Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 30, 2019

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Gov. Kemp issues state of emergency ahead of Dorian for several Georgia counties

Donesha Aldridge reports that Governor Brian Kemp has issued a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Thursday afternoon, he tweeted a copy of his executive order. The state of emergency has been declared for Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce and Wayne counties.


Aug. 30, 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. 30, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Graying Fayetteville seeks youthful vibe, steps into new urbanism

Leon Stafford reports that as Fayette County grays into one of metro Atlanta’s oldest communities, its county seat — Fayetteville — is to hoping tiny houses and growlers will help keep it young. Taking cues from the likes of Roswell, Duluth, Sugar Hill and Norcross north of Atlanta, the city of around 18,000 is one of the few on the southside hoping to lure new residents — young and old — with a new cityscape.


Aug. 30, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Frontier Airlines to launch new nonstop service from Tampa to Atlanta

Veronica Brezina-Smith reports that Frontier Airlines will launch new nonstop services from Tampa to Atlanta and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Denver-based airline announced the new services on Thursday, after announcing earlier this week a new service to Newark, New Jersey.


Aug. 30, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Portside: ILA locals embody spirit of Labor Day

Mary Mayle reports, they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, taking only four holidays a year. Theirs is the on-the-ground know-how and muscle that, in fiscal 2019, moved 4.5 million container units, wrestled with millions of tons of unwieldy break-bulk cargo and drove thousands of auto and machinery units on and off cavernous carriers. Without them, Georgia’s busy ports would come to a standstill.


Aug. 30, 2019 Saporta Report

Plant Vogtle: Fairly strong credit rating awarded $275 million in construction bonds

David Pendered reports that a partner in the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant project has received a fairly positive rating from Moody’s Investors Service on debt it plans to sell in September to continue its share of construction funding. That said, analysts advised potential investors of pending challenges and reminded of the upcoming construction status report due by Aug. 30.


Aug. 30, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Piedmont Office Realty Trust purchases Galleria towers, land for $231 million

Thomas Hartwell reports that Piedmont Office Realty Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust with an office in Atlanta, has purchased two office towers and a 10-acre development parcel in Cumberland’s Cobb Galleria mixed-use park for more than $230 million, the company announced in a news release. The company closed its multimillion-dollar deal on the Galleria 400 and 600 buildings and the adjacent parcel this week.


Aug. 30, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Environmentalists claim coal ash remediation at Plant Hammond is insufficient

Doug Walker reports that Georgia Power’s Plant Hammond closed earlier this year after more than half a century of providing electric power to Georgians. Its coal ash ponds, left behind between Ga. 20 and the Coosa River, remain a major source of controversy between environmentalists and the utility.


Aug. 2019 WABE 90.1

Kemp Backs New Insurance Option Aimed At Rural Georgia

Sam Whitehead reports that Gov. Brian Kemp says a new collaboration between the Georgia Farm Bureau and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield will expand insurance options in rural parts of the state. The partnership, announced Thursday, will allow farm bureau members to join what’s called a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA).  That will allow them to purchase health plans not offered to individuals on the Obamacare healthcare exchange.


Aug. 2019 Georgia Health News

Marketer for health sharing ministries under state investigation

Andy Miller reports that an Atlanta-based company that markets health care sharing plans is being investigated by the state insurance department, Georgia Health News has learned. Other states also have investigated Aliera, according to published reports.


Aug. 2019 Georgia Recorder

Lawmakers study new state authority to boost sagging farmers’ markets

Stanley Dunlap reports that a new $11 million staging area inside the Atlanta State Farmers Market stands out from the rest of the aging buildings that sit on a 150-acre open air facility that debuted in 1959. The 72,000 square-foot addition provides Phoenix Wholesale Foodservice more space to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables.


Aug. 30, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Capitol Recap: In this race, Georgia speaker isn’t on ballot — or is he?

Jim Dinery reports that the ballot for Tuesday’s special election in state House District 71 lists four candidates, but between the lines, you might spot Speaker David Ralston. The contest to replace state Rep. David Stover of Newnan, one of 10 Republican legislators who had sought Ralston’s ouster as House leader, is shaping up as a proxy fight over the same issue.




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