Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 28, 2019

Oct. 28, 2019 Gainesville Times

Another battle set Nov. 7 in the decades-long water wars over the river basin including Lake Lanier

Jeff Gill reports that the tri-state water wars, which now particularly pit Georgia gainst Florida, continue to chug along, poised to move into a third decade. A Nov. 7 hearing in Albuquerque, N.M. won’t nearly mark the end of the water-sharing dispute that has piled up stacks of legal bills for the two states, as well as Alabama, over decades.


Oct. 28, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Turning up the Terror

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, in the spirit of the scary season, Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell is featuring Fright Fest®, its biggest and most hair-raising event ever. Visitors can experience thrills by day and fright by night this weekend (Oct. 25-27) and next weekend (Halloween and Nov. 1-2). These include 16 wickedly haunted attractions, 12 pulse-pounding roller coasters and more than 200 zombies.


Oct. 28, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Microsoft seeks major expansion in Atlanta

Douglas Sams reports that Microsoft Corp. is looking at Atlanta for a major expansion, the third West Coast technology company reportedly scouting areas of the city for significant growth. The Redmond, Wash. software giant has made inquiries for more than 300,000 square feet, enough room for well over 1,000 jobs, and enough space to anchor any of the multiple towers rising in Midtown, where its search has initially focused, according to multiple real estate sources.


Oct. 28, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gov. Kemp calls for refined accountability report for schools following state decrease in CCRPI

Taylor Denman reports that when College and Career Ready Performance Index scores were announced Friday, scores showed an overall increase at the high school level, and decreases in elementary and middle school. Gov. Brian Kemp and state Superintendent Robert Woods acknowledged that more work was needed to support student achievement. Kemp questioned the fairness and stability of the CCRPI formula.


Oct. 28, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

United Community Banks Inc. reports third quarter results

Staff reports that United Community Bank Inc. reported strong third quarter financial results, including solid year-over-year loan and deposit growth, record operating efficiency and strong asset quality. Diluted earnings per share were 60-cents, an increase of six-cents or 11% from a year ago.


Oct. 28, 2019 Brunswick News

English Channel salvage operation offers insight on Golden Ray

Larry Hobbs reports that two of the world’s largest floating cranes heave mightily on dozens of formidable steel cables, which strain rigidly taut against colossal resistance from beneath the surface of the English Channel. Slowly, though, it rises from the water: A 3,000-ton slice of the shipwrecked car carrier Tricolor.


Oct. 28, 2019 Albany Herald

Krone North America loans hay and forage equipment to ABAC

Staff reports that J.G. Woodroof Farm at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College just became a little more innovative thanks to Krone North America. “We are grateful for our new corporate partnership with Krone North America,” Mark J. Kistler, dean of the ABAC School of Agriculture & Natural Resources, said.


Oct. 28, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

City, county standoff at standstill

Chris Herbert reports, one question echoes through the City Hall and the halls of county government: How does a Service Delivery Strategy agreement get done? That question resonates around town but realistically, the City of Valdosta and Lowndes County get along well, in most cases.


Oct. 28, 2019 Saporta Report

Athens considers SPLOST that could boost housing affordability. Could that work for Atlanta?

Sean Keenan reports that Athens-Clark County government has drafted a more than $300 million project list for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) which, if backed by voters in a November referendum, would produce much-needed affordable housing, among other things. Could that work for Atlanta?


Oct. 28, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Ga. House panel considers reviving ‘Hidden Predator Act’ for 2020

Beau Evans reports, should Georgia allow older adults who were molested as children to sue the people they say abused them? A state House study committee is set to meet Tuesday to consider reviving Hidden Predator Act legislation for next year, aimed at extending the statute of limitations for sex abuse victims to file claims in court.


Oct. 28, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democratic presidential debate sidesteps suburbs for star’s Atlanta studio

Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein report that the Democratic presidential debate will be held next month at Tyler Perry Studios, according to several party officials, sidestepping the suburbs for the newly opened $250 million complex near Atlanta’s airport. The studio was selected for the Nov. 20 debate after jockeying that pitted Perry’s studio in heavily Democratic southwest Atlanta against the sparkling new performance arts center in Sandy Springs, once-solid Republican territory that’s become increasingly competitive.



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