Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 16, 2019

Aug. 16, 2019 WABE 90.1

Rockets, Risks, Rewards: A Look At The Economics Of Building Spaceport Camden

Emma Hurt reports that Camden County, on the Georgia coast, is known as the home of Cumberland Island and a naval submarine base, Kings Bay. But the government wants to be known for something else, too: launching rockets. Camden has spent about $6.7 million and about seven years on a plan for a spaceport.


Aug. 16, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Forest Watch

Candice Dyer reports that Metro Atlanta can thank the watersheds of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, in the North Georgia Mountains, for the crystal-clear water that flows out of its taps. In 1986, the U.S. Forest Service drafted a management plan for the watersheds. Several environmental groups, noting the plan’s pro-logging bent, were concerned about the ecological impact of logging so they banded together to form Georgia ForestWatch (GFW), a nonprofit based in Dahlonega that keeps watch over the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.


Aug. 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia added 3,400 jobs in July, lowering unemployment rate to 3.6%

Michael E. Kanell reports, after a shaky spring, the Georgia economy added 3,400 jobs in July, the third consecutive month of growth, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday. The state’s unemployment rate edged down to 3.6% — the lowest level of joblessness since early in 2001. The rate was 3.8% in July 2018.


Aug. 16, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Why Newell Brands is moving its HQ back to Atlanta

Maria Saporta reports, Newell Brands – the Fortune 500 company that on Aug. 2 announced it is moving its headquarters back to Atlanta after three years in Hoboken, N.J. – has been a company in a constant state of change. Michael Polk, who was the CEO who had moved Newell’s headquarters near his New Jersey home in 2016, left the company in June.


Aug. 16, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Furniture distributor to relocate headquarters to Savannah, add 250 jobs

Katie Nussbaum reports that furniture distributor Factory Direct Wholesale LLC has announced plans to both expand its operations and relocate its corporate headquarters to Savannah. The move will create 250 new jobs with 95 of those being jobs in the corporate headquarters and $17 million in investment.


Aug. 16, 2019 Georgia State University

Georgia State Researchers Discover Novel Antiviral Shuts Down Replication Of Zika Virus Inside Human Cells

Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports that a unique formulation of multiple amino acids inhibits the replication of Zika virus by up to 90 percent in human and non-human primate cells, according to a study led by Georgia State University. The study authors tested a novel formulation of three free-form amino acids (FFAAP)—cystine, glycine and glutamate, as well as a minute amount of selenium—that was previously known to increase biosynthesis (or production) of glutathione, an antioxidant, within cells.


Aug. 16. 2019 Metro Atlanta CEO

Chao Tells Georgia Leaders Rural Areas Key Focus of New Transportation and Infrastructure Funding

Cindy Morley reports that more than 2,000 Georgia business leaders, state and federal officials, and policy advocates broke into applause Tuesday at the Georgia Chamber’s annual Congressional Luncheon in Macon when U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced that Georgia will receive more than $189 million in transportation grants to expand infrastructure.


Aug. 16, 2019 Georgia Health News

Hotel OK’d to reopen after cleanup in wake of Legionnaires’ outbreak

Andy Miller reports that the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has been cleared to reopen after corrections were made to its water distribution system, public health officials said Thursday. It’s not known when the hotel will actually open to the public. A spokeswoman for the Sheraton said the hotel should have an update sometime Thursday, 11Alive reported.


Aug. 16, 2019 GPB

Georgia Hemp Farming Act Causes Counties To Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Cases

Ross Terrell reports, in May, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s Hemp Farming Act. The legislation legalized the growth and sale of hemp. Federally, hemp contains 0.3 percent of THC or lower. The amount of THC present is what contributes to feeling high. Since the legislation was signed on May 10, it has led to confusion about prosecuting marijuana cases.


Aug. 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: A Sixth District candidate withdraws after calling himself ‘a white nationalist’

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report, chances are you haven’t heard of Donnie Bolena. He’s the owner of a small business, an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Sandy Springs, and a weightlifting fan.


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