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Oct. 21, 2016

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

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


Oct. 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Go For It

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


Oct. 21, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Unemployment Rate Up Slightly In September

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


Oct. 21, 2016 GPB

Peanut Harvest Hurt By Hot, Dry Summer

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


Oct. 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Oct. 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power, PSC staff reach agreement on Vogtle costs

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


Oct. 21, 2016 Saporta Report

Atlanta BeltLine housing developers may be required to build affordable homes   

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


Oct. 21, 2016 Times Free Press

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

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


Oct. 21, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Beverage distribution center expected to bring 400 jobs to Cobb

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


Oct. 21, 2016 Georgia Health News, WebMD

Why are kids in Waycross getting cancer?

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


Oct. 21, 2016 WABE 90.1

Gwinnett Adds New Early Voting Locations To Address Lines

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


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

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

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



Oct. 20, 2016 Albany Herald

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

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


Oct. 20, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Chalktoberfest

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


Oct. 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gunmaker Daniel Defense plans big Georgia expansion

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


Oct. 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power closing 100 offices

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


Oct. 20, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett giving nonprofits $400,000 for chronic care

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


Oct. 20, 2016 Saporta Report

International agency with focus on public health opens in Midtown   

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


Oct. 20, 2016 Georgia Health News

State fares poorly again in infant, maternal health

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


Oct. 20, 2016 Savannah Morning News

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

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


Oct. 20, 2016 WABE 90.1

Civil Rights Groups To Deploy Poll Observers In Georgia

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


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

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

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



Oct. 19, 2016 GPB

Georgians Flock To Early Voting Sites

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


Oct. 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

A Shift in Perspective?

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


Oct. 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Oct. 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Oct. 19, 2016 Georgia Health News

Two of three Georgia doctors are dissatisfied, survey shows

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


Oct. 19, 2016 Savannah Morning News

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

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


Oct. 19, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

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

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


Oct. 19, 2016 Brunswick News

New company announces plans to open in St. Marys

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


Oct. 19, 2016 Saporta Report

Efforts continue to create a more regional mindset in metro Atlanta   

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


Oct. 19, 2016 WABE 90.1

As Atlanta Fed President Retires, Some Call For Diversity

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


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

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

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



Oct. 18, 2016 WSB-TV

Gov. Deal announces changes at GEMHSA

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


Oct. 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Under the Microscope

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


Oct. 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Oct. 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta may significantly lower fares on transatlantic flights

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


Oct. 18, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Oct. 18, 2016

Deal announces judicial appointment

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


Oct. 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Integrating Employee Engagement with Corporate Sustainability Goals

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


Oct. 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Medline adding 50 jobs in Georgia

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


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

Why November’s vote is especially excruciating for some Georgians

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



Oct. 17, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia And Florida Lay Out Cases Ahead Of Water Wars Trial

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Fall in Athens

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pinewood Forrest developer announces new hotel

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah stormwater system passes storm test

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Albany Herald

Tift Regional Medical Center facility awarded

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Georgia Health News

HIV in youth population, raising alarm, sparks app strategy

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

It’s not Seh-noy-uh

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free-Press

Update on the fires on Signal and Fox mountains

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Saporta Report 

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

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


Oct. 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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



Oct. 14, 2016 Brunswick News

Georgia Power provides update on coal ash ponds excavation and closures

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


Oct. 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia 400 Corridor: Corridor Connections

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


Oct. 14, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson begins work for construction of massive curbside canopies

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


Oct. 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Oct. 14, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

CIA chief praises Augusta support for cybersecurity work

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


Oct. 14, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Oct. 14, 2016 Georgia Health News

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

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


Oct. 14, 2016 WABE 90.1

What Legal Experience Does Georgia's Attorney General Need?

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


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

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

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



Oct. 13, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Nordic expanding at ports again

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Judging The Judges

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Could one massive redevelopment project fuel a Gwinnett Place revival?

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

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

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


Oct. 13, 2016 LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange Daily News acquired by Boone Newspapers, Inc.

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Houston public defender’s firing draws scrutiny of state agency

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Mercer University

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

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

AU, NSA ink degree program deal

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Georgia Health News

A big sum for Medicaid — and some hard choices

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Georgia Tech

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

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


Oct. 13, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Westville breaks ground to begin move to Columbus

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


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

A faltering Donald Trump could cause problems for Johnny Isakson

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



Oct. 12, 2016 Gainesville Times

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

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


Oct. 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

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


Oct. 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Richard Anderson retires from Delta board, Frank Blake named chairman

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


Oct. 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Oct. 12, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

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

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


Oct. 12, 2016 Washington Post

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

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


Oct. 12, 2016 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Startup Aims To Reduce Internet ‘Buffering’

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


Oct. 12, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Cities in West Chatham begin recovery from Hurricane Matthew

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


Oct. 12, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Oct. 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Groundbreaking set for I-285/Georgia 400 overhaul

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


Oct. 12, 2016 New York Times

Split Over Donald Trump Threatens to Tilt Republican States

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


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

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

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




Oct. 11, 2016 Savannah Morning News

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

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


Oct. 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Best Places to Work nominations

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


Oct. 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke to buy stake in African distributor

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


Oct. 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Oct. 11, 2016 WABE 90.1

Officials Urge Caution As Ga. Coast Residents Return Home

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


Oct. 11, 2016 Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle 

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

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


Oct. 11, 2016 Gainesville Times

FedEx may come to Braselton

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


Oct. 11, 2016 Emory University

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

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


Oct. 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


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

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

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




Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

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

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


Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Teachers: Wanted, Needed, Underappreciated

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


Oct. 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Oct. 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech moving forward with new cell manufacturing facility

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


Oct. 10, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia State University

Biomedical Research Facility Opens At Georgia State

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


Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia Health News

Commentary: Why Georgia shines in life sciences

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


Oct. 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

It must be October — beer festivals across Georgia

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


Oct. 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

International business achievement honored at 2016 Governor’s International Awards

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


Oct. 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump surrogates claim victory after debate

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



Oct. 7, 2016 Georgia State University

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

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


Oct. 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Go For It

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


Oct. 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What? Atlanta’s growth ranks below whom?

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


Oct. 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Anthem Inc. plans 1,000+ jobs technology center

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


Oct. 7, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

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

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


Oct. 7, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Wolves, bobcats and other critters take shelter in Fort Valley

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


Oct. 7, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Walker County wildfire approaches 500 acres

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


Oct. 7, 2016 Brunswick News

Gargantuan new facility at port ready for business

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


Oct. 7, 2016 Mercer University

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

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


Oct. 7, 2016 Georgia Health News

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

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


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

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

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



Oct. 6, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Evacuations begin as Matthew's path takes shape

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


Oct. 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: An Environmental Paradox

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


Oct. 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Oct. 6, 2016 Albany Herald

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

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


Oct. 6, 2016 Times Free Press

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

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


Oct. 6, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

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

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


Oct. 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Cave Spring

Karen Kirkpatrick showcases some colorful critters in charming Cave Spring.


Oct. 6, 2016 Georgia Health News

Lawmakers begin looking at alternatives to standard Medicaid expansion

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


Oct. 6, 2016 WABE 90.1

How Replacing Attorney General Sam Olens Would Work

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


Oct. 6, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

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

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


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

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

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



Oct. 5, 2016

Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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


Oct. 5, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Gainesville/Hall County: Growing Like Gangbusters

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


Oct. 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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


Oct. 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle, Saporta Report

Former Home Depot CEO Frank Blake wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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


Oct. 5, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus State receives its first patent

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


Oct. 5, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Oct. 5, 2016 Georgia Health News

Grant helps pediatric research take new directions

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


Oct. 5, 2016 Brunswick News

State judge: Jesup pulpmill needs to clean up Alatmaha discharge

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


Oct. 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Starwood buys 50-story Midtown icon One Atlantic Center

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


Oct. 5, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Commission Names 13 State Supreme Court Candidates

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


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

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

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





Oct. 4, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus wraps up $30 million buyout of Atlanta company

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


Oct. 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

20 years of Georgia’s Best and Brightest

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


Oct. 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Casino giant MGM plans renewed push in Georgia

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


Oct. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


Oct. 4, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Tech Plans Eco-Friendly ‘Living Building’

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


Oct. 4, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Northeast Georgia Health System to buy Barrow Regional Medical Center

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


Oct. 4, 2016

UPS Seeks Contestants for Pitch-Style Export Competition

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


Oct. 4, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS still hiring amid job and expense restructuring

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


Oct. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

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

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


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

Jim Barksdale: ‘Absolutely, I believe in capitalism’

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



Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia CEO

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

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


Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Trend’s 2016 40 Under 40

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


Oct. 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta building rebound strains worker supply

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


Oct. 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia executive named woman banker to watch

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


Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia Health News

Harken Health leaving Georgia exchange

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


Oct. 3, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia's Foxfire Magazine Reaches 50th Anniversary

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


Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia Tech

Imlay Foundation Gives $5 Million for Pediatric Therapies Research

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


Oct. 3, 2016 GPB

Morehouse Researcher Fights Cancer With Lasers

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


Oct. 3, 2016 Saporta Report

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

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


Oct. 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Barnsley Resort expansion

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


Oct. 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia State to put its name atop former Citizens Trust building

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


Oct. 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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



Sept. 30, 2016

Deal: Tory Burch to create more than 150 jobs in Henry County

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Tory Burch LLC, a leading American lifestyle brand, will create more than 150 jobs and invest more than $60 million in a Henry County facility by 2020. The distribution center will support Tory Burch’s ecommerce business and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017.


Sept. 30, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: High Hopes for Hospitality

Jeffrey Humphreys writes, it's brighter days ahead for Georgia’s hospitality industry, which will outperform the state’s overall economy in 2017. The gains will be broadly based across both limited-service properties that cater primarily to tourists and full-service properties popular with business travelers.


Sept. 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ex-Delta fuel trader ordered to pay $5.25 million

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that former Delta Air Lines fuel trader Jon Ruggles has been ordered by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to give up $3.5 million of “ill-gotten gains” and pay a penalty of $1.75 million. Ruggles was hired by Delta to help overhaul its struggling fuel hedging operation and worked as its vice president of fuel management from 2011 to 2012.


Sept. 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Athens Regional Medical Center gets new name after Piedmont acquisition

Ellie Hensley reports that after being acquired by Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare earlier this year, Athens Regional Medical Center will be renamed Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center Oct. 1. The hospital will be seventh in Piedmont’s system and the second largest. The partnership was announced in December 2015 and approved by Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens in August 2016.


Sept. 30, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS executive resigns amid company-wide restructuring

Tony Adams reports that a top executive with TSYS has resigned his position, effective Oct. 7, the Columbus-based credit-card and payment processor said Thursday. John Shlonsky came to TSYS in early April with the firm’s $2.35 billion buyout of Hauppauge, N.Y.-based TransFirst, a company specializing in setting up and servicing merchants for card transactions and other business needs. Prior to the acquisition, he was president and chief executive officer at TransFirst.


Sept. 30, 2016 Chattanooga Times Free Press

Dalton State about to be Georgia's first Hispanic Serving Institution

Tyler Jett reports that when Kayla Almazan enrolled at Dalton State in fall 2010, she couldn't find an organized voice for Hispanic students such as herself. The college had plenty of students with backgrounds like hers — she moved to Dalton from Mexico in middle school when her dad took a job at a carpet mill. But a loud, focused voice hadn't really developed among those students, she said.


Sept. 30, 2016 Emory University

Emory ranks 17th in new Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college poll

Nancy Seideman reports that a new ranking of top colleges and universities in the United States by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, Emory University ranked 17th out of 500 national public and private universities. Emory was the only Georgia institution included in the top 20 on the inaugural ranking.


Sept. 30, 2016 Georgia Health News

Mental health center expanding to serve more young adults

Andy Miller reports that Skyland Trail, a nonprofit mental health treatment organization, will open a new Atlanta campus in October that will serve young adults like Ziggy. The expansion, funded by $19 million in philanthropic donations or grants, will add a residence and treatment facility with 32 beds for young adults ages 18 to 26. The new area will be called the Rollins Campus, recognizing a gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation.


Sept. 30, 2016 Saporta Report

In good news for Ga. health care, Brunswick hospital earns higher credit rating   

David Pendered reports that Georgia hospital has received some good news in the form of an improved credit rating from Moody’s Investors Services. The upgrade comes as Georgia this week launched an effort to help struggling hospitals. Investors evidently liked what they saw unfolding with the debt issued by Brunswick-based Southeast Georgia Health System.


Sept. 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia among worst states for tax competitiveness

Phil W. Hudson reports that businesses are jumping to relocate to the Peach State, but it’s likely not due to Georgia’s tax climate. According to the Tax Foundation’s 13th annual State Business Tax Climate Index, Georgia has the No. 14 least competitive tax code in the nation. The report measures how well-structured each state’s tax code is by analyzing over 100 tax variables in five different tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance.


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

More evidence that Tom Price may be considering a 2018 run for governor

Jim Galloway reports that U.S. Rep. Tom Price is chairman of the House Budget Committee, but is term-limited in that position and will soon be deprived of that clout. So we’ve heard the same rumblings you probably have – that the Roswell Republican is kicking the tires on a 2018 race for governor. We now have a little bit more evidence on that score.



Sept. 29, 2016 WABE 90.1

Chick-Fil-A, Coca-Cola, City Invest $7.5M In Westside Nonprofit

Tasnim Shamma reports that Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola and the city of Atlanta announced a $7.5 million donation to a nonprofit that provides job training in Westside Atlanta. The City of Refuge is a Christian organization that helps residents with jobs, youth development, emergency housing and health care access.


Sept. 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Georgia Fare: Walk on the Wyld Side

Krista Reese reports, the blast furnace days are behind us now, and the months to come usher in the Georgia coast’s most pleasant waking hours. After weeks locked inside, like New Englanders huddling through a winter white-out, we’re tired of trying to starve our cabin fever. Now that it’s just a cold … let’s feed it!


Sept. 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Banks have closed thousands of branches, but not in all regions

Russell Grantham reports that banks have been shedding branches like last year’s shoes, but they’re still more fashionable with smaller banks and in some regions than others. Since 2009, the nation’s banks have closed the doors on 8,849 branches, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence, a business data service.


Sept. 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta, Air France-KLM team with Jet Airways for India routes

Lauren K. Ohnesorge reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYE: DAL) and its joint-venture partner, Air France-KLM, have teamed up with India’s Jet Airways on a new codeshare agreement. The new agreement is expected to go into effect Oct. 30.


Sept. 29, 2016 New York Times

An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000

Kevin Carey reports that the master’s degree business is booming. Tuition for a 30-credit master’s in computer science from the University of Southern California runs $57,000. Syracuse, Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon charge over $43,000 for the same degree. But one highly ranked program, at Georgia Tech, has taken a very different approach.


Sept. 29, 2016 

Mercedes-Benz Says HQ Building to Spur Collaboration, Social Interaction

Trevor Williams reports that local politicians and economic development leaders joined Mercedes-Benz USA Monday to help break ground on a new U.S. headquarters that the German auto maker’s leaders say will be its long-term base for community partnership.


Sept. 29, 2016 Georgia State University

Component Of Red Wine, Grapes Can Help To Reduce Inflammation, Georgia State Researchers Find

LaTina Emerson reports that the component of red wine and grapes can help control inflammation induced by a bacterial pathogen that is linked to upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and middle ear infection (otitis media), according to a study by researchers at Georgia State University.


Sept. 29, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS cutting jobs, offering severance as part of restructuring

Tony Adams reports that though credit-card and payment processor TSYS remains largely mum about details, the company is now carrying out a restructuring — dubbed “TSYS 20/20” — that is rippling throughout the global company. The publicly traded high-tech firm, headquartered in Columbus, declined Wednesday to say much beyond what it has previously disclosed at its annual meeting in April and in conference calls over the summer with Wall Street analysts who follow its financial results.


Sept. 29, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Massive mixed-use project at Mall of Georgia gets green light from BOC

Curt Yeomans reports that a major regional mixed-use project at the Mall of Georgia got the green light from county commissioners this week, but it will look different than previously expected. The commission voted 3-0 to approve plans for the highly anticipated project, which will include a 21-story hotel and condo mid-rise building, office space, retail shops, a grocery store, a 50,000-square-foot family entertainment center, parking decks and more than 500 apartments.


Sept. 29, 2016 Saporta Report

CEOs of Coca-Cola, Home Depot and BuzzFeed say consumers drive innovation   

Maria Saporta reports, when it comes to running an innovative company, the consumer is king, according to a prestigious panel of business leaders speaking Wednesday evening at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. The discussion was moderated by the Aspen Institute’s president and CEO – Walter Isaacson. He asked Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent how the company decides what new products to introduce. “You don’t decide,” Kent said. “The consumer decides.”


Sept. 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Sanctuary Estate

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, a little bit of country not far from the city. Sanctuary Estate in Cleveland (that’s Georgia, not Ohio) is a bucolic spot for meetings, events and weddings.


Sept. 29, 2016 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Many rejected voter applicants will be restored

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has said that certain Georgians who had their voter-registration applications rejected in 2015 and 2016 will be able to cast ballots in the Nov. 8 presidential and general election. The announcement applies to people whose registration applications were cancelled because some personal information on the application did not match either driver’s license or Social Security records.


Sept. 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With clock ticking, Kasim Reed urges Clinton campaign to pony up in Georgia 

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that with polls showing Donald Trump widening his lead in Georgia, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has a plea for Hillary Clinton’s campaign: Show us the money. In an interview with Atlanta Magazine’s Steve Fennessy published this week, he said that the Clinton campaign’s six-figure investment in Georgia won’t be nearly enough to turn Georgia blue. And he said the state is closer to flipping than North Carolina, where Clinton and her daughter Chelsea are visiting three times this week.



Sept. 28, 2016 Fox5 Atlanta

Georgians face fewer choices, sticker shock on healthcare exchange

Beth Galvin reports that a half a million Georgians who buy their health insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange will face fewer choices for 2017 and some serious sticker shock.. This, after UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Cigna have all pulled out of the insurance marketplace in Georgia in the last few months.


Sept. 28, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Columbia County: Meeting Demand

K.K. Snyder reports that with a top-ranked school system, low unemployment rate and frequent ranking as best place to live, retire or raise a family, Columbia County in east Georgia near Augusta, is certainly a desirable address. As such, the county continues to experience exponential growth, with many now referring to it as the “orange barrel community” because of the $200-million in road projects underway.


Sept. 28, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola board director to step down after his own job gets bigger

Russell Grantham reports that Chubb Ltd.’s Chief Executive Evan G. Greenberg will be leaving Coca-Cola’s board of directors this Saturday, according to the Atlanta soft drink giant. Greenberg, 61, who has been on Coca-Cola’s board since 2011, said Monday that he is resigning from the company’s board because of increasing demands at his day job. He served on Coke’s audit and finance committees.


Sept. 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: DirecTV parent AT&T to phase out satellites in 3 to 5 years

Shawn Shinneman reports that AT&T Inc. – which is expected to premier its streaming service DirecTV Now later this year – reportedly will work to make streaming its primary TV platform by 2020. AT&T last year acquired satellite-TV service DirecTV.


Sept. 28, 2016 Georgia State University

CHARA Array Awarded $3.9 Million To Provide Telescope Access To Scientists Across The Nation

LaTina Emerson reports that scientists at Georgia State University’s Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) have been awarded a $3.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scientists greater access to the CHARA Array telescopes at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California.


Sept. 28, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Tech Honey Bee Algorithm Wins Golden Goose Award

Tasnim Shamma reports that three Georgia Tech professors accepted a Golden Goose Award at the Library of Congress last Thursday. It's awarded to federally-funded research that seems silly but has a significant impact. In 1988, Georgia Tech professors began research on how bees collect nectar as a colony by tracking 4,000 honeybees.


Sept. 28, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Cape Investment group signs deal to train cyber-security professionals

Damon Cline reports that the Augusta LLC, the company redeveloping the 136-year-old textile mill into a urban tech hub called Augusta Cyberworks, said it has formed a joint venture with UMBC Training Centers LLC to educate up to 200 cyber professionals a year. 


Sept. 28, 2016 Georgia Health News

Rural hospitals see ray of hope in tax credit program

Andy Miller reports that the chief executive of two financially stressed hospitals in southwest Georgia looks forward to the promise of donations under a new state tax credit program. “The tax credit legislation is a lifeline for us, helping us keep essential services in our rural communities,’’ said Kim Gilman, who runs Phoebe Worth Hospital in Sylvester and Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert.


Sept. 28, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech lands $3.4 million National Science Foundation grant to teach entrepreneurship in the Southeast

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Georgia Tech has received a $3.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to expand expand its work in teaching entrepreneurship. The NSF’s I-Corps grant was awarded to Georgia Tech’s VentureLab program, a technology commercialization incubator led by Keith McGreggor.


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

Casey Cagle unleashes a new book on education

Greg Bluestein reports, “Education Unleashed.” That’s not the code-name for a mass invasion of teachers. It’s the title of a 160-page book authored by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle that’s out next week. The summary promises it will be about “reforming our schools and rethinking the premise behind how we set and measure goals for student achievement.” And it’s yet another sign that the Gainesville Republican is readying a campaign for governor.



Sept. 27, 2016 Georgia Health News

Kaiser continues winning streak in ratings of health plans

Andy Miller reports that for the 12th straight year, Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s top-rated commercial health plan, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The NCQA ratings gave Kaiser 4.5 out of a possible 5.0 for its commercial health plan, and 5 of 5 for its Medicare plan.


Sept. 27, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Making music in Macon

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Macon’s rich and diverse musical heritage — from the Allman Brothers to Otis Redding to Rolling Stones piano/keyboard player and background vocalist Chuck Leavell — is seeing a surge of interest with the recent installation of a dozen plaques around town marking the influence of a variety of musicians. The plaques, known as the Historic Macon Music Registry, tell the story of Macon’s contributions to American music.


Sept. 27, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Inside Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. HQ in Sandy Springs

J. Scott Trubey reports that the U.S. division of Mercedes-Benz held a ceremonial ground breaking Monday for its future headquarters in Sandy Springs. The more than 200,000-square-foot complex at Barfield and Abernathy roads near Ga. 400 will open in 2018. State and local leaders said the recruitment of Mercedes, announced in January 2015, is an endorsement of the region’s business climate, quality of life, workforce and schools, and it is also a calling card to other potential recruits.


Sept. 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

KPMG puts innovation hub in Midtown that could employ 200

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the 24,000-square-foot center, located at One Atlantic Center, will develop technology products related to data and analytics, technology business management, taxes, human resources and cloud computing. KPMG operates similar hubs in Denver, Baltimore and Grand Rapids, Mich.


Sept. 27, 2016 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Emerges As An Intellectual Property Leader

David Allison reports that Metro Atlanta is emerging as a leader in intellectual property according to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle. Intellectual property, also known as “IP,” includes technology but is more than just technology. It includes a series of four protections for any new idea, innovation or knowledge. There are patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks.


Sept. 27, 2016 Saporta Report

Effort to raise $180 million from donors for rural Georgia’s hospitals begins Tuesday   

David Pendered reports that the state Legislature’s efforts to help fund struggling rural hospitals by having donors contribute through a tax-incentive program is to have its formal launch Tuesday at event presided over by two co-chairs – Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Mike Giles, president of the influential Georgia Poultry Foundation.


Sept. 27, 2016

World Trade Center Savannah Outlines Annual Achievements

Trevor Williams reports that the Savannah Economic Development Authority has released its achievements for 2015, revealing that the World Trade Center under its purview played a key role in its marketing efforts locally and beyond. The center is part of an international network of more than 300 centers  in 89 countries, including one in Atlanta.


Sept. 27, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Books for Keeps

Candice Dyer reports, in 2009, Melaney Smith met a young bookworm who dreaded summer vacation because it cut off her access to the school library. “I called the school and found out there were several kids who felt that way,” Smith says. So she ended up donating books to 80 kids that year. She also did some research on a phenomenon called the “summer slide,” when students fall behind in their learning because of a lack of educational stimulation during their vacations.


Sept. 27, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Kim Guthrie to replace Bill Hoffman as president of Cox Media Group

Phil W. Hudson reports that Cox Media Group will soon have a new president at the helm. Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises Inc. reported Kim Guthrie will replace Bill Hoffman as president of Cox Media Group in January 2017. Hoffman will retire at the end of the year after 38 years in the media.


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

Kasim Reed on presidential debate: ‘Down goes Trump’

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was hosting a debate watch party tonight at the Gathering Spot. But that didn’t keep the Democrat from cheering on Hillary Clinton and chiding Donald Trump on Twitter, one of Reed’s favorite mediums.



Sept. 26, 2016 MetroAtlantaCEO

Rubenstein Partners Acquires Sanctuary Park in Atlanta for $265 Million

Staff reports that Rubenstein Partners, L.P., a vertically integrated real estate investment manager focused on value-added office property opportunities, along with a minority equity partner, announced the acquisition of Sanctuary Park, a 1.6 million-square-foot office park complex in the North Fulton submarket of Atlanta for $265 million.


Sept. 26, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Dalton/Whitfield County: Manufacturing Metamorphosis

Randy Southerland reports, take a drive up I-75 into Whitfield County and you’ll see lots of activity. First you’ll pass a sprawling new industrial campus under construction. Then exit onto Walnut Avenue in Dalton and cruise past the busy commercial strip, and you’ll discover that the historic downtown is bustling.


Sept. 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Colonial shelved pipeline that could have eased gas crunch

Russell Grantham reports that Colonial Pipeline planned a decade ago to build another fuel pipeline to Atlanta. It would have helped minimize last week's gasoline shortages after one of the largest leaks in the Alpharetta company's history crimped the region's supply.


Sept. 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pete Correll, Frank Blake outline plan for Grady’s future

Ellie Hensley reports that Grady Memorial Health Corp. is undergoing a changing of the guard, and both its outgoing board chair A.D. “Pete” Correll and its incoming chair Frank Blake have big goals for the public safety net hospital. Blake, the retired chairman and CEO of The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), joined Grady’s board in 2015.


Sept. 26, 2016 Georgia Health News

Piedmont’s expanded presence to change care in Athens area

Meera Naqvi reports that on Oct. 1, the honeymoon ends for Piedmont Healthcare and Athens Regional Medical Center (ARMC), and the realities of their marriage will set in. Next week Athens Regional, with 350 beds, will become the second-largest facility in Piedmont’s system and the only one with a residency program. ARMC will be Piedmont’s seventh hospital.


Sept. 26, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA startup business wins University Shark Attack competition in Atlanta

Kinsey Lee Clark reports that MiraBlue Bio LLC, a startup business representing the University of Georgia, took the top prize at a University Shark Attack competition in Atlanta. The Ritz Group sponsored the Sept contest where five collegiate teams pitched private-equity startup ideas to a panel of investment community “sharks.”


Sept. 26, 2016

‘Austria Connect’ Event Draws CEOs to Georgia Tech

Phil Bolton reports that one hundred thirty CEOs and other senior executives representing affiliates of Austrian companies in North America descended on Atlanta Sept. 22-24 to network, compare notes about doing business in the U.S. and share best practices.


Sept. 26, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sun Dial’s Power Lunch

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, looking for a downtown Atlanta lunch spot that impresses without breaking the budget? The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar and View, high atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, with its recently renovated interior and brand-new Power Lunch menu could be your place.


Sept. 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Driver's ed startup Aceable plans Georgia expansion

David Allison reports that an Austin, Texas, startup that's developed a mobile app that teaches driver's education to new drivers has raised $4 million and is planning an expansion into several states, including Georgia. The company, called Aceable, says that its service "is the new standard for state-approved courses, transforming boring lectures into fast-paced, interactive content.


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

Tim Kaine at Gwinnett’s Fiesta Mexicana: Georgia is important

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that Tim Kaine is on his way to a high-dollar fund raiser in Atlanta, but his motorcade detoured a few miles north Sunday. We told you earlier Kaine had landed and was headed to an undisclosed location. Now we can tell you: Kaine’s motorcade rolled up to Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth where the Fiesta Mexicana was being held to mark the Sept. 16 anniversary of Mexican independence.




Sept. 23, 2016 WABE 90.1

North Georgia Farmers Are Now In A Long-Term Drought

Tasnim Shamma reports that North Georgia, including the metro Atlanta area, has been in a drought so long, it's officially a long-term drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday escalated the state from a short-term to a long-term drought. A long-term drought means it has officially passed the six-month mark.


Sept. 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes

Susan Percy reports that Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson, 73, will retire in January, after Harris Hines is sworn in as the new chief justice. The retirement, combined with legislation adding two additional justices to the high court that takes effect in January, will give Gov. Nathan Deal the opportunity to make three appointments.


Sept. 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mizuno partners with Atlanta Braves with Battery experience center

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta Braves on Wednesday announced a partnership agreement with sports equipment giant Mizuno, which will include a showroom “experience center” at the adjoining Battery Atlanta entertainment district. Mizuno, which has its U.S. headquarters in metro Atlanta, will be the team’s official “baseball gear partner,” and the brand will have prominent advertising within the new SunTrust Park, and offer a unique program to loan baseball gloves to fans to catch foul balls, the partners said in a news release.


Sept. 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sara Blakely wants to raise $25 million for low-income female entrepreneurs

Staff reports that Sara Blakely Foundation launched Thursday a campaign to raise $25 million for microloans, credit and asset-building services for 100,000 low-income women entrepreneurs. Spanx Inc. founder and owner Sara Blakely announced the goal and a partnership between the Atlanta-based undergarment maker, her foundation and New York-based Grameen America, which is a nonprofit microfinance organization that supports low-income female entrepreneurs in the United States.


Sept. 23, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Hermine's winds may not have hurt Georgia pecan crop as much as thought, expert says

Staff reports, when Hermine tore through Georgia Sept. 2, first as a hurricane then as a tropical storm, it toppled pecan trees, ripped off limbs and scattered green nuts in a diagonal swath from Thomasville to Savannah. The predictions of a devastated pecan crop may have been slightly overstated as orchard owners could gather more than 100 million pounds of nuts in what one University of Georgia expert says could be one of the best crops in years.


Sept. 23, 2016 Rome News Tribune

Metals firm coming to Rome

Doug Walker reports that Canada-based Larsen & Shaw Limited announced Thursday that it plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Rome, after it was selected as one of four cities the company closely considered during the site selection process.
President and CEO Mary Jane Bushell said a manufacturing site selection consultant “implored” her not to make a decision until she had a chance to see Rome.


Sept. 23, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Need-based scholarships to priority in capital campaign, says UGA president Morehead

Lee Shearer reports that need-based scholarships will be the number one priority when the University of Georgia announces the "public" phase of its ongoing capital campaign, according to University of Georgia president Jere Morehead.


Sept. 23, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA receives $4 million NSF grant to continue broadening participation in STEM

Camie Williams reports that funding for a program that has helped triple minority enrollment in STEM fields at the University of Georgia has been renewed for the second time by the National Science Foundation. UGA initially received funding to implement the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation a decade ago, and the program will continue for another five years thanks to a new $4 million NSF grant.


Sept. 23, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett Medical Center debuts $2.85 million overhaul of emergency department

Staff reports that Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville recently completed nearly $3 million dollars worth of renovations to its emergency department to provide a better experience for patients, Beth Hardy, a hospital spokeswoman said last week. The purpose of the project, which began in February, was to improve patient flow and re-design the department to increase capacity to reduce the patients’ length of stay, Hardy said.


Sept. 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia middle of the road for Hispanic integration

Phil W. Hudson reports, ¿Es usted hispano? If so, Georgia may not be the place for you. According to a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub, Georgia ranked No. 25 among states with the most integrated Hispanics. The highest ranking state is West Virginia, while the lowest ranking state is Massachusetts.


Sept. 23, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia's Ethics Board Adopts Conflict Of Interest Policy

Johnny Kauffman reports that the state commission that enforces rules about campaign spending has a new policy to handle conflicts of interest amongst its members. The new Georgia state ethics commission policy says commissioners should recuse themselves from a case if they or someone in their family has a personnel or financial stake in the matter.


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

Kasim Reed on CNN: ‘Donald Trump is lying’ about black communities

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed went toe-to-toe Thursday with a Cleveland pastor over Donald Trump’s recent comments that “our African-American communities absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever.” Reed, a steadfast Hillary Clinton supporter, was paired on CNN with the Rev. James Davis, an African-American pastor and Trump supporter.



Sept. 22, 2016 WABE 90.1

Big Companies Flock To Midtown For Talent, Startup Access

Tasnim Shamma reports that Smyrna-based pharmaceutical company UCB opened an innovation center in Tech Square on Tuesday. UCB is the first big pharmaceutical company in the technology hub near Georgia Tech, but it's the 15th innovation center here.


Sept. 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: The Dark Side

Ben Young writes, we've heard a lot lately about world trade, the effects of globalization on our society and the United States’ greater role in the world – a lot of shrugging and eye rolling, a lot of populist isolationism. Unlike some patches of the country, Georgia has transitioned from traditional to advanced manufacturing – whether carpet or car parts, local or foreign companies.


Sept. 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Interface to move HQ to Midtown Atlanta

J. Scott Trubey reports carpet tile maker Interface plans to move its office from Vinings to Midtown Atlanta. Interface, known for its environmentally-friendly manufacturing, said Wednesday it will consolidate its headquarters and two other corporate offices at a low-rise building it plans to make-over at 128 West Peachtree Street near the Arts Center MARTA station.


Sept. 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Tech, Emory move up in World University Rankings 

Mark Meltzer reports that Georgia Tech and Emory University each moved up eight spots in The Times Higher Education’s 13th annual World University Rankings, which were released today. Georgia Tech moved up from No. 41 to No. 33 in the rankings, and Emory moved up from No. 90 to No. 82.


Sept. 22, 2016 AccessWDUN

German company to expand base in Hart County

Staff reports that German-based manufacturing company has announced plans to expand its operation in Hart County, bringing an additional 50 jobs to the area. The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced Wednesday morning that Ritz Instrument Transformers will invest $8 million in the expansion and create 50 new full-time jobs within the next five years.


Sept. 22, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA receives national diversity award for third consecutive year

Staff reports that for the third year in a row, the University of Georgia has received national recognition for its efforts to foster an inclusive, diverse campus. UGA is one of 83 recipients of the 2016 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, the only designation of its kind awarded to institutions that demonstrate outstanding efforts and success in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.


Sept. 22, 2016 University of Georgia

Researcher receives $5.2 million to develop affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease

Donna Huber reports that an international team of researchers led by infectious disease experts at the University of Georgia has received $5.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop a more accurate, affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that kills more than 50,000 people each year in Central and South America.


Sept. 22, 2016

Exporters Win $35,000 to Tap New Markets

Trevor Williams reports, China, here they come. Aventure Aviation, an aircraft spare parts supplier based in Peachtree City, now has the resources to crack into a huge market with $20,000 in prize money awarded through the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Sept. 20.


Sept. 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Tubman Museum

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the  art of Timothy Hedden is at the Tubman Museum in Macon.


Sept. 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chick-fil-A to double employee scholarship investment

Phil W. Hudson reports that Chick-fil-A Inc. wants to do more for its employees who want to go to college. The Atlanta-based restaurant chain will more than double its investment in employees’ college educations, providing $4.9 million in scholarships in 2017 and access to tuition discounts and other benefits at more than 70 colleges and universities.


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

Once-leaky pipeline is flowing again, but Georgia’s fuel supply still not back to normal

Greg Bluestein reports that Colonial Pipeline resumed pumping gas into the once-leaky pipeline in Alabama that caused surging fuel prices and dry pumps across the South, but Gov. Nathan Deal warned it won’t mean a quick return to normal supply of fuel in Georgia. “We have been told by the Federal Energy Commission that they’re putting a quota on every state at the outset, so that the line and product on the line is distributed throughout the entire area that is effected by this,” Deal told 11 Alive.



Sept. 21, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gas to start flowing in pipeline

Michael Kanell and J. Scott Trubey report that gasoline should start flowing through a bypass around an Alabama pipeline leak as soon as Wednesday, but it will be "several days" before gas availability returns to normal in metro Atlanta, the pipeline operator said.


Sept. 21, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Savannah 'Que

Krista Reese reports, Savannah area favorite Sandfly Bar-B-Q, on Ferguson, now has a sister spot in downtown Savannah, in a nifty little vintage Streamliner diner on Barnard Street. The 1930s-era Art Deco metal-clad, wood-paneled structure was rescued by SCAD; now the transformed Sandfly Bar-B-Q at the Streamliner offers their signature Memphis-influenced favorites, including the dynamite crunch-tipped ribs, addictive smoked sausage and even the occasional ethereal coconut cake, the latter made in-house by manager Sean Goggin.


Sept. 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southwire buys 3rd-largest U.S. maker of building wire

David Allison reports that Southwire Co., Georgia's fourth-largest private company and ninth-largest manufacturer, said Tuesday it has acquired of United Copper Industries of Denton, Texas, the third largest manufacturer of building wire in the United States.


Sept. 21, 2016 Gainesville Times

Georgia groups now seek to have voice heard in Georgia-Florida water case

Jeff Gill reports that multiple groups from Georgia, including the Gainesville-based Lake Lanier Association, are following the lead of some Florida organizations in wanting to chime in on the latest water wars battle between Georgia and Florida. “Lake Lanier is particularly vulnerable to increased minimum flows at the Georgia/Florida state line, and LLA’s constituents bear a disproportionate brunt of the impact of any increase in those flows — especially during times of drought,” Lake Lanier Association states in its request to file a “friend of the court” brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case.


Sept. 21, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Hendrick Automotive Group to open north Georgia regional headquarters in Gwinnett

Staff reports that Hendrick Automotive Group will locate its north Georgia consolidated regional headquarters in the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, the company announced along with the Gwinnett Chambrer on Tuesday. The 12,000-square-foot space will open this month, expanding the presence of the nation’s largest privately held automotive retail organization, said Haley Tolbert, a chamber spokeswoman.


Sept. 21, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

AU on path to getting new building

Tom Corwin reports that the  University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved $4.5 million as part of its Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Request for design of a College of Science and Math Building.


Sept. 21, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

'Athensmade' working to promote Classic City as great place to do business

Jim Thompson reports that what began a couple of years ago as a simple effort to stamp locally produced products with an “Athens-made” logo has transformed into a broad-based effort to build awareness of the uniqueness of Athens’ business environment as a means of attracting talented people and new businesses.


Sept. 21, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Group seeks support for manifesto against religious bigotry

Maria Saporta reports that a group of prominent Atlantans are seeking support for a Manifesto for Interfaith Cooperation, taking a visible stand against religious bigotry and to advance inclusion of all faiths.


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

Donald Trump celebrates poll giving him 3-point edge in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that the latest polling data show that Georgia is falling further out of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s reach. And Republican Donald Trump celebrated the results Tuesday in a tweet. The Monmouth University poll shows Trump has a 3-point edge over Clinton, within the margin of error, while U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has built a solid lead in his re-election bid.



Sept. 20, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Prepares For Water Wars Case With Drought Backdrop

Molly Samuel reports that next month, Georgia goes to court in a contentious battle with Florida over water, the latest in the long-running water wars. Now there is a new wrinkle: Earlier this month state officials declared a drought in 53 Georgia counties, including all of Atlanta. Florida is suing Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court, saying not enough water makes it down the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers to Florida's Apalachicola Bay.


Sept. 20, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Goats For Hire

Ellen Berman reports, got kudzu? Get a goat. Better yet, get 30 of them delivered to your home or business and let them roam your property to chew up nearly all the rampant weeds and invasive bushes and vines in just a few days. But expect to be on a wait list for Get Your Goat Rentals for up to eight weeks or more.


Sept. 20, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta gas prices up, some shortages, repairs continue

Michael Kanell reports that with shortage of gasoline an issue and the governor warning against gouging, the price of some gasoline in metro Atlanta is now wedged tightly up against $3 a gallon. A smattering of stations in mid-morning were charging $2.99 a gallon, according to GasBuddy. Among those flirting with three-buck gas: a Texaco in Snellville, an Exxon and a Shell in Lawrenceville, a BP in Alpharetta and a Citgo in Stone Mountain.


Sept. 20, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta housing market sees drop in demand, increase in prices

Phil W. Hudson reports that even though August saw a small dip in demand for single family residential properties, prices are continuing to rise. According to the Atlanta Realtors (formerly the Atlanta Board of Realtors) citing data from the First Multiple Listing Service, August residential sales were at 5,180, a drop of 5.5 percent from August 2015.


Sept. 20, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Tsunami level of changes coming to health care, Navicent CEO says

Stanley Dunlap reports that health care will undergo radical changes in the coming years, with clinics and retail health care becoming more popular and the length of hospital stays decreasing, the president of Navicent Health said Monday. 


Sept. 20, 2016

Moscow-based Attorney Cites Strong State of Georgia-Russia Ties at Miller & Martin Seminar

Mary Welch reports that while strained U.S.-Russian relations concerning Crimea, the Ukraine and Syria, dominate today’s headlines, the state of Georgia‘s trade with Russia is on the rise again, retaining its rank as the U.S. fifth largest exporter to the country.


Sept. 20, 2016 Georgia State University

Neuroscientists Receive Grant from NIMH To Develop State-of-the-Art Genome Engineering Technologies

Natasha De Veauuse Brown reports that the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) at Georgia State University has received a two-year, exploratory grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop transformative genome engineering research tools.


Sept. 20, 2016 Georgia Tech

New Fabric Uses Sun and Wind to Power Devices

Josh Brown reports that fabrics that can generate electricity from physical movement have been in the works for a few years. Now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have taken the next step, developing a fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.


Sept. 20, 2016 GPB

A Farm Team For Rural Doctors

Michael Caputo reports that Dr. Jean Sumner, dean of Mercer University's School of Medicine, stood at the front of a classroom addressing two dozen high school students. "Welcome to med school,” Sumner said, as the young people giggled. This is a project started by Sumner and her team at the medical school. And it's all about trying to identify and attract applicants from rural Georgia.


Sept. 20, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Kings Bay, Georgia Power open $75 million solar power facility 3 months early

Terry Dickson reports, anytime there's a Navy event, the commanding officers show up in their dress uniforms wearing a lot of ribbons designating their medals. But the ribbon that mattered Monday at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base was a wide red one cut ceremonially to celebrate the flow of electricity from a $75-million solar energy facility covering 254 acres on the northern side of the sub base.


Sept. 20, 2016 Saporta Report

Gwinnett County getting left behind as it puts rapid transit on hold   

Maria Saporta reports that Gwinnett today is paying the price for not approving MARTA decades ago. Last week, the news came out that NCR – in addition to moving its headquarters to Midtown Atlanta – is going to be expanding its intown campus with a new 14-story tower. That will add another 1,800 jobs on top of the 3,600 moving with the corporate headquarters.


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

A major Cobb County voice weighs in against Nathan Deal’s school takeover bid

Jim Galloway reports, the heft of a newspaper editorial often hinges upon the geography from which it springs. This morning, the Marietta Dailey Journal – nestled in conservative Cobb County – came out against Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed constitutional amendment to permit the state takeover of failing individual schools. The referendum is on the November ballot. The editorial characterizes the proposal as a windfall for for-profit charter school entitities.



Sept. 19, 2016 Gainesville Times

Conservation groups to weigh in on Georgia-Florida water wars case

Jeff Gill reports that several big-name conservation organizations are seeking to give input to the U.S. Supreme Court battle between Florida and Georgia over water sharing in a basin the two states share. The National Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Florida Wildlife Federation and Apalachicola Riverkeeper are asking Ralph Lancaster, a Maine lawyer set to preside over an Oct. 31 trial between the two states, to allow them to file “friend of the court” briefs in the matter.


Sept. 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s 2016 Higher Education Directory

Christy Simo reports, here in Georgia, if you want to get a good education, there are plenty of options, from the 29 public colleges of the University System of Georgia (USG) that serve more than 300,000 students and the 22-school Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), with more than 135,000 students, to the dozens of private and for-profit schools throughout the state.


Sept. 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pipeline spill a headache for metro Atlanta motorists

J. Scott Trubey reports that drivers in metro Atlanta and across the state faced long lines and dry pumps over the weekend - as well as higher prices when they could find gas - as headaches lingered from an Alabmama pipeline spill.


Sept. 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Colonial building bypass pipeline in effort to restore gas deliveries to East Coast

David Allison reports that Colonial Pipeline is constructing a bypass line around its ruptured pipeline in Alabama in an effort to restore gasoline deliveries to the East Coast, as some stations in Atlanta are already out of gas.


Sept. 19, 2016

Deal extends executive order

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today extended the executive order suspending rules limiting the hours commercial truck drivers that deliver fuel operate in order to ensure the uninterrupted supply of transportation fuel in Georgia. “Along with applying for, and receiving, a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this week, I’ve extended the executive order allowing extended operating times for commercial truck drivers to safeguard against any fuel supply issues in our state. We are confident these measures will help ensure Georgians’ uninterrupted access to motor fuel until Alabama’s pipeline is fixed.”


Sept. 19, 2016 Brunswick News

West Egg Cafe takes best shrimp and grits in Georgia title

Chefs at West Egg Cafe in Atlanta will get to cook their best shrimp and grits recipe for Gov. Nathan Deal after winning the best in Georgia contest this weekend at the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival. Following up West Egg in second place in the Best Shrimp and Grits in Georgia contest was The National from Athens and local favorite Blackwater Grill from St. Simons Island.


Sept. 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Best Places to Work Nominations

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


Sept. 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Smith, Gambrell & Russell hires former Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears

Dave Williams reports that former Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears has joined Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP (SGR) as a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation and Appellate practices. “We are thrilled to have Justice Sears join our firm,” said Stephen Forte, SGR’s chairman and managing partner. “Not only is Justice Sears a preeminent attorney and jurist, she also possesses the leadership qualities that enhance the culture and profile or our law firm.”


Sept. 19, 2016 Georgia Health News

Commentary: A flu shot isn’t the only vaccination to consider

Andy Miller reports that Autumn is the time of year when we’re alerted to the need for a flu shot. But there’s another vaccine adults should consider – one to prevent pneumococcal disease. In a new GHN Commentary, Kip Adams of Atlanta says many who are at risk for the disease don’t get vaccinated against it.


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

Why ‘religious liberty’ could be a litmus test in Georgia’s 2018 election

Greg Bluestein reports that a renewed debate over the “religious liberty” bill next year will return Georgia to the international spotlight after Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a version of the legislation in the face of boycott threats and other economic punishment. Deal sent a not-so-subtle message to GOP officials when he told an August meeting of Republican House lawmakers that North Carolina has suffered a 3.8 percent loss in private sector jobs, according to data at the time, while Georgia added 2.6 percent more private sector gigs.



Sept. 16, 2016 Fox 5 Atlanta

Georgia governor declares emergency following gas pipeline break

George Franco reports, filling our vehicles with fuel is a regular routine for most of us, but a problem with a major supplier has shifted the approach of how Georgia is getting its gasoline right now. “There is a slight disruption in service but we anticipate that to be back on track very soon,” said Angela Holland, with the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores. “We have a contingency plan where we have moved gasoline over to the other line it normally carries diesel and fuel jet and we're moving gasoline to all points on our system,” said Steve Baker with Colonial Pipeline.


Sept. 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on new projects in Athens-Clarke County, LaGrange, Cobb County and more. Irish tech support and customer experience provider Voxpro, which counts Google, Airbnb and Nest as clients, is building a new Center of Excellence in Athens-Clarke County. The $4-million facility will employ more than 500.


Sept. 16, 2016

Deal: Global commerce generates $4.4B in investments

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the Global Commerce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) helped create a total of 25,341 new jobs and generate $4.4 billion in investment during FY 16. This growth is a result of the expansion or relocation by 365 companies spanning every region of the state.


Sept. 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State jobless rate drops to match U.S.

Michael Kanell reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate edged down to 4.9 percent in August, matching the national average for the first time since 2007, just before the Great Recession. The rate dipped from 5.0 percent in July as the economy added 7,500 jobs, the state labor department said Thursday.


Sept. 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Savannah trade center to seek state funding for expansion

David Allison reports that officials with the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah have asked Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to include funds in the state's 2017 budget to design an expansion that would include another 100,000 square feet of exhibit space and meeting rooms.


Sept. 16, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett selects Avalon developer for Infinite Energy Center project

Keith Farner reports that officials with the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Center this week announced the developer for the 110-acre Infinite Energy Center complex. The master plan private development concepts feature a new mixed-use entertainment district for dining, retail, office and residential. There’s also outdoor gathering spaces and structured parking.


Sept. 16, 2016 Saporta Report

Rural Georgia, home to 17 percent of state’s residents, faces grueling hardships   

David Pendered reports that the once-behemoth Rural Georgia is slumping to its knees. The region that once controlled the governor’s office, state House and Senate, and the highway department is bleeding jobs as health care is becoming scarce, according to accounts in two recent reports.


Sept. 16, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Ports initiative targets multi-million dollar growth

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch delivered his first State of the Port address Thursday, detailing a new rail initiative that will increase service well beyond the Southeast and set the stage for major market expansion.


Sept. 16, 2016 GPB

Sabal Trail Pipeline Plows Through Southwest Georgia, Local Opposition

Sam Whitehead reports that James “Jeb” Bell’s 100 acres of land in Mitchell County is typical southwest Georgia: groves of spindly pines patch open fields, cicadas whine, gnats bite. “This ain’t a whole great pile of land, but it’s ours, and it’s been ours for 30 years,” said Bell stepping out of his pickup truck on a recent morning.


Sept. 16, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia counties to begin mailing absentee ballots next week

Staff reports that in less than one week, county officials will begin mailing absentee ballots to Georgia voters, and advance voting by mail will begin for the general election, to be held on Nov. 8. To request an absentee ballot, voters can submit a written application to their local county registrar or log onto the office’s “My Voter Page (MVP)” to print the application and mail the completed form to their registrar.


Sept. 16, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia Prospers gears up to fight return of 'religious liberty' bill

Jim Thompson reports, concerned that a “religious liberty” bill like the one vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this year is coming back to the state legislature as it convenes in January, a business coalition including some of the state’s largest corporate enterprises is moving to expand support for “the principle of nondiscrimination as a key to building and maintaining an economically competitive state.”


Sept. 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Kasim Reed headed to the White House to talk Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tamar Hallarman reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is heading to Washington tomorrow for a White House roundtable about the need to pass the politically-endangered Trans-Pacific Partnership. Reed will be part of a group of TPP supporters that includes Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The group will huddle with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office to discuss what “the TPP would mean for them and how we can work together to put the agreement into action,” according to a White House official.



Sept. 15, 2016 WSBRadio, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Posh 21-story complex being built near Buckhead Atlanta development

Becca J.G. Godwin reports that Buckhead is getting another mixed-use apartment behemoth, this one complete with a rooftop dog park, terrace pools that "align with the rising and setting of the sun" and "garden rooms intended to provide fresh herbs for use in artisanal rooftop cocktails."


Sept. 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: On And Off The Red Carpet

Susan Percy reports, at some point during David Letterman’s acceptance speech at UGA’s Peabody Awards ceremony in New York last spring, it occurred to me that he was a bit nervous. David Letterman nervous? Not possible. But there he was, wearing a retirement beard and bantering with Steve Martin, who had introduced him – and he seemed just a little nervous.


Sept. 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Telecom opens HQ in Alpharetta, promises 150 jobs

Geoffrey A. Cooper reports that global, cloud-based telecommunications provider for small businesses recently opened its headquarters in Alpharetta with promises of future job expansion. The home of magicJack for BUSINESS will now be at the Northwinds IV building located on Haynes Bridge Road. This move means hiring 150 new employees by the end of 2017, company officials said.


Sept. 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

ACC pulling football championship game from Charlotte due to transgender restroom law

Erik Spanberg and Phil W. Hudson report that the Atlantic Coast Conference will pull all neutral site championships from North Carolina due to HB2, which means the 12th annual championship football game scheduled for Dec. 3 at Bank of America Stadium will be moved from Charlotte, N.C.. The football championship has been played in Charlotte for six years and was set to remain there through 2019. Atlanta, home of the ACC's Georgia Tech, is slated to hold the Southeastern Conference Championship Dec. 3 at the Georgia Dome.


Sept. 15, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

NuLink acquisition finalized

Kandice Bell reports that acquisition of local cable-TV, phone and internet provider NuLink by Denver-based telecommunications company WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone was finalized Monday. Dave Troxel, WOW! vice president and general manager for Georgia, said the company is excited to expand into the Coweta County area and will work with NuLink to look at its current processes to figure out any needed improvements.


Sept. 15, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Trade Center looking at expansion

Mary Carr Mayle reports that anticipating a need to grow, the board of the Georgia International & Maritime Trade Center Authority is wasting no time in looking for initial funding for an expanded convention center on Hutchinson Island. Trade Center Authority Chairman Mark Smith said although a final report from CBRE of Atlanta updating a strategic plan for the Hutchinson Island convention center won’t be done for another week or so, he’s confident that report will indicate the need for another 100,000 square feet of exhibit space and meeting rooms.


Sept. 15, 2016 Brunswick News

Camden trying to diversify job market

Gordon Jackson reports that James Coughlin knew he faced a challenge when he was hired two years ago as director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority. During a presentation Monday at a Camden Partnership meeting, Coughlin said Nassau County, Fla. officials have used Camden County as an example of what can happen to an area too dependent on one industry or employer. In Camden, the big employer is Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.


Sept. 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Butterflies

Karen Kirkpatrick posts photos of butterflies of Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw.


Sept. 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How big was tourism’s economic impact in Georgia?

Staff reports that the Peach State’s tourism industry brought in a record $58.9 billion last year, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday at the 2016 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference. That's up 3.2 percent from $57.1 billion the year prior. “Tourism has become one of Georgia’s top economic generators, as the industry supports more than 439,000 jobs and surpassed $58.9 billion in economic impact last year,” Deal told attendees.


Sept. 15, 2016 GPB

How Are Partisan Battles In Washington Affecting Georgia?

Rickey Bevington reports, what does the Peach State have to win or lose as partisan battles continue to tie up the federal budget and the passing of Zika funding?


Sept. 15, 2016 Georgia Health News

More legislators question need for consultants on rural hospital donations

Andy Miller reports that three prominent state lawmakers — siding with another influential colleague — say there’s no need for rural hospitals to hire consultants to obtain donations under a new Georgia program. The program, created by a law passed during the 2016 session of the General Assembly, allows tax credits for those who donate to struggling rural hospitals.


Sept. 15, 2016 WABE 90.1

Both Sides Of Ga. School Takeover Fight Launch Ad Campaigns

Martha Dalton reports that some Georgia voters will receive absentee ballots next week, marking the start of the fall election season. One of the issues before them will be a measure called Amendment One. The ballot question asks whether the Georgia Constitution should be changed to allow the state to take over so-called “chronically failing” schools. That would include any public school that scored an F on the state’s report card for three consecutive years.


Sept. 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

An artful decision triggers new Sam Olens speculation

Tamar Hallarman and Greg Bluestein report that a decision by a state official to stash a piece of artwork doesn’t usually raise any eyebrows. But when it involves Attorney General Sam Olens, who is at the center of swirling rumors he could step down, it can fuel new speculation of his future. Olens has stayed mum on whether he will step down this year to take the reins of Kennesaw State University, the school facing troubling financial questions.



Sept. 14, 2016

Deal: NCR to create more than 1,800 jobs in Midtown Atlanta

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, announced that the NCR Corporation will create more than 1,800 jobs and invest $145 million in its Midtown Atlanta expansion. NCR will a construct a second tower at its global headquarters to bring together employees from the Alpharetta, Atlanta and Duluth offices.


Sept. 14, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Georgia’s 2016 Higher Education Directory

Christy Simo reports, here in Georgia, if you want to get a good education, there are plenty of options, from the 29 public colleges of the University System of Georgia (USG) that serve more than 300,000 students and the 22-school Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), with more than 135,000 students, to the dozens of private and for-profit schools throughout the state.


Sept. 14, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Florida-based company to open manufacturing plant in Macon

Linda S. Morris reports that a Florida-based manufacturer plans to open a facility in Macon. Guard Buildings, LLC, which manufacturers industrial modular shelters, is planning to open a 23,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, according to a news release from the Macon Economic Development Commission. This will be the Tallahassee, Florida-based company's third manufacturing plant.


Sept. 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed CEO Dennis Lockhart stepping down

Jacques Couret reports that Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President and CEO Dennis Lockhart plans to step down Feb. 28, 2017. Lockhart took the reins at the Atlanta Fed in March 2007, led the bank through the Great Recession and put Atlanta on the world financial map. He replaced Jack Guynn, who retired in October 2006.


Sept. 14, 2016 Georgia Health News

Georgia again ranks high in rate of uninsured

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s uninsured rate of 13.9 percent in 2015 was the nation’s third-highest, trailing only Texas and Alaska, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday. The rate in Georgia fell from 15.8 percent the previous year. The number of Georgians without health insurance, 1,388,000, was the fourth-highest total in the nation in 2015. (By contrast, Georgia is the No. 8 state in overall population.)


Sept. 14, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State Among Top Five Most Innovative Universities in U.S. News Best Colleges Edition

Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University has moved from fifth to fourth among the most innovative schools in the nation in the 2017 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine. Georgia State also ranked 14th among national universities cited for “an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” It was 14th last year.


Sept. 14, 2016 Mercer University

Mercer Debuts in Top Tier of National Universities Category in U.S. News Rankings

Staff reports that Mercer University debuted at No. 135 in U.S. News & World Report’s national universities rankings, released on Tuesday, joining Emory, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia as the only institutions in the state to be ranked in the top tier. The No. 135 ranking places Mercer among the top 75 private universities in the country, according to U.S. News.


Sept. 14, 2016 Brunswick News

CCGA ranked among best regional colleges by US News and World Report

Lauren McDonald reports that U.S. News and World Report ranked College of Coastal Georgia among the Best Regional Public Colleges in the South for the first time since the school became a four-year baccalaureate institution in 2009. In a report released Tuesday, CCGA is ranked No. 7 among public state and regional colleges in the 12 southern states, as well as No. 42 among 113 state and private colleges in the South.


Sept. 14, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA asks for $4.6 million to plan STEM building

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia is asking the state for $4.6 million to design an “Interdisciplinary STEM (for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Research Building,” but won’t say anything about it until after a Board of Regents vote on Wednesday.


Sept. 14, 2016 WABE 90.1

Rare Georgia Orchid Added To The Endangered Species

List Molly Samuel reports that the white fringeless orchid grows in a handful of places in the Southeast. Only about 100 of the rare flowers bloom in Georgia in any given year. Now the plant is protected under the Endangered Species Act. The flowers, also known as monkeyface orchids, are threatened by habitat loss, and, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by collectors.


Sept. 14, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

New 54-room inn, conference center planned for Barnsley Resort in Bartow County

Staff reports that work on a new 54-room inn and conference center is expected to begin immediately at Barnsley Resort, and the new facility could be open by next fall, according to a news release issued by the resort. The project at the resort at Barnsley Gardens near Adairsville in Bartow County will create an additional 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.


Sept. 14, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia heavy hitters announced for big film conference in Atlanta

Ellie Hensley reports that Georgia’s booming film and television business helped it score 2016’s Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Cineposium, and the event’s speaker program boasts several of the Peach State’s top industry players. Film professionals and film commissioners from over 30 countries will attend the Cineposium, which will be held in Atlanta Sept. 22 through 24.


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

Former rivals David Perdue and Jack Kingston bury the hatchet for Donald Trump

Tamar Hallerman reports that it's been more than two years since Jack Kingston and David Perdue’s long, expensive and somewhat chilly battle for the Republican Senate nomination. Perdue of course went on to win that matchup in an upset and with Kingston’s blessing eventually defeated Democrat Michelle Nunn. The two men, however, were never exactly close.



Sept. 13, 2016

Deal: August tax revenues up 6.8 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for August totaled $1.69 billion, for an increase of $108 million, or 6.8 percent, compared to August 2015, when net tax collections totaled $1.58 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue receipts totaled almost $3.3 billion, for an increase of nearly $134.7 million, or 4.3 percent, compared to last year.


Sept. 13, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Fall Foliage in Georgia State Parks

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that as fall rolls nearer and thoughts turn to leap peeping, get out your calendar and start making your fall foliage travel plans with this A to Z guide. Maybe in the past you’ve ventured outside the state — North Carolina or even New England — for the best fall color. But beautiful oranges and reds can be found in Georgia, as well. Now, thanks to Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, which has put together an A to Z of info on leaf peeping in the state, you can see all the gorgeous fall hues without venturing far at all.


Sept. 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Honeywell announces division HQ, software center in Atlanta

J. Scott Trubey reports that industrial giant Honeywell said Monday it will relocate a key division headquarters and open a new global software development center in a pair of moves that will add more than 800 jobs in Midtown Atlanta. Morris Plains, N.J.-based Honeywell is a Fortune 500 maker of thermostats, fire systems, smart building software, aerospace systems, wireless communications and products for the energy exploration sector.


Sept. 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Magazine names Georgia top state for business for third straight year

Dave Williams reports that a leading corporate site selection and relocation magazine has named Georgia the top state for doing business for the third consecutive year. Area Development magazine ranked Georgia No. 1 based on a recent survey of site consultants, who were asked to make their top state picks in 10 categories that affect corporate location and facility plans.


Sept. 13, 2016 GPB

Despite Lack Of Federal Funding, Georgia Fights Zika Virus

James Reising reports that there are more than 70 travel related Zika cases in Georgia so far - and Congress is refusing to unlock federal funding for the epidemic, leaving it up to individual states to deal with the virus. How is Georgia fighting Zika? And how much does it cost? Georgia’s Department of Public Health statewide efforts are currently focused on surveillance, testing, epidemiology, outreach, and education.


Sept. 13, 2016 Emory University

Emory ranked among Top 20 national universities by U.S. News

Elaine Justice reports that Emory University has been ranked 20th among the nation’s top universities in the new 2017 Best Colleges guidebook from U.S. News & World Report. "Emory is recognized as a national and international leader in teaching, research and discovery," says Stuart Zola, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.


Sept. 13, 2016 UGA

UGA jumps to 18th in U.S. News & World Report ranking

Janis D. Gleason reports that the University of Georgia moved up three spots to No. 18 in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of Best Public Universities, released today. "I am pleased that the University of Georgia continues to be recognized as one of the very best public research universities in the nation," said President Jere W. Morehead.


Sept. 13, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech rises in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Staff reports that the Georgia Institute of Technology moved up two places from 36 to 34 in the 2017 Best Colleges undergraduate rankings of national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Georgia Tech once again ranked seventh among public universities and individual undergraduate programs.


Sept. 13, 2016 Kennesaw University

Kennesaw State University recognized for academic excellence in national rankings

Staff reports that Kennesaw State has been earning high marks among national rankings in the past few months, further validating the University’s commitment to offering high-quality academic degree programs and campus resources., a comprehensive guide to the nation’s online colleges, ranked Kennesaw State in the top 25 for most affordable online colleges for Engineering (No. 7), Education (No. 16) and Teaching (No. 22).


Sept. 13, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta employers to hire at 'upbeat pace' in Q4

Mark Meltzer reports that Atlanta and U.S. employers are planning to increase hiring in the final three months of 2016, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, released today. The outlook is the strongest since the end of the Great Recession, matching a report from the October-December period of 2015, said ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN).


Sept. 13, 2016 WABE 90.1

Newt Gingrich Calls Georgia A 'Key Battleground'

Elly Yu reports that former House Speaker and Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich called Georgia a “key battleground” at a town hall for the Trump campaign Monday at Kennesaw State University. Gingrich spoke to a crowd of more than 100 supporters, some who were wearing newly-minted shirts with the word “deplorables.” Groups of students in between classes also stood towards the back of the room to hear Gingrich speak.


Sept. 13, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Exclusive!

Tim Kaine to raise money in Atlanta for Hillary Clinton this month

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine will make his first trip to Georgia since gaining that title when the Virginia senator visits Atlanta to raise money later this month. Kaine will be the honored guest at a pair of events Sept. 25 at the homes of Dr. Stephen and Arnika Dawkins and Teresa and Joseph Roseborough.



Sept. 12, 2016 GPB, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Study Reveals Ga.'s High-Demand Jobs, Workforce Gap

Dave Williams reports that Georgia businesses and educators may finally have the information they need to close a jobs gap that’s been affecting the state for years. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, working with the Atlanta office of global professional services consultant Accenture PLC, found significant shortages of qualified workers for the jobs in highest demand in Georgia.


Sept. 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Challenges & opportunities in banking

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia’s banks have been roaring back into profitability since the dreadful days of the Great Recession. But that doesn’t mean all the challenges to the industry, especially to community banks, are gone – regulations and compliance, along with a low-interest-rate environment, are just two of the issues facing the institutions that keep all other businesses in Georgia humming.


Sept. 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATL airport busiest, but others lead in international traffic, cargo

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Atlanta airport is the world’s busiest based on passenger and flight counts, but others remain ahead in international traffic and cargo, according to a new report. Airports Council International, a global trade association, on Friday released its world airport traffic report, with final rankings based on 2015 traffic.


Sept. 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Honeywell to bring $20 million IT hub to Atlanta, will create more than 600 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the  IT center will develop software and technologies for Honeywell’s aerospace, automation and control solutions businesses. Midtown's 55-story Bank of America Plaza office tower said to be favorite to land the project.


Sept. 12, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

HOPE falls short of meeting scholarship needs for low-income students, report says

Lee Shearer reports that Georgia's public colleges are increasingly out of reach for low- and middle income students, according to a new report. The lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship, which students are awarded based on grades and test scores, helps hundreds of thousands of students. But for many it’s just not enough.


Sept. 12, 2016 Georgia Health News

Is your health care provider an addict? The problem we can’t ignore

Judi Kanne reports before he went to medical school, Michael Fishman was already addicted to drugs. “I didn’t even know there was such a thing as treatment then,” he recalls. He had never heard of a 12-step recovery program. “I was the kind of guy who was 4.0 premed; and I would hide behind my grades,” Dr. Fishman says now.


Sept. 12, 2016 Rome News-Tribune

Northwest Georgia ranks worst in state for senior hunger

Diane Wagner reports that the 15-county Northwest Georgia region ranks No. 1 in the state for food insecurity among senior citizens. “And of those counties, we have five that rank in the top 10 counties,” said Lynne Reeves, director of the Area Agency on Aging. “That’s shocking to me. It’s hard to see those rankings.”


Sept. 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia declares Level 1 drought for metro Atlanta

Phil W. Hudson reports that you may want to hold off on watering the plants this weekend because Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 1 drought response for 53 counties. The declaration, which includes Metro Atlanta, follows a wet winter, but a dry spring and summer.


Sept. 12, 2016 Saporta Report

Energy efficiency, Clean Power Plan would cut consumer costs, reduce use of dirty fuel   

Marilyn A. Brown writes, in a year marked by ever deepening political divides, an unlikely consensus has formed between Georgia regulators and environmental advocates: energy bills must remain affordable as we transition to a low-carbon economy. My research on sustainable energy policies and the electric utility industry demonstrates that we can best achieve this result by using innovative tools already available to us.


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

Atlanta operative seeks to be Georgia GOP’s first black leader

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican operative Michael McNeely said Friday he will run to be chairman of the Georgia GOP, formally launching his bid to become the state party’s first black leader. McNeely is now the vice-chair of the Georgia GOP and a top surrogate for Donald Trump and other Republican candidates on November’s ballot. He’s long been rumored to seek the post, which will be decided in a 2017 vote, and said in a statement he “wanted to put the question to rest.”



Sept. 9, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Tire maker to create 1,000 jobs in Troup

Staff reports that a Chinese tire maker is bringing more than 1,000 jobs to a new, $530 million plant in LaGrange. Sentury Tire, the fifth-largest and fastest-growing tire manufacturer in China, will build a factory for car and light truck tire manufacturing to serve existing customers in North America.


Sept. 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: A World Without Work?

Neely Young writes the following is a scary proposal floated during this political season, and it might be implemented sooner than later. Be very afraid. This big idea is for our government to provide a Universal Basic Income (UBI). One advocate is billionaire Bill Gross, who worries that robots are taking over traditional jobs.


Sept. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sage Group sets stage for more growth in Atlanta, plans 300-job expansion

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the world’s largest accounting software supplier to small businesses relocated its North America headquarters to Atlantic Station in Midtown last year. “Atlanta is a strategic bet that Sage has made... and it’s an area where we are going to invest more in,” Sage Group CEO Stephen Kelly said.


Sept. 9, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Big raise on the way for state law enforcement officers

Maggie Lee reports that Georgia state troopers, GBI agents and other law enforcement officers who work at state agencies are set to get a 20 percent raise as part of a plan proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal. The plan also includes more training for officers across the state. Officers face uncertainty and danger in jobs that have become more dangerous and difficult over the years, the governor said at a formal announcement of his plan Thursday.


Sept. 9, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS and Synovus to put cash in investors’ hands

Tony Adams reports that investors in the stock of TSYS and Synovus Financial Corp. — both headquartered in Columbus — will soon have a little extra cash in their hands. Global credit card and payments processor TSYS said its board of directors has authorized a quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per share of its common stock. It is payable Oct. 3 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 22. TSYS does business in more than 80 nations around the world, including the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.


Sept. 9, 2016 Gainesville Times

Corps stops issuing new dock permits on Lake Lanier

Jeff Gill reports that Lake Lanier has reached its limit of 10,615 docks, so no new dock permits will be issued by the Army Corps of Engineers. However, the corps will revisit the number of dock permits every year and if any have become available in the meantime, starting in March, “we will review sites until those available permits have been issued,” Chief Ranger Ernest Noe said.


Sept. 9, 2016 Georgia State University

Researchers Get $180,000 Grant to Study Moral Injury Among Post-Deployment U.S. Soldiers

Staff reports that Georgia State University researchers and their colleagues have received a two-year, $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to investigate moral injury among U.S. soldiers. Experts define moral injury as a disorientation and loss of trust in others or self caused by involvement in injustice or wrongdoing. It typically involves shattered understandings of oneself and the loss of confidence in morality and meaning of community.


Sept. 9, 2016 University of Georgia

UGA, state officials tour agricultural sites, see strength of industry firsthand

Clint Thompson reports that the University of Georgia and Georgia Department of Agriculture continue to make Georgia's No. 1 industry a top priority. UGA President Jere W. Morehead and Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, along with UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue, headed the fourth annual state agriculture tour, this time through middle and south Georgia, on Sept. 7.


Sept. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta company scores $7.5 million investment from Main Line venture capital firm

Phil W. Hudson reports that Norcross, Ga.-based Sparus Holdings Inc. landed a $7.5 million investment from a Radnor, Pa.–based venture capital firm in partnership with Atlanta-based Source Capital LLC, an existing investor in the business. NewSpring Capital, a family of private equity funds providing growth and expansion capital, reported the firm’s dedicated mezzanine fund, NewSpring Mezzanine Capital, made the investment, which will be used to refinance existing debt and to support the continued growth of the business.


Sept. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Gov. Deal lays out education plans and lashes out at critics

Ty Tagami reports that Gov. Nathan Deal told Georgia educational leaders Thursday that his final two years in office will see a pivot to education policy, and he lashed out at critics of his budgets and his push for a state takeover of “chronically failing” schools. Speaking at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute, an annual conference for superintendents, school board members, principals and other education leaders, Deal tied his previous focus on helping former convicts transition to society to his pending emphasis on students and keeping them out of the prison pipeline in the first place.



Sept. 8, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Will Receive $13.5 Million to Continue Support for Manufacturers

Staff reports that the Georgia Institute of Technology will receive $13.5 million in federal funding over the next five years to continue a program that has assisted small- and mid-sized manufacturing companies in Georgia for more than half a century. The funding will be used by the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP), which serves manufacturers through a network of 10 regional offices and more than 30 extension personnel statewide.


Sept. 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — DragonCon

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Saturday morning’s DragonCon parade attracted thousands of people, aliens, zombies and musicians — and even more spectators — to the streets of downtown Atlanta. Diversity at its most bizarre.


Sept. 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Is this park concept over Ga. 400 the future of Buckhead?

J. Scott Trubey reports, a Buckhead business group unveiled updated renderings Wednesday of a potential park capping Ga. 400 near Lenox Square that would connect a trail network with green space and establishing links between major office towers and new residential high-rises.


Sept. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta CFOs say hiring outlook good over next six months

Staff reports that one out of five Atlanta executives expect professional-level hiring to rise in the next six months, according to the Atlanta Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half. About 20 percent of metro Atlanta CFOs expect their companies will create new jobs, up 5 points from the previous six-month period.


Sept. 8, 2016

Confirmed: Georgia Lands $500 Million Chinese Tire Plant

Trevor Williams reports that a Chinese tire manufacturer has chosen Georgia over Tennessee for its first U.S. plant, a $500 million investment that validates the state’s strategy of targeting investors in the northeastern city of Qingdao. It also comes a year since the Georgia Department of Economic Development hired away a top Chinese investment recruiter from South Carolina to help overcome a near-decade-long lull in major Chinese manufacturing investment.


Sept. 8, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Middle Georgia communities to get federal money to help with improvements

Linda S. Morris reports that more than $33 million in development awards from the federal government will help the economy in several communities. Some of those communities are in Middle Georgia, including the cities of Dublin, Perry, Gray, Roberta and Eatonton.


Sept. 8, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

Hospital Authority opens door for med school

Jennifer Dandron reports that the Hospital Authority of Valdosta-Lowndes County has approved a memorandum of understanding that will pave the way for a medical college of osteopathy in Valdosta, during a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon. The authority voted to approve the new MOU with Lowndes Affiliated Services, the company responsible for operating and managing the proposed medical school, just a few weeks after rejecting a previous draft of the agreement.


Sept. 8, 2016 Saporta Report

How the dome got its gold   

Allison Hutton reports if the sight of the gold dome atop our capitol inspires you, that’s a good thing. It should. The Romans used domes, as did other ancient civilizations, and some of the most striking buildings in the world — the Taj Mahal, the Hagia Sophia, and St. Basil’s Cathedral, to name a few — are capped with them.


Sept. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

JetBlue to land again at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Staff reports that JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) will make Atlanta its 63rd nonstop destination. Starting March 30,2017, the low-cost carrier will begin service between Boston Logan International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Sept. 8, 2016 GPB

Harris Hines Elected As New Chief Justice Of Georgia Supreme Court

James Reising reports that Harris Hines will be the new Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. The Cobb County native is expected to take up the mantle as Chief Justice this January, according a press release from the court. He succeeds retiring Justice Hugh Thompson. Hines will preside over Georgia’s judicial branch for one 4-year term.


Sept. 8, 2016 Albany Herald

Phoebe Putney Health System backs ‘Georgia Way’ health care proposal

Jennifer Parks reports that officials from Phoebe Putney Health System showed support on Wednesday for a proposal released last week by a health care task force meant to aid in the discussion of health care in Georgia, while action was made regarding an employee drug screening policy, appointment of an open records officer and the renewal of Phoebe’s contractors.


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

Nathan Deal’s school-takeover proposal sparks opposition in GOP strongholds

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that the campaign team behind Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed constitutional amendment to allow the state to take control of “chronically failing schools” has begun the mechanical process of identifying its supporters for the November referendum.




Sept. 7, 2016

Deal announces $37.7 million in development awards to 74 Georgia communities

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 74 Georgia communities will receive a total of $37.7 million in federal assistance to enhance their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA).


Sept. 7, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Gwinnett County: Technology Takes Hold

Lori Johnston reports, John Voris describes himself as a Silicon Valley vet, but Gwinnett County snagged his attention when thredUP, an online marketplace for secondhand women’s and children’s clothing, needed a new distribution center. The San Francisco-based company, with revenue growing about 150 percent annually, is one of a number of success stories that are choosing Gwinnett to expand workforce, grow business and better serve customers.


Sept. 7, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta home prices up faster than most

Michael Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta home prices rose 6.4 percent over the past year, outpacing the national average as well as most other major metro areas, according to a report issued this morning. Atlanta also led the rest of the state, rising faster than the Georgia average increase of 5.8 percent, as well as the national price increase of 6.0 percent, according to the report by CoreLogic, a California-based real estate information company.


Sept. 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Piedmont Healthcare and Aetna renew contract

Ellie Hensley reports that Piedmont Healthcare and Aetna (NYSE: AET) signed a new contact, the two organizations announced jointly Sept. 6. The contract gives Aetna members continued in-network access to the hospital's services through Feb. 28, 2019.


Sept. 7, 2016 Saporta Report

Two insurers discriminate against HIV/AIDS patients in Georgia, federal complaints contend   

David Pendered reports that insurance companies in Georgia are among a national group that imposes hardships on consumers who are prescribed costly medicines to extend their life as they live with HIV/AIDS, according to civil rights complaints filed Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The complaints in Georgia cite Cigna and Humana for implementing a number of measures the complaints contend are intended to keep Georgians living with HIV/AIDS from seeking to enroll.


Sept. 7, 2016 Georgia Health News

Georgia still has major problem with obesity, report shows

Andy Miller reports that three in 10 Georgia adults are obese, giving the state the 19th-highest rate in the nation, a recently released report says. Between 2014 and 2015, adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, according to the report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Sept. 7, 2016 Georgia Tech

Nano-lipid Particles From Edible Ginger Could Improve Drug Delivery for Colon Cancer, Study Finds

Staff reports that edible ginger-derived nano-lipids created from a specific population of ginger nanoparticles show promise for effectively targeting and delivering chemotherapeutic drugs used to treat colon cancer, according to a study by researchers at the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Wenzhou Medical University and Southwest University in China.


Sept. 7, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta leaders rally around Paine

Tom Corwin reports that calling itself the Augusta Committee to Help Paine College, about 30 business and community leaders got a candid synopsis of Paine's financial troubles and what has happened under President Samuel Sullivan and a new board of trustees to dig itself out.


Sept. 7, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Houston 911 getting $6.5 million upgrade

Wayne Crenshaw reports that the Houston County 911 Center is getting a $6.5 million upgrade. The County Commission on Tuesday approved a contract with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for the upgrade. It will be funded by money from the 2012 special purpose local option sales tax.


Sept. 7, 2016

Atlanta Mayor Visits Equifax’s Fast-Growing Irish Tech Hub

Trevor Williams reports that even before Georgia Tech beat Boston College 17-14 in their college football contest in Dublin, Atlanta had already scored major victories this weekend in Ireland. A local craft brewery had sent its finest beer across the pond, and the seemingly unorthodox location for the football matchup had provided an occasion for reflection on the business and cultural links between Ireland and Georgia.


Sept. 7, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

Hurricane hurts pecans

Jill Nolin reports that Hermine’s winds and rain proved too intense for many South Georgia pecan trees. Thousands were toppled or otherwise damaged during the storm, which started to roll through the area early Friday morning. On trees left standing, tropical-storm force winds prematurely separated pecans from their branches. Some growers reported losing one-third of their crop.


Sept. 7, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sources: Georgia lands Sentury Tire's $500 million-plus U.S. manufacturing plant

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the  first phase of the Sentury Tire expansion would involve a more than $500 million investment and the creation of more than 600 jobs, sources said. When fully built-out, the investment could rise to $1 billion and the workforce would swell to “several thousand.”


Sept. 7, 2016 WABE 90.1 Ga.

Presidential Campaign Strategies May Be Locked In

Johnny Kauffman reports that the beginning of September traditionally means a jump in the pace and intensity of the presidential campaign, but some of the national attention Georgia drew last month may fade away. Donald Trump remains the favorite in the state, said William Boone, a political scientist at Clark Atlanta University, but it doesn't look like the Hillary Clinton campaign will make a big play here.


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

A retired general in Georgia goes to bat for Donald Trump

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump traded barbs Tuesday over their handling of military issues, with Clinton releasing an ad in Georgia (you can see it here) and other competitive states, which is aimed at veterans, while Trump highlighted a letter from nearly 90 retired generals and military brass, endorsing his presidential campaign.



Sept. 6, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Lawmakers Study Regional Transit Options For Atlanta

Elly Yu reports that Georgia lawmakers are grappling with how to solve traffic congestion in the metro Atlanta area, as they study regional transit options throughout this summer and fall. Both Georgia’s House and Senate have study committees to look at the issue and create recommendations by the end of this year ahead of the legislative session that starts in January. 


Sept. 6, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s 2016 Higher Education Directory

Christy Simo reports, here in Georgia, if you want to get a good education, there are plenty of options, from the 29 public colleges of the University System of Georgia (USG) that serve more than 300,000 students and the 22-school Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), with more than 135,000 students, to the dozens of private and for-profit schools throughout the state.


Sept. 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Technology Association of Georgia names new leader

J. Scott Trubey reports that the Technology Association of Georgia on Friday announced a former Metro Atlanta Chamber executive as its next president and CEO. Larry Williams, the current chief executive of an economic development organization in Miami, will replace Tino Mantella, who previously announced plans to leave TAG at the end of this year. Mantella served as the head of TAG, a trade organization with more than 30,000 members, for more than a decade.


Sept. 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Transco seeks to condemn 456 acres for new Georgia pipeline

David Allison reports that on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, Houston-based Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. LLC, also known as Transco, filed 50 condemnation actions in federal court in Atlanta, asking the court to condemn hundreds of acres in Georgia for the new pipeline.


Sept. 6, 2016 Georgia Health News

Silent spill: Jet fuel reached river, but accident went almost unnoticed

Andy Miller reports that four months ago, a tanker truck carrying jet fuel hit a post at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, ripping open a valve. Fuel spilled out onto the tarmac and flowed into a storm drain. The early-morning accident occurred at the ramp level at Gate D41, but there was no aircraft at the gate then, airport officials say.


Sept. 6, 2016 Saporta Report

Online map of all parks, amenities in Georgia created for proposed state plan for parks, recreation   

David Pendered reports, the way Becky Kelley sees it, Georgia’s new proposed statewide recreation plan aims to serve a vast majority Georgians who want to relax or play public parks. And a new mapping feature provides pinpoint accuracy in locating a park and its amenities. “Well over 60 percent of the state’s residents consider themselves recreators,” said Kelley, of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “State government has a role in recreation. When people are in a city, county or state park, they feel they’re getting their money’s worth.”


Sept. 6, 2016 Brunswick News

Georgia school superintendent promises recommitment to literacy education

Lauren McDonald reports that Georgia’s School Superintendent Richard Woods recently released a written statement promising a renewed state commitment to literacy and kindergarten foundational skills in schools. “The ability to read on grade level by third grade, along with proficiency in math by fifth grade, is the first crucial step toward future academic attainment,” Woods wrote. “We have to get it right in the early grades if students are going to achieve later on.”


Sept. 6, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory University execs launching new financial firm

David Allison reports that two top business executives at Emory University are leaving the school to start a new Atlanta financial advisory firm. Michael Mandl, who has served as Emory's executive vice president of business administration for 13 years, will transition out of that role to launch a new company, Mandl & Co., The Emory Wheel reported Sept. 4.


Sept. 6, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Labor Day lesson for forgotten Georgia candidates

Greg Bluestein reports that politicians see Labor Day as the unofficial start of the election season, but no presidential race in recent history has made that idea seem so quaint. In Georgia, as in other states, the presidential contest has held voters spellbound for more than a year, leaving most down-ballot candidates wondering whether anybody will pay attention to them as they stump for votes. And with good reason.



Sept. 2, 2016 WSB TV

Tropical Storm Hermine bearing down on Georgia

Staff reports that Tropical Storm Hermine is making through Florida and parts of Georgia right now. The storm was classified as a hurricane until Friday morning. It weakened to a tropical storm just before 5 a.m. Georgia Power estimates 22,000 without power statewide. They said most are in south Georgia and there are about 300 damage spots.


Sept. 2, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Heavy rains flood streets ahead of Tropical Storm Hermine

Staff reports that Tropical Storm Hermine is pushing through south Georgia on a track up the coast. At 6 a.m., the Nathional Weather Service forecasted winds up 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 55. Highest winds would be near the coast within rain bands. Total rainfall amounts are projected to be up to 5 inches near the coast and 6 to 8 inches locally inland. Storms should move northward out of the Savannah area by 6 p.m.


Sept. 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

How May We Serve You?

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, check out the view as you drive around Georgia. Cranes dot the Atlanta skyline. Houses are going up across the state. Commercial construction can be seen from the mountains to the coast. There’s one sector of the economy that doesn’t get much recognition even as it helps foster that new growth and celebrates its occurrence, and that’s banking.


Sept. 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How a family business might save Southlake Mall

Tammy Joyner reports that early 2014, Mark and Shelly Wilson went shopping for a site for their newest business venture - a giant customer service call center - and ended up at the mall. Opening Chime Solutions in the former J.C. Penney at Southlake Mall in Clayton County made sense, they decided. The mall sits off a busy stretch of I-75 in Morrow and along a MARTA bus line.


Sept. 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Instacart expands service in Atlanta

Amy Wenk reports that online delivery service Instacart will expand in Atlanta by adding new partnerships with Publix and Hmart. Instacart already partners with Whole Foods Market, Costco, Kroger and Petco. It first came to the market in June 2014.


Sept. 2, 2016 Brunswick News

Brunswick Job Corps Center ranked in top 50 in US

Lauren McDonald reports that Mel Gaines, director of the Brunswick Job Corps Center, keeps three cellphones. Two are filled with the contact information of his students at the center and their parents. He’s given the number of one phone, called his “safety net phone,” to all 325 students in the program. “If they’re ever in an unsafe predicament, they know they’ve got this phone number,” Gaines said. “And I keep this phone with me 24/7. Whether they’re at home, on the campus or out in the community.”


Sept. 2, 2016 Mercer University

Atlanta Campus Set to Host Fourth Annual 'Reach Out, Speak Out' Suicide Prevention Initiative

Staff reports that students, faculty and staff on Mercer University’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus are combining their efforts for the fourth consecutive year to encourage those across Metro Atlanta to “Reach Out, Speak Out” during National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 4-10.


Sept. 2, 2016 Brunswick News

Dorel Home Furnishings locates in Interstate Centre II

Staff reports that the Development Authority of Bryan County announced earlier this week the addition of Dorel Home Furnishings Inc. to its existing industry base. DHF has located in a 600,000- square-foot building in the Interstate Centre II industrial park in Black Creek and will employ approximately 100 people full time at the facility.


Sept. 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gold Peak to debut ready-to-drink tea lattes and coffees

Staff reports that the Coca-Cola Co.’s Gold Peak brand will debut ready-to-drink tea lattes and coffees in the first quarter of 2017. Gold Peak’s ready-to-drink teas and coffees will feature real milk and sugar in several flavors. The Atlanta-based beverage giant said the ready-to-drink tea latte segment is an emerging beverage category, while ready-to-drink coffees “have enjoyed very strong growth over the past five years.”


Sept. 2, 2016 Saporta Report

Home Depot Foundation increases support for veterans to $250 million   

Maria Saporta reports that the Home Depot Foundation is stepping up its commitment to veteran related causes to $250 million by 2020. The foundation announced the increased commitment Thursday morning as it kicked off its sixth annual “Celebration of Service” campaign. Supporting veterans is not new initiative for the Home Depot. Since 2011, the foundation has been focused on U.S. military veteran support.


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

DNC boosting efforts to turn Georgia blue in November

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that the Democratic National Committee will soon join the presidential fray in Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned that the DNC’s southern political director, Morehouse graduate Ron Allen, will relocate to Georgia beginning Monday and will remain through the Nov. 8 election. The party has also chosen Georgia, along with Arizona and Utah to launch its new Victory Leaders Council program designed to flip states to Democrats and mobilize volunteers and grassroots in current blue states.



Sept. 1, 2016 Georgia Health News

Task force unveils options to cover uninsured in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that a widely anticipated plan to reduce the number of Georgians without health coverage, unveiled Wednesday, takes a unique, conservative approach to Medicaid expansion. The plan, created by a health care task force, contains three proposals with differing eligibility standards and designs. The group’s leaders said Wednesday that they hope the options will serve as a kick start for discussion this fall and into next year’s General Assembly session.


Sept. 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Stories With an Impact

Susan Percy reports, some of the coolest people on the planet gathered in New York on a chilly night last spring to celebrate achievements in storytelling via electronic media. Not surprising, perhaps, that David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Shonda Rhimes, Aziz Ansari, Steve Martin, Keegan-Michael Key and other luminaries were at the same place – Cipriani Wall Street, a glittery event venue – at the same time. The surprise is that the University of Georgia brought them together.


Sept. 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Meal service to bring 1,200 jobs to DeKalb

Mark Niesse and J. Scott Trubey report that a home meal delivery company plans to open a packaging and distribution center in DeKalb County that is expected to employ more than 1,200 people by 2020. The announcement by Home Chef, a player in the burgeoning market of online meal and grocery delivery services, adds to a boom in metro Atlanta’s warehousing and distribution industry. The sector has become a major jobs generator in the region.


Sept. 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Community Food Bank rebrands, sets new feeding goal

Staff reports that Atlanta Community Food Bank has set a goal to boost the number of people it feeds by 130 percent by 2025. As part of a new 10-year strategic plan, the Food Bank wants to increase the total number of nutritious meals it distributes to the community by 130 percent to 130 million meals annually. In 2015, the Food Bank distributed nearly 70 million pounds of food into the community – enough for 57 million meals.


Sept. 1, 2016 Gainesville Times

Georgia Chair to close after 102 years of business in Gainesville

Kristen Oliver reports that after a century of building quality wooden furniture for Georgia homes and schools, Georgia Chair is closing. The family-owned Gainesville business has produced American-made furniture primarily for school systems throughout the United States. But the Great Recession of 2008-09 meant schools were spending less on furniture, and President Harry Bagwell said the company never fully recovered.


Sept. 1, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

St. Mary's embarks on $13 million in expansions, upgrades

Staff reports that St. Mary's Health Care System is embarking on major construction projects to expand and upgrade its hospice house in Oconee County and the surgical suite, boiler operations and emergency fuel supply at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens.


Sept. 1, 2016 Albany Herald

AB&T National Bank hopes to convert charter, change name

Staff reports that although local financial institution AB&T National Bank is already known as AB&T throughout the community, that moniker is expected to become the bank’s official name following the company’s change from a national bank charter to a state bank charter.


Sept. 1, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

U.S. magistrate won't let OSHA inspect Georgia poultry plant without establishing cause

Joshua Silavent reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is pushing back against a local judge's recommendation to deny the agency a warrant to inspect the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville for worker-safety violations. U.S. Magistrate J. Clay Fuller found that OSHA needed to establish "probable cause" lest inspection warrants "become tools of harassment."


Sept. 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Helen

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Helen, an Alpine wonderland in the North Georgia Mountains. What will they think of next?


Sept. 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta orders up economic impact study of Hartsfield-Jackson

Dave Williams reports, Atlanta has launched a search for a consultant to conduct a study on the economic impact of the world’s busiest airport. The city issued a request for proposals Aug. 30 for a study that will measure how the presence of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport affects the economies of the city, the state of Georgia and what the RFP identifies as the “Piedmont Atlantic mega-region.”


Sept. 1, 2016 WABE 90.1

School Districts Fear Loss Of Control If Takeover Plan Approved

Martha Dalton reports, in November, voters will decide whether the state should be able to take over schools it considers “chronically failing.” Gov. Nathan Deal championed the proposal, which is based on similar plans in Louisiana and Tennessee. But some local school boards are making it clear they’re not OK  with the possibility of losing control of their schools.


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

Georgia Chamber pitches conservative-friendly blueprint for Medicaid expansion

Greg Bluestein reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce unveiled what it bills as a conservative-friendly blueprint for Medicaid expansion on Wednesday, outlining a trio of proposals that could offer more coverage to Georgia’s poorest residents under the Affordable Care Act.



August 31, 2016 GPB

Local Natural Gas Provider Moves To Double Employee Wages

James Reising reports that as minimum wage rates continue to stagnate nationally, one Cobb County natural gas provider is taking matters into its own hands. On Monday, Gas South announced that it will increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour starting September 1. The pay increase will affect nearly 50 of Gas South’s 200-person staff, mostly impacting those working in the company’s customer care department.


August 31, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Open Arms Clinic

Candice Dyer reports that a former patient of the Open Arms Clinic of Toccoa recently walked in and presented a $1,000 donation. “He said we were there when he needed us, and now that his business was successful he wanted to give back,” says clinical director Sherry Beavers, who has worked as a registered nurse for 41 years.


August 31, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rising bank profits point to strengthening Georgia economy

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia-based banks’ profits grew at an accelerating pace in the second quarter thanks to rising loan demand and healthy loan performance that beat national averages. The state’s 192 banks reported net income of almost $800 million in three months ended June 30, an increase of 16.5 percent over the year-earlier period, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Tuesday. The agency insures bank customers’ deposits to certain levels against losses from bank failures.


August 31, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia banks booming in first half of 2016

Phil W. Hudson reports that with bank failures becoming much less frequent since the Great Recession and profitability shooting through the roof in the first half of 2016, Georgia’s banking industry is booming. Georgia’s 192 state-based FDIC insured banks earned $799.8 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 16.5 percent over the same period in 2015.


August 31, 2016 Georgia State University

Vice Provost Named by Washington Monthly Among 16 Most Innovative People in Higher Education

Staff reports that Georgia State University’s Timothy M. Renick, vice provost and vice president for enrollment management and student success, has been named by Washington Monthly magazine as one of the country’s 16 most innovative people in higher education. In its 2016 college rankings edition, the publication cited Renick’s work in nationally recognized student success initiatives that have boosted student graduation rates, eliminated the racial achievement gap and helped students avoid spending financial aid money on classes that don’t count toward their degrees.


August 31, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Act fast and don’t assume Fort Benning is safe, BRAC expert tells Georgia lawmakers

Tony Adams reports that those with the job of protecting Fort Benning from future budget cuts need not procrastinate. And the Columbus area should not assume the military installation is safe.In fact, it will likely be dog-eat-dog among states as the next federal base closure round begins sometime within the next few years.


August 31, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Border war saga unfolds anew during hearing before Ga. secretary of state

Maggie Lee reports that Monroe County says Macon-Bibb County doesn't know where to draw the line. The line between the two counties, that is. Now, a top Georgia official has started hearing what may be the last round of a yearslong dispute between the two about the border in the area around Bass Pro Shops.


August 31, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Sanitizer draws power from green tea extract

Tom Corwin reports that a powerful chemical found in green tea is the force behind a sanitizer that has proven very effective against poliovirus and could soon be tested against the leading cause of misery on cruise ships. The new hand sanitizers called ProtecTeaV, which is already on the market and available through the company web site, and at area drug stores, is the 14th product developed by Hsu and Camellix LLC.


August 31, 2016 Albany Herald

Budget reform high on list of priorities for David Perdue

Brad McEwan reports that Georgia junior Sen. David Perdue revealed today that he has been part of a group of Washington leaders that has been working behind the scenes to develop a new bill that calls for all spending, both discretionary and mandatory, to be included in the federal budgeting process.


August 31, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Secretary Of State: Election System Prepared For Hackers

Elly Yu reports that Georgia's top election official says the state is prepared if hackers target its election systems in light of evidence of hacking in two other states. "It's been in our radar, it will continue to be on our radar,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp Tuesday. “We're working hard everyday to make sure that those type of things don't happen in Georgia. And then if for some reason they were to happen, we have plans to deal with that.”


August 31, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Democrats hit Mike Pence on outsourcing as he speaks in Dalton

Aaron Gould Sheinin reports that as Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence prepares to speak this afternoon in Dalton, Georgia Democrats are letting voters know that the Indiana governor’s choice of venue is ironic at best. The party points us to a recent article in the Indianapolis Star questioning Pence’s bona fides on Trump’s plans to bring U.S. jobs back to the U.S.



August 30, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Blue Cross to become sole provider in much of Georgia

Tom Corwin reports that in nearly two-thirds of the counties in the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia will be the sole provider for anyone who wants to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It is a responsibility the company does not take lightly, and it would like to find a way to make it work, its president said.


August 30, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Trendsetters: A Family Tradition

Emma N. Hurt reports that Charles Raymond Butler Sr. doesn’t remember how old he was when he started distilling moonshine in the woods of East Tennessee. He doesn’t even remember how he learned; it was always part of his family business, back to his grandfather. “There were mouths to feed, and you could make a whole lot more money making moonshine than selling corn or jelly,” says Butler, or Raymond, as he is known.


August 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Retail chains plan Coweta distribution center

J. Scott Trubey reports that the parent company of the Roses and Maxway retail chains plans a new distribution center in Coweta County that will create 320 jobs. Variety Wholesalers, of Henderson, N.C., plans the new center along Herring Road near Newnan, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office. The facility will serve stores in the company’s growing footprint, including the Southeast and Midwest.


August 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Environmental group Southface names Andrea Pinabell president

Maria Saporta reports that the pioneering environmental organization Southface has named Andrea Pinabell to be its next president beginning Jan. 1.


August 30, 2016 Emory University

Emory Healthcare and Stratus Healthcare Announce Strategic Affiliation

Vince Dollard and Megan Allen reports that leaders from Emory Healthcare today announced the Atlanta health system has partnered with Stratus Healthcare, the largest alliance of healthcare providers in the southeastern United States, to improve the delivery and quality of healthcare in Georgia through jointly developed and mutually beneficial initiatives. Formed in 2013, Stratus Healthcare currently consists of 21 hospitals and approximately 1,500 physicians.


August 30, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

UGA absent from list of nation's top party schools

Staff reports that the Princeton Review released its annual list of college superlatives in a variety of categories on Monday, and under the heading of top party schools — which just a few years back had University of Georgia as No. 1 — UGA was nowhere to be found.


August 30, 2016 WABE 90.1

UGA Project Aims To Catalogue Diversity Of Southern Accents

Molly Samuel reports that Southern accents differ depending on where in the South you're from, for instance, plus race, class and age. Researchers at the University of Georgia are starting a project to catalogue the South’s many accents. In the past, UGA professors have studied what words people in different places around the country use – like "pop," "soda" or "Coke." Now, they're looking beyond word choice and into pronunciation in the South.


August 30, 2016 Saporta Report

City of Atlanta gives ACP update on $250 million infrastructure program 

Maria Saporta reports that Renew Atlanta – the City of Atlanta entity in charge of investing the $250 million infrastructure bond referendum – has paid $15.2 million on projects and has another $64.3 million in projects under contract. That was part of the report that Faye DiMassimo, general manager of the Renew Atlanta program, gave to members of the Atlanta Committee for Progress Infrastructure Task Force on Monday morning at a meeting in the Old City Council Chambers.


August 30, 2016 Albany Herald

House Study Committee discusses future of Georgia’s military bases

Jennifer Parks reports that a 15-member House Study Committee was established by House Resolution 1135 to examine how to protect Georgia’s military installations from a base realignment and closure action. Appointments to the committee were announced by Speaker of the House David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, in April.


August 30, 2016 AccessWDUN

Habersham seeking proposals for hospital operation

Rob Moore reports that Habersham County officials continue to seek options for operation of the county's hospital. Habersham County Commission Chairwoman Natalie Crawford discussed the matter following Monday's called commission meeting. "The county and the hospital authority are in the same place, that we're going to explore options for the hospital so we have sent out an RFP [request for proposals] that parties of interest could submit management agreements, lease agreements, affiliation, purchase agreements," Crawford said.


August 30, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Grady Goes Greener

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that while sustainability has long been a focus of Grady Hospital (they’re in the business of sustaining life, after all), they’re now expanding their environmental sustainability programs thanks to $850,000 that the Grady Health Foundation received from the Kendeda Fund, a private Atlanta-based grant-making foundation – funds that will be matched by the Grady Health System.


August 30, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lockheed Martin scores $287.2 million contract for another five C-130Js

James Bach reports that Lockheed Martin Corp. secured a $287.2 million contract modification Friday for five more C-130J transport planes — a program that has been scoring a lot of wins as of late. These five aircraft are being tacked onto a $5.4 billion, multi-year contract for various C-130Js. That contract, which was awarded in November 2015, called for the delivery of up to 83 C-130J variants over the next five years.


August 30, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Georgia voters warned of ‘deceptive’ ballot question on schools 

Laura Corley reports that a group that supports Georgia teachers warned people in Macon on Monday about a question on November’s ballot that the group claims is intentionally misleading. The opportunity school district question, which will be on the ballot as “Amendment No. 1” will ask voters: Shall the constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?


August 30, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Mike Pence’s advice for Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ supporters

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence has a word or two of counsel for Georgia lawmakers getting ready for another round of contentious debate over “religious liberty” legislation. The Indiana governor was forced to backtrack on his state’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015 after critics feared it would be discriminatory against same-sex couples, even as evangelicals cast it as essential to preserving their religious rights.



August 29, 2016 WABE 90.1 Ga.

Officials Want Millions More To Cover Growing Medicaid Rolls

Michell Eloy reports that the state agency that oversees Georgia’s Medicaid program says it needs tens of millions of dollars more this budget year to cover its expanding roles, and more than $100 million the following year. The Georgia Department of Community Health has requested an additional $82.8 million in state funds to cover Medicaid growth for Fiscal Year 2017, which started in June. DCH will also ask for another $121.4 million in FY 2018. 


August 29, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sen. Johnny Isakson at the Georgia Chamber

Ben Young reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce congressional luncheon in Macon this week was a rally for and around Sen. Johnny Isakson, who faces two opponents – Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley – in his run for re-election in November. The chamber has endorsed Isakson, and he was the featured speaker at this event that drew business and political leaders from across the state.


August 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Inland port to bring statewide benefits

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Georgia Ports Authority in July approved $19.7 million in spending to build the Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth and industry experts expect the inland port to not only have a major impact on the state but a major impact on Atlanta as well.


August 29, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Despite harm to turtles, Sea Island rock groin can be built

Mary Landers reports that a planned 350-foot rock groin on Sea Island will interfere with sea turtle conservation but not enough to prevent its construction, a judge ruled Friday. Administrative Law Judge Kristin Miller affirmed the issuance of a permit to Sea Island Acquisitions, which wants to install the T-shaped groin at the south end of island to it can build up the beach there and construct eight luxury homes behind it.


August 29, 2016 Georgia Health News

Piedmont, United settle dispute, OK new contract

Andy Miller reports that almost two months after their contract expired, Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare reached agreement early Saturday morning on a new deal. Under the new three-year contract, tens of thousands of Georgians who are United members will regain access to Piedmont’s array of hospitals and physicians without facing out-of-network charges.


August 29, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

More than 100 jobs to be cut in merger

Damon Cline reports that more than two-thirds of Geor­gia Bank & Trust Co. employees - including all branch office staff - will remain in place after South State Bank completes its acquisition early next year.


August 29, 2016 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech to Implement 11 Gender Equity Initiatives Over the Next Two Years

Staff reports that following the Office of the President’s listening sessions on gender equity last fall, Georgia Tech identified 11 initiatives that will be implemented over the next two years. These initiatives are grouped into four impact areas: hiring, promotion, and tenure; professional and leadership development; leadership appointments; and recognition and increased visibility of the Institute’s commitment to gender equity.


August 29, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Clinton campaign in Georgia focusing on voters, not Trump, Athens supporters told

Jim Thompson reports, with Georgia “being closely watched” by the Democratic Party as a potentially competitive state in the presidential race, the ground game for Hillary Clinton’s campaign here will focus on boosting Democratic voter turnout, not blasting Republican contender Donald Trump, a group of Clinton supporters in Athens were told during the weekend.


August 29, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Will Georgia benefit from the rebirth of American manufacturing?

Jason Moss writes, for many years, economists have predicted a change in manufacturing production globally. With the continued rise in overseas production costs, they’ve clearly depicted significant reshoring of manufacturing to America. Some see this as a slow, gradual change and others expect a tidal wave. Either way, most agree the change is underway now.


August 29, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Mike Pence begins a two-day GOP unity trek through Georgia on Monday

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence begins a two-day tour across Georgia on Monday to try to prove that Donald Trump isn’t taking the state for granted. And his visits, ranging from a ritzy fundraiser with the Georgia GOP elite to a town hall meeting with a tea party favorite, aim to show he can help unite a party fractured over Trump’s rise.



August 26, 2016

Kennesaw State Begins Year of Russia

Trevor Williams reports that Kennesaw State University is beginning a yearlong series of study on the culture. heritage and economy of Russia at a turbulent time in its bilateral relationship with the United States. On Thursday, Aug. 25, the university will provide an orientation to the latest in its “Year of…” series, which focuses on a new country, region or community each year. Last year the series focused on the Portuguese-speaking world.


August 26, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Branching Out

Bonnie Smith reports, for  more than 100 years, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton has been nurturing students in their studies of plants and animals, from crop and soil science to forestry and livestock production. And while the school is firmly rooted in agriculture – after all, it’s part of the school’s name – it’s planting the seeds for so much more.


August 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Shepherd Center names new CEO

Staff reports that Shepherd Center, the well-known Atlanta hospital for spinal and brain injury rehabilitation, said CEO Gary Ulicny will retire next spring after 22 years as the center’s top executive. His successor will be Sarah Morrison, a 32-year employee who is currently vice president of clinical services. She becomes president and CEO on April 1.


August 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Five things to know about UPS' $300 million expansion at its Centennial Hub

David A. Mann reports that United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) has begun a $300 million expansion of its Centennial Hub ground-sorting facility in Louisville, Ky. The expansion will triple the size of the UPS facility, bringing it to 838,000 square feet. It will double the sorting capacity of the facility, to about 85,000 packages per hour. The hub's capacity was 40,000 packages per hour when it opened in May 2008. The project also will create about 300 full- and part-time jobs.


August 26, 2016 WABE 90.1, Saporta Report

Commentary: Georgia’s A Central City For Global Health 

Maria Saporta reports, the Task Force for Global Health – the largest nonprofit based in Georgia – received a significant endorsement this month. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded the Task Force with its 2016 Humanitarian Prize – which comes with a $2 million grant. One of Atlanta’s best kept secrets is the Task Force for Global Health – an organization that has been busy saving lives around the world for the past 32 years.


August 26, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Georgia State officials seeks input on No Child Left Behind education replacement

Janel Few reports that the Georgia Department of Education officials next month will be at Pulaski Elementary School, 1001 Tibet Ave. in Savannah, to gather public feedback on the state’s plan to replace No Child Left Behind. Since the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002, educators and parents have complained about the plan’s dreaded Needs Improvement List and unforgiving federal requirements for public education progress.


August 26, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Fort Frederica National Monument to celebrate National Park Service's 100th anniversary Saturday

Terry Dickson reports that Fort Frederica National Monument has a lot to celebrate this year, but this Saturday it will concentrate on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Spanish and English re-enactors will recreate some of the sights and sounds - some rather loud ones - from the fortified English town's founding 280 years ago and the small but pivotal battle between the British garrison and Spanish invaders from St. Augustine. The actual Park Service anniversary is on Thursday.


August 26, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Suwanee clothing company ranks as fasting-growing business

Staff reports that Dress Up, a women’s clothing store with a Suwanee location, recently ranked No. 1,931 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list following a three-year sales growth of 192 percent., a publication that focuses on business growth, has produced the list for the last 35 years.


August 26, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta wins approval for $1.9 billion LAX modernization

Mark Meltzer reports that Delta Air Lines Inc.’s $1.9 billion modernization of its complex at Los Angeles International Airport took a major step forward Wednesday. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Delta’s lease and license agreement, which will enable the airline to relocate from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX.


August 26, 2016 Saporta Report

Wall Street offers sweet deals, but Georgia has created alternatives to long-term debt   

David Pendered reports that Georgia’s method of paying for school facilities is one reason Georgia’s state and local governments are among those that aren’t accepting Wall Street’s offers of low interest loans to build big public projects. Wall Street financiers are pressing hard for governments to raise cash for projects by selling debt, according to an account in the Aug. 8 digital edition of The Wall Street Journal. One reason for the push is that there simply isn’t enough debt available to drive up rates.


August 26, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Your glimpse of Donald Trump’s Georgia leadership team

Greg Bluestein reports, with polls showing a tight race in Georgia and some high-profile Republicans wavering in their support, Donald Trump’s campaign unveiled a list of the Republican’s leadership team intended to show a united front. At the top of the list of long-time loyalists and veteran party activists is U.S. Sen. David Perdue and fundraiser Rayna Casey, both early Trump supporters who have helped organize his campaign in Georgia.



August 25, 2016 Georgia State University

Lackluster Investment Dragging Down GDP Growth, According To Economic Forecasting Center

Jenifer Shockley reports that a severe lack of investment, especially in technology, explains why gross domestic product (GDP) growth has stalled, according to Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. “In the current expansion, investment growth has been a paltry 4.1 percent, compared to 10.6 percent in the ’90s,” Dhawan wrote in his quarterly “Forecast of the Nation,” released today (Aug. 24).


August 25, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Lake Chatuge

Ben Young reports on beautiful evening on Lake Chatuge, near Hiawassee in North Georgia.


August 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia companies' profits continue to soar

Russell Grantham reports that Georgia’s public companies continued to churn out revenue and profit growth in the first half of the year. But some companies did much better than others, reflecting the uneven economic recovery. Listed are the 51 companies with at least $250 million in revenue in the first half of 2016.


August 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

ARRIS International promotes McClelland to CEO

Staff reports that Suwanee, Ga.-based entertainment and communications technology company ARRIS International (NASDAQ: ARRS) has a new leader. Bruce McClelland will take over as CEO Sept. 1, as Bob Stanzione becomes ARRIS' executive chairman.


August 25, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Georgia unemployment rate takes a dip in July

Tony Adams reports that even with more people entering the labor force in Georgia, the state’s job creation helped nudge the unemployment rate lower in July to 5 percent. That’s down from 5.1 percent in June and compares to 5.7 percent in July a year ago, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday. “The unemployment rate dropped as Georgia employers hired more people and created more jobs,” said Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.


August 25, 2016

TAG Launches Fintech Awards for Established Companies

Trevor Williams reports, given that startups and innovation labs often steal the spotlight from established companies, the Technology Association of Georgia is launching an awards ceremony honoring the use of financial technology in existing businesses. The TAG ADVANCE Awards honor fintech’s real contributions to companies, bringing to light what is often hard to see outside an industry that is often as opaque as it is vital for commerce.


August 25, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia teachers win national awards for science, math teaching

Staff reports that four Georgia teachers were named recipients Wednesday of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Georgia Department of Education announced. They will receive their awards Sept. 8 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


August 25, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Savannah getting acclaimed TV series

Staff reports that Sony Pictures Television announced Wednesday that “Underground,” its hit series from WGN America, has moved filming of its second season to Savannah. The new 10-episode season of the Underground Railroad thriller that follows a group of slaves as they attempt a daring, 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation begins production in Savannah on Monday .


August 25, 2016 Georgia Health News

Donation program for rural hospitals opens door for consulting firms

Andy Miller reports that state health officials say 48 rural hospitals are eligible to receive donations from individuals and corporations under a new Georgia program that will give tax credits to donors. The list of eligible hospitals, along with financial forms, were issued by the state Department of Community Health this week.


August 25, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia's first AC Hotel opens

Amy Wenk reports that Georgia’s first AC Hotel by Marriott opened this week. Atlanta hotel developer Noble Investment Group and mall giant Simon Property Group debuted the AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza. The 166-room hotel sits at Peachtree and Wieuca roads, and adjacent to Nordstrom.


August 25, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Democrats stand behind Hillary Clinton after tumultuous week

Tamar Hallerman reports that top Georgia Democrats lined up behind their party’s nominee for president after a rough few days raised new questions about Hillary Clinton and her trustworthiness. Some of the Democratic nominee’s key Georgia backers said their support for Clinton has not changed despite a brutal week that included news of a fresh trove of 15,000 emails from her time as secretary of state and an Associated Press report that more than half of the non-government officials Clinton met with while serving in the Obama administration were donors to her foundation.



August 24, 2016 Times-Free Press

Judge orders Walker County to pay Erlanger $8.7 million

Doug Strickland reports that Walker County, Ga., now has an outstanding bill to Erlanger Health System for $8.7 million. U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy ruled Tuesday that the county owes the hospital that money because Commissioner Bebe Heiskell promised to pay back a loan from Erlanger in 2011. Murphy said that two contracts signed at the time involving the county, Erlanger and Hutcheson Medical Center's board show the county is responsible for the payment.


August 24, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Coloring Outside the Lines

Ben Young reports, in these days of shrinking budgets and growing to-do lists, it’s more important than ever for municipal officials to have the tools they need to ensure the economic good health of the communities they serve. Fortunately there is a workshop for Georgia officials that is as much fun as it is educational.


August 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta, Pilots Disagree on Pay

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that as Delta Air Lines’ labor contract talks with its pilots union remain in federal mediation, the two sides are at odds on pay, vacation and other issues. The Air Line Pilots Association at Delta said its current proposal is for a pay increase of 37.25 percent over three years, while the company is proposing a 27.3 percent over four years. “We are still apart on scope, vacation and other work rules,” wrote Delta’s pilots union chairman John Malone in a letter to pilots.


August 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory seeking to be annexed into Atlanta

Mark Meltzer reports that Emory University is looking into the possibility of becoming part of the city of Atlanta. Annexation into Atlanta “has always been viewed as one of the most viable and long-term options,” the university said in a statement, as reported by WXIA, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s broadcast partner, “Emory, like neighboring communities, has been considering and evaluating annexation options for several years. Currently, Emory is beginning the process to annex its campus into the city of Atlanta,” the statement continued.


August 24, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Time running out on National Infantry Museum’s bid for ‘Best Free Museum’

Tony adams reports that one has a breathtaking collection of paintings and objects that it has accumulated since its opening a century ago, offering an expansive appreciation of art and the expertise it takes to create and preserve it. The other bleeds a vast array of anything and everything U.S. Army Infantry, collected from its humble start in 1959 to the grand opening of its impressive new home in 2009. It offers a comprehensive look at the human conflict and toll it sometimes takes to allow people the freedom of enjoying art.



August 24, 2016 GPB

Tawny Crazy Ants Could Bring Trouble To Georgia

Emily Jones reports that tiny brown ant from South America has the potential to cause big problems in Georgia. Unlike other species, tawny crazy ants run erratically and very fast – and they’ve been known to destroy electrical equipment or take over entire floors of buildings. Tim Davis of UGA’s Chatham County extension office talked with GPB’s Emily Jones about how tawny crazy ants got to Georgia.


August 24, 2016 WABE 90.1

MARTA Breaks Ground On First Transit-Development Project

Tasnim Shamma reports that MARTA broke ground on the first of six "transit-oriented developments" at its Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA station Monday. A private developer, Columbia Ventures LLC, is building the $40 million project at no cost to MARTA. The development, called “Spoke”, includes a 224-unit apartment complex, park, restaurant and performing arts center.


August 24, 2016 Marietta Daily Journal

Mohawk to add 50 registered apprentices

Staff reports that Mohawk Industries, 1755 The Exchange in the Cumberland area, announced its nationally recognized apprenticeship program has received 50 scholarships from the Technical College System of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, which will help the company expand its program by providing financial assistance to Georgia participants.


August 24, 2016 Georgia Health News

State accepts new hike in Blue Cross exchange premiums

Andy Miller reports that the state insurance department Tuesday approved an average premium increase of 21.4 percent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia for the 2017 health insurance exchange in Georgia. The company earlier had requested an average premium of 15.1 percent, but it raised the request in the wake of Aetna’s pullout from exchanges in Georgia and 10 other states last week.


August 24, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

United Bank takes over Woodbury bank after closure

Phil W. Hudson reports that customers of Woodbury, Ga.-based The Woodbury Banking Co. woke up Aug. 22 to learn they’ll be working with a different bank. Georgia’s Department of Banking and Finance (DBF) took possession of The Woodbury Banking Co. Aug. 19. The Superior Court of Meriwether County issued an order appointing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver of the bank effective upon the Department taking possession of The Woodbury Banking Co. Through a purchase and assumption agreement with the FDIC, The Woodbury Banking Company will be acquired by Zebulon, Ga.-based United Bank.


August 24, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue on Johnny Isakson: ‘When did compromise become a dirty word?’

Jim Galloway reports, on Tuesday, political Georgia swept down I-75 (and up and across, too) for the annual Georgia Chamber luncheon focused on members of Congress. Two years ago, the event was carefully bipartisan, featuring a first debate between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue in the U.S. Senate race to replace Saxby Chambliss.



August 23, 2016 Georgia Health News

Huge numbers of Georgia children can’t get dental care, researcher says

Andy Miller reports that a Georgia Tech researcher said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Georgia children have problems getting access to a dentist in the state. Nicoleta Serban, an industrial and systems engineering professor, told state lawmakers that there are more than 500,000 Georgia children who are not eligible for the public insurance programs Medicaid and PeachCare, but whose parents cannot afford dental care.


August 23, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia project receives national sustainability award

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the area surrounding Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park, which runs from Ponce City Market south to Freedom Parkway and the Carter Center, once was made up of unused brownfields subject to massive flooding. Now the greenspace, just off the Atlanta BeltLine, which serves as a model for sustainability best practices around the nation, has another sustainable feather for its cap.


August 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Post-consolidation Georgia State University sets enrollment record

Dave Williams reports that consolidation with Georgia Perimeter College is boosting student enrollment at Georgia State University to a record level. More than 5,700 freshmen signed up for classes this fall semester, including more than 3,700 at Georgia State’s downtown Atlanta campus. The combined enrollments at GSU and Georgia Perimeter bring the university’s first post-consolidation student body to more than 50,000, the largest in Georgia.


August 23, 2016 WABE 90.1

Ga. Officials Say Rural Health Network Faces 'Bleak' Future

Michelle Eloy reports that Georgia health officials painted a dire pictures of the state’s rural hospital network for state lawmakers Monday, with more cuts predicted as the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, continues to roll out. About 40 percent of the state's hospitals lost money in 2014, according to the Georgia Hospital Association's most recent figures.


August 23, 2016 Georgia Tech

Climate Change May Extend Ozone Season in the Southeastern U.S.

John Toon reports that extreme weather conditions associated with climate change may extend the ozone season in the Southeastern United States as drought-stressed trees emit more of the precursor compound that helps form the health-threatening pollutant. July and August have traditionally been peak ozone months, but a new study suggests those peaks could extend well into the fall as weather becomes warmer and drier.


August 23, 2016 Georgia State University

New Drug Target Could Prevent Tolerance and Addiction to Opioids, Neuroscience Study Finds

LaTina Emerson reports that researchers have identified a brain mechanism that could be a drug target to help prevent tolerance and addiction to opioid pain medication, such as morphine, according to a study by Georgia State University and Emory University.


August 23, 2016 GPB

Meet the New ABA President: Atlanta's Linda Klein

Celeste Headlee and Taylor Gantt report that veteran care is an important issue for Atlanta attorney Linda Klein. She was sworn in as the president of the American Bar Association earlier this month. One of her goals is to offer more legal aid to veterans.


August 23, 2016 Albany Herald

Records show House District 151 candidate had legal issues in 2004

Carlton Fletcher reports that the Albany Herald has obtained court documents that show independent House District 151 candidate Kenneth Zachary Jr. pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges in 2004, well past the time that officials with the state Democratic Party said Zachary had legal issues.


August 23, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SweetWater to begin first international distribution in Ireland

Jacques Couret reports that Georgia Tech football fans traveling to the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin will find a sweet taste of home. SweetWater Brewing Co. inked a deal with Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Co. to put SweetWater beers in pubs all over Dublin starting Sept. 1, marking the Atlanta brewery’s first international distribution.


August 23, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

State GOP chair says party will handle Donald Trump’s ground game in Georgia

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that the GOP presidential campaign of Donald Trump is putting his ground game in the hands of people who a) may not like him; b) may not have all that much cash; or c) may have the cash, and may like him, but have other priorities. This also means this fall’s Trump campaign in Georgia will look – well, somewhat like it does now.



August 22, 2016 Albany Herald

Health centers in Georgia to share $2 million from HHS

Jennifer Parks reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that health centers in Georgia would receive roughly $2.06 million to invest in health center quality improvement efforts, and to provide quality comprehensive care.


August 22, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

USG Chancellor retiring; interim named

Karen Kennedy reports that University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby will retire at the end of 2016, and now a new interim chancellor has been named. Huckaby has overseen the state’s public colleges and universities since July 2011 and was named Georgia Trend‘s Georgian of the Year in 2015.


August 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia is home to some of the fastest-growing businesses in America

Ben Brasch reports that only five states have more of the nation's fastest-growing businesses than Georgia. The AJC analyzed data from Inc. Magazine and found that Georgia had 232 of the fastest-growing companies in America — putting the state at sixth.


August 22, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Google dials up Atlanta-themed video to promote Fiber

Phil W. Hudson reports that Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) debuted a video highlighting some of Atlanta’s most iconic landmarks in conjunction with the launch of its high-speed Internet service, Google Fiber. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company produced the video “Together for Atlanta:60” which features landmarks like the Fox Theatre in Midtown, The Vortex Bar & Grill in Little Five Points, Cascade Family Skating in Adamsville and the Georgia Aquarium in Downtown Atlanta.


August 22, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Sugar Hill, Gwinnett Chamber partnering to help small businesses

Curt Yeomans reports that Sugar Hill and the Gwinnett Chamber are teaming up to help businesses in the city. The municipality and the business group recently announced they were establishing a partnership that will see the chamber offering some of its small business resources at Sugar Hill’s Suite Spot. The business incubator, which is located in the city’s growing downtown area, is designed to help new business get started before they move out into the world.


August 22, 2016 Saporta Report

Vinings Bank throws 100-year birthday party for GDOT   

Maria Saporta reports that history was celebrated – and made – Thursday in the ground floor gathering space of Vinings Bank. At one end of the room, former Gov. Roy Barnes (a Democrat) was sitting next the man who forced him into political retirement – former Gov. Sonny Perdue (a Republican), and they were all smiles, happily agreeing to get their picture taken together. Perdue jokingly mentioned how time can change former political foes.


August 22, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

DFCS changing the way it does casework

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that being a child-welfare social worker is a tough job – and in Georgia, many social workers don’t last long, according to state officials. Currently, the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services sees a 32-percent employee turnover every year, said Director Bobby Cagle.


August 22, 2016 Albany Herald

Top Georgia peanut producers recognized

Clint Thompson reports that Georgia’s top peanut producers celebrated their accomplishments and thanked the University of Georgia’s Peanut Team for their assistance during the Georgia Peanut Achievement Club meeting earlier this month.


August 22 2016 GPB

City Program Aims To Teach Teens And Cut Crime Through Apprenticeships

Gabrielle Ware reports that students across the state are readjusting their sleep schedules as they head back to school after summer vacation. But not all kids spent the past few months sleeping in. One Savannah program aimed to teach teenagers work skills while making the city safer.


August 22, 2016 Georgia Health News

Blue Cross may bump up rates on Georgia insurance exchange

Andy Miller reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia says it is reassessing the premium increases it has previously proposed for the state health insurance exchange, with an eye to revising them upward. This comes in the wake of Aetna’s pullout from the exchange here.


August 22, 2016 11Alive

Disgraced former Ga. judge behind push to abolish judicial watchdog group

Staff reports that a former state judge who stepped down after allegations of misconduct is trying to get rid of the the watchdog agency that went after him. The ballot in the November election will include a proposed constitutional amendment to get rid of an independent watchdog agency: the judicial qualifications commission that polices the state’s judges.


August 22, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s love-hate relationship with third-party candidates

Jim Galloway reports that on Nov. 9, the Libertarian could be responsible for pushing Georgia’s race for U.S. Senate into the state’s first nine-week, general election runoff, forcing two candidates to campaign through Thanksgiving, the SEC football championship, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, and the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. The prospect cuts to the very root of Georgia’s love-hate relationship with the insurrections promised by third-party candidates.



August 19, 2016 WABE 90.1

Justice Department Plans To File Education Suit Against Ga.

John Lorinc reports that the U.S. Department of Justice plans to file a lawsuit against Georgia over its schools for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) serves about 5,000 students statewide.


August 19, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Sister Cities

Ben Young writes, I can still feel the heat from our May LINK trip to Dallas. That place is hot, and it’s not just the weather. Their economy is on fire and development is rampant as the recession fades. The region has grown by half a million people since 2010. LINK trips, sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission, have been a powerful tool for Atlanta leaders for 20 years.


August 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Seven things to know about Georgia’s 5.0 percent jobless rate

Michael Kanell reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate edged down to 5.0 percent in July from 5.1 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday. The economy added a modest 2,300 jobs during the month. While the state economy has been growing faster than the nation’s, July’s numbers were not as robust as the national report for the month which showed very strong hiring – an addition of 255,000 jobs.


August 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Synovus buying first company since 2013

Phil W. Hudson reports that Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) will buy Atlanta-based Entaire Global Companies Inc. in a $30 million stock and cash deal. The acquisition is Columbus, Ga.-based Synovus’ first since 2013 and includes additional payments to Entaire’s stockholders over the next three to five years based on Entaire’s earnings.


August 19, 2016 Newnan Times Herald

Alternative schools not part of illegal segregation allegations

Rebecca Leftwich reports that when the U.S. Justice Department warned Georgia last year against illegally segregating students with behavioral and psychiatric disorders from their peers, it caused some confusion about which alternative-educational facilities could be affected locally. Winston Dowdell Academy and Maggie Brown School, Coweta County’s alternative high school and middle school, are not subject to the findings of the report, which applies only to schools in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support.


August 19, 2016 GPB

Wage Gap For Teachers Widens, Especially In Georgia

Celeste Headlee and Taylor Gantt report that the teacher wage gap is wider than ever, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. The report found public school teachers earned 17 percent less than other college graduates – the difference was only 2 percent back in 1994. The gap is especially severe in Georgia, which has the eighth widest pay gap in the nation.


August 19 2016 Georgia Tech

Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes Cut Energy Use in Hydrocarbon Separations

John Toon reports that a research team from the Georgia Institute of Technology and ExxonMobil has demonstrated a new carbon-based molecular sieve membrane that could dramatically reduce the energy required to separate a class of hydrocarbon molecules known as alkyl aromatics. The new material is based on polymer hollow fibers treated to retain their structure – and pore sizes – as they are converted to carbon through pyrolysis.


August 19, 2016 Georgia Health News

With seasonal allergies on the increase, Georgia experts seek solutions

Sam Peters reports that to many people, spring and fall are the prettiest and most pleasant times of the year in the Peach State. But these temperate, transitional seasons have a downside: They often help trigger allergies. The seasonal pollen that causes an uptick in watery eyes and runny noses has been on the rise in recent years, both in Georgia and elsewhere, and researchers and physicians are working hard to determine the cause and take preventive action.


August 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Miami-based magicJack picks Atlanta for business unit headquarters

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that MagicJack is known for its USB dongle that allows consumers to make inexpensive Internet-based calls. The company will invest up to $12 million in its magicJack for Business headquarters in Alpharetta and create 150 jobs by the end of 2017.


August 19, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Gov. Deal finalizes pipeline study commission with Savannah man, more

Mary Landers reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s recent appointments to a pipeline study committee include a top official from a Savannah-based local petroleum provider and an environmental nonprofit executive who heads up the Georgia Conservancy. Colonial Group Vice President Ryan Chandler and Conservancy President Robert Ramsay are part of the final five appointments to the 13-member committee: Eastman resident Wade Hall, president and CEO of Stuckey Timberland, Inc.; Brian Nipper, the mayor of Odum and president of Nipper Construction Company, Inc.; and Atlanta resident Mike Clanton, vice president of the land department for Georgia Power.


August 19, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State University Foundation Finalizes Purchase of Turner Field Site

Andrea Jones reports that Mayor Kasim Reed announced Aug. 18 the Georgia State University Foundation has finalized its purchase of the Turner Field site from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority. The foundation and the authority recently signed a purchase and sales agreement for the property. Georgia State University’s plan for redevelopment of the site will now go to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents for review and approval.


August 19, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal’s office raises questions about Turner Field deal

Greg Bluestein reports that the recently-announced deal from Georgia State University and its development partners to purchase Turner Field might not be in the clear yet. Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aide suggested Thursday his office wasn’t always in the loop on the proposed deal to convert the Ted into a new football stadium and turn the sea of parking lots surrounding it into a new campus for Georgia State.



August 18, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Apprenticeship program prepares students while keeping options open

Rebecca Leftwich reports that ten Coweta County high-schoolers are in the national spotlight, selected as the inaugural class of the United States’ first German-style apprenticeship program – and poised to blaze a new trail in Georgia’s grow-your-own-workers movement. Earlier this month, the students signed contracts with eight Newnan industries to become part of a carefully constructed replica of the German apprenticeship system that has supplied a pipeline of skilled workers for that country’s businesses and industry for more than a century.


August 18, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Chihuly at the Botanical Garden

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that glass creations add sparkle at the Atlanta Botanical Garden with the works of artist Dale Chihuly. View this colorful collaboration of art and nature through October 30.


August 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Old GM plant redevelopment helped along by tax breaks

Mark Niesse reports that the redevelopment of the old General Motors plant in Doraville is moving forward with the help of tens of millions of dollars in property tax breaks. The tax breaks would help pay for a $60 million tunnel and street connecting the walled-off site to the Doraville MARTA station. Developers say the concourse to MARTA is critical to attracting businesses to the area.


August 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Kmart distribution center sold

Mark Meltzer reports that a former Kmart distribution center in Newnan that measures 1.9 million square feet has been sold to LRC Properties Inc. The deal is the New York-based company's first in Georgia. The buyer has signed Variety Wholesalers to a long-term lease at the site for 1.4 million square feet. LRC plans to upgrade the facility’s roof and parking lot and renovate the interior to accommodate multiple tenants.


August 18, 2016

UPS Chairman, Mayor Reed Call for Focused Push to Pass TPP

Trevor Williams reports that Saxby Chambliss knows what it’s like to hold up a big trade negotiation. The four-term Republican congressman and two-term senator from Georgia says he got downright “parochial” when Europeans tried to “rewrite the farm bill” while he chaired the Senate Agricultural Committee during World Trade Organization in 2007. 


August 18, 2016 Albany Herald

Georgia Department of Economic Development touts small business resources

Jennifer Parks reports that small businesses are a significant part of the Georgia economy, making a luncheon Wednesday on the subject for those interested in learning more about how to develop them a helpful one. The luncheon took place at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Topics of discussion included a definition of small business, business opportunities created by tourism and entertainment, financial resources available to small businesses, how “makers space” is improving collaboration between entrepreneurs and the 2017 Small Business Week and Rock Star awards.


August 18, 2016 Rome News Tribune

State economic development board to meet in Rome today

Doug Walker reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development board will meet in Rome today at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The board meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Members of the department staff will tour industrial sites and get briefings on various sites, including the 132-acre former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital site off Division Street and Redmond Circle in West Rome.


August 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Enrollment surging at Georgia university

Mark Meltzer reports that more than 18,000 students are expected next week when classes open at the University of North Georgia’s five campuses, according to a report in the Gainesville Times. If enrollment is more than 18,000, it will be the second year in a row UNG has increased its number of students by about 1,000.


August 18, 2016 Georgia Health News

Commentary: Scrapping Obamacare is not the answer

Andy Miller writes, the Affordable Care Act suffered a major setback this week with the defection of Aetna from a number of state insurance exchanges, including Georgia’s. But many people see the value of the health care law’s coverage for millions of previously uninsured Americans. In a new GHN Commentary, former health care executive Jack Bernard, a Republican, takes on his party’s opposition to the ACA, while explaining what he sees as its flaws.


August 18, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

As Donald Trump flails, Georgia’s political middle becomes more attractive

Jim Galloway writes, for now, think of it as a gust of wind rather than a steady breeze, an interlude more than a trend. Even so, the flailing of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has created something that hasn’t been seen in Georgia for many a year: An opportunity for both Republicans and Democrats in the state to move toward the political center. Look at what Johnny Isakson’s doing. And Kasim Reed, too.



August 17, 2016

Deal: Leading automotive supplier to create 150 jobs in Bartow County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. will expand its existing operation in Bartow County, creating 150 jobs and investing $50 million in the local community. voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. is the supply base for the voestalpine Group, which produces ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers.


August 17, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Squad Spirit

Anna Bentley reports, a little over a year ago, nearly 4,500 soccer-savvy fans gathered at SOHO Lounge in Midtown Atlanta to meet the state’s new Major League Soccer team. Atlanta United FC – the 22nd MLS franchise – was met with cheers, chants and celebration, bolstering team leaders’ confidence about its future in the state.


August 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aaron's cuts close to 60 corporate jobs in Cobb

Leon Stafford reports that Atlanta-based Aaron’s says it laid off close to 60 people from its metro Atlanta corporate headquarters last week. The rent-to-own company, which has been struggling to regain foot traffic in its stores since the end of the recession, said the move was necessary to “achieve greater efficiency in our expenses” as it faced continued revenue pressures.


August 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chime Solutions to add 1,000 jobs at Morrow call center

Staff reports, need a job? Customer-contact service provider Chime Solutions will hire 1,000 customer service representatives for its Morrow, Ga., headquarters. Chime wants trained customer service reps to handle enrollment in annual company sponsored health and benefit programs. It also said it needs team leaders and operations managers.


August 17, 2016 Georgia Health News

Another big defection from Georgia insurance exchange

Andy Miller reports that Aetna says it will pull out of the insurance exchange in Georgia and 10 other states in 2017, further limiting consumers’ choice of health plans here under the Affordable Care Act. The insurance giant is following on the heels of another major insurer, UnitedHealthcare, in dropping exchange coverage for individuals in Georgia and several states.


August 17, 2016 Gainesville Times

Center Point seeks to raise $1.1 million for new South Hall facility

Kristen Oliver reports that a nearly 50-year-old organization providing education, counseling and services to young people in Hall County is finally beginning a much-needed expansion. Center Point, a nonprofit providing counseling, mentoring, education and prevention to Gainesville City and Hall County students, is adding a location in South Hall that will better serve its growing population.


August 17, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

University System of Georgia Chancellor lauds Columbus State

Mark Rice reports, a week after announcing he will retire at the end of this year, University System of Georgia chancellor Hank Huckaby lauded Columbus State University and the support it receives from the community. Huckaby made his remarks during the “State of Education” luncheon the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce conducted Tuesday for an estimated 130 local business, civic and education leaders in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.


August 17, 2016 Emory University

Elliott named interim dean of Emory College

Staff reports, almost two decades ago, Michael A. Elliott joined the Emory faculty as an English professor, drawn by the University's strong commitment to both teaching and research. Now he is taking the helm of Emory College as interim dean. "I feel deeply honored to serve in this role, and I'm excited to have the chance to work with faculty and staff who are so devoted to our students and this academic community," says Elliott, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in English and American Studies.


August 17, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

In wake of Delta debacle, senators want IT info from airlines

David Allison reports that in the wake of last week's debacle at Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) when a power outage crippled computers and grounded departures around the world, two U.S. senators are asking U.S. airlines about their efforts to ensure information technology systems are reliable and resilient. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) on Aug. 16 sent letters to the following airlines: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Allegiant Air, Virgin America, Sun Country Airlines and Island Air Hawaii.


August 17, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue echoes Donald Trump’s call for ‘extreme vetting’ of U.S. immigrants

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue echoed Republican nominee Donald Trump’s vow to enact “extreme vetting” and a new screening test for arrivals to the U.S., calling it essential to combat Islamic extremism. The first-term Republican, perhaps Trump’s highest-profile supporter in Georgia, spoke in stark terms Tuesday of the threat of terrorism at home and abroad.



August 16, 2016

Deal’s budget director receives top honors, national award

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Teresa MacCartney, director of the Office of Planning  and Budget, earned national recognition for her efforts as Georgia’s Chief Financial Officer. The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) named MacCartney the 2016 recipient of the Gloria Timmer Award, the organization’s highest honor.


August 16, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Remembering Jack Davis

Ben Young writes, Georgia lost an illustration legend when Jack Davis passed away last month at the age of 91. Davis was born in Atlanta and lived most of his life in St. Simons. He was well known to Georgians as the illustrator for the University of Georgia Bulldogs during their heyday in the ‘80s, but is better known to the world as one of the original illustrators for Mad magazine.


August 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta testing out new in-flight snacks: Cashews, yogurt bars

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that cashews instead of peanuts and new yogurt bars are among the new in-flight snacks Delta Air Lines is testing. But the airline is keeping its signature Biscoff cookies in the mix. Atlanta-based Delta is testing the new in-flight snacks through Aug. 21 on certain flights out of Atlanta and Minneapolis. The test for snacks in economy class includes Emerald cashews, Snyder’s pretzels, NatureBox yogurt bars and Biscoff.


August 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory Johns Creek Hospital files plans for $12 million in renovations

Ellie Hensley reports that Emory Johns Creek Hospital filed plans with Georgia's Department of Community Health to build a Radiology Observation Care Unit (ROCU) and a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU).


August 16, 2016 Athens Banner Herald

Clarke Central's Odyssey a finalist for nation's top scholastic journalism award

Staff reports that Odyssey Newsmagazine at Clarke Central High School was named by the National Scholastic Press Association as a finalist for the newspaper Pacemaker award, scholastic journalism’s preeminent honor. Out of 266 entries, the Odyssey was chosen as one of 50 national finalists. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.


August 16, 2016

Adidas’s Robot-Staffed Atlanta Factory Will Create 160 Human Jobs

Trevor Williams reports, score one for the humans. While robots have been among the prime culprits in siphoning jobs from American workers in recent decades, a new factory from German sportswear giant Adidas in metro Atlanta will require 160 humans to oversee automations that will enable it to better compete in the U.S. market, the company said in a news release.


August 16, 2016 WABE 90.1

Rural Ga. Hospitals Eligible For Tax Donations List Finalized

Michelle Eloy reports, between 35 and 50 of Georgia's struggling rural hospitals could qualify for millions under some new tax credits that go into effect next year. Department of Community Health Commissioner Clyde Reese said his agency has finalized the list of hospitals eligible for contributions starting in 2017, the result of a new law passed by the legislature earlier this year.


August 16, 2016 Georgia Health News

Georgia nonprofit wins Hilton Prize for public health work

Andy Miller reports that a low-profile nonprofit based in Decatur was recognized for its substantial public health work by receiving what’s considered the world’s largest humanitarian prize — the $2 million Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The Task Force for Global Health, Georgia’s largest nonprofit, has a mission to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases, increase access to vaccines, and strengthen health systems around the world.


August 16, 2016 LaGrange News

Twin Cedars leader honored for holding agencies accountable

Matthew Strother reports, for Mike Angstadt, executive director of Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, it would be a sin not to do the most he could to help children. That dedication led the local agency to be declared “the best of the best” in a review last year by the Council on Accreditation, and Angstadt said he holds other agencies no less accountable for their work. As part of his role with the Council on Accreditation, or COA, he takes those standards to other agencies, reviewing public and private human services agencies, adoption agencies and military family programs.


August 16, 2016 Georgia Tech

Researchers Develop a Low-power Always-on Camera With Gesture Recognition

Josh Brown reports that smart devices that wake up with voice commands have gained popularity in recent years, and now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have taken it one step farther: an always-on camera. Designed with a combination of low-power hardware and energy efficient image processing software, the always-on camera is capable of watching for specific types of movement without draining batteries or running up electricity bills.


August 16, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory's Winship Cancer Institute partners with Navicent Health

Ellie Hensley reports that Navicent Health's Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, based in Macon, Ga., joined Emory's Winship Cancer Network. Navicent Health is an 830-bed health system that includes The Medical Center, a tertiary Level 1 trauma center and the second largest hospital in the state. The Winship Cancer Network also includes the Emory's institute and Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Ga.


August 16, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson on mass transit in North Fulton: ‘Voters are there. They would be willing to do it’

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that as the weekend broke, while reporters focused on what he thought about Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson dropped a bit of news that, in a different climate, would have dominated the cycle. It was Friday morning in Dunwoody. Following a breakfast address to local business leaders, the Republican incumbent was going one-on-one with an express lane of reporters. The last asked him about transportation in metro Atlanta. The future of rail in particular.



August 15, 2016 Wall Street Journal

MAA Near Deal to Buy Post Properties for About $4 Billion

Dana Mattioli and Dana Cimilluca report that real-estate investment trust MAA is nearing a deal to buy Post Properties Inc. for about $4 billion, bringing together two major apartment owners who have benefited from a boom in rental demand. Post investors are to get 0.71 share of new MAA stock for each share they own in a deal that could be announced Monday, people familiar with the matter said.


August 15, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Historic Banning Mills

Karen Kennedy writes, I know, the phrase ‘fun for the whole family,’ is seriously overused in advertising and promoting activities and tourism, but sometimes it’s just the phrase that fits. What else would you call a spot that offers adventure, relaxation, chef-prepared meals, a variety of lodging options, even a ghost town to explore, all in one place?


August 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Global Payments to add 200-plus jobs in Atlanta area expansion

J. Scott Trubey reports that financial technology company Global Payments on Friday said it plans to add more than 200 jobs in the region as part of a broader shift in its Atlanta area footprint. The payments processor said it will expand its research and development operations at its current main office on Glenlake Parkway in Sandy Springs, while shifting top executives and headquarters functions to the new Three Alliance Center skyscraper in Buckhead next year.


August 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed estimates economy growing at 3.5 percent in third quarter

Phil W. Hudson reports that the  Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta wasn't too hot about the U.S. Census Bureau's Aug. 12 retail sales report. On Aug. 12, the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth in the third quarter dropped its estimate to 3.5 percent from its Aug. 9 projection of 3.7 percent.


August 15, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

A little telephone company in South Georgia crosses borders

Terry Dickson reports that asign in the window at Alma Telephone Co. doesn’t tell the whole truth: Neighbors serving neighbors for 75 years. And indeed the phone company has been in business that long, but its service area now extends well past it neighbors in Bacon County where it ran phone lines to banks, restaurants and blueberry farmers, among others. A company offshoot, ATC Broadband, has underground fiber-optic lines running all the way to St. Simons Island, Vidalia and St. Marys.


August 15, 2016 Saporta Report

New habitat of tiny turtle found in Brasstown Valley   

David Pendered reports that new habitat populated by North America’s smallest turtle, the 4 ½ inch long bog turtle, has been discovered in Georgia at the state-owned Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. “It does give you some hope that bog turtles are doing better than we know,” Thomas Floyd, of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Non-game Conservation Section, said in a statement.


August 15, 2016 WABE 90.1

Georgia Tech Prepares For Liftoff On Tiny Satellites

Tasnim Shamma reports, in 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite. In 1958, the United States followed with Explorer 1. Today, there are more than 1,000 of these large satellites revolving around the Earth sending radio signals back to us, which get converted into pictures of the oceans, weather forecasts and even DISH TV.


August 15, 2016 UGA

Former Sen. Saxby Chambliss returns to teach as UGA law school’s Sanders Scholar

Lona Panter reports that the University of Georgia School of Law will again offer its students the opportunity to learn from former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is returning to the law school as its Sanders Political Leadership Scholar. Chambliss and Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Camila Knowles (who previously served as Chambliss' chief of staff) will co-teach the class Political Leadership and the Law, where students will receive firsthand insights into public service and explore the topics of ethics, campaign finance and negotiation.


August 15, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cox Automotive taps Geitner to head Media Solutions Group

Staff reports that Cox Automotive promoted Brian Geitner to president of the Media Solutions Group, where he will oversee Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Geitner takes the reins Aug. 15 to replace Jared Rowe, who left the company for a new job outside of the automotive industry, Atlanta-based Cox Automotive said.


August 15, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AJC poll: 5 percent of black Georgia voters support Donald Trump

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia GOP minority engagement guru Leo Smith once predicted that Donald Trump can “easily” get 20 percent of black voters. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s poll shows just how daunting that task will be. Some 5 percent of black Georgia voters said they would vote or lean toward voting for Trump and running-mate Mike Pence. About 84 percent have an unfavorable view of the New York businessman and just 7 percent give him a positive review.




August 12, 2016 WABE 90.1

University System Of Georgia Names Interim Successor For Huckaby

John Lorinc reports that  Steve Wrigley will fill the vacancy for outgoing University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. Huckaby announced Wednesday that he plans to step down at the end of the year. He's been overseeing 29 state colleges and universities since 2011.


August 12, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: Boon or Boondoggle

Bill Crane writes, with Georgia’s primary and runoff elections behind us and the 2016 general election soon to be decided, political minds are beginning to focus on the 2018 gubernatorial field. One of the hottest topics of that election will likely be transportation planning and traffic challenges.


August 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta cancels 25 flights Thursday, says operations returned to normal

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines canceled 25 flights Thursday in the last stages of its recovery from a computer outage, and said at noon that its operations have returned to normal. The airline canceled more than 2,100 flights over the past three days. Some of the Thursday cancellations were due to the recovery while others were due to bad weather, according to Atlanta-based Delta.


August 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Job growth pushes metro Atlanta population to 4,401,800

Dave Williams reports that  Metro Atlanta growth is gaining momentum as the Great Recession recedes further into the rear-view mirror. The 10-county region added 69,200 new residents between April of last year and this April, with Atlanta accounting for a major share of that increase, according to the latest population estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission.


August 12, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Orthopedic should do more on data breach, some patients say

Jim Thompson reports that letters from Athens Orthopedic Clinic notifying current and former patients of a digital security breach affecting their personal information have unleashed an outpouring of dissatisfaction with the way the medical practice has handled the issue, and calls for more to be done to help patients whose data has been compromised.


August 12, 2016 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Georgia Trend article features Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia

Marie Nesmith reports, calling the affiliate “an essential partner,” Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter Executive Director Jessica Mitcham is grateful for the continued support of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia’s Cartersville-Bartow Community Foundation. Created in 1998, the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia is one of four community foundations out of a possible 13 in the state highlighted in Georgia Trend’s August issue.


August 12, 2016 Georgia Health News

Teachers, state employees to see modest average premium hike

Andy Miller reports that state employees, teachers and other people in Georgia’s employee benefit plan will face an average increase of 2.5 percent in their health insurance premiums starting in January. “We think that’s a very reasonable’’ average increase, considering the expected premium hikes in the general marketplace, said Commissioner Clyde Reese of the Department of Community Health on Thursday.


August 12, 2016 Saporta Report

Fulton County voters to decide fate of proposed tax break that aims to attract good jobs   

David Pendered reports, in hopes of attracting a piece of the thriving internet business, Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners has put a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot to ask voters if they want to provide a tax exemption on all goods stored in warehouses that are to be sent to internet shoppers. These fulfillment centers are job creators and the jobs can be well paid.


August 12, 2016

British Female Payments Entrepreneur Finds Business Base, ‘Good Life’ in Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that on paper, TruRating comes off like yet another London startup filling a tiny niche in the ever-expanding payments space, a bit player vying for a small sliver of a crowded market.  But after a few minutes with its ambitious founder, Georgina Nelson, it’s easier to be convinced that one second of a customer’s time, multiplied over thousands of experiences, can provide valuable data that helps companies make better decisions.


August 12, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta's TruRating rings up $12.6 million in funding

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based TruRating has raised $12.6 million in private investment. The new mass-market ratings system offers retailers and restaurants an alternative model to TripAdvisor and Yelp! TruRatings, which will launch in the U.S. this fall, asks customers who uses a payment terminal to rate one of five questions related to service, value, product, experience, and likelihood to recommend the brand, on a scale of 0-9.


August 12, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Stacey Abrams: Donald Trump is just ‘the fuel’ Democrats need

Aaron Gould Sheinin reports that Georgia Democrats have just needed a good push in Georgia to turn the state competitive again, Stacey Abrams said Wednesday night on MSNBC. And Donald Trump is going to deliver, the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives said. Abrams also claims that House Democrats are likely to flip three seats in the Legislature’s lower chamber this year and possibly up to seven.



August 11, 2016 WABE 90.1 

Report: Ga.’s HOPE Scholarship Could Run Out Of Money By 2028

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia’s lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program has struggled to keep up with demand in recent years. Now, a new report says HOPE could run out of money by the time today’s pre-kindergarten students are in college. The study was issued by a group  of private businesses, called The Committee to Preserve HOPE Scholarships. It says the program could run a deficit by the year 2028.


August 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: The Critter Wars

Susan Percy writes, I have learned the hard way that everybody has a critter story, and they are rarely pretty. Here’s mine. I’ll start with the hard-won happy ending: At considerable cost to me, the freeloading raccoon that was living in my attic has been evicted. All traces of him have been removed, and his former quarters have been sanitized. The entrance he fashioned, via the carport roof, has been sealed off and repaired.


August 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Adidas plans 160-job shoe plant in Cherokee

J. Scott Trubey reports that German shoemaker Adidas plans a robot-powered “Speedfactory” in Cherokee County. Adidas said Wednesday it will start making shoes at the futuristic plant in 2017. The facility will employ about 160 people, a news release said, and is expected to produce 50,000 shoes next year. It will be the first such facility in the U.S. and will be similar to an existing Speedfactory in Germany.


August 11, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta's CRH Healthcare buys seven urgent-care centers

David Allison reports that  Atlanta's CRH Healthcare said it's purchased seven urgent care centers from Patients First in Tallahassee, Fla. The deal speeds the growth of four-year-old CRH Healthcare, which says it has been the fastest-growing urgent-care operator in the Southeast over the last three years and is now the operator of 26 centers across Florida, Georgia and Alabama.


August 11, 2016 Georgia Health News

Piedmont renews insurance deal . . . with Blue Cross

Andy Miller reports that normally, a local hospital system signing a contract extension with an insurer isn’t a notable event. But when the deal involves Piedmont Healthcare, currently embroiled in a high-profile contract dispute with another health insurer, such a move gets noticed. Piedmont on Tuesday announced the contract agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, the state’s largest insurer.


August 11, 2016 Brunswick News

Rep. Carter says port is area's "economic engine"

Larry Hobbs reports that there is no shortage of wood pellets or grain at the Port of Brunswick, but many ocean-bound tankers often leave these shores with less than a full load. It is done out of navigational necessity, the lighter load allows ships to ride high enough in the water to clear the channel. Likewise, incoming and outgoing Ro-Ro freighter traffic at the port sometimes must wait on high tide to clear the channel.


August 11, 2016

Deal: July tax revenues up 1.7 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for July totaled almost $1.61 billion, for an increase of $26.7 million, or 1.7 percent, compared to July 2015, when net tax collections totaled $1.58 billion. Gross tax revenue receipts totaled $2.16 billion for the month, for an increase of $78.9 million, or 3.8 percent, over last year.


August 11, 2016 LaGrange News

Officials: Downtown hotel project to move forward next week

Tyler H. Jones report that it looks like there may finally be some movement on the stalled downtown hotel project. City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement that hands over the city-owned former Mansour’s property at 25 W. Lafayette Square to the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, or DLDA.


August 11, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Hard Labor Creek State Park

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Hard Labor Creek State Park, in Rutledge, offers golf, horseback riding, lake activities, camping and more. Learn more about Georgia’s state parks, which are celebrating 85 years of outdoor fun, in our feature story from May 2016, “Into the Woods.”


August 11, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Judge orders Waycross, Pierce County to mediation to resolve dispute over services to de-annexed area

Terry Dickson reports that a Superior Court judge has ordered Waycross and Pierce County to mediation to resolve a court case in which the judge has ordered Waycross to continue water and sewer service to a portion of the county legislatively de-annexed from the city. Superior Court Judge Kelly Brooks has been the trial judge in the ongoing legal battle in which Waycross wants to shut off the taps and Pierce County wants residents and businesses on its side of the river to continuing receiving city services. Gov. Nathan Deal signed local legislation mandating that as of July 1, 2015, the Waycross city limits could not include any land inside Pierce County.


August 11, 2016 Gwinnett Daily Post

Chancellor Hank Huckaby announces plans to step down

Keith Farner reports, just over five years since Hank Huckaby took over leadership of the University System of Georgia, he announced on Wednedsay plans to step down. Huckaby plans to retire at the end of the year from serving as the USG’s chancellor where he oversees the 29 public colleges and universities that serve 318,164 students.


August 11, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Democrats: ‘We’re confident’ state will turn blue in November

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that Democratic Party of Georgia Executive Director Rebecca DeHart did not have an answer for the most vexing political question of the week on Wednesday when she appeared on CNN. We’ve embedded the video below. That question, of course, is how much money the Hillary Clinton campaign is sending DeHart’s way. CNN made it’s prediction in the screengrab above, but whether the Democratic presidential nominee is sending “big money” to the state remains to be seen.



August 10, 2016 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream G500 hits new milestone

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Gulfstream’s fifth G500 test-flight aircraft is all about the customer. While the first four G500 test planes focused on flying qualities, engine functions, mechanical systems and avionics, the fifth test plane - known as P1 – serves as a test bed for the cabin.


August 10, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Squad Spirit

Anna Bentley reports that a little over a year ago, nearly 4,500 soccer-savvy fans gathered at SOHO Lounge in Midtown Atlanta to meet the state’s new Major League Soccer team. Atlanta United FC – the 22nd MLS franchise – was met with cheers, chants and celebration, bolstering team leaders’ confidence about its future in the state. “I’m really excited about how Atlanta fans are going to respond to this,” says Darren Eales, Atlanta United FC’s president.


August 10, 2016 New York Times

Delta Expects Normal Operations to Resume on Wednesday

Staff reports that Delta Air Lines said it expects to return to normal operations on Wednesday after a power outage hit its computer systems on Monday, causing the cancellation of more than 1,600 flights over two days. The company also said about 90 cancellations were expected at the beginning of Wednesday, and normal operations would resume later.


August 10, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Google Fiber Internet service goes live in Atlanta

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta is Google Fiber’s largest deployment in the United States. Google plans to lay down at least 3,000 square miles of fiberoptic cable across metro Atlanta.


August 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia foreclosures down, but state still among leaders

Michael Kanell reports that the nine-year-old wound in Georgia’s housing market continues to heal, but the state still ranks high in foreclosures. Among states Georgia had the sixth most foreclosures during the past year, according to a report issued today from CoreLogic, a California-based firm that collects real estate information.


August 10, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Jimmy Carter asks Bill Gates not to dump coal ash in Wayne County

Terry Dickson reports that former President Jimmy Carter has asked Bill Gates, one of the principal holders of waste deposal company Republic Services, to help halt the company?s plant to dump millions of tons of coal ash at a Wayne County landfill. Carter handwrote a note to the former owner of Microsoft in late June at the behest of Dink NeSmith, a Jesup native and president of Community Newspapers Inc. NeSmith said he just recently received permission from Carter to publish his note to Gates, and he provided it to the Times-Union.


August 10, 2016 GPB

'Bee-Search' At Georgia Tech Gives Bees A New Urban Home

Celeste Headlee and Taylor Gantt report that bees play an invaluable role in our ecosystem, but they are slowly dying out as a species. In order to further integrate bees into a city environment, the Urban Honey Bee Project at Georgia Tech hopes to create new homes for these vital insects while educating students on ecological responsibility.


August 10, 2016 Saporta Report

GSU report predicts drop in Ga. manufacturing jobs, regardless of federal, state policies   

David Pendered reports that a new report from Georgia State University predicts a steep drop in manufacturing jobs in Georgia through 2035. Federal and state policies are not likely to reverse this economic force. The report lays out three scenarios in which Georgia could lose from 36 percent to 67 percent of its manufacturing jobs by 2035. The assumptions are made of historic trends of job losses in Georgia’s manufacturing sector.


August 10, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

Children fall from Ferris wheel owned by Valdosta firm

Terry Richards reports that three children in Tennessee were injured Monday, one seriously, after falling from a Ferris wheel owned by a Valdosta firm, according to authorities. The accident took place at a county fair in Greene County, said Det. Capt. Tim Davis of the Greeneville, Tenn., Police Department. The Ferris wheel is owned by Family Attractions, based in Valdosta, Davis said. An accident report filed with Tennessee authorities lists Ruby and Dominic Macaroni as the company’s owners.


August 10, 2016

Decatur’s Task Force for Global Health Wins $2 Million Prize

Trevor Williams reports that a Decatur-based global health nonprofit today joined the exclusive ranks of Hilton Humanitarian Prize awardees, receiving $2 million along with a prestigious designation won by only 20 other organizations ever. Though not as well known as some other Atlanta-area nonprofits, The Task Force for Global Health has gained increasing recognition   in recent years locally and internationally.


August 10, 2016 Emory University

Cardinals may reduce West Nile virus spillover in Atlanta

Carol Clark reports that northern cardinals act as “super suppressors” of West Nile virus in Atlanta, slowing transmission and reducing the incidence of human cases of the mosquito-borne pathogen, suggests a new study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. “Previous research has shown that the American robin acts like a ‘super spreader’ for West Nile virus in Chicago and some other cities,” says Rebecca Levine, who led the research as a PhD student in Emory University’s Department of Environmental Sciences.


August 10, 2016 WABE 90.1

Clinton Campaign Signals It Wants To Play In Georgia Race

Johnny Kauffman reports that Rebecca DeHart got an exciting phone call this week from the Hillary Clinton campaign. “The Clinton campaign called me Monday night to confirm that they were going to be investing in Georgia,” said DeHart, the executive director of the state’s Democratic Party.


August 10, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Some Democrats who passed on Georgia Senate race now lament lost opportunity

Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report, to speak of hand-wringing in Democratic circles over the U.S. Senate race would be an understatement. Democrat Jim Barksdale emerged as the party’s challenger to Republican Johnny Isakson just days before qualifying, an unknown political novice who stepped forward after a host of higher-profile elected officials passed on the race.



Aug. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta cancels hundreds of flights due to global outage; trouble could last for days

David Allison reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. canceled more than 450 flights worldwide Monday after a power outage took down computer systems at its Atlanta headquarters. Delta (NYSE: DAL) resumed limited departures about six hours after the airline ordered all departures to hold at their gates. Planes in the air at the time of the outage landed at their destinations without incident.


Aug. 9, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2017 Best Places to Work nominations

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


Aug. 9, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Thousands lost jobs this year in Georgia, according to layoff list

Russell Grantham reports that even seven years into an economic recovery, companies continue to shut down or shed operations, affecting thousands of Georgia employees. EchoStar Technologies is one of the latest companies to warn employees of impending job cuts. The Colorado communications firm recently filed a notice that it expects to shut down its metro Atlanta engineering office in October, eliminating 137 employees.


Aug. 9, 2016 Georgia State University

Georgia State Researcher Gets $1.8 Million to Study Gut Bacteria and Obesity-Related Diseases

LaTina Emerson reports that Andrew Gewirtz, a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, has received a four-year, $1.8-million federal grant to study how changes in intestinal bacteria could lead to obesity and metabolic syndrome.


Aug. 9, 2016 Georgia Health News

Medicaid expansion would be windfall for state, report says

Andy Miller reports that for each dollar that Georgia would have to spend on Medicaid expansion, it would gain $8.68 to $9.42 in federal spending, a new study said Monday. The report from the Urban Institute analyzes the potential costs and benefits for the 19 states (including Georgia) that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.


Aug. 9, 2016 GPB

Ship's Crew Stuck Off Coast Of Georgia Since April Might Soon Head Home

Camila Domonoske reports that since April, the Newlead Castellano has been anchored off the Georgia coast, near Savannah — with a crew on board that couldn't come ashore. Now, after several motionless months, the Filipino sailors are close to heading home. The auction of the ship is bringing an end to what Splash247, a maritime news site, called a "shameful story of crew neglect."


Aug. 9, 2016 Valdosta Daily Times

South Georgia watching out for floods

Terry Richards reports that cities across South Georgia can expect heavy rains, possible flooding and some relief from the brutal summer heat during the next few days, according to forecasters. A "slow-moving but potent" low-pressure system is stalled over the Georgia-Florida border and is expected to stay there at least through midweek, said Steve Travis, a meteorologist for the private forecasting firm AccuWeather.


Aug. 9, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Piedmont Bancshares CEO lands new gig as SouthCrest Financial CEO

Phil W. Hudson reports that SouthCrest Financial Group Inc. has a new chief at the helm. The Woodstock, Ga.-based community bank (OTCMKTS: SCSG) said it hired former Piedmont Bancshares President and CEO Brian D. Schmitt as president and CEO of SouthCrest Financial Group and its subsidiary SouthCrest Bank. He takes the reins Aug. 8.


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

Rather than a battleground, Georgia could be an emergency ‘break-glass’ state for Hillary Clinton

Jim Galloway, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway reports that last week’s AJC poll that showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a slight lead over Republican Donald Trump continues to make a stir in the political world. Democrats have revived – but does it ever really stop? — their talk of turning a red state blue. Libertarians point to the double-digit performance of Gary Johnson.



Aug. 8, 2016 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Banking giant Synovus rebounds with stronger brand and growth

Davie Fleshier reports that when the Great Recession hit Georgia's economy eight years ago and stalled home sales and most new development, Synovus Financial Corp., was left with hundreds of delinquent commercial and real estate loans that ultimately cost the Columbus, Ga., banking company more than $3 billion in losses over the next three years. By 2009, Synovus was named as one of the biggest of more than 150 U.S. lenders that had more than 5 percent of its holdings in nonperforming loans.


Aug. 8, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

A magic red carpet ride

Susan Percy reports that Georgia Trend was in New York last spring when the Peabody Awards, given by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, were presented. The coveted awards honor “stories that matter” and recognize achievement in electronic media – journalism, documentaries and entertainment. This year’s celebration marked the 75th anniversary of the Peabodys.


Aug. 8, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Aerotropolis vision: Corporate headquarters, young professionals and "hip" places near the airport

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that new “Atlanta Aerotropolis” blueprint lays out a vision to attract more businesses to the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, create more jobs on the Southside and eventually make the aerotropolis into a thriving business district. The “aerotropolis” in question covers an area of 165 square miles, two counties and 10 cities, with a population of 297,630 people.


Aug. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How Tech Square is conquering Midtown

Ellie Hensley reports that today Georgia Tech’s Tech Square is the heart of the local technology community and a thriving part of Midtown. It’s hard to believe that just 15 years ago, the land it stands on was one of the city’s most blighted neighborhoods.


Aug. 8, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus in top third of nation’s ‘best-run’ cities, website reports

Mike Owen reports that Columbus is apparently in the top third of “best run” American cities, according to WalletHub, which rates such things. Columbus ranked 45th out of the top 150 “best run” American cities based on financial stability, education, health, safety, economy and infrastructure/pollution, according to a release from WalletHub, a personal financial research website. In the individual categories, Columbus did best in Financial health (26th) and Infrastructure/pollution (25th) but not as well in education and safety (100th in each), health (143rd) and economy (150th).


Aug. 8, 2016 Saporta Report

Midtown Alliance advancing east-west connectivity   

David Pendered reports that East-West connectivity through Midtown is improving, with 7th Street opened to two-way travel in July. But the big news is that funding is now largely in place to extend 15th Street from West Peachtree Street all the way to Williams Street.


Aug. 8, 2016

Sister Cities Worth $84 Million a Year to Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that sister city arrangements have long been praised for their cultural benefit, but a new study suggests that “citizen diplomacy” and the exchange it fosters can mean real money for cities and their partners. Presented at Sister Cities International’s annual conference in Washington last month, the study observed the impact of travel and tourism, foreign investments from sister cities, spending by students coming for exchange programs, impact of volunteers, in-kind donations and more.


Aug. 8, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald

Local judges nominated for top Ga. court

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that two Coweta District Superior Court judges have been nominated for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court. Chief Judge John Simpson and Judge Dennis Blackmon are among the 114 nominees – so far – for three vacancies on the state’s highest court.


Aug. 8, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon rolls out ‘Amazon One,’ first of fleet of cargo planes that may challenge UPS

Greg Lamm reports that Amazon on Aug. 5 unveiled the first Boeing 767 of its new fleet of branded cargo planes at Seattle’s Seafair Air Show. The airplane, named Amazon One, is one of 40 aircraft Amazon has agreed to lease through air cargo partners Atlas Air and ATSG. Amazon is currently using 11 of the cargo jets, with plans to roll out more planes in the fleet this year.


Aug. 8, 2016 GPB

Heated Voting Rights Debate Comes To Georgia

Adam Ragusea and Tayor Gantt report that the small city of Sparta, Georgia made headlines this week. A lawsuit claims Hancock County and its Board of Elections systematically questioned the registrations of nearly 200 Sparta voters - most of whom are black. A quarter of the voters were removed from voter rolls. This electoral move would have required the pre-clearance from the federal government three years ago. But the Supreme Court struck down that provision, saying the mandate was outdated and unconstitutional.


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

AJC poll: Barack Obama’s surprisingly high approval rating in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s poll confirmed that voters are frustrated, divided and that a slim plurality is willing to give Democrat Hillary Clinton a chance. But while two-thirds of voters said the country was on the wrong track, it appears many aren’t blaming the nation’s leader for the problems.



August 5, 2016 Brunswick News

Area residents, elected officials and environmental groups pack coal ash meeting

Deborah Bayliss reports that Newt and Jean Sikes, senior citizens from Screven, made the hour-long drive to Brunswick Thursday to provide feedback and support other area residents and environmental groups who packed the Brunswick’s Old City Hall to talk about coal ash. The discussion was part of a public hearing on the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s proposed amendments to Georgia’s rules for handling coal ash, a byproduct of energy production with coal.


August 5, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on announcements in Lee County, Cobb County, Braselton and more.


August 5 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AJC Exclusive: NCR said to be weighing 1,000-job Ga. expansion

Greg Bluestein and J. Scott Trubey report that NCR’s plans for a second tower at its new Midtown Atlanta headquarters is part of a broader business consolidation effort the financial technology giant is considering that could bring more than 1,000 jobs to Georgia, people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.


August 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia State study tracks decline in manufacturing jobs

Dave Williams reports that between the outsourcing of jobs overseas and technological changes in the production process, Georgia business recruiters may no longer find manufacturing worth pursuing. That’s the conclusion of new study from the Center for State and Local Finance at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.


August 5, 2016 WABE 90.1

Emory University Helping To Test New Zika Vaccine

Martha Dalton reports that the Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center is one of three U.S. sites conducting a clinical trial for a new Zika vaccine. "It's a DNA vaccine that encodes two proteins of the Zika virus, and it'll be tested in four different groups of human volunteers,” says Dr. Sri Edupuganti, an infectious disease physician and medical director of the Hope Clinic.


August 5, 2016 UGA

Research surge continues: UGA’s external funding jumps 14 percent in one year

James Hataway reports that a key indicator of research productivity at the University of Georgia has surged for a second consecutive year to reach a record level. In fiscal year 2016, research expenditures at UGA increased by 14 percent to reach $175.3 million. UGA's dramatic increase in fiscal year 2016 comes on the heels of a 7 percent increase in fiscal year 2015 for a 21 percent rise over the past two years.


August 5, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Viewpoint: Wood pellet demand in U.K. holds promise for Georgia's forest industry

Tim Echols writes, for decades, generating electricity has been all about boiling water. Typically, you can boil water by burning coal, oil or natural gas or even through a nuclear reaction using uranium. That steam turns a turbine which turns a generator creating our electricity. On a recent trip to the United Kingdom, I had the opportunity to see a Georgia product being burned to produce electricity for the British. It is something we may need to consider in our own state one day.


August 5, 2016 Georgia Health News

Ga. secretary of state defends policy toward nurses, board

Andy Miller reports that despite a wave of criticism from nurses, Brian Kemp remains unapologetic on his decision to replace the head of the state’s nursing board. The Georgia secretary of state told GHN last week in an interview that he’s not going to reverse his move to replace Jim Cleghorn with the head of the state’s cosmetology board.


August 5, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Roy Barnes, Sam Nunn quietly donate to Johnny Isakson’s campaign

Tamar Hallerman reports that two prominent Georgia Democrats, former Gov. Roy Barnes and ex-U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, quietly donated to Johnny Isakson’s Senate campaign in recent months, spurning their party’s candidate in favor of the longtime Republican lawmaker. Federal campaign finance filings show Barnes and his wife both donated the maximum $2,700 to Isakson’s campaign committee earlier this summer.  Nunn, meanwhile, sent $500 Isakson’s way back in May.



Aug. 4, 2016

Deal announces Kia, rail provider partnership

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Cordele Intermodal Services (CIS), Georgia’s first inland terminal, will partner with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), to handle up to 30,000 TEU containers per year to supply the Kia manufacturing plant in West Point. This partnership will save more than 6 million truck miles each year.


Aug. 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Political Patter

Neely Young writes, it's August, and that means politics. This is the time the 2017 legislative calendar takes shape. And August is when candidates who want to replace Gov. Nathan Deal in 2018 will be testing the waters. Here is a list of some of the most important names, we believe, that have surfaced or should surface over the next few months.


Aug. 4, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NCR said to consider second phase of Midtown HQ

Leon Stafford and J. Scott Trubey report that financial technology giant NCR’s plans for a new headquarters complex in Midtown Atlanta could be growing. The Fortune 500 maker of software, ATMs and self-service kiosks is working on a potential second phase of the project even as the first rises, people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Aug. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AmazonFresh heads to Atlanta as retailer readies new 100,000-square-foot warehouse

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the distribution center will be Amazon’s first such facility in the northern suburbs. It will be focused on the AmazonFresh business, the retailer’s fledgling grocery deliver service. AmazonFresh is part of a broader strategy to build out last-mile infrastructure.


Aug. 4, 2016 Macon Telegraph

Carrier, regional airport propose flights to nation’s capital

Stanley Dunlap reports that an official with a company proposing to bring air service to Middle Georgia Regional Airport says they believe they can duplicate the recent success in another Southeast market. The Middle Georgia Regional Airport is seeking a $4.6 million annual subsidy to allow Smyrna, Tennessee-based Contour Airlines to operate flights from Macon to the nation’s capital. If the regional airport receives the subsidy, then flights could begin before then end of the year, Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert said.


Aug. 4, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

What’s causing TSYS stock price to slide?

Tony Adams reports that since releasing its second-quarter earnings report early last week, shares of TSYS stock have taken their lumps, dropping about 14 percent through Tuesday, but gaining back a bit of that lost ground on Wednesday. It has been enough turbulence to ask the Columbus-based credit-card and payment process what is going on and should shareholders be concerned.


Aug. 4, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Tech support company Voxpro bringing 500 jobs to Athens

Staff reports that Voxpro, an innovative customer experience and tech support provider, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $4 million in a new Center of Excellence in Athens-Clarke County by 2020, according to a Wednesday morning announcement by Gov. Nathan Deal. The business will be located in the Press Place building in downtown Athens. Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, Voxpro employs more than 1,700 people worldwide and delivers customer support experiences in more than 32 countries. Voxpro’s clients include Google, Airbnb and Nest.


Aug. 4, 2016 WABE 90.1

Program Brings German-Style Apprenticeship Training To Ga.

Susan Capelouto reports, would you send your 15-year-old child to work in a factory? Some families in Georgia decided to do so, and their children are among the first in the United States who will work and go to school following a German-style curriculum. The 10 first apprentices in industrial mechanics were honored in a ceremony at the Georgia Capitol this week, because it took a change in state law and nearly five years to make it happen.


Aug. 4, 2016 Newnan Times-Herald ​

NuLink sold for $53 million

Kandice Bell reports that local cable-TV, phone and internet provider NuLink is being purchased for $53 million by a Denver-based telecommunications company. NuLink, with over 34,000 residential and business customers and $8.4 million in sales, is being taken over by WideOpenWest Finance LLC, or WOW!, a joint venture of Avista Capital Partners and Crestview Partners.


Aug. 4, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Rock Creek Greenway

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, greenways are helping kickstart exercise, weight loss and economic development around the state. Learn more about Gainesville’s Rock Creek Greenway, along with other trails that connect people and places across Georgia, in this month’s feature “On the Right Path.”


Aug. 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Construction of big new Georgia gas pipeline about to begin

David Allison reports that construction of a big new Georgia natural gas pipeline is expected to begin soon. Alan S. Armstrong, CEO of Tulsa, Okla.-based The Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE: WMB), told analysts Aug. 2 that the company expects in the very near future to get approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start work on what's called the Dalton Lateral.


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

An Electoral College revolt against Donald Trump is quickly quashed in Georgia

Jim Galloway reports that on Wednesday morning, a Georgia Republican opened a new and unexpected front in the GOP struggle to digest Donald Trump. Baoky Vu, a Decatur businessman selected for membership in the Electoral College that will officially decide the 2016 presidential contest, said he couldn’t bring himself to vote for Trump in November.



August 3, 2016

Deal: Film industry generates more than $7 billion for Georgia’s economy

Staff reports that the Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016. The 245 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.02 billion in direct spending in the state.


August 3, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Business of Giving

Jennifer Hafer reports, from the rolling hills of North Georgia to the lapping of the waves on coastal Georgia beaches, from the hustle and bustle of Metro Atlanta to the laid-back lifestyle of rural South Georgia, the state’s geography is as diverse as the people who live here.


August 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta among highest for home-flip potential

Michael Kanell reports, of course, you remember those thrilling days when anyone with a few spare hours and a few extra dollars could take a course in house-flipping.You remember when home prices were climbing so fast that people figured, you’d just buy the house, hang up the “For Sale” sign and wait a minute for the convoy of potential buyers to arrive.


August 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Regional Commission plans move to Peachtree Center

Maria Saporta and Douglas Sams report that the Atlanta Regional Commission plans to move its offices to Peachtree Center from its current home at the Loudermilk Center. “We are moving to the heart of downtown,” said Kerry Armstrong, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, who is also an executive with Pope & Land.


August 3, 2016 Emory University

U.S. News ranks Emory University Hospital No. 1, Emory Saint Joseph's No. 2 in Georgia and Atlanta

Janet Christenbury reports, for the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Emory University Hospital the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta in its 2016-17 Best Hospitals Guide. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital increased its ranking to 2nd in Georgia and 2nd in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital Midtown increased its ranking to 9th in Georgia and remained 5th in metro Atlanta.


August 3, 2016

Georgia’s Global Entertainment Ambitions Get a $1 Billion Boost in FY 2016

Phil Bolton reports that it's often been said that when you add a billion here to a billion there, you start  talking about real money. Gov. Nathan Deal had that option today, Aug. 2, when he announced that feature film and television productions produced in Georgia generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016, up about $1 billion over fiscal year 2015.


August 3, 2016 Augusta Chronicle

Raytheon completes office expansion

Damon Cline reports that one of the oldest military contractors in Augusta is more than tripling in size to expand its range of services to the U.S. Army Cyber Command operations relocating to Fort Gordon.


August 3, 2016 Athens Banner-Herald

Big shift to free texts in state colleges

Lee Shearer reports that the University System of Georgia, which includes the University of Georgia, is apparently one of the top university systems in a nationwide movement to reduce the amount college students have to pay for textbooks. According to a press release from Rice University, the University System of Georgia is the number-one system in the nation for saving money by using free textbooks developed and distributed by Rice’s OpenStax publishing house.


August 3, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Boston company buys Georgia manufacturer Dynasound

Phil W. Hudson reports that Cambridge Sound Management Inc. acquired the Norcross, Ga.-based commercial sound masking manufacturer Dynasound Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The Boston-based manufacturer of QtPro and Dynasound sound masking systems reported it will integrate Dynasound's products, partners, and industry experts into Cambridge's sound masking business model to prepare for the next stage of growth.


August 3, 2016 WABE 90.1

Director Of Ga. Judicial Watchdog Agency Resigns, Amid Potential Overhaul

Elly Yu reports that the executive director of Georgia's judicial watchdog agency is stepping down, according to the office of the commission’s chairwoman Brenda Weaver. The resignation comes as the agency faces a potential overhaul that critics said would strip it of its independence and power.


August 3, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The untold story of Georgia’s hand in the food security bill President Obama just signed

Tamar Hallerman reports that with the political world fixated on the Republican National Convention that was then unfolding in Cleveland, President Barack Obama quietly signed into law one of the most significant food security initiatives of his career last month. The bill had a pretty dry Washington title — the Global Food Security Act — and Obama’s signature wasn’t met with a fancy photo op with supporters looking on or multiple special pens.



August 2, 2016 Brunswick News

Georgia EPA to hear public comment on proposed amendments to coal ash rules

Deborah Bayliss reports that representatives from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division will hold a meeting in Brunswick this week for public comment on its proposed amendments to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division rules for handling coal combustion residuals, more commonly referred to as coal ash.


August 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Augusta/Richmond County: Technology Takes Hold

Randy Southerland reports, throughout the 1800s, Augusta-Richmond County’s location on the Savannah River made it a prime spot for industrial development and a jumping off point for moving goods throughout this region of the state. Now economic development is coming along a different route – fiber optic cables that connect a wide array of companies and government agencies to the Internet.


August 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Back to (35th best?) school time in Georgia

Michael Kanell reports, if education is the path to better income and good schools are the path to a strong economy, then we’ve got some roadwork still to do, according to WalletHub. Georgia ranks 35th in the nation on the quality of its schools, according to a calculation by the credit and consulting company, which assessed the states on 17 different metrics and released the report today as some Atlanta-area schools were opening.


August 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola completes sale of Milwaukee plant

David Schuyler reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) sold production facilities in Milwaukee and Eagan, Minn., and granted new distribution territories to Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution LLC, a subsidiary of Reyes Holdings LLC of Rosemont, Ill. Financial terms were not disclosed.


August 2, 2016 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

AMC, trying to buy Carmike Cinemas, reports tumbling revenues and profits in quarter

Tony Adams reports that AMC Entertainment Holdings, the company courting Carmike Cinemas with a $1.2 billion purchase agreement, on Monday morning reported that its revenues — including sales of tickets, food and beverages — tumbled in the second quarter of this year. Its bottom line profit came in at $24 million, down about 45 percent from $43.9 million in the same April-June period a year ago.


August 2, 2016

Rio de Janeiro-Atlanta Partnership Films Celebrate Community Development

Leigh Miller Villegas reports that amidst considerable negative press surrounding the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, an Atlanta nonprofit is shining a bright light on the positive development stories coming out of local community projects in the Brazilian city. Rise Up & Care, founded by Georgia Institute of Technology Professor Kirk Bowman, is sponsoring a film festival that debuts Aug. 11 in Rio.


August 2, 2016 Albany Herald

Albany State, Darton cut 110 faculty and staff positions

Terry Lewis reports, in a joint statement released Monday afternoon, Albany State University President Art Dunning and interim Darton State College President Richard Carvajal announced plans to reduce operating expenses for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget in response to a significant decrease in enrollment since 2011. The reductions include eliminating some positions while leaving other slots unfilled.


August 2, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Meet APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, this past weekend was the state’s sales tax holiday, which must mean kids are heading back to school. There have been big changes in education over the last year – legislation to reduce the number of standardized tests kids take and the weight test scores are given in teacher evaluations, for example – with additional changes possible as Georgians gear up to vote on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School Districts plan in November.


August 2, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southwest pilots' union calls for ousting of CEO Gary Kelly

Evan Hoopfer reports that the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association announced Monday it has no confidence in Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven, and wants them removed from their positions. The Friday vote was by a 20-0 margin.


August 2, 2016 WABE 90.1

New Georgia House Committee To Examine Historic Preservation

Staphannie Stokes reports that a new committee in the Georgia House of Representatives will examine historic preservation in the state. That means a review of how designated sites are managed. It could also result in a closer look at what sites are identified as historic. The committee, called the House Committee on Historic Site Preservation, came to be after several lawmakers realized each of their districts had lost buildings that the surrounding community felt were historic.


August 2, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Obama in Atlanta: ‘I’m pretty tired of some folks trash talking America’s military’

Greg Bluestein reports that President Barack Obama took an implicit dig at Donald Trump for belittling the parents of a slain Muslim U.S. soldier, saying Monday at a speech in Atlanta that the families of veterans are a “powerful reminder of the true strength of America.” Obama did not mention Trump’s name, but said he’s “pretty tired of some folks trash talking America’s military” in remarks at the annual Disabled American Veterans conference, held this year at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta.



August 1, 2016 Saporta Report

Region’s workforce development plan focuses on healthcare, IT, transportation and logistics   

David Pendered reports that healthcare, information technology, and transportation are the three industries on which workforce development boards across metro Atlanta intend to focus their efforts over the next five years, according to a draft version of the plan.


August 1, 2016 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Mission Critical: Turning Around Atlanta’s Schools

Susan Percy reports that Dr. Meria Carstarphen arrived in 2014 to head a system troubled by underperforming schools and still reeling from a catastrophic standardized-test cheating scandal that sent 11 educators to jail and cost the previous superintendent her job.


August 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Youth and economics: Atlanta ranks 21st for renters

Michael Kanell reports, for a big city, Atlanta isn’t a bad place to be a renter. Might not have been that way always, but it’s that way now, according to calculations by WalletHub. Using a series of metrics, Atlanta ranks 21st among 150 cities as a place to rent, according to the list-happy folks at WalletHub, who seem to wake up and start ranking things before they even make coffee.


August 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Investment losses cut into Aflac’s Q2 profit

Staff reports that a stronger yen/dollar exchange rate raised Aflac Inc.’s (NYSE: AFL) second-quarter revenue, but after-tax net realized investment losses dragged down its profit.The Columbus, Ga.-based insurance giant reported revenue grew 2.8 percent to $5.4 billion due to the stronger yen/dollar exchange rate. The average yen/dollar exchange rate in the second quarter of 2016 was 108.28, or 11.9 percent stronger than the average rate of 121.20 in the second quarter of 2015.


August 1, 2016 University of Georgia

Satellite data reveal serious decline in Georgia salt marsh health

James Hataway reports that scientists at the University of Georgia's Marine Institute at Sapelo Island have found that the amount of vegetation along the Georgia coast has declined significantly in the last 30 years, spurring concerns about the overall health of marshland ecosystems in the area.


August 1, 2016

UPS Executives Praise Free Trade and TPP as 2nd Quarter International Profit Lifts Off

Phil Bolton reports that aving announced positive second-quarter results last week, United Parcel Service Inc.‘s CEO David Abney voiced once again his support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12 nation free trade agreement still to be approved by the U.S. Congress and participating nations.


August 1, 2016 Georgia Times-Union

Former owners of LCP Superfund Site to spend $29 million on another cleanup

Terry Dickson reports that Honeywell International Inc. and Georgia Power Co. will spend nearly $29 million to clean up the 760-acre marsh at the former LCP Chemicals Superfund Site in Brunswick, the Justice Department and EPA said Friday. A settlement requires the two companies to remove and isolate contaminated sediments in the marsh and to monitor the project long term to determine the effectiveness of the work, the federal agencies said in a release.


August 1, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pinewood Studios to be sold for $423 million

Ellie Hensley reports that United Kingdom-based Pinewood Studios will be sold to Venus Grafton, a subsidiary of PW Real Estate Fund worth $4 billion, according to The movies and television studio, where huge blockbusters like “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” have filmed, received a takeover bid from Venus worth $423 million.


August 1, 2016 New York Times

Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls

Michael Wines reports, when the deputy sheriff’s patrol cruiser pulled up beside him as he walked down Broad Street at sunset last August, Martee Flournoy, a 32-year-old black man, was both confused and rattled. He had reason: In this corner of rural Georgia, African-Americans are arrested at a rate far higher than that of whites. But the deputy had not come to arrest Mr. Flournoy. Rather, he had come to challenge Mr. Flournoy’s right to vote.


August 1, 2016 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Lawmakers Consider Music Industry Tax Breaks

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s film industry had a $6 billion economic impact on the state last year, a boom largely attributed to generous tax incentives the General Assembly approved in 2008. Now, lawmakers are considering whether to give a similar helping hand to the music industry, according to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle.


August 1, 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

What to know about President Obama’s visit to Atlanta today

Greg Bluestein reports that President Barack Obama will visit Atlanta on Monday to address a conference of disabled veterans, meet with party leaders and headline a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Obama is set to land at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport early Monday afternoon and then will head to the Hyatt Regency in downtown for his address, which is likely to be held around 1:30 p.m. After that, he’s off to a fundraiser in northwest Atlanta and a Democratic National Committee roundtable.



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