Georgia Trend Daily – May 28, 2019

May 28, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah/Hilton Head airport plans more than passenger growth

Katie Nussbaum reports that the Hostess City welcomed more than 2.7 million air travelers last year, and it’s now on track to add more business this year through different types of development. In total, 2,799,526 passengers traveled through Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in 2018, an increase of 336,645 passengers compared to 2017, according to the organizations annual report, which was released earlier this week.


May 28, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: LLoyd’s Restaurant & Lounge

Krista Reese reports that the folks behind Atlanta’s LLoyd’s, Victory Sandwich Bar and its neighbor, S.O.S. Tiki Bar (as well as its previous incarnation, the dear departed Paper Plane) all share distinctive characteristics: Fantastic cocktails; a hilarious point of view (especially toward midcentury attitudes and culture); imaginative (if low-budget) interior decor; unironically great, often joyful service from hip young folk; and food that is about 10 times better than you expect it to be … or is necessary, given that the first four items on this list would be enough to make regulars out of most of us.


May 28, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta company’s former CEO had whistleblowers targeted, report says

Matt Kempner reports that the former chief executive of Marietta-based MiMedx Group disregarded rules and set up a secret surveillance system to spy on employees and target whistleblowers, according to an investigation by the company’s audit committee.


May 28, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

$1.5 billion in contracts: Here are the 20 A&E firms doing the most business with the state of Georgia

David Allison reports that from new highways to new university buildings, the state of Georgia has become a major engine powering the construction business. A new report shows that over the past 36 months, the state of Georgia has spent nearly $1.5 billion with architectural and engineering firms.


May 28, 2019 Saporta Report

Apartment prices rise as much as 25 percent, as talks continue on housing affordability

David Pendered reports that apartment rental prices have spiked by 25 percent in the past year in a neighborhood near Lenox Square and by 16 percent in and near Atlantic Station, according to a new report by These figures provide context for this summer’s continuing conversation about affordable housing.


May 28, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Energy report: Walton EMC leads in solar power development

Staff reports that Walton Electric Membership Corporation is leading all Southeast utilities in solar power development, according to a newly published report by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. In its 2018 annual report, the alliance recognized Walton EMC as the region’s top utility developer of major solar projects. The report documents current growth in southeastern states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.


May 28, 2019 Brunswick News

Shrimp season opening, oyster season closing

Wes Wolfe reports that high temperatures are hitting 90 degrees or more, and coming with the heat is a changing of the seasons for shrimp and wild oysters in state waters. The state Department of Natural Resources announced commercial and recreational shrimp season kicks off at 8 a.m. Wednesday, while commercial and recreational wild oyster harvesting closes 6 a.m. Saturday, not to reopen until Sept. 30.


May 28, 2019 GPB

A Farm, A Bus And A Fight Against Hunger In Rome

Stephen Fowler reports, in Rome, a men’s homeless shelter has been cultivating a backyard farm with a variety of veggies to feed its residents. The shelter has been so successful, they’re looking to share, bringing fresh food to the northwest Georgia community in a tricked-out school bus.


May 28, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

During final strawberry season, Washington Farms, its customers look back on past 26 years

Isabel Hughes reports that like many other families who have been coming to Washington Farms for the last two-and-a-half decades, the Polimenis’ tradition of strawberry picking has been passed down from one generation to the next, and has become a spring staple. While always a memorable day, this year, strawberry picking was a little more special for the family — and nostalgic.


May 28, 2019 Gainesville Times

What Northeast Georgia Health System is planning in Lumpkin County

Megan Reed reports that Lumpkin County will soon have its own hospital again, a change officials are embracing as they prepare for growth the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin could bring. The Northeast Georgia Health System will open a temporary hospital at the former Chestatee Regional Hospital building in Dahlonega on July 16. The hospital will have an emergency department, some inpatient beds and imaging services.


May 28, 2019 WABE 90.1

Governor Kemp Talks Rural Georgia, HB 481 And Maternal Health And The Republican Party

Emma Hurt reports that Gov. Brian Kemp spoke about a wide range of topics in a recent interview with WABE: the problems facing rural Georgia, health care and maternal health, his hope to move Georgia away from Common Core standards, recent changes to Georgia’s voting system and the future of the Republican Party.


May 28, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Biden to bring his prez campaign to Georgia in June

Greg Bluestein reports that Atlanta is going to feel a bit like Iowa on June 6. Three presidential candidates were already set to visit the city that day for a fundraiser with Stacey Abrams. Now former Vice President Joe Biden just revealed plans to trek to Atlanta on June 5 for an event – details have not yet been released – and stick around for a midday fundraiser the next day.


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