Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 20, 2019

Dec. 20, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia hits record low unemployment

Staff reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate hit 3.3% in November, marking the state’s lowest unemployment since the federal government started keeping records in 1976, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday. The state added 6,500 jobs last month, for a total of 4.64 million jobs, the department says.


Dec. 20, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2019 Legal Elite

Christy Simo reports, who are some of the top lawyers in the state? Ask the people who know them best – fellow attorneys. That’s what Georgia Trend did to select this year’s Legal Elite, the 17th time the magazine has recognized attorneys considered the best in their field.


Dec. 20, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta relaunches Mumbai service Dec. 22 with route from New York

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is relaunching service to Mumbai. The Atlanta-based airline launches flights to Mumbai from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday Dec. 22. It will operate the service with a Boeing 777-200LR jet.


Dec. 20, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Woodruff grant bolsters long ties between Berry College and Coca-Cola

Maria Saporta reports that a recent $4 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation to Berry College for a new animal science building accentuates the unique relationship between Coca-Cola interests and the college located just north of Rome, Ga. Take Robert W. Woodruff, Coca-Cola’s top executive during an explosive period of growth for the company.


Dec. 20, 2019 GPB

Georgia Commissioners Approve Rate Hike For Atlanta Gas Light

Ross Terrell reports that for the second time this week, Georgia public service commissioners approved a rate hike for a utility company. On Thursday, all five commissioners voted in favor of a $65 million rate increase for the company. That will amount to an extra $2.54 on monthly bills for the average customer.


Dec. 20, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Inventure IT announces Savannah expansion

Katie Nussbaum reports that Inventure IT has announced an expansion to Savannah with plans to launch five high-tech positions in January 2020 along with adding 25 more positions over the next two to three years. The expansion was announced earlier this month at the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) board of directors meeting.


Dec. 20, 2019 New York Times

C.D.C. Links Deadly Listeria Outbreak to Hard-Boiled Egg Plant in Georgia

Mariel Padilla reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week warned distributors against selling hard-boiled eggs bought in bulk from a Georgia production plant that it said was the likely source of listeria contamination that had led to sicknesses in five states, including one death and four hospitalizations.


Dec. 20, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive

Encouraging holiday animal adoption

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Pittsburgh Knights esports team has been living in Atlanta with other top-level global players for the past year. Hosted by Hi-Rez, the Alpharetta-based video gaming studio, the Knights have been competing in the SMITE Pro League game. To help with animal adoptions in their home away from home, the team recently visited a local rescue center to spread holiday cheer and shine a light on pet adoptions.


Dec. 20, 2019 WABE 90.1

FAA Struggled To Get Safety Info On Camden Spaceport For Years, Emails Show

Emma Hurt reports that in its quest to open a vertical launch spaceport, South Georgia’s Camden County has for years failed to provide the Federal Aviation Administration with safety information needed for its application, according to internal agency emails reviewed by WABE. This comes after news Monday that the licensing process will be delayed indefinitely.


Dec. 20, 2019 All On Georgia

GA Sec. of State Extends Timeline for 22,000 Inactive Voters

Staff reports that the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office announced Thursday that it is extending the voter registration of roughly 22,000 people whose registration had been cancelled Monday night as part of routine, legally required list maintenance. The 22,000 records that are being moved back into inactive status are people who last had contact with the voter registration system between January and May 2012.


Dec. 20, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Early 2020 special election set to finish term of late Rep. Jay Powell

Jill Nolin reports that three candidates have qualified to run in a special election early next year that will decide who will finish out the term of the late state Rep. Jay Powell. Tommy Akridge and Joe Campbell will run as Republicans, and Jewell Howard is the lone Democrat in the race.


Dec. 20, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia 7th: Islam picks up a first-ever endorsement from progressive group

Greg Bluestein reports that an influential progressive group that bills itself as the counterweight to the tea party backed Nabilah Islam’s bid for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, the first endorsement it’s ever given to a candidate in a primary election. Occupy Democrats said Friday it would regularly encourage its 8 million online members to support Islam and donate to her campaign as she aims to flip the Gwinnett-based district held by retiring Republican Rep. Rob Woodall.


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