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May 26, 2017 Macon Telegraph 

From high school dropout to fully paid college education

Andrea Honaker reports, a couple of years ago, he was a high school dropout with no plans for his future. Now, he’s graduating with a 3.7 grade point average and preparing to go to Georgia Southern University on HOPE and Peyton Anderson scholarships. With his family facing financial hardships, Ethan Rutland quit school at Jones County High at the beginning of junior year and went to work.


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May 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Logistics ramps up

Ben Young reports that the logistics industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds in Georgia. The state’s central location in the Southeast, friendly business climate and incredible infrastructure – at the Ports of Brunswick and Savannah, on the roads and rails and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – all but ensure that this will be a hot growth sector for decades to come.


May 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What are the fastest growing jobs in Georgia? Forget tech, it’s food and tobacco roasting 

Najja Parker reports that Georgia is quite the business hub. There are a slew of industries to choose from, but some professions are seeing more growth than others, according to a recent report. Smart Asset recently conducted a study to determine the fastest-growing occupations in every state, and for Georgia, it’s food and tobacco roasting, baking and dry machine operator jobs. 


May 26, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Which Georgia counties have the cheapest closing costs? 

Phil W. Hudson reports that closing costs are among the most difficult figures to determine when buying a home. According to the New York-based personal finance tech company SmartAsset, the best gues most financial advisors will give someone buying a home is that closing costs are typically between 2-5 percent of the home value.


May 26, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal

Newest C-130 gets tested at Lockheed Martin

Staff reports that the first Lockheed Martin LM-100J commercial freighter aircraft completed its initial flight Thursday. “This first flight is a source of pride for Lockheed Martin and serves as a proof-point to the ongoing versatility of the Super Hercules aircraft,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions, and Marietta site general manager. “ … the LM 100J is exceeding all expectations in terms of performance and capabilities.”


May 26, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

City planning $54 million investment for Savannah River Landing site

Eric Curl reports that the city is considering investing up to $54 million for two parking garages, public parks, streetscape improvements and an extended Savannah Riverwalk as part of an agreement with the new developers of the Savannah River Landing site.


May 26, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Not just a school clinic, but a clinic that’s at a school 

Abraham Park reports that the tan bungalow on the Gilbert Elementary School campus in LaFayette is scarcely bigger than a house trailer. Although it could easily be mistaken for a temporary classroom, the building is a clinic. It’s one of six local medical clinics in rural Northwest Georgia run by Primary Healthcare Centers, a nonprofit that is designated as a federally qualified health center.


May 26, 2017 Gainesville Times

Barron, Georgia's first female Blackhawk pilot, honored in Gainesville

Nick Bowman reports that with eyes on Memorial Day, retired Army Lt. Col. Terry Barron intended to present the Peach State Bank with a flag that flew with her through the skies over Iraq. Barron, the state’s first female pilot of the Blackhawk helicopter and the former chair of Brenau University’s math and science department, spoke to an audience of more than 100 people during the bank’s annual seafood boil for its members.


May 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The GOP prevented an upset in Montana. What does that mean for Georgia-6?

Tamar Hallerman reports that Republicans in Atlanta’s northern suburbs can sleep a little bit easier tonight after GOP candidate Greg Gianforte pulled off a solid win here Thursday evening. After weeks of hand-wringing and a surreal final 36 hours, Gianforte convincingly bested Democrat Rob Quist, a Bernie Sanders-style populist, for Montana’s at-large congressional seat, even with a Libertarian candidate in the race.



May 26, 2017 WABE 90.1

CBO Estimates 720,000 Georgians Could Lose Health Coverage

Elly Yu reports that an estimated 720,000 Georgians could lose health insurance over the next 10 years under the revised Republican health care proposal that passed the U.S. House this month, according to an analysis of the Congressional Budget Office report.


May 26, 2017


May 25, 2017 Saporta Report 

Southern Co.’s Tom Fanning: Decision on Vogtle expansion likely to be made in August 

Maria Saporta reports that more than a dozen shareholders participated in a question-and-answer session with Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning during the annual meeting that lasted two hours. And most of the questions centered around the company’s efforts to adopt more renewable energy, vocally support the Paris Climate Accord and to become a more vocal industry leader addressing global warming and climate change.


May 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Sustainable Georgia Roundup 

Mary Ann Demuth reports that the unanimously passed Statewide Water Trails Resolution (HR 281) encourages proliferation and use of water trails in Georgia. Similar to hiking trails, water trails are found on waterways having safe public access points, signage and amenities such as picnic areas and facilities. Currently 15 water trails exist, and 17 are in development.


May 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Trump bumps up funds for Savannah harbor deepening, but short of hopes 

Tamar Hallerman and J. Scott Trubey report that the project to deepen Savannah’s harbor got a boost this week from President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, just not as much of a lift as some backers of Georgia’s ports wanted to see. Boosters had hoped for about $100 million in the fiscal 2018 budget to dredge the Savannah River, but the White House’s spending plan of $50 million, while a high-water mark for the federal government, falls well short.


May 25, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Boutique hotel project moving forward in historic Roswell

Amy Wenk reports that a mixed-use project in historic downtown Roswell that includes a boutique hotel is moving forward. Canton Place Development LLC, which is led by long-time Atlanta developer Claude Petty Jr. is planning a project with a 120-room boutique hotel, event space, chef-driven restaurants, luxury spa, a large garden and underground parking.


May 25, 2017 GPB 

Georgia Likely To Feel Effects Of Proposed Cuts To EPA    

Sam Whitehead reports that President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal makes drastic cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will likely be felt in Georgia. The Trump administration wants agencies like the state’s Environmental Protection Division to take on the work of protecting air and water.


May 25, 2017 LaGrange News

West Georgia Tech Scholarship named after Jackson

Alicia B. Hill reports that J. Randy Jackson’s legacy reached new heights on Monday when a scholarship was named in his honor which will continue his passionate support of THINC Academy. While he was the chief administrative officer at Kia, Jackson helped find the funding to get THINC College and Career Academy started, which will help train locals for jobs like those offered by Kia and other manufactures in the area. 


May 25, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post 

USG offers guidance on campus carry law  

Steve Farner reports that Chancellor Steve Wrigley issued guidelines on Wednesday to schools across the state about how to handle the legislation commonly known as “campus carry,” which becomes law on July 1. “I understand that many of you have strong feelings about this bill,” Wrigley wrote in the statement. “Yet, whether you opposed or supported the legislation, it will soon be state law, and I respectfully ask everyone to exercise patience, understanding and respect as we implement it. We all share the same goal of ensuring a safe campus environment. We should work together to implement the law as written and thoughtfully address any complications that may arise.”


 May 25, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Columbus is No. 5 on ‘Best Cities for Young IT Professionals’ list

Tony Adams reports that Columbus has landed high on a list for the most attractive cities in the U.S. for young information technology professionals, ranking No. 5 out of 100 communities. The 2017 “Best Cities for Young IT Professionals” list, compiled by Right Click, an online site that focuses on technology news and guides, is topped by San Antonio, Texas, Savannah, Ga., Winston-Salem, N.C., El Paso, Texas and Columbus, Ga.



May 25, 2017 Emory University 

Rollins researcher receives $3.7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study how childhood factors can impact adult function 

Melva Robinson reports that Aryeh D. Stein, PhD, MPH, professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, has received a three-year, $3.7 million award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund research examining the role that socioeconomic status and childhood development can have on a person's cognitive and socio-emotional functioning in adulthood. 


May 25, 2017 Georgia Tech 

Smoke from Wildfires Can Have Lasting Climate Impact 

Josh Brown reports, the wildfire that has raged across more than 150,000 acres of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia and Florida has sent smoke billowing into the sky as far as the eye can see. Now, new research published by the Georgia Institute of Technology shows how that smoke could impact the atmosphere and climate much more than previously thought.


May 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Richmond Hill designated a WaterFirst Community 

Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has designated Richmond Hill, a city of more than 10,000 residents south of Savannah, as a WaterFirst Community in recognition of the community’s water resource stewardship. The WaterFirst Community program is open to governments that have achieved excellence in areas including watershed assessment, stormwater planning, water supply protection, water conservation and water reclamation and reuse. 


May 25, 2017 Gainesville Times 

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins pushes increasing line speeds at poultry plants

Jeff Gill reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is pushing an increase in poultry processing plants’ line speeds to new U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Poultry producers in South America, Asia, Canada and Europe “are safely operating at line speeds that outpace the maximum speeds allowed in American facilities,” states a press release from the congressman’s office.


May 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Georgia 2018: Stacey Evans launches a HOPE-themed campaign for governor

Greg Bluestein reports that Democratic state Rep. Stacey Evans entered the race for Georgia governor on Thursday with a pledge to make technical college tuition-free and a vow to fight for struggling Georgians ignored by the powerful. The Smyrna attorney’s campaign sets up what will likely be a divisive Democratic primary for the state’s top job in 2018. House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams has also filed paperwork to run for governor and is expected to soon make a formal announcement. 



May 24, 2017 Saporta Report 

Trust for Public Land ranks Atlanta’s ParkScore as stuck in the middle 

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta is in the middle of the pack when it comes to parks among the 100 largest cities in the United States. The Trust for Public Land released its 2017 ParkScore Index on Wednesday morning – and Atlanta was tied with Dallas for the 50th spot. 


May 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Adapting and Thriving

Randy Southerland reports, walk into the Marietta branch of Delta Community Credit Union and you could be in any bank in America – from the sleekly modern, freestanding teller stations to decorative glass-walled offices. Credit unions are working hard to offer not just the same look, but all the same services of their bigger and richer for-profit competitors.


May 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How much will Plant Vogtle’s new reactors really cost us? 

Russell Grantham and Johnny Edwards report that Southern Company’s chief executive has said the giant utility’s project to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle would be history-making. He may be right, but not in the way he meant. Years behind schedule, billions over budget, and with a key contractor’s bankruptcy clouding its future, the troubled Vogtle project near Augusta is fast becoming Exhibit A for why no U.S. utility before Atlanta-based Southern had tried building a new reactor in 30-plus years.


May 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Nashville health care company buys Georgia physician group

Eric Snyder reports that Envision Healthcare Corp., the company that was formed late last year by the merger of Nashville-based AmSurg Corp. and Colorado-based Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc., has bought an emergency medicine physician group based in Georgia. 


May 24, 2017 Georgia Health News 

State AG backs wider view of records in hospital court fight 

Andy Miller reports that the state’s attorney general has urged the Georgia Supreme Court to reverse a lower court opinion that barred access to Northside Hospital’s financial records. Chris Carr, in office since late last year, said in a Monday court filing that the Georgia Open Records Act is broader in its applications than what Northside Hospital has argued.


May 24, 2017 

Rotarians From Around the World Coming to Atlanta for June 10-14 Convention 

Phil Bolton reports, having adopted the eradication of polio as their top priority in 1985, Rotary clubs around the world have participated in a public-private partnership, which has been responsible for the reduction of about 350,000 polio cases a year in the 1980s to less than 40 confirmed last year. Atlanta is to be the site from June 10-14 of a giant celebration of this medical success bringing together 37,500 Rotarians and their guests from 174 countries and territories.


May 24, 2017 Gainesville Times 

State Superintendent says students should be ‘life ready’ 

Norm Cannada reports, getting students “life ready” should be a high priority for public schools, and new opportunities for students and teachers are paving that path, according to Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “You hear a lot about being college and career ready, but, for myself, it is about being life ready,” Woods told Gainesville Rotary Club members this week.


May 24, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal

Lockheed Martin share prices at all time high after weapons deal

Bill Hendrick reports that share prices of Lockheed Martin stock closed Tuesday at an all-time high of $278.36 only days after a $110 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia was announced during President Trump’s recent visit to the Middle Eastern desert kingdom. Two other major beneficiaries of the transaction, Raytheon Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp., also saw their stock prices soar. Northrup closed at $250.65 per share, and Raytheon at $161.48.


May 24, 2017 WABE 90.1 

Discover These 10 Unusual Museums In Metro Atlanta

Al Such reports that Atlanta has a vibrant arts and culture community, and although not much of the city's history is still visible when looking at the skyline, small pockets of the city still hold a tremendous portion of Atlanta's past.


May 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Georgia 6th: Handel ad claims Ossoff ‘caught lying’ in attacks 

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Karen Handel’s latest ad in Georgia’s 6th District race claims Democrat Jon Ossoff “intentionally misled” voters about his experience and that he was “caught lying” about his GOP opponent. The TV spot that launched Wednesday, Handel’s second since landing a spot in the June 20 runoff, refers to a Politifact piece that found an attack ad by House Democrats fell “wide of the mark” with a contention about Handel’s office budget while she was Georgia secretary of state. 



May 23, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

Port sees solid growth, bigger ship on schedule

Katie Nussbaum reports that April was another recording setting month for the Georgia Ports Authority and officials expect the momentum to continue as the organization enters the last few weeks of the 2017 fiscal year. The GPA handled 333,006 20-foot containers, or TEUs, last month, which was up nearly 12 percent compared to April 2016.


May 23, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Economy: Keeping A Steady Pace

Jeffrey Humphreys reports, with extensive growth in cybersecurity operations at Fort Gordon, an increased focus on the life sciences industry and jobs created by other economic development projects, Augusta’s economic outlook is promising. This year, Augusta’s employment will increase by at least 2 percent, or 4,700 jobs, about the same number as last year. 


May 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia lumber execs cheer Trump tariff stand 

Michael E. Kanell reports, lost in a frenzy of political news, a presidential feud with Canada might be easily overlooked. But it’s no small deal for Hal Storey in Floyd County – or for Georgia’s other lumber companies. Storey is vice president of S.I. Storey Lumber Company in Armuchee. 


May 23, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Atlanta slips in energy-efficiency efforts, according to national ranking 

Staff reports that Atlanta is slipping in an energy efficiency ranking of U.S. cities. Georgia's capital ranked No. 18 out of 51 in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which takes local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, energy and water utilities and transportation polices into account.


May 23, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens wins national water-conservation contest

Lee Shearer reports that Athens-Clarke County is one of five winners of the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Residents of more than 4,800 cities participated in the April competition by pledging to be good stewards of water. Nearly 8,400 in Athens took the pledge, said Marilyn Hall, water conservation coordinator for the Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department.


May 23, 2017 WABE 90.1 

How Proctor Creek Health Problems Affect Those Living Nearby

Molly Samuel reports that Proctor Creek flows out of downtown Atlanta through the west side of the city. There have long been problems with the health of the creek, especially flooding and pollution. That can lead to health problems for the people who live near the creek, which flows through 35 Atlanta neighborhoods on its way to the Chattahoochee River.


May 23, 2017 Georgia Tech 

Network Traffic Provides Early Indication of Malware Infection 

John Toon reports that by analyzing network traffic going to suspicious domains, security administrators could detect malware infections weeks or even months before they're able to capture a sample of the invading malware, a new study suggests. The findings point toward the need for new malware-independent detection strategies that will give network defenders the ability to identify network security breaches in a more timely manner.


May 23, 2017 Emory University 

World's smallest, leadless pacemaker yields positive results in Emory-led study 

Jennifer Johnson McEwan reports that an international clinical trial, led by Emory Heart & Vascular Center researchers, reports excellent outcomes for the world's smallest, minimally invasive cardiac pacemaker, the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). The study results were reported by Emory at the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Session 2017 as a late breaker clinical trial and simultaneously published in Heart Rhythm.


May 23, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Summer fun at Georgia’s State Parks

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia State Parks has come up with a series of  fun, affordable, educational programs to help kids — and their parents — have a ball this summer. The Junior Ranger program offers the opportunity for kids ages 6-12 to earn badges either at their own pace or at day camp in several parks.


May 23, 2017 Saporta Report 

Proximity to politically charged charter schools increases home values: GSU report   

David Pendered reports that the price of homes in the city of Atlanta rise according to their proximity to a start-up charter school, according to a new report by Georgia State University. Home prices in suburban areas, exhibit a similar trend, but the price increase is about half that of Atlanta.


May 23, 2017 GPB

What Georgia's Runoff Election Can Tell Us About Gender Politics Nationally    

Daniel Kurtzleben reports that on a recent Sunday afternoon, dozens of volunteers crammed into a small Jon Ossoff for Congress field office in Chamblee, Ga. They were there to canvass for the 30-year-old political newcomer, but they also got a treat: a speech from Ossoff himself. He only spoke for about four minutes, but he devoted almost a minute of it to women in particular. 


May 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Georgia 2018: Progressive group to support Abrams bid for governor 

Greg Bluestein reports that  Democrat Stacey Abrams isn’t quite in Georgia’s race for governor yet, but when she takes the plunge she’ll have some influential backup. Democracy for America, a progressive PAC, is set to send an email to its members encouraging them to “pledge their support” to the Georgia Democrat when she announces she’s formally in the governor’s race. 



May 22, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Blue Cross signals it’s sticking with Georgia exchange for ’18 

Andy Miller reports that some of the uncertainty over Georgia’s health insurance exchange lifted this week with the state’s biggest insurer filing proposed rates for the 2018 marketplace. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia said Friday it was filing rates for all regions of the state.


May 22, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Open Streets Macon returns 

Mary Ann Demuth reports that Open Streets Macon has been postponed until Oct. 1, 2017, due to bad weather forecast for this Sunday. People will replace cars at the second Open Streets Macon this Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Macon residents and visitors can bike, walk, skate and play games on 1.5 miles of car-free streets from the Washington Memorial Library to A.L. Miller Village. 


May 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Coca-Cola among top 50 places to work, according to LinkedIn

Bo Emerson reports that Coca-Cola is among the top 50 companies where people want to work, according to data collected by LinkedIn, the business networking website. Coke is No. 34 on the list, ahead of Yelp (No. 35) and Lyft (No. 38) but behind Morgan Stanley (No. 33) and Fitbit (No. 32).


May 22, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Dan Cathy and Arthur Blank reaffirm commitment to Westside 

Maria Saporta reports that the Gathering Spot at Northyards was jam-packed Friday morning to hear a conversation between Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy as part of the regular Transform Westside Summit meetings.


May 22, 2017 Brunswick News

Plant McManus comes tumbling down

Michael Hall reports that as roughly 20 civilian boats floated patiently behind the Coast Guard and a DNR and Glynn County Police boat, the crew and a thankful newspaper photographer had front-row seats for the reason everyone had gathered there at around 9 a.m. — to watch the nine-story boiler building and smoke stack at Plant McManus come tumbling down.


May 22, 2017 Saporta Report 

Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss to step down June 2018    

Maria Saporta reports that Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss sent an email to the institution’s alumnae announcing her intention to resign on June 30, 2018 – completing a dozen years at the helm of the liberal arts women’s college. “Agnes Scott is a magical place, and I feel so blessed to have had the privilege of serving as your president for the past 11 years,” Kiss wrote in her email.


May 22, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald 

UGA to spend $13.9 million on Georgia Center upgrade

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia will spend nearly $14 million to renovate the older part of its Center for Continuing Education and Hotel. The building at the corner of Carlton and Lumpkin streets is one of the largest and most successful facilities of its kind in the country, according to information UGA submitted to the state Board of Regents.


May 22, 2017 Augusta Chronicle 

AU researcher: Drinking sweetened beverages is a fast train to obesity 

Tom Corwin reports, constant drinking of sugary liquid caused lab animals to quickly become resistant to an important appetite control hormone even faster than eating a high-fat diet, a situation that could be completely reversed by taking them off the liquid, research at Augusta University found.


May 22, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Former jail continues to thrive as art museum in LaGrange 

Carrie Beth Wallace reports that LaGrange, Ga., is home to an art museum with an unusual history. The building didn’t actually become a museum until 30 years ago, but it has been there for centuries. Formerly a private home, the building was first acquired by the city in 1892. It served as the Troup County Jail until 1939 when prisoners was transferred to a new facility.


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May 22, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal

C.W. Matthews donates $10K from I-85 bridge rebuild bonus to special needs camp

Staff reports that Marietta-based C.W. Matthews announced it will donate $10,000 to the building and development to Camp Hooray,, the first-ever summer camp built specifically for children with special needs. The funds are part of the company’s financial incentives received from the Georgia Department of Transportation for recently completing repairs to the Interstate 85 bridge in northeast Atlanta that collapsed on March 30.


May 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Gwinnett-based House seat could be next target for Georgia Dems

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that Georgia Democrats hope that 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff is only the first in a string of candidates making waves in GOP strongholds. The next potential battleground could be Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, which slices through much of Gwinnett County. 



May 19, 2017 WABE 90.1 

Georgia Gets Ready For Unpredictable Mosquito Season

Miranda Hawkins reports that Fulton County has already started spraying for mosquitoes, but it can be hard to predict how bad the bugs will be. Fulton County started its mosquito control program in 2001, when Georgia saw its first case of West Nile virus. Kathleen Toomey, the county's health director, said Fulton has continued the program because of other mosquito-borne diseases, like Zika.


May 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Bainbridge|Decatur County: Changing the Game

K.K. Snyder reports, Southwest Georgia’s Decatur County is gaining tangible momentum as a result of teamwork and shared leadership vision. Heads of city and county departments, along with elected officials, are focused on improving their challenged economy by diversifying offerings. Solar farms, biopolymer production and river barge transportation are part of the plan.


May 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Travelers could face hassles if laptop ban extends to Europe

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, as  U.S. and European officials discuss a possible expansion of a ban on laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices to flights from Europe to the United States, an airline industry group says such a move could reduce travel.


May 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Atlanta's FullStory raises $15 million from Google, Salesforce; plans 120-job expansion  

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based FullStory has raised $15 million to fuel an “aggressive” R&D expansion that will create up to 120 jobs. The Series B investment, which reportedly values the two-year-old company at nearly $100 million, was led by Google Ventures and included new investor Salesforce Ventures.


May 19, 2017 Macon Telegraph  

Distribution center begins hiring process; at least 500 workers needed

Linda S. Morris reports that Dollar General is looking to hire more than 500 workers for its distribution center in Butts County. Construction of Dollar General’s nearly 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Jackson is nearing completion and the company is beginning the initial hiring process 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release.


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May 19, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Great Wolf Lodge Georgia is drawing closer in LaGrange

Tony Adams reports, the temperatures are climbing and the sweat-inducing humidity with them. After all, this is the Deep South on its way to a typical early summer. That’s why it might be mildly refreshing to pause a moment to ponder a slide splashing you into a cool body of water over and over again. Or a lazy river meandering past a tree house or large tipping bucket spilling water atop you. Or perhaps a large wave pool inviting friends to frolic with big smiles on their faces, just as they might do at the beach.


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May 19, 2017 Georgia Health News

Maverick on CON laws quits board of hospital association

Andy Miller reports, the continual combat over the state’s health facility licensure program has claimed another casualty. This time, it involves a board member of the state’s biggest hospital organization. Jim Davis, CEO of University Health Care System in Augusta, has resigned his post as chairman-elect and board member of the Georgia Hospital Association.


May 19, 2017 Augusta Chronicle 

AU researcher believes she’s made new discovery in cancer research

Tom Corwin reports, more than 20 years ago, the discovery of a protein that was mutated or absent in a majority of cancers caused great excitement about exploiting it to kill tumors, a potential that was never quite realized. But a researcher at Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University said she has discovered a previously overlooked aspect to p53 that can be exploited to help trigger the immune system to destroy small tumors and even nearby cancers.


May 19, 2017 Albany Herald 

Phoebe Putney Health System looks toward future through projects, changes in industry

Staff reports that the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County’s meeting on Thursday started with a presentation of its balance sheets, reflecting the required $100,000 that needs to be in the bank.


May 19, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times 

Flower expert invited to the Governor's Mansion

Staff reports that Mark Crawford, a local camellia expert, has been invited to the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta for the dedication of the First Lady Camellia Garden. Two years ago, The Tifton Garden Club named a camellia Sandra Deal, after the state's first lady. The camellia was provided by Crawford, according to a press release. The first lady wanted other camellias named for previous first ladies planted in a separate garden at the mansion.


May 19, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal 

Republican physician Kay Kirkpatrick takes District 32 seat in state Senate    

Ross Williams reports that after a long campaign, Georgia’s District 32 has elected a new state senator. Physician Kay Kirkpatrick, a Republican, defeated her Democratic competition, attorney Christine Triebsch in Tuesday’s runoff election.


May 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Andrew Young to endorse Ceasar Mitchell in Atlanta mayor race

Greg Bluestein reports that former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young is set to endorse Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell’s campaign for mayor as he tries to rise above a crowded field to lead Georgia’s largest city. The campaign said the endorsement from Young, a former Atlanta mayor and civil rights icon, will be formally announced at the opening of Mitchell’s new campaign office on the city’s westside on Saturday at 10 a.m. 



May 18, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Top malpractice insurer in Ga. seeks to change company structure 

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s largest medical malpractice insurer aims to convert from a “mutual’’ company to a stock company, according to filings with the state insurance department. Atlanta-based MAG Mutual is a leading carrier in the Southeast for physician coverage, and has about half of the medical malpractice insurance market in Georgia.


May 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: Keeping A Steady Pace

Jeffrey Humphries reports, with extensive growth in cybersecurity operations at Fort Gordon, an increased focus on the life sciences industry and jobs created by other economic development projects, Augusta’s economic outlook is promising.


May 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia job numbers for April: More questions than answers

Michael E. Kanell reports that hiring in April stalled out, even if the jobless rate dipped. This has been the third-longest economic expansion since World War II. And while there’s no particular reason to think it is ending, its very longevity raises questions. So the latest report from the state Department of Labor makes you wonder: was it a month of quirky data, a very normal pause after three strong months or was it a warning sign that the economy is reaching an inflection point?


May 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Software firm Terminus raises $10.3 million, plans 100-job HQ expansion 

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that marketing software firm Terminus has raised $10.3 million and plans to add more than 100 jobs. The Series B investment is said to value the three-year-old firm at about $60 million.


May 18, 2017 Brunswick News 

Egg roll factory to open in Kingsland  

Gordon Jackson reports that Foodie’J, a company that produces high quality egg rolls for Asian restaurants throughout the Southeast, is opening a manufacturing facility in Kingsland. The business owners, Xiao Lei Jaing and Weiyi Xu, said they targeted Camden County because of its proximity to Interstate 95 and the area’s low cost of living.


May 18, 2017 WABE 90.1 

Hundreds Of Ga. Companies May Be Impacted By Ransomware Attack    

Tasnim Shamma reports that a global "ransomware" attack that started last week locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. As a cybersecurity hub, metro Atlanta hosts nearly 100 cybersecurity firms. Some of them are helping affected companies respond to the attacks.


May 18, 2017 Emory University

Emory's energy scorecard marks gains in savings, sustainability

Kimber Williams reports that when Emory held a grand opening for the university’s new WaterHub wastewater facility two years ago, it highlighted the goal of reducing campus water consumption and costs by reclaiming and recycling hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater for non-potable uses on campus.


May 18, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post  

Gwinnett County officials open new medical examiner’s office, morgue 

Curt Yeomans reports that moving into a new office was something akin to escaping from a horror movie for Gwinnett County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Carol Terry. As county officials prepared to officially open the new medical examiner’s office on Hurricane Shoals Road, Terry was less than kind in her description of the old office, which was cramped. The new facility has 15,000 square feet of space and brings the morgue and medical examiner’s office together under one roof.


May 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Cobb Chamber head retiring

Mary Ann Demuth reports, David Connell, president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, announced that he will retire at the end of 2017. A hallmark of his 15-year involvement with the organization has been the creation and retention of more than 23,000 jobs.


May 18, 2017 Georgia Times-Union 

Camden commissioners hear again from opponents of new houses on Cumberland Island

Terry Dickson reports, Melinda Eckert came from Jacksonville to Woodbine, Ga., Tuesday night to warn the Camden County Commission about a possible reversal of “The Field of Dreams,” the one that goes if you build it, they will come. Speaking of the county’s upcoming consideration of zoning changes that would allow more residential development on 1,000 acres of private land on Cumberland Island National Seashore, Eckert said, “If you develop it, they won’t come here anymore.”


May 18, 2017 Gainesville Times

Collins Skeptical of latest Russia allegations toward Trump

Nick Bowman reports, skepticism, support and silence — reactions to the latest round of Russia-related allegations aimed at President Donald Trump ran the gamut among Georgia’s GOP national lawmakers on Wednesday. The day before, The New York Times published its report on the personal writings of fired FBI Director James Comey, which allege that Trump pressured the former director to drop an investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn after Flynn was fired by the president in February.


May 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Georgia GOPer on Trump fallout: Comey memo leak ‘could be considered treason’ 

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Republicans struggled to defend President Trump amid new questions Wednesday about whether he attempted to shut down a federal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. The revelation that then-FBI Director Jim Comey wrote in a February memo that Trump asked him to end a probe into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, sent Republicans scrambling to respond to another major Trump controversy.




May 17, 2017 Saporta Report

Supreme Court unlikely to rule on Florida-Georgia water dispute before Oct. 1 

David Pendered reports that the U.S. Supreme Court is not likely to rule on the water war litigation between Florida and Georgia before the court breaks for its summer holiday, and possibly not until well after it convenes Oct. 1, according to the calendar the court provided in a recent ruling.


May 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Blueberries in a Bottle

Mary Ann Demuth reports, Rusty Bell, president of Bell Farms in Pierce County, talks about his blueberry wine making business, Rabbiteye Winery. For more about business in Pierce County, check out “Rising to the Occasion” in this month’s issue of Georgia Trend.


May 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Dollar General hiring 500 employees for new distribution center in Georgia

Najja Parker reports that Dollar General is bringing new career opportunities to Georgia, because its hiring 500 people for its new distribution center in Jackson.The discount retailer recently announced that it is hosting a hiring event Saturday, May 20 at the Red Devil Hill Gym. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the company’s management team will be onsite to inform interested applicants about full-time career opportunities.   


May 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Developers planning $53M of mixed-use projects in downtown Gainesville, Ga

Jessica Saunders reports that developers are planning $53 million of mixed-use projects on nearly two acres in downtown Gainesville, Knight Commercial Real Estate and Carroll Daniel Construction will pay the city $745,000 for the four adjacent parcels totaling almost 2 acres that front Jesse Jewell Parkway and Main Street.


May 17, 2017 Macon Telegraph 

Robins solar project will cover hundreds of acres; cost $200 million

Wayne Crenshaw reports that the Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved a massive solar project north of Robins Air Force Base that will cover hundreds of acres.Construction is expected to begin sometime next year, said Norrie McKenzie, Georgia Power’s vice president of renewable development, in an announcement at the Museum of Aviation following the PSC approval.


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May 17, 2017 Athens Banner Herald 

UGA to spend $13.9 million on Georgia Center upgrade

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia will spend nearly $14 million to renovate the older part of its Center for Continuing Education and Hotel. The building at the corner of Carlton and Lumpkin streets is one of the largest and most successful facilities of its kind in the country, according to information UGA submitted to the state Board of Regents.


May 17, 2017 WABE 90.1 

Atlanta's Population Could Rise With Sea Levels

Molly Samuels reports that the sea level is already rising on American coasts. In Georgia, the sea level has gone up more than nine inches in the last 75 years. Globally, it could go up another one to four feet in the next 75 years. Some places and people will be able to adapt to rising tides. But a lot of people in the United States will have to move, and many could end up in Atlanta, according to a new study.


May 17, 2017 Georgia Health News 

Re-entry program brings former nurses back into the profession 

Naomi Thomas reports that Pickens County High School is a sprawling campus on the outskirts of Jasper, the largest town in the county. It’s located east of I-75, roughly halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga. The buildings are modern and include dance studios as well as livestock barns, increasing the likelihood that students from across the area will find something to be passionate about.


May 17, 2017 Cartersville Daily Tribune 

Anheuser-Busch invests $12.7 million in Cartersville brewery

Neil McGahee reports that Anheuser-Busch announced plans to invest $12.7 million into its Cartersville brewery to diversify packaging capabilities and increase energy efficiency. The upgrades, part of a national $2.5 billion outlay, represent the largest capital investment program in U.S. brewing history. The Cartersville plant received two new multi-packers and programming and metering devices to increase energy efficiency.


May 17, 2017 Savannah Morning News 

$41.5M plan presented for Savannah’s proposed Canal District, arena site

Eric Curl reports that a consultant’s team presented the Savannah City Council on Tuesday with a revised plan to develop the area around the new arena, along with an estimated $41.5 million price tag for the project.


May 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Nathan Deal’s office deluged with calls from ‘campus carry’ opponents

Greg Bluestein reports that as Gov. Nathan Deal debated whether to sign Georgia’s “campus carry” gun measure, his office was deluged with a crush of phone calls opposing the measure. The lopsided totals, revealed in an open records request filed by a citizen activist, showed Deal’s staff received nearly 15,000 calls urging him to veto the measure – and less than 150 in support of it. 



May 16, 2017 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Atlanta Aims For 100 Percent Clean Energy

Dave Williams and Urvaksh Karkaria reports that doubling down on its reputation for promoting sustainability, Atlanta is pledging to convert to 100 percent clean energy in the coming decades. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, under a resolution the city council passed unanimously May 1, all city government operations must completely run on renewable energy by 2025, while the entire city — including the private sector — must convert to renewable power by 2035.


May 16, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Within Reach

Anna Bentley reports that there’s something different about this year’s graduating seniors. Walking across high school graduation stages in Douglas, Dodge, Rabun and Bartow counties are 17 exceptional students – the first graduating class of the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) program, a need- and merit-based scholarship program launched by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2012.


May 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Uber-fighting cabbies get schooled by Ga. Supreme Court

Matt Kempner reports that Atlanta taxi drivers, who’ve already had their lunches eaten by Uber and Lyft, just learned a painful lesson about government regulation. You can’t count on it to save your financial neck. On Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court agreed with a lower court ruling, essentially killing a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by Atlanta cab drivers.


May 16, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

MagicJack hangs up on Atlanta-based enterprise business 

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that last summer, the Miami-based telecommunications provider said it would invest up to $12 million in the Atlanta expansion and create 150 jobs by the end of 2017. But in an earnings call on May 4, magicjack CEO Don Bell said the company had shuttered the SMB unit which was consuming more than $1 million per month at the beginning of the quarter.


May 16, 2017 

Perdue’s USDA Shakeup Includes New Undersecretary for Trade 

Trevor Williams reports that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s confirmation as U.S. secretary of agriculture in April put one of the first unabashed globalists into President Donald Trump’s cabinet. The question was how much he would be able to deviate from his boss’s more protectionist pattern. Given the recently announced reorganization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it looks as if he’s been given plenty of room — all the while reconciling his plans with Mr. Trump’s strategy to reinvigorate rural areas.


May 16, 2017 Rome News Tribune, Georgia Health News  

Gordon Hospital a little-known star of safety in Northwest Ga. 

Andy Miller reports that the safest hospital for patients in Georgia, according to a well-recognized measure, probably isn’t the first one most people would guess — assuming they’ve even heard of it. Gordon Hospital sits near I-75 in Calhoun in Northwest Georgia. 


May 16, 2017 Brunswick News 

Camden officials discuss joint comprehensive plan 

Gordon Jackson reports that city and county officials never considered the possible impact of a spaceport the last time they met to discuss Camden County’s Joint Comprehensive Plan. But it is one of many issues that each municipality in Camden County will have to consider before the plan is updated by the October 2018 deadline.


May 16, 2017 Gainesville Times 

Former teacher wins jury selection award with his movie 'The System' 

Jennifer Linn reportsa tht filmmaker Robert Keith Kelly said he felt intimidated when he attended the London International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in February, where his film “The System” was an award finalist. More than 150 films from 70 countries around the globe were selected for the festival. Kelly’s film took home the jury selection award.


May 16, 2017 Saporta Report

Perdue bill blows up with majority leader on board   

Tom Baxter reports that a day after President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the Senate, for the first time in 14 attempts this year, refused to go along with a rollback of an Obama administration rule. The rule, which requires stricter control of methane gas emissions from drilling sites on public lands, survived on a 51-49 vote. Against the larger backdrop of how much environmental policy is being changed by this administration, this wasn’t such a big deal. 


May 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia 6th: Ossoff ad slams Handel’s ‘unforgivable’ Komen decision

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Jon Ossoff launched a new round of attack ads on Tuesday that for the first time targeted Republican Karen Handel’s stint at a breast-cancer charity, calling her short-lived tenure at the Susan G. Komen Foundation “unforgivable.” The 30-second ad features Mindy Fine, an OB-GYN in Cobb County, and opens a new front in the 6th District race.




May 15, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia Leaders Aim To Improve State's Rural Economy

Dave Williams reports that the state’s political and business leaders are responding to what they see as a worsening of the decades-old “two Georgias” syndrome with separate initiatives launching this month. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Atlanta-based Georgia Chamber of Commerce will open the first regional office in its 102-year history on May 15 in Tifton, a city in the heart of economically distressed South Georgia.


May 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Top UGA entrepreneur focuses on wise water use

Mary Ann Demuth reports, a senior University of Georgia horticulture student has won national UGA’s Next Top Entrepreneur honors and a prize of $10,000 for his novel moisture sensor, which is designed for landscapers. Jesse Lafian developed the automated sensor to measure how tightly water is bound to the soil, which reveals whether plants can actually use the water. His winning entry was selected Shark-Tank style from among 36 student teams, representing 22 colleges and universities across the U.S.


May 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gov. Deal: Savannah port ‘not only shovel-ready, we are dredge-ready’

J. Scott Trubey reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday he supports providing additional state resources to finish the deepening of the Savannah River, and also said he still expects the federal government to fund its share of the nearly $1 billion project.


May 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory gets $10 million for AIDS research

Ellie Hensley reports that the National Institutes of Health gave The Center for AIDS Research at Emory University (CFAR) a five-year, $10 million award to continue its work decreasing incidences of AIDS and improving the lives of individuals living with the disease.


May 15, 2017 Georgia Health News

A little-known star of hospital safety in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that the safest hospital for patients in Georgia, according to a well-recognized measure, probably isn’t the first one most people would guess — assuming they’ve even heard of it. Gordon Hospital sits near I-75 in Calhoun, in Northwest Georgia. Operated by Adventist Health System, which is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the hospital proclaims its religious message from lobby walls to signage, with a large dove symbol placed in a stained-glass window above a roof.


May 15, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Magazine names Savannah one of the South's best cities

Zach Dennis reports that Southern Living magazine recently announced the winners of its first “South’s Best” awards with Savannah being named the second-best city in the South. Charleston took home the top spot. According to Southern Living, Savannah ranked highly because “like a time capsule of historic architecture and city planning, Savannah’s old-school exterior belies its status as a progressive art, design, and culinary hub.”


May 15, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

Firefighters reinforcing containment lines on West Mims wildfire

Teresa Stepzinski reports that firefighters worked to reinforce containment lines at the West Mims Fire as well as focused on spot fires Sunday after getting some help from rain and higher humidity the day before along the Georgia-Florida state line.


May 15, 2017 GPB

Georgia Power Approaches Deadline On Fate Of Vogtle Nuclear Plant

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia Power spent $50 million dollars in April to keep construction moving at Plant Vogtle. That was the word from company officials Thursday at a hearing before Georgia utility regulators, a day before a deadline to decide the fate of two half-built nuclear reactors at the site.


May 15, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

DOE responds to fears of potential disasters at Savannah River Site

Thomas Gardiner reports that last week’s tunnel collapse at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state has stoked fears of similar events at Savannah River Site that could result in a radiation release. Some concerned residents voiced concerns about aging facilities and potentially deadly radiation releases from the defense nuclear facility, owned by the Department of Energy.


May 15, 2017 New York Times

Young Black Democrats, Eager to Lead From the Left, Eye Runs in 2018

Alexander Burns reports that in Georgia, a Democratic lawmaker planning a run for governor promises to confront President Trump and what she calls the “fascists” surrounding him. In Maryland, a former president of the N.A.A.C.P. warns national Democrats not to take African-Americans for granted. The mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., goes even further, declaring that Democrats have failed by fixating on centrist voters.


May 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Paul Ryan headlines Monday event with Karen Handel in Georgia 6th runoff

Greg Bluestein reports that House Speaker Paul Ryan will headline an event with Republican Karen Handel on Monday amid questions about how Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of the FBI director and the sweeping Obamacare repeal could influence the race for Georgia’s 6th District.



May 12, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Massive ship successfully docks at Savannah port

Mary Carr Mayle reports, the COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, arrived at Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal on Thursday morning, ushering in a new era of big ships that are expected to become the norm for the country’s fourth-largest container port.


May 12, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s solar job growth shines

Mary Ann Demuth reports that the warm Georgia sun is growing jobs in the solar industry according to The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes solar energy. Its Solar Jobs Census 2016 revealed a 23 percent increase over 2015 in the state’s solar-related jobs. Here, total solar jobs reached nearly 4,000 last year and indications are that 2017 will see similar year-over-year growth.


May 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia cool to Canada film idea; not ready for partnership

Michael E. Kanell reports that the Canadian government wants to talk about a partnership with Georgia that could boost the film industry in both places. But Georgia isn't having any. The idea, broached by Canadian representatives at a recent conference, would link financial incentives in Georgia and Canada to encourage companies who are doing film production in Georgia to do the post-production work in Canada. 


May 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle ​

How much does Google impact Georgia’s economy?

Phil W. Hudson reports that Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) helped stir up $4.68 billion of economic activity for 42,000 Georgia businesses in 2016. The Mountain View, Calif.-based Alphabet Inc. company released its annual Economic Impact Report on Wednesday, noting the Google Ad Grants program gave $11.3 million of free advertising to Georgia nonprofits last year.


May 12, 2017 GPB

Georgia Power Approaches Deadline On Fate Of Vogtle Nuclear Plant

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia spent $50 million dollars in April to keep construction moving at Plant Vogtle. That was the word from company officials Thursday at a hearing from Georgia utility regulators, a day before a deadline to decide the fate of two half-built nuclear reactors at the site. 


May 12, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Plans in the works for one of Georgia’s largest solar farms near Robins

Linda S. Morris reports that one of the largest solar farms in Georgia is expected to be built in Middle Georgia. Georgia Power is planning to build and operate a 139-megawatt solar generating facility north of Robins Air Force Base in what is known as an encroachment area, pending approval by the Georgia Public Service Commission.


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May 12, 2017 Albany Herald

MitCo Grow introduced to public at grand opening in Camilla

Jennifer Parks reports that a collaboration of multiple partners came to fruition on Thursday with the grand opening of the MitCo Grow project, along with the expectation that the project will help make citrus a leading industry in Georgia.A plot of land outside the Mitchell County Extension Office on Highway 37 is home to the project, which includes 100 trees expected to produce a variety of citrus fruit.


May 12, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

New user’s guide on Flint River released by UGA Press

Wayne Ford reports that Flint River begins in the bustling city of Atlanta where steel and concrete reign and ends in the wide open expanse of Lake Seminole where moss-draped cypress and alligators line the shore. For Joe Cook, it is the changing array of natural features on this 344-mile river that sets it apart from any other water passage in Georgia.


May 12, 2017 WABE 90.1

Group Behind Vetoed Testing Opt-Out Bill Is Not Giving Up

Martha Dalton reports that Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed nine bills this week. Among them was legislations that would've let students opt-out of state tests without consequences. In a statement, the governor said House Bill 425 isn't needed because kids can withdraw from testing under current law.


May 12, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Top UGA entrepreneur focuses on wise water use

Mary Ann Demuth reports that a senior University of Georgia horticulture student has won national UGA’s Next Top Entrepreneur honors and a prize of $10,000 for his novel moisture sensor, which is designed for landscapers. Jesse Lafian developed the automated sensor to measure how tightly water is bound to the soil, which reveals whether plants can actually use the water.


May 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Sixth: Ossoff, Handel overseas trips in spotlight

Greg Bluestein reports that as Republican Karen Handel comes under fire for her taxpayer-funded overseas trip, federal documents show that Democrat Jon Ossoff took a trio of trips abroad paid for by outside groups while he was a congressional aide. The trips took place while he was a staffer to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson and cost at least $14,000.



May 11, 2017

Deal: I-85 corridor to reopen by May 15

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry and State Transportation Board Chairman Robert L. Brown Jr., announced the reopening of I-85, six weeks after a March 30 fire and bridge collapse closed the corridor. The northbound and southbound lanes of the I-85 bridge over Piedmont Road in Metro Atlanta are projected to open to traffic by morning rush hour on May 15.


May 11, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Speaking Freely

Susan Percy writes, you’d have to look pretty hard and pretty far to find anyone who’s not a fan of the First Amendment. It provides some of our most valued protections: freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly, along with the right to practice our religion and petition our government. That’s a lot of protection.


May 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ga. Power at crossroads on Plant Vogtle project

Russell Grantham reports that a decision on what to do with Plant Vogtle’s half-built reactors could be made Friday, the expiration date for Georgia Power’s agreement that has kept work going at the site after a key contractor’s bankruptcy filing seven weeks ago.


May 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Airbus launches drone business in Atlanta

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that aerospace giant Airbus has launched an Atlanta-based commercial drone business. Airbus Aerial will initially focus on developing imagery services using drones, satellites and high altitude aircraft. The unit will target various industries, including insurance, agriculture, oil and gas, utilities, and state and federal governments, Airbus said in a statement.


May 11, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Armstrong, Georgia Southern faculty to craft alternate proposal for academics

Dash Coleman reports that discussions on a proposed academic structure for a combined Armstrong-Georgia Southern University led to disagreement between faculty members and some administrators Wednesday during a meeting of the committee tasked with consolidating the two schools. After more than half an hour of back-and-forth between members of the committee, Georgia Southern President Jaimie Hebert moved to table the matter until the group’s next meeting in two weeks, giving faculty members from both universities time to propose an alternative plan.


May 11, 2017 New York Times

7 Years After Arrest and Outcry, Young Woman Again Faces Deportation

Miriam Jordon reports that Jessica Colotl embodied the debate over illegal immigration when she was locked up for 37 days and nearly sent back to Mexico after an Atlanta-area police officer caught her driving without a license in 2010. To supporters, including her sorority sisters, the president of her college and the immigrant advocates who publicized her case, hers was an example of police overreach and the need to safeguard ambitious young students from deportation.


May 11, 2017 Saporta Report

New transit oriented development underway at Chamblee MARTA Station 

Maria Saporta reports that the City of Chamblee got another development boost Wednesday when MARTA held the official ground-breaking ceremony for the $25 million Trackside Project. Parkside Partners, under the leadership of Kyle Jenks, is developing an office building with 80,000 square feet of office space and 13,000 square feet of retail.


May 11, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald

Grenzebach recognized as 2017 Manufacturer of the Year

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal named Newnan manufacturer Grenzebach Corporation the winner of the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year award in the category of Small Manufacturer, those with fewer than 150 employees. The awards ceremony was held April 27 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. 


May 11, 2017 Albany Herald

Lee officials floating ideas for possible 100-acre recreational complex

Jennifer Parks reports that Lee County Commission on Tuesday conducted public hearings on three separate projects, while the green light was given on various public safety and public works needs. Meanwhile, a public hearing has been set concerning the possible expansion of recreational opportunities in Leesburg.


May 11, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

With Sears and hhgregg gone, JCPenney to sell appliances in Columbus

Tony Adams reports that, with appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg wrapping up its going-out-of-business liquidation at Columbus Park Crossing — and Sears now long gone from the local market — the JCPenney department store at Peachtree Mall is preparing to fill a portion of that void.

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May 11, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

Fire crews can finally take offensive on West Mims Fire

Terry Dickson reports, for the first time in days, crews Tuesday were able to take the fight to the West Mims Fire as a temperature inersion kept the lid on the fire that has now burned nearly 144,000 acres in an area near the Okefenokee Swamp. The fire did its worst work recently outside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge as strong winds Saturday, Sunday and Monday sent it on runs to the east and south threatening residents of St. George and Moniac and prompting an evacuation order for the southern half of Charlton County.


May 11, 2017 Brunswick News

Perdue meets with state military representatives

Gordon Jackson reports that a delegation representing military communities across Georgia met Wednesday with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., to discuss how all the state’s bases can better work together to strengthen the state’s contribution to national defense. Representatives from more than 15 military communities including Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield and Moody Air Force Base.


May 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Ossoff ups the ante: Pours $6.6M into ads for 6th District runoff

Greg Bluestein reports, democrat Jon Ossoff reserved more than $6.6 million in airtime for cable, TV and radio ads through the June 20 runoff, ensuring he’ll be hard to avoid in the final five weeks of his bid for an upset victory in Georgia’s 6th District. Elections data show he recently added $1.4 million to his initial ad buy, even as conservative groups backing Republican Karen Handel pony up millions to try to thwart his campaign.



May 10, 2017

Deal: Legislation ‘another meaningful step forward’ for criminal justice reform

Gov. Nathan Deal  signed criminal justice reform legislation at the Department of Community Supervision Reentry Summit in Macon. SB 174, SB 175 and SB 176 are based on recommendations from the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform and build upon Deal’s previous criminal justice reform initiatives.


May 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Homeruns

Jennifer Hafer reports that they call it “the LakePoint effect.” Since the first pitch at the 1,300-acre sporting community in 2014, Bartow County is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. “In 2013, there was one flashing light in Emerson,” says Ellen Archer, executive director of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


May 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Piedmont Healthcare in talks to partner with Columbus Regional

Ellie Hensley reports that "It's very difficult for small systems like [Columbus Regional] to compete," , said Michael Rovinsky, director of the Southeast Region for medical consulting firm Veralon. "They just can't achieve the economies of scale that are required or develop the infrastructure that's acquired to support population health and address value-based payment approaches. They really can't do it alone anymore."


May 10, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia Among First States To Allow Self-Driving Cars

Tasnim Shamma reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Monday making self-driving cars that have the proper insurance and registration legal on Georgia roads. Harry Lightsey, General Motor's executive director of public policy on emerging technologies, said GM already has 50 cars it's testing in three cities: San Francisco, Scottsdale, Ariz. and Detroit.


May 10, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Largest container ship ever on the East Coast arrives in Savannah on Thursday

Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Cosco Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, is on its way to Savannah, ushering in an era of big ships that is expected to become more the norm than the exceptions for the country's fourth-largest container port .


May 10, 2017 Brunswick News

Wildfire forces more evacuations

Gordon Jackson reports that a blanket of smoke hung over much of Camden County Tuesday morning and stretched up to Jekyll Island as a wildfire that has consumed more than 140,000 acres continues to rage in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The fire was threatening more than 250 homes Tuesday, forcing the mandatory evacuation of more than 1,000 residents in the southern half of Charlton County.


May 10, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Family-owned south Georgia grocer to open in Perry

Linda S. Morris reports that a well-known south Georgia-based grocery store is planning to open in Perry. Cordele-based Stripling’s General Store plans to build a 12,000-square-foot store at 301 Agricultural Village Blvd., which is in The Agricultural Village development across Interstate 75 from the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, according to a release. It would be the company’s fourth retail store.


May 10, 2017 Georgia Health News

Report claims substandard care at Georgia immigrant detention centers

Stell Simonton reports that people in two Georgia immigrant detention centers are getting inadequate care in “desperately understaffed” medical units, according to a report released last week by Project South, an Atlanta-based advocacy group. While detainees often get their required physical exams upon entering the facilities, they may wait a long time for medical treatment, the report said.


May 10, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald

Governor signs brewery beer sales bill

Sarah Faye Campbell reports that a big change is coming to Georgia’s craft beer brewing industry now that Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill that allows breweries to sell directly to consumers. Deal signed Senate Bill 85 Monday. Its provisions will take effect Sept. 1.


May 10, 2017 GPB

Governor Deal Blocks Child Custody Bill, Others On Veto Day

Sam Whitehead reports that Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed a bill that would have made changes to the state’s adoption laws. It’s one of the nine bills he blocked Tuesday, the deadline for the governor to take action on legislation passed by the General Assembly this year.


May 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia 6th: Ossoff calls for probe of Russian ‘interference’ after Comey’s canning

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Jon Ossoff called for a special prosecutor Tuesday to “investigate Russian interference,” seizing on the stunning move by President Donald Trump to abruptly fire the director of the FBI amid a criminal investigation into whether his advisers colluded with the Russian government.



May 9, 2017 GPB

Coke Plans To Cut 1200 Jobs As Sales Decline

Celeste Headlee and Sean Powers report that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola recently announced it would lay-off 1,200 workers. This comes after similar downturns in recent years. We learn more about the company's future with Mark Pendergrast, author of the book "For God, Country & Coca-Cola." We were also joined by journalist Duane Stanford, who covered Coca-Cola for years.


May 9, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Dunwoody Nature Center

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, the  Dunwoody Nature Center in Dunwoody, on the northern outskirts of Atlanta, promotes environmental awareness and understanding. Learn more about this natural enclave in the heart of the suburbs from Executive Director Alan Mothner and in this month’s Georgia Trend feature on the Perimeter area, “Hub of Activity.”


May 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How Home Depot is winning while retail loses

Michael E. Kanell reports that the colors of retail have lately come in red for financial losses, black and white for obituaries or maybe shade of gray for the grim struggle to survive in changing times. And then there’s orange. As in, Big Orange, aka Atlanta-based Home Depot.


May 9, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta lands HQ of new $1.8 billion-a-year building products giant

David Allison reports that Boral on May 8 completed its acquisition of Utah-based Headwaters Inc., with Boral USA and Headwaters combining to form a new division to be named Boral North America.


May 9, 2017 University of Georgia

UGA awarded Innovation Corps Site status

Allyson Mann reports that the University of Georgia has been named an Innovation Corps Site by the National Science Foundation, enhancing UGA's ability to turn ideas and research discoveries into commercially viable products or services by providing early evaluation of projects through a customer discovery process.


May 9, 2017 Macon Telegraph

Supporters of Georgia military bases meet with Perdue

Wayne Crenshaw reports that representatives of all of Georgia’s military communities met with U.S. Sen. David Perdue in Atlanta on Monday to discuss how the bases can protect and grow jobs. Representatives of the 21st Century Partnership, which advocates for Robins Air Force Base, were among those in attendance. Rob Brooks, partnership chairman, said it’s the first time since he has been involved with the group that all of the state’s military communities have met.


May 9, 2017 Georgia Health News

A place that pulls addicts back from the brink

Kristina Griffith reports, David woke up on a cold floor. The only thing in view was a toilet looming next to him. His concept of time was hazy, but as he staggered from the bathroom he saw a clock and realized that he couldn’t account for 18 hours of his life.


May 9, 2017 Saporta Report

Changes loom for Savannah River as Congress deauthorizes dam, lock at Augusta    

David Pendered reports that the Chattahoochee River isn’t the only Georgia waterway under scrutiny. Major changes are looming for the Savannah River. The dam across the river at Augusta may be removed, and whatever is built to impound water must allow fish to migrate through it.


May 9, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Norcross energy tech company sold for $100 million

Mark Meltzer reports that Comverge, a privately held Norcross company that provides energy efficiency technology to electric utilities, has been acquired by a Washington-based tech company. Itron Inc. (Nasdaq: ITRI), which is based near Spokane, Wash., purchased Comverge’s parent company, Peak Holding Corp., in a cash deal worth approximately $100 million, Itron announced Monday.


May 9, 2017 WABE 90.1

Bill Aims To Create More Space For Pre-K In Georgia

Martha Dalton reports that the Georgia lottery provides money for about 84,000 4 year olds to attend the state’s pre-kindergarten program. But only 81,000 children are served, due to a lack of space. The lottery pays for teacher salaries and materials, but public schools can’t spend money from the capital outlay fund to build pre-K classrooms.


May 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s Veto Day for Nathan Deal: A look at what’s on his desk

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal reminded lawmakers during the legislative session’s final hours that he’s not afraid to wield his veto powers. On Tuesday we’ll find out just how willing he is to use that red pen. The final day of the 40-day signing period is upon us, and the governor must decide whether to sign or nullify legislation. He can also let legislation become law by not taking action, but he’s never used that option.



May 8, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times

Swamp fire overtakes tractor plow

Terry Richards reports that the growing blaze in the Okefenokee Swamp overtook a firefighting tractor plow, though the driver escaped unharmed, according to firefighters. The West Mims Fire had grown to more than 121,000 acres by Sunday, according to a statement from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. An army of 535 firefighters with 10 helicopters, 55 fire engines and more heavy equipment is battling the blaze.


May 8, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Black Shoals Park

Mary Ann Demuth reports that Black Shoals Park at Randy Poynter Lake near Conyers has something for just about every outdoor enthusiast. The lake, a reservoir constructed to meet Rockdale County’s water needs, is popular for fishing as well as kayaking and canoeing. Only electric, sailing, rowing and man-powered boats allowed on the water to help maintain its pristine condition.


May 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Failed DeKalb ‘Grand Empire’ backers pay $4.6 million for alleged fraud

Russell Grantham reports that the developers of a long-stalled resort project in south DeKalb County have agreed to pay almost $4.6 million to settle accusations that they spent investors’ money on shopping sprees and night club carousing.


May 8, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Regulators shut Wisconsin bank with 22 metro Atlanta BestBank branches

David Allison reports that federal regulators on May 5 closed Wisconsin-based Guaranty Bank, whose operations included 22 BestBank branches in metro Atlanta. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company of Raleigh, N.C., has assumed all of the deposits of Guaranty Bank. Guaranty Bank had 119 branches in five states, 107 of which were in retail outlets, such as grocery and general merchandise stores.


May 8, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Airport studies wood storks with eye toward relocation

Mary Landers reports that the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is gearing up to study a different sort of flyer — a big gawky bird called a wood stork. About 100 of these birds, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, have established a rookery at the airport. At 3 feet tall with a 6-foot wingspan, wood storks pose a danger to air traffic.


May 8, 2017 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Innovation Centers Help Large Companies Stay Relevant

Tasnim Shamma reports that technology startups are all about testing big ideas quickly and efficiently, skipping much of the bureaucracy common at more established corporations. But large companies realize they’ve got to keep up to stay relevant and can't wait around to be "disrupted.” That’s why the Technology Association of Georgia estimates the state is now home to nearly 100 technology innovation centers, incubators and accelerators.


May 8, 2017 Saporta Report

Atlanta contemplates more energy efficiency from all city-owned properties   

David Pendered reports that the Atlanta City Council is considering another significant measure regarding the city’s impact on the environment. This one aims to boost the sustainability rankings of city-owned properties to a minimum of LEED Silver certification.


May 8, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

$3.2 million Carmike property purchase was a ‘measured’ decision, developer says

Chuck Williams reports that for months, there has been speculation about what would happen to the Carmike Cinemas corporate headquarters in downtown Columbus since the movie theater chain sold. The sale of Carmike — a local business institution since its founding as Martin Theaters in the 1930s — to Kansas-based AMC Entertainment Holdings was finalized in late December.


May 8, 2017 Gainesville Times

880-home development goes before Gainesville planning board Tuesday

Jeff Gill reports that with its dense woods and quiet, except for sounds of nature, it seems this Lake Lanier peninsula is miles from city lights and noise. And especially city traffic. But that may all change in coming years, if an Atlanta developer’s plans for an 880-home active-adult community off Ahaluna Drive and heavily traveled Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 gains Gainesville’s approval.


May 8, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

Local families say kids hearing aid bill will help with costs

Curt Yeomans reports that Snellville resident Kimmone Knight noticed something was off with her 2-year-old son Ethan’s hearing when he responded differently to her voice from the way his twin brother did. The sign that something was amiss came one day when the mother was interacting with her sons and noticed Joshua had a faster response than Ethan. The boys were about 6 months old at the time.


May 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Sally Yates to headline blockbuster hearing on Russia’s election meddling

Tamar Hallerman reports that ormer acting Attorney General Sally Yates will speak publicly for the first time on Monday about her warnings to the Trump White House about ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, testimony that could rattle an administration that’s been seeking to put nonstop questions about Russian meddling in the election in the rearview mirror.



May 5, 2017

Deal: April tax revenues up 9.1 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for April totaled $2.26 billion, for an increase of $187.9 million, or 9.1 percent, compared to April 2016. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $18.06 billion, for an increase of nearly $718.8 million, or 4.1 percent, over last year when net tax revenues totaled $17.34 billion.


May 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes

Susan Percy reports, two Georgia House of Representatives members, Republican Michael Caldwell of Woodstock and Democrat Dar’shun Kendrick of Lithonia, have teamed up to create the Georgia Future Caucus, described as a bipartisan group of legislators under the age of 40. “Partisanship should never stand in the way of good policy,” Caldwell said in a press release. “I look forward to partnering with young legislators on both sides of the aisle.”


May 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta tech jobs: some skills in high demand. (Good pay, too).

Michael E. Kanell reports that is a time for technology – at least for people with the right skills. In the midst of a generally improving economy, steady hiring and modest pay increases, technology seems to be leading the pack with solid boosts to pay and a sometimes urgent search to find the more valuable and rare abilities.


May 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Aluminum extrusion manufacturer Elixir Extrusions to invest $8 million, create 100 jobs in Georgia

Phil W. Hudson reports that Douglas, Ga.-based Elixir Extrusions LLC will invest $8 million and create 100 new jobs to expand its operations in Douglas-Coffee County. The manufacturer of custom aluminum extrusions and fabricated parts reported the new 70,000 square-foot facility will accommodate the integration of automated anodizing equipment.


May 5, 2017 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Innovation Centers Help Large Companies Stay Relevant

Tasnim Shamma reports that technology startups are all about testing big ideas quickly and efficiently, skipping much of the bureaucracy common at more established corporations. But large companies realize they’ve got to keep up to stay relevant and can't wait around to be "disrupted.”


May 5, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Congress adds funding for cyber, defense operations at Fort Gordon

Thomas Gardiner reports that the U.S. House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 Wednesday, delivering increased funding for defense activities and other federal programs in the Augusta area and throughout the state. The bill allotted nearly $1 billion for national cyber operations and a 2.1 percent pay increase for military personnel which added to total defense spending increases of more than $25 billion compared to 2016.


May 5, 2017 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Black contemplates Georgia agriculture’s future   

Neil McGahee reports, collard salad may well exemplify the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is counting on to serve the next generation of Georgians. “You wouldn’t think something like collard salad would be very appetizing to a middle schooler,” Black said. “But the folks at our test kitchens — one located here in Adairsville where recipes are developed using Georgia-grown products — worked with it until they perfected a taste that kids like, and it’s also good for them.”


May 5, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

Water partners eye poultry waste 

Diane Wagner reports that fish-killing algae blooms in Lake Weiss led Georgia environmental officials to restrict discharges into the Coosa River — a potentially unsustainable expense for industries and cities in the region. But a pilot project in the city of Calhoun is taking aim at another source of the phosphorus that feeds algae in the Alabama lake.


May 5, 2017 Saporta Report

Jackson Healthcare adding 1,400 jobs in North Fulton County via groundbreaking    

David Pendered reports, Gov. Nathan Deal and a host of civic and business leaders broke ground on a $100 million expansion of the headquarters of Jackson Healthcare, a healthcare staffing company that intends to add 1,400 employees over the next five years.


May 5, 2017 Georgia Health News

State control would increase if GOP health plan becomes law

Andy Miller reports, Georgia and other states would have more control over health care  — its rules, spending and benefits — under the bill that passed the U.S. House on Thursday. The revised version of the Republican-backed health bill, approved narrowly in the House, would allow states to get waivers to create insurance regulations much different from the current Affordable Care Act requirements.


May 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Nathan Deal signed the Georgia ‘campus carry’ bill

Greg Bluestein reports,Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a campus gun measure last year with a scathing message invoking a Supreme Court opinion that declared universities “sensitive” places that should be free of firearms. So why did he sign a revamped gun measure this year? The short answer is that the governor last year also made a personal request to lawmakers for exemptions to the measure that were ignored.



May 4, 2017 GPB

The Fight To Protect Cumberland Island Heats Up

Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that a group of private landowners wants to develop 1,000 acres on Georgia’s Cumberland Island. Opponents say the rezoning would negatively impact wildlife and tourism. We talk with Alex Kearns of the nonprofit St. Marys Earthkeepers, which appealed the request to develop. Also with us is Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods and GPB Savannah reporter Emily Jones.


May 4, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From The Publisher: Good Response

Ben Young writes, the past year has been a difficult one for Georgia. Starting last fall, we’ve been besieged by natural weather events that have rocked us from the coast to the hills. As we recovered from Hurricane Matthew, which left many of our coastal communities ravaged and killed four people, wildfires broke out in the North Georgia mountains.


May 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta rings stock exchange closing bell, marks 10 years since stock relisting

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines on Wednesday marked 10 years since its stock was relisted on the New York Stock Exchange after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. CEO Ed Bastian and former CEO Gerald Grinstein, who headed the airline 10 years ago, marked the occasion by ringing the closing bell on the bell podium of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.


May 4, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Serta Simmons HQ to bring more than 500 jobs to Doraville

Douglas Sams and Maria Saporta report that the job count was just one of several details that emerged Wednesday evening when Serta Simmons representatives briefly discussed the project before Doraville’s Downtown Development Authority.


May 4, 2017 WABE 90.1

Atlanta-Based Yik Yak Messaging App Is Shutting Down

Tasnim Shamma reports that this is the last week in business for Atlanta-based technology startup Yik Yak. Co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington announced recently that operations for Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app, would be shutting down. Yik Yak users used the app to create and view posts – called Yaks – within a five-mile radius.


May 4, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

SunTrust Bank market president jumps to Columbus Bank and Trust

Tony Adams reports that Synovus Financial Corp. has hired an executive from its competitor SunTrust Bank to oversee its private wealth management business at Columbus Bank and Trust. Columbus-based Synovus said Monday that Gene Perkins is now senior director of private wealth at the city’s largest bank.


May 4, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia landscapes changing fast - urban land doubled in 30 years as farmlands faded

Lee Shearer reports that Georgia’s landscapes have changed dramatically since the early 1980s, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From 1982 to 2012, farmland acreage in Georgia declined by a third, according to “Georgia’s Land: Its Use and Condition.”


May 4, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Floor & Decor’s initial stock offering sets record for year so far

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Floor & Décor Holdings Inc., an Atlanta-based company that has turned the notion of online sales replacing brick-and-mortar stores on its head, went public last week with Wall Street’s most successful IPO so far this year. The company is a specialty retailer of hard-surface flooring and accessories whose current Savannah-area presence includes a 68,000-square-foot retail store/design center on Victory Drive and a distribution center.


May 4, 2017 Georgia Health News

‘Let’s put on a show!’ Theater, arts may improve brain function

Judi Kanne reports, Jody Grass Leonard, a registered nurse, has a passion about the stage, about acting. Leonard has enjoyed acting in community theater since her 30s. Her first role included singing and dancing with the Hot Box Chorus girls in the beloved musical “Guys and Dolls.” She’s in her 50s today. Training in any of the arts — such as music, dance or theater — strengthens the brain’s attention system and can help seniors’ cognitive ability, experts say.


May 4, 2017 Brunswick News

State troopers lend air support to Jekyll firefight

Larry Hobbs reports that plumes of thick, dark smoke billowed from a brush fire Tuesday evening near the entrance to Jekyll Island, visible throughout the Golden Isles. The smoke also caught the attention of some Georgia State Patrol troopers, who contacted Jekyll Island Fire Chief Jason Richardson with an offer to help put out the fire. Firefighting is not exactly the line of work that comes quickly to mind when thinking of the state patrol, but these were no ordinary troopers.


May 4, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta’s cyber industry has billion dollar a year potential, says CSRA Alliance consultant

Damon Cline reports that a former executive with the National Cyber Research Park said the Augusta region has the potential to turn its cyber assets into a $1 billion-a-year industry. G.B. Cazes, former vice president for the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, La., the anchor facility for the 3,000-acre national research campus, said the Augusta area is “well on its way” to being an international center of cyber education, operations and research and development.


May 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump readies ‘religious liberty’ order that could reenergize Georgia effort

Tamar Hallerman reports that President Donald Trump plans to sign a long-awaited executive order on ‘religious liberty’ Thursday that could have a ripple effect in Georgia, where conservatives have tried for years to pass similar legislation.




May 3, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia Ranks Fifth In Drinking Water Violation Study

Adhiti Bandlamudi reports that Georgia ranks fifth among states with the most drinking water violations. That's according to a new study by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental advocacy group. The study says Georgia's violations happened mostly in rural areas with smaller water systems. "Atlanta is a very large system and so, they likely have many professionals on staff who keep up with the rules," said Mae Wu, the staff attorney in the NRDC's health program.


May 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s Legal Elite nominations open

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 28, 2016, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2017 issue. Any attorney who lives and works in Georgia and is a member of the Georgia bar is eligible to nominate a peer.


May 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta tests chatbots and other ideas at innovation center

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, could Alexa or Siri someday give you your flight status or check in for a flight? In the future, could a ride in an autonomous vehicle become part of a itinerary booked by a passenger with an airline? Those are some of the questions Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is exploring on the seventh floor of the Centergy building at Georgia Tech's Technology Square.


May 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Agricultural equipment giant AGCO names second female board member

David Allison reports that Atlanta-based agricultural equipment giant AGCO Corp. is plowing new ground in corporate governance, naming a second female board member. AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) said its board elected Suzanne Clark, senior executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to its board of directors effective immediately. Clark will serve on the compensation and succession planning Committees.


May 3, 2017 GPB

Why Atlanta Immigration Court Is Notorious For Denying Asylum

Adam Ragusea and Trevor Young report that new research from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Emory University finds cases of alleged bias in the Atlanta Immigration Court. The AIC denies asylum to 98 percent of seekers, by far the highest rate of any immigration court in the nation.


May 3, 2017 Saporta Report

All electricity used in Atlanta to be generated from renewables by 2035, says Atlanta City Council 

David Pendered reports that the Atlanta City Council has resolved that all the electricity used in the city shall be generated through renewable resources by 2035. Advocates said the victory sets the stage for a push to bring the issue of clean energy for transportation into this year’s city elections. 


May 3, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Unisys CEO touts Augusta facility during visit

Damon Cline reports, based on performance metrics, Unisys Corp.’s top-performing service center is its 250-person operation in downtown Augusta. But Unisys CEO Peter Altabef didn’t need to look at a report to know that – he said he could see it in the faces of employees during his first visit to the facility Monday. “In a prior job, one of the things I would do is walk around the halls and just look at the people,” said Altabef, who served as chief executive of MICROS Systems and Dell Services before joining Unisys in 2015.


May 3, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Memorial buyer HCA purchases Waycross hospital

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Monday, Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross became the latest hospital to join for-profit healthcare giant Hospital Corporation of America, integrating into the company’s South Atlantic Division and adopting a new name - Memorial Satilla Health. The change came after the hospital’s leadership and board of directors conducted an extensive search for a partner to ensure continued delivery of care in Waycross.


May 3, 2017 Georgia Health News

Years after hospital closed, some former patients struggle for safe housing

Saleen Martin reports, empty houses, “no trespassing” signs, and trees marked for destruction give the grounds of Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital in Rome a forlorn air. The once-bustling institution is silent except for bird calls and the distant sound of traffic. At peak capacity, the hospital had 700 employees and 2,000 residents with developmental disabilities or mental health issues.


May 3, 2017 Gainesville Times

Governor signs bill designating hospitals by level of cardiac care

Norm Cannada reports that Gov. Nathan Deal traveled to Gainesville Tuesday to sign a bill designating three levels of cardiac care, which officials said will help patients and emergency responders better understand where to transport those who have had a heart attack. “Even without this legislation, this has been the No. 1 heart center in the state of Georgia,” Deal told the crowd before signing Senate Bill 102 into law at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville’s Walters Auditorium.


May 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Sally Yates to contradict White House statements on Mike Flynn

Jim Galloway reports that Sally Yates, the former U.S. attorney in Atlanta and former acting U.S. attorney general, is set to testify Monday before the U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham-led subcommittee.



May 2, 2017

Deal signs FY 2018 budget

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal held budget signing ceremonies across the state for next year’s $25 billion state budget. The legislation, HB 44, will support Georgia citizens by funding initiatives in education, human services, public safety, state infrastructure and other key areas. This budget is based on a 3.5 percent increase in general fund revenues over FY 2017, reflecting Georgia’s sustained economic growth.


May 2, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Perimeter: Hub of Activity

Lori Johnston reports that the top end of Atlanta’s Perimeter is a hot spot for several ambitious office and infrastructure projects. Construction on the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, with a projected cost of $800 million, began in early 2017 and will create more capacity and reduce traffic congestion.


May 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke’s new CEO got a 40 percent salary bump with the new job

Russell Grantham reports that James Quincey, Coca-Cola’s new chief executive, got a 40 percent raise in salary, to $1.3 million, Coca-Cola disclosed. Quincey, 52, officially took his new job Monday, replacing long-time Coke CEO Muhtar Kent, who will remain as the company's chairman.


May 2, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Synovus hires SunTrust exec to oversee private wealth management

Mark Meltzer reports that Synovus Financial Corp. has hired an executive from its competitor SunTrust Bank to oversee the private wealth management business at Columbus Bank and Trust, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports. Gene Perkins is now senior director of private wealth at Synovus, replacing Heath Schondelmayer. Schondelmayer on Jan. 1 succeeded Billy Blanchard as president of Columbus Bank and Trust, with Blanchard departing to join the private equity firm, Jordan-Blanchard Capital, the Ledger-Enquirer said.


May 2, 2017 Brunswick News

Okefenokee fire is nation's largest

Gordon Jackson reports that wildfires are burning across the nation but none is larger than the one in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The fire, sparked by a lightning strike April 6, has grown to more than 100,000 acres. Susan Granbery, a Georgia Forestry Commission spokeswoman, said many fire crews were assigned Monday to the east side of the refuge where 15 mph winds with gusts up to 25 mph were expected to push the flames close to the Swamp Edge Break.


May 2, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Air Canada begins nonstop service from Toronto to Savannah

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Air Canada’s inaugural flight from Toronto – marking the beginning of daily seasonal air service from May 1 to Oct. 15 - rolled up to Gate 4 of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Monday afternoon to the fanfare of water cannons, a ribbon-cutting, cheers and moose cupcakes.


May 2, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

House appropriations bill cuts MOX funding, slight increase for SRS overall

Thomas Gardiner reports that Congress released a consolidated appropriations bill late Sunday night that would keep the government from diving off a fiscal cliff if passed, and the bill allots money for Savannah River Site operations, including the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility through the end of this fiscal year, Sept. 30.


May 2, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac stock moving into proverbial sweet spot range for a split

Tony Adams reports, it's a question that Dan Amos acknowledges hearing from time to time, but certainly right around the moment each year that Aflac gathers its loyal shareholders for an annual meeting at the Columbus Museum. That seemingly simple question: Is the company considering a stock split?


May 2, 2017 Emory University

Emory Law marks 100th anniversary with Clinton, Nunn

Susan Carini reports, when you turn 100, you might be expected to look backward more than forward. Not so for the Emory University School of Law on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, which was marked with a formal celebration April 29 featuring former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. senator and Emory Law alumnus Sam Nunn.


May 2, 2017 University of Georgia

Six winners of Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards announced

Margaret Blanchard reports that the Peabody Media Center and the University of Georgia have named six winners of this year's Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards for outstanding digital storytelling released in 2016. The programs use 3-D modeling, virtual reality, interactive websites and video games to address stories covering a range of issues, from torture in prison and childhood cancer to transgender dating and identity.


May 2, 2017 Gainesville Times

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp strikes populist tone in run for governor

Nick Bowman reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is striking a populist tone in his 2018 run for governor, touting his record as a small business owner, prioritizing rural Georgia and adopting a “Georgians first” attitude to state spending and illegal immigrants. The seven-year secretary of state sat down with The Times on Monday to discuss these issues and others involved in his campaign to be Georgia’s third Republican governor.


May 2, 2017 Saporta Report

Perdue gives Trump a map to rural America   

Tom Baxter reports, all the way up to the week he took over his new job, Sonny Perdue has been an afterthought. The former Georgia governor was the last cabinet official to be nominated by President Donald Trump and the last to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. His past controversies, Oaky Woods and so forth, hardly roused a sniff of disapproval amid all the other ethics scandals roiling the pond in the administration’s early days.


May 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Poll: Ossoff in dead heat with Handel in Georgia’s 6th

Greg Bluestein reports that an internal poll conducted for Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign shows him locked in a dead heat with Republican Karen Handel in the June 20 runoff to represent Georgia’s 6th District. The poll was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, a polling firm that worked for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And while it’s an internal poll, it’s also the first we’ve seen since Ossoff narrowly missed an outright win in last month’s special election.



May 1, 2017 WABE 90.1

Offshore Drilling Debate Renewed For Georgia Coastal Area

Molly Samuel reports that the debate is back about offshore oil exploration and drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Georgia coastal area. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday directing the Department of the Interior to look at opening up more areas to offshore drilling.


May 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Most Respected Business Leader: Sharing The Vision

Susan Percy eighteen years ago, Carol Burrell came out of an interview at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and said to a friend, “I think they are going to offer me a job.” Her friend’s response: “I think you will be CEO someday.” They were both right, although Burrell says the notion of leading the hospital and its parent health system seemed far-fetched to her at the time.


May 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke seeks a lift from new CEO Quincey

Russell Grantham reports that Monday is Day One for Coca-Cola’s new CEO. James Quincey, 52, a British-born veteran executive at the Atlanta icon, takes the job officially as predecessor Muhtar Kent retires after nearly a decade in the post. He is the 16th executive to head the company in the last 125 years. (Two, Robert W. Woodruff and Charles Howard Candler, headed the company twice.)


May 1, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Plans filed to kick off $193 million Philips Arena renovation

Amy Wenk reports that a nearly $193 million renovation of downtown’s Philips Arena could soon kick off. Plans were filed April 27 in Atlanta for the first phase of the project. According to the permit, it would include the interior demolition of 100,000 square feet and the interior renovation of the North Club and Owner’s Suite.


May 1, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

West Mims fire is 96,000 acres and could grow dramatically with Monday’s winds

Terry Dickson reports that the  West Mims fire burned 1,500 additional acres in 24 hours, according to a Sunday morning update. That may seem like a lot, but 1,500 acres is an inactive day for the 96,000-acre fire, and crews were using the time to get ready for the fire’s next run, which will surely come, according to officials directing the management of the fire.


May 1, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

Counties seek to expand broadband; NW Ga. officials say gaps are economic development issue

Diane Wagner reports that a coalition of Northwest Georgia counties is working to expand broadband to underserved parts of the region. The western half of Floyd County, The Pocket up north and much of Polk and Chattooga counties are areas where high-speed internet service is either spotty, unaffordable or not available at all, according to a Digital Georgia interactive map. Walker, Gordon, Bartow, Paulding and Haralson counties also show significant gaps in coverage.


May 1, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA convenes meetings on education, economic development in Athens

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia convened two special meetings last week to talk about issues in economic development and education in Athens-Clarke County. UGA President Jere Morehead announced in a press conference this week that the two meetings had been held April 20-21, each conducted by professional meeting facilitators from the University’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.


May 1, 2017 Albany Herald

High start-up costs can be barrier to pecan production

Clint Thompson reports that Georgia’s pecan industry grew by more than 20,000 new acres in the last five years. Pecans are a booming business in Georgia, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells says that new farmers should go into the venture knowing that pecans are a costly investment. “Georgia growers who are looking to break into the industry need to be mindful of the various costs that are associated with the crop,” Wells said.


May 1, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

State improving but concerns remain about care for patients moving out of  Gracewood

Tom Corwin reports, the state of Georgia is doing a better job of moving medically fragile developmentally disabled patients out of state hospitals such as the Gracewood wing of East Central Regional Hospital, a court-appointed observer said in a recent filing. But it is still not investigating and reporting deaths promptly when they occur, including one man who died just days after being moved from Gracewood, and it cannot follow its own procedures for reporting on and safeguarding those it deems at high risk of injury or death.


May 1, 2017 Georgia Health News

Georgians with disabilities don’t get required help to renew benefits, suit says

Andy Miller reports that three Georgians with disabilities have filed a lawsuit alleging that state agencies have failed to provide accommodations to help them maintain their eligibility for food stamps and Medicaid. Thousands of Georgians with disabilities face a similar risk of a benefits cutoff, the lawsuit contends.


May 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Jimmy Carter, Sunday school teacher

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it's not every day you get to see and hear an ex-president speak and be inspired not just by the energy, kindness and humor of a 92-year-old national treasure, but also by the people who work to make the experience, which could be a logistical nightmare, as pleasant as a garden party. One Sunday in April, my husband and I decided it was time to see this man in action.


May 1, 2017 Brunswick News 

Retired vice admiral: Navy and spaceport can coexist

Gordon Jackson reports that the newest appointee to the Spaceport Camden steering committee doesn’t see any issues with rocket launches conflicting with operations at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Retired Vice Adm. Al Konetzni, who served a tour of duty at Kings Bay during his 38-year career, said the Navy already deals with ship movements and rocket launches.


May 1, 2017 Gainesville Times

Casey Cagle launches campaign for governor in Duluth

Nick Bowman reports that Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle launched his 2018 campaign for governor before a crowd of more than 600 at Infinite Energy Theater on Sunday. As he entered the race to replace outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal, Cagle talked about his economic proposals, including a plan to pass a $100 million tax cut in his first 100 days, a goal to create 500,000 jobs in his first term and a call for infrastructure spending in the state.


May 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Karen Handel in ‘b-roll’ slip-up: ‘I wanted to bark at you the way I get barked at’

Jim Galloway reports, file this under “somewhat embarrassing but no scandal.’ We have developed a strange campaign system in which political candidates rely heavily on independent Super PACs, but under federal law cannot coordinate with them. And so it is a common practice for candidates to record massive amounts of video of themselves, smiling and looking earnest and productive, then posting the footage on YouTube.



April 28, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Vogtle deadline looms, utilities consider natural gas conversion

Thomas Gardiner reports that construction on new American commercial nuclear power generation plants will reach a milestone Friday, marking 30 days since Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy protection. Westinghouse was contracted to construct four new nuclear reactors, two at Vogtle near Waynesboro and two at VC Summer near Jenkinsville, S.C. According to bankruptcy filings, cost overruns at the facilities left Westinghouse, a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp., with a deficit it couldn’t overcome.


April 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Reaching Rural Patients

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, in the not-too-distant past, many rural Georgia stroke victims missed out on a treatment that could have saved their lives and reduced long-term damage from their strokes. By the time they went to the closest hospital and were transferred to a larger suburban or urban hospital, they were typically outside the three-hour window required for receiving the clot-busting treatment known as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator).


April 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Omni buys Time Warner stake in downtown Atlanta hotel

Leon Stafford reports that Time Warner no longer has a financial stake in the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. The Dallas-based hotel company said Thursday it has bought out the media giant’s 50 percent interest in the lodger, which is next door to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters.


April 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

South Carolina bank to buy North Carolina bank for $690.8M; expand presence in Georgia, enter Virginia

Phil W. Hudson reports that Columbia, S.C.-based South State Corp. (NASDAQ:SSB) will acquire Charlotte, N.C.-based Park Sterling Corp. (NASDAQ:PSTB) for $690.8 million to create a new company with $14.5 billion in assets, $11.5 billion in deposits and $10.4 billion in loans.


April 28, 2017

‘Trump Effect’ Threatens Georgia Jobs Backed by Trade With China, Mexico

Ritu Lisso reports that two of Georgia’s top trading partners — China and Mexico — also happened to have been Donald Trump’s biggest targets on the campaign trail. And while the new president has yet to make good on promised tariffs on Chinese imports and a full renegotiation of NAFTA, ongoing political risk surrounding these important ties is threatening job-creating foreign investment and exports in the state.


April 28, 2017 Emory University

Center for World University Rankings lists Emory in Top 10 for publications in seven fields

Holly Korschun reports that the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranks Emory University in the Top 10 globally in seven subject areas based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals over the last 10 years. The CWUR rankings feature the top global universities in 227 subjects covering all academic disciplines in the sciences and social sciences.


April 28, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Ben Epps Airport getting interest from two air carriers

Jim Thompson reports that Athens-Ben Epps Airport has attracted the interest of two air carriers, and it could be just a matter of weeks before some announcement is forthcoming on the return of scheduled commercial air service in Athens — service that could start as early as September, according to Airport Director Tim Beggerly.


April 28, 2017 Saporta Report

State to beachgoers: Hurricane Matthew damaged habitat, give nesting birds wide berth   

David Pendered reports, Georgia environmental officials are asking beachgoers along Georgia’s coast to give nesting birds plenty of clearance because Hurricane Matthew damaged offshore sandbars that formerly served as nesting areas. The cautionary advice is the latest reminder of the hurricane’s impact.


April 28, 2017 WABE 90.1

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Aims To Keep Expanding

Molly Samuels reports that the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area has expanded by bits and pieces since it was created in the 1970s. The park's property adds up to about 7,000 acres in patches along nearly 50 miles of the Chattahoochee River, from Lake Lanier down to the city of Atlanta.


April 28, 2017

Deal signs school turnaround bill, other education legislation

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today signed HB 338, legislation sponsored by Rep. Kevin Tanner, which aims to improve education outcomes for Georgia's students. This critical and bipartisan bill provides a method for identifying low-performing schools and establishes a multiyear, multifaceted turnaround plan to assist them. Deal also signed legislation addressing sanctuary policies, increased school choice opportunities for military children, testing standards, and governance and funding of charter schools.


April 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

New Georgia law strips state funding of ‘sanctuary’ campuses

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed a measure into law that would cut off state funding to Georgia colleges that declare themselves “sanctuary campuses” in defiance of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. The legislation is largely symbolic. House Bill 37 was introduced by House Republicans after Emory University and other colleges flirted with the “sanctuary” declaration. Since then, Emory and other Georgia higher education institutions have steered clear of the fight.




April 27, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream parent General Dynamics posts first quarter earnings

Mary Carr Mayle reports that General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD), parent company of Gulfstream Aerospace, on Wednesday reported first-quarter profits of $763 million, or $2.48 per share. Those results significantly exceeded analysts’ expectations of $2.32. General Dynamics shares have increased 12 percent since the beginning of the year and 41 percent in the last 12 months.


April 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

High-Tech Career Prep

Ellen Berman reports, there is probably no Georgia public academic program that is making as much progress in bringing cutting-edge career preparation closer to prospective students than the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Its 22 colleges and 85 campuses offer 600 associate degree, diploma and certification programs.


April 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta jobless rate falls to 4.6 percent; construction strong as economy adds 9800 jobs in March

Michael E. Kanell reports that metro Atlanta unemployment rate fell in March to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent in February, the state Labor Department reported Thursday. After seven years of job growth, the metro jobless rate has fallen back below the level of Dec. 2007, the month that the Great Recession began.


April 27, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Airplane manufacturer Thrush Aircraft creating 100 new jobs in Georgia

Phil W. Hudson reports that Thrush Aircraft will add 100 new jobs to its headquarters in Albany, Ga. The new jobs at Thrush were added due to worldwide growth in the agriculture equipment industry, along with the addition of two new product lines- the reproduction of a 700-gallon agricultural plane known as the Thrush 710, and a newly developed patrol model designed for military purposes, said Thrush Aircraft President Payne Hughes.


April 27, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

Nearly 2 tons of crawfish to be plated at Woodbine’s 32nd annual festival

Terry Dickson reports, if tons of crawfish consumed is a measure, the Friday and Saturday festival in Woodbine could be the biggest ever. “Just shy of two tons, 3,900 pounds,” Royce Proctor said of the Louisiana crustaceans that will be boiled for diners at the 32nd annual Woodbine Crawfish Festival.


April 27, 2017 Brunswick News

"Excessive development" on Cumberland concern for St. Marys

Gordon Jackson reports, the St. Marys City Council has approved a resolution expressing concerns about the impacts “excessive development” could have on Cumberland Island National Seashore. The resolution, which will be sent to the Camden County Commission, was unanimously approved at a special called meeting that followed a scheduled two-hour workshop Wednesday to discuss the issue.


April 27, 2017 Albany Herald

Lee Medical Center planned to be full-service facility, provide indigent care

Jennifer Parks reports that the Lee County Commission meeting on Tuesday evening served as an opportunity for officials to issue the first public statement on Lee County Medical Center since a Certificate of Need letter of intent was filled for the facility last week. “We wanted to get some facts out there,” Commission Vice Chair Billy Mathis said.


April 27, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Oconee may pay $820,000 to tunnel under Athens Perimeter

Lee Shearer reports that Oconee County could spend up to $820,000 to build a tunnel under the Athens Perimeter, part of which is in Oconee County. The tunnel is needed for a major new sewer line as the county ramps up its wastewater treatment capacity, the county’s public utilities director said in an agenda-setting meeting of the Oconee County Commission on Tuesday.


April 27, 2017 Saporta Report

Atlanta to save about $42 million in future payments for ongoing sewer upgrades   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta can expect to save about $42 million in the overall interest payments on money borrowed to upgrade the water and sewer system, based on a bond refinancing the Atlanta City Council approved by unanimous vote Wednesday.


April 27, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

New EDTS cyber division could employ 100 in five years

Damon Cline reports, Augusta-based IT firm EDTS LLC on Wednesday announced the formation of a cybersecurity-specific business unit that is projected to employ up to 100 people within five years. The unit, called EDTS Cyber LLC, would operate out of secured office space in the company’s new headquarters being built at the former Sibley Mill property, which is being redeveloped into a high-tech corporate campus and data center called Augusta Cyberworks.


April 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The first suggestion of a federal rescue for Plant Vogtle

Jim Galloway reports, to call it a spur-of-the-moment act would be wrong. “Impromptu” might be the better word. Tim Echols, a member of the state Public Service Commission, knew that last Friday, newly installed Energy Secretary Rick Perry would be the featured speaker at an Earth Day luncheon in Dallas. “He came in late. I was sitting at the table next to him. I shook his hand, and handed him the letter,” Echols said. In that letter, the PSC member from Georgia — acting on his own — suggested that federal assistance might be required to complete two new nuclear reactors at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle.



April 26, 2017 Brunswick News

Deal signs bill reforming DNR licenses, raising fees

Wes Wolfe reports that the last time the state raised the cost of hunting and fishing licenses was 1992, but upping any sort of fee can be tough going — the bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal simplifies the license structure and raises fees for the first time in those 25 years, and it took about three years to get from an idea on paper to the governor’s pen.


April 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia: SunTrust Park

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, as they say in the South, you can’t sling a dead cat in Metro Atlanta these days without hitting a story about SunTrust Park, the new home of the Braves that opened earlier this month. Whether it’s about the parking, the traffic, the food or the Braves themselves, articles and information abound.


April 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home prices aren’t rising as fast as the national average

Michael E. Kanell reports that home values in metro Atlanta keep rising, but the pace of increase has fallen behind the national average, according to a much-watched national survey released Tuesday. The average price of a home in the metro area rose 5.6 percent during the past year, compared to a 5.8 percent U.S. average, the S&P/Case-Shiller House Price Index showed.


April 26, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gov. Deal signs two tax credit bills

Dave Williams reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed two bills Tuesday expanding tax credits offered to Georgia's film and gaming industries and giving Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center a tax break to help finance renovation of the Alliance Theatre.


April 26, 2017 University of Georgia

UGA receives $1 million NSF grant to extend STEM minority program

Camie Williams reports that the University of Georgia will launch a new program to increase underrepresented minority enrollment in graduate programs in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Bridges to the Doctorate program, which is funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, builds on the university's longstanding Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program.


April 26, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS racks up $105.9 million profit on $1.2 billion in revenues

Tony Adams reports that it was a double-digit first quarter for credit-card and payment processor TSYS, with the high-tech company on Tuesday reporting a profit of $105.9 million, which is up 16.8 percent from the same quarter a year ago. That profit, or net income, came on total revenues of $1.2 billion, which is just over 60 percent higher than the $739.4 million the Columbus-based firm saw a year ago.


April 26, 2017 Saporta Report

Grant Park Gateway Project – a $48 million garage under a park – creates unity in area   

Maria Saporta reports that the  City of Atlanta Tuesday unveiled the plans for the Grant Park Gateway Project – a new parking garage that will be located on the footprint of the existing eight acre parking lot next to Zoo Atlanta along Boulevard Avenue.


April 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Serving Survivors

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that in her two-plus decades in nursing – first as a nurse manager in an oncology unit and later as a patient educator – Wanda Lowe, RN, spent most of her career helping people with cancer. But it wasn’t until Lowe was diagnosed with cancer herself in 2001 that she realized just how difficult the journey must have been for her patients.


April 26, 2017 Albany Herald

Mitchell County group looks to lead on citrus

Jim Hendricks reports that citrus may be the coming thing in Georgia, and officials in Mitchell County are working to be at the front of what they believe will be a developing trend. On May 11, the partnership that will be known as MitCo Grow will be introduced to the public at a news conference, which will include the ceremonial planting of citrus trees in an initial grove of 100.


April 26, 2017 Savannah Morning News, Georgia Health News

Optim to combine Millen hospital with Sylvania facility

Andy Miller reports, another rural hospital is closing its doors in Georgia. Jenkins (County) Medical Center in Millen will close in June, and its services will merge with a hospital in Sylvania in neighboring Screven County, the hospitals’ owner, Optim Health System, said this week.


April 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Trump to hold fundraiser for Handel on Friday in Atlanta

Greg Bluestein reports that President Donald Trump will hold a fundraiser for Republican Karen Handel’s campaign for Congress during his visit to Atlanta on Friday, as the White House wades deeper into the nationally-watched special election.




April 25, 2017 University of Georgia

UGA alumnus Sonny Perdue confirmed as U.S. secretary of agriculture

David Bill reports, with former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's confirmation Monday as the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary, he becomes the first University of Georgia alumnus to be named to the White House Cabinet and the first Southerner to head the department in two decades. Perdue will lead the $150 billion agency, which directs the country's farm policy and food and nutrition programs.


April 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Four for the Future

Jennifer Hafer and K.K. Snyder report that to create and implement positive changes leading to long-term success, communities throughout Georgia often need resources that aren’t available locally. In many cases they turn to one of the units of the University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach (PSO) division, which offers collaborative assistance in strengthening communities, organizations and individuals, thereby fulfilling, in part, UGA’s mission as a land grant university.


April 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

That I-85 collapse: Bolstering demand for Atlanta construction jobs -- but for how long?

Michael E. Kanell reports that the rebuilding of I-85 bolsters one of the fastest-growing sectors of the metro Atlanta economy: construction. That effect stands out among many on the local economy. There are about 118,500 construction jobs in Atlanta -- the majority of the state’s 184,400 jobs in the sector, as reported last week by the state Department of Labor.


April 25, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pennsylvania restaurant tech company acquires Marietta, Ga.-based firm

Kenneth Hilario reports that a Bucks County, Penn.-based restaurant technology company has filed another one based in metro Atlanta. Doylestown-based Sicom Systems Inc., a provider of end-to-end solutions for quick-service and fast-casual restaurant, has acquired RTI, a Marietta, Ga.-based technology provider for quick-service and fast-casual restaurants, Sicom announced.


April 25, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA ranks high in research licensing income

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia is one of the country’s top universities in turning its scientists’ inventions and discoveries into cash, according to data from the Association of University Technology Managers. Over the three fiscal years from 2013 to 2015, UGA banked an average of $7.1 million annually in licensing income, according to statistics that UGA Innovation Gateway Director Derek Eberhart prepared for the board of directors of the UGA Research Foundation, which met in Athens last week.


April 25, 2017 Albany Herald

Phoebe Putney Health System generates $1.2 billion economic impact in 2015

Jennifer Parks reports that Phoebe Putney Health System generated more than $1.2 billion in revenue for the economy in 2015, a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s largest hospital trade association, says. The report also found that, during the same period, the health system provided more than $56 million in community benefit while supporting more than 8,000 full-time jobs throughout Southwest Georgia and across the state.


April 25, 2017 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Health Care Startup Modeled On Bitcoin Technology

Tasnim Shamma reports, if you're a recent transplant to Atlanta with medical records from another state, you may have had to deal with filling out lengthy medical history forms at the doctor's office. One Atlanta health care technology startup, Patientory, wants to make it easier for patients to access and share their electronic medical records using technology known as blockchain, which is behind the digital currency Bitcoin.


April 25, 2017 Georgia Health News

Ideas and a sense of urgency permeate rural health care symposium

Elspeth Male reports, for many rural hospitals in Georgia, the threat of closure is constant. The state has one of the highest closure rates for hospitals in the nation, and those numbers do not show any sign of slowing. Policymakers, medical professionals and those interested in rural health care converged at a symposium at the University of Georgia School of Law last week to discuss the unique challenges of rural medicine.


April 25, 2017 GPB

At Plant Vogtle, Westinghouse Bankruptcy Means An Uncertain Future

Sam Whitehead reports, just up the road from Plant Vogtle, about 30 miles south of Augusta, sits Hawkins Rentals. Rows of RV campers hunch on sandy lots beneath longleaf pines. About a mile away, large cooling towers from the nuclear power facility belch clouds of steam into the air.


April 25, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

West Mims Fire grows 10,000 acres; 70 square miles charred

Terry Mims reports, the West Mims Fire in the Okefenokee Swamp grew 10,000 acres overnight Sunday, officials said, bringing the amount of land burned to about 70 square miles. Pushed by winds from a cold front, the fire ran through the swamp growing from 36,050 acres Sunday afternoon to 46,413 acres by Monday morning, the West Mims Fire incident team said.


April 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Last week for 40 Under 40 nominations

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, this is your last week to nominate someone for this year’s 40 Under 40. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 28, at 5 p.m. Each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2017, we want to hear about them.


April 25, 2017 New York Times

Big Turnout for Ossoff Surpassed Recent Democratic Benchmarks

Nate Cohn reports that Jon Ossoff benefited from an unusually strong turnout in the first round of voting in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District last week, surpassing all recent benchmarks for Democratic turnout in an off-year election, according to an Upshot analysis of newly released voting data.


April 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

‘Die-in’ protest takes aim at Trump’s NRA speech in Atlanta

Greg Bluestein reports that hundreds of demonstrators are expected to mass near the Georgia World Congress Center on Friday for a “die-in” protest against Donald Trump’s speech at the National Rifle Association convention in Atlanta. The protest organized by gun control advocates will be held at Woodruff Park on the same day that Trump and other high-profile leaders, including Republican Sen. David Perdue and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, address the NRA event.



April 24, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

West Mims fire’s smoke likely in Folkston through Monday as fire runs east

Terry Dickson reports that the West Mims Fire had burned more than 36,000 acres of the Okefenokee Swamp and neighboring land before the sun rose Sunday and was expected to run through thousands more before the sun set. It will take a change to rainy weather to so much as slow the fire – which is unlikely until mid June – and long periods of soaking rain with cooler weather aren’t likely until fall, Kline and other members of the West Mims Fire incident team said Saturday night.


April 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick showcases photos of Georgia’s own little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area in Lumpkin.


April 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home prices up 10.6 percent in year; is low supply creating a bubble?

Michael E. Kanell reports that home sellers can rejoice: Atlanta’s spring buying season started in March with a 10 percent jump from last year in the price of homes sold.The median price of a home sold last month was $220,000 – a 10.6 percent increase from the same month a year ago with the number of sales increasingly modestly, according to a report issued Friday by Re/Max of Georgia.


April 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

'The Home Depot Backyard' coming to Georgia Dome site

Amy Wenk reports that a 13-acre greenspace is planned on the site of the Georgia Dome, which will be demolished once Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens. It will be called The Home Depot Backyard and it will be used for game-day parking, events and entertainment. It's set to open in 2018. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, donning an orange Home Depot apron on Friday, shared his excitement for the project.


April 24, 2017 Georgia Health News

Fraudsters, beware! Health IT firm launched in Georgia is after you

Andy Miller reports that health care fraud is estimated to cost the nation at least $68 billion annually — with some estimates at $230 billion or more. Musheer Ahmed wants to lower those fraud figures significantly. Ahmed has started a health information technology company to detect fraud in medical billing practices.


April 24, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Prosecution of caregivers of at-risk adults is rare in Georgia

Sandy Hodson reports that Allison Mauldin pressed to prosecute a personal care home owner for murder, there wasn’t much enthusiasm. But she wouldn’t let it go. “This was the worst case I have ever seen,” said Mauldin, an assistant district attorney with the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. The victim was Joseph Ray, 75, who had lived at the Jackson Personal Care Home for years without any problem, but after owner Vernon Jackson’s wife died, the home rapidly went downhill, Mauldin said.


April 24, 2017 WABE 90.1

Georgia Superintendent of Schools Pushes For Arts Education

Amy Kiley reports that Georgia now has its first STEAM school, and it's right here in metro Atlanta, at Henderson Mill Elementary in DeKalb County. The school meets science, technology, engineering and math requirements for STEM certification and is the first school to officially add the arts to that mix.


April 24, 2017 Saporta Report

Investing in America’s ‘Best Idea’ – our national parks   

Sally Bethea writes, America’s mayors are pitching an investment in the infrastructure of our national parks as a win-win for cities and their residents: A way to create U.S. jobs by restoring historic buildings, fixing outdated and unsafe water and electrical systems and improving crumbling roads and trails to benefit all park visitors.


April 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Ethics group: Hank Johnson improperly aided Jon Ossoff with taxpayer resources

Tamar Hallerman reports that an ethics group is alleging that U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson improperly aided the campaign of his onetime aide, 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff, using his official House website. The right-leaning Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, said it plans to file an ethics complaint against the Lithonia Democrat with the Office of Congressional Ethics Monday.



April 21, 2017 Macon Telegraph

The switch has been flipped on at one of Georgia’s largest solar project

Linda S. Morris reports that one of the largest solar projects in Georgia has been completed. The new 52-megawatt solar facility in Hazlehurst is expected to generate more than 134 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually for customers of Green Power EMC for the next 30 years, according to a news release.


April 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Georgia View: The Battle of Bloody Mimosas

Bill Carr writes, after years of being lied to, double-crossed and left behind, Georgia’s microbrewers and brewpub owners finally were given hope this year. State Senate Bill 85, sponsored by Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough), is a long-in-demand and logical bill to allow local brewers to bottle or sell limited amounts of their product directly to consumers, minus the three-tier system in place with wholesalers, retailers, etc.


April 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Plans for green space at the Georgia Dome site to be unveiled

Scott Trubey reports that the Georgia Dome’s demolition might be delayed for a while, but on Friday, city leaders and Falcons owner Arthur Blank are expected to unveil plans to turn much of the stadium site into green space after meets the wrecking ball.


April 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Invest Atlanta backs Georgia Proton Treatment Center with bonds

Dave Williams reports that the Atlanta's economic development agency kept the momentum going on a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center Thursday, voting to back the project with up to $275 million in bonds. The Georgia Proton Treatment Center is under construction at Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown.


April 21, 2017 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Synovus CEO discusses SunTrust Park, Cabela’s, CB&T name change, his future

Tony Adams reports, yes, Kessel Stelling has been to the new SunTrust Park to watch the Atlanta Braves baseball team play. He took in the season home opener against San Diego last Friday. He loves the new stadium and thinks it is a great place for families. But don’t expect the man who took the reins of Synovus Financial Corp. in 2010, becoming its chief executive officer and guiding the regional bank back from recessionary days to sustained profitability, to give an inch to its competitor with the naming rights for the sparkling new venue.


April 21, 2017 Saporta Report

State officials knew in February of possible Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening delays   

Maria Saporta and Amy Wenk report that state agency overseeing the construction of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium knew in February there were possible issues that could delay its opening.
That was when the Atlanta Falcons approached members of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), the state agency that will own the project, to inform them of potential construction delays.


April 21, 2017 Georgia Health News

State’s air quality improves as EPA funding fight looms

Andy Miller reports that Metro Atlanta and Georgia continue to show improvements in air quality, a new report says. The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report shows Georgia has improved on the three most common forms of hazardous air pollution. “We’re seeing improvements all over the Southeast,’’ June Deen of the Lung Association said Wednesday.


April 21, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb County seeks $6.8M for Sunday transit service

Jon Gargis reports that Cobb commissioners next week could take a key step toward expanding the county’s bus service into Sunday, as they will consider applying for federal funds that would cover most of the expanded service’s operation costs. Jim Wilgus, the county’s transportation director, is seeking approval to apply for a $6.8 million Transportation Improvement Program grant through the Atlanta Regional Commission to expand CobbLinc’s bus operations into Sundays, as well as modify the transit system’s Saturday routes.


April 21, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Board OKs $710 million sale of Memorial University Medical Center

Jan Skutch reports that the board of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center on Wednesday evening unanimously agreed to a proposal from the Hospital Corporation of America to sign a letter of intent to purchase the assets of the hospital and the Chatham County Hospital Authority in a deal valued at $710 million.


April 21, 2017 Washington Post

Democrats didn’t win outright in Georgia. But here’s why they’re still celebrating.

Amber Phillips reports, Democrat Jon Ossoff didn't win a special election for a Georgia congressional seat on Tuesday night. But he'll live to fight another day — specifically in a June runoff against former GOP secretary of state Karen Handel. It's not the Cloud Nine scenario that some Democrats had hoped for in this uber-hyped special election. But that a Democrat made it this far in Republican territory — he was the top vote-getter out of 18 mostly GOP candidates — is an impressive political feat.


April 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s 6th District race could set epic new spending record

Greg Bluestein reports that the ad blitz in the race for Georgia’s 6th District started up anew on Thursday as outside groups began to pour millions more into winning what could become the most expensive U.S. House election in the nation’s history.



April 20, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

Firefighters hustle to box in 21,300-acre West Mim Fire while conditions favorable

Terry Dickson reports that the West Mims Fire in and near the Okefenokee Swamp grew past 21,300 acres Tuesday partly with help from firefighters working to contain it. No cliche is more apt or truer than “fighting fire with fire” as crews set fire to unburned land ahead of the fire to deprive of fuel as it continued to advance Tuesday although slower than previous days.


April 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Flavors of Georgia honored

Mary Ann Demuth reports that Chamblee-based Georgia Grinders, which makes handcrafted premium nut butters, walked away with the grand prize for its pecan butter in UGA’s 2017 Flavor of Georgia Contest. The pecan butter also took first place in the Miscellaneous Products category.


April 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia jobless rate dips to 5.1 percent, finally hitting 2007 level; 9500 jobs added in March

Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in March, the first time it has dropped to that level since December of 2007, the state labor department said Thursday. The rate, which had soared into double digits at the end of the recession, has been slowly coming down since. It was 5.3 percent in February.


April 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Siemens plants "Internet of Trains" software development center in Midtown

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that German conglomerate Siemens will open a software development center in Midtown to help rail operators reduce expensive downtime and get more mileage from fewer trains. The Data Analytics and Applications Center, to be located in Midtown’s Technology Square, will help railway companies improve their operations and create an “Internet of Trains” to bring infrastructure and vehicles into the digital era.


April 20, 2017

25 Years On, India-Israel Partnership Intensifies in Atlanta

Dov Wilker writes, two ancient civilizations, two post-colonial states, two democracies, two centers of culture and faith, two nations with vibrant global diasporas: It was only natural that India and Israel would forge not only diplomatic relations, but a unique and enduring partnership.


April 20, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

Seacrest-Sterling merger brings Greene, Stinchcomb and their business back to Gwinnett

Will Hammock reports that two of Gwinnett’s most beloved sons will spend even more time in their home county, the result of a merger that will create the largest privately held, independent insurance brokerage in Georgia. Former Georgia Bulldog football players and Gwinnett natives David Greene and Matt Stinchcomb, colleagues with Savannah-based Seacrest Partners, will have new offices in Peachtree Corners after previously working in Buckhead.


April 20, 2017 Albany Herald

Lee County hospital files CON letter of intent

Carlton Fletcher and Jennifer Parks report that officials with the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Office of Health Planning acknowledged Tuesday that they had received a formal letter of intent from the Lee County Medical Center to file a Certificate of Need application to establish a new hospital in the county.


April 20, 2017 Rome News Tribune

Balta to bring distribution facility, 75 jobs to Floyd County

Doug Walker reports that officials with Balta Home USA are looking forward to getting their U.S. floor covering operations back under one roof. And that new roof will be in Shannon, on the former Florida Tile property. Balta, the largest floor covering firm in Belgium, revealed plans for a new distribution center in Shannon on Tuesday morning.


April 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Democrats roar back on air with new pro-Ossoff blitz

Greg Bluestein reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put $450,000 behind an ad that slams Handel as “just another career politician” and questioned her use of public funds while she was Georgia’s secretary of state. And Ossoff’s campaign, restocked with more than $500,000 in donations after Tuesday’s vote, also said it will resume a barrage of ads propping up the former congressional aide on Thursday.




April 19, 2017 Brunswick News

Resolution opposing Cumberland variance tabled

Gordon Jackson reports that very few would argue about the importance of Cumberland Island to the local economy in St. Marys. The national seashore attracts about 60,000 visitors a year, with nearly three fourths of them coming from outside Camden County. They spend an estimated $2.5 million, and add millions more to the regional economy.


April 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: National Charity League: East Cobb

Candice Dyer reports that Josalyn Dunn and her daughter, Molly, have become very proficient at whipping up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. As part of the East Cobb chapter of the National Charity League, they participate in a program that typically delivers 360 sack lunches a day to underserved children in Cherokee County.


April 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The last name in fashion: surnamed Coca-Cola bottles

Russell Grantham reports, insert your last name……here. Coca-Cola is rolling out its personalized pop bottles again this year with a new twist — last names. For a few years, the Atlanta soft drink company has been selling 20-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero with folks’ first names on them as part of a summer marketing campaign.


April 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

FCC okays sale of Peachtree TV

Mark Meltzer reports that the sale of the Atlanta TV station once known as Superstation TBS has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC said on Monday it approved Time Warner Inc.’s $70 million sale of WPCH-TV, also known as Peachtree TV, to Meredith Corp, a transaction that could help speed Time Warner's planned merger with AT&T Inc.


April 19, 2017 Gainesville Times

Forest land sale revived by lawmakers, environmentalists

Nick Bowman reports that thirty parcels of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest would be sold if a bill from Georgia lawmakers introduced this legislative session clears Congress. Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, have restarted a years-old effort to sell 30 isolated parcels of the forest, almost 4,000 acres of federal land spotting the area around the national forest in Northeast Georgia, to willing buyers.


April 19, 2017 Georgia Dept. of Education 

GaDOE Announces 2017 Georgia Scholars

Matt Cardoza reports that one-hundred and eighty-three graduating seniors from schools across Georgia have been recognized as 2017 Georgia Scholars, the Georgia Department of Education announced today. Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Department identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Department’s Excellence Recognition Office and through local coordinators in each public school system and in private schools throughout the state. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.


April 19, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald

State investigating pipeline construction

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division is investigating the construction of a natural-gas pipeline that cuts through western Coweta County for reported violations of environmental regulations, particularly stormwater and sedimentation regulations.


April 19, 2017 WABE 90.1

What Federal Pressure Could Mean For Title Loan Protection In Ga.

Lisa Hagen reports, the year 2014 should have been a great one for Ron Laster. He and his wife had just bought a house. Then he got injured. And that same year, his boss died. He'd been a touring musician with James Brown for 27 years. The Lasters called around to relatives for help as bills piled up, but the mortgage payments were too much.


April 19, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Savannah-based Seacrest Partners, Atlanta firm set to merge

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Savannah-based Seacrest Partners Inc. has announced it will merge with Atlanta-based Sterling Risk Advisors Inc. and operate as Sterling Seacrest Partners Inc., effective July 1. The new company will be the largest privately held, independent insurance brokerage in the state of Georgia.


April 19, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Lockheed Martin defends F-35 during program at Athens manufacturer

Jim Thompson reports that Athens-Clarke County’s two congressmen, along with its mayor, some of its 10 commissioners and a progression of other local civic and business people, climbed into a F-35 Lightning II flight simulator Tuesday morning, each trying their hand at piloting the latest-generation military aircraft, and taking out some ground and air targets.


April 19, 2017 Augusta Chronicle

Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition for most undergraduate students

Tom Corwin reports that the University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition 2 percent for next school year for most undergraduate students. The increase works out to $27 to $98 per semester for full-time students paying in-state tuition, the system said in a news release. At Augusta University, this differs by campus.


April 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s 6th District race heads to runoff following drama-filled night

Tamar Hallerman, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway report that roughly five hours after polling locations closed, major networks began projecting that Georgia’s 6th District special election would be heading toward a runoff on June 20. That means Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, the race’s top two vote-getters, will have nine more weeks of expensive and heating campaigning before voters will decide who will replace Tom Price, now Trump’s health secretary, as the representative for Atlanta’s affluent, leafy northern suburbs in the House.



April 18, 2017 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Could Become A Refuge As Sea Levels Rise In The U.S.

Molly Samuel reports that  sea level is already rising on American coasts. In Georgia, the sea level has gone up more than nine inches in the last 75 years. Globally, it could go up another one to four feet in the next 75 years. Demographer Matt Hauer said it makes sense to start planning now, even though the end of the century seems like a long way off.


April 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Savannah|Chatham County: A Rising Tide

Randy Southerland reports that Savannah-Chatham County has long been one of those appealing cities you move to primarily for quality of life. In recent years, residents and newcomers alike have seen an improving economy also make it an increasingly profitable place to both live and do business. “Our real strength is the diversity of our economy,” says William Hubbard, president and CEO of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.


April 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fed survey: Smallest business borrowers do better at small lenders

Russell Grantham reports, smaller is better when it comes to borrowing from banks. Small businesses reported that they had better luck borrowing from small banks and credit unions than they did at big banks, according to a recent survey by the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve system’s dozen regional banks, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, surveyed 15,000-plus small businesses in all 50 states.


April 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia hospitals worth $47.8 billion to state economy

Ellie Hensley reports that Georgia's hospitals are vital to the health of the state's economy as well as its residents. In 2015, the state's hospitals poured $47.8 billion into the state's economy, according to the Georgia Hospital Association's latest report. Hospitals also provided more than 141,000 full-time jobs and 344,000 indirect jobs in Georgia in 2015.


April 18, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus to make $75 million, retain deposits in Bass Pro-Cabela’s merger

Tony Adams reports that Synovus Financial Corp. was reporting a $69.3 million first-quarter profit Monday — roughly 15 hours earlier than planned — the regional bank confirmed it is involved in a mega-deal with outdoors retailers Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, and credit-card issuer Capital One, that will net the Columbus-based company a cool $75 million.


April 18, 2017 Saporta Report

Georgia’s middle class is disappearing; GSU report can’t say where it’s going, or why   

David Pendered reports that the bottom line of a nuanced report on Georgia’s shrinking middle class is that the divide between the wealthy and low income is becoming ever more stark and could create wide-reaching impacts, according to the authors at Georgia State University. Georgia recorded the nation’s 11th largest decrease in middle- income share between 2000 and 2013, according to GSU’s The Loss of the Middle Class.


April 18, 2017 Brunswick News

Vector could invest $100 million at Camden spaceport

Gordon Jackson reports that officials with Vector Space Systems believe the company could invest up to $100 million to establish a commercial spaceport and assembly plant in Camden County. The company launches small satellites into orbit on 50-foot rockets that cost much less than conventional spacecraft.


April 18, 2017 Rome News Tribune

Investments in South Rome are bringing in residents

Diane Wagner reports that Annette Zamboni moved from Florida to be near her son, and she’s making a home in the Etowah Terrace apartments in South Rome. “They’re beautiful,” Zamboni said Monday, while relaxing under the complex’ pavilion on the bank of the Etowah River.


April 18, 2017 Cartersville Daily Tribune

EPD orders work stoppage on TRANSCO pipeline

Neil McGahee reports that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division ordered the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. (TRANSCO) to cease work on its entire 115-mile natural gas pipeline Friday after a number of Bartow County landowners accused the company of environmental abuse.


April 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Floor & Decor launches IPO to raise $133 million

David Allison reports that Atlanta-based floor covering chain Floor & Decor Holdings Inc. is launching its initial public stock offering Monday, offering of 8,823,500 shares of its common stock at an expected price of $16 to $18 per share of common stock. The company said it expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $133.5 million from the offering and will use the money to pay down debt.


April 18, 2017 New York Times

Georgia Election: Expect the Early Vote Count to Be Misleading

Nate Cohn reports that it's hard to remember a House race that has earned more national attention than the one to replace Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. Republicans have dominated the district for a generation, but the leading Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, has an outside shot to win outright on Tuesday by winning more than 50 percent of the vote.


April 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The polls are open in Georgia: Can Jon Ossoff pull off upset win?

Greg Bluestein reports, a tidal wave of advertisements. A field of 18 candidates all sharing the same ballot. A Democratic rising star who came from out of nowhere to threaten a GOP stronghold. And a string of irascible last-minute tweets from a president tuning into the race.



April 17, 2017 WABE 90.1

Delta Can Now Offer More To Customers Who Give Up Seats

David Koenig and Damian Troise report that Delta is letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet. United is reviewing its own policies, including incentives for customers, and will announce any actions by April 30, a spokeswoman said.


April 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Small Towns, Big impacts

Anna Bentley reports that as festival season starts in earnest throughout Georgia, many small towns are gearing up for an influx of visitors – and hopefully the tourism dollars they will bring with them. The tourism industry is a vital part of Georgia’s economy, boasting a $59-billion impact in 2015, says Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for the tourism division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.


April 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Big Georgia landowner Forestar Group being bought in $605 million deal

David Allison reports that big Georgia landowner Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) is being acquired by Starwood Capital Group for $605 million. Austin, Texas-based Forestar announced the deal late Thursday. Starwood Capital Group is a private alternative investment firm with a core focus on global real estate, energy infrastructure and oil & gas.


April 17, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

TCC Store moves into Suwanee

Staff reports that the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer donated a total of $6,000 to three Gwinnett non-profits in honor of its new store that opened in Suwanee Friday. Round Room LLC., opened its new TCC store off Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. In celebration, TCC asked the community to vote for three of five selected non-profits to receive donations.


April 17, 2017 Saporta Report

Strong solar job growth in Georgia nowhere near the ceiling   

Don Moreland writes, if there is one thing on everybody’s mind these days, it seems to be: “What types of jobs will there be for working people now and into the future?” A new report suggests one part of the solution. Jobs in Georgia’s solar industry jumped 23 percent from 2015 to 2016, totaling nearly 4,000 jobs last year.


April 17, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald

Electric utilities in Georgia announce new initiative to honor linemen

Staff reports that the electric utilities in Georgia have once again designated April as Lineman Appreciation Month to honor the men and women who restore and maintain electric service in a safe, timely manner, in every community, rain or shine. This year, Lineman Appreciation Month is particularly meaningful. During the 2017 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers passed House Bill 260, a legislation that creates a specialty vehicle license plate to honor linemen.


April 17, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times

Fargo keeps watchful eye on fire; evacuation possible

Terry Richards reports that residents of this small Clinch County town are keeping a close eye on the fire in the nearby Okefenokee Swamp at the request of the county government. The West Mims Fire had grown to 18,551 acres Sunday, growing more than 5,000 acres from the previous day, according to a statement from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.


April 17, 2017 Rome News Tribune

NW Georgia targets senior hunger, is worst in state for elderly access to nutritious, affordable food

Diane Wagner reports that a full house is expected at the Rome Civic Center this month when people from around the region gather to brainstorm ways to end senior hunger. Georgia ranks third in the nation for food insecurity and Northwest Georgia has the worst record in the state when it comes to elderly residents having access to nutritious, affordable meals. Lynne Reeves, director of the Area Agency on Aging, said she’s hoping the Regional Senior Hunger Listening Session set for April 25 will generate a host of ideas to address the problem locally.


April 17, 2017 Savannah Morning News

Savannah 100 Foundation awards two Judge Eugene Gadsden Memorial Scholarships

Jan Skutch reports that two area high school students have been named recipients of the inaugural Savannah 100 Foundation’s 2017 Eugene Gadsden Memorial Scholarships for budding lawyers who want to make a difference here. The first winners are Sarah Abdelrahim of Rincon, a senior at South Effingham High School, and Zakimya N. Holmes of Garden City, a senior at Windsor Forest High School.


April 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia special election candidates make final plea for votes

Greg Bluestein reports that Republicans and Democrats have spent $14 million on a nonstop ad blitz to sway Georgia’s special election. But the outcome of Tuesday’s vote may come down to a more personal touch. The leading contenders in the 18-candidate race have unleashed a flood of volunteers and paid staffers to target voters in the final days of the election, and they’re making last-ditch phone calls, waving signs at busy street corners and going door-by-door in search of support.



April 14, 2017 Saporta Report

Turner CEO John Martin seeks to reassure Atlanta about company’s future in the city

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta will continue to play a pivotal role for Turner and its media properties  –including CNN, whether or not the merger of AT&T and Time Warner goes through. That was one of the messages Turner CEO John Martin shared with the Atlanta Press Club Thursday during a Newsmaker luncheon.


April 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

South Metro Atlanta: Area Evolution

Lori Johnston reports that creating new cities, real and via moviemaking magic, is a key plot point in the Atlanta South Metro region’s evolution as a business hub. In May, the city of South Fulton will become official, with more than 100,000 residents.


April 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gourmet beef supplier opens processing facility in College Park

Pamela Miller reports that Schweid & Sons, a family-owned, fourth generation ground beef purveyor supplying premier food service and retail operations across the nation, recently opened a new, cutting-edge ground beef processing facility in College Park that will add at least 90 jobs to the local economy.


April 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola launches new smartwater ads with Jennifer Aniston

David Allison reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) today announced the release of a new ad campaign featuring the brand's longstanding brand ambassador, Jennifer Aniston. "The campaign captures four, real-life candid moments of Jennifer Aniston’s forward-moving journey that were captured by noted photographer Tom Munro and feature smartwater as her essential sidekick," the company said.


April 14, 2017

Czech Firm Positive About Move to Hall County, Looking for More Space and Workers

Phil Bolton reports that in September 2013, the Czech Republic’s foreign minister and ambassador came to Flowery Branch in Hall County to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for ALBAform Inc., which develops and manufactures custom metal components for the automotive industry.


April 14, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post

LiftMaster planning 96,000-square-foot distribution center in Gwinnett

Curt Yeomans reports that a company that installs gate operators and door openers for home garages and businesses is planning to open a new distribution center in southwest Gwinnett County. Partnership Gwinnett joined Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District and LiftMaster officials to announce the company’s plans for the 96,000-square-foot facility at 6375 Best Friend Road on Wednesday. The facility’s location will put it within the CID’s boundaries.


April 14, 2017 Brunswick News

Okefenokee wildfire grows, closes road

Gordon Jackson reports that wildfire has consumed more than 8,400 acres in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and two connecting forests in Florida. Unlike previous fires in the swamp, smoke from the blaze is not expected to impact Coastal Georgia. But smoke from what has been named the West Mims Fire forced the closure of Ga. Highway 94/Fla. Highway 2 for two days earlier this week. The highway, which links St. George to Homerville, reopened Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.


April 14, 2017 GPB

AJC Named Pulitzer Finalist For Doctor Sex Abuse Coverage

Celeste Headlee and Sean Powers reports that this week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its investigation of thousands of doctors across the country. Reporters discovered that a disturbing number of medical professionals are sexually abusing their patients with little or no repercussions. We talked with two of the reporters of the series: Ariel Hart and Danny Robbins.


April 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Rocket test to launch Georgia space industry

Urvaksh Karkaria and Dave Williams report that Vector Space Systems over time could invest up to $100 million in commercial rocket launches and an assembly plant in Camden County, south of Savannah, Ga. Vector, led by a SpaceX founding team member, expects the 400-acre Spaceport Camden to become its East Coast hub, where it could over time employ up to 200.


April 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Republicans catch up to Democrats in Georgia special election early voting

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican voters in Georgia’s special election have caught up to the hefty advantage that Democrats built in early voting, according to two elections analyses, and are poised to take the lead on Friday. Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign for the suburban Atlanta district was buoyed by early numbers that gave left-leaning voters a sizable lead in the early voting. But that’s all but vanished as the Tuesday election nears and more early voting sites open.



April 13, 2017 Georgia Times-Union

As Georgia blueberry harvest begins, freeze losses estimated up to $400 million

Terry Dickson reports that losses to Georgia’s blueberry crop from the mid-March freeze aren’t as bad as anticipated, but some in the industry still call it terrible. In the days after March 15 and 16 when temperatures dropped into the lower 20s across the region while blueberries were in full bloom or had already set fruit, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black estimated up to 80 percent of the crop had been lost.


April 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Food and Friends

Susan Percy writes, the truth is, good cooks make great company. And so I have fallen in with a crowd of foodies – food lovers, food writers, food magicians, food adventurers seeking recruits. One makes chicken and dumplings angels might envy; another concocts chocolate desserts that bring tears to your eyes; yet another can put anything on a grill and produce perfection.


April 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta pledges ‘complete deep dive’ after meltdown

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines’ top executive pledged fixes in the wake of last week’s storm-induced meltdown of operations, which he said stemmed from a highly unusual weather event that simply swamped the company’s ability to quickly recover. “To our customers, we apologize for the disruption to their schedules,” CEO Ed Bastian said in his first public remarks since the April 5 event that triggered 4,000 flight cancellations over several days.


April 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Analysis: New tax breaks would cost Georgia $483M

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Budget and Policy Institute has done the math on a series of tax breaks the General Assembly passed during the recent legislative session. Added together, 10 bills would reduce state tax revenues by $483 million over five years, according to an analysis the public policy research organization released Wednesday.


April 13, 2017 GPB

Some Schools No Longer A 'Priority'

Grant Balnkenship reports that over a quarter of the schools on the Georgia’s Priority Schools List are moving on. In total, 74 out of the 243 schools on the list have worked their way off the list. Most of those schools are in the Atlanta metro area, especially in the Atlanta Public School system and the Dekalb County School System.


April 13, 2017 Emory University

Two Emory faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Elaine Justice reports that two Emory University faculty members, New Testament scholar Carl R. Holladay and neuroscientist Helen S. Mayberg, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.


April 13, 2017 University of Georgia

UGA entrusted with archaeological collection from American Museum of Natural History

Elizabeth Elmore reports that the University of Georgia Laboratory of Archaeology has received an extensive archaeological collection that includes artifacts and other paleoenvironmental materials recovered by the American Museum of Natural History during a decade of excavation led by David Hurst Thomas on St. Catherines Island, Georgia.


April 13, 2017 Rome News-Tribune

Residents: EPD not doing enough to protect Coosa River

Doug Walker reports that Coosa Valley residents assailed the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in Rome on Wednesday night for not doing enough to protect the Coosa River. The EPD conducted a public hearing on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System draft permit for Georgia Power’s Plant Hammond at the Rome-Floyd ECO Center.


April 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SouthCrest prepares to pay back remaining $5.6 million of TARP shares

Phil W. Hudson reports that SouthCrest Bank is preparing to pay back the remaining $5.6 million it borrowed from regulators as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The Atlanta-based bank and its holding company, SouthCrest Financial Group Inc. (OTCMKTS: SCSG), reported the bank received approval from the Federal Reserve to retire the remaining Series A and Series B Preferred shares issued under the Treasury Department’s program.


April 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump to commend I-85 first responders at White House event

Tamar Hallerman reports that President Donald Trump plans to commend some of the first responders from last month’s I-85 bridge collapse at the White House on Thursday. The White House said the president will host a group of 15 officers from the Atlanta Police, the city Fire Rescue Department and the Georgia State Patrol for a 30-minute Oval Office meeting beginning at 2 p.m. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will also be there.




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