Georgia Trend Daily – May 14, 2019

May 14, 2019 WABE 90.1

Atlanta, Southern Company Make Climate Promises — The Challenge Is Making Them Happen

Molly Samuel reports that earlier this year, Atlanta adopted an ambitious climate change goal: To have all homes, businesses and city operations rely largely on renewable energy by 2035. Meanwhile, Atlanta-based Southern Company announced its own emissions goal: To achieve “low- to no-carbon” by 2050.


May 14, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Perimeter Area: New Identity

Kenna Simmons reports, when you think of the Central Perimeter area in Atlanta, you probably think of Perimeter Mall or maybe the “King and Queen” office towers in the Concourse office park. But do you think of walking or biking along Ashford-Dunwoody Road, living in a high-rise condo or hopping on transit to make a quick trip to Cobb County?


May 14, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia farmers would be hurt by China’s retaliatory tariffs

Christopher Quinn reports that Georgia farmers, already a casualty in the U.S.-China trade war, may have to take another hit for the team. After the U.S. increased tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods Friday, China retaliated Monday with higher tariffs on $60 billion of American products. Among the items facing tariffs of up to 25% as of June 1 are Georgia farm staples cotton, peanuts, soybeans and pecans.


May 14, 2019  Atlanta Business Chronicle

‘Opportunity’ helps push Georgia’s climb up ‘best states’ ranking

Eric Mandel and Nikki Kingery report, as Georgia continues its climb up the “best states” list, some long-standing issues continue to hamper its appeal. U.S. News and World Report released its third annual survey of state rankings today. The report evaluates how all 50 states are serving residents in 71 metrics across eight categories: education, health care, economy, infrastucture, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and environment.


May 14, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Parker College of Business logistics department moves up in world ranking

Staff reports that the Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) in the Parker College of Business has moved up in its world ranking to No. 14 by SCM Journal List™. The Department was ranked No. 15 in 2018. The SCM Journal List™ annual ranking of universities’ supply chain management research output is based on leading supply chain management journals.


May 14, 2019 New York Times

Jimmy Carter, Former President, Breaks His Hip and Undergoes Surgery

Peter Baker reports that former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery for a broken hip on Monday after falling at his home in Plains, Ga., his office said. Mr. Carter, 94, the longest-living president in American history, was recovering from the operation at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga., with his wife, Rosalynn, at his side, the office said in a statement.


May 14, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Phase one of Plant Riverside District to open in fall

Katie Nussbaum reports that It’s been more than five years since hotelier, developer and Savannah-native Richard Kessler acquired the nearly four-acre property that was once home to Georgia Power’s Plant Riverside. Kessler has plans to develop the largest hospitality project Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District has ever seen on the west River Street site, known as the Plant Riverside District.


May 14, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Irwin County gets Wi-Fi school buses

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the school year is drawing to a close in Georgia, but students near Ocilla are working harder than ever – on their school buses. Google has teamed up with the Irwin County School District to pilot a Rolling Study Halls program that brings Wi-Fi to those who have long bus commutes.


May 14, 2019 Fox 5 Atlanta

7 Georgia cities rank high in student loan debt

Dana Fowle reports that student loan debt in America is second only to mortgage debt. The debt from trying to go to school is now at $1.5 trillion. And right here in metro Atlanta, we have a very big debt problem.  Wallethub, a finance website, shows that of the 30 cities it puts in the 99th percentile of most over-leveraged cities – seven of them are in Georgia.


May 14, 2019 Georgia Health News

State gets Anthem to pay disputed bill, still plans hearing on complaints

Andy Miller reports, in a case that highlighted problems in insurance networks, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to pay the $87,000 in outstanding medical bills of a Newnan cancer patient, state officials say. The patient, Diane Conine, went to Piedmont Newnan hospital for emergency care in January, and had surgery there to remove a tumor on a kidney. Conine said the hospital was listed as part of the network of the insurance plan when she signed up for that coverage late last year.


May 14, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia sidesteps a new water wars front with Tennessee

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia won’t be wading into a new water wars battle with its northern neighbors over a 201-year-old boundary any time soon. Earlier this year, Georgia lawmakers overwhelmingly adopted a resolution to form a delegation to negotiate a “true boundary line” with Tennessee, something that supporters expected Gov. Brian Kemp to swiftly sign into law.


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