Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 10, 2019

Oct. 10, 2019 GPB

Political Rewind Special Edition: Georgia’s Farmers 1 Year After Hurricane Michael

Bill Nigut reports, the storm devastated the livelihood of cotton, soybean, peanut and pecan farmers across the Southeast,  along with poultry producers, timber growers and more. While financial assistance from the state arrived fairly quickly, billions more in federal aid is just now being distributed to farmers after Washington bureaucracy tied up money for months.


Oct. 10, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Inaugural goBeyondProfit Champion Award Given to Gas South

Julia Roberts reports that in October, Gas South was named the inaugural winner of the goBeyondProfit Champion Award. This honor is given to companies who exhibit exemplary efforts to benefit their community and company by cultivating company culture, deploying company resources and focusing on community empowerment.


Oct. 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A year later, Georgia communities wait for promised hurricane relief

Matt Kempner reports that Edward Reynolds thinks about the still-dark hours after Hurricane Michael passed. Reynolds, the mayor of Bainbridge and also a pharmacist, couldn’t get his vehicle out of the driveway. Too many downed trees. So, gripping a flashlight, he began a two-and-a-half mile trek to check on his pharmacy.


Oct. 10, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS makes 3-year, $450M commitment to expand natural gas fleet

Eric Mandel reports that UPS continues to bank on alternative fuels being the future of its fleets, announcing plans to purchase more than 6,000 natural gas-powered trucks between 2020 and 2022. United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) said Monday the three-year commitment represents a $450 million investment in expanding the company’s alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet, as well as supporting infrastructure.


Oct. 10, 2019

September Net Tax Revenue Up 0.7%

Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections in September totaled roughly $2.25 billion for an increase of $15.7 million, or 0.7 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled $2.23 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $5.83 billion for an increase of $21.1 million, or 0.4 percent, compared to September Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.


Oct. 10, 2019 Brunswick News

County announces preliminary settlement in $17.5 million class action lawsuit

Taylor Cooper reports that Glynn County released a notice Monday of a $17.5 million preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit over improper application of the Scarlett Williams homestead exemption. “We had an expert go in and calculate the refund amount, and we believe this will give class members 100 percent of what they’re due. You can’t get better than that,” Jay Roberts, attorney for the class, said.


Oct. 10, 2019 Albany Herald

One year later: Devastating change in a community that doesn’t change

Tammy Fletcher reports that Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm in recorded history to have made direct landfall on the northeast Gulf Coast. That storm changed our piece of paradise incredibly. Gone now is the beach cottage where I watched my children grow into the fine young adults that they have become.


Oct. 10, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: Do Something

Susan Percy writes, from the long hot summer of horrifying and generally dispiriting news, there is a whole troubling series of images I can’t get out of my head: the dead and injured in California, Texas and Ohio; festival-goers, weekend shoppers and people out for an evening’s entertainment running for their lives; the rifle-toter in body armor in a Missouri Walmart, claiming he wanted to test his Second Amendment rights (which seem to be more secure than any of the summer’s victims’ rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness).


Oct. 10, 2019 Macon Telegraph

World’s first black fighter pilot, a Georgia native, honored at Museum of Aviation

Wayne Crenshaw reports that before the Tuskegee Airmen blazed the trail for black military pilots, there was Columbus, Ga. native Eugene Bullard. In World War I, while fighting for France, he became the world’s first black fighter pilot. On Wednesday, which would have been his 124th birthday, hundreds of people honored him at the Museum of Aviation.


Oct. 10, 2019 Milledgeville Union-Recorder

Government officials to begin SDS talks again

Billy Hobbs reports, with another year coming to a close, disputes over a new Service Delivery Strategy agreement between Milledgeville City Council and the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners will likely be at the forefront many more times before anything is settled. Dublin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Senior Judge H. Gibbs Flanders Jr. ruled last week that local city and county government officials must go back to the mediation table to attempt to resolve their differences.


Oct. 10, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Case of citizen watchdog with a camera lands in Ga. Court of Appeals

Stanley Dunlap reports that citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale was so welcome she was treated to a slice of pumpkin pie prior to a rally for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other Republican candidates in August 2014. Soon Tisdale found herself rousted by an officer, who arrested her on charges of criminal trespassing and felony and misdemeanor counts of obstruction of an officer.


Oct. 10, 2019 The Center Square

Georgia health care task force looks at saving state more than a billion dollars

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a group of Georgia lawmakers and health care stakeholders continued their deep dive into Georgia’s health care system on Wednesday. The Task Force on Healthcare Access and Cost held its second meeting at the state capitol aimed at examining cost reduction measures and barriers to health care access in the state.


Oct. 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Pride to showcase growing LGBTQ clout in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that the Atlanta Pride parade has transformed from an afterthought for Georgia politicians to a must-attend for every serious Democratic contender for office. And Sunday’s march through the heart of the city will put that metamorphosis on display. Stacey Abrams, who last year became the first Georgia gubernatorial nominee to march in the parade, will be this year’s grand marshal.



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