Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 4, 2019

Feb. 4, 2019 WSB Radio

Super Bowl Exodus: Security lines stretch through atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson

Staff reports, we all know that Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest airport — but what happens when officials say there will be 100,000 travelers? “We’re preparing for a potential record-breaking day here at Hartsfield-Jackson airport here on Monday,” said TSA spokesperson Mark Howell.



Feb. 4, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Black History Month in Augusta

Mary Ann Demuth reports that Augusta is Georgia’s second oldest city – founded in 1735, two years after Savannah – and its rich past is filled with African-American trailblazers who contributed to its Southern soul, including the Godfather of Soul, an international opera star and an educational visionary. Tracing their legacies, and those of many other African-American notables, is a great way to celebrate Black History Month.


Feb. 4, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS reports $4.8 billion profit for 2018

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS reported a nearly $4.8 billion profit for 2018, saying it executed operations well during the peak holiday delivery season. The company’s net income for last year fell short of the $4.9 billion reported in 2017.


Feb. 4, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Google close to major Atlanta expansion

Douglas Sams reports that Google is close to announcing a major expansion of its Atlanta office that will put hundreds of workers on the top floors of a new Midtown tower.


Feb. 4, 2019 Saporta Report

Feds say Spaceport Camden review paused; Camden County files for launch license

David Pendered reports that Federal authorities continue to list the status of an environmental review of the proposed spaceport on Georgia’s coast as “paused,” citing unspecified issues related to the project sponsor. That said, the sponsor has issued a statement saying it has moved the project forward by applying for a license to launch rockets.


Feb. 4, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah’s hotel occupancy rate holds steady in 2018

Staff reports that travelers are still showing a steady interest in the Hostess City as 2018 hotel occupancy rates in the area remained flat compared to 2017 at 70.4 percent for the year, according a report released by Visit Savannah conducted by travel research firm STR, formerly Smith Travel Research.


Feb. 4, 2019

Indonesia’s Ambassador Visits Atlanta to Promote New Restaurant Offering Fine Dining

Phil Bolton reports that as a university student, Budi BowoleksonoIndonesia‘s ambassador to the U.S., worked two jobs — one before classes and then another after classes. When he arrived home at 1 a.m. there either was no food or it was cold.


Feb. 4, 2019 WABE 90.1

Some Good News For Eastern Monarch Butterflies

Molly Samuel reports that Monarch butterfly numbers are better this year, at least for the population that migrates through Georgia. The bright orange and black insects have been in decline, but a survey released Wednesday by the World Wildlife Fund finds their numbers appear to be up.


Feb. 4, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Gov. Kemp attends state robotics competition

Wayne Ford reports that the anxiety of competition filled the air Saturday at Athens Academy, where kids from 32 schools in Georgia gathered for the First Lego League State Championship. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp showed up to encourage the students, speaking in an auditorium filled to capacity with students, their coaches and parents.


Feb. 4, 2019 GPB

Vic Reynolds named new GBI Director

Morgan Carter reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that Vic Reynolds will be the new director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Kemp and Reynolds are allies in targeting gang violence in the state of Georgia. Kemp has been searching for a new director since Vernon Keenan, GBI head for 15 years, announced his plans to retire in mid-December.


Feb. 4, 2019 Brunswick News

Experts, advocates assess state of ocean noise pollution

Wes Wolfe reports that any number of studies will tell you — it’s a noisy sea out there, and there’s at least a couple decades of work to do something about it. The impact of sea noise was the subject of discussion Saturday at the Ritz Theatre following a screening of the documentary “Sonic Sea” as part of the 2019 Green Screen Film Festival.


Feb. 4, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

State Sen. Zahra Karinshak named chairwoman of Gwinnett Senate Delegation

Curt Yeomans reports that freshman state Sen. Zahra Karinshak, D-Duluth, may be in her first term in the Georgia General Assembly, but her fellow Gwinnett senators are already looking to her for leadership in the state Senate. Karinshak was named the chairwoman of Gwinnett’s Senate delegation on Thursday, heading up a bipartisan leadership team for the county in the Georgia Senate.


Feb. 4, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Graves discusses border security plans ahead of SOTU

Staff reports that Northwest Georgia’s congressman, Rep. Tom Graves, lashed out at Democratic negotiators as President Donald Trump warned he may declare a national emergency during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.


Feb. 4, 2019 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News

Local representative proposing bill to arm ride-share drivers

Thomas Hartwell reports that State Rep. Scot Turner, R – Holly Springs, introduced a bill to the state house on Monday that would allow permit-holding drivers for services like Uber and Lyft to carry firearms in their vehicles. The bill, HB 74, has been assigned to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, and a hearing date has not yet been scheduled.


Feb. 4, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Disconnected: Broadband access lags in rural Georgia

Jill Nolin reports that Molly Radford signed up for the fastest internet she could get in rural Brooks County, where her family has owned farmland straddling the Georgia Florida line for more than a century. But it is by no means fast.


Feb. 4, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia GOP chair won’t seek new term as Republicans brace for 2020

Greg Bluestein reports that the Georgia GOP will soon have a wide-open election for a new leader after chair John Watson told supporters Saturday he would not seek another term at the top of the organization. Writing that he’s achieved goals of “stabilizing and professionalizing” the state party, Watson said he would leave it to his successor to prepare for a 2020 presidential election.

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