Georgia Trend Daily – March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019 University of Georgia

El Nino impacts Georgia agriculture

Clint Thompson reports that farmers who might face a delayed planting season can thank El Nino for Georgia’s exceedingly wet winter, according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agricultural climatologist. Row crop and vegetable producers usually begin planting their crops in late March through May, but excessive rainfall and cloudy conditions in January and February have left many fields soaked and soggy.


Harold Melton

Q&A Coverstory: Georgia’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton

March 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Macon | Bibb County: Big Momentum

Lori Johnston reports that Macon and Bibb County are commanding year-round attention these days, branching out from the cherry trees that bloom every spring and draw thousands of visitors. The city, which is Georgia’s fourth largest and located about 85 miles south of Atlanta, has attracted millions of dollars from U.S. and international companies as public, private and nonprofit partners invest in the rebirth of its downtown and educational institutions, while at the same time creating employment opportunities.


March 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Portman designers on Tech Square’s Coda: ‘A laboratory for creation’

Scott Trubey reports, it’s a shimmering glass L with wings running north and west that its lead designer describes as outstretched arms embracing the whole of Georgia Tech’s Technology Square. But Coda, the newest office tower at Midtown’s innovation hub, isn’t like other office buildings. The 21-story edifice features a grand piazza through its center where a food hall and outdoor furniture will beckon students, faculty and tech company workers to mingle.


March 18, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cox Enterprises exploring options for its radio stations

David Allison reports that a month after agreeing to sell a majority stake in its TV portfolio, Cox Enterprises Inc. is looking to make a deal for its radio stations. Sources within the company say Atlanta-based Cox is “exploring options” for all of its radio properties. Employees have been informed.


March 18, 2019 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Bartow hosts regional logistics summit

James Swift reports, for the first time in its 11-year history, the Georgia Logistics Summit Regional Forum was held outside of Atlanta, as the yearly gathering took place Thursday at the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville. “We decided this year that we wanted to take the summit on the road, and to find opportunities to showcase other parts of the state and how unique logistics assets and aspects really do have a statewide impact,” Center of Innovation for Logistics Director Matt Markham said during his opening remarks.


March 18, 2019 Savannah Morning News

City Talk: Steady job gains continue into 2019

 Bill Dawers reports, we continue to experience solid job growth in the Savannah area, according to data released recently by the Georgia Dept. of Labor. The Savannah metro area (Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties) had 3,500 more payroll jobs in January 2019 than a year earlier. That annual increase of 2 percent is almost certainly faster than the rate of population growth.


March 18, 2019 WABE 90.1

Oconee County’s Young Female Farmers Changing Outlook Of Farming Industry

Summer Evans reports, the Oconee County farm sits on top of several acres or the equivalent of three football fields. It overlooks a large pond full of bass, brim, crappies and catfish. It’s a tranquil place, but it has taken more than a decade for the women behind Young Female Farmers to get to this point of tranquility… and the journey hasn’t been easy.


March 18, 2019 Cherokee Tribune

Farming a career change, leap of faith for Cherokee couple

Gary Tanner reports, when the Great Recession hit, the couple at No. 465 on this narrow country road decided to steer their lives in a radically new direction. Now, coming up on nearly a dozen years later, everyone knows the laid back Tim Stewart as “Farmer Tim,” and most bits of earth surrounding the Stewart’s home are used to produce fruits, vegetables and plants that make up the ever changing product line for their business, Rockin’ S Farms.


March 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

InVenture Prize awarded

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Georgia Tech’s coveted first place InVenture Prize of $20,000 was awarded this week to Ethos Medical, a company created by former biomedical and mechanical engineering students. The prize is the culmination of a faculty-led innovation competition among current and recently graduated Georgia Tech students, sometimes called American Idol for Nerds.


March 18, 2019 Albany Herald

SunTrust donates to Albany Area Primary Health Care, Second Harvest of South Georgia

Staff reports that SunTrust Foundation recently presented significant donations to Second Harvest of South Georgia and Albany Area Primary Health Care. AAPHC received a $20,000 donation personally delivered by Chris Misamore, market president of SunTrust Bank for South Georgia.


March 18, 2019 Saporta Report

Lawmakers may reduce sand dune protections as hurricane threat unabated

David Pendered reports that state lawmakers may ease restrictions on the construction of decks and patios next to sand dunes, plus crosswalks over dunes, even as the lead author of NOAA’s Atlantic Ocean hurricane outlooks issued this month a preliminary warning that the upcoming hurricane season will be as dynamic as the one that pummeled Georgia in 2018.


March 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Anti-abortion ‘heartbeat bill’ would also have tax impact for Georgians

Maya T. Prabhu reports that expectant parents could claim an embryo on their taxes as soon as a doctor detects a heartbeat in the womb if a proposal making its way through the Georgia Legislature becomes law. House Bill 481 would outlaw most abortions after a doctor can detect a heartbeat in the womb, which is usually about six weeks into a pregnancy.


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