Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 20, 2019

Jan. 29, 2019 GPB

Georgia’s Rural Areas Closer To Getting High-Speed Internet

Donna Lowry reports that Georgia’s high-speed internet deserts in the rural areas of the state appear closer to getting help. The State House Committee on Economic Development and Tourism held a hearing Monday on two bills that would authorize telephone companies and Electric Membership Cooperatives to provide broadband.


Jan. 29, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

The biggest game in town

Kenna Simmons reports, for a good 10 days in late January and early February, all eyes will be on Atlanta – not to mention a million visitors. When it culminates with the game Feb. 3, what will the impact be to the city’s and state’s bottom lines?


Jan. 29, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Old neighborhoods around Mercedes-Benz Stadium remain work in progress

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and city leaders made many promises in 2013 about what would become the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to Sunday’s Super Bowl.


Jan. 29, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta cancels 170 flights at Atlanta airport before winter storm

Alex Gailey reports, ahead of the winter storm forecasted to bring snow and icy conditions to the city, Delta will cancel roughly 170 flights on Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Jan. 29, 2019 Brunswick News

Arctic front brings freeze watch to Glynn County

Larry Hobbs reports that the waning days of January will bring something like actual winter to the Golden Isles beginning overnight Tuesday when an arctic cold front arrives with wind chill factors in the lows 20s and a freeze watch issued by the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.


Jan. 29, 2019 Georgia State University

Georgia State Named Nation’s No. 1 ‘Military Friendly’ School

John Millsaps reports that Georgia State University has been ranked the No. 1 Military Friendly school in the nation for the 2019-20 year by Military Friendly website, which measures organizations’ commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful opportunity for the military community.


Jan. 29, 2019 Emory University

Emory’s experts line up for game day

Staff reports, when the final whistle blows at Super Bowl LIII in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in February, it will signal not just the end of the game, but of months of planning and preparation by thousands of Atlantans—including a number of key Emory players.


Jan. 29, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

App for food allergy sufferers

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that conventional wisdom suggests that necessity is the mother of invention, and that certainly applies to Forsyth County high school student Akshat Gautam, who was a food allergy sufferer. When he was younger, finding foods that were safe for him to eat at restaurants was a challenge, and he decided to do something about it.


Jan. 29, 2019 Saporta Report

Breaking through the Perimeter: PATH400 to link BeltLine, areas north of I-285

David Pendered reports that a huge hurdle has been cleared that is to enable PATH400 to connect Atlanta’s BeltLine with Sandy Springs and, possibly if not eventually, the growing trails system north of I-285. As PATH Foundation noted of this first step: “Federal dollars are involved so it won’t happen overnight, but it’s coming.”


Jan. 29, 2019 Macon Telegraph

‘They don’t even think that they’re learning’: New game in GA schools helps test kids

Laura Corley reports that Alannah Cochran smiled, pleased with herself, as she moved her finger across the computer screen, dragging and dropping the brand-new furniture with careful precision. A bed, table and chair were among furnishings she bought for the empty room where her big-eyed, bright blue avatar lives on “Planet Peachy Keen” in the town of “Keenville.”


Jan. 29, 2019  Gainesville Times

Inland port, as state property, will be exempt from local zoning rules

Jeff Gill reports that the Hall County Planning Commission had been scheduled to consider the upcoming inland port in East Hall on Feb. 4, but because the port will be operated by the state, the land is exempt to local zoning ordinances.


Jan. 29, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

Ameris Bancorp and Fidelity merger expected to close second quarter

Kandice Bell reports that Ameris Bancorp and Fidelity Southern Corporation, parent company of Fidelity Bank, will be merging.


Jan. 29, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Dalton Carpet One, DCO Commercial Floors enter new ownership

Joshua Mixon reports that J.R. Allred and Curtis Blanton know a thing or two about the flooring industry. The two men boast over 10 years, respectively, of experience in flooring, and have both served in leadership positions in the industry, so it’s no real surprise that Allred and Blanton have taken on ownership of Dalton Carpet One and DCO Commercial Floors.


Jan. 29, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

$5 million in hand, Columbus group hopes to lure prospects at Sundance Film Festival

Tony Adams reports that an effort to build momentum for turning Columbus into a vibrant hub for filmmaking in Georgia — with high hopes of grabbing a piece of the state’s $9.5 billion movie industry pie — took yet another significant step forward over the weekend. A small delegation from Columbus, with a $5 million incentive fund in place for luring prospects, headed to Park City, Utah, home of the famed Sundance Film Festival that runs through Feb. 3.


Jan. 29, 2019 Georgia Health News

Patients ‘frustrated’ as WellStar, Anthem near end of contract

Andy Miller reports that the vast majority of contract disputes between health insurers and hospital systems get settled before the existing deal lapses. The agreement comes sometimes within hours of the deadline.


Jan. 29, 2019 Albany Herald

Albany-Dougherty T-SPLOST referendum headed to March special election

Terry Lewis reports that Albany-Dougherty T-SPLOST referendum cleared its final hurdle after getting approval late last week from the Dougherty County Board of Elections. The referendum will be the single item on a special election ballot set for March 19. Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said recently that the cost of running the special election would be “between $40,000 and $60,000.”


Jan. 29, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge asked to dismiss lawsuit over Georgia election irregularities

Mark Niesse reports that Georgia election officials are asking a federal judge to throw out a far-reaching lawsuit over voting problems. The court filing by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says isolated issues during November’s election don’t indicate a need for broad federal intervention.

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