Georgia Trend Daily – April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019 Macon Telegraph

‘We are as excited this year as we have been in a long time,’ peach grower says

Wayne Crenshaw reports, with the danger of a freeze behind them, Middle Georgia peach growers are feeling good about their crop. For the past few years growers have suffered significant losses from either late freeze that kills budding peaches or lack of chill hours over the winter, but both those hurdles have been cleared for this year.


April 10, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-Betweens

Susan Percy reports that Fifth District Congressman John Lewis, an Atlanta Democrat and veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, got a standing ovation from attendees at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony when he introduced Green Book, which won the Oscar for best picture. The movie tells the story of an African-American concert pianist and the white man who was his driver during a tour of the South in 1962.


April 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Potato packing plant in College Park plans to bring 100 jobs

Ben Brasch reports that a Canadian produce company says it will create 100 new jobs in College Park for its first American potato packing plant. EarthFresh plans to hire local workers to run the plant, Stephanie Cutaia, spokeswoman for the Ontario-based company, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.


April 10, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia shoemaker’s Target deal advances goal of more sustainable footwear

Crystal Edmondson reports that Sara Irvani follows the steps of her father and grandfather as a third-generation shoemaker. But she is also forging her own path, creating Okabashi, an eco-friendly company.


April 10, 2019

OS National to expand headquarters operations, create more than 1,000 jobs in Gwinnett County

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday that OS National LLC (OSN), a nationally recognized title and escrow provider, will create more than 1,000 jobs and invest more than $15 million in their headquarters in Gwinnett County.


April 10, 2019 WABE 90.1

More And More, Colleges Open Their Doors To Transfer Students

Martha Dalton reports that colleges and universities are starting to accept — and recruit — more transfer students. About 30,000 students transfer into Georgia’s university system each year, according to the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. Nationally, roughly 1 in 3 college students is a transfer, and an increasing number of them are coming from two-year schools.


April 10, 2019 University of Georgia

Peabody announces nominees and host, Ronan Farrow

Margaret Blanchard reports that the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has announced the 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2018. The nominees were selected by unanimous vote of 19 jurors from more than 1,200 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, children’s and public service programming.


April 10, 2019 Mercer University

Historic Capricorn Studios Projected to Re-Open by End of 2019 with $2 Million in New Funding from Peyton Anderson Foundation and Knight Foundation

Kyle Sears reports that Mercer University plans to re-open the historic Capricorn Sound Studios in downtown Macon by the end of 2019, the 50th anniversary of Capricorn’s founding, with a $2 million boost from the Peyton Anderson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


April 10, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta pharmaceutical plant restarting next month

Damon Cline reports that the Brazil-based owner of Augusta’s former Elanco animal pharmaceuticals plant said the idle facility will be restarted next month, creating up to 100 new jobs during the next year. The Brazil-based owner of Augusta’s former Elanco animal pharmaceuticals plant said the idle facility will be restarted in May, creating up to 100 new jobs during the next year.


April 10, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Training more welders

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that in response to the state’s critical welder shortage, the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) recently rolled out the first of four mobile welding labs that will enable local colleges to better address industry needs and meet the demand for more workers. Each lab is equipped with six high-tech welding booths, virtual welders and instructional resources for training.


April 10, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Château Élan to embark on $25 million renovation

Isabel Hughes reports that Château Élan Winery and Resort patrons will see a change to the resort-winery later this year after it undergoes a $25 million renovation. On Tuesday, Château Élan unveiled plans for the “extensive” renovation, which is expected to be finished in November.


April 10, 2019 Savannah Morning News

First Chatham Bank increases grows value in 2018

Staff reports that First Chatham Bank, through reductions in non-performing assets and the termination of the regulatory order that the Bank had been under since 2010, increased shareholder value in 2018, the bank reported recently in a letter to shareholders. The bank reported pre-tax net income in 2018 was $4 million compared to $2.4 million in 2017.


April 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Two Democrats, the Perdue cousins, and a spate of compliments

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that we’ve had an outbreak of bipartisanship in Georgia over the last few days. It appears to be contained. Epidemiologists are blaming the unvaccinated. Last Friday, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, was at the annual Fort Valley State University “ham and egg legislative breakfast” with U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.



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