Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 13, 2019

Dec. 13, 2019 Gainesville Times

Did Georgia just win the water war? Judge issues what could be final ruling

Jeff Gill reports that Georgia has won a significant — and what may be final — battle in the tri-state water wars, which has lingered for nearly three decades. While some cases involving the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin shared by Georgia, Florida and Alabama are still “percolating through the courts, this report likely sounds the death knell for Florida’s nearly three-decades-long attack on Georgia’s water use in the ACF,” said Clyde Morris, Lake Lanier Association attorney.


Dec. 13, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Cybersecurity technology provider Parsons Corp. is already expanding operations at its Georgia Cyber Center location in Augusta, adding more than 80 new jobs. The company first announced it was opening in Georgia last August.


Dec. 13, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Grady will start accepting some emergency patients Friday after flooding damages hospital

Shaddi Abusaid reports that Grady Memorial Hospital will start accepting some new patients Friday morning after flooding damaged 200 rooms last weekend. Grady will admit trauma, stroke and burn patients starting at 7 a.m., hospital spokeswoman Denise Simpson said in a statement.


Dec. 13, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Economic Outlook: Development projects should help buffer Georgia’s 2020 economy

Tammy Joyner reports that Georgia will spend much of 2020 erecting warehouses, distribution centers, office buildings and other economic plums drawn to the business-friendly state, and that should help buffer next year’s economic uncertainties. Ecommerce giant Amazon is building Georgia’s first robotic fulfillment center on the Gwinnett-DeKalb County line.


Dec. 13, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern graduate students gain real-world experience through mock trial

Staff reports, during a recent mock trial, Jenni Karpowich and her peers in the Forensic Accounting Certificate program at Georgia Southern University gained first-hand experience investigating and bringing to court a Ponzi scheme. The mock trial has been a part of the expert witnessing course for 13 years, and it serves as a way for graduate students in the Master of Accounting program (MAcc) to put into practice everything they’ve learned in class.


Dec. 13, 2019

Governor Kemp Issues Statement on Special Master Ruling in Water Litigation

Staff reports that following Special Master Paul Kelly’s ruling in Georgia’s water litigation, Governor Brian P. Kemp issued the following statement: “We greatly appreciate Special Master Kelly’s recognition of Georgia’s strong, evidence-based case in this litigation,” said Governor Kemp. “We will continue to be good stewards of water resources in every corner of our state, and we hope that this issue will reach a final conclusion soon.”


Dec. 13, 2019 Georgia Health News

Hospital transparency rules approved; state gives update on waiver, Grady flooding crisis

Andy Miller reports, despite objections from hospital groups, Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration has stuck to its tough financial transparency rules for nonprofit hospitals. The board of the Department of Community Health, meeting in Atlanta on Thursday, gave final approval to new financial requirements that hospitals must follow, including disclosing top salaries, property holdings and business ventures.


Dec. 13, 2019 Brunswick News

Oil removal phase of Golden Ray complete, officials say

Larry Hobbs reports that two and a half months and some 320,000 gallons later, officials on Thursday expressed confidence that they have removed every drop possible of oil and gas pollutants from the shipwrecked Golden Ray in the St. Simons Sound. Unified Command announced the completion of the task to remove hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel from nearly two dozen fuel tanks on the overturned Golden Ray.


Dec. 13, 2019 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Cartersville-Bartow County Airport earns $2.73 million grant for runway safety improvements

Marie Nesmith reports that Cartersville-Bartow County Airport’s runway safety program will be “accelerated,” thanks to a $2.73 million U.S. Department of Transportation Airport Improvement Program grant. “We’re certainly appreciative and very glad to be receiving the funds,” said Hans Lutjens, chairman of the Cartersville-Bartow Airport Authority.


Dec. 13, 2019

YKK AP Acquires Canadian Firm to Meet Demand for Prefab Building Elements

Trevor Williams reports that YKK AP America Inc. has acquired a Canadian firm that will help the Austell, Ga.-based company meet growing demand for its prefabricated building products. The move to buy Erie Architectural Products Group, a privately-owned company still run by its founders in Lakeshore, Ontario, comes as builders are facing labor shortages and time crunches, boosting demand for elements that are made in advance and can be quickly installed on site.


Dec. 13, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Report: State’s tax credit program falls short for neediest rural hospitals

Jill Nolin reports that a state tax credit program meant as a lifeline for struggling rural hospitals is not built to ensure the facilities that need the most help receive the most aid, according to a new report released late Wednesday.


Dec. 13, 2019 The Center Square

Georgia residents speak out about legalizing gambling

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia lawmakers heard Wednesday from residents about the possibility of legalizing gambling in the state. Residents in Columbus voiced their opinions about the proposal to build casino resorts.


Dec. 13, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Trump ally David Perdue says FBI director has his support

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that David Perdue thinks Chris Wray is doing a good job. In today’s Washington, that’s a significant endorsement. Wray, a former Atlanta attorney and the current FBI director, found himself the object of President Donald Trump’s ire this week, after he endorsed an inspector general’s finding that his agency’s investigation into Russian efforts on Trump’s behalf during the 2016 presidential contest was justified.

Categories: Georgia Trend Daily