Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 26, 2019

Dec. 26, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Future sunnier for Ga. rooftop solar

Mary Landers reports that the big takeway from a recent Georgia Power rate case is that customers will be paying a total of $4 more per month on their basic service charge, the amount you have to pay before you turn on the first light. But tucked away in the Public Service Commission’s Dec. 17 decision to raise rates is a provision that improves the payback for those with rooftop solar arrays.


Dec. 26, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Jackson County Community Outreach

Candice Dyer reports that Jackson County is relying on education to prepare for a boom. SK Innovation, a South Korean company that makes batteries for electric vehicles, is expected to bring 2,000 jobs – Georgia’s largest economic development project in a decade – to Jackson County.


Dec. 26, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Digging Deeper: 135-year-old Georgia furniture retailer Havertys braces for change

Matt Kempner reports that shopping in a store for a white leather sofa isn’t really in Alanna Merkerson’s comfort zone. “I’m more comfortable getting in my bed and shopping on the internet,” she said as she toured a sprawling Havertys in Duluth with her two young kids in tow and her generous in-laws leading the way. “But things like furniture, I feel like I have to see it” in person.


Dec. 26, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Grady Health System plans $38 million renovation of HIV/AIDS facility

David Allison reports that Atlanta’s Grady Health System is planning a $38 million renovation of its HIV/AIDS treatment center. Grady says in a notice filed Dec. 19 with the Georgia Department of Community Health that it proposes “the major renovation of Grady’s Ponce De Leon Center which is one of the largest, most comprehensive facilities dedicated to the treatment of advanced HIV/AIDS in the United States.”


Dec. 26, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Lawmakers get update on HOPE Village project slated for vacant Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property

K.T. McKee reports, if all goes according to plan, HOPE Village will eventually be occupying the vacant, 130-acre site of the old Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital in West Rome.


Dec. 26, 2019 GPB

Former Gov. Deal To Teach Politics Course at UNG Next Semester

Sophia Saliby reports that former Gov. Nathan Deal is stepping into an academic role. He will teach a course next semester at the University of North Georgia. The Board of Regents hired Deal as a professor for the university system after he left office earlier this year.


Dec. 26, 2019 Saporta Report

Georgia’s medical cannabis commission is at work. There’s a lot to do.

Maggie Lee reports that people from all over this spectrum of cannabis interest attended the first meeting of the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. That commission has to figure out the rules, regulations and licensing process to go with the new Georgia law that authorizes medical cannabis cultivation.


Dec. 26, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Limited Medicaid expansion proposal poised for federal review

Jill Nolin reports that state officials made only slight changes to a proposal that would add about 50,000 new Georgians to the Medicaid rolls after hearing from hundreds of groups and people who raised concerns. More than 800 written comments poured in during a public airing of a proposal that would expand access to Medicaid for low-income adults who complete 80 hours of work, job training, college or community service.


Dec. 26, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Answered: The top 10 Georgia political questions of 2019

Greg Bluestein reports, before the start of 2019, your Political Insiders laid out the nine questions in Georgia politics to watch this year. We are reprinting that column in full, with answers attached beneath each question.

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