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June 29, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

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

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


June 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Changing the Conversation

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


June 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


June 29, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Allegiant adds new Savannah route

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


June 29, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

July declared Ex-Prisoner Re-entry Awareness Month

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


June 29 2016 GPB

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

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


June 29, 2016 Georgia Health News

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

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


June 29, 201 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Regional signs pediatric care agreement with Children's Healthcare

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


June 29, 2016 WABE 90.1

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

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


June 29, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett technology firm to recruit for 120 jobs Wednesday

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


June 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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



June 28, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Black gill disease shows up early in Georgia shrimp

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


June 28, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Military Family Support Center opens in Cobb County

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


June 28 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coolray owner moves HQ to Cobb County

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


June 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


June 28, 2016 Kennesaw State University

Interim executive director named for business incubator center

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


June 28, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Fort Benning holds first LGBT Pride celebration

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


June 28, 2016 Georgia Tech

Lockheed Martin sells real estate to Georgia Tech

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


June 28, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Certificate of Need approved for Newnan Behavioral Hospital

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


June 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Roark Capital takes stake in Drybar

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


June 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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



June 27, 2016 Georgia CEO

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

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


June 27, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Mountaintop Renewal

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


June 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bigger Ships heading for Georgia

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


June 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta: Business as usual in UK following Brexit vote

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


June 27, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia Power considers building nuclear plant in Stewart County

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


June 27, 2016

Brexit: The Potential Impact on Georgia

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


June 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New East Cobb hospital holds topping out ceremony

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


June 27, 2016 Saporta Report

Local governments should collaborate on transit, transportation network   

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


June 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Georgia’s Never Trump movement has new hope

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



June 24, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

RiverCity Foundry looking to jump start local business ideas

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


June 24, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Beyond the Classroom

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


June 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Spirit, Frontier to add PreCheck

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


June 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


June 24, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

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

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


June 24 2016 GPB

Tybee Weighs New Film Rules

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


June 24, 2016 Brunswick News

Rendition of Cumberland quarter released

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


June 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Boston company expanding in Cobb County, creating 50 jobs

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


June 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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



June 23, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

Another flooring company relocating headquarters to Dalton

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


June 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — W.D. Thomson Park

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


June 23, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Walter Jones is new publisher of Newnan Times-Herald

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


June 23, 2016 University of Georgia 

UGA to get 19 new electric buses

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


June 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon plans fulfillment center in Braselton, 500 jobs

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


June 23 2016 Georgia Health News

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

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


June 23, 2016 Albany Herald

Ken Hodges named Georgia Bar Association treasurer

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


June 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


June 23, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

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

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


June 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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



June 22, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

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

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


June 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: The Forest and the Trees

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


June 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


June 22, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Great Wolf Resorts indoor water park, lodging coming to LaGrange

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


June 22, 2016 Georgia Health News

Task force aims to reshape Georgia stance on health coverage

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


June 22, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Geor­gia Bank & Trust merger will bring some layoffs

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


June 22, 2016 Georgia Times Union

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

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


June 22, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Rincon gets Murphy USA, keeps all live oaks

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


June 22, 2016 Brunswick News

Funding approved for reactor design for new subs

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


June 22, 2016 LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange man named chief administrative officer for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

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


June 22, 2016 WABE 90.1

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

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


June 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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



June 21, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Updating Rules On Dam Emergency Action Plans

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


June 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

State of Atlanta’s BeltLine

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


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

Georgia school district hiring 450 teachers, no education degree required

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


June 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


June 21, 2016

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

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


June 21, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Key harbor deepening mitigation underway

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


June 21, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

ADP holds ribbon-cutting on Augusta expansion

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


June 21, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

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

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


June 21, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Char-Broil fires up construction on its new global headquarters

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


June 21, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


June 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A new sculptor tapped for MLK statue for Georgia Capitol

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



June 20, 2016 Gainesville Times

508-acre waterfront development goes to Hall planning board

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


June 20, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Power of the Peach

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


June 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta still hoping to restart Atlanta-Shanghai route

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


June 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

ICE to acquire majority equity position in home loan tracking firm

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


June 20, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Celebrity chef tours peach orchard to help promote local produce

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


June 20, 2016

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

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


June 20, 2016 Access WDUN

Foxfire, Piedmont College, UGA to hold national education conference

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


June 20, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


June 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: UPS will not sponsor 2016 GOP Convention

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


June 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A Georgia GOP bundler too busy to help Donald Trump

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



June 17, 2016 WABE 90.1

Why Opposite Sides Unite To Oppose Pipelines In Georgia

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


June 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Trend reader survey

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


June 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Eric Holder argues for Uber in Atlanta airport dispute

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


June 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Coca-Cola can redesign paying off

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


June 17, 2016

Israel’s Polymer Logistics Picks Georgia for Distribution Center

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


June 17, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Fire burns inside Aflac’s Teresa White, young leaders

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


June 17, 2016  Marietta Daily Journal

North Georgia incubator solidifies Marietta headquarters

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


June 17, 2016 Polk Standard Journal, Georgia Health News

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

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


June 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Scientific Games to stay Georgia Lottery’s instant game provider

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


June 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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





June 16, 2016 Brunswick News

Georgia Power makes strides toward ash pond dismantle

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


June 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia: Goats

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


June 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Shaky jobs numbers fueling concern

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


June 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia now tied for No. 3 in worldwide film production

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


June 16, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

TV company with Georgia ties buys five Midwest stations

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


June 16, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Paine College to reveal accrediting agency's decision

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


June 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Millennials want to work for these Atlanta companies

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


June 16, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

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

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


June 16, 2016 WABE 90.1

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

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


June 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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



June 15, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah poised to adopt regional film office agreement

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


June 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: The Right Side of History

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


June 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot sues Visa and Mastercard over chip cards

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


June 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


June 15, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

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

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


June 15, 2016 Albany Herald

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

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


June 15, 2016 Brunswick News

Sea Island under family ownership again

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


June 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

MetLife names JLL master developer of planned Midtown transit oriented project

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


June 15, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


June 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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



June 14, 2016 Fox5Atlanta

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

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


June 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Brunswick/Golden Isles: Optimism Abounds

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


June 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ga. Power to speed closure of coal ash ponds

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


June 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Google Fiber announces pricing and plans for Atlanta

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


June 14, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Foundation to Acquire Historic Biltmore

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


June 14, 2016 Saporta Report

What Henry Grady can teach Atlanta about sustainable growth

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


June 14, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Dawn Cartee named director of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education

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


June 14, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Steel milestone celebrated at SunTrust Park

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


June 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Georgia Small Business Person of the Year

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


June 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Presidential campaign lands in Georgia this week amid Orlando uproar

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



June 13, 2016 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Rolls Out Bike Share Program With 10 Downtown Stations

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


June 13, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Transforming Columbus

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


June 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta could lose headquarters with $3.8 billion Axiall takeover

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


June 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


June 13, 2016

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

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


June 13, 2016 Georgia Health News

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

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


June 13, 2016 Brunswick News

Hotels still see positive summer gains

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


June 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sweden company relocates manufacturing to Georgia from Pennsylvania

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


June 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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



June 10, 2016

Deal: GE to launch global Digital Operations Center in Atlanta

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


June 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: The Forest and the Trees

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


June 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia-Pacific buys Reliable Container

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


June 10, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Norcross company, Gwinnett Tech partner on diesel engine program

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


June 10, 2016 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

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

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


June 10, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

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

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


June 10, 2016 Albany Herald

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

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


June 10, 2016 Brunswick News

Authority member asks to delay closure of St. Marys Airport

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


June 10, 2016 Rome News Tribune

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

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


June 10, 2016 WABE 90.1

New Falcons Stadium Could Help Alleviate Westside Flooding

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


June 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

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

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



June 9, 2016 Georgia CEO

Southern Company, AGL Resources Receive Merger Approval from Illinois Regulators

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


June 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Looking Good

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


June 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta begins selling Atlanta-Brussels flights to resume in 2017

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


June 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


June 9, 2016

Qatar Airways to Start U.S. Hiring Push in Atlanta Despite Labor Protests

Trevor Williams reports tha tQatar Airways says the sky is the limit with its high-flying careers, but activists say that if the Middle Eastern carrier gets its way, some Atlantans may soon be moving to a country that keeps its workers grounded. In July Qatar is set to begin its U.S. recruitment drive for flight attendants in Atlanta, the newest of 10 American destinations for the rapidly expanding airline.


June 9, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

Athens-based Landmark Properties named top student-housing developer in U.S.

Staff reports that Landmark Properties, the Athens-based real estate development firm whose current local project, The Mark, is now rising in the eastern edge of downtown Athens, has been named the country’s top student housing developer by “Student Housing Business,” a leading industry publication. Landmark claimed the No. 1 ranking based on the volume of its development activity, which includes 30 new projects and more than 20,000 beds, according to a news release announcing the award.


June 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Martin’s Landing Lake

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Martin’s Landing in Roswell is home to nearly 2,000 families, with most of the houses, apartments, townhomes and condos located within walking distance of a beautiful lake and the critters who call the water home.


June 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia credit unions continue growth in Q1

Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia’s 121 credit unions are off to a strong start in 2016. According to Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA), the Peach State’s credit unions saw a 2.5 percent first quarter increase in overall lending. This performance continues the 12.6 percent annual growth rate experienced in 2015.


June 9, 2016 WABE 90.1

GOP Senator: Ga. Should 'Re-Examine' Medicaid Expansion

Michelle Eloy reports that the Republican head of the Georgia Senate's Health and Human Services committee says the state needs to “re-examine” expanding Medicaid. State Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) didn’t endorse the idea of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Rather, she thinks the state should look at negotiating a federal waiver, as other Republican-majority states have done, to tailor how any potential Medicaid expansion would work.



June 8, 2016 Gainesville Times

Water wars trial between Georgia, Florida being considered for fall

Jeff Gill reports that a trial over Florida allegations that Georgia is drinking up too much of shared water is being eyed for October or November. The two states say they’re actively engaged in mediation, but just in case those efforts hit a wall, parties are rounding up witnesses and otherwise preparing for the trial, which would take place in Washington, D.C.


June 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: June 2016

Susan Percy reports that Judson Turner stepped down as director of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, effective June 1. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Turner, named “water czar” by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2014, will remain a member of the state’s litigation team in the fight with Florida over water from the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola rivers.


June 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Unofficial Business: Ga. Power scopes out new nuke, at our expense

Matt Kempner reports that some really great deals are only great if someone else pays for them. The state’s largest power company has just such a deal for us. Georgia Power insists it’s really important and prudent to spend nearly $175 million so the company can investigate building a nuclear plant on land it owns south of Columbus in Stewart County. Executives testified that the investment is “in the best interest of its customers.”


June 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

NIH gives Emory $35.6 million for HIV/AIDS vaccine research

Ellie Hensley reports that the National Institutes of Health awarded a research consortium at Emory University a five-year, $36.5 million grant to develop new strategies to prevent and cure HIV/AIDS, including vaccine research. The Emory Consortium for Innovative AIDS research in Nonhuman Primates aims to develop vaccines that would give sustained protection from retroviral infection and refine "shock and kill" approaches to eliminate the virus.


June 8, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta University research seeks better drug for Parkinson's

Tom Corwin reports that  a longtime member of South Ca­ro­lina’s boxing commission and a friend to many great athletes and boxers, Paul Kennemore can tell a lot of stories, such as what Joe Frazier told him about Muhammad Ali and their historic battles.  Like Ali, Kennemore has Parkinson’s disease, but he is doing pretty well. Augusta University researchers are looking at a metabolite similar to established drugs that might have the protective effects on nerve cells without the significant side effects of the established drugs.


June 8, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Officials Develop New Tool Aimed At Evaluating Schools

Martha Dalton reports that the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has developed a new tool to help explain grades given to schools. The website breaks down data from the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which scores schools on a 100-point scale. The index uses data like test scores, attendance records and graduation rates to calculate a school’s grade.


June 8, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson introduces amendment to fund relocation of St. Marys airport

Terry Dickson reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has filed an amendment to the defense budget this week to provide federal funding to relocate the St. Marys Airport away from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, the Georgia Republican's office said. The Navy has said the airport's location near the base poses safety and security concerns. In the past, planes taking off and landing at the airport have crossed into the base's restricted airspace.


June 8, 2016 GPB

Georgia Cotton Farmers To Receive Federal Assistance Payments

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia's cotton farmers could receive payments of up to $40,000 each to help cover production costs this ginning season. That’s because of a $300 million U.S. Department of Agriculture program launched this week aimed at sustaining and expanding the U.S. cotton market. Chris Chammoun, Director of Public Affairs with the Georgia Cotton Commission, said the payments are a good start towards assisting Georgia’s cotton farmers.


June 8, 2016

Atlanta Locomotive Manufacturer Lands Its First Africa Deal

Phil Bolton reports that Atlanta-based Railserve Inc. has made its first sale in Africa and is looking for other opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa to meet the demand for cost-effective locomotives for rail yard switching and other activities. The sale of six locomotives was the company’s first out of North America and managed to outbid a Chinese competitor due to financing from the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.


June 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta pilots will picket 2016 shareholders meeting

Staff reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) pilots will picket at the carrier’s annual shareholders meeting in New York on June 10, the Air Line Pilots Association International reported Tuesday. The union says it wants to “raise the sense of urgency in the ongoing negotiations.” The Air Line Pilots Association International is currently in mediation with the airline over a new contract, and it argues the company has rebounded to big profits since its 2005 bankruptcy, when pilots took pay cuts and weathered pension losses.


June 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue ‘troubled’ by Donald Trump’s comments on judge, says apology ‘appropriate’

Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue said he is “troubled” by Donald Trump’s recent remarks about a federal judge with Mexican heritage, telling reporters Tuesday that the billionaire’s recent comments are distracting from more serious policy discussions that could help bolster the GOP’s case for the White House this fall. The freshman senator, who has quickly become the presumptive Republican nominee’s most prominent Georgia surrogate, said an apology “would be appropriate” and that it was important for the next president to unite the country.



June 7, 2016 

Deal: May tax revenues up 4.1 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for May totaled roughly $1.56 billion, for an increase of $58.6 million, or 4.1 percent, over May 2015. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled nearly $18.91 billion, for an overall increase of $1.7 billion, or 9.9 percent, compared to May 2015, when net tax revenues totaled $17.21 billion.


June 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s booming film industry

Ralph Ellis reports, one prominent industry, movie and television production, is becoming more and more Georgia branded. In the past seven years, more than 120 films have been made here, including major franchises such as The Fast and the Furious and The Hunger Games. Several towns can thank local productions for helping to revitalize their areas, including Senoia (The Walking Dead TV show) and Juliette (the movie Fried Green Tomatoes).


June 7, 2016 Saporta Report

Cautions aside, Savannah port expects more cargo after bigger Panama Canal opens June 26   

David Pendered reports that despite cautionary remarks in a report by the real estate company CBRE, Georgia’s ports expect to handle more cargo and add more to the state’s economy once the expanded Panama Canal opens this month, Griff Lynch, incoming executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, said Monday.


June 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot moves up on Fortune 500 list

Leon Stafford reports that Home Depot has climbed into the top 30 on the roster of biggest U.S. public companies. The Cobb County-based home improvement giant gained five spots to 28th on the 2016 Fortune 500 list, issued Monday. The move was powered by sales gains that boosted revenue to $88.52 billion last year.


June 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia has a new Fortune 500 company

Maria Saporta reports that Georgia has a new Fortune 500 company – Veritiv Corp. (NYSE: VRTV) – giving the state a total of 18 companies on the list. And for the first time ever, a woman is at the helm of a Georgia-based Fortune 500 – Veritiv CEO Mary Laschinger. Veritiv, a leader in business-to-business distribution solutions, had $8.7 billion in revenues in 2015 giving the company a rank of 323 on the Fortune 500 company.


June 7, 2016 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Columbus native crowned Miss USA 2016

Alva James Johnson reports that a Columbus native who serves as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves was crowned Miss USA 2016 on Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Miss District of Columbia USA Deshauna Barber, 26, was born in Columbus, the daughter of an Army master sergeant at Fort Benning, according to a news release on the Miss Universe website. Because of her father’s military service, Barber relocated to several states, including North Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota and Virginia.


June 7, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Colin's expected rain, wind prompts closures in Southeast Georgia

Terry Dickson reports that with four to six inches of rain and 40 to 60 mph winds from Tropical Storm Colin expected, Glynn County schools canceled all summer school classes and other activities Tuesday. There had been heavy rain early Monday, but only light rain fell in much of the area in the afternoon. Most streets and roads in the area remained passable except for some brief flooding in areas where construction projects had impeded drainage.


June 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ball State: Georgia gets bad marks for manufacturing

Staff reports that Georgia still needs big improvement in its manufacturing sector, according to an annual study from Ball State University. For the second consecutive year, Georgia got a D+ for manufacturing and B for logistics, the study said. The 2016 Manufacturing and Logistics Report, prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) for Conexus Indiana shows how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics.


June 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Vincent Fort’s feud with Georgia Democratic establishment deepens

Greg Bluestein reports that Vincent Fort is the No. 2 Democrat in the Georgia Senate, a likely candidate for Atlanta mayor and an outspoken supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. And, he said Tuesday, he’s also a wanted man – targeted by state party leaders for daring to oppose Hillary Clinton. The Atlanta lawmaker claimed that Democratic Party of Georgia chair DuBose Porter and other party poobahs secretly orchestrated the campaign of little-known Democrat Jeff Sadiq, who challenged Fort in the May primary.



June 6, 2016 Georgia CEO

Georgia Banks Earn $720.7M in First Quarter

Staff reports that Georgia’s 194 state-based FDIC insured banks earned $720.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 9.3 percent over the same period in 2015. Total deposits, loans and assets all increased from the same period in 2015 as well as year-end totals.


June 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Actively Aging

Anna Bentley reports that active adult communities – developments geared toward those 55 and older who want to retain an active, social lifestyle – are attracting more and more homeowners around the state with their appealing combination of low-maintenance homes, resort-style amenities and a built-in, action-packed social life.


June 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta falls behind in luring millennials

Michael Kanell reports that when it comes to enticing millennials, metro Atlanta is no stand-out, according to data crunched by a national real estate group. Among 100 metro regions, Atlanta ranks in the middle of the pack on a range of measures, according to research by the National Association of Realtors. Among the cities beating Atlanta for overall attractiveness to millennial homebuyers wre Dallas, Denver and Raleigh.


June 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T expands 5G lab trial to Atlanta

Carla Caldwell reports that AT&T is working with Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) to expand the company’s 5G trial work – including starting system and software architecture lab work in Atlanta. The company’s 5G trial has already started in Austin, Texas. In addition to Atlanta, the company is expanding 5G lab trial work in Middletown, N.J., and San Ramon, Calif., the company said in a prepared statement.


June 6, 2016

U.K Firm Places a $480 Million Order for Lockheed Martin’s ‘ Helium Hybrid Airships

Phil bolton reports, it all started in a stinky former circus tent in Burbank, Calif., where a hand-picked team of Lockheed Aircraft Corp. engineers were working on a top secret project to counter the growing threat of the Luftwaffe’s jet fighters. “Skunk Works” became the official alias for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, a special, secretive division responsible for innovations, which developed the designs for the U-2, and the Lockheed Blackbirds, Nighthawks and Raptors.


June 3, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta’s swap of Bobby Jones Golf Course for a state parking deck rife with complexities   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta city officials plan to meet one final time with residents, on Friday, before the Atlanta City Council’s slated vote on June 6 on the proposed transfer of Bobby Jones Golf Course to the state. The deal involves multiple transactions, including one that will end Atlanta’s interests in the old World of Coke building.


June 3, 2016 Emory University

Internationally acclaimed public health researcher and academic leader Claire E. Sterk named Emory University's next president

Staff reports that Emory University Board of Trustees announced today that Claire E. Sterk, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory, has been selected as the university’s 20th president. She was elected by a unanimous vote of the trustees during its meeting in Atlanta. Sterk has been a member of the Emory community since 1995, when she was appointed to the faculty of the Rollins School of Public Health.


June 3, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA researchers to study effects of Georgia policy designed to curb opioid addiction

Erica Hensley reports that researchers at the University of Georgia will use a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study the effect of public policy aimed at limiting potential misuse and potentially inappropriate prescribing of opioids in vulnerable populations. The research grant provides $675,000 over three years to fund the study.


June 3, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Israeli solar energy company celebrates opening of Glynn County plant, first in the U.S.

Terry Dickson reports, with a "Shalom, y'all,'' an Israeli company celebrated the opening of a 49-acre solar generation plant north of the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, the company's first in the U.S. Energiya USA’s $20 million plant will generate 22 megawatts at full capacity, company president David M. Herskovits said, enough to power 8,500 homes.


June 3 ,2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Nominate your Legal Elite

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 29, 2016, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 14 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2016 issue. Any attorney who lives and works in Georgia and is a member of the Georgia bar is eligible to nominate a peer.


June 3, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

A river runs through it: Some fear that a pipeline submerged under the Etowah River may cause irreparable damage to an already fragile ecosystem   

Neil McGahee reports that fears of environmental testing by Houston-based Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. (TRANSCO) has some Bartow land owners concerned that a planned natural gas pipeline submerged under the Etowah River may cause irreparable damage to an already fragile ecosystem. TRANSCO, a subsidiary of Williams Partners LP and Atlanta-based Dogwood Enterprise Holdings Inc., entered into an agreement in 2014 to build the Dalton Expansion project, a 112-mile pipeline to transport Marcellus shale gas to the southeastern United States for electric power generation and natural gas distribution.


June 3, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

Georgia GOP chastises Gov. Nathan Deal, legislators on campus-carry, religious liberty

Walter C. Jones reports that Georgia Republicans passed eight resolutions at their state convention last weekend, including one expressing displeasure with Gov. Nathan Deal and state legislators, though not directly by name, over the failure to enact laws allowing guns on college campuses, and for “religious liberty.”


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Republicans back "in-state access" to medical marijuana

Greg Bluestein reports that the campaign to dramatically expand Georgia’s medical marijuana program got a boost when delegates to the Georgia Republican convention endorsed a resolution to support “in-state access” of cannabis oil and allow patients suffering from a range of additional medical conditions to qualify for the drug.



June 3, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

High schools improved, middle schools got worse with new state school grading system

Lee Shearer reports that high schools in Athens-Clarke County and surrounding counties consistently improved their scores from 2014 to 2015 on the state’s school grading system, but every middle school except one in the area saw a decline from 2014 on the latest College and Career Ready Performance Index scores. The CCRPI is the state’s tool for measuring how well students are being prepared for the next level of their education. Across the area, the score swings from 2014 to 2015 were often in double digits, especially on the downside.


June 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Columbus: Seeing the Big Picture

K.K. Snyder reports, just because things are going great doesn’t mean they can’t get better. With every sector of the community dialed in to the recently adopted Regional Prosperity Initiative, ‘up’ is the only direction Columbus and Muscogee County leaders will consider. For more than a decade, there has existed a need to define the identity of this city that morphed from a mill town floated on a textile economy to a center for financial data services and advanced manufacturing.


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke reportedly gets more than zero in trademark case

Matt Kempner reports that Coca-Cola appears to have scored a partial win in its battle for dibs on the word “zero.” Coke has tried for years to get exclusivity to use “zero” on beverages. Recently, the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that while Coke can register “zero” for non-calorie drinks such as Coca-Cola Zero, other makers of zero-calorie drinks also can use the word, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Qatar Airways’ Atlanta recruitment touts tax-free salary, housing

Carla Caldwell reports that Qatar Airways Company, which began daily non-stop service to and from Atlanta this week, says its employee recruitment drive in July will offer “competitive, tax-free salary, housing, medical insurance and other perks, in addition to the opportunity for rapid career advancement.” The Middle East carrier said it will soon announce recruitment drive dates.


June 3, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus is a city of disputed distinctions

Mike Owen reports that Columbus seems to have more than its share of disputed distinctions. When the Historic Columbus Foundation unveils its Soft Drink Heritage Trail of historic markers today at the W.C. Bradley Co., there are sure to be the nay-sayers who will say Atlanta is the real home of Coca-Cola, not Columbus. In spite of the fact that even Coke’s own retired historian says that the formula for Coca-Cola was probably concocted while pharmacist John Pemberton was living and working in Columbus, people still insist that it was born in the Big A. Those people are almost always from Atlanta.


June 3, 2016 Albany Herald

Lee Stockade women nominated for Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jennifer Parks reports that three members of the U.S. Congress submitted a letter to President Barack Obama in April nominating the Lee County Stockade Women for the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Reps. Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson Jr. and John Lewis, all from Georgia, nominated the women who — in the summer of 1963 — were imprisoned as young girls for their participation in the civil rights movement. In all, 15 girls ages 12-15 were confined in a stockade in Leesburg for two months under extremely poor conditions.


June 3, 2016 WSB Radio

Incipient drought in Georgia

Kirk Mellish reports that north Georgia is in short-term drought with anywhere from 1-7 inches of rain needed to meet short-term moisture needs for crops/lawns. Soil moisture is short in many areas of Georgia and most rivers and creeks/streams are lower than average. Thankfully however, lake levels are fine for now, staving off severe drought to start the summer and avoiding widespread water use restrictions for the time being.


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Doppler Studios calls it quits after 46 years in Atlanta

Phil W. Hudson reports that in 1969, one of Atlanta’s most legendary music studios opened its doors in Piedmont Heights. Now, after 46 years of operation, Doppler Studios will close its doors on June 10. According to the studio’s website, the property at 1922 Piedmont Circle was sold and Doppler Studios will “be closing its doors forever.”


June 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

More PPP numbers: On Nathan Deal, the U.S. Senate contest, the Braves and the 2018 race for governor

Jim Galloway reports that Public Policy Polling of North Carolina is out this afternoon with more Georgia survey numbers on a wide range of topics. Among them: Gov. Nathan Deal has a 50 percent approval rating among his fellow Republicans, but stronger-than-usual support among Democrats. The numbers most probably reflect the governor’s recent vetoes of campus-carry and “religious liberty” legislation.



June 2, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia To Overhaul Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Michell Eloy reports that to Rick Allen, the way Georgia currently monitors prescriptions for drugs like hydrocodone or oxycodone has some problems. “I have been threatened numerous times with going to jail, contempt of court,” said Allen, who leads the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency.


June 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Life Lessons

Neely Young writes, several times a year, I present a column made up of sayings. They can be used for speeches, sent to friends or just for your enjoyment. Called “I’ve Learned,” they show truth, wit and whimsy and should bring a smile to all. I’ve learned that: You should never be a critic of your wife’s choices because, remember, she chose you.


June 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chick-fil-A launches new mobile app

J. Scott Trubey reports that Chick-fil-A on Wednesday launched a new mobile app that allows customers to make custom orders and pay on the go. The new app, called Chick-fil-A One, is “the customer’s remote control for how they interact with Chick-fil-A,” said Michael Lage, the Atlanta-based company’s senior manager of digital experience.


June 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia banks starting strong in 2016

Phil W. Hudson reports that 2016 is starting off as a hot one for Georgia’s 194 state-based FDIC insured banks. According to Georgia Bankers Association, the Peach State’s banks earned $720.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 -- an increase of 9.3 percent over the same period in 2015. Total deposits, loans and assets all increased from the same period in 2015 as well as year-end totals.


June 2, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Fort Benning unveils $40 million solar facility

Chuck Williams reports, surrounded by acres of solar panels on the western edge of Fort Benning, Army and Georgia Power Company officials celebrated on Wednesday a joint project that will produce renewable energy for the post. The $40 million facility, built in about two years after it gained the required state approval, has 134,000 solar panels over more than 240 acres off 101st Airborne Road near the Uchee Creek recreational area on the Alabama side of the post.


June 2, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia consolidating Gwinnett DFCS, child support offices in new facility

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County is a big, growing county and that growth will soon lead to it having the largest population in the state. That, in turn, has lead to a growing demand for assistance from the county’s Department of Family and Children Services office, according to state DFCS Director Bobby Cagle. He added that as the department’s resources in the county have grown to meet that demand, staff has become spread across three offices in the county, which lead to logistics issues.


June 2, 2016 Brunswick News

Coastal Georgia nonprofit starts legal fund to fight coal ash transport and storage

Deborah Bayliss reports that a coastal Georgia environmental nonprofit has taken another step in its fight against a plan to transport and store coal ash in Wayne County that it says could be detriment to public health and the environment. “We think it’s extremely important that our water supply, wetlands, creeks and rivers be protected from this material and we will use every legal option we have to prevent it,” said David Kyler, executive director of the St. Simons Island based Center for a Sustainable Coast, the group that started the legal fund.


June 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Waterfalls

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, whether it’s man-made and strictly ornamental, running over a dam or naturally occurring and breathtaking, there’s just something about waterfalls. As the weather warms up, find your own bit of falling water at beautiful parks and sites across Georgia.


June 2, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta Fed reports mixed economic activity as rate hike on table next week

David Pendered reports that the Atlanta Fed released Wednesday an anecdotal report of economic activity that shows the South remains a bit of an outlier in relation to the rest of the nation. The differences were both positive and less than positive as the Federal Reserve is likely to consider a rate hike next week.
Tourism is a positive in the South, according to the June 1 edition of the Beige Book.


June 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola buys Unilever's soy beverage maker

Staff reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) will add to its non-carbonated offerings by buying Unilever’s AdeS soy-based beverage business for $575 million. Argentina-based AdeS is the top soy-based beverages brand in Latin America and has a presence in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, and Colombia. During 2015, AdeS sold 56.2 million unit cases of beverages and generated $284 million in revenue.


June 2, 2016 WABE 90.1 Ga.

ACLU Director Resigns Over Transgender Issues Dialogue

Martha Dalton reports that the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is looking for a new director, after Maya Dillard Smith resigned the post last week. Smith had only been on the job for a year, after moving from California. She says ultimately, it wasn’t a good fit. “It became clear that we were principally and philosophically different in opinion,” she says.



June 1, 2016

Deal: Apparel company to create more than 300 jobs in metro Atlanta

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that thredUP, a leading online marketplace for consumers to buy and sell like-new women’s and children’s clothing, will establish a distribution and warehouse operation in Gwinnett County. This project represents the creation of more than 300 new jobs in the metro Atlanta area. “thredUP's decision to grow its business here in Georgia is a direct reflection of our first-rate workforce and the ease of access we provide to the company's online customer base,” said Deal.


June 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Reaching for the Stars

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, when the book is written about the phenomenal rise of the film and television industry in Georgia, writers and researchers will look back to find the beginnings of that growth.They’ll discover a few deep roots – Gone with the Wind (1939), which wasn’t filmed here but was birthed here and premiered here with all of the Hollywood hoopla; Deliverance (1972), the movie that may have kept some folks out of the North Georgia Mountains but that put the area on filmmakers’ maps; and Forrest Gump (1994), which impressed upon the film world the location possibilities of Savannah – but nothing, really, that would indicate the kudzu-like spread of the industry today.


June 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Equifax sued over theft of Kroger workers’ info

Russell Grantham reports that hackers used a website run by a unit of Atlanta-based Equifax to steal sensitive personal information from W-2 forms on possibly hundreds of thousands of Kroger employees, according to a lawsuit. The lawsuit said Kroger told employees that it believed identity thieves had already used information obtained from Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting firms, to file fraudulent tax returns on some of the supermarket’s employees.


June 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

HD Supply sells Interior Solutions unit

Staff reports that HD Supply Inc. (NYSE: HDS) sold its HD Supply Interior Solutions business unit to Carlsbad, Calif.-based Interior Specialists Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The business is the nation’s top provider of outsourced design center services to national and regional homebuilders, with 165 locations across the nation.


June 1, 2016 WABE 90.1

Despite Overdose Epidemic, Ga. Puts Pause On Opioid Programs

Michelle Eloy reports that Zac Talbot sees the irony of running an opioid treatment program in an old doctor’s office. “The funny thing is, a lot of patients are like, ‘This is where I first started getting prescribed pain pills,’” Talbot says, chuckling.No w, the Tennessee native says the same people are coming to his clinic in Chatsworth, Georgia, a small city about a half-hour south of the Tennessee border, to fight their addiction to those very pills.


June 1, 2016 Saporta Report

GSU economist predicts Fed won’t hike rates; local job gains remain muted

David Pendered reports that the head of Georgia State University’s Economic Forecasting Center has discounted the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at meetings next week. GSU economist Rajeev Dhawan suggested the noise created by the media over various economic reports drowns out the lessons to be learned from the reports. In his “Forecast of the Nation,” released May 26, Dhawan wrote: “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are of interest to the press for their noise potential. These are submitted weeks in advance of the meeting and as such are purely opinions and not policy projections, resulting in confusion.”


June 1, 2016 Gainesville Times

Sweet Acre Farms Winery open after several years of planning

Jennifer Linn reports that much like a wine that has been aged, Sweet Acre Farms Winery is finally ready. The wine tasting room has been built, the wines are stocked and the wine slushie machine is in place. Sweet Acre Farms Winery is ready for its grand opening after several years of planning and building. The Alto winery specializes in fruit wines, and although it has been open several weekends now, a grand opening celebration is set for 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


June 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola Enterprises becomes Coca-Cola European Partners

Staff reports that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is no more. The marketer and distributor of Coke products on Tuesday completed its merger with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners S.A.U., and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH to become Coca-Cola European Partners plc (NYSE: CCE). It is based in London.


June 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal to skip this weekend’s Georgia GOP convention in Augusta

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican activists seeking to rebuke Gov. Nathan Deal at this weekend’s GOP convention in Augusta won’t be able to do it in person. The governor’s office said Deal will be at the Governor’s Mansion hosting elite high school students on Friday and Saturday at an event planned about a year ago. The scheduling conflict means Deal will sidestep what was shaping to be an awkward meeting of the party’s faithful.



May 31, 2016 WSBRadio

Georgia's peach crop best 'in a long time'

Edgar Treiguts reports that Georgia's peach season is underway, and experts say it's the best in years. "We should have big, sweet Georgia peaches this year and everything seems to be coming together better than it has in a long time," says Kent Hoots, grower coordinator for the Georgia Peach Council.


May 31, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Traveling the Town Center CID

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, two projects out of North Cobb County’s Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID) have folks in that very congested area getting around more quickly and safely. First up, the new Skip Spann Connector, a lighted bridge over I-75 just north of Chastain Road, opened at the end of April. The four-lane divided bridge, with wide sidewalks along both sides, is expected to reduce traffic and increase safety for walkers and bikers – many of whom are students at Kennesaw State University on the west side of the bridge.


May 31, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson’s fifth runway hits 10th birthday

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s fifth runway, dubbed the “Most Important Runway in America” when it opened, turns 10 years old on May 27. The 9,000-foot runway cost $1.28 billion to build, and was seen as critical to relieve air traffic congestion along the East Coast. It was built with two bridges crossing I-285 that can can support up to 1.3 million pounds.


May 31, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Megachurch eyes Cumberland for 3,500-seat auditorium, theater

Carla Caldwell reports that Buckhead-based Passion City Church is eyeing Cobb County’s Cumberland area for a new church. The church, as proposed, would include a 3,500-seat auditorium and a theater for up to 600 people on a nearly 2.8-acre property on the corner of Cumberland Boulevard and Cobb Parkway, the Marietta Daily Journal is reporting.


May 31, 2016 Savannah Morning News

$190 million in Savannah sales tax projects up for grabs

Eric Curl reports that it has been about 16 months since the city requested qualifications from firms interested in managing more than $190 million in building, road and drainage projects that are expected to be funded by sales tax revenue. The manager would not only oversee the sales tax-funded projects, but also the city’s five-year, $222 million Capital Improvement Plan.


May 31, 2016 Brunswick News

Shrimp season to open Wednesday

Anna Hall reports that Coastal Georgia has been lucky in the past couple of years. It’s signature seafood has been in great supply, with shrimp seasons bringing in boatloads of the product from the ocean. As much is expected again this summer, after commercial and recreational shrimp season opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday.


May 31, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Authors: Memorial Day was founded in Columbus, Ga., 150 years ago

Mark Rice reports that the coauthors of the book that promotes Columbus as the birthplace of Memorial Day 150 years ago gathered last week at the Linwood Cemetery graveside of the person who started this controversial story. “I find it incredibly ironic that the woman most responsible for the decoration of graves across this whole country has her own grave fallen into disrepair,” said Richard Gardiner, associate professor of history education at Columbus State University.


May 31, 2016 Saporta Report

Manatees on the move in Georgia as researchers track their health, environment

David Pendered reports that a team of scientists who are studying migratory patterns of manatees are among those gathered along Georgia’s coast as Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Early findings show two of five tagged manatees are swimming in waters north of Brunswick. Two others are hanging out in Camden County. One has turned south, heading to warmer waters in Florida.


May 31, 2016 Georgia Tech

Restoring Chemotherapy Sensitivity by Boosting MicroRNA Levels

John Toon reports that by increasing the level of a specific microRNA (miRNA) molecule, researchers have for the first time restored chemotherapy sensitivity in vitro to a line of human pancreatic cancer cells that had developed resistance to a common treatment drug. “We were specifically interested in what role miRNAs might play in developing drug resistance in these cancer cells,” said John McDonald, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Biology and director of its Integrated Cancer Research Center.


May 31, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Dixie Highway Yard Sale kicks off Friday

Marie Nesmith reports, as the Dixie Highway 90-Mile Yard Sale approaches, Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau officials continue to be impressed with the event’s ever-present appeal. “Our phone, of course, has been ringing with people seeking [the location of] sales, but also getting general information, getting a map of the route,” said Regina Wheeler, deputy director for the local CVB. “It’s been pretty steady. I would say, [interest in the event] generally does ramp up in the weeks before, so I expect this week to be a very busy week.


May 31, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

$4.4 million in Cobb airport projects to start in July

Carla Caldwell reports that two projects to improve safety and efficiency are expected to start in July at Cobb County International Airport. Cobb commissioners earlier this month approved a $3.7 million contract with Woodstock-based Astra Group Inc. for rehabilitation of the airport’s north apron, or the area between the hangars and the runway, reports Marietta Daily Journal.


May 31, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

So much for the Donald Trump effect in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports, one incumbent is seen as the very embodiment of Georgia’s Republican Party establishment. Another defended the Ku Klux Klan. A third was arrested on charges of drunken driving in the middle of the day, a gun on his hip and four teenagers in the car. What do they all have in common? They are all incumbent politicians who won re-election last week despite the anti-establishment wave sweeping the nation.





May 27, 2016 WABE 90.1

Gov. Deal Creates Teacher Group To Address Education Reforms

Elly Yu reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has put together a group of 90 teachers across the state to weigh in on recommendations on how to reform the state's education system as part of an advisory committee. A special commission Deal appointed last year made recommendations, but critics said they didn’t include enough input from teachers. 


May 27, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Healthy Buildings, Healthy Lives

Ben Young reports, from large companies to families and individuals, sustainability has become a way of life. In fact, people of my generation – and younger – have grown up with environmental efforts like recycling as something as commonplace as keeping the refrigerator door closed. And while governments have created initiatives to make it easier for businesses and individuals to commit to an eco-friendly life, it’s taken more than a warm fuzzy feeling to sustain sustainability.


May 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Job growth to slow, Georgia State predicts

Michael Kanell reports that this year’s job growth will be weaker than last year in Georgia, according to the quarterly prediction issued this morning by the Georgia State Economic Forecasting Center. Payrolls in the state will add about 95,200 jobs during the year, a little more than one-fifth of them “premium” positions that pay well, Rajeev Dhawan, director of the center, said in a report.


May 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola debuts patriotic can this summer

Staff reports, attention Coca-Cola memorabilia collectors! The Atlanta-based beverage giant has a patriotic can hitting store shelves this summer. The special limited edition patriotic packaging will honor the nation’s service men and women and commemorate The Coca-Cola Co.’s (NYSE: KO) 75-year partnership with the United Service Organizations.


May 27, 2016 Georgia Health News

Behind the curtain: The story of Grady’s narrow escape

Mike King reports, in 2008 the hospital was gushing red ink. It owed the two medical schools that provided its medical staff — Emory University and the Morehouse School of Medicine — more than $60 million. Pharmaceutical companies and vendors were complaining of late payments or no payment at all. And there was constant speculation within the staff that Grady would not meet the next payroll.


May 27, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Floyd County nears ‘full employment’ with drop in jobless rate to 5.6 percent

Doug Walker reports that the  jobless rate in Floyd County dropped in April to 5.6 percent — the lowest since April 2008, when the rate was 5.2 percent. That’s close to what many economists, including Georgia Highlands College professor Bruce Jones, call full employment. “There are economists who would argue that 5.5 percent is full employment,” Jones said. “If you look across the state, there are several places that are below that — so we’re getting close.”


May 27, 2016 Kennesaw State University

Houston Davis Named Interim President of Kennesaw State University

Staff reports that University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has named Dr. Houston Davis interim president of Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Georgia. Davis has served as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University System of Georgia since May 2012. He will assume his role on July 1 replacing Dr. Daniel Papp who is retiring as of June 30.


May 27, 2016

Mercer Raises ‘Experiential Learning’ to a New Level

Phil Bolton reports that it's hard to say whether Mercer University‘s international outreach program, known as “Mercer On Mission,” owes more to the arrival on campus of a new president or the friendship that developed between two members of its staff. Since William Underwood became president in 2006 the university has taken off in a variety of ways. Its attendance has grown to 8,600 students, it has added doctoral programs in six fields, new campuses in Columbus and Savannah, received numerous recognition awards and a variety of eye-popping grants including funding to support research through the Georgia Research Alliance, a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and not least, an NCAA Division intercollegiate football team.


May 27, 2016 GPB

Georgia Case Could Set Precedent In Transgender Directive Suit

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia has joined 10 other states in a lawsuit challenging whether the Obama administration can provide guidance to school districts on transgender bathroom policy. But a Georgia case shows courts have said sex discrimination laws do apply to transgender individuals. “Nobody should know better than Georgia that it's the state of the law for a very long time that transgender people are protected when we protect people from sex discrimination,” said Tara Borelli, attorney with Lambda Legal.


May 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Nathan Deal on why Georgia challenged the federal transgender directive

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said Georgia’s decision to join a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s controversial bathroom guidelines was not aimed at targeting transgender rights but a response to “arbitrary overreach” by the federal government. The governor said the Obama administration flouted local control in drafting guidance that directed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, saying a “one-size-fits-all solution to this is totally inappropriate.”



May 26, 2016

Deal announces school award winners, launches School Reports website

Gov. Nathan Deal along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) today announced that 187 Georgia public schools in 51 districts will receive the Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards. Additionally, GOSA released its new School Reports website, which provides school performance reports for all public elementary, middle and high schools in Georgia. These reports will help parents, students, educators and communities have clear and concise information about school performance to better understand the strengths and challenges of their local schools.


May 26, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Top 10 Hotels in Georgia

Christy Simo reports, whether you're heading out on a business trip or ready to go somewhere fun this summer with the family, these Georgia hotels are tops in the state according to U.S. News & World Report, which released its annual list in January 2016.


May 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta putting $1 million into new 'smart security' lanes at Hartsfield-Jackson

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is putting nearly $1 million into two new "smart" security lanes at Hartsfield-Jackson, which launch this week. The Transportation Security Administration's chief security officer Jill Vaughn said the new lanes with automated bin movements are the first in the United States.


May 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory, UGA, Georgia Tech researchers win $6.4 million contract

Ellie Hensley reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) awarded a team of Emory University, The University of Georgia and Georgia Tech researchers a $6.4 million grant to strengthen resilience following malaria infections. The team will also include other national and international collaborators.


May 26, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah set to borrow $8M for downtown street improvements

Eric Curl reports that the city is getting ready to borrow $8 million to make improvements to Broughton Street, as part of a $14 million streetscaping plan that is intended to also make Bay and River streets safer and more inviting for residents and visitors. A staff recommendation to issue $8 million in bonds to pay for the work along Broughton will go before the Savannah City Council today, after the Downtown Savannah Authority’s recent approval of the deal.


May 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Enviros pleased despite defeat of Southern Co. 'green' resolutions

Dave Williams reports that Southern Co. shareholders defeated two “green” resolutions at the Atlanta-based energy giant’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday. But environmental advocates were encouraged that one of the resolutions drew support from just more than one-third of the shareholders voting, while the other received a bit less than one-third support.


May 26, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia – Clarksville

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, who says big sky country is limited to Montana? This photo, from Ben Young, was taken near Clarksville – an area generally thought of as the mountains.


May 26, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

All Southeast Georgia sheriffs avoid primary runoffs, some have opponents in November general election

Terry Dickson reports that Tuesday was a big day for county sheriff’s races in Southeast Georgia, but those with multiple opponents avoided runoffs although some have opposition in the November general election.


May 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia sues Obama administration over transgender directive

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia sued the Obama administration Wednesday over a directive to public schools over transgender bathroom rules, joining a group of 11 states challenging the federal government over the controversial guidelines. It was a surprising move from state leaders, who last week blasted the guidance that directed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity as a “federal overreach” but stopped short of endorsing a lawsuit.



May 25, 2016 Fox5Atlanta

Atlanta wins! New Falcons stadium will host Super Bowl

Claire Sims and Nathalie Pozo report that it’s official! The Super Bowl is returning to Atlanta. NFL owners selected the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium to host the Super Bowl in 2019. “At the end of the day, our community is built to host these big events,” Atlanta Sports Council Executive Director Dan Corso told FOX 5 on Monday, ahead of the announcement. “Atlanta has truly transformed since the last time we hosted a Super Bowl.”


May 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Rabun County: Low Cost, Laid Back

Lori Johnston reports, in the last few years, a number of entrepreneurs and companies with unique niches have chosen Rabun County, a county of 16,000 residents known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. Some business owners grew up visiting the county for vacation or camp. Others see a space for plants, warehouses, restaurants and shops that’s cheaper than Atlanta, about 120 miles away, or Greenville, S.C., about 100 miles away.


May 25, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Incumbents roll to wide victories in House races

Keith Farner and Erica Wells reports as Brooks Coleman’s district continues to move north, it’s forced him to introduce himself to people in schools and PTAs from Duluth to Buford. Coleman, R-Duluth, appeared to beat challenger John Marsh in the State House District 97 race on Tuesday night with 80 percent of the vote in unofficial results. It was the ninth time Coleman’s been challenged.


May 25, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Graves, Isakson, Loudermilk win primaries; Isakson, Loudermilk face opponents in November

Staff reports that U.S. Congressman Tom Graves, R-Ranger, handily won re-election to his Northwest Georgia 14th District seat in Tuesday’s Republican primary.
Statewide, Georgia Republicans who fervently backed Donald Trump for president a few months ago ended up sticking with political insiders, as incumbents swept to victory in contested primary elections across the state.


May 25, 2016 Gainesville Times

Doug Collins holds onto seat in US House 9th

District Jeff Gill reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, reclaimed his 9th District congressional seat Tuesday after a scrappy primary fight with four GOP challengers. Facing no Democratic opposition in November, Collins is now set to win his third two-year term to the U.S. House, starting Jan. 1.


May 25, 20 Georgia Secretary of State

Georgia Election Results

Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp's office reports on the results of the General Election.


May 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New 16-story building planned next to Perimeter Mall, Dunwoody MARTA station, State Farm campus

Douglas Sams reports that Transwestern Development Co. plans to build the 354,500-square-foot office building. The project is being designed by architect Cooper Carry Inc. Transwestern has the nearly 4-acre site at Hammond Drive under contract from Perimeter Mall owner General Growth Properties.


May 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta takes up brewpub growlers

David Ibata reports, following the lead of Alpharetta and Sandy Springs, the Atlanta City Council may soon consider an ordinance allowing brewpubs to sell take-home beer in the form of growlers to their customers. The measure out of the Public Safety & Legal Administration Committee, sponsored by Council Members Lee Young Jr. and Kwanza Hall, recognizes that “it is a benefit to the local economy for locally owned and operated brewpubs to be able to sell their locally manufactured beer and malt beverages for consumption on premises and in retail form,” and amends Atlanta liquor ordinances to allow retail sales of growlers and packages.


May 25, 2016 Georgia Tech

U.S. Energy Secretary Visit Highlights Georgia Tech’s Energy Collaborations

Staff reports that U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz today visited the Georgia Institute of Technology, delivering the keynote address for the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review. Moniz also toured the Southern Company’s Energy Innovation Center at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute in Atlanta’s Tech Square and the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory on the Georgia Tech campus.


May 25, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah to consider new SEDA-run film office

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Savannah City Council on Thursday is expected to consider a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Savannah Economic Development Authority and the city that would establish a Savannah Area Film Office to be run by SEDA. The change would address the fact that many films coming to the area are now regional productions with impacts that reach beyond the city, said SEDA President and CEO Trip Tollison.


May 25, 2016 Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock named one of Georgia's fastest growing cities

Komeko McCoy reports that development comes with growth and having recently been listed as one of Georgia’s fastest growing cities, Woodstock officials say they’re prepared to make room for expansion. According to new population estimates released last week by the United States Census Bureau, Woodstock ranked ninth in the state’s top 10 fastest growing cities, seeing a population increase of 7.6 percent.


May 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

State senator, former mayor to compete in runoff to fill Lynn Westmoreland’s seat

Tamar Hallerman reports that State Sen. Mike Crane and former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson appear to be headed to a runoff in the race to fill the congressional seat long held by Lynn Westmoreland in Georgia’s 3rd District. Unofficial returns had the pair within a few dozen votes of one another as the clock struck midnight.



May 24, 2016 Georgia Health News

Some rates in Georgia insurance exchange could soar in 2017

Andy Miller reports that many Georgians may see their monthly premiums rise by double-digit percentages on the state health insurance exchange in 2017, an analysis of health insurers’ proposed rate requests shows. If approved by regulators, these rates will vary significantly depending on the plan, the region of the state and the insurer. Yet Georgians whose incomes don’t change much could see their subsidies, or discounts, on exchange plans rise by similar percentages, so the overall impact of higher rates may be softened, experts said.


May 24, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Gaps in Care

Anna Bentley reports that  statistics are grim: Georgia’s ratio of physicians to population is one of the lowest in the nation at 39th, according to a 2013 report released by the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce (GBPW). The same report, the Georgia Physician and Physician Assistant Professions Data Book 2010/2011, states that Georgia’s population growth is outpacing its primary care physicians. Plus, more than half of the total physician workforce is 50 or older, hinting at a troubling purge of physicians in the next decade.


May 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta to revive idea of privatizing airport security screening, says mayor

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, on the heels of dismissing the manager of the world’s busiest airport, said he wants to take a closer look at privatizing security screening at the Atlanta airport to address the issue of long lines. Reed said at a press conference discussing the removal of Miguel Southwell as general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International that he was upset about the long lines at the airport, but added that it was a “layering” of factors contributing to his decision on the airport manager.


May 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola stops production in country due to sugar shortage

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is stopping production in Venezuela of the company’s flagship beverage due to a sugar shortage. The shortage is caused by the country’s economic crisis, reports The Wall Street Journal. Local suppliers reported they had run out of the raw material, Coca-Cola said in a statement released Friday.


May 24, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Downtown Development Authority moving to extend tax district boundaries

Jim Thompson reports that the Athens Downtown Development Authority will try once again to have its boundaries extended – a move that would bring additional revenue to the group, which is funded with a special 1-mill property tax assessed within its boundaries in addition to a share of downtown Athens parking revenue.


May 24, 2016 Kennesaw State University

Electric Vehicle Team finishes first in nation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Staff reports that Kennesaw State University’s Electric Vehicle Team rose to victory on the racetrack last week as the winner of the International evGrandPrix, an intercollegiate competition of electric-powered go-karts. Kennesaw State’s team, a part of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, raced past 20 other electric go-karts from colleges and universities across North America to take the top spot in the all-electric series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


May 24, 2016 WABE 90.1

Nonprofit Offers Ga. ‘Dreamers’ Scholarships Out Of State

Martha Dalton reports that a group of Georgia students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is suing each member of Georgia's Board of Regents over college tuition rates. Now, a national nonprofit called TheDream.US is offering an alternative. The students, who are often called "Dreamers," are fighting to change two policies. One bans undocumented students from Georgia’s top five public colleges. The other requires them to pay out-of-state tuition rates at the state's remaining schools.


May 24, 2016 GPB

Big Changes Coming For Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

Sam Whitehead reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said big changes are in store for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with the ouster of general manager Miguel Southwell.Though Reed did not give specifics as to why he fired Southwell last Friday, he did give a picture of the impacts the change would have.


 May 24, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Larry Gellerstedt talks commercial real estate

Susan Percy reports that Cousins Properties President and CEO Larry Gellerstedt is Georgia Trend’s 2016 Most Respected Business Leader. He spoke with GT Editor-At-Large Susan Percy about the future of commercial real estate – a future he’s very optimistic about. “We’re at a point in the cycle where commercial real estate is very healthy,” he says. “Commercial real estate feeds off job growth – if you look at the Sunbelt or Atlanta, it’s very positive where there is financing available to do commercial real estate. Commercial real estate follows demographics – there are a lot of apartments being built, a lot of residential multifamily being built.


May 24, 2016 Saporta Report

How Georgia influenced FDR

Kaye Lanning Minchew reports, Franklin Delano Roosevelt “discovered” Warm Springs, Georgia, and its beneficial warm waters in 1924 as he sought to overcome the effects of polio. He grew to love the state and its people, and returned many times over the next 21 years. Citizens in west Georgia and throughout the state got to know him as he visited, and they embraced this native New Yorker as one of their own. It was his transformative struggle with polio and his close dealings with the common people of Georgia helped make it possible for FDR to be elected president of the United States during the Great Depression and then to lead America out of it.


May 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Ports Authority antes up for new Jasper port

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Ports Authority took a significant step Monday toward building a new port in partnership with South Carolina. The authority’s board approved $7.5 million in state funding to help cover the costs of environmental studies for the proposed $5 billion Jasper Ocean Terminal Project Office (JPO). The three-year funding commitment matches what South Carolina officials already have put up for the environmental work.


May 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Kasim Reed: ‘I think I’ve got another campaign in me’

Greg Bluestein reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has ruled out a run for governor in 2018 more times than we can count. But he made clear Monday at an address to city business honchos that he was keeping his political options open. Our AJC colleague Scott Trubey was at a luncheon at the Buckhead Club when Reed was asked about his next step after his term ends in January 2018. The Democrat said he plans to return to the private sector after he leaves City Hall – and take 24 months to 36 months to decide what’s next.



May 23, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Bob Wright Symposium to feature “world-class” business leaders

Alva James-Johnson reports that world-class business leaders and executives will serve as panelists for the second Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment, according to a news release issued Tuesday. The event will be held Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, and hundreds are expected to attend. Last year's symposium drew 300 people, with Aflac CEO  Dan Amos as keynote speaker.


May 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Georgia winners of Knight Cities Challenge

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, how do we make our cities more successful? That is the question The Knight Foundation asks each year (for the past two, at least) in its Knight Cities Challenge – a dare to anyone in the 26 communities where the Knight Foundation invests to come up with creative, innovative and interesting ways to advance talent, opportunity and engagement – the prime drivers of city success, according to Knight. Four projects in three Georgia cities received grants this year – out of 4,500 applications.


May 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perimeter firms seek transit solutions

J. Scott Trubey reports that transit access is the new key to attracting and keeping talented young workers - in theory. The reality comes with some sticky issues. For instances, how do you connect the last mile or half-mile between transit and a commuter's destination, especially in suburban office parks?


May 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gulfstream luxury jet breaks another speed record

Carla Caldwell reports that the Gulfstream G650ER recently claimed another city-pair record, this time linking Sydney to Los Angeles, the Savannah-based company says. The G650ER departed Sydney Airport at 7:11 a.m. local time on March 11 and landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 1:51 a.m. local time on March 11.


May 23, 2016 Georgia Health News

A lifesaving message for Georgia babies

Andy Miller reports, alone . . . back . . . crib. Those words highlight the message that Georgia’s first lady and health officials are emphasizing in a push to prevent sleep-related infant deaths. “We must educate parents about creating a safe sleeping environment for their babies,’’ Sandra Deal, wife of Gov. Nathan Deal, said in a statement. “It is vital that babies sleep alone, on their backs, and in a crib. By promoting these ABCs of safe sleep, we hope to spread awareness and provide the tools necessary to protect babies across the state.”


May 23, 2016 Savannah Morning News

JCB reaching out, beefing up

Mary Carr Mayle reports, it's already the world’s third-largest manufacturer of construction equipment, with a presence around the globe as well as a North American headquarters in Pooler. Now JCB is expanding its agricultural reach on our continent as its state-of-the-art line of skid steer and compact track loaders — built exclusively at the company’s manufacturing plant here — are getting rave reviews with farmers, landscapers and others.


May 23, 2016 Gainesville Times

Lula looking to upgrade Internet presence

Jeff Gill reports that Lula is looking to strengthen its Internet presence with a website that’s informative, easy to use and promotes the historic northeast Hall County city. And city officials are considering adding more money to the 2016-17 budget to pull off the task. “A lot of communities — and we need to eventually get there — are putting everything out there,” City Manager Dennis Bergin said. “Their agendas are on the website, (and) all your ordinances are out there. Those are things we should set a goal to accomplish.”


May 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chick-fil-A Inc. names Tim Tassopoulos president and COO

Maria Saporta reports that the new president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A Inc. ­– Tim Tassopoulos – is as much a part of the chain’s family that one can be without being related by blood. He was only 17 in 1977 when he first started working as an hourly employee for a Chick-fil-A store at North DeKalb Mall. He applied there as a back-up when applying for a job at Rich’s and decided to have lunch at his favorite restaurant.


May 23, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

U.S. Senate challengers take aim at Isakson

Curt Yeomans reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is seeking his third term in the Senate, but there are five people — including two from his own party — that are angling to derail his plans. Isakson is facing challenges in Tuesday’s Republican primary from MARTA Senior Network Engineer Derrick Grayson and Mercer University professor Mary Kay Bacallao.


May 23, 2016 Saporta Report

Excitement draining for reservoir boondoggles

Chris Manganiello writes, Georgians agree we need a healthy and dependable supply of drinking water.  We need enough water flowing in our rivers for economic and environmental reasons. A recent turning point indicates that one pathway is no longer as appealing as it once was. Local planning for new water supply reservoirs has undergone a massive course correction.


May 23, 2016 Atlanta Jounral-Constitution - Political Insider

Republican state senators targeted for pro-Super Bowl votes

Jim Galloway reports, oh, the irony that could be on tap for Tuesday. On that day, the AJC’s Tim Tucker tells us, Atlanta will learn whether its new home for the Falcons has a Super Bowl in its future: The stadium’s winning streak will be on the line Tuesday when the 32 NFL owners vote by secret ballot at the league’s spring meeting in Charlotte, N.C., on the sites of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls. But Tuesday is also Election Day, and at least two Republican state senators are being made to sweat over their votes for the NFL incentives that, city officials and the Falcon front office tell us, were necessary to make Atlanta’s Super Bowl bid viable.



May 20, 2016

Deal: Polymer Logistics to create 110 jobs, invest $4 million in Dublin

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Polymer Logistics, a retail ready packaging company, will create 110 new jobs and invest more than $4 million in Laurens County. The company will locate its next U.S.-based logistics and distribution center in Dublin. Polymer Logistics currently operates two service centers in California with an additional center in Texas. The company offers eco-friendly containers to major retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Carrefour and more.


May 20, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Urban Hope

Candice Dyer reports, when Tyrone Holmes was nine, his mother died and he went to live with his single aunt. Later on, he took a paying job as a student leader in Urban Hope, a Savannah-based nonprofit that offers after-school and summer programs for inner-city children, where he mentored younger kids. “That job taught me responsibility and helped me develop my work ethic,” he says, “and it helped me grow educationally and spiritually.”


May 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Chamber picks new downtown home

J. Scott Trubey reports that the Metro Atlanta Chamber plans to move from its longtime home at Centennial Olympic Park to downtown’s 191 Peachtree tower. The chamber of commerce said Thursday it plans to move into the landmark skyscraper by December after recently selling its building on Marietta Street to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. The state plans to raze the building and use the land as part of an overhaul and expansion of the park.


May 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bacchanalia, Star Provisions to relocate to new Westside project

Amy Wenk reports that one of Atlanta’s most-celebrated restaurants is moving to a new location. Anne Quatrano and her husband, Clifford Harrison, plan to move Bacchanalia from Westside Provisions District to a new loft office project on Ellsworth Industrial Drive, according an announcement. The gourmet market Star Provisions would also relocate to the new 10,000-square-foot restaurant space, which is part of a project known as Ellsworth Office Lofts.


May 20, 2016 Georgia Tech

Anthem Opens Innovation Studio in Tech Square

Lance Wallace reports that Anthem is the first Fortune 50 health benefits company to open an innovation center in Technology Square following an ceremony on Wednesday in the Centergy building. The studio is a state-of-the-art facility housing a multi-disciplinary team who will focus on creating new capabilities to enhance the consumer health care experience, improve the quality of care, and lower health care costs.


May 20, 2016 Emory University

Emory to launch $1.5 million Sustainability Revolving Fund

Staff reports that Emory has announced plans to launch a new $1.5 million Sustainability Revolving Fund, a self-replenishing program that will be used to fund capital-intensive energy and water efficiency projects across campus. The program is made possible by a $500,000 grant from The Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based private family foundation that invests in transformative leaders, ideas and community-driven solutions. The grant was matched by a $1 million investment by the University.


May 20, 2016 Saporta Report

GSU gets good credit report as closing nears on Turner Field

David Pendered reports that Georgia State University has received good news about its credit rating as the university comes closer to needing about $100 million to pay for its share of buying and redeveloping Turner Field and its environs. Moody’s Investors Service revised its rating of GSU upward to the top tier. The rating covers a $71.8 million bond package that’s to close this week. Moody’s raised the school’s rating from an investment grade A1 to Aa3.


May 20, 2016 Brunswick News

Funding approved to relocate St. Marys Airport

Gordon Jackson reports that Greg Bird signed a 25-year lease in 2003 to operate his business at the St. Marys Airport, fully expecting to remain at the location until 2028. Now he wonders if the St. Marys Airport will exist long enough for his business, Bird Aviation, to complete the lease.


May 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta civic center redevelopment gets initial go-ahead

Dave Williams reports that Atlanta’s economic development agency gave initial approval Thursday to issuing $252 million in bonds to help finance the redevelopment of the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Invest Atlanta’s Board of Directors passed an “inducement resolution” declaring its intent to issue bonds to go toward a $450 million mixed-use project.


May 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A Jewish judge’s rival makes DeKalb contest a matter of religion

Jim Galloway reports, you can take the measure of  a judicial candidate by his law school. Or by his legal briefs, or by his treatment of jurors, colleagues, defendants and prosecutors. But the one thing we’re pretty sure you shouldn’t judge a judge by is his religion. The U.S. Constitution frowns upon it – and most judicial candidates understand this. But only most.



May 19, 2016 Georgia Health News

Georgia, feds reach deal on fixing 2010 agreement

Andy Miller reports that State and federal officials have reached agreement on how Georgia can improve and expand services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, building on the terms of a landmark 2010 pact. The agreement, filed Wednesday in federal court, addresses compliance problems that the Department of Justice and an independent reviewer have pointed out since the settlement was reached six years ago.



May 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Red Top Mountain State Park

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, a beautiful place to hike, camp, fish, swim, water ski or picnic, Red Top Mountain is located just off I-75 about 45 minutes north of Atlanta. Learn more about Georgia’s scenic state parks in this month’s feature “Into the Woods.”


May 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Qatar Airways Fox Theatre event with J-Lo that angered Delta

Carla Caldwell reports that Qatar Airways Ltd. hired Jennifer Lopez to perform Tuesday night at beloved Atlanta venue The Fox Theatre to celebrate new flights out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Because of that performance, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) will not renew its 20-year-old sponsorship of the historic theater.


May 19, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus employers challenge city’s low WalletHub ranking for summer jobs

Chuck Williams reports that Matthew Davis hears the ranking and immediately disputes it. Recently WalletHub, an online financial site, ranked 150 United States cities for the best and worst places to find summer employment. Using 18 metrics that included median income of part-time workers, availability of summer jobs and the percentage of insured part-time workers, Columbus ranked dead last.


May 19, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

'Athens for Everyone' to continue living wage push until final vote on county budget

Jim Thompson reports that Athens for Everyone will continue its push for a living wage for all Athens Clarke County government employees up to the county commission's anticipated final June 7 vote on a county budget that likely will not include that increase, according to Tim Denson, board president for the local progressive activist group.


May 19, 2016 Gainesville Times

Pan American Games officially underway

Kristen Oliver reports that some of the world’s best athletes and their coaches, friends, families and fans filled the Brenau University Pearce Auditorium on Wednesday evening for a historic event. The local and international guests filled the auditorium for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Pan American Championships at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park.


May 19, 2016 Cherokee Tribune

‘Trail of Tears’ signs mark history

Sampson Jenkins reports that Cherokee residents can now find the original route of the “Trail of Tears” as they travel through the county, as three signs are now placed along the 3-mile section of Yellow Creek Road which is a portion of the route the Cherokee Native Americans walked after they were stripped from their homes and forced to leave in 1838.


May 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Viewpoint: GM plant project is a monumental moment for Atlanta

Liane Levetan writes, it has been eight years since the GM Plant in Doraville was abandoned. The site, larger than Atlantic Station, is now demolished and waiting to be developed. Over the years, several investors approached GM about what could be built there. Fortunately, the city of Doraville selected the Integral Group, run by one of the most respected business leaders in the country, Egbert Perry.


May 19, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Lt. Gov. Cagle Discusses Regional Transit, Vetoed Bills

Denis O'Hayer reports that Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is proposing a major overhaul of the board that governs MARTA, in exchange for something MARTA has long wanted:  state funding. The proposed change would be a step in developing a larger, regional transit system for the Atlanta area. 


May 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Important notes of caution in a brewing Georgia fight over bathroom rules

Jim Galloway reports that bathroom humor has its place. “The only time I can ever recall a member of the opposite sex being in the bathroom is when I was at a Georgia football game,” former Gov. Roy Barnes told a group of college students this week. He didn’t need to explain that, at the time, Sanford Stadium was a near-desert when it came to female facilities. “Five girls came in there and said, ‘Move over, boys. The lines are too long,’ an unscarred governor remembered. “Then one of them remarked, ‘Now, listen, y’all ain’t got nothing we ain’t already seen.’”



May 18, 2016

Deal: Georgia will protect children from federal overreach

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today issued this statement in response to the Obama administration’s directive to school systems:" The Obama administration’s directive, recently announced by press release, to local school systems regarding accommodations for transgender students has generated confusion and controversy among parents, students and school officials. While I do not believe this directive carries the force of law, the Departments of Justice and Education have threatened to revoke federal funding from schools that fail to comply. Georgia’s constitution and state laws, however, require these decisions be made at the local level."


May 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Back to the Voting Booth

Susan Percy writes, during the 2008 presidential campaign, I heard a report from an NPR correspondent who ventured into a Midwestern bar to ask workers from a nearby healthcare facility how they saw the upcoming election. Nobody seemed especially enthusiastic. One woman said she wasn’t sure she would vote, but if she did it probably would not be for “that guy with the funny name.”


May 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Home Depot Q1 earnings strong, 2016 guidance raised

Staff reports that the Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) reported first-quarter earnings were better than expected and its raised its earnings guidance for the year. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer said sales for the period rose 9 percent to $22.8 billion.


May 18, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Huntsman Pigments and Additives plant holds grand opening

Damon Cline reports that when heavy rain threatened to put a damper on the grand opening of the long-awaited Huntsman Pigments and Additives plant Tuesday, Augusta officials reminded guests the brief deluge was nothing compared to the downpour of biblical proportions the facility saw during construction more than two years ago. The $172 million plant will be capable of producing 30,000 tons of yellow, red and black iron oxide pigments yearly.


May 18, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

GGC counts $416 million impact into local economy

Keith Farner reports that Georgia Gwinnett College is among the top schools in the state in local economic impact, according to an annual study from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. For every job created on campus, there are three more jobs created in the local community, GGC President Stas Preczewski added in a press release. That amounted to more than $416 million to the local economy during fiscal 2015.


May 18, 2016

Turkey, Qatar Flights Expand Atlanta’s Reach in Crucial World Regions

Trevor Williams reports that with the Middle East in turmoil, it wouldn’t seem the most auspicious time to launch two new competing flights to Atlanta from that region. But two fast-growing airlines from the neighborhood believe connectivity to their hub cities and beyond provides untold opportunity for business and leisure travelers from Atlanta and the broader Southeast U.S.


May 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Badcock opens $24 million distribution center in LaGrange

Staff reports that W.S. Badcock Corp. on Tuesday opened a 535,000-square-foot regional distribution center in the Callaway South Industrial Park in LaGrange, Ga. The $24 million distribution center is the biggest facility in the Mulberry, Fla.-based company’s Badcock Home Furniture & more chain and serves 150 retail stores, with the potential to grow up to 200 locations across seven of the eight states where it operates.


May 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Federal judge weighs Internet pioneer’s battle with Georgia Legislature

Greg Bluestein reports that a federal judge could soon decide whether a version of Georgia’s law can be published for free amid an intensifying legal battle between the state and a public records activist. Internet pioneer Carl Malamud and his nonprofit filed a motion late Tuesday urging a judge to allow it to publish an annotated version of Georgia code after state officials accused him of violating copyright rules.



May 17, 2016 Georgia Health News

State seeks savings in employee health plan

Andy Miller reports, projecting big deficits in coming years, the Georgia agency that runs the state employee and teacher health plan is hunting for savings through an array of strategies. Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, told GHN last week in an interview that the agency is conducting an audit to ensure that all dependents covered by SHBP are indeed eligible for those benefits.


May 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Crime & Punishment Museum, Ashburn, Ga.

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that there’s a fine line between kitsch and just-plain weird, and the Crime and Punishment Museum in Ashburn crosses and recrosses the line many times – surprising, really, given how small the museum is. This isn’t a bad thing. No, the museum is, in fact, a fascinating look at the way small-town criminals – along with sheriffs and their families – lived back in the day.


May 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot tops Street 1Q forecasts

Staff reports that Home Depot Inc. (HD) on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $1.8 billion. On a per-share basis, the Atlanta-based company said it had net income of $1.44. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.33 per share.


May 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

GreenLaw hires David Paule as executive director

Dave Williams reports that Atlanta-based GreenLaw has hired a new executive director with business and non-profit experience following an extensive search. David Paule will succeed Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, who left the organization last year to become director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in Atlanta.


May 17, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia State University To Launch New College Of The Arts

Tasnim Shamma reports that Georgia State University is moving some of its more creative departments out of the College of Arts and Sciences into a brand new College of the Arts next summer. The founding dean, Wade Weast, was hired last year to bring more attention to the arts and create a dedicated college, separate from the College of Arts and Sciences.


May 17, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Cagle launches German apprenticeship program

Winston Skinner reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle launched a new apprenticeship program that will be launched in Coweta County. He signed a memorandum of understanding with Stefanie Jehlitschka, vice president of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States. The apprenticeship – which includes work experience with pay, technical college credit and high school credit -- will be the first of its kind in the United States,Jehlitschkasaid.


May 17, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Ohio company announces 450 new jobs in Columbus

Chuck Williams reports that less than four months after Road America announced it was pulling its call-center operations out of Columbus, an Ohio company announced on Monday it will be moving into the void. Convergys Corporation, based in Cincinnati, will move into the Chattahoochee riverfront complex that Road America has operated the last 10 years. Convergys plans to add more than 450 jobs over the next 18 months, more than doubling the employment that was in place under Road America.


May 17, 2016

The Georgia General Assembly Approves ‘Seal of Biliteracy’ to Encourage Foreign Language Study

Phil Bolton reports that sharp contrast to legislative initiatives in the Georgia General Assembly such as those related to English requirements for acquiring a state drivers license, HB 879, which provides a “Seal of Biliteracy” for high school students who meet the stiff criteria, pretty much sailed through the assembly this year.


May 17, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Focus on issues that matter, not things like bathroom gender, former Gov. Barnes tells UGA college's graduates

Lee Shearer reports that former Gov. Roy Barnes ridiculed politicians who made bathroom gender an issue in recent weeks in his talk to University of Georgia graduates Friday. “I’m just telling, you, it’s just never been a problem in my life,” Barnes, 68, told graduates of UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs.


May 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Who are Jim Barksdale’s donors? Mostly, his relatives

Tamar Hallerman reports that more than four-fifths of the money Jim Barksdale’s Senate campaign raised last month came from the Atlanta investment manager’s relatives. An analysis of the Georgia Democrat’s recent federal filings show that at least $24,300 of the roughly $29,000 in contributions his campaign reported for the period between April 1 and May 4 came from close relatives, including Barksdale’s son and mother.



March 16, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Rebirth: How one company aims to breathe new life into an old hospital

Tyler Jett reports, three weeks ago, a woman stood in the dining room of Fort Oglethorpe's  Hutcheson Medical Center, in front of a collection of employees. Jessica Long gave a lengthy rundown of what ApolloMD had accomplished in its four months as Hutcheson’s managers. Then, she delivered a message. It was short, yet important. In May, she told the group, when ApolloMD becomes the official owners, the hospital will take on a new name: Cornerstone Medical Center.


March 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia writers for summer reading

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, already thinking about your summer vacation? Trying to decide which books go best with the beach or the mountains or even a trip overseas? Look no further than the authors of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. From epics – Margaret Mitchell – to ecology – Janisse Ray – and preaching – MLK – to politics – Jimmy Carter – Georgia has a long and proud literary history that the hall of fame celebrates each year with a new class of inductees.


March 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Turner mulls major changes at CNN Center, Techwood campuses

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting is planning substantial renovations at its landmark downtown CNN Center as well as to the Techwood complex in Midtown as the media company continues a broader overhaul of its businesses.


March 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Newell Brands moving HQ from Atlanta to New Jersey

Staff reports that Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) will move its global headquarters from Atlanta to Hoboken, N.J. The news comes after the recent $16 billion merger of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and Jarden Corp. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority offered Newell Brands $27 million in tax incentives to help offset the costs associated with the new facility. Newell Brands expects to move into the new HQ in fall 2016.


March 16, 2016 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Projects Rethink Role Of City’s Bridges

Stephannie Stokes reports that some cities have bridges that are considered iconic and even draw tourists: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, or maybe the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Atlanta’s bridges, on the other hand, don't usually receive much attention, even from the city’s residents. But that might be changing, according to Rosser International architect and Curbed Atlanta editor Michael Kahn.


March 16, 2016

Israeli Solar Provider With $30M Georgia Farm to Be Among Gala’s Honorees

Trevor Williams reports that an Israeli solar firm that specializes in breaking into hard-to-crack markets around the world is set to take home an award in Atlanta June 2 for a $30 million installation in coastal Georgia. Energiya USA, the American arm of Jerusalem-based Energiya Global Capital, has made headlines in the last few years for putting East Africa‘s first utility-scale solar farm in Rwanda.


March 16, 2016 LaGrange Daily News

Callaway Foundation unveils downtown LaGrange plans

Tyler H. Jones reports that Callaway Foundation has big plans for the south end of downtown LaGrange. The foundation, which has already poured more than $50 million into the city’s center, this week announced plans to redevelop parcels of land south of Byron Hurst Street extending to the railroad tracks that cross Main Street.


March 16, 2016 Savannah Morning News 

Tourism Leadership Council rolls out Savannah tour guide certification program

Katie Martin reports that the  Tourism Leadership Council — after months of working with local experts and historians — has unveiled a new tour guide certification program to fill the void after the city of Savannah revised its Tour Service for Hire Ordinance at the beginning of this year, eliminating the required test.


March 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta mobile technology firm Mblox acquired for $117 million

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that mobile technology firm mBlox has been acquired by Sweden's CLX Communications for $117 million. Retailers, financial institutions, and insurance companies use Atlanta-based Mblox's technology to send reminders, service alerts, even coupons to customers’ smartphones and tablets, via text message or in-app notifications.


March 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

AJC poll: Georgia voters sound off on Nathan Deal’s gun, ‘religious liberty’ vetoes

Kristina Torres reports that Georgia voters have weighed in on Gov. Nathan Deal’s vetoes of so-called “religious liberty” legislation and a bill that would have allowed guns onto the state’s public college campuses, according to an exclusive new poll from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Those two topics — guns and protections for opponents of same-sex marriage — were the most hotly debated in the first half of this election year.



March 13, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

So where is Coca-Cola’s home?

Mike Owen reports that Columbus natives have had a long-standing disagreement with folks in Atlanta over the provenance of Coca-Cola. Many say that it was created in Columbus and then taken to Atlanta by its creator, Dr. John Pemberton, a pharmacist who practiced here until he moved to the big city. Many folks in Atlanta scoff at that and say Pemberton came up with the formula in his Atlanta lab, which was within walking distance from Jacobs’ Pharmacy on Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta. Jacobs’, it is said, was where the first glass of Coke was sold for a nickel in 1886.


March 13, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development: May 2016

Christy Simo reports that the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, has announced ATLNext, a 20-year, $6-billion expansion that will include revamped parking areas, another concourse and, way down the road, another runway. Starting this year, the existing domestic terminal will get a $393-million revamp; next year, five new gates will be added to Concourse T and a new 10-gate Concourse G will get underway.


March 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Office space bubble? Not this time

J. Scott Trubey reports that the words "Atlanta" and "discipline" are seldom spoken in the same sentence when it comes to development. When it comes to the building of new speculative office skyscrapers, however, the Atlanta area of late has almost been a model of restraint.


March 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Marietta OKs $7.7 million for soccer complex linked to Atlanta United deal

Carla Caldwell reports that Marietta officials approved a $7.7 million budget for the Franklin Gateway Soccer Complex, which the city is required to build as part of the deal that landed the headquarters and training facility for Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer team. The City Council approved the budget Wednesday in a 5 to 1 vote, reports Marietta Daily Journal.


March 13, 2016 Brunswick News

Health system celebrates National Hospital Week

Lindsey Adkison reports that in 1888, the Brunswick and Seaman’s Hospital first opened its doors at the corner of First Avenue and Norwich Street in the city’s south end. The 40-bed facility, which tended to the sailors who frequented the port, was the brainchild of Mrs. Theodore Crovatt, a local woman who saw a need to offer quality health care for residents. In the 128 years that have passed, her vision has continued to grow, morphing into what is now the Southeast Georgia Health System, a nonprofit entity that offers care to all in need.


March 13, 2016 Savannah Morning News

National hospital giant enters new proposal for Memorial Health

Jan Skutch reports that a new player in the broken Memorial Health-Novant partnership deal surfaced Thursday with pledges of a long-term lease of Memorial, an acquisition or a joint venture with the health care provider. Hospital Corporation of America official Joe Sowell, in a two-page letter to Chatham County Hospital Authority Chairman Don Waters, said that while his group was not a player in the original process, “We are re-affirming our interest in the lease, acquisition or joint venture of Memorial.”


March 13, 2016 WABE 90.1

Aetna: 'No Plans' To Leave Georgia Insurance Exchange

Michell Eloy reports that health insurance company Aetna says it has no plans to withdraw its Affordable Care Act plans in 15 states, including Georgia. Aetna's announcement Wednesday comes a few months after another insurance company, United Healthcare, said it was pulling out of Georgia and most state marketplaces set up under the health law, also known as Obamacare, amid financial losses.


March 13, 2016 Rome News Tribune

India-based Surya Rugs opens mega-plant in Cartersville

Doug Walker reports that Surya Rug opened a new million-square-foot production, warehousing and distribution center Monday in the Highland 75 Industrial Park in Carters­ville. Kathleen Bowley, public relations and communications director for Surya, said all of the company’s Gordon County operations will be consolidated in the new facility, except for one warehouse and production plant.


March 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia GOP minority outreach guru: ‘Donald Trump can easily get 20 percent of black voters’

Greg Bluestein reports that the Republican Party’s uphill battle with black and Hispanic voters appears even steeper now that their standard-bearer is Donald Trump, whose critics label him a racist and xenophobe. We sat down Thursday with Leo Smith, the Georgia GOP’s minority engagement director, on the challenge of growing the party in the era of Trump.



March 12, 2016 WABE 90.1

Council: Ga. Teacher Preparation Programs Could Improve

Martha Dalton reports, how well do college education programs train future teachers? The answer depends on who you ask. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, most programs have room to improve. The council grades states in several areas, including the quality of colleges' teacher training programs. On its most recent report card, Georgia earned a B-minus overall, but it scored a C-plus when it comes to delivering well-prepared teachers, and identifying and retaining effective ones.


March 12, 2016 GeorgiaTrend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Freedom Park, Atlanta

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Thornton Dial’s sculpture, “The Bridge,” at the corner of Freedom Parkway and Ponce de Leon in Atlanta.


March 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia weighs coal ash rules

Dan Chapman reports that Georgia environmental officials are considering rules to keep toxic coal ash from polluting the water we drink and the air we breathe. Major coal ash spills in North Carolina and Tennessee prompted the federal government to regulate the ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants. Now it’s Georgia’s turn.


March 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

University System of Georgia's economic impact up 9 percent

Dave Williams reports that the University System of Georgia generated an economic impact of $15.5 billion on the state’s economy during the last fiscal year, according to a report from The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. That represented an increase of 9 percent over fiscal 2014. A rise in student spending in communities surrounding the system’s campuses driven by enrollment growth was the primary factor behind the increase.


March 12, 2016 Georgia Tech

Institute's Impact on State Economy: $2.87 Billion

Lance Wallace reports that a new study commissioned by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) shows that Georgia Tech has a $2.87 billion impact on the state's economy. It's the largest total impact among the 31 universities in the system. The study looked at data from the 2015 fiscal year. The USG measures impact every five years. In 2010, Georgia Tech's contribution was $2.15 billion.


March 12, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

KSU President Dan Papp steps down after decade at helm of growing university

Staff reports after 10 years at the helm of Kennesaw State University, overseeing a merger with another major university, the start of a football program and the addition of a doctoral program, President Dan Papp announced Wednesday he is stepping down.


March 12, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Georgia pitches safer travel with $2 billion Interstate 75 project

Maggie Lee reports that the highway view from Macon north will look like nothing else in the country under a state transportation plan to build at least 38 miles of separate truck lanes costing $2.06 billion. While plenty of states have studied separate no-toll, truck-only lanes, Georgia’s plan would put it much farther down an unexplored road than other states.


March 12, 2016 Brunswick News

Turtle expert's opinion overlooked in DNR's report

Larry Hobbs reports that Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources ignored its own turtle expert’s advice in a document prepared for Sea Island Acquisition’s request to build a new beach, according to testimony Tuesday at a state appeals hearing at Old City Hall in Brunswick. The state Shore Protection Committee approved the request last December to create 1,200 feet of beach on the south end of Sea Island, possibly unaware that DNR turtle program coordinator Mark Dodd opposed the project. In his report, Dodd wrote that the proposed 350-foot-long T-shaped rock groin would be a detriment to sea turtle nesting habitat.


March 12, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

Thomasville named a top micropolitan

Staff reports that Site Selection Magazine has ranked Thomasville in its top 100 of Micropolitans for 2015. The ranking identifies small U.S. communities that create investment and add jobs. Thomasville was ranked in the top 100 in 2014 as well. “Companies are finding smaller communities have the services they require and the proximity to market they once believed only existed in metro areas,” said Shelley Zorn, Thomasville-Thomas County Economic Development Authority executive director.


March 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Noble Investment plans 18-story hotel by Fox Theatre

Amy Wenk reports that Atlanta’s Noble Investment Group is planning a new hotel next to The Fox Theatre in Midtown. Architecture firm tvsdesign on May 10 presented plans for the 18-story, 238-room hotel to Midtown’s Development Review Committee (DRC). The project would include ground-floor retail space, a second-floor bar area and a small terrace overlooking Peachtree Street.


March 12, 2016 GPB

Georgia Primary Races Heat Up

Bill Nigut reports, with the Georgia primary elections just a little more than two weeks away, our panel of insiders look at the heated GOP congressional races where incumbents Doug Collins and Barry Loudermilk are facing challenges in part because of the very first vote each of them took when they arrived at the U.S. House: helping elect John Boehner speaker. Plus they look at the contest to replace 3rd District congressman Lynn Westmoreland, who is retiring at the end of the year.


March 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The Georgia GOP has not yet joined Donald Trump’s new financing strategy

Greg Bluestein reports that Donald Trump’s campaign is working out a fundraising agreement to marry his campaign’s skeletal fundraising efforts with state and national Republican party leaders. And, for now, the Georgia GOP is staying out of the deal. A party spokesman said the Georgia GOP has not yet been asked to participate in an agreement that would allow Trump to accept six-figure checks in his general election campaign by leaning on state and national Republican organizations to help raise funds for the November race.



May 11, 2016 Macon Telegraph

New Milledgeville manufacturing plant to create 1,000 jobs

Linda S. Morris reports that a manufacturing company plans to move into a vacant building in Milledgeville, creating more than 1,000 jobs. Sparta Industries, a manufacturer of HVAC duct liner insulation, is opening a new plant in the former Rheem Manufacturing building on Roberson Mill Road. The venture represents a capital investment of $22.5 million during the next five years, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office.


May 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Albany | Dougherty County: The Right Environment

David Shivers reports that collaboration continues to be fundamental for Albany and Dougherty County, and it’s working across all economic sectors, including the city and county, tourism and recreation, downtown revitalization, education and healthcare. “Strategic collaboration, I think, is the most important place for the county to focus its efforts with respect to economic development,” says County Commission Chair Chris Cohilas.


May 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta sees No. 9 biggest April to May rent drop in United States

Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta had one of the largest decreases in rent for a 1-bedroom apartment from April to May, according to a new report. Madison, Wisc.-based ABODO’s National Apartment Report: May 2016, found Atlanta saw average rents for a 1-bedroom apartment fall from $1,305 to $1,266 — a 3 percent decrease.


May 11, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

St. Marys approves rezoning to allow barge port

Joe Parker Jr. reports that City Council has approved the rezoning of a former paper mill site to pave the way for its possible development as a logistics and industrial center and barge port. The St. Marys City Council held the Monday night meeting at St. Marys Elementary School to accommodate the large crowd expected. About 200 people attended, many of them wearing buttons indicating opposition to the rezoning.


May 11, 2016 Saporta Report

Sustainable inventions provide glimpse into a future where energy is less impactful

David Pendered reports that a panel that reduces energy consumption in commercial buildings by behaving like fish gills was one of four inventions presented at the recent Energy Summit hosted by the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge. All four inventions are gee-whiz efforts to expand the frontier in the field of sustainability. As such, the descriptions of these products read like a story about space in Popular Mechanics.


May 11 2016 Georgia Health News

Collapse of Novant deal leaves Memorial Health in a quandary

Andy Miller reports that the CEO of Memorial Health said Tuesday that the Savannah safety-net hospital system “has to do some regrouping’’ in the wake of Novant Health’s decision to back off a partnership. North Carolina-based Novant terminated negotiations Monday after months of talks, citing a conflict with the Chatham County Hospital Authority.


May 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed: Q2 economy growing at 2.2 percent

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reported May 10 its GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth in the second quarter is 2.2 percent. The growth rate of real GDP is a key indicator of economic activity. The Atlanta Fed projected real GDP growth of 1.7 percent on May 4.


May 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Samantha Bee, with help from Patton Oswalt, blasts Georgia Legislature again

Greg Bluestein reports that TV host Samantha Bee unloaded another attack on Republican state Sen. Renee Unterman, this time with a seven-minute segment that aired late Monday criticizing “crisis pregnancy centers” aimed at persuading women not to get abortions. And this time, she also had some help from fellow comedian Patton Oswalt. Since we are a family blog, we’ll refrain from a full transcript of what Bee said, but suffice to say she didn’t hold back.



May 10, 2016

Deal: Schools statewide receive additional $6.9 million in technology grant awards

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced 53 local education authorities (LEAs) will be awarded more than $6.9 million from the Connections for Classrooms grant program, a collaborative funding effort between the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, the Georgia Department of Education and the OneGeorgia Authority to help ensure classrooms across the state have the high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning. These grants, enabled by additional funds appropriated in the amended FY16 budget, fully fund all applicants from Round 3 of the grant program once combined with the $8.2 million awarded in January.


May 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Visit Georgia’s State Parks

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, there are few resources that are available and accessible to nearly everyone no matter your location, your income, your mobility, your age or your education. Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, celebrating 85 years of encouraging people to go outside, are one such resource in our state. With more than 60 parks and historic sites scattered across Georgia, there’s something for everyone. And this year, as part of the parks system’s birthday celebration, it’s offering new programs designed to bring in more visitors and encourage them to enjoy the system’s other parks, too.


May 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Dollar General plans Georgia distribution center, 500 jobs

Staff reports that discount retailer Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) will build an $85 million, 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Jackson, Ga., where it will employ 500. The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based company said it plans to begin construction on the project as early as summer 2016, with an estimated completion scheduled for summer/fall 2017.


May 10, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia Cancer Center renovation underway

Tom Corwin reports that one of the first people to feel the impact of a massive renovation of the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University is the director. “I’ve been displaced,” Dr. Samir N. Khleif said Monday in a temporary suite of offices down the hall from his former office. The office and a conference room below are among the first to be demolished as part of a 72,000-square-foot renovation that will extend out five floors of the M. Bert Storey Cancer Research Building up Laney-Walker Boulevard toward 15th Street.


May 10, 2016 Georgia Health News

Loss of the local hospital leaves a big hole in a rural region

Andy Miller reports that as two middle-aged men step out of a Southwest Georgia convenience store, a traveler asks them for directions to the site of a former hospital in Richland. It’s just off the main highway, they explain, and they point out the way. One of the men, referring to the hospital, has a parting request for the stranger: “Bring it back.”


May 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia tax collections post modest increase in April

Dave Williams reports that net tax collections in Georgia increased 3.3 percent last month compared to April 2015, not counting the additional revenues brought in by the transportation funding legislation the General Assembly passed last year. Including the $79.6 million in transportation taxes received in April, total net tax revenues were up 7.4 percent over April of last year.


May 10, 2016 Saporta Report

Could Trump make Georgia competitive in November?

Tom Baxter reports that the general election race for the presidency has begun, and a Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll conducted last week for WSB-TV shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton neck and neck in Georgia. Is the election really likely to be that close in this deep red state? First, some cold water.


May 10, 2016 GPB

HB 1577 Aims To Improve Diversity In Georgia’s Movie Industry

Celeste Headlee and Taylor Gantt report that the social media movement, #OscarsSoWhite, opened up many people’s eyes to the lack of diversity in the film industry. In order to address this issue from a state level, Georgia recently passed HB 1577. Actress and director Terri J. Vaughn helped spearhead this legislation in conjunction with her production company, Nina Holliday Entertainment.


May 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nathan Deal’s opposition to Georgia ‘campus carry’ bill seems to harden

Greg Bluestein reports that, fresh off a veto of legislation that would legalize firearms on college campuses, Gov. Nathan Deal’s opposition to a revival of the “campus carry” legislation seems to have hardened. Deal vetoed the legislation last week after lawmakers refused his request to carve out exceptions to the proposal that would allow permit-holders over 21 to carry a concealed weapon onto most places on campus. Six days after the veto, though, he made no mention of adding caveats into the legislation, and instead he questioned why it was needed in the first place.



May 9, 2016 Georgia Health News

Healthcare Georgia Foundation announces first-quarter grants

Andy Miller reports that twelve organizations will share more than $500,000 in grants from Healthcare Georgia Foundation that predominantly target rural health, health disparities, and distance learning for health professionals and nonprofits. Foundation President Gary Nelson said that “as we address inequalities in health and health care through our grantmaking, we continue to see a significant health penalty imposed on Georgians who reside in our rural communities.  One’s health should not be determined by place of residence or ZIP code.”


May 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Into the Woods

Karen Kirkpatrict reports that Georgia may be the No. 1 state in the nation for business, but it takes so much more than a healthy corporate climate and strong industrial base for a state – and its people – to thrive. In fact, we’ve known since at least the mid-1600s, when the saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” first appeared in print, that a work-play balance is important to a life fulfilled. Thankfully, the Peach State’s got us covered there, too.


May 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Feds probe Southern Co. disclosures of Mississippi plant’s troubles

Russell Grantham reports that federal securities investigators are looking into how Southern Co. handled its disclosures of cost overruns at a troubled Mississippi power plant that aims to make coal a “clean” fuel for generating electricity. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission “is conducting a formal investigation of Southern Company and Mississippi Power concerning the estimated costs and expected in-service date of the Kemper” plant, Southern Co. disclosed in a filing Thursday.


May 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Three of Top 10 wealth managers are in Atlanta

Carla Caldwell reports that three of the Top 10 advisors on the WealthManagement magazine “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in 2016” list are based in Atlanta. Advisors are ranked exclusively by assets under management custodied at the four wirehouse firms, the magazine says.


May 9, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Offers New Grants For High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

Elly Yu reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed a $23.7 billion budget last week, which includes money for covering the tuition costs for students working towards jobs in high-demand fields. This year, the state added the field of “industrial maintenance” to that list. Industrial maintenance jobs have been in high demand as advanced manufacturing has grown in the state in the last several years, said Ben Hames, deputy commissioner of the workforce division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.


May 9, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Retired educators leader speaks in opposition of state takeover of schools

Hilary Butschek reports that Karen Solheim is starting a conversation early about whether to support the state takeover of some schools. Solheim, president of the Georgia Association of Educators-Retired, is opposed to a ballot measure set for November’s election on Opportunity School Districts.


May 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

14th Street tower could soar to 70 stories

Staff reports that two years after first pitching the project, developers are tweaking a plan for Midtown’s former Symphony Center site to include a 70-story skyscraper, potentially making it one of the tallest buildings in the city.


May 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s Legal Elite nominations open

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


May 9, 2016 Rome News Tribune

CRBI opposes gas pipeline crossing of Etowah River near Kingston

Doug Walker reports that Rome’s Coosa River Basin Initiative has expressed opposition to plans for a new natural gas pipeline to be built across the Etowah River in Bartow County. Known as the Dalton Expansion, the pipeline would cross the Etowah between Hardin Bridge and Macedonia roads south of Kingston.


May 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Newt Gingrich has emerged as a contender for Donald Trump’s running mate

Greg Bluestein reports that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich emerged as one of Donald Trump’s most forceful advocates long before he became the presumptive GOP nominee, defending the billionaire as a fellow political revolutionary willing to upend the status quo while other elder statesmen flocked to other candidates. And as Trump locked up the GOP nomination last week, Gingrich has repeatedly said he’d be honored to be considered for the veep spot.



May 6, 2016 Saporta Report

Savannah port benefits from good access, capacity, proximity to Atlanta: CBRE

David Pendered reports that a new report by CBRE, the real estate company, sheds light on the reason the Savannah port is growing its cargo business so quickly. It’s because the port has the capacity to handle a lot of freight, which makes it a good choice for shippers looking for a port on the east coast.


May 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia – Gibbs Gardens

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, just 90 minutes or so north of Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground offers 220 acres of peaceful beauty in the rolling hills, with a Japanese garden, water lilies, roses and gorgeous rhododendrons in bloom this time of year. Ride the tram or walk the three miles of trails at one of the largest residential estate gardens in the country.


May 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SunTrust steps up to sponsor Atlanta United

Staff reports that Atlanta United signed up SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) as a multi-year sponsor. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal includes advertising, branding, promotions, signs and appearance opportunities, including the upcoming Atlanta United Academy tryouts.


May 6, 2016

Deal: Georgia tourism growth sets new record

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced during National Travel and Tourism Week that the state’s tourism industry generated $58.9 billion in business sales in 2015, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. This represents a three percent increase over the previous year and a new record for the total economic impact of tourism in Georgia.


May 6, 2016 Georgia Health News

6 Georgia health centers get new federal funds

Andy Miller reports that Federal health officials this week announced $6 million in funding to six community health centers in Georgia for facility renovation and expansion. The grantees are centers in Wrightsville, Colbert, Atlanta, Blakely, Richland and Columbus, Each center will receive $1 million.


May 6, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

GaDOE waives promotion, retention requirements for Milestones tests

Keith Farner reports, following widespread technology glitches and interruptions of online testing, the Georgia Board of Education on Wednesday waived promotion and retention requirements tied to the Georgia Milestones. The waiver is for end-of-grade tests by which state law requires that third-graders be at or above grade level in reading to move on to the fourth grade, Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said.


May 6, 2016 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Dalton-based company to cut hundreds of jobs during upcoming restructuring

Alex Green reports that upward of 320 Beaulieu Group, LLC, workers are going to lose their jobs over the next four months as the Dalton, Ga.-based carpet and hard surface flooring manufacturer attempts to strengthen its place in the market. Beaulieu Group officials announced the cuts in a news releas, and said the coming restructuring of operations and corporate functions will result in the loss of somewhere between 6 and 8 percent of is 4,000 employees.


May 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

14 minutes: PulteGroup founder gets quick snub from shareholders

Russell Grantham reports, good thing the Kraczons had other plans lined up for their trip south from Michigan, besides attending PulteGroup’s annual shareholder meeting in Atlanta. The meeting Wednesday afternoon at Buckhead’s Grand Hyatt was over in 14 minutes. It ended with little shareholder support for the efforts of Bill Pulte, the company’s 83-year-old founder and its largest shareholder, to shake things up at the Atlanta homebuilder.


May 6, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA team selected by NASA, Air Force to build and launch two cube satellites

Alan Flurry reports that University of Georgia project led by a team of undergraduate students and including faculty from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering was recently selected for funding by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative. The UGA proposal, "CubeSat for GA Water Resources," to NASA's Undergraduate Student Instrument Project will receive $200,000 in funding to prepare for a launch date 18 months from the project start date this month.


May 6, 2016 Macon Telegraph, GPB

New Autism Center in Macon helping hundreds of families

Leah Fleming reports that one in 68 children is born with autism in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Georgia the rate is one in 64. Health care advocates say Georgia also has a big divide in access to autism care. Atlanta has long had an autism center. Now, a new Middle Georgia center seeks to provide needed care to those outside the big city.


May 6, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Regional Health exploring possibility of affiliation or partnership

Chuck Williams reports that Columbus Regional Health System’s Board of Directors has authorized the organization to explore the possibility of entering into a “strategic affiliation or partnership with another health-care organization,” President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Hill confirmed on Thursday. The decision was made during a weekend board retreat and the nonprofit company’s nearly 3,000 employees have been notified, Hill said.


May 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CallRail triples downtown Atlanta office in 70-job expansion

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that CallRail moved into 6,000 square feet in the Equitable Building last year expecting the space to be enough to accommodate two years of growth. Six months later, the marketing analytics startup has maxed out capacity and leased 19,000 square feet.


May 6, 2016 AccessWDUN 

Cargill employees to lose jobs in business acquisition

Brian Stewart reports that new business agreement will bring about job cuts for workers at the Cargill plant in Gainesville. Cargill has opted to sell part of its business, the part making dressings, sauces and mayonnaise, to Ventura Foods in California, according to a press release. "Many" of the 52 current employees will be retained for 15 to 18 months as part of the agreement. David Ralston on campus carry: ‘This fight will go on’


May 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Ralston on campus carry: ‘This fight will go on’

Greg Bluestein reports that House Speaker David Ralston didn’t shut the door on a legislative effort to overturn Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of a measure that would legalize firearms at Georgia’s college campuses as he reinforced his message that the “fight will go on” to pass the gun rights expansion. “I don’t know yet. It’s not over, though. I’ve been clear about that,” Ralston said Thursday when asked about a potential override of Deal’s veto.



May 5, 2016 Georgia CEO

Atlanta Metro Area Releases New Foreign Investment Strategy to Maximize Region’s Global Potential

Staff reports that Metro Atlanta announced the release of the Metro Atlanta Foreign Direct Investment Plan, which outlines specific steps local business, civic, and government leaders can take to leverage foreign direct investment to grow global engagement. The release of the plan is integral to metro Atlanta’s participation in the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase. With more than 85 percent of global growth through 2019 projected to occur outside the United States, global engagement is a necessity if cities want to catalyze both their economies and their workforce.


May 5, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Welcome to Georgia

Neely Young writes, discrimination is as old as Georgia itself. In fact, fear and discrimination in politics are the tools of many both today and in the past. They are used to target people with the smallest population who are different, and presidential candidate Donald Trump is using them as a keystone of his campaign.


May 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia No. 9 worst state in America for working moms

Phil W. Hudson reports that this Sunday is Mother’s Day and if your mother is one of the millions in Georgia’s workforce, she undoubtedly deserves something nice. According to a new report, the Peach State is the No. 9 worst state for working mothers.


May 5, 2016

Deal signs education bills increasing opportunities for students, military members

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today signed legislation that expands students’ and service members’ access to postsecondary education and jobs skills training. “Investing in education at every level — from our youngest minds to graduating high school seniors to returning service members and military veterans — has been, and remains, one of my top priorities,” said Deal. 


May 5, 2016

India's CG and the Georgia Indo-American Chamber Board Join Forces for Activist Agenda

Phil Bolton reports that the board of a revived Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce met with India‘s Consul General Nagesh Singh at the Consulate General in Sandy Springs on April 26 to discuss strategies for promoting business with India and raising the recognition of Indian firms and individuals active in the state’s economy.


May 5, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Gov. Deal ‘redirects’ National Infantry Museum funding in state budget

Chuck Williams reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal redirected $100,000 in state funding designated for a Global War on Terror memorial at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus earlier this week when he signed next year’s budget. The governor’s actions come on the heels of nearly $8 million in Columbus State University construction funding being yanked out of the budget in the closing days of the most recent General Assembly session.


May 5, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Data center plans announced for historic Sibley Mill

Damon Cline reports that fter 18 months of discussion and due diligence, backers of a proposed data center at Sibley Mill on Wednesday announced they have entered into a long-term lease at the historic property alongside the Augusta Canal.


May 5, 2016 Albany Herald

GHA study finds Phoebe Putney Health System generates $1.2 billion economic revenue

Staff reports that Phoebe Putney Health System generated more than $1.2 billion in revenue for the local and state economy in 2014, according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association. The report by the state’s largest hospital trade association determined that the health system provided nearly $60 million in community benefit while supporting more than 10,000 full-time jobs in Southwest Georgia and the state that year.


May 5, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Georgia Logistics Summit recap

Ben Young reports, each year more than 1,000 people gather for the 2016 Georgia Logistics Summit at the World Congress Center in Atlanta. This year’s event, held April 19 and 20, featured a number of experts discussing the latest logistics trends. Gov. Nathan Deal promised the Savannah Harbor deepening would continue on schedule.


May 5, 2016 Saporta Report

TIME ranks two Gwinnett County cities among nation’s ‘Most Genius Places’

David Pendered reports that TIME magazine has included two cities in Gwinnett County on its list of, “The 100 Most Genius Places in America.” Norcross ranked 14th on the list. Suwanee ranked 99th. These two cities, and Raleigh, N.C. are the only cities in the Deep South to make the list. Norcross earned its place with 8.6 patents issued per 10,000 residents.


May 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson opts out of TV debate, cites rival’s criminal past

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallarman and Jim Galloway report that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has opted out of the only statewide televised debate with Republican challengers. In part, he’s blaming the criminal history of one of his rivals. The Atlanta Press Club/Georgia Public Broadcasting debate was to be taped Friday afternoon and aired Sunday, May 8. Yes, Mother’s Day.



May 4, 2016

Deal issues 2016 veto statements

HB 859 seeks to amend O.C.G.A. § 16-11-127.1, which relates to the carrying of weapons within school safety zones. It would add an exception to the prohibition of carrying or possessing a weapon in such school zones. I have today issued an Executive Order directed to the Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia and the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, requesting that they submit a report to me, the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House by August 1, 2016, as to the security measures that each college within their respective systems has in place.


May 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Perimeter Area: Robust Assets

Randy Southerland reports that Georgia’s newest boomtown isn’t really a town – rather it’s actually several towns spread across two counties. Central Perimeter on Atlanta’s northern arc of I-285 stretches across both Fulton and DeKalb counties and includes the close-in cities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven.


May 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Unofficial business: Tesla’s hot electric car expansion capped in Ga.

Matt Kempner reports that Tesla Motors is an upstart maker of electric vehicles that look normal but drive like buttered road rockets. Yet as new and hot as it is, the company just opened its second to last store in Georgia. The new Alpharetta retail outlet is the fourth of only five Tesla is allowed. As odd as this sounds, if the company opened more, well, it would be breaking the law.


May 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Who made the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017?

Jacques Couret reports that Leadership Atlanta on Monday announced its Class of 2017, which has 83 leaders from local fields such as education, law, corporate, religious, nonprofit, technology, health care and government. The Coca-Cola Co. Vice President of Corporate Communications Ben Deutsch will be the program chair for the class.


May 4, 2016

Qatar Airways Flying A380 for Atlanta Debut June 1

Trevor Williams reports that Qatar Airways is looking to make a big splash on its maiden voyage from Doha into Atlanta, last week revealing plans to land in style with the world’s largest jet, the Airbus A380. Although the daily flight starting June 1 will normally employ the Boeing 777, the airline is using its newest flight to showcase one of its six A380s for the first time in the United States. Qatar Airways has 10 destinations in the U.S., but none of them is scheduled with A380 service.


May 4, 2016 Georgia Dept. of Ed.

Georgia releases 2015 CCRPI scores, Student Growth Model

Georgia Department of Education today released the fourth College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), based on data from the 2014-15 school year. The average score for Georgia’s elementary schools was 76, with a score of 71.2 for middle schools, 75.8 for high schools, and an overall statewide score of 75.5.


May 4, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

SRP Federal Credit Union CEO ready to ride off into retirement

Damon Cline reports, some people worry they won’t know what to do with themselves after retirement. Ed Templeton is not one of those people. The longtime president and CEO of SRP Federal Credit Union knows exactly what he’ll do after he steps down this summer. And it involves two wheels, a 1600cc engine and lots of open road.


May 4, 2016 Saporta Report

National Park Service hits home with King-Carter exhibit – possible peek into future

Maria Saporta reports, an axis of peace. That’s probably the best way to define the relationship between two of Atlanta’s greatest leaders and their families – the late Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Jimmy Carter. It is a special multi-layered relationship that keeps building upon a shared foundation of non-violence, human and civil rights. And both MLK Jr. and Carter were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts.


May 4, 2016 Albany Herald

Governor signs bill targeting sex trafficking

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that enhances penalties for those involved in sex trafficking in Georgia. Attorney General Sam Olens’ Office says that House Bill 770 expands Georgia’s laws on sexual trafficking to include enhanced penalties for trafficking individuals with developmental disabilities and strengthens law enforcement’s ability to use undercover officers to proactively investigate sex trafficking of minors.


May 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Challengers pile on Doug Collins in Hart County

Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins was put on the defensive here Tuesday night as his four primary challengers sought to position themselves as more constitutionally-focused alternatives who could shift the balance of power in Washington away from the executive branch. The Republicans challenging Collins, R-Gainesville, for his Ninth District congressional seat slammed several of the major votes he cast in the last year at a candidate forum sponsored by the Hart County Chamber that drew a standing room-only crowd of more than 300.



May 3, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Gov. Deal signs work-based learning bill sponsored by Rep. Lumsden

Staff reports that businesses willing to take on high school students as interns will be eligible for insurance discounts under legislation signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. House Bill 402 was sponsored by state Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee. He said it’s an effort to increase business partnerships with local public school systems.


May 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Last week for 40 Under 40 nominations

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, just a reminder, this is your last week to nominate someone for this year’s 40 Under 40. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 6, at 5 p.m. Each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2016, we want to hear about them.


May 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta CEO’s pay slips in ‘15

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta CEO Richard Anderson, who formally handed the controls to his successor on Monday, earned $15.8 million in total compensation in 2015. That’s down from nearly $17.6 million a year earlier. The decline is due to a payout under a one-time award plan that increased stock awards to Anderson in 2014, according to Delta’s proxy statement, filed Friday in advance of the company’s June 10 annual meeting in New York.


May 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Halyard Health rejects charges in 60 Minutes story

Staff reports that Halyard Health Inc. (NYSE: HYH) has fired back at a story “60 Minutes” aired May 1 claiming the company provided faulty surgical gowns to U.S. hospitals and abroad during the Ebola breakout. Alpharetta, Ga.-based Halyard said the “60 Minutes” story is a “rehashing of a class action lawsuit filed in 2014.”


May 3, 2016 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Commits To Having Only One Commercial Airport

Tasnim Shamma reports that while the city of Atlanta just struck a new 20-year deal with Delta Air Lines over Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Paulding County is moving ahead with its plans to establish commercial air service north of the city. That's despite lawsuits Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport faces related to commercialization plans and stiff opposition from the city of Atlanta and Delta Air Lines.


May 3, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike Cinemas reports $2.2 million profit as it awaits buyout

Tony Adams reports that Carmike Cinemas, on the path to being purchased by AMC Entertainment Holdings, reported Monday a profit of $2.2 million, or 9 cents per share, on total operating revenue of $206.2 million in the first quarter of 2016. That was up from a profit, or net income, of $391,000, or 2 cents per share, on total operating revenue of $184.3 million in the January-March period of 2015.


May 3, 2016 Georgia CEO

Hank Linginfelter on Being Chair of the 2016 Georgia Chamber & Georgia 2030 Initiative

Staff reports that Executive Vice President of AGL Resources Hank Linginfelter talks about being Chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for 2016, the role the Chamber plays in our state, and the Chamber's Georgia 2030 Initiative.


May 3, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Georgia State Park system celebrates 85 years with Birthday Bash Geocache

Staff reports that to help mark its 85th anniversary, the Georgia State Park system recently launched the Birthday Bash Geocache. Guided by a hand-held GPS, explorers search for hidden caches in participating parks across the state. “We were brainstorming ideas of how to invite our visitors to celebrate the 85th with us,” said Kim Hatcher, public affairs coordinator for Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. “The timing seemed good to start a new geocaching program, because we have a wonderful relationship with geocaching volunteers and we know that they like to have new caches to find.


May 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta remains among the most frugal cities

Staff reports that the Big Peach is big on saving money on consumer products. Atlanta is No. 4 on’s sixth annual “Most Frugal Cities list,” published Monday. Residents here clipped 20.5 million digital coupons on the site last year and saved an estimated $29 million on consumer packaged goods, including grocery and household items.


May 3, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

CEO Dan Amos lays out possibility of Aflac stock split at $75 per share

Tony Adams reports that Aflac Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Amos knew precisely the audience he was playing to on Monday at the Columbus Museum on Wynnton Road. The annual meeting of shareholders was a gathering of faithful investors, many of whom have watched their dollars multiply nicely through the years along with the Fortune 500 supplemental health and life insurer’s own growth. It racked up a profit of more than $2.5 billion on revenues of just under $21 billion in 2015 from its business in Japan and the U.S.


May 3, 2016 GPB

Georgia Milestones Might Not Matter For Promotion

Grant Blankenship reports that it looks like the Georgia Milestones test might not be tied to grade promotion this year after all. So far, students in third, fifth and eighth grades had to perform up to grade level in core areas of study to pass onto the next grade.


May 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s court system will get a monumental makeover

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s top court system is about to get a monumental makeover. Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he would sign legislation that would let him add two justices to the Georgia Supreme Court, giving him the opportunity to appoint a majority of the judges to the powerful court’s bench before he leaves office. The legislation, which Deal cast as part of his criminal justice overhaul, lets the two-term Republican vastly expand his imprint on the state’s legal system beyond his eight years in office.



May 2, 2016 Saporta Report

Independent process to congressional redistricting may be solution for Georgia

Maya Dillard Smith and Brinkley Serkedakis write, just days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Evenwel v. Abbott that broke a recent wave of dangerously restrictive approaches by the high court that have been slowly chipping away key elements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Unanimously, the court affirmed the longstanding constitutional principle that, when it comes to voting, everyone – regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age or zip code – deserves fair and equal representation.


May 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Old Values, New Successes

Susan Percy reports, the Saturday afternoon in 2009 when Larry Gellerstedt walked into a meeting of the board of Cousins Properties, he knew he was about to be offered the CEO’s job. Like other real estate businesses, the Atlanta company founded by Tom Cousins in 1958 was feeling the effects of the recession. The board turned to Gellerstedt, then the company’s president and COO, who had a career-long history of success in the construction industry.


May 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cousins Properties to merge with rival

J. Scott Trubey reports that noted Atlanta real estate developer and property manager Cousins Properties said Friday it will merge with fellow real estate investment trust Parkway Properties in a move that will expand Cousins’ reach in the Sun Belt. The stock-for-stock merger deal will involve a spinoff of properties in the Houston area going to a new firm called HoustonCo.


May 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

$700 million Atlanta River Walk planned near Chateau Élan

Amy Wenk reports that an ambitious $700 million mixed-use project centered around a man-made river is being pitched for Hall County. ARW Group LLC, a joint venture of Peachtree City developer Jorge Duran and Harry Kitchen of Foxfield Co., is planning a 508-acre development about a mile from Chateau Élan Winery & Resort and near Road Atlanta in Braselton.


May 2, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Score Middle Georgia provides mentors for small business owners and start-ups

Linda S. Morris reports that John Collier had owned his business for about 15 years when he decided he wanted advice on how to expand it. Collier, who has owned Westco Security Systems in Warner Robins since 1999, reached out for help at Score, a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.


May 2, 2016 Georgia Health News

Interim Southern Regional chief gets the job full time

Andy Miller reports that Southern Regional Medical Center’s new owner has named Charlotte W. Dupré as permanent CEO of the Clayton County hospital. Dupré has been interim CEO since December. She led the hospital through the transition when it was acquired by California-based Prime Healthcare.


May 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Mercedes-Benz On A Roll

Susan Percy reports that "We had 13,000 applications for 300 jobs” was the answer Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, gave to a question about whether his company had difficulty filling positions when it moved headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta last year. Exler, who became CEO in January, took questions at an Atlanta Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon April 12.


May 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: CNN more than doubles target audience, raises ad rates

Carla Caldwell reports that the presidential election has been good to CNN, which has its world headquarters in Atlanta. Cable news outlets have enjoyed a spike in prime-time viewership during the presidential election, but none so much as CNN, according to The Wall Street Journal.


May 2, 2016 GPB

Governor Deal Continues To Delay 'Campus Carry' Decision

Bill Nigut reports that Governor Deal has just three days left to announce whether he will sign or veto the controversial “campus carry” bill. The panel tries to read the tea leaves to determine what Deal is thinking as he approaches the deadline. The governor did sign legislation that expands upon his package of criminal justice reform measures. All of them are designed to give minor felons a second chance to turn their lives around and avoid re-incarceration.


May 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Newt Gingrich: I’m open to being Donald Trump’s VP

Greg Bluestein reports that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has steadily emerged as one of Donald Trump’s go-to defenders, igniting speculation that he could be a potential running mate to the billionaire. Now the former Georgia congressman is unequivocally saying he’s open to that possibility.



April 29, 2016 WABE 90.1

Expected Ga. Law Shift Could Affect Immigrant Students’ Suit

Martha Dalton reports that a group of students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is suing each member of Georgia's Board of Regents. The group is fighting to pay in-state college tuition rates. The students say they have a "legal presence" in the U.S. through a federal program that temporarily shields them from deportation.In February, the state Supreme Court rejected a similar case filed by the same students against the board as a whole. The Court said the board had "sovereign immunity" and couldn't be sued.


April 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

40 Under 40 - Nominate Now

Each year since 1997, we recognize 40 young Georgians under the age of 40. These individuals, chosen from a statewide pool of candidates, represent the best and brightest in business, government, non-profits, education, politics, media, healthcare and the arts. Some of our honorees are fairly high-profile and others are less well-known, but all are actively working to make Georgia or their particular corner of the state a better place to live and work.


April 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Manufacturer to invest $20 million, create 100 jobs with Georgia plant

Phil W. Hudson reports that a Meriden, Conn., retail shopping bag maker will open a new $20 million industrial facility in Walton County, Ga., creating 100 jobs. Flexo Converters USA Inc. bought a building from the Development Authority of Walton County at 690 Unisia Drive, the former Angel Food Ministries Building, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD).


April 29, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

SEC filing lays out package for Carmike CEO after buyout

Tony Adams reports that some call it a golden parachute, others the golden handshake, while some simply use the term “severance package.” No matter the phrase, it boils down to money and any other benefits received by top company executives in the event of a change of control in leadership. Quite often it is the result of a merger or takeover.


April 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woes around Stonecrest mirror mall struggles

Leon Stafford reports twelve years ago, the Mall at Stonecrest in Southeast Dekalb County was riding a wave of retail store expansion and spawning growth. The area around the mall boasted a new Buckhead Colorado Steakhouse, an 85-room Fairfield Inn and Suites, and a development with 400 new Ryland homes.


April 29, 2016 Albany Herald

Thrush Aircraft gets $500,000 from One Georgia Equity Loan Fund

Terry Lewis reports that Thrush Aircraft has received $500,000 from the One Georgia Equity Loan Fund, funds that will allow the company to add new jobs and produce an additional 24 aircraft per year. The OneGeorgia funds will be used to finance machinery to expand Thrush’s machine shop. That expansion will enable the company to produce an additional 24 aircraft per year, in addition to the job creation.


April 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed says economy grew 0.6 percent in first quarter

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reported April 27 its GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth in the first quarter of 2016 is 0.6 percent. The growth rate of real GDP is a key indicator of economic activity. The 0.6 percent projection is up from the April 26 projection of 0.4 percent.


April 29, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS CEO says firm has come long way since 1983, poised for rapid change and growth

Tony Adams reports, what a journey the last 33 years have been at TSYS, and what an adventure lies ahead for the global credit-card processor and payments company headquartered in Columbus. That was the thread that TSYS Chairman, President and CEO Troy Woods weaved through his presentation at the firm’s annual meeting of shareholders Thursday, held in the auditorium of its downtown corporate headquarters overlooking the Chattahoochee River.


April 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Boom! Georgia enacts new limits on fireworks

Greg Bluestein reports that a year after Georgia legalized the use of most kinds of fireworks, the state adopted a law that would restrict when and where they could be used. Responding to angry complaints from residents jolted awake by sparkly explosions on mundane weekdays, Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation this week that bans residents from setting off fireworks after 9 p.m. most of the year.



April 28, 2016 Saporta Report

Coca-Cola welcomes shareholders into its Atlanta home

Maria Saporta reports that or the first year ever, the Coca-Cola Co. invited its shareowners to its own turf for its 2016 annual meeting – the World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place across from Centennial Olympic Park. The new location had a strange impact on shareowners. Even the company’s harshest critics seemed subdued in the environment. It didn’t hurt that the company was opening up the attraction for a special first-ever Coca-Cola Shareowner Day so the owners of the company could get their fill of the house that soda built.


April 28, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia – Woodlands Garden, Decatur

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Metro Atlanta may be a seemingly endless ribbon of asphalt, but, in fact, there are parks strewn throughout like gems along the highways. Now’s the perfect time of year to explore small parks like Woodlands Garden in Decatur. Happy spring!


April 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia No. 31 for property taxes

Staff reports that Georgia’s median property tax rate is better than average, according to new data analysis from CoreLogic. The Peach State’s median property tax rate is 1.1 percent. That puts it with 27 other states that have a median property tax rate between 1 and 2 percent.


April 28, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Teacher Training Programs Earn C-Plus In National Report

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia could do a better job preparing its teachers, according to a report from the National Council on Teacher Quality. The council grades states on the quality of their teacher training programs. When it comes to producing and retaining effective teachers, Georgia earned a C-plus.


April 28, 2016 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Cost overruns hurt Southern Co. earnings

Walter C. Jones reports that profits suffered at the parent company of Georgia Power because of cost overruns incurred in the construction of a novel power plant, the Southern Co. reported Wednesday. The utility’s holding company is constructing two large, first-of-their-kind power plants, and both are behind schedule and over budget. The only one affecting earnings at this point, according to the company, is an experimental, low-emission coal-fired plant in Kemper County, Miss.


April 28, 2016 Savannah Morning News

U.S. attorney in Savannah: California retailer to pay $15 million to settle False Claims Act suit

Staff reports that a United States attorney in Savannah has announced that a California retailer has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it tried to sidestep customs to import furniture from China. Z Gallerie LLC of Los Angeles was allegedly bringing the wooden bedroom furniture through the Port of Savannah in a way that evaded duties and violated the False Claims Act, according to Edward Tarver, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.


April 28, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

HackBerry Lab blends tech, design in new 3,500 square foot space

Kristina Wilder reports that the HackBerry Lab hosted a meld of technology, entrepreneurship and design during its public opening Tuesday. Zane Cochran, instructor for the new creative technology major at Berry College, proudly walked around his new classroom space between the Emery Barns on the main campus. “We were in about 500 square feet in McAllister Hall,” he said. “Now, we have 3,500 square feet and we’ve filled it already.” Profit sank 66 percent to $10.2 million, or 9 cents a share.


April 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Low industry demand hurts AGCO in Q1

Staff reports that AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) reported a plunge in first quarter profit, noting lower industry demand for farm equipment is expected to continue to negatively impact sales and earnings for the rest of the year. The Duluth, Ga.-based agricultural equipment maker reported sales for the quarter were down 8.4 percent to $1.6 billion.


April 28, 2016 University of Georgia  

Nunn, Perry discuss nuclear threats in Charter Lecture

Aaron Hale reports that U.S. and the Soviet Union came horrifyingly close to nuclear disaster on several occasions during the Cold War, said former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry during the April 26 University of Georgia Charter Lecture. However, Perry and former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn said the world is no safer from a nuclear threat now than it has been in the 71 years since the last nuclear weapons were used over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.


April 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Barack Obama is praising Nathan Deal

Greg Bluestein reports that President Barack Obama and Gov. Nathan Deal don’t agree on many, many (many) policy debates, from expanding Medicaid to the divide over Syrian refugees. But the two found common ground over Deal’s passion project – a five-year overhaul of Georgia’s criminal justice system that got another revamp on Wednesday.



April 27, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah seeking faster, expanded wireless network

Eric Curl reports that as the city develops plans for improving public safety and spurring economic development, officials say there is a need to evaluate Savannah’s high-speed Internet capabilities as well. “The reality is a lot of our city is not connected right now,” said Bret Bell, city spokesman.


April 27, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Technically Speaking

Anna Bentley reports that it's been a busy year for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Over the past 12 months, the TCSG and its 22 technical colleges kept their focus on increasing the state’s workforce by implementing initiatives to boost growth in high-demand industries. The end result is a bevy of new or revamped programs – like Georgia WorkSmart, a hands-on learning partnership between colleges and industry leaders; Move On When Ready, a simplified high school dual-enrollment program; and expanded grants for high-demand industries – that are all helping to ensure that Georgia’s workforce is prepared to address the challenges of today and tomorrow.


April 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta, Atlanta to sign 20-year lease renewal Wednesday

Dave Williams reports that the Atlanta City Council will vote Wednesday on a 20-year lease extension with Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The 171-page agreement, which Mayor Kasim Reed and Delta CEO Richard Anderson will sign following the vote, includes Delta's guarantee to keep its corporate headquarters in Atlanta for at least the duration of the lease.


April 27, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Bald eagles top 200 nests in Georgia for 2nd straight year

Terry Dickson reports Georgia's three southernmost coastal counties accounted for 33 of the state's total of 201 occupied nesting territories documented in an annual survey, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said. Camden had 13 nests and Glynn and McIntosh had 10 each while Chatham County lead the state and the coastal counties with 22 and Liberty County had seven, the survey said.


April 27, 2016 Georgia CEO

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Announces Approval to Offer Synthetic Vision Upgrade to GIV-SP Aircraft

Staff reports that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to offer a synthetic vision upgrade to GIV-SP aircraft equipped with PlaneDeck. The avionics enhancement increases crew situational awareness through the integration of synthetic vision with charts and maps, video capability and XM ground-based weather on flight displays.


April 27, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS reports $90.6 million profit in first quarter, revises 2016 revenues higher

Tony Adams reports that credit-card and payment processor TSYS on Tuesday reported a $90.6 million first-quarter profit on total revenue of $739.4 million, both double-digit increases from the same three-month period a year ago. The global company, headquartered in downtown Columbus, also said those numbers will get much better moving forward as the cash flow from its $2.35 billion purchase of merchant specialty firm TransFirst kicks in. The acquisition, completed April 1, was the largest in TSYS history.


April 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Supreme Court sides with Gov. Deal on judicial appointments

Dave Williams reports that  Georgia Supreme Court Tuesday upheld Gov. Nathan Deal’s appointment of three new judges to the state Court of Appeals authorized by the General Assembly last year. Five citizens, including the head of the NAACP, filed a lawsuit last year arguing the new judgeships should be filled by a statewide election.


April 27, 2016 WABE 90.1

Gov. Nathan Deal Signs Rape Kit Testing Bill Into Law

Elly Yu reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law Tuesday that would require quicker processing of rape kits for sexual assault cases. The DNA evidence collected can help solve cases, but there hasn't been a deadline for processing rape kits, said Jennifer Bivins, president of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault.


April 27, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Puts Temporary Hold On Opioid Treatment Center Licenses

Michell Eloy reports that among the dozens of bills Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday is one that puts a temporary stop to issuing licenses to clinics that treat people addicted to heroin and prescription pain killers. The bill puts a one-year moratorium on accepting licensing applications from those looking to open a new opioid treatment center.  The suspension will last through June 30, 2017, while the legislature convenes a study committee to look at licensure requirements for such clinics and other related issues.


April 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Atlanta can now pursue a $2.5B MARTA transit expansion

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed a measure into law that allows the city of Atlanta to pursue a $2.5 billion expansion of MARTA that’s likely to include a light rail system along the Beltline. A previous version of the legislation, Senate Bill 369, was halted in its tracks earlier this year after a bruising battle that divided urban and suburban lawmakers. But it won an improbable victory on the last day of the legislative session after a late compromise was struck.



April 26, 2016 Georgia Health News

State’s hospital safety ranking goes down

Andy Miller reports that about one-fourth of Georgia hospitals received an “A” grade on patient safety in newly published ratings. That percentage, determined by the Leapfrog Group, is down from this past autumn, when one-third of Georgia hospitals got an “A” in the organization’s ratings. The ratings from Leapfrog, a patient safety organization founded by employers, are issued semi-annually, in fall and spring.


April 26, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s economy in 2016

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, our annual look at the financial health of the state – Georgia’s Economic Yearbook – reveals a sense of optimism as our state economy shifts into high gear. From the ports along the coast to inland ports in northwest and southwest Georgia, goods are coming and going at a record pace. The film and entertainment industry continues to boom. Corporate headquarters are moving in. And residential and commercial real estate are on the upswing from south to north and east to west.


April 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta ranked No. 18 for environmental redevelopment potential (27 cities ranked)

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta is ranked No. 18 in a new report that ranks 27 U.S. cities by redevelopment opportunities of environmentally impaired land. The redevelopment could attract renewed investment and bring life back to former industrial sites, according to the Urban Land Restoration Index, a new report by Arcadis, a global Design & Consultancy firm.


April 26, 2016 Macon Telegraph

New Macon-Bibb dispatch system improves emergency response

Chuck Dunlap reports, from mapping the location of fire hydrants to pinpointing the nearest sheriff’s deputy car, a new Macon-Bibb County 911 system is providing a higher level of efficiency in public safety. Macon-Bibb leaders spoke Monday about the benefits of the computer-aided dispatch system, or CAD, that is considered next-generation technology in public safety. Implementation of the system — designed to improve communication between 911 dispatchers and emergency responders — began in March.


April 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge to shut down investment scheme

Johnny Edwards reports that a Woodstock millionaire's empire of investment companies will be shut down and dismantled, a federal judge had ruled, breaking up what authorities allege was a Ponzi scheme that roped in investors from across the country. Jim Torchia knowingly, "or at least recklessly," misled his investors, the judge ruled.


April 26, 2016 Saporta Report

Clark Atlanta University leveraging concept of inclusive competitiveness

Maria Saporta reports that Clark Atlanta University – which just finished hosting the nation’s first Economic Inclusion and Competitiveness Summit on April 22-23 – is hoping to gain national notoriety for combining innovation with a more inclusive workforce. In a recent interview, the relatively new president of CAU – Ronald Johnson – said there’s a disconnect. Too often, people with lower incomes also are not engaging with the fastest growing parts of the economy. But Johnson and his CAU team are hoping to change that.


April 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Aman declares candidacy for Atlanta mayor

Dave Williams reports that a former top official in Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration announced his candidacy for mayor Monday. Peter Aman, who served as the city’s chief operating officer during Reed’s first term, becomes an early entrant in what is shaping up to be a crowded 2017 field of candidates looking to succeed the term-limited Reed. Others who have either formally entered the race or are expected to run include state Sen. Vincent Fort, state Rep. Margaret Kaiser, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, former council President Cathy Woolard and Councilman Kwanza Hall.


April 26, 2016 Albany Herald

Southwest Georgia hospital officials encouraged by new federal bill

Jennifer Parks reports that health care officials in Southwest Georgia are encouraged by a bill introduced by four United States senators, including one from Georgia, meant to improve reimbursements for financially-strained rural hospitals. U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced legislation last week meant to ensure hospitals are fairly reimbursed for their services by the federal government so they are able to remain open, especially in underserved and economically struggling regions.


April 26, 2016 WABE 90.1

Gov. Deal Expected To Sign Rural Health Tax Credits Bill

Michell Eloy reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a bill Tuesday that will help boost funding to the state's rural hospitals. The bill, SB 258, allows corporations and people to claim state tax credits for donating to rural health care nonprofits that treat the uninsured or those with Medicare or Medicaid. Bill sponsor Rep. Geoff Duncan, R-Cumming, says the signing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the governor's office Tuesday.


April 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Mike Crane on a missed vote — and maybe a slap at Casey Cagle

Jim Galloway reports that last week’s GOP debate in Harris County, state Sen. Mike Crane, R-Newnan, who is running to replace Lynn Westmoreland in Congress, pitched himself as something other than a “maybe” politician. During three terms in the Legislature, Crane estimated that he missed no more than 10 votes.



April 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

'Inland port' stirs dissent in quiet corner of Georgia

Dan Chapman reports that state officials want to turn a 42-acre cow pasture into a train-and-truck depot along a lovely stretch of U.S. 411 that abuts the Cohutta Wilderness near the Tennessee state line. The proposed 'inland port' site sits across the two-lane Georgia Scenic Byway from a park with baseball fields, an old brick church and a scattering of homes.


April 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Coastal Georgia symposium

Ben Young reports, Earth Day is a great occasion to reflect on a symposium I recently attended in Savannah – Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast. The conference was a project of the Ossabaw Island Foundation, Armstrong State University and Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History and featured an impressive array of ecologists, environmentalists, writers and scholars to talk about the history and ecology of one of Georgia’s most important natural resources. It was the first symposium of its kind to explore the history of Georgia’s coast and why the coast matters.


April 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Porsche announces new 718 Cayman models

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based Porsche Cars North America, Inc. early Monday announced new 718 Cayman models.Following the debut of the new 718 Boxster, the new 718 Cayman complements the roadster in the mid-engine model line-up, the company said in a prepared statement.


April 25, 2016 Saporta Report

Census director to visit Atlanta, offer ideas on using commute data in transportation decisions

David Pendered reports that the  director of the U.S. Census is to visit Atlanta Wednesday to talk with local transportation officials about how commuting data collected by the Census could inform policy decisions about transportation needs, according to an alert from the Census. The conversation is to occur just over six months before Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed intends to ask Atlanta voters to agree to an additional half-percent sales tax over the next 40 years to fund the expansion of MARTA.


April 25, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Engineers must boost production, says UGA professor K.C. Das

Lee Shearer reports that the world's population is expected to keep growing from about 7 billion people now to around 9.5 billion in 2050; population will soon have doubled since 1974, when about 4 billion people were on the earth. But food production is going to have to increase to insure global food security by 2050 - by 70 percent - University of Georgia agricultural engineer K.D. Das said at a UGA conference Thursday.


April 25, 2016 Brunswick News

Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority fielding 18 prospects

Lindsey Adkison reports that Mel Baxter had some good news to share with the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday. The interim executive director of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority told board members that his organization has been fielding 18 prospects — companies interested in doing business in the Golden Isles. “We have 18 prospects we are working with right now. There are 15 from outside the area and three local companies,” he said.


April 25, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Oil exploration threatens Ga. state marine mammal

Mary Landers reports that exploration for oil and gas deposits under the sea floor threatens the existence of an official symbol of Georgia, the North Atlantic right whale, according to leading marine scientists. An international group of 28 leading right whale researchers wrote an open letter to President Obama last week stating that seismic oil and gas surveys planned in the waters between Delaware and Florida would significantly impact right whales, an endangered species numbering about 500 animals, and “would jeopardize its survival.”


April 25, 2016 Rome News Tribune

4 companies honored by Georgia Northwestern Technical College in state competition

Doug Walker reports that four Northwest Georgia industries were in the running for statewide honors during Manufacturing Appreciation Week. The winners were announced Thursday during a luncheon hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.


April 25, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. State Representative Sues US Department of Education

Chandler Johnston reports that a Georgia state representative is suing the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for using what he calls unconstitutional policies in handling sexual misconduct cases on college campuses. State Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, filed the suit Thursday, citing lack of due process for those accused of sexual assault or harassment.


April 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Southern Baptists asked to endorse an end to public display of Confederate battle flag

Jim Galloway reports, something to think about on a weekend in which Stone Mountain has again made headlines:  A black pastor has asked the Southern Baptist Convention to adopt a resolution calling for elimination of public display of the Confederate battle flag. If the largest Protestant denomination in the United States were to take up the resolution, the debate would occur nearly a year to the day after the June 17, 2015 massacre of nine black Christians attending a midweek Bible study and prayer meeting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., by a young man who often posed draped in a Confederate banner.



April 22, 2016 Georgia

Deal: Mohawk Industries to create 200 jobs in Dalton

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, will expand its existing vinyl flooring operations in Dalton-Whitfield County. This project will significantly increase the company’s current U.S. luxury vinyl tile (LVT) manufacturing capacity. The $100 million capital investment in infrastructure and equipment will generate approximately 200 jobs for the region. 


April 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Enduring Hearts

Candice Dyer reports that during a trip to Disney World, 15-month-old Mya Gahan became sick and struggled to breathe. Tests revealed that her heart was enlarged. She managed for two years on medication, but when her heart began to fail again she spent six months in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. A donor was found, and today Mya is a robust, energetic 6 year old who does gymnastics. Her battle, though, is not over. She likely will need another transplant in a few years.


April 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SecureWorks raises $120 million in 2016's first tech IPO

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based SecureWorks will be the year’s first tech initial public offering after shares of the cybersecurity company begin trading on the Nasdaq, Friday. But it's off to a rough start. SecureWorks raised $120 million after pricing 8 million shares on Thursday at $14, missing its previously indicated $15.50-$17.50 range, CNBC reported, citing an unnamed source.


April 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Developer: GM site plan in jeopardy

J. Scott Trubey reports that the developer of the former General Motors plant site in Doraville said Thursday his firm will decide by June whether to continue its ambitious vision of a mini-city along I-285 or scrap it. Atlanta-based Integral Group, Doraville leaders and other supporters are ratcheting up pressure on the Dekalb County school board to take part in an infrastructure program, called a tax allocation district, to fund critical road, sewer and park projects on the site.


April 22, 2016 Georgia Health News

Atlanta area sees dramatic improvement in air quality

Andy Miller reports that a new report Wednesday finds that metro Atlanta has its cleanest air in more than a decade. The American Lung Association’s 2016 “State of the Air’’ report said ozone and particle pollution levels in the Atlanta area have improved since its first report in 2000. That’s when Atlanta ranked as the ninth most polluted city for ozone. Now the metro area ranks 52nd for most ozone-polluted city.


April 22, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Corrections Corporation building inmate job training facility in Nicholls

Terry Dickson reports that Corrections Corporation of America will hold a ceremonial invitation-only groundbreaking Thursday for a new $2.1 million vocational training center at its Coffee Correctional facility in Nicholls, Ga., where inmates who are nearing their release dates will learn job skills. Wiregrass Technical College will hire two full-time instructors to teach two programs, welding and diesel mechanics, on the prison site, said Lydia Hubert, a spokeswoman for the college.


April 22, 2016 Brunswick News

CCGA's Coastal Entrepreneur Concept Project awards to-be business students for efforts

Anna Hall reports that earlier this month, Briana Fields received the final word: she had officially been accepted to College of Coastal Georgia. The Brunswick High School senior already knows she wants to study secondary education, with an emphasis on biology. Her future plans got a boost Wednesday when she was awarded a $1,000 prize to be used on campus, for books, dining fees or whatever other extra costs she needed to fund.


April 22, 2016

UPS CEO: ‘Trade Not Getting a Lot of Love These Days’

Trevor Williams reports that on the campaign trail, kissing babies used to be the surefire way to win the hearts of the people. Now, it seems, it’s easier to please crowds by bashing trade, says David Abney, CEO of United Parcel Service Inc. “Trade is not getting a lot of love these days,” said Mr. Abney, head of the world’s largest package delivery company and an outspoken free-trade advocate.


April 22, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus CEO insists bank can’t rest on its laurels

Tony Adams reports that simply the place where Synovus Financial Corp. held its annual meeting of shareholders Thursday sent a distinct message. “We thought we would take our savings and invest it in some food outside,” Kessel Stelling, the regional bank’s chairman and chief executive officer, joked in his opening comments in Blanchard Hall at Columbus Bank and Trust.


April 22, 2016 Albany Herald

F&W Forestry acquires London-based firm

Brad McEwan reports that Albany’s F&W Forestry Services greatly increased its global operations this week when officials with the forest management and consulting firm announced it had completed the acquisition of London-based O.C.S. Group Ltd.’s forestry and land subsidiaries. The acquisition, which was announced via a press release Thursday, said the acquisition now gives F&W control of three new companies, including Fountains Forestry Inc., a forest management firm, and Fountains Lands Inc., a retail forest real estate firm, both of which are located in the Northeastern United States.


April 22, 2016 GPB

Tavis Smiley Highlights Georgia's Prison Reforms

Rickey Bevington reports that PBS talk show host and author Tavis Smiley spent Thursday in Atlanta as part of his “One Great Idea” tour in which he highlights public policy successes around the country. Georgia’s one great idea, according to Smiley, is the sweeping overhaul of its criminal justice system.


April 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Australian software firm VIX Verify picks Midtown for Americas HQ

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that an Australian software company has picked Midtown for its Americas headquarters. Sydney-based VIX Verify develops software that allows banks and other financial institutions to verify customer identity and do document verification.


April 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political

Insider Water wars feud resurfaces on Capitol Hill

Tamar Hallerman reports that it looks like it could be a repeat year for Georgia’s congressional delegation, which fought a prolonged battle in 2015 to beat back legislative language related to the Peach State’s long-running water wars with Alabama and Florida. Tucked deep within the pages of a document accompanying a spending bill for the U.S. Department of Justice is language that touches on Georgia’s decades-long water feud with its two neighbors.



April 21, 2016 Georgia Health News

Atlanta area sees dramatic improvement in air quality

Andy Miller reports that a new report Wednesday finds that metro Atlanta has its cleanest air in more than a decade. The American Lung Association’s 2016 “State of the Air’’ report said ozone and particle pollution levels in the Atlanta area have improved since its first report in 2000. That’s when Atlanta ranked as the ninth most polluted city for ozone. Now the metro area ranks 52nd for most ozone-polluted city.


April 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Ingleside!

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, looking for a local spot with fun atmosphere, great prices and housemade pizza? When you’re in Macon, check out Ingleside Village Pizza!


April 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Oxford Industries buys Southern Tide

Staff reports that Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE: OXM) bought Greenville, S.C-based apparel brand Southern Tide for $85 million. Atlanta-based Oxford said it expects Southern Tide to generate $35 million in sales, $7 million in operating income and 20 cents a share of earnings. In fiscal 2015, Oxford’s sales grew 5.3 percent to $969.3 million and its profit dropped 33.2 percent to $30.6 million, or $3.54 a share.


April 21, 2016 Albany Herald

Stuart Rayfield named interim president of Bainbridge State College

Staff reports that University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has named Stuart Rayfield interim president of Bainbridge State College, university system officials said Wednesday. Rayfield currently serves as the Frank D. Brown Distinguished Chair in Servant Leadership, associate professor and director of the Servant Leadership Program at Columbus State University. She will assume her post at Bainbridge State on June 1, replacing Interim President Shawn McGee.


April 21, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Chance to study gravitational wave detection excites GGC physics professor, students

Keith Farner reports that before a couple months ago, college-level physics classes typically discussed issues that address problems from 100 or more years ago.That changed in February when Georgia Gwinnett College Associate Professor Lior Burko and the rest of the science world learned what Albert Einstein predicted. Scientists detected gravitational waves or ripples in space-time that was the final test of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.


April 21, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Currency redesign draws attention to Tubman Museum

Laura Corley reports that when the U.S. Treasury announced Wednesday that Harriet Tubman, a former slave who helped others escape the horrors of slavery, would be the new face of the $20 bill, it was a boost for the Macon museum bearing her name. Former U.S. President Andrew Jackson, a former slave owner, will remain on the bill’s reverse side.


April 21 2016 Mercer University

Center for Southern Studies to Award Sidney Lanier Prize to Wendell Berry this Saturday

Staff reports that Mercer University’s Center for Southern Studies will award the 2016 Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature to Wendell Berry this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room inside the University Center. The Sidney Lanier Prize honors significant career contributions to Southern writing in drama, fiction or poetry. The prize presentation is free and open to the public.


April 21, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech, Portman Announce Coda in Tech Square

Laura Diamond reports that the Georgia Institute of Technology and Portman gathered Atlanta’s civic and business leaders Wednesday to announce Coda, an unprecedented collaborative building including Georgia Tech’s high performance computing center located in Tech Square. The approximately 750,000-square-foot mixed-use project represents a $375 million investment into the budding innovation district.


April 21, 2016 Emory University

Four Emory faculty named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Elaine Justice reports that four Emory University faculty members are among the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists and other leaders who have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



April 21, 2016 Georgia State University


Georgia State’s Robinson College of Business Receives $2 Million Gift to Fund Delta Student Success Center

Jennifer Oliver reports that a $2 million gift from The Delta Air Lines Foundation will enable Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business to create a physical space that will unite three units focused on ensuring students develop business communication skills, access experiential learning opportunities and connect with businesses for internships and job opportunities.


April 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola's profit and revenue decline in Q1

Staff reports that for the The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), Coke was not it in the first quarter of 2016, as still beverages provided more growth than fizzy ones. The Atlanta-based beverage giant said revenue for the period was down 4 percent to $10.3 billion. Profit decreased 5 percent to $1.5 billion, or 34 cents a share.


April 21, 2016 GPB

GPB Wins Regional Edward R. Murrow Award

Staff reports that GPB has won a 2016 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the "Writing in Large Market Radio" category for Rickey Bevington's piece "Pasaquan." Bevington explored the restoration of the phantasmagorical home of Georgia artist Eddie Owens Martin.


April 21, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

County saves nearly $7 million   

Neil McGahee reports that Bartow County has saved nearly $7 million in operating expenses over the last two years, says County Commissioner Steve Taylor. And he has the TAN to prove it. A TAN is a loan from a private financial sector, in this case, Raymond James Financial, to a government entity, Bartow County, that allows the government to meet its budgeted spending as needed rather than waiting for ad valorem tax revenues that usually arrive at the end of the year.


April 21, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. House Candidates Fight Over Challenger's Eligibility

Johnny Kauffman reports that candidates for a seat in the Georgia House are battling over whether one of them is eligible to run. Republican Gerald Greene has served in the legislature since 1983. His current House District 151, covers parts of nine southwest Georgia counties.


April 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The November advantages that come with Nathan Deal’s veto of ‘religious liberty’ bill

Jim Galloway reports that last weekend, Republicans in several Georgia congressional districts, though consumed by the battle royal between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz forces, were able to distract themselves from the bloody business by thumbing their noses at Gov. Nathan Deal. A majority of Republican conventions that assembled on Saturday, in various spare moments, expressed their disapproval of the governor’s veto of House Bill 757, the “religious liberty” measure intended to shield opponents of gay marriage from the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized it.



April 20, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Feds announce plans for $95.5 million courthouse annex in Savannah

Jan Skutch reports that the U.S. General Services Administration announced Monday it is set to begin work on a $95.5 million design and construction of a courthouse annex at the federal courthouse in Savannah. The funds would be for a 46,000-square-foot annex and inside parking as well as repair and renovation of the Tomochichi courthouse on Wright Square.


April 20, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Hope on the Horizon

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that when former president Jimmy Carter learned last summer that he had stage IV metastatic melanoma, the prognosis was grim. An often-deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma had spread to his liver and brain, a situation that could have been quickly fatal. Thanks to a new type of treatment called immunotherapy, however, Carter announced last December, after nearly six months of treatment, that he was cancer free.


April 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Critics want less coal, more solar in Ga. Power plan

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia Power drew fire this week from critics who want the utility to retire its old coal-fired plants and ramp up efforts to add more solar and renewable energy.


April 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

More than 400 Atlantans laid off as jobs get sent overseas

David Allison reports that Concentrix Corp. will close a call center in Norcross, cutting 454 jobs, according to a notice filed with the state of Georgia.


April 20, 2016 Georgia Health News

Study says United exit will hurt some exchange enrollees

Andy Miller reports that thirty of Georgia’s 159 counties will be left with just one insurer in the state insurance exchange when UnitedHealthcare exits the exchange next year, a new study says. Another 47 Georgia counties will go from having three exchange insurers to two, according to the study, released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.


April 20, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus reports profit of $49.9 million in first quarter of 2016

Tony Adams reports that Southeast regional bank Synovus Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported net income, or a profit, of $49.9 million in the first three months of 2016, which was down 2.8 percent from $51.4 million in the same quarter of 2015. Synovus is headquartered in downtown Columbus and is the parent company of Columbus Bank and Trust, the city’s largest bank.


April 20, 2016 University of Georgia  

Peabody names 75th annual news, radio/podcast, web winners

Sarah Freeman reports that Peabody Awards today announced the first group of winners in The Peabody 30, honoring programming in news, radio/podcast, web and public service. The honorees range from a local TV station's reporting on smartphones' fatal 911 blindspots to a classical music podcast and a website devoted to educating social media users about privacy concerns. The Peabody Awards are based at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.


April 20, 2016 Georgia State University

Transgender College Students at Higher Suicide Risk after Denial of Access to Bathrooms, Research Shows

Jennifer French Giarratano reports that transgender university and college students are at a significantly higher risk for suicide attempts when their campus experience includes being denied access to bathrooms and gender-appropriate campus housing, a Georgia State University study finds. “An alarmingly high proportion of the transgender individuals participating in this study—46.5 percent—had a history of attempted suicide,” said Kristie Seelman, assistant professor of social work in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.


April 20, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

U.S. News ranks GSMST top high school in Georgia

Keith Farner reports that in what has become an annual spring tradition, the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology on Tuesday was ranked the No. 1 high school in Georgia by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools across the country. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.


April 20, 2016 WABE

WABE 90.1 Wins Atlanta Press Club And Murrow Awards

Je-Anne Berry reports that Tuesday night, the Atlanta Press Club held its annual awards banquet, recognizing excellence in journalism. WABE 90.1 reporters took home three awards. Molly Samuel won for Best Radio Reporting, Lisa Hagen and Elly Yu won for Best Use of Sound, and Elly Yu won the Rising Star award. Wednesday morning, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced the winners of the 2016 Edward R. Murrow regional awards.


April 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Global Payments to join S&P 500

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based payments processor Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) will be added to the S&P 500. The change will be made after the close of trading April 22. Global Payments will be added to the S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Data Processing & Outsourced Services Sub-Industry index.


April 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s battle between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz: Part ‘babbling,’ part ‘travesty’

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that Monday night was the first opportunity for many evening political shows to chew over Georgia’s weekend clash between the forces of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump over delegate representation in Cleveland.



April 19, 2016 Georgia CEO

Newell Brands Announces Completion of Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden Corporation Combination

Staff reports that Newell Brands Inc. is pleased to announce the successful completion of the combination of Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden Corporation. The company has been renamed Newell Brands Inc. and will continue to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange with ticker symbol NWL.


April 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Millennials in Fayette County

Ben Young reports that Fayette Forward was a powerful day-long seminar from the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and Fayette Visioning at Pinewood Studios last month. The event was an opportunity to discuss the challenges Fayette County faces as the oldest county – median age 43.3 – in Metro Atlanta. Just a few days before the event, The Citizen published an article by Fayette County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlotta Ungaro noting that recent population growth in the county was 67 percent for those 65 and older, while growth at the other end of the lifespan, ages 0-4, dropped 8 percent from 2000 to 2010.


April 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Noble Investment Group to buy $142 million hotel portfolio

Amy Wenk reports that Atlanta’s Noble Investment Group has inked a deal to buy five hotels for $142 million. Seller, Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (NYSE: AHT) announced the deal on Monday. It is expected to close in second-quarter. The portfolio includes one Atlanta hotel — the 150-room Residence Inn Buckhead. The other hotels are in Edison, N.J., and Orlando, Fla.


April 19, 2016 Georgia Health News

Accountability court helps offenders with mental illness rebuild lives

Erica Hensley reports that this week, Emmanuel Ellison celebrated a “birthday” that mattered more to him than the real 40th birthday that he will celebrate in May. April 12 marked three years of sobriety for Ellison after decades of heavy drinking, committing petty crimes and felonies, and experiencing unexplained extremes in mood and energy, which he now knows were caused by untreated bipolar disorder.


April 19, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Federal agency announces plans for $95.5 million construction for Wright Square courthouse

Jan Skutch reports that the U.S. General Services Administration announced Monday it is set to begin work on a $95.5 million design and construction of a courthouse annex at the federal courthouse in Savannah. The funds would be for a 46,000-square-foot annex and inside parking as well as repair and renovation of the Tomochichi courthouse on Wright Square.


April 19, 2016 Brunswick News

Massive 'super loads' heading to Albany Wednesday

Staff reports that three massive oversized loads will be leaving the Port of Brunswick by truck Wednesday bound for Proctor & Gamble in Albany. Classified as “super loads” by the Georgia Department of Transportation, their width will require use of two lanes, meaning traffic could be impeded as they will move at a slower pace than the previous super load that was moved April 14.


April 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Braves stock plunges in first day of trading

Staff reports that the Atlanta Braves' first day on Wall Street went about as well as the team's play on the diamond in the 2016 season. The Liberty Braves tracking stock’s Series A shares (NASDAQ: BATRA) opened at $36 a share, but fell 44.6 percent to close at $19.95 a share.The stock’s Series C shares (NASDAQ: BATRK) opened at $27 and closed down 26.1 percent at $19.14 a share.


April 19, 2016 Saporta Report

Ron Terwilliger: U.S. housing policy in need of reform to help lower-income renters

Maria Saporta reports that part-time Atlantan Ron Terwilliger has become one of the leading voices for federal housing policy reform in the country. Terwilliger, retired chairman and CEO of Trammel Crow Residential, is now spending much of his time working on philanthropic causes primarily focused on providing housing for the working poor.


April 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The confidential memo behind a Ted Cruz victory over Donald Trump supporters

Jim Galloway reports that on Saturday, Harry Abrams was a member of the five-member nominating committee for the 11th District GOP convention. The committee had spent the previous week interviewing 61 applicants for the three delegate and three alternate spots the convention was to hand out. In the end, the committee produced a six-person slate that led with a Donald Trump supporter, Lori Pesta of Cherokee County. But on a motion from the floor, the slate was dumped and the elimination of Trump supporters began.



April 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Nordic doubles size of Savannah operation

Dave Williams reports that Nordic Logistics and Warehousing cut the ribbon Friday on a 200,000-square-foot cold storage and blast freezing facility that will double the size of its Savannah operation. The company opened its initial cold storage warehouse three years ago to serve customers using the Port of Savannah. Since then, Nordic has exported more than a half million tons of frozen food from the port.


April 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

40 Under 40 nominations open thru May 6

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia Trend is accepting nominations for this year’s 40 Under 40 through Friday, May 6. Check out the info on what we’re looking for and get your nominations in soon. Each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2016, we want to hear about them.


April 18, 2016 Emory University

HIV prevention trial tests virus-blocking antibody

Holly Korschun reports that despite years of research, there is no preventive vaccine against HIV. Now, a clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health will provide people with one of the things a vaccine is supposed to stimulate in the body -- antibodies that neutralize the virus – with the aim of preventing viral infection. Both the Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center and the Ponce de Leon Center, part of Grady Health System, are participating in this study, which is called AMP, for antibody-mediated prevention.


April 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pressure mounts on stalled GM Doraville project, with school board vote still unlikely

Douglas Sams and Maria Saporta report that it remains unlikely a pivotal vote to contribute public funding to redevelop the former Doraville General Motors plant will come before the DeKalb County school board. As its developers and DeKalb economic development leaders warn the project is stalled without the funding and may be in jeopardy, top school board officials appear to be digging in their heels.


April 18, 2016 Saporta Report

Potential value of coal ash for CSX, entrepreneurs looms in landfill fights in SE Georgia

David Pendered reports that hauling coal ash to landfills as proposed in southeast Georgia offers CSX Corp. the opportunity to offset declines in coal transport, and presents opportunities for entrepreneurs who can unlock value in the residue of burnt coal, according to the railroad and a Virginia-based think tank. CSX singled out coal ash as a bright spot in its otherwise gloomy report for the first quarter of 2016. CSX reported a 14 percent decline in revenue for the quarter, which reflects markers including a 5 percent volume decline.


April 18, 2016 Macon Telegraph

First Kumho Tire supplier in Macon announced

Wayne Crenshaw reports that the first supplier in Macon for Kumho Tire will be a warehouse employing four people to start. An announcement emailed Sunday by the Macon Economic Development Commission said CJ Korea Express will occupy 33,000 square feet in Ocmulgee East Industrial Park. The warehouse will coordinate receiving and shipping of rubber for the new plant, which is currently in a testing phase before it goes to full production.


April 18, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett a large draw for Koreans in Georgia

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County has become the core of Georgia’s Korean-American community over the last decade and a half. According to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey, the county was home to about 41.9 percent of the Korean-Americans estimated to have lived in Georgia as of July that year.


April 18, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannahian's invention will help logging trucks, forestry industry

Katie Martin reports that a few key words come to mind when talking technology and now, thanks to Savannah entrepreneur Dean McCraw, you can add timber and logging to that list. Phloem, which is a mobile app that McCraw designed to increase efficiency of both log trucks and mills by allowing improved truck unloading data for sustainable forestry certifications, took home the winning spot Tuesday night during the Savannah Startup Day pitch competition.


April 18, 2016 Cherokee Tribune Ledger-News

Kina Mallard inaugurated as 20th president of Reinhardt

Staff reports that Reinhardt University’s 20th president, Dr. Kina S. Mallard was officially inaugurated Friday afternoon during a ceremony on campus at the Falany Performing Arts Center. “Thank you to the selection committee who, last February, chose me for Reinhardt. It is hard to believe it has been over a year since I started thinking, dreaming and planning for this university,” Mallard said. “While I have the honor of standing before you, this inauguration is not really about me. This inauguration is a celebration of Reinhardt University and the many dedicated servant-leaders whose courage, innovation and sheer will has brought us to this day.”


April 18, 2016

Ambassador Addresses Positive Developments in Afghanistan During Atanta Visit

Phil Bolton reports that Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan ambassador in Washington, came to Georgia in early April with an optimistic message of further cooperation with the U.S., emphasizing the strengthening of people-to-people relationships and educational ties. To counter the negative assessments of the conflicts among the government leaders, the continued security concerns, corruption, the gap between the rich and poor, the waves of emigrants and affiliated brain drain, and the withdrawal of NATO troops, he cited his government’s reform plan, which he helped draw up and which points the way for “a transformative decade.”


April 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Donald Trump supporters stormed out of a Georgia GOP convention

Greg Bluestein reports that a war of words – and videos – is raging after spurned Donald Trump supporters marched out of one of the Georgia’s GOP district conventions Saturday with Old Glory in tow. They bolted after Debbie Dooley, a tea party organizer and Trump ally, was blocked from a delegate slot at the 7th district’s meeting in Gwinnett by supporters of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. It was one of 14 district meetings to elect 42 delegates that took place on Saturday, and Trump’s forces did not fare well.



April 15, 2016

Equifax expands in Midtown, will bring 650 jobs

Trevor Williams reports that Equifax Inc. is set to invest $17 million to open a new office in Midtown, just down the street from its global headquarters. The company, which has gone from a credit bureau to a diversified provider of information and data to help companies make decisions on financing and marketing, will bring 650 jobs to into the city and create 150 new positions.


April 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Four for the Future

Jennifer Hafen, Karen Kirkpatrick and Bonnie Smith reports that across the state, communities both large and small often need resources and expertise that aren’t available locally to create and implement positive change that citizens are eager to support. Many times those communities call on the University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach (PSO) division – it’s all part of UGA’s mission as a land grant university.


April 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta profit rises as fuel costs fall

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines, benefitting from low fuel prices, reported a $946 million profit for the first quarter. Still, Atlanta-based Delta indicated it may cut flights in the fall if it doesn't see improvement in other areas. The airline said its first quarter revenue was hit by a $5 million impact from the Brussels terrorist attacks and $125 million in foreign currency pressures.


April 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Co. acquisition of AGL Resources wins approval

Dave Williams reports that Georgia energy regulators signed off Thursday on Southern Co.’s acquisition of AGL Resources Inc., a $12 billion deal that when completed will create the nation’s second-largest utility. The merger, approved unanimously by the state Public Service Commission (PSC), will combine 11 regulated electric and natural gas distribution companies serving 9 million customers.


April 15, 2016 Georgia Health News

Regulators scrutinizing more nursing homes in New Beginnings probe

Andy Miller reports that more Georgia facilities run by a financially troubled nursing home operator are under federal and state regulatory scrutiny, a state health care agency said Thursday. Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, made the disclosure during an interview with GHN. He did not specify the number or location of the nursing homes operated by New Beginnings Care that are being reviewed.


April 15, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Callaway Gardens purchases The Lodge and Spa, plans $2.5 million renovation

Tony Adams reports that Callaway Gardens said Thursday it has purchased The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens, with plans for a $2.5 million renovation starting “almost immediately.” The resort in Pine Mountain, Ga., about 40 minutes north of Columbus, would not disclose the purchase price of the 149-unit property at 4500 Southern Pine Drive, inside the gardens. The Harris County Clerk of Court office said Thursday it has yet to receive a deed from the transaction.


April 15, 2016 Mercer University

Mercer Innovation Center to Select 'The Next Big Idea' Among Eight Finalists in Business Pitch Competition

Staff reports that the finals of the Mercer Innovation Center’s Next Big Idea competition will take place Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m. in Science and Engineering Building Room 110, as $9,000 in prize money will be awarded to students with the best business pitches. All Mercer undergraduate students were eligible to enter the The Next Big Idea competition as individuals or teams of up to five people. Each entry included a two-minute video pitch and one-page business canvas.


April 15, 2016 Georgia Tech

Obama Names Antón to Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Lance Wallace reports that President Barack Obama has selected Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing Chair and Professor Ana (Annie) Antón to serve as one of 12 members of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The bipartisan commission, created by presidential executive order on Feb. 9, 2016, is part of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan.


April 15, 2016 University of Georgia

Robot developed by UGA engineers offers safer, more efficient way to inspect power lines

Mike Wooten reports that a robot invented by researchers in the University of Georgia College of Engineering could change the way power lines are inspected—providing a safer and most cost-effective alternative. Currently, line crews have to suit up in protective clothing, employ elaborate safety procedures and sometimes completely shut off the power before inspecting a power line.


April 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WellStar Atlanta Medical Center names new president

Ellie Hensley reports that WellStar Health System completed its acquisition of Tenet Healthcare's five metro Atlanta hospitals April 1, and now it has named a leader for its largest new location. Kim Ryan is WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and its South campus' new president.


April 15, 2016 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Services

Cruz, Trump organized to line up delegates in district GOP conventions

Walter C. Jones reports that Republicans from across the state will meet Saturday in district conventions to pick three delegates each to the national convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The potential for a contested convention in Cleveland heightens the importance of the district conventions because each delegate could be instrumental in determining the party's presidential nominee.


April 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Senate dodges renewed water wars feud, proposes $42.7 million for Savannah port

Tamer Hallarman reports that the Senate’s draft spending bill for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a mixed bag for some of Georgia’s biggest economic interests. The measure, which was unveiled Thursday, did not appear to include any language similar to what emerged last year that could tip the balance of power in the Peach State’s long-running water wars with Alabama and Florida. However, the bill only included about half the money that boosters of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project wanted for construction this year.



April 14, 2016 Georgia Health News

State document hints at downside to insurance mergers in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that two pending mega-mergers, if approved, would tighten an already compressed health insurance market in Georgia, a state insurance department document suggests. The combination of Aetna and Humana would have the greater impact of the two deals, according to a letter that a state insurance official wrote to a law firm. The other merger awaiting regulatory approval is the acquisition of Cigna by Anthem, the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, the state’s largest insurer.


April 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Solutions from Both Sides

Susan Percy writes, there’s enough talk of  “dysfunctional” legislative bodies at all levels of government to make you snap to attention when something actually seems to be functioning as it should. Fairly early in the 2016 session of the General Assembly came some proposed legislation that promises helpful solutions to real problems facing Georgia families. That’s worth celebrating.


April 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cobb approves 2 bridge projects near SunTrust Park

Carla Caldwell reports that bridges that will improve access to SunTrust Park in Cobb County were approved Tuesday by Cobb officials. The bridges will cost an estimated total of $21.4 million. The Cobb Board of Commissioners approved an $11.3 million agreement with Brasfield & Gorrie general contractors for the widening of the existing Windy Ridge Parkway bridge over Interstate 75 and Interstate 285 ramps to provide enhanced pedestrian access and greenway space.


April 14, 2016 Georgia Dept. of Labor

Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 5.5 percent in March

Staff reports that Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March was 5.5 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.4 percent in February. The rate was 6.2 percent in March 2015. “Even though the rate went up slightly, March was really a good month for Georgia’s labor market,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Our employers created 12,600 jobs, which is much stronger than the average for the same period over the last three years, and they had fewer lay offs. Our labor force grew by 21,570, bringing the total growth this year to more than 55,000.”


April 14, 2016 University System of Georgia

Students to Pay Same Tuition for the 2016-2017 Academic Year with Zero Percent Increase

Staff reports that all University System of Georgia (USG) students will pay the same tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year as the current 2015-2016 academic year tuition rates for each USG institution. On April 13, the Board of Regents approved plans announced earlier this year for no tuition increases.


April 14, 2016 Savannah Morning News

4 firms compete for new hotel on Hutchinson Island

Katie Martin reports that four major firms have submitted bids to develop a convention hotel on Hutchinson Island, according to Sherrie Spinks, general manager of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, who gave an update on the request for qualifications to the trade center authority on Wednesday.


April 14, 2016 Brunswick News

Motorized tours of Cumberland Island tours privatized

Gordon Jackson reports that Priscilla Garrison’s first motorized tour of Cumberland Island National Seashore several years ago was so memorable she decided it would be worth another trip.The big difference in Garrison’s tour Tuesday from her first one is that it is no longer conducted by the National Park Service. The tours were privatized on Jan. 1 as part of the new concessionaire’s contract to provide exclusive passenger ferry service to the island.


April 14, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Concrete firm to bring 250 jobs to Augusta

Damon Cline reports that an Australian concrete additives company announced Wednesday it will build a manufacturing plant in south Richmond County that could employ up to 250 people in four years.


April 14, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Video processing manufacturer opens new headquarters in Buford

Curt Yeomans reports that a leading international high-end video processing systems manufacturer that has moved its U.S. headquarters to Georgia officially opened its new facility in Buford, state and local economic development officials announced this week. Analog Way left its headquarters in Manhattan, N.Y., where it’s been based for 13 years, to expand and will open a 15,000-square-foot facility at 3047 Summer Oak Place.


April 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Berry College

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Berry College in Rome is more than just one of the prettiest campuses in the country. It’s also home to outstanding academics and the Berry Eagle Cam. Take a live look at the bald eagles that have drawn viewers from around the world.


April 14, 2016 University of Georgia

Peabody Awards names individual and institutional winners, 60 finalists for 75th anniversary

Sarah Freeman reports that, for the first time in its 75-year history, 60 finalists have been named by the Peabody Awards' Board of Jurors for 2015, from which a set number of winning programs will be chosen. To be known as The Peabody 30, these selections will be unveiled beginning next week, and honored at the 75th anniversary Peabody ceremony on May 21 in New York.


April 14, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

$6M question: Should Columbus State’s space shuttle model be horizontal or vertical?

Mark Rice reports, it's a $6 million question. It’s the difference in cost between two versions of a Columbus State University project to expand the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.$2.5 million to horizontally display the quarter-scale model space shuttle NASA donated to the CCSSC. That would expand the facility’s eastern side, toward Front Avenue, and maintain the two-story roofline.



April 14 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider


Why Jim Barksdale’s silence isn’t necessarily golden

Jim Galloway reports that over the weekend, Jim Barksdale began behaving like the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate that he’s been on paper for more than a month. He ate breakfast with members of the NAACP in Atlanta. On Sunday, Barksdale dropped in on the congregation of Antioch North Baptist Church in Atlanta, which was mourning the death of local community activist. Barney Simms was gunned down in his own yard last week, apparently for his Lexus.



April 13, 2016 Emory University

Emory wins prestigious 2016 US Water Prize for WaterHub reclamation facility

Staff reports that the U.S. Water Alliance has announced Emory University as one of three winners of the prestigious 2016 U.S. Water Prize. The award recognizes organizations and companies that execute innovative solutions toward the advancement of "one water" sustainability, meaning strategies integrated across the water cycle and within urban management overall. Emory is recognized for its WaterHub project, an on-site water reclamation system that opened last spring.


April 13, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: April 2016

Susan Percy reports that Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) has been named a 2016 Grady Fellow by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “The Fellows represent iconic alumni and friends of Grady College – those who answer the call every time, time and time again, and share our pride in the place,” said Grady Dean Charles Davis. Jones, who earned her ABJ in 1980 and had a career in marketing, will be inducted with seven others, including Metro Atlanta Chamber CEO Hala Moddelmog, in a ceremony in Athens May 6.


April 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

May 5 event in Atlanta to highlight trade with China, Asia, Europe

Staff reports, interested in trade and investment with China, Asia, and Europe? Then you want to be at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on the morning of Thursday, May 5. That's when Bank of America Merrill Lynch will present an upbeat discussion on outbound trade and inbound investment opportunities for Atlanta businesses.


April 13, 2016 Georgia CEO

Georgia Tourism Launches New Television Campaign

Staff reports that Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced the launch of its spring television broadcast campaign titled “Pretty.Sweet.” The new television spots showcase the beauty of Georgia and the many destinations that create a unique experience for visitors. Two new spots are currently running in multiple drive markets in the Southeast through May 2016.


April 13, 2016

Nigerian Princess Takes On Boko Haram With Atlanta Fundraiser

Phil Bolton reports that with Europe‘s refugee crisis taking over the world’s attention, the crisis in northeastern Nigeria slips below the headlines even though the Boko Haram terrorists have displaced 1.5 million people who are unable to leave an area that is pockmarked with burnt villages and destroyed schools. It is these “displaced people” that Princess Modupe Ozolua is hoping to assist with a fundraiser in Atlanta at the Besharat Gallery on Saturday evening April 30 where she has assembled 20 pieces of art created by some of her country’s foremost artists.


April 13, 2016 GPB

Milledgeville Residents Still Waiting for Water

Daniel McDonald reports that on Tuesday afternoon, Milledgeville resident James Rayford made his first trip for free water. Standing behind a stainless steel, 18,000-gallon tanker, waiting for Milledgeville Fire Fighter Patrick McCulley to help fill his two plastic containers, Rayford said he’s actually here on behalf of a friend.


April 13, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Derek May named President of Morris Publishing Group

Derek May has been named president of Morris Publishing Group, LLC (MPG). The announcement was made by William S. Morris IV, president and CEO of Morris Communications, LLC. May has been with the company for 27 years, serving in many management capacities, including technology, circulation, advertising sales and news in a number of Morris markets.


April 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

OpenSpan acquired for $52 million by Pegasystems

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Alpharetta software firm OpenSpan Inc. was acquired for up to $52.3 million by Cambridge, Mass.-based Pegasystems Inc. OpenSpan’s software automates routine desktop tasks and eliminates repetitive tasks, increasing employee productivity and lowering operational costs, the company said in a statement.


April 13, 2016 GPB

Georgia Insurance Department Launches Investigation Into Allstate Rate Hike

Trevor Young reports that Georgia’s insurance commissioner has issued a rare "consumer alert" after Allstate Insurance filed for a 25 percent auto insurance rate hike for customers. The increase is set to take effect on May 22. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said he’s "deeply concerned" about the impact the rate hike could have on consumers.


April 13, 2016 Brunswick News

Newt Gingrich throws support behind Camden spaceport

Gordon Jackson reports that despite vocal opposition to a proposed spaceport in Camden County, the project also continues to draw support. Among those is former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who recently sent a letter of support to the Camden County Commission. "While in Congress, it was my distinct pleasure to work with the nascent commercial space industry on favorable legal structures and regulatory practices to promote the growth of this incredibly important industry,” he said in the letter to commissioners.


April 13, 2016 Saporta Report

Georgia Inc. and the consequences of cultural laws

Tom Baxter writes, is it a sin to take advantage of business competitors when they take a controversial moral stand? Maybe so, depending on your morality, but no one is expecting  that Georgia will turn away any business fleeing from the states which have passed laws similar to the one halted here by Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto pen. This after all is a state in which business and morality have always been closely intertwined. Atlanta was not “too concerned” to hate, or “too good” to hate, it was “too busy to hate.”


April 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A Georgia Republican heavyweight on what happens if GOP fails to find a nominee in Cleveland

Greg Bluestein reports that Randy Evans, the Atlanta attorney who is on the Republican National Convention’s rules committee, has warned for weeks of a worst-case scenario at the Cleveland convention if GOPers fail to settle on a presidential nominee after the week: hotel rooms lapse, delegates leave and the Republican turmoil grows.



April 12, 2016 WABE 90.1

Report: The Country's 'Most Endangered River' Starts In Ga.

Molly Samuels reports that the most endangered river in the country is actually an entire river basin, and it starts in Georgia, according to the environmental group American Rivers, which released its annual "Most Endangered Rivers" list Tuesday. American Rivers said it chose the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin because of the endless legal battles over its water.


April 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Equity and Transit

Ben Young reports, as  transit-oriented development (TOD) becomes commonplace enough to get its own acronym, the concept is broadening from the more traditional definition – walkable, mixed-use development within a half-mile of a transit station – to include an equity component. The most recent Atlanta Regional Housing Forum brought this issue out into the open with a discussion on Equitable Transit Oriented Development – which applies an overlay of community needs such as affordable housing and workforce development to traditional TOD.


April 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

What kind of pay gap do Georgia's women endure?

Staff reports that April 12 is Equal Pay Day. But what pay gap do Georgia's women endure in 2016? Georgia’s working women make 82 cents for every dollar paid to men – a yearly pay gap of $8,155, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.


April 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

PulteGroup founder demands CEO leave now

Russell Grantham reports that the PulteGroup drama escalated Monday as the Atlanta-based homebuilder's founder and major shareholder fired another broadside at CEO Richard Dugas. In a scathing letter saying it was "time to replace Richard Dugas," William Pulte called on PulteGroup's board to dismiss Dugas immediately rather than let him stay until the May 2017 exit date announced last week.


April 12, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta’s new plan would treat stormwater as resource, not waste

David Pendered reports that “It is my goal for Atlanta to become one of the top tier sustainable cities in the nation,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says on the opening page of the city’s new green infrastructure plan. The GI plan has the potential to remake the way the city handles stormwater and put Atlanta at the forefront of water sustainability. It envisions viewing stormwater runoff as a resource rather than as waste.


April 12, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Kirchler national administrator of the year

Celia Shortt reports that Newnan resident Karen Kirchler of West Georgia Technical College has been recognized nationally as the outstanding administrator of the year by the Commission on Adult Basic Education. The COABE is an organization dedicated to advancing adult education and literacy opportunities. Kirchler was nominated for its 2016 Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Technical College System of Georgia.


April 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Growing with Enthusiasm

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that there’s a spot in North Georgia where some 1,600 people – students, faculty and staff – get to learn, work, play and serve others in what they refer to as University in the Park because of its beauty and tranquility. While it’s been a bit of a secret due to its Waleska location in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Reinhardt University is coming out from behind the trees.


April 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola sweetens parental leave policy

Staff reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) will change its parental leave policy in 2017 thanks to pressure from its millennial employees. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, the Atlanta-based beverage giant will offer six weeks of paid leave to all of its new parents, including moms and dads and adoptive and foster parents.


April 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

With signature, Nathan Deal makes university athletic spending a 90-day state secret

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s public college athletic associations now have far more time to respond to open records requests under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Nathan Deal despite an uproar from First Amendment advocates. The legislation, Senate Bill 323, allows the athletic departments at UGA, Georgia Tech and other state colleges to wait 90 days before responding to Open Records Act requests. Athletic associations, like all state agencies, previously had three days to acknowledge the requests.



April 11, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. ‘Unhealthy Behaviors’ Rank Higher Than National Average

Elly Yu reports that Georgia ranks higher than the national average when it comes to people who have unhealthy behaviors, according to a recent report by the United Health Foundation. The report tracks behaviors associated with chronic diseases, like physical inactivity, excessive drinking and insufficient sleep. The report found 13.3 percent of adults in Georgia have three or more unhealthy behaviors, compared to 12 percent of adults nationwide.


April 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Cutting-edge cancer treatment in Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that new cancer treatments made the news in a big way in Georgia when former President Jimmy Carter was diagnosed, treated and declared cancer-free all in the space of just a few months. Still, it’s a diagnosis that no one wants to receive – it’s scary and some of the treatment options can be even scarier. To help ease the body, mind and spirit of cancer patients and their families, the new WellStar Cancer Center at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta just opened following an $11-million renovation.


April 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta software startup ​Gather raises $2.5 million in venture capital

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta startup Gather has raised $2.5 million to help restaurants and venues manage and grow their private events business. About 20 percent to 30 percent of a typical full-service restaurant's revenue is generated from private events, Gather CEO Nick Miller said. Restaurants typically use separate documents, spreadsheets and emails to manage their events sales, Miller said.


April 11, 2016 Gainesville Times

Mediation moves ahead in Georgia-Florida water 'wars' case

Jeff Gill reports that top layers of Georgia government, including Nathan Deal's office, have participated in recent efforts to settle the latest dispute in a decades-long 'water wars' with Florida. The two states have participated in an 8-hour, in-person mediation session, in which Georgia 'constructively explore ways in which the parties could reach a settlement' states an April 1 filing in Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court case.


April 11, 2016 Saporta Report

Local green cleaning company part of a surge of woman-owned firms in metro Atlanta, Georgia

David Pendered reports that Kimathi Lewis is among the skyrocketing number of women who own their own companies. Both metro Atlanta and Georgia rank fifth in the nation for the number of women-owned firms, according to a new national report by American Express OPEN. Metro Atlanta has an estimated 308,600 female-owned firms, according to the AMEX OPEN report. The firms employ about 170,500 individuals and generate almost $37 million in sales.


April 11, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb County population hits new milestone

Jon Gargis reports that Cobb County has grown by more than 53,000 residents since the last official population count in 2010, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2010 Census put Cobb’s population at 688,078. The bureau’s latest estimate, a snapshot of the county’s population as of July 1, 2015, puts Cobb at 741,334 residents, an increase of 53,256, or 7.7 percent.


April 11, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

2 coal-ash ponds at Plant Hammond are scheduled to be capped within 2 years

Doug Walker reports that Georgia Power plans to close two of the four coal ash ponds at Plant Hammond on the Coosa River within two years. The utility said it would close the other two within a decade to comply with new coal regulations passed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Jacob Hawkins, a spokes­man for the utility, said the 10 years are needed to develop new places to store the coal ash.


April 11, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

$8.5 million student housing at College of Coastal Georgia nearing completion

Terry Dickson reports that there's still a lot of dust and dirt at the second student housing building at College of Coastal Georgia, but the $8.5 million three story building will clean and ready for 216 students in June, officials said. The building matches the 352-bed Lakeside Village, but it has some new features including the glassed stairwells at each end of the L-shaped building. Not only will it offer students views of the exterior, its interior walls will be painted in gradients of blue making for a striking view to passersby on 4th Street.


April 11, 2016 Georgia Tech

Dynamic Model Helps Georgia Tech Research Team Understand Healthy Lakes to Heal Sick Ones

John Toon reports that development of a dynamic model for microbial populations in healthy lakes could help scientists understand what’s wrong with sick lakes, prescribe cures and predict what may happen as environmental conditions change. Those are among the benefits expected from an ambitious project to model the interactions of some 18,000 species in a well-studied Wisconsin lake. Analyzing long-term data from Lake Mendota near Madison, Wisconsin, a Georgia Tech research team identified and modeled interactions among 14 sub-communities, that is, collections of different species that become dominant at specific times of the year.


April 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How does Amazon do same-day service? An Atlanta company helps

David A. Mann reports that as in many other cities, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) says it will use multiple delivery providers to provide same-day delivery service for Prime members in Atlanta. Amazon announced this week that it has started offering free same-day delivery for members of its Prime service in 11 new metro areas, including Atlanta. Prime orders of more than $35 that are placed in the morning will be delivered on the same day, seven days a week.


Apri 11, 2016 Georgia Health News

United quitting Georgia exchange for next year

Andy Miller reports that UnitedHealthcare will not offer any health plans on Georgia’s insurance exchange in 2017, state officials say. The giant Minnesota-based health insurer also said this week that it will pull out of Arkansas’ exchange for next year. The insurer, whose parent company is UnitedHealth Group, could not be immediately reached for comment Friday afternoon.


April 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Anti-establishment anger puts Georgia’s GOP congressmen in cross hairs

Tamar Hallerman reports that even with top ratings from right-wing blue-chip groups such as the National Rifle Association, National Right to Life and FreedomWorks, some of Georgia’s Republican congressmen are finding they’re not immune from the anti-establishment groundswell that’s defined this election cycle. U.S. House incumbents such as Doug Collins of Gainesville and Barry Loudermilk of Cassville attracted four GOP challengers apiece, and Ranger’s Tom Graves and Tifton’s Austin Scott also face primary races next month.



April 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia woos recruits as N.C., Miss., face fallout of LGBT laws

Dan Chapman reports that threats of canceled conventions and lost jobs in North Carolina and Mississippi could not have come at a better time for Georgia. Laws passed in the Tar Heel and Magnolia states that are viewed as discriminatory to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people come on the heels of Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of similar legislation in Georgia - and just in time for the The Peach State's biggest business recruiting event of the year.


April 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development - April 2016

Christy Simo reports on expansions and new business in Augusta, Columbus, Sparta, and Henry and Rockdale counties. Textron Specialized Vehicles, which manufactures golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, is expanding in Augusta with a new $40-million manufacturing facility that will create 400 jobs.


April 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta consumer tech startup Yik Yak stumbles with exec departures

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that once thundering with momentum, Atlanta consumer tech startup Yik Yak may be stumbling as its fickle user base moves on. The anonymous messaging app is seeing a wave of executive departures, including its engineering director and vice president of product. Earlier this year, senior recruiter Steve Rath left to join Tesla Motors. Now, Yik Yak's original Chief Technology Officer Tom Chernetsky has also walked, TechCrunch reports.


April 7, 2016 Saporta Report

Harvard students cite the Varsity in plan that edged Ga. Tech in ULI design contest

David Pendered reports that a team of students from Harvard University bested a team from Georgia Tech in a collegiate contest to redesign a portion of Midtown that was sponsored by the Urban Land Institute, ULI announced Thursday. The Varsity restaurant plays a big part in the Harvard plan. The Varsity would become a veritable town square if Harvard students have their way.


April 7, 2016 Georgia State University

Nanoparticles Show Promise for Treating Intestinal Inflammation, Biomedical Research Study Finds

Staff reports that nanoparticles designed to block a cell-surface molecule that plays a key role in inflammation could be a safe treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to researchers in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University and Southwest University in China. The scientists developed nanoparticles, or microscopic particles, to reduce the expression of CD98, a glycoprotein that promotes inflammation. Their findings are published in the journal Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces.


April 7, 2016 Georgia Tech

Duke, University of Virginia and Georgia Tech Win Big at ACC InVenture Prize

Staff reports that student inventors from Duke University, the University of Virginia and Georgia Tech triumphed at the ACC InVenture Prize, a new competition that celebrates entrepreneurship. BioMetrix from Duke won first place and $15,000. This team, led by two women, invented a way to keep athletes and sports teams healthier. A wearable sensor adheres to the skin, collects data and uses cloud services to quantify rehabilitation progress and provide real-time feedback to reduce athletic injuries.


April 7, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Student aims to create ‘Netflix of textbooks’

Jon Gargis reports that college students are probably all too familiar with apps and online services where one can stream movies, TV shows or music. If one Kennesaw State University student has his way, those students will one day be streaming their college textbooks as well. “I knew how Netflix worked, so I said, ‘What is stopping us from having a service like that for textbooks?’” said Paul Ngalle, a 2009 Lassiter High graduate and KSU junior studying mechanical engineering.


April 7, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Second midstate water park close to breaking ground in Warner Robins

Linda S. Morris reports that for the past two years, Steve Rigby has been designing and redesigning his plans for an enormous water park adjacent to his Rigby’s Entertainment Complex in Warner Robins. In July 2013, Rigby announced plans to build a water park with 11 slides and other amenities on 25 acres. He’s now about 60 to 90 days from breaking ground on Rigby’s Water World, he says, with plans to open it in spring 2016. The private investment is “in excess of $15 million,” Rigby added.


April 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta sees No. 9 biggest March to April rent drop in United States

Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta had one of the largest decreases in rent for a 1-bedroom apartment from March to April, according to a new report. Madison, Wisc.-based ABODO’s National Apartment Report: April 2016, found Atlanta saw average rents for a 1-bedroom apartment in Atlanta fell from $1,331 to $1,305 — a 2 percent decrease.


April 7, 2016 GPB

Clarkston Could Be First Georgia City To Decriminalize Marijuana

Trevor Young reports that the city of Clarkston, known for its diversity and progressive politics, could become the first city in Georgia to decriminalize marijuana. The city is moving forward on a new policy that would allow police to issue fines rather than arrest those in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry thinks a felony charge for marijuana possession does more harm than good.


April 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

How Democrats plan to turn Georgia into a battleground state

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Democrats have long argued the state could be in play in November with Donald Trump or Ted Cruz at the top of the Republican ticket. Now the party’s leaders are putting their money where their mouth is. The Democratic Party of Georgia unveiled a new statewide organizing field program on Friday helmed by a pair of veterans from battleground states.



April 6, 2016 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board recommends budget priorities

Walter C. Jones reports that the  SRS Citizen's BoardCitizens Advisory Board for the Savannah River Site is waiting for a response from its letter outlining budget priorities for the coming year. Topping the list is cleanup of liquid radioactive waste on the site. Complying with South Carolina and federal laws regarding its disposal is the board’s highest concern.


April 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Cedartown’s Sports Heroes

Neely Young writes, during my early years, I lived in one of the great sports areas of Georgia. Cedartown and Rockmart in northwest Georgia are part of Polk County, home to six people who made sports history from the 1940s through the 1960s and are all included in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The Cedartown Sports Walk of Fame, which is paid for by local private donations and is scheduled to open the last weekend in June, will pay tribute to their contributions.


April 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola Foundation names Helen Smith Price president

Maria Saporta reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) promoted Helen Smith Price to president of The Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president of Global Community Affairs. She starts April 16 and succeeds Lisa Borders, the former president of the Atlanta City Council who left the Coca-Cola Foundation in March to become president of the WNBA.


April 6, 2016 Saporta Report

Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees receives The King Center’s highest award and says “Race still matters.”

Maynard Eaton reports that, as a young lawyer, Morris Dees was once known as the second most hated man in Alabama. Now 48 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 80 year old Dees, the co-founder of The Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC], is the latest recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize. It is the highest award given by The King Center.


April 6, 2016

‘Small, but Mighty’ College Aims High With Global 21st Century Education

Phil Bolton reports that as with small, liberal arts colleges across the country, the recession that began in 2008 posed a serious threat to the future of the venerable Agnes Scott College, the 127-year-old women’s liberal arts institution in Decatur.Two dozen faculty and staff accepted early-retirement packages, others were laid off. Instead of despairing, the remaining faculty and staff, and the board of trustees started to look for “a big idea” that would provide new energy on campus and serve as a magnet for students looking for a distinctive four-year educational experience.


April 6, 2016 Georgia Health News

Clay County: A lot of impoverished patients . . . and one dedicated doctor

Meera Naqvi reports that Dr. Karen Kinsell has been the only physician in Clay County for the past 11 years. Kinsell, an internist and graduate of Columbia University’s medical school in New York, earns far less than a typical physician. Vacations simply don’t happen. She stays very busy seeing the residents of Clay County, an impoverished rural area hard against the Alabama line. Patients come from all over southwest Georgia, and even from Alabama.


April 6, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan Centre's Moore recognized nationally

Celia Shortt reports that Newnan’s own Carol Moore has been recognized by a national publication for her leadership of The Newnan Centre. Facilities Media Group’s “Facilities & Event Management Booking Guide” named her one of its ten leading women venue executives in its 2015-2016 edition. FMG is a national source for professional planners of conventions, meetings, entertainment, and special events.


April 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Spotted in Georgia — 2 million and counting

Ben Young reports that Kia Motors just celebrated its 2-millionth vehicle – a white 2016 Sorento SXL – to roll off the line in West Point. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc. has invested $1.1 billion in the West Point facility since 2009 and produces more than 40 percent of all Kia vehicles sold in the U.S. KMMG President and CEO Hyun-Jong Shin called the assembly of so many vehicles in under seven years “a remarkable achievement.”


April 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgians carry more debt than most Americans, but plan to pay it off

Phil W. Hudson reports that a  new study from Fifth Third Bank says Georgians may be more “financially savvy” than some of us think. In fact, the survey showd that while 88 percent of Georgians have a higher overall percentage of debt compared to the national average 70 percent, only 16 percent of Georgians have no plans to pay it off compared to the national average of 30 percent.


April 6, 2016 Saporta Report

Execution of power: Even governor’s ally couldn’t alter outcome of Palmetto Pipeline

David Pendered reports that, in the end, not even lobbyists who work with a firm led by the vice chairman of Gov. Nathan Deal’s transition team in 2010 were able to defend the Palmetto Pipeline. The pipeline company has suspended the project, and won’t say if it’s dead or merely delayed. Kinder Morgan, Inc., the pipeline developer, didn’t waste a moment after Deal said Georgia would fight the pipeline that was to run along the Savannah River in order to deliver petrol products to Jacksonville, Fla.


April 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue back in spotlight for opposition to criminal justice overhaul

Tamar Hallerman reports that David Perdue’s run for the Senate as a political outsider catapulted him into the spotlight in 2014. The rookie lawmaker is now receiving national attention for a different reason: his opposition to a major bipartisan effort to overhaul federal criminal justice laws. His position puts him against a powerful coalition that includes the ACLU, Koch brothers and several senior Republicans with “tough on crime” reputations.



April 6, 2016 Gainesville Times

Poultry exports shift to Mexico, Cuba

Jeff Gill reports that the countries the U.S. ships poultry to is an ever-shifting landscape, with politics often playing a key role. Russia and China, for example, made up nearly 40 percent of broiler exports in 2009 but have since shut down U.S. trade in poultry, which is a top industry in Georgia and Hall County in particular.


April 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Uniforms with Style

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that Torey Rose was teaching home economics and coaching varsity girls volleyball and basketball at a private high school in DeKalb County when she became increasingly frustrated with the vendors from whom she tried to buy uniforms for her teams. When she brought the issue to the attention of her principal, he issued Rose a challenge: design and sew your own uniforms.


April 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

State Bank buys NBG Bancorp, grows in Athens and Gainesville

Staff reports that State Bank Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: STBZ) will buy NBG Bancorp and its The National Bank of Georgia in a $68 million cash and stock deal. At the end of 2015, NBG had $375 million in total assets, $304 million in total deposits, $331 million in total loans, and $40 million in total shareholder’s equity.


April 6, 2016 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Georgia Power planning another reactor

Walter C. Jones reports that even as construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle remain behind schedule and over budget, Georgia Power is seeking permission from regulators to look at constructing a new reactor. “We are committed to preserving the option to build new nuclear generation to meet customers’ electric needs in the most reliable and cost-effective manner,” said company spokesman Jacob Hawkins, noting that Georgia will have an estimated 2.4 million added residents by 2030.


April 6, 2016 Georgia Tech

Keeping Firefighters Safe

Laura Diamond reports that Zack Braun was at a bonfire when he thought of a new way to protect firefighters. Braun, a computer engineering major, was chatting with a family friend who is a firefighter. He described the chaotic environments they face and explained the protective gear they wear. “I was really surprised they didn’t have sensors or technology to help them,” Braun said. “What they did have seemed really crude.”


April 6, 2016 Emory University

Emory Healthcare and Atlanta Hawks partner to build world-class sports medicine center and team training facility

Melva Robertson reports that the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Emory Healthcare today announced plans to partner and build a first-of-its-kind training and sports medicine center on Executive Park Drive in Brookhaven, which will serve as the team’s official practice site. The privately funded facility will feature the most advanced technology in sports medicine and athletic care built within a state-of-the-art training center with amenities.


April 6, 2016 Saporta Report

Ga. Tech picked to coordinate nation’s research in nanotechnology

David Pendered reports that the National Science Foundation on Monday named Georgia Tech to coordinate the nation’s new effort to promote nanotechnology, which is the control of super tiny structures to solve problems and create new products. Tech will be paid $3.5 million over five years to serve as the coordinating office of the new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure program. The program is comprised of 27 universities structured as 16 network sites that are spread across 15 states.


April 6, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Town hall meetings to focus on impact of Army cuts on Columbus and the region

Tony Adams reports that a study is underway to determine the impact of the U.S. Army’s cuts at Fort Benning on the city and surrounding region, with a couple of “town hall” gatherings scheduled this week to solicit feedback from the general public. The meetings on Thursday and Friday, which will take place at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, are part of an effort by the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority to ultimately develop a plan for dealing with the downsizing of the military here.


April 6, 2016 WABE 90.1

Lawsuits Grow In Battle To Commercialize Paulding Airport

Tasnim Shamma reports that a company working to bring commercial passenger service to Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport has filed a federal complaint against the Paulding County government. The company, Silver Comet Terminal Partners, a subsidiary of New York-based Propeller Airports LLC, said it's just trying to figure out who's in charge.


April 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pulte III: PulteGroup HQ ‘in Atlanta to stay’

Maria Saporta reports that the Pulte family wanted to send Atlanta a message Tuesday morning. The company that Bill Pulte Sr. founded in 1950 is not moving its headquarters out of Atlanta. That’s what Bill Pulte III said in a phone interview Tuesday morning. The younger Pulte even said he will spend a lot more time in Atlanta seeking to fill the void left by the future departure of Richard Dugas, the CEO of PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM).


April 6, 2016

Judges' 'judge' resigns, cites political take-over of judicial watchdog commission

John Shirek reports, who should judge Georgia's judges? On Tuesday, the chair of Georgia's independent commission that is in charge of removing bad judges from office quit in a tug of war with powerful legislators who want to be in charge.  And he wrote a blistering resignation letter. Lester Tate was chair of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. Tate, a Cartersville attorney, quit because he says legislative leaders are trying to take over the commission, in order to protect their friends on the bench.


April 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Is Ga. Sen. Johnny Isakson too soft on VA’s bad employees?

Bud Schrade reports that former GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio and a leading House Republican said they fear Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., may undermine a proposal to bring stronger accountability for bad employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In a letter last week, Sen. Rubio and Rep. Jeff Miller, who chairs the House Committee of Veterans’ Affairs, accused Isakson of halting negotiations for a proposal that would make it easier to fire VA employees not doing their jobs.




April 5, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Atlanta airport served 101 million-plus passengers in 2015, most in the world

Tony Adams reports that as you’re standing in lengthy security screening lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this summer, heading out for a much-needed vacation or a business trip, remember, that’s the price you pay for using the world’s busiest airport. The Airports Council International made it official Monday. The Atlanta airport welcomed 101,491,106 passengers in 2015, making it tops around the globe and, by far, the first and only such facility to top 100 million over the course of a year. For perspective, the airport in Beijing, China serviced nearly 90 million passengers for second place.


April 5, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Aquarium’s 10th birthday

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the Georgia Aquarium celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a number of new exhibits, critters and habitats including sea lions, a dolphin presentation, the renovated 4D Funbelievable Theater and several new touch pools. Like the penguins that already call the aquarium home, the sea lions are social creatures and ham it up for their audience; they are sure to be popular with visitors.


April 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta move fuels rift at PulteGroup

Russell Grantham and J. Scott Trubey report that the CEO of PulteGroup is being pushed out the door by the homebuilder’s founder, who among other things is unhappy about the company’s move to Atlanta from Detroit two years ago. PulteGroup on Monday announced that CEO Richard Dugas, 50, will retire in May 2017 as part of an accelerated succession plan. A board of directors committee will start a search for his replacement.


April 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia eases rules for craft brewers, distillers

Dave Williams reports thata following through on an agreement reached in January, the Georgia Department of Revenue issued proposed regulations Monday aimed at boosting the state’s craft breweries and distilleries. If adopted by the agency’s board, the rules would let brewers offer tours at various prices including the option of taking home “souvenirs” of up to a six pack of beer. In the case of distillers, customers could leave the premises with a 750-milliliter bottle of liquor.


April 5, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

Ball Metal Beverage Container to add 40 jobs, spend $50 million on expansion

Doug Walker reports that aluminum beverage cans have been around for decades, but now Ball Corp. has revealed plans for a new aluminum “bottle” manufacturing line at its plant in Floyd County. The new product, called Alumi-Tek bottling, involves a $50 million reinvestment in the Rome facility. It will be financed by a bond package approved by the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority on Monday.


April 5, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens named in top 25 best places to retire by Forbes

Hilary Butschek reports that the average age in Athens may begin to rise in the future, after Forbes Magazine named it among its picks of the 25 top cities in the country for retirees. Athens made the list for its low cost of living and proximity to Atlanta, and Forbes also cited census data showing the cost of living in Athens is slightly below the national average.


April 5, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Coastal Concierge Association helps provides skills, training for local tourism workers

Katie Martin reports that pointing Savannah’s millions of tourists in the right direction for the best food, tours and entertainment can be a challenge, but that’s the everyday task at hand for dozens of tourism concierges in the hostess city.


April 5, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Chattahoochee Tech official receives national recognition   

Donna Harris reports that Tamika Phillips didn’t let obstacles prevent her from achieving the career goals she set for herself. As a result of her determination, the executive director for adult education at Chattahoochee Technical College was named runner-up for Outstanding Administrator of the Year, a national award presented by the Commission on Adult Basic Education, last month. COABE, a 13,000-member organization that provides leadership, communication, professional development and advocacy for adult education and literacy opportunities, offers a variety of services, including competitive national-level awards, incentive grants and scholarship opportunities, through special funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. 


April 5, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Uber expecting heavy use this Master's week

Susan McCord reports that Uber officials are expecting a big week for the ride-sharing app that’s grown rapidly since starting service just over a year ago in Augusta. Orientation meetings filled an Augusta hotel conference room two days last week with a “ton” of Uber-partner drivers seeking to sign up for the service and learn the critical details for shuttling around thousands of Masters patrons, a spokesman said.


April 5, 2016 Gainesville Times

Co-founder Dick Valentine retires from United Community Bank

Kristen Oliver reports that in 2005, Dick Valentine joined 52 other Georgia bankers to start something meaningful in Hall County. Now, United Community Bank’s veteran banking leader, regional president and CEO is retiring and making way for longtime Gainesville banker Will White.


April 5, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA researchers use single molecule of DNA to create world’s smallest diode

Mike Wooten reports that researchers at the University of Georgia and at Ben-Gurion University in Israel have demonstrated for the first time that nanoscale electronic components can be made from single DNA molecules. Their study, published in the journal Nature Chemistry, represents a promising advance in the search for a replacement for the silicon chip.


April 5, 2016 New York Times

It’s Dinner in a Box. But Are Meal Delivery Kits Cooking?

Kim Serverson reports, if ou want dinner built largely from food grown by Georgia farmers and recipes from Southern chefs, subscribe to PeachDish, which ships nationwide. If you live in Boston and prefer to avoid cross-country shipping, join Just Add Cooking and get boxes built with a New England sensibility and delivered by local courier.



April 5, 2016 WABE 90.1


Atlanta Mayor Bans City-Employee Travel To NC Over LGBT Law

Molly Samuel and Johnny Kauffman report that Atlanta Democratic Mayor Kasim Reed on Monday announced a ban on travel to North Carolina for city employees after a law passed there that excludes LGBT people from anti-discrimination protections and keeps cities from adopting their own anti-discrimination measures. The law also gained widespread attention for rules that would require people who are transgender to use public restrooms associated with the gender on their birth certificates.



April 4, 2016 Macon Telegraph

State to launch interstate response program in 2017

Laura Corley reports that sometime next year, drivers on all of Georgia's interstates will be able to get help from a new program being launched by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The Roadside Assistance and Maintenance program, which will be known as RAM, is similar to metro Atlanta's Highway Emergency Response Operators, or HERO. That program uses emergency first-responders hired by the state to patrol interstates 24 hours a day in yellow vehicles to help with crashes and broken-down vehicles.


April 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Southface Fulcrum Awards

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Southface, the Atlanta-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance, presented its inaugural Fulcrum Awards in mid-March at its annual Greenprints Conference at Georgia State University.


April 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

TSYS becomes 6th largest U.S. merchant acquirer

Staff reports that TSYS on Friday closed its $2.3 billion acquisition of U.S. merchant services company TransFirst. Columbus, Ga.-based TSYS (NYSE: TSS) said the acquisition makes it the sixth-largest U.S. merchant acquirer based on net revenue, supporting more than 645,000 merchant outlets and $117 billion in transaction volume.


April 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia set to reduce testing, but is state cutting tests for right reasons?

Shanequa Yates reports standardized tests are the part of our public education system that everyone loves to hate. There’s a growing consensus here in Georgia and across the country that we’re overtesting our kids—that the time and energy they spend preparing for and taking tests has spiraled out of control. Last fall, for example, a study found the average student in a big-city school system like Atlanta takes 112 standardized tests by the time they graduate from high school.


April 4, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech is Now a Level II Arboretum

Staff reports that Georgia Tech has been awarded a Level II Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. In addition, Georgia Tech is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.


April 4, 2016 Gainesville Times

Brenau emphasizes health fields

Ron Bridgeman reports that health sciences — nursing, physical and occupational therapy and clinical psychology — loom large in the growth of Brenau University. Expansion of graduate programs in those disciplines is well underway and will be a focus for the next couple of years. Brenau will offer health care degrees for most fields — except an MD. It will have doctoral programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing.


April 4, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Tech startup Mealviewer moves to downtown Augusta

Damon Cline reports that there was only one address in the metro area Tommy Wafford considered when his fledgling software business, Mealviewer, outgrew its suburban office last year: downtown Augusta. And by moving his tech startup from a functional but sterile office suite in North Augusta to an expansive space in a Victorian-era Broad Street building four months ago, the 36-year-old CEO is doing what many digital-savvy entrepreneurs in his generation are doing nationwide – bringing new vitality to America’s urban core.


April 4, 2016

YKK Names Two Unit Presidents

Trevor Williams reports that YKK Corp. of America, the Marietta-based subsidiary of the Japanese zipper and architectural products giant for the Western Hemisphere, has named two new presidents for the U.S. arms of those two units. On April 1 Oliver Stepe will be the first non-Japanese president of YKK AP America Inc., the Dublin, Ga.-based manufacturer of windows, doors and building facades, among other products. Mr. Stepe has been an employee for 23 of its 25 years, a milestone the company will celebrate this year.


April 4, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Digging for Tybee Island deep well continues

Kelly Quimby reports that a contractor working for the state of Georgia has reached depths of 1,200 feet below the Earth’s surface in an ongoing effort to find a new source of water for Tybee Island. In an email to the Savannah Morning News last week, Andrew Morris, a senior program manager with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, reported that Bloomingdale-based Layne Christensen Co., still has another 2,800 feet to go before the drilling will reach its target — the Cretaceous aquifer, a deposit of hot, salty water some 4,000 feet below the surface.


April 4, 2016 Georgia Health News

The hospital combination game: Two examples in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that the two deals are very different in size and other details, but the Georgia hospital combinations announced last week reflect the fast pace of such partnerships between sometimes distant health systems. WellStar Health System announced Friday that it had just added five Tenet Healthcare hospitals in the Atlanta region, cementing WellStar’s place as the biggest health system in Georgia.


April 4, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Explore Gwinnett officials say tourism has $1.2 billion impact on county

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County tourism officials are celebrating the big impact the industry is having on the county’s economy — an impact they say gave households hundreds of dollars in tax-relief. Explore Gwinnett announced on Thursday that new figures from the U.S. Travel Association show visitors to the county spent $1.2 billion in the county in 2014, which was a 9.4 percent increase from the previous year.


April 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Blasting to signal start of Bellwood Quarry project

Dave Williams reports that it's going to get loud on Atlanta’s west side starting next week. Beginning Wednesday, construction crews will start blasting operations in a $280 million project aimed at increasing Atlanta’s water supply reserves from three days to more than 30 days. Construction of a five-mile, 10-foot diameter tunnel system linking the Chattahoochee River to the city-owned Bellwood Quarry will increase its storage capacity from about 525 million gallons of water to 2.4 billion gallons.


April 4, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Analysis: Funding snub part of political game

Chuck Williams reports that retired Columbus Technical College President Bob Jones spent 15 years playing the political funding game under the Gold Dome in Atlanta. When he saw Tuesday’s top headline in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer — “Legislator: Sen. Josh McKoon cost CSU, Infantry Museum state budget funding” — he had an immediate thought. “Somebody was mad at somebody,” Jones said. “It is common knowledge up there if you get on the wrong side of the right person you are going to pay a price. ”


April 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The Baptist-on-Baptist fight within Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ debate

Jim Galloway reports that very seldom do you hear governors wax theological. Even then, they usually stick to the noncontroversial basics: Thou shalt not steal, honor thy father and mother, and beware of demagogues with comb-overs. But if you were among those packed into Nathan Deal’s office last Monday, you saw something different. Tucked within the governor’s veto message on “religious liberty” legislation was a solid blow struck in the 35-year-old fight over what it means to be a Baptist in the South.



April 1, 2016 Saporta Report

Texas city offers lesson for Georgia as renewable energy debate unfolds

David Pendered reports that Dale Ross is fond of saying that a business decision is at the root of the plan in Georgetown, Texas to switch over to 100 percent solar and wind energy in 2017. Ross says renewable energy is a better deal for residents of the city he serves as mayor. “It was a business decision to do short-term and long-term plans to create cost certainty for our rate payers,” Ross said. “We saw pricing on wind and solar was comparable to natural gas, but they’d give only a six-year price guarantee and wind and solar would give us 25-year price guarantees. It’s the same rate in Year 1 as in Year 25.


April 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

A Focus On The Federal Budget

Susan Percy reports that Sen. David Perdue, a conservative Republican and political newcomer, came from a strong business background to win the first office he ever ran for, that of U.S. senator. He approached his 2014 campaign as an outsider, promising to bring his executive suite experience – as CEO of Dollar General and Reebok – to Washington.


April 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ga. coal plant permits challenged

Russell Grantham reports that a half dozen coal-fired power plants in Georgia face tougher federal rules that could force them to spend millions of dollars, or even shut down some, to reduce heavy metal pollutants in the state’s rivers and ground water. Original permits allowing higher levels of pollutants are long past their initial expiration dates.


April 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta to participate in Waze program

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta will participate in the Waze Connected Citizen Program, a free data-sharing partnership with the social navigation app, to further assist the city with traffic congestion reduction efforts, according to Mayor Kasim Reed’s office.
Waze provides partners with anonymous, real-time incident and slow-down information directly from app users. In exchange, partners provide real-time construction, crash and road closure data, the city said in a prepared statement.



April 1, 2016 Georgia Health News

EPA chief tells Georgians that agency’s mission is public health

Andy Miller reports that the EPA’s administrator told a gathering at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine on Thursday that she wants her organization viewed “as a public health agency.” Gina McCarthy emphasized the importance of environmental effects on health at a roundtable discussion at Morehouse, which including medical students, local college professors and community activists.


April 1, 2016 Emory University

Emory launches largest-ever clinical research study in Atlanta

Robin Reese reports that Emory researchers seeking to better understand aging and age-related diseases have launched the Emory Healthy Aging Study.  It is the largest-ever clinical research study in Atlanta with a goal of enrolling 100,000 people over the next four years. The study will help researchers better understand what happens as we age and lead to more effective treatments and methods to prevent conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and more.


April 1, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

New aerial photos could hike stormwater fees for some Athens-Clarke homeowners

Jim Thompson reports, good news for some property owners, not-so-good news for others. That’s the 30,000-foot view of how a recent set of aerial photographs of Athens-Clarke County will affect stormwater fees. Eleven years ago, the county government instituted a “stormwater utility” under terms of the federal Clean Water Act. Under the law, communities that don’t comply with stormwater permitting requirements can face monetary penalties, in addition to the prospect of not being able to obtain the federal permits needed to operate their water and wastewater systems.


April 1, 2016 Brunswick News

Georgia River Network to take paddlers down the Satilla River

Taylor Cooper reports that the first “Spring on the Satilla” is going to take paddlers on a trip down one of South Georgia’s little-known gems on Saturday and Sunday with all proceeds benefiting projects to improve the river. The trip is being organized by Joe Cook of the Georgia River Network. It’s part of the Paddle Georgia program, which also includes paddling trips on the Savannah River, Altamaha River, Flint River and Chattahoochee River.


April 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chonicle

Southern Co. opens innovation center at Georgia Tech

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) has opened its 6,000-square-foot research and development outpost at Georgia Tech. Last April, Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported the Atlanta-based utility holding company’s plans to open the innovation center at Technology Square. The Energy Innovation Center will be a "catalyst for innovation across Southern Co.," said Michael Britt, vice president of the center. "Part of the DNA of the company is to to invent the next stage of the industry.”


April 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Ralston and Casey Cagle are digging in on Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

Greg Bluestein reports that House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Thursday that they would not push to overturn Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of a “religious liberty” measure this year, but both vowed to unite behind a new version of the controversial legislation next year. In an exclusive joint interview, the leaders of the two legislative chambers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they are ready for a fresh start on the debate over the measure, which would extend legal protections to opponents of same-sex marriage, and are heeding the calls of religious conservatives clamoring for more safeguards for faith-based organizations.



March 31, 2016 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Work on proposed Palmetto Pipeline suspended because of Georgia moratorium, owner says

Walter C. Jones reports that the Texas-based company planning to build a $1 billion pipeline to carry gasoline and diesel fuel from Belton, S.C., through Georgia to Jacksonville announced Wednesday on its website that it has "suspended further work" on the project. It blames action by the Georgia General Assembly which passed legislation this month keeping the company from seeking environmental permits or other licenses until July, 2017. Supporters of the moratorium bill said it was aimed at stopping the pipeline.


March 31, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, enjoy a beautiful spring day at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw.


March 31, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

TechStars taps CloudSherpas Michael Cohn to lead its Atlanta accelerator program

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta entrepreneur Michael Cohn has been tapped to lead TechStars' Atlanta operations. The Boulder, Colo.-based accelerator program will annually select a group of 10 startups to participate in a three-month program that provides expertise, funding and office space to help them accelerate their businesses.


March 31, 2016 Saporta Report

Two pending projects threaten dream of Riverwalk Atlanta Park

Maria Saporta reports that cities rise and fall on their ability to dream and implement “big” ideas. For Atlanta, turning five miles of the Chattahoochee River into an easily accessible waterfront is one such big idea that could change the city’s profile. But two pending projects could severely limit Atlanta’s ability to turn the Chattahoochee River into a linear park.


March 31, 2016 GPB

Cities and Culture: What Defines Atlanta's Culture?

Celeste Headlee and Taylor Gantt report that most major cities around the country cultivate a certain cultural tone over time. Portland is known as a hub of nostalgia and alternative lifestyles; Miami boasts a blend of Latin culture mixed in with a constant party vibe. But how is Atlanta defined culturally and how has that definition changed over the years?


March 31, 2016 WABE 90.1

Emory Program Combines Art, Science Through Conservation

Erin Wright reports, aChief Conservator at Emory University's Michael C. Carlos Museum, Stein is responsible for the care of ancient artifacts, like the coffin of Tanakhtnettahat — an intricately painted wooden coffin that's survived three millennia in remarkably good shape, though it's had some repair along the way.


March 31, 2016 University of Georgia

State legislature recognizes MPA program’s 50 years of public service

Carolina Paczkowski reports that the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs Master of Public Administration program was recognized on the Georgia House and Senate floors in a resolution congratulating the program for its positive local and global impact over the last 50 years. "SPIA was extremely honored to be recognized by our state legislature and specifically by Speaker (David) Ralston and SPIA alumnus Rep. Earl Ehrhart," said Stefanie A. Lindquist, dean and Arch Professor of Public and International Affairs.


March 31, 2016 Georgia Health News

Closing of troubled nursing home shakes small community to its core

Andy Miller and Elizabeth Fite report that nursing home had closed and all its beds were empty, yet its parking lot was jammed with cars one afternoon last week.Former employees of Abbeville Healthcare and Rehab were arriving one last time — to pick up their final paychecks. They were also bringing food and beverages to hold a farewell party  in the facility’s cafeteria.


March 31, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory launches Atlanta's biggest ever clinical research study

Ellie Hensley reports that Emory University researchers have launched the largest-ever research study in Atlanta -- the Emory Healthy Aging Study — and you can be part of it. The researchers' goal is to enroll 100,000 people in the study over the next four years to better understand the aging process and more effectively treat and prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and other diseases that commonly affect aging populations.


March 31, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson defends Nathan Deal’s ‘religious liberty’ veto

Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson backed Nathan Deal’s veto of ‘religious liberty’ legislation two days after the governor’s move generated national headlines. Plenty of Democrats have praised Deal for his Monday announcement, but few Republicans — much less ones running for reelection for state-wide office — have done the same. “I think the Governor did the right thing,” Isakson said in an interview Wednesday afternoon.



March 30, 2016 Saporta Report

Credit analysts slam Southern Co.’s planned purchase of AGL Resources

David Pendered reports that Southern Co. plans to take on so much debt to buy AGL Resources that its faces the biggest potential financial nightmare of any of the three utility holding companies that are buying gas companies, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. The March 21 report looks at three utility holding companies that have announced acquisition plans – Southern Co., Duke Energy Corp., and Dominion Resources, Inc.


March 30, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Cooks & Soldiers

Krista Reese reports, at first glance, the concept seems wonderfully mad: An ambitious, contemporary restaurant in Atlanta’s sizzling West Midtown, based on Basque traditions (tapas, wood-grilled meats, bone-dry white wines and spicy reds) and named for an annual festival in which an entire Spanish town pounds drums all day and night, dressed as cooks and soldiers.


March 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Census: Atlanta among fastest-growing metro areas

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta ‘s metro area grew by more than 255,000 people from 2013 to 2015, making it one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The growth is part of an overall pattern of growth in the Sun Belt, according to USA Today. Brookings Institution demographer William Frey analyzed three years of Census data and found that cities in the Sun Belt, which were hit particularly hard by the mortgage crisis and recession, are among the fastest-growing in the country, the paper reports


March 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power sets plan for coal ash closings

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia Power said it plans to close a dozen coal ash ponds at six power plants in the state within two years, but that it may take up to 10 years to close 16 other waste storage ponds. One pond may not be closed for up to 14 years, the utility said. After questioning last year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the safety of its coal ash lagoons, Georgia Power pledged last fall to eventually close all of its coal ash ponds and to release a schedule within several months.


March 30, 2016 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

MOX should be scrapped, scientists say

Walter C. Jones reports that according to Edwin Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Frank von Hippel of Princeton University, reprocessing bomb-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear-power reactors - a process known as MOX - is prohibitively expensive. The better option is to dilute the plutonium, seal it and bury it.


March 30, 2016 U.S. News and World Report

The Ups and Downs of UPS

Lou Carlozo reports that if good things come in small packages, the folks at United Parcel Service (UPS) will want to consider whether a bad thing will come its way in a very, very large package. The delivery date is uncertain, but the irony here is that it could arrive by way of its largest customer. That would be (AMZN), which accounted for more than 6 percent of UPS business in 2015, according to Jon Budish, investment strategist in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Silberman College of Business.


March 30, 2016 Athens Banner Herald, Morris News Service

Top Georgia court rules for private probation company

Walter C. Jones reports that eople on probation for minor offenses still have to serve their entire sentence, even if something happens to interrupt their sentence, according to a decision the Georgia Supreme Court handed down last week. In its Friday 6-1 ruling, the court agreed with Sentinel Offender Services, the state’s largest private probation company, in a case affecting thousands of people on probation before a 2015 law change. Cities across the state contract with the company and others like it to supervise people on probation for misdemeanors, like traffic offenses.


March 30, 2016 WABE 90.1

WellStar Set To Become Georgia's Biggest Health Provider

John Lorinc reports that WellStar Health System will soon be the largest health care provider in the state. On Friday, April 1, the name on the front door of six Georgia hospitals will change to WellStar. The Marietta-based company is adding five hospitals in metro Atlanta and one hospital in LaGrange. “Typically mergers tend to raise prices, whether it’s a cable company merger or a hospital merger, so we’ll have to watch that,” says Andy Miller, the editor and CEO of Georgia Health News.


March 30, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA, Sanofi Pasteur develop new vaccine for H1N1 influenza

James Hataway reports that researchers at the University of Georgia and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today the development of a vaccine that protects against multiple strains of both seasonal and pandemic H1N1 influenza in mouse models. They published their findings recently in the Journal of Virology. Researchers from UGA and Sanofi Pasteur, which has a research and development collaboration agreement with UGA, will present their data tomorrow, March 30, at the World Vaccine Congress US 2016 in Washington, D.C.


March 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

ServiceMaster tours Atlanta looking for new HQ

Michael Sheffield and Douglas Sams report that ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. representatives recently looked at Atlanta as a possibility to relocate its Memphis, Tenn. headquarters. The move would bring hundreds of jobs to metro Atlanta, though the prospects of the relocation have dimmed lately, according to sources familiar with the talks. Memphis is emerging as the leading candidate to retain the company, Atlanta Business Chronicle sister publication Memphis Business Journal reports.


March 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why the champion of the ‘religious liberty’ bill may have cost Columbus millions

Greg Bluestein reports that you’d think state Sen. Josh McKoon would have a big enough fight on his hands as one of the most vocal supporters of the just-vetoed “religious liberty” legislation. But now the Columbus Republican is in an escalating war of words with a fellow west Georgia GOPer and his hometown newspaper over comments that his advocacy for that controversial legislation cost Columbus State University and the nearby National Infantry Museum millions of dollars in funding.



March 29, 2016 New York Times

Georgia Governor Rejects Bill Shielding Critics of Gay Marriage

Alan Blinder and Richard Perez-Pena report that in a striking defeat to religious conservatives, Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia said Monday that he would veto a bill intended to protect critics of same-sex marriage. “In light of our history, I find it somewhat ironic that some in the religious community today feel that it is necessary for government to confer upon them certain rights and protections,” Mr. Deal said at the State Capitol, where he had faced intense pressure from the bill’s supporters and critics.


March 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

South Metro Atlanta takes off

Ben Young reports, Aerotropolis was the buzzword at the South Metro Development Outlook event at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) last month. The annual event, put together by the Collaborative Firm, was bolstered this year by a lot of airport activity and the prospect of MARTA train service to Clayton County. One of the highlights of the event was the announcement of a new InterContinental Hotel to be designed by John Portman and Associates and built on Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport property.


March 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Business leaders laud Gov. Deal’s Religious Freedom bill veto

Maria Saporta reports that business leaders Monday were quick to applaud Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to veto HB 757, even though many expressed concern the controversy over “religious freedom” legislation may not go away. “The Georgia Chamber agrees with Governor Deal’s thoughtful reasoning to veto HB757,” according to a statement from Hank Linginfelter, an executive with AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE: GAS) and the 2016 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.


March 29, 2016 Georgia State University

SunTrust Foundation Awards $2 Million for Student Financial Management Center at Georgia State

Andrea Jones reports that the SunTrust Foundation has awarded Georgia State University a $2 million grant to create the SunTrust Student Financial Management Center, a first-of-its kind program to help students address financial issues that can be obstacles to earning their degrees. The SunTrust Student Financial Management Center will build on Georgia State’s nationally recognized efforts in providing students with proactive academic advising to help them achieve academic success. Financial problems remain the No. 1 reason most students drop out of a college or university.


March 29, 2016 Emory University

Douglas A. Hicks named dean of Oxford College of Emory University

Staff reports that Emory University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claire E. Sterk announced today that Douglas A. Hicks has been appointed dean of Oxford College of Emory University. Hicks will assume his new role on July 15, 2016. He comes to Emory from Colgate University, where he has served as provost and dean of the faculty and currently is senior adviser for academic initiatives and professor of religion.


March 29, 2016 University of Georgia

University Health Center awarded full accreditation

Kristine Groth reports that the University of Georgia's Health Center was awarded accreditation for all services by the Joint Commission. The recognition is the second consecutive time the University Health Center received a flawless report of findings. The three-day unannounced survey on March 21-23 was conducted by the Joint Commission.


March 29, 2016

SunTrust Banks’ 2016 Survey Shows an Uptick in the Interest of Mid-sized Firms in Trade

Phil Bolton reports that companies predisposed to international trade remain concerned about currency manipulation, a distorting reality faced by importers and exporters that SunTrust Banks Inc. can minimize through a series of hedging strategies, Allison Dukes, Atlanta division chairman and CEO, told Global Atlanta. An interest in overseas markets, however, is on the rise, according to the bank’s annual survey.


March 29, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Attack shuts down UGA Internet access

Lee Shearer reports that a denial of service attack shut down the University of Georgia’s web sites Sunday evening, but as far as investigators were able to determine, no university systems or data were compromised by the attack, said UGA Vice President for Information Technology Tim Chester. According to an email distributed to UGA email users, the attack began shortly after 6 p.m. and lasted until about 10 p.m., when UGA and the consortium that provides Internet connectivity were able to begin blocking the attack, which ended soon afterward.


March 29, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Commute Can Have Deadly Effect On Health, Study Finds

Tasnim Shamma reports that the Atlanta area does not have the best public transportation options, so many residents face long, solitary drives to work. A new study finds this may be having a deadly effect on our health. The study, published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, found that Georgia has 5,600 excessive deaths each year.


March 29, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Legislator: Sen. Josh McKoon cost CSU, Infantry Museum state budget funding

Chuck Williams reports that Columbus State University and the National Infantry Museum lost funding in the most recent state budget because of the divisive actions of Republican Sen. Josh McKoon, according to a senior member of the local General Assembly delegation. “You can only stick a stick in somebody’s eye so long before enough is enough,” Rep. Richard Smith said late Monday afternoon. “They are going to give it to somebody who has been supportive.”


March 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ fight is far from over

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal defied fellow Republicans on Monday by vetoing a controversial “religious liberty” measure aimed at strengthening legal protections for opponents of gay marriage, a move that could jeopardize his legislative agenda and shape the race for his successor. His decision was swiftly met with calls from Republican lawmakers who approved the legislation less than two weeks ago and now want to overturn his decision, calling for a veto session.



March 28, 2016 Brunswick News

Brunswick port sees flux in import-export service

Lindsey Adkison reports that Georgia’s deepwater ports in Brunswick and Savannah have seen a solid start to the 2016. Curtis Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, shared that message with members of the authority board at a recent meeting on St. Simons Island. “February was a surprisingly strong month for us,” he said. “It was higher than expected. Not only was it an all-time high for the month, February was the seventh highest monthly total overall on record.”


March 28, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Midtown Alliance guiding growth

Ben Young reports, yes, that’s another high rise going up next to Starbucks on 14th Street. The cranes are seemingly everywhere in an unprecedented spate of development partly attributable to the Midtown Atlanta’s three MARTA stations. But there are other factors in play, not least of which is the formidable Midtown Alliance, a coalition of businesses and community members driving and leveraging infrastructure investment.


March 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Braves plan zip line at SunTrust Park

Douglas Sams reports that Atlanta Braves are working on the latest new attraction for SunTrust Park — a Zip Line. During Atlanta Business Chronicle and Atlanta Sports Council’s annual Business of Sports Summit on Friday, Derek Schiller, Braves’ executive vice president of sales and marketing, said the Zip Line is part of an attempt to enhance the fan experience at the new ballpark.


March 28, 2016 Gainesville Times

Survey aims to end homelessness among veterans

Joshua Silavent reports that the number of homeless military veterans across the United States — at least 50,000 in January 2014 and 48,000 in January 2015, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness — underscores the devastating mental, emotional and physical wounds of war that afflict the nation’s heroes long after the battle ends.


March 28, 2016 Albany Herald

Healthy Living Farms strives to nourish the body, mind and soul of South Georgia

Brad McEwan reports that thanks to some divine inspiration Albany’s Healthy Living Farms is not only nourishing the bodies, hearts and minds of Southwest Georgians, it is becoming a successful agribusiness that hopes to be a model for small-scale farming in rural Georgia. Run almost entirely by volunteers Healthy Living Farms (HLF) is a small, organic farm, operating just outside of the Albany city limits, that exists as an affiliate of Trumpet of God Ministries.


March 28, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Slingshot Festival, now in its fourth year, opens this week

Slingshot, a music, technology and art festival, is as much a way to put Athens on the map as it is a venue to showcase local talent. The music festival, with shows scheduled Thursday through Saturday, highlights the boundary pushers in many genres.


March 28, 2016 Augusta CEO

ICT Industries Locates New Facility in Augusta, Bring 100 Jobs

Staff reports that the Augusta Economic Development Authority announced today that ICT Industries has purchased the former International Flavors & Fragrances manufacturing facility in Augusta, GA and expects to begin production in the near future.  The company will create up to 100 new jobs within five years.


March 28, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Tax Exemptions May Equal Trouble for Schools

Martha Dalton reports that the U.S. Census Bureau projects by the year 2030, Georgia will have more residents of retirement age than in the workforce. At the same time, some local districts are considering exempting senior citizens from paying the school portion of their property taxes. This could mean less money for schools. Matthew Ladner, a senior advisor for policy and research at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, says districts that want to ease the tax burden for seniors will likely have to make some tough choices.


March 28, 2016 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Georgia lawmakers unanimously pass bill reforming grand juries for police shootings

Tyler Jett reports that on the last day of this year's session, the Georgia Legislature passed a bill that curbs how much evidence police officers can see against themselves in a pending shooting case. House Bill 941 passed the Georgia House on a 156-0 vote Thursday, two days after the Senate passed the bill. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has 40 days to decide whether to sign the bill into law, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature.


March 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

State: Two economic recruits abandon Georgia over ‘religious liberty’ bill

Greg Bluestein reports that an expanding list of corporate chieftains and Hollywood heavyweights have urged Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the controversial”religious liberty” legislation and threatened to pull investments from Georgia if he doesn’t. Now, though, we have evidence that the debate may have cost the state regardless of whether he signs the legislation. An email exchange between the top aides to Deal and House Speaker David Ralston, a supporter of the measure, offered a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes fallout from the legislation since it passed more than a week ago.



March 25, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Crews clearing debris as they prepare for $100M Harbor Expansion Project

Mary Carr Mayle reports that one of the most significant of the many environmental mitigation components that comprise nearly half the cost of the $706 million Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is now getting underway.


March 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: ConnectAbility

Candice Dyer reports that when Jacqueline Daniel was a college student at the University of North Georgia, she looked for opportunities to do volunteer work for people with developmental disabilities. There was not an organization focusing on that need at the time, so she decided to start her own. It began as a Sidekicks Respite event in 2001, but it has since grown into a much larger organization called ConnectAbility that serves around 150 families a year in five counties – Lumpkin, White, Dawson, Forsyth and Hall – with monthly activities for special-needs kids and adults.


March 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Legislature adjourns; some bills left behind

Staff reports that the 2016 Georgia General Assembly officially adjourned a half hour past midnight Friday, with several highly-anticipated pieces of legislation left on the table. A bill that would expand conditions for medical marijuana patients failed to get a vote in the Senate, despite last-minute efforts by sponsoring Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon. Another bill that failed to reach a Senate vote would have required those serving on local governmental boards and committees to be U.S. citizens.


March 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

City seeks to expand urban agriculture

Carla Caldwell reports that the City of Atlanta’s Office of Sustainability has created a taskforce to research and investigate safety considerations and policies for future Controlled Environment Agriculture, a technology-based farming practice which takes place within enclosed structures. The effort will encourage the production of more local fruits and vegetables, according to a statement released by Mayor Kasim Reed's Office of Communications.


March 25, 2016 Gainesville Times

Hall County making serious comeback with new retail and housing, expanding industry and services

Staff reports that a lot of dirt is moving and buildings going up in Hall County, and that means progress for the area after years of slow recovery from the 2007-09 Great Recession, during which few building permits were issued as growth slowed to a crawl. Now subdivisions are expanding construction while others are beginning. School systems are working to anticipate new families moving in.


March 25, 2016 University of Georgia

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Class of 2016 announced

Jean Cleveland reports that five new members, including the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, have been elected to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame at the University of Georgia Libraries. For the second year, the UGA Libraries are encouraging Georgians to read at least one book by each inductee before the Nov. 7 ceremony.


March 25, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA may get new 'visual identity'

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia may soon get a new look with a possible update of the university's "visual identity" or logo. Back in 1988 UGA adopted rules governing how UGA and its logos should appear on stationery, business cards and other official printed materials.


March 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech to host TEDx event

Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia Tech has a few "ideas worth spreading." On April 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the school will host TEDxGeorgiaTech in the LeCraw Auditorium of the Scheller College of Business. The event will feature several short talks, with topics ranging from scientific breakthroughs to inspiring human stories, Georgia Tech said. This year's theme is “Raise Your Ideas to the Next Power.”


March 25, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia to have own intelligence center to enhance state security

Staff reports that two days after deadly terrorists attacks in Brussels, Georgia created a centralized intelligence center. Thursday's vote to pass Senate Bill 416 by Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, set in motion the administration's plan to enhance state security. The new "fusion center" with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will gather intelligence reports from local and state agencies about suspected threats, both criminal and terroristic.


March 25, 2016 WABE

Gov. Deal Says He’ll Act Quickly On 'Major' Legislation

Johnny Kauffman reports that Gov. Nathan Deal indicated late Thursday evening he could act quickly on controversial bills that passed the Georgia Legislature this year including religious exemptions and a measure that would allow guns on college campuses.“I’m busy tonight watching what’s going on as they wind up these last few hours,” he said as lawmakers scrambled around the Capitol on the final day of this year’s legislative session. “I will try to act as expeditiously as possible on especially major pieces of legislation.”


March 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A new legislative tradition: Post-midnight Sine Die votes

Greg Bluestein reports that it wasn’t so long ago that midnight was revered as the hard-and-fast deadline for the final day of Georgia’s legislative session. Sponsors would rush to pass bills before the stroke of midnight and opponents would filibuster. Once, a lawmaker almost broke his neck trying to stop the clock. Many a headline described a “race to midnight.” Not so much anymore. Last year’s session might have set a new precedent. The witching hour came in the House, where lawmakers and their families and friends celebrated the adjournment by filling the room with scraps of confetti-like paper.



March 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle  

Forbes: Atlanta is nation's No. 1 rapidly aging city

Ellie Hensley reports that the Big Peach is getting wrinkly. Atlanta is America's No. 1 rapidly aging city, according to Atlanta's senior population grew 20 percent between 2010 and 2014, well above the average 11.3 percent increase seen across the country's 53 largest metropolitan areas.


March 24, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trend Setters: The Return of the Oyster

Christy Simo reports, if you’ve perused a restaurant menu lately looking for Georgia-grown oysters, you’ve been out of luck. But now, thanks to the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service, local oysters on the half-shell will be a reality by next winter. “Everybody is trying to get back in touch with where their food comes from,” says Tom Bliss, director of the extension’s Shellfish Research Lab, which has found a way at its Skidaway Institute to convince local oysters that usually attach to each other in clusters to go it alone. “We get calls from restaurants wanting to know where they can find Georgia oysters.”


March 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CBRE Global puts "crown jewel of Atlantic Station" on the market

Douglas Sams reports that Atlantic Station’s “crown jewel” 271 17th Street is hitting the market, with its ownership seeking anywhere from $180 million to $190 million for the 25-story tower. CBRE Global Investors, which owns and manages 271 17th, expects to evaluate preliminary bids in April.


March 24, 2016 Washington Post

Ga. parents offended by the ‘Far East religion’ of yoga, get ‘Namaste’ banned from school

Yanan Wang reports that when administrators at Bullard Elementary School in Kennesaw, Ga., implemented yoga and other mindfulness practices in the classroom to reduce students’ stress, they likely envisioned peace and relaxation in their future. Instead, they received a flurry of complaints — from parents who felt yoga represented the encroachment of non-Christian beliefs.


March 24, 2016 WABE

Ga. Tech Project Provides Cubans Faster Access To Internet

Tasnim Shamma reports that President Barack Obama called on the Cuban government to expand Internet access for its citizens in a speech in Havana on Tuesday. In Cuba, less than about 5 percent of the population has open Internet access. That's slowly changing as the government adds a few Wi-Fi hotspots and foreign companies work to update the digital infrastructure. But in the meantime, a Georgia Tech initiative is helping Cubans access information more quickly.


March 24, 2016 UGA

$35,000 in prize money as UGA hosts two national student startup competitions

Sam Fahmy reports that students from across Georgia and throughout the nation will be converging on the University of Georgia for two events that give young entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their business and consumer brand concepts to a panel of investors and advisers for $35,000 in prize money.


March 24, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Centrallia 'speed dating for businesses'

Mary Carr Mayle reports that World Trade Center Savannah will lead a delegation to Canada in May for an international business-to-business forum focused on generating new relationships and trade opportunities. The forum, called Centrallia, is set for May 25-27 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Hosted by World trade Center Winnipeg, Centrallia takes place every two years and provides a unique format for maximizing contacts over the two-plus days, said Leigh Ryan, director of trade services for WTC-Savannah.


March 24, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Ga. Supreme Court strikes down injunction over WAGT

Damon Cline reprts that the Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled to strike down a Richmond County Superior Court injunction barring Gray Television Group Inc. from taking over operation of Augusta's WAGT television station. The injunction had been sought by WJBF owner Media General Inc., which has operated the station under a long-term contract with Shurz Communications since 2010.


March 24, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Oakland Cemetery

Ben Young reports, Spring has sprung at Oakland Cemetery.


March 24, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Update: General Assembly yanks $8 million in Columbus State funding

Chuck Williams reports that Columbus State University lost nearly $8 million in capital funding Tuesday when the Georgia General Assembly approved a final budget and sent it to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. The budget that went before a joint House/Senate conference committee to work out the differences between the two proposed budgets included the money CSU was seeking to furnish and equip new science labs and to renovate the existing main campus library.


March 24, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Rape kit bill gets new life as state legislative session nears end

Curt Yeomans reports that rape kit testing reform bill that seemed dead and stirred anger against state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, a week ago got a second chance at becoming law as the Georgia General Assembly wound down its 2016 session this week. The state House of Representatives agreed to substitute the language of Senate Bill 304, which dealt with the disclosure of a person’s involuntary hospitalization records with criminal records, with the text of rape kit bill on Tuesday. The author of the rape kit bill, state Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, carried Senate Bill 304 in the house.


March 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Disney threatens to boycott Georgia if ‘religious liberty’ bill becomes law

Greg Bluestein reports that Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday it could pull its productions from Georgia if Gov. Nathan Deal signs the controversial “religious liberty” legislation, a move that could hobble the state’s fast-growing film and TV industry. The statement from Disney and subsidiary Marvel Studios raised the pressure on Deal, who has until May 3 to decide whether to sign the legislation approved last week in the Georgia Legislature.



March 23, 2016 Emory University

Emory team awarded $5.2 million to study vascular-Alzheimer's link

Robin Reese reports that a team of Emory researchers was awarded a $5.2 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, to examine the connections between blood pressure regulation and Alzheimer’s disease. The lead investigators are Ihab Hajjar, MD, associate professor of neurology and medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and Arshed Quyyumi, MD, professor of medicine and co-director of the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute.


March 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Statesboro | Bulloch County: History Meets High-Tech

David Shivers reports that from her office brightly lit by the November morning sun, Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore can view her community’s past and its future. City Hall is located in the old Jaeckel Hotel, a building on the National Register of Historic Places in the center of town, yet just next door is Georgia Southern University’s (GSU) City Campus, which will house a FabLab, a business incubator for engineering entrepreneurs that will include state-of-the-art equipment such as 3-D printers and scanners, CNC machines (an automated tool that can cut, drill, etc.) and other cutting-edge technology.


March 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta among first cities to launch second Uber app

Phil W. Hudson reports that Uber Technologies Inc. selected Atlanta as one of the launching pads for its second standalone app. The San Francisco-based company, known for its ridesharing app, launched its second standalone app in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Toronto, Dallas, Houston and Austin, Texas. “Atlanta was one of the first Uber cities, and we're working to bring UberEATS to the entire metro area as fast as we can," Peter Hsu, general manager for UberEATS Atlanta, said in a statement.


March 23, 2016 Saporta Report

Six percent of Georgia’s electricity produced by renewables, an oft-overlooked detail

David Pendered reports that as Georgia Power proposes to expand its use of renewable energy resources, one part of the conversation that gets scant attention is the considerable amount of energy already being generated from renewable resources. All told, Georgia Power expects to have nearly 1,000 megawatts of solar resources online or under contract by the end of this year, company spokesman John Kraft said Monday.


March 23, 2016 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Wildlife impact of massive November fire in north Georgia revealed

David Cobb reports that runoff from a massive November fire at a largely abandoned carpet mill in LaFayette, Ga., killed at least 54 fish and left the Chattooga River with a blue tint for several miles, according to a report from Georgia's Environmental Protection Division. The EPD provided a copy of the 10-page fish kill investigation to the Times Free Press on Thursday in response to a request for the document.


March 23, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Model senior only Georgia student to earn Microsoft master certifications

Staff reports that Gregory (Trey) Thompson, a senior at Model High School, became the first student at Model High to achieve the status of “Master” of Microsoft Office 2010 Specialist last year. This year, Thompson has taken his computer skill to an elite level for a high school student. He has completed the Business and Technology Pathway on his way to becoming the only high school student in the state of Georgia to earn “Master” level Office Specialist certificates in both Office 2010 and Office 2013.


March 23, 2016 Gainesville Times

Report: Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s impact exceeds $1B for 5th straight year

Clark Leonard reports that Northeast Georgia Medical Center keeps earning high marks for economic impact. The Georgia Hospital Association’s latest report says the hospital generated more than $1 billion in economic impact for a fifth straight year in 2014. According to the GHA report, Northeast Georgia Medical Center generated $1,301,569,461 in revenue for the local and Georgia economies.


March 23, 2016 WABE

Developments May Spell New Era For Ponce De Leon Avenue

Stephannie Stokes reports that the Atlanta BeltLine has spurred new developments in the Intown neighborhoods that border it, from Inman Park to Old Fourth Ward. But little of that growth has spread farther north to Ponce De Leon Avenue — until now, that is. Rosser International Architect and Curbed Atlanta editor Michael Kahn says the street, somewhat neglected in recent decades, is now beginning to show signs of change.


March 23, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Komen money will help local cancer research

Staff reports that the Komen money will help local cancer researchSusan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate announced at its annual awards luncheon Tuesday that it is awarding $357,017 for direct community services that will fund breast cancer screening, education, diagnostic services and patient navigation. Including Tuesday’s contribution, the affiliate will have awarded more than $2 million in local grants.


March 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Blue Bird adds 200 jobs in Georgia

Staff reports that school bus-maker Blue Bird Corp. (NASDAQ: BLBD) will add 200 jobs through a new second shift at its body-assembly plant in Fort Valley, Ga. The Fort Valley-based company said it has ramped up production at the 1 million-square-foot plant by more than 50 percent in recent years to satisfy customer demand.


March 23, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

Ethics Probe is "witch hunt," Paul Broun says

Jim Thompson reports that responding to reports on the possibility that an ehtics probe into his possible misuse of public funds could be relaunched if he is re-elected to Congress, Paul Broun on Tuesday called the investigation "a political witch hunt, which never went anywhere and never will."


March 23, 2016 GPB

With Session's End In Sight, House Speaker Ralston Weighs In On Unresolved Issues

Bradley George reports that State House speaker David Ralston says there will be no changes to a bill allowing licensed gun owners to carry their weapons at public colleges. Gov. Nathan Deal had concerns about guns showing up at faculty meetings and on-campus daycares. But Ralston says the General Assembly dealt with those issues when the bill was in committee.


March 23, 2016 New York Times

Business to Play Key Role as Georgia Weighs Bill on Religion and Gay Rights

Alan Blinder reports that Georgia General Assembly’s approval of a proposal to strengthen legal protections for opponents of same-sex marriage has set in motion a high-stakes showdown that has drawn some of the nation’s most influential companies into a battle between gay rights activists and religious conservatives. The bill, which lawmakers approved on Wednesday, now faces the scrutiny of Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican. But it is clear that companies and sports organizations, including Apple, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and the National Football League, will have a significant effect on public debate and the governor’s decision to sign or veto the measure.


March 23, 2016 Gainesville Times

Families willing to break law to get medical marijuana

Joshua Silavent reports that civil disobedience is as American as baseball, but the writer Henry David Thoreau could never have imagined what issues would inspire such symbolic acts come the 21st century. For example, Georgia parents who treat their children with cannabis oil to manage seizures, including several in Hall County and Northeast Georgia, are publicly stating that they are willing to break the law, if necessary, to acquire cannabis oil.


March 23, 2016 11 Alive

Group threatens to cancel convention over Georgia's Religious Freedom Bill

Doug Richards and Jon Shirek report that Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says it just found out that a May convention scheduled to take place in Atlanta will be moved to another state if Governor Nathan Deal has not vetoed a religious freedom bill by Friday. The announcement came during an ACVB executive committee meeting Tuesday morning, according to Heather Kirksey, a spokeswoman for the ACVB.


March 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A last-minute call in Georgia to hold the line on Supreme Court nominee

Greg Bluestein reports that Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Johnny Isakson have both made clear they won’t support a vote this year to confirm President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. But Georgia House lawmakers held a hastily-called meeting Tuesday to reinforce the point. The House Judiciary Committee backed House Resolution 1612, which encourages the two Republicans to block Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.



March 22, 2016 Saporta Report

Savannah port continues to mark record growth in container volume

David Pendered reports that the Port of Savannah continues a trend of record-breaking growth in handling containerized trade, the Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday. Growth in February rose by 8 percent, compared to the number of containers handled in February 2015, according to Curtis Foltz, the outgoing executive director of GPA.


March 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

In Good Shape

Stan Awtrey, Rich Eldredge and Tom Oder report that improving the lives of their citizens is a task most counties take seriously, but it can be hard to know where to begin. In an effort to highlight those counties that are taking the initiative and coming up with creative ways to address local concerns, the ACCG, a nonprofit serving Georgia’s county governments, in partnership with Georgia Trend, decided to focus this year’s Georgia Counties of Excellence awards program on projects that are improving the health of their communities.


March 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cinnabon: 100 new bakeries and 177 new franchise deals in 2015

Carla Caldwell reports that Cinnabon Inc. had $143 million in U.S. system-wide sales in 2015, the Atlanta-based company announced Monday. The company opened 100 new bakeries and sold 177 new franchise deals, the company added. At the end of the year, Cinnabon had 756 bakeries in 46 states.


March 22, 2016 GPB

Millennials Lead Socially-Responsible Business Movement

Celeste Headley and Linda Chen report that the 2014 Ebola epidemic, the deadliest outbreak on record, killed more than 13,000 people. The World Health Organization has declared the epidemic over, but new cases are still being diagnosed. Georgia Tech alum Archel Bernard opened a clothing factory  in post-Ebola Liberia with two goals in mind: 1) Give hope and a source of income for Ebola survivors and 2) create a profitable business.


March 22, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA researchers find potential treatment for prostate cancer

James Hataway reports that researchers at the University of Georgia have created a new therapeutic for prostate cancer that has shown great efficacy in mouse models of the disease. They published their findings recently in the journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine. The treatment is designed to inhibit the activity of a protein called PAK-1, which contributes to the development of highly invasive prostate cancer cells.


March 22, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech and Emory Open Shared Library

Lance Wallace reports that Georgia Tech and Emory University are sharing books after the dedication of a new building on March 17. The joint Library Service Center (LSC) is a collaborative project that houses a shared collection of materials, provides delivery services and frees space on campuses for both institutions.


March 22, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Chemical company to create 100 jobs

Staff reports that a Cartersville, Ga.-based chemical company said Mon­day that it plans to create 100 jobs during the next five years by turning Augusta’s former International Flavors & Frag­rances plant into a manufacturer of specialty polymers and surfactants. ICT Industries said it has acquired the former IFF plant in south Augusta and will retrofit it to produce chemicals used to clean, protect and water-proof various types of surfaces.


March 22, 2016 Brunswick News

Conservation rangers protect state's wildlife

Donna Stillenger reports that game wardens — known today as conservation rangers — are the oldest state law enforcement unit in Georgia. In 1911, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation creating game wardens. While the name may have changed over the years, their mission is still the same: enforcing hunting, fishing, boating and environmental laws.


March 22, 2016 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service 

More air-quality alerts expected for Glynn

Walter C. Jones reports that residents of Augusta, Savannah, Athens, Brunswick and Atlanta should expect to hear more smog alerts as the weather warms up — not because the air is dirtier but because the threshold for alerts dropped, state environmental officials warned Monday. April brings the start of smog-alert season since warm sunlight is one of the factors needed for the chemical reaction causing ground-level ozone. The increased number of alerts is because federal air-quality rules just got stricter.


March 22, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

Workforce continues steady slide in Floyd; local officials collaborating on new programs

Doug Walker reports that since the economy started to go sour in 2008, the number of people in the workforce of Rome and Floyd County has been dropping steadily. Bruce Jones, a professor of economics at Georgia Highlands College, believes that’s a trend that will continue into the short-term future. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, there were 50,344 potential workers in Floyd County during the month of March 2008, and the unemployment rate was at a low 5.4 percent.


March 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Westin Peachtree Plaza celebrates 40 years

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, close your eyes and picture downtown Atlanta’s skyline. If you’re like most folks, an iconic round, glass hotel will rise into your imagination like a beacon to announce you’ve arrived in the big city. The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel, with its revolving Sun Dial Restaurant and Bar 72 stories up, has been the symbol of downtown since it opened on Feb. 27, 1976.


March 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson: Georgia should leave ‘religious liberty’ up to feds

Greg Bluestein reports that Sen. Johnny Isakson didn’t outright call on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the controversial “religious liberty” legislation waiting on his desk. But the two-term Georgia Republican left little to the imagination in remarks Monday criticizing the measure. “I’ve said at the beginning of the session that I think it’s a national issue. It ought to be a seamless policy. Any time you have state-by-state policies, you run the risk of having conflicts,” he said of House Bill 757



March 21, 2016 Wall Street Journal

How One City Is Tapping the Wisdom of Retirees

Julie Halpert reports that Wayne Stradley retired in 2006 after a 38-year career as an airline pilot, he was eager to give back to his community. But the 69-year-old Gainesville, Ga., resident had no idea how to translate his 20,000 miles of flying into a meaningful project. A friend suggested he join Wisdom Keepers, a Gainesville leadership program whose purpose is to educate retirees about needs and problems in the community and then to show the retirees how they might harness the wealth of their experience to help. After a presentation from the chairman of the county board of commissioners, Mr. Stradley started thinking about the potential economic value of the local airport.


March 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Gwinnett County’s Movers & Makers

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that businesses that manufacture and distribute products are essential components to Georgia’s economy. In recognition of the impact such companies have on the state, Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with Gwinnett Technical College, present the Movers & Makers Awards each year. This year’s awards were presented yesterday at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth.


March 21, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Georgia unemployment rate unchanged at 5.4 percent in February

Tony Adams reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate remained the same from January to February at 5.4 percent, even with job gains and fewer first-time claims for jobless benefits. The February rate compares to 6.2 percent a year ago, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.


March 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power eyes rural site for possible nuke plant

Dan Chapman reports that Georgia Power has chosen a site south of Columbus where it may build a new nuclear plant sometime after 2030, according to documents filed with state regulators. The company said it has not decided yet to build more nuclear plants in Georgia, but confirmed it has begun preliminary studies on 7,000 acres that it owns next to the Chattahoochee River in Stewart County.


March 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Equifax: Auto loan originations hit eight-year high

Staff reports that auto loan originations are at their highest levels since 2008, according to the February 2016 Equifax Inc. National Consumer Credit Trends Report. More than 26.8 million auto loans totaling $554.8 billion were originated between January and November 2015, Atlanta-based Equifax (NYSE: EFX) reported. That marks is a 9.4 percent increase in accounts and a 12.4 percent rise in balances over the same time period in 2014.


March 21, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus tourism heating up

Tony Adams reports that it looks to be a spring and summer filled with sports events, military and family reunions, and meetings by various groups and organizations. Those all will be contributing to the tourism base anchored by Columbus attractions that include the National Infantry Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum and the whitewater and zip-line adventure courses on the Chattahoochee River.


March 21, 2016 Gainesville Times

Lake Lanier Association reflects on a year of success

Kelly Whitmire reports that there was a relaxed feel on Saturday evening at the Port Royale Marina as members of the Lake Lanier Association held their annual meeting, but it was the result of a year of hard work. Recently, 9th District U.S. Rep. Doug Collins has opposed an irrigation ban by the Army Corps of Engineers, and announced at the meeting that he had taken some measures that even the Corps might not be aware of.


March 21, 2016 Saporta Report

Metro Atlanta forecast to be a target for real estate investors

David Pendered reports that one thing that makes the market forecasts by CBRE so interesting is that they showcase the appetites of investors in real estate, which is the heart and soul of metro Atlanta’s economy. Investors see a lot of potential in metro Atlanta in 2016. Metro Atlanta’s real estate market has jumped to the No. 6 spot among investors in the Americas. While the jump by itself is significant, it’s worth noting that investors intend to increase their acquisitions across the continents in 2016 compared to 2015, according to the just-released “CBRE Americas Investor Intentions Survey 2016.”


March 21, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

State honors 41 veterans for serving during Vietnam War

Ben Wright reports that on the day 41 members of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 were recognized for service during the Vietnam War, retired Sgt. Maj. Robert Spencer thought about the shrapnel he took in his leg during a firefight in May 1966. The ceremony at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus was the second in the Columbus area over the last week. The program is part of the state’s effort to recognize 234,000 Georgia veterans who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War.


March 21, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Randall era in Georgia House ending

Maggie Lee reports that when Nikki Randall was sworn into the Legislature in 1999, it was a different place. Women make up about a quarter of representatives now. Back then, female legislators were even less numerous. The 1956 state flag, the one dominated by Confederate stars and bars, fluttered outside. Her Democratic Party was solidly in power.


March 21, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal 

Cobb lawmaker's bill on testing, teachers evalutations, passes House

Jon Gargis reports that State Sen. Lindsey Tippins’ bill that would reduce the number of tests students take could soon land on Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk for his consideration. Senate Bill 364 calls for a reduction in the number of state-required end-of-year tests, and lowers the weight the results of those tests have on teacher and school administrator evaluations.


March 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Where Georgia is ahead of the curve: The privatization of political rallies

Jim Galloway reports that in August 2014, citizen-journalist Nydia Tisdale was at a pumpkin-farm gathering of the Republican general election ticket in north Georgia, a public event on private property. Gov. Nathan Deal was in the audience. Tisdale was close by, her video camera pointed at the stage and state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, a man with a reputation for impolitic statements that play well on YouTube. Organizers panicked.



March 18, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Fire HUD takes first place at Ga. Tech Inventure Prize

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that Northgate High School graduates and Georgia Tech students Zack Braun and Tyler Sisk took first place in the Georgia Tech Inventure Prize competition Wednesday night. Braun, a computer engineering student, and Sisk, who studies electrical engineering, invented the Fire HUD – a wearable heads up display device for firefighters. The device tracks vital signs as well as external and internal temperatures, and sends that information to fire department incident command.


March 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: 5 Positives for Columbus

Jeffrey Humphries reports that while the immediate forecast for Columbus in 2016 is not good, there are some positive developments on the horizon. Nonagricultural employment as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (not including military personnel) will decline by about 1 percent in 2016, or by 1,000 jobs. The military plus non-military losses will be more than 3,000 jobs due to a nationwide drawdown in the U.S. Army.


March 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lidl looking at Sandy Springs for first Atlanta stores

Amy Wenk reports that German discount grocer Lidl is eyeing Sandy Springs for some of its first Georgia stores. Dallas, Texas-based Stream Realty Partners is in advanced talks with Lidl for two stores that could come to aging shopping centers along Roswell Road it acquired last year: North River Shopping Center and the former Marshall’s Plaza, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans.


March 18, 2016 Saporta Report

Architectural team selected for Georgia Tech’s ‘Living Building Challenge’

Maria Saporta reports that  the architectural team of Lord Aeck Sargent and the Miller Hull Partnership has been selected by Georgia Tech to design the Living Building Challenge 3.0 project – expected to be the most sustainable building in the Southeast. The final team was selected from three teams that had participated in an “ideas” competition to explore all the possibilities and challenges of designing what is now a “net positive” building, set to be constructed on the Georgia Tech campus beginning in 2017.


March 18, 2016 WABE

Atlanta Earned Income Tax Credit Recipients Shift South

Mary Claire Kelly reports that many Atlantans receive a vital boost to their yearly budget through their tax return, in the form of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 1.1 million Georgians received the federal Earned Income Tax Credit in 2015, at an average of $2,692 per person. That ranks Georgia as the fifth state in the nation for most recipients of the EITC. Georgia does not have a State Earned Income Tax Credit program.


March 18, 2016 WSB Radio, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Blank announces he is ‘cancer free’

D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who had surgery four weeks ago, announced that he is now cancer free on Thursday. While speaking at the Georgia Technology Summit at Cobb Galleria in front of 1,500 people, Blank announced he was now considered cancer free. Blank has been working through the post operative issues such a procedure provides. He will go through regular check ups to make sure it does not reoccur.


March 18, 2016 University of Georgia

Twelve students honored as Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars

Tracy Coley reports that twelve University of Georgia freshmen were honored as Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year at a dinner held on March 16 at the UGA Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction, welcomed scholars and guests to the event and introduced the speakers. Scott Williamson of The Coca-Cola Company was on hand to present the scholarship certificates with President Jere W. Morehead and Shrivastav.


March 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bernie Marcus to give $75 million for Piedmont expansion

Ellie Hensley reports that Atlanta philanthropist Bernie Marcus will give $75 million to help Piedmont Healthcare launch a long-term expansion of its cardiac services. According to Piedmont, the gift from The Marcus Foundation is the second- largest ever made to a community hospital in the United States. It could be Marcus’ second-largest gift ever outside the $250 million-plus he gave to build the Georgia Aquarium.


March 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Casey Cagle’s case for how the establishment can ride the Trumpian wave

Greg Bluestein reports, if Donald Trump’s surge taught politicians anything, it’s that the words “establishment” and “politician” are like oil and water in 2016. And few are as entrenched as Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the three-term lieutenant governor with an eye on the governor’s race. So it was intriguing to hear him tell a panel Thursday evening how the anti-establishment anger that Trump harnessed can also be put to use by an establishment figure. This year is shaping up not to be an anti-incumbent wave like 2010, he said, but an anti-Washington wave.



March 17, 2016 Georgia CEO

UPS Invests $100M in Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Vehicles and Related Infrastructure

Staff reports that UPS announced plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. The CNG fueling stations and vehicle purchases totaling $100 million are part of UPS’s ongoing commitment to diversify its fuel sources and reduce its environmental impact.


March 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia – Goat Farm

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Atlanta’s Goat Farm Arts Center is a creative-industrial complex housed in a 19th-century factory in West Midtown Atlanta. The Goat Farm, which has resident goats, as well as chickens and llamas, includes more than 250,000 square feet of space and 470 people who live and work at studios at the Goat Farm.


March 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pressure on. Will ICE place counterbid for London Stock Exchange?

Carla Caldwell reports, London Stock Exchange Group PLC and Deutsche Börse AG on Wednesday agreed to an all-share merger, but Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (NYSE: ICE) could still place a counterbid. The merger between LSE and Deutsche Börse would create Europe’s biggest securities-markets operator worth more than $30 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.


March 17, 2016

Atlanta Jump Starts St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations on the Centennial of the 1916 Easter Rising

Phil Bolton reports that Atlanta got a head start on St. Patrick’s Day with a parade on Saturday, March 12, that drew thousands to Peachtree Street, even if this year it had to forego a visit by Ireland’s former prime minister, Enda Kenny, who served as the grand marshall of the parade last year.


March 17, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA ranked fourth among graduate schools of public affairs

Caroline Paczkowski reports that the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs ranks fourth among graduate schools of public affairs, according to the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings. SPIA also has three highly ranked specialty programs: in public finance and budgeting, UGA is ranked second, moving up from fifth place in the 2012 rankings; the public management administration program is ranked second; and the public policy analysis program is ranked 18th.


March 17, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State Biologist Receives $1.9 Million Grant from NIH to Fight Cardiovascular Disease

Brian Mullen reports that Ming-Hui Zou has received a four-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fight cardiovascular disease. As a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and the founding director of the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine at Georgia State University, Zou studies the roles of oxidant signaling and oxidative damage in cardiovascular systems.


March 17, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech's Graduate Programs Nationally Ranked

Lance Wallace reports that Georgia Tech's College of Engineering ranks seventh nationally in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings of graduate programs. All 11 of the programs within the college are ranked in the top 10. That includes Industrial Engineering (the nation's number one ranked program) and Aerospace and Biomedical and Bioengineering (both are ranked second).


March 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

The 50 'safest' cities in Georgia

Carla Caldwell reports that the safest city in Georgia is Peachtree City, according to a new report by The website ranks 50 Georgia cities in a new report based on violent crime rates and property crime information.


March 17, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

UGA faculty groups ask Deal to say no to guns on campus

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia’s two largest elected faculty groups say they want Gov. Nathan Deal to veto a bill allowing guns on UGA and other Georgia college campuses. And if he doesn’t, he should at least allow colleges to opt out, according to a resolution approved by one of those groups, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Senate.


March 17, 2016 New York Times

Georgia Measure Would Shield Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage

Alan Blinder reports that the Georgia General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to strengthen legal protections for opponents of same-sex marriage, delivering a sudden victory for religious conservatives. The legislature’s votes defied the wishes of many of Georgia’s most influential companies, as well as gay rights groups that said the bill would allow for lawful discrimination. Critics warned that the bill could provoke a backlash similar to what Indiana faced last year after officials there backed a measure that was also promoted as safeguarding religious liberty.


March 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A new push for medical marijuana in Georgia faces same old opposition

Greg Bluestein reports that State Rep. Allen Peake hopes to revive his effort to expand Georgia’s medical marijuana program after it stalled in a Senate committee by tacking it onto an unrelated bill this week – and promising to roll out a new push next year if it fails. Expect him to face the same buzz saw of opposition from Gov. Nathan Deal, once his staunch ally. Deal has emerged as one of the sharpest critics of Peake’s proposal, which seeks to expand the list of medical conditions eligible for medical marijuana and eventually would allow Georgia manufacturers to grow the plant.



March 16, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Georgia off the table for off-shore drilling

Mary Landers reports that, responding to "market dynamics, strong local opposition and conflicts with competing commercial and military ocean uses," federal officials on Tuesday removed the mid- and southeast Atlantic coast from its offshore drilling plans. For environmental groups in Georgia, the announcement was a  sweet victory.


March 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Thomasville | Thomas County: Boosting Entrepreneurial Spirit

K. K. Snyder reports that anyone who has visited Thomasville leaves knowing that there’s something different going on there. It’s taken more than three decades of hard work and tough decision-making to bring the county, and namely Thomasville, to where it is today – the shining example of how small-town downtowns can not only survive but thrive.


March 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta goes on attack in airline battle over Cuba

David Allison reports that in  a March 14 filing with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Delta tries to shoot down rival airlines' proposals for Cuba routes by offering the DOT a "rebuttal of other carrier service proposals."


March 16, 2016

Delta Plans New Beijing Route, Codeshare Service to India

Trevor Williams reports that less than a week after Atlanta airport officials said they would vie for new air service to India and China, Delta Air Lines Inc. has announced plans for better access to both countries through other hubs. The airline, which operates the largest single hub in the world in Atlanta, said Monday it would begin service from Los Angeles to Beijing in December ahead of next Chinese New Year, supplementing its existing service to Shanghai from the California city launched last year.


March 16, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett tourism officials seeking developer for Infinite Energy Center campus overhaul

Curt Yeomans reports that the Gwinnett County Convention and Visitors Bureau is taking a step toward making its vision for developing a thriving entertainment district on the Infinite Energy Center campus into a reality.


March 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Tyrese partners with Coca-Cola for 2016 Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program

Phil W. Hudson reports that the e Coca-Cola Co. teamed up with six-time Grammy-nominated singer, author, philanthropist and film star, Tyrese Gibson to promote the 2016 Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program. The Atlanta-based company (NYSE: KO) reported thought its Pay It Forward program, now in its fifth year, up to 25 students will earn a $5,000 scholarship to assist with his/her pursuit of higher education and a three-day trip to the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy in Atlanta.


March 16, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Health rankings drop Augusta area counties

Tom Corwin reports that the 2016 County Health Rankings released today found Richmond County and most counties in the area faring poorly compared to others in Georgia and their overall rankings from the previous year dropping.


March 16, 2016 Emory University

Emory's nursing, business, medical schools among nation's best

Elaine Justice reports that Emory's nursing, business and medical schools are among several of the University's graduate schools and programs that are ranked among the best in the nation, according to analysis and surveys released today in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 edition of “America's Best Graduate Schools” guide. Emory's schools of business, law, medicine, nursing and public health were the top-ranked schools in Georgia in their respective categories, and several other Emory schools and programs were newly ranked this year.


March 16, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Peake uses Hail Mary maneuver for Georgia medical cannabis

Maggie Lee reports that the Macon sponsor of a bill to broaden access to Georgia's medical cannabis registry is trying a last-minute legislative maneuver to move his bill around a state Senate roadblock. On Tuesday, a state House committee approved Republican state Rep. Allen Peake's move to use Senate Bill 145 to carry his idea to let Georgians who have a handful of new diagnoses, including autism, possess liquid medical cannabis.


March 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Senate backs moratorium on petroleum pipelines in Georgia

Kristina Torres reports that a temporary moratorium on petroleum pipelines in Georgia received approval Tuesday from the state Senate, despite efforts by business leaders to water it down. House Bill 1036, which has been favored by environmentalists, would place a temporary moratorium on pipeline companies’ ability to use eminent domain — an involuntary seizure — for surveying and acquiring private land. During the moratorium, the state’s existing Pipeline Act, passed in 1995, would be studied for potential changes.


March 16, 2016 Georgia Health News

Bill creating tax credits for rural care donations suffers surprise defeat

Andy Miller reports a Senate health committee Monday unexpectedly rejected a bill that would allow an individual or corporation to get a state tax credit for donating money to a rural health care organization. The sponsor, Rep. Geoff Duncan, a Cumming Republican, told the Senate Health and Human Services Committee before its vote that rural health care in Georgia is “at crisis level.’’ He said the proposal would potentially help 39 rural hospitals that fit the criteria listed in House Bill 919.


March 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Tip Sheet: A fireworks bill turned into a last-minute chance for MARTA rail expansion

Jim Galloway reports that it's Day 38 of the 40-day legislative session. There’s plenty of huddling going in the chambers and hallways. Last-ditch efforts are being made, and the tradition of “Christmas tree” bills is back. (Remember the name comes from the fact that other bills can hang on them.) Both the House and Senate convene at 10 a.m. The Senate has on the calendar a boat-load of bills, including HB 238. That bill has become a vehicle for Senate Finance Committee chair Judson Hill’s big income tax plan.



March 15, 2016 Savannah Morning News

State-sponsored health summit in Savannah focuses on veterans

Dash Coleman reports that Rhonda Jordal has seen firsthand how tough life can be for members of the military making the transition from war to life back home. “My son came back with many, many different injuries, including traumatic brain injury and other issues,” the Iowa woman said Monday morning in Savannah, where she was a keynote speaker for the 2016 Unspoken Wounds Conference. “The other moms and I saw all these gaps and cracks in the system. They weren’t getting taken care of.”


March 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

ACCG Georgia Counties of Excellence

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that every year the ACCG, a nonprofit serving county governments in Georgia, in partnership with Georgia Trend, presents the Georgia Counties of Excellence awards. This year, the focus is on programs that are helping improve the health – the physical health, not the fiscal health – of citizens within each county. Five Georgia counties – Spalding, Crisp, Troup, Clayton and Columbus-Muskogee – were recognized for programs ranging from those that provide services to seniors and accountability courts that offer alternatives to people with substance abuse issues to a unit that provides in-home emergency treatment.


March 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Distribution giant Wesco completes acquisition of Atlanta company

Carla Caldwell reports that Wesco International Inc. (NYSE: WCC) has completed its acquisition of Atlanta Electrical Distributors. Acquisition of the Atlanta-based company is expected to be accretive to earnings by approximately $0.03 per diluted share in the first year of operation, Wesco said in a prepared statement. The Pittsburgh distribution giant announced in early March the company is expanding in the Southeast with the purchase of Atlanta Electrical Distributors, Atlanta Business Chronicle reported at the time.


March 15, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Solar proposal at Augusta government sites going for approval

Susan McCord reports that the city of Augusta might soon get in the solar energy business, if agreements to place solar panels at four city sites pass Tuesday. At three locations, the city would pay a $25,000 application fee to join the Geor­­gia Power Advanced So­­­­lar Initiative and lease the land to private companies, which would sell the solar energy back to Georgia Pow­er.


March 15, 2016 Saporta Report

Countdown to start for public comment on GRTA’s first major overhaul of bus service

David Pendered reports that starting next week, the public will have its final chance to comment on GRTA’s first major overhaul since its bus service started in 2004. GRTA plans to implement new fares and bus routes that affect all service corridors on Sept. 6. “These changes are to make service more effective, to respond to things that our existing customers have been asking for,” GRTA spokesman Matt Markum said Monday. “They also will set us up, for the long term, to be more responsive to the needs of commuters across metro Atlanta.”


March 15, 2016 WABE

Duluth Launches Hispanic Police Academy To Build Trust

Tasnim Shamma reports that Duluth police officers say some Hispanic residents are not reporting crimes, because the residents say they're afraid of police. To reduce some of their residents' fear of law enforcement, the city’s police department launched its first Hispanic Citizens Police Academy, taught entirely in Spanish. Duluth Mayor Don Woodruff said the city’s police department has heard of crimes after the fact and he wants more victims to come forward.


March 15, 2016 GPB

The Return Of Purple Ribbon Sugarcane

Celeste Headley and Linda Chen report that urple ribbon sugar cane tastes a little different from its tropical relative. For a while, it thrived on Sapelo Island off the coast of Georgia. Then, disease nearly wiped it out in North America altogether. Now a team of farmers, geneticists, and historians have come together to bring back the Purple Ribbon Sugar Cane. And, in doing so, help save Gullah Geechee culture.


March 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T to hire more than 340 in Georgia

St. Patrick’s Day may not be until Thursday, but some Georgians looking for jobs are already getting lucky. Dallas-based AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) reported it is hiring for more than 340 jobs across Georgia. The positions are for retail associates and for technical positions.


March 15, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Georgia medical cannabis bill wilting

Maggie Lee reports that a small group of parents stood outside the door of the state Senate chamber Monday morning, buttonholing legislators and staff, asking about a bill that would open Georgia's medical cannabis registry to more people, including some of their children. The message they got is that no committee hearing will be scheduled on it by the time the legislative session ends March 24.


March 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Tip Sheet: Does the Legislature dare readdress ‘campus carry’?

Jim Galloway reports, we’re at Day 37 of the 40-day General Assembly. The end is in sight. The House and Senate convene at 10 a.m., and a dozen-plus bills are up in each chamber. The Senate is slated to take up HB 54, allowing taxpayers to do a check-off on their state taxes to help with the college expenses of law enforcement and other emergency personnel killed in the line of duty, and HB 588, trying to limit access to pseudoephedrine, a common component in allergy and cold medicine that also is used to make methamphetamine.



March 14, 2016 Gainesville Times

Florida stewing over missing Georgia emails in water wars case

Jeff Gill reports that although moving toward a possible settlement, Florida is taking Georgia to task for missing emails it considers relevant as part of the two states' ongoing water wars. "The failure to preserve these emails may have legal implications as this continutes," Florida states in a March 4 filing in the U.S. Supreme Court case.


March 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Lights on at Jimmy Carter Bridge

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Gwinnett DOT turned the lights on at the new bridge over I-85 at Jimmy Carter Boulevard northeast of Atlanta last month. It was the metaphorical lighting of the candles on the cake of a bridge that’s seen a number of upgrades – it’s now a diverging diamond interchange so that traffic moves through the congested area better, and it has a pedestrian walkway to keep those traveling on foot safer. The new interchange and its lighting are thanks to the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District. “There are countless examples of infrastructure that stand as iconic images,” said Chuck Warbington, executive director of the Gwinnett Village CID, in a press release.


March 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Qatar Airways CEO taunts Delta Air Lines

Phil W. Hudson reports that Qatar Airways Chief Exec Ali Al Baker said a planned Doha-Atlanta route will “rub salt in the wounds” of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL). In May 2015, Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Qatar Airways will begin daily nonstop service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from Doha, Qatar starting July 1, 2016, as past of its U.S. service expansion.


March 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CDC: Pistachios linked to salmonella cases in Georgia, 8 more states

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people not eat, and retailers not sell, recalled pistachios produced by Wonderful Pistachios. On March 9, 2016, Wonderful Pistachios of Lost Hills, Calif. voluntarily recalled a limited number of flavors and sizes of in-shell and shelled pistachios because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.


March 14, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Palmetto Pipeline plans stuck in limbo

Mary Landers reports that Georgia law doesn't anticipate this situation. Texas-based Kinder Morgan has vowed to build its Palmetto Pipeline 210 miles through Georgia even though the state has denied it the power to condemn property in its path. Now, the company’s tenacity raises the question of how it will now navigate Georgia’s environmental regulations.


March 14, 2016 GPB

Fight Against Opioid Drug Abuse Gets Boost

Trevor Young reports that Department of Health and Human Services awarded Georgia $731,250 Friday to help treat the growth of prescription opioid abuse. The federal funding will help support two health centers in Georgia which are working to improve substance abuse services. Their focus is on opioid use disorders in underserved populations.


March 14, 2016

Airport Aims to Bring Back Nonstop Flights to India, China and Israel

Trevor Williams reports that efforts to woo Indian and Chinese investors will only go so far without nonstop flights to those countries, the Atlanta airport’s general manager said as he pledged to do “everything in our power” to bring back direct connections to the world’s two most populous nations. Miguel Southwell also singled out Israel as a focus of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s air service development program, into which the airport is pouring new energy and resources as it aims to drive the city’s economy forward, he told about 900 attendees at the inaugural State of the Airport luncheon March 11.


March 14, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA to train undergraduate researchers on obesity interventions

Cal Powell reports that the University of Georgia has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to train undergraduate researchers to design childhood obesity interventions while working as counselors at 4-H camps.


March 14, 2016 Saporta Report

Coca-Cola Co. among 60 corporations backing federal ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation

David Pendered reports that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. is among 60 major corporations that have the launched the Business Coalition for Equity Act, which is to promote passage of civil rights legislation that seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, according to the Human Rights Campaign.


March 14, 2016 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Democrats finally have a candidate with money to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Johhnny Isakson

Walter C. Jones reports that Georgia Democrats' dream of a candidate capable of bankrolling a challenge to Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson materialized Thursday when an Atlanta money manager filed the paperwork to become a contender. National and state Republicans began snipping at him immediately, offering a clue as to how seriously they take his challenge to the 71-year-old incumbent. Macon native Jim Barksdale became the fourth Democrat in the race that also includes another Republican and a Libertarian candidate.


March 14, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA professor Charles Bullock gives insights on presidential primaries

Hilary Butschek reports that Tuesday brings another batch of primaries in perhaps some of the most important states, said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock. Voters in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio will choose their candidates tomorrow. Some of those states are deal breakers for candidates, Bullock said at a speech he gave at the Unitarian Universal Fellowship of Athens on Sunday.


March 14, 2016 WABE

Ga. House Passes Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Center Funding

Michell Eloy reports that on Friday, the Georgia House approved a bill that would give millions of state dollars to pregnancy centers that discourage women from having an abortion. The bill, which establishes a grant program that could give up to $2 million in state funding to what advocates term “positive alternative” pregnancy resource centers, passed 105-52 after a nearly hour-long heated debate.


March 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

An unending appetite: The Capitol quest for another bite at the apple

Jim Galloway reports that appetite is an important factor at the state Capitol.This is because change comes in increments. Lawmakers and the people behind them usually require several passes at a topic before they’re satisfied with the results. “Bites at the apple” is the phrase that’s usually applied. Some issues get more passes than others. This is where appetite comes in.



March 11, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Swiss nuclear waste arrives at Savannah River Site

Travis Highfield reports that the National Nuclear Security Administration this month announced that Switzerland is now free of all separated plutonium, partly because of a shipment of about 20 kilograms that arrived at Savannah River Site in February.


March 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: March 2016

Susan Percy reports that State Sen. Mike Crane (R-Newnan) has announced he will be a candidate for the Third Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland at the end of his current term. Westmoreland, who flirted with the idea of running for House speaker last year, has said he is weighing his options for the future; some believe that could include a run for governor.


March 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta airport aims to drop Uber pickup ban

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Atlanta airport wants to start allowing pick-ups by Uber and Lyft starting July 1, ending a loosely enforced ban that had confused travelers and turned some ride-share drivers into blockade-runners.


March 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Hartsfield-Jackson unveils $6 billion, 20-year master plan

Amy Wenk reports that Atlanta officials on Thursday unveiled a $6 billion, 20-year capital plan called ATLNext for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The announcement came during the inaugural State of the Airport luncheon, which nearly 900 people attended at the Georgia World Congress Center.


March 11, 2016

Kennesaw State Prof to Study Radioactive Resistance of Fukushima Top Soil

Phil Bolton reports that five years after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami caused widespread destruction in Japan, the effects of the March 11 meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remain a cause of serious concern for the local inhabitants. Following the disaster, the Japanese government evacuated more than 100,000 people in an 18 mile zone surrounding the plant.


March 11, 2016 Albany Herald

College and Career Academy gets $3 million in seed money

Staff reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagel presented a $3 million check to a delegation of Dougherty County Educators and area lawmakers at the state capitol Wednesday as seed money for the new Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (CCA). The money will be used to renovate Southside Middle School, which will be the site of the new academy.


March 11, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

Southeastern Credit Union donates $15,000 to combat cancer

Jennfier Dandron reports that three local agencies received a combined $15,000 donation to combat cancer. Southeastern Credit Union donated $5,000 to American Cancer Society, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia and Partnership Cancer Fund.“We take a lot of pride at Southeastern Credit Union to participate materially in our community,” said President and CEO Michael Gudely said.


March 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Economist: Atlanta among least expensive cities to live

Carla Caldwell reports that a new report by The Economist that ranks the world’s most expensive cities in the world finds that Atlanta is among the least expensive. The Worldwide Cost of Living survey is conducted twice each year by the publication's “Economist Intelligence Unit." The survey compares more than 400 prices on 160 products and services that include: food, clothing, household supplies, personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational cost.


March 11, 2016 WABE

Ga. Senate Approves 2017 Budget Plan, Sends It Back To House

Michell Eloy reports that the Georgia Senate overwhelmingly approved a budget plan Thursday that calls for nearly $24 billion in spending, a record for the state. The version approved by the Senate 53-2 has the same major items proposed in the governor’s budget for fiscal year 2017, which starts July 1, and the budget approved in the House.


March 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Party-backed Georgia Democrat qualifies for U.S. Senate seat

Greg Bluestein reports that one well-known Democrat after another passed on the chance to challenge Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson in November. But in Jim Barksdale, a well-heeled businessman who qualified Thursday to run for the seat, state party officials believe they’ve finally found their man.



March 10, 2016 WABE

Report: Atlanta Underwater Mortgage Rate Falls, Still High

Michell Eloy reports that Atlanta continues to see strong recovery from the housing market collapse, but the percentage of homeowners underwater on their mortgages in the metro area still remains high, according to a new report from Zillow. At the end of 2014, 26.1 percent of Atlanta homeowners owed more on their mortgages than their home's worth, according to the report. One year later, that number dropped to 17.6 percent.


March 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual - When Teachers Drop Out

Susan Percy reports Georgia’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, Ernie Lee, is an engaging, upbeat guy – just the kind of educator whose classroom you’d like your children to spend time in every day. He’s a social studies teacher at Windsor Forest High in the Savannah-Chatham district, and his top teacher designation gives him a ready platform from which to speak on behalf of all public school teachers.


March 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Six things to know about the rising jobless rate in metro Atlanta

Michael Kanell reports that as 2016 began, Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose, climbing from 4.8 percent in December to 5.2 percent in January, the state labor department said Thursday. This takes the Atlanta rate back above the national rate, where it has been nearly every month since the recession started in late 2007. The U.S. unemployment rate is 4.9 percent.  The region also lost 36,200 jobs during the month. But that’s not as bad as it sounds.


March 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Big UPS customer Amazon leases its own fleet of 767 cargo jets

Carla Caldwell reports that one of Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc.’s (NYSE: UPS) big retail customers - Inc. - will lease its own fleet of 767 cargo jets to move merchandise. There has been a lot of talk that Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) might set up its own delivery service that would compete with UPS and FedEx.


March 10, 2016

Georgia Honors 26 Exporters Entering 102 Countries

Trevor Williams reports that twenty-six select Georgia exporters collectively entered 102 new export markets in 2015, an average of about four new countries per company honored by the Georgia Department of Economic Development at its “Go Global” Reception. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal presented G.L.O.B.E. awards — Georgians Leveraging Opportunities By Exporting — to the companies, noting that international trade contributes to not only to their health but also to that of the overall state economy.


March 10, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS hires banking veteran Pamela Joseph as its first-ever female president and chief operating officer

Tony Adams reports that TSYS said Wednesday it is hiring banking industry veteran Pamela Joseph, who retired from Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp last June, as its president and chief operating officer. She also becomes a member of its board of directors immediately. When she starts May 1, Joseph, 57, will become the highest-ranking woman ever at the Columbus-based credit-card and payments processor, which does business around the world.


March 10, 2016 GPB

Georgia Pecan Farmers Vote In Marketing Effort

Bradley George reports that voters across the country are choosing candidates in the presidential election. But pecan farmers in Georgia and more than a dozen other states are voting in an election of their own. It’s part of a proposal for better marketing. You’ve heard “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” and “The Incredible Edible Egg.” Those slogans are made possible by something called a Federal Marketing Order.


March 10, 2016 Augusta CEO

Technical College System of Georgia Launches Monthly Forums for State’s Industry Leaders

Staff reports that the Technical College System of Georgia is conducting a series of forums to help students find careers in industries that have a high need for their skills. The Strategic Industries Forums will be held each month at one of the system’s 22 colleges around the state, and will connect the colleges’ workforce resources with industries in the state identified by the Governor’s High-Demand Competitiveness Initiative as having more jobs to fill than there are trained workers available to fill them.


March 10, 2016 Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State researchers develop novel cell-penetration technology

Robert S. Godlewski reports that a team of Kennesaw State University faculty and students have developed a novel cell-penetrating peptide technology that could result in new medical treatments ranging from improved cosmetic procedures to helping in the fight against cancer, according to team leader Jonathan McMurry, KSU’s associate vice president for research. McMurry said the researchers’ work, some of which has been published this month in the Journal of Cell Science, has “thousands” of potential applications.


March 10, 2016 Savannah Morning News

With Westin for sale, trade center forges ahead

Mary Carr Mayle reports that with a Request for Qualifications in the hands of more than 1,000 potential developers, the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center’s quest for more convention hotel rooms on Hutchinson Island is now underway, trade center authority chairman Mark Smith told his board Wednesday.


March 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Tunnel Hill

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, yep, it’s a tunnel through a hill, just as you’d expect from the name of this small Northwest Georgia community (population about 870), but there’s so much more to explore at the site. Stop by the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center on the site of the tunnel. Then explore the surrounding property where you can learn about the Civil War Battle of Tunnel Hill; see the Clisby Austin House, which served as a hospital and as Gen. William Sherman’s headquarters during the Battle of Dalton.


March 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta wins credit rating upgrades

Dave Williams reports that all three major credit rating agencies have upgraded the city of Atlanta’s general obligation debt to the highest in more than two decades. Standard & Poor’s has raised the city’s rating to AA+ from AA. Atlanta has been rated Aa1 by Moody’s, up from Aa2. Fitch has increased the city’s score to AA+.


March 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Barry Loudermilk, Doug Collins attract two new primary challengers

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that we’ve got another business executive going after a member of Congress. Daniel Cowan, a Kennesaw resident and multi-degreed executive of a major infrastructure corporation in Atlanta, will file his Republican candidacy today against U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, we’re told. Cowan, vice president of strategy and corporate development for Aegion, is a first time candidate but well-connected within Cobb County.



March 9, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta marks International Women’s Day with a focus on global challenges

Maria Saporta reports that International Women’s Day came to Atlanta Tuesday. The World Affairs Council of Atlanta thought it was about time for our city to mark the day, according to Charles Shapiro, its president and CEO. So the Council brought together Elizabeth Kiss, the president of Agnes Scott College; Michelle Nunn, the president and CEO of CARE; and Joyce Adolwa, CARE’s director of education programming, for a panel discussion at the City Club of Buckhead Tuesday morning.


March 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Macon/Bibb County: Something for Everyone

Randy Southerland reports that Macon-Bibb County is a place where working together with the right partners has become a sure path to success. This Middle Georgia community has come a long way from the old days when a deadlocked city government seemed unable to make decisions and the downtown was a collection of empty stores. Today Macon is the place to be with a vibrant business community and a trendy downtown. It’s also become something of a jobs engine for the region.


March 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta wants flyers to 'burn' miles, but not on flights

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that many frequent fliers delight in saving miles for free flights, but Delta Air Lines wants them to spend those miles instead of just amassing them for future vacations. Frequent flier miles amount to a "giant liability" for Delta, said Glen Hauenstein, the airline's chief revenue officer and incoming president, during an investor presentation Tuesday.


March 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lockheed Martin seeks to cut 1,000 jobs

Carla Caldwell reports that Lockheed Martin Corp.'s (NYSE: LMT) Aeronautics business wants to cut 1,000 positions through a voluntary layoff. The program is available to mid-level employee groups in Marietta, Ga.; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Palmdale, Calif; Patuxent River, Md.; Meridian, Miss.; Fort Worth, Texas, and Clarksburg, W. Va.


March 9, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike CEO ‘melancholy’ over $1.1 billion deal with AMC that will be ‘very painful’ for some employees

Tony Adams reports that in his first public comments since letting the world know that the movie-theater company he has led since 2009 is being sold in a $1.1 billion deal, Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman said Tuesday he isn’t relieved or euphoric or doesn’t even see it as a mission accomplished.


March 9, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Enmarket stores will offer higher salaries, bigger incentives for employees

Enmarket announced Tuesday the firm is adding $500,000 to its annual budget to boost starting salaries at its 60-plus convenience stores in the Savannah area and also plans to increase earnings for senior general managers to $55,000 a year with a monthly profit sharing bonus of 5 percent.


March 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power’s philanthropic efforts hit $17 million in 2015

Staff reports that Georgia Power’s philanthropic arm handed out $17 million last year in donations to the state’s communities and non-profits. Georgia Power Foundation’s funding in 2015 includes $5.8 million for Education initiatives such as the Ron Clark Academy, University System of Georgia Foundation Inc. and Berry College Inc. This includes company matched employee donations to 86 institutions of higher education.


March 9, 2016 University of Georgia

Nine receive honors during annual College of Education alumni awards event

Kathryn Kao reports that eight graduates of the University of Georgia College of Education as well as a prominent Athens community member were honored during a ceremony last weekend. The annual UGA College of Education Donor Appreciation and Alumni Awards event honors past graduates and friends who have achieved a lifetime of success or have a high level of achievement at the midpoint of their careers. The event took place Saturday at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center.


March 9, 2016 Emory University

Emory historian joins White House event to discuss Underground Railroad

Kimber Williams reports that through her scholarship, Emory historian Leslie Harris has challenged the notion that slavery was largely a Southern phenomenon, with books and writings that have explored its full reach into many Northern communities. So when the White House Office of Public Engagement hosted a panel discussion last month arising from a new television drama "Underground" — an original series set to debut this week that examines the story of America's Underground Railroad — Harris was invited to join the conversation.


March 9, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Alvin Wilbanks, former Shiloh principal named to ESSA committee

Keith Farner reports that J. Alvin Wilbanks and a former Gwinnett high school principal were recently named to a committee to draft proposed education regulations. Wilbanks, the Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent, and Eric Parker, who was the Shiloh High School principal from 2011 to last summer, were each added to the group that will address assessments and federal money to supplement high-need schools.


March 9, 2016 GPB

Clock Ticks As Georgia Searches For An Alternative To Medicaid Expansion

Linda Chen reports that Georgia’s decision not to expand Medicaid in 2012 has left rural and urban hospitals in a fragile position. Five rural hospitals have already closed its doors since 2013, and many more face potential financial collapse once federal reimbursements – known as Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments – are phased out by January 2018. This issue has led to a statewide alliance of hospital officials, state lawmakers, and healthcare advocates to come together and find a solution before it’s too late.


March 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Some Georgia Republicans eye a middle ground on ‘religious liberty’ debate

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has made clear he wants sweeping changes to Georgia’s “religious liberty” proposal, which would allow opponents of same-sex marriage to cite religious beliefs in denying services to gay couples. What hasn’t publicly emerged yet is a compromise that can satisfy both sides of the debate. State Rep. Allen Peake, a Macon Republican, said he and state Rep. Beth Beskin, R-Atlanta, have devised a possible solution.



March 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Hartsfield-Jackson to unveil multi-billion dollar capital plan

Phil W. Hudson reports that specific details of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s multi-billion dollar capital plan will be unveiled March 10 by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Miguel Southwell. The Metro Atlanta Chamber reported the capital plan will ensure Hartsfield-Jackson stays one of the most important airports in the world.


March 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From research to commercialization

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that these days, university research scientists are expected to do more than just the research that might lead to products to make our lives easier – or even save lives. Commercialization is the word heard often – the move from research to product to business – one that will put people to work and have a positive impact on the economy as well as our life expectancies.


March 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

TSA pledges airport fixes for summer

Russell Grantham reports that hoping to avert a summer meltdown, federal officials said Monday they plan to make changes in airport security screening to ease growing lines in Atlanta and other U.S. cities. Airport officials are “rightfully concerned about delays, as we are,” Peter Neffenger, chief of the Transportation Security Administration, said after meeting in Atlanta with officials from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Delta Air Lines.


March 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia hospitals worth $43.6 billion to economy

Ellie Hensley reports that Georgia's hospitals contributed $43.6 billion to the state's economy in 2014, according to a study by the Georgia Hospital Association. Hospitals also provided more than 100,000 direct full- and part- time jobs and indirectly created more than 364,000 full-time jobs. This indirect figure is calculated with an employment multiplier that factors in a "ripple effect" of direct hospital expenditure on the economy, including medical supplies and equipment and pharmaceuticals.


March 8, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Macon-based Lowe Aviation Co. restructures company into two divisions

Linda S. Morris reports that Macon-based Lowe Aviation Co. has overhauled its corporate structure and separated the fixed based operation division from its avionics and maintenance division. Henry Lowe, owner of Lowe Aviation, will continue to own and oversee the FBO division and it will still be known as Lowe Aviation Co., according to a news release. The avionics and maintenance division, now known as Lowe Aviation Services, will continue with a new owner, CEO and President Karl Gardner.


March 8, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Second Augusta brewery welcomes new equipment

Travis Highfield reports that Savannah River Brewing Co. President Steve Ellison said he might shed a tear when he sees his product on the shelves of local package shops. On Monday however, he was glad just to see the equipment needed to reach that point.


March 8, 2016 Georgia Health News

People’s health — You can see a lot of it in their eyes

Judi Kanne reports, we tend to think of eye exams as a way to improve or protect our vision. And that’s true. But there’s more to it than that. “What many people don’t understand is the eye can reveal diseases that are not necessarily related to visual problems,” says Jeff Stovall, a Peachtree Corners optometrist. Those conditions can include diabetes, high blood pressure and even arthritis or multiple sclerosis.


March 8, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

WellStar, West Georgia Health sign agreement

Staff reports that officials from WellStar Health System and West Georgia Health signed a “definitive agreement” that would bring West Georgia Health’s facilities under the WellStar umbrella on Monday, according to a spokesperson for WellStar. LaGrange-based West Georgia Health and its 276-bed hospital, 21 medical offices and two nursing homes will become part of WellStar effective April 1, said Tyler Pearson, spokesman for WellStar.


March 8, 2016 Saporta Report

Georgia’s new road funding could obliterate historic sites

David Pendered reports that a consequence of the transportation funding bill approved in 2015 by the General Assembly has prompted archaeologists to present their opposition Monday at the Capitol to a measure they say would cripple historic research and preservation. The issue boils down to the how the state is spending its new transportation dollars.


March 8, 2016 WABE

Tubing Under The Influence Could Soon Be Legalized

Elly Yu reports that it could soon be legal to be intoxicated while floating down Georgia’s rivers and lakes on an inflatable raft. That's under a measure the state Senate passed Monday. The bill, HB 172, would clarify current “boating under the influence” laws, to make exceptions for things like inflatable rafts and homemade floating devices that are powered only by a "person's hands, arms, legs or feet."


March 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

GOP author of MARTA rail bill picks up a primary challenger

Jim Galloway reports that regardless of what happens in the Legislature, we’re about to find out what north Fulton County, and a good portion of neighboring Cherokee County, think about extending MARTA rail their way. On the first day of qualifying for the May 24 primaries, state Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, author of the MARTA rail bill, has picked up a GOP challenger.




March 7, 2016 Saporta Report

Job growth up nationwide, retailers in southeast have plenty of skilled applicants

David Pendered reports that the rosy job growth report released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department is on track with the anecdotal reports of an improving economy issued Thursday by the Federal Reserve. Still, troubles are evident.


March 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Invested in Success

Ralph Ellis reports that the fall of 2013, Gwinnett Place Mall changed hands. Moonbeam Capital Investments, the new owners, wanted to revitalize the three-decades-old mall. Shawl Pryor, Moonbeam’s senior vice president, said the executive director of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District contacted him before the deal was even closed.


March 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Online upstarts alter lending landscape

Russell Grantham reports that online business lenders like Kabbage and CAN Capital have burst on the scene with what they view as a better mousetrap, causing headaches for old-line lenders such as community banks. “We believe the way loans are made is broken, and we plan to change that,” said Rob Frohwein, CEO and co-founder of Atlanta-based Kabbage.


March 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan to focus on Midtown for big real estate move

Douglas Sams reports that Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is preparing for a major real estate decision. The law firm, anchor tenant in Midtown’s 28-story 999 Peachtree, is interviewing commercial real estate brokerages as it begins to test the market for a new lease. It could pick a broker within the next two weeks, said Sutherland Asbill & Brennan partner Jim Jordan.


March 7, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Movie theater firm AMC plans to keep Carmike brand, but not its headquarters

Tony Adams reports that the morning after Thursday evening’s sudden announcement that AMC Entertainment Holdings has agreed to purchase Carmike Cinemas, the acquiring chief executive officer repeatedly mentioned "synergies" in a conference call with Wall Street analysts who follow his firm. Though it’s very early in the process, with the deal valued at $1.1 billion not expected to be completed before the fourth quarter of this year, it looks as if Columbus-based Carmike’s headquarters eventually could be on the chopping block.


March 7, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens lawyers honored by Super Lawyers Magazine and GeorgiaTrend

Staff reports that Spence Johnson and Dustin Marlowe were selected for the 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers edition of Atlanta magazine. Johnson is named to the Super Lawyers list for the second time after appearing on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for four years. Marlowe was selected for Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars annually since 2012, and has been selected again for 2016.


March 7, 2016 GPB

What's The 'State Of The State?' Georgians Respond In New Poll

Bradley George reports that a new survey examines Georgians' attitudes on the economy, education, and a number of other issues. Overall, residents surveyed in Georgia College's annual State of the State Poll are optimistic about the state’s future. Just over half said Georgia is moving in right direction. But differences appear when you break down the numbers by region.


March 7, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah area foods battling to be named best in Georgia

Eva Fedderly reports that every year for the past decade, local food companies gather their most flavorful, emblematic of Georgia foods in order to have a chance to win the University of Georgia's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. This year, five Savannah-area products have the chance to outshine all the rest.


March 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Super Bowl decision expected in May – Atlanta in running

Carla Caldwell reports that the locations of Super Bowl games that will be played in 2019, 2020 and 2021 will be decided during the NFL owners' spring meetings in May - and Atlanta is in the running. The league's Super Bowl Advisory Committee says that Atlanta, Los Angeles, South Florida and Tampa are being considered for Super Bowls 54(2020) and 55 (2021), reports Los Angeles Times.


March 7, 2016 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Ex-politician Mary West looks to olives as next crop for Georgia

Parish Howard reports, what do olives, biological-chemical warfare, Georgia politics and a former Jefferson County Christmas tree farm have in common? Mary West. Just south of Wrens, off a red-clay road, amid 2-story-tall Christmas trees are the spindly survivors of two years of olive tree variety trials she believes could be an answer for Georgia’s drought-stricken farmers.


March 7, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Ga. Film Trail Bill passes Senate

Kandice Bell reports that Georgia Senate passed legislation that will boost film tourism in Coweta County and Georgia. Senators voted unanimously to establish a “film and television trail” that will highlight sites that have been used as locations for movies and TV shows filmed in Georgia. Coweta County has been a hub for the hit television series “The Walking Dead.”


March 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

More Democrats come out of woodwork for Georgia Senate race

Greg Bluestein reports that the drought of Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate race up for grabs in November has given way to a deluge of potential contenders the weekend before qualifying begins. Former state Sen. Regina Thomas said Saturday she was considering a bid. Alpharetta businessman John Coyne, a perennial candidate, recently filed paperwork to run for the seat. Air Force veteran Jim Knox signaled he’s raised $7,100 for his bid. And party insiders say another candidate with backing from Democratic heavyweights will also soon step forward.



March 4, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Georgia unemployment rate dips to 5.4 percent; not this low since February 2008

Tony Adams reports, "We’re starting the new year with the lowest unemployment rate we’ve had in almost eight years," Georgia Labor Department Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday. With that, the state’s labor chief reported the jobless rate for Georgia in January was 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in December and compared to 6.3 percent in January a year ago. This marks the first time the state’s unemployment rate has been at 5.4 percent since February 2008.


March 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Augmented reality brings logistics to life

Karen Kennedy reports, this month’s augmented reality (AR) feature brings Georgia’s huge and important logistics industry to life with an interactive addition to the infographic included in the story “One-Two Punch,” on page 31 of the March issue of Georgia Trend. Click here to learn how to make it work.


March 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: ​Spanx CEO leaves company

Amy Wenk reports that the CEO of Atlanta-based Spanx has left the shapewear company after less than two years. According to a report in Women’s Wear Daily, Spanx CEO Jan Singer has exited her role and Spanx founder Sara Blakely is returning to helm the company. Singer was a big-time Nike executive before coming to Spanx in summer 2014. She had replaced former CEO Laurie Ann Goldman, who stepped down in early 2014.


March 4, 2016 WABE

Georgia Students Prepare To Take Redesigned SAT Exam

Martha Dalton reports that this weekend, high school students in Georgia — and across the country — will sharpen their No. 2 pencils to take a new version of the SAT. The new test will focus more on evidence-based reading, according to the College Board, which administers and scores the exam. “We are getting rid of the obscure vocabulary, the so-called ‘SAT words’ that students studied for the SAT, but then frankly didn’t use again for their four years in college,” said Stacy Caldwell, the College Board’s vice president of college readiness and assessments.


March 4, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike Cinemas has agreed to sale to AMC Entertainment Holdings

Tony Adams reports that it had been in the speculation stage for nearly a year. But on Thursday, Carmike Cinemas and AMC Entertainment Holdings announced a $1.1 billion deal that will put Columbus-based Carmike in the hands of Leawood, Kan.-based AMC. The two companies, whose boards of directors approved the purchase, said the proposed acquisition by AMC of Carmike should be completed by the end of this year, giving them plenty of time to receive the necessary federal regulatory approval.


March 4, 2016

Gwinnett’s Movers and Makers Awards Finalists Announced

Trevor Williams reports that Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has announced finalists for its Movers & Makers awards honoring manufacturers and logistics providers. The event will be held March 17 at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth. Finalists include companies with exports worldwide, like Heatcraft Refrigeration, and the U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies, including Kraiburg TPE and Mitsubishi Electric.


March 4, 2016 Augusta Chronicle 

Officials discuss funding forecast for Savannah River Site

Travis Highfield reports that espite plans to shutter the mixed-oxide fuel plant at Savannah River Site, President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget should signal to area residents that the nuclear facility’s importance hasn’t gone unnoticed, site manager Jack Craig said. In a forum held by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization at Aiken Technical College on Thursday, he pointed to the budget breakdown for the Department of Energy’s environmental management sites, particularly the line item that showed Obama’s proposal requested more than $111 million in additional funding for SRS in 2017.


March 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CarMax co-founder becomes Cox Automotive COO

Staff reports that Cox Automotive Inc. named CarMax co-founder Mark O’Neil to the newly created position of chief operating officer. O’Neil was previously president and CEO of Dealertrack, which Atlanta-based Cox Automotive bought in 2015. He then became president of the Cox Automotive Software Group.


March 4, 2016 Saporta Report

Advocates call for passage of civil rights law after defeat of proposed religious liberty law

David Pendered reports that human rights advocates on Wednesday called upon Georgia lawmakers to pass civil rights legislation, shortly after they said they delivered to Gov. Nathan Deal 75,000 emails urging lawmakers to vote against the pending religious liberty bill. “2016 is the time to do what is just, to turn away from a darker time in our history,” said Simone Bell, southern regional director of Lambda Legal and the first black lesbian elected to the state House. Bell served three terms before she stepped down.


March 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Nathan Deal makes a forceful, biblical case against Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

Greg Bluestein reports that amid a growing outcry from powerful corporations over Georgia’s “religious liberty” proposal, Gov. Nathan Deal issued his strongest warning yet to lawmakers who are debating controversial legislation seen as a conservative answer to the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.In stark terms, the Republican said he would reject any measure that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith,” and urged religious conservatives not to feel threatened by the ruling.



March 3, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

New Savannah River National Laboratory program will harvest material from aging nuclear assemblies

Travis Highfield reports that a new National Nuclear Security Administration program at Savannah River National Laboratory aims to recover material from nuclear assemblies at the South Carolina site for future use. According to a Department of Energy news release issued last week, the assemblies have been stored at Savannah River Site for more than three decades and contain roughly 80 percent of the world’s heavy curium and plutonium-244 inventories, the latter considered an “economically irreplaceable” material.


March 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Serving and Protecting

Neely Young writes, on the idyllic coast of Georgia near Brunswick is a place that helps keep America safe from drug lords, hijackers, ISIS terrorists and mass murderers. Yet it is unknown to almost all of Georgia. It’s called FLETC – for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center – and it is the largest such facility in the U.S.


March 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta Air Lines asks U.S. government to OK flights to Cuba

David Allison reports that Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) said Wednesday it has filed an application with the U.S. government to offer daily non-stop flights to Havana, Cuba, from its hubs in Atlanta and New York's JFK International Airport as well as from Miami and Orlando. "This is a historic moment for Delta as we seek to provide unparalleled access between the U.S. and Cuba," said Bob Cortelyou, Senior Vice President—Network & Schedule Planning,in a statement.


March 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS using alternate package drop locations as e-commerce soars

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that next time you order an item online that’s shipped via UPS, you might wind up picking up the package at a barber shop or a convenience store. It’s part of a new system Sandy Springs-based UPS is using called an Access Point network, which the company says is aimed at getting packages to customers who aren’t home or have difficulty getting deliveries.


March 3, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Construction firm joins Claflin project

Alva James-Johnson reports that a construction management firm that built and renovated several prominent buildings in Columbus has joined the effort to restore the site of the city’s first school for black children. Batson-Cook Construction, a West Point-based company, was one of two construction firms that responded to a search for a company to work on the Claflin School project, according to the Rev. Richard Jessie, executive director of restoration for Friends of Historic Claflin. He said the firm was selected because it’s an international company that has done good work in the area.


March 3, 2016 Cherokee Tribune

Film Commissioners OK latest sale of Jones Building

Sampson Jenkins reports that plans for the sale of the historic Jones Building in the heart of downtown Canton were revived Tuesday when county commissioners unanimously approved the latest offer by Sue Ann Taylor to buy the structure for $1.77 million. The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved the sales agreement, which gives Taylor 60 days to close the deal.


March 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta on U.S. News’ ‘Best Places to Live’ list (100 cities ranked)

Carla Caldwell reports that U.S. News and World Report says it analyzed 100 U.S. cities to find the best places to live in the U.S. based on quality of life, the job market, quality of life and people's desire to live there. Atlanta is ranked No. 61 on the publication's list. The only other Georgia city on the list is Augusta, ranked at No. 64.


March 3, 2016 Brunswick News

Sen. Tommie Williams retiring from Senate

Staff reports that a  state senator whose district once included areas of Glynn County says he will retire at the end of his current term. After 18 years in the legislature, Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, will not seek reelection this year to the District 19 Senate seat. Williams, former Senate majority leader, was one of the first Republicans elected to the Senate from Southeast Georgia.


March 3, 2016 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Georgia House appoints 15-member committee to find ways to prevent closure of military bases in the state

Walter C. Jones reports that the Georgia House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to seek ways to prevent the state's military bases from being targeted for closing. House Resolution 1135 creates a 15-member committee to study ideas to make the military installations less vulnerable in the next round of base closings initiated by Congress. The committee will hold at least five meetings, probably one at each of the state's bases.


March 3, 2016 Georgia Health News, Georgia Times-Union

Bill to let dental hygenists work without dentist present bottled up in House rules committee

Andy Miller reports that after two contentious hearings, a Georgia House health committee recently approved a bill that would allow dental hygienists to practice in safety-net settings without a dentist present. The head of the Georgia Dental Association said at the time that he was in agreement with the bill. So the proposal appeared certain to get a vote in the full House.


March 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Will Paul Broun challenge a House incumbent? ‘Stay tuned’

Tamer Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report that former Rep. Paul Broun was asked Wednesday about a tip we received that he was considering a challenge to two-term Rep. Doug Collins. And he did nothing to dispel rumors that he was gunning for the ultra-conservative north Georgia seat. “Stay tuned,” was all he would tell us. The Athens Republican and tea party favorite left Congress in late 2014 after losing the crowded Republican primary race for Saxby Chambliss’ open Senate seat.



March 2, 2016 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Judge affirms Georgia's decision to deny eminent domain rights for Palmetto Pipeline

Walter C. Jones reports that the Texas-based energy company planning to build a 200-mile pipeline across East Georgia suffered a setback in court Tuesday when a judge denied its appeal of a rejection of its request to use eminent domain to acquire right-of-way. Attorneys for Kinder Morgan had asked a Fulton County Superior Court judge to overturn state Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry's denial last May of the company's application for the power to go to court to compel unwilling owners to sell land for the pipeline.


March 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

One-Two Punch

Susan Percy reports, logistics affects virtually every aspect of the business world, and it is the economic sweet spot where business, government and education interests work together to make sure Georgia retains its status – fifth among states in logistics employment – as an industry leader. Perhaps best of all, there are job opportunities at every level and plenty more on the horizon.


March 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia-Pacific buys sign and packaging firm Excel

Georgia-Pacific bought Aurora, Ill.-based Excel Displays & Packaging for an undisclosed amount. The deal included a plant in Aurora; sales and design office in Bentonville, Ark.; and a minority interest in Five Star Sheets sheet feeder consortium in New Carlisle, Ind.


March 2, 2016 Georgia Tech

Device “Fingerprints” Could Help Protect Power Grid, Other Industrial Systems

John Toon reports that human voices are individually recognizable because they’re generated by the unique components of each person’s voice box, pharynx, esophagus and other physical structures. Researchers are using the same principle to identify devices on electrical grid control networks, using their unique electronic “voices” – fingerprints produced by the devices’ individual physical characteristics – to determine which signals are legitimate and which signals might be from attackers.


March 2, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

National Teacher of the Year, nearly quit after career’s 1st semester, urges educators to be constructive storytellers

Mark Rice reports that the 2015 National Teacher of the Year wants her fellow educators to advocate for their students by being constructive storytellers. “Your stories are a political decision in that who you decide to speak about is who you are deciding to speak for,” Shanna Peeples, an English teacher and instructional coach at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, told the 56 Muscogee County School District 2016 Teacher of the Year nominees and their scores of supporters during her speech Tuesday morning in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.


March 2, 2016 Albany Herald

City of Albany unveils unified logo, rebranding campaign

Carlton Fletcher reports that Albany city commissioners signed off Tuesday on a new logo that will be used citywide as part of a branding campaign designed to unite the city’s various departments under one umbrella. The brightly colored City of Albany logo, which was on display at the meeting, was designed by the Tampa, Fla.-based Vistra consulting firm.


March 2, 2016 Brunswick News

St. Marys' Barge port generates traffic concerns

Gordon Jackson reports that the Navy and city of Kingsland are expressing concerns about potential traffic problems from a proposed barge port in St. Marys. In a letter to the city of St. Marys, Capt. Jeffrey Jenks, commanding officer at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, reminded officials the installation is a strategic Navy base and home to the Atlantic Fleet’s Trident nuclear powered ballistic and guided missile submarines.


March 2, 2016 WABE

City Of Tucker Elects First-Ever Municipal Government

Mary Claire Kelly reports that Local No. 7, the only bar on Tucker's Main Street, was packed Tuesday night with regulars as well as politicians, business owners, families and even some uniformed boy scouts. The rest of the country might have been talking about the Super Tuesday elections, but the main topic of conversation at the center of this newly-formed city was the local election of one mayor and six city council members. In the crowd, the candidates were almost indistinguishable from the voters. Tucker citizens from multiple generations greeted one another by name as they awaited the election results.


March 2, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Legislation targets misbehaving Savannah aldermen, county commissioners, school board members

Jenel Few reports that the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed three bills last week that would allow the Savannah City Council, the Chatham County Commission and the Savannah-Chatham School Board to censure their members. The House bills now await approval by the state Senate.


March 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Lessons from Georgia’s Super Tuesday vote

Greg Bluestein reports that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored complete victories in Georgia in Tuesday’s primary, trouncing their opponents as they edged closer to their parties’ nominations. Here’s a few things that we learned: Ted Cruz has an evangelical problem: Georgia and other Southern states were supposed to be a bulwark of support for his candidacy, but instead, Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have siphoned off evangelicals who made up the Texas senator’s voter base.



March 1, 2016 Georgia State University

National Institutes of Health Awards Georgia State Biologist $1.37 Million to Fight Obesity

Brian Mullen reports that a Georgia State University biologist has received a four-year, $1.37 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to identify a novel therapeutic target in obesity.


March 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Patience Pays Off

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that when you dive into the pharmaceutical industry in Georgia, it doesn't take long to realize that the many moving parts in this successful sector - from elementary school education to university research into animal and human therapeutics to venture funding for startups to a major win like Baxalta - can all be traced back to decisions made by state leaders in the 1980s to grow this industry here.


March 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta-based ICE mulls purchase of London Stock Exchange

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (NYSE: ICE), which owns the New York Stock Exchange, might make an offer to buy the London Stock Exchange Group PLC. ICE said early Tuesday it is considering an offer, potentially gate-crashing LSE’s proposed $28 billion merger with Deutsche Börse AG, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.


March 1, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA to name leadership suite for S. Truett Cathy

Matt Weeks reports that the University of Georgia's Institute for Leadership Advancement will soon be housed in the S. Truett Cathy Leadership Suite, in recognition of a $1.2 million pledge that Chick-fil-A employees, operators and vendors made to the Terry College of Business. The donation will go toward the endowment of the Institute for Leadership Advancement.


March 1, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

SRS off list of possible sites for radioactive waste disposal

Travis Highfield reports that a  federal document shows that Sa­van­nah River Site, often considered for the treatment and disposal of nuclear waste, will likely get passed over as one of the destinations for about 12,000 cubic meters of radioactive material. According to the document released last week – the Fi­nal Environmental Impact State­ment for the Disposal of Greater-Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste and GTCC-Like Waste – the Department of Energy considered five alternatives for disposing of the material, including taking no action.


March 1, 2016 Gainesville Times

Northeast Georgia Medical Center rated No. 8 nationally

Staff reports that Northeast Georgia Medical Center is eighth in the country ­— its second consecutive year in the top 10 — for overall hospital care, according to CareChex, an independent health care quality rating service. The rating service also names the hospital No. 1 overall in Georgia for the third year in a row and No. 1 for stroke care, women’s health and cardiac care. It is the 11th consecutive year the hospital is rated Georgia’s No. 1 heart hospital.


March 1, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike reports fourth-quarter profit of $6.8M

Tony Adams reports that it was a star-studded performance for Carmike Cinemas, with the movie-theater company on Monday reporting record-level results in the fourth quarter of 2015. The firm posted a profit, or net income, of $6.8 million (27 cents per diluted share) on total operating revenues of $220.6 million in the October-December quarter. That was up from a loss of $2.2 million (9 cents per share) on operating earnings of $185.3 million in the same period a year ago.


March 1, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA congratulates 2016 finalists in Flavor of Georgia contest

Staff reports that Flavor of Georgia Showcases delicious, innnovative, market-ready prototypes or commercially available food products. Entries are judged on technical aspects such as flavor, texture, and ingredient profile. Also considered are potential market volume, consumer appeal and how well the product represents Georgia.


March 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Raptors

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, get close to these fabulous birds of prey at Gainesville’s Elachee Nature Science Center Raptor Fest on Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family-friendly program features wildlife and nature experts who will conduct live flight demonstrations – including with a bald eagle.


March 1, 2016 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Georgia House passes bill requiring commercial space passengers to sign away rights to sue should flight go wrong

Walter C. Jones reports that a bill supporters of a Georgia spaceport say is critical in attracting commercial spaceflight operators passed the House overwhelmingly Monday. The House passed Georgia Space Flight Act, or House Bill 734, by a vote of 164-8 sending it on to the Senate for consideration. Sponsored by Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, the bill would require rocket ship passengers to sign away any claims against the commercial operator and its suppliers if something goes wrong.


March 1, 2016 GPB

Bill To Expand Medical Marijuana Passes Georgia House

Trevor Young reports that a bill allowing more patients to use Medical Marijuana easily passed the Georgia House today. The legislation was stripped of major provisions last week after intense debate. The bill originally sought to allow in-state cultivation of Medical Marijuana in Georgia, but it was gutted by legislators who said it wasn’t practical. Representative Allen Peake, the bill’s sponsor, says he’s disappointed the bill didn’t do more.


March 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Donald Trump skates into Valdosta, after black students escorted out

Tamer Hallerman reports that Donald Trump rolled into southern Georgia tonight, riding high. A new WSB-TV poll had the billionaire with a widening lead in the Peach State ahead of Super Tuesday, with the backing of 39 percent of likely Republican voters, 19 percentage points ahead of second place finisher Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Not only that, but a recent CNN poll of GOP voters nationally put him at 49 percent support, an eye-popping 33 percentage points ahead of Rubio, his closest challenger.



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