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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.