Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 17, 2019

Dec. 17, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Coal ash imports at Georgia landfills prompt push for disposal fee hike

Beau Evans reports that, wary of a coal ash influx in Georgia, environmental groups and some local officials are pushing for a bill in next year’s legislative session to hike fees charged to store coal ash at landfills. The bill proposes to raise the fee for dumping coal ash from $1 to $2.50 per ton.


Dec. 17, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Unofficial Guide 2019 Recap

Julia Roberts reports that we will be moving our Unofficial Guide to a monthly article beginning in January. It will be released on or about the 15th of each month. For this last one of 2019, we’d like to share some of our favorite Unofficial Guide posts. Enjoy! March 2019 – Of course, it’s our first one! This means these recommendations are the first that came to mind from our capable and fine staff! There are some BBQ, Lobster and shopping recommendations involved!


Dec. 17, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ponce City Market developer offers Atlantans a chance to invest in local projects

Courtney Kueppers reports that owning any sort of property in Atlanta can be a hot commodity these days. And now, one local developer is opening the chance for Atlantans to invest in its intown properties.


Dec. 17, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola promotes president to C-Suite in restructuring after 2 executives retire

Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola is restructuring its global leadership tree alongside the retirement of two senior executives. The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) on Monday said Francisco Crespo, senior vice president and chief growth officer, and Bernhard Goepelt, senior vice president and general counsel, will both be leaving the company in 2020.


Dec. 17, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern alumna named one of 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain

Staff reports, with the passion that alumna Stephanie Powell Thomas has for helping women succeed in the supply chain industry, it’s no surprise she was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain by B2G Consulting’s list of Women Supply Chain Leaders for 2020.


Dec. 17, 2019

Explore Georgia Awards Grant Funding to Eight Regional Visitor Information Centers

Staff reports that Explore Georgia, the state tourism office within the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), announced today the recipients of the new Regional Visitor Information Center (RVIC) Grant Program. Eight entities from across the state received more than $14,000 in financial assistance for visitor marketing.


Dec. 17, 2019 GPB

Georgia Buying More New Voting Machines For Counties Ahead Of 2020 Rollout

Stephen Fowler reports that nearly half of Georgia’s 159 counties are getting more voting machines than allotted in the original request for proposals, according to the latest numbers from the secretary of state’s office. Georgia has purchased 33,100 Dominion ballot-marking devices as part of the largest single implementation of a new voting system in U.S. history.


Dec. 17, 2019

India Becoming a Top Tourism Target for Georgia

Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc.’s revived nonstop flight to India Dec. 22 may not be taking off from Atlanta, but it is helping spur some hopeful conversation about the future of travel and tourism between India and Georgia. The hometown airline ruffled feathers locally after choosing New York for its revived flight to Mumbai, leaving Atlanta without a direct link to the world’s second largest country and one of its fastest-growing air travel markets.


Dec. 17, 2019 New York Times

Commissioner’s Wife Spills Drink on Reporter’s Head at County Meeting

Jacey Fortin reports, at a Chattooga County budget meeting in Summerville, Ga., on Friday, a reporter suddenly found herself drenched by someone else’s soft drink. In video footage from the meeting, a splash could be heard, but not seen. Voices rose in surprise, and the county commissioner, Jason Winters, could be seen saying, “Oh, my God.”


Dec. 17, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

CSU’s new cybersecurity degree program

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the public is invited to a series of information sessions to learn about Columbus State University’s (CSU’s) new Nexus Cybersecurity degree. Prospective students, especially those thinking about applying for Spring 2020, are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.


Dec. 17, 2019 Polk Standard Journal, Rome News-Tribune

State Rep. Trey Kelley announces intentions to stay in 16th district

Kevin Myrick reports that a local legislator some had thought would throw his hat into the 14th Congressional District race will instead seek to keep his seat in the state house. State GOP Majority Whip and 16th District State Legislator Trey Kelley said in a brief statement that he doesn’t intend to seek the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves when he retires at the end of the term in 2020.


Dec. 17, 2019 Union-Recorder

Rep. Rick Williams appointed to Deputy Whip Team for the 2019-2020 legislative term

Staff reports that State Representative Rick Williams (R-Milledgeville) was recently appointed to serve as a member of the House Majority Caucus deputy whip team. Rep. Williams was appointed to serve on the whip team by House Majority Whip Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), and his appointment is for the remainder of the 2019-2020 legislative term, which is concurrent with his service as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives.


Dec. 17, 2019 Georgia Recorder

State regulators approve hospital transparency rules

Jill Nolin reports that a new slate of transparency rules for Georgia’s nonprofit hospitals is set to take effect next month after a regulatory board signed off on the rules in spite of objections from hospitals. The requirements come out of a new law that legislators passed this year that presses hospitals that enjoy tax-exempt status to publicly post online detailed financial reports and information.


Dec. 17, 2019 The Center Square

Georgia state Rep. Moore planning run for Congress

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Dade, is gunning for the U.S. Capitol in 2020. Colton announced Sunday that he wants to run for the 14th Congressional House seat currently held by U.S. Congressman Tom Graves.


Dec. 17, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge allows Georgia to purge 309K voter registrations overnight

Mark Niesse reports that about 309,000 names were set to be erased from Georgia’s list of registered voters Monday night, a mass cancellation that a federal judge allowed to move forward. A voting rights group, Fair Fight Action, said in federal court Monday that the registration cancellations target roughly 120,000 inactive voters who would otherwise be eligible to participate in elections but are being removed because they haven’t cast a ballot since at least 2012.


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