Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 30, 2019

Sept. 30, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Former Cobb Commission Chair Tim Lee remembered

Ross Williams reports that former Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee’s loved ones remember him as a man whose only concern was doing the right thing. Lee died shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday after undergoing treatment for cancer for over a year. Lee’s best known accomplishment was bringing SunTrust Park to Cobb County, but former chief of staff Kellie Brownlow said that’s only a part of Lee’s service.


Sept. 30, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Tale of Two Bills

Kerwin Swint reports that two controversial bills in the Georgia legislature in recent years have met different fates, and for reasons that are illuminating. I’m speaking of the religious liberty bill, vetoed by former Gov. Nathan Deal in 2016, and the heartbeat bill, signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp in 2019.


Sept. 30, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia could see sharp drop in refugees with Trump plan

Jeremy Redmon and Greg Bluestein report that World Relief’s five remaining refugee resettlement employees in Georgia will assemble at their Stone Mountain office for the last time Monday and say goodbye. The Christian humanitarian agency is eliminating their positions and suspending its federally funded refugee resettlement program in the Peach State after 40 years of continual service here.


Sept. 30, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How Atlanta compares on cost-of-living with other US cities

Tim Gallen reports that Atlanta has a reputation for being one of the more affordable big cities in the country, but it comes in the top half of the pack among the top 75 cities in the U.S., according to a recent cost of living analysis. recently analyzed data from the 75 largest cities in the U.S. to see which had the most affordable cost of living and, at the other end of the scale, which ones are expensive, like San Francisco.


Sept. 30, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Crane Worldwide Logistics grows local footprint

Katie Nussbaum reports that Crane Worldwide Logistics has expanded their footprint in Port Wentworth with the completion of 280,000-square-foot warehouse along Little Hearst Parkway. Crane, a Houston-based supply chain solutions company, has 120 locations across 26 countries.


Sept. 30, 2019 Brunswick News

Waycross Journal-Herald ceases publication

Terry Dickson reports that the Monday edition of the 105-year-old Waycross Journal-Herald will be the last, the publisher confirmed Sunday. Roger Williams, whose family has owned the newspaper since his grandfather, Jack Williams Sr., bought it in 1916, said his brother, sister and other stockholders had no choice other than to exhaust their personal funds to continue publication


Sept. 30, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Forever Young Harris

Krista Reese reports that we arrived with nerves still jangling. On a second visit, our GPS system had sent us from Atlanta to the charming mountain college town of Young Harris over (we later learned) Blood Mountain. It was a gorgeous Saturday, and daredevil motorcyclists and, perhaps, former stock car racers took crazy chances on the narrow hairpins, often zooming by with inches to spare.


Sept. 30, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Hearings begin on proposed Ga. Power rate hike

Mary Landers reports that state regulators on Monday will begin considering a proposed bill hike for Georgia Power customers. If approved, the average Georgia Power residential customer using about 1,000 kilowatt hours per month and paying about $125 would see that monthly bill rise $24 to $149 a month by 2022, according to an analysis by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.


Sept. 30, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

2.3 million visitors spent $364 million in Columbus over the last year. What’s our secret?

Allie Dean reports that according to the local visitor’s bureau, 2.3 million people visited the city in fiscal year 2019, which is an increase of 400,000 people over the year before. It’s the first time that number has broken 2 million, according to Peter Bowden, president and chief executive officer of Visit Columbus GA.


Sept. 30, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Ga. lawmakers flagged for ethics violations blame website, typing skills

Stanley Dunlap reports that Georgia lawmakers ensnared in a state audit of campaign finance disclosures blamed the electronic filing process, their own procrastination and the person who keeps track of donations as some of the reasons they might have fallen afoul of state ethics laws.


Sept. 30, 2019 WABE 90.1

As Partisan Impeachment Fight Commences, Georgia Rep. Collins Honored For Civility

Emil Moffat reports, that Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins was recognized Friday for his work across the aisle. Allegheny College awarded its annual Prize for Civility in Public Life to Collins and New York Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. The two have worked together on several pieces of legislation, including First Step Act which focuses on criminal justice reform.


Sept. 30, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Republicans battle for vacant Georgia House seat in runoff election

Maya T. Prabhu reports that Newnan-area voters will choose between two Republican candidates Tuesday in a runoff election that’s become a referendum of sorts on House Speaker David Ralston. Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison and Philip Singleton received the most votes in a special election earlier this month to replace former state Rep. David Stover, R-Newnan.



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