Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 15, 2019

Aug. 15, 2019 Gainesville Times

How poultry plant raids in Mississippi are affecting industry locally

Jeff Gill reports that hiring was already an issue at Fieldale Farms Corp., so the news coming out of Mississippi last week that 300 legal workers were caught up in poultry plant raids didn’t help the cause. “Is that racial profiling or what?” said Tom Hensley, president of Fieldale Farms, which operates in Gainesville, Murrayville and Cornelia.


Aug. 15, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: Don’t Go, Please

Susan Percy writes, practically every parent alive has at least one recollection of trying to get out the door for a day’s work or an overnight trip with a teary-eyed two-year-old clinging to a leg, pleading, “Don’t go!” I’ve been feeling a bit like a despondent toddler myself lately, wanting to wail and grab onto the limbs of the movie folks who have let it be known that they are ready to leave Georgia over HB 481, the abortion bill – also known as the heartbeat bill – that the General Assembly passed and the governor signed into law, that outlaws abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.


Aug. 15, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta home sales flat since last year, but prices rise

Michael E. Kanell reports that sales activity in the metro Atlanta housing market has chilled this summer, but prices continue to rise steadily, according to a report released this week. Those stagnating sales and high prices are a sign that sellers still have a stronger hand in the market than buyers, according to DeAnn Golden, president of the Atlanta Realtors Association.


Aug. 15, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Conservancy raising concerns about proposed mining near Okefenokee Swamp

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Conservancy is putting out the word about a proposed titanium mine the group says threatens the Okefenokee Swamp in southeastern Georgia. Alabama-based Twin Pines is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a mine on a 12,000-acre site along Trail Ridge in Charlton County, Ga., near the southeastern edge of the largest black water swamp in North America.


Aug. 15, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA economist Dorfman will advise Gov. Kemp

Lee Shearer reports that Jeffery Dorman, a professor in the University of Georgia College of Agriculture, recently was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp as the new State Fiscal Economist. Although Dorfman will remain a UGA employee, he is essentially on loan to the governor’s office. His full-time job now will be helping the governor forecast state revenues.


Aug. 15, 2019 GPB

UGA Researches Rural Suicides To Help Communities Prevent Them

Virginia Prescott and Jake Troyer report that Georgia farmers are dealing with the news that China plans to end all imports of U.S. agriculture in response to higher tariffs. This news comes after two years of rough conditions for the farming community, including Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Michael and stalled aid packages.


Aug. 15, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Ledger-Enquirer moving to digital-only on Saturdays, expanding Friday and Sunday print editions

Ross McDuffie writes, the Ledger-Enquirer is changing to make sure we are able to meet the needs of our readers and the communities we serve long into the future. Providing the news that’s essential to your life, be it breaking news, coverage of our local governments and schools, sports and watchdog journalism that holds public officials accountable, remains our primary focus.


Aug. 15, 2019 WABE 90.1

Two Views: A Look At Gwinnett County Jail’s Controversial 287(g) Program

Lisa Rayam and Maria White Tillman report that the 287 (g) program has been in place in Gwinnett County for years now. It allows law enforcement officers who arrest people living in the country illegally to hold them for federal officials. From the beginning, the program has raised concerns among some who live in Gwinnett, mainly in the Latino community.


Aug. 15, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democrat Karinshak enters crowded race for Georgia’s 7th District

Greg Bluestein reports that Democratic state Sen. Zahra Karinshak joined the race for Georgia’s 7th congressional district Thursday with a promise to bring accountability to Washington, scrambling an already muddled contest for the suburban Atlanta seat. The first-term lawmaker, who flipped a Republican-held district last year, instantly becomes one of the better-known contenders in the crowded race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, a Republican who barely clung to his seat in 2018 after a razor-thin vote.



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