Q&A with Sen. Raphael Warnock

Georgia’s junior senator, Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock, won his Senate seat in a down-to-the-wire runoff election in January, defeating incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler who was appointed to the position after Johnny Isakson retired. In the same runoff, Sen. Jon Ossoff…

Features

Perpetually Pushing Ahead

Modern and massive, the Georgia ports run like well-oiled machines. Since the 1700s, the Savannah and Brunswick ports have played integral roles in international trade that continue to grow. But their historic past belies today’s future-oriented operations. With efficiency ever…

Scholars Who Mean Business

Research at Georgia’s universities isn’t what it used to be. And that’s by design. A generation (or two) ago, elite scientists may have shunned the market side of research and technology, says Susan Shows, president of the Georgia Research Alliance…

Keeping Georgians on the Move

Infrastructure is one of the few domestic issues on which both political parties in Washington and in Georgia appear willing to compromise. Witness the U.S. Senate’s Aug. 10 passage of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, a bipartisan effort that, among…

Upfront

Organizations: Frank Hamilton School

The study of music benefits learners of all ages, according to the Frank Hamilton School. The nonprofit, which recently opened its doors in Decatur’s Legacy Park, offers a variety of classes in folk, jazz and blues. You can also take…

Economic Development Around the State

Bioplastics Manufacturing: Bioplastics company NANTRenewables is investing $29 million to build a manufacturing facility in Savannah at SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex and will create 134 jobs. Atlanta E-commerce: 1-800-Flowers.com is opening a distribution center in Atlanta. The 260,000-square-foot facility will…

Political Notes: Ups, Downs, and In-betweens

Ambassadorship for Smyre: Longtime State Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus) has been selected by President Joe Biden to serve as ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Smyre, 74, an early Biden supporter, was first elected to the Georgia House in 1974 and…

Opinion

From the Publisher: Melt the Guns

Public safety is ramping up to be the talk of the upcoming political season. A major uptick in crime is driving the conversation, both in Atlanta and throughout the state, primarily in concentrated areas of high poverty – but affecting…

State of Mind: Let’s Do Better – Please

It’s a good thing for the morally bankrupt and intellectually compromised individuals who disrupted a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic in north Georgia last summer and forced its closure that they did not have to explain themselves to a good Georgia…

Economy: Advantages Abound

Dalton’s economy took a big hit during the pandemic recession, losing 15% of its jobs. But it also recovered better than the country and the state. By mid-2021, Dalton had regained 89% of its overall job losses, compared to the…

The Ga File: Anyone’s Game

A governor seeking reelection needs the solid support of his or her party. That’s always the case but particularly so in Georgia’s 2022 election, where a 50-50 electorate means this is anyone’s game. Republicans and Democrats must secure their own…

Our State

Decatur | Dekalb County: At Its Best

In the midst of a global pandemic, DeKalb County is having one of its best years yet. Some of it is thanks to proactive planning. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond says he built the county’s 2019 annual budget on the…

Dalton | Whitfield County: Manufacturers Welcome

Willkommen! For those whose high school German is a little rusty, that’s German for “welcome.” And with open arms Dalton and Whitfield County are welcoming German auto parts manufacturer GEDIA to town. “They are building a new facility in Dalton…

Downtime

Peach Plate: Charm Meets Grandeur

Overlooking the colorful downtown, swaying in my rocking chair, sipping a blueberry sour cocktail, I feel I could be in any Southern small town. But this is no ordinary place, building or porch. It is the same spot where global…

Catching Up With ... Mark Jaronski

Georgia’s tourism industry, which includes convention and trade show business, generated an economic impact of $68.8 billion in 2019 before taking a $15 billion hit last year during the pandemic. We asked the head of the state’s tourism division, Explore…

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