Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 20, 2019

Aug. 20, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Ga. Gov. Brian Kemp touts economic wins but says Georgia will prepare for ‘rainy day’

Curt Yeomans reports that Gov. Brian Kemp offered two economic messages as he addressed the Gwinnett Chamber at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth Monday. One was that Georgia’s economy has been doing well this year, with much of the speech focused on highlighting several big economic development projects that have been announced this year.


Aug. 20, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Hooked in Georgia

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that Graham Skinner is a devoted husband and father of two with a successful career as a business development representative at Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center, a residential treatment center for drug addiction and alcoholism located in scenic Ball Ground, north of Atlanta. But just a decade ago, Skinner was hooked on heroin.


Aug. 20, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson’s budget for five new gates grows by $130 million

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s budget to build five more gates on the end of Concourse T is rising by more than $100 million. Early estimates in 2016 for the project to construct the gates on the north end of Concourse T were $200 million.


Aug. 20, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Home Depot cuts forecasted sales growth for 2019

David Allison reports that the Home Depot Inc. on Tuesday said it expects its 2019 sales to grow less than it had previously expected. The Atlanta-based home improvement giant reported it now expects its fiscal 2019 sales to grow by approximately 2.3 percent. In May, the company had said it expected fiscal 2019 sales to grow by 3.3 percent.


Aug. 20, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Insurance firm named to top industry lists

Staff reports that two insurance industry trade publications recently recognized Savannah’s Sterling Seacrest Partners for its 12.4% year-over-year revenue growth. Insurance Journal ranked the brokerage and consulting firm 69th on its “Top 100 Independent Property and Casualty Agencies” list


Aug. 20, 2019 WABE 90.1

Accessible Housing, Transportation Seen As Keys To Making Atlanta Area ‘Age Friendly’

Emil Moffat reports that by the year 2030, a quarter of the Atlanta-area population will be over the age of 60. A forum on Monday hosted by the Atlanta Regional Commission was designed to explore ideas on how to make the area more accommodating for older adults. This includes where they live and how they get around.


Aug. 20, 2019 GPB

Secretary Of State Reviewing Petition To Reexamine New Voting System

Stephen Fowler reports that the secretary of state’s office is reviewing a petition signed by more than 1,400 people asking for another, deeper look at the state’s new voting system. The petition, delivered Monday morning, alleges several issues with the state’s certification process of the Dominion Voting System, which includes ballot-marking devices, precinct-level scanners, electronic poll books and the election management system.


Aug. 20, 2019 Georgia Health News

State, federal regulators hear question, concerns on ethylene oxide

Brenda Goodman reports, why didn’t you tell us? It was the first question from the public to state and federal environmental regulators addressing hundreds of Cobb and Fulton County residents Monday night about the dangers of ethylene oxide. It’s a cancer-causing gas that has leaked into the air over the years from a Smyrna-area facility run by Sterigenics that sterilizes medical supplies.


Aug. 20, 2019 Saporta Report

Swamp of Dreams: Okefenokee has been plied for riches for over 100 years

David Pendered reports that the latest plan to extract profits out of sand near the Okefenokee Swamp fits a pattern that started in the late 1800s and has ties to historic names in Atlanta’s growth – including Inman Park developer Joel Hurt, and an owner of the ‘Atlanta Journal’ who parleyed presidential endorsement editorials into a post as U.S. Secretary of Interior.


Aug. 20, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia asks judge to dismiss lawsuit challenging ‘heartbeat’ law

Maya T. Prabhu reports that attorneys representing the state told a federal judge that Georgia’s new anti-abortion law is “constitutional and justified” and asked him to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the measure. Filed in federal court Monday, attorneys representing the state said with House Bill 481 — which outlaws most abortions once a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity — Georgia has an interest in “protecting the life of the unborn; promoting respect for life at all stages of pregnancy; protecting maternal health and safety; and safeguarding the ethics and integrity of the medical profession.”



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