Georgia Trend Daily – April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Where is the ‘gnat line’? Mystery solved in Perry native’s new book on South Ga. culture

Wayne Crenshaw reports, for anyone who has ever heard the term “gnat line” and wondered just where and what it is, Larry Walker gives the answer in his new book. Walker, a lifelong Perry resident who served 32 years in the General Assembly, is author of “Tales From Georgia’s Gnat Line.” The gnat line, he explains, is an imaginary line that runs from Columbus to just south of Macon, to Augusta.


April 16, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

South Metro Atlanta: A Changing Narrative

Kenna Simmons reports that there’s strength in numbers. Like 63,000 employees at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Seven cities in South Fulton all working together. Or 50,000 acres of undeveloped land. Take your pick – all provide an illustration of opportunity in South Metro Atlanta.


April 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home price gains slow in Metro Atlanta amid fewer March sales

Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta home prices rose less steeply in March than previous months, despite a continued shortfall in the supply of homes listed for sale, according to separate market reports. In a further sign the real estate market might be starting to cool after several years of dramatic gains, the number of home sales fell sharply last month.


April 16, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

304-acre residential development proposed in Dawson County

David Allison reports that a 304-acre residential development is being proposed in Dawson County north of Atlanta. Plans call for 288 single-family homes on property near the intersection of Dawson Forest Road and Georgia Highway 9.



April 16, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah’s Byrd Cookie looks ahead to another 95 years

Katie Nussbaum reports that after 95 years in business some companies might be slowing down, but not Savannah’s Byrd Cookie Co. During their 95th year, Byrd opened a new Savannah flagship store and offices, a second Charleston store, hired dozens of new employees, gained a contract with United Airlines and installed new production equipment at the company’s baking facility at 6700 Waters Ave.


April 16, 2019 Albany Herald

Tyson workers in Camila to benefit from new poultry industry contract

Staff reports that the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union announced recently that 1,800 workers at the Equity/Tyson poultry processing plant in Camilla voted to ratify a contract said to be a strong one with improved benefits for poultry workers. The RWDSU said 97 percent of those members voted to approve the contract’s ratification.


April 16, 2019 Metro Atlanta CEO

Gwinnett Chambers Announces New President & CEO

Staff reports that the Gwinnett Chamber, one of the largest suburban Chambers of Commerce in the nation, recently announced its selection for its new President & CEO, effective July 1. Following a four-month search process, members of the Gwinnett Chamber board of directors voted in support of appointing Nick Masino, currently Gwinnett Chamber & Partnership Gwinnett’s Chief Economic Development Officer, to take the reins from Dr. Dan Kaufman, who has served in the role since 2013.


April 16, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite nominations open

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 12, 2019, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2019 issue.


April 16, 2019 Georgia Health News

Alzheimer’s creates huge burden for African-American community

Judi Kanne reports that Camilla White’s days as a part-time caregiver for her mother began at 4 a.m. They ended at 10 or 11 at night. White was living in Huntsville, Ala., at the time. Her mother, Lillian Barber, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, so White regularly commuted to Carrollton in west Georgia (more than 150 miles one way) to care for her.


April 16, 2019 Saporta Report

Advocates urge green and economic energy as Georgia regulators consider major power plan update

Maggie Lee reports that utilities like Georgia Power aren’t normal companies: the government won’t let them go bust, peoples’ lights and heat have to work without costing too much, investors are guaranteed a profit, and yet the business also pollutes the earth and harms human health. And right now, it’s the time for a periodic process when Georgia regulators and the public can try and change how some of these interests are balanced.


April 16, 2019 Gainesville Times

Journalism ethics bill co-sponsor Timothy Barr says, ‘We’re taking nobody’s First Amendment away’

Megan Reed reports that Georgia lawmakers will consider legislation next year that would have a drastic effect on news organizations. The Ethics in Journalism Act was introduced by State Rep. Andy Welch, R-McDonough, on April 2, the last day of the legislative session this year. It won’t be available for lawmakers to consider until they return in January 2020. Media outlets have since reported that Welch has resigned.


April 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Abrams attorney to Ga. ethics panel: She’s got ‘nothing to hide’ 

Greg Bluestein reports that Stacey Abrams’ attorney told the new head of the state ethics commission Monday she’s got “nothing to hide” and plans to cooperate with his request for records after he said he planned to subpoena her campaign’s bank records.

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