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Jan. 30, 2015 Savannah Morning News

It's official: Savannah harbor deepening underway

Mary Carr Mayle reports that with a symbolic, echoing boom from the 1824 cannon atop Old Fort Jackson on Thursday morning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially kicked off the long-awaited construction phase of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.


Jan. 30, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fort McPherson sale to Perry draws closer

Katie Leslie reports that the


Jan. 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Germany's RIB Software to relocate North American HQ to Midtown's Tech Square

Douglas Sams and Urvaksh Karkaria report that RIB Software AG will relocate its North American headquarters to a proposed 700,000-square-foot mixed-use tower in Midtown's Technology Square.Stuttgart, Germany-based RIB develops project management software for the construction industry, including project conception, planning, and budgeting. RIB, which employs about 700 and trades on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has an Atlanta office in Northpark Town Center.


Jan. 30, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Hospital authority votes to lease St. Marys, Brunswick hospitals to new private nonprofit

Terry Dickson reports that come May 1, the Brunswick and St. Marys hospitals will be operated under a new private nonprofit under a lease agreement signed Thursday by the Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority.


Jan. 30, 2015

AGCO CEO to head German Chambers in the U.S.

Phil Bolton reports that Martin Richenhagen, chairman, president and CEO of Duluth-based AGCO Corp., has been named chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce of the U.S., for a two-year term that is to coincide with his chairmanship of the Atlanta-based GACC South.


Jan. 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Plant Vogtle expansion delayed another 18 months

Dave Williams reports that completion of the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion will be delayed by 18 months, Georgia Power Co. and Atlanta-based parent Southern Co. announced Thursday.The utilities said they have been informed by the $14.5 billion project's prime contractors, Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC and CB&I/Stone & Webster, that the first of two new nuclear reactors at the plant south of Augusta, Ga., won't be finished until the second quarter of 2019, a year and a half behind the current schedule.


Jan. 30, 2015 WABE

House Speaker Open To Vote On Autism Therapy Coverage Bill

Michelle Wirth reports that a proposal to provide autism treatment coverage for young children was overwhelmingly approved by the Georgia Senate Thursday. Lawmakers voted 54 to zero for a bill that would require private insurers to give coverage to children with Autism who are six and younger. The legislation could face a tougher road in the House. But Georgia’s House Speaker David Ralston says he’s open to a vote on the bill.


Jan 30, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Cobb chairman bashes House transportation plan, as the local resistance begins

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that last night, Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee may have become the first metro Atlanta leader to trash the new state House proposal to raise $1 billion for transportation by absorbing a significant proportion of the taxing powers of local governments.



Jan. 29, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

United Community Banks acquiring First National Bank in Tennessee

Christopher Seward reports that s


Jan. 29, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola Enterprises to put innovation center at Georgia Tech

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. will open a nearly 5,000-square-foot innovation and development center at Tech Square.Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE) is The Coca-Cola Co.'s (NYSE: KO) marketer and distributor in Western Europe and one of the largest independent bottler globally. The company declined comment.


Jan. 29, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta Regional commercial passenger numbers remain flat

Meg Mirshak reports that Augusta Regional Airport recorded another flat year of growth for commercial airline passengers, a result airline officials attribute to a fixed number of seats that won’t change unless airlines add flights.More than 530,000 passengers traveled through Augusta Regional in 2014, just 851 more than the previous year, according to statistics provided by the airport. Passenger growth grew double digits for several years until growth fell to 9 percent in 2011 and 2 percent the following year.


Jan. 29, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

Judge approves sale of Rome News-Tribune; transfer effective Sunday

Alan Riquelmy reports that  News Publishing Co., the owner of the Rome News-Tribune, will be sold to Times-Journal Inc. after the Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, approval of the deal by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. The approval of the $3.05 million sale by Judge Mary Grace Diehl sets the stage for a formal transfer effective Sunday — the first day the Rome News-Tribune will be published by a different family since 1928.


Jan. 29, 2015 Savannah Morning News

General Dynamics profit rises on jet sales

Mary Carr Mayle reports that General Dynamics Corp. — corporate parent of Gulfstream Aerospace — reported a rise in fourth-quarter profits of nearly 42 percent over the same quarter in 2013, with orders for Gulfstream business jets the highest in more than three years. “Today we reported fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations of $2.19 per fully diluted share, on revenue of $8.36 billion, and earnings from continuing operations of $737 million, up 18 percent over the fourth quarter 2013,” General Dynamics chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic told analysts in a conference call Wednesday morning.


Jan. 29, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.4 percent

Staff reports that s


 Jan. 29, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power brands $12M EV charging program "Get Current"

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Georgia Power Co. has launched a $12 million program to drive electric vehicle sales in Georgia. The campaign will be called "Get Current," according to trademarks filed by the state's largest electric utility.Atlanta is the No. 2 market nationwide for electric and plug-in hybrids and the No. 1 market for the Nissan Leaf.


Jan. 29, 2015 WABE

Atlanta Women's Foundation Gets $500k Grant For Mental Health Programs

Lisa Hagen reports that mental health programs for low-income women are about to get a big boost. Kaiser Permanente has awarded $500,000 to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Ending generational poverty for women and girls is no small task, but the Atlanta Women’s Foundation just got a half million dollar grant to try. The group’s executive director, Kelly Dolan says mental health is a big piece of that puzzle.


Jan. 29, 2015 Brunswick News

Bill introduced again to stop aquifer storage

 Michael Hall reports that an effort to permanently prevent the injection of surface water into the Floridan Aquifer in several counties in Southeast Georgia is picking up steam.State Rep. Alex Atwood, R-St. Simons Island, on Wednesday introduced the Underground Water Supply Protection Act of 2015 in Georgia’s House of Representatives.


Jan. 29, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

House leaders look to boost transportation funding in Georgia -- without raising taxes

Walter C. Jones reports that House leaders released the outline Wednesday of a plan they say will boost funding for transportation by $1 billion without raising taxes, although legislators and lobbyists who heard it were scratching their heads. The complicated proposal includes cutting undisclosed non-transportation expenditures now funded with part of the state’s sales tax on gasoline, converting that sales tax to an excise tax, indexing the new excise tax for inflation and improving mileage, imposing a fee on electric vehicles and borrowing lots of money with bonds.


Jan. 29, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitutition

Dear school bus driver: Don’t panic over health insurance loss. Not yet.

Jim Galloway reports, if you’re a bus driver, cafeteria worker or other part-time worker in a public school system, it may not be time to panic. But it is time to pay attention.The state will probably subsidize your health insurance for another year, rather than cut you off cold next Jan. 1, as Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed.



Jan. 28, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Plan opens Ga. coast to offshore drilling

Mary Landers reports that the Obama administration on Tuesday proposed a plan that would open waters off the Atlantic coast, including Georgia, to oil exploration and drilling. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s five-year plan includes 14 potential lease sales in eight planning areas — 10 in the Gulf of Mexico, three off the coast of Alaska, and one in a portion of the Mid- and South Atlantic that includes Georgia. 


Jan. 28, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Economy: The future looks bright

Jeffrey Humphries writes, after years of slow going, look for 2015 to be the year of job growth. Georgia’s GDP should grow by 3.2 percent in 2015. That’s higher than the state’s long-term trend rate of 2.9 percent, and it exceeds the 2.8 percent GDP growth expected for the U.S. as a whole. Georgia’s job growth rate is expected to exceed the U.S.’s as well.


Jan. 28, 2015

Deal: Tyson Foods to create 500 jobs in Dooly County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Tyson Foods, Inc., one of the world's largest producers of chicken, beef, pork and prepared foods, will expand in Vienna, creating 500 jobs and investing $110 million over the next year.“Tyson Foods’ decision to expand in Georgia underscores how our No. 1 business climate and highly skilled workforce keeps leading companies competitive in today’s fast-paced market,” said Deal.


Jan. 28, 2015 WABE

Google Fiber Coming To Metro Atlanta

Michell Eloy reports that Google today confirmed plans to bring its high-speed internet service Fiber to the metro Atlanta area. The announcement came as no surprise, as the tech giant had announced back in February that Atlanta was one of nine metro areas it was eyeing for its gigabit web service. Other area cities included in the Fiber network expansion will be Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.


Jan. 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Norfolk Southern expects more workers in Atlanta

Christopher Seward reports that 


Jan. 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Microsoft to put "innovation center" in downtown's iconic Flatiron building

Urvaksh Karkaria and Amy Wenk report that Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) will put an "innovation center" in downtown's Flatiron building which is being transformed into an entrepreneurship hub.The Microsoft centers provide resources and support for students, entrepreneurs and startups, accelerating the creation of new companies, jobs and growth of the local software ecosystem. The Atlanta location will be the second such center in the United States after Miami, and one of more than 100 worldwide.


Jan. 28, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Record holiday season propels TSYS to $79.8 million profit in fourth quarter

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Tony Adams reports that closing out the 2014 holiday shopping season with record transaction volume, credit-card processor TSYS on Tuesday reported a profit of $79.8 million in the fourth quarter, up 21.6 percent from the year prior.TSYS, headquartered in downtown Columbus, posted the profit, or net income, on total revenues of $635.1 million.


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Jan. 28, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Engineering firm picks Gwinnett for U.S. operations

Staff reports that Validation & Engineering Group, an engineering firm that works with companies regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, announced Monday that it is establishing its U.S. operations in Gwinnett County. The international company plans to bring 20 new jobs to the Duluth area in the next two years and is making a $3 million capital investment, according to a news release from the Gwinnett Chamber.


Jan. 28, 2015 Georgia Health News

Shipping proposal outlined on medical cannabis

Andy Miller reports that the legislator championing medical marijuana in Georgia said Monday that he hopes to announce an agreement soon with a manufacturer that aims to ship cannabis oil to residents in the state. That process would be facilitated if Georgia passes a bill to offer immunity from prosecution to those families using cannabis oil for medical purposes, said state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon). 


Jan. 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

House leaders signal they want school bus drivers to keep health insurance

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that our AJC colleague James Salzer has found the first evidence that the state’s school bus drivers and cafeteria workers may not have to worry about losing their health insurance coverage, as Gov. Nathan Deal recommended in his $21.7 billion state budget last week: While rewriting the mid-year budget, House leaders inserted language in a section on a State Health Benefits Plan cost study saying, “The General Assembly also finds that non-certificated school employees are an essential part of the education delivery system and directs that any such report include an examination of options to provide health benefits to these workers.”



Jan. 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Report: Google expected to pick Atlanta for fast Internet service

Matt Kempner reports that n


Jan. 27, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Bryan County: Port Proximity

Randy Southerland reports that Bryan County May not be nearly as well-known as its eastern neighbor Chatham County, home to tourist-friendly Savannah, but these days people and businesses are finding this community near the coast a great place to be. Driven by two big economic engines – the Port of Savannah and the U.S. Army’s Fort Stewart – the county is capitalizing on its location.


Jan. 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta to see high demand for manufacturing and office jobs in 2015

Phil W. Hudson reports that following a positive trend in 2014, many economists and reports suggest the U.S. economy and job market are positioned to yield steady growth in 2015. According to Atlanta-based Randstad US' Hot Jobs report, jobs within the manufacturing and logistics and office and administration industries will be in high demand in Atlanta for 2015.


Jan. 27, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

Rome-based Big Time Products rises to No. 37 on Forbes list

Staff reports that as the leading supplier of work, garden, high-performance and cleaning gloves in the world, Rome-based Big Time Products was recently named one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes for the second consecutive year. The company headquartered at 2 Wilbanks Road has 104 employees, according to the Forbes report. It debuted on the list at No. 87 in 2014 and jumped nearly 50 spots to No. 37 this year.


Jan. 27, 2015 GPB

Georgia Ports Set New Records, Thanks In Part To West Coast Labor Fights

Sarah McCammon and Robert Tucker report that Georgia Ports Authority officials are predicting steady, but slightly slower, growth for the ports in 2015. The GPA reports that 2014 set new records, with 7.4 percent growth in the number of tons of cargo moved during the calendar year. Executive Director Curtis Foltz says he expects much of that trend to continue.


Jan. 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Twitter plans Atlanta expansion, picks Ponce City Market

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Twitter is taking flight in Atlanta, with expansion plans that include new offices in a high-profile technology hub. The San Francisco-based social networking company (NYSE: TWTR) will lease about 8,000 square foot at Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward.


Jan. 27, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Local homeless officials get more than $4 million in federal grants

Jan Skutch reports that Chatham County’s homeless programs got a shot in the arm Monday when federal housing officials announced the award of more than $4 million in local grants to fight homelessness. Those were among $37 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants issued to support 185 homeless housing and service programs in Georgia.


Jan. 27, 2015 WABE

Autism Treatment Coverage Bill Heads Before Full Senate 

Michelle Wirth reports that controversial state Senate bill cleared its first hurdle Monday. The legislation would require private insurers to provide autism treatment coverage for children who are six and under. Judith Ursitti has two children with autism.  She’s also an advocate with Autism Speaks. Ursitti told a state senate committee it’s heartbreaking to hear a pediatrician prescribe things like speech and behavioral therapy for your toddler only to find out they’re not covered by your insurance.


Jan. 27, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Medical cannabis may be headed to Georgia

Maggie Lee reports that Georgia residents may be able to order a no-buzz form of cannabis medicine for delivery to their doors by next month, state Rep. Allen Peake said Monday. “We are within a couple of weeks of making an announcement with a manufacturer in another state who will be able to ship” to Georgia, said Peake, a proponent of medical marijuana.


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Jan. 27, 2015 Saporta Report

Waiting for our state to deliver transit funds to our region

Maria Saporta writes, every very year we wonder whether this will be the year when Georgia will finally become a state with a multi-dimensional view towards transportation. We wonder whether members of our General Assembly will figure out a permanent way to pay for all modes of transportation – transit, trains, buses, sidewalks, bicycle paths and multi-purpose trails – instead of primarily highways and roads.


Jan. 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

GOP leaders to Georgia mayors: Brace yourself for road revenue pain

Greg Bluestein reports that once again, the state’s top Republicans repeated their vow to raise new revenue for transportation projects this year. And once again, they offered little detail on what that solution might be. That may not be for long. Gov. Nathan Deal said an initial draft of legislation is expected soon. But in the meantime, he and others warned hundreds of mayors at a Georgia Municipal Association meeting that they may not like what they come up with.



Jan. 26, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS stock falls after projected annual earnings down 29%

Jacques Couret reports that United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) delivered some bad financial news Friday morning, and its stock took a beating. The Atlanta-based package delivery and logistics giant said its 2014 diluted earnings are expected to drop nearly 30 percent to about $3.28 a share due mostly to the underperformance of its U.S. Domestic segment. While package volume and revenue results were in line with expectations, operating profit was hurt by higher than expected peak-related expenses.


Jan. 26, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Building Opportunity in Metro Atlanta

Ben Young reports that the Atlanta Regional Commission hosted a packed house Wednesday, Jan. 21, for Building Opportunity: A Conversation on Poverty and Transportation in Metro Atlanta. The program title is a mouthful and so is the subject, which revealed that sprawl has acccelerated the region's poverty problem by pushing the poor into inaccessible areas.


Jan. 26, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Savannah sees record convention bookings

Staff reports that from historic preservationists to county commissioners to multi-colored sneaker-wearing marathon runners, the halls and conference rooms of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center overflowed with activity last year. That trend will likely continue, according to a new report.  


Jan. 26, 2015 Georgia Health News

HHS chief hails exchange success in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that Benjamin Wills’ dream is to open a private Christian school in a downtrodden area of west Atlanta. One hurdle he has faced, though, was finding a less expensive source of health insurance for himself, his wife and their daughter.Wills, 28, found an answer in the Affordable Care Act exchange. 


Benjamin Wills’ dream is to open a private Christian school in a downtrodden area of west Atlanta.

One hurdle he has faced, though, was finding a less expensive source of health insurance for himself, his wife and their daughter.

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Jan. 26, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Metro Atlanta apartment market hits post-recession high

Jacques Couret reports that metro Atlanta apartment market had its strongest post-Great Recession year in 2014, as rent grew 7.4 percent, according to Axiometrics. That rent growth rate was 183 basis points higher than the 5.5 percent in 2013.


Jan. 26, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Columbia County 225th birthday an extension of recent growth

Wesley Brown reports that as Columbia County celebrates its 225th anniversary, community leaders praise their ancestors for laying the groundwork for the strong educational system and vast infrastructure network that have attracted people since 1790.    


Jan. 26, 2015 Saporta Report

Forsyth County: Top credit, $260 million in new road, water projects 

David Pendered reports that Forsyth County is quietly going about its business of building $200 million of road projects, and on Thursday commissioners discussed plans for new interchange at Ga. 400. o keep this sum in perspective, Atlanta voters on March 15 will have a chance to cast their ballots on a proposed $252 million bond issue to improve transportation and city buildings.


Jan. 26, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Legislative tip sheet: Press the restart button

Jim Galloway reports that, after after a week of uncharacteristically upbeat budget hearings, the full House and Senate will be back in formal session on Monday, and the machinery of the Legislature will begin the real process of cranking into gear. The House and Senate will convene at 10 a.m. No bills are far along enough to debate in either chamber, but lawmakers will pray, recognize guests, and introduce bills so they can be assigned to committees.



Jan. 23, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milford McGuirt named as KPMG’s Atlanta managing partner

Christopher Seward reports that 


Jan. 23, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

This month in Georgia history

Christy Simo and Karen Kirkpatrick report, as we at Georgia Trend celebrate 30 years covering business, politics and economic development across this great state, we’re taking a look back at some of the events that brought us to where we are today. With the holidays behind us, it always feels like January’s a little slower. But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some big news in Januarys past.


Jan. 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta’s Yik Yak ready to take on Twitter

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that fueled by $73.5 million in venture capital, Atlanta consumer tech poster child Yik Yak is bulking up to headbutt Twitter.The year-old anonymous mobile messaging app, reportedly valued at $400 million, is quadrupling its office footprint and relocating to Buckhead's Piedmont Center.


Jan. 23, 2015 Georgia Health News

Hospitals get financial rewards...Or do they?

Andy Miller reports that a majority of Georgia hospitals will get performance bonuses from Medicare for their quality of care, federal data show. The 59 percent of Georgia hospitals getting the financial reward exceeds the national average of 55 percent, according to a Kaiser Health News article. The bonuses come from measurements that include patient satisfaction, lower death rates and how much patients cost Medicare.


Jan. 23, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus 'enhances' mobile-banking app it launched in 2007

Tony Miller reports that if you’re a customer of Synovus and locally, Columbus Bank and Trust, you now have more options while “on the go.” The Columbus-based regional bank said Thursday it has come up with an enhancement to the mobile banking application, or app, that it launched in 2007. Its goal is to allow customers to conduct even more business with their smartphones.


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Jan. 23, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Von Maur to open in Nordstrom location at Mall of Georgia

Joshua Sharpe reports that the Nordstrom space at Mall of Georgia has a new tenant. Von Maur Deaprtment Stores announced Thursday that it will oepn its third Georgia location in the two-story, 165,000 square-foo tspace occupied since 2000 by Nordstrom, which is closing at the end of February. Von Maur says it expects to "eventually employ 200 mostly full-time associates.



Jan. 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mohawk Industries to hire 90 in Gordon County

Carla Caldwell reports that carpet and flooring giant Mohawk Industries Inc. (NYSE: MHK) plans to hire 90 workers for the company's manufacturing facilities in Gordon County. Mohawk is recruiting experienced tufting machine operators, mechanics, electronic technicians, sergers and sewing machine operators.


Jan. 23, 2015 Gainesville Times

Savannah port officials watching transportation debate in legislature

Jeff Gill reports that Port of Savannah officials have their hands full with an ambitious deepening project, but they’re also watching how the transportation funding debate plays out in the Georgia General Assembly.


Jan. 23, 2015 WABE

Deal Spotlights Criminal Justice Reform In Budget Briefing

Jonathan Shapiro reports that Gov. Nathan Deal wants to give more prisoners a shot at getting a high school diploma or GED. Deal made that case Thursday to state lawmakers who are reviewing his nearly $22 billion spending plan for next year. “We are conveying to our fellow Georgians that the mistakes of their past have not sentenced them to a life of despair, that if they work hard and pay their dues then upon release they’ll have a chance to move on from what they’ve done,” said Deal.


Jan. 23, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nathan Deal hints at purpose of his secretive U.K. trip

Scott Trubey reports that Gov. Nathan Deal made a clandestine trade mission to the United Kingdom in recent days, a trip so secret his office wouldn’t confirm where he went. It was out of character for a governor who’s never been shy about touting jobs deals and overseas economic development trips to places such as South Korea, China, Israel and to see the Panama Canal.



Jan. 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Osmose Utilities brings 100 jobs to Peachtree City

Staff reports that Osmose Utilities Services Inc. will open a new headquarters in Peachtree City, Ga., creating up to 100 new jobs over the next year. Osmose will build a facility for its new headquarters at 635 Highway 74 South. New jobs from the project will include executive, administrative, IT/technology and supervisory positions.


Jan. 22, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Protecting our wildlife

Ben Young writes, I got my first vanity license plate this year. No, it doesn't spell out “Ben Jammin,” but there’s a bobwhite quail on it, the first change in the way my license plate has looked since they took the peach horizon away a few years back.There are a gazillion ways you can customize your tag to contribute to organizations and help them brand their cause. 


Jan. 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AT&T Georgia sues Atlanta, MARTA over Streetcar costs

Katie Leslie reports that AT&T Georgia is suing Atlanta and MARTA for millions of dollars it says it’s owed for relocating utilities to make way for the city’s new Streetcar. In a lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court last month, the telecommunications company said it spent $5.8 million when it was ordered to relocate its equipment, such as cables, wires and conduits, ahead of streetcar construction.


Jan. 22, 2015 Georgia Health News

With a month to go, exchange enrollment high

Andy Miller reports that Federal officials announced Wednesday that Georgia’s signup total for the insurance exchange reached 425,927 as of Jan. 16. That’s an increase of more than 25,000 from the week before. The state’s current enrollment greatly surpasses last year’s total of 316,543. It also indicates that the final number of Georgia enrollees may be near the half-million mark at the end of the open enrollment period Feb. 15. 


That’s an increase of more than 25,000 from the week before.

The state’s current enrollment greatly surpasses last year’s total of 316,543. It also indicates that the final number of Georgia enrollees may be near the half-million mark at the end of the open enrollment period Feb. 15.

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Jan. 22, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA stronger than ever, but president wants to increase diversity

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia is "stronger now than at any point in our 230-year history," said UGA President Jere Morehead, Wednesday. For the second year in  a row, the Freshman class was the most academically qualified in the university's history, faculty are earning national and international accolades, and close to $200 million in construction projects are underway or beginning soon.


Jan. 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia’s unemployment rate drops to 6.9 percent

Henry Unger reports that 


Jan. 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia's hidden national treasure: The National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center

Phil W. Hudson reports that Fort Benning, known as the Home of the Infantry, is also the home of one of America's hidden national treasures -- the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center. And the National Infantry Foundation in Columbus, Ga., is raising money to expand it.


Jan. 22, 2015 Saporta Report

George Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and dean of Atlanta’s PR industry, passes away 

Maria Saporta reports that George Goodwin, one of Atlanta’s leading journalists and public relations executives, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at his home with his family by his side. Goodwin, 97, had many claims to fame. He was the first Atlanta journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished local reporting. And he was the undisputed dean of public relations in Atlanta – serving as the city’s top advocate for decades. 


Jan. 22, 2015 New York Times

Where is the governor of Georgia? His office won't say

Alan Rappeport reports that when a governor goes missing, people notice. And people in Georgia are starting to wonder where Gov. Nathan Deal, who is on a secret economic development mission, has disappeared to. Mr. Deal’s office would not even confirm whether the governor is overseas, or even if he is out of state. UPDATE: Mr. Deal’s office has revealed that the governor was traveling in Britain.


Jan. 22, 2015 WABE

DA: Religious Freedom Bill Could Give Cover To Child Abusers

Michell Eloy reports that one of Georgia’s district attorneys has voiced major concerns about the so-called “Religious Freedom Bill,” which lawmakers are set to take up this legislative session. Macon Circuit District Attorney David Cook says in its current form, the already controversial bill could give legal cover to those who’ve been accused of child abuse.


Jan. 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Baptists take both sides of the religious liberty fight

Jim Galloway reports that this fight over religious liberty bills in the state Capitol has become a particularly Baptist affair. On both sides of the issue. Last week, the Rev. Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, gave the invocation that’s part of the daily tradition of the House – a short sermon aimed at lawmakers who choose not to flee into the hallways.



Jan. 21, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Equifax: Auto sales going through the sunroof

Christopher Seward reports that if you’ve purchased a vehicle in recent months you’re among thousands of metro Atlantans and millions of other consumers who are driving U.S. auto sales through the sunroof. Atlanta-based Equifax, the consumer credit reporting service, reports that the total balance of auto loans hit an all-time high of $975 million in December, which was 9.3 percent higher than results in December 2013.


Jan. 21, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development - January 2015

Christy Simo reports about economic development, including Live Oak Homes expanding in Broxton and Unisys opening a call center in Augusta. Site Selection magazine, one of the U.S.’s top economic development trade publications, has named Georgia as the No. 1 state in the nation for business for the second year in a row.


Jan. 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola adds new product to Dasani water line

Phil W. Hudson reports that the  Coca-Cola Co. added two new water infusers to its Dasani Drops line Jan. 20.The Atlanta-based beverage giant (NYSE: KO) said the new product, Dasani Drops Infusions, are unsweetened, have a touch of flavor and no color added. The initial flavors of Dasani Drops Infusions are Strawberry Basil and Lime, which are available in a 1.9 oz bottle.


Jan. 21, 2015 WABE 

Atlanta Suburbs Craft Small-Town Identities

Tasnim Shamma reports that the city of Lilburn – in Gwinnett County – is getting ready to build a brand new city hall. The mood it’s going for? Nostalgic. It’s one of a growing list of suburban cities that are trying to reinvent themselves as competitive, small towns. 


Jan. 21, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia State to allow co-ed dorm rooms

Janel Davis reports that Georgia State University students will have the option of selecting roommates of a different gender in the fall. The school plans to begin offering that housing option in all of its residence halls. Students wanting this type of housing arrangement have to notify housing officials of their preference when applying for housing assignments. Student not wanting to opt-in to gender-inclusive housing will be assigned dorms the traditional way, based on sex.


Jan. 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

GuardTop buys Rockmart manufacturing facility

Phil W. Hudson reports that GuardTop LLC bought the regional asphalt sealcoat manufacturing facility in Rockmart, Ga. from Gulfport, Miss.-based Blacklidge Emulsions Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Monarch Beach, Calif.-based GuardTop said it will now directly market its brand of products in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.


Jan. 21, 2015 WABE

State Of Georgia Asks To Put Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit On Hold

Lisa George reports that lawyers for the state of Georgia want a federal judge to stop any legal action on gay marriage here until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on the issue. The nation’s highest court is scheduled hear arguments in April on whether same-sex couples have the right to marry in every state with a ruling expected by late June.


Jan. 21, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia has a new transportation commissioner

Greg Bluestein reports that if you want some proof that certain figures in the state Capitol are still serious about an increase in transportation spending, consider this quick move to tap a new road-and-bridge leader:The State Transportation Board today tapped Russell McMurry, a veteran engineer who has worked at the Georgia Department of Transportation for 25 years, to take the reins of the agency. It comes just days after Keith Golden, the current commissioner, announced he would retire at the end of the month.



Jan. 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Delta disputes FAA claim plane dumped fuel over Fulton Co.

Carla Caldwell reports that a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight from Atlanta to Japan returned to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday after smoke was seen coming from the plane's landing gear. The Federal Aviation Administration told WSB-TV Delta Flight 95, a Boeing 777 carrying 291 people, flew at 7,000 feet before landing to release fuel.


Jan. 20, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Cobb County: The Power Alley

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that in baseball, power alleys are the areas of the field just to the left and right of center field, so named because it’s where balls launched by power hitters go when hit the hardest. In the Metro Atlanta area, many have taken to calling the I-75 corridor through Cobb County the Power Alley.


Jan. 20, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Strong home sales, prices mark metro Atlanta housing market

Christopher Seward reports that 


Jan. 20, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Partridge Inn approved for Hilton brand affiliation

Jenna Martin reports that the Partridge Inn, in the midst of a major renovation, is on the fast-track for affiliation with a new Hilton boutique-style brand.  


Jan. 20, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

By golly, a new trolley? Mayor Tumlin envisions route from Square to new Braves stadium

Hilary Butschek reports that Mayor Steve Tumlin has received overwhelming support from the City Council after floating his idea of a city trolley this week.
Tumlin said he wants to promote tourism in the city with a trolley on wheels that will circle the museums, the Square and the shops in Marietta. The mayor also sees the trolley as a way to tie the Braves to Marietta.


Jan. 20, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald

Georgia moving forward with Common Core

Celia Shortt reports that Mike Royal, the vice chair for Georgia’s State Board of Education, said Georgia needs to move forward with the Common Core standards for schools. The Common Core State Standards are a national initiative with the goal of providing national standards for students. Currently, there are only Common Core standards implemented in English/language arts, and math.


Jan. 20, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Business investors watch Georgia’s cannabis debate

Maggie Lee reports that next year, Georgia may legalize its own home-grown medical marijuana industry if a Macon lawmaker has his way. Meanwhile, some companies and nonprofits are lined up, waiting for the door to open. A demand exists in Georgia for at least some types of medical cannabis, said Jake Bergmann, CEO of Surterra, an “innovative agriculture” company in Atlanta that was incorporated last year and is looking into opportunities to supply that demand.


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Jan. 20, 2015 Gainesville Times

Georgia denies Florida's allegations in water wars lawsuit

Jeff Gill reports that Georgia denies that Florida’s Apalachicola region is “suffering serious harm” because of Georgia’s increasing storage and consumption of water from the Chattahoochee and Flint river basins, according to a document filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. Georgia has filed its response to Florida’s petition to equally divide waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, which includes Lake Lanier and also straddles part of Alabama.


Jan. 20, 2015 Saporta Report

As auto sales rebound in Ga., new cars pay fewer taxes to build roads 

David Pendered reports that an uptick in the sale of new vehicles that’s been linked to lower gas prices spells more trouble for state road funding. Georgia’s collection of motor fuel taxes fell by 2 percent in the last three months of 2014. Revenues from tag, title, and fees rose by 2.7 percent during that period, according to a tabulation of monthly reports from the Georgia Department of Revenue. 


Jan. 20, 2015 WABE

Privatization Advocate Crafts New Bill Aimed At Foster Care System

Michell Eloy reports that one of the state’s biggest advocates of privatizing foster care has filed a new bill aimed at the state’s child welfare system. State Sen. Renee Unterman’s bill would allow a struggling parent to give temporary custody to a friend or acquaintance for up to one year. Active members of the military could do the same for more than a year.


Jan. 20, 2015 Georgia Health News

Much at stake for Georgia in upcoming high court ruling

Erin C. Fuse Brown writes that this spring, the Supreme Court will hear the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, in King v. Burwell. The case is about whether the federal government can give subsidies to people who obtain health insurance on an exchange operated by the federal government in a state that has declined to set up its own exchange. Georgia does not operate its own exchange, and an estimated 784,000 people in Georgia would lose their subsidies if the Supreme Court rules for the challengers.



Jan. 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Tech-focused company eyes Midtown Atlanta for 100K square feet

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Midtown Atlanta, which recently landed the headquarters of fintech giant NCR Corp., is drawing looks from another large technology-focused enterprise. An unidentified company has expressed interest in taking up to 100,000 square feet to co-anchor a more than 600,000 square foot mixed-used development planned in the heart of Georgia Tech.


Jan. 19, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Eggs & Issues update

Ben Young reports that Gov. Nathan Deal laid out his vision for ensuring our state stays No. 1 in the nation for business at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues Breakfast held at the Georgia World Congress Center Jan. 13.


Jan. 19, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Caterpillar plants closing in Franklin, Toccoa

Staff reports that a f


Jan. 19, 2015 WABE

​Uber drivers shut down Friday night

Lisa Hagen reports that their phones are logged out, and the cars are in park. Uber drivers in Atlanta are responding to a 20 percent fare cut by the company. Prices for a ride dropped last week in nearly 50 cities. Protest organizers want drivers to stop taking clients from 5 tonight until 3 a.m.


Jan. 19, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

HD Supply expands in Boston, LA, Texas

Staff reports that Cumberland-based HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap, a leading distributor of specialty hardware, tools and concrete accessories for professional contractors, announced Friday it has opened new locations in the Boston Waterfront District, Downtown Los Angeles and Killeen, Texas. The new facilities increase the presence of the company in three key geographic regions. The new locations will provide industrial, commercial and residential contractors with an extensive inventory, combined with will-call, site delivery and direct ship options.


Jan. 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Daimler eyes Georgia site for van plant 

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Daimler AG is said to be scouting Georgia for a manufacturing plant that would bring more than 1,000 jobs. The German automaker is interested in a 1,558-acre industrial site in Pooler, Ga., to build the Sprinter commercial van, economic development and commercial real estate sources said.


Jan. 19, 2015

Mohawk continues 'Aggressive' ways with $1.2 billion Belgian acquisition

Phil Bolton reports that with manufacturing facilities near each other both in Georgia and Belgium, and new plants about to open, Calhoun-based Mohawk Industries Inc. has announced that it is continuing its “aggressive growth strategy” by acquiring the Belgian IVC Group.


Jan. 19, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

Sports tourism creates local economic activity; brought estimated $5.2 million to Floyd county

Doug Walker reports that when people think about visiting Rome and Floyd County, the beauty of the sprawling Berry College campus is one of the first things that comes to mind. Fishing opportunities in the local rivers, particularly at Lock & Dam Park, are another. Camping at The Pocket in the northern neck of Floyd County and over into Walker County is yet another. Pure sports tourism, however, is probably the biggest draw to Rome and Floyd County.


Jan. 19, 2015 Georgia Health News

Bill would tighten state's elder abuse law

Andy Miller reports that Georgia legislators hope to close some loopholes in the state’s elder abuse law with a bill that would boost law enforcement tools in fighting these crimes. State Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) told reporters Friday that House Bill 72 aims to build on legislation passed in 2013 to protect the state’s elderly and disabled adults from abuse and financial exploitation. 


Jan. 19, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Gov. Deal's proposed budget includes $5 million for new Jekyll Center

Walter C. Jones reports that Gov. Nathan Deal's recommendation to lawmakers on how to fund state government for the next fiscal year includes $5 million for the Youth and Learning Center on Jekyll Island.


Jan. 19, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution  - Political Insider

Nathan Deal’s budget would eliminate health insurance for 11,500 school workers

Jim Galloway reports that talk on social media is pointing to this portion of Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed budget, which apparently foresees eliminating health insurance coverage for school cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week. 



Jan. 16, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta forming committee to try to save Hartsfield-Jackson's 'world's busiest airport' title

David Allison reports that Atlanta is forming a committee of top business executives to study how Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport can hold onto its title of being the world's busiest airport. The Atlanta airport is at risk of losing that title to Beijing Capital International Airport.


 Jan. 16, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Fear and loathing

Susan Percy writes, last summer, when the first two Ebola patients arrived in Atlanta from West Africa, I was proud that my hometown was offering them care and surprised when there were rumbles about whether public safety was in jeopardy. Three months later, when the check-in procedure at my doctor’s office included a question about recent travel abroad, it seemed as routine as showing an insurance card.


Jan. 16, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Consitituton 

Timbervest sells timberland in 3 states for $14.2M plus

Christopher Seward reports that 


Jan. 16, 2015 WABE

The Mall Of The Future…On Buford Highway?

Kate Sweeney reports that a lot of stories these days tell us the American shopping mall is in trouble. But Buford Highway's Plaza Fiesta might set an example for an entirely new model of mall. Or maybe it’s not so new after all. The story of a new kind of shopping mall starts with the story of some of the very oldest shopping malls. These were conceived of by a man with a vision.


Jan. 16, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Georgia port no. 1 in exports to Cuba

Staff reports that President Barack Obama’s recent decision to begin thawing relations with Cuba leads to the inevitable PortSide question: Will trade with the island nation resume or increase, and will it affect our ports? Turns out, according to a story posted by the Miami Herald earlier this month, the Port of Brunswick is the United States’ top exporter to Cuba.


Jan. 16, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

MDJ parent has successful bid for Rome News Publishing Company

Carla Caldwell reports that Marietta Daily Journal's parent company Times-Journal Inc., had the successful bid Thursday in a bankruptcy auction for the Rome News Publishing Company. Otis Brumby III, publisher of Times-Journal Inc., offered the high bid of $3.05 million in the open auction, the MDJ reported Friday.


Jan. 16, 2015 Saporta Report

Chick-fil-A’s executive moves show ongoing focus on internal succession 

Maria Saporta reports that by forming an expanded executive team at Chick-fil-A – a move announced Thursday, CEO Dan T. Cathy has completed a leadership transition that began in earnest 14 months ago.It was in November 2013 when he took over as the CEO – succeeding his late father, Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, who had served as the company’s top executive for more than 50 years. 


Jan. 16, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Coastal legislator agree to require 25-foot buffers along salt water marshes in Georgia

Walter C. Jones reports that the legislators making up the Coastal Caucus in the General Assembly agreed Thursday to add legal requirements for a 25-foot buffer of undisturbed land around saltwater marshes, putting longstanding state policy into the law. since 1994, the Environmental Protection Division has required the buffers or insisted on a variance with other safeguards, even though the wording in the law only deals with freshwater marshes.


Jan. 16, 2015 WABE

Businesses To Georgia Lawmakers: Fix Transportation, And Fix It Soon.

Jim Burress reports that, be it spruce, noble fir or pine -- if it’s fake, and it’s a Christmas tree, Caroline Tuan is waiting for it at the Port of Savannah. "Most of our product is imported," says Tuan, COO of California-based Balsam Brands. The company imports artificial Christmas trees through the Port of Savannah.


Jan. 16, 2015 Georgia Health News

Legislator: Medicaid expansion may get a look

Andy Miller reports that a Republican state senator said Thursday that he believes the General Assembly will hold hearings this year on the idea of Medicaid expansion in Georgia. “I think there’s a number of Republican [legislators] who are looking for a solution,’’ said Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome), after speaking on a legislative panel at an event sponsored by the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future. 


Jan. 16, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Tom Graves scores spot on defense spending panel

Daniel Malloy reports that U.S. Rep. Tom Graves will join the House appropriations subcommittee on defense spending, a win for Georgia after losing huge influence on military issues in last year’s wave of departures. Graves, of Ranger, will serve on the defense and financial services appropriations subcommittees, in addition to chairing the subcommittee overseeing the legislative branch — which makes him the most junior “cardinal” in the House.



Jan. 15, 2015 Georgia Health News

Georgia Exchange enrollment nears 400,000

Andy Miller reports that almost 400,000 Georgians are signed up for coverage in the 2015 health insurance exchange, federal officials announced Wednesday. The Georgia signup total as of Jan. 9 greatly exceeds the state’s 316,543 enrollees during the first open enrollment last year. The enrollment period this year ends Feb. 15. 


Jan. 15, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From Good to Great

Susan Percy reports that despite the chill in the air, MARTA officials and supporters were warmed by the good news at last week’s (Wed., Jan. 7) State of MARTA breakfast. General Manager Keith Parker talked about the ongoing process of transforming the system from good to great and called 2014 a banner year. “This is like a shareholders’ meeting,” he said. “This is your system.”


Jan. 15, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

GRU's Azziz expected to resign Thursday at called meeting

Tom Corwin reports that Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz is expected to announce his resignation Thursday morning, according to a highly placed official at the university. Azziz is expected to make the announcement during a called meeting of his cabinet at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.


Jan. 15, 2015 Georgia State University

Georgia State Researchers Find New Way To Suppress Inflammation Without Steroids’ Harmful Side Effects

Staff reports that a new “trick” steroids use to suppress inflammation, which could be used to make new anti-inflammatory drugs without the harmful side effects of steroids, has been discovered by researchers at Georgia State University. Their findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications.


Jan. 15, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Microsoft sues Gwinnett company over software

Christopher Seward reports that 


Jan. 15, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mohawk Industries buying IVC Group for $1.2 billion

Jacques Couret reports that carpet and flooring giant Mohawk Industries Inc. (NYSE: MHK) is expanding in the luxury vinyl tile industry. The Calhoun, Ga.-based manufacturer plans to buy Belgian sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and laminate maker IVC Group for $1.2 billion.IVC makes a sheet vinyl with a fiberglass core that provides a cushioned product that does not crack, curl or expand, making it durable and easy to install. It generates $700 million in annual revenue.


Jan. 15, 2015 Gainesville Times

Frank Norton Jr. urges North Georgia to push being 2nd-home market

Jeff Gill reports that North Georgia should strive to become a “second-home mecca” for affluent Atlantans seeking weekend escape, real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. said during his annual Native Intelligence report Wednesday night at the Gainesville Civic Center. “Our geography is too compelling for us not to capitalize on positioning,” he said. “North Georgia ... sits directly on top of 6 million people, projected to grow to 12 million by 2050.”


Jan. 15, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Savannah's outlook: Above average growth

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Savannah metro-area economy should experience “well above average” growth this year, economist Michael Toma told more than 500 people Wednesday at the Savannah Chamber’s annual economic luncheon at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.  "The past 18 months have seen substantial growth in the regional economy that is expected to continue through 2015," he said. 


Jan. 15, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

NCR's Midtown Atlanta HQ relo underscores a corporate culture shift

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that NCR Corp.'s decision to bail from buttoned-down Duluth, Ga., to entrepreneurial Midtown underscores a cultural shift in the 130-year-old company. It is also a nod to the Fortune 500 fintech's pivot from hardware to software and services. NCR (NYSE: NCR) will relocate to Technology Square, a destination for innovation-driven enterprises lured by the talent and research emerging from engineering hub Georgia Tech.


Jan. 15, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Georgia governor: Let state intervene in failing schools

Walter C. Jones reports that schools, probation and child-welfare protections would all undergo procedural changes under a plan Gov. Nathan Deal outlined Wednesday for legislators.  The Republican governor used the first State of the State Address of his second term to propose a handful of procedural changes among state agencies and renew his support for decriminalizing the possession of medicine derived from marijuana. He also laid out reasons for increased funding for transportation, without recommending any recipe for getting the added money. 


Jan. 15, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The delicate footwork surrounding an MLK statue at the state Capitol

Jim Galloway reports that at 11 a.m. Friday, the traditional ceremony honoring Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at the state Capitol. Gov. Nathan Deal will speak.Before and after the event, a small, empty patch of grass on the Capitol’s east side, overlooked by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s second-floor office, will become a highly scrutinized bit of real estate. Until a short while ago, the tract was home to a monument to Korean War veterans, complete with a gas-fired eternal flame. That edifice has been shifted – grouped nearby with other memorials to veterans.







Jan. 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

RE/MAX: Home price increases to continue in 2015

Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia housing market's upswing will continue climb in 2015, according to Alpharetta, Ga.-based RE/MAX of Georgia. Based on current market trends and conditions, the company remains optimistic about 2015.


Jan. 14, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Rural library project

Candice Dyer reports that Dan White grew up in Yatesville, Ga., a tiny town without a library. “Building a beautiful library is actually very affordable,” says White.  Two years after he approached the city council with a challenge gift in 1999, the town, which lies just west of Macon, unveiled a library that now serves 1,500 households.   


Jan. 14, 2015 Georgia State University

GSU School Of Public Health Receives Contract To Provide Mental Health First Aid Training For State’s Youth

Staff reports that Georgia State University’s School of Public Health has received a five-year, $800,000 contract from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to coordinate Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (YMHFA ) and other professional development efforts designed to improve services for Georgia’s youth.


Jan. 14, 2015 University of Georgia

Gates grant supports UGA’s continued fight against infectious disease

James Hataway reports that the University of Georgia Research Foundation has received an additional $710,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its research into the elimination of schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease affecting millions of people throughout most of Africa and some of Asia, the Middle East and the Americas to include studies on control and elimination of intestinal worms that infect almost 2 billion people globally.


Jan. 14, 2015 Georgia Health News

Cigarette tax, med cannabis, autism grab attention

Andy Miller reports that Raymond and Rebecca Spinelli came to the state Capitol on Tuesday looking for relief for their daughter, McKenzie. The 4-year-old has a mitochondrial disease. That’s a condition in which the mitochondria – tiny parts of almost every cell – cannot efficiently turn sugar and oxygen into energy, so the cells do not work correctly. 

Raymond and Rebecca Spinelli came to the state Capitol on Tuesday looking for relief for their daughter, McKenzie.

The 4-year-old has a mitochondrial disease. That’s a condition in which the mitochondria – tiny parts of almost every cell – cannot efficiently turn sugar and oxygen into energy, so the cells do not work correctly.

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Jan. 14, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NCR moving to Midtown

Leon Stafford and J. Scott Trubey report that 


Jan. 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Meggitt Training Systems enters $31.7 million contact with USMC

Phil W. Hudson reports that Meggitt Training Systems Inc. won a $31.7 million contract from the US Marine Corps Systems Command Program Manager for Training Systems. The contract allows the Suwanee, Ga.-based supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems, unmanned land and sea vehicles, aerial targets and electronic scoring systems to develop and deliver the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainers (ISMT) system for the US Marine Corps. 


Jan. 14, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

January tourism impact expected to be $2 million

Staff reports that Augusta tourism officials expect $2 million in visitor spending in January. The big driver of visitor cash will be the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, starting Friday. Augusta tourism officials expect $2 million in visitor spending in January. The big driver of visitor cash will be the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, starting Friday. 


Jan. 14, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Solar access for residences, churches, small businesses could become easier under agreement

Walter C. Jones reports that omeowners, churches and small businesses would soon have access to the financing available in two-dozen states for the installation of solar panels with little upfront costs based on an agreement announced Tuesday during a legislative hearing.  Coming up with $18,000 or more in cash to install photovoltaic panels on the average home is difficult for most homeowners. But if the agreement becomes law, they could lease their roof to companies that pay them back with free electricity, selling the rest to the utilities.


Jan. 14, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Tip sheet: A pitch on transportion and schools, but no numbers

Jim Galloway reports that Wednesday will focus on policy. The numbers will have to wait. Oftimes, the third day of the January session of the General Assembly has featured both the governor’s State of the State address and the unveiling of his proposed budget.




Jan. 13, 2015 WABE

In Inaugural Speech, Deal Stresses Education and Jobs; Transportation Not Mentioned

Jonathan Shapiro reports that with clouds and fog blanketing the Gold Dome, state lawmakers Monday convened the 153rd General Assembly, and Gov. Nathan Deal was officially sworn in for a second term. House Speaker David Ralston didn’t let the weather get anyone down. "Good morning, I don’t care if it is raining and cloudy," he said. "It’s a great day to be a Georgian."


Jan. 13, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

A penny saved

Kevin Hogancamp reports that it's a tale of 12 Georgia regions: Three have a solid funding source for road improvements; the other nine – including those in the Atlanta metropolitan area – do not. The imbalance is attributable to one penny: the sales tax that pays for a voter-approved list of transportation projects in the Columbus and Augusta areas, and in a rural central Georgia district including Dublin, Jesup and Vidalia.


Jan. 13, 2015 GPB

Vidalia Onions Lawsuit Heads Back To Court

Emily Jones reports that the dispute between Vidalia onion growers and the state Department of Agriculture is heading back to court this week. The state is challenging a ruling striking down restrictions on when farmers can pack and ship the onions. A Fulton County judge sided with Vidalia grower Delbert Bland last year. Bland took state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black to court after Black threatened heavy fines for growers who harvest the onions ahead of the state's official pack date.


Jan. 13, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Sitel to cut 675 Augusta jobs

Jenna Martin reports that Tennessee-based Sitel announced Monday that about 675 jobs will be eliminated from the Augusta call center this spring. The positions will be shed from the facility at 2115 Windsor Spring Road between March 9 and 31 at the end of an undisclosed client project, according to a corporate news release.


Jan. 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State discloses part of Mercedes incentives deal

J. Scott Trubey reports that Georgia officials unveiled at least part of the incentives package the state used to lure Mercedes-Benz to relocate its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey. On Monday, state officials disclosed that Mercedes-Benz USA will receive assistance from a grant totaling $6 million through one of Georgia’s so-called “deal closing” funds. The Regional Economic Business Assistance Program (REBA) grant will be administered by the Development Authority of Fulton County.


Jan. 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta's Ionic Security raises $40M; will add 100 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Kleiner Perkins-backed startup Ionic Security has raised $40 million from Silicon Valley and will add about 100 jobs.Atlanta-based Ionic's software helps businesses protect financial and other sensitive information stored on employees' devices and in data centers. Instead of securing individual devices, Ionic's technology secures the data itself.


Jan. 13, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Getting ready to compete

Mary Carr Mayle reports that as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project moves closer to becoming a reality, economic development authorities in Bulloch, Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties have come together to work on potential projects the deepening could bring. The Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Joint Development Authority will focus on combining resources to attract and facilitate regionally significant projects, said Trip Tollison, president of the Savannah Economic Development Authority.


Jan. 13, 2015 WABE

Ga. General Assembly Speaker David Ralston Talks Voter Issues For New Session

Denis O'Hayer and Lauren Waits report that on  day one of the new legislative session in Georgia.  Representatives from across the state have convened under the Gold Dome to take on the issues that voters are concerned about. In the first part of an interview with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, House Speaker David Ralston acknowledges that transportation may top the list. During the long conversation, he told O'Hayer about the upcoming transportation proposals facing the Georgia General Assembly.


Jan. 13, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Middle schooler's idea to lower minimum age for Georgia Senate from 25 to 21 introduced as bill 

Walter C. Jones reports that a grassroots movement launched by an Augusta-area middle-schooler is bearing fruit as lawmakers announced on the first day of the General Assembly that they are introducing his proposal to change the state constitution to lower the minimum age for serving in the legislature. Twelve-year-old C.J. Pearson of Columbia Middle School in Grovetown couldn’t get an excuse from class for the press conference the morning of the gubernatorial inauguration, but his impact was felt there and possibly statewide one day. 


Jan. 13, 2015 Gainesville Times

Georgia Senate panel: Threatening or harming health workers should be felony

Jeff Gill reports that harming or threatening violence against on-duty health care workers should be declared a felony, a Georgia legislative panel recommends in a nine-page report. Such behavior “is a pervasive problem that threatens the safety of staff, patients and visitors in hospitals and other health care facilities,” states the joint study committee report.


Jan. 13, 2015 Saporta Report

A disconnect: Climate change and the environment at the state legislature

Maria Saporta reports that a state where many of the top elected officials don’t believe in climate change and question whether humans play a role in pollution, Georgia environmental leaders actually hope the 2015 General Assembly will be a good one. Whether it be reinstituting a buffer for development on marshes along the state’s coastal areas, or whether it be exploring a permanent source of state funding for transit, or whether it be allowing for the third-party financing of solar panels on people’s homes, the 2015 legislative session could leave the environmental community happier than it has been in a long time. 


Jan. 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Casey Cagle hints at support for transportation funding

Jim Galloway reports that 2018 race for governor began a few minutes after 2 p.m. today, with an inaugural speech by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle that veered closer to the issue of transportation funding than the one that Gov. Nathan Deal would deliver minutes later. The Cagle speech was the broadening of an address the lieutenant governor gave to a transportation summit in Athens last month. Again, he didn’t endorse a gasoline tax increase, or any other tax hike – nor will he have to vote for one unless there is a Senate tie.



Jan. 12, 2015 New York Times

Death by robot

Robin Marantz Henig reports that Ronald Arkin, a roboticist at Georgia Tech, has received grants from the military to study how to equip robots with a set of moral rules. “My main goal is to reduce the number of noncombatant casualties in warfare,” he says.


Jan. 12, 2015 Georgia Trend -Exclusive!

Join State Leaders for Eggs & Issues

Staff reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast is an opportunity to get a preview of the 2015 legislative agenda. Join state leaders, including Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston, in this traditional kickoff to the General Assembly session at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.


Jan. 12, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta Air Lines battling to hold onto its Seattle-to-Tokyo flights

David Allison reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. is battling two other airlines to hold onto its flights between Seattle and Tokyo, which Delta says are key to its hub strategy. American Airlines (Nasdaq: AAL) and Hawaiian Airlines (Nasdaq: HA) are each asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to give them the routes that Delta (NYSE: DAL) now uses to fly between Seattle and Tokyo International Airport Haneda.


Jan. 12, 2015 Georgia Health News

Will Ga. hospital group go to bat for expansion?

Andy Miller reports that unlike its counterparts in other states, the Georgia Hospital Association has not been seen as actively advocating for Medicaid expansion. A number of states have expanded their Medicaid programs, making more low-income people eligible for benefits and thus helping hospitals financially by reducing their numbers of uninsured patients. 


Jan. 12, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Senior-living developments likely to boom, including in Augusta

Jenna Martin reports that when it comes to retiree-based development, the idea that "if you build it, they will come" might not be too far from reality. Ranging from a 134-apartment retirement resort in Evans to a 42,000-square-foot memory-loss facility in Augusta, the metro area will gain several new senior-focused developments this year.


Jan. 12, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Putting down healthy roots

Mary Carr Mayle reports that two out-of-the-box thinkers like Savannah businessman Howard Morrison and global energy consultant Ross Harding put their heads together, the results are often extraordinary. Verdant Kitchen is the duo’s latest brainchild. The gourmet health and wellness company — which features products made of ginger and other organic foods grown at Morrison’s historic Lebanon Plantation in West Chatham County — exploded onto the scene last year to rave reviews and is now quickly earning a national reputation.


Jan. 12, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Brunswick, St. Marys hospital management structure vote could come Jan. 28

Terry Dickson reports that the governing board of the Brunswick and St. Marys hospitals are likely to vote this month on a proposal to place management under a newly formed private nonprofit called Southeast Georgia Health System Inc., officials said. The nine-member board may also vote on a proposal to form a three-way affiliation with Baptist Health in Jacksonville and Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine.


Jan. 12, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Pittsburgh advertising agency Chemistry Communications expands in Atlanta

Patty Tascarella reports that Pittsburgh's 10th-largest advertising agency has expanded in Atlanta. Chemistry Communications on Friday announced the acquisition of TG Madison. Chemistry CEO Ned Show will additionally serve as CEO of its affiliate office in the Georgia city called Chemistry Atlanta.


Jan. 12, 2015 WABE

Foster Care Privatization Put On Legislative Back Burner 

Michell Eloy reports that despite a strong push from state lawmakers last year, an effort to privatize parts of Georgia’s foster care has likely been tabled. That’s the takeaway from a much-anticipated report released Friday by the governor’s Child Welfare Reform Council, which had been tasked with finding ways to improve the state’s beleaguered child welfare system.


Jan. 12, 2015 Albany Herald

As General Assembly session begins, transportation, education top the list of priorties

Terry Lewis reports that the General Assembly opens its 2015 legislative session this morning, the gathered senators and representatives know that this session has the potential to be one of the liveliest in recent memory. As usual, the state budget will dominate the discussion. After all, it is the fount from which all else flows.


Jan. 12, 2015 Gainesville Times

Miller’s star rising in state politics, but just how far?

Joshua Silavent reports that widely seen as charismatic, a motivator and high-energy, state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville has essentially become Gov. Nathan Deal’s legislative spokesman for 2015. Though he narrowly lost a bid to become the Senate president pro tem, the No. 2 spot behind Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Miller was handpicked by Deal to be a floor leader. That appointment gives Miller an inside track to the governor’s office, and positions him as a prominent force behind any legislation poised to pass or doomed to fail in 2015.


Jan. 12, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

About that MLK statue at the state Capitol

Jim Galloway reports that last January, from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Gov. Nathan Deal declared it time to give Martin Luther King Jr. a larger presence on the state Capitol campus. House Bill 1080, signed by the governor last April, codified his intention.
We haven’t heard much about the topic since then, but we’re picking up rumblings of a building consensus that we’re likely to hear more of before next week’s King holiday



Jan. 9, 2015 GPB

Legislator Looks To Leave Grand Juries Out Of Killings By Police

Grant Blankenship reports that a bill ready for the upcoming Georgia legislative session would change the way killings by police officers are investigated in Georgia. State Representative Nikki Randall, a Macon democrat, says the effort is inspired in part by the lack of prosecution in Missouri of Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown.


Jan. 9, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes - 2015

Susan Percy reports on changes to the state government lineup as Gov. Nathan Deal begins his second term mean new leadership for some key agencies. Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard since 2011, is the new head of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), replacing Charley English, who will become deputy director. Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, assistant adjutant general, takes over as adjutant general.


Jan. 9, 2015 WABE

Georgia Regulators Wrestle With New Coal Rules

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia regulators are starting to wrestle with how to cut pollution from coal power plants. They have to in order to comply with controversial federal greenhouse gas rules. But until the final rules are out, the goal is a moving target.  “We don’t know what’s going to be in the final rule, or how the proposed rule will change,” said Keith Bentley, the chief of the air branch at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. “We expect it to change because there were over two million comments filed.”


Jan. 9, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

When UGA shuts down coal boiler, Athens air will be cleaner

Lee Shearer reports the University of Georgia's coal-fired steam boiler is running full tilt to keep the campus warm right now, but by the middle of March it will shut down for the final time and works will begin installing a new electric-powered electrode boiler. Once the plant burns the 4,000 tons of coal stockpiled near the plant in the middle of the UGA campus, it will be shut down. 


Jan. 9, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Economist: Atlanta could add 140,000 jobs this year

Douglas Sams reports that Metro Atlanta is poised for its strongest year of job growth since the city hosted the 1996 Olympics. Spurred by the fall in gasoline prices, the return of consumer confidence, and low interest rates, the metro region could add up to 140,000 jobs this year, independent economist Marci Rossell told a group of Atlanta commercial real estate professionals Thursday.


Jan. 9, 2015 Georgia Health News

Workers face increased burden on health costs

Andy Miller reports that health care costs are increasingly squeezing American workers, especially those in Georgia and the South, a new report released Thursday finds. Nationally, workers’ out-of-pocket costs for premium contributions and deductibles in 2013 accounted for a higher percentage of median family income in all states compared to 2003. 


Jan. 9, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge allows challenge to state’s marriage ban to move forward

Aaron Gould Sheinin reports that a federal judge late Thursday dismissed the state of Georgia’s motion to stop a challenge to its ban on gay marriage. The case, Inniss v. Aderhold. will move forward, U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey Jr. ruled. The case was filed on behalf of four same-sex couples and the surviving spouse of a fifth couple.


Jan. 9, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Penney to close about 40 stores, impacting 2,250 employees (List of Georgia stores)

Danielle Abrill reports that J.C. Penney Co. Inc. plans to close about 40 stores, which is expected to impact about 2,250 employees nationwide. The closures represent less than 4 percent of Penney's total store base and most of the stores are expected to close on or about April 4, Penney spokesman Joey Thomas said.


Jan. 9, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Chamber endorses hike in federal gas tax

Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway report that there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that the Georgia Chamber, the most powerful voice of business in the state Capitol, is ready to endorse a hike in the state’s gasoline tax to address Georgia’s transportation woes.How do we know this? In a Wednesday statement on its congressional priorities, the organization formally placed itself on the side of raising the federal gas tax.


Jan .9, 2015 WABE

Deal Reconsiders Campaign Pledge To Overhaul Ethics Commission

Jonathan Shapiro reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has reconsidered a campaign pledge to overhaul the state ethics commission. Last summer, Deal said the commission was plagued by “confusion, dysfunction and inefficiency.” Now, his spokesman says it's "functioning well."



Jan. 8, 2015 WABE

Georgia Workers, Union Leaders Call For Minimum Wage Increase

Michelle Wirth reports that a coalition of union leaders, workers and workers' rights advocates rallied to raise the state’s minimum wage Wednesday. They support a proposal that calls for Georgia workers to earn a minimum of $15 per hour. Right now, employers have to pay Georgia employees at least $7.25 an hour. At a union hall in downtown Atlanta, dozens of people called for more than twice that amount for workers like Rhonda Levitt. She currently works four part-time jobs to help support her grandchildren and her mother.


Jan. 8, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Picking the 100

Neely Young writes, this year marks the 23rd year since Georgia Trend began offering our readers a list of the 100 most influential Georgia citizens. Our pick for the No. 1 Most Influential Georgian this year is Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, the organization that manages our state’s public colleges and universities. Huckaby earned this honor because of the wide-ranging changes he’s made to the way our colleges are funded and the ways they operate.


Jan. 8, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Giant Studios shuts down, sells tech to James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment

Ellie Hensley reports that Atlanta-based Giant Studios has sold the rights to its proprietary performance capture technology to James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and plans to close after it finishes out its remaining contracts. Giant's R&D arm will continue developing the software under the Lightstorm umbrella, and that arm already has located to Cameron's production company in Santa Monica, Calif.


Jan. 8, 2015

Deal: December revenues up 9 percent        

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for December totaled nearly $1.91 billion, an increase of $158 million, or 9 percent, compared to December 2013, when net collections totaled $1.75 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $9.61 billion, which was an increase of nearly $517 million, or 5.7 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $9.09 billion after six months. 


Jan. 8, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Houston land purchase could fuel economic development

Mike Stucka reports that the Houston County Development Authority will chip in as much as $230,000 toward buying land that could prove critical to attracting more jobs. The authority voted Wednesday morning to help buy the property, which Houston County commissioners approved Tuesday. Commissioners agreed to buy the four parcels, which a survey says consists of about 383 acres, in a deal valued at about $708,000.


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Jan. 8, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

U.S. Rep Loudermilk: Backlash ‘intensity’ unexpected

Hilary Butschek reports that the day after voting to re-elect Speaker John Boehner, U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R–Cassville) said he didn’t expect the “intensity” of the backlash against his vote. Loudermilk denied flip-flopping on a campaign promise to elect new leadership, saying he voted against Boehner last November during a vote to determine the Republican nominee for speaker.



Jan. 8, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Craft brewer's bill to be introduced in Senate

Kelsey Cochran reports that a bill that would allow visitors to breweries or brewpubs to buy a pint or to take home a six-pack will be introduced in the state Senate as the legislative session begins Monday. Nancy Palmer, executive director for the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, said the beer jobs bill, which aims to drive economic growth through increasing craft beer sales, has secured five sponsors, including one in the Senate, although she declined to release any names fo sponsors.


Jan. 8, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

NanoLumens gets $13 million in latest funding round

Jacques Couret reprots that NanoLumens landed $13.3 million in new financing from an offering of debt and securities. Euro Pacific Canada Inc. was the exclusive agent for the offering. Wellington Financial LP provided the $5 million debt component of the financing. The Atlanta-based visualization technology firm said Wednesday the new round of funding will be used to accelerate the company's strategic business and technology development programs.


Jan. 8, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why a sacked fire chief could become the face of ‘religious liberty’ bills

Jim Galloway reports that after reporters had vanished from the anteroom on Tuesday afternoon, Kasim Reed opened the door to his private City Hall office and fired up his email account. The mayor of Atlanta scrolled through the messages he has received over the last 30 days, demanding that he preserve the job of the highly decorated fire chief he had just fired. “Look at this. I’m an anti-Christ, I’m a Muslim,” a clearly angry Reed said. For the record, the mayor is a lifelong Methodist.


Jan. 8, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson officially becomes the Senate’s only double chairman

Daniel Malloy reports that Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson officially took the reins of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Ethics committees today, making him the upper chamber’s only double chairman. Members of both committees gathered this morning to formally name Isakson as their chairman, in moves that were long-telegraphed. Isakson served as vice chair of the Ethics committee in the previous Democrat-controlled Congress, while his ascent into the top spot on the Veterans panel was enabled by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., taking over the Intelligence Committee chairmanship.



Jan. 7, 2015 Saporta Report

Fixing state’s roads, rails to handle freight could cost up to $20 billion 

David Pendered reports that Georgia Legislature’s new report on transportation funding recognizes the need to improve the state’s freight handling roads and rails, but goes into little detail. The report does observe that freight must be accommodated. The report does not note that up to $20 billion is needed to improve roads and rail for the exclusive purpose of moving freight on rails and roads, according to a consultant’s report released in 2011 by the Georgia Department of Transportation. 


Jan. 7, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Nominate Your Company for Best Places to Work

Do you work at the best company in Georgia? Tell us about it! Georgia Trend is accepting nominations for the Best Places to Work in Georgia. Between now and Monday, March 2, fill out the online nomination form with info about why your company is among the best in Georgia.


Jan. 7, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

2015 Georgia Bio Industry Growth Awards announced

Jacques Couret reports that Georgia Bio will hand out its 2015 Georgia Bio Industry Growth Awards to CryoLife Inc. Executive Chairman and Founder Steven G. Anderson and McDaniel Law Group PC founding partner Frank McDaniel. The annual awards recognize people "who have made extraordinary contributions to the growth of Georgia's life sciences industry." The ceremony is Jan 22.


Jan. 7, 2015 Georgia Health News

Innovative mental health program short on funds

Lee Adcock reports that mental health experts in Georgia say federal spending cuts will weaken a program that trains ordinary citizens to provide “first aid” for a person experiencing a mental health crisis. n 2014’s omnibus budget, Congress also set aside $15 million for a community based awareness program called Mental Health First Aid. But SAMHSA’s total budget in 2015 will be cut by about $40 million, and Georgia will feel it. 


Jan. 7, 2015 Athens Banner Herald

School HQ move could turn into bigger redevelopment

Lee Shearer reports that a planned move of the Clarke County School District's offices to an old elementary school on Broad Street has become a wider neighborhood revitalization effort. School officials met Tuesday with planners, Athens Housing Authority head Rick Parker and representatives of other agencies and community groups to begin talking about possibilities, though firm plans are months off.


Jan. 7, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mercedes USA chief says Atlanta HQ relo will help company stay 'competitive for the next 50 years.' - Exclusive

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Mercedes-Benz USA will relocate its headquarters to Atlanta this summer — a move that will create about 1,000 jobs and cement the Southeast as the auto industry's center of gravity. For the city, which has been on a growth sprint, landing the German luxury automaker is the largest economic development coup since United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) relocated to the area in 1991.


Jan. 7, 2015 Gainesville Times

Sen. Steve Gooch says $200M in state's fund can boost transportation

Jeff Gill reports that State Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, said he believes there’s about $200 million squirreled away in the state’s general fund that can help boost transportation. Transportation funding is expected to be a top issue when the General Assembly reconvenes Monday, as the federal source for highway funding is expected to dry up again early this year.


Jan. 7, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Car dealers prepare to do battle with Tesla at the state Capitol

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that Uber isn’t the only paradigm-shifting company that will have a presence at the state Capitol next week, when state lawmakers gather in Atlanta. The difference is that electric car maker Tesla will definitely be playing defense. Last month, Georgia auto dealers went before a state administrative judge to lay out their argument that the California company’s business model violates state law, by selling directly to consumers.



Jan. 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta may land Mercedes-Benz U.S. HQ

J. Scott Trubey and Greg Bluestein report that Metro Atlanta is expected to be picked as the new U.S. headquarters for Mercedes-Benz, three people with knowledge of the situation said Monday, bringing the region the corporate hub of its second high-profile luxury auto brand. A formal announcement could come as soon as Tuesday, the people said, declining to be named because of the sensitivity of negotiations. An exact location in the region has not been determined, they said.


Jan. 6, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Hall of Fame - Lasting Influences

Karen Kirkpatrick and Christy Simo report that Bill Bolling and Saxby Chambliss join Georgia Trend’s Most Influential Hall of Fame. Bill Bolling doesn't say he is retiring from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the powerhouse nonprofit he founded in 1976 and where he has served as executive director ever since. And if you talk to him for any length of time – say 30 seconds or more – you realize that retirement is not even a word in his vocabulary.


Jan. 6, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia is national leader in solar power

Jim Thompson reports that Georgia’s abundant sunshine, coupled with the business strategies of Georgia Power and the state’s electric power cooperatives, have combined to make the state a national leader in solar energy, Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols told a small gathering on Monday in Oconee County.


Jan. 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Salesforce moves forward on Buckhead office expansion; could add 300 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that San Francisco-based Salesforce is moving forward with a planned Atlanta expansion that would create about 300 jobs, according to a source. In November, Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported the enterprise software giant's plans to expand its regional hub in Atlanta, with plans to take an additional 50,000 square feet in a Buckhead office tower.


Jan. 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia State University, Georgia Perimeter merger in the works

Janel Davis reports that University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby plans to recommend consolidation of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College, sources close to the matter have confirmed. The recommendation will come Tuesday during the first meeting of the year for the Board of Regents, the University System’s governing body. System officials confirmed there will be an item on the agenda regarding the future of the two institutions, but declined to comment further.


Jan. 6, 2015 Brunswick News

Marketing the anticipation of a revitalized Jekyll

Donna Stillinger reports that with the November departure of The Jekyll Island Authority marketing director, there is some concern whether efforts to fill — and keep filled — the hundreds of new hotel rooms that will open soon on the island are behind schedule. Jones Hooks, executive director of the Authority, is not worried. He says the authority is in just the right place.


Jan. 6, 2015 Savannah Morning News

New VA Clinic finally on way in Savannah

Mary Carr Mayle reports that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a contract for its long-promised new medical clinic in Savannah to Johnson Development of Birmingham, Ala., which will build and manage the expanded facility at 11111 Rio Road on property currently owned by Providence Presbyterian Church, the Savannah Morning News has learned.


Jan. 6, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Primerica announces new CEO, president

Staff reports that less than two years after Primerica moved into the largest office space in Gwinnett, the company announced on Sunday a change to its top leadership role, and that it will be held by one person. Glenn Williams, the company’s president, was promoted to chief executive officer and elected to the board of directors, effective April 1.


Jan. 6, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Georgia high court hears arguments on law establishing buffers along rivers and wetlands

Walter C. Jones reports that Georgia's highest court is pondering what the General Assembly intended when it passed a law protecting swamps from development. Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether to overturn a decision by the Court of Appeals regarding 25-foot buffers along the banks of marshy areas. A 1994 law requires a buffer begin on the banks of lakes and streams at the point where waves or water flow wash away plants, what scientists call wrested vegetation. That's straightforward for most bodies of water but not marshes where the water is calm.   


Jan. 6, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Local tobacco shop owners share mixed feelings on prospect of Cuban cigar sales

Jenna Martin reports that although President Obama’s new orders in easing trade and travel restrictions with Cuba fall short of allowing the resale of Cuban cigars, the thought alone is enough to make Russell Wilder excited. “If the embargo ends, the impact for me is going to be huge because it’s the forbidden fruit,” said Wilder, owner of Top Shelf Cigar & Tobacco Shoppe in Martinez. “The quality has gotten really bad in recent years, but people are just dying to get their hands on them just because they haven’t been able to.”


Jan. 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia donors snap up $58M of tax-credit scholarships in hours

Greg Bluestein reports, add another to-do item on the lengthy list of education initiatives up for debate this legislative session: The fate of Georgia’s tuition tax-credit scholarship. Supporters of the scholarship, which allows folks to lower their state income tax by donating to organizations that fund private-school tuition, are hailing two pieces of news that popped this week. The first is that the Department of Revenue reported that the tax credit reached its annual $58 million cap on Jan. 1. That meant that it took just a few hours for donors to reach the limit, which supporters take as evidence that the program is a runaway hit.



Jan. 5, 2015 Georgia Health News

Trends and surprises: What to watch for this year

Andy Miller reports there are no dull, uneventful years in health care. t’s too big an issue for consumers, state government and businesses, and has a huge effect on the economy of a state. This year could see considerable action on a variety of health care issues. Let’s start with the Affordable Care Act. Like it or not – and many people don’t – the health reform law is still the biggest thing going in health care in the state. Its provisions have altered the landscape of the medical system. 


Jan. 5, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

New year, new transportation issues

Ben Young reports, there's no doubt that transportation will be a hot topic in 2015, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Summit recently held at the Classic Center in Athens revealed a host of items to keep an eye out for in the coming year.


Jan. 5, 2015 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Greater Chattanooga area's influential Georgians noted

Kendi Anderson reports that Georgia Trend magazine released its list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, and several local area people made the cut.The annual process of selecting the most influential people is a year-round effort for the editorial staff at Georgia Trend, as the list begins with well over 100 names and is not whittled down and finalized until the end of the year, according to the magazine.


Jan. 5, 2015 Saporta Report

Local owners of Atlanta Hawks aim to play a role in new ownership group

Maria Saporta reports that the Atlanta Hawks may be for sale, but it’s premature to say that current Atlanta owners won’t continue to have a stake the team. One of the Atlanta owners, Rutherford Seydel, said in a telephone interview Friday afternoon that the local group continues to be interested in being part of a future ownership team. “We are interested in retaining an ownership position in the Hawks and partnering with a new leadership team that will take us to a new level with the Hawks,” Seydel said.


Jan. 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: BeltLine now owes Atlanta Public Schools nearly $14 million

Carla Caldwell reports that once the calendar flipped over to 2015, the amount the Atlanta Beltline owes Atlanta Public Schools is said to have doubled. Atlanta BeltLine owned nearly 7 million last year, but didn't pay, according to the Atlanta school officials and a group of parents fighting for the payment. Now, Atlanta BeltLine owes Atlanta Public Schools approximately $14 million, WSB-TV says.


Jan. 5, 2015 UGA 

UGA researchers awarded grant to study impact of painkiller abuse policies

Caroline Paskowski reports that state policies that curb the abuse of opioid prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin may be having some unintended side effects-and hurting those who need the medications the most. Researchers in the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs are using a $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to evaluate whether prescription drug monitoring programs in place in most states are keeping patients who need opioids from receiving them. 


Jan. 5, 2015 GPB

Six Education Stories To Watch in 2015

Claudio Sanchez reports that the concern about too much testing really took off in 2014 and it's likely to grow, with more organized opposition at the local, state and national levels. The new tests tied to the Common Core, developed by the federally funded consortia, PARCC and Smarter Balanced, will continue to be targets. 


Jan. 5, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia manufacturing ends 2014 on volatile note

Staff reports that Georgia manufacturing activity has seen ups and downs for the last two months of 2014 and will end on a downward turn. New orders unexpectedly fell in December, leading to a similar drop for production, according to the Purchasing Managers Index released Friday by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.


Jan. 5, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Report: Georgia developer drops Tennessee riverfront land deal

Christopher Seward reports that Georgia developer reportedly has walked away from plans to acquire 216 acres of undeveloped riverfront property in Chattanooga from insurer BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. The said the Lupton City property along the Tennessee River, once planned for a BlueCross BlueShield corporate headquarters, had been under contract to Augusta-based Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial since October.


Jan. 5, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Midstate's middle class sliding down

Mike Stucka reports, picture a series of households lined up, ordered by how much money they bring home. The household in the middle of that pack should be middle class, and all across Georgia, those middle-class incomes have been hit. In Bibb County, the median household income has lost nearly one dollar of every four, part of a decline that’s been underway for the past 25 years.


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Jan. 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Atlantic slams Georgia in report on unemployment

Carla Caldwell reports that the  Atlantic reports that as the economy picks up steam and consumer sentiment rises to its highest levels since 2007, one state keeps appearing at the top of the unemployment list – Georgia. With a November unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, Georgia was narrowly edged out by Mississippi's 7.3 percent (December statistics won't come out until mid-January). The nation's unemployment rate in November was 5.8 percent, the magazine adds in its Jan. 2 article with the headline, "What's Wrong with Georgia?"



Jan. 2, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Chick-fil-A faces credit card breach

Phil W. Hudson reports that Chick-fil-A Inc. may be the latest victim of a major credit card breach. Krebs on Security reported Dec. 30"sources at several U.S. financial institutions say they have traced a pattern of credit card fraud back to accounts that all were used at different Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants around the country."


Jan. 2, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgian of the Year: Higher education, higher stakes

Susan Percy reports, in 2006, after a long and distinguished career in public service and academia, Hank Huckaby retired. Or so he thought. Retirement didn’t seem to suit him, however, and in 2010, he ran successfully for the Georgia House of Representatives from District 113 in northeast Georgia and was just a few weeks into his first term when he was approached about taking on one of the toughest jobs in the state and perhaps the biggest challenge of his career: chancellor of the University System of Georgia.


Jan. 2, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

State sinks Redmond plans for psychiatric unit

Doug Walker reports that Redmond Regional Medical Center has withdrawn its application for a certificate of a need to allow construction of a 31-bed psychiatric unit at the hospital — but officials haven’t given up the plan.CEO John Quinlivan said state officials notified administrators that the request would be denied and allowed Redmond to withdraw the application prior to a formal decision.


Jan. 2, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Chatham officials plan for replacement of Memorial Stadium

Kelly Quimby reports that for nearly 60 years, Chatham County’s Memorial Stadium has played host to countless football games, competitions and events from its location at Montgomery Crossroad and Skidaway Road. Now the stadium, which was built in 1957, is beginning to show its age. 


Jan. 2, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Comcast to hire 125 for Alpharetta call center

Carla Caldwell reports that the Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruiting event Jan. 9 to help Comcast fill about 125 positions for telesales associates at a call center in Alpharetta. Recruiting will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the GDoL's Cobb-Cherokee Career Center, 465 Big Shanty Road in Marietta.


Jan. 2, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Engine 509 could roll swiftly to Savannah

Jim Gaines reports that the legal details can be worked out, Steam Locomotive 509 could be on its way to Savannah before mid-March. Last week, Terry Koller, director of operations at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, got a favorable reception from Macon-Bibb County commissioners when he renewed an offer to take the engine and attached tender for protection and restoration at the museum.


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Jan. 2, 2015 Saporta Report

A reinvented Sustainable Atlanta joins forces with Center for Civic Innovation 

Maria Saporta reports that ever since it was founded in 2009, Sustainable Atlanta has been trying to do what all nonprofits try to do – become sustainable. Its track record over nearly six years has been mixed. And now its reconfigured board hopes it has come up with a winning – and yes – sustainable solution. Sustainable Atlanta is joining forces with the Center for Civic Innovation – a relatively new nonprofit that is seeking to change the equation in the level of public engagement and participation in the community as well as work on creative and entrepreneurial ways to make the city a better place to live and work. 


Jan. 2, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Kasim Reed wants 45% of transportation funding in metro areas for transit

Greg Bluestein reports that at the debut of Atlanta’s Streetcar, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had a bit of advice for lawmakers readying for a knock-down debate over transportation funding. Our AJC colleague Scott Trubey asked the mayor what proportion of the new funding should go to mass transit, long a priority for Democrats and suddenly an emphasis for some leading Republicans as well.



Dec. 31, 2014 WABE

Georgia Has Fourth-Most Obamacare Signups

Molly Samuels reports that we’re halfway into the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act. And new numbers on Obamacare are out. In the first month of open enrollment, Nov. 15 through Dec. 15, more than 187,000 people in Georgia signed up for health care coverage. More than half bought insurance from the health insurance marketplace for the first time.


Dec. 31, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Ian's Friends Foundation

Candice Dyer reports, when he was 2 years old, Ian Yagoda was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor on his brainstem, and his family was plunged into a painful, high-stakes education. They learned that cancer ranks second only to accidents as the leading cause of death in children, and that the study of pediatric brain tumors remains critically underfunded.


Dec. 31, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Georgia No. 10 most magnetic state

Phil W. Hudson reports that there must be something special about those sweet Georgia peaches because according to the 2014 Allied Van Lines Magnet States Report, Georgia ranked as the No. 10 most inbound state. According to the report, Georgia had 2,466 inbound moves and a net relocation gain (calculated by the difference between inbound moves and outbound moves performed by Allied Van Lines) of 335 families in 2014.


Dec. 31, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2014 mixed year for Georgia firms, job seekers

Russell Grantham and Michael Kanell report that the business of making a buck in Georgia and metro Atlanta was a mixed bag in 2014, but prospects seem to be brightening for next year. Despite generally ho-hum profits, it was a decent year for big companies — and a good year for people who invested in them and the folks who run them. Georgia’s 20 largest companies by revenue were headed toward an overall stock return of 15 percent for 2014, a bit better than the broader stock market.


Dec. 31, 2041

Foreign firms key to Georgia's auto acceleration in 2014

Trevor Williams reports that investment in Georgia’s auto industry more than doubled in fiscal year 2014 over the previous year, with much of that coming from foreign investors. One-third of Japanese investment in the state was in the auto sector, with that number reaching roughly 50 percent for Korean investment.   German investment in the sector increased 17 percent year-on-year. The state has no German automaker within its borders, but that has worked to its advantage on the supplier front. 


Dec. 31, 2014 Newnan Times-Herald

Federal funding for Savannah port approved

W. Winston Skinner reports that Congress has approved funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. SHEP is expected to have a positive impact on the economy in the southeastern United States generally – and in Coweta County in particular. Coweta businesses and industries use the ports at Savannah and Brunswick for importing materials and exporting finished products. The expanded port will offer new economic opportunities – and will keep Savannah in economic play as the Panama Canal is expanded and larger ships begin to transport freight.


Dec. 31, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Phone call analytics startup CallRail rings up backing from Wain Kellum, Reggie Bradford

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that marketing analytics startup CallRail has raised funding from Atlanta serial entrepreneurs Wain Kellum and Reggie Bradford. CallRail provides businesses greater insight into where a phone call-based sales lead is coming from, and which marketing campaigns are effective. With insights into who is calling and how they found the business, companies can make their marketing and sales more efficient.


Dec. 31, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Click here for your copy of the Plan B transportation report

Jim Galloway reports, my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin has snagged a copy of the report from the House-Senate transportation funding committee that is likely to be at the center of next year’s General Assembly session. The gist: A long-awaited blueprint for meeting Georgia’s future transportation needs calls for a mix of tax increases, tax cuts and a historic commitment to the growth of transit, according to an advance copy of the report. The final report of the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding, landing in lawmakers’ inboxes today, does not make specific recommendations on raising the estimated $1 billion to $1.5 billion in new money the state needs. 



Dec. 30, 2014 Valdosta Daily Times

Storm damage reported in South Georgia

Staff reports that damage has been reported at Langdale Forestry on Old Clyattville Rd. According to sources from the site the damage occurred at their Maintenance and Fabrication shop. Witnesses at the scene indicated an undetermined number of workers had been trapped in debris.Reportedly three major buildings at the plant were damaged along with cars, materials and equipment.


Dec. 30, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Sustainable Georgia - Pay it Local

Ben Young writes, Georgia Trend reports frequently on buy-local efforts, often instigated by area chambers of commerce, and here at the magazine we sometimes get blowback from out-of-state advertising agencies unfamiliar with the importance of local media to their Georgia clients. So it is not in an entirely unselfish vein that I’ve often thought such a buy-local campaign ought to be waged on a statewide level.


Dec. 30, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Kumho bonds move ahead in Macon-Bibb

Jim Gaines reports that Kumho Tire factory project got another boost Monday, with news about what could be a bond issue of up to $475 million. “We have all documents and funds for the Kumho Tire bond transaction, and we are pleased to declare it closed,” Atlanta attorney Ben Brooks said in an email to Macon-Bibb County and Kumho officials. “Congratulations to Kumho and the Macon community, and thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this happen.”


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Dec. 30, 2014 WABE

Georgia Department Of Corrections Asks Google To Remove Video

Michelle Wirth reports that Google released its latest report on transparency this month. It says the Georgia Department of Corrections wanted to censor a YouTube video depicting the alleged abuse of inmates. Google didn’t give any specifics about who was in the video or where it was shot. But the Georgia Department of Corrections wanted to remove it due to its “violent nature.” 


Dec. 30, 2014 WSB Radio

Drought conditions return to parts of Ga.

Marcy Williams reports that despite the rain, drought conditions return to north Georgia. Even with the rain this week and last, the U.S. Drought Monitor declares drought has returned to counties in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Most affected counties are considered abnormally dry. 


Dec. 30, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Shake Shack files for $100 million IPO

Amy Wenk reports that the restaurant group behind one of Atlanta's most anticipated burger joints is looking to go public. New York City-based Shake Shack Inc., which opened its first Atlanta restaurant this fall in the Buckhead Atlanta development, on Dec. 29 filed for a $100 million initial public offering.


Dec. 30, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Marijuana oil trials about to start at GRU

Tom Corwin reports that children with uncontrollable seizures could begin receiving a marijuana oil-derived drug as early as today at Georgia Regents University, and others could start enrolling in a 50-patient trial, a senior GRU official said Monday. But the state will still need to have a way of growing, processing and producing the oil on its own to meet the needs of all of the children and other patients, said a chief legislative proponent for the oil.


Dec. 30, 2014 New York Times

Evidence That the Jim Crow Era Endures for Older Black Voters in the South

Nate Cohn writes, Democrats have lamented low black turnout for decades, but black turnout today rivals that of white voters. That’s probably in part because of President Obama, but also because of generational replacement. Most of today’s black voters have been eligible to vote since they turned 18. They have had as many opportunities to be mobilized by campaigns as white voters. But the legacy of Jim Crow seems to endure among those older voters (now age 69 and up) who were disenfranchised before the enactment of the voting rights law. In states like North Carolina and Georgia, the black share of registered voters remains low, nearly 50 years later, among the voters who reached voting age — then 21 years old — before 1965.


Dec. 30, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Rumor-killing: Nathan Deal’s attorney labels talk of indictment ‘absurd’

Greg Bluestein reports that it was one of the most popular rumors of the campaign season: Every few months or so, tipsters would send word that Gov. Nathan Deal was about to be indicted. The talk surfaced again this morning when DailyKos, the much-read left-leaning blog, published a report by citing an unnamed source who said that Deal was to be indicted by Jan. 15. Deal’s attorney, Randy Evans, called the report “absurd.” 



Dec. 29, 2014 WABE

AirTran's Final Flight

Jim Burress reports that late Sunday night, AirTran Airways flew 115 passengers from Atlanta to Tampa. But the 70-minute trip was anything but a typical AirTran flight. It was the final one. More than 800 hopeful travelers were on the flight’s standby list. Most of the folks who made it onboard AirTran Flight 1 were current or former AirTran employees, with a handful of journalists and Southwest executives scattered among the seats.


Dec. 29, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2014 Family Business Awards

Anna Bentley, Elizabeth Schwartz, Lori Johnston and Karen Snyder report that no one ever said mixing business and family was easy. That’s why the recipients of the 2014 Cox Family Business Awards are winners two times over. Not only do they run successful companies, they have found ways to successfully run family businesses that work for themselves, their employees and their customers.


Dec. 29, 2014 Rome News-Tribune

Reinvestments key in Floyd job growth in 2014

Doug Walker reports that the Greater Rome area continues to emerge from one of the deepest recessions since the Great depression 80 years ago, local business and industry continued to take small steps into the future, though some steps certainly were much larger than others. Reinvestments in several major industries, International Paper, the former Temple-Inland mill in Coosa, the old Mohawk spinning plant on Lavender Drive in West Rome, another growth of the Neaton Rome plant and the addition of a second facility in Rome for Foss Manufacturing led the way during 2014.


Dec. 29, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Navicent CEO named Telegraph 2014 Person of the Year

Liz Fabian reports that Ninfa Saunders started her hospital CEO job with a little house cleaning. The woman hired to run Middle Georgia’s medical powerhouse put on scrubs to disinfect toilets and showers in the Luce Heart Tower. “I think you’re going to do a very good job,” said an employee who thought she was training Saunders for a job in environmental services.


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Dec. 29, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS expects to ship 4 million return packages

Phil W. Hudson reports that just as United Parcel Service Inc. begins to wrap its second phase of the holiday shipping season, it must start preparing to ship hundreds of thousands of returned gifts. Atlanta-based UPS (NYSE: UPS) said with a record number of consumers shopping online for the holidays, post-holiday returns and exchanges will keep busy right through the new year. 


Dec. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Will Georgia formally apologize for slavery next year?

Greg Bluestein reports that a prominent Georgia Democrat wants the state government to formally apologize for slavery and segregation-era laws which has left behind “unbearable” scars for generations of blacks. The proposal by state Rep. Tryone Brooks, D-Atlanta, expresses “profound regret for Georgia’s role in slavery” and acknowledges moral and legal injustices perpetrated by the state government on slaves.


Dec. 29, 2014

Foriegn firms key to Georgia's auto acceleration in 2014

Trevor Williams reports that hen cutting the ribbon on the expansion of its first plant in Cartersville in April, Austria’s voestalpine AG didn’t cut corners: Guests were treated to a European musical band, black tablecloths, crystal and a dramatic unveiling of the first products rolling off the new factory line.  


 Dec. 29, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

St. Francis, Columbus Regional, Fort Benning jobs top business stories in 2014

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Tony Adams reports that year 2014 was a busy one once again, with the city's major hospitals suffering financial troubles, jobs at Fort Benning being threatened by Army cuts, Walmart expanding its presence in a big way, and BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia preparing for a major relocation to a brand new complex.


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Dec. 29, 2014 Gainesville Times

Health care jobs among fastest-growing occupations in state

Joshua Silavent reports that certain industries seem inherently fraught with political controversy. Big oil. Big pharma. Big government. But maybe none riles so much partisan passion as the business of health care, particularly since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, colloquially and often derogatorily referred to as Obamacare, in 2010. But no other industry also presents better job security today.


Dec. 29, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Business was booming in 2014

Jenna Martin and Tim Rausch report that biggest business stories of 2014 went from new life for an old hotel to an outlet mall that never came and new companies that will bring lots of jobs or transform entire shopping centers. 


Dec. 29, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia’s shrimp season to be extended

Phil W. Hudson reports that a wise man once said shrimp is the fruit of the sea. Too bad that wise man lived in Alabama because Georgia's food shrimp harvest season will be extended until 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2015, according to Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams.


Dec. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The top six political questions in Georgia in 2015

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that the past year brought a blizzard of political excitement, from a slate of competitive elections to a drumbeat of intrigue that kept your loyal Insider scribes perpetually busy. And 2015 is poised to be equally interesting. So before you put away the Christmas lights and stow the menorahs back in the closet, take a gander at the six biggest political questions your Insiders will be tracking in 2015.







Dec. 26, 2014 WABE

CDC Admits Possible Ebola Exposure

Molly Samuel reports that CDC technician may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in a lab earlier this week. The possible exposure happened on Monday, when a sample of the virus may have been mislabeled. Vials are color-coded, to tell technicians what they’re working with, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner explained. In this case, live samples of the virus, rather than inactive samples.


Dec. 26, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Elbert County: Solid Focus

Randy Southerland reports that for as long as anyone can remember, granite has been the foundation of Elbert County’s economic success. Drive around this rural northeast Georgia region and you’ll soon come upon deep pits cut into the earth. At one such quarry just outside the town of Elberton, tall cranes are lifting up massive blocks of the pale stone for loading onto big trucks.


Dec. 26, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Columbia County stormwater chief makes plans for new revenue

Wesley Brown reports that Columbia County is set to invest an additional $600,000 in its aging stormwater system next year, with the hope that more money and manpower will result in half as many repair orders and fewer sinkholes. 


Dec. 26, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

‘In spirit of Christmas holiday’ parking at Atlanta meters free on Friday

Carla Caldwell reports, no need to worry about an expired meter while returning gifts on Friday in Atlanta. ParkAtlanta, the City of Atlanta's parking management partner, will not enforce metered parking on Dec. 26. An announcement about the free parking on Mayor Kasim Reed's website says the decision is "in the spirit of the Christmas holiday."


Dec. 26, 2014 Rome News-Tribune

Grant funding for McCall Hospital property in South Rome approved

Doug Walker reports that the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. and city of Rome have finally gotten approval from the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission for a Neighborhood Stabilization grant that will facilitate acquisition and demolition of the old McCall Hospital/McCall Apartments, 310 S. Broad St., and 5 Cherokee St., the parking lot behind the Latino grocery store adjacent to the McCall building.


Dec. 26, 2014 Rockdale Citizen

New Leaf Visions showing success in helping unemployed find jobs

Wade Marbaugh reports that New Leaf Visions, located at the Avery Street entrance to Walker’s Bend, a Covington subdivision, is a workforce development program that provides people with the tools they need to succeed in finding employment and retaining it. The staff includes a team of teachers, counselors and other professionals to guide enrollees through the program and beyond.


Dec. 26, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta investor partners with Charlotte investor to buy BB&T HQ for $60M

Phil W. Hudson reports that investors acquired the BB&T headquarters building in Winston-Salem, N.C. for $60 million. Atlanta investor Tyson "Ty" Rhame and Charlotte, N.C. investor Ray Gee partnered to acquire the 240,000 square foot, 20-story office tower as a long-term hold.


Dec. 26, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The top six political questions in Georgia in 2015

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that the past year brought a blizzard of political excitement, from a slate of competitive elections to a drumbeat of intrigue that kept your loyal Insider scribes perpetually busy. And 2015 is poised to be equally interesting.So before you put away the Christmas lights and stow the menorahs back in the closet, take a gander at the six biggest political questions your Insiders will be tracking in 2015.



Dec. 24, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mixed-use project to start in Duluth

J. Scott Trubey reports that prolific Atlanta real estate firm Fuqua Development has received a permit to begin a mixed-use project in Duluth that will include apartments and a grocery store, the city said Tuesday. The Sugarloaf Market at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Sugarloaf Parkway will include 330 apartments and a Sprouts Farmers Market, a city news release said. Construction is slated to begin in January with a projected opening in Spring 2016.


Dec. 24, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia population tops 10 million for first time

Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia passed a population milestone this year by passing the 10 million mark for the first time. According to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates released Dec. 23, Georgia is the No. 8 most populous state with a total population of 10,097,343. Additionally, the Peach State had the No. 4 largest numeric increase from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014.


Dec. 24, 2014 Savannah Morning News 

PolyCase on fast track to success

Mary Carr Mayle reports that until his retirement, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Lemke worked mostly overseas, serving as a foreign area officer and liaison with the military leadership in his host countries. His primary mission was to train and equip each country’s security forces to combat narco-terrorism. Little did he realize that experience would lead to his next career. 


Dec. 24, 2014 UGA

UGA law school receives $3.4 million from the estate of the late Gov. Sanders

Heidi Murphy reports that University of Georgia School of Law has received a $3.4 million gift from the estate of former Georgia Gov. Carl E. Sanders. Approximately $2.4 million will be used to create the Carl E. Sanders Law Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships to law students. The remainder of the gift will be added to the Carl E. Sanders Chair in Political Leadership Fund, which was established in 2002 to support a faculty position for someone to "educate students about the roles of law and lawyers in shaping public policy and about the role of lawyers in positions of leadership."


Dec. 24, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta joins push to end Florida’s gay marriage ban

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that Atlanta’s Delta Air Lines is not shying away from a political fight. Chief executive Richard Anderson turned heads when he urged corporate leaders to “stand up” to Georgia lawmakers who could ding the state’s reputation and went on national TV to back President Barack Obama’s executive order clearing the way for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay. Now the company is among about two dozen major national firms who signed briefs filed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta supporting a legal challenge to end Florida’s same-sex marriage ban.


Dec. 24, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WSJ: Coke to axe 2,000 jobs; Big cuts likely in Atlanta

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. will issue job-cut notices to North American staffers Jan. 8 and international employees will be given a timeline for cuts by Jan. 15, according to people familiar with matter, reports The Wall Street Journal. Some estimates say cuts will range from 1,000 to 2,000, but "one person involved in the review said more than 2,000 jobs could be axed," the paper said.


Dec. 24, 2014 WABE

'SEC Primary' Gains Momentum

Michelle Wirth reports that Georgia could have more influence in the upcoming presidential primary. They’re well known for playing each other in football. Now, several southern states are capitalizing on that recognition by banding together for what’s known as the “SEC Primary.” The plan is to hold those contests on March 1. Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp thought up the idea. He says Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi have already expressed interest.


Dec. 24, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

At 71, Chambliss touts Senate successes on his way out

Walter C. Jones reports that all of Georgia and the United States benefit from some of the large, federal projects Sen. Saxby Chambliss helped bring to East Georgia, the retiring senator said during an interview Monday night.  The Georgia Republican has already moved out of his Capitol Hill office and formally gives up the post Jan. 6 when his successor, David Perdue, is sworn in. Then Chambliss, 71, will resume his law career in Atlanta where he will concentrate on the same international and domestic issues that kept him busy during his 20 years in the House of Representatives and Senate. 


Dec. 24, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Your first glimpse at the polarizing ‘religious liberty’ proposal

Greg Bluestein reports that there’s a reason why many lawmakers choose to pre-file their legislation long before the session begins: To stoke conversation, and media attention, about their proposals.State Rep. Sam Teasley didn’t want any additional focus on his already controversial push to pass “religious liberty” legislation. He already earned plenty of that this past session, when it sparked a sudden fight with business forces and other critics who eventually succeeded in scuttling it.



Dec. 23, 2014 WABE

Atlanta native Sally Quillan Yates is President's Deputy Attorney General Nominee

Rose Scott reports that President Obama has nominated Atlanta native U.S. attorney Sally Quillian Yates for deputy attorney general. Yates was serving as a federal prosecutor when in 2009 Obama nominated her as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. She was confirmed the following year. Now, she’s a nominee for second-in-command at the Justice Department. WABE legal analyst Page Pate says Yates is highly respected.


Dec. 23, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sports Desk: Something in the water

Loran Smith writes, located in west georgia just south of Rome, Cedartown is famous for its Cherokee and Creek Native American heritage and the influence of its water source, “Big Spring.” It’s also known for generating sports legends. Home to 10,000 people, Cedartown has more Georgia Sports Hall of Famers per square mile than any town in the state. The big six are Doc Ayers (football coach, inducted in 1990), Ray Beck (football, 1959), Edgar Chandler (football, 1988), Jimmy Hightower (football coach, 1989), Doug Sanders (golf, 1975) and Whitlow Wyatt (baseball, 1976). Must be something in the water.


Dec. 23, 2014 Georgia Health News

Feds punish 29 Georgia hospitals over harm to patients

Andy Miller reports that the federal government is cutting payments to 29 Georgia hospitals for high levels of infections and patient injuries in the facilities. - The new Medicare crackdown on hospital-acquired infections and preventable injuries is similar to the existing federal penalties on excessive readmissions of patients within 30 days after discharge.Overall, 721 U.S. hospitals are getting the new penalties, which means they will have their Medicare payments lowered by 1 percent. 


Dec. 23, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta's MacStadium raises $1M to grow iOS testing platform

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based MacStadium has raised a $1 million Series A round to help become the Amazon Web Services of Apple hardware. MacStadium provides dedicated Apple Mac hosting and cloud computing services for software development businesses. Because Apple insists all Apple OS X software run on Apple machines, developers can't test their iOS apps on internal Linux or Windows servers or on popular cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure.


Dec. 23, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Texas company buys land in Forsyth for organic egg farm

Linda S. Morris reports that World’s Best Eggs of Georgia, a division of Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill and Farm, of Elgin, Texas, has bought an 88-acre farm in Monroe County, and it will be converted into an organic pastured poultry farm. The land is located on Ga. 83 North and will include pasture land for the hens that will spend their time outside, eating grass, bugs and organic feed, according to a news release. The eggs will be sold under the label Jeremiah Cunningham’s World’s Best Eggs at Whole Foods Market stores in the South.


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Dec. 23, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Equifax subsidiary signs debt services deal with UK government

Christopher Seward reports that TDX Group, a British subsidiary of Atlanta-based Equifax Inc., has signed a multimillion-dollar contract to provide debt recovery services to the United Kingdom government. The government is trying to collect more than £22 billion ($34 billion) in outstanding debt. Six government departments will rely on a newly created entity, Integrated Debt Services Ltd., for debt recovery services.


Dec. 23, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Worldpay acquires SecureNet

Phil W. Hudson reports that Worldpay acquired SecureNet Payment Systems from the private equity firm Sterling Partners for an undisclosed amount. Atlanta-based Worldpay US Inc. said Austin-based SecureNet pioneered the payment industry's only cloud-based service to integrate point-of-sale, mobile and eCommerce payments processing, inventory management and data analytics for merchants.


Dec. 23, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Smyre retiring from Synovus; hasn’t decided if he’ll seek re-election to Georgia General Assembly

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Tony  Adsam reports that longtime Synovus executive Calvin Smyre said Monday he is retiring Dec. 31 from the banking firm, but has yet to decide if he will call it a career as well in the Georgia General Assembly, where he is the longest-serving active legislator. “This will be starting my 41st year and friends are pushing me to stay” in the legislature and seek re-election, said Smyre, a Democrat who was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1974, its youngest member at age 27.


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Dec. 23, 2014 Albany Herald

After two decades in Washington, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss bids D.C. adieu

Terry Lewis reports that with just days left in office, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., settled into a seat in The Albany Herald’s third-floor conference room Monday morning and glanced around. “It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago I sat in this same conference room and talked about running for the House of Representatives,” Chambliss said. “Boy, how time flies.” Chambliss went on to serve four terms in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2002, when he defeated incumbent Democrat Max Cleland. Chambliss, 71, served two terms in the Senate before declining to run for a third term. His seat will be filled by Republican David Perdue.


Dec. 23, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue put up more of his own money in campaign’s final days

Daniel Malloy reports that the final tallies are in for the most expensive U.S. Senate race in Georgia history, as the candidates alone combined to spend $46.7 million in the two-year derby to succeed Saxby Chambliss. Republican David Perdue, the victor, lent his campaign another $200,000 in the campaign’s final days, according to new FEC filings. His final self-investment in the campaign was $3.2 million in the outcome — $2.8 million in donations and $400,000 in outstanding self-loans.



Dec. 22, 2014 WABE

Google Fiber Delays Metro Atlanta Debut

John Lorinc reports that computer users in metro Atlanta won’t be getting any “Fiber” in their tech diets this Christmas. Earlier this year, Google announced its “Fiber” gigabit internet service would be coming to parts of Georgia, by December. But now Google says it’s delaying its debut here because it still has “a bit more work to wrap up.”


Dec. 22, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

In Transition

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that healthcare in the U.S. and Georgia has seen radical changes over the past few years, including a number of treatment and technology advances, the advent of the Affordable Care Act, and the consolidation or closure of hospitals. And there is no sign that things will settle down soon. Since 2010, there have been several changes for Georgia hospitals and health systems (and in most cases elsewhere), with more major trends that doctors and hospital officials say are likely to play a major role in the next four years and beyond.


Dec. 22,  2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS faces test with record 34M deliveries expected Monday

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based United Parcel service expects to deliver 34 million packages on Monday, the most delivered on a single day in the company's history. Meanwhile, UPS is working to avoid the disaster the company experienced last year when millions of packages did not arrive in time for Christmas.


Dec. 22, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

After 8-month delay, St. Marys plans February vote on seismic air gun testing for oil in Atlantic

Jared Keever reports that as coastal communities have gone on record opposing seismic air gun testing for oil along the Atlantic Coast, St. Marys will take at least eight months to reach a decision. It came up first in June, when Councilman Bob Nutter asked the City Council to adopt a resolution opposing the use of the air guns. The council asked for six months because it didn’t have enough information.


Dec. 22, 2014 Rome News Tribune

Authorities: PILOT fees promote economic growth in Floyd

Doug Walker reports that two agencies responsible for putting together deals to bring new jobs to Rome and Floyd County struck a historic deal this year. The Rome-Floyd County Development Authority agreed to share payment in lieu of taxes fees with the Development Authority of Floyd County for the next three years. Companies pay PILOT fees to a bond-issuing authority instead of paying property taxes. The program is used as an inducement to attract industries to the community.


Dec. 22, 2014 UGA

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine to host annual shelter medicine symposium

Kat Gilmore reports that the seventh annual Shelter Medicine Symposium will be held at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine on Jan. 11. The daylong event is focused on the best management and medicine practices for local and regional animal shelters. Veterinary professionals and others who work in animal control facilities and humane societies, or with animal rescue groups in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, are encouraged to attend.


Dec. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia real estate investors opt for renting over flipping

Christopher Seward reports that lipping houses in metro Atlanta and other parts of the country was once the rage. The idea: Buy a fixer-upper on the cheap, make repairs, sell it for a quick profit and move on to the next property. Some experts argue that the practice helped send the housing market into a tailspin in the late 2000s, a period preceded by easy money from lending institutions to investors and to the buyers who purchased the properties.


Dec. 22, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Russia's Putin says Coca-Cola may be harmful for children to drink

Phil W. Hudson reports that Vladimir Putin lashed out against the Coca-Cola Co. Dec. 18 at his annual press conference on the state of Russia in Moscow.The Russian president suggested that Coke could represent a health threat. "[I] did not know whether Coca-Cola is a harmful drink, but many experts say it is [harmful] for children," the former KGB officer said. ""The thing is we have our own national drinks."


Dec. 22, 2014 Georgia Health News

Report faults Ga., other states on fighting disease

Andy Miller reports that alf the states — including Georgia — scored a 5 or lower on 10 key indicators for preventing, detecting and responding to disease outbreaks, according to a new report. The response to Ebola was a central theme in the report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Ebola crisis in the United States this year showed that “some of the most basic infectious disease controls failed when tested,” Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, said in a statement Thursday.


Dec. 22, 2014 Gainesville Times

Wage growth returning as job market expands

Joshua Silavent reports that the road to economic recovery has not exactly been paved in gold — or even silver, for that matter. While corporate profits and productivity have soared since the depths of the recession, workers have continued to feel the pinch. Even after 57 straight months of private sector job growth across the nation, and corresponding decreases in the unemployment rate, wages and salaries have not rebounded as quickly.


Dec. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hank Johnson, David Scott to President Obama: Don’t renominate Michael Boggs

Daniel Malloy reports that now that the Senate has gaveled out for the year without voting on controversial Georgia judicial nominee Michael Boggs, the focus turns back to the White House. In order to fill the state’s remaining U.S. District Court judge vacancy President Barack Obama must re-nominate Boggs — the former conservative Democratic state legislator who might face a more sympathetic crowd in a Republican Senate — or move on. Georgia Democratic U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson and David Scott hope he does the latter.




Dec. 19, 2014 WABE

Atlanta's Cuban Community Mixed On Obama's Policy Shift

Michell Eloy reports that Cuban restaurant Papi’s in Midtown Thursday, the staff is buzzing about changes to U.S. relations with the island nation after decades of isolation.Among them is co-owner Yenia Regalado, who came to Atlanta from Cuba 15 years ago. “I’m so happy,” she beams.


Dec. 19, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: Learning from others

Bill Crane writes, emerging from the ruins of one of America’s greatest industrial empires is a leaner and hopefully cleaner Detroit. Currently finalizing its reorganization from Chapter 9 bankruptcy under the supervision of federal bankruptcy court, the Motor City has been on the racks being fine-tuned and having its motor and transmission rebuilt over the past 18 months by a court-appointed emergency manager.


Dec. 19, 2014 GPB

Carter Applauds New Cuba Relations Policy

Ellen Reinhardt and Sean Powers report that former President Jimmy Carter says he is delighted with President Obama's move to improve relations with Cuba. He says he hopes the U.S. Congress will take steps to remove the economic sanctions against the Cuban people. Carter believes those sanction have proven to be ineffective in furthering democracy and freedom. 


Dec. 19, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

City to fund Valencia Way extension if 'major manufacturer' builds plant in Augusta

Jenna Martin reports that a commitment by city officials to extend a road in Augusta Corporate Park could help pave the way for a new manufacturer interested in Augusta.The Augusta Commission approved the construction of a 1-mile extension of Valencia Way if the interested, unidentified industrial company announces its intent on or before Feb. 1 and begins construction on the plant on or before Sept. 1.


Dec. 19, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Kia supplier Hyundai Glovis to build logistics center in Northwest Harris Business Park

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Tony Adams reports that a major Hyundai and Kia auto parts supplier is planning a 310,080-square-foot logistics center in Northwest Harris Business Park in Harris County. The project by South Korea-based Hyundai Glovis Georgia, announced Thursday by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s office, is a relocation of the company’s “parts consolidation center.” Expectations are that up to 190 people will be employed at the new site within four years.


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Dec. 19, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS buying Polish health care logistics company

Phil W. Hudson reports that United Parcel Service Inc. came to terms with the Poland-based investment fund ORTIE to acquire its pharmaceutical logistics company Poltraf Sp. z o.o. for an undisclosed amount. The Atlanta-based package shipper (NYSE: UPS) said the acquisition will add three facilities with advanced warehousing management systems, full quality assurance services, and an experienced workforce to UPS's existing European healthcare network, now totaling 14 healthcare facilities.


Dec. 19, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Nominations sought to recognize people who work in manufacturing

Linda S. Morris reports that the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Georgia Tech is looking for nominations of people who work in or support manufacturing for the launch of the Faces of Manufacturing. The yearlong campaign is designed to showcase “the unsung heroes of Georgia manufacturing and highlight the important role they and the industry play in the state,” according to a release.


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Dec. 19, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Container growth continues at GPA

Mary Carr Mayle reports that container traffic continues to increase at Georgia Ports Authority, with 271,357 twenty-foot equivalent container units — or TEUs — moved in November, an increase of nearly 12 percent over the same month last year. “Continued growth — without delays or congestion — highlights Georgia’s ability to strategically expand both capacity and market share,” said Curtis Foltz, GPA executive director.


Dec. 19, 2014 Emory University

National Academy of Inventors elects Emory chemist Huw Davies as fellow

Staff reports that Huw Davies, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Organic Chemistry at Emory University, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.


Dec. 19, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Braves to purchase Genuine Parts site

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Atlanta Braves agreed to purchase the land that currently houses the headquarters of Genuine Parts Co., which neighbors SunTrust Park and the Braves' mixed-use development site. The club said the 9.5-acre parcel sits to the north of the land purchased by the organization in 2013 and brings the total land controlled by the club to more than 90 acres. 


Dec. 19, 2014 New York Times

Shooting Spurs Debates Over Race and Guns in a Gingerbread Town

Richard Fausset reports that the blast from Glenn Lampien’s handgun echoed through the streets of this faux Alpine town. Then May Araim, a Muslim tourist in a headscarf whom Mr. Lampien had never met, fell dead in front of a store selling Tyrolean hats and cuckoo clocks. Four months into a state investigation, there are loose ends and questions that may never be answered. But for Helen, a German-themed tourist town that lures visitors with an affordable simulacrum of a Bavarian village, the death of Ms. Araim has proved to be a very American tragedy.


Dec. 19, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

‘Religious liberty’ supporters invoke embattled Atlanta fire chief

Greg Bluestein reports that at every twist of the growing debate over the “religious liberty” bill that’s sure to come up next year, critics question whether there’s a compelling reason to add the controversial new language. Trey Childress, an establishment GOP figure who raised alarms about the legislation yesterday, echoed that by saying “broad piece of legislation couched in sound bite [that] names no evil” in an email to every legislator.





Dec. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia jobless rate drops to 7.2 percent

Staff reports that state officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.2 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new figure, which is the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for November. State officials say the new rate represents what they call a significant drop. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said it's the largest monthly rate decline seen in Georgia since 1976.


Dec. 17, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2015 Economic Forecast

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business unveiled the 2015 Economic Outlook Friday, Dec. 12, at a luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Douglas Handler, chief U.S. economist for IHS Global Insights, spoke about the national outlook, and Benjamin Ayers, dean of the Terry College, presented the Georgia forecast. In a break from recent tradition, there was pretty good news all the way around.


Dec. 17, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Flint Energies joins huge solar project in Taylor County

Linda S. Morris reports that Reynolds-based Flint Energies is one of three electric membership cooperatives that will buy energy credits from a huge solar project to be developed in Taylor County. Flint Energies, Cobb EMC and Sawnee EMC will buy the entire power output of a 131-megawatt photovoltaic solar project to be constructed outside of Butler, according to a news release. The electric membership cooperatives signed the deal with Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power.


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Dec. 17, 2014 WABE

Atlanta Nonprofit Helps Keep Ebola Out Of Ivory Coast

Michell Eloy reports that if you’ve had a piece of chocolate recently, chances are the cocoa came from beans grown in West Africa, specifically Ivory Coast. The country is the largest producer of cocoa beans in the world, making about half the crop. It also shares a large border with Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak.


Dec. 17, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta among nation's top, most affordable travel spots

Phil W. Hudson reports that Hotlanta is a term that most Atlantans hate, but according to a new report from, it may be appropriate. According to the Norwalk, Conn.-based website, Atlanta is the No. 8 most affordable destination and the No. 9 hottest travel spot for 2015.


Dec. 17, 2014

Duct Doctor finds Nigerian franchisee

Trevor Williams reports that a Norcross-based provider of air duct cleaning services in commercial buildings and homes has found a franchisee to take its brand into NigeriaDuct Doctor provides its business partners with trucks mounted with a proprietary vacuum that drives agitation devices through ducting systems. The goal is to free up air flow, helping building operators save on heating and cooling bills.


Dec. 17, 2014 UGA

UGA’s Grady College climbs to second place in top journalism school ranking         

Sarah Freeman reports that the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication was named one of the top two journalism schools in the country according to an annual survey by and the Radio Television Digital News Association. Last year, the Grady College was ranked third in this survey. 


Dec. 17, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Federal poultry lab in Athens gets $45 million appropriation

Jim Thompson reports that a $45 million federal outlay will get the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens on the road toward matching its facilities with its mission — a mission that has expanded significantly since the College Station Road facility was built in the 1960s.


Dec. 17, 2014 Atlanta Businesss Chronicle 

Alpharetta lens-maker QSpex raising $40M

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Alpharetta lens technology firm QSpex Technologies Inc. is raising $40 million, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. QSpex has developed a process involving a liquid plastic that, when exposed to certain wavelengths of light, is converted into a hard plastic lens.


Dec. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Another pre-emptive strike on Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia lawmakers opening their emails this morning found a note from an establishment voice warning about the “disservice” of the so-called religious liberty bill that’s sure to come up next session. The Georgia Chamber and Metro Atlanta Chamber have both already raised alarms about the legislation. This time, the warning shot came from Trey Childress, who was Sonny Perdue’s budget director and Nathan Deal’s chief operating officer.



Dec. 17, 2014 Georgia Health News

Hospitals cuttings payrolls to cope with hard times

Andy Miller reports that a recent series of job cuts shows that tough financial times remain for the state’s hospitals – and may get worse next year, experts say. - The biggest cuts have come in two hospital systems in Columbus. Columbus Regional Health eliminated 219 positions in a cost-reduction move in November. The cuts came after a $17 million operating loss in fiscal 2013 and a similar loss in fiscal 2014, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. The job cuts included 99 terminations. 


Dec. 17, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Southwest Georgia: Reloading and Rebranding

Kevin Hogencamp reports that economic developers in Southwest Georgia, which boasts some of the richest, most biologically diverse ecological systems in the United States, seem to be drinking the same water. Throughout the area, communities of all sizes are undertaking bold new efforts to pitch their stories beyond their borders to attract business, industry and visitors.


Dec. 17, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mercedes-Benz eyes Atlanta for U.S. headquarters, could bring 800+ jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is considering relocating its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta from New Jersey, Atlanta Business Chronicle has learned. MBUSA is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. The company is likely to have considered Texas and Virginia for the relocation.


Dec. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca Cola dumps “American Idol” as a sponsor after 13 seasons

Rodney Ho reports that in yet another sign of the show’s waning influence and reach, Atlanta-based Coca Cola is ending its 13 season relationship with “American Idol” as a sponsor, according to an exclusive story in Variety magazine. “After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point,” the company sent Variety in a statement. If Coca Cola is seeking the youth audience, “Idol” is no longer it. The show’s audience season one averaged 32 years of age. Now the average age is well over 50.


Dec. 17, 2014

Atlanta ranked best in US for foreign investment strategy

Trevor Williams reports that when it comes to putting their heads together to attract foreign investors, Atlanta’s economic development community does it better than any other U.S. city, according to a new report by fDi Intelligence.  The “Global Cities of the Future 2014/15” report ranked Atlanta No. 13 globally in the "FDI Strategy" category, but all the other cities eclipsing it were outside the U.S. Miami, notably, was down at No. 24, and no other cities from the region cracked the top 25. Dubai came out as the world leader in FDI recruitment.    


 Dec. 17, 2014 Saporta Report 

Underground Atlanta to be sold for $25.75 million to S.C.-based WRS Inc. 

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is planning to make an “important economic development announcement” Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. – reportedly to announce the sale of Underground Atlanta, according to people close to City Hall.The buyer is WRS Inc., a real estate investment firm based in Mount Pleasant, S.C. near Charleston. It is thought that the city has the property under contract for $25.75 million. The iconic property that is adjacent to the Five Points MARTA Station. 


Dec. 17, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Loan growth continues in 3Q for Georgia's credit unions

Phil W. Hudson reports that loan growth in Georgia's 136 credit unions experienced its highest third quarter jump in more than a decade -- growing by 4.2 percent. According to Duluth, Ga.-based Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, the first nine months of 2014 generated loan growth of 8.9 percent (11.9 percent annualized). Since October of 2013, credit unions have recorded a 10.2 percent increase in loans.


Dec. 17, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

California firm purchases Acute Care Express in Columbus

Tony Adams reports that the city’s first urgent-care center has been gobbled up by a large California company. Valencia, Calif.-based U.S. HealthWorks said Tuesday it has purchased Acute Care Express, 7901 Veterans Parkway, from Inphynet Contracting Services Inc., a south Florida company. Terms of the transaction were not released.


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Dec. 17, 2014 UGA

UGA, Emory collaborate to leverage strengths in infectious disease research

Sam Fahmy and Holly Korschun report that the University of Georgia and Emory University are strengthening their collaborations to elevate the position of the Atlanta-Athens corridor as a national hub for infectious disease research. The two institutions are currently working together on grant and contract-funded projects totaling more than $45 million, including a Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance and a malaria research consortium, both funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 


Dec. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

White clout buoyed Georgia’s Republican wave

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that the Georgia Secretary of State’s office just released a racial breakdown of November’s voters, and the numbers tell how whites came out in disproportionate numbers to fuel the Republicans’ statewide sweep. Overall some 1.5 million African-Americans registered to vote, making up 30 percent of the electorate. About half of them, or 743,414, voted. That’s about 28.6 percent of the vote, meaning Democrats failed to make this year’s electorate more resemble 2012 (30 percent black) than 2010 (28 percent).



Dec. 16, 2014 Georgia Health News

Even in SW Georgia, momentum for ACA signups

Andy Miller reports that Alice Jaye has not had health insurance for years. Though the Colquitt resident has a restaurant job, it does not pay that much and does not offer coverage.Jaye has high blood pressure, and recently went to a hospital emergency room to get care. Now she’s stuck with a big ER bill that she’s paying off at the rate of $10 a month. But with the help of a navigator, or insurance counselor, Jaye, 52, has signed up for coverage in the ACA exchange’s second year, with a Jan. 1 start date. 


Alice Jaye has not had health insurance for years.

Though the Colquitt resident has a restaurant job, it does not pay that much and does not offer coverage.

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Dec. 16, 2014 WABE

State Inspector Says Vogtle Nuclear Project Will Be Delayed Further

Jonathan Shapiro reports that the nuclear expansion project at Plant Vogtle near Augusta appears headed for further delay, which could result in higher electric bills for ratepayers. The state's independent construction monitor, William Jacobs, said last month he expects the two new reactors to take longer to build than Georgia Power's current projections. 


Dec. 16, 2014 Rome News-Telegraph

Nashville company buys Spears Mattress

Doug Walker reports that a Nashville, Tennessee, company has acquired Rome’s Spears Mattress Co. Spears took the business name Advanced Sleep Concepts a number of years ago but has continued to operate a retail showroom at 195 Chatillon Road, part of the old Celanese complex, still using the name Spears Mattress.


Dec. 16, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS expands four distribution facilities

Phil W. Hudson reports that United Parcel Service Inc. announced the addition of three buildings and the expansion of another in four North American locations. The Atlanta-based package shipper (NYSE: UPS) said the moves will increase its supply chain services network size by nearly 1.2 million square feet. The company attributes the demand for new or expanded facilities in Mira Loma, Calif.; Hebron, Ky.; Louisville, Ky.; and Toronto, Canada due to rapid growth of customers in the high-tech, industrial manufacturing and retail industries.


Dec. 16, 2014 Saporta Report

A reinvented Sustainable Atlanta joins forces with Center for Civic Innovation 

Maria Saporta reports that ever since it was founded in 2009, Sustainable Atlanta has been trying to do what all nonprofits try to do – become sustainable. Its track record over nearly six years has been mixed. And now its reconfigured board hopes it has come up with a winning – and yes – sustainable solution. Sustainable Atlanta is joining forces with the Center for Civic Innovation – a relatively new nonprofit that is seeking change the equation in the level of public engagement and participation in the community as well as work on creative and entrepreneurial ways to make the city a better place to live and work.


Dec. 16, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Birch expands in Detroit

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based Birch Communications Inc. is opening a new sales office in Detroit. Birch said in a press release it selected Detroit "because it lies on the backbone of the private Birch IP-Network, which extends to 41 strategic markets in 22 states." Birch Communications, Inc. is a technology service provider of IP-based communications, broadband, cloud and IT services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses.Birch serves all 50 states, Washington D.C., Canada and Puerto Rico.


Dec. 16, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal

Mosque approved in 5-0 Kennesaw City Council vote

Hilary Butschek reports that a unanimous 5-0 vote Monday, the Kennesaw City Council approved a permit allowing an Islamic prayer center to open in a retail center, reversing its decision earlier this month to deny the request. The controversial vote came despite protests from a crowd of about 20 people outside City Hall holding signs with the words “Ban Islam” and “No Mosque” and waving American flags before and after the meeting.


Dec. 16, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue gets desired Agriculture committee slot

Daniel Malloy reports that U.S. Senate freshman David Perdue will keep Georgia’s decades-long tradition of holding a slot on the Senate Agriculture Committee, one of five committees Perdue will sit on next year. Senate Republicans’ announcement of committee positions today also showed soon-to-be senior senator Johnny Isakson atop the Veterans Affairs and Ethics committees, though the committee members still must confirm his expected pair of chairmanships for the 114th Congress.



Dec. 15, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Strong business, government ties link Israel, Savannah

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Opher Aviran is bullish on Savannah. So is the country he represents. Aviran is the Israeli Consul General to the Southeastern United States. He was in Savannah last week to give a public lecture sponsored by the Savannah Jewish Federation, tour Caesarstone, the Israeli custom quartz surfaces manufacturer that is building a plant in Richmond Hill, and visit with Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, with whom he has developed a fast friendship.


Dec. 15, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sherman's march to the sea

Neely Young reports that this December marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s surrender of Savannah, where in 1864 Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman ended his infamous March to the Sea. His scorched-earth tactics changed the history of warfare and are still studied and taught in military institutions all over the world.


Dec. 15, 2014 WABE

MARTA To Lose Millions Due To 'Birthday Tax' Change

Jonathan Shapiro reports that MARTA has been on a roll lately. More riders. Higher revenues. Expansion to Clayton County. But Friday MARTA laid out some bad news. The transit agency just discovered it stands to lose $46 million over the next five years due to a recent change in state law.


Dec. 15, 2014 GPB

Will Solar Power's Surge in Georgia Make It To Homeowners?

Michael Caputo and Grant Blankenship report that early adopter Creighton Rosental of Macon is what you’d call a solar pioneer. The early adopter said that he had the 4-kilowatt panels installed on the backyard side of his roof about five years ago. Two-thirds of the upfront cost - about $30,000 - was covered by a federal tax credit and a Georgia state credit.  They built a frame and mounted it to the roof, which was a substantial fairly substantial enterprise." Rosental said.


Dec. 15, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lawsuits against Home Depot consolidated

Christopher Seward reports that federal panel is consolidating some of the lawsuits filed against Home Depot in connection with a massive data breach this year, moving the cases to the federal court in Atlanta. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation, in a ruling this week, said the lawsuits filed by credit and debit card customers are similar enough that consolidating them will make proceedings more efficient and convenient for both sides since Home Depot is based in Atlanta and relevant documents and witnesses are more likely to be in the area.


Dec. 15, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta: Low fuel prices to help boost pretax profit by 11 percent

Carla Caldwell reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. says it expects to increase pretax profit by at least $5 billion - or 11 percent - in the coming year. Atlanta-based Delta said Thursday at its investor conference it projected a net $1.7 billion benefit in 2015 from fuel-price declines, but said that includes a loss of $1.2 billion on its fuel hedges caused by the recent sharp drop in fuel prices, reports Reuters.


Dec. 15, 2014 Georgia Health News

Grady says figures prove Blue Cross is unfair

Andy Miller reports that Grady Health System has released financial data that it says buttresses its argument that it has been paid unfairly by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia. It's the latest salvo in the contract battle between the major Atlanta safety-net provider and the state’s biggest health insurer. 


Grady Health System has released financial data that it says buttresses its argument that it has been paid unfairly by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia.

It’s the latest salvo in the contract battle between the major Atlanta safety-net provider and the state’s biggest health insurer.

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Dec. 15, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Georgia-made products can be found in midstate

Linda S. Morris reports that anyone looking for a unique Christmas gift doesn’t have to look beyond the Peach State. A number of Georgia-made products are sold by Middle Georgia retailers or from the maker’s website. Some of these products are made in homes by small start-ups and sold in specialty shops, others are made in large wholesale facilities and sold in national retail stores.


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Dec. 15, 2014

Korean consul cites rumors that Hyundai to build new plant in the U.S.

Phil Bolton reports that after only 40 days representing his country in the Southeast, Seong-Jin Kim, Korea's consul general based in Atlanta, knows how to capture his audience here. During the 2014 Annual Dinner of the Korea Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mr Kim let it be know that he had heard the Hyundai Motor Co. was considering building a new plant in the U.S.


Dec. 15, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AGCO names new South America head

Staff reports that AGCO Corp.'s North America unit general manger is heading South. Robert Crain, will take over responsibility for Duluth, Ga.-based AGCO's South America region from André Carioba on Jan. 1, 2015.


Dec. 15, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Unterman prefiles ‘Safe Harbor’ legislation

Staff reports that on Thursday, State Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) hosted a press conference and candlelight vigil in Atlanta in support of her “Safe Harbor” bill. The bill — Senate Bill 8 — would create several directives regarding child sex trafficking victims and their captors including extending the statute of limitations and incorporating federal guidelines passed by Congress earlier this year.


Dec. 15, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson backs spending bill, sides with Ted Cruz on failed immigration vote

Daniel Malloy reports that the U.S. Senate late Saturday night cleared the $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund almost all of the government through September, sending it to President Barack Obama’s desk. Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the measure, which passed 56-40, with a mix of Democrats and Republicans. In a prepared statement, Isakson said omnibus spending bills are “never a good way to do business” and pledged the Republican majority will conduct a more transparent appropriations process next year.




Dec. 12, 2014 Georgia Health News

Georgia, South still low on health rankings

Andy Miller reports that Georgia retained its ranking of 38th in a newly released 2014 state-by-state health report card. Southern states generally ranked at the bottom in the annual report by America’s Health Rankings. The report says Georgia has strengths that include a low prevalence of binge drinking; a low rate of drug deaths; and a low occupational fatality rate. 


Dec. 12, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes - December 2014

Susan Percy reports on the Republican sweep at the polls, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project gets underway, and Gov. Deal establishes the Georgia Ebola Response Team.


Dec. 12, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

AT&T rebrands Alltel retail locations

Christopher Seward reports that AT&T said it has rebranded former Alltel retail locations in Georgia under the AT&T name a year after the company completed its acquisition of the wireless service provider. AT&T announced plans in January 2013 to acquire Alltel for $780 million. AT&T gained 585,000 subscribers in mainly rural areas of six states, including more than 100,000 in Georgia, where AT&T Mobility is based, in Atlanta.


Dec. 12, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola expands board of directors by two

Staff reports that Coca-Cola Co. elected Marc Bolland and David Weinberg to its board of directors. The two will join the Atlanta-based beverage giant's board on Feb. 18, 2015. Bolland, 55, is CEO of retailer Marks & Spencer Group PLC. Since becoming CEO at Marks & Spencer in 2010, Bolland has led an ongoing program to transform the company from a traditional British retailer to an international, multi-channel retailer. 


Dec. 12, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Financially strapped St. Francis to 'explore potential partners'

Chuck Williams reports that as it deals with a significant financial crisis discovered last month, the St. Francis Hospital Board of Trustees said Thursday it will “explore potential partners to sustain this valuable community asset,” according to a statement from Chairman Richard Y. “Bo” Bradley. The board was not clear in the statement what it meant by partners.


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Dec. 12, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Composting now measured in tons on UGA campus

Lee Shearer reports that ost of us think of composting as a nice little thing we can do for the environment in our backyards, but when an entire major college campus gets involved in converting food waste into soil amendments, composting takes on a very different meaning, with surprisingly big numbers. UGA workers have been composting yard waste such as leaves and tree trimmings since 1983. 


Dec. 12, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia DOT breaks ground with chief engineer choice

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation is getting its first woman chief engineer. The State Transportation Board Thursday appointed veteran DOT executive Margaret "Meg" Pirkle the agency's chief engineer, succeeding Russell McMurry. Pirkle has spent more than 25 years with the DOT, currently serving as division director of permits and operations. 


Dec. 12, 2014 WABE

State Lawmaker Pushes To Legalizes Fireworks

Michell Eloy reports that Georgia lawmaker is looking to make a bang during this year’s legislative session with a bill that would legalize the sale of most fireworks. Right now, it’s against the law for the average person to buy, sell or even use fireworks other than sparklers in Georgia. “Making fireworks illegal is probably one of those things that I just think is a dumb law,” says Holly Springs Republican Rep. Scot Turner. He’s pre-filed a bill ahead of the upcoming legislative session that would legalize the use and sale of most fireworks.


Dec. 12, 2014 Gainesville Times

Legislators say road funding will be big issue in 2015

Jeff Gill reports that fixing Georgia’s roads and bridges will be a top priority for the General Assembly when it reconvenes Jan. 12, Hall County delegation members said Thursday morning. “We are losing jobs to other states because of gridlock,” said Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast at the Gainesville Civic Center.


Dec. 12, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Most Georgians back $1.1 trillion spending bill as it clears House

Daniel Malloy reports that after a day of drama, the U.S. House cleared a $1.1 trillion spending package to fund almost all of the government through September. In the Georgia delegation, 10 of 14 members voted in favor of the bill — despite clamoring from the left and the right to take it down. Georgia’s “no” votes were Reps. Paul Broun, R-Athens; Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia; John Lewis, D-Atlanta; and Austin Scott, R-Tifton. The overall tally was 219-206, with 67 Republicans voting against it and 57 Democrats voting for it.



Dec. 11, 2014

Deal: Germany-based Häring to create 800 jobs in Hart County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Germany-based Häring, a leading global manufacturer of precision components and subassemblies for the automotive industry, will locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Hartwell, creating 800 jobs by 2025 and investing $54 million into the project over the next five years.


Dec. 11, 2014 Georgia Trend

Business Casual: The ethics beat goes on

Susan Percy writes, I cringe when I hear people characterize elected officials with a glib, “They’re all a bunch of crooks,” because a) it’s not true; b) it’s unfair to those who behave; and c) it lowers voters’ expectations. People turned off by reports of ethical lapses in the political process tend to stay away from the polls. 


Dec. 11, 2014

Atlanta firms see opportunity through Brazil's complexity

Trevor Williams reports that many look at Brazil and see an opaque wall of red tape; Scott Lewin saw opportunity.  The CEO of Invoiceware International is making the country’s infamous complexity work for his company, which helps multinationals make sense of often-convoluted compliance processes in Latin American countries.


 Dec. 11, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Business people rally behind OK Cafe     

Charles Gay writes, you've read about the fire Sunday that trashed Atlanta’s home of the power breakfast, the OK Cafe, and hopefully you have read our story about how local business people were devastated. But something else is going on now, as PR executive Tony Wilbert points out on his blog, Skyline Views. Folks who were hit hardest were the OK Cafe’s hundred workers, who at least temporarily lost livelihoods right before the holidays


Dec. 11, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CDC Foundation gets $4.6M from Gates Foundation

Ellie Hensley reports that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give the CDC Foundation nearly $4.6 million to track tobacco use and tobacco control measures in sub-Saharan Africa. In partnership with the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Africa, the foundation will use the four-year grant to increase tobacco use surveillance and research capacity in the area.


Dec. 11, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

New $4.4 million bridge planned for rural Coffee County

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation will spend $4.4 million to build a new bridge over Seventenn Mile River in rural Coffee County. The current bridge on Georgia 64 northeast of Pearson was built in 1959 and is a school bus route, said Juanita Birmingham, spokeswoman for the DOT’s district office in Tifton. “It’s old. It’s narrow. It was built to the standard of that day and time,’’ Birmingham said.


Dec. 11, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Monroe County Hospital forms clinical partnership with Macon’s Coliseum Health System

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Linda S. Morris reports that Hospital Authority of Monroe County, doing business as Monroe County Hospital, has formed a clinical partnership with Coliseum Health System of Macon. “The affiliation between our two organizations will facilitate the on-going delivery of health care services in a local setting to Monroe County and surrounding residents”, Tony Ussery, chairman of the Hospital Authority, said in a news release.


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Dec. 11, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal

Firm brokers $27M sale of Smyrna Mission Galleria Apartments

Staff reports that Berkadia Real Estate Advisors, one of the nation’s largest and most active multifamily investment banking and research companies, recently brokered a $27 million sale of the 416-unit Mission Galleria apartment community at 5000 South Lincoln Trace Ave. NE in Smyrna.


Dec. 11, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SunTrust Park development sparking retail demand

Douglas Sams reports that just months after breaking ground on SunTrust Park and its adjacent mixed-use project, the Atlanta Braves are already talking expansion. In a conference call with Atlanta media today, Braves executive Derek Schiller said the first phase of the project — which is slated to open in 2017 — has generated greater than anticipated demand.


Dec. 11, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Democrats and transit will be relevant in 2015

Jim Galloway reports that two years ago, the concept of expanding fixed rail to move more commuters through metro Atlanta was declared dead – staked through the heart by the defeat a sales tax referendum. One month ago, Democrats in Georgia, swamped again by a red wave, were considered an irrelevant sideshow in a GOP-dominated state Capitol. Neither condition is true today. 




Dec. 10, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

10,000 Georgia workers impacted by 2014 layoffs, plant closures

David Allison reports that layoffs and plant closures announced or implemented in Georgia during the past year have impacted just over 10,000 workers. Figures from the Workforce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development show that just over 100 employers notified the state of plans to conduct layoffs or facility closures during 2014. Some of those events will happen in the first quarter of 2015.


Dec. 10, 2014 Savannah Morning News

SEDA pursuing German business ties

Mary Carr Mayle's reports that when the Savannah Economic Development Authority established the World Trade Center Savannah in late 2011, one of the first goals for the new organization was to identify countries with the potential for strong business and economic ties to the Savannah region. WTC’s yearlong in-depth and ongoing analysis used more than 20,000 points of data and covered a wide range of factors, including existing trade agreements, regional businesses with partnerships abroad and relationships the city of Savannah and other regional partners had been cultivating.


Dec. 10, 2014 Georgia Health News

State putting together Ebola hospital network

Andy Miller reports that Georgia public health officials are assembling a tiered system among the state’s hospitals for identifying and treating Ebola patients. And they hope to have it in place this month, with the hospitals publicly identified as treatment facilities in the state. The plan was outlined by Dr. Patrick O’Neal, director of health protection for the Georgia Department of Public Health, at the agency’s board meeting Tuesday.


Dec. 10, 2014 Saporta Report

Fort McPherson-Tyler Perry deal back in business with help from his friends 

Maria Saporta reports that Tyler Perry’s plans to build a movie studio complex at Fort McPherson is proceeding after all. In a dramatic on-again, off-again, on-again week that had all the elements of a staged performance, the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution and a map of the boundaries of the 330 acres that would be owned and controlled by Tyler Perry Studios and the 145 acres that would be owned by MILRA. 


Dec. 10, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal

'A good handle’: Cobb Braves stadium questions addressed at open house

Ricky LeRoux reports that Vinings resident Bassem Toukan said the Atlanta Braves moving to Cobb is a positive step for the county and was reassured by information presented by county officials at a public information meeting Tuesday. Toukan owns the Corporate Plaza building near the intersection of Spectrum Circle and Windy Hill Road, a little more than a mile from the stadium site.


Dec. 10, 2014 Athens Banner Herald

U.S. moving to join rest of world with credit-card technology

Jim Thompson reports, say good-bye to the swipe. by the time next Christmas shopping season comes around, Americans will have joined much of the rest of the world, moving from the magnetic-stripe financial transaction cards ubiquitous in this country to computer-chip-based cards. The cards only recently appeared in American wallets as credit-card issuers send out new and renewal cards equipped with the new technology.


Dec. 10, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS, FedEx doing a better job with deliveries this time around

Christopher Seward reports, are your UPS and FedEx packages arriving on time? According to an analysis by researchers at ShipMatrix, both package delivery services greatly improved their delivery performances over the Thanksgiving holiday, compared with last year, when they received a drubbing for deliveries that did not arrive in time for holiday gift-giving.


Dec. 10, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Comcast plans to expand SE HQ in metro Atlanta; add up to 200 corporate jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Comcast Corp. is doubling down on Atlanta with plans to expand its Southeastern headquarters. The Philadelphia-based media and technology company is considering relocating and expanding its regional headquarters in the Norcross, Ga., area. Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) could be scouting for about 150,000 square feet of office space, with plans to add up to 200 administrative jobs, according to sources. 


Dec. 10, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Regional sells medical office buildings for $34.5 million

Chuck Williams reports that Columbus Regional Health has sold a dozen medical office buildings to a Milwaukee-based company in a $34.5 million real estate transaction. Physicians Realty Trust, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, purchased the property in Columbus and Phenix City late last month. The sale of a 13th building is pending before the end of the year, according to Columbus Regional officials.


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Dec. 10, 2014 Douglas County Sentinel

Man told to remove NRA hat at polling place files civil rights lawsuit in federal court

Staff reports that Douglas County resident Bundy Cobb is suing the county and elections officials after he says they forbid him from wearing his National Rifle Association Instructor hat to vote on Oct. 24. The Southeastern Legal Foundation is representing Cobb and filed the civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on Monday.


Dec. 10, 2014 UGA Today

Lawmakers explore 2014 legislative agenda during 29th Biennial Institute

Roger Nielson reports that members of the Georgia General Assembly convened in Athens Dec. 7-9 for the 29th Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, coordinated by the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government to help lawmakers prepare for the next legislative cycle. More than 200 members of the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate attended presentations at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center covering economic development and other significant issues. The three-day event culminated with an address by Gov. Nathan Deal, who outlined his policy priorities for the coming year.


Dec. 10, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nathan Deal hedges on gas tax hike; Casey Cagle says ‘we cannot avoid the issue of transit’

Jim Galloway reports that in an afternoon of winks and nods, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s unspoken messaging was stronger than the signaling from Gov. Nathan Deal. The Georgia Transportation Summit held here on Tuesday was billed as the biggest gathering of transportation advocates in state history – nearly 700.



Dec. 9, 2014

Deal: Castellini Group to create 300 jobs in Clayton County        

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Castellini Group of Companies, one of the largest fresh produce distributors in the United States, will develop a large-scale fresh-cut fruits and vegetables processing and produce distribution center in Conley, creating 300 jobs and investing $52 million into the project over the next several years.


Dec. 9, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Up in the air

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that from Phoenix Air, a Cartersville company with flying emergency rooms that deliver Ebola patients to life-saving treatment in the United States, to a variety of companies working on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS – also known as UAV, unmanned aerial vehicles, but never called drones by those in the biz), a growing crop of Georgia businesses are on the cutting edge of the aerospace industry.


Dec. 9, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Asbury Automotive acquires Sandy Springs Ford dealership

Christopher Seward reports that Duluth-based Asbury Automotive Group, which owns dealerships locally and around the country, is adding Sandy Springs Ford to its roster. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Asbury said the Ford dealership on Roswell Road has about $110 million in revenue annually. n June, Asbury became the 17th publicly traded company listed among the Fortune 500. The company had $5.3 billion in sales last year.


Dec. 9, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Intercontinental Exchange exiting Euronext

Staff reports that Intercontinental Exchange plans to sell its remaining stake in Euronext. The Atlanta-based network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses said Monday it will sell about 4.2 million shares, or about 6 percent of Euronext's share capital, through an accelerated book-building to institutional investors. ICE said it expects 119.2 million in gross proceeds.


Dec. 9, 2014 UGA

Georgia Economic Outlook series opens Dec. 12 in Atlanta

Matt Weeks reports that the 2015 Georgia Economic Outlook, hosted by the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, will take place Dec. 12 at noon at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. Benjamin C. Ayers, dean of the Terry College, will deliver the Georgia economic forecast. The former head of the college's J.M. School of Accounting, Ayers holds the Earl Davis Chair in Taxation.


Dec. 9, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service 

Caterpillar exec tells lawmakers of need to teach teens about manufacturing jobs

Walter C. Jones reports that the manager of one of Georgia’s newest, large manufacturers told state lawmakers on Monday that there is a need to convince students that factory jobs are attractive. Todd Henry, operations manager for the Athens-based plant of Caterpillar Inc., also praised the state’s job-training program, Quick Start, as helping prepare unskilled workers.


Dec. 9, 2014 WABE

A Talk with Outgoing U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, Part 1

Denis O'Hayer reports that Georgia's senior U.S. Senator, Republican Saxby Chambliss, will leave office at the end of 2014.  Chambliss decided not to seek re-election.  In part 1 of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Chambliss talked about the reasons for his decision, his frustration with the last few years of gridlock in Congress, and the controversial ad that was part of his successful 2002 campaign to unseat then-Senator Max Cleland.


Dec. 9, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nathan Deal on transportation: ‘We should be looking at everything’

Greg Bluestein reports that the debate over raising more transportation revenue could well define the upcoming legislative session, and few at a legislative training conference here are willing to rule anything out. At least for now. The ideas range from lower-hanging fruit such as shifting the fourth penny of a motor fuel sales tax back to transportation projects to the more difficult prospect of increasing that tax or imposing new fees on car owners.



Dec. 8, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Woodruff Arts Center gets ‘phenomenal’ $38 million gift

Maria Saporta reports that as an ultimate endorsement of its recent changes in governance and leadership, the Woodruff Arts Center is receiving the largest gift in its 46-year history–$38 million – from its top benefactor, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. The grant will kick-start a fundraising campaign of at least $82 million aimed at boosting the Art Center's endowment by more than $50 million as well as investing $32 million in capital improvements – largely to completely transform the Alliance Theatre.


Dec. 8, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

MAC's annual meeting

Susan Percy reports that a big helping of optimism was served up along with lunch at Tuesday’s (Dec. 2) annual meeting of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Transportation may be the chamber’s No. 1 issue for 2015, but outgoing chair Richard Anderson, Delta’s CEO, cautioned against too much negativity.


Dec. 8, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

‘Fight for $15’ protests include Atlanta

Dan Chapman reports that Phyllis Jackson is paid $7.25 an hour, plus tips, pushing wheelchair-bound passengers between terminals at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. She wouldn’t have been demonstrating for more money Thursday outside West Atlanta fast-food joints if city officials had successfully raised the minimum wage a decade ago.


Dec. 8, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Uber-like moving service comes to Athens

Chris Starrs reports that it is estimated that some 50 million Americans move each year and about 38 million of those movers choose to take the do-it-yourself route. With the advent and growth of Chattanooga-based Bellhops, DIY movers in more than 120 cities in 42 states, including Athens, can call on college students ready and waiting to lend a helping hand.


Dec. 8, 2014 Georgia Health News

Feds clear Augusta facility after safety problems

Andy Miller reports that Augusta facility for the developmentally disabled has been certified by the feds after the state corrected significant problems with patient safety there. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency, has notified the state that the Gracewood Developmental Center is now in “substantial compliance’’ with U.S. regulations. 


Dec. 8, 2014 Brunswick News

Professor examines Glynn County economic trends

Lindsey Adkison reports that since moving to Glynn County two decades ago, Don Mathews has witnessed a variety of economic trends. And as an economist and a professor at the College of Coastal Georgia, it’s something he’s always found intriguing. “When I moved here in 1993, our local economy was relatively poor but with great potential,” he said. “Today, 21 years later, it is still relatively poor but with great potential. So the question is: why are we in the same basic situation after a generation? It’s an enormous question with no easy answers.”


Dec. 8, 2014 GPB

Jellyfish Industry Meets Resistance In South Carolina

Emily Jones reports that if you’ve ever been to the beach in Georgia or South Carolina, you’re familiar with the large, round globs called cannonball jellyfish - or jellyballs. You’ve probably also noticed there are a lot of them. That abundance has helped spur an industry in Georgia and Florida for years - catching, processing, and shipping millions of pounds of jellyballs to Asia for food. Now a company in South Carolina wants in on the action. But the jellyball operation is meeting local resistance.


Dec. 8, 2014 Newnan Times-Herald

Lovell Tree Farm continues to harvest tradition

Clay Neely reports that when the Lovell family started planting and farming Christmas trees over ten years ago, they never expected to see the business grow to the extent which it currently enjoys. The Lovell Tree Farm, located on 291 Crawford Rd. in Senoia, was founded in 2003 by Doyle and Jackie Lovell, son Jerry Lovell and his wife Stacy, daughter Cheryl Martin and her husband Scott, and their grandchildren. 


Dec. 8, 2014  Augusta Chronicle

Georgia-Carolina Bancshares shareholders approve acquisition by State Bank Financial Corp.

Tim Rausch reports that one of Augusta's oldest locally owned banks will belong to an expanding Atlanta-based financial institution in January. Shareholders of Georgia-Caro­lina Bancshares, the owner of First Bank of Georgia, on Thursday approved the merger acquisition by State Bank Financial Corp. First Bank will remain a stand-alone bank in the corporation, which also owns banks in Macon and Warner Robins, Ga.


Dec. 8, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sears announces 235 stores to close as its future remains cloudy 

David A. Arnott reports that Sears Holdings Corp. said it plans to close 235 stores this year as part of ongoing efforts to revamp its operations. The retailer has dozens of stores in Georgia. The Chicago Tribune explained that the parent of Sears and Kmart stores said it posted a loss of $548 million for the most recent quarter, which was slightly greater than the loss it posted in the same period last year.


Dec. 8, 2014 WABE

How Are Georgia Colleges Responding To Sexual Assault Claims?

Martha Dalton reports that Rolling Stone magazine has retracted parts of a recent story on sexual assault at the University of Virginia. The victim’s credibility has been called into question. But, the issue is an important one for Georgia colleges. Two women have sued Georgia Tech’s Phi Kappa Tau fraternity for shrugging off rape allegations. Their attorney, BJ Bernstein, says the organization encouraged its members to sexually assault women.


Dec. 8, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Services

Boot camp in session before the Georgia legislative session

Walter C. Jones reports that Georgia’s new and veteran lawmakers arrived at the University of Georgia Sunday for a three-day education on some of the biggest issues they’ll face in the legislative session that begins Jan. 12. Freshmen legislators got some basic training in the morning before their seasoned colleagues joined them after lunch for a confidential briefing on the state’s finances. The evening wound up with a cocktail reception hosted by the university and a free concert by the Kinchafoonee Cowboys at the Georgia Theatre.


Dec. 8, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political lnsider

In wake of Brown, Garner decisions, Kasim Reed says ATL will move quickly to cop cameras

Jim Galloway reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was part of a panel on NBC’s “Meet The Press” this morning that discussed the grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police. Reed was asked how Atlanta police stack up – and in the process said the city’s police force would be moving quickly to put cameras on all officers.



Dec. 5, 2014

Deal: November revenues up 4.3 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for November totaled nearly $1.46 billion, an increase of approximately $60.5 million, or 4.3 percent, compared to November 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $7.7 billion, which was an increase of $359 million, or 4.9 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $7.34 billion after five months.


Dec. 5, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Summer chapel songbook

Neely Young writes, each summer my wife and I attend the Summer Chapel, a church in Western North Carolina. Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains between Cashiers and Highlands, it becomes a must-visit for Georgia natives and others during the hot summer. Every Sunday for 12 weeks beginning in June, the church hosts a service that includes sermons by the Rev. Jim Theus plus an old-fashioned sing-along with bluegrass music and hymns from the good old days in small-town America.


Dec. 5, 2014 WABE 

Schedule Is Speeding Up In The Latest Water Wars Battle

Molly Samuel reports that the state of Florida is suing Georgia over water, including over how much water metro Atlanta can take from Lake Lanier. When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, officials expected it to take more than five years to be decided, but now, the case is expected to move much faster. States don’t sue other states that often. When they do, the case goes straight to the Supreme Court. So the process is different.


Dec. 5, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Telecom expands Atlanta network

Staff reports that Southern Co.'s Southern Telecom unit added 43 miles of dark fiber to its Atlanta network as part of an expansion in the Southeast. Southern Telecom said its Atlanta system has doubled the number of on-net buildings to 40. The Atlanta-based company also added 127 miles of dark fiber and 42 on-net buildings to its Birmingham, Ala., network.


Dec. 5, 2014

Delta flight reconnects Barbados with Atlanta and beyond

Trevor Williams reports that Barbados is expecting a new wave of U.S. tourism thanks to a recovering American economy and the return of a nonstop Delta Air Lines flight to the capital city of Bridgetown from Atlanta starting Dec. 4.   Not only is Atlanta a key source market, air links between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and 90-plus U.S. cities make it an unrivaled connecting point for other travelers, Alvin Jemmott, chairman of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., told Global Atlanta at a dinner on the eve of the flight’s relaunch. 


Dec. 5, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UGA agricultural economists to give 2015 forecast

Staff reports that agricultural economists from the University of Georgia plan to hold a series of seminars to talk about what 2015 will hold for the state's agriculture industry. The 2015 Georgia Ag Forecast seminars will be held around the state Jan. 14-23. The annual seminar series is organized and hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


Dec. 5, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

IT firm EDTS CEO Charles Johnson named Augusta-Metro Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year

Jenna Martin reports that the head of a Broad Street-based information technology firm grabbed the title of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year on Thursday. The chamber awarded EDTS CEO Charles Johnson with the honor during its member economic luncheon at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. EDTS is a networking and security technology consulting firm for businesses.


Dec. 5, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New convention hotel could be largest in the city

Amy Wenk reports that Atlanta could be on the verge of getting a downtown mega hotel with up to 2,000 rooms, which would be by far the city's largest. The proposed hotel, which would be next to the new Atlanta Falcons stadium, could be bigger than the 1,663-room Marriott Marquis that opened in 1985. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) has been planning a high-end convention hotel adjacent to the stadium for about a year. 


Dec. 5, 2014 GPB

Peake Advocating Medical Cannabis Bill In Upcoming Session

Sean Powers reports that Republican state representative Allen Peake says he’s hopeful his bill to allow for the limited use of medical cannabis will make it through the legislature. A study committee that traveled the state this summer holding hearings on the issue wrapped up its work on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Peake is advocating the growing, processing and distribution of cannabis oil with a chemical composition so low it would not cause the sensation of feeling high.


Dec. 5, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Gay marriage could come to Florida in January

Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein report that Gay marriage could be coming to a state next to yours as soon as Jan. 6. From Buzzfeed: In a two-page opinion issued on Wednesday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Florida’s request to issue a stay in the federal case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages. A federal district court judge in that case ruled the ban unconstitutional in August, and the state has appealed the case to the 11th Circuit.



Dec. 4, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Bills aplenty prefiled for Georgia General Assembly

Walter C. Jones reports that marijuana, horse racing, driving with cellphones, child sexual abuse, the minimum wage and college athletics are some of the topics of pre-filed legislation in the General Assembly so far. With campaigns concluded, Georgia lawmakers are filing bills ahead of the legislative session that starts Jan. 12. As of Wednesday, 17 general bills and one constitutional amendment had been filed in the House of Representatives while senators have only filed two bills and one amendment.


Dec. 4, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Writers Inducted into Hall of Fame

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the  Georgia Writers Hall of Fame hosted induction events and a ceremony in early November to honor 2014 inductees Olive Anne BurnsMary Hood and Alfred UhryThe hall of fame, housed at the University of Georgia, inducts writers – both living and posthumously – who are either native Georgians or have produced a significant work while in the state or about Georgia.


Dec. 4, 2014 WABE

Gov. Deal To Focus On Education Funding With New Advisory Board

Candace Wheeler reports that earlier this week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the new members of his education advisory board. It’s made up of superintendents, principals, school board members and other educators. In his second term, Gov. Deal wants to look at amending the grade school funding formula.


Dec. 4, 2014 Brunswick News

Southeast Georgia Health system finances looking up

Mary Starr reports that it was 15 months ago that the Southeast Georgia Health System announced it was tightening its belt in order to cope with a significant financial shortfall. At the time it said the hospital’s finances were stable, but a number of challenges had resulted in officials having to work to reduce costs.


Dec. 4, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta high in million-dollar home sales

Michael Kanell reports that when it comes to million-dollar home sales, the city of Atlanta this year ranks in the top 5 percent — but it’s far short of the leaders. The city this year has had 118 sales of homes in at least seven figures, putting it 17th out of 384 cities on the list, according to a report from Redfin, a national real estate brokerage based in Seattle. 


Dec. 4, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Intercontinental Exchange closes Holland Clearing House deal

Staff reports that Intercontinental Exchange Inc. will buy a majority stake in the Holland Clearing House to support its clearing strategy for financial products. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Dec. 4, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

J. Alvin Wilbanks tells Gwinnett legislators to embrace Common Core

Keith Farner reports that along with the familiar tune about restoring funding to local school districts, J. Alvin Wilbanks asked Gwinnett legislators on Monday morning to embrace Common Core standards. The CEO/Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools made his annual remarks in a pre-General Assembly meeting with the lawmakers at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. In a presentation, Wilbanks said he was in favor of Common Core standards in Georgia. 


Dec. 4, 2014 Georgia Health News

Grady using tough ads in Blue Cross dispute

Andy Miller reports that starkly worded ads call it an issue of fairness. With full-page advertisements in newspapers and through TV commercials, Grady Health System has ramped up its media campaign to bring attention to what it says are unfair payments from Georgia’s largest insurer. “Blue Cross Blue Shield pushed Grady out of its network,’’ say the ads in the Wall Street Journal and the AJC, which appeared in editions this week. 


Dec. 4, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta retail analytics software maker Predictix rings up $15M investment

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based software firm Predictix has raised $15 million — capital the company will use to keep pace with customer demand. The Series A investment was led by Marlin Equity Partners and included funding from Kinetic Ventures and ITC Holding Co.


Dec. 4, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Court ruling deals blow to welfare drug-testing law

Greg Bluestein reports that an Atlanta federal appeals court struck down a Florida law mandating the blanket drug-testing of all welfare recipients, raising fresh legal doubts about a similar Georgia law. A three-judge panel for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday concluded that Florida failed to prove any “concrete danger” justifying the need for suspicion-less drug testing for poverty aid recipients.



Dec. 3, 2014 Saporta Report

New Atlanta Falcon's stadium will 'rise up' to $1.4 billion

Maria Saporta and Amy Wenk report that the price of having the country’s most state-of-the-art football stadium is “rising up” by an estimated $200 million. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s board of governors approved a resolution to raise the cost of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium from $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion. The extra $200 million will be covered by “StadCo” — an entity the Falcons set up for the project — not the state or city. The Falcons are seeking financing through Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC).


Dec. 3, 2014 Albany Herald, Georgia Health News

Georgia's Medicaid chief stepping down

Andy Miller reports that Jerry Dubberly is leaving his position as Georgia’s Medicaid director, effective Jan. 2. He’s stepping down from what experts consider a vitally important job in Georgia health care. As Medicaid chief, Dubberly oversees the services for about 1.9 million Georgians in Medicaid and PeachCare, with a state budget of more than $2.5 billion.


Dec. 3, 2014 WABE

Power Plant Emissions Battle Enters New Round: A Talk with PSC Member Stan Wise

Denis O'Hayer reports that  June, 2014, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Clean Power Plant Rule--some tough new standards for pollutants from power plants.  The overall goal is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases--like carbon dioxide--from power plants by 30% from their 2005 levels, with a deadline of 2030.  The Georgia Public Service Commission, the elected body that regulates utilities in the state, submitted comments calling for the EPA to scale back the Clean Power Plant Rule.  


Dec. 3, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Regulators file formal objection to EPA plan, say it's unfair to Georgia

Walter C. Jones reports that Georgia's utility regulators filed a formal objection to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, and legislators are expected to propose other roadblocks making the federal rule a state issue.  Tuesday, the Georgia Public Service Commission released a copy of comments it filed the day before on the deadline for public input on the EPA proposal. The commission, composed of five Republicans elected statewide, warned that more stringent air-quality standards would be costly for consumers and difficult for power companies to meet. 


Dec. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta aims for Atlanta-China flights

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines aims to eventually restart flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to China, after discontinuing its Atlanta-Shanghai route a few years ago. “We really have to reconnect Atlanta to China,” said Delta CEO Richard Anderson during comments before a Metro Atlanta Chamber luncheon in Atlanta on Tuesday. “Over the long run we will,” he said, noting that will be enabled by the airline’s order of wide-body Airbus jets announced last month. The new long-range jets will be delivered starting in 2017.


Dec. 3, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Dublin-based hospice company to pay $581,504 to settle false claims case

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Amy Leigh Womack reports that a Dublin-based hospice company and an affiliate corporation have agreed to pay the federal government $581,504 to settle allegations that the hospice company submitted or caused the submission of false Medicare claims for patients ineligible for hospice care under Medicare regulations.


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Dec. 3, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T's "gigabit" Internet rollout back on track

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that AT&T appears to be backtracking from its threat to delay installing its high-speed Internet infrastructure in 100 cities until the Federal Communication Commission's rules regarding net neutrality have been mapped out. In a recent letter to the FCC, Dallas-based AT&T confirmed that it will continue rolling out its new high-speed fiber network despite claims to the contrary last month.


Dec. 3, 2014

Airport's economic impact grows, backs Southwell's priority list

Trevor Williams reports that less than a year after taking the reins of the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Miguel Southwell has a new set of numbers to back up a priority list that includes investing in cargo operations and developing new routes to spur foreign investment and attract visitors.  An updated study of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s economic impact released in November showed that while its passenger totals dipped slightly to 94 million in 2013, the region’s main gateway is more important than ever to its success.  


Dec. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola rolling out no-lactose milk product

Christopher Seward reports that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. has the largest-selling soft drink brand around the globe and now it’s “got milk.” Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America, recently said at a Morgan Stanley Global Consumer Conference that Coca-Cola will roll out a no-lactose milk product that will be in stores in late December.


Dec. 3, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac finds itself in excellent company on Fortune’s year-ender list

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Tony Adams reports, simply put, it’s a list of firms that have made the most lists. Still, Aflac has some pretty hefty company on Fortune magazine’s year-ending list of large businesses that found themselves ranked in at least four of five categories in 2014. “As 2014 draws to a close, we took a look over Fortune’s lists and noticed a few names that kept appearing throughout the year,” the publication’s editors write in the online posting Tuesday. “These 10 all-stars made appearances in Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For, Most Admired Companies, Fastest Growing Companies, Fortune Global 500, and, of course, the Fortune 500 itself.”


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Dec. 3, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Small businesses in Georgia eager to get contract work at Fort Gordon Cyber Center

Meg Mirshak reports that eager small business owners flocked to the Fort Gordon Cyber Center of Excellence on Tuesday hoping to capitalize on upcoming government contract work at the growing military installation. Telecommunications companies, landscaping businesses, office furniture distributors and a variety of other disadvantaged businesses attended a forum intended to educate small businesses on the process of contract bidding. Large government contractors that work at other military posts also attended the event, allowing business owners to network and promote their work.


Dec. 3, 2014 Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch facility gets ball rolling for Tesla 

Nick Watson reports that Flowery Branch plant is getting the motor running for Tesla Motors, a producer of electric cars increasing in popularity. SKF, which has a plant on McEver Road, manufactures the hybrid ball bearings for Tesla drivetrains in its Model S sedan. 


Dec. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta business leaders back push for transportation funding

Greg Bluestein reports that if state lawmakers make a push to raise gas taxes during the upcoming legislative session, some of Atlanta’s most influential business leaders have their back. At today’s Metro Atlanta Chamber’s meeting, a traditional bastion of GOP support, incoming chair Larry Gellerstedt talked up a need to spend an additional $1.5 billion a year on infrastructure. The cost of not making such investments is “much, much more” said the CEO of Cousins Properties.



Dec. 2, 2014 WABE

What Grady Not Taking Blue Cross Blue Shield Means For Patients

Molly Samuel reports that Grady Hospital is no longer accepting insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, after the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract last week. But what that means for patients depends on the treatment. Grady is one of only two level-one trauma units in Atlanta. It’s one of two burn units in the state. And it recently opened a special unit for stroke care. Blue Cross Blue Shield will still cover emergencies in those centers.


Dec. 2, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Unbroken Circle

Susan Percy reports that the Atlanta BeltLine is the city’s – and likely the country’s – largest urban redevelopment project. But it’s a great deal more. There are brownfield remediation, historic preservation and public art components. The project will create 30,000 permanent jobs and 48,000 temporary construction jobs. 


Dec. 2, 2014 Georgia Health News

State Medicaid Chief Stepping Down

Andy Miller reports that Jerry Dubberly is leaving his position as Georgia’s Medicaid director, effective Jan. 2. He’s stepping down from what experts consider a vitally important job in Georgia health care. As Medicaid chief, Dubberly oversees the services for about 1.9 million Georgians in Medicaid and PeachCare, with a state budget of more than $2.5 billion. 


He’s stepping down from what experts consider a vitally important job in Georgia health care.

As Medicaid chief, Dubberly oversees the services for about 1.9 million Georgians in Medicaid and PeachCare, with a state budget of more than $2.5 billion.

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Dec. 2, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal

Delta Community Credit Union presents a $32K check to Children’s Miracle network

Staff reports that Delta Community Credit Union, which has three Cobb County locations, presented a check for $32,100 to Children’s Miracle Network to help young patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The money was raised during the seventh annual Delta Community Tees Up “Fore” Kids Golf Tournament, held at the Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw on Oct. 27. Donations made to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2014 are earmarked to help provide care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.


Dec. 2, 2014 Albany Herald

Nevada family donates $1 million to Fuller Center

Danny Carter reports that the Americus-based Fuller Center for Housing nonprofit housing ministry has received a donation of $1 million from Doug and Jill Miller of Henderson, Nev. The Millers have been long-time donors to The Fuller Center’s work and have volunteered on multiple builds in the United States and internationally.


Dec. 2, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners reluctantly OK new Kumho deal

Phillip Ramati reports that still smarting from the Bibb County school board’s reworking of a proposed contract that’s key to Kumho Tire building a tire plant here, the Macon-Bibb County Commission begrudgingly agreed to a plan that gives the school board more money. Commissioners had previously approved a deal that would have equally split Kumho’s $27 million in payments over 20 years -- which would be in lieu of taxes -- among the commission, school board and Industrial Authority.


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Dec. 2, 2014 Gainesville Times

Maine lawyer to oversee ‘water wars’ suit

Staff reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has appointed a Portland, Maine, lawyer to oversee a Florida lawsuit alleging Georgia’s water consumption has drained flows into the Apalachicola Bay, home of Florida’s oyster industry. Ralph I. Lancaster will serve as special master with authority to set the time and conditions for the filing of additional pleadings, direct proceedings, summon witnesses and issue subpoenas.


Dec. 2, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WorldPay moving HQ to Atlanta

Staff reports that Sandy Springs, Ga.-based financial technology company WorldPay will move its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta, bringing more than 1,200 jobs with it. The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved $1.5 million from the Invest Atlanta Economic Opportunity Fund to assist with relocation. The relocation is expected to create 1,266 new jobs for the city.


Dec. 2, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Deere produces milestone millionth tractor

Tim Rausch reports that a million tractors have come out of John Deere in Grovetown. It took 22 years to do it. The milestone tractor was a 100-horsepower 5100M, which is an agriculture tractor, that came off the production line on Nov. 6, said Mary Pat Tubb, factory manager.


Dec. 2, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Kennesaw City Council rejects mosque at shopping center

Jim Galloway reports that on a final 4-1 vote, the Kennesaw City Council on Monday rejected a land-use permit for a storefront mosque, inviting a federal lawsuit from a group of Islamic worshippers attempting to establish a prayer center. The vote dashed a settlement in the works that would have limited the center to 80 congregants at any one time, amid other stipulations, in return for dropping the threat of the lawsuit.



Dec. 1, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Uncertainty making year-end tax planning difficult

Jenna Martin reports that, as has been the case in recent years, uncertainty swirling in Congress is making end-of-the-year tax planning more difficult. “Congress has gotten into some kind of habit of changing these rules at the last minute, between government shutdowns and inability for compromise,” said Ameriprise financial adviser Will Rogers. “Nobody loves taxes, but almost everybody hates not knowing what the rules are throughout the year.”


Dec. 1, 2014 WSB-TV

Grady will not accept BCBS after months of negotiations

Staff reports that ad news for Grady Health System patients who use Blue Cross Blue Shield. The hospital system says it no longer accepts the health insurance.
Grady says it's not being paid enough by Blue Cross Blue Shield, which says Grady is asking for too much in reimbursement. Now policy holders will have to pay out of pocket for treatment at Grady's facilities.


Dec. 1, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New hotel eyed for Tech Square

Amy Wenk reports that a veteran Atlanta developer could lure a new boutique hotel to Midtown's Technology Square, an area already bustling with office and residential development. Bob Voyles, principal and CEO of Seven Oaks Co., envisions a mid-rise urban campus at Centergy North, a roughly 4-acre site at Spring and 8th streets the company has owned in a joint venture since 2005.


Dec. 1, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Doctors go digital, develop apps for patients

Andrea Six reports that Dr. Sidney Smith is a Savannah dermatologist; Stacey Roach is a software developer. When they got together, they came up with what they call the Complete.MD software suite. It allows patients to use the Complete.MD Connect smartphone application to schedule doctor’s appointments, make referrals, watch recorded video consultations with their doctor and manage their prescriptions.


Dec. 1, 2014 WABE

Consumers Reveal the Stress of Holiday Overspending

Rose Scott and John Lorinc report, there was a time when I just had to have a certain pair of jeans for Christmas. Those Jordache jeans were pretty expensive, at least, according to my father. Decades later, it appears consumers are still worried about spending too much this holiday season. A recent survey found nearly forty percent of people said they feel pressured to spend more than they can afford.


Dec. 1, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal

Delta Community Credit Union presents a $32K check to Children’s Miracle network

Staff reports that Delta Community Credit Union, which has three Cobb County locations, presented a check for $32,100 to Children’s Miracle Network to help young patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The money was raised during the seventh annual Delta Community Tees Up “Fore” Kids Golf Tournament, held at the Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw on Oct. 27.


Dec. 1, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

2015 may be the year to untie Georgia’s gridlock

Dave Williams reports that lawmakers in charge of the latest effort to find new revenue to untie traffic gridlock and expand an inadequate transit network are vowing 2015 will be different. "We can't keep passing the buck," said state Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, a member of a legislative study committee on transportation funding that held hearings throughout Georgia this fall.


Dec. 1, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Companies reap big tax savings from executive stock awards

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia’s biggest companies saved at least $2.1 billion on federal taxes over the last five years by awarding their top executives and other employees billions of dollars of stock awards, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis.



Nov. 28, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia No. 5 in U.S. in job creation

Carla Caldwell reports that Georgia moved up to fifth in the nation and second in the Southeast in over-the-year job creation in October, compared to sixth and third respectively in September, State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a press release issued early Thursday. The state gained 96,000 non-seasonally-adjusted jobs between October 2013 and October 2014, for a growth rate of 2.4 percent.


Nov. 28, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta jobless rate falls to 7 percent

Staff reports that the jobless rate in metro Atlanta has fallen to 7 percent. That's down from 7.3 percent in September. The new unemployment rate for October was announced Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor. The 7 percent October jobless rate is also down from 7.6 from October 2013.


Nov. 28, 2014 New York Times

Toyota Widens Recall of Cars With Takata Airbags

Jonathan Soble reports that Toyota widened a global recall on Thursday of vehicles containing potentially dangerous airbags made by the Takata Corporation, announcing its first recall of cars to fix problems with driver’s-side airbags. Problems with driver’s-side airbag inflaters have been found in units made in a Takata plant in LaGrange, Ga., that is now closed.


Nov. 28, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Houston schools superintendent: Economy behind hiring woes

Jeremy Timmerman reports that Houston County schools Superintendent Mark Scott believes the nation’s economic recession still impacts the pool of teaching candidates.Even though the county came through the worst of its lean times budget-wise in 2008, Scott said an expected deficit in science and math teachers could have its roots in the recession.


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Nov. 28, 2014 Brunswick News

Veterinarian opens store to help nonprofit save endangered animals

Bethany Leggett reports that walking into the storefront at Silent Heroes Foundation, 1 Retreat Place, St. Simons Island, residents are transported across the ocean from the shores of the Golden Isles to the villages throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Large photos of mountain gorillas and Maasai warriors line the walls as tables across the store showcase handmade crafts and fair trade items from Africa.


Nov. 28, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Buckhead Beef sues former executives over competing meat company

Amy Wenk reports that a longtime Atlanta meat company has a big beef with a new venture that two former executives just launched. The Buckhead Beef Co., a more than 30-year-old meat purveyor now based in College Park, on Nov. 24 filed a compliant in federal court in Atlanta against the newly-opened Revere Meat Co. in Forest Park and its owners Chad Stine and Jason Lees.


Nov. 28, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

As the region is carved into cities, Atlanta is offered a rare chance to grow

Jim Galloway reports that the carving up of DeKalb County into cities, already a complicated puzzle bound for the state Capitol, has now graduated to wheels-within-wheels status. On one hand, things have gotten simpler. The effort to create three new cities in northern DeKalb has been culled to two: A city of Tucker and a city of LaVista Hills. Negotiations over boundaries remain hung up on who gets the cash cow that is Northlake Mall.




Nov. 26, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia banks post $810 million profit in third quarter

Phil W. Hudson reports that Peach State's 213 state-based FDIC insured banks earned $810.1 million during the third quarter -- more than three times as much as they did in the same quarter of 2013, according to the Georgia Bankers Association. For the quarter, 62 percent of the state's banks posted increased earnings for the quarter, and 87 percent were profitable overall.


Nov. 26, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Thinking ahead

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the United States, once a shining example of higher education attainment, now trails behind 15 other countries in the percentage of college graduates. And within that dismal figure, Georgia remains in the bottom five among the states. Increasing access to post-secondary institutions in the state has become a priority, not just to raise our standing in the U.S. and the world, but also as an economic imperative. 


Nov. 26, 2014 University of Georgia, Moultrie Observer

Laura Perry Johnson named director of UGA Extension

Faith Peppers reports that J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, announced today that Laura Perry Johnson has been named the director of UGA Extension beginning Jan. 1. "We are confident Laura will take UGA Extension in new and exciting directions," Angle said. "Her wealth of experience and deep understanding of the state and the needs of those we serve will be invaluable."


Nov. 26, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New rules require Georgia to rate teacher-prep programs

Jaime Sarrio reports that Georgia and states across the nation will be required to develop a system to measure teacher-training programs in the latest attempt by the Obama administration to address teacher quality. The U.S. Department of Education announced regulations Tuesday that will require states to rate teacher-preparation programs by 2016, both those at colleges and universities and non-traditional kinds such as Teach for America.


Nov. 26, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA Professor John Knox named state's top professor

Lee Shearer reports that University of Georgia professor John Knox has been named the Georgia Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, becoming the first UGA professor to win the award since 2004. Knox is richly deserving, according to former students such as Matt Daniel, who took courses with Knox in the geography department's atmospheric sciences program. 


Nov. 26, 2014 Saporta Report

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership names Chuck Meadows its new leader 

Maria Saporta reports that the private, fund-raising arm for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has named Atlanta native Chuck Meadows as its new executive director. Meadows, who served as vice president of public policy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where he worked for seven years until this past August when he became co-founder and president of Jim Adams LLC, an urban agriculture social enterprise. He now will become board chairman of Jim Adams. 


Nov. 26, 2014 Georgia Health News

Arthritis: An all too common and costly disease

Andy Miller reports that roughly one in four Georgians are estimated to have a form of doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the Atlanta-based Arthritis Foundation. More than 800,000 of them are “limited’’ by the condition, the CDC says. Thousands of Georgia children have a form of juvenile arthritis. Georgia’s prevalence of arthritis is about average. But with the aging of America, the rate is expected to double in the state by 2030, said Amanda Niskar, national scientific director for the Arthritis Foundation. 


Nov. 26, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

North Georgia water plan to get major update

David Allison reports that the plan that guides water supply, wastewater management and water conservation in the 15-county metro area is going to get a major update. The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District plans to spend up to $1.1 million to hire consultants to update the water management plan that was adopted in 2009. 


Nov. 26, 2014 Gainesville Times

State legislators working on transportation funding suggestions

Jeff Gill reports that after hearing largely from constituents for the past few months, a state legislative committee now is ready to huddle over ways Georgia could boost transportation spending. “We haven’t had a whole lot of discussion on it outside the committee, so a lot of members are anxious to see what we can come up with,” said state Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega.



Nov. 25, 2014 GPB

Elect More Women in Georgia? Not This Year

Jeanne Bonner reports that Georgia Democrats hoped to win big on Election Night. They also aimed to elect a woman to a top political post. Instead, the Democrats lost the Governor's race, and in the U.S. Senate race, Michelle Nunn fell to Republican David Perdue. There are still no women in any of Georgia’s Constitutional officers and no women representing Georgia in Congress. GPB's Jeanne Bonner spoke with statehouse Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams, about what the election means for Democrats and female candidates.


Nov. 25, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Creative State

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia’s literary heritage includes the likes of Margaret Mitchell, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O’Connor and even those who may not be thought of primarily as writers, but whose words have touched millions, like Martin Luther King Jr. These authors have inspired generations of readers and writers, including a strong pack of current Georgia literary luminaries, such as former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, novelists Pat Conroy and Anne Rivers Siddons, short-story writer Mary Hood and Pulitzer Prize winner Alfred Uhry. With a pool of talent this deep, the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame (GWHF) – all of the writers listed above are members – is overflowing with words to stir every soul.


Nov. 25, 2014 Business Insider

Coca-Cola Is Betting Big On A New Kind Of Milk That Costs Twice As Much As Regular

Hayley Peterson reports that Coca-Cola is launching a new kind of milk nationwide that the company says will "rain money." The product is called Fairlife and it will sell for twice the price of regular milk when it hits store shelves nationally in December, Coca-Cola's North American chief Sandy Douglas said at Morgan Stanley's Global Consumer Conference last week.


Nov. 25, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roberts Realty gets warning from NYSE

Christopher Seward reports that the New York Stock Exchange has informed Atlanta-based Roberts Realty Investors Inc. that it is no longer in compliance with NYSE listing rules and could be delisted for not filing a quarterly financial report. The announcement from the company comes days after Roberts Realty announced a $12 million investment that would give the common stock purchaser a 46 percent stake in the real estate investment trust. Quarterly financial reports detail any profit or loss, revenue and other financial information used by investors and others in assessing a publicly traded company’s financial health.


Nov. 25, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Supreme Court puts limits on private probation industry

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Supreme Court issued essentially a split decision Monday on a 14-year-old law that allows state courts to hire private companies to oversee misdemeanor offenders serving probation. In a unanimous ruling, the justices upheld the private probation industry as constitutional. However, the court sided with a lower court's decision prohibiting private probation companies from lengthening a probationer's sentence beyond what the court ordered.


Nov. 25, 2014

Atlanta firm to consult on $100 million-plus sales 

Phil Bolton reports that Mike Gomez, a recipient of the Metro Atlanta Chamber's Global Impact Award in 2010, has launched a new company titled the Motum Group that is to provide consulting services for deals involving sales of more than $100 million. Joined by Steve Krause, who along with Mr. Gomez has experience in the sale of military aircraft, the company is to provide sales campaign assessment, strategy development and follow-on advisory services for firms trying to win large, complex sales orders.


 Nov. 25, 2014 Georgia Health News     

Grady, Blue Cross at impasse as contract expires

 Andy Miller reports that contract standoffs between hospital systems and health insurers typically have a way of being resolved — often right before a deadline - But high-stakes negotiations between Grady Health System and Georgia’s biggest insurer failed to produce a new contract before the midnight deadline Sunday. That means Grady Memorial Hospital is now “out of network” for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members. Patients with Blue Cross insurance will face higher out-of-pocket costs at the Atlanta hospital and its clinics.


ntract standoffs between hospital systems and health insurers typically have a way of being resolved — often right before a deadline.


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ontract standoffs between hospital systems and health insurers typically have a way of being resolved — often right before a deadline.

But high-stakes negotiations between Grady Health System and Georgia’s biggest insurer failed to produce a new contract before the midnight deadline Sunday.

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ontract standoffs between hospital systems and health insurers typically have a way of being resolved — often right before a deadline.

But high-stakes negotiations between Grady Health System and Georgia’s biggest insurer failed to produce a new contract before the midnight deadline Sunday.

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Nov. 25, 2014 Rome News-Tribune

Gov. nominates Gretchen Corbin as commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia

Staff reports that Rome’s Gretchen Corbin has been nominated by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as the commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, the governor announced Monday. The nomination is pending TCSG board approval. Corbin is currently commissioner for the state Department of Community Affairs.


Nov. 25, 2014 WABE

GEMA Head English To Step Down 

Michell Eloy reports that Georgia Emergency Management Head Charley English is stepping down as the agency’s leader, moving down the ranks to deputy director starting at the beginning of next year. In a press release, Gov. Nathan Deal Monday announced the shakeup as part of a larger staff reorganization in his upcoming second term. 




Nov. 24, 2014 WABE

Obama's Immigration Action Expected to Affect Thousands in Georgia

Martha Dalton reports that ollowing President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, some local organizations are bracing for a flood of inquiries. The Latin American Association, for one, will hire extra attorneys to guide people through the process. The president’s policy provides deportation relief to more people and will allow some to receive work permits. The LAA was prepared for a rush of phone calls from people to see if they qualify for the program or how to find an attorney.


Nov. 24, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Screven County: Bringing jobs back

Scott Blusiewicz reports that when Dr. David Pickrell was looking for a new location to house the manufacturing unit of Omega Piezo Technologies, Screven County, in Georgia's mid-coastal region, was not initially on his radar. Fortunately for the county and its residents, a combination of advantageous geography and an online search of available facilities led Pickrell, president of the Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of piezoelectric and alumina components for alarm systems and medical devices, to Sylvania.


Nov. 24, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Economist: Labor, housing markets turn the corner in Savannah

Mary Carr Mayle reports that there was good news for several sectors of the Savannah area economy, most notably construction employment, in the latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, released today by Armstrong State University. Michael Toma, professor of economics and director of the school’s Center for Regional Analysis, said the region’s economy continued to improve in the third quarter, easing somewhat from the surging growth of the last three quarters to a more moderate, sustainable pace.


Nov. 24, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Global Payments' No. 3 exec quits to join competitor Evertec

David Allison reports that the No. 3 executive at Global Payments Inc., one of Georgia's largest companies, quit suddenly to become CEO of a competitor, Evertec Inc. Evertec (NYSE: EVTC) said Nov. 21 that Morgan "Mac" Schuessler will become its president and CEO and member of its board effective Jan. 1. Schuessler will succeed Evertec CEO Peter Harrington, who will depart the company at the end of the year for personal reasons. 


Nov. 24, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

Georgia lawmakers wants schools to go digital by 2020

Walter C. Jones reports that early 30 eighth graders bend over laptops during Karen Farnsworth's Thursday morning math class, raising their hands for help as the teacher moves around pointing to their screens or providing video links. In the second row, 13-year-old Yocelin Rodriguez glances at a question about finding the height of a shape before grabbing her pencil and making calculations on a sheet of paper. 


Nov. 24, 2014 Georgia Health News

State panel meets over ailing rural hospitals

Andy Miller reports that sruggling to stay afloat financially, a northwest Georgia rural hospital has opted to file for bankruptcy protection from its creditors.Officials at Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe said Wednesday evening that the filing would allow it to continue operations, restructure debt, and help protect it from a Chattanooga system’s effort to foreclose on the hospital’s property. 


Nov. 24, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Suwanee company a leader in virtual training for military, law enforcement

Tyler Estep reports that  internationally, Suwanne-based Meggitt Training Systems provides services for the British Ministry of Defense, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, among others. Locally, the Gwinnett County Police Department, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office and Suwanee Police Department use the technology.


Nov. 24, 2014 Albany Herald

White Oak Pastures continues to grow its business

Brad McEwan reports that Jenni Harris, Southwest Georgia farmer and marketing manager for White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, says one of her father’s favorite sayings is “nature abhors a monoculture.” And it’s that mindset that drove Will Harris III’s decision in 1995 to change the direction of the family farm. He had no idea that it would grow into not only the largest organic farm in Georgia and the only one of its kind in the United States, but into a thriving, multifaceted business venture.


Nov. 24, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Norton named to National League of Cities leadership board

Carla Caldwell reports that Lamar Norton, the executive director of Georgia Municipal League, has been named to the National League of Cities 2015 leadership board of directors. The appointment was made Saturday at the annual Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, Texas, the organization said in a press release. 


Nov. 24, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta has Obama’s back on ‘much-needed’ immigration reform

Jim Galloway reports that if you are a Republican office-holder in Georgia, you have condemned President Barack Obama’s unilateral effort at immigration reform as illegal, unconstitutional and crassly political.You can’t afford not to. But perhaps surprisingly, this act also puts you opposite one of this state’s most important businesses: Delta Air Lines.



Nov. 21, 2014 Gainesville Times

House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Kristen Oliver reports that parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards. Such was the consensus at the end of a meeting of the House Study Committee on the Role of the Federal Government in Education. The committee held its final meeting at the state Capitol on Thursday, when it discussed Common Core Performance Standards and heard a presentation from Helen Odom Rice, 3rd Congressional District member of the State Board of Education.


Nov. 21, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: The Pentorship Program

Candice Dyer reports, four years ago, Kristen Daniel launched The Pentorship Program, a nonprofit that uses career-development training to reduce prisoner recidivism, which hovers around 67.5 percent within five years of release. Pentorship uses secure technology to pair inmates with business leaders who act as mentors, providing real-world feedback on startup ideas and strategies. “It took a little time for me to learn my way around the re-entry field and figure out the right channels for our resources,” she says.


Nov. 21, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta emphasizing, creating more high-paying jobs

Dan Wagner reports that Metro Atlanta recently made headlines for its uncharacteristically high unemployment rate, which stood at 7.3 percent in September. This places metro Atlanta 45th on the list of the 49 U.S. metro areas with more than 1 million in population. Put in perspective, the average unemployment rate for large metropolitan areas is 5.7 percent, with the top 10 healthiest metros all clocking in at rates under 5 percent.


Nov. 21, 2014 GPB

When It Comes To Solar Industry Jobs, Georgia Adds The Most

Bradley George reports that Georgia added more jobs in the solar energy industry than any other state last year. According to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the number of people employed in solar power jobs jumped from 800 in 2012 to 2,600 in 2013. The definition of “solar jobs” is broad. It includes everything from workers who install solar panels to factories that make those panels.


Nov. 21, 2014 Rockdale Citizen

Acuity Brands expansion in Rockdale County back on track

Alice Queen reports that the Acuity Brands expansion, which was in doubt earlier this month due to a disagreement over tax incentives, appears to be back on track, although the tax incentive offer remains unchanged. City, county and economic development officials have been working to shore up a deal announced last month in which Acuity, one of Rockdale’s oldest industries, would invest $5 million in retrofitting existing facilities on Lester Road and hire about 350 salaried employees at an average annual salary of $80,000.


Nov. 21, 2014 WABE

Why You'd Never Know Atlanta is Tops for Data Centers

Jim Burress reports that big data needs big closets. Turns out, Atlanta’s among the best when it comes to storing the stuff. Real estate giant CBRE recently looked at the top 23 markets for data hubs, and found Atlanta is among the most cost-effective.


Nov. 21, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

$30 million accounting oversight at St. Francis leads to layoffs

Chuck Williams reports that St. Francis Hospital is eliminating 80 jobs effective immediately as it wrestles with a $30 million accounting inaccuracy it discovered last month, President and CEO Robert Granger said on Thursday. Former Chief Financial Officer Matt Moore, who had been with the hospital for nine years, was suspended on Oct. 27 and “permanently relieved of his duties” Nov. 14, Granger said.


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Nov. 21, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New leader chosen for Atlanta economic development agency

Staff reports that a new CEO has been chosen to take the helm of Atlanta's economic development agency. Mayor Kasim Reed has named Craig J. Richard as president and CEO of Invest Atlanta and says he brings more than 16 years of economic development and chamber of commerce experience.


Nov. 21, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Grady contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia ends

Ellie Hensley reports that Grady Memorial Hospital will no longer be in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia's network when the current contract ends Nov. 24 at midnight due to a contract dispute. Grady has not returned requests for comment, but let its feelings be known on the Grady Health Twitter account. Slideshow of its Tweets and BCBSGa's on the right.


Nov. 21, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Manufacturer breaks ground on Buford facility

Staff reports that a manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers celebrated the expansion of its Gwinnett location during a Nov. 20 groundbreaking ceremony in Buford. Kraiburg TPE, based in Germany, is building a 65,000-square-foot facility representing an investment of $15 million. The project is expected to create more than 20 jobs over the next five years.


Nov. 21, 2014 Saporta Report 

Genuine Parts moving its home base to Wildwood Office Park and away from new Braves stadium in Cobb 

Maria Saporta reports that Genuine Parts, one of Atlanta’s Fortune 500 companies, will be moving to a new headquarters building at Wildwood Office Park next to its existing Operational Support Facility, according to its CEO Thomas Gallagher. Genuine Parts, best known for its NAPA stores, has been headquartered at Circle 75 since 1979, but it just so happens that its headquarters is right next door to the new Atlanta Braves stadium and development. Gallagher was careful to say that he did not hold the Braves responsible for the company’s move.


Nov. 21, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Tom Graves will control Legislative Branch spending subcommittee

Daniel Malloy reports that U.S. Rep. Tom Graves will chair the Appropriations subcommittee on the Legislative Branch in the next Congress, becoming a “cardinal” in just his third full term in office. Graves, a Republican from Ranger, is the most junior cardinal, and his rapid rise on the money-disbursing committee is a sign of how much turnover there has been in the House lately — and a side benefit to beating the 2010 wave by a few months. Graves won a 2010 special election to fill Gov. Nathan Deal’s vacated seat.



Nov. 20, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.7 percent

Staff reports that Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor early Thursday morning announced the new October jobless figure. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 7.7 percent is down from 7.9 percent in September. It's also slightly below the 7.8 percent rate from a year ago.


Nov. 20, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Saying Good-bye to Two Georgia Giants

Christy Simo and Karen Kirkpatrick report that Georgia lost two men this week whose important contributions to the state will continue to be felt for decades to come. Businessman Herman Russell passed away Saturday, Nov. 15. He was 83. Former Gov. Carl Sanders died Sunday, Nov. 16. He was 89.


Nov. 20, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

GM to expand Atlanta technology development center; add up to 400 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that General Motors Inc. plans to add 200-to-400 IT jobs in metro Atlanta, a year after opening a 1,000-employee technology development center in the region, Atlanta Business Chronicle has learned. The Detroit-based automaker is said to have reached capacity at the 228,000 square foot IT center in Roswell, Ga. and is scouting North Fulton for additional space, according to a source. The center employs software developers, project managers, database experts and business analysts.


Nov. 20, 2014 Rome News Tribune

Hutcheson Medical Center filing for Chapter 11 protection

Mike O'Neal reports that a new chapter was added to the saga of Hutcheson hospital on Nov. 19.Chapter 11, that is.After meeting for more than two hours in executive session Wednesday evening, Nov. 19, the board of trustees for Hutcheson Medical Center unanimously voted to file for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia.


Nov. 20, 2014 Georgia State University News

Georgia State Economic Forecaster Predicts Growth in 2016

Staff reports that second and third quarter GDP growth has led to optimism for acceleration in growth, but Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business is expecting much of the same until 2016. “Human nature encourages us to dream about better days that are just around the corner and makes us overlook the real problems,” Dhawan writes in his Forecast of The Nation, released today. Problems Dhawan points to include second and third quarter GDP numbers skewed by anomalies in defense spending and exports, a lack of real income growth and economic trouble in Europe and China.


Nov. 20, 2014 WABE

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Experiences Growth In Revenue, Jobs

Michelle Wirth reports that in the past four years, Atlanta’s airport has seen a boost in revenue and a growing number of jobs. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed touted the increases today during the release of a 2013 economic impact study released by the airport. Mayor Reed said last year, Hartsfield-Jackson International generated more than $34 billion in direct business revenue to metro Atlanta. That includes money from airlines, concessions and local hotels. 


Nov. 20, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola inks deal with Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution

Staff reports that Coca-Cola Co. will gain Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution LLC's distribution territories in the greater Chicago area from Reyes Holdings LLC for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close in 2015. Reyes Holdings is one of the largest global providers of food and beverage distribution services. Its operations span North, Central and South America, as well as Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Annually, the company delivers more than 800 million cases of well-known beer and food products. 


Nov. 20, 2014 Georgia Health News

Big doings in state's health IT industry

Andy Miller reports that Greenway Health may not be a household name outside of Carrollton, its headquarters city, though many sports fans may have noticed that professional golfer Jason Dufner wears its logo on his golf shirts. But in the medical field, Greenway Health has created a major profile. It’s among the leaders in the business of electronic health records and digital services for physicians. The company announced Wednesday that it is establishing an IT development center in Cobb County in metro Atlanta that will create 150 new jobs. Also Wednesday, other health IT companies in Georgia announced expansions and other major corporate news, during a media tour preceding the Health IT Leadership Summit in Atlanta on Thursday. 


Greenway Health may not be a household name outside of Carrollton, its headquarters city, though many sports fans may have noticed that professional golfer Jason Dufner wears its logo on his golf shirts.

But in the medical field, Greenway Health has created a major profile. It’s among the leaders in the business of electronic health records and digital services for physicians.

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Nov. 20, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

As you watch Ferguson, Mo., think about Savannah

Jim Galloway reports that cable news channels of all stripes and colors have directed your attention to Ferguson, Mo., where the gap between cops and the people they’re paid to protect has been distilled into a caricature-laden morality play. There is a certain satisfaction that comes with witnessing a tragedy from afar. Distance allows us to form up along bright, clearly drawn lines. We become detached cheerleaders for this side or that, for Fox News or CNN.



Nov. 19, 2014 WABE

State Lawmaker Continues Push For Medical Marijuana Law In Georgia

Michelle Wirth reports that efforts to legalize medical marijuana are back again this legislative session. A state lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would allow for the limited use of cannabis oil. The actual details of the bill are still being worked out. But State Rep. Allen Peake said it would legalize cannabis oil for those who suffer from conditions like seizure disorders, cancer and glaucoma.


Nov. 19, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Economy: Keep on Trucking

Jeffrey Humphreys writes, more spending by consumers, increases in industrial production and larger shipments via Georgia’s ports will cause total statewide cargo volumes to outpace state and U.S. GDP growth in 2015. That’s quite an accomplishment for an industry that typically moves in lockstep with the overall economy.


Nov. 19, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power dangles rebates to businesses to add EV chargers

Christopher Seward reports that Georgia Power has launched a $500 rebate program for businesses that install chargers for electric vehicles. Businesses that sign up for the two-year program are required to install 240-volt Level 2 EV chargers. The circuit for the chargers is similar to the one used for home clothes dryers and can fully recharge most electric cars in four to five hours.


Nov. 19, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sharecare to add 150 jobs; relo HQ to Capital Grille building in Buckhead

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based Sharecare will add 150 jobs and expand into new digs as the health information startup preps for growth. Sharecare will lease 30,000 square feet in the Capital Building near Buckhead Atlanta, a recently opened mixed-use development. The company, which employs 700, will relocate from Terminus 100.


Nov. 19, 2014 Georgia Times Union

Nurses, doctors, EMTs, other caregivers are roughed up on the job, witnesses tell legislative committee

Walter C. Jones reports that nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians and other healthcare workers get punched, bit and slammed into walls while doing their jobs, and a legislative panel is considering whether to increase penalties in order to protect them. The attacks come from patients, their family and even gangs seeking revenge, according to testimony various witnesses gave Tuesday to a House-Senate committee conducting a study on violence against healthcare workers. Trade associations for hospitals and nurses requested the legislative inquiry. 


Nov. 19, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SunTrust adds Apple Pay

Phil W. Hudson reports that SunTrust Banks Inc. is now offering Apple Pay. The Atlanta-based bank (NYSE: STI) said Apple Pay will work in stores with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.


Nov. 19, 2014 WABE

A New Effort to Legalize Betting on Horse Racing: A Talk with Rep. Harry Geisinger

Denis O'Hayer reports that despite several failed attempts in recent years, supporters of legalizing horse race betting in Georgia have already filed legislation for the upcoming 2015-16 session of the General Assembly.  A proposed constitutional amendment would make pari-mutuel wagering legal, while a companion bill would set up the structure to administer and supervise the industry. 


Nov. 19, 2014 GPB

Carter Reflects on Election Loss

Jeanne Bonner reports that despite great excitement on the campaign trail and a famous political name, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter was unable to pull out a win. He lost decisively to Republican incumbent Nathan Deal on Nov 4. Carter gave up his state Senate seat to run for Governor. Some expect he will run again in 2018 when experts predict the state will lean more Democratic.



Nov. 18, 2014 WABE

Lawyers Say Quick Deportation Proceedings Of Central American Minors Risk Due Process

Elly Yu reports that on a recent Saturday morning, a couple of dozen teens and their families attend a “Know Your Rights” session in Atlanta. Jessica Daman, a lawyer with the Latin American Association in Atlanta, stands at the front of the room, going over the basics of immigration court. She tells the guests that it’s important to show up on time, to wear nice clothing and address the judge in a formal manner. “This day is to try to reach out to all the unaccompanied minor children in Georgia and Alabama,” Daman said.


Nov. 18, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta seeking funds to study future uses for Turner Field area

Dave Williams reports that the city of Atlanta is starting to plan the future of the neighborhoods around Turner Field after the Braves move in 2017 to a new stadium in Cobb County. The city council voted Monday to apply for a grant of up to $200,000 from the Atlanta Regional Commission to craft a redevelopment plan for the Summerhill, Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, Pittsburg and Grant Park neighborhoods.


Nov. 18, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Large-scale infill developments filling out Savannah's edges

Julia Ritchey reports that infill development shows no sign of slowing down along the edges of Savannah's historic district with the future addition of a six-story boutique hotel and two multi-story apartment complexes. At last week’s Historic Board meeting, the agenda was packed with petitions for several new large-scale, $1 million-plus construction projects. Some projects got their first vetting, like a six-story infill for West Broughton Street, while others were given final approval for design. 


Nov. 18, 2014 Brunswick News

Health system backs out of Jekyll Island Authority deal

Sarah Lungren reports that another major potential mainland-based tenant is backing out of its deal with the Jekyll Island Authority, and the Westin Hotel says it will now be February before it’s fully open for business. Southeast Georgia Health System informed the authority that it is no longer considering opening a medical facility in the new retail village that’s now under construction.


Nov. 18, 2014 GPB

Georgia Receives Low Rank For Protection Of Records For Young Offenders

Tasnim Shamma reports, say you were convicted of shoplifting a couple of times when you were 13. Fifty years later, you would hope that wouldn’t still be on your record. But in some states, like Georgia, it probably is. And anyone can access it. "Everyone assumes that these records are confidential and I think that’s because the public also wants them to be confidential,” says Lourdes Rosado with the Juvenile Law Center. 


Nov. 18, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

International enrollment rising at UGA

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia is going international this week with events meant to show the university's global reach. About a fifth of UGA students now take at least one short UGA course abroad, and the university's student body includes students from more than 100 countries.


Nov. 18, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AT&T pulls 'supercookie' tracking code after backlash

Sebastian Martinez reports, well, that didn't take long — AT&T has pulled a secret ID code it used to track people's Internet activity on their phones less than a month after the code's existence came to light. They're known as "supercookies," and they basically let the carriers see all of the places a user went online, and there wasn't really anything users could do to stop it. Verizon also uses them.


Nov. 18, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sandy Springs-based WorldPay could relocate HQ to Atlanta, bring 1,200+ jobs in-town

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the City of Atlanta hopes to lure the headquarters of a Sandy Springs-based financial technology company — a move that could bring more than 1,200 jobs intown. That company is payment processor WorldPay, according to public documents filed in connection with Invest Atlanta's planned board meeting Thursday. (The document, included with the agenda for the Invest Atlanta meeting, misspelled the company's name as WorldPlay US.)


Nov. 18, 2014 Saporta Report

Former Metro Chamber President Sam Williams joining GSU faculty 

Maria Saporta reports that ormer Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam Williams is joining the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Williams, who retired as Atlanta Chamber president at the end of last year after 17 years at the helm, will be involved in helping the university connect with the broader civic and business community. He will start teaching in January. 


Nov. 18, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal

Gold Dome bill would block licenses for illegals


Joe Kirby, Otis Brumby III and Lee B. Garrett report that Republicans leaders in Washington are mulling how best to respond to President Obama’s bare-knuckle threat to grant legal status to millions of illegal aliens in coming days. But in Georgia, a bill was pre-filed in the state Legislature on Monday that would prevent any of those newly amnestied from obtaining drivers’ licenses from the state. “The Georgia Road Safety and Driver’s License Integrity Act,” now known as SB 6, was sponsored by state Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), with substantial input from MDJ immigration columnist D.A. King of east Cobb.



Nov. 18, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Peake bill on medical cannabis is first in the hopper

Maggie Lee reports that when the state Legislature meets in January, House Bill 1 will be a proposal to legalize a form of medical cannabis. The bill’s author, state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, showed up earlier than any other lawmaker Monday morning, the first day the House clerk accepts bills for next year’s calendar, and he got the symbolic number.


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Nov. 18, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Shafer re-elected to No. 2 Senate job; Bill Cowsert is new majority leader

Jim Galloway reports that after they tied on a first ballot, we’re told that David Shafer, R-Duluth, beat Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, in his bid for re-election as president pro tem of the state Senate. This is the No. 2 leadership position in the chamber, just below Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Miller had originally announced for majority leader, but in the days following the Nov. 4 election, he had decided to aim higher.



Nov. 17, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Barge port planned for former paper mill site in St. Marys

Jared Keever reports that a developer group said it plans to buy the former Durango-Georgia paper mill site on the North River and build a barge port with rail connections, officials said. Worldwide Group/Knights of the Green Shield will provide a preliminary look to the City Council next week at its proposal to develop what is being called the Port of St. Marys Industrial and Logistics Center, City Manager John Holman said in a release.


Nov. 17, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Thinking Ahead

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that United States, once a shining example of higher education attainment, now trails behind 15 other countries in the percentage of college graduates. And within that dismal figure, Georgia remains in the bottom five among the states. Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia, launched the Complete College Georgia initiative in 2011. The goal is to graduate 60 percent of young people in Georgia by 2020.


Nov. 17, 2014 WABE

MARTA Workers Pleased Tentative Deal Includes Long-Awaited Pay Raise

Jonathan Shapiro reports that a ore than a year of talks between MARTA management and its workers have resulted in a tentative deal on a new contract. Union workers Friday expressed relief that a new contract with pay raises was close to being finalized. Both sides say they don’t want to elaborate on details until the deal is finalized. But according to several MARTA employees, it includes an across-the-board 13 percent pay increase staggered over a three year period.


Nov. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta No. 2 for home affordability

Michael Kanell reports, affordability. It’s not just the price of a home and it’s not how much you make: it’s mostly how those two things compare. And when those two factors are linked, Atlanta has the second-most affordable set of homes among the nation’s 25 largest metro areas, according to a report out Friday from


Nov. 17, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus targets Orlando, continues restructuring

Tony Adams reports that Synovus Financial Corp. has put the initial pieces in place for an increasing presence in the Orlando, Fla., market, even as it continues to restructure companywide with branch closures and fewer employees. The Columbus-based regional bank, parent company of Columbus Bank and Trust, announced last week that it has hired Donald Gaudette as chief executive officer of its Synovus Bank division in Orlando.


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Nov. 17, 2014 Moultrie Observer

Meeting set on new federal rules for vegetable marketing

Staff reports that almost one third of Colquitt County’s farm revenues come from vegetable production. These are delicate crops that require incredible timing, labor force and sometimes just plain good luck. Along with the production issues are federal regulations that are established to protect the consumer. As issues come up, regulations often change and producers must stay on top of these regulations.


Nov. 17, 2014 Savannah Morning News

JCB to build backhoes here again

Mary Carr Mayle reports that as JCB prepares to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its North American manufacturing headquarters in Savannah early next year, the world’s third-largest construction equipment maker is growing again. This time, it’s adding a line of backhoe loaders to its manufacturing plant here. To support the new line, JCB will add 100 jobs to its current workforce of 500-plus.


Nov. 17, 2014 Saporta Report

Legendary Atlanta Business Leader Herman J. Russell passes away

Maria Saporta reports that ationally prominent business leader Herman Russell, 83, passed away Saturday morning after a brief illness, according to people close to the family. Russell was the founder and retired CEO of H.J. Russell & Co., a construction company he founded in 1957 and grew into one of the largest minority-owned companies in the United States.


Nov. 17, 2014 Athens Banner Herald, Morris News Service

Georgia lawmakers consider motoring future, driverless cars

Walter C. Jones reports that in September, General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that her company would put on the road in two years vehicles that communicate with each other and "highly automated driving technology." These cars use an array of camaras, radar, sonar and radio transmissions to sense their surroundings and Georgia lawmakers are getting advice from auto manufacturers on how to get the state ready.


Nov. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Hank Johnson compares immigration executive order to Emancipation Proclamation

Daniel Malloy reports that the big news ricocheting around Capitol Hill on Thursday was an early leak of the outline of a long-awaited executive action granting legal status to millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. It was a welcome chance to throw the rhetoric machine into overdrive. A bunch of House Democrats had a press conference to cheer President Barack Obama, and more than one compared the coming order to the Emancipation Proclamation.



Nov. 14, 2014 WABE

Winter Weather Task Force Sets Mock Snow Drill For Next Week

Michell Eloy reports that with tonight’s freeze warning ushering the start of the cold season, officials with Georgia’s Winter Weather Task Force say they’ve been readying the state for the colder months. That preparation will culminate in a dry-run snowstorm exercise scheduled for early next week, just after a second round of cold weather descends over the weekend. Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Ken Davis says the state has worked hard to put in place the dozens of recommendations that came out of the task force.


Nov. 14, 2014 Georgia  Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Tackling homelessness

Ben Young writes, however you slice the turkey, you’ve got to save a piece for the millions of Americans who otherwise wouldn’t eat this Thanksgiving. Thankfully, in Georgia, like the rest of the country, homelessness is falling, but we have a ways to go.


Nov. 14, 2014 Georgia Health News

What to expect in year 2 of the ACA Exchange

Andy Miller reports that the Affordable Care Act exchange, which begins its second open enrollment period this Saturday, will offer many Georgians lower prices this time around. Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University, said Thursday that the average premium statewide for a 40-year-old nonsmoker for the second-lowest “silver” plan will rise by 2 percent from the 2014 figure. 


Affordable Care Act exchange, which begins its second open enrollment period this Saturday, will offer many Georgians lower prices this time around.

Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University, said Thursday that the average premium statewide for a 40-year-old nonsmoker for the second-lowest “silver” plan will rise by 2 percent from the 2014 figure.

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Nov. 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nearly 1 million Georgians gain from higher minimum wage, report says

Michael Kanell reports that a higher minimum wage will help nearly one-in-four of the state’s workers, according to a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. An estimated 910,000 employees would get larger paychecks if the legislature were to lift the lowest wage to $10.10 an hour, said the analysis from the institute, a left-of-center think tank.


Nov. 14, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

State picks Corvias for $517M student housing deal

David Allison reports that Georgia's Board of Regents has selected a developer for the initial phase of the University System's on-campus student housing privatization project.The University System of Georgia has selected Corvias Campus Living for a $517 million agreement to develop 3,683 new beds and manage 6,195 existing beds of on-campus housing for nine institutions with the University System for the next 65 years. The new beds are scheduled to be ready for students in fall 2016.


Nov. 14, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Dooley: Mercer football program likely to have significant economic impact

Linda S. Morris reports that Vince Dooley, the University of Georgia’s legendary former football coach and athletic director, drew a big crowd as the keynote speaker at the annual Business & Industry Awards luncheon Thursday. Dooley discussed several events that happened during his decades at UGA, often drawing laughter from the 200 attendees gathered at the Emerson Ballroom in downtown Macon.


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Nov. 14, 2014 Newnan Times-Herald

UWG project on pace for early 2015 completion

W. Winston Skinner reports that work is proceeding rapidly on the Newnan Hospital-University of West Georgia project – with the building scheduled for completion next month and remaining work done early in 2015. The historic Newnan Hospital property on Jackson Street is being reworked to be the local campus for the University of West Georgia. Hasco Craver IV, business development director for Newnan, gave an update on the project at Wednesday’s Downtown Development Authority meeting at city hall.


Nov. 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cricket Wireless hiring 125-plus at Atlanta headquarters

Christopher Seward reports that Atlanta-based Cricket Wireless said it is looking to fill more than 125 openings in information technology, sales, marketing and other positions at its Lindbergh Center headquarters. The no-annual-contract wireless phone service provider anticipates hiring even more people to staff 16 additional stores in metro Atlanta by the end of the year and more across the nation.


Nov. 14, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS projects revenue to grow 6% in 2015

Staff reports that United Parcel Service Inc. expects its revenue to grow up to 6 percent in 2015. United Parcel Service Inc. Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn spoke Thursday in an investor conference in New York and said the Atlanta-based package delivery and logistics giant projects revenue growth 5 percent to 6 percent higher than 2014.


Nov. 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Rob Woodall loses leadership bid

Daniel Malloy reports that Lawrenceville Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall fell short today in his campaign to lead the Republican Policy Committee, the fifth ranking post in House GOP leadership.Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., won the three-man race over Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., on the second ballot. Woodall was knocked out in the first round.



Nov. 13, 2014

Georgia prepares for more Chinese visitors expected under new visa rules

Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson welcomed a reciprocal agreement between the U.S. and China to extend validity of tourist and business visas from one year to up to 10 years, paving the way for growth in travel between the two countries.  The agreement, announced by President Barack Obama after meeting with to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing, also allows students to gain visas for up to five years depending on the length of their study program.


Nov. 13, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

State of the Metro Atlanta Region

Ben Young reports that the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) State of the Region Address brought transportation back to the forefront of local issues with the results of a new survey that showed support for transit in all 10 Metro Atlanta counties. According to the region-wide poll, 92 percent of those surveyed favor improving public transit across the region, up from 88 percent in 2013. Transit displaced the economy as residents’ biggest concern.


Nov. 13, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Verizon partners with Georgia Tech on "connected car", wearables research

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Verizon Wireless is teaming up with Georgia Tech on a multi-year research partnership to tap into the engineering powerhouse's talent pool. The deal will include hardware and software research in several emerging technologies including wearables, the "connected car" and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.


Nov. 13, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delays for proposed faster Internet service in Atlanta?

Matt Kempner reports that Metro Atlanta communities in line for super-fast Internet connections promised by AT&T may have to wait longer. AT&T’s chief executive said Wednesday that the company will delay deployment of the gigabit-per-second speeds until it clarifies the ramifications of President Obama’s call for regulation of how Internet providers manage online traffic, according to Reuters.


Nov. 13, 2014 Rockdale Citizen

Acuity Brands expansion in Rockdale County still in the works

Alice Queen reports that an expansion at Acuity Brands in Rockdale County that hit a roadblock last week may still be forthcoming. Marty Jones, executive director of the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council, said Wednesday that all parties involved in working out the deal are still communicating.


Nov. 13, 2014 Brunswick News

Possible buyer for mill site

Gordon Jackson reports that a potential buyer for the Durango-Georgia Paper Co. industrial site could be announced at Monday’s St. Marys City Council meeting. City officials say confidentiality agreements prevent them from saying anything until after Monday’s presentation by Michael Newsom, trustee for the mill site and a representative for a port development company in Staten Island, N.Y.


Nov. 13, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Forbes: Georgia No. 16 for business

Staff reports that Site Selection magazine has ranked Georgia No. 1 for business two years in a row, but Forbes has a slightly less flattering opinion about the Peach State's business environment. In its annual ranking of the 50 states by business climate, Forbes puts Georgia at No. 16 in the United States based on a Gross State Product worth $455 billion and rankings in the following specific business categories: No. 27 in Business Costs, No. 21 in Labor Supply,No. 4 in Regulatory Environment, No. 38 in Economic Climate, No. 13 in Growth Prospects, No. 38 in Quality of Life.


Nov. 13, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Dupont trying to sell Wayne County residents on new mining plan

Terry Dickson reports that with the election over, the Michelle Nunn and David Perdue campaign signs are mostly gone from the sides of Wayne County roads. There are still, however, an abundance of "No Dupont Mine" signs in opposition to the giant company's plans to mine titanium oxide, zircon and other minerals on 2,254 acres there.


Nov. 13, 2014

Deal: Program to help inmates earn high school diplomas

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) and the Mountain Education Center Charter School (MEC) have partnered together to offer high school courses at Arrendale State Prison in Habersham County, which will help inmates complete their high school educations and receive diplomas. “With seven out of every 10 Department of Corrections inmates lacking a high school diploma or GED, it is of the utmost importance that while individuals are in our criminal justice system, we do a better job of raising their education and skills to an adequate level,” said Deal.


Nov. 13, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Newell Rubbermaid stock buy-back expanded by $500M

Staff reports that Newell Rubbermaid Inc.'s board of directors granted a nearly three-year extension and $500 million expansion to the consumer products maker's ongoing share buy-back program.Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE: NWL) said Wednesday it got the OK to buy back up to $500 million of its outstanding shares through the end of 2017. The $500 million is in addition to the nearly $37 million remaining under its previous $300 million share buy-back program as authorized in February 2014.


Nov. 13, 2014 WABE

Finding, Convincing Uninsured a Focus as Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins

Jim Burress reports that a year ago, Michael Lappin and husband John West were among the first to sign up for coverage through Georgia’s federally-run insurance marketplace. And they’re pretty happy. “We’ve both been to the doctor. We’ve both used our dental. We’ve both used our prescription coverage," said Lappin. "We’ve had absolutely no issues with it at all."


Nov. 13, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Cannabis oil clinical trial at Georgia Regents University might not be only option

Tom Corwin reports that Joint Study Committee on the Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions met at GRU to hear about progress in getting clinical trials started on a drug from GW Pharmaceuticals called Epidiolex that is a highly purified form of cannabidiol, one of the main active compounds in marijuana.  



Nov. 12, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot, PulteGroup reach housing goals for veterans

Christopher Seward reports that Atlanta-based companies, Home Depot and PulteGroup, reached milestones this year in either renovating or building homes for veterans and their families. Home Depot announced employee volunteers had renovated 2,500 homes for veterans as part of the home improvement retailer’s “Celebration of Service” campaign, which began Sept. 11. The campaign is in its fourth year and the company more than doubled its original goal of transforming 1,000 homes during the two-month period.


Nov. 12, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: When violence comes close

Susan Percy writes, it took me a while to realize that the two black eyes on a woman I worked with many years ago weren’t really the result of the sudden stop in her car that caused her to hit her head against the steering wheel. Besides, I’d met her husband. He was a little boorish, but didn’t come across as someone given to violence. It was after they were divorced and long after I had lost contact with the woman that someone told me how the black eyes came about. 


Nov. 12, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta launching study of air cargo at Hartsfield-Jackson

David Allison reports that the city of Atlanta is launching a study of how to enhance air cargo at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The city is seeking to hire a consultant to prepare a comprehensive cargo air service market analysis with a focus on emerging international markets, to include niche markets that the Atlanta metro region should target.


Nov. 12, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS makes list of ‘100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces’

Tony Adams reports that the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption believes helping employees adopt children makes good business sense. A listing of the “100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” finds credit-card and payment processor TSYS is doing its part. The company, headquartered in Columbus, is No. 71 on the list, tied with Advent Software, Cornell University and Dow Corning.


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Nov. 12, 2014 Georgia Health News

27% of state hospitals earn top safety rating

Andy Miller reports that one four Georgia hospitals earned an “A’’ grade in recently released ratings on patient safety.The 27 percent figure put Georgia hospitals roughly in the middle of the pack among states, according to the Leapfrog Group’s safety scores report. The ratings measure the ability of hospitals to prevent errors, injuries and infections. The report on the ratings is intended to help consumers as they choose a facility for health services. 


Nov. 12, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GA health officials refuse to name Ebola hospitals

Staff reports that Georgia health officials say they won't identify six hospitals that are preparing to install specialized Ebola treatment units. The move has prompted some health care workers and state lawmakers to call for more transparency in the way state officials prepare for the possibility of additional patients being treated in Georgia.


Nov. 12, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AGCO’s Richenhagen added to Obama’s Africa business council

Staff reports that U.S. Department of Commerce named AGCO Corp. Chairman President and CEO Martin Richenhagen to the President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. The metro Atlanta executive is one of 15 named to the council, which will advise President Barack Obama on strengthening commerce between the United States and Africa, with a focus on advancing the president's Doing Business in Africa Campaign as described in the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa of June 14, 2012.


Nov. 12, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service, Athens Banner-Herald

Marker commemorating start of Sherman's march to Savannah to be unveiled Wednesday in Atlanta

Walter C. Jones reports that a new monument commemorates the start, 150 years ago this week, of a powerful army's sweep across Georgia, bringing liberation to slaves and devastation to the families of rebellious soldiers. The Georgia Historical Society is to unveil its latest monument Wednesday in a small ceremony on the grounds of the Carter Presidential Library, a quiet, tree-studded sanctuary that was the site of Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s departure from Atlanta along a nearby road.


Nov. 12, 2014 WABE

Isakson Announces 2016 Re-Election Bid

Michell Eloy reports that just a week after the midterm elections, Georgia’s soon-to-be Senior Senator Johnny Isakson announced his re-election bid for 2016. Isakson said in a statement he’ll make his formal announcement next week at the state Capitol, but analysts are already speculating on what this means for Republicans and Democrats.



Nov. 11, 2014 WABE

ASO Players, Woodruff Reach Labor Agreement; Season To Start This Week

Michell Eloy reports that the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra players announced over the weekend that they’ve reached a new labor agreement, with their much-delayed 70th season slated to begin this week. The new four-year contract gives musicians a six percent pay increase over the time of the deal, though it includes a pay freeze this year. It also includes a commitment to return the orchestra to 88 players by the end of those four years.


Nov. 11, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aaron’s names John Robinson III as CEO

Christopher Seward reports that Aaron’s Inc., the Atlanta-based rent-to-own company, has named John W. Robinson III as its new chief executive officer. Robinson had been CEO of Utah-based Progressive Finance Holdings LLC, which Aaron’s announced in April that it had acquired for about $700 million. After the acquisition Robinson joined Aaron’s as executive vice president and CEO of Progressive Leasing.


Nov. 11, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

AGL Resources posts $8 million Q3 loss

Staff reports that Atlanta-based energy services holding company was in the red in the third quarter after lower commercial activities in its main operating areas and charges related to the sale of Tropical Shipping. Revenue: $589 million, up 2.6%, Net Loss: ($8 million), N/M, Loss Per Share: (6 cents), N/M. "While we continue to expect strong operational performance for the remainder of the year, we have modified our full-year 2014 earnings per share guidance to reflect accounting changes primarily related to the timing of income recognition for some of our infrastructure replacement programs," said John W. Somerhalder II, chairman, president and CEO of AGL Resources Inc.


Nov. 11, 2014 UGA

UGA scientists receive $3 million NIH grant to develop infectious disease outbreak warning system

Beth Gavrilles reports that John Drake, an associate professor in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will use a five-year, $3.18 million grant to develop an early warning system that could help public health officials prepare for—and possibly prevent—infectious disease outbreaks. Funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, the research is part of the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study, a coordinated network of scientists who use computer models to study infectious disease dynamics. 


Nov. 11, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia Gwinnett College leads state in enrollment growth

Keith Farner reports that growth continues at Georgia Gwinnett College, and the Lawrenceville school leads the state in enrollment increase from last fall. GGC recorded an 11.4 percent enrollment spike this fall compared to fall 2013 as 10,828 students were enrolled. For full-time enrollment, which accounts for 69.5 percent of students at GGC, that number jumped 10.8 percent from last fall.

Nov. 11, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brian Beazer steps down as Beazer Homes chairman

Christopher Seward reports that Atlanta-based homebuilder Beazer Homes USA said Brian Beazer is stepping down as chairman and will be succeeded by Stephen Zelnak Jr. Zelnak, who has been on the board of directors since 2003, is chairman and majority owner of the investment firm ZP Enterprises. Beazer Homes’ roots extend back to 1890, when the Beazer family built its first home for sale in England. The company began building multiple homes and communities in the 1930s.


Nov. 11, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Dendreon files Chapter 11, plans to restructure

Ellie Hensley reports that struggling biotech Dendreon Corp. reached a settlement to financial restructure and filed petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Nov. 10. The company has no plans to go out of business. Seattle-based Dendreon (NASDAQ: DNDN) opened a 155,000-square-foot cancer treatment manufacturing plant near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Aug. 2011.


Nov. 11, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Dan, Kathelen Amos donate $100,000 to black art initiative at Columbus Museum

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Alva James-Johnson reports that when the Columbus Museum opened an exhibit documenting the Great Black Migration three months ago, the opening reception attracted a diverse group of about 500 people. Aflac CEO Dan Amos and his wife, Kathelen, were so impressed with the turnout and the quality of the work presented by artist Najee Dorsey that they decided to fund an initiative to help the museum expose the community to more art by African-American artists.


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Nov. 11, 2014 Newnan Times-Herald

Grantville hosts MEAG/ECG tour

Clay Neely reports that while Grantville residents might not always agree politically, they’re united in their desire to see development and growth come back to their town. Recently, project managers from across the state of Georgia visited Grantville during their two day tour of small towns throughout the Southeast. 


Nov. 11, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Butch Miller to challenge David Shafer for No. 2 state Senate spot

Jim Galloway reports that at the state Capitol, House Republicans on Monday smoothly re-elected their current slate of officers. But on the Senate side, GOP trouble has just erupted. We mentioned several weeks ago that Butch Miller of Gainesville had announced his candidacy for majority leader, to replace the exiting Ronnie Chance of Tyrone.



Nov. 10, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

To cut carbon from their power plants, Europeans cutting trees in the South, sparking environmental dispute  

Steve Patterson reports that southern forests are drawing uncounted millions of dollars in foreign spending to help utilities overseas meet carbon-emission rules that this country is still debating as tools to limit climate change. What those rules will mean for the environment is in dispute, and will doubtless be contested again based on findings the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released this month.


Fighting back against back pain

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that fom replacing damaged discs to placing supportive hardware with CT-guided technology, Georgia spine centers offer increasingly high-tech – and, in many cases, minimally invasive – treatment options for back pain, a problem that affects as many as 80 percent of us at one point or another.


Nov. 10, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AT&T buying Mexico wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5B

Christopher Seward reports that AT&T announced late Friday that it plans to buy Mexican wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5 billion, the company’s second major acquisition this year. The deal will create what AT&T calls the first ever North American Mobile Service area, covering both Atlanta-based AT&T Mobility’s reach in the U.S. and Iusacell’s reach of 70 percent of Mexico’s population.


Nov. 10, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Jacoby could spark office development in Gwinnett

Douglas Sams reports that years ago it housed 5,000 Western Electric workers and later it symbolized the telecom meltdown. Now, a more than 100-acre plant along Interstate 85 finds itself in the spotlight once again — this time planned as a $1 billion Atlanta media campus, possibly the largest redevelopment in Gwinnett County's history.


Nov. 10, 2014 Georgia Historical Society

Georgia Historical Society receives Four Star Charity Navigator rating 5th year in a row

Staff reports that the Georgia Historical Society has been awarded its fifth consecutive 4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in America, for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, a distinction that places The Society among an elite 4% of charities in America.


Nov. 10, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Problem-solving court in Macon Judicial Circuit links troubled veterans with VA services

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Amy Leigh Womack reports that while in the U.S. Army, a Macon woman badly injured her leg in a Humvee accident and was medically discharged. In the time that followed, she got hooked on pain medication. “She began taking things from people and selling it or just stealing people’s debit cards, so she could fuel her drug habit,” prosecutor Craig Neprud said. Instead of being sent to prison, the veteran was placed in an inpatient substance abuse treatment program at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Dublin. When she’s released, she’ll go to an aftercare facility in Decatur, Neprud said.

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Nov. 10, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta leaders want Millennials to have greater say about regional issues

Douglas Sams reports that Millennials, also known as Generation Y, will soon have an even greater say about how Atlanta deals with its most important regional issues such as transportation and development. The Atlanta Regional Commission will form a Millennial advisory committee to tap into the ideas of Generation Y, whose roughly 80-million members generally prefer to live within intown neighborhoods with a mix of housing types, access to public transit, restaurants and shopping.


Nov. 10, 2014 WABE

Are More Georgia Latinos Looking To The GOP?

Michell Eloy reports that exit polls from Tuesday’s Midterm Election show while nationally Latinos are still voting mostly Democrat, Republicans are cutting into the party’s stronghold. And while Georgia was no exception, some groups dispute the results. National exit polls show Republican Governor Nathan Deal took 47 percent of Latino votes, while Republican Senator-elect David Perdue got 42 percent.


Nov. 10, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Politics: A running game

Ben Young writes, the election Tuesday sent a clear signal that Georgia is still a red state, echoing broad cross-country sentiment tied to global crises and our nation's seeming inability to handle them. It reminded me of the 1994 midterms when President Bill Clinton saw both the House and Senate go red. You can't blame politicians for playing against a president in the midterms; however, it's a populist ploy that perpetuates partisanship.


Nov. 10, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

State lawmakers willing to consider increase in state gasoline tax

Jim Galloway reports that the problem with security, any Social Darwinist will tell you, is that it often breeds lethargy. A good crisis is what’s needed to stir the blood and change the tableau, whether political or economic. On Tuesday, voters handed Republicans in the state Capitol a thick, downy security blanket. They gained no seats in the House or Senate, but the margins of victory were definitive. The GOP hold on power in both chambers may be unassailable well beyond 2020.



Nov. 7, 2014 Brunswick News

Nonprofits gear up for Georgia Gives Day

Brittany Tate reports that Leigh Ann Stroud knows it’s not an easy job to ask people for money. When it comes to raising funds to aid in the administration, restoration and maintenance of the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, the St. Simons Lighthouse and the Coast Guard Station, the public relations director for the Coastal Georgia Historical Society says identifying who to reach out to and how much to ask for can be a challenge.


Nov. 7, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Sustainable Georgia: Tackling Homelessness

Ben Young writes, hoowever you slice the turkey, you’ve got to save a piece for the millions of Americans who otherwise wouldn’t eat this Thanksgiving. Thankfully, in Georgia, like the rest of the country, homelessness is falling, but we have a ways to go.  


Nov. 7, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WellStar, Deloitte, Northside, Grady, Piedmont doing most hiring

Christopher Seward reports that if you’re looking for a job or know someone who is, there were 96,834 openings in metro Atlanta last month, according to Simply Hired, an independent job search engine. Job postings were up nearly 2 percent in metro Atlanta in October with the financial services, healthcare, technology, retail, manufacturing and hospitality industries doing the most hiring.


Nov. 7, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cox pays $2 million for placing limits on employee preventive care claims

Staff reports that the U.S. Department of Labor made Cox Enterprises Inc. pay $2 million to employees for placing annual limits on the dollar amount of benefits participants and beneficiaries of adult preventive care could claim in plan 2011, 2012 and 2013. The DOL said Atlanta-based Cox violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which prohibits companies from placing annual limits on health benefits.


Nov. 7, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett company to launch bottled cocktail

Kristi Reed reports that Karan Raturi is ready to bring mixology to the masses. Early next month, Raturi's company, Elixir Craft cocktails, will launch its first product – a bottled luxury cocktail named Moscai. The vodka-based beverage is flavored with a mixture of ginger, honey, green tea and lime and is expected to be available at bars, restaurants, hotel sand liquor stores by the end of the year.


Nov. 7, 2014 WSB Radio

Hundreds losing jobs in Alpharetta office closure

Jon Lewis reports that it is a closing that will mean hundreds of layoffs in the metro Atlanta area.AIG has announced it will be shutting down its office on Northwinds Parkway, in Alpharetta.  That will lead to the loss of about 400 jobs. No timetable for the closing has been announced and there is no word on when the job cuts will start.


Nov. 7, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ex-UPS Chairman and CEO Eskew resigns from board

Staff reports that former United Parcel Service Inc. Chairman and CEO Mike Eskew will step down from the package shipping and logistics giant's board of directors at the end of the year. He joined the board as a director in 1998. Eskew, 65, retired from UPS (NYSE: UPS) at the end of 2007 after serving six years as the company's chairman and CEO.


Nov. 7, 2014 WABE

Georgia Prepares for A New Water Wars Battle: A Talk with the ARC's Katherine Zitsch

Denis O'Hayer reports that on Monday, November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear Florida's appeal in the long-running water war with Georgia.  In agreeing to hear Florida's case, the Court injected a new note of uncertainty into Georgia's position that it can use Lake Lanier as metro Atlanta's primary source of drinking water.  A good chunk of the state's legal bills so far have been paid by the Atlanta Regional Commission. 


Nov. 7, 2014 GPB

Election Over, What Issues Await Georgia's Elected Candidates?

Rosemary Jean-Louis reports that Republican candidates snapped up offices across the state of Georgia. The election over and victory celebrations finished, they will need to settle into the business of governing. What are the issues the newly elected officials will need to face once they begin their jobs?


Nov. 7, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On the GOP’s ‘huge’ 10 percent of black vote

Daniel Malloy reports that Leo Smith, the perpetually upbeat director of minority engagement for the Georgia GOP, was still fired up this afternoon following his party’s big wins the other night. A lot of the instant analysis focused on Republicans’ runaway with the white vote, but Smith also pointed to the party’s noticeable gains with minority voters, where he toiled for a year.



Nov. 6, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Researcher says new Coca-Cola Life is enormous hit

Carla Caldwell reports that a market research specialist with no ties to Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. says new Coca-Cola Life, released nationally on Tuesday, is an enormous hit in its very limited distribution. Proprietary research by Haynes & Co. shared with USA Today says people like the taste and the look of the product. They also say they would buy it again. The 60-calorie, 8-ounce cola is sweetened with cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.


Nov. 6, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Wishful Thinking

Neely Young writes, we are just a few months away from the 2015 state legislative session, and while it is unusual in today’s conflict-style government system for leaders to share ideas and come up with a workable plan of action, it can happen. Here are three important ideas for them to consider. The first concerns changes to the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative that aims to encourage economic growth by increasing solar capacity and solar power usage.


Nov. 6, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Defense contractors continue to look at Augusta

Jenna Martinr reports that nearly early a year after the Army announced plans to relocate its Cyber Command headquarters, the metro area continues to attract defense contractors, though it’s hard to peg just how many.  “There’s no recruiting the contractors,” said Thom Tuckey, the executive director for the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon. “We don’t have to invite them because they’re coming. We just don’t know when they’re coming.


Nov. 6, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid CEO: Global ambition hinges on adapting brands

Mary Welch reports that as Newell Rubbermaid Inc. seeks future growth in international markets, the company is considering how to make proven products resonate across national and cultural borders, CEO Michael Polk told Global Atlanta last week. A lot of research is going into the localization of products, from upscale pens to carseats, in markets like Brazil and China, which are similar in their potential but very different from a regulatory and product acceptance perspectives.


Nov. 6, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Developers revive plan for Roswell mini-city

Scott Truby reports that a development team plans to build a more than $500 million mixed-use gateway to the city of Roswell that would rank among the largest redevelopment projects pitched in metro Atlanta since the Great Recession. Dunwoody-based Duke Land Group said Tuesday they will seek rezoning of 104 acres near the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Road and Ga. 400 where a different development team once pitched a mini-city known as Roswell East.


Nov. 6, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Home Depot planning delivery-from-store service

David Allison reports that the Home Depot Inc. is planning to expand its delivery services to include home delivery. The home improvement giant (NYSE: HD) has filed to trademark the name "Home Depot Delivers." The trademark application was filed Oct. 14. Home Depot is working on the ability to take orders online and have them delivered from local stores to customers.


Nov. 6, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal

Isakson development decision delayed again

Ricky Leroux reports that the the Cobb Planning Commission decided again to delay making a decision on a controversial rezoning request for a senior living facility in east Cobb after the commissioners decided the proposal was lacking. The development proposed by Isakson Living would have a total of 498 units spread among 84 single-family houses, 316 villas in three-story, apartment-style buildings and 98 assisted living units in a health care building on a 54-acre tract on Lower Roswell Road adjacent to East Cobb Park.


Nov. 6, 2014 WABE

Transit Rolls Back Into Clayton County

Rose Scott reports that public transportation will be rolling into Clayton County again. Residents overwhelmingly voted to approve a one cent sales tax increase that will bring MARTA to the area. Seventy-five percent of voters said yes to the referendum. As for how much how the plan will cost to get buses on the road, MARTA Chairman Robbie Ash says the full penny sales tax increase takes care of the expense.



Nov. 5, 2014 WABE

Gov. Nathan Deal Claims Decisive Win Over Jason Carter

Jonathan Shapiro reports that Republican Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday handily won re-election over Democrat Jason Carter. For Deal, it's affirmation of his first four years and a vote of confidence for the next four.


Nov. 5, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Getting to Gigabits

Susan Percy reports that it's safe to say “connectivity” is one of Larry Brooks’ favorite words. In fact, Brooks, director of the Walker County Development Authority, probably has a hard time not smiling when he hears the word. His county, just south of Chattanooga and the Tennessee state line, is busy welcoming a $54-million investment from Audia International Inc., in the form of a plastics manufacturing plant that is locating in the county industrial park on U.S. 27 north of LaFayette.


Nov. 5, 2014 Savannah Morning News, Morris News Service

Perdue bests Nunn in Senate contest

Walter C. Jones reports that David Perdue captured the majority to win Georgia’s Senate seat Tuesday, keeping it in Republican hands and adding to his party’s power in the U.S. Senate. Despite recent polls predicting a close race and possible runoff, when the actual returns came in, he took one and a half votes to every one garnered by Democrat Michelle Nunn, giving him a clear majority.


Nov. 5, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal

Newell Rubbermaid announces 3Q financials

Staff reports that Newell Rubbermaid, which has offices at 1600 Wilson Way SE in Smyrna, announced its third quarter 2014 financial results Oct 31.
Net sales in 3Q were $1.48 billion, compared with $1.47 billion in the prior year. Core sales grew 2.7 percent, excluding 200 basis points of negative foreign currency impacts and 60 basis points from the Ignite acquisition.


Nov. 5, 2014 Brunswick News

Buddy Carter takes U.S. House District 1 seat

Michael Hall reports that for the first time since 1993, the U.S. House of Representatives District 1 will be represented by someone other than Jack Kingston. State Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, defeated his opponent, Brian Reese, a Savannah Democrat, with 61 percent of the vote in the 17-county district that includes Glynn and Camden counties. Reese received 39 percent of the vote district-wide.


Nov. 5, 2014 Gainesville Times

Cagle earns 3rd term in state’s No. 2 post

Staff reports that Hall County Republican Casey Cagle won re-election as the state’s lieutenant governor by a wide margin, and will again lead the state Senate as one of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top legislative leaders. Cagle defeated one of his former colleagues in the state Senate, Connie Stokes of Decatur, in the midterm elections Tuesday, earning 60 percent of the vote.


Nov. 5, 2014 Gainesville Times

Collins earns 2nd term in US House

Jeff Gill reports that Gainesville Republican Doug Collins won a second two-year term to Congress on Tuesday night, soundly defeating Democrat David Vogel of Hull. Collins won by taking 80 percent of the vote in the 9th District U.S. House race. The Hall County share in the 20-county district was 82-18 percent.


Nov. 5, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Allen wins 12th District for Republicans

Wesley Brown reports that he predicted, Augusta construction company owner Rick Allen defeated Democratic Rep. John Barrow on Tuesday to reclaim Georgia’s 12th Congressional District for the Republican Party for the first time in 10 years.


Nov. 5, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

U.S. Rep. Bishop wins 12th term in 2nd Congressional District

Ben Wright reports that U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. cruised to a victory over Republican challenger Gregory P. Duke in the 2nd Congressional District. With unofficial reporting from all 29 counties, Bishop, a Democrat, had 96,165 or 59 percent of the vote while Duke has 66,450 or nearly 41 percent.


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Nov. 5, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia PSC re-elects Eaton chairman

Dave Williams reports that members of the Georgia Public Service Commission Tuesday unanimously re-elected Commissioner Chuck Eaton to another two-year term as chairman. A law the General Assembly enacted two years ago gave commissioners the power to select their own chairman. Before that, the chairmanship rotated among the five members.


Nov. 5, 2014 GPB

Middle Georgia Voters Seeking Change Commanded Candidate Attention

Michael Caputo reports that Colleen Giffin of Macon sat in a coffee shop a little while after having cast her vote in south Bibb County. When asked what motivated Giffin to vote, she pointed to her parental duty to make sure her kids understand the importance of participation. Two of her three children went with her to the voting booth.


Nov. 5, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Four reasons why Nathan Deal won re-election

Greg Bluestein reports that what was long expected to be a tight gubernatorial election turned into a resounding victory for Gov. Nathan Deal. Even before polls closed, the Republican’s aides predicted a convincing victory over Democrat Jason Carter. Here’s a look at four key factors that helped him win a second term: The base came home. Deal’s staff said they detected a noticeable shift in their internal polling last Monday, after the final debate against Carter and Libertarian Andrew Hunt. 



Nov. 4, 2014 Gainesville Times

Supreme Court to hear Florida-Georgia water suit

Jeff Gill reports that water “wars” between Georgia and Florida are sure to continue, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has accepted a lawsuit filed by Florida over Georgia’s water consumption in the shared river basin that includes Lake Lanier.


Nov. 4, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Transportation on the ballot

Ben Young reports that certainly a large share of the national and local focus is on whether Georgia will go blue or stay red come election day, Nov. 4. But for many communities, there is also a lot of transportation money at stake. Georgia has no secure, reliable source of transportation funding, and, in fact, spends less on transportation than almost any other state in the country. To address the need for transportation money, communities have put forth local tax referenda to help leverage federal dollars, which make up the majority of our transportation funding.


Nov. 4, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Mobile home manufacturer to create 200 jobs with expansion in Broxton, Ga.

Terry Dickson reports that a Waycross, Ga., mobile home manufacturer will open a new facility in Coffee County that will employ 130 in its first year and 200 by 2016, officials said. The $1.4 million Broxton plant will be the Live Oak Home’s second in Georgia, and it will build homes that will be sold under the Live Oak, Mossy Oaks and Plantation brands, the company said.


Nov. 4, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Investment group buys downtown Savannah hotel

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Carey Watermark Investors Inc. has purchased the 104-room Staybridge Suites in Savannah's Historic District for $22.8 million with the intention of investing another $2 million-plus in renovations, the group has announced. “The acquisition of the Staybridge Suites Savannah Historic District represented the opportunity to invest in a high quality, select-service property in a top tourist location,” said Michael Medzigian, CEO of Carey Watermark, a publicly registered, non-traded Real Estate Investment Trust that was formed to make investments primarily in the lodging and lodging-related sectors.


Nov. 4, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal 

Red Hare Stick Stout is Ga.’s first stout in cans

Staff reports that on Nov. 5, a limited quantity of Marietta-based Red Hare Brewing Company’s Sticky Stout Oatmeal Stout cans will hit package and grocery store shelves in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. This will be the first Georgia brewed canned Stout. Sticky Stout cans will only be available for a limited time, but the beer will be widely available on draught at growler stores, restaurants and bars.


Nov. 4, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ingo Money acquiring Fuze Network

Christopher Seward reports that Ingo Money Inc., an Atlanta-based company that cashes checks that a customer loads into an app and sends via a smartphone, said it is acquiring Fuze Network Inc., a payments technology company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. An Ingo Money app allows customers to cash checks using their smartphone. The customer downloads the app, creates a customer profile, takes pictures of the front and back of the check and sends the images to Indigo Money. 


Nov. 4, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Salesforce plans to expand Atlanta hub; add 300+ jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Salesforce will double its office footprint in Atlanta — a "regional hub" for the Silicon Valley tech giant. The enterprise software maker plans to add more than 300 jobs in Buckhead, according to sources familiar with the deal. Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) is expected to lease more than 50,000 square feet in Atlanta Plaza, a 34-story building where it employs more than 250 people on two floors. Following its expansion, Salesforce will be the largest tenant in the Buckhead office tower.


Nov. 4, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Unisys bringing 700 jobs to Richmond County, governor says

Walter C. Jones reports that Unisys, a $3.5 billion global provider of information technology and services, plans to locate a new service center in Augusta, creating up to 700 jobs over five years. Gov. Nathan Deal said during the announcement that the idle Fort Discovery on Reynolds Street will be the location, and Mayor Deke Copenhaver also acknowledged that, but Unisys officials later said that the site hasn’t been made final yet.


Nov. 4, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Beer distribution company entering movie business

Kristi Reed reports that Eagle Rock Distributing Company CEO Steve Economos is a big fan of the "The Hunger Games" franchise – but not for the reasons you might think. When the "Catching Fire" sequel was filming in Atlanta, the production required a large amount of sound dstage space, so much so that another production – ABC's "Resurrection" – was forced out of Screen Gems Studios in Atlanta. The displacement led to a serendipitous encounter between Economos and "Resurrection" producer Gideon Amir. 


Nov. 4, 2014 WABE

Critics Question Georgia's Participation in Crosscheck Voter System

Martha Dalton reports that system used by 27 states, including Georgia, to check voter registrations has flagged thousands of ‘double voters’.  That is, voters who’ve registered in more than one state. But some critics say the system is unreliable. The intent of the Crosscheck system is to safeguard against voter fraud. But advocacy groups say there are problems.


Nov. 4, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

The 5 keys to Georgia’s top races

Greg Bluestein reports that almost two years of strategizing, posturing and campaigning ends Tuesday when millions of Georgians cast their ballots. The outcome of the bruising battle for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat and a bitter fight for the governor’s mansion hinges on a few very big ifs. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and GOP Senate nominee David Perdue hope they’ve done enough to galvanize their base of conservative and mostly white supporters who, despite demographic changes, could still land the decisive blow.



Nov. 3, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Farmers harvesting cotton in 'good average year'

Meg Mirshak reports that snow white, cotton-covered fields appeared to melt away as a mammoth cotton picker thrust through the fields. In the height of cotton harvesting, Burke County farmer Rick Stewart manages his crop to maximize the yield and profits. The first weeks of harvest season – 20 percent to 30 percent complete – have seen ideal weather conditions for picking, but Stewart only expects an average batch to take to market.


Nov. 3, 2014 Georgia Trend

2014 Silver Spoon Awards

Krista Reece reports that suddenly, it seems like old times: Red dirt construction sites everywhere, with brand-new developments blossoming, fully formed, overnight. Atlanta, at least, seems back on track after our long winter of economic discontent, once again displaying its familiar boomtown hustle. Increasingly, restaurants are both a symbol and spearhead of the city’s revival.


Nov. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Weather, visitors pump life into ATL restaurants sales

Leon Stafford reports that good weather and lots of out-of-town visitors helped Atlanta restaurants hit sales volume of $61 million, up 5.6 percent in the third quarter of this year compared to same period in 2013, a survey says. About three-fourths of the 94 independent restaurants surveyed by NetFinancials — which studies transactions in the Atlanta dining market — had positive sales gain in the quarter, which ended in September, said Robert Wagner, NetFinancials president.


Nov. 3, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

GM sold Doraville plant for $50 million

Douglas Sams reports that General Motors sold its Doraville plant to an Atlanta-led team of developers for $50 million, less than what the automaker had originally asked for the property. The acquisition price of the 165-acre plant along the Atlanta Perimeter was confirmed by Fulton County records and Databank, a market research firm.


Nov. 3, 2014 GPB

Home Depot Data Breach Costs Credit Unions

Staff reports that credit unions are taking the brunt of fiscal problems caused by the data breach at the Cobb County-based Home Depot back in September. The Credit Union National Association said more than 7.2 million credit union cards were affected. Nearly 135 thousand of those breaches came from Georgia. 


Nov. 3, 2014 Saporta Report

Southface – finding an energy efficient way to employ veterans in Georgia 

John Kane reports that the most recent employment numbers show that opportunities are improving across the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the September 2014 national unemployment rate of 5.9 percent is the lowest it has been since the beginning of the Great Recession. However, this downward trend is not distributed equally across the states. Georgia has the highest unemployment rate of any state in the nation, tipping the scales at 7.9 percent. This presents an added challenge for veterans in Georgia, who make up 10 percent of the state’s population – a fact that hits close to home around Veterans Day. 


Nov. 3, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Teachers group opposes Georgia income tax cap

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Association of Educators is urging voters to defeat a constitutional amendment on next week's statewide ballot that would freeze Georgia's income tax at 6 percent. The Republican-controlled General Assembly passed the amendment last March with some help from Democrats after supporters argued capping the income tax would help Georgia compete for jobs with neighboring states that either don't tax income at all or at a lower rate.


Nov. 3, 2014 WABE

Voters Will Decide Whether to Cap Income Tax

Martha Dalton reports that as voters head the polls Tuesday, they’ll cast ballots for governor and U.S. Senate. But they’ll also be asked to weigh in on some state and local initiatives. One measure is a proposed constitutional amendment that would cap the state’s income tax rate. The question seems like a no-brainer: who wouldn’t want to stop their taxes from going up?  But is it good economics?  “I think this amendment is much more to do about politics than economics,” says Jeff Rosensweig, an economics professor at Emory’s University Goizueta Business School. “No economic study has actually proven what its supporters claim, which is that it’s going to attract business and create jobs.


Nov. 3, 2014 New York Times

Senate Control May Be Decided by Runoff Votes in Louisiana and Georgia

Campbell Robertson and Sheryl Gay Stolbert reports that the 2014 midterm elections barrel toward a close and Democrats brace for losses around the country, operatives in both parties are already preparing for likely runoff elections in Louisian and Georgia — and the chance that control of the Senate will not be determined until next year. In Georgia, a Libertarian candidate threatens to draw enough votes to force a runoff between the Democrat Michelle Nunn and the Republican David Perdue.


Nov. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal again wields the power of incumbency

Greg Bluestein reports that being the governor comes with perks beyond the cushy Buckhead mansion. And Gov. Nathan Deal has put the power of incumbency to use in the final stretch before the election. The governor this morning is set to make a splashy economic development announcement at the statehouse before a bank of television cameras. He’s expected to deliver the news that a firm is bringing at least 700 new jobs to Georgia.



Oct. 31, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia can’t say if farmers abuse tax exemptions

Dan Chapman reports that the farm boys came to pay the bill for their daddy’s funeral. They whipped out a sales tax exemption card hoping to save 7 percent on the embalming, coffin and burial. The card, though, is supposed to be used solely for farm-related products. Jason Holt didn’t accept it. “I said to them that, even though we are planting something here, it is not agricultural,” said Holt, a funeral home director in Fitzgerald, 185 miles south of Atlanta. “It was said kind of in jest. But it makes you wonder where else that card had been used.”


Oct. 31, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Superfast Internet a great step for Atlanta

Mark Elliot reports, we were selected. This selection may not have the same immediate impact of announcing the Olympics were coming to Atlanta. But, it will bring our region infrastructure — and longer-lasting benefits. What were we selected for? Earlier this month, AT&T announced it will provide high-speed gigabit Internet service to Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Decatur and Newnan. It should roughly be 50 to 100 times faster than the average, fixed high-speed connection.


Oct. 31, 2014 WABE

​Tesla Expanding Georgia Presence; Facing Court Battle from Georgia Automobile Dealers Association

Lisa George reports that Tesla, known as the electric car to the stars, is getting ready to open its second store in Georgia. At the same time, the car company is getting push-back from the state’s automobile dealers. With entry-level pricing upwards of $70,000, not everyone is in the market for a Tesla -- even with Georgia’s $7,500 electric car incentive. But Tesla Motors already has a showroom and service center in Marietta and is gearing up to open another one next week on Church Street in Decatur.


Oct. 31, 2014

Deal: Mannington Mills to create 200 jobs in Morgan County        

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Mannington Mills, the world’s leading manufacturer of luxury vinyl tile, will further expand in Morgan County, creating an additional 200 jobs and investing $50 million into the project over the next four years. ”Flooring companies such as Mannington Mills are a driving force behind our state’s economy,” said Deal. “Georgia's interconnected logistics infrastructure, highly skilled labor and critical mass of customers have provided Mannington Mills with the resources and support it needs to grow and remain competitive."


Oct. 31, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Paulding airport issue prompts calls for federal investigation

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Paulding County and Delta Air Lines, adversaries in a battle over a second commercial airport for Atlanta, have each asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to investigate the other. Paulding county commission chairman David Austin and Propeller, the county’s development partner for the commercialization of the Paulding airport, wrote in an Oct. 21 letter that Atlanta-based Delta’s “sharp-elbowed anticompetitive conduct” is designed to prevent a second airport from being developed, to intimidate potential competitors and to ensure that low-cost competition doesn’t enter the market.


Oct. 31, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

State incentive program to boost electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that more public electric vehicle chargers are headed to Georgia — which leads the nation in EV adoption. Forty-four electric vehicle charging stations will be installed across Georgia thanks to funding from Charge Georgia, a state incentive program designed to boost public EV charging stations at universities; state agencies; and cities and counties.


Oct. 31, 2014 GPB

In Historic Ballot, Five Black Women Seek State Offices In Georgia

Rosemary Jean-Louis reports that five black women are on the November ballot for statewide offices in Georgia. That is a record number in a state that just 11 years ago featured a Confederate battle emblem on its flag. The candidates, all Democrats, have come to be known as the "Georgia Five."


Oct. 31, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

In ethics probe, Broun says consultant volunteered for campaign work

Jim Thompson reports that Rep. Paul Broun told an independent ethics review panel that he neither looked at an initial proposal from a “strategic communications” firm that eventually received nearly $44,000 from his office, nor did he see the final agreement with the firm, which indicated that its work would include “consulting services associated with media interview/public speaking/messaging/debate preparation” for the Georgia Republican.


Oct. 31, 2014 Washington Post

How influential will Latinos be in Georgia and Kansas?

David Damore writes, despite the favorable political environment for the GOP heading into the 2014 midterms, races in a number of states that were expected to be easy Republican wins earlier in the cycle are proving to be anything but. In this post, I examine two such contexts, Georgia and Kansas, to assess how Latino voters may affect gubernatorial and U.S. Senate outcomes in these states.


Oct. 31, 2014 New York Times

Early Voting Numbers Look Good for Democrats

Nate Cohn writes, Democratic efforts to turn out the young and nonwhite voters who sat out the 2010 midterm elections appear to be paying off in several Senate battleground states. More than 20 percent of the nearly three million votes already tabulated in Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa have come from people who did not vote in the last midterm election, according to an analysis of early-voting data by The Upshot.


Oct. 31, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Donald Trump, and a vampire, line up behind David Perdue

Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy report that all right, maybe Michelle Nunn has former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo on her side. Chump change. We know for a fact that Republican Senate hopeful David Perdue has allied himself with the great Donald Trump. “The Donald,” who flirted with a presidential bid in 2012, has recorded a robocall for the former Fortune 500 CEO.



Oct. 30, 2014 Gainesville Times

Tri-state water management group being explored

Jeff Gill reports that private group trying to positively influence a protracted water war is edging forward with plans for a possible “transboundary” water management institute. The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders, meeting mostly in secret this week at Lanier Islands resort in South Hall, voted Wednesday during a public portion to accept a report by an academic group, The University Collaborative, that looks at options for the transboundary group.


Oct. 30, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Engaged Innovation

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Valdosta State University President Dr. William McKinney cited Engaged Innovation as his inaugural theme when he was named president in 2012. It’s a theme that resonates to this day with a new strategic plan that includes engagement as one of it’s five pillars and a growing number of creative – even innovative – award-winning partnerships and programs designed to engage students, faculty, staff and the community. 


Oct. 30, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta-based ad-targeting firm gets $70 million

Matt Kempner reports that Cardlytics, an Atlanta company that targets ads based on consumers’ recent buying behaviors, said it has closed on a $70 million round of financing. That puts the company’s total funding from venture firms at $170 million.


Oct.30, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Kemper charges cut Southern Co.’s Q3 profit

Staff reports that Atlanta-based energy company reported its third-quarter profit dropped 15.7 percent after $258 million in c harges related to increased cost estimates for the construction of Mississippi Power's Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project and another $93 million in charges related to the IGCC project.


Oct. 30, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Selling Savannah to Hollywood

Staff reports that Savannah Economic Development Authority has retained veteran moviemaker Ralph Singleton to market and sell the Savannah region as a location for film, television and other productions, SEDA officials announced Wednesday. n award-winning producer of film and television, Singleton has worked on more than 40 motion pictures and a number of television series.


Oct. 30, 2014 Rome News-Tribune

FMC fiscal picture improves; hospital provides more than $28 million in indigent care between July 1 and Sept. 30

Doug Walker reports that the financial snapshot of Floyd Healthcare Management Inc., the agency, which manages Floyd Medical Center, improved significantly from fiscal 2013 to 2014, board members heard Monday. Cash assets of $47.9 million were up 21.6 percent and unrestricted net assets of $145.6 million were up 19.1 percent. The hospital’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.


Oct. 30, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nordstrom to close Mall of Ga. store in February

Leon Stafford reports that the luxury retailer Nordstrom said it is pulling out of the Mall of Georgia next year as sales have not met expectations at the location. “We have a great team at the Mall of Georgia store and we’ve enjoyed serving our customers here, but despite our team’s best efforts, the bottom line is that we simply don’t do enough business here to continue operating the store into the future,” Jamie Nordstrom, the Seattle-based company’s president of stores said in a release.


Oct. 30, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cardlytics closes $70M funding round, preps for IPO

Ellie Hensley reports that Atlanta payment software firm Cardlytics has raised $70 million in a round led by Discovery Capital as the company preps for an IPO. Cardlytics' software helps retailers, restaurants and service providers deliver ads to specific consumers, via banking websites. The Series F investment will be used for marketing.


Oct. 30, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Perry’s Frito-Lay plant to get $105 million expansion

Mike Stucka reports that Frito-Lay plans to pour millions of dollars into its Perry manufacturing plant, expanding the company’s largest producer.  The Houston County Development Authority approved a $105 million bond issue Wednesday to add new production lines there. The changes are expected to result in no net increase in jobs but will lead to more training for the roughly 1,346 employees at the facility, said Cynthia Baker, a Frito-Lay spokeswoman.


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Oct. 30, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

DSM announces plans to build new plant in Augusta, open 200 new jobs

Jenna Martin reports that Royal DSM announced Wednesday that a polymer plant will be built next to its existing Augusta facility on Columbia Nitrogen Drive.  The plant will employ about 20 operators involved in producing a plastic film used for packaging foods and medical devices, said DSM North America CEO Hugh Welsh. The engineering and construction phases will require about 200 more workers, he added.  


Oct. 30, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Women voters likely to decide Georgia elections

Lindsey Johnston reports that this year’s midterm election seems all about the women. More campaign ads than ever feature women or focus on women’s issues. It’s a strategy that makes sense when you consider there are 29,426 registered female voters in Athens-Clarke County alone. They’ll likely be the deciders in precincts here in Athens. 


Oct. 30, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

On David Perdue, Dollar General and recalls of Chinese-made toys

Daniel Malloy reports that the chief item on Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue’s resume is his four-year stint as CEO of Dollar General. His success in growing the company has been his rebuttal recently to the “outsourcing” drumbeat from the campaign of Democrat Michelle Nunn.



Oct. 29, 2014 Gainesville Times

State receives mixed review on election improvements

Joshua Silavent reports that a new report out this week gives Georgia a mixed grade on its implementation of recommendations made by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration earlier this year to improve the voting experience of Americans. Common Cause, a nonprofit liberal advocacy group, analyzed the performance of 10 states with hotly contested local and national races and found none has fully embraced the commission’s advice.


Oct. 29, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Athens-Clarke County: Diversifying an insulated economy

Randy Southerland reports that in Athens-Clarke County, local officials will sometimes say they have an insulated economy thanks to the presence of the University of Georgia and its nearly 35,000 students. While that’s not exactly true, there is much to be said for having the state’s biggest and oldest center of higher education right in your backyard.


Oct. 29, 2014 New York Times

Georgia Judge Dismisses Lawsuit on Voter Registration

Alan Blinder reports that acting one week before Election Day in a state with closely contested races for governor and a seat in the United States Senate, a Georgia judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that accused election officials of failing to fully process thousands of pending voter registration applications. Judge Christopher S. Brasher, of the Fulton County Superior Court, said in a 14-page ruling that he believed state and county officials were complying with the Georgia elections standards that govern voter registration.


Oct. 29, 2014 GPB

Ebola Protocol For Africa Bound Fort Stewart Soldiers Not Set

Gabrielle Ware reports that Fort Stewart soldiers are preparing to deploy to Liberia with the task of helping to contain the spread of Ebola. Early next month 32 soldiers from the 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion will act as liaisons between the military and government organizations worldwide, as a part of Operation United Assistance. The U.S. governmental agency assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts.


Oct. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia ranks No. 36 in business tax climate

Dan Chapman reports that, in the oft-arbitrary world of business climate rankings, Georgia comes in No. 36 nationwide for overall tax-friendliness, according to a report released Tuesday by the Tax Foundation. A year ago, Georgia ranked No. 35. The anti-tax, pro-business foundation, collects data from five categories — corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance taxes — and throws them into a blender to come up with the rankings.


Oct. 29, 2014 Marietta Daily Journal

WellStar Health System in Top 10 on Working Mother Magazine's 100 Best Companies List

Staff reports that Working Mother magazine presented the Working Mother Award to WellStar Health System at its 2014 Work Life Congress at the New York Marriott Marquis this month. WellStar Health System was one of the Top 10 Companies on the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list. WellStar was recognized for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms, including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement of women.


Oct. 29, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Northside to spend $51 million on two expansions

Ellie Hensley reports that Northside Hospital has notified the state of its desire to spend $48 million on upgrades to Northside Hospital-Forsyth and $3.3 million on Northside Hospital-Cherokee. On Oct. 1, the hospital filed a letter of intent to Georgia's Department of Community Health for the addition of shared operating rooms at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming, Ga. The project is expected to cost $10.3 million.


Oct. 29, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS reports $616.9 million in revenue in third quarter

Chuck Williams reports that a change in leadership produced the same positive results for Columbus-based TSYS on Tuesday when third-quarter earnings were announced. Phil Tomlinson stepped down chief executive officer in June and his top lieutenant Troy Woods, who was president, assumed the duties Aug. 1. Tomlinson remained as chairman. The company had total revenues for the third quarter of $616.9 million, up 8.1 percent from the same period a year ago. In the second quarter, they had $602 million in revenue, which marked the first time the credit-card and payment processor topped $600 million in quarterly revenue.


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Oct. 29, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac sales flat as earnings exceed analysts' expectations

Chuck Williams reports that Aflac reported a $706 million third-quarter profit on Tuesday as policy sales in the United States and Japan were basically flat, reversing sharp sales declines in the first two quarters. The Columbus-based supplemental insurance company reported operating earnings of $1.51 per diluted share, higher than the $1.43 per share Wall Street analysts had projected.


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Oct. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jason Carter stumps in Nathan Deal’s backyard, governor heads to Dem territory

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Jason Carter and his famous grandfather made incursions into Gov. Nathan Deal’s backyard, signaling they wouldn’t concede any part of Georgia in the race to lead the state. The governor, meanwhile, trekked deep into Democratic territory to mine for votes with a message that the economy was on the rebound



Oct. 28, 2014

Deal: Schools statewide awarded $37 million technology grant

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced 103 local education authorities will be awarded more than $36.7 million from the Connections for Classrooms, a collaborative funding effort between the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the One Georgia Authority (OGA) to help ensure classrooms across the state have the high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning.


Oct. 28, 2014 WABE

Deal Announces Tiered Ebola Monitoring, Quarantine Policy

Michell Eloy reports that following moves by a handful of states late last week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Monday announced a new monitoring and quarantine policy for travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus. “We’re going to try to be as mindful of [travelers’] privacy and their own necessity to move about,” he said, “but by the same token, if they pose a potential threat to the health of the citizens of the state of Georgia, we believe a quarantined will be appropriate.”


Oct. 28, 2014 Georgia Dept. of Labor

Georgia continues to rank among leading states for job creation

Staff reports that Georgia continues to rank sixth in the nation and third in the Southeast in over-the-year job creation. The state gained 80,000 non-seasonally-adjusted jobs between September 2013 and September 2014, for a growth rate of 2.0 percent. The comparable national job growth rate for the same period was also 2.0 percent. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released the state rankings. 


Oct. 28, 2014 Gainesville Times

Kubota expanding, plans to create 650 jobs

Jeff Gill reports that Kubota Manufacturing of America plans to expand its headquarters in Gainesville, creating 650 jobs and investing $100 million into the project over the next several years. As part of the expansion, the company will buy 180 acres at Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall, according to a Monday news release. The Gateway property “will support additional manufacturing for its current operations.”


Oct. 28, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta CEO Richard Anderson sells $3.9M of stock

David Allison reports that Delta Airs Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson has sold $3.9 million of his shares, as Delta's shares are soaring on the stock market. Anderson sold 100,000 shares at $39.38 per share, according to a Oct. 27 company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Following the Oct. 24 sale, Anderson and his wife still own more than 1 million Delta shares.


Oct. 28, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Film studio to be built at former Shannon Mall

J. Scott Trubey reports that development firm plans to hold a ceremony today in Union City to mark the start of demolition of the former Shannon Mall and to announce the first phase of the project’s redevelopment — including a new movie studio facility. Union City officials and Atlanta-based industrial developer Rooker will hold an event at 2 p.m., according to a news release. In addition to a movie and television facility, the mall’s redevelopment is expected to include a 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center.


Oct. 28, 2014 GPB

Virgin Atlantic Lands In Atlanta

Bradley George reports that starting this weekend, passengers at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport will have another option for traveling to Europe. Virgin Atlantic will offer nonstop service to London’s Heathrow Airport. It’s part of a swap deal with Delta, which owns 49 percent of the British airline. Virgin takes over one of Delta’s daily flights from Atlanta to London. In turn, Delta gets Virgin's Los Angeles to London route.


Oct. 28, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Feds taking bids for new airline in Macon

Jim Gaines reports that the call is out for a new airline to serve the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, but Macon-area passengers may see a gap in flights of weeks or even months. A Friday order from the U.S. Department of Transportation requests passenger carriers to bid on flying from Macon, with or without help from a federal subsidy. It’s unclear when responses are due; the order gives both Nov. 12 and Nov. 24 as due dates. But Silver Airways, which gets a $2 million annual subsidy for its flights from Macon to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Orlando, Florida, will be gone before either date.


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Oct. 28, 2014 Gainesville Times

Local priorities for 2015 General Assemby taking shape

Joshua Silavent reports that the Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting Monday night in Buford with local government officials.Tom Gehl, director of governmental relations for the GMA, said legislation is likely to be introduced that will provide more accountability to how the state collects and distributes tax revenue.


Oct. 28, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Whether Nathan Deal or Jason Carter wins, campus carry loses

Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein reports that one side note of last night’s debate between Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter was about the controversial expansion of gun rights both supported. Both candidates explained why they were reluctant to support legislation that would give more leeway for permitted gun owners to carry their weapons on college campuses.



Oct. 27, 2014 GPB

"Pecan Scab" An Expensive Headache For Georgia Farmers 

Bradley George reports that it's harvest time at pecan orchards in southwest Georgia. We’re the nation’s leading pecan producing state, but farmers are dealing with a serious threat to their crops. It’s a fungus called Pecan Scab. Pecan Scab. The fungus is worse this year, due to an unseasonably wet spring. Tim Brenneman, a plant pathologist at the University of Georgia, says Pecan Scab is a major headache for farmers as they begin to harvest their crops.


Oct. 27, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

40 Under 40: Recognizing Georgia's Best & Brightest

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that on Oct. 21, bestselling author Becky Blalock challenged some of Georgia's best and brightest to get out of their comfort zones, take more risks and dare to do more at Georgia Trend's annual 40 Under 40 banquet. Held in the beautiful Egyptian Ballroom at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, the event recognized this year's honorees, who were named to the list because of their impact on Georgia through their work and community service efforts. 


Oct. 27, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Farmers see opportunity in drones

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the next big thing for Georgia farmers could be drones. State economic developers say Georgia’s agricultural industry could be one of the areas with the most promising potential for the launch of a commercial drone usage, and they’re intent on showing farmers why.


Oct. 27, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power will invest $12M to drive electric vehicle sales

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Georgia leads the nation in electric vehicle adoption — one of out about every 60 new cars registered in the Peach State, in the first six months, was an all-electric vehicle. Now, the state's electric utility, Georgia Power Co., will invest $12 million to accelerate that momentum by adding EV charging infrastructure.


Oct. 27, 2014

Roswell takes cycling to new heights with "Gran Fondo Italia"

Phil Bolton reports that in 2006, the League of American Bicyclists designated Roswell as a “Bicycle Friendly Community,” the first in Georgia to receive this honor. On Sunday, Oct. 19, the city along with the Southern Bicycle League grandly boosted its reputation as a community that welcomes cyclists by providing safe roadways and encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation by hosting the “Gran Fondo Italia.”  


Oct. 27, 2014 Saporta Report

Clayton’s Nov. 4 MARTA vote could shift metro growth to the south side

Maria Saporta reports that for decades, metro Atlanta’s center of gravity has grown to the north – creating a lopsided region. But one vote on Nov. 4 could do more to reverse that trend than any development since the expansion of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. That vote? Clayton County’s likely approval to join MARTA by passing a one-cent sales tax. 


Oct. 27, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS forecasts growth in holiday packages

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS reported a $1.2 billion quarterly profit, and said it expects 11 percent growth in December shipments during this year’s holiday shipping season. UPS has spent much of the year working on improvements to recover from last holiday season’s shipping delays, and plans to put an extra $175 million in operating expense and $500 million in capital expenditures to prepare for the holiday shipping season and expand.


Oct. 27, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Monro Muffler/Brake enters Georgia market, buying nine stores

David Allison reports that Monro Muffler Brake Inc. has entered the Georgia market with the acquisition of nine Wood & Fullerton tire stores in Atlanta. The move continues a nationwide expansion by Rochester, N.Y.-based Monro (Nasdaq: MNRO), which operates more than 1,000 stores in 24 states, making it the largest chain of company-operated "undercar care" facilities in the United States.


Oct. 27, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Voice snubs Jason Carter, Michelle Nunn

Jim Galloway reports that we try to stay away from newspaper endorsements, unless they are of the man-bites-dog variety. The editorial published Friday by the Georgia Voice, a newspaper and website directed at gays and lesbians in Atlanta, may fall into that category. The newspaper advises its readers that neither Nathan Deal, the Republican incumbent governor, nor David Perdue, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, is worth their ballots. But the newspaper also specifically refused to endorse Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, or Michelle Nunn, that party’s U.S. Senate candidate





Oct. 24, 2014 WSB

Study accuses Home Depot of 'price-steering'

Judd Hickinbotham reports that Atlanta-based Home Depot is accused of some dirty sales tricks aimed at smartphone users. It's called price-steering, and the Wall Street Journal quotes a Northeastern University study that says Home Depot is guilty of it. It found Home Depot would steer mobile device users to products that are about $100 more expensive than what it shows on searches made from regular computers and laptops.


Oct. 24, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Finalists named to lead Invest Atlanta

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Thursday announced three finalists to lead the city’s economic development agency. The candidates include a former corporate executive, an internal candidate with experience with development agencies at the local, state and federal level and the former chamber of commerce chief from Louisville, Ky. The position opened earlier this year after former Invest Atlanta CEO Brian McGowan left to join the Metro Atlanta Chamber as its No. 2 officer.


Oct. 24, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia making strides to lessen childhood obesity, but more still to do

Lee Shearer reports that Georgia is making slight progress in the fight against childhood obesity, but is expected make more headway, said University of Georgia food and nutrition expert Caree Cotwright. School lunch programs, controversial now because of a federal mandate to serve healthier food choices, aren’t the problem, said Cotwright. But school nutrition can make a big difference, she said, especially with low-income children whose main source of nutrition may be breakfast and lunch at school.


Oct. 24, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Power boosts California solar holdings

Staff reports that Southern Co.'s Southern Power unit bought a 150-megawatt Solar Gen 2 solar facility in California from First Solar Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The Solar Gen 2 project spans three sites -- each of which is about a 50-MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) system -- on a combined 1,451 acres in Imperial County, California. The project will consist of more than 1 million thin-film PV solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables manufactured by First Solar.


Oct. 24, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Foot-dragging on fish ladder cuts power from Juliette dam

Jim Gaines reports that federal officials have ordered a hydroelectric plant on an Ocmulgee River dam shut down by Sunday, following a 12-year effort to get the operator to build an access route for migrating fish. The East Juliette dam, about 20 miles north of Macon, blocks fish -- especially American shad -- from returning to their spawning grounds. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order Oct. 16 for Eastern Hydroelectric Corp. to permanently disable its powerhouse at the dam within 10 days.


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Oct. 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke chief marketing, commercial officer Tripodi to retire

Leon Stafford reports that Coca-Cola’s Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Joe Tripodi plans to retire from the company at the end of February next year, the Atlanta-based beverage giant said Thursday. Tripodi, who held the chief marketing position for more than seven years, helped launch the brand’s “Open Happiness” campaign and was a member of the American Marketing Association’s Hall of Fame. Under his guidance, Coke was named the Cannes Lions Creative Marketer of the Year in 2013.


Oct. 24, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia entrepreneurs having to hustle to raise venture capital

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that venture funding in Atlanta companies was as sluggish as a Georgia summer. Georgia companies drew $50.20 million in venture funding in the third quarter, compared with $51.34 million a year earlier, according to the MoneyTree report, published by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Georgia ranked 18th out of 43 states that received VC dollars in Q3.


Oct. 24, 2014 Georgia Health News

Is Georgia's medical access law too weak?

Andy Miller reports that state insurance department is looking at possible ways to strengthen a Georgia law that requires health insurers’ networks to give consumers adequate access to doctors and hospitals. “Georgia is not alone: The feds and all the states are looking at the issue,’’ Trey Sivley, director of the Division of Insurance and Financial Oversight for the Georgia agency, told GHN recently. 


Oct. 24, 2014 WABE

Barge Endorses Wilson in State Schools Superintendent Race

Martha Dalton reports that Republican State Schools Superintendent John Barge Thursday endorsed Democratic candidate Valarie Wilson. Barge decided against a second term as superintendent to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary last spring. Deal won by a wide margin. Barge announced his support for Wilson outside Tucker High School in DeKalb County. He said she supported education policies implemented under his watch, like new tests and teacher evaluations. 


Oct. 24, 2014 GPB

Concern Over New Voter Registration In Georgia Ahead Of Election

Hansi Lo Wang reports that this election season is proving to be tough for Democrats, but many believe they can turn the red state of Georgia blue with the help of new voters. One voter registration campaign led by the New Georgia Project, a "nonpartisan effort" according to its website, has targeted black, Latino, and Asian-American residents.


Oct. 24, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Trio of Nathan Deal aides arrives in London

Greg Bluestein reports that a trio of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aides has landed in London with less than two weeks until the election.Deal’s spokesman Brian Robinson, his executive council Ryan Teague and his chief operating officer Bart Gobeil arrived across the pond on Thursday and are set to return next week, in time for the Nov. 4 election. Of the three, only Robinson is on the campaign payroll.




Oct. 23, 2014 Gainesville Times

Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

Jeff Gill reports that environmental watchdog group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal’s $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County. “Since its inception, the program has distributed $196.3 million for dams and reservoirs, with most of those funds going toward projects of questionable need,” states the report, issued Wednesday by the Georgia Water Coalition.


Oct. 23, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Gainesville/Hall County: Ready to Roar

Karen Rosen reports that one of the newer residents of Gainesville lounges quietly near the intersection of Academy and Green streets. Her name is Lucile. She weighs 2,200 pounds, is 14 feet long and nearly 8 feet high. Believed to be the world’s largest bronze sculpture of a golden tiger, the feline mascot of Brenau University, Lucile assumed her prime position at the new front entrance to the 135-year-old campus last October.


Oct. 23, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

IEDC: Georgia No. 3 for business

Staff reports that U.S. corporate executives hold the Peach State in high regard.Georgia tied with North Carolina for having the third-best business climate, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released earlier this week at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. Georgia was identified by 17.6 percent of the 356 respondents to the 2014 survey as having the most favorable business climate.


Oct. 23, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitition

Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate falls to 7.3 percent in September

Henry Unger reports thatMetro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell substantially to 7.3 percent in September from 8.0 percent in August, the state labor department said Thursday.Atlanta’s jobless rate is significantly lower than Georgia’s 7.9 percent rate, which was the highest among all the states in September. The U.S. rate is 5.9 percent.


Oct. 23, 2014 WABE

Atlanta Debuts Non-Emergency Service Program

John Lorinc reports that Atlanta residents now have a more direct way of touching base with local government officials. It’s called ATL 311 and it’s the city of Atlanta’s first non-emergency customer service program. This gives residents the ability to make requests and report issues like potholes, meter leaks and downed trees.


Oct. 23, 2014 GPB

Healthcare "Navigators" Gear Up For A Second Round Of Open Enrollment

Bradley George reports that enrollment in Georgia's federally–run health insurance marketplace starts in less than a month. The Department of Health and Human Services says more than 316,000 Georgians signed up for coverage during the first enrollment period, which ended in March. Those looking for help can turn to "navigators." They are people who are especially trained to help consumers find the right health plan and check if they're eligible for tax credits to offset the cost.


Oct. 23, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Equifax profit up 10 percent in third quarter

Russell Grantham reports that Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit information providers, said its profits rose 10 percent in the third quarter, to $92.7 million, with the help of growth in most of its business units in the U.S. and overseas.Excluding the cost of a $7.9 million legal settlement with a software company during the quarter and extra expenses from acquisitions earlier in the year, Equifax said it earned $1.01 a share during the quarter, exceeding Wall Street analysts’ estimates of 98 cents a share. Without those adjustments, Equifax’ third-quarter profit was 75 cents a share.


Oct. 23, 2014 Rome News-Tribune

Times-Journal Inc. offers purchase of News Publishing Co.’s papers; deal would have to be approved by bankruptcy judge

Staff reports that Marietta-based Times-Journal Inc. has offered to purchase the Rome News-Tribune and News Publishing Co.’s weekly products if the proposal is approved by a bankruptcy judge. The petition, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, comes after News Publishing Co. filed a petition for Chapter 11 reorganization Jan. 1, 2013.


Oct. 23, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Roll Call: Isakson, Price among Congress’ most wealthy

Staff reports that ith the U.S. Congress' approval ratings already in the tank, its members couldn't be disliked more, right? This news may put them in the cellar for some of you. Washington, D.C.-based Roll Call just published its annual list of the top 50 richest members of the much disliked legislative body. And two from Georgia are on the list: U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) is No. 43 with an estimated net worth of $8.93 million and U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) ranked No. 44 with an estimated net worth of $8.87 million.


Oct. 23, 2014 Washington Post

In Georgia and across the country, GOP modernizes its voter outreach

Ed O'Keefe reports that standing toward the back of the Cobb County Republican Party headquarters, chairman Joe Dendy marvels at the scene. A clutch of volunteers is handwriting postcard messages to would-be voters — one of the most intimate ways to reach supporters. But he is more intrigued by the other group — young, old, white and black — using new phones that automatically dial numbers from a database and can leave prerecorded voice mails for people who don’t pick up. Another group is out in the neighborhood using a phone app that feeds back information to a database that will keep county and state party officials updated on potential voters.


Oct. 23, 2014 New York Times

To Prevent Another Ferguson, Vote in Georgia

David Firestone reports that Georgia Republicans are furious about a flyer just released by the state Democratic Party that invokes the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., as a new incentive for black voters to cast a ballot in the midterm election.“If you want to prevent another Ferguson in their future — vote,” the flyer says, over a photo of black children holding “don’t shoot” signs. “It’s up to you to make change happen.”


Oct. 23, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The Georgia Chamber draws a line in the sand on ‘religious liberty’ bills

Jim Galloway reports that week, in the far-away Vatican, a gathering of Catholic bishops very nearly declared a truce in the war against gay marriage. At the last minute, they balked. Though it was far less conspicuous, we had our own synod in Georgia last week, which took up the same topic. The participants weren’t bishops, but vicars of the Georgia Chamber — this state’s high church of free enterprise. They did not balk.



Oct. 22, 2014 GPB

Making Real The Promise Of The Digital Economy

Michael Caputo reports that most people agree that technology has reshaped the economy. But how can you make practical use of digital tools and approaches? Bill Price manages the Digital Georgia Program. He said that Georgia sits in the middle of the pack nationwide when it comes to high-speed broadband accessibility.


Oct. 22, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Making Cities Successful

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, do you have an idea to make the cities of Columbus, Macon or Milledgeville more successful? If you do, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation might just pay you to put your idea in play. In the first-ever national Knight Cities Challenge, the foundation is looking for ideas that will make the 26 cities – including three here in Georgia – where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. 


Oct. 22, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA restricts travel to Ebola countries

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia won’t approve school-related travel to three West African countries gripped by an Ebola virus epidemic. The new rule is in keeping with guidance issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said UGA spokesman Tom Jackson. According to the CDC advice, education-related travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone should be postponed “until further notice.”


Oct. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

We’re No. 1 — in blueberries

Dan Chapman reports that Georgia leads the nation in blueberry production, surpassing long-time berry boss Michigan. The Peach State produced 96 million pounds of blueberries this year, according to the North American Blueberry Council. Michigan grew 91.5 million pounds. Georgia planted 20,000 blueberry acres this year, most scattered across South Georgia and able to withstand the state’s sandy soils and hot summers. 


Oct. 22, 2014

Deal: Badcock to locate new distribution center to LaGrange

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that W.S. Badcock Corp., one of the largest privately held furniture retailers in the United States, will construct a new regional distribution center in LaGrange, investing $22 million and employing more than 100.“Badcock’s new regional distribution center is an excellent addition to Troup County,” said Deal. “This expansion is a testament our state’s top-ranked business climate, and I have no doubt that Georgia’s skilled workforce and globally recognized logistics infrastructure will support future growth and success.”


Oct. 22, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ridgeline and Hillwood partner on more than 1-million square foot Braselton project

Douglas Sams reports that Ridgeline Property Group and Hillwood Investment Properties will partner on more than 1-million-square-foot project in Braselton, as more developers begin to loosen the reins for new speculative warehouses. Ridgeline and Hillwood will jointly develop the nearly 1.1-million-square-foot spec building on 114 acres along Highway 124 near Interstate 85.


Oct. 22, 2014 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Synovus posts $44.2 profit, to buy back $250 million in stock

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Tony Adams reports that Synovus Financial Corp., parent company of Columbus Bank and Trust, on Tuesday reported a profit of $44.2 million in the third quarter, up nearly 19 percent from the same July-September period a year ago. The regional bank, headquartered in downtown Columbus, posted a profit, or net income, of $37.2 million in the third quarter a year ago.


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Oct. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia had the nation’s highest jobless rate in September

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s 7.9 percent unemployment rate for the month of September was again ranked highest in the nation, according to a federal report released this morning.The state’s jobless rate has been thrust into the center of Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign, and his opponents were eagerly awaiting the latest numbers. Democrat Jason Carter contends the metric is a sign that Deal’s jobs plan isn’t working, while the governor calls the statistic an “outlier” that doesn’t accurately gauge the state’s economic health.




Oct. 21, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Three Atlanta federal judges recuse themselves from Home Depot data breach lawsuits

David Allison reports that some of the lawsuits hitting The Home Depot Inc. over its recent data breach are apparently hitting too close to home for some federal judges in Atlanta. Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is facing at least 21 lawsuits stemming from the data breach, which reportedly may affect 60 million customers.


Oct. 21, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home sales slip in September

Michael Kanell reports that home sales dropped in September, but are roughly the same as during the same month a year ago, according to the monthly report from The Atlanta Board of Realtors, which was released late Monday morning. Last month, metro Atlanta saw 3,601 homes sold, down 15 percent from August, but the sales level was just 1.5 percent below that of September, 2013, according to the report.


Oct. 21, 2014 Rockdale Citizen

Acuity Brands to expand in Rockdale County

Alice Queen reports that Acuity Brands will spend $16 million over the next five years and create 700 new jobs as it expands operations in Rockdale and DeKalb counties. Gov. Nathan Deal announced the expansion Monday morning. “When a successful Georgia operation such as Acuity Brands decides to expand its facility and its employment roster, it’s a win for all concerned, especially for our workforce,” said Deal. “I have no doubt that our top-ranked business climate and cutting-edge logistics sector will continue to support Acuity Brands for many years to come, and we look forward to its continued success.”


Oct. 21, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Researchers, shrimpers look for black gill shrimp in Georgia

Mary Landers reports this wasn't your typical cruise. For starters, the day-long journey around Chatham County waterways on the 92-foot R/V Savannah on Thursday was focused on a tiny parasite on shrimp that turns their gills an unsightly and unmarketable black. And instead of scientists researching the problem by themselves and reporting their results in a scientific journal years from now, they invited along shrimpers, fisheries managers and outreach workers, even a pathologist from Mercer medical school who had been studying the parasite in her lab.


Oct. 21, 2014 Brunswick News

Encapsulation Building opens at Kings Bay

Gordon Jackson reports that submarines at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay are considered among the most technologically sophisticated machines on the planet. The lifeblood is an extensive cable system that links the electronic components vital to keep the boats running. One strand of broken or frayed wire or a broken connection pin can affect the boat’s ability to go on patrol or complete a mission.


Oct. 21, 2014 Albany Herald

Albany utilities officials ready to move on rural technology plan

Carlton Fletcher reports that interim City Manager Tom Berry gave the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission board an overview of a proposed agreement through which the Albany utility authority would take on operation and management of mobile and fixed wireless broadband services in rural Baker, Calhoun, Early, Miller and Mitchell counties. Berry said at a special called meeting of the board Monday that he will present the $13.3 million South Georgia Regional Informational Technology Authority loan/grant proposal to the Albany City Commission today.


Oct. 21, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Middle Georgia home builders group to celebrate merger

Linda S. Morris reports that the Home Builders Association of Middle Georgia will celebrate the merger of its members from Macon and Warner Robins during its annual meeting Tuesday. While the merger of the Warner Robins Home Builders Association and the Home Builders Association of Macon, which did business as Home Builders Association of Middle Georgia for years, was officially effective in January, the meeting is the first time new officers and directors will be installed for the combined group.


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Oct. 21, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Azziz is finalist for Vegas school's presidency

Tom Corwin reports that Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz is one of the finalists for the presidency of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, announced the Nevada System of Higher Education on Monday. Azziz, who has been mentioned in the past for other open university positions in Florida and Texas, is one of three finalists for the position.


Oct. 21, 2014 GPB

DeKalb County Schools Not Admitting New Students From Ebola-Stricken Areas 

Rosemary Jean-Louis reports that DeKalb County School officials have decided not to admit new students from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa unless proper medical documentation is presented and the superintendent approves. The district has notified all principals and administrators of the policy, which includes new students from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and other areas.


Oct. 21, 2014 WABE

Voter Registration Group Questions Kemp on Transparency

Martha Dalton reports that leaders of a voter registration group said Monday they’re confused by recent comments made by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The group, called the New Georgia Project, sued Kemp’s office and five counties over thousands of voter registration forms they say are missing. Kemp denied that last week, saying officials have added 40,000 new voters to the rolls.


Oct. 21, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Obama’s Ebola czar was a Michelle Nunn campaign adviser

Ron Klain starts work tomorrow as President Barack Obama’s Ebola “czar,” or point person to coordinate various agencies involved in containing the outbreak. That means the longtime Democratic hand no longer has time to help out Michelle Nunn’s U.S. Senate bid. Klain, a former chief of staff to vfice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden and frequent debate prepper, was to lead Nunn’s preparation for her debates against Republican David Perdue, according to the infamous internal campaign memo.




Oct. 20, 2014 GPB

Two-Way: Georgia Ports Authority Chief Discusses Savannah Harbor Expansion

Sarah McCammon reports that the head of the Georgia Ports Authority announced double–digit growth in the total weight of freight moved at the Port of Brunswick Tuesday. The increase includes a record number of auto and machinery units moved compared to last year.


Oct. 20, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Biotech Boom

Randy Southerland reports that Georgia is attracting attention for its thriving biotech scene. Could we be the next hub? James Ross was still a Georgia Tech grad student when he began work on what would one day become Axion Biosystems. He and a couple of fellow students were developing an instrument to measure the nerve activities of brain and heart tissues in the body.


Oct. 20, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Newell Rubbermaid acquiring bubba brands

Christopher Seward reports that Sandy Springs-based Newell Rubbermaid said it is acquiring bubba brands Inc., a maker of durable beverage containers, the company’s second such sale since July. The purchase price was not disclosed, but Newell Rubbermaid expects bubba brands to generate more than $50 million in net sales this year. The seller in the deal is In Zone Holdings Inc.


Oct. 20, 2014 The Produce News

Is Bill Gates buying up farms in Vidalia? Documents and growers link Microsoft founder to recent sales  

Chip Carter reports that it has been rumored and discussed on the streets here for months that the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or Cascade Investment LLC, the Gates' private trust located in Kirkland, WA, is actively seeking to purchase producing farms in the Vidalia area, renowned for its sweet onions and the center of that industry. Already, two entities — Coggins Farms in Lake Park, GA, and more recently Stanley Farms and its subsidiaries in Lyons, GA — have been sold and, while the trail is murky, documents and interviews with other Vidalia-area growers link the purchases to Kirkland and seemingly to Gates.


Oct. 20, 2014 WABE

Atlanta VA Plans to Expand Women's Healthcare At Fort McPherson

Michell Wirth reports that Atlanta VA Medical Center says it plans to expand healthcare services for women at its Fort McPherson Campus. The expansion comes as some female veterans express concerns about the types of services available to women at the Atlanta VA. On Friday, a crowd gathered to celebrate the expansion of veterans’ services at Fort McPherson. One of the newer services is a center focusing on reproductive care, mental health and other medical services for female veterans.


Oct. 20, 2014 Washington Post

Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions

Nicole Perlroth reports that the Bob Foreman’s architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March. But neither Mr. Foreman nor anyone else at his seven-person company was in the office at the time.“I thought: ‘This is crazy. It must be a mistake,’ ” Mr. Foreman said. The firm, in Norcross, Ga., was the victim of an age-old fraud that has found new life now that most corporate phone lines run over the Internet.


Oct. 20, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Furniture retailer Havertys back inside Perimeter

Christopher Seward reports that furniture retail store Haverty's opened its first store inside the Perimeter this week after a six-year absence. The retailer, founded in Atlanta by J. Clarence Haverty in 1885, located the store in Buckhead, which is seeing a resurgence of apartment construction and mixed-use developments.


Oct. 20, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SunTrust Q3 profit rises to $576 million

Staff reports that SunTrust Banks, the Atlanta-based banking company, reported a big surge in profit following a $130 million tax benefit from the completion of a tax authority examination.


Oct. 20, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Peake’s new medical marijuana proposal taking shape

Maggie Lee reports that halfway through a months-long series of hearings on medical marijuana in Georgia, Macon’s chief Republican lawmaker says he’s starting to get clearer ideas on a road map to therapeutic cannabis in Georgia -- and who would be able to take it. Among other things, it would require in-state cannabis growth in facilities as secure as a jail, state Rep. Allen Peake said.


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Oct. 20, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal to form Ebola response team in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that the specter of Ebola threatens to shake up Georgia’s top political races, Gov. Nathan Deal said today he would sign an executive order to create a team to craft the state’s response to the deadly virus. The governor said the team would assess state health and emergency management procedures and devise recommendations for Georgia’s health workers and political leaders.



Oct. 17, 2014 Georgia Health News

Health data thefts a continuing problem 

Andy Miller reports that a state agency says Georgia consumers’ personal data has not been compromised so far in the wake of a theft of a laptop computer that contained some people’s health information. The computer was stolen from the vehicle of an employee of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities who was attending a Clayton County conference in August. The laptop contained health information on 3,397 individuals who receive services from the agency. 


Oct. 17, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Two decades and change

Ben Young writes, I'm thrilled as a dad to be able to take my son Holden out on the Chattahoochee River. I can remember “shooting the Hooch” as a kid myself, and I have long envied cities that have made good use of their rivers for recreation. For awhile there, the Hooch was off limits as a result of runaway water pollution. Sally Bethea, who is stepping down this year as Chattahoochee Riverkeeper founding director, can be credited with the turnaround.


Oct. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia-Pacific expanding Arkansas operation

Christopher Seward reports that Georgia-Pacific will invest $37 million in an Arkansas lumber operation to expand capacity by about 60 percent.The project in Gurdon, in the southwest part of the state, is expected to be completed in third quarter 2015. Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific is also considering investing $20 million to expand a nearby plywood mill to increase its capacity and improve efficiency to reduce emissions.


Oct. 17, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Suwanee company inks $99 million deal with U.S. Army

Phil W. Hudson reports that Meggitt Training Systems will once again be the supplier of the US Army's next generation virtual small arms trainer, Engagement Skills Trainer II. The Suwanee, Ga.-based supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems, unmanned land and sea vehicles, aerial targets and electronic scoring systems closed a five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for $99 million from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation and Training that will include more than 1,000 new and upgraded systems and simulated weapons for U.S. Army facilities.


Oct. 17, 2014 Newnan Times-Herald

GigaPower network coming to Newnan

Clay Neely reports that AT&T confirmed it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower network to Newnan. AT&T’s fiber network will deliver AT&T U-verse with GigaPower service, allowing businesses and consumers to have broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second and AT&T’s most advanced television services.


Oct. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Google: Suwanee among top digital cities

Christopher Seward reports that Suwanee has landed on Google’s map as one of 50 cities with the strongest digital communities. The 2014 Google eCity Award recognizes cities that embrace the web to attract newcomers, connect with existing residents and build local economies through job creation.


Oct. 17, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

City seeks proposals to redevelop Atlanta Civic Center

Douglas Sams and Maria Saporta report that city officials are seeking proposals to redevelop the 20-acre Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, with goals of turning the campus into the heart of a "24-hour urban environment" featuring a mix of housing, stores, offices and film and TV studios. The city's economic development arm, Invest Atlanta, issued the request for proposals, or RFP. It plans to pick a finalist to buy and redevelop the Civic Center in December. It wants to reach an agreement to sell the site by next April.


Oct. 17, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Brian Kemp fires back at 'frivolous' voter lawsuit

Tim Chitwood reports that in a Thursday visit to Columbus, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp had some questions for the voter-registration groups now suing him and five counties, including Muscogee, for allegedly failing to register new voters for the Nov. 4 General Election. One question: "Who is 'R' in Fulton County?" Kemp asked, referring to a list of registration applicants submitted by lawyers allied with the nonprofit New Georgia Project, which amassed thousands of voter applications in its drive to register more African-Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos.


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Oct. 17, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Democrats Max Cleland, David Poythress accuse Nathan Deal of appointing cronies to Georgia National Guard

Walter C. Jones reports that fellow Democrats David Poythress and Max Cleland gave Jason Carter a little help Thursday in criticizing Nathan Deal. Surrounded by historic military planes, the men attacked Deal over his appointments to the Georgia National Guard for basing them on cronyism instead of credentials. Poythress, a former head of the state guard, said the appointments hurt the state’s relations with Pentagon officials, which could result in shortchanging the state on missions and equipment and possibly harm Georgia’s chances in avoiding future closures of military bases.


Oct. 17, 2014 Washington Post

Legal action — and mass voter confusion — looms in Georgia as Election Day nears

Hunter Schwarz reports that fight over alleged voter registration fraud in Georgia appears headed to the courts as early voting begins in the state, amid concerns that tens of thousands of Georgians who show up to vote may learn instead that their registration forms were never processed. More than 81,000 new voters were registered during this campaign cycle by the New Georgia Project, which targets unregistered African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. Increased minority turnout in November could make the difference for Democrats in the state’s tight gubernatorial race between Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Jason Carter (D) and the increasingly competitive U.S. Senate race between David Perdue (R) and Michelle Nunn (D).


Oct. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jason Carter goes Copart on Nathan Deal

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign let loose one of the most scathing attacks yet in the governor’s race with a 30-second ad that questions Gov. Nathan Deal’s financial turnaround in the four years since his election. The ad, which begins airing this week, claims the “middle class has fallen further behind” as the governor revived his personal bank account. Deal came into office facing millions in debt, but has paid much of it off while increasing his net worth by about $1 million.



Oct. 16, 2014 Gainesville Times

State poultry industry gets good news in trade ruling

Joshua Silavent reports that the World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its yearslong ban on U.S. poultry imports, including meat and eggs, a first step toward reopening access to the subcontinent’s lucrative market. The ruling is good news for the local poultry industry.


Oct. 16, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Andrews Moonshine Festival

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that first it was wine, then it was beer, now moonshine is having its day in the sun. This Saturday, Oct. 18, is the first Andrews Moonshine Festival in the Andrews Entertainment District in Atlanta.


Oct. 16, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s jobless rate falls to 7.9 percent in September

Henry Unger reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August as employers laid off fewer workers, the state labor department reported Thursday. While breaking the recent string of monthly increases, September’s jobless rate has dropped only one-tenth of a percentage point from a year ago and is two percentage points higher than the 5.9 percent U.S. unemployment rate.


Oct. 16, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta No. 4 largest housing gap for baby boomers

Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta has the fourth-highest housing gap for baby boomers, according to a recent study by the Dublin, Ohio-based homebuilder Epcon Franchising Inc. The study found there is an expected volume growth for baby boomer housing in certain U.S. markets over the next five years, which could potentially leave baby boomers without the ability to move into the type or location of home they desire.


Oct. 16, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Greater Gwinnett Championship generates $8.77 million for local economy

Keith Farner reports that the Greater Gwinnett Championship generated more than $8.77 million for the local economy, the tournament announced this week, according to a report compiled by Georgia Gwinnett College. The April Champions Tour tournament played at TPC Sugarloaf has averaged 30,000 spectators per year since it started two years ago. Te economic impact incudes money spent by out-of-town visitors and Gwinnett and metro Atlanta residents.


Oct. 16, 2014 The Brunswick News

Solar farm coming to Glynn County

Lindsey Adkison reports that at least one solar farm is coming to Glynn County, it was announced Wednesday during a meeting of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. The Israeli firm Energiya USA was awarded a 20-year contract for electrical energy output by Georgia Power and will open a solar farm on property owned by the development authority.


Oct. 16, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Walmart to hire 400 for S. Fulton facility

Christopher Seward reports that Walmart plans to open a fulfillment center near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to process online orders, and the retailer will hire 400 people. The 1.2-million-square-foot facility will be at the Majestic Airport Center IV Industrial Park in Union City at South Fulton Parkway and Stonewall Tell Road, about six miles from the Atlanta airport. The center is scheduled to open in mid-2015.


Oct. 16, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Menlo Logistics expands by Atlanta airport to serve Google

Douglas Sams reports that Silicon Valley-based Menlo Logistics will occupy more than a half million square feet near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it would serve the regional logistics needs of Google Inc. Menlo Logistics, based in San Mateo County, Calif., leased roughly 560,000 square feet in a new building in Union City, Ga. The lease, completed last quarter, was confirmed by real estate sources familiar with the companies.


Oct. 16, 2014

'Emory had the courage to be first' University atty. says of Ebola patient care

Phil Bolton reports that Emory Hospital receives Ebola patients in Atlanta, “We should be proud of Emory,” said Jane Jordan, deputy general counsel and chief council for health affairs at Emory University. “Emory had the courage to be first,” she added during an evening seminar Oct. 14 at the Emory University School of Law. “We can fear, or we can care.”      


Oct. 16, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Muscogee among 5 counties named in voter registration lawsuit

Tim Chitwood reports that Muscogee is among five Georgia counties that voter-registration groups are suing on claims its board of elections is not processing registration applications the groups submitted. Filed Oct. 10 in Fulton County Superior Court, the lawsuit asks a judge to order Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the county election boards to approve the eligible applicants’ registrations and add them to the voter rolls before the Nov. 4 General Election.


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Oct. 16, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rep. John Barrow holds campaign cash advantage, but the outside money is tilting Rick Allen’s way

Daniel Malloy reports that U.S. Rep. John Barrow, an Augusta Democrat, revealed today that he had $1.5 million in his campaign bank account as of Sept. 30, while Republican challenger Rick Allen had just $118,000. Georgia’s 12th Congressional District is the only competitive House race in the state and has seen a flood of outside money, but Barrow holds the sizable edge in candidate funding.



Oct. 15, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Port of Brunswick auto processing facility to expand after record year, Georgia Ports Authority director says

Terry Dickson reports that the Port of Brunswick is second only to Baltimore in auto and machinery shipping, and the Georgia Ports Authority will begin expanding to grow even more, the agency's executive director said. The record 673,327 units that rolled on or off ships at the Colonel’s Island Terminal was an 8 percent increase over the previous year, Executive Director Curtis Foltz said in a State of the Ports address on Jekyll Island, and that occurred even though Georgia's ports had to turn away business.


Oct. 15, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: Thanks for your service

Bill Crane writes, a walk through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is almost impossible without witnessing folks thanking our men and women in uniform, also in transit, for their service to our nation.


Oct. 15, 2014 Georgia Health News

Is Georgia doing enough on Ebola?

Andy Miller reports that state’s public health agency says it has boosted its outreach efforts to Georgia health workers and hospitals on dealing with the potential of Ebola infection here. The effort – involving disseminating information and CDC protocols about handling a potential Ebola case – comes amid mounting national concern about the virus, which has led to the recent death of a man in Texas and the infection of a nurse who treated him.


Oct. 15, 2014 Gainesville Times

Fla., Ga. again attacking each other in water wars

Jeff Gill reports that both Florida and Georgia are again firing shots at each other in a 1-year-old water wars case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In briefs filed last week, the states responded to U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli’s Sept. 18 recommendation that justices reject the suit until the Army Corps of Engineers completes a document managing water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which includes Lake Lanier.


Oct. 15, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AT&T picks Atlanta and three other cities for super fast Internet

Matt Kempner reports that AT&T said Tuesday that it will bring super fast Internet connections to Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Decatur and Newnan, giving metro Atlanta the first broad commitment to offer residents and small businesses speeds 100 times faster than the average for American homes. But in its initial announcement, AT&T didn’t offer any details about when it will offer the local service or how much it will charge. Nor did it indicate whether it will go into any of the eight other communities it had announced in April that it was considering for the service.


Oct. 15, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AGL, Tallgrass developing 140-mile Prairie State Pipeline

Staff reports that AGL Resources Inc. will pair with Tallgrass Development LP to develop the Prairie State Pipeline, a new natural gas pipeline that aims to move gas from supply connections in central Illinois to the Chicago Market Center and points in between. The 140-mile pipeline is expected to have a total capacity between 1.2 billion and 1.5 billion cubic feet per day. It would run in a generally north-south orientation connecting interstate pipelines in Douglas County, Ill., to gas distribution systems, natural gas storage fields and interstate pipeline companies in the Chicago Market Center.


Oct. 15, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream introduces new aircraft family

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on Tuesday pulled out all the stops to introduce a pair of all-new business jets, the G500 and G600. “This is another extraordinary day in the storied history of Gulfstream,” said Larry Flynn, Gulfstream president. “I could not be more pleased to announce the next generation of Gulfstream aircraft. The G500 and G600 build upon the technology present in our G650 and our latest aircraft, the G650ER.”


Oct. 15, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Four decades of zippers, and much more, from Macon’s YKK

Linda S. Morris reports that Margaret Mimbs was 26 years old when she began working at the YKK zipper plant in Macon. It was less than a month after the company and the community celebrated the grand opening of the $15 million manufacturer Oct. 18, 1974. She is one of several longtime employees at YKK’s fastener plant, which employs about 600 workers.


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Oct. 15, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Turner Broadcasting relaunches Boomerang kids network

Christopher Seward reports that days after announcing a new Cartoon Network service for streaming content to mobile devices, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. on Tuesday said it is re-launching its Boomerang kids brand as a global all-animation network. Boomerang will feature content from Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network and MGM studios. The network will also rely on content produced by studios in other parts of the world.


Oct. 15, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

U.S. wins trade dispute over poultry products

Dave Williams reports that the World Trade Organization has sided with the United States in a challenge of India’s ban on imports of American poultry products, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced Tuesday. A WTO dispute settlement panel found that the ban was imposed without sufficient scientific evidence, breaching numerous international trade rules.


Oct. 15, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

HOPE scholarship becomes flashpoint in Georgia governor's race

Walter C. Jones reports that the popularity of the HOPE Scholarship has made it a recent topic of heated accusations in the Georgia governor’s race. The campaigns of Democrat Jason Carter and incumbent Republican Nathan Deal have traded attacks all fall on a variety of issues, from leadership ability to economic development, but it’s only been in the final three weeks when a debate about the scholarship that emotions have seemed to boil over.



Oct. 14, 2014 Georgia Health News

Poll: Georgians like expansion, but not ACA overall

Andy Miller reports that a new poll finds 60 percent of Georgians disagree with the state’s decision not to expand the state’s Medicaid program, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.The health reform law overall, though, fares less well in popularity. According to the survey, conducted by the Schapiro Group in August and sponsored by Healthcare Georgia Foundation, 42 percent of Georgians approve of the ACA and 46 percent disapprove. 


Oct. 14, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Farm to Fork

Christy Simo reports that Georgia’s agriculture community is bridging the gap between consumers and farmers, with an interest in bringing everyone to the table. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just 20 years ago, there were only 1,755 farmers markets nationwide. Today, there are more than 8,200 – and more than 130 here in Georgia alone.


Oct. 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Foreclosure notices fall to 13-year low

Michael Kanell reports that foreclosure notices in metro Atlanta fell this month to their lowest level since 2001. The 13-county region saw 2,066 foreclosure notices in October, the second lowest number this year, according to a report released Monday from Kennesaw-based Equity Depot.


Oct. 14, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coke shares soar, cost-cuts coming?

Phil W. Hudson reports that Coca-Cola Co.'s shares are surging. The Atlanta-based beverage behemoth's stock (NYSE: KO) has jumped 7.6 percent this year. The company’s stock reached a record of $44.87 on Oct. 10, the highest its been since July 15, 1998, when it was $44.47. The shares closed Oct. 13 at $44.07.


Oct. 14, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus State taps retired TSYS CEO to lead capital campaign

Tony Adams reports that Phil Tomlinson may have retired as chief executive officer of TSYS in July, but that doesn’t mean his leadership skills aren’t still in demand in the community. Columbus State University said Monday that Tomlinson — who remains chairman of the board at TSYS until next spring — will lead its crucial fund-raising campaign to the finish line.


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Oct. 14, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream set to unveil newest business jet

Mary Carr Mayle reports that although Gulfstream executives still aren't talking, most everyone else in business aviation is buzzing about today's much-anticipated debut of the company's newest large-cabin design. It’s a business jet that, according to the Wall Street Journal, “has been developed with the kind of secrecy typically reserved for a military spy plane or the latest smartphone.” Savannah-based Gulfstream, as a policy, doesn’t comment on any aircraft in development until it has been announced.


Oct. 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot VP to become JCPenney CEO

Leon Stafford reports that Marvin Ellison, who was rumored to be on the bubble as a possible replacement for outgoing Home Depot CEO Frank Blake, has been named president and chief executive officer-designee of retail giant JCPenney. Ellison, executive vice president of Home Depot stores, moves to JCPenney on Nov. 1, though he won’t become CEO until Aug. 1, 2015 when Myron “Mike” Ullman, the company’s current leader, steps down.


Oct. 14, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Boston company applies to become Georgia’s first merchant acquirer limited purpose bank

Phil W. Hudson reports that an online payment processing and acquiring bank service company applied to become a merchant acquirer limited purpose bank (MALPB), the first of its kind in Georgia. Southborough, Mass.-based Credorax Inc. filed an application with the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance in late September to charter Credorax Bank North America to accept merchant deposits through the payment networks for its client merchants.


Oct. 14, 2014 Saporta Report

GEEARS makes sure early childhood education wins at the polls on Nov. 4 

Maria Saporta reports that arly childhood education advocates in Georgia showed their political chops Monday when they invited candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate and State School Superintendent to a forum at Georgia Public Broadcasting It was a strategic way to get exposure, and even commitments, from the elected leaders in Georgia three weeks before the General Election on Nov. 4. The three candidates for governor showed up in person — Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, Democrat Jason Carter and Libertarian Andrew Hunt.


Oct. 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

An India-sized hole in David Perdue’s resume

Daniel Malloy reports that after he left as CEO of Dollar General, Republican David Perdue worked between 2007 and 2009 with a textile conglomerate in India to build up a new retail line. The enterprise did not work out for Gujarat Heavy Chemicals — and Perdue scrubbed it from his online bio in the months before he entered the race for U.S. Senate.



Oct. 13, 2014 WABE

​How Will Savannah's Port Deepening Benefit Atlanta?

Michell Wirth reports that the deepening of the Savannah port is expected to start later this year. The project comes as East Coast ports throughout the U.S. prepare to handle larger cargo ships expected to arrive from the Panama Canal in 2016. One person who’s excited about Savannah’s port expansion is Darrel Penn. He’s a manager of business development for C.H. Robinson, an international third party logistics company with two offices in the Atlanta metro area.


Oct. 13, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

A legacy lives on

Ray Anderson, the founder of Interface, the Atlanta-based modular carpet manufacturer, left behind a legacy far greater than his company. Anderson set Interface on its Mission Zero path, a company-wide promise to eliminate any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. Today Interface is recognized around the world for its commitment to build environmental considerations into its business decisions.


Oct. 13, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Clarkesville’s Scovill Fasteners sold

Staff reports that Morito bought Clarkesville, Ga.-based Scovill Fasteners from The Gores Group for an undislcosed sum. Founded in 1802, Scovill makes apparel fasteners and specialty fasteners for the apparel, medical, military, and sporting goods industries.


Oct. 13, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta hikes requirements for elite frequent flier level

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced it is raising the requirements to reach its elite frequent flier levels, in a bid to increase the “exclusivity” of the program. Delta had already announced last year it would require a certain amount of dollars spent on Delta tickets annually to reach the elite silver, gold, platinum and diamond levels. It also announced earlier this year that it would begin awarding free flights based on dollars spent, rather than miles flown.


Oct. 13, 2014

Wetlands: Coca-Cola helps China tackle water pollution

Trevor Williams reports that business is booming for Xiong Qiaorong’s family guesthouse.  Nestled under a canopy of trees beside a flowing stream, it’s one of many places where Chinese urbanites can come to shake off the hustle and bustle of Chengdu, the capital city of 11 million people in the western Sichuan province. Some weekends, thousands have passed through the area, which now offers a network of bike trails and pavilions where visitors can enjoy outdoor refreshments.


Oct. 13, 2014 Saporta Report  

CARE President Helene Gayle to step down as its CEO by July 1, 2015 

Maria Saporta reports that after serving as president and CEO of CARE since April 2006, Helene Gayle has informed her colleagues that will be stepping down on July 1, 2015 – at the end of the international organization’s fiscal year. Gayle wrote an email to her staff late last week explaining that she wanted to give the board enough time to begin a search “and avoid any long lapses in leadership for CARE.” 


Oct. 13, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Luckie & Co. expands in Gwinnett, plans to add 40 jobs

Carla Caldwell reports that Luckie & Company has opened a new office in Duluth that will serve as the Atlanta headquarters for the Birmingham-based advertising and marketing solution agency. The company already had an office in Gwinnett. Luckie’s move to 3100 Breckinridge Blvd. more than doubles its 3,600-square-foot footprint in the county. Luckie plans to grow from its current seven employees in Gwinnett to 50, the company said.


Oct. 13, 2014 Rome News-Tribune

Production resumes at Daiki plant in Adairsville after Jan. 30, 2013 tornado

Doug Walker reports that it was an unusually warm day. Adairsville Daiki plant employee Greg Ogle recalls that he knew something was wrong the morning of Jan. 30, 2013, when he got dressed to go to work. A couple of hours later he was huddled under a table in the break room as half of the huge plant was being flattened by a tornado. This past Thursday, though, Daiki officials had ribbon-cutting ceremonies to formally re-open the plant 20 months after the storm. The Adairsville plant is a joint venture of primary shareholders from Daiki Industrial, Komatsu America, and Nittetsu Shoji.


Oct. 13, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Michelle Nunn raises $4.15 million in third quarter

Daniel Malloy reports that Michelle Nunn’s prodigious fundraising reached new heights with a $4.15 million third quarter haul, according to the Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful’s campaign. Fundraising reports through Sept. 30 are due this week. The Nunn campaign did not reveal how much it spent — it’s bound to be a lot, given her heavy television advertising pace — or how much cash it had on hand at the beginning of the month.




Oct. 10, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta hitting home equity lines again

Michael Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta homeowners are again starting to hit the home ATM – but nothing like the heyday of the housing bubble. The number of home equity lines of credit being “originated” – or opened – in Atlanta jumped 38.7 percent during the past year to a total of 10,674, according to a study released Thursday by RealtyTrac, a real estate data company.


Oct. 10, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes - October 2014

Susan Percy reports that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has named Georgia State Rep. B.J. Pak (R-Lilburn) to its Rising Stars Program. He was one of four individuals selected. The RNC began the Rising Stars Program last year to recognize conservative leaders throughout the country who are making a name for themselves within the Republican Party.


Oct. 10, 2014 GPB

High Tides And Sea Level Rise Threaten Georgia's Coast

Gabrielle Ware reports that a report released Wednesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists examines how rising sea levels threaten to disrupt coastal communities. The report, called "Encroaching Tides," says that high tides plus rising sea levels can be a dangerous combination. Flooding on some scale occurs about ten times a year in the Savannah area, according to the report.


Oct. 10, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gentiva Health Services sold to Kindred, moving HQ to Louisville

Staff reports that Kindred Healthcare Inc. will buy Atlanta-based home health, hospice and community care services company Gentiva Health Services Inc. in a $1.8 billion deal. As part of the sale, Gentiva’s (NASDAQ: GTIV) headquarters will move to Kindred’s home base in Louisville, Ky. The company said it will keep a “significant, regional presence” in Atlanta.


Oct. 10, 2014 Saporta Report

Georgia Tech's graduate planning program ranked no. 5 nationally

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Maria Saporta reports that Georgia Tech’s Master of City and Regional Planning is building its national stature. Planetizen, an online publication that caters to urban and regional planning professionals  has just released its top schools for urban planners. 


Oct. 10, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

People Express unsure when flights will resume

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that People Express is unsure when it will resume flights, after suspending operations late last month. The start-up operation, which had launched flights from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to its mini-hub at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia in August, had initially planned to resume flights Oct. 16.


Oct. 10, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sources: Atlanta healthcare tech firm Ingenious Med to sell for $110M

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Ingenious Med, an Atlanta health care technology firm, is expected to sell for about $110 million. The acquirer is said to be North Bridge Venture Partners, a growth equity firm with more than $3.2 billion in capital under management, and offices in Menlo Park, Calif. and Waltham, Mass.


Oct. 10, 2014 WABE

​What Do Turner's Layoffs Mean For Atlanta?

Michell Eloy reports, Turner Broadcasting has been synonymous with Atlanta for decades, with stations like CNN, HLN and TNT all based here. But with the announcement of more than 900 job cuts in Atlanta, preceded by plans to move more anchors to New York, what does Turner’s reorganization mean for the area?


Oct. 10, 2014 New York Times

Why Georgia May Be Bluer Than It Appears

Nate Cohn reports that for all the hype about “Purple Texas,” the real front in the Democratic demographic offensive is Georgia. No other plausibly competitive state has seen a more favorable shift for Democrats in the racial composition of eligible voters over the last decade. The pace of demographic change is so fast that Michelle Nunn, a Democrat, is locked in a tight race against the Republican David Perdue for an open Senate seat — even with an off-year electorate that is favorable for the G.O.P.


Oct. 10, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Ending Spending to drop another $2 million against Michelle Nunn

Daniel Malloy reports that Ending Spending Action Fund is back for the final stretch. The conservative Super PAC that has pounded Democrat Michelle Nunn for much of the year is putting up another $2 million on a two-week television and radio advertising buy, The Washington Post reports today. The group told the Post that it will stay active through Election Day.




Oct. 9, 2014

Deal: September revenues up 5 percent 

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of September totaled $1.81 billion for an increase of $86.25 million, or 5 percent, compared to the month-ended September 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $4.69 billion, an increase of $211.25 million, or 4.7 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year when net tax revenues totaled $4.48 billion through September.


Oct. 9, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Falling Back - Gladly!

Susan Percy writes, hello, October. A hearty welcome to Real Fall – much better than the Faux Fall that starts officially on the first University of Georgia football Saturday but can still feel tired and sticky. Glad to have this best-of-all months back. I love its jam-packed schedule, its energy and its cool, slightly crisp mornings likely to be followed by turn-the-AC-back-on-right-this-minute afternoons. 


Oct. 9, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Deal: 'It's time to move dirt'

Mary Carr Mayle reports that $706 million Savannah Harbor Expansion Project cleared its last major hurdle Wednesday morning, as Gov. Nathan Deal played host in Atlanta to federal and state partners for the signing of the cost-sharing agreement to deepen the Savannah River channel from 42 to 47 feet.


Oct. 9, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FTC hits AT&T with $105 million fine for unlawful billing

Jamal Andress reports that Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that AT&T will pay a $105 million fine for what it calls mobile cramming. Mobile cramming is defined by the FTC as "a longtime scam in which consumers' phone bills are used as a vehicle for unauthorized charges placed by third parties." The FTC alleges that AT&T charged its customers millions of dollars in monthly fees – usually $9.99 per month – for ringtones, horoscopes, fun facts and the like without those customers' authorization.


Oct. 9, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CDC to start enhanced Ebola screening at Atlanta airport, four others

Staff reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it and the Department of Homeland Security will launch enhanced entry screening for Ebola at five U.S. airports, including Atlanta. New York's JFK International Airport will begin the new screening on Saturday. The enhanced entry screening at Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O'Hare, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be implemented next week.


Oct. 9, 2014 WABE

Wait, Why Is the CDC in Atlanta?

Stephannie Stokes reports, while the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa hasn't spread anywhere near Atlanta, it still has brought our city into the headlines.  That's because organizations in our region have become leaders in the fight against it. One of these is, of course, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – or the CDC.


Oct. 9, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Former Google exec, UGA graduate to head Vonage

Christopher Seward reports that Alan Masarek, a former Google executive and University of Georgia graduate, is joining Internet phone service provider Vonage as chief executive officer. Masarek, also will join Holmdel, N.J.-based Vonage’s board of directors. He is replacing Marc Lefar, who is retiring.


Oct. 9, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta startup Voxa raises $2.5M to make e-mail "smarter"

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that an Atlanta startup wants to make email smarter for businesses. Voxa is developing software that helps separate the signal from the noise by measuring, monitoring and controlling email activity. By doing so, Voxa hopes to make employees more efficient and responsive, identify customer problems early and help sales team work more deals in less time.


Oct. 9, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Huntsman starts to hire for Augusta plant

Tim Rausch reports that the Georgia Department of Labor said Wednesday that it will aid Huntsman Pigments recruit about 100 workers for its new manufacturing facility. Georgia Department of Labor said Wednesday that it will help Huntsman Pigments recruit about 100 workers for its new manufacturing facility under construction near the Augusta Regional Airport.


Oct. 9, 2014 Saporta Report

Georgia Tech’s graduate planning program ranked No. 5 nationally 

Maria Saporta reports that Georgia Tech’s Master of City and Regional Planning is building its national stature. Planetzin, an online publication that caters to urban and regional planning professionals  has jus released its top schools for urban planners. Georgia Tech has climbed from No. 8 to No. 5 in the country since the last edition was published in 2012. 


Georgia Tech’s Master of City and Regional Planning is building its national stature.

Planetzin, an online publication that caters to urban and regional planning professionals  has jus released its top schools for urban planners.

Georgia Tech has climbed from No. 8 to No. 5 in the country since the last edition was published in 2012.

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Oct. 9, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A bitter feud over ethics — and other hard-of-hearing stories from Perry

Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway report that in between the boos and cheers at the Perry wrasslin’ — er, gubernatorial — match, there was a particularly brutal exchange between Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter over the ethics complaints dogging his first term. It started when Deal was asked why voters should trust him to overhaul the ethics commission.



Oct. 8, 2014 Wall Street Journal

Rising Jobless Rates Are a Southern Mystery

Cameron McWhirter and Ben Leubsdorf report that a sharp uptick in jobless numbers across a slew of Southern states has baffled economists and rattled at least one big political race. It has also raised an unusual question: Is the trend real? When the Labor Department last month said Georgia’s unemployment rate had jumped to 8.1% in August, making it the worst state for joblessness in the country, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Jason Carter seized on the news.


Oct. 8, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

40 Under 40

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that it takes more than a commitment to a job, more than a willingness to work hard from 9 to 5, more even than phenomenal career success to make it onto Georgia Trend's list of 40 Under 40. To be recognized as one of our state's best and brightest, you must demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of people in your community and making your corner of the world a better place to live.


Oct. 8, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta fighting to stay at Love Field

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that an attorney for Delta Air Lines has fired off a strongly-worded letter to Dallas, Texas objecting to its ouster from Dallas Love Field. Kenneth Quinn, an attorney for Pillsbury representing Delta, wrote to the city of Dallas that denying Delta access to the airport “violates the City’s obligations” and other commitments. The letter also raised the possibility of legal action by Delta.


Oct. 8, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Tech entrepreneur speaks at GRU Innovation Summit

Jenna Martin reports that five years ago, Dirk Brown – the CEO of a digital media technology company – started looking for a big problem in the marketplace to solve. The dilemma: viewers didn’t want to pay for content, nor did they like ads. That resulted in diminishing revenue streams for online publishers and advertisers. But if the content became tailored and more relevant to an individual, the problem could be solved.


Oct. 8, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Floquip plans $7 million expansion in Midway Industrial Park 

Staff reports that Liberty County's largest private employer, SNF Floquip, has announced plans for a $7 million expansion that will double its manufacturing facility in the Midway Industrial Park to 160,000 square feet. Floquip manufactures water-soluble polymer feed equipment used to optimize delivery of the SNF chemical polymers produced in Riceboro. 


Oct. 8, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home price rise fourth-fastest in Atlanta

Michael Kanell reports that Atlanta area home prices tied for the fourth-largest rise during the past year, according to a report issued Tuesday.Metro Atlanta prices were up 9 percent in August, compared to the same month a year ago, despite a 0.1 percent decline during August of 2014, said CoreLogic, a California-based real estate data and analysis company.


Oct. 8, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia gets $1.78M in Shire Pharmaceuticals settlement

Staff reports that Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC will pay $56.5 million, including $1.78 million to Georgia Medicaid, to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act as a result of its marketing and promotion of several drugs. Shire, a Dublin, Ireland-based company that has its U.S. headquarters in Wayne, Pa., makes and sells pharmaceuticals, including Adderall XR, Vyvanse, and Daytrana, which are approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Pentasa and Lialda, which are approved for the treatment of mild to moderate active ulcerative colitis.


Oct. 8, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett SAT scores fall, but still top state, national averages

Keith Farner reports that SAT scores are down across the board in Gwinnett, Georgia and the nation, while participation in the college entrance exam is up, according to scores release on Tuesday by the College Board. In Gwinnett County Public Schools, SAT results were down eight points, while the state dropped seven points and scores across the country were down one point for the class of 2014. Yet the Gwinnett average was well above the Georgia avera of 1,445 and the national average of 1,497.


Oct. 8, 2014 Athens Banner Herald

Athens OKs Sunday voting

Kelsey Cochran reports that Athens-Clarke County is the latest county in Georgia to schedule Sunday voting. The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of opening the election headquarters downtown on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1-5 p.m.


Oct. 8, 2014 Macon Telegraph 

Enthusiastic crowd flocks to hear Nunn, Perdue spar

Mike Stucka reports that U.S. Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue seemed to feel right at home in Tuesday’s debate in Perry, but that didn’t stop them from dishing out insults and attacks.The debate at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter brought Perdue, a Republican, and Nunn, a Democrat, back to Houston County, a home turf of sorts. There was little evidence of support for Libertarian Amanda Swafford who, polls suggest, could force the race into a runoff election.


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Oct. 8, 2014 GPB

Non-Partisan Group Calls for Stepping Up Processing of Voter Registration Applications

Claire Simms reports that members and supporters of The New Georgia Project are calling on the state to process voter registration applications in the next seven days. The non-partisan organization formed last fall to register voters all over the state. But they say the state has not processed nearly half of the more than 80 thousand applications they've turned in.


Oct. 8, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Nathan Deal out raises Jason Carter in third quarter

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign for governor raised more than $3 million in the last three months, and he has about $2.8 million left in the tank for the final stretch in his race against Gov. Nathan Deal. The governor’s campaign reported raising $5.1 million this quarter but had less money on hand than the Democrat. He reported $2.6 million in his campaign coffer. 



Oct. 7, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Turner Broadcasting cutting about 1,475 jobs

Christopher Seward reports that Turner Broadcasting Systetms Inc. will cut its workforce by about 10 percent, or 1,475 workers, in the coming weeks through layoffs, buyouts and other measures, the company announced Monday. Atlanta-based Turner, which is owned by Time Warner, said 975 of the job reductions will be in metro Atlanta, which is taking the brunt of the cuts. In addition to TNT, Turner’s holdings include CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, truTV, HLN and other networks and online sites.


Oct. 7, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Jet operating under Delta name bumped by plane at JFK

Carla Caldwell reports that a  jet operating under the Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) name was bumped from behind by a Royal Jordanian flight Sunday while waiting on the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, CBS News is reporting. The incident involved a Royal Jordanian flight from Amman, Jordan, which had 159 passengers, and a Chautauqua Airlines flight (owned by Republic Airways and operating under the Delta name) that had 50 people on board, CBS News said.


Oct. 7, 2014 Georgia Health News

Grady appeals to public in battle over contract

Andy Miller reports that Charles Armbrust had severe headaches from what was eventually diagnosed as a brain aneurysm. He received surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. “Grady saved my life – that’s the bottom line,’’ said the former patient. A video of a tearful Armbrust expressing his gratitude for his medical care is posted on a Grady web page describing problems that the health system says it’s experiencing in reaching a new contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia. Armbrust’s insurer is Blue Cross. 


Charles Armbrust had severe headaches from what was eventually diagnosed as a brain aneurysm. He received surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

“Grady saved my life – that’s the bottom line,’’ said the former patient.

A video of a tearful Armbrust expressing his gratitude for his medical care is posted on a Grady web page describing problems that the health system says it’s experiencing in reaching a new contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia. Armbrust’s insurer is Blue Cross.

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Oct. 7, 2014

Deal: PolyTech Fibers to create 114 jobs in Murray County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that PolyTech Fibers LLC, a Georgia-based polyester fiber manufacturer, will create 114 jobs and invest more than $12 million into its first manufacturing facility over the next three years in Murray County.  “PolyTech Fibers is an excellent addition to our state’s manufacturing sector, an industry that employs more than 360,000 Georgians,” said Deal.


Oct. 7, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Impact of split on Hewlett-Packard’s metro Atlanta operations unrevealed

Christopher Seward reports that just how Hewlett-Packard’s metro Atlanta operations will be affected by the decision to split its business was not immediately known hours after the company’s announcement Monday. The company said it was creating two publicly traded companies: HP Inc., which will comprise its personal computers and printing businesses; and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which will comprise its enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services business.


Oct. 7, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Local hospitals make preparations for Ebola

Kristi Reed reports that a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States, local hospital officials say they are ready should the virus make its way to Gwinnett. "Our associates are in a constant state of readiness and preparedness when it comes to treating and caring for patients impacted by infections diseases," Gwinnett Medical Center spokesperson Beth Hardy said.


Oct. 7, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Old Academy of Richmond County to serve Augusta's

Jenna Martin reports that after sitting mostly vacant for 20 years, the old Academy of Richmond County on Telfair Street will soon be revived as a learning institution for innovators. On Nov. 1, tech hot spot the will move from its Broad Street storefront into the structure at 540 Telfair St., which opened as a school in 1802 and has served as gallery space during the Westobou Festival.


Oct. 7, 2014 WABE

Campaign Targets Korean American Voters in Gwinnett

Martha Dalton report that Monday was the last day to register to vote before next month’s election. With some tight races in Georgia this year, voter registration groups have ramped up their efforts. One group tried to sign up thousands of Korean Americans in Gwinnett County. Volunteers stand outside a Korean supermarket in Duluth. They’re trying to catch the attention of potential voters. “Are you registered to vote?” They ask in Korean and English. “Are you 18 or older?” A lot of shoppers avoid eye contact and keep walking. But a few dozen do sign up. It’s all part of a campaign by a group called Asian Americans Advancing Justice.  Their goal is to register 10,000 Korean American voters in Gwinnett. 


Oct. 7, 2014 Saporta Report

If the U.S. Senate race and the governor’s race end up in run-offs, Georgia will be in nation’s spotlight 

Maria Saporta reports that group of well-respected political observers said Monday there was a strong possibility that both Georgia’s U.S. Senate race and governor’s race could end up in run-offs after the Nov. 4 election. And if that happens, it could become a totally confusing situation for voters. Now if Georgia’s U.S. Senate race ends up in a run-off and control of the Senate is on the bubble after the Nov. 4 election, Georgia could end up being the most closely watched state in the nation until the Jan. 6 run-off.


Oct. 7, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Four thoughts at the four-week mark until Election Day

Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein report that today oday marks four weeks until Election Day, and the final day to register to vote in order to participate. So we thought it was a good opportunity to step back and give four thoughts on the state of play for Georgia’s heated governor and U.S. Senate races. 1. The governor’s race is proving to be closer than the Senate race. A series of polls have shown the governor’s race within the margin of error, while Republican David Perdue has a small but steady edge in the Senate contest.



Oct. 6, 2014 GPB

Georgia Searches for Ways to Reduce Healthcare Provider Shortage

Gabrielle Ware reports that the Georgia House Study Committee on Medical Education is searching for ways to address a shortage of healthcare professionals. Georgia is expected to rank 50th in primary physician care per capita by the year 2020. Medical experts met at Mercer University Thursday to discuss how to keep medical students in Georgia after graduation and the lack of primary care physicians.




Oct. 6, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Starting Early

Susan Percy reports that child’s play is actually hard work – and important work at that. Playing with blocks? Fun, sure, but also good for building crucial math skills. Playing dress-up and make-believe? A key part of early literacy. “What we know about young children is that their work is to play,” says Patsy Ward, director of early learning at the Children’s School in Atlanta’s Midtown. 


Oct. 6, 2014

Alana Shepherd and Paula Wallace Named 2015 Georgia Trustees

Staff reports that the Georgia Historical Society announced that Alana Smith Shepherd and Paula S. Wallace will be the latest inductees to the Georgia Trustees at the annual Trustees Gala in February 2015. Alana Shepherd is co-founder of Shepherd Center, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta, specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury and other neurological conditions. Paula Wallace is the president and co-founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), an accredited, nonprofit, degree-granting university established in 1978. 


Oct. 6, 2014 Georgia Health News

Narrow networks: Many upset as insurers exclude favorite providers

Andy Miller reports that months after she first read it, Vera Brown of Augusta is still upset about a letter she received from her health insurer.UnitedHealthcare wrote to notify her that it was dropping Dr. Sean Lynch, her physician, from its Medicare Advantage doctor network. “I’ve been with Dr. Lynch for years,’’ says Brown, 67, a registered nurse. “He treats me like his mother.”


Oct. 6, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

GeoVax developing two Ebola vaccines

Staff reports that GeoVax Labs Inc., an Atlanta company developing an HIV vaccine, has turned its attention to Ebola. The company announced a program to develop vaccines to prevent Ebola infection, and it plans to make them available by 2016. GeoVax (OTC QB: GOVX) will collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and its experts and Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) facilities for testing vaccine responses against lethal hemorrhagic viruses. It noted Ebola naturally infects animals including bats, creating a reservoir of Ebola that, like rabies, cannot be eradicated completely.


Oct. 6, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

4 Gwinnett auto dealerships included in Berkshire buyout

Christopher Seward reports that four Gwinnett auto dealerships soon will be under new ownership. Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the investment company founded by billionaire Warren Buffett, announced Thursday it will acquire Van Tuyl Group, the nation’s largest privately-owned auto dealership group.


Oct. 6, 2014

Gainesville, Braselton, Suwanee among communities tapped by state for PlanFirst designation

Ken Stanford reports that Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) says ten Georgia communities - including Gainesville, Braselton and Suwanee - have received statewide distinction in a new program recognizing excellence in community planning. Athens-Clarke County, Coweta County, Johnson County, Jones County and the cities of Madison, Vienna and Woodstock are also included. DCA says each have each achieved the state's first-ever "PlanFirst" designation, which acknowledges communities that have a proven track record of implementing their plan and a history of good plan development.


Oct. 6, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Global shipping company opens Gwinnett facility

Staff reports that on Friday, local officials, business leaders and industry experts celebrated the opening of the North American headquarters of United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) in Peachtree Corners. The global shipping company’s Gwinnett facility is expected to create 160 new jobs, representing a more than $10 million investment in the local community.


Oct. 6, 2014

Talking and driverless cars around the corner

Phil Bolton reports that auto industry is developing so quickly that he expects cars to talk with each other to avoid accidents in the near future, Don Laking, production manager at Mando Corp. in the Meriwether County Industrial Park, told members of the Korea Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce Inc.’s board of directors during a recent tour of company’s facilities.    


Oct. 6, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Indian tractor giant amasses more stock in AGCO

David Allison reports that one of India's most influential business women is continuing to boost her ownership in agricultural equipment maker AGCO Corp. In the past few days, India's Tractor And Farm Equipment Ltd., or TAFE -- the third-largest tractor maker in the world -- has plowed another $44 million into the stock in Duluth, Ga.-based AGCO (NYSE: AGCO), the eighth-largest public company headquartered in Georgia. 


Oct. 6, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

What to watch as state fundraising figures roll in

Greg Bluestein reports that campaign disclosures for state candidates began trickling in this week, offering a glimpse of their bank accounts in the final weeks of the race. Here’s a few things we’re watching as the latest numbers roll in. (The federal disclosures, we should note, are expected next week.) Can Gov. Nathan Deal bounce back? Democrat Jason Carter stunned Georgia’s political world when he raised more than $2 million in the second quarter, outpacing the Republican incumbent’s fundraising machine, which had collected roughly $1.3 million. 



Oct. 3, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens ranks high in tourism, notes UGA professor

Kelsey Cochran reports that tourism generated more than 2,500 jobs and $50 million in payroll last year, according to figures from the U.S. Travel Association cited at the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau's annual meeting on Thursday. The tourism industry also contributed $7.11 million and $9.53 million in local and state tax revenue, respectively, noted the figures.


Oct. 3, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: Picking up speed

Jeffrey Humphreys writes, in the first decade of the new millennium, Georgia lost nearly 200,000 – or four out of every 10 – manufacturing jobs. Since 2010, however, there have been some major project announcements in Georgia, bolstering prospects for job growth in aircraft (Gulfstream), automobile (Kia and its growing roster of suppliers), construction equipment (Caterpillar), flooring (Engineered Floors, Beaulieu International Group, Surya), chemical (Southern Ionics, Otsuka Chemical) and appliance manufacturing (Keurig Green Mountain).


Oct. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Survey finds Atlanta business owners cautiously optimistic

David Markiewicz reports that small and midsize Atlanta business owners expect relatively modest gains in hiring and take a cautious view on their near-term sales and profits, according to a new survey from PNC.One in six businesses here plans to add new full-time workers in the next six months, according to the biannual survey done by the bank.


Oct. 3, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Tokyo-based company bringing 170 jobs to Gwinnett

Staff reports that a Tokyo-based manufacturer of personal use cleaning products has announced the opening of its U.S. manufacturing operations in the City of Peachtree Corners. “When internationally-based businesses such as Haso USA choose Georgia, it shows the strength of our No. 1 business climate’s reputation on a global scale,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a released statement.


Oct. 3, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gwinnett car dealerships part of Berkshire Hathaway purchase

Staff reports that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. bought the Van Tuyl Group, the nation’s largest privately-owned auto dealership group whose local holdings include Gwinnett Place Ford, Gwinnett Place Lincoln, Gwinnett Place Nissan and Mall of Georgia Ford. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Oct. 3, 2014 Covington News

General Mills Covington layoffs unknown

Bryan Fazio reports that no announcements have been made from General Mills concerning layoffs at the Covington plant. The Minneapolis based company, which employs about 43,000 full-time and part-time employees, announced it will cut approximately 700-800 jobs. In a Sept. 18 form 8-K filing, which is a form used to notify investors of an event important to shareholders or the SEC, General Mills announced several multi-year restructuring initiatives, including Project Catalyst.


Oct. 3, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Custom-made corrections buses roll off Blue Bird line in Fort Valley

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Linda S. Morris reports that a number of state and Middle Georgia officials gathered Thursday at the Blue Bird plant to help celebrate the company’s recent completion of five custom-made buses for the Georgia Department of Corrections. The “Georgians supporting Georgians” event included a partial tour of the enormous bus manufacturing plant on Ga. 49. It was attended by several elected officials including Gov. Nathan Deal, who made several stops Thursday in Houston and Peach counties.


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Oct. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Weather Channel sheds 40 workers in creating division

Christopher Seward reports that the Weather Channel has reduced its staff by about 40 employees across several cities after consolidating some operations to create a product and technology division. The new division will be responsible for providing the company’s commercial and individual users with the latest weather-centered products and technologies, according to internal communications.


Oct. 3, 2014 Georgia Health News

Commentary: A state in poor health

Andy Miller reports that Georgia ranks near the bottom in various health measurements nationally. And the state also doesn’t fare well on its rates of poverty, high school graduation and unemployment. In a new Commentary, Dr. Harry Heiman of Morehouse School of Medicine says the state’s leaders must adopt new policies to improve these statistics – and improve the health of vulnerable Georgians. 


And the state also doesn’t fare well on its rates of poverty, high school graduation and unemployment.

In a new Commentary, Dr. Harry Heiman of Morehouse School of Medicine says the state’s leaders must adopt new policies to improve these statistics – and improve the health of vulnerable Georgians.

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And the state also doesn’t fare well on its rates of poverty, high school graduation and unemployment.

In a new Commentary, Dr. Harry Heiman of Morehouse School of Medicine says the state’s leaders must adopt new policies to improve these statistics – and improve the health of vulnerable Georgians.

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Oct. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Libertarian Andrew Hunt to pick up a Nathan Deal rival’s support

Greg Bluestein reports that Libertarian Andrew Hunt’s campaign for governor is set to receive the endorsement of former Dalton Mayor David Pennington, who tried to rally tea party supporters to his side in a failed GOP primary challenge against Gov. Nathan Deal in May. Pennington plans to announce his support for Hunt at a press conference scheduled Friday in a move that could bolster the third-party candidate’s plan to play spoiler in this year’s race for governor.



Oct. 2, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Lawsuits over alleged Plant Scherer contamination dismissed

Oby Brown reports that lawsuits filed on behalf of dozens of Monroe County residents over the alleged release of toxic contaminants have been dismissed. The suits were filed in DeKalb County last year by attorneys representing more than 100 current or former Monroe County residents.


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Oct. 2, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Ether and other myths

Neely Young writes Andrea Barrett’s Archangel is a short story in which a popular science writer in the 1920s tries to explain Einstein’s new theory of relativity. That theory contradicted the belief in what was called the “ether of space,” which caused many disruptions in the spiritural world.


Oct. 2, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pope & Land pitches industrial project in Coweta County

J. Scott Trubey reports that development firm has submitted plans for a massive industrial campus near the Newnan-Coweta County Airport, about 40 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta. Pope & Land Enterprises, a long-time player in metro area mixed-use development, has proposed a project called Bridgeport Industrial, a more than 1,000-acre complex for manufacturing, research and design, warehousing and offices.


Oct. 2, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

$140M hotel and water park planned in Jasper

Staff reports that Mount Vernon, N.Y.-based developer Port Royal Holdings LLC plans a $140 million hotel and family entertainment development in Jasper, Ga. “Port Royal Resort” would include a 400-room hotel, 25,000-square-foot conference center and 75,000-square-foot water park and family entertainment center on the southbound side of APD Highway 515.


Oct. 2, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

$750,000 grant will be used to recruit airline to Columbus

Tony Martin reports that marking the first anniversary of his arrival as director of Columbus Airport, Richard Howell acknowledged the “nice present” he received Wednesday in the form of a $750,000 federal grant. That money, he said, will be used to recruit a new airline to the city, with a portion of the cash acting as a carrot of sorts. The airport will offer a “revenue guarantee” that will fund any shortfall a carrier experiences in its passenger loads as it gets up and running.


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Oct. 2, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Visitors expected to spend $4 million in October in Augusta

Jenna Martin reports that visitors to Augusta are expected to spend more than $4 million in October. The 800 people attending the Georgia After School & Youth Development from Oct. 6-10 is expected to bring in $922,000 in direct visitor spending. 


Oct. 2, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Notre Dame to name first school in a century after ex-Coke exec Keough

Christopher Seward reports that the University of Notre Dame announced Wednesday it is establishing its first college or school in nearly a century and naming it for Donald Keough, former president and chief operating officer of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. The Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs will conduct research on international development, peace, human rights and governance. The school will offer a master’s degree in global affairs and support dual-degree programs and undergraduate programs.


Oct. 2, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Huge industrial development planned for Coweta

Staff reports that Pope & Land Enterprises Inc. units P&L Bridgport I LP and P&L Bridgport II LP want to develop 1,064 acres in Coweta County into a massive industrial complex that will include 7 million square feet of manufacturing space. It also would include 294,000 square feet for research and design, 120,000 square feet for training, 736,000 square feet for warehousing and 100,000 square feet for corporate offices, according to a filing with the state.


Oct. 2, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Political Notebook: Congressman calls for repeal of franking privilege

Kristi Reed reports that Rep. Rob Woodall said it is time Congress plays by the same rules as the people they represent. Woodall, along with Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) has introduced legislation to repeal the congressional franking privilege which allows members of Congress to send mail with a signature in lieu of postage and reimburse the Postal Service at a later date. 



Oct. 2, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Democrats buy a TV edge in Georgia races for U.S. Senate, governor

Daniel Malloy reports that Democrats seized the broadcast television ad spending advantage in Georgia’s U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races in mid-September, according to a new analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project. The raw numbers from Kantar Media/CMAG go like this: From Sept. 12-25, there have been 4,945 total ads in the Senate race. Of that sum, 2,780 favored Michelle Nunn and 2,165 favored David Perdue.



Oct. 1, 2014 GPB

Georgia Campuses Go Smoke Free October 1

Claire Simms reports that all 33 campuses under the University System of Georgia will be smoke free starting October 1, 2014. The smoking ban includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes and even e-cigarettes.


Oct. 1, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

40 Under 40

Christy Simo and Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy report that for the 18th year, Georgia Trend presents a group of 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40 - the state's best and brightest. The honorees represent business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, conservation and education. 


Oct. 1, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta Air Lines directed to leave Dallas Love Field

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines has been told it must leave Dallas Love Field, after months of efforts to expand at the airport long dominated by Southwest Airlines. A letter from the director of aviation for Dallas said the city “has acknowledged that Delta cannot be accommodated at Dallas Love Field after the expiration of the current sublease with American Airlines.” Delta had been seeking to use gate space from United Airlines.


Oct. 1, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Asama adding Georgia jobs

Phil W. Hudson reports that Asama Coldwater Manufacturing Inc. will expand in Warrenton, Ga., creating 40 jobs at a new machining and painting facility.The new 80,000-square-foot facility will be adjacent to ACM’s 203,000-square-foot foundry. The new jobs will specialize in robotics, CNC Machining and precision inspection, as well as other manufacturing and machinery operations.


Oct. 1, 2014

Ireland the launch pad for Don Panoz's 'Fairy Tale'

Phil Bolton reports that success stories of Irish immigrants to the U.S. abound. But Don Panoz’s emigrant tale of how he quit the U.S. to realize his dream in Ireland is a one-of-a-kind “fairy tale,” as he calls it. In the decidedly Irish pub atmosphere of Ri Ra in midtown, Mr. Panoz recounted his tale at a Sept. 11 luncheon of Atlanta's Irish Chamber opposite a stern portrait of Flannery O’Connor, a Georgia writer with decidedly Irish roots, looked on.    


Oct. 1, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

​New Georgia law lures potential employer

Russell Grantham reports that a young Boston payments processor has become the first company to apply for a new type of bank charter in Georgia that the state hopes will bolster one of its key industries: the companies that run the financial pipelines behind all those zillions of credit card transactions. 


Oct. 1, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Global Payments buys FIS gaming business   

Staff reports that Global Payments Inc. will buy Fidelity National Information Services FIS’ gaming assets from Certegy Check Services Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The deal expected to close during the fourth quarter of Atlanta-based Global Payments’ 2015 fiscal year.


Oct. 1, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Corps of Engineers, state of Georgia to sign harbor deepening agreement Oct. 8

Mary Carr Mayle report that after more than a decade and a half, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project will finally move into its construction phase next week when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Georgia sign the last document needed to proceed — the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) that details how the project costs will be shared.


Oct. 1, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac promotes Teresa White to president of U.S. operations

Tony Adams reports that Aflac, shuffling its U.S. leadership once again after key changes a year ago, said it has promoted Teresa White to president of Aflac U.S. She succeeds Ken Janke, who returns “full time” to his position as deputy chief financial officer. White, 47, rises from chief operating officer of the supplemental health and life insurance firm, which is headquartered on Wynnton Road in Columbus. It sells policies in the U.S. and Japan, the latter comprising about 80 percent of its business.


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Oct. 1, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

It’s Sandra time: Nathan Deal’s campaign features wife in new ad

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign is re-introducing voters to his wife Sandra in a major way.The campaign’s new ad, “Driven,” features images of the former schoolteacher reading to students and crisscrossing Georgia to visit classrooms.  Her takeaway line: “I’ve shared Nathan Deal’s heart for 48 years. And he cares about the education for Georgia’s children.”




Sept. 30, 2014 Georgia Health News

Marcus Foundation gives big gift to Grady

Andy Miller reports that Grady Health System has received $30 million from the Marcus Foundation to help expand its hospital’s emergency department and its stroke and neuroscience center. t’s the second huge gift to Grady from the foundation, created by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus. Grady said Monday that $20 million of the donation would go toward building its new emergency center, while the remainder would help expand the stroke center.


Sept. 30, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Waycross/Ware County: Redirecting Progress

Kevin Hogancamp reports that while local sales tax referendums are just about as familiar in Georgia as hot summers, there was something extraordinary about a tax question posed to Ware County residents in May. The citizens in this Southeast Georgia county were asked to reconsider their decision six years earlier to allocate $1.5 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds toward the construction of a speculative building with hopes of luring a yet-to-be-determined industry to town.


Sept. 30, 2014 UGA News 

UGA researchers experiment with new uses for nutritious peanut skins

Cal Powell reports that the United States grows about 3 million metric tons of peanuts per year and uses 60 percent of that amount to make nearly 1.2 billion pounds of peanut butter. Before the legumes are ground to a spreadable consistency, machines first shake off each peanut's thin, papery skin. The skins are then thrown away. A new study from the University of Georgia published in the journal LWT - Food Science and Technology has found a way to incorporate peanut skins—which are high in antioxidants and dietary fiber—back into peanut butter.


Sept. 30, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

HoneyBaked Ham hiring 10,000 seasonal workers, 1,000 locally

Christopher Seward reports that HoneyBaked Ham, which has more than 20 locations in metro Atlanta, said it will hire 10,000 addition seasonal employees for the holidays. Kristen Lenze, a spokeswoman for the company, said HoneyBaked Ham’s 24 metro Atlanta stores will be hiring nearly 1,000 workers, around 40 additional employees per store.


Sept. 30, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Metro Atlanta bank deposits jump 7 percent to $133 billion

David Allison reports that Metro Atlanta banks' deposits jumped more than 7 percent during the past year to nearly $133 billion.New figures released Sept. 29 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for the 12 months ending June 30, 2014, show metro banks' deposit growth was much stronger than in previous years. 


Sept. 30, 2014 Georgia.Gov 

Deal: Ivy Linen Services to create 150 jobs in Fulton County 

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Ivy Linen Services, a linen management and outsourcing firm for upscale Atlanta hotels, will open in Fulton County, creating new 150 jobs and investing up to $6 million into a new facility. “Ivy Linen Services’ decision to locate in Georgia illustrates how our top-ranked workforce, cutting-edge logistics infrastructure and other assets help companies compete and flourish,” Deal said. “I look forward to the positive impact Ivy Linen Services will have on the Fulton County community and the hospitality industry, and remain confident that Georgia’s No. 1 business climate will support this innovative company for many years to come.”


Sept. 30, 2014 Saporta Report

With port deepening assured, Savannah turns to next project: More warehouses as supply absorbed 

David Pendered reports that Georgia’s ambition for the Port of Savannah to smother its competitors is evident in the latest initiative – calling on the private sector to nearly double the amount of warehouse space near Savannah. This additional warehouse space is part of a double-barreled approach to grow cargo capacity. The other aspect is a planned network of inland ports that would rival in size the Louisiana Purchase. 


Sept. 30, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NASCAR’s Bill Elliott sells land for Cumming project

Christopher Seward reports that a developer plans to build 300 upscale single-family homes in Cumming on 143 acres purchased from NASCAR champion Bill Elliott. SunBelt Atlanta/Cummings I LLC said the $120 million project, the second major project announced for the Forsyth County area in recent weeks, will be off Matt Highway, or State Route 369.


Sept. 30, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

7 Georgians on Forbes rich list, 2 new

Staff reports that Georgia landed seven, including two new names, on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the nation’s 400 wealthiest people. According to the Forbes 400, the richest Georgian is still Anne Cox Chambers, the 94-year-old daughter of James M. Cox, the media mogul who built Cox Enterprises Inc. She remains No. 29 on the list with an estimated net worth of $16.1 billion, up from $13.5 billion in 2013.


Sept. 30, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Ethics agency rejects complaint accusing Jason Carter of ‘illegal’ event

Greg Bluestein reports that the state ethics commission has dismissed a complaint filed by a former Republican lawmaker who claimed a star-studded fundraiser boosting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter is “grossly unethical and illegal.” The ethics agency said in its two-page rejection letter, which Carter’s campaign received Monday, that the event didn’t violate transparency rules because it was soliciting campaign donations for the state Democratic party and not directly benefiting Carter’s campaign.



Sept. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Some profitable Georgia companies pay no federal taxes

Russell Grantham repors that one out of six large Georgia companies haven’t paid federal taxes for at least three years — even as some booked millions of dollars in profits, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis. The AJC looked at 2011-2013 tax disclosures of Georgia’s 86 largest publicly-traded firms with at least $100 million in annual sales. 


Sept. 29, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Rethinking transportation

Ben Young writes, as cities across Georgia court younger residents with amenities such as farm-to-table restaurants and coworking spaces, I expect we’ll begin to hear a lot about transportation over the next few months – especially alternative transportation – as it gets added to the mix of must-haves for 20- and 30-somethings.


Sept. 29, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Supporting electric vehicle use

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that Georgia recently vaulted to the top of the list in electric vehicle (EV) sales by state, thanks in part to a $5,000 tax credit granted to electric vehicle drivers. That’s great news for Georgia’s environment, but where are all those drivers charging their electric vehicles?


Sept. 29, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

DirecTV shareholders vote in favor of $48.5B sale to AT&T

Danielle Abril reports that Dallas-based AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is one step closer to acquiring DirecTV, after the satellite entertainment company’s shareholders approved the $48.5 billion sale. Results showed that 99 percent of votes cast, representing 77 percent of shares, voted in favor of the deal. DirecTV announced the news at a special shareholder meeting in New York, according to a statement released by the company.


Sept. 29, 2014 WABE

Film Makers Get Drone Approval: Are Georgia Lawmakers Ready for the Expanding Technology

Denis O'Hayer reports that on Thursday, September 25, 2014, Federal officials gave six movie and TV production companies permission to use drones in their film shoots, with some restrictions.  It's a major step toward wider use of drones in commercial operations. 


Sept. 29, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Trident Refit Facility at Kings Bay will hire 600 civilians over next two years

Jared Keever reports that Trident Refit Facility at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base will hire more than 600 new civilian employees in the next two years, the commanding officer of the facility said Friday. Speaking to a group of community leaders, Navy Capt. Speaking to a group of community leaders, Navy Capt. Larry Hill said 250 of those will be new jobs brought to the area based on the facility’s projected needs. The Department of Defense has already approved budget figures that will allow him to grow the workforce from 1,400 employees to 1,650, he said.


Sept. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Padded ‘cap’ for football helmets gaining in popularity

Christopher Seward reports that increasing number of football players from leagues to colleges are strapping heavily padded, locally developed “caps” to their helmets to prevent concussions and other serious injuries. Guardian Caps were developed by Alpharetta-based Guardian Innovations LLC and is now used by around 35,000 players around the country, including many at schools in metro Atlanta and Georgia, according to co-founder Lee Hanson.


Sept. 29, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

State eyes launch of ‘Georgia Film Academy’

Ellie Hensley reports that the University System of Georgia is considering the launch of a Georgia Film Academy to educate workers for the state’s booming movie business. The Georgia Film Academy would unite film-related programs at the University System’s schools with those of the Technical College System of Georgia. The University System has launched a study that will assess workforce needs, the schools’ existing programs and the number of students entering the programs.


Sept. 29, 2014 WABE

In Ga., a father looms large in key Senate race

Bill Barrow reports that it's nothing new for a Nunn to be on the ballot in Georgia, but a casual voter might be forgiven for not knowing which one is running this year. Michelle Nunn, a 47-year-old making her first bid for office, carries the Democratic banner for an open Senate seat. Still, at many campaign stops her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, isn’t far behind, sleeves rolled up and hands extended as if he hadn’t retired in 1997 after four terms.


Sept. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Elections board says ‘no’ to Sunday voting in Macon

Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein report that a Democratic push for Sunday voting in Macon went down in flames Thursday night after a contentious meeting. The Bibb County Board of Elections voted 3-2 to reject a Democrat push for Sunday early voting, with an independent siding with the board’s two Republicans. WMAZ reports that Rinda Wilson, a Republican board member, called it a “partisan thing” engineered by local Democrats.



Sept. 26, 2014  Georgia Times-Union

Storing surface water in aquifer returns as an issue in Georgia

Walter C. Jones reports that an official with the state's environmental agency told legislators Thursday that the need for alternative sources of drinking water in Savannah is one reason for exploring a controversial practice of storing surface water underground. The comments came during a hearing of the Senate committee studying whether to reinstitute the state’s 15-year moratorium against storing water in the Floridan aquifer, which supplies most of Southeast Georgia.


Sept. 26, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Fewer Problems, Higher Profits

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that from his positions as president and CEO of First Bank of Georgia in Augusta and chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association, Remer Brinson has a great view of the business changes banks across the state are making in response to the improving economy and new industry regulations.


Sept. 26, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia industries attack EPA water rule

Dave Williams reports that representatives of a wide range of Georgia businesses charged Thursday that proposed changes to the federal Clean Water Act would hurt the state’s economy by driving up costs. Spokesmen for farmers, manufacturers, builders and utilities said a new Environmental Protection Agency rule aimed at clarifying which types of waterways should be subject to federal permitting requirements would vastly expand the law’s reach, forcing delays in job-creating projects across the state.


Sept. 26, 2014 Savannah Morning News

State of the Port: Georgia Ports Authority positioned for growth

Julia Ritchey reports that after a year of record-breaking numbers and hard-fought battles for harbor deepening funding, Savannah’s port is positioned for significant growth and could eventually eclipse the ports of New York and New Jersey to lead the east coast, the executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority said Thursday. 


Sept. 26, 2014 WABE

Is Hartsfield-Jackson's 'Busiest Airport' Title At Risk?

Michell Eloy reports that is Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at risk of losing its title as the world’s busiest airport? According to officials in Chicago, Atlanta’s decade-long reign – at least by one measure – may be coming to an end. Speaking at an aviation convention Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said O’Hare International Airport had reclaimed the title of world’s busiest airport for flight operations from Hartsfield-Jackson so far this year.


Sept. 26, 2014

Fortune names Coke director most powerful woman in Europe

Phil Bolton reports that Ana Botin, who recently was described by Fortune magazine as “the most powerful woman in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, was appointed to the board of directors of the Coca-Cola Co. last year in July.  Ms. Botin was appointed as chair of Banco Santander SA Sept. 10 almost immediately upon the death of the former chairman, her father Emilio Botin, from a fatal heart attack.


Sept. 26, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Report: Georgia No. 15 for immigrant population growth since 2010   

Carla Caldwell reports that a new report by Center for Immigration Studies finds that nearly one in six adults in the U.S. is foreign-born. The report, based on newly released Census Bureau data, also found that the nation's immigrant population (legal and illegal) grew by 1.4 million from July 2010 to July 2013. Georgia is No. 15 among states where the number of immigrants grew the most since 2010.


Sept. 26, 2014 Newnan Times Herald

Spancrete to open facility in Newnan

Clay Neely reports that Spancrete, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of precast concrete products and machinery, will soon be opening a new facility in Newnan. The facility aims to be fully operational by January 2015 and has already begun recruiting efforts for the 40 new jobs it will provide the community.


Sept. 26, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

On TV and on the stump, Jason Carter hammers away on jobs

Daniel Malloy reports that Jason Carter’s latest television ad in the governor’s race mirrors his new focus on the campaign trail — shellacking Gov. Nathan Deal on recent economic data. Our AJC colleague Jeremy Redmon was with Carter when he met with laid off workers at the Silver Skillet in Atlanta. Redmon’s dispatch notes that Carter has moved from an education emphasis to a heaping dose of economics







Sept. 25, 2014 Brunswick News

Shrimpers report successful season

Michael Hall reports that the commercial shrimping season is shaping up to be a successful year when compared to what it was in 2013, even though the harvest by historical standards would only be considered average. Bruce Collins, manager at the City Market seafood store in Brunswick, remembers how bad last year's season was and has revelled in watching the trawlers bring in loads of the tasty crustacean.


Sept. 25, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: Building up wood products

Jeffrey Humphries writes, the cyclical recovery of the nation’s housing market, supply constraints related to the mountain pine beetle in Canada and higher exports will cause production to surge in Georgia’s lumber and wood products industry. The upturn in new residential construction will exceed remodeling activity, but there will be a push from both homebuilding subsectors. 


Sept. 25, 2014 Moultrie Observer

Peanut season begins in South Georgia

Staff reports that growers are picking dryland peanuts, a crop that did not fare well this year with the prolonged dry weather. No numbers are in on production, but it’s not looking good for pounds produced or quality, said Colquitt County extension agent Jeremy Kichler. ‘As we get a littler more into the peanut crop, some of the dryland did fair. (It’s) not a bumper crop. I think we’re going to have some good peanuts. We just got started this week.’


Sept. 25, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola inks deal with new Florida bottling company

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Coca-Cola Co. inked a territories deal with the newly formed independent Coca-Cola bottling company Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Central Florida for an undisclosed amount. The Atlanta-based beverage giant (NYSE: KO) said the transition of territories in Central Florida will include Tampa/St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, Ft. Pierce, Lakeland and Sarasota.


Sept. 25, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Doraville GM plant now in hands of development team

J. Scott Trubey reports that General Motors plant in Doraville, at long last, is in the hands of a redevelopment team.Representatives of a joint venture that includes Atlanta-based The Integral Group and Macauley+Schmit, and Houston-based financial partner CAMS, said Wednesday the closing is finished. They had hoped to close the deal last week.


Sept. 25, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Camden County to see 10 percent increase in tax rate, most of which will fund development authority

Jared Keever reports that Camden County residents will see a 10 percent increase in their property tax rates when the tax bill come in the mail in about two weeks most of it fund the Joint Development Authority. County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday night in favor of a so-called rollback increase that allows the county to raise the current millage rate of 11.70 to 11.94.


Sept. 25, 2014 Gainesville Times

Hall County likely to rescind vote on prison steel contract

Joshua Silavent reports that when the Hall County Board of Commissioners meets tonight, it will likely rescind a vote made two weeks ago awarding a contract to Scroggs & Grizzel Contracting of Gainesville to provide structural steel and other construction materials for the new correctional institute. Officials now appear intent on awarding the contract to SteelTech Industries of Gainesville.


Sept. 25, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta startups making presence felt

Jenna Martin reports custom-built guitars. Text message-based photography. E-mail spam prevention. A personalized task scheduling app. All of these startup businesses originated locally, and all were pitched Wednesday during a “Demo Day” at downtown technology incubator, which held the event as a way to support and promote Augusta’s startup community as well as introduce entrepreneurs to potential investors. 


Sept. 25, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Regulators target Atlanta online shopping marketer Zhunrize

Christopher Seward reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Zhunrize Inc., an Atlanta-based business that sells online stores to members who then sell company-provided products on those sites, has been ordered to halt operations after the agency accused the company of a global pyramid scheme that allegedly has raised more than $100 million.


Sept. 25, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

NutraSweet cutting aspartame, shutting down Augusta plant

Staff reports that the NutraSweet Co. will shut down its aspartame and L-phenylalanine production plant in Augusta, Ga., by the end of 2014 as it phases out the product to focus on sales of other more profitable sweetener lines. The facility currently employs about 210 people, including contractors. The company will maintain production, sales and distribution capabilities for neotame and Twinsweet in Augusta.


Sept. 25, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why self-driving cars could soon roam Fayette’s streets

Greg Bluestein reports that the golf carts roaming the streets of Fayette County could soon be joined by driverless cars. The Fayette County Commission has adopted a resolution allowing the county to be a pilot site for the vehicles, and chair Steve Brown said he’s talked to Google about using Fayette as a test site. Now he’s hoping for a meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal to hash out the plans.



Sept. 23, 2014 Georgia Health News

Enterovirus D68 outbreak documented in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that the rare enterovirus that has caused a surge in emergency room visits nationally has been confirmed in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health said Monday that nine cases of enterovirus D68 have been identified in the state. 


Sept. 23, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive 

Dalton/Whitfield County: Positioning to maintain momentum

Scott Blusiewicz reports that fresh off an impressive year of economic development, the city of Dalton and Whitfield County are aiming to build on the positive momentum over the next several years. Famous as the self-proclaimed “Carpet Capital of the World,” the area, which is located off I-75 approximately 85 miles north of Atlanta and 25 miles south of Chattanooga, experienced a sobering economic downturn during the recession. 


Sept. 23, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Tourism revenue tops $1B in Gwinnett

Kristi Reed reports that the latest figures from the Georgia Department of Economic Developement show tourism is becoming a significant industry in Gwinnett County. In 2013, for the first time ever, tourism generated more than $1 billion in direct spending locally – a 4.8 percent increase from the previous year. 


Sept. 23, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola, peers to cut calories by 2025

Staff reports that Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. joined its soft drink-making peers in a pledge to cut the calories in soft drinks by 20 percent by 2025, Reuters reported. The calorie-cut promise was made Tuesday in at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.


Sept. 23, 2014 Rome News-Tribune

Big Time Products getting bigger

Doug Walker reports that Rome-based Big Time Products is growing again. The company is getting ready to start work on the addition of 5,000 square feet of office space to its corporate headquarters at 2 Wilbanks Road in Rome. CEO Harry Pierce said the addition will be constructed on the west side of the building and will include a new design space, a large new conference room and perhaps as many as 15 offices. The company is best known for its high performance work gloves.


Sept. 23, 2014 Independent Mail

Lake Foods expanding in Hart County

Staff reports that a food processing company that began operations in Hart County early this year is looking to expand its operations to 250 employees. The Hart County Industrial Building Authority announced late last week that Lake Foods would be expanding its operation, reaching its goal within three to five years.


Sept. 23, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Fort Valley-based Blue Bird to become public company after sale

Linda S. Morris reports that founded 87 years ago, Fort Valley-based Blue Bird Corp. is beginning a new chapter. Later this year, the school bus manufacturer founded in 1927 by Albert Luce will become a public company and its stock will be traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Blue Bird’s management team and 1,600 employees will remain, and the facility will remain in Fort Valley.


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Sept. 23, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Commercial drones will mean big business for Georgia

Dave Williams reports that soon-to-be-launched commercial drones industry will create more than 2,000 jobs in Georgia during its first three years while generating an economic impact of $379 million, an aerospace leader predicted Tuesday. The Georgia Center for Innovation for Aerospace, an arm of the state Department of Economic Development, has been working since 2009 to lay the groundwork for commercializing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Steve Justice, the center’s director, told attendees at a briefing on drones held at the Atlanta office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.


Sept. 23, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA, Iron Horse, finally find common ground

Lee Shearer reports that University of Georgia officials showed off plans Tuesday for the university’s new research farm in Greene County. Now renamed the Iron Horse Plant Sciences Farm, it honors the iconic 60-year-old sculpture surveying the 660-acre farm from atop on a knoll beside Georgia Highway 15 near the Oconee River.


Sept. 23, 2014 WABE

State's Congressional Delegation Weighs In On Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

Michell Eloy reports that members of Georgia’s congressional delegation Tuesday weighed in on the president’s decision to begin a U.S.-led airstrike campaign against Islamic militants in Syria. Hours after striking targets linked to the group calling itself the Islamic State, President Barack Obama said the U.S. “will do what is necessary” to fight the militants who’ve taken over parts of Iraq and Syria.


Sept. 23, 2014 GPB

Groups Push To Register Immigrant Voters in Georgia As Deadline Nears

Elly Yu reports that with the deadline to register less than two weeks away, Georgia voter registration groups are holding drives all across the state. Some groups are focusing on immigrant voters as the state’s demographics continue to shift. According to recent census data, nearly 1 in 10 Georgians are foreign-born. In 2013, the number of residents in Georgia born in other countries was 970,979, up from 795,419 in 2005. 



Sept. 23, 2014 WABE

Georgia Receives Mixed Results on National Education Report

Martha Dalton reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has released its latest Educational Leaders and Laggards report. The analysis grades each state in several academic areas. The report shows Georgia is leading in some and lagging in others. Developing teachers: B-. Fiscal responsibility: A. Academic Performance: D. Georgia received mixed results on the report. But Cheryl Oldham, the foundation’s Vice President of Education and Workforce, says the state has improved since 2007.


Sept. 23, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

South Georgia Harnesses the Sun

Ben Young reports that Atlanta-based Hannah Solar, a full-service design-build solar integrator, has invested big in south Georgia. Hannah is building two solar farms with nearly 7,000 panels generating 1 megawatt of power, or enough to power 400 homes, in Oglethorpe, as part of Georgia Power's Advanced Solar Initiative. 


Sept. 23, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS Store expands 3D printing services

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS Store announced it is adding 3D printing services to nearly 100 more locations, after a successful pilot program that started last year. UPS Store, a subsidiary of Sandy Springs-based UPS, started offering the 3D printing last year at six of its 4,300 locations.


Sept. 23, 2014 Saporta Report

Georgia makes strides in research, but is missing bioscience ‘focal point’ 

Maria Saporta reports that the 24 years since the founding of the Georgia Research Alliance, federally-funded research and development grants to Georgia’s universities has increased five-fold. The state’s total share of federal research funding increased to nearly 3 percent, ranking 12th and one of only five of the top 16 states that is increasing its market share. These are the findings in new report prepared by consultants for the Georgia Research Alliance that was presented to the board at its recent meeting. 


the 24 years since the founding of the Georgia Research Alliance, federally-funded research and development grants to Georgia’s universities has increased five-fold.

The state’s total share of federal research funding increased to nearly 3 percent, ranking 12th and one of only five of the top 16 states that is increasing its market share.

These are the findings in new report prepared by consultants for the Georgia Research Alliance that was presented to the board at its recent meeting.

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the 24 years since the founding of the Georgia Research Alliance, federally-funded research and development grants to Georgia’s universities has increased five-fold.

The state’s total share of federal research funding increased to nearly 3 percent, ranking 12th and one of only five of the top 16 states that is increasing its market share.

These are the findings in new report prepared by consultants for the Georgia Research Alliance that was presented to the board at its recent meeting.

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Sept. 23, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Intercontinental Exchange divests NYFIX and Metabit

Staff reports that Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (NYSE: ICE) sold NYSE Technologies units NYFIX and Metabit to ULLINK for an undisclosed amount. “This completes our goal of divesting certain non-exchange related assets from NYSE Technologies and positioning them with a more appropriate owner,” said Ben Jackson, president and chief operating officer of ICE Futures U.S. and president of NYSE Technologies.


Sept. 23, 2014 Albany Herald

Yard sale stretching 100 miles to come through Southwest Georgia

Jennifer Parks reports that those on the highway in the areas of Unadilla, Vienna, Cordele, Sylvester, Moultrie, Berlin and Quitman that happen to appreciate a yard sale have something to look forward to next month. This year’s 100 Mile Peanut Pickin’ Yard Sale, the fourth annual event, will be held on Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Churches, clubs, individuals and organizations are being invited to participate by having a yard sale or a bake sale along the route that day as a way to help earn money to fund projects.


Sept. 23, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Blue Bird school bus maker to be sold

Christopher Seward reports that Blue Bird Corp., the Fort Valley-based school bus maker, will be acquired by the Houston investment firm Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. in a deal valued at nearly $500 million.


Sept. 23, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Home Depot piloting the ‘Do-It-Yourself’ automotive business

Maria Saporta reports, from homes to cars. The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) is testing eagerly a new business opportunity – the “Do-It-Yourself” automotive segment. Carol Tomé, chief financial officer for Atlanta-based Home Depot since 2001, disclosed Monday the company’s interest during a talk to the Rotary Club of Atlanta.


Sept. 23, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett County Public Schools shares Broad Prize with Orange County Schools

Keith Farner reports that the Broad Prize has returned to Gwinnett. In a somewhat surprising announcement early Monday afternoon in New York City, Gwinnett County Public Schools was named a co-winner of a prestigious $1-million prise in urban education with Orange County Schools of Orlando (Fla.)


Sept. 23, 2014 Macon Telegraph 

Macon-Bibb to consider Sunday voting

Mark Vanderhoek reports that Macon-Bibb County will consider adding a Sunday voting day before November’s general election. The Operations and Finance Committee of the Macon-Bibb County Commission is scheduled to take up a proposal to pay for Sunday voting when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Macon-Bibb Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson was working up a cost estimate Monday to present to the committee.


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Sept. 23, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Fight for female voters intensifies in Georgia Senate campaign

Greg Bluestein reports that politics can be a contact sport, even when the candidates themselves don’t show. The supporters of Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn held dueling press conferences today on different themes near and dear to female voters in their campaigns for Georgia’s open Senate seat. For Nunn, it was an attempt to make sure the emerging gender gap, which we detailed here last week, widens. For Perdue, it was a chance to dint the notion that his female support is lacking.



Sept. 22, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia No. 1 producer of chicken

Phil W. Hudson reports that we didn’t invent the chicken, we just produce nearly 2.5 million metric tons of it annually. The Peach State is the top producer of chicken followed by Arkansas and Alabama, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If Georgia were a country it would be the seventh largest in terms of broiler chicken production.


Sept. 22, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Digging in

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that back in February 2012, the unemployment rate was 7 percent in Clarke County and 5.9 percent in Oconee County. While both of these Northeast Georgia counties could boast of lower unemployment than the state as a whole, neither did much bragging. Now economic development folks across the region can’t stop talking about their unemployment numbers.


Sept. 22, 2014 WABE 

Labor Bureau: Georgia's Unemployment Highest In The Nation

Michell Eloy reports that U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday gave Georgia some bad news in the form of its monthly employment reports for August. According the report, the state now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Georgia’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent, up from 7.7 percent in July. It’s nearly back to the 8.2 percent unemployment rate from one year ago.


Sept. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS expands to prepare for holiday shipping

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Christmas tree lots, Hickory Farms kiosks and the Pink Pig aren’t the only things set to pop up over the holidays. This year, shipping giant UPS is joining in by erecting seasonal package distribution facilities, part of an effort to expand operations and avoid the late holiday shipments of last year. UPS is investing $500 million to prepare for the holiday shipping season and expand its operations going forward, including a new mobile distribution facility in Roswell.


Sept. 22, 2014 Albany Herald

Yields diminishing for dryland peanuts

Clint Thompson reports that Georgia’s non-irrigated peanuts may have a low yield potential due to a prolonged summer drought, says University of Georgia Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort. “I think the non-irrigated acres for most of the growing area, the yield potential has definitely diminished the last three to four weeks. How much is hard to say,” Monfort said.


Sept. 22, 2014 Gainesville Times

NGMC takes steps to guard against Ebola

Jeff Gill reports that heightened concerns about the Ebola virus spreading beyond West Africa, Northeast Georgia Medical Center is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations about controlling the disease. “The likelihood of us seeing an Ebola patient at Northeast Georgia Medical Center is extremely low,” said Dr. Supriya Mannepalli, the hospital’s medical director of infectious disease. “Regardless, we have elevated our detailed preparation.”


Sept. 22, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Ironman pumps money into downtown Augusta businesses

Jenna Martin reports that revenue pumped into downtown businesses from next weekend's Ironman triathlon has already started to cycle in. Many of the more than 3,500 athletes registered for the Sept. 28 intermedix Ironman 70.3, which starts and ends downtown, have already visited Augusta at several points during the year to train for the challenging three-sport competition, according to downtown merchants.


Sept. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Developers’ purchase of Doraville plant imminent

J. Scott Trubey reports that a deal is nearly complete for a development group to buy the shuttered General Motors plant in Doraville. Representatives for the purchaser, a joint venture known as IMS, jumped the gun Friday morning with an announcement that said the group had closed on the deal. But in a statement later Friday, GM officials said the closing isn’t final. The delay in the closing is not a sign of trouble for the property sale, an IMS representative said.


Sept. 22, 2014 Business Week

The Glock Family Feud: Founder's Ex-Wife and Kids Speak Out for the First Time

Paul M. Barrett reports that Helga Glock and her adult children are gathered in a private lounge of the elegant Hotel Palais Hansen Kempinski on a stately boulevard in central Vienna.  Her daughter, Brigitte, and two sons, Gaston Jr. and Robert, perch knee-to-knee on an adjacent couch. Speaking in German via a translator, and with a lawyer listening from a seat a few feet away, they’re discussing how their lives changed in 2011. That’s when Gaston Glock Sr. cut all ties with Helga and his sons and daughter.


Sept. 22, 2014 Georgia Health News

The sex hormone link in autism: New findings

Andy Miller reports that a central fact about autism is that it's much more prevalent among males than females. Scientists at Georgia Regents University in Augusta say a sex hormone that helps protect females from stroke may also reduce their risk of autism. The researchers have found that the expression of estrogen receptor beta is significantly decreased in autistic brains. The receptor also plays a role in locomotion as well as behavior, including anxiety, depression, memory and learning.


central fact about autism is that it’s much more prevalent among males than females.

Scientists of Georgia Regents University in Augusta say a sex hormone that helps protect females from stroke may also reduce their risk of autism.

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Sept. 22, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Congressman honored as ‘Guardian of Small Business’

Kristi Reed reports that U.S. Rep. Woodall (GA-7) was recently honored by the National Federation of Independent Business for his voting record on behalf of small business owners.  


Sept. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jason Carter wants teachers pension to boost startup firms

Greg Bluestein reports that the corollary to Jason Carter’s economic plan in his bid for governor is his support for an oft-debated proposal that would give teacher pension funds more leeway to invest in Georgia’s startups. The Democrat argues in his economic pivot  that he wants teacher pensions to be able to pump funds into local startups “so long as we’re making sure that we can manage the risk in ways that make sense.” He sees it as a way to boost a state-backed effort to invest in venture capital firms that, as you’ll see in today’s AJC, has lagged.




Sept. 19, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Too much testing, state school superintendent candidates say

Lee Shearer reports that candidates in the race for Georgia’s state school superintendency agree on at least one thing: The state needs to roll back a new teacher-grading system mandated by the state legislature. Republican Richard Woods believes Georgia schools spend too much time on standardized testing to begin with. The new teacher assessment system is “very burdensome,” eating up too much teacher and administrator time, and puts too much weight on those test scores, he said. 


Sept. 19, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: The never-ending story

Bill Crane writes, elections are no longer really over when they are over. Thanks in part to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, formerly known as the State Ethics Commission, parts of an election can lie dormant or “under review” for years. 


Sept. 19, 2014 WABE

A Decade in the Making, Buckhead Atlanta Opens

Jim Burress reports that Buckhead Atlanta, a luxury development project started nearly a decade ago as "Streets of Buckhead," finally opened Thursday. As the elite and wealthy gathered for the celebration, a quartet played the Stevie Wonder song, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” It seemed fitting for a project some thought would never happen.


Sept. 19, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

56M “unique” payment cards compromised in data breach

Leon Stafford reports that Home Depot said Thursday that its recent cyber attack put an estimated “56 million unique” credit and debit cards at risk. The company said the security criminals used malware not previously seen in other attacks and that it had been present between April and September of this year.


Sept. 19, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Spanx seeking to patent a better-looking rear end

David Allison reports that Spanx Inc. wants to lock up some of the secrets to having a great looking rear end. The shape wear giant is seeking a U.S. patent for a "posterior-lifting garment" and the ways to make them, according to a patent application made public Thursday for the first time.


Sept. 19, 2014 Albany Herald, Georgia Health News

What Michelle Nunn, David Perdue have to say on rural care crisis

Andy Miller reports that rural health care – and what to do about it – has emerged as a political issue during this election year. The topic has gained traction in the wake of four rural Georgia hospitals closing in the past two years over financial difficulties. Many others have severe cash flow problems, and rural counties have an extreme shortage of primary care physicians.


Sept. 19, 2014 Rome News-Tribune, Calhoun Times

Governor: Thousands of jobs, billions in capital investment in Northwest Georgia

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday during a visit to Calhoun thousands of jobs have been created in Northwest Georgia. Deal spoke at a Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Council meeting at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center at 1282 Ga. Highway 53 SW in Calhoun. The commission is a multi-county organization consisting of 15 Northwest Georgia counties and 49 municipalities that administers the Workforce Investment Act along with other programs.


Sept. 19, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Perdue, veterans cite Obama's weak leadership

Walter C. Jones reports that Republican Senate nominee David Perdue criticized President Barack Obama for exhibiting weak leadership and not clearly defining a foreign policy Thursday, moments after hosting a roundtable discussion with senior military veterans.


Sept. 19, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Three candidates, three views on jobless rate hike

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal blamed “historically faulty” economic data and suggested politicking was behind this month’s unemployment rate hike. Democrat Jason Carter called it a sign of Deal’s failed leadership. And Libertarian Andrew Hunt used it to press a plan to eliminate more taxes. The jobless rate, which surprised many analysts by jumping to 8.1 percent in a report issued today, has sent a charge through the governor’s race. It also put Deal, a Republican who has put his economic agenda at the center of his campaign, on the defensive.




Sept. 18, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 8.1 percent

Henry Unger reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent in August from a revised 7.7 percent in July — even as the number of jobs increased and layoffs declined, the state labor department said Thursday. The labor department and many economists had been expecting the jobless rate to fall after it had risen in recent months, partly due to seasonal layoffs in schools that began operating again in August. In fact, the rate fell from July to August during the previous two years.


Sept. 18, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development: September 2014

Christy Simo writes about economic development, including Beaulieu International’s new headquarters in Bartow County and Shaw Industries Group’s expanding Evergreen facility in Catoosa County.


Sept. 18, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Jacoby Development to seek approval for massive redevelopment of Norcross plant into a mixed-use campus

Staff reports that Jacoby Development Inc. has filed plans to rezone 107 acres of the OFS Brightwave Solutions plant in Norcross and turn the campus into a giant movie studio and mixed-use project. Founder Jim Jacoby, whose projects have included the conversion of the Hapeville Ford plant into a new headquarters for Porsche Cars North America and a steel mill into Midtown’s Atlantic Station, is tackling another challenging redevelopment in the OFS site.


Sept. 18, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Kroger looks to hire 2,000 people, 150 in Middle Georgia

Linda S. Morris reports that Kroger is looking for 2,000 permanent employees throughout its Atlanta division. About 150 of those new job opportunities are available in Middle Georgia. The grocery chain is hiring for a variety of positions, including front end, deli and store clerks, according to a news release.


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Sept. 18, 2014 WABE

High-Tech Farming: How PodPonics Grows Lettuce Indoors

Stephannie Stokes reports that the scene most resembles an industrial truck yard. Airplanes are rushing overhead, taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson, just a few miles away. And the 11 acres of land in front of you are mostly empty, with exception of a few dozen shipping containers, stacked two levels high in the middle of the lot. It's hard to believe that here a farm is growing row after row of lettuce, harvesting 2,000 pounds daily. Until you step inside those containers.


Sept. 18, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Mother-daughter team from McCormick County invents barrette sold in Augusta-area Walgreens stores

Jenna Martin reports that the idea that spawned a new hair barrette now carried in Walgreens stores started with a Twitter rant. Rozalynn Goodwin, a native of McCormick County, S.C., took to the social media site to vent that the hair accessory would not stay clipped in her 4-year-old daughter’s thick hair. Fast-forward three years, and the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette by GaBBY is sold in 39 Walgreens in Georgia and South Carolina, about half of them in the metro Augusta area.


Sept. 18, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thursday is opening day for Buckhead Atlanta project

J. Scott Trubey reports that the massive $1 billion Buckhead Atlanta project will hold a grand opening ceremony on Thursday. The invitation-only event, which starts at 10:30 a.m., will feature the opening of the streets and first major wave of retailers within the development. 


Sept. 18, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Home Depot’s PR problem dwarfs Target’s after data breach

Carla Caldwell reports that the Home Depot likely benefited from suffering its major data breach after Target. YouGov's BrandIndex, which gauges daily brand perception among consumers, shows that The Home Depot's (NYSE: HD) rating fell from about 20 a week before reports of its data breach in early September ,to a score of 5 two weeks after, reports CNBC.


Sept. 18, 2014 GPB

Georgia Election Board To Move Ahead With Voter Fraud Investigation 

Claire Simms reports that the State Election Board had decided to move forward with an investigation into potential voter registration fraud. The board voted unanimously at an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon to issue an updated subpoena in the case against The New Georgia Project, a non-profit voter registration group.


Sept. 18, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State says 25 voter applications of 85,000 “confirmed” forgeries

Kristina Torres reports that investigators backed away Wednesday from allegations a Democratic-backed group may have organized voter registration fraud, saying they can confirm 25 applications of more than 85,000 submitted to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. Chief investigator Chris Harvey, however, said the office needed more information from the New Georgia Project to confirm no more fraudulent forms existed — already, it has identified another 26 applications as suspicious.







Sept. 17, 2014 WABE

The Atlanta Braves Break Ground On SunTrust Park

Michell Wirth reports that the Atlanta Braves broke ground on a new $622 million dollar stadium and adjoining mixed-use development in Cobb County today.  The Braves also unveiled the name of the future ballpark.


Sept. 17, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Energy Shakeup

Stan Awtrey reports that with Plant Vogtle under construction and Georgia Power’s expanding alternative energy portfolio, Georgia’s energy landscape is set to change dramatically.


Sept. 17, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS to open 450-employee call center in McDonough, Ga.

Tony Adams reports that credit-card and payment processor TSYS is preparing to open a customer service center in the Henry County city of McDonough, Ga., just southeast of Atlanta, employing up to 450 people. The company, headquartered in Columbus, said Tuesday it has begun hiring for the positions, with expectations to have the 62,000-square-foot facility open by November.


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Sept. 17, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CNN ordered to rehire 100 workers

Staff reports that the National Labor Relations Board ordered Atlanta-based CNN to hire back 100 workers and pay another 200 due to a labor dispute stemming from 2003, Variety reported Tuesday. NLRB found “‘overwhelming’ evidence of anti-union animus in CNN’s failure to bargain with the union about the decision to terminate the subcontracts.


Sept. 17, 2014

Deal: Chaparral Boats to create 50 jobs in Berrien County        

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Chaparral Boats will expand its existing facility, creating 50 new jobs in Berrien County. “This expansion by Chaparral Boats underscores how well Georgia’s No. 1 business climate supports existing businesses,” said Deal. “With access to a widely recognized logistics infrastructure and a highly-trained workforce, Georgia offers the tools necessary to keep companies competitive in the United States and in the global marketplace.” 


Sept. 17, 2014 Rome News Tribune

Neaton Rome announces $8 million expansion, at least 50 new jobs

Staff reports that Neaton Rome announced its fifth major expansion of their facility at 1634 Technology Parkway in Rome this morning. The company makes a variety of parts for Nissan and Honda vehicles ranging from steering wheels to airbag modules, interior and exterior trim and more.


Sept. 17, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Neovia Logistics opens facility near port

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Neovia Logistics, a global, industrial logistics company based in Irving, Texas, cut the ribbon in Savannah Monday for a new container cross dock operation for Caterpillar Inc. as part of Caterpillar's global hub-and-spoke network.


Sept. 17, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Metro Atlanta GDP rose to $307.2 billion in 2013

Jacques Couret reports that Metro Atlanta generated the 10th largest metro gross domestic product in the United States in 2013, according to data Tuesday from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Big Peach’s GDP hit $307.2 billion last year, up almost 4 percent from $296.3 billion in 2012.


Sept. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Neil Bush denounces ‘shameful’ claims linking Michelle Nunn to ‘terrorists’

Jim Galloway reports that one day after Republican David Perdue pocketed the endorsement of George H.W. Bush in the race for U.S. Senate, a son of the 90-year-old former president denounced as “shameful” and “disrespectful” Perdue-endorsed claims that a Bush-established foundation once headed by Democratic rival Michelle Nunn “gave money to organizations linked to terrorists.”


Sept. 17, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal’s latest optimistic ad claims he ‘delivered on his promise’

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign released the latest in a string of optimistic ads trumpeting the Republican’s economic policy, saying he has “delivered on his promise” of making Georgia a more competitive state. At the same time, the campaign is reviving a separate airwave attack on Democrat Jason Carter’s education stance.



Sept. 16, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

New Obamacare provisions add nearly $50 million to state budget

Walter C. Jones reports that two, little-reported provisions of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — are expected to add nearly $50 million to the tab for Georgia taxpayers by increasing access to Medicaid and limiting one tool the state has used to catch people who aren’t eligible. “I’m frustrated as a taxpayer,” said state House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn. But the biggest jolt to the budget from Obamacare comes from the federal government prohibiting state officials from checking the eligibility every six months.


Sept. 16, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Top 100 Public Companies

Christy Simo reports that a rising tide lifts all boats, and that’s no different in the economic realm. With the rebound in full swing, Georgia’s top companies continue to see growth both in financial earnings and number of employees. All together, this year’s leading businesses saw an increase in revenue of more than $25 billion, a number that’s been steadily rising each year since the Great Recession first took its toll. 


Sept. 16, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson to close one runway for 29 days

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport said it is closing one of its five runways for 29 days to replace pavement. The world’s busiest airport said its northernmost runway will close at 11 p.m. Monday and reopen Oct. 15. According to the airport, the runway closure is “not expected to significantly affect flight traffic” and travelers should not notice any change in the flight schedule due to the work.


Sept. 16, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Savannah airport numbers continue to climb

Mary Carr Mayle reports that as passenger numbers continue to climb at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, the airport commission on Monday approved the establishment of a $5-per-day "Super Saver" parking lot adjacent to its economy lot. 


Sept. 16, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia top state in electric vehicle sales

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Georgia has accelerated to the top state for electric vehicles sales, powered by a hefty state tax incentive. One of out about every 60 new cars registered in the Peach State, in the first six months, was an all-electric vehicle, according to InsideEVs.


Sept. 16, 2014

Deal: All Georgia counties named Camera Ready

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today announced that all 159 Georgia counties have been designated Camera Ready. The state’s Camera Ready Community Program is the first of its kind in the nation, making Georgia the leader in offering a community-based production assistance program.


Sept. 16, 2014

Atlanta prepares for President Obama’s arrival

Staff reports that the city of Atlanta is preparing for the arrival of President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Obama will address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From the airport to the roads, be prepared for tight security and heavier than normal traffic across the metro area.


Sept. 16, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Paulding residents seek to add defendants in airport suit

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that residents challenging Paulding County’s plans to commercialize its airport are now targeting airport authority and building authority board members in an ongoing lawsuit. An attorney for the six residents has filed a motion in Paulding County Superior Court seeking to add as defendants in the lawsuit the board members of the Paulding County Airport Authority and the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority, as well as the executive director of both authorities.


Sept. 16, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola brings back Surge

Staff reports that attention 1990s caffeine addicts -- The Coca-Cola Co. has brought back Surge 12 years after killing the brand. The move marks the first time the Atlanta-based beverage giant has brought back a defunct brand.


Sept. 16, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Technology company to open research and development center in Gwinnett

Staff reports that an information technology solutions developer for the airline and tourism industries is celebrating the opening of its U.S. research and development center in Gwinnett this week. TravelSky, which employs more than 4,000 people, develops software applications and services for the management of travel-related information.


Sept. 16, 2014 Georgia Health News

Another important change in state benefit plan

Andy Miller reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is dropping its Medicare Advantage plan for next year for retirees in the State Health Benefit Plan. That means UnitedHealthcare will be the sole provider of the Advantage plans for 2015. (Blue Cross is the sole provider for 2014.) The Georgia Department of Community Health is informing retiree health plan members about the Blue Cross move through email and letter this month, letting them know that the decision won’t affect the coverage in effect for the current year. 


That means UnitedHealthcare will be the sole provider of the Advantage plans for 2015. (Blue Cross is the sole provider for 2014.)

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Sept. 16, 2014 WABE

George HW Bush Endorses David Perdue In US Senate Race

Michell Eloy reports that former President George H.W. Bush Monday announced he is endorsing Georgia Republican U.S. Senate Nominee David Perdue. In endorsing Perdue, Bush praised the former Dollar General and Reebok CEO’s business experience, saying it “gives him the kind of real-world experience that Washington, DC is sorely lacking today.”




Sept. 15, 2014 Rome News-Tribune

Area Development magazine names Ga. top state for business

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Area Development magazine has ranked Georgia as the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business. Area Development is a leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and relocation. “Georgia’s success has come from dead reckoning in areas that are crucial to business locators,” said Area Development Staff Editor Dale Buss. 


Sept. 15, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Staffing up

Randy Southerland reports that as the economy picks up, businesses are turning to staffing agencies to help fill permanent as well as temporary positions in fields as diverse as IT and manufacturing.


Sept. 15, 2014 Georgia Health News

Georgia health centers get funding to expand care

Andy Miller reports that federal agency has awarded $6.9 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 30 community health centers in Georgia that will help expand their primary care services. That funding was part of $295 million awarded nationally to 1,195 health centers by the Department of Human and Human Services (HHS). “Health centers are a key part of how the Affordable Care Act is working to improve access to care for millions of Americans,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell in announcing the grants Friday. 


Sept. 15, 2014 Newnan Times-Herald

$600,000 mixed use project proposed

W. Winston Skinner reports that $600,000-$700,000 redevelopment project in the downtown area is being considered. Hasco Craver IV, business development director for Newnan, talked about the project with the Newnan Downtown Development Authority board on Wednesday. The proposal is for first floor office space, a small retail component and upper floor residential use in an 8,000-square-foot building.


Sept. 15, 2014 Savannah Morning News

SEDA, governor honor Chemtrade's longevity

Mary Carr Mayle reports that last week, the Savannah Economic Development Authority honored aluminum sulfate manufacturer Chemtrade for its 70 years in Savannah with a plaque presented by Gov. Nathan Deal. Never heard of Chemtrade? How about the much-more-familiar Allied Chemical or General Chemical?


Sept. 15, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta foreclosure notices still at low level

Michael Kanell reports that foreclosure notices in metro Atlanta were up slightly from August to September, but compared to previous years, the general trend continues to improve. According to a report released Monday morning by Kennesaw-based Equity Depot, the 13-county region saw 2,522 foreclosure notices in September, up from 2,350 last month.


Sept. 15, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

As Fort Mac-Tyler Perry negotiations proceed, questions refuse to go away

Maria Saporta reports that just as a local authority is negotiating the sale of 325 acres of Fort McPherson to movie mogul Tyler Perry, the news site has published an article declaring an end to the Atlanta actor/director’s reign. The article – “The reign of Tyler Perry is over: Finally, black thrillers come to the big screen”– could cause some to want to put their foot on the brakes of the rapidly-moving effort to try to seal the Perry deal by mid-October.


Sept. 15, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Summer home sales reach highest point in eight years

Jenna Martin reports that the number of home sales this summer rebounded to 2,360, just shy of the 2,599 homes that sold in the summer of 2006, according to data from the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors.   number of home sales this summer rebounded to 2,360, just shy of the 2,599 homes that sold in the summer of 2006, according to data from the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors.     


Sept. 15, 2014 GPB

Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry To Take Indefinite Leave Of Absence

Shauna Stuart reports that Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry will take an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin released a statement Friday afternoon, detailing Ferry’s departure. While Koonin says the Hawks’ recent issues relating to race are deeply troubling, at the heart of the dispute is a disagreement amongst owners.  


Sept. 15, 2014 Gainesville Times

Clemency ‘transparency’ may be hot issue at Capitol

Jeff Gill reports that the State Board of Pardons and Paroles’ silence on the July 10 clemency it granted a death-row inmate in a 1991 murder case has stirred strong emotions in North Georgia, with ripple effects possibly leading to the doors of the 2015 General Assembly. “I think that we, as a state, owe the family an explanation why that sentence didn’t get carried out,” said state Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, adding that the lack of a reason is “tragic.”


Sept. 15, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia school administrators warm to Jason Carter, cool to Nathan Deal during morning speeches

Walter C. Jones reports that the differences between Jason Carter and Nathan Deal on education came into clear contrast Friday morning when the two spoke separately to a conference of 500 public-school administrators. Deal, the Republican governor seeking a second term, received only polite applause when introduced and at his conclusion while Carter, his Democratic challenger, was repeatedly interrupted by clapping.


Sept. 15, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why split-ticket voters could play key role in Georgia’s top races

Greg Bluestein reports that former Gov. Zell Miller is splitting his ballot between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. How many others follow his lead could help determine the outcome of the top of Georgia’s ticket. The AJC poll released Friday showed a solid bloc of voters plan to cross party lines in the heated governor’s race and the open Senate contest. Still more have yet to make up their minds, signaling a willingness to split their ballots.



Sept. 12, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta hiring to go up, 22 percent of execs say

Michael Kanell reports that about one-fifth of metro Atlanta companies will be adding workers in the next months, according to a survey of the executives who manage the money. Twenty-two percent of chief financial officers say their companies will be creating new jobs while 67 percent say they will hold personnel steady, filling only empty slots, according to the Atlanta Professional Employment Forecast From Robert Half.


Sept. 12, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: September 2014

Susan Percy writes, Georgia lost three Republican congressmen in the primary and runoff elections for U.S. Senate. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey failed in their primary bids to be the Republican candidate replacing retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss; Jack Kingston lost the runoff to David Perdue.


Sept. 12, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Poll: Atlanta investors more confident in economy, concerned about college costs

Carla Caldwell reports that a poll of Atlanta-area investors conducted by Morgan Stanley about the economy, finances and college costs found that high net-worth investors ages 25 to 75 with $100,000 or more in investable household financial assets, are more optimistic about the economy, but concerned about financing a college education.


Sept. 12, 2014 Saporta Report

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Sally Bethea to be saluted at 20th anniversary gala on Oct. 14 

Maria Saporta reports that a pillar of Atlanta’s environmental leadership will be getting her send-off in style. Sally Bethea, who founded the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper 20 years ago, will be retiring as its executive director, and a new leadership team will be taking over at the beginning of 2015. Bethea’s leadership of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) and the transition to a new team will be celebrated at an elegant gala on Oct. 14 at the InterContinental Buckhead.


Sept. 12, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Georgia's homegrown carmaker sees promising roads ahead

Walter C. Jones reports that Georgia may be the site of Kia Motors' assembly plant and the North American sales office for Porsche, but the one homegrown carmaker is Panoz LLC, and its founder sees open roads ahead. Don Panoz located his car company in Hoschton, Ga., on the site of the Road Atlanta racetrack he developed and near the Chateau Elan winery resort and residential development he owns. He said 200 cars is his annual limit but that his 70-person workforce is up to the job because of the other automotive talent in the area.


Sept. 12, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Income and wealth down for typical families

Michael Kanell reports, maybe it’s depressing, maybe it’s comforting in a sort of depressing way: the numbers confirm that typical American families took a beating during the three years after the official end of the Great Recession. Adjusted for inflation, media family incomes and net worth both declined, according to the Survey of Consumer Finances by the Federal Reserve, released this week.


Sept. 12, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Software maker MemberSuite raising $4.5M to automate association management

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based software maker MemberSuite has raised $3.5 million in venture capital. The startup develops software that helps trade associations manage fundraising, event planning, accounting, dues-collection and other functions. MemberSuite delivers its web-based, back-office software on a subscription basis.


Sept. 12, 2014 GPB

Elections and Education: A Love Story?

Jeanne Bonner reports that education has taken center stage in Georgia’s gubernatorial race. Gov. Nathan Deal and his Democratic opponent Jason Carter will speak at an educational forum on Friday. Each fancies himself the education candidate. But educators are sometimes wary when politicians here in Georgia or in Washington wade into the debate on schools. That’s because they say schools – and students – often get left behind.


Sept. 12, 2014 WABE

Civil Rights Leaders Accuse Secretary Of State Of Voter Suppression

Michelle Wirth reports that Georgia State NAACP and several other civil rights organizations are accusing Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp of trying to suppress voter rights. The organizations delivered a letter to Kemp today saying a subpoena issued by his office to a voter registration group is an attempt to keep minorities from voting.


Sept. 12, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

What Brian Kemp really said about Democratic voter registration efforts

Jim Galloway reports that this morning, we told you of an audio clip provided to us by Better Georgia, the Democratic-leaning group, of remarks made by Secretary of State Brian Kemp to a group of Gwinnett Republicans in July. This was the total content of the 19-second clip: “In closing I just wanted to tell you, real quick, after we get through this runoff, you know the Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November.”



Sept. 11, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

HIV/AIDS still increasing in Georgia

Lee Shearer reports that the number of people in Georgia with HIV/AIDS is on the rise and is likely to keep increasing, researchers and public health officials said at a conference on the University of Georgia campus Wednesday. The increase could be dramatically slowed if people who contract the virus are diagnosed, and if more dianosed people get regular medical treatment to suppress HIV, according to Tanjina Shabu, a biostatistician working with the Georgia Department of Public Health.


Sept. 11, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Growing Gwinnett’s Newest City

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County’s newest city (incorporated in 2012) is creating a central business district. On Sept. 8, local leaders invited residents and the business community to an open house to add their two cents on this new area that will also serve as the heart of the city. Citizens were asked to weigh in on issues including redeveloping aging strip malls, incorporating walking and biking paths into the new district, and creating safe ways for pedestrians to cross Peachtree Parkway.


Sept. 11, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Turner in line for Fulton tax breaks even as layoffs planned

Matt Kempner reports that Turner Broadcasting, which is expected to make significant job cuts this fall, is in line for additional tax breaks from officials hoping to retain local jobs and corporate spending. The deal comes with some twists. The Atlanta-based home of CNN, TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network is projecting that it will have 7,000 employees in Fulton County by the end of 2018, according to county development authority documents tied to the deal. That’s about 500 jobs more than what Turner currently has locally.


Sept. 11, 2014 Cherokee Tribune

Georgia Department of Labor recruiting for Belnick Inc. with job fair

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor will help Belnick Inc., a company that manufactures office chairs and other furnishings, recruit a number of warehouse workers for its Canton plant Thursday.


Sept. 11, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

"eBay for shipping" Atlanta startup raises $2.5M

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Efreightsolutions LLC — which dubs itself as the “eBay of shipping” — has raised $2.5 million, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The Atlanta-based transportation management software startup has developed technology that matches small and midsized businesses with shipping carriers, and automates shipment tracking and processing.


Sept. 11, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta taxicab drivers sue Uber ride-sharing service

Christopher Seward reports that Atlanta taxicab drivers are suing Uber, a popular ride-sharing service that connects passengers with drivers through a smartphone app, claiming the company is operating as a taxicab service without a license. In the Fulton County Superior Court lawsuit, the drivers say Uber is violating a city ordinance that makes it illegal for a taxicab to operate without a city-issued certificate of public necessity and convenience.


Sept. 11, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bastille Networks secures $1.5M to target "Internet-of-Things"

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Bastille Networks, backed by Atlanta cybersecurity royalty, is on the front lines of securing an emerging technology infiltrating the enterprise. The Internet of Things (IoT) — a mish-mash of converging operating systems, wireless protocols and embedded processors — has turned heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, photocopiers, printers and scanners into “smart devices,” able to transmit data to smartphones and amongst themselves.


Sept. 11, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Georgia lawmakers want to clarify state's adding regulations on alcoholic beverages

Walter C. Jones reports that the laws governing the sale of alcohol in Georgia never define what constitutes beer, describe a “standard case” in milliliters but establish limits in ounces, and empowers the revenue commissioner to control the lettering on store signs, bottles and cans although none have exercised that authority in decades. These are some of the 122 outdated provisions, inconsistencies and omissions in the alcohol laws. Some were ruled unconstitutional years ago by courts.


Sept. 11, 2014 WABE

Deal Backs Voter Fraud Investigation, Open To Sunday Voting Ban

Jonathan Shapiro reports that Gov. Nathan Deal Wednesday weighed in on a state investigation into alleged voter fraud and a plan to allow Sunday voting in DeKalb County. Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has subpoenaed the New Georgia Project, one of the state’s largest voter registration groups. Kemp says he’s received complaints from several counties of faulty registration forms.


Sept. 11, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Cannabis oil hearing held in Macon

Phillip Ramati reports that advocates for legislation that would allow medical cannabis oil in the state testified Wednesday at Mercer University in front of a legislative committee tasked with examining the viability of a law change. More than a dozen people who suffer from various health issues or have a loved one who suffers offered anecdotal evidence that cannabis oil with low levels of THC -- the substance in marijuana that causes a “high” -- has made a positive impact in lowering the number of seizures for some children in Georgia.


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Sept. 11, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Republican governors group to Nathan Deal: Help is on the way

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Governors Association sent an emissary to Georgia this week with a clear message for Gov. Nathan Deal and his supporters: Help is on the way. It won’t surprise many that the RGA, which has already invested $1.6 million this year to back Deal’s re-election, is poised to pour money into the contest. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ensured there was no wiggle room.



Sept. 10, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta at epicenter of Apple's next industry disrupting quake

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that for Apple, the road to its next billion-dollar market connects through Atlanta. The consumer electronics leviathan has trained its lasers on the financial payments market — one in which Atlanta is a global hub. About 70 percent of all U.S. payments processed annually run through companies based in Georgia. Four of the top 20 American Banker FinTech 100 companies are headquartered in the Peach State.


Sept. 10, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2014 Higher Education Directory

Christy Simo reports that Georgia’s collection of higher education institutions runs the gamut, from the 31 public colleges of the University System of Georgia (USG) that serve 309,000 students and the 23-school Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) that serves more than 150,000 students to the private and for-profit schools scattered throughout the state.


Sept. 10, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

University regents adopt budget that would require $46 million more in taxes

Walter C. Jones reports that taxpayers will be paying an additional $46 million for public colleges and universities, or 2.4 percent more, if the legislature approves a request that the Board of Regents unanimously authorized Tuesday. The total appropriation would come to $2 billion and represent one-quarter of the annual budget for Georgia’s 31 schools. Tuition, fees and research grants makes up the rest.


Sept. 10, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Go back to drawing board on grading teachers, Lanoue tells lawmakers

Lee Shearer reports that a new teacher evaluation system prescribed by Georgia lawmakers is expensive, time-consuming and won't accurately measure how well teachers perform, Clarke County school Superintendent Philip Lanoue recently told a pair of Athens legislators. In fact the testing routine the new law requires will even suck hours of teaching time for music, art and many other subjects out of the school year, he said.


Sept. 10, 2014 Gainesville Times

Gainesville crowd debates Common Core's merits

Jeff Gill reports that an English professor told a Gainesville audience Tuesday night that educators, including herself, were heavily involved in the development of Common Core standards but they also were “passionate” about their work. “Part of the reason we believe in what we’re doing is because these standards are an opportunity for us ... in a lot of different ways,” said Jennifer Wunder, who spoke for nearly an hour during a public hearing at Gainesville High School.


Sept. 10, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream to build $33 million paint facility, add 100 jobs

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Gulfstream Aerospace announced Tuesday it will build a $33 million state-of-the-art paint facility on property in the southwest quadrant of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. The facility, which will be one of the most advanced high-tech paint hangars ever built, will be located near the company’s 680,000-square-foot-plus maintenance building, the largest business aviation maintenance facility in the world. 


Sept. 10, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fracking jobs benefit Georgia, report says

Dan Chapman reports that commercial natural gas drilling takes place in Georgia, but that hasn’t kept the industry from touting the economic benefits to the state. The American Petroleum Institute released Tuesday a survey listing the 18,505 “jobs supported by these (fracking) activities.” Fracking refers to hydraulic fracturing, a process to extract hard-to-get oil and gas from shale fields in Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota and beyond.


Sept. 10, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon, Twitter seeking options for new Atlanta office space

Douglas Sams reports that Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has been focused on Buckhead office towers, and it’s contacted Parkway Properties (NYSE: PKY), the owner of the 50-story 3344 Peachtree tower, according to commercial real estate executives and developers familiar with the deal. Amazon may have targeted the current office space of shapewear company Spanx Inc., which is supposed to relocate to the new Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use project early next year. 


Sept. 10, 2014 Georgia Health News

Has rare enterovirus strain arrived in Georgia?

Andy Miller reports that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is reporting an unusual surge of respiratory illnesses in children. Public health officials say it’s not yet known whether a rare enterovirus that has struck elsewhere is to blame. Enterovirus D68 is linked to two clusters of respiratory illness among children and teenagers in Kansas City and Chicago, the CDC says. Health officials there have reported a spike in emergency room visits for severe respiratory illnesses. There have been no reported deaths. 


Enterovirus D68 is linked to two clusters of respiratory illness among children and teenagers in Kansas City and Chicago, the CDC says. Health officials there have reported a spike in emergency room visits for severe respiratory illnesses. There have been no reported deaths.

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Sept. 10, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

D.C. to David Perdue: Keep talking about Reid and Obama

Daniel Malloy reports that Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue, back on the TV airwaves and looking to stay there, is making the rounds in the nation’s capital this week at a series of fundraisers, meetings and candidate training put on by national Republicans. In an interview here Tuesday afternoon, Perdue said GOP senators and other leaders are closely following the goings-on in Georgia, given its importance to securing a Republican majority next year. And they are telling him to keep doing what he’s doing




Sept. 9, 2014

Deal: August revenues up 3.5 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of August totaled $1.39 billion for an increase of $47 million, or 3.5 percent, compared to the month-ended August 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $2.88 billion, an increase of $125 million, or 4.5 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year when net tax revenues totaled $2.75 billion through August.


Sept. 9, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Gwinnett County: The community of tomorrow

Randy Southerland reports that the sounds of hammers building new homes and corporate deals being signed are evidence that Gwinnett County is making a strong and sustained comeback. That’s the word from business people, elected officials and civic leaders alike in this bustling county on Atlanta’s eastern perimeter.


Sept. 9, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia schools still in funding squeeze

Tracey McManus reports that school districts across Georgia are in the midst of another bleak year of furlough days, high class sizes and underfunded classrooms despite a slight restoration of state education funding added this fiscal year. A report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute released Thursday shows the state is still shortchanging districts an average of $439 per student compared to $633 per student last year.


Sept. 9, 2014 WABE

First Lady, Education Secretary Visit Atlanta High School Students

Martha Dalton reports that First Lady Michelle Obama joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan on a leg of his annual Back to School Bus Tour Monday. This year, the tour started at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. The message to students was: Aim for college. Speaking at the first high school in Atlanta that offered secondary education to African-American students, Duncan stressed the importance of higher education.


Sept. 9, 2014 New York Times

Home Depot Data Breach Could Be the Largest Yet

Nicole Perlroth reports that Home Depot confirmed on Monday that hackers had broken into its in-store payments systems, in what could be the largest known breach of a retail company’s computer network. The retailer said the exact number of customers affected was still not clear. But a person briefed on the investigation said the total number of credit card numbers stolen at Home Depot could top 60 million. By comparison, the breach last year at Target, the largest known attack to date, affected 40 million cardholders.


Sept. 9, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia credit unions report healthy growth

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia’ s credit unions reported a significant jump in loan growth in the first half of the year as consumers cut their credit card balances but took out more loans to buy new and used cars. The volume of new vehicle loans grew 14.4 percent and used vehicle loans increased 6.5 percent in the first six months of 2014, according to Duluth-based Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, which represents the state’s 138 credit unions.


Sept. 9, 2014 Saporta Report

Bio-pharm research company expands plasma facility in Norcross, bolsters Innovation Crescent 

David Pendered reports that New Jersey-based company involved in the high stakes world of biopharmaceutical research has just expanded an important subsidiary in Norcross – a blood plasma collection center.The parent company conducts research with plasma. If the research is successful, the resulting product could help countless suffers of chronic diseases and provide enormous revenues to ADMA Biologics, Inc. 


Sept. 9, 2014 Georgia Health News

2 nonprofits share $3.3 million in 'navigator' grants

Andy Miller reports that two nonprofit organizations will divide $3.3 million in federal money to provide “navigators” to help consumers enroll in the Georgia health insurance exchange this fall, the federal government announced Monday. Navigators provide face-to-face, in-person help for consumers seeking information about the exchanges. SEEDCO (Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation) will receive nearly $2.2 million, roughly the same as it received last year as a navigator grantee. 


Sept. 9, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Ports latest to take ice bucket challenge

Staff reports that Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz and staff wrapped up their week Friday afternoon by taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, issued to the Port of Savannah by the Port of Brunswick. Foltz and 15 other GPA staffers raised $1,800 for the privilege of being doused with freezing water and ice. Before they were even dry, they challenged Trip Tollison and the staff at Savannah Economic Development Authority to join them in raising money and awareness for ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. 


Sept. 9, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Kasim Reed on Atlanta Hawks turmoil: ‘Let’s not make it about race’

Greg Bluestein reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he was “offended” by the inflammatory email sent by Hawks owner Bruce Levenson that led him to put his piece of the franchise up for sale. But the mayor said the franchise’s attendance woes have a lot more to do with performance on the court than any other outside factor.




Sept. 8, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

​Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy dead at 93

Leon Stafford reports that Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, a Southern icon for the company he created and for the religious principles that kept the chain’s stores closed on Sundays, has died at 93. According to The Associated Press, Cathy died at home near family members, Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin said early Monday. Funeral plans were not finalized, he said.


Sept. 8, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Share your vision for a better Metro Atlanta

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recently reported that Atlanta grew by 52,700 people between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014, a sign that the growth that once overwhelmed the 10-county metro region is returning. All of the counties in the region experienced growth, with Gwinnett, Fulton and Cobb taking the top three spots.


Sept. 8, 2014 New York Times

Bruce Levenson Will Sell Atlanta Hawks After Racially Charged Email Is Revealed

Andrew Keh reports that for the second time this year, the owner of a professional basketball team will sell his controlling interest of a franchise after his racially insensitive views were made public. Bruce Levenson, who has led the ownership group of the Atlanta Hawks since 2004, informed N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver on Saturday that he intended to sell the team, effectively cutting short a league investigation into an email that Mr. Levenson sent two years ago to fellow Hawks executives detailing his thoughts on how the team could attract more white fans.


Sept. 8, 2014 WABE

Toxic Vapor Discovered In Homes Near Fort Gillem

Michelle Wirth reports that toxic vapor has been found in dozens of homes near Fort Gillem, a former U.S. Army Base in Clayton County. The Army discovered the vapor during testing tied to redevelopment at Fort Gillem. Susan Morgan lives in a brick one-story home near Joy Lake. It’s about a mile from Fort Gillem. Morgan was recently told her house contains hazardous chemicals that seeped into groundwater beneath her home.


Sept. 8, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Intercontinental Exchange buying SuperDerivatives for $350M

Staff reports that IntercontinentalExchange Inc. plans to buy risk management analytics financial market data and valuation services provider SuperDerivatives for $350 million. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014. New York-based SuperDerivatives has 12 offices around the world and more than 300 employees.


Sept. 8, 2014 Albany Herald

Kansas company to buy Camilla ethanol plant

Staff reports that Flint Hills Resources in Wichita, Kan., has announced an agreement with Southwest Georgia Ethanol LLC to acquire its ethanol plant in Camilla. Flint Hills Resources officials said in an email announcement that the transaction was expected to close after customary closing conditions had been satisfied, including regulatory approvals. The purchase price was not disclosed.


Sept. 8, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

For 173 years, Mott house withstood the test of time

Chuck Williams reports that for 173 years, the Calhoun-Griffin-Mott house along the Chattahoochee River survived multiple threats and, in its early years, was the home of some of Columbus' most prominent entrepreneurs. After a decade of the house sitting in mothballs, TSYS had begun a nearly $4 million renovation of the home for a conference center and board room. The project started almost a year ago and was scheduled to be completed in April 2015. That all ended Sunday. The likely end for what has long been called the Mott House came early Sunday morning when a fire gutted it.


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Sept. 8, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens company selected for startup competition

Staff reports that Athens based Vitamin C has just been selected in a regional start-up competition called Spark. The company was selected because it exemplifies a technology-driven, scalable and disruptive company fromt the South. Vitamin C's team, led by Chief Product Officer Osama Hashmi, CTO Jordan Burke and CFO Kim Tri Cao seeks to provide simple patient-doctor connections.


Sept. 8, 2014 GPB

Meet Andrew Hunt, Libertarian Candidate For Governor Of Georgia

Jeanne Bonner reports that two of Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates, Republican Governor Nathan Deal, and Democrat Jason Carter, have made national headlines. But there’s also a third candidate, Libertarian Andrew Hunt. Hunt has received much less publicity but may play a critical role. He is an Atlanta engineer with 50 patents who was CEO of a nanotech firm. Hunt says there’s not enough diversity among elected officials. Occupational diversity, that is.


Sept. 8, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why criminal justice reform could play big role in final weeks of governor’s race

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice overhaul is one of the Republican’s rare policies not under attack by Democrat Jason Carter or his allies. And in the final weeks of the race, some voters can expect to hear even more about it from the incumbent’s campaign. The three legs of Deal’s package have sought to keep more nonviolent adult and juvenile offenders out of jail and reduce stubborn recidivism rates. Parts of it have already taken root:  An AJC analysis showed the number of blacks entering the prison system in 2013 was at its lowest level since 1988.



Sept. 5, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Proposed new EPA pesticide rules are toxic, say Georgia agriculture leaders

David Allison reports that Georgia agricultural leaders say a proposal by the EPA to implement a lot of new rules for handling pesticides could be toxic to the state's farms. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the new regulations in February, saying they are "expected to lead to an overall reduction in incidents of unsafe pesticide exposure and to improve the occupational health of the nation's agricultural workers and pesticide handlers."


Sept. 5, 2014

Deal: American Textile to create more than 100 jobs in Tifton

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that American Textile Company (ATC), a leading provider of innovative sleep solutions, will expand operations in Tifton, creating more than 100 new jobs and investing $10 million over the next three years. “It comes as no surprise that American Textile Company would choose Georgia to expand its operations,” said Deal. “Our state’s No.1 business climate and strong network of textile manufacturing companies make it easy for industry leaders to grow. In a relatively short time, American Textile has proven to be a true team player for economic development in Tifton, and we look forward to its continued success.”


Sept. 5, 2014 Moultrie Observer

For farmers, rain may be too little, too late

Alan Mauldin reports that farmers finally got the rain that’s been discussed for weeks -- a huge amount of rainfall that covered much of the county. But for some dryland farmers, it looks to be a case of “too little, too late,” Colquitt County Extension agent Jeremy Kichler said. “We do have some dryland peanuts that have been severely affected by the drought,” he said. “We are suffering from some drought conditions. This has hurt our dryland production.”


Sept. 5, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Firm acquires $13.5 million in financing for Tybe Island resort

Staff reports that HFF, a nationally known company that helps arrange financing for commercial real estate projects, has announced that it has secured $13.545 million in acquisition financing for the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort on Tybee Island. Working on behalf of Linchris Hotel Corporation, HFF secured the floating-rate loan with M&T Bank. Linchris plans to spend approximately $1.5 million in the first year for property upgrades.


Sept. 5, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Virgin Atlantic will fly from Atlanta to Manchester

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Virgin Atlantic will begin flying from Atlanta to Manchester next summer. The British carrier will take over the route from its partner, Atlanta-based Delta. Delta last year bought a minority stake in Virgin Atlantic and the two carriers formed a strategic alliance.


Sept. 5, 2014 Albany Herald

PDA approves biomass plant at Albany Procter & Gamble campus

Carlton Fletcher reports that a partnership united to bring a $230 million combined heat/biomass renewable energy facility to the Procter & Gamble Albany campus is, according to P&G Global Business Development Manager Bob Bourbon, at “first-and-goal and pushing toward the end zone” after the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority approved an inducement resolution and agreement in support of the project Thursday morning.


Sept. 5, 2014 GPB

Ebola Stops Mercer University Outreach

Grant Blankenship reports that educational mission work sponsored by Mercer University has been suspended in the wake of the West African Ebola crisis. The Mercer on Mission program has worked for years with the Ricks Institute, a K-12 school in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. Mercer education majors have been working on shoring up teaching efforts at the school in the years since a Mercer alumnus took the helm of the school following the Liberian Civil War.


Sept. 5, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Opening date set for Alpharetta’s Avalon

J. Scott Trubey reports that Avalon, the massive mixed-use project in Alpharetta, will kick off its grand opening Oct. 30 with four days of events. North American Properties, developer of the closely-watched $600 million project, said weekend festivities will include live music, open houses of shops and restaurants, fireworks, trick-or-treating and a viewing party for the Georgia-Florida football game.


Sept. 5, 2014 WABE

College Officials Rethink Approach to Remediation

Martha Dalton reports that educators, business leaders, and lawmakers say students should leave high school “college and career ready”. But in 2011, 20% of Georgia’s college freshmen were not ready. They had to take remedial classes or Learning Support. Officials are now trying to reduce the need for Learning Support and help those students catch up faster.


Sept. 5, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn lays out 8-point plan to help small business

Walter C. Jones reports that Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn rolled out an eight-point plan for strengthening small business Thursday while touring an incubator for start-ups. Most of the items have been part of her campaign for months, such as providing infrastructure like the Port of Savannah deepening, building the Keystone Pipeline across the Midwest for energy security, a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and lowering the corporate income-tax rate.


Sept. 5, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Whoops! Nathan Deal accidentally invites Jason Carter to fundraiser

Greg Bluestein reports "This really happened." That's the message from Jason Carter’s campaign, which was surprised – to say the least – to find this invite from his GOP opponent in the mailbox this week.





Sept. 4, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta hotel rates, destination popularity rising

Staff reports that Atlanta remained the 11th most-popular destination for domestic travelers, but rose four spots to 21st most-popular for international travelers in the first half of 2014. A new report from shows Atlanta was the No. 3 most-affordable domestic destination after Las Vegas ($116) and Orlando, Fla., ($103).


Sept. 4, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Proud to be number one

Neely Young writes  Site Selection magazine named Georgia No. 1 in the nation for its business climate and No. 1 for its competitiveness among the states. Our state beat out last year’s winner, Texas, for the award. Sadly, what should have been a point of pride became a political football, because the honor was announced during the Republican and Democratic primaries earlier this year.


Sept. 4, 2014 WABE

Delta Exec Predicts Income of $4 Billion

Jim Burress reports that Delta CFO Paul Jacobson says the airline expects to earn $4 billion in pre-tax income this year. That’s a billion and half more than last year, which was the best in Delta's history. Speaking Wednesday from Boston via webcast, Jacobson inserted some long-term caution with his optimism. “Clearly, a level of growth that long-term may not be sustainable,” he said.


Sept. 4, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola’s Honest Tea to be sold in Keurig ‘K-cups’

Christopher Seward reports that Honest Tea, an organic tea beverage from Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co., now will be available in “K-cups” from Keurig Green Mountain Inc., the two companies announced Wednesday. The product will be among a line of Keurig offerings that brew hot over ice. Honest Tea will be available starting Thursday on in two selections: unsweetened Just Green and Just Black iced teas.


Sept. 4, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AGCO and India's TAFE reach agreement governing any buyout deal

David Allison reports that AGCO Corp., one of the world's largest makers of agricultural equipment (NYSE: AGCO), reported Wednesday that it's reached an agreement with its largest shareholder, India's Mallika Srinivasan, governing any potential acquisition of AGCO. Srinivasan's Chennai, India-based company, Tractor and Farm Equipment Limited, or TAFE, now owns more than 8 million shares, or 8.6 percent, of AGCO's stock. 


Sept. 4, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Norcross company celebrates $1.5 million expansion

Kristi Reed reports that a Norcross company specializing in the collection of human plasma is expanding in size and adding staff. ADMA BioCenters will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 4, to celebrate a $1.5-million, 15,000-square-foot expansion at their Jimmy Carter Boulevard facility. The company is also adding 20 new positions.


Sept. 4, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Oglethorpe University, Gables to partner on apartments

J. Scott Trubey reports that Oglethorpe University and Atlanta-based Gables Residential plan to develop an apartment project with classroom space on land the university owns in Brookhaven. The project, to be known as Gables Oglethorpe at Hermance Drive and Peachtree Road, is expected to open in August 2015 with 374 apartment homes in two buildings.


Sept. 4, 2014 GPB

Green Zone Program Helps Vets On Campus

Emily Jones reports that America’s military prepares to downsize, many are trading in barracks for college dorms. Some are coming home with trauma from life in war zones. And even veterans without complications like post-traumatic stress disorder can feel out of place on campus. That's why some schools are creating “Green Zones” where vets can turn for support.


Sept. 4, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Decoding a key question: Is Georgia’s economy on the rebound?

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s sunny economic pitch hit a new crescendo this week with an optimistic re-election ad that declared “people now have hope.” Democrat Jason Carter, meanwhile, warned that the middle class is being left in the lurch. On one hand, Georgia’s 7.8 percent jobless rate in July is the nation’s second-highest. On the other, Georgia State’s economic forecasting director Rajeev Dhawan says that “the Peach State job engine is indeed humming.”



Sept. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta notched record $19 billion exports last year

Dan Chapman reports that the Atlanta metropolitan region exported $18.8 billion in goods last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported Tuesday. The four percent surge over 2012 positioned Atlanta as the nation’s 18th largest metropolitan area for exports. The manufactured goods shipped beyond U.S. borders supported 202,000 jobs last year too, according to the feds.


Sept. 3, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Back to the business of banking

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that as the economy continues to pick up speed around the state, Georgia banks are also picking up new customers, making new loans and generally improving right along with other businesses. This comes as no surprise to Rob Braswell, president and CEO of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA). “Any bank is closely aligned to the health of its community,” he says. “If you see a thriving community, I guarantee you there’s a thriving bank.”


Sept. 3, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Home Depot suffers credit card breach

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Home Depot Inc. may be the most recent retailer to have suffered a major credit card breach. Krebs on Security reported Sept. 2 a large cache of stolen data had appeared on black market sites.  The breach was discovered after a new batch customer’s credit cards labeled “American Sanctions” and “European Sanctions” went on sale Sept. 2, 2014 on the underground store – and were repurchased by the issuing banks.


Sept. 3, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Tourism 'grand slam' fueling area economy

Mary Carr Mayle reports that the next time you find yourself crawling around a square behind one of those horse-drawn carriages or buses filled with tourists, take a deep breath. Smile. Wave. They may be frustratingly slow at times, but those tourists– some 13 million last year alone – are a major reason Savannah’s economy fared better than most in the last decade.It’s the proverbial domino effect.


Sept. 3, 2014 WABE

Still Facing Skepticism, Atlanta Business Community Gradually Re-engaging With APS 

Jonathan Shapiro reports that Atlanta’s business community has been gradually re-engaging with Atlanta Public Schools, raising big sums for APS board candidates and the new superintendent. It follows several years of lying relatively low, and comes as APS leaders increase efforts to rebuild trust with parents.


Sept. 3, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett BOC approves $21.9M health care contract

Kristi Reed reports that plan changes in employer-provided health care coverage will save county taxpayers more than $5 million next year according to Gwinnett County Human Resources Director Scott Fuller. On Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners approved a $21.9 million contract with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia to provide a HMO program for eligible employees. The contract, the third of four possible renewals, includes a 14.1 percent rate decrease for coverage under the new silver HMO plan and a 4.2 percent decrease under the new gold plan. The cost during the previous contract period was $27.5 million.


Sept. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AGCO cuts jobs in Kansas

Christopher Seward reports that AGCO, the Duluth-based farm equipment maker, said it is laying off 24 workers at a plant in Kansas and said more layoffs may occur in the weeks ahead. The company behind the Massey Ferguson, Challenger and other equipment brands said workers at its Hesston plant will be affected by the initial layoffs. The plant, which employs about 1,500 workers, makes combines, balers and mowers sold in the U.S. and exported around the world.


Sept. 3, 2014 GPB

Emory Researchers Look To Stem Cells For Possible ALS Treatment 

Bradley George reports that Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $100 million for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. It’s an always fatal disease, attacking the body’s nervous system and robbing patients of their ability to walk, talk, and eventually breathe on their own. Major research on ALS is happening right here in Georgia, at Emory University’s ALS Center. The center’s director, Dr. Jonathan Glass, says one possible treatment involves injecting millions of stem cells into the spinal cords of patients.


Sept. 3, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AGL Resources sells Tropical Shipping

Staff reports that AGL Resources Inc. closed the sale of its Tropical Shipping and Seven Seas Insurance businesses to a unit of Seattle-based freight transportation and distribution company Saltchuk Resources Inc. for $220 million. Atlanta-based AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) has said it expects to incur $60 million in income tax expense and a $19 million impairment loss related to the sale.


Sept. 3, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

New poll shows Georgia governor, Senate races neck-and-neck

Daniel Malloy reports that Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn have slight leads in their respective races within the margin of error of a new statewide poll out today, commissioned by Columbus-area news outlets. The key findings for governor: – Deal: 43.6 percent – Democrat Jason Carter: 41.5 percent – Libertarian Andrew Hunt: 6.6 percent  For U.S. Senate: – Nunn: 44.7 percent – Republican David Perdue: 43.1 percent – Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 7.4 percent.



Sept. 2, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

September events in Augusta expected to generate $9 million in spending

Tim Rausch reports that September is going to be an almost $9 million month for visitor spending in Augusta. The combination of cyber network discussions, triathletes competing and a downtown international festival will generate $8.97 million in direct visitor spending reported the Augusta Visitor's Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council.    


Sept. 2, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Q&A with Jere Morehead: Expecting excellence

Susan Percy reports, it's hard to imagine anyone better prepared to lead the state's flagship university than Jere Morehead. He's a 1980 UGA Law School graduate who became president in July 2013, after serving time as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.


Sept. 2, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Part-time questions, full-time jobs the answer, Fed says

Michael Kanell reports that roughly 7.5 million American work part-time even though they want full-time jobs. As the economy has gotten stronger, more part-timers have been sliding back into full-time jobs – but the shift back to full-time has been much slower than the flow into part-time work when the economy went bad.


Sept. 2, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta in Top 20 for tech industry job growth

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the technology industry is powering the Atlanta job market — and, it seems, quickly filling the city’s office towers. Atlanta ranked 14th among the top 20 metro areas in high-tech job growth, according to real estate firm CBRE Group Inc. Tech employment in Atlanta rose nearly 11 percent between 2011 and 2013; and nearly 15 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to CBRE’s U.S. Tech-Twenty: Measuring Office Market Impact research report.


Sept. 2, 2014 WABE

Local Economists Weigh In On Georgia's Job Market

Michell Eloy reports that earlier this summer, Georgia posted the nation’s second highest unemployment rate, sparking a lot of debate about the health of the state’s job market. So what’s the outlook for Georgia’s job growth? Don Sabbarese, who heads the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University, says despite Georgia’s high unemployment, he’s optimistic the state’s job growth.


Sept. 2, 2014

Report: Atlanta among leading cities for Seoul student spenders

Trevor Williams reports that China may reign in sending students to Georgia, but broken down by metro area, Atlanta’s connections to the South Korea's capital could prove most productive economically.  A new analysis of F-1 student visa data by the Brookings Institution shows that Atlanta attracted 1,715 students from Seoul, three times as many as from Beijing. That made Atlanta the fifth largest metropolitan magnet for Seoul scholars behind Los AngelesNew YorkBoston and San Francisco.                 


Sept. 2, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Time Warner, Vice end talks regarding HLN venture

Matt Kempner and J. Scott Trubey report that Time Warner, the parent company of Turner Broadcasting, and Vice Media have ended talks about a partnership, the head of HLN said in a memo to staff Thursday. Albie Hecht sent a note to staff saying “negotiations with Vice have ended,” adding that “I want to thank each of you for your passion, patience and support over the past few months.”


Sept. 2, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia moves to forefront of cyberwar

Dave Williams and Urvaksh Karkaria report that the U.S. Army is putting Georgia at the center of its 21st century war-fighting. The Army plans to locate its new Army Cyber Command Headquarters at Fort Gordon near Augusta, consolidating cybersecurity functions for the first time and generating nearly 4,000 jobs.


Sept. 2, 2014 Georgia Health News

Another insurance deadline only days away

Andy Miller reports that   than 20,000 Georgians have until next Friday to provide missing information or they will lose their insurance exchange coverage Sept. 30.The regional administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told GHN on Friday that most of the data discrepancies involve immigration or citizenship issues.



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Sept. 2, 2014 GPB

Georgia Peanut Farmers Hope For More Rain Ahead Of Harvest

Bradley George reports that heat and a lack of rain are causing problems for Georgia peanut farmers. Scott Monfort, peanut agronomist for UGA Extension in Tifton, says most farmers were getting along okay until last week...when temperatures soared into the upper 90s in much of South Georgia. “For the most part, the guys that can water, the crop is probably going to be as good as it has been in the last couple of years. But this other issue, this non-irrigated acres and the drought has caused this crop to really go another way in a hurry," Monfort says. 


Sept. 2, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinctions, says UGA's Farmer

Lee Shearer reports that the world is on the brink of one of the greatest die-offs of animals and plants in the planet's history, a University of Georgia professor said in the first lecture in a series about the impacts humans are having on the world. Rapid environmental change underlies extinctions; habitat loss, pollution, temperature change and the introduction of non-native plants, said Mark Farmer, an evolutionary biologist and head of UGA's Biological Science Division.


Sept. 2, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jimmy Carter: No peace without justice for Palestinians

Jim Galloway reports that as advertised, former President Jimmy Carter on Saturday addressed the Islamic Society of North America, the largest Muslim organization in this part of the world. From the Detroit News: “You can’t bring peace to the Middle East without justice and human rights for the Palestinians,” Carter told a packed hall at Cobo Center. “When my prayers are answered and we have peace in that Holy Land then the Israelis and all their neighbors will be blessed to live in peace and prosperity.”




Aug. 29, 2014 WABE

Nearly 35 Million Georgians Hitting the Road for Labor Day

John Lorinc reports, expect a mass exodus from the Peach State later today. AAA reports nearly 972,000 Georgians will go at least 50 miles from home for Labor Day weekend. A majority of those, about 850,000, will do so by car.


Aug. 29, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Crime Stoppers!

Candice Dyer reports that in situations where crime seems to pay, catching a law-breaker can pay even more, thanks to Crime Stoppers, a community-based nonprofit that offers up to $2,000 in cash for a tip that leads to an arrest. “This system is effective because it helps citizens overcome the two obstacles that prevent them from helping us take criminals off the streets,” says Karla Baldini, coordinator for Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta, one of four affiliated groups in the state.


Aug. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Shaw files ‘epic’ suit against flooring rival Carlisle

Christopher Seward reports that Shaw Industries Group, the Dalton-based carpet and flooring producer, is suing a competitor for trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices over the use of the word ‘epic’. In a lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Atlanta, Shaw claims Carlisle Wide Plank Floors refuses to drop the word “epic” from its marketing, a “mark” that Shaw said it has had exclusive rights to use since 2006.


Aug. 29, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta company’s app among 25 most popular

Staff reports that an Atlanta media giant has made the list of top 25 mobile apps by unique visitors, but it’s not who you think it is. The Weather Channel is No. 15 on that list by comScore with nearly 30 million unique visitors. No surprise, when you think about checking the weather on your mobile device.


Aug. 29, 2014 GPS

Georgia’s Ban On Same Sex Marriage Costing the State Millions

Gabrielle Ware reports that a new report says legalizing same-sex marriage in Georgia would result in a $78 million boost to the state’s economy. The study, done by researchers at the Williams Institute, a UCLA think tank, predicts an increase in spending on wedding vendors and tourism. Researcher Christy Mallory says the numbers could be even higher.


Aug. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia banks gaining ground despite lower profits

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia’s banks continued to show improved vital signs in the first half of the year, with more profitable banks and more jobs. But not all things were headed in the right direction in the second quarter, almost seven years after the real estate crash led to widespread loan losses and unleashed a wave of 88 bank failures in the state — the most in the nation.


Aug. 29, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power: Plant Vogtle still on time, within budget

Dave Williams reports that the $14 billion nuclear expansion project at Plant Vogtle remains on schedule and within budget, Georgia Power Co. reported Thursday. In a semi-annual construction update filed with the state Public Service Commission, the Atlanta-based utility indicated it spent $198 million during the first six months of this year on the two additional reactors under construction at the nuclear facility south of Augusta, Ga. 


Aug. 29, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Ride-share service Uber announces new Athens service

Kelsey Cochran reports that ride-share service Uber announced Thursday it is expanding service to 22 college towns across the U.S., including Athens. "We're proud to be providing safe and affordable transportation options to an additional 600,000 students this year and to 55 (percent) of the (U.S.) population," according to a blog post on


Aug. 29, 2014 Saporta Report

High Museum of Art receives $2.5 million gift for folk art initiatives

Maria Saporta reports that   High Museun of Atlanta announced today that Atlanta-based patrons Dan Boone and his late wife Merri Boone to support and expand the museum’s folk and self-taught art initiatives. The gift also includes the endowment of a permanent, full-time curatorial position to lead the deparment. The establishment of the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art enables the continued growth of the Museum’s exhibition program, conservation efforts and its collection in this field, which is recognized as one of the most significant public repositories of contemporary American folk and self-taught art in the world.


Aug. 29, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Democrats to press for stronger whistleblower protections next year

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s talk of changing Georgia’s whistleblower law has led state Democrats to come up with a sweeping counterproposal. The Senate Democratic Caucus met in Newnan Thursday to approve its 2015 legislative agenda, and sent us word that a key part of the package is a proposal that would give public employees broader leeway to file whistleblower complaints.


Aug. 29, 2014 Macon Telegraph - Editorial

Georgia is failing children in fundamental ways

The editorial board writes, Georgia has the sixth-highest childhood poverty rate in the nation at 27. 2 percent. So how has the state responded? During the past decade, the General Assembly has cut $8 billion from education funding. And while some will tout that throwing money at the problem is not the answer, in many cases, it is the answer if you throw it in the right direction. The fact that Georgia ranks 40th in the nation in education funding should give us a clue as to the direction we need to go.




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Aug. 28, 2014 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Georgia State University's Economic Forecasting Center's outlook says state growth will continue in 2014

Walter C. Jones reports that Georgia’s economy will continue adding jobs and growing personal income for the rest of the year despite potential international problems, according to a university economic forecast released Wednesday. Georgia State University’s Economic Forecasting Center’s quarterly outlook points to an addition of 74,100 jobs during 2014. That’s less than the 83,400 new hires the previous year, but this year lost ground because of unusually severe winter weather, the economists said.


Aug. 28, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Economy: Growing Clout

Jeffrey Humphries reports that the immense buying power of Hispanics continues to energize the U.S. consumer market. This year, Hispanics will control $1.3 trillion in U.S. spending power. More than one person in six who lives in the U.S. is of Hispanic origin; three out of five living here are born here. In Georgia, Hispanics control almost $18 billion in spending, up from $6 billion in 2000 and from only $1 billion in 1990.


Aug. 28, 2014 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Blue Cross breaks ground on $50 million complex

Tony Adams reports that BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia was digging dirt literally Wednesday, with earth movers and dump trucks moving back and forth in the distance — dust flying through the air — as the insurer held its ceremonial ground-breaking for a $50 million complex in the Midland area of Columbus. Nodding to artist renderings of the three-story, 235,000-square-foot complex that will be home initially to about 1,500 employees, with capacity for 2,000, Morgan Kendrick drew a chuckle from those gathered for the occasion.


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Aug. 28, 2014

Governor's China trade missions: Do they matter?

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia leaders sell their China trade missions as a chance to bring home jobs for their citizens.  But with the state tied for tops in the nation by number of gubernatorial visits to the country since 2009, it’s worth asking how productive their visits have been in fostering deals within the country most say is poised to be the next big direct foreign investor in the United States.


Aug. 28, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Historic Savannah Foundation drops suit to block Ben Carter's Broughton building demolition

Julia Ritchey reports that The Historic Savannah Foundation is dropping its legal challenge against the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals over the demolition of 240 W. Broughton St., clearing the way for a new four-story structure to house clothing retailer H&M. Daniel Carey, president and CEO of the preservation nonprofit, said his organization dismissed its complaint after reviewing more information on the condition of the facade of the gray building and seeing more suitable infill plans. 


Aug. 28, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB

Georgia colleges make magazine’s best, worst lists

Janel Davis reports that Washington Monthly Magazine is out this week with its annual College Guide and Rankings, with Georgia schools claiming slots on its best and worst lists. The magazine – which covers politics, government, culture and the media – bases its ratings on three criteria: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research and how much students are giving back to their communities.


Aug. 28, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

DuPont withdraws application for permit to mine more than 2,200 acres in Wayne County

Terry Dickson reports that DuPont has withdrawn its application for a permit to mine 2,254 acres near Jesup, Ga., until it can address "various points'' raised by Wayne County residents at recent meetings, the company said Wednesday. “We’re going to hit the pause button and start over,’’ company spokeswoman Tara Stewart said. “We want to take time and listen to the community. We want to do this right.”


Aug. 28, 2014 GPB

Peake: Expand Medical Marijuana To More Georgians

Claire Simms reports that the lawmaker behind a bill to legalize medical marijuana for seizure patients said Wednesday the state should go one step further. Earlier this year, Representative Allen Peake, R-Macon, championed a bill that would legalize cannabis oil for patients with seizure disorders. That effort ultimately failed in the final hours of the 2014 legislative session.


Aug. 28, 2014 WABE

Carter Nabs Big Education Endorsement

Martha Dalton reports that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter nabbed a key endorsement Wednesday. The Georgia Association of Educators announced they’re backing the state senator. GAE president Sid Chapman said Carter has the right vision for education. Carter said his plan, which is focused on funding, is simple.


Aug. 28, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

How a plan to keep a GOP rally off the Internet went awry

Jim Galloway reports that last Saturday began very sweetly for Nydia Tisdale, citizen journalist. She was at Burt’s Farm in Dawsonville, a private concern mobbed by tourists during pumpkin season, to point her video camera at several GOP candidates at the top of the November ballot. They were scheduled to speak at the rally, which had been advertised as a come-one, come-all event.



Aug. 27, 2014 WABE

Georgia School Districts Weigh Different Operating Models

Michelle Wirth reports that due to a 2008 state law, all Georgia school systems will have to decide by the end of next June whether to continue as a traditional school district or choose two other options. State officials say the law was passed in an attempt to spur innovation and the other choices would allow school systems more flexibility from state education rules. School systems from across the state recently attended a Georgia Charter Schools Association symposium focused on the three choices and collaboration between charter and traditional schools.


Aug. 27, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Jekyll Hosts Environmental Conference

Ben Young writes, the Georgia Environmental Conference brought nearly 700 attendees and vendors to sunny Jekyll Island last week to attend lectures and panels on topics ranging from stormwater management to integrating minorities into sustainability culture. Georgia Trend’s Ben Young attended and brought back these highlights.


Aug. 27, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home values up, but increase slowing

Michael Kanell reports that Atlanta’s price hikes in real estate slowed as summer began, according to the latest data from the closely watched Case-Shiller Home Price Index. But even after two years of those increases, metro Atlanta leads the nation in the percentage of homeowners who are “under water,” that is who still owe more on their mortgages than their houses are worth, according to a separate study.


Aug. 27, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mobile software firm AirWatch preps for expansion with renovation of former HQ

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that fast-growing mobile software maker AirWatch is laying the groundwork for what could be a major workforce expansion. AirWatch, which was acquired by VMware for $1.5 billion in January, plans to renovate its 225,000 square foot former headquarters at 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., according to a building permit filed with the City of Atlanta Aug. 25. A space of that size would typically accommodate up to 1,000 people, according to commercial real estate estimates.


Aug. 27, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA students press Governor Nathan Deal on immigration issue during campaign visit 

Kelsey Cochran reports that Gov. Nathan Deal may have gotten more than he bargained for at a campaign event hosted by the University of Georgia College Republicans Tuesday. A group of young people representing the Undocumented Student Alliance interjected into a questions-and-answer session with their own inquiries about the governor's stance on a policy barring illegal immigrants from enrolling in the Institution.


Aug. 27, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NTSB removes UPS from crash inquiry

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the National Transportation Safety Board has removed UPS Airlines and its pilots union from the investigation of the cargo carrier’s August 2013 plane crash in Birmingham. The NTSB said UPS and the Independent Pilots Association took actions that were “prejudicial to the investigation by publicly commenting on and providing their own analysis of the investigation prior to the NTSB’s public meeting to determine the probable cause of the accident.”


Aug. 27, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Reservoir projects land state loans

Dave Williams reports that three reservoir projects will receive $26 million in state low-interest loans from the Governor’s Water Supply Program, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) announced Tuesday. The 305-acre Richland Creek Reservoir in Paulding County and the 643-acre Indian Creek Reservoir in Carroll County will get $6 million and $10 million, respectively, representing the next installment in multi-year funding for the two projects. The Etowah Water & Sewer Authority will receive the other $10 million loan for the 137-acre Russell Creek Reservoir in Dawson County, that project’s first funding through the state program.


Aug. 27, 2014 GPB

How Does Death Row Clemency Work In Georgia?

Grant Blankenship reports that in July, Tommy Lee Waldrip became only the ninth Georgia Death Row inmate to be granted clemency from execution since the resumption of executions in the 1970s. The explanations for Waldrip's reduction in sentence from news media more or less agreed that the Board of Pardons and Parole saw co-conspirators in the murder for which Waldrip was convicted serving life sentences and decided his execution would be be unfair.


Aug. 27, 2014 WABE

Gov. Deal Defends Board Appointees

Martha Dalton reports that Gov. Nathan Deal this week dismissed recent criticism from Democratic opponent Jason Carter. Carter took issue with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that showed members of three state boards contributed to the governor’s re-election campaign. The report says members of the Board of Regents, Georgia Ports Authority, and the Board of Natural Resources gave about $1.3 million to Deal’s campaign. Carter called that “disturbing” and said it shows the governor cares more about wealthy donors than average Georgians. Deal denied that.


Aug. 27, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

City of Cumming, mayor fined $12k for violating Open Meetings Act

Jim Galloway reports that three days after Attorney General Sam Olens spoke up for Nydia Tisdale as the citizen-journalist was loudly tossed from a GOP rally in north Georgia, we have this press release from his office — involving the same journalist. On August 21, 2014, Judge Robert Adamson ruled in favor of Attorney General Sam Olens in a lawsuit filed in June 2012 against the City of Cumming and Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt for violations of the Open Meetings Act. Judge Adamson ordered the defendants to pay $12,000 in penalties, the highest amount possible under the law.



Aug. 26, 2014 WABE

Gov. Deal Unveils New Plan for High School Computer Classes

Martha Dalton reports that reading, writing, and arithmetic are still taught in schools these days. But today, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed a slight change in the way Georgia schools approach the arithmetic piece. The governor wants high school students to be able to count computer programming classes toward math, science, or foreign language requirements.  He also wants the University System to accept the courses for admission.


Aug. 26, 2014 Georgia Health News

Freestanding ERs target suburbs, rural panel told

Andy Miller reports that freestanding emergency departments have been proposed in Georgia as a potential solution for struggling rural hospitals, or newly closed ones, that want to remain operational in downsized form to help patients in need. But the trend toward such standalone emergency rooms nationally is totally different from that picture, members of the Georgia Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee were told Monday. Freestanding EDs are actually proliferating in suburban areas, targeting high-income patients who have private insurance, said Charles Horne of accounting firm Draffin & Tucker. The prevailing emphasis is on patient convenience, not need, he told committee members at a meeting in Cordele.


Aug. 26, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia looks to boost electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Dave Williams reports that Georgia is taking the carrot approach to increase the availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) launched an incentive program Aug. 20 that will reward state agencies and authorities, local governments and colleges, universities and technical colleges that install charging stations at their campuses or facilities.


Aug. 26, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Turner Broadcasting to offer voluntary buyouts, layoffs also expected

Matt Kempner and J. Scott Trubey report that Turner Broadcasting, one of Atlanta’s biggest employers, will offer voluntary buyouts this week to hundreds of its U.S. employees, two company executives familiar with the plans have told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Additional job cuts are still expected later this year at the company, which is part of Time Warner Inc. and includes TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, truTV, HLN and other TV networks and online sites.


Aug. 26, 2014 Gainesville Times

Former president Jimmy Carter inspires Brenau students

Jennifer Brown reports that the first assignment for freshmen at Brenau University this year included a rare opportunity — getting to meet with former President Jimmy Carter. Students in Brenau’s freshman seminar, which is required for all first-year students, read Carter’s book “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.” On Friday, they went on a field trip that included a meeting with Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta.


Aug. 26, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Safety agency raps UPS, union for meddling in crash investigation

David Allison reports that a federal safety agency has rapped United Parcel Service Inc. and the Independent Pilots Association for interfering in the investigation of the crash of a UPS cargo plane last year. The National Transportation Safety Board said Aug. 25 that it's kicking both UPS Airlines and the union out of the investigation because both violated NTSB rules by commenting publicly on the crash and providing their own analysis of the investigation before the NTSB could hold a public meeting to determine the probable cause of the accident.


Aug. 26, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

PulteGroup acquiring Dominion Homes

Christopher Seward reports that Atlanta-based PulteGroup said it has acquired the assets of Midwest homebuilder Dominion Homes. Dominion Homes serves Columbus, Ohio, and Louisville and Lexington, Ky., PulteGroup plans to purchase move-up and entry-level homes in about 40 communities.


Aug. 26, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Savannah rental market bullish

Julia Ritchey reports that Savannah’s rental industry is performing well post-recession, a result of a surge in local demand combined with a nationwide slump in home ownership. Brandy Mai, a local sales executive with Apartment Guide, an Internet listing site, said occupancy rates have been good this year, especially in places like west Chatham County.


Aug. 26, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta military conference returns to highlight technology at Fort Gordon

Wesley Brown reports that the international conference that helped rally support for the Army Cyber Command’s move to Fort Gordon last year will return to Augusta in two weeks to highlight the area as a leader in developing technology to modernize the military. Top Army and industry leaders will participate in panel discussions Sept. 9-11 during TechNet Augusta’s second year at the downtown convention center.


Aug. 26, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Drones are coming to Georgia. And they’ve got lawyers.

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that if you want to know where the future is headed, watch where the legal community goes. The legal/governmental affairs firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, perhaps the most politically active entity of its kind in Atlanta – working both sides of the aisle, has a new Washington unit: An unmanned Aircraft Systems division. The firm is now advertising a Sept. 23 seminar in Georgia that will include a look at what might be popping up legislatively during the 2015 session of the General Assembly.



Aug. 25, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta hiring 1,800 flight attendants

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines plans to hire at least 1,800 flight attendants as it plans for growth. The airline began taking applications for the flight attendant positions this week, after opening it up to internal candidates last week.


Aug. 25, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Douglas - Coffee County: Sparking Development

Scott Blusiewicz reports that when Virginia Carson arrived in Coffee County in the spring of 2008, the then-interim president of South Georgia State College was struck by the instant acceptance she received from the region’s political, business and community leaders. A Macon native who spent years working as a professor and administrator at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston and Georgia Highlands College in Rome, she is far from the only person who gushes when the subject of Coffee County’s community spirit comes up.


Aug. 25, 2014 Atlanta Businesss Chronicle

Report: Turner employees told to expect layoffs

Carla Caldwell reports that Turner Broadcasting System employees were told this week the company will unveil details of a new corporate structure “in the next two months” and to expect big changes. Chief Executive Officer John Martin said in a memo to employees on Tuesday that the company will “start 2015 a more streamlined, nimble and efficient company focused on driving programming, monetization and innovation, in a culture that emphasizes and rewards continuous improvement," reports


Aug. 25, 2014 Gainesville Times

Schools use fresh data to take new measure of student achievement

Jennifer Brown reports that school districts have a new way of looking at student testing data, but they’re still learning how to make the most of it. Data is an important part of school district planning, and there is a lot of it to sort through: Test scores, graduation rates, attendance rates, demographic data and teacher success data, to name a few. The date often is used to create ratings, such as the College and Career Ready Performance Index.


Aug. 25, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Women-owned firms growing quickest in Georgia

Jenna Martin reports that since 1997, the number of businesses helmed by women in the Peach State has skyrockted by 118 percent, almost double the national increase of 68 percent, according to American Express OPEN’s fourth annual “State of Women-Owned Business” report. Georgia is tied for fourth with Arizona in economic clout, which combines growth in number, revenue and employment of women-run companies, after ranking eighth in the country in 2012.


Aug. 25, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lockheed Martin celebrates C-130 anniversary

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules Airlifter will reach 60 years in flight come Saturday, as it holds the title for the longest continuous production run in military aircraft history. The first flight of the C-130 was in Burbank, Calif. in 1954. All C-130 production models are built at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Marietta.


Aug. 25, 2014 Newnan Times-Herald

After 43 years, Powers’ festival is no more

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that for the first time in 43 years, there won’t be a festival at Power’s Crossroads on Labor Day Weekend. The Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Arts Festival, shortened in recent years to “The Powers’ Festival,” began in 1971. It was a major attraction in the early years, and was a unique experience that drew visitors and artists from all over the country. 


Aug. 25, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Community & Southern Holdings buys Alliance Bancshares

Phil W. Hudson reports that Community & Southern Holdings Inc. completed its acquisition of Alliance Bancshares Inc. and its Alliance National Bank subsidiary. The Atlanta-based bank said prior to the merger, Alliance National Bank reported $157 million in total assets, $92 million of loans and $130 million in deposits. It operated two banking offices in Dalton and Cumming, Ga.


Aug. 25, 2014 GPB

When Same-Sex Couples In Savannah Leave The City To Get Married, They Take Their Wallets With Them 

Gabrielle Ware reports that Savannah’s lush squares and beautiful coastline make it a popular destination for weddings. This weekend, vendors will meet there for the first-ever LGBT Wedding Expo. Some couples will take part in a mass commitment ceremony to celebrate their love. Same-sex weddings aren’t legally recognized in Georgia – but that could change, if a lawsuit against the state’s gay marriage ban is successful.


Aug. 25, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Flipping Georgia’s races: New WSB-Landmark poll puts Jason Carter, Michelle Nunn at top

Jim Galloway reports that early this week, we told you of a SurveyUSA poll, commissioned by 11Alive, that placed Georgia’s races for governor and U.S. Senate in terms that mimicked past post-2002 cycles. But now we have a Landmark Communications survey, commissioned by Channel 2 Action News, released only four days later, that essentially flips those results. But the survey tracks closely with a previous WSB/Landmark poll from July.





Aug. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wage hikes? Not soon, argues Atlanta Fed

Michael Kanell reports that if you are at the helm of a business, you may fear that an enormous wave of pay hikes is just over the horizon, ready to swamp your company with higher costs as an improving labor market forces every employer to bid up the cost of good help. Of course, if you are a working person, your fear may be just the opposite: that the wave is just a wind-blown ripple – or an illusion.


Aug. 22, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development - August 2014

Christy Simo writes about economic development, including Keurig Green Mountain’s new Douglas County facility and Kroger Co.’s Forest Park distribution center.


Aug. 22, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

Andre Gallant reports that the plan to resettle an increased number of international refugees in the Athens area is facing opposition from Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson. Denson addressed her concerns about refugees straining public resources in a letter sent on Aug. 18 to state government officials in charge of refugee resettlement in Georgia.


Aug. 22, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Jacoby strikes deal with Los Angeles production studio

Ellie Hensley reports that Atlanta developer Jim Jacoby has taken another big step toward remaking the OFS plant at Interstate 85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard into a what it calls the largest movie studio campus in the Southeast. Jacoby, chairman of Jacoby Development Inc., says his company has struck a partnership with Los Angeles-based MBS3. 


Aug. 22, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Little business signs on interstates will pay for upgrades of Georgia welcome centers, rest areas

Walter C. Jones reports that one group that believes in the power of advertising are the members of the State Transportation Board because ad revenue from official interstate exit signs is going to pay for renovating Georgia’s welcome centers and rest areas. The Department of Transportation program that features logos of fuel stops, stores, restaurants and other nearby establishments for $1,200 each per year is generating enough cash to enhance the appearance of the nine welcome centers and 17 rest areas that dot the Interstates.  


Aug. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Craig Menear replacing Frank Blake as Home Depot CEO

Henry Unger reports that Frank Blake, who stabilized and then strengthened Home Depot after the tumultuous tenure of his predecessor, is stepping down Nov. 1 after seven years as CEO of the world’s largest home-improvement retailer. The new CEO will be Craig Menear, Atlanta-based Home Depot announced Thursday after the stock market closed. Menear, 57, has been president of the company’s U.S. retail operations since February, establishing him as Blake’s likely successor, and is a 34-year retail veteran.


Aug. 22, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta home affordability rising, rent getting more expensive

Staff reports that Atlanta is one of only a few metros currently more affordable than it historically has been for homeowners, as growth in housing costs continues to outpace wage growth, reported. Atlanta home buyers at the end of the second quarter could expect to pay 11.7 percent of their incomes to a mortgage on the typical home, less than the 19.9 percent share Atlanta homeowners devoted to mortgages in the pre-bubble days.


Aug. 22, 2014 Savannah Morning News

GPA delivers big lift for cancer patients

Mary Carr Mayle reports that good things don't always come in small packages, as evidenced by the cutting-edge cancer treatment equipment that recently moved from Kobe, Japan through Georgia Ports Authority's Ocean Terminal in Savannah. Proton therapy is an advanced, precise form of radiation cancer treatment. The technology is able to target cancer tissue with less damage to surrounding healthy tissue than traditional radiation treatments.


Aug. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Lottery fights federal proposal to outlaw online gaming

Greg Bluestein reports that even as Gov. Nathan Deal was courting casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s support, his administration has been engaged in a quiet lobbying campaign against federal legislation supported by the billionaire that would restrict online gambling. Adelson is behind a nationwide campaign against Internet gaming, and he’s a supporter of legislation introduced by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina that would do just that. Three states – Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada – have allowed some forms of online gaming. But it riled up Georgia officials for a different reason.


Aug. 22, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

DNC, unions discuss Georgia ground game plans

Daniel Malloy reports that the  Democratic National Committee is having its summer meetings this week in Atlanta, in part to show its intention to commit resources to making Georgia competitive. DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of Florida, told reporters at a news conference today that the party has hired a “Voter Expansion Coordinator” in Georgia as part of its efforts to register and turn out the hundreds of thousands of new voters Democrats need to make this election — and future ones — close.





Aug. 21, 2014 WABE

Georgia Students Scoring Higher on College Entrance Exams

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia students are making gains on college entrance exams. Georgia’s class of 2014 scored higher than many others in the South on the ACT. Georgia’s composite ACT score is 20.8. That’s slightly lower than the national average of 21, out of a possible 36. Officials would like Georgia’s number to be higher, but Department of Education spokesperson Matt Cardoza says it’s progress.


Aug. 21, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Augusta/Richmond County: Future meets past

Randy Southerland reports that the nation’s fight against cyberterrorism is coming to Augusta. Everyone here knows that this East Georgia community is home to one of the nation’s top spy outfits – the National Security Agency at Fort Gordon. Now the sprawling military base is set to expand still more with the addition this year of the U.S. Army Cyber Command.


Aug. 21, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta lands 94 companies on 2014 Inc. 5000

Staff reports that Atlanta had a solid showing on Inc. magazine’s 33rd annual Inc. 5000 list with 94 companies -- bested only by New York and Chicago. The magazine’s list tracks the fastest growing private companies in America. Highest on the list is Atlanta-based Residential Capital Management. 


Aug. 21, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

Regents asked to boost health premiums, deductibles

Walter C. Jones reports that faculty, staff and retirees of the University System of Georgia are likely to wind up with an increase in health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles after the Board of Regents votes next month. The premium changes range from a 6 percent decrease in the comprehensive plan to as much as a 33 percent jump in the high-deductible option. Co-pays increase 20 percent from $25 to $30, and deductibles climb to $500 in the comprehensive plan and $1,500 in the high-deductible option.


Aug. 21, 2014 Augusta Chronicle, Columbia County News-Times

Columbia County approves $700,000 in incentives for development

Steve Crawford reports that Columbia County officials have agreed to give $700,000 in economic incentives to a project that could bring a Wal-Mart “competitor” and as many as 500 jobs to the area outside of Grovetown near Interstate 20. County commissioners approved the incentive money at their meeting Tuesday night. According to county documents, $400,000 will be awarded to Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial as reimbursement for costs associated with infrastructure improvements to make way for a potential development on Lewiston Road at William Few Parkway. 


Aug. 21, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ebix moving headquarters to Johns Creek

Christopher Seward reports that Ebix Inc., an Atlanta-based company that designs software for insurance and healthcare companies, said it has purchased 11.6 acres in Johns Creek for a new headquarters and corporate campus. The purchase, including 100,000 square feet of office space, was made in Johns Creek Technology Park, a mixed-use development in Fulton County.


Aug. 21, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Big questions about $90M Savannah film studio deal, future

Carla Caldwell reports that the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority was peppered with questions this week about how Medient Studios plans to pay for a $90 million studio the company has planned for 1,500 acres owned by the county. Some members of the development board - which has spent tax dollars on the deal - have their own questions for Medient.


Aug. 21, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Nunn, Perdue to meet for first time at Macon forum

Staff reports that political eyes will look toward Macon on Thursday as U.S. Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue participate in a forum at the Macon Marriott City Center. Hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia News Network, the event, which starts at 12:15 p.m., marks the first time the candidates will appear together, according to a news release from the Georgia Chamber.


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Aug. 21, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Carter, Deal put different spin on unemployment numbers

Kristi Reed reports that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter and incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal continued to battle last week over the meaning of recent state unemployment numbers. In a speech to Gwinnett business leaders on Tuesday, Carter offered pointed criticism of Gov. Nathan Deal regarding Georgia’s unemployment rate compared to other states. Numbers released Aug. 18 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Georgia has the highest rate — at 7.8 percent — of any state in the union apart from Mississippi.


Aug. 21, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A cipher in the ‘dream’ kid debate tries to stay afloat

Jim Galloway reports that Marco was stretched out on a hard chair in a beat-up DeKalb County school conference room, in the presence of a former teacher who’s taken up for him. He is a bright, skinny and well-spoken 16-year-old with a flat American accent.  Pronunciation slipped only when he named the Mexican village whence he came. Marco was smuggled across the border into the United States not once, but twice. First when he was a 4-year-old, then again when he was eight. Marco is now one of President Barack Obama’s “dream” kids, one of thousands of under-aged children who accompanied illegal immigrant parents into the country, and who now have been granted provisional legal residency here.



Aug. 20, 2014

Deal announces $39.7 million in community development awards

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that 82 Georgia communities will receive a total of $39.7 million in assistance to grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA).


Aug. 20, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Downtown development showcase

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that Georgia is home to a number of cities that have gotten it right when it comes to downtown development and revitalization. Three such cities – Moultrie, Thomasville and Valdosta – got to show off their impressive downtown areas to officials from across the state as part of the Georgia Municipal Association’s recent Heart and Soul of Georgia Tour.


Aug. 20, 2014 WABE

PSC Approves Latest Round Of Vogtle Spending, Minus Cost Overruns

Jonathan Shapiro reports that state regulators Tuesday signed off on more spending for Georgia Power’s nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle near Augusta. Advocates say ratepayers should prepare for higher bills due to construction delays and cost overruns. Georgia’s five-member Public Service Commission unanimously approved $389 million to continue construction, bringing total costs so far to $2.6 billion.


Aug. 20, 2014 Georgia Health News

Key activist group sees flaws in state health plan

Andy Miller reports that last week, when upcoming changes in the state employee and teacher health plan were announced, they drew a generally positive response. Members learned that the 2015 plan would include an increased choice of insurers, which was welcome, and officials presented information showing that many members would see no premium increase. But after studying the proposed rates in greater detail, a group representing teachers, employees and retirees is voicing concern. It says many of the new options will be unaffordable for members looking to switch from their current plans. 


Aug. 20, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Four Georgia hotels in running for national historic hotel awards

Carla Caldwell reports that four Georgia hotels are in the running for Historic Hotels of America’s 2014 Awards of Excellence. The organization says the awards recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers. Winners will be announced October 2 at The Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania, which was built in 1933.


Aug. 20, 2014 Georgia Times-Union

Wayne County residents wary of duPont's plans for titanium mine on 4,063 acres

Terry Dickson reports that environmentalists are marshalling Wayne County residents to demand local ordinances to control the scope of DuPont's plans to mine titanium oxide, zircon and other minerals from 2,254 acres it has leased near Jesup.E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Inc. of Starke filed an application for a surface mining permit on May 2 with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a 4,063-acre site it describes as the Amelia A & B mine.


Aug. 20, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tech job growth fuels office space demand

Christopher Seward reports that Metro Atlanta ranked 11th in the nation in creating new tech jobs over the last two years, and the growth is fueling the need for more office space, according to a report released this week. The report by CBRE, a commercial real estate services firm, said there has been a notable increase in the number of tech companies coming to the area or expanding existing operations.


Aug. 20, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Hanover Co. has agreement to buy Buckhead Village site

Douglas Sams and Amy Wenk report that for more than a year, a high-end hotel was in the works next to the historic Buckhead Theatre. Now, a project that would feature residential and street-level retail is being planned on the more than 1-acre site. The Hanover Co. has the parking lot next to the Buckhead Theatre under contract, the property's owner Robin Loudermilk said.


Aug. 20, 2014 Savannah Morning News

PERC coffee launching new line of cold brews

local roasting company PERC Coffee is making its first foray into bottling with the launch of a new single-origin cold brewed coffee. PERC cold brew will be available in stores and restaurants beginning Saturday according to owner and roaster Philip Brown.


Aug. 20, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jason Carter backs a new push for transportation sales tax

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Jason Carter said Tuesday it was time to revive the idea of a regional sales tax for infrastructure improvements to fix a transportation dilemma he said is weighing down Georgia’s economy like an “anchor.” The 2012 push for a sales tax increase for transportation, known as the T-SPLOST, failed in most parts of the state despite tremendous support from the business community and backing from most of the state’s leading politicians, including both Carter and Gov. Nathan Deal, his November opponent.




Aug. 19, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia has nation’s 2nd-highest unemployment rate

Dan Chapman reports that Georgia notched the second worst unemployment rate in the nation — 7.8 percent — in July, according to a report released Monday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only Mississippi, with a jobless rate of 8 percent, came in below the Peach State. Each month the BLS lists unemployment rates for every state. During the peak of the recession, Georgia — hit hard by the collapse of the housing and construction industries — had much company at the bottom of the jobless rankings. 


Each month the BLS lists unemployment rates for every state. During the peak of the recession, Georgia — hit hard by the collapse of the housing and construction industries — had much company at the bottom of the jobless rankings.

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Aug. 19, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream moving toward supersonic jet

Mary Carr Mayle reports that all about the boom. For more than a decade, Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace has dedicated a team of engineers and other researchers to finding a way to diminish the bone-jarring sound of an aircraft breaking the sound barrier. Some seven years, Gulfstream rolled out its "Quiet Spike" sonic boom mitigation system on a NASA F-15 jet, which had been testing the structural integrity of the device.


Aug. 19, 2014 WABE

Metro Atlanta's Real Estate Market Holds Steady

John Lorinc reports that it could be better, but it could be worse. That's the findings from the Atlanta Board of Realtors' latest report on the housing numbers for July 2014. "All the indications are very, very favorable for a continued, thriving and sustainable housing market in Atlanta," says ABR president Todd Emerson.


Aug. 19, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Uber tests moving service in Atlanta, Nashville

Phil W. Hudson reports that Uber tested a new moving service in Atlanta on Aug. 16. The San Francisco-based tech-enabled car service teamed up with the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based moving service Bellhops to test UberMovers, a professional moving service. Uber said the promotion was focused on large areas surrounding Georgia Tech and the Atlanta University Center. 


Aug. 19, 2014 Augusta Chronicle

Partridge Inn sale complete

Jenna Martin reports that the Partridge Inn sale was completed Monday, with a planned $6 million renovation announced by its new ownership group. The historic Walton Way hotel is now owned by Atlanta-based Partridge Inn Holdings LLC and will be managed by NorthPointe Hospitality Management LLC, according to a news release.


Aug. 19, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Edens buys Buckhead Village center for $19 million

Douglas Sams reports that Edens, the Columbia, S.C.-based real estate company, recently bought the entertainment and shopping center Andrews Square — part of the Buckhead Village — for $19.1 million. The 2.6-acre center is known for its restaurants and clubs that make up East Andrews Entertainment District and for popular Buckhead cafe Souper Jenny


Aug. 19, 2014 Saporta Report

Races for governor, Senate could affect Tyler Perry’s purchase plans 

David Pendered reports that implications on the races for Georgia’s governor and U.S. senator of the Tyler Perry proposal to buy most of Fort McPherson may be starting to take shape. The election is less than three weeks after Perry’s tentatively scheduled closing, on Oct. 15, for 330 acres of the fort. If Gov. Nathan Deal loses to Sen. Jason Carter, or if Michelle Nunn wins a Senate seat, there’s a chance that either victor may intervene to slow Perry’s deal. 


Aug. 19, 2014 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Jason Carter hammers Nathan Deal on rise in Georgia unemployment rate

Walter C. Jones reports that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter used a conference call Monday to blast Gov. Nathan Deal for the latest rise in the state's unemployment rate, offering education spending as a general solution. Meanwhile, the Libertarian nominee renewed his specific pledge to drop the unemployment rate with employer rebates.


Aug. 19, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Michelle Nunn losing the Super PAC war

Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway report that never mind the polls in the race for U.S. Senate. Democrat Michelle Nunn is losing one of the more important modern measurements of candidate potency: Super PAC support. While Nunn’s campaign has been wildly successful at raising money, her allied Super PAC, Georgians Together, had brought in a mere $70,000 as of the end of June. Keith Mason, treasurer of that organization, sent us some spending figures over the weekend, which we have adjusted slightly.




Aug. 18, 2014 Georgia Health News

State health plan choices for 2015 draw praise

Andy Miller reports that many state employees and teachers will see no increase in their health insurance premiums next year under rates approved by a state agency’s board Thursday. The State Health Benefit Plan members will have choices among plans offered by three health insurers, rather than a single insurance company this year.


The State Health Benefit Plan members will have choices among plans offered by three health insurers, rather than a single insurance company this year.

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Aug. 18, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Increasing Development

Don Sadler reports that on the surface, the idea of a business voluntarily paying more money in taxes than it owes sounds absurd. But this is exactly what hundreds of businesses and commercial property owners in Georgia have chosen to do by forming Community Improvement Districts, or CIDs.


Aug. 18, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Silver Airways to discontinue Macon service

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Silver Airways plans to discontinue its flights to Macon, saying traffic has fallen far short of its forecasts. The Fort Lauderdale-based carrier told the U.S. Department of Transportation it wants to discontinue its federally-subsidized flights from Macon to Atlanta and Orlando effective Nov. 5.


Aug. 18, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Byrd Cookie Co. expanding retail reach

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Byrd Cookie Co., the family-owned Savannah bakery best known for its jars and tins of tasty cookies, will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year by opening the first of what will be six new retail stores up and down the Eastern seaboard.


Aug. 18, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Yallywood vs. Hollywood: The battle for TV and film production

Phil W. Hudson reports that California is looking for ways to prevent filming from moving outside of Hollywood and into places like Atlanta. California legislators approved a 5-0 vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Aug. 14 that will quadruple tax subsidies for location shooting to $400 million a year and eliminate the lottery system that awards tax credits to TV and film produtions, despite its economic impact. Gov. Nathan Deal announced Aug. 5 Georgia’s movie and TV industries generated $5.1 billion in economic impact during the last fiscal year, up from $3.3 billion in fiscal 2013.


Aug. 18, 2014 GPB

For Food Start-Ups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success

Allison Aubrey reports that if you want to get in shape, you can join a gym. But if you want to start a food business, where do you go? Try a culinary incubator. Just as gym members share workout equipment, members of many food incubators share commercial kitchen space. Incubators also offer business support and technical assistance like branding, sales and distribution to help "foodpreneurs" get off the ground.


Aug. 18, 2014 Rome News Tribune

Tucker Farms creating market for greenhouse greens

Doug Walker reports that at first glance, one might think Craig Tucker is the kind of guy who likes to play in the dirt. But most of his Tucker Farms operation involves very little dirt. Tucked away in the northeast corner of Floyd County, overlooking the Oostanaula River, the family-owned and operated agri-business at 289 Thomas Bluff Road offers fresh produce to individuals and corporate clients across North Georgia.


Aug. 18, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

King and Queen may go on market for record-setting price

Douglas Sams reports that less than two years after selling for more than $300 million, Concourse Corporate Center and its landmark “King and Queen” towers may be heading back on the market, a deal that could fetch one of the highest prices ever paid for a metro Atlanta office project. Regent Partners LLC and its investment partners, including GEM Realty Capital Inc., would list the more than 2 million-square-foot property late this year or in early 2015, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the strategy.


Aug. 18, 2014 Newnan Times-Herald

Carter says education must be top priority

W. Winston Skinner reports that Jason Carter, Democratic candidate for governor, says the current administration is “trading in the future” by short-changing education – something he pledged to stop, if elected. Carter was the keynote speaker for the annual Atkinson-Arnall Dinner at the Newnan Centre on Friday night. The Coweta County Democratic Party is named for the two Democratic governors from Coweta County, William Yates Atkinson and Ellis Gibbs Arnall.


Aug. 18, 2014 WABE

Plaintiffs in Georgia Same Sex Marriage Ban Lawsuit Keep Close Watch on Recent Rulings

Rose Scott reports that a 2004 amendment, approved by voters through a referendum, makes it unconstitutional for Georgia to recognize or perform same-sex marriages and civil unions. But a recent surge of court rulings, finding other state laws to be unconstitutional, could mean Georgia is the next state to have its same-sex marriage ban invalidated. At least that’s what Beth Littrell is hoping for involving Georgia's law. Littrell is the senior attorney for Lamdba Legal.



Aug. 15, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke buys minority stake in Monster energy drinks

Leon Stafford reports that Coca-Cola has bought a minority stake in energy drink giant Monster, the company announced late Thursday. Atlanta-based Coke will pay $2.15 billion for a 16.7 percent of Monster, the leader in the energy drink market. Coke will also get two directors positions on Monster’s board.


Aug. 15, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power to build solar project at naval base

Dave Williams reports that the U.S. Navy is working with Georgia Power Co. to build a solar energy project at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base near St. Marys, a Georgia Power executive announced Thursday. The solar project would be the fourth built by the Atlanta-based utility in partnership with the military.


Aug. 15, 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post

Unclear if Cisco cuts will affect Gwinnett

Joshua Sharpe reports that Cisco Systems representatives are not saying if the global giant’s plans to cut 8 percent of its workforce will be felt in Gwinnett County. The networking company, which has hundreds of employees in Lawrenceville, confirmed Thursday that “limited restructuring” would impact up to 6,000 workers worldwide in the next year. What isn’t clear is where the affected employees are based.


Aug. 15, 2014

Savannah entrepreneurs eye greater slice of cake icing market

Mary Welch reports that without the help of a Georgia Institute of Technology program that assists manufacturers, Laura Darnall and Lois Judy might still be churning out fondant in a building in Ms. Darnall’s Savannah backyard.  But today, Fondarific has a 10,000-square-foot factory and ships internationally. The company in 2011 sold $2.5 million worth of fondant, a creamy confection mostly used in decorating cake.


Aug. 15, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Spirit Airlines adding Atlanta routes in October

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Spirit Airlines announced it will add routes from Atlanta to Chicago O’Hare and Detroit starting Oct. 24, as it adds planes to its fleet. The airline is moving up the launch date for the two new routes due to early deliveries of new aircraft. Miramar, Fla.-based Spirit also added a route from Atlanta to Houston Bush Intercontinental this month.


Aug. 15, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

DraftServ Technologies expands, will add 50 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that draft beverage service provider, DraftServ Technologies is expanding its point-of-sale beverage system operations into the cruise, hospitality and sports venue industries. As part of the expansion, DraftServ will double its 2,500-square-foot facility in Suwannee and add 50 jobs in the next several months, according to a statement.


Aug. 15, 2014 WABE

Deal Denies Link Between Tyler Perry Campaign Contribution And Land Deal

Jonathan Shapiro reports that Gov. Nathan Deal Thursday dismissed any link between a campaign contribution from Atlanta-based filmmaker Tyler Perry and the recent announcement that Perry will purchase two-thirds of Fort McPherson. Deal said the combined $12,600 donation from Perry and his film company had nothing to do with the deal.


Aug. 15, 2014 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

Poll: Deal and Carter tied in governor's race, Perdue on top in Senate battle

Walter C. Jones reports that the governor’s race is essentially tied, and the Senate contest has Republican David Perdue ahead, according to a survey released Thursday. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has a small numerical lead over Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter and Libertarian Andrew Hunt, but the difference between Deal and Carter essentially falls within the survey’s margin of error. Deal has 43 percent, Carter 39, and Hunt 7, with 11 percent undecided.


Aug. 15, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Zell Miller endorses Michelle Nunn for Senate, but Nathan Deal for governor

Jim Galloway reports that former governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller on Thursday endorsed Democrat Michelle Nunn in the U.S. Senate race, citing her bipartisan approach as an antidote for Washington gridlock. But lest you Democrats get too excited: Miller said he fully intends to vote for Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who is locked in a tough re-election bid with Democrat Jason Carter, grandson of the former president.



Aug. 14, 2014 WABE

Organization Raises Concerns About Possibility Of Atlantic Offshore Drilling

Michelle Wirth reports that a Georgia environmental organization is concerned about including the Atlantic ocean from Florida through Delaware in a federal lease program for oil and natural gas. The eastern seaboard has been closed to offshore drilling for more than 30 years. If it becomes part of the program, it could lead to drilling off Georgia’s coast.


Aug. 14, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Summer games and fans

Susan Percy writes, if a warm summer morning and a sweet-smelling grassy field of young athletes wearing brand new jerseys and caps, holding onto their gloves and checking out their teammates doesn’t get your blood flowing, then open another bag of Tostitos, head to the couch and find a Law And Order rerun to watch.


Aug. 14, 2014

Deal announces AmeriCorps grants for Georgia organizations

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia organizations will receive $3,437,917 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to engage 690 AmeriCorps members with 15 nonprofit organizations and meet education, health, environmental and other local needs.


Aug. 14, 2014 Newnan Times-Herald

Sequoia Golf to be sold to ClubCorp for $265M

Clay Neely reports that Newnan-based Sequoia Golf will sell its stock and assets to Dallas-based ClubCorp for $265 million, the companies announced Wednesday. Sequoia currently owns or operates 50 private clubs, semi-private and resort golf facilities located across the U.S. Among those in the area include Canongate I Golf Club, White Oak Golf Club, Flat Creek, Planterra Ridge, and Braelin golf clubs in Peachtree City.


Aug. 14, 2014 Rome News-Tribune

Red Lobster sold; restaurant and land goes for more than $2 million

Doug Walker reports that Arizona based real estate investment trust has purchased Red Lobster, 700 Shorter Avenue, for more than $2 million, well over twice what the land and existing building were on the local tax books for. Real estate transfer records filed at the Floyd County Courthouse show that the property was sold by GMRI, Inc. a Florida Corporation to ARCP RL Portfolio VI, LLC, 700 Shorter Ave., for $2,305,200.


Aug. 14, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Urban Institute: Georgia residents struggling with debt

Jacques Couret reports that Georgia ranked sixth in the nation for the highest percentage of residents with delinquent debt at 42 percent in 2013, according to a recent Urban Institute study. Georgia also ranks 20th lowest in the nation for median household income and has the sixth-highest poverty rate.


Aug. 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

MedAssets acquires healthcare market analytics firm Sg2

Christopher Seward reports that Alpharetta-based MedAssets Inc. said it is acquiring Skokie, Ill-based Sg2 LLC, a provider of healthcare market analysis and forecasting services, for $142 million. MedAssets said the acquisition will complement its analytic services, which help clients with strategic planning.


Aug. 14, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Houston company expansions to add 225 jobs, $86 million investment

Mike Stucka reports that two Houston companies are committed to big expansions that would add more than 200 jobs, while the county also is a finalist to become the American headquarters for another manufacturer. Angie Gheesling, executive director of the Houston County Development Authority, told the Telegraph on Wednesday that the first two committed projects will bring "combined, probably 225 jobs and a combined investment of $86 million."


Aug. 14, 2014 GPB

Georgia State University Researchers Working on Ebola Vaccine

Jeanne Bonner reports that four years ago, researchers at Georgia State met with U.S. Army officials. The military wanted their help fighting a host of infectious diseases, including Ebola. Microbiology Professor George Pierce is one of the researchers who met with the Army. He says, at the time, he and his team’s focus was on flu vaccine research.


Aug. 14, 2014 Athens Banner Herald, Morris News Service

Georgia lawmakers consider standard payouts for people wrongfully convicted

Walter C. Jones reports that looking to set a standard payout for people released from prison after being wrongfully convicted, state lawmakers heard Wednesday from experts on the range of past payments. All eight of the Georgians who have received compensation since 2000 were exonerated on the basis of DNA analysis in rape cases. None claimed that prosecutors did anything improper to put an innocent person behind bars, even though one of the exonerated men had pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain.


Aug. 14, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Republicans duck sequel to the fight over Common Core

Jim Galloway reports that a sequel to the national war over Common Core, aimed at top history classes in public high schools across the country, is about to break out. But Georgia’s ranking Republicans have decided to give this particular fight a miss. You can blame, or credit, the hot race between Gov. Nathan Deal and Jason Carter, the Democrat who would overthrow him. Consider it more proof that elections can make a difference in your life – even before the final votes are cast.






Aug. 13, 2014 Albany Herald, Georgia Health News

Federal and state numbers differ on Medicaid, PeachCare enrollments in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that Federal figures show Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare enrollment jumped 16 percent since October – the highest percentage increase among states that have rejected the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Yet Georgia Medicaid officials Monday released figures that showed a much smaller percentage hike in Medicaid and PeachCare enrollment since October – 5.6 percent, rising by more than 100,000 to almost 1.9 million members.


Aug. 13, 2014 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Driving the Dream

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy reports that the High Museum's Dream Cars exhibit, open through Sept. 7 in Atlanta, features 17 innovative concept cars from across Europe and the U.S., including incredibly rare designs from Ferrari, Bugatti, GM and Porsche. To complement the exhibit, Table 1280, the Woodruff Arts Center’s restaurant, is featuring a selection of Dream Car-tails.


Aug. 13, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Grady enters contract with IT company

Ellie Hensley reports that Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation has entered a three-year contract with CareView Communications Inc., an information technology provider to the health-care industry. The Lewisville, Texas-based company will install its entire line of products and services for 402 of Grady's beds.


Aug. 13, 2014 Macon Telegraph

Geico celebrates four decades in Macon

Linda S. Morris reports that August 1974, Geico opened a regional office in Macon with just 150 employees. Now as the insurance giant celebrates 40 years in the city, the number of workers has swelled to more than 5,400.


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Aug. 13, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Program to help underwater homeowners Thursday

Staff reports that Home Affordable Refinance Program, a government sponsored effort to help homeowners refinance their homes, will host a meeting at Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. The church is at 407 Auburn Ave. in Atlanta. It is one of four stops on the current tour, hosted by the Federal Housing and Finance Agency. 


Aug. 13, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Qcept Technologies raises $3M

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Qcept Technologies Inc. has raised $3 million, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing. The Atlanta-based company plays a critical role in the development of the tiny chips that power smart phones and computers. 


Aug. 13, 2014 WABE 

WonderRoot Announces Move to Building 14 Times its Current Size

Kate Sweeney reports that the arts organization WonderRoot has announced a significant expansion. The nonprofit arts and service organization has occupied its current space, a 4,000-square-foot house on Memorial Drive, since 2008. Next year, it plans to move across the street into the 52,000 square-foot building that was formerly Tech High Charter School. The group plans to call the new space the WonderRoots Center for Arts and Social Change.


Aug. 13, 2014 Savannah Morning News

Public gets closer look at Port Wentworth transportation project

public was given a close look Tuesday evening at a Georgia Department of Transportation project that officials hope will unclog traffic in Port Wentworth. Plans and interactive displays of a planned diverging diamond interchange on Ga.


Aug. 13, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Republicans begin $2.5 million TV assault on Michelle Nunn

Jim Galloway, Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein report, we told you about Democrat Michelle Nunn’s first TV slap at Republican rival David Perdue in the U.S. Senate race. Her theme: “David Perdue’s real world doesn’t include you.”Nunn is trying to get in front of – or at least mitigate – a $2.5 million air assault by the National Republican Senatorial Committee that also starts today.




Aug. 12, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Study: Georgia opting out of Medicaid expansion carries heavy price tag

Dave Williams reports that Georgia would lose $33.7 billion during the next decade by not expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to a nonprofit social and economic research organization. The Washington, D.C-based Urban Institute released a study Monday examining the potential impacts of not expanding Medicaid in the 24 states that have opted out of the expansion since a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision on Obamacare gave states that choice.


Aug. 12, 2014 GPB

Charting The Future Of Atlanta's Airport

Bradley George reports that the new General Manager of Atlanta's airport wants to lure more international visitors to the city. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest, serving around 95 million passengers every year. But only 10 million or so arrive from foreign destinations. General Manager Miguel Southwell is keen to offer direct flights to cities in China and India. (Delta offered non-stop service to Shanghai, but suspended the flights in 2011, citing high fuel prices and low demand).


Aug. 12, 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke sues ex-vending machine partner

Christopher Seward reports that a court battle is under way between Coca-Cola and a company that makes it possible for you to use a debit or credit to buy a soft drink out of a vending machine. Coca-Cola Refreshments wants USA Technologies Inc. to return nearly $1 million in fees collected from Coke vending machines after the two parted ways two years ago, according to a lawsuit filed recently in