Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 18, 2019

Feb. 18, 2019 GPB

After More Than 70 Years On Air, WSB-TV Gets New Owner

Sophia Saliby reports that Atlanta’s oldest TV station, WSB-TV, is getting a new owner. Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises and Apollo Global Management announced a deal Friday. Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake.


Feb. 18, 2019 Georgia Trend

25 years of music education

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir (SHCC) program at Clayton State University in Morrow is celebrating its silver anniversary this year. The critically acclaimed group will perform a series of concerts between now and mid-May, some featuring SHCC alumnae.

Feb. 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia solar power on rise as coal plants shuttered

Matt Kempner reports that a hundred miles southeast of Atlanta, some 2,000 acres of sawed-over timberland is about to be planted with what may be Georgia’s hottest crop: row upon row of solar energy panels.

Feb. 18, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ed Bastian: Delta does not want to sell its East Coast oil refinery

Alex Gailey reports that Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the airline does not have plans to sell its oil refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, despite reports that it does want to sell.

Feb. 18, 2019 PCOM GA

AMA Gavel Passed to PCOM Georgia Clinical Professor Dr. Frank Jones

Staff reports, instead of white coats and scrubs, black tie and evening gowns were in order at the Heritage Fund of the Atlanta Medical Association Annual Scholarship and Presidential Inaugural Ball which recognized Frank Jones, MD, as the organization’s new leader.  “PCOM Georgia congratulates Frank Jones, MD, the president of the Atlanta Medical Association,” Vice Provost – Georgia H. William Craver III, DO, said.

Feb. 18, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Georgia gains two trustees

Staff reports that Frank Blake and John Schuerholz became the newest Georgia Trustees on Saturday evening at the annual Georgia Historical Society Trustees Gala. The two were chosen for their “commitment to the common good and their insistence on putting others first.” It is the highest honor the state of Georgia can confer.

Feb. 18, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Downtown Macon visitors could soon take advantage of public WiFi thanks to local project

Stanley Dunlap reports that the heart of downtown Macon should soon have free Wi-Fi service. Middle Georgia State University would use a $39,848 grant to install the wireless internet network that would be available to the public for at least 18 months.

Feb. 18, 2019 Saporta Report

Planned removal of 1937 lock, dam to help fish spawn in Savannah River draws criticism

David Pendered reports that the newly released federal plan to promote spawning by endangered fish in the Savannah River north of Augusta ran smack into opposition last week from residents who don’t like a drop in the level of the river or the demolition of a lock and dam built in 1937 – two consequences of the plan.

Feb. 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Live, Work, Play Cities

Mary Ann DeMuth, Suzanne Northington and Haisten Willis report that as Georgia seeks to maintain its spot at the top of the business-friendly states list, local governments are finding that a multi-pronged focus on business and lifestyle benefits is key to attracting newcomers and holding on to longtime residents and businesses. Cultural amenities and opportunities for healthy activities go hand-in-hand with business-friendly environments.

Feb. 18, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Progress made in SRS aquifer cleanup effort

Staff reports that the management and operations contractor for Savannah River Site has completed the first phase of testing a new approach that uses oxidants to neutralize solvents from groundwater underneath the facility. Mike Griffin, the area cleanup projects manager for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, said significant progress has been made on removing the solvents with the method developed at SRS.

Feb. 18, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition staying in Columbus, mayor Henderson says

Ben Wright reports that the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition will celebrate 75 years in Columbus when candidates take the stage at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Mayor Berry “Skip” Henderson announced Saturday. “We have been the home for this competition for 74 years,” the mayor said during a 10 a.m. news conference at the RiverCenter.

Feb. 18, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Georgia House proposal preserves, but trims, pensions for future teachers

Maggie Lee reports that future Georgia teachers may not get as valuable a retirement package as today’s teachers — though the state will save some money — if a bill in the Georgia House is successful. The sponsor of the bill has an eye on the state Teachers Retirement System (TRS), and its growing share of the state budget.

Feb. 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia election bill would give voters more time before being purged

Mark Niesse reports that a new bill to overhaul Georgia’s elections would alert voters and give them more time before their registrations are canceled, proposals that could curtail large-scale removals of voters from the rolls.

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