Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 16, 2019
Sept. 16, 2019 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that Georgia Ports Authority has announced plans to establish a new container port on Hutchinson Island across the Savannah River from the GPA’s 1,200-acre Ocean Terminal. The 200-acre expansion will bring the Port of Savannah’s annual capacity to 11 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), up from the current 5.5 million TEUs a year.
Sept. 16, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that students attending the University of North Georgia (UNG) now have new opportunities for bachelor’s degrees and certificates in growing and high-demand career disciplines. After a decade in the planning, the bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies kicked off this spring, offering a concentration in either Chinese, Japanese or Korean culture. Focusing on East Asia and giving the Korean concentration equal weight, the program is the only one of its kind in Georgia and one of just a few in the Southeast.
Sept. 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Cartersville-based Phoenix Air won a 10-year contract worth $500 million from the U.S. State Department for air ambulance evacuations and short-notice flights for U.S. diplomatic missions around the world. The aviation company based at the Cartersville-Bartow County Airport has been a government contractor for decades, and has done work for the U.S. Department of Defense, NATO, the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies.
Sept. 16, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Atlanta Gas Light is seeking a 6% rate increase to pay for more than $1 billion in infrastructure improvements to supply a fast-growing Georgia. “Businesses require energy,” AGL President Bryan Batson told members of the state Public Service Commission (PSC) Sept. 10, the opening day of hearings on the rate hike request. “Energy is what it takes to produce jobs.”
Sept. 16, 2019 Georgia Southern University
Staff reports that Carol Sawdye, chief operating officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Network, will present the 2019 Norman Fries Lecture, the first event in the inaugural Parker Talks speaker series, hosted by Georgia Southern University’s Parker College of Business. Sawdye will share the positive impacts that the advancement of technology has had on society during her presentation, “Flourishing in a Digital World: How to Proactively Engage in New Technologies to Ensure You Don’t Get Left Behind,” set for Monday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center on the Statesboro Campus.
Sept. 16, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald
Clay Neely reports that after 20 years as a daily paper, The Newnan Times-Herald is announcing it will resume publishing twice a week. The Newnan Times-Herald originally printed twice a week until the late ‘90s, and the paper said the move is necessary to keep the doors open of the 154-year-old newspaper.
Sept. 16, 2019 GPB
Jade Abdul-Malik reports that the rate of uninsured Georgians has risen to 13.7% in 2018, ranking Georgia the third-highest uninsured state following Texas and Oklahoma, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Nationally, the amount of uninsured people also increased. Two years ago, 7.9% of people were uninsured. The rate rose to 8.5% in 2018.
Sept. 16, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal
Thomas Hartwell reports that Georgia lawmakers will meet next week to begin exploring why the Peach State has one of the worst rates of maternal mortality in the nation, according to an announcement from the Georgia House of Representatives. Based on state data and maternal death rates from 2015 compiled by the CIA, Georgia is on par with the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Mongolia and is more dangerous to give birth in than countries like Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Sept. 16, 2019 Georgia Recorder
Jill Nolin reports that state lawmakers still plan to convene later this month for budget hearings. They just won’t hear from the state agency heads who have suggested where to find the governor’s mandated spending cuts, including through possible job cuts.
Sept. 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that the double-header U.S. Senate races in Georgia next year might give the Democratic National Committee an extra incentive to hold a presidential debate in Atlanta soon. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she and other state Democrats are in “very active discussions” with the party to schedule a debate in Georgia.