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August 28, 2015 WABE

Atlanta's Traffic Woes Trace Back To Railroads, Land Lotteries

Tasnim Shamma reports that for some people, the first image that comes to mind when you think of Atlanta is gridlock. To deal with the slow-moving traffic, you can even find how-to videos on YouTube. But why is the traffic so bad here? How did our founders design Atlanta that makes it different from other major cities?  Tom Weyandt, Mayor Kasim Reed's former transportation adviser for the city of Atlanta, said there’s no natural reason for Atlanta to exist.


August 28, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Staying Connected

Jeffrey Humphreys reports that a positive outlook for cable and satellite TV will help Georgia’s information industry contribute to economic growth in 2015-16.Good prospects for the industry are a result of renewed growth in the number of Georgia households, customers’ increasing willingness to pay more to upgrade to higher-speed Internet connections, increases in advertising outlays and growing demand for an expanding array of new high-margin digital cable products and other optional services.


August 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Looking for a safe place to live in Georgia? Think small 

Lauren Colley reports, a


August 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

View Technologies partners with Auburn University

Phil W. Hudson reports that View Technologies partnered with the RFID Lab at Auburn University, which seeks to grow the implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and other emerging technologies in retail, supply chain and manufacturing settings. Marietta, Ga.-based View Technologies, a joint venture between Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE: SWK) and RF Controls, reported it will now serve on the research institute’s board of advisors and has made its Echo Smart Antennas and inView Platform available for testing and demonstrations.


August 28, 2015 Savannah Morning News 

Ga. gets hooks in giant seafood center

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Seattle-based Trident Seafoods, a leading seafood producer in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, has opened a $40 million production and distribution center in Carrollton, providing 175 full-time jobs and the capacity to produce 50,000 tons of finished products annually for the U.S. market. And it means more business for the Port of Savannah.


August 28, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Former energy secretary backs plutonium disposal

Wesley Brown reports that Federal lawmakers should work with the U.S. Energy Department to restructure the mixed-oxide fuel project at Sa­vannah River Site, a former energy secretary recently told the Senate's top Democrat. Bill Richardson told Senate Minority Lea­der Harry Reid, D-Nev., in an Aug. 21 letter that shipping excess plutonium to Rich­ard­son’s home state of New Mexico for disposal would be “reckless” because it would violate a treaty that the U.S. signed with Russia in 2000 to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium. Richardson is a former New Mexico governor.


August 28, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia State forecast: State to add more jobs yet in 2015

Walter C. Jones reports, ignore the fluctuations in the stock market because the Georgia economy is continuing to grow and add jobs, according to a university forecast released Thursday. Much of the Wall Street turmoil is in reaction to China’s shifting monetary policy and an overdue correction in its own stock market. The factors generating growth in the United States in the first half of the year - consumer demand and corporate investment - should fuel a healthy second half, too, according to the quarterly outlook produced by the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University. 


August 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Predictive analytics startup HireIQ Solutions raises $1M from TechOperators

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta hiring software startup has raised $1 million, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing. HireIQ Solutions Inc. (formerly Toomah LLC), automates call center hiring by using predictive analytics software to identify the most suitable candidates. Hire IQ is “optimizing the hiring process" for high-volume employers, said Dave Gould, partner at TechOperators, an investor in the startup.


August 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Josh McKoon on the cultural threat posed by Delta, other big ‘multi-national’ firms

Greg Bluestein report that only several days ago, the Paulding County GOP posted a YouTube video of its Saturday, Aug. 15 gathering that featured state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus. During his address, McKoon spoke of S.B. 129, his “religious liberty” legislation embraced by many religious conservatives — in large part as a means of protecting them from the implications of legalized gay marriage. The measure has failed twice in the last two years. It is a sure topic of discussion in 2016.



August 27, 2015 Georgia Dept. of Ed.

 2015 ACT results: Georgia a leading Southern state

Staff reports that 2015 ACT results shows Georgia at the top of the pack among Southrn states, outperforming Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, West Virginia, South Carolina and Texas. Georgia students also scored higher than those in Colorado, Illinoi, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Arkansas, Hawaii and Arizona. 


August 27, 2015  Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Mission Possible

Anna Bentley reports that when a military base closes, there are plenty of unknowns. What will the economic impact be? How will the community respond? What will happen to the land?In Georgia, a Navy school and two Army bases shuttered by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process are finding new life by way of redevelopment that addresses the state’s shortage of healthcare providers and bolsters its strengths in film production and logistics.


August 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Metro Atlanta's jobless rate rises slightly to 6.1 percent

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August 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Verizon Telematics launches connected-car technology and subscription service

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based Verizon Telematics has launched Hum, an aftermarket vehicle technology and subscription service that provides diagnostic information, summons roadside assistance and connects to emergency personnel on-demand. Subscribers install "Hum" through an onboard diagnostic (OBD) reader that is plugged into the vehicle’s OBD port, and a Bluetooth-enabled device that is clipped to the visor, according to a statement.


August 27, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

State panel considers cannabis business case

Maggie Lee reports that Georgia is famous for square acres of peaches and blueberries. Now, say some, there’s a case for a crop measured by square feet: medical marijuana. “There is a good, effective business model for what Georgia allows now,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, just after a Wednesday hearing of the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis. Growing plain old illegal weed is enough of an money-maker that plenty of people in Georgia grow more than they could ever use, and plenty of them get busted.


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August 27, 2015

Andrew Young: Technology taking command of the world's future

Phil Bolton reports that ormer President Jimmy Carter’s openness and philosophical attitude about having brain cancer reminds him of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s attitude toward death, Andrew Young told a Kiwanis Club of Atlanta luncheon Aug. 25 during which he also reviewed Atlanta’s growth as a global commercial center and discussed the upcoming presidential election.


August 27, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia colleges recruit researchers

Walter C. Jones reports that pending about $12 million to recruit eight world-class scientists and 60 of their colleagues is bringing Georgia universities more than $27 million in federal research grants, the Georgia Research Alliance announced.  Half of the recruitment costs for lab space and equipment were borne by taxpayer appropriations from the General Assembly with the balance from donations. The mostly federal research grants cover nearly all expenses to pay and equip the 60 scientists who follow what the alliance called the “eminent scholars” they recruit.


August 27, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Chinese recreational vehicle company bringing 80 jobs to Gwinnett County

Curt Yeomans reports that a Chinese recreational vehicles company announced plans on Wednesday to open a facility near Gwinnett Place Mall, making it the second company from China to announce this week that it is coming to Gwinnett County. Linhai Powersports USA is expected to create 80 jobs over the next five years as it gets its new 6,078-square-foot facility at the Gwinnett Corporate Center, 1775 Corporate Dr., up and running. The facility will include office space and a distribution warehouse.


August 27, 2015 Gainesville Times 

Piedmont College opens massive new student facility in Demorest

Kristen Oliver reports that following record enrollment growth, Piedmont College has added a massive, “badly needed” facility. The Student Commons, a new 58,000-square-foot building on the Demorest campus, was added to benefit students, replacing a smaller, dated dining hall. An official opening ceremony was held Friday for the public to view the facility. “It’s basically a student center,” David Price, director of public relations for the college, told The Times. “It has a new, large, dining hall that’s much larger than the previous dining hall and has I think three or four more serving stations.”


August 27, 2015 Georgia Health News

South Georgia teen rests after beating plague

Andy Miller reports that the first Georgia patient ever diagnosed with the plague is recovering at home after a week in a Thomasville hospital. Hannah Lindquist, 18, probably was bitten by an infected flea while hiking with her family in Yosemite National Park in California, her father, Ben, told GHN on Wednesday. Hannah, under doctors’ orders, will take a semester off from Valdosta State University, where she is a sophomore majoring in biology and pre-med, said Ben Lindquist, an attorney in Thomasville. 


August 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Dream to launch development series for women at Coca-Cola headquarters

Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta's WNBA team will launch its Inspiring Women E.N.E.R.G.Y. Seminar Series presented by The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) with a breakfast seminar on May 26, from 7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. at the beverage giant’s global headquarters in Atlanta. The Atlanta Dream reported the series will focus on personal and professional development for women, targeting college level, young professionals and executive level women.


August 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A chastened GOP pollster says Donald Trump ‘isn’t going away’

Jim Galloway reports that Donald Trump’s ground game is headed to Georgia. The unflappable, seemingly unstoppable billionaire this week announced the hiring of staff in Iowa and South Carolina to convert his front-runner poll numbers into 2016 primary votes. Representatives of the Republican presidential candidate have already interviewed potential Georgia operatives, we’re told.



August 26, 2015 Savannah Morning News

GPA posts strong July numbers

Mary Carr Mayle reports that a year ago, Georgia Ports reported that July 2014 was its best month ever for containers. Fast forward a year and July 2015 has bested that record by more than 10 percent, with more than 30,000 20-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, moving across the docks at Garden City Terminal.


August 26, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Partnering to Make Georgians Safer

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, after driving for miles into what seemed like the back end of nowhere, a scene that could have come straight out of the nightmares of some drug-addled madman unfolded in front of me. As the fog lifted over the fields and trees of Berry College’s hunting preserve in Rome, the nightmare resolved itself into an important partnership between academia, law enforcement and first responders – where law enforcement and medical personnel are learning as much as the students.


August 26, 2015 Georgia Health News

'Narrow' networks are the exchange norm here

Andy Miller reports that Georgia had the highest percentage of “narrow’’ insurance networks in the 2014 health exchanges, a new report says. Five of six Georgia “Silver” exchange plans last year had medical provider networks with a limited choice of doctors, the report said. The 83 percent of Georgia plans having narrow networks surpassed that of all other states, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers. 


August 26, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta adding flights to London and Edinburgh

Staff reports that the Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and Virgin Atlantic joint venture will start nonstop service from Salt Lake City to London Heathrow and New York-JFK to Edinburgh, Scotland, in May 2016. Salt Lake City will be Atlanta-based Delta’s eighth U.S. destination from Heathrow and the only nonstop service between London and the Mountain West.


August 26, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Georgia Milestones results could be shock for some students, parents 

Jeremy Tillerman reports that schools and districts might see lower numbers than they’re used to from the new Georgia Milestones test, but that’s the goal state officials have in mind. In years past, exams such as the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test had Georgia students performing much higher than they did on national assessments. That inconsistency reflects that the state’s expectations should be higher to match other states, said Melissa Fincher, Georgia’s deputy superintendent for assessment and accountability.


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August 26, 2015 Saporta Report

Coca-Cola on track to reach water neutral milestone by year end   

Maria Saporta reports that in 2007, the Coca-Cola Co. pledged to return 100 percent of the water it uses by 2020. The soft drink company is announcing on Tuesday at the World Water Week in Stockholm that it expects to meet that ambitious goal by the end of the year. Its combined efforts have put Coca-Cola on track to be the first global food and beverage company to replenish all the water it uses back to communities and nature.


August 26, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia DNR board considering new duck hunting, fishing regulations 

Walter C. Jones reports that outdoors enthusiasts could face changes in what they can bring home from hunting and fishing trips based proposed changes in regulations up for votes by the Georgia Board of Natural Resources.  The board is expected to vote in two months on increasing the minimum size on spotted seatrout, a prized salt water species, from 13 inches to 14 inches and Wednesday on increasing the limit on canvasback ducks.


August 26, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Critics blast plan to drop flow target in Chattahoochee River 

Dave Williams reports that Georgia environmental regulators voted Tuesday to abolish a minimum-flow requirement in the Chattahoochee River despite objections 17 speakers raised during a public-comment session that lasted more than an hour. The state Board of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Committee unanimously approved a proposal to get rid of a “footnote” added to Georgia’s water-quality rules during the 1970s that sets minimum flows in the Chattahoochee at Peachtree Creek at no lower than 750 cubic feet per second (cfs). While that target has never carried the weight of state law, municipal sewer plant operators and industries have used it for decades to adjust their discharges into the river.


August 26, 2015 Gainesville Times

Health insurance rates could climb significantly 

Jeff Gill reports that health insurance policyholders might see premium increases as high as 38 percent next year, a Gainesville insurance executive told a Gainesville audience Tuesday. Proposed rates vary from 12 percent for Blue Cross Blue Shield’s small group plans to 38 percent for Alliant Health Plans, said Brett Fowler, vice president and partner of Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance, speaking at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual health care reform update.


August 26, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The 2018 race for Georgia governor has officially begun

Greg Bluestein reports, we have our first candidate for Georgia governor in the wide-open 2018 race. Libertarian Doug Craig said he will run for the state’s highest office, and promised to be the third-party candidate with a “strong message, not a watered down message.” “We always have a shot,” he said. “But my goal is to run the campaign at a different level than others have – radio ads, TV commercials.”




August 25, 2015

Deal: Southern Company and AGL Resources deal a victory for Georgians

Gov. Nathan Deal today praised the deal struck between Georgia energy firms Southern Company and AGL Resources. Southern Company will acquire AGL Resources and remain in Georgia. “In Georgia, we’ve laid the foundations for a strong, successful business climate,” said Deal. “Across the state, our commitment to job creation and economic development is evident in the number of companies who’ve expanded or relocated here.


August 25, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Mission Possible

Anna Bentley reports, when a military base closes, there are plenty of unknowns. What will the economic impact be? How will the community respond? What will happen to the land? In Georgia, a Navy school and two Army bases shuttered by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process are finding new life by way of redevelopment that addresses the state’s shortage of healthcare providers and bolsters its strengths in film production and logistics.


August 25, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

BioIQ picks Atlanta for East Coast HQ 

Ellie Hensley reports that Santa Barbara, Calif.-based BioIQ opened its East Coast headquarters at 2300 Windy Ridge Parkway SE near SunTrust Park. The health-care technology company chose Atlanta because of its "exceptional talent pool," said BioIQ CEO Justin Bellante in a statement. The company is known for its health screening and management platform that helps companies comply with the Affordable Care Act. 


August 25, 2015 Saporta Report

New apartments at Centennial Olympic Park latest indicator of heated rental market 

David Pendered reports that the reason behind the construction boom of rental apartments in metro Atlanta is evident in the numbers – rent rates were up by a record-setting, year-over-year 7.8 percent, and investors are earning returns of up to 7.75 percent, according to data in a recent report from CBRE Research. An apartment building near Centennial Olympic Park could be the next big project to come out of the ground. Dave Stockert, Post Properties’ president and CEO, said in an Aug. 4 earnings call that he hopes to begin construction sometime in the fourth quarter.


August 25, 2015 Georgia Health News

Pediatricians, facing new realities, form network 

Andy Miller reports that more than 1,100 Georgia pediatricians have joined a new physician-led network that aims to improve quality of care and eventually contract for payments from insurers. The sign-ups so far represent roughly one-third of the total number of pediatricians practicing in the state. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta helped create the nonprofit entity, called the Children’s Care Network. 


August 25, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Chinese packaging company announces $5 million expansion in Duluth

Curt Yeomans reports that a Chinese company that makes high-tech systems for the bottling and packaging industries is making a big investment in its future in the Duluth area, officials announced on Monday. Tech-Long USA will spend $5 million to expand its operations and hire 130 new employees in Gwinnett County. 


August 25, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Orders for Gulfstream jets grew $1 billion in 2Q

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace has posted its best second quarter for new aircraft sales since 2008, according to Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream’s parent company, General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The company’s order book grew by nearly $1 billion in the quarter, to $14 billion, she said, adding that demand remains strong across Gulfstream’s entire portfolio of business jets.


August 25, 2015 Athens Banner Herald

Magazine names Athens 6th-best place to live in America

Staff reports, add Athens to the list of top 10 places to be outside. Outside magazine ranked the Classic City as the sixth-best place to live in America, using criteria such as top spots in the country to work, run, eat, drink, paddle, ride and climb.


August 25, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Home Depot completes Interline Brands acquisition

Staff reports that the Home Depot Inc. on Monday closed its $1.6 billion acquisition of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Interline Brands Inc., a national distributor and direct marketer of broad-line maintenance repair and operations products. “By joining forces with Interline, we’ll be able to better serve our Pro customers whether in-store, online or at their place of business,” said Craig Menear, Home Depot chairman, CEO and president, in a statement.


August 25, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Joe Biden hires Atlanta native as his new spokeswoman

Greg Bluestein reports that Vice President Joe Biden’s new pick as his communications director knows a thing or two about Atlanta. Kate Bedingfield was raised in the northern suburbs, and her hire comes as Biden considers whether to jump into the race. Bedingfield was a spokeswoman for former Sen. John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign, a veteran of the White House press office and a communications guru at the Motion Picture Association of America.



August 24, 2015 WABE

Delta: Informing, Not Shaming, Those Who Buy Low-Fare Tickets

Jim Burress reports that Delta's lowest published fare, Basic Economy, comes with a lot of restrictions -- no changes, upgrades or assigned seats, to name a few. And you'll be last on the plane. For customers who choose that fare online -- what some call the "Economy Minus" rate -- Delta shows a screen letting travelers know exactly what they're not getting.


August 24, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Appalachian Regional Port Announced

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that officials gathered last month in Chatsworth to announce the new Appalachian Regional Port, a huge project for Northwest Georgia that couldn’t come at a better time. “This new inland terminal will open the door for economic opportunity and job creation for Northwest Georgia and the region,” says Gov. Nathan Deal. The project, which provides a direct rail link from Northwest Georgia to the Port of Savannah, positions the area as a big player in the logistics field and as a potential manufacturing hub.


August 24, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mercedes-Benz acquires naming rights to Falcons’ new stadium

Staff reports that Mercedes-Benz will acquire naming rights to the new Atlanta Falcons stadium, according to sources familiar with the negotiations, Atlanta Business Chronicle sister publication SportsBusiness Journal reported Friday. The German automaker is expected to officially announce the agreement on Monday, sources said.


August 24, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Solar power ramping up fast in Georgia, but growth could slow

Lee Shearer reports, now's the time to install solar power panels on your house according to proponents of solar energy. The costs to install have fallen steeply, but that decline has likely bottomed out, according to Andrew Saunders, environmental coordinator for Athens-Clarke County. And after 2016, a federal tax credit of 30 percent of the cost of solar and other green energy systems will decline to 10 percent - so in 2017, an $18,000 solar installation, now $12,600 with the tax credit, will cost $3,600 more.


August 24, 2015 Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock only city in state to make Money magazine list

Kayla Darnley reports, that  Woodstock was the only city in Georgia to make Money Magazine’s top 50 list of best places to live in 2015 was no surprise to leaders and residents of the lively and attractive municipality in south Cherokee. Attributing the reason for its popularity to its proximity to Atlanta, affordable housing and strong job growth, Money Magazine felt Woodstock deserved the 50th spot on the list posted Aug. 12.


August 24, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Local CEO named among Top 40 Influential Women

Vicky Thompson, president and CEO of Marietta-based Valuation Management Group, has been recognized as one of the top Women of Influence by HousingWire Magazine. The 2015 list recognizes 40 women who represent every part of the housing economy, from lenders and servicers to real estate agents and housing nonprofits. “The caliber of the nominations we received this year was really stunning. Women are leading in every sector of the housing economy, and the women we recognized this year had to compete against a formidable roster of executives who are not only excelling in their respective companies, but influencing people and processes throughout our industry,” said Sarah Wheeler, editor of HousingWire Magazine.



August 24, 2015

Deal announces $36.8 million in community development awards        

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that 78 Georgia communities will receive a total of $36.8 million in assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded funding to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). 


August 24, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Hundreds show up as Carter teaches Sunday school at his church in Plains

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Joe Kovac Jr. reports that there is a tale in these parts of a tourist coming to catch a glimpse of Jimmy Carter, maybe even getting lucky and meeting the former president. A local told the tourist fellow that such an encounter was unlikely. Even so, the tourist was directed to drop by Maranatha Baptist in a pecan grove at the top end of town and, at very least, snap a picture of Carter’s hometown church.


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August 24, 2015 Saporta Report

Georgia’s quail recovery program wins kudos, promotes important hunting industry 

David Pendered reports that Georgia’s population of Northern Bobwhite Quail has declined by 90 percent since 1966, and the state has won national recognition for a program to promote the bird’s recovery – and to stabilize the $125 million quail-hunting industry clustered around Albany. Quail are relocated from areas where they are relatively abundant, to areas where they are scarce and the land has been prepared to support their recovery. Georgia started the program officially in 2006.


August 24, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Synovus confirms it will anchor new Cobb County office tower

Staff reports that Synovus won’t fly under the radar anymore. Columbus, Ga.-based Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV), which is the second-largest Georgia-based bank yet has almost no corporate visibility across the metro region, will lease four floors, or about 100,000 square feet, of a new Cobb County office building.


August 24, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Don’t cry for Jimmy Carter

Jim Galloway reports that when that day comes, and it will, you are not to shed a tear for Jimmy Carter. Cry for Rosalynn and their 69 years together. Weep for his family, his state, or his country. But don’t let a single tear drop for the former president himself. Because there is nothing to mourn. Over nearly 91 years, Carter has squeezed every drop of juice from the orange he’s been given. That was the subtext of his extraordinary, 38-minute press conference at the Carter Center on Thursday to announce that four cancerous lesions had been found on his brain.





August 21, 2015 New York Times

Ailing Jimmy Carter ‘at Ease With Whatever Comes’

Richard Faussett and Alan Blinder report that the 39th president of the United States walked into the crowded room on Thursday, slightly stooped at 90 years old, but nimble as a cat. He flashed the fleshy smile that once launched a thousand caricatures. And then Jimmy Carter spoke, with the lilt of a South Georgia farmer and the pragmatic frankness of a seasoned executive, about the cancer that had been removed from his liver, but was more recently discovered in his brain.


 August 21, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Tifton/Tift County: The road less traveled

David Shivers reports, if you ask in South Georgia where all the roads lead, the likely answer is Tifton. The county seat of Tift County, with its confluence of U.S. highways 41, 82 and Interstate 75, is a regional hub for healthcare, retail, agriculture, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, as well as a major stopping point for motorists on their way to Florida destinations.


August 21, 2015 WABE

Ga. Official Urges Coordinated Response To Family Violence 

Sean Garvin reports that in 2014, the state of Georgia issued a report showing that 117 people were killed in acts of family violence.  The Georgia Commission on Family Violence admitted the actual number may be higher than that. In 29 percent of the cases, children witnessed the killings of their parent or caregiver. The numbers do not include the far greater amount of people injured in domestic violence attacks.


August 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bloomberg: GE may meet with Tishman Speyer, developer of 30-story Buckhead tower

Douglas Sams and Maria Saporta report that General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) is about to get even more serious about possibly relocating its headquarters to Atlanta. GE is considering a meeting with New York-based real estate company Tishman Speyer, which is developing its 30-story Three Alliance Center tower in Buckhead. Bloomberg reported GE may meet with the real estate company in coming weeks.


August 21, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

First steel panels placed around new Vogtle reactor

Wesley Brown reports that Plant Vogtle is raising its shield. Georgia Power announced this week that the $14 billion expansion of Plant Vogtle has marked another milestone - the installation of the first six steel panels to Unit 3's shield building.


August 21, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Rescued Vietnamese orphan remembers 'Angel of Saigon' 

Richard Hyatt reports that, to the world, Betty Tisdale was the "Angel of Saigon," the wife of a Columbus pediatrician who in 1975 moseyed through bureaucracy in two countries to save the lives of 219 helpless children who were about to become the leftovers of a tragic war. But to Jason Robertson she was the guardian angel who rescued him from the war, offering hundreds like him an escape from An Lac, a rundown orphanage whose name in the Vietnamese language meant -- of all things -- "happy place."

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August 21, 2015 Georgia CEO

Q&A With GDEcD Deputy Director of Global Commerce Tom Croteau: Why are Companies Choosing Georgia?

Stephanie Paupeck Harper reports in a discussion with Deputy Director of Global Commerce Tom Croteau, he discusses important transportation projects , innovations in logistics, and the economic development climate in Georgia. What separates Georgia from other U.S. states for companies who are looking to re-locate or expand is our strategic geographical location to thriving key markets? Companies can reach 80 percent of the U.S. population within a two-hour flight or two-day truck drive, as well as utilize the second busiest, fourth-largest and fastest growing Port of Savannah. 


August 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Contract dispute clobbers company with big Georgia chemical plant

David Allison reports that a big contract dispute has clobbered the shares of Rayonier Advanced Materials, which operates a large chemical plant in Jesup, Ga. Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.'s shares (NYSE: RYAM) lost 44 percent of their value on Aug. 19, dropping to $7.62 from $13.63 the day before. As of shortly before noon on Aug. 20 the shares were down an additional 12 percent to about $6.71.


August 21, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Blackmon sworn in as House District 146 representative 

Wayne Crenshaw reports that just before Shaw Blackmon was sworn in as the District 146 representative to the state House of Representatives, his predecessor advised him to enjoy his last moments as a private citizen. “It’s probably the last day in your political life that most everybody will like you,” Larry O’Neal quipped, drawing laughter from the crowd of more than 100 people. “You haven’t voted yet and told anyone what they can’t do. Those days will come.”


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August 21, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Jeb Bush to attend Georgia-South Carolina game, proving importance of 'SEC primary'

Jim Thompson reports that Republican contender Jeb Bush will be in Athens for the Sept. 19 University of Georgia football game with the University of South Carolina, proving the effectiveness of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp's push for a March  1 presidential primary across much the Southeastern United States.  


August 21, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jimmy Carter eyes a trip to Nepal after cancer diagnosis

Greg Bluestein reports that we may have just witnessed one of Jimmy Carter’s last press conferences. But it didn’t seem like a farewell. Carter, in a remarkably candid discussion with reporters, detailed the spread of melanoma cancer to his liver and brain, spoke of his legacy and regrets, and flashed his megawatt smile as he let loose a few quips. The 90-year-old also made clear he might not be done with traveling, even as he prepares for radiation and drug therapy at Emory University Hospital.




August 20, 2015 Georgia Department of Labor

Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 6.0 percent in July

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 6.0 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 6.1 percent in June. The rate was 7.2 percent in July 2014.  “It’s been more than seven years since Georgia’s unemployment rate was this low, and the credit belongs to our employers who continue to create jobs and put people to work,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “In July, we had 89,400 more jobs than in the same period a year ago.”


August 20, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Finding Solutions

Ben Young writes, for a decade, environmental leaders have been gathering to explore consensus solutions to Georgia’s challenges and opportunities in the sustainability field. Now these leaders are poised to get long-simmering strategies off the ground and perhaps finally stabilize our use of natural resources. The 10th annual Georgia Environmental Conference (GEC) will be held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center Aug. 26-28 and cover a broad range of topics important to any Georgia resident with an interest in sustainability.


August 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia made its pitch to GE, now it’s New York's turn

David Arnott reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing General Electric to move its corporate headquarters to Westchester County, just outside of New York City, and he’s apparently offering tax incentives as motivation for such a move. Connecticut, the state where GE (NYSE: GE) currently has its headquarters in Fairfield, recently approved a budget with more than $1 billion in tax hikes, Politico New York explained, and New York state’s corporate tax rate is scheduled to drop from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent at the end of this year.


August 20, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta officials pan offer from pipeline firm

Susan McCord reports that Augusta officials gave a lukewarm reception to Kinder Morgan’s offer of $25,000 to install emergency call boxes downtown — with one commission member saying it insulted the group’s integrity — and by Wednesday afternoon the pipeline company had canceled a press conference announcing the gift.


August 20, 2015 Macon Telegraph

B-17 tentatively expected to arrive in Warner Robins at noon Friday

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Wayne Crenshaw reports that, if all goes as planned, a large historic World War II bomber will be rolling through Middle Georgia late Friday morning. The time could change for the arrival of the B-17 Flying Fortress coming from Indiana, said Museum of Aviation spokeswoman Jenny Cook, but right now it is expected to get to the museum about noon. The museum will provide regular updates throughout the morning for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of it going by, she said.


August 20, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Verizon promotes Savannah as 'smart city'

Eva Fedderly reports that community leaders and technology providers gathered at Hilton Savannah Desoto on Tuesday to discuss how Savannah would benefit if it were to become a “smart city.” The term “smart city” is used to describe municipalities that utilize technology to make the cities run more efficiently and is beginning to be implemented across the United States as urban populations increase.


August 20, 2015 WABE

Short Atlanta Stadium Lifespans Test Sustainability Claims

Wendy Parker reports that as their new stadium is being built, the Atlanta Falcons are talking a big game about having an environmentally-conscious design and amenities. But how sustainable can a massive $1.5 billion structure really be? And with sports facilities in Atlanta being replaced after only a couple of decades, how friendly is all that construction activity to the environment?


August 20, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Under Construction: Housing starts continue to increase in Cobb

Ricky Leroux reports that with the demand for housing in the county rising, the number of building permits for single-family residences issued in Cobb this year has seen a corresponding increase when compared to this time last year. The growth in residential construction in the county is part of a nationwide trend of increased homebuilding, based on numbers released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this week.


August 20, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus State expects to offer new degree program that prepares artists for workforce

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Mark Rice reports that Columbus State University is one step away from offering a new degree program designed to prepare art majors for the workforce. The University System of Georgia has endorsed CSU's request to add a bachelor's degree in art. The university's art department will pursue final approval from its accrediting organization, the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design, and expects to begin admitting students into the new program immediately afterward, CSU announced in a news release.


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August 20, 2015 Saporta Report

Atlanta reaches milestone – 100 million square feet in Better Buildings Challenge   

Maria Saporta reports that thanks to several new partners, the City of Atlanta’s Better Buildings Challenge has passed a milestone – 100 million square feet. hat means owners of buildings totaling 100 million square feet have agreed to reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020 – using 2010 as a baseline. That puts Atlanta ahead of any other U.S. city competing in the federal Better Buildings Challenge, according to Mayor Kasim Reed.


August 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta the best city in America for black-owned business; Savannah No. 6

Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta leads the way for the nation’s 2.1 million black-owned businesses. According to the San Francisco-based personal finance website NerdWallet, metro Atlanta is the best area in the United States for black-owned businesses. “Atlanta has a relatively affordable cost of living and a strong business environment, and Georgia has the nation’s third-largest black consumer market, worth over $73 billion,” NerdWallet reported. 


August 20, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal’s evolving plan to treat job applicants who fail drug tests

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal wants to launch a pilot program that would help prospective employees who fail drug tests get treatment for their addictions. The details are still being hashed out, but Deal told more than 100 business leaders at a Wednesday meeting of his High Demand Career Initiative that the idea was developed after hearing a frequent complaint from employers. 




August 19, 2015 Kennesaw State University

National Institutes of Health awards Kennesaw State University $1 million grant

Staff reports that National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Kennesaw State University’s College of Science and Mathematics a five-year, $1.018 million grant to increase the number of doctorate-holding scientists from underrepresented groups. The NIH award recognizes the strength of Kennesaw State’s biomedical research programs and its commitment to building diversity in the nation’s biomedical research workforce. 


August 19, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View - You're on Candid Camera

Bill Crane writes, in response to the national discussion about increasing the accountability and transparency of police work following a growing number of instances where the use of force, sometimes lethal, is in question or under legal review, police body cameras are expected to become as universal a policing tool as the side arm, nightstick or taser in the not-too-distant future. Several recent surveys on the subject put public support of the use and implementation of body cameras in beat policing at about 90 percent.


August 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta aims to catch your eye from the sky

Phil W. Hudson and Ashley Gurbal Kritzer report that Delta Air Lines Inc. has another marketing plan aimed at boosting the company's brand exposure. The Atlanta-based airline (NYSE: DAL) reported Tuesday that it would be "joining a handful of airlines whose planes sport logos on their bellies for easy brand recognition from the ground."


August 19, 2015 WABE

Unlikely Political Partnership Boosts Ga.’s Green Economy

Shelby Lin Erdman reports that Georgia is excelling in the creation of green jobs. That’s according to a recent report by the national, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs. The report suggests the state of Georgia is creating more green jobs – mostly in the field of solar energy – than any other state in the country.


August 19, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Third ‘special master’ named in Bar’s case against Ralston

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that the 


August 19, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Panel discussion focuses on Savannah's perishable import growth, opportunity

Katie Martin reports that a panel of logistics representatives from around the state gathered Tuesday at the Embassy Suites Savannah Airport to discuss how to bring more perishables, jobs and opportunity to the Lowcountry during the first Savannah Logistics Lunch presented by the Center for Innovation for Logistics and HunterMacLean attorneys.


August 19, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Public Service Commission approves added spending for Plant Vogtle expansion

Wesley Brown reports that the Georgia Public Ser­vice Commission on Tuesday approved an additional $169 million in capital and construction costs for Plant Vogtle’s two new nuclear reactors on the condition that Geor­­gia Power spells out how much customers will pay if the project is delayed any further.


August 19, 2015 Albany Herald

Bobwhite Quail restoration work in Southwest Georgia recognized

Staff reports that the Red Hills and Albany Area quail plantations were designated National Legacy Landscape earlier this month at the National Bobwhite Technical Committee at its annual conference Aug. 5 in Galloway, N.J. At the conference, a Group Achievement Award was presented to Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.


August 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Landscape supply company plants $100M IPO

David Allison reports that private equity giant Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC is planting the seed for a $100 million IPO by an Atlanta company it owns. Roswell, Ga.-based SiteOne Landscape Supply Inc., which is majority owned by Clayton Dubilier & Rice, filed Tuesday for an initial public stock offering. SiteOne says it is largest and only national wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in the United States, with more than 175,000 customers. 


August 19, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jeb Bush in Atlanta: Mass deportation of illegal immigrants ‘isn’t feasible, isn’t practical’

Jim Galloway reports that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was in Atlanta on Tuesday, mostly to raise cash. But he made a quick pass-through of the Varsity, chomping down a hot dog and slurping, as best he could, a frosted orange. With the FO wiped from his lips, Bush faced a scrum of reporters who wanted to talk about Donald Trump. And his immigration policy, which includes an end to birthright citizenship – as outlined by the 14th Amendment. And his advocacy of deporting 11.2 million illegal immigrants in the United States.



August 18, 2015 Brunswick News

Legislator says new port will not compete with Brunswick

Staff reports that State Reps. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, and Alex Atwood, R-St. Simons Island, say the port facility planned in Jasper County, S.C., will not compete with Brunswick. Permitting for the new facility, a joint venture between the South Carolina and Georgia port authorities, is about to begin, port officials recently announced.


August 18, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

This month in Georgia History - August

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that in August, summer vacations wind down as people dive back into work and school begins again. As we at Georgia Trend celebrate 30 years of covering business, politics and economic development across this great state, we invite you to wind down and enjoy this snapshot of Georgia history.


August 18, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

GRU study gets $2.2M grant from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Ellie Hensley reports that Augusta, Ga.-based Georgia Regents University received a $2.2 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a study that is breeding fat mice with more muscle to give insight on battling cardiovascular risks linked to obesity. Even without losing fat, gaining muscle appears to go a long way in preventing the bad cardiovascular effects of obesity.


August 18, 2015 WABE

​$10M Fine For Company Dumping Chemicals In Atlanta Stream

Molly Samuel reports that a now-defunct Georgia company owes the federal government $10 million for polluting a stream that feeds into the Chattahoochee River. American Sealcoat Manufacturing, formerly located off of Interstate 20 east of Atlanta, made a product used for sealing cracks in asphalt. According to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, the company dumped chemicals into the unnamed stream, about 1,000 feet from the river. 


August 18, 2015 Georgia Health News

'Special' exchange enrollment surpasses 55,000

Andy Miller reports that ore than 55,000 Georgians signed up for health insurance exchange coverage during a “special” four-month period through the end of June. This period came after regular open enrollment ended in February. The signups during the special period included people who lost job-based coverage, got married or had a baby since late February. 


August 18, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

U.S. Army: Two women pass Ranger School 

Chuck Williams reports that two women have passed Ranger School and are scheduled to graduate at Fort Benning on Friday morning, making them the first female soldiers to earn the coveted Ranger tab and complete the most difficult training the U.S. Army offers, it was announced late Monday. The Army has yet to identify the two women, who are both graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A third woman, also a West Point grad, is currently in the mountain phase of Ranger School.


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August 18, 2015 Georgia CEO

Mizuno Opens New Georgia High-Tech Distribution & Manufacturing Center

Staff reports that Mizuno USA, a global sporting goods company, has fully transitioned all distribution and manufacturing operations to a new high-tech facility in Barrow County. Designed to support accelerated growth goals in the next five years, the new 520,000-square-foot facility located in Braselton, Ga. significantly increases the current supply chain footprint to fulfill and sustain ongoing business growth, supply chain demand and morphing customer base and consumer buying behavior. The facility also includes all Mizuno golf club manufacturing for the North American market.


August 18, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Which two Georgia cities are among the best for female entrepreneurs?

Phil W. Hudson reports that two Atlanta suburbs are among the nation's best cities for women entrepreneurs, according to GoodCall LLC. The Fort Mill, S.C.-based company placed Alpharetta, Ga., at No. 1 on the list. According to the report, 31 percent of the establishments in Alpharetta are owned by women. In Peachtree City, which landed at No. 9 on the list, 31 percent of the establishments also are are owned by women.


August 18, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Where the SEC Primary governors stand on the presidential race

Daniel Malloy reports that this morning in Birmingham, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president. Said the second-term governor: “John Kasich’s success in putting conservative ideas to work in Ohio—cutting taxes $5 billion, turning an $8 billion shortfall into a $2 billion surplus, and creating 350,000 new jobs—are all strengths he will have as President. Coupled with John Kasich’s compassion for the people he serves and desire to make their lives better, our country will be stronger with him as President.”




August 17, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Ga. unlikely to follow boost in minimum wage, lawmaker says

Linda S. Morris reports that Tina Dickson has always paid her employees at Ingleside Village Pizza a little more than the federal minimum wage. “When we first opened up, I think the minimum wage was about $4.25 (an hour) ..., and we started everybody out at $4.75,” Dickson said. “Now the minimum wage is $7.25, and I start everybody out at $9.” But if the minimum hourly wage jumped up to $10.10 or $15 -- which some Georgia legislators proposed earlier this year -- “that would definitely hurt,” she said.


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August 17, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Causes and Effects

Susan Percy reports, it had been a rough year for Jen Hilburn and the environmental advocacy group she heads, but the Altamaha Riverkeeper had something big to celebrate in May: The state Department of Transportation denied an out-of-state energy firm’s request to build a pipeline that would have trenched through 12 Georgia counties and crossed the watersheds of five major rivers, posing a threat to wildlife and water quality.


August 17, 2015 GPB

This Bug Wants Your Black Eyed Peas

Grant Blankenship reports that on a day when the bounty of summer vegetables were heaped in farmer’s stalls, Amanda Chester was on the hunt for one thing. “You ain’t go no purple hulls yet?” she asked farmer Woody Nix at his stall at the Mulberry Farmers Market in Macon, GA. “I sold all I had picked the other day,” he said, “Pretty ones, too.” “Aw, man!” Chester exclaimed in disappointment.


August 17, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Frisch’s Restaurants posts $9.9 million profit in fiscal 2015

Staff reports that Frisch’s Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: FRS), soon to be owned by Atlanta-based NRD Capital, reported Friday its 55th consecutive annual profit. Revenue increased 1.3 percent to $211.9 million, in fiscal 2015. Profit jumped 5.1 percent to $9.95 million, or $1.94 a share. A special meeting of shareholders to approve the sale to NRD is set for Aug. 24.


August 17, 2015

Deal appoints 26 to boards 

Gov. Deal announced the appointment of 26 to boards across the state. Nicole Berger, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Berger is the prevention educator for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. She was the director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program at the Fulton County District Attorney’s office and worked at the Rape Crisis Center with Grady Health Systems.


August 17, 2015 WABE

Ga. Smog Alert Expert Discusses Air Quality, Safety Tips

Sean Garvey reports that Georgia Commute Options, a program funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation, issued a “Code Orange” smog alert during the first week in August. This is metro Atlanta’s fourth “Code Orange” warning for the 2015 smog season. When a “Code Orange” smog alert is issued, sensitive groups, including older adults, children and those who suffer heart or lung conditions are affected by the unhealthy air quality. 


August 17, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Infinite Energy purchases naming rights for Gwinnett Center

Katie Morris reports that the Gwinnett Center, home to the Arena, Performing Arts Center and Convention Center, has a new name. The popular Duluth venue announced Friday it will officially become the Infinite Energy Center. Infinite Energy secured the naming rights to Gwinnett Center on Friday morning after a vote by the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. 


August 17, 2015 Brunswick News

Industry retention, expansion requires work

Lindsey Adkison reports that for John Scott, making sure Glynn County’s manufacturers are happy is a top priority. In fact, it’s his job description. As the manager of business retention and expansion for the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, Scott faces a considerable challenge of keeping some of the area’s largest employers satisfied. Even so, Scott says the first step is relatively simple — meet with key players and start a conversation.


August 17, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Vote to Restore Cumberland Island Trails

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that now you can help restore one of Georgia’s greatest natural treasures — Cumberland Island — through the simple act of online voting, thanks to REI’s new project “Every Trail Connects.” REI selected the Cumberland Island Trail Restoration Project as one of 10 trail projects across the country to receive major funding through this new initiative.


August 17, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Numerex reports 2Q 2015 financial results

Cumberland-based Numerex Corp., a leading provider of interactive and on-demand machine-to-machine products and technology enabling the Internet of Things, on Aug. 5 announced financial results for the second quarter.


August 17, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Turner Broadcasting buys big stake in iStreamPlanet

Staff reports that Turner Broadcasting System Inc. grabbed a majority stake in iStreamPlanet for an undisclosed amount. Las Vegas-based iStreamPlanet provides large-scale, live event streaming, TV Everywhere Network simulcasts and Over-The-Top (OTT) multiplatform services. Atlanta-based Turner said it will use iStreamPlanet’s technology to deliver OTT programming, shift its core technology infrastructure to the cloud and develop new products and services for existing and new businesses.


August 17, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Julian Bond and the answering machine that changed Georgia politics

Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy report that answering machines were still something new on the scene in 1984. And this one, it could be said, changed the course of Georgia politics. And is still doing so. The electronic gizmo belonged to Julian Bond, then perhaps the most famous state senator in the nation. He was erudite. He was handsome. He had been nominated for vice president. He lectured. He traveled. He had hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”




August 14, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia teachers, state workers get good news about insurance premiums

James Salzer reports that a


August 14, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View: You're on candid camera

Bill Crane writes, though most of you may not admit it, I’m sure that you have caught, at least once, a few moments of the reality TV show Cops. If you are like me, you have perhaps wondered, where do they find these people? The guest screening lobby of The Jerry Springer Show? Cops has been on the air now since 1989, and just like folks rubberneck at an accident on the interstate, people are going to watch.


August 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Greystar moves forward with $150 million Midtown mixed-use project

Amy Wenk reports that Greystar Real Estate Partners is moving forward with plans for a roughly $150 million mixed-use project in bustling Midtown. The developer is proposing a two-building project called Ascent Midtown with 323 residential units, a 165-key hotel, 3,000-square-foot restaurant and 3,000-5,000 square feet of retail and bike facility space.


August 14, 2015 Rockdale Citizen

Group encourages local firms to go global

Wade Marbaugh reports, to stimulate local export activities, the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council imported experts. Representatives of a regional collaborative effort to expand exports by small- and medium-sized companies came to Conyers Wednesday for an informative exchange with area economic developers. Hosted by CREDC at the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce building on Green Street, the team of presenters revealed the Atlanta Metropolitan Export Plan (MEP) to economic development leaders from Rockdale, Walton, Morgan, Henry and Jasper counties.


August 14, 2015 Brunswick News

More greenspace may soon be staying on Jekyll Island

Donna Stillinger reports that land pegged for development on Jekyll Island may remain as green space. The Jekyll Island Authority could approve accepting a donation from Leon Weiner and Associates of just over two acres for public green space when the board convenes Monday for its regular monthly meeting. The property was once part of the grounds of the former Buccaneer and Georgia Coast Inn hotels. 


August 14, 2015

Dobbins reinforces Atlanta capability to treat communicable diseases

Phil Bolton reports that Atlanta’s role as a center for the treatment of infectious diseases such as Ebola was enhanced this week with the unveiling of two biocontainment units to be housed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base.  The flight-ready Containerized Biocontainment Systems are designed to transport people infected with highly contagious diseases and can be quickly rolled on and off the Lockheed Hercules planes and other aircraft at the base.  


August 14, 2015 Georgia Health News

State outlines arguments against medicaid 'waiver'

Andy Miller reports that the state’s main health care agency has all but ruled out Grady Health System’s “waiver’’ proposal to cover more uninsured Georgians.  “We’re not going to move forward on this at this time,’’ Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, said at an agency board meeting Thursday. He cited “significant costs to the state” to implement the proposal. 


August 14, 2015 Saporta Report

Coca-Cola names James Quincey as president and COO; stops short of saying he will succeed Muhtar Kent as CEO   

Maria Saporta reports that the Coca-Cola Co. Thursday named James Quincey, president of its Europe Group who has spent 19 years with the soft-drink company, as its new president and chief operating officer. “We haven’t had a president since 2007,” Coca-Cola’s Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent said in a media conference call Thursday morning. “It’s great to have someone of James’ caliber to take over.” But Kent stopped short of naming Quincey the heir apparent of the company.


August 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cox Foundation donates $500K to Shepherd Center

Staff reports that the James M. Cox Foundation gave $500,000 grant to Atlanta’s Shepherd Center to support a capital campaign to expand the organization’s lab and pharmacy and buy new MRI equipment. The new MRI equipment features a technology that is especially important for multiple sclerosis patients, allowing doctors to identify brain lesions earlier, Cox Foundation said.


August 14, 2015 WABE

Ga. Investigation Finds Planned Parenthood Follows State Law

Molly Samuels reports that the Georgia Department of Public Health's review of Planned Parenthood is in, and it's found that all five Georgia clinics either bury or cremate fetal remains, as they're required to by state law.  "After conducting an investigation into the five licensed abortion facilities in our state, I have concluded that each has proper procedures in place for burial or internment of remains," Brenda Fitzgerald, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, wrote in a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal.


August 14, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Huckabee: Hillary Clinton in trouble, Georgia got it right in ’08

Aaron Gould Sheinin reports that Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on Thursday met with (two) reporters at a Buckhead condominium and in a packed 15 minutes praised Georgia voters, slammed Hillary Clinton, said he wouldn’t shut down government over Planned Parenthood and refused to say what he’d do about 11 million illegal immigrants current in the United States.













August 13, 2015 Georgia Health News

Carter has advanced case of cancer

Gerdeen Dyer reports that former President Jimmy Carter, who is both a pre-eminent citizen of Georgia and a history-making figure in international public health, announced Wednesday that he has cancer. Carter, 90, had surgery earlier this month to remove a small mass from his liver. Tests showed that it was malignant and that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body, he said in his announcement. He will be cutting back his travel schedule to remain in Atlanta for treatment at Emory Healthcare, he added. 


ormer President Jimmy Carter, who is both a pre-eminent citizen of Georgia and a history-making figure in international public health, announced Wednesday that he has cancer.

Carter, 90, had surgery earlier this month to remove a small mass from his liver. Tests showed that it was malignant and that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body, he said in his announcement. He will be cutting back his travel schedule to remain in Atlanta for treatment at Emory Healthcare, he added.

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August 13, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Ring in the New Year

Susan Percy writes, no silly hats or confetti required: The new year starts for me the month the school year begins – regardless of what the calendar specifies. For ritual, you can have my share of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with whoever is trying to replace Dick Clark. I’ll take a box of crayons, a cool lunchbox and a burst of energy. It’s been a while since I have had a school-age child in my house and a very long while since I was a student myself, but I still love the whole back-to-school spectacle and the fresh start a brand-new academic year presents.


August 13, 2015 Georgia History

The Ghosts of Leo Frank: Reckoning With Georgia’s Most Infamous Murders 100 Years Later

Staff reports that the Georgia Historical Society presents an evening with journalist Steve Oney, author of And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank, and Stan Deaton, GHS Senior Historian and Dr. Elaine B. Andrews Historian, on the Marietta square on the centennial of the Frank lynching.


August 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Software firm Tea Leaves Health to be acquired for $30M

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Roswell, Ga.-based healthcare software firm Tea Leaves Health LLC will be acquired for $30 million by Brooklyn, N.Y-based Everyday Health (NYSE: EVDY). Tea Leaves has developed a cloud-based marketing and analytics platform for hospital systems to identify and communicate with consumers and physicians. The company’s software and service allows hospitals to identify potential patients in service lines they want to grow, say cardiology or orthopedics. Tea Leaves software then helps market the hospital’s services to those target populations.


August 13, 2015 WABE

Eradicating Hepatitis C In Georgia An Expensive, Essential Goal

Jim Burress reports, when is a $60,000 tab for one person’s medication considered a bargain for Georgia taxpayers? When it goes to pay for a hepatitis C cure, state health officials told a group of Georgia lawmakers Tuesday. Hepatitis C used to be considered a death sentence. 


August 13, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia universities adding programs to meet need for cyber security grads

Walter C. Jones reports that the fastest and least expensive way to address the need for cyber-security graduates is for the University System of Georgia to take a multi-campus approach, the Board of Regents learned Wednesday. A task force of administrators from eight schools made that recommendation based on its research showing the state isn't graduating enough students in the field to meet industry demand in Georgia.


August 13, 2015 Cherokee Tribune

Opportunity zone tax credits could bring Canton new jobs

Jessica Lindley reports that businesses bringing new jobs into parts of Canton can get a break on their taxes. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has designated the city of Canton’s central business district and downtown area as an opportunity zone. The Central City Opportunity Zone is located between Railroad Street and Mill Industrial Way and includes the old Canton Textile Mill buildings.


August 13, 2015 Brunswick News

Brunswick manufacturing fuels economy

Lindsey Adkison reports that the Great Recession dealt a heavy blow to many businesses in the Golden Isles from 2007 to 2009. The manufacturing sector certainly felt the crippling effects. Several scaled back production significantly. But since the downturn subsided, manufacturing has been picking up steam. It’s continued to flourish, creating a diversified economic landscape in Glynn County.


August 13, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Edward Heard suing prominent firm, former partner for over $25M 

Mike Owen reports that a son of former automobile mogul Bill Heard Jr. is suing one of the city's most prominent law firms and one of its former partners for more than $25 million, according to documents filed in Muscogee Superior Court. Edward Heard's lawsuit against Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild, as well as former partner J. Barrington Vaught, charges legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust and seeks not only actual damages of as much as $25 million but punitive damages and attorney fees.


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August 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mizuno USA opens new high-tech distribution and manufacturing center in Braselton

Staff reports that Mizuno USA on Wednesday opened its new 520,000-square-foot high-tech distribution and manufacturing center in Braselton, Ga. Mizuno said the new facility is designed to support accelerated growth goals in the next five years. It increases Mizuno’s current supply chain footprint to fulfill and sustain ongoing business growth, supply chain demand and morphing customer base and consumer buying behavior. The facility also includes all Mizuno golf club manufacturing for the United States.


August 13, 2015

Georgia hires away South Carolina's Chinese investment guru

Trevor Williams reports that after years of slow going in the state’s efforts to woo Chinese investors, the Georgia Department of Economic Development has made a new hire that shows its commitment to the country for the long haul. The state earlier this year declined to renew the contract of Seth Jacobs, its former investment representative in the city of Qingdao. In recent weeks, the department brought in John Ling, the man behind South Carolina’s successful recruitment of Chinese manufacturing investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars over the past decade.                 


August 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s U.S. Senate race in danger of becoming a bombast-free zone

Jim Galloway reports that the  Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, held every January, has become a major political and cultural event over the last three decades. For ambitious Democrats, attendance is mandatory, but Republican participation has been spotty. In his five years as governor, Nathan Deal has attended the event twice – leaving shortly after his address each time.






August 12, 2015 WABE

Ga., Fla. Claim Groups Aren’t Cooperating In Water Wars

Molly Samuel reports that Florida and Georgia's U.S. Supreme Court fight over water is hitting some obstacles. Georgia says the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn't turning some documents over, and Florida says a group called the ACF Stakeholders is doing the same. The case is, at its most basic, a dispute over whether Atlanta uses too much water – depriving Florida’s Apalachicola Bay of the water it needs to keep its oyster fishery healthy. 


August 12, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

August/Richmond County: Cracking the Code

Lori Johnston reports that technology is thriving in Augusta-Richmond County, which is on a roll when it comes to attracting high-profile global companies. Unisys Corp. is the newest high-tech company making a mark in Augusta. This fall, it plans to move into its permanent, 118,000-square-foot location – a former children’s museum at the Augusta Riverwalk – and provide services to the U.S. Army and commercial clients. 


August 12, 2015

Deal: July revenues up 6.1 percent     

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for July totaled nearly $1.58 billion, an increase of $90.9 million, or 6.1 percent, compared to July 2014. Gross tax revenue deposits during the month totaled $2.08 billion, for an increase of $131.8 million, or 6.8 percent. Individual Income Tax collections for July totaled approximately $838.5 million, up from $769.5 million in July 2014, for an increase of $69 million, or 9 percent.


August 12, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SEC charges 32 for international hacking/trading scheme involving Georgia

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission charged 32 defendants for their roles in a five-year scheme to steal nonpublic information about corporate earnings announcements that led to more than $100 million in illegal profits. According to the SEC, Ivan Turchynov and Oleksandr Ieremenko hacked into newswire services to obtain the information and 30 other defendants in and outside the U.S. who allegedly traded on it. The SEC further said Turchynov and Ieremenko made a secret web-based location to send the stolen data to traders in Russia, the Ukraine, Malta, Cyprus, France, and three U.S. states, Georgia, New York, and Pennsylvania.


August 12, 2015 GPB

Georgia's Newest Agency Merges Parole, Probation

Michael Caputo reports that Georgia leads the nation in the ratio of people who are on probation or parole. Governor Nathan Deal's criminal justice reform effort aims at lowering those being supervised. His latest wrinkle is a new state agency that merges oversight of parolees and probationers - the Department of Community Supervision.


August 12, 2015 Saporta Report

Three Georgia campuses among greenest in nation: Emory, Spelman, West Georgia   

David Pendered reports that three higher ed campuses in Georgia rank among the greenest schools in the nation, according to the ninth annual rankings of colleges and universities released Tuesday by Sierra magazine. The Georgia schools and their rankings, out of a pool of 153 schools, on a scale of 1 to 1,000 points, are: Emory University – rank, 28; score, 712.1;  Spelman College – rank, 131; score, 458.95; and University of West Georgia – rank, 141; score, 396.29.


August 12, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Suit claims St. Francis hid ongoing federal audit from prospective buyer 

Chuck Williams reports that a Tennessee health-care company once in negotiations to purchase financially strapped St. Francis Hospital claims in a federal lawsuit that the Columbus nonprofit provider repeatedly refused to disclose and attempted to hide its “legal and regulatory problems.” CHSPSC LLC, a subsidiary of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Community Health Services, filed the suit under seal — meaning it was not made public — Friday in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia. Late Tuesday, Judge Clay Land ruled the suit should not be under seal and made the 31-page complaint public.


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August 12, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Shaw Blackmon wins state House seat

Maggie Lee reports that Shaw Blackmon will head to the state Capitol in Atlanta in January, beating fellow Republican Larry Walker III to represent part of Houston County in the state House. Blackmon took 2,520 of the total 4,425 votes, nearly 57 percent, to Walker’s 1,905 votes, 43 percent. House District 146 covers a section of Houston County that includes parts of Warner Robins, Bonaire, Kathleen and Perry.


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August 12, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Company roars into Atlanta rental home market in $112 million deal

David Allison reports that Atlanta's booming business for single-family rental homes just got a big new player. Altisource Residential Corp. (NYSE: RESI), a Virgin Islands-based company that owns and manages single-family rental properties throughout the United States, is entering the Atlanta market. Altisource reported Aug. 10 it has agreed to buy 1,325 single-family homes, all in the metro Atlanta area, from Invitation Homes for $112.6 million. The deal is expected to close in August.


August 12, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s $74M tax dispute with Copart likely headed for legal showdown

Greg Bluestein reports that the legal dispute between the state of Georgia and a Texas-based firm that bought Gov. Nathan Deal’s salvage yard company is hurtling toward a courtroom showdown. The state has been locked for years in a fight with with Copart over as much as $74 million in back taxes – a dispute that became public days after the governor sold a salvage yard he co-owned to the company. The sale was in July 2013 and the company has repeatedly declined to comment.



August 11, 2015 WABE

South Could Steal Influence In Republican Primary Fight

Johnny Kauffman reports that this weekend's RedState Gathering in Buckhead brought a pack of Republican presidential candidates to Georgia. The most in recent memory. One of the candidates who wasn't there -- Donald Trump -- got most of the attention because of comments he made about Fox News' Megyn Kelly. But putting that Trump drama aside, the candidates who were in North Atlanta may be working harder than usual to impress the Southern voters in attendance. 


August 11, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Clean Power Plan in Georgia

Ben Young reports that the Environmental Protection Agency announced the new Clean Power Plan this week. The new rules aim to reduce carbon emissions from power plants – by 32 percent overall and 25 percent in Georgia by 2030 – and have a real impact on climate change by cutting carbon emissions and encouraging investment in clean energy technologies. For Georgia, a lot was riding on whether the new rules would allow our nuclear power plants – including Vogtle 3 and 4, an expensive addition to our energy grid currently under construction in Waynesboro – to count toward renewable goals.


August 11, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke takes heat for funding ‘energy balance’ group

Leon Stafford reports that 


August 11, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta loves to tell its own story, but frequent flyers don’t believe all they hear

Joe Brancatelli reports that Delta Air Lines wants you to believe that it's the best thing to happen to business travelers since the Wright Brothers, but it is learning a hard lesson: live by the narrative, die by the narrative. In the eight years since it appointed Richard Anderson as chief executive, Delta has been on a mission to convince the world that it is a different kind of airline: profitable, efficient, innovative, responsive and, most of all, an investment-grade market play.


August 11, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

The other stadium: President, CEO of Atlanta Falcons speaks to the Cobb Chamber about the progress of team’s new home

Ricky Leroux reports that Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay said Monday the team’s new $1.4 billion stadium is about 30-35 percent complete and is on schedule to open in 2017, the same year the Atlanta Braves new ballpark in Cumberland is expected to open. Speaking to a crowd of 389 people at the Cobb Chamber’s First Monday Breakfast at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, McKay showed renderings of the new stadium, gave an update on its construction.



August 11, 2015 Rome News Tribune

House Ways & Means Committee sets hearing on Rome/Floyd County sales tax snafu

Staff reports that State Representative Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) today announced that the House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in room 606 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB) in Atlanta.  The purpose of the hearing is to discuss overpayment of sales tax in Rome/Floyd County. The agenda includes a presentation by the Department of Revenue (DOR) concerning this situation. 


August 11, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Blackmon, Walker face off for House seat Tuesday

Laura Corley reports that Houston County voters will head to the polls Tuesday to choose who will represent House District 146 under the Gold Dome in the next legislative session. Republicans Larry Walker III and Shaw Blackmon are vying to fill the unexpired term of state Rep. Larry O’Neal, R-Bonaire, who resigned this year after representing the district since January 2001. House District 146 covers a piece of Houston County encompassing parts of Warner Robins, Bonaire, Kathleen and Perry.


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August 11, 2015 Saporta Report

Dennis Lockhart: Federal Reserve Bank likely close to raising interest rates

Maria Saporta reports that interest rates may start going up – gradually – sooner rather than later. That was the impression that Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, shared with members of the Atlanta Press Club during a luncheon talk on Monday. The way Lockhart described such a move was more subtle – referring to a rise in interest rates as the “normalization of monetary policy.”


August 11, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola Foundation gives $600,000 to Woodruff Arts Center

Staff reports that the Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Co.’s (NYSE: KO)charitable arm, handed out $26.2 million in grants to 74 community organizations in the first half of 2015. The beverage giant said this included $600,000 to Atlanta-based Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center Inc. for arts center program support and $124,000 to the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust for a watershed protection conservation easements program.


August 11, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal’s top education adviser leaving to help schools fend off takeovers

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s top education adviser is leaving her post for the private sector, and her first gig is to help Atlanta’s school system fend off his biggest education initiative. The Atlanta Public Schools board voted 7-2 Monday evening to award a $96,000 no-bid contract to Erin Hames to advise its administrators on how to avoid a state takeover. Hames is departing the governor’s office at the end of August to take on consulting work



August 10, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nearly 25,000 AT&T workers without contract, talks continue

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Randy Southerland reports that Mike Mosquito with UHY Advisors in Atlanta plays golf three or more times a week. A former SEC golfer at Auburn, he’s built his career using golf as an entrée to the world of business leaders. He understands that the golf course is a place where contacts are made and deals are done. When companies put a freeze on travel spending during the recession, golf outings with clients and tournament sponsorships often suffered. The downturn meant fewer opportunities for meeting and building relationships with clients that eventually turned into sales.


August 10, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Kodak to expand Columbus plant

Dave Williams reports that Eastman Kodak will expand its Columbus, Ga., plant with a $28 million investment that will create 240 jobs, the company announced Friday. The Columbus facility will become the sole manufacturer of all Kodak SONORA printing plates sold in the Americas, marking the first time these plants have been produced in the U.S.


August 10, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

Rome links future to high-speed Internet

Staff reports that gigabit-speed Internet service is one of the next benchmarks for attracting new industry to communities, according to Al Hodge, president of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce. Hodge said the existence of the ultra-fast service in Rome is something his economic development staff is already pitching to companies looking to locate or expand here. “It is part of our talking points, particularly for medical facilities and others who could use this,” Hodge said. “So can corporate, regional and division headquarters, software companies and other data-dependent companies.”


August 10, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Governments joining forces to build up I-75 in Peach, Houston

Wayne Crenshaw reports that Russell Parkway and Ga. 96 are busy highways that join Interstate 75, yet those exits are curiously barren. Now a council of local governments hopes to change that. The I-75 Corridor Committee is made up of representatives from Warner Robins, Perry, Fort Valley, Houston County, Peach County and Byron.


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August 10, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Ex-prospective buyer sues St. Francis Hospital

Chuck Williams reports that a Tennessee health care company that had been in discussions with St. Francis to purchase the financially strapped hospital has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to recover more than $5 million invested in a deal that collapsed. CHSPSC, a subsidiary of Community Health Services of Franklin, Tenn., said St. Francis “has intentionally hidden and lied about material facts regarding the hospital’s problems.”


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August 10, 2015 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Augusta eyed for inland port

Tim Rausch and Walter C. Jones report that last week, Georgia officials started work on a rail-truck terminal in the northern section of the state. Augusta should be in line to get one too, as the Georgia Ports Authority wants four more intermodal transfer points. Augusta should be in line to get one too, as the Georgia Ports Authority wants four more intermodal transfer points to make it easier for commerce to use the port as well as reduce truck congestion on highways.


August 10, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Facebook exec launches Atlanta ad tech startup Atomized

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that with Americans lingering on social networks longer, business has turned to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as the new platforms for advertising. A new Atlanta startup, led by Facebook’s fist creative strategist Chris Gomersall, helps Fortune 500 companies manage their social media marketing. Atomized is a campaign management software designed to help marketers schedule and track their ad campaigns on traditional and digital media platforms. At any given time, a company like Home Depot runs multiple advertising campaigns on different social networks.


August 10, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Donald Trump: Atlanta was ‘devastated’ by his RedState ban

Daniel Malloy reports that Billionaire Donald Trump was a no-show Saturday night in Atlanta after he was barred from speaking to close out the RedState gathering of conservative activists. So today the Republican presidential candidate called into the Sunday morning talk shows to say that his remarks about Fox News host Megyn Kelly were misinterpreted and to respond in his typical bombastic style to his attackers.




August 7, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Is Georgia doing enough to prevent and reduce cancer deaths?

Ellie Hensley reports that Georgia isn’t doing its part to support policies and pass legislation to prevent and reduce cancer deaths, according to a new study by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). The report uses a color-coded system to classify how well each state rates in each of nine categories relating to public policy. Green shows a state has adopted evidence-based policies and best practices, yellow shows moderate movement toward the benchmark and red shows where states are falling short.


August 7, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development: August 2015

Christy Simo writes about economic development, including National Beef Packing Co. in Colquitt County. The $9-million expansion will create 200 jobs. Mars Inc. is adding jobs at two Georgia plants. In Flowery Branch, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. will ramp up production of the Orbit and Excel gum brands, adding 155 jobs. In Albany, Mars Chocolate North America will add 20 jobs as part of the national launch of its goodnessknows Snack Squares.


August 7, 2015 Albany Herald

National Pecan acquires Poulan Pecan Company

Brad McEwan reports that one of south Georgia’s most important crops is once again in the news this week as National Pecan, one of the industry’s largest companies announced it has acquired Poulan Pecan Company in Worth County. The purchase includes Poulan Pecan’s processing facility, along with its brand, and also marks the first move of this kind for the Texas-based company.


August 7, 2015

ThermaCare plant faces tug and pull of the global economy

Trevor Williams reports that too often for proponents of American manufacturing, cities like Albany, Ga., have been on the losing end of the global economy. To many, the corporate quest for efficiencies and shareholder value has made further integration synonymous with job loss in the U.S. But one local manufacturer illustrates that the equation isn’t fixed, that for every country where cheap labor puts downward pressure on costs, there’s another whose patronage creates demand that can sustain American jobs. The sweet spot for multinationals is finding the optimal spread between the two. 


August 7, 2015 Georgia CEO

Georgia Manufacturers Add Jobs for a Fifth Straight Year

Staff reports that manufacturing employment increased in Georgia for a fifth straight year, reports the 2016 Georgia Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, Georgia manufacturers added 5,555 jobs from May 2014 to May 2015, an increase of 1.1%. “The double-digit growth of the state’s transportation equipment sector over the past several years is among the highest in the nation, while its large labor pool and business-friendly environment continue to fuel growth and attract investment in a variety of sectors.”


August 7, 2015 Georgia Health News

Progress seen at DFCS, but turnover still a problem

Andy Miller reports that the long-troubled child welfare system in Georgia is showing some signs of positive change.Additional DFCS workers have been hired, caseloads have dropped, and recommendations from a reform council are being enacted. At the same time, though, keeping DFCS caseworkers remains a problem. Job turnover among these professionals remains high, so the benefit of their education and experience is often lost to the agency. 


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Additional DFCS workers have been hired, caseloads have dropped, and recommendations from a reform council are being enacted.

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August 7, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald

Meriwether tourism project may have positive local impact

W. Winston Skinner reports that Bob Trammell never set out to turn his family’s old home into a bed-and-breakfast. When he bought the house, which sits on a lot adjoining his home in Luthersville, he intended to restore it to rent – either as a single family home or a duplex. After the Georgia Department of Economic Development sent a team to Meriwether County “to evaluate tourism and kind of take an inventory,” Trammell’s vision for the house changed.


August 7, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Performance Food Group expanding in Georgia

Staff reports that Performance Food Group Inc. will expand its Performance Foodservice ‒ Milton’s food distribution facility in Oakwood, Ga. The project includes a new 174,000-square-foot building to be built on 43 acres adjacent to the current operation. The new building will have a freezer, meat cutting operation, maintenance areas and space for fleet operations.


August 7, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Scott Walker puts Doug Collins at the top of his Georgia campaign

Jim Galloway reports that Georgia is being quickly picked apart. With the RedState Gathering looming and other candidates weighing in, the presidential campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced this evening that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of north Georgia will serve as the state chairman for Walker’s presidential campaign. Earlier today, Ted Cruze put U.S. Rep. Jody Hice and state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens at the top of his Georgia campaign. On Wednesday, Jeb Bush announced endorsements from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Attorney General Sam Olens.



August 6, 2015 Georgia Health News

State agency: Medicaid 'waiver' plan too expensive

Andy Miller reports that Grady Health System’s proposal to cover more uninsured through a “waiver’’ has run into a major snag at the state’s Medicaid agency. The big problem is concern about the cost. The current waiver proposal “is cost-prohibitive to the state,’’ Jeremy Arieh, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Community Health, told GHN on Tuesday.The Grady plan contains several factors “that present a challenge and a significant cost to the state,’’ he added. 


August 6, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: A few more wise words

Neely Young writes, several times a year I present a column made up of quotes, quips and sayings. They can be used for speeches, photocopied to send to friends or just enjoyed. I call them “I’ve Learned.” They all show truth, wit or whimsy and should bring a smile to readers’ faces. I’ve learned to take some good advice from George Washington, Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt – all great leaders.


August 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Tyler Perry's new studio could create up to 8,300 jobs

Ellie Hensley reports that Tyler Perry's new studio at Fort McPherson could create up to 8,300 jobs, according to However, it is likely that only a fraction of these jobs will be permanent jobs, and the rest will be temporary positions or contract work. Once completed, the studio could produce about 10 to 20 movies at once, and each production could hire 200 to 300 crew members. But as is the nature of film work, once each movie wraps, its crew members will be looking for their next projects.


August 6, 2015 New York Times

Jeb Bush’s Note to His Brother, the President, About BBQ and Tax Cuts

Michael Barbaro reports that was playful banter between brothers. But these were not just any brothers — and the subject of the joke was not garden variety humor. It was federal taxes. Attached is a flier from a barbecue restaurant in Georgia, called Country’s. “Check this out,” Jeb Bush jotted across the top. The flier’s advertised special, deemed “Dubya’s Texas Specials,” that would taste “even better with the tax relief you’ll receive.”


August 6, 2015 Washington Post 

U.S. probe into Georgia special ed program could have national impact

Emma Brown reports that the Justice Department has accused Georgia of segregating thousands of students with behavior-related disabilities, shunting them into a program that denies them access to their non-disabled peers and to extracurricular activities and other basic amenities, including gymnasiums, libraries and appropriately certified teachers. The department’s years-long inquiry into Georgia’s programs, and the pressure it is now putting on state officials to revamp the way they educate students with disabilities, have brought hope to advocates in the state who have long tried unsuccessfully for change.


August 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta still high in home-flipping

Michael Kanell reports that 


August 6, 2015

Biotech summit launches Atlanta to the front in developing ethical norms

Obinna Morton and Phil Bolton report that CRISPR, a new biotechnology enabling scientists to splice and edit genes more easily than ever before, has the potential of curing many genetic diseases. Yet it's also, according to Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, director for the Center for Ethics at Emory University, a procedure that can modify genetic lines by changing every cell in an embryo’s body, which in turn would be passed on to future generations.


August 6, 2015 WABE

Crowdfunding Concept Developed In Georgia Slow To Catch On

Jim Burress reports that Bohemian Guitars claims an expansive, yet modest industrial loft in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward as its worldwide headquarters. While small compared to most corporate main offices, it's a far cry from Stephen Lee’s basement. That’s where, about four years ago, his sons Shaun and Adam first started turning old oil cans into distinctive-sounding guitars. "It became a warehouse,” Lee said. “I was only too happy to have them there because it was where they started to grow.”


August 6, 2015 Rome News Tribune

Makervillage getting $50,000 SBA Growth Accelerator grant

Doug Walker reports that Rome’s Makervillage on Clock Tower Hill has been named a winner of a U.S. Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator competition and will receive a $50,000 cash prize. Co-founder Tricia Steele said Tuesday the organization has pledged to raise a matching $50,000 over the next year with memberships, event revenue and sponsorships.


August 6, 2015 Valdosta Daily Times

Sabal pipeline undeterred

Joe Adgie reports that the proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline is running on schedule, according to a top official with the natural gas pipeline project. "We continue to be on schedule to begin construction in June 2016 with completion projected in May 2017," said Andrea Grover, director of stakeholder outreach for the pipeline project. Grover said final land surveys are being completed, and land easements are being acquired.


August 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Food distributor The ​Chefs’ Warehouse could eye Atlanta for expansion

Amy Wenk reports that specialty food distributor The Chefs’ Warehouse Inc. (NASDAQ:CHEF) could look to Atlanta as it expands — which could be a boon for the city’s growing number of chef-driven restaurants. In a call with analysts on July 30, the company’s CFO John Austin went through a list of markets where it sees opportunity and shared how it would “love to get to Atlanta.”


August 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Ahead of RedState meeting, Jeb Bush picks up endorsements from Casey Cagle, Sam Olens

Jim Galloway reports that when he arrives in Atlanta on Saturday for the RedState Gathering, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is likely to be flanked by two Republican statewide office-holders: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Attorney Sam Olens. Consider the very early endorsements, from two influential gentlemen looking at the 2018 race for governor, as yet another outgrowth of the March 1 “SEC” primary. Perhaps, too, these high-profile promises of support have something to do with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’ recent declaration that he considered the collective vote by several Southern states to be “a firewall” for his candidacy.




August 5, 2015 Bloomberg News

Gates Foiled by Georgia’s Powerful Vidalia Onion Regulators

Margaret Newkirk reports that the business acumen of software magnate Bill Gates, which made him the world’s richest person, may not apply to onions. A farm owned by a Gates-related company is on probation in Georgia after neighboring farmers accused it of substituting garden-variety bulbs for renowned Vidalias, the Bordeaux grapes of the onion world.


August 5, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Growing Turfgrass in Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that a growing (pardon the pun) part of Georgia’s economy got a boost this summer with the groundbreaking of the new turfgrass research and education facilities on UGA’s Griffin campus. “Turfgrass is one of Georgia’s largest agricultural commodities, and the future of the turfgrass industry – now valued at nearly $8 billion – is very bright,” UGA President Jere W. Morehead said in a press release. “At the heart of the industry’s growth and development lies UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”


August 5, 2015 Georgia Health News

Most Georgia hospitals face readmission fees

wo-thirds of Georgia hospitals will receive Medicare fines for having too many discharged patients return within a month for additional care, federal data show.

The 67 percent of Georgia hospitals facing penalties is higher than the national average of 54 percent, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

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Andy Miller reports that two-thirds of Georgia hospitals will receive Medicare fines for having too many discharged patients return within a month for additional care, federal data show. The 67 percent of Georgia hospitals facing penalties is higher than the national average of 54 percent, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis. The readmission penalties, launched as part of the Affordable Care Act, seek to encourage hospitals to pay closer attention to what happens to patients after discharge. 


August 5, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens named top place to retire

Staff reports that a day after the college party scene in Athens was ranked eighth in the country, a group on the other end of the spectrum was also pointed toward Athens as a place to be The Classic City was deemed a top retirement destination by the magazine Where to Retire.


August 5, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

Floyd County school board to hire Cartersville attorney to investigate ethics complaints

Kristina Wilder reports that the Floyd County Board of Education will hire a Cartersville attorney to investigate ethics complaints filed against system officials. At their Tuesday meeting, board members Tony Daniel, Chip Hood and vice chair David Cox voted to hire David Archer while member Jay Shell voted no. Chairman George Bevels did not vote because he is named in a complaint.


August 5, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Savannah-based billing software provider announces merger

ClaimRemedi, an insurance claims clearinghouse, announced a formal partnership Tuesday with Healthpac Computer Systems, a medical billing software provider with headquarters in Savannah. The announcement said the partnership will allow billing services and health care providers to offer the seamless integration of claims, electronic remittance and eligibility verification between their Healthpac software and their ClaimRemedi web-based portal.


August 5, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal 

Milestone: Foundation gives $1M to local communities

Staff reports that the Cobb EMC Community Foundation recently reached a milestone of giving back $1 million to local communities since its inception in 2013. These donations have helped to support over over a hundred local charitable organizations and education projects thanks to its Operation Round-Up program.
With the help of members rounding up their electric bill to the nearest dollar each month through the program, the Cobb EMC Community Foundation administers the funds collected and reallocates it directly back into local communities every month.


August 5, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Package delivery distribution center, creating 200 jobs, planned in south Bibb County

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Linda S. Morris reports that a new distribution center for a package delivery business, expected to initially employ about 200 workers, is planned in south Bibb County. The company is known as Project Ryan until company officials are ready to make an announcement. Pat Topping, senior vice president of the Macon Economic Development Commission, said he could not yet talk about the project.


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August 5, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Dredging for deepening of Savannah Harbor could begin three months early, Corps of Engineers says

Mary Landers reports that the awarding of a major environmental contract, the advertising of another and the anticipated recovery of large sections of a Confederate ship means the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is gaining momentum and dredging may start three months early, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced. The Corps announced Friday it had awarded a $99.6 million contract to install an oxygen injection system along the Savannah River to CDM Constructors Inc., or CDM Smith, of Maitland, Fla.


August 5, 2015

Want to export? Just sketch out your map

Trevor Williams reports that ontent with their margins at home, some companies might fail to see value in braving foreign currencies, unfamiliar cultures and strange languages to boost sales. But the potential reward is great for those who can keep the opportunity in perspective, Georgia State University Professor Jacobus Boers said at the annual Gwinnett Global Trade Summit. 


August 5 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia island retreat files bankruptcy, property owners claim 'mismanagement and malfeasance'

David Allison reports that the owner of a 4,000-acre island retreat on Georgia's coast has filed for bankruptcy, and property owners are claiming "mismanagement and malfeasance." Hampton Island Owners' Association Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta on Aug. 3, listing estimated liabilities of $1 million to $10 million. The island is just south of Savannah, Ga., on Interstate 95.


August 5, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Gov. Nathan Deal won’t be at the Atlanta RedState Gathering

Greg Bluestein reports that ten GOP presidential candidates will be attending this weekend’s RedState Gathering in Atlanta. But Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal won’t be there to welcome them. Deal’s chief of staff, Chris Riley, said a scheduling conflict forced the governor to pull out of his Friday morning speaking slot. He did not elaborate.



August 4, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post​

Georgia tollway group offering $29 million in transportation improvement grants

Curt Yeomans reports that the State Road and Tollway Authority is offering local governments and community improvement districts shares of a $29 million funding pot intended to pay for transportation improvement projects. The agency announced on Monday that it is accepting applications for transportation improvement grants and loans which will come from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank program. The program is entering its fourth round of grants with the goal of improving mobility in Georgia's communities through road and bridge projects.


August 4, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

LaGrange/Troup County: Investing in the future

K. K. Snyder reports that life in West Georgia changed significantly when the Kia plant opened in West Point in 2010. “When Kia came, LaGrange started seeing an opportunity for growth and expansion. One thing became a reality: the need for workforce development,” says Kathy Carlisle, CEO of the brand-new THINC College and Career Academy in LaGrange, which grew out of a 108-member steering committee that took on the task of workforce development.


August 4, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Scoutmob CEO David Payne steps down as mobile e-commerce startup pivots

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that David Payne, co-founder of Atlanta startup Scoutmob, is stepping down as CEO. Paul Heerin, the company’s CFO and an early employee, will take over the top job at Scoutmob, which underwent a pivot from from a daily deal service to an artsy e-commerce business. Payne will join Scoutmob’s co-founder Michael Tavani, who left the mobile startup in March 2014 to launch Switchyards, a 20,000 square-foot consumer technology incubator in downtown Atlanta.


August 4, 2015 Georgia Health News

Nurses competency: Will new program verify it better?

Judi Kanne reports that a development that was years in the making, mandatory “continuing competency” tracking is beginning this week for Georgia’s more than 9,000 registered nurses. The new system has long been discussed and even now continues to be debated. Before the new law took effect, RN renewal was a matter of filing a timely request every two years. Advanced practice nurses, however, did have educational requirements based on their specialty. 


August 4, 2015 Saporta Report

DeKalb Commission expected to vote on Atlanta United soccer training complex Tuesday morning 

Maria Saporta reports that the DeKalb County Commission will vote Tuesday morning whether to enter into a development partnership with the Atlanta United Football Club soccer franchise. Specifically the vote will be for DeKalb County to enter into a long-term lease with Atlanta United for the development of a $30 million training facility. The development would be one of the largest investments in this part of DeKalb in years, and it would generate about 123 full-time jobs.


August 4, 2015

Deal announces $12.5 in AmeriCorps grants

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia organizations will receive more than $12.5 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund grants and education scholarships for 909 AmeriCorps members serving in 17 nonprofit and public agencies. “Service is an essential part of the resolution to many challenges facing our state,” said Deal. “These funds will provide AmeriCorps with the means to train new members and retain experienced personnel, so they are equipped to meet pressing needs and strengthen their communities. I commend this outstanding organization, and thank those who serve through AmeriCorps.”


August 4, 2015 WABE

Savannah Port Expansion Set To Begin Months Ahead of Schedule

Shelby Lin Erdman reports that a record-breaking amount of cargo moved through the Port of Savannah last year. The port, the nation’s fourth busiest, handled 3.6 million shipping containers in 2014, according to the Georgia Ports Authority. And traffic is expected to increase even more with the expansion of the Savannah Harbor.


August 4, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA ranks high on academic ranking, but also on party list

Lee Shearer reports that it's not just college that’s cranking up this month; it’s also the season for college rankings. It’s the time of year when college administrators around the country learn this year’s judgments by U.S. News, Princeton Review and other publications. Two have already come out in the past week - one that University of Georgia publicists shared in a press release, and one they probably won't advertise.


August 4, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta bans shipments of big-game trophies

Staff reports that following the global outpouring of shock and grief over the hunting death of Cecil the Lion, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) has banned the shipment of big-game trophies worldwide on its flights. “Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight,” Delta said. “ Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.”


August 4, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jimmy Carter undergoes surgery at Emory

Jim Galloway reports that the Carter Center in Atlanta has sent this out: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter underwent an elective procedure at Emory University Hospital today to remove a small mass in his liver. His operation proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery. A spokeswoman for the Carter Center refused to say whether Carter is still in hospital.




August 3, 2015 UGA

Georgia state representative makes $500,000 gift to UGA School of Law

Heidi Murphy reports that the University of Georgia School of Law has received a $500,000 gift to create the Stacey Godfrey Evans Scholarship for first-generation college graduates attending Georgia Law. The gift is the first of its kind, and it was made by Georgia Law alumna and state Rep. Stacey Godfrey Evans. The first Evans Scholar is expected to be named this fall.


August 3, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The energy future is now

Ben Young reports, the battle is pretty much over for renewable energy; it is no longer a fringe cause. Solar, wind and biomass are part of the energy mix. Sure, there are skirmishes ahead, mostly over timetables and methodologies, but fossil fuels like coal no longer rule. Nuclear is on the rise, as Georgia Power and its partners are at work building two new reactors at Plant Vogtle.


August 3, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Plant Vogtle hits halfway mark with federal loans

Dave Williams reports that the planned nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle is halfway home when it comes to federal loan guarantees. Georgia Power Co. announced this week it has received $1.8 billion in loans to date from the Federal Financing Bank, just more than half of the $3.46 billion the feds guaranteed the project under a 2014 agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy.


August 3, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

United Community Bank Inc reports 2Q financial

Staff reports that United Community Banks Inc., the holding company for United Community Bank which has several branches in Cobb County, reported on July 22 net operating income of $20 million for 2Q 2015, up 22 percent from a year ago. Operating earnings per diluted share was 32 cents, up 19 percent from a year ago. The increase reflects strong loan and core deposit growth, a stable net interest margin, growth in fee revenue and a lower provision for credit losses.


August 3, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Shift from refinancings to home mortgages is increasing in Augusta

Tim Rausch and Jenna Martin report ith interest rates hovering around 4 percent for a couple of months, the mortgage market is drifting toward an equilibrium with home purchases versus refinancings.  The number of mortgage applications for home purchases has overtaken the refinancings, said James Gay, a vice president and loan officer for State Bank & Trust in Augusta, and the number of people seeking a loan hasn’t declined. 


August 3, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

William Morris IV named CEO of Morris Communications

Staff reports that William S. (Will) Morris IV has been named chief executive officer of Augusta-based Morris Communications Co. The appointment was announced today by his father, William S. (Billy) Morris III, 80, and is effective immediately. Will succeeds his father as CEO, while his father continues as chairman of the board. His father also will continue as publisher of the Augusta Chronicle until April 12, 2016, when he will complete 50 years in that role.


August 3, 2015 Georgia Health News

Former state insurance chief wary of big mergers

Andy Miller reports that  the giant health insurance mergers now on the table would reduce the number of major national insurers from five to three. John Oxendine, Georgia’s former insurance commissioner, believes that a Big Three is not enough for a competitive balance. “Three is not competitive,’’ Oxendine told GHN last week in an interview. “My personal opinion is that it would be very bad for consumers.” 


August 3, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS buys Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion

Staff reports that United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) will buy Chicago-based truckload freight brokerage company Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion from Warburg Pincus. The deal is expected to close within 30 days. Coyote generated $2.1 billion in revenue in 2014 and has strong market positions among food and beverage, and consumer goods customers, as well as paper and packaging, industrial and retail segments, UPS said.


August 3, 2015 Saporta Report

Georgia’s senators back oil drilling plans for Georgia’s coast as Obama pushes climate change regulations   

David Pendered reports that as President Obama prepares to unveil Monday strong regulations intended to counter climate change and promote solar power, Georgia’s two senators succeeded in passing through committee a bill authorizing oil drilling off Georgia’s coast and for the state to collect revenues from such oil production.


August 3, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Erick Erickson: The talk jock behind next weekend’s RedState Gathering

Jim Galloway reports that on Friday and Saturday, 10 GOP presidential candidates will troop one by one into Atlanta to make their pitches to the geographic base of the Republican party. It will be the largest parade of White House wannabes that Georgia has seen in decades. Much of the credit will go to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, whose March 1 “SEC” presidential primary has come to life.



July 31, 2015 Savannah Morning News 

Georgia to president: Port must be priority

Staff reports that U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, both R-Ga., along with the entire Georgia delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives has urged the Obama administration to make the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project a priority for its fiscal year 2017 budget recommendations. In a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Georgia delegation called for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to match its budget request with the public commitments for federal support expressed by several members of the Obama administration.


July 31, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Transit-Oriented Development Comes to College Park

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that college Park is just the latest place to get new transit-oriented development around its MARTA station, as ThePad on Harvard, a $35-million mixed-use project near the College Park MARTA Station and Hotel Indigo, gets set for construction. A groundbreaking ceremony was held earlier this month for Phase I of the project, which includes 109 apartment units, with all of the amenities one might expect, including a pool and patio area and a rooftop lounge with a balcony. The difference is in the affordability. Rents at ThePad on Harvard will average about $1,500.


July 31, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia lands $16 million in federal funding for small businesses

Staff reports that Georgia got recently $16.3 million in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds from the federal government to help small businesses. Created in 2010, SSBCI aims to encourage new private sector lending or investments in small companies by leveraging federal support. Through 2014, states were able to generate $7.36 in private sector lending and investments for every $1 of federal support, the U.S. Treasury Department said.


July 31, 2015 Georgia Health News

Southern Regional's owner files for bankruptcy

Andy Miller reports that the nonprofit owner of Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale announced late Thursday that it has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia. A media release announcing the filing emphasized that Clayton County’s lone hospital will remain open and operating while Southern Regional Health System officials consider a proposed sale of the medical center to a California-based nonprofit. 


July 31, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

LifePoint Health starts process to purchase St. Francis Hospital

Chuck Williams reports that financially strapped St. Francis Hospital’s search for a potential buyer has turned to a Tennessee company, it was announced Thursday morning. St. Francis has a signed a letter of intent to be acquired by LifePoint Health, a Brentwood, Tenn., health-care company. St. Francis had been in previous discussions with Community Health Services of Franklin, Tenn., and Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare, a nonprofit organization like St. Francis.


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July 31, 2015 WABE

Southern Regional May Get Lifeline From Ca. Company

Shelby Lin Erdman reports that Southern Regional Medical Center in Clayton County has struggled for years to provide medical care to residents on metro Atlanta's south side. Now on the brink of closing at least some programs, Southern Regional may have found a financial lifeline. California-based Prime Healthcare Services is in talks with the hospital to buy the facility and make it part of Prime Healthcare's foundation. 


July 31, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta banker named president of State Bank & Trust

Tim Rausch reports that Remer Brinson III, the former chief executive officer for Augusta-based First Bank of Georgia, has been named the president of State Bank & Trust, which now owns First Bank. State Bank, based in At­lan­ta, acquired First Bank by merging with Georgia-Caro­lina Bancshares in Jan­uary. The consolidation of First Bank into State Bank branches and systems is underway.


July 31, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech receives $4.2M federal grant for cybersecurity research

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Georgia Tech has received a $4.2 million federal grant for cybersecurity research. The grant, awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Air Force Research Laboratory, will help researchers at GT's College of Computing study how data moves between computers and whether any malicious software code is added to data during transfer.


July 31, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Dozens gather in Athens for live Bernie Sanders video speech

Jim Thompson reports that a crowd of nearly 200 people jammed an Athens-Clarke County Library auditorium Wednesday night to hear a live video speech from Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders. In his 10-minute presentation, broadcast online to similar gatherings across the country that the Sanders campaign said reached more than 100,000 people, the Independent senator from Vermont sounded his familiar populist notes — a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free public colleges and universities, guaranteed health care and campaign finance reform — as he urged viewers to get involved in his grassroots-driven campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.


July 31, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia’s startup fund is showing signs of life

Greg Bluestein reports that a long-stalled Georgia program that uses government dollars to attract venture funding for homegrown startup firms is showing signs of life. The Invest Georgia initiative, a favorite of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, this week selected an investment consultant to manage the $10 million in state funds flowing through its coffers. 



July 30, 2015 Washington Post

U.S.: Georgia illegally segregating students with disabilities in inferior buildings with inadequate instruction

Valerie Straus reports that the U.S. Justice Department is accusing the state of Georgia of segregating thousands of students with behavior-based disabilities from their peers in inferior buildings that formerly served as schools for black students back in the years of legal segregation. Furthermore, the students are receiving unequal educational opportunities but instead many are getting only computer-based lessons rather than direct instruction from a certified teacher.


July 30, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s Legal Elite nominations end Friday

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that through Friday, July 31, 2015, at 5 p.m., Georgia Trend magazine is accepting nominations for its annual Legal Elite listing, which will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 14 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2015 issue.


July 30, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw State University celebrates 100,000th graduate

Michelle Babcock reports that Kennesaw State University reached a milestone during its Class of 2015 commencement ceremonies, celebrating its 100,000th graduate as 1,212 students earned their diplomas Wednesday. Another 361 students are set to graduate in ceremonies at KSU’s Marietta campus on Saturday. Hundreds of students walked proudly onto stage wearing black and gold graduation regalia to receive their diplomas.


July 30, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Pharmacy residency at Georgia Regents Medical Center boosts care, specialties

Tom Corwin reports that Georgia Regents Medical Center got a $40,000 grant this year to add another first-year pharmacy residency position but more are needed across the country, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists said.


July 30, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Memorial Health to seek 'strategic partner' for future growth

Jan Skutch reports that the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center is seeking a "strategic partner" by year's end to help maintain its mission in the face of a rapidly changing health care industry. Memorial’s board of directors is driving the effort to find an appropriate partner to work with Memorial Health and is not looking for a buyout, said Maggie Gill, Memorial’s president/CEO.


July 30, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Regional electronic records system installation in local medical practices going smoothly

Jim Thompson reports that the rollout of a Cerner Corporation electronic health records system to the more than two dozen medical practices now affiliated with Athens Regional Health System has gone much more smoothly than last year’s problem-plagued installation of the system within Athens Regional Medical Center, according to the vice president of the Athens Regional Physician Group.


July 30, 2015 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Update: St. Francis Hospital ends talks with potential buyer

Chuck Williams reports that as St. Francis Hospital in Columbus continues to work through a deep financial crisis that threatens local control of the nonprofit facility, the chairman of the Board of Trustees confirmed late Wednesday that for the second time exclusive discussions with a potential buyer have broken off. “All prior conversations regarding potential partnerships with the hospital have ended,” Board of Trustees Chairman Richard “Bo” Bradley stated in an email response to questions from the Ledger-Enquirer.


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July 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia, 30 other states seeking delay in water rule

Dave Williams reports that the chief lawyers of 31 states, including Georgia, are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to delay a new clean-water rule that has drawn intense opposition from farmers and developers. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and his counterparts are seeking a nine-month delay in implementation of the so-called “Waters of the United States” rule, citing a number of pending legal challenges.


July 30, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Blue Bird in Fort Valley to manufacture gasoline-powered school bus

Linda S. Morris reports that Blue Bird Corp. will soon be the only major school bus manufacturer offering buses fueled with gasoline. The Fort Valley company plans to manufacture a new gasoline-powered Type C Vision school bus beginning in 2016, according to a release. The new bus will offer schools several benefits. It will cost less than diesel- or propane-powered models; maintenance and repairs will be easier, since a majority of technicians are trained to work on gasoline engines; and refueling can take place nearly anywhere, according to the release.


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July 30, 2015 Brunswick News

Cumberland tour uncertainties

Gordon Jackson reports that it's been nearly 11 months since the National Park Service began soliciting bids to provide passenger ferry service to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Park Service officials won’t reveal the number of bidders or provide a reason why the deadline to solicit bids was extended five times, other than to say bidders had additional questions. They are also close-mouthed about when the 10-year contract will be awarded, though many believe an announcement could come soon.


July 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed releases final 2Q economic growth estimate

Phil W. Hudson reports that hte Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reported its final GDPNow model projection of real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the second quarter was 2.4 percent, which is unchanged from its July 17 forecast. On June 11, the forecast for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the second quarter was 1.9 percent -- up from 1.1 percent on June 3.


July 30, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Georgia legislators criticize plans for more expensive training center in Virginia

Walter C. Jones reports that plans for the U.S. Department of State to build a diplomatic-security training center at Fort Pickett, Va., instead of a less-expensive one in Brunswick triggered testy responses from Republicans and Democrats. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, or FLETC, already provides security training to most federal agencies. The State Department favors building its own dedicated facility in Virginia because travel to Washington would be more convenient and training with Marines at nearby Quantico would be easier, department officials testified Tuesday in a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. 


July 30, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why casino fever has spread to Turner Field

Jim Galloway reports that player by player, the Braves are abandoning Turner Field. If the Great Slimming continues apace, by the end of next season the team should be able to make its final exit from the stadium with a single flip of the turnstile. And yet Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed thinks the price of the soon-to-be-vacant playing field and 70 surrounding acres may have just jumped. You might call it a case of MGM fever, but there’s more to it than that.



July 29, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

CSX signs on for new North Georgia rail-truck terminal

(Chatsworth) Walter C. Morris reports that promising to remove 50,000 truckloads from Georgia highways, state officials signed an agreement Tuesday to develop a rail-truck terminal to serve shippers in North Georgia and neighboring states with a more convenient route to the port of Savannah 350 miles away. The so-called inland port in this small, mountain community  is the second in what is planned to be a statewide network of terminals designed to make rail more convenient to shippers. The first is in Cordele. Besides providing an alternative to existing freight, the network is also envisioned as a lure to manufacturers. 


July 29, 2015 WABE

Georgia Sues Website For Publishing State's Annotated Laws

Tasnim Shamma reports that the state of Georgia filed a lawsuit against the owner of the website,, for publishing the annotated version of the Georgia State code online. The owner of the website, Carl Malamud, argues these notes to the law should be free and accessible to the public.


July 29, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

NCR posts $343 million loss in the second quarter

Staff reports that NCR Corp. posted a loss in the second quarter, hurt by pension and restructuring costs. The Duluth, Ga.-based maker of electronic kiosks and ATMs reported its revenue was down 3 percent to $1.6 billion and it swung to a loss of $343 million, or a loss of $2.03 a share. The results include an $8 million charge related to an ongoing restructuring plan and a $427 million non-cash charge related to settlement of the UK London pension plan.


July 29, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

GHC nursing program listed as second most affordable in the nation by website

Staff reports that Georgia Highlands College nabbed second on a list of the 30 most affordable online RN-BSN degree programs in the nation recently put out by Great Value Colleges.GHC joins several colleges from across the nation, including the University of Texas, Indiana State University, and the University of Arkansas. California State University took the top spot.


July 29, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

State Bank reports 2Q 2015 financial results

State Bank Financial Corporation, the holding company of State Bank and Trust Company — which has a Marietta location — announced on July 23 unaudited financial results for the quarter ending June 30.  After incorporating the company’s previously disclosed one-time pre-tax charge of $14.5 million that resulted from the early termination of the company’s loss share agreements, net loss for 2Q 2015 was $2 million, compared to net income of $7.5 million for 2Q 2014 and net income of $9.2 million for 1Q 2015.


July 29, 2015 Valdosta Daily Times

Rainwater Conference Ctr. more than $5 million in economic impact

Stuart Taylor reports that economic impact of $220,000 for the month of June puts the Rainwater Conference Center’s economic impact for Fiscal Year 2014-15 at more than $5 million, reported Rainwater General Manager Tim Riddle at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Tourism Authority meeting Tuesday. Web traffic for the Rainwater Conference Center’s site has also risen significantly.


July 29, 2015 Brunswick News

Southeast Georgia Health system earns latest accrediting distinction

Southeast Georgia Health System can pat itself on the back following the latest news: the system has been accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. In operation since 1951, the commission monitors health care for the public. Earning its seal of approval is due to a dedicated faculty and staff who devote their time at the Brunswick and St. Marys hospitals, says Southeast Georgia Health System President and CEO Gary Colberg.


July 29, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS posts $82.8 million profit in second quarter, revises 2015 estimates higher

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Tony Adams reports that the immediate future is so bright for TSYS that the credit-card and payment processor’s top executive said Tuesday the firm is increasing its earnings and revenue estimates for the balance of 2015. Mentioning double-digit revenue growth, improving business development pipelines and increasing consumer confidence, TSYS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Troy Woods said the Columbus-based firm, which released its second-quarter financial data Tuesday, is poised to finish the year strong.


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July 29, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac misses quarterly earnings projections, revises yearly earnings upward

Chuck Williams reports that despite falling short of its second-quarter earnings projections, Columbus-based supplemental insurance company Aflac has increased its earning projections for the year as a whole. In a report released after the close of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Aflac said it posted net earnings of $573 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, compared with $810 million, or $1.78 per share, a year ago. That’s a decline of 29.3 percent year over year.


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July 29, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cheers! Beer industry crafts $7.5 billion economic impact in Georgia

Phil W. Hudson reports that the U.S. beer industry annually contributes $7.5 billion to the Peach State’s economy and is connected to 49,051 local jobs, according to a recent economic impact study. “The study shows that the industry generates 49,051 jobs in Georgia -- accounting for more than $2 billion in wages and benefits,” the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute reported. “The industry also contributed $1 billion in the form of business, personal and consumption taxes in 2014.”


July 29, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Chris Christie to join the crowd at RedState Gathering in Atlanta

Daniel Malloy reports that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie makes 10 Republican presidential candidates scheduled to appear in Atlanta late next week at the RedState Gathering. Christie last was seen in these parts wooing Georgia GOP delegates in Athens in May. He has spent most of his time tooling around New Hampshire, but has struggled in the polls.




July 28, 2015 Georgia Health News

Mega-merger would bolster Blue Cross here

Andy Miller reports that Anthem’s agreement to buy Cigna for $48 billion, if consummated, would cement the dominant position of Georgia’s leading health insurer.The insurer deal, announced Friday, follows the merger agreement announced earlier this month between two other insurance heavyweights, Aetna and Humana. And both fit into the picture of fast-paced consolidation across the health care industry, partly driven by changes from the Affordable Care Act. 


July 28, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s Legal Elite nominations end Friday

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, who do you think are the state’s most effective lawyers? There are still three more days for you to tell us. Through Friday, July 31, 2015, at 5 p.m., Georgia Trend magazine is accepting nominations for its annual Legal Elite listing, which will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 14 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2015 issue.


July 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech Study: Carbon reductions, lower bills both possible

Dave Williams reports that Southern utilities need to be more aggressive in reducing coal consumption and expanding the use of natural gas in power production, according to a new study out of Georgia Tech. The report, authored by professor Marilyn Brown, also calls for stepping up the use of renewable energy to increase supplies of electricity and improving energy efficiency to reduce demand.


July 28, 2015 UGA

UGA receives $1.1 million grant to support first-generation and low-income students

Tracy Coley reports that the University of Georgia has received a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Education grant to help support first-generation and college students from low-income families. UGA will receive funding beginning in September, distributed over the next five years under the Federal TRIO's Student Support Services Program.


July 28, 2015 WABE

Emory Receives $1M Donation For Religious Freedom Instruction

Michelle Wirth reports that Emory University’s law school has received an anonymous $1 million gift to train law students in religious freedom. The donation comes as state lawmakers wrestle with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and religious freedom legislation. The project is supposed to give students hands-on experience and provide non-partisan information on religious freedom. 


July 28, 2015 Athens Banner Herald 

Georgia eases teacher testing rules, for now

Lee Shearer reports that Georgia public school students won’t have to take as many tests in the upcoming school year, the state Department of Education announced Monday. Specifically, schools won’t have to administer as many so-called “Student Learning Objectives” tests, or SLOs, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced.


July 28, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike sees surge in revenue, still posts $1.4 million loss in quarter

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Tony Adams reports that an expanding Carmike Cinemas continued to grow revenue, operating income and theater-level cash flow in the second quarter of this year. But it wasn’t enough to avoid a net loss of $1.4 million, or 6 cents per share, in the April-June period. The movie-theater chain, headquartered in downtown Columbus, reported the financial data after the stock market’s close Monday. In pre-release trading, the company’s shares slipped 6 cents apiece to $26.04 in an overall down day for the market.


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July 28, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald

How one grandfather reinvented himself and his career

Clay Neely reports as a grandfather and father of three, Jim Gehrman was faced with a harsh reality: the world he stood to leave his children looked to be on shaky ecological ground, and he believed his lifelong career had possibly contributed to that matter. Inspired and motivated by his son’s career in land reclamation, Gehrman went from the top of the paper manufacturing industry in the northeast to being a renewable energy entrepreneur as a franchisee of Supergreen Solutions of Newnan, a company that acts as advisor, provider and installer of domestic and commercial energy efficient solutions.


July 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia ports break records in fiscal 2015

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Ports Authority moved a record 3.66 million twenty-foot equivalent containers units during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the agency reported Monday. That represented an increase of more than 500,000 TEUs over fiscal 2014, or 17 percent. The ports of Savannah and Brunswick also set records for the year in total tonnage and roll-on/roll-off cargo, mostly cars moving into and out of the Colonel’s Island RoRo Facility in Brunswick.


July 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal gives Georgia gambling supporters an opening

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is still staunchly opposed to the expansion of gambling in Georgia. But he cracked the door open to another route that could pave the way for the first casinos in Atlanta. In an interview Monday, he hinted that he may not veto legislation needed to operate the casinos if a convincing majority of Georgia voters back the expansion in a 2016 ballot referendum. He probably won’t sign it either, he said, but his John Hancock may not be needed after all.




July 27, 2015 Saporta Report

Dredging company hired for Savannah Harbor wins complex project along Gulf coast 

David Pendered reports that the dredging company retained to deepen the Savannah Harbor has won a major contract in Louisiana, which illustrates the company’s depth of experience in handling major earth-moving projects. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corp. won a $76 million contract to restore Shell Island, off the Louisiana coast. The project involves creating 2.8 miles of beach and dune habitat, and 281 acres of marsh. Funds from the BP settlement of the 2010 oil spill are to pay for the work.


July 27, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Young Harris College — Leading in Outdoor Leadership

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, imagine spending your days – your work days – rock climbing, whitewater rafting or teaching young people about the environment. If you’re Rob Dussler, chair of the outdoor leadership department at Young Harris College (YHC) in the north Georgia town of Young Harris, you do that and more everyday at work.


July 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta fintech Kabbage raising $150M at $875M valuation

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that financial technology provider Kabbage is raising a massive $150 million investment at a valuation that has the Atlanta company flirting with "unicorn" status. The Series E raise values 6-year-old Kabbage at $875 million post-money and about $750 million pre-money, sources said. That nose-bleed valuation puts Kabbage just shy of "unicorn" status, a Silicon Valley term bestowed on companies worth $1 billion, or more.


July 27, 2015 Piedmont College

Piedmont College earns national recognition as ‘College of Distinction’

Staff reports that innovative learning opportunities at Piedmont College have earned the school recognition from Colleges of Distinction, a national college guide for high school students and undergraduates. To be considered for the College of Distinction honor, schools are evaluated according to four criteria: “Engaged Students,” “Great Teaching,” “Vibrant Community” and “Successful Outcomes.” The annual process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.


July 27, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Savannah area warehouse space becomes scarce

Mary Carr Mayle reports that industrial vacancy rates in the five-county Savannah area are the lowest they have been in 14 years, reflecting a national trend and sending a clear signal that the recent recession is well behind us, according to a report by Colliers International. “Our industry tends to be slower to react to recovery from recessionary periods,” said David Sink, a principal in Colliers’ Savannah office. “So this kind of drop in the vacancy rate is very telling.


July 27, 2015 WABE

​Metro Atlanta Schools Search For Special Education Teachers

Michelle Wirth reports that Georgia's largest school systems are still searching for dozens of special education teachers. The districts only have a few weeks before students head back to the classroom on Aug. 10. So far, the Gwinnett school district has hired more than 1,400 new teachers. But it still needs to fill nearly 40 special education positions.


July 27, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Regional an 'important piece of the puzzle on this side of the state'

Ed Morales reports that if hospitals were airports, Athens Regional Medical Center wouldn’t be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International — but it wouldn’t be too far off, in both stature and distance. And those two elements are of key importance as the hospital begins the process of looking to partner with another hospital, health system or healthcare organization. One aspect of the news is what a partnership means to the community and how that would affect Athens Regional as it is today. 


July 27, 2015 Brunswick News

Business: Agritourism blooming across Georgia and locally

Anna Hall reports that Cynthia Norton does not spend her days in an office, where walls and ceilings would block her from the core of her job. As the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Agritourism manager, Norton’s role requires her to be on the road and, quite literally, in the field. Traveling throughout the state to find new and promote existing agricultural-based hot spots, Norton’s prime goal is to bring as many farmers, ranchers, brewers, wine producers and other agrarian-based individuals rooted in Georgia’s soil into the state’s tourism spotlight as she can.


July 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Black & Decker puts 'digital accelerator' in Midtown's Millennium building

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE: SWK) will put an innovation center in Midtown — the latest in a string of corporations establishing R&D outposts in the area. Black & Decker has leased 5,000 square feet at Ten 10th. St., a 14-story office building best known for hosting Google’s Atlanta sales office.


July 27, 2015 WABE

Ga.'s Sam Nunn: Nuke Deal Prevents Iran From Getting Weapon

Shelby Lin Erdman reports that Congress has convened hearings this week on the new nuclear agreement reached among Iran, the United States and five other countries. The deal includes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an end to some of the toughest sanctions against the country. Republicans, including both of Georgia's U.S. senators, have expressed either serious doubts or outright opposition to the agreement, and Israel's government has called it a historic mistake.




July 24, 2015 Emory University

Emory receives $1 million gift for religious freedom work

Patti Ghezzi reports that the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law has received a $1 million anonymous gift to expand training in religious freedom for law students and bring new scholarship and fresh voices to the field. The gift will fund "Restoring Religious Freedom: Education, Outreach, and Good Citizenship," a project that will run for four years, starting in September.


July 24, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Moon River Studios Master Plan gets Effingham County Commissioners' approval

Ellie Hensley reports that Effingham County commissioners approved a master plan for Moon River Studios on July 21, according to The studio project is slated to be the largest underway in the United States, but first it will need to hire contractors, get permits and break ground. It will be built off Interstate 16 and Old River Rd, and its first phase will consist of a 40,000-square-foot production facility and two sound stages. Bidding for contractors closed Tuesday.


July 24, 2015 Savannah Morning News

PortSide: Record rail traffic at port speaks volumes

Mary Carr Mayle reports that June was the busiest month on record for containers moved by rail at the Port of Savannah, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Georgia Ports Authority. The volume — 34,712 containers — topped the previous record of 33,919 set in January. The Georgia Ports Authority achieved five of the top 10 months ever for intermodal rail in 2015.


July 24, 2015 WABE

NC Wind Farm Could Mean Changing Winds in Ga. Energy Future

Shelby Lin Erdman reports that wind farms dot the landscape in states across the country, but you won’t find one in the Southeast, at least not yet, according to a wind industry trade group. That is until now. Construction is expected to begin this year on a new $400 million, 200-plus megawatt facility in North Carolina, the first utility-scale wind energy farm in the region. But the wind farm, commissioned by Amazon, will be used exclusively for Amazon Web Services, and it won’t provide any energy for North Carolina homes or businesses.


July 24, 2015 Georgia Health News

WellStar in talks to buy Tenet's hospitals in state

Andy Miller reports that WellStar Health System, fresh from abandoning a proposed deal with Emory Healthcare, has now landed a new potential partner. The Marietta-based WellStar is beginning negotiations with Tenet Healthcare to buy Tenet’s five hospitals in Georgia — all in greater metro Atlanta. The two organizations issued a statement Thursday confirming the start of “exclusive, non-binding discussions’’ about a potential sale of Tenet’s Atlanta-area hospitals and other facilities to WellStar. 


WellStar Health System, fresh from abandoning a proposed deal with Emory Healthcare, has now landed a new potential partner.

The Marietta-based WellStar is beginning negotiations with Tenet Healthcare to buy Tenet’s five hospitals in Georgia — all in greater metro Atlanta.

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July 24, 2015 Saporta Report

Atlanta plans sustainability facility at airport to handle up 200,000 tons a year of trash, yard trimmings   

David Pendered reports that Atlanta’s airport plans to hire a company to build and operate a recycling facility that ultimately is to handle 200,000 tons a year of airport waste and yard clippings collected around town, refuse that otherwise would end up in a landfill, according to a bid released Monday.The project is part of the airport’s move toward a zero waste program.


July 24, 2015 Georgia CEO

Southern Company and Partners Award Waterway Conservation Grants

Staff reports that reflecting its historical commitment to honor natural resource conservation projects focused on protecting wetlands and streams in and around its service territory, Southern Company, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and other public and private partners, awarded $2.3 million in grants to 64 organizations nationwide as part of the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program.


July 24, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Controversy swirls around company looking to sell drones to Macon-Bibb

Stanley Dunlap reports that a July 15 news release from the company that wants to sell Macon-Bibb County government a $5.7 million drone package erroneously says the deal already has been struck. But the full commission has not signed off on an agreement. A day earlier, on July 14, the Macon-Bibb County Commission’s Economic and Community Development Committee had agreed to send to the full commission the deal with Olaeris, which would supply the county with a fleet of drones.


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July 24, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

North Carolina film workers flee to Georgia after legislature slashes incentive program

Ellie Hensley reports that North Carolina's legislature opted to end its tax credit program for film and television productions at the end of 2014, and now the state is learning how just how fragile the industry can be. Film and TV productions —and the crew workers needed to make them — are disappearing in droves to other states that do provide incentives, like Georgia. One such production is Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" series, which packed its bags at the end of its second season and relocated to Atlanta. The production had been North Carolina's biggest spender, according to Charlotte Business Journal.


July 24, 2015 GPB

What Would A 'Pastor Protection' Bill Do?

Trevor Young reports that it’s Tuesday, and volunteers are gathering to serve a meal to the homeless. This is St. Mark United Methodist Church in Midtown Atlanta, in the heart of the city’s gay neighborhood. Pastor Beth LaRocca-Pitts is fuming with frustration about a peculiar new bill. “You can’t be forced to do a wedding against your will, as a pastor of any faith or tradition here in the United States.” Georgia House Speaker David Ralston proposed a bill last week which supposedly protects pastors from having to marry same-sex couples.




July 23, 2015 WABE

Ga. Lawmaker Taking An In-Depth Look At The Rise Of Drones

Shelby Lin Erdman reports that as the new Ted Turner Drive was dedicated in downtown Atlanta this week, spectators were on hand snapping pictures of the ceremony. At the same time, a drone was hovering above the event doing the exact same thing. That's despite the state ban on flying a drone within five miles of the State Capitol or the governor’s mansion – which is just north of downtown.


July 23, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Neighbors to the north

Ben Young writes, metro Atlanta leaders were blown away by a recent visit to Toronto, a city overflowing with success. This was not former Mayor Rob Ford’s Toronto that many had expected to see, a city overflowing with excess. The trip was the Atlanta Regional Commission’s annual LINK trip, an opportunity for some 100 metro leaders to learn how another city is tackling problems similar to Atlanta’s.


July 23, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

Lawmakers to study Georgia-Alabama cooperation

Doug Walker reports that Georgia General Assembly has created a study committee to consider ways Georgia and Alabama can work with each other on areas of mutual interest. Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, who has been appointed to the 10-member panel, said all the appointees are from districts that abut the state line.


July 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Software firm Patientco expands in Buckhead, will add up to 100 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based health care payments software firm Patientco is expanding in Buckhead, with plans to add up to 100 jobs over the next several months. Patientco signed a 26,000 square foot lease, or a full floor, at Terminus 200 where it will more than triple its workforce in the next 18 months. The company is part of a wave of tech firms, including Amazon and, relocating to Buckhead — a financial and real estate office hub.


July 23, 2015

Deal: CSM Bakery Solutions to relocate to Sandy Springs        

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that CSM Bakery Solutions, a company with origins in the Netherlands, will relocate its global headquarters to Fulton County, creating 120 jobs and investing more than $5.5 million into Sandy Springs. CSM Bakery Solutions is an international leader in its industry, producing a broad range of bakery ingredients, products and services.


July 23, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Technology Association of Georgia report highlights state's tech industry        

Jeremy Timmerman reports that Georgia is an emerging leader in the technology industry, but there is room for improvement, according to a recent State of the Industry report from the Technology Association of Georgia. Tino Mantella, the group’s president and CEO, addressed a group of industry and community leaders at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission building Wednesday. The technology industry has a $113 billion economic impact in Georgia, compared to the $70 billion impact of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


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July 23, 2015 Albany Herald

Albany officials dispute Harper’s Magazine account of city’s lack of economic progress

Terry Lewis reports that it's not often citizens of a community get to see their city painted by a national magazine as the poster child for poverty and cited for its struggles to recover from the Great Recession. Albanians will see it next week when Harper’s Magazine publishes New York-based Kai Wright’s “What Recovery? Two years in a town where the Great Recession never ended.”


July 23, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

American Airlines opts against commercial service from Athens-Ben Epps Airport

American Airlines has opted against providing scheduled commercial air service out of Athens-Ben Epps Airport, members of the airport authority learned Thursday. American, which would have provided service via US Airways, with which it has recently merged, told a consultant working with the Athens airport to  attract a new commercial carrier that a shortage of both airplanes and pilots has prompted it to abandon plans to expand service in Georgia.


July 23, 2015 GPB

The Mayor Of Columbus Makes Her Case For Fort Benning

Bradley George reports that Georgia will be one of the hardest hit states, as the Army looks to shrink its active duty force. 950 soldiers will leave Fort Stewart, while Fort Benning will lose 3,400. Deeper cuts could be in the works, if congressional Republicans and President Obama can't reach a deal to stop budget sequestration. 


July 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Technicolor to buy Cisco TV set-top business tied to Scientific-Atlanta for $600 million

Carla Caldwell reports that Paris-based Technicolor SA plans to buy Cisco Systems Inc.’s (Nasdaq: CSCO) TV set-top business for about $600 million, ending Cisco’s involvement with a market that started with its $6.9 billion acquisition in 2006 of Scientific-Atlanta Inc., The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Cisco’s acquisition of Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Scientific-Atlanta, which included products used in homes and equipment for cable providers’ central offices, was one of Cisco’s most costly, the paper adds.


July 23, 2015 Georgia Health News

Deal may save faltering Clayton hospital

Andy Miller reports that last month, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners approved a plan for hiring a consulting firm to find a financial partner to rescue the ailing Southern Regional Medical Center. It looks like a match has been made. Prime Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit based in California, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Riverdale hospital. The county commissioners approved that letter Tuesday.


July 23, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

John Barrow to teach at University of Georgia, signaling he’s out for 2016

Daniel Malloy reports that former U.S. Rep. John Barrow will teach at the University of Georgia starting this fall, an indication the Democrat will not be running for office next year. Barrow, an Athens native and UGA grad, will be a “scholar in residence” at UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs, according to a university news release. He will teach one class this fall and two classes this coming spring that will focus on political polarization and gerrymandering, topics that dovetail closely with his career.



July 22, 2015 Savannah Morning News, Morris News Service

Southern legislators pass rail-profit resolution

Walter C. Jones reports that a multistate committee of lawmakers voted unanimously Sunday in support of greater railroad use "while affording the railroad companies the opportunity to secure the maximum possible returns on their investments."  The sponsor, Rep. Brent Yonts, a Democrat from Kentucky, said he drafted the resolution at the recommendation of a lobbyist from Norfolk Southern, one of two railroads that are among the 85 financial contributors to the five-day meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference. Other contributors include large insurance companies, energy corporations, drug makers and firms with state contracts. 


July 22, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

This Month in Georgia History — July

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it's hotter than the hinges on the gates of hades and more humid than the steam room at the gym here in the South in July, making it tough for some of us to get any work done at all. But Julys gone by are filled with hard-working athletes, politicians and more. As we at Georgia Trend celebrate 30 years of covering business, politics and economic development across this great state, we invite you to take a break from the heat and enjoy this snapshot of Georgia history.


July 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

U.S. News and World Report ranks Emory University Hospital No. 1 in Georgia

Ellie Hensley reports that for the fourth year running, U.S. News and World Report ranked Emory University Hospital the No. 1 hospital in Georgia and in metro Atlanta. The hospital has 12 nationally ranked specialties and one high-performing specialty, according to the news magazine's 2015-2016 list of best hospitals.


July 22, 2015 GPB

State Senate Committee Looking At Whether Contractors Are Misclassified

Gabrielle Ware and Emily Jones reports that being misclassified can present problems for port truck drivers. So, politicians are searching for ways to address potential misclassification. The Senate Study Committee on Employee Misclassification began gathering testimony Tuesday to help craft legislation on the issue for the 2016 session. Port truck drivers and truck companies are butting heads on what constitutes being an independent contractor. 


July 22, 2015 Walker County Messenger, Rome News Tribune

GDOL to help recruit workers for Northwest Georgia companies next week

Staff reports that Georgia Department of Labor will host recruitments in Rome and Sum­mer­ville on Tuesday to help two Northwest Georgia companies recruit a total of 54 workers. The Rome Career Center, 462 Riverside Parkway, will host a recruiting event for Miller Zell, a company that specializes in retail store design and development. The recruitment will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


July 22, 2015 WABE

Georgia Farmers Seek Federal Funds To Promote Pecans

John Lorinc reports that many farmers in the Peach State want to help promote a different crop that starts with the letter "P." Georgia is the country's largest producer of pecans, and there's a push from many farmers to increase the nut's popularity worldwide. Over the next few weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold hearings to determine if there should be a marketing order for pecans. Basically, that would mean federal funds would be used to promote pecans to markets domestic and abroad.


July 22, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia takes first step toward building its own spaceport

Lauren Macdonald reports that the world collectively cheered when NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, launched nine years ago, flew by Pluto last week and snapped pictures for those of us here on Earth. And if plans go well, Georgia could soon have its own launching station for space missions. Georgians might be able to expect rocket launches from a spaceport in Camden County within the next four to five years, according to the county manager Steve Howard.


July 22, 2015 Macon Telegraph

New solar farm opens in Macon County

Linda S. Morris reports that a new 1-megawatt solar farm opened Tuesday in Macon County, and it will provide enough power for more than 200 homes. WGL Energy joined with New Energy Equity, Radiance Solar, Stion Corp. and state officials for the opening. The facility is expected to produce more than 1,600 megawatt hours of electricity a year.


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July 22, 2015 WABE

FCC Set To Approve AT&T-DirecTV Merger 

Krishnadev Calamur reports that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated an order to his fellow commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission to approve the $48.5 billion merger between AT&T and DirecTV. In a statement, Wheeler said the move would bring more competition to the broadband marketplace and benefit consumers. 


July 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bauerfeind relocates U.S. headquarters to Midtown

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that orthopedic technology company Bauerfeind USA will relocate its headquarters to Midtown and bring nearly 25 jobs. In April, Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported Bauerfeind's plans to relocate from Marietta to Midtown. Bauerfeind, a subsidiary of Germany based Bauerfeind AG, develops orthoses, medical compression stockings and orthopedic supports used by athletes and others. Bauerfeind has been an official supplier to the German Olympic teams since 2001.


July 22, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus reports profit of $53.2 million in second quarter; stock price jumps, then retreats

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Tony Adams reports that growth in its bread-and-butter banking business, combined with expense control, lifted Synovus Financial Corp. to a $53.2 million profit, or 40 cents per share, in the second quarter of this year. The regional bank, headquartered in downtown Columbus, reported its April-June financial figures before Tuesday morning's opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. 


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July 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia GOP racks up debts as Democrats hold cash advantage

Daniel Malloy reports that the Georgia Republican Party is barely breaking even through the first six months of this non-election year as it took on substantial debts, according to disclosure reports filed this month. Republicans raised $636,000 and spent $613,000 from February through June. The party had a a net balance of $105,000 — but also $91,000 in outstanding debts, all incurred since January.



July 21, 2015 Georgia Health News

Georgia trails other states in home health ratings

Andy Miller reports that just 12 percent of Georgia home health agencies received a superior 4-star or 5-star rating in a new Medicare quality ranking system for that industry. The only states worse than Georgia in percentage of top-rated home health agencies were Alaska, with 0 percent, Washington state, with 3 percent,  Wyoming, with 4 percent, and Oregon, with 9 percent. 


July 21, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2015 Best places to work in Georgia

Mary Anne Dunkin and Lindsay Thomas Jr. report that after taking a couple of years off, Georgia Trend once again asked readers to nominate their companies for our Best Places To Work roster and tell us what makes their employers the best. Nominations came from across the state and from businesses and nonprofits large and small. Respondents say they appreciate good benefits, a flexible work environment, respect from employers, and the opportunities to do meaningful work and give back to their communities.


July 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

First Data Corp. plans to go public

Staff reports that First Data Corp. wants to go public in a bid to pay off its debt. The Atlanta-based private payment technology and services company filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of its common stock. It would be the 107th publicly traded company based in Georgia.


July 21, 2015 Georgia CEO

Atlanta Ranks No. 2 Among Largest Metro Areas for Job Growth

Staff reports that Metro Atlanta is once again a national leader in job growth. The Atlanta region’s employment base grew by 3.2 percent from May 2014 to May 2015, the second-fastest growth rate among the nation’s 12 largest metro areas, according to a report from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Atlanta added 79,600 jobs during this period, the fourth-highest total, according to the report, which analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 


July 21, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Peachtree Corners company moving Harlem Globetrotters to metro Atlanta

Curt Yeomans reports that a Peachtree Corners business is bringing the Harlem Globetrotters, and its entertaining brand of basketball, to a new home in metro Atlanta. Herschend Enterprises recently announced it will spend the next year moving the world famous team from Phoenix, Ariz. to the Atlanta area. The family entertainment company, whose corporate offices are located in Peachtree Corners' Technology Park, bought the team in October 2013.


July 21, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Struggling Darien outlet center looking for investment from China

Joe Parker Jr. reports that McIntosh County Commission Chairwoman Kelly Spratt will leave for China on Tuesday with officials of International Decor Outlet on a trip promoting the company’s plans for outlet centers across the U.S., starting with locations in Darien Outlet Center. Spratt is the only public official scheduled to go on the trip, and she expects to make speeches and hold meetings with chambers of commerce, manufacturers’ representatives and government officials in China. Her message, she said, is an open-arms welcome for Chinese investment and an offer to streamline permits and licenses for businesses coming to McIntosh County.


July 21, 2015 UGA

Small business prospects good in 2015, according to UGA Small Business Development Center

Allan Adams reports that a report produced by the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center shows that a faster pace of economic growth in 2015 will benefit small businesses across the state. There are about 960,000 small businesses in Georgia, employing 1.5 million people, according to the SBDC, which is a unit of the UGA Office of Public Service and Outreach. Georgia's small businesses generated $40 billion in sales in 2013.


July 21, 2015

Exports keep factories rooted in South Georgia

Staff reports that an aircraft manufacturer teaches maintenance to a visitor from Cameroon. A chemical firm affixes Portuguese labels to Brazil-bound tubs. Across town, posters at a health products factory pitch their soothing powers in German.  All of these stories were playing out during a recent Global Atlanta tour of Albany, the southwest Georgia city better known for its fields than factories.                 


July 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Canada's GeoDigital picks Atlantic Station for North American headquarters

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Canadian data analytics software firm GeoDigital International has picked Atlanta for its North American headquarters. Ontario, Canada-based GeoDigital will bring 50 high tech jobs to Atlanta as part of the relocation to Midtown’s Atlantic Station. GeoDigital’s technology is used by the autonomous, or self-driving, vehicle industry. Using precision technology called LiDAR, a kind of ‘laser range finder, combined with high-definition imagery, GeoDigital creates detailed 3D maps of the entire North American highway system.


July 21, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald

Lynn Smith to chair saltwater intrusion study committee

W. Winston Skinner reports that State Rep. Lynn Smith of Newnan continues her legacy of commitment to water and the environment with her appointment as chairman of the House Study Committee on Saltwater Intrusion into Coastal Aquifers. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston appointed Smith, a Republican who is the member of Coweta’s legislative delegation with the greatest seniority, to the post. Also serving on the subcommittee are four other state house members – Democrat Bob Bryant of Garden City and Republicans Chad Nimmer of Blackshear and Jesse Petrea and Ron Stephens, both of Savannah.



July 20, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald

Are low vacancy rates coming to Coweta?

Clay Neely reports that office space in Atlanta is in high demand and Newnan is feeling the effects as well. The current vacancy rate, according to, within the city of Newnan is 4.6 percent which includes all commercial, office, retail, and industrial space. It is safe to assume that the city of Newnan is experiencing a similar trend as the Atlanta, according Hasco Craver IV business development director for Newnan.


July 20, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

2015 Legislative Recap

Susan Percy writes, transportation was the 500-pound gorilla in this year’s legislative session – a friendly gorilla for the most part, who claimed a ton of attention but got lots of money for roads and bridges and even a little for transit. Here’s a look at some legislation that passed and some that didn’t and what the new laws are likely to mean when they take effect – this month, for most of them.


July 20, 2015 Albany Herald

Presence of telemedicine increasing access to care in new age

Jennifer Parks reports that access to health care has traditionally been a problem for rural areas where specialists, or even primary care doctors, are harder to find than in urban areas. Some living outside major cities may rarely see a doctor. To help close in the gap, there is a concept gaining ground in the health care industry that is meant to, in the long-run, reduce costs and provide more convenience and greater access — telemedicine.


July 20, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett Community Clinic shutting doors, says Obamacare cost it clients

Curt Yeomans reports that a clinic designed to provide health care to low-income Gwinnett County residents announced on Thursday that it will close later this year as the federal health care program known as Obamacare dries up its client base. The Gwinnett Community Clinic in Snellville has served uninsured and indigent residents for more than 25 years, but Executive Director Sheila Adcock said the clinic has seen declining numbers of clients in recent years. She said that led to the decision to shut the clinic down this fall, with the last patient scheduled to be treated in October.


July 20, 2015 Rome News Tribune

Tax revenue secrecy frustrates local leaders

Alan Riquelmy reports that “Transparency” is the word on the lips of Rome and Floyd County leaders after the revelation they must repay $4.5 million to the state in overpaid sales taxes. The discovery that Rome, Floyd County, Cave Spring and the two public school systems would shoulder that financial burden came early this month as a shock. An unidentified business overpaid taxes to the state, which then allocated the money to Rome, Floyd County and Cave Spring. Now local governments and school systems must return the money.


July 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Genuine Parts buys Australian auto parts company

Phil W. Hudson reports that Genuine Parts Co.’s automotive distribution company GPC Asia Pacific will buy Covs Parts Pty Ltd from its parent company, Automotive Holdings Group, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is expected to close by Oct. 1. Atlanta-based Genuine Parts (NYSE: GPC) expects the acquired business to generate $90 million in annual revenue.


July 20, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

New organization creates space for local inventors, entrepreneurs

Alva James-Johnson reports that  Frank Braski started his first business building and fixing computers at the age of 14. Now, the local robotics engineer wants to spark an entrepreneurial revolution in Columbus. He is cofounder of a new nonprofit organization called ColumbusMakesIT, which is part of a national movement to create "makerspaces" where people can connect with their creative and entrepreneurial selves. The organization aims to inspire artists, engineers, programmers, tinkerers and inventors in the local community.


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July 20, 2015 Athens Banner Herald

'Golden moment' at hand for downtown Athens redevelopment?

Jim Thompson reports, could a one-acre parking lot in the edge of downtown Athens become the center for an economic diversification of the area? And, could the redevelopment of that parking lot be the first step toward Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Kelly Girtz’s vision of a wider redevelopment of the northern end of the downtown area?


July 20, 2015 Saporta Report

Environmental challenges around metro Atlanta began with early settlers: State report 

David Pendered reports that Georgia’s population boom of the past 35 years is just the latest contributor to environmental challenges facing metro Atlanta and much of the state's Piedmont region. Past activities to farm trees, crops and animals set the stage for today’s conditions, according to a state report. The draft “2015 State Wildlife Action Plan” portrays Georgia’s Piedmont eco-region as a place settlers altered in order to develop the land for agricultural uses – farms for crops, livestock and trees.


July 20, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Transportation bill means higher fuel taxes for local governments, schools

Stanley Dunlap reports that the change in fuel taxes, part of a $1 billion transportation bill aimed at addressing lagging infrastructure across the state, impacts almost everyone buying gasoline in Georgia. The bill that went into effect July 1 not only has led to more taxes for consumers at the gas pump, but state and local governments are seeing their costs rise by about 11 cents more per gallon, according to the Georgia Department of Revenue.


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July 20, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Casino supporters bet on a path to expand gambling in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that supporters of expanded gambling in Georgia are betting that lawmakers could get the chance to vote to clear the way for casinos in Georgia as early as next year. They hope to borrow a strategy that helped break a years-long logjam over whether to allow stores to sell wine, beer and liquor on Sundays by giving local communities the final say.  But MGM, which has pitched a $1 billion casino resort for downtown Atlanta, and other gambling proponents must clear a few additional hurdles as well.



July 17, 2015 GPB

Here's How Georgia's Poultry Industry Is Preparing For Bird Flu

Bradley George reports that more than 200 cases of avian influenza, or bird flu, have been reported in the U.S. There are none yet in Georgia, but that hasn't stopped the state's poultry industry from preparing. That's because chicken is big business here. We're the number one state for broiler chickens and tenth for egg production. The heart of Georgia chicken country is Gainesville. This is where most of the state's poultry farmers and processors are based. 


July 17, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy - Let's go shopping

Jeff Humphrey's writes, the Great Recession had an impact on everything from mortgages to auto sales. Now as the economy is ticking up, improvements can be seen in all areas, including retail. Here’s a look into how that sector is faring. Retailers will see top-line growth, and their margins also will widen. Multi-channel retailers that fully integrate electronic and physical stores will continue to fare better than those that do not fully integrate their retail activities.


July 17, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta flight to Atlanta catches fire, makes emergency landing

Carla Caldwell reports that a Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) flight traveling from Alaska to Atlanta made an emergency landing in Seattle after an engine caught fire midflight. The Boeing 767 carrying 255 passengers landed safety early Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, reports The Seattle Times.


July 17, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Enterprising Women welcomes founder and CEO of Marietta's InfoMart to advisory board

Staff reports that Tammy Cohen, president and founder of InfoMart in Marietta, has been appointed to serve on the Enterprising Women advisory board by CEO Monica Smiley. The board is composed of a select group of women and men who support the publication and give back to the women business owners’ community by providing leadership, motivation, and inspiration to thousands of women entrepreneurs across North America and around the world. “Strong leadership experience, entrepreneurial knowledge and business backgrounds will be extremely beneficial and valuable to our readers,” said Smiley.


July 17, 2015 Rome News Tribune

Amount of sales tax overpayment includes $1.3 million in interest

Alan Riquelmy reports that the $4.5 million Floyd County governments and school boards are being told they must repay to the state because a local business overpaid sales taxes, $1.3 million represents interest. Local officials discovered the interest amount this week, learning that it has been compounding at 12 percent since 2005.


July 17, 2015 WABE

Deadline To Comply With Atlanta Energy Ordinance Almost Here

Shelby Lin Erdman reports that Atlanta is a green city and wants to go even greener. The city is on the forefront of an environmental push to make the city’s municipal and commercial buildings energy efficient. The City Council passed an ordinance earlier this year that will eventually require the owners of some buildings to set conservation goals and send annual energy use reports to the local government.


July 17, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Regional exploring partnerships with other hospitals, health systems or health care organization

Ed Morales reports that Athens Regional Health System is looking for a partner. The hospital’s board of directors announced Thursday it “has decided to explore a strategic partnership with another hospital, health system or healthcare organization who shares our mission, culture, values and commitment to excellence.”


July 17, 2015 Georgia Health News

Big insurance deal raises questions, fears

Andy Miller reports that the biggest health insurance deal ever was announced earlier this month. And though it is yet to be reviewed by regulators, the proposed transaction has already prompted concerns about its potential impact in Georgia and elsewhere. Aetna’s $33 billion acquisition of Humana will get close regulatory scrutiny by state and federal officials over its effect on competition and prices. 


July 17, 2015 Georgia CEO

Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Declines to 6.1% in June

Staff reports that Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 6.3 percent in May. The rate was 7.3 percent in June 2014.  “The rate dropped to its lowest point in seven years, as the number of unemployed Georgians fell by 8,421 and our employers continued to create jobs,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.


July 17, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cousins Properties inks NCR Corp. to 485,000-square-foot headquarters project

Douglas Sams reports that Cousins Properties Inc. just signed tech giant NCR Corp. to a 15-year lease at the company’s world headquarters building. Cousins (NYSE: CUZ) will develop and own the $200 million, 485,000-square-foot building at 8th and Spring streets.


July 17, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johnny Isakson’s fundraising slows, but he still has a $4.8 million head start

Daniel Malloy reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson raised $1.39 million in the second quarter, his campaign announced today, a decrease from what he took in the first three months of the year. Candidates typically increase their fund-raising hauls as they get closer to re-election, and the Georgia Republican is up next year, but there are a couple of factors impacting Isakson’s money chase.





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