Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 31, 2019

Jan. 31, 2019 11 Alive

Pepsi says they want a ‘cola truce,’ but it looks like they still want to throw shade at Coca-Cola

Michael King reports, after throwing much shade in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, Pepsi has asked Coca-Cola to declare a ‘Cola Truce’ — but it seems that they still cannot do so without a tongue-in-cheek crack at Atlanta’s usual soft drink of choice.


Jan. 31, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Husk Savannah – Night and Day

Krista Reece reports that Husk Savannah is just part of a developing story about a reawakening food scene there. Brock opened the first Husk in 2010 in Charleston, where it was a popular and critical smash from the start, using local, sometimes long-lost ingredients, some rescued through Brock’s seed-saving programs.


Jan. 31, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia regulators consider delay in report on Vogtle nuclear progress

Matt Kempner reports that state regulators are being asked to put off a Georgia Power report on whether the long-troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion has fallen further behind schedule or made up for lost time. More construction delays would increase the multi-billion-dollar project’s soaring costs, which could add to many Georgia residents’ power bills.


Jan. 31, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Sky Aviation expands into Atlanta

Angel Coker reports that Birmingham, Ala.-based Southern Sky Aviation has expanded its footprint into the Atlanta market. The company has opened a new office at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) and hired four new employees. The company, Birmingham’s only full-service aviation company, has experienced significant growth since its inception in 2017.


Jan. 31, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA plans ‘innovation district’ near downtown Athens

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia has made great strides in the past five years, and is poised to make even more in the next five, according to UGA President Jere Morehead. The future is “brighter than ever,” said Morehead as he delivered the UGA president’s annual State of the University speech in the UGA Chapel.


Jan. 31, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Tale of Two Downtowns: Valdosta seeks growth; Thomasville remains gold standard

Katelyn Umholtz and Patti Dozier report, Thomasville, which already has a vineyard and a bicycle and brew shop, was also almost the home to Valdosta’s newest brewery, Georgia Beer Co. “At that time, Thomasville was our second choice and we let (Valdosta) know that,” said Chris Jones, Georgia Beer Co. director of business. “Valdosta, for its size, was the last city in the state that didn’t have a brewery. They wanted one and we provided one.”


Jan. 31, 2019 GPB

New Entertainment Caucus Aims to Grow Georgia’s Music Industry

Emilia Brock and Virginia Prescott reports that Georgia has been a major player in the music industry. Atlanta especially is a mecca for rap, hip-hop and R&B. Notable artists come here to record, and Georgia has been home to a number of famous names, including Ray Charles, Arrested Development, T.I., Ludacris and heavy metal band Mastodon.


Jan. 31, 2019 Albany Herald

Sonny Deriso tapped as new Georgia Chamber of Commerce chairman

Staff reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce is has announced that former Albanian Sonny Deriso is now serving as this year’s chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Deriso is also the newest member of the state chamber’s executive committee and brings many years of business leadership experience to the chamber team.


Jan. 31, 2019 Saporta Report

National Center for Civil and Human Rights names new CEO

Maria Saporta reports that the National Center for Civil and Human Rights has named Jill Savitt as its CEO – succeeding Brian Tolleson, who has been serving as the interim CEO for nearly a year. Tolleson will return to serving on the center’s board once Savitt begins her new role on March 11. Savitt is no stranger to the center. From 2010 to 2014, Savitt curated the center’s human rights exhibition – the Spark of Conviction – in a gallery that tells the contemporary global human rights story.


Jan. 31, 2019

Alpharetta to Asia: Atlanta Fintech Firm DataSeers to Accelerate Growth With India Office

Trevor Williams reports, after ringing in the new year, metro Atlanta-based DataSeers is wasting no time getting started on its resolutions.  Just in the last two months, it has checked off two major milestones: graduating from the Tech Alpharetta incubator in December, followed by gaining recognition in January as one of the Technology Association of Georgia’s 40 most innovative firms.


Jan. 31, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Committee pushing for new city of East Cobb hires lobbyist

Ricky Leroux reports that the group behind the push to create a new city of East Cobb has hired a lobbyist to help persuade lawmakers to support the effort. John Garst registered with the state as a lobbyist for the Committee for Cityhood in East Cobb Inc. on Monday.


Jan. 31, 2019 WABE 90.1

Sen. Johnny Isakson Talks About Government Shutdown, Next Deadline

Denis O’Hayer reports that last Friday, President Donald Trump announced the short-term deal to end the government shutdown. It happened just one day after six Republican senators voted for a Democratic bill that would have temporarily funded the government. One of those Republicans was Johnny Isakson of Georgia.


Jan. 31, 2019 WABE 90.1

State Lawmakers Push Georgia To Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

Sam Whitehead reports that state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle want Georgia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They’ve introduced two bipartisan resolutions this week urging the state sign on to the measure that offers equal protections to all Americans regardless of sex.


Jan. 31, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

Medical cannabis bill coming in a few weeks

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that legislators introducing a bill expanding access to medical cannabis in Georgia are still getting input from parents and others before writing the bill, according to State Sen. Matt Brass. Brass, R-Newnan, was co-chairman of the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access, which met several times last year and came out with a set of recommendations for a regulated system of in-state production of the medical oil, made from marijuana.


Jan. 31, 2019 Gainesville Times

What Gov. Kemp plans for schools in budget proposal

Joshua Silavent reports that permanent pay increases for Georgia school teachers are just one of several items new Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed in a general fund budget to support public education across the state for the 2020 fiscal year that begins July 1.


Jan. 31, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Firm’s close ties to Georgia stir concerns about voting system purchase

Mark Niesse reports, when Gov. Brian Kemp hired an election company’s lobbyist this month, the move raised alarm bells about one company’s influence on Georgia’s upcoming purchase of a new statewide voting system. Concerns from government accountability advocates only grew days later, when a commission created by Kemp recommended that the state buy the type of voting machines sold by the lobbyist’s company, Election Systems & Software.

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