed facility, and who was the spokesperson for the residents.


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Nov. 15, 2017 Athens Banner Herald  

Jackson County rancher wins fight against DOT tree plantings

Wayne Ford reports that an Athens-area rancher recently proved that sometimes you can fight city hall, or in this case a state agency. When a Jackson County cattleman saw a road crew planting wild cherry trees near his pasture on Oct. 18 he confronted the foreman telling him not to plant the trees.


Nov. 15, 2017 Saporta Report 

DeKalb lawmakers predict short election-season legislative session 

Maggie Lee reports, what does the next Legislative session hold? Probably not approval of laws on casinos, religious freedom or an overhaul of DeKalb County’s government, according to a panel of the county’s delegates to the Gold Dome. That’s not to say such bills won’t appear — indeed, lawmakers can file anything they want, starting Wednesday.


Nov. 15, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson announces congressional re-election bid 

Curt Yeomans reports that one of Gwinnett County’s three congressmen — the only one who is a Democrat — announced Monday that he will run for another term in the U.S. House of Representatives next year. U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., was first elected 11 years ago and is in his sixth term as a member of Congress. While his district is based out of DeKalb, it also includes the southern end of Gwinnett County, part of Newton County and all of Rockdale County.


Nov. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Senate panel seeks slowdown in passage of tax credits

James Salzer reports that a Georgia Georgia Senate panel is expected to recommend what would be a fairly revolutionary change in the way lawmakers have traditionally passed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of special-interest tax breaks at the end of each General Assembly session.




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