Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 24, 2019

Oct. 24, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Oyster Farming Plans Underway

Mary Landers reports that Georgia is moving closer to locally farmed oysters. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday issued proposed rules to allow the state to establish a shellfish mariculture industry along the coast.


Oct. 24, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

A Study in Contrast

Susan Percy reports that Georgia has some of the most advanced OB-GYN centers anywhere but still leads the country in maternal mortality. In a Macon hospital, Dr. Padmashree “Champa” Woodham, an OB-GYN surgeon specializing in maternal-fetal medicine, performs specialized surgeries such as shunt procedures on babies still in the womb to relieve pressure from fluid collecting around the lungs or in the kidneys, so pregnancies can progress.


Oct. 24, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta ranks among cities with lowest wage growth

Courtney Kueppers reports that unemployment may be reaching new lows — both locally and nationally — but that doesn’t mean workers are seeing an increase in wages. In fact, Atlanta ranks among the worst in the nation for wage growth. According to a report released by PayScale, Atlanta is No. 7 nationally for cities with the lowest growth, trailing other Southern cities such as Houston, Texas (No.1); Miami (No. 2); and Tampa, Florida (No. 5).


Oct. 24, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Tesla Motors considers Atlanta for new office that could add hundreds of jobs

Douglas Sams reports that Tesla Motors Inc. is considering a new regional office in Atlanta that could bring several hundred jobs to the city. Tesla, the electric vehicle maker based in Palo Alto, Calif., has a large office near its factory in Fremont and one east of Reno, Nevada where another massive factory is being developed in multiple phases.


Oct. 24, 2019 WABE 90.1

Everyone Knows Rural Broadband Is A Big Problem. Georgia Maps Show Just How Bad It Is.

Emma Hurt reports that a lot of rural America is a desert when it comes to high-speed internet access. Communities without broadband have a hard time attracting new residents and businesses. And the only way the ones that are already there can get online is by using their phones — when they have cell coverage.


Oct. 24, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Governor visits new chicken plant

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp visited the recently opened Claxton Poultry Farms chicken de-boning facility in Sylvania on Monday. The plant opened in June and processes chicken destined for Chick-fil-A restaurants. Kemp and his wife, Marty, participated in the plant’s official grand opening.


Oct. 24, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Entrepreneurship on the rise in Atlanta

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that TiE Atlanta, a nonprofit that invests in and supports entrepreneurs in all industries, recently held its annual conference, TiECON 2019: Built in Atlanta. The packed conference celebrated the city’s rise as a hub for entrepreneurship, and attendees received inspiration from leaders in innovation and investments.


Oct. 24, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna mayor candidates square-off in public debate

Rosie Manins reports that for the past four decades, Smyrna has been governed by a mayor called Bacon. Now the city is guaranteed a fresh face, with 70-year-old Mayor Max Bacon retiring to make way for one of five residents vying to succeed him.


Oct. 24, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Hall of Famers from UGA back legislator’s state ‘Fair Pay to Play’ bill

Marc Weiszer reports that Georgia became the latest state on Wednesday to be pulled into the debate on whether college athletes should be able to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. State Rep. Billy Mitchell said he plans to introduce legislation in the Georgia General Assembly in January modeled after California’s “Fair Pay to Play” bill that was signed into law last month.


Oct. 24, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

MSBNC references Lowndes lynching in Trump tweet firestorm

Terry Richards reports that a commentator on a national news network used a well-known lynching in South Georgia to argue against President Donald Trump’s use of the L-word to describe the impeachment proceedings against him.


Oct. 24, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Ga. DOT rolls out plan for high speed rail from Atlanta to Charlotte

Beau Evans reports that Georgians got their first up-close look Tuesday night at the possible paths a high-speed rail line might take to put passengers on a fast track from Atlanta-to-Charlotte, as the state Department of Transportation presents a new study’s findings for public comment.


Oct. 24, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Federal student aid official resigns post to apply for Georgia Senate seat

Greg Bluestein reports that the former head of the federal government’s trillion-dollar student financial aid agency said Thursday he would resign his post at the Department of Education’s strategy office to seek Gov. Brian Kemp’s appointment to a U.S. Senate seat. A. Wayne Johnson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he plans to apply for the seat held by retiring U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson after serving as a deputy to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for the past two years.


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