Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 7, 2019

Aug. 7, 2019 GPB

Environmental Groups: Coal Ash Disposal At 5 Georgia Sites Poses Danger

Emil Moffat reports that the method Georgia Power uses to dispose of coal ash at five sites in Georgia is raising alarms with environmental groups. The groups, led by the Southern Environmental Law Center, are asking Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division to deny solid waste disposal permits for the sites.


Aug. 7, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Bromatoes Urban Farm

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, for Columbus native Crawford Land, the path to becoming an urban farmer hasn’t been straight. He worked in restaurants, owned a landscaping company and became a licensed insurance agent. However, the constant in his life has been his green thumb and the joy he’s found in gardening.


Aug. 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Discounted internet program expands in Georgia

Arielle Kass reports that a program that works to improve residents’ access to the internet has expanded in Georgia. Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which gives low-income residents discounted computers and monthly internet access, will now include households that have people with disabilities, in addition to all other low-income households.


Aug. 7, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta film studio CEO acquires OTT video distribution software company

Jessica Saunders reports that the founder and CEO of Areu Bros. Studios in Atlanta has acquired an Atlanta-based over-the-top (OTT) video distribution software company. Ozzie Areu, former president of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, says Endavo Media and Communications Inc. provides a “revolutionary platform” for video content distribution.


Aug. 7, 2019

Georgia Reaffirms Oldest Japanese State Partnership

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia’s relationship with Japan may stretch back to 1853, when a state official joined the first U.S. trade delegation to the country, but it took another century for ties to truly blossom into a formalized partnership. That dimension began in 1966 when then-Gov. Carl Sanders signed a sister-state relationship with Kagoshima prefecture, the southernmost of the 47 state-like entities on Japan’s four main islands.


Aug. 7, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Cavco announces purchase of Destiny Industries

Staff reports that Cavco Industries, Inc. has purchased substantially all of the assets and liabilities of Destiny Industries, LLC. The purchase closed Friday, Aug. 2. Located in Moultrie, Georgia, Destiny’s single plant operation provides affordable, manufactured and modular housing to independent retail distributors in the Southeastern United States, according to a press release from Cavco.


Aug. 7, 2019 Georgia State University

Researcher Gets $3.2 Million Grant To Study Blended Learning Literacy Program In Juvenile Justice Schools

Angela Turk reports that Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development professor David Houchins has received a four-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Center for Special Education Research to study a blended learning literacy program in juvenile justice schools.


Aug. 7, 2019 Brunswick News

Door closes on another big year for terrapin nesting

Wes Wolfe reports, if not for the road running down the middle of it, the Jekyll Island Causeway is a fantastic place for diamondback terrapin nesting, being as it is built higher than the high-water mark, but not too high, and easy to access from the marsh. Nesting season ended at the end of July, in one of a cycle of larger nesting years.


Aug. 7, 2019 Georgia Health News

Georgia has among highest hospital prices, new review suggests

Andy Miller reports that a recently published analysis of hospital prices shows Georgia in the top third among 25 states studied. The Rand Corp. data uses prices paid by health insurers under employer-based coverage, and compares that spending to what Medicare pays at the same facilities.


Aug. 7, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta government under active FBI investigation, city confirms

Susan McCord reports that the Augusta Law Department confirmed Tuesday the empaneling of a federal grand jury and an accompanying federal criminal investigation of unknown scope into Augusta government activities. After the Augusta Commission voted July 30 to refer allegations against Commissioner Sammie Sias to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, The Augusta Chronicle requested copies of all state and federal subpoenas sent to the city since July 23.


Aug. 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Governor orders Georgia agencies to develop plans to cut budgets

James Salzer reports that Georgia’s economy is still growing, but state agencies will have to look for ways to cut their budgets under a directive the Kemp administration sent out Tuesday. It is the first time budget cut proposals have been requested from agencies since the state was hammered by the after-effects of the Great Recession nearly a decade ago.


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